Nothing new about Santa Cruz smuggling

By Conor Vilines/El Inde On February 27, an unfinished tunnel for smuggling drugs connecting Santa Cruz County to the Mexican state of Sonora was discovered by Border Patrol and their Mexican counterparts. The secret underground tunnel began inside a drainage system under Nogales, Sonora and ended inside its American sister city.  It is one of…

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A lifeline for migrants

y Ireland Stevenson/El Inde On June 1, 2018, Kathi Noaker, Linda Hirsch, and six other Voices from the Border volunteers trekked across the U.S.-Mexico border hauling bags of supplies in hopes of lending a hand and making a difference. When they arrived to see more than 100 migrants sitting on the floor at the port…

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Surveillance beyond the border

By Sasha Hartzell/El Inde In the high desert of southeastern Arizona, there is a vast range of grassland known by the local Border Patrol agents simply as ‘the valley.’  An aerial view of the region reveals a shape like cupped hands, the Huachuca and Patagonia Mountain ranges curving around a long, shadowed hollow: this is…

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Making her own stage

By Rocky Baier/El Inde Patagonia’s Tin Shed Theater is a simple, intimate space, with a stage of interlocking black foam squares covering the floor and three rows of chairs in the audience that seat 100. Red curtains hang over the walls, sectioning off the front of the room to create a mock backstage.  The small…

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Bacanora and the bats

By Ashley Fredde/El Inde While there are many plants nestled in Borderlands Restoration Network’s greenhouses, the blue agave is one of Francesca Claverie’s favorites. Claverie, the Native Plant Program Manager, holds a cup of coffee despite the warm temperatures inside the greenhouse, nicknamed Greenhouse Baby Herbert. She leans over the agaves hanging in rows in the…

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