New Mexico State land commissioner, Ray Powell, signed a conservation agreement today aimed at protecting the Lesser Prairie Chicken and the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard on the Permian Basin in Southeastern New Mexico.
The co-director of the Tijuana-based Zeta magazine has been named one of Newsweek’s 150 “Women Who Shake the World.” From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle explains what she did to make the list.
As some Native American tribes have become wealthy with casino profits, they've been buying land and expanding the size of their reservations. But as Adrian Florido reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, these efforts are stirring controversy, because once the private land becomes part of the reservation, it's no longer subject to local taxes or laws.
In El Paso, a new county commissioner was sworn in this week. She is temporarily replacing another commissioner who is facing federal drug trafficking charges. The former commissioner comes from a politically active family in the southernmost portion of El Paso county. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the area has a history as an active smuggling corridor for drugs and people.
Scientists aren’t the only ones worried about climate change. The Defense Department is too. And they’ve sought the help of the University of Arizona to be better prepared. Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Voters in Rio Rancho and Santa Fe are going to the polls today to select city councilors and vote on charter amendments and bond issues. Polls close at 7pm tonight. Rio Rancho voting info. Santa Fe voting info.
The Bernalillo County Commission will consider a proposal to require inspections of aging septic systems next week. The commission scrapped one ordinance last year that would have required all older systems to be replaced by 2015. Advocates of the new measure say it’s a reasonable compromise. But opponents say it’s just unfair. KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.
Find a scedule of public meetings on this issue here.
Tue. 3/6 Time ~11am: President Obama will hold a press conference today. He is expected to discuss the ongoing violence in Syria and Iran's disputed nuclear program. We'll bring you live anchored coverage of the event from NPR News. If you miss it check out our Two Week Archive!
The Navajo Nation is suing Urban Outfitters, demanding the company pull the "Navajo" name from its products. The lawsuit was filed late Tuesday in Federal court. Al Macias reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Supporters of a Mexican-American Studies program in Tucson met outside Arizona’s state capitol Wednesday to read from books they say have been banned. School district officials say the books have not been banned–just moved to storage facilities. Devin Browne reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
The federal government is deciding whether to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list, as some populations have stabilized. From the Fronteras Changing Americas Desk, Laurel Morales reports.
Jobs are coming back, or at least it seems that way. New claims for unemployment benefits are near a four-year low. And there’s some evidence that a group that’s been hit harder than others in this recession-Latinos-may be getting back into the workforce more quickly. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jude Joffe Block reports.
Across the country it’s not uncommon for a creditor to electronically disable a car if the owner falls behind on payments. This technology has been around for more than a decade and is quite effective. But on the vast and remote Navajo Nation it’s a problem. And a recent lawsuit charges that Navajo law makes them illegal. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports.
What does the real estate market have to do with the Mexican drug war? A whole lot, South Texas realtors say. The mere perception of violence spilling north of the border is leaving bountiful land by the Rio Grande sitting idle. No one wants to buy it. From the Fronteras Changing Americas Desk, Hernán Rozemberg reports.
New Mexico’s largest electric utility released numbers today showing a 25 percent increase in earnings from 2010 to 2011. Environmentalists say those profits are just one more reflection of PNM’s misplaced priorities.
Forensic specialists in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua are working to identify human remains found scattered on a mountainside across the border from Ft Hancock, Texas. Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Social networking has taken over many of our traditional ways of connecting with people far away-no more letters, no more faxes, even phone conversations may be outdated soon. But on the vast Indian reservations in rural America, few people have phones and even fewer have broadband access. So many American Indians still connect a very old fashioned way-through radio. It’s a means to connect, but as Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, for many it’s much, much more.
For the first time ever, the number of U.S. adults with bachelor’s degrees has surpassed 30 percent. But as Adrian Florido reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, new data shows the education gap between Latinos and other ethnic groups is widening.
Arizona’s GOP primary tomorrow will once again focus national attention on the Latino vote in the southwest. One prominent Latina who has gotten much attention in the past year is New Mexico's Republican Governor Susana Martinez. She’s a rising star in the Republican Party, and the GOP hopes she’ll draw in more of that critical Latino vote. But as Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, some Hispanic voters accuse her of pushing an anti-immigrant agenda.
This is the general area where the Las Conchas fire started.
A picture out the bus window between Valles Caldera and Bandelier. In the front are trees in an area that has been burned about every seven years. Behind, is an area that had not been burned previous to Las Conchas.
Bill Armstrong, with the Santa Fe National Forest, points out burn features from the bus.