Fronteras Desk News

Native American practices reduced fires over large areas
Although human-induced climate change is making wildfires more frequent and intense, natural cycles have sparked wildfires in the Southwest for centuries. New research examines how Native American cultural practices softened their impacts.
Dec. 8, 2022
Hermosillo chosen for USAID climate change program
The Sonoran capital, Hermosillo, has been chosen to participate in a five-year program to combat climate change in major Mexican cities.
Dec. 8, 2022
Watered-down electoral reforms advance in Mexico
A proposal that would, in part, reduce funding to Mexico’s electoral agency is advancing through Congress. It comes after a more substantial reform had failed.
Dec. 8, 2022
Coconino County asking FEMA for $30M in flood mitigation project funding
Coconino County is asking FEMA for about $30 million in grants to stop further flooding from the burn scars after this year’s devastating wildfires in Flagstaff.
Dec. 8, 2022
Santa Cruz Countys sheriff criticizes Duceys shipping container wall
Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to stack shipping containers along the U.S.-Mexico border has been met with criticism. Now, one border sheriff says if anyone tries to put the containers in his jurisdiction, he’ll have them arrested for illegal dumping.
Dec. 8, 2022
2 tribal heads in southern AZ tapped to join new DHS advisory council
The leaders of two southern Arizona tribes have been appointed to join the Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Dec. 7, 2022
House approves bill to allow deported veterans to return to U.S.
The House of Representatives approved a bill that could create a pathway to citizenship to non-citizens who served in the U.S. military.
Dec. 7, 2022
Violence in Sonoran town gains attention for the impact on schools kids
A video went viral in Mexico this week of children cowering under their desks in a Sonoran school while a teacher sings to keep them calm.
Dec. 7, 2022
In the carne asada capital of Mexico, vegan options are on the rise
When you think of Sonoran food, what comes to mind? Almost certainly carne asada. But a growing number of Sonorans are ditching animal products and opening restaurants centered on plant-based foods in what some have called a “vegan boom.”
Dec. 7, 2022
Memorial on Saturday for couple who died in Rocky Point
A memorial service will be held for the Flagstaff couple who died while kayaking in Sonora’s Rocky Point late last month.
Dec. 7, 2022
Sinemas framework deal could help DACA recipients, extend Title 42
This week, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema floated the framework for a piece of legislation that seeks to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children — also known as "Dreamers." It could also extend Title 42.
Dec. 7, 2022
The Ultimate Sophistication showcases O’odham womens clothing
An exhibit on display in Tucson features photographs of authentic, historically accurate clothing worn by O’odham women. Kyle Knox is the photographer behind the exhibit. He’s the managing editor for the Gila River Indian News.
Dec. 7, 2022
Marijuana legalization forces Mexican drug cartels to pivot
The growing legalization of cannabis in the U.S. is shifting organized crime groups in Mexico to synthetic drugs like methamphetamine.
Dec. 7, 2022
Sonora’s state Congress bans gay conversion therapies
With just two "no" votes in the 33-member unicameral legislature, the measure was approved by an overwhelming margin.
Dec. 6, 2022
Cocopah Tribe working to restore Colorado River’s native plants
After more than a century of dam building and development, the Colorado River ends as a trickle at the Arizona-Mexico border. The river was once the lifeblood of the Cocopah, or River People. The tribe has begun trying to return a sliver of that landscape to what it once was.
More news from the Tribal Natural Resources Desk
Dec. 6, 2022
Biden administration re-designates TPS for Haitians
The Biden administration will extend Temporary Protective Status — or TPS — to Haitians who have recently arrived in the U.S. The status is given to citizens of about a dozen countries determined to be unsafe for return. It provides temporary protection from deportation and a work permit.
Dec. 6, 2022
Ex-Border Patrol agent accused of killing 4 women in Texas heads to trial
A trial began this week for a former Border Patrol agent accused of killing multiple women in Texas. In coincides with another high-profile case involving a CBP agent in Arizona.
Dec. 5, 2022
Sonoran Congress approves one-time abbreviated governorship
Supporters say that syncing the governor's race with the federal presidential election could increase turnout, but critics call the reform a distraction.
Dec. 5, 2022
Mayors sign onto a letter advocating for DACA fix in Congress
Dozens of mayors around the U.S. have signed onto a letter calling for lawmakers to pass legislation to protected undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as kids — also known as "Dreamers."
Dec. 5, 2022
Major organized crime clashes in Sonora leave 8 dead
The mayor of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora confirmed that among the dead was a 7-year-old.
Dec. 5, 2022

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