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The Rocky Point Times Newspaper is Puerto Peñasco’s #1 Tourist Newspaper, family owned and operated since 1993 in Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico, and written entirely in English! We are, and have always been, dedicated to helping the community in which we live, as well as promoting our city and bringing tourism to Rocky Point. We are a TOURIST NEWSPAPER dedicated to promoting tourism! MONTHLY CIRCULATION/DISTRIBUTION Our newspapers are hand delivered in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico and in the U.S. to Lukeville, Ajo, Gila Bend, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Prescott, and Tempe, Arizona. We bulk mail to over 500 monthly subscribers. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are bulk mailed from Lukeville, AZ every month. A 1 Yr. Subscription is $35 (12 issues). Please send a check with your name and address to: S. O’Hare, PO Box 887, Lukeville, AZ 85341. ADVERTISING IN THE ROCKY POINT TIMES We offer display and classifieds ads. LOW Ad prices are in USD, charged per month, and do not include I.V.A. Contracts available. AD DEADLINE 10th of the month, preceeding publication CLASSIFIEDS ADS $15 USD for 25 words • 20¢ per word thereafter MEXICO OFFICES: Pino Suarez No. 124, off of Calle 13 Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico 83550 C. P. U.S. MAILING ADDRESS Please send correspondence to address PO Box 887, Lukeville, Arizona 85341 TELEPHONE & FAX from the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-6325 Local dial 383-6325; Fax: 383-5193 from the U.S. dial (480) 463-6255 EMAIL ADDRESS & WEBSITE FACEBOOK See our FAcebook Page at Rocky Point Times Newspaper CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rita Pizarro, Rosarie Salerno, Lonesome Lui, Dave & Debby Penn, Nancy Phelan, Cap ‘n Greg, Anita K., Zack & Mark Paliscak, Sandy Spain, Eddie Wharez, Gretchen Ellinger, Linda Sharp, Rob Baylor, Bruce Baldwin, Joe Houchin, Miguel Tapia, Dr. Sidhartha Hindú ROCKY POINT TIMES STAFF Tom O’Hare - Editor/Publisher Sandra O’Hare - Managing Editor Lannette Phipps - Graphic Artist Alicia Grajeda - Administrative Executive Claudia Rivas - Account Executive Beatriz Lumbreras - Freelance Graphic Artist Manny Sánchez Radical Gravity Media Web + Social + Video MX Cell (638) 107-7086 MX Office (638) 388-0606 US Office (480) 626-1096 PRINTING The Rocky Point Times is printed in Mexico PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSION Upbeat, fun, and interesting articles and photos always welcome. Please include an SASE if you would like it returned. Email or SnailMail your article/photo to us. Please include your contact info. in the event we need to reach you. Feel free to contact us prior to sending your items to make sure they are in the right format. The Rocky Point Times reserves the right not to print any article or photo, and to edit content as the Editor sees fit. We do not guarantee placement, but do make every effort, so please note any special requests you may have. The Rocky Point Times is not responsible for the content of any advertising, nor has it attempted to verify any ad claims. Content contained in this publication is not authorized to be copied or reproduced without the permission of the Editor and Advertiser or Contributing Writer.

Michael, that treat was totally unexpected! Lannette, YOU still owe me a dinner. Just another day in Paradise.

by Tom O’Hare EDITOR

In the March Editorial, I wrote about “Never a dull day in Paradise”, and the need for part time visitors to have a local inexpensive cell phone for use in case of an emergency. Then in last month’s Editorial I told you how we lost the grill off the Hummer while we were having a sunny breakfast at Balboa’s. Well, one day midApril I had a rare day planned for myself. A day to catch up on my “Honey To Do List.” I had planned on servicing our solar system (we have no electric or water at the Ranchito), do some plating, yard work, etc. I had been outside working, when my neighbor Larry, yelled over the fence, “Tom, answer your da__n phone”. I had left my cell in the house on the charger. It turned out that my daughter, Lannette, was on her way from Rocky Point to Yuma, Arizona and her truck broke down about 10 or 15 miles south of El Golfo. She needed help so, after trying my phone with no success, she called the Rocky Point Times and the ‘real boss’ of the RPTimes Offices, Alicia, tracked me down thru my neighbor Larry. I called Lannette and told her I was on my way. Dirty work clothes and all. I couldn’t help but think, “Oh well, another day in Paradise, at least she had a cell phone”. About an hour and a half later, I hooked up a tow strap to her truck and we headed back to her and Wayne’s home in Laguna Shores. A long time later, traveling at the break-neck speed of 45 miles per hour, and seeing buggies, cars and semi-trucks pass us going about 70 MPH, we finally pulled up to their house. It seemed like it took us 5 hours when it was actually about two and a half. I told Lannette, “I’m going to shower and change clothes, then you’re buying my dinner”. She agreed and we went to Mikky’s Beach Club Restaurant, which is located on the property of Laguna Shores Resort. It was a gorgeous and warm evening, sitting on Mikky’s patio by the pool with a spectacular sunset. Lannette had a shrimp plate and I had a shrimp linguini. The food was good, the service and presentation was excellent and the price was even better. Two dinners, two cocktails under $25dlls. During dinner, the general manager of Laguna Shores Michael Cline, stopped by to say hello. When we went to pay the bill, we were told, “It’s on Michael”. Thank you

Many times in the last five years, I have written about my friend and local dentist, Dr. Grijalva, and said that during some procedures, that I have almost fallen sleep. What I haven’t wrote about is our conversations about the game of golf. Thru the years I’ve bought some used clubs, putting green, wiffle balls, etc. for Dr. Grijalva, who had never held a golf club or been near a golf course. Many, many times I’ve left his office saying, “When are we going to play a round of 9 holes?” Over the Easter week, Semana Santa, we finally made it on to a golf course at Laguna del Mar. Dr. Grijalva, with his 12 year old son along for inspiration, Wayne Corcoran, and I started out. On the very first teebox, between Wayne and I, we put 5 balls 30 feet in front of us in a sand trap. Dr. Grijalva was down the fairway. I should have known right away, it wasn’t my day. As Wayne and I approached the first green, coming out of yet another sand trap, we looked up and there was Dr. Grijalva driving his cart around the pin looking for

his ball. We waved him off the green and explained that it was a no-no to drive a cart on the green. After 9 holes, with Wayne and I having one of those not-so-good-scorecard- days, and Dr. Grijalva proving to be a natural on the course, we called it quits. All and all

 3 it was a great fun day and I am looking forward to another round. Thank you Wayne for all your golf tips and patience, from both of us, Dr. Grijalva and I. Lots going on this month. May starts out with May 1st being our Dia de Trabajo (Labor Day), a national holiday with many businesses closed (Our offices included). The events begin with Cinco de Mayo weekend and the RPTimes 34th El Golfo Run, probably the largest group we have ever hosted. Same weekend is our 2nd Annual Tequila Fest & Mariachi Festival, a Garage Sale at JJ’s Cantina to support The Santa Claus Club, Rocky Point Riders Bikers Fest, the Annual Fundraiser to support Puerto Peñasco Vida Joven (Young Life) at Plaza del Camaron (Shrimp Plaza), and the actual Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) which is not a National Holiday, but many will celebrate. Mexico Mother’s Day is always May 10th and this year, two days later, is USA Mother’s Day on May 12th. Every year when the days fall on different dates, Sandy always celebrates BOTH days. Check the ads in this month’s paper for special meals, coupons, and deals for Mother’s Day. Mark your calendars for May 15-19 to be at the Mayan Resort for the Annual Uniting Nations Cup with golfers from Mexico and the USA vying for top honors. The 1st Annual Tequila 125 Off-Road Desert Race will be Saturday the 18th, with the awards given out that afternoon at JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay, and finally the event that everyone is waiting for... The 2nd Annual Las Vegas Charity Night Sponsored by Sonoran Resorts to support DIF, will be Saturday May 25th. Check this month’s RPTimes for all the information about these big events. Also, Sandy posts all the events (that we know about) on our Rocky Point Times Newspaper Facebook Page, and she says, “Thank You!”, to the almost 3,200 readers who have liked our page just in the last two years (since she figured out how to run it). It’s a big month in Rocky Point, with many events and beautiful weather, so ‘COME ON DOWN’. Memorial Weekend is always a time which draws crowds to our beaches, so be careful, have fun, and be safe! JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE!


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

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. U.S. cells may vary - check with your service provider. AT&T Viva Mexico Plan works best.

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

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

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A bit of Shangrila RV........................480-225-6546 Acqua Spa..........................388-5382/623-207-9275 Ajo Plaza...........................................520-387-5044 Ajo Satellite Sales..............................520-387-4846 Aleman, Victor................................044-638-105-7839 Anchor Storage....044-638-102-0049/602-512-1761 Arizona Realty......................................520-387-8787 Aztec Sol Beauty & Spa.............................383-3656 or................................................044-638-113-0133


Babycatchers and Company....................602-769-2615 Beauty Design Studio by Gloria......................383-8500 Bill Paying Service by Patricia Perez................383-5737 Biosfera Dry Cleaners......................................383-3929 Bonita RV Park.....................................................383-1400 Bórquez, Ricardo, Atty..............388-6110/520-407-6756 Brooks, Dee.........................................................383-3919 Brothers Pizza.................................................383-3712


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


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


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


Family of God................................................383-3480 Francis, Jonni...............................044-638-112-1197


Gaby Salon Unisex.......383-3096/044-638-100-8641

Galeria del Mar Bermejo.................................383-3488 Galeria Luis y Gaby..........................................383-7174 Garden Art................................520-577-2728 Gift Shop & Gallery................................520-387-6858 Gila Bend Title and Registration Services..928-683-2577 Giuseppi’s Espresso.......................................383-5181 Glorias Beauty Salon....................................383-5075 Golf Course at the Mayan Palace..................383-GOLF Gracida, Roberto.........................520-232-2165 or......................................011-52-622-226-2200 Gretchen Ellinger...............383-1425/602-317-3881 or......................................................044-638-384-0458 Guardian Title and Escrow...............044-638-386-1445 or...............................................................623-910-2930


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


InnSuites Hotels and Suites U.S. Toll Free........................................ (888) INNSUITES JJ’s Cantina...................................................383-2785 Joyeria Max...........................................388-5512 Kaffeehaus.............................................388-1065 Kord’s Auto Care...............................(520) 387-6962


La Casa del Capitan Restaurant....................383-5698 La Cita Café...............................................383-2270 La Cocina de Ramon........388-5362/044-638-112-0350 La Fondita...............................................383-8384 La Siesta Motel................................(520) 387-6569 La Spa de Peñasco.................................382-8111 Laguna Shores Golf & Country Club..................383-4670 U.S. Toll Free.........................................800-513-1426 Lighthouse Restaurant, The........................383-2389 Lily’s Restaurant.........................................383-1485 Long Realty........................388-0009/602-281-4288 Lowery’s Installation...........382-5095/928-474-3157


Manny’s Beach Club....................383-3605/383-3215 Mare Blu Ristorante.......................................383-0605 María Romero.......................................(928) 683-2577 or...................................................01-800-560-2123 Mayan Palace Golf Course............................383-GOLF Max Jeweler..............................................388-5512 Mexican Beach Developers...383-6099/044-638-384-7145 or.........................................................520-777-0018 Mexican Vistas Co..........382-5400/(044-638) 384-6445 or..........................................................623-698-0117 Mexico Bonito Bill Paying Service....................383-5737 Muebles Imperiales..................................383-6480 or...................................................714-395-4117


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


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


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


Salerno, Rosarie..........383-8417/044-638-384-7145 or......................................................520-777-0018 Sanborns Insurance....U.S. Toll Free 800-222-0158 Seaside Window Coverings.........................383-5181 Sea Side Reservations.....383-7795/1-888-262-4508 Si Como No! Etc.....................................520-387-7080 Si I Do! Wedding Planners...............................388-8238 Silva, Yolanda Insurance.................................383-6280 Sonoran Resorts...........................602-476-7511 Sushi Sun Restaurant.....................................383-2772


Tapia, Miguel.......................................602-266-0225 Teriyaki Sun..............................................388-7272

The Print Shop............................520-387-6858 The Lighthouse Restaurant............................383-2389 Thunder on The Beach Sports Bar & Restaurant..............................................388-9605 Tom Thomas Home Inspection....044-638-110-4728 or.........................................................602-748-4134 Turati Optical.................................................383-4645 Twin Dolphins Real Estate and Rentals.........383-3919 or..........................................................602-324-7241


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


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


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

CHURCHES Phone Numbers

Assembly of God..........................................................383-3364 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



AIR AMBULANCE (dial within Mexico) AirEvac............................................................001-880-321-9522 SkyMed Air Ambulance.................................001-866-805-9624 AIRPORTS International.................................................under construction Municipal......................................................................383-6097 CITY HALL (Municipal Building) H. Ayuntamiento de Peñasco.....................383-2056/383-2060 CLINICS Clinica San Jose............................................................383-5121 Clinica Santa Fe...........................................383-2447/383-4040 Clinica Santa Isabel (Maternity)...................................383-3645 Clinica Santa Maria.......................................................383-2440 Cruz Roja (Red Cross)...................................................383-2266 Desert Senita Community Health Center..........(520) 387-5651 Gonzalez AmeriClinic....................................................388-7676 ELECTRIC Emergency dial...071 Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).......................383-2684 FIRE DEPARTMENT Emergency dial...068 Departamento de Bomberos.......................................383-2828 FISHIERIES DEPARTMENT Departamento de Pesca...............................................383-2116 Oficina de Pesca, San Diego, CA........................(619) 233-4324 GARBAGE/SANITATION DEPARTMENT Oomislim.......................................................................383-4909 GAS (Propane) Hidrogas........................................................................383-5650 Z’Gas..............................................................................383-8284 ZaGas.............................................................................383-8100 HOSPITALS (See Clinics also) Community...................................................................383-4566 IMSS (Social Security)...................................................383-2870 Municipal......................................................................383-2110 IMMIGRATION............................................................383-2526 MARINE RESCUE (VHF Channel 26) Port Captain..................................................................383-3035 Emergencies dial............................................462 or 627 or 767 POLICE Emergency dial...066 Puerto Peñasco Station..............................383-2626/383-1616 State Judicial Police (Policía Judicial del Estado).........383-2783 PUBLIC SECURITY DEPARTMENT Seguridad Pública Municipal......................383-2626/383-1616 RAILROAD Ferrocarril......................................................................383-2610 RED CROSS Cruz Roja.....................................................................383-2266 SOCIAL SECURITY (IMSS) Instituto Méxicano del Seguro Social.........383-2677/383-2777 TELEPHONE Teléfonos de México.....................................................383-2780 U.S. CONSULATES (in Mexico) Nogales.............................................................01-631-313-4820 dial from the U.S......................................011-52-631-313-4820 WATER Oomapas.......................................................................383-6080 Organismo Operador....................................................383-6080 Piteco (water tank delivery).........................................383-3315

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

Figaro Pizza 383-1411

Brother’s Pizza 383-3712

Juniors Restaurant 388-9461

Cheiky’s Pizza La Cita Cafe 383-3627, Closed Wed. 383-2270 Cocina Express La Duela Pizza 383-8358 388-4414, Closed Wed. Mon.-Sat. 10am-8pm Sun. 12pm-7pm Sushi Sun 383-2772 Domino’s Pizza 383-3838 TIKI Fresh Foods 7 days (044-638) 105-8001 10am-8pm (044-638) 112-0996 9am-9pm, Closed. Sun. El Condor Pizza 388-5383 Tortas San Luis 7 days, 12pm-10pm 388-6405, 7 days, 9am-9pm FEDE’S Zuquin Cakes 383-3419 383-3250 (044-638) 100-5834 (044-638) 105-4389 12pm-5pm, Closed 7 days, 9am-5pm Sun.

Pet Friendly

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


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

San Lazaro Pet Clinic 383-3344 (2 Locations) Blvd. Sonora & Galeana (west of Josefa) Calle 26 (near RR tracks)



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EVENTS CALENDAR MAY 2013 EVERYDAY American Legion Post MX-15 open from 12pm-7pm in El Mirador in the old Los Juanes Restaurant. Cet-Mar Aquariums – Center for Sea Studies. Come and see, feed and touch sea creatures up close and personal Monday-Friday 10am5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm. Children $2, Adults $3. Bag of food $2. Located on the road to Las Conchas. Call 3820010 for more info. MONDAYS 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish). TUESDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Public Talk in English and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Look for the giant Fin Whale Skeleton. Fun experience for the entire family. Phone 382-0113 for more info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish CBSC – Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club meets once a month (on Tues. or Sat.). WEDNESDAYS SOBS – South of the Border Singles meet every Wednesday for Happy Hour at Playa Bonita Resort. First Wednesday of every month is business meeting. 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English). 1PM – Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. 3PM Shooter Bingo at Playa Bonita RV Park Social Club. $6.00 for 6 games with money payouts for each game. After each game, a shooter number is called, if you have this number you get a “shooter” of tequila or ?? Join us each Wednesday in our air conditioned club house. 5PM – AA meets (Spanish). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish). THURSDAYS 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. All welcome. 4PM The Connection meets at The Light House. 4PM Bingo (Loteria) at Casa Hogar, Home for the Elderly. Everyone welcome to participate. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina FRIDAYS 8AM Alcoholics Anonymous “Freebirds” newcomers/book study meeting. Call 3825001 for more info. Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. 5PM ALANON English speaking meeting at 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (next to Galindo’s Café) at the Passport AA Club. Call Donna (044-638) 109-3766 or email for more info. 5PM ALANON PASSPOR CLUB 6:00 pm. Latin Dance Lessons at Peñasco Fitness Center (044-638) 106-3619 or email SATURDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Nature Talk in Spanish and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Fun experience for the entire family. Call 382-0113 for info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in English 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) 6PM AA meets (Spanish). Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant.

SUNDAYS 9AM Non-Denominational Worship Services with Family of God. Located on Blvd. Costera N 2000A. Everyone welcome. Church Office: 383-3480. 9AM Alcoholics Anonymous Meets (English). 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English). 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac. Church Service at 10:00AM Bilingual Service with Peñasco Christian Fellowship located 1 blk east of Josefa Ortiz de D. on Melchor Ocampo. Experience worship with both American & Mexican Christians! Phone: (01152-638) 383-4513

CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE LATEST EVENTS! Wednesday May 1st • Dia del Trabajo (Mexico Labor Day) Friday-Sunday 3rd - 5th • CBSC Fishing Derby • Rocky Point Riders Beach Biker Fest • Rocky Point Times Bi-Annual EL GOLFO RUN rockypointtimes@ for reservations

Saturday 18th • Tequila 125 Desert Race -Off road racing • Armed Forces Day (U.S.A) • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10am -5pm. Shrimp Plaza (Benito Juarez and Freemont)

Saturday 4th • 2nd Annual Tequila Fest • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10am -5pm. Shrimp Plaza (Benito Juarez and Freemont) • GARAGE SALE at JJ’s Cantina to benefit the Santa Claus Club 8am – 2pm

Saturday 25th • 2nd Annual Las Vegas Night of Charity at Sonoran Sky (second floor)

Sunday 5th • Cinco de Mayo (Batalla de Puebla)

JUNE 2013

Monday 27th • Memorial Day (U.S) May Friday 31st June Sunday 27th • 7th Anniversary Las Palomas Golf Tournament

Saturday 1st • Dia de la Marina

Friday 10th Wednesday 5th - 9th • Dia De Las Madres (Mexico Mother’s Day) • RCPM Circus Mexicus Saturday 11th • OBSC Steak Fry

Friday 14th • Flag Day (U.S.A)

Sunday 12th • Mother’s Day (U.S.) • OBSC Mother’s Day Brunch

Saturday 15th • OBSC Summer BBQ

Wednesday 15th • Dia del Maestro (Mexico – Teachers Day) Wednesday 15th - 19th • Uniting Nations Golf @ Mayan

Sunday 16th • Dia Del Padre / Father’s Day JULY 2013 Sunday 4th • Independence Day (U.S.A.)



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Six ways to get your groove on in May

By Anita Kaltenbaugh

Nothing says summertime like spending the day in the sun lying on the beach, having a cold drink in your hand and finishing it all off with some great music and a place to get your groove on. Rocky Point in May offers fantastic outstanding weather, comfortable temperatures and a lot of action. After a great day at the beach why not try one of the six hotspots to show off your tan and get your heart beating. 1. One of the larger venues in town to shake your booty, is Wrecked at the Reef, on Sandy Beach. And guess what?? It is beach front. Drive past all the towering ocean front resort condos on your way to Cholla Bay and you will see signs for Wrecked at the Reef. A friendly compound with a great beachfront patio, an outside stage for live music in the corner, a corn hole or baggo game area to the side and great food. Inside you’ll find comfortable sofas and love seats and a large dance area with a great stage. Their house band plays Friday and Saturday night and they rock the world with the latest contemporary pop, rock ‘n roll and classic music. If you’re lucky enough to plan ahead, check out the Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers concert coming the first weekend in June. You will be sure to get your groove on in this place. 2. Chango’s also located by the resort condominiums on Sandy Beach (Just off the road in front of Sonoran Spa and Sonoran Sea); this bar restaurant also features a great live band on weekends. Here you can dance; watch sports and possibly, depending on where you are staying, even walk back to your condo on the sea. This place also offers a full menu, frozen drinks and the classic margarita. Corn hole/Baggos game also available. 3. Mariachi and Tequila fest on May 4th- Ok, now we are talking. Advertised as a festival of flavor, music and entertainment, this fest will get you dancing and celebrating. Music and Tequila are already a pretty good combination, but add a little sprinkle of Mexico folk dancing and Mexican food and it should be a tasting pleasure of all senses. Touted as the 2nd annual Tequila and Mariachi Festival it opens at 6:00 pm, admission is $10.00 per person VIP seating $20.00 per person or a VIP Company Table for $200.00 (seating for 10) this includes tequila. Tickets are available at PayPal The location is the Puerto Peñasco Amphitheater, located just off Boulevard Benito Juarez as you head towards Old Port, behind Kaffeehaus Restaurant. 4. Ever hear the song “Dancing in the Streets”? Well, there may not be a dance floor, but if you head towards the end of Calle 13 on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night you will hear the music. At Max’s, enjoy dinner, a glass of wine or a margarita outside by the gas fire pit and listen to some live music. If the spirit moves you, or you have enough of them, you might just get up and start moving. Next door is Wrecked at Jen’s Joint, hoping to have some music in the future but until then, dancing is allowed anytime, I’ve witnessed it. 5. Elixir- This modern contemporary lounge has all the club music. Always open on the weekends starting at 9 or 10, this is a hot spot for locals and hip clubbers who are looking for some DJ spins. Music ranges from hip hop to pop contemporary in English and Spanish with an electronic twist. Get your groove on here until early morning hours as most of the patrons are not sitting down. Located: half a block east of Matamoros, on Durango St. in the Mirador Beach area. 6. J J’s Cantina- as the saying goes you haven’t been to Rocky Point if you haven’t been to JJ’s. Located in Cholla Bay, most long time visitors of Rocky Point will have a story to tell you about a night at JJ’s: my advice, sit down and grab something to drink, it’s probably a good one. Of course the motto, ‘no sniveling’, is all over the walls, as well as thousands of pictures from the past of fun times and memories at JJ’s Cantina. If you have witnessed JJ’s in the past you might just want to check to see if your face is on the wall. When Roger Clyne is in town, the place will be standing room only, but any other time, you can find a place to dance on the dance floor, even if there is no band. No problem here, dance where you want. Check the JJ’s Calendar for upcoming live music or stop by day or night and relax on the beautiful Cholla Bay. This June 6-9, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers concert weekend, will bring lots of groupies to JJ’s and those just remembering the good ole days. So in May, dance the day away... it doesn’t matter whether it’s a waltz, line dancing or hip hop… it doesn’t matter where you dance… even if it’s in your condo, balcony, hotel or on the beach. Don’t forget when all else fails, take some music with you, a few good friends and do some beach moves…sandy dancing with the Sea of Cortez as your backdrop, is always a spectacular place to dig your feet in. Just dance… Let us read and let us dance---two amusements that will never do any harm to the world- Voltaire And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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

It’s All Cool at AZUL!!!! HEY HEY…ZEUS!!!” Not to be outdone by Jesus, Azul also employs the funny Lupe…or as she sometimes is known, “Loopy”. All of the staff is happy and eager to help you have a nice dining and drinking experience.

By Mark Paliscak

Located within the beautiful Bella Sirena resort on Rocky Point’s Sandy Beach is a new restaurant in town called Azul. Well, it’s actually not “new” as it opened in March of 2012, but recently it has gained a lot of popularity over the last six months. The restaurant was started by Luca Appendino, the present owner of Pane e Vino (the amazing Italian restaurant located at the RRX and Benito Juarez). Azul features a swim up bar on one side adorned with a giant palapa hut to enjoy both your food and your drink of the day. They offer a wide variety of beers, both Mexican and American, and just about every liquor you need for some amazing libations to enjoy poolside.

Azul has some of the friendliest bartenders in all of Peñasco. I was served by both Nancy (“Oyitos” as we called her…which means Dimples in English) and Abel, and they always shook up a quick and delicious beverage despite being quite busy throughout the day and were always sure to serve it with a big smile and some lively conversation. On the other side of Azul is the walk up restaurant side, which is convenient if you are not in your swimming attire. Quesadillas, tacos, salads, sliders and grilled chicken sandwiches are just some of the tasty items on the menu. I tried a shrimp cocktail as an appetizer (Mexican style of course) and it was superb! The servers were equally as fun and friendly, especially Jesus… When you see him, be sure to let out a “HEY

I recently sat down with Karina Ortiz, the manager of Azul. Karina originally hails from Caborca, Sonora but now lives in Puerto Peñasco for the last several years. She started with Luca at Pane e Vino and worked her way over to Azul when it opened last year. She shared with me some of the history of Luca Appendino, the owner. Luca was born in Turin, Italy and at the age of 8, he and his family relocated to San Remo, Italy where his love for cooking flourished. He is a classically trained chef and nurtured his culinary skills for many years at Tutti Santi Italian Restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. He eventually made his way south to his favorite seaside town, Rocky Point! Karina also shared that live music will be played on weekend afternoons at Azul to add to the fun ambiance. So for some great food, cool vibe and super fun staff, head on over to Azul for a fantastic time. Tell them Marco from the Rocky Point Times sent you...I bet your afternoon will be a memorable one! Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” So get out there and let your sunshine radiate into everyone around you…and always remember to let your sunshine glow throughout your own soul! Until next month, keep smiling…you are in, or are thinking of coming back to one of the most beautiful places on earth, ROCKY POINT!! ADIOS AMIGOS! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Spring break followed by Easter week in Rocky Point is something like Honey Boo Boo followed by Octomom. Both are equally outrageous, but you just can’t stop yourself from looking. You may think that when the big yearly events are over, Rocky Point returns to its lazy, small-town fishing village personality. Fat chance. There’s still plenty of fun stuff going on. I don’t know where they find the energy, but some people can’t sit still for a minute. Like Louie. You remember my Greek friend who has offered visitors and locals everything from fishing charters to Rocky Point’s first Greek restaurant? Well, he’s at it again. CAP’N GREG: What is it this time? A sunset cruise with baklava and bowling? LOUIE: Well, we still have baklava, but El Greco’s Gyros is mainly Greek fast food. CAP’N GREG: So where are you located? LOUIE: Corner of 19th and Plutarco Elias. CAP’N GREG: Could you be more specific? LOUIE: Cross the tracks on Calle 13, and turn right before Peñasco del Sol, go six

blocks, look for the smiling couple in the blue aprons under the covered patio. CAP’N GREG: Wait. You serve food and smile, too? What a concept. LOUIE: Kim and I do our best. CAP’N GREG: What’s on the menu? LOUIE: Good, honest food. Gyros and chicken plates, Greek salad. National Hebrew brand hotdogs, and I do burgers, too. All the trimmings you want, and much more. CAP’N GREG: But what if I’m thirsty? LOUIE: I sell Cokes and water, but you can supply your own adult refreshments if you want. CAP’N GREG: Hours? LOUIE: Food this good has a narrow window of opportunity. El Greco’s is open Thursday to Sunday, 11 AM to 7 PM. Orders-to-go at 638-112-9692. CAP’N GREG: Do I get a free meal for writing this? LOUIE: Opa! Not in your wildest dreams.

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By Gretchen Corpe Ellinger, President A.M.P.I. Chapter 51, Puerto Peñasco

A.M.P.I. Chapter 51 Puerto Peñasco is the local chapter of A.M.P.I., the national organization for real estate professionals, in México. A.M.P.I. creates an atmosphere of ethical professionalism among real estate practitioners through educational opportunities, professional development, cooperation and problem solving. The organization provides broad collaboration with public authorities and the community as a consultative group with respect to real estate, and promotes Puerto Peñasco and the State of Sonora at every opportunity. Members of A.M.P.I. are dedicated to helping their clients to achieve their real estate goals with the best possible real estate practices, and continuously strive to improve practices for the benefit of their clients. All forms used by A.M.P.I.

real estate professionals are “A.M.P.I. approved,” which means they have passed the scrutiny of the organization’s council of real estate brokers, and by the organization’s attorney, to assure they meet the rigors of state and federal real estate laws, before being put into use. Since A.M.P.I. is affiliated with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the U.S.A.; A.M.P.I. real estate agents may call themselves “Realtors,” and may use the coveted Realtor® logo in marketing. Strongly committed to real estate education, the Puerto Peñasco A.M.P.I. chapter has been tasked by the State of Sonora to create and conduct a series of classes that prepare real estate agents for the real estate licensure that is required to practice in the state, and for renewal of state real estate licenses. Puerto Peñasco is one of the few real estate markets in México that is served by a Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which provides data that is extremely valuable to real estate clients. Besides providing a platform for real estate listings for marketing purposes, the MLS avails Realtors of data regarding list prices, sale prices, days on market, and other information that helps them to advise their clients regarding market trends and pricing. A.M.P.I. members participate in many local activities and charities, in addition to serving on various committees and boards, and are often deeply involved in large community events. An excellent first decision of real estate buyers and sellers would be to choose an A.M.P.I. Realtor® to guide them through their real estate transaction; every real estate agent in Puerto Peñasco is not an A.M.P.I. member – ask!

What a Nice Spring

By Rita Pizarro

What a nice spring we’ve had in Rocky Point, with so many visitors! It was like the good old times when the town was bustling with tourism and everyone was having a good time, making good family memories to last forever and giving the people of the town enough to make a good living.

We had our share of action this spring also, we enjoyed a couple of sunset cruises with Ecofun, by the way: rumor has it they will be adding some entertainment to their sunset cruises (belly dancers maybe?). They took some great pictures of whales when they were here, you can find those shots on Eco fun’s Facebook page together with other nice sunset cruise pictures. We rode horses on the beach, kite surfed in the estuary, took flight in ultralight air planes. We even rode a motorcycle through town during Semana Santa (Easter week) when the town was so packed you could hardly get around in a car and, if you wanted to see the Malecon, you were better off walking there just to see the crowds of people because traffic was jam-packed to go there! Musicians were everywhere with bands playing and so many families getting together, eating, shopping and enjoying the great weather and calm waters of the sea of Cortez. Rocky Point looked like a boom town again. This spring we had good weather for both spring break and Easter week, people enjoyed the ocean breeze, blue clear waters and great hospitality, so I expect many return visitors next year! Also on spring break we went to the beach in front of Princesa to checkout our friend Maru and her run in the “Insandity:

Mexican Ninja”, which is an obstacle race set up in the sand hosted by OuttaTown Productions. When we got there she didn’t have anyone to run against so I immediately volunteered my husband Tommy who has very good balance and a good mind for traversing obstacles, plus had many years ago done the firefighters test and a marine fitness challenge, so he went back to the car got some skate shoes out (better than sandals for the obstacles) and off he went with Maru... One after the other he tackled the obstacles with precision, it was fun cheering for him and seeing how he decided to tackle each obstacle; from a log that wobbles a little and has to be walked on, the classic tires on the sand to an “A” frame to jump over and a net to go through. There were about 10 interesting obstacles to challenge your mind and physique. The last one was a slide that ended in a pool of water and then you had to run back up the sand soaking wet for your best time. Tommy achieved the best time of the “masters” by a good margin (crowd over 45), and kept saying he is in such bad shape! The coolest thing about this fun obstacle course is that it has motivated us (I also want to do it next time!) to get in better shape. So now when we go to the beach we at least run up and down a few times, do some abs and squats and added lunges to the mini beach workouts. Back in Phoenix our gym membership had been paying off better since we have used it a bit more and we even went to a boot camp workout (now that is a lot more work than Zumba, which is my favorite gym class). “Insandity” is coming back to town in early October; you can find details on Facebook. Look for “Outta Town Productions”. Get in shape, take advantage of the good spring weather, do some sand workouts when the beach finds you near, and join us for the next time around. Otherwise, enjoy the beach and see you next time! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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“Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point Inc.” (a 501©3 non-profit Corporation) 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

Changes in 12 years

Anita & Cat Clinic in Progress

Anita from Giuseppis and I were headed for the clinic today. I stopped at Anita’s house and as she came out, she asked me if I knew that I had a cat on top of my car! Melody was asleep the entire drive from the center to Anita’s house. I am still amazed that I did not lose my sweet baby. Melody is about 6 years old and has been at the center since she was a tiny kitten. She stayed in the back seat the entire trip until we returned to the center later in the day. Very calm I might add! The city spent two days doing their first clinic in Sonoyta, fixing over 70 animals. Today they had fixed about 30 when we arrived at the location here in Rocky Point and have two more days in the various barrios. This is a lot of work moving the equipment each day but the veterinarians from Hermosillo and Nogales along with Edith our veterinarian here in Rocky Point worked tirelessly and has accomplished miracles. They are planning three more large events in the next year. A BIG paws up to these wonderful angels Edith, Alman, Alfredo, Armando, Humberto and their assistance who volunteered their services. We will be working with this group and connecting them with other Mexican veterinarians in the San Carlos – Guaymas area to continue the clinics in other cities in Mexico. It is wonderful to see how this is growing. Sterilization is the answer to the animal overpopulation. We will have the final numbers in the next issue. We need supplies for the clinics including syringes, gauze, surgical gloves, instruments, pads, and any other supplies that you may have. The city of Hermosillo is providing the medication. If you would like to donate please call Nancy at 383 1012 or (602) 412 3932.

Clinic Staff

It is really a miracle to see the change in the city in the 12 years since I started AACORP. You can really see the difference in the amount and condition of the street animals. Thank you to all that have helped. Years ago Lannette was living next door and on her way to work one day she counted 50 dogs within three blocks. The city was full of starving and abandoned dogs. What an improvement in just 10 years. We were alone for many years and it was a struggle, but several new rescue groups have started up in the last few years and are helping with the rescues – it takes a village!. Many smaller clinics are being conducted with the local Veterinarians. Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point has been able to help many of the local pet owners with medical expenses for their animals. It is heartbreaking to see folks that are struggling and unable to afford the medical bills. We work with Chochoys Veterinarian Dr. Javier Morales at 3832338 and help as many as we can. Your donations are helping many animals in the city.

Clinic Flash news

AACORP received its first donation from a trust fund. Charles the attorney for the donor visited the center last week and handed me a very nice check. Our angel donor was born is Yugoslavia, crossed into Germany when she was about 16 years old. From there she migrated to Canada and finally to the USA. She married and spent 40 years selling real-estate in Hawaii – doing very well. She passed in September of 2012 and instructed her attorney to donate a portion of her trust to the animal rescue group of his choice. Charles has been visiting Rocky Point for many years and followed the progress of the Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point. He decided that we were to be the recipients of a donation. A BIG thank you to Charles (Chuck) and know that he realizes how many animals will benefit

from his generosity – Paws up to Chuck!! We are so very grateful. Doggy Fashion Show has been rescheduled for the last Saturday in October so plan your outfit and practice training with your pooch! We have many cats that need good forever homes. Please call Nancy for appointment if you are interested in an older cat. We may have kittens available soon as kitten season is here!!

Monroe Riddle


Cleaning supplies, Disinfectant, Downy, trash bags, paper towels, dog and cat beds, non-clumping cat litter, canned cat food pate, kitten dry food, large 2 ½ gallon water and feeding containers, 12 X 8 garage door, canopies for shade, slats for chain link fencing! We also use Kuranda above ground beds and these can be purchased through our web site directly through Kuranda, Just go to www. to donate a Kuranda bed for the animals. Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point has been at the same location now for twelve years. Coming into town go one block past (south) Lucas Chicken Palapas restaurant, turn left (east) and come down three blocks and we are on the North/West corner of Leon de la Barra and Cuahtemoch. Please bring donations to the center or drop off at Giuseppis on Fremont. Call for drop off sites in Arizona. We are now able to purchase Kirkland dog, puppy and cat dry food here in Rocky Point at Welton located just north of the signal at the police station on the east side street and just south of Sante Fe market. Prices are great and this way we do not have to worry about crossing into Mexico with American pet food. The Kirkland food sold here is made in the USA and distributed through Costco Mexico. Finally a problem solved. With the exchange rate as it is now the prices are very reasonable and comparable to the US. You can send cash donations (checks made out to AACORP), PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341 and we can purchase the needed pet food. Your gift is a tax deduction. We still need canned cat and dog food and of course cat litter. Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012 Phoenix (602) 412-3932 Tucson (520) 407-6594 AACORP INC 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt AACORP PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341

Monroe Riddle was born on August 6, 1931 in Kiowa Kansas. Monroe and his parents Verna May Riddle and Jack Riddle, moved to Granite Oklahoma when he was one and moved to Phoenix AZ when he was nine. Monroe’s Father passed when he was 17 and he was raised by his mother Verna. He worked at the FOX Theater while attending high school at Phoenix Union High School. He graduated in 1949 and joined the Navy, and was a veteran of the Korean War. After the War, Monroe pursued a career in a painting business located in Phoenix AZ, for Frank L Walters, as an apprentice painter. He would work his way into the lead estimator position where he worked for the next 22 years. He then struck out on his own, and had a successful career as a painting contractor. In 2004 Monroe and his wife Maria moved to Rocky Point, Mexico and Monroe went to work selling real estate. Monroe believed in unconditional Love and lived it to the highest level. He was generous in all ways; he always had an open door to his home. He never passed anyone asking for a handout (Ever). He would say “God told us to give to the poor, and what they do with the money is not our responsibility, we are just responsible to give with a glad heart”. Monroe forgave all things! Maybe one of the reasons Monroe gave so much to others was because he wasn’t ever burdened with grudges or bad feelings toward anyone. Monroe is loved by everyone! WHY? Because he showed everyone in his life love, always had a smile, always giving away hugs and told us, his family, every chance he had how much he loved all of us. I do not believe we can ever measure the impact Monroe has had on so many people’s lives. Monroe had a strong value of family and God. And truly has been a great example of living his life for the Lord. He would always say to us “Have I told you Jesus is coming back soon?” You could always expect to hear these words from him. Monroe was instrumental in helping start and promotes 2 Fish Ministries. He was impassioned about that ministry and spent many afternoons there serving the hungry. Monroe will be greatly missed. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Once upon a design…

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

“I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams”. William B. Yeats, “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” I love new customers, I always ponder and wonder what my next customer will be like! Will they like traditional looks? Or rather something more contemporary? Mexican rustic or Tuscan? My job is very important to me since I consider myself an interpreter of dreams. My clients put their trust in me, something I really appreciate. The process is very simple, they tell me what they like and what they hate, along with what they envision for their home. I am always be very respectful of my customer’s dreams, even if I don’t agree with them. If I am asked for my honest opinion about an idea, color or piece of furniture, I tell the truth from my heart and from a design standpoint. Sometimes my new customer thinks that given the chance I, as a designer, would change everything at their house; perhaps in some cases yes, but for the most part I don’t. I am believer of recycling, reducing & reusing, or as I prefer to say: re-purposing. Together, my customer and I can rethink and recreate something new & exciting out of an old piece of furniture. When I visit a place for the first time I observe everything, take pictures (since my memory every once in a while betrays me) and ask many questions, those questions serve me as a guide to better interpret my client’s dreams.

I have clients that have watched me for quite some time before they ask for my help or simply they have saved enough money to accomplish their dream through our services, and that is really one of the best compliments I receive. Having someone longing to work with you in a project is something to truly treasure. At Diseños Casa y Jardín we strive to keep an open mind, to always wear as Edward de Bono puts it, the six hats of lateral thinking. In the design world we are always creating, finding new solutions to the challenges we are brought up against, in functionality or aesthetics. At this point I would like to share a recent story, a dear friend of mine, for whom we did her home sometime ago, introduced me to a client of hers who had just bought a condo after having lived in an R.V. for a few years, in her work years she had had a decorating business

however, being in Mexico and having been retired for years, she did not have the business resources to do her new home on her own so she asked for my help. Knowing her background made me feel a little nervous, as if I was going to have a “supervisor” all the time judging my decisions, options and suggestions; yet, it was actually the opposite! It has been fun, we have communicated quite well and more importantly she has expressed how pleased she has been with the overall result. I can proudly say about 90% of my original proposal worked effectively for this client who used to do the same dream interpreting for others in the past!

As a last note, I’d say we will do our best to help you in beautifying your home. However at the of end of the day it should be the best representation of who you are and what your tastes are. Your home should be a place for a quiet moment and a place for a joyful gathering of you and your loved ones, more than a stage it should be your home, your dream.

“Every job is a self portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence” Anonymous Please visit our gallery on Rodeo Drive (see ad) feel free to ask any questions and who knows we may have what you are after, regardless you are going to be pleasantly surprised! Reach me at: or visit us online at • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Changing the Mexican Constitution, provision 27 By Ricardo Borquez and Eleazar Jiménez.

Saturday, April 20th, 2013, several newspapers, both national and local, published that The Constitutional Commission of the Federal Congress voted in favor of changing the Mexican Constitution, provision 27, in order to release the current prohibition that forbids foreigners to acquire real estate within 50 kilometers from the Mexican beaches and 100 kilometers from borders. In such Commission, it was approved by the governing party (PRI), as well as the two other mayor parties (PAN and PRD), to be sent to the Congress to be analyzed and eventually authorized by both chambers, the House of Representatives and the Senate. The proposal states four conditions: 1. Agree with the Federal Government to consider themselves as Mexicans and do not seek aid from their countries, in relation to the real estate they might acquire, under penalty of losing such asset in favor of the Mexican nation. 2. Real estate must be used for residential purposes only. 3. It could not be used for commercial purposes. 4. The secondary law is going to establish the process, in which the real estate will be lost in favor of the nation, if it is used for a different purpose. It is our opinion, that such reform will create a very positive impact in the Mexican economy as well as in the Real Estate Industry, since transactions will be not only cheaper but also, faster. We consider that this proposal has a high possibility to pass, since it has been endorsed by the three biggest political parties.



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Finding Paradise By Sandy Spain

Another Road Trip in Paradise Recently nine of us went to San Felipe in the “Russ Bus” from Peñasco Recreation with Russ and Naomi Black. The trip is an easy a 5 hour drive going North from Peñasco via the coastal highway 3, West on the farming community road, highway 4, and then south to San Felipe on Highway 5. To say we had a great time is an understatement. In fact we were laughing and having so much fun we were soon referred to as the Peñasco Payasos (clowns for those of you not speaking Spanish). San Felipe Blues and Arts Festival This was the 7th year for the festival that is put on by the San Felipe Lions Club and Baja Good Life Club to benefit their local charities. This year it was held at the La Ventana del Mar Resort at El Dorado Ranch. Friday night’s jam session was in the golf clubhouse and Saturday’s performance was on a concert stage on the clubhouse lawn. There were food and bar stations outside as well as inside and lots of volunteers to give assistance. Saturday there was VIP seating, which of course we took advantage of in order to have table, chairs and shades. The other seating was open on the lawn and you could bring your own chairs, umbrellas and beach blankets. It was sunny and the weather was perfect, not too hot. For our group, the highlight of the Friday night jam session was when the Zydeco Band, Bayou Brothers and Sister brought Naomi up on the stage to join Sister and play the washboard (integral part of this Cajun-style Blues in case you didn’t know). She kicked off her heels and really got into it. Notice the fringe swinging on the bottom of her skirt. The song “Hot Chili Mama”.

several musicians who were scheduled for Saturday were there, they also jumped into the act. The dance floor was packed. Saturday we had great seating and again enjoyed Bayou Brothers and Sister along with Chet Canon & The Committee, Michele Lundeen, Missy Andersen and my favorite The Sugar Thieves who have won the Phoenix Blues Society’s Arizona State Blues Competition the last three years in a row.

for the trip:...commando would ruin the group dynamics…dirty girls in taxi office with lollipops (someone talks in his sleep)…painted lady, Miss San Felipe, mullet and fu, hoochie mama and the fashion police...Rafaella in her PJs… Sandy’s Julio…Dickie’s boys…Birria…the no-check check points. Thank you The group hosted a surprise thank you dinner for Russ and Naomi in true payaso style at Mare Blu Restaurant at the Reef. We surprised them with our outfits and gifts and they surprised us by giving each of us an official card - we are now card carrying clowns! Unfortunately 3 of our original group could not make the trip. Russ and Naomi were good sports and put on a clown shirt and nose too.

Bayou Brothers and Sister

The Sugar Thieves The concert ended with a performance by Alan Iglesias & Crossfire. They are a Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute band. After the SRV set, Alan closed with a couple of the famous Jimmy Hendrix guitar solos.

Alan Iglesias, he even looks like Stevie Ray Vaughn

Naomi and The Bayou Brothers’ Sister We also loved Chet Cannon & The Committee and Michele Lundeen. As

In addition to the concert, there were about 18 artist’s booths. Our own Tony Ballesteros and Naomi Black each had a booth. There offerings were quite different than the other artists and both did very well. In fact, one jealous photographer said that Tony’s pictures couldn’t be that good, the water couldn’t be that blue, etc. etc. she told people they were “photo shopped”. Well we know that isn’t true, Tony’s photos really show off our area, the ocean, the beaches, the sea life and the sunsets all in their natural beauty. Naomi’s most popular items were her shell embellished signs with beach sayings.

Again there was dancing and yes the lady in the wheel chair with the pink cast was “dancing” too.

Payasos at Mare Blu at the Reef Naomi and Tony at their booths George’s Hotel & Restaurant Bar We stayed at a great small hotel with a good restaurant and nice pool area. About 4 blocks wall to the San Felipe Malecón. The guys also enjoyed steaks at the El Nido restaurant next door. The hotel staff was great as was the restaurant staff. From the welcome cocktail party with appetizers that Naomi and Russ hosted by the pool to our breakfast before departure; we really had a great time at this hotel. I recommend it to anyone going to San Felipe. What can’t be said? There was a lot that went on in these 4 days, and I have photos to prove it, but it just can’t be published! You’ll have to join us next year for the trip to the 8th Annual San Felipe Blues and Arts Festival with Peñasco Recreation in the Russ Bus. I’ll give you some hints to whet your appetite

Russ and Naomi FYI, it isn’t easy to kiss wearing a clown nose, guess Russ and Naomi will have to practice!!! As always, I encourage you to get out and travel to different places in Mexico. The people are all the same warm and welcoming. Thank you San Felipe for a great time.



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



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

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


All fines are to be paid at the main police station

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

MEXICAN CONSULATES Tucson: 553 S. Stone Ave., 85701 (520) 882-5595 • Mon.-Fri. 8 AM - 2 PM Phoenix: 1990 W. Camelback Rd., 85015 (602) 433-2294 Nogales: 480 Grand Ave., 89562 • (520) 287-3175 Douglas: 541 10th St., 85607 • (520) 364-3107

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

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

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

Phoenix, Tucson & Nogales, AZ

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


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

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

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

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

Nothing to declare/items under allowed limit

2) Integral Inspection

Voluntary declaration/items over allowed limit

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRAVEL BEYOND THE FREE ZONE Puerto Peñasco is located in the Free Zone, where you do not need vehicle/ tourist visas to visit. If you plan to travel beyond the Free Zone you will need the following: FMT (personal tourist visa) and your vehicle permit if you plan to drive. Personal Visa (FMT) Available at the Immigration 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 If you plan to drive beyond the State of Sonora, you will need to obtain a permit for your vehicle. The cost for this permit is approx. $290 pesos. This can be done in Sonoyta or at the checkpoint outside of Guaymas. You will need the original and 3 copies of: • Registration, Title and the valid driver’s license of the vehicle owner • Credit card in the vehicle owner’s name • FMT, FM3, FM2, Passport or birth certificate • Leasing contract (if the vehicle is rented or leased), which must be in the name of the person importing the vehicle. If the vehicle belongs to a company, the papers certifying the employee works for the company. If you do not have a credit card you can post a bond payable to the Federal Treasury issued by an authorized bonding company in Mexico. As an alternative to posting bond you may make a cash deposit at Banco del Ejercito in an amount equal to the value according to the “Table of Vehicle Values for Bonding Companies.” At Banco del Ejercito your credit card will be charged approx. $30 USD. A cash deposit will also be accepted if you do not have a credit card. Your deposit plus any interest will be returned to you when you leave Mexico. You may choose to obtain a bond through an authorized Mexican bonding company located at all border crossings. The bonding company also assess taxes and processing costs for this service. The vehicle permit is good for 6 months and for any type of vehicle weighing under 3 tons. When departing Mexico, and if you are not planning to drive the vehicle back into Mexico, the permit must be canceled with Customs. If your car is found in Mexico, beyond the Free Zone, and beyond the authorized time, or without the appropriate papers, it will be confiscated. Always carry the importation permit with you when driving your vehicle into Mexico. Take it with you when you exit the vehicle - do not leave this document in your car. Make a copy and leave a copy in the car - same with your insurance. The sale, abandonment or use of the vehicle for financial gain, a criminal act, etc. will result in its confiscation. The vehicle may be driven by the spouse or adult children as long as they have the same immigration status. It is a good idea to get a notarized document, if you are driving a vehicle beyond the free zone that is not registered in your name, nor the owner is in the vehicle. It should simply state that the owner has given you permission to drive the vehicle, you may want to include the make, model, year, color and VIN number. The Rocky Point Times Newspaper strives to keep the information up-to-date. Laws, rules and info. change constantly, so if you notice an error, or have additional info., please let us know so that we may change the info. Contact us with questions or corrections at rptimes@ or phone (480) 463-6255 or local 383-6325.


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2nd Annual Tequila Festival on May 4th—Promises To Be Even Better Than Last Year!

By Joe Houchin

After being blown away by last year’s premier presentation of pure and colorful Mexican Folkloric music, singing and dancing, it’s hard to believe how it could be topped this year. However, after speaking with Martín Martínez, head of the organizing committee again this year along with Laura Palacio and Carmen Martens, we’re convinced that everyone is in for a night of spectacular entertainment, good food and of course great pure Mexican tequila! The venue once again is the Whale Hill Amphitheatre, which has received a detailed makeover assuring that the amazing light show against the natural rock cliff background will be aglow all evening to shock even the wildest imaginations of young and old, expats and natives, residents and visitors along with the sounds and colors of “Traditional Old Mexico.” Thanks to the creative talents of Socorro Gonzalez and Nina Mier of Cine Club Primera Toma, this year will have old-time Mexican movies showing continuously against one section of the giant cliff. Even though he won’t release the names until he has signed contracts in hand, Martín assures us that he is in final negotiations with several nationally famous Mariachis and singers to bring even more excitement to this year’s event. Like last year, there will be highly talented Mexican Folkloric Ballet Dancers and, again topping the cuteness charts will be the young children dancing to traditional folklore songs in full costume! Martín expects more exhibitors this year representing tequilas, restaurants, developers and others. If you are interested in having an exhibitor space at the Tequila Festival, please contact Martín Martínez by email atmarrmartinez@ or on his local cell at 638-380-5496. A promising new event at the Festival this year is

the “Margarita Contest” that will be organized by the Mayan Resort Food and Beverage department and sponsored by Tequila Peñasco. The contest will be made up of 10 bartenders from mostly local establishments competing for a prize of $500 USD for the “Best” Margarita as determined by four judges who will be basing their votes on Creativity, Originality and, of course, Taste. In addition to the $500 prize, the winner will have bragging rights until the 3rdAnnual Tequila Festival next year. Festivities begin at 6:00 PM and are scheduled to end around 11:00 PM. General admission to the Tequila Festival is only $10 USD and VIP Tables of 10 are $200 USD and include a bottle of tequila per table. You may also purchase individual seats or any portion of a VIP table for $20 USD per seat. VIP tables cover the area closest to the stage and have table service. Please contact Martín to reserve your VIP seating. Email: marrmartinez@hotmail. com. Cell:(044-638) 380-5496. There is a sound basic reason that we can count on the Tequila Festival to be a grand annual event in Puerto Peñasco: Martín Martínez grew up in a house within sight of the Whale Hill Amphitheatre, and ever since he can remember, Martín imagined what a great place it would be for big shows and concerts. Now that he is an adult and owner of Terranova Properties, El Guamúchil Restaurant, Terramar Restaurant and its adjoining “Good Night” Bar, all located on the Juarez entry road to the Malecón and right across the street from the Amphitheatre, he is in a position to bring his long time passion to fruition—a passion he proved last year is one that should be shared with as many as possible. It’s worth scheduling the weekend of May 4th to our little slice of paradise by the sea to partake in the colors and sounds and tastes of Mexico and to share not just Martín’s passion, but the passion of national tradition that is “Old Mexico.”

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

Circus Mexicus June 6-9, 2013 By Joe Houchin

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (RCPM) are Rocky Point’s most loyal international rock and roll band and, arguably, one of America’s hardest working music makers who have a league of extremely loyal followers. Last year thousands of fans (affectionately called “Peacemakers”) came to our little slice of paradise by the sea from 32 states and 7 countries to rock Circus Mexicus 2012! The way this concert, dubbed by fans every endearing name from “Celebration of Life” to “State of Mind” is slated to go down, as of the latest schedule and line up (check for updates) is as follows: THURSDAY NIGHT – Kick Off Party at Wrecked at the Reef. Free Admission! The music is inside Wrecked at the Reef and the party will be happening inside, outside, along the expansive patio and among the palapas and bars on the sandy beach. FRIDAY NIGHT – PH Naffah’s Hot Dog & A Smile Charity BBQ at Legendary JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay $10 USD at the door, or admission is included when you purchase a Plata (Silver) ticket online at www. for $40 USD that includes both Friday and Saturday night admissions. A full night of live entertainment to raise money and collect items for PH’s favorite charity, Casa de Esperanza para Los Niños, an important shelter for kids rescued from dysfunctional family situations. Each year Mark and Barb Olszewski,

who also founded the Adopt-a-Classroom Program that provides school supplies to thousands of children in 10 schools here in Peñasco, and who help compile the wish list with Esperanza administrators each year. Please visithttp://www.facebook. com/groups/399318923436169/ for all the latest information on the Wish List for Esperanza para Los Niños and then bring whatever you can to the Friday night Hot Dog and a Smile BBQ. There will be a trailer across the road from JJ’s where you can deliver your donations. On Saturday around 1:00pm a group of caring Peacemakers caravan out to the shelter with all the goods collected. To read about the caravan from last year, visit our blog at SATURDAY – Beach Soccer Tournament – Morning – Caravan to Esperanza Shelter – Afternoon – THE MAIN EVENT – Evening 8:00am – 2:30pm Roger Clyne’s Annual Rock and Soccer Tournament on the beach in front of Wrecked at the Reef where teams will compete for bragging rights and a shot glass trophy, plus help raise money and collect equipment to benefit the Puerto Peñasco Youth Sports Foundation (YSF). Players and spectators alike are asked to please bring any new or used sporting goods you may have to the tournament. There will be YSF volunteers to gratefully accept your donations. And if that’s not reason enough, Wrecked is offering a Special Mexican Breakfast compete with “make your own Bloody Mary Bar,” also starting at 8:00am. The Main Event at The Reef Park* *The Reef Park is a new beach front location just slightly west of Wrecked at the Reef inside the RV Park which has been specifically designed to handle the growing number of fans that attend each year. It is larger, more comfortable and so close to Wrecked it’s like just another entrance to the concert. SUNDAY – The Mañanathon at JJ’s Cantina Free Admission – Four Bands – Autographs – Bloody Mary’s – RCPM Accessories Say good-bye to your hangover with Bloody Mary’s and to your new friends with live music all day as the final day winds up…winds up into another wild party to wrap up a terrific four days of rock and roll! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

STORIES OF CEDO CEDO strives to inspire the next generation to connect with nature, and become a steward of healthy habitat for

Rocky Point and the Sea of Cortez Abraham is a biologist, graduating from the University of Guadalajara in January, 2012. After graduating Abraham started the journey every new graduate must undertake looking for a job. After 4 months of searching, the first glimpse of his destiny revealed itself: He found an internet announcement from CEDO. The Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans was looking for its new Field Station Intern, and Abraham decided to apply. It seemed like a long wait before he received an answer via e-mail, inviting him to travel from his hometown of Puerto Vallarta to a very special place between the desert and the ocean, Puerto Peñasco, better known as “Rocky Point” by USA citizens. As a child, Abraham discovered that life on Earth didn’t only belong to humans. Life includes all living creatures without discrimination. In fact, humans are just one form of life, a part of nature. But he also discovered the sad reality that humans have disconnected themselves from nature, looking at it as something separate, something that can be used and thrown away. He grew up in place surrounded by rain forest, rivers, and beaches where he used to take his dogs to run and swim. Or, sometimes he simply caught some shrimp to eat. He loved to hear the songs of birds, or he observed grasshoppers, fireflies, hermit crabs, ants, lizards and frogs to understand them better. These kinds of early experiences were the reasons Abraham could never choose a different career, so he became a biologist whose passion is environmental conservation, and when CEDO chose him to work there he knew it was his ideal job.

When he first came to CEDO, Abraham was greeted by the winners of CEDO’s 18th annual environmental contest, who were participating in a summer camp that was their prize for winning the contest. This summer camp was full of fun activities while campers learned more about the environment and made new friends. Abraham saw in the eyes of those kids the same feelings he had had when he was a kid: nature doesn’t belong

to us, rather we belong to nature. In nature, everything is connected and if we pull out one strand from the fabric of nature, we will discover it is connected to everything else in the world. Too many people choose to stay blind to this fact and refuse to acknowledge this connectivity. But the results of our actions prove it to be true. These kids that Abraham first met at CEDO wanted to do something to transform not just their communities, but the world. How can we start the transformation? It’s well known that big changes start locally, start in our homes, start with each individual, and with ourselves. In a very short time, Abraham understood CEDO’s mission - to spread the word about conservation, to spread the word for our voiceless planet. This summer 2013, CEDO is organizing a summer camp for US and other Englishspeaking kids from June 20 to 24th, and Abraham is excited to participate as a counselor. He knows that kids who participate will have an amazing time, and they will have fun! Camp will give them the opportunity to create something for themselves, but also to learn about nature and in the end, to be added to the list of kids that today and into the future will teach others the simple reality of our natural world: just as we need nature’s resources to survive, so too does it need us NOW to save it from our actions.

During the Summer Camp kids will visit Isla San Jorge (Bird Island) and the Morua Estuary. They will go tide pooling on the rocky reef; they will enjoy campfires and eat marshmallows after dark. They will do stargazing, hold competitions, make crafts, watch movies and have tons of fun with newly-made friends! Abraham can’t wait for summer and would love to get to know more people who want to join in CEDO’s mission by participating in activities like this. If you are one of them and want to sign up your kids to our Wet Feet Ocean Camp this year, send an e-mail to Abraham ( Or if you feel inspired and want to know more about CEDO and its mission visit us at:



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Planning for Sonoran Resorts Las Vegas Night for DIF Charity Has Kicked into Gear! By Joe Houchin

Our announcement last month about the May 25th date for this year’s 2nd Annual Las Vegas Night for Charity hinted that this gala event would be even bigger and more exciting in its second year due to the overwhelming success of last year’s party. And we do mean party! Now that planning has kicked into gear, the details are getting pretty exciting. Last year’s gala, in addition to all the fun and excitement of a real Las Vegas atmosphere of women dressed in evening dresses to those in shorts and comfortably dressed men expressing glee at the blackjack and roulette tables, it also turned out to be a very social evening with old friends, community leaders, celebrities, residents and regular visitors alike, catching up on each other’s lives since they’d last been together, and the friendly ambiance lent itself to new introductions between strangers, many of whom, enticed by the party atmosphere, came in right off the beach and made lasting friendships through the evening. Toward the end of the night everyone will use their stash of Charity Chips to join in on some fierce competitive bidding for the great and valuable prizes donated by local businesses

and individuals to help raise money for DIF. For those who are not frequent visitors to our little slice of paradise by the sea, DIF stands for the City of Puerto Peñasco Family Assistance program that has helped needy children and families in the area for over 35 years in times of sickness, hunger and personal need. Everyone in attendance last year seemed to be very much aware of the charitable goals of the evening and dedicated themselves to helping by purchasing extra Charity Chips when their luck ran less than lavishly on the tables, knowing that all the money spent on those chips also went to DIF. Everyone knew— and knows by now—that every penny spent on the tickets which are $35 dollars each will go to DIF. Last year, Las Vegas Night for Charity produced one of the largest single donations of the year for DIF. What’s even better is that each $35 ticket you purchase for the affair includes $300 dollars in Charity Chips to use on the tables and all the chips you end up with at the end of the night can be used to bid on the fabulous prizes. From the BREAKING NEWS Department: We’re excited to announce that again this year we will have a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament due to popular demand. Last year, in addition to the sold out tables full of real serious

poker-faced aficionados (complete with cowboy hats, aces and kings peeking from the hat bands) the “Winner Take All” tourney drew a crowd of spectators all evening long. If you want to participate in the tournament please reserve your seat soon by contacting Jim Ringquist atrockypointjim@gmail. com. Our brand newly rebuilt and owned Ocean View Restaurant at the Sonoran Sky will be catering the event taking place in the spacious 4,000 square foot 2nd Floor Sky Conference Center. Great prize donations from generous businesses and individuals are starting to arrive at our main Sales Administration Office in the Sky. We hope everyone who helped last year will again help us this year with their unique contributions. If you didn’t donate anything last year, please consider doing so this year. You can contact Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Sonoran Resorts; his direct local line is 382-8547, or from the U.S. at 602-4767511. Tickets are $35 USD each and include $300 in Charity Chips. Tickets are being designed and printed as of this writing, and will be on sale through our Sonoran Sky sales office, on line and at the door. You’ll want to mark the weekend of May 25thon your calendar for a stay in Puerto Peñasco. A day at the beach, an evening in “Vegas”, and all for a worthy cause! What more could you ask for?

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There’s a LOT Going on at the Christian Community Center! Karen Higgins, who help with administration and guidance, the center is devoted to the mission of showing the love of Christ through building relationships.

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by Gretchen Ellinger

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Christian Community Center Living Stones Ministry was started as a meal site of 2 Fish Ministries, in the San Rafael area of far east Puerto Peñasco. From serving daily meals, it grew – and grew – and grew. Not a church, Living Stones has evolved into a community development center known as Centro Comunitario Cristiano, or Christian Community Center. According to Mark and

With the coordination of Eneida Gaspar and Deb and Rick Turner, the center is a beehive of activity. There are English classes, craft groups, Bible study, Kids Club, vacation Bible school, a thrift store. There is a greenhouse, a community garden complete with a compost pile. There is an animal care program that features spay/neuter clinics, guidance in pet treatment and care, and lowcost pet food. Nothing is given away; people pay, either in service or in cash, for their purchases – part of the philosophy is to assist people with self-reliance.Another part of the philosophy is environmental responsibility the center stresses the values of re-purpose, reuse, and recycle.

Women’s Micro Enterprises was my introduction to Deb Turner and Living Stones Ministry. At the Mermaid Market I was wowed by the purses, backpacks, and exercise mats made from plastic bags, then I tasted their homemade salsa that can be bought in Mason jars decorated with seashells – you’ve got to try it! The ladies gather at the center for fellowship as they cook up salsa and make things to sell to augment their family incomes. While daily meals are still being served, they are cooked by the people who eat them. In addition to private food donations, Restaurant Don Julio’s donates meat regularly, the neighborhood California Market donates produce daily, and fish comes from Rocky Fish, to name a few. Meals are eaten from real dishes, and dish washing and clean up are done by the diners. Donations are welcome – time would be so appreciated! As well, the center could use food donations of all kinds, particularly protein-rich foods, dog food and pet care supplies, sewing supplies, household items, new or gently used

clothing, and don’t throw away those plastic shopping bags – donate them! Living Stones is working to raise money to purchase their building. A registered 501c organization, all donations are tax deductible in the U.S.A. Donations may be dropped off at the center, plastic bags may be taken to the collection box at Puerta Privada on Sandy Beach, and checks written to Living Stones Ministry may be sent to Mark Higgins, PO Box 218, Lukeville, AZ 85341. Drop by the Christian Community Center for a visit any weekday starting at 9 a.m. From Blvd Josefa de Dominguez go east on Calle Lazaro Cardenas (you cannot cross the median at Lazaro Cardenas, so turn right at Ley Express, then turn right at the 1st street and go to Lazaro Cardenas, turn left) a long way - past the government housing, past the end of the pavement to Calle 64. Turn right on Calle 64, go 2 blocks to the large white building with bright blue trim.

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The Legend of the Sand Dollar: There’s more ORGANIC LIFE to these beautiful dollars than you might think

By Lannette Phipps I think most of you will agree when I say one of the greatest treasures you can find on the beaches in Rocky Point, Mexico is a sand dollar – and a seahorse. Finding a sand dollar is akin to finding a very elusive creature in nature. You feel extremely blessed, or at least I do and perhaps that’s because they are harder to find nowadays or maybe it’s just because they are so beautiful with their perfect shape and mysterious petal-shaped pattern and hidden doves. The sand dollars we find on the shores of the Sea of Cortez are no longer living; they are white having been bleached out by the sun. (Live sand dollars come in a variety of colors.) You never want to pluck a live sand dollar from the ocean – wait till it dies then scoop it up. During the summer months you can find itty-bitty live sand dollars, which are a green mossy color and a bit hairy, by scooping your hands down through the sand. These I find out at Playa Encanto and I don’t think I have looked for them anywhere else, but I am sure they are around. I have a few of these in my collection. Some I left their natural green color and others I bleached white – if you do this they become extremely fragile so be careful. I have seen living sand dollars when snorkeling out at Bird Island. The “color” of the sand dollar comes from a skin of velvet textured spines which are covered with very small hairs called cilia. The spines propel the sand dollars across the ocean floor so they can feed. The petallike pattern in sand dollars consists of five paired rows of pores. The pores are perforations in the endoskeleton through which podia for gas exchange project from the body. (Sand dollars have gas too? Wow!) The mouth of the sand dollar is located on the bottom of its body at the center of the petal-like pattern. (Thanks

Wikipedia.) I have only found bits and pieces of sand dollars on the beach that yawns the spanse of Laguna Small Petrified Sand Dollar S h o r e s Resort and beyond, but when the tide is low and I walk way out, I find them. Many guests say they have found them closer to shore, but I haven’t been that lucky or perhaps I am not looking in the right spot. Though I have plenty of sand dollars in my house, I still look for them. In fact, a friend and I are going to walk from Laguna Shores Resort to JJ’s Cantina during extreme low tide looking for treasures – should be interesting. Sand dollars are actually sea urchins and come in a variety of shapes. In Rocky Point I have found flat sand dollars (white ones), and sea urchin skeletons, though I call them puffy sand dollars. Near Rocky Point you can find petrified Dead Sand Dollar sand dollars, which are about 100,000 years old. Yep, you read right! A friend of mine examined the sand dollars and gave me a whole write-up – very interesting – and you can find it in ebay by looking for the store “Rocky Point Collectibles”. The petrified sand dollars are a rusty red color and hard as a rock though some are a light tan color as well. I won’t give up their location, but they are found in only a few spots throughout the world and near Rocky Point is one of them. I have seen them for sale at the Tucson Gem Show all buffed and shiny and on ebay in their natural state – those are a true treasure considering their age. Julio Meza, a local artist who makes beautiful shell art makes sand dollar shadow boxes with “The Legend of the Sand Dollar” written inside with the doves flying out from the center of the broken sand dollar. Truly beautiful. You can make one yourself by using The Legend below or you can find them around Rocky Point.

I bet you didn’t know there were doves inside, did ya? Very cool. There are many variations of “The Legend of the Sand Dollar”, but I have picked out a couple to show you. The author is unknown, to my knowledge, and more can be found by searching “The Legend of the Sand Dollar”. Enjoy the story and next time you’re at Laguna Shores Resort, or in Rocky Point, Mexico go hunting for sand dollars.


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The Legend of the Sand Dollar There’s a pretty little legend That I would like to tell Of the birth and death of Jesus Found in this lowly shell. If you examine closely, You’ll see that you find here Four nail holes and a fifth one Made by a Roman’s spear. On one side the Easter lily, Its center is the star That appeared unto the shepherds And led them from afar. The Christmas poinsettia, Etched on the other side Reminds us of His birthday, Our happy Christmastide. Now break the center open, And here you will release The five white doves awaiting To spread Good will and peace. This simple little symbol, Christ left for you and me To help us spread His Gospel Through all eternity.

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The Legend of the Sand Dollar Upon this odd-shaped seashell a legend grand is told, about the life of Jesus, that wondrous tale of old. At its center you will see, there seems to be a star, like the one that led the shepherds and wise men from afar. Around its surface are the marks of nails and thorns and spear, suffered by Christ upon the cross; the wounds show plainly here. But there is also an Easter lily, clear for us to see, the symbol of Christ’s resurrection for all eternity.

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There are three classifications of Holidays in Mexico: Statutory, Civic and Festivities. This article will review the 12 Civic holidays observed by the nation. Workers may take a Civic Holiday day off, but are not entitled to be paid. Dia del Ejercito, Army Day, is commemorated on February 19th. The Mexican Army is the combined branches of the land and air services and is the largest of the Mexican Military, aka, the National Defense Army. Mexico rejects interference of one nation in the affairs of another nation and has no foreign nationstate adversaries. The Mexican Military is only concerned in matters of issues within their own country. Dia de la Bandera, Flag Day, is celebrated on February 24th. Since 1937, Flag Day has officially honored the current and previous flags of Mexico. As the War of Independence from Spain ended, February 24, 1821 General Vincente Guerrero declared Mexico’s independence and presented the new Flag of the Three Guarantees. Aniversario de la Expropiacion Petrolera, the Anniversary of the Oil Expropriation, is commemorated on March 18th. President Lazaro Cardenas declared, on March 18, 1938, that all oil reserves found in Mexico belong to the nation, as stated in the Constitution of 1917. Vigorous political support from the labor unions and the Mexican population earned President Cardenas and his government strong support. On June 7, 1938 Petromex, now called Pemex, was created. Heroica Defensa de Veracruz, Heroic Defense, is celebrated on the 21st of April, commemorates the defense against the US occupation of the Mexican Port of Veracruz in 1914. Cadets studying at the Naval Academy located at the Port fought the US Marines. Lieutenant Jose Azueta, a cadet, manned a machine gun outside of the academy on his own, causing a number of casualties. He did, eventually, become one of the fatalities of the battles which lasted for 6 months. Fifty-six Medals of Honor were awarded to the young men from the Academy by the Secretary of the Navy. Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May, celebrated on May 5th is one of the most important celebrations for Mexico. It is not their Independence Day but, for them that day represents their valiant fight to maintain their independence from

foreign invasion. On the morning of May 5, 1862, in the town of Puebla, 100 miles east of Mexico City, a Mexican army of 4,000 brave men smashed 8,000 French, well trained soldiers. The French Soldiers had the most modern war equipment of the day, under the command of Napoleon III. The victory was a remarkable feat not only because the Mexicans were armed only with machetes, sticks and stampeding cattle but, were outnumbered 2 to 1. Cinco de Mayo is an official holiday in the State of Puebla, but a civic holiday for the rest of the nation. Natalicio de Miguel Hidalgo, May 8th, the birthday of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla; who initiated the Mexican War of Independence from Spain in 1810 with the famous speech known as El Grito. Dia de la Marina, June 1st, Marine’s Day or Navy Day, the Ministry of War created the Mexican Navy in 1821. From 1810 through the mid 19th century, Mexico was in a constant state of war with Spain which would not recognize Mexico’s independence. Mexico’s first fleet was purchased from the USA to remove the remaining Spanish ships from its coasts. Dia de los Niños Heroes, September 13th, Boy Heroes Day, celebrates the battle of Chapultepec during the MexicanAmerican War of 1847. Chapultepec was a fortress that guarded the gates of Mexico City, it also served as a military academy. The Americans assaulted and captured the fortress, but Mexico takes great pride in the 200 cadets, some as young as 13 years old, who bravely fought to defend the gates. Grito de Dolores, Cry of Dolores, is commemorated on September 15th. El Grito was the shout that started the War of Independence against Spain on the eve of September 16, 1810; El Grito was a speech made by Miguel Hidalgo at a church chapel in Guanajuato. There are usually great festivities with fireworks at the Municipal Building in the evening. Consumacion de la Independencia, on September 27, celebrates the end of the War of Independence from Spain in 1821. Natalicio de Jose Ma. Morelos y Pavon celebrates the birthday of Father Morelos in 1765, on the 29th of September. He is considered one of the founding fathers of the Mexican nation. Descubrimiento de America, Columbus Day, October 12th; commemorates the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

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An Oasis in Ajo

By Andrew Sisk

When you think of the word ‘vacation’, various images might come to mind, like walking on the Great Wall of China, or taking all the kids to Wally World. Those are big vacations, big and expensive. Then, there are small vacations. For example, a long drive down a peaceful desert highway to a part of the world you’ve never seen, but so close. Part of the charm of small vacations is seeing real communities up close and personal. For those taking small vacations in southwest Arizona, a stop, or even a stay, in the small town of Ajo, provides a chance for this kind of experience. In the heart of the Sonoran desert, Ajo is a gateway to the Organ Pipe National Monument, Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Reserve, and point of entry to Sonoyta, Mexico (on your way to Rocky Point). It also has a unique gem of a central plaza which is a destination in itself. One favorite spot in the plaza is the Oasis Cafe. It’s a small cafe open 8 to 6 Monday through Friday, and 9 to 3 on Saturday and Sunday. It’s locally and independently owned and run, as are all of the shops in the Ajo plaza. Here, patrons will find access to free WiFi, a range of espresso coffees, surprisingly delicious sandwiches, soups and salads, beers, wines, ice-cream and more. It really is an oasis in the desert. The Cafe gets its name from its historic location, the old Oasis Theater that was a part of the original design of the old Ajo plaza. Right now, plans are being drawn to remake the Oasis Cafe into a working theater, restaurant, and cinema space again. That will be realized over the next few years. The favorites at The Oasis Cafe are its gourmet sandwich lunches. These include the Reuben sandwich, Red Chili Turkey sandwich with chipotle and roasted red pepper, and the JP Special, starring hot lean pastrami, cole slaw, and swiss cheese. The burgers also get rave reviews. You can get them all with handmade milkshakes or a beer in a frosted glass. Oh, and the lattes are also the best for many miles around, hot, iced, or flavored. Individual requests are welcome as everything is handmade to

order, and you can order ahead of time by calling 520-954-4455 for a quick take-out. The pleasant beauty of the view while dining can’t be overstated. On a nice day, which is what they have 90% of the time in Ajo, the central plaza is something to cherish. Weddings are held there. Many annual festivals take place there. Children play in the green grass, and for a town center, it’s the most restful and idyllic anywhere around. The Cafe serves the whole community. Complete meals for the whole family are available at this historic location. Beer and wine are enjoyed in an outdoor patio or an inside dining room, and there are even options for kids, like the grilled cheese, or the Ajo-mini-burgers, tiny delicious hamburgers, which adults also love, and the Oasis Cafe will cater events in Ajo, large groups and small. Best of all, it’s not a fast-food pit-stop that will soon be forgotten as a standard on-the road drive-by, but a part of an experience that is one-of-a-kind. That’s because, as is increasingly understood, eating and shopping locally is the best way to get to know a place, and this place is worth getting to know. If you’re interested in the idea of a local experience on your trip, or need a place to stop to recharge on the way to, or from, Phoenix or Tucson, put the Ajo plaza on your list, and in particular the Oasis cafe. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the staff, or the owner, - his name is Andrew and he is always there, about the town, what there is to do in Ajo, and anything else that is on your mind. The thing about a locally owned business is that what you find there is an increasingly rare vacation experience, that is an authentic local connection. Good travels. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Outta Town Productions Brings 20 Year Volleyball Tradition Back to Sandy Beach with a Bang!

By Joe Houchin

Outta Town Productions (OTP) opened April on the beach in front of the Sonoran Sky Resort Condominium with typical flair by bringing over 200 traditional beach volleyball players and spectators back to Rocky Point after a one year hiatus from two decades of perennially successful tournaments along Sandy Beach. It all started 20 years ago with just a hand full of loyal v-ballers and grew exponentially under the creative direction of OTP owner Luis Garrido, who finally had to take a year off to marry his wife, Karen, and together build their exciting InSANDity beach obstacle course. But that wasn’t all there was to that story. The couple continued to run near weekly volleyball tournaments in the Phoenix valley, plus the seasonal ski, kayak and river rafting tours for which both are well known. With a couple of InSANDity courses under their belts, Luis and Karen heeded the popular demands of their loyal beach volleyball players and returned to their roots organizing the Retro Beach Volleyball Invitational Tournament that filled quickly and included several new twists including Tri-ball and a most unique “Floating Volleyball Court” (what the…? Oh yeah, see photo!). OTP’s sister organization, Volitude Sport and Adventure from Long Beach, joined in with several teams as well and brought their own unique sport, beach tennis, to the edge of the sea for everyone to try. There were 11 teams of coed 4’s and 12 teams of men’s and women’s 2’s who played on eight courts stretching in front of the Sky and spilling into the Playa Bonita RV Resort beach. These players, many of whom were playing for professional

points, put on quite an exciting show for the hundreds of spectators who continued to gather throughout both days. Many of the players came down earlier in the week and enjoyed tasting Mexico’s finest at the Tequila Factory and other fun Rocky Point activities including a shrimp boil Saturday night sponsored by Sea Side Reservations and a movie on the beach. How do you top this event, Luis? “Well, our next one will be even bigger, better and more fun and will be held on November 2nd, again in front of the Sonoran Sky. We’re calling it the Dia de los Muertos Beach Volleyball Tournament because that weekend is one of the most popular and fun days of the year in Mexico, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) so our traditional Friday night preparty will be at the Playa Bonita Resort and will require costumes and makeup of the “Dead”!” Now, that sounds like fun!! “But wait,” says Luis, “before the Dia de los Muertos tournament, on October 12th we’re going to hold our third InSANDity beach obstacle course run for the local DIF charity. This event will involve the longest obstacle course ever assembled on the beaches of Rocky Point, with over 20 obstacles stretching from the Sonoran Sun Condominium Resort all the way down Sandy Beach to the Sonoran Sky and into the Playa Bonita Resort beach. We are stoked about this challenge!” Clear your calendars for two really fun and challenging events, the weekends of October 12th and November 2nd in Puerto Peñasco as Outta Town Productions raises the bar on fun and adventure once again! Contact OTP at for more information, and check back with our blog for updates.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

CHURCHES 7th Day Adventist Church Pastor Antonio Espinoza Altamirano #190 Worship Saturday 9:30am Assembly of God 383-3364 Ave. Luis Encinas & 27th Street Apostolic Church Constitucion Ave. & 15th Street Grupo Unidad Cristianos de Peñasco Pastor Ernesto Portugal 383-2240 North on Benito Juarez to Simon Morua, turn right (east), 1 blk. past Ace Hardware, turn right, church is on your left before Melchor Ocampo. English Headphone available Sunday Services 9:30am-11:15 & 11:30-1:30 Thursday: 7:30 - 9:00pm Church office hours Monday - Friday 9:30am to 2:00pm Peñasco Christian Fellowship 383-4513 ask for Stan or Becky Tedrow On Melchor Ocampo, 1/2 blk. E. of Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez. Bilingual Services Sunday Services: 9am and 11:15am Wednesday Services: 7:00pm Family of God Christian Fellowship Non-Denominational Worship Services 383-3480 Blvd. Costero N 2000A, Fracc. Las Palomas English Services, Everyone Welcome Spanish Translation Offered Sunday Services: 9:00am Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (Sacred Heart Church) Paseo V. Estrella in Old Port. Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 388-6244 Stadium road, on the left side just before Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, behind COFESA Sunday-English 9:30AM

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

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

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

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

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GENERALINFORMATION 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.





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

The Green Angels offer the following services: Aide in the event of an accident Emergency radio communication Mechanical assistance Tourist Information

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

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

FM3 & IMMIGRATION • To legally work in Mexico you are required to have a work FM3. • If you are in Mexico for more than 72 hours, you need to have an FMT. This is the law and it is good for 6 months. • If you are living full-time in Mexico you are required to have an FM3. • Your FM3 does not allow you to bring more than $75 in new merchandise without importing. Applying for your FM3 you will need the following: 1. A letter (in Spanish) written to I.N.M. (Instituto Nacional de Migracion) requesting a change in your migratory status. You must specify your reason, address and it must be signed by you. 2. Complete copy of each page of your U.S. Passport, which must be current. 3. Your last three proofs of income, which must be “apostiled” and translated into Spanish (ie: bank statements, pension, social security, etc.). 4. A copy of a document proving your local address (this can be your bank trust, rental agreement, electric, water or phone bill). 5. A form called “SOLICITUD FDNI/02”, available at the Immigration office, filled out properly. 6. Three (3) forms “S.H.C.P.-5” (available at any office supply store in Rocky Point). This form is prepared to make your payment to the bank. 7. Four (4) photos of your facial front view and three (3) of your right profile. Passport size, black and white. IMMIGRATION OFFICE Open Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (011-52-638) 383-2526 Located on Blvd. Fremont at Fremont Plaza, next to Bancomer. There are many companies and individuals that can assist you with your Immigration paperwork, please look in our Classified Section.

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 vehicles 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.

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

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

MAIL SERVICES Puerto Peñasco Post Office (011-52-638) 383-2350 Monday - Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm Money Wires, Telegrams & Mail Located just off Blvd. Fremont next to Proaset Realty. The post office does not offer U.S. postal services. To send a letter in Mexico, you need a Mexican stamp, which can be purchased at the post office. They do not sell U.S. stamps. You may receive mail at your residence, however it takes approx. 2-4 weeks to arrive and the system is not terribly reliable. U.S. Mail Delivery to Rocky Point Burrito Express U.S. mail dropoff and pick-up service from Peñasco to Lukeville. U.S. POST OFFICE Postmaster: Transitional Phone/Fax: (520) 387-6364 Located at the Lukeville border in AZ, approx. 66 miles from Rocky Point. PO boxes and General Delivery available. Window Service: 8AM-12:30PM, 1-4PM M-F General Delivery Available free for a max. of 30 days. You must show ID at the post office and fill out a form. You are the ONLY one who can pick up your GD mail. PO boxes are available, approx. $22/6-mo. Post office will need 2 forms of ID and you will be required to fill out an application. Boxes are located in the post office and in the General Store.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Bella and Abel We are so blessed to be able to help dogs in Rocky Point. One of the main things we’re focusing on in May is helping the City of Peñasco by taking in puppies and adoptable dogs so they don’t have to be but down. If you are ready to adopt please stop out and see Barb. We have some wonderful dogs that need forever homes. All of our dogs are fixed and current on shots. The City’s spay and neuter clinics in April were a huge success! We supplied the City of Peñasco with syringes, alcohol and gloves. We will continue to do everything we can to support free spay and neuter clinics. It’s the only way to help fix the overpopulation problem. If you would like to volunteer at one of the clinics please contact us at barbsdogrescue@gmail. com or call us at Mexico Cell: (638)1141659 US: (602)774-1578. Of course all donations, cash or supplies are always welcome to support these efforts. The roof on the shelter is finally done! It was a difficult process for everyone as

One of Bella›s Puppies

this serves as the main shelter for most of the dogs. We are still working to finish the sheet rock on the ceiling inside. Then we will need to do the texture and paint! Thanks to Pastor Edgar and his team for working six days a week on this project. The next steps are to rebuild the outside patio, tile a few of the extra bedroom and install some new doors. If you would like to give us a hand with these construction projects just let us know! We can always use help. If you haven’t seen our new momma dog Bella and her four beautiful puppies you need to stop out and do so. They were rescued by Abel and Stacy. They found momma Bella on the streets trying to find food late one night, they just couldn’t drive by. After stopping to see if she was friendly enough to let them feed her, they found a large abscess on her belly and quickly realized she was also pregnant. They turned to Barb for help so she would have a safe place to have her puppies. They will soon be old enough find forever homes then Bella can start her new life with Abel and Stacy. Barb always welcomes visitors and donations. Just stop in anytime. The rescue is located eight miles out of town on Highway 8. This is the main highway that runs between Peñasco and Sonoyta. We will have new signs up soon! We currently need more dog beds. The ones from Costco are only $25 US and can be brought down from the states without any trouble at the border. We also need dog food. Please visit us online www. or visit our website Barb’s Mexico cell: (044-638)114-1569 or her US number is (602)774-1578. E-mail: We can also pick up donations in the US or Peñasco. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Living Stones Ministry Feeds, Educates, Inspires and Facilitates Youth and Adults in San Rafael Barrio By Joe Houchin on February 23, 2013 in Blog

In 2010 Mark and Karen Higgins sold their business in Gunnison, Colorado and most of their possessions to make a permanent move to Puerto Peñasco where they had been spending a lot of time. For them, said Mark, “the move was a blessing because we knew it was God’s calling for us to expand our Living Stones ministry of Gunnison down to Mexico where He, and we, knew that our passion for helping spread the Word of the Lord was needed.” Even while settling into their new residence, Mark and Karen began helping at the 2 Fish Ministry and developing relationships with others who share the good news of the gospel through teaching, inspiring and facilitating fulfillment of the practical needs in communities around town. Within a year the Living Stones Ministry, a non-affiliated ministry and missionary, under God’s guidance, had been led to the community of San Rafael. Blessed with an opportunity to lease a centrally located facility, the Ministry opened the Christian Community Center. Since the building formerly housed a hardware store and one of their mission goals was to provide fresh, hot meals to the neighborhood, some major remodeling and additions were in order. Again God’s will prevailed on behalf of Mark and Karen and within the single year they have opened the center—and their hearts—to the San Rafael barrio, they’ve improved the amenities to include a complete kitchen that serves and average of 70 adults and children every day, San Rafael residents who otherwise would not eat proper food or not eat at all. Feeding the hungry was only part of God’s calling for the Ministry. Mark and Karen developed English language classes and their inspiration has resulted in around 50 San Rafael residents graduating through at least one level of English classes in the last year with a class currently running and a waiting list of interested students. Because of all the other activities going on at the Christian Community Center, space is limited so Ministry is in the midst of purchasing the building so they can make the badly needed additions for more class rooms. As soon as space is added, new classes will include learning the skill of gardening and how to build a home garden to harvest healthy vegetables to feed the family— inspiring independence. Mark and neighborhood volunteers have already developed two gardens on the property and built a protected green house in which they are cultivating worms to generate compost, a vitally needed additive to the sandy soil in this area. These gardens are producing potatoes, carrots, lettuce and spinach for the winter months and during the summer they grow melons, corn and tomatoes, all of which are prepared in their kitchen and served with the daily meals. Important to note here is that the kids are already participating in the entire gardening process including the skill of “worming” tomake compost. Classes will begin shortly to teach canning and preserving that will teach hygiene and proper food safety techniques such as hot water bath canning. There are many other activities that actually raise funds to supplement the ongoing sponsorships and donations from other passionate believers who see the manifestation of God’s work through Mark

and Karen and their team of devoted personnel. The two full time sponsored positions in the ministry are the Director, Eneida Gaspar and Kelly McKee, a long term missionary who is capable of assisting anywhere she is needed. The Christian Community Center is further blessed to be joined frequently and consistently by 8 U.S. residents and by up to 15 neighborhood volunteers to assist with meal service, children’s activities, donated clothing organization and knitting and weaving which is an income producer for the Center. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

2 FISH Ministry

We want to dedicate this month’s article to the memory of our precious friend Monroe Riddle. Monroe was a believer in the vision for the 2 FISH Ministry from the day we had our first meeting to see if there was something we could do to feed the hungry of our community. That meeting was over 4 years and over 390,000 meals

ago. Monroe worked tirelessly helping to serve food and helping to raise funds so that we could continue the ministry. His love for the needy in our community and especially for the children in our schools was an inspiration to many. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by every person whose life he touched. He was a gentle, loving man who truly took to heart the words of Jesus and lived a life of giving and serving. We celebrate a life well lived by Monroe and know that he will be missed by our whole community as he was a friend to many.

I don’t really have to stop at those ALTO signs, do I? No one else does

What is so unique about the knitted products is they are knitted from plastic bags into everything from coasters, to place mats to beach bags, welcome mats, even sandals. In fact, so unique and useful are these creative products that during the recent Taste of Peñasco arts and crafts fair, they sold out of all recycled bag products! “We were blessed by the Lord for heeding His guidance because He knew where the path would lead.” Living Stones Ministry is also the group that sells the crosses, wind chimes, picture frames and other products that they make from sand and shells. In addition to helping individuals, the Ministry works with other charitable organizations in their mission to teach, inspire and facilitate such as the neighborhood Buen Samaritano Church, One Mission, Christian Health Evangelism (C.H.E.), Corporación de Trabajadores Mexicanos (C.T.M.) and the City of Puerto Peñasco Municipal D.I.F. family assistance programs.

The Ministry is a 501 (c) 3 corporation so all donations are tax deductible. Please visit their web site to learn more about the deep convictions of this passionate group who serve the Lord in such a profound way and who improve upon and inspire the lives of all they touch. Click on: www. You may also contact Karen Higgins directly by email at karen. You will be glad for the opportunity to get to know these truly loving and generous people. This blog is powered by www.sonoranresorts. mx, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing.

For many first time visitors to Rocky Point, it can be a nerve wracking experience driving in a foreign country. Many roads are not well maintained, many times there are no street signs, and everything is in Spanish. Drivers can be very passive aggressive. But you made it here. You love everything that you see here and you hold your own on the roads. (of course, you’ve got Mexican insurance, just in case) After a little while you get used to the fact that things are not really so different and you start to relax. You pull up to a 4 way stop, wait your turn, and start to pull out. Just then, a car obviously driven by a local teenager cruises right through his stop sign and forces you to stop half way into the intersection. The thought of an accident is frightening and the nervousness comes rushing back again. Not to worry, it’s the abnormal-normal of driving in Mexico. Drive defensively and obey the signs and you’ll be just fine. Really! As long as I have been here and as many times as I have seen people running stop signs, passing on the right-hand side, and generally driving-let’s just say differently, I have seen very few accidents. I guess when everyone knows what to expect, we are all able to avoid most of the problems. So, do you really have to stop at that

ALTO sign or not? After all, I don’t think that any taxi in town has ever made a complete stop at any of them, right? And, every third or fourth car seems to coast, if not speed right through them. The short answer is yes, you better stop at the ALTO signs... Although, I must admit that on my way to work every day, I encounter 5 stop signs. I have counted them many times and marvelled at the fact that I actually stop completely (or almost completely) at only 3 of them (one is in front of a police substation). I guess that is because there is a kind of unwritten rule about some of the signs around town. Really, I don’t know how I learned it or when I started the practice but it seems that some count and some kind of don’t count. But, for you, my advice is that the answer is still yes, you are always better off stopping than not stopping. I have never gotten a ticket or even a warning while living here, and I am positive that I’ve been observed “California stopping” on more than one occasion. Chalk it up to luck, familiarity with the town, the police, or knowing which ones really count versus which ones kind of don’t, but it seems that I’ve become “localized”. It very well may catch up with me one day so I would still strongly recommend that you obey the rules just as you would in the USA. As for me, my biggest problem for now is that when I go to the States, I have to be extra careful because there is no tolerance at all there. Viva Mexico!



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Santa Claus Club

2013 will be our 31st year serving the needs of the less fortunate in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. We are looking forward to the challenge of attempting to break the records we set in 2012. Last year was a banner year for the Santa Claus Club. We delivered 1172 food bags and boxes, with 41,020 pounds of food, 403 bicycles, 29,550 pounds of clothes, gave 5,985 children toy, gifts and school supplies. Besides the items we inventory, we delivered over 2,000 pairs of shoes, 300 blankets, 100 pillows, 100 sheets, 200 towel, 400 bras and 20 totes of household supplies. The first quarter of 2013 we have delivered 371 food bags and boxes with 14,840 pounds of food, 127 bicycles, 12,300 pounds of clothes and 807 children given gifts.

We are collecting food, bikes, toys, blankets, shoes household items, towels and pillows year round for distribution in the barrios. If you have items to be donated, they can be dropped off at the Baja Hotel in Puerto Peñasco or JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay. There will be a Garage Sale Saturday May 4th from 8am to 2pm at JJ’s Cantina to benefit the Santa Claus Club. If you have things to donate they can also be dropped off at both places. Our web site has pictures, information and is updated quarterly with totals of goods delivered. If you need to contact us thru Facebook at John C Fowler III, E-mail at santaclausclub@hotmail. com or by phone at 602-840-1528. Our format changed in 2007 to a year round operation. This gives us a better feel of the needs of the people each week by being hands on with them in the barrios. I would like to thank everyone that participated in the Santa Claus Club in the 2012 year. IT WAS A GREAT YEAR. To join or rejoin the 2013 Santa Claus Club, fill out the form below and return it to john fowler, P.O. Box 5, Lukeville, Az. 85341. Our dues are still only $20.00 a year (about the cost of 1 cup of coffee a month for the year). Anything extra is greatly appreciated. 100% of your donation will be used for the people in the barrios. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Spring Cleaning across Puerto Peñasco By Shandra Keesecker-Rivero,

To combat one of Puerto Peñasco’s persistently pesky problems, various groups have sprouted in recent months with the shared goal of cleaning up the city while working to raise awareness about trash disposal and, in some cases, recycling. Whether it be a trash army, city brigade, or mob, community members are exploring ways to get the word out on keeping the city clean! Among these efforts is the Trash Mob, which held its most recent “mob” on Sunday, March 24th. Mob organizer, Larry Beaumont explains they invite everyone to come out with gloves and good spirits on mob-dates to help with this community clean-up effort. [For more information on joining the “mob”, contact: Larry Beaumont 602363-2684 or visit their blog. 1st Place Mi Peñasco Limpio

2nd Place Mi Peñasco Limpio

As a first step, Mi Peñasco Limpio drew on community involvement by opening up a logo creation contest, seeking to find an image to accurately represent the group’s goals. The quickfire logo contest, which lasted about 10 days, managed to attract 17 entries that were then reduced to a top 3 by an outside judging panel, and finally decided upon by members of Mi Peñasco Limpio. While there were a number of worthy entrants, judges had to debate how closely entrants stuck to guidelines, including that of only using three-colors that could be easily reproduced for stickers, t-shirts, caps, and other paraphernalia. Each of the three top winners received an iPod, with the 1st place winner also taking home an iPad! It is worth noting the prizes were provided by group visionary and President, Carlos Saenz. On March 21st, the first full-day of Spring, Mi Peñasco Limpio member and follow-up coordinator, Prof. Octavio Ortega, announced the winners as follows: • 1st place: Rey David Montes • 2nd place: Alejandrina Fajardo Valdez • 3rd place: Juan José Fajardo Osorio 3rd Place Mi Peñasco Limpio


Another group that is growing, just in time for Spring, is that of Mi Peñasco Limpio (My Clean Peñasco). Mi Peñasco Limpio, a non-profit group of community members with no political or religious affiliations, was first imagined in December of last year by longtime Peñasco resident, supporter, and investor Carlos Saenz. His vision was to implement actions and strategies to raise awareness throughout the community as to the importance of keeping Peñasco clean, as “Mi Peñasco Limpio is really Nuestro (Our) Peñasco Limpio”. His ideas struck a chord with many likeminded folk and soon others joined Saenz in weekly conversations held each Saturday, 9 a.m. at the restaurant of Mar y Sol Hotel. Just before Spring this year, the group had formed a board and launched their initial campaigns to get their name out there. (President: Carlos Saenz, Treasurer: Alberto TerVeen, Secretary: Engineer Valente Cornejo, Communications: Eduardo Vallejo, and Follow-up: Prof. Octavio Ortega)

With a logo in place, Mi Peñasco Limpio announced their first group action for Saturday, March 23rd, consisting of members strategically placed at busy intersections in town, armed with both trash-bags and pamphlets reminding people to be conscientious about trash while on vacation. Future actions by the group are to include community cleanup contests, purposefully placed trash pick-up spots, and awareness campaigns concerning trash management, compost, and recycling. It is important to add Mi Peñasco Limpio is by no means meant to replace or take over any responsibilities of the City waste management office (Oomislim). Mi Peñasco Limpio currently has about 25 people within its ranks, and welcomes anyone interested to join in with their efforts to contact their Communications liaison: Eduardo Vallejo at or cell: 638-113-0017.


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You can order anything on the menu to take out or have it delivered to your door no matter where you are in Puerto Peñasco. You can find their takeout/delivery menus, which are just smaller versions of their main menu, in the lobbies of most resorts and condominiums around town. They’ll deliver anytime during their business hours which are noon until 10:00 PM. They’re open later on weekends and special occasions like PPV events such as boxing, or NFL, NASCAR, NBA and other special sporting events displayed on four big TV screens. Free WIFI makes it convenient for working lunches or just casual surfing. Brothers Pizza is closed on Thursdays. With their attitude about service and since they make every pizza to order, if you can describe it, we bet they’ll make one, right down to the funny crust you remember from that little pizza place in Paducah. Just one favor, though. Please, for my sake, don’t ask Dan to stand on his head while he makes it! You will enjoy getting to know any of the Rabicoff family if you don’t already. They’re active in the community and love meeting new friends. For more information call them at 638-383-3712. Reach them by email at



Talking to Penny Rabicoff who, along with her husband Bob and sons Dan and Reid, opened Brothers Pizza four years ago, it takes but a moment to see clearly that service and quality are paramount with this establishment. Brothers Pizza is the super clean place on the corner of Constitucion and No Reelección here in Puerto Peñasco. If you live or visit anywhere around the Sandy Beach area then you’ve surely driven by Brothers many times on your way downtown or back. If you’ve ever stopped in for a pizza or one of their subs, you’ve probably been back several times and know it well. The Rabicoff family hails from Colorado where Bob was an attorney, Penny was a bank manager and the kids, Dan and Reid, were gaining valuable experience learning the proprietary recipes of their older brother’s successful pizza business in Denver. The family came down to Rocky Point for the first time on business with one of Bob’s clients in 2007. During that trip they fell in love (like so many of us) with our little slice of paradise by the sea and even though the deal they originally came down for did not materialize, the four of them made a joint decision to come back and conduct research on the feasibility of opening a full service pizza restaurant utilizing the expertise of brothers Dan and Reid. Results of their study were, obviously, positive and “the rest of the story is history.” It’s a story of what can be achieved with product knowledge, business acumen, perseverance, and a passion to create and maintain the highest standards of quality and service in the restaurant industry. After overcoming several challenges in the beginning, such as duplicating the unique flavor of the exclusive dough recipe that was so successful in Denver using local ingredients and finding suppliers for the highest quality, freshest vegetables, meats and cheeses about which they are adamant, Brothers felt they had reached their objective of raising the bar on pizza flavor and consistency in Rocky Point. To hear Penny describe how they make their own bread and pizza dough fresh everyday and hand-toss each pizza as it is ordered was like listening to an artist as she describes gathering all the paints, colors, brushes and canvas to ensure an original work of art. Only after those pieces are in place can the artist apply her talents toward creating her art.

After all the “tools” are together, according to Penny, and apparently it’s the family philosophy, “Service is what it’s all about,” she says with the conviction of a life improvement guru. “I’ll stand on my head and make the pizza if that’s what the customer wants,” she quips. About quality, she’s equally expressive. “I’ll tell them we’re out of mushrooms before I’ll serve a pizza with canned mushrooms!” Period. End of subject. Brothers serve a lot more than their nine different Signature pizzas and a way to mix and match between all their sauces, toppings, special toppings, and cheeses in 12”, 14” and 16” sizes or even by the slice. You’ll also find six different subs on their homemade bread; three different main course or sidesized salads; chicken wings with choice of six sauces (including one named Suicide! Doesn’t that moniker just beckon for a side order of fire extinguisher?); finally, there’s pasta and calzone both with choices of toppings. Brothers also boast one of the most impressively stocked bars in town.



beginning 15 years ago. We heard about this fiesta last May and showed up with no expectations one way or the other, and were completely blown away by the truly traditional Mexican atmosphere and hospitality shown by the over 500 friendly folks in attendance by the time we left which was before 11:00 o’clock and it seemed like the main crowd was just arriving! No matter which neighborhood event you attend, be assured you’ll be welcomed and made to feel like a special guest of the barrio. Be prepared to enjoy an event that is pure Mexico— the essence of what brings us back to this colorful country again and again.

By Joe Houchin



Miguel Hidalgo’s birthday on the 8th; Mother’s Day on the 10th; Teachers Day on the 15th and Students Day on the 23rd. However, the headline story of today’s blog is about one of the most convivial, quaint and colorful festivals in May. On May 3rd, two days after Labor Day, is “Día de la Santa Cruz” a special day with a history dating back to colonial times that has evolved over the centuries into a neighborhood celebration of the laborer, in fact, mainly the brick mason (referred to by many as the “Feast of Masons”), but generally all construction laborers are honored on this day in a series of special events that include the builders (owners) of all projects under construction hosting a lunch on site for the workers. On this day, crosses heavily adorned with flowers are hung outside

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In addition to two major local events taking place in Puerto Peñasco in May, which include the 2ndAnnual Tequila Festival on Saturday May 4th and the Sonoran Resorts Las Vegas Night for the DIF Charity on Saturday May 25th, there are no less than seven other national holidays during the month. May 1st is Día del Trabajo, or Labor Day, in modern times celebrated much like our Labor day, as a day of rest and spending time with the family, although it used to be a day of burning effigies of the politicians supporting deplorable working conditions who were defeated on two major dates that changed the welfare and rights of Mexican workers back in 1906 and 1907. May 5th, Cinco de Mayo or Batalla de Puebla, a date perhaps more vigorously celebrated in the U.S. than in Mexico, with the possible exception of Mexico City. That’s mainly because in the U.S. it is erroneously marked as Mexican Independence Day, when, in fact, May 5th was the date in 1862 that Mexican forces defeated the French in the town of Puebla after a two year battle. Other significant dates in May include Father

homes throughout the neighborhoods as well as on the highest point of unfinished construction projects. This tradition of crosses covered with flowers is believed to have been brought over from Spain by the conquistadors during the time when a church in Spain could not be blessed unless it contained a cross. Friars would fashion the first cross in a new mission out of flowers to expedite the blessing. Over the centuries the observance has evolved into adding a celebration of the workers who construct all types of buildings, and especially the masons. The hosted lunches are just the beginning of the festivities as beverages of various fermented ingredients flow freely as the laborers return to their homes and congregate with the entire neighborhood at a designated, decorated central community location for an evening that begins with a full mass followed by food, more beverages, live music and serious partying until the wee hours of the morning. These feasts are planned all during the year with a “chairman” appointed for each neighborhood (called barrios) who works with a committee to collect donations from community residents that pay for the party costs of food, nonalcoholic drinks for the kids, lights, decorations, stage, band, tables, chairs and fireworks. The largest of the neighborhood celebrations in Puerto Peñasco takes place in Barrio Obrera which is the residential area that runs along the old Cholla Road that was paved a couple of years ago and is lined with souvenir shops. That section of road is affectionately referred to as Cholla Mall as well as other endearing names, and runs from where the dirt road that goes by the new convention center ends and up to the railroad tracks. The barrio extends even further north and east of the road. The fiesta is held a short block north of the corner where the big pottery shop is located. Or just follow the crowd to get there. This year the Fiesta de la Santa Cruz chairman for the Barrio Obrera celebration is Rito Toribio Dominguez, leather craftsman and owner of one of the largest shops on the Cholla Mall street called “El Sol del Desierto” (The Desert Sun) who has been involved with these festivals since their



By Joe Houchin

Brothers Pizza in Puerto Peñasco Equals Handmade Hand-Tossed Dough,


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Have a Hankerin’ fer One o’ Them Great Big Juicy Hamburgers Bustlin’ with All Kinds of Extras and Then Some? That Would Have to Be an Erick Burger. By Joe Houchin

On the north side of 13th Street between Luis Encinas and Benito Juarez is Erick Burger. You’ll recognize it by the creative bar stools that are real western saddles mounted on thick springs so’s you can rock back and forth if the mood hits you, but strong enough that you won’t rock too far back and forth and get bucked off. About five of those saddles line the small L shaped bar that faces the good sized grill in front and through the chicken wire exterior you can see inside where the clean wooden booths line each wall of two rooms. On the walls are the menus showing pictures of the 17 different types of burgers and five sides they make for you there, including chicken, fish, shrimp and a variety of toppings like pineapple, jalapeño, cheeses, bacon, and a lot more stuff you probably haven’t thought about trying on a burger yet. The owner, René Gonzalez is a cowboy-type of guy born and raised in the little town of Nuevo Casas Grandes, right outside Chihuahua, Chihuahua where he’s had his first Hamburguesas Erick Express for 25 years. He opened Erick Burger here in Puerto Peñasco seven years ago and opened his third location in Caborca two years ago. René is noticeably—and rightfully — proud to tell you the Grade A Prime beef for all his burgers comes from Caborca’s range fed finest herds, where he travels way too often to personally grind and

press perfectly sized quarter pound patties and escorts them down to Puerto Peñasco twice a week to insure their freshness and taste. You may remember that René originally opened up just a couple of blocks up the street (across from “Lucky House”) and moved to his present location two years ago because it has room to expand if he decides to. The atmosphere is pure old Mexican western complete with great country music (mostly recorded, and some good American classics when we were there obliged us to dance), the murals, antique photos and old license plates dating back 40 years nailed to the walls, and of course, René’s ranch wear (cowboy shirt, jeans, well-worn boots) and his genuine cowboy hospitality that makes you feel like you’re at his ranch instead of his bunkhouse-sized little burger joint. He feeds you like you’ve been working cattle all day, too. His burgers all come with at least one round of his pure personally pressed beef patties and by the time you add the fresh trimmings on top of whichever topping you ordered, you’ve got yourself a burger that will bring back some home town memories for sure. One of the most endearing experiences at Erick Burger is seeing the price for any of these tummy filling burgers ranges from just $35 to no more than $50 pesos.

OXXO, What are They? How Do You Pronounce It? And, Where Did They All Come From?

By Joe Houchin

If you have been in Rocky Point lately, you have certainly seen an OXXO store... or 2, or 3, or 50. Some of them are almost across the street from each other. But, where did they all come from? Who owns them all? Why are there so many, so close together? OXXO is pronounced OX-SO, pretty much just as it looks. I have heard many people trying to be overly creative with their pronunciations but, sadly, it is just pronounced the simple boring way that is is written. The stores are not franchised and are all officially owned by FEMSA (Fomento Económico Mexicano). FEMSA, is the largest beverage company in Mexico and in Latin America and as of September 2011, also the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the world. FEMSA originated as the Cuauhtémoc Brewery in 1890, which was restructured as FEMSA in 1988. It is still based in Monterrey, Mexico. OXXO was founded in Monterrey in 1977, following a FEMSA marketing plan to use company-owned stores to promote and market the Cerveceria Cuauhtémoc beer brands. This distribution method bypassed the traditional Mexican network of local wholesalers (deposito de cerveza) selling beer via local supermarkets and small stores (tiendas and miscelaneas). In the first stores, the only products sold were beer, snacks and cigars. The success of the stores

was such that the project kept growing and OXXO built new locations rapidly, becoming a ubiquitous presence in Mexican cities and towns. The first official OXXO store was opened in 1978 in Monterrey. OXXO stores then spread to Chihuahua, Hermosillo, and Nuevo Laredo. Throughout the eighties, OXXO gained fame around the cities where it was established. In 1998, the 1000th store was opened. On July 6, 2011 was announced the opening of the 9000th store, established in Oaxaca. Obviously, fairly recently, they discovered Puerto Peñasco as well. FEMSA is the owner of many recognizable brands of beer such as: Tecate, Bohemia, Sol, Dos Equis, Superior, Noche Buena, Indio, Carta Blanca, Kaiser, Xingu, and Bavaria. As of January 2010, Heineken of Holland bought the beverage division of Mexico’s FEMSA for $7.6 billion Dollars. So, now when you buy your beverages at an OXXO, the money isn’t staying local. It isn’t even staying National. In the end, much of it is likely going all the way to Holland. I must admit that I am not a fan of OXXO. They came to town like a swarm of locust and they have really forced some great family owned stores out of business. Even my favorite Burrito and Doughnut store, Reggies 8/12 and Drunken Doughnuts, have closed their doors since an OXXO went in just down the street. The sign on their door says “closed for remodeling” but it has been that way for quite some time now and I’ve seen no remodeling going on. I had noticed that their shelves were getting more sparse lately as well. Like it or not, it looks as if OXXO is here to stay. But, for me, I’ll continue to shop in the local tiendas, expendios, and panaderias as often as possible, and I will continue to enjoy the experience of buying locally.

This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing. However, by far the most endearing experience is the unmitigated gratification of munching down through an Erick Burger, sharing its juiciness all over your face while realizing that original burger history of your childhood is alive and well right here in our little slice of paradise by the sea. This blog goes out of its way not to be a food critic believing that culinary taste is purely subjective. We much prefer that our readers venture out for themselves to venues we write about that have impressed us with any combination of food, ambiance (no matter how rustic), unique character, originality and/or the owner’s personality. The only possible exception to the aforementioned might be the “Great American Hamburger”, and Erick Burger is a place we don’t think we’re going out on a limb to say you’ll get a burger here that will compel you to return for another.

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Change in Mexican Insurance Liability Laws

By Joe Houchin

Until recently, if you were involved in a car accident in Mexico, the liability damages imposed on an at-fault driver who caused a negligent fatality in Mexico were capped at a maximum of approximately US$50,000 total damages. Recently, the liability limit has been increased to approximately US$300,000. We have always recommended that you always have Mexican insurance when you drive in Mexico, and now we recommend that your policy should

cover you for at least US$300,000 in third party damages, and US$500,000 is recommended to cover any contingencies. Your US or Canadian auto insurance policy might cover you for damages to your own vehicle and property, but it cannot cover you for third party damages, because Mexican law stipulates that only insurance companies which are licensed in Mexico can provide the type of auto insurance coverage that is recognized and accepted by Mexico’s legal system. Driving uninsured in Mexico is a big risk. If you are involved in a nasty accident, even if it’s not your fault, you could be arrested until blame has been assessed. Having an insurance policy will provide you with the liability coverage you need for any claims against you. Many policies also offer additional support services to help you through what would be a difficult time and situation. There are many companies who can provide you with valid Mexican auto insurance but I recommend using only a local company. Depending on how often you visit, it may be much cheaper to buy an annual policy, rather than buying insurance by the day. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Who is SkyMed? They’re a 24 Year Old International Emergency Transportation Company You Need to Know About By Joe Houchin

When we were younger, running around Rocky Point (or any other unfamiliar vacation site) we risked our lives on quads and forced our trucks up sandy mountains until they almost rolled over and other crazy, injury-prone antics we performed in the name of adventure. Some of us were lucky enough to make it through those days, others made it with nominal to serious injuries, their friends and relatives wondering if they would make it all the way back to Tucson or Phoenix or their home towns even farther away still alive as we arranged for emergency evacuation by ground or air. And, if we were involved, we also know the huge expense involved to pay for such emergency evacuation, especially if it occurs in another country. Enter SkyMed Emergency Air Evacuation, the travel related membership service founded in 1989 for the specific purpose of providing an affordable way for its members to both physically and financially survive a life threatening injury or illness especially when they are traveling. It doesn’t take long to find oneself beyond one’s comfort zone when it comes to medical concerns. In case of an emergency we want to be seen by our doctor, in our hometown, in a hospital we know and trust. According to SkyMed, who operate in 32 countries with headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, the cost for such evacuations ranges from $9,500 to $50,000 USD and because emergency evacuations from foreign countries aren’t covered by most insurance policies, payment is normally demanded up front. Even as permanent residents here in Rocky Point, and certainly for visitors, in a critical medical emergency, most of us want to be taken to our doctor or specialist with whom we are familiar back in the USA. This is where SkyMed could provide the peace of mind for us to enjoy a stress-free life style here in our little slice of paradise by the sea. When we heard about the services of SkyMed, it seemed like a real solution to fill the affordability void that exists for the situations in which we might find ourselves here in Rocky Point: like needing to get to a hospital in Tucson or Phoenix (or anywhere in the U.S. or Canada for that matter) as soon as possible. Upon our inquiry as to the existence of emergency evacuation services, Kory Bonini (read more about Kory at: http://www. suggested the SkyMed membership service and set up a meeting with her friend and SkyMed member, Linda Scholey. Linda had a personal experience with SkyMed and was so impressed she became a representative of the company. Listening to Linda it became obvious that SkyMed is a service our readers, no matter where you live, need to be aware of and probably would want to join. So you can look at this Sonoran Resorts blog article as a community service effort.

The SkyMed web site is so complete; after reading this article, it will be much more informative for you to click on the link: www. for the details, which, by the way, will only make you more interested and aware of the value of this service. In fact, just reading the 60 plus survival stories by members who’ve not only avoided those bank-breaking expenses but have escaped the loss of life or limb as a result of the fast action by the skilled responders from SkyMed, it is apparent that those are just a few of the stories they must have in their collection. Go to their web site atwww. and click on “Survivor Stories”. They’ll make you want to sign up right now, feeling lucky that you’ve made it this long without a tragedy as common as those in the stories, or make you wish you had it when something critical has happened to you in the past. After reviewing the web site, even though you can sign up right on line, you’ll want to contact Linda Scholey for more details on how to become a member because there are some specials available only through SkyMed representatives that she will need to call into headquarters for you. Her email is: bestnrpt@ If you leave your phone number she’ll get right back to you. Before you head for the web site, there are several things you can expect to learn when you’re there: What impressed us and was made very apparent in all the “Survivor” appreciation letters are the reiterations of surprise by everyone at how professional, efficient and courteous SkyMed was in taking over handling all the arrangements for their transportation, and how they included the appropriate trained medical personnel on all flights and ground transportation, and in more than a few cases those medics literally saved the lives of patients en route to medical facilities of their choice. Another message you’ll get from reading the letters is that SkyMed has exceeded the expectations of everyone who has used them. You’ll also learn that SkyMed means it when they say “We Take You Home”. It seems that any similar services only take you to the nearest emergency facility that can take care of your condition. As you will notice from reading the “Survivor” letters, there are many cases where only your doctor can really insure your complete revival and recovery. What a relief this promise has proven to be for so many of their members. We’ll send you off to the web site with this relieving bit of caution: Don’t look for the “fine print” on the SkyMed agreement. There is no fine print in the SkyMed agreement. Period. Everything they do for you as a member is in big bold print and is more than you can imagine! See for yourself at

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

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

Want a book to read? Have an extra one? We have a free book and movie exchange in our office. You do not need to bring a book or movie to take one, two or as many as you like. All we ask is that you return them once you are finished with them. Hardbacks, paperbacks, self-help, magazines, children’s, etc. We have everything! Also VHS and DVDs. Donate your extras.

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

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

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).

AMPI Asociacion Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios Real Estate Professionals Association AMPI represents profesionalism in real estate and enforces ethical standards. It is a national association, one of 53 chapters in Mexico, and endorsed by Mexico’s Federal Government. They provide the MLS website, are operated by members and committed to education through bilingual programs. Associated with NAR and AAR in the U.S. Since 2007, Sonora State Law requires all Real Estate Agents to be licensed. Is your agent licensed? SOCIAL MIXERS - EVERYONE WELCOME usually on the 2nd Wed. of every month BOARD MEMBER MEETINGS 1st Thursday of every month GENERAL MEETING 2nd Thursday of every quarter 2013 OFFICERS: President: Gretchen Ellinger President-Elect: Rommel Bustamante Secretary: Randi Alcott Treasurer: Rebecca Palomino V.P. MLS: Jonni Francis V.P. Legal: Ricardo Borquez V.P. Ethics: Grant McKenzie Sr. V.P. Membership: Glen Martinez V.P. Events: Liane Armstrong V.P. Public Relations: Mary Snyder V.P. Education: Gretchen Ellinger V.P. Language & Culture: Milton Felix


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

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

ALANON Donna (044-638) 109-3766 Email: English speaking meeting every Friday 5PM 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (next to Galindo’s Café) at the Passport AA Club.

AMERICAN LEGION POST MX 15 Located in the Mirador Lower floor of Los Juanes Restaurant ½ block north of Matamoros (Pink Cadillac) on Chihuahua Open daily 11AM to 7PM Kitchen open (except Sundays) 11AM to 3PM 2012 OFFICERS: Commander: Paul Raddatz (715) 557-0354 First Vice Commander: Michael Dugas General Meetings First Tuesday of every month at 6 pm (Oct-June) Contact the Post for dinner specials and special events scheduled throughout the year MagicJack (602) 539-0381 Mexico phone (011-52-638) 388-8841 Email NEW MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES WELCOME!

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

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

BABYCATCHERS AND COMPANY Jeanne Stagner, CNM ARNP Complete Women’s Health including primary and maternity care. Clinic Hours: Monday through Thursday 2:00 to 4:00 pm or by appointment. Sliding scale fee available. We do home visits. Free pregnancy test. The Curley School Artisan Apartments. 201 W. Esperanza Ave #2107, Ajo, AZ 85321 Phone: (602)769-2615 email:

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

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

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

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 CEDO is the Intercultural Center for the Study of Oceans and Deserts. Home to a giant fin whale skeleton and a desert botanical garden, CEDO is a field station for researchers and school classes, an education center with library, laboratories, book store and gift shop - An Intercultural Experience. CEDO is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, education and conservation of the planet’s last great frontiers: the Sea of Cortez. 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. Isla San Jorge Snorkel with the sea lions in their natural habitat at Bird Island or just enjoy the scenery from the boat and take photos. A must do trip!

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

CANACO-SERV Y TUR Puerto Peñasco Chamber of Commerce Servicios y Turismos de Pto. Peñasco Phone: 383-2848 Fax: 383-4468 Located on Blvd. Fremont and Coahuila Monday - Friday 8AM-3PM President: Lorenzo Cuadras Rojo Manager: Maria Elena Garcia

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

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

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



Center for Technological Sea Studies Phone: 382-0010 Monday - Sunday 10am-5pm Cost: $4 adults, $2 children $2 for food to feed turtles, etc. GREAT FUN FOR KIDS AND ADULTS! Cet-Mar invites you to their aquarium which displays native species of the intertidal zone and the northern gulf coast. To get to Cet-Mar take Blvd. Fremont and exit toward Las Conchas. The Cet-Mar Aquarium is located just past the school on the right.

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

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.

D.I.F. Desarrollo Integral de la Familia Sinaloa and Ruiz Cortines Directora: Mayor’s Wife Supported solely by donations, this social service organization offers medical aid and a variety of services for needy families. If you know of a family in need you may contact DIF for help. They hold many public fundraisers throughout the year to raise money. CHILDREN’S HOME D.I.F. is building a children’s home on Calle Marcelo Pino and Callejon Benito Juarez. When completed, the home will be equipped to accommodate 50 children ranging in ages from newborns to 11 years. Children will be

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


taken care of until their families have complied with the rehabilitation period, treatments, or requests by SDMF. The home is located on Calle Marcelo Pino and Callejon Benito Juarez, just behind the Basic Unit Rehabilitation Center of D.I.F.

EL GOLFO RUN Tom & Sandra O’Hare Rocky Point Times Newspaper 383-6325 or from U.S. (602) 476-1939 The El Golfo Run is a fun bi-annual 4x4 trip (May and Oct) to El Golfo de Santa Clara through the

desert, salt flats and onto the beach - even the coastal hwy. All 4x4’s welcome to join. There is no charge, fee, etc., you pay for your own motel and food when you get there. (Must have a sense of humor and be very patient.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

South of the Border Singles (SOB’s) meets every Wednesday at 4:00PM at Playa Bonita Restaurant for cocktails/dinner. Monthly business meetings first Wednesday at 5:30PM at Playa Bonita. Sunday 9AM gather for weekly 9:30AM breakfast at various RP restaurants. Other fun events, short trips, parties throughout the year. All singles welcome! Local contact: Jane Joyner at Playa Bonita RV Park or Jean McCauley at Las Conchas; Mexican cell phone is (044-638) 386-9774 or Magic Jack is (520) 303-4332.


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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YOUTH SPORTS FOUNDATION 388-1180 Fernando Lopez: Rick Busa: Promotes youth sports in Puerto Peñasco. Donations of sports equipment, uniforms, etc. always welcome. Call for sports schedule and come out to watch the kids play.


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CLASSIFIEDADS ANNOUNCEMENTS ANIMAL ADOPTION CENTER OF ROCKY POINT – (A 501© tax exempt corporation) Center located north of Benito Juarez on Calle 15 (Leon de la Barra) 3 blocks left corner. Also donation drop point at Giuseppis Espresso on Blvd. Fremont (next to Black Dog) Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012, Phoenix (602) 412-3932, Tucson (520) 4076594, AACORP P.O. Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341. (#1-AAC) BILINGUAL SERVICES SUNDAY 10AM with Peñasco Christian Fellowship. Bilingual services also offered Wednesday at 7PM. Located ½ block E. of the Melchor Ocampo & Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez intersection. North from Las Conchas Pemex, ½ blk E. at 3rd stop sign past railroad tracks. For more info. call Stan or Becky at 383-4513. (#1-24) JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES KINGDOM HALL Thursday Ministry School & Service Meeting 7pm. Sunday Public Discourse 9:30am. Located on the (baseball) stadium road, on the left, just before the big blvd. Call 382-0049 or 383-3885. (#a-1a) GRUPO UNIDAD CRISTIANOS DE PEÑASCO Pastor Ernesto Portugal. Headphones available for English translation. Sunday service 10:30AM, Thursday Service 7:30PM, Children’s school same hours. Church office open Monday through Friday 9:30AM to 2PM. Located on Simon Morua. Call for info. (011-52-638) 383-2240. (#1-ch) ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM – Charity organization operated for 9 years now by Barb and Mark Olszewski, helping 9 schools and over 2,500 students. If anyone would like to help us with donations of spiral notebooks, pencils, crayons, erasers, rulers, will really be appreciated. You may use the offices of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper for a drop-off-point (off Calle 13-map in paper), or get information at www.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 (#1-WC) GIUSEPPIS ESPRESSO – is now a drop off site for Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point. Giuseppis Espresso is located on Blvd. Fremont between Cruz Roja (Red Cross) and the STOP sign at Sinaloa, next to Black Dog Casino (011-52-638) 383-5181. (#1-AAC) BARB’S DOG RESCUE – located 8 miles north of Rocky Point on the highway to Sonoyta, signs on both sides of highway. Also donation drop off point at Twin Dolphins Real Estate on Blvd Fremont, next to Cruz Roja (Red Cross). Mexico (011-521-638) 114-1659 or (044-638) 384-0113. From the US dial (602) 324-7241. (#1-dg) SEARCHING FOR A GURU – or Spiritual Guide.CALL DR. VAZQUEZ (011-52-638) 3833014. (#1-V)

MERMAID’S MARKET – Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10AM-5PM. Shrimp Plaza (Benito Juarez and Fremont). Verify dates: www. Contact: (# 1-1) ART GALLERIES GALERIA DEL MAR BERMEJO – The finest in Authentic Mexican Art. Largest selection of Mata Ortiz Pottery & Jewelry-Certified Huichol Yarn Paintings by Artist, Juan SilvaCertified Bronze Sculpture by Felipe Chavez Hernandez-Certified unique jewelry of sterling silver and semiprecious stones featuring sponge and coral. Virgin Saints and AngelsDaniel Espinosa-Charles Alpert-Mara La Madrid. Books, * Books, * Books (children’s bilingual, decorator, culinary and more). Located behind the church in Old Port. Open 7 days from 10AM to 5PM. MasterCard and Visa accepted. From the U.S. dial (011-52638) 383-3488 (phone and fax), or email: (#9-1) VILLA DEL ARTE OWNER, VICTOR ALEMAN is a world renowned spray paint artist here in Rocky Point. His Village of Artesanias is located on Hwy. 8, just north of Rocky Point (before you go over the last hill). He is building the village out of adobe and sells a huge variety of statues, pots, fountains, tables, benches and much more. Open 7 days a week 9AM - 5PM. Phone Victor locally at (044-638) 105-7839, or from the U.S. at (011521-638) 105-7839. (#9-4) BEAUTY SALONS GLORIAS BEAUTY SALON SINCE 1969! We do it all and we carry a full line of beauty supplies. Gloria’s Beauty Shop is located on Constitucion, just before Super Ley Market. Phone locally at 383-5075 or from the U.S. (011-52-638) 383-5075 for an appointment, ask for Gloria. English Spoken. (#25-13) PBC – Peñasco Beauty Center – Only American Salon in Rocky Point. Full line AVON Beauty Supplies. Hair, Nails, Facials, Manicures and Pedicures cell (044-638) 1063611. On Constitucion, across from Super Ley. (#25-1) BILL PAYING SERVICE DON’T GET CUT OFF!! BILL PAYING Service with 48 years experience for Rocky Point and Cholla Bay residents! See Patty at Mexico Bonito Realty located just off Cholla Bay Road. Local call us at 383-5737 or 383-4111, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1837. Visit our website at or email us at or patricia@ (#30-1) WHILE YOU’RE AWAY I’LL PAY YOUR electric, water, phone, bills, etc. Since 1993 I’ve been working with Immigration services. English/Spanish spoken. References available. Call Silvia Villa at Premium Services, locally at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1187, or email me at (#30-2) BOATS FOR SALE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY – 60FT. CATAMARAN PARTY boat. Person can live aboard, bathroom, kitchen, bed, gas engine. 50 people charter. Sunset Cruise Bay tours. Mex cell (044-638) 110-6322 U.S. (702) 4488723 (#34-1)

BOAT FOR SALE – 28 ft., great for fishing, built in Long Beach, CA, now docked at Marina de Peñasco. 1989, fiberglass, good operating condition duel diesel motors, marine electronics. Dale AZ # (602) 324-9558 or in Rocky Point, Sonora, Mx # (638) 388-5318. Will Sacrifice. (#34-2) CATERING LA COCINA de RAMON – Ave. Francisco González Bocanegra (638) 388-5362 (#50-1) COFFEE AND COFFEE HOUSES MAX’S CAFÉ: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, Dinner, Pizza, Full Espresso and Liquor Bar. Free Wireless Internet & Phone to the U.S. Located in front of Hotel Peñasco del Sol. Live Music Thur-Sun 8PM-11PM 383-1011. (#56-5) BEST COFFEE IN TOWN – XOCHITLS CAFE (Sally’s place) in Cholla Bay. Not to mention awesome food! Breakfast 6AM-2PM! You can’t beat her chiles rellenos and spinach omelet. Call to order ahead 382-5283. (#56-10) GIUSEPPIS ESPRESSO – Inside or Outside seating. On Blvd. next to Black Dog Casino. Open for Breakfast @ 7AM. Espresso, latte, mocha,’s all here. Leashed, well behaved dogs always welcomed. (011-52638) 383-5181 (#56-6) GIUSEPPIS ESPRESSO – Open weekends in the Activity Center at the Sonoran Spa Resort, on Sandy Beach. (#56-7) DENTAL SERVICES WANT A DENTIST WHO USES THE latest in technology and equipment when getting your teeth cared for? Ernesto Grijalva, D.D.S. comes highly recommended by all of his patients – ask anyone of them! Stop by his office located on Blvd. Fremont, just south of the fire dept. or call Mario for an appointment (011-52-638) 383-3434. (#64-3) FM3 SERVICES SERVICES FOR AMERICANS – FM3 / FM2, Visas, Tax ID Numbers (Hacienda Registration), accounting services, bill paying and more. Office location: Sun Valley Business and Immigration Service, Plaza del Sol, Local No. 8 (north side of Blvd. Fremont). Call local at 383-8891, from the U.S. dial (520) 829-4340 or email or Dynorasvisa@ English spoken. (#79-9) FM2/FM3/RFC/HACIENDA/IMSS – DO YOU need help obtaining any of these documents? Premium Services has been working with Immigration, Social Security, Hacienda and all government offices helping Americans, for over 17 years, obtain the documents they need fast and without hassles. If you don’t speak Spanish, or just want someone to help guide you through the process, call Silvia Villa at Premium Services at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1187 or sivife@hotmail. com. Translations from English to Spanish or Spanish to English also available – any document you need translated. Call Silvia whenever you need help with anything from bill paying to ordering flowers! (#79-1) FOR SALE TABLE SAW FOR SALE – Like new condition $120.00usd (011-52-638) 383-1012 (#86-15)

1997 RODEO ISUZU, GOOD A/C and tires. Runs good. Silver in color. $2,200 dlls - call Nancy 383-1012 or in Phoenix (602) 4123932. Car is in Rocky Point. (#86-14) 1996 5TH WHEEL – Wife says sell! 32ft. w/ slide out, microwave, washer/dryer. September Blue Book $4,500 wholesale. Sell for $2,899 dlls. Glen Webster (602) 741-3167 email (# 86-9) SAILBOAT – 2005, 15’ West Wight Potter, Honda 2hp motor, EZ Loader trailer. Stored inside at Cholla Bay. Good as new. Great buy at $5,900usd. (1-970) 254-1127 USA. (#86-1) NISSAN OUTBOARD – motor, 6 hp, new, never used, $950USD. Stored inside at Cholla Bay. Call (1-970) 254-1127 USA. (#86-2) 9’ LIVINGSTON BOAT – Good Condition, $400USD. Stored inside at Cholla Bay. Call (1-970) 254-1127 USA. (#86-3) AUTHENTIC GERMAN SAUSAGES – Walter’s Brats Sausages for sale everyday, come and taste it fresh from the BBQ Every Fri & Sat. 3PM - 7PM. Corner of Blvd Fremont & Nuevo Leon. (044-638) 110-4970. (#86-17). FURNITURE DEALERS & DELIVERY MOVING FROM THE STATES to Rocky Point/ San Carlos since 1987. Our price includes no surprise fees from pickups to setups.Email or phone (480) 2323518. (#90-9) MUEBLES IMPERIALES – Comonfort and Juan de la Barrera#33. (638) 383-6480. (#9010) HOUSES & CONDOS FOR RENT LONG TERM & NIGHTLY RENTALS, Las Conchas, Mirador, In Town, Sandy Beach Homes and Condos. Starting at $150.00 USD per month. Twin Dolphins (011-52-638) 3833919, (602) 324-7241 (#100-4) PUERTA PRIVADA LONG TERM LEASE 2 OR 3 bdrm condos for long term lease only. Furnished or unfurnished available. Visit model on site 9am to 5pm daily for more info. (#10042) BEAUTIFUL HOME ON WHALE HILL – with spectacular views from three decks, 2bedroom, 3bath, garage with opener. Beautifully furnished. 6 month minimum lease $890.00usd/month (208) 473-4771 or (011-52638) 382-0028. (#100-12) SONORAN SEA LONGTERM LEASE 2 – Bdrm/2bath - Condo, Gorgeous City Lights Ocean Views, Pool, Gym, Wi-Fi. Professionally decorated & beautifully furnished! (602) 4328478 (#100-13) HOUSES & CONDOS FOR SALE PRINCESA B502 – $259,900 3 BED, 2 BATH. Extraordinary ocean view, fully furnished. Bank Trust in place. Call Pablo Realty. Licensed Sonora Real Estate Agent. (602) 288-8687 or email (#102-5) PRINCESA E506 – $249,900 3 BED, 2 BATH. Beachfront View. Fully furnished. Bank Trust, LLC in place. Great rental. Call Pablo Realty, Licensed Sonora Real Estate Agent. (602) 288-8687 or email (#102-4)

EL PUEBLO CONDO – 2BD, 2BA, UPPER LEVEL 3RD FLR w/Sky Nook for fantastic sunset views. $69,900 (reduced). Bank trust in place. Call Pablo Realty, Licensed Real Estate Agent. (602) 288-8687 email pablorealty@ (#102-6) 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) INSURANCE SERVICES INSURANCE AND BONDING AGENCY – REAL estate - Mexican & American Insurance: Auto, boat, life, house, commercial. Yolanda Silva, Agent. Ave Nayarit #62. Call 383-6280. (#107-1) JEWELERS JOYERIA MAX – MAX’S JEWELTY - Custom design, repairs, diamonds and gemstones. Special orders are our specialty. Open 11AM – 9PM Monday through Saturdays. Shop located on the north side of No Reeleccion (Calle 26), just east of RR tracks. Lamek_fu@hotmail. com. Call Max (011-52-638) 388-5512 and 383-2698. (#110-2) LOTS FOR SALE BEACHFRONT LOT – in Playa Dorada, 20 mts x 30 mts. call Pablo Realty. Licensed Sonora Real Estate Agent. (602) 288-8687. (#115-25) MIRADOR 25 X 35 MTRS – complete 8’ wall all around. Cistern and septic plus large cement pad ready for 3 trailers $59,000. Pablorealty@ (602) 288-8687 or (011-52-638) 383-8657. (#115-24) MASSAGE U.S.A. CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST. Several bodywork modalities available. Out calls or in clinic. $55 per hour. Best massage in town. Rita Pizarro, from U.S. dial (602) 748-4134, clinic (011-52-638) 383-8030, local dial 383-8030 or (044-638) 386-5203 or email (#120-6) LAS SAUNAS DE LOMAS CAMPESTRES (A.K.A. Ranchito) – countless advantages, detoxifies the skin, purifies the body. Also full body men and women massage available by appointment (044-638) 114-3296 or Karina at (044-638) 380-7530. (#1-LC) DEEP SEA MASSAGE – get into it! Pamper and treat yourself with a fabulous healing massage, comfortable in your home. Help your body relax, detoxify and release stress. For appointments call local cell (044-638) 1052706 or from the U.S. (011-521-638) 105-2706. (#120-35) PEST CONTROL CONTRA PLAGAS – COCKROACHES, Termites, mosquitoes, flies, bees, fire ants, fleas, scorpions, spiders, rats, ants, mice. We have our Federal License. English spoken. Call Antonio Mendivil, owner at 383-8787. 24 hour emergency phone dial (044-638) 380-5136. (#126-1)

Macadamia crusted flounder

REAL ESTATE SERVICES TWIN DOLPHINS – Blvd. Fremont, next to Red Cross. Mexico (638) 383-3919 US (602) 324-7241. (#140-1) REALTY EXECUTIVES – Jonni Francis at Paseo Las Glorias, across from Peñasco del Sol. Mexico (638) 382-5355 US (602) 3344134. (#140-2)


SERVICES DON’T GET CUT OFF! BILL PAYING SERVICE with 42 years experience for Rocky Point & Cholla Bay Residents! See Patty at Mexico Bonito Realty on Cholla Rd one block from the Highway or call (01152-638) 383-5737 or 383-4111. In the U.S. call (602) 476-1837. Visit website at www. or email us at or patricia@ (#157-4) PUERTO PEÑASCO HOME INSPECTIONS. Be an intelligent investor: Get a home inspection before you buy your next home or investment property in Mexico. Puerto Peñasco’s only full time Home Inspector. Call (602) 748-4134, local dial (044-638) 110-4728 or email (#157-7) 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) 3831012. (#157-21) INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES & STAGING – Increase your rental income with quick luxury Condo-Beach-Home Updates, Furnishing Replacement & Repair,Unique Finishes, Materials & Accessories Contact Tina (602) 432-8478, www.ziainteriors. com. (#157-1) CERTIFIED CARE GIVER – in Rocky Point. English spoken, experienced. References upon request. Please call (044-638) 114-3650. (#157-2) AGUA GRANDE TOWING – Tows to U.S.A. No problem. All operators fluent in English and Spanish. Dennis Bleeker (011-52-638) 3835770. 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@, phone in the U.S. (602) 971-0166 or U.S. Toll Free (866) 443-2368. www. No waiting in border lines when you ride with us! (#158-3)


Hi there! This is your friend and Chef Mickey Medina here, wishing everyone is doing great and enjoying life to the fullest. It’s that time of the month for me to send our monthly recipe so, having said that, here it is...this month we are sending you a very special recipe for mother’s day so how about one of my favorites.

Ingredients... 6 large filets of flounder 2 Cups macadamia nuts roasted unsalted 2 Cups all-purpose flour 2 Liters vegetable oil 4 Cups tempura 4 Cups Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) Salt and pepper to taste 2 Cups cold water

Chop the macadamia nuts, and then add them to the Panko bread crumb. In a small bowl, put the 4 cups tempura and add the 2 cups water to the tempura. Make a thin batter. Put oil in a heavy skillet and bring the temperature to reach 350°. Season the fillets of flounder with salt and pepper, put the fillets in the four, then put them in tempura batter then the Panko and macadamia nut mix. Cook the prepared breaded flounder in hot oil (one at the time) until golden brown and there you have it! Serve this great fish with a nice rice pilaf and broiled asparagus and enjoy everyone! We, here at Chef Mickeys Place, want to wish all of the beautiful mothers in the world a happy and wonderful mother’s day! Don’t forget to stop by Chef Mickeys Place for a fine dining experience!! Reservations are strongly suggested! Kind regards until next time. Chef Mickey.

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Letters to Editor Are there sunset cruises currently in Peñasco? Just show up to get one? Or is there a website or something? Jeni O’Callaghan Yes we have Rey del Mar, a great PIRATE SHIP...just Google Rocky Point Boat Charters to see what you like. Hi - I just recently subscribed to the RP Times but have been reading the paper for many months. In the February 2013 issue Tom O’Hare talked about his great experience with the office of Dr. Grijalva and listed his phone number. I did call it but got a recording in Spanish. I must admit that’s where I got lost. Does Dr. Grijalva have an email address per chance?? Or another means of contacting the office? Would appreciate any help you can give. Looking forward to receiving the next issue of RPTimes! Sonja Guss Mario got your message on the answering machine, and he will be calling you back, so you must have done fine with the message in Spanish! Hello: We had been hearing about the baby boomers event that is supposed to be there the end of April. We just got out copy of the Rocky Point Times and haven’t seen anything about it. Can you tell us if it is still in the schedule? We come down from Colorado and hope not to miss it. Thank you. Greg and Dena Schick We haven’t reported anything in the Rocky Point Times because there is nothing to report, as yet. Last we heard, BOOMERFEST has been ‘re-scheduled’ for sometime this fall. Thank you for being a RPT reader! You can always check our Rocky Point Times Newspaper Facebook Page...we will report there first. SandyO We just returned from another great trip to Rocky Point, and noticed your new article on “Finding Paradise”. What a novel and inspiring idea! Below, please find a “Letter to the Editor” of the Rocky Point Times that we sent in October, 2012. Unfortunately, it was not published. Perhaps, you may be able to mention this little piece of paradise in one of the upcoming editions. We are confident that if you eat at La Cita Café, you will make sure to tell your friends about it. Hola! Yes, this was published in our January issue page 54. Thanks for Writing. SandyO Rocky Point Times, please have a subscription for the Rocky Point Times sent to us at the following address. Jeffray Jorgewson Paradise Valley, AZ Enclosed check to renew my subscription. What a pleasure to keep up with the ever changing happening in Rocky Point!! Cholla Bay has been my “Home away from house” some over fish visit (a camping trip) in 1947 – Five generations (a 6th on the way) have enjoyed our second home and continue to cherish our love for Cholla and its surroundings. Jean Troxell Cornville, AZ Hi Sandra, thanks for the great paper! It’s always so informative and has lots of interesting articles, about our favorite vacation destination! I’ve been coming down since 2005; multiple times a year…I have a friend who lives here now. You may remember a few years ago when I wrote to you about the 31/2 year old who had crossed eyes; my friends and I did fund raising and drove him and his mom and aunt to Hermosillo where he had surgery by a bilingual pediatric ophthalmologist! His eyes are much better now (I visit him out at the Invasion where he lives). I last saw him in January, and asked him mom if he’d started kindergarten yet (he’s now 5 1/2 I think). Well he did start, but it turns out he has “selective

autism”…He will only speak to his mother or brother, and only if they’re alone…So the teachers said he has to go to that “Special School”, The Escuela La Montaña. I was wondering if you tell me where it is. I’ll be down again on 3/24 for 4 days, and would like to visit it if possible. Do you know if they have any special teachers there for this condition? Selective autism, from what I’ve read on the internet, is an anxiety disorder, usually treated with one-on-one therapy (but in the presence of the mother. Do you know of any child psychologist in town? I could pay for therapy if he needs extra, more than what could be provided at the school. I thought if anyone would know of resources in town, it’d be you! My Spanish is passable, but I’m by no means bilingual (I only married into a Hispanic last name!) Thanks for any help you could give. Thanks. Jennifer Cordova

Thank you! So nice to make your acquaintance! Maybe someday we will meet in Puerto Peñasco. Out trip fell through, I missed the good airfares. We will come another time. I will contact the person you suggested for our next trip though. Our big extended family and friends visit as often as we can. Thanks for your Facebook page info...It’s delightful to hear about the whales when there is snow outside! Stacey Barnhill

Thank you for the great paper each month. I really enjoy keeping up in things down there when we are up here (Idaho). Julie R.

In July, you will get a lot of SUN with your Sand and Water!!

Dalton Gardens, Idaho Now that Reggies is closed where can you get a Breakfast Burrito to go? Also tried to go to the Aquarium and it hasn’t been open is it gone also? Chuck Fischl Oh my! You and Tom are missing the Reggies burrito already! There are many “Taco” stands who make breakfast burritos, go look! I had a wonderful experience this last week at Sandy Beach Medical Clinic. Everyone speaks English and the facility is clean and first class. Dr. Gonzalez has taken great care of me and my kids. Missy Crawley Scott wrote: “Thank you for the reply and the help. We had left before I was able to check back on FB. Yes, we did get our ride. Finished the trek through the Pinacates early on Thursday at the visitors center. Very difficult trek through some of the most remote country I’ve ever seen. BTW the new visitor’s center is fabulous! Spent Thurs night at the Peñasco del Sol hotel drinking margaritas and celebrating our crossing of the Gran Desierto de Altar. Scott Lunt How cool! We have been there many times...always in a vehicle, though. Good for you! Of course!! I liked the Rocky Point Times Newspaper Page because Cholla Bay feels like my second home :D Karlene Quattlebaum Thank you! We are OVER 3,000 ‘Likes’ on our FB Page already! Sandra this IS the perfect fortune! And you picked the most perfect time to share this as that pleasure will come for me and my family Thursday afternoon. PERFECT! :D See you at the seashore. Lynnette Gutierrez “FORTUNES AWAIT YOU AT THE SEASHORE” was the saying from the fortune cookie. Foto seleccionada para ser la portada del periódico The Rocky Point Times del mes de abril, muchas gracias Sandra O’Hare. Thank you for choosing one of my photos for The Rocky Point Times cover for this month, I just realized today! :) Eddie The April cover photo is Perfecto! Love your magazine online. Gary Hann Thank You!!! We NEVER, EVER thought, 20 years ago, that you would be reading our paper online!!!

What are the open hours for RPT’s? John Cuevas Rocky Point Times Office is Open Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM. July 20!! Can’t wait for some sun...sand…water! Anna Xtina Meneses

I am trying to remember the name of a resort we stayed at a few years back. Do you know what the resort is called between...Princesa De Peñasco and Sonoran Sea resort? Leslie Hooper Smith The resort between the Princesa and the Sea, is the Sonoran Spa Resort Oooooo…Vegas!! This is the new airport close to us out here in Playa Encanto...will keep an eye on the price of a flight! DebJo MSki Supposed to begin in June of this year! We were just there @ Pink Cadillac 2 weeks ago- we stayed across the street at El Mirador- Was Very nice and we got to bring our dogs too! Cindy Leonhardt Oh, cool. Thanks for the heads-up, we didn’t know Mirador was pet friendly. When I was in PP a year or so ago, I was staying out past the police station towards the Pink Cadillac. I would walk over to the bar on the beach at Vino del Mar, I believe. Anyway, they were serving on tap a new amber beer and I can’t remember the name of it. The bartender said you could get it in bottle in MX City but only keg elsewhere in country. Anybody know the name? It was to die for! I enjoyed many a sunset sipping good beer and running my toes through the sand! Patricia Bird I cannot figure out where you were? BUT if it was more than 2 years ago, it would have been an ice cold Indio that was being served. Indio is now sold in Rocky Point in bottles. I couldn’t really find much on that site mainly because there is not a lot in English...I was more concerned about packaged products or anything opened already...Fruits and vegetables caught me by surprise as I didn’t think they were a problem. We do buy a lot down there just some things are more of a personal choice. Like I said, I have been coming to RP for 40 years even before there were any resorts down there. Things have changed a lot and I can go with the flow...some people in our party are just really stressed about it all and what they can bring... thanks so much for all of your help Karen Butler Guy Buy your beef when you get to Rocky Point! Don’t pack any vegs/fruits...ours are better here, anyway. You won’t have problems with a package of breakfast rolls, or an open box of cereal. What are your friends most concerned about? Hi, Thank you for your like, sure I will let you know. Now we are a restaurant bar and we are open from 12 to 10 pm and our menu is seafood, pizza, wings,

burgers snacks etc and we are a family restaurant and on the weekends we will have live music late night, for sure we are going to get an ad in your newspaper…Thank you so much. Caribbean Parrot Cool! Tom and I will have to drop by to see you there on Sinaloa! SandyO This is fantastic, I just read your great April edition down here in Auckland New Zealand, now I can keep up to date with one of my favorite places in the world, awesome job. Michele MacKenzie How cool! Yes, read RPTimes online now. Could someone please tell me the name of the pirate ship company and the info so I can finally do it when I come back down. My family and I have a beach house east of town and have been coming down for 15 years! Kate Barnhill Sure! The Pirate Ship Reservations can be made by phone 383 5490 or @ Balboa’s Restaurant at the Marina!! Sandy, Thanks for responding so quickly! Yes, a real estate (ReMax) agent, she said she resides in Rocky Point; she told us about it, she had to go to Hermosillo, to get her paper work up to date. She advised us of this... FM3’s are out. We called Douglas, AZ Consulate... they confirmed FM3’s are out…now Visas are in. We plan to go to Douglas next week, and get the current information. Our FM3 had expired, so we wanted to get it updated, when we called them about renewing the FM3, they said, FM3’s are out...but bring it in with other a bank statement...etc. We will let you know what we find out in Douglas, AZ... sometime this week. But Gretchen has already gone through this...Best regards...and are you getting the wind we are getting? 40 -60 mph Cochise County (Sierra Vista) Bryant & Deb Ballard Yes, this is new law as of 11/12...SINCE YOUR FM3 HAS EXPIRED. If you still had a CURRENT FM2 or FM3, it would still be good (until it’s next expiration date). The FM2 and FM3’s are being phased out, for a more convenient ‘card’. Yes, we have known Gretchen for many, many years. She gave you good information...I just always want to know the whole story before I answer a question like this, and you did just that. I think you are on the right track! SandyO We’re heading your way for a week Monday then were planning to head to Yuma for a cycle rally. Should we skip the new highway and go all the way up to Gila Bend and over? Seems like trouble every time I try to go through San Luis. Tracy Paul Gruber I don’t have trouble getting through @ San Luis (except one time, years ago, when our car overheated on a weekend night). Lannette went through today, I’ll ask her when she gets back. Who knows? You never know how busy it will be. Got the paper the next day, neighbors are waiting for me to finish reading it. I told them I digest every word, especially CHEF MICKEYS. Edward Swafford • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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