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Concern Rising In Truth Or Consequences, N.M., About Abundance Of Healing Hot Springs

Monica Ortiz Uribe
Downtown Truth or Consequences is dotted with locally owned hotels that feature in-house bathhouses for hot mineral water soaks.

Fronteras: Tourists love the hot springs baths in the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. But just how plentiful are these waters? Medical debt affects one in four families in America and many will continue to experience financial burdens, despite increased access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We look at access to healthcare and medical debt in the second of a two part series. On this Valentine’s Day, Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides talks about her love of being bilingual.




Families Flee Michoacan, Seeking Asylum at the Border

An ongoing battle between a drug cartel and vigilante groups in Mexico’s Michoacán state is sending residents fleeing to the U.S.-Mexico border. Many are seeking asylum in the U.S., but as Jill Replogle from our Fronteras Desk reports, Tijuana’s migrant shelters are full of those who have been turned away.

Ineligible For Obamacare, Immigrants May Continue To Face Debt And Poor Health

One in four families in America currently faces medical debt. The Affordable Care Act aims to curb issues with healthcare access, and in turn lessen debt.  But in an ACA America, some populations continue to be barred from access and could still be facing mounting bills. In the second of a two part series, Tristan Ahtone reports.

Commentary: A Valentine to being Bilingual

Valentine’s Day gives us the opportunity to pause and celebrate the people we love. But why not include the things we love – the things that make us who we are. That’s what Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides does as she celebrates her love for Spanish and English.

New Mexico Town Questions The Abundance of Its Hot Springs

The southern New Mexico town of Truth or Consequences not only has a funny name, but a funky history. Originally the town was called Hot Springs, named for the ancient mineral water that bubbles beneath its downtown. Early settlers braved Apache raids to soak in these so called healing waters. Today the town's economy is built around them. But as Mónica Ortiz Uribe reports, locals have begun to worry about the abundance of their precious natural resource.

Battling A Small Pest To Keep California Citrus Flourishing

Congress set aside $125 million in the new farm bill to help fight a crippling attack on the nation’s citrus trees. Greening disease has already cost the Florida Citrus Industry billions and southern California researchers want to keep it out of that state’s commercial groves.

Erik Anderson reports from San Diego that a tiny imported wasp is helping growers wage war on a bug that spreads the disease.

Crystal Chavez was Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host for three years, until January 2015.