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Sanders, Vado and Border History

Sanders, Vado and Border History Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ May 21 campaign stop to the small town of Vado, New Mexico, drew thousands and comments of surprise. Many asked: Why Vado? Where the heck is the place? Located right off Interstate 10 between Las Cruces and El Paso, the community is also known as…
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Ciudad Juarez Commercial/Entertainment District Bounces Back

Not too long ago, violence and unemployment compelled residents of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez originally from the state of Veracruz to return to their native land. Nowadays, some Veracruzanos are moving to Juarez in a reverse migration of sorts. Ruben Martinez Gonzalez, for example, counts about four months in Juarez, a place…
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Daddy Smelter’s Dirty Little Souvenirs

  Editor’s Note:  The first in a new series of articles about environmental and public health concerns related to the old Asarco smelter in El Paso, Texas. This series was made possible by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.   Near Executive Center Boulevard and Interstate 10 in El Paso, Texas, sits a…
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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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Why Do Farmworkers Still Lack Workers’ Comp?

Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur continues with our series by New Mexico State University student writers. Today’s contribution examines the continued legal wrangling over a 2011 ruling by New Mexico State District Court Judge Valerie Huling that the exclusion of ranch and farm laborers from the state workers’ comp system is unconstitutional. The author of the…
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Farewell to the Grand Old Dean of Latin Journalism

From the Editor “Those that say Julio Scherer Garcia has been a reference for the Mexican press during the past half-century or more are wrong and those that affirm that he’s been a master teacher of new journalists in Mexico are equally wrong,” wrote columnist Eric Nepomuceno on the January 7 death of an old…
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A December Tradition Gains Force in New Mexico

Editor’s Note:  Frontera NorteSur continues our new series of articles by New Mexico State University student writers with a fascinating look at a December religious and cultural tradition that’s  long crossed borders and is getting stronger all the time.  Today’s piece is by contributor  Nicolás Cabrera, New Mexico State graduate student in Spanish and a…
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Farming in the New Age of Drought

“Record rainfall in September brought most us nearly up to ‘normal’ annual precipitation levels, greened up the rangeland, but the rain came so hard and fast that much of it ran off,” reads part of the introduction to the upcoming New Mexico Organic Farming Conference. “Acequias were damaged and fields were buried in sediment.  And…
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New Mexico-Chihuahua Border Brouhaha

Special Report In the aftermath of a media blitz staged by the state governments of New Mexico and Chihuahua to jointly promote the development of the emerging Jeronimo-Santa Teresa borderplex,  a sharp polemic over the project has rekindled in Ciudad Juarez. Reinitiated by the Mexican city’s El Diario newspaper,  the debate swirls around the possible…
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Burials on the Border: Conference Investigates Violence Against Women

Anne Marie Mackler, FNS Editor An Overview On October 1st and 2nd a mini-conference was held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. “Burials on the Border/Sepultadas en la Frontera: Women and Violence at the Millennium.” The event opened binational and bilingual discussion on the issues surrounding violence against women in the…
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