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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Border technology is vital in Patagonia area

By Vianney Cardenas/El Inde Despite the ups, downs and sharp turns, Arizona-83 between Interstate-10 and Sonoita is a unique and enjoyable ride. Flat desert terrain gives way to rolling hills studded with trees, brush and grasses along the scenic highway. Also present are the Border Patrol vehicles that begin to appear where a tent and…

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Restoring more than the borderlands

By Ashley Fredde/El Inde If one were to conjure up an image of a southwestern rancher, Richard Collins might be close. A rancher since the 1980s, Collins looks every bit the part, with his pants pulled over boots that have dried mud around the sole. His hands and face are weathered from working in the…

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