The Nogales International won two first-place prizes from the Arizona Newspapers Association for its coverage of the re-opening of the border to "non-essential" travelers.

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Prior to the implementation of travel restrictions in March 2020, gas stations in Nogales, like many other local retail businesses, relied heavily on consumers from Mexico. Not only do some drivers believe that the quality is better on this side, but the price of gas has consistently been cheaper in the U.S. But not anymore.

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It’s been nearly six months since the border reopened to non-essential travel from Mexico. And while visitors from Sonora have returned and many of the previously dormant stores in downtown Nogales have sprung back to life, one stretch of Morley Avenue looks much the same as it did during the 20 months of travel restrictions.

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