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

Common Cause NM and ACLU-NM offer a Voter Hotline

Oct 15, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Common Cause New Mexico Campaign Director, Mario O. Jimenez III, to talk to us about a statewide election integrity program. Common Cause New Mexico and ACLU of New Mexico are teaming up to run an unbiased, non-partisan voter protection program to assist voters who encounter problems in voting, either by mail or in person. Jimenez says the program is not affiliated with any party, candidate or issue campaign.

  

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with El Caldito Soup Kitchen Volunteer, Terry Frank, about this year’s soup-less Empty Bowls Fundraiser and Silent Auction co-sponsored with the Potter’s Guild of Las Cruces and Mesilla Valley Estates.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Ngage New Mexico Lead Museum Coordinator, Michael Radtke, about the first children’s museum in Doña Ana County. Ngage New Mexico is a local nonprofit organization focused on improving education through its SUCCESS Partnership and other nonprofit organizations. The City of Las Cruces will act as the fiscal agent in the development and construction of the museum. The “Children’s Museum Naming Contest” will begin on October 7th. Enter the contest at the SUCCESS Partnership website – SuccessDAC.org.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico District 38 Republican State Representative Rebecca Dow running for re-election. Resident of Truth or Consequences in Sierra County, New Mexico, she and her husband, Aaron Dow, are c-owners of Dow Technology, a multi-faceted technology firm. In addition, she provides consultation services to for-profit and faith-based early childhood providers operating in the Rocky Mountain region. Dow’s professional experience includes being the founder and director of AppleTree Educational Center which provides early care and education for youth and adult learners. She has served on various commissions, councils and task forces for Democrat and Republican Governors, and currently serves on the Early Learning Advisory Council. More information available at Ballotpedia.org and on her website rebeccadow.com.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico District 38 Democratic State Representative candidate, Karen C. Whitlock. Resident of Grant County, New Mexico, she is an educator and social worker interested in helping get resources to individuals, small businesses, and local rural area hospitals. Three key messages of Whitlock’s campaign are education, healthcare, and economic development. She has been on the board for Grant County Community Partnership for Children and other state and national boards. District 38 serves Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra Counties. More information available at Ballotpedia.org.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) Cabinet Secretary, Elizabeth Groginsky, about the new agency which opened in July 2020. Remote learning creates new needs for New Mexico families.

La Academia Dolores Huerta Accepting Students Online

Aug 28, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with “La Academia Dolores Huerta” Head Administrator, Sylvy Galvan de Lucero. La Academia Dolores Huerta (LADH) is a dual language charter middle school for grades 6, 7, 8. It was named after labor union activist, Dolores Huerta, from Northern New Mexico who worked with Cesar Chavez for over thirty years. LADH is a tuition-free public school established in 2004 and is the only charter middle school in New Mexico serving students from the Las Cruces Area.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Ross Marks, Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) Executive Director and New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute (CMI) Professor and film maker.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana Arts Council Executive Director, Gregory Z. Smith, to talk to us about their move from Mesilla to Las Cruces on September 1st.

The Doña Ana Arts Council will be joining the recently designated Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District. Smith says, “they will be neighbors with two very historic structures.” The new location is at 250 West Amador Avenue across Water Street from the Amador Hotel, and across Amador Avenue from the Old County Courthouse.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with emergency food program, Casa de Peregrinos Executive Director, Lorenzo Alba Jr. He says their motto is: “Food for today, hope for tomorrow!”

Alba would like to thank everyone for their support and donations with their numerous food programs, but they still need more volunteers and monetary donations to continue to help the community.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with All Relations United, Founder and Managing Director, Lorelei Marie Horse Stands Waiting, to talk about their non-profit organization and the focus on Native American communities.

Through the BEAR program, Be Excited About Reading, All Relations United addresses youth addictions and suicide prevention in New Mexico and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

El Paso Jazz Girls - An All-Girl Jazz Band

Jul 23, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Founder and Director of El Paso Jazz Girls, Amanda Ekery, about their unique all-girl jazz band which she started three years ago.

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 33, Micaela Lara Cadena, about a Special Session held in June amidst concerns for safety during COVID-19.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Karen Trujillo about reopening on August 12th with guidelines from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Schools will be required to start the year in a hybrid learning model with attendance at a maximum 50% classroom capacity.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico Communications Officer, Sonya Warwick, about new food demands statewide due to COVID-19, especially a need for volunteers and donations.

Make Music Day Las Cruces - A Virtual Music Festival

Jun 11, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Make Music Day Las Cruces Co-Producer, David Senk, also founder of Creative Network, about their adjustments with COVID-19. Like many organizations they have gone to virtual experiences online.

A music festival “Make Music Day” started nearly 40 years ago in France as “Fete de la Musique. It is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries with affiliates as far as China and Africa on June 21, the Solstice, the longest day of the year.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) Executive Director, Gregory Z. Smith, about their adjustments with our current global pandemic. Many classes, presentations, and seminars are now on ZOOM.

Mesilla Valley Community of Hope and Covid-19

Mar 26, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Mesilla Valley Community of Hope Executive Director, Nicole Martinez, about how life has changed at Community of Hope since the Covid-19 health crisis began. She said they are an organization that is considered an essential service and remain open to people experiencing homelessness. They can provide their clients with laptops for Telehealth to prevent community spread if someone becomes ill.

Response to the Coronavirus in Sierra County

Mar 19, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with MainStreet Truth or Consequences Executive Director, Linda DeMarino, to talk about election results, event cancellations and other effects from coronavirus social distancing in Sierra County. The Sierra County Rock & Gem Show scheduled for March 28-29 been cancelled, for more event cancellations visit gosierracounty.com; and more information on Facebook – MainStreet Truth or Consequences.

IRS Offers New Information for 2020 Tax Season

Mar 12, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation Special Agent, Brian Watson, with new information on tax preparations, IRS personal identification numbers, ghost preparers, fraud and more. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, his field office covers Arizona and New Mexico. The IRS website, IRS.gov, offers Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for seniors and low-income taxpayers.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) volunteer Board members, Communications Chair, Sharon Bookwalter and Curriculum Committee Chair, Sonnie Sussillo. WILL is a non-profit organization in partnership with Western New Mexico State University in Silver City New Mexico. Bookwalter and Susillo say: “WILL serves vital social purposes as well as the intellectual pleasures of engaging our brains,” offering over 70 classes and activities year-round.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with the Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) Communications Director, Kathleen Albers. She talks about the 10th Annual Las Cruces Arts Fair at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue. It opens Friday evening, March 6th from 5-8 p.m. with a blessing by the Tortugas Pueblo Indians “cacique” and featured artist Abel Garcia with music by DJ Vyez. The fair continues Saturday, March 7th, and Sunday, March 8th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with MainStreet Truth or Consequences Executive Director, Linda DeMarino, to talk about elections, celebrations, rocks and more in Sierra County.

Truth or Consequences Commission elections Tuesday, March 3rd with three seats up for election and 13 candidates. Major issues are budget, infrastructure, and transparent government.

Members of Southern New Mexico Suffrage Alliance. Edit | Remove

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with members of “The 2020 Southern New Mexico Suffrage Alliance,” Eileen VanWie, Josie Miller, and Sadie Valverde in celebration of their first event commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, February 22, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main Street, encouraging everyone to vote. Their theme this year is “If Every Woman Voted…” with keynote speaker, New Mexico Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse-Oliver. New Mexico ratified the 19th Amendment on February 21, 1920 and was added to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920.

New Mexico's Medical Mystery From The Mid-1600's

Feb 6, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with representatives of the “Baca Family Historical Project,” Community Engagement Specialist, Nora Chavez, and Staff Genealogist, Joyce Gonzalez, to talk to us about New Mexico’s Medical Mystery from the mid-1600’s – a rare genetic illness affecting descendants of original Spanish settlers along the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro in New Mexico. The project began in 2017 and focuses on a genetic form of cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM1).

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with the Doña Ana Arts Council’s new Executive Director, Gregory Z. Smith. He talks about his support for the arts and the community.

February is “For the Love of Art Month” in the Mesilla Valley, and the Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) will celebrate throughout the month with classes, seminars and music events. All activities will take place at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla. Registration, Information and Calendar of Events available on the web daarts.org, on Facebook - Doña Ana Arts Council, or (575)523-6403.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Curator of History, Leah Tookey, to talk about their new exhibit: “Home on the Range: From Ranches to Rockets,” on display until January 2021.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with El Paso Pro-Musica Executive Director, Felipa Solis, “making a difference in 2020 through music in our communities,” both Las Cruces and El Paso. The Chamber Music Festival continues the “2020 Concert Season” with the “Catalyst String Quartet,”  Saturday, January 25th, 7:30 p.m. at DAAC Arts and Cultural Center in Mesilla, NM; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 26th at UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with “La Academia Dolores Huerta” Interim Head Administrator, Sylvy Galvan de Lucero. La Academia Dolores Huerta (LADH) is a dual language charter middle school for grades 6, 7, 8. It is a tuition-free public school established in 2004. LADH is the only charter middle school in New Mexico and now serves 120 students from the Las Cruces Area. The school was named after labor union activist, Dolores Huerta, from Northern New Mexico. She worked with Cesar Chavez for over thirty years.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with resident of the Mesquite Street Historic District in Las Cruces, Faith Hutson, to talk to us about “The Epiphany: Día de Los Reyes” nativity exhibit she and her husband, John Verploegh, will share at their home on Sunday, January 5th from Noon to 4 p.m. at 706B South Mesquite Street. The Hutson/Verploegh collection represents more than 20 countries from their world journeys.

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