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.

With violence rising in the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, local officials will soon consider putting military leadership in charge of police forces in several major Sonoran cities.
Arizona Senators: Latest Tomato Import Deal Is Unfair
In a joint letter sent this week to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Sen. Martha McSally call two of the mid-July proposal’s elements “unworkable.”
Aug. 14, 2019
Massive Sonoran Solar Array Inaugurated
Zuma Energy’s Orejana solar installation is now cranking out more than 160 megawatts of power about 50 miles west of Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora. It could power over 200,000 Mexican homes.
Aug. 13, 2019
Migrant Activist Says He Was Threatened In Sonora, Mexico
A migrant activist says he was harassed and threatened by armed men at his home in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, over the weekend in what he calls an escalation of attacks against the migrant defenders in Mexico
Aug. 12, 2019
Mexican Security Officials To Visit Sonora Over Security Concerns
Mexico’s president is sending top security officials to Sonora to address increasing violence in the border state.
Aug. 8, 2019
Mexican Supreme Court Postpones Ruling On Rio Sonora Disaster Fund
Mexico’s Supreme Court decided Wednesday to hold off on a ruling that could have re-opened a trust fund set up for victims of a major mining spill in Sonora. The decision comes one day after the fifth anniversary of the disaster in the Rio Sonora valley.
Aug. 7, 2019
Mexican Trade Official: Tomato Deal At Hand If 100% Inspections Are Dropped
Jesus Seade, Mexico’s chief trade negotiator, said Tuesday that a new tomato suspension agreement could be “at hand.” But only if the U.S. drops its insistence on inspecting 100% of inbound Mexican tomatoes. Mexican growers say that requirement would be logistically impossible.
Aug. 7, 2019
Suspension Deal Avoids Nixing Of Sonoran Pipeline Contract
The pipeline project has been held up since August 2017 due to a legal dispute and opposition from a Sonoran indigenous group.
Aug. 6, 2019
Sonoran Congress Takes Up Marriage Equality Measure
For the time being at least, Sonora’s family code defines marriage as the “legitimate union of a man and a woman,” and further states that same-sex marriages are “legally impossible.”
Aug. 5, 2019
The Impact Of Mexicos Worst Mining Disaster, 5 Years Later
Five years ago, a copper mine just 25 miles south of the Arizona border spilled millions of gallons of toxic waste into Sonoran rivers. It’s considered the worst mining disaster in modern Mexican history. In the seven Sonora River valley towns downstream from the spill, people are still living with the consequences of the disaster.
Aug. 2, 2019
Despite 2015 High Court Ruling, Mexican Gay Marriage Varies
In the summer of 2015, Mexico’s Supreme Court issued a clear ruling: any state law that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. Nevertheless, the situation for same-sex couples wanting to marry in Mexico four years later remains complex. Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, is one of a number of Mexican states where such couples still face additional barriers to wed.
Jul. 31, 2019
Guaymas Mayor Responds To Threats: ‘What Do You Want? My Life?’
The mayor of a major Sonoran port city near the popular resort town of San Carlos is asking for federal backing after threats were made against her. Guaymas Mayor Sara Valle responded Monday to so-called narcomantas hung up in her city recently.
Jul. 30, 2019
Vaquita Documentary Now Playing In Scottsdale
The world’s most endangered marine mammal is a small porpoise that lives just south of the Arizona border in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Now, a new documentary about the animal’s plight from executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio is playing in Arizona.
Jul. 25, 2019
Sonora Murder Total Rises Sharply Over Last Year
Through June, almost 600 people were murdered in Sonora, a nearly 70% jump from the same six months the year before. Countrywide, the number rose just 5%, according to recently released federal data.
Jul. 25, 2019
Rocky Point Cruise Ready To Launch This Winter Despite Unfinished Port
Cruise ships will be launching from Rocky Point in neighboring Sonora, Mexico for the first time this winter. But a long-awaited cruise port in the beach town won’t be finished by the time they set sail.
Jul. 25, 2019
Florida Appreciates Mexico Tomato Proposal
The July 17 draft deal from Commerce would require inspection of 100 percent of inbound loads of Mexican tomatoes, and substantially increase the floor price for organic varieties.
Jul. 23, 2019
Grupo México Facility Temporarily Closed After Sulfuric Acid Spill
Mexican environmental officials announced Saturday that mining company Grupo México’s facilities in Guaymas, Sonora were being temporarily closed because the company didn’t have proper environmental impact permits. The closure comes less than two weeks after the facility spilled sulfuric acid into Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.
Jul. 22, 2019
Tohono O’odham Group: Border Wall Would Block Sacred Pilgrimage
The Salt Pilgrimage is an important rite of passage for young men.
Jul. 19, 2019
Sonorans Protest Against Mining Company After Sulfuric Acid Spill
Mexico’s largest mining company has come under fire for causing environmental damage after it spilled sulfuric acid into the Sea of Cortez last week. Now protesters are calling on the Mexican government to oust the mining company.
Jul. 18, 2019
Union Again Threatens To Take Over Cananea Mine
Unless the Mexican government takes dramatic actions, members of a miner’s union are again threatening to take over one of the country’s largest mines. In recent months, Section 65 had called off similar threats as negotiations with government officials proceeded.
Jul. 17, 2019
New Asylum Policy Hasn’t Deterred Some Asylum Seekers
The Trump administration published a new rule in the Federal Register Tuesday. It bars most asylum seekers who failed to apply for protection in “at least one country” through which they traveled on their way to the U.S. But Central American migrants making their way through Sonora, Mexico to the U.S. border say they’re undeterred by the news.
Jul. 16, 2019