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Stories for September 8, 2013

Powell-Like River Trip Makes For Good Reality TV

Sept. 8
Laurel Morales / Fronteras Desk
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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.

Illegal Crossings Increasingly Deadly Along South Texas Border

Sept. 8
Mónica Ortiz Uribe / Fronteras Desk
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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.

Nationwide Immigration Mass Hopes to Sway Congress

Sept. 8
Joey Palacios / Fronteras Desk
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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.

No More Car Decals For SENTRI Trusted Traveler Program

Sept. 8
Jill Replogle / Fronteras Desk

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.

Latino Population Moves Further From The Border

Sept. 8
Kate Sheehy / Fronteras Desk

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.

New Mexico's Medicaid Woes A Financial Boost For Arizona Mental Health Providers

Sept. 8
Steve Shadley, KJZZ
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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.

U.S. Justice Deparment Won't Block State Marijuana Legalization

Sept. 8
Mónica Ortiz Uribe / Fronteras Desk

The United States Justice Department will not challenge state initiatives in Washington and Colorado that permit the recreational use of marijuana.

Hitched At The Border And Other Immigration Activism

Sept. 8
Mónica Ortiz Uribe / Fronteras Desk

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.

Protestors Rally Against New Mexico Health Care Crisis

Sept. 8
Deborah Martinez, KUNM

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 Search For Bus Driver Killer

Sept. 8
Mónica Ortiz Uribe / Fronteras Desk
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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.

Service Disruptions Mark Transition Of New Mexico Behavioral Health To Arizona Hands

Sept. 8
Tristan Ahtone / Fronteras Desk
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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.

Border Legislators Meet In El Paso

Sept. 8
Mónica Ortiz Uribe / Fronteras Desk

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.

Navajo Nation Seeks To Balance Resources With Feral Horse Roundups

Sept. 8
Rita Daniels, KUNM
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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.

Advocate For Tijuana Deportees Dies at 67

Sept. 8
Adrian Florido / Fronteras Desk
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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.

New Mexico Behavioral Health Auditor Helped Vet Arizona Firms Before Finishing Work

Sept. 8
Tristan Ahtone / Fronteras Desk

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.

Best Of The Border (8/26 - 8/30)

Sept. 8
Crystal Chavez / Fronteras Desk
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Low Water Deliveries From Mexico Hurt Texas Farmers

Ex-Tijuana Police Chief Banned From Office For 8 Years

Sept. 8
Adrian Florido / Fronteras Desk

Tijuana's ex-police chief has been banned from holding public office in Baja California for eight years.

Uninsured Rates Remain High Across The Southwest

Sept. 8
Elaine Baumgartel / Fronteras Desk
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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.

Veterans Commit Suicide Twice As Often As Civilians

Sept. 8
Elaine Baumgartel / Fronteras Desk
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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.

The Zozobra Goes Up In Flames

Sept. 8
Carrie Jung / Fronteras Desk
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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.

Hollywood Provokes With New Drug War Shows

Sept. 8
Laurel Morales / Fronteras Desk
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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.

Judge Expedites Horse Slaughter Case In New Mexico

Sept. 8
Kate Sheehy / Fronteras Desk

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.

ICE Changes Solitary Confinement Policy, Gets Praise From Advocates

Sept. 8
Peter O'Dowd / Fronteras Desk

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.

Elderly Health Care Costs Could Spike Under Federal Health Law

Sept. 8
Tristan Ahtone / Fronteras Desk
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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.

Revisiting An Iraqi Immigrant Family

Sept. 8
Jill Replogle / Fronteras Desk
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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.

Best Of The Border (9/2 - 9/6)

Sept. 8
Crystal Chavez / Fronteras Desk
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Illegal Crossings Increasingly Deadly Along South Texas Border

When Napolitano Leaves

Sept. 8
Jude Joffe-Block / Fronteras Desk
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Today marks the last day that Janet Napolitano will serve as Secretary of Homeland Security before she leaves for the University of California.

Cross-border Airline Terminal Under Construction

Sept. 8
Adrian Florido / Fronteras Desk

Construction is beginning on the cross-border airline terminal that will give travelers easier access to the Tijuana airport form the San Diego side.

Did Lifting U.S. Assault Weapons Ban Lead To Mexico's Killings?

Sept. 8
Michel Marizco / Fronteras Desk

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.