Fri October 25, 2013
Demand Up for Spanish Hunting Classes in Texas
On Fronteras: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has seen an increased demand for hunter education in Spanish. NSA spying in Mexico has been revealed and many Mexicans, including a former president are registering strong protest. We continue reports on an alleged culture of corruption in New Mexico's mental health system, and the state's refusal to release evidence of that allegation. This past summer was unusually busy in the Arizona desert for migrant rescues. We talk to a 9-1-1 dispatcher who takes calls from border crossers who run out of water and fear they are close to death.
The latest revelation of documents tied to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is angering some Mexicans. Fronteras reporter Lorne Matalon of Marfa Public Radio looked into reaction south of the border.
Republican Judge in San Antonio Joins The Democratic Party
Democrats in Texas are hoping to turn the state blue, or at least begin leaning that way in 2014. Leaping across political lines is a judge who won his seat during the republican dominated 2010 midterm elections. From our Fronteras Desk Joey Palacios reports.
In June, New Mexico’s Behavioral Health care system was thrown into chaos - the state abruptly froze Medicaid payments to over a dozen mental health providers in the state after an audit allegedly found widespread fraud.
Those providers served nearly 30-thousand patients. But neither the public nor those accused have been able to see the actual audit because the state says an investigation continues. Now a partial release of the audit’s findings has raised further questions about New Mexico’s decision to go after the clinics. For the Fronteras Desk, Tristan Ahtone reports.
Every year more than 30,000 people in Texas become certified hunters. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers an education course required of most hunters in the state. In recent years, the department has seen an increased demand for Hunter Education in Spanish. For Fronteras, Veronica Zaragovia reports from Austin.
Protesters Look for Deported Immigrants for Help
A group of protesters arrested for stopping two buses of immigrant defendants on their way to court are now asking for those defendants to help the protesters in their defense case. But as Michel Marizco reports from Tucson, those defendants were deported and the protesters will have to find them.
911 Dispatchers Take Calls From Migrants in Unforgiving Desert
The Arizona desert is a killer. Every year it claims the lives of migrants who cross the border illegally and make their way north. But in the past year, the number of migrants rescued by Border Patrol spiked, according to recently released data. And that’s despite the fact that the number of people crossing the Arizona border has been falling. From the Fronteras Desk in Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block has this report on what it’s like to answer those 9-1-1 calls.