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Mining Top Of Agenda For Sonora At Upcoming Arizona-Mexico Commission Summit

Yamilett Martinez
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Yamilett Martinez, director of the state’s international cooperation office in Hermosillo, Sonora.

Business and government leaders from Arizona and Sonora are en route to Tucson for the Arizona-Mexico Commission summit, which kicks off Thursday.  

Among the items on the two-day agenda are professional sports, cross-border supply chains, tourism and streamlining customs policies.

Mining will be a big focus for the Sonoran government, according to Yamilett Martinez, director of the state’s international cooperation office.

“How to develop compatible mining, which is the new way of approaching mining, having respect for the environment,” she told KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk in Hermosillo, Mexico.

The commission started in the late 1950s as a way to promote economic development in the border region. Trade between Arizona and Mexico topped $15 billion last year, making the state’s southern neighbor its most important trading partner.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.