Best Of The Border (3/10-3/15)

The Aquatics program in Phoenix is trying to recruit lifeguards that better reflect the communities where they work. (Photo courtesy of Becky Hulett)
By John Rosman
March 16, 2013

Diversifying The Lifeguard Applicant Pool

Phoenix Aquatics staff member Kelly Martinez took on the delicate task of explaining why they are targeting inner-city schools like this one for recruitment, and the scenario they are trying to correct.

“We want the community lifeguards to be from that community,” Martinez said. “And quit having it that the kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or Black or whatever and every lifeguard is white. We don't like that, the kids don't relate, there’s language issues.”

Martinez turned to a Latina student next to her.

“Do you speak Spanish?”

The student nodded.

“See, awesome,” Martinez said. “We need more lifeguards who can speak Spanish.”

Competitive swimming is still a predominantly white sport. A study released in 2010 by USA Swimming and the University of Memphis found minorities reported lower swimming ability compared to whites.

Monarch Butterfly Migration Symbolic Of Cross Border Relationship

Although Monarch butterflies don’t carry visas, they still fall victim to a complicated cross border relationship that divide their migration.

ICE Reveals Detainee Release Numbers

ICE Director said 2,228 immigrants were released in recent weeks due to budget cuts — a number way larger than the “several hundred” previously cited.

Photo by Laurel Morales
In 2009 scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey found samples from 15 springs and five wells that showed dissolved uranium concentrations greater than the EPA’s maximum for drinking water.

Companies Search For Ways To Mine Uranium Outside Grand Canyon National Park

Northern Arizona has four times more uranium than any other deposit in the United States. But as of 2012, new uranium mining claims are banned on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. The uranium riches still have mining companies looking for a way in.

Major Mexican Newspaper To Stop Publishing Cartel News

The Zócalo newspaper is the latest victim in a recent upswing of violence against Mexican journalists.

Zócalo, a publication out of the Coahuila capitol, Saltillo, wrote a front-page editorial on its website Monday explaining it would no longer publish news concerning drug cartels.

In a statement by the editorial council of the paper, it said the decision aimed to protect its employees and their families.