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.

A new deal on Mexican tomato imports puts an end to months of uncertainty. But not everyone is satisfied with the outcome. The Florida Tomato Exchange called the deal a “step in the right direction.” But the Nogales-based Fresh Produce Association of the Americas says it’s a “step backward.”
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Mexican Military Finds Synthetic Drug Lab Near AZ Border
Mexican officials shut down a drug laboratory just south of the Arizona border this week. It’s one of a growing number of drug labs discovered in Mexico in recent months.
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Tracing The Migrant Journey
KJZZ's Fronteras Desk reporting team joined migrants as they traveled thousands of miles to reach the U.S. This multi-part series put reporters on the ground from Honduras to Portland, Maine, to document the challenges migrants face on their trek through Central America, Mexico and the U.S.
Sep. 19, 2019
Amid Solar Uncertainty, Paths Remain For Mexican Renewables
In Hermosillo, Sonora, Zuma Energia’s half-a-million-panel, 162-megawatt solar power plant generates enough energy to power over 200,000 Mexican homes. This project — and many like it — was the fruit of long-term energy auctions. But early this year, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador canceled the fourth round of those auctions.
Sep. 12, 2019
Mexico Wants U.S. To ‘Do Much More’ To Stop Firearms Trafficking
The United States has been pushing Mexico to do more to tighten controls on migration to the southwest border. Now, Mexican officials say it’s time for the U.S. to staunch the flow of firearms across the border into Mexico.
Sep. 12, 2019
In San Luis, Asylum Seekers From Around The World
KJZZ's Fronteras reporting team joined migrants as they traveled thousands of miles to reach the U.S. This multi-part series put reporters on the ground in four countries to document the challenges migrants face on their trek through Central America, Mexico and the U.S. In San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, the asylum wait list has over 1,100 people. Other border cities have as many, or many more.
Special Report: 'Tracing The Migrant Journey'
Sep. 4, 2019
Walmart, Produce Importers Worry About Draft Mexican Tomato Deal
The 30-day review period for the draft deal ends this month. That deal — which the U.S. Department of Commerce and Mexican growers initialed in August — would raise the floor price of tomatoes, as well as limit the ability of buyers to be compensated for damaged loads.
Sep. 11, 2019
Sonora’s Police Shortage Causes Concern In Mexico
Neighboring Sonora, Mexico has seen increasing rates of violence in recent months. At the same time, local police forces are facing a shortage of officers.
Sep. 11, 2019
Enforcement Pushes Asylum Seekers To Stay In Mexico
As the United States and Mexico enforce harsher immigration policies for migrants trying to reach the U.S. border, a growing number of asylum seekers asking for refuge in Mexico instead of continuing their journey north.
Special Report: Tracing The Migrant Journey
Sep. 10, 2019
1st Vaquita Sighting In 2019; As Many As 6 Spotted
An international group of scientists and conservationists spotted several vaquita marina porpoises in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez in recent weeks. It’s the first recorded sighting of the critically endangered marine mammal so far this year.
Sep. 10, 2019
Sinema, McSally Urge Senate To Fund San Luis Port Improvements
The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill with nearly $250 million in funding for improvements. Both of Arizona’s senators are urging their fellow lawmakers to fund improvements at a major San Luis Port of Entry.
Sep. 10, 2019
Mexican Authorities Meet With Rio Sonora Mining Spill Victims
Five years ago, Mexico’s largest mining company spilled nearly 11 million gallons of toxic waste into two Sonoran rivers affecting thousands living downstream from the mine. Mexican authorities recently met with one of the affected communities as part of promised efforts to give residents a voice in mining issues.
Sep. 9, 2019
Border Basketball Art Installation Removed By Feds
As a part of his Gold Nets project, New York-based artist Jeremy John Kaplan installed about 30 gold-dyed nets across Nogales, Sonora, in August. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said it could be used to aid smuggling.
Sep. 5, 2019
AMLO: Investigation To Reopen Into 2009 Daycare Fire
This June marked the 10-year anniversary of a fire in a Sonoran daycare that killed 49 children and injured more than 100 others. Now, Mexico’s president is promising to take action on behalf of the victims and their families.
Sep. 3, 2019
On International Day Of The Disappeared, Hermosillo Marches Through Downpour
Friday was International Day of the Disappeared, which honors missing people around the world. There are more than 2,000 disappeared people in Sonora, and roughly 40,000 nationwide.
Sep. 3, 2019
Sonorans Encouraged To Apply For Young Entrepreneurs Fellowship
The U.S. Consul in Hermosillo is encouraging young entrepreneurs in Sonora, Mexico, to apply for a leadership program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Entrepreneurs ages 25-35 from Latin America, the Caribbean and now Canada can apply for the U.S. State Department’s Young Leaders in America Initiative.
Aug. 30, 2019
Border Crossings At Arizona Ports OF Entry Down From Last Year
Pedestrian crossings are down about 12% at all Arizona ports from January through June compared to the previous year. Personal vehicles fell roughly 10%, according to federal data. Commercial truck crossings and import values are each up by about 12%.
Aug. 28, 2019
Deal Reached In Mexican Natural Gas Pipeline Dispute
Mexico’s June announcement that it wanted to review a number of natural gas pipeline contracts rattled investors. But this week a deal was announced.
Aug. 27, 2019
Arizona-Sonora Short Film Contest, Workshop Open For Submissions
Student and non-professional filmmakers living in Arizona and Sonora can submit short films about life in the borderlands to the Cinema On The Border contest now through Oct. 7.
Aug. 27, 2019
After Mexican Tomato Deal, Farm Bureau Wants Same For Other Crops
With the ink barely dry on the draft of a Mexican tomato import deal, some farmers are saying they’d like to see similar agreements for other crops. The American Farm Bureau praised the deal reached by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Mexican growers.
Aug. 23, 2019
Douglas-Agua Prieta Host Annual Concert Without Borders
Artists and performers from Arizona and Sonora, Mexico will put on a free concert Saturday on both sides of the border in Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora. It’s called the Concert Without Borders.
Aug. 23, 2019