Ted Robbins http://wgcu.org en Nevada Ranch Dispute Ends As Feds Back Down — For Now http://wgcu.org/post/nevada-ranch-dispute-ends-feds-back-down-now Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>A standoff between federal agents and a Nevada rancher is over for now. Over the weekend, the Bureau of Land Management released about 400 head of cattle it had rounded up, fearing a violent confrontation. Militia members, including many with guns, had rallied in support of the rancher, Cliven Bundy, and his family. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.<p>UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: No BLM. No BLM. No BLM.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The situation came to a head on Saturday. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 9308 at http://wgcu.org For Albuquerque PD, A Searing Rebuke From Justice Department http://wgcu.org/post/albuquerque-pd-searing-rebuke-justice-department <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=For+Albuquerque+PD%2C+A+Searing+Rebuke+From+Justice+Department&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Justice Department issued a scathing report today on the Albuquerque Police Department's use of force. Albuquerque officers have shot and killed 23 people in the last four years. Many of the victims were mentally or emotionally unstable. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 9193 at http://wgcu.org Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks http://wgcu.org/post/waters-will-flood-part-colorado-river-just-few-weeks Millions of gallons of water used to flow every day from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California. Now, the Colorado River ends at Morelos Dam on the U.S.-Mexico border. Below it, one of North America's largest wetlands is dry.<p>Karl Flessa, a geoscientist at the University of Arizona, began researching the damage two decades ago. Then he started asking how much water it would take to bring back some of the habitats.<p>That push for restoration paid off. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 8992 at http://wgcu.org Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint http://wgcu.org/post/arizona-citizens-keep-close-eye-immigration-checkpoint Border Patrol checkpoints aren't always near the border. Some aren't even on roads that go to the border. Take Arivaca Road; it's an East-West route 25 miles north of the Mexican border in Southern Arizona.<p>A Border Patrol checkpoint has been operating there around the clock for seven years. Some residents of the town of Arivaca say agents at the checkpoint go well beyond their legal authority; searching vehicles and questioning citizens without cause. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 8789 at http://wgcu.org In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint Border Patrol Revises Its Rulebook For Use Of Deadly Force http://wgcu.org/post/border-patrol-revises-its-rulebook-use-deadly-force Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol wants agents to limit their use of deadly force. The Border Patrol says agents have killed 10 people since 2010, while the ACLU says that number is 27. NPR's Ted Robbins reports on a directive issued today that outlines new guidance for the use of force against rock throwers and vehicles.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The Border Patrol is coming under heavy criticism over its use of force, including accusations that agents have stepped in front of vehicles trying to flee so they could open fire. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 8027 at http://wgcu.org Amid Controversy, 'Right To Refuse' Bill Hits Governor's Desk http://wgcu.org/post/amid-controversy-right-refuse-bill-hits-governors-desk Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer is being pressured to veto a bill that would allow business owners in the state to deny service to gays and lesbians. To deny service, the business owner has to have sincerely held religious beliefs. That's the legislation's wording. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 7720 at http://wgcu.org With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away http://wgcu.org/post/air-bag-help-during-avalanche-cord-yank-away Let's say you're skiing in the backcountry, looking for some powder — but instead, you trigger an avalanche.<p>If you have an avalanche air bag pack strapped to your back, you just yank the cord. That deploys the air bag, which keeps you close to the surface and easier to dig out, says Andy Wenberg with Backcountry Access, one of several companies making the devices. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:39:41 +0000 Ted Robbins 7234 at http://wgcu.org With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy http://wgcu.org/post/high-schoolers-hit-slopes-and-books-team-academy Freestyle aerial skier Mac Bohonnon <a href="http://freestyle.usskiteam.com/news/bohonnon-takes-career-first-podium">recently finished second</a> at the Val St. Come World Cup in Quebec, and that helped him qualify for the Olympics in Sochi. But when he's not doing triple-twisting double backflips, he's taking Advanced Placement classes at <a href="http://ussateamacademy.org/">Team Academy</a> in Park City, Utah.<p>It's tough to be a normal high school senior and manage constant training and competition. But Mac doesn't go to a normal high school. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 6848 at http://wgcu.org High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing http://wgcu.org/post/south-texas-new-hot-spot-illegal-crossing As the U.S. government has militarized the California and Arizona segment of the Southwest border over the last two decades, illegal crossers have moved to another area. South Texas has become the new border hot spot.<p>The Rio Grande Valley is also the closest route to Central America. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 6488 at http://wgcu.org South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold? http://wgcu.org/post/will-team-usas-high-tech-speedskating-suit-pay-gold A years-in-the-making, top-secret engineering and design project for a superaerodynamic suit to be worn by U.S. speedskaters at next month's Winter Olympics was finally unveiled Thursday.<p>Defense contractor Lockheed Martin and sporting goods company Under Armour released photos of the suit they're calling "Mach 39." It has been kept so tightly under wraps that the sport's governing body wouldn't even allow it to be worn at the Olympic trials in Salt Lake City.<p>What's so revolutionary about the uniform? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:35:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 6426 at http://wgcu.org Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold? The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet http://wgcu.org/post/fruits-free-trade-how-nafta-revamped-american-diet Walk through the produce section of your supermarket and you'll see things you'd never have seen years ago — like fresh raspberries or green beans in the dead of winter.<p>Much of that produce comes from Mexico, and it's the result of the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — which took effect 20 years ago this month.<p>In the years since, NAFTA radically changed the way we get our fruits and vegetables. For starters, the volume of produce from Mexico to the U.S. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 6172 at http://wgcu.org Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert http://wgcu.org/post/once-mighty-bomber-b-52-meets-its-end-desert A relic of the Cold War met its end on Thursday. The Air Force destroyed the last B-52 bomber required under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.<p>A crew used a circular saw to cut through the plane's aluminum skin, the tail section separating from the fuselage with a loud thunk and officially rendering the bomber useless.<p>Truth is, this particular bomber hadn't flown in more than 20 years. It's been sitting with thousands of aircraft in the desert at what's known as the boneyard, the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base facility for retired aircraft. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:42:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 5647 at http://wgcu.org Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full http://wgcu.org/post/little-known-immigration-mandate-keeps-detention-beds-full Imagine your city council telling the police department how many people it had to keep in jail each night.<p>That's effectively what Congress has told U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with a policy known as the "detention bed mandate." The mandate calls for filling 34,000 beds in some 250 facilities across the country, per day, with immigrant detainees.<p>When NPR visited the Department of Homeland Security's detention center in Florence, Ariz., hundreds of men — nearly all from Latin America — were lining up for lunch. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:05:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 4673 at http://wgcu.org Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full JPMorgan To Front Customers If Federal Shutdown Drags On http://wgcu.org/post/jpmorgan-front-customers-if-federal-shutdown-drags JPMorgan Chase says it will cover Social Security and Welfare payments for its customers if the government goes into default or the shutdown continues.<p>If nothing else, it's good public relations for a company which hasn't had much lately.<p>The bank spent nearly 40 percent of the company's revenue over the last quarter — more than $9 billion — on legal expenses. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:36:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 3488 at http://wgcu.org JPMorgan To Front Customers If Federal Shutdown Drags On That Smoky Smell Means Chile Roasting Season In New Mexico http://wgcu.org/post/chiles-pungent-perfume-marks-season-new-mexico It's chile season in New Mexico, where they take their chiles pretty seriously.<p>Indeed, the chile is the official state vegetable, so it's probably best to not mention it is actually a fruit. No matter what it is, the fall harvest is on, and that means it's time to fire up the grills.<p>Green chiles roasting over a hot gas flame give off a smoky, sweet, pungent perfume.<p>That smell is part of what has drawn customers like Lorenzo and Peggy Lucero to the Diaz farm in Deming, in southwest New Mexico, for the past 30 years.<p>"Oh yeah," says Lorenzo Lucero. "It makes you get hungrier. Sun, 06 Oct 2013 11:18:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 3226 at http://wgcu.org That Smoky Smell Means Chile Roasting Season In New Mexico Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More http://wgcu.org/post/sequestration-costly-public-defenders-offices These days, the Federal Public Defender's Office in Tucson, Ariz., has lots of space. Since the federal budget cuts known as sequestration began, the office has lost a quarter of its staff to layoffs or furloughs.<p>Under the Constitution, clients still need legal representation, so judges have to appoint private attorneys to replace the public defenders.<p>The sequester was supposed to save money. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:31:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 1806 at http://wgcu.org Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More These Dioramas Are To Die For http://wgcu.org/post/these-dioramas-are-die If you like mysteries, thrillers or zombie flicks, you'll probably like Abigail Goldman's art.<p>Goldman takes the fake grass, dirt and tiny plastic people used in model railroad layouts, and turns them into imaginary crime scenes. She's been making the macabre art for four years, and it's become so popular there's a waiting list for her work.<p>From across the room at the <a href="http://www.trifectagallery.com/" target="_blank">Trifecta Gallery</a> in downtown Las Vegas, the little scenes under clear plastic cubes beg to be looked at. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:07:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 1362 at http://wgcu.org These Dioramas Are To Die For