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.

Just a month after a new Mexican tomato import deal was inked, a longstanding dumping investigation has been restarted. The Department of Commerce restarted the investigation in response to a request from Florida growers and one Mexican grower.
5 hours ago
Sonoran City Is A Rising Outdoor Destination, Thanks To New Park
The city of Alamos, Sonora, is known internationally for its colonial charm. That’s attracted a sizable expatriate community. But an interesting conservation effort is starting to put the picturesque pueblo on the map as an outdoor destination as well. Supporters hope it brings environmental benefits for the unique ecosystem, but also economic benefits for the town.
Oct. 17, 2019
After Search, Body Recovered From Hermosillo Sewer
After nearly a week of searching, authorities have recovered the body of an Hermosillo man who fell into a massive sinkhole. The 62-year-old man was found a quarter mile from where he fell into a sinkhole.
Oct. 21, 2019
Phoenix Fire, Others Chip In To Help Find Hermosillo Sinkhole Victim
Hermosillo is getting a hand from Phoenix fire as it tries to find a man who fell into a massive sinkhole. A team from Mexico City is also on hand, and others are expected. Numerous volunteers have assisted, and he’s grateful for all the help.
Oct. 18, 2019
Mexican President Defends Release Of El Chapo’s Son After Capture
Violence erupted in a northwest Mexican city Thursday after a son of convicted drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was briefly detained there. The decision is seen as a major embarrassment for the government.
Oct. 18, 2019
 Acknowledging Spike In Sonoran Violence, Security Secretary Hopes To Counter Trend
In the Empalme and Guaymas area, near the popular beach resort of San Carlos, Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said police forces will be put under a single military command. That will help purge police officers with suspected links to organized crime.
Oct. 16, 2019
Hermosillo Man Possibly Carried Away In Sinkhole
Authorities are searching for a man possibly carried away in a massive sinkhole in Hermosillo, the capital of the Mexican state to Arizona’s south. The Hermosillo fire chief says it's the first such case he's heard of in 24 years.
Oct. 15, 2019
Florida Tomato Growers Reignite Anti-Dumping Battle With Mexican Producers
Florida tomato growers are requesting the continuation of an anti-dumping investigation of fresh tomatoes from Mexico less than a month after a deal that put the investigation on pause.
Oct. 14, 2019
Study Found Plastic In Stomachs Of 20% Of Tested Mexican Fish
A study conducted by Mexican researchers and international conservation groups has found microplastic in the stomachs of 20 percent of fish tested at three Mexican ports, including one in the Sea of Cortez.
Oct. 11, 2019
Guaymas Mayor’s Car Shot By Armed Attackers Outside Her Home
Attackers shot up a car Thursday night belonging to the mayor of an important Sonora port city near the popular beach resort town San Carlos. Guaymas Mayor Sara Valle was alone at her house guarded by two police officers when unidentified attackers shot her car parked on the street outside at least 40 times.
Oct. 11, 2019
New Sonora Law On Wildlife Crossings Encouraging To Conservationists
A new law in Sonora will make highway wildlife crossings a required part of regional planning ordinances in the state. It’s meant to protect animals in Sonora, including some that cross into Arizona.
Oct. 7, 2019
Jaguar Day Brings People Together From Across Sonoran Desert Region
The Jaguar Day Festival in southern Sonora is about more than just the jaguar. It’s also a reminder of the ecological ties between Arizona and Sonora.
Oct. 7, 2019
Sonoran Businesses Lobby President For Infrastructure Support
More than 30 Sonoran business leaders met with the Mexican president this week to lobby for projects in their state. The sizable group discussed a number of private developments being pursued in the state.
Oct. 3, 2019
Report: Climate Change Could Devastate Major Mexican Fisheries
A new report has found that Mexico’s most important fisheries are at risk from climate change if they don't adapt.
Oct. 3, 2019
Cross-Border Trade Focus Of Arizona-Mexico Town Hall In Hermosillo
Government and business leaders from Arizona and Sonora, Mexico are meeting south of the border Friday for an Arizona-Mexico Town Hall. The meeting is focused on resources for cross-border business and trade.
Oct. 3, 2019
5th Annual Jaguar Day Festival Celebrates Nature, Culture
This year marks the fifth annual Jaguar Day Festival in southern Sonora, Mexico. It’s a celebration that brings awareness to the endangered jaguar in this region. The town of Álamos, Sonora, is hosting its annual Día del Jaguar celebration this Friday and Saturday.
Oct. 2, 2019
Conservationists, Fishermen Unsatisfied With Mexico’s Efforts To Protect Porpoise
The Mexican government says it’s increasing enforcement efforts in the Sea of Cortez to prevent illegal fishing nets from harming an endangered porpoise. It comes a week after local fishermen announced they would buck a fishing ban this shrimp season. But the government's plan doesn't address their concerns.
Oct. 2, 2019
One Of Latin America’s Largest Solar Plants Now Operating In Sonora
Acciona and Tuto Energy’s Puerto Libertad facility is one of the largest solar installations in Latin America. With over 1.2 million panels, the 405-megawatt plant generates enough power for over half a million Mexican homes, according to a company release.
Oct. 1, 2019
Sonoran Researchers Seek Wildlife-Friendly Highway Crossings
Every year, thousands of animals are crushed trying to cross a highway just south of the U.S.-Mexico border in Sonora. It’s a major impediment to jaguars, ocelots and black bears whose survival depends on free movement through borderlands. Some researchers are working to create wildlife crossings that could mitigate the dangers of the road.
Special Report: Protecting The Northern Jaguar
Sep. 26, 2019
Heavy Rains Slam Sonoran Beach Destinations
Sonoran beach towns popular with Arizona visitors were slammed by rain over the past couple days. Bahia de Kino, an hour west of Hermosillo, received more than two-and-a-half inches of rain in recent days, bringing major flooding and forcing road closures.
Sep. 26, 2019
Without Aid, Fishermen Return To Vaquita’s Habitat
It’s shrimp fishing season in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. And fishermen in communities near the habitat of a small, endangered porpoise say they are returning to the water despite being banned from the area. They say the government is no longer paying compensation meant to help them survive without fishing.
Sep. 25, 2019