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Biden Administration Pauses Massive Copper Mine Near Superior
The Biden administration this week put a pause on a land transfer that would have allowed an international mining company to build a massive copper mine near Superior.
Mar. 4, 2021
Mexico Considers Shrinking Protected Area For Endangered Porpoise
Mexican officials could reduce the size of a protected area in the northernmost part of the Sea of Cortez where fishing nets are banned to protect a critically endangered porpoise, potentially putting the world’s smallest and most endangered marine mammal at greater risk.
Mar. 3, 2021
Concerns Over Mexicos Pitch For New ‘Bracero’-Type Labor Program
During a virtual meeting with President Joe Biden on Monday, Mexico’s president proposed the creation of a new migrant labor program. It would allow as many as 800,000 Mexican and Central American workers into the United States temporarily. But his comparisons to a former program known for its abuses has caused concern among workers rights advocates.
Mar. 3, 2021
DEA: Mexican Cartels Remain Untouched By The Pandemic
The DEA has just released its 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment, an annual publication to understand the impact of drug trafficking in the U.S. According to the federal agency, the pandemic has not seriously impacted these illicit activities, and Mexican drug cartels are even taking some advantage from it.
Mar. 3, 2021
Energy Counter-Reform In Mexico Brings Concerns
During a fast-track session, the Mexican Senate reformed its energy laws; a change promoted — and applauded — by the president. But others fear the new laws could hurt the environment and trade relations with the United States.
Mar. 3, 2021
Historic Sonoran Drought Brings Hard Times For Ranchers And Farmers
Droughts don’t recognize borders. And neighboring Sonora, Mexico, has been dealing with some of the same intense dryness as Arizona. It’s been especially hard on the state’s critical agriculture sector, a major exporter to the United States and the rest of the world.
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Mar. 3, 2021
No Apparent Deal On U.S. Vaccine Sharing With Mexico
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the U.S. priority was first vaccinating all Americans.
Mar. 2, 2021
Report: Number Of Local Sonoran Police Falls Significantly
In just over a year, the number of municipal police fell by over 14% to a little more than 4,500.
Mar. 2, 2021
Mexican President Holds Virtual Meeting With Biden
President Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador held a virtual bilateral meeting, along with other high-ranking officials. According to the White House, both presidents agreed to secure trade, develop legal pathways for migration and tackle the climate crisis.
Mar. 1, 2021
Mexico Politician Will Run For Governor Despite Sexual Abuse Accusations
Women’s History Month is beginning in Mexico amid a controversy surrounding a gubernatorial candidate in the state of Guerrero. The man faces allegations of rape and sexual abuse, but feminists fear patriarchal politics may bolster his candidacy.
Mar. 1, 2021
Hermosillo Now At Moderate Coronavirus Risk
The state in general is seeing fewer new cases and deaths as it continues the descent from the second wave.
Mar. 1, 2021
Sonora Sees Significant February Jobs Growth
The state also saw a significant jump in January and now sits roughly where it was in February 2020.
Mar. 1, 2021
Heard Museum Spotlights Leon Polk Smith
The Heard Museum is considered one of the premier places in the country to see exhibits related to Native American and Indigenous art and artists. Its current exhibition — a Heard original — focuses on Leon Polk Smith, a modernist who began his work in Oklahoma and was inspired and influenced by the culture he saw around him.
Mar. 1, 2021
FCC Approves Broadband Benefit, Helping Tribal Nations
The Federal Communications Commission recently approved the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, which is expected to enable eligible households to receive a discount on the cost of broadband service and connected devices during the pandemic, including and especially those on tribal land.
Feb. 27, 2021
Armed Group Attacks Worker Transports In Sonora
The attack took place near Empalme, one of the most violent cities in Mexico. Gunmen stopped two buses and forced all of the occupants to get out before setting both vehicles on fire, according to state security officials.
Feb. 26, 2021
Study: Monarch Butterflies Continue To Decline In Mexico
The World Wildlife Fund pointed to illegal logging and climate impacts on milkweed as principal factors at play.
Feb. 26, 2021
Navajo Nation Appropriates Funds To Support Industries, Jobs For Youth
Navajo Nation leaders on Friday signed two resolutions that appropriate funds for employment opportunities for youth, and assist industries hard hit during the pandemic.
Feb. 26, 2021
U.S. Secretary Of State Blinken Goes to Mexico Virtually
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held his first official trip on Friday, but online, as a result of the pandemic.
Feb. 26, 2021
While U.S. Tourists Escape From The Pandemic In Mexico, Mexican Travelers Do The Same In The U.S.
Tourism in the U.S. and Mexico has been severely affected by the pandemic. But people from both countries have started to travel across the border — and for the same reason. The pandemic is generating some tourism in both directions across the border.
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Feb. 26, 2021
Biden Eyes Private Sponsorship For Refugee Resettlement
President Joe Biden is poised to build on an idea from the Reagan era to raise the number of refugees brought to the United States. He wants to start a test program for allowing private sponsorship of resettlements.
Feb. 25, 2021

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