Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Mexican state goes on trial in Ciudad Juárez

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Sagas detailing the wholesale destruction of families, communities, cultures and Mother Earth itself were publicly aired in Ciudad Juárez this week, when hundreds of people met to put the Mexican state on trial for social, economic and environmental assaults.

Gila fire now the largest in NM history

The massive forest fire burning in the Gila National Forest grew overnight to more than 170,000 acres -- more than 265 square miles -- to become the largest fire in New Mexico history. The blaze has destroyed about a dozen homes and forced evacuations of nearby towns and health alerts for cities in the region. About 1,200 firefighters are battling the inferno, that grew to its current proportions when two lightning-caused fires merged in the isolated mountainous area. (Photo courtesy USFS Gila National Forest)

O’Rourke wins Democrats’ congressional nomination over incumbent Reyes

Rio Grande Digital

Former El Paso city Rep. Beto O’Rourke — and advocate for reforming US drug policy — snatched the El Paso Democratic Party’s congressional nomination away from eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes, a career drug warrior and retired Border Patrol official.

International rights tribunal holds hearings in Juárez

Rio Grande Digital

The lawlessness and brutal violence on the border has long drawn the attention of the world press, but now international attention has been focused on Juárez and Chihuahua state in a more formal way.

Writer looks behind the scenes of TV congressional debate

Miguel Juárez is a history doctoral student at the University of Texas at El Paso focusing on United States, Borderlands and Digital Humanities/Urban History.


Editor’s note: Comments and opposing viewpoints are always welcome.

Miguel Juárez

Among the many opinions in the public comments section of an El Paso Times article, “New Silvestre Reyes ad attacks Beto O’Rourke’s character,” on May 23, by Chris Roberts, one reader stated that O’Rourke had won the debate on News 7 Extra against Silvestre Reyes on Sunday, May 20. Yet he offered no real evidence.

Let’s analyze what happened in the debate. From personal, experience having been on the News7 Exta program, I see several things happen. First, the favored guest gets to sit closest to the host. The chair farther from him is also shorter and off-balanced — either that or the floor is slanted so the second guest looks smaller. This is a tactic used to make the other person look less important.

FNS: Anti-austerity fight crosses borders

Frontera NorteSur

In the three member nations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), austerity is the buzzword in public education. But in Canada, Mexico and the United States, popular mobilizations continue in support of the right to a quality public education.

NMSU Native American studies professor rides in historic event for queen of England

Donald Pepion, a college professor in the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University, performs on horseback for Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant May 10-13. (Courtesy photo)

Visitors celebrate monarch’s milestone

New Mexico State University

A New Mexico State University professor who teaches Native American studies in the anthropology department recently participated in an international tribute honoring Queen Elizabeth II. As part of a Native American delegation, Donald Pepion performed on horseback for the queen during her Diamond Jubilee pageant. He also briefly met the queen and enjoyed tea and crumpets at Windsor Castle.

The third toughest roping

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

Julie Carter

Fishing stories don’t hold a candle to roping tales. The big one always gets away and there is always some windy explanation about how it happened and what the result would be if it hadn’t.

This past weekend there was a sizable high class roping, and yes, I know, there will be some that will holler “oxymoron” over that description. I will argue that where team roping is concerned, the scales will most generally tip toward the moron than the high class, but I digress.

High dollar prizes and prestigious titles were at stake and the “big boys” of roping were there wearing the names of their corporate sponsors embroidered all over their shirts.

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