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Fewer Arizonans considering Mexico for vacation

PHOENIX -- If you're planning on going away for spring break or for a summer vacation, one Valley travel agent said it's likely you haven't considered heading south of the border.

Paul Seiferth said he has seen a steady decline in the number of travelers interested in going to Mexico.

"We used to do a lot of business in Mexico: Cancun, Mazatlan, Cabo. I would say it's a 75 percent decline over the past two years," Paul Seiferth, who owns Terra Travel.

Seiferth said that, because of our close proximity to Mexico, Arizonans are inundated with news reports of violent cartels and border violence.

"It's sad," he said. "People in Mexico work very hard. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of them are good, hard-working, honest people, but you hear about the cartels and it scares people."

Seiferth said he travels to Mexico and feels safe doing so.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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