Children’s Hospital To Be Inaugurated in Chihuahua (Spanish)

April 10, 2013

Photo Credit: Kelly DonlanMilenio, 4/10/2013

A pediatric specialty hospital will be inaugurated on April 30th in Chihuahua. According to DIF state president, Bertha Gomez Duarte, this facility plans to serve Chilren from the states of Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, and Coahuila.

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Is US-Mexico border secure enough? Immigration reform could hinge on answer

March 7, 2013

border_at_Tijuana Tomas CastelazoThe Christian Science Monitor, 3/6/2013

Twenty-five miles north of the line, a giant white canopy stretches over the northbound lanes, with green-shirted border patrol agents and drug-sniffing dogs buzzing around the checkpoint. Farther south in Nogales, Ariz., green-and-white border patrol vehicles are as conspicuous as yellow cabs in New York, and stadium lights trained on the border fence dwarf the rustic Sonoran homes below.

Ten years ago, the permanent checkpoint, the stadium lights, and the ubiquity of those green-and-white cars would have seemed jarring. But since 9/11, America’s southern border has changed. President George W. Bush’s most famous surge might have been in Iraq, but along the US-Mexican border, he also presided over a doubling of manpower and a shift in the border patrol’s mission to make it a tool in the war on terror.

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Femicide cases increase in 9 states (Spanish)

February 14, 2013

femicidesEl Universal 2/14/2012

Las nueve entidades que registran una tendencia creciente de homicidios de mujeres son Chiapas, Chihuahua, Distrito Federal, Durango, Guerrero, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Sinaloa y Sonora, según un estudio presentado por la subsecretaria de Derechos Humanos de la Secretaría de Gobernación, Lía Limón, en el Senado de la República.

El estudio también analiza las particularidades de cada zona. En el noreste del país, por ejemplo, una mujer de 20 a 24 años tiene 39 veces más riesgo de morir por homicidio, que una mujer de la misma edad de la zona centro del país.

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Ancient Conehead-Like ‘Alien’ Skulls Unearthed In Mexico

December 25, 2012

Time, 12/25/2012

day_of_the_dead_skulls1Maybe The Coneheads was a documentary? An archaeological discovery of 25 “conehead”-shaped skulls in Mexico has people recalling the famed Saturday Night Live sketch. The bones, which are about 1,000 years old, dating from 945 A.D. to 1308 A.D., were discovered accidentally during a dig for an irrigation system in the northwest state of Sonora in Mexico. While it’s not unheard of for archaeological sites to be unearthed during modern excavations, the misshapen skulls discovered on the site are fairly uncommon, especially as far north as Sonora. “This was an Hispanic cemetery with 25 skulls, and 13 of them have deformed heads,” Cristina Garcia Moreno, who worked on the project with Arizona State University, told ABC News. “We don’t know why this population specifically deformed their heads.”

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The Narco Tunnels of Nogales

December 17, 2012

marijuana bust

If everyone had kept quiet, it could have been the most valuable parking spot on earth. Convenient only to the careworn clothing stores clustered in the southern end of downtown Nogales, Ariz., it offered little to shoppers, and mile-long Union Pacific (UNP) trains sometimes cut it off from much of the city for 20 minutes at a time. But the location was perfect: In the middle of the short stretch of East International Street, overshadowed by the blank walls of quiet commercial property, the space was less than 50 feet from the international border with Mexico. On Aug. 16, 2011, just before 3:30 p.m., three men sat in a white Chevrolet box truck parked near the Food City supermarket on Grand Court Plaza.

In the driver’s seat was Anthony Maytorena; at 19, Maytorena already had an impressive criminal record, and a metal brace on one arm as a result of being shot while fleeing from local police three years earlier. Locked in the cargo compartment behind him were two boys from Nogales, Sonora, the Arizona town’s twin city on the other side of the border—Jorge Vargas-Ruiz, 18, and another so young that his name has never been released. Together they drove over to International Street, where two cars were holding the parking spot for them.

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PRI figure reported arrested with Mexican drug lord’s cousin

August 16, 2012

Los Angeles Times, 8/10/2012

The Mexican press was having a field day Friday with reports from Spain that a cousin of one of the world’s most powerful drug lords was arrested in Madrid along with a politician with the party of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto.

The arrested politician, Rafael Celaya Valenzuela, was a mid-level figure in the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the state of Sonora. Newspapers were quick to publish on their websites photographs that Celaya had posted on his Facebook page, showing him with Peña Nieto.

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Mexican army uncovers drug tunnel into the U.S.

July 11, 2012

The New York Daily News/ The Associated Press, 07/10/2012

Mexico’s army has uncovered a 755-foot (230-meter) tunnel running under the Sonora-Arizona border that was used to smuggle drugs into the United States.

Mexico’s defense secretariat says the tunnel linked a soon-to-be-opened ice and purified water business in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora to a business in San Luis, Arizona.

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The Secretary of the Navy corroborates that 3.8 tons of marijuana were captured in Sonora [in Spanish]

July 10, 2012

Milenio, 7/10/12

The operation took place in the Sea of Cortes, near the Island of Huivulai, where agents found 355 marijuana packets. The Navy and the Army worked together on this operation.

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Arizona bans Mexico produce checks

November 11, 2010

Reuters, 11/11/2010

Arizona has banned produce inspections by its agriculture department in Mexico over fears that escalating drug violence there could put inspectors lives at risk, authorities said on Thursday.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture, or ADA, said it took the decision earlier this month not to send inspectors to northern Sonora state to check fruit and vegetable quality prior to import, citing fears of surging drug violence there.

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Mexico Arrests 9 in Day Care Fire that Killed 47

June 23, 2009
Photo by Flickr user Naveen Roy

Photo by Flickr user Naveen Roy

Associated Press, 6/23/2009

Seven state and two federal officials were arrested Monday and nine others were being sought on negligent homicide charges in a day care fire that killed 47 children in northern Mexico.

The state officials worked for the Sonora Finance Department, which operated an adjacent warehouse for cars, tires and paperwork. Investigators say the fire may have started with a short circuit or overheating in the air conditioning system of the warehouse, which lacked fire alarms and extinguishers. Flames spread to the neighboring ABC day care center.

“They are employees and officials with the Finance Department who have a direct responsibility for the warehouse where the fire started,” state Attorney General Abel Murrieta said.

In addition to the seven Sonora state officials arrested, six more were being sought.

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