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The Conservation Beat
2:57 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

New Mexico Birders Contribute to Citizen Science

Jorgen Overgaard

Every year around this time, New Mexico birders have the opportunity to take part in a nationwide ritual known as the Christmas Bird Count.   Organized by The Audubon Society, it’s the longest running citizen-science survey in the world.  The survey goes on for weeks, with birders covering different parts of the state each day.  This morning, dozens of people pulled on their warmest boots to catalog birds in the Sandia Mountains.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel Overgaard, tagged along with one group and has this story.

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Fronteras
8:34 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Arizona Detox Center Closes

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Police in Page, Arizona, are worried about people freezing to death after a detox center on the border of the Navajo Nation closed. From Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

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Fronteras
8:32 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Arizona Law Restricts Impact Fees

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Cities and towns in the Southwest have long relied on development fees to fund their growth. Now a new law in Arizona restricts how much development money cities can collect, and what they can use that money for.  Devin Browne reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

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Fronteras
8:28 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Mexican Voters in the US

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With more than 10 million Mexicans living in the United States, Mexico is trying to get more expatriots to vote in their country's upcoming presidential election. This holiday season is the final push to get voters registered before the mid January deadline. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk in Las Vegas, Jude Joffe-Block reports.

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Fronteras
8:26 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Wallow Fire Impact Update

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It’s been seven months since an untended camp site sparked Arizona's largest wildfire.  It will be decades before the forests grow back.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Al Macias reports on how Mother Nature and humans are working to help wildlife.

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The Conservation Beat
10:05 am
Tue December 20, 2011

National Forests Open for Christmas Tree Cutting Until December 23

Christmas tree cutters brave snowy roads in Jemez.
Mike Sullivan

For over 50 years New Mexico’s National Forests have been selling Christmas tree permits to energeticdo-it-yourself-ers, and this year is no different.

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The Conservation Beat
10:12 am
Fri December 16, 2011

NM Anglers Take Advantage of Winter Trout Program

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The cold weather may not inspire the majority of us to go outside and stand around for hours.  But, then, the majority of us aren’t fishermen.

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Fronteras
1:39 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

U.S. Fingers Connection Between Lebanese Militant Group and a Mexican Drug Cartel

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A federal judge has unsealed a case against a money launderer accused of working with the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico and with Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group labeled a terror organization by the United States. Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Michel Marizco reports.

Fronteras
1:36 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

New EPA Rules Could Shutter Power Plants

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The federal government plans to announce strict air pollution standards this week. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Laurel Morales reports that some power plants in New Mexico and northern Arizona may shut down as a result. Power plants are anxiously awaiting additional standards that would reduce particulate emissions.

Fronteras
1:33 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

American Prisoner in Mexico

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Border residents who travel to Mexico frequently try to avoid unnecessary run-ins with the law.   Take the case of Shohn Huckabee, a young American from New Mexico. He was arrested in Juarez two years ago and convicted for drug trafficking. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Huckabee was later transferred to an American prison.  He was released early when authorities determined he had been tortured.

Local News
12:26 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Border Apprehensions Drop

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Apprehensions of undocumented immigrants along the Arizona border are at their lowest in 17 years, a statistic that Customs and Border Protection officials touted Monday morning in Tucson. As Michel Marizco reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, there’s been a massive reduction in these arrests across the entire southwest border.

Fronteras
12:23 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Challenge to Arizona’s Immigration Law Has Implications for the 2012 Election

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Arizona’s immigration law is scheduled to go before the US Supreme Court in April.  As Peter O’Dowd reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, that’s just in time for a re-energized debate over state rights in the 2012 election.

Fronteras
12:11 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Poll: Latinos Unhappy With Both Political Parties

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A national poll shows Latinos are unhappy with both political parties  and many aren’t too sure if they’ll vote next year.  The poll posed several questions to Latino registered voters about their attitudes toward candidates and the 2012 election. Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
11:52 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Poll: Latinos Unhappy With Both Political Parties

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A national poll released this week shows Latinos are UN-happy with both major political parties.  The poll posed several questions to Latino registered voters about their attitudes toward candidates and the 2012 election. Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
11:35 am
Wed December 14, 2011

US Supreme Court To Hear Challenge of Arizona’s Immigration Law

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The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late April, on Arizona’s controversial immigration law.  As Dennis Lambert reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the court will take up a lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality.

The Conservation Beat
11:12 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Coalition Says Federal Bill a Win-Win for New Mexico

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A coalition of elected officials, environmentalists and union members said today that passage of the American Jobs Act would be a win for both the economy and environment.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard has more.

Fronteras
10:11 am
Wed December 14, 2011

National Guard Pull Back at the Border

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No announcement has been made yet, but government officials say the deployment of National Guard soldiers at the US-Mexico border is about to change significantly. Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Hernán Rozemberg reports.

 

Fronteras
9:34 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Attorney General Holder Won’t Resign Over Gun-Walking Program

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U.S Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee that the federal gunwalking program Fast and Furious was an unacceptable law enforcement tactic. But as Michel Marizco from the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, Holder also suggested Congress needs to move forward.

Fronteras
9:28 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Visa Waiver Security Questioned

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President Obama supports expanding a program that allows certain foreigners to come to the US without a visa. But as Hernan Rozemberg reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, a new congressional report concludes that may not be such a good idea.

Fronteras
9:13 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Report: Border Fence A Waste of Money

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A new report from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General says 69 million dollars of taxpayers' money meant for border fence construction has been wasted. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has the story.

Fronteras
9:03 am
Fri December 9, 2011

ACLU Sues Over Assaults of Detained Immigrants

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The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the federal government and a private prison company after a transgendered immigrant was allegedly assaulted while in custody in Arizona. Michel Marizco reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

The Conservation Beat
6:33 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Youthful Energy Heats Up Hearing on the NM Emissions Cap

Last year, New Mexico became a national leader in air pollution control by passing a rule to limit and reduce the carbon emissions of its largest polluters.

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Fronteras
9:55 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Dictionary Changes Definition of “Anchor Baby”

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Editors of the American Heritage Dictionary have rewritten the definition of a controversial entry. The term "Anchor baby" was one of about ten thousand new words added to the dictionary last month, but as Jude Joffe Block reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the definition sparked criticism.

Fronteras
9:51 am
Wed December 7, 2011

California City Defies State and Federal Immigration Laws

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Ever since Arizona's controversial S-B-10-70 became law last year, other states and cities have tried to follow its example. But as Ruxandra Guidi reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, few cities have defied both state and federal immigration laws like the city of Escondido, California.

Fronteras
9:45 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Visa Bill Blocked in Senate

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After sailing through the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill that proponents called a small, but significant, step toward immigration reform has met a roadblock in the Senate. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle has the story.

Fronteras
9:27 am
Wed December 7, 2011

ALEC Protesters Target Navajo Generating Station

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Sixteen people were arrested at the Salt River Project’s offices in Tempe Arizona on Friday. As Devin Brown reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the protesters want the utility company to stop operating their coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation.

The Conservation Beat
9:22 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Mariel Nanasi on Effort to Repeal NM Emissions Cap

Hearings began Wednesday on an effort to repeal a cap on greenhouse gas emissions in New Mexico.  The rule was approved by the Environmental Improvement Board in the waning days of former Governor Bill Richardson’s tenure and has yet to take effect.

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Fronteras
9:17 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Aging Census

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The number of Americas over age 65 grew faster than any other age group in the country. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Monica Ortiz Uribe reports that retirees contributed to most of the growth in the southwest.

Fronteras
9:14 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Hispanics Oppose Perry

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A national conservative Hispanic group is calling for Texas Governor Rick Perry to drop out of the presidential race. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Hernán Rozemberg has more.

Fronteras
9:08 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Feds Worried About Gun Walking Program

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New emails released by the Department of Justice show that top officials were worried about the public perception of its gun walking programs in Arizona. As Michel Marizco reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, this was even before two of those guns turned up at the scene of a Border Patrol agent’s murder. 

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