This Week in Las Cruces: October 22, 2021
Las Cruces Bulletin publisher Richard Coltharp and writer Mike Cook informed listeners about what's going on in Las Cruces and highlight some of the articles in the new issue of the newspaper. Plus special guest Dona Ana County Clerk Amanda Lopez Askin gives details on the upcoming election and encourages all of us to get out and vote.
All About Books: George Mendoza
Las Cruces artist and Pulitzer-nominated author George Mendoza spoke with Lynn Moorer about his book, Journey of the Spirit Man, his writing process, and how he copes with his blindness. Mendoza describes his book’s protagonist, Michael, as a jerk who embodies a modern-day Job as he suffers great loss, then wanders into a hellish land where he encounters magic realism and faces fantastical challenges. He likens Michael to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz as he gradually learns key life lessons about the human spirit while leaving it unclear as to whether it was all just a dream.
State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg has apparently decided that if the weak and subservient New Mexico Legislature will not stand up for itself, he’ll do it for them.
Eichenberg, who previously served in the state Senate, has written a court brief in support of a lawsuit filed by two senators, Republican Greg Baca and Democrat Jacob Candelaria, challenging the authority of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to spend federal relief money without going through the legislative process.
Shirley Baca and Peter Goodman discussed items in the news including vaccine resistance, shopping local and executive privilege.
Candidate forum for the school board race in District 3. Shirley and Peter talked to Robert C Wofford and Eloy Francisco Macha Camborda, who are vying to fill the seat now held by Maria Flores.
Ray Jaramillo, the board president, talked about his candidacy for the Las Cruces Public Schools District 1 school board position. His opponent, Alberto Balcazar, declined our invitation.
Pamela M. Cort talked about her candidacy for the Las Cruces Public Schools District s school board position. She is the incumbent in the race. Her opponent, Henry A Young, declined our invitation.
Nan Rubin was back in the studio this week, joined by her special guest Kevin Bixby. Kevin explains the decision to transition from from Southwest Environmental Center to Wildlife for All and makes the case for reforming wildlife management in the U.S.
Xolani Kacela is again Randy Harris' guest talking about his new book Jumpstart Your Allyship: Five Easy Steps to Ally with BIPOCs (Black, Indigenous People, and other people Of Color). Today they discuss Step 3 - Step Up your Involvement with BIPOC Causes.
Stuart Kelter interviews Anita Diamant, a novelist, journalist, essayist, and author of five guidebooks to contemporary Jewish life on such topics as weddings, parenting, and mourning practices. As a journalist, her feature stories and columns in the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal included profiles of prominent people, stories about medical ethics, and first-person essays about everything from politics to popular culture, from pet ownership to food. Anita’s best-known book, The Red Tent, published in 1997, is a novel inspired by the brief yet provocative story about Jacob’s only daughter, Dina, from the book of Genesis. The book became a word-of-mouth and New York Times bestseller thanks to reader recommendations, book groups, and support from independent bookstores, has been published in more than 25 countries, and was adapted as a two-part, four-hour miniseries by Lifetime TV. Her latest book, published just this year, is Period. End of Sentence: The New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice, which is the topic of today’s interview.
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