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.

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.
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
After Massacre, Some Unsure Of Future In Sonoran Mormon Town
Family and friends gathered in a small Mormon community in rural Sonora on Thursday to mourn the victims of a massacre that has shocked the world. Hundreds descended on La Mora, some driving from as far as North Dakota to mourn the passing of nine members of the community, six of them children.
'We’re Going To Fight This': Mormon Families Stand Strong After Mexico Attack
Nov. 7, 2019
Mormon Families Stand Strong After Mexico Attack
In Mexico, a family member of the nine women and children shot to death in a violent ambush Monday says they won’t be run off by the drug cartels that have made the area around their homes so dangerous and violent.
Nov. 6, 2019
After Brutal Sonoran Attack, Ambassador Promises Binational Fight Vs. Crime
Ambassador Christopher Landau opened his remarks at the Arizona-Mexico Commission meeting in Sonora sharing his condolences with the families of the nine women and children murdered Monday.
Nov. 5, 2019
Family Of 9 Slain Call On U.S., Mexico To Address Violence
In the wake of the killing of nine women and children in Sonora, Mexico Monday, family and community members are calling on both the United States and Mexico to do more to address cartel violence south of the border.
Nov. 5, 2019
Contest Showcases Stories By Arizona-Sonora Border Filmmakers
It’s not uncommon for the U.S.-Mexico border to show up in the news and movies. But people who live on the border don’t always feel represented by those stories. That’s why a new cross-border film contest opened the door for amateur filmmakers to tell their own stories. "Cine En La Frontera" is a first-time short film contest for student and emerging filmmakers from both Arizona and Sonora.
Nov. 5, 2019
Sonoran Authorities Rescue Businessman Kidnapped In Arizona
According to a news release Sunday, the Sonoran Attorney General's Office was contacted by the FBI on Oct. 27 after a businessman was kidnapped in Eloy, about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix. The man was identified only as Luis Ramon, a Dominican businessman who lives in New York.
Nov. 4, 2019
Rocky Point Searchers Threatened By Armed Group
The Madres Buscadoras de Sonora — or Sonoran Searching Mothers — were looking for additional bodies near the original site Sunday. That’s when they say a sizable group of armed men threatened them, telling them to leave immediately.
Nov. 4, 2019
2 Dead, Homes, Cars Burned During Agua Prieta Shootout
Five months after a deadly firefight rocked Agua Prieta, another incident Monday morning has claimed lives in the Sonoran city just south of Douglas. Two people were killed and another injured after the early morning shootout in the city.
Nov. 4, 2019
With LUPE Program, NAU Hopes To Open Doors For Latin American Students
The weeklong Leaders United for Positive Energy program brought more than a dozen students and faculty from two Argentine universities and the Technological University of Hermosillo to Arizona in October.
Nov. 1, 2019
Gildan Activewear To Close 2 Sonoran Plants
A major Canadian apparel company is closing its operations in Mexico, including two plants in Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south. The closure of the Gildan Activewear plants in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo and border city Agua Prieta will mean the loss of more than 1,700 jobs.
Nov. 1, 2019
Mayor: Despite Grisly Finding, Rocky Point Is Safe To Visit
Given that all but two of the bodies were fully skeletonized, the Sonoran beach resort's mayor says they may date back to a violent period around 2013.
Oct. 31, 2019
Sinkhole Death Shines Light On Poor Hermosillo Infrastructure
It took nearly a week to recover the body of a 62-year-old Hermosillo, Sonora, man from the city’s sewer system after a fall into a massive sinkhole. While such tragedies are extremely rare, those sinkholes are not.
Oct. 31, 2019
Inaugural Rocky Point Cruise Delayed Until January
A series of cruises scheduled to launch in December from Rocky Point in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, will be delayed by one month, cutting the number of departures in the inaugural cruise season in half.
Oct. 29, 2019
Nearly 30 Bodies Found On Outskirts Of Rocky Point
A group of volunteers assisted by state and federal authorities have made grisly discoveries near the Sonoran beach town of Rocky Point. On Thursday and Friday, the Madres Buscadoras de Sonora — or Sonoran Searching Mothers — found 27 human remains on the outskirts of the town popular with Arizona visitors.
Oct. 25, 2019