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The Rocky Point Times Newspaper is Puerto Peñasco’s #1 Tourist Newspaper, family owned and operated since 1993 in Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico, and written entirely in English! We are, and have always been, dedicated to helping the community in which we live, as well as promoting our city and bringing tourism to Rocky Point. We are a TOURIST NEWSPAPER dedicated to promoting tourism! MONTHLY CIRCULATION/DISTRIBUTION Our newspapers are hand delivered in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico and in the U.S. to Lukeville, Ajo, Gila Bend, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Prescott, and Tempe, Arizona. We bulk mail to over 500 monthly subscribers. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are bulk mailed from Lukeville, AZ every month. A 1 Yr. Subscription is $35 (12 issues). Please send a check with your name and address to: S. O’Hare, PO Box 887, Lukeville, AZ 85341. ADVERTISING IN THE ROCKY POINT TIMES We offer display and classifieds ads. LOW Ad prices are in USD, charged per month, and do not include I.V.A. Contracts available. AD DEADLINE 10th of the month, preceeding publication CLASSIFIEDS ADS $15 USD for 25 words • 20¢ per word thereafter MEXICO OFFICES: Pino Suarez No. 124, off of Calle 13 Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico 83550 C. P. U.S. MAILING ADDRESS Please send correspondence to address PO Box 887, Lukeville, Arizona 85341 TELEPHONE & FAX from the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-6325 Local dial 383-6325; Fax: 383-5193 from the U.S. dial (480) 463-6255 EMAIL ADDRESS & WEBSITE FACEBOOK See our FAcebook Page at Rocky Point Times Newspaper CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rita Pizarro, Rosarie Salerno, Lonesome Lui, Dave & Debby Penn, Nancy Phelan, Cap ‘n Greg, Anita K., Zack & Mark Paliscak, Sandy Spain, Eddie Wharez, Gretchen Ellinger, Linda Sharp, Rob Baylor, Bruce Baldwin, Joe Houchin, Miguel Tapia, Dr. Sidhartha Hindú ROCKY POINT TIMES STAFF Tom O’Hare - Editor/Publisher Sandra O’Hare - Managing Editor Lannette Phipps - Graphic Artist Alicia Grajeda - Administrative Executive Marco Zepeda - Sales and Accounts Executive Beatriz Lumbreras - Freelance Graphic Artist Manny Sánchez Radical Gravity Media Web + Social + Video PRINTING The Rocky Point Times is printed in Mexico PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSION Upbeat, fun, and interesting articles and photos always welcome. Please include an SASE if you would like it returned. Email or SnailMail your article/photo to us. Please include your contact info. in the event we need to reach you. Feel free to contact us prior to sending your items to make sure they are in the right format. The Rocky Point Times reserves the right not to print any article or photo, and to edit content as the Editor sees fit. We do not guarantee placement, but do make every effort, so please note any special requests you may have. The Rocky Point Times is not responsible for the content of any advertising, nor has it attempted to verify any ad claims. Content contained in this publication is not authorized to be copied or reproduced without the permission of the Editor and Advertiser or Contributing Writer.

By Lannette Phipps I picked up a copy of a 2003 Edition of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper to see what was going on way back then, in our 13th year of publication. I thought it would be fun to see what Tom was writing about in his Editorials. Besides all of the events that were taking place (many of which are still ongoing) such as the triathlon, CBSC Derby, the OBSC Bash and so much more he talked about all of the new businesses popping up everywhere and paved roads. He asked, “What will we be saying 40 years from now? Can you even imagine? Someday soon we’ll have a boardwalk and piers out into the ocean and we’ll be able to look out and see cruise ships full of tourists coming to town for the day. And we’ll have so many stop lights that a quarter of our time getting to dinner will be spent waiting for the light to turn green”. Shall we call him Nostradamus (lol)? I’m sure a lot of people had, and have, the same visions for Puerto Peñasco. In the last paragraph of this Editorial Tom says, “As Rocky Point struggles through growing pains, be patient and remember we’ve been lucky to have enjoyed this fishing village thus far. Someday we’ll look back and laugh at the time they made speed bumps too big to drive over or how they decided to pave the streets at the start of Spring Break”. Guess what Tom, we are still laughing. Some things may never change here in Rocky Point. Before we get on to the new and exciting stuff I must warn you about our new Marlin Statue on Calle 13. If you are turning left onto Benito Juarez from Calle 13, you cannot see what is lurking behind the statue waiting to dash out as soon as your light turns green. If you stay behind the line you may hit a pedestrian or cyclist when it is your turn to go, but if you pull up to be able to see you

will now be in the crosswalk or even further into the intersection. I do not see a quick fix for this anytime soon so pull up far enough so you can see if anything is coming at you from the left from the other side of our beautiful new statue. There are some great events going on this month: April 5th is the CBSC Horseshoe Tournament; April 26th is a full day of events with the Las Palomas Triathlon, the 28th Annual OBSC Bash and JJ’s Cantina Bathtub Races. And Thursday the 17th kicks off Semana Santa, so if you’re one who likes to hide out at your casa during Easter week, you had better stock up on food and drink now. Or venture out and see everyone having fun in Old Port and on Competition Hill and pretty much all over the place. The weather is still fantastic so I invite everyone to come down to Rocky Point to have some fun and soak up the sun. The 36th Bi-Annual El Golfo Run will be May 16th, 17th and 18th and if you would like to join us, give Alicia or Sandy a call at the office (011-52-638) 383-6325 or Email them at rockypointtimes@yahoo. com or Facebook Sandy,so they can put your name on the list. It is a 4x4 trip, but with the Coastal Highway a 4WD vehicle is no longer required. It is always a fun trip and you will get to meet some interesting folks. Also in May is the 6th Annual Fiesta en La Playa Bike Run at Concha del Mar. Though not as big as the Rocky Point Rally in November, it is growing every year and a chance to get a look at some great bikes. On May 17th it will be the 1st Annual CBSC Off-Road Poker Run so sign up and have some fun. There are so many events in the next few months so be sure to Like our Facebook Page (Rocky Point Times Newspaper) so you get up-to-the-minute event information. On a final note, it looks like the flights in and out of our International

Airport will not begin again in April - they are now shooting for July and that’s a maybe. It appears the breakwater construction for the cruise ships has stopped for the time being, but will pick up again soon. And Sandy did some scouting last week, she saw construction going on by our offices, around the corner, on the way to Playa Bonita...and found that beach access to Playa Hermosa is planned for – between Las Gaviotas and Playa Bonita on Sandy Beach – since all of the condos have gone up there isn’t really any beach access so this will be excellent for people wanting to play on the beach. Here are some renderings of the equestrian entrance, which will be next to Las Gaviotas, the car entrance and parking, at the other end towards Playa Bonita, and the “walkway” connecting the two ends. Oh, and Sam’s Club and Bodega Aurrera are rumored to give the best exchange rate of the day when you purchase items in USD. Wishing everyone a Happy Easter and Semana Santa.


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(52) Mexico’s Country Code (638) Puerto Peñasco’s City Code

CALLING FROM THE U.S. Call U.S. & Canada from Mexico Dial 001 + (area code) + 7 digit number Dialing a Land Line dial 011-52-638 + last 7-digits of number listed Dialing a Cellular Phone dial 011-521-638 + last 7-digits of number listed


dial 01 + area code + 7-digit number Mexico businesses outside of Peñasco are listed as 01 + area code + phone number in this Index.


from a land line dial 044 + 638 + 7-digit number from local cell to cell dial 638 + 7-digit number Local cellular phones start with 044+638 in this index. U.S. cells may vary - check with your service provider. AT&T Viva Mexico Plan works best.


to dial a long distance cell from a local PP cell dial 045 + city code + 7-digit number to dial PP from a long distance MX cell dial 045-638 + 7-digit number


U.S. numbers are listed with (brackets) around area code. Some businesses have U.S. offices and others may be using VOIP lines.

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A bit of Shangrila RV........................480-225-6546 Acqua Spa..........................388-5382/623-207-9275 Ajo Chamber of Commerce..........................520-387-7742 Ajo Plaza..............................................520-387-5044 Ajo Print Shop......................................520-387-6858 Ajo Satellite Sales..............................520-387-4846 Aleman, Victor................................044-638-105-7839 Amazon Window Covering.........................623-925-8199 Anchor Storage....044-638-102-0049/602-512-1761 Arizona Realty......................................520-387-8787 Art Stop & Plaza Gallery................................520-387-6858 Aztec Sol Beauty & Spa.............................383-3656 or................................................044-638-113-0133


Babycatchers and Company.......................602-769-2615 Beauty Design Studio by Gloria.........................383-8500 Bill Paying Service by Patricia Perez...................383-5737 Biosfera Dry Cleaners.........................................383-1667 Bonita RV Park........................................................383-1400 Bórquez, Ricardo, Atty................388-6110/520-407-6756 Brooks, Dee...........................................................383-3919 Brothers Pizza....................................................383-3712


Casa de Carolina Rentals.................................383-5482 Chef Mickey Medina.......388-6844/044-638-386-4736 Chochoy Veterinary........................................383-2338 C.H.O.P.P.S................................................480-648-7689 Clínica Dental Fernández...............044-638-112-6600 or.......................................................520-284-0277 Coldwell Banker by the Sea...388-8999/602-425-5133 Contra Plagas............383-8787/044-638-110-1625


D’Lucy Spa.................383-1471/044-638-105-8993 DDS Fernandez.........................................383-8550 Dental Enciso............388-9100/044-638-105-3064 Desert Diamond Casino.............................866-DDC-WINS Dr. Andres Sidhartha Hindu P....388-5382/623-207-9275 Dr. Grijalva, D.D.S.................................................383-3434 Dr. Vazquez, M.D........................................383-3014 Don Julio Bar & Grill......................................388-0056 Duke’s Restaurant-Bar.......................044-638-104-0338 or...................................................044-638-380-6650


Eddie Wharez............................383-8633/602-324-9328 El Grecos Gyros................................044-638-112-9692 El Rapidin......................................................388-6775


Family of God................................................383-3480 Fortaleza del Sol.......................................044-638-110-9519 Francis, Jonni.......................................044-638-112-1197


Gaby Salon Unisex.......383-3096/044-638-100-8641 Galeria del Mar Bermejo.................................383-3488 Galeria Luis y Gaby..........................................383-7174 Garden Art.............................................520-577-2728 Gift Shop & Gallery................................520-387-6858 Gila Bend Title and Registration Services..928-683-2577 Giuseppi’s Espresso.......................................383-5181

Glorias Beauty Salon....................................383-5075 Golf Course at the Mayan Palace..................383-GOLF Gracida, Roberto.........................520-232-2165 or......................................011-52-622-226-2200 Gretchen Ellinger...............383-1425/602-317-3881 or......................................................044-638-384-0458 Guardian Title and Escrow...............044-638-386-1445 or...............................................................623-910-2930


Hacienda del Sol Furniture....388-0545/602-903-2112 Head Out to Rocky Point Shuttle Service U.S. Toll Free...........866-443-2368/602-971-0166 Hotel Viña del Mar.............................383-0100 or...............................................................602-606-7768 U.S. Toll Free................................01-800-560-2123


Imagen Oral..................................................388-7953 InnSuites Hotels and Suites U.S. Toll Free........................................888-INNSUITES JJ’s Cantina...................................................383-2785 Joyeria Max...........................................388-5512 Kaffeehaus.............................................388-1065 Kord’s Auto Care...............................520-387-6962 Ky l e Wo o d . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 8 0 - 2 9 7 - 8 0 7 9


La Casa del Capitan Restaurant....................383-5698 La Cita Café...............................................383-2270 La Cocina de Ramon........388-5362/044-638-112-0350 La Fondita...............................................383-8384 La Siesta Motel................................520-387-6569 La Spa de Peñasco.................................382-8111 Laguna Shores Golf & Country Club..................383-4670 U.S. Toll Free.........................................800-513-1426 Lighthouse Restaurant, The........................383-2389 L.C.P. Cristian Felix..................................602-464-3365 Lily’s Restaurant.........................................383-1485 Living Stones Ministry....................................480-243-8452 Long Realty.........................388-0009/602-281-4288 Lowery’s Installation...........382-5095/928-474-3157 Lloyds Rocky Point Shuttle And Tours............................ ..........................(623) 551-568-9001/1-866-568-9001 Lucky’s Cantina..........................................383-8420


Made in Puerto Peñasco................044-638-380-8233 Madre del Mar........................................520-407-6394 Manny’s Beach Club.........................383-3605/383-3215 Mar de Cortez Rentals........................................388-8747 Mare Blu Ristorante........................................383-0605 María Romero.........................................(928) 683-2577 or....................................................01-800-560-2123 Mayan Palace Golf Course................................383-GOLF Max Jeweler.................................................388-5512 Mexican Beach Developers....383-6099/044-638-384-7145 or..............................................................520-777-0018 Mexican Vistas Co..........382-5400/044-638-384-6445 or...................................................................623-698-0117 Mexico Bonito Bill Paying Service....................383-5737 Muebles Coloniales............................................383-6670 Muebles Imperiales............................................383-6480 or.......................................................714-395-4117


Napa Auto (Ajo)........................................24 HOUR TOW .................................................(520) 387-4TOW (387-4869) Oasis Café................................................520-387-4455 Optica Turati................................................383-4645 Organic Life.................................................382-5039


Pablo Realty.......................383-8657/602-288-8687 Pane e Vino Restaurant.................044-638-105-7455 Pealachi..................................................638-102-1110 Peninsula de Cortes Golf Course...........................383-GOLF Peñasco Marine................................................383-3700 Peñasco Beauty Center....................................383-1086 Petals & Perfums..............................................383-5758 Pizarrro, Rita..........................388-8030/044-638-386-5203 Playa Bonita Resort.............................383-2586/383-2199 Playa Paloma....................................................480-244-9990 U.S. Toll Free...................................................888-232-8142 Mexico Toll Free.........................................01-800-426-6482 Playa Bonita Resort RV Park...................................383-2596 U.S. Toll Free............................................888-232-8142 Mexico Toll Free........................................01-800-426-6482 Pollo Papago..........................................044-638-385-1301 Premium Services....................383-5758/602-476-1187 Puerta Privada......................383-1020/480-445-9200 Puesta del Sol Restaurant..................................383-2586


Realty Executives..................383-4699/602-334-4134 Regina Seafood Restaurant........044-638-119-1014 or..................................................044-638-118-3077 Remote Accountant LLC In Rocky Point VOIP...........................630-839-9129 Repeat Performance.........................520-387-4948 Rocky Point BBQ................383-4676/602-507-7766 Rocky Point Calendar....................see Mexican Vistas Rocky Point Cleaning...............................383-7325 Rocky Point Times Newspaper.....................383-6325 or..........................................................480-463-6255 Fax...........................................................383-5193 Roll-A-Shield......................382-5095/928-474-3157


Salerno, Rosarie...................383-8417/044-638-384-7145 or...............................................................520-777-0018 Sanborns Insurance....................U.S. Toll Free 800-222-0158 Sarina Fitness..........................................602-999-9727 Seaside Window Coverings..................................383-5181 Sea Side Reservations..............383-7795/1-888-262-4508 Servicios Medicos Veterinarios........................383-3344 Si Como No! Etc.......................................520-387-7080 Si I Do! Wedding Planners................................388-8238 Siana Boat Charter..............................044-638-105-5013 Silva, Yolanda Insurance......................................383-6280 Soluciones de Energia Azul ..................................388-1114 Sonoran Resorts.........................................602-476-7511 Sun Valley Services..............................................383-8891 Sushi Sun Restaurant..............................................383-2772


Tapia, Miguel..........................................602-266-0225 Teriyaki Sun....................................................388-7272 Tessoro at Las Conchas.......................................388-6288 The Print Shop.........................................520-387-6858 The Lighthouse Restaurant.................................383-2389 Thunder on The Beach Sports Bar & Restaurant ......................................................................388-9605 Tom Thomas Home Inspection....044-638-110-4728 or.........................................................602-748-4134 Turati Optical.................................................383-4645 Twin Dolphins Real Estate and Rentals.........383-3919 or..........................................................602-324-7241 T&T International Law Group.........................602-465-6556

U -V

U.S. Border Movers....................044-638-113-8365 or...............................................480-232-3518 Vanilla Copali............................................383-4174 Vazquez, Luis, MD..........................................383-3014 Venshur...................U.S. Toll Free 1-888-524-4107 or.........................Mexico Toll Free 01-800-841-3553 Victor Aleman.................................044-638-105-7839 Vidriera Lugo................................................388-8387 Viña del Mar Hotel.............383-0100/602-606-7768

RESTAURANTS that DELIVER Benny’s Pizza 383-6001 7 days, 11am-10pm Brother’s Pizza 383-3712

Juniors Restaurant 388-9461

Cheiky’s Pizza 383-3627, Closed Wed.

La Cita Cafe 383-2270

Cocina Express 383-8358 Mon.-Sat. 10am-8pm Sun. 12pm-7pm

La Duela Pizza 388-4414, Closed Wed.

Western Outdoor Times..........................(480) 947-6219 Wharez, Eddie..........................383-8633/(602) 324-9328

Domino’s Pizza 383-3838 7 days 10am-8pm

Xochitl’s Cafe (Sally’s Cholla Cafe).........................382-5283 Yolanda Silva Insurance.................................383-6280 ZaGas..............................................................383-8100

El Condor Pizza 388-5383 7 days, 12pm-10pm


X -Y - Z

CHURCHES Phone Numbers

Assembly of God..........................................................383-3364 Adonai Comunidad Cristiana.......................................383-3865 Grupo Unidad Cristianos de Peñasco..........................383-2240 Peñasco Christian Fellowship.......................................383-4513 Family of God Christian Fellowship.........................383-3480 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall.............................388-6244 Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.....................................383-2959 Templo La Hermosa...................................................383-7130

EMERGENCY & Important Phone Numbers dial


AIR AMBULANCE (dial within Mexico) AirEvac............................................................001-880-321-9522 SkyMed Air Ambulance.................................001-866-805-9624 AIRPORTS International.................................................under construction Municipal......................................................................383-6097 CITY HALL (Municipal Building) H. Ayuntamiento de Peñasco.....................383-2056/383-2060 CLINICS Clinica San Jose............................................................383-5121 Clinica Santa Fe...........................................383-2447/383-4040 Clinica Santa Isabel (Maternity)...................................383-3645 Clinica Santa Maria.......................................................383-2440 Cruz Roja (Red Cross)...................................................383-2266 Desert Senita Community Health Center..........(520) 387-5651 Gonzalez AmeriClinic....................................................388-7676 ELECTRIC Emergency dial...071 Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).......................383-2684 FIRE DEPARTMENT Emergency dial...068 Departamento de Bomberos.......................................383-2828 FISHIERIES DEPARTMENT Departamento de Pesca...............................................383-2116 Oficina de Pesca, San Diego, CA........................(619) 233-4324 GARBAGE/SANITATION DEPARTMENT Oomislim.......................................................................383-4909 GAS (Propane) Hidrogas........................................................................383-5650 Z’Gas..............................................................................383-8284 ZaGas.............................................................................383-8100 HOSPITALS (See Clinics also) Community...................................................................383-4566 IMSS (Social Security)...................................................383-2870 Municipal......................................................................383-2110 IMMIGRATION............................................................383-2526 MARINE RESCUE (VHF Channel 28) Port Captain..................................................................383-3035 Emergencies dial............................................462 or 627 or 767 POLICE Emergency dial...066 Puerto Peñasco Station..............................383-2626/383-1616 State Judicial Police (Policía Judicial del Estado).........383-2783 PUBLIC SECURITY DEPARTMENT Seguridad Pública Municipal......................383-2626/383-1616 RAILROAD Ferrocarril......................................................................383-2610 RED CROSS Cruz Roja.....................................................................383-2266 SOCIAL SECURITY (IMSS) Instituto Méxicano del Seguro Social.........383-2677/383-2777 TELEPHONE Teléfonos de México.....................................................383-2780 U.S. CONSULATES (in Mexico) Nogales.............................................................01-631-313-4820 dial from the U.S......................................011-52-631-313-4820 WATER Oomapas.......................................................................383-6080 Organismo Operador....................................................383-6080 Piteco (water tank delivery).........................................383-3315

FEDE’S 383-3419 (044-638) 100-5834 12pm-5pm, Closed Sun. Figaro Pizza 383-1411

Sushi Sun 383-2772 TIKI Fresh Foods (044-638) 105-8001 (044-638) 112-0996 9am-9pm, Closed. Sun. Tortas San Luis 388-6405, 7 days, 9am-9pm Yummi Salads (044-638) 113-8822 Zuquin Cakes 383-3250 (044-638) 105-4389 7 days, 9am-5pm

Pet Friendly

HOTELS If you would like to bring your pet with you to Rocky Point, here are a few places you both will be welcome. Baja Hotel Matamoros and Campeche in El Mirador US dial (602) 559-1705 Local Phone (011-52-638) 383-6878 Local Fax (011-52-638) 383-7676 Fax Website Email ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Bella Vista Condo US dial (775) 287-3830 Email ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Casa de Carolina Campeche in El Mirador US dial (602) 412-3565 Local Phone (011-52-638) 383-5482 Email Mail: PO Box 589, Lukeville, AZ 85341 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hotel El Mirador Local Phone (011-52-638) 383-6333 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hotel Viña del Mar In Old Port at the end of the Malecon Local 383-3600 or 383-0100 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Madre del Mar (with permission) US dial (520) 407-6394 or (520) 303-7530 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Seaside Beach Home Rentals Blvd. Benito Juarez, next to Banamex at the north end of town US Toll Free (877) 629-5691 • Local 383-1545 Website Email


Chochoy 383-2338 Guillermo Prieto & Melchor Ocampo Gallo de Oro (044) 638-112-3343 Samuel Ocaña La Posta 383-2574 Simon Morua & Guillermo Prieto

San Lazaro Pet Clinic 383-3344 (2 Locations) Blvd. Sonora & Galeana (west of Josefa) Calle 26 (near RR tracks) • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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EVENTS CALENDAR APRIL 2014 EVERYDAY American Legion Post MX-15 open from 8am-8pm in El Mirador in the old Los Juanes Restaurant. MONDAYS 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish). TUESDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Public Talk in English and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Look for the giant Fin Whale Skeleton. Fun experience for the entire family. Phone 382-0113 for more info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish CBSC – Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club meets once a month (on Tues. or Sat.). WEDNESDAYS SOBS – South of the Border Singles meet every Wednesday for Happy Hour at Playa Bonita Resort. First Wednesday of every month is business meeting. 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English). 1PM – Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. 3PM Shooter Bingo at Playa Bonita RV Park Social Club. $6.00 for 6 games with money payouts for each game. After each game, a shooter number is called, if you have this number you get a “shooter” of tequila or ?? Join us each Wednesday in our air conditioned club house. 5PM – AA meets (Spanish). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish). THURSDAYS 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. All welcome. 4PM The Connection meets at The Light House. 4PM Bingo (Loteria) at Casa Hogar, Home for the Elderly. Everyone welcome to participate. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina FRIDAYS 8AM Alcoholics Anonymous “Freebirds” newcomers/book study meeting. Call 3825001 for more info. Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. 5PM ALANON English speaking meeting at 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (next to Galindo’s Café) at the Passport AA Club. Call Donna (044-638) 109-3766 or email for more info. 5PM ALANON PASSPOR CLUB 6:00 pm. Latin Dance Lessons at Peñasco Fitness Center (044-638) 106-3619 or email SATURDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Nature Talk in Spanish and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Fun experience for the entire family. Call 382-0113 for info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in English 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) 6PM AA meets (Spanish). Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. SUNDAYS 9AM Non-Denominational Worship Services with Family of God. Located on Blvd. Costera N 2000A. Everyone welcome. Church Office: 383-3480. 9AM Alcoholics Anonymous Meets (English). 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English). 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac. Church Service at 10:00AM Bilingual Service with Peñasco Christian Fellowship located 1 blk east of Josefa Ortiz de D. on Melchor Ocampo. Experience worship with both American & Mexican Christians! Phone: (01152-638) 383-4513.

CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE LATEST EVENTS! Saturday 5th • CBSC 7th Annual Horseshoe Tournament • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10AM-3PM. Shrimp Plaza (Benito Juarez and Freemont).

Sunday 4th • CBSC 59th Annual Fishing Derby Phase 3

Friday 11th • CBSC 59th Annual Fishing Derby Phase 2

Sunday 11th • Mother’s Day

Saturday 12th • CBSC 59th Annual Fishing Derby Phase 2 Sunday 13th • Palm Sunday Friday 18th • Viernes Santo Saturday 19th • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10AM-3PM. Shrimp Plaza (Benito Juarez and Freemont). Sunday 20th • CBSC 59th Annual Fishing Derby Phase 2 • Domingo de Resurrección • Easter Sunday Saturday 26th • Bathtub Races at JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay (en los eventos y en el anuncio del JJ’s). • 13th Annual Triathlon at Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort. MAY Thursday 1st • Día del Trabajo Friday 2nd • CBSC 59th Annual Fishing Derby Phase 3 Saturday 3rd • CBSC 59th Annual Fishing Derby Phase 3 • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10AM-3PM. Shrimp Plaza (Benito Juarez and Freemont).

Monday 5th • Batalla de Puebla Saturday 10th • Día de las Madres • Chili Cook Off and Garage Sale

Saturday 17th • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10AM-3PM. Shrimp Plaza (Benito Juarez and Freemont). Thursday 22nd • CBSC 59TH Annual Fishing Derby IV Friday 23th • CBSC 59TH Annual Fishing Derby IV Saturday 24th • CBSC 59TH Annual Fishing Derby IV Sunday 25th • CBSC – Fry Fish and awards Monday 26th • Memorial Day JUNE Saturday 7th • OTL SEPTEMBER Tuesday 16th • Día de la Independencia OCTOBER Saturday 25th • OTL NOVEMBER Sunday 2nd • Día de los Muertos Monday 17th • Revolución Mexicana DECEMBER Friday 12th • Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe Wednesday 24th • Christmas Eve Thursday 25th • Christmas • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •




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Puerta Privada...A Must See Property!!!

t all began in 1994 with the first hi-rise development in town, Plaza Las Glorias Hotel & Condos (now Peñasco del Sol & Condominiums Pinacate). After that, it was Princesa de Peñasco in 1998, Sonoran Spa in 2000, and Sonoran Sea in 2002. Miguel Guevara was the Project Director and Mary Snyder the Sales Director, for these 4 resorts. They were all completed, sold out, turned over to the homeowners, and are currently managed and rented as some of Peñasco’s favorites.

With 7 additional rental properties popping up on Sandy Beach, the Guevara/Snyder development team decided the town was ready for a unique project that did not allow rentals. So in 2004, Guevara joint ventured with Carlos Saenz, who owned and operated Palmar RV Park for many years. In 2005, the RV park came down, with constuction and sales beginning for Puerta Privada. The project was sold out, completed and delivered by 2007. Combining past experience, reputation, and proven track record, Puerta Privada continues to be the leader in setting the standard for quality construction, design, and finishes. The project consists of two towers that run directly parallel to the water, providing 180 degree views of the ocean to the south, and golf course views to the north, from every single condo. They are quite spacious with the 2 bedroom units just under 2000 sq ft and the 3 bedroom units at 2750 sq ft. Marble floors, beveled cut glass, granite countertops, reverse osmosis water/ice, stainless appliances and dual pane windows are just some of the features that come standard in all of the units.

The common areas include 2 negative edge pools, one heated and the other Olympic lap length, 2 hot tubs, underground parking, pet park, basketball, and lighted tennis court. The 3 story amenity building, fabulously detailed with carved cantera stone, features a state of the art fitness center (with resident personal trainer), a game room loaded with air hockey, pool table, shuffleboard, foos ball, darts, and touch screen video game computers. The top floor clubhouse is beautifully furnished with full kitchen and bar areas, plasma TV’s, BBQ’s poker tables and fireplace. This is where the true heart of Puerta Privada begins. It’s not just a project but a home away from home, with a family feel. Most of the owners have condos in other developments, or businesses in town. Why do they prefer Privada? Due to the non rental policy, (long term leases ARE allowed), there is such a community atmosphere, since everyone knows their neighbor, and they are all there for the same reason. Every month there are events, golf or tennis tournaments, art shows, holiday parties with bands, etc. Or the last minute, everyonebring-somethingto-share, get togethers at the pool or clubhouse. Many of the owners have said that they have made some of the best friendships here, which will last a lifetime. Almost all of the current HOA board members, including the p r e s i d e n t and resort a d m i n i s t r a t o r, have served on other boards in Peñasco. This experience, coupled with the lack of rental, which causes wear and tear, allows Puerta Privada to maintain some the lowest HOA monthly fees on the beach. This unique project has it all…quality, reputation, privacy and, in today’s market, the opportunity to take advantage of some terrific, resale opportunities. Visit the “Privada Lifestyle” and experience it for yourself. You’ll be glad you did!! For pressure free information, the furnished model on Sandy Beach is open 7 days a week, 9AM-5PM or checkout the website at • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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I finally got a waiter’s attention and ordered another Tecate Light. When it arrived I paid for it, grabbed a plastic chair that hadn’t been puked on, and found a spot on the beach that wasn’t directly under a speaker the size of a satellite dish. I don’t know why, but some people think the louder the music, the better it is. A guy about my vintage stood by my chair a while, and introduced himself as Scott Richards from Davenport, Iowa. SCOTT: Can you explain spring break to me? CAP’N GREG: What’s to explain? Young men and women are celebrating being young men and women. They’ve done it for centuries.

that the guys are in the prime of their lives and have used enough body spray to kill a hyena. The guys don’t care that the women are wearing small scraps of strategically positioned fabric and have spent a fortune on their hair and make-up to be attractive. SCOTT: Attractive to who? CAP’N GREG: To the guys, who are pretending they don’t care. SCOTT: Will they ever get together? CAP’N GREG: You’d think they would, since the air is packed with enough sex pheromones to cut with a machete, but they hardly ever do.

SCOTT: With beer and bikinis?

SCOTT: Then why are parents so concerned when their kids go to Rocky Point for spring break?

CAP’N GREG: Maybe it was with wine and togas in Caesar’s time, but the objective is the same.

CAP’N GREG: They are jealous thinking the kids are having a better time than when they were here 20 years ago.

SCOTT: I guess I don’t understand what I’m seeing here.

SCOTT: You could be right, Cap’n Greg. Can I buy you a beer?

CAP’N GREG: You mean all the women in one group drinking and yelling at each other, and all the men in another group drinking and yelling at each other?

CAP’N GREG: Sure. But when you come back with it, I’ll be sitting closer to those women.

SCOTT: Why do they do that? CAP’N GREG: First they have to pretend that they don’t care. The women don’t care

SCOTT: Why would you do that? CAP’N GREG: First, I’m too old to pretend I don’t care. And second, my eyes aren’t what they used to be.

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“Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point Inc.”

A literary column

(a 501©3 non-profit Corporation) by Nancy Phelan AKA “The Pack Leader”

By Marcia Diane

‘Animals come into our lives as gifts from God, for companionship, to teach us, and to heal us. They deserve our very best efforts in caring for them’ Dr. Ihor Basko, DVM

Well, I have to confess, I have been remiss in my self-imposed decision

There is a sign at the front gate of the Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point that states “No Mas Animales” I am full. Occasionally this works but, not to my surprise, several weeks ago I discovered a box placed right under the sign on the mail box. Now this yard has many dogs of all sizes. Apparently the box did not move – but when I opened it I discovered a very large and very sick black cat that did not get the attention of the dogs. I took the cat in my house where he still resides. His injuries appeared to have been dog related but within weeks he seems to have recovered from his/her incident. He/she sleeps on the edge of my pillow. So much for “No Mas Animales”. I am reminded of the many heartaches we rescuers have on a weekly basis. A few days ago a local family with several young children were at the gate asking if I would take their dog. I could not see the dog and asked where it was. To my surprise they opened the trunk of the car - filthy and shivering was “Bella “. I had no intention of taking in another dog but just had to save this poor baby from a horrible situation. Bella is warming up to me and feeling love for the first time in her young life. She seems to have an allergy and I am working on her diet. A few days ago I found a young puppy about 5 weeks old dead at the gate. He did have a little collar on and there was a man’s shirt next to his little body. I imagine that this little one had been loved and the owner did not know what to do with his little body – so I buried him and came in to shed more tears. The city facility (pound) or antirabico center that was built about 6 years ago has been closed. The dump was purchased by new owners last year and since the facility was on their property, the new owners told the city to remove the dogs. Now there is no place for the city to take animals that are picked up or surrendered. Edith our local veterinarian for the city has left to have her new baby girl – due this month. We are now without a permanent veterinarian at the city, and a place to take the dogs. This will have a negative impact

to alternate the sexes of the featured poets…last two poets were female. So, right here, right now we will fix that. Featured this spring issue is Billy Collins, a wonderful everyman’s poet I say.

on the animal population and a hardship on the rescue community. I also lost my little Prince (Grumpy dog) a week ago. He was my tiny Chihuahua and only weighed in at one pound. I thought he was a Tea Cup, but after 2 months without growing I took him to the veterinarian. He needed a blood work-up. It was discovered that he had very little white and/or red blood cells and immediately had a transfusion. Sadly my little one passed during the night at the clinic. Another week of tears. Many rescue animals will make it with love, good food, lots of love and shelter. They will eventually find the road to a new home. But our hearts break and our hearts rejoice time and time again. We have four wonderful puppies ready for adoption – 2 black and 2 brown. They are about 3 months old and just adorable and playful. Please call Nancy to make an appointment to see the animals for adoption or stop by the center and peek in the fences!! We also have several poodles ready for new homes. Sparkle is a black poodle and gets along with other dogs. She has been spayed and has all her shots. She is quite the character. Tres Amigos or the three friends (brothers) are still here and looking for their new families. Desi is a spotted brown mix and his two brothers are black Labs!! They all get along with other dogs and have all their shots. Please consider adding a new family member – a four footed one. Kitten season is right around the corner!! It is difficult caring for the many animals in the city with the dog and cat food products not allowed across the border into Mexico. The Mexican food is mostly cereal and very expensive. Thank goodness we do have several new rescue groups that are helping. Please help when you can. Even a small monthly amount keeps us going and allows us to provide for the animals. We are a 501©3 non-profit Arizona Corporation and your donations are tax deductible. Please, when making a donation do not write a check out in a person’s name but only to the company

name. All rescues should have a bank account and an EIN number from the IRS for your tax purposes. We are in good standing with the IRS and follow guidelines accordingly. Needs for the animals and the center: Cleaning supplies, puppy pads, disinfectants, hard toys for the dogs, small and medium collars, large sturdy leashes, paper towels, bleach, downy, dry kitten food. canned Pate cat food, canned dog food, trash bags of all sizes, Large metal bowls, baby blankets. Carrots make great treats for the dogs and they love them. Since we can no longer bring pet food across the border we ask for your help so we can purchase Kirkland dog, puppy and cat dry food here at Weltons. Weltons is on the right coming into town just south of the Sante Fe market at the signal to the Police Department. Look to the right when you are at the signal and Weltons is on the little side street very visible. Please help as we are spending over $1200.00 per month on pet food. Please send checks to: AACORP --PO Box 1031, Lukeville AZ 85341. You can also donate through pay-pal on our Facebook page “Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point” or our web site www. Again a Big thank you to all that help the animals of Rocky Point. Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012 Phoenix (602) 412-3932 Tucson (520) 407-6594 AACORP INC 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt AACORP PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341

For example: Constellations Yes, that’s Orion over there, the three studs of the belt clearly lined up just off the horizon. And if you turn around you can see Gemini, very visible tonight, the twins looking off into space as usual. That cluster a little higher in the sky is Cassiopeia sitting in her astral chair if I’m not mistaken. And directly overhead, isn’t that Virginia Woolf slipping along the river Ouse in her inflatable canoe? See the wide-brimmed hat and there, the outline of the paddle, raised and dripping stars? Billy Collins The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems A unique ability for one so talented I say…’who gives us good poetry that is not obscure or incomprehensible.’ Two time US Poet Laureate; 20012003 and author of nine poetry collections and counting. Can’t you just see Virginia up there above us all here in Peñasco, what fun she must be having! Join us won’t you for some more poetry fun in our on-line group; Outside The Lines at m.diane.



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15 things for cruise ship passengers to do in Rocky Point 2.

By Anita Kaltenbaugh Photos by Marcia Brockmeyer

Cruise ships in Rocky Point? Not quite yet, but harbor construction has started. Yes, if you drive toward Wrecked at the Reef on the road to Cholla Bay, you can see the breakwater jutting out into the Sea of Cortez. Don’t worry, reports from the government state that all precaution is being taken to minimize impact on marine life. It’s also been stated, in the press, that at least 440 meters of the 1280 meter breakwater has been completed since the project broke ground just a few months ago. The breakwater will be like a jetty pier with initially room for one cruise ship to dock and eventually another berth will be added as well as the creation of an entire cruise ship terminal and commerce center. So, when the cruisers come, what will they do upon arriving to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico? Well, we should start thinking about it. Because you know if they build it, complete it, have the first inaugural ship sailing…they will come. Generally, cruisers like to arrive to the point of departure a day or two ahead of time hoping to check out their departure port. Since the cruisers haven’t boarded the boat yet, there’s no competing cruise ship food extravaganza or shipboard entertainment to hustle them back to their boat after a day of sightseeing. Being a departure point, they stay on land, eat out at our restaurants and are entertained by local activities. Their departure point is one more location in Mexico to add to their travel list and this location they get to explore by land, before they hit the sea. Additionally, a lot of cruisers like to do their land vacation before they hit the cruise to relax. So, the land portion of their vacation may start at the Grand Canyon but they will end up here in Puerto Peñasco. Quite frankly, cruisers like to cruise, because they like to see the most amount of locations in a short period of time, always being able to return to the same cabin, no unpacking or repacking, no concern about driving, traffic or transportation. Basically, they show up and check out the new destinations every day or so. Being the home port, the departure point provides a larger impact than other cruise point stops where cruisers visit a town for 8 hours. Most cruisers will have a chance to see Puerto Peñasco’s beautiful sunsets, lay their head on our pillows, and experience a full day and a full night in Peñasco. It will entice them to check out the town and all the local attractions Puerto Peñasco has to offer and come back again and again. So what will they be looking for to entertain them before boarding the ship? Here are 15 activities cruisers might want to experience in Rocky Point. 1. Whale watching- Depending on the time of the year, the top of the list, #1 item might just be a Whale Watching excursion. Whether they’re fin whales or humpback whales, if it is the right season, whale watching is always at the top of a cruiser list.







Lately, in Rocky Point the whales have been putting on magnificent shows not to be missed. Sea-life excursion- If it’s not whale watching season, the cruisers still want to see wildlife up close and personal. A dolphin excursion, possibly sea turtles or sea lion tour would be exciting to cruisers. The Sea of Cortez has always been dubbed by Jacque Cousteau “the world’s aquarium” so watch out if we don’t see touristy glass bottom boats coming into town, maybe one of those submarine’s that take you down or private luxury boat ride’s to Bird Island. Cruisers love sea excursions. Ariel views- See the town from above. Parasailing is always a great way to get a full view of the Sea of Cortez and some excitement in your heart. Ultralight, a powered glider, is an excellent way to take a flight with an experience trained pilot and get a bird’s eye view of all the beautiful beaches and resorts that Puerto Peñasco has to offer. Perhaps, we will see some helicopter ride’s added to our town. For the faint of heart, my vote goes to La Casa del Capitan on the top of Whale Hill, with spectacular view of the city, sitting down having a margarita. Sports- Jet skiing, banana boat, hobby cats even kite boarding…many come to the water to be on the water or on the sand with ATV’s, dune buggy’s and rhino’s. Let the water and land sports begin. Shopping! We cannot forget how important it is for people to shop. Cruisers go to every port with the expectation of finding something they need to remember a particular location. The Malecon, Cholla Mall, Mermaids market and all the little shops along Calle 13 and other local streets will be-of interest to tourists. Shop till you drop… is a well-known excursion at every port of call. Why do you think they have shopping malls on the ship? Cruisers are shoppers. Foodies-Trying the local cuisine. Experiencing Rocky Point Specialties. We don’t have a huge shrimp statue in the Shrimp Plaza or a man riding the colossal shrimp in the Malecon for no reason. Peñasco has some of the best tasting shrimp in the entire world, good enough to make a fabulous tourists excursion. Yes, a shrimp tasting tour, Mexican shrimp cocktails, steamed shrimp, fried shrimp, shrimp wrapped in bacon, shrimp burgers, shrimp tacos … You get the idea. We can also modify it with taco stand tours, fresh fish tours etc. Pinacate Biosphere, visiting the world UNESCO site. The state-of-the-art solar visitor center is worth the trip as well as the movie and a short walk around the desert and volcanic rock lava. This will be a mustsee for history buffs when they want to see where Alan Shepard and other astronauts touched their feet down practicing for the Apollo 14 mission and experience a beautiful Reserve, this area contains more than 300 volcanic vents and cinder cones, including at least 10 maar craters. Beach it! Don’t forget the beach. We have beautiful warm sandy caramel colored

beaches in Rocky Point. Where will they go when they want to sit out on the beach for the day? Capture up some sun and be able to have a drink in their hand or have nearby food? Well, it will be beach bars or possibly new beach clubs that might pop up. Wrecked at the Reef, offers a soft sandy place to sit outside by the water’s edge and a quick walk to the cantina to order drinks and food. Rocky Point might be lacking a few beach bar clubs for cruisers who don’t have a beach or swimming pool at their hotel or resort. Think of Cabo beach bars…cruisers flock to them. 9. Historical Museum of Rocky Point. Wait? Do we have one of these? I don’t know… but many cruise excursions like to see the history of the town they are visiting. Right now, they might have to check out Capone’s Pizza have a beer and read about the history of Al Capone or look at the pictures on the wall at the Friendly Dolphin. A visit to CEDO can assist them with sea life history…or a night spent in Posada La Roca Hotel where Al Capone danced. We might be a little short of history museums. 10. El Rey del Mar, pirate ship cruises. Do we need to say more? Cruisers love the experience of going out on a pirate ship before they embark on their cruise in getting nostalgia on the sea of Cortez. Party ships, catamaran’s all these will be popular with the cruisers. 11. Fishing day trips- sport fishing is on the top of the list for many. Groupers, Dorado, bass even sailfish. Nothing like a day of fishing in the Sea of Cortez. 12. Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle boarding exploring the estuaries 13. Golfing- Peñasco offers three world class golf courses to entice the most discerning of golfers. 14. Relaxing- let’s not forget massages on the beach, or in a spa. Beautiful and comfortable condo’s to stretch out in before you board and soft white sand to sit and listen to some live music. 15. Tequila tasting tours- Beer tasting tours, margarita and wine tasting day trips are always popular choices for cruisers. They like to be shuttled around on tasting tours. In Mexico, tequila would be very popular or a pub crawl to see all the great beach haunts in town. Wine tasting and Margarita tasting would also be high on a cruisers list. Puerto Peñasco has spectacular things to offer visitors, much more than the categories of activities listed above. So whether we have cruisers or not, let’s enjoy all Rocky Point has to offer and appreciate and enjoy the days before the crowds roll in.

Anita Kaltenbaugh is the Mexico travel examiner at and author of the book “Travel Secrets- Insider guide to planning, affording and taking more vacations” available on, Kindle and Nook.

“Valentine and Friends, Revisited”

By Gregg Edgar Re-print from

Many of you remember or knew of Bill Valentine, who passed away several years ago, and his wife Jessie. They were a big, big part of early Cholla and Bills book is a history of early Cholla. On February 6, 2014, Jessie Valentine passed away in her sleep at the age of 87. She and her husband, Bill Valentine, contributed to the development of Cholla Bay and the CBSC in the early years. In 1946, when they started traveling to Cholla, it could take 14 hours to get there from Phoenix because there wasn’t much of a road between Rocky Point (the highway) and Cholla Bay. The fantastic fishing was worth every minute. They camped right in Cholla Bay in those early years. Back then, the coyotes howled at night between your cabin and your outhouse. Jessie had many stories to tell about her home-away-from-home of 40+ years as she and Bill raised their family of five kids. The Valentine Family “Valentine and Friends, Revisited” a book of stories, pictures and illustrations of early Cholla Bay and the Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club can be ordered at 1515 West Rovey Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85015 (It is also sold at Ship’s Store in Cholla Bay).

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Finding Paradise By Sandy Spain

A Whale of a Tale or a Whale’s Tail? (Part 1)

Well it is both. Twenty of us, led by Russ and Naomi of Peñasco Recreation, headed for Baja California Sur and the lagoon where the baby whales are born. Eight members of this band of twenty were the Peñasco Payasos (clowns), so named during a previous adventure with Peñasco Recreation to the San Felipe Blues and Arts Festival (coming up again at the end of March, contact Russ if you are interested in that trip next year). As before, we managed to put a smile on the face of many a Federal at the check points by declaring that was who we were. This was a five-night, six-day trip, so be sure to get the next two issues of the Rocky Point Times for the whole story!

Fabulous Photo by Tony Ballesteros

local lobsters. If you’ve read my articles, you know me and one of my favorite pastimes – shopping. So yes, there was shopping involved and I bought a beautiful blue purse.

The Loooong Drive

We took off the next morning for Guerrero Negro and it would be an all-day drive with some beautiful desert views, including the Valle de Los Cirios and one strangely placed little oasis. We stopped in El Rosario at Mama Espinosa’s, the very famous Baja 1000 race pit stop. The restaurant is run by her daughter, but Mama is still with us and is 101 years old. Great race memorabilia, gift shop and LOBSTER burritos!!

That’s a 4 kilo (8.8 lbs) Lobster, folks!

2 months old, the mothers bring them out into the larger part of the lagoon. The whales are much larger than the boats. The scientists who oversee this biosphere had just taken a count the week before we arrived and our tour guide told us that there were over 1200 adults and 800 babies in the area. Two members of our group got to touch a whale. They have T-shirts commemorating the experience. The front says – “I touched a whale”, and the back has a breeching whale with tongue hanging out saying – “I touched a human”. One lucky member of the group had an eyeball to eyeball contact with one of the whales! This whole day was just awe inspiring. I am afraid the photos won’t show very well in news print, so if you want a better look, go to

Fabulous Photo by Tony Ballesteros

First Stop Doña Lupe

After leaving town in two vans at eight in the morning, we pulled into the Doña Lupe winery in the Valle Guadalupe for lunch. Beautiful views of the winery, the hills and L.A. Cetto, the adjacent winery. However, at this time of year the vines are bare. I have been there when they are full of leaves and grapes. Peñasco Recreation can arrange a trip for you during the summer. The group with Mama’s daughter and the Chef

Guerrero Negro

Lunch at Doña Lupe Winery


After lunch we drove on to Ensenada where we stayed at the Posada del Rey Hotel. My first time there as I usually stay at El Cid. But I was happy to find another really nice place to stay in Ensenada so conveniently located to the restaurants and shopping. We all went our own way for shopping and dinner. A couple of the girls and I took off for the port area to have lobster. Yep, no lobsters at home so we took advantage of the ability to have the

We arrived at Hotel El Morro after our long drive. We spent three nights here and went to the adjacent snack bar for breakfasts and different restaurants each night. We had two possible days to go out in the boats for the whale watching and were we ever lucky. Being the Pacific, you never know for sure about the weather, so we were all prepared with the appropriate gear – but it really wasn’t needed as we had warm weather and abundant sunshine for our trip. The lagoon is Ojo de Liebre and is part of the Vizcaino Biosphere, an area that is protected by the Mexican government for the benefit of the migrating whales. The whales travel over 5,000 miles from the Bering Sea to the three lagoons. We went out with the Laguna Whale Watching group. You must enter the area in a local vehicle. Vehicles and boats (pangas) are limited in number and licensed by the government. They do not enter that part of the lagoon where the births take place. Once the babies are about

Fabulous Photo by Tony Ballesteros

Next Time

Be sure to pick up next month’s issue of Rocky Point Times and I’ll tell you about the salt production at this lagoon, San Ignacio and our trip across the Baja.

Viva Mexico

As you know I love Mexico and it is my permanent home. I urge you to get out and explore this wonderful country. There is so much diversity and so much to see. If you are not comfortable doing it on your own, get some friends together, or contact Russ at Peñasco Recreation and see what trips he has coming up or what trips he can put together especially for your group. I’ll end this part of the story with things I could not write about so you can just imagine the fun we had: La Mula Mil, Back Seat Babes, The Strawberry Mutiny, the 9-inch Rule, Dippy Flushey Toilets, and the Pole Farm. See ya next time for more of the story.

Dare to design it yourself!

By Eddie Wharez® Owner and interior designer of Diseños Casa y Jardín

“To see takes time” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe Years ago I learned the importance of letting your place tell you what it needs, everything in a house or apartment should flow freely. If the house speaks, listen to it. If you own a small place or if you are downsizing you come to realize the importance of the smart use of space. You start looking for the right cabinet, desk, side table, etc., and you don’t find it anywhere. You search the internet and find no piece of furniture that would meet the dimensions you have at home, you visit furniture stores and nothing you see matches the color of wood, has enough storage, and has doors or the right hinges. You feel frustrated when you check catalogs and nothing is close to what you have in mind. Don’t lose heart. Have you drawn your ideas? Is it clear what your needs are? It can be very useful to mark with tape the area of the house where you want to place that piece of furniture. Will there be enough space to walk by it? Is the height correct to watch TV if it is a media center what you are designing? - An excellent tip would be to measure the distance between the floor and your eyes when you are sitting in the chair you are going be watching TV from. A carpenter or a welder might be able to help you make your design, depending on their experience making furniture. They can give you some suggestions, but you are better off going to the experts. Years ago I happened to see how a welder was building a wine’s rack with the angle of inclination backwards! An important fact if you want to keep the cork wet. At Diseños Casa y Jardín we can help you keep scale, balance and match any color in your home. There are advantages when you work with a designer, together, you and he or she, can have a more creative synergy. He or she will have much more experience making custom pieces of furniture; his observations are going to be very clever. His sources for materials are going to be larger and he will check the safety and aesthetics of your design. Do you need ideas for the overall design? Look around, there are great designs taken from nature, there are sofa tables designed to look as some of the most beautiful bridges in the world! Never underestimate the power of imagination, take your time to decide the final touches, color, handles, hinges and so forth. Be open to incorporate different materials, glass, fabric, tile, paper, etc. In other words feel free to experiment. Picture the piece of furniture while you go for a walk; visualize yourself using your design, reaching into it, displaying your keepsakes. At the end of the creative process you will end up with a unique piece of furniture that will serve your purposes and it will add personality and flare to your room. Please visit our gallery on Rodeo Drive (see ad) feel free to ask any questions and who knows we may have what you are after, regardless you are going to be pleasantly surprised! Reach me at: or visit us online at • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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As Good as She Imagined... Even Better!!!

By Mark Paliscak

A few weeks ago, I was doing what I do best…relaxing, laughing and just chilling out on Sandy Beach here in Rocky Point. I truly believe that each day is a fresh opportunity to meet new people on the beach and make some new friends. So, it was no surprise when my friends and I met two awesome ladies down on a girl’s weekend from Tucson who pretty much seemed to have the same agenda, relax and unwind! Roxanna and Nancy turned out to be really friendly and even offered us a beer, which we willingly accepted…what a way to win some friends! As we were talking, I kept sensing that Roxanna had something to share with us. Soon she mentioned that she had a foundation to help the needy children in Arizona. Having my own family’s foundation to help the needy here in Puerto Peñasco, I was instantly intrigued. A short time later, I learned she was indeed Roxanna Green, the author of AS GOOD AS SHE IMAGINED and mother of the late Christina-Taylor Green who was taken from us at the tender age of 9 years old along with 5 other innocent people on January 8, 2011. Christina-Taylor was pursuing one of her many life passions as she was attending the “Congress on Your Corner” speech being given at the local Safeway in Tucson by Arizona Congressman, Gabrielle Giffords. But, as it turned out, Christina-Taylor was such an extraordinary young lady…so amazing that God had other plans for her in heaven. Christina-Taylor Green conquered in her 9 years what most of us would consider would be a normal person’s lifetime of achievements. So much so that her innocence and remarkable life story captivated not only Tucson or Arizona but our entire country! I recently sat down with Roxanna Green to thank her for the autographed book I found on my Rocky Point doorstep one Sunday morning. I also wanted to honor what I have realized is Roxanna’s most amazing message for us all…LOVE AND HOPE WINS ALL! “Writing a book about the loss of your child is not something any parent would want to do”, Roxanna shyly admitted to me. However, after the outpouring of offers to write a book, she realized the book was going to be written with or without her input, so she concluded with the help of a family friend, Dr. Kevin Leman who himself is a #1 bestselling author, that the very best way to honor Christina-Taylor would be write the book herself. So Roxanna paired up

AMPI Puerto Peñasco Chapter 51 with the famous author of over 400 books, Jerry B. Jenkins. The journey of putting pen to paper and writing AS GOOD AS SHE IMAGINED turned out to be a very therapeutic experience for Roxanna. She credits travelling back in time and revisiting her incredible daughter’s life from being chosen to represent Maryland at 2 years of age as part of one 9/11/01 born child from each state in the United States to travel to New York City for a photo shoot to being an amazing star athlete to outstanding student to student council leader at school. Christina-Taylor was wise well beyond her years and her zest for life was infectious to all those around her. Roxanna grew up in Arizona and started coming to Rocky Point as a teenager. She always found peace at the sea and truly loves the ocean, the food, and the beautiful beaches of Rocky Point. She still finds her way back to Rocky Point and loves to share our town with her friends and family. The journey through AS GOOD AS SHE IMAGINED helped in the healing process for Roxanna. “It was truly a therapeutic experience. We were approached early on to do a movie about Christina-Taylor’s life but it was just too painful early on”, Roxanna shared with me. Roxanna and the Green family did have the opportunity to meet many people she would never have dreamt of, and her favorite by far was speaking on the phone and meeting in person our President and First Lady, Barrack and Michelle Obama. “I really felt like they were talking to me as a parent and knew their concern was genuinely sincere. They took the time to talk to my husband, my son and me and when I met them in person, I knew their hug was beyond warm”, Roxanna added. Roxanna was so moved, she took the title of our President’s speech he delivered in Tucson just days after the tragedy to be the title of her book, AS GOOD AS SHE IMAGINED. Meeting the President of the United States is not something she ever dreamed of, however the opportunity was once in a lifetime and was most bitter sweet. Today, Roxanna enjoys working out, hiking, swimming, going to baseball games and travelling with her husband, John who is a professional baseball scout. She also enjoys going back east to see friends and family and of course to continue with her charity work in Arizona. She presently is writing another book, this time a children’s book from her son Dallas’ perspective on Christina-Taylor. The book will be based on Dallas’ voice from the view of a child and aimed for children. Roxanna founded and runs the ChristinaTaylor Green Memorial Foundation which like Christina-Taylor is dedicated to the 3A’s: Academics, Athletics and the Arts. Specifically, Roxanna finds youth programs for the needy and assists them with monetary grants to help the children with the tools necessary to fulfill their dreams. Roxanna’s faith in God saved her and allowed her to move forward to achieve

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remarkable results and truly make a positive impact in our world today. AS GOOD AS SHE IMAGINED is a touching story of one special child that believed in herself and helped to make our world a better place through her hard work and dedication to her academics, athletics and arts. Like her daughter, Roxanna Green is one courageous person who did not let the most unspeakable of adversities hold her down. Instead, she rose up and shared through her heart-felt book, that even with life’s most challenging of times, you can rise above any situation. Her strength is an inspiration to any reader. I highly recommend the book as a stellar example to us all on how to see the mountain of God’s blessings before us each day and to utilize each day to make a difference to others. AS GOOD AS SHE IMAGINED is a tell-all book that focuses mostly on the joy that Christina-Taylor brought to those around her each day rather than the dark side of the evil that does exist in the world within which we live. I highly recommend the moving book as an example to us all that each of us does have the inner strength to make a difference in our world and to set an example of peace, hope and love. AS GOOD AS SHE IMAGINED can be purchased through After reading the book, I sincerely wish you will be guided to help make a difference by logging onto her website The Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation at: http://www. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, in the end it is still our beautiful world just as Christina-Taylor Green imagined it and believed it. You can achieve whatever you put your heart into in life. My guess is the book will one day become a motion picture honoring Christina-Taylor and her incredible life she shared directly and by example to those around her. We can all learn from a very bright 9 year and hope wins all! Until next month, may you find your strength to make a difference. It all starts with YOU! See you at the beach...ADIOS AMIGOS!!!

As of this writing, the Spring Break tourists are arriving in Rocky Point and are ready to enjoy their annual get away at the beach. By all early accounts, Puerto Peñasco’s rental activity should be at sell out levels in March and the same during the annual Semana Santa week of celebration in April. The city has been busy these last few months updating its infrastructure with road improvements on Calle 13, Benito Juarez and Samuel Ocaña. The road to the new convention center is finished and, of course we have seen the ongoing work on the Home Port breakwater and wharf area on Sandy Beach as well. This year will shape up as a most important time in the history of Puerto Peñasco, as projects are completed and the economy continues to improve so that 2015 will be the kind of economic and growth period we have been expecting for years. As has been our tradition in this space, I will present current real estate statistics and information so that our residents and visitors have an understanding of the real estate market in Puerto Peñasco.

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Residential Activity as of February: 2014












Absorption 22 28 Rate months months


Solds Listings Median Sale Price

This summary, while brief, shows that the volume of sales slowed down for the month while the inventory continues to shrink and property values continue to rise. Both are strong signs that the activity is signaling a seller’s market. Buyers will have to start increasing their value assumptions for purchase in order to secure that home or condo that they desire. If you have questions about the information presented here please feel free to contact me. In addition, if you have questions about our market, and desire to seek more detailed information please contact a licensed professional from our AMPI organization. A list of members can be found online at www.RockyPointampi. com. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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If you dispute any incident or infraction, need help or have questions, please go to the Police Station, located north of town. Pay any and all fines ONLY at the station. IF YOU ARE PULLED OVER ALWAYS: • Write down the Name of the Officer • And the Number on the back of the vehicle that pulled you over • Record the location you were pulled over and the exact time



Nationwide: from ANY PHONE. TelCel users can also dial *112 to go directly to the Peñasco Police Station

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If you feel you have been wronged by an officer(s), you MUST make an official complaint so that the police department can take action. If they have no record of the incident, then they have no proof. Telling your friends and complaining to others will not get the problem solved - it only creates more problems and allows the officer to go on “doing business as usual”. File a complaint and save others the same grief you have gone through and make our city a better place.


All fines are to be paid at the main police station

PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED Passports are required for re-entry into the U.S. when travelling by vehicle into Mexico. You may also present a Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License, SENTRI or NEXXUS Cards when leaving Mexico. Children under the age of 16 need to present their Birth Certificate. This applies to any port of entry when driving into Mexico.

ABOUT PUERTO PEÑASCO Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point, is located in the State of Sonora on the Sea of Cortez. It is approz. 66m miles from the U.S. border at Lukeville, AZ and the Mexican border at Sonoyta, MX. Rocky Point is located within the “Free Zone”, so no vehicle permits are required for you to visit, but you will need your Passport or other ID (see above) to re-enter the United States. Rocky Point offers a variety of land and sea activities for every age and is very family oriented. It also offers a variety of dining and lodging choices as well as beach camping and RV Parks. Rocky Point is known for its warm weather, beautiful sunsets and gorgeous beaches. Relax and enjoy a day on the beach or at one of our many spas. Head out for a day of shoppingm to find everything from one-ofa-kind fine art to curious. Plan a day of golf on some of the most beautiful and challenging courses around. And when the sun has set, head out for some local night time entertainment.


take you all the way to the U.S./Mexico border at Lukeville, AZ and Sonoyta, MX. The Maricopa Hwy. will lead you right into Gila Bend, exit left once you come to the stop sign and follow the above directions.

COMING FROM TUCSON You will take the old Ajo Hwy. (Hwy. 86), which will lead you through Sells and end at Why, AZ. At the stop sign take a left onto Hwy. 85 (at Why) and head to the border (see above). Gas stations, restrooms, ATM’s & convenience stores are located in Gila Bend, Ajo, Why and Lukeville. AZ before reaching the border.

COMING FROM CALIFORNIA The crossing at San Luis (south of Yuma, AZ) is the fastest and easiest point to cross. Head East on I-8 and take Hwy. 95 S towards Yuma. You will cross at San Luis Rio Colorado. Continue straight through the border, go straight for a few blocks, turn left for a few blocks and then turn right onto Ave. Obregon. That is the main road through San Luis. You will go all the way through town and see a sign for Puerto Peñasco and El Golfo de Santa Clara off to your right. Exit right at the bridge and follow the signs to Puerto Peñasco. There is a toll booth you will go through (currently $94 pesos). The road is smooth and free of potholes and has plenty of places to pass and pull over. Just outside of El Golfo, you will turn left onto the Coastal Highway (003) and follow that all the way to Rocky Point. Signs are clearly marked. Look on our Facebook Page for pictures of the signs, roadway, stops and scenery.

ENTERING MEXICO Hwy. 8 from the Lukeville border to Rocky Point is a good 2-lane road with plenty of emergency parking and places to pass. It is an open range (watch out for wildlife) and is patrolled by the highway police as well as the Green Angels (roadside assistance). Please see Crossing the Border in this section for more info.

YOU MUST HAVE MEXICAN VEHICLE INSURANCE...IT’S THE LAW A minimum of liability is required. COMING FROM PHOENIX Take either I-10 (west side) or the Maricopa Hwy. (east side). Take the Gila Bend/Mexico exit off of I-10 and head toward Gila Bend. Once you pass through Gila Bend you will exit onto Hwy. 85 (south) toward Ajo/Mexico. Hwy. 85 will

ACCIDENTS If you are involved in a (non-death) accident in Mexico, you are considered at fault until proven otherwise. All parties are taken to the police station where you and your vehicle



may be detained until restitution is made. If a minor is involved in an accident, the parents are responsible for the child. Parents must pay fines and/or restitution. Minors are usually detained but not jailed in non-death accidents or traffic violations. You need to file a police report and phone your Mexican insurance adjustor immediately in the event of an accident. You (most likely) will be held in jail if you are in an accident in which a death occurs.

MEXICAN CONSULATES Tucson: 553 S. Stone Ave., 85701 (520) 882-5595 • Mon.-Fri. 8 AM - 2 PM Phoenix: P 320 E McDowell Rd Ste 320 Phoenix, AZ 85004 • (602) 242-7398 Nogales: 480 Grand Ave., 89562 • (520) 287-3175 Douglas: 541 10th St., 85607 • (520) 364-3107

AIRLINE SERVICE & AIRPORTS AeroCalafia Service to/from Hermosillo (011-52-638) 388-7812 Mexico Toll Free: 800-560-3949 U.S. Toll Free: 818-206-3255 Morgan Jet Charter flights from Phoenix 1-888-869-0866

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Mar de Cortes International Airport (011-52-638) 383-6097 Airport Administrator: Alonso Dominguez Ruiz Libramiento Carretera Sonoyta-Caborca 71 Ejido Miramar, Colonia Miramar

PERSONAL AIRCRAFT To fly your own plane you must have your: pilots license, medical certificate, registration, air worthiness certificate, and Mexican airplane insurance. GENERAL AIRPORT INFORMATION Airport ICAO ID: MMPE Location: 17 miles East of downtown Elevation: 88 ft. Mar de Cortes Radio Tower Frequency: 118.85 Website contains complete info. on Airport loanding, parking other fees Type of Services: RS: Int’l regular flights RFF Category: 7 Airport Coordinates: 31° 21’ 6.836” LN113° 18’ 19.44” LW Runway Center Runway Designation: 18-36 Runway 18 THR Elev.: 84 ft./Runway 36 Elev.: 88 ft. Airport Reference Number: 4D Runway Lengths: 8,100 ft. Airport Size: 1,482.6 Acres U.S. AIRPORTS (CLOSEST)

Phoenix, Tucson & Nogales, AZ

BUS STATIONS (MEXICO) ABC - Phone: 383-1999 (Auto Transportes de la Baja California) Located on Constitucion, just N of the signal at Blvd. Benito Juarez Albatros - Phone: 388-0888 E side of Benito Juarez, N of the Stadium Norte de Sonora - Phone: 383-3640 E side of Blvd. Benito Juarez, S of No. Releccion (Calle 26) and N of Pemex TAP - Phone: 383-6761 (Transportes y Autobuses del Pacifico) W side of Blvd. Benito Juarez, N of the signal at Constitucion


CAR RENTALS Some major rental companies do permit their vehicles to be driven into Mexico. Call their AZ offices directly instead of their national offices. You may be required to carry their Mexican insurance. Mexico law requires that you must carry a minimum of liability insurance. Arizona (Phoenix Area) Enterprise, Advantage, Dollar, Saban’s Puerto Peñasco (from the U.S. dial 011-52-638) Alamo Rent A Car 102-0277 Bufalo 388-9999 M.G. Rentals 383-3814 Pro Rent-A-Car 388-5823 Rio Car Rental 383-8181 The Point Rent-A-Car 388-5823

U.S. CONSULATES Nogales, Mexico from Mexico (01-631) 311-8150 Fax: (01-631) 313-4652 from the U.S. (011-52-631) 311-8150 Fax: (011-52-631) 313-4652 Email: What the Consulate CAN DO if you are arrested in Mexico • Visit you in jail after your arrest • Provide you a list of local attorneys • Inform you of judicial procedures • Notify family and friends • Relay requests for aid or monetary support • Protest abuse/mistreatment to authorities What the Consulate CANNOT DO if you are arrested in Mexico • Demand your immediate release • Get you out of jail or out of the country • Pay legal fees w/U.S. Government money • Pay fines w/U.S. Government money

CROSSING THE BORDER CLOSED MIDNIGHT - 6:00 AM Arizona (Lukeville) Border Mexico (Sonoyta) Border

As soon as you pass the chainlink fence, you are entering into Mexico. There are two lanes going into Mexico. Wait for the vehicle ahead of you to pass all the way through the lane before proceeding. VEHICLE INSPECTION There are two means of inspection: 1) Fiscal Traffic Light

Nothing to declare/items under allowed limit

2) Integral Inspection

Voluntary declaration/items over allowed limit

As you cross the Mexican Border there are two narrow lanes with a (traffic) light at the end of the lane. As you proceed ahead, the light will flash RED (alto - stop) or GREEN (pase - go). 1) FISCAL TRAFFIC LIGHT STOP (alto) - RED LIGHT If the light turns red you will pull off to the left where an officer will ask you some questions such as where you are going, how long you are staying, and what you are bringing into Mexico. The officer will most likely look through your vehicle and belongings. Do not leave your vehicle unattended and do accompany the officer during his search. If you incur any problems be sure to get the name and badge number of the officer. GO (pase) - GREEN LIGHT If you get the green light you can pass through without any inspection. Please note that you still may be pulled over and inspected even if you get the green light. 2) INTEGRAL INSPECTION This is the voluntary request for the examination of your articles, if you have items to declare which exceed your allowed limits. Before you enter the lanes to cross into Mexico, you will pull off to your left and park in the assigned spaces against the chainlink fence. You will need to go to

the small building, which sits in the middle of the two lanes, and tell the officer what items you have to declare and the value of each item. When you are finished filling out the form, the import tax (impuestos) will be assessed and you will be handed two forms to take to the bank and pay. (The bank is at the side of the brick building, past the fountain.) If it is after hours, you will pay your impuestos to the agent who will stamp your form and issue you a receipt. An agent may want to come and inspect your load. The taxes you pay are in pesos (they will accept dollars) and are to be paid directly to the bank and you will be issued a receipt. You will need that receipt to cross the border. (If you are pulled over by Aduana after leaving the border, you will need the receipt as proof of payment.) After you have paid your taxes, you will need to cross the border and go through the Fiscal Traffic Light. If you get the red light you will need to pull over and show your receipt to the officer. If you come through the fiscal traffic light, and merchandise is found, which was not declared, you could have to pay a fine of 4x the commercial value of the articles plus your vehicle and belongings may be seized. If you choose the Integral Inspection the fine will be 1½x the value. In both cases you forfeit the right to the tax exemption. Your vehicle and personal belongings can be confiscated if you do not stop and declare merchandise over your limit allowed by Mexican Law.

DUTY FREE ITEMS You are allowed $75 USD tax free in new merchandise per person. Merchandise must be in same vehicle as person(s) declaring. The following is a list of items which you may bring into Mexico tax free. • Items for personal use such as clothing, shoes and toiletries according to the length of your stay. • 1 photographic or motion video camera, including a power source and rolls of film or video cassettes. (No professional equipment.) • Books and magazines. • 1 used sports article or piece of equipment for individual use. • 2 cartons of cigarettes or 50 cigars. • 3 liters (approx. 3 quarts) of wine, alcohol, beer, etc. if the passenger is an adult. You may import an additional 2 liters and pay the corresponding tax. • Medicine for personal use (with your prescription). • Suitcases to transport your items.

If you are legally a resident of another country, in addition to the items listed, you may also bring the following items: • Binoculars • Camping equipment • Portable television, radio and 20 tapes • Typewriter or laptop computer • 5 used toys if the passenger is a child • Fishing tackle • Pair of skis • 2 tennis rackets • A non-motorized boat up to 5½ meters in length or a surfboard with or without a sail

If you are traveling by a camper, trailer, motorhome you may also bring in: • VCR • Bicycle with or without a motor • Household linens • Kitchen utensils • Livingroom & bedroom furniture You may import additional merchandise valued up to $1,000 per vehicle by paying the corresponding tax without the intervention of a customs broker. Over $1,000 USD requires a broker, which are located just across the border. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •


TRAVELINFORMATION FIREARMS & DRUGS Firearms, illegal drugs and ammunition are NOT allowed into Mexico. Hunters may bring their firearm with the proper paperwork/clearance. Possession carries a pentalty of 5 to 30 years.

IMPORTING You are allowed to bring in $75.00 USD per person worth of new merchandise - this does not include your personal items such as clothing, toiletries, etc. If you have new merchandise in excess of $75 per person you will need to declare your items and pay the impuestos (taxes) before crossing into Mexico. You may import up to $1,000 USD in new merchandise per vehicle without the assistance of a Customs Broker. To declare items you are bringing into Mexico, turn left as you cross the border, just beyond the chainlink fence. Park in the designated spot and go into the Aduana Building in the middle of the two lanes. See Crossing the Border for more information on declaring merchandise. If your merchandise totals more than $1,000 USD per vehicle, you will need the assistance of a customs broker. Customs brokers are located on the Mexican side of the border. Park on the U.S. side and walk across to one of their offices. Customs Brokers in Sonoyta, Mex. Agencia Ibarrola (011-52-651) 512-1878 Aserco Imp. (011-52-651) 512-0009 MultiServicios Sinaloa (011-52-651) 512-1593 or 1599

INSURANCE Medical Insurance Family or personal trip/vacation medical insurance can be purchased by some providers in the U.S. Check your existing policy to see what coverage is offered while visiting Mexico. Most clinics in Rocky Point do not accept U.S. insurance as payment. Vehicle Insurance Mexican Law states that you MUST HAVE MEXICAN INSURANCE while driving in Mexico. A minimum of liability is required though full coverage is recommended. You can insure your driver’s license if driving a buggy, quad, rail, etc., but the vehicle cannot be insured for theft. If your vehicle is stolen, you must immediately file a local, federal (state) and U.S. police report. The insurance companies usually pay low blue book and extras such as rims, tires, stereo, etc. are not covered. Most U.S. policies ARE NOT recognized in Mexico. You may purchase insurance over the internet, phone, mail or stop at a number of places on your way to Rocky Point. Look in this issue for Mexican Insurance.

MILEAGE FROM ROCKY POINT TO Agua Prieta, Mexico.......................345 miles Ajo, Arizona......................................90 miles Caborca, Mexico.............................154 miles Ciudad Obregon, Mexico...............491 miles Guaymas, Mexico...........................408 miles Hermosillo, Mexico........................321 miles

Kino Bay, Mexico............................393 miles Las Vegas, Nevada..........................514 miles Los Angeles, California...................540 miles Lukeville, Arizona..............................66 miles Nogales, Mexico.............................287 miles Phoenix, Arizona............................217 miles San Carlos, Mexico.........................407 miles San Diego, California......................366 miles Santa Ana, Mexico.........................217 miles Sonoyta, Mexico..............................62 miles Tucson, Arizona..............................208 miles Yuma, Arizona................................260 miles Coastal Highway 003

This highway will run from Baja, California through Rocky Point to San Carlos. It is completed from El Golfo de Santa Clara to Rocky Point and from El Desemboque to Puerto Libertdad. Southern California visitors will be able to cut their driving time by using this beautiful, safe new highway! It is a nice, wide, 2-lane highway with rest stops, plenty of passing and wide shoulders for emergencies. See Driving to Puerto Peñasco at the beginning of this section.

PETS Only domestic animals (dogs & cats) are permitted into Mexico and you are allowed only two (2) animals per vehicle. You need to carry a copy of your pet’s current rabies vaccination certificate as you may be asked for it as you cross the border. Mexico has many stray animals roaming the streets so please keep an eye on your pet. Many pets are lost in Rocky Point each year due to unfamiliar surroundings and firework noise. If your animal is lost while visiting Rocky Point, we have found the best thing to do is scour the area where he/she was last seen. You can also pass out flyers to taxi drivers and water truck delivery men and post them all over town. Putting an announcement on the local AM and FM radio stations are also a good idea. Be sure you have a collar and tag on your animal as well as a current photo. Contrary to popular belief, your pet is not welcome at most establishments, especially where food is served. Please check with the staff before bringing your pet inside as the business can be fined for health violations.

RE-ENTERING THE UNITED STATES CLOSED MIDNIGHT - 6:00 AM Have your I.D. or Passport ready Bureau of Customs and Border Protection PO Box C, Lukeville, AZ 85341 (520) 387-5671, Fax: (520) 387-5309

Passports On June 1st, 2009, U.S. Citizens reentering the United States (via vehicle) from Mexico will be required to show their Passport, Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License, NEXXUS or SENTRI card. Everyone in the vehicle needs to provide one of the above forms if identificaton. Parents bringing their babies, who have not received their official birth certificate, may bring the temporary one issued by the hospital. Children 16 and under will be required to show a copy of their birth certificate. Wait Times Traffic is greatly increased during holiday and busy weekends. Please plan your trip accordingly. A good idea is to arrive a day early, and stay a day later. You can check border wait times on the internet at Permitted Items 100 cigars, 200 cigarettes 1 liter (39.8 fl. oz.) of alcohol, per person, 21 yrs. or older. You are NOT permitted, at the Lukeville Port of Entry, to pay duty and import additional alcohol. This is a Pima County law, not an Arizona or U.S. state law, so check with the individual border crossing. Fruits and Vegetables: bananas, blackberries, cactus fruits, dates, dewberries, grapes, lychees, melons, papayas, pineapples, and strawberries. (Most citrus such as oranges and grapefruit are NOT permitted.) Vegetables are permitted, except for those on the prohibited list. Okra, however, is subject to certain restrictions. Nuts: acorns, almonds, cocoa beans, chestnuts, coconuts (without husks or milk), peanuts, pecans, pinons (pinenuts), tamarind beans, walnuts and waternuts. Seafood: 50 lbs. of fish or shrimp per vehicle. Avoid customs penalties by declaring all articles acquired in Mexico, and in your possession at the time of your reentry into the United States. If in doubt whether an article should be declared, always declare it first to the Customs Officer on duty. If you understate the value of an article you declare, you may have to pay a penalty in addition to the payment of duty. If you fail to declare an article, acquired in Mexico, not only is the item subject to seizure, but you will be liable for a personal penalty. You are entitled to a $800 exemption in a 30 day period. Articles totaling $800 may be entered free of duty, subject to limitations on liquor, cigarettes & cigars. Prohibited Items Agricultural items are prohibited if they can carry plant pests or animal diseases. Cuban Cigars Medicine requires a prescription, carry a copy of your U.S. prescription with you. Fruits and Vegetables: sugarcane, potatoes, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams. (Exceptions: Cooked potatoes and avocados without seeds, except in California.) Plants, Seeds and Soil: plants and seeds require special permits. Soil and some plants are prohibited. Check in advance with agricultural inspectors. (Exception: some dried plant parts for medicinal purposes are permitted.) Meat and Game: pork, raw and cooked, including sausages, cold cuts, skins, and

pork tacos is prohibited. (Exceptions: shelf-stable, canned pork and hardcooked pork skins (cracklings) are permitted.) Poultry: raw meat from both domesticated and game fowl is prohibited. (Exception: thoroughly cooked poultry is permitted.) Eggs: prohibited. (Exceptions: boiled and cooked eggs are permitted.) Game: check with agricultural inspectors in advance. Live Birds: wild and domesticated birds, including poultry are prohibited. To import personally owned pet birds, contact agricultural inspectors in advance. Straw: generally prohibited. This includes wheat straw, seeds, animal feed, and all articles made from this material. In addition to the excepted items listed above, many agricultural items are permitted if they pass inspection to be sure they are free of pests, soil and sand.

SHUTTLE SERVICES Daily shuttle service is available from the Phoenix and Tucson areas to Rocky Point and cities in-between. Please contact the companies directly for their schedules and rates. If you need door to door service, clarify that they offer that service and if you need to be picked up at the airport make sure that the shuttle has a permit to pick up passengers at the airport. Head Out to Rocky Point (602) 971-0166, Toll Free 866-443-2368 Lloyds Rocky Point Shuttle and Tours (623) 551-568-9001, Toll Free 866-568-9001 Nena’s Transportation 388-7089 or (602) 442-6802 Located on Benito Juarez, N of the Baseball Stadium by Coffee Point Transportes Superior 383-3640 Calle Lazaro Cardenas, Esq. Benito Juarez Bus Station TNS/Estrella Blanca Sonoyta: Across the border on the west side of the street. 01-651-512-3374 At the Bus Station: 01-651-512-0784 Phoenix: 29th & VanBuren: 602-455-9522

TRAVEL BEYOND THE FREE ZONE Puerto Peñasco is located in the Free Zone, where you do not need vehicle/ tourist visas to visit. If you plan to travel beyond the Free Zone you will need the following: FMT (personal tourist visa) and your vehicle permit if you plan to drive. Personal Visa (FMT) Available at the I m m i g rat i o n Office in Sonoyta, on your right as you cross the border. They are open from 8:00 AM until Midnight. You will need to bring your birth certificate and/or valid driver’s license. You can either park on the U.S. side and walk across or you can go through the border and park. You will need to show your ID and fill out the necessary paperwork (it is in English and Spanish). Once you have filled out the paperwork you will take it over to Banca Serfin, pay approx. $195 pesos (per person) and return to the office to give them a copy. At this time you cannot obtain your FMT

in Peñasco, but the Immigration office can stamp your FM3 or FM2 for travel beyond the free zone. If you are flying into the airport you can obtain your FMT when you arrive at the Peñasco airport. By law, anyone who stays in Mexico for more than 72 hours, is required to have an FMT, whether you stay within the Free Zone or not. Automobile Visa The Free Zone covers most of Sonora, but if you plan to drive past Guaymas, Sonora, you will need to obtain a permit for your vehicle. This can be done in San Emeterio, about 20 miles south of Sonoyta on Hwy 2 or at the check point outside of Guaymas. The cost for this permit is approx. $44 dlls. You cannot get a permit in Rocky Point. You will need the original and 3 copies of: • Registration, Title and the valid driver’s license of the vehicle owner • Credit card in the vehicle owner’s name • FMT, FM3, FM2, Passport or birth certificate • Leasing contract (if the vehicle is rented or leased), which must be in the name of the person importing the vehicle. If the vehicle belongs to a company, the papers certifying the employee works for the company. If you do not have a credit card you can post a bond payable to the Federal Treasury issued by an authorized bonding company in Mexico. As an alternative to posting bond you may make a cash deposit at Banco del Ejercito in an amount equal to the value according to the “Table of Vehicle Values for Bonding Companies.” At Banco del Ejercito your credit card will be charged approx. $30 USD. A cash deposit will also be accepted if you do not have a credit card. Your deposit plus any interest will be returned to you when you leave Mexico. You may choose to obtain a bond through an authorized Mexican bonding company located at all border crossings. The bonding company also assess taxes and processing costs for this service. The vehicle permit is good for 6 months and for any type of vehicle weighing under 3 tons. When departing Mexico, and if you are not planning to drive the vehicle back into Mexico, the permit must be canceled with Customs. If your car is found in Mexico, beyond the Free Zone, and beyond the authorized time, or without the appropriate papers, it will be confiscated. Always carry the importation permit with you when driving your vehicle into Mexico. Take it with you when you exit the vehicle - do not leave this document in your car. Make a copy and leave a copy in the car - same with your insurance. The sale, abandonment or use of the vehicle for financial gain, a criminal act, etc. will result in its confiscation. The vehicle may be driven by the spouse or adult children as long as they have the same immigration status. It is a good idea to get a notarized document, if you are driving a vehicle beyond the free zone that is not registered in your name, nor the owner is in the vehicle. It should simply state that the owner has given you permission to drive the vehicle, you may want to include the make, model, year, color and VIN number. The Rocky Point Times Newspaper strives to keep the information up-to-date. Laws, rules and info. change constantly, so if you notice an error, or have additional info., please let us know so that we may change the info. Contact us with questions or corrections at rptimes@ or phone (480) 463-6255 or local 383-6325.


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American Legion MX 15 Cultural Differences reflected Puerto Peñasco, Mexico on Easter Holiday Traditions Now here comes the big pitch. We need all the help we can get. All donations and

By Rob Baylor

By Rita Pizarro

Maybe I’ll start this off by saying “My Fellow Americans and The People of Mexico.”

As you might have heard, the people from the shacks along the tracks are being relocated to the North of town. They have meager shelter, no water, and no electricity. They have a long way to walk to the store to get food. Once they get food they have no way to cook it. The children have no tables or chairs that they can play or color on. They sit all day on a makeshift bed. They have limited toys and recreation supplies that will help keep them together as a family. They need items that will aid them to grow up and be good citizens. The families are quick to let us know our help is very much appreciated.

The American Legion is trying to feed 23 families (160 people) weekly with the bare necessities to survive. Every Wednesday the food fund manager delivers what is available, which includes rice, beans, vegetables and some kind of protein. Supplies come from the profits of the Post along with donations of food and money from friends of the Legion. We have some members who pay a charter boat to go fishing and all the fish are donated to the food program. Clothes and other items donated are put in a garage sale a few times a year. The proceeds go to the food fund.

volunteers are welcome. Your donations of money or items you no longer need can be brought to the American Legion on Chihuahua, North of the Pink Cadillac. Paul Raddatz, the food fund manager, has been doing an excellent job of making sure all donations are put in the fund. He shops several days a week to get the “best bang” for the buck. Every year he is Santa Claus for 5 days visiting the barrios and different establishments. He carries a bucket of gumballs in his van and little kids, policemen and construction workers all get them as a treat.

Here are some other projects which have been accomplished by the American Legions members since the first of the year: 1. We donated 1500 feet of rope for clothes lines. 2. We built a swing for the kids. 3. We built a table and reconditioned a used chair for a little girl to color on. 4. We took them pallets for fire wood, water to drink and a BBQ to cook on. 5. We raised $100 for a bus ticket to Hermosillo so a lady with cancer could get a transfusion. This same lady received supplies for tortillas to sell to help support the family. We thank you for your continued support and for reading our story.

April is here and with it the pastel colors, baby chicks and Easter bunnies, and baskets with colorful eggs filled with candy correct? Not if you live in Mexico. Actually, most kids have never seen or heard of the Easter Bunny. In Mexico, Easter week is called “Semana Santa” or Holy week, the closer you are to the center of the country the more traditional people you will find where Easter is all about Christ’s death and subsequent resurrection. Forty days before Easter Sunday is the start of the tradition with “Miercoles de Ceniza” or Ash Wednesday followed by what is called “Cuaresma” or Lent. This is an invitation to a change of life and to forgive and become more spiritual and closer to God. It is related to the 40 days Christ spent in the Desert, the 40 days of Moses in the mountain and the 40 years the Jews spent in their travels through the desert, also related to the biblical meaning of the number 40, meaning change and new times. It is considered an opportunity to have a new beginning and a change in our lives. Throughout this 40 days there will be many religious manifestations of faith by the Mexican people, including people walking on their knees to see the Virgin of Guadalupe, this is the most adored Mexican representation of the mother of God represented in darker skin. She appeared to a Mexican Native of humble origin called Juan Diego in times of the Spanish Colony, she called to him asking for a place of worship for her Son. Juan Diego went to the highest priest who, after a long wait, received him but didn’t believe him and asked him for a signal. When Juan Diego returned, the Virgin asked him to go to the top of the hill and pick the flowers that were there. It was December 12, in that time of the year there are no flowers on the dry hills but without hesitation Juan Diego climbed to the top, showing his faith. Once there he found himself in a paradise surrounded by beautiful flowers, he collected some of them in his mantle and went back to the highest priest dropping the cloth and saying to him that the flowers were the sign from the Virgin. In this cloth lay the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the same we can still see today in the “Basilica the Guadalupe” the church that was built just below the hill where she first appeared. The image of the Virgin of Guadalupe has become a sign that unites Mexicans as a nation more than any flag or government ever has. Even on September 16th, 1810, Independence Day for Mexico, it was the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe that united people to fight for freedom. Today this image it can be seen in cars, inside of homes, niches on the side of the road, churches, key chains, billfolds, figurines, T-shirts etc... The religious meaning of Easter is just a token of the differences between Mexico and

USA culturally. Where, instead of colorful chicks and candies, we see people walking for miles carrying crosses. We see giant reenactments of the crucifixion, sometimes with hundreds of thousands of people attending them, where children see bloody actors with thorny crowns and bloody hands and feet rather than actors in fluffy costumes trying to look like giant rabbits (not sure which one is scariest?). And instead of a day full of candy they have 40 days of repentance and abstinence, culminating of course in the joyous celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Easter Sunday in Mexico does include lots of Mexican food and big family gatherings, after the proper visit to church and a walk through the streets of the town with the image of Christ alive and between us. This is a small reflection of how even Love is perceived differently, and in this regard the words aren’t enough in English to even describe the difference, since Love has 3 different words in Spanish and only one in English. Even though as a whole the English language has many more words than the Spanish language, it just has strangely less words when it comes to feelings and particularly Love! Either way, in Mexico and a lot of Latin America, ‘Love’ is to feel intense pain inside, how so? It’s in the culture, a culture of sacrifice, intense feelings and drama, without it the feeling wouldn’t be intense enough to be really called Love. There is a very popular song that says: “To care for someone is not the same as loving someone. Caring for someone is enjoying, Loving is suffering; he who loves gives up his life”. This is just a small example and a reflection of the big dramatic perception of Love. Love songs, new and old, are just a token of the deep feelings, the enveloping dramas, the unending passions and the acceptance of pain and suffering that go together with intense caring for someone and the sacrifice that accompanies the deep and rich Latin American Culture where, rather than pastel pinks you will find rich bleeding crimson reds and intense hues not only of colors but of feelings, tastes, sounds, and aromas where all your senses can be felt richer. When you go to a family gathering and you hear everyone talking loudly at the same time, don’t think it’s a heated argument, that is just the normal course of a family gathering where everyone just seems a bit more intense like the flavor of chili powder and Mole, the scent of incense and marigolds in a temple or church or the sounds of the traditional dancers drums that you can feel in your stomach. There is so much to be discovered when you explore some cultural differences and go beyond the surface to discover what is within the people of Mexico. Also, in all of Mexico, Easter week is a major holiday. Children are excused from schools for two weeks. Many government agencies are closed, and the beaches in Puerto Peñasco receive more visitors than any other week in the entire year! So, if you want to come down for Easter, prepare to find a little bit of crowds and a lot of Latin families. Book ahead, as many times booking are 100% on this week. Enjoy the beautiful Spring weather and see you at the Beach! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Arizona’s Sea By Steve Franklin

As spring break approaches I am proud to say that I have spent my last 20 years visiting Rocky Point Mexico every year at this time. There is so much to offer in the little fishing village south of the border. Rocky Point is the closest drive from the Phoenix area to reach the ocean, and what a beautiful ocean it is. In less than four hours you and your family can be walking along the soft sand beaches of Puerto Peñasco looking out to the calm blue waters of the Sea of Cortez or enjoying one of the three golf courses in the RP (Rocky Point) area. There are so many water sports to enjoy as well, from fishing to jet skiing, water skiing, kite and wind surfing, sailing, or just simply laying out and taking in the rays of the abundant sunshine that RP provides.

I have spent 30 years on the streets of Phoenix as a fire fighter and my last 5 years in law enforcement, and I am here to tell you I feel safer and more relaxed spending time in Rocky Point than ever before. What’s the old saying? “Don’t believe everything you hear”. Once you have experienced the people, culture and the nature down Mexico way, you will see what I mean.

There isn’t a time of the year that Rocky Point doesn’t have something to offer its visitors. From January through April you will encounter hoards of sea mammals playing and carrying on in the Sea. There are four types of whales that visit RP each winter. The Minke, Grey, Fin and Humpback. Some facts about these creatures you may not know. Did you know the Grey Whale only gives birth in one body of water in the world, yep you guessed it, the Sea of Cortez. The Fin Whale is the second largest whale in the world. Humpback Whales are considered the ‘Songsters of the Sea’ as they sing to their mate a delightful bellowing melody that carries for miles across the ocean. Humpbacks are also one of the only whales in the world that conduct a full breach high into the air and regularly flap their tails on the surface of the water. This time of the year I have seen the Fin and the Humpback whales on each trip out to the sea. They have never let me down.

I posted a video that I produced on YouTube titled: “Rocky Point Mexico Humpback Whale” that will show you some of the whales we encountered. I think you will enjoy it. Another beautiful sea creature that roams the oceans of the world is the Dolphin. There are two main dolphins that frequent the waters of RP year around, the Bottle Nosed Dolphin and the Spinner Dolphin. Last week, (Jan 2014), we arrived to spectacular 75 degree days and were lucky enough to witness a ‘Dolphin Stampede’. There were thousands of Dolphins that surrounded our boat and the escapade went on for hours. I have some of this video footage on YouTube as well titled: “Dolphin Stampede in Rocky Point Mexico”. Although we felt the dolphins were following our every move, they were really chasing a giant fish ‘bait ball’ that may have been as large as a half mile wide. While

Gull in a Pool

By Mike Bibb

we were observing a Humpback whale in the area, the dolphins appeared out of the horizon and marched right towards us. Being a curious and playful sea mammal, they couldn’t resist in playing in our wake at the bow of the boat in the middle of their quest for lunch. Everyone in our party wished they could jump in and swim along with one of God’s most awesome creatures. Each of us has a “Bucket List” of some sort. For me, I can honestly say I scratched off two big items on my bucket list while visiting the beautiful waters off the Rocky Point coast. Getting up close to a Humpback Whale and being in the middle of a Dolphin Stampede. Steve Franklin photos can be viewed and purchased at Xochitl›s Restaurant in Cholla Bay and at Gaby›s Gallery near the fish market - Custom orders on prints and frames accepted.

Ordinarily, Sea Gulls are found cavorting in the sea. Hence the name, Sea Gull. But every now and then Mother Nature pulls a joke, or a cantankerous gull simply feels inclined to stray off the beaten path. While lodging at the Laos Mar Hotel in early March, I was entertained by a spirited gull who seemed to prefer the chlorinated water of the motel’s swimming pool to the salty environs of the nearby Sea of Cortez. At first, I thought he may have mistaken the rocky formations of the pool’s exterior decor with a distant mirage of Bird Island. An innocent mistake. After all, the hotel is painted white with decorative rocklike structures adorning the pool area, which might unintentionally confuse an unsuspecting gull into becoming disoriented by the similarities. Possible, but not probable, as I would soon discover. Following several moments of intense observation, the feisty feathered creature decided to test the water. Making several swooping passes, as if to determine if the pool actually contained crystal clear water or if it was simply a bleached white hole in the ground, the bird flew low over the pool, dangled one foot into the cool water and abruptly ascended to the roof ’s edge. Continuing to appraise the situation, apparently not certain if the water was safe to enter, he again repeated the slow glide, foot dragging across the water’s surface, then pulled-up and returned to his rooftop perch. Apparently convinced the water posed no danger, he skillfully coasted down to poolside, walked a few steps to the water’s edge and hopped in. Standing atop a submerged rock, it didn’t take long until he was frolicking like a pro. Dunking his head, flapping wings and shaking tail feathers, it soon became obvious the gull was enjoying his newly discovered personal aquatic park. And why not? Who needs an old salty sea or beach crowded with other birds, dogs, people and low flying ultra-lights, when a guy can cool-off with a refreshing swim in the privacy of the neighbor’s nice clean pool? Now, “What time is Happy Hour? By the way, tell the wife I’ll be working a little late tonight.” • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Medicinal Uses of Silver By Rosarie Salerno

Circa 400 BCE, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, applied silver to heal wounds. The term “born with a silver spoon in his/her mouth”, comes from the fact that during the Dark Ages wealthy people ate off of silver plates, with silver utensils, drank from silver cups and used silver storage containers, in order to protect them from the plague. During the Civil War, doctors used silver needles with silver thread to suture wounded soldiers in order to limit infection. Pioneers would put a .999 silver coin in their milk to extend freshness, and in water to kill bacteria. During the First World War, soldiers used silver leaf to treat infections. Silver nitrate was administered to cure ulcers; we now know the cause of ulcers is a bacterium. Through research it has been found that silver interferes with the metabolism of the bacteria and causes cell membrane walls to become more permeable and damages their DNA. Diluted silver nitrate was put into the eyes of newborn babies to protect them from infection. When penicillin was invented, silver was virtually forgotten for use as an antibiotic, antiseptic and disinfectant. Modern uses of silver include, coating catheters to prevent infections, some podiatrist use silver nitrate to cure fungal infections in the nail bed. A cream of silver sulfadiazine has been used in burn centers for over 40 years. Some fabric manufacturers incorporate silver threads in socks, to prevent jungle rot in feet and body odors. Some hospital sheets and bandages are made with silver. Silver is being used in water filtration systems at the Cincinnati Zoo and the International Space Station. The overuse of antibiotics has created resistant strains of bacteria. Antibiotics also kill the good flora in the gut, the largest organ of the immune system, of people and animals. It is a routine practice to give livestock antibiotics to stimulate growth; without signs of illness. Eighty percent of all antibiotics sold are used for livestock. Recent research reports that 81% of ground turkey, 69% of pork, 55% of beef and 39% chicken parts purchased contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This needless medication of livestock is passed on to humans and

animals, including your pets. Depending upon who is doing the research, mixed data is published and adds to the confusion of the effectiveness or negative side effects of using silver. Some research states that the use of silver may interact with the efficient use of some prescription medications and some antibacterial drugs. While other research says that adding silver may make the anti-biotic more effective against antibiotic-resistance strains. Colloidal silver can be purchased as a supplement and is used in homeopathic remedies. Colloidal silver is a suspension of microscopic particles of silver in water. Bacteria is said not to become resistant to silver. Many people are advocates of the use of colloidal silver as an internal and topical application to cure diseases. It is believed by some to improve the immune system, can be used as an antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal remedy and helps to cure colds and flu. When used topically it’s known to cure athlete’s foot and vaginal infections. It has been shown to cure Candida Albicans and 650 other disease pathogens. The use of colloidal silver is controversial. The FDA considers any of the health claims to heal as not true, and has not approved it for medical use. International clinical studies have found that colloidal silver is an effective cure for the deadly MRSA, Methicillinresistant staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a mutated form of the well-known pathogen Staphylococcus aureus (also known as staph). MRSA is responsible for approximately 19,000 deaths a year; more than the yearly deaths due to AIDS. Silver is a metal and can accumulate in organs. Excessive consumption of silver can have side effects, such as argyria, which is a darkening of the skin, and may cause more serious complications of neurological, renal or hepatic damage. As with any use of supplements, please do diligent investigation and consult your health care provider regarding safety of using silver. Hopefully, more investigations of silver and the use of colloidal silver will be done in the future as a natural cure, however big pharmaceutical companies don’t want the competition of natural cures; they make their money selling US FDA approved drugs.

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Ajo, Arizona: Paradise for Plants and People By Allan Dunstan, Ajo Botanical Company

in 1982, mapped the plant communities in the SW U.S. and NW Mexico. It described this area as: “Truly spectacular, it is the best watered and least desert-like desert scrub in North America”.

Grey foliage and blue flowers Texas sage” Tall yellow. Mexican Bird of Paradise, flowering plant.

For a minute, forget everything man has created: the mine, the Arizona-Mexico border and even the historic town Plaza. Think of the location on earth that Ajo is privileged to occupy. This is a spectacular combination of climate, topography and natural resources with few equals around the world.

This emotional reaction is uncommon for a scientific document that uses lots of Latin and only metric units.

The beautiful symmetry of straight down on cact Agave parryi.

Red flowering “Coral Fountain at La Siesta” plant.

Ajo is the gateway to a wide variety of unique features including dense stands of Organ Pipe cacti, the Pinacate volcanic craters and wildlife not found anywhere else on earth. And, I think it is fair to include an ocean bounded by a 1,100 mile peninsula.

Areas that support a wide variety of plant life are a great indicator of favorable longterm weather patterns and are likely the most comfortable for people too. Ajo certainly fits that description. As an example, Ajo Botanical Company planted well over 100 different species of trees and shrubs at the La Siesta Motel. And not one was lost in the February freeze of 2011, widely considered to be the worst in 50 years. As a plant hobbyist, I always regarded San Diego as having one of the best climates

Mesquite tree. Native Mesquite with aloe in garden and agave varieties. “Heart of the Sonoran Desert” is more than a marketing ploy. In terms of landmass, it is literally true. This world-renowned desert is comprised of six subdivisions stretching from Needles, CA in the north to the western coast of Baja California and from Palm Springs in the west to an area close to the Arizona-New Mexico border. Ajo lies in the favored Arizona Upland subdivision of the Sonoran Desert. A landmark study, originally published by the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum

Organ Pipe in foreground. “A sample of the wide-open looking out to rock formations spaces surrounding Ajo”. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Plants among boulders “Rare elephant trees with ocotillo” for growing a variety of species. It also has very comfortable year round weather for people. Based on firsthand experience, I think Ajo is comparable for both life forms. The big difference is five million people vs. 4,000 people and only one stop light. Some residents have said they chose Ajo by looking at the Weather Channel temperature map. It is not unusual to see Ajo included in one of the only yellow areas (60’s to 70’s) while the rest of the U.S. is covered in blue and purple (freezing). Besides the wonderful weather, Ajo offers a much lower stress lifestyle. It may sound cliché, but it really is true that you seldom go anywhere without someone waving or saying hello. And there are a wide variety of

recreational and cultural activities to keep life fun and interesting. Pick up a copy of the Ajo Copper News or log on to the Ajo Chamber of Commerce website for information about events like the Sonoran Shindig Festival, Fiddlers’ Contest, a Tri-National Symposium, Tucson Symphony Orchestra concerts, art exhibits and more. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound. Clean air and wide-open spaces make Ajo a great place to launch hiking and biking expeditions. In fact, a Mountain Biking Tour map will soon be available at the Visitor Center in the Plaza. Or if you just want to take it easy, you can sit almost anywhere and soak in the plants, wildlife and mountains. It is no wonder that you hear people in Ajo use the expression, “just another beautiful day in paradise.” The plants agree!

Organ Pipe cacti. An Organ Pipe trio

Young Life International to Hold Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser on Saturday, May 3rd Young Life has been making a difference in the lives of teenagers in more than 70 countries around the world since 1941. Puerto Peñasco is their first club in all of Mexico. Their staff and leadership are trained in time tested methods of relating with teens and they are backed and equipped by the world class Young Life International. Young Life offers hope through Christian values, a reality of fun, adventure, games, friendship, and giving kids a sense of significance. Their leaders enter the world of kids and focus on what matters to them. In the coming year, Young Life Peñasco is looking to be able to add Wyldlife Club for middle schoolers, and Young Lives Club to help single moms. This group doesn’t start with the program. It starts with adults concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, and to build bridges of actual friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight, they take time, patience, trust, and consistency. Young Life leaders log many hours with the kids around the world, where they are, and as they are. Leaders faithfully attend school plays, soccer games, mingle with teenagers, and play games at the local playgrounds. They listen to the stories and learn what’s important to the kids because they genuinely care about them and their real feelings and concerns. “We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. They begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning, and purpose” says the director. “This is the first step of a lifelong journey. The choices that they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions, chosen careers,

marriages formed, and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader reached out and entered their world”. But, they need your support. On Saturday, May 3rd, Young Life will be holding a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser at Mother’s Park, in front of the baseball stadium on Benito Juarez (main blvd.), from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. There will be food, drink, carnival games, entertainment, music, raffles, and a wonderful silent auction. Please show your support and attend this wonderful fiesta and fundraiser. The funds raised at this event will help 90 Puerto Peñasco teenagers attend summer camp. This camp experience can be a life changer. The week long camp combines the elements of adventure, new settings, and discovery to help kids experience one of the greatest weeks of their lives.

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By Barb Mumaugh

We really appreciate everyone that stopped in or made donations over the last few months. It’s great to have your help and support. We could never do what we do without you! As many of you know, we are putting the finishing touches on the new clinic. We are very excited to have a nice place for visiting or local vets to work. In order to finish things up, we need medical supplies like gauze, gloves and bandages. Anything you would find in a vet clinic, we need it! Check with your local vet to see if they have donations they would like to send down. It’s difficult to get many of our dogs to town for vet care. Having a vet onsite to help with our dogs and the other dogs in the neighborhood, would be a blessing.

Our biggest need is always dog food. We go through a few bags of food a day and would appreciate any donations. The dogs that come to us are usually in bad shape, underweight and shy. It takes many of our dogs a long time to get better and some dogs will live their entire lives with us. The only way we keep moving forward is with your help. No donation

is too small. Even a few minutes of your time to pet a dog, chat with Barb or drop off a few dollars goes a long way for the dogs in our care. We also have some great puppies and dogs of all sizes that need forever homes. Stop in and spend some time with us. Not ready to adopt? Consider fostering a dog to give it a break from the shelter and help it find it’s forever home.

All donations are welcome! Please help us save as many dogs as possible. You can make an online donation on our website or Facebook page. You can also stop out to the shelter we are located north of town on Highway 8, the main highway between Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta. When heading north out of town, Barb’s is located on the west (left) side of the road, about 2 ½ miles north of the Carbora turn off. Look for our bright yellow signs.

In case we don’t say it enough, we are so thankful to The City of Peñasco for their help and support. We also wish to thank all the animal rescues in Peñasco. Please consider adopting one of our Mexico mutts. They make the best pets!

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GENERALINFORMATION ATV’s ATV’S ARE NOT PERMITTED ON CITY BEACHES Please follow these rules when riding ATV’s in Rocky Point. • Helmets recommended • Only 2 persons per ATV • No riding after dark • Driver’s must be 16 yrs. of age • Do not race, jump, do wheelies, etc. • Do not drink and drive DO NOT RIDE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS Main Blvd. Benito Juarez Blvd. Fremont or in the Old Port

You will be fined if riding in these areas. Fines are to be paid only at the police station.

$$ BANKING & MONEY $$ Typical Bank Hours Mon.-Fri. open 8:30 or 9 AM, close 4 or 5 PM Saturday 9 or 10 AM - 2 PM Banks do not offer Safety Deposit Boxes BANKS IN PUERTO PEÑASCO BANAMEX Sucursal Pinacate Blvd. Benito Juárez & Campeche 383-3943 or 383-4830 Blvd. Benito Juárez & Blvd. López Portillo 388-5842 or 388-5844 BANCOMER 383-2947 or 383-2430 Blvd. Benito Juárez & V. Estrella and in Plaza Fremont BANORTE 383-5955 • Blvd. Benito Juárez 388-6901 • Blvd. Fremont & Sinaloa SANTANDER SERFIN 383-2091 or 383-4288 Blvd. Benito Juárez & Calle 13 Hwy. 85, north of town ATM MACHINES ATM’s are located at the banks and have 24 hr. access. They give pesos only. When the machine prompts Pesos? Dollars? you must select pesos or your transaction will be aborted. There are U.S. ATM machines in Ajo, Why and Lukeville, AZ. CHECKS & CREDIT CARDS Most merchants do not accept U.S. checks and they are not cashable at banks or money exchanges. Some merchants do accept credit cards, but check first and ask if there is an additional charge. MONEY EXCHANGE All merchants accept USD. If you would like to exchange your dollars into pesos you can do so at one of the banks or at the money exchanges. Depending on the exchange rate, sometimes you are better off paying in USD or pesos, you will have to do the math. TRAVELERS CHECKS Travelers Checks are accepted by some merchants, but are not cashable at any bank in Puerto Peñasco. U.S. BANKS Closest U.S. bank to Puerto Peñasco National Bank 101 La Mina Avenue, Ajo, AZ 85321 (520) 387-7616 Mon.-Thurs. 9-4, Fri. 9-5 They do not exchange pesos or Canadian $

WIRE SERVICE You can send money to a person in Rocky Point, from the U.S., by using MoneyGram or Western Union. MoneyGram transfers are picked up at

Coppel Department Store on Ave. Constitucion (across from Super Ley grocery store). It must say Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico and the receipent must have a driver’s license or a passport and the transaction number to retrieve the money. Western Union transfers may be picked up at the local post office during business hours, must show proof of ID. You cannot wire money to a bank for someone who does not have an account.

CAMPING DRY CAMPING There are a few places to dry camp on the beach north and south of Rocky Point, but really nowhere in city limits except on Sandy Beach next to The Reef. RV PARKS Almost all of the RV Parks in Puerto Peñasco offer tent camping. There are three oceanfront rv parks with services available and many more in town or with an ocean view. Oceanfront RV parks are: Cholla Bay - The Reef El Mirador - Playa de Oro Sandy Beach - Playa Bonita Pets are allowed on the beaches and at the RV parks. Dogs must be leashed and please pick up after them. See “Pets” in this section for more information. Please call the individual park for their rates and reservations.

CHURCHES 7th Day Adventist Church Pastor Antulio Espinoza Ave. Sinaloa (between Alberto Lizárraga & Gregorio Escalante) Tel: (044-638) 110-5538 Worship Saturday 9:30am Adonai Comunidad Cristiana Lucero Viuda de Morúa #257 between López Mateos & Healy Col. Luis Donaldo Colosio Tel. 638.383.3865 Assembly of God 383-3364 Ave. Luis Encinas & 27th Street Apostolic Church Constitucion Ave. & 15th Street Grupo Unidad Cristianos de Peñasco Pastor Ernesto Portugal 383-2240 North on Benito Juarez to Simon Morua, turn right (east), 1 blk. past Ace Hardware, turn right, church is on your left before Melchor Ocampo. English Headphone available Sunday Services 9:30am-11:15 & 11:30-1:30 Thursday: 7:30 - 9:00pm Church office hours Monday - Friday 9:30am to 2:00pm Peñasco Christian Fellowship 383-4513 ask for Stan or Becky Tedrow On Melchor Ocampo, 1/2 blk. E. of Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez. Bilingual Services Sunday Services: 10am and 11:15am Wednesday Services: 7:00pm Family of God Christian Fellowship Non-Denominational Worship Services 383-3480 Blvd. Costero N 2000A, Fracc. Las Palomas English Services, Everyone Welcome Spanish Translation Offered Sunday Services: 9:00am Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (Sacred Heart Church) Paseo V. Estrella in Old Port. Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 388-6244 Stadium road, on the left side just before Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, behind COFESA Sunday-English 9:30AM

Mormon Church 18th St & Cuauhtémoc Ave Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe 383-2959 Calle 20 Simon Morua Sunday Services: 8:00 am and 10:00 am 1:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm Rocky Point Bible Church Iglesia Ev. Nuevo Nacimiento Pastor Manuel Agundez Blvd. Samuel Ocaña between San Luis and Guillermo Prieto Services in Spanish, but many English speaking groups attend to translate Services Sunday and Wednesday and Bible Study Groups Children’s Ministry every Saturday in Colonia Nueva Good News Club with Esperanza de Vida San Francisco Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Sunday Service: 11:00 am San Judas Tadeo near old Cholla Bay Road Sunday Services: 5:00 pm San Martin de Porres Ave. Luis Encinas Sunday Services: 9:00 am Templo La Hermosa 383-7130 Pastor Carlos Gracian Located next to the new cemetery Sunday Services: 10:00 am WEDDINGS: You need the proper documentation to be legally married in Mexico. Please see the “Weddings” section for more information

EMERGENCIES Puerto Peñasco’s hospitals and clinics handle a variety of emergency and nonemergency situations. Most visitors visit one of the Clinics (listed below) or the Red Cross for emergency services. Ground and air ambulance transport services are available. CLINICS Clínica Santa Fe Simón Morúa, 2nd corner off of Blvd. Benito Juárez English speaking doctors Lab on site, X-rays 383-2447 or 383-4040 Clínica San Jose 383-5121 English Speaking Doctors Blvd. Benito Juarez Clínica Santa Isabel (Maternity) 383-3645 Puerto Peñasco Clínica Santa María 383-2440 Puerto Peñasco Sandy Beach Medical Center 388-7676 Cellular: 044-638-110-7898 Dr. Jesús González Gaytán Blvd. Paseo de Las Dunas (On Sandy Beach) 24 Hr. Emergency Service Available Full Service Outpatient Medical Clinic English speaking doctor and staff CLOSEST U.S. CLINIC Desert Senita Health Center 401 Malcate, Ajo, AZ 85321 Off main blvd. at curve, N of the bank (520) 387-5651 CRUZ ROJA (RED CROSS) EMERGENCY DIAL 065 383-2266

Cruz Roja Mexicana Services are absolutely free 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week Red Cross does not receive any funding and operate solely on donations. Your contributions will be welcome at any time in their office on Blvd Fremont or stop when you see them on your way into town. Red Cross has Technicians and Instructors available in case of a disaster in Puerto Peñasco. They treat non-life threatening wounds and can prepare patients for ground or air ambulance service to U.S. OTHER IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS dialed from Mexico AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE AirEvac......................001-880-321-9522 Sky Med...................001-866-805-9624 CLINICS...............see Clincs on this page HOSPITALS Community.............................383-4566 IMSS........................................383-5186 EMERGENCY NUMBERS WHEN IN DOUBT DIAL 066 Electric dial...071 Fire Department dial...068 Marine Rescue dial...462,627 or 767 VHF Channel 26 is monitored by CBSC Police dial...060

FIRST AID Scorpion Stings First aid for any scorpion sting should involve cooling the wound, which allows the body to more easily break down the molecular structure of the venom. Cooling also reduces pain. Use ice or cool running water if available. On a warm night, a wet compress will help. Keep the victim calm and still. Panic and activity speed up the venom’s spread. Symptoms may include heavy sweating, difficulty swallowing, blurred vision, loss of bowel control, jerky muscular reflexes, and respiratory distress. These serious signs are cause for quick evacuation to a medical facility. Antitoxins are available in many areas where dangerous scorpions live. The doctors, clinics and Red Cross are experts at treating stings. Snake Bites Yes! We do have snakes in Puerto Peñasco. Not usually found in city areas. If you are bitten by a rattlesnake, or any other kind of venmous snake, seek medical attention immediately. Anti-venom is available here in Peñasco. Jellyfish They are usually bright blue and are present in our waters during June, July and August, although they are sometimes hard to see because of the clarity of the water. Some years we have a few, and other years we have tons. In some beach communities, you will find far less than others. A good test to see if they are present, is to look along the tidelines for any that have washed ashore - if they’re up there then there’s a pretty good chance they’re in the water. Use caution when walking barefoot on the beach or digging through the sand with your hands, they can still sting you (I know from experience). If you are stung, get to a doctor or the Red Cross immediately for treatment.

Stingray Stings Our Rocky Point doctors, clinics and Red Cross are well adept at treating stings. The best way to avoid a sting is by doing the “stingray shuffle!” To avoid stepping on a ray, shuffle your feet slowly as you move through the surf to scare the rays away. Round stingrays are very good at burying in the sand and will remain buried even as you approach. By shuffling your feet you will brush against them and they will scurry away. If you walk through the water as you normally do you will most likely step square on the back of them which causes their barbed tail to come up and sting you. Be extra careful in area where the sediment is silty/sand or where the water is particularly warm. What do you do if you get stung by a ray? Get out of the water and head to the nearest doctor. If you are stranded out where these facilities are not available follow these steps and seek medical attention as soon as you can. First, let the wound bleed - this will allow any toxins entered with the barb to get out. Next, immerse the wound in hot water, as hot as the patient can stand for approximately 45 minutes: This denatures the protein toxin and relieves a majority of the pain. Then treat wound as any other puncture wound or cut, keep clean and bandage: This reduces the chance of infection, promotes healing. If pain or bleeding persists, if wound is large or if patient shows signs of an allergic reaction, see a doctor immediately! If you are staying at a resort go to the desk or convenience store - they may have a first aid kit with a treatment.

FISHING & BOATING PERSONAL WATERCRAFT You do not need to obtain a boat permit for your persona watercraft. However, if you plan to fish from your boat, each person fishing must have a fishing license which can be purchased here in Puerto Peñasco. As with vehicles, it is a good idea to carry two copies of your title and registration for your watercraft and trailer. DO NOT BRING THE ORIGINALS! One copy should be kept on your boat/watercraft and the other shoud be carried on your person or put in a safe location during your stay. FISHING PERMITS You MUST have a fishing license for everyone onboard a boat, even if they are not fishing, permits are checked. You do not need a permit if you are fishing from the shore. Permits can be obtained locally at the Capitania de Puerto, M-F, 8AM to 3PM or at the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix. Fishing Permit Rates (approx.) Pesos Daily - $106.00; Weekly - $220.00 Monthly - $315.00; Yearly - $410.00 CHARTERS Many charter boats and pangas are available for hire by the hour/half-day/ day, or organized trip. We do not have any companies that rent boats for your personal use. Charter boats are located all over town and at the docks and on your way into Old Port (right hand side) as well as at Safe Marina and in Cholla Bay. Reputable charters are always the best choice. Please make sure there is enough safety gear on the boat for all persons in your party and that the captain has a marine radio in the event of an emergency.

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SEASONAL FISHING Spring: March, April, May Yellowtail, Grouper, Snapper, Whitefish, Pinto and Bass Summer: June, July, August Sailfish, Dolphin Fish, Marlin, Skipjack, Sierra Fall: September, October, November Sailfish, Dolphin Fish, Marlin, Skipjack, Sierra Winter: December, January, February Yellowtail, Grouper, Pinto Bass, Snapper

There are many internet cafes where you can check your email or surf the net. Some have computer stations and some offer WiFi. Most of the larger RV parks, hotels and condos have wireless and/or computer centers for your use. Telefonos de Mexico (TelMex) offers Prodigy internet service for land lines.

The Mexican Notario is a highly specialized lawyer authorized by the Mexican Government. They intervene in civil and commercial business. Your best interest is supposed to be the Notario Publico’s main concern. They give judicial advisement according to Mexican Law and their authority exceeds that of a lawyer and is similar to that of an arbitrator in the U.S. You should consult a Notario when: buying or selling property, foreign Investments, inheritance, wills, mortgages, contracts, private contracts, financial operations, credit titles, arbitration, bank trusts, etc.

Call U.S. & Canada from Mexico dial 001+(area code)+7 digit number


Puerto Peñasco Post Office (011-52-638) 383-2350 Monday - Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm Money Wires, Telegrams & Mail Located just off Blvd. Fremont next to Proaset Realty. The post office does not offer U.S. postal services. To send a letter in Mexico, you need a Mexican stamp, which can be purchased at the post office. They do not sell U.S. stamps. You may receive mail at your residence, however it takes approx. 2-4 weeks to arrive and the system is not terribly reliable.


IMMIGRATION OFFICE Open Mon.-Fri. 8:00AM - 12:00NOON (011-52-638) 383-2526 For more info on how to obtain your Visitor or Permanent Resident Visa go to index.php and click on the English tab, or you can go directly to the Immigration Office and they will be happy to help you. The office is located on Blvd. Fremont at Fremont Plaza, next to Bancomer. There are many companies and individuals which can assist you with your immigration paperwork, please look in our Classified Section, under “Services” for suggestions.

GREEN ANGELS Angeles Verdes EMERGENCY DIAL 078 The Green Angels patrol the highway (Hwy. 8) from Puerto Peñasco to Sonoyta offering free roadside assistance to ve- hicles experiencing mechanical problems. Their trucks are green and white and clearly marked. They are on patrol from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week. What to do if you need help? If you need assistance on the highway, whether it be a broken fan belt, blown tire or empty gas tank, pull over to the side of the road and lift the hood of your vehicle. If it is at night, please use your flashers for safety and always move as far away from the highway as you can to avoid accidents. Lifting your hood signals the Green Angels, as well as other helpful travellers, that you are in distress and in need of help. The Green Angels do not charge for their mechanical services, but you will need to pay for your own auto parts, gas, oil, etc. The Green Angels offer the following services: Aide in the event of an accident Emergency radio communication Mechanical assistance Tourist Information

LATITUDE & LONGITUDE Latitude - 31°, 19 minutes N Longitude - 113°, 32 min. W Bird Island: 31°, 01.31 min., N by 113°, 14.93 min. W


U.S. Mail Delivery to Rocky Point Burrito Express U.S. mail dropoff and pick-up service from Peñasco to Lukeville. U.S. POST OFFICE Postmaster: Transitional Phone/Fax: (520) 387-6364 Located at the Lukeville border in AZ, approx. 66 miles from Rocky Point. PO boxes and General Delivery available. Window Service: 8AM-12:30PM, 1-4PM M-F General Delivery Available free for a max. of 30 days. You must show ID at the post office and fill out a form. You are the ONLY one who can pick up your GD mail. PO boxes are available, approx. $22/6-mo. Post office will need 2 forms of ID and you will be required to fill out an application. Boxes are located in the post office and in the General Store.

METRIC EQUIVALENTS Equivalents for Length 1” = 2.5 cm 6” = (1/2 ft.) = 15 cm 12” = (1 ft.) = 30 cm 36” = (3 ft.) = 90 cm 40” = 100 cm (1 meter) To convert ounces to grams, multiply the number of ounces by 30. Equivalents for Weight 1 ounce = 1/16 lb. = 30g 4 ounces = 1/4 lb. = 120g 8 ounces = 1/2 lb. = 240g 12 ounces = 3/4 lb. = 360g 16 ounces = 1 lb. = 480g Equivalents for Liquid Measurements 1/4 tsp = 1 ml 1/2 tsp = 2 ml 1 tsp = 5 ml 2 tbls = 1/8 cup = 1 fl. oz = 30 ml 4 tbls = 1/4 cup = 2 fl. oz = 60 ml 8 tbsl = 1/2 cup = 4 fl. oz = 120 ml 12 tbls = 3/4 cup = 6 fl. oz = 180 ml 1 Pint = 2 cups = 16 fl. oz = 480 ml 1 Quart = 4 cups = 32 fl. oz = 960 ml Gallons to pints x 8 1 US gallon = 3.78541178 liters Gallons to liters x 3.785 Gallons to quarts x 4

You should consult a Notary Public (Notario Publico) in Mexico before signing any contract or legal document.

NOTARIO PUBLICOS Lic. Jesus Armando Ramirez Islas Prolongacion Coahuila No. 10 (next to post office) U.S. Toll Free (877) 832-8554 383-5460, Fax 383-5005 PO Box 100, Lukeville, AZ 85341 Lic. René Osvaldo Ortega Felix Ave. Alcantar in the Old Port 383-2006 Notary Publics in Sonoyta Lic. Fco. Javier Manzo Taylor from Mexico (01-651) 512-1747

PINACATE BIOSPHERE RESERVE Reserva de la Biosfera de El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar The Pinacate Biosphere Reserve is home to some of the world’s largest volcanic craters and is one of the most pristine and diverse areas in the Sonoran Desert. It has a large variety of plant and wildlife species that inhabit this sometimes hostile area. In the winter, you may see snow on the Pinacates. And in the summer, temperatures soar well over 110°. U.S. astronauts trained for their lunar landing mission in this area as the terrain mimics that found on the moon. You can take a day trip and explore the Pinacate area and volcanic craters by vehicle, camp overnight (in designated) areas, walk or hike. You must register at the entrace to the Reserve (located in Nayarit, approx. 20 miles N of Rocky Point). This will allow Biosphere personnel to make sure you are safe at all times.

• Speed Limit: 25 MPH • Terrain/Roads: Dirt, desert • Watch out for flora and fauna • Do not leave the road in your vehicle • Take enough drinking water with you • Respect all signs on roads and trails • Do not remove or damage plants, rocks, wood, animals or artifacts • Take all trash and waste with you • Do not enter the region from any unauthorized access road CAMPING & CAMPSITES Red Cone, El Tecolote, Backcountry areas INTERPRETATIVE TRAILS El Elegante Crater Trail 1.2 mile linear trail Walk 0.6 miles on the border of El Elegante crater. Terrain is mostly flat. Mayo Cone Trail 1.2 mile linear trail Located in El Tecolote camping area Walk 0.6 miles to the top of Mayo Cone. You will climb 344 ft. to the top. This hike is rated as a medium difficulty trail.

TELEPHONES Puerto Peñasco’s phone company for home and business hook-up is Telefonos de Mexico (TelMex). Cellular service is available through TelCel and Movistar. U.S. carrier AT&T works pretty good here as long as you have the International Plan. DIALING INSTRUCTIONS Call Mexico from U.S. & Canada to dial a land line 011+52+638+7-digit number to dial a Peñasco cellular 011+52+1+638+7-digit number

Call Collect from Mexico to U.S. dial 090 for a bilingual operator Call Overseas from Mexico dial 00+country code+city code+phone number Country codes and Mexico area codes are listed in the TelMex Phone book Call another City in Mexico dial 01+(city code)+number AT&T Operator dial 001-800-462-4240 TELEPHONE COMPANY Telefonos de Mexico (TelMex) Juan de la Barrera and Calle 18 Office open 8 am • 383-2288 Phone & Internet services available TelMex (Land Line) Prefixes 383, 382, 388, 102, 108 Phone numbers are written in a variety of ways, here are a few you may see around town. 3-6325 = dial 383 + 6325 638-38-36325 = dial 383-6325 (638) 383-6325 = dial 383-6325 52+(638) 383-6325 = dial 383-6325 Mexico’s Country Code = 52 Puerto Peñasco’s City Code = 638 LONG DISTANCE DO NOT USE THE “CALL USA” BLUE PHONES THEY ARE VERY EXPENSIVE! To make a long distance call, your best bet is to find a cafe or internet cafe with a VOIP phone. Second best is to purchase a prepaid phone card (LADATEL) from pharmacies or businesses, and use one of the many pay phones along the streets - follow the instructions on the phone. You can also use one of the long distance (larga distancia) calling services located around town.

U.S. CALLING CARDS If you use your calling card and dial an 800#, that is not toll free within Mexico, you will be charged twice for this call - 1 charge for calling the 800 #, and then a 2nd charge on your phone card. You may also use one of the long distance services to call the U.S. and Canada. CELLULAR PHONES to dial a cell phone from a land line dial 044 + 638 + 7-digit number to dial from local cell to local cell dial 638 + 7-digit number to dial out of city cell from local cell dial 045 + city code + 7-digit number Any number that does not start with a 383, 388, 382, 102 or 108 is most likely a cellular phone You cannot dial a U.S. 800# from your Mexican cellular phone. The only U.S. cell carrier, we have found to work in Rocky Point 96% of the time, is AT&T’s International Plan. All services work - SMS, MMS, Blackberry, etc. Follow the instructions (left) for dialing the U.S. or Canada, and to dial a land line. To dial a cell phone, you may have to dial 044 + 638 + 7-digit number, or you may just need to drop the 044. Sometimes, when calling a local cell, I had to dial as if I were dialing a cell from the U.S. Check plans and where you spend the most time. TelCel’s Blackberry plan is much cheaper than AT&T’s, plus they have a reasonable International Plan for when I travel to the U.S. You can also get an unlocked phone, buy a SIM card, and switch chips as you cross the border. Mexico cell carriers are supposed to start fingerprinting everyone who purchases a cell phone or SIM card.

AREA CODES FOR NEARBY CITIES Caborca.............................................637 El Golfo de Santa Clara.......................653 Guaymas...........................................622 Hermosillo........................................662 Mexicali, B.C......................................686 Nogales.............................................631 Santa Ana..........................................641 San Luis Rio Colorado.......................653 San Carlos.........................................622 San Felipe, B.C....................................686 Sonoyta........................................651 Check phonebook for more area codes

VOIP LINES Local internet acccess enables you to use a VOIP line in Rocky Point. HOW TO DIAL 800’s U.S. 800#’s are not free of charge when called from Mexico. The charge for calling an 800# is approx. $1USD/min. 800 = dial 001+880+phone number 888 = dial 001+881+phone number 877 = dial 001+882+phone number 866 = dial 001+883+phone number

U.S. DMV (MOTOR VEHICLES) The closest U.S. Department of Motor Vehicles to Puerto Peñasco is Gila Bend. Authorized Service Provider Registration, title, no original drivers licenses, copies/duplicates only. M-F 9AM-6PM, SAT 9AM-1PM 606 E. Pima St. • (928) 683-2577

WEATHER Puerto Peñasco is known for having 362 days of sunshine! The wind does kick up, a few sprinkles will fall, and the humidity creeps in around July/August, but other than that - it’s darn near perfect around here. AIR & WATER TEMPERATURE

January: Air - 53° February: Air - 55° March: Air - 58° April: Air - 64° May: Air - 70° Air - 77° June: July: Air - 84° August: Air - 86° September: Air - 82° October: Air - 74° November: Air - 62° December: Air - 55°

Water - 57° Water - 60° Water - 62° Water - 65° Water - 72° Water - 77° Water - 84° Water - 85° Water - 83° Water - 75° Water - 67° Water - 61°

WEDDINGS Rocky Point offers a variety of perfect wedding settings - from a barefoot sunset wedding to a lavish wedding at a 5-star resort. Many of the hotels, resorts and restaurants offer wedding planning services and catering as do these wedding specilaists:

Si I Do! - (011-52-638) 383-0700 Wedding Music by Pablo 602) 288-8687 LEGAL CEREMONY IN MEXICO To get married in a legal ceremony in Puer to Peñasco you need: Bir th certificates, translated into Spanish, notarized in Mexico; Divorce Decree; Blood test (in Rocky Point); Visas (FMT’s); 4 Witnesses (w/Visas). Your wedding planner will help you plan your reinactment ceremony as well.

VIRTUAL CONSULATE The 1st Wednesday of every month, the Virtual Consulate open to the American Community. Located at City Hall on the 1st floor facing Fremont Blvd. 10am-12pm.


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Treat yourself to a pampering at

Gloria’s Beauty Salon

while on vacation in Rocky Point

By Lannette Phipps

Getting ready to vacation in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico? Get packed and come on down. While you are here treat yourself to a little pampering at Sala de Belleza Gloria, a Rocky Point staple since 1969. Vacation is all about relaxing, so why not get some accessories for that tan of yours...treat yourself to a haircut, some color, a manicure, pedicure, a new set of nails or a relaxing massage. Gloria’s offers these services, plus many more. And, if you are looking for name brand beauty supplies, or anything from nail files to curling irons, you will find it all at Gloria’s. Gloria Cabrera, owner of Sala de Belleza Gloria, located on Ave. Constitucion just north of Ley Supermarket and Coppel Department Store, has been serving her valued customers since before Rocky Point even had paved streets, let alone a Sam’s Club and department stores. Not only has she been running her own salon, she has also trained hundreds of talented young men and women how to style hair and apply make-up at her Beauty School. Many of her students come to work for her in her salon after graduation, while others have opened their own salons or moved to other cities in order to perfect what Gloria has taught them. Gloria’s has always been a family owned and operated business where you will see her son and husband often

stocking supplies, handling money, and making appointments while her daughter cuts hair, does weaves, and even applies permanent make-up. In fact, I was one of her first clients to get permanent eye liner there. Gloria and all of her stylists pay incredible attention to detail, and most are bilingual. While many of my friends make appointments with their favorite stylists, I always like to book with Gloria herself since she was the first to cut my hair way back in the mid-90’s when it was down past my bottom. At the time, she kept asking me if I was sure I wanted her to cut it all off, since it was so long. Ever since that first cut, she has cut my hair numerous times and into numerous shapes, and she has made me a brunette and a redhead. Nowadays I just have her add a couple highlights to my natural blond color, and cut my hair into the style I like at the moment. Gloria does keep up on all the latest trends in the USA, Mexico, and all over the world. She attends many beauty product shows and performs in many hair cutting and make-up beauty contests, some of which have been right here in Rocky Point. During my almost 20 years in Rocky Point, I have been to a few other stylists and colorists. I always end back with Gloria, asking her to please ‘fix’ my color, or to just chop it off and start over. I can say that I have learned my lesson, and stick with Gloria. In fact I am overdue for a cut, color and a pedicure. G l o r i a’s Beauty Salon is not solely for women, it is also for men and I see many American, Canadian and Mexican men getting their hair trimmed, and even mani’s and pedi’s - and thank you men for doing so - we women very much appreciate it! Her salon even caters to children. Gloria’s is definitely the ultimate full service salon for men, women and children. In addition to cuts, colors and perms, they also offer shampoo and blow dry, blow-outs, highlights, hair extensions, manicures, pedicures, waxing, hair removal, facials, permanent makeup (lips, eyebrows, eyelids, etc.), body massage (Gloria wants you to know that she DOES NOT have employees on the beach), acrylic nails and fills. I am sure I have missed some of her services, as she is always adding more. And, like I said, they also have a fully stocked beauty supply so if you’ve forgotten your Paul Mitchell or Sebastian hair products, then stop by and browse the salons shelves of shampoos, conditioners, and all other kinds of goo for your hair. This goes for anything else you can think of - hairbrushes, hair clips, make-up, nail polish, bobby pins...she has it all. So, while you are here relaxing on our beautiful beaches, give gloria a call and schedule an appointment for yourself, or your entire family (I love getting a mani and a pedi at the same time). Gloria welcomes appointments, and also takes walk-ins. Call locally at 383-5075. Open every day, located on Constitucion just about a block from LEY market. “Come and visit, and you will be convinced.” • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Brother’s Pizza Now Under

New Management

By Carlos and Michelle Hopkins of CS Supply! By Joe Houchin

We’ve written about Brother’s Pizza (see story at http://www.sonoranresorts. mx/?p=8518) and CS Supply (see story at Now we get to write about both of them together as Carlos and Michelle Hopkins of CS Supply have taken over the management of Brother’s Pizza. They were the perfect couple to take on this endeavor since they sold most of the equipment to build the kitchen and bar in the beginning. So, it was only natural that when Bob Rabicoff found out he had to relocate to a different climate for health reasons, he and wife, Penny approached Carlos and Michelle about becoming partners to manage their beloved restaurant. The result is a partnership “made in heaven” so to speak. Bob and Penny can be assured of continued quality management and Carlos and Michelle are excited to take on a new venture within their realm of expertise.

Michelle says that while they will not be taking any items from the original menu, she is looking forward to making several additions to it, taking advantage of the 10 years she lived in Italy. One of those additions is homemade Lasagna using a recipe she brought back from Italy. By the way, for you Brother’s regulars, Original Chef, Luis Valdez remains to insure the quality fare you’ve become used to. Other yummy new items you will find

on the expanded menu are two additional salads: Chef Salad, and one with grilled chicken, cranberries, almonds, apples and feta cheese called the Barbara Salad. New also are homemade soups: Tomato, French Onion and Clam Chowder. They have also added Mozzarella Sticks to the Appetizers. As if the above additions aren’t impressive enough, we’ve saved some thrillers until last: • You can now choose thin crust pizza if you wish. You can also choose between four different Hamburgers including: • A 100% pure Angus Beef Burger; • A grilled chicken Buffalo Burger with buffalo sauce and other goodies; • A Turkey Burger creatively adorned; • And for the trend setters, a vegetarian Porto Bello Burger smothered in an assortment of roasted and fresh veggies. • For the kids: their own menu, including— Fun, Fun, Fun!—Make Your Own Pizza! Guaranteed they’ll have more fun than playing in the mud! • Finally, a dessert menu that you’ll just have to discover for yourselves! • Among upcoming improvements, Carlos and Michelle have plans to decorate and open the patio for service on nice days. They still have delivery service to anywhere in Puerto Peñasco. Just call 638-383-3712 to order.

Brother’s is open 12 noon until 10:00pm and closed on Wednesdays. If you have any questions, you can call the above number, or you can email the restaurant at brothers_ These are all great reasons to stop by Brother’s Pizza, even if you don’t know Carlos or Michele who always look forward to meeting new folks and saying “Hola” to their many friends here. Oh, and bring the kids!

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SIGN-UP BY Mike Bibb

How many sign workers does it take to put-up a sign? Well, if the job is being done on the Malecon, it’s difficult to say. While meandering through Old Port during one of my frequent visits to Rocky Point, I came upon a cluster of workers busily engrossed in their task of the day; fabricating and erecting a new illuminated sign for The Point Restaurant. In what has to be described as a prime example of “Mexican Ingenuity,” a group of laborers were intently constructing and hoisting a new sign atop a 20 foot by 12 inch rectangular boxed framed pole, situated at the entrance to The Point. Not a particularly difficult endeavor - under normal circumstances. However, such seemingly ordinary projects usually involve different approaches and solutions in the Land of Mañana. The marked contrast between the U.S. method of sign installation and similar commercial assignments in Puerto Peñasco is like comparing the Internet to the early telegraph: Each get the job done, but it all depends upon how much time it takes. In the U.S., the sign would probably be assembled off-site and trucked to the desired location to be set in place. If the sign is particularly large, on-site assembly may be required. The installation area would be cordoned-off with numerous safety barricades and a crew attired in brightly colored vests, white helmets and hard-toed boots. At least three supervisors, clutching clipboards and GPS equipped laptop computers would be seen scurrying about. On command, a mobile crane or boom truck would lift the sign into position, then quickly secured to its mounting base. After attaching the sign, pre-wired electrical connections are mated to each other. Following testing of the wiring and making sure everything is properly functioning according to code, the sign installation would be approved and okay’d for use. In Rocky Point a distinctively different procedure is followed. From my observations, installation of The Point sign was somewhat more involved, though less complex. Actually, “engrossing” is probably the appropriate term. For starters, there were no barricades or orange reflective cones, safety-vested workers, hardhats or GPS laptop toting bosses. I didn’t see a single hydraulic hoist truck in sight. Likewise, I couldn’t factually determine if some kind of required construction and

electrical code was being complied with as everyone seemed to have a different opinion on resolving the primary problem: How to affix the sign to the top of the structure when the homemade hoist is too short for the job? Normally, a longer reaching crane would be obtained, but this wasn’t a normal job. Besides, it’s Mexico - work with what you’ve got. Anchored to the ground by several ropes, a four inch square steel tube, standing vertically in the back of a 1974 Ford pickup, served as the primary hoist vehicle for the project. Welded to the top of the hoist tube was a shorter outstretched arm, fashioned with a pulley, pull chain and secondary strap. Dangling beneath the pulley, of course, was the sign. A couple of sturdy ladders provided the worker’s easy access to maneuver and fasten the sign. Shaking my head in disbelief, I suddenly realized this convoluted moment had to be preserved for future generations. To record the momentous occasion, I gingerly plopped my skinny butt upon a convenient bench, retrieved the trusty Nikon and proceeded to snap a few photos; an event of historical recognition, worthy of being documented with photographic evidence. All went as planned until the sign and third section of the framework was lifted onto its final position. Then, whoops! A slight miscalculation - the hoist was about ten inches too short to complete the lift. Now what? After multiple discussions, strategy breaks and readjustments to the pulley, chains and straps, the sign was finally lifted sufficiently high to allow the outside bottom edge of the support frame to be tilted several degrees and carefully swung onto the lower frame. After temporarily tack welding into place and securing the awkwardly resting apparatus, the pulley and chain were moved out of the way and the sign was gently pulled by a single strap to its final upright position. Additional welding ensured a firm and secure attachment. One thing I’ve come to expect when journeying to Rocky Point - never underestimate Mexican know-how. Even when it seems insurmountable obstacles may prevent successful completion of a particular situation. Like similar construction projects in the United States, a job in Mexico may take a little longer than originally expected. Actually, it might take until mañana, or mañana, mañana!!! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Our Contributing writers...

Sandy Spain

Mike Bibb

Nancy Phelan

Born in Colon, Panama and lived in Venezuela before moving to the U.S. at the age of 11, returning to Venezuela for the summers. Educated in California, High Scool in Burbank and College in Santa Barbara. Retired from City of Scottsdale after 23 years of service and 10 years service before that in Cypress, California. In both cities was involved in financial services and the environment. I am a widow with two married sons and two grandchildren. I purchased my home in Playa Encanto in 1986 and moved to Mexico full time after retiring in 2002.

Contributing writer, Mike Bibb from Safford, Arizona, is a recovering paranoid-schizophrenic with several bipolar disorders. As long as he remains under constant medication, the public is generally not at risk. However, he has been known to lapse into bouts of uncontrollable thirst which can only be sedated with multiple servings of iced Indios, Dox Equis or some similar tonic. There is no picture of him available at this time due to national security reasons should his face be seen in public.

Gretchen Ellinger

Designer - Owner of Diseños Casa y Jardín, born in Pachuca, Hidalgo, raised in Guadalajara, moved to Puerto Peñasco from Puerto Vallarta in 2003. He enjoys developing lasting personal relationships with his customers by beautifying their homes and making their dreams come true, loves music and good wine, he himself has taken every photo for his ads, member of the Interior Design Society and also of the Puerto Peñasco Photography Club,

Born in Boston, Nancy settled in Phoenix, Arizona, where she has three daughters and seven grandchildren. Nancy received her Masters degree from Northern Arizona University. Her computer career included Xerox and Control Data. She represented wineries in Europe working out of Libourne, France connecting wineries in Europe to the suppliers in the USA. Ten years ago, when she retired to Puerto Peñasco, she was appalled by the brutal way animals were treated and abused. Nancy started an animal rescue “Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point”. Today she works closely with the city of Puerto Peñasco, conducting spay/neuter clinics and adoptions events.

Considers herself blessed with the privilege of living and working Cholla Bay, which she thinks is one of the most inviting areas of Puerto Peñasco. After years of visiting Puerto Peñasco, Gretchen purchased a fishing shack by the water in Cholla Bay. The idea was to fix it up for weekends and vacations, and perhaps operate a bed and breakfast after retirement. After rebuilding, and a big curve in life’s road, Gretchen retired and started a new life in Cholla Bay. Over 7 years’ experience in real estate in Puerto Peñasco has earned Gretchen the respect of the real estate community, where it is known that she can be depended upon and trusted. Her numerous clients have come to depend on her for exemplary customer service, and expert advice in the fields of Cholla Bay real estate and retirement south of the border. Gretchen is Vice President of Education for AMPI (the Mexican association of real estate agents), and coordinates the annual clean-up of Cholla’s estuary by U of A students. That bed and breakfast dream? After over 7 years in operation, Casa Monica Cholla Bay B&B has many devoted visitors who would not stay anywhere else!

Rosarie Salerno Has been a contributing writer, for the Rocky Point Times, since 2006. Rosarie has lived in Rocky Point for over 10 years. She has been a full time real estate professional in Rocky Point since she arrived and has been a licensed real estate agent in Arizona since 1986. She moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1972. Rosarie studied Accounting in N.Y.C., Fashion Designing as well as Video and Film Production in Tucson. Not only did she sell real estate in Tucson, but had a small income tax preparation service for almost 20 years. Rosarie is highly analytical in her work. She has an inquisitive mind and enjoys intelligent conversation.

Joe Houchin Joe Houchin writes the blog for, using his 30 years of travel writing and international tourism destination promotion experience. His travel articles have been published in 18 countries. He has designed and operated international tours throughout southern Europe as well as the southwest U.S. and has written the brochure and ad copy for all of them. Joe was educated and lived in Mexico and Spain, graduating from the University of Barcelona in Modern Languages and Hispanic Studies. He planned to retire on the coast of southern Spain until he discovered Puerto Peñasco in 2000. He has lived in his “little slice of paradise by the sea” since 2009.

Eddie Wharez

favorite quote: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” — Albert Schweitzer

Lannette Phipps

My Bio…hmmm. Should I start at the age of 10 when I was kidnapped from Southern California and brought to Lake Havasu City to work in a factory mill (aka our home) stuffing independent phone books into plastic bags and then having to deliver said phonebooks doorto-door in temp’s well over 120-degrees from the back of a metal truck bed? Obviously there were no child labor laws back then and my kidnappers – aka Tom and Sandra O’Hare taught me from the bottom up how to publish independent yellow pages in three states while going up against the “big guys” and knocking them down a peg or two. I guess we could fast forward to 1995 when I was working for an all in-house publishing and photography company in Buena Park, CA when my boss (and best friend) and I wanted to start our own freelance graphic design business. (This was before everyone who owned a PaintShop program thought they were designers – YES, I am talking about you!). We didn’t have the necessary funds to launch properly so I called the folks in Mexico and asked them for a loan. “On one condition,” they said “You have to come to Rocky Point for 6-months and work for The Rocky Point Times Newspaper. If you don’t like it then you can go back to California and we will loan you the money”. Here it is, 17 years later and 2 newspapers under my belt (more before 1995) and I’m still here. I never left. When you are a family business you pretty much have to do everything so that’s what we all did. I could fill years of newspapers talking about the city and printers and escapades and stuff you really shouldn’t know about, but this is just a short bio. I have always wanted to be a writer of some sort so now I guess I am though my years have made me think I am a much better editor. I guess we can all be the judge of that when my first book is published…or not.

Anita Kaltenbaugh

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, lived and worked in Rocky Point for two years. Waking up and walking the beach everyday was a dream come true. Anita and her husband love to travel and explore new and different places all over the world, but her heart still remains in Puerto Peñasco. Anita Kaltenbaugh is the Mexico travel examiner at and author of the book “Travel SecretsInsider guide to planning, affording and taking more vacations” available on Kindle, NOOK and

Cap’n Greg Escaped Iowa’s snow for Arizona’s sun in 1989, and immediately jumped the border to sample the culture and cerveza of Mexico. A US Navy veteran, his love for the ocean drew him to Rocky Point, which he has enjoyed immensely. Although he offers salty advice to Sea of Cortez visitors, the Cap’n also frequents the Northwest Ontario Bush, and has been writing a “North With Doc” humor column for In-Fisherman magazine for more than 20 years. Cap’n Greg, his wife Sandy, and their silky/pom pup Jezebel live in Green Valley.

Rob Baylor Rob was born and lived for 60 years in Missoula, Mt. He retired in 2004 after 35 years as a self employed appliance service technician. Rob served two tours in Viet Nam in the 60’s and is very involved in the American Legion. He moved to Denver Co in 2004 where he married his wonderful wife, and editor, Nancy. They moved to Rocky Point in 2011, where Rob loves to fish, eat tacos and drink beer on the beach.

Mark Paliscak Marco Paliscak grew up on the East Coast and loved spending his summers at the Jersey Shore, enjoying the beach to the fullest. After graduating college, he moved to southern California and went on to get his Masters in Business Administration at the University of California, Irvine. Marco lived in Huntington Beach and Balboa Island for 13 years. He then relocated to Napa and lived in the wine country for a year. Missing the beach, he decided to move back to the beach to Santa Cruz, California. A great job offer took him south to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he lives today. Marco purchased his condo on Sandy Beach 9 years ago, and lives parttime at Bella Sirena and at home in Scottsdale with his family. “My favorite thing about writing for the Rocky Point Times is to explore everything our cool city has to offer...from deep sea fishing to throwing back a margarita at a local watering hole to just chilling at our beach…I love the new experiences and sharing the stories about the interesting people and places I see. I am also amazed with each passing year the outpouring of support that people from all over give to our family charity to aid the poor living along the railroad tracks here in Rocky Point. The love and generosity is truly amazing!” If you have an interesting story about Rocky Point whether it is your place of employment, an upcoming event, a past event, an old or funny story, please email Marco at You may be featured in the next…MARCO Y AMIGOS! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

2 FISH Ministry Four years ago 2 FISH began serving lunch to the children at the local school pictured here. The school is located on the very edge of town and serves a very low income population. It was because of the great need that 2 FISH responded to the call to help feed these children. During this past 4 years we have continued to support the teachers at the school as well as feeding 130 children daily, 5 day per week. We get tremendous satisfaction from this ministry as we know that the children cannot concentrate on their studies when they are hungry. 2 FISH has now been serving the community for 5 years. During these 5 years we have served nearly 500,000 meals, many of them in schools. We want to express our appreciation to all of the many volunteers who have worked to prepare and serve the food, to those who have driven to the schools to serve food, to those who have donated funds to

keep the ministry running and to those that have diligently prayed for the ministry. Anyone interested in helping the ministry can volunteer at the main kitchen on Keno between Numerous and the City Tax office. Tax deductible financial donations can be mailed to Mission Heartbeat, Box 1032, Lukeville, AZ 85341. Please make checks payable to Mission Heartbeat and note that your donation is for 2 FISH. 100% of your donation will go to help feed the needy in our community.

P.S. We need the following: We need 6’ or 8’TABLES and CHAIRS for a third kitchen. VOLUNTEERS to cook or serve from 1PM to 3PM. PEOPLE to call on markets and fruit and vegetable stands for any kind of food, or canned goods which are about to expire.

“…but Jesus answered; you give them something to eat”

Mark 6:37



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Dialysis Center: A vision with heart By Shandra Keesecker-Rivero

When Rafaela Felix de Figueroa became President of the local Office of Integral Family Development (DIF) social services organization, she envisioned a dialysis center for the community of Puerto Peñasco. Thanks to contributions from many individuals, businesses, and organizations over the past two years, and particularly the hard work and prayers of the Pittsburgh based Caring Hearts foundation and its founder “Papa Harold”, the dialysis center now has a home to call its own. On Friday, January 31st, Caring Hearts volunteers joined Puerto Peñasco community members, City Council representatives, doctors, nurses, and numerous city officials for a dedication and turning over ceremony of the completed construction where the dialysis center will be housed.

The dialysis center, located in the northern part of the city just behind the General Hospital and across the street from the George Papanicolau association, once fully equipped will be fundamental in addressing the long journey individuals with renal failure and their families currently have to make to hospitals in the cities of Caborca, Nogales, and Hermosillo. Presently, individuals have to make these three to six hour trips for dialysis treatments up to two or three times a week. In addition to lowering travel costs involved, having a dialysis center in Puerto Peñasco itself will be able to provide more timely care. The road to secure a dialysis center in Puerto Peñasco has wound its way into the hearts and minds of many. Just last year, DIF President Rafaela Felix de Figueroa, along with DIF Director Samuel Ortega Castro and Dr. Eliel López Urías, met with the Sonoran Secretary of Health to present the need for a local dialysis center. The Civil Association “Proyecto de Asistencia Comunitaria Integral” (Comprehensive Community Assistance Project) was formed to ensure the continued work of the dialysis center, once in operation, regardless of changing administrations. Donations from individuals, businesses, and efforts from local events have been essential in raising funds for the project. Then there’s the Caring Hearts Foundation of Pittsburgh who, in basically a blink of an eye, transformed the land for the center into a finished building. C a r i n g Hearts Ministry, as explained by founder and director Harold McKamish, is made up of “all type of people from different denominations who have a heart to serve the Lord, and especially the poor and needy in Mexico”. Papa Harold He detailed

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Caring Hearts has an orphanage in San Luis Río Colorado as well as a Boys’ Home and soup kitchen, and is involved in over 24 other ministries serving the poor and needy, which includes a center for the blind. Accompanied by his wife Daisy, “Papa Harold”, as he has affectionately come to be called out of respect by many in Puerto Peñasco, discussed how it was that Caring Hearts came to be such a fundamental part of making the Puerto Peñasco dialysis center a reality: “Once a year we have a medical trip…last February we had an invitation from Puerto Peñasco, to come to this city and serve. While I was here, I met a lady – the First Lady – I felt her heart; I felt the compassion she had. She shared about a vision and a dream to build a dialysis center for the people of Puerto Peñasco. She asked if there were any way if Caring Hearts could be of help, but the way she presented it touched my heart. When I returned to Pittsburgh and talked to the board, I told them about a project in Puerto Peñasco. They said [somewhat astonished], ‘That’s a big project! Where are you going to get the money? Where are you going to get the people?’ I said…I don’t know…but God knows. That wasn’t too long ago. There have been over 145 people [from Caring Hearts] involved in this project one way or another, through funds, by coming here, working, or praying. It took a lot of prayer!”

Following emotional words of gratitude and appreciation from McKamish, Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta, and those of DIF President Rafaela Félix de Figueroa, a member of Caring Hearts (Peter) once again stressed that from early December of just last year up through today, more than 145 people of their foundation have been led by the Lord in helping to complete construction on the new center – keys to which he presented to Félix de Figueroa. Dr. López Urías, who has been a strong force throughout the process of bringing a dialysis center to Puerto Peñasco, explained that in just over a year the project is now more than half way complete. The center, which now awaits equipment and furnishings, includes a main entry toward the street, an ambulance entry and storage area on the Southeastern side of the building, 4 spaces for dialysis machines

to treat generally healthy patients without contagious diseases, as well as an isolated care room for patients with diseases that may be contagious through exposure to blood. In the future, a 6thmachine may be installed as

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preparations to do so have already been set up by the Caring Hearts Foundation. Staff at the center will include a specialist who will also be the Director of the center, a general doctor, specialized nurse, nurse’s aide, and a medical assistant. A technician and cleaning personnel, specialized in caring for sterile areas, will also be part of the center. Puerto Peñasco Mayor Gerardo Figueroa, who expressed he was left speechless by the efforts and hard work of Caring Hearts, explained steps will now be taken to meet with health officials in Mexico City to ensure the new dialysis center is up and running as quickly as possible. As DIF President Rafaela de Félix presented “Papa Harold” with a framed letter of recognition for the work of Caring Hearts, she concluded, “the dream over many months is now a reality; I am forever grateful for the Caring Hearts foundation, but above all for our new friend Harold McKamish.” Seated with Félix de Figueroa during the ceremony to turn over the Dialysis Center to the community of Puerto Peñasco were: Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta, Caring Hearts Director Harold McKamish and his wife Daisy, City Secretary Oscar Villavicencio, Dr. Eliel López Urías, City Council member Socorro Arellano Valadez, Notary Public Armando Ramirez Islas, Rosie Glover of the recently formed civil association to guide the center, and dialysis patient Remedios Bermejo Guevara. DIF Director Samuel Ortega was absent for personal reasons, though his presence was notably felt as the doors on the new dialysis center welcomed everyone for a walk-through.

• 2 Tbs whole black peppercorns • 2 Tbs whole pink peppercorns • 2 Tsp whole white peppercorns • 8oz boneless pork loin chops • 2/3 cup whipping cream • 3 Tbs dry white wine • 2 Tbs Dijon mustard • 2 Tbs fresh sage • 1 Tbs green peppercorns in brine, drained and rinsed 1. Coarsely crack the black, pink & white peppercorns. Stir together. Generously coat 1 side of each pork chop with peppercorn mixture. Use your fingers to press onto meat. 2. In a 12 inch skillet, cook chops with peppered sides down, over mediumhigh heat for 6 minutes. Turn chops and cook about 6 minutes more or until juices run clear. Transfer chops to serving platter, keep warm. Scrape any burnt peppercorns from skillet and discard. 3. For sauce, add cream, wine, mustard, sage, and drained green peppercorns to skillet. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes or until reduced to about ½ cup. Serve over chops. There you have it. Chef Mickey’s Place on Blvd Fremont is now open 7 days a week serving lunch and dinner and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget, we cater. Contact: 3889500 • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •











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Donna (044-638) 109-3766 Email: English Speaking Meetings 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (next to Galindo’s Café) at the Passport AA Club.

Rocky Point Times Office Ave. Pino Suarez (off Calle 13) Phone: 383-6325: Mon.-Wed. 9am-5pm Free Book, VHS and DVD exchange for all Rocky Point residents and visitors.



Director: Ruben Rodriguez Rico Phone: 383-2599 Ave. Miguel Hidalgo (Calle 13) and Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Casa Hogar is supported solely on donations and they always welcome visitors to sing and play games. Take Blvd. Fremont toward Las Conchas, make a left at the Pemex station, cross over the rrx tracks and they are on your left. If you would like to make a donation you can make a check to: Madre Silvia Gomez and drop it off at the home. You may drop checks or donations off at the Rocky Point Times office.

Sally Dalton: 382-5283 (Xochitl’s Cafe) Donations payable to: Cholla Charity Fund Send to: Kathy Barnard 1547 E. Royal Palm Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85020 Organization that helps Mexican families, who live and work in Cholla Bay, with unexpected expenses such as medical, living, funeral, etc. They also collect and distribute blankets and warm clothing for children in Cholla Bay. Donations may be dropped off at Xochitl’s Cafe in Cholla Bay.

Founder: Nancy Phelan: 383-1012 Leon de la Barra (Calle 15), 3 blocks east of the main blvd. Benito Juarez AACORP Tax Deductible Donations PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341 A group dedicated to helping the stray animals by providing no-cost spay and neuter clinics, adoption, dog and cat food, medicine and medical care. The center is run solely on donations and is an Arizona 501(c)3 non-profit corporation so all of your donations are taxdeductible. The center is always in desperate need of dog, cat, kitten and puppy food, animal toys, bedding, cleaning supplies, old towels and blankets as well as medicine and monetary donations to pay vet bills, purchase animal food and medicine. Please drop off food/supplies directly to the center.

(044-638) 100-8471 English Speaking Meetings Mon & Wed 10-11am & 6-7pm, Sun 9am 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (Next to Galindo’s Cafe) Thu 10AM Big Book Study Sat. 9:30am above Candy Cake in Old Port Newcomers/Book Study Meeting



The Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliaros (AMPI), or the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals, Puerto Peñasco Chapter 51, represents ethical professionalism in real estate practice and promotes education among real estate professionals. A sister organization to National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States, AMPI works closely with the State of Sonora to provide education for real estate licensure, which is required in the State of Sonora for all agents who represent any type of property transaction including sales, rentals, property management, and promotion. Active in the community, AMPI promotes Puerto Peñasco as a vacation and retirement destination, members donate generously to local causes, and AMPI works with other organizations to sponsor community activities such as the Business Expo and A Taste of Peñasco. Business mixers are held occasionally, and the community is always invited. AMPI operates the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) on behalf of our real estate clients, one of only 3 MLS services in all Mexico.

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2013 OFFICERS: President: Gretchen Ellinger President-Elect: Rommel Bustamante Legal VP: Ricardo Bórquez Ruíz Ethics VP: Grant MacKenzie Jr. Education VP: Gretchen Ellinger MLS VP: Jonni Francis PR VP: Mary Snyder Events: Liane Armstrong Language & Culture: Milton Felix Reyes Membership VP: Glen Martinez Secretary: Randi Alcott IS YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT OR RENTAL AGENT OR PROPERTY MANAGER A MEMBER OF AMPI?


Open daily 8AM - 8PM The Public is Welcome

AGRUPACION GEORGE PAPNICOLAOU 383-4399: Madrid and Ave. Marcelo Pino Cancer clinic dedicated to early prevention. Screenings and tests available. MONTHLY MEETINGS 1st Thurs. of every month PATIENT CONSULTATIONS Wednesday 9AM-1PM PAPSMEARS Friday 9AM-2PM by appointment only Please call 1 to 2 weeks prior

CEDO Center for the Study of Oceans & Deserts Phone: 382-0113 or (520) 829-4501 Located in Las Conchas, look for the Fin Whale skeleton Mon. - Sat. 9AM-5PM; Sun. 10AM-2PM PO Box 1579, Lukeville, AZ 85341

Contact the Post for dinner specials and special events scheduled throughout the year

CEDO is the Intercultural Center for the Study of Oceans and Deserts. Home to a giant fin whale skeleton and a desert botanical garden, CEDO is a field station for researchers and school classes, an education center with library, laboratories, book store and gift shop - An Intercultural Experience. CEDO is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, education and conservation of the planet’s last great frontiers: the Sea of Cortez.

MagicJack (602) 539-0381 Mexico phone (011-52-638) 388-8841 Email


2014 OFFICERS: Commander: Mike Labarge First Vice Commander: Paul Raddatz General Meetings First Tuesday of every month at 6 pm (Oct-June)


AMOR MINISTRIES International Headquarters: 1664 Precision Park Lane San Diego, CA 92173 Phone: (619) 662-1200 Amor Ministries builds more than 1,000 new homes across Mexico for Mexican families. They are selected to receive homes by the Mexico Ministry Planning Board. Pastors discern the needs within their community, present their nominations and one (or more) are selected to receive a new home built by Amor volunteers.

ANTI-GRAFFITI CAMPAIGN Founder: Eloy Gonzalez: 044-638-112-0898 Group dedicated to wiping out the unsightly graffiti in Puerto Peñasco. Donations of paint, brushes, rollers, and your time are always welcome and needed.

BARB’S DOG RESCUE Provides basic school supplies, computers, copiers, chalkboards, etc. to local classrooms Founder: Barbara Olszewski: 383-4963 (602) 324-9529 Donations can be dropped off at the Rocky Point Boat Trips Office or sent to Barb at: PO Box 695, Lukeville, AZ 85341

Sandy Spain 388-0857/(044-638) 109-4109 Ladies play Bunco at 6:30pm on the last Wed. of every month at Giuseppi’s on Blvd. Fremont

Help Us Help Them. We are a concerned group of dog lovers working to better the lives of Peñasco’s dogs. We are expanding our facility on the edge of town where we house dogs. We are committed to taking in abandoned and neglected dogs, maintaining and rehabilitating them in a healthy environment and finding loving permanent homes. We ask for your help. Virtually every dog that comes to us is malnourished and in poor health. The need is great. Visit Barb’s Dog Shelter located 8 miles north of Rocky Point on the highway to Sonoyta, where you will see signs. Donations are also accepted at Twin Dolphins Real Estate on Fremont Blvd, next to Cruz Roja. E-Mail BarbsDogRescue@aol. comm Visit us on Facebook or Call Barb at (044-638) 114-1659 or Dee at (044-638) 384-0113 or from the US (602) 324-7241.

FREE PUBLIC TOURS Every Tuesday 2PM; Saturday 4PM CEDO ADVENTURES FOR EVERYONE Kayak Capers Explore beautiful Estero Morua with expert guides. Local ecology talk, kayak rental, picnic feast,drinks all in an environment rich with shore birds, crabs and halophytes. Estero Excursions Oyster farms, fiddler crabs and the “shrimp dance” are part of this walking tour of a pristine upper Gulf wetland. Kayak Estero Morua and/or tour with CEDO experts. Tidepool Explorations Explore the tidepools with CEDO experts. Explore the Sand Dunes Spectacular Gran Desierto de Altar. This sea of natural dunes is the world’s largest. An experience you won’t forget! Pinacate Adventure Explore the geologic wonders of the Pincate Biosphere Reserve on a tour with CEDO experts. Isla San Jorge Snorkel with the sea lions in their natural habitat at Bird Island or just enjoy the scenery from the boat and take photos. A must do trip!

C.I.D.A Director: Joaquin Celaya Rendon Phone: 044-638-102-0514 Call for directions Shelter providing housing, food and care for those addicted to drugs and alcohol.

CANACO-SERV Y TUR Puerto Peñasco Chamber of Commerce Servicios y Turismos de Pto. Peñasco Phone: 383-4468 Located on Blvd. Fremont and Coahuila Monday - Friday 8AM-3PM President: Gustavo Turati Manager: Maria Elena Garcia

(Please note that our Chamber of Commerce is not like

those that you find in U.S. cities and do not provide the same services and information.)

Help to pay their electric bill, especially during the summer months, is always needed. You may also make a donation at a local grocery store for the purchase food and items.

CONNECTION CLUB Meets every Thursday at 4:00 pm at The Light House on Whale Hill. Sandy Spain: 388-0857 Brenda Barden: 044-386-9197 Want to meet folks in Puerto Peñasco? Come to The Connection, a happy hour gathering where you can meet a great group of people. Married? Single? Full-time or part-time resident? Mexican, American, other nationality, young, mature? It doesn’t matter. Everyone is welcome.


CHOLLA BAY CHRISTMAS PARTY Donations payable to: Cholla Bay Christmas Fund Please send to: Nancy Schmidli 10645 W Connecticut Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 An organization that celebrates a Christmas party for their fellow Cholla Bay Mexican neighbors in early December. Santa shows up for pictures with the kids, children get to pick a gift for their mother, take a crack at the piñata, have a group sing-along and munch on hot dogs and chips. After all the fun, Santa delivers gifts for the children and food boxes for the families.

Puerto Peñasco Animal Control Dedicated to prevention and disease control Mon-Fri 8am-3pm, Phone: 388-5152 Coordinator: Dra. Socorro Canine Tech.: Mario Lopez Sub-Director: Jesus Bejarano Social Worker: Marina Soto Siqueiros We always welcome donations of dog food, supplies and medicine

D.I.F. Desarrollo Integral de la Familia Sinaloa and Ruiz Cortines Directora: Mayor’s Wife Supported solely by donations, this social service organization offers medical aid and a variety of services for needy families. If you know of a family in need you may contact DIF for help. They hold many public fundraisers throughout the year to raise money.

CHOLLA BAY SPORTSMENS CLUB Also referred to as the CBSC Dues: $40, Payable to CBSC PO Box 1320, Lukeville, AZ 85341 The Cholla Bay Sportsmens Club is responsible for maintaining, monitoring, and staffing the VHF Marine Channel 28 for the northern Sea of Cortez as well as CB Radio Channel 3. The CBSC pays the salary of the operator, aides in search and rescue operations and can aid in the transportation of critical victims. They also publish the Cholla Chatter and put on numerous events during the year such as the CBSC Fishing Derby, Horseshoe Tournament and other fun stuff held in Cholla Bay. 2012 OFFICERS President: Mike Dugan Vice-President: Pat Goodin: 382-5056 Secretary: Billie Crumbley: 382-5133 Treasurer: Enedina Otañez: 382-5142 Membership: Laura McIntyre 2012 BOARD MEMBERS Sal Otañez, Rhea Dugan, Don Schinidli, Paul Schoonover, Shirley McDonald, Tammy Hicks, Larry McIntyre, Kelly and Dave Adams The CBSC provides an invaluable service for those at sea and promotes good relations between American visitors and our Mexican neighbors.

CHILDREN’S HOME D.I.F. is building a children’s home on Calle Marcelo Pino and Callejon Benito Juarez. When completed, the home will be equipped to accommodate 50 children ranging in ages from newborns to 11 years. Children will be taken care of until their families have complied with the rehabilitation period, treatments, or requests by SDMF. The home is located on Calle Marcelo Pino and Callejon Benito Juarez, just behind the Basic Unit Rehabilitation Center of D.I.F.

EL GOLFO RUN Tom & Sandra O’Hare Rocky Point Times Newspaper 383-6325 or from U.S. (602) 476-1939

The El Golfo Run is a fun bi-annual 4x4 trip (May and Oct) to El Golfo de Santa Clara through the desert, salt flats and onto the beach - even the coastal hwy. All 4x4’s welcome to join. There is no charge, fee, etc., you pay for your own motel and food when you get there. (Must have a sense of humor and be very patient.) • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •


CLUBSANDORGANIZATIONS ESPERANZA PARA LOS NIÑOS Children’s Home: I.A.P., Casa Hogar para niños desamparados 383-2378 Off of Hwy. 8, 15 mi. N of Rocky Point PO Box 1024, Lukeville, AZ 85341 Secretary: Jose Manuel Barrera Sanchez Treasurer: Florencia Lucila G. Miron The children’s home is located outside of town, apx. 15 miles, and houses anywhere from 10 to 40 children. It provides temporary housing for families that cannot afford to take care of their children or are having a hard time. This is not an orphanage - these children are not up for adoption. They are always in need of cleaning supplies and fresh food (not canned items).

ESPERANZA DE VIDA Darlene Laura and Carole Fields Ave. Pino Suarez No. 143, Col. El Ferrocarril, Playa “F” Provides clothes, food, toys and medicine to the children/families in Colonia Nueva area.

GREEN ANGELS Angeles Verdes Hwy. 8 Patrol: Sunrise to Sunset Pull off shoulder and raise vehicle hood EMERGENCY DIAL 078 Provides assistance, tourist aid, information and emergency radio service for travellers on Hwy. 8 from Sonoyta to Rocky Point. Bilingual “Green Angels” provide protection service, medical aid and basic mechanical aid. There is no charge for mechanical service, you will only pay for auto parts, gas, oil, etc.

GRUPO SAN PEREGRINO Spiritual Support Cancer Group Dra. Arminda Gonzalez: 110-4934 Glenda Lopez: 383-2414 Mariana Perez: (044-638) 102-0564 The group’s mission is to provide spiritual and monetary support to individuals in Rocky Point that are affected by cancer.

GUARDIAN ANGELS Ramon Ramos: 388-5362/(044-638) 112-0350 Started by Linda and Guy Scholey, and taken over by Ramon since their departure, the Guardian Angels puts on a Christmas party for Escuela La Montaña, the school for handicapped children. Every year donators select a special child to buy a gift for. With donations received, they are also able to provide hot meals for the children throughout the year.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Hábitat para la Humanidad, Mexico A.C. Pedro Martínez, English Spoken: 383-4323 Habitat for Humanity builds homes for families in need all over the world.

HELPING HANDS Manos de Ayuda, Inc. 383-5287 or (520) 760-8645 President: Ramon Contreras Pamela J. Lyke Marquez: Manos de Ayuda, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that provides rehabilitation, health education, medical and therapy equipment and supplies to children with special needs. They also help with construction modifications at a nursing home, a free clinic, and day care facility. These projects are made possible by volunteer efforts and financial assistance. Your help is always needed.

I.R.A.D. Director: Julio Alberto Lucero Arreola 044-638-109-2566 Located off of Cholla Bay Road I.R.A.D. is the institute for the recovery of drug addicts and alcoholics. The shelter houses, feeds and cares for those persons addicted. They rely and operate solely on donations and often sell candy to raise money to keep the centers open. They will always present their identification.

LAS CONCHAS HOMEOWNERS ASSOC. Phone: 382-0050 Guard Gate: 382-0095 President: Ginger Beauchamp Executive Vice President: Marcia Florian Vice President: Randi Alcott Treasurer: Georgia Mastin Secretary: Mary Inserra


A non-profit organization in Puerto Peñasco dedicated to enriching the lives of the children and their families. The organization provides medical assistance, assists families, offers education and assists in the general enrichment of children’s lives. The group holds many events during the year including golf tournaments, a children’s walk, triathlon, concerts and a New Year’s Eve Bash.



Brenda Barden: 044-638-386-9197 The Puerto Peñasco Chapter gets together on the last Monday of the month at 1PM (Oct.June) to have lunch and show off their “red hats and purple dresses”. All ladies welcome. Call for reservations or info.

South of the Border Singles (SOB’s) meets every Wednesday at 4:00PM at Playa Bonita Restaurant for cocktails/dinner. Monthly business meetings first Wednesday at 5:30PM at Playa Bonita. Sunday 9AM gather for weekly 9:30AM breakfast at various RP restaurants. Other fun events, short trips, parties throughout the year. All singles welcome! Local contact: Robert Adams at Playa Bonita RV Park, local 382-5034 or Magic Jack (602) 449-1030 or Jean McCauley at Las Conchas; jeanmcc61@ Mexican cell phone is (044-638) 3869774 or Magic Jack is (520) 303-4332.


Fundación para Conservación del Pinacate, A.C. Office Hours: 9AM - 5PM U.S. Mail: PO Box 745, Ajo, AZ 85321

Unidad Basica de Rehabilitacion Therapy for the handicap and those with special needs. Consultations accepted. Coordinator: Esperanza Lopez Trasviña Phone: 383-1918 Juan Aldama & Marcelo Pino




Phone: 383-2488 Ave. Niños Heroes and Juan Aldama President: Ramón Ramos Rodríguez Women’s Committee President Lupita de Ramos Some of their programs include info. & action for the prevention of hypertension and diabetes, prescription glasses, eye surgery, supply wheelchairs, braces, crutches, etc. Donations of eyeglasses, or any other items may be dropped off at the office of the RPTimes.

El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve is considered one of the most unique volcanic zones in the world. The conservation of these gigantic craters and the surrounding areas are an important part of our ancient history and culture. Self guided hikes, overnight camping and exploring are allowed in the area provided you do not harm, disrupt or take plants, wildlife or artifacts from the area. Visitors must register at the office as they enter the reserve. The reserve is located at the halfway town (Nayarit) between Rocky Point and Sonoyta. Also located near this area is Gran Desierto de Altar, home to the largest area of natural sand dunes.

Tab Gray: Family of God Christian Fellowship PO Box 738, Lukeville, AZ 85341

MEN’S SHELTER Centro de Rehabilitación para Adultos y Jovenes La Esperanza A.C. Local Director: C. José de La Cruz Bravo 044-638-106-4079 On Simon Morua behind the new cemetery The center helps men in need by providing clothing, housing, job training and food. They run solely on donations.

NUEVA CREACION Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Center Sub Directors: Gregorio Soto Rodriguez and Guadalupe de Soto Phone: 044-638-105-9804 Calle Juan Aldama No. 527 Go to the new cemetary, turn right, go one block and turn left and 6 blocks ahead you will see the center.

OA Overeaters Anonymous Tuesdays 9:30AM Manuel Arista (some as AA) Phone: 044-638-103-3405 48 Campeche Ave.

OLD BOYS SOCIAL CLUB President: Lew Felton Fun group that hold meetings every month and puts on a variety of fun activities such as the Bash every year and donates to local charities and organizations.

PEÑASCO CHILDRENS FOUNDATION Founder: Steve Schwab Coordinator: Richard C. LaNasa Established 2003 520-232-2241 PO Box 70121, Tucson, AZ 85737


PISTA LOS PATOS SAND DRAGS Phone: 383-3105 Super fast racers from all over the U.S. and Mexico race each other down the sandy track, which is located just north of town. Everyone welcome. Events are held throughout the year, call above for schedule and times.

A group of a variety of community members who volunteer their time and efforts to raise money, purchase supplies and provide food bags, shoes and toys at Christmas time for the less fortunate. Every year thousands of children, men and women flock to receive their goodies, take pictures with Santa Claus, play games, eat hot dogs and have a great day. Volunteers spend all year collecting donations and then coordinate efforts a few weeks prior to the big event, which usually takes place mid-December.



Professional Business Women’s Club Meetings each Tuesday 8PM Phone: 383-2052 Monday - Friday 9AM - 1PM Constitucion and Serdán esq. # 1 This association of professional business women meets once a week and helps young women who are finishing school - high school or college and who have economic needs.

Ginger Phillips: (972) 742-3740 Thrift Store open Monday - Saturday 9am-4pm Run solely on donations Turn W on Samuel Ocaña, go to the first 4-way stop and turn left, go 1 block and turn right, then go 2 blocks and turn left. Thrift store is the light green building located at the end of the street on the right hand side. St. Vincent de Paul helps needy citizens by furnishing clothing, food baskets, medical assistance and basic needs.


Business Phone: 383-2266 Monetary donations can be made in person, to the Red Cross people with their cans out when you see them in the street or you may deposit directly into their account: Banamex Acct# 7661161 SUC. 472 Located on Blvd. Fremont, across from the Fire Department (Bomberos) SERVICES ARE FREE OF CHARGE The Red Cross offers its services free of charge to the general public. They handle a number of minor injuries such as stings, bites, cuts, sprains, broken bones, etc. They have ambulance service and offer their services 24 hours a day. They work with local doctors and clinics to provide emergency care for patients with more serious injuries. They operate solely on donations, so please donate when you can. They are always in need of medical supplies, crutches, wheelchairs, etc. You may drop off donations at the Red Cross or at the office of the Rocky Point Times. The Red Cross can fill Portable Oxygen Tanks with prior notice.

SANTA CLAUS CLUB Organizer: John Fowler: 602-840-1528 PO Box 5, Lukeville, AZ 85341 Delivers food boxes, bikes, toys and clothes to needy families all year long. Donations are accepted and transported to Rocky Point year round. If you have a donation pickup in the Phoenix area, call John Fowler or email

SANTIAGO RUIZ SALCIDO ASSOCIATION This group offers help to people in their terminal cancer phase. It is comprised of a group of people who offer care to cancer patients who suffer from a terminal illness, when the time comes that the hospital can do nothing further. The patients are given support to help them have a better quality of life by receiving love, respect, and understanding in their final hours. Contact: awyspot@hotmail. com Santiago Ruiz Salcido Rocky Point cellular (044-638) 384-6166 The groups’ basic needs are adult diapers, Ensure shakes, medicines, hospital beds etc.

2 FISH MINISTERIOS Founder: Pastor Stan Tedrow Peñasco Christian Fellowship Melchor Ocampo & Tecla Bustamante Donations accepted and welcomed at the Felowship Monday Friday 8AM - 2PM or can be dropped off at the Black Dog All gifts are taxdeductible Checks payable to: Mission Heartbeat PO Box 1032, Lukeville, AZ 85341 This rapidly growing organization was created after seeing the desperate need families were faced with when the U.S. economy declined, heavily impacting Mexico, and the peso dropped dramatically. As a result, jobs vanished, more people became homeless and could no longer afford to feed their families. Pastor Stan Tedrow shared his burden to feed the hungry with his congregation, and two feeding sites were born on February 24, 2009 with more being added since then. Currently, citizens can receive a hot meal at Fountain of Life Mission in Colonia San Rafael and at Arizona Taco Place on Constitucion and at Aquiles Serdan across from Hotel Paraiso del Desierto on Constitucion.

TOURISM BUREAU (OCV) Puerto Peñasco Convention & Visitor’s Bureau 388-0444/US Toll Free 877-843-3717 Mexico Toll Free: 01-800-552-2820 Ave. Coahuila 444 Int. 1a Fremont & Víctor Estrella Mon-Fri: 9am-2pm & 4-7pm, Sat 9am-3pm President: Hector Vazquez Lic. Ana Laura Saens: 383-7025 Rafael Gonzales V.: 388-0444

UNCOMMON WOMEN ON COMMON GROUND GROUP Rosie Glover: 044-638-112-0134 Group meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30PM for something fun!

WEEKEND MISSIONS 323 Leon de La Barra and Madero (in the old Hotel Villa Granada) 383-1394/(480) 626-5440/(480) 503-8832 Founders: Mark, Jerry and Rusty Renovation Coordinator: Conrad Provides for the physical and spiritual needs of the very poor, widowed and orphaned. Donations of building supplies and other everyday supplies always welcome.

WOMEN’S SHELTER Centro de Rehabilitación para Mujeres La Esperanza A.C. Directora: Hna. Ana Krause: 044-638-102-0869 From Blvd. Samuel Ocaña, turn north at sign on Pto. Ensenada. Go 10 blocks and the women’s center will be on your left, just before the last cross street.

YOUTH SPORTS FOUNDATION (638) 107-9936 Rick Busa: Promotes youth sports in Puerto Peñasco. Donations of sports equipment, uniforms, etc. always welcome. Call for sports schedule and come out to watch the kids play.


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CLASSIFIEDADS ANNOUNCEMENTS ANIMAL ADOPTION CENTER OF ROCKY POINT – (A 501© tax exempt corporation) Center located north of Benito Juarez on Calle 15 (Leon de la Barra) 3 blocks left corner. Also donation drop point at Giuseppis Espresso on Blvd. Fremont (next to Black Dog) Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012, Phoenix (602) 412-3932, Tucson (520) 407-6594, AACORP P.O. Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341. (#1-AAC) BILINGUAL SERVICES SUNDAY 10AM with Peñasco Christian Fellowship. Bilingual services also offered Wednesday at 7PM. Located ½ block E. of the Melchor Ocampo & Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez intersection. North from Las Conchas Pemex, ½ blk E. at 3rd stop sign past railroad tracks. For more info. call Stan or Becky at 383-4513. (#1-24) JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES KINGDOM HALL Thursday Ministry School & Service Meeting 7pm. Sunday Public Discourse 9:30am. Located on the (baseball) stadium road, on the left, just before the big blvd. Call 382-0049 or 383-3885. (#a1a) GRUPO UNIDAD CRISTIANOS DE PEÑASCO Pastor Ernesto Portugal. Headphones available for English translation. Sunday service 10:30AM, Thursday Service 7:30PM, Children’s school same hours. Church office open Monday through Friday 9:30AM to 2PM. Located on Simon Morua. Call for info. (011-52-638) 383-2240. (#1-ch) ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM – Charity organization operated for 9 years now by Barb and Mark Olszewski, helping 9 schools and over 2,500 students. If anyone would like to help us with donations of spiral notebooks, pencils, crayons, erasers, rulers, will really be appreciated. You may use the offices of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper for a drop-off-point (off Calle 13-map in paper), or get information at www. (#1-AAC) PUERTO PEÑASCO ‘ROCKIES’ WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL – Needs team boosters and sponsors!! Visitors are welcome to come watch us practice each Sunday 3-6PM at the Municipal Gymnasium on the main Blvd. at the north end of town. WE NEED DONATIONS to purchase sport wheelchairs for basketball. We ALSO NEED basketballs and uniforms!! Call Mark (602) 324-9529 or in Rocky Point (011-52-638) 383-4963. Email (#1-WC) GIUSEPPIS ESPRESSO – is now a drop off site for Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point. Giuseppis Espresso is located on Blvd. Fremont between Cruz Roja (Red Cross) and the STOP sign at Sinaloa, next to Black Dog Casino (01152-638) 383-5181. (#1-AAC) BARB’S DOG RESCUE – located 8 miles north of Rocky Point on the highway to Sonoyta, signs on both sides of highway. Also donation drop off point at Twin Dolphins Real Estate on Blvd Fremont, next to Cruz Roja (Red Cross). Mexico (011-521-638) 114-1659 or (044-638) 384-0113. From the US dial (602) 3247241. (#1-dg)

SEARCHING FOR A GURU – or Spiritual Guide.CALL DR. VAZQUEZ (011-52-638) 383-3014. (#1-V) AMERICAN LEGION MX-15 OF ROCKY POINT – is located in the Mirador Beach area, just down from Manny’s Beach Club, up the hill behind Pink Cadillac, downstairs at Los Juanes Restaurant (#1-AL) ART GALLERIES GALERIA DEL MAR BERMEJO – The finest in Authentic Mexican Art. Largest selection of Mata Ortiz Pottery & JewelryCertified Huichol Yarn Paintings by Artist, Juan Silva-Certified Bronze Sculpture by Felipe Chavez Hernandez-Certified unique jewelry of sterling silver and semiprecious stones featuring sponge and coral. Virgin Saints and Angels-Daniel EspinosaCharles Alpert-Mara La Madrid. Books, * Books, * Books (children’s bilingual, decorator, culinary and more). Located behind the church in Old Port. Open 7 days from 10AM to 5PM. MasterCard and Visa accepted. From the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-3488 (phone and fax), or email: GaleriadelMarBermejo@yahoo. com. (#9-1) MERMAID’S MARKET ARTS AND CRAFTS – Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10AM-3PM at the Shrimp Plaza (Benito Juarez and Freemont). Info: mermaidsmarket Contact: mexicoruss@ (#MM-1) BEAUTY SALONS GLORIAS BEAUTY SALON SINCE 1969! We do it all and we carry a full line of beauty supplies. Gloria’s Beauty Shop is located on Constitucion, just before Super Ley Market. Phone locally at 383-5075 or from the U.S. (011-52-638) 383-5075 for an appointment, ask for Gloria. English Spoken. (#25-13) PBC – PEÑASCO BEAUTY CENTER – ONLY AMERICAN SALON IN Rocky Point. Full line AVON Beauty Supplies. Hair, Nails, Facials, Manicures and Pedicures cell (044-638) 106-3611. On Constitucion, across from Super Ley. (#25-1) BILL PAYING SERVICE DON’T GET CUT OFF!! BILL PAYING Service with 48 years experience for Rocky Point and Cholla Bay residents! See Patty at Mexico Bonito Realty located just off Cholla Bay Road. Local call us at 383-5737 or 383-4111, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1837. Visit our website at or email us at or (#30-1) WHILE YOU’RE AWAY I’LL PAY YOUR electric, water, phone, bills, etc. Since 1993 I’ve been working with Immigration services. English/Spanish spoken. References available. Call Silvia Villa at Premium Services, locally at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1187, or email me at (#30-2)



CONDO ON THE WATER – 38ft Ultraflite triple cabin cruiser. 75K. Call Jorge at (044-638) 110-1830. (#34-5)

TURN KEY FULLY FUCTIONAL ESPRESSO COFFEE CART – Ready to set up. Selfcontained with fridge, espresso machine, coffee grinder all included. Ask for Anita or Maria (011-52-638) 383-5181. (#86-2)

CATERING LA COCINA de RAMON – Ave. Francisco González Bocanegra (638) 388-5362 (#50-1) COFFEE AND COFFEE HOUSES MAX’S CAFÉ: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, Dinner, Pizza, Full Espresso and Liquor Bar. Free Wireless Internet & Phone to the U.S. Located in front of Hotel Peñasco del Sol. Live Music Thur-Sun 8PM-11PM 3831011. (#56-5) BEST COFFEE IN TOWN – XOCHITLS CAFE (Sally’s place) in Cholla Bay. Not to mention awesome food! Breakfast 6AM2PM! You can’t beat her chiles rellenos and spinach omelet. Call to order ahead 382-5283. (#56-10) GIUSEPPIS ESPRESSO - RESTAURANT - PASTRY – inside or outside seating. Located on Blvd. Fremont, left side past Cruz Roja (Red Cross) Open at 8AM until 4PM on Mon, Tue & Thur. Friday &Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner 8AM - 8PM. Sunday 8AM - 2PM (Closed Wednesdays) (011-52-638) 383-5181 Leashed, well behaved dogs always welcome. (#56-6) DENTAL SERVICES WANT A DENTIST WHO USES THE latest in technology and equipment when getting your teeth cared for? Ernesto Grijalva, D.D.S. comes highly recommended by all of his patients – ask anyone of them! Stop by his office located on Blvd. Fremont, just south of the fire dept. or call Mario for an appointment (011-52-638) 383-3434. (#64-3) FM3 SERVICES SERVICES FOR AMERICANS – PPermanent and Temporary Residence, Tax ID Numbers (Hacienda Registration), accounting services, bill paying and more. Office location: Sun Valley Business and Immigration Service, Plaza del Sol, Local No. 8 (north side of Blvd. Fremont). Call local at 383-8891, from the U.S. dial (520) 829-4340 or email Bianeysvisa@ or English spoken. (#79-9) FM2/FM3/RFC/HACIENDA/IMSS – If you don’t speak Spanish, or just want someone to help guide you through the process, call Silvia Villa at Premium Services at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1187 or sivife@hotmail. com. Translations from English to Spanish or Spanish to English also available – any document you need translated. Call Silvia whenever you need help with anything from bill paying to ordering flowers! (#79-1)

FOR SALE – Cricut Imagine® inkjet printing machine, new, still in box... plus 2 Disney Pixar cartridges. (602) 618-8340 or (044-638) 3808233. (#86-9) AUTHENTIC GERMAN SAUSAGES – Walter’s Brats Sausages for sale everyday, come and taste it fresh from the BBQ Every Fri & Sat. 3PM-7PM. Corner of Blvd. Fremont & Nuevo Leon. (044-638) 110-4970. (#86-17) 8.5 FT BY 5.5 FT UTILITY TRAILER – Almost new. Solid metal sides 20” high. c/w ramp. Call MX 388-0179 or U.S. (480) 626-0662. (#86-5) FURNITURE DEALERS & DELIVERY FURNITURE/MATRESSES/SOFAS – We offer everything for your casa as well as a large selection of gift items. Best quality & Best Prices. Su Casa located on Rodeo Drive. E-mail (#90-1) HOUSES & CONDOS FOR RENT LONG TERM & NIGHTLY RENTALS, Las Conchas, Mirador, In Town, Sandy Beach Homes and Condos. Starting at $150.00 USD per month. Twin Dolphins (011-52-638) 3833919, (602) 324-7241 (#100-4) PUERTA PRIVADA LONG TERM LEASE 2 OR 3 bdrm condos for long term lease only. Furnished or unfurnished available. Visit model on site 9am to 5pm daily for more info. (#10042) CHOLLA BAY – $525 mo. Bay views, 3bd, 2ba. Security shutters, 2 car garage. Washer/ Dryer, furnished. Tucson (520) 577-4834 Ken. Mex (044-638) 113-7326 Miguel. (#100-1) HOUSES & CONDOS FOR SALE PRINCESA E506 – 3 BED, 2 BATH Beachfront Vew. Fully Furnished. Bank Trust. Great rental. $279,900. Call Paul, Licensed Sonora Real Estate Agente. (602) 288-8687 or email pablorealty@ (#102-4) AJO HOUSE – 3bd, 2ba. Backyard faces County Park, mountain views. Has a/c full house backup generator. Bottom of “U” street, nice neighborhood in Ajo, AZ. (520) 387-5474. (#102-m) LUXURY BEACHFRONT CONDO – 2.237 sq ft. 2 ocean view bedrooms, 2ba. For sale or trade. Can be two separate rentals. Furnished, ready to move in. Close to new airport. LLC Trust in place. For pictures and info go to www. Email (520) 9774388 (#102-1)

PRINCESA 2BED – 2 Bath, bank trust in place ocean front view $179,900 cash. Call (602) 288-8687 or 383-8657 Licensed agent in Sonora. (# 102-5) PRINCESA 1BED – 1 Bath, with bank trust. View of the ocean and court yard. Call (602) 2888687. Licensed Real Estate Agent for Sonora, MX. (#102-6) NEW CONSTRUCTION OR REMODEL – DYNAMIC Local Builder, Architect and Engineering. Economy Resort homes from $80,000 to Contemporary, Tuscan and Hacienda designs. Land additional and from US $19,900, designs, permits and hook ups may be included. Two models available, or design your own. GREAT DEALS NOW with us at the Laguna Shores Resort and new Sea View home in a private area of Rocky Point. Healthy competition gets you the very best deals! Call Glen Paulsen: MX (044-638) 3861999 Email: (#102-10) INSURANCE SERVICES INSURANCE AND BONDING AGENCY –REAL estate - Mexican & American Insurance: Auto, boat, life, house, commercial. Yolanda Silva, Agent. Ave Nayarit #62. Call 383-6280. (#107-1) JEWELERS JOYERIA MAX – MAX’S JEWELTY - Custom design, repairs, diamonds and gemstones. Special orders are our specialty. Open 11AM – 9PM Monday through Saturdays. Shop located on the north side of No Reeleccion (Calle 26), just east of RR tracks. Lamek_fu@ Call Max (011-52-638) 3885512 and 383-2698. (#110-2) MASSAGE U.S.A. CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST. Several bodywork modalities available. Out calls or in clinic. $55 per hour. Best massage in town. Rita Pizarro, from U.S. dial (602) 748-4134, clinic (011-52-638) 383-8030, local dial 383-8030 or (044-638) 386-5203 or email (#120-6) PEST CONTROL CONTRA PLAGAS – COCKROACHES, Termites, mosquitoes, flies, bees, fire ants, fleas, scorpions, spiders, rats, ants, mice. We have our Federal License. English spoken. Call Antonio Mendivil, owner at 383-8787. 24 hour emergency phone dial (044-638) 380-5136. (#126-1) REAL ESTATE SERVICES TWIN DOLPHINS – Blvd. Fremont, next to Red Cross. Mexico (638) 383-3919 US (602) 324-7241. (#140-1) REALTY EXECUTIVES – Jonni Francis at Paseo Las Glorias, across from Peñasco del Sol. Mexico (638) 382-5355 US (602) 334-4134. (#140-2)

PABLO REALTY – located in Rocky Point. Call 383-8657. Sonoran Licensed Agent. Selling in Rocky Point for 14 years. From U.S. (602) 288-8687. (#140-3) PUERTO PEÑASCO HOME INSPECTIONS. Be an intelligent investor: Get a home inspection before you buy your next home or investment property in Mexico. Puerto Peñasco’s only full time Home Inspector. Call (602) 748-4134, local dial (044-638) 110-4728 or email (#140-4) RV PARKS & SPACES PARK YOU RV RIGHT AT THE WATERS EDGE – in Rocky Point at Playa Bonita RV Park. Call toll free from USA (1-888) 232-8142. From Mexico (1-800) 426-6482 (#152-2) SERVICES PET SITTING SERVICE – DON’T WORRY about your animals for a day, week or month! Vacation with peace of mind. I will look after your cats or dogs. Lots of experience with animals! Phone Nancy at (011-52-638) 383-1012. (#15721) SATELLITE TV, DSS, DBS, FTA, C/ BAND – Home theater, internet, audio/ video, sales, service, custom installations, residential and commercial. Mobile (044638) 103-5317 Mex. VOIP (602) 635-2246 USA. ROCKY POINT HOME INSPECTIONS – Inspections by US inspector 25+years in Real Estate, Homes and Condos. Be a smart investor 602-538-0027 (#157-1) OJEDA DESIGNS & PAINTING – Interior, exterior, commercial, residential, drywall, roof cutting (impermeability), texture, varnish, stains, epoxy floors, faux finishes and wall repairs. We paint anything. Office (638) 383-5655 Cel (044-638) 107-0091. (#157-4) SHUTTLE SERVICE HEAD OUT TO ROCKY POINT – door to door shuttle service from Phoenix to Rocky Point. Group and one-way rates available. Wanna Go? Let Us Know! Email, phone in the U.S. (602) 971-0166 or U.S. Toll Free (866) 4432368. No waiting in border lines when you ride with us! (#158-3)

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Is April OK to go swimming at the beach, we have reservations at Las Palmas!! Last year in June my daughter got stung by a jellyfish and was in pain! And won’t get back in the Beach! Raymond Joseph Razo Yes, April will be perfect for swimming! You simply must be aware that there is life in all bodies of water, and you must be on the lookout... and know what to do if a jellyfish stings you. OMG, is that a Fin Whale? Denise Roundy Yes, Denise, every year the whales come to our waters off the coast of Rocky Point. It’s wonderful to watch them! Well I think I didn’t make it in time to win a subscription, but gotta love Rocky Point Times Newspaper. Do you have any idea why thousands of jellyfish invaded the east beaches last weekend? Julie Pastrick I did not see the photo...just the jelly fish. I do usually see them in June/ July but there were so many this past weekend. Someone said they were not lethal... but my question is not about the lethal...but I am more concerned about the sting, thanks. Hope the holiday weekend was nice. Lori Pieper They are investigating this. Zaida, from CEDO says this year they have seen many more whales, more fish, and more birds. They think there is more food in the ocean and the whales and fish move towards hot/warm currents, but they have no idea about the jellyfish, which is a type of Medusa but they have not been able to find the right scientific name for them. Experts are still trying to figure it out. Was this last year or are the whales back this year?? Patricia Champion This whale photo was taken this year. They are here in our waters every year. RPTimes, howdy folks I have often wondered why the speed limit sign’s are not in mph as well as kms considering this is a tourist attraction. Thanks, Cheryl Fairbanks Dear Cheryl, Well, I can see what you are saying, but we are in a foreign country, and our speed is rated in km. I know sometimes it is confusing, but your car should translate for you on your speedometer??... mine does. If your speed is digital, there should be a button you can switch over from mph to km. SandyO

Sandra O’Hare...this stand was next to convenience store by railroad (SE) corner and railroad tracks by the upstairs gym? Same road as Rosies?? Always busy with locals so has to be yum & it was!! Pay more attention next time for street name. Marilyn Loos Haney OK, that’s Calle 26, by the RRX. I will go there to try THEIR carne asada burritos. My mouth is already watering! Hi Sandy, please post info on upcoming Tequila Sunset Festival. Hope all is well. Thanks. Nancy Richeson STARTED VALENTINE’S WEEKEND, AND WILL CONTINUE EACH WEEKEND!! Ha! This is for you too Sandra O’Hare my hubby said my new alter ego needed to go in front of your paper since Rocky Point is where I would rather be :) Shawn Rost OMG Sandra O’Hare - you HAVE to try the Fireball Jello Shots!!!! Muy, muy Bueno!! Tammy Hicks OK, twist my arm, Tammy...I’ll do it. SandyO Need to know...when is the Tequila Sunset Event? Can’t remember where I read the article about it. Wanna go. Thx. Nancy Richeson Every weekend (started Valentines weekend) at satisfied frog @ the end of the Malecon. Very nice. I like it. Michael Peck Yes, our new Marlin Monument at Calle 13 and Benito Juarez is so cool!! My family and I go there often and we look forward to reading your paper. We will be heading that way in March for Spring Break. Thank you for publishing such a great paper!!! Christine Miranda Giambanco It’s a totally memorable trip. I’ve never had any luck getting Del Mar to respond via FB. EcoFun does, but Maru there just told me tonight that they’re not doing Bird Island till the demand for whale trips wanes. Both companies are terrific, in my experience. Tom Motsinger So what do u do when you are stung by a jellyfish? I’m actually going Fri and I stay by the old bars n clubs

They blocked left turns onto Calle 13? What were they thinking??? Thanks for the info, gotta get to Gus’ taco stand. Tracy Paul Gruber Right. No left turns, coming from south, off B. Juarez, on to Calle 13, only right turn, coming from north.

area. La Tigra Laveroynomas Wash the area with sea water, or vinegar water or baking soda water (DO NOT USE TAP WATER). IF injury is severe, get to Red Cross (Cruz Roja) on Blvd Fremont just down from the main Blvd Benito Juarez and past the Shrimp Park. Open 24/7

That burrito stand is Burrito’s Longos. It is very good! Kim Johns

There are hundreds of them. up and down Playa Encanto Beach. Kristi Trimmer

The moon in Rocky Point was as bright as a reading light for a letter from an old friend back home. Bobby Mueller Have not been to Rocky Point for 8 years, is the dirt mall (Rodeo Drive) still there? Loved shopping there! Billie Caouette Yes, Rodeo Drive, Shacks 5th Ave, the Dirt Mall is still there on Cholla Rd, but it can hardly be called anything except “Cholla Mall” or “Rodeo Drive” now because it is all paved and has beautiful businesses! Bummer, we so want to go on one of these ‘El Golfo Runs’, but we will be in RP for the one club that weekend! We need to get together for another date. Linda Roche Stolc Our next El Golfo Run after the May Run on the 16th thru 18th, will be in October. Can you send me a current copy Michael P Murphy Sr Do you want just one month? OR would you like a subscription? Let us know at Alicia, I am so excited to be the free subscription winner. Thank you! Diane Marcum We are happy for you that you WON a FREE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION from our Facebook Page!! I want to subscribe to not miss one issue of your awesome publication!! Marilyn Loos Haney Cool! Call my office (480) 463-6255, or Email us, or go to www. to print out the form. We will start your subscription ASAP, and wait for your check in the mail. Will be there on Wednesday. What is rate of exchange?? Edward Swafford AMEX is 13.336 right now. Here probably figure 12.50. We’ll try KAFFEEHAUS again next time down. Last time their few parking spaces were full and we had to walk a ways. Looking over the menu I told the hostess I didn’t see any sauerkraut. As a son of a German immigrant, that is imperative. She’d never heard of it. Maybe it’s better now. Tracy Paul Gruber We are going this week, I’ll ask about sauerkraut...never had it here. Too many good things to eat here, never thought about that. Late? Now that is the RP times I know and love :) Aaron Rand Ah, quit it! We’re not that late for March! Silly question, could you publish a PDF copy of the issues for those of us that are net savvy? Ariel Hart Of course! Go to our Website and click on the orange ISSUU logo on the left side of our Home Page. Thanks for asking

We love RPTimes Deborah Traughber Thank you, Deborah! What a nice compliment! Was just there over the weekend. Love, love, love your newspaper!! Annette Wieczorek Thank you for love, love, loving our paper! We love bringing it to you every month!! Love the cover of the March Rocky Point Times Natalia Dmyterko Noon Thank you! We really like the new Marlin Monument. You should see it at night with it’s lights on. Wonderful! Hi Sandy: I am an RVer from El Dorado, CA (near Lake Tahoe). This is my second year coming down with the Winnebago Group (WIT) always staying at Playa Bonita RV Park. I think this park and the beaches are a great place for ALL to enjoy year after year, including our companions and beloved pets, whether it be a cat or several dogs. As a true animal lover and activist, I am very “appalled” at seeing the two large MacCaw? parrots in the cage near the office and laundry room. These birds live in “filthy, dark conditions” with their cage covered in heavy, black plastic with only a few tears and holes in which to get a slight glimpse of the outside world. The birds themselves have dirty filthy tail feathers and do not look healthy at all. The area where their cage is situated would be a wonderful place to fence and enclose in order to build an atrium or bird sanctuary so that these beautiful birds can live out their “long lives” in a clean and happy world. I am sure the owners of this Park make enough money on all of us from the USA and beyond, that it would not break their pocket books to build a beautiful bird sanctuary for all of us to enjoy, as well as treating these poor birds with a little compassion and love. Isn’t there an SPCA in this area where we could go for some ACTION? Lael from El Dorado Good evening, thank you for your letter about the safety of the parrots @ Playa Bonita . We went over again today to check on the birds, Mario went to see them, he says that they are perfectly fine and healthy that plastic around the cage is to keep the cold out and warm in, the plastic is removed when the weather is good. He was told, “They are both 30 years old and never gotten sick”. Mario says they were loud and active, just like they should be. I will try to get over there next week to take a look for myself, but everybody seems to think the birds are good. SandyO • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •


Part II Home Port Impact: DOWN BY THE PIER By Joe Houchin

In Part I last month we promised to get the facts straight from exclusive interviews with behind-the-scenes leaders of the Home Port construction project. We met with Mrs. Wendy Winzer, Administrative Director for the Home Port project under the general contracting company, Consorcio Constructor de Obras Marinas SA de CV (CCOM) who were appointed by the state of Sonora to oversee the construction phases of the project because of their worldwide experience in marina construction. CCOM brought in two sub contractors with marina experience and contracted with the local union to operate the 90 trucks you see hauling rocks, stone and boulders to build the breakwater. Seems like every time we look, the breakwater has reached further into the sea. That’s because the trucks have been working mostly 12 hour shifts and the water is not so deep where they’ve been pouring the rocks up to now. This has allowed them to build 440 meters of the 1,280 meter breakwater since beginning the project just a little over 40 days ago. “Of course,” says Wendy, “progress won’t seem quite so obvious now that we are reaching deeper waters, even though we are considering extending the shifts to compensate for the additional loads that will be required.” If you’ve noticed the truck movement has slowed down recently, it’s because they are waiting on the permits allowing them to dynamite more of the mountain from which the stone is being

transported. The breakwater is built up from the bottom of the sea using three different sizes of rock according to a design that will result in a solid 10 meter wide road surface flanked on the outside by boulder-sized stone all the way to the sea floor. These boulders will serve as protective living areas for the smaller organisms and plants which have been carefully moved from the construction path almost daily by divers from the full time ecological protection company, Ornitorrinco AC (OAC) which means Platypus in English. OAC is the company that conducted the preliminary eco-studies to determine the feasibility of the homeport in the beginning. Their familiarity with the specific area is very important to the environmental concerns of everyone involved with the homeport’s realization.

Playa Bonita RV Park ladies donate blankets to local hospital By Marilyn Knox

Inspired by random acts of kindness to twin boys born in November with heart issues, 12 grandmothers at Playa Bonita RV Park, lovingly made several dozen blankets for the children of Puerto Peñasco. When the twins were born in Colorado they each received a blanket from a woman whose granddaughter has the same heart condition. The family was so touched by the gift from a stranger that they decided to “pay it forward”. The blankets were

donated to the local Rocky Point hospital on Saturday Feb 22, of this year.

In fact, OAC have up to five divers who inspect the sea floor and pathway of the jetty as it is being built, relocating even the smallest life forms to safe areas then returning them when it’s safe to do so. There are no reefs in the pathway of the jetty to be concerned about, although there is some small coral growth around the 750 meter point which have been relocated to safety. To be absolutely clear, according to both companies, there has been no destruction, or even damage, nor will there be to any escollera ecologically related life forms, flora or reefs at any time during the entire construction process of the homeport. Another area of concern on our part was based on comments overheard around town regarding the homeport construction having minimum impact on the local economy because everyone on the project was brought in from out of town. Graciously, Wendy referred to her personnel files and, of the nearly 200 people currently on the project, she counted a total of 21 from outside Puerto Peñasco. She did state that the truck and heavy equipment operators are contracted by the local union and not under the control of CCOM. Next month in the Down by the Pier section of this series, we’ll go into more

detail about the port facilities and services surrounding the physical homeport structure, plus updates on the port construction progress. And, as always, we’ll replace the “word on the street” with the “facts from the port”. To close for this month, we’ll address a question that should be at the top of everyone’s mind: When will the homeport construction be completed? Because the construction process is divided into several phases with parts of each being put out for bids, the answer to this question will also have to come in phases. Phase I of the contractual agreement between the general contractor and the State of Sonora includes the breakwater (aka jetty or pier) and docking berth (parking space for one cruise liner). The agreement calls for completion of the main pier and docking berth by December of this year, 2014. The second part of Phase I includes a second docking berth and the ultra-modern Terminal with the completion date yet to be determined since bids have not gone out for them as yet—still an aggressive goal, for sure; and one that if anyone can meet, it will be CCOM and their lively, energetic, seemingly everywhere at once, Home Port Administrative Director, Wendy Winzer!

This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group, www., Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing.


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