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.

Major Sonoran Union Threatens Statewide Strike
The Sonoran branch of the Mexican Workers Confederation (CTM), which has roughly 130,000 members, says it will strike unless a conflict between drivers and the company that operates Hermosillo’s bus service is resolved.
Mexico And U.S. Settle Water Conflict Near The Border
A 1940s water agreement between Mexico and the U.S. recently ignited a protest by farmworkers in a Mexican border state southeast of Arizona. But despite the controversy, the Mexican government is saying the deal has been settled.
Oct. 22, 2020
Young Asylum Seekers In Nogales Share Their Stories, Plead For Relief
Migrants and supporters marched to the border wall in Nogales, Sonora, and Nogales, Arizona, on Wednesday to highlight the stories of children waiting south of the border to ask for asylum in the United States.
Oct. 21, 2020
2 Killed, Asparagus Facility Burned In Caborca Violence
The area, which is home to a massive asparagus industry, has seen violence jump dramatically over the last year.
Oct. 21, 2020
Mexico’s Security Secretary Announces Run For Sonora Governor
Mexico’s Security Secretary confirmed Wednesday that he will step down and run for governor in his home state of Sonora.
Oct. 21, 2020
Mexico Fishermen Scoff At Suggestion To Switch To Taxi Driving
Fishermen in the uppermost part of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez have been struggling against fishing bans meant to protect a highly endangered porpoise. The governor of Baja California says he will ease the requirements for fishermen to obtain taxi license plates, but most fishermen say that’s not a serious solution.
Oct. 20, 2020
Mexico Wants An Aztec Headdress Back From Austria
For years, many Mexicans have longed for the return of a 16th century Aztec feathered crown that lies in a European museum. The Mexican president’s wife went on a mission to try to get it borrowed — but the visit reignited a debate about its significance.
Oct. 20, 2020
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.
Oct. 19, 2020
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.
Oct. 19, 2020
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.
Oct. 19, 2020
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