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Border Reporter — U-T San Diego
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Live in U.S., work in Mexico Border reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Mexican canal lining brings cross-border dividends — Farmers like Neftali Torres Campos have been waiting for decades for the lining of Canal Revolución, which conveys water from the Colorado River to their fields south of the Arizona border. Now a groundbreaking U.S.-Mexico agreement is finally making it a reality. Three U.S. water agencies have joined forces with the U.S.

Drought, potential cuts in Colorado River deliveries spur Baja California projects, agriculture, All-American Canal, Algodones, IBWC, CILA, Conagua, irrigation district | — If a shortage is declared on the Colorado River, Baja California and nearby Sonora can expect diminished deliveries. With rising urgency, water managers are planning an array of measures aimed at stretching Baja California's existing supply and creating new sources - from desalination plants to new wells and reservoirs, canal lining projects and improved irrigation techniques.

Baja California's first desalination plant to open in 2017 in Ensenada — Far from the Colorado River, Baja California's coastal regions are increasingly looking to alternative sources of supply - and desalination has become a favored option. Set to launch operations in 2017, the state's first utility-scale ocean desalination plant is under construction in Ensenada, where residents have been subject to water rationing.

Independent electoral victories stir hopes in Tijuana — The election of independent candidates across Mexico in last Sunday's midterm elections - including the country's first independent governor in Nuevo Leon - heralds a new political era for the country. Their victories highlight possibilities next year for Baja California, where voters are preparing to replace the state's five mayors and members of the state legislature.

First aid station for San Ysidro border crossers — For the thousands of pedestrians who cross the border each day at San Ysidro, long waits can take their toll, especially on the elderly, the very young and the infirm. Two Tijuana groups are now teaming up to meet their needs, through the opening of a free clinic offering on-the-spot medical attention.

Mexico's PAN sweeps federal congressional election in Baja California — Congressional candidates from Mexico's National Action Party, the PAN, swept to victory across Baja California in Sunday's federal midterm elections, contrasting with a national trend favoring the country's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party. Baja California also stood out for having the lowest turnout nationwide, averaging close to 30 percent in the state's eight electoral districts, compared with the national average of about 47 percent.

Tijuana confronts child high child obesity rates — With its ubiquitous taco stands, pizza shops, small corner tienditas stocked with generous supplies of soda, candy and cookies, Tijuana reports some of the highest child obesity rates in Mexico, a trend that has been raising alarm from schoolyards to hospital clinics to City Hall.

Drug trade rivalries turn violent in Tijuana — Severed heads inside an icebox. Banners with cryptic, threatening messages. The shooting of a state agent at a busy intersection on a weekday afternoon. Grisly, visible crimes have come back to haunt Tijuana in recent weeks, shattering the calm of this city struggling to shed its violent image.

Authories seek cause of Tijuana landslide — Authorities on Monday investigated the cause of a weekend landslide that destroyed 19 houses in a western Tijuana neighborhood, leaving 74 people homeless. While some area residents have blamed the collapse on a leaky pipe from the state public service agency, CESPT, investigators had reached no conclusions, said Juan Carlos Méndez, acting director of civil protection for the city of Tijuana.

Border development bank approves loans for Rosarito Beach, Ciudad Juarez — Residents of Rosarito Beach can expect to see more paved streets, improved public lighting and upgrades to their waste water collection system, under a loan approved Thursday by the North American Development Bank and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission.
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Jun 29, 2015

RT @senyorreporter: Is California trying to take Arizona's Colo. River water? The Star's @tonydavis987 answers, and it's not comforting.…

Jun 29, 2015

@LAWinkley @ninagarin @SDuncovered I once tried to arrive with Swiss punctuality to a Mexican party in my honor---big no-no!

Jun 29, 2015

@SDuncovered @high_rum @ninagarin Muy guapos los dos. Made me think: Hey, I want to party with that attractive couple.

Jun 29, 2015

@high_rum @SDuncovered @ninagarin Came from your shop, @high_rum? It was staring at me in the face when I opened Frontera's website.

Jun 29, 2015

Love these insights from @ninagarin about teaching husband @SDuncovered how to party with Latinos.

Jun 23, 2015

So sad: 16 people dead in nursing facility fire in the Mexicali Valley:…

Jun 14, 2015

@SeleeAndrew @hosuna we'll see. @hosuna may be blocked from running because of requirement that you had to quit party 3 years earlier.

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