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.

In January and February of this year, trade between Mexico and the United State accounted for $97.4 billion in imports and exports. That’s about 15 percent of all U.S. trade worldwide, surpassing both China and Canada for the first time.
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Negotiations are underway for a new Mexican tomato import deal. But with the deadline fast approaching, there’s no guarantee an agreement will be hashed out between growers north and south of the border.
Apr. 24, 2019
Scottsdale is celebrating 50 years of sister city status with Alamos, Mexico this year with an art exhibit at the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix. Alamos, Sonora is a Mexican "Pueblo Magico," or magical town, a small town known for its history and culture, located about 600 miles south of Scottsdale.
Apr. 22, 2019
If enacted, the renegotiated NAFTA deal could grow the U.S. economy and bring modest jumps in employment, according to a new report from the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Apr. 19, 2019
The Douglas City Council and the Cochise County Board of Supervisors have voted to support a proposed location for a new commercial port of entry in Southeastern Arizona.
Apr. 17, 2019
A group of 28 women graduated from an entrepreneurship course hosted by the University of Arizona and the U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Mexico, this month. Their businesses range from opening an ice cream shop to starting a YouTube channel. On April 6, they presented the fruits of their labor at a trade show.
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Apr. 16, 2019
Members of Guerreras Buscadoras de Sonora — or the Sonoran Warrior Searchers — found 30 bodies over the weekend near Ejido Francisco Madero, a small town outside Ciudad Obregon in the southern part of the state.
Apr. 15, 2019
In a trend Phoenicians know well, the Sonoran capital Hermosillo is growing quickly at the city’s edges. That has come with financial and environmental consequences. However, some officials and entrepreneurs are turning their gaze to the city center, and see a more sustainable future in a denser, more diverse urban core.
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Apr. 15, 2019
After being shot at by suspects early Wednesday morning, state police and army units discovered a fentanyl laboratory in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa. It’s just south of Sonora, which borders Arizona.
Apr. 12, 2019
In the 1950s and '60s, Arizona tourists and Hollywood stars filled the stands in the old bullring in Nogales, Sonora, to see some of the world’s most famous bullfighters perform just south of the Arizona border. Those days are gone, but for many, the memories remain.
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Apr. 12, 2019
According to a new study, Mexico had one of its most violent years in 2018. The lack of peace had a historic high impact on the country’s economy, costing $268 billion. But the new government has an opportunity to change that.
Apr. 10, 2019
In the mid-1960s, the waters of a dam in the northern Mexican state of Sonora overwhelmed three small towns. More than half a century later, many are still working to preserve the memory of what happened — and what was lost.
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Apr. 10, 2019
If a new deal isn’t struck by May 7, significant duties could be tacked on to imported Mexican tomatoes. That could spell trouble for Nogales, Arizona, and higher prices for consumers.
Apr. 9, 2019
Hidden away in a dusty neighborhood just south of the Arizona border, a group of women are creating a sustainable community for themselves at the DouglaPrieta Works cooperative in Agua Prieta, Sonora.
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Apr. 9, 2019
A group of women from northern Mexico participated in entrepreneurship classes hosted by the University of Arizona and U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Mexico. On Saturday, they’ll present their projects at a trade show.
Apr. 4, 2019
Officials and business leaders south of the border are concerned that President Donald Trump’s border-closure threats are deterring cross-border investment.
Apr. 4, 2019
Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, is known for its world-class beef, big flour tortillas and its remix of the American hot dog. Just as well known in Sonora — but not as well known outside of it — is the coyota, a flat, flaky pastry stuffed with sweet filling.
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Apr. 4, 2019
Last week’s announcement that there will be no Sunday commercial port inspections in Nogales comes amid the peak of the produce import season.
Apr. 3, 2019
Mexican marines say a man was shot Thursday when a gun accidentally fired during a skirmish with poachers in a small fishing town on Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.
Mar. 29, 2019
The University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University participated in an event Friday to help high school students in neighboring Sonora, Mexico learn about educational opportunities north of the border.
Mar. 29, 2019
Unless Mexico does more to stop Central American immigration to the United States, Trump tweeted Friday morning that he would close, “the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week.”
Mar. 29, 2019