Hermosillo Bureau

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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.

Sonoran Flea Market Operators Swarm State Congress To Present Demands
With heavy restrictions on northbound border crossings, many flea market stall operators — or tianguistas — are having trouble stocking their shelves. That's especially concerning to them with the critical holiday shopping season fast approaching.
6 hours ago
AMLO Defends Trump, Demands Explanations From DEA Ops
Last week, a former Mexican secretary of defense was arrested in Los Angeles, accused of helping in drug trafficking and organized crime. Mexico's president is demanding information from the U.S. while questioning the DEA’s intervention in his country.
7 hours ago
Sonoran Baseball Fans Barred From Stadiums After Some Flout Safety Measures
Last week, a baseball team in southern Sonora, Mexico, won its first game of the season, playing at home to a stadium full of excited fans. But fans won’t be allowed back in the Sonora stands anytime soon after flouting coronavirus safety protocols.
8 hours ago
Amid Widespread Drought, Sonora Offers Credit to Cattle Ranchers
Nearly half the state's municipalities currently have at least a severe level of drought, according to the National Water Commission.
Oct. 16, 2020
Mexico’s Economy Secretary Downplays Lithium Deposits Amid Nationalization Debate
Mexico’s economy secretary downplayed the significance of the country’s lithium deposits Thursday, in response to calls to nationalize the valuable natural resource.
Oct. 16, 2020
Former Mexican Defense Minister Arrested In U.S. On Drug Trafficking Charges
Mexico’s former defense secretary was arrested in Los Angeles on Thursday on four charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.
Oct. 16, 2020
Sonoran Searchers Hope To Get Federal Help Finding Missing Loved Ones
Sonora is a national hotspot for clandestine graves, with dozens of burial sites and bodies found in recent years.
Oct. 15, 2020
In Mexico, Almost 40,000 Meds For Cancer Patients Get Stolen
For months, the Mexican government has been accused of not providing needed medications to children with cancer as a result of the administration’s austerity plans. And a new crisis has appeared, as the authorities report that nearly 40,000 doses have been stolen.
Oct. 15, 2020
Mexico Works On International Agreements For COVID-19 Vaccines
While the United States government continues its race against other countries to develop a coronavirus vaccine, in Mexico, authorities are following a different strategy: They are signing international agreements to guarantee enough supplies once a vaccine is developed.
Oct. 15, 2020
Sonora Added Nearly 12,000 Formal Jobs In September
The increase, which was one of the largest in Mexico, comes after the state lost nearly 40,000 since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
Oct. 14, 2020
Mexico’s Tourism Industry Gets Ready — And Anxious — To Fight The Pandemic
As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, many people are looking for safe ways to get out of the house. That’s been a boon in recent months for Rocky Point, a beach town in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, known for its popularity among Arizonans. And some Sonoran leaders hope that trend will spread to other parts of the state, too.
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Oct. 14, 2020
In Mexico, Apologies Requested For Columbus Day
For Columbus Day — or Indigenous Peoples Day — Mexico City expected a protest calling for removal of a statue of the Spanish admiral, as has happened in some U.S. cities. But the city’s government made a surprise move, while the federal government demands apologies on another front.
Oct. 12, 2020
Officials Work To Return Stolen Truck To Mesa Family
Last week, an Arizona family was carjacked on a highway in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. Local police have recovered the family’s truck and are working to return the vehicle to the United States.
Oct. 12, 2020
Mexico’s Health Secretary Calls Rio Sonora An ‘Environmental Hell
Last week, communities in the Rio Sonora valley reiterated their demands for government action to address continued contamination caused by a mining spill in 2014. Now, Mexico’s Health Secretary says leaders are preparing a comprehensive strategy to address the issue.
Oct. 8, 2020
Mexican President Faces Protests Against His Administration
Protesters have continued to gather in crowds this year to demonstrate against President Trump, despite the pandemic. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has faced similar opposition, with protests from feminists, anti-violence groups — and a movement that demands his resignation.
Oct. 6, 2020
Mexicos COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Increase With New Methodology
On Monday, the number of reported coronavirus cases and deaths in Mexico increased significantly. But health officials say that’s the result of a new reporting methodology, not an outbreak of the virus.
Oct. 6, 2020
Family Of Massacre Victims Dissatisfied With Mexico’s Investigation
Over the weekend, Mexico’s president visited neighboring Sonora for the 10th time since taking office nearly two years ago. During the visit, he spoke with family members of nine women and children massacred in the state last year. But some family members are not satisfied with Mexico’s investigation.
Oct. 5, 2020
Migrant Caravan Heading To The U.S. Turns Back
Last week, a migrant caravan from Central America departed from Honduras on its way to the U.S. The Mexican president says American politics had to do with it, but the group is already turning back.
Oct. 5, 2020
Wells In The Rio Sonora Valley Still Contaminated With Arsenic, Lead
Residents of the Sonora River Valley have heard nothing from authorities since they were told last December wells in the area show signs of contamination. Now, they’re renewing calls for access to clean water.
Oct. 1, 2020
Transgender Sonorans Celebrate Historic Passage Of Identity Measure
The measure's sponsor, Miroslava Luján López, said she was pleased that members of several parties beyond her own cast votes in favor.
Oct. 2, 2020
Mexican Supreme Court Passes Referendum To Judge Former Presidents
Mexico’s president recently proposed a referendum to ask voters if his predecessors should be brought to justice. The country’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor with some adjustments after raising questions about the judicial system and its independence.
Oct. 2, 2020