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Sonora could be on track for another below average monsoon season
A low-precipitation monsoon season could have serious impacts on the state's critical agricultural sector, and could even compromise cities' ability to ensure reliable water access.
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May. 14, 2022
Mexico’s president threatens to boycott Summit of the Americas
Next month, the United States is set to host the Ninth Summit of the Americas — a gathering of leaders from across the Western Hemisphere. But Mexico’s president is threatening to boycott the meeting if the U.S. fails to invite the leaders of some other countries.
May. 13, 2022
Dolores Huerta tells the story of Si se puede
Fifty years ago, Santa Rita Hall near downtown Phoenix served as a gathering place for a pair of Latino labor icons trying to overturn a new state law stopping farmworkers from organizing. The leader who coined the phrase "Si se puede" recounted history during a Friday visit to the grounds.
May. 13, 2022
New motion seeks to end Title 42 in California and NM
A suit brought by Arizona, Texas and a host of non-border states could keep Title 42 in place for months to come. A new motion filed by an asylum-seeking family aims to end it in other border states.
May. 11, 2022
Sonora will eliminate COVID-19 mask mandate
A mask mandate implemented in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is set to be lifted.
May. 11, 2022
On Mothers Day, protesters demand justice for Mexicos missing
Tuesday was Mother’s Day in Mexico. But many mothers in the country say it’s no longer a day to celebrate with so many of their sons, daughters and other family members missing.
May. 11, 2022
Santa Cruz County sheriff: Title 42 is fueling border chaos and should end
Title 42, the pandemic protocol that allows border officers to turn away migrants and asylum seekers, continues to divide lawmakers and local leaders in Arizona. It's a public health statute regulated by the CDC, which says it’s no longer necessary and will end May 23.
May. 10, 2022
No charges for border agent who fatally shot migrant near Douglas
The Cochise County Attorney’s Office says it won’t pursue charges of a Border Patrol Agent who fatally shot a Mexican migrant earlier this year.
May. 10, 2022
More killings leave Mexican journalists disheartened
Last week, a well-known reporter was found dead in Sinaloa, followed just four days later by the shooting deaths of two reporters in Veracruz.
May. 10, 2022
This researcher is trying to restore peach trees to tribal lands
Peaches are often seen as a summer delicacy, and some Phoenix-area residents are getting ready to pick them off trees in their yards. But for Reagan Wytsalucy, this fruit has a much deeper meaning.
May. 10, 2022
Why U.S. immigration cases are piling up, and why judges cant speak about them
The court system in the U.S. faces a backlog of immigration-related cases that is estimated to be at least 1.6 million. The backlog also isn’t helped by a shortage of immigration judges and ties to the Department of Justice.
May. 10, 2022
CPB to disband controversial investigation teams
A memo from Customs and Border Protection says it will stop using Critical Incident Teams, the internal Border Patrol units accused of interfering with outside investigations into agent conduct.
May. 9, 2022
Sonoran cattle exports expected to drop significantly
One industry leader said that another low-rainfall monsoon this year would be "very hard" for cattle ranchers. After a terrible 2020 monsoon season, many ranchers in Sonora felt forced to sell off significant portions of their herds, including young, productive animals.
May. 9, 2022
During Cuba visit, Mexico’s president secures youth vaccines
The deal also includes a commitment to hire Cuban doctors in response to what Mexico's president calls a shortage of healthcare workers.
May. 9, 2022
San Rafael Fire spreads in grasslands near Patagonia
A fire is raging at the southern border southeast of Patagonia. The Rafael Fire has burned more than 10,000 acres since it began Saturday.
May. 9, 2022
National Weather Service warns of critical fire conditions in northern Arizona this weekend
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for this weekend in northern Arizona. Flagstaff meteorologist Jeremy Mazone says the warning began Saturday morning, and critical weather conditions may even continue throughout the week.
May. 7, 2022
In southern Arizonas Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a race to save a tiny desert oasis
Quitobaquito a natural water source near the U.S.-Mexico border in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It’s a sacred site and historic homestead to a southern Arizona tribe and it houses some of the state’s most endangered species. But the site is now in peril.
May. 6, 2022
Violence vs. Mexico journalists on track for historically terrible year
The body of Luis Enrique Ramirez, a columnist with a decades-long reporting career, was found in the Sinaloan capital Culiacan on Thursday.
May. 6, 2022
Sonoran authorities hope new app helps in identification of human remains
Users will have access to information about unidentified remains, like images of tattoos and other distinguishing marks that could aid in their positive ID.
May. 6, 2022
Panel to focus on Native American missing, slain cases
U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland wants to do more than just put a bandage on a crisis that she says has been decades in the making.
May. 6, 2022