Category Archives: New Mexico History

Behind the Truck Stop: The Story of Vado-Del Cerro

Editor’s Note: Next weekend, the State of New Mexico kicks off its official Centennial of Statehood celebration with a salsa festival in Las Cruces. For more than two years, Frontera NorteSur has been reflecting on the upcoming Centennial in a different way, publishing occasional articles on outstanding cultural, economic, environmental and historical issues in the…
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La Trailita: El Desplazamiento de los Campesinos

[audio:http://legacy.nmsu.edu/fnsnews/files/2011/08/01-Track-1.mp3|titles=La Trailita: El Desplazamiento de los Campesinos] A half-hour Spanish language radio documentary that explores the history and displacement of farm workers in southern New Mexico. First aired in 2010, the program explores the effects of mechanization and free trade on the working and living conditions of farm laborers in the state’s chile and onion…
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Dona Ana Dreams: Cattle, Computers, Contraband and Space Cowboys

Editor’s Note: Today’s article is a continuation of Frontera NorteSur’s occasional New Mexico Centennial of Statehood series that reflects on the history of the southern New Mexico borderland since 1912. This piece is the final installment of a three-part mini-series on the economy of Dona Ana County. The article discusses the historical, economic and political…
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Little Santa Fe and Big Trailer Town

Editor’s Note: Today’s article is a continuation of Frontera NorteSur’s occasional New Mexico Centennial of Statehood series that reflects on the past, present and future of the southern New Mexico borderland since 1912. This piece is the second installment of a three-part mini-series on the economic history of Dona Ana County. The article looks at…
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How Government Developed a Border County

Editors’ Note: Today’s article is a continuation of Frontera NorteSur’s occasional New Mexico Centennial of Statehood series that reflects on the past, present and future of the southern New Mexico borderland since 1912. This piece is the first installment of a three-part mini-series on the economic history of Dona Ana County during the last one…
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The Border’s Onion Trails

Editor’s Note: The following is the latest installment in a special series about border agricultural history and economy in New Mexico. The series was made possible in part by grants from the New Mexico Humanities Council and McCune Charitable Foundation. As the summer fades into fall, more than the seasons have changed on the farms…
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New and Enduring Harvest Festivals

Editor’s Note: The following story is the latest installment in Frontera NorteSur’s special coverage of the southern New Mexico borderland. With the 2012 Centennial of New Mexico Statehood practically around the corner, we view this moment as an important opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future of the region. With this spirit in…
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Colonias to Get Centennial Boost

New Mexico state Senator Mary Kay Papen has taken many a memorable truck ride on the bumpy roads of the numerous communities in her district called colonias. The Dona Ana County lawmaker says she even once donned work boots to wade through a street where sewage was spilling onto the surface. “Very deplorable conditions,” Papen…
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“La Pepena:” Border Farm Workers on their Knees

FNS Special Feature Editor’s Note: The following story is another special contribution to our series that examines changes and trends in southern New Mexico agriculture since statehood in 1912. This piece looks at the recent displacement of farmworkers in the border counties of Dona Ana, Luna and Hidalgo. Support for this series was provided by…
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Inside the Border Pecan Boom

FNS Special Feature Editor’s Note: The following story is another installment in Frontera NorteSur’s Centennial series that examines the development of the rural New Mexico borderlands since statehood in 1912. Support for this story was provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and the New Mexico Humanities Council. Around the bend from a southern New Mexico…
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