Monthly Archives: June 2011

Migrants and a crucial Mexican election

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In the closing days of the campaign for the key July 3 gubernatorial election in Mexico’s most populated state, migration reemerged as one of the local issues. At a June 23 meeting in the Mexico state town of Tonatico, center-left candidate Alejandro Encinas Rodriguez agreed to a five-point action plan on migrant-related issues if he is elected governor.

Doña Ana County announces holiday schedule

Most Doña Ana County offices will be closed Monday, July 4 to allow employees to observe the Independence Day holiday. Emergency services and law enforcement in the field will not be affected, but the administrative offices of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will be closed.

Exiled Mexican journalist speaks out

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For seven years, Rosa Isela Perez wrote about the systematic disappearance
and murder of women for the Ciudad Juarez daily Norte. Today she lives
with her husband and three children in Spanish exile. Probing deep into
the putrid underbelly of the crimes, Perez received threats. Worried about
the safety of her loved ones, Perez made a quick decision one day in 2009
and hightailed it out of the border city in less than 24 hours.

Climate disaster — and denial — grows

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In the southwestern US, smoke from massive wildfires contaminates the air and forces evacuations. Located 200 miles from the mammoth Wallow Fire, the skies of Albuquerque, New Mexico, have recently resembled Los Angeles and Mexico City in their worst years of pollution. Stretching from Texas and New Mexico and deep into the Mexican interior, drought parches vast expanses of land. Mountain lions, bobcats and bears wander into urban El Paso and Albuquerque.

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Equal opportunity hit squads

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In Mexico, young girls and women work as look-outs and even soldiers for criminal syndicates.

This week, security officials in the western state of Jalisco presented to the media three alleged female spies and hit women who were tied to the Zetas organization. The young women were arrested following a pair of shootouts June 14 with Jalisco state and municipal police that left six suspected Zetas dead and 10 others arrested, almost all of them between 16 and  21 years of age. 

Rio Grande Theatre calendar of events July

Tuesday, July 12
Every Other Tuesday: Squeaky Wheel
Playing together for a little over a year, the members of this Las Cruces band claim to have “no illusions of bandure,” but are just “putting one note next to another and hoping to kick up some shoes in the meantime.” Every Other Tuesday is a showcase for local performers beginning promptly at 5:30 pm. Admission is FREE to the public.  For more information call 575-523-6403 or visit

The long — and bloody — road to June 10

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On June 10, hundreds if not thousands of people from Mexican non-governmental organizations are expected to gather in Ciudad Juarez to sign a pact that organizers say is the first step in bringing a halt to the so-called drug war and putting Mexico on a new road to peace, justice and democracy.

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