Crystal Chavez

Morning Edition Anchor/Fronteras Producer

Crystal Chavez is Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host. She wakes up before the crack of dawn to bring you the latest San Antonio and statewide news, traffic and weather.

She is also the host and co-producer of the weekly Fronteras program airing Fridays at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 6 a.m. Fronteras is a multimedia collaboration among seven public radio stations across the Southwest funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Before moving to San Antonio, Crystal was the Morning Edition producer at KUT News in Austin, Texas, where she received an award from the Texas Medical Association for an in-depth feature series on whooping cough. Crystal graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and calls Corpus Christi, Texas home.

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Fronteras Desk
12:29 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Deportations Take Toll On Young People’s Mental Health

Centro Savila, an organization that offers counseling and other support services to immigrant families in Albuquerque, is growing, but the organization recently had to start a waiting list for new clients.
Sarah Gustavus New Mexico In Depth

Fronteras: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will now have a court-appointed monitor watching over his department. We have a two-part series examining how the deportation of family members can impact the mental health of young people. Conservationists in the southwestern border region are busy cleaning trash out of watersheds before winter rains hit. By involving the community, they hope to create allies in the fight for a healthy border environment. And, soon travelers arriving at Tijuana's airport will be able to cross, by bridge, directly into San Diego.

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Fronteras Desk
11:54 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Barrio Battles Big Industry For Environmental Justice

Shipbuilding industry at the water's edge in Barrio Logan.
Guillermo Sevilla

Fronteras: The low income San Diego neighborhood of Barrio Logan, which is closely linked to the shipbuilding industry, has been largely ignored by the city until residents fought maritime industry for a new community plan, and won. Under the Affordable Care Act, Native Americans are exempt from the mandate that requires citizens to get health insurance, but that hasn’t stopped New Mexico from trying to get consumers covered. Also, how the drought has forced some Native farmers to consider non- traditional irrigation methods and a rarely used desalting plant in Yuma could start sending water to Mexico.

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Fronteras Desk
10:50 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Border Drug Series: From Cartel To End User

On Sept. 6, 2013, CBP officers at the Otay Mesa commercial port of entry discovered 1,623 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of limes.
Courtesy of CBP

Fronteras: First we look at the link between cartels and the end user, addicts. San Diego as a number one entry point for meth. How trucking companies and law enforcement try to keep up with the evolving business of drug smuggling. A smuggling ring revealed that operated from Arizona to Washington State.

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Fronteras Desk
12:25 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Obstacles Of Getting Non-English Speakers Signed Up For Health Care

Volunteers with Enroll America's outreach campaign knock on doors in Phoenix.
Jude Joffe-Block

Fronteras: The federal government is poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new border security technology -- how the contracting process has changed and how some contractors are already seeing dollar signs. The challenges of getting the word out on signing up for health care to non-English speakers across the Southwest. Also, a look at Nevada's new push to improve education for its English language learners.

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Fronteras Desk
12:11 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

New Mexico Mental Health System Shakeup Under Scrutiny

Sidonie Squier, head of New Mexico's Human Services Department, defended the decision to freeze Medicaid funds at a Legislative Finance Committee hearing in July.
Bryant Furlow

Fronteras: New Mexico accused 15 of it's mental health providers of Medicaid fraud, froze all federal funds to the agencies, and handed management of the companies over to Arizona firms. Some say the transition isn't going so well. We remember an activist who spoke up for the people who find themselves stranded and destitute in Tijuana after being deported from the U.S. Catholic leaders are hoping a nationwide immigration mass will sway Congress on immigration reform. Also, the Navajo Nation is trying to balance resources with feral horse roundups.

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Fronteras Desk
11:18 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Tensions Rising In Texas-Mexico Water Dispute

The Francisco I. Madero Dam outside Delicias, Chihuahua overflowed after four days of record rain in late July. This water will eventually flow downstream to the Rio Grande River.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe Fronteras

Fronteras: Farmers in South Texas are angry with Mexico, part of a water dispute that’s fueling tensions between the two nations. Dubbed the "anti-Arizona" bill, California’s TRUST Act is moving toward passage. A closer look at that train that derailed in Mexico. Also, the influence of Asian immigrants has brought new flavors to Las Vegas tacos.

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Fronteras Desk
11:34 am
Fri August 23, 2013

All Things Taco: Kosher Tacos, Breakfast Tacos & Navajo Tacos

A bacon, egg, potato, and cheese taco.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Fronteras: Remember those hard-shelled, spicy ground beef tacos that populated American kitchens a few decades ago? That's not the taco of today. Today it's grilled fish, kosher beef, Korean barbeque and fried eggs. We’re talking all things taco: From the evolution of the taco and how breakfast tacos are a morning staple close to the heart in South Texas, to Kosher tacos and tacos in the Navajo Nation.

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Community Safety
10:22 am
Tue August 20, 2013

DPS Begins Increased DWI Patrols, Continues Over Labor Day Weekend

State of Texas

Starting Monday, the Texas Department of Public Safety is stepping up DWI patrols and the enhanced enforcement period will last through Sept. 9, which includes Labor Day weekend.

The DPS said troopers will focus patrols in high-risk areas for alcohol-related crashes.

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Fronteras Desk
11:42 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Immigrant Families With Mixed Legal Status In Limbo

Cynthia Alba, 19, is working legally in the United States for the first time after receiving deferred action last year. She said the possibility that immigration reform will stall once again, and her deferred action work permit will expire, terrifies her.
Heath Haussamen

Fronteras: Excessive alcohol consumption cost United States taxpayers more than $220 billion in 2006. Several hundred people living on the banks of the Tijuana river canal were evicted. What are they planning to do now? Immigrant families in the U.S. with mixed status wonder about the fate of immigration reform now that Congress is in recess. One of Mexico’s most isolated indigenous groups is fighting logging in old-growth forests. Also, hear how a civil rights giant is now a comic book hero.

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Fronteras Desk
11:51 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Immigration Reform Putting Some Republicans In Hot Seat

Dueling protests may be the norm for some congresspeople being targeted by groups on opposite sides of the immigration reform debate
Jill Replogle Fronteras

Fronteras: Any new immigration bill will include some measure of increased border surveillance, which doesn't sit well with people already fed up with federal scrutiny. As members of Congress begin their August break, many will be getting an earful from constituents about immigration reform. A college in Southern Nevada is struggling to meet the needs of its growing Latino student body. Part of the Navajo Nation has been slow to rebuild after a development freeze, which is affecting some of the poorest people on the reservation.

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