Fronteras Desk News

Sonoran governor: Leaders have no plans to send AZ desalinated water
The idea of bringing water to Arizona from a desalination plant in neighboring Sonora has been around for years — as have critiques of such a scheme. But Sonora’s governor says neither state nor federal leaders are on-board with current proposals.
Jun. 29, 2023
More lawyers hired to investigate Native American killings
The United States is placing 10 permanent attorneys and coordinators across the country to investigate the disappearances and killings of Native Americans.
Jun. 28, 2023
Family of Indigenous man fatally shot by Border Patrol say theyre still searching for answers
An edited video released by Customs and Border Protection this month shows body camera footage of the fatal shooting of Raymond Mattia, a Tohono O'odham tribal member shot by Border Patrol agents in the Tohono O'odham Nation. Mattia's family says they're still looking for answers.
Jun. 28, 2023
Stage 1 fire restrictions settle over northern Arizona
Coconino National Forest and the surrounding area including Flagstaff will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions ahead of the Fourth of July.
Jun. 26, 2023
SCOTUS water ruling complicates life for 173,000 on the Navajo Nation
The Supreme Court ruled last week that while the Navajo Nation has a right to access water flowing on the reservation, the U.S. government doesn’t have to secure that water.
Jun. 26, 2023
KJZZs Fronteras Desk wins 5 national PMJA awards
KJZZ's Fronteras Desk accepted five national awards from the Public Media Journalists Association at a ceremony in San Antonio on Friday night. Reporters won second place in Division AA — the largest division that includes stations with 16 or more full-time news staff — in the Arts Feature, Continuing Coverage, Feature, Sports Feature and Use of Sound categories.
Jun. 24, 2023
Flagstaff moves forward on short-term rental regulations
This week, the Flagstaff City Council gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would require owners of short-term rentals to register their properties and pay an annual licensing fee, or else face fines of $1,000 a month.
Jun. 23, 2023
Rep. Gallego wants more aid for communities helping asylum seekers
In a new letter this week, U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego says federal funding allotments for communities helping asylum seekers from the border should be reconsidered.
Jun. 22, 2023
TPS extended for current recipients from Nicaragua, Nepal, Honduras and El Salvador
TPS is given to nationals from countries that have been deemed too dangerous to return to, because of things like conflict or natural disaster.
Jun. 22, 2023
Supreme Court rules against Navajo Nation in water rights case
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government does not have to take affirmative steps to secure water for the Navajo Nation.
Jun. 22, 2023
Navajo Nation declares sober living scheme an emergency
The president of the Navajo Nation has declared a public health state of emergency. It’s for tribal members affected by the fraudulent behavioral health schemes targeting them in the Phoenix area.
Jun. 21, 2023
Black bear that killed AZ man was healthy, exam shows
A black bear that killed a 66-year-old man near Prescott last week was unprovoked when it attacked, an official necropsy has found.
Jun. 21, 2023
Report: AZ makes it uniquely hard for tribes to get water
The Show spoke with reporter Umar Farooq on the inconsistent water sources in the Navajo Nation and how a lack of resource has left a $128 million facility unable to open.
Jun. 20, 2023
How Lalo García went from migrant worker to one of Mexico’s top chefs
The Show spoke with Laura Tillman about her biography "The Migrant Chef: The Life and Times of Lalo Garcia," a chef from Mexico who began his culinary journey as a migrant worker.
Jun. 20, 2023
Flagstaff taking up short-term rental ordinance
The new rule would include a $175 annual licensing fee applied to any short-term housing rented out for less than 30 days. If the Flagstaff City Council approves it, it will take effect in November.
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Jun. 16, 2023
Bear kills Arizona man in incredibly uncommon, strange circumstance, officials say
A 66-year-old Tucson man was killed by a black bear in an unprovoked attack in Yavapai County on Friday morning. The Yavapai County sheriff’s office started receiving 911 calls shortly before 8 a.m. Friday morning about a man being mauled by the bear.
Jun. 16, 2023
FEMA funds are coming to AZ to help with asylum seekers
Arizona sites will get a new round of federal funding from FEMA to help asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jun. 16, 2023
Asylum officers union comes out against Bidens asylum rule in legal brief
A national union representing U.S. asylum officers and other immigration employees is asking a federal court to invalidate the Biden administration’s new asylum rule.
Jun. 15, 2023
Navajo president praises SCOTUS ruling on adoptions
The president of the Navajo Nation has weighed in on the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act. The law gives preference to Native tribes when Native American children are adopted or enter into foster care.
Jun. 15, 2023
New book takes an in-depth look at coal on the Navajo Nation
Coal has long been a major part of the economy of the Navajo Nation. Andrew Curley examines that legacy in a new book called “Carbon Sovereignty: Coal, Development, and Energy Transition in the Navajo Nation.”
Jun. 15, 2023