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.

U.S. Drops Global Travel Advisory, Keeps Warning For Mexico
The U.S. State Department dropped its global “Level 4” health warning urging people not to travel abroad Thursday, but promptly re-imposed that same advisory level on Mexico. Since March 19, the department had advised U.S. citizens to avoid all travel abroad because of the coronavirus pandemic.
11 hours ago
Sonoran Officials: Youth Responsible For Most Coronavirus Spread
As in Arizona, leaders in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, continue to struggle to tamp down on the spread of the coronavirus. And the state’s health secretary says young people are most responsible for proliferating the virus.
6 hours ago
Mexican President Pledges Support For Yaquis In Sonora
Mexico’s president pledged this week to address several long standing grievances of Yaqui indigenous communities in Sonora. During a visit with tribal leaders in Vicam, Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged the historic abuses endured by the Yaqui people. He also announced the signing of a Justice Plan for Yaquis.
Aug. 7, 2020
Mexico’s President Inaugurates Controversial Dam In Sonora
During a visit to Sonora, Mexico, on Wednesday, Mexico’s president inaugurated a controversial dam project that’s been in the works for nearly a decade. But as the reservoir fills, many are concerned about its displacement of members of a local indigenous community and the destruction of archaeological sites.
Aug. 6, 2020
Mexican Governors Unite Against Federal Policies
In Mexico, like in the United States, some governors are disagreeing with the federal government’s fiscal and health policies during the pandemic. And they are forming a coalition to fight back.
Aug. 6, 2020
Asylum Seekers, Advocates Protests At Border Wall In Nogales
On Thursday, hundreds of people gathered on both sides of the border wall and tuned into a live video stream to demonstrate their support for the right to seek asylum. During and before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has implemented policies that have effectively halted asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Aug. 6, 2020
Sonoran Marriage Equality Measure Has Now Languished For A Year
Sonora is one of several Mexican states where same-sex couples face additional barriers to wed, despite a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that such laws are unconstitutional.
Aug. 5, 2020
6 Years After Rio Sonora Mining Spill, Contamination Continues
Six years after Mexico’s largest mining company spilled toxic waste into the Sonoran waterways, impacting thousands of people downstream, authorities say the area is still contaminated. And residents say neither the government nor the mining company have followed through with their promises.
Aug. 5, 2020
Sonora Hopes To Improve COVID-19 Outcomes
Sonora hopes to improve its response to the coronavirus pandemic in the state’s indigenous communities. Oxygen meters are being delivered to a number of such places so that residents can determine when they should seek medical care.
Aug. 4, 2020
Pandemic Fuels Social Movement In Border Town
Despite its location at an important crossroads along the U.S.-Mexico border, residents in the Sonoran town of Sonoyta say they’re often overlooked. Now, facing the increasingly deadly consequences of a faltering health system during the coronavirus pandemic, some residents have started a movement for social justice.
Aug. 4, 2020
Using TV And Radio, Mexican Students Will Go Back To School
While the U.S. debates the safety of reopening schools amid a pandemic, the Mexican government has announced that students will start school from home.
Aug. 4, 2020
Mexico Plans Language Institute As A Homage To El Paso Victims
A year ago, a gunman killed 23 people at an El Paso Walmart. Eight Mexican citizens were among the dead, and 8 others were wounded, targeted by ethnicity. The Mexican government plans to create an institute to pay tribute to the victims.
Aug. 4, 2020
As Pandemic Drags On, Sonoran Businesses Face Tough Choices
As in neighboring Arizona, the global coronavirus pandemic has been both a public health and an economic crisis in Sonora. Cases and deaths are mounting while jobs and businesses are vanishing. Sonorans are also navigating the hard times with far less support than Arizonans.
Jul. 31, 2020
Sonora Offers New Funding For The Arts During Pandemic
Officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico are launching a new stimulus program to promote arts and culture during the pandemic. The funds will be distributed through a series of arts contests.
Aug. 2, 2020
Sonora Surpasses 20,000 Coronavirus Cases
Health officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico announced Saturday night that the state has now surpassed 20,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Aug. 2, 2020
Mexico Captures Cartel Leader El Marro
Mexican federal officials and state security forces in Guanajuato captured one of Mexico’s most-wanted criminals, José Antonio Yépez Ortíz, known as "El Marro."
Aug. 2, 2020
Why Is The Peso Stronger Despite The Pandemic?
The coronavirus pandemic is bringing with it a severe, historic downfall in the world’s economy. Mexico is no exception, but its currency, the peso, has become stronger.
Jul. 31, 2020
Police Commander Killed In Northern Sonora Shootout
A Sonoran police commander was killed this week in a part of the state that has seen high-profile incidents in recent months.
Jul. 31, 2020
The Time Is Now: Rocky Point Opens Beaches
Visitors to the beach town of Rocky Point in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, will finally be able to get back in the water Saturday, Aug. 1, as the town reopens beaches for the first time in more than four months.
Jul. 31, 2020
Juarez Cartel Sued By Family Of Slain Women And Children
In what they are calling historic litigation, family members of nine women and children slain in an attack by suspected drug cartel members in northern Mexico last November have filed a lawsuit against the cartel, arguing the cartel is an international terrorist organization.
Jul. 30, 2020
Mexico Plans To Make Medicine Free And Centralize Their Distribution
After facing criticism for cutting costs in the health care system, the Mexican president is launching a groundbreaking strategy. And part of the plan involves a future coronavirus vaccine and more supplies bought from the U.S.
Jul. 30, 2020