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.

Rocky Point Hopes To Establish Binational Health Corridor With Arizona
Two years ago, Arizona and neighboring Sonora implemented a safety corridor along the highway to the popular beach destination Rocky Point. Now, that city is looking to collaborate on a so-called “health corridor” to keep tourists safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Sonora Hospitals At 60% Capacity, Raising Concerns
COVID-19 patients in Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, are putting more pressure on hospitals. Restrictions could remain in place if that rate increases, according to a state health official.
May. 22, 2020
Analysts: Mexicos Fiscal Response To COVID-19 Is Poor
Mexico’s federal fiscal response to the coronavirus pandemic follows the president’s austerity plans. But analysts fear that the lack of stimulus and relief packages might create a backlash against the country’s economy.
May. 22, 2020
After Northern Sonora Violence, Security Forces Make Multiple Arrests
High-powered weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were also seized, along with vehicles.
May. 21, 2020
Hermosillo Celebrates Founding With Virtual Fiestas Del Pitic This Year
Every May for the last 18 years, the capital city of neighboring Sonora, Mexico, has celebrated the anniversary of its founding with a cultural festival. In the face of the coronavirus pandemic this year, the festivities have moved online.
May. 21, 2020
Rocky Point Hopes To Welcome Visitors Back In June
Just south of the border, the Sonoran town known as Arizona’s beach is preparing to welcome visitors back to its shores. Rocky Point launched the first phase of a reopening plan this week in hopes of restarting tourism in mid-June.
May. 21, 2020
Sonoran And AZ Cattle Industry Could Be Hurt By Import Ban
Sonora is one of Mexico's most import cattle exporters, and the Arizona cattle industry depends on them, according to an industry representative.
May. 20, 2020
Nearly 1,000 Mexico Nationals Dead From COVID-19 In The U.S.
The COVID-19 virus attacks regardless of any nationality. And the Mexican government is reporting hundreds of its nationals sick in the U.S and nearly 1,000 dead.
May. 19, 2020
Mexican Government Changes Renewable Energy Rules
The coronavirus pandemic gave the Mexican government an opportunity to push for some changes on the renewable energy market. And some fear this could bring higher rates, less investment and more state control.
May. 19, 2020
Sonoran Factories Prepare for Possible June 1 Reopening
Hundreds of export manufacturing plants employ tens of thousands in the state. Many have been sent home during the pandemic.
May. 19, 2020
Journalist Killed In Southern Sonora Armed Attack
Violence in general has been rising in Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona's south. The director of a southern Sonora news site was killed in an armed attack over the weekend.
May. 18, 2020
Social Distancing Measures At Port Of Entry Causing Crowding Outside
There is rarely a wait for northbound pedestrians crossing the border at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. But some border crossers are concerned that new social distancing strategies inside the port are causing unsafe crowding for people waiting outside.
May. 14, 2020
Former Mayor Among 4 Dead In Sonora Shootout
The Thursday afternoon armed attack took place on the four-lane interstate on the outskirts of Magdalena, a little more than an hour's drive south of Nogales.
May. 15, 2020
Project Connects Spanish Speakers With Coronavirus News, Resources
Phoenix-based journalist Maritza Félix is piloting a new project to help connect Spanish speakers in Arizona with reliable news about the coronavirus. The goal is to keep the Latino community informed and avoid misinformation.
May. 14, 2020
Sonoran Students Will Finish School Year From Home
As a part of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, students in Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, will finish out their school year from home.
May. 14, 2020
Mexico Plans To Reignite Industries Tied To The U.S.
Mexico’s federal government presented its plan to gradually reopen activities during the pandemic. And it includes the reactivation of industries crucial for trade with the United States.
May. 13, 2020
Federal Data Shows Big Border Crossing Drops In March
Pedestrian and personal vehicle crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border have fallen sharply since restrictions to slow coronavirus spread were put in place. Cross-border trade was exempted, and commercial truck crossings were largely unimpacted.
May. 12, 2020
Mexican President Orders The Military To Attend Public Safety
Mexico will experience a new phase in its fight against crime, as the president ordered the military to help with the task. And while some see it as an opportunity to stop violence, skeptics fear a militarization of the country.
May. 12, 2020
Expats Ride Out COVID-19 South Of The Border
With the coronavirus pandemic ramping up around the world, the U.S. government closed the border with Mexico to all nonessential travel in March and told U.S. citizens abroad to come home. Some expats living in neighboring Sonora, Mexico packed up and headed north. But others decided to stay put.
May. 11, 2020
Asylum Seekers Not Required To Appear For Delayed Hearing
The U.S. has further delayed court hearings for asylum seekers waiting in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as the "Remain In Mexico" program. But for the next month, migrants won’t have to present themselves at ports of entry for the delayed hearings.
May. 11, 2020
Sonoran Governor Unveils Business Reopening Plan
The governor of Arizona’s southern neighbor Sonora has put forward a plan to allow businesses to slowly reopen. May is also the month that health officials have predicted that cases could peak.
May. 11, 2020