Hermosillo Bureau

Murphy Woodhouse (left to right), Michel Marizco, interim Rio Salado College President Kate Smith and Kendal Blust.

KJZZ's Hermosillo Bureau

KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk has expanded into northern Mexico with the creation of a new Business Desk that focuses on the fast-growing market between Arizona and Mexico. The bureau opened with the partnership of the Universidad Tecnológica de Hermosillo, a college in the state capital that specializes in engineering, aeronautics and energy.

The Hermosillo bureau focuses on the rapid expansion of trade between Sonora and Arizona, the growing overseas shipping industry on Sonora's shores and the impacts that this is having on the U.S.-Mexico border and on Arizona.

The Hermosillo Bureau supplements the reporting of our Fronteras Desk team across the Southwest, especially in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson.

A new report finds that migrant workers who come to the United States on agricultural guestworker visas face systemic abuse in the workplace. And the report’s authors say the coronavirus pandemic only amplifies existing flaws in the farmworker program.
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During Pandemic, Activists From Home Protest Femicide
On April, a 13-year-old girl was killed in her home just south of the border in Nogales, Sonora. And despite the coronavirus pandemic, many women are still finding ways to honor the victim and speak out against gender-based violence.
Apr. 7, 2020
Doctors Without Borders Calls On Mexico To Release Detained Migrants
Doctors Without Borders is calling on Mexican authorities to release all migrants in detention centers because of overcrowding and lack of medical care. Detained migrants have also been protesting poor conditions and calling for protection from the coronavirus.
Apr. 7, 2020
Study Documents Wildlife Movement Across The Border
An Arizona nonprofit announced a new study last week to document wildlife in the Sky Island region of Arizona and neighboring Sonora, Mexico. The studies stem from concerns over new border wall construction.
Apr. 6, 2020
Mexican Presidents Pandemic Economic Plan Faces Criticisms
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented his economic plan to face the coronavirus pandemic. He says the plan focuses on helping the poor while avoiding the flaws of neoliberal capitalism, but workers and business groups are concerned.
Apr. 6, 2020
Clash Between Armed Groups Leaves 19 Dead In Northern Mexico
Authorities in the Mexican state of Chihuahua said at least 19 men died and another was injured in a confrontation between two criminal groups vying for dominance in a mountainous area near neighboring Sonora.
Apr. 5, 2020
Mexican Constitutional Reform Expands Pension, Health Care Systems
Pensions for the elderly and disabled. School scholarships. Free health care. They’re all part of a new constitutional reform in Mexico. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced this weekend the approval of a constitutional reform to expand pension benefits and other social programs across the country.
Apr. 5, 2020
Sonora Considers Harsher Measures To Control Coronavirus Spread
On Saturday, Sonoran health experts released an extensive list of new measures they want authorities to implement throughout the state, including restricting the sale of gasoline, closing parks and plazas, and prohibiting outdoor activities.
Apr. 5, 2020
Border Governors Urge Compatriots Abroad To Not Return For Holy Week
The governors of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila agreed during a Friday meeting to several measures to limit the coronavirus spread, including a new campaign "Paisanos, no Vengan," or "Countrymen, Don’t Come!"
Apr. 4, 2020
Woman, 29, Is Sonora’s First Confirmed COVID-19 Death
A young woman is the first confirmed COVID-19 death in Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south. The 29-year-old woman was from Magdalena de Kino, a 90 minute drive south from Nogales.
Apr. 4, 2020
Nogales Asks For Temporary Produce Inspection Pause Amid Outbreak
On Friday evening, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and the mayor of Nogales asked federal authorities for a “temporary delay” of those inspections, according to two similar proclamations. Some fear inspectors could increase the risk of coronavirus spreading in the border community.
Apr. 4, 2020
Sonoran Governor Warns Of Thousands Of Cases If Measures Aren’t Respected
In a recent meeting with a number of Sonoran mayors, Gov. Claudia Pavlovich said that total cases could exceed 60,000, with over 600 deaths.
Apr. 3, 2020
For Mexican Produce Growers, Pandemic May Mean Short-Term Demand Surge
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended business around the world. But demand for fresh produce, much of which comes from Mexico, has surged.
Apr. 3, 2020
Activists Skeptical Of Upcoming Sale Of Hermosillo Fields For COVID-19 Relief
Activists are protesting the sale of an outdoor sports complex in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo. But the city’s mayor says the funds are needed for coronavirus relief, among other projects.
Apr. 3, 2020
Meet Susana Distancia: Mexicos Superhero Vs. COVID-19
In an odd attempt to keep citizens protected from the coronavirus pandemic, the Mexican government launched an unique campaign on social media. And not the health authorities — not even the president — are leading it, but a superhero.
Apr. 3, 2020
Mexican Beer Companies Get Hit By Pandemic Measures
Mexican beers make up almost 70% of the imported beers sold in the U.S. Beer is one of the top exports and sources of income for Mexico. But the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Mexican breweries, which is also hitting consumers.
Apr. 2, 2020
Sonora Legislators Donate Salaries For Coronavirus Relief
While there are still relatively few cases of coronavirus confirmed in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, compared to Arizona, many fear a serious toll on health and the economic as the outbreak continues. And some state legislators are committing to donate their salaries to help those most affected.
Apr. 2, 2020
Crossings Plummet At AZ Ports After Pandemic Restrictions
Crossings at Arizona border ports are down sharply since restrictions went into place last month in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr. 1, 2020
Sonora Asks Med Students To Join Coronavirus Fight
Sonora, the Mexican state bordering Arizona, is calling for medical students and others to join the pandemic fight. Sonoran Health Secretary Enrique Clausen said the invitation is open for students in their fourth semesters or beyond.
Apr. 1, 2020
‘Remain In Mexico’ Hearings, Visa Interviews Further Delayed
After President Trump acknowledged that the country won’t return to normal by Easter, Homeland Security announced it would further delay hearings for asylum seekers waiting in Mexico under the “Remain In Mexico” program, and extend closures of visa offices across the country.
Apr. 1, 2020
Women Make Their Place In Growing Industry For Sonoran Agave Spirit Bacanora
Prohibited and produced clandestinely for decades, the Sonoran agave distillate Bacanora is starting to find a place in the international market, alongside better known Mexican spirits like Tequila and Mezcal. And as the market grows, women are carving out their own niche in the traditionally male-dominated industry.
Mar. 31, 2020