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.

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.
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.
6 hours ago
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.
10 hours ago
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
Tucson Has A New Mexican Consul After Controversies
During the current Mexican president’s administration of less than two years, Tucson has had three Mexican consuls. The third one was appointed after a controversial removal of his predecessor.
Jul. 29, 2020
Sonoran Officials Apprehend Man Wanted In AZ Murder
For the second time in less than a week, authorities in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, have detained a suspect wanted for murder in Arizona.
Jul. 28, 2020
Mexican Presidential Airplane Returns To Mexico — And Is Still For Sale
The Mexican president has been using commercial flights while trying to sell — and even raffle off — the presidential plane. After months being stored in California, the plane is back in Mexico City, awaiting a buyer. The president’s opponents say it’s a distraction from the outbreak.
Jul. 28, 2020
Report: Health Crisis For Migrants At Border Predates COVID-19
While the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus has impacted all our lives, migrants waiting at the U.S.-Mexico border face another health crisis that predates the pandemic, according to a new report out Tuesday.
Jul. 28, 2020
Phoenix Murder Suspect Arrested In Nogales, Sonora
Working in collaboration with U.S. counterparts, authorities in Sonora say they have detained a man wanted for murder in Phoenix. He was identified only as Jesus Antonio by Sonoran authorities.
Jul. 24, 2020
Border Wildlife Study Needs Virtual Volunteers To Help Identify Species
An Arizona nonprofit is calling for virtual volunteers to contribute to a binational wildlife study documenting the animals crisscrossing the Arizona-Sonora border in areas where new sections of border wall are being built.
Jul. 24, 2020
Yaqui Indigenous Communities In Sonora Protest Over Water Rights
Members of Yaqui Indigenous communities in southern Sonora, Mexico, are blocking a federal highway and the railway in a renewed battle over land and water rights. The blockade gained attention this week after stopping the movement of goods headed for the United States.
Jul. 23, 2020
Mexican President Downplays Importance Of Face Masks
Mexico’s president downplayed the importance of wearing masks as a means to control the pandemic and allow for economic reopening. Asked whether face masks could play a key role in the economic reactivation underway in his country, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador responded that that was “disproportionate."
Jul. 22, 2020
Some Sonoran Beaches Set To Reopen By This Weekend
Last week, Mexico’s federal government lowered the coronavirus risk level in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. Despite push back from state health authorities, parts of the state are now reopening, including some of its beaches.
Jul. 22, 2020
Sonoran Students To Start School Year Online
While schools in Arizona and across the U.S. are grappling with how and if to send students back to classrooms, officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico have decided against a return to in-person schooling for now.
Jul. 21, 2020
Officials Take Issue As Mexico Lowers Sonoran COVID-19 Risk Level
The Mexican federal government says Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, no longer has the most serious rating on a national pandemic scale. For the coming week, Sonora will be considered orange, a step below red, where it had been for a number of weeks.
Jul. 20, 2020
Sonoran Capital COVID-19 Cases Expected To Peak Soon
Declines could be seen as soon as the last two weeks of July or early August. But that assumes that mobility and other factors don't change much.
Jul. 17, 2020