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Tucsons plastic waste collection project exceeded goals for 2022
A program to collect plastic waste that began last August in Tucson has completed its first phase, and city officials say the results exceeded the program’s initial goals.
Jan. 4, 2023
A wetland area in Hermosillo has officially received protected status
The Sonoran capital Hermosillo has a new protected area, after the status was made official for wetlands on the western extreme of the city.
Jan. 4, 2023
Officials say poacher arrests have ‘dismantled’ cartel that threatens vaquita
Mexican officials say they have made progress in protecting the critically endangered vaquita marina porpoise by arresting poachers in the uppermost part of the Gulf of California.
Jan. 4, 2023
USCIS proposes increasing some application fees amid funding shortfalls
Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, wants to raise the fees applicants pay when trying to get certain visas to come to and stay in the U.S.
Jan. 3, 2023
Removal begins on Duceys shipping container walls, but questions remain
Contractors hired by the state of Arizona have started dismantling a makeshift border wall made of out shipping containers in Yuma and Cochise counties. Protesters who stopped work in Cochise County say they want to partner with the U.S. Forest Service to ensure the construction doesn't cause more harm.
Jan. 3, 2023
Rio Sonora community Arizpe begins new year without local police force
The small town of nearly 3,000 is almost three hours southwest of Douglas. The commander was joined by other police officers, though Sonoran Gov. Alfonso Durazo later said that a pair of them had failed to take tests intended to ensure the trustworthiness of cops.
Jan. 3, 2023
AMLO congratulates new Mexico Supreme Court head
Justice Norma Piña will be the first woman to head the court in its nearly two-century history.
Jan. 3, 2023
Coconino County receiving bill funding for wildfire flood damage
The fiscal omnibus bill approved just before the new year includes nearly $1 billion for protecting the nation’s watersheds. And of that, northern Arizona’s Coconino County will receive $50 million.
Jan. 3, 2023
Northern Arizona tribe to get federal aid for flood damage
President Joe Biden has approved a disaster declaration made by the Havasupai Tribe in northern Arizona, freeing up funds for flood damage as it prepares to reopen for tourists after nearly three years.
Jan. 2, 2023
Jailbreak in Ciudad Juarez leaves 17 dead, 25 on the lam
On Sunday, gunmen who arrived in armored vehicles opened fire on a state prison in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
Jan. 2, 2023
Woman leads Mexico’s Supreme Court for first time
For the first time in its history, Mexico’s Supreme Court has chosen a woman to be its president. With a majority vote from her colleagues on Mexico’s high court, Justice Norma Piña was chosen to serve as its head for the next four years
Jan. 2, 2023
9 people killed Thursday as violence rages on in Guaymas
Nine people were killed in a coastal Sonoran town Thursday that has seen growing violence in recent months.
Dec. 30, 2022
Facing water shortages, Sonoran officials present new plan
For each of the past several years, Sonora has faced the sobering reality that it could run short on water. Now officials say they have a plan to address the issue.
Dec. 30, 2022
Taking down shipping containers at border will cost $76 million
After months of scrutiny from environmentalists, immigration advocates and the U.S. government, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is taking down the shipping containers he had seemingly illegally put up.
Dec. 30, 2022
AG says Title 42 is one of only ways state has to slow illegal immigration
Title 42 allows border agents to turn away migrants, on the grounds of COVID-19, before they can seek asylum. When President Joe Biden tried to dismantle it, a group of 19 Republican state attorneys general sued.
Dec. 30, 2022
Former Border Patrol agent sentenced in corruption cases
A former Border Patrol agent was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison on various corruption and weapons charges. Ramon Monreal-Rodriguez, a former Tucson-area agent, was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison and ordered to pay $151,000 in restitution to the U.S. Border Patrol.
Dec. 29, 2022
Mexico extends legalization period for so-called ‘chocolate cars’
Mexico is extending the timeline for owners of illegally imported foreign cars to bring those vehicles into compliance.
Dec. 29, 2022
Mexico gets 6 Sonoran pronghorn from AZ breeding program
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has relocated six endangered Sonoran pronghorn antelope from Arizona to Sonora as part of a collaborative breeding program meant to rebuild a healthy population of the species.
Dec. 29, 2022
Supreme Court Title 42 ruling brings more frustration, confusion
A recent order from the U.S. Supreme Court means the controversial Title 42 policy will likely remain in effect for months to come. Advocates fear that the extension of the policy will mean asylum-seekers remain stranded for months longer in sometimes dangerous border cities.
Dec. 28, 2022
Plagiarism scandal upends judges pursuit of Mexican Supreme Court presidency
A justice on Mexico’s Supreme Court is facing a plagiarism scandal threatening to upend her effort to become the body’s president. Justice Yasmin Esquivel has denied the allegations and even suggested that it may have been her work that was stolen.
Dec. 28, 2022

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