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Sonoran Students To Start School Year Online
While schools in Arizona and across the U.S. are grappling with how and if to send students back to classrooms, officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico have decided against a return to in-person schooling for now.
Jul. 21, 2020
Struggle To Access Clean Water On Navajo Nation Exacerbated By Pandemic
Clean running water on the Navajo Nation has been an ongoing challenge for decades. The Navajo Water Project was started in 2016 as a way to put a dent in the problem, and it has helped by installing running water systems in 300 households so far. But the coronavirus pandemic has upped the difficulty.
Jul. 21, 2020
BLM Completes Land Sale To Gila River Indian Community
The Bureau of Land Management has completed the sale of two public land parcels to the Gila River Indian Community. The sale of the two parcels, totaling over 3,300 acres, is in accordance with the Gila River Indian Community Federal Rights-of-Way, Easements and Boundary Clarification Act.
Jul. 20, 2020
Officials Take Issue As Mexico Lowers Sonoran COVID-19 Risk Level
The Mexican federal government says Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, no longer has the most serious rating on a national pandemic scale. For the coming week, Sonora will be considered orange, a step below red, where it had been for a number of weeks.
Jul. 20, 2020
Tribal Nations To Receive Funding To Meet Transportation Needs
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Arizona tribes more than $4 million to support transit operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is part of the CARES Act and will help tribal governments with local transportation.
Jul. 20, 2020
Major Issues Tied To Immigration Are On Deck As Congress Returns
Congress returns from recess this week and has a big to-do list before going back on hiatus for all of August. Lawmakers are expected to negotiate another stimulus package to offset the effect of the coronavirus pandemic. A key detail in any agreement will again be whether it includes help for undocumented immigrants.
Jul. 18, 2020
Mexican President: Military Will Take Charge of Land, Sea Ports
He made the announcement in the major port city of Manzanillo, which he said has been used to bring drugs and chemical precursors into the country.
Jul. 17, 2020
Sonoran Capital COVID-19 Cases Expected To Peak Soon
Declines could be seen as soon as the last two weeks of July or early August. But that assumes that mobility and other factors don't change much.
Jul. 17, 2020
Sonoyta Installs Health Filters, Urges Tourists To Reconsider Travel
In early July protesters in a border town in Sonora, Mexico, turned away U.S. visitors — many on their way to the beach town Rocky Point. Now, protesters have removed their blockade. But local officials are installing their own so-called health checkpoint at the border to discourage nonessential travel during the pandemic.
Jul. 17, 2020
Arizona COVID-19 Patients Being Sent To New Mexico
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arizona are being transferred to New Mexico hospitals because of staffing shortages and a lack of bed space, under a federal law that requires hospitals to accept patients from neighboring states if beds are available.
Jul. 17, 2020
Navajo President Asks Residents To Remain Vigilant
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has asked residents to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. In a town hall broadcast, he warned those who were going off reservation to attend sporting events that it’s not worth the risk of being hospitalized.
Jul. 17, 2020
Produce Importers: Domestic Growers’ Push For Protection Could Spell Higher Prices
A number of southeastern U.S. representatives are asking the federal government to protect domestic produce growers from Mexican imports. Such a move could also lead to retaliatory measures from Mexico, the produce import industry says.
Jul. 16, 2020
Flagstaff Prepares For Flood One Year After Fire
Tuesday marks one year since the Museum Fire north of Flagstaff. And forest officials say there’s still a threat of flooding.
Jul. 16, 2020
Report: Border Wall Project Based On Outdated Model
A new federal investigation finds that the Trump administration moved forward with the border wall along the boundary with Mexico with no real strategy to control the border in place.
Jul. 16, 2020
Governors Office: AZ Not Sharing Drivers License Data With Census
The Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, but several states have agreed to share driver’s license information with the Bureau.
Jul. 16, 2020
Several Hundred Stores In Sonoran Capital’s Center Set To Reopen
As cases surge in the state, hundreds of stores in the historic city center of the Sonoran capital Hermosillo are set to reopen.
Jul. 15, 2020
Phoenix Immigration Lawyer Starts 45-Day Suspension
The Justice Department said a Phoenix-based immigration lawyer has started a 45-day suspension after admitting that he abused the asylum system. An attorney for the lawyer says the timeout stems from a widely used strategy to win legal status for long-term undocumented people.
Jul. 15, 2020
Hermosillo Baseball Team Bets On Playing For A Crowd In October
The coronavirus is still spreading quickly in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. But fans and officials hope the situation will be different by October — that’s when Mexico’s Pacific League plans to start its 2020-2021 baseball season. And the team in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo wants to play for a crowd.
Jul. 15, 2020
Audit: CBP Undercounted In-Custody Deaths
A new investigation finds that the country’s border enforcement agency has undercounted how many people died in its custody.
Jul. 15, 2020
Authorities Sanction Sonoran Pharmacy For Price Gouging
Mexican officials cited a pharmacy in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo this week for inflating prices on a drug being used to treat symptoms of the coronavirus.
Jul. 14, 2020