Fronteras Desk News

Tusayan Town Council OKs Latest Development Application
The Tusayan Town Council plans to vote Thursday on a permit application that would allow a developer to build a large-scale residential and resort area south of Grand Canyon National Park.
Jan. 23, 2020
Official: Oft-Delayed Sonoran Highway Project Expected This Spring
The major infrastructure project is all but finished, with most remaining work between Nogales and Ímuris. Mexico’s current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto both have promised to finish that highway, but the expected completion dates have repeatedly come and gone.
Jan. 23, 2020
Will Sales Taxes Help Tribes Bounce Back From A Development Ban?
The Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe were, until recently, subject to a ban on development under what was known as the “Bennett Freeze.” To find out more out that piece of history and how it’s impacted communities, The Show spoke with Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today.
Jan. 23, 2020
Goldwater Clashes With Advocates Over Indian Child Welfare Act
In 2014, the Goldwater Institute waded into a longtime debate over the validity of the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA. The act mandates child welfare agencies prioritize placing children taken from dangerous domestic situations with families that share their Native American heritage. The Goldwater Institute argues the act puts the traditions of the tribe above the safety of the children.
Jan. 22, 2020
2019 Was Mexico’s Most Violent; Murders Up In Sonora
Mexico had a record-setting number of murders last year. And Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, saw a particularly grisly jump in homicide. The murder figure rose just 2.5% nationally but nearly 60% in Sonora since 2018.
Jan. 21, 2020
Temperatures Within Border Patrol Facilities Challenged In Trial
The U.S. government and a team of legal advocacy groups representing migrants in Border Patrol custody clashed over a cornerstone complaint: the temperatures inside the facilities.
Jan. 18, 2020
County Supervisors Seek Applicants To Fill Assessor Job
Paul Petersen recently resigned as Maricopa County assessor, and now the county’s Board of Supervisors has come up with a plan to fill the job.
Jan. 17, 2020
Communities Affected By Mining Spill Win Case In Mexicos Supreme Court
On Wednesday, the Second Chamber of Mexico's Supreme Court unanimously granted legal protection to communities affected by a 2014 mining spill in the Sonora River. Residents of the communities affected by the spill hope that the ruling will provide relief they’ve been seeking for more than five years.
Jan. 16, 2020
Navajo President: China Trade Deal Would Benefit Tribes
The Navajo president said the trade agreement that the Trump administration and China signed Wednesday would open doors for tribes.
Jan. 16, 2020
Amid Impeachment Din, Senate Approves USMCA By Wide Margin
As the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is getting underway, the U.S. Senate approved the revised NAFTA deal on Thursday by a wide margin. The final tally was 89-10, with both of Arizona's senators voting for the measure.
Jan. 16, 2020
Reports: Burritos Making Border Patrol Detainees Sick
A greater than normal percentage of migrant detainees are reporting abdominal pain and gastrointestinal issues at the Casa Alitas shelter in Tucson. And the common thread for those being held in Border Patrol custody is a particular kind of burrito that is provided to the detainees.
Jan. 16, 2020
Sheriff Penzone Gives Public Apology For Leaving Meeting On Racial Profiling Early
Leaving a community meeting tied to a long-running racial profiling case landed Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone in hot water with a federal judge last year. Penzone gave a public apology Wednesday night at the first meeting this year to give updates on efforts by the Sheriff’s Office to carry out court orders to end racial profiling of Latinos.
Jan. 15, 2020
Worker Morale At Homeland Security Climbs, But Not Everywhere
The Government Accountability Office says low morale has gotten better in recent years in the massive Department of Homeland Security, but a nonprofit found worker satisfaction fell in 2019 in sub-agencies that deal with immigration.
Jan. 15, 2020
Judge Overseeing Border Patrol Trial May Order Tents For Tucson Sector
The federal judge overseeing a trial on the Border Patrol’s treatment of migrants in its custody may have come up with a solution for the agency.
Jan. 15, 2020
Navajo, SRP Take Steps To Make Solar A Priority
The Navajo Nation is taking steps to make solar energy a priority, with the help of Salt River Project. Salt River Project seeks proposals for up to 200 megawatts of solar development on the Navajo Nation.
Jan. 15, 2020
Family Of Gunman From Mexico School Shooting Linked To Crime
Last week, two people died in a school shooting in northern Mexico; one of them was the shooter himself, an 11-year-old student. The investigation is now leading to a possible link between his family and organized crime.
Jan. 15, 2020
Mexican Presidential Plane Back From U.S. After A Year
For about a year, Mexico’s presidential airplane has been for sale in California as part of the Mexican government’s austerity plan. But a deal hasn’t been made, and the plane will go back to its homeland.
Jan. 15, 2020
Binational Team Of Female Brewers To Debut IPA In Tucson
The head brewers of Tucson’s Borderlands Brewery and Monterrey, Mexico’s Turulata Brewing oversaw the cross-border collaboration. The fruit of the women-led effort is a hazy IPA they’re calling Las Hermanas, or the sisters.
Jan. 15, 2020
Sonora’s Largest University Gets Pro-LGBT Crosswalk
Sonora’s largest university has a new rainbow crosswalk on campus, a show of solidarity with LGBT students. Allies and members of the University of Sonora’s LGBT community gathered thousands of signatures and recently presented a petition to university leadership asking to be able to paint that crosswalk.
Jan. 14, 2020
Super PAC Wants AZ Latino Voters To Help Beat Trump
The former mayor of Los Angeles and an entrepreneur are leading a new super political action committee that sees Arizona as key to helping the eventual Democratic nominee beat President Trump.
Jan. 14, 2020