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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 and Arizona. We bulk mail to over 600 monthly subscribers. The Rocky Point Times is printed in Mexico SUBSCRIPTIONS Go to our Website www.rptimes.com click on subscriptions or call us at or write us at P.O. Box 887 Lukeville, Az 85341 ADVERTISING IN THE ROCKY POINT TIMES For Information Email Us at rockypointtimes@yahoo.com. AD DEADLINE 10th of the month, preceeding publication

Welcome to December: The close of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. If November’s weather was an indication of what is to come in December, then we are guaranteed a fantastic month full of blue skies and warm temperatures. I am writing this in midNovember and it is still above 80°. It is hard to believe that it’s snowing in other places. If you are in one of those snowy or rainy places reading this…pack your bags and come on down!

Speaking of businesses, their advertising brings this monthly paper to you at no charge so please thank them by visiting. I have a bit of sad news…our office dog, Baby, went to puppy heaven in November. She had been with us – well, between our office and the motel behind us – for about 13 years. We found her with a bad hind end after being run over by a car. We didn’t know if she would survive or not, but the only thing we could do is keep her confined and hope that she healed. She did and has been around ever since. If you have visited our office, then no doubt you have seen her. And while we are on the subject of dogs, Nancy Phelan and Barb Mumaugh have both dedicated their lives to saving dogs and cats here in Rocky Point. They could really use your help throughout the year to take care of these poor street animals that

If you missed this year’s Rocky Point Motorcycle Rally you missed a fantastic weekend full of entertainment, beautiful bikes and a crazy good aerial show. Those stunt plane pilots are the bomb! They came so close to the water and beach that we thought they were goners. I know Alonso Dominguez the Administrator at International Airport Mar de Cortes has been trying for a very long time to get an air show going here. Thank you Alonso, also the Federal Government through the State Government, Altius Events, and Flyers Team from Mexico City. Well done! We watched it from La Casa del Capitan and then Mom and I went down to FISH to sip wine and watch the sunset and all the bikes in Old Port. We know that 8,000 bikes registered at the official signin. I’m not sure what the total numbers were, but it seemed like an awful lot of bikes riding around town – everywhere. It was nice to see them all spread out over town giving all local businesses a little bump. Plan to attend next year’s rally. It is always around Veteran’s Day, which is a holiday for you so there is no excuse!

have been abandoned, injured or just plain neglected. Both of these shelters take animals in, feed them, get them healthy and spayed or neutered and find them forever homes. They can always use dog and cat food (puppy and kitten as well) as well as monetary donations. Stop by) info and directions in the Rocky Point Times) if you are in the market for a Christmas puppy, kitten, dog or cat. Laguna Shores Resort is doing their annual bicycle giveaway this year and you may donate if you wish to help kids get brand new bicycles for Christmas. Their office is located on Benito Juarez or stop by the Resort off the Coastal Highway (see ads in this issue). The Santa Claus Club is in full swing. I swear, John Fowler never quits (and he hasn’t aged a day in the last 20 years). I think he really is Santa Claus! There are many parties and charitable activities during the holiday season so be sure to watch our Facebook page, read this paper, check out the clubs and organizations page, or email us for information about the group you would like to help this year. You may not think a buck or two is worth donating, but if there are 100 of you thinking the same thing, it sure does add up quickly. I thank you all in advance for every cent you donate. And there

By Lannette Phipps

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 from the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-6325 Local dial 383-6325 from the U.S. dial (480) 463-6255 EMAIL ADDRESS & WEBSITE rockypointtimes@yahoo.com www.rptimes.com FACEBOOK See our Facebook Page at Rocky Point Times Newspaper CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Anita K., Barb Mumaug, Cap ‘n Greg, Steve Franklin, Eddie Wharez, Gretchen Ellinger, Joe Houchin, Marcia Diane, Mark Paliscak, Rita Pizarro, Rosarie Salerno, Nancy Phelan, Sandy Spain. ROCKY POINT TIMES STAFF Thomas Nelson O’Hare III (RIP 1941-2013) Founder / Owner Sandra Jo O’Hare Owner / Managing Editor / Publisher Lannette Phipps Editorial / Contributing Writer Alicia Grajeda - Administrative Executive Marco Zepeda - Sales and Accounts Executive Beatriz Lumbreras - Freelance Graphic Artist Manny Sánchez Radical Gravity Media Web + Social + Video www.RadicalGravity.com PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSION

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are also many charities that you can donate to by lending a helping hand. By the time you are reading this we will have just returned from a trip to Alamos with Mark Mulligan. He coordinates a trip once or twice a year to the beautiful Hacienda de Los Santos, which won first place in Trip Advisor’s National 2016 Award “The Top 25 Small Hotels in Mexico”. Not only do you get to stay at this breathtaking hacienda, but you also get treated to dinner and a concert. We will hopefully bring you a story about our trip in the January issue. We’ll give you all of the contact info then in case you want to jump on the bus for the next excursion. Oh, speaking of killer whales…Orca’s were spotted (and recorded) out by Bird Island in November!! Yes, those black and white killer whales. Wowza! I have never seen one in these parts, but apparently, they have been seen before in our waters. I would imagine they would love Bird Island for its abundance of sea lion snackies. This might make me think twice before snorkeling out there. Ah, probably not. Sandy wants to make sure you read the story in this month’s issue about “Karma”, the 1952 Chevrolet pick-up truck that Mike Clark saved from a junkyard in Sonoyta. I know that everyone reads The Rocky Point Times from front to back so for sure you won’t miss it! Remember that you can always read each edition online at www.rptimes.com – just click on the orange ISSUU logo. The Immigration Officers at the Lukeville border want our Mexican readers with US Tourist Visas to know that they are now getting a one year permit, instead of the usual 6 months. Allrighty, we are off to enjoy the holidays. Thus far the only restaurants which have reported to us that they will be open for you on Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, are Mare Blu on Sandy Beach, and La Casa del Capitan on top of the hill, but that doesn’t mean others won’t be open. If you have a question about your favorite, give us a jingle or call the business directly. Sandy, Alicia, Mario and myself would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May Santa bring you everything on your wish list. See you in 2017!

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ADVERTISERINDEX & PHONENUMBERS DIALING INSTRUCTIONS from the U.S., Canada and Mexico

ALSO SEE OUR GENERAL INFO. PAGES FOR MORE INFO.

(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

CALLING WITHIN MEXICO

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

LOCAL CELLULAR PHONES

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.

CELL PHONES OUTSIDE OF PP

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. AREA CODES & VOIP LINES

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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INDEX A

A bit of Shangrila RV........................480-225-6546 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 American Legion...........................................388-8841 Aqua Grande Towing.............383-5770/(520) 232-2149 Arizona Realty........................................520-387-8787 Art Stop & Plaza Gallery............................520-387-6858 Attorney At Law Maria Luisa Ortiz Hinojoza....388-0606

B Bacanora Grill........................................638-109-7235 Baja Autoservices...................................638-383-4925 Balboas Rest..................................................383-5155 Beauty Design Studio by Gloria.......................383-8500 Biosfera Dry Cleaners.....................................383-1667 Bonita RV Park...............................................383-1400 Bórquez, Ricardo, Atty............388-6110/520-407-6756 Brooks, Dee...................................................383-3919 Bryan’s.....................................................388-5365 Burrito Express..............................................383-8460

C Candy Cake.........................................638-383-2673 Canvas................................................638-383-1161 Chochoy Veterinary.......................................383-2338 C.H.O.P.P.S............................................480-648-7689 CIMA...........................................................383-1854 Coldwell Banker by the Sea...388-8999/602-425-5133 Colins Cantina...............................................382-8020

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Rocky Point Services............................638-114-8132

D’Lucy Spa.................383-1471/044-638-105-8993 Del Mar Charters........................................383-2802 Dr. Grijalva, D.D.S...........................................383-3434 Don Julio Bar & Grill......................................388-0056 Duke’s Restaurant-Bar.................044-638-104-0338 or...................................................044-638-380-6650

Made in Puerto Peñasco................044-638-380-8233

or..................................................520-303-3960

Manny’s Beach Club......................383-3605/383-3215

Rocky Point Times Newspaper.....................383-6325

E Ecofun Rentals.........................................388-9699 Eddie Wharez.....................383-8633/602-324-9328

F Family of God................................................383-3480 Farmacias De Descuento..............383-3131/388-8280 Fish.............................................044-638-110-7137 Five Senses Spa...................................638-112-1652 Fit Vida Bistro.............................................383-1992 Fortaleza del Sol........................044-638-110-9519 Francis, Jonni..............................044-638-112-1197 Frenchy’s.......................................044-638-690-1472 Friendly Dolphin.......................................383-2608

G Galeria del Mar Bermejo...........................383-3488 Galeria Luis y Gaby.......................................383-7174 German Brats..............................044-638-110-4970 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 Green Point................................................383-2938 Gretchen Ellinger...............383-1425/602-317-3881 or................................................044-638-384-0458 Guardian Title and Escrow..............044-638-386-1445 or.........................................................623-910-2930

H Hacienda del Sol Furniture......388-0545/602-903-2112 Head Out to Rocky Point Shuttle Ser vice 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

I-J-K Imagen Oral..................................................388-7953 InnSuites Hotels and Suites U.S. Toll Free......................................888-INNSUITES INTERCAM..............................................388-1191 International Insurance....................623-551-8501 JJ’s Cantina...................................................383-2785 Jerry’s Banquettes............................638-115-0983 John Hibbert Realty Ex...........................638-380-5112 John Witt Realty Ex.................................623-523-2180 Joyeria Max...........................................388-5512 Kaffeehaus.............................................388-1065 Kord’s Auto Care...............................520-387-6962 Kyle Wood..............................................480-297-8079

Mar de Cortez Rentals....................................388-8747 Mare Blu Ristorante.......................................383-0605 Mayan Palace Golf Course........................383-GOLF Max’s Cafe..................................................383-1011 Max Jeweler...............................................388-5512 Mermaid’s Market.................................388-5004 Mexican Beach Developers.......................383-6099 or.....................044-638-384-7145/520-777-0018 Mexican Vistas Co..........382-5400/044-638-384-6445 or...........................................................623-698-0117 Mexico Insurance Center..................1-800-404-1088 Mirsa Tile........................................638-383-6770 Muebles Coloniales....................................383-6670 Muebles Imperiales......................................383-6480 or.......................................................714-395-4117

N-O Nails Center................................................388-0434 Napa Auto (Ajo).................................24 HOUR TOW

or..........................................................480-463-6255 Fax...........................................................383-5193

S Salerno, Rosarie..........383-8417/044-638-384-7145 or.......................................................520-777-0018 Sanborns Insurance........U.S. Toll Free 800-222-0158 Sandy Beach Massage....................044-638-384-4418 Santiagos Ocean Services...........................388-5318 or.......................................................(602) 324-9558 Santo Tomas.....................................(480) 861-0355 Satellite Services................................638-103-5317 Satisfied Frog................................638-383-1743 Sea of Cortez Adventures...................(928) 380-8619 Seaside Window Coverings.........................383-5181 Sea Side Reservations.....383-7795/1-888-262-4508 Señorita Rita Sunset Cruise.............044-638-107-3727 Servicios Medicos Veterinarios..................383-3344 Shangrila RV Park................................480-225-6546 Sky Bar.......................................044-638-110-7137

....................................(520) 387-4TOW (387-4869)

Si Como No! Etc.....................................520-387-7080

Optica Turati................................................383-4645

Silva, Yolanda Insurance...............................383-6280

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Sonoran Autoservice.......................602-909-4864 or.......................................................638-382-5423

Pablo Realty........................383-8657/602-288-8687

Sonoran Grill...............................................382-8089

Pane e Vino Restaurant................044-638-105-7455

Sonoran Resorts.................................602-476-7511

Pedro’s Restaurant.......................044-638-105-5166

Sonoran Resorts Sales Consultant

Peninsula de Cortes Golf Course..................383-GOLF

Brenda Sabo..............................044-638-105-3157

Peñasco Beauty Center...............................383-1086

Stegall Katz & Whitaker.........................602-241-9221

Peñasco Marine.........................................383-3700

Su Casa...........................................638-690-1345

Petals & Perfums.....................................383-5758

Sun Valley Services.....................................383-8891

Pink Cadillac........................................383-5880

Sushi Sun Restaurant...................................383-2772

Pizarrro, Rita..............388-8030/044-638-386-5203 Playa Bonita Resort....................383-2586/383-2199 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 Predador....................383-8787/044-638-110-1625 Premium Services...........383-5758/602-476-1187 Prestige Properties......................044-638-388-7777 ................................................(520) 505-7777 Pro Services...............383-6161/044-638-113-0446 Puerta Privada......................383-1020/480-445-9200

Q&R Ramon’s Old Port......................................383-7475 or....................................................638-105-1732 Realty Executives...........................602-283-9800

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or.................................................638-388-1295

La Casa del Capitan Restaurant....................383-5698 La Cita Cafe.........................................638-690-1589 La Fondita...............................................383-8384 La Siesta Motel................................520-387-6569 Laguna Shores Golf & Country Club..................383-4670 U.S. Toll Free.........................................800-513-1426 Las Palmas.............................................800-671-2799 or.................................................638-690-2933 Latitude 31...............................................383-4311 Little Italy Pizza..................................(928) 683-2221 Living Stones Ministry...........................480-243-8452 Lourdes Rivera..........................044-638-380-3366 Lloyds Rocky Point Shuttle And Tours......(623) 551-1616

Reincom..........................................638-102-0065

T Tapia, Miguel......................................602-266-0225 Tekila Bar.....................................044-638-107-5863 Tequila Factory..............................................388-0606 The Print Shop....................................520-387-6858 Tommy Thomas Home Inspections..044-638-110-4728 or.........................................................602-748-4134 Towing Aqua Grande..(638) 383-5770 / (520) 232-2149 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 Victor Aleman..............................044-638-105-7839 Viña del Mar Hotel............383-0100/602-606-7768 Viva Mexico Taqueria...........................638-104-7252

Repeat Performance.........................520-387-4948 Rey del Mar................................................383-5490

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Richard Savino................................638-380-4272

Western Outdoor Times......................(480) 947-6219

or..................................................(480) 707-3822 Rocky Point Calendar..................see Mexican Vistas

X-Y-Z

Rocky Point Chiropractic....................(638) 386-1306

Xochitl’s Cafe (Sally’s Cholla Cafe)..................382-5283

or.............................................U.S. Cell (480) 263-3242

Yolanda Silva Insurance................................383-6280

Rocky Point Home Builders................(638) 383-6524

ZaGas.......................................................383-8100

or...............................................U.S. 815-553-2683

Zuquin Restaurant........................................383-3250

Rocky Point Realty Group.....383-4699/602-334-4134

Zuq Deli & Salads.........................................388-5050


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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

066 for EMERGENCIES

AirEvac............................................................001-880-321-9522 SkyMed Air Ambulance.................................001-866-805-9624 AIRPORTS International.................................................................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 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

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

Fit Vida Bistro 383-1992

Cheiky’s Pizza 383-3627, Closed Wed.

La Fondita 383-8384 9am-9pm

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

Sushi Sun 383-2772

Domino’s Pizza 383-3838 7 days 10am-8pm El Condor Pizza 388-5383 7 days, 12pm-10pm FEDE’S 383-3419 (044-638) 100-5834 12pm-5pm, Closed Sun.

AIR AMBULANCE (dial within Mexico)

ELECTRIC

RESTAURANTS

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 Towing................(011-52-638) 383-5770 / U.S. (520) 232-2149 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

Figaros Pizza 383-8181

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 www.hotelbaja.net Email bajahotel@gmail.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Bella Vista Condo US dial (775) 287-3830 Email julwitnan@aol.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Casa de Carolina Campeche in El Mirador US dial (602) 412-3565 Local Phone (011-52-638) 383-5482 Email cdecpp@prodigy.net.mx Mail: PO Box 589, Lukeville, AZ 85341 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hotel Viña del Mar In Old Port at the end of the Malecon Local 383-3600 or 383-0100 www.vinadelmarhotel.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------La Palapa Condos & Casitas Local 383-3866 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Madre del Mar (with permission) US dial (520) 407-6394 or (520) 303-7530 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Peñasco del Sol Paseo Las Glorias # 1 Mexico Toll Free 01-800-614-9484 Worldwide Toll Free 1-888-683-006 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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 www.seasidemexico.com Email seasidebhremails@gmail.com

VETERINARY CARE

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

Servicios Medicos Veterinarios 383-3344 Blvd. Sonora & Galeana (west of Josefa)


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EVENTS CALENDAR DECEMBER 2016 EVERYDAY Al Anon Family Groups. Email to schedule a meeting; Marcia at marsupis@gmail.com. American Legion Post MX-15 open from 8am-8pm in El Mirador in the old Los Juanes Restaurant. MONDAYS 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) (See Pg. 42). 12PM Horseshoe tournament at South Side Jillz, open to anyone who care to play, and with happy hour prices! 1PM Horseshoe Tournament at South Side Jillz. Every Monday. 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish) (See Pg. 42). 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.). 4PM Peñasco Singles Happy Hour, every Tuesday at Playa Bonita Resort. 8PM Cinemartes - Art Film Nights at Cafe Puerto Viejo in Old Port. 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) (See Pg. 42). 11AM – Horseshoe Tournament 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) (See Pg. 42). PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more. 7-8PM Salsa Lessons! At South Side Jillz. Come and learn how to dance like a pro! THURSDAYS PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more. 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. All welcome. 4PM The Connection Happy Hour, now on Thursdays at Puesta del Sol Restaurant at Playa Bonita Resort. 4PM Bingo (Loteria) at Casa Hogar, Home for the Elderly. Everyone welcome to participate. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina. 5PM-7PM Ladies Day at South Side Jillz, music, games and a “surprise” for all, happy hour prices and a good selection of wine. FRIDAYS 8AM Alcoholics Anonymous “Freebirds” newcomers/book study meeting. Call 382-5001 for more info (See Pg. 42). Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more. 6:00 pm. Latin Dance Lessons at Peñasco Fitness Center (044638) 106-3619 or email penascofitness@gmail.com. 7PM Eight Ball Tournament at South Side Jillz for the Pool players, double elimination, blind draw. 8PM - Pool Tournament at South Side Jillz. Every Friday. SATURDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Nature Talk in Spanish and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Fun experience for the entire family. Call 3820113 for info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in English Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more. SUNDAYS 9AM Non-Denominational Worship Services with Family of God. Located on Blvd. Costera N 2000A. Everyone welcome. Church Office: 383-3480. 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: (011-52-638) 383-4513. San Jose Mission Church- in Cholla Bay. Bilingual Catholic Mass. At noon every Sunday. All our welcome.

CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE LATEST EVENTS! Friday 2nd Sunday 29th • Cholla 250 – • Festival del Globo Southern Arizona (Hot Air Ballon Desert Racing. Festival) at Laguna Details coming soon. Del Mar. Saturday 3rd • Cholla 250 – Southern Arizona Desert Racing. Details coming soon. • 10am - 3pm Mermaid’s Market Arts and Craft market. At the Shrimp Plaza on Fremont & Blvd. Benito Juarez. First and third Saturday of each month. Contact: Russ at 113-4591 for information. Saturday 10th • CBSC Children’s Christmas Party in Cholla Bay. • CBSC After Kid’s party in Cholla Bay. • CBSC Light Parade After Pot Luck in Cholla Bay. Saturday 17th • 10am - 3pm Mermaid’s Market Arts and Craft market. At the Shrimp Plaza on Fremont & Blvd. Benito Juarez. First and third Saturday of each month. Contact: Russ at 113-4591 for information. Saturday 24th • Christmas Eve Sunday 25th • Merry Christmas! JANUARY 2017 Friday 27th • Festival del Globo (Hot Air Ballon Festival) at Laguna Del Mar. Saturday 28th • Festival del Globo (Hot Air Ballon Festival) at Laguna Del Mar.

FEBRUARY 2017 Saturday 11th • CBSC Golf Tournament. MARCH 2017 Saturday 4th • CBSC Game Night. Friday 17th • AZOP Rocky Point Race. Come join us for this awesome race for bikes, utvs and atvs. NON POINT - NON MEMBERSHIP RACE at Sandy Beach area. Starting at 8am. Saturday 18 • AZOP Rocky Point Race. Come join us for this awesome race for bikes, utvs and atvs. NON POINT - NON MEMBERSHIP RACE at Sandy Beach area. Starting at 8am. th

Sunday 19th • AZOP Rocky Point Race. Come join us for this awesome race for bikes, utvs and atvs. NON POINT - NON MEMBERSHIP RACE at Sandy Beach area. Starting at 8am. APRIL 2017 Saturday 1st • CBSC Horseshoe Tournament. MAY 2017 Sunday 28th • CBSC Fish Fry.

There’s a long list of terms called idioms of improbability. They refer to something that will never, ever, ever happen. Like John Wayne’s famous line, “That’ll be the day.” Or when hell freezes over. Or on the twelfth of never. In a month of Sundays. Or when the Cubs win the Series. (Oops. Can’t use that last one because, after 108 years, the Cubbies did the impossible.) In Rocky Point, it sometimes seems that things, for one reason or another, will never, ever be completed. The passage of time is punctuated by rapid movement followed by periods of “Qué pasa?” You need to know that patience here is a virtue. And also a way of life. Jack Logan from Santa Fe expressed his confusion. CAP’N GREG: Your point? JACK: I don’t see squat. CAP’N GREG: What is your definition of “squat”? JACK: None. Nada. Nil. Zip. CAP’N GREG: Yes, that is correct. JACK: I see a pier is being constructed on Sandy Beach, but the work starts and stops. CAP’N GREG: Work often does that in Mexico. JACK: But isn’t there an end point where it will be finished?

CAP’N GREG: You would think. JACK: Is there a timeline? A delivery date? A ribbon cutting? CAP’N GREG: Depends on who owns the ribbon. JACK: Say what? CAP’N GREG: It is my humble understanding that if there is a political swing that favors one party over another, like after an election, civic works are halted for evaluation. JACK: Meaning? CAP’N GREG: As in our own Congress, the winner gets to pass out the pork. JACK: Like the pier project is under new management? CAP’N GREG: Exactly. JACK: So there may be cruise ships here one day? CAP’N GREG: Yes. JACK: Should I book a trip now? CAP’N GREG: A wiser course of action would be to buy me a drink and we’ll talk about it some more. JACK: How about, when pigs fly? CAP’N GREG: Jack, you’re a quick learner. Mesero! Dos mas cervezas, por favor!

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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 president and resort administrator, 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 www.PuertaPrivada.com.


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Tips for your Concrete Project in Rocky Point

By Joseph Sanchez President, Rocky Point Home Builders

Concrete is one of the most important components of most construction projects here in Puerto Peñasco, but whether you are building a driveway, setting fence posts, or placing a foundation for a home, it is important that you or the contractor use the best concrete product available, according to the job you are doing.

Choose the Correct Strength

Concrete mix has many different types, strengths, and compositions and it is important that you, or the contractor, choose the correct strength according to the project application. Concrete strength is determined by Pounds per Square Inch (PSI) and range from 2500 PSI up to 5000 PSI. For example 2500 PSI concrete is typically used for driveways, walkways and floor slabs. At the top end of the scale, 5000 PSI would be used for specialized construction projects with commercial applications. Whatever project you are working on, it is important to ensure that your contractor uses the correct strength of concrete needed for your project application to ensure a high quality and long lasting finish.

Choosing the correct type of finish is another important consideration to make.

Correctly Mixing the Concrete

The most important element in any concrete mix is water and the amount of water being used while you are mixing the concrete. It is very important that this is calculated correctly, or the results can lead

Concrete mix has many different types, strengths, and compositions and it is important that you or the contractor choose the correct strength according to the project application.

to the elements not binding which cause cracking, loss of strength and having to pay double in the end to fix the problem. It is important that the contractor you hire understands the water to cement ratio or w/c. For example of the w/c is 0.4 that means for every 100 lbs. of cement used in the concrete, 40 lbs. of water is added. Rocks and sand are other factors to consider, so make sure your contractor is experienced and qualified.

Consider the Weather When Pouring

The weather and temperature has a tremendous effect on concrete and must be considered, especially when laying concrete outdoors. The rule of thumb is you do not want to lay concrete when it is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so early morning should be considered when pouring concrete in Rocky Point. However, if the humidity is low on a 90 degree day and the wind is blowing you could pour your concrete. The issue is that the top layer of concrete will dry much faster than the bottom layer so as concrete dries the top will be shrinking while the bottom is stationary. Making sure both the top and bottom layers are curing correctly will avoid any problems. Obviously, you would not want to pour any concrete on a day with rain forecasted. Also always store your concrete mix materials in a cool dry place, and avoid any direct sunlight.

Types of Finishes to Consider

Choosing the correct type of finish is another important consideration to make. There are many types of finishes to choose

from, smooth, polished, rough, stamped or a combination of all, but first you must consider your application. For example, many homes here in Puerto Peñasco have outdoor showers and we recommend a concrete walkway with a rough, brushed surface versus using slippery tile because you would want the concrete shower floor to be a rough finish so users will have great traction and not slip. New home construction is a booming business and a popular trend here in Rocky Point are owners opting for polished concrete floors inside the home in lieu of the traditional tile floors. This is a fantastic option for new home construction or renovating a home. Polished concrete looks very modern and you can also add colors to really enhance the affect. In the end, think about your application and choose a finish that keeps safety and style in mind.

The weather and temperature has a tremendous effect on concrete and must be considered especially when laying concrete outdoors.

About the author: Joseph Sanchez is president of Rocky Point Home Builders a design/build contractor specializing in custom home design, construction and renovations. He resides here in Puerto Peñasco with his wife and two children and is originally from Chicago. For more information email him at sales@ rockypointhomebuilders.com.

How the time flies! Christmas will be here before we know it! The CBSC Cholla Children’s Christmas party and the Christmas Light Parade will be held on Dec.10th this year. I know this is early, but we felt that possibly more people would be in Cholla for participation on this date rather than on the 17th. This Christmas party is held each year at the clubhouse in Cholla. This is such a fun, fun party and the only event that we have for the Mexican families in Cholla. Children from infant to 13, who are in some way affiliated with Cholla, will receive invitations for the party. At the party they will have their picture taken with Santa, receive a gift from Santa, choose a gift for their mom, play games, sing songs, enjoy hotdogs, a drink and chips, have a raffle and break piñatas! They love this party and really look forward to it each year. We also have a moms’ raffle and last year we had a moms’ piñata! That was so much fun I’m sure we will have it again. For all this we need lots of donations. (Our special elves, Jeff and Lynn Altfillisch will donate the gifts from Santa, a great big thanks to them!). Other donations that we need are: large Christmas gift bags, lots of toys for the games, moms’ gifts (anything nice you think the moms would like, jewelry and cosmetics and such), special toys for the kids’ raffle, special gifts for the moms’ raffle and, of course, money! We always need money. The money left over from the expenses needed for the party will be given to our Mexican families that actually live in Cholla. Last year we gave 29 Mexican families between $45 and $85 for each family. This is really very helpful for them for their Christmas and hopefully we can do as well this year! We also need help. If you would like to help, please let me, Barb Baird, B. K. Arnold or Marlene Blair know. If you would like to donate money, please mail your check, made out to CBSC or Nancy Schmidli, to me, Nancy Schmidli, 10645 W. Connecticut Ave., Sun City, Az. 85351.


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by Nancy Phelan AKA “The Pack Leader” ‘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 Nancy and “The Gang” would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a Wonderful New Year! Many wonderful events have occurred this past year, and we are looking forward to more of the same in 2017. A BIG Thank You to all of you that helped over the years and allowed us to continue the good work for the animals of Puerto Peñasco. Tax season is upon us and remember that we are a 501©3 non-profit corporation and your donations are a tax deduction. Call Nancy for information on making a donation for 2016 at (602) 412-3932 or 383-1012. You can mail checks made out to AACORP to PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341 or donate through Paypal on our Web Page www.rpaac.org or through our donation button on Facebook “Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point”. You can email me at nancy_phelan@yahoo.com. The center has had many hundreds if not thousands of wonderful stories over the years. One that is especially fitting to print at this time of year is the story of “Ginny”. This story stills brings tears to my eyes. The Miracle of Ginny It was a Sunday morning on November 1st, the day of the Angels, when all of Mexico celebrates the lives of all the children that have passed to the other side. November 2nd is the «Day of the Dead” when the Mexican people pay tribute to the adults that have passed. Many of my friends were headed to church that Sunday morning for services with Tab Grey on this day “Day of the Angels”. Carolyn was the first one to see the skinny black dog, as she was leaving the Sonoran Sky Resort on her way to Tabs services. She saw the shadow of a black dog leaning against the building. After services she searched for the dog but could not find her. She thought of the dog all during the night. Was the dog hiding or waiting for someone? Another friend Candace and her hubby John Garvey were leaving Puerta Privada for services but did spot the dog after the service. Security had been told to remove the dog from the property. The resort had called the local pound but they had not shown up to retrieve the dog. (They do not work on Sunday.) Candace went into Puerta Privada and asked several people for help or what she could do for the dog. Someone handed her a copy of the Rocky Point Times with the information for Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point. Candace tried calling the center but kept reaching another number, Candy was babbling on about this precious dog to the person on the other end of the phone when the voice on the other end said “Candy is that you? This is your sister in California? Candace hung up and followed the map to the Animal Adoption Center. A group of Candy and her friends pulled up with this dog in the back of the truck. I have never seen a dog so close to death but still alive. As they handed me the dog I said “Her name is Ginny!” I took Ginny into the house and put her on a warm bed and applied honey to her lips and tried to hydrate her but her skin was stuck to her bones. I put a heater near her bed and watched as several cats covered her with their bodies. Ginny had such fear and pain in her eyes but by morning she was

bright eyed and actually smiling. I called my daughter Penelope who is a Vet Tech at Sonora Veterinarian Hospital and after some conversation I was told to get Ginny to the hospital immediately. I knew my friend Karen Gosnell was leaving for Phoenix that morning and when I called she was loading her vehicle for the trip but stated “Of course I will take Ginny to Phoenix” Karen said that she talked to Ginny during the trip. On their arrival the Doctor and Techs were waiting for Ginny. When they removed Ginny from the car they realized that Ginny had died during the trip. Dr. Ruzzio who had been waiting to take Ginny into her care told Penelope that she had never seen such a big smile on a dog – white teeth shining. Later that day Candy came by and we cried together over the loss of a sweet Rocky Point dog named Ginny. Candy confided to me that she was so upset when she first saw Ginny that she actually saw her mother’s face when she looked into Ginny’s eyes. Her mother had passed several years before, and her sister and she had not talked since their Mom’s death. As we all know how tragedy affects families and we all deal with death differently. When Candy made the phone call to try to reach the Animal Center and got the wrong number – the person on the other end of the phone was Ginny – her sister in California. How did that number get on her Mexican phone? And what made me name the dog “GINNY? The same spelling! Ginny was only 4 or 5 months old but died with such a beautiful smile on her face. How many lives were touched that day by a beautiful little black dog named Ginny? During this Holiday season if you have a friend or relative that you need to connect with, please do so and let the legend and miracle of Ginny live on in many more hearts. Peace and love to all our animal friends- Nancy and “The Gang” including “Ginny”.

Ever Wonder What the Entering/ Leaving the “No Hassle Zone” Signs Mean? The Free Zone of Sonora The Hassle Free Vehicle Zone, which is also sometimes referred to as the Perimeter Zone, the Liberated Zone, or the Free Zone, are areas along the international border that have the End Hassle Free Vehicle Zone Sign designated by the Mexican government to have reduced customs requirements. The free zone initiative was begun to help promote Mexico tourism and create greater economic growth for the areas along the U.S. border. All of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, including the states Baja California and Baja California Sur are inside the free zone, as well as the northwest portion of the state of Sonora. The Free Zone includes the portion of the state of Sonora that lies to the northwest of Mexico Federal Highway Number 2, starting at Agua Prieta, extending through Cananea, up to where it intersects with Mexican Federal Highway Number 15 in Imuris. From Imuris, the free zone is again all of the areas to the north and/or west of Mexico Federal Highway Number 15, which runs south through Magdalena, Santa Ana, Casa Blanca, Benjamin Hill and Hemosillo. Just north of Guaymas, Highway 15 splits with the Libramiento Guaymas portion extending towards the southeast. Here the free zone encompasses the areas to the south and

to the west of Highway 15, to include the areas of Santa Clara, Hacienda El Pardo, Guaymas, and Empalme. The end of the free zone is marked on Mexican Federal Highway Number 15 at kilometer 98, southeast of Empalme. Within the free zone, the temporary import permit is not required for your vehicle. However, if you travel outside of the free zone, you will have to pass through the customs checkpoint, and will need to pay a deposit to obtain a Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit Sticker, which you will need to display on your windshield. Temporary vehicle import stickers must be returned at the border. If you do not return the sticker, not only will you forfeit your deposit, but you also will not be allowed to apply for any future Temporary Vehicle Importation Permits. So, until you return the sticker, you won’t be able to bring any other vehicles into Mexico. If plan to drive your car, truck, van, SUV, motorcycle or motorhome across the border, even if you will be staying inside the free zone the entire time, you will need to have a valid in-force policy that includes Mexican liability insurance coverage. It is also important to remember that by Mexico law, no U.S. insurer can sell Mexican liability insurance, and the mandatory coverage may only be obtained from an actual Mexican insurance company.

www.rpaac.org Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012 Phoenix (602) 412-3932 Tucson (520) 407-6594 AACORP INC 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt nancy_phelan@yahoo.com nancy@rpaac.org AACORP PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341

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


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It’s Jama Jingles Time in Rocky Point!!!

By Mark Paliscak

Hello my amigos. Season’s greetings to everyone…Wow! Can you believe the holidays are here already? What a 2016 it has been in Rocky Point...just an amazing year with the concerts, bike festivals, triathlons, volleyball tournaments, motorcycle races, art festivals, sailboat races, sand sculpting contests, sun tanning contests ( did I at least make honorable mention this year?), food festivals, the new restaurants and cantinas, the additions and expansions to the existing eateries, new monuments, golf tournaments, charity events (woo hoo, my fave), the Patty Plenty Pie Eating Contest…the list goes on and on…our “sleepy”, “little” town ain’t so sleepy or little anymore! It truly has become a destination vacation and to truly grasp all there is to offer in town, you really need to live here for several months!

Duncan has really taken this project by the horns and today we have dozens of children from 7th grade and beyond in school studying for a brighter future… one that they would not have without the love, time and money put forth by ALL OF US. Child by child, each of us can help to build a better Puerto Peñasco, a better Sonora, a better Mexico and ultimately a better world! To learn more about AIM and how you can help our children locally, please email Tia Kathy at aimpenasco@ gmail.com. Kathy is a big fan of education as it allows the children to gain the skills and training to improve a young person’s opportunity to be gainfully employed and self-sufficient later in life. Research has shown that children who do well, despite even serious hardship, have had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. As Nelson Mandela has said, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”. Ride the wave and you can too become a part of the change!

Quack Ups

As mentioned our holiday drive this year shall be focused on pajamas and blankets. The ages of the kids are 6 to 18 and both female and male. Please reach into your hearts in the coming month and pick up some pajamas or blankets on your next trip out to the store. Donations can be dropped off to Mayne @ Client Services in the Bella Sirena Resort and to Erin @ Peñasco Luxury Rentals (the front office around the corner to the left from the front gate of Bella Sirena…you can ask for Princesa) will be accepting your kind donations…MUCHAS GRACIAS MAYNE & ERIN!! The donations will be accepted through December 20th so please shop with your heart. Many blessings are sure to follow you. Let’s show our community that what all of us in Rocky Point truly are a UNITED GROUP with a big heart! After all, as Ben Carson has said, “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” So, decide today that you are a giver and choose to make a difference in our community. Only YOU have the power to make things just a little bit better. But together, WE can make things GREAT! If you want any information on helping any of our charities in Rocky Point, please email me at mpaliscak@amerifirst.us Thank you so much for your help and prayers and may God bless you with an amazing and joyous holiday season and a fabulous 2017! ADIOS AMIGOS & SALUD A 2017!

By Bob Snyder

A teenage Yam came home with the most exciting news for her parents. She

gushed,

“I’M

GETTING

MARRIED!” The mother Yam asked, “To whom ?” “To Matt Lauer from Good Morning America!” Her father jumped up from his chair and said “I forbid you to marry that man!” The daughter cried “But Daddy, why?” The father replied, “Because you are a Yam and he is a common-tater”! ------------------------------------------Living on the beach in Rocky Point, one of the biggest plagues afflicting residents is the non

stop

hordes

of

visiting

relatives. I finally figured out a way to stop them from visiting once and for all. I borrow money from my wealthy relatives And I loan it to my poor relatives. Now, none of them come visit any more.

As the holiday season approaches, I ask that each of you keep in your thoughts and actions the needy right here in Peñasco. Each year, our wonderful community bonds together with Personas Para Puerto Peñasco to assist those locally who are in need. This year, our drive will focus on pajamas and blankets which will be coordinated directly with AIM (Asistencia Integral para Menores) which is an educational grant foundation that centers on helping to offset the costs of middle school, high school and beyond for families in Peñasco that would otherwise be unable to send their children to school beyond the 6th grade. Tia Kathy


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10-priceless holiday gifts you can make or buy at the beach A literary column By Marcia Diane

Well, after the award what choice do I have but to write about our very own Bob Dylan. I was very pleased to see him awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

By Anita Kaltenbaugh

Okay, let me disclose, I’m not an arts and craft person, in fact, I have several Rocky Point friends who would lift their eyebrows and suppress a chuckle when they heard I was writing an arts and craft type of article. But, as much as I am not the crafty, handy type, I am the motivator type, and if this will help you justify a reason to come to the beach in Peñasco, I’m all about it! So, instead of looking at this as a how-to-article, use it as the perfect excuse to come down for a week in the sand and sun. Yes, now you have a reason to get in your car and head south—holiday and Christmas gifts-are you addicted to Pinterest, crafts or DIY YouTube videos? Well here’s a quick summary of some ideas I’ve collected or created to get you motivated. With a little help from my friend I like to call Marcia Stewart, here are ten fabulous gift ideas you can make, buy or create at the beach in Peñasco. 1. Sea Shell Mirrors or Frames. This gift requires a little beachcombing, and who doesn’t need a stroll on the beach. Grab a bag, bucket or box and make a collection. You can buy frames at the dollar store, Goodwill or secondhand places. Super glue is your new best friend. Want to get fancy? Add some glitter or bling. Want to make it masculine? Search for some old netting, rope and maybe a fishing lure to change the look. What makes this gift so special? You took the time to find the shells, you made it with your two hands, and hopefully, you helped the planet by using recycled frames. Slap a special photo in the frame and your gift is complete. Personalize it even more by inserting a blank piece of card stock and write “Our picture goes here when we visit Rocky Point in 2017”. Book a condo or hotel room and well…I’m going to say it… priceless. Who wouldn’t want a future beach vacation on their calendar? 2. Bottle Cap Art- Okay a few of my friends really love the concept behind this DIY gift. (Check out the pic made by arts and crafts guru Marcia Brockmeyer) The fun part of this project? Collecting the bottle caps. You get the idea; you need to consume mucho bottled beverages to collect all those caps. Find a large piece of

because I have long believed that songs are poetry set to music…surely Dylan is one of our best poet/song writers ever… and the timeliness of this lionization

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recycled wood paint it, outline a design, spell a name, make a circle, and draw a starfish. Bring the glue out and create. Sand Castle Bucket for the kids. An excellent gift for the young at heart. When’s the last time you built a sandcastle? Buy a few buckets, (yes the dollar store has them). Paint them, decorate them, and glue anything you want to their surface. Remember the shells, glitter, fishing scraps and bottle caps? Add some lightweight scoopers, shovels, funnels, putty knives, Popsicle sticks, straws. Throw in a few shells, a photo of a sand castle and the kids will be bugging their parents or you to take them to the beach at Christmas. Tic-Tac-Toe towel. A great gift pairing with the sand castle buckets above. By a large beach towel or terry cloth towel and buy some grosgrain ribbon. (Yes I had to look grosgrain up, never heard the word). Walmart sells it, as well as Michaels, in a variety of colors. Glue the grosgrain ribbon on the towel in a tic-tac toe pattern, and there you have it. Hours of enjoyment for the entire family. Buy a little basket and find two different type of seashells (clam and spindle) and get 8 of each. One is x the others o. Seashell mobile. Gather the shells, even sea glass pieces and, using fishing line, super glue varying lengths of fishing wire to each piece. Find some sticks, make an x, using fishing line attach the varying lengths of fishing line to each end. (They also sell great seashell mobiles in town, rodeo drive or Old Port, myself, I would be buying them, but if you lie it’s not my fault!) Make a Sand Dollar Plaque. There are many variations of the Sand dollar story, but tis the season and all, I like this one: Legend of the Sand Dollar Upon this odd-shaped sea shell, a legend grand is told About the life of Jesus, the most wondrous tale of old. Its center markings plainly show

the storied Guiding Star Which led to tiny Bethlehem, three wise men from afar. Five wounds suffered by our Lord from nails and Roman spear When he died upon the Cross are wounds shown plainly here. Within the shell, when opened five Doves of Peace are found. They celebrate this legend, so may Peace and Love abound. -AnonymusCopy it, hand write it in ink, or print it out on a colorful card stock. You may even find it at a local shop in town. Purchase a shadow box type frame (or make one) and glue the story to the back of the box, attach the sand dollar, a little bit of sand to the front. Sprinkle a little red and green glitter for the holiday, add your signature and a little “Made in Rocky Point with Love “and you have a very special holiday gift. My next arts and crafts suggestions are easy, if you are like me (and unskilled with arts and crafts projects) then buy a unique gift made in Mexico or handcrafted by a local. 7. Mermaid Market- fabulous arts and crafts items and gifts located every other weekend in the Shrimp Plaza 8. Rodeo Drive- stroll through the shops looking for the perfect gift. Look for the sign Mexico Rodeo Drive off Benito Juarez. 9. Old Port /Malecon– Spend an afternoon shopping for something made with love by a local. 10. And one more...This one you can’t make, but you know who created it. My debut fiction novel, A Deep Thing, by A. K. Smith is now available for sale at Amazon, Itunes, Barnes & Noble. Print 12-19-2016 $15.99 or eBook $5.99. If you like fiction and suspense, find out, “What her husband was hiding in the jungles of Mexico?” And, hey if you enjoyed it please leave a review or drop me a line at anitainmexico@aol. com. Thanks for your support. Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! Make this last month of 2016 count!

Anita Kaltenbaugh is the Mexico travel examiner at examiner.com and author of the book “Travel Secrets- Insider guide to planning, affording and taking more vacations” available on Amazon.com. Watch for her debut fiction novel, “A Deep Thing” being released in Summer 2016 by The Wild Rose Press.

could not be more perfect. Dylan spoke in the memorable 60’s of the very things we are struggling with today… “the times they are a changing’”… surely faster than we can keep track. One of my favorite songs of his is: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door Bob Dylan Mama, take this badge off of me I can’t use it anymore. It’s gettin’ dark, too dark to see I feel like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door. Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door Mama, put my guns in the ground I can’t shoot them anymore. That long black cloud is comin’ down I feel like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door. Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> He is prescient…he is a musical genius…he’s our very own iconoclastic recorder of history. I wonder what your favorite Dylan songs and lyrics are…tell us and join us in our on-line writers’ group at: m.diane. writeon@gmail.com.


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To Think or Sonoran Resorts Donations Help Students with Tuition, Paint Elementary School Not To Think

By Rob Baylor

That is the question. Sometimes that gets me into trouble. Sitting on my patio in Playa Bonita RV Park, I watch the sea and wonder how many fish are out there waiting for me to feed them. Of course some of them get to ride in my Captain’s boat. As humans we have to pay to ride in it. Just think they get to go on a nice warm BBQ grill and nurture an empty stomach. What a sacrifice! I have been out so many times the Captain Francisco asks me where to go, what kind of fish I want to catch, and how big. The most common fish are Sea Bass and Trigger fish. However there are plenty others. I have caught Sea Snakes, Octopus, Sharks and Seaweed. The last doesn’t taste very good though. The question of the day is. What is the difference between a sea and an ocean? The answer is, a sea has more salt content than an ocean. You learn something every time you read one of my articles. There are 875 species of fish including 175 species of Sharks, and 10 species of Groupers. I have caught some of both. I have a long way to go to though to check them all out. I am trying my best as I have been out over 200 times. Never have I not caught fish. The Captain of La Princesa, Francisco can be found at the marina on the way to the Malecon, and he would be more than happy to help you find where the fish are. He has been charter fishing for many years in these waters. He speaks good English and is fun to be with. His boat is white with green trim. Of course, if you go down there, everybody will answer to Francisco. I’m Francisco, I’m Francisco and etc. Last trip out I put 140 filets in my freezer. I save up until I have enough for a fish fry for the park. Friends always ask if I had a good day and how was fishing. I say I caught a bunch and they ask when is the fish fry? Go see Francisco, he will be happy to teach you how to fish, bait your hook and take your fish off. He also fillets them for you, too. It is not that expensive either. Tell them Rob Baylor sent you. Thanks for reading my articles. I hope you enjoy them.

Our Las Vegas Event seems like it was a long time ago, but we are still able to help our community with the funds that we raised during that fun night. This year’s theme was education, and helping Puerto Peñascos’ next generation of professionals and leaders with a small, but much needed, hand.

Most of the schools here are public entities but there are still expenses involved and some families just can’t afford them. This year, we asked the First Lady and Director of the City backed charity DIF, Linda Pivac, to help us pick some of the hardest working students that need some help. Together, we selected 23 students with good grades to receive a helping hand to cover their tuition and expenses.

In a celebration of their academic prowess, Rocky Point Mayor, Kiko Munro, Sonoran Resorts CEO, Fernando Anaya, Sonoran Resorts Sales Director, Jim Ringquist, Directors from both CETMAR and Cobach High Schools, and members from DIF, the students were presented with a certificate of achievement and their share of $45,000 pesos towards their

tuition and school expenses. Certainly these funds will not cover every student in need of assistance, but it was enough to make a difference in the lives and education of 23 of them. If you want to help, the best way will be to contact the DIF office to discuss what you have in mind. You will find them very receptive and helpful, with a true desire to better the lives of all those in Puerto Peñasco needing assistance. You can email them at: presidenciadif@puertopenasco. gob.mx or give them a call at the local number: 638-383-6145 Phase 2 of our donation towards education this year involved a total face-

lift for Nuevo Creacion Grade School located in barrio San Rafael. This is an area of town generally populated by some of the lower income families, and their school was in desperate need of a makeover. Even though this is a public school and they do receive funds from the Federal Government, the funds do not cover many of the needed repairs. In Mexico, often times much of the upkeep, and improvements are left to the families of the students and, in this area in most cases, the families unfortunately do not have the money to do what is needed. Yes, this donation was for aesthetic purposes instead of buying notebooks or even replacing some of the faulty air conditioning units. This decision was reached after meetings with the School Principal and some of the parents of the students who decided that improving the look of the school, inside and out, would boost morale and actually be more beneficial for the school and students. In a true display of coordination, cooperation, and desire to help their

children, a large group of parents organized and formed crews to scrape, patch, and paint the school. The weekend warriors showed up, tools in hand and knocked out the job in record time. The efforts of involved families really is proof that the desire is there, even if the financial means is not. As with the tuition donations, this donation of paint is really just a drop in the bucket (pun intended) when it comes to helping our next generation get the tools necessary to succeed and make the world a better place. Special thanks go out to Mark and Barb Olsweski of Adopt-A-Classroom for helping coordinate this donation, helping round up the estimates, and for their never ending support of a better education for the children of our city. If you would like to help with a donation of supplies or money, or if you want to donate some time, please contact Mark or Barb. You can see their website and contact information at: http:// www.rockypointclassroom.com. Finally, another special thanks goes out to general contractor Chris Finseca who donated his time and expertise to this project. Chris can be reached at (044-638) 380-9728 if you find the need for some remodeling or maintenance work here in town. Without him, this would not have gone nearly as smoothly as it did. Puerto Peñasco and the world need more great caring souls like Chris, Mark, and Barb.

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


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Potpourri - Short Shorts of All Sorts!

Sometimes so much is going on in our little slice of paradise by the sea that we can’t address the many short subjects with proper attention. To handle the hodgepodge of dangling subject matter, we invented the Potpourri Page. Here are a few “short shorts” to keep you up to date. Water Rescue Training Completed: 11 New Graduates Recognized in Ceremony at Naval Base

In seeking to provide more safety to residents and tourists alike, an additional 11 members from Municipal Public Safety, Civil Protection, Fire Department, and Tourist Assistance Unit recently concluded lifeguard and water rescue training, bringing the total number of those who have undergone such training to twenty. The four week course, led once again by staff from the Mexican Navy, aims to ensure preparation in responding to emergency and rescue calls, reported Civil Protection Director Francisco Javier Carrillo Ruiz. On behalf of Mayor Kiko Munro, Carrillo Ruiz expressed appreciation for the unconditional support of Naval Sector Commander Rear Admiral Rogelio Marbán Díaz, as thanks to these joint efforts, those who use city beaches for work or recreation can be certain in knowing there is trained staff there to help. Prior to the ceremony, the Naval Sector staff and Municipal Agents staged a short demonstration showing a mock rescue using techniques learned during the training. The event was also attended by representatives Maritza Montijo Quintana and Pearl Alcantara Garcia, Francisco Avila Toscano, Commissioner of Public Safety, Luis Molina Coronado, Director of Tourist Assistance Unit (who was also a graduate of the program), Jim Ringquist, President of Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee, and Ramon Contreras Ramos, Chief of Staff, among other City Officials. U.S. Authorities Recognize Surge in Visitors to Puerto Peñasco

Over the past month, which was filled with numerous recreational and cultural events, Puerto Peñasco registered a 70% increase in tourism. From October 10th - 16th alone, the beachside destination was host to the Puerto Peñasco extension of the International Cervantino Festival, a mixed martial arts event of the Mexico World Fighting Federation, the 2016 Hobie 16/18 North American Championship, as well as to Point-to-Point off road racing. According to information from the U.S. Office of Customs and Border Protection (CPB), during this one week period more than 3,400 vehicles made their way through the

border crossing at Lukeville, Arizona. The historic average during this period had been 2,000. The report, signed by Tucson Field Program Manager Armando Goncalvez, indicates this increase is attributed to “weekend activities held in Rocky Point.” Mayor Kiko Munro stated to be motivated by the 70% increase in the number of visitors to Puerto Peñasco, as this means the intense promotion of the destination has paid off in reviving the economy. This rebound in the number of visitors, he furthered, translates into job creation and an important economic revenue that undoubtedly favors Peñasco families.

department and municipal police responded to the scene. By the time they arrived, the fire had spread throughout the entire building and it was not until about 7:30 am that the fire was finally brought under control. As of now, it is not known how the fire was started or if the remaining structure can be saved or will need to be torn down, but it will now remain vacant again for the foreseeable future. “Camioncito” Bus Service has Benefited More Than 20,000 in Peñasco

Want to Teach English in Rocky Point? CETMAR High School has an Opening

Recently, I was asked by the director of CETMAR High School if I wanted to teach English classes for their school. Of course, I thought that she was kidding and said that I am certainly not qualified, nor do I have a teaching degree or certificate. She quickly let me know that she was, in fact, serious and that no certificate or degree was necessary. As much as I really believe that it would be a fun and rewarding experience, I was still forced to decline, simply because I just do not have the free time. Long story short, I asked her if she would like me to add a note about her request in my newsletter. She happily said yes and gave me a few details about the possible position. This is not a volunteer position and there would actually be a small salary (very small by US standards) involved. There is no requirement for the applicant to speak Spanish (although I bet it will be a great way to learn some Spanish). It looks like the position will be Monday through Friday for a total of about 15 hours per week. This could be a fantastic opportunity for someone to become immersed into Mexican culture while helping eager young students learn English, and very likely learning some Spanish in return. If you are interested, qualified, and are willing to commit to the task, please contact me directly and I will set up a time to meet with the director. You can send me an email at rockypointjim@gmail.com. Remember Casa Bonita? Major Fire Destroys Building

For long timers in Rocky Point, Casa Bonita was almost a household name. The location has been closed for several years now, largely due to the economic meltdown suffered by most of the world. Just when the building had found a new lease on life (it was to be leased by a local consignment furniture company), a disastrous fire broke out and put at least a temporary end to that plan. The fire was reported during the early hours of Sunday, October 23rd and several elements of the local fire

this work included replacement of pumping equipment and pipes, making this the fourth of five wells they have been able to address with 18.5 million pesos obtained via steps pursued by the Mayor with the National Water Commission (CONAGUA). Pivac Carrillo detailed on this occasion, work on the well was done with 60% resources from OOMAPAS, and 40% from CONAGUA. Work on well number 8, he added, would strengthen supply to a 20” pipe, and resolve problems of low pressure in the Centro, Oriente, Ferrocarrilera, Obrera, and Lopez Portillo neighborhoods, among others, while restoring regular service to San Rafael and Nuevo Peñasco. The OOMAPAS Administrative Director emphasized upcoming work would focus on well number 4, with the arrival of new pumping equipment, as they continue to work on resolving water supply issues. Fishing Club Strives to Take the Guesswork and Risk out of Boat Charters

More than 20,000 people have benefited from implementation of the “Camioncito” city bus during the first year of Mayor Kiko Munro’s administration, announced Municipal Transportation Office (DMT) Director Antonio Landa Maldonado. The DMT Director detailed urban transportation services had been nonexistent in Puerto Peñasco, hence the mayor’s need to create the Office of Urban Transportation, which has dedicated itself to analyzing and plotting routes and circuits in different parts of the city. “Today, we operate three distinct routes with a similar number of buses,” he explained, “covering approximately 70% of the city while maintaining a cost of 10 pesos per ride. In addition, there are 5 peso discounts for students, children under 5, and older adults.” In March the Mayor presented 300 Free Transportation cards to oustanding students, ranging from elementary to higher education, thereby helping to reduce school desertion rates. Casa Hogar Retirement Home Receives Mini Golf Area Donation

If you have spent any time in Rocky Point, surely you have seen men alongside the road near the marina, holding their imaginary rods and reels going through the motions of catching a whopper and reeling him in. Obviously, this is an an attempt to get you to pull over and hire them and/or their boat to go fishing. You have probably also been approached in the Malecon or other tourist areas by people trying to sell you a fishing trip or a timeshare tour. While annoying, they are normally harmless and will usually accept that a no is a no. So, assume that one of these street vendors do convince you to pay for a sunset cruise or a fishing trip, you pay them a deposit, get a receipt and a time to meet, and go on your merry way. All good, right? The problem occasionally occurs when you show up for your fishing trip, beer cooler in hand, only to find out that the captain of the boat had no idea that you were coming and has no intention of taking you out unless you pay the full amount to him. Doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Again, most of the time, especially if you go to a captain, there won’t be a problem. I’m sure that you can see the reason that this “club” was formed. Prices are fixed and the captains are vetted and trusted to do what they say that they will do. I have not compared prices between “independent” captains and those who go through the club though, so that may be worth doing, especially if you already know a captain that you trust. TAR Flights In/Out of Rocky Point on Hold Until March

Nursing home, “Jose Davalos Valdivia” Casa Hogar, recently received a special gift for its elderly residents - a mini golf couse/putting green. The donation was made by Lic. Hector Vazquez del Mercado on behalf of Las Palomas Golf Club. Santiago Ruiz Hurtado, Director of Nursing Home, remarked that the mini course will add a welcome form of recreation and exercise for the 24 elderly residents of the facility. Residents have been delighted by the new addition and even those in wheelchairs have enjoyed the new and enjoyable outdoor activity. Rehabilitation of Puerto Peñasco Wells Continues Through Million Peso Investment In working to resolve Puerto Peñasco’s historic potable water problems, well number 8 came back online in early October, considerably improving supply to the city, reported Water Department (OOMAPAS) Administrative Director Jorge Pivac Carrillo. The OOMAPAS Administrative Director explained

Unfortunately, as has happened several times in the past, our relatively new airline route has been put on hold. The Director of the Puerto Peñasco International Airport is confident that the flight schedule will return in March 2017, and he did not give a reason for the hiatus. Once can only assume that it is because of lack of passengers, as it has been in past attempts by airline carriers to open up to the Rocky Point market. I flew to Hermosillo and back at the end of July this year and I can attest to the fact that there were only about 6 passengers on the way there and maybe 12 on the way back. That certainly doesn’t pay for the fuel used, let alone offering any type of profit for the company. There is no doubt that flights will be necessary when (I do say when, not if) the Home Port is completed, but until then, it is up in the air (another pun...) as to whether a route through Puerto Peñasco can survive or not. I certainly hope so because that 25 minute trip to Hermosillo was fabulous compared to the 5 or 6 hour drive.

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TRAVELINFORMATION TOURIST ASSISTANCE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO REMEMBER

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

POLICE EMERGENCIES

DIAL...066

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

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REPORT ANY ATTEMPT OF BRIBES BY CALLING INTERNAL AFFAIRS AT 388-6552

YOU MUST FILE AN OFFICIAL COMPLAINT!

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.

DO NOT PAY OR OFFER TO PAY ANY OFFICER DIRECTLY WHEN PULLED OVER.

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.

DRIVING TO ROCKY POINT

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 (nondeath) accident in Mexico, you are considered at fault until proven otherwise. All parties are taken to the police station where you

ACCIDENTS CON’T 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.

AIRLINE SERVICE & AIRPORTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Mar de Cortes International Airport (011-52-638) 383-6097 www.aeropuertomardecortes.com 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

FOR U.S. - SEE SHUTTLE SERVICES

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

CONSULATES 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 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 http://travel.state.gov Email: NogalesASC@state.gov 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

CONTRALORIA SONOYTA Dear traveler, when crossing the border of Sonoyta, Sonora you suffer any abuse by any police authority, make sure to file a Complaint. The Mayor’s office is here to help with any problem you may have, make sure to contact us to: (651) 512-1172 or ( 651) 100-9530 or email contraloriasocialsonoyta@hotmail.com We are available 24 /7, every day of the week.

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 $300 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. • 1 carton of cigarrettes. • 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.


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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 $300 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 $300 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 http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt 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 inbetween. 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 www.headouttorockypoint.com Lloyds Rocky Point Shuttle and Tours (623) 551-1616, Toll Free 866-568-9001 info@lloydsrockypointshuttle.com www.lloydsrockypointshuttle.com www.lloydsgrandtours.com 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

SPEED LIMITS SPEED LIMITS FOR PUERTO PEÑASCO STREETS 10 KPH / 6 MPH in School Zones 30 KPH / 18 MPH on City Streets 60 KPH / 37 MPH on any Blvd., unless posted ortherwise 60 KPH / 37 MPH on the Resort Rd, from Playa Bonita to Cholla Bay

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@ prodigy.net.mx or phone (480) 463-6255 or local 383-6325.


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RESCUE Mission… Meet KARMA (a little new & a lot of old)

My name is Mike Clark and I’m an Arizona Native and Tour Operator. I’ve been a resident of Cholla Bay for 20+ years. I have seen quite a bit of “positive” change for Peñasco, over the past two decades. I have always tried to promote Rocky Point to my friends and customers, and urge others to do the same. This is just the latest way for me to promote Peñasco AND have FUN doing so. Karma has been very well received by the locals! Made in America – Rebuilt in Puerto Peñasco Every January, my New Year Resolutions include a “project” for the upcoming year – building something new OR improving something that already exists. I have ALWAYS been intrigued with older/antique things. For years I drove by this old, rusty classic – just sleeping in this Mexican junk yard. I guess it took me back to childhood and Disney’s Herbie the Love Bug. I just couldn’t see her go out that way! I really admire this original design. Anyone who knows me – understands that I am VERY mechanically challenged. Thank goodness for supportive friends AND Mexican Auto Shops! Now I understand how others get so hooked on these projects. The word “RESCUE” is normally associated for animals, but why not this? I travel too much to own another pet. I need something to drive around in Rocky Point and help promote this unique area and my Travel Business. Sometimes, I think things are just meant to be! Like any construction OR remodel project, KARMA took a little longer (15 months), and cost a little more than originally anticipated. Hopefully, she is HAPPY with her NEW make-over (and home) and we can create fond memories for many years to come! I think she looks pretty good for 64 years old. Some friends are calling this a mid-life crisis…I’m calling it FUN! Last June, Karma received “Vehicle of the Month” honors for Chev’s of the 40’s - a restoration company with over 50,000 followers. THANKS to my Support Team: Ian – for talking me into pulling the

trigger Ron & Tom – neighbors with cold beer & LOTS of recommendations Pancho – Tire & Wheel Shop – Phoenix Tres – KC Paint & Supplies – Phoenix SPECIAL THANKS Gary – LOTS of HELP with humor, experience, more cold beer & tasty tequila Mario – Flores Body Shop – Puerto Peñasco Balta, Beto, Charlie – Willy’s Auto Shop – Puerto Peñasco David - Munoz Tapiceria – Puerto Peñasco Drew – Chevy’s of the 40’s – Knowledge, Expertise, and all kinds of Patience – THANK YOU Common asked Questions/Answers: What is year and make? 1952 Chevy Truck What is the Engine? 216 straight 6 - rebuilt (with original foot starter) How long did it take? About 15 months (very frustrating at times – but I’m not a very patient person) Would you do it again? NO – but I’m VERY proud of this final product Original Goal I just wanted a “Rat Rod” – something that looked Fun & Cartoony. Then Mario (Body & Paint guy) did such a good job of restoration, I decided to step-up my end and go for something a little different. Is it for sale? NO – but my Dad always told me that EVERYTHING is for sale, at the right price. I just LOVE the lines/curves of this vehicle, and see myself driving it as long as I can. How much is it worth? Do NOT know, but would be interesting to find out – Many friends want her to go to a Car Show, but doubt she ever will. Purpose? Help promote Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) via my travel business - AZ FUN & LEISURE. AND, (of course),

Annual Kids Christmas Party

in La Cholla is set for Dec. 10

Before enjoy on those Sunday drives to favorite watering holes. Biggest Surprise? Cost of replacement parts, AND how nice and courteous everyone in this field is at helping you find what you need even when it means sending you to a competitor. FUN hearing LOTS of stories about others people’s memories of a similar truck (or car) in their past. Would I recommend for this challenge to others? I THINK everyone should have some type of goals or hobbies (outside of work). If you do pursue this challenge - Plan for extra time, patience and budget. Fond Memories This project made me realize how many people have a favorite vehicle at some point in their life. A unique connection to a “special” car or truck that meant so much to them, and brought them so much happiness – much like a favorite pet, person, teacher, song or vacation. I’m always AMAZED what my friends in MX can accomplish with (very) limited equipment & materials – compared to most shops in the states. THANK YOU

Nancy Schmidli, organizer of the Children’s Christmas Party in La Cholla, and her husband, Homeowner Association Board member Don Schmidli, pose for a photo with Santa and the Grinch at the 2015 party. By Cholla Charli

For nearly 40 years, the Cholla Bay Sportsmen›s Club has hosted the Cholla Children›s Christmas party. This year the party takes place on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m., in the Homeowners Association clubhouse. It

takes

many

helpers

and

tremendous generosity from the individuals and businesses that contribute gifts, food and prizes. But the driving force behind the party is Nancy Schmidli and her committee of dedicated volunteers. Around

100

children,

from

infants to age 13, attend the event where each child has an opportunity After

to sit on Santa›s lap and is given a photo of that momentous occasion. They receive a gift from Santa and are able to select, at no charge, a Christmas gift from the “store” for their mothers. The children play carnival-type games and win prizes and, with their parents, enjoy lunch at the clubhouse. In return, the children present a recital of traditional Christmas songs of Mexico for the volunteers and their parents.


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Laws of Nature Courtesy of Joe Houchin

Return to Puerto Peñasco By Vince Deadmond

It was an hour before daylight early Wednesday morning when the caravan headed south from Maricopa, Arizona. The string of SUVs, and pickups had pontoon boats strapped on top, fly fishing gear inside, along with excited fly fishers chattering and anticipating a saltwater adventure. It was the fifty-fourth annual Desert Fly Caster Rocky Point outing and everyone was looking forward to good fishing, good food, and good company. We were lucky to have one of the early members of the club, Doc Nickel on board. As one of the pioneers Doc and others had figured out the basic intricacies of Puerto Peñasco fly fishing. Where to fish, when to fish, what flies to use, it’s good to have a plan. Our plan was to fish the incoming tide at the Malecon. For many years Doc Nickel went to Puerto Peñasco regularly, and was the host of the Desert Fly Casters outing. In the early days, the club camped on the beach at La Pinta, the Second Estuary. Stories of fishing all day and parting all night were quite believable. I don’t know if the statute of limitations has expired, but I am saving some of those stories for another time. One of the milder stories involved a member, we’ll call old Jim. Old Jim had a girlfriend that was an exotic dancer. When their truck got stuck in the soft sand at La Pinta, old Jim got out

his shovel, and his lady friend put on her teeny weeny polkadot bikini, and soon the young local fishermen were rushing to their rescue. We have always found Rocky Point to be a friendly helpful place. We have always found Puerto Peñasco to be a good value, along with the good fishing. We even attract guests from out of town, Bob and Lucky are members of the San Diego Fly Fishers Club and they fished with us again, (not their first time). One of the reasons Rocky Point is such a good destination is the hospitality. Mike and Cindy at Latitude 31°, on the road into Old Port, prepared our catch of the day and charged us only for the sides and our drinks. They were able to handle our group of 25. Yes, the fish was fresh, it was swimming in the morning and we had it for dinner. Our group fished the Second Estuary, the Jetty, Mirador Beach, and the Malecon. While fishing the Malecon with Greg Baker I was slack jawed and amazed when a small Whale Shark, about 15 feet long, swam between our pontoon boats. We were not the only ones to see it, many of the visitors at the Malecon that Wednesday afternoon were excitedly pointing towards it. One of our guys Pat Smith hooked a large sting ray and was being towed out to sea. Luckily he was able to break off without a problem. Some folks don’t think fly fishing is very exciting, they just need to go with our group.

If you have never been to Puerto Peñasco, I would encourage you to make the trip, find your beach, and bring your fly fishing gear for your own adventure. Desert Fly Casters meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the Chandler Elks Club. For more information google www.desertflycasters.com club outings and speakers will be listed on our home page. Vince Deadmond “The Fly Fishing Hardware Guy” can be reached at Best True Value Hardware 237 N Apache Trail Apache Junction, AZ, vince@ajbest.com and at (480) 982-7461.

Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to pee. Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner. Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act. Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers. Supermarket Law - As soon as you get in the smallest line, the cashier will have to call for help. Variation Law - If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now. Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings. Law of Close Encounters - The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with. Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will. Law of Bio-mechanics - The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach. Law of the Theater & SPORTS ARENA - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end

of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangling legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk. The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold. Murphy’s Law of Lockers - If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers. Law of Physical Surfaces - The chances of an open-faced jam sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug. Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about. Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance If the clothes fit, they’re ugly. Oliver’s Law of Public Speaking - A closed mouth gathers no feet. Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it. Doctors’ Law - If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you’ll feel better... But don’t make an appointment, and you’ll stay sick. This has been proven over and over with taking children to the pediatrician. AND… Don’t forget the LAW of LISTS – Once a list is made, finalized, printed and copied, you’ll discover one more item to add to the list.


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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. The only one that gives dollars is the Banorte ATM on Freemont. 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.

CHURCHES 7th Day Adventist Church Pastor Jose Luis Perez Perez Ave. Sinaloa (between Alberto Lizárraga & Gregorio Escalante) Tel: (638) 383-6760 Cel: (638) 100-6602 Worship Saturday 9:30am 2nd Location in Nuevo Peñasco Corner of 51st Ave & Aquiles Serdan (East side of Town) Adonai Comunidad Cristiana Lucero Viuda de Morúa #257 between López Mateos & Healy Col. Luis Donaldo Colosio Tel. 638.383.3865 www.adonaicc.net 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. Fishing en Peñasco: Seasonal Fishing Calendar FISH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Trigger Fish Corvina Dolphin Fish Dorado Flounder Grouper Mackeral Pinto Bass Pompano Red Snapper Rock Bass Sea Bass Sea Trout Sierra Skipjack Yellowtail

FISHING & BOATING CON’T 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


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GENERALINFORMATION FM3 & IMMIGRATION 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 http://www.inm.gob.mx/ 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, across from Banorte. 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

INTERNET SERVICE & WIFI 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.

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

MAIL SERVICES 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.

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

NOTARY PUBLICS (NOTARIOS) 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. 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.

RV PARKS 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, and Concha Del Mar at the other end of Sandy Beach. 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 (638) 383-0650 El Mirador - Playa de Oro (638) 2668 Sandy Beach - Playa Bonita (638) 383-2596 Sandy Beach - Concha del Mar (638) 383-4273 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Wedding Music by Pablo 602) 288-8687 LEGAL CEREMONY IN MEXICO To get married in a legal ceremony in Puerto Peñasco you need: Birth 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.

to dial a cell phone from a land line dial 044 + 638 + 7-digit number

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 U.S. & Canada from Mexico dial 001+(area code)+7 digit number Call Collect from Mexico to U.S. dial 090 for a bilingual operatorCall 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.

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 855 = dial 001+884+phone number 844 = dial 001+885+phone number

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.


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CLUBSANDORGANIZATIONS AACORP (ANIMAL CENTER) Founder: Nancy Phelan: 383-1012 Leon de la Barra (Calle 15), 3 blocks east of the main blvd. Benito Juarez nancy_phelan@yahoo.com 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.

AMPI The Asociación Mexcana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios (AMPI), or the Mexican Association of REal Estate Professionals, Puerto Peñasco 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 Estates, AMPI owrks closely iwth 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 orther organizations to sponsor community activities. AMPI operates the local Multiple Listing SErvice (MLS) on behalf of our real estate clients. Board members: President: Rommel Bustamante Vice President: Sarina Brown Treasurer: Rebecca Palomino Legal: Ricardo Borquez Secretary/V.P. Communications: Robin Miller V.P. Ethics: Kyle Wood V.P. Education: Kenneth Wallace Flex MLS AC Advisor: John Walz For Inquiries, please contact: Luisa Federico, AMPI Administrator email: luisa.ampi51@gmail.com AMPI Phone: 638-382-0439

ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM

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

AGRUPACION GEORGE PAPNICOLAOU

BOOK & EXCHANGE

CEDO CON’T

383-4399: Madrid and Ave. Marcelo Pino grupaciongeorgepapanicolaou@hotmail.com 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

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

Tidepool Explorations Explore the tidepools with CEDO experts.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AA Passport Club 48 Campeche next door to Galindo’s Cafe M-W-F 10:00 am open meeting Bilingual AA meeting Tu/Thu/Sat - 6:00 pm For more information call Conrado Flores: (044-638) 109-8017 or email Marcia Diane: marsupis@gmail.com EVERYONE WELCOME

AL ANON Al Anon Family Groups. Email to schedule a meeting; Marcia at marsupis@gmail.com

AMERICAN LEGION POST MX 15 141 Chihuahua & Matamoros (Calle #1) Across from Pink Cadillac Open daily and the Public Always Welcome 2016 OFFICERS: Commander: Mike LaBarge Vice Commander: Dan McWhitis 2nd Vice Commander: Robert Rowe Adjutant: Mike Dugas General Meetings 1st Tuesday of month at 10:00 a.m. (from October thru June) Contact Food & Beverage Manager Danny Anderson for information regarding special events, celebrations & dinners throughout the year. Bingo: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 2:00 p.m. NFL Football: Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Telephone Numbers: U.S. (602) 539-2047 Mexico 011-52 (638) 388-8841 Magic Jack (602) 539-2047 ALL VISITORS WELCOME!

BUNCO BABES Sandy Spain 388-0857/(044-638) 109-4109 Ladies play Bunco at 3:30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month October-June at Giuseppi’s on Blvd. Fremont.

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: Guillermo Muñoz Fierro

(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.)

CASA HOGAR (ELDERLY HOME) Director: Santiago Ruiz Hurtado 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. 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.

AMOR MINISTRIES International Headquarters: 1664 Precision Park Lane San Diego, CA 92173 Phone: (619) 662-1200 www.amor.org 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 eloy_glez_glez@hotmail.com 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 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.

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 info@cedointercultural.org www.cedointercultural.org 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 nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education and conservation of the planet’s last great frontiers: the Sea of Cortez. LOTS OF FUN AND GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS! 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.

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!

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.

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. OFFICERS President: Mike Dugan Vice-President: Pat Goodin: 382-5056 Secretary: Billie Crumbley: 382-5133 Treasurer: Enedina Otañez: 382-5142 Membership: Laura McIntyre 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.

CHOLLA CHARITIES FOUNDATION 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.

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.

CONNECTION CLUB Meet every Thursday at 4pm at Puesta Del Sol Restaurant at Playa Bonita Resort. 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.

COORDINACION DE SALUD MUN. 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 dif@puertopenasco.gob.mx difpuertopenasco@hotmail.com www.difpenasco.gob.mx www.puertopenasco.gob.mx 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.

CHILDREN’S HOME D.I.F. children’s home is on Calle Marcelo Pino and Callejon Benito Juarez. The home is equipped to accommodate 50 children ranging in ages from newborns to 11 years. Children are taken care of until their families have complied with the rehabilitation period, treatments, or requests by SDMF. The home is located 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 rockypointtimes@yahoo.com

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.)


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CLUBSANDORGANIZATIONS ESPERANZA PARA LOS NIÑOS

LAS CONCHAS HOMEOWNERS ASSOC.

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).

Phone: 382-0050 / (602) 476-1454 Guard Gate: 382-0095 President: Ginger Beauchamp Executive Vice President: Naoma Leader Vice President: Bart Stockton Treasurer: Randi Alcott Secretary: Raylene Pavlicek

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.

FUNERAL HOMES Funeraria Renacimiento 383-1233 Funeraria Santa Cecilia 383-2522

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

LIONS CLUB 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.

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 identificacruz@live.com.mx 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.

MISSION VILLA GRANADA 2 blocks east of Lucas Chicken, in the former Villa Granada Hotel. We provide lodging and meals for Missionaries who work on improving/building churches out in the San Rafael Community and other assorted projects. GM Pastor Edgar Cabrera (638) 383-1394. Main Office for (480) 503-8832. Maggie, is bilingual. Volunteers for maintenance/cleaning needed, as well as rice, beans, building supplies/ materials, tools, children art/crafts supplies, canned foods, Spanish bibles, and prayer. Weekend Missions, A.C.-Mexican Non-Profit. Weekend Missions, Inc. USA 501c3.

NUEVA CREACION

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

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.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

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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.

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

HELPING HANDS Manos de Ayuda, Inc. 383-5287 or (520) 760-8645 President: Ramon Contreras Pamela J. Lyke Marquez: pjlmarquez@aol.com 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.

OC3AN VIEW MINISTRY (A brand new ministry in good hands) Hosted on the spacious and breath taking property of Granada Del Mar Hotel in Mirador, OC3AN VIEW MINISTRY has opened its doors; a non-profit designed to serve ministries from all across the US and Mexico, to bring aide and comfort to folks in need in Puerto Peñasco. We are currently creating an onsite store for distribution of donations of furniture, clothing, appliances, tool and bedding. For Ministry information contact: Director Conrado Rodriquez conrado4evryng44@gmail.com

U.S 480-264-1172 MX. 638-383-2148 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.

MEXICO CHILDRENS FOUNDATION

RED CROSS (CRUZ ROJA) CON’T

SOUTH OF THE BORDER SINGLES

Founder: Steve Schwab Established 2003

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.

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 adibob@prodigy.net.mx, local 382-5034 or Magic Jack (602) 449-1030 or Jean McCauley at Las Conchas; jeanmcc61@ gmail.com Mexican cell phone is (044-638) 3869774 or Magic Jack is (520) 303-4332.

520-232-2241 7655 E Redfield Rd. Suite 3 Scottsdale, AZ, 85260 www.mexicochildrensfoundation.org Email: info@mexicochildrensfoundation.org 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.

PEÑASCO SINGLES (PS) A group of local singles, both full and part time residences. All singles are invited to join (no fee) this laid back group for the happy hours each Tuesday at 4 pm at Puesta del Sol restaurant at Playa Bonita Resort. The location for the Saturday breakfasts will be announced at this happy hour. For more information contact any of the following: Emma 383-3273 (local number) or 702-359-1095 (magic jack), Marti 812-319-1463 (U.S. cell works locally), or Dick 638-105-0615 (local cell) or 602-321-8106 (U.S. cell works locally) or just show up at the Tuesday happy hour and introduce yourself.

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

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WOMEN Professional Business Women’s Club Meetings each Tuesday 8PM Phone: 383-2052 Monday - Friday 9AM - 1PM Constitucion and Serdán esq. # 1 www.bpwpuertopenasco.com 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.

RED CROSS (CRUZ ROJA)

RED HAT LADIES LUNCHEON Brenda Barden: (638) 382-8611 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.

REHABILITATION CENTER 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

ROCKY POINT CHRISTMAS Tab Gray: tab@rockypoint.com Family of God Christian Fellowship PO Box 738, Lukeville, AZ 85341

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.

ROTARY CLUB PUERTO PEÑASCO MAR DE CORTÉS Meet on Wednesdays at 8:00AM in Don Julio’s restaurant at the Old Port (Malecón). Email enriquefmi@outlook.com or leonardoemj8@hotmail.com.

Founder: Pastor Stan Tedrow Peñasco Christian Fellowship Melchor Ocampo & Tecla Bustamante Donations accepted and welcomed at the Felowship Monday Friday 8AM - 2PM 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 www.cometorockypoint.com Mon-Fri: 9am-2pm & 4-7pm, Sat 9am-3pm President: Hector Vazquez Lic. Ana Laura Saens: 383-7025 Rafael Gonzales V.: 388-0444

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

UNCOMMON WOMEN

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.

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

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 santaclausclub@hotmail.com.

EMERGENCY DIAL 060

SANTIAGO RUIZ SALCIDO ASSOCIATION

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.

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.

Business Phone: 383-2266 www.cruzrojapenasco.org.mx

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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 anaycruz@live.com 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 Rick Busa: rbusa1972@gmail.com 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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An Ode to the Mango...

• Mangos are the most popular fruit in the world. • Mangos were first grown in India over 5000 years ago. • Mangos are a symbol of love in India and a basket of mangos is considered a gesture of friendship. (You can be my friend for a basket of mangos!) By Stephanie Wood

Mangos... a perfect food. I know I’ve spoken before about our love of the simple mango. Sweet, orange, perfection. To quote the famous Dr. Seuss... “I will eat them here or there, I will eat them anywhere!” We eat them for breakfast, as a snack, and for dessert. I like them plain. I like them fully loaded with lime, chili, and chamoy sauce. I like them on a stick. I like them in a cup. My kids love them. My three year old will sometimes eat two in a day, seriously a three year old, will eat a healthy fruit, twice in one day...it’s like nature’s candy. We have photos of mangos thru the years in Rocky Point. The Mango is one of those foods that seem mysterious and exotic in the States. I don’t think I ever even had a mango until my first visit to Rocky Point. I was sitting at the beach and everywhere people were eating these delicious looking “flowers”. I had to try one, and I’ve been hooked ever since. For years I tried to replicate the flower at home. The beach vendors make it look so easy, cutting your mango with ninja like skills. I’ve watched with awe, taken photos, taken videos. After nine years, I’ve finally mastered some basics, so when I’m in Phoenix and they are in season at the store or farmers market, I can actually cut one up that’s edible and not a mangled mess of mush. But nothing is the same as a mango on the beach. Sometimes they are sold by the “Mango Man” pushing his wheelbarrow with a cooler. Now, in front of some resorts, you can find the snack carts with mangos and many other botanas (snacks). Both mango vendors will usually have a line during a busy weekend and they typically cost around $3USD. Not only are mangos delicious, they are also super healthy. They have 100% of your vitamin C requirements. They also have Vitamin A, B6, K, Calcium, Folate, Potassium, Iron and Copper. And fiber! We all know that’s important. Here are some fun mango facts I found on Mango.org (yes a whole website dedicated to the mango, just awesome):

• The shape of the mango was the inspiration for the paisley pattern. • Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios. There are hundreds of mango varieties, but 6-12 main varieties found in the US and Mexico, and you can find an in-season mango year round. Don’t judge a mango by its color, the test of ripeness is the in the feel, it should give slightly like an avocado. So enjoy a mango or two or five on your stay. They’re muy delicioso and good for you too. Bon Appetit!

Understanding IVA:

The Value-Added Tax is not as Confusing as it Might Seem The main indirect tax of Mexico is the Value Added Tax (locally known as IVA), which generally applies to all imports, supplies of goods, and for services by a taxable person unless specifically exempted by a particular law. The tax is imposed by the federal government of Mexico and applies on every level of the commercialization chain. This tax has been applied in Mexico since 1980. Mexico applies a single standard rate of 16% across the country. It is worth mentioning that until December 2013, Mexico had applied a reduced rate of 11% in Mexican Border states of Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, Quintana Roo, the municipalities of Caborca and Cananea, and in the bordering regions in the state of Sonora. This was an effort largely to attract businesses to these areas and because the sales tax in the U.S. Border States was less than the IVA in Mexico. These regions were commonly referred as the “maquiladora zones.” That 11% reduced rate was revoked starting January 1, 2014, and substituted with a broader regime of incentives aimed at the manufacturing companies located in that region. As mentioned before, the Mexican IVA applies to all goods and services unless specifically exempted by the law. There is a wide variety of goods and services exempt from the tax, including: Sales of Real Estate, except those to be used for commercial purposes Retail sales of books, magazines and newspapers Used goods sold by non-taxpayers Currencies Financial instruments Gold at least 99% pure Machinery and equipment used on agriculture Certain goods between manufacturers subject to special export oriented regimes Certain commissions related with mortgage loans and the administration of retirement funds Free services provided to members of qualifying nonprofit organizations Educational services provided by public and private chartered entities Public transportation provided in urban or suburban zones Maritime transportation of goods provided by entities not resident in Mexico Insurance services Professional medical services A VAT is just a domestic tax on goods and services. It works like a retail sales tax, except instead of a consumer paying it all at once at the end, producers pay it incrementally, every time they “add value” to a commodity. The U.S. does not have a VAT, but 160 countries-including most of the U.S.’s biggest trading partners-do. Mexico has one, for example. So does Canada, China, India and the European Union. This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group, www.sonoranresorts.mx, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing.

Under WTO rules, all of these country’s VATs are “border adjustable.” That means that producers operating inside of a country with a VAT-say, Mexico-pay those taxes when they sell their products in Mexico. But if they export their product abroad, they get a rebate on the VAT they’ve paid. In turn, producers operating outside of Mexico pay the Mexico VAT upon importing their products to Mexico. The whole point of making these “border adjustments” to VATs is to even the playing field for all companies, no matter where they’re from. A Mexican company and an American company both pay the exact same VAT on any of their products sold in Mexico. The same is true in the U.S.: A Mexican company and an American company both pay no VAT on any of their products sold in the U.S.


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San Jose’ church in Cholla Plans Christmas activities By Cholla Charli

The parishioners of the San Jose’ Mission Church in La Cholla will gather this month for La Posada, the re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging on the night of Jesus’ birth. This

400-year

traditional

old Mexico

celebration is a procession of the faithful to designated stops. Two young people will be dressed to represent Joseph and Mary and those accompanying

them

will

carry candles. They proceed to homes or spots where

San Jose’ Mission Church members prepare for a procession through La Cholla to the mission church. La Posada procession will be on Monday, Dec. 19 beginning at 6 p.m., at center of the community of La Cholla.

they ask for lodging but

be available to shuttle participants

are turned away. The trek includes

back to their cars after the celebration.

prayers and songs that have been

Visitors or part-time residents,

passed down for many generations.

who are interested in participating

At the final stop, which will be the

in the Posada or helping with the

San Jose’ Mission Church, they will

mission church, are welcome to call

be welcomed in for food, celebration

parishioner Bob Keller at (928) 706-

and Christmas music. This year the

6928 for additional information.

parishioners are planning a bi-lingual sing-along of Christmas hymns. They invite everyone to join them

In

addition

to

the

Posada

procession, there will be a Peregrinaje (pilgrimage)

from

the

San

Jose’

and spend a few hours focused on the

Mission Church in La Cholla to Our

real meaning of Christmas.

Lady of Guadalupe parish church on

The procession will begin at 6PM,

Sunday, Dec. 4 departing at 3:30 p.m.

in the center of the community of

from La Cholla. This represents Mary

Cholla Bay/La Cholla (look for Posada

and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth

directional signs) and conclude at the

to Bethlehem. All are invited to make

church, 1.5 miles away. Vehicles will

this seven-mile pilgrimage as well.

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Area Beaches! Puerto Peñasco’s main attraction is undoubtedly its beaches, the horizontal strip where the sea merges with the rocky and sandy shores. In addition to the coastline for those staying at beachfront hotels and condo complexes along Sandy Beach, there are various spots in Puerto Peñasco where one can enjoy a warm corner of the Sea of Cortez.

Playa Hermosa One of the most popular beaches is “Playa Hermosa,” which extends from in front of area hotels and toward the condo complexes of Sandy Beach. This stretch of beach traditionally receives the greatest number of tourists, given there are no marked drop-offs or pronounced rocks. To facilitate access to Playa Hermosa, steps have been built at the spot known as “Los Palacios” next to the first condominium complex of the hotel zone, as well as at the area referred to as “Los Guardados,” the two principal access points. Another entry is along a walkway located between Hotel Peñasco del Sol and Gamma seafood restaurant. Sun shade rental is available along Playa Hermosa.

El Mirador The area of the Mirador is another coastline offering various access points to the beach. The Mirador also offers a number of hotels and smaller condo complexes, along with RV parks restaurants, cantinas, and mini markets, for visitors.

Dozens of families make their way to this rockier shore to enjoy the sea. Here the drop-offs can be more pronounced during low tides and swimming is recommended only when the water is calm. Beach access spots are located along the Mirador and primarily toward the end of the Mirador intersecting with Ave. Sinaloa.

La Cholla The area known as La Cholla, primarily consisting of U.S. residents, offers a coast frequented by both Mexicans and people from the U.S. given its much calmer waters. Although Cholla Bay is about 6 miles from the urban spread of Puerto Peñasco, a visit to the warm beach stretching from Pelican Point to the boat launch is well worth it. Hidden between the beach homes on the west side of Cholla Bay, one can also make their way down to the rocky landscape of Tucson Beach where families of sea lions often make their ways onto the rocks to relax. The area has local restaurants and markets.

Mi Playa Dirt roads from off one of the city’s main boulevard lead directly to Mi Playa. This area offers parking and a number of palapas for a fun family afternoon. However, it is recommended children not swim in this spot given stronger currents that can occur in this area. To get to Mi Playa, take the dirt road off Blvd. Fremont and follow the signs. Entrance and exit routes are separate leading in and out of Mi Playa.

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The Norteños

By Rosarie Salerno

Spain did not have much success expanding its borders past the Rio Bravo, today known as the Rio Grande. For the most part the area north of the River was inhabited by hostile Indians and the terrain was vast and desolate; quite impossible to control without a huge army. However, some pioneers seeking new land and social freedom ventured into the territories north of Mexico City, these settlers were known as the Nortenos. The open plains of Sonora were suited to cattle and grazing. To encourage the migration, the Crown, through the Viceroys, issued thousands of land grants to the Castas, the mixed blooded people, as early as 1670. Mestizo families became Rancharos. With them they brought thousands of heads of livestock. By 1750 there were permanent settlements along and south of the Rio Bravo. In New Spain a person was identified by race and the color of their skin. This distinction even extended to the taxes they had to pay, the upper classes paid less tax than the hard working lower classes. The Castas living in Mexico City were severely constrained by laws inhibiting them from rising above their life of servitude to the white Spaniards. Opportunities of advancement for the Castas were in these northern territories. While the Norteno was herding cattle he was not subject to the restrictive mandates. He owned a horse, carried arms and knife and wore European dress; privileges that were denied to them in New Spain. These Indio mixed people not only dressed like European Spaniards but spoke Spanish, no longer their native Indian dialects. They were treated, not by their color, but as individuals. To the Indians, like the Apache and Yaqui, they were considered “white” and were subject to being robbed, tortured and killed as any pure blooded Spaniard. They were on their own out in the wilderness, they were skilled horsemen, and they could be men who took pride in their work; a life they could never attain in the haciendas. Slowly the races melded

together. They were neither Indian nor Spanish; they were no longer being identified by their Castas’ labels. They were developing their own identity; they were evolving into the “Mexican.” Ranchers were called Charros and Vaqueros; this was the beginning of the Cowboy era. These emerging Mexicans adopted their own style of clothing, economics and social values. The name, Vaquero, comes from the Arabic word relating to cow and in Spanish cow is vaca. Buckaroo, is a word we use today to describe a cowboy, it possibly came as an English version of vaquero. Charro refers to the traditional horseman from the central-western regions of Mexico. Vaqueros usually owned a ranch and many head of cattle. Vaqueros and Charros had 2 styles of dress. Charros wore colorful clothing. The Vaquero wore garments we associate with the Mariachis of today; the other, more like what we think of as working-cowboy attire. The most familiar item of clothing associated with the Vaquero and Charro is the wide brimmed pointy crowned sombrero or hat. It’s practical; it protects the head and eyes from the hot sun. The bandana or kerchief is also used to protect the cowboy from the elements. The jacket of the Vaquero is short and usually wrapped around the waist is a sash. The Charro usually wore a sarape, also known as a pancho, which served as protection from cold and rain and was used as a blanket. It was also used in the roundup by waiving it in the air to help move the cattle. They wore leggings as a protective covering from cactus and bushes, similar to chaps and it may have also covered the horse. The word chaps comes from the Spanish word chaparejos. Footwear could be any shoe or boot or none at all. Spurs, espuelas in Spanish, were worn either around the heel of the shoe or ankle of a bare foot. They were usually made of heavy iron. One of the TV shows from the 50’s was the “Cisco Kid” and his side kick, Pancho, their costume was the classic Hollywood version of the apparel worn by Vaqueros and Charros.

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Sonoran Resorts Announces

“Great New Management Team” for the Tiki Bar and La Cantina Sports Bar Located at the Sonoran Sky

Everyone’s super favorite beachfront Tiki Bar at the Sonoran Sky Resort is under terrific new management. There have already been some exciting changes and there are more to come. The new La Cantina Sports Bar is also being managed by the same great team. You do not need to be an owner at

the Sonoran Sky, or even be renting a condo there to come and enjoy these great establishments. They are both open to the public and they have the specials and the entertainment to ensure that you will return again and again. Stop by next time you’re in town and see for yourself.

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Fish Identification Giant Black Sea Bass (Mero Prieto)

Barred Pargo (Pargo Mulato)

Body dark gray to black and has numerous fine teeth. This fish is fairly common to the north of the Midriff. They feed on Mackerel, Lobster, Tuna, Shark and large chunk baits and can grow to over 500 lbs. Giant Black Sea Bass prefer deep rocky bottoms. They are strong fighters and make excellent table fair.

This fish is found throughout the Sea of Cortez both inshore and offshore. They are deep bodied, greenishgold on their back with red on their lower sides and about 8 dark bars across the body. They average 3 -10 lbs., but can grow up to 30 lbs. Pargo are a good fighting fish that takes chunk baits fished on the bottom and are very good eating.

T h i s Sea Bass is the most common large Grouper in the upper and central Gulf. They can grow to about 5ft. in length and weigh up to 200 lbs. In the summer these fish usually are found at depths below 100 ft., but in late fall they move to shallower reefs, then back to deep water in early summer. They prefer rocky bottoms with caves and crevices. They are veracious predators and strong fighters when hooked.

The body and fins are bright red with a pink to white belly. They prefer deep water around 250 ft. and fee mainly at night. The average weight is 2-5 lbs. but do get up to 15 lbs. Red Snapper takes baits fished near the bottom and yo-yo’d jigs. Excellent eating.

Gulf Grouper (Baya)

Broom Tail Grouper (Garropa Jasplada)

The body color is olive brown with dark irregular blotches on the sides. Unlike other Groupers it has a tagged tail fin. Groupers prefer deep waters and takes large baits and jigs. Very strong fighter, but dives into rocks. They can weigh up to 100 lbs., and make excellent eating.

Leopard Grouper – Spotted phase / Leopard Grouper golden phase

Leopard or Golden Grouper (Sardinera) – This fish has two color phases; a golden phase which is uncommon and the spotted phase. The spotted phase has small reddish brown spots and a grayish brown black with white margins on the fins. They prefer shallow water and feed at dawn and dusk. Average weight is 5-25 lbs., but can grow up to 50 lbs. A good strong fighter that uses rocks to his advantage. Makes for great eating.

Spotted Cabrilla (Pinta, Cabrilla Pinta)

The body and fins are covered by reddish-brown spots. General coloration of the body is gray with dusky bars. The coloration looks very much like a Sand Bass, but this fish is much larger (up to 30 lbs.). This fish has rounded dorsal, anal and tail fins. They are found abundantly in rocky structures and will hit feathers, jigs and fresh dead baits. Good fighters and excellent eating.

Red Snapper (Huachinango)

Spotted Sand Bass (Cabrilla Pintica)

A very abundant fish found inshore and offshore in the upper Sea of Cortez. Their color is an olivebrown with many black spots. The Spotted Sand Bass frequents shallow to moderate depths over sand and rocky bottoms. Takes live bait, small lures and feathers. Makes good live bait for larger fish, also is very good eating. Averages 1-3 lbs.

Cortez Halibut (Lenguado)

A flat fish with both eyes on one side. Found throughout the Sea of Cortez both inshore and offshore. Dark brown above with 8 -10 dark spots and a white underside. Prefers sandy bottoms. Takes drifted live or dead baits and small feathers. The mouth has a large single row of sharp teeth in each jaw. They average 3-5 lbs., but can get up to 25 lbs., and are excellent eating.

Finescale Trigger Fish (Cotchi)

F o u n d throughout the Sea of Cortez, both inshore and offshore. Body color ranges from brownish to a blueish gray. They are voracious feeders and will take almost any bait and most jigs. Cotchi are very strong fighters and an excellent eating fish. Average weight is 2 – 4 lbs., but can weigh more than 8 lbs. and grow to 2 ½ ft. in length.

Pacific Sharpnose Shark (Bironche)

This Shark is blueish gray on the back shading into a reddish brown on it’s sides. The Sharpnose has non-serrated teeth with a deep notch on one side. This shark is commonly caught out of Puerto Peñasco and is the most common requiem shark in the Gulf. Grow to 4ft. in length.

Scalloped Hammerhead (Pez Martillo)

Deep olive to brownish gray with a white belly. Has a long upper tail lobe and a evenly scalloped head. This Shark is common throughout the Gulf and can reach up to 12 ft. in length.

Sierra Mackerel (Pez Sierra)

F o u n d throughout the Sea of Cortez inshore in large schools. The Sierra body colors are dark blue on the back and silver on its sides with several rows of golden spots along the sides. An excellent game fish that hits jigs and live bait. These fish are a very good eating especially as ceviche. They are also used extensively for bait. The average weight is 1-5 lbs. but can reach 15 lbs. and 3 ft. long.

Paloma Pompano (Palometa Pampanito)

Pompano are common throughout the Gulf. They are usually taken from shore or in shallow water on shiny spoons and lures. The body of the Pompano is dark on top with bright silvery sides and black tips on the dorsal fins. An excellent eating fish that grows up to 20 inches and up to 5lbs.

Yellowtail (Jurel De Aleta Amarilla)

F o u n d throughout the Sea of Cortez except in the far noth. Colors consist of a brassy yellow strip along its side and a blue/gray to olive above. Prefers live bait or jigs trolled or yoyo’d. The fillets are best when marinated and then barbecued. Yellowtails gro to 5 ft. long and can weigh up to 80 lbs.

Black Skipjack (Barrilete)

Their body color is dark on top, silvery on the bottom with stripes running down on the back and 3-5 black spots on the abdomen just below the pectoral fin. They migrate to the upper Gulf in late May or early June. May weigh up to 12 lbs. The meat is very strong in flavor. Skipjack makes an excellent bait fish.

Dolphin Fish (Dorado)

The body is a brilliant goldengreen in color. Snout profile of older males is blunt and high foreheaded, whereas the females head is more tapered. The Dorado likes warm blue waters and migrates to the upper Gulf in late May or early June. They are an excellent food fish and can grow up to 6 ft. in length and weight up to 90 lbs.

Sailfish (Pez Vela)

T h e S a i l f i s h’s

body is dark blue on its back with a bright silver stomach and a very large dorsal fin. They may be seen basking on the surface following the warm waters to the upper Gulf in late May or early June. 100 lb fish are common, but fish up to 182 lbs. have been recorded. Very poor food value, so please practice catch and release.

Mako Shark (Tiburon Mako)

Found worldwide in tropical and warm temperature seas. The body is streamline and well proportioned. The back of the Mako is a brilliant blue-gray and the sides are light blue, changing to a snowy white on the belly. The Mako is the undisputed leader in attacks on boats, when hooked it will unleash its fury, leaping as high as 30’ out of the water. Has been known to bite the boat and occasionally leap into it, causing severe injuries to the angles. It can be easily distinguished from all the sharks by its teeth, which are curved like daggers with no cusps at the base or serrations along the razor sharp edges. The front surface is flat and the teeth are curved inward.

Pacific Sardine (“Sardina del Pacifio”)

Has a series of spots above the midline. Grows up to 12 inches, excellent bait fish.

White Seabass

Grayish blue back, silver sides, white belly and a square tail. Average length is 2 -5 ft. long and up to 90 lbs.

Shortfin Corvina

Gray b a c k w i t h silver sides, a white belly and a square tail. Medium mouth full of spikey teeth. Averages 1 ½ to 3 ½ ft. in length and a weight of 3 – 20 lbs.

Orangemouth Corvina

Gray back, cream colored sides and a triangular tail. Inside the mouth is orange to yellow in color. Average length is 1 ½ to 4ft. and weight from 3- 30 lbs.

Totoaba

B o d y dull silver burnished somewhat with iridescent copper over clad with small dark spots. Totoaba have angular tails and small eyes. They can grow up to 6 ft. in length and weigh up to 300 lbs. CAUTION: ALL TOTOABA ARE AN ENDANGERED SPECIES AND ARE PROTECTED BY LAW AND MUST BE RELEASED.


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Beach in Front of Sonoran Sun Resort Receives a Special Visitor By Cholla Charli

The beach in front of the Sonoran Sun Resort had an unexpected, but very welcome, visitor on October 23rd. An Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) made her way up the beach, dug a hole, and laid her eggs. The security guards from the Sun immediately set up a perimeter and kept watch over the nesting site until an Agent from the Tourist Assistance Unit could arrive to take over.

Since experience has taught us that Olive Ridley Sea Turtle eggs rarely survive the heat in Rocky Point long enough to hatch, CEDO and Itzel Cardenas, a biologist from Grupo Vidanta (Mayan Palace), came to the rescue. The team arrived at the scene and carefully collected the eggs to be taken back to CEDO, where they will be incubated until they hatch. CEDO has had much luck in caring for turtle eggs on the beaches of Rocky Point and last year alone, 6 nests were found resulting in over 100 sea turtles which were hatched and released. After collection and transport back to CEDO headquarters, they care for the eggs and they wait. The cute (can you call a turtle cute?) baby turtles will hatch in approximately 6 weeks and at that time they will be returned to the exact spot that the eggs were laid. Olive Ridleys remember the spot where they are born, and they return to that location when it’s time to lay their own eggs.

Sea turtles are migratory creatures, living their lives traveling between two important places: their nesting beaches and their feeding grounds - which can be very distant from each other. The Northern Gulf of California is primarily a feeding ground for sea turtles, yet some species do occasionally nest near Puerto Peñasco. In the past few years there have been reports of nestings in a number of area beaches, though, as might be expected due to the extreme climatic conditions of the region, none of these nest were successful when left to hatch on their own. When newly hatched turtles enter the sea, they begin a long voyage, carried along by the currents. This period is known as the “lost years” since so little is known about what occurs during this time. While some sea turtles have been observed in Sargassum seaweed beds in the open sea, in general, their whereabouts are unknown.

Until recently it was not well understood just how important the Northern Gulf of California is for juvenile turtles - information crucial for worldwide efforts to protect these animals. In the Puerto Peñasco region, the beaches where nestings are observed need to be protected, but it is even more important to protect the feeding grounds in the Gulf where sea turtles spend so many formative years. Their successful reproduction depends not only on the healthy environment in there nesting sites but also in the places where they develop, like here in the Northern Gulf of California. If you happen to be in town around the middle of December, this may be a once in a lifetime event to witness.

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Cholla Bay HOA has anti-graffiti plan Graffiti is a growing problem in Puerto Peñasco. New “tags” are popping up almost daily. Cities who have dealt with graffiti successfully have done so by immediately painting over the messages, discouraging the taggers. That is what the Cholla Bay Homeowners Association intends to do. “Cholla” Charli Keller, chairman of the Cholla Bay HOA›s Keep Cholla Beautiful Committee in La Cholla, said, “Although graffiti isn›t a big problem so far in Cholla Bay, we have had a few incidents of tagging and we want to stop it before it gets worse.” To do that, funds are being set aside for paint; and committee members will paint over any graffiti as soon as it is discovered. “We encourage everyone in Peñasco to address this blight on our city,” Keller

It is the hope of the Keep Cholla Beautful Committe to discourage thoughtless and considerate individual who write their names and romantic inclinations on structures in La Cholla by painting over their tags as quickly as possible.

Keep Cholla Beautiful Committee member Bob Keller, paints over graffiti on the Pelican Point lighthouse. The committee has a plan to keep La Cholla free of unsightly tagging.

said. “Graffiti gives the impression that the people here don›t have pride in their city and that simply isn´t true. “As the city plans for the cruise ship port which could bring thousands of new visitors to Peñasco, it›s essential that we create a visually stimulating environment. Getting rid of the graffiti will erase the black eye that is now marring this beautiful city,” Keller added. The Pelican Point lighthouse is a favorite target of the taggers. Keller is hoping to find a muralist who will volunteer to paint the base of the lighthouse to further discourage tagging. “The new murals in Peñasco are fantastic,” Keller said. “They do a lot to beautify the community, but we can›t put artwork on every surface, so we are initiating the graffiti eradication plan in La Cholla.”


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Directory of Government Offices and Officials

If you have ever wondered who to talk to regarding a specific question or problem here in Rocky Point, wonder no more. Here is a list of most commonly requested government offices and their contact information. Please be aware that it will most likely be necessary to speak Spanish if you want to communicate directly with someone from the offices. As an alternative, you can always contact the Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee AC for help. The information for that organization is the first listing below:

Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee AC

President - Jim Ringquist www.touristassistancerockypoint.org Phone - 602-774-1777 Mail: touristassistancerockypoint@gmail.com

Juzgado Civil:

Director - Mr. Noah Rafael Saldivar Castro, Judge. Address - Avenida Los Pinos, corner Magnolias #217 Hours - Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Phone - 638-383-2792

ICRESON:

Director - Mr. René Acosta Felix, Registrar holder. Address - Bulevar Benito Juarez, between Amador and Alberto Lizarraga Eutychius Hours - Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Phone - 638-383-3033

Instituto Nacional de Migración:

Director - Mr. Alejandro Angulo Verdugo, Local Delegate. Address - Fremont Boulevard Fremont Square #92 Hours - Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Phone - 638-383-2526

INE:

Director - José Luis León Montijo, Manager Module Address - Fremont Boulevard (next to central fire station) Hours - Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Derechos Humanos:

Yuridia Liliana Rodriguez Boxes, Visiting Assistant Regional Office Address - Fremont Boulevard #166 Building 2 Local 1 between Sinaloa and Guanajuato Telephone - 638-383-1909 Mail: liliana.rodriguez@cedhsonora.org.mx

Delegación de Transportes:

Director - José Alfredo Vázquez Gonzalez, CEO Address - Bulevar Benito Juarez and Art 123 #302-6. Hours - Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Phone - 638-388-0815

Unidad de Control Sanitario:

Director - Lic Carlos Torres Decina Address - Fremont Boulevard and extension Chihuahua #142-A Hours - Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Phone - 638-383-1952 Mail: ucsppenasco@hotmail.com

Dirección de Alcoholes:

Director - Mr. Carlos Rivera Mendez. Address - Avenida Sinaloa and Arista #69 Hours - Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Phone - 690-5252

Registro Civil:

Director - Mr. Lugo Claudia Gamez, Judge. Address - Calle Agustin Melgar #309 Hours - Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Michael Hall Conductor

Now in his second season as Music Director of the Kennett Symphony, Michael Hall is recognized for his inspired performances, imaginative programming and passion for developing new audiences. Hall’s career includes guest appearances with the Houston, Toronto, Vancouver, Toledo and Windsor Symphonies, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Space Coast Symphony as well as the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. In Central America, Hall has worked with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica. This past season included his debut with the Louisiana Philharmonic and a return to the Tucson Symphony, where he has been a frequent guest conductor over the past nine seasons. Music Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony from 2007 to 2012, Hall’s drive for artistic excellence, innovative thematic programming and collaborations with celebrated guest artists resulted in unprecedented artistic growth, audience praise, and enthusiastic reviews. Some of the Southwest Florida Symphony’s highlights during Maestro Hall’s tenure include two world premieres commissioned and performed for the orchestra’s 50th anniversary season and pioneering the Orchestra’s first “Discovery” concert--a multimedia educational concert experience designed as an entry point to bring new audiences to symphonic music. Hall also planned, developed and executed the groundbreaking “Glow in the Dark” concert experience. Targeting younger audiences, the program offered real-time program notes accessible on their mobile devices during the performance. This program received national attention in Symphony magazine. Before being appointed Music Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, for six years Hall held the position of Associate Conductor with the Pacific Symphony in California, where he developed innovative Family Concerts based on his own original scripts. Maestro Hall has developed a reputation as a keen educator of young musicians, having conducted many noteworthy college and youth orchestras including the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University. During the 2012/13 season, Hall was Visiting Guest Artist, Conductor in Residence at Ball State University’s School of Music in Indiana. Hall holds a Master’s degree in conducting from the University of Michigan and a DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he worked with Sir Colin Davis.

Christmas Concert Rocky Point Times The 20th annual performance by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will be Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 pm at Dicus Auditorium in Ajo, AZ. The pops concert “Home for the Holidays” will be conducted by Michael Hall. The performance is sponsored by the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts and the Desert Music Club. This exciting program should get all in the Holiday spirit. Included in the program will be traditional Christmas songs such as: A Christmas Overture by Nigel Hess, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Do You Hear What I hear? Nutcracker selections by Tchaikovsky, and a Holly Jolly Sing-along with audience participation. The TSO was founded in 1929 and is the first symphony orchestra in the Southwest and the longest continuously performing arts organization in Arizona. In addition to many awards and acclaims, they received the Governor›s Arts Award in 2004 recognizing its 75th year of significant community impact. The 2016-17 season is their 88th season. They employ 75 professional musicians. Mr. Michael Hall is a frequent guest conductor in multiple concert series over the past nine seasons and has a special relationship with the TSO. His drive for artistic excellence, innovative thematic programming and collaborations with celebrated guest artists results in unprecedented artistic growth, audience praise and enthusiastic reviews. Maestro Hall is a passionate advocate for music education, both in the concert hall and the classroom. He has conducted many noteworthy college and youth orchestras including the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Californian State University. Hall holds a Master›s degree in conducting from the University of Michigan. This annual performance in Ajo is well attended and popular with all. Most attendees appreciate the outstanding opportunity to attend a TSO concert at such a reasonable cost. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $18.00 at the door. K-12 students are free. Tickets are available at The Ajo Copper News, Ajo District Chamber of Commerce, Art Under the Arches, Shadow Ridge RV office and The Raven›s Nest. For more information call June Nickell, (520) 387-6122.


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American Legion Ghost Buster Tackles Spirits at Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Boat Parade By Dan McWhitis

With camera in hand I was busy chasing ghosts at our recent Day of the Dead Boat Parade, here in Puerto Peñasco, when I heard someone calling my name. It was a voice seeming to come straight out of the heavens, “Mr. McWhitis, how are you this fine evening?” I was thinking the Lord has come to take me away? No, it was my good friend Felix Rincon, the daytime star of The Accent Show on FM 106.1 radio. He was on the air with a remote enjoying himself while broadcasting live from the Old Port. He waived me over and immediately asked, “You okay? You appear to be out of breath.” Felix is a doctor and tends to notice stuff like that. I replied back, “Yeah I’m an old dude running around like a ghost buster chasing spirits and I’m not talking about the kind one drinks and yes, I’m a tad winded.” He asked me if I was enjoying myself. He could tell by the enormous smile the answer was a definitive yes.

We both agreed the experience had turned out to be a blast. The boats, many of them normally used by local fisherman, had been superbly decorated to honor not only relatives that had passed, but also certain aspects of Mexican history. The American Legion’s entry provided homage to the Aztec Empire.

The American Legion (Mexican Post #15) borrowed a boat belonging to local

Rocky Point’s Rodeo Drive By Barbara Iverson

real estate businessman Todd Lyons who very generously loaned us his rig to decorate. The decoration team was captained by Miss Aiyana Smith, who with her family did a magnificent job decorating our boat. Miss Smith’s team worked through the weekend to meet the entry deadline and the finished project was really beautiful.

As I wandered through the event’s audience I felt a tremendous sense of community. This is what Mexican culture is really about. Everyone was enjoying an incredible evening, celebrating with our Mexican hosts and neighbors. The weather was perfect. As I continued to snap pictures, I ran into many friends from the American Legion, others representing Puerto Penasco’s expatriate community, and of course the proud Mexican celebrants who were happy to teach us about their traditional event.

Wrapping-up the night I thought to myself, Rocky Point is such a laid-back spot during the month of November. With Day of the Dead celebrations, the final game of the World Series and football being provided by local bars & restaurants, fantastic concerts, one of the best known bike rallies in all of North America and Mexico’s version of Thanksgiving the month just drags along. Ho hum!

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

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Rodeo Drive has the answer to all your gift needs. From wonderful hand crafted Christmas ornaments to give your home that festive aire to last minute gifts for that person on your list that just doesn’t need a thing. We are also of the theory that you should treat yourself to that one item you’ve wanted but were hesitant to buy. After all, you do deserve it. Mexican pewter is something everyone can use. Did you know it can be heated in the oven to 250 degrees to keep that special dish warm, or cooled in the refrigerator to keep that salad crisp and fresh. Lovely pewter plates start at less than $10.00 or you can buy a pewter heart and fill it with candy for a great teachers gift and put a little note in it saying, “Thank You from the bottom of my heart”, also, it makes a great gift for that neighbor who gives you a helping hand through-out the year. Not to forget Rico’s leather shop. Custom sandals and purses to a new seat for your Harley. House of Flowers can make you any flower in any color. Just bring a picture

and he’ll do it. He also has a wonderful selection right there in his shop. These are flowers you don’t need to worry about while on vacation. Next to Rico you’ll find a lovely shop that makes bracelets that are so popular with young people, and further down the street fine jewelry from Taxco where they’re known for their sterling silver and gem stones

A new addition to Rodeo Drive is a candy shop. You can buy a piñata at Su Casa (a great buy and all the proceeds go to the handicapped) and fill it with an excellent selection of candy. No fiesta is complete without a piñata. Finished all that shopping? Stop by Mariachi’s and Tequila for the best margarita in town. Not only a charming atmosphere but great food. Don’t miss it. Best prices, friendly vendors and great selection. You just can’t beat it. See you on the drive.


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Lázaro Cárdenas

Boulevard Fremont, the street which runs east/west in front of the Red Cross and Black Dog, and has heads to Las Conchas and Caborca, was named after Puerto Peñasco’s sister city…Fremont, California. But, what about all the streets with people’s names? This is a monthly article, in a series, to explain Mexico’s history behind some of the street names, here in Rocky Point. Lázaro Cárdenas President of Mexico In office December 1, 1934 – November 30, 1940 Governor of Michoacán In office 1928 – 1932 Born May 21, 1895 Jiquilpan, Michoacán Died October 19, 1970 (aged 75) Mexico DF Nationality Mexican Political party Party of the Mexican Revolution Spouse Amalia Solórzano Lázaro Cárdenas del Río (May 21, 1895 – October 19, 1970) was President of Mexico from 1934 to 1940. Lázaro Cárdenas, president 1934-1940 Lázaro Cárdenas was born into a lowermiddle class family in the village of Jiquilpan, Michoacán. He supported his family (including his mother and seven younger siblings) from age 16 after the death of his father. By the age of 18 he had worked as a tax collector, a printer’s devil, and a jail keeper. Although he left school at the age of eleven, he used every opportunity to educate himself and read widely throughout his life, especially works of history. Cárdenas originally set his sights at becoming a teacher, but was drawn into politics and the military during the Mexican Revolution after Victoriano Huerta overthrew President Francisco Madero. He backed Plutarco Elías Calles, and after Calles became president, Cárdenas became governor of Michoacán in 1928. He became known for his progressive program of building roads and schools, promoting education, land reform and social security. Presidential career Statue of Lazaro Cardenas erected in Lazaro Cardenas Plaza facing Eje Central in Mexico City Calles continued to dominate Mexico after his presidency with administrations that were his puppets. After having two of his hand-picked men put into the position, the PNR balked at his first choice, Manuel Pérez Treviño, in 1934. Instead they selected Cárdenas to be the ruling party’s presidential candidate, and Calles went along with it, thinking he could control him as he had the previous two. This however, was not so. Cárdenas’s first move once he took office late in 1934 was to have his presidential salary cut in half. Even more surprising moves would follow. After establishing himself in the presidency, in 1936 Cárdenas had Calles and dozens of his corrupt associates arrested or deported to the United States, a decision that was greeted with great enthusiasm by the majority of the Mexican public. Cárdenas subsequently decreed the end of the use of capital punishment (in Mexico, usually in the form of a firing squad). Capital punishment has been banned in Mexico since that time. The control of the republic by Cárdenas and the PRI predecessor Partido de la Revolución Mexicana without widespread

bloodshed effectively signaled the end of rebellions that began with the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Cardenas was perhaps the only Mexican President who never employed armored cars or bodyguards to protect himself. In the presidential campaign of 1934, he travelled through much of the republic that was not accessible by train, by auto and horseback, accompanied only by a chauffeur and an aide-de-camp. This fearlessness generated widespread respect for Cárdenas by the electorate. He became the first occupant of the current official presidential residence of Los Pinos, and converted the previous residence, the ostentatious Spanish vice regal palace Chapultepec Castle, into the National Museum of History. Russian exile Leon Trotsky was welcomed into Mexico by Cárdenas, reportedly to counter accusations that Cárdenas was a Stalinist. Cárdenas, like his 1920s predecessor Álvaro Obregón, understood that left wing and labor union support was critical to maintain control of the republic. The bloated and corrupt CROM union of Luis Morones was marginalized as Cárdenas promoted the “purified” Confederation of Mexican Workers of socialist Vicente Lombardo Toledano. The CTM and Toledano in turn supported Cárdenas’ deportation of ex-President Calles. Though Cardenas was of course not as leftwing as Leon Trotsky and other socialists would wish, Trotsky described the Cardenas’s government as the only honest government in the world. Cardenas sought to actively help the Republican government in the Spanish Civil War, but those efforts were largely thwarted by the Roosevelt administration. After the war ended with the defeat of the loyalist Republicans, Cárdenas gave specific instructions to his ambassador and envoys in Europe to give safe haven and protection to all exiles, including President Manuel Azaña, actively sought for deportation by the Spanish fascist government and by French colaborationist authorities. Azaña died in France under Mexican diplomatic protection, but Cárdenas was able to bring to Mexico tens of thousands of refugees, among them distinguished intellectuals who left a lasting imprint in Mexican cultural life. Cárdenas is considered by many historians to be the creator of a political system that lasted in Mexico until the end of the 1980s. Central to this project was the organization of corporatist structures for trade unions, campesino (peasant) organizations, and middle-class professionals and office workers within the reorganized ruling party, now renamed the Party of the Mexican Revolution (PRM). During Cárdenas’s presidency, the government expropriated and redistributed millions of acres of hacienda land to peasants, and urban and industrial workers gained unprecedented unionization rights and wage increases. The railway Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México was nationalized in 1938 and put under a “workers administration”. However, Cardenas and subsequent presidents also used the PRM and its successor, the Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI, to maintain political control; leaders of the worker and campesino organizations delivered votes and suppressed protests in exchange for personal favors and concessions to their constituencies. In the elections of 1940, Cárdenas

on principle refused to make an outright endorsement of the PRM nominee Manuel Ávila against Ávila’s opponent, Juan Andreu, insisting on open debate and free elections. The elections, however did not follow the pattern Cárdenas wished. The campaign was peppered with violent incidents and on Election Day, the opposing parties hijacked numerous polling places and each issued their own “election results”. After “official” results declared Ávila as winner, Andreu threatened revolt then attempted to set up a parallel government and congress, nevertheless, Ávila assumed office, his inauguration attended by US Vice President Henry A. Wallace. Oil expropriation Also central to Cárdenas’s project were nationalistic economic policies involving Mexico’s vast oil production, which had soared following strikes in 1910 in the area known as the “Golden Lane,” near Tampico, and which made Mexico the world’s second-largest oil producer by 1921, supplying approximately 20 percent of domestic demand in the United States. Cárdenas’s efforts to negotiate with Mexican Eagle, in the managerial control of Royal Dutch/Shell, and Standard Oil of New Jersey were unavailing, and the companies rejected a solution proposed by a presidential commission. So at 9:45 p.m. on the evening of March 18, 1938, Cárdenas nationalized Mexico’s petroleum reserves and expropriated the equipment of the foreign oil companies in Mexico. The announcement inspired a spontaneous six-hour parade in Mexico City; it was followed by a national fund-raising campaign to compensate the companies. Even though compensation for the expropriated assets was included in this legislation, the act angered the international business community and vexed foreign governments, especially the United Kingdom. The government was more worried about the lack of the technical knowledge required to run the refineries, especially on how to obtain a critical chemical component needed to obtain gasoline from oil; without it, the refineries were worthless. Before leaving, the oil companies had made sure they did not leave behind anything of help to the Mexican government, hoping to force Cárdenas to accept their conditions. On Cárdenas’s instructions, an elite team of around 30 engineers and gifted students were tasked to discover how to obtain the needed chemical before the national fuel reserves ran out in a matter of weeks. They were on the verge of achieving their goal when an apparently accidental explosion killed them all. A second team was assembled and they succeeded;

Cárdenas sent to each president of the oil companies a little box with a vial filled with the Mexican formula [citation needed]. The British severed diplomatic relations with Cárdenas’s government, and Mexican oil and other goods were boycotted, despite an international ruling in favor of Mexico’s government. However, with the outbreak of World War II, oil became a highly sought-after commodity. Mexico began to export oil to Nazi Germany. The United States and Britain decided this was unacceptable, so they settled their grievances with Mexico and ended the boycott. Mexican Eagle and Royal Dutch/Shell held out longer and received a better deal after the conclusion of the war. The company that Cárdenas founded, Petróleos Mexicanos (or Pemex), would later be a model for other nations seeking greater control over their own oil and natural gas resources and, 70 years later, it remains the most important source of income for the country, despite weakening finances. Seeing the need to assure the technical expertise needed to run it, Cárdenas founded the National Polytechnic Institute. Post presidential career After his presidential term, Cárdenas served as Mexico’s secretary of defense until 1945. It is often said that Lázaro Cárdenas was the only president associated with PRI who did not use the office to make himself wealthy. He retired to a modest home by Lake Pátzcuaro and worked the rest of his life supervising irrigation projects and promoting free medical clinics and education for the nation’s poor. He also continued to speak out about international political issues and in favor of greater democracy and human rights in Latin America. Lázaro Cárdenas died of cancer in Mexico City. His son Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and his grandson Lázaro Cárdenas Batel have been prominent Mexican politicians. In his honor, a number of cities and towns in Mexico, including Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, many smaller communities, and many streets have been named after him, including the Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico City, and highways in Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexicali. Šetalište Lazaro Kardenasa (Lázaro Cárdenas promenade) in Belgrade, Serbia is also named after him. There is also a street in Barcelona, Spain, and a monument in a park in Madrid dedicated to his memory, in recognition of his role in admitting defeated Spanish Republicans in Mexico after the Civil War in that country. Lázaro Cárdenas was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize for the year of 1955.


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October Fundraising Events for the Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee Fun and Successful

October was a good month for the Puerto Peñasco Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee AC, with 2 donation events in one month. The first event was coordinated by Committee board member, Mark Olsweski. Mark is no stranger to fundraising as he and his wife, Barb, have run the local charity Adopt-AClassroom for many years. The event was planned and executed to near perfection. Live Music during a Pirate Ship Sunset Cruise, Snacks, Open Bar. What could possibly be better? More than 100 happy pirates boarded the Rey del Mar ship on Saturday, October 8th and had a fabulous time heading out to sea and back while enjoying great live music from the band Something Like Seduction, a 3-piece band based out of Tucson, AZ. The SLS sound is a fusion of reggae, rock, and alternative music. SLS has been playing shows locally through Arizona since 2011 and they were kind enough to donate their time and talent to this wonderful fund-raising event. You can see their bio, check out where they are playing, and sample their music at: http:// www.slseduction.com. The weather was perfect and the drinks flowed for the journey as everyone on board seemed to have had a wonderful time. The event was so successful that we are already looking into when we can do it again. Stay tuned to the Puerto Peñasco Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee AC website, Facebook page, and my newsletter for advance notice of the next date. You will want to sign up early as this cruise was completely sold out. Many thanks to all those who contributed to making this event a success and to all those who attended. Can’t wait until next time...

SUPing the Sea Extravaganza

Another fantastic fundraiser last month was organized by Rocky Point residents and all around good guys, Donia and Ernie Molieri. The dynamic duo held

a fundraising Stand-Up-Paddleboarding extravaganza on Saturday, October 15th, at Laguna del Mar development and golf club. The gathering was chock full of events and races, including paddleboard races, kayak races, a 9-hole skins game, longest drive contest, closest to pin, and more. Cash and prizes which were donated by local businesses and merchants were happily passed to the winners. Besides the activities, there were food and drink stands plus lots of sunshine and green grass on which to relax and enjoy the day. Donnia and Ernie retired from life in the USA a few years ago and made their way to Rocky Point, envisioning a relaxing lifestyle and enjoying time together by the sea. But, that dream didn’t quite work out as their energetic personalities drove them to start a local business and become involved with the community and charitable events. One of their hobbies was Stand Up Paddleboarding, and they decided to share the fun with others. Before they knew it, they had SUPing the Sea, a paddleboard rental and training company here in Peñasco. If you have ever had the urge to give it a try, just let them know and they will help you with everything that you need. The easiest way to find them is through their Facebook page, SUPing the Sea. Money from the fundraiser was split between two parties. The first was Compassion without Borders, founded in 2001 by Christi and Moncho Camblor, it is a charity with a cause working for animals in need via four programs; Mexico Dog Rescue, US Dog Rescue, Veterinary Wellness Clinics & Spay/Neuter Services. The second recipient was the Puerto Peñasco Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee, an organization originally set up by Mayor Kiko Munro to help with all aspects needed in helping to ensure that tourists to Puerto Peñasco enjoy a safe and enjoyable experience. This committee also acts as intermediary between tourists and residents in communications with the City administration and the Tourist Assistance Unit. October was a good month and we’re just getting warmed up. Stay tuned for future events and information. Thanks to all who support and contribute to the continued success of our committee and all causes beneficial to Puerto Peñasco!


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CLASSIFIEDADS ANNOUNCEMENTS 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. (01152-638) 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, etc...it will really be appreciated. You may use the offices of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper for a drop-off-point (off Calle 13map in paper), or get information at www.rockypointclassroom.com (#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 markbarb@prodigy.net.mx (#1WC) 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). BarbsDogRescue@ aol.com. Mexico (011-521-638) 114-1659 or (044-638) 384-0113. From the US dial (602) 324-7241. (#1-dg)

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. We serve Breakfast from 8am-11am and Lunch 11am - 2pm and Dinner Specials. post15mx@mail.com (#1-AL) SAN JOSE MISSION CHURCH – in Cholla Bay. Bilingual Catholic Mass. At noon every Sunday. Follow the road past Wrecked at The Reef toward la Cholla. All our welcome. Help us build our church. (#1-SJ) ANIMAL ADOPTION CENTER OF ROCKY POINT – (A 501© tax exempt corporation) wwwrpaac. org. Center located north of Benito Juarez on Calle 15 (Leon de la Barra) 3 blocks left corner. Also donation drop point at Rocky Point Times Offices (011-52-638) 383-1012, Phoenix (602) 4123932, Tucson (520) 407-6594, nancy_phelan@yahoo.com. AACORP P.O. Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341. (#1-AAC) MERMAID’S MARKET ARTS AND CRAFT MARKET – First and third Saturday of each month (Oct 15 to April 1) Contact: Russ at 113-4591 for information. (MM1)

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 - IN Rocky Point Full line AVON Beauty Supplies. Hair, Nails, Facials, Massage, Manicures and Pedicures (638) 383-1086. English Spoken. On Constitucion, across from Super Ley (#25-1)

BILL PAYING SERVICE 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) 4761187, or email me at sivife@ hotmail.com. (#30-2) 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 383-1011. (#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. (#5610) 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 and lunch. Sunday 8AM - 2PM (Closed Wednesdays) (011-52638) 383-5181 www.giuseppis. info. 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) 3833434. (#64-3) FM3 SERVICES SERVICES FOR AMERICANS – Permanent and Temporary Residence, Tax ID Numbers (Hacienda Registration), accounting services, bill paying and more. Office location: Sun Valley Business and Immigration Service, Blvd. Benito Juarez No. 191 Between Nicolas Bravo & Simon Morua. Call local at 3838891, from the U.S. dial (520) 829-4340 or email Bianeysvisa@ aol.com or Dynorasvisa@aol. com. 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) 4761187 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) FURNITURE DELIVERY MOVING FROM THE STATES to Rocky Point/San Carlos since 1987. Our price includes no surprise fees from pickups to setups. Email geoff@ bordermovers.com or phone (480) 232-3518. (#90-9)

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 (01152-638) 383-3919, (602) 3247241 (#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. (#100-42) BEAUTIFUL OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT RANGING FROM 50-75 M2 Perfect for business professionals. Located Luis Encinas and Calle 24. English Call 815-553-2683 or Spanish call 638-105-7936. (#124-1) 2 BEDROOM 1 1/2 BATH - 700sq ft. Off street parking, washer/ dryer. Fully furnished. $400dlls per month (638) 383-5770 or (520) 232-2149. (#100-6) 5 BEDROOM HOUSE FOR RENT – in Las Conchas, 6-12 month lease, call (638) 382-0139 for details. (#100-7) HOUSES & CONDOS FOR SALE 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) 3875474. (#102-m) PLAYA DORADA – $229K Close to Mayan Palace and International Airport. Beachfront, large 2bd, 2ba. Private parking, security. HOA. Call Paul at PABLO REALTY (602) 288-8687. Local 383-8657. Email pablorealty@ hotmail.com (#102-PR) OWNER WILL CARRY FOR 3 YEARS. – Own a beach front condo with 1bd 1ba. Lowest price. Great investment: Playa Bonita area. 92K. This is the time to buy. I want your listings. If you want to sell, call me. I have the buyers. Licensed broker in USA and Mexico, Oceano Realty. (602) 315- 6371 johnsoldit@ yahoo.com Hablo Español. (#102-18) INSURANCE SERVICES INSURANCE AND BONDING AGENCY – REAL estate Mexican & American Insurance: Auto, boat, life, house, commercial. Yolanda Silva, Agent. Ave Nayarit #62. Call 3836280. (#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@hotmail.com. Call Max (011-52-638) 388-5512 and 3832698. (#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 ritapizarro@ gmail.com. (#120-6) SPA BLUE SKY – Wonderful anti-stress massage, facials, pedicures. Outcalls. $35 dlls per hour. Call Sixto Jimenez. On Blvd. Samuel Ocaña. 383-2105 and cell (044-638) 107-7720. Email qatejmez@hotmail.com. (#120-1) PEST CONTROL PREDADOR – 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) ROCKY POINT REALTY GROUP – Jonni Francis at Paseo Las Glorias, across from Peñasco del Sol. Mexico (638) 382-5355 US (602) 334-4134. (#140-2) 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) 3807212 or email tomthomas360@ gmail.com. (#140-4) RV PARKS & SPACES 6 RV SPACES for rent in town (1 1/2 blks East of Josefa on Callejon Juarez). Walled, private, and with all the services, Call (480) 225-6546. (#152-22)

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. (#157-21) SATELLITE TV – Sales, service & installation. Residential & Commercial (638) 103-5317 Mex Cel. (602) 635-2246 Vonage. (#157-2) ROCKY POINT HOME INSPECTIONS – Inspections by US inspector 25+years in Real Estate, Homes and Condos. Be a smart investor 602-538-0027 tomthomas360@gmail.com. (#157-1) AQUA GRANDE TOWING – Tows to U.S.A. No Problem. All operators fluent in English and Spanish. Dennis Bleeker (01152-638) 383-5770. From the U.S. (520) 232-2149. (#157-3) BILL PAYING – Maintenance and cleaning. FM3 Services. Proservices Rocky Point. Fremont Plaza #15. Mon. thru Fri. 8:30-4:30, Sat. 8:301:30. (638) 383-6161. English/ Spanish Cel (044-638) 113-0446. proservicesrockypoint@hotmail. com (PS-1) 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 headout@cox.net, phone in the U.S. (602) 971-0166 or U.S. Toll Free (866) 443-2368. www. headouttorockypoint.com. No waiting in border lines when you ride with us! (#158-3) WANTED MISSION VILLA GRANADA – is now interviewing candidates for the Administrator position. Management skills and office skills are required. Must be willing to physically work, and to also perform office tasks. Verbal and written communication skills must be adequate. Helpful if bilingual, and English speaking is required. Computer skills are necessary. Other skills that are helpful are restaurant and hotel experience. Come be a part of something bigger than yourself and be the caretaker of the Mission Villa Granada! Email your contact information to info@ weekendmissions.com or call Mark at 480.231.1940 or Mary at 480.503.8832. (#192-1)

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Safford’s Little-Big Storm By Mike Bibb

While Hurricane Matthew was pounding the East Coast in early October, Southeastern Arizona was having a tempest of its own - and nearly as devastating. During the evening of Oct. 8, a small violent storm cell unexpectedly appeared over Safford. At first, nothing seemed out of the ordinary until an extremely loud clap of thunder struck the area, vibrating windows and causing intermittent electrical outages. Then, as they say, the bottom fell out. For the next several hours intense rain and hail pounded the community, causing street flooding and inflicting heavy damage to homes and vehicles. Some locations received about four inches of rain and one to two feet of hail. To put the storm in perspective, Safford received in a few hours more rain/water totals than an entire year’s average accumulation.

City walking path completely submerged.

Obviously, the small desert city wasn’t prepared for such an onslaught. Storm drains and storage ponds quickly exceeded their capacity. Irrigation canals overflowed, spilling additional water and debris into nearby neighborhoods. Many businesses and government offices were also injured. Safford High School and two other schools were flooded, as well as the county court house. Schools were closed for over two weeks until cleanup efforts could be completed. The courthouse is still being repaired.

Hail accumulations of two feet in some community locations.

Red Cross relief teams were dispatched from Tucson and Phoenix. Other shelters were quickly improvised to assist citizens needing immediate help. The storm wasn’t forecast by Phoenix weather services or mentioned on local TV stations - until after it hit. Seems no one had a clue of the impending disaster. Everyone, especially Safford residents, were caught totally off-guard. A twist-of-fate somewhat understandable. Due to the exceptionally small size of the storm --- approximately four to five miles across - its diminutive dimensions probably didn’t appear on radar or other tracking devices. There was no indication, other than a few approaching clouds, that the area would soon be pummeled with rain and hailstones up to two inches in diameter. Coincidentally, the weekend cloudburst also coincided with the yearly Graham County Fair. Thousands of fair goers were also surprised by the suddenness and ferocity of the squall. Fair buildings, vendors and midway rides were immediately evacuated, forcing people to flee the property. Unfortunately, the roads were already flooding in areas and evacuation was further hindered by slow moving vehicles attempting to navigate hazardous roadways. The storm finally subsided around 1:00 a.m., but not before drenching Safford with unprecedented rain, wind and hail.

Roadside warning signs advising citizens to be alert to scammers.

At the time of this writing (early November) damage estimates are still being tabulated. In addition to vehicle and structure insurance claims, hundreds of acres of cotton devastation has resulted in an estimated $4-5 million loss. Since this is the height of the cotton harvest season, it is thought the dollar loss will continue to rise. On a personal level, my home suffered extensive roof and truss damage from the intensity and accumulated weight of the hail. As a result, interior ceiling cracking and leaks occurred. Also, the family RV, which is parked in a commercial storage facility was totaled, rendering it unusable. On the bright side, at least we were not flooded; many people were. Of course, as with many disastrous situations, thieves and scammers immediately migrated into the area in hopes of conning residents into phony insurance claims and home repair schemes. As a precaution, the Arizona Corporation Commission issued an advisory to residents to beware of shysters promoting quick-fix and low-cost rebuilds.

Millions of gallons of rain run-off is impounded by a normally dry retention dam.

Many roadside signs have been placed throughout the town warning citizens to be cautious of hucksters and fraudulent home repair offers (see pictures). One particular scam involved an alleged state sponsored home repair grant scheme. A caller, claiming to work for the corporation commission, would inform a resident they would be eligible for a grant to repair all damage to their home and vehicles for a simple one-time charge of $1300 to their credit card. The fee, a resident was told, was necessary to begin the bureaucratic process of filing the claim with the commission and was refundable upon completion of the repairs. To make it sound even more appealing, after the caller had charged the resident he would then direct the citizen to an actual website - www.azcc.gov - to verify the person supposedly in charge of grant dispersal. “Bob” was the generic name of the fictitious ACC employee approving the grants. The callers used other names as well, including Naomi Brooks, Mackenzi Brooks and Kevin Martin. Apparently, the con originates out of Chester, N.H. and Marshfield, Mass. and has been used several times in other weather stricken communities.

Safford City fire hydrant partially underwater.

Needless to say, the Arizona Corporation Commission does not provide or promote state sponsored home repair grants or endorse such solicitations. Nearly a month after the storm, things are gradually returning to normal. However, it will take additional time to complete the cleanup and repairs. Nevertheless, life and football goes on - maybe in a different location. At least temporarily until all the leaks can be patched.

Mexican Revolution Day - November 20 Not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day or Cinco de Mayo November 20th marks the anniversary of the start of the 1910-1917 Revolution- specifically the call to arms by Francisco I. Madero to unseat the dictator Porfirio Díaz, who had remained in power for more than three decades. 2010 marked the centenary of the event, during which time a number of special events were held, and a limited edition commemorative $100 peso banknote (now a collector’s item) was produced. While Mexico’s annual Independence Day festivities celebrated with vigor on September 16th each year involve parties, fireworks, gatherings of family and friends to eat traditional dishes and enjoy the 11 p.m. “grito”-either watched on television or attended at the local plaza-Día de la Revolución is little more than another día festivo - a day off school or work - and the reflections and orations on the achievements of those years of turmoil are left almost exclusively to the political classes.

Mexico’s Revolution Day is one of the public holidays which was folded into a selection of designated “long weekends”, or bank holidays, introduced in 2006 and today, the closest holiday weekend to the anniversary is now known as “El Buen Fin” (“the good weekend”)-an event where retailers and travel companies across the country join in a promotional extravaganza offering discounts and other savings, emulating the U.S. tradition of Black Friday, when stores begin their holiday season sales. The initiative, which was first introduced in 2011, has become a de-facto annual shopping event in Mexico. While few Mexicans question the importance of the birth of an independent nation after three centuries of colonial rule, the 1910-1917 period of conflict that led to the promulgation of the 1917 Constitution was far more complex, and to a certain extent inconclusive. A number of the better-known heroes of the Revolution were themselves killed in acts of treachery well after 1917. Emiliano Zapata in 1919, Venustiano Carranza in 1920, Francisco Villa in 1923, and Álvaro Obregón in 1928. Disagreements continue to this day on the significance of the events that made up the “Revolución” with ideas usually influenced by political views. The revolution is not the same thing seen from the left as from the right, and its success or failure from either of those viewpoints is not something that can be easily settled...Sound familiar? This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group, www.sonoranresorts.mx, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing.


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Letters to Editor Send your letters to the editor to our mailing address P.O. Box 887 Lukeville, AZ 85341 or email us at rockypointtimes@yahoo.com

Do you know how much diesel fuel is right now in Rocky Point? Michael & Barbara I am out of the country, but Alicia will check from the office at rockypointtimes@ yahoo.com. I do know that both gasoline and diesel are cheaper in the States now. They do have good food. But Chuey’s taco’s re the best. Cannot wait to have some come October.

Pat Foss Yes, I love Chuey’s tacos also, but don’t know where he is now. He has not been in Old Port where he was. Maybe only at night??

Yum! We’ve eaten at the Dolphin... very good! And Javier is a super guy.

CJ Cole YUM, is right! We had clam chowder, raspberry shrimp, and flounder la Farga today for lunch at the Friendly Dolphin, and everything was delicious!! Every month I look forward to receiving the RPT. It’s a must have/read for Rocky point goers. This is the best information out there. George Rohrback I passed through a “stop sign” a year ago, stopped for the flashing lights behind me. I not only didn’t see the STOP, but after the officer showed me I didn’t recognize it as a STOP sign. The officer was more than nice, and just asked me to respect Peñasco’s laws. Karen Flohr You are OK on most of the main streets, as there are STOP signals and signs....BUT when driving through the neighborhoods, or cutting across town, be EXTREMELY WATCHFUL for faded, spray painted, or missing STOP signs. That’s for sure! I always assume every side street has or once had a stop sign, and at least slow until I see yea or nay or signs on the other corners, or traffic coming. Jeff Tunison Yes, whenever approaching an intersection, always look at the corners to see if there is (or was) a STOP sign I look forward to every publication. It keeps one foot in both places! THANK YOU ROCKY POINT TIMES! Marissa Hunker Thank you for reading our monthly local paper!!

Thank you cleanup crew. We love to visit Rocky Point and walk the beach. Trudy Mattsson Simon Yes, we love our Rocky Point Beaches, and strive to keep them clean! I’m seriously blown away by this. I pick up shrimp at the store and it says far produced in China, and I’m like what the heck? We could be getting wonderful shrimp from Rocky Point. Romano Romano YUP! We have the best shrimp. Buy them here, take them home on ice, vacuum seal, and freeze. All the latest information. I’m getting a subscription this year. Kim Pepple Adams Thank you for subscribing. We mail our paper all over the USA. Just play it safe when in doubt stop. It doesn’t make sense to complain about STOP signs. The reason you’re in Rocky Point is to relax and enjoy yourself. Things move slow south of the border, so we should also. Nancy Musser YES YES YES. WHEN IN DOUBT ABOUT A STOP SIGN...JUST STOP. Been doing Rocky Point for 17 years and, yes, the best shrimp is there as well as the residents. Bonnie Biggins I’ve been fortunate to have lived here for 26 years. Don’t want to be anywhere else! Hi there, do you have current tide table info? Yours is 3 years old! The image that comes up is for 2013. I see now there is a very tiny blue link to click that has current info, but why is there a three-year-old image on the page? That was very confusing. Should remove it! Yes, on your menu bar, I clicked on General Info, chose Tide Calendars from the drop-down menu, clicked on it, and there is the 2013 tide calendar. Near the top is the tiny link to get to the current info, but it needs to be large and bold. Also, your Contests & Events menu item has 3-4 year old info on it. I’m new to the site, and I work as an editor, so I easily notice things like this! Please don’t take offense, just take some advice -- review your site and keep it current! Linda Hola Linda, Thank you for your comments. We really do appreciate your telling us. It makes us realize that there are more for our readers than the actual paper, both in print and online, and the Facebook Page. We have already asked our web guy to update each month. When on our website right now, you can click on the orange ISSUU logo and read our monthly papers online. Thanks again, Linda, for your help SandyO

We finally located the Candy Cake. We bought a tres leches cake and it was delicious. We will have to enjoy breakfast here the next time we are in Rocky Point. Lori Zarnick Blank Candy Cake can be difficult to find for the first time, but always easy after that. And, there map is always in there Rocky Point Times Newspaper ad. A beautiful semi-blind shot into the green. I seldom land it on the dance floor in two, but when you do, what a great shot. Stay thirsty, till next visit! Patrick Knaggs Yes, Patrick, the Mayan Resort is a wonderful place to stay and golf. I went to your office yesterday and the nice lady had told me that you were gone for a week or so. I explained about the new Powder Coating business and she said I needed to pay for advertising and I explained more about what a great new improvement it would be to Rocky Point in all locations for beauty and more. She said I would have to talk to you. Would you like me to write an article or do I need to pay for an ad? This is a great business of Puerto Peñasco. I asked her if you are a newspaper or an ad paper. I need your help and I will make the ad but you are better than I am by far. Should I look someplace else or do you want to run the news first? Thanks Sandy! Gregg You are welcome to send me an article and, when we have free space, we will include some reference to you in the next Rocky Point Times. Be sure to include your contact info for anyone interested to be able to get hold of you. Note* We do cater to our advertisers first. If you have any questions or would like to know about our prices, and ad sizes available, a Facebook message is not the best way to find me, but I do check my mail daily... my e-mail is rockypointtimes@ yahoo.com. Sincerely SandyO I read it cover to cover! You guys do a great job of covering important, interesting, and current stuff. AND...restaurants! I mean, eating and drinking in Rocky Point is half the fun! CJ Cole Thank you for the nice compliment!! We try our best to eat out every day. We eat, take photos and post them immediately on our Facebook Page. Always something new!

I’ll try to catch you this weekend! Also John Fowler had me make 2 side board signs for the Rocky Point Times. These will be on the side of a cornhole board. It’s our way of saying thank you for your help & support with the Cholla Bay Cornhole Tournament! Tammy Hicks How cool!! Hey thanks, you guys! Hi! I have two issues. One: My husband Jerry Duffy contacted you about the Sandy Beach RV park contact information a month or so ago. The correct contact information is (as they say they don’t even have a phone): Thereefrvpark.com reservations@thereefrvpark.com repark@sandybeachresorts.net Two: On picture on the cover of the October 2016 (this month’s) issue says it was taken by Eric Brown. How do I get in touch with him regarding this picture? Thanks so much for everything! My husband enjoys your paper very much and looks forward to getting it. Back when you used to seal them, the seal was always broken, so I think our mailman enjoys it too! :) Hope all is well! Lisa Duffy Thanks for the contact info for The Reef. We did not realize they no longer have a phone #. Eric Brown can be contacted through his Facebook Page, “ERIC BROWN” Can you tell me where Jill’s Consign and Design moved to. Also looking for the article on Banamex? JoAnn Mickley For Consign and Design, see Jill at South Side Jillz at the end of Calle 13. As far as an article on Banamex, I do not know which article you are referring to. Do you know who wrote it? My 9/13 issue is still in RP so I wonder if you could share with me the funny story (joke) from /16 issue. We laughed hard at it. Thanx Dorothy Hola, if it is a joke you are speaking of, then you will find it under YOU QUACK ME UP. Just go to www.rptimes.com and click on the orange ISSUU logo to read our past issues.


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The Taste of Peñasco Returns! 2 Fish Food Drive Starts Now… By Kit Anderson

Music, Food, Fun & Spirits, all for a great cause, is what you can expect from the 9th Annual Taste of Peñasco Culinary & Cultural Festival. So get your taste buds ready and join us on the patio, at the Peñasco del Sol Hotel & Conference Center, Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 12:00PM to 7:00PM.

Come experience all of the wonderful flavors of Peñasco, while you peruse local artisan booths, enjoy the sea air, or relax in the wine garden, which will be new for 2017. Another exciting new twist is the inclusion of all restaurant booths in the “Culinary Choice Competition.” Chefs are invited to present a “Taste” of their own specialty to our panel of judges, which will include one lucky winner of the guest judge raffle (held prior to the event). Want more food and fun? How about YOU be the judge of the new salsa competition? Attendees will sample 10 tasty entries and select their favorite for the new “People’s Choice Award.” Contact rockypointsarina@gmail.com for entry rules and fees. Since its inception, the Taste of Peñasco has not only been a popular culinary event but also, more noteworthy, a fundraising event. This year is no exception. Proceeds from raffle tickets and booth sales will benefit Santa Claus Club and the Red Cross. A food drive, which starts NOW, will help support 2 Fish Ministry’s efforts to feed the hungry. This will be the 34th year the Santa Claus Club has been providing for the less fortunate of the Puerto Peñasco. In 2015 alone, the club distributed 1,506 food

bags, 615 bicycles, and 4,800 pounds of clothing, toys, school supplies and other necessities to nearly 13,000 children. They also supply free clinics, Casa Hogar, Red Cross, the Fire Department, Esperanza’s Community Center and DIF orphanage with blankets, clothing, and personal care items. Anyone that’s ever had the unfortunate experience of requiring Red Cross services knows just how important they are to our community. The local office does not receive any governmental funding and is sustained solely through donations, so that emergency services can remain free. They are always there for us so let’s support them by purchasing raffle tickets and winning some great prizes! Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. To purchase pre-event tickets for the prize raffle or guest judge raffle email santaclausclub@hotmail.com. For more than seven years the 2 Fish Ministry has been serving the needy 5 days a week, several meals a day. They are completely funded and operated by donations to the ministry. So while out shopping for your holiday staples set aside a can or two, or a bag of rice or beans for the food drive. Bring your donation to the event or you can drop off a non-perishable food item at one of these locations. JJ’s Cantina, Peñasco Beauty Center, Latitude 31 Restaurant, Rocky Point Realty Group or Rocky Point Best Sales & Rentals, Satisfied Frog and Lucky’s Cantina. For more information email contact@Peñascobeautycenter. com. Sponsorship and donations have always been critical to the success of the Taste of Peñasco. It is through the generosity of our local businesses that we are able to host this very worth community event year after year. Please help us to show our appreciation by supporting our business sponsors; JJ’s Cantina, Rocky Point Realty Group, TECATE, AMPI, Seaside Reservations and Real Consulting. It’s not too late to become a sponsor! If you would like to donate a gift or gift certificate for our prize raffle or need more information about sponsorship email cinthyaguirado@gmail.com For more information and the latest updates visit our website tasteofpenasco.com or FaceBook page tasteofpenasco2017. Become a sponsor, sign up for a booth, donate an item for the raffle, but most important…See you at the TASTE!

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BARB’S DOG RESCUE It’s Not Too Late - December Holiday Shopping in Paradise! NEWSLETTER “Help Us Help Them”

By Barb Mumaugh

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Many songs and books are written about it, stores are filled with decorations, you just cannot miss that it is the holidays. It is everywhere around us! The 150 plus dogs and puppies that are at Barb’s Dog Rescue feel mighty lucky that they are where they are this December as, sadly, there are many that are not so fortunate. (Oh, and the dogs would feel even luckier if they were in an actual home so please make their gingerbread dreams come true and adopt one for the holidays!) We are always open and have adorable pets of every size to choose from! With local people going on vacations for the holidays, so many celebrations, no school, etc., a lot of the street animals that did have some kind citizen giving them their scraps from lunch or a bowl of water, don’t have that anymore. So Barb’s team has to work extra hard in helping these street dogs as well as the many that get dropped off at our doorstep every week. Our feature dog of the month, pictured lounging on the couch, is a white terrier, and is nicknamed “The Most Interesting Woman in the World” (based on the Dos Equis commercial/slogan regarding “The Most Interesting Man in the World”). She is a sweet dog and is just so loving and “interesting” looking, in a wonderful way of course so we gave her the nickname.

Please come visit us at any time and we have lots of friends that will come out to meet you. We appreciate you remembering us this time of year when giving is all around us. We give shelter, vet care, water, food and love to close to a thousand dogs and puppies a year and find homes for hundreds of them as well – we will announce the official number of 2016 dogs that are in homes because of Barb in the next issue so stay tuned! Barb’s Dog Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue organization so every dollar you give goes straight to the dogs and puppies, and is tax-deductible at the same time. Every single bit helps – big or small – and we would not be in existence without you. Donations from kind, generous people like you are our sole funding. All these puppies and dogs are alive because of you!

We would not be able to help any dogs or puppies without your support, and all donations (dog food included) are greatly appreciated. Donations can either be dropped off at the rescue, mailed to P.O. Box 116, Lukeville 85341 or at www. barbsdogrescuerp.com We can also coordinate donations to be transported from Phoenix or Tucson to Rocky Point. The phone number for Barb’s Dog Rescue is (480) 264-1162. Please visit us on our Barb’s Dog Rescue Facebook page as well for updates, pictures and news.

Please visit us online http://www.facebook.com/BarbsDogRescue or our website www.BarbsDogRescueRP.com Barb’s Mexico cell # (638) 114-1659 or her US # (602) 774-1578. Email barbsdogrescue@gmail.com. We can pick up donations in the US and Puerto Peñasco.

By Gretchen Ellinger

December is one of my favorite times of year - I love the Mexican traditions, the atmosphere of generosity, and presents I love buying gifts, wrapping gifts, giving gifts, and - honesty dictates I say this receiving them too! But do NOT buy me a gift - I am still trying to downsize! While some people have been done with holiday shopping for months, some people cannot get in the mood until the season is here. I am one of those, so I know LOTS about last minute shopping. Fortunately, Puerto Peñasco is a GREAT place for holiday shopping! Among my favorite places to shop is Curios la Cholla, or Rodeo Drive. Whichever you call it, I guarantee there is something there for nearly everyone on your list. From clothing and jewelry for men, women and children, to gorgeous decorator items for the home to traditional Mexican handcrafts, Christmas ornaments, hostess gifts, and on and on, it can be found on Rodeo Drive. While you are there, check out the amazing murals painted by local artists - they are gifts to the community from the artists and the folks who donated all that paint. You might consider a custom gift basket. Find a reasonably-priced handmade Mexican basket, then head to a grocery store to fill it with unique Mexican products. People love real Mexican vanilla, cinnamon sticks, coffee liquor, chocolate tablets, instant coffee with sugar already mixed in, really unique holiday candies… things they cannot get at home! A gift cerficate for the BEST therapeutic massage in North America well, I have not tried them all, but Blanca gives a great massage, either in your home or at her consultorio - is always appreciated, and easy to give. Just call

Blanca at (044-638) 113-7813; she speaks English, will deliver gift certificates to you, and your lucky recipients can contact her for an appointment convenient to them. What a great gift! While you are in the giving mood, please consider a generous donation to Two Fish Ministry, who provides hundreds of meals to needy residents each week. You can even make your donation into a gift - read on! Cash donations are always welcome, as are non-perishable food donations, all of which may be dropped off at Rocky Point Realty Group next door to Max’s Café or at United Country Real Estate - Mexico Advisors on the Las Conchas Road across the street from the high school. Or - you will like this one go to the CS Foodservice Store on Blvd. Kino across the street from Numeros. Michelle and Carlos offer special prices and service to donors who purchase nonperishable food for donation to Two-Fish Ministry. Michelle and Carlos have been working with Two Fish Ministry for about 10 years; they have a list of needs from which you can select, and will be happy to deliver your donation to Two Fish. Or, if you prefer to let Two Fish select what they need, you can leave a monetary donation with the CS Foodservice Store with cash or your credit card, and they will apply it to payment of a Two Fish food order. This is an excellent and painless way to get a lot of bang for your donation buck! Although food for the hungry is a year-round need, it seems to be easier to give to causes such as Two Fish Ministry at Christmas time. If you would like to make a donation to Two Fish Ministry as a Christmas or other occasion gift to family, friends, or business associates, Michelle and Carlos will be happy to provide you with custom cards for presentation to your gift recipients for donations greater than $20. This is the perfect gift for that person who has everything! Happy shopping and happy giving! Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season that is chock-full of family, food, love, laughter, and at least a few gifts, to you and yours!


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Our Contributing writers...

Richard Scott

Marcia Diane

A native of Chicago, Richard Scott spent most of his adult life migrating further and further south. Now in Rocky Point, his writing and photography can regularly be found at RockyPoint.com. A musician as well, you can always find him somewhere around town, singing or playing sax. Prefers to be called ‘gabacho’ rather than ‘gringo’.

I’ve had the honor of writing for one of the best publications in the business and with some of the finest colleagues for over a year now, yea RPT! When I was little I promoted circuses and trained animals. Now that was something to write about. When I grew up I just couldn’t stop, writing that is. Though I’ve stolen and trained some horses since then. Can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live than this astounding Sonoran Desert Sea…lucky, lucky me. Anybody who’s inclined to share their private thoughts, don’t hesitate to join our on-line writing group at m.diane. writeon@gmail.com. We put out our submissions every second Friday of the month. See you all there.

Gretchen Ellinger

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 was the 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.

Mike Bibb

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.

Vince Deadmond

Vince Deadmond, “The Fly Fishing Hardware Guy”, is coowner of Best Hardware in Apache Junction, AZ. He is an enthusiastic, caffeinated, fly fisher in search of a really good cookie. He has fly fishing stories published on the web, in local newspapers and magazines. His stories tangle family, friends, and fly lines.

Bob Snyder

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. Since the year 2000 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.

Cap’n Greg

Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. High school class clown. Transplanted out west at the tender age of 20. Married in Las Vegas, where he raised 3 kids. Worked in sales his whole adult life. He has been coming to RP on vacation for about 20 years from Las Vegas. He has lived and worked year round at Puerta Privada on Sandy Beach for the past 5 years. Bob had a ton of fun being cast from the local pool to play a small roll in the Diego Luna directed movie, ‘Cesar Chavez’ staring Michael Peña. Loves fishing, golfing, horseshoes and pool, and of course, telling jokes.

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.

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 examiner.com and author of the book “Travel SecretsInsider guide to planning, affording and taking more vacations” available on Kindle, NOOK and Amazon.com.

Nancy Phelan

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 part-time 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 mpaliscak@amerifirst.us. You may be featured in the next…MARCO Y AMIGOS!

Steve Franklin

in Old Town near Mercedes.

Steve Franklin is a Cholla Bay resident and has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He is also an Arson Detective for the Phoenix Fire Department. He enjoys taking photos of all sea life above and below the water. He visits the Yellowstone and Grand Teton areas of Wyoming as well as the Sonoran desert areas of Arizona & Mexico each year. His photography is displayed at Xochitl’s Restaurant in Cholla Bay, and at Gaby & Luis Galeria


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Rocky Point Times December 2016