This Week in Las Cruces: October 29, 2021
Las Cruces Bulletin writer Mike Cook (with The Buzzman) gives a recap of the week's news, provides a preview of the week ahead and highlights some of the articles in the new issue of the newspaper.
A great nation is able to teach its history honestly, celebrating its triumphs and correcting its mistakes.
That’s what the New Mexico Public Education Department is trying to accomplish with its proposed revision to the social studies standards. The 122-page plan lays out in fine detail what would be taught to students in social studies classes from kindergarten through high school.
Pat DeSimio and Sandy Smith of Cruces Creatives discussed several new initiatives, including CommunityShare Las Cruces, a city-wide initiative that brings community partners into classrooms.
Eddie Estrada, chair, and Adam Sommers, secretary, of the Democratic Party of Dona Ana County, will discuss the local election and other issues the party is involved with. (Their counterparts with the GOP declined our invitation.)
Departing Las Cruces City Council member and new congressional candidate Gabe Vasquez discussed his time on the local board and his campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell next year in the race for Congressional District 2.
Shirley Baca and Walt Rubel discussed items in the news including redistricting in NM and the shooting on a Santa Fe movie set.
In this, the 4th of 5 segments on How to Jumpstart Your Allyship, host Randy Harris shares a conversation with Xolani Kacela PhD about his ideas for building genuine allyship with BIPOCS and others who may be different from us. The exploration touches on thinking and communication skills, and mindsets for building allyships building with others. The conversation evaluates some of the inhibiting emotions we may experience, and the courage to embrace new ways of thinking, language choices and more in our commitment to taking those steps.
Stuart Kelter interviews Robert Foster, a specialist in the international development of renewable energy, who has worked in over 40 countries for the past 35 years, implementing thousands of renewable energy projects with solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, and biomass technologies. Robert has been a member of the American Solar Energy Society since 1990 and its current chairman of its board of directors. For 25 years Robert was the International Manager for the Southwest Region Solar Experiment Station at New Mexico State University and still teaches NMSU renewable energy courses. Robert grew up on the Mexican border in El Paso where he still lives and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. His work both in the Peace Corps and subsequently, has included projects in Mexico, Central America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
Darby Berryhill, author of 7th Heaven It Was Not, and member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, was the guest on Take On Faith on KTAL-LP. Berryhill sat down with Rev. Xolani Kacela for a chat about her life as a pastor’s kid, or PK. Berryhill’s book portrays in clear detail the lives that preacher’s kids endure. She writes about many struggles. They include living up to family and friends’ thoughts of who she should be, feeling pressure to put on “airs,” and attending four high schools during her teen years.
The book is a great read for listeners who have grown up in clergy families raising children. It’s a short and eye-opening narrative.
Live True: LGBTQ History Month
Lisa Lucca talks with NOLA Girl, Linda Hall, about LGBTQ History Month, living true to yourself, and Lisa's new book Ashes to Ink, a story of family acceptance.
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