Monthly Archives: April 2012

Bilingualism fine-tunes hearing, enhances attention, study finds

Northwestern University 

A Northwestern University study that will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) provides the first biological evidence that bilinguals’ rich experience with language in essence “fine-tunes” their auditory nervous system and helps them juggle linguistic input in ways that enhance attention and working memory.

FNS: Colorado River activism grows

Kent Paterson 

Frontera NorteSur

Flowing through the canyons and mesas of the U.S. Southwest to the Mexican border, the Colorado River and its tributaries form the lifeblood of growing cities, struggling rural communities and spectacular populations of wildlife of all kinds.

FNS: Last stand in Lomas de Poleo

Kent Paterson 

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Descending down the long road that curves down from the heights of Lomas de Poleo, a panoramic view of the borderland dazzles the eyes. Below the now-paved Anapra highway sits the town of Sunland Park, New Mexico, with its big border landfill, racetrack and casino, El Paso Electric plant and scandal-ridden politics. In the background, barren but striking mountains rise up in a hot April sky that begs for action from the rain gods.

Victims of violence shall not be forgotten

Kent Paterson

Frontera Nortesur 

Every night this week, a street in central El Paso will light up with the names of more than 10,000 people killed in the violence that’s ravaged Ciudad Juárez and Mexico since 2008. Sponsored by Annunciation House, the nightly projection/vigil is part of a week-long series of activities that will culminate with a dinner honoring in person the Mexican poet and anti-violence activist Javier Sicilia on Saturday, April 28. A shelter for migrants and the homeless, Annunciation House, has named Sicilia the recipient of its 2012 Voice of the Voiceless award.

Do we need a new ‘Code of the West?’


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

Julie Carter

It has been almost 150 years since Horace Greeley advised, “Go west, young man, go west and grow up with the country.”

And today, they are still coming, not so much as a direction, but more of a destination. Ours is a nation of immigrants — people who have never been content to stay in one place and always seek the new of what might be over the next horizon.

The West has long been a frontier to those with a variety of needs. Some come seeking a romanticized version of it as the “old West” or the “Wild West.”  Others search peaceful solitude away from the noise of an industrial civilization.

Juárez graffiti artists bound for Europe

An unidentified Juárez graffiti artist works on a contest entry Friday. Winners of the contest, sponsored by city community centers and the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, won an all-expense-paid trip to Europe. (Photo courtesy city of Juárez)

Competition finds the city’s best street art

Rio Grande Digital

(Photo courtesy city of Juárez)

Four young Juárez artists will visit Greece and Portugal this summer as their prize in the city first Urban Graffiti Contest, according to a city news release.

Youth gathered outside the Benito Juárez Olympic Stadium early Friday morning for the contest coordinated by the city’s community centers and professional visual artists from the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez.

Sunland Park: The surprise that keeps surprising

Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur’s special coverage of the southern New Mexico borderland is made possible in part by a grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation. Today’s story is about the latest developments in the troubled New Mexico border town of Sunland Park.

Kent Petterson

Frontera NorteSur Special Feature 

In a stunning political development, the often-fractious Sunland Park City Council took action April 18 by a vote of 3-2, with one abstention, to install 24-year-old New Mexico State University graduate Javier Perea as mayor. Appearing before a packed house at the Sunland Park Senior Citizens Center, the finely-dressed and  carefully-groomed young man vowed to pursue an open, responsible government dedicated to economic development for an impoverished U.S.-Mexico border town submerged in political scandals, state and federal criminal investigations and state financial probes of the municipal government.

FNS: Fanny and 1,700 disappeared people

Frontera NorteSur

The new top law enforcement official for the northern Mexican border state of Coahuila said this past weekend that 1,700 people have been forcibly disappeared in the entity since 2000.

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