The number of people who need help buying food has risen more than 20 percent for southwestern states including New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Nevada. That’s according to the most recent statistics from the U-S Census Bureau.
Thu. 12/1 8a: What do you see when you see someone with a disability? Are you disabled and do people see you or treat you differently as a result? This week on the KUNM Call In Show a discussion the visibility of disability. Questions or comments? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the last decade the price of uranium has shot up. Some of the richest uranium deposits just happen to be on land surrounding a national treasure – the Grand Canyon. A ban on new claims is set to expire next month (December), but as Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Chaning America Desk, that doesn’t mean that it will.
The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for many companies. But according to a recent survey by Arizona State University, businesses could be throwing away huge profits if they’re not careful to keep consumers happy. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Nick Blumberg reports.
The congressional Super-Committee has failed to settle on a bipartisan proposal to cut the nation's deficit by 1.5 trillion dollars. But as Ruxandra Guidi reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, some advocates for immigration reform have been calling for cuts to border enforcement.
A new counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday is encouraging customers to spend some of their money away from big box stores and web sites this post-Thanksgiving weekend. It could mean a boost for Hispanic-owned businesses. Nick Blumberg reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
For some Native Americans Thanksgiving is not quite the same kind of celebration that it is for other Americans. After all, the Pilgrim arrival and settlement didn’t exactly work out well for the Natives. In the vast Navajo Nation in the southwest, many do gather with families to give thanks on this holiday, just like their Anglo neighbors. But Navajo traditions teach them that Thanksgiving is, for them, a daily practice. That’s what Navajo teacher Brent Chase passes on to the children in his Joseph City (northern Arizona) classroom when its time for the Thanksgiving lesson.
This week, most Americans only have one kind of bird on the brain-turkey. But this past weekend, a few hunters in the Middle Rio Grande Valley had their sites set on a different kind of Thanksgiving feast. KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.
More than a hundred janitors and their supporters sought briefly to occupy the plaza in front of the federal building in downtown San Diego on Thursday. Jill Replogle reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
California's New River was once the most polluted in the country. As Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, government officials now say it's much cleaner because of greater investment in border environmental issues.
After almost three years of court appeals and negotiation, water officials in New Mexico have approved a settlement that aims to regulate waste from the state’s 2.6 billion dollar dairy industry. Sidsel Overgaard reports.
A report out this week by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity highlights severe environmental violations by a copper smelting plant in Hayden Arizona. The smelter in question belongs to the American Smelting and Refining Company, or ASARCO, which operates four plants in the southwest. ASARCO once operated a similar smelter in El Paso, Texas. When the company was shut down, they left behind a legacy of pollution.
Reviewer Jim Terr sees a lot of cultural and entertainment events in the course of a year in northern New Mexico. But he says his favorites have come down to a small number, including one event that occurs annually in Los Alamos.
The Sinaloa drug cartel sought military weapons to attack the US embassy in Mexico City and then blame it on a rival cartel. As Michel Marizco reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the planned attacks were intended to send a message to the United States not to interfere in Mexico.
A new bipartisan study examines the latest Census data and finds that immigrants to the U.S., especially young immigrants, are assimilating well. Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
Almost 500 people have gone missing in Tijuana and the wider Baja California region in the last 5 years. Some of these disappearances are kidnappings by local criminals for ransom. Others are believed to be carried out by the drug cartels.
How do you get your resume moved to the top of the pile in this job-challenged economy? By knowing someone inside the company, of course. But that's really a challenge if you've just moved to the US from a war-torn country more than seven thousand miles away.
Only one of the original Navajo Code Talkers remains. Those were the 29 Navajo Marines who used their native language to devise an unbreakable code during World War II. Laurel Morales of the Fronteras Changing America Desk spoke with 90-year-old Veteran Chester Nez.
The federal government has decided to fully fund the Head Start program on the Navajo Nation. As Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Laural Morales reports, this is after the feds threatened to cut the tribe’s program in half three months ago.
Sixty thousand Iraqi refugees have come to the United States since 2007. Texas, Arizona and California are among the top destinations and the federal government has made resettling these refugees a priority. But some local schools and hospitals are overwhelmed.
Whichever direction that fight goes, some are seeing the writing on the wall. For decades the Navajo and Hopi Tribes have relied on the coal industry as their economic base. As Laural Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, tribal leaders from the Four Corners region joined with academics and political leaders in Flagstaff last week to come up with alternative economic resources.
Is Old Dixie rising again in the South? That’s what critics of a proposal for a new specialty license plate are saying in Texas. The plate features a Confederate flag and is meant to honor Southern soldiers. But as Hernán Rozemberg of the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, the idea has sparked a major controversy in the Lone Star State.
Ten years after the bodies of eight murdered women were discovered in a cotton field in the Mexican border city of Juarez authorities have inaugurated a monument in their memory. For the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports from Ciudad Juarez that to this day the murders remain unsolved.
Americans are even poorer than the Census Bureau first predicted last month. New estimates, released Monday, show that sixteen percent of Americans were living in poverty in 2010. Devin Browne reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.
The former U.S. attorney who was investigating the possibility of a lawsuit against the United States for the murder of a border patrol agent has recused himself from the case. It was revealed that the U.S. had allowed guns into Mexico while he was U.S. Attorney.