Troy Ainsworth, the historic preservation specialist with the city of Las Cruces, joined Nan Rubin in the studio on Cafe Con Leche. He gave us an update on historic preservation initiatives in town, including explaining the new status for Las Cruces as a Certified Local Government.
Dona Ana Arts Council Executive Director and regular Cafe Con Leche guest host Greg Smith talks with Denise Chavez and Mike Cook.
In February of 2020, acclaimed local author Denise Chávez submitted a story to New Mexico Magazine called ‘”Libros para el Viaje” or “Books for the Journey”, about the history of travel on El Camino Real and across New Mexico southern border and the healing power of books.
The article was approved for publication in the April 2020 edition. But just a few weeks later when the magazine was on the way to the printer, the article was pulled with no particular explanation at the direction of someone in the New Mexico Department of Tourism which publishes the magazine.
In a cascading effect, editor Alicia Inez Guzman was forced to resign, at the same time that writers and artists from across the state lobbied fiercely to have the article reinstated, declaring this the most blatant act of government censorship.
The magazine did a quick turnaround and reinstated the article, and Ms Guzman recently won a major lawsuit against the state for pressuring her to resign. Denise Chavez joined Nan Rubîn live in the studio to recount the events of the story and the ripple effects it is having both statewide and nationally.
Nan Rubin and Greg Smith talk to Patrick DeSimio about maker spaces, like Cruces Creatives, and their role in the creative economy.
Once the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad came through Las Cruces in the late 1800s, it opened up the scenic southwest to both businesses and tourists. Dr Christopher McMahon, Curator for the museums of Las Cruces, will join Nan Rubîn in the studio to outline how the railroad used Hispanic and Native American symbols and images to lure travelers looking for an exotic travel adventure.
Like many US cities in the '60s, Las Cruces tried to revitalize its fading downtown with radical urban renewal practices, such as destroying residential Adobe homes with modern commercial buildings and replacing it with a pedestrian mall designed for retail.
Jennifer Olguin and Dylan McDonald, who both work in the special collections section of the NMSU library, have curated an exhibit at the Brannigan Center called "Place and Replace: Las Cruces Urban Renewal 1960 - 1975". They spoke to Nan Rubin about the exhibit and the long-term impact of these fateful decisions.
Dona Ana Arts Council Executive Director and regular Cafe Con Leche guest host Greg Smith talked about this coming weekend's Renaissance ArtsFaire with Randy Granger, Chris Mitchell, Dan Lere and Jim Vornberg.
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.
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.
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