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Un oasis en el desierto

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Por Christina Duran Traducido por Lizeth Daniela Castellanos Bajo Morley Ave., una parte de la calle se cubre de tiendas que venden ropa de salir para mujeres y juguetes de todos los colores. El otro lado de la calle se llena de puestos y mesas en lo que generalmente es un estacionamiento. Cada mesa está llena de una variedad de productos y antojitos caseros, desde col crespa y calabacín, hasta granadas, empanadas y diferentes tipos de quesos. Una gran olla atrae la atención de los Nogalenses con el rico olor de los tamales de carne con chile. Cada viernes por la tarde, cerca de la frontera que separa a Nogales, Arizona y Nogales Sonora, México, se reúne la gente para escuchar los últimos éxitos de la música latina y para deleitarse de la comida del Nogales Mercado. En el...

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Future of S. Arizona desert farming and development floats on water

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By ELIZABETH EATON Arizona Sonora News Service GREEN VALLEY — Row after row of pecan trees stretches into the distance, their dark green reaching up to mix with the blue of the sky, like color blots on a painter’s easel. The smell is undeniably earthy. The trees lean in toward each other, creating a shaded pathway between the rows. It’s cool and inviting – and hard to believe that this is Southern Arizona. Rich Walden, farm manager of the Green Valley Pecan Company and grandson of the founder, drives down the rows in his pickup. He points out how, over the years, he and his family have implemented different techniques to conserve water. Only the pecan trees on the older parts of the farm rely on flood irrigation to provide vital water to their thirsty roots. About a quarter of...

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A rancher’s hours: Hard work on the range; then there are those mountain lions

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By MICHELLE FLOYD Arizona Sonora News Kelly Glenn Kimbro is early to bed and early to rise — nine or ten o’clock at night and often two or three o’clock in the morning. Ranchers’ hours, she explains. You will probably never meet another woman like Kimbro, a fifth-generation rancher in southeastern Arizona. She spends her days with her family and works their two ranches, hunts mountain lions, and works in the community. “When I was a little girl I just knew I was going to be a rancher, and a hunter,” she said. “I love this way of life, and I love everything about it. I love the hard work, sunrises, and sunsets.” Her family homesteaded the ranch near what is now Douglas, Arizona, in 1896, and have stayed ever since. They even acquired another ranch 50 miles away on the Arizona-Mexico border....

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Southern Arizona ranchers view range fires as part of the routine

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By SYDNEY RICHARDSON Arizona Sonora News Out of all the conflicts that might arise from trying to make your livelihood off of ranching cattle, the last thing ranchers in the Sonoran Desert want to deal with is fire, especially fires that may have been deliberately set. Sometimes it’s just part of the job, says Dan Bell, owner of the 50,000-acre ZZ Cattle Corp., a ranch in Nogales that sprawls along the border. “Fires are natural. But it’s based off the time of year,” Bell said. “Usually you will get fires right before monsoon season, when you have lightning strikes and things of that nature. And with that comes different humidity, so the fires tend to be not as fierce as they would be at other times” But it’s not the naturally caused fires that have the most effect on...

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Xanax and the new generation of addiction

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By AMANDA MARTINEZ Arizona Sonora News Gilbert Martinez is a 20-year-old auto glass repair technician who lives in Arizona. His life is typical in many ways: He gets up, goes to work, hangs out with his friends and plays video games for hours, but his driving motivation in life is to buy and take Xanax. “I basically do my work to obtain Xanax and other drugs,” Martinez said. His says his addiction started the way it does for many people. Family members were prescribed the drug and he began to skim pills from them, selling the pills at school and. over the course of four years, increasing his dose. But as his intake increased, so did his legal problems.  Around 4 p.m. on Halloween 2014, he was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Tempe. He said he was given...

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A lifeline to address hunger via ‘unwanted’ produce at border food warehouses

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By TOBEY SCHMIDT Arizona Sonora News NOGALES, Arizona — Farmers from Mexico bring nearly 20 million pounds of produce across the border into this once-bustling border town each year, according to statistics by U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014. From there, they sell it to distribution companies, who then sell it to grocery stores. The problem happens, though, when the food is not sold. It can languish in Nogales, headed for landfills. “If the product look bad, we dump them,” said Fernando Rodriguez, who works in sales at Franks Distribution in Nogales, one of the hundreds of warehouses stringing along the highway from Nogales to Tucson, 70 miles away. “If I know the product is consumable, we donate them,” he added. That “unwanted” produce provides a lifeline for many outlets that deal with hunger in southern Arizona. For example,...

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In plain English, Huachuca Mayor Taylor defends resistance to ‘Spanish/Mexican’

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By AMANDA MARTINEZ Arizona Sonora News Service     Huachuca City Mayor Ken Taylor says he felt blindsided by the uproar that followed his terse declining of an email invitation to attend the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association because it was written in both English and Spanish. But he did not back down. In an interview with Arizona Sonora News Service, Taylor doubled down on his resistance to being addressed in Spanish as well as English. But he also said he thought the email was “spam” and that the Border Mayors Association, which Huachuca City has been a member of since before Taylor was elected mayor in 2013, “didn’t seem like a legitimate organization and it still does not.” “I never really knew I was participating in the first place,” Taylor said. The conflict began in August when he received an...

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A painter of the desert drives a campaign

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When Gretchen Baer walks into the High Desert Market, her mid-calf plaid Chucks distinguish her from the already unique art community of Bisbee, Arizona. The Massachusetts native says art has always been central to her life, but it only recently has become the hub of her political views. “Art in the political realm is a wide open field,” Baer says. “It’s a match made in heaven.” In an effort to “put the party back in Democratic Party,” Baer has taken her art on the road in the form of her Hillary Clinton art car. This painting on wheels started back in 2008, along with the creation of Baer’s Hillary Clinton Army. While Baer initially started the party to support Clinton, she stressed that the main point of the group is to create art and more importantly to have a...

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Despite rhetoric, refugees are a humanitarian concern

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Without warning, a sudden deafening sound is followed by a wave of pressure passing through the body. Time seems to slow as the quick flash is finally registered by the eyes only to be quickly replaced by clouds of dust and smoke. The heart races and confused thoughts begin to desperately piece together information. Disoriented, reality begins to slowly creep into a muffled consciousness. An explosion has just taken place. Soon, the dust clears and sounds become sharper. What had been a busy street filled with people going about their day is now rubble. The window fronts of markets are shattered and collapsed, bodies lie tattered and torn on the ground. Those who can move have fled the area to find shelter. All that is left in this wake of destruction is an empty street filled with misery and...

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A shuttle service: ‘Who’s going to Nogales?’

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Inside the neon green and yellow shack on 6th Avenue, a few blocks outside of South Tucson, there are four rows of connected seats facing the entrance and a gray television set broadcasting an episode of Malcolm in the Middle dubbed in Spanish. A glossy Mexican national flag is painted across the wall behind the rows of seats, and candlelight reflects off of a porcelain figurine of La Virgen de Guadalupe placed on a small stool by the ticket counter. Luis Alberto Lopez Hernandez, a contracted shuttle driver for the family owned Sahuaro Shuttle service, pulls his 14-passenger van up to the side of the vibrantly colored building and plants a stool in front of its opened double doors. “Nogales! Quien va para Nogales? (Who’s going to Nogales?),” he announces in front of the shuttle. He jokes with the other drivers before attentively greeting the four...

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