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.

Activists are protesting the sale of an outdoor sports complex in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo. But the city’s mayor says the funds are needed for coronavirus relief, among other projects.
For Mexican Produce Growers, Pandemic May Mean Short-Term Demand Surge
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended business around the world. But demand for fresh produce, much of which comes from Mexico, has surged.
Apr. 3, 2020
Activists Skeptical Of Upcoming Sale Of Hermosillo Fields For COVID-19 Relief
Activists are protesting the sale of an outdoor sports complex in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo. But the city’s mayor says the funds are needed for coronavirus relief, among other projects.
Apr. 3, 2020
Meet Susana Distancia: Mexicos Superhero Vs. COVID-19
In an odd attempt to keep citizens protected from the coronavirus pandemic, the Mexican government launched an unique campaign on social media. And not the health authorities — not even the president — are leading it, but a superhero.
Apr. 3, 2020
Mexican Beer Companies Get Hit By Pandemic Measures
Mexican beers make up almost 70% of the imported beers sold in the U.S. Beer is one of the top exports and sources of income for Mexico. But the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Mexican breweries, which is also hitting consumers.
Apr. 2, 2020
Sonora Legislators Donate Salaries For Coronavirus Relief
While there are still relatively few cases of coronavirus confirmed in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, compared to Arizona, many fear a serious toll on health and the economic as the outbreak continues. And some state legislators are committing to donate their salaries to help those most affected.
Apr. 2, 2020
Crossings Plummet At AZ Ports After Pandemic Restrictions
Crossings at Arizona border ports are down sharply since restrictions went into place last month in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr. 1, 2020
Sonora Asks Med Students To Join Coronavirus Fight
Sonora, the Mexican state bordering Arizona, is calling for medical students and others to join the pandemic fight. Sonoran Health Secretary Enrique Clausen said the invitation is open for students in their fourth semesters or beyond.
Apr. 1, 2020
‘Remain In Mexico’ Hearings, Visa Interviews Further Delayed
After President Trump acknowledged that the country won’t return to normal by Easter, Homeland Security announced it would further delay hearings for asylum seekers waiting in Mexico under the “Remain In Mexico” program, and extend closures of visa offices across the country.
Apr. 1, 2020
Women Make Their Place In Growing Industry For Sonoran Agave Spirit Bacanora
Prohibited and produced clandestinely for decades, the Sonoran agave distillate Bacanora is starting to find a place in the international market, alongside better known Mexican spirits like Tequila and Mezcal. And as the market grows, women are carving out their own niche in the traditionally male-dominated industry.
Mar. 31, 2020
Mexico Declares State Of Emergency As Pandemic Escalates
In Mexico, the COVID-19 pandemic curve is growing exponentially, with over a thousand cases. As a result, the government is declaring a state of emergency.
Mar. 31, 2020
How Arizona Is Coping With Coronavirus: Douglas, Nogales
Arizonans are feeling the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic in every corner of the state. But on the border with Mexico, communities with long histories of binational trade and cultural exchange are seeing unique impacts.
Mar. 30, 2020
Mexican President Greets El Chapos Mother Ignoring Pandemic Rules
Mexico’s president has been criticized after constantly ignoring instructions from his own government to face the coronavirus pandemic. And on Sunday, he broke the isolation and social distancing rules again — this time with the mother of a notorious drug lord.
Mar. 30, 2020
After Emergency Declared, Sonorans Prep For Closure Of Non-Essential Business
With Covid-19 cases steadily rising in Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, its governor declared a health emergency last week. She also ordered that only essential businesses remain open. Last week, businesses were scrambling to figure out who could remain open. And many are concerned about what this all means for the state’s workers and economy.
Mar. 30, 2020
Mexican Census Continues Despite Coronavirus Concerns
Like the United States, Mexico is conducting its 2020 census. But the country’s strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic is smacking up against the deadline, which officially ends this Friday, March 27.
Mar. 27, 2020
Officials Take Temperatures Of Southbound Border Crossers In Nogales, Sonora
On Thursday, officials in Nogales, Sonora, started taking the temperatures of southbound travelers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The measure comes in response to demands from protesters who blocked motorists trying to enter Mexico the day before.
Mar. 26, 2020
Sonoran Governor Declares Health Emergency, Orders Businesses Closed
Businesses necessary Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, has declared a health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Claudia Pavlovich made the announcement in a video released Wednesday and said measures would be rolled out over the next 72 hours.
Mar. 25, 2020
Protesters Block Southbound Border Traffic In Nogales Over Pandemic
On Wednesday afternoon, protesters in Nogales, Sonora, blocked motorists trying to cross south into Mexico. They were demanding tougher action from the Mexican federal government to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar. 25, 2020
Mexican President Announces New Pandemic Measures
Mexico’s president has been criticized for his loose strategies against the coronavirus outbreak and for not following social distancing. But the Mexican leader is announcing part of his economic plans to face the pandemic — and some changes in his social conduct.
Mar. 25, 2020
Remain in Mexico Delay Could Increase Risk To Migrants
Citing the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. announced Monday that it would delay hearings for asylum seekers waiting under the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as the “Remain In Mexico” program. Migrant advocates say postponing hearings further endangers vulnerable migrants.
Mar. 24, 2020
Mexico Enters Phase 2 Of Strategy Against Coronavirus
After the Mexican government and the World Health Organization acknowledged local coronavirus transmission in Mexico, the country is moving to phase two of its strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mar. 24, 2020