Thu November 8, 2012
Latino Vote Wakes Up, TB In Tijuana, Dinosaur Tracks, And A Cross-Border Soccer Team
Everyone was wondering what effect the Latino vote would have on this election, and now we know. A look at efforts to fight tuberculosis in the border city of Tijuana. The Navajo Nation is taking steps to preserve dinosaur tracks, and how a soccer team has become part of a culture spanning both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
It turns out that sleeping giant - the Latino vote – actually woke up and made a big difference in the election. Now that the votes are mostly counted, we asked Peter O’Dowd at the Fronteras Desk, to see just how important this group was for a few key races in the West.
- More from Fronteras on the Latino vote, "The Latino Vote Was Crucial In Obama Re-Election"
Tuberculosis kills more than 1.25 million people worldwide every year; it is one of the leading causes of death. For years, the border city of Tijuana has struggled with a high TB rate. A San Diego-based non-profit has been helping health officials fight the disease throughout Mexico, but Reporter Kenny Goldberg says the program's funding runs out at the end of December.
Travel east of Grand Canyon and take in the windswept mesas of Indian Country, and you might feel like you’re traveling back in time. That sense of timelessness intensifies when you find one dirt road just outside Tuba City -- possibly one of the biggest dinosaur track sites in the country. Fronteras reporter Laurel Morales was driving home from a recent assignment and couldn’t resist checking out.
Soccer Team Part of Cross-Border Culture
Tijuana's vibrant tourist scene has all but disappeared, but in its absence the city is becoming a place for a new type of culture, one forged by people who live between countries and see themselves as part of both. Tijuana's soccer team is part of that. The enormously popular Xolos boast a dedicated fan base that stretches from Sinaloa to Las Vegas. Brooke Binkowski reports from a game in Tijuana.