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.

Mexican President Says Sonora Is Getting Adequate Federal Support
After recently learning that next year’s Mexican federal budget includes just one major infrastructure project in Sonora, Gov. Claudia Pavlovich said she would work to bring more resources and projects to her state. But asked if the state was getting shortchanged, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pushed back at a morning press conference last week.
Mexican Security Head Highlights Violence Hotspots, Drop In Kidnapping
Several of Sonora's cities are among Mexico's most violent, according to national crime data.
Sep. 19, 2020
Mexican President Dismisses Trump’s Threats On Drug Report
President Donald Trump released his yearly report on illegal drugs trafficked into the US in September. In the document, he wrote that the Mexican government needs to intensify its efforts and do more to stop the flow of narcotics. But Mexico’s president says there’s nothing to worry about.
Sep. 18, 2020
Mexico Demands Reports On Alleged Unauthorized Hysterectomies
Two immigration detention centers were accused of serious violations of human rights, including involuntary surgeries and sexual abuse. Mexico’s government has formally requested from U.S. authorities a report on the alleged negligent practices.
Sep. 18, 2020
‘Pepenadores’ Hope To Preserve Role As Recycling Efforts Grow
In many parts of Mexico, some make their living by collecting recyclable materials from landfills. In the Sonoran capital Hermosillo, they also play a key role in the city’s very young recycling program, a role they had to fight for.
Sep. 17, 2020
Mexico Celebrates Plane Lottery Amid Doubts, Hopes — And No Plane
One of the most important symbols of the Mexican president’s fight against corruption is the luxurious presidential plane used by previous administrations. After his government failed to sell it, he wanted to raffle it but that turned into a lottery ... without the plane. The lottery finally happened this week, but many questions remain.
Sep. 17, 2020
Hermosillo Mayor Faces Backlash After Comment About Drug Traffickers
The mayor of the Sonoran capital Hermosillo gave an impassioned speech Wednesday night in which she called for drug traffickers to be shot. Local groups are already pushing back against that idea.
Sep. 17, 2020
Wife Trying To Raise $50K To Get Husband To Tucson Hospital
A Tucson woman is trying to raise funds to get her husband medical care in the United States after he was severely burned in a diesel truck explosion in neighboring Sonora, Mexico.
Sep. 16, 2020
Patrol Ship Returns To Sea Of Cortez To Protect Endangered Porpoise
After six months away because of the coronavirus pandemic, a patrol ship has finally returned to the uppermost part of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. The ship is there to patrol for illegal fishing nets that can trap and kill a critically endangered porpoise.
Sep. 16, 2020
Feminists In Sonora ‘Take Over’ Human Rights Commission Office
Earlier this month, feminists in Mexico City stormed into the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) and took control of the building in protest of continued violence against women in Mexico. On Monday, a group of women took over the commission’s office in Sonora.
Sep. 15, 2020
Q&AZ: How Will Sonora Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day This Year?
Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener wanted to know how Mexico’s Independence Day is being celebrated in neighboring Sonora this year. Mexico is celebrating the 210 anniversary of its independence on Sept. 16, 1810. But the ritual "grito" is going virutal in Sonora this year.
Sep. 15, 2020
Farmworkers In Mexican Border State Seize Control Of A Dam
A 1940s agreement between Mexico and the U.S. has ignited a revolt in a Mexican border state southeast of Arizona.
Sep. 14, 2020
Is President Trump Pushing Expats In Mexico To Vote?
U.S. citizens are already casting their votes by mail, and they’re also doing it from the other side of the border. And President Donald Trump’s administration might be influencing their electoral behavior significantly.
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Sep. 11, 2020
Sonoran Marriage Equality Measure Could Get Committee Hearing Soon
Well over a year has passed since it was first introduced.
Sep. 12, 2020
Sonora Hit Hard By Coronavirus But Spared By Zika So Far
In 2018, Sonora had the worst Zika outbreak in Mexico, accounting for roughly 40% of all cases.
Sep. 12, 2020
Sonora Transgender Community, Allies Push For Gender Identity Reform
A reform measure has been heard in committee, but after months of inaction has yet to be heard by the full state congress.
Sep. 10, 2020
Sonora Among Hardest Hit By Excess Deaths During Pandemic
In the absence of the global coronavirus pandemic, an estimated 6,600 Sonorans would have likely died between mid-March and the end of July. Instead, roughly 12,400 died — nearly 90% more than the expected figure.
Sep. 9, 2020
LeBarón Community Requests Protection, Autonomy And Electricity
A community in northern Mexico where nine women and children were attacked and murdered last year wants justice, but also solutions from the government and more autonomy for themselves.
Sep. 2, 2020
Sonora Adds Second Largest Number Of Formal Jobs In August
After five straight months of losses, federal data show employment rolls in Sonora fell by nearly 40,000 jobs through the end of July. But in August, the state added more than 2,000 jobs, according to numbers presented during a press conference this week with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Sep. 5, 2020
Car, Pedestrian Crossings At AZ Ports Of Entry Well Below Prior Years
After border restrictions went into effect in late March in an attempt to slow coronavirus spread, the number of personal vehicles and people crossing plummeted roughly 60% and 70% respectively between February and April. But through July, car crossings have risen more than 50%, with more modest increases in pedestrian traffic, according to the most recently available federal data.
Sep. 5, 2020
More Businesses To Open In Hermosillo As Measures Further Relax
New cases have been declining in Sonora in recent weeks. More businesses — including movie theaters and casinos — will be allowed to open in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo.
Sep. 3, 2020