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9:23 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Yarnell Lessons Slow To Emerge

P.J. Pickett teaches a wildfire basics class.
Credit Laurel Morales

For this story I assumed there were lessons to be learned from the Yarnell Hill Fire. But when I called Stephen Pyne, a fire historian at Arizona State University, he said, “for all of the sort of graphic and horrible qualities of the fire that made it so compelling to the general public, I don’t think it taught the fire community anything.”

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2:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Vicious Gang, Barrio Azteca, Gets Its Start In El Paso

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 5:35 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

During our road trip along the U.S./Mexico border, we took a walk along the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas. You can look right into Mexico and the heart of Ciudad Juarez across the river. Monique Ortiz Uribe brought us here. She's a reporter with public radio's Fronteras desk, which covers the border, and she pointed out a gray office building.

MONIQUE ORTIZ URIBE: See, that's city hall inside Juarez in Mexico, and to our right we can see the international bridge that connects the two cities of El Paso and Juarez.

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Fronteras
8:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Pipe Dreams Part 3: Indirectly Exporting U.S. Water Overseas

David Sharp and his brother grow 2,400 acres of alfalfa, wheat and cotton. He says alfalfa is a good rotation crop because it puts nitrogen back in the soil. There's also a big market for it in the U.S. and overseas.
Credit Photo by Laurel Morales

Federal officials are cutting off water to some California farms stuck in the worst drought on record. At the same time Arizona farmers are irrigating their fields with the diminishing Colorado River. They’re using the water to grow most of the country’s winter vegetables, and even shipping some crops to China. In the final part of the series Pipe Dreams, a look at the controversy of indirectly exporting water overseas.

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Fronteras
10:49 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Pipe Dreams Part 2: The Future of Recycled Drinking Water

The treated water is disinfected under ultra-violet light bulbs in the final phase of reclamation.
Credit Laurel Morales

Most people are squeamish about the notion of consuming recycled wastewater. But experts say we might have to get used to the idea, given our current drought and the growing population in the Southwest. How does that water get clean enough to drink?

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Fronteras
9:02 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Pipe Dreams Part 1: Water Czar Leaves Big Legacy and Lessons for Dry Southwest

Pat Mulroy is retiring after 25 years of changing people's perceptions about water in the Southwest.
Credit Photo by Laurel Morales

California is coping with the worst drought in recorded history. California’s governor has asked state residents to cut back water use by 20 percent. The rest of the Southwest is also experiencing extreme to severe drought. In the first part of a water series we’re calling Pipe Dreams, Laurel Morales of our Changing America Desk went to Las Vegas to talk to a woman who has redefined water management in the west — outgoing water czar Pat Mulroy.

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Fronteras
10:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Impact of the Long Walk Still Felt 150 Years Later

Shonto Begay's large mural commemorating the Long Walk hangs in Ft. Sumner, N.M.
Credit Courtesy of The Bosque Redondo Memorial and Shonto Begay

It’s been 150 years since the U.S. Army forced the Navajo and Mescalero Apache to walk 400 miles to a prison camp in eastern New Mexico in an attempt to wipe out their culture.

“Just to walk the grounds a lump in your throat like something bursting forth and I felt all the anguish of the ancestors,” says artist Shonto Begay.

The impacts of the Long Walk are still felt today.

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Fronteras
2:40 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

College Town Struggles To Keep Low Income Housing

If a developer's rezoning application is approved by the city, 56 families at the Arrowhead Village trailer park will have to move. But low income housing in Flagstaff is sparse.

  FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — In a growing college town like Flagstaff it’s often a struggle to find both low income housing and student housing.

A new project for off campus housing at Northern Arizona University may result in the eviction of more than 50 families at a nearby trailer park. And they say they have no place to go.

Other college towns like Berkeley and Santa Barbara in California and Santa Fe, N.M., face similar problems.

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Fronteras
2:34 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

School Leaders Do More With Less

For many of the children at Killip Elementary School the food they get at school is the only food they will eat all day.

A group of 4-year-olds at Killip Elementary School in Flagstaff settled into their tiny chairs and attempted to open their cheese and cracker packages.

“If you need help opening your snack please ask a friend or ask a teacher; do not use your teeth,” preschool teacher Tammy Lozano reminds them.

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6:39 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Best Of The Border (10/7 - 10/11)

Activists In Tucson Halt Deportation Hearings With Protest
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2:40 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Activists In Tucson Halt Deportation Hearings With Protest

Activists In Tucson Halt Deportation Hearings With Protest
Fronteras Desk

TUCSON, Ariz. - At least 12 activists were arrested Friday morning in Tucson after they chained themselves to buses full of people awaiting a deportation hearing. The effort shut down the government's deportation hearings for the day.

The buses en route to the federal courthouse carried 70 immigrants who had crossed the border illegally. They were caught up in a daily mass deportation program called Operation Streamline.

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