Monthly Archives: July 2011

Juárez group offers dog training classes

Owners of German shepherd and Belgian shepherd dogs gather at the Chamizal park in Juárez Sunday for training classes. (Photo courtesy city of Juárez)

Program focuses on German shepherds, Belgian shepherds

City of Juárez

Dog training coaches who specialize in German shepherds and Belgian shepherds are offering free classes in obedience

A German shepherd and its owner Sunday at the Chamizal in Juárez. (Photo courtesy city of Juárez)

and protection training under the  city Juárez program “Contigo en el Chamizal.”

Oscar Arruñada, a member of the Asociación Canofila de Ciudad Juárez, said the organization will provide basic training for animal owners. Classes will be at 9 a.m. on Sundays. People interested in participating need only to show up
at the Chamizal park with their dogs.

“We give free training, and for that we have a person who is very qualified in obedience, guard and protection training,” Arruñada said, adding that training gives more value to the animal and more appreciation from its owner. He stressed the importance of giving adequate training to the shepherd breeds, which he said are very good for home and personal protection.

195 species at risk

Frontera NorteSur

Mexican government and university researchers are warning about threats posed to the survival of 195 plant and animal species in the northern border state of Chihuahua. Studies by the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) have identified  a broad gamut of species at risk, including birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians, as well as scores of cactus and other plant varieties.

Dell City documentary among festival films

Plaza Classic Film Festival

About a hundred miles east of El Paso, the dusty, nearly forgotten town of Dell City sets the stage for a documentary that captures a snapshot of what life is like in rural America. The film, Tales from Dell City, Texas, will make its world premiere at the Plaza Classic Film Festival at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7. 

Cowgirl Sass & Savvy: The days of Kool-Aid summers

Julie Carter

It was about now, in the middle of a long hot summer, that I would start to miss school. Not school for the education,

Julie Baker Carter is a New Mexico writer and author whose column appears weekly on Rio Grande Digital.

but school for the friends and the activities.

Rural living for us as kids was defined by isolation at the ranch in the southern Colorado Mountains.

No one “went to town” once school was out in May, except maybe Mom who made her once a month trek to the grocery store. Our return to civilization didn’t happen until after Labor Day when the school bell rang once again.

The decade of the ’60s took me from 8 to 18 and was jammed with life lessons and foundational principles. All the things I had but didn’t know were important would not become apparent to me until I was old enough to mourn their loss, value their existence, and understand the lessons that came with them.

Mexico has its own roots in Africa with ‘negritos’

Joe Olvera

© 2011

Joe Olvera is a long-time journalist whose latest book is - Chicano Sin Fin: Memoirs of a Chicano Journalist

They were called “negritos.” I’m speaking, of course, of the black people who graced Mexico’s shores many years ago, and who, in fact, still do. Although some Mexicans eschew the fact that blacks existed in Mexico, the reality is that there is black blood flowing through Mexican veins. For some reason, many Mexicans don’t want to be identified as potentially having black blood. But, to me, it’s a non-issue. It’s there, and there’s not much we can do about it except, perhaps, to acknowledge it.

My first awareness of blacks living in Mexico was as a kid by reading a very popular Mexican comic book called “Memin Penguin,” about a little black boy and his misadventures. There was also a movie, “El Derecho de Nacer,” about a young black woman who denies her African blood and tries to be white, something she’s not. To reach her goal of being accepted by her white Mexican friends, she denies her mother, who is, of course, black and a maid at a wealthy Mexican home.

Farmscaping workshop, farm tours planned

Jane Moorman


Learn how to make better use of nature’s pest management services at one of four free, on-site farmscaping workshop presented by New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and hosted by producers of a variety of crops throughout New Mexico.

Pet adoption events Saturday

Doña Ana County

The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley will conduct three off-site pet adoption events on Saturday, July 30. Available for adoption will be dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.

NMSU chile pepper garden a hot attraction

NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute Teaching and Demonstration Garden is open to the public from late July through October. It is located at the university’s Fabian Garcia Research Center at 109 W. University Ave. in Las Cruces. This year’s theme is “Chile Pepper Flavor From Around the World.” (NMSU Photo by Jay A. Rodman)

Some fields ready to harvest

Jay Rodman


Chile peppers are beginning to ripen in the Mesilla Valley as we move into August. Some are even ready for harvest. It is also the traditional time for New Mexico State University’s chile pepper teaching and demonstration garden to be opened to the public.

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