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Sonoran Factories Prepare for Possible June 1 Reopening
Hundreds of export manufacturing plants employ tens of thousands in the state. Many have been sent home during the pandemic.
May. 19, 2020
North American Border Closures Extended
The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it is keeping the southwestern border with Mexico closed to non-essential travel. The border closure that started two months ago will now go on indefinitely, according to a Homeland Security Department announcement.
May. 19, 2020
Journalist Killed In Southern Sonora Armed Attack
Violence in general has been rising in Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona's south. The director of a southern Sonora news site was killed in an armed attack over the weekend.
May. 18, 2020
Activists Seek Money To Help Undocumented Phoenicians During Pandemic
The Phoenix City Council could vote on a proposed budget Tuesday, and activists are demanding that elected officals find a way to get relief money for undocumented people during the coronavirus pandemic.
May. 18, 2020
Navajo Nation Attempts To Flatten Curve With Stricter Curfew
As the state of Arizona and the Grand Canyon reopen, the Navajo Nation clamps down. The tribe emerged Monday from the strictest weekend curfew yet.
May. 18, 2020
544 On Navajo Nation Have Recovered From COVID-19
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Navajo Nation has been one of the hardest hit areas. But this weekend, the tribe shared some good news — it's preliminary recovery numbers.
May. 17, 2020
Former Mayor Among 4 Dead In Sonora Shootout
The Thursday afternoon armed attack took place on the four-lane interstate on the outskirts of Magdalena, a little more than an hour's drive south of Nogales.
May. 15, 2020
Fund To Help LGBTQ Migrants, People Of Color Also Aims To Build Solidarity
An Arizona activist group says it has launched a fund to help LGBTQ migrants and people of color pay rent and buy food during the coronavirus pandemic.
May. 15, 2020
Navajo Nation Will Be On A Strict 57-Hour Lockdown
While some states across the country are beginning to open up, the Navajo Nation will be putting all of its residents and businesses on lockdown. All stores, including supermarkets and gas stations, will be shut down for 57 hours starting Friday at 8 p.m. inside the Navajo Nation.
May. 15, 2020
Social Distancing Measures At Port Of Entry Causing Crowding Outside
There is rarely a wait for northbound pedestrians crossing the border at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. But some border crossers are concerned that new social distancing strategies inside the port are causing unsafe crowding for people waiting outside.
May. 14, 2020
Project Connects Spanish Speakers With Coronavirus News, Resources
Phoenix-based journalist Maritza Félix is piloting a new project to help connect Spanish speakers in Arizona with reliable news about the coronavirus. The goal is to keep the Latino community informed and avoid misinformation.
May. 14, 2020
Sonoran Students Will Finish School Year From Home
As a part of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, students in Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, will finish out their school year from home.
May. 14, 2020
Despite Being No. 1, Navajo Curve Is Flattening
Even though the Navajo Nation has the highest rate of coronavirus cases in the country per capita, health officials said the stay-at-home orders are working.
May. 14, 2020
Navajo Leaders Prioritize How To Spend Fed Relief Dollars
As Congress considers a package that would provide tribes more money, Navajo leaders are prioritizing how to spend federal relief funds they’ve already received.
May. 14, 2020
Mexico Plans To Reignite Industries Tied To The U.S.
Mexico’s federal government presented its plan to gradually reopen activities during the pandemic. And it includes the reactivation of industries crucial for trade with the United States.
May. 13, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park Reopens To Visitors
The Grand Canyon National Park is beginning its first phase of reopening Friday. The Grand Canyon is reopening seven viewpoints, four picnic areas, and certain restrooms on the South Rim.
May. 13, 2020
U.S. Treasury Needs More Time To Disperse Funds To Tribes
The U.S. Treasury Department is not unreasonably delaying the release of coronavirus relief funding to Native American tribes, according to a federal judge’s ruling this week.
May. 13, 2020
DHS Secretary Visits Arizona Border, Doesnt Wear Mask
The acting secretary of the Homeland Security Department visited Nogales and Tucson to watch U.S.-Mexico border security operations in Arizona on Tuesday. Like U.S. government officials, the issue of masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus came up.
May. 12, 2020
Federal Data Shows Big Border Crossing Drops In March
Pedestrian and personal vehicle crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border have fallen sharply since restrictions to slow coronavirus spread were put in place. Cross-border trade was exempted, and commercial truck crossings were largely unimpacted.
May. 12, 2020
Mexican President Orders The Military To Attend Public Safety
Mexico will experience a new phase in its fight against crime, as the president ordered the military to help with the task. And while some see it as an opportunity to stop violence, skeptics fear a militarization of the country.
May. 12, 2020

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