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Extended border closure prolongs pain for struggling businesses

Travel restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border were implemented last March in response to the pandemic and essentially prohibit recreational travel, tourism and visits to family.

Many people had hoped they would have lifted in June, as Mexico works to vaccinate residents in cities along its northern border, but last week they were extended  for a 16th month — this time through at least July 21.

To learn what that will mean for Arizona and Sonora, the Show spoke with Kendal Blust of KJZZ's Fronteras Desk.

Evan Kory is one of the people most affected by this ongoing closure.

Kory’s family has owned La Cinderella and Kory’s Bridal Store on Morley Avenue just across the border in Nogales, Arizona, for more than 70 years. But the border closure has hit them hard.

The Show spoke with him to learn about how he and his family have been impacted.

Hear Evan Kory's interview with host Lauren Gilger on The Show


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Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.