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.

Former Mexico President´s Chief Of Staff Resigns
The chief of staff for Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has resigned after two years in office. His departure is raising concerns, and prompting some changes.
Mexico Prepares COVID-19 Vaccines, Thanks President Trump
Mexico is planning to follow the United Kingdom and become one of the first countries to administer COVID-19 vaccine to its population. And according to its president, this will be possible thanks to the current U.S. administration.
Dec. 3, 2020
AMLO Says He Will ‘Rescue’ Toll Booths From Protesters In Sonora
After Mexico’s National Guard successfully removed protesters from toll booths in other states, the president says they’re coming for Sonoran protesters next.
Dec. 3, 2020
Restrictions Tighten Somewhat In Sonora As COVID-19 Cases Soar
Authorities in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are tightening restrictions on some businesses as coronavirus cases rise steeply.
Dec. 3, 2020
Migrants Urge Biden To Restore The Right To Asylum
Migrants and asylum seekers held a protest at the border wall in Nogales, Sonora Wednesday urging the incoming Biden administration to immediately resume asylum proceedings upon taking office.
Dec. 2, 2020
Alleged ‘Intellectual Author’ Of 2019 Massacre Faces Murder Charges
Mexican authorities say they have arrested a key player in a grisly November 2019 massacre in Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south. After a weekend hearing, the man — identified only as Roberto by the Attorney General’s Office — is facing murder charges.
Dec. 1, 2020
Sonora’s Governor Pleads For Help Resolving Highway Blockades
In a letter to federal authorities, Gov. Claudia Pavlovich says the blockades, in which members of Yaqui indigenous communities obstruct motorists and request payment for passage, are a risk to drivers.
Dec. 1, 2020
Mexican Senate Votes To End Presidential Immunity
Mexico’s Senate has approved a constitutional reform last week that eliminates legal immunity for the president.
Nov. 27, 2020
Mexico’s Publishes Ethical Guide To Address Crisis Of Lost Values
The Mexican federal government has published what the president says is an “ethical guide” to help rid the country of societal ills and lift people out of “degradation and decadence.”
Nov. 27, 2020
For Sonora’s Tianguistas, Other Informal Workers, COVID-19 Brings Unique Challenges
In Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, no one has been spared from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. But those impacts have not been evenly shared especially among workers in Mexico’s large informal economy. Workers in an informal industry that depends on crossing the border into Arizona are fighting for recognition and survival.
Nov. 25, 2020
Serious Water Contamination In Rio Sonora Communities Confirmed
Mexican authorities have confirmed widespread heavy metal contamination in wells in the Sonora River Valley. Residents in the region have been redress for more than six years, since a 2014 mining spill considered the worst in Mexican history.
Nov. 27, 2020
Sonoran Leaders: New Map Will Help Reduce COVID-19 Cases Statewide
In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, leaders are publishing a new map to provide information about the level of COVID-19 risk in each of its 12 most populated municipalities.
Nov. 27, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Could Start By Mid-December In Mexico
With drugmakers reporting promising results from trials of COVID-19 vaccines, leaders in Mexico say they expect the first doses to arrive in the country next month.
Nov. 25, 2020
Mexico Women Protest On International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women
The United Nations has designated Nov. 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to raise awareness about the true scale of gender-based violence around the world. In Mexico, women are taking to the streets against the violence they face.
Nov. 25, 2020
CDC Warns Against Travel To Mexico As COVID-19 Cases Rise
The CDC has issued a red, level 4 advisory — its highest-level warning — against travel to Mexico. People who become infected with COVID-19 while traveling could be required to isolate or prevented from returning to the United States as scheduled.
Nov. 25, 2020
Nogales Port Of Entry To Offer Year-Round Sunday Commercial Services
Nearly 350,000 trucks crossed through the Nogales commercial port of entry in 2019, and figures for recent months show a substantial increase over last year.
Nov. 24, 2020
In Wake of Violence, Authorities Make 6 Weekend Arrests In Caborca
State and federal authorities arrested six people over the weekend in Caborca, a northwestern Sonora city that has seen a number of recent violent incidents. Authorities say there have been 25 arrests in recent weeks, along with significant seizures of weapons, ammunition and drugs.
Nov. 23, 2020
Hermosillo Businesses Prepare For Return To Restrictions
After a number of weeks operating with lighter restrictions on hours and occupancy, businesses in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo, are preparing for the return of tougher rules. That comes after the city's pandemic risk metric showed that the situation in the Sonoran capital is worsening.
Nov. 23, 2020
Georgia Senators Ask For Investigations Of Squash, Cucumber Imports
In a recent letter, Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler told U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer that Mexican imports of squash and cucumber have been quickly rising, and domestic growers have seen prices fall below production costs.
Nov. 20, 2020
Mexico’s Senate Approves Marijuana Legalization Measure
Mexico’s Senate has approved a measure that would legalize the sale and use of marijuana. To become law, Mexico’s lower house still needs to debate and pass the legislation.
Nov. 20, 2020
Murder Rates Continue To Climb In Mexico
The most recent federal crime data in Mexico show homicides continuing to increase in the country. But authorities say the growth in violence is starting to slow.
Nov. 20, 2020