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AZ Anglers Are Lifeblood For San Pedro De La Cueva
Many Arizonans head to Sonora’s beaches for the holidays. But for decades some American anglers have also been heading to a remote, lakeside community in the Sonoran Sierra.
Dec. 25, 2019
Phoenix To Reopen Mexican Trade Offices, Create Global Strategy
Phoenix recently closed the city’s trade offices in Mexico City and Hermosillo, Sonora. Rather than continue longer-term contracts with Phoenix-based firms that hosted dignitaries and trade missions, the council directed staff to solicit companies with a presence in Mexico and a focus on smaller businesses.
Dec. 24, 2019
Advocate: Marshallese Women Have Given Birth, Left AZ
Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen is accused of running an illegal adoption scam. The founder of a Arizona advocacy group helping Pacific Islanders says the pregnant Marshallese women police found when they arrested Petersen have all given birth to healthy babies and left Arizona.
Dec. 23, 2019
Watchdog: No Misconduct In Deaths Of 2 Migrant Children
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog says it found no evidence of misconduct or wrongdoing by immigration officials in the deaths of two migrant children last December. Both children died of bacterial infection during a time when a high number of asylum seekers were crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Dec. 23, 2019
Spending Bill Includes $152.4 Million For San Luis Port Of Entry
The federal spending package signed Friday includes millions of dollars for infrastructure improvements at Arizona’s second-busiest port of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border. Modernization of the port has been years in the making.
Dec. 23, 2019
Flagstaff Hungry Increase During Holidays
During the holidays, soup kitchens see an increase in the number of people in need, along with the number of volunteers. The Flagstaff Family Food Center serves as many as 1,500 people a day. And that number jumps 25% to 35% this time of year.
Dec. 23, 2019
Sinema, Collins Push Bipartisan Effort To Employ Asylum Seekers Sooner
A bipartisan effort to employ asylum seekers sooner is afoot in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema D-Ariz., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, are combining efforts to shorten the waiting period for asylum seekers to seek employment.
Dec. 22, 2019
Hopi Tribe Vets Coal Bed Methane Companies
The Hopi Tribe is vetting a group that has proposed an idea that could generate revenue, jobs and electricity for the tribe. Two Native-owned businesses called Northrock Technology and United Rain have proposed technology used for many years outside the U.S. to harvest coal bed methane, a form of natural gas.
Dec. 20, 2019
After Revenue Loss From Coal, Hopi Scramble To Fill Budget Gap
When the Navajo Generating Station and the Peabody Coal Mine shut down late last year, they took with them royalties that the Hopi Tribe depended on for more than four decades. Hopi leaders have known this day would come, yet they left it up to the current tribal council to replace that revenue generator.
Dec. 20, 2019
U.S., Mexico Resume Interior Repatriations
The United States and Mexico quietly revived a deportation program in Tucson that officials from both countries say will keep captured migrants safely away from Mexican border cities.
Dec. 20, 2019
Judge Pares Down Havasupai Student Lawsuit
A federal judge has ruled on a lawsuit that accuses the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education of failing to provide for Havasupai students with special needs and other claims. Attorneys for several students want to force the Bureau of Indian Education to provide a thorough curriculum, culturally relevant education and staff training to respond to trauma.
Dec. 20, 2019
U.S. House Approves Legislation For Renegotiated NAFTA Deal
The U.S. House of Representatives approved implementing legislation for the renegotiated NAFTA trade deal Thursday.
Dec. 19, 2019
NBA Plays To Score And Win In Mexico
Mexico has become an attractive market for American sports leagues. That includes the NBA, which wants to expand its presence and build strong alliances — and the Phoenix Suns are part of that effort.
Dec. 19, 2019
Mexican Environmental Secretary Promises To ‘Transform’ Rio Sonora
Mexico’s Secretary of Environment visited the Sonora River Valley Wednesday to address continued environmental and health concerns five years after a major mining spill. Residents of the area are still clamoring for remediation and protection from future disasters.
Dec. 19, 2019
Petersen Employee Takes Plea Deal; Supervisors Hold Off On Suspension Appeal Vote
The Marshallese woman prosecutors say helped embattled Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen run an illegal adoption scam has taken a plea deal, and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is unlikely to decide whether to lift Petersen’s suspension until after Christmas.
Dec. 19, 2019
From Mexico, A Christmas Tale — With A Feathered-Snake Tail
For years, Santa Claus has been bringing gifts to children from all over the world on Christmas Eve. But there was a time in Mexico when the man on the sleigh was threatened to be replaced by an ancient god.
Dec. 19, 2019
Third Cross Border Tunnel Discovered This Month In Nogales
A third cross tunnel running beneath the Arizona-Mexico border was found this week. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials described this tunnel as a sophisticated version of cross border tunnels commonly used to smuggle narcotics.
Dec. 19, 2019
Bill Would Ban New Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema introduced legislation Thursday that would ban any new uranium mining on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.
Dec. 19, 2019
Accusations Against EX-Amazon CEO In Mexico Ignite Feminist Debates
In recent months, a movement in Mexico against machismo and femicides has gained more notoriety. And the recent murder of the wife of the former CEO of Amazon Mexico added fuel to the fire, pushing for changes in the laws.
Dec. 19, 2019
11 Indicted In Tucson UPS Drug Trafficking Case
A grand jury this week indicted 11 people accused of using UPS to traffic narcotics and counterfeit vaping pens across the country. Four UPS workers are among those indicted. Homeland Security Investigations special agents in Arizona and Tucson police arrested the 11 suspects in late November.
Dec. 19, 2019