Fronteras Desk
11:26 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Arizona's Outdoor Tent City Jail Turns 20

Fronteras: 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.

Security Trumps Environment In Border Fence Building

Congress is considering building hundreds of miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of immigration reform. From our Fronteras Desk, Jill Replogle reminds us of the last big fence-building push and the fight that centered on the fence’s potential effects on San Diego’s fragile border ecosystems.

Hopi Tribe Shining A Light On Domestic Violence

A new study by the World Health Organization found that 1 in 3 women is assaulted in thier lifetime. For Native American women, that number is almost twice as high, at 61 percent. The Hopi Nation in northern Arizona is in the middle of what advocates call a domestic violence epidemic, but after years of secrecy, victims are starting to come forward. From the Changing America Desk Anne Hoffman brings us this story from Keams Canyon, Arizona.

Tent City Jail Turns 20

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of an unorthodox outdoor jail in Phoenix known as Tent City.  The facility was originally set up as a stopgap solution to jail overcrowding, but has since become a symbol of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s law enforcement regime. The publicity the jail generates may be one of Arpaio’s biggest legacies. From the Fronteras Desk in Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports.

Large Scale Wildfire Prevention Stalled

The largest wildfire prevention effort of its kind has stalled out.  Many of the collaborators are frustrated with the company that won the a contract a year ago. Questions have come up surrounding its competence to handle a project of this scale. Environmentalists are calling for an investigation. From Flagstaff Laurel Morales reports.

Hot Sauce That Packs More Than Heat

The chilies in your favorite hot sauce may give you more of a kick than you bargained for. A research team at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas has found elevated levels of lead in several hot sauces imported from Mexico. Lead exposure can be dangerous, especially for children and pregnant women. Kate Sheehy from the Fronteras Desk reports.

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