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.

Like the United States, Mexico is conducting its 2020 census. But the country’s strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic is smacking up against the deadline, which officially ends this Friday, March 27.
Officials Take Temperatures Of Southbound Border Crossers In Nogales, Sonora
On Thursday, officials in Nogales, Sonora, started taking the temperatures of southbound travelers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The measure comes in response to demands from protesters who blocked motorists trying to enter Mexico the day before.
Mar. 26, 2020
Sonoran Governor Declares Health Emergency, Orders Businesses Closed
Businesses necessary Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, has declared a health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Claudia Pavlovich made the announcement in a video released Wednesday and said measures would be rolled out over the next 72 hours.
Mar. 25, 2020
Protesters Block Southbound Border Traffic In Nogales Over Pandemic
On Wednesday afternoon, protesters in Nogales, Sonora, blocked motorists trying to cross south into Mexico. They were demanding tougher action from the Mexican federal government to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar. 25, 2020
Mexican President Announces New Pandemic Measures
Mexico’s president has been criticized for his loose strategies against the coronavirus outbreak and for not following social distancing. But the Mexican leader is announcing part of his economic plans to face the pandemic — and some changes in his social conduct.
Mar. 25, 2020
Remain in Mexico Delay Could Increase Risk To Migrants
Citing the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. announced Monday that it would delay hearings for asylum seekers waiting under the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as the “Remain In Mexico” program. Migrant advocates say postponing hearings further endangers vulnerable migrants.
Mar. 24, 2020
Mexico Enters Phase 2 Of Strategy Against Coronavirus
After the Mexican government and the World Health Organization acknowledged local coronavirus transmission in Mexico, the country is moving to phase two of its strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mar. 24, 2020
As Cases Rise, Sonoran Public Hospitals Have 356 Ventilators
Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, confirmed its fifth case of COVID-19 on Tuesday. A large shipment of testing gear from the federal government is also expected soon.
Mar. 24, 2020
Coronavirus And Oil Crisis Hit Gas Prices — But AMLO Calls It His Victory
The coronavirus pandemic and a steep drop in oil prices have been affecting economies worldwide. Mexico is no exception, but its president keeps telling citizens to live life as usual.
Mar. 23, 2020
Mexicali Residents Vote To Reject U.S. Brewery Over Water Use
Over the weekend, residents in a Mexican border city voted to halt the completion of a U.S.-owned brewery because of concerns over the company’s intensive water use in the already drought-ridden area. Some are hailing the vote as a win for local farmers and activists, while others fear it could stifle foreign investment in Mexico.
Mar. 23, 2020
As Coronavirus Cases Increase In Sonora, Authorities Rely On Travelers To Self-Isolate
The fourth case of coronavirus was confirmed in neighboring Sonora, Mexico on Sunday. The patient is a 22-year-old student who recently returned from Spain, health officials said Sunday. Sonoran authorities are relying on travelers to self-isolate to prevent the spread of the disease.
Mar. 23, 2020
Sonora Maquila Industry Hopes Strong COVID-19 Measures Ward Off Closures
The industry says closure would bring dramatic economic consequences, and also affect the manufacture of critical medical equipment in Nogales, Sonora.
Mar. 23, 2020
Nogales Migrant Aid Group Changes Protocol To Avoid Spread Of Coronavirus
Kino Border Initiative, a migrant aid group that has been working in Nogales, Sonora, for more than a decade, is adjusting its operations to protect migrants, staff and volunteers from the spread of the coronavirus.
Mar. 20, 2020
Feminists In Sonora Denounce Alleged Attacks On Participants Of Women’s Marches
This week, feminist groups in Sonora released a public statement denouncing attacks, threats and intimidation against participants during and after two women’s marches in Hermosillo this year.
Mar. 20, 2020
COVID-19 Precautions Clear Protesters From Sonoran Toll Booths
Sonoran toll booths have been indefinitely shut down by protesters for nearly two years now. But travelers should expect to start paying tolls again as protesters leave to adhere to coronavirus distancing measures.
Mar. 20, 2020
Hermosillo Ford Plant To Shutter 10 Days For Cleaning
The Ford Motor factory in Hermosillo, Sonora, is shutting down temporarily for a deep cleaning to protect workers from the coronavirus. After reopening, the number of shifts will halve to one.
Mar. 20, 2020
First Coronavirus-Related Death In Mexico Raises More Concerns
Just like in the United States, many in Mexico are concerned with their government’s strategy to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, Mexico’s health authorities confirmed the country’s first coronavirus-related death. And the fatality is raising more concerns about the Mexican government’s preparation — and the transparency of its efforts.
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Mar. 19, 2020
Sonora Takes Hard COVID-19 Line, But Uncertainty Remains
After confirming the first case of COVID-19 in Sonora, officials announced aggressive measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus. That includes closing bars, casinos and other non-essential businesses — as well as the state’s famous beaches. Some uncertainty surrounds those measures, but they’re already having an impact, including on Sonora’s sizable expatriate community.
Mar. 18, 2020
After First Coronavirus Case, Sonoran Beaches To Close Through Holy Week
Sonoran mayors agree to enforce the measure, along with other aggressive steps like shutting down bars and casinos.
Mar. 17, 2020
Mexico Promotes ‘Healthy Distance’ While President Continues Hugging And Kissing People At Rallies
Compared to the United States, Mexico has far fewer cases of people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. And while many Mexicans are concerned with an eventual larger outbreak, the government has used a light hand in dealing with the pandemic.
Mar. 16, 2020
1st Coronavirus Case Confirmed In Sonora; Prevention Measures Enacted
Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, confirmed its first COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, case Monday. The patient is a 72-year-old Hermosillo resident who had recently returned from travel in the United States, including visits to Chicago and Los Angeles. State authorities are monitoring his close contacts to prevent further spread.
Mar. 16, 2020