Ted Robbins http://ktep.org en Nevada Ranch Dispute Ends As Feds Back Down — For Now http://ktep.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 38664 at http://ktep.org For Albuquerque PD, A Searing Rebuke From Justice Department http://ktep.org/post/albuquerque-pd-searing-rebuke-justice-department 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. The report says the department has systemic deficiencies that caused the deaths and many other incidents. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The Department of Justice investigation lasted 16 months. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 38439 at http://ktep.org Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks http://ktep.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 21:00:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 38060 at http://ktep.org Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint http://ktep.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 37650 at http://ktep.org In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint Arizona Struggles To Gain Cross-Border Trade With Mexico http://ktep.org/post/arizona-struggles-gain-cross-border-trade-mexico In 2010, Arizona passed laws aimed at undocumented immigrants. As a result, business relations with Mexico — Arizona's biggest trading partner — began to suffer. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 37391 at http://ktep.org Border Patrol Revises Its Rulebook For Use Of Deadly Force http://ktep.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 21:03:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 36213 at http://ktep.org Amid Controversy, 'Right To Refuse' Bill Hits Governor's Desk http://ktep.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 21:35:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 35502 at http://ktep.org With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away http://ktep.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 09:06:28 +0000 Ted Robbins 34556 at http://ktep.org With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away In Las Vegas, Lawns Are The Biggest Water Waster http://ktep.org/post/las-vegas-lawns-are-biggest-water-waster Las Vegas depends on Lake Mead for its water and the reservoir is dropping. The city's water officials long ago instituted water conservation measures. Critics say they are not nearly enough. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:42:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 33781 at http://ktep.org High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy http://ktep.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 33776 at http://ktep.org High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing http://ktep.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 33104 at http://ktep.org South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold? http://ktep.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 22:03:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 32949 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 32413 at http://ktep.org Wave Of Illegal Immigrants Gains Speed After NAFTA http://ktep.org/post/wave-illegal-immigrants-gains-speed-after-nafta The North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, turns 20 next week. Hailed as a boon for regional trade, it had some undesirable effects. It hastened a trend away from small farmers, and speeded illegal immigration to the U.S. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 31607 at http://ktep.org U.S. Deports 10 Percent Fewer People Last Fiscal Year http://ktep.org/post/us-deports-10-percent-fewer-people-last-fiscal-year Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>The Obama administration has released a figure that caught our attention. It's the number of people deported from the United States during the past fiscal year. For the first time, since the President Obama took office, that number is smaller than the year before.<p>NPR's Ted Robbins has a look at why.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: Three hundred sixty-eight immigrants were deported this past year. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:45:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 31292 at http://ktep.org Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert http://ktep.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 31273 at http://ktep.org Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert Many Young Undocumented Immigrants Have Yet To Seek 'Deferred Action' http://ktep.org/post/thousands-still-need-apply-daca-program <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. Numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. Over the next two weeks, you'll hear the stories behind these numbers, which range from zero to 1 trillion.</em><p>Today's figure: Half a million. That's how many people there are who likely qualify but have yet to apply for the Obama administration's program known as DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA allows young people brought to the U.S. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 30973 at http://ktep.org Many Young Undocumented Immigrants Have Yet To Seek 'Deferred Action' Iconic Sheep Return To Tucson Mountains, But Is It For Good? http://ktep.org/post/iconic-sheep-return-tucson-mountains-it-good The last desert bighorn sheep that roamed the mountains above Tucson, Ariz., died in the 1990s, the victim of human encroachment, mountain lions, and fire suppression. Now, the iconic Southwest animal — picture the Dodge Ram's grille — is back. A herd of 31 was released Monday morning after being transplanted over the weekend from the Yuma area in the far west of the state. Why would the sheep survive this time? Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:37:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 29370 at http://ktep.org Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full http://ktep.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 29304 at http://ktep.org Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full Shooting At Nev. Middle School Leaves Two Dead, Two Wounded http://ktep.org/post/shooting-nev-middle-school-leaves-two-dead-two-wounded Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>There's news today of another school shooting. This one in Nevada, at Sparks Middle School near Reno. Two people are dead - a teacher and a student who's believed to be the gunman. Two other students were injured and are in the hospital. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:59:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 27476 at http://ktep.org Saguaro National Park Welcomes Return Of Visitors http://ktep.org/post/saguaro-national-park-welcomes-return-visitors Transcript <p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: I'm Ted Robbins, in Tucson, with a reminder this was a partial government shutdown. I'm at sector headquarters for the Border Patrol. Today - and for the last two weeks, pretty much - cars and SUVs with agents have been going in and out of the parking lot here. So have buses carrying people apprehended in the desert, along with people who are being deported back to Mexico.<p>JUANITA MOLINA: Border Patrol as a policing force, here in southern Arizona, is a constant.<p>ROBBINS: Juanita Molina is with the immigrant rights group Border Action Network. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 27276 at http://ktep.org JPMorgan To Front Customers If Federal Shutdown Drags On http://ktep.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 27026 at http://ktep.org JPMorgan To Front Customers If Federal Shutdown Drags On Shortage Of Workers Hampers Chili Harvest In New Mexico http://ktep.org/post/shortage-workers-hampers-chili-harvest-new-mexico Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>Let's talk chili peppers. It's harvest time in New Mexico where the iconic crop has been grown for centuries. New Mexico still produces more chili peppers than any other American state. But production in the U.S. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 21:19:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 26959 at http://ktep.org That Smoky Smell Means Chile Roasting Season In New Mexico http://ktep.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 26471 at http://ktep.org That Smoky Smell Means Chile Roasting Season In New Mexico Report Notes Poor Communication In Deaths Of Arizona Hotshots http://ktep.org/post/report-notes-poor-communication-deaths-arizona-hotshots Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Poor communication contributed to the deaths of 19 elite firefighters in Arizona this past June. That's just one of the findings of a long-awaited report on the Yarnell Hill Fire that was released yesterday. It was the deadliest U.S. wildfire in 80 years. The report lays out in detail what happened that day but it does not address why it happened or who was responsible. NPR's Ted Robbins was in Prescott, Arizona and he brings us the story.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: Deep in the report on the Yarnell Hill disaster is the term fog and friction. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 12:02:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 25999 at http://ktep.org After Shooting Tragedies, States React With Legislation http://ktep.org/post/after-shooting-tragedies-states-react-legislation Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Each recent mass shooting in this country has provoked an outpouring of sorrow - and cash: Sandy Hook Promise, the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, now the Navy Yard Relief Fund. What the shootings has not produced is a consensus about how to prevent future tragedies. Congress has been unable to pass gun safety laws for almost two decades.<p>But the states have become laboratories for gun measures. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:58:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 25433 at http://ktep.org Is Operation Streamline Worth Its Budget Being Tripled? http://ktep.org/post/operation-streamline-worth-its-budget-being-tripled The Senate immigration bill calls for tripling a controversial federal court program called Operation Streamline. The program takes people caught crossing the border illegally, gives them prison sentences, then deports them. It's hugely expensive — but does it work? Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:08:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 24400 at http://ktep.org Las Vegas Gambles On Unique Business Incubator http://ktep.org/post/las-vegas-gambles-unique-business-incubator The Downtown Container Park will set up budding entrepreneurs in repurposed shipping containers. The park will have 35 containers and a bunch of modular cubes like you'd normally see at a construction site — all to house local businesses. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 08:46:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 24322 at http://ktep.org Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More http://ktep.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 23669 at http://ktep.org Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More These Dioramas Are To Die For http://ktep.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 22797 at http://ktep.org These Dioramas Are To Die For