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U.S. radiation leak concerns Mexicans

Juárez officials expected to meet with U.S. representatives on March 26 or 27 to discuss ongoing issues from February 14 incident

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // March 25, 2014

U.S.  radiation leak concerns Mexicans

Serious problems at a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have caught the eyes of the press and government officials in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The current round of troubles began February 5 at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico, when six workers were briefly hospitalized for smoke inhalation after a truck caught fire. More...

Where have all the rivers gone?

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Where have all the rivers gone?

Increasing concern as the US Southwest and West experience severe drought

by Dr. Marshall Carter-Tripp // March 7, 2014

The US Southwest and West are experiencing severe drought – in some cases, perhaps, the worst ever recorded. Some begin to foresee the return of the great Dust Bowl of the 1930s, but in most parts of the country there is not yet enough concern about this to change water usage practices much, if at all. More...

Train derailment highlights rail safety in El Paso

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Train derailment highlights rail safety in El Paso

Union Pacific representative to present findings of investigation at MPO meeting on November 1

by Alberto Tomas Halpern // October 24, 2013

A Union Pacific train derailment on Friday, October 18 in central El Paso was the first derailment in El Paso County in at least a decade, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration. While no injuries were reported as a result of the derailment, the incident highlights the ever present potential for disasters caused by trains and the cargo they carry. More...

FEMAP Foundation raises funds to build school of nursing in Ciudad Juarez

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FEMAP Foundation raises funds to build school of nursing in Ciudad Juarez

$15 million goal will add rooms to the Hospital de la Familia and help build a new facility for the FEMAP School of Nursing in Juarez

by Esmeralda Ojeda // October 2, 2013

The FEMAP Foundation is an El Paso based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with partners in Juarez to address mutual economic and healthcare needs. The FEMAP Foundation works closely with FEMAP-SADEC which offers medical and community services in Juarez. The goal is to raise $15 million to add rooms to the Hospital de la Familia and to help build a new facility for the FEMAP School of Nursing in Juarez.
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The unequal fury of floods

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The unequal fury of floods

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // September 16, 2013

True to the pattern in such weather emergencies, marginalized, underdeveloped and infrastructure-needy communities bore much of the brunt of the damage. In addition to at least 15 working and lower middle-class neighborhoods that suffered major damages in Ciudad Juarez, parts of the nearby Juarez Valley were topped with more than three feet of water. Pigs, chickens and home appliances were soon spotted floating in the debris. Juarez’s flood control infrastructure proved no match for the might of September’s storms, as small retention dams spilled over and water gushed out of arroyos, canals and the Rio Grande. More...

Scoliosis screenings still mandatory in public schools after governor’s veto

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Scoliosis screenings still mandatory in public schools after governor’s veto

by Lucius Lomax // September 13, 2013

A little-noticed decision by Governor Rick Perry, from the just-ended legislative session, may be reason to reconsider his record on health issues in general and on women’s issues in particular. More...

The River Wild

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The River Wild

by James M. Speer, Jr // August 22, 2013

The City of El Paso exists because of the Rio Grande (“big” or “wide”, not “grand” or “long”, river). From its source in the mountains of western Colorado (at more than 12,000 feet in elevation) to the Gulf of Mexico, the river’s length is about 1,885 miles. About 1,240 miles of the river is the border between the United States and the Republic of Mexico. This article is intended to present initial remarks about the legal history of the river in the El Paso area. More...

Syphilis, HIV cases higher than last year

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Syphilis, HIV cases higher than last year

by Alberto Tomas Halpern // July 11, 2013

“Unfortunately yes, we’re up over 50 percent. We have syphilis in the neighborhood,” Resendes said this week. According to figures from his department, the number of syphilis cases reported from January through May 2013 was 62. That figure is up from the 40 cases reported last year. More...

New Mexico’s apocalyptic summer

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New Mexico’s apocalyptic summer

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // July 3, 2013

A drive through the Land of Enchantment in the early days of summer has been a hazy and futuristic journey into a land of dust, smoke and ash. Skies dimmed by wildfires in the Santa Fe, Jemez and Gila forests are streaked by ashen clouds rising from canyons and spreading into the horizon. Haze from Mexican fires to the south drifts into the soupy mix, while haze from the U.S. fires threatens the air quality to the south. If the findings of some scientists are on target, we are witnessing nothing less than the end of the great Southwestern forests as we know them More...