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Navajo Nation Lifts Some COVID-19 Restrictions On Reservation
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez signed legislation Tuesday to rescind an order that closed the reservation to outside visitors. It lifts several COVID-19 restrictions that will allow tribal parks to reopen at 50% capacity with safety protocols in place as early as Thursday and also allow schools to eventually reopen under a required safety plan.
Jul. 7, 2021
Mexico Asks For Review Of What’s Essential If Border Restrictions Aren’t Lifted
If border crossing restrictions are to remain in place, Mexican officials are asking their U.S. counterparts for a review of which trips are deemed essential.
Jul. 6, 2021
Sonoran Authorities Arrest Suspect In Murder Of Yaqui Activist
Authorities say the murder may have been linked to informal tolls set up along the interstate that runs through Yaqui territory in Sonora.
Jul. 6, 2021
In Nogales, Maquiladora Industry Provides Space For Vaccination Effort
The effort to vaccinate Mexican border residents continues. Another 27,000 doses recently arrived for the Sonoran border city of Agua Prieta.
Jul. 2, 2021
Sonoran Activists Hope Marriage Equality Becomes Reality
A reform measure's sponsor is demanding it be heard again, and at the same time a federal court case could eventually force the state Congress to act.
Jul. 2, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccines Rolled Out In Sonora, Mexico
Health officials in Mexico are beginning to administer a coronavirus vaccine to people in the neighboring state of Sonora.
Jul. 1, 2021
Hermosillo Pedestrians Face Many Dangers, But  Work To Address Them Is Underway
Like Phoenix, Sonora’s capital Hermosillo has struggled with pedestrian safety. In recent years, dozens have been killed and hundreds have been injured. But many are responding to the issue, hoping bring those troubling numbers down.
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Jul. 1, 2021
Navajo Geneticist Trains New Generation Of Indigenous Data Scientists
Krystal Tsosie is a geneticist and bioethicist at Vanderbilt University and the Native BioData Consortium and a member of the Navajo Nation. She helped to organize the first IndigiData consortium, which met in June, focused on training a new generation of Indigenous data scientists.
Jul. 1, 2021
Advocates: Mexican Supreme Court Ruling Is Not Marijuana Legalization
While getting permits to use and grow marijuana will become easier, purchasing the drug — among many other things — remain illegal.
Jun. 29, 2021
Data Shows Complex Reality Of Femicide In Sonora
But the number of murdered women officially considered femicides varies widely between Mexican states.
Jun. 29, 2021
Extended Border Closure Prolongs Pain For Struggling Businesses
Travel restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border were implemented last March in response to the pandemic and essentially prohibit recreational travel, tourism and visits to family. Many people had hoped they would have lifted in June, but last week they were extended for a 16th month — this time through at least July 21.
Jun. 29, 2021
Mexico Pushing For Reopening Of California-Baja California Border
Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also praised the United States for its donation of 1.35 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was almost completely used up to get the adult population of Baja California vaccinated.
Jun. 28, 2021
Dozens Of Sonoran Day Cares To Reopen in July
The federal social security institute, or IMSS, operates 71 day cares in the state, all of which are slated to reopen Thursday.
Jun. 28, 2021
Report: ICE Detainees On Hunger Strikes Subject To Force-Feeding
A new report by Physicians for Human Rights and the ACLU alleges hunger strikers in Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities were subject to involuntary medical procedures including force-feeding.
Jun. 28, 2021
Murders Bring Attention To Violence In Yaqui Territory In Sonora
This week, authorities identified the remains of a Yaqui activist who had gone missing in late May in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. His murder and others in recent months have brought greater attention to growing violence in the region.
Jun. 25, 2021
Mexico OKs Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines For Children 12 And Up
Mexico has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use for children 12 and older. Mexico now joins a growing number of countries that have approved the vaccine for use in adolescents — including the United States.
Jun. 25, 2021
Mexico: Vaccination Effort For Adults In Baja California Has Concluded
The effort appears to have used nearly all of the 1.35 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that the United States had given to help vaccinate border residents.
Jun. 25, 2021
In Response To Historic Drought, Cloud Seeding Could Start Soon In Sonora
Conditions permitting, cloud seeding could start as soon as July in the neighboring Mexican state of Sonora. Twenty to 25 flights are planned, though officials say that the correct cloud conditions must be met first.
Jun. 25, 2021
KJZZ Wins National Public Media Journalists Association Award
Two KJZZ reporters have been recognized by the Public Media Journalists Association for their work covering violence in Sonora, Mexico. Kendal Blust and Murphy Woodhouse of KJZZ's Hermosillo Bureau received a second place in enterprise reporting in the Large Station Division for their series, "Rising Violence Tests Sonora."
Jun. 25, 2021
In Latest MPP Rollback, Asylum Seekers With Closed Cases Get Another Chance
Asylum seekers whose cases didn’t make it to court under the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, may soon have the chance to try again in the most recent rollback to the controversial program that forced some 70,000 people to wait out their hearings in Mexican border cities.
Jun. 25, 2021

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