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.

Some Merchants In Sonoran Capital Prepare For Reopening
As in Arizona, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on small merchants in neighboring Sonora. But after lobbying state officials, some may be poised to reopen.
Some Merchants In Sonoran Capital Prepare For Reopening
As in Arizona, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on small merchants in neighboring Sonora. But after lobbying state officials, some may be poised to reopen.
Jul. 3, 2020
Attack In Central Mexico Raises Concerns; AMLO Blames Local Authority
In central Mexico, shooters killed at least 26 people on Wednesday. Drug-related violence has escalated in the region, and the Mexican president says local authorities are the ones to blame.
Jul. 2, 2020
Harvard Students Help Migrants On Their Legal Path
As the U.S. celebrates its independence, a nonprofit formed mainly by Harvard students is working to help those that would like to celebrate the Fourth of July as citizens or, at least, as authorized migrants.
Jul. 2, 2020
Sonoran Governor: Effort To Halt Nonessential Southbound Border Crossings To Start This Weekend
Starting this weekend, Sonora’s governor says those crossing into her state for nonessential reasons will be asked to turn around to slow coronavirus spread. Similar restrictions have been in place for northbound travelers since late March.
Jul. 2, 2020
Sonoran Health Secretary Calls To End Nonessential Crossings From U.S.
A top Sonoran official is calling for a temporary halt of nonessential southbound border crossings. A similar policy has been in place for northbound travel since late March.
Jul. 1, 2020
Trump Will Meet Mexican President Next Week
After years of negotiations, the North American Free Trade Agreement has been officially replaced on July 1 by the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. President Trump has invited his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to visit Washington next week to strengthen the commercial ties between both nations.
Jul. 1, 2020
Sonoran Manufacturers See Regional Opportunity In New USMCA
A representative of Sonoran export manufacturers says the deal could mean greater regional sourcing for automotive components.
Jun. 30, 2020
Sonoran Hospitals In Nogales, Guaymas Reach Saturation
Hospitals in two major Sonoran cities have reached their limits as COVID-19 cases continue to mount. The state's health secretary urged measures to reduce vehicular mobility.
Jun. 29, 2020
Attack In Mexico City Might Result From U.S.-Mexico Anti-Cartel Ops
Last Friday, Mexico City’s secretary of security survived from an attempt of murder by heavily armed hit men. The attack might have been a direct consequence of recent operations against drug cartels shared between Mexico and the U.S.
Jun. 29, 2020
With Random Calls, Sonora Hopes To Rout Out COVID-19 Cases
To uncover possible COVID-19 cases, residents of Sonora will start getting calls from the government seeking health information. The effort comes as cases and deaths in the Mexican state to Arizona's south are rising quickly.
Jun. 27, 2020
Boardwalk Reopens As Rocky Point Continues Reactivation
In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, the tourist town of Rocky Point reopened its boardwalk this week as part of a slow but steady reactivation of the city’s economy after shutting down in March due to the coronavirus.
Jun. 25, 2020
Mexican President Prepares Visit To Washington
Mexico’s president has kept a close dialogue with President Trump, particularly on issues such as trade, oil, migration, security and the coronavirus pandemic. And now, both leaders are planning to meet for the first time.
Jun. 24, 2020
6 Dead, Reports Of Damaged Homes After Earthquake In Oaxaca, Mexico
Tuesday morning, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico. The intensity was felt all the way to the center of the country in Mexico City, but the affected area was down south, near the quake’s origin.
Jun. 24, 2020
Mexico Will Send More Troops To Sonora To Address Violence
On Wednesday, Mexico’s secretary outlined a six-part strategy to address rising violence in Sonora. But some say these steps mirror previous plans that haven’t worked.
Jun. 24, 2020
Sonora Implements New COVID-19 Response Strategy
As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to rise in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, health authorities say they are implementing a new response strategy that includes more testing.
Jun. 24, 2020
Cuts To Mexico’s Park Service Threaten Conservation
U.S. border wall construction has led to an outcry among conservation groups concerned about habitats, wildlife and waters shared between Arizona and Sonora. Now, binational conservation faces another threat — sweeping budget cuts to Mexico’s park service that would leave protected areas vulnerable.
Jun. 24, 2020
Northern Sonora City Rocked By Weekend Violence
Last month, similarly spectacular violence shut down a major interstate near Magdalena, Sonora.
Jun. 22, 2020
Local Congresses In Mexico Take Advantage Of COVID-19 Pandemic
Many governmental areas have shut down or reduced their activity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And in Mexico, some local congresses are taking advantage of the situation to change, approve or reject important laws.
Jun. 22, 2020
Mexico To Continue Aiding DACA Recipients After Supreme Court Ruling
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, offers protection from deportation to thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents. And after the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s bid to end the program, the Mexican government says it will continue helping Mexican beneficiaries.
Jun. 19, 2020
Mexico City Faces COVID-19 By Trying To Move Father’s Day
Coronavirus cases in Mexico City are still on the rise, and most businesses are closed or limited to home delivery. And the city’s government and businesses have an unusual strategy to lower the risks this weekend, which has to do with parental festivities.
Jun. 19, 2020