Monthly Archives: January 2012

FNS: Mexico Democrats mobilize for 2012 elections

Kent Paterson 

Frontera NorteSur

Mexican chapters of Democrats Abroad are mobilizing their forces for the 2012 U.S. elections. With hundreds of thousands of U.S. expatriates residing in Mexico, absentee votes from south of the border could play a significant role in this year’s political contests, especially in close races. In Puerto Vallarta, dozens of expatriates and visitors kicked off the political season by turning out to a Democrats Abroad event this month. The mainly older crowd attended a social hour, saw an educational film and  viewed President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Republicans, Democrats less divided than commonly thought

SAGE Publications 

Republicans and Democrats are less divided in their attitudes than popularly believed, according to new research. It is exactly those perceptions of polarization, however, that help drive political engagement, researchers say.

FNS: Aid alone won’t solve environmental disaster

Frontera NorteSur

In many cities, Mexicans are responding to the environmental and hunger crisis in Chihuahua’s Sierra Tarahumara with an outpouring of material aid donations and declarations of solidarity. Indigenous Raramuri leaders from the drought-stricken mountains were among rural activists who staged a demonstration this week in Mexico City claiming lack of government support for alleviating the worst effects of what National Water Commission chief Jose Luis Luege called “one of the biggest drought years in the historical registers of the country.”

UACJ completes computer upgrade

UACJ students get to work on new computers the university acquired under a 5.5 million peso upgrade. (Photo courtesy Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez_

University invests 5.5 million pesos in latest technology

Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

With an investment of about 5.5 million pesos, the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez has completed a computer upgrade in data centers of its four schools.

Cowgirl Sass & Savvy: Jack-of-all-trades, master of none

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

Julie Carter

You’ve known a few. You might even be one. One of those guys who can do a whole lot of things with a little skill, but not any one thing that has put your name up in lights or made you hit the Fortune 500 list.

It’s more or less a general rule that most ranch cowboys today, out of necessity, are fairly capable with a hammer and saw, and a horseshoeing rasp.

When some mechanic skills are required, he can operate a crescent wrench, pliers, and maybe even figure the right sequence for a socket set. The proverbial jack-of-all-trades, master of none.

UTEP to compete in national solar competition

UTEP-EPCC Only Student Team from Texas

Veronique Masterson

University of Texas at El Paso

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that The University of Texas at El Paso has been selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. UTEP, along with El Paso Community College (EPCC), will compete with 19 other student teams from across the world.

Friends of the El Paso main library annual meeting Feb. 12

Gathering to feature poet Larry Welsh

Friends of the El Paso Public Library

The Annual Friends of the El Paso Public Library (Main Library) Annual Meeting will be 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb 12. New officers will be introduced. A reading will follow by Poet Larry Welsh, a nationally known writer and spoken word artist. Afterward, Welsh will sign his books in the lobby.

Aggies celebrate Henson birthday, anniversaries

NMSU Regent Isaac Pino, of Santa Fe, welcomes coach Lou and Mary Henson to an alumni event hosted by the NMSU Santa Fe Alumni Chapter. (NMSU Courtesy Photo)

Julie M. Hughes

New Mexico State University

More than 200 alumni of New Mexico State University joined President Barbara Couture in Santa Fe Jan. 27 to celebrate the 80th birthday of coaching legend Lou Henson, as well as honor the more than 50 Aggies and thousands of American soldiers who 70 years ago sacrificed for their country during the Bataan Death March.

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