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By Lannette Phipps

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! ROCKY POINT TIMES STAFF Thomas Nelson O’Hare III (RIP 1941-2013) Founder / Owner Sandra Jo O’Hare Owner / Managing Editor / Publisher Lannette Phipps Editorial / Contributing Writer Alicia Grajeda - Administrative Executive Marco Zepeda - Sales and Accounts Executive Beatriz Lumbreras - Freelance Graphic Artist Manny Sánchez Radical Gravity Media Web + Social + Video www.RadicalGravity.com MONTHLY CIRCULATION/DISTRIBUTION Our newspapers are hand delivered in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico and in the U.S. to Lukeville, Ajo, Gila Bend and Arizona. We bulk mail to over 600 monthly subscribers. The Rocky Point Times is printed in Mexico SUBSCRIPTIONS Go to our Website www.rptimes.com click on subscriptions or call us at or write us at P.O. Box 887 Lukeville, Az 85341 ADVERTISING IN THE ROCKY POINT TIMES For Information Email Us at rockypointtimes@yahoo.com.

I know I am supposed to be talking about June, but I’m sitting here in May and the weather is absolutely gorgeous. Every night a little before sunset we grab one of our coveted bottles of wine from our Argentina trip last year and sit on the patio and remark how darn lucky we are. Maybe I will pen an article entirely of our Argentina experience...someday. While I absolutely loved Argentina and met many wonderful people, I found that the people in Rocky Point are much friendlier, on a casual basis. Like passing someone on the street, opening the door, buying items from the market – I always get greetings here in Peñasco, but not so much in Argentina. Granted, Buenos Aires is very busy and people are whizzing by, but in the hoods where we were among locals, many of my greetings fell flat. I also expected it to be a little more like home, but it has a very heavy European influence. Nonetheless, we absolutely had a blast and I would visit the Mendoza region again in a second. Make sure you read all of the articles in each and every paper since we have many wonderful contributing writers that know all kinds of stuff. There is always an update or news about how the Home Port is coming along (or not), as well as news about infrastructure, events, charities, etc. For me to repeat it all here would be redundant.

AD DEADLINE 10th of the month, preceeding publication MEXICO OFFICES: Pino Suarez No. 124, off of Calle 13 Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico 83550 C. P. U.S. MAILING ADDRESS Please send correspondence to address PO Box 887, Lukeville, Arizona 85341 TELEPHONE from the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-6325 Local dial 383-6325 from the U.S. dial (480) 463-6255 EMAIL ADDRESS & WEBSITE rockypointtimes@yahoo.com www.rptimes.com FACEBOOK See our Facebook Page at Rocky Point Times Newspaper CONTRIBUTING WRITERS See Page 70 PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSION 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.

Many fun things happening this month. We usually start with the Marina Fest which goes should go on through

June 4th or5th. On Dia de La Marina, June 1st, watch all the shrimpers head out for a short cruise and try to catch a ride on one if you can. It is a pretty cool experience. There is always a ceremony and the carnival/fair that goes on at the same time so go scare yourself on the crazy rides. Our 42nd El Golfo 4x4 Off Road Run was slated for May 12-13-14, and the people (about 50 of us) and the weather were absolutely perfect. Our 43rd “Run” will be planned for October 6-7-8, so please contact SandyO if you want to go. You must have an all-terrain or 4x4 vehicle, and you must know how to handle it in the sand. If you do not have an off-road vehicle, you may drive to El Golfo in your car, and party with us there. There is no “entrance fee”, you merely make your reservation for the two nights in El Golfo, with the info we give you, and buy gas and food. You can email rockypointtimes@yahoo.com or hit them up on Facebook or call the office locally at 383-6325. Come on and sign up because we need some newbies for a few laughs… and to meet new friends of course. The Survivor’s Party will be at South Side Jillz at 5PM on the 8th. I am personally thrilled about CIRCUS MEXICUS with Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers live in concert. June 8th is start of their bi-annual Circus Mexicus concert. Go to their website to grab some tickets or check out their Facebook page. Get them as soon as you can because they do go fast. I seem to remember that I am getting VIP passes this year so woo-hoo for me!! On Sunday the 11th, be at JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay to enjoy the Mañanathon – great bloody’s and you can get any RCPM loot you forgot at the concert. Before you head out to Cholla Bay on Sunday, head down to the Sonoran Spa to watch the Rubber Duckie Race. The little fellas should be coming ashore around 10:30 AM on Sandy Beach in front of the Sonoran Spa Resort.

This little shindig isn’t until July, but get your tickets early because everyone loves Las Vegas Night at the Sonoran Sky. Wear your finery and show up at the Sky on July 1st at 7PM, and let the games begin. It’s always fun to see what new games they have and all the great raffle prizes. If you want to find SandyO, just hang out by the free tequila.

A couple days ago, I was informed that Mayor Kiko has made the announcement naming some of the major roads to be re-paved, the first three will be Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, Revolución (Rodeo Drive), and Calle 13, east of the main Blvd where the street name is Miguel Hidalgo. And, finally, Blvd. Fremont (spelled Freemont on the street sign at Sinaloa) has been paved with a center divider planter starting at Blvd. Josefa west, towards town. Also, there is a brand new concrete road to the top of Whale Hill where La Casa del Capitan, Pane e Vino Italian Restaurant, and Pane e Vino Seafood Restaurants are located. The parts for our second wind generator are arriving near the location of the first one, and to see them laying on the ground, they look huge. They look larger than our first, but maybe it’s because you’re seeing them up close and personal. Anyway that should go into the construction phase shortly. We haven’t heard anything about our Home Port. We will tell you, when we do. On a final note we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18th. We hope you come down with your families and spend your special day playing in the Sea of Cortez.

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

ALSO SEE OUR GENERAL INFO. PAGES FOR MORE INFO.

(52) Mexico’s Country Code (638) Puerto Peñasco’s City Code Call U.S. & Canada from Mexico Dial 001 + (area code) + 7 digit number

CALLING FROM THE U.S.

Dialing a Land Line dial 011-52-638 + last 7-digits of number listed Dialing a Cellular Phone dial 011-521-638 + last 7-digits of number listed

CALLING WITHIN MEXICO

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

LOCAL CELLULAR PHONES

from a land line dial 044 + 638 + 7-digit number from local cell to cell dial 638 + 7-digit number Local cellular phones start with 044+638 in this index.

CELL PHONES OUTSIDE OF PP

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

U.S. AREA CODES & VOIP LINES

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

INDEX A

A bit of Shangrila RV........................480-225-6546 Ajo Chamber of Commerce.....................520-387-7742 Ajo Plaza..............................................520-387-5044 Ajo Print Shop......................................520-387-6858 Ajo Satellite Sales..............................520-387-4846 Alejandra Valenzuela Attorney........044-638-102-1248 ..................................................U.S. (520) 505-7808 Aleman, Victor................................044-638-105-7839 Amazon Window Covering.....................623-925-8199 American Legion...........................................388-8841 Aqua Grande Towing.............383-5770/(520) 232-2149 Arizona Realty........................................520-387-8787 Art Stop & Plaza Gallery............................520-387-6858

B Baja Autoservices...................................638-383-4925 Balboas Rest..................................................383-5155 Biosfera Dry Cleaners.....................................383-1667 Bonita RV Park...............................................383-1400 Bórquez, Ricardo, Atty............388-6110/520-407-6756 Brenda Lee Design................................602-909-9146 Brooks, Dee...................................................383-3919 Bryan’s.....................................................388-5365 Burrito Express..............................................383-8460

C Candy Cake.........................................638-383-2673 Canvas................................................638-383-1161 Chochoy Veterinary.......................................383-2338 Cholla Bay Powder Coating..............044-638-382-5450 .......................................................U.S. 602-989-0646 C.H.O.P.P.S............................................480-648-7689 CIMA...........................................................383-1854 Coldwell Banker by the Sea...388-8999/602-425-5133 Colins Cantina...............................................382-8020

D D’Lucy Spa.................383-1471/044-638-105-8993 Del Mar Charters........................................383-2802 Dr. Grijalva, D.D.S...........................................383-3434

Don Julio Bar & Grill......................................388-0056 Duke’s Restaurant-Bar.................044-638-104-0338 or...................................................044-638-380-6650

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

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

G Galeria del Mar Bermejo...........................383-3488 Galeria Luis y Gaby.......................................383-7174 German Brats..............................044-638-110-4970 Gift Shop & Gallery..............................520-387-6858 Gila Bend Title and Registration Services..928-683-2577 Giuseppi’s Espresso...................................383-5181 Glorias Beauty Salon.................................383-5075 Green Point................................................383-2938 Gretchen Ellinger...............383-1425/602-317-3881 or................................................044-638-384-0458 Grout Doctor........................................638-380-9293 Guardian Title and Escrow..............044-638-386-1445 or.........................................................623-910-2930

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

I-J-K Imagen Oral..................................................388-7953 InnSuites Hotels and Suites U.S. Toll Free......................................888-INNSUITES INTERCAM..............................................388-1191 International Insurance....................623-551-8501 JJ’s Cantina...................................................383-2785 John Hibbert Realty Ex...........................638-380-5112 John Witt Realty Ex.................................623-523-2180 Joyeria Max...........................................388-5512 Kaffeehaus.............................................388-1065 Kilombo.................................................638-388-5339 Kord’s Auto Care...............................520-387-6962 Kyle Wood..............................................480-297-8079

L La Casa del Capitan Restaurant....................383-5698 Tony’s Cafe.........................................638-690-1589 La Siesta Motel................................520-387-6569 Laguna Shores Golf & Country Club..................383-4670 U.S. Toll Free.........................................800-513-1426 Las Palmas.............................................800-671-2799 or.................................................638-690-2933 Latitude 31...............................................383-4311 Little Italy Pizza..................................(928) 683-2221 Living Stones Ministry...........................480-243-8452 Lourdes Rivera..........................044-638-380-3366

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

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

or..........................................................480-463-6255

Mar de Cortez Rentals....................................388-8747 Mare Blu Ristorante.......................................383-0605

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Mayan Palace Golf Course........................383-GOLF

Salerno, Rosarie..........383-8417/044-638-384-7145

Max’s Cafe..................................................383-1011

or.......................................................520-777-0018

Max Jeweler...............................................388-5512

Sanborns Insurance........U.S. Toll Free 800-222-0158

Mermaid’s Market.................................388-5004

Sandy Beach Massage....................044-638-384-4418

Mexican Beach Developers.......................383-6099

Santiago’s Body Shop.............................638-384-1962

or.....................044-638-384-7145/520-777-0018

Santiagos Ocean Services...........................388-5318

Mexican Vistas Co..........382-5400/044-638-384-6445

or.......................................................(602) 324-9558

or...........................................................623-698-0117

Santo Tomas.....................................(480) 861-0355

Mexico Insurance Center..................1-800-404-1088

Satellite Services................................638-103-5317

Mirsa Tile........................................638-383-6770

Satisfied Frog................................638-383-1743

Muebles Coloniales....................................383-6670

Sea of Cortez Adventures...................(928) 380-8619

Muebles Imperiales......................................383-6480

Seaside Window Coverings.........................383-5181

or.......................................................714-395-4117

Sea Side Reservations.....383-7795/1-888-262-4508

N-O Nails Center................................................388-0434 Napa Auto (Ajo).................................24 HOUR TOW ....................................(520) 387-4TOW (387-4869) Optica Turati................................................383-4645

P Pablo Realty........................383-8657/602-288-8687 Pane e Vino Restaurant................044-638-105-7455 Pedro’s Restaurant.......................044-638-105-5166 Peninsula de Cortes Golf Course..................383-GOLF Peñasco Beauty Center...............................383-1086 Peñasco Marine.........................................383-3700 Petals & Perfums.....................................383-5758 Pink Cadillac........................................383-5880 Pizarrro, Rita..............388-8030/044-638-386-5203 Playa Bonita Resort....................383-2586/383-2199 Playa Bonita Resort RV Park.......................383-2596 U.S. Toll Free.......................................888-232-8142 Mexico Toll Free.............................01-800-426-6482 Pollo Papago.............................044-638-385-1301 Predador....................383-8787/044-638-110-1625 Premium Services...........383-5758/602-476-1187 Prestige Properties......................044-638-388-7777 ................................................(520) 505-7777 Pro Services...............383-6161/044-638-113-0446 Puerta Privada......................383-1020/480-445-9200

Q&R Real Consulting.....................................638-383-3546 .......................................................U.S. 602-412-3598 Realty Executives...........................602-283-9800 or.................................................638-388-1295 Reincom..........................................638-102-0065 Repeat Performance.........................520-387-4948 Rey del Mar................................................383-5490 Richard Savino................................638-380-4272 or......................................................480-707-3822 Rocky Point Best Real Estate..................480-478-4784 Rocky Point Calendar..................see Mexican Vistas Rocky Point Chiropractic..................044-638-386-1306 or.............................................U.S. Cell 480-263-3242 Rocky Point Home Builders.............044-638-383-6524 or...............................................U.S. 815-553-2683

Señorita Rita Sunset Cruise.............044-638-107-3727 Servicios Medicos Veterinarios..................383-3344 Shangrila RV Park................................480-225-6546 Si Como No! Etc.....................................520-387-7080 Silva, Yolanda Insurance...............................383-6280 Skullz............................................................388-9900 Sonoran Autoservice.......................602-909-4864 or.......................................................638-382-5423 Sonoran Grill...............................................382-8089 Sonoran Resorts.................................602-476-7511 Sonoran Resorts Sales Consultant Brenda Sabo..............................044-638-105-3157 Stegall Katz & Whitaker.........................602-241-9221 Su Casa...........................................638-690-1345 Sun Valley Services.....................................383-8891 Sushi Sun Restaurant...................................383-2772

T Tapia, Miguel......................................602-266-0225 Tekila Bar.....................................044-638-107-5863 Tequila Factory..............................................388-0606 The Print Shop....................................520-387-6858 Tommy Thomas Home Inspections..044-638-110-4728 or.........................................................602-748-4134 Tony’s Cafe...............................044-638-690-1589 Towing Aqua Grande..(638) 383-5770 / (520) 232-2149 Turati Optical..............................................383-4645 Twin Dolphins Real Estate and Rentals......383-3919 or........................................................602-324-7241 T&T International Law Group..............602-465-6556

U-V U.S. Border Movers..................044-638-113-8365 or.............................................480-232-3518 Victor Aleman..............................044-638-105-7839 Viña del Mar Hotel............383-0100/602-606-7768 Viva Mexico Taqueria...........................638-104-7252

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

X-Y-Z Xochitl’s Cafe (Sally’s Cholla Cafe)..................382-5283 Yolanda Silva Insurance................................383-6280

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

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

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

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

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

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


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CHURCHES Phone Numbers

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

EMERGENCY & Important Phone Numbers dial 911 & 066 for EMERGENCIES AirEvac............................................................001-880-321-9522 SkyMed Air Ambulance.................................001-866-805-9624 AIRPORTS International.................................................................383-6097 CITY HALL (Municipal Building) H. Ayuntamiento de Peñasco.....................383-2056/383-2060 CLINICS Clinica San Jose............................................................383-5121 Clinica Santa Fe...........................................383-2447/383-4040 Clinica Santa Isabel (Maternity)...................................383-3645 Clinica Santa Maria.......................................................383-2440 Cruz Roja (Red Cross)...................................................383-2266 Desert Senita Community Health Center..........(520) 387-5651 Emergency dial...071

Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).......................383-2684 FIRE DEPARTMENT

Emergency dial...068

Departamento de Bomberos.......................................383-2828 FISHIERIES DEPARTMENT Departamento de Pesca...............................................383-2116 Oficina de Pesca, San Diego, CA........................(619) 233-4324 GARBAGE/SANITATION DEPARTMENT Oomislim.......................................................................383-4909 GAS (Propane) Hidrogas........................................................................383-5650 Z’Gas..............................................................................383-8284 ZaGas.............................................................................383-8100 HOSPITALS (See Clinics also) Community...................................................................383-4566 IMSS (Social Security)...................................................383-2870 Municipal......................................................................383-2110 IMMIGRATION............................................................383-2526 MARINE RESCUE (VHF Channel 28) Port Captain..................................................................383-3035 Emergencies dial............................................462 or 627 or 767 POLICE

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

Fit Vida Bistro 383-1992

Cheiky’s Pizza 383-3627, Closed Wed.

La Fondita 383-8384 9am-9pm

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

Sushi Sun 383-2772

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

AIR AMBULANCE (dial within Mexico)

ELECTRIC

RESTAURANTS

Emergency dial...066

Puerto Peñasco Station..............................383-2626/383-1616 State Judicial Police (Policía Judicial del Estado).........383-2783 PUBLIC SECURITY DEPARTMENT Seguridad Pública Municipal......................383-2626/383-1616 RAILROAD Ferrocarril......................................................................383-2610 RED CROSS Cruz Roja.....................................................................383-2266 SOCIAL SECURITY (IMSS) Instituto Méxicano del Seguro Social.........383-2677/383-2777 TELEPHONE Teléfonos de México.....................................................383-2780 Towing................(011-52-638) 383-5770 / U.S. (520) 232-2149 U.S. CONSULATES (in Mexico) Nogales.............................................................01-631-313-4820 dial from the U.S......................................011-52-631-313-4820 WATER Oomapas.......................................................................383-6080 Organismo Operador....................................................383-6080 Piteco (water tank delivery).........................................383-3315

Figaros Pizza 383-8181

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

Pet Friendly

HOTELS

If you would like to bring your pet with you to Rocky Point, here are a few places you both will be welcome. Baja Hotel Matamoros and Campeche in El Mirador US dial (602) 559-1705 Local Phone (011-52-638) 383-6878 Local Fax (011-52-638) 383-7676 Fax Website www.hotelbaja.net Email bajahotel@gmail.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Bella Vista Condo US dial (775) 287-3830 Email julwitnan@aol.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Casa de Carolina Campeche in El Mirador US dial (602) 412-3565 Local Phone (011-52-638) 383-5482 Email cdecpp@prodigy.net.mx Mail: PO Box 589, Lukeville, AZ 85341 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hotel Viña del Mar In Old Port at the end of the Malecon Local 383-3600 or 383-0100 www.vinadelmarhotel.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------La Palapa Condos & Casitas Local 383-3866 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Madre del Mar (with permission) US dial (520) 407-6394 or (520) 303-7530 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Peñasco del Sol Paseo Las Glorias # 1 Mexico Toll Free 01-800-614-9484 Worldwide Toll Free 1-888-683-006 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Seaside Beach Home Rentals Blvd. Benito Juarez, next to Banamex at the north end of town US Toll Free (877) 629-5691 • Local 383-1545 Website www.seasidemexico.com Email seasidebhremails@gmail.com

VETERINARY CARE

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

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


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EVENTS CALENDAR JUNE 2017 EVERYDAY Al Anon Family Groups. Email to schedule a meeting; Marcia at marsupis@gmail.com. American Legion Post MX-15 open from 8am-8pm in El Mirador in the old Los Juanes Restaurant. MONDAYS 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) (See Pg. 42). 12PM Horseshoe tournament at South Side Jillz, open to anyone who cares to play, and with happy hour prices! 1PM Horseshoe Tournament at South Side Jillz. Every Monday. 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish) (See Pg. 42). TUESDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Public Talk in English and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Look for the giant Fin Whale Skeleton. Fun experience for the entire family. Phone 382-0113 for more info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish CBSC – Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club meets once a month (on Tues. or Sat.). 4PM Peñasco Singles Happy Hour, every Tuesday at Playa Bonita Resort. 8PM Cinemartes - Art Film Nights at Cafe Puerto Viejo in Old Port. 2PM - Powerball Bingo at the American Legion Post MX 15. 2pm. Cost $7 dlls for 6 games. WEDNESDAYS SOBS – South of the Border Singles meet every Wednesday for Happy Hour at Playa Bonita Resort. First Wednesday of every month is business meeting. 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) (See Pg. 42). 11AM – Horseshoe Tournament at the Pithaya in El Mirador. 3PM Shooter Bingo at Playa Bonita RV Park Social Club. $6.00 for 6 games with money payouts for each game. After each game, a shooter number is called, if you have this number you get a “shooter” of tequila or ?? Join us each Wednesday in our air conditioned club house. 5PM – AA meets (Spanish). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish) (See Pg. 42). PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more. THURSDAYS PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more during the summer months. 2PM - POWERBAL BINGO at the American Legion Post MX15 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. All welcome. 4PM The Connection Happy Hour, now on Thursdays at Puesta del Sol Restaurant at Playa Bonita Resort. 5PM-7PM Ladies Day at South Side Jillz, music, games and a “surprise” for all, happy hour prices and a good selection of wine. 2PM - Powerball Bingo at the American Legion Post MX 15. 2pm. Cost $7 dlls for 6 games. FRIDAYS 8AM Alcoholics Anonymous “Freebirds” newcomers/book study meeting. Call 382-5001 for more info (See Pg. 42). PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more during the summer months. 7PM Eight Ball Tournament at South Side Jillz for the Pool players, double elimination, blind draw. 8PM - Pool Tournament at South Side Jillz. Every Friday. SATURDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Nature Talk in Spanish and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Fun experience for the entire family. Call 382-0113 for info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in English PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more during the summer months. 2PM - Powerball Bingo at the American Legion Post MX 15. 2pm. Cost $7 dlls for 6 games. SUNDAYS 9AM Non-Denominational Worship Services with Family of God. Located on Blvd. Costera N 2000A. Everyone welcome. Church Office: 383-3480. 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac. Church Service at 10:00AM Bilingual Service with Peñasco Christian Fellowship located 1 blk east of Josefa Ortiz de D. on Melchor Ocampo. Experience worship with both American & Mexican Christians! Phone: (011-52-638) 3834513. San Jose Mission Church- in Cholla Bay. Bilingual Catholic Mass. At 8am every Sunday. All our welcome.

CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE LATEST EVENTS! Thursday 8th • Circus Mexicus (Roger Clyne & The Peace Makers). Friday 9th • Circus Mexicus (Roger Clyne & The Peace Makers). Saturday 10th • Circus Mexicus (Roger Clyne & The Peace Makers). Sunday 11th • Circus Mexicus (Roger Clyne & The Peace Makers). • Rubber Ducky Race to benefit for Adopt a Classroom. Ducks due ashore on the beach between Sonoran Spa and Sonoran Sea around 10:30am. Lots of great prizes. Sunday 18th • Father’s Days. JULY 2017 Saturday 1st • 7pm 6th Annual Las Vegas Night for Charity at Sonoran Sky Resort on Sandy Beach. Tuesday 4th • Independence Day AUGUST 2017 Tuesday 1st • Alicia’s Birthday! SEPTEMBER 2017

Not counting those countries where people insist on driving on the wrong side of the road, traffic rules are pretty much standardized. Yet, when you drive from the U.S. into Mexico, the most important difference to be aware of is stop signs, or lack thereof. In fact, Sean Warton of Tempe asked, “Why did I get a $20 ticket for running a stop sign that wasn’t even there?” Sean, to be safe, if a Rocky Point intersection has no traffic lights, consider it 4-way stop. Most inner city intersections have four stop signs, one on each corner. Some of those ALTO signs are visible to drivers. But others may be hidden behind power poles, Sonoran hot dog carts and banners announcing drink specials at The Satisfied Frog. Also, some intersections have more than four stop signs, because workers were told to install new signs, and they did, without removing the old signs first. There is no doubt those folks have promising careers in politics. The missing stop signs? They were either knocked down, blown over or stolen, and haven’t been replaced. If you wonder why the guy in front of you is stopping where there is no stop sign, it’s

because he remembers there once was a stop sign on that corner. He also knows that the police remember that sign’s former location, and if he didn’t stop and a cop saw him, he’d get a warning or a ticket. (Like you did, Sean.) When in doubt, you should pretend there are stop signs on all corners, and stop every time. One more thing, Sean. A complete stop in the States is when your vehicle pauses for a millisecond or two. In Mexico, a complete stop is a matter of opinion. And it’s the policeman’s opinion, not yours. You are not allowed to roll through an intersection without stopping like taxis do, and bicycle riders and those drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 2.6 and above. Here’s what you do. With your foot firmly on the brake, ignore the jerk yelling and honking behind you, and count ONE (one thousand) TWO (one thousand) THREE (one thousand) FOUR (one thousand) FIVE (one thousand) and then proceed with caution. That five second pause should save you from getting a ticket. Or, do what I do, Sean. Park the car and take a cab. Problem solved.

Monday 1st • Labor Day Saturday 16th • Mexico Indepence Day. Saturday 30th • Rocky Point Triathlon PM at Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort. OCTOBER 2017 Friday 6th • Cholla 250 - SADR.

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The Puerto Peñasco Real Estate Market is Hot!

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By Joseph Sanchez President, Rocky Point Home Builders

It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through 2017, but it has been an incredible year thus far in terms of real estate sales and home building. All the indicators, as you will see in this article, are trending higher for the first time since 2008. Prices for vacant land, existing homes and condos are all on the rise and are moving up to 2008 levels before the real estate crash. I had the opportunity to sit down with Jonni Francis, a Certified Real Estate Broker and owner of Rocky Point Realty Group, to get her professional insight into the state of the realty market. From what I gathered, now is the time to make your move. If you ever considered purchasing land to build a home or buying a home or condo, the more you wait the higher the prices will be.

Build a Home or Buy a Home

A question realtors often receive is, “Is it better value to build a home on a purchased lot or buy an existing home?” According to Francis, consumers do weigh both options looking at the benefits of both and coming to a decision that fits their budget and desires. There are benefits in both, for instance building a new home has all the modern finishes, you can design it exactly the way you want and the best part is its new. With purchasing a home there is no wait time to build. Whatever your decision is, always

Whether you purchase an existing home or you want to buy a lot and build a dream home, lot sales for the first half of 2017 are setting a record pace over previous years.

make sure you set aside some money for renovations if you are buying an existing home.

Record Year for Lot Sales

for beach front lots in Puerto Peñasco gets smaller each year so people are looking west of the city on the road to the Mayan Palace at newer beach front communities such as Playa Dorado, Playa Encanto and La Joya which offer pristine beaches and excellent bargains on lots or near the water.

Whether you purchase an existing home or you want to buy a lot and build a dream home, lot sales for the first half of 2017 are setting a record pace over previous years, according to Francis. “In 2015 there were 36 closed lot sales. The first half of this year there are already, to date, 36 lots either active with contingencies, pending or closed which matches all of last year,” says Francis. Francis predicts that interest in purchasing a lot and building a dream If you ever considered purchasing home will continue and by year end, with land to build a home or buying a home as many as 60 closed lot sales. or condo the more you wait the higher the prices will be.

Great Deals on Beachfront

As you can imagine, inventory

Interest in purchasing a lot and building a dream home will continue and by year end, with as many as 60 closed lot sales doubling numbers over last year.

“Pricing of beachfront lots in these locations are very attractive at this time and due to this we are seeing inventory being reduced which will inevitably drive prices up,” Francis said. The bottom line is whether you are considering building your dream home, purchasing a condo or existing home, now is the time to make your move. Prices are rising and this is an opportunity to get in front of the opportunity rather than wishing you had years down the road! About the author: Joseph Sanchez is president of Rocky Point Home Builders a design/build contractor specializing in custom home design, construction and renovations. He resides here in Puerto Peñasco with his wife and two children and is originally from Chicago. For more information email him at sales@rockypointhomebuilders.com Special Thanks to Jonni Francis who contributed to this article. She has over 20 years’ experience in the realty market. For more information about lots, homes or condo sales please email her at jonnifrancis@ cbrockypoint.com.

Barb Olszewski

A short note to Thank all those locals and visitors who Love our town. I Just wanted to send a thank you out to Tony’s Restaurant for hosting a wonderful pasta dinner along with Mark Mulligan for raising money at his last show at Pink Cadillac, and local residents who donated cash and camping supplies to fill our new storeroom built by local fund raisers for our new scouting program. These are the kindnesses that our little piece of heaven do for the children of our wonderful town, every day. Also, thanks to Sandy Spain and Marsha Hansen and so many local residents who work so hard on the many projects and fund raisers we do for our community every year. Thanks to all who support all our causes year after year. I wanted all our friends to know they make a huge difference in people lives for generations. Please also thank the community center, for letting us build or new storage there. Blanca Soto and Harold and Cathy Tuttle from the community center. Thanks.


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Amazon Prime now offered in Mexico By Richard Scott for RockyPoint.com

Shopping online is something that 15% of people in the U.S. do every week. No retailer has had a larger impact on the shopping habits of Americans than Amazon.com. Headquartered in Seattle Washington, Amazon has begun offering it›s services in other countries around the world. Mexico is the latest, and just this week Amazon began offering it›s Prime service in the country. Amazon.com.mx offers similar features with it›s Prime service to those found in the United States. Those who want to take advantage of Amazon prime in Mexico will need to open a separate account. Where as prime in the US is $70 for a yearly membership, Mexico is offering a 30

day free trial followed by a yearly fee of approximately US$23. So, what do you get? Depending on where you live in Mexico, you get either free one or two day shipping on qualifying products. Right now, Rocky Point is not on the list of cities that receive this expedited service. We do however, qualify for free 6 to 9 day shipping. The good news is that this would include items shipped out of Amazon in the U.S., which offers a much larger choice of products. Amazon Prime Video is also a part of the membership. While Amazon.com in the US recently added the option of using the site in English or Spanish Amazon.com and Mexico is solely in Spanish. Expect this to change as more and more semiexpats use the service. You can find out more by going to Amazon.com.MX

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by Nancy Phelan AKA “The Pack Leader” ‘Animals come into our lives as gifts from God, for companionship, to teach us, and to heal us. They deserve our very best efforts in caring for them’ Dr. Ihor Basko, DVM By Lannette Phipps

I don’t think I have ever met a more dedicated person than Nancy Phelan, who runs AACORP here in Rocky Point, Mexico. She has been helping stray cats and dogs ever since I can remember. Not just strays, but dogs with homes too whose owners can’t afford to feed them, and then there are the ones chucked over her fence who are sick or newborn or an animal someone simply didn’t want. She is the true pioneer of animal “rights” here in Rocky Point and has fought tooth and nail to help the animals and urge the city to build a legitimate pound, which they have. She has organized spay and neuter clinics that offer free services and has enlisted volunteer veterinarians from the U.S. and Mexico. Not only does she care for the animals on her property, but she fosters some out who are waiting for forever homes, and she supplies dog food throughout the city to needy families. If you knew how hard she has fought for the animals in Rocky Point, you would definitely be in awe. How she continues year after year, I will never know. I’m not talking about donations, which are sometimes hard to get and are never enough. But the daily work she does to get sick animals healthy, to give them a home until they can be adopted out, cleaning their cages, feeding and watering them, and medicating and bathing them. I helped her one day and it about broke my back. It’s nothing for her to lift a 55 lb. bag of dog food and huff it to the patio. Twenty years ago, when I moved here, there were so many stray animals it made you cry. Mangy, scraggly, pregnant, sick and dying dogs everywhere. It was truly horrible. I carried dog bones in my truck so when I went shopping or stopped somewhere I could give a few dogs at least a little sustenance. I am trying to think how long ago it was when I drove to work down Pino Suarez and counted 97 dogs – some stray, some in the street by a home and some in yards (not many). I’m going to hazard a guess and say it was maybe 4 years after I moved here. And that was just one street I counted – imagine how many were all over town. There are still some strays, but nothing compared to what it was like in the past. I think very few people know and appreciate all of the hard work Nancy Phelan has put in helping the animals and how much of her own money has been spent on this kindness. AACORP, Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point is a nonprofit organization and donations are taxdeductible in the U.S. Now that we have Sam’s Club, Welton, and Bodega, it’s much

easier to get your hands on a bag of dog food, cat food and other items that the animals need. Nancy would be grateful for any donations you can send her way. And she doesn’t stockpile donations such as dog food – she spreads it around the city. There are a number of families that have dogs which they cannot afford to feed. It isn’t always the case that a family brings home a dog – a lot of the time the dog adopts the family. Nancy and her alliances also participate in the city spay and neuter clinic which is held once or twice a year. If you would like more information about getting your pet spayed or neutered (or a local friend’s) or to volunteer or donate cash for medicine or food you can call Nancy at 383-1012 locally or (602) 412-3932 or email her at nancy_ phelan@yahoo.com. Drop her a line if you would like to know more about what you can do to help the animals in Rocky Point, Mexico. This article is brought to you by Laguna Shores Resort, a master planned oceanfront community on the Sea of Cortez in Rocky Point, Mexico offering vacation rentals, fractional shares, custom home building services as well as condos, lots and homes for sale. Located just minutes north of town off of the Coastal Highway, Laguna Shores Resort is like no other master planned community in Puerto Peñasco with their many amenities, low-density housing, desal plant, and underground utilities. Visit their website to discover rental specials and information about the resort and Rocky Point, Mexico at www.lagunashoresresort. com or call toll free from the U.S. at 1-800513-1426. Become a Fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LagunaShoresResort. www.rpaac.org Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012 Phoenix (602) 412-3932 Tucson (520) 407-6594 AACORP INC 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt nancy_phelan@yahoo.com nancy@rpaac.org AACORP PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341


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Boating in Mexico -Take it to the Sea of Cortez Part 1

By Anita Kaltenbaugh

Most boat enthusiasts are unaware how easy it is to travel with a boat to Mexico. Not by boat, but with boat! Yes, I mean hitching your favorite floating friend to your truck or SUV and hauling it across the Mexican border to the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

Crossing the border with a boat is not as difficult as one may think. In fact, quite the opposite is true; it’s a relatively simple task. To all those gringos who imagine they will lose their boat, wreck their boat or encounter foul play if they cross the border and sail on the Sea of Cortez, we outlined the skinny on how to cross the border with the boat and what to do with it once you arrive in Mexico. Checklist for a boat to cross the border: • Current boat registration • Title to the trailer • Owner’s passport When arriving at the border, stay in the same lanes as any other vehicle. If you see the Green Light at the border, that means keep going nice and slow. If you receive the Red Light, pull over and they may ask you to pull the cover off the boat, show the boat registration and the trailer title. Very simple and quick as long as you have your paperwork, proper ID and are prepared. Numerous marinas exist in Mexico; typically larger towns have more than one marina where you can launch, dry dock, and rent a slip by the day, weekend or year. Additionally, most marinas will flush the boat out for around $5 and wash the boat for a small fee. This will clean the saltwater out and get your boat ready to return back to the States. Puerto Peñasco, San Felipe, San Carlos, Guaymas, Puerto Escondido, Santa Rosalina and La Paz all have marinas on the Sea of Cortez with available slips, water, power, showers, fuel docks and boat launch. Ensenada and Rosarito Beach also have marinas on the Pacific Ocean.

The best thing in many of these small villages (besides the clear blue, spectacular Sea of Cortez) is the proximity of the marinas to the condos, hotels and homes. There are not many affordable places left in the world where you can drive your boat in the slip, jump out and head to your condo or hotel, and be doorto-door in 5–10 minutes. Depending on where you are in Mexico will determine your boating adventure. Depending on the type of boat, speedboat, sailboat or cruiser will determine how far you can travel. The weather, time of the year and your experience level will also determine what type of journey you embark on. Regardless, whether you find yourself on a long overnight adventure or a short day trip, floating on the calming waters with the sun in the sky and the clear blue water below you should be on the top of your not to be missed list. One way to cross the Sea of Cortez is to travel from San Felipe to Puerto Peñasco, either direction 73 nautical miles across with full-service marinas in both ports. Depending on the speed of your boat will determine how long it takes you to cross the sea. My experience tells me with a cruiser or a sailboat, plan on 6–8 hours across. If you have a speedboat and flat seas you’re looking at 2–3 hours. From either Puerto Peñasco or San Felipe you can head south and explore the Sea of Cortez. Puerto Peñasco to San Carlos/Guaymas will be a little longer trip, roughly 290 miles. Plan a week for this trip (one way) and get ready to take pictures and a journal, and be prepared. San Felipe to La Paz will provide a beautiful long sea journey through Bahia De Los Angeles, Santa Rosalina, Mulege, Loreto to La Paz. And of course, if you would rather head down the Baja Passage, depart from Ensenada or Rosarito Beach and head south the hole way to Cabo San Lucas. It is exciting how many choices exist for cruising the Sea of Cortez. Obviously, plan ahead, be safe and be prepared. In my opinion, the worst part about boating is getting off the boat. Leaving the crystal blue waters of the Sea of Cortez is the hardest part, not because of crossing the border with your boat, but merely due to the outrageously perfect weather you just boated in for the weekend and now have to leave. Actually, besides the heartache that the vacation is over, crossing the border to reenter the USA is very simple. Follow your standard rules of crossing and be prepared for a few questions from the U.S. border, such as: • Who owns the boat? • How long have you owned the boat? • Did you sleep on the boat? • Where did you go in the boat? Pretty simple. So, if you have a fishing, cruising or fun-loving boat you’ve been hauling around to the lakes, try something new and enjoy the gorgeous waters of the Sea of Cortez with dolphins, sea lions and flying fish. This marine jewel, teeming with life, is a beautiful ocean with plenty of room for everyone.

A literary column By Marcia Diane

• Passport • Do I need to have a special vehicle permit to take the boat across the border? • No special permit or vehicle registration is needed to go into the State of Sonora or Baja Norte; it is part of the free zone. • Is there any cost to bring my boat into Mexico? No cost or charge—it’s absolutely free to enjoy the Sea of Cortez however, there is a Temporary Import Permit required. This is relatively new, but to be completely official you can obtain it on line for a cost of $51.00. http://www.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/ vehiculos/importacion_temporal/Paginas/ embarcaciones_banrjercito_ingles.aspx Where can I keep my boat once I arrive in Mexico? Puerto Peñasco There are actually five marina’s in Puerto Peñasco Safe Marina—32 slips, dry dock, long term and short, apartment for short or long stays, bathroom, full service for boats. Email: miguelacevedo71@live.com.mx Fonatur Marina Puerto Peñasco—11 slips, services, fuel, restrooms, showers. Email:palvarez@singlar.gob.mx. Excursion sailboat Del Mar Charters is kept here. Peñasco Marina is beside Balboa’s Marina and the Navy Marina (no contact info at this time go to the docs). Rey Del Mar (pirate ship) is housed here. A new small marina (no sign) is beside Fonatur, Intrepid (sunset cruise boat) is kept here. Stay tuned for Part 2 of Boating in the Sea of Cortez next month!

Happy Boating Amigos! Frequently asked questions about taking a boat to Mexico: • What do I need to cross the border with a boat? • Boat title and trailer registration

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

Well shoot folks, I’m a little inarticulate today. I was just listening to Button Poetry live on line and these kids, for they are mostly quite young, have so much pain to process for being so young. What ever happened to our rope swings in the old oak trees and the tire ones hanging from the giant willow way out over the river running swift? Whew, it does seem awfully chaotic of late… what with the wind and the rain quite out of season and so much uncertainty and unrest all around the world really. So then I pulled a book of poems off my shelf and began to read. Calm returned, hope re-entered the room and I could continue. Here’s what I read: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For A Brazilian ‘Bandit’ You are no stronger than me: your back hurt. I lay down to show you my morning exercises, prayers to my body to survive, the slow stretching that strengthens my weak back. When you tried you shook with the effort. You are no larger than me: when I embraced you on parting my arms doubled on your back. I could lift you to my knees. We could trade clothes. The rifle is your weapon, the typewriter mine. Your way is harder. My way is fatter. You are no stronger, no taller. As I read the newspapers I will remember. Every time it is necessary to do something hard I will remember: Your back is weak your hands are small your breasts are low and apart your ankles are delicate like mine. We are fighting the same battle and you also love roses, write poems. Marge Piercy Living In The Open @1969 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Marge Piercy has written all her life long. Her work consists of poetry, prose, plays and essays. She has won numerous awards for her works including: Author C. Clark award and wrote the New York Times Best Seller: Gone To Soldiers She is 81 years old. So we got time folks, time to read and time to write. So join us, won’t you, for our on-line writing group at m.diane.writeon@gmail.com And remember you are invited to come tell lies with the rest of us at storytelling: Afterhours at Sally’s-Xochitl’s Café (Cholla Bay) 382-5283@ 3:00 pm First Monday of each month. Second Monday Storytelling-Kilombo (Main Blvd) 638-388-5339 @ 8:00 pm

If you want a real treat go to Poets.org and listen to her read this poem out loud. And of course please join us for our online writing group at: m.diane.writeon@gmail.com


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Are You Ready For Some Some Some... SUMMER!!! Fo’ Sho…Rocky Point Style!

By Mark Paliscak

Wow, what a FANTASTIC couple of months of Spring Breakers we had in Rocky Point! From the young to the ‘not so young’, everyone looked to be enjoying themselves as the beaches were full, the Sea of Cortez was warm, the restaurants and cantinas were rocking, and our town looked very festive. Semana Santa had Old Port packed again as the celebration of Easter and the live enactment of Jesus showcased the Malecon. Competition Hill had a steady stream of ATV’s, cars, SUV’s and any other motor devices that could make it up the mountain. The flow of motorized vehicles was even more impressive at night with the array of lights and sand screaming off Competition Hill. Oh, what fun! Speaking of fun and April Fool’s pranks…what a whopper of a story do I have for you all. But first, I googled the history of April Fool’s Day to see actually how the whole concept even started. It turns out, that back in 1582, France agreed to switch from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar and thus they “lost 10 days”. Those that did not receive the news and continued to think the date was early April were the “fools”, hence April Fools. The hoaxes played on each other were putting paper fish on each other’s backs to become the butt of the jokes and the fish were referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish). I have always been a big fan of jokesters and pranks and boy I must say, the folks over at Tekila Bar get the award for APRIL FOOL’S PRANK OF THE YEAR! And, as in all cases the prank is usually played on one unsuspecting person…ok, call ME lucky or unlucky…I guess mixy mulato and how you look at things. WELL…my friends Princesa, Tomas, Ash-A-Lay and Patricio invited me out for a little late afternoon fun over at Tekila Bar. After a fair amount of beach time, I was all in. So, we cruised on over to Old Port and headed on down to Tekila Bar. Well, as we were walking

down the street you could already hear the celebration starting and the entrance was decked out in giant balloons arched over the entrance. As my friends and I walked up, I hear the emcee on the sound system counting 98, 99 and 1 Millionth customer! BOOM!!! Confetti flew from everywhere down from the ceiling (I thought we won the Super Bowl…just couldn’t remember playing) and, I am handed a GIANT CHECK for $5000! I was totally shocked! They asked me my name and were commenting about how lucky I was! Everyone was rushing up to me saying “Congrats Marco” and such. Then, the sweet, lovely emcee turned a little icy, when she had everyone scream out APRIL FOOLS! OMG… you ALL got one of the original Jokesters himself…In the end, we all got to sing a little ditty that I’ve been hearing around town...” On a scale of 1 to 10…” And, best of all, I realized I had the most amazing friends in the world that went to that trouble and production just to prank me. Thank you so much…Shayna Sargent and Jorge and Jerry Gaona, Pashley and all you other devils who helped with the production…

You are, simply the best! 2017 Rocky Point Times Photo Contest Winner Congratulations to Bill Bailey of Rifle, Colorado/Puerto Peñasco for his WINNING photo in the Rocky Point Times Photo Contest. Special Shout out to Marissa DeBartolo and Dianna Brader for the fabulous Lagunitas Brewing Company gift basket. You two really went all out with the basket and we all thank you from the Rocky Point Times and we also thank Jose Flores from the Boo Bar for his support. Way to go BILL BAILEY! Second place was won by Virginia Vovchuk from

Tubac, Arizona. Congratulations to both! And, it’s that special time of the year again…CIRCUS MEXICUS is here starting on June 8th through June 11th. It’s sure to be a blast as always, and please look for a certain Rocky Point Times writer who will be bartending the concert on Friday and Saturday nights…(now

that’s a side show you don’t want to miss J). Have a blessed month and I hope to see you all at the Roger Clyne shows! Always remember, let your smile change the world, not the world change your smile. ADIOS AMIGOS God Bless

Home on Wheels By Rob Baylor

Growing up in Montana, we had never heard of RV’S. I guess I’m exaggerating. There were a lot of trailers, straight pull type. And we don’t want to forget the famous Gooseneck! We used to rent a 16 ft. Shasta for the weekend for $15 dollars a day. Then up to the side of a stream, bring out all the normal stuff. First is the beer cooler, then food, and sleeping bags for the kids. OH! I forgot, Beer Cooler, fishing stuff (more important) than the food. Now on to the Horseshoes which I always lost at! Do you remember sitting in the water on your webbed lawn chair, cooler nearby, facing up stream? Beer, water, fishing, food and then the rest of the stuff! Then one time Old Whats’ Her Name (OWHN), my last wife, overheard a man asking if anyone wanted to buy an 8 ft. pickup camper cheap. We bought it for $50, did a little fix up and headed out. We took that camper into places that would be hard to walk into. We used it for five years and sold it for $75. Try that now! In Montana, at a pretty high elevation of 4000 ft., it cools down pretty good at night. Then you get up at 06:00, so you can have coffee and go out and catch some fresh little Brooke trout, for fried potatoes and eggs. What could be better? But there is always a kicker. You have to cross this stream to get to the good spot. Water is about minus100 degrees at least when it starts to get up a little high and you’re already on your tippy toes. You get a bite, fish on (water isn’t so cold now!). Fast forward to 2017!! Campers are now called RV’s which rent for $100 plus a day and mileage plus gas. I graduated from a 16ft to a 28ft and then a 40ft. The 40ft is permanent and the 28ft is an escape RV for when the world starts getting you down. No up in the woods, next to a stream with minus 100 degree water at 06:00. NO LITTLE STREAM Brooke Trout to cook with eggs and fried potatoes. But all is not lost! I have been out on the water here in Rocky Point about 200+ times, caught a ton of fish, none of which goes to waste. I have fish fries at the Playa Bonita RV Park. Residents and guests gather, and we serve between 50100 people at various times. If I have fish left over, they get donated to the local poor. And, And, I don’t have to wade on my tippy toes. Come and see us, there is always room for one more fishing trip. When you get to the park, ask the office where I live. I am always happy to meet new people and take people out fishing. See you soon…


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Scottsdale Mission Members Work Miracles in Barrio San Rafael By Joe Houchin

Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale has sponsored an outreach mission trip to Puerto Peñasco each November and April since 2014, the year Cyndi Connelly began serving her three year term as a Mission Elder, and leader on the Mission Council. As condo owners, Cyndi and her husband, Gordon were familiar with the poverty stricken neighborhoods in this friendly little sea side town. Thus, her first action was to form a Mexico Mission Team and she has organized and led all the mission trips ever since. These groups of 30 to 50 faithful, hardworking Christian individuals, couples and families are very well organized, and the projects on their agenda are pre-selected and based on the needs of local individuals, community centers and ministries.

The mission wisely began working with a local ministry leader whose ministry has now grown into the very active Oc3an View Ministry, founded by Conrad Flores, who has formed relationships with all the charity organizations in and around Puerto Peñasco, especially in the neediest neighborhoods like Barrio San Rafael on the east side of town. You can read more about Oc3an View Ministry in our recent blog at http://www.sonoranresorts.mx/ oc3an-view-ministry-is-the-conduitfor-donors-and-doers-to-help-gratefulcommunities-in-need/.

Mountain View’s latest mission was Friday through Sunday April 21-23 with 33 members working on a dozen separate projects, among which included roofing two homes, painting a community center and the playground equipment of a local ministry. One project involved adding an addition with a window to the home of a family in Puerto Peñasco.

Other projects included volunteers from the church’s Children’s Ministry and the Special Needs Ministry who brought a variety of games and creative learning activities to entertain and educate hundreds of kids who gathered at several local San Rafael ministry locations, including Living Stones Ministry, the Nueva Vida (New Life) Community Center and the I6Eight Community Center.

Members of the Special Needs Ministry conducted a discussion class for the parents of children with special needs, such as autism, and others. This class was held at the home clinic

of Dr. Alberto Alonso González, the respected child psychologist who runs Apoyo Psicopedagógico y Salud Mental (Psychological and Mental Health Support Clinic), while the children were being entertained with creative activities in the specifically designed learning environment of Dr. Alonso’s manicured estate. The Mountain View Mission also works with Kathleen Duncan’s non-profit AIM Peñasco organization, which, in addition to working with the students of needy families and children with special needs here in Puerto Peñasco, sponsors the Familias con Propósito en Mexico (Families with Purpose) Orphanage in Sonoyta. This orphanage is funded through donations to the U.S. non-profit Steps of Love organization which accepts donations at www.stepsoflove.org. Watching these enthusiastic mission volunteers in action, it is easy to see how they’ve developed in organization and skills over the years. Think about it, every project on their agenda was completed in a total of a day and a half! Cyndi tells us, “These mission participants are so motivated because they are Living their Faith.” That meaningful slogan, “Living our Faith”, is printed on their sky blue team t shirts. Indeed, benevolence seems to grow exponentially among these faith-driven volunteers who pay their own way on these trips and often pay for materials and supplies. The Mexico Mission has developed a trusting relationship with Conrad Flores of Oc3an View Ministry, who arranges their accommodations at the Granada del Mar beach side hotel in the Mirador and directs the purchase of material and supplies needed for the projects each trip. He also helps Cyndi choose the most deserving recipients of their services and

donations. Cyndi adds, “We are so blessed to have Conrad and Oc3an View Ministry on the ground here to guide us through his close relationships with the local ministries and charitable organizations. It’s what allows us to accomplish so much during these weekend trips.”

Cyndi is so humble when she gratefully states, “In reality, we know our missions alone will never end the poverty in this community, but each time we return, we become more productive to make life a little easier for more and more residents here, especially the children. “We can also hope to set an example to encourage and inspire other organizations to choose Puerto Peñasco for their mission trips. In fact, we invite anyone to contact me directly or our church to inquire about how they can participate in our mission trips.” Yes, if you are interested in “Living your Faith,” or just giving back by helping the needy in Puerto Peñasco, you can contact Cyndi at cyndiconnelly@gmail.com, or for information on their other ministries contact Mountain View Presbyterian Church by phone at: 480-998-1085 . You can also visit their website: http://www. mtviewpres.org/ Puerto Peñasco is blessed to have such a group of highly organized and productive volunteers choosing to help our needy barrios, not once, but twice a year. We look forward to welcoming them back in November!

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Pablo Bustamante

Hi Alicia and Sandra. As I am sure you are aware a local man. Pablo Bustamante, died in a fall at Pinacate over the Semana Santa holiday. Pablo did a lot of work for me at my home in Las Conchas as well as for many of my neighbors. I know he also did a lot of work for folks over in the condos at Sandy Beach. The majority of the many Americans like me who hired Pablo for the exceptional work he did ended up considering him a dear friend and we are all devastated by his loss. He was one of the kindest and most honest men I have ever known and he loved his family tremendously and was completely devoted to his three kids. Many of us Americans who knew Pablo wanted to find a way to help his family and so I offered to establish an education fund for his kids through Steps of Love. Our goal is to raise enough to fund the education of his children through high school. I visited with his wife and kids yesterday to tell them about this fund and, while they are still in shock and clearly devastated (they were all hiking with him and watched him fall!), his wife was incredibly grateful and relieved that she will not have to worry about how she will be able to keep her kids in school without Pablo’s income. I am wondering if you might help me make others aware of this fund through your FB page and/or a story in an upcoming issue. Below is the information for donating to the fund. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide in helping me support this family! Saludos, Kathleen Duncan One-time or recurring donation using a credit/debit card or bank account transfer (ACH): Go to www.stepsoflove.org., Click on the DONATE NOW button at the top of the page Select a one time or recurring donation and then select the amount in the box for “additional comments related to this donation” type in “for the children of Pablo Bustamante”. Complete the credit card and personal information. To mail a check: Go to www.stepsoflove.org, Click on the DONATE NOW button on the top of the page click on the ‘Giving Form’ link toward the top of the page. Print the form and when completing it write “for the children of Pablo Bustamante” in the comments section. Mail it along with a check to the address listed.

Laguna Shrimp, my new Mikky’s fave at Laguna Shores Resort

By Lannette Phipps

I am finding I really, really, really, really, have to want (or need) something from town, or anywhere, to get me to leave my comfy abode and enclave here at Laguna Shores Resort. It’s peaceful. I have toys like kayaks, paddle boards and bicycles when I want them, and I practically have the beach to myself most days. My house has just about everything I need to survive; like the internet, air conditioning and wine. And there is even a tennis court, gym and a spa within a few hundred feet away from my house, only one of which I actively use…I’ll let you guess. If all that doesn’t make me want to stay home (did I mention beach?), when I get hungry (or thirsty) I can just walk (or drive haha) over to Mikky’s Restaurant and grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. And now that Head Chef Daniel Espinoza Palafox has revamped the menu, this happens quite frequently, especially now I can get my hands on his 2017 entrée at the Taste of Peñasco held in February…drumroll please…Laguna Shrimp. I didn’t know anyone could possibly prepare shrimp any other way than what I’ve tasted here in my 20+ years living here. Don’t get me wrong, there are some delicious shrimp dishes out there at restaurants that I frequent… often…and now this is another to add to my list. Mikky’s Restaurant, as I stated above, does serve breakfast and lunch, but I am most familiar with the dinner menu. My digestive system doesn’t really awaken until it knows there is something delicious waiting that can be washed down with a good bottle of wine. Oh, yes, they do have good wine as well. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to tell you about their “secret” wine list, but there you have it, the cat’s done busted out of the bag. (They also have cocktail drinks and beer.) Okay, back to the Laguna Shrimp. Wonderfully big shrimp, set on fire with Cognac and then they are bathed in a cream sauce and topped off with fresh strawberries and peaches. Oh my, it is so delicious. All that Chef Daniel will say about the cream sauce is that it has a touch of paprika. I’m pretty sure I don’t care what’s in it…you had me at cream…oh, and strawberries. I’m not sure I can even compare it to any other flavor that one usually finds over shrimp – or even

pasta. It’s definitely not alfredo-y or garlic-y or tomato-y. It’s just pure deliciousness. I have the first draft of the new menu and the Laguna Shrimp is listed as an appetizer, but maybe it will be an entrée on the final menu. Either way, you should really try it out. Nine or ten of us were fortunate enough to be invited to taste test all of the new dishes on the new menu. O’Happy Day! I can honestly say there was not one dish that I did not like (really, what did you expect?). I think the Laguna Shrimp was the clear winner with the Fettuccine Primavera coming in a close 2nd as the all-time faves. The rest was mixed between fish and chicken people. Personally I like cream and butter so my favorite was probably the Tarragon Chicken which is chicken breast topped with mushrooms, asparagus, artichokes and tarragon, flamed with Cognac and then bathed in a cream sauce. Shall I say it again… bathed. And let’s not forget that it comes with Fettuccine pasta. Good Lord! I have to say that I am up for anything bathed in cream sauce, well, except for octopus, not a big octopus fan. The Chicken Frances (mushrooms, capers, artichokes, white wine, butter and lemon) was probably the 3rd favorite along with the Chef ’s Special Fish (fish topped with chunks of shrimp, seasonal veggies, tomato (technically it’s a fruit!), white wine, lemon and butter). Or maybe the Livornese Fish (fish and shrimp in white wine and marinara sauce). Really, I cannot remember. Laguna Shrimp is all you need to lure you out for the night and, no doubt there is something you will like on the dinner menu, which is served from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Early bird gets the Laguna Shrimp here!

I like to go an hour and a half or two before sunset and have wine and appee’s and enjoy my dinner with a wonderful sunset view. The darned sunset just never gets old. (And I even have an unobstructed view of it every night from almost every room in my home, but now that’s just bragging!) I, for one, am very happy Chef Daniel is out here at Mikky’s, and he welcomes all of you to come out and try his new dinner menu. Chef Daniel Espinoza Palafox, trained under the strict guidance of Italian born and trained chef, Luca Appendino at the Tutti Santi Restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona and then followed him here to Puerto Peñasco where they worked at Mare Blu Restaurant. When Chef Luca moved on to open his own restaurant, Pane e Vino, Daniel stayed with Mare Blu until he came here to Laguna Shores Oceanfront Resort. Other dishes I like are the Chicken Marsala, the Gorgonzola Shrimp appetizer, the Spaghetti Romantica, the Caprese Salad and the Gorgonzola Filet Mignon. And let’s not forget the brownie and ice cream. Oh, and almost everything is served with pasta. What’s not to love? Some new additions to the menu, but not mentioned, but still delish are: Garden Style Chicken, Firenze Spaghetti and Spaghetti Carbonara. And your old favorites are still there like Shrimp Scampi, Filet Mignon Tacos, Fettuccine Alfredo and the Italian Table Salad. Mikky’s Restaurant is open to absolutely everyone, but you can only reside here if you are way cool, like to drink wine and love big dogs (haha, just kidding, and my rules). Mikky’s Restaurant opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 8:00 PM, so pay attention during the summer when it looks like it’s only 4-in-the-afternoon and it is already bedtime! Laguna Shores Oceanfront Resort is located on the Coastal Highway approximately 15 to 20 minutes from town. Take the Coastal Hwy. west, pass under the arch, cross the intersection at Laguna del Mar/ ranch road, and past that about 3 miles you will see the gated entrance. Tell the security guard you are going to Mikky’s Restaurant, and they will issue you a temporary placard. Then follow the signs to the restaurant. When you do come, don’t forget to leave your feedback with the wait staff or Chef Daniel himself. Check out our ad in the center of the Rocky Point Times for our monthly party and other specials. Hope to see you soon.


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And now, a few words about the bees By Mike Bibb

Since Spring is the usual time of year imaginations - or whiffs of romance fill the air, especially among the birds and bees - I thought it appropriate to complement my Mourning Dove article with an equally perspicacious reflection on the life and times of the common honey bee.

Like the doves, the attached pictures were taken of bees busily working flat-cactus flowers in my front yard. There appears to be several several dozen of the little guys - actually gals - busily buzzing from one flower to another. After rolling around inside the blossom, saturating their tiny body hairs with pollen, they laboriously take flight to the hive. According to information gleaned from various sources on the Net, honey bees - not “honeybees,” a subtle but important distinction is only one of several bee species classified under the Apis family of insects. Their main distinction is they are known for producing and storing honey and liquefied sugar and constructing large nests from wax secreted by colony workers. Another honey bee characteristic differing them from other bees is that they do not hibernate in the winter. During cold periods they will remain inside the nest, huddled closely to preserve body heat and feeding on stored food. This is why honey bees can sometimes been seen flying around on warm winter days and just as quickly disappear whenever the weather turns uncomfortably chilly. Honey bees are social insects but can become aggressive when defending their hives or sensing danger. Similar to most creatures, they do not necessarily provoke hostile confrontations but won’t back down when incited. Their primary retaliation maneuver is their numerical superiority. Thousands of bees can quickly be organized to oppose a real or perceived threat; inflicting debilitating stings to any intruder bold

Rocky Point’s Rodeo Drive By Barbara Iverson

enough to disturb the hive. They’ve been known to chase animals or humans a considerable distance when invoking their particular brand of justice. The hive consists of three distinct kinds of adults; the queen, male drones and infertile female workers. There is only one queen per colony, capable of laying several thousand eggs a day. After mating with the male drones, the queen and eggs/larvae are tended to by the female workers who provide pollen and honey for about three weeks or until the young bees become adults. However, being a male bee - drone - isn’t all it’s cracked-up to be. While it might seem haughty to be the queen’s boyfriend, in reality it’s a death sentence. Drones are the minority residents of the hive and serve a single purpose: to mate with the queen. After that, he dies.

I’m somewhat sympathetic to the poor guy. It must be a pleasurable but anguishing existence to provide stud service to the queen knowing full well that after the deal is done it’s a one way ticket to the bee mortuary. It’s kinda that way in the human world, only it takes a little longer and is a lot more expensive. Since there is only one queen per hive, newly hatched queens are forced from the hive to start a colony of their own. Accompanied by thousands of workers, swarms of bees usually leave their old home to relocate and construct new nests in the late spring and summer. In addition to maintaining the continuance of the species, honey bees primary responsibility is to serve as mobile pollinators of flowers and various forms of crop and plant life. This task is accomplished when the bee flits from one blossom to another, unwittingly transferring a plant’s pollen - male sperm cells - to assist in the procreation of the plant. Also during the process, the honey bee will extract flower nectar and carry it back to the hive to eventually be converted into honey. Unfortunately, the honey bee population has been diminishing in recent years, due in part to certain environmental hazards and chemical usage. The application of synthetic soil fertilizers and weed control chemicals has adversely affected the honey bee’s existence to such a point that many commercial fruit and vegetable crop growers maintain private bee colonies to assist in the pollination process. Without this important link in the cycle of plant life many of our foods, including meat products (animals also consume various plants), would be in danger of becoming extinct. Think about that the next time you visit a vegan eatery or chomp down on a juicy porter house. The role of the little honey bee helped make your dining delight possible.

School’s out and summer has arrived. A great time to visit Rocky Point. The pristine beaches and refreshing margaritas are something not to be missed! And your trip isn’t complete until you’ve shopped Rodeo Drive with over 50 shops, great prices, and friendly, courteous vendors. This is something not to be missed. In addition, it’s a proven fact that shopping relieves stress. While on Rodeo Drive come by Su Casa and see our new art collection featuring Barbara Mitchell and Lane Frank’s local photography. Together they represent both the contemporary and historic views of Puerto Peñasco. Lane Frank’s classic and historic old photos and canvas prints are reproductions from slides that his father, Gene Frank, a photographer for the Phoenix Gazette, had taken on frequent family trips to Puerto Peñasco in the 1960’s. This is an amazing collection to view and experience a time

worth remembering. What a wonderful addition for your condo decor, as well as a valuable keepsake, or take one home as a reminder of your vacation in Rocky Point. Barbara Mitchell, a Cholla Bay resident, represents the charm of Puerto Peñasco as we see it today: from pelicans to ships, beaches to sunsets, pottery to patios, mariachis to fiestas. Her Print Originals aim to make a statement about the pure essence of Puerto Peñasco – strikingly bright images that instill a cheerful mood and provide long-lasting memories. Also, you will want to check out her new and beautiful panoramic greeting cards and take one home or send one to a friend or relative. They will be so envious of your time spent in our little paradise by the sea. After you’re finished checking out Rodeo Drive, and all the many extraordinary treasures it has to offer, stop by Mariachis & Tequila Restaurant for some of the best food in Puerto Peñasco. See you on the Drive.


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TRAVELINFORMATION TOURIST ASSISTANCE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO REMEMBER

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

POLICE EMERGENCIES

DIAL...066

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

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

YOU MUST FILE AN OFFICIAL COMPLAINT!

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

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

All fines are to be paid at the main police station

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

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

DRIVING TO ROCKY POINT

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

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

COMING FROM CALIFORNIA The Crossing at San Luis (south of Yuma, AZ) is the fastest and easiest point to cross. Head East on I-8 and take Hwy. 95 S towards Yuma. You will cross at San Luis Rio Colorado. Continue straight for a few blocks, turn left at the signal on to 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. Theres is a toll booth you will go through (currently $110 pesos). The road is smooth and free of potholes and has plenty of places to pass and pull over. Just outside of El Golfo, you will turn left onto the Coastal Highway (003) and follow that all the way to Rocky Point. Signs are clearly marked. Look on our facebook page for pictures of the signs, roadway, stops and scenery.

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

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

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

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

AIRLINE SERVICE & AIRPORTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Mar de Cortes International Airport (011-52-638) 383-6097 www.aeropuertomardecortes.com Airport Administrator: Alonso Dominguez Ruiz Libramiento Carretera Sonoyta-Caborca 71 Ejido Miramar, Colonia Miramar

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

Phoenix, Tucson & Nogales, AZ

BUS STATIONS (MEXICO)

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

FOR U.S. - SEE SHUTTLE SERVICES

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

CONSULATES MEXICAN CONSULATES Tucson: 553 S. Stone Ave., 85701 (520) 882-5595 • Mon.-Fri. 8 AM - 2 PM Phoenix: P 320 E McDowell Rd Ste 320 Phoenix, AZ 85004 • (602) 242-7398 Nogales: 480 Grand Ave., 89562 • (520) 287-3175 Douglas: 541 10th St., 85607 • (520) 364-3107 U.S. CONSULATES Nogales, Mexico from Mexico (01-631) 311-8150 Fax: (01-631) 313-4652 from the U.S. (011-52-631) 311-8150 Fax: (011-52-631) 313-4652 http://travel.state.gov Email: NogalesASC@state.gov What the Consulate CAN DO if you are arrested in Mexico • Visit you in jail after your arrest • Provide you a list of local attorneys • Inform you of judicial procedures • Notify family and friends • Relay requests for aid or monetary support • Protest abuse/mistreatment to authorities What the Consulate CANNOT DO if you are arrested in Mexico • Demand your immediate release • Get you out of jail or out of the country • Pay legal fees w/U.S. Government money • Pay fines w/U.S. Government money

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

CROSSING THE BORDER CLOSED MIDNIGHT - 6:00 AM

Arizona (Lukeville) Border Mexico (Sonoyta) Border As soon as you pass the chainlink fence, you are entering into Mexico. There are two lanes going into Mexico. Wait for the vehicle ahead of you to pass all the way through the lane before proceeding. VEHICLE INSPECTION There are two means of inspection: 1) Fiscal Traffic Light Nothing to declare/items under allowed limit

2) Integral Inspection

Voluntary declaration/items over allowed limit

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

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

DUTY FREE ITEMS You are allowed $300 USD tax free in new merchandise per person. Merchandise must be in same vehicle as person(s) declaring. The following is a list of items which you may bring into Mexico tax free. • Items for personal use such as clothing, shoes and toiletries according to the length of your stay. • 1 photographic or motion video camera, including a power source and rolls of film or video cassettes. (No professional equipment.) • Books and magazines. • 1 used sports article or piece of equipment for individual use. • 1 carton of cigarrettes. • 3 liters (approx. 3 quarts) of wine, alcohol, beer, etc. if the passenger is an adult. You may import an additional 2 liters and pay the corresponding tax. • Medicine for personal use (with your prescription). • Suitcases to transport your items.

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

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


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

IMPORTING You are allowed to bring in $300 USD per person worth of new merchandise - this does not include your personal items such as clothing, toiletries, etc. If you have new merchandise in excess of $300 per person you will need to declare your items and pay the impuestos (taxes) before crossing into Mexico. You may import up to $1,000 USD in new merchandise per vehicle without the assistance of a Customs Broker. To declare items you are bringing into Mexico, turn left as you cross the border, just beyond the chainlink fence. Park in the designated spot and go into the Aduana Building in the middle of the two lanes. See Crossing the Border for more information on declaring merchandise. If your merchandise totals more than $1,000 USD per vehicle, you will need the assistance of a customs broker. Customs brokers are located on the Mexican side of the border. Park on the U.S. side and walk across to one of their offices. Customs Brokers in Sonoyta, Mex. Agencia Ibarrola (011-52-651) 512-1878 Aserco Imp. (011-52-651) 512-0009 MultiServicios Sinaloa (011-52-651) 512-1593 or 1599

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live Birds: wild and domesticated birds, including poultry are prohibited. To import personally owned pet birds, contact agricultural inspectors in advance. Straw: generally prohibited. This includes wheat straw, seeds, animal feed, and all articles made from this material. In addition to the excepted items listed above, many agricultural items are permitted if they pass inspection to be sure they are free of pests, soil and sand.

SHUTTLE SERVICES Daily shuttle service is available from the Phoenix and Tucson areas to Rocky Point and cities 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 www.headouttorockypoint.com Nena’s Transportation 388-7089 or (602) 442-6802 Located on Benito Juarez, N of the Baseball Stadium by Coffee Point Transportes Superior 383-3640 Calle Lazaro Cardenas, Esq. Benito Juarez Bus Station TNS/Estrella Blanca Sonoyta: Across the border on the west side of the street. 01-651-512-3374 At the Bus Station: 01-651-512-0784 Phoenix: 29th & VanBuren: 602-455-9522

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

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

At this time you cannot obtain your FMT in Peñasco, but the Immigration office can stamp your FM3 or FM2 for travel beyond the free zone. If you are flying into the airport you can obtain your FMT when you arrive at the Peñasco airport. By law, anyone who stays in Mexico for more than 72 hours, is required to have an FMT, whether you stay within the Free Zone or not. Automobile Visa The Free Zone covers most of Sonora, but if you plan to drive past Guaymas, Sonora, you will need to obtain a permit for your vehicle. This can be done in San Emeterio, about 20 miles south of Sonoyta on Hwy 2 or at the check point outside of Guaymas. The cost for this permit is approx. $44 dlls. You cannot get a permit in Rocky Point. You will need the original and 3 copies of: • Registration, Title and the valid driver’s license of the vehicle owner • Credit card in the vehicle owner’s name • FMT, FM3, FM2, Passport or birth certificate • Leasing contract (if the vehicle is rented or leased), which must be in the name of the person importing the vehicle. If the vehicle belongs to a company, the papers certifying the employee works for the company. If you do not have a credit card you can post a bond payable to the Federal Treasury issued by an authorized bonding company in Mexico. As an alternative to posting bond you may make a cash deposit at Banco del Ejercito in an amount equal to the value according to the “Table of Vehicle Values for Bonding Companies.” At Banco del Ejercito your credit card will be charged approx. $30 USD. A cash deposit will also be accepted if you do not have a credit card. Your deposit plus any interest will be returned to you when you leave Mexico. You may choose to obtain a bond through an authorized Mexican bonding company located at all border crossings. The bonding company also assess taxes and processing costs for this service. The vehicle permit is good for 6 months and for any type of vehicle weighing under 3 tons. When departing Mexico, and if you are not planning to drive the vehicle back into Mexico, the permit must be canceled with Customs. If your car is found in Mexico, beyond the Free Zone, and beyond the authorized time, or without the appropriate papers, it will be confiscated. Always carry the importation permit with you when driving your vehicle into Mexico. Take it with you when you exit the vehicle - do not leave this document in your car. Make a copy and leave a copy in the car - same with your insurance. The sale, abandonment or use of the vehicle for financial gain, a criminal act, etc. will result in its confiscation. The vehicle may be driven by the spouse or adult children as long as they have the same immigration status. It is a good idea to get a notarized document, if you are driving a vehicle beyond the free zone that is not registered in your name, nor the owner is in the vehicle. It should simply state that the owner has given you permission to drive the vehicle, you may want to include the make, model, year, color and VIN number. The Rocky Point Times Newspaper strives to keep the information up-to-date. Laws, rules and info. change constantly, so if you notice an error, or have additional info., please let us know so that we may change the info. Contact us with questions or corrections at rockypointtimes@ yahoo.com or phone (480) 4636255 or local 383-6325.


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Aquario Mar de Cortes Earthquake Safety

By Stephanie Wood

Rocky Point is considered a moderate to high hazard zone for earthquakes. It’s a good idea to have some preparation in place. You can find detailed information online about earthquake preparedness. I’ve compiled the main tips from EarthquakeCountry.org, NationalGeographic.com, Ready.gov, and Fema.gov.

By Stephanie Wood

Rocky Point has a new aquarium. To get there you take Benito Juarez to Fremont to Sinaloa, turn south, and then follow the signs to Aquario.

Riley and I decided to visit a few weeks ago. We went right at 10am when they opened and we basically had the whole place to ourselves. It was a $5 fee for us to enter. Right now, it’s small, but fun. It’s a great opportunity to see sea turtles up close and you can pet them. They are in the process of growing coral, which takes 8-10 months. There are plans for a sea lion tank, a courtyard café and gift shop within the next year. We were able to get our picture in the mouth of a “shark”. There’s a video playing and posters on the wall teaching about the turtles. It’s definitely worth a visit and we plan on going back to see it as it progresses. This is a great way to support the marine life and fun activities for kids in Rocky Point.

After that stop, we tried to go to CetMar, another aquarium we took Brigid to many years ago. Apparently Cet-Mar

stay where you are. Cover your head and neck with your arms. If you are in a stadium or theater: Stay at your seat and protect your head and neck with your arms. Don’t try to leave until the shaking is over. Then walk out slowly watching for anything that could fall in the aftershocks.

BEFORE THE QUAKE

closed approximately three years ago. Who knew! But just so you know, even though it’s listed as an attraction on the Internet, it is permanently closed. So we continued on thru the guard gate at Las Conchas to see CEDO. It was a Saturday and pretty much everything was closed. But we did get to see the whale skeleton and some cool

dioramas. CEDO has summer camps for kids 9-13 and free talks Tuesdays at 2pm and Saturdays at 4pm. We will definitely keep going back to both places for fun and learning.

Secure your home by bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing latches on cupboards, and strapping the water heater to wall studs. Use flexible connections where gas lines meet appliances. Remove or lock refrigerator wheels. Place beds away from windows or items that may fall. Hang mirrors and heavy pictures and pictures on closed hooks. Locate a place in each room of the house that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you, like a door frame. Know at least two ways to exit the building safely after an earthquake. Keep an emergency kit with a 3 day supply of food and 3 gallons of water per person, a first aid kit, dust masks and goggles, and a battery-operated radio and flashlights in an accessible place. Know how to turn off your gas and water mains and keep a wrench or turn off tool in water proof wrap near them. Store fire extinguishers in easily accessible location. Keep several flashlights in easily accessible places around the house. Know the location of your main electrical switch (fuse box or circuit breaker). WHEN SHAKING STARTS – Drop, Cover & Hold On. DROP down; take COVER under a desk or table and HOLD ON. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit. Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you. The area near the exterior walls of a building is the most dangerous place to be. Windows, facades and architectural details are often the first parts of the building to collapse. Stay inside if you are inside and outside if you are outside. In a high-rise building, avoid windows, do not use elevators, and expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake. If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow. If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground. If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops. If you are in a wheelchair, lock the wheels once you are in a safe position. If unable to move quickly,

AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE, CHECK FOR INJURIES AND DAMAGE

Aftershocks may cause additional damage or items to fall, so get to a safe location. Take your disaster supplies kit. If you are trapped by falling items or a collapse, protect your mouth, nose, and eyes from dust. If you are bleeding, put pressure on the wound and elevate the injured part. Signal for help with your emergency whistle, a cell phone, or knock loudly on solid pieces of the building, three times every few minutes. Rescue personnel will be listening for such sounds. Once you are safe, help others and check for damage. Protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and work gloves to avoid injury from broken glass and debris. Wear a dust mask and eye protection. Shut off the main gas valve if you suspect a leak because of broken pipes or the odor or sound of leaking natural gas. Don’t turn it back on yourself, wait for the gas company to check for leaks. Shut off power at the main breaker switch if there is any damage to your house wiring. Leave the power off until the damage is repaired. Unplug broken lights and appliances as these as they could start fires when electricity is restored. Clean up any spilled medicines, drugs, or other non-toxic substances. Potentially harmful materials such as bleach, lye, garden chemicals, and gasoline or other petroleum products should be isolated or covered with an absorbent such as dirt or cat litter. If power is off, plan meals to use up refrigerated and frozen foods first. If you keep the door closed, food in your freezer may be good for a couple of days. If your water is off or unsafe, you can drink from melted ice cubes, canned vegetables, or drained from your water heater (make sure it’s turned off). Avoid drinking water from swimming pools or spas; use this water for bathing or cleaning clothes.


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

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

$$ BANKING & MONEY $$ Typical Bank Hours Mon.-Fri. open 8:30 or 9 AM, close 4 or 5 PM Saturday 9 or 10 AM - 2 PM Banks do not offer Safety Deposit Boxes BANKS IN PUERTO PEÑASCO BANAMEX Sucursal Pinacate Blvd. Benito Juárez & Campeche 383-3943 or 383-4830 Blvd. Benito Juárez & Blvd. López Portillo 388-5842 or 388-5844 BANCOMER 383-2947 or 383-2430 Blvd. Benito Juárez & V. Estrella and in Plaza Fremont BANORTE 383-5955 • Blvd. Benito Juárez 388-6901 • Blvd. Fremont & Sinaloa SANTANDER SERFIN 383-2091 or 383-4288 Blvd. Benito Juárez & Calle 13 Hwy. 85, north of town ATM MACHINES ATM’s are located at the banks and have 24 hr. access. They give pesos only. The only one that gives dollars is the Banorte ATM on Fremont. 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) 387-2200 Mon.-Thurs. 9-4, Fri. 9-5

They do not exchange pesos or Canadian $

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

CHURCHES 7th Day Adventist Church Pastor Jose Luis Perez Perez Ave. Sinaloa (between Alberto Lizárraga & Gregorio Escalante) Tel: (638) 383-6760 Cel: (638) 100-6602 Worship Saturday 9:30am 2nd Location in Nuevo Peñasco Corner of 51st Ave & Aquiles Serdan (East side of Town) Adonai Comunidad Cristiana Lucero Viuda de Morúa #257 between López Mateos & Healy Col. Luis Donaldo Colosio Tel. 638.383.3865 www.adonaicc.net Assembly of God 383-3364 Ave. Luis Encinas & 27th Street Apostolic Church Constitucion Ave. & 15th Street Good Samaritan Callejon 25 and Ave. 65 (N. of Lazaro Cardenas) (638) 112-7035 Sunday Service 10:30 am 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 Jose Mission Church Bilingual Catholic Mass offered every Sunday at 8 a.m. at San Jose’ Church in La Cholla/Cholla Bay. Everyone is welcome.

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 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 WHEN IN DOUBT DIAL 911 or 066

FIRST AID Scorpion Stings First aid for any scorpion sting should involve cooling the wound, which allows the body to more easily break down the molecular structure of the venom. Cooling also reduces pain. Use ice or cool running water if available. On a warm night, a wet compress will help. Keep the victim calm and still. Panic and activity speed up the venom’s spread. Symptoms may include heavy sweating, difficulty swallowing, blurred vision, loss of bowel control, jerky muscular reflexes, and respiratory distress. These serious signs are cause for quick evacuation to a medical facility. Antitoxins are available in many areas where dangerous scorpions live. The doctors, clinics and Red Cross are experts at treating stings. Snake Bites Yes! We do have snakes in Puerto Peñasco. Not usually found in city areas. If you are bitten by a rattlesnake, or any other kind of venmous snake, seek medical attention immediately. Anti-venom is available here in Peñasco. Jellyfish They are usually bright blue and are present in our waters during June, July and August, although they are sometimes hard to see because of the clarity of the water. Some years we have a few, and other years we have tons. In some beach communities, you will find far less than others. A good test to see if they are present, is to look along the tidelines for any that have washed ashore if they’re up there then there’s a pretty good chance they’re in the water. Use caution when walking barefoot on the beach or digging through the sand with your hands, they can still sting you (I know from experience). If you are stung, get to a doctor or the Red Cross immediately for treatment. Stingray Stings Our Rocky Point doctors, clinics and Red Cross are well adept at treating stings. The best way to avoid a sting is by doing the “stingray shuffle!” To avoid stepping on a ray, shuffle your feet slowly as you move through the surf to scare the rays away. Round stingrays are very good at burying in the sand and will remain buried even as you approach. By shuffling your feet you will brush against them and they will scurry away. If you walk through the water as you normally do you will most likely step square on the back of them which causes their barbed tail to come up and sting you. Be extra careful in area where the sediment is silty/sand or where the water is particularly warm. What do you do if you get stung by a ray? Get out of the water and head to the nearest doctor. If you are stranded out where these facilities are not available follow these steps and seek medical attention as soon as you can. First, let the wound bleed - this will allow any toxins entered with the barb to get out. Next, immerse the wound in hot water, as hot as the patient can stand for approximately 45 minutes: This denatures the protein toxin and relieves a majority of the pain. Then treat wound as any other puncture wound or cut, keep clean and bandage: This reduces the chance of infection, promotes healing. If pain or bleeding persists, if wound is large or if patient shows signs of an allergic reaction, see a doctor immediately! If you are staying at a resort go to the desk or convenience store - they may have a first aid kit with a treatment.

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

FISHING & BOATING CON’T SEASONAL FISHING Spring: March, April, May Yellowtail, Grouper, Snapper, Whitefish, Pinto and Bass Summer: June, July, August Sailfish, Dolphin Fish, Marlin, Skipjack, Sierra Fall: September, October, November Sailfish, Dolphin Fish, Marlin, Skipjack, Sierra Winter: December, January, February Yellowtail, Grouper, Pinto Bass, Snapper


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GENERALINFORMATION FM3 & IMMIGRATION IMMIGRATION OFFICE Open Mon.-Fri. 8:00AM - 12:00NOON (011-52-638) 383-2526 For more info on how to obtain your Visitor or Permanent Resident Visa go to http://www.inm.gob.mx/ index.php and click on the English tab, or you can go directly to the Immigration Office and they will be happy to help you. The office is located on Blvd. Fremont at Fremont Plaza, across from Banorte. There are many companies and individuals which can assist you with your immigration paperwork, please look in our Classified Section, under “Services” for suggestions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTARY PUBLICS (NOTARIOS)

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

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

PINACATE BIOSPHERE RESERVE Reserva de la Biosfera de El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar The Pinacate Biosphere Reserve is home to some of the world’s largest volcanic craters and is one of the most pristine and diverse areas in the Sonoran Desert. It has a large variety of plant and wildlife species that inhabit this sometimes hostile area. In the winter, you may see snow on the Pinacates. And in the summer, temperatures soar well over 110°. U.S. astronauts trained for their lunar landing mission in this area as the terrain mimics that found on the moon.

You can take a day trip and explore the Pinacate area and volcanic craters by vehicle, camp overnight (in designated) areas, walk or hike. You must register at the entrace to the Reserve (located in Nayarit, approx. 20 miles N of Rocky Point). This will allow Biosphere personnel to make sure you are safe at all times.

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

RV PARKS DRY CAMPING There are a few places to dry camp on the beach north and south of Rocky Point, but really nowhere in city limits except on Sandy Beach next to The Reef, and Concha Del Mar at the other end of Sandy Beach. Almost all of the RV Parks in Puerto Peñasco offer tent camping. There are three oceanfront rv parks with services available and many more in town or with an ocean view. Oceanfront RV parks are: Cholla Bay - The Reef (638) 383-0650 El Mirador - Playa de Oro (638) 2668 Sandy Beach - Playa Bonita (638) 383-2596 Sandy Beach - Concha del Mar (638) 383-4273 Pets are allowed on the beaches and at the RV parks. Dogs must be leashed and please pick up after them. See “Pets” in this section for more information. Please call the individual park for their rates and reservations.

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

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

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

Si I Do! - (011-52-638) 383-0700 www.siido.com

Wedding Music by Pablo 602) 288-8687 LEGAL CEREMONY IN MEXICO To get married in a legal ceremony in Puerto Peñasco you need: Birth certificates, translated into Spanish, notarized in Mexico; Divorce Decree; Blood test (in Rocky Point); Visas (FMT’s); 4 Witnesses (w/Visas). Your wedding planner will help you plan your reinactment ceremony as well.

TELEPHONES Puerto Peñasco’s phone company for home and business hook-up is Telefonos de Mexico (TelMex). Cellular service is available through TelCel and Movistar. U.S. carrier AT&T works pretty good here as long as you have the International Plan. DIALING INSTRUCTIONS Call Mexico from U.S. & Canada to dial a land line 011+52+638+7-digit number to dial a Peñasco cellular 011+52+1+638+7-digit number Call U.S. & Canada from Mexico dial 001+(area code)+7 digit number Call Collect from Mexico to U.S. dial 090 for a bilingual operatorCall Overseas from Mexico dial 00+country code+city code+phone number Country codes and Mexico area codes are listed in the TelMex Phone book Call another City in Mexico dial 01+(city code)+number AT&T Operator dial 001-800-462-4240 TELEPHONE COMPANY Telefonos de Mexico (TelMex) Juan de la Barrera and Calle 18 Office open 8 am • 383-2288 Phone & Internet services available TelMex (Land Line) Prefixes 383, 382, 388, 102, 108 Phone numbers are written in a variety of ways, here are a few you may see around town. 3-6325 = dial 383 + 6325 638-38-36325 = dial 383-6325 (638) 383-6325 = dial 383-6325 52+(638) 383-6325 = dial 383-6325 Mexico’s Country Code = 52 Puerto Peñasco’s City Code = 638 LONG DISTANCE 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 855 = dial 001+884+phone number 844 = dial 001+885+phone number

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


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

AMPI The Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios (AMPI), or the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals, Puerto Peñasco 51, represents ethical professionalism in real estate practice and promotes education among real estate professionals. A sister organization to National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United Estates, AMPI 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. AMPI operates the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) on behalf of our real estate clients. Board members: President: Rommel Bustamante Vice President: Maria Ituarte Treasurer: Rebecca Palomino Legal: Ricardo Borquez Secretary/V.P. Communications: Robin Miller Treasurer: Kris Nichols Legal: Ricardo Borquez VP Education: Joseph Toland VP Ethics: John Walz For Inquiries, please contact: Luisa Federico, AMPI Administrator email: luisa.ampi51@gmail.com AMPI Phone: 638-382-0439

ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM

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

AGRUPACION GEORGE PAPANICOLAOU

BUNCO BABES

CEDO CON’T

Madrid and Ave. Marcelo Pino grupaciongeorgepapanicolaou@hotmail.com Cancer clinic dedicated to early prevention. Screenings and tests available. MONTHLY MEETINGS 1st Thurs. of every month PATIENT CONSULTATIONS Wednesday 9AM-1PM PAP SMEARS Friday 9AM-2PM by appointment only Please call 1 to 2 weeks prior 383-4399

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

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!

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

AMERICAN LEGION POST MX 15 141 Chihuahua & Matamoros (Calle #1) Across from Pink Cadillac Open daily and the Public Always Welcome 2017 OFFICERS: Commander: Mike LaBarge Vice Commander: Jerry Clackler 2nd Vice Commander: Robert Lee Rowe Adjutant: John Stubblefield General Meetings 1st Tuesday of month at 10:00 a.m. (from October thru June) Contact Food & Beverage Manager Danny Anderson for information regarding special events, celebrations & dinners throughout the year. Bingo: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 2:00 p.m. NFL Football: Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Telephone Numbers: U.S. (602) 539-2047 Mexico 011-52 (638) 388-8841 Magic Jack (602) 539-2047 ALL VISITORS WELCOME!

CANACO-SERV Y TUR Puerto Peñasco Chamber of Commerce Servicios y Turismos de Pto. Peñasco Phone: 383-4468 Located on Blvd. Fremont and Coahuila Monday - Friday 8AM-3PM President: Guillermo Muñoz Fierro

(Please note that our Chamber of Commerce is not like those that you find in U.S. cities and do not provide the same services and information.)

CASA HOGAR (ELDERLY HOME) Director: Santiago Ruiz Hurtado Phone: 383-2599 Ave. Miguel Hidalgo (Calle 13) and Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Casa Hogar is supported solely on donations and they always welcome visitors to sing and play games. Take Blvd. Fremont toward Las Conchas, make a left at the Pemex station, cross over the rrx tracks and they are on your left. If you would like to make a donation you can make a check to: Patronato Pro Asilo de Ancianos de Puerto Peñasco A.C. and drop it off at the home. You may drop checks or donations off at the Rocky Point Times office. Help to pay their electric bill, especially during the summer months, is always needed. You may also make a donation at a local grocery store for the purchase food and items.

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

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

BARB’S DOG RESCUE Help Us Help Them. We are a concerned group of dog lovers working to better the lives of Peñasco’s dogs. We are expanding our facility on the edge of town where we house dogs. We are committed to taking in abandoned and neglected dogs, maintaining and rehabilitating them in a healthy environment and finding loving permanent homes. We ask for your help. Virtually every dog that comes to us is malnourished and in poor health. The need is great. Visit Barb’s Dog Shelter located 8 miles north of Rocky Point on the highway to Sonoyta, where you will see signs. Donations are also accepted at Twin Dolphins Real Estate on Fremont Blvd, next to Cruz Roja. E-Mail barbsdogrescue@ gmail.com 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.

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

CEDO Center for the Study of Oceans & Deserts Phone: 382-0113 or (520) 829-4501 Located in Las Conchas, look for the Fin Whale skeleton Mon. - Sat. 9AM-5PM; Sun. 10AM-2PM PO Box 1579, Lukeville, AZ 85341 info@cedointercultural.org www.cedointercultural.org CEDO is the Intercultural Center for the Study of Oceans and Deserts. Home to a giant fin whale skeleton and a desert botanical garden, CEDO is a field station for researchers and school classes, an education center with library, laboratories, book store and gift shop - An Intercultural Experience. CEDO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education and conservation of the planet’s last great frontiers: the Sea of Cortez. LOTS OF FUN AND GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS! FREE PUBLIC TOURS Every Tuesday 2PM; Saturday 4PM CEDO ADVENTURES FOR EVERYONE Kayak Capers Explore beautiful Estero Morua with expert guides. Local ecology talk, kayak rental, picnic feast,drinks all in an environment rich with shore birds, crabs and halophytes. Estero Excursions Oyster farms, fiddler crabs and the “shrimp dance” are part of this walking tour of a pristine upper Gulf wetland. Kayak Estero Morua and/or tour with CEDO experts. 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.

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

CHOLLA BAY SPORTSMENS CLUB Also referred to as the CBSC Dues: $40, Payable to CBSC P.O. Box 77152, Tucson, AZ 85703 The Cholla Bay Sportsmens Club is responsible for maintaining, monitoring, and staffing the VHF Marine Channel 28 for the northern Sea of Cortez as well as CB Radio Channel 3. The CBSC pays the salary of the operator, aides in search and rescue operations and can aid in the transportation of critical victims. They also publish the Cholla Chatter and put on numerous events during the year such as the CBSC Fishing Derby, Horseshoe Tournament and other fun stuff held in Cholla Bay. OFFICERS President: Mike Dugan Vice-President: Helen Dahlstrom Secretary: Billie Crumbley: 382-5133 Treasurer: Enedina Otañez: 382-5142 Membership: Helen Dahlstrom BOARD MEMBERS Sal Otatanez, Rhea Dugan, Pat Goodin, Ken Goodin, Chuck Blair, Marlene Blair Connie Horton, Kelley Adams, Dave Adams, Theresa Orcutt The CBSC provides an invaluable service for those at sea and promotes good relations between American visitors and our Mexican neighbors.

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

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

CONNECTION CLUB Meet every Thursday at 4pm at Puesta Del Sol Restaurant at Playa Bonita Resort. Want to meet folks in Puerto Peñasco? Come to The Connection, a happy hour gathering where you can meet a great group of people. Married? Single? Full-time or part-time resident? Mexican, American, other nationality, young, mature? It doesn’t matter. Everyone is welcome.

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

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

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

EL GOLFO RUN Sandra O’Hare Rocky Point Times Newspaper 383-6325 or from U.S. 480-463-6255 rockypointtimes@yahoo.com

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

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).


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CLUBSANDORGANIZATIONS ESPERANZA DE VIDA

MEN’S SHELTER

OLD BOYS SOCIAL CLUB

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.

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

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.

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

MEXICO CHILDRENS FOUNDATION

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 sanperegrinopenasco@gmail.com The group’s mission is to provide spiritual and monetary support to individuals in Rocky Point that are affected by cancer.

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.

Founder: Steve Schwab Established 2003 520-232-2241 7655 E Redfield Rd. Suite 3 Scottsdale, AZ, 85260 www.mexicochildrensfoundation.org Email: info@mexicochildrensfoundation.org A non-profit organization in Puerto Peñasco dedicated to enriching the lives of the children and their families. The organization provides medical assistance, assists families, offers education and assists in the general enrichment of children’s lives. The group holds many events during the year including golf tournaments, a children’s walk, triathlon, concerts and a New Year’s Eve Bash.

HELPING HANDS

MISSION VILLA GRANADA

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

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

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

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.

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.

OC3AN VIEW MINISTRY We are a Mexican non-profit organization, hosting large and small mission groups to bring aid and comfort to folks in need. Our office is located on the property of the Granada Del Mar Hotel over-looking the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Our Ministry Community Center Donation Facility; (thrift store) is located on Kino Blvd & Francisco Madero, caddy-corner to 2 Fish Ministerios. Hours of operation: TuesdaySaturday 12pm-5pm...All types of donations are welcome...For detailed information about us visit or WEB site: www.oc3anviewministry.com or Like us on facebook. To schedule a mission group with our exciting ministry making a difference in the community...contact: Conrad Flores, Founder & President Oc3anviewministry@gmail.com

U.S # 480-264-1172 MX Cell # 638-109-8017

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

RED HAT LADIES LUNCHEON

SANTIAGO RUIZ SALCIDO ASSOCIATION

Brenda Barden: (638) 382-8611 The Puerto Peñasco Chapter gets together on the last Monday of the month at 1PM (Oct.-June) to have lunch and show off their “red hats and purple dresses”. All ladies welcome. Call for reservations or info.

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.

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

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

PINACATE BIOSPHERE RESERVE

2 FISH MINISTERIOS

Fundación para Conservación del Pinacate, A.C. Office Hours: 9AM - 5PM U.S. Mail: PO Box 745, Ajo, AZ 85321 El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve is considered one of the most unique volcanic zones in the world. The conservation of these gigantic craters and the surrounding areas are an important part of our ancient history and culture. Self guided hikes, overnight camping and exploring are allowed in the area provided you do not harm, disrupt or take plants, wildlife or artifacts from the area. Visitors must register at the office as they enter the reserve. The reserve is located at the halfway town (Nayarit) between Rocky Point and Sonoyta. Also located near this area is Gran Desierto de Altar, home to the largest area of natural sand dunes.

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

RED CROSS (CRUZ ROJA) EMERGENCY DIAL 911 OR 060 Business Phone: 383-2266 www.cruzrojapenasco.org.mx

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

SOUTH OF THE BORDER SINGLES South of the Border Singles (SOB’s) meets every Wednesday at 4:00PM at Playa Bonita Restaurant for cocktails/dinner. Monthly business meetings first Wednesday at 5:30PM at Playa Bonita. Sunday 9AM gather for weekly 9:30AM breakfast at various RP restaurants. Other fun events, short trips, parties throughout the year. All singles welcome! Local contact: Robert Adams at Playa Bonita RV Park adibob@prodigy.net.mx, local 382-5034 or Magic Jack (602) 449-1030 or Jean McCauley at Las Conchas; jeanmcc61@gmail. com Mexican cell phone is (044-638) 386-9774 or Magic Jack is (520) 303-4332. Founder: Pastor Stan Tedrow Peñasco Christian Fellowship

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

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

SOUTH OF THE BORDER GROUP AA Passport Club We’ve moved to: Offices of Ocean View Ministry 18 Ave. S. Sinaloa M.W.F. 10:00 am Open AA meeting Contacts: Conrado @ MX cell: 638-109-8017 OVM office @: 480-264-1172 Marcia @ marsupis@gmail.com

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.

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

SAN JOSE CHURCH MISSION OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Cholla Bay Road on the right before you enter La Cholla. Mass time as 8 a.m.

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

TOURISM BUREAU (OCV)

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

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

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

YOUTH SPORTS FOUNDATION Rick Busa: rbusa1972@gmail.com Promotes youth sports in Puerto Peñasco. Donations of sports equipment, uniforms, etc. always welcome. Call for sports schedule and come out to watch the kids play.


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Potpourri - Short Shorts of All Sorts!

Sometimes so much is going on in our little slice of paradise by the sea that we can’t address the many short subjects with proper attention. To handle the hodgepodge of dangling subject matter, we invented the Potpourri Page. Here are a few “short shorts” to keep you up to date.

Mayor Kiko Munro Inaugurates Remodeled Francisco León García Stadium After an investment of more than 35 million pesos, Mayor Kiko Munro led re-inauguration ceremonies before a crowd of over 2000 people at the Francisco León García Stadium, marking the beginning of the 2017 Liga Norte de Mexico baseball season. With honored guests on hand, the mayor paid homage to former baseball players from Puerto Peñasco who have participated in different professional leagues. Along with Representative Célida López Cárdenas, and renowned former pitchers from Puerto Peñasco, the mayor threw out the first pitch of the 2017 LNM season. Shortly thereafter, accompanied by his wife Linda Pivac de Munro, children, parents, and honored guests, Mayor Munro unveiled the plaque commemorating the work of the 2015-2018 administration in remodeling and modernizing the Francisco León García Stadium. Joining the mayor for the opening night game featuring the Tiburones of Puerto Peñasco and the Centinelas of Mexicali were Rear Admiral Rogelio Marbán Díaz, Commander of the Puerto Peñasco Naval Sector, Representative Célida López Cárdenas, Sonora PGR Delegate Daría Figueroa Navarro, Liga Norte de Mexico Director Adrián García Solís, Tiburones board president Terencio Gutiérrez Valenzuela, José Alonso Rosales García, Junior Manager of the Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Heineken México Group, former Major League Baseball player Shea Hillebrand, and Tiburones Athletic Manager Alfredo Guzmán Mejía.

Mayor Kiko Munro Attends UNIDEP Graduation Sonoran Resorts’ Laura Valencia being congratulated by Mayor Kiko Munro In addressing graduates of the Puerto Peñasco branch of the University for Professional Development (UNIDEP), Mayor Kiko Munro emphasized the importance for youth and adults to decide and achieve developing themselves professionally as our city strengthens as a potential center for economic development. In a room full of alumni, family members, teaching staff, and the Director of the UNIDEP campus, the Mayor stated that Puerto Peñasco needs these qualified human resources to take on the opportunities that are being created as our city continues to grow and prosper. The mayor congratulated the 45 member 2013-2016 class, named in honor of Laura Aracely Valencia Moreno, now with degrees in Business Administration, International Commerce, Public Accounting, Education, and Law.

Laura has been working for the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group for over 10 years and she is currently the Closing Coordinator and Office Manager, but with her new designation as attorney, she will also be handling bank trusts for clients of the Sonoran Resorts. Mayor Munro also presented special recognition to Jerónimo García Ramírez, a member of the Public Safety Department and recent UNIDEP graduate, for the perseverance, effort, and dedication demonstrated during his studies, thereby becoming a professional that raises up the department. Rosario Marlene Vega Grijalva, Director of the UNIDEP campus in Puerto Peñasco, said that today’s society demands professionals who are constantly preparing and who can face the constant changes that are presented. During the UNIDEP graduation event, María Icela Gomboa, Director of COBACH Puerto Peñasco, Lindoro Galindo Lugo, Municipal Public Safety Administrative Director, Eddie Juárez, teacher representative, and representative of the Naval Sector were also present at the head table.

Mark Your Calendars! Las Vegas Night 2017 Coming on Saturday, July 1st This will be the 6th consecutive year of this superfun charity event. Come and show your skills at Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘em, and more games of skill and chance, with every bit of the proceeds going to local charity. There will also be a wonderful buffet-style dinner, a full bar with beer and drink specials, and a ton of friendly people to enjoy. Also, expect some local VIPs to show up to enjoy themselves and to meet people in attendance. Tickets are on sale now, and you can contact any of the Sonoran Resorts sales offices for information on buying tickets in advance. This event does sell out every year so don’t wait too long. Call 602-476-7511 for more info. See you there!

New Aquarium Open for Business After the closing of the CETMAR aquarium, people have continued to stop by the old location, wondering if it would reopen. As of this time, it looks like that is not in the cards but the new aquarium off of Sinaloa Street is open and being very well received by the people who visit. One excited group of visitors who recently visited were the new Scout Troops who reveled in seeing and feeling the many species of fish and animals which live in our area. To get to the new aquarium take Sinaloa (Reggies 8/12 street) to the Coco Rock (was the Caribbean Parrot) and turn west - go 2 blocks, and you are there.

Warning - It’s Stingray Season Reports have been coming in of increased numbers of stingrays in close to shore. This is the season, so it’s not

a surprise. The TAU and Red Cross have treated several people for painful stings so, if you’re going in the water, don’t forget to “shuffle”. Rays are lazy. They like to spend their summer days either mating or relaxing on the bottom, right off the shore. (Actually, they are not always relaxing, many times they are hiding from bigger rays that want to make a meal out of them.) They cover themselves up with sand and change color to blend in with the bottom. Just like you, they don’t like to be kicked or jumped on, to wake them up. They get testy and arc their proteinsheathed stinger over their back, or whip it out violently to nail whoever disturbed their summer nap. This causes an extremely painful injury. It can ruin a good day at the beach. The “Stingray Shuffle” will go a long ways to preventing an injury. It is not foolproof, but it greatly reduces the chances of being stung. All you do is “scoot” your feet along the bottom the minute your toes hit the ocean water. The movement and vibrations frighten rays, and they will move off away from what they perceive as threatening activity.

COFEPRIS Ends Ban on Bivalve Mollusks Red Tide Warning Ends A health ban on bivalve mollusks including oysters, clams, and mussels, among others found along the coasts of Puerto Peñasco has been lifted in May, reports Fishing Director Antonio Bellot Uribe. Bellot Uribe detailed the temporary ban was put in place months ago by the Federal Commission on Health Risk Protection (COFEPRIS) for harvesting in Playa Encanto, Ejido Almejas, and Bahía San Jorge. He noted lifting of the ban is beneficial for the local coastal fishing sector, which employs more than 150 employees either directly or indirectly.

Rocky Point Ziplines Becoming a Popular Tourist Attraction The Rocky Point Ziplines are proving to be a huge success & a big tourist draw for Peñasco. As many as 40 riders a day have been doing the 5 section - 1 hour course and loving the thrill ride. Families love it, with kids as young as 4 all the way up to big kids in their 80’s enjoying the exciting ride. Stop by to give it a try for yourselves. You can find them waiting for you just off the road to Cholla Bay near the base of Competition Hill with the big 4x4 trucks which will take you up the hill to get started. As a matter of interest, section #4 is over 1/2 mile long and is one of the longest ziplines in Mexico.

Semana Santa Crowd Leaves Behind 40 Tons of Trash One thing that can always be counted on after Semana Santa weekend is a lot of trash and several days of cleaning, to get the city and the beaches back into tip-top shape. In presenting results from the recent vacation operation, Mayor Kiko Munro praised the tremendous efforts of workers from Public Services, OOMISLIM, ZOFEMAT, and OOMAPAS. In furthering the commitment of Clean Beach

  41 Certification, staff from the Federal Maritime Land Zone (ZOFEMAT) along with support from beach vendors, managed to remove approximately 40 tons of trash from the areas of Playa Hermosa, Playa Bonita, Sandy Beach, La Cholla, Mi Playa, and Playa El Mirador, in addition to beach access points and parking lots along the beach corridor. Further clean-up efforts focused on the areas of the Mirador, Calles 12th, 13th, and 14th, as well as Blvd. Benito Juarez, Blvd. Fremont, Calle Matamoros and Calle Campeche. The mayor also highlighted the tireless work of the local water department (OOMAPAS) as over the Spring Break and Semana Santa vacation period they were able to supply water to more than 300,000 people, or rather 500% more than the city’s normal capacity.

Welcome Donation of equipment to Civil Protection and Fire Department The Municipal Civil Protection Unit and Fire Department received a donation of pre-hospital and emergency equipment worth approximately $50,000 USD from the Fire Departments of Show Low and Greer, Arizona, reported Fire Chief Francisco Javier Carrillo Ruíz. Carrillo Ruíz detailed the White Mountain Ambulance Service of Greer, AZ, together with the City of Show Low, AZ presented local staff with sophisticated pre-hospital and emergency equipment consisting of defibrillators, oxygen tanks, instruments to dress broken bones, pumps, vests, and uniforms, among many other items and all of which were in very good condition. The Fire Chief stressed donations made to the volunteer fire department were made possible through contacts and ties of Mayor Kiko Munro in our neighboring state. The Fire Department, Red Cross, and Tourist Assistance Unit are always looking for donations. If you or someone you know can help with supplies, materials, equipment, or funds, please contact me and I will point you in the right direction.

Municipal DIF and Rocky Point Medical Clinics Team Up to Provide Low-Cost Specialized Surgeries Since April 3rd, a collaborative agreement between Municipal DIF and Rocky Point Medical Clinics (Clínicas Médicas, A.C.) help provide free medical care as well as lowcost specialized surgeries performed principally by medical specialists from the U.S. First Lady and Municipal DIF President, Linda Pivac de Munro, together with Loly Martínez, of Palabras de Esperanza Community Center, and Executive Director of Clínicas Médicas, A.C., along with Marisol Celaya of the Rocky Point Medical Center, together launched the ongoing campaign meant to benefit families across the community. Pivac de Munro thanked Dr. George Stavros and Susie Stavros, founders of the Rocky Point Medical Clinics, as well as Manuel Palacio of Rocky Point Medical Center for their concern and in coming together for this noble cause. Martínez explained specialized surgeries to be offered monthly, which are currently not available elsewhere in Puerto Peñasco, will include: hernia surgery, knee replacement, hip replacement, and prosthetics ranging from dental to legs and other extremities. Interested individuals are asked to visit the Municipal DIF offices for initial evaluation, detailed Pivac de Munro, noting, “Money cannot be an obstacle when one’s health is involved”.

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Corona Del Sol Partners with Rocky Point Best to Reinvigorate Las Conchas Development

If you are one of the many people that drive by the incomplete projects going into Las Conchas and think “wow, I sure wish these developments were being completed”, you will be very happy to read this article. Corona Del Sol has relaunched with new developers and new sales and marketing management. Local developers purchased the property out of foreclosure after the financial crisis prevented its completion back in 2007. Apparently, their timing could not have been better, more than 25 reservations on units have been completed since Rocky Point Best took over the sales and marketing for the project on April 1, 2017. Rocky Point has not seen condominium sales like this since 2006, sparking the question, “Are we in our next Boom?”

Corona Del Sol boasts 76 total condominiums. All units are 2 bedrooms / 2 bath at about 1200 SQ. FT, with a very large 300 SQ FT patio. The roof of each building is a common area with gorgeous views in all directions. If the amazing ocean views and short walk to the beach aren’t enough to get you interested then the 2 pools, jacuzzi, gym, and putting green should. This is the most amenity rich option in Las Conchas, which has been a major selling point to all buyers thus far. Also, attractive to many buyers

is the relative peace and quiet that Las Conchas affords those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Sandy Beach.

Rocky Point Best, Real Estate Services owner Kenneth Wallace says, “I believe the developers of Corona del Sol have filled a void in the market. Offering 15 Year financing @ 6.9% with only a 35% down payment opens the market to many buyers that otherwise could not look at a brand-new unit.” Wallace said he feels lucky to have the opportunity to work with local developers that are focused on finishing incomplete projects. The savings they receive buying through foreclosure allows them to offer the condominiums at very attractive price points. Corona Del Sol currently starts at 149k with garage options starting at 15k. “Given that rental income is at an alltime high, the low carrying cost of these units with the developer financing option makes these condos a great investment opportunity”, says Rocky Point Best Broker Joseph Toland. Whether this is the project for you or not remains to be seen, but given the pace that Rocky Point Best is selling the project, I would not delay in visiting or you may miss out. For more information please contact us MX (638) 388-0000 – US (480) 478-4784 or www.RockyPointBest.com.

Thank you for your Donations! Barney, from Chandler, AZ for donating toys and clothes

Caroline Coury, Tucson, AZ for donating food/clothes Pappars, Tucson, AZ, for donating clothes Marilyn, Playa Encanto, RP, for donating blankets and bedding Dena Schick, Colorado, for donating clothes, bedding and toys Derek Newman, Arizona, for donating bedding and clothing Mary Baines, donation of clothes Brian & Heather Hefferman, Cebolla, NM, donation of bedding and clothes William Hunt, San Antonio, TX, donation of books, clothing and misc. Carol & Jack Terrio, Chandler, AZ, donation of handicap equipment Cindy Lynn, donation of clothing Ceddena Griggs, Tucson, AZ, donation of toys and clothing Sepe, Los Angeles, CA, donation of clothing and misc. Mary, Wisconsin, donation of books Lisa Prunetti, donation of baby blankets Marie Domont, Arizona, donation of clothes, toys, and bedding Linda Mahum, Arizona, donation of clothes Terri Kay, California, donation of clothes and baby carrier Durgain Gilmore, Cottonwood, AZ, donation of clothes and baby carrier

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Annual Easter Service on Sandy Beach is a Memorable Experience By Joe Houchin

“He is Risen!”, proclaims Pastor Tab Gray into the microphone. “Amen!” responds the excited, standing room only, crowd on the beach along with the dozens observing from the pool deck and balconies of Puerta Privada condominiums. Thus begins the moving sunrise Easter service held each year by Family of God Christian Fellowship at 8:00am—that’s sunrise on Mexico time.

Pastor Tab’s hard working staff have set up a roomy stage with all their musical equipment flanked by a complete sound system through which Easter hymns, performed by the church ensemble, are amplified along the beach. The three empty crosses of Calvary stand tall from the golden sand just east of the stage with Whale Hill and the vast blue Sea of Cortez as the backdrop forming a serene, surreal scene aptly celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Easter Sunday was filled with joyous energy by the gregarious mass attending the service. Positive energy flowed to, and from, the stage as a motivated Pastor Tab delivered an emotional sermon that he followed by singing one of his favorite hymns, which was, as is the tradition, signed by his wife, Ellen, and this year, joined by her sister Deborah who was down from Sedona. Everyone knew they had witnessed a rare and deeply spiritual moment, in awe to the very last inspiring note and graceful gesture. Thus ending a memorable Easter service. The Family of God Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational evangelical Christian church, founded 20 years ago by Margie and Dave Poturalski and has always existed to reach out to the lost and lonely, the less fortunate and the hungry, the orphan and widow. Pastor Tab joined the Fellowship in 2004 and explains, “To the local community we were the ‘gringo’ Church that not only preached the Word of God but passionately proclaimed the saving grace of Jesus Christ through our focus on serving the community.” Originally the fellowship was predominately English speaking, made up of American

expatriates and tourists with a few Mexican Nationals, but worked alongside local Mexican churches establishing Mission sites to “take church to the people”. Over the years Family of God Fellowship have financially supported children’s shelters, Men’s and Women’s rehab shelters, co-founded a local food bank, brought in Missions and church groups that helped build housing for the homeless. Kind and generous members like Dr. George and Susie Stavros founded a Medical Clinic ministry and recruited professionals to volunteer their time and skills to provide free medical clinics that grew into monthly events. “By 2010”, explains Pastor Tab, “we had an amazing number of Mexican Nationals attending our services to hear the Word of God. They had found a church that loved and embraced them with a message of hope. More than looking for handouts, they were looking for answers as to where they could find food and work. We embraced the amazing privilege God gave us to encourage and pray for them.” Through prayers and diligence, the fellowship began looking for permanent quarters, which led to finding and purchasing the old World Group Administration building in June of 2011. The first Family of God/Familia de Dios worship service was held in their new home on August 7, 2011. Today the fellowship sponsors 50-60 families and 75-100 transients per month with food, clothing and emergency essentials. They sponsor a Hospital Ministry that provides visits and meals to local hospital patients and a Baby Bag Ministry that provides essentials to Moms of newborns. As the church grew, so grew their commitment and ability to help more and more of the needy in this beautiful community. Their benevolence has spread throughout the city with scholarship programs, tutoring facilities, High School and Jr. High School Diploma programs, and so much more. Over the last few years God has expanded the Stavros’ monthly medical clinics, now a registered non-prophet entity, Clínicas Médicas A.C., to a point where the city government recognized their positive impact on the impoverished barrios, and to show their complete support, in 2015 the city donated a parcel of land and buildings in the San Rafael barrio to Clínicas Médicas. Included in that donation was the Palabras de Esperanza (Words of Hope) Community Center. That center has become the permanent home for the monthly medical clinics and periodic dental clinics that are still conducted by the Stavros’ and their growing team of volunteers who treat up to 200 needy residents each month in a wide range of

health issues in Puerto Peñasco. Family of God Fellowship continues to host the medical clinics at their church location every other month. Those land donations by the city have provided an exciting future for the prolific Family of God Fellowship who work closely with the community center and currently sponsor a Mission Bible Study outreach ministry there. Adding to the bright future of the outlying barrios is that the renowned Young Life International youth outreach ministry is now serving at the community center.

we are dedicated to helping them find a service niche in their interest and comfort level.” While Pastor Tab’s beautiful Easter service on the beach is much appreciated by the many good residents of Puerto Peñasco, the true blessing of Family of God Christian Fellowship is in the awesome contributions this benevolent organization and its members make to the community of God’s people surviving in poverty beyond those golden shores. Family of God Fellowship are optimistic about their plans for many more outreach ministries and hope to use some of the land to begin a church plant in the same area within the next year. If you are like many of our readers and are interested in getting involved with an organization as active as the Family of God Fellowship, just know that Pastor Tab Gray invites you to join a worship service on Sundays at 9:00am in English with simultaneous headset translation in Spanish or at 11:00am with live translation in Spanish by the beloved Associate Pastor, Jorge Merino. You may also attend one of the men’s or women’s Bible Studies held during each week. You can inquire further by email to tab.gray@rpfog.com. The Family of God/Familia de Dios Church is located on the first roundabout heading toward Sandy Beach on No Reelección Street from the Baseball Complex. Pastor Tab Gray says with ardent sincerity, “We welcome every new visitor, and if their desires are such,

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How to Safely Mark a Highway Pothole By Mike Bibb

Sometimes the best way to mark a dangerous pothole is not with a safety flare, barricade or orange cone, but utilizing a worn tire attached to a green plastic storage container. At least this seems to be the situation along the coastal highway to El Golfo. Who would have thunk it? Not certain if the Mexico Department of Highways approves this unusual technique, but since there were no other forms of warnings in the vicinity to alert approaching motorists of the roadway hazard, the simple installation of an old tire and plastic box will have to suffice. While the primitive caution sign might be somewhat recognizable during the day, night driving presents obvious additional risks; a black tire partially hidden in a two foot deep hole would be marginally visible - if seen at all. Apparently, the eroded road surface has been there quite a while. One has to wonder why the hole hasn’t been filled and repaired rather than merely tossing a tire into it. It wouldn’t take much more effort and the cost would be minimal. When traveling in the Puerto Peñasco area, maybe it would be wise to stay clear of the pavement’s shoulders - except when motoring over railroad tracks. From what I’ve been able to discern, there aren’t any good RR crossings in Rocky Point. It becomes a game of skill avoiding as many obstacles and hidden menaces as possible. Vehicle suspensions and tires are especially susceptible to brutal punishment. In spite of the city’s ongoing street renewal efforts, apparently railroad crossing repairs are not in their budget. Nor, it seems, is the railroad overly eager to fix the problems. Consequently, little gets done and passing drivers routinely bump and twist over substandard surfaces, fervently praying to St. Jude they successfully negotiate another trip without destroying an axle or puncturing a recently purchased Goodyear. On the flip side, there must be a constant highway need for busted tires caused from too many railroad crossings!

BARB’S DOG RESCUE Let There be Light! NEWSLETTER By Cholla Charli

“Help Us Help Them”

By Barb Mumaugh

The city of Puerto Peñasco reported that there were 230,000 visitors over Spring Break and Semana Santa last month. Just in this short period of time, tourists got an opportunity to enjoy the culture, food, fishing, recreational activities, hotels, shopping and the wonderful residents of our lovely home area. They got a chance to see the expansion and progress that is continually happening in our proud and beautiful city. But, as with all growth and steps forward, comes new challenges to deal with. Numbers of abandoned or neglected puppies and dogs also rise and their needs increase. These furry creatures come to Barb’s Rescue on a daily basis and cry out for attention. They need medical help, spay and neutering, food and shelter. Sometimes they simply need a caring touch! Barb’s Rescue takes them in, and can use YOUR help. Whether through donations, volunteering, food or

simply spreading the word, you can individually make a visible, hands on difference! And help Puerto Peñasco become even stronger and bigger and better by helping to rescue our furry friends! Ways You Can Help - Some of the puppies and dogs we get in are terrified of humans as they have been mistreated in the past. It can take hours of work socializing them and getting them to trust that people are good. Others have been hit by a car or beaten and need immediate medical attention. This is where your donation of dog food, monetary help or even coming by to help socialize the dogs is crucial. We are a 501c3 so everything is tax deductible. We would not be able to help any dogs or puppies without your support and all donations are greatly appreciated. Donations can either be dropped off at the rescue, mailed to P.O. Box 116, Lukeville 85341 or atwww.barbsdogrescuerp.com. We can also coordinate donations to be transported from Phoenix or Tucson to Rocky Point. The phone number for Barb’s Dog Rescue is 1-480-2641162. Please visit us on our Barb’s Dog Rescue Facebook page as well for news, pictures and updates.

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

San Jose’ Catholic Church in La Cholla has come a long way since the first Mass was said in November of 2014, to offering the only bilingual Mass in Peñasco today. Thanks to a local parishioner and long-time resident of La Cholla who made a very generous donations earmarked for bringing power to the church, along with donations from visitors, the church has electricity to the building and will soon have wiring for outlets, lights and fans – just in time for the hot summer weather. The windows have been fitted with new frames to help make them more weather and dust proof. More pews are being made and plans are out for construction of a sacristy, storage area and bathroom. Plus, a fence has been erected on two sides of the property to define and enhance it. “Along with our Cholla Bay parishioners, many seasonal and weekend visitors from the United States and Canada, are attending the 8 a.m., Mass on Sunday,” said parishioner Bob Keller. “Many have watched us grow from a cinder brick shell with no doors or windows and a BYO-Chairs situation, to a comfortable, attractive house of worship.” At each Mass, the scripture is read in both Spanish and English, the music alternates verses in each language, and the sermon is interpreted as needed by one of the lay ministers; though the priests from Our Lady of Guadalupe who say the Mass are also learning English. To reach San Jose Catholic Church, take the road past the Sandy Beach condos and past The Reef. When you enter the La Cholla area, the church will be on your right in about a quarter of a mile.

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Good News! Science Wants You to Move to the Beach

The Days of Celebration Festivities In Mexico By Rosarie Salerno

People have long theorized that living near the ocean is beneficial to one’s health, and now there is data to back that theory up. According to a study conducted by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Exeter in England, those who live close to the ocean are healthier than those who live inland. The report analyzed data from England’s 2001 census, consisting of 48 million people. Taking into account age, gender, and socio-economic status, the results indicated that those who lived at the shore were in finer health than their non-coastal counterparts. The study concluded that there was an association between visiting the shore and overall wellness, but the lead researchers stated that this type of study could not prove a direct cause and effect. However, previous scientific studies have focuses on what exactly it is about the coast that stimulates well-being. Either way, it sounds like the perfect excuse to move to the beach that we’ve all been searching for. Here are five reasons that seaside living improves health:

1. The “Om” Factor

Do you know that feeling of relaxation that overcomes your body when dig your toes in the sand? It’s not in your head. The ocean has been proven to inspire creative thinking, reduce anxiety, and promote compassionate thinking, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, scientist and author of “Blue Mind,” suggests.

2. An Active Lifestyle

Living by the beach encourages physical activity, ultimately leading to a healthier lifestyle, the Exeter study indicated. Why are people more active at the shore? The coastal paths and beaches

encourage outdoor activity, Dr. Michael White, the lead research on the Exeter study said.

3. Breathing Fresh, Salt Air

There is no better smell than fresh sea air, but start taking deeper breaths at the beach because it is good for you, too. The salty sea air by the coast does wonders for the respiratory system and those with asthma, bronchitis, sinus pressure, and coughing will notice a difference in their condition after just one day at the beach. Ocean air also contains negatively charged hydrogen ions that help absorb oxygen and balance out serotonin levels, resulting in more energy and diminished depression.

4. Extra Vitamin D

The reflection of the sun off of the sand and the ocean is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. As long as you’re smothered in SPF, getting some sunshine every day is good for your health. Vitamin D from the sun improves autoimmune protection, increases endorphins, lowers the risk of cancer, and enhances bone health. According to research conducted by the King’s College London’s Institute of Dermatology, skin absorbs vitamin D from the sun even with sunscreen - so pile it on and get outside!

5. Swimming in Salt Water

There is no greater healer than salt water. Swimming in the ocean enhances the immune system, hydrates skin, and boosts circulation. Seawater that is rich in magnesium also has been shown to relax muscles and helps induce sleep. And with swimming one of the greatest forms of exercise, you’re better off paddling around the ocean than in the pool.

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There are three classifications of Holidays in Mexico: Statutory, Civic and Festivities or Days of Celebration. This article will review the 14 Days of Festivities. The Epiphany, Dia de los Santos Reyes, Day of the Three Kings, January 6th, is the celebration based on the story of the 3 Magi, also known as the Three Wise Men, who have been recognized as having visited the Christ Child after his birth in Bethlehem. In the tradition of the gifts given to Jesus, of Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold, the children also receive gifts from family and friends. Usually, a cake called Rosca de Reyes is served that includes a figurinerepresentation of the Christ Child, signifying Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus fleeing from King Herod’s plan to kill the newly born infants. Herod the Great was hoping to eliminate Jesus before he could grow up and become King of the Jews. Valentine’s Day, Dia de San Valentine, celebrates the day of love on February 14th. Traditionally, gifts of chocolate, jewelry and may sometimes, include a serenade, are given to a special woman. Children are honored on April 30th, Children’s Day, Dia del Nino. Every May 10th, no matter what day of the week it falls on, is Mother’s Day. Musicians are usually hired to serenade their mother with traditional songs in the evening or throughout the night, even into the early hours of the next morning. Teacher’s Day, Dia del Maestro honors all teachers in Mexico on May 15th. As well, there is a day honoring Students, on May 23rd. The day is called Dia del Estudiante. Dia del Padre, Father’s Day honors, all fathers in Mexico on the third Sunday of June. Dia de Todos los Santos, November 1st, All Saints Day, honors the saints and deceased children, unmarried under 18 years of age. This tradition goes back to pre-Hispanic and Christian rituals. Saints and children who have died are considered to be in heaven. Family and friends bring offerings of food, flowers and music to the cemetery. Day of the Dead, All Souls Day,

known as Dia de Muertos is celebrated on Novmeber 2nd. Families gather in the cemeteries to celebrate the lives of the deceased family members and friends with food, flowers, favorite drinks and music. It is truly a celebration. One of the biggest Festival days is Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe or Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, celebrated on December 12th. In 1531 CE, an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, instructing him to request a church to be built on the Hill of Tepeyac in her honor. The Bishop was skeptical and asked for proof from the Virgin. Juan Diego asked the Virgin who then told him to, gather roses that were in bloom on the top of the snow-laden Hill and bring them to the Bishop. Upon opening his tilma, the flowers fell out and an image of the Virgin miraculously appeared on the fabric; astounded, the Bishop built the Church. The week before Christmas, December 16-24, is known as Las Posadas. This tradition commemorates the story of Joseph and Mary’s search for a place to stay when they were in Bethlehem for a census; all the inns were full. They went from door to door looking for shelter; at the time Mary was very close to giving birth to Jesus. Traditionally, candle light possessions go from house to house until they find a special home who will admit the processioners. As usual, food and music are provided. December 24th, Christmas Eve known as Nochebuena, celebrates the evening before the birth of Christ. Families gather for parties. Usually, tamales are served, including ones filled with meat, or cheese and green chili. Another, “sweet” tamale is also traditional for the holiday season. Dia de los Santos Innocentes, day of the Massacre of the Innocents December 28th, commemorates the day King Herod the Great slaughtered the newly born children of Bethlehem in order to kill Jesus; based upon the information he unscrupulously obtained from the Magi. December 31st, New Year’s Eve, Ano Nuevo, celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the new one. Traditionally, Menudo and Tamales are served along with Music, dancing and generally parting.

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Making Doves The Old Fashioned Way

Another mother dove grabs an afternoon siesta in the palms. By Mike Bibb

Spring has arrived and with it the annual influx of Mourning Doves. They’re everywhere; roosting in trees, bushes, under the eves, carports and just about any place a nest can be fabricated. I’ve come to accept my home in Safford, AZ has become a kind of unofficial nature conservancy for the feathered creatures. While doves are year-round residents, their exceptional proliferation in the Gila Valley seems more abundant than most places. Maybe it has something to do with local area farming, a steady river flow and ample desert foliage - all sources of food and water. Whatever the case, Spring brings an inundation of the avian visitors, all seeking to do what they seem to do best; make more doves.

It’s downright obscene. I can’t hardly go outside without witnessing a half-dozen love trysts between horny guy doves and cooing amorous gals, dancing about showing off their tail feathers. It’s entertaining for a while, but becomes mundane after a few weeks. Like the porn channel, there’s only so many variations on the same theme before it gets monotonous. Which, come to think of it, is probably one of very few entertainment venues where audio isn’t really necessary to supplement the plot. Nevertheless, I’ve become accustomed to nature’s exhibition of the proliferation of the species. When it gets down to it, doves aren’t doing anything any other creature doesn’t routinely do. However, they seem to practice a little more frequently, which might help to explain why the neighborhood is overwhelmed with them. That, and the fact no hunter’s shotgun blasts are maintaining crowd control. Dove illegally parked while scanning the neighborhood for a suitable hookup.

Earth Day Foray By Cholla Charli

Two dozen homeowners in La Cholla gathered at high noon on April 22 – Earth Day – to help rid the community of litter. “We gave everyone ‘One Hour to Scour’ the community for litter, and encouraged them to select some of the less traveled streets and areas that aren’t patrolled by our regular ‘Litter Gitters’ on a weekly basis,” said Charlotte Keller, chairman of the Keep Cholla Beautiful Committee of the Cholla Bay Homeowners Association. Most people worked in teams of two or three, with a couple of people tackling it single-handed. One of those was Linda Coker who took home the trophy for most bags collected by an individual. Trophies also went to Lisa Gillespie for the most unusual find, and to Darrell and Christine Smith for most bags gathered by a team. The traveling trophy, which originated in 2014, went to the team of Kelly and Terri Ross and Holly Loewen for the bringing in the largest volume. Their pickup load included litter that would not fit in 13-gallon bags.

The “clean sweep” was followed by Brats and Beer in Firecracker Park. The committee does a biannual Cholla Bay Cleanup Day – the Earth Day event and one in October which corresponds with the Puerto Peñasco Beach Cleanup Day. Since its inception, the committee has collected more than 800 13-gallon bags of trash, averaging more than 50 bags a month in their effort to Keep Cholla Beautiful.

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Ajo’s Wow! Factor aVita boutique in the Raven’s Nest

Although Ajo might look like just another small desert town, if you take time to stop and explore, you might be surprised by what you find. One of the best discoveries, for those who enjoy a special shopping experience, is aVita boutique in the Raven’s Nest. This lovely shop is the inspiration of its owner, Jovita Wallace, who arrived here about five years ago from the New York City area. Beautifully designed, aVita boutique in the Raven’s Nest is an intriguing blend of new and gently used quality clothing for men and women, accessories, holistic and metaphysical products, and a broad collection of original art.

First Impressions

Before you even enter the shop you’re treated to a dazzling outdoor mural on the storefront. Designed and painted by local artist Mike (DaWolf) Baker, it’s a tantalizing glimpse of what waits inside. Once you enter you’re greeted by soft music, subtle aromatic scents and a warm welcome. Jovita will set you at ease — there’s no pressure to buy. Take your time and browse. And if you need assistance, she’ll offer you one-on-one service to find just the right item. “I’m here to help you,” says Jovita, “and I promise that you won’t get this much attention in your favorite department store!”

The Boutique

One of the appealing aspects for many shoppers is the variety of big name brands. There’s a diverse array from Liz Claiborne, Ann Klein and Ralph Loren to L.L. Bean, Tommy Hilfiger, Jamaica Jaxx and Victoria’s Secret and more. “The boutique offers impeccably displayed unique, contemporary clothing,” she says. (All clothing is washed, ironed and inspected before going on the racks so you’re assured of the quality.) Vintage clothing is a hot new addition to the shop. “If you want vintage thrift-store chic,” says Jovita, “you can cash in on the appeal of yesterday’s styles.” The pieces are varied and beautiful and definitely make a fashion statement. Can’t find anything that appeals to you? Want a different color or style? Jovita has contact with buyers around the country and is happy to bring in clothing that suits your style.

The Gallery

aVita boutique also has a dedicated fine art gallery. “I’m so excited to present the works of established local, regional and national artists, working in various media,” she says. “You can invest and enjoy great creative works without straining your budget, yet have the quality you desire and personal pride in your choice.” In addition to paintings, prints and photographs, Jovita has assembled a striking collection of vintage and contemporary silver and turquoise jewelry created (and signed) by Navajo and Zuni artisans. You’ll see stunning hand blown glass from Poland and the Czech Republic, horsehair pottery, pewter and copper creations, whimsical mobiles and handmade Tohono.

O’Odham basketry. And for sparkle, check out the collection of Swarovski and Egyptian crystals. Two works that always attract attention are the large Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) dolls created by April Stewart and the colorful marionettes by Mari Kaestle. An artist herself, Jovita brings a sense of color and design to everything in her shop. Although many art pieces are located in The Gallery, you’ll find wearable art in the boutique as well. You’ll discover unique silk tie purses by Joyce Chaney, custom leatherwork by Robert Sorrell, handcrafted copper jewelry by Mari Zimmermann, and Catherine Lacewell’s purses and pouches. In addition to these local artists you also find clothing designs by national artists Janie Smith, Lisa Behr and Ellen Greenblum.

Shaman’s Market

The Market focuses on holistic products to enhance and support mind, body and spirit. Here you’ll find an array of skin care products, several of which are produced in Ajo. Desert Lily Botanicals is owned and operated by Ajoite Marie Reilly. She makes a delightful and popular line of herbal lotions, salves, after-bath oils, soaps and lip balms. You’ll also find Native Touch, a line of all natural herbal body care products from North Carolina as well as Young Living high-grade therapeutic essential oils. If you want to pamper your inner self perhaps the chakra candles, sage, incense or sweet grass bundles will catch your fancy. There are also Crystal Bowls and Crystal Bowl CDs for chakra balancing, meditation and healing arts. Nestled in among these you’ll see singing bird clay whistles and Amazon gourd rattles from Peru. Jovita also supports Andes Fair Trade, which supplies several items including Ocarina whistles, gourd rain stick rattles, worry doll headbands and large metal crosses.

Wardrobe Essentials

This corner of the store features a selection of wardrobe basics, casual clothing and accessories like shoulder bags and clutch purses, belts, flats, high heels, boots and sandals, sweaters, hats and caps. There is also a good selection of men’s clothing. “Men like to dress well and comfortably,” Jovita says. “Our male shoppers return regularly to add essentials to their wardrobe and to see what’s new.” aVita boutique has a loyal clientele of both women and men who have discovered the delight of shopping here. The next time you’re looking for a special place to explore, why not make it Ajo? A visit to aVita boutique in the Raven’s Nest will definitely make your trip worthwhile.

SHOP LOCATION & HOURS

aVita boutique in the Raven’s Nest is located at 801 No. 2nd Ave. Look for the Raven! The shop is open 5 days a week (closed Sunday and Monday). Visa, MasterCard and Debit accepted. Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM E-mail: JovitaBinB@yahoo.com Telephone: 520-387-4948 See us on FB - aVita boutique

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The Mysterious Pinacate Beetle Pinacate Beetles, Stink Bugs, Darkling Beetles, or Clown Beetles. No matter what you choose to call them, it is obvious that their numbers have increased over the past couple weeks. And, if you squish one, the smell may make you wish that you hadn’t. Maybe better to just “shoo” them outside and let them move along. Municipal Health Coordinator Alberto Aldrete Germán reported the “Pinacate” (stink bugs) do not represent any health risks in the city. He stated their notable presence recently is part of the natural reproduction cycle, which once complete, will show their numbers should significantly increase. Aldrete Germán called on the community to follow appropriate care as with any other insect, given the Pinacates are not poisonous and do not represent any risk to people. The Municipal Health Department can be contacted by phone 388-5152, or by visiting their offices at Blvd López Portillo y Puerto de la Paz S/N. When they’re not acting as the skunks of the beetle world, Pinacate beetles make their living by eating decaying organic matter that include just-fallen leaves and flowers. They’re active yearround, though they do hide from the hottest part of the day in the hottest part of the year. Ranging across most of the southwestern U.S. from Oregon to Texas and well into Mexico, Pinacate beetles seem ubiquitous in habitat that suits them - usually open desert and scrubland, and dry washes. The name Pinacate is of uncertain origin, with some sources translating it as a Mexican Spanish word for “clown” or “acrobat” as a reference to the headstand. More likely, the name comes from the Nahuatl word “pinacatl,” which means “small black beetle”. Of course, our very own Pinacate Reserve comes to mind for those of us familiar with this area. Whether the beetle was named after the volcano or the volcano was named after the beetle is not completely clear. The beetles are abundant there, and “Sierra Pinacate” sounds way better than “Stink Beetle Mountains.” Pinacate beetles are actually fairly engaging and pleasant, and for that reason, few see the motivation to bother one enough to provoke it into action. Reports of the smell of their weapon vary, using vague terms like “sharp” and “foul.” Some mention that the smell cannot be washed off, a further disincentive to much experimentation. The Pinacate beetle can spray its

chemical weapon several times its body length, enough to dissuade most small predators. There are more than 30 known Eleodes species and each species carries this concealed weapon, though their method of delivery varies. Some have a greater range than the Pinacate beetle, while others merely dribble the substance all over themselves when threatened. The precise mix of chemicals in the stink varies from species to species, but all of them seem to be variations on a class of chemical called quinones. Many insects secrete quinones, but most that do so use the chemicals in small doses as hardening agents for the chitin in their exoskeletons. If you’re familiar enough with cockroaches to have noted that their armor gets darker and harder as they grow, you’ve seen “quinone tanning” in action. Eleodes aren’t the only beetles who’ve adopted this defensive technology: most of the more than 40,000 species in the larger ground beetle family to which Pinacate beetles belong use chemical defenses. The practice reaches its fullest flower in two separate groups of bombardier beetles, which mix their quinone compounds with hydrogen peroxide in a sealed abdominal chamber. A chemical reaction between the two creates acrid caustic steam, which the beetle then blasts at its foes. Bombardier beetles, incidentally, are favorites of Creationists, who claim that such a fine-tuned defensive system could not have evolved part-way. But hydrogen peroxide is a byproduct of cellular metabolism, and some beetles mix it with quinones without a pressure chamber when threatened, which causes an icky froth to exude from their orifices. The only evolutionary innovation separating bombardier beetles from the rest is a valve under voluntary control at the beetle’s hind end. The Pinacate beetle might not know it’s a walking rebuttal to the creationists, but that’s okay. Besides, evolution is a two-edged sword. A desert rodent called the grasshopper mouse has devised a fiendishly crafty way of circumventing the Pinacate beetle’s defenses: the mice sneak up and grab the insect with both forepaws, stick it butt-first into the sand, and eat it from the head end. If that trick catches on, Eleodes is going to have to alter its evolutionary strategy somewhat.

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Green Angels Pinacate Beetles, Stink Bugs, Darkling Beetles, or Clown Beetles. No matter what you choose to call them, it is obvious that their numbers have increased over the past couple weeks. And, if you squish one, the smell may make you wish that you hadn’t. Maybe better to just “shoo” them outside and let them move along. Municipal Health Coordinator Alberto Aldrete Germán reported the “Pinacate” (stink bugs) do not represent any health risks in the city. He stated their notable presence recently is part of the natural reproduction cycle, which once complete, will show their numbers should significantly increase. Aldrete Germán called on the community to follow appropriate care as with any other insect, given the Pinacates are not poisonous and do not represent any risk to people. The Municipal Health Department can be contacted by phone 388-5152, or by visiting their offices at Blvd López Portillo y Puerto de la Paz S/N. When they’re not acting as the skunks of the beetle world, Pinacate beetles make their living by eating decaying organic matter that include just-fallen leaves and flowers. They’re active year-round, though they do hide from the hottest part of the day in the hottest part of the year. Ranging across most of the southwestern U.S. from Oregon to Texas and well into Mexico, Pinacate beetles seem ubiquitous in habitat that suits them - usually open desert and scrubland, and dry washes. The name Pinacate is of uncertain origin, with some sources translating it as a Mexican Spanish word for “clown” or “acrobat” as a reference to the headstand. More likely, the name comes from the Nahuatl word “pinacatl,” which means “small black beetle”. Of course, our very own Pinacate Reserve comes to mind for those of us familiar with this area. Whether the beetle was named after the volcano or the volcano was named after the beetle is not completely clear. The beetles are abundant there, and “Sierra Pinacate” sounds way better than “Stink Beetle Mountains.” Pinacate beetles are actually fairly engaging and pleasant, and for that reason, few see the motivation to bother one enough to provoke it into action. Reports of the smell of their weapon vary, using vague terms like “sharp” and “foul.” Some mention that the smell cannot be washed off, a further disincentive to much experimentation.

The Pinacate beetle can spray its chemical weapon several times its body length, enough to dissuade most small predators. There are more than 30 known Eleodes species and each species carries this concealed weapon, though their method of delivery varies. Some have a greater range than the Pinacate beetle, while others merely dribble the substance all over themselves when threatened. The precise mix of chemicals in the stink varies from species to species, but all of them seem to be variations on a class of chemical called quinones. Many insects secrete quinones, but most that do so use the chemicals in small doses as hardening agents for the chitin in their exoskeletons. If you’re familiar enough with cockroaches to have noted that their armor gets darker and harder as they grow, you’ve seen “quinone tanning” in action. Eleodes aren’t the only beetles who’ve adopted this defensive technology: most of the more than 40,000 species in the larger ground beetle family to which Pinacate beetles belong use chemical defenses. The practice reaches its fullest flower in two separate groups of bombardier beetles, which mix their quinone compounds with hydrogen peroxide in a sealed abdominal chamber. A chemical reaction between the two creates acrid caustic steam, which the beetle then blasts at its foes. Bombardier beetles, incidentally, are favorites of Creationists, who claim that such a fine-tuned defensive system could not have evolved part-way. But hydrogen peroxide is a byproduct of cellular metabolism, and some beetles mix it with quinones without a pressure chamber when threatened, which causes an icky froth to exude from their orifices. The only evolutionary innovation separating bombardier beetles from the rest is a valve under voluntary control at the beetle’s hind end. The Pinacate beetle might not know it’s a walking rebuttal to the creationists, but that’s okay. Besides, evolution is a twoedged sword. A desert rodent called the grasshopper mouse has devised a fiendishly crafty way of circumventing the Pinacate beetle’s defenses: the mice sneak up and grab the insect with both forepaws, stick it butt-first into the sand, and eat it from the head end. If that trick catches on, Eleodes is going to have to alter its evolutionary strategy somewhat.

This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Team, www.sonoranresorts.mx, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing. Sign up for Jim’s Monthly Newsletter: www.tinyurl.com/JimNewsletter.


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Spring Break and Semana Santa Fill Puerto Peñasco to The Brim in March and April By Joe Houchin

Semana Santa (Holy Week), the week leading up to Easter Sunday, is a Mexican national vacation week and traditionally brings the largest number of tourists into our otherwise peaceful little paradise by the sea. This year certainly kept the tradition alive with an estimated 135,000 visitors merging with the local population of around 60,000, pouring onto the miles of golden beaches and into every tourist attraction in and around the city. Fortunately, this predominantly tourism-dependent municipality has plenty of experience preparing for and handling onslaughts of these proportions throughout the year. Semana Santa just happens to bring the largest crowds because they come from all over Mexico plus the southern states of Arizona, California and Texas in the U.S.

Making it even more dramatic (Traumatic to some) is that the month immediately preceding Semana Santa each year is the maddeningly wild Spring Break period when the town is deluged with tens of thousands of partying university students who drink ‘til they’re done and then are replaced each week by tens of thousands more fresh and ready students to keep the party flowing through the streets non-stop, right up to the beginning of Holy Week.

The intensive planning and coordination by the public services including the Red Cross, Fire Department, Police Department and Mayor Kiko Munro’s newly formed Tourist Assistance Unit has significantly reduced accidents, serious injuries and especially deaths, due to enhanced training and first response capabilities.

beaten by Roman soldiers all the way. The historical route is narrated by a priest and hymns by a live singer add depth to the entire event which culminates with Jesus and the two thieves being nailed to crosses and raised for the thousands of spectators to witness. It makes for quite a moving scene and many come to Puerto Peñasco just to follow this procession. The week is topped off with an early service on the beach Easter morning. You can read about that service in a separate story in this issue. Spring Break combined with Semana Santa brought nearly 230,000 visitors to Puerto Peñasco during March and April, which represented an estimated economic impact of 223 million pesos (12.6 million dollars) to this seaside resort destination.

In many cities throughout Mexico, including here in Puerto Peñasco, Semana Santa is highlighted on Good Friday by a “Stations of the Cross” procession that reenacts the route of Jesus through the city on the day of his crucifixion. In our fair town, with hundreds of performers in period costumes, the procession is an emotional flow of colors and drama as Jesus carries his own cross to Calvary for his crucifixion, being taunted and

A big shout-out is due to local photographer, Tony Ballesteros, for bearing the crowds and contributing photos depicting the wild Spring Break atmosphere in the streets, clubs and beaches, as well as the visions of humanity during Semana Santa. These photos of Spring Break, the Stations of the Cross procession and crucifixion enactment, as well as scenes of the Tourist Assistance Unit involvement, paint a pretty

accurate picture of the last six weeks in our little slice of paradise by the sea. Enjoy. And plan to join us next year for your Easter break.

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Fish Identification Giant Black Sea Bass (Mero Prieto)

Barred Pargo (Pargo Mulato)

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

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

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

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

Gulf Grouper (Baya)

Broom Tail Grouper (Garropa Jasplada)

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

Leopard Grouper – Spotted phase / Leopard Grouper golden phase

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

Spotted Cabrilla (Pinta, Cabrilla Pinta)

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

Red Snapper (Huachinango)

Spotted Sand Bass (Cabrilla Pintica)

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

Cortez Halibut (Lenguado)

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

Finescale Trigger Fish (Cotchi)

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

Pacific Sharpnose Shark (Bironche)

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

Scalloped Hammerhead (Pez Martillo)

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

Sierra Mackerel (Pez Sierra)

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

Paloma Pompano (Palometa Pampanito)

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

Yellowtail (Jurel De Aleta Amarilla)

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

Black Skipjack (Barrilete)

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

Dolphin Fish (Dorado)

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

Sailfish (Pez Vela)

T h e S a i l f i s h’s

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

Mako Shark (Tiburon Mako)

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

Pacific Sardine (“Sardina del Pacifio”)

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

White Seabass

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

Shortfin Corvina

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

Orangemouth Corvina

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

Totoaba

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


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CLASSIFIEDADS ANNOUNCEMENTS BILINGUAL SERVICES SUNDAY 10AM with Peñasco Christian Fellowship. Bilingual services also offered Wednesday at 7PM. Located ½ block E. of the Melchor Ocampo & Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez intersection. North from Las Conchas Pemex, ½ blk E. at 3rd stop sign past railroad tracks. For more info. call Stan or Becky at 383-4513. (#1-24) JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES KINGDOM HALL Thursday Ministry School & Service Meeting 7pm. Sunday Public Discourse 9:30am. Located on the (baseball) stadium road, on the left, just before the big blvd. Call 382-0049 or 383-3885. (#a1a) GRUPO UNIDAD CRISTIANOS DE PEÑASCO Pastor Ernesto Portugal. Headphones available for English translation. Sunday service 10:30AM, Thursday Service 7:30PM, Children’s school same hours. Church office open Monday through Friday 9:30AM to 2PM. Located on Simon Morua. Call for info. (01152-638) 383-2240. (#1-ch) ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM – Charity organization operated for 9 years now by Barb and Mark Olszewski, helping 9 schools and over 2,500 students. If anyone would like to help us with donations of spiral notebooks, pencils, crayons, erasers, rulers, etc...it will really be appreciated. You may use the offices of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper for a drop-off-point (off Calle 13map in paper), or get information at www.rockypointclassroom.com (#1-AAC) PUERTO PEÑASCO ‘ROCKIES’ WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL – Needs team boosters and sponsors!! Visitors are welcome to come watch us practice each Sunday 3-6PM at the Municipal Gymnasium on the main Blvd. at the north end of town. WE NEED DONATIONS to purchase sport wheelchairs for basketball. We ALSO NEED basketballs and uniforms!! Call Mark (602) 324-9529 or in Rocky Point (011-52-638) 383-4963. Email markbarb@prodigy.net.mx (#1WC) BARB’S DOG RESCUE – located 8 miles north of Rocky Point on the highway to Sonoyta, signs on both sides of highway. Also donation drop off point at Twin Dolphins Real Estate on Blvd Fremont, next to Cruz Roja (Red Cross). barbsdogrescue@ gmail.com. Mexico (011-521-638) 114-1659 or (044-638) 384-0113. From the US dial (602) 324-7241. (#1-dg) AMERICAN LEGION MX-15 OF ROCKY POINT – is located in the Mirador Beach area, just down from Manny’s Beach Club, up the hill behind Pink Cadillac, downstairs at Los Juanes Restaurant. We serve Breakfast from 8am-11am and Lunch 11am - 2pm and Dinner Specials. post15mx@mail.com (#1-AL)

SAN JOSE MISSION CHURCH – Bilingual Catholic Mass offered every Sunday at 8 a.m. at San Jose’ Church in La Cholla/Cholla Bay. Everyone is welcome.(#1SJ) ANIMAL ADOPTION CENTER OF ROCKY POINT – (A 501© tax exempt corporation) wwwrpaac. org. Center located north of Benito Juarez on Calle 15 (Leon de la Barra) 3 blocks left corner. Also donation drop point at Rocky Point Times Offices (011-52-638) 383-1012, Phoenix (602) 4123932, Tucson (520) 407-6594, nancy_phelan@yahoo.com. AACORP P.O. Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341. (#1-AAC)

BEAUTY SALONS GLORIAS BEAUTY SALON SINCE 1969! We do it all and we carry a full line of beauty supplies. Gloria’s Beauty Shop is located on Constitucion, just before Super Ley Market. Phone locally at 383-5075 or from the U.S. (011-52-638) 383-5075 for an appointment, ask for Gloria. English Spoken. (#25-13) PBC - PEÑASCO BEAUTY CENTER - IN Rocky Point Full line AVON Beauty Supplies. Hair, Nails, Facials, Massage, Manicures and Pedicures (638) 383-1086. English Spoken. On Constitucion, across from Super Ley (#25-1)

BILL PAYING SERVICE WHILE YOU’RE AWAY I’LL PAY YOUR electric, water, phone, bills, etc. Since 1993 I’ve been working with Immigration services. English/Spanish spoken. References available. Call Silvia Villa at Premium Services, locally at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 4761187, or email me at sivife@ hotmail.com. (#30-2) BILL PAYING – Maintenance and cleaning. FM3 Services. Proservices Rocky Point. Fremont Plaza #15. Mon. thru Fri. 8:30-4:30, Sat. 8:30-1:30. (638) 383-6161. English/Spanish Cel (044-638) 113-0446. astrid. avila@live.com.mx (PS-1) COFFEE AND COFFEE HOUSES MAX’S CAFÉ: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, Dinner, Pizza, Full Espresso and Liquor Bar. Free Wireless Internet & Phone to the U.S. Located in front of Hotel Peñasco del Sol. Live Music Thur-Sun 8PM-11PM 383-1011. (#56-5)

BEST COFFEE IN TOWN – XOCHITLS CAFE (Sally’s place) in Cholla Bay. Not to mention awesome food! Breakfast 6AM2PM! You can’t beat her chiles rellenos and spinach omelet. Call to order ahead 382-5283. (#5610) GIUSEPPIS ESPRESSO RESTAURANT - PASTRY – inside or outside seating. Located on Blvd. Fremont, left side past Cruz Roja (Red Cross) Open at 8AM until 4PM on Mon, Tue & Thur. Friday & Saturday breakfast and lunch. Sunday 8AM - 2PM (Closed Wednesdays) (011-52638) 383-5181 www.giuseppis. info. Leashed, well behaved dogs always welcome. (#56-6) DENTAL SERVICES WANT A DENTIST WHO USES THE latest in technology and equipment when getting your teeth cared for? Ernesto Grijalva, D.D.S. comes highly recommended by all of his patients – ask anyone of them! Stop by his office located on Blvd. Fremont, just south of the fire dept. or call Mario for an appointment (011-52-638) 3833434. (#64-3) FM3 SERVICES SERVICES FOR AMERICANS – Permanent and Temporary Residence, Tax ID Numbers (Hacienda Registration), accounting services, bill paying and more. Office location: Sun Valley Business and Immigration Service, Blvd. Benito Juarez No. 191 Between Nicolas Bravo & Simon Morua. Call local at 3838891, from the U.S. dial (520) 829-4340 or email Bianeysvisa@ aol.com or Dynorasvisa@aol. com. English spoken. (#79-9) FM2/FM3/RFC/HACIENDA/ IMSS – If you don’t speak Spanish, or just want someone to help guide you through the process, call Silvia Villa at Premium Services at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 4761187 or sivife@hotmail.com. Translations from English to Spanish or Spanish to English also available – any document you need translated. Call Silvia whenever you need help with anything from bill paying to ordering flowers! (#79-1)

BILL PAYING – Maintenance and cleaning. FM3 Services. Proservices Rocky Point. Fremont Plaza #15. Mon. thru Fri. 8:30-4:30, Sat. 8:30-1:30. (638) 383-6161. English/Spanish Cel (044-638) 113-0446. astrid. avila@live.com.mx (PS-1) FOR SALE 2014 ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT 4X TRAIL XT - 1043mi, includes trailer, camouflage cover, locks, straps, new battery, split windshield, spare belt. $13,800 obo, call Peter (US) 480612-4088. (#86-3) FURNITURE DELIVERY MOVING FROM THE STATES to all of Mexico. Since 1987. Our price includes no surprise fees from pickups to setups. No middle man, door to door service. Email geoff@bordermovers.com or phone (480) 232-3518. (#90-9) HOUSES & CONDOS FOR RENT LONG TERM & NIGHTLY RENTALS, Las Conchas, Mirador, In Town, Sandy Beach Homes and Condos. Starting at $150.00 USD per month. Twin Dolphins (011-52638) 383-3919, (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. (#100-42) BEAUTIFUL OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT RANGING FROM 50-75 M2 Perfect for business professionals. Located Luis Encinas and Calle 24. English Call 815-553-2683 or Spanish call 638-105-7936. (#124-1) FURNISHED GUEST HOUSE - $325.USD Monthly in Puerto Peñasco w/gated parking, 1 1/2 bath , WiFi, Dish TV, A/C. US 602-4123112 MEX.638-383-5234. (#102-1) 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) PLAYA DORADA – $229K Close to International Airpot. Beachfront, large 2bd, 2ba. Private parking, security. HOA and electric. Call PABLO REALTY (602) 288-8687. Local 383-8657. Email pablorealty@ hotmail.com (#102-PR)

HOUSE FOR SALE - 2 bedroom / 3 bath plus casita, in Colonia Oriente. Block construction. 3015 Marcelo Pino. Land included. Only $25,000 dlls. Call (638) 127-4319. (#102-21) INSURANCE SERVICES INSURANCE AND BONDING AGENCY – REAL ESTATE Mexican & American Insurance: Auto, boat, life, house, commercial. Yolanda Silva, Agent. Ave Nayarit #62. Call 383-6280. (#107-1) JEWELERS JOYERIA MAX – MAX’S JEWELRY - Custom design, repairs, diamonds and gemstones. Special orders are our specialty. Open 11AM – 9PM Monday through Saturdays. Shop located on the north side of No Reeleccion (Calle 26), just east of RR tracks. Lamek_ fu@hotmail.com. Call Max (011-52638) 388-5512 and 383-2698. (#110-2) MASSAGE U.S.A. CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST. Several bodywork modalities available. Out calls or in clinic. $55 per hour. Best massage in town. Rita Pizarro, from U.S. dial (602) 748-4134, clinic (011-52-638) 383-8030, local dial 383-8030 or (044-638) 386-5203 or email ritapizarro@ gmail.com. (#120-6) PEST CONTROL PREDADOR - TERMITES, cockroaches, mosquitoes, flies, bees, fire ants, fleas, scorpions, spiders, rats, ants, mice. We have our Federal License. English spoken. Call Juan Mendivil, owner at 383-8787. 24hr emergency phone dial (044 - 638) 113-0691. (#126-1) REAL ESTATE SERVICES TWIN DOLPHINS – Blvd. Fremont, next to Red Cross. Mexico (638) 383-3919 US (602) 324-7241. (#140-1) ROCKY POINT REALTY GROUP – Jonni Francis at Paseo Las Glorias, across from Peñasco del Sol. Mexico (638) 382-5355 US (602) 334-4134. (#140-2) HOME INSPECTIONS. Be an intelligent investor: Get a home inspection before you buy your next home or investment property in Mexico. Puerto Peñasco’s only full time Home Inspector. Call (602) 748-4134, local dial (044-638) 3807212 or email tomthomas360@ gmail.com. (#140-4)

SERVICES PET SITTING SERVICE – DON’T WORRY about your animals for a day, week or month! Vacation with peace of mind. I will look after your cats or dogs. Lots of experience with animals! Phone Nancy at (011-52-638) 383-1012. (#157-21) SATELLITE TV – Sales, service & installation. Residential & Commercial (638) 103-5317 Mex Cel. (602) 635-2246 Vonage. (#157-2) ROCKY POINT HOME INSPECTIONS – Inspections by US inspector 25+years in Real Estate, Homes and Condos. Be a smart investor 602-538-0027 tomthomas360@gmail.com. (#157-1) AQUA GRANDE TOWING – Tows to U.S.A. No Problem. All operators fluent in English and Spanish. Dennis Bleeker (01152-638) 383-5770. From the U.S. (520) 232-2149. (#157-3) SHUTTLE SERVICE HEAD OUT TO ROCKY POINT – door to door shuttle service from Phoenix to Rocky Point. Group and one-way rates available. Wanna Go? Let Us Know! Email headout@cox.net, phone in the U.S. (602) 971-0166 or U.S. Toll Free (866) 443-2368. www. headouttorockypoint.com. No waiting in border lines when you ride with us! (#158-3) WANTED MISSION VILLA GRANADA is now interviewing candidates for the Administrator position. Management skills and office skills are required. Must be willing to physically work, and to also perform office tasks. Verbal and written communication skills must be adequate. Helpful if bilingual, and English speaking is required. Computer skills are necessary. Other skills that are helpful are restaurant and hotel experience. Come be a part of something bigger than yourself and be the caretaker of the Mission Villa Granada! Email your contact information to info@ weekendmissions.com or call Mark at (480) 231-1940 or Mary at (480) 503-8832. (#192-1)

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Mayor Kiko Munro Inaugurates New Recreational Park in Obrera Neighborhood

Can’t wait for Circus Mexicus in Lo Siento, Lo Rocky Point June 8-11? Siento, Lo Siento! Need more music in your life? By Cholla Charli

I’m busy preparing to eat crow with a few grains of salt and I’ll follow it with a big slice of humble pie. I was so excited last issue to share my story of successfully paying my CFE bill online without a Mexico Joined by children and residents

bank account. Unfortunately, I

of the Obrera neighborhood, Mayor

didn’t slow down and examine the

Kiko Munro inaugurated a new

message that was returned after I

recreational park representing an

sent my payment. It turns out that “Denegada”

investment of 3,436,131 pesos. The

mayor

does not mean you’ve done well! It

stressed,

means Denied!

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So long about April 20 my

and safe public recreational spaces is reaching into all parts of the community, including those farthest out, such as now in the Obrera neighborhood where there was once an empty lot”. He detailed in just a year and half in office, his administration has been able to fully rehabilitate the parks of “Gallo” Estrada, El Lápiz, Brisas del Golfo, La Bondojo, El Abuelo, Unidad Deportiva La

power goes off. Hmmm! I pulled The deadline for ordering cm tickets online is June 6. After that, door sales begin in Mexico on June 8th, and will be subject to local I.V.A. taxes. Save money and headaches and buy online now at Circusmexicus.Net. A handful of soundboard V.I.P. tix left and a limited amount of backstage V.I.P. are available. When they’re gone, They’re gone. Here’s the lineup: All shows included with a purchased 2017 Circus Mexicus wristband.

Milla, and the Jesús Cota Miranda Athletic Center, along with three Community Centers in the Obrera, San Rafael and Nueva Esperanza neighborhoods, and now the La Obrera II Park. Public Terencio detailed

Projects Gutiérrez work

on

Coordinator Valenzuela the

new

infrastructure included installation of a soccer field with synthetic grass, 2 soccer goals, a 182 m2 basketball court, synthetic grass in a children’s playground area and the playground itself, as well as eleven 1500 watt lights and 207 meters of fencing. This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Team, www.sonoranresorts.mx, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing. Sign up for Jim’s Monthly Newsletter: www.tinyurl.com/JimNewsletter.

Thursday June 8th Wrecked At The Reef Beach Stage, Zubias’ Band Of Brothers @ 3pm, Will Call 2:00 - 5:00, JJ’s Cantina, Darci Carlson Band @ 7:30pm, The Lawbreakers - Featuring Jim, Nick & Ph From Rcpm @ 8:45pm, Pistoleros @ 10pm, Will Call 7:00-10:00pm, Banditos Indoor Stage, Black Bottom Lighters @ 11:15pm. Friday June 9th JJ’s Cantina, Southwest X Midnight @ 1pm, Ryan Bexley Band @ 2pm, Darci Carlson Band 3 @Pm, Will Call 1:00 3:00pm, Banditos Indoor Stage, Sean Kelly - From The Samples @ 5pm, Will Call 5:00 - 11:00pm, Mexican Moonshine Main Stage, Doors 6pm, Pistoleros @ 6:30pm, Sand Rubies @ 7:30pm

The Black Moods @ 8:30, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers @ 10pm, Banditos Outdoor Stage, Black, Bottom Lighters @ 12:15am. Saturday June 10th Wrecked At The Reef Beach Stage, Roger Clyne’s Rock And Beach Soccer Tournament @ 9am, Sugahbeat @ 11am, Ryan Bexley Band @ 12:15pm, Mr. Mirainga @ 1:30pm, Sand Rubies @ 2:45pm, Whiskey’s Quicker @ 4pm, Will Call 12:00 - 2pm, Banditos Indoor Stage, The Jons - Full Band @ 5pm, Will Call 5:00 - 11:00pm, Mexican Moonshine Main Stage, Doors 6pm, Fayuca @ 6:30pm, Jason Devore @ 7:30pm, The Samples @ 8:30pm, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers @ 10pm, Banditos Outdoor Stage, Elvis Before Noon @ 12:15am. Sunday June 11th Xochitl’s Rooftop Breakfast Jam, Mark Zubia & Shawn Johnson @ 10am, JJ’s Cantina, Southwest X, Midnight @ 11am, Sugahbeat @ Noon, Whiskey’s Quicker @ 1pm, The Jons With Chris Kantor @ 2pm, Fayuca With Jason Devore @ 3pm, Elvis Before Noon @ 4pm, Mr. Mirainga @ 5pm, Banditos Indoor Stage, Jim Dalton Borracho Sunday @ 6:30pm. ¡Viva México! ¡Viva Rcpm!

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up the screenshot I had saved after not-so-successfully paying my bill online and noticed the red type. I got out my translator and headed to CFE shame-faced. The good news is that the reconnecting fine is only 90 pesos. Whew! Back in Arizona it could have been up to $125. Although I’m very successfully set up for auto-pay of my Mexico land line and Internet through TelMex, CFE has not made that possible yet without a Mexico bank account, debit or credit card number. My

apologies

for

possibly

leading anyone astray. The day may come, but for now, you’ll need to make a trip to the bank or exchange, get pesos and go to the CFE office. You’ll need your bill, l which has a scannable bar code on it, or your account number. There is almost always an attendant in the lobby to help you pay using the automated machines. Most speak some English. You can either pay what is owed for that billing cycle or pre-load your account so you are covered if you are gone during the summer. Ah, the crow’s ready. Drumstick anyone?


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Sharing

By Vince Deadmond Early in my life I noticed the positive effect that sharing a smile, especially early in the day had on everyone. My neighbor, Mr. McCarty was a wise old World War I vet and was fond of saying, “Good Morning! Your morning ray of sunshine is here!!” This usually got a smile from everyone. When people ask me how I am, I usually respond with a, “Fabulous!” “Fantastic!”, or a Tony the Tiger, “GRRREAT!!” Most folks aren’t ready for that much shared enthusiasm early in the day, but it usually causes a smile to appear on their face. I am generally in a good mood, and I like to share and pass it along. Two of my favorite things to share, are talking about Rocky Point and going fly fishing. When I have a fishing trip on the horizon, and I usually do, I have a happy since of well-being. After spending some time in Rocky Point I have a good afterglow feeling, even after I have been back in Mesa for a while. Something else that makes me happy is sharing my frugal ways with others. While the best things in life may not be free, they don’t need to be expensive. My trips to Rocky Point, staying in the Playa de Oro Trailer Park doesn’t cost much, and my fly fishing trips cost even less. Entertaining friends on the beach, and watching a great sunset can be priceless sharing experience without hitting the Master Card. Sharing meals with others is always good in Rocky Point, you can’t go wrong with a shrimp meal almost anywhere in town. I find that a bucket of steamed clams or a trip to the hot dog stand is

usually a good call, and the Avocado Surprise at South Side Jillz is always a treat. I can hardly visit Rocky Point without one trip or more to Thrifty Ice Cream. This works out well when you are the tour guide and take new folks to your favorite places. News Flash Fishing Report. Spring time fly fishing is heating up, and much more productive than winter fishing. I have had good results on my latest outings, with good numbers of fish and good sized fish. Fly fishing buddies are reporting similar results, so even if we are all lying to each other, there must be some fish being caught. It’s definitely better than the winter fishing, so get out there and wet a line. You may be overdue for some fly fishing therapy. Where to fly fish? First and second estuary, the jetty, Mirador Beach, and Cholla Bay all have their moments. I like to launch an inflatable pontoon boat and go with the tide, neap tides are easier to manage. The estuaries are good choices if you are wading and don’t have a pontoon boat or a kayak. If you are wading, shuffle your feet so you don’t step on a stingray. Equipment? A strong 6 weight rod will work and an 8 weight is great. I prefer sinking lines like the 300-400 grain sinking headlines. A good assortment of flies can help, but I usually use #4 Clouser in white, chartreuse is a great color. Reels don’t need to be expensive, but should be able to be used in saltwater. I hope some of my sharing has inspired you to plan a Puerto Peñasco fishing trip. Vince Deadmond The Fly Fishing Hardware Guy can be reached at Best True Value Hardware 237 N Apache Trail Apache Junction, AZ vince@ajbest.com and at (480) 982 7461.

Vince Deadmond the Fly Fishing Hardware Guy can be reached at Best True Value Hardware 237 N Apache Trail Apache Junction, AZ vince@ajbest.com and at 480 982 7461.


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Santiago’s

On a recent 51 mile full day of fishing. from 4 am to 10 pm, this is what the boat Caballo del Mar and clients brought in. Not a bad day huh? Grouper fish and Sea Bass are now running. Ocean conditions were good, the boat is equipped with the right fishing gear to hook these bad boys and don’t forget the best Captain and 1st Mate on board. You guys have fished with us on other occasions, perhaps our 6 hr.

action fishing or our 22 mile Big Boy trip. And while we are still doing those trips, I wanted to let you see what our New fishing excursion is bringing in. Cost for this full day of fishing is $1800.00 dlrs., you can bring your own group to 6 people or book your private boat. Everything you need for fishing is provided. Get your friends together and let’s head out Now for your share of these monster fish. There are No negative issues here in Rocky Point, only lots of Happy Campers enjoying some of the Best fishing anywhere. Call me at either phone # listed below or email me at esther@santiagosoceanservices.com. Gracias. SantiagosOceanServices. #1 For Fun In Rocky Point. AZ cell in Rocky Point #602-324-9558. Local phone in Rocky Point from U.S. #011-52-638-388-5318.


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Our Contributing writers...

Steve Franklin

Steve Franklin is a Cholla Bay resident and has been photographing wildlife and nature for 20 years. He frequently visits the Western States, as well as the Sonoran Desert, to add more art to his collection. His company is “Wild West Images” and he can be found at SFrank962@aol.com. He specializes in custom frames made from Saguaro & 100 year old Barn Wood to add to the beauty of his images.

Gretchen Ellinger

After years of visiting México, and nearly 15 years a full-time resident of Puerto Peñasco, Gretchen thinks moving to Rocky Point from the USA was the best thing she ever did for herself! Gretchen has been a real estate agent in Rocky Point for as long as she has lived here, and has written for the “Rocky Point Times” for much of that time. After living in beach communities for many years, she and her little dog Luna moved to a neighborhood in town, and are so glad they did! Besides fulltime neighbors and all the conveniences, beaches are a quick drive away, and in town there is something new and interesting every day.

Rosarie Salerno

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

Mike Bibb

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

Vince Deadmond

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

Dan McWhitis Broker - Teacher - Beach Bum - Me. Disgusting, it’s not a game, it’s a way of life.

Marcia Diane

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

Bob Snyder

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

Stephanie Wood

Stephanie Wood grew up in Wichita, KS and moved to Phoenix in 1992 to attend ASU. Her first trip to Mexico was Nogales at age18 to shop and drink margaritas. She’s been coming to Rocky Point since 2007, and fell in love immediately and started looking for a condo the very first day. Rocky Point combines her love of Mexico and the beach. She loves exploring Rocky Point and sharing her experiences with others. She has two kids who are growing up on the beach and learning to embrace a world view and appreciation of other cultures. Her goal is to travel more extensively in Mexico as time and funds allow and continue writing about her experiences.

Cholla Charli

Cholla Charli (aka Charlotte Keller) has had family ties to La Cholla since 1969, and is now a full-time resident there, having retired from a career in marketing, publishing and public relations. An award-winning writer and photographer, she enjoys sharing stories about the organizations, activities, events and people in her new home town.

Anita Kaltenbaugh

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

Nancy Phelan

Born in Boston, Nancy settled in Phoenix, Arizona, where she has three daughters and seven grandchildren. Nancy received her Masters degree from Northern Arizona University. Her computer career included Xerox and Control Data. She represented wineries in Europe working out of Libourne, France connecting wineries in Europe to the suppliers in the USA. Since the year 2000 when she retired to Puerto Peñasco, she was appalled by the brutal way animals were treated and abused. Nancy started an animal rescue “Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point”. Today she works closely with the city of Puerto Peñasco, conducting spay/neuter clinics and adoptions events.

Cap’n Greg

live in Green Valley.

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

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 purchased his condo on Sandy Beach over 10 years ago, and lives part-time at Bella Sirena, and at home in Scottsdale with his family. My favorite thing about writing for the Rocky Point Times is to explore everything our cool city has to offer… from deep sea fishing to throwing back a margarita at a local watering hole to just chilling at our beach. I love the new experiences and sharing the stories about the interesting people and places I see. I am also amazed with each passing year the outpouring of support that people from all over give to our family charity to aid the poor living along the railroad tracks here in Rocky Point. The love and generosity is truly amazing! If you have an interesting story about Rocky Point whether it is your place of employment, an upcoming event, a past event, an old or funny story, please email Marco at mpaliscak@amerifirst.us. You may be featured in the next... MARCO Y AMIGOS!

Jim Ringquist

Jim has had a long career as a Real Estate Broker, both in Arizona and in Sonora, Mexico. As a ten year full-time resident of Rocky Point, Director of Sales and Marketing for the four Sonoran Resorts beachfront condo developments, and President of the Puerto Peñasco Tourist Assistance Advisory Committee, Jim works hard to stay on top of what is going on around town. He certainly doesn’t consider himself a writer, but he does send out a monthly newsletter to a growing number of clients and Rocky Point enthusiasts to share what he can about the area. Puerto Peñasco is home to Jim and he has no plans to leave any time soon.


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Quack Ups

Are you Shore of that Bird?

By Steve Franklin

By Bob Snyder

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple’s house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, ‘Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.’ The other man said, ‘What is the name of the restaurant?’ The first man thought and thought and finally said, ‘What’s the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one that’s red and has thorns.’ ‘Do you mean a rose?’ ‘Yes, that’s the one,’ replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, ‘Rose, what’s the name of that restaurant we went to last night?’ -------------------------------------Wife sends her husband a text on a freezing cold Minneapolis morning. It read: HONEY, WINDOWS ARE COMPLETELY FROZEN, WILL NOT OPEN. Husband replies: CAREFULLY POUR SOME WARM WATER OVER IT AND GENTLY TAP THE EDGES. IF IT STILL WONT OPEN, CAREFULLY TAP THE EDGE WITH A HAMMER. 15 minutes later, the wife texts back: OMG, NOW I THINK THE LAPTOP IS COMPLETELY RUINED!

Shorebirds come in many shapes and sizes, but all of them share certain characteristics, both physically and behaviorally. All shorebirds have a distinct preference for wet habitats and shorelines, both on coasts as well as along inland waterways and marshes. Most shorebirds are carnivorous and eat a range of insects, mollusks, crustaceans, worms and similar prey. Physically, these birds have round heads, generally longer legs and very useful bills to probe for food in the sand, mud, gravel and water. Most all shorebirds capture their prey while walking on the ground in lieu of flying while rounding up dinner.

American Oyster Catchers

The following is a series of shorebirds that I have seen and photographed around the Rocky Point area. They frequent the Rocky Point shorelines and water areas almost year around. Western Sandpiper – The most common and widespread Sandpiper

Whimbrel – Most common Curlew, shorter and a less curved beak than a Long-Billed Curlew

Spotted Sandpiper – Very distinguished spots on its breast

Long-Billed Curlew – Largest Shorebird in North America with a 9 inch beak

Many shorebirds are very social with other shore birds and gulls (sea gulls are not considered a shorebird) and are seen quite often running and getting along just fine with dozens of different species of birds. Shorebird eggs are vulnerable to predators as they are most always located on the ground. Most shorebirds will fake being injured to lure a predator away from their nest. There are three main groups of shorebirds; Curlews, Plovers and Sandpipers and Rocky Point is represented in all three groups. There are over 90 different types of shorebirds in North America.

Least Sandpiper – The smallest sandpiper

Western Willet – The Largest of the Sandpiper family

Black-Necked Stilt – 15 inch legs on a small skinny body

American Oyster Catcher – Thick Orange beak can open muscles, clams and oysters with ease

Killdeer – Frequently uses a brokenwing act to lure predators away from the nest

Long-Billed Curlew

Pacific Golden Plover - More gold color on its back than its cousin the American Golden Plover


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