On the July 31, 2019 edition of "Speak Up, Las Cruces", hosts Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel talked with Kim Stewart and Jaime Quezada, the Sheriff and Undersheriff of Doña Ana County. Sheriff Stewart is the first woman to wear the badge Pat Garrett once wore.
On the July 31, 2019 edition of "Speak Up, Las Cruces", hosts Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel talked with Las Cruces Police Chief Patrick G. Gallagher and Public Information Officer Dan Trujillo. Chief Gallagher was a New York City police officer for more than 20 years, seeing service at ground zero after the World Trade Center twin towers were hit, then served in Truth or Consequences and Santa Fe before taking his current job in Las Cruces.
Activist Carlos Melendrez visited with Lynn Moorer about his book, America! Don’t You Know Me? I’m Your Native Son: Geronimo: The Controversial Campaign to Repatriate the Remains of America’s Most Famous Warrior to his Homeland. Melendrez explained how, beginning in 2003, he became involved with family members of Geronimo, described as a “champion of the dispossessed,” who died in 1909, to repatriate his remains, funerary objects, and spirit from the Ft. Sill Army base in Oklahoma to the headwaters of the Gila River in New Mexico. Other descendants opposed Geronimo’s repatriation, contributing to the failure of Melendrez’s campaign thus far.
Lynn Moorer chatted with Professor Jesús J. Barquet about his English/Spanish book of poetry, Venturous Journeys/Los viajes venturosos, which is made up of two books: The Emigrant’s Logbook and Shipwrecks. Barquet, a native of Cuba who came though the part of Mariel in 1980 and has been Distinguished Professor of Spanish at New Mexico State University, shared his thinking in deciding to leave Cuba, to study at the University of Tulane, then to relocate to New Mexico. Among several poems, he shared poems drawn from a daily record of his actions and impressions in “New Mexico Landscapes.”
Stuart Kelter interviews Rabbi Gilah Langner about the history and trends of liberal Judaism.
On this week's episode of Earth Matters, cohosts Kevin Bixby and Amanda Munro talk with guests Mary Katherine Ray of the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians' Chris Smith about efforts by wildlife advocates in Dona Ana County and Grant County to end the use of leghold traps and poisons by an obscure federal agency called Wildlife Services.