Fronteras Desk News

State of emergency at Grand Canyon town, more rain forecast
Coconino County officials have declared a state of emergency after flooding in Tusayan forced the evacuation of 100 people Tuesday. Officials warned that with more rain in the forecast, further shelter in place warnings or evacuation orders could be on the horizon.
Aug. 24, 2023
Conservation groups suing to stop Patagonia mining projects head to federal court this week
The hearing Thursday in Tucson covers a pair of mining projects slated for a stretch of U.S. Forest Service land in southern Arizona. A federal judge will hear their arguments for halting all mining activity while the a larger case proceeds.
Aug. 23, 2023
Sedona shelves off-highway vehicles ordinance
The Sedona City Council is putting aside the idea of banning off-highway vehicles within the city and instead working to reach agreements with rental companies to self-regulate their customers.
Aug. 23, 2023
Flooding closes Grand Canyon town entrance, residents being asked to shelter in place
Three feet of water swamped State Route 64 into Grand Canyon National Park prompting emergency officials to call on residents to shelter in place Tuesday night.
Aug. 22, 2023
22 charged in Arizona crackdown on human-smuggling coordinators
Federal prosecutors say 22 people have been indicted for conspiracy to smuggle undocumented immigrants for profit.
Aug. 22, 2023
Biden administration expands protected status for Ukrainians
An official also said the agency was redesigning the TPS status for Ukraine as a whole — meaning Ukrainians who are in the U.S. but don’t yet have the status can apply to get it.
Aug. 22, 2023
DOJ, Texas head to court over barbed wire border buoys
Texas installed roughly 1000-feet of giant orange buoys are held together by sharp metal pieces and surrounded by barbed wire earlier this year.
Aug. 21, 2023
Afghan evacuees in asylum limbo without help from Congress
The Biden administration evacuated more than 70,000 Afghans from their country on Aug. 15, 2021. Two years on, many are still in legal limbo, caught in a growing asylum backlog.
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Aug. 21, 2023
Sedona City Council to consider off-highway vehicle rules
Sedona’s city council will consider an ordinance Tuesday afternoon that would regulate off highway vehicles on city streets.
Aug. 21, 2023
Humanitarian parole program heads to court this week
A Biden administration program that allows people from Nicaragua, Haiti, Venezuela and Cuba to apply to come to the U.S. with the help of a sponsor is going to trial this month. That’s after a coalition of Republican states sued to stop it earlier this year.
Aug. 21, 2023
Tucson Sector sets 15-year high with July border apprehensions
As unauthorized migration in the Tucson Sector surpasses Texas to become the busiest in the nation, DHS sends dozens of additional staff to help with surge.
Aug. 21, 2023
Road washout closes Fossil Creek again, officials say
The Forest Service has closed the road leading to a popular recreation area that only recently reopened to the public in the Coconino National Forest.
Aug. 18, 2023
Tucson orchestra to host special performance for Alzheimers patients
An orchestra in Tucson is partnering with Banner’s Alzheimer’s Institute to create a special rehearsal performance for people dealing with memory loss issues.
Aug. 17, 2023
Business owners: Worker shortages stand in way of Inflation Reduction Act projects
They say few young Americans are going into construction and manufacturing today. Meanwhile, immigrants who are ready and qualified are locked into a broken immigration system plagued by delays.
Aug. 15, 2023
$72.5M program to bring electricity to more tribal homes
The Interior Department announced the new climate-driven initiative on the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act's passage.
Aug. 15, 2023
USCIS updates program to reunite families in Haiti, U.S.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, is updating a program that allows some U.S. citizens and permanent residents to apply to bring their family here from Haiti.
Aug. 15, 2023
AZ is selling shipping containers from Duceys border wall
Former Gov. Doug Ducey erected a wall made of shipping containers along several miles of the border in southeastern Arizona. Now that it’s been dismantled, Arizona officials are selling them online.
Aug. 15, 2023
Fire restrictions lifted in Coconino and Kaibab national forests
It’s rained enough in northern Arizona that officials have lifted all fire restrictions in the Coconino and Kaibab national forests. And federal officials are easing some fire preparedness levels across the entire U.S. Southwest.
Aug. 15, 2023
Descendants of the Navajo Code Talkers keep the legacy of their ancestors alive on holiday
Monday was Navajo Code Talkers Day, and celebrations were scattered across the state of Arizona to commemorate the state and federal holiday.
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Aug. 14, 2023
Why the new Grand Canyon monument wont really impact Arizonas uranium industry
President Joe Biden last week established a new national monument on nearly 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon. Many environmentalists and tribal communities worry about the impacts on water supplies, as well as mining on land considered sacred, while some GOP state lawmakers called Biden's move a "land grab."
Aug. 14, 2023