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.

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.
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
 Mexican Tomato Deal Signed Despite Inspection Concerns
A new deal on Mexican tomato imports puts an end to months of uncertainty. But not everyone is satisfied with the outcome. The Florida Tomato Exchange called the deal a “step in the right direction.” But the Nogales-based Fresh Produce Association of the Americas says it’s a “step backward.”
Sep. 19, 2019
Mexican Military Finds Synthetic Drug Lab Near AZ Border
Mexican officials shut down a drug laboratory just south of the Arizona border this week. It’s one of a growing number of drug labs discovered in Mexico in recent months.
Sep. 19, 2019
Tracing The Migrant Journey
KJZZ's Fronteras Desk reporting team joined migrants as they traveled thousands of miles to reach the U.S. This multi-part series put reporters on the ground from Honduras to Portland, Maine, to document the challenges migrants face on their trek through Central America, Mexico and the U.S.
Sep. 19, 2019
Amid Solar Uncertainty, Paths Remain For Mexican Renewables
In Hermosillo, Sonora, Zuma Energia’s half-a-million-panel, 162-megawatt solar power plant generates enough energy to power over 200,000 Mexican homes. This project — and many like it — was the fruit of long-term energy auctions. But early this year, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador canceled the fourth round of those auctions.
Sep. 12, 2019
Mexico Wants U.S. To ‘Do Much More’ To Stop Firearms Trafficking
The United States has been pushing Mexico to do more to tighten controls on migration to the southwest border. Now, Mexican officials say it’s time for the U.S. to staunch the flow of firearms across the border into Mexico.
Sep. 12, 2019
In San Luis, Asylum Seekers From Around The World
KJZZ's Fronteras reporting team joined migrants as they traveled thousands of miles to reach the U.S. This multi-part series put reporters on the ground in four countries to document the challenges migrants face on their trek through Central America, Mexico and the U.S. In San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, the asylum wait list has over 1,100 people. Other border cities have as many, or many more.
Special Report: 'Tracing The Migrant Journey'
Sep. 4, 2019
Walmart, Produce Importers Worry About Draft Mexican Tomato Deal
The 30-day review period for the draft deal ends this month. That deal — which the U.S. Department of Commerce and Mexican growers initialed in August — would raise the floor price of tomatoes, as well as limit the ability of buyers to be compensated for damaged loads.
Sep. 11, 2019
Sonora’s Police Shortage Causes Concern In Mexico
Neighboring Sonora, Mexico has seen increasing rates of violence in recent months. At the same time, local police forces are facing a shortage of officers.
Sep. 11, 2019
Enforcement Pushes Asylum Seekers To Stay In Mexico
As the United States and Mexico enforce harsher immigration policies for migrants trying to reach the U.S. border, a growing number of asylum seekers asking for refuge in Mexico instead of continuing their journey north.
Special Report: Tracing The Migrant Journey
Sep. 10, 2019
1st Vaquita Sighting In 2019; As Many As 6 Spotted
An international group of scientists and conservationists spotted several vaquita marina porpoises in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez in recent weeks. It’s the first recorded sighting of the critically endangered marine mammal so far this year.
Sep. 10, 2019