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Sonora governor outlines solution to critiques of military checkpoint from Nogales port authority

A military checkpoint far south of the border on Sonora’s most important interstate has long been a source of irritation for some cross border businesses.

In peak season, commercial trucks laden with fresh produce and other products can stack up in miles-long lines for hours-long waits to cross through the military checkpoint in Querobabi, Sonora.

Those delays, damage to goods during inspections and other impacts were the subject of a lettersent earlier this month to Sonoran Gov. Alfonso Durazo by the port authority in Nogales, Arizona.

“The inspection point has long outlived its necessity,” said port authority chairman Jaime Chamberlain.

Chamberlain added that better technologies at a location nearer to the border could better serve the checkpoint’s purpose.

On Friday, Durazo said the issue was being reviewed, and that a pre-certification program was being considered as a way to allow many trucks to bypass the inspections altogether. Chamberlain said he’s looking forward to hearing more details.

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.