Fronteras Desk News

Senate committee approves northern Arizona flood and drought resilience projects
A key U.S. Senate committee has unanimously approved a broad set of initiatives to help shore up flood and drought resistance in northern Arizona as part of a larger water bill.
May. 25, 2024
Navajo president: Failing to pass tribal water rights settlement would be another form of genocide
The president of the Navajo Nation has signed the resolution approving the historic Northeastern Arizona Indian Water Rights Settlement Agreement. In doing so, he joined officials from the Hopi and San Juan Paiute tribes.
May. 24, 2024
Reports illustrate National Guard activities near border
Internal government reports have shed light on the activities of National Guard troops deployed to Arizona border communities by Gov. Katie Hobbs in December.
May. 24, 2024
Navajo Nation to receive new natural gas pipeline infrastructure
U.S. government officials will visit the Navajo Nation capital on Friday to announce a modernization plan for natural gas pipelines on tribal land.
May. 23, 2024
Audit: Border Patrol inconsistently handling migrants possessions
A government audit found that Border Patrol agents don’t consistently keep track of the personal possessions of the people they take into custody.
May. 23, 2024
Navajo council approves $5 billion water rights settlement
The Navajo Nation Council has signed off on a proposed water rights settlement that carries a price tag larger than any such agreement enacted by Congress would ensure water for two other tribes in Arizona.
May. 23, 2024
Arizona Senate Republicans advance controversial border ballot measure
A border security ballot measure advanced through the Arizona Senate on Wednesday on party lines with amendments that Republicans say will ensure no one is racially profiled under the proposal.
May. 22, 2024
Study: Invasive plants are making wildfires worse
A new study found that an increase in non-native vegetation like red brome, stinknet and buffelgrass has led to bigger and more persistent fires in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.
May. 22, 2024
Bisbee library, Tucson museum recognized with Institute of Museum medals
The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized two Arizona mainstays for their work in the communities they serve.
May. 21, 2024
Law of the river dictates water talks in agricultural Yuma
The Colorado River’s flow is governed by a complex set of agreements made between the entities that rely on it. But that system is in flux as the river's future becomes more uncertain, and the Yuma Valley is at the crux of it all.
Every last drop: Tackling big questions about Arizona's water future
May. 20, 2024
Navajo president: Regalia at graduations is protected after N.M. incident
The president of the Navajo Nation has directed all schools serving Navajo students to allow them to wear traditional regalia.
May. 20, 2024
Family of Tohono Oodham man killed by Border Patrol last year files wrongful death suit
Border Patrol agents fatally shot Raymond Mattia outside his home in the Tohono O’odham community of Menagers Dam the night of May 18, 2023.
May. 17, 2024
NAU Diné program gives K-12 teachers traditional lessons
Teachers in schools on the Navajo Nation across Northern Arizona will be working with NAU instructors to help integrate indigenous environmental practices into their classrooms.
May. 17, 2024
Grand Canyons North Rim reopens for the season
Park Service officials typically close the North Rim toward the end of November. Last year, it didn’t reopen until early June after winter storms damaged a long stretch of water line.
May. 15, 2024
Arizona border bill stalls after Republican state senator opposes Dreamers provision
The state Senate intends to pass a border security measure next week, but that will require all the chamber’s Republican votes, and one GOP Senator says he wants changes before he can get on board.
Hobbs says Republican border bill will 'bust' state budget
May. 14, 2024
Rights groups rally at AZ Capitol to protest GOP-led immigration measure
HCR 2060 would make it a crime under state law to enter Arizona outside of a port of entry, and give local law enforcement the authority to carry out those arrests.
May. 14, 2024
Lawmakers ask for $3B for FEMA program funding asylum seeker care
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and other lawmakers in Washington say a federal program that funds asylum seeker and migrant care in Arizona and elsewhere is still vastly underfunded.
May. 14, 2024
Rights advocates: Proposed DHS rule could shut out asylum seekers with valid claims
A new rule proposed by the Department of Homeland Security would have asylum officers do more advanced screening while conducting initial interviews for asylum seekers at the border.
May. 13, 2024
Bureau of Reclamation officially approves lower basin plan to conserve Colorado River water
A plan submitted by Arizona, California and Nevada to save 3 million acre feet of Colorado River supply over the next two years has been adopted by the federal government.
May. 13, 2024
Prescribed burns on Flagstaffs west side continue
The Forest Service is treating about 5,000 acres on the Coconino National Forest this week with prescribed burns northwest of Flagstaff.
May. 13, 2024