Monthly Archives: December 2011

Cowgirl Sass & Savvy: Change what you can

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

Julie Carter

A wise old fellow once told me that in all his 90-some years, he had seen many changes come and go but that there were some things that never changed.

“The way the sun rises and the way the sun sets. That has not changed one bit,” he told me.

In reality, the dawning of a new year is nothing more than turning the page on the calendar, just like you did last month, and the month before that. And yet for so many, it seems to bring hope, a promise of change and brighter days ahead.

The year of smoke, ashes and rebellion

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Editor’s note: Frontera NorteSur is generally loathe to join the annual media ritual of regurgitating the year’s stories and classifying them in order of importance. The FNS editor will make no such arbitrary  judgments, but by any measure 2011 was an extraordinary year and some  reflection seems appropriate. So in the spirit of 2011, here are a few of the FNS editor’s picks. The list is far from exclusive, and  focuses on the US side of the Paso del Norte borderland as well as  New Mexico in general.

Border bank funds environmental projects

Frontera NorteSur

The Board of Directors of the North American Development Bank (NADB) has approved more than $136 million in new financing for  environmentally-related initiatives on both sides of the US-Mexico borderline. In an announcement this month, the San Antonio-based bank listed four new projects that will receive NADB loans and grants.

Cowgirl Sass & Savvy: The snowy outhouse

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

Julie Carter

The abundance of recent snows isn’t always as easy on folks as the beauty of it, or the need, would imply. Country folks are forced into a different work mode for economic survival.

Not infrequently, a complete change from a northern zip code to a southern one is prompted by winter after winter of fighting life in a blizzard. Most years, that plan works well until global warming backfires and the Southwest is blanketed with repeated snow storms that put the Rocky Mountain high communities to shame.

Abandoning heavy winter wear, vehicle cold weather kits and other Nordic related items seemed like a freeing moment – at the time.

Juárez kids flock to ice-skating rink

Winter attraction to remain through Jan. 27

Rio Grande Digital

Ice skaters show their skills Tuesday at the Juárez city ice rink. (Photo courtesy the city of Juárez)

Every day, hundreds of Juárez children and adolescents swarm the ice-skating rink set up for the second year by the city at Benito Juárez Civic Plaza, according to a city news release.

The rink will remain in place through Jan. 27.

Rio Grande Theater events in January

Friday, January 6

Howling Coyote Coffeehouse & Open Mic

A staple of the downtown ArtRamble since February of 2006, the Howling Coyote started out as a jam session for local musicians and quickly grew into a showcase featuring some of finest talent Las Cruces has to offer. The monthly event now makes the Rio Grande Theatre its home and continues to feature primarily acoustic musicians, singers and songwriters with family-appropriate material. Showtime is 7pm. Admission is Free. For more information visit www.RioGrandeTheatre.com or call (575) 523-6403.

100 years of no workers’ comp

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

For the nearly 100 years New Mexico has been a US state, farm and ranch workers have been excluded from the state workers’ compensation system.  The labor force was systematically left out of legislation passed in 1917, 1937, 1973 and 1990. Despite the exclusion, contributions to the state administrative system are deducted from workers’ paychecks. Most recently, a 2009 bill mandating workers’ compensation coverage for agricultural workers and sponsored by State Rep. Antonio Lujan, D-Doña Ana, failed to pass the State House’s Business and Industry Committee, where it was tabled by a vote of 10-2.

The dismantling of Joe Arpaio

Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Photo courtesy New America Media)

DOJ: Abuse comes from the top down

Valeria Fernández

New America Media

PHOENIX, Ariz. – He called himself the toughest sheriff in America.

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