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.

State authorities say that the reporting of a Sonoran journalist was not at play in his murder last week. Without going into detail, they are saying that the motive had to do with personal relationships, not Barroso’s work as a radio host and columnist.
The Ford Motor company recently confirmed plans to build a utility van in the state of Sonora. The company announced that it will begin building the Transit Connect — a commercial and passenger van —in Hermosillo by 2021. It is currently built in Valencia, Spain.
Mar. 21, 2019
An internet watchdog group reported Wednesday that the wife of a slain Mexican journalist was targeted by a spyware program just days after his death.
Mar. 20, 2019
Local police discovered the bodies in a bullet-riddled car early Wednesday morning several miles outside of San Carlos. Roughly 50 rifle rounds were found near the vehicle. Officials with the state Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident.
Mar. 20, 2019
In front of the Government Palace in the Sonoran capital of Hermosillo Monday morning, reporters dressed in white were demanding justice for the fatal Friday night shooting of Santiago Barroso, as well as action to ensure free expression in the state.
Mar. 18, 2019
Activists found what they believe to be the body of a critically endangered porpoise in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez last week. It's the first vaquita marina that has been found dead so far this year.
The Vaquita's Last Stand: The Struggle To Save The World's Rarest Marine Mammal
Mar. 18, 2019
The upcoming International Bass Fishing Spring Tournament in Sonora is a big draw for both Mexican and U.S. anglers.
Mar. 13, 2019
Grape growers from neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are hosting their annual spring summit in Arizona for the first time this year.
Mar. 13, 2019
Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally signed a letter in early March asking Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to protect Mexican tomato imports. Seven other members of Congress signed on to the letter.
Mar. 13, 2019
Over a weekend in early March, more than 1,000 people from the United States and Mexico got together to document plant and animal life in the borderlands.
Mar. 13, 2019
By the end of this month, two ranches in Sonora — Arizona’s Mexican neighbor to the south — will have game camera systems installed in a binational project with Arizona. That will help wildlife officials in both states monitor binational species.
More News From The Fronteras Desk
Mar. 12, 2019
Biologist Jorge Urban said last week that there could be fewer than 22 vaquita marina porpoises left in the Sea of Cortez. That’s down from about 30 recorded two years ago. He also said that unless new actions are taken, the vaquita marina could be extinct in a matter of months.
Mar. 11, 2019
The group Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers is bringing scientists together to influence policy and raise public awareness about the region’s biological diversity.
Mar. 6, 2019
For the first time as president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will visit Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south. He says a major four-lane highway project will be finished by May.
Mar. 1, 2019
Police in Ontario, Canada, say more than 400 pounds of methamphetamine were shipped in Ford cars from Mexico through the United States to Canadian car dealerships.
Mar. 1, 2019
Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams is joining her counterpart in Hermosillo, Mexico, for a Business Leadership Forum south of the border Thursday, Feb. 28.
Feb. 27, 2019
This Saturday and Sunday, scientists and the public are invited to team up to collect data about biodiversity in the border region during the second-annual binational Border BioBlitz event.
Feb. 27, 2019
A case of mistaken identity was what led to the tragedy in Hermosillo last Saturday, which claimed the life of radio announcer Reynaldo Lopez. Sports reporter Carlos Cota remains in critical condition.
Feb. 22, 2019
While temperatures have been dropping south of the border in Nogales, Sonora, the number of migrants waiting there to ask for asylum in the United States has gone up. So the city has opened a new shelter for migrants to help address the growing demand.
Feb. 20, 2019
One reporter is dead and another is gravely wounded after a weekend shooting in Hermosillo, the capital of the Northern Mexican state of Sonora.
Feb. 19, 2019
Family members of the tragic 2009 ABC Daycare fire in Hermosillo, Sonora will again be able to access health services through the federal social security system.
Feb. 14, 2019