Monthly Archives: March 2012

FNS: Border security outsourcing under fire

Frontera NorteSur

A Texas state senator is calling for an investigation of border security contracts granted to a private, Virginia-based firm. In a letter earlier this month, state Sen. Jose Rodriguez requested that the Texas State Comptroller probe a series of no-bid contracts awarded by the administration of Republican Gov. Rick Perry to Abrams Learning and Information Systems (ALIS) since 2006.

FNS: Juárez shows signs of renewal

Kent Paterson 

Frontera NorteSur

More than four years after a so-called narco war exploded and then devastated Ciudad Juárez, a different atmosphere is perceptible on the streets of the border city. While still very high by historic standards, the rate of murders is way down from the height of the killing two years ago. Some restaurants are doing a brisk business, and locals are reviving the once-famed night life in the Avenida Juárez and Pronaf districts. Smiles come quicker and last longer.

Monarch butterflies’ decline continues

The Monarch butterfly's numbers have been declining at an alarming rate in recent years. (Photo courtesy David Slater via flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below.)

Populations expected to fall almost 30 percent this year

Texas A&M University

COLLEGE STATION – Unlike their colorful wings, the future of Monarch butterflies may not be too bright and their numbers are expected to be alarmingly down again this year, says a Texas A&M University researcher.

History-making civil rights activists speak at NMSU

Janet Perez

New Mexico State University

In 1955, the Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama signaled the start of the modern civil rights movement in the United States. Some of the organizers of the boycott, such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, became nationwide symbols of African-Americans’ struggle for equality.

Cowgirl Sass & Savvy: The hired hand

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

Julie Carter

The cowboy world is full of hired hands. Most who have lived that life have either been one or had one – or both. And, like everything else in the world, there are good ones, bad ones and those that fall somewhere in a category of “all the above.”

Skeet Horner was a bad cat cowboy with a reputation or two he’d sure enough earned. He was always available for day work, but only those desperate for help or who didn’t know better would give him a call.

Skeet had been married any number of times — both formally and informally. Even he didn’t know for sure how many of either. If you ever happened to run into Skeet when he was all dressed up – that is, he had on a clean silk wild rag, he likely was on his way to get married.

FNS: Mexico mourns a generation

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As Mexico plunges into the crucial election season of 2012, the ongoing slaughter of young people continues to spark outrage, spill tears, destroy families and raise fundamental questions about the country’s future. This month, the murders of two young men in Ciudad Juárez and Monterrey were protested by friends and loved ones with emotional postings on Facebook and other social media networks.

Univision explores Romney roots in Mexico

In Mexico’s elections, the dead will be ‘spun’

 At least 45,000 people have died in Mexico’s “drug war.” Activists recently protested President Calderon’s security policies by covering Mexico City’s Zocalo square with the outlines of human bodies. (Photo by Manuel Rueda courtesy New America Media)


Esteban Illades

Univision News via New America Media

The estimated 50,000 dead in the Mexican War on Drugs will become victims once again. This time they’ll fall to political spin in the upcoming presidential campaigns.

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