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Searchers Find Suspected Remains of Juarez Mass Murder Victims

A search of a remote area of the Mexico-U.S. border region by civil society groups has resulted in the discovery of suspected human remains. Conducted the weekend of September 16-18 by scores of volunteers, the search concentrated on the hot and rugged desert terrain of the Navajo Arroyo near Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Located in the…
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New Mexico Immigrant Advocates Celebrate Increase in Citizenship Applications

On September 17, Citizenship Day, a group of immigrant rights and labor activists is celebrating a recent 25 percent increase in U.S. citizenship applications registered for New Mexico. According to the New Mexico-based Somos Un Pueblo Unido, new data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) report 637 citizenship applications were received during the…
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The West Mesa Murders: A Central American Connection?

Editor’s Note: Now dragging on for more than 7 years, the investigation of Albuquerque’s West Mesa Murders is inconclusive. The 2009 discovery of 11 murdered women and girls, one of whom was pregnant at the time of her killing, unnerved a city and attracted gobs of media attention that later faded with the passage of…
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Juan Gabriel’s Ashes, Purple Rains and the Rebirth of the Pachuco

A shrine for Juan Gabriel was spontaneously organized in front of where the old Noa Noa club once stood. Tencha was the Guardian of the Shrine. Almost immediately after news of Juan Gabriel’s death broke on Sunday, August 28, 2016, Tencha and other neighborhood women erected a shrine in honor of the Mexican singer at…
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Mexico’s Disappeared Who Won’t Disappear

As in previous years, Mexicans commemorated August 30, the International Day of Victims of Forced Disappearance. Marches, protests, masses and meetings were held by relatives of the disappeared and their supporters in different regions of the country, including the states of Chihuahua, Jalisco and Guerrero, where the numbers of forcibly disappeared persons keeps climbing into…
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Juarez, Mexico Mourn a Cultural Giant

The Divo of Juarez is dead. Alberto Aguilera Valadez, better known by the artistic name of Juan Gabriel, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, August 28, in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 66. According to the first news reports, the famous Mexican singer-composer died of a heart attack. Gabriel gave his last concert this past…
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The Chile Capital’s Long Road Back from Little Katrina, Part Two: A Race against Time?

Editor’s Note: North America has been pummeled this year by climate disasters. Megafires, “fire tornadoes,” and scorched earth in Canada and California. At least 40 dead in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Puebla from Tropical Storm Earl. Epic flooding in Louisiana, leaving another 13 dead. Similar to what Frontera NorteSur reported earlier this month…
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The Chile Capital’s Long Road Back from Little Katrina: Part One

FNS Special Feature At first, Melva Aguirre didn’t take the report of floodwaters roaring down on her arid hometown seriously. “When they told us water was coming, we were laughing,” Aguirre said, recalling the afternoon of August 15, 2006, in the small southern New Mexico town of Hatch. “And then it came in…,” the restaurateur…
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As Rio Grande Crisis Deepens, New Study Recommends Management Innovations

The Rio Grande remains mired in crisis. During a time when the big squeeze is on from climate change, long-term drought conditions and increasing competition over the Rio Grande’s scarce resource, a timely new report makes recommendations on improving the management of a binational river. Authored by Dr. Luzma Fabiola Nava, postdoctoral fellow in the…
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HIV/AIDS Awareness Still Faces Obstacles in Border Region

Editor’s Note:  Often overshawdowed by other issues, HIV/AIDS continues claiming victims along the U.S-Mexico border and worldwide. In today’s story, New Mexico State University’s  Laura Iesue,  graduate student of sociology, outlines some of the outstanding issues in addressing a vital health issue of our times. NMSU Student Series Though HIV/AIDS awareness has made significant gains…
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