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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!

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MONTHLY CIRCULATION/DISTRIBUTION Our newspapers are hand delivered in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico and in the U.S. to Lukeville, Ajo, Gila Bend, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Prescott, and Tempe, Arizona. We bulk mail to over 600 monthly subscribers. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are bulk mailed from Lukeville, AZ every month. A 1 Yr. Subscription is $35 (12 issues). Please send a check with your name and address to: S. O’Hare, PO Box 887, Lukeville, AZ 85341. ADVERTISING IN THE ROCKY POINT TIMES We offer display and classifieds ads. LOW Ad prices are in USD, charged per month, and do not include I.V.A. Contracts available. AD DEADLINE 10th of the month, preceeding publication CLASSIFIEDS ADS $15 USD for 25 words • 20¢ per word thereafter MEXICO OFFICES: Pino Suarez No. 124, off of Calle 13 Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico 83550 C. P. U.S. MAILING ADDRESS Please send correspondence to address PO Box 887, Lukeville, Arizona 85341 TELEPHONE & FAX from the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-6325 Local dial 383-6325; Fax: 383-5193 from the U.S. dial (480) 463-6255 EMAIL ADDRESS & WEBSITE FACEBOOK See our Facebook Page at Rocky Point Times Newspaper CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Anita K., Barb Mumaug, Cap ‘n Greg, Chef Mickey, Eddie Wharez, Gretchen Ellinger, Joe Houchin, Marcia Diane, Mark Paliscak, Rita Pizarro, Rosarie Salerno, Nancy Phelan, Sandy Spain. ROCKY POINT TIMES STAFF Tom O’Hare - Editor/Publisher Sandra O’Hare - Managing Editor Lannette Phipps - Graphic Artist Alicia Grajeda - Administrative Executive Marco Zepeda - Sales and Accounts Executive Beatriz Lumbreras - Freelance Graphic Artist Manny Sánchez Radical Gravity Media Web + Social + Video PRINTING The Rocky Point Times is printed in Mexico PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSION Upbeat, fun, and interesting articles and photos always welcome. Please include an SASE if you would like it returned. Email or SnailMail your article/photo to us. Please include your contact info. in the event we need to reach you. Feel free to contact us prior to sending your items to make sure they are in the right format. The Rocky Point Times reserves the right not to print any article or photo, and to edit content as the Editor sees fit. We do not guarantee placement, but do make every effort, so please note any special requests you may have. The Rocky Point Times is not responsible for the content of any advertising, nor has it attempted to verify any ad claims. Content contained in this publication is not authorized to be copied or reproduced without the permission of the Editor and Advertiser or Contributing Writer.

By Lannette Phipps Well, once again Rocky Point was blessed with a busy May and perfect weather. It’s nice to see so many people around town during the week and on the weekends, but traffic sure gets crazy on holiday weekends. Seems a little crazier now with the Marlin statue and whatever the city did with the Luis Encinas light on Calle 13. We crossed at Miguel Hidalgo (Calle 13) and Luis Encinas after the Bacanora Grill Grand Opening and it took us forever to get through the intersection. Sandy went the next day and deduced that only 3 vehicles get through per green light. They need to change the light so that all traffic on Calle 13 gets to go north and south at the same time and the same on Luis Encinas. Right now they have it set to trigger only one green light at a time. So my advice is to avoid that intersection on busy weekends for now until someone realizes they made a mistake. Did you notice? Did it feel heavier? More plop-factor as Tom O’Hare would say. The Rocky Point Times is on the move… increasing the paper another 4 pages. Can I get a Whoop! Whoop! We are the oldest and largest tourist publication in Rocky Point AND we have been family owned and operated since 1993. You must get an ad into the next edition because we are just going to continue to climb up from here, reaching more and more people due to increased tourism and Sandy’s relentless attention to Facebook. (Next I’ll get her into Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook ads. Oh, and a smartphone. LOL) Call Mario Zepeda at our office (011-52-638) 383-6325 for advertising rates and information or call our U.S. line at 480-463-6255, Email us or Facebook us at Rocky Point Times Newspaper. Our May El Golfo Run was a lot of fun, except maybe for Mario and Wayne who drove Tom’s yellow buggy and ended up stranded in the desert for 7+ hours. Ah, even they had a great time once they made it to El Golfo. We had an excellent “Survivor’s Dinner” for about 40 people at La Casa del Capitan following the Run. The next one will be October 24th through the 26th. Call or email the office if you would like to join – it’s a great weekend get-away. June is chock full of events like the Rubber Ducky Race on June 8th. It will be on Sandy Beach in front of the Sonoran Sea Resort. Ramon’s Restaurant will prepare a buffet breakfast for everyone to enjoy while waiting for your ducks to come to shore. Ducks are sold for $5 each or 3 for $10 dlls and can be purchased from Sandy Spain (044-638) 109-4109 or Barb (044) 638-1142406. It’s a great charity event so come out and have some fun.

June 5th through the 8th there will be a 4 Day Circus Mexicus Fest featuring Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers plus 12 other bands. Watch out Coachella here Rocky Point comes! Should be a fantastic musical showing. Get your tickets now at www. Lots of other events going on in June so check out our Facebook Page as well as the events in this edition.

Let’s not forget events that happen weekly here in Peñasco such as The Connection. The group meets for Happy Hour at the Lighthouse Restaurant on top of Whale Hill on Thursdays at 4pm and everyone is always welcome. Every Tuesday at 4pm the Peñasco Singles meet for Happy Hour at Puesta del Sol Restaurant which is beachside at Playa Bonita Hotel and Resort.

Dolce Vita, Chef Lucas 2nd and new restaurant location behind the Shrimp Plaza has a new REWARDS CARD. You are rewarded with a free dessert after 6 meals marked on your card. Check out their bakery items as well. YUM! The bakery (behind Shrimp Plaza) opens at 10:30am Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday. Make your restaurant reservation, or bakery order by calling 383-7222.

As I mentioned in the last Editorial, Playa Hermosa beach access was open for Semana Santa and is almost finished as of the end of May. We still don’t understand the whole concept of the steps and “boardwalk”, but just as the stop light at Luis Encinas and Calle 13, we will eventually find out. Looks like we are getting ready for new wind generators. Construction looks like a giant sink hole at the roundabout at Samuel Ocaña and Blvd. Costa Diamante (road to resorts) next to the Quik Stop / Pemex. They surely have to dig a long way down which means they will hit water so this should be interesting as well. Ahh, so many things to look forward to.

As of deadline, there is no new information, no website update @www. boomerfestdays but we just heard that two groups have verified their presence here for the weekend of Oct. 9th for BOOMER FEST DAYS, Jefferson Starship and Country Joe McDonald have Puerto Peñasco on their posted schedule. Some local happenings: A big congratulations to Ashley Sanchez on the opening of her new (and very fancy) beauty salon, CANVAS. See the photos and story in this edition. The city is planning to complete the construction of Blvd. Benito Juarez by the end of June. Won’t that be a relief! Check out the Home Port article in this issue. The convention Center (Expo Center) was officially opened after hosting a SRO crowd for El Gallito World Championship Fight. We can hopefully look forward to many events and companies bringing people to Rocky Point to hold their conventions. We had a great time at the Grand Opening of Bacanora. Look for the article in this edition. And on a final note Sandy says thanks to Jerry and Cathy from Playa Dorada for bringing her frog socks. People, the insanity has got to stop! Bring Pez instead. Ooh, one more thing – mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Vegas Night held for charity at the Sonoran Sky on July 5th. Article in this edition. See you all in June.


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

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


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


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


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


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

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A bit of Shangrila RV........................480-225-6546 Acqua Spa..........................388-5382/623-207-9275 Ajo Chamber of Commerce..........................520-387-7742 Ajo Plaza..............................................520-387-5044 Ajo Print Shop......................................520-387-6858 Ajo Satellite Sales..............................520-387-4846 Aleman, Victor................................044-638-105-7839 Amazon Window Covering.........................623-925-8199 Ana Seguros...........................................619-691-7747 Anchor Storage....044-638-102-0049/602-512-1761 Arizona Realty......................................520-387-8787 Art Stop & Plaza Gallery................................520-387-6858 Aztec Sol Beauty & Spa.............................383-3656 or................................................044-638-113-0133


Babycatchers and Company.......................602-769-2615 Balboas Rest........................................................383-5155 Beauty Design Studio by Gloria.........................383-8500 Bill Paying Service by Patricia Perez...................383-5737 Biosfera Dry Cleaners.........................................383-1667 Bonita RV Park........................................................383-1400 Bórquez, Ricardo, Atty................388-6110/520-407-6756 Brooks, Dee...........................................................383-3919 Brothers Pizza....................................................383-3712 Burrito Express......................................................383-8460


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


D’Lucy Spa.................383-1471/044-638-105-8993 DDS Fernandez.........................................383-8550 Dental Enciso............388-9100/044-638-105-3064 Desert Diamond Casino.............................866-DDC-WINS Dr. Andres Sidhartha Hindu P....388-5382/623-207-9275 Dr. Grijalva, D.D.S.................................................383-3434 Dr. Vazquez, M.D........................................383-3014 Dolce Vita Restaurant......................................383-7222 Don Julio Bar & Grill......................................388-0056 Duke’s Restaurant-Bar.......................044-638-104-0338 or...................................................044-638-380-6650


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


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


Gaby Salon Unisex.......383-3096/044-638-100-8641 Galeria del Mar Bermejo.................................383-3488 Galeria Luis y Gaby..........................................383-7174 Garden Art.............................................520-577-2728 Gift Shop & Gallery................................520-387-6858

Gila Bend Title and Registration Services..928-683-2577 Giuseppi’s Espresso.......................................383-5181 Glorias Beauty Salon....................................383-5075 Golf Course at the Mayan Palace..................383-GOLF G ra c i d a , Ro b e r to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2 0 - 2 3 2 - 2 1 6 5 or......................................0 1 1 - 5 2 - 6 2 2 - 2 2 6 - 2 2 0 0 Gretchen Ellinger...............383-1425/602-317-3881 or......................................................044-638-384-0458 Guardian Title and Escrow...............044-638-386-1445 or...............................................................623-910-2930


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


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


La Casa del Capitan Restaurant....................383-5698 La Cita Café...............................................383-2270 La Cocina de Ramon........388-5362/044-638-112-0350 La Fondita...............................................383-8384 La Siesta Motel................................520-387-6569 La Spa de Peñasco.................................382-8111 Laguna Shores Golf & Country Club..................383-4670 U.S. Toll Free.........................................800-513-1426 Lighthouse Restaurant, The........................383-2389 L.C.P. Cristian Felix..................................602-464-3365 Lily’s Restaurant.........................................383-1485 Living Stones Ministry....................................480-243-8452 Long Realty.........................388-0009/602-281-4288 Lowery’s Installation...........382-5095/928-474-3157 Lloyds Rocky Point Shuttle And Tours............................ ..........................(623) 551-568-9001/1-866-568-9001 Lucky’s Cantina..........................................383-8420 Lugos Vidrieria..........................................388-8387


Made in Puerto Peñasco................044-638-380-8233 Madre del Mar........................................520-407-6394 Manny’s Beach Club.........................383-3605/383-3215 Mar de Cortez Rentals........................................388-8747 Mare Blu Ristorante........................................383-0605 María Romero.........................................(928) 683-2577 or....................................................01-800-560-2123 Mayan Palace Golf Course................................383-GOLF Max’s Cafe...................................................383-1011 Max Jeweler.................................................388-5512 Mexican Beach Developers....383-6099/044-638-384-7145 or..............................................................520-777-0018 Mexican Vistas Co..........382-5400/044-638-384-6445 or...................................................................623-698-0117 Mexico Bonito Bill Paying Service....................383-5737 Muebles Coloniales............................................383-6670 Muebles Imperiales............................................383-6480 or.......................................................714-395-4117


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


Pablo Realty.......................383-8657/602-288-8687 Pane e Vino Restaurant.................044-638-105-7455 Pealachi..................................................638-102-1110 Peninsula de Cortes Golf Course...........................383-GOLF Peñasco Marine................................................383-3700 Peñasco Beauty Center....................................383-1086 Petals & Perfums..............................................383-5758 Pizarrro, Rita..........................388-8030/044-638-386-5203 Playa Bonita Resort.............................383-2586/383-2199 Playa Paloma....................................................480-244-9990 U.S. Toll Free...................................................888-232-8142 Mexico Toll Free.........................................01-800-426-6482 Playa Bonita Resort RV Park...................................383-2596 U.S. Toll Free............................................888-232-8142 Mexico Toll Free........................................01-800-426-6482 Pollo Papago..........................................044-638-385-1301 Premium Services....................383-5758/602-476-1187 Porto Fino Rest.............................................383-1485 Puerta Privada......................383-1020/480-445-9200 Puesta del Sol Restaurant..................................383-2586


Realty Executives..................383-4699/602-334-4134 Regina Seafood Restaurant........044-638-119-1014 or..................................................044-638-118-3077 Remote Accountant LLC In Rocky Point VOIP...........................630-839-9129 Repeat Performance.........................520-387-4948 Rey del Mar.......................................................383-5490 Rocky Point BBQ................383-4676/602-507-7766 Rocky Point Calendar....................see Mexican Vistas Rocky Point Cleaning...............................383-7325 Rocky Point Times Newspaper.....................383-6325 or..........................................................480-463-6255 Fax...........................................................383-5193 Roll-A-Shield......................382-5095/928-474-3157


Salerno, Rosarie...................383-8417/044-638-384-7145 or...............................................................520-777-0018 Sanborns Insurance....................U.S. Toll Free 800-222-0158 Sarina Fitness..........................................602-999-9727 Seaside Window Coverings..................................383-5181 Sea Side Reservations..............383-7795/1-888-262-4508 Servicios Medicos Veterinarios........................383-3344 Shangrila RV Park.....................................480-225-6546 Si Como No! Etc.......................................520-387-7080 Si I Do! Wedding Planners................................388-8238 Siana Boat Charter..............................044-638-105-5013 Silva, Yolanda Insurance......................................383-6280 Soluciones de Energia Azul ..................................388-1114 Sonoran Resorts.........................................602-476-7511 Sun Valley Services..............................................383-8891 Sushi Sun Restaurant..............................................383-2772


Tapia, Miguel..........................................602-266-0225

Teriyaki Sun....................................................388-7272 Tessoro at Las Conchas.......................................388-6288 The Print Shop.........................................520-387-6858 The Lighthouse Restaurant.................................383-2389 Thunder on The Beach Sports Bar & Restaurant ......................................................................388-9605 Tom Thomas Home Inspection....044-638-110-4728 or.........................................................602-748-4134 Tomza Gas....................................................383-5650 Turati Optical.................................................383-4645 Twin Dolphins Real Estate and Rentals.........383-3919 or..........................................................602-324-7241 T&T International Law Group.........................602-465-6556

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U.S. Border Movers....................044-638-113-8365 o r. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 8 0 - 2 3 2 - 3 5 1 8 Vanilla Copali............................................383-4174 Vazquez, Luis, MD..........................................383-3014 Venshur...................U.S. Toll Free 1-888-524-4107 or.........................Mexico Toll Free 01-800-841-3553 Victor Aleman.................................044-638-105-7839 Vidriera Lugo................................................388-8387 Viña del Mar Hotel.............383-0100/602-606-7768 Viva Mexico Taqueria....................................638-104-7252


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

X -Y - Z

RESTAURANTS that DELIVER Benny’s Pizza 383-6001 7 days, 11am-10pm Brother’s Pizza 383-3712 Cheiky’s Pizza 383-3627, Closed Wed. Cocina Express 383-8358 Mon.-Sat. 10am-8pm Sun. 12pm-7pm Domino’s Pizza 383-3838 7 days 10am-8pm

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

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


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

Phone Numbers

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

EMERGENCY & Important Phone Numbers dial


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

Figaros Pizza 383-8181

Juniors Restaurant 388-9461 La Cita Cafe 383-2270 La Duela Pizza 388-4414, Closed Wed. La Fondita 383-8384 9am-9pm Sushi Sun 383-2772 TIKI Fresh Foods (044-638) 105-8001 (044-638) 112-0996 9am-9pm, Closed. Sun. Tortas San Luis 388-6405, 7 days, 9am-9pm Yummi Salads (044-638) 113-8822 Zuquin Cakes 383-3250 (044-638) 105-4389 7 days, 9am-5pm

Pet Friendly

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


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

Servicios Medicos Veterinarios 383-3344 (2 Locations) Blvd. Sonora & Galeana (west of Josefa) Calle 26 (near RR tracks) • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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EVENTS CALENDAR JUNE 2014 EVERYDAY American Legion Post MX-15 open from 8am-8pm in El Mirador in the old Los Juanes Restaurant. MONDAYS 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous (English) (See Pg. 50). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous (Spanish) (See Pg. 50).

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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.). 4:30PM Peñasco Singles (PS) happy hour at Playa Bonita Hotel 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. 50). 1PM – Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. 3PM Shooter Bingo at Playa Bonita RV Park Social Club. $6.00 for 6 games with money payouts for each game. After each game, a shooter number is called, if you have this number you get a “shooter” of tequila or ?? Join us each Wednesday in our air conditioned club house. 5PM – AA meets (Spanish). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish) (See Pg. 50).

SATURDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Nature Talk in Spanish and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Fun experience for the entire family. Call 382-0113 for info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in English 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) 6PM AA meets (Spanish) (See Pg. 50). Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. SUNDAYS 9AM Non-Denominational Worship Services with Family of God. Located on Blvd. Costera N 2000A. Everyone welcome. Church Office: 383-3480. 9AM Alcoholics Anonymous Meets (English) (See Pg. 50). 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) (See Pg. 50). 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.

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Saturday 14th • Flag Day

THURSDAYS 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. All welcome. 4PM The Connection meets at The Light House. 4PM Bingo (Loteria) at Casa Hogar, Home for the Elderly. Everyone welcome to participate. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina

Sunday 15 • Father’s Day

FRIDAYS 8AM Alcoholics Anonymous “Freebirds” newcomers/book study meeting. Call 3825001 for more info (See Pg. 50). Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. 5PM ALANON English speaking meeting at 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (next to Galindo’s Café) at the Passport AA Club. Call Donna (044-638) 109-3766 or email for more info. 5PM ALANON PASSPOR CLUB 6:00 pm. Latin Dance Lessons at Peñasco Fitness Center (044-638) 106-3619 or email

Saturday 5 • 6PM Summer Beach Party concert to benefit the Santa Claus Club at Puesta del Sol Restaurant in Playa Bonita Hotel. For more info contact John Fowler at santaclausclub@


SEPTEMBER Tuesday 16th • Día de la Independencia OCTOBER Saturday 25th • OTL NOVEMBER

JULY Friday 4 • Independence Day (U.S.A) th


Sunday 2nd • Día de los Muertos Monday 17th • Revolución Mexicana DECEMBER Friday 12th • Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe Wednesday 24th • Christmas Eve Thursday 25th • Christmas • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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2 FISH Ministry

Eddie Wharez®

At the 2 FISH Ministry we have learned through the years that it is a privilege to help people who lack life’s basic resources. Many of those who come for help have never had the opportunities that most of us enjoy and take for granted.

For example, the life of Noe. He was born with a disability that makes him a bit different from others. He has a type of autism that prevents him from learning and from holding a job. He

has suffered much discrimination and has been the butt of jokes his entire life. Noe is very poor and depends on a small pension his mother receives from the government; however, this pension is not sufficient to support both of them. At 2 FISH Noe has found support and friendship. He is happier and stronger and has a new zest for life. We are able to feed him Monday through Friday and, we not only give him physical food, but also spiritual support. Noe is no longer a child, he is almost 50 years old, but as we watch him eat and relate as a child, it make our efforts well compensated because it is done to honor and glorify our Heavenly Father.

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

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

Mark 6:37

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

“When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out.” ~ David Weatherford I love challenges! People who work with me in my different projects also take new endeavors with enthusiasm! One thing they always comment on is the fact that one project hardly ever is like any other. Whenever I take on a decorating project I always make sure my client and I are both in the same line of thought. This is truly important since most of the times I am hired to create something that does not exist, only in our minds! I have designed mostly private homes and, every once in a while restaurants, businesses and offices, I have designed terraces and outdoor spaces for both residential and hospitality needs. However I hadn’t designed an artificial desert botanical garden yet! Not until recently...A longtime customer and friend came by my office on Old Cholla road and threw some ideas at me. She asked me if I could get high quality silks to create a garden on a covered terrace, what the chances would be for the wind and weather not to ruin it, if once created how this botanical garden would be protected. This conversation led to many other questions and more conversations with my suppliers, they also wanted to see how I would approach the project, they made some suggestions but at the end I would be the only responsible in creating this garden. You have to keep in mind that for someone loving plants and flowers but only coming to Peñasco from the Northwest of the United States three times a year, having a conventional garden is not a choice. If you could see her place here in Rocky Point you would understand her long for greenery, she

has pictures of beautiful scenery, silk plants and flower arrangements all over! My client had over the years collected several pots in various shapes and sizes, I suspect she had toyed with this idea for quite some time. It took time to get the assortment of plants and greenery. I ordered agaves, aloe vera, germephraims, succulent sprays, sedum hanging pick, water grass, leucorpermum and so forth! The pots were finally dressed beautifully, they made that terrace overlooking the Sea of Cortes lucious and more welcoming; yet the issue of protecting these arrangements was very real! Extreme sun and winds would tear everything apart! Some smart covers were designed out of Sunbrella® material to protect the plants, these covers had to be light enough to not ruin the arrangements and hard enough to stand harsh weather conditions. I am happy to see the end results of a dream made true, thanks to my creative staff and to our always demanding customers! Do you have a challenging project for us? please stop by our store to pick our brains, we will be honest with you tell you if it is something possible or if it will just take us a little longer in case it is almost impossible! Please keep also in mind my hours at the store. Besides teaching at the local university and manning the store, I have joined some friends in a new venture. Three friends and I have opened a restaurant, specializing in Sonoran cuisine with a delicious twist. We have added this twist, Bacanora, to most of our dishes. (For those who do not know Bacanora is the equivalent to Tequila made in Sonora from the agave plant, it can be smokier and stronger than some tequilas!) So, half my day and half my week is spent at Diseños Casa y Jardín and the other half at Bacanora Grill in the marina area, right in front of the docks on the left of the huge oil Pemex tanks on the way to Old Port. Remember you can always call the store to find out if I am in, or make an appointment 383-8633 or (602) 3249328. The store is open 7 days a week. Bacanora Grill on the other hand is open from Thursday to Monday from 1 to 9 p.m. You can call for reservations at (638) 690-7777 (this is a new local Rocky Point landline). Come and enjoy the best steaks, seafood and soups made with Bacanora!

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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 • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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“Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point Inc.”

A literary column

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

By Marcia Diane

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

It has been 13 years since a group of Animal loving friends met at Jim and Mary Schwebel’s house in Las Conchas and decided to band together and help the animals. We have lost a few friends along the way but many of us are still working with the animals and new friends appear every year. We will continue to do the wonderful work that we do -As Lannette Phipps stated years ago “Making Rocky Point a better place to be an animal”.

Kitten season is upon us and we have many beautiful Kittens Siamese, Peach, Calico, Tabby and others. Many of the cats are not adopted and remain here at the center. We would love to build a larger cat house with an AC unit for them to keep them safe. Call Nancy for locations to purchase the USA food as there are several stores and clinics that do carry the Kirkland and other US brands.

her friend Ellen (Tabs wife) had been feeding a German shepherd mix that had been living on the golf course at Las Palmas and that the hotel was going to call the city to remove the dog. Panic. I called the dog catchers and they went to try and fetch the dog to bring her here to no avail. Later that day Buffy spotted the dog and called Anita who went over and met with the guards. Finally the dog approached one of the guards and was caught and placed in Anita’s car and brought here to the center. She is in heat and will be spayed in a few weeks and is doing very well with the other dogs in front. Candace is the angel who found Ginny a few years ago in the same area. The Miracle of Ginny is featured every December – she had touched so many hearts. Now we have Tiger! It does take a village. July fourth with it fireworks is just around the corner. If your pet is affected or just has anxiety issues Thundershirt may be the solution. Retailing at $39.95 we offer all sizes for just $25. All funds help the animals with food and medical bills. We have five sizes Xsm, sm, med. lg. Xlg. ThunderShirt uses gentle hugging to calm your dog or cat. Using pressure to relieve anxiety in people and animals has been a common practice for years. Call or email Nancy to order. Groups from Arizona come every weekend to the weekend mission which is just across the street. They donate their time to help the people of the city and do wonderful satisfying work. Cindy and her daughter Mary were here a few weeks ago and decided to stay another day to volunteer here at the Animal Adoption Center. They arrived Monday morning and spent the entire day bathing at least twenty dogs and puppies. A Big Paws Up to Cindy and her daughter Mary.

We have had many rescues this week. My good friend Candace from Privada called about a week ago and mentioned that

We are able to find most items for the animals here in Rocky Point with a few exceptions. Kitten season is here and we are unable to find Kitten food and use Purina dry kitten food and Friskies Pate canned or any canned kitten food. We could use supplies for the cats, dogs, puppies, kittens, clinics and also cleaning supplies! Dog, cat beds and toys are needed for the babies. We

Red Red was your color… And outside the window Poppies thin and wrinkle-frail As the skin on blood, Salvias, that your father named you after, Like blood lobbing from a gash, And roses, the heart’s last gouts, Catastrophic, arterial, doomed. Ted Hughes from Birthday Letters Hughes wrote the poems in this book to Sylvia over a period of twenty-five years, the first a few years after her suicide in 1963. And before Sylvia back at Huges: Nights, I squat in the cornucopia Of your left ear, out of the wind,



The story of Tiger

need blocks to construct an addition to the cat house that can also be used for puppies. Any construction materials are helpful. We are spending over $1200.00 per month on food. Please send checks to: AACORP P.O. Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341. You can also donate on our Facebook page or web site Any legitimate charity will have a tax (EIN) number that they can issue to you. I can also pick up donations here in Rocky Point or Phoenix, just give me a call at 383 1012. Please consider a monthly donation. Remember American Express, AT&T and Rogers Corporation are only a few Companies that will match your donation so check with human resources and double your donation! We have a new sign on Blvd. Juarez on the west side of the street. This makes it easier to find the center. The sign is just south of Lucas Palapa restaurant. Again a Big thank you to all that help the animals of Rocky Point.

Let’s see, isn’t June the wedding month…let’s celebrate a famous couple…now that’s different, featuring a couple…at column’s end I’ll offer another newness. Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath were married on June 16, 1956, both astounding poets in their own rights. Most of Hughes poems are too long for this column, so I’ll select a piece out of one, but I urge you to read him…on a bright June day…and Sylvia likewise. Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012 Phoenix (602) 412-3932 Tucson (520) 407-6594 AACORP INC 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt AACORP PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341

Counting the red stars and those of plum-color. The sun rises under the pillar of your tongue. My hours are married to shadow. No longer do I listen for the scrape of a keel On the blank stones of the landing. Sylvia Plath from The Collus and Other Poems I didn’t add biographical or laude praises and prizes for these two are legends, yes. So enjoy and read on, a most fascinating couple of poets. Next month I’m going to step ‘outside the lines’ and feature an author… read, read, read and you shall be set free. Join us at m.diane.writeon@gmail. com for our monthly submissions and feedback. Our group is growing with another new member, yet plenty of room for more. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Some years ago, I drove my boat back to Rocky Point from 20 miles out to sea. A few diners waved from Flavio’s as I passed, and I gave them a salute from my well-worn yacht cap. The gold braid had seen better days, but I don’t know if I had. The fish were biting on everything from shoestrings to bottle caps, and I had a ball. On dry land again, Doris Welsh from Bisbee introduced herself. She was watching me flush my fiberglass with fresh water and asked me... DORIS: Are the fish here endangered? CAP’N GREG: Not when I’m in the boat. DORIS: No, I mean are there certain species in danger? CAP’N GREG: Yes and no. The Gulf of California has been fished for probably two thousand years. Maybe longer. Before high tech fish finders and reliable boat engines, some species that lived close to shore were overfished 60 or 70 years ago and pretty much disappeared. Sure, there are some that could be considered rare, and those are protected by law. But there are lots of other fish not on the list. DORIS: Like what? CAP’N GREG: At last count, there were 450 trillion rock bass, and that’s just between here and Bird Island. They are so easy to catch they’re called knuckleheads.

DORIS: What else? CAP’N GREG: Triggerfish can be found on nearly every rock and reef, and are a hoot to hook on light tackle. When the corvina—that’s sea trout—are running into the shallows by the tens of millions, nobody can possibly catch them all. DORIS: What do people fish for on the big charter boats? CAP’N GREG: It all depends on the season and how far out they go. They fish deep for things like grouper or sea bass, and troll the surface for sailfish, marlin and dorado. DORIS: Dorado? What’s that? CAP’N GREG: It’s called a mahi-mahi in Hawaii, but it’s really a common dolphinfish. No relation to dolphins which are mammals, by the way, not fish. When I’m done here can I treat you to a fish taco? DORIS: No thanks, Cap’n Greg. I’m a vegan. CAP’N GREG: The bare feet, grass skirt and split-coconut bra should have tipped me off. How about a piña colada instead? DORIS: Are these piña coladas an endangered species? CAP’N GREG: They will be when we get through with them, Doris.

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AMPI Puerto Peñasco Chapter 51

Finding Paradise By Sandy Spain

A Whale of a Tale or a Whale’s Tail? (Part 3, the End)

Well it is both. Twenty of us led by Russ and Naomi of Peñasco Recreation headed for Baja California Sur and the lagoon where the baby whales are born. Eight members of this band of twenty were the Peñasco Payasos (clowns), so named during a previous adventure with Peñasco Recreation to the San Felipe Blues and Arts Festival. As before, we managed to put a smile on the face of many a Federale at the check points by declaring that was who we were.

Heading Home The next morning before heading for home, we had breakfast at the restaurant at George’s Hotel. Of course the Payasos had to make an appearance, so some of us donned a bit of our “costumes”.

Coco’s collection

Potty Stop??

Last Stop Fabulous Photo by Tony Ballesteros I am afraid the photos won’t show very well in news print, so if you want a better look, go to

The Last Installment This is the last installment of the story on our Whale Watching Trip. I covered our trip to Baja California Sur and our trek across the Baja from the Pacific to the Sea of Cortez. I said I would tell you about Coco’s Corners. So here it is.

Coco’s Corners In the middle of our trek across the Baja is a place called Coco’s Corners. I really do not know what to call it or how to describe it. It contains an open air structure (sort of) covered in souvenir underwear. You can buy drinks and use the outhouse after signing the owner’s guest book with your name and city of birth. This book is such a treasure with thousands of names of people from all over the world. For some unknown reason there is a semicircle of old toilets sitting there so, of course, we had to have a picture!!

After reaching Gonzaga Bay we turn North to our last stop, San Felipe and back to a paved road – yea! We check into our favorite hotel, George’s, and all head off on shopping/eating expeditions. It was Valentine’s Day and we had a great dinner at a place called The Sweet Spot. Their specialty is BBQ – but for this day they had a special cheese and shrimp stuffed chicken breast dinner (wonderful) with rice pilaf and roasted vegetables. It also included a beer or margarita, a chocolate and strawberry desert and a rose for the ladies. Some of us were there and others at the Steak House, El Nido, next to the hotel. Sweet Spot has the water view and we were treated to a fabulous moon rise.

Payasos Dick, Emma, Linda, Jim and Sandy with a slightly amused Charlene

Viva Mexico I will never stop saying – I love Mexico and love to travel and see different parts of it. I urge you to get out and explore this wonderful country. There is so much diversity and history and everywhere you go the people are so nice. If you are not comfortable doing it on your own, get some friends together, or contact Russ at Peñasco Recreation and see what trips he has coming up or what trips he can put together especially for your group. I’ll end this story with some more of the things I could not write about so you can just imagine the fun we had: The failed Segunda Mutiny and last but not least Dick talked in tongues this time in his sleep! So get out there and have some fun in Mexico.

Moonrise from the Sweet Spot Patio on the San Felipe Malecon

By Richard Savino

As the overall economy and real estate market gradually improves in the greater Phoenix and Tucson markets our local market here in Puerto Peñasco begins to rebound as well. Various governmental agencies have contributed to the economy and the beautification of Rocky Point with several infrastructure projects. There are new businesses that have sprung up, like bars, restaurants, auto repair shops, etc. If the tourist activity continues to increase that will bode well for Peñasco’s economy and its residents and will benefit all who live work or vacation here in Puerto Peñasco. There are some interesting real estate statistics to consider as we review the residential activity for the first four months of 2014. YTD


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Summarizing the activity above, sales have slowed comparatively while the listing inventory continues to shrink, although probably not for long. The time it takes to sell on average has fallen by 17%. While there is virtually no change in the list prices, the sold prices have increased. In my opinion, as the sold prices rise, more homeowners will be listing their houses for sale and currently the list prices are more realistic. April 2014’s average sale price was 92% of the average list price. So in summary there are still an assortment of condos and houses to choose from but the prices have begun to increase. Buyers still have great investment opportunities especially during these summer months. If you have questions about the information presented here please feel free to contact me. In addition, if you have questions about our market and desire to seek more detailed information please contact a licensed professional from our AMPI organization. A list of members can be found online at www. Richard Savino is the Designated Broker for Realty Executives Rocky Point and is a Past President of the Puerto Peñasco chapter of AMPI. He can be reached at rsavino1@gmail. com or 480 707-3822 US. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Who has The Best Sunset Photo in Rocky Point? This Rocky Point Times Contest Shall See…

By Mark Paliscak

Calling all photographers, amateurs, shutterbugs, paparazzi and selfies! Now is your opportunity to show off your special SUNSET photograph. The rules are fairly simple and even the youngest and less-talented have a chance to win. First, the photo must be taken in Rocky Point (c’mon this is the Rocky Point Times and we do have the best beaches of all, right?). Second, the photo needs to be taken by you and not “edited” out of a publication. Third, be unique…whether it is humorous, beauteous or flat out outrageous, make it your own!

All photos should be emailed to me at Please include your name, age and what you feel your photo says about Rocky Point and you, the photographer. Please let me know where in Rocky Point you captured the picture as well. You can submit up to 3 photos per person. The 2014 Rocky Point Times Photo Contest Winners will be announced in the July issue of the Rocky Point Times as well as they will receive an email from me advising of their “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” status. Our contest sponsors and prizes this year will be the following: an awesome assorted gift basket full of fun pool supplies from Paddock/Cameo Pools and the Hickey family, an assorted gift basket from the great peeps at LAGUNITAS BREWING COMPANY (thank you Bob Brader for starting the sponsorship), a vino basket donated by a certain Rocky Point Times

writer and a one year subscription to the best paper in Mexico…The Rocky Point Times! Also, consideration for a front cover photo on an upcoming issue! Why are sunsets so awesome to see and why should we stop, look and take them in at least a few times a week? They are truly a unique experience each time we see one…only once in your LIFETIME you will see the same sunset! Sunsets are different based on the time of year, cloud coverage, wind, phase of the moon, waves in our sea and the boats, birds and sea life that can all be captured into your vision at one specific time. A sunset photo can be taken from many vantage points with the sun setting directly as the focal point of the photo or as a side effect glowing onto the faces of friends such as the attached photo of Rocky Point’s amorous couple, Erin and Tom which was taken recently at La Casa Del Capitan. One of the best experiences while viewing a sunset is who you are with at the time of the sunset. It is remarkable to see how others react and relish in the sunset. Likewise, it is truly amazing to view the sunset alone and let it fill you to your core. Unlike our Polar Circles, we have a daily sunset to enjoy. However, the Arctic Circle and the Antarctic Circle each have one day a year with no sunrise or sunset…24 hours of sunlight or darkness depending on which pole and the time of the year. The time of a sunset varies throughout the year and is really determined by the person’s perspective

from where they are on earth watching the sunset, specified by latitude, longitude and elevation. The latest sunset of the year in our area of Mexico falls about two weeks after the summer solstice or in early July and the earliest sunsets occur in early December. Sunsets are even more extra special than sunrises (no Gino not because it’s Happy Hour) because the evening air contains more particles than the morning air making the colors more brilliant and eye-catching. The sunrise is God’s greeting to us each day. The sunset is his signature on the day! Make every day count, you have only ONE life to live. Make a plan today to gather some friends and your favorite drinks and head down to our Rocky Point beaches to watch the best sunsets of all! I promise you that your day will be complete! So gather up those cameras, I-phones and Androids and start snapping some SUNSET PHOTOS. The best part is that you will have both the photos and the memories to enjoy forever. I wish everyone good luck in THE ROCKY POINT TIMES SUNSET PHOTO CONTEST! Until next time, may God find you very soon on the beaches of Rocky Point Mexico! ADIOS AMIGOS!

Rossville church builds a house in Mexico By Bonnie Chockley

On March 14, 23 people left from Rossville Christian Church for a mission trip to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. The group, traveling in two rented 15-passenger vans, was mostly from Rossville, Silver Lake, Maple Hill with two from Overland Park and Seattle, Wash. Participants were Loren, Jenny, Caleb and Riley Falk, Steve Wescott, Taylor Cooper, Seavor Askren, and Sawyor Askren, Colton Gentry, Al Bradley, Sydnee Bradley, Janeigh Dantzson, Jeff, Chris and Sarah Immenschuh, Laurie and Staci VanDruff, Jeff Chockley, Kelley Gorman, Darryl Olson, Marcia and Alison Johnson and Hailey Thornburgh. The team to build a house for a family of six in association with Amor Ministries. The Felix Peralta family consisted of the parents, Pascual, 34, and Alma, 30, sons, Abel, 14, Joel, 12, and Jose, 7, and daughter Diana, 9. They live in a community called San Rafael in Puerto Peñasco. They had finished paying for their land so were waiting for help in building their new home. They had been living in a shack on the property. The family income is about $160 a week from Pascual’s work as a mechanic. Alma is a stay-at-home mom. The children attend school in the afternoon: Joel and Abel at the secondary school and Diana and Jose at the primary school. They attend Centro Cristiano Comunidad Rocaportense Church. The family has electricity, drinkable water, access to propane, a telephone, stove, car, and refrigerator, resources which many people in Mexico do not have. The first day of work was spent making the form for the concrete foundation, pouring the concrete, sifting rock, and constructing walls. On the second day, the walls and roof were erected, black tar paper was put up and chicken wire added to the tar paper walls. The third day was spent mixing and applying two layers of stucco to the walls. The group went to lunch at a Mexican restaurant and visited the beach and surrounding shops. Normally the group would have worked on the fourth day, but the team had been so efficient that the project was done in three days. The group, both newcomers and the experienced, felt a sense of accomplishment as they traveled home that fourth day. The arrived home in Kansas on late March 21. Amor Ministries, which oversees the effort, doesn’t allow the use of power tools or generators on the worksite. While these methods could move the building project more quickly, Amor Ministries wants participants to experience the culture, get to know the family that will live in the house, and have a positive cultural experience. Since 1980, Amor has been perfecting the house-building process in Mexico. Amor typically builds an 11- by 22-foot two-room home with a concrete floor, stucco-finished exterior, weather-sealed roof, two windows, and a door. An Amor house is a simple design that a group without skilled labor or power tools can complete. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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



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

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


All fines are to be paid at the main police station

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Phoenix, Tucson & Nogales, AZ

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


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

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

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

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

Nothing to declare/items under allowed limit

2) Integral Inspection

Voluntary declaration/items over allowed limit

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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15 questions for Roger Clyne By Anita Kaltenbaugh Photos by Marcia Brockmeyer

Grab your flip flops, your ponchos and your sombreros, the circus is coming to town. The wonderful electric circus; Circus Mexicus of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (RCPM) will be under the big lights, June 5-9th showcasing a four day blow up of musicians, charitable festivities and fun. Voted “Best Rock and Roll Road Trip” by Phoenix New Times and #11 on the Phoenix Magazine Bucket List, 101 things to do before you die, this is an epic event to experience. Caravanning down to Rocky Point, from all over the United States and the world, this traveling road trip of thousands of dedicated fans, families of all ages and first time visitors, will bring energy into the seaside town of Rocky Point. Yes, they will fill up the beaches, the hotels and condos; buying souvenirs, tequila, and tacos and electrifying the economy of Rocky Point. And, it’s not just all about the music…the fans and the band will participate in a variety of charitable events; giving back to the children and youth of Puerto Peñasco-- displaying a wonderful example of how to celebrate life with their music and hearts. In honor of the upcoming music beach fest, I asked RCPM fans on Facebook what questions they would ask, if they had a chance to sit down with Roger Clyne. The Results-- which amazingly many questions were identical-- along with my own are listed below as Roger gladly answered each one with vigilant reflection in an interview: What is “your” favorite RCPM/refreshments song? Roger: I find my answer changes--it’s a difficult question to answer as time makes the song change--for now it’s a song off my new album, The Independent, “Once I was a Thief ”. Where would you go on your dream vacation? Roger: Sailing off of Sandy Beach on my boat, which I absolutely love! Or exploring New Zealand….love to get to New Zealand. What’s your all-time favorite performance? Roger: Wow… I have Thousands under my belt --one that stands out is a Circus Mexicus show in the rain. It was in the pouring rain and nobody left. We all came together, stayed together and played through. (Roger also chuckles as he remembers thinking about electrical wires, equipment and water, luckily it was all safe...)

Where do you see yourself/RCPM 10 years from now? Roger: Hope doing the same thing with the same people. I hope we can share our music with a larger audience and if we can’t share it, that’s okay-- we have a great RCPM community. (Roger also stated he would not even be thinking of retiring, just playing and writing music, as musicians do.) How many songs in your iPod and what‘s your most favorite go-to music? Roger: It’s funny, I’m sort of a technophobe, the ones in my IPOD are programed by my kids because they can’t believe I’m a musician and I don’t have more music. My go-to is Mariachi and also a lot of Cuban music. Right now, I’m listening to compilation by Putomayo, but I always like the Buena Vista Social Club. Here’s a good one for you… What’s your favorite tequila? Roger: Hands down… Mexican Moonshine. Only real question is Reposoda or Añejo. What we came up with is magic. But, if I had to have one last drink (he struggles with choosing) it would be Mexican Moonshine, Añejo. How old were you on your first visit to Rocky Point? What was your first impression? Roger: That’s a good question... Guess I was 13 or 14 with my dad and stepmother. On my first impressions… It was foreign to me, but I thought it was wild and wide open and I wanted to learn more about it. What was your first show in Rocky Point? Roger: My first show, was at what was formerly the Sunset Cantina, (now, Wrecked at Rick’s) I had wanted to play in Rocky Point before but I was managed by a record company and they couldn’t see the merit… Once we shed that skin, we knocked on doors through town and Sunset said, “Well, we have a roof and some extension cords”. That’s how it all began. Name two things most people do not know about Roger Clyne? Roger: I’m a homebody… If I’m home and not traveling, it is difficult to get me out of the house. Just pick up some Mexican food, sit on the back porch, and strum my guitar. I guess the other thing would be I am really concerned about the proliferation of GMO. (FYI: “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology; look it up to read more.) At age 7 what did you want to be when you grew up? Roger: Oceanographer / Marine Biologist —something, anything to do with the ocean and its life. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Roger: Create and amplify happiness… Make the planet happier.

You were once a member of the Refreshments? What made you leave and form RCPM? Roger: I’ll try to give you a short answer. Bands break up… Refreshments broke up. We were not very mature, we were musicians, and we’re still musicians but we didn’t see eye to eye, so we broke up. But, I’m a musician, I carried on and formed the Peacemakers. (FYI: Refreshments, signed by Mercury Records are most known for their two popular radio hits, “Banditos” and “Down Together” and during this time Roger Clyne wrote and the band performed the theme song for the adult animated television show “King of the Hill”.) Morning or night person? Roger: Both, because I take long siestas in the afternoon--huge fan of siestas--got it down to an art. What can you tell me about the inspiration behind the Peacemakers eigth studio album, The Independent (Roger has 10 albums and this one is his 11th when you count Live records and The Refreshments) Roger: Just being a musician and exploring, that’s how it all is when we write. We have to keep making music. This album is about pulling myself up with my bootstraps… I’m a man in mid-40s and I don’t try to hide it-- it’s my job to serve and celebrate life on earth-- and I found a silver lining and this is the outcome. Let’s talk about Mexican Moonshine Tequila. I heard your tequila has been winning medals? Roger: Yes. We won 6 medals in the last six months (the latest one) San Francisco World Spirit 2014. I kind of expected it to win medals. We’re going for the highest quality tequila one can make. It’s about care, process, and time, to make the best tequila possible. We wanted to bring the best to the RCPM community. Some other juicy news… Roger is part of a cooperative in the new bar restaurant, Banditos (formally The Hut and Changos).

Roger states, “It’s part of a cooperative. We share talents, influence and resources to make a successful venture, my job is to lend some presence. The great thing is I get to make up my own performance schedule. I can just walk in and play my music. It is about all of us working together-- for the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” He also made sure to mention, “Now that the doors have been opened, anybody wants to hang out come on over, I’ll probably be there.” The new restaurant bar/cantina, Banditos in Rocky Point, is now the second largest distributor, pouring more Mexican Moonshine, 2nd in the world. However, if you want to buy your own bottle, you can find it in various locations in town, Total Wine/ Bev Mo/Tops Liquor in Tempe or look at the website and put in your location… it will help you locate a place, wherever you may be. You can even purchase it on line at OK, one last question Roger, do you have to buy your own Mexican Moonshine tequila? Roger: I do… even the founder and principal. It’s very regulated, has to go through channels…. I have to go to the retail to get it when I run out… (he laughs) which is often… Hopefully, you are one of the lucky ones, able to witness the big event this month up close and personal and settle your feet in the sand of the Sea of Cortez. Other highlights of Circus Mexicus include performances by Cracker, Sand Rubies, Shurman, the Black Moods, Hickman-Dalton Gang, Elvis before Noon, Ghetto Cowgirl, Shawn Johnson, Random Karma, La Merca and Tracy Routt. Check out for the full list of music, charity events and schedule. If you miss the big top in person, check out RCPM’s new album, The Independent available on ITunes and other musical outlets. And, as they say in the lyrics of “Mexican Moonshine”…May your heart and your cup overflow under the glow of the moonshine…

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


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Part IV: Economic Impact of Home Port on Puerto Peñasco By Joe Houchin

In last month’s Part III of our ongoing series about the impact the home port will have on Puerto Peñasco, we discussed how we can benefit from the extensive knowledge base developed by the cruise industry covering every aspect of what pleased their passengers the most during their time on as well as off the ship while they cruised, during port calls and especially before and after the cruise.

As a bottom line we need go no further than the simple philosophy of the cruise lines that has created the most satisfied clientele among all segments of the tourism industry: A spoiled passenger is a satisfied passenger, which makes for a repeat passenger. Each month we’ll extrapolate from this simple philosophy what the cruise lines do to make absolutely certain that their passengers are spoiled and how a destination like Puerto Peñasco can take advantage of this proven method of building repeat business. Cruise Market Infrastructure 101: Definition It may sound over-simplified to say that a highly developed infrastructure includes much more than building a hassle-free ingress and egress for the cruise ship pier. That is until you read what makes up an infrastructure capable of spoiling everyone who enters our little slice of paradise by the sea (port). It’s a fact that the kind of infrastructure needed to spoil (not just satisfy) visitors involves constantly looking at every structure, business and person with which or with whom a visitor comes in contact from arrival to departure with the thought of how that experience could be improved. Sound a little eccentric? How about after you consider that cruise lines have been doing this with astonishing success since the 1970’s and credit such detailed diligence for the 2,100% growth from 500,000 passengers then to an estimated 21.3 million last year!

In future editions of our Home Port Impact studies, we’ll continue to analyze the cruise lines successful take on infrastructure and how we can integrate their philosophy and actions into our own preparation for serving the cruise market to ensure we get them back for their next land vacation. To get the latest on what’s happening with the construction of our home port, let’s take a walk with Administrative Director, Wendy Winzer… Down by the Pier It seems that on most major projects the size of our Cruise Ship Home Port, equally complex challenges should be expected. In the case of this phase in the construction process, the challenges are raising their prickly little heads, although with no lasting negative effects other than causing delays in an otherwise tight project completion schedule. The closer one is to the daily issues of a multi-level project of this size, especially with the number of separate job contracts involving the government—and the government’s money, the easier it is to not be surprised or alarmed at chinks in the system status quo when they occur. The Puerto Peñasco Home Port project, as large as it is, doesn’t escape vulnerability to human interaction.

In last month’s Part III Down by the Pier section we left off with a couple of unresolved issues that fit the prickly headed challenges described above. Construction was halted due to the depleted stock of rocks and delayed issue of the federal permit to purchase and transport explosives required to access more of said rocks from Black Mountain. At the time we published, the permit had issued and explosives were purchased and waiting for the required military personnel to escort the delivery to the Black Mountain area.

The second part of that saga involved a conflict caused by one of the truckers’ unions jockeying for position to take over the other truckers’ contract even though two contracts were mandated by the Sonoran state government to insure enough trucks and drivers would be available at all times. Local administrators—and all the way to the governor’s office believed this conflict would dissipate upon arrival of the explosives. Here’s a summary of what has taken place since our last publication: The explosives arrived and were set into the predrilled placements. The blasting occurred on April 7th. The goal was to blast 40-50,000 cubic meters of rocks from which three sizes of stone required could be delivered and placed in the order needed to build a stable jetty that becomes even stronger with age. It was quite a dynamite cocktail made of 60 tons of “high explosive” and 240 tons of “explosive agent.” Even though the blast produced an estimated 40,000 cubic meters of rock, it’s hard to believe but another challenge raised its prickly little head when the construction general contractors discovered that the rocks from the blast were smaller than the specs for the smallest rocks needed.

Back to the drawing board went the analysts to determine what went wrong and how to fix it for the next blasting scheduled for May 8th. Meanwhile, back at the union greed fest there was upheaval in the works as one of the unions felt the politics were too thick and pulled out of the project completely; plus one of the heavy equipment contractors also pulled out of the project citing insufficient profits as the reason. While these events haven’t crashed the proverbial apple cart, they have upset it somewhat according to Wendy. She said that all parties are in Hermosillo currently negotiating with the remaining construction companies, who, he adds, are large enough to provide all the equipment and manpower to keep the project on schedule. She hopes to bring everything together in May. As always, we are committed to keeping you up to date on all home port developments.

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2014 Circus Mexicus Tickets Went On Sale Feb. 21 12 bands to join Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers June 5-8

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers will return to Puerto Peñasco, Rocky Point Mexico, June 5-8 for the 23rd annual Circus Mexicus music festival. Advance general admission tickets went on sale 12 p.m. MST on February 21. Roger Clyne has independently produced the four-day beach front celebration of music since its inception. Clyne’s own brand of award-winning Mexican Moonshine Tequila is the festival’s annual presenting sponsor. Coined the “Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Road Trip” by the Phoenix New Times, fans from nearly 40 states and multiple countries are expected this year. The event started in 2000 and was held biannually in the early days. 2014 Circus Mexicus kicks off on Thursday, June 5 at JJ’s Cantina with Hickman-Dalton Gang, Ghetto Cowgirl and Random Karma taking the stage. Friday, June 6 the main stage across from The Hut goes live with performances by Cracker, Sand Rubies and Shurman. Saturday, June 7 starts off at 8 a.m. with Roger Clyne’s annual Rock and Soccer Tournament on the beach at Wrecked at The Reef. Saturday evening invites festivalgoers to a special “Eat & Greet” with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers at Bandito’s (was The Hut) before they take to the main stage for their annual Circus Mexicus marathon performance joined by special guest The Jons. Sunday, June 8 the party returns to JJ’s Cantina for the Hot Dog & A Smile Mañanathon, benefitting Esparanza Para Los Niños children’s home with performances by Ghetto Cowgirl, Sand Rubies, Shurman Black Moods, Elvis Before Noon and Random Karma. Organizers have expanded the event this year bringing platinum-album recording artists Cracker to headline the main stage on Friday night. This change will make room for drummer PH Naffah to host his annual Hot Dog & A Smile Mañanathon all day Sunday beginning at 11am. “People have such a great time that day anyway, but we thought we could make it bigger and better by adding Hot Dog & Smile”, according to Naffah. This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group,, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Nibbling Nachos with El Gallito holds onto the Upper Crust Championship Titles

By Mike Bibb

In spite of numerous trips, I’ve never had the opportunity to dine in one of Rocky’s Point’s newer eateries, The Satisfied Frog. That is, until Sandy O’Hare, flamboyant owner and editor of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper, cordially invited her wanna-be award winning columnist to sample the menu of the recently opened business. Being his usual punctual self, Mike, wife Eilene and friends Norm and Shirley Moffitt of Safford, AZ arrived a few minutes late, allowing Sandy and fellow local imbibers, John and Norma King, to order multiple orders of chilled cervezas, rum and cokes and various adult beverages while waiting. Fortunately, Mike and his party arrived in time to calm what could have evolved into a seriously out-of-control drunken melee. Not that John, 91, and Norma couldn’t hold their liquor. The couple is legendary in the RP bar scene as being the undisputed champions of alcoholic consumption in the octogenarian and above crowd. Reportedly, Norma has participated in a fair amount of table dancing over the years and being 86 years old hasn’t impaired her skills. On this particular day, however, she remained content to remain seated and reminisce about the good-old-days in the Ziegfeld Follies. Of course, we’re all familiar with Sandy’s propensity to consume huge quantities of iced Indios. So much that a steady stream of beer delivery trucks can be seen servicing any establishment Sandy may be visiting. Fortunately, new government alcohol consumption guidelines now suggest limiting patrons to a maximum of ten liters per commercial brand of beer and two liters of wine and liquor. In other words, one could enjoy nearly 2 1/2 gallons of Corona, Dos Equis, Pacifico, Carta Blanca and top it off with

another 2 1/2 gallons of their favorite Indio and still remain in compliance with federal regulations. Not being a licensed attorney, I could be unintentionally misinterpreting the law due to flawed communication skills. Therefore, if anyone is seriously contemplating drinking Sandy under the table, it is recommended the table either be lowered to ankle height or raised to the ceiling. Otherwise, don’t bother. After introductions and pleasantries, the little group assembled around a couple of wooden tables, ordered more drinks and proceeded to review the list of available delicacies. John, a retired commercial contractor from Lake Havasu City, AZ ordered a heaping plate of nachos with shredded beef while Sandy and Norma decided individual orders of ribs, cheese poppers and Buffalo wings would suffice as an appetizer until the main course arrived. Norm settled for something called a Torpedo Burger and Shirley seemed content to try a pulled pork sandwich with fries. A safe choice. Realizing our inability in competing with John’s excessive appetite, Eilene and I decided to share the nacho plate, with Eilene selfishly scooping the larger portion. She’s always been the more aggressive carnivore. Following the meal, Mike and Sandy got down to business: Mike demanding more remuneration for his Pulitzer-like articles, and Sandy countering with the usual management retort - “You should be paying me to publish your crap!” Valid arguments. Consequently, as a result of the impasse a federal mediator has been summoned to intervene in the dispute. In the meantime, both Mike and Sandy have agreed to respect each other’s opinions - as long as Sandy continues to pick-up the bar tab and Mike consents to a professional mental examination.

Gallo Estrada gives it all in the ring. Before a hometown crowd, double flyweight world boxing champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada held onto his belts from the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO), knocking out Filipino opponent Richie Mepranum in 10 rounds. The Puerto Peñasco Convention Center, filled to capacity, was the stage for the boxing event in which “Gallo” Estrada fought tremendously against Mepranum who valiantly endured the powerful punches of Estrada before thousands of fans. Mepranum did not want to come out for the tenth round, though he put up a great fight, lasting through a variety of punches launched by the Peñasco boxer who, with both fists, was able to chip away at the Filipino’s condition. It was then when the official announcer called the bout for Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada, who quickly received a standing ovation from the crowd, thereby fulfilling one of his strongest dreams in holding onto his championship titles in the town where he was born - Puerto Peñasco. El “Gallo” Estrada demonstrated his power throughout the fight, once again clearly illustrating his tremendous preparation following months of absence. His condition allowed him to return in earnest to what, undoubtedly, is a promising future in the ring and one in which he will continue reaping rewards and raising up the name of Puerto Peñasco. “I am excited with having fulfilled another of my life’s dreams. Thank you to all my people in Puerto Peñasco for this night; I gave it all in the ring and it was a

great fight for my public, thank you all!” expressed the World Champion. At the end of the boxing event, Puerto Peñasco Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta congratulated El “Gallo” Estrada for his grand triumph, but above all for his professionalism and for giving it his all in this fight. “It’s an honor having a boxer of international caliber from Puerto Peñasco, who has fulfilled his promise of holding onto his titles on this night, which will be unforgettable for all and I am sure there will be many more. Congratulations “Gallito,” exclaimed the Mayor. During the other main fight of the night, Sonoran Hernán “Tyson” Márquez returned to victory by beating Filipino Mark Apolinario by points; this came after Márquez fell to Giovanni Segura of Guerrero just last September. Saturday night, April 26th, was an unforgettable night for the community of Puerto Peñasco, as well as for boxing fans, in watching El “Gallito” Estrada defend his championship belts in front of those who saw him become a professional boxer. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Coyotas Uniquely Sonoran! By Gretchen Corpe Ellinger

If you are lucky, you may find yourself in the same place as a tall, slender guapo - a good looking guy with a basket over his arm. His basket contains the product of his wife’s kitchen - those delicious, melt-in-yourmouth, uniquely Sonoran sweet pastries known as coyotas. Not really similar to any other sort of pastry, coyotas are really very simple, according to Señora Lupita Parra de la Rosa, wife of the man with the basket, Jorge Abel Zazueta Lucenilla. Sra. Parra de la Rosa says that two flour tortillas made of sweetened dough are pinched together all the way around the edges, sealing between them a sweet filling. Simple they may be, but easy they are not! Only the very best quality ingredients should be used, and the ingredients must be adjusted for the weather - more flour on humid days, less on dry windy days - as must the baking time and temperature. The fillings, either piloncillo, that lovely dark barely refined sugar that is sold in the produce department of grocery stores, or cajeta, the thick caramel cream made from goat milk, must be of the finest quality, perfect texture and used in just the right amounts to keep from oozing from between the layers and burning the crusts. The perfect coyota is golden brown, with the edges sealed all the way around, the filling contained between the two layers in an even thin layer that can barely be seen. It is a bit of heaven to eat - the crust melts in your mouth, and it is just sweet enough to enjoy without being overwhelmed. You can definitely eat more than one! Señora Parra de la Rosa has been making coyotas all her


Why is Medical Care So Expensive in the US Compared to Mexico?

life - she learned to make them at her mother’s knee growing up in Ciudad Obregon. Her mother learned by trial and error to make coyotas after tasting the originals made by Doña María some 70 or more years ago in Hermosillo, the capital of the State of Sonora. Made nowhere else in México, coyotas are known as uniquely Sonoran, and people from other parts of the country love to buy them and take them home as gifts. A cup of coffee, topped with a fresh coyota, called Café Tapada (coffee with a lid) is a great way to start the day, or to finish a lovely dinner. Señora Parra de la Rosa and her helper make about 250 coyotas daily, and Señor Zazueta sells them all over town. He has a route that he covers weekly, and will make special deliveries upon request. The coyotas cost $10 pesos each. Also available are coricos, little cookie circles made from ground corn. They are light and sweet, come in packages of 6, and are also made by Señora Lupita. I like to buy some of each - the coricos can be shared, but it’s hard to share a coyota! Call Señor Zazueta at (044-638)106-0277 or (044-638)380-5467 (both are Mexican cell phone numbers) to arrange for a delivery, or a special order, of coyotas. You may need the help of someone who speaks Spanish to place your order, but it is well worth the extra effort!

In January, a 20-year-old posted his $55,000 hospital bill for an appendectomy at a hospital in Sacramento, California on Reddit with this comment: “I never truly understood how much healthcare in the US costs until I got appendicitis in October. I’m a 20 year-old guy. Thought other people should see this to get a real idea of how much an unpreventable illness costs in the US”. What followed was a firestorm of response with 10,729 comments posted quickly. Even with coverage through his father’s insurance policy, this young man was saddled with over $11,000 in debt that will take him years to repay. I think we can all agree that emergency procedures like appendectomies are not only essential, they must be handled quickly and near home. But why is it so expensive to have what is a routine surgical procedure in the U.S? Many would argue that it is because of the quality of the care provided. The implication is essentially “you get what you pay for.” But is that true? For example, in Mexico medical care costs a fraction of what it does in the USA. Does that imply that the quality of care is lower? Exactly why is care less expensive in Mexico? I personally had an emergency appendectomy right here in Rocky Point a little over 2 years ago and the total bill (ambulance, surgery, hospital stay, aftercare) was $3,600 Dollars. That’s three thousand six hundred - NOT thirty-six thousand! While there are many reasons why quality care is less expensive in Mexico, here are a few that illustrate the differences. Doctors can get a free or low-cost education. Mexico offers high school graduates who can pass the required testing what is essentially a free (just a few dollars a year) world-class education at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). Many graduates leave school

with no debt burden. The starting salary for a physician is only $12,000 per year, but this is a living wage. Doctors own their own practices. Unlike the US where many doctors contract with HMO and PPOs, most doctors in Mexico are not employed by corporations that control every aspect of their work, set quotas on the number of patients seen and demand a quarterly profit. There are no middlemen between the patient and the physician in Mexico and this means that doctors can spend more time with patients and offer the care they feel is appropriate. Doctors don’t go into medicine for the money. Many physicians in the USA are attracted to the profession because of the high salaries ($120,000 is the national average starting salary). The drive for high pay continues to be a motivation throughout the career for many US physicians. With a starting salary of only $12,000, the money seldom motivates doctors in Mexico. Mexican physicians can have multiple sources of revenue. The public health sector hires many doctors and gives them both a modest salary and a pension for what by US standards would be part-time work. Many of these doctors also have private practices. There are also many private hospitals in Mexico that are owned by physicians. Can you say lawsuit or malpractice insurance? The USA is rife with hungry, ambulance chasing attorneys looking for that one, retirement making, score. Malpractice insurance is prohibitively high and the liability that a doctor or surgeon faces is almost unbelievable. While the examples cited above are just part of the whole picture, it should be clear that it is entirely possible to offer world-class medical care at affordable prices because well-trained physicians are paid less and there are no complex layers of corporate interests grabbing profits. And, while you have no choice where to get help when you need an appendix removed in a hurry, in many cases you do have a choice of where to go for healthcare-and more people than ever are considering Mexico as an option.


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An Oasis in Ajo By Andrew Sisk

When you think of the word ‘vacation’, various images might come to mind, like walking on the Great Wall of China, or taking all the kids to Wally World, or swimming in the sparkling waters of a pool on the deck of a cruise-ship, which is itself floating in the sparkling waters of a far-off ocean. Those are big vacations, big and expensive vacations. Then, there are small vacations. For example, a long drive down a peaceful desert highway to a part of the world you’ve never seen, but one that’s so close. Part of the charm of small vacations is seeing real communities up close and personal. You feel a renewed sense of discovery and authenticity when you interact with a new place, not merely as a tourist, but as a fellow traveler, or even as a neighbor from not so far away. For those taking small vacations in southwest Arizona, a stop, or even a stay, in the small town of Ajo, provides a chance for this kind of experience. In the heart of the Sonoran desert, Ajo is a gateway to the Organ Pipe National Monument, Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Reserve, and point of entry to Sonoyta, Mexico (on your way to Rocky Point). It also has a unique gem of a central plaza which is a destination in itself. An Oasis in the Desert Compared to anything within 50 miles, The Ajo plaza is a lush green oasis in which you would love to be surrounded. About the size of a city block, the central Ajo plaza is really a small park, with grass, palm trees, and century-old award-winning architecture. It attracts migratory birds and migratory vacationers, as wells as local residents, who come to conduct business, and to talk with each other, and to enjoy the view. One favorite spot in the plaza is the Oasis Cafe. It’s a small cafe open 8 to 6 Monday through Friday, and 9 to 3 on Saturday and Sunday. It’s locally and independently owned and run, as are all of the shops in the Ajo plaza. Here, patrons will find access to free Wi-Fi, a range of espresso coffees, surprisingly delicious sandwiches, soups and salads, beers, wines, ice-cream and more. It really is an oasis in the desert. Something else notable is the location of the Oasis Cafe. The Cafe gets its name from its historic location, the old Oasis Theater that was a part of the original design of the old Ajo plaza. The Oasis Theater building was designed by Lescher & Mahoney, an architectural design firm known for their great theater designs, including the Orpheum theater in Phoenix. If it’s not too busy at the cafe, you can get a tour of the classic Oasis Theater space just by asking about it. Currently it’s a unique place to stop and recharge on a drive from Phoenix or Tucson to Rocky Point. Coming soon Right now, plans are being drawn to remake the Oasis Cafe into a working theater, restaurant, and cinema space again. That will be realized over the next few years. Until then, and beyond, the Cafe remains what it has been, a regular stop for locals and a haven for knowledgeable travelers. Seeing the

current location in its present state is seeing a piece of history, as the plans come together to rebuild the space. For day-trippers and locals alike, getting to know the Oasis Cafe now and the Ajo plaza is getting to see a piece of the history of southwest Arizona, and a piece of its future. If you are driving by anyway, you are if you’re driving from Phoenix to Rocky Point, don’t pass it by. Stop in and have a look. It will be a memorable point to your trip. Now playing The favorites at The Oasis Cafe are its gourmet sandwich lunches. These include the Reuben sandwich, Red Chili Turkey sandwich with chipotle and roasted red pepper, and the JP Special, starring hot lean pastrami, cole slaw, and swiss cheese. The burgers also get rave reviews. You can get them all with handmade milkshakes or a beer in a frosted glass. Oh, and the lattes are also the best for many miles around, hot, iced, or flavored. Individual requests are welcome as everything is handmade to order, and you can order ahead of time by calling (520) 954-4455 for a quick take-out. The pleasant beauty of the view while dining can’t be overstated. On a nice day, which what they have 90% of the time in Ajo, the central plaza is something to cherish. Weddings are held there. Many annual festivals take place there. Children play in the green grass, and for a town center, it’s the most restful and idyllic anywhere around. All audiences The Cafe serves the whole community. Complete meals for the whole family are available at this historic location. Beer and wine are enjoyed in an outdoor patio or an inside dining room, and there are even options for kids, like the grilled cheese, or the Ajo-mini-burgers, tiny delicious hamburgers, which adults also love, and the Oasis Cafe will cater events in Ajo, large groups and small. Best of all, it’s not a fast-food pit-stop that will soon be forgotten as a standard onthe road drive-by, but a part of an experience that is one-of-a-kind. That’s because, as is increasingly understood, eating and shopping locally is the best way to get to know a place, and this place is worth getting to know. Showtimes and location The Oasis Cafe, (28 Plaza, Ajo, AZ) is open from 8 to 6 on weekdays and 9 to 3 on weekends. Groups are always accommodated at any time just by calling ahead. You can find it easily by driving into the Ajo plaza which can be found in downtown Ajo, right on highway 85. If you’re interested in the idea of a local experience on your trip, or need a place to stop to recharge on the way to, or from, Phoenix or Tucson, put the Ajo plaza on your list, and in particular the Oasis cafe. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the staff, or the owner, - his name is Andrew and he is always there, about the town, what there is to do in Ajo, and anything else that is on your mind. The thing about a locally owned business is that what you find there is an increasingly rare vacation experience, that is an authentic local connection. Good travels. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

President Peña Nieto Celebrates Earth Day at Pinacate in Puerto Peñasco

During his visit to the «Shuck Toak» Visitors Center of the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve on Earth Day, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto extended an invitation for all Mexicans to care for and conserve the environment. There, after flying over the volcanic zone of the Pinacate, Peña Nieto acknowledged all of the departments and individuals who have worked collectively to preserve the land. Accompanied by Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés, as well as officials from the three levels of government, staff from CONANP (National Commission on Natural Protected Areas), the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, and representatives of the Tohono O›odham nation, the President stated he was proud to celebrate this day at the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve which was recently named a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The event also served as a platform to present records concerning the regularization of 150,000 hectares as natural protected areas, as well as 70 vehicles for firefighting brigades,

and checks from the comprehensive restoration and reforestation program. The President interrupted his speech to cede the stage to Federal Representative Manlio Fabio Beltrones, who recalled when the Pinacate was first named a Natural Reserve to ensure its preservation. He spoke to the role of the late Luis Donaldo Colosio in this process. «I owed this visit to Sonora, Mr. Governor; we had postponed this trip since last year. However, I now have the opportunity to be here and not only celebrate Earth Day, but also to present important projects that will benefit those in Sonora. It is an opportunity to vindicate myself with Sonora,» stated Peña Nieto. Governor Guillermo Padrés stressed the importance of gathering at the Pinacate Reserve as it is also a site of pride for Sonora. In addition, he expressed gratitude for the support of Enrique Peña Nieto and the federal government in seeing that projects such as the Home Port and Puerto Peñasco Convention Center are carried out to help boost tourism.

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Bacanora Grill Stays True to the Taste of Sonoran Traditional Cuisine By Joe Houchin

When good friends get together for a brainstorming session, something good usually results. With the objective of diversifying some of their investments, four local business leaders recently put their heads together, pooled their talents, expertise and resources to develop a unique dining experience in Puerto Peñasco. The four brains involved belong to Martín Martínez of Terranova Properties, which includes two restaurants; Eddie Wharez of fine furniture and interior design fame; Carmen Martens of Sushi Sun Japanese Restaurant fame, and Jorge Bonillas, professor at Cetmar Center for Technological Studies of the Sea. The finished product is Bacanora Grill.

In addition to being the first and only restaurant in Puerto Peñasco to specialize exclusively in cuisine and ingredients for which Sonora is known, the entire menu is based on recipes from Martín’s Mom, a native Sonoran just like her son as well as two of the other three partners. Eddie Wharez hails from Puerto Vallarta (but he got here as soon as he could!) Most all the items on the Bacanora menu are from her suggestions and everything is homemade. Even the original salsas are made of ingredients grown in Sonora. As you may know, the state of Sonora is known for the quality of its beef—from nearby Caborca, and you may also know that Bacanora, the smooth and smokeyf l a v o r e d tequila-like liquor, is made from 100% pure Pacifica agave, grown exclusively in Sonora. What you may not know is that the chiltepín (aka chile tepín), one of the most flavorful of all the chiles, is grown mostly in Sonora and used more in traditional Sonoran dishes than any other regional recipes. Machaca is a dried beef process that is used almost exclusively in Sonora, and the cheese from Trincheras is used to make the traditional Sonoran Caldo de Queso that you’ll find on the menu at Bacanora Grill.


By Barb Mumaugh

The partners started talking about this idea back in November of 2013 and as soon as they decided on a restaurant, Martín offered his conveniently located Terramar Restaurant for the venture. They opened for business on April 11th. If you’ve ever been on a sunset cruise, you’ve probably parked at or near the location. It’s right across the street from the ramp that leads down to the EcoFun and other sunset cruise and fishing vessels. The partners are excited about the plans they have for the near future of their restaurant. Plans include a weekend buffet, entertainment by authentic Sonoran folklore dancers, cooking presentations by a wellknown author of cook books on preparing Sonoran dishes, exhibitions by a Bacanora chef from the Bacanora Council and they are looking forward to opening a small store to offer original Sonoran ingredients used to make the homemade dishes on their menu. If you’ve never had a margarita made with Bacanora, you are in for a pleasant treat because of its unique smokey flavor that invites another sip, and another. They have several sauces made with Bacanora that show off the dexterity of this relatively unknown l i q u o r . A n o t h e r “must” for your sense of taste is their one-of-akind chiltepín and apple salsa which you may find, like we did, is one of the neatest experiences you’ve ever given your taste buds. Bacanora Grill is open from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM daily. For more information or to let Martín, who is serving as the Operating Manager, know that you’re planning to have a meal at Bacanora Grill, you can email him at or call his local cell at (044-638) 380-5496. More than one of your five senses will thank you for the experience!

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Thank-you to everyone who stopped in to see us last month! It’s amazing to see everyone come together to help the dogs in Peñasco. We are making great strides with the stray dog situation, and slowly things are getting better. Donations and public awareness are important to our long term success. So stop in on your way to Peñasco or on your way home and take a few pictures of our shelter or your favorite dog. Share them with your friends and family. Let them know that dog rescues do exist in Peñasco and we need their help to keep moving forward. You can post pictures directly to our Facebook page. www.facebook. com/BarbsDogRescue.

We’ve had lots of adoptions this year and one of our long-terms Coon Dog just found a forever home. We do miss the big goofy guy and his amazing blue eyes, but we know he is loving life in his new home. Many of our puppies and a few other dogs have also been

adopted. We are trying to get updated pictures on our website. We would love to have a few volunteers take pictures of our dogs and send them to our volunteer in the US who updates our website. The more exposure we can give to these dogs the better our chances of finding them homes. So please stop in and take a few pictures! Barb will give you the volunteer to send them to. Let’s get some of these great Mexico dogs into forever homes!

With summer coming, many people stop coming to Rocky Point until summer is over, which means donations to our shelter almost stop, right when we need them most. The number one thing on our wish list is dog food! So please stop in with a bag or two. You can pick up dog food at the local Walmart or Sam’s Club. Keeping our dogs healthy and feed is very difficult and even worse in the summer when donations are down. If you want to see things change, let’s change them. Together we are stronger! All donations are welcome. Please help us save as many dogs as possible. You can make an online donation on our website or Facebook page. You can also stop out to the shelter. We are located north of town on Highway 8, the main highway between Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta. When heading north out of town, Barb’s is located on the west (left) side of the road, about 2 ½ miles north of the Carbora turn off. Look for our bright yellow signs. Website: www.barbsdogrescuerp. com. Facebook: http://www.facebook. com/BarbsDogRescue. Barb’s Mexico cell 638-114-1659 or US 602-774-1578. Email In case we don’t say it enough, we are so thankful to The City of Peñasco for their help and support. We also wish to thank all the animal rescues in Peñasco. Please consider adopting one of our Mexico mutts. They make the best pets!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Honey without Bees By Rosarie Salerno

Sugar comes from a perennial grass that produces multiple stems; each stem grows into sugarcane; sucrose accumulates in the stalk. Sugarcane is native to the temperate and tropical regions of Southeast Asia. When the farming of sugarcane started is still unknown. One theory is that domestication began many thousands of years ago. It’s believed that Arab traders brought the sugar from Asia to other parts of the known world, including Andalusia, an area located on the Iberian Peninsula of southern Spain. The Greeks referred to sugarcane as “the reed that produces honey without bees”. Europe considered it an expensive spice from the east until around the 18th century. The Andalusians are credited with bringing the sugarcane to the New World soon after the discovery of the Americas. The cane eventually was grown and processed in large Haciendas in Mexico; worked by the indigenous Indians and Black Slaves. After the Mexican Revolution sugarcane continued to be an important crop and today employs about 2 million people in one way or another. Mexico ranks among the top 6 producers of sugarcane in the world; mostly grown in the Veracruz region; sugarcane is the second largest crop produced, following corn. The sugar is used by rum distilleries in Mexico and sugar-alcohol is blended with tequila, which is not made from 100% agave. Piloncillo, also called panela and panocha, in Mexico, is the purest form of unprocessed raw sugar. The juice from the crushed sugarcane is boiled and then poured into blocks or cone shaped molds of various sizes. It comes in dark (oscuro)

and a lighter color (blanco). The flavor is caramel, earthly and smoky; retaining the molasses and the nutrients found in the natural state of the plant. The nutrients include Phosphorus, Calcium, Iron Magnesium and Potassium, besides being only 11 calories a teaspoon. You can find piloncillo in Mexican markets. In this solid state it must be grated or shaved in order to use it in recipes. One popular drink made with piloncillo is Café de Olla; the sugar is mixed with brewed dark-roast coffee, cinnamon and aniseed. Do not confuse raw brown sugar with commercially sold brown sugar found in boxes at the supermarket because the latter is white refined sugar with molasses added for color. Further heavy processing of raw sugar produces white sugar devoid of nutrients and contains harmful chemicals, such as Phosphoric Acid, Sulfur Dioxide and Formic Acid. Alternative substitute artificial sweeteners have numerous side effects and are dangerous and toxic. Dependable research has shown side effects may include blood and brain cancers, migraine headaches, diarrhea, bi-polar related disorders, insomnia, weight gain and Alzheimer’s, among other serious health issues. We all have heard that too much sugar is bad for you. If the reader is interested you should go to http://www.rheumatic. org/sugar.htm and read the 146 reasons why you should not to eat excessive amounts of sugar.

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June: Celebrating Father’s Day

“HENRY Y” By Rita Pizarro

This month of June a lot of us are thinking about Father’s Day, some of us think of our fathers who have passed away, and are not quite sure what to do on Father’s Day. I recently lost my step dad who was like a second father to me and who I was raised with for many years. He didn’t even get sick he just literally dropped dead one day, this inspired me to write: Henry left this world so suddenly, it left us thinking why such a swift exit from this world? He didn’t give us any warning, didn’t go to any doctors and didn’t get sick, just one day he was found lifeless by my sister who had just talked to him over the phone. Blessed him that didn’t suffer any long illness or extended stays at any hospital.

His departure reminds us how ephemeral life is and leaves me wondering what is it that we leave after we die? Henry leaves behind his two children, my beautiful sister Ilana Yvker and my brother Yair Yvker. They were his pride and his reason to go ahead day after day. He was more than a father, he loved his children and his family like nothing else but he was also an artist, poet, composer, a great photographer and multimedia producer. He was not a common person: even though he appeared as a strong and tough man, inside of him and in his creations he revealed the soul of the poet, the sensitivity of the most emotional artist and the eye of the greatest painter. In his great video presentations that he created for so many years he would make the feelings of his audience flourish occasionally bringing tears to their eyes. He knew how to present the car of the year, the star salesman of that season, how to integrate teams to feel closer to each other and appreciate their work environment better. He was a creator, an artist and along with his children he leaves behind a collection of countless very beautiful photographs of families, nature, automobiles, buildings, landscapes, light

and shades. Henry was not my biological father but he did treat me as one of his own. He was with me through hard times and never forgot I was there, he was truthful and loyal. Like a good artist he was a bit withdrawn and lonely, more so than people who cared for him would have liked for him. He was always interested in the cosmos, the stars and what lay beyond. Now he is beyond in one of those stars he so much liked to study, and would have liked to see in one dark night with no moon. Or perhaps he is now a meteor bright in the middle of the night illuminating the road of some lonely traveler. Wherever he is right now, his death was sudden like a shooting star; left us wanting to talk to him some more, to have shared some more moments together, to have sent more emails, to have visited with him more often. Sudden death leaves us reflecting in our own life. Are we doing things we enjoy, are we talking to loved ones and ready to part in peace if our time comes suddenly? Did we leave good memories with our friends and family. Did we do the things we wanted to do, visit the places we wanted to see, did we have peace of mind and were happy with who we were? This are all questions in past tense that we need to make in the present. Are we doing what we enjoy, are we achieving what we want out of life? Do we need to make some changes, or are we good today with who we are and happy with our relationships so that if we died tomorrow we could have peace and leave good memories? We always think there is tomorrow and we can change tomorrow and things can be done later on, but there is not always a tomorrow and even if there is a tomorrow we don’t ever know how many tomorrows there are so we need to start acting today, not only in case we are the ones parting but what if one of our loved ones is the one who parts? The world is very big and families extend through different countries and it is hard to be together, but technology makes it easy to connect. Send a short email, make a phone call, maybe a Facebook post or a text message and for a moment we are all together in the same place and time. The last email Henry sent me said, “You are writing better every day.” This was sent after I shared with him my last Rocky Point Times article about the cultural differences between the US and Mexico. But mine are just everyday words that didn’t compare to his heartfelt poems and writings. This Father’s Day I invite you to celebrate with your father if he is still around, forget difficult times or differences you might have had in the past, forgive, fill your heart with love and live today. For the fathers that are not with us anymore, evoke the good memories of their life and how they touched ours whether biological fathers or fathers by choice. I thank both my fathers, wherever the universe has them today, for helping shape me into who I am today, I hope they are both proud of me. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Rocky Point’s Newest Hair and Beauty Studio. Professional Artistry to Beautify Your Hair, Your Skin, Your Attitude. By Joe Houchin

The mother and daughter team of Ashley and Karen Conner who own and operate this very classy beauty studio are not the only reason that CANVAS is a family owned business. Karen’s husband, Rob, had a major role in the buildout of their location at Plaza Melanie #107 on Boulevard Fremont, and Ashley’s husband, Manny Sanchez, Jr. assisted throughout with the concept, décor and much more. Together they created a tasteful, elegant compliment to our little slice of paradise by the sea. Like most of us, the Conner family have been coming to Puerto Peñasco for decades to relax in the peaceful atmosphere among the friendly natives, until they could make themselves residents as well. When the time came, Karen retired from 30 years as a nurse (just imagine the importance of her thorough understanding of the need to sterilize every instrument, sanitize every surface, every fabric after every use.). Young Ashley Conner moved here in August of 2005 deciding very soon afterward to pursue her love of cosmetology and studied under Gloria Cabrera for one full year then worked for her for another year before marrying Manny and joining him in running the Tequila Factory for the next two years.

Ashley was drawn back into hair styling by her friend Kit Anderson who was expanding her business. During that time Karen had decided to pursue one of her strong desires to become certified in makeup arts and aesthetics. Ashley and Karen began planning CANVAS last year and celebrated their grand opening on Saturday May 17th at the new CANVAS Studio, which showed the elegant décor of the new locale. These photos, by Manny Sanchez, of the opening reception give you an idea of the immaculately appointed amenities of CANVAS Beauty Studio.

Karen’s art includes professional makeup for both men and women for that exquisite occasion, wedding, formal, family portrait… all those times when you really need it. You can also enjoy a facial or a peel, even a micro derma-abrasion treatment. The Studio carries four brands of High Definition makeup powders selected by Karen. You’ll find quality products in all brands like E.L.F.; bh cosmetics; coastal scents; M.A.C. plus dozens of colors in eye shadow, blush, and lipstick. Ashley has selected ten lines of quality hair products for the salon. Ashley’s specialty with hair is coloring. She does a variety of treatments, blowouts, cuts, arrangements and up do’s in most any style. She cuts and styles for men as well.

You can enjoy manicures and pedicures at CANVAS Beauty Studio as well, and they take special care in preparation before, during and after each treatment—remember there’s a 30 year nurse on the floor who knows where the germs hide. Every instrument and surface is sterilized after every use. In fact, maintaining a sterile environment for their clients is one of the core values shared by Karen and Ashley, as well as their families. The second core value is to provide a caliber of service that exceeds their clients expectations in professionalism and quality of products and services. They believe service starts at the door with a goal to relax, even sooth their clients. To help with that they offer a choice of drinks— oh yes—they have a Keurig machine for the widest choices of coffees and teas, plus a host of other beverages. Their commitment is to give you a memorable experience overall at CANVAS Beauty Studio. Please call CANVAS for appointments or more information at (638) 383-1161.

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CBSC 7th Annual Horseshoe Tournament By Tammy Hicks

The 7th Annual Tournament was held on April 5, 2014 in Cholla Bay. Mother Nature decided to challenge us with the wind in the morning. After she demolished a couple popup’s and made us look silly chasing registration forms, she calmed down. It ended up being a nice day for throwing some shoes! All the hard work paid off again this year. We had two kegs tapped and ready to go at the start of the tournament and we kept them going all day! I believe we ended up with 10 kegs in all! I sure don’t remember getting that thirsty throwing shoes. At least we didn’t end up waiting on the delivery truck - thank you Dawn Marie & Ramon of the Mini Market La Cholla! This year we had 57 Corporate Sponsors from Rocky Point and the US! This is a new record for us! The raffle prizes were awesome and the ladies were calling out numbers all day! Thank you so much to our new and repeat Sponsors! Without you, the tournament couldn’t be the success it is! PLEASE REMEMBER TO PATRONIZE OUR SPONSORS!! 76 teams competed this year in the double elimination tournament. Our Bracket Board Team of John Halverson & John Hurley did a GREAT JOB! It’s not easy running these boards, just ask Susie! This year’s winners are:

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

We had so many great volunteers helping with the Ship Store, Beer Tent, Raffle Prizes, Registration, Pit Raking, Official, Tequila/Jello Shot Sales, Set up & Tear Down that it’s just too difficult to list them all! You know I love you all and please keep up the great work! It takes a great TEAM to pull of these tournaments and we have THE BEST TEAM AROUND! THANKS! The “After Party” was held at the Clubhouse this year instead of La Casa de Booger-Picker. That was a success in and of itself! Our “UPS” guys cooked up some great beef & chicken. Everyone pitched in with side dishes and desserts. It was a packed house and if you went away hungry - it was your own fault! Thank you everyone for the donations to help cover the cost of the meat! We are considering doing the after party here again next year - we’ll see!

Both the Rocky Point Red Cross and the Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club benefited from the tournament. Billie Crumbly-Carnes and myself went into Rocky Point and presented the Red Cross with our donation. They were very grateful! We will continue to support them in future tournaments! The CBSC helps the boaters on the Northern Sea of Cortez with our Marine Radio. It is monitored 365 days/year by a live person! If you are in need of help - we’re here for you! If you are in need of medical aid, the Rocky Point Red Cross is here for you too! Neither of these cost you anything! Please help us continue these services by attending/participating in the various events we put on: Fishing Derby, Casino Night, Golf Tournament, Horseshoe Tournament, Halloweenie Night, Christmas Light Parade, Children’s Christmas Party, etc. Your Membership in the CBSC goes a long way as well! If you’re not a member, please join us! Not only will you receive information about upcoming events, you’ll also get our famous “Cholla Chatter” Newsletter! This is ONLY available to MEMBERS! E-mail us at for more information. Be sure to check out our Facebook Page: CBSC Horseshoe Tournament. There are over 400 pictures from this years tournament! As I stated earlier, please PATRONIZE OUR SPONSORS: A&F Auto, Beach Bum Restaurant, the BooBar, Abbl Insurance Agency, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila, Slime, Wrecked at the Reef, Rocky Point Times Newspaper, Hicks Safes & Locks, Inc., Master Lock, Peñasco Tequila, Pirate’s Paradise, Rio Rico Sanitation, Beach Bar Radio, Sellers & Sons, Inc., Rocky Point Speedway, Casa Linda Security, Jonni Francis w/Realty Executives, Mike’s HVAC, Dulce Dorado Tequila, IDN West, Inc., Coldwell Banker, By the Sea: Susie Flinn & Team, Joe’s Pool Service, Choice Graphics, Party Hardy Social Club, Copper Still Moonshine Grill, Eco Fun Rentals, Original Hamburger Works, The Puppy Place, Tecate, NLS Services, Limpieza de tapiseria - Rocky Point Steam Cleaning, Al Capone’s Pizza & Beer, The Chuckbox, Mini Market La Cholla, The Monastery, Sea Debris, Sweet Naomi, El Greco’s Gyros, The Tequila Factory, Xochitl’s Cholla Cafe, Dukes Sports Bar & Grill, Ramon’s Cholla Water & Tank Service, Peñasco Beauty Center, San Martin Farmacia, La Curva, Javic Inc., Rocio’s Restaurant, The Pink Cadillac, Don Julio Mexican Grill, Casa Turquesa, Sani-Mex, Booger-Picker Tequila, Nail Works & Spa, Hardison Farms and the many private individuals that donated items as well! As I said before, it takes a great TEAM to pull this off, but this TEAM includes EVERYONE! Volunteers, players, spectators and our sponsors. Without everyone, we couldn’t have done it! Here’s looking forward to next year! It’ll be our 8th Tournament PLUS it will be the CBSC’s 60th Anniversary! 60th means DIAMOND!! Feel free to show us your appreciation with diamonds everyone!! A girls gotta try! Join us next year for another great tournament. Remember, we can always use more sponsors & volunteers! Don’t forget... IF THE SHOE FITS - THROW IT! See you next year!



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Chef Luca Opens

New Dolce Vita Restaurant and Bakery By Joe Houchin

It’s not quite the third anniversary of his first successful endeavor as owner and chef of the fine Italian restaurant, Pane e Vino, and Chef Luca Appendino has opened a second establishment, Dolce Vita Restaurant and Bakery, that serves lunch and dinner and is designed for the downtown office crowd, as well as his strong following of American visitors and residents. The restaurant operates side by side with the Bakery chock full of will power crushing sweet Italian delicacies.

There are several unique amenities that will set the new eatery apart from the haute cuisine of Pane e Vino. The most obvious is lunch, not served at Pane e Vino. Second is the menu that caters to the price range of the younger working clientele, and dishes that can be served up to meet their busy schedule (7-8 minutes) yet still be freshly made in the quality tradition of Chef Luca. You can order lunch or dinner as a takeout meal. Just call (638) 383-7222 for takeout or for more information. You’ll be in good hands at Dolce Vita as he has moved his Sous Chef from Pane e Vino, Luis Alberto Valdez Nava, to be the chef at Dolce Vita. You may know Luis Alberto as the popular chef at Brothers Pizza.

Dolce Vita opened March 26th. Hours are Noon until 9:00PM and is closed Mondays. Every Wednesday, Dolce Vita offers pasta specials that may include Manicotti, Carbonara or Bolinesa and dessert for just $10.00 USD. Another fun way to save some money at this cool, clean little restaurant is to ask for one of their reward cards and after 6 meals purchased you’ll be entitled to a free dessert on your next visit… …Which is a sweet segue to the Bakery part of the operation. To the right as you enter the restaurant (or, the bakery has its own door as well) you can see the bakery and mouthwatering Italian sweets and dessert items on display. In fact, it operates separately from the restaurant because first, it opens at 10:30 AM until 9:00 PM; closed Mondays; and second, the bakery sells all its goods in quantity as

well as for individual snacks, so you can stop by on your way home and fill a bag full of homemade Italian breads, brioche, peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies (plus others), mini pastries, Chocolatini (mmm…mmm delish chocolates filled with strawberries, caramel or coffee). You can also get large cakes to order for weddings, or other special occasions. Chef Luca feels lucky that Pastry Chef Irving de los Santos Reyes who he has known for years, was available and able to join him in the bakery. Chef Irving was the pastry chef at Hotel Quinta Real

3rd Annual Sonoran Resorts Las Vegas Night for Charity Set for July 5th at the Sonoran Sky!

in Huatulco, Tabasco many years before moving to Puerto Peñasco as pastry chef at the Mayan and Las Palomas before they had to close their formal pastry operations. Chef Luca seems to have that “magic” touch for preparing classy, scrumptious cuisine as noted by the instant success of his now iconic Pane e Vino Ristorante serving fine Italian and International dishes. Born in Turin, Italy, moved to San Remo at the age of 7, Luca began his formal culinary studies at just 14 ½ years of age, after five full years graduating from one of Italy’s most respected culinary arts schools. He was a gastronomical phenom by 21 as the chef for several luxury resorts including the Five Star Mira Mar Resort and Three Pinni Five Star Ristorante of San Remo for six years. Luca jumped the big pond in 2002 at the request of a longtime family friend who offered him the chef domain of his five fine Italian restaurants in the Phoenix Valley called Tutti Santi where Luca served for eight years. He met his wife, Karina, here in Rocky Point in 2010, became engaged the same year and they were married on October 26, 2013. She is a big part of his life and their businesses. Again, for more information about the new Dolce Vita Restaurant and Bakery located in the Plaza Pelícanos behind Plaza del Camarón (Benito Juárez and Fremont Blvd) you may call (638) 3837222 or email at dolcevita.rockypoint@ gmail. For information about Pane e Vino Ristorante call (638) 383-3457 or email at

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By Joe Houchin

It’s going to be a great weekend with the 4th of July on Friday and the Sonoran Resorts Las Vegas Casino Night on Saturday the 5th—so much so that you may want to consider bringing those family members you’ve been wanting to introduce to Rocky Point for a while! The event this year will again be held in the spacious Los Volcanes ballroom on the second floor of the Sonoran Sky. You will enjoy your choice of Black Jack and Roulette all evening to build a stack of chips with which you’ll be able to purchase among dozens of gifts—in fact each of the last two years we’ve received donations of over a hundred gifts by our generous and supportive local businesses and residents. Tickets are only $35 USD and include $300 in “Charity Chips” plus one entry into the three raffles to be held during the night. You’ll be able to purchase additional raffle tickets to increase your chances of taking home one of the great prizes that range from spa treatments to dinners, bracelets and watches, artwork, tequila and weekends for two and four people and much, much more. Once again this year we are lucky and grateful to have Randy Van Hulle, owner of Ace Casino Rentals of Tucson lending his expertise to our event again this year, training the dealers on how to make sure you have a grand time while raising money for charity. Randy founded Ace Casino Rentals in 1987 and now has over 3,000 corporate functions to his credit. It was obvious from the very first Las Vegas Night that this event was going to be an annual tradition in our little slice of paradise by the sea. If you haven’t attended one yet, don’t miss this year’s event! And be sure to stay tuned to our blog for updates as our fearless leader, Jim Ringquist, comes up with more surprises to add a little spice to the evening! This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group, www., Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Whale or Mermaid

Author Unknown

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?” The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way: “Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness. They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia. They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist. But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish? They would have no sex life and could not bear children. Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad. And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side? Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale. At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends. We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies. We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.



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Tourism vs. Sustainability:

on Are you ready to join the Transformation? Pelican a Curb By: Abraham Meza López Edited by: Sherie Steele

Before being sedentary people, our ancestors used to wander around their world, following the availability of food with the seasons. Food was mainly the objective of this wandering. But as the megafauna became increasingly scarce due to climate change and excessive hunting, humans had to develop new food-finding strategies: agriculture was born. Agriculture meant long hours of work to accumulate excess; excesses opened the doors to bartering, which led to new travel patterns -- to trade. In the mountains, shells and salt were valued, and minerals from the highlands were needed in coastal areas. Sedentary life isolated us from having contact with other wanderers of the world, but made cultures diverge into a thousand possibilities. So, as time went on, commerce brought divergent cultures into contact with one another, and travel became a part of our recreational life. Travel over the millennia has shaped human nature, and today we honor our ancestors with something we call “tourism.” But unlike our ancestors who didn’t exhaust the resources or modify the surrounding environment, today we do. We have doomed the natural environment by adhering to a belief that comfort means “all inclusive,” effectively excluding the environment and local cultures from this luxury model of tourism. Conventional tourism is not intended to conserve the environment or to educate the tourist about that environment.

It seems that most of the travelers nowadays prefer conventional tourism; from that arises a very meaningful question: can tourism and sustainability find a balance? Looking for this balance we find a relatively young tourism concept, sustainable tourism, which looks to minimize the costs and maximize the benefits of tourism to the natural environment and local communities. It is a long term activity, intended to avoid damaging the resources that it depends

By Mike Bibb

Photo by: on. It looks for a balance between economics, local community and the natural environment. But what can you do to be a part of it? At CEDO, our mission is to empower coastal communities in the Northern Gulf of California region with the knowledge and tools to create sustainable livelihoods that exist in concert with the surrounding natural and multicultural environment. With this mission CEDO has been partnering with local communities, looking for the path to reach sustainable tourism. This is why we offer ecotours, where we involve local communities, providing a model for others to follow. CEDO through its Coastal Conservation Program works with a co-op of women who handcraft beautiful items using discarded materials, thereby reducing trash and creating an alternative income for their families. Just north of Rocky Point, CEDO works closely with CECBA or Ecological Community Center of Bahia Adair that offers ecotours, lodging services, including a campground that, in the future, will offer cabins. What makes this development unique is that it is built with trash (bottles, cans and other discarded items) and the location is close to the bay, estuaries, salt mines and sand dunes, a development that enhances the local culture and their economy without

damaging the environment. CEDO´s work is a tourism transformation effort in the Upper Gulf of California, but this transformation from conventional tourism to sustainable tourism depends on each of us. Are you willing to be part of this transformation? If the answer is “yes,” we invite you to join us! Visit small developments run by locals to improve their economy! Get interested in learning more about local culture and environment, participate in ecotours, and encourage others to change the future of tourism in Rocky Point and all around the world, everywhere you go, “think local and act green!” If you want to know more about CEDO´s ecotours visit our website: www., or if you want to know more about CECBA visit: www. If you want to meet the co-op Women Working “like” the Facebook page: Mujeres Trabajando. You can also send us an e-mail at info@

Sometimes a guy’s gotta take a break. It’s not unusual to see a pelican resting on a boat’s mast, or squatting atop a dockside post or even casually reposing amongst the harbor’s rocky shore line, but when one is spotted nonchalantly roosting on a sidewalk curb - inches away from speeding cars and trucks - one has to wonder “What is this dude thinking?” After leaving the Kaffeehaus Restaurant and heading into the Old Port area, I was amazed to see a large pelican plopped down on the curb, apparently oblivious to the noise and traffic whizzing past him. He would occasionally stand and stretch his wings, casually look around, then slowly ease back down into the more relaxing position. Obviously, he didn’t have a care in the world or was contemplating vehicular suicide. I’ve previously reported various bird stories in the Rocky Point Times - “Fishing With The Osprey,” “Buzzard On A Pole,” “Gull In A Pool” and others - but this is the first time I’ve witnessed a pelican intentionally reclining in such a hazardous location. Normally, sea birds - as most birds - are somewhat skittish of close human contact, instead choosing to keep a safe distance from what may be perceived as a perilous situation. Unless the encounter involves something worth taking a risk for food. As it turns out, this was exactly the case in this particular instance. Several street side shrimp and fish vendors were busily hawking their goods along the road leading into the Malecon. And as usually the case, where there’s shrimp and fish there will be pelicans and gulls close by. It a basic rule of nature: A handout always beats having to work for it Even if it means endangering life and limb. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Our Contributing writers...

Sandy Spain

Mike Bibb

Nancy Phelan

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

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

Gretchen Ellinger

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

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

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

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

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

Eddie Wharez

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

Lannette Phipps

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

Anita Kaltenbaugh

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

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

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

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

Why wouldn’t you build your custom dream home at Laguna Shores Oceanfront Resort? By Lannette Phipps

There are many reasons to build your custom dream home in Rocky Point, Mexico and even more reasons to build it at Laguna Shores Oceanfront Resort. I have listed a few of the top reasons why you want to build here and nowhere else, so let’s take them point by point and if you have any questions you can contact Wayne Corcoran, Laguna Shores Lots and Custom Homes at (480) 370-1523. • Quality Craftsmanship • Community • Price • Amenities • Flexibility • Supervision • Longevity of Development QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP: The Laguna Shores Custom Home Building Team uses the materials you request (tile, marble, granite, travertine, etc.) to build your custom home. Attention is paid to the smallest of details and you can expect the best when you are handed the keys. There are no cutting corners, substituting materials, running electrical wires all over the place, flimsy plumbing fixtures, thin window glass, cheap sliders – oh the list goes on and on. Only the best possible materials – to fit your budget – go into building your home and only the best team builds you a home that will last. COMMUNITY: Laguna Shores Resort is the ONLY private master planned resort of its kind in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. Exclusive and private. The streets are spacious and covered with paver stones and lined with street lights. All utilities are underground and water is delivered responsibly via the resorts own desal plan and water reclamation plant. The entire resort, from the time you enter through the arches, until you reach your destination, is clean, clean, clean. The beaches are cleaned in front of the resort area and volunteers clean up the miles of beach away from the resort. Laguna Shores’ low-density design is perfect for homeowners wanting space. Who wants to be on top of their neighbor? There is a mixture of condos and homes spread throughout the development. The security is top-notch so you never have to worry about accidentally leaving your garage door open when you are away for the day. And the list of amenities goes on and on from the 5,000 sq. ft. trophy pool to the complete spa and game room: plus an onsite restaurant…and the list goes on. Laguna Shores Resort is plain and simple a well laid out resort with all the amenities you want. PRICE: The complete cost of your home – lot and all – is included in many of their packages. Or you can build on your own lot of lot of your choice. Choose a simple 1 or 2 bedroom home for retirement or small families, or go big and beautiful beachfront or perhaps you would like a 2-story home with patio views all around. Whatever you dream, Laguna Shores can build. The architectural drawings/design and alterations are also included in the price, which is disclosed to you up front. No hidden costs: No, “Oops, we need to add this at this cost and this at an additional cost”. Whatever your needs are they can be met by Laguna Shores’ own creative in-house design and construction team. Design your home to stand out with the features you want or pick from one of their many floor plans. And you will be living in your house 90 days after you approve the blue prints to your custom dream home. The design and building team is with

you from start to finish and the resort has a proven track record of forging ahead even in troubled economic times so they will always be there whenever you need them. Will your contractor give you a guarantee plus all of this? AMENITIES: Many of the amenities you will enjoy are listed above in the COMMUNITY section, but let’s expand on them a little. Living at Laguna Shores Resort, whether you are here full or part time, is a relaxing and pleasant experience. The amenities are all centrally located and are never very far from wherever you build. The 5,800 sq. ft. infinity edge trophy pool is really the centerpiece of the resort with its crystal blue water, built-in lounges, child’s wading pool and shaded palapa swim-up bar. The entire pool is lined with shading palapas, lounge chairs and tables. Next to the pool is the 15-person hot tub and the fire pit – both are a source of enjoyment whether its summer or winter. The pool sits right on the beach where there are beach cabana beds, lounge chairs and tables and more palapas. There are also many beach games such as volleyball, horseshoes and tether ball located in this area as well as a children’s playset. Kayaks and paddleboards are also on the beach for trips through the estuary or out into the Sea of Cortez. Mikky’s Beach Club Restaurant serves up an excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a full bar. Located adjacent to the pool there is a game room with billiards and foosball – just to name a few games as well as a full service spa and exercise room. At the Front Desk/Reception area you will find movies, books, games, bicycles and all the equipment you need for basketball or tennis. If you want to enjoy a cigar with friends you can pop over to the Cigar Bar located near the restaurant. And be sure to take advantage of the miniature putting green located along the estuary. There are many more amenities to mention, but you get the idea that life here at Laguna Shores Resort is pretty awesome. FLEXIBILITY: As far as the design of your custom home, you have lots of flexibility when it comes to interior and exterior colors, designs, shapes, materials, floor plans, etc. They want to build YOUR dream home so if you can imagine it, Laguna Shores can build it. There are some standards that are to be abided by since they always want the resort to remain classy, clean and have every home be an asset to the community. If you take a look around the resort you will see many different types of homes so feel free to include everything you’ve ever wanted in your new custom home. LONGEVITY: Laguna Shores Resort has been around for 20 years and it’s not going anywhere. Did you know that Laguna Shores was the only resort in Rocky Point that continued to build and improve all throughout the economic crisis? And they continue to do so with new condominium buildings being erected and improvements being made all the time you never have to worry that you will be left out in the cold. Laguna Shores Resort is just starting to bloom and will be developing for years to come making your living experience the best it can be. So, why would you want to build anywhere else? Come out and have a look at what Laguna Shores Resort can do for you. Call Wayne Corcoran at (480) 370-1523 from the U.S. or email him at Ask about our included rental package that provides time to come at see how your house construction is coming along at Laguna Shores Resort.



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Remembering D-Day: The Little Boat that Changed the War 70 Years Ago By Mike Bibb

“Our only possible chance of stopping the Allies will be at the beaches.” ~ German General Erwin Rommel, Spring 1944 In uttering his proclamation, Gen. Rommel didn’t consider the significance of one of America’s “secret weapons” - Higgins Boats. He would later acknowledge the importance of the flatbottom water crafts during the June 6, 1944 D-Day landings and the genius of the man who invented them. Adolph Hitler was equally impressed, calling Andrew Higgins “the new Noah.”

The Early Years Andrew Jackson Higgins was born in Columbus, Nebraska, August 28, 1886, the youngest of 10 children. After being expelled for fighting on school grounds his junior year at Creighton Prep High School, he left Nebraska and found work in the lumber industry in Mobil, Alabama. A natural entrepreneur, Higgins became manager of a lumber-importing business in New Orleans and in 1922 formed his own Higgins Lumber and Export Company. As a complement to his lumber company, he also developed and produced wooden shallow-draft swamp boats. While his importing business eventually failed during the Great Depression, his boats remained in demand by oil drillers, hunters, and trappers. He also manufactured tugs and barges for private and commercial use, as well as motorized craft for the U.S. Coast Guard. It wasn’t until 1938 when the Marine Corps earnestly began searching for a better way to amphibiously land men and equipment onto a beachhead that

the Higgins shallow water, open-top, front drop-ramp designed boats received serious Navy and Marine Corps scrutiny. Higgins Boats established new thinking in naval warfare: The requirement for established harbors was no longer necessary to mount a coastal assault. The little boats could deliver troops and materiel practically anywhere they were needed. During World War II, Higgins Industries also produced landing craft and speedy torpedo boats, as well as torpedo tubes, gun turrets and smoke generators. Over the course of the war, approximately 20,000 boats were produced in seven Higgins’ factories, deployed to both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. An astute businessman at heart, Higgins was also an honest and patriotic American. After a deal had already been agreed by the Navy, Higgins realized he was making too much money and demanded the contract be renegotiated to lower his bid because he believed it was immoral for him to be getting rich while American troops were dying at the hands of the Nazis and Japanese. Operation Overlord On June 6, 1944, almost three thousand Higgins Boats and assorted landing craft were loaded with soldiers, equipment and supplies in the largest military amphibious assault in history - “Operation Overlord.” Each Higgins Boat carried about 30 troops. Multiple

resupply trips from larger ships would bring additional soldiers and provisions to the five D-Day invasion beaches - Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, Sword. During the next few days the French coast at Normandy was flooded with almost 200,000 American, British and Canadian forces, as well as 24,000 paratroopers and glider troops who made airborne landings. Within two weeks, 557,000 troops, 81,000 vehicles and 183,000 tons of supplies had been offloaded onto the secured area. Much of the work being done with the use of Higgins Boats. The handwriting was on the wall. Retaking of the European Continent had begun and the fall of Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich was less than a year away. Gen. Rommel’s massively armed Atlantic Wall was incapable of stopping the Allied onslaught. Following success of the D-Day invasion and desperate to deter further bloodshed, Rommel advised Hitler that he thought the war was lost and Germany should petition for peace. Hitler ranted against the suggestion and ordered Rommel to counterattack with five

infantry and Panzer tank divisions. In his manic delusions, Hitler failed to realize three of the divisions were no where close to Normandy and the other two were pinned down by the Allies. Consequently, no counterattack occurred. The following month, Rommel was involved in the failed July 20 attempted assassination of Hitler. In a twisted act of “kindness,” Hitler allowed Rommel to commit suicide instead of death by firing squad. Germany’s last serious attempt to stop the Allied advance occurred during the “Battle of the Bulge,” Dec. 16, 1944 - Jan. 25, 1945. While the Allies suffered heavy loses, the German counter offensive was repelled, leaving much of Hitler’s army and air force in shambles. With the Allies advancing on Berlin from the west and the Russian troops closing-in from the east, Hitler faced the inevitable; the end was near. Rather than be taken prisoner, he reportedly placed a 9mm pistol to his head and pulled the trigger. German High Command surrendered a short time later. It was an eerie quirk of fate that a hard-working Louisiana swamp boat builder helped advance the demise of a prestigious German general, his insane boss and a military machine that had rolled over most of Europe. As a tribute to the ingenuity of Higgins, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower would later comment “Without Higgins Boats we could never have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different.” Higgins Boats filled a significant niche during the D-Day assault and provided an invaluable service toward ending the war in Europe. Andrew J. Higgins was granted over 30 patents during his lifetime and received numerous awards and citations for his contributions to the war effort. He died in New Orleans on August 1, 1952 - 27 days short of his 67th birthday. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

Located in the Mirador 141 Chihuahua & Matamoros (Across from the Pink Cadillac)

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


Open daily 8AM - 8PM The Public is Welcome

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Please note that our Chamber of Commerce is not like

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

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

CONNECTION CLUB Meets every Thursday at 4:00 pm at The Light House on Whale Hill. DICK STEELE (044-638) 105-0615 Want to meet folks in Puerto Peñasco? Come to The Connection, a happy hour gathering where you can meet a great group of people. Married? Single? Full-time or part-time resident? Mexican, American, other nationality, young, mature? It doesn’t matter. Everyone is welcome.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 On Simon Morua behind the new cemetery The center helps men in need by providing clothing, housing, job training and food. They run solely on donations.

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

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

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

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


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) Is a group of local singles, both full time and part time residents. All singles are invited to join (no fee) this laid back group for the happy hours each Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Puesta del Sol Restaurant beachside patio at the Playa Bonita Hotel and breakfast each Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at various restaurants in town. The Saturday location will be announced each Tuesday. For more information contact Emma or Marti and get on the email list for group announcements. Emma: (local home) 383-3273 or (magic jack) 702-359-1095. Marti: (local cell) 638-103-4027 or (magic jack) 520-284-0944 or (U.S. cell, works locally) 812-319-1463. Or, if you prefer, just show up at the Tuesday happy hour.



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



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

Founder: Pastor Stan Tedrow Peñasco Christian Fellowship



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

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

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


PINACATE BIOSPHERE RESERVE 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.

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

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

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.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL 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.



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

BARB’S DOG RESCUE – located 8 miles north of Rocky Point on the highway to Sonoyta, signs on both sides of highway. Also donation drop off point at Twin Dolphins Real Estate on Blvd Fremont, next to Cruz Roja (Red Cross). Mexico (011-521-638) 114-1659 or (044-638) 384-0113. From the US dial (602) 3247241. (#1-dg)

WHILE YOU’RE AWAY I’LL PAY YOUR electric, water, phone, bills, etc. Since 1993 I’ve been working with Immigration services. English/Spanish spoken. References available. Call Silvia Villa at Premium Services, locally at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1187, or email me at (#30-2)

SEARCHING FOR A GURU – or Spiritual Guide.CALL DR. VAZQUEZ (011-52-638) 383-3014. (#1-V)

LA COCINA de RAMON – Ave. Francisco González Bocanegra (638) 388-5362 (#50-1)

AMERICAN LEGION MX-15 OF ROCKY POINT – is located in the Mirador Beach area, just down from Manny’s Beach Club, up the hill behind Pink Cadillac, downstairs at Los Juanes Restaurant (#1-AL) MERMAID’S MARKET – Special Event Open to the Public at Sonoran Spa Lobby, Saturday June 7th from 10am3pm Showcasing local artisans, arts and crafts. Info: Contact: (# MM-1) ART GALLERIES GALERIA DEL MAR BERMEJO – The finest in Authentic Mexican Art. Largest selection of Mata Ortiz Pottery & JewelryCertified Huichol Yarn Paintings by Artist, Juan Silva-Certified Bronze Sculpture by Felipe Chavez Hernandez-Certified unique jewelry of sterling silver and semiprecious stones featuring sponge and coral. Virgin Saints and Angels-Daniel EspinosaCharles Alpert-Mara La Madrid. Books, * Books, * Books (children’s bilingual, decorator, culinary and more). Located behind the church in Old Port. Open 7 days from 10AM to 5PM. MasterCard and Visa accepted. From the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-3488 (phone and fax), or email: GaleriadelMarBermejo@yahoo. com. (#9-1) 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)


COFFEE AND COFFEE HOUSES MAX’S CAFÉ: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, Dinner, Pizza, Full Espresso and Liquor Bar. Free Wireless Internet & Phone to the U.S. Located in front of Hotel Peñasco del Sol. Live Music Thur-Sun 8PM-11PM 3831011. (#56-5) BEST COFFEE IN TOWN – XOCHITLS CAFE (Sally’s place) in Cholla Bay. Not to mention awesome food! Breakfast 6AM2PM! You can’t beat her chiles rellenos and spinach omelet. Call to order ahead 382-5283. (#56-10) GIUSEPPIS ESPRESSO - RESTAURANT - PASTRY – inside or outside seating. Located on Blvd. Fremont, left side past Cruz Roja (Red Cross) Open at 8AM until 4PM on Mon, Tue & Thur. Friday &Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner 8AM - 8PM. Sunday 8AM - 2PM (Closed Wednesdays) (011-52-638) 383-5181 Leashed, well behaved dogs always welcome. (#56-6) DENTAL SERVICES WANT A DENTIST WHO USES THE latest in technology and equipment when getting your teeth cared for? Ernesto Grijalva, D.D.S. comes highly recommended by all of his patients – ask anyone of them! Stop by his office located on Blvd. Fremont, just south of the fire dept. or call Mario for an appointment (011-52-638) 383-3434. (#64-3) FM3 SERVICES


SERVICES FOR AMERICANS – PPermanent and Temporary Residence, Tax ID Numbers (Hacienda Registration), accounting services, bill paying and more. Office location: Sun Valley Business and Immigration Service, Blvd. Benito Juarez No. 191 Between Nicolas Bravo & Simon Morua. Call local at 383-8891, from the U.S. dial (520) 829-4340 or email or Dynorasvisa@aol. com. English spoken. (#79-9)

DON’T GET CUT OFF!! BILL PAYING Service with 48 years experience for Rocky Point and Cholla Bay residents! See Patty at Mexico Bonito Realty located just off Cholla Bay Road. Local call us at 383-5737 or 383-4111, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1837. Visit our website at or email us at or (#30-1)

FM2/FM3/RFC/HACIENDA/IMSS – If you don’t speak Spanish, or just want someone to help guide you through the process, call Silvia Villa at Premium Services at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1187 or sivife@hotmail. com. Translations from English to Spanish or Spanish to English also available – any document you need translated. Call Silvia whenever you need help with anything from bill paying to ordering flowers! (#79-1)

PBC – PEÑASCO BEAUTY CENTER – ONLY AMERICAN SALON IN Rocky Point. Full line AVON Beauty Supplies. Hair, Nails, Facials, Manicures and Pedicures cell (044-638) 106-3611. On Constitucion, across from Super Ley. (#25-1)




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

INSURANCE AND BONDING AGENCY – REAL estate - Mexican & American Insurance: Auto, boat, life, house, commercial. Yolanda Silva, Agent. Ave Nayarit #62. Call 383-6280. (#107-1)

PARK YOU RV RIGHT AT THE WATERS EDGE – in Rocky Point at Playa Bonita RV Park. Call toll free from USA (1-888) 232-8142. From Mexico (1-800) 426-6482 (#152-2)



JOYERIA MAX – MAX’S JEWELTY - Custom design, repairs, diamonds and gemstones. Special orders are our specialty. Open 11AM – 9PM Monday through Saturdays. Shop located on the north side of No Reeleccion (Calle 26), just east of RR tracks. Lamek_fu@ Call Max (011-52-638) 3885512 and 383-2698. (#110-2)

PET SITTING SERVICE – DON’T WORRY about your animals for a day, week or month! Vacation with peace of mind. I will look after your cats or dogs. Lots of experience with animals! Phone Nancy at (011-52-638) 383-1012. (#15721)

FOR SALE – Cricut Imagine® inkjet printing machine, new, still in box... plus 2 Disney Pixar cartridges. (602) 618-8340 or (044-638) 3808233. (#86-9) AUTHENTIC GERMAN SAUSAGES – Walter’s Brats Sausages for sale everyday, come and taste it fresh from the BBQ Every Fri & Sat. 3PM-7PM. Corner of Blvd. Fremont & Nuevo Leon. (044-638) 110-4970. (#86-17) HOUSES & CONDOS FOR RENT LONG TERM & NIGHTLY RENTALS, Las Conchas, Mirador, In Town, Sandy Beach Homes and Condos. Starting at $150.00 USD per month. Twin Dolphins (011-52-638) 3833919, (602) 324-7241 (#100-4) PUERTA PRIVADA LONG TERM LEASE 2 OR 3 bdrm condos for long term lease only. Furnished or unfurnished available. Visit model on site 9am to 5pm daily for more info. (#10042) 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) 387-5474. (#102-m) LUXURY BEACHFRONT CONDO – 2.237 sq ft. 2 ocean view bedrooms, 2ba. For sale or trade. Can be two separate rentals. Furnished, ready to move in. Close to new airport. LLC Trust in place. For pictures and info go to www. Email (520) 9774388 (#102-1) PRINCESA 2BED – 2 Bath, bank trust in place ocean front view $179,900 cash. Call (602) 288-8687 or 383-8657. Licensed agent in Sonora. (#102-5) PRINCESA 1BED – 1 Bath, with bank trust. View of the ocean and court yard. Call (602) 288-8687 or 383-8657. Licensed agent in Sonora. (#102-6)

LOTS FOR SALE LOT FOR SALE – 837.23m2. $12,000 dlls. OBO. For more info and pictures call (044-638) 105-2706 or email MASSAGE U.S.A. CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST. Several bodywork modalities available. Out calls or in clinic. $55 per hour. Best massage in town. Rita Pizarro, from U.S. dial (602) 748-4134, clinic (011-52-638) 383-8030, local dial 383-8030 or (044-638) 386-5203 or email (#120-6) PEST CONTROL CONTRA PLAGAS – COCKROACHES, Termites, mosquitoes, flies, bees, fire ants, fleas, scorpions, spiders, rats, ants, mice. We have our Federal License. English spoken. Call Antonio Mendivil, owner at 383-8787. 24 hour emergency phone dial (044-638) 380-5136. (#126-1) REAL ESTATE SERVICES TWIN DOLPHINS – Blvd. Fremont, next to Red Cross. Mexico (638) 383-3919 US (602) 324-7241. (#140-1) REALTY EXECUTIVES – Jonni Francis at Paseo Las Glorias, across from Peñasco del Sol. Mexico (638) 382-5355 US (602) 334-4134. (#140-2) PUERTO PEÑASCO HOME INSPECTIONS. Be an intelligent investor: Get a home inspection before you buy your next home or investment property in Mexico. Puerto Peñasco’s only full time Home Inspector. Call (602) 748-4134, local dial (044-638) 110-4728 or email (#140-4)

SATELLITE TV, DSS, DBS, FTA, C/ BAND – Home theater, internet, audio/ video, sales, service, custom installations, residential and commercial. Mobile (044638) 103-5317 Mex. VOIP (602) 635-2246 USA. (#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 (#157-1) OJEDA DESIGNS & PAINTING – Interior, exterior, commercial, residential, drywall, roof cutting (impermeability), texture, varnish, stains, epoxy floors, faux finishes and wall repairs. We paint anything. Office (638) 383-5655 Cel (044-638) 107-0091. (#157-4) AQUA GRANDE TOWING – Tows to U.S.A. No Problem. All operators fluent in English and Spanish. Dennis Bleeker (011-52-638) 383-5770. From the U.S. (520) 232-2149. (#157-3) BILINGUAL SEMI RETIRED – man looking for a job in property management, inside or outside position. 10 yrs. experience. Local references available. Contact J.C. (044-638) 380-8006. (#157-5) SHUTTLE SERVICE HEAD OUT TO ROCKY POINT – door to door shuttle service from Phoenix to Rocky Point. Group and one-way rates available. Wanna Go? Let Us Know! Email, phone in the U.S. (602) 971-0166 or U.S. Toll Free (866) 4432368. No waiting in border lines when you ride with us! (#158-3)

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My name is Benjamin Aguilera and I am an American who owns property in Puerto Peñasco. Lately my friends and I have been exploring the beaches on an ATV’s between Peñasco and El Golfo. We’ve made it pretty far from Peñasco toward El Golfo but inevitably run into fences and need to head back out on the highway for a spell. I’ve been told that you all are the ones to contact as you have experience with the route. Some friends and I are going to try to make the run and would like any information you may have about where to get on/off of the beach and around the estuaries. We have been using Google Earth to scout the route but would appreciate any tips you may have. We are considering trailering the ATV’s to El Golfo and riding toward Peñasco, as it appears this route offers more wide open beach runs. We do not necessarily plan to make the whole trek back to Peñasco as fuel consumption may be an issue. We are planning on bringing some fuel with us. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to call or e-mail me at your convenience. Thanks, Ben Hola Benjamin, Yes, we, too, must hit the Coastal Hwy every once in awhile on our way to and from El Golfo...because of the way the weather changes the terrain (which can be very dangerous), and because of the fences. Before each of our ‘Runs’ (May/Oct) we have scouts who go out to see which is the best route for us to get the most off-road time. It is always different. Yes, if you begin in El Golfo, you will get miles and miles of beach right from the beginning. When we leave El Golfo on Sunday AM’s, that’s the BEST ride. We then turn north after the ‘Rocky Point’...and head up through the salt flats, and dunes. YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET STUCK OR LOST IN THE SALT FLATS!!! It is about 80 miles from our Ranchito in Rocky Point, to our hotel in El Golfo (for your gasoline consumption). Anything else? SandyO Thank you! We enjoy your paper Gary Osborne Sun City, AZ Nice article on our favorite taco stand...Asadero Viva Mexico! Great food and the owners are a great family! Eat there every day we’re in Rocky Point...except Wednesday. Barbra Roberts Good to know, Barbra. We will have to go. Do we have to go up the stairs? Our favorite place to eat in Rocky Point is Viva Mexico in Old port! At least two...or three carne asada tacos/flour tortilla, cup of beans and salsa verde! Making my mouth water just thinking about it!” I know! Now we love it too, after a group of us had lunch there today.

Hello there Sandra, I would like to renew Rocky Point Times please. Also I have moved. Thxs very much! Patsy Stender Sun City, AZ Ok guys not sure if allowed , please delete if not. Our family used to go down all the time. Used to take our RV to Playa Bonita Rv resort and Mannys. Haven’t been back for awhile! After the crash we are finally back on our feet and would like to take our RV down, but where to stay. Things have changed so where would you recommend now? Sharon Moore Green Playa Bonita RV is still an excellent choice. There are all kinds of fun places to eat and drink in the Sandy Beach area (where Playa Bonota is), Mirador Beach area (Manny’s area), and Old Port. Just closed on a condo at Bella Sirena. Please mail paper. Pacatello, Idaho Congrats! On your new condo!! You’re going to love it here. SandyO YAY! it’s time for beach feet again!! Cathy Parrinello Chase Coming from the states, what is the best way to get to The Reef in a motor home? Hope Campbell Hola, Hope. Right now, with all the reconstruction going on, the BEST way to get to the REEF is to turn off north of town at the roundabout towards Laguna Shores, and Laguna del Mar. Go about 3km, (STOP) cross the RRX, and (STOP) turn left @ next intersection. This paved connection road will take you to another roundabout with a Pemex/mini mart, and then on to the beach resorts where you will go up the hill and go right to the REEF. Very easy. Thanks for the info. Can’t wait to get back. This will be our 21st year. We’ve seen lots of changes in that time. We’ll stop in to pick up our RP Times. Well, you have almost as many ‘notches’ on your Rocky Point belt as we do! Would like all my friends to know, the Black Dog is open for business again. Vickie Emrick Good to know! Black Dog OPEN! Casino and all? Food ? Drinks ? One more reason to fall in love with the Peñasco way of doing things!!! Hector Cebreros Aragon Yes, you never know what’s coming next!

Can you tell me if you can still camp at Sandy Beach to the east of The Reef? Barbara Ernst The ‘powers that be’ tell us that the only part of the beach closed to the public is the part where the construction is being done on the breakwater for our new Home Port. One of your best issues! The productions values continue to improve with every edition. Good

luck! Michael McCoy Wow! What a nice statement! You do know that we are in our twenty second year?? That means this is about the best Rocky Point Times of 264 issues! Thanks!! Very much!! Thanks Sandra, the old taco night @ the Black Dog was one of our favorite. Love the RPT’s best reading ever... Fae Steagall Baldwin Oh, yes...tacos. Yum! Forgot about that. Thanks for being a RPTimes reader! Thank you for making the Rocky Point Times Newspaper available on digital form. Muchly appreciated. Paul Brochner Thanks for being a reader...any way you like it.


Is Kaffeehaus on FB? Jan Crisan Mendez Yes, look at Kaffeehaus Puerto

Going to Rocky Point this weekend. I will have 3 dogs in one car with three people. I am nervous about the 2 dogs per car rule. One of them is a 5 month old teacup poodle, and weighs 2.5 lbs. Do they really enforce the 2 dog per car rule? Laura Klein Buchferer Just bring the pets papers. You should be able to follow the ‘three pet rule’ Sandy you do a great job. Many thanks Tina Feltman-Lena Can anything be done to stop the ultra lites from taking their passengers to buzz our rv park? It is so annoying. They can fly over Laguna Shores or somewhere else. Bunny Ashton Really? I am sure the reason they fly the coast is for the absolutely fantastic views! Haha, they DO fly over Laguna Shores! Beautiful weather and beautiful view! Nicole Dawson Hunter “Just another day in Paradise”, as our late Editor always said!

Do you need to get a membership to Sams down there? Patricia Newton Medrano Same SAM’S membership works for the USA and Mexico. With the economy struggling, Walmart ,and Sams Club is what they needed here (Rocky Point) to close down the small businesses that do exist. Bobby Mueller Sam’s Club opened almost 2 years ago, bringing many jobs for our locals. Jobs in the family allowed many small businesses to re-open after being closed down for some time. Same with Bodega (Walmart). (Just another way to look at it). Don Simon, Mexico version of $2 Buck Chuck! 29 pesos ($2.50usd) a bottle, blanco and rojo! Karen May Well, we’ll just have to try that ole Don Simon and see if Grampa likes, of course. Love that there is a Sam’s Club in RP! It is an adventure!! Melissa Wiltanger Stark Yes, Melissa, an adventure it is! I went ultra light flying today, what a blast, what a view .$40.00 dollars 15 minutes. Bobby Mueller I know! The views are awesome, and the ride is like being on a motorcycle in the air!! Love it. SandyO Hi there, love your paper! When we got to Playa Bonita RV Park, we picked one up. I was wondering if you knew of any companies that would ship a car from Merida Mexico to Phoenix or perhaps a port on Los Angeles. Searching on web but cannot find anything. Thx Olive I have no idea, even who to ask about this. I will post on Facebook and see if any of our readers have any ideas. Best tacos in Rocky Point and the friendliest owners, Eliseo and Maria. Cynde Dotts Pitman Yes, just had lunch in Old Port @ Viva Mexico... and we are very happy, and our bellies are stuffed with tacos al pastor, carne asada, pollo asado, shrimp and fish tacos and a bean / cheese burrito. Excellent! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •












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DOWN 1. Speed limit abbr. 2. Miner’s quest 3. Also not 4. Orange colored fruit 5. Behave obediently 6. Singer Starr 7. Increase a roof’s pitch 8. Small mountains 9. Happy __ lark (2 wds.) 10. Use a thimble 11. “__ So Fine” 19. Ex-soldier 21. Spain’s cont. 22. Father 23. “__ a Parade” (2 wds.)


ACROSS 1. “__ Lisa” 5. Gives the nod 8. Leftovers dish 12. Brace 13. Hitter’s need 14. “__ the light!” (2 wds.) 15. Monsieur, in Berlin 16. Potato bud 17. Legal rules 18. Harvard wall covering 20. Slippery fish 22. Zodiac sign 25. __ willow 26. Assign a portion 29. Poet’s “over” 30. Not him 32. Rhymer 33. “Top __” 34. Stir up 35. Street (abbr.) 36. Except 37. Reacts to a sunburn 38. __ salts 40. Publishing name 41. Maniacal 42. Rowboat accessory 43. __ Raton, Florida 46. Trucker’s semi 48. Frosted 52. Aroma 53. __ roll (2 wds.) 54. Sailor’s service 55. Republican Gingrich



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Rocky Point Times June 2014  

Rocky Point Times June 2014