Monthly Archives: May 2011

Little Santa Fe and big trailer town

Kent Paterson

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Every spring, the British flag flutters over the old Mexican village of
Mesilla in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. Ringing the historic plaza,
classic and antique British cars attract hobbyists, sight-seers and
tourists who gather around models such as a 1949 Roadster, a 1968 MGB-GT
and a 1958 Jaguar with a fluffy leopard doll hanging out the passenger’s

Free Music in The Park series to begin this weekend

City of Las Cruces

The City of Las Cruces will begin its free Music in the Park series on Sunday, May 29 with the Mayor’s Jazz Fest at 6 p.m. at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid. The concert will feature Wycliffe Gordon, jazz trombonist from New York and Greg Adams, jazz trumpet from Los Angeles.

Music in the Park is a 14-week musical extravaganza offering Las Crucens an eclectic mix of music performed by local, regional and nationally recognized artists. All concerts listed begin at 7 p.m. The following is the 2011 schedule: 

Indigenous Mexico resists

Special Report

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From north to south and from east to west, indigenous communities in Mexico are standing up for environmental protection, community defense, cultural survival and self-determination.

Unfolding across the nation, the latest movements spring from the defense of lands targeted for mining, tourist development, highway construction, dams, energy projects and illegal timber harvesting.

“The response is not passivity, but autonomy and collective organization from below,” columnist Gloria Munoz Ramirez  recently wrote.

NMSU expands pecan research as region expands production

Jay Rodman

New Mexico State University

Pecans, like people, are moving to the Southwest. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, New

Workers at NMSU’s Leyendecker Plant Science Center finish planting one new Western Schley pecan sapling while a co-worker, left, aligns a tree-centering frame for the next tree. NMSU photo by Jay A. Rodman

Mexico and Arizona accounted for a mere 4 percent of U.S. pecan production in the mid 1970s. As a result of steady growth in production, the percentage had blossomed to more than 28 percent a third of a century later.

NMSU has recently planted nearly 2,000 new pecan saplings, donated in 2011 by Linwood Nursery in La Grange, Calif. With extensive new orchards in three New Mexico growing areas, Heerema feels that NMSU is on its way to becoming a national leader in pecan research.

Satellite images display extreme Mississippi River flooding from space

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

This is a Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tenn., area on May 10. (USGS/NASA)

Recent Landsat satellite data captured by the USGS and NASA on May 10 shows the major flooding of the Mississippi River around Memphis, Tenn. and along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas as seen from 438 miles above the Earth.

Findings could lead to a blood test for lung cancer

Ohio State University Medical Center

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have identified characteristic patterns of molecules called microRNA (miRNA) in the blood of people with lung cancer that might reveal both the presence and aggressiveness of the disease, and perhaps who is at risk of developing it. These patterns may be detectable up to two years before the tumor is found by computed tomography (CT) scans.

Where are the Jobs?

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The shipping of goods across the US-Mexico border is back on a brisk
track, but employment opportunities on both sides of the international
line are still not keeping pace with the so-called economic recovery.

Generations of the disappeared

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When young women and girls began vanishing in Ciudad Juarez about two
decades ago, Esmeralda Castillo was not even born. But in 2009, the
14-year-old middle school student joined the ranks of the disappeared.
“She was a normal girl, just like the rest,” Jose Luis Castillo,
Esmeralda’s father, said in an interview.

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