Christine Bolaños

Christine Bolaños

Independent journalist

Christine Bolaños covers human interest, social & criminal justice, education & business issues for numerous international, national & local outlets. IWMF Fellow-El Salvador. NAHJ Austin VP-Print.

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Austin Statesman

Pflugerville High grad cycling 4,000 miles to fight cancer

Adrian Rios’ life turned upside down when his mother was diagnosed with a non-cancerous but inoperable brain tumor a few years ago.

All seemed hopeless as the tight-knit family of four, whose extended family lives in Puerto Rico, prepared to say goodbye to their matriarch. Then medical staff at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston offered Bruny Rios an experimental surgery that could give her a second lease on life.

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Why Is ICE Arresting So Many People Without Criminal Records In Weird, Liberal Austin?

On the morning of February 9, Juan Martinez got into his car just outside his apartment and prepared to drop off his children at school before heading to his construction job. Then, before his kids came downstairs, immigration agents approached him and asked him for his papers. He’d feared this confrontation for years but managed to avoid it. He figured as long as he paid his taxes and was a good father he could remain under the radar.

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NPR Latino USA

Lesbian Feminists Challenge Latin America's Political Discourse

Mejía would rather die young than spend a long life hiding her true self. She invites the attention because she knows her message advocating for women and LGBTQIA rights is resonating.

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Austin Statesman

Study: Pflugerville ISD should increase employee pay

The Texas Association of School Boards is recommending the Pflugerville school district pay their teachers and staff more and consider offering greater stipends to special education and bilingual teachers.

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Austin Statesman

Pflugerville Vietnam War-era veterans receive congressional commendation

Three Pflugerville veterans received the TX-17 Congressional Veteran Commendation during a ceremony Friday at First Baptist Church.

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Orphan Outreach

Ravine Community Program Helps Guatemalans become Better Parents

Located in the central highlands of Guatemala, the city of Chimaltenango serves as a market center and transportation hub for residents of surrounding rural villages. Most people work as farmers, artisans or merchants. Families spend long days and sometimes as many as 14 hours picking up garbage in the trash dump to make just a few dollars a day. Many times young mothers will carry their infant children on their backs all day because they have nowhere to leave them during the day, exposing them to potentially dangerous toxins.

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Austin Statesman

After namesake's passing, 'Team Brock' trying to find a cure

Brock Fleming of Round Rock was only 7 when he succumbed to a rare form of childhood brain cancer in December. During his short life and the seven months he fought for his life, he continued to bring joy into his family’s lives while rallying the Round Rock and Austin communities together in support of him and raising awareness of his disease.

Since his passing, the Flemings and Team Brock members are trying to find a “new normal.” Their new purpose is not only raising awareness of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor at the base of the brain, but also to raise funds to cover expenses for medical research intended to find a cure.

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Austin Statesman

Hutto artist finds new life in ‘forgotten treasures’

Chesiel John finds her art in the strangest places.

It could happen while she’s strolling on a sidewalk, browsing at a thrift store or during an all-day outing at a junkyard. The objects vary widely, from paper rolls to straw and yarn to leather books and old denim. She generally discovers them in Salado, Hutto, Austin, Round Rock, Burnet and Taylor — all communities with personalities and stories to tell.

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Austin Statesman

Pflugerville ISD parents air grievances on school boundary changes

About eight individuals — a mix of parents, staff and one elementary-aged student — spoke against the board’s decision to approve boundary changes affecting students involved in English as a second language programs that are being rezoned from Highland Park Elementary to Mott Elementary in the fall.

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Austin Statesman

Six vying for two seats on Pflugerville ISD board

Six candidates — one incumbent and five new contenders — are vying for two seats on the Pflugerville school district board of trustees with one incumbent running unopposed in the May 6 election.

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The Crime Report

Texas Eyes Sweeping Changes in Police-Community Relations

Next week, Texas legislators will begin examining a package of bills aimed at cooling off the strained relations between cops and civilians, after a year in which the state suffered the deadliest attack on law enforcement in America since 9/11.

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Latina Style Magazine

Trailblazers in STEM | Latinas leading the charge

These are the stories of eight Latinas who are making waves in some of the country’s and world’s leading companies, furthering the impact of Latinas in STEM, and paving the way for the next generation of innovative minds who will change the world.

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Popular Hispanics

Fashion designer never forgets her roots

Raised in the city of Compton, Calif., by immigrant parents who made a living by working in sweatshops, Hernandez never forgot her roots.

Glaudi, and Glaudi Bridal lines offer modern cuts and styles meant to flatter curvy figures and the personality and taste of the individual.

Her line is named after her mother, Gladis Estela Hernandez, and a portion of her proceeds benefit low-income residents of her parents’ native country El Salvador.

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Austin Statesman

Pflugerville ISD student attendance dips on Day Without Immigrants

The Pflugerville school district reported 4,421 student absences on the Day Without Immigrants protest and boycott Feb. 16 highlighting the contributions of immigrants to U.S. business and culture.

District officials said the absences resulted in an 82.3 percent attendance rate compared to the 95.93 percent attendance rate the same day last year.

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NPR Latino USA

Immigration Advocates Remain Skeptical About ICE Actions

Immigration advocates across the country expressed concern that the recent arrests of more than 680 people by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is routine business, as the agency has publicly stated.