Stories for September 8, 2013
In 1869 John Wesley Powell dared to paddle the Colorado River's white rapids through the Grand Canyon in the first recorded expedition. A Flagstaff group just returned from recreating the adventure for a reality TV show and lives to tell the tale.
A costly game of cat and mouse unfolds nightly along the banks of the Rio Grande in South Texas. The number of immigrants crossing illegally there has doubled in the last four years, making it the busiest section along the Southwest border.
In response to a call from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, dioceses across the country will hold Mass with an immigration theme this coming Sunday. As the immigration debate continues this month, the church wants its prayers answered by Congress.
Holders of the SENTRI pass that let's you speed through the United States-Mexico border will no longer have a decal identifying their cars as SENTRI approved. Some SENTRI holders feared the decals made them easy targets for drug traffickers.
A new analysis of population trends confirms the obvious, the Latino population is growing everywhere. The Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project's study shows parts of the Southwest have seen big changes.
PHOENIX - Arizona looks to benefit from disarray in New Mexico's behavioral health system. Five Arizona agencies that work with mental health and substance abuse clients have started treating patients in New Mexico.
The United States Justice Department will not challenge state initiatives in Washington and Colorado that permit the recreational use of marijuana.
As immigration reform waits in the wings of Capital Hill, immigrants around the country are taking the opportunity to speak out and push lawmakers to move in their favor.
SANTA FE, N.M. - Protestors gathered at New Mexico's state capitol Friday to rally against a growing health care crisis. Gov. Susana Martinez recently stopped Medicaid funding to 15 behavioral health providers that served 30,000 patients.
Mexican authorities in the border city of Juárez are searching for a female suspect they believe is responsible for the murder of two bus drivers.
On June 24, New Mexico's Human Services Department announced that an audit found "credible allegations of fraud" for 15 behavioral health agencies that provide mental health and substance abuse treatment to approximately 30,000 patients.
The 27th annual Border Legislators Conference will open by commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Chamizal Treaty, a binational agreement that settled a longtime territorial dispute at the border.
OUTSIDE OF KLAGETOH, Ariz. - Ongoing drought and decades of overgrazing have devastated grasslands on the Navajo Reservation. With a wild, feral horse population in the tens of thousands, the tribe has made the difficult decision to round up as many of the animals as possible. Most of those horses will end up at a slaughterhouse in Mexico.
Men and women who land in Tijuana after being deported from the U.S. lost a great friend this week. Micaela Saucedo was one of the city's most vocal advocates for that city's vulnerable deportee population, and she died Sept. 1 after a battle with cancer.
In June the state of New Mexico froze Medicaid payments to 15 behavioral health providers due to "credible allegations of fraud." The agencies were then taken over by five mental health firms from Arizona. But controversial practices by auditors are raising new questions about the states actions.
Low Water Deliveries From Mexico Hurt Texas Farmers
Tijuana's ex-police chief has been banned from holding public office in Baja California for eight years.
When you look at a map of places in the United States where people don't have health insurance, what's clear is there were a lot of uninsured people in the Southwest in 2011. The U.S. Census Bureau released a data analysis Thursday that looks at the nation's uninsured population and breaks it down by race, income, age, and sex, down to the county level.
People who have served in the United States military commit suicide at more than twice the rate of the civilian population, according to a report released by News21 this week.
About 30,000 people gathered in Santa Fe, New Mexico recently to watch the annual burning of Zozobra , a fifty-foot tall marionette effigy. The event has been held in New Mexico for nearly 100 years and celebrates the burning away of the world's gloom.
The War on Drugs makes for good drama. It has inspired Hollywood for years and lately a recent surge of television shows like "Breaking Bad," "Weeds" and "The Bridge." These shows are trying to do something new, however - showing the complexity of the conflict, with bad guys on both sides of the border.
A judge in New Mexico has decided to speed up a contentious horse slaughter case. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Armijo said she will determine by the end of the month if Valley Meat Company's horse slaughter plant can stay open in Roswell, N.M.
The federal government has issued new policies that will change the way it places detained immigrants in solitary confinement. The move has the support of the American Civil Liberties Union.
When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, many consumers buying health insurance could take a big hit to their checkbooks, and New Mexico may take the biggest hit of all.
On a recent, muggy afternoon in the city of El Cajon, I hugged Maladh Mohammed Ali in the parking lot of her drab apartment building next to a school.
Illegal Crossings Increasingly Deadly Along South Texas Border
Today marks the last day that Janet Napolitano will serve as Secretary of Homeland Security before she leaves for the University of California.
Construction is beginning on the cross-border airline terminal that will give travelers easier access to the Tijuana airport form the San Diego side.
A recently published study tries to draw a correlation between the sunsetting of the 1994 assault-weapons ban in the United States and an increase in violence in Mexico's border states.