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Thu December 6, 2012
Big Bend Crossing: Will The Border Reopen at Boquillas?
The Fronteras Desk: Some border residents are waiting for the opening of a formal border crossing linking Rio Grande Village inside Big Bend National Park and the Mexican riverside village of Boquillas; authorities in Tijuana have located two mass graves containing potentially hundreds of dissolved human remains; how one health provider is using telenovelas to educate Latinos about HIV; and finally, the holiday season has many families preparing for tamaladas.
The exact date is uncertain, but all signs point to the opening of a formal border crossing linking Rio Grande Village inside Big Bend National Park in West Texas and the Mexican riverside village of Boquillas, Mexico. People on either side used to cross freely by wading across the Rio Grande, but in a post 9/11 world, the United States declared all so-called ‘informal’ border crossings illegal. Lorne Matalon with Marfa Public Radio has more from Big Bend National Park.
Investigators in Tijuana have made a gruesome discovery over the last week—but it's one that gives hope to some families in Baja California whose loved ones have been kidnapped or "disappeared." Authorities have located two mass graves containing potentially hundreds of dissolved human remains. From our Fronteras Desk, Erin Siegal has more.
Telenovelas Provide HIV Awareness
One of the nation’s largest community health providers has launched an original series of telenovelas for YouTube. KPCC’s Stephanie O’Neill says they’re designed to educate Latinos about the spread of HIV, and the need for universal testing.
Tamales, A Holiday Tradition
The holiday season is upon us and for many that means carrying on the Christmas tradition of making tamales. Ellen Riojas Clark is Professor Emeritus of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She’s also a longtime tamale maker. Clark will help lead the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s annual Gran Tamalada Saturday morning.