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.

Mexico had a record-setting number of murders last year. And Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, saw a particularly grisly jump in homicide. The murder figure rose just 2.5% nationally but nearly 60% in Sonora since 2018.
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Communities Affected By Mining Spill Win Case In Mexicos Supreme Court
On Wednesday, the Second Chamber of Mexico's Supreme Court unanimously granted legal protection to communities affected by a 2014 mining spill in the Sonora River. Residents of the communities affected by the spill hope that the ruling will provide relief they’ve been seeking for more than five years.
Jan. 16, 2020
Amid Impeachment Din, Senate Approves USMCA By Wide Margin
As the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is getting underway, the U.S. Senate approved the revised NAFTA deal on Thursday by a wide margin. The final tally was 89-10, with both of Arizona's senators voting for the measure.
Jan. 16, 2020
Binational Team Of Female Brewers To Debut IPA In Tucson
The head brewers of Tucson’s Borderlands Brewery and Monterrey, Mexico’s Turulata Brewing oversaw the cross-border collaboration. The fruit of the women-led effort is a hazy IPA they’re calling Las Hermanas, or the sisters.
Jan. 15, 2020
Sonora’s Largest University Gets Pro-LGBT Crosswalk
Sonora’s largest university has a new rainbow crosswalk on campus, a show of solidarity with LGBT students. Allies and members of the University of Sonora’s LGBT community gathered thousands of signatures and recently presented a petition to university leadership asking to be able to paint that crosswalk.
Jan. 14, 2020
AMLO Visits Family Of Massacre Victims, Promises Justice
On Sunday, Mexico’s president visited the Sonoran municipality where nine people were murdered in November in an ambush by suspected drug cartel members. But family members of the victims are asking him to do more to fight violence and insecurity across Mexico.
Jan. 13, 2020
Lucha Libre Fighter La Parka Dies In Native Hermosillo
The Mexican professional wrestling world is mourning the death of Lucha Libre fighter La Parka, who was injured in October and passed away in his native Hermosillo this weekend. Jesús Alfonso Escoboza Huerta suffered a serious injury in October.
Jan. 13, 2020
Rocky Point Welcomes First Cruise Without Home Port
The first cruise out of Rocky Point sailed off into the sunset Thursday evening. It’s a long-anticipated step forward for the beach town just south of Arizona. But the future of cruising from Rocky Point still hinges on the city’s ability to complete a cruise port. Construction on the partially completed port has been stalled for years.
Jan. 9, 2020
7 Sonoran Workers Dead After Train Strikes Bus
A bus carrying several dozen agricultural workers in southern Sonora was struck by a train Tuesday, leaving seven dead and more than 30 injured. Two of the victims were teenagers.
Jan. 8, 2020
Report: More Than 60,000 Missing In Mexico
While Sonora has a relatively small portion of those officially missing, over 10 percent of mass graves found in the country over roughly the last year were in the state.
Jan. 6, 2020
Remain In Mexico Expands To Nogales, Sonora
For the first time Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection started sending asylum seekers back to Nogales, Sonora, to wait for their cases to process. It’s part of the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain In Mexico” program.
Jan. 2, 2020
Police Chief Among 7 Arrested In Connection With La Mora Massacre
Mexican officials said Monday that they have arrested a total of seven suspects in the murder of nine women and children in Sonora last month, including the police chief of a small town near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Dec. 31, 2019
Mexico Pulls Ambassador From Bolivia Amid Spat Between Countries
Mexico’s foreign ministry says its ambassador in Bolivia will return to Mexico for her own safety after the Bolivian government declared her a “persona non grata.” The decision came amid an ongoing diplomatic spat.
Dec. 31, 2019
Conservationists: Mexican Failing To Protect Vaquita
Mexico has struggled for years to protect a nearly extinct porpoise from illegal fishing. In December, Mexico's Interior Department took charge of coordinating the government’s efforts. But some say it’s not enough.
Dec. 31, 2019
Mexico Says Declining Apprehensions Point To Migration Plan Success
Declining migrant apprehensions along the U.S. border are a sign that Mexico’s policies are working, according to a top Mexican official. In response to a May threat from U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, Mexico agreed to undertake an effort to reduce undocumented migration through the country.
Dec. 26, 2019
Late Rains Bring Relief For Sonoran Agriculture
Through the summer, Sonora’s dam system was at a deficit, spelling trouble for the state’s sizable agricultural sector, according to Lucas Antonio Oroz, the region’s technical director for the National Water Commission. But then intense fall rains changed that picture.
Dec. 26, 2019
After Record-Setting 2018, Zika Cases Plummet In Sonora
In 2018, Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, had the unwelcome distinction of having the most cases of Zika in the country. But this year, things have changed.
Dec. 26, 2019
AZ Anglers Are Lifeblood For San Pedro De La Cueva
Many Arizonans head to Sonora’s beaches for the holidays. But for decades some American anglers have also been heading to a remote, lakeside community in the Sonoran Sierra.
Dec. 25, 2019
Parts Of Sonora Get White Christmas
As in Arizona, some high-elevation parts of Sonora — its neighbor to the south — are also enjoying a white Christmas. Video shows snow falling Christmas Eve in and near the roughly mile-high mining town of Cananea, an hour southwest of Bisbee.
Dec. 25, 2019
Spending Bill Includes $152.4 Million For San Luis Port Of Entry
The federal spending package signed Friday includes millions of dollars for infrastructure improvements at Arizona’s second-busiest port of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border. Modernization of the port has been years in the making.
Dec. 23, 2019
Mexican Environmental Secretary Promises To ‘Transform’ Rio Sonora
Mexico’s Secretary of Environment visited the Sonora River Valley Wednesday to address continued environmental and health concerns five years after a major mining spill. Residents of the area are still clamoring for remediation and protection from future disasters.
Dec. 19, 2019