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PUENTES

Emily Guerra covers the people and issues important to our growing border communities.

   

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with non-profit organization “End of Life Options New Mexico” Board Member, MaryKay Brady about the Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Act in effect in New Mexico June 18, 2021. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the bill into law on April 9, 2021 during the NM Legislative session, authorizing medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults and broaden the end-of-life options to patients, their families and healthcare providers. To be eligible for this procedure an individual must be a mentally capable adult terminally ill (with 6 months or less to live.)

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Las Cruces based non-profit organization “All Relations United” Board Co-Director, Bryan Brewer. He is of the Oglala Lakota tribe and former President of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. They bring awareness and assistance to Native American Veterans, Montagnard Veterans from Vietnam and Deported Veterans with their program, “Stand Up for Our Veterans.”

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with “All Relations United” Board member and Montagnard Veteran, Y-Duen Buondap, to bring awareness about their plight and asking for help. “All Relations United.org” is a non-profit organization based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Their program, “Stand Up for Our Veterans” brings awareness and assistance to Native American Veterans, Montagnard Veterans and Deported Veterans.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Staff Attorney Logan Glasenapp to talk to us about the oil and gas industry paying its fair share to clean up its own messes. A recent report by The Center for Applied Research, Inc. found that about $8.1 billion would be needed to cover the clean-up and restoration costs of over 60,000 oil and gas wells and 35,000 miles of pipeline in the state.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with (ALEC) American Legislative Exchange Council Chief Economist and Executive Vice President of Policy from Washington, D.C. about the 14th annual edition of “Rich States, Poor States.” The report illustrates each states’ competitiveness and economic outlook using 15 weighted policy variables and trends from past decades. The study can be found at alec.org; the variables: richstatespoorstates.org.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana Arts Council Board President, Dr. Dan Lere, celebrating 50 years of the Arts Council and the Renaissance ArtsFaire since 1971 – “Performing the Work of Arts.” Both started separately, RenFaire had been the Holy Cross CraftsFaire and eventually came under the Arts Council as the Renaissance ArtsFaire, which will again be celebrated in Young Park this year (pandemic allowing) November 6 & 7.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with UnidosUS Vice President for Health, Rita Carreón, about the UnidosUS “Esperanza Hope for All” mobile educational tour to bring information about COVID-19 vaccines directly into Hispanic neighborhoods across the country. UnidosUS is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy nonprofit organization in the United States, formerly the National Council of La Raza.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Desert Community Wellness Co-Founder and Board President, Kasey Peña, about their new local non-profit organization which works to cultivate community partnerships, programs and awareness to support wellness for all.

Food Justice Storyteller for La Semilla Food Center

Apr 22, 2021

  

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with “Food Justice Storyteller” for La Semilla Food Center, Michelle Carreon, about her new role and about their project “Soil beneath the Border: Frontera Voices and Networks of Support.”

Native Plant Week - April 18-24; also Earth Day Week

Apr 15, 2021

  

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Mesilla Valley Audubon Society President, Elaine Stachera Simon, and with National Audubon Society’s Bird-Friendly Communities Program Senior Director, John Rowden, about Native Plant Week.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Executive Director of NAMI-National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern New Mexico, Micah Pearson, about one of their classes: “Familia-a-Familia” a 12-week course starting April 19th and “NAMIWalks your way” a virtual event scheduled for May 22nd. For more information visit nami-snm.org; namiwalks.org; and on Facebook @namisouthernnewmexico.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with beWellnm Chief Executive Officer, Jeffery Bustamante about reduced health insurance costs for New Mexicans now available through the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange as part of the American Rescue Plan.

The Special Enrollment Period closes on August 15, 2021. Telephone assistance or virtual appointments are available at (833)862-3935 or online at beWellnm.com.

 

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana County Community Outreach liaison, Emma Johnson-Ortiz, about the U.S. Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help residents across the county affected by COVID-19 who are struggling to pay rent and utility bills. The money is available for residents living in unincorporated areas and residents of Las Cruces, Sunland Park, Mesilla, Hatch and Anthony, NM by just filling out an application.

LCPS Support for Student Mental Health

Mar 19, 2021

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Las Cruces Public Schools Coordinator of Mental Health & Academic Counseling, Soña Saiz, about support for mental health needs of students and teachers throughout the district during the pandemic. Saiz says there are several resources available to the community in support of mental health such as: 

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State University Professor of Latin American History, Dr. ĺñigo García-Bryce. He is also this year’s President of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (RMCLAS) who will hold their 68th Annual Conference virtually this year on Thursday, March 18th through Saturday, March 20th with no registration fee. The opening reception on Wednesday, March 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director, James Jimenez, about a recently released immigration report - “Strengthening All Communities for a Brighter Future”- to coincide with the New Mexico State Legislative “Immigrant Day of Action” -a virtual rally.

DACC is "More than a Community College."

Feb 18, 2021


  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana Community College President, Dr. Monica Torres, about its impact to the community during the pandemic. The East Mesa Campus is now a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site.


  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director, James Jimenez, about the “2020 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book” recently released at the New Mexico

State Legislature. It is separate from the National KIDS COUNT Data Book released every summer by the Annie E. Casey Foundation which ranks the 50 states against each other on overall child well-being. New Mexico ranks 50th in the national data book. Most of the data in this edition are from 2019, prior to the COVOD-19 pandemic, and they show that outcomes for children have been improving in many areas. According to Jimenez, dramatic improvements were seen in indicators like child poverty, health insurance coverage, young children enrolled in school, and teen birth rates.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Health Action New Mexico Executive Director, Barbara Webber, about the Prescription Drug Affordability Act, House Bill 154, recently introduced at the New Mexico State Legislature. The proposal sponsored by New Mexico State Representative Angelica Rubio would join thirteen other states with proposals to create a “Prescription Drug Affordability Board – PDAB.”

 

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Ngage New Mexico Executive Director, Lori Martinez, about #ConnectNM, a campaign launched by the SUCCESS Partnership to help bring statewide broadband to New Mexico. For information on how the community can help bring statewide internet access to New Mexico visit their website – SUCCESSdac.org/ConnectNM or at Success Partnership on Facebook @successDAC. 


  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Southwest Environmental Center Executive Director, Kevin Bixby, about the proposed Green Amendment to New Mexico’s Bill of Rights sponsored by Senators Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Bill Soules, and Rep. Joanne Ferrary. He says the proposed bill would ensure in a meaningful way the people’s right to a healthy environment. If passed, it will be on the ballot for the general election in 2022. Bixby says there are only two other states in the nation that have a Green Amendment, they are Montana and Pennsylvania.

Art From the U.S.-Mexico Crossroads

Jan 14, 2021

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Juntos Art Association Creative Director, Curator and Artist, Diana Molina, about her recently published book: “Icons & Symbols of the Borderland: Art From the U.S.-Mexico Crossroads.” The book is based on a traveling exhibit of artwork depicting the border story from diverse viewpoints of several artists of the Juntos Art Association in El Paso, Texas.

The Importance of Online Learning

Jan 7, 2021


  

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State University College of Education Professor of Learning Design and Technology, Dr. Lauren Cifuentes, to talk to us about the importance of remote learning and how schools can prepare and adjust. New Mexico schools have joined online education services around the world after the COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary for distance education. She says families can also help to support students with independent practice at home by managing their time and setting priorities for attending to their social, emotional and physical well-being. Instructors can help by planning and revising curriculum units for online teaching and for active engaging instruction. Cifuentes says “online learning can even be better when it is well designed.”

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State University College of Education Interim Division Director, Dr. David Rutledge, School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about the ability of New Mexico teachers to adjust and develop their teaching skills for emergency remote teaching and learning. He said teachers and school districts have demonstrated their commitment to develop a variety of new skills to support New Mexico learners.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Amador Health Center Chief Executive Officer, Pamela Angell, how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting the center. Angell became the CEO of Amador Health Center in 2018 after being the Executive Director of the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) for 9 years.

Amador Health Center offers comprehensive care for all, with medical care for all adults and children, behavioral health services, telehealth psychiatry, homeless clinic, LGBTQ support and harm reduction care services.

Las Cruces Legislator Proposes Paid Sick Leave Bill

Dec 3, 2020

  

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State Representative for District 35, Angelica Rubio, about the proposed paid sick leave bill which will be decided upon at the next legislative session in 2021.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum Executive Director, Heather Reed, about their new virtual exhibits, programs, and educational opportunities.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Artist and Member of Artists of Picacho Hills, Dr. Paul Maxwell, to talk about their annual “Holly Day House for Charity,” starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 30th to December 14th.   Due to the Covid-19 pandemic they will be “virtual” this year. They will be donating 20% of all sales to Casa de Peregrinos.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with City of Las Cruces Community Engagement Manager, Jamey Rickman, about updates to the City’s Animal Control Ordinance last adopted in 2014.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State University Research Council (URC) Chair, Dr. Tanner Schaub, about NMSU’s Second Annual Research and Creativity Week (RCW), November 10-13, 2020, this year co-hosted by Graduate Research and Arts Symposium 2020. Because of Covid-19, it will be totally Virtual.  He says it “is a celebration of creative scholarly activity at NMSU.”

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