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10:07 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Can Grazing Reduce the Risk of Wildfires?

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Researchers and ranchers are studying whether cattle grazing could significantly reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in rugged areas of the southwest.  As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, firefighters had the toughest time fighting recent record-setting fires in steep terrain where dry grasses and other fuels had built up.

Fronteras
9:57 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Backyard Foods in the Southwest

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Tired of waiting in line at the supermarket during this holiday season? Well, there may be some food you can harvest right out your back door. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle introduces us to some native foods that are making a comeback in the southwest.

Fronteras
9:23 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Beyond Sprawl: Cul De Sac Redesign

Pigs will probably fly in the Southwest before home builders stop building new homes here, but the types of homes people will need in the next 20 years might look very different. We’re staying single longer, we’re having fewer children, we’re paying more for gas and utilities -- is it time to re-think the all-American SUBURB?  

In part two of the Fronteras Changing America Desk series, Beyond Sprawl, Devin Browne reports on an Arizona State University project to redesign a cul de sac for the future.

 

 

Fronteras
4:59 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Beyond Sprawl: Zombie Subdivisions

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Home builders have long made a living expanding the edges of Southwestern cities. But look around these days, and you’ll find construction projects that have come screeching to a halt. Home prices and new-home construction are a fraction of what they once were. After an historic housing crisis, a new Fronteras Changing America Desk series asks: is it time to reconsider the way we’ve built the Southwest?

We begin the series, Beyond Sprawl, in Phoenix. Peter O’Dowd reports on a new kind of subdivision, the zombie subdivision .

Fronteras
4:55 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Cross Border Shopping on Black Friday

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Business was booming today just north of the U.S.- Mexico border. As Jill Replogle reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, some Mexican shoppers came a long way to get in on Black Friday sales.

Fronteras
4:43 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Dinosaur Discovery at Red Rock in Nevada

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The Red Rock National Conservation Area outside of Las Vegas has stunning red colored sandstone and desert vistas that draw millions of visitors each year. It turns out 190 million years ago, the park had a very early visitor no one previously knew was in the area—a dinosaur.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports.

Fronteras
4:37 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Rare Ice Age Mammalian Footprints Studied at White Sands

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Scientists at White Sands National Monument are studying hundreds of rare mammalian footprints that date back to the Ice Age. The impressions were discovered this summer by a pair of college students during a science internship.

From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Monica Ortiz Uribe reports the prints are providing clues about the what the southwest region was like before the last great extinction.

Fronteras
4:31 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Critics of Arizona Well Call for Oversight

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The water inside Montezuma Well-part of the Montezuma Castle Monument near Rimrock, Arizona- is ten to thirteen THOUSAND years old. The Arizona Water Company operates two commercial wells near the monument and now another water company wants to open their own high-production well just 300 feet from the boundaries of the national park.

Fronteras
4:24 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Drought Drives Migrating Birds to New Mexico

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Flocks of geese, cranes and ducks aren't likely to find a warm welcome in the drought stricken sanctuaries of Texas. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, that may be good news for bird watchers in New Mexico.

Fronteras
4:20 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Backyard Foods in the Southwest

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Tired of waiting in line at the supermarket during this holiday season? Well, there may be some food you can harvest right out your back door. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle introduces us to some native foods that are making a comeback in the southwest.

Fronteras
4:15 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Report Examines Human Caused Fires in Arizona

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The Government Accountability Office has released a report showing that only a fraction of human-caused fires in Arizona were investigated in the past five years. Of those, illegal border crossers may have started almost half.

But as Michel Marizco reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk,  the author of the report says the data she used for the study is far from complete.

Fronteras
4:10 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Wildfire Programs Could See Cuts Under Senate Proposal

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There's a proposal in a U.S. Senate committee to cut funding for a program which helps reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in places like New Mexico, California, Arizona, and Texas. Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
4:03 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Western Foodbanks See More Demand, Fewer Donations

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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.

As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk it’s putting a heavy burden on food  banks.

Fronteras
10:32 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Economics of Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

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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.

Fronteras
10:22 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Keeping Consumers Happy Good for Biz

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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.

Fronteras
10:19 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Could Cutting Border Enforcement Help Reduce the Deficit?

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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.

Fronteras
10:15 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Hispanic-Owned Businesses Could See a Boost

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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.

Fronteras
10:07 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Navajo Thanksgiving Traditions

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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.

Fronteras
9:43 am
Mon November 21, 2011

California Janitors Link Immigration to Occupy Wall Street Movement

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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.

 

Fronteras
9:29 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Border Investments Clean Up California River

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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.

Fronteras
4:45 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Smokestack To Be Demolished

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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.

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Fronteras
10:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Reviving the Colorado River Delta

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Mexico and the United States are working toward a broad package deal that would help revive the Colorado River Delta.  Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
9:54 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Cartel Sought to Attack US Embassy in Mexico

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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.

Fronteras
9:34 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Report: Young Immigrants Assimilating

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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.

Fronteras
10:14 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Iraqi Refugee Series: Syria

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Since 2007, the US has resettled tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees in this country. Many of them had already left Iraq – having fled to neighboring countries like Jordan and Syria. 

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Fronteras
9:44 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Families of Disappeared in Mexico Call for Justice

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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.  

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Fronteras
4:37 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Navajo Head Start Program Funded

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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.

 

Fronteras
4:28 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Iraqi Refugee Series: Overload

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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.

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Fronteras
11:30 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Navajo and Hopi Tribes Discuss Future of Coal

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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.

 

Fronteras
10:34 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Texas Considers Confederate License Plate

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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.

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