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.

For Fishermen Near Vaquita Habitat, Government Assistance Falls Short
The Mexican government is distributing financial assistance to fishermen living on the coasts of the Sea of Cortez. But in areas where fishing has been banned to protect the critically endangered vaqutia marina porpoise, fishermen say the small payment falls far short of the community’s needs.
As COVID-19 Cases Mount, Thousands Of Sonorans Return To Work
Tens of thousands of Sonorans are heading back to work this week, after a gradual reopening for some industries started Monday. Some state officials are worried the reopening could worsen the state's outbreak.
Jun. 1, 2020
Thousands Rally In Mexico From Their Cars Against Their President
While protests continued throughout the United States last weekend after the death of George Floyd, thousands of people in Mexico rallied against their president — riding their vehicles.
Jun. 1, 2020
Sonoran Health Officials Will Implement New COVID-19 ‘Risk Index’
Officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are using a new metric to determine the level of risk within the state during the coronavirus outbreak. They warn if hospitals fill up and the number of cases rise, Sonorans could see more restrictions on movement.
Jun. 1, 2020
On New COVID Scale, Nearly all of Mexico is Red, Including Sonora
Only essential businesses will be allowed to operate starting June 1. 'Essential' was recently expanded to include the mining, construction and transportation manufacturing sectors.
May. 29, 2020
Mexican President Prepares Tour While Pandemic Spreads
Mexico’s cases of coronavirus and deaths related to it are still increasing by hundreds. But the president decided to start touring around the country again on June 1, mainly to supervise and inaugurate state projects.
May. 29, 2020
Rocky Point Residents Allowed To Re-Enter City
In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, the popular beach town Rocky Point implemented a three-phase reopening plan last week. Now, residents who had been barred from entering the city while it was on lockdown are being allowed back as the city prepares to welcome visitors in June.
May. 29, 2020
Sonoran Governor Concerned About Looming Reopening
Cases are expected to peak in late May or early June, just as some businesses start reopening.
May. 28, 2020
‘Sanitation Tunnels’ At The Border May Do More Harm Than Good
A growing number of Mexican cities are using so-called “sanitation tunnels,” to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The plastic, sometimes inflatable, tunnels mist people with disinfectant. But experts say they may do more harm than good in fighting the disease.
May. 27, 2020
Many Sonoran Plants Get OK To Reopen, But Uncertainty Remains
The massive Ford plant in Hermosillo is among those preparing to begin production again soon. Among the plants preparing to reopen is the massive Ford plant in Hermosillo.
May. 27, 2020
Mexico Cancer Patients Families Protest For Support During Pandemic
Mexico’s public health budget and services decreased or changed as a result of the president’s frugal policies, affecting cancer patients. Now, activists claim that the government focuses on the coronavirus, leaving this high-risk group unprotected.
May. 27, 2020
Sonora Could Have ‘Long Stretch’ Ahead For COVID-19 Transmission
Mexico’s health secretary says neighboring Sonora, Mexico, may be close to reaching a peak in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. But that doesn’t mean residents can start easing restrictions on movement.
May. 27, 2020
Hermosillo Mayor, Other Sonoran Officials Test Positive For COVID-19
Several top officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, have tested positive for the coronavirus, including the mayor of the capital city Hermosillo.
May. 26, 2020
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.
May. 26, 2020
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