Dona Ana Arts Council Executive Director and regular Cafe Con Leche guest host Greg Smith talked about poetry in our area with Joe Somoza, Connie Voisine, and Leora Zeitlin.
Most of us probably have no idea of what it means to be a court interpreter, we likely think that just having a mastery of two languages is good enough. A few weeks ago, Nan Rubin had the opportunity to speak with Cynthia Herber, who is relatively new to Las Cruces. She came here to be an official Spanish language Court Interpreter for the Federal courts in the District in New Mexico. Cynthia explained in detail what it means to have this responsibility and how important it is for people who don't speak English to have fair access to our court system.
Cruces Creatives is the makerspace here in town, which is like a community center for tools - everything from woodworking and bike repair, to vinyl cutting and 3D printing are available, along with training, educational projects, and supervision. Like everything else, they've been closed for almost 2 years, but as an organization focused on hands-on activities, they are eager to ramp back up. Nan Rubin spoke with Patrick DeSimio, program director at the space, to hear how they weathered covid and what they are up to now.
Dona Ana Arts Council Executive Director and regular Cafe Con Leche guest host Greg Smith talked about several upcoming events in September and October with singer-songwriter and musician Randy Granger.
With funding from the New Mexico Local News Fund, KTAL Radio has joined a growing cohort of local news initiatives around the state. Many of them are trying to serve small communities with no local news outlets by publishing regular stories on line reflecting community concerns and covered by local writers. Tamara Rosenberg launched Columbus New Mexico News, “where the village gets its news,” when she moved to this tiny border town. She joined Nan Rubin on the phone to talk about this new venture, covering stories from the border, and her perspective on how statewide issues and media affect a village like Columbus.
Recently, the School Board of Las Cruces unanimously approved the new “Policy JBC: Equity and Excellence for All Students" as the district's guide to implement school programs aimed at creating an ‘equitable learning environment’ throughout the system. The policy is a response in part to the 2018 landmark court decision Yazzie/Martinez vs. New Mexico which declared that at-risk children in New Mexico must receive the same level of education as their peers.
Nan Rubin returns to Café con Leche with Educational Analyst Michelle Valverde live in the studio and Dulcinea Lara, Director of Borderlands & Ethnic Studies at NMSU on the telephone, to talk about their state-wide Education Equity Campaign, and the ongoing debate here in Las Cruces about adopting these and related education mandates.
Greg Smith returned to the KTAL hosting chair, talking about The Art of Dance with his guests Joshua Peugh, Hannah Cole, and Kevin Self.
Here in New Mexico, we all know that every year there is a budget debate about how much funding comes to the state from the oil and gas industry. Many of us may be thinking that, despite our dependence on this source of income, the state is increasingly turning to renewable energy sources and reducing our reliance on extraction. But in her investigative piece Back to the Well, Searchlight reporter Lindsey Fendt describes how the state is increasing oil and gas revenues instead, and she shares her findings with Nan Rubin.
Guest host Greg Smith talked about the 50th Anniversary Renaissance ArtsFaire with his guests Jim Vorenberg, Linda Moore, and Randy Granger. It will occur on the 6th and 7th of November this year and this year theme is "Bridging Cultures," as it looks at both the Renaissance in Europe and the arts and culture on this side of the Atlantic. It will be back in Young Park again where it has been so many times in the past.
Guest host Greg Smith talks about some of the educational opportunities available this summer to Las Cruces students with -
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