wildfire http://tpr.org en Colorado River Adventures Turn Deadly For Kayakers Without Guides http://tpr.org/post/colorado-river-adventures-turn-deadly-kayakers-without-guides <p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>Legislation to&nbsp;compensate "downwinders" -- people suffering from cancer caused by the fallout of atomic testing near Las Vegas in the 50s -- left out some affected areas and now people are demanding federal compensation. In Phoenix, there's a unique tradition of bringing together both Jews and Latinos to celebrate Passover that brings together two ethnic communities. The last 10 fatalities on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon have been on self-guided trips.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Crystal Chavez 30214 at http://tpr.org Colorado River Adventures Turn Deadly For Kayakers Without Guides Mennonite Suspect Allegedly Duped Mexicans Into Smuggling Drugs http://tpr.org/post/mennonite-suspect-allegedly-duped-mexicans-smuggling-drugs <p></p><p><strong>Fronteras</strong>: Federal prosecutors in Texas and New Mexico are dealing with an unusual case involving a man from a Mennonite community in Mexico. We take you into the fields of New Mexico where workers are cleaning out an ancient irrigation system. These hand-dug ditches may help retain precious river water in times of drought. Further south, drought is forcing a Mexican city to ration water -- and it's only spring.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:52:31 +0000 Crystal Chavez 29899 at http://tpr.org Mennonite Suspect Allegedly Duped Mexicans Into Smuggling Drugs Energy Boom, Light Pollution Threaten Astronomy In West Texas http://tpr.org/post/energy-boom-light-pollution-threaten-astronomy-west-texas <p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>The energy boom in Texas and New Mexico is inadvertently compromising the jet-black night skies that astronomers need to do their research. After several decades in the doldrums, the Mexican film industry is seeing some light on the horizon. There’s been a rise of federal immigration crimes -- we speak to an expert from Pew Research about what’s driving that growth. Farmers and ranchers from across the nation are calling for action on immigration reform and the Texas Farm Bureau is asking Congress to “get ‘er done” to help farmers compete.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:43:53 +0000 Crystal Chavez 28678 at http://tpr.org Energy Boom, Light Pollution Threaten Astronomy In West Texas Burn Ban In Effect For 75 Texas Counties http://tpr.org/post/burn-ban-effect-75-texas-counties <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the area expected&nbsp;to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remain under moderate-to-extreme drought conditions through the summer,&nbsp;Bexar County Commissioners have approved a new burn ban, effective immediately.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:14:57 +0000 Eileen Pace 28096 at http://tpr.org Burn Ban In Effect For 75 Texas Counties Memories Not Extinguished: Two Years Since Labor Day Wildfires http://tpr.org/post/memories-not-extinguished-two-years-labor-day-wildfires <iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89474663" width="100%"></iframe><p>Today marks two years since the start of the Labor Day wildfires – the worst in Texas history.<p>The fires in Bastrop, Pflugerville, Spicewood and Steiner Ranch in September of 2011 killed two people, destroyed 1,600 homes and burned tens of thousands of acres of land.<p>KUT produced an oral history titled “<a href="http://kut.org/forged-in-flames/" target="_blank">Forged in Flames</a>” last year for the first anniversary of the fires. Go to <a href="http://kut.org/forged-in-flames/" target="_blank">KUT.org</a> to hear the documentary, produced by KUT's Emily Donahue and the KUT News staff. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:18:49 +0000 Laura Rice, KUT News 17854 at http://tpr.org Memories Not Extinguished: Two Years Since Labor Day Wildfires Burn Ban Issued For Bexar County http://tpr.org/post/burn-ban-issued-bexar-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dry, hot weather conditions have forced </span>Bexar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County Commissioners to order a new burn ban.</span></p><p>The court order bans outdoor burning in unincorporated Bexar County for the next 90 days, but it’s still okay under the ban to burn household trash or other domestic waste in a burn barrel with a wire mesh screen to prevent the spread of sparks and flames.</p><p>Thanks to some good rainy days at the beginning of summer, San Antonio has not been under a burn ban since early June.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:28:52 +0000 Eileen Pace 17062 at http://tpr.org Burn Ban Issued For Bexar County Arizona's Outdoor Tent City Jail Turns 20 http://tpr.org/post/arizonas-outdoor-tent-city-jail-turns-20 <p><strong>Fronteras:&nbsp;</strong>How environmental concerns stack up against border security as Congress considers adding more fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the outdoor jail that has become a symbol of the law enforcement style of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Hopi Nation in northern Arizona is in the middle of what advocates call a domestic violence epidemic. Also, why the chilies in your favorite hot sauce may give you more of a kick than you bargained for. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:26:43 +0000 Crystal Chavez 15948 at http://tpr.org Arizona's Outdoor Tent City Jail Turns 20 Most Mexican Meth Enters U.S. Via San Diego, Use On The Rise http://tpr.org/post/most-mexican-meth-enters-us-san-diego-use-rise <p><strong>Fronteras</strong>: San Diego is the number one entry point for Mexican methamphetamine making its way to cities and towns across the U.S. The Honor Guard does more than post and salute the flag at a funeral, this week they are standing vigil with the 19 fallen firefighters in Prescott, Arizona. Also, border agents are having to race to find lost migrants in the desert who are sick and some are dying from the heat.</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:35:16 +0000 Crystal Chavez 14676 at http://tpr.org Most Mexican Meth Enters U.S. Via San Diego, Use On The Rise Arizona Towns Honor Fallen Firefighters, Face Uncertain Future http://tpr.org/post/arizona-towns-honor-fallen-firefighters-face-uncertain-future <p><strong>Fronteras</strong>: People effected by the Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters now wonder what kind of home they'll be returning to. A new report alleges that agricultural producers in New Mexico may be saving money by engaging in unethical and illegal pay practices. A look at workers compensation practices in the state’s dairy industry. County commissioners in Mora, New Mexico, have passed the nation's first county-wide ban on hydraulic natural gas fracking, citing water safety concerns.</p><p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 18:11:24 +0000 Crystal Chavez 14276 at http://tpr.org Arizona Towns Honor Fallen Firefighters, Face Uncertain Future Arbor Day Ceremony Highlights Ongoing Recovery Of Bastrop Community http://tpr.org/post/arbor-day-ceremony-highlights-ongoing-recovery-bastrop-community <p>A little more than 18 months after the most destructive wildfire in Texas history, Bastrop is coming together once again, this time to celebrate resiliency, recovery, and hope.</p><p>Those themes will be the primary focus as Bastrop residents join with state and local dignitaries this Friday to celebrate the 124th Texas Arbor Day.</p><p>Texas A&amp;M Forester Service Director Tom Boggus said Arbor Day is special because it celebrates the bond between Texans and our trees.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:02:06 +0000 Steve Short 10145 at http://tpr.org Arbor Day Ceremony Highlights Ongoing Recovery Of Bastrop Community