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.

U.S. and Mexican authorities found an incomplete tunnel running underneath the streets of Nogales this week. Tunnels are a common problem in the area.
Report: Hundreds Of Asylum Seekers Face Violence After Return To Mexico
The advocacy group Human Rights First documented over 600 cases, but says there are likely many more incidents of violence faced by returned asylum seekers.
Dec. 6, 2019
Mexican Government Takes Over La Mora Massacre Investigation
Sonora had previously been handling the murder investigation, while the federal government handled other suspected crimes associated with the brutal ambushes.
Dec. 4, 2019
Mexico Prepares To Receive Millions Of Expats For The Holidays
This holiday season, Mexico expects the return of more than 3 million Mexicans living abroad — the vast majority coming from the U.S. And the government is launching a program to help them as they journey home.
Dec. 4, 2019
Rocky Point Visitors Center Starts Petition For SENTRI Lane
The Rocky Point visitors center wants a trusted traveler lane at the port of entry Arizonans use to travel to and from the popular Sonoran beach town.
Dec. 3, 2019
Family Of Murdered Mormons In Sonora Asks For Unity
Almost a month ago, three mothers and six children were murdered by suspected drug cartels in Sonora. Their relatives, still seeking justice, met with the Mexican president and participated in a protest against his government.
Dec. 2, 2019
Binational Startup Weekend In Nogales Puts Focus On Sustainability
This weekend, entrepreneurs from Arizona and Sonora can take part in a sustainability-focused startup event just south of the border in Nogales, Sonora. It's the second time the city is hosting the binational and bilignual event, called Startup Weekend Sustainability Nogales.
Dec. 2, 2019
Rocky Point Mayor Urges Investment, Says City Is Safe
In an Hermosillo hotel event room packed with Sonoran business people last week, state tourism official Luis Nunez touted Rocky Point as Sonora’s “principal tourist destination.”
Nov. 26, 2019
Months After Introduction, Sonoran Marriage Equality Measure Still Stuck in Committee
Since a 2015 Mexican Supreme Court decision, same-sex couples in Sonora have been able to wed, but only after getting federal court orders.
Nov. 25, 2019
Mexican Stage Of Amateur Tour De France Ends In Sonora
Arizona cycling enthusiasts can get a taste of the Tour de France experience close to home this year. For the first time, the amateur tour stage in Mexico is coming to Sonora.
Nov. 27, 2019
Families Of Mexican Massacre Victims Express Gratitude, Concern Over Cartel Terrorist Designation
Three mothers and six of their children - all dual U.S.-Mexican citizens - were murdered in an ambush by suspected drug cartel members outside a rural Sonoran community on Nov. 4. The tragedy brought the binational community together, with some traveling hundreds of miles for the funerals. But there are differences of opinion about President Donald Trump’s statement that he plans to designate Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations.
Nov. 27, 2019
After La Mora Massacre, Mexico Says Terrorism Designation Not Needed
Nine people, six of them children, were killed in the attack, carried out by suspected drug cartel members.It's those groups that some victims' family members would like to see designated terrorist organizations.
Nov. 26, 2019
Remain In Mexico Program Expands To Tucson Sector
The Migration Protection Protocols — also known as the "Remain in Mexico" program — will be strengthened in the Tucson Sector, as well as the Del Rio sector in Texas. That’s according to a statement from Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.
Nov. 22, 2019
International Trade Commission Rules Mexican Tomatoes Threaten U.S. Growers
The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Friday that imported Mexican tomatoes threaten domestic producers. That decision comes after the U.S. Department of Commerce determined in October that those tomatoes are being — or are likely to be — sold at an unfairly low price, or dumped on the U.S. market.
Nov. 22, 2019
AMLO: La Mora Massacre Investigation Receiving ‘Special Attention’
It’s been more than two weeks since nine women and children — all dual U.S. and Mexican citizens - were murdered in rural Sonora by suspected drug cartel members. During a press conference Tuesday morning, Mexico’s president said the investigation is moving forward, but wouldn’t provide details about the case, citing the ongoing investigation.
Nov. 19, 2019
USDA Implementing Restrictions To Control Tomato Virus Threat
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is putting new restrictions on tomato and pepper imports to prevent a plant virus from spreading to the United States. That includes additional inspections of tomatoes and peppers crossing through Arizona’s southern border from Mexico.
Nov. 18, 2019
After Deadly San Luis Attack, Authorities Recover Grenade Launcher, Other Arms
Two men were killed at the scene, and a third died at a local hospital. Another person was wounded. Witnesses told authorities that the attack was carried out by masked gunmen who arrived in a dark sedan.
Nov. 18, 2019
Korean Company Takes Interest In Sonoran Solar Projects
The two Sonoran projects, along with one other in Mexico, have a combined peak capacity of 370 megawatts.
Nov. 15, 2019
CBP: Border Agent Shot Russian Migrant Near Lukeville
An Arizona Border Patrol agent shot and injured a Russian migrant during a physical altercation near Lukeville on Thursday, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release Friday.
Nov. 15, 2019
After Bidding Loved Ones Farewell, Communitys Future Unclear
It’s been a week since nine people — six of them children — were buried in the Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua. They were killed in a vicious attack by suspected drug cartel members near the community of La Mora in Sonora. The murders have shocked the world, and left many in the community wondering what to do next: head to the U.S. for safety, or stay in defiance of those who might harm them.
Nov. 13, 2019
FBI Arrives To Assist In La Mora Murder Investigation
FBI agents have arrived in Sonora to assist Mexican authorities investigating the brutal murder of nine people near the small community of La Mora.
After Massacre, Some Unsure Of Future In Sonoran Mormon Town
Nov. 12, 2019