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Budget spends millions for unwanted Border Strike Force

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The latest budget deal spends million of dollars on a new Border Strike Force created at Gov. Ducey’s request last year, but border county sheriffs say they want no part of it. The budget deal appropriates a total of $26.6 million to the Department of Public Safety specifically for the Border Strike Force under its command, which is about $5 million less than Ducey’s original $31.5 million bid. During his State of the State speech in January, Ducey called the Border Strike Force “a partnership between local, state and federal law enforcement that’s providing a force multiplier in the fight against drug cartels and border crimes.” That partnership was rocky from the start, spurring criticisms from border sheriffs in Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz and Yuma counties. They remain skeptical about the Border Strike Force’s need, operational plan, effectiveness and...

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Seeking Safe Haven: Central American Children Hope to Find Refuge Across U.S.-Mexico Border

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About an hour south of Tucson, on the other side of a fence that demarcates the United States from Mexico, a humanitarian crisis unfolds as tens of thousands of child migrants from Central America cross the border. Over the past five years, more than 140,000 children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have made the more than 2,000 mile, two-week minimum journey on foot without a guaranteed source of food, water or shelter all in hope of finding a safe haven in the U.S. Along the way, these children are vulnerable to human trafficking, exploitation and abuse in addition to innumerable hazards on the road. Every day, more children arrive from these countries, and surpassed the number of migrant children from Mexico for the first time in 2013. By 2014, the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border,...

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Ducha movil disponible para quien lo necesite

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Son las 7:30 en una fresca mañana de miércoles. Más de 20 hombres se juntan alrededor del cerco de alambre en los afueras del comedor de beneficencia Casa María Soup Kitchen. Una camioneta modelo Ford, llega jalando un camión decorado con citas bíblicas que contiene baños refrescantes y de agua caliente. El camión pertenece a la Iglesia Presbiteriana St. Andrew, localizada al norte de Paseo del Norte. Viene a Casa María dos miércoles al mes a las 8 de la mañana y se queda ahí hasta las 11 de la mañana ofreciendo baños gratuitos y productos higiénicos. Dos hombres se bajan de los asientos de enfrente y uno de ellos pone un letrero blanco que dice: “baños con agua caliente gratis”. Media hora después, se acomodan las cajas, sillas y mesas y los voluntarios esperan a su primer cliente...

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Is the Largest Proposed Mine in the U.S. an Environmental Bust?

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Nearly 100 people left Superior High School disappointed and anxious after a long night of grueling questions and harsh realities at a public meeting in April. Many lived nearby and came to tell the Tonto National Forest Service their concerns over a proposed copper mine a few miles away in Oak Flat. Some were members of the San Carlos Apache Nation who came to defend their tradition and heritage closely tied with Chich’il Biłdagoteel, the Apache name for Oak Flat. But everyone was outraged over the federal government’s forced land exchange that may well destroy a unique area once used for recreation, traditional ceremonies and ecological research. Land Exchange Congress and President Barack Obama approved the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act, which included a land exchange in Arizona with the mining company Resolution...

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Los abuelos enfrentan dificultades por ser quienes cuidan principalmente a sus nietos

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Traducido por Maritza Flores Campuzano  Andrea Zukowsky de 65 años de edad, estaba lista para disfrutar de la vida de jubilada y para viajar por el mundo junto con su esposo. Pero de repente, todo cambió. Su esposo murió repentinamente de un paro cardiaco en el 2014. Ese mismo año, el Departamento de Servicios de Protección de Menores le llamó a Zukowsky para decirle que probablemente ella se convertiría en la cuidadora principal de sus tres nietos. Sus nietos de 11, 8 y 4 años habían sido abusados sexual, física y emocionalmente por su padre mientras vivían en la casa de Zukowsky. “Yo sabía que algo estaba pasando, pero no lo podía comprobar,” comentó. El día en el que finalmente lo pudo comprobar, los niños fueron separados de sus padres: la hija de Zukowsky y su yerno. Las dos...

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Foley’s War: Occupying the U.S.-Mexico Border

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Wind whips through the dry grass at the base of the U.S.-Mexico border fence where Tim Foley stands smoking a cigarette and surveying vast wilderness of the Altar Valley. Here, just west of the Sasabe border crossing, the 20-foot tall steel fencing abruptly gives way to straggling barbed wire as the physical border, so easily drawn on a map, cuts across rugged terrain into the Baboquivari Mountains and the Tohono O’odham reservation. Foley brings people to this spot to demonstrate what he considers a lack of border security. Places like this are wide open. Anyone can pass through. Not that the fence is stopping anybody anyway, he says. The founding member of the Arizona Border Recon, Foley, with his loyal pitbull Rocco, leads a group of well-armed volunteers who patrol the desert for people and drugs crossing illegally from...

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South Tucson Tavern Takes Off

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Freshly cleaned shot glasses are stacked underneath the handles of local draft beer. Bright red maraschino cherries have been plucked and placed within the bartenders reach. More than a dozen bar stools, upholstered in different colored leathers, line the refurbished wood and tin bar. The eclectic Saint Charles Tavern, 1632 South 4th Ave., is ready for the day’s business. It is the brainchild of owners Elizabeth Menke and Churchill Brauninger who adopted the empty building and backyard area as the home for the neighborhood bar.  The building was once The Paddock Bar, which was closed in the 1990s. Saint Charles opened its doors September 2015 after months of acquisitions, building permits and approval for a liquor license from the city of South Tucson, where bars were largely a thing of the past. At one point, the city was home...

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Ochoa Bike Club

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Riding in traffic, proper hand signals, and general bicycle safety. South Tucson kids ages 6 to 11 are learning to properly ride their bikes at the Ochoa Bike Club at the John Valenzuela Youth Center of South Tucson. BICAS, Safe Routes to School of South Tucson, and the Youth Center teamed up to provide an after school bike program for students at Ochoa Magnet School to help them understand how to safely ride and maintain their bikes. “We focus on students learning safe road riding, how to recognize traffic, where to ride in the road, hand signals to communicate and also building riding skills which make them stronger safer riders,” said Kristin Mcray, one of the Education Coordinators for BICAS,. The Ochoa Bike Club “really helps make bicycling a visible and relevant part of life” for the community and children....

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Tuesdays for Tucson

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The young musicians line up on stage and prepare rows of cellos and violins. Small hands with slender fingers quickly tune their strings. The conductor approaches and raises his hands. The Tucson High Magnet Orchestra begins to play. The patio is filled with onlookers dispersed across small, circular tables. Indigenous art and brightly painted walls intensify the atmosphere. Dangling lights create a ceiling of synthetic stars. This is part of the weekly “Tuesdays for Tucson,” at La Cocina restaurant in the heart of old downtown Tucson. The event raises money for local non-profits every Tuesday from 3 p.m. until closing time. Ten percent of dinner sales go to the organization of the week. “My hope is that other businesses will want to jump into this,” says Jo Schneider, the owner. She believes strong collaborations within communities can have a...

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Tucsonans Organize Black Lives Matter Chapter

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I met up with two of the women behind Tucson’s new Black Lives Matter chapter on one of those Arizona days where you see blue skies to the south and thunderstorms rolling in from over the Catalina Mountains. Katie Litchfield greets me at Sky Bar on Fourth Avenue, her 2-year-old daughter Sage trotting close behind her. Litchfield orders a sandwich from the bar, modified for her vegan tastes (take off the avocado, add artichokes, toasted please) with a glass of riesling. Sage bounces around making friends with the other guests as we find a seat. As we sit down on the patio and start talking about Litchfield’s time in Tucson. When she’s not working with organizing Black Lives Matter Tucson, she’s a massage therapist, a single mom, and looking to go back to school in the near future. Lucy...

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