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The Rocky Point Times Newspaper is Puerto Peñasco’s #1 Tourist Newspaper, family owned and operated since 1993 in Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico, and written entirely in English! We are, and have always been, dedicated to helping the community in which we live, as well as promoting our city and bringing tourism to Rocky Point. We are a TOURIST NEWSPAPER dedicated to promoting tourism!

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

By Lannette Phipps I used to consider May to be the best month to be here in Rocky Point, Mexico, but having great weather all year, this year I’m not so sure anymore. If it doesn’t get humid – it can get hotter – then it will remain my pick. The weather has been so agreeable this year, but I have a little niggle in the back of my head that says we are going to be slammed in the late summer months (I think the ‘niggle’s’ name is Sandy). But, as stated many times…it may get hot and humid, but the beer is always ice cold and we have the ocean. Looking back to our May 1996 Edition, Tom’s Editorial was short which tells me he and Mom were out having too much fun for him to sit down and take time to write. He interviewed Dr. Vazquez and one of the things that stood out for me was when Dr. V. said, “Don’t judge the doctor by his/her surroundings or whether he is in a suit and tie” (not verbatim but you get the drift). It is up there with the most valuable lessons I have learned while living here (not that I was “judgy” before). If you judge people here in Rocky Point, or anywhere, by what they have or don’t have or look like then you will be missing out on a lot of great friendships and experiences. Okay, that was my lesson for the month. Oh, and it was 1996 when Puerto Peñasco and the State of Sonora decided that it would be good to try out Daylight Savings Time. What a fiasco. I’m glad it was canned after trying it for a while. I must thank Judy and Ken Olson from Utah for seeing that my Mother made it home safely from a 9 hour “business lunch” with Karen (last name withheld to protect the borracha) at La Casa del Capitan the first part of April. I heard Karen made it home safely and rolled off of the couch and onto the floor for a two-hour tile “nap”. My Mother is a safety hazard at night – especially when she mistakes her sunglasses for driving glasses and doesn’t notice that it’s really, really dark outside so if you see her out past sunset, please give her loving daughter a call so I can come and get her. We posted on our Facebook Page (Rocky Point Times Newspaper) about the young school students, and the elderly, who bag your groceries at the local markets. They rely on your tips for their pay, so please remember to give them some change while you have your wallet open. The students must have good grades and the elderly must be needy to even to qualify as a bagger. The same goes for tipping your waiter or waitress, gas station attendant, boat captain or anyone that provides you service – same as in the U.S. Some of the waiters around town won’t even receive a 5-10% tip on a dinner bill of $60 USD. And you should always tip according to the service you receive. I don’t like to tip a crappy waiter, but I would rather give something and tell them they are crappy than not leave anything at all. Like I said at the beginning…May is the perfect month…the weather is great – better than great – it is awesome: the water gets warm, so many parties and events to attend, and so much activity all around town. Our ongoing road construction is a pain in the keester, but that’s the sacrifice for roads that don’t break your shocks. Speaking of…the main blvd. Benito Juarez was opened on the west side during Semana Santa (Easter week) from Calle 26 (Noreeleccion) north and Samuel Ocaña (although it was also opened during Semana Santa) is still closed at the main blvd. Just follow everyone else and you’ll be able to get to your destination (as detour signs are non-existent). On the other side of the border we have noticed more and more Sheriff units parked back in the Mesquite trees as you approach the Border Patrol check points so slow down and obey the speed limits. Our Rocky Point Times 37th Bi-Annual El Golfo

Run (three day/two night 4x4 run) will be Friday, May 16th and return on Sunday, May 18th with a “Survivor’s Party” at 5:00 PM at La Casa del Capitan. Give Alicia or Sandy a call at the office (011-52-638) 383-6325 or (480) 463-6255 if you would like to go with us so they can get you a room and keep a head count so we don’t leave anyone in the desert (it has happened before). You can also hit them up on Facebook, or Email I think I mentioned before that there were two ATM’s that issued USD: One in the lobby of the Sonoran Sea Resort on Sandy Beach and another at Banorte on Fremont and Sinaloa (near Reggie’s 8/12). Okay, on to stuff around Rocky Point…Victor Aleman, who is a world renown spray paint artist and whose shop is on the highway north of town, now has a local jardin (garden). Great location on the (pointy) corner of Benito Juarez and Luis Encinas by the library and anchor statue. He has lots of beautiful pots and huge plants on display so stop by and say hello. And for a larger selection stop by his shop (7 miles north of Rocky Point) on your way into town – or on your way out since you will most definitely want to purchase something. Some very exciting news for us gals, and guys too, but mostly us gals. Ashley Sanchez (married to Manny, Jr.) has been doing hair in Rocky Point for a number of years is opening up her very own and very elegant salon named CANVAS. From the pictures I’ve seen and what she has described it is going to be beautiful. If you are in need of a great stylist – she is your gal. She has lots of plans for the salon and a lot of experts she will be pulling in for special events so it is something to look forward to. And her Mother will be working with her doing facials, make-up and anything that has to do with the face. She will be opening the first of May (if everything goes good) and is located in Plaza Melanie on Blvd. Fremont. CANVAS is downstairs which is great news for her clients (like my Mom) who can’t climb stairs. Sandy and I already have the first two appointments when she opens. Look for her ad in the Rocky Point Times, of course. It appears that beach access (stairway to the beach) at the Playa Hermosa project (Between Las Gaviotas and Playa Bonita) was open for Semana Santa. It looks really nice but not sure where pedestrians will park their vehicles. I’m sure they’ll figure it out. Sandy Beach between Esmeralda Resort and Wrecked was opened for the holiday, and even Domino’s Pizza was allowed a permit to sell on the beach. I think that’s a first. Our Semana Santa was seemingly the best we have had in many years. Martin @ Pollo Papago said his week was the best he has had since maybe 2010, and Mom said that Calle 13 was bumper to bumper every day. Maybe 100,000 visitors on our beaches over the long holiday!!

And the Home Port is still being worked on, just had a little hic-cup at the pier as of early April. It appears they are very busy at the Black Mountain rock quarry preparing (or blasting) more rock to be loaded and delivered and, as you can see from the photos, the pier is growing farther out into the Sea.

If you haven’t heard, Roger Clyne – yes, that Roger Clyne – is one of the new owners of Banditos (formerly The Hut, formerly Changos – this is sounding a lot like Prince). He was down in April just hanging out, strumming guitar and singing. How very cool is this? He will just be popping in and out whenever he is in town and, of course, for their concerts, with the next one being in be sure to get your tickets!! Hopefully the bar will transition into something like the Hard Rock Café. A celebrity is in our midst! And speaking of celebrity – Mark Mulligan, whom we all know and love (we love Roger too), will be in Rocky Point on Memorial Day Weekend to perform at 5:00 PM at the Caribbean Parrot on Sunday, May 24th. Proceeds go to Dialysis Project. So plan on spending Sunday evening with Mark Muligan. Who knows, maybe Roger will show up. Desserts will be my final note, even though I have asked Sandy to write an “Eats” column, I can’t really fire her now can I? So, she found a new favorite place in the old Jim Bur Plaza (who remembers that name?) on Blvd. Benito Juarez next to the giant TelCel customer service center. The pasteleria is called Suspiros and Sandy and Alicia swear that they have the best tres leches cake. I still think Irma does, but I have not tried Suspiros. They also tried their Chocolate Mazapan Cake and their Mango Cake all of which had rave reviews. I swear all that woman does is eat and drink. Haha sounds like me 10 years ago. Oh, and Anita at Guiseppi’s forced her to buy a slice of their three layer (pink, white & chocolate - like Neopolitan) Italian Cheesecake with walnut crust. She made the mistake of taking it to the office and she only got one tiny bite. So I am guessing it was very good. Okay, that’s all I can blather about this month. Remember that this paper goes to print the middle of the month before you get it, so please check our Facebook Page for updates and daily stuff. She (Sandy/Mom) posts from a lot of different sources so you’ll always know what’s going on in Rocky Point. And if you would like to subscribe to the RPTimes (paper copy) you can go to the website and click on “subscription” to print the form (I have promised Sandy I will set up online payment for her) or you can email Alicia at or phone her at (480) 4636255 or local 383-6325 and we will trust you to mail your check to our PO Box. As Tom O’Hare always said, “Just smile”. Remember, we all smile in the same language. Though I have to tell you I did smile and wave AFTER getting the “pase” green light at the border and they pulled me over anyway. So no more smiles and waving!!!!!! Have a great month of May and don’t forget there are 2 Mothers’ Days – different dates for Mexico and the U.S. And of course this is Sandy’s birthday month so starting May 1st she will most likely be telling everyone that she gets a whole month for her birthday and two Mothers’ Days. If only her kids believed it. Hasta luego. See you at the beach!


The Rocky Point Times Newspaper • (011-52-638) 383-6325 • US (480) 463-6255



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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Gila Bend Title and Registration Services..928-683-2577 Giuseppi’s Espresso.......................................383-5181 Glorias Beauty Salon....................................383-5075 Golf Course at the Mayan Palace..................383-GOLF Gracida, Roberto.........................520-232-2165 or......................................011-52-622-226-2200 Gretchen Ellinger...............383-1425/602-317-3881 or......................................................044-638-384-0458 Guardian Title and Escrow...............044-638-386-1445 or...............................................................623-910-2930


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

U -V

U.S. Border Movers....................044-638-113-8365 or...............................................480-232-3518 Vanilla Copali............................................383-4174 Vazquez, Luis, MD..........................................383-3014 Venshur...................U.S. Toll Free 1-888-524-4107 or.........................Mexico Toll Free 01-800-841-3553 Victor Aleman.................................044-638-105-7839 Vidriera Lugo................................................388-8387 Viña del Mar Hotel.............383-0100/602-606-7768 Viva Mexico Taqueria....................................638-104-7252


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

X -Y - Z

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

EMERGENCY & Important Phone Numbers dial


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

RESTAURANTS that DELIVER Benny’s Pizza 383-6001 7 days, 11am-10pm Brother’s Pizza 383-3712 Cheiky’s Pizza 383-3627, Closed Wed. Cocina Express 383-8358 Mon.-Sat. 10am-8pm Sun. 12pm-7pm Domino’s Pizza 383-3838 7 days 10am-8pm El Condor Pizza 388-5383 7 days, 12pm-10pm FEDE’S 383-3419 (044-638) 100-5834 12pm-5pm, Closed Sun. Figaros Pizza 383-8181

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

Pet Friendly

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


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

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EVENTS CALENDAR MAY 2014 EVERYDAY American Legion Post MX-15 open from 8am-8pm in El Mirador in the old Los Juanes Restaurant. MONDAYS 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) (See Pg. 50). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish) (See Pg. 50). TUESDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Public Talk in English and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Look for the giant Fin Whale Skeleton. Fun experience for the entire family. Phone 382-0113 for more info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish CBSC – Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club meets once a month (on Tues. or Sat.). 4:30PM Peñasco Singles (PS) happy hour at Playa Bonita Hotel WEDNESDAYS SOBS – South of the Border Singles meet every Wednesday for Happy Hour at Playa Bonita Resort. First Wednesday of every month is business meeting. 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) (See Pg. 50). 1PM – Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. 3PM Shooter Bingo at Playa Bonita RV Park Social Club. $6.00 for 6 games with money payouts for each game. After each game, a shooter number is called, if you have this number you get a “shooter” of tequila or ?? Join us each Wednesday in our air conditioned club house. 5PM – AA meets (Spanish). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish) (See Pg. 50). 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 (See Pg. 50). Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. 5PM ALANON English speaking meeting at 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (next to Galindo’s Café) at the Passport AA Club. Call Donna (044-638) 109-3766 or email for more info. 5PM ALANON PASSPOR CLUB 6:00 pm. Latin Dance Lessons at Peñasco Fitness Center (044-638) 106-3619 or email SATURDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Nature Talk in Spanish and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Fun experience for the entire family. Call 382-0113 for info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in English 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) 6PM AA meets (Spanish) (See Pg. 50). Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. SUNDAYS 9AM Non-Denominational Worship Services with Family of God. Located on Blvd. Costera N 2000A. Everyone welcome. Church Office: 383-3480.

9AM Alcoholics Anonymous Meets (English) (See Pg. 50). 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) (See Pg. 50). 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac. Church Service at 10:00AM Bilingual Service with Peñasco Christian Fellowship located 1 blk east of Josefa Ortiz de D. on Melchor Ocampo. Experience worship with both American & Mexican Christians! Phone: (01152-638) 383-4513.

CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE LATEST EVENTS! Thursday 1st • Día del Trabajo Friday 2nd • CBSC 59th Annual Fishing Derby Phase 3 Saturday 3rd • CBSC 59th Annual Fishing Derby Phase 3 • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10AM-3PM. Shrimp Plaza (Benito Juarez and Fremont). Sunday 4th • CBSC 59th Annual Fishing Derby Phase 3 Monday 5th • Batalla de Puebla Saturday 10th • Día de las Madres • Chili Cook Off and Garage Sale Sunday 11th • Mother’s Day Friday 16th • El Golfo Run (call or email the RPTimes to make your reservation) Saturday 17th • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10AM-3PM. Shrimp Plaza (Benito Juarez and Fremont). • El Golfo Run (call or email the RPTimes to make your reservation) Sunday 18th • El Golfo Run (call or email the RPTimes to make your reservation) Thursday 22nd • CBSC 59TH Annual Fishing Derby IV Friday 23th • CBSC 59TH Annual Fishing Derby IV

Saturday 24th • CBSC 59TH Annual Fishing Derby IV Sunday 25th • CBSC – Fry Fish and awards Monday 26th • Memorial Day JUNE Sunday 1st • Día de la Marina Saturday 7th • OTL Saturday 14th • Flag Day Sunday 15th • Father’s Day JULY Friday 4th • Independence Day (U.S.A) Saturday 5th • Puesta del Sol Music & Dancing $5dlls. To Benefit the Santa Claus Club 6PM SEPTEMBER Tuesday 16th • Día de la Independencia OCTOBER Saturday 25th • OTL NOVEMBER Sunday 2nd • Día de los Muertos Monday 17th • Revolución Mexicana DECEMBER Friday 12th • Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe Wednesday 24th • Christmas Eve Thursday 25th • Christmas • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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The Power of Music

Mexico playlist- What songs make you think of Rocky Point? Top 30 songs to make you think of Mexico (go ahead make a playlist!)

By Anita Kaltenbaugh Photos by Marcia Brockmeyer

Music mixes with Mexico like chips go with salsa. It’s hard to have one without the other. Here you are, driving in your car, another day at the office and suddenly a song pops on the radio—or your iPod or whatever techy device you now use—and instantly your mind drifts to the Mexico seashore. Visions of walking barefoot through the soft sands of the Sea of Cortez, the vast landscape shining with glittering diamonds on the blue water and a large smile firmly planted on your face. You are happy, relaxed and content. You want to be here now. Music has added magical power to my life; a time traveling vehicle to go from here to there in seconds. Perhaps it’s had the same time traveling essence on you? One moment you can be stressed with all the worries of the day, work, kids, family and then your ears detect a melody and you escape for a moment, whether you step in an elevator, start your car, walk into a café or put your earbuds in and magically—just as I imagine time travel would work—you are transported into another place in time. If it’s a romantic ballad, maybe you are thinking of your spouse or lover. If it’s an old love song, you might get transported back to high school, your first crush flashing through your mind. Music has a way of alerting the senses—hey you…remember when this song was playing?—and conjuring up the memories of times gone by. Mexico memories have their own special playlist in my mind. A certain song comes on and I am transported instantly back to Puerto Peñasco, a sailing trip on a friends boat, a day spent with friends and family lounging on beach chairs under a palapa, a day bar hopping in Old Port or simply sitting with friends under a Cholla Bay starry sky. Whatever your taste in music is, why not make a Mexico playlist? Heck, make one every time you go down for a weekend or have visitors come to your Mexican hideaway. Music is the melody of time travel and memories, it should be shared and not forgotten. In case you need some help, here is a starter Mexican playlist I put together with a little help from my friends on Facebook.

1. That’s Why God Made Mexico - Tim McGraw and the Dance Hall Doctors 2. Mexico Moonshine - Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (RPCM) 3. Mexico - James Taylor 4. Hero - Enrique Iglesias (Spanish and English version) 5. Between God and Country - Andy Hersey 6. Besame Mucho - variety of artists 7. I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing Aerosmith 8. Back Against the Wall - Euphoria 9. Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet 10. Mexico -Refreshments/RCPM 11. Beer in Mexico - Kenny Chesney 12. Love Shack - B52’s 13. Kokomo - Beach Boys 14. Maybe Mexico - Jerry Jeff Walker 15. Switchblade - RCPM 16. Road to Nowhere - Talking Heads 17. I’m on a Boat - TPain joins Lonely Island 18. Mañana- RCPM 19. Stays in Mexico - Toby Keith 20. I know you want me- Pitbull 21. La Bamba- Los Lobos 22. Oye Como Va -Santana 23. La Cucaracha- Los Lobos 24. Tequila makes her clothes fall off- Joe Nichols 25. Sailing-Christopher Cross 26. South of the Border- Frank Sinatra 27. Tequila Sunrise- Eagles 28. Leaky Little Boat- RCPM 29. Free- Zac Brown Band 30. Border song- Eric Clapton Make your own playlist and feel free to share it on line. But whatever you do, listen to the music, take your flippy flops off, and dance in the sand…I dare you.

“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” ~ George Carlin “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ~ Bob Marley

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ~ Plato 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.

Frequent mistakes when decorating a home

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

“A life spent making mistakes is not only a more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing” ~ George Bernard Shaw We all are afraid about making mistakes, and it just so happens the more afraid we get the more mistakes we make! When it comes to decorating a house we all have bought something which we later on have regretted buying. In this issue we are going to be talking about some common decorating faults and their possible solutions. 1. Putting everything you love in one room, overcrowding a space is very frequent, sometimes the collection of mementos is too big and we want to display them regardless of how old they are. Solution: Basic and clean lines work better in modern days, less is more. 2. Choosing furniture that doesn’t play well with the rest of the house. I have seen themed rooms that really look out of this world and not in a nice way. Scale, color, lines, geometry, texture, etc., play a coordinating scheme. Our furniture should echo certain elements giving the room harmony and a sense of cohesion. 3. Using too much wall paper or texture. Venetian plaster can have a great and dramatic impact on a wall, but when the whole house is done in such, it can actually defeat its purpose. The same can be said of wall paper. Before spending a lot of money in a project like that look around and choose the accent walls or architectural features where texture could actually be of greater interest. 4. Hanging art too high. Art should hang at eye level of course for the average person, keep in mind that

several pieces should be considered as one, wall art should relate to both wall and furniture size, I always think of furnishings and accessories 5. Placing too small pieces of art. That 24X18 piece of art that you love for its color could look great above the toilet seat but it will actually look lost above your 8 foot sofa. Size matters, so keep in mind where art is going to be hung before you buy it. At Diseños Casa y Jardín we can help you by taking wall art to your home before you buy it, so we all make sure it is the perfect scale and color! 6. A rug that is too small for the space detracts its purpose, sometimes it’s better not to have one than having one that is too little for the area. Think of an area rug as artwork for the floor! 7. Lighting. It would be too sad to have decorated a house with our ultimate wishes and taste and not being able to enjoy it for the lack of adequate lighting. Any space needs, besides overhead lights, ambiance. Reading or track lighting do wonders to change the atmosphere of any place. 8. Using only color without considering texture is another common mistake, you can introduce stone, wall paper, glass, brick, adobe or wood to walls, that way you balance both color with texture. 9. Trying to make everything match. Don’t make your house look as if you have bought everything in one shopping stop, nowadays furniture doesn’t have to be of the same set, the same wood or stain color, instead of of thinking if something matches, think if something goes. 10. Furniture chosen for the place not for the users. When I help customers choose furniture, I ask a lot of questions. Are there any children? Do you often entertain? Is it going to a rental house? How big is your space? This kind of questions usually lead us to find what is appropriate for a specific purpose. You don’t have make mistakes, or if you have made them already, there is always a way to correct them, visit Eddie Wharez® Diseños Casa y Jardín on Old Cholla Rd. (Shacks 5th Ave.) a.k.a. Rodeo Drive, passing the railroad tracks second door on the left.

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

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

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

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

Mark 6:37

Over a couple beers a friend and I were discussing the logistics of opening a fleet of mobile bikini wax trucks, when some guy walked over to our table and said, “Is the food any good here?” That’s about like walking into a Yankee Stadium gift shop and asking, “Do you sell Babe Ruth souvenirs?” Turns out the guy’s name was Randy Foster. He drove down from Omaha to see what an ocean looks like. CAP’N GREG: What kind of food are you looking for? RANDY: Something fast, good and cheap. CAP’N GREG: Tell you what, Randy. I can steer you to a place that’s fast and good, but it won’t be cheap. Or good and cheap, but it won’t be fast. Or fast and cheap but it won’t be good. RANDY: Would you repeat that? CAP’N GREG: No. But I’ll tell you the best way there is to find what you’re looking for. RANDY: And how’s that? CAP’N GREG: Try them all. RANDY: I’m only here three days. CAP’N GREG: So that’s ... what? Nine meals? Nine different restaurants. Add midnight snacks and you could do a dozen. You should be able to find at least one you like. RANDY: Don’t you have a favorite?

CAP’N GREG: Lots more than one, Randy. How about a pulpo special? RANDY: Pulpo? CAP’N GREG: Octopus. RANDY: Not into that, Cap’n Greg. CAP’N GREG: See? Without knowing your tastes, my suggestion may be the wrong one. RANDY: How about a taco joint? CAP’N GREG: Asada, birria, al pastor, pescado, pollo, camarron or cabeza? RANDY: I don’t need a Spanish lesson, just a taco. CAP’N GREG: Viva Mexico, Anita and Jesus, Mary’s, Flavio’s. Those are four good places for tacos. I could name 20 more, and I love them all. Sometimes it’s as much about the food as it is the people serving you. RANDY: But I’m starving. CAP’N GREG: Why don’t you follow me to Capone’s and we’ll discuss it over a cold drink? RANDY: Capone’s? CAP’N GREG: It’s a pizza joint. But if you take a slice and fold it over, you can pretend it’s a taco. RANDY: Mmmm. A pepperoni taco? I like the way you think, Cap’n Greg. CAP’N GREG: And I like the way you’ll pick up the check, Randy.

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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

A big thank you to all our animal friends who brought supplies for the animals. A good friend, Barbara Capwell DVM, was one of the first to conduct spay clinics in Rocky Point over 12 years ago. Barbara has her clinic in Tempe and is highly recommended. Give her a call at Gentle Care Animal Clinic. Dr. Capwell donated lots of dog and cat food to the animals here at the center and also to Barbs Rescue and another rescue in town. She purchased Kirkland Chicken and rice dog food, puppy food and Kirkland cat food at Weltons here in Rocky Point. Made in the USA and distributed in Mexico at Costco. Weltons is located at the signal to the police station on the main Blvd. Benito Juarez. Just look to the east side and you will see the large warehouse. Prices are about the same as the US. We have received lots of donations of the Kirkland pet food and want you to know how much we appreciate it. We also try to help as many of the locals with extra pet food when we receive it, so all brands of dog and cat food are welcome. I can pick up donations if you need me to just give me a call.

Sometimes the cats are forgotten but we are one of the only rescues that take the cats and have about 30 on the premises at the moment. Picture is Angel on top of the cat/ dog house. Angel is white with black spots and he has been here now for 11 years. We have had lots of puppies that have been rescued and adopted into loving homes. If you are looking to adopt please call Nancy at (011-52-638) 383-1012 or see contact information below for calls from Phoenix and Tucson. Martini was brought to the center by a friend who rescued him from a local family with many small children who were abusing

him. Martini was seen by Dr Javier at Chochoys clinic, given a groom, and medication i n c l u d i n g Ivermectin for Sarcoptic Mange. Martini is isolated and recovering from his trauma. I have not seen Mange in quite a while and thank goodness with only a few injections of Ivermectin it is cured. We have before and after pictures that you can see of Martini. He is a Terrier mix and will be ready for a adoption around the end of May. Give Nancy a call if you are interested in this adorable baby. He will be neutered as soon as he is in a healthy state.

Bubbles is an adorable Shepard mix brought to me by a young girl about a week ago. Bubbles is healthy and playful. The little girl’s mother did not allow her to keep the puppy. Bubbles is about 2 months old and has had her first vaccine. Bubbles has several wonderful playmates that are also ready for adoption. Stop by to see our latest rescues that are available for adoption. Sparkle, our little black French Poodle, was featured last month and now has two people interested in adopting her. This is such good news since Sparkle has been here at the center for over 1 1/2 years. Crystal, our little Terrier mix, was adopted by a good friend Diane in Arizona. Her name is now Lilly!! Diane adopted another little baby Maggie over a year ago and we will be featuring a story about this wonderful family in our next issue. Thank you Diane!! The weather has been gorgeous but a little warmer than usual and we are hoping for some spring weather before summer hits.

The dogs love this weather and if you are interested in volunteering they would love to go for a walk on the beach or have you volunteer to bathe a dog or two. Just give us a call for more information on how you can make a difference. The city has new people and we miss our Mario and the large clinics that we had several times a year doing over 100 animals per day. We are working with several of the Mexican veterinarians and hope to continue this work. In the meantime many of the rescues are doing small clinics in their facilities to neuter and spay their animals with a local veterinarian. They can manage to do 8 to 12 animals per day for each rescue but we need to help the city and keep control of the overpopulation of the animals. We will be working with veterinarians from Hermosillo, Nogales, San Luis and other cities in Northern Mexico. We are a 501©3 non-profit Arizona Corporation and your donations are tax deductible. Please when making a donation do not write a check out in a person name but only to the company name. All rescues should have a bank account and an EIN number from the IRS for your tax purposes. We are in good standing with the IRS and follow guidelines accordingly. Needs for the animals and the center: Cleaning supplies, puppy pads, disinfectants, hard toys for the dogs, small and medium collars, large sturdy leashes, paper towels, bleach, downy, dry kitten food. canned Pate cat food, canned puppy and dog food, trash bags of all sizes, Large metal bowls, baby blankets. Carrots make great treats for the dogs and they love them. Please help as we are spending over $1200.00 per month on pet food. Medical bills are mounting also and we need to spay and neuter several babies. Help!! Your donations are a tax deduction. Call Nancy for our EIN number for the IRS. Your check is a receipt along with the EIN number or I can give you a receipt for your cash donations. Please send checks to: AACORP ---PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341. You can also donate through pay-pal on our Facebook page “Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point” or our web site Again a Big thank you to all that help the animals of Rocky Point. Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012 Phoenix (602) 412-3932 Tucson (520) 407-6594 AACORP INC 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt AACORP PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341

A literary column By Marcia Diane

So let us return to the idea of mixed heritage which grows much of who we are nowadays. William Carlos Williams, our featured poet for May, was born in the United States of an English father and Puerto Rican, Dutch Jewish, and French Basque mother. He is considered a Latino American Poet. Williams is one of the outstanding poets who had major influence on modernism in poetry. Born 1883 and died 1963 he was part of the literary and artistic revolution that took hold in America and across Europe in the 1920’s. Being on the cutting edge of the modernism movement of course he received his fair share of criticism for breaking with the formal traditions of poetry. We are gifted because he did. Many of our best modern poets follow the path he furrowed. The Red Wheelbarrow, featured below, like so many Williams poems, is experimental. It lacks punctuation, relies on erratic or unusual lineation, and generally dissolves the traditional boundaries between one thing, or idea, and another. so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. Williams wrote tiny poems on prescription pads during his long clinic hours that filled his days as a rural New Jersey family doctor, and then spent his nights hammering out revisions. His poems were filled with regular people talking. They were set on neighborhood streets, in hospitals, in backyards. Williams, like Frost, believed that “modernizing” American poetry meant incorporating contemporary, American speech into its fabric. He believed that American Speech held the kind of rhythm that lives in the short poems he wrote. In fact he invented his line breaks based on just those rhythms, beautifully demonstrated in these lines from his poem: Asphodel, That Greeny Flower It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. Thanks to Williams and others that followed now we can write like we talk. Join us won’t you for some more poetry fun in our on-line group; Outside The Lines at m.diane.writeon@gmail. com. We share submission every second Friday of the month. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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

In Part II of our ongoing series about the impact our home port will have on Puerto Peñasco, we established how and why the cruise passenger market is such a different breed of tourist than all the other segments in the industry, and how the cruise industry benefits from knowing more detail about their passengers’ cruise experience than any other provider of tourist services in the industry. To summarize the cruise passenger mindset from what the industry has learned and on which the industry stays über current: A spoiled passenger is a satisfied passenger, which makes for a repeat passenger. Simple enough, right? The simple answer is, yes, it is a simple formula. Over the course of these impact studies, we’ll show examples of how crucial aspects of such a simple formula can be lost in the excitement and anticipation of all the obvious economic benefits that a cruise ship brings to destinations. In order to sort of “break into” how

cruise passengers spend their money, let’s take just one area of interest where the expenditure is significant even though the percentage of passengers purchasing is not that big. To make it short and sweet, so to speak, cruise passengers spend and average of $40.34 on watches and jewelry—at homeports—during their cruise vacation. If you consider that represents only a 3.3% share of on shore visits, you can imagine the quality of watches these passengers are willing to consider purchasing. In fact, you can understand a little better why the main street of Nassau is lined with watch and jewelry stores.

Who hasn’t noticed that the hustle and bustle of trucks buzzing back and forth along the pier 12 hours a day has completely stopped. Maybe that is the source of the above rumor.

Are we prepared to have jewelry stores, watch sellers and the like stock such inventory? Are they willing to approach the government bodies with proposals of tax exemptions, import duty discounts for such demand items? These considerations are all part of infrastructure preparation, and part of the simple formula that is essential to bringing the passenger families back to our little slice of paradise by the sea for their land vacation. Next month we’ll discuss more about expenditures and more about the land vacation habits of cruise passengers.

Down by the Pier

In our ongoing effort to keep the facts overshadowing the rumors, we go directly to the source for clarification of such tidbits as we hear them.

This month, besides the usual conjectures about workers not being paid, there were a couple, frankly so far out there; we won’t even go into detail other than just address the facts as answers. First, as has been, all workers are paid. Don’t know why this one continues to circulate since all records of the money’s whereabouts is public record, which show it being safely in the account of CofeturApison, Sonora’s tourism financial administration body. In fact, that account not only contains 300 million pesos already transferred and assigned for part of the project’s 2014 budget, but also there is still money left from 2013 which will be spent on the project before May.

We addressed this last issue, and along with the contractors we are disappointed to say that the delay is purely because they ran out of rocks to dump into the sea. The permit for permission to purchase and transport the explosives to create more rocks was finally issued (first hurdle) and since, the issue has been to muster the troops (literally, the military must move explosives, no one else) to get the delivery done. The strategic holes in which the explosives must be placed to render the size of rocks needed (there are three different sizes that make up a pier structure that will only get stronger with age) have been cleared out and are waiting for the big bang stuff to be placed in them. They continue to expect the delivery any day, even as soon as this week. And don’t worry, you’ll know when it arrives. Did we say “big bang”? Without going into much detail, there is an issue with the local transportation union (which is nothing new according to sources) who feels they deserve the entire contract. However, two contracts were issued by the state to insure enough trucks and drivers to carry on such an aggressive work schedule. Since there are no rocks to deliver, delays are minimal, and the government is involved in negotiating with the unions. We promise to keep everyone updated if this issue should scale up. In the meantime, both government and contractors feel that the dynamite will go a long way toward smoothing out the labor union conflict.

Stay tuned for Part IV, or any updates on our blog between now and next month.

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

La Casa del Capitan With a View

Most frequent or long term Rocky Point visitors have dined or enjoyed happy hour at the highest point in town, overlooking the Malecon and the Sea of Cortez - La Casa del Capitan. If you haven’t been there, now there is another even more enticing reason to visit - 50% off - every day all year long! I have literally been there dozens of times over the years and my personal rating is: Good Food, Great Margaritas, Extraordinary Views. This coupon won’t work if you are going to watch one of our great sunsets from their large balcony because it is only valid from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Maybe you can have an early dinner and then hang around for a couple margaritas until the sun goes down - It will be worth the wait. Or, have a late breakfast with your coupon and then return for dinner and the sunset anyway. The owners are not picky as far as the coupon goes either. Cut it out of the Rocky Point Times, or make a photocopy from one that your friends have. No matter, they will accept it. And, there is no limit of times that you can go. This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group,, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing.

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Finding Paradise By Sandy Spain

to cross the Baja from the Pacific to the Sea of Cortez on a rough dirt and rock road. After breakfast at Mauricio’s in Nuevo Rosarito, off we went. The trek includes desolate but spectacular scenery and a stop at Coco’s Corners, an experience not to be missed.

A Whale of a Tale or a Whale’s Tail? (Part 2) Well as I said before, it is both. I hope you were able to read the first installment last month, in April’s Rocky Point Times. We went to Baja California Sur and the lagoon where the baby whales are born. Eight members of this group of twenty were the Peñasco Payasos (clowns), so named during a previous adventure with Peñasco Recreation to the San Felipe Blues and Arts Festival. As before, we managed to put a smile on the face of many a Federale at the check points by declaring that was who we were.

Fabulous Photo by Tony Ballesteros

Salt being cleaned

San Ignacio We had our choice of a second day whale watching or a side trip to San Ignacio. I went to San Ignacio. They have a beautiful mission church there started by the Jesuits in 1760 and finished by the Dominicans in 1786. There is also a small museum featuring replicas of the nearby cave paintings and a beautiful town square. Just North of town is a great restaurant by an area with an underground river and lots of vegetation. We had lunch at the restaurant, Rice and Beans. They also have a restaurant on the Malecon at San Felipe. We were amazed by the table and stools made entirely from old tires.

I am afraid the photos won’t show very well in news print, so if you want a better look, go to

The cross-Baja Road

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Salt Production Before you get to the lagoon for the whale watching boat tour, you pass one of the largest salt production areas in the world. We stopped for a tour on our way back to Guerrero Negro. Absolutely fascinating! After the cleaning process, the salt is loaded on to barges and tugs push them out of the lagoon to ships waiting in the Pacific to take it all over the world.

Be sure to pick up next month’s issue of Rocky Point Times and I’ll tell you about Coco’s Corners and the end of our trip. Misión San Ignacio Kadakaamán

Rice and Beans Restaurant

Over the hills we go to Gonzaga Bay Salt at the evaporating pools

Cirios, a tree or a cactus?

This is absolutely an e-ticket ride as the old saying goes. Only 35 miles but about 3 hours

Viva Mexico Said before, but will say it again - I urge you to get out and explore this wonderful country. There is so much diversity to see and everywhere you go the people are wonderful. If you are not comfortable doing it on your own, get some friends together, or contact Russ at Peñasco Recreation and see what trips he has coming up or what trips he can put together especially for your group. As before, I’ll end this part of the story with things I could not write about so you can just imagine the fun we had: The Coffee Pot and the Gutter Girls, Payaso Point System, and the No Where Potty Stop. See ya next time for the end of this adventure.

Porto Fino Italian & Seafood in the Old Port

By Gretchen Corpe Ellinger

Julio Valenzuela has done it again! Opened another restaurant that is - this one on the Malecón in the Old Port. Porto Fino Italian & Seafood follows Julio’s penchant for excellent food and service in a striking location, as demonstrated by his other restaurants Mare Blu on Sandy Beach and Don Julio’s Bar and Grill on Boulevard Fremont. A different kind of restaurant in the Old Port area, Porto Fino features casual yet elegant dining in a beautiful seaside setting. Many remember with fond nostalgia the wonderful food at the original Porto Fino restaurant in the Old Port. Chef Juan Caballero, who presided there for many years, and who was named Puerto Peñasco’s Iron Chef in 2013, now presides over the kitchen at this new Porto Fino. His menu includes Italian favorites, homemade pasta and the freshest of seafood, perfectly prepared and elegantly served; the house specialties are Filet Porto Fino and Linguini with Frutti de Mare. Fine wines to complement your meal may be ordered from the wine list, and cocktails are available from the full bar. Open at 8 a.m. daily, wouldn’t a smoked salmon with cream cheese omelet for breakfast at Porto Fino be a wonderful way to start a day of shopping in the Old Port, or any day in Paradise? Lunch begins at noon and is served until 3 p.m., followed by dinner. Prices are reasonable; the pasta buffet, available Thursday and Sunday afternoons from 1 until 5 p.m., with your choice of antipasto, Italian favorites, salad and homemade bread, costs $10. Dinner, accompanied by live music on weekends, is served daily from 3 p.m. until closing at 11, and all credit cards are accepted. Julio invites you to dine at Porto Fino, or just stop for a drink while enjoying the view, as you browse the Malecón and Old Port. While not required, you may call (01152-638) 383-1485 for reservations, a good idea if your group is large. If you have a special event in your future, call Julio’s cell at (011-521-638) 105-8715, or email him at, to arrange for your private party at Porto Fino, or for catering at your location. Julio Valenzuela, Chef Juan Caballero, and the staff at Porto Fino Italian and Seafood look forward to serving you in the Old Port! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Grab Your Clubs & Amigos and Head Out to Laguna Del Mar Golf Course!

Awesome Fun in the Sun!

AMPI Puerto Peñasco Chapter 51

By Richard Savino

By Mark Paliscak

Recently, my buddies Gino Bialy, Scott Poturalski, Randy Gahan and Tom Carr and I headed out to Rocky Point’s own Laguna Del Mar Golf Course for a fun day of sun, laughs, a few beverages and of course GOLF! As always, Randy was quick to arrange a wager on the day’s events. Randy is one of the owners of Wrecked at the Reef and has been a great friend for many years. Sometimes I do not follow what his wager exactly is, but I do my best in whatever activity we are competing in and enjoy the comradery and the good times. I was most pleased to learn that our most recent wager included “a handicap” to help out those with not so great golf talents. ME! So, after checking in with the great staff….we rolled out to start our day…and bet!

If you are not familiar with Laguna Del Mar Golf Course, you have to go out to catch the views of this amazing course. From the lagoon that wraps throughout the whole course making each hole very challenging, to the stone bridges, to the abundance of wild life including flying fish, the course is one to please anyone’s senses. Many non-golfing friends come along for the ride and just take in the beautiful views throughout the course. The course is a Jack Nicklaus signature course and totally awe inspiring. Like

many things in Mexico that are not exactly completely done, the course starts at hole 10 and goes through 18. The front 9 have not been completed as yet. So, to play your 18 holes, you simply repeat the back 9. I look at the bright side of this…you get a second shot at every hole without taking a Mulligan! As usual, the day proceeded with five jokes per hole from our resident Mayor Gino who keeps me roaring the entire day. I think my sidekick gig to just listen and laugh along with Gino is one of the best seats in town. So, needless to say Gino kept us all roaring as I chuckled along beside him. How he plays so well joking the whole time (AND EVEN LANDED A HOLE IN ONE ON A PREVIOUS DAY….WHOOP WHOOP GINO!) is the best part. Randy broke out his new I phone docking station and cranked the tunes and kept us rocking along. Scott kept us all entertained with his funny wit and hysterical stories as Tom and I kept the “spirits” up with a little help with the bartending. Several golf balls were lost, many laughs were had, and several amazing shots were taken including a super long putt dropped in by a certain Rocky Point Times writer. In the end, I won a few dollars from the guys but what I really won was another fantastic day hanging out with the best bunch of friends that anyone could ask for…and that’s what happiness is all about…good friends, good laughs and good times all in the best place of all, Rocky Point Mexico!!! To get to Laguna Del Mar Golf Course

from town, you take the road to Sandy Beach and turn RIGHT at the stop sign near Wrecked at the Reef. Head down the hill and go straight along the power lines. Soon, you will see light blue painted pillars along the sand road. Follow the light blue paint along as the road winds around and puts you at the Laguna Del Mar Clubhouse. The cost is very inexpensive and includes a golf cart. Several times throughout the day, the golf cart beverage cart will cruise along for your liking. It’s amazing what a little golf cart can carry…all sorts of beers, sodas, sports drinks, bloody Mary’s and a whole bar. The guys also carry a food menu and will drive whatever you order back out to you on the course after it is made…now that’s SERVICE! I highly recommend the club sandwich…I usually do not ever order club sandwiches…but I shall again at Laguna Del Mar…it was incredible! Until next month, enjoy the awesome weather here in Rocky Point and our warm Sea of Cortez. Please keep in your prayers our dear Rocky Point friend Susan Wiesenberg who passed away suddenly this past month. Susan was a generous soul who was always quick to share a laugh, a story and a good time. Her spirit will live on amongst all of us! As William E Gladstone wrote, “Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness”. I look forward to seeing your happiness and good spirit down by the sea in the near future! ADIOS AMIGOS!! GOD BLESSES!!

Our local AMPI chapter has a mission to provide its members with information and education opportunities throughout the year. At our quarterly meeting in April, held at Mexican Beach Bum Restaurant in the Malecon, President Rommell Bustamonte led an information packed session attended by 35 of its members. Topics included; our AMPI President has been invited to join the city’s Assessor’s committee, AMPI is making efforts to invite and include the city’s approved real estate appraisers to access our data base of sold properties resulting in better taxable property values for sale transactions, reminded everyone about the continuing effort by the city administration to collect past due property taxes and Federal Zone fees, that the once planned Boomer Fest concert is now scheduled for October of this year with more information to follow, and licenses were handed out to those new agents who successfully completed the required Diplomado and registration with the State of Sonora. Once again our chapter will conduct a Diplomado, led by Gretchen Ellinger, in September of this year for anyone interested in working towards their State of Sonora real estate license. In the coming weeks and months, new classes on important topics and issues will be held for members to ensure proper training and recent legal opinions regarding our business. The members also heard directly from a new service provider, Intercam Escrow Service and its National Trust Director, Salvador Flores. Mr. Flores informed the members of Intercam’s commitment to Puerto Peñasco and introduced two local staff members. In additional to providing all the necessary escrow services for real estate transactions, the parent company has established Banco Intercam as a full service bank. They will be opening a branch here in Peñasco in the very near future. Next month I will present the current real estate statistics and information so that our residents and visitors have a better understanding of the real estate market in Puerto Peñasco. If you have questions about the information presented here please feel free to contact me. In addition, if you have questions about our market and desire to seek more detailed information please contact a licensed professional from our AMPI organization. A list of members can be found online at www.RockyPointampi. com. Richard Savino is the Designated Broker for Realty Executives Rocky Point and is a Past President of the Puerto Peñasco chapter of AMPI. He can be reached at or (480) 707-3822 US. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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



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

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


All fines are to be paid at the main police station

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Phoenix, Tucson & Nogales, AZ

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


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

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

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

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

Nothing to declare/items under allowed limit

2) Integral Inspection

Voluntary declaration/items over allowed limit

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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“Tia Katy” Falls in Love With the Amores René Acosta named de Peñasco Children T.O.P. Chef 2014 - And the Feelings Are Mutual! By Joe Houchin

Eighteen months ago when Kathleen Duncan from Arizona’s iconic Duncan Family Farms decided she wanted to start giving back Collages to this community that had showered so much pleasure upon her and the Duncan family over the last 25 years, she admittedly did not know where she could help, just that she wanted to help where her contributions could do the most good, and where they were most needed.

After spending an entire day getting a full orientation of all the worthwhile charities with friends Mark and Barb Olszewski, long time Puerto Peñasco residents and hands-on doers of good deeds throughout the community themselves, Kathleen chose to volunteer her time and contributions to Albergue Infantil, Amores de Peñasco, in English, Children’s Shelter, Loves of Peñasco. She had heard about this shelter before, and had experience working with child crisis centers in the U.S. This small shelter is operated on a lean budget by DIF, the city’s family assistance charity, dedicated to rescuing child victims of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment, many times right off the streets. Once taken into the shelter, they are cleaned up, fed and offered the security of a safe haven while the counselors locate a stable environment for them to move into, sometimes with relatives, or in extreme cases, adoptive homes. We’ll let Kathleen tell you more about this shelter and how her involvement has developed over the last 18 months in her beautifully written newsletter reprinted below that conveys the enthusiastic emotion with which she has dedicated her time, funds, organizational skills, love and Shelter October 2013 compassion for the

children and staff of Amores de Peñasco. Just to steal a bit of the proverbial ‘thunder’ from her newsletter; soon after volunteering at the shelter, besides falling in love with the kids and the staff, as our headline indicates, Kathleen realized the need to categorize and prioritize the needs of Amores de Peñasco beginning with the non-perishable but consumable basic supplies that she narrowed down to what she labeled the “Big 5 Wish List”, which, if all the good people who want to help could bring some of the goods down with them when they visit (they are all available locally as well), would free up funds to put toward the “higher level” needs of the children like remedial education/tutoring and psychological support. The Big 5 Wish List, as you will read below, along with where you can drop off your donations, include diapers (sizes 3,4,5) and wipes; toilet paper; allpurpose cleaners (Fabuloso, Pine Sol, etc); Clorox bleach; laundry soap of any brand. In true Duncan Family Farms fashion, Kathleen’s husband, Arnott, and their son, Sean, have wrapped their arms around the Amores de Peñasco program with the same kindness and enthusiasm as Kathleen. In fact, even the staff of Duncan Family Farms have committed to raise funds for the shelter and have been donating monies from various fund raising events for some time now.

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It only takes a glance at these photo collages of Kathleen with the kids at Amores de Peñasco taken on the premises and during one of her regular shopping trips to the Sam’s Club here—a journey highly anticipated by the kids to spend even more time with their “Tia Katy”! The other collage is of Sean having fun with one of the children, a 4 year old found wandering the streets of Peñasco last year. The smiles on both their faces reflect the special bond developed between them. The child has since been relocated to live with his relatives in southern Mexico. Through Kathleen, we can see the power of love and the contagiousness of enthusiasm. After reading her 2 page informative and compassionate newsletter, we’re sure you’ll want to participate in some way to help Amores de Peñasco.

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Chef René Acosta of “Don Julio’s” was named the winner of the 7th edition of the Taste of Peñasco Top Chef competition, organized this year to support the local DIF system, Fire Department, and the Santa Claus Club. The traditional Plaza del Camarón was the setting for the culinary competition, more than 2000 tourists and residents in attendance throughout the day. The contest began when Rosie Glover of the Taste’s organizing committee revealed the secret ingredient: artichoke. In “kitchen coliseum”, participating chefs used a series of classic ingredients to prepare dishes with an extensive variety of vegetables, fruits, and local products. Participating chefs this year included Ramón Ramos of La Cocina de Ramón, Juan Caballero of Mare Blu, Felipe Gastélum of Peñasco del Sol, Neftalí Ponce of Mayan Palace, and René Acosta from Don Julio’s. In just one hour the chefs, along with their assistants, combined traditional local ingredients with artichoke in preparing three dishes in all: appetizer, main dish, and dessert. The judging panel was made up of Álvaro Aburto, Melody Scott, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Mike Danzer and Gino Bialy, who had the mission of evaluating the dishes on presentation, originality, and creativity. After deliberation, the judges decided to award Top Chef honors to René Acosta of “Don Julio’s” and second place to Juan Caballero of “Mare Blu”. All chefs, and their assistants, received special recognitions for their outstanding participation. Chef René Acosta prepared a scallop appetizer sautéed with caviar, artichokes, and brandy; his main dish was sautéed tenderloin with artichoke, mashed potato and edible iodine, while for dessert he prepared an artichoke flan with toasted caramel and sugar coated rose petals. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Arsenic and Old Lace By Rosarie Salerno

The consumption of “Arsenic” is more common than you may think. Arsenic is a colorless, odorless and tasteless chemical-mineral associated with whodone-it murder mysteries, fictional or factual. Arsenic is toxic to humans as well as animals and is classified as a class 1 carcinogen. It has been used in history and/or currently used for everything from medicine, cosmetic, insecticides, and for killing rodents. Hence, it is the ideal poison. In the early 1940’s arsenic was approved by US FDA to be added to livestock’s feed. Arsenic fed to chickens, hogs and turkeys was the preferred way to treat and control parasites, increase weight gain and improve the color of the meat. Arsenic occurs naturally and by contamination in the environment. The chemical is found in water, air, and soil. Chances are that you may have taken in more arsenic than you know. Arsenic was sprayed over farm fields as an insecticide. Air borne arsenic is much more dangerous than if it is ingested. It can accumulate in the lungs, while eating small amounts should metabolize in the stomach and be excreted through the kidneys before it builds up. The FDA has identified higher rates of skin cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer and heart disease associated with long term exposure. Research at Darthmouth University has also confirmed that arsenic can generate diabetes, cancer, vascular and lung disease. The Center for Food Safety along with 8 other consumer groups filed

a suit against the FDA in 2009 in order to ban the use of arsenic in animal feed. In October 2013 the FDA officially withdrew their approval and banned 3 of the 4 arsenic supplements. The chemicals were Roxarsone, Carbarsone and Arsanilic acid. The fourth one is Nitarsone which is still approved for use in the United States to treat blackhead disease in turkeys. The environmental problems are directly linked to the manure from the animals that ate the arsenic, and then used for fertilizer. The fertilizer releases the arsenic into the ground which finds its way into the water, on the surface of the crops, especially potatoes and is readily absorbed in rice. Of course, the arsenic that was sprayed on farm fields has also assimilated into the water systems. In some third world countries, like Bangladesh, the water table is contaminated. In India, between 1983 and 1997, cancers related to arsenic-contaminated water rose from 0 to 220 a year. Contamination has been found in or on organic as well as commercially grown crops. Supposedly, no arsenic has been found inside the crops. Vegetables and potatoes should be thoroughly washed. Rice grown in the south-central United States may have the highest content due to the use of tremendous amounts of arsenic that was used to kill weevil beetles in the cotton fields. Not all rice is contaminated; it does depend upon where it was grown. Rice should be cooked in larger amounts of water and then rinsed well. Rice cereals, baby food, pasta, flour, drinks and pet food made with rice may contain arsenic. Several years ago high levels of arsenic were found in grape and apple juices. People who drink water from wells should periodically have their water tested for contamination. Symptoms of arsenic poisoning can be in the form of a headache that is usually centered behind one or both eyes. Another symptom can be numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, described “as though they are asleep.” Stomach cramps, bowel trouble and discolored and brittle nails can also be a sign. The European Union has never approved arsenic based compounds for animal feed. At this time consumer groups are pushing the FDA to ban Nitarsone from turkey feed. The “Old Lace”, may be the cloth that’s on your dining room table.

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DELIVER!! From 9am until 9pm. How great is that!

We finally got a chance to visit the La Fondita Restaurant. It is here in Rocky Point on Blvd. Fremont, past Cruz Roja (Red Cross) and right next to the Black Dog casino. There is plenty of parking in front and on the side of the building. They open at 8am for breakfast, lunch and dinner till closing at 10pm. They have Happy Hour every day from 4pm until 6pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays they offer Buffalo Wings two for one price and draft beer is only $15 pesos (appx $1.25 usd). Five of us went over for lunch midApril, and the weather was perfect for us to be seated outside on the shaded terrace. We ordered drinks and were served salsa pico de pajaro, salsa bandera, and salsa cocida in a three section glazed dish, along with fresh tortilla chips.

Mario got the best grilled Arrachera, which is grilled Sonoran beef steak served with sautéed onions (this is what I’m ordering next time).

We asked for an order of guacamole and attacked it when it came. We each ordered something different from the menu so we could all taste an array of dishes. Sandy ordered tacos dorados (hard tacos) de carne asada, Wayne got the Carne en su jugo (meat in juice) which was served with fresh avocado sliced over the top, Alicia had chicken enchiladas, Lannette decided on the chicken sopes.

We had an excellent service, and have spoken with any people since we posted the photos on our Facebook Page, who have visited La Fondita and they all said they will definitely go back! La Fondita has an easy to remember phone number 383-8384 which you’ll want to remember because THEY


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Roger Clyne Finally Gets His “Third World Cantina”… Right Here in Rocky Point! By Joe Houchin

Actually, Roger knows Mexico is above third world classification, but the stanza, “And now my second home is a third world cantina” resonated so well in the lyrics to his popular song, “Your Name on a Grain of Rice”, he was compelled to leave it in. As have most of Roger’s goals, his dream of having a cantina in which to hang out and play his inimitable brand of rock and roll has come to fruition with the recent acquisition of The Hut in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico also known as Rocky Point by the multitudes of Americans, mostly Arizonans who claim its golden sandy beaches as their own.

The Hut, formerly “Chango’s”, that thatched roof landmark located on the entrance road to the Sonoran Sea and Sonoran Spa beachfront condominium resorts is the venue acquired in March by a small, tight group of family that includes Roger and a couple of close family friends. The new name has just been decided upon. it will be “Banditos”. Roger is clearly pumped about having a venue where he can come down, relax and play his rock and roll music. In fact, since the transaction closed in early March, Roger has played impromptu acoustic sets to a packed house of fans who read the last minute announcements of his performances on Facebook. Don’t worry, you’ll have several more opportunities to see him live before RCPM begin their tour

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this year. Just keep checking the Mexican Moonshine and RCPM Facebook pages… and keep your travel bag in the trunk for a quick weekend escape.

Roger has been coming to Rocky Point “every chance” he gets since before there were condominiums on Sandy Beach and now he’s even more enthused about making the short trek from the Valley to play and sing at their new cantina with the new name of Banditos. Says Roger, “Sometimes I feel kind of selfish because I have so much fun in Rocky Point!” His tone is almost apologetic. Hey Roger, it’s a sure bet that more than a few of your fans feel the same way getting to see and listen to you rock your heart out on that intimate little stage. It’s such a perfect acoustic environment for you. Roger believes the acoustics of the stage will make an alluring atmosphere that his musician friends will also like, and he plans to invite many of the best from all over the U.S. to take a break in Rocky Point and jam for a weekend throughout the year. When he’s around the southwest, we can probably count on Roger being a part of the jam sessions, too. THIS JUST IN! The album Roger has been writing since 2012 is now complete and will be available on April 29th. Titled “The Independent”, it is the 7th studio album by RCPM totaling 10, counting their three live albums.

And here’s more great news for the thousands of loyal fans, known as Peacemakers, living in the Phoenix valley area! RCPM’s album release concert is scheduled for Friday May 2nd at the Talking Stick Resort located at 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. in Scottsdale. For tickets and more information about the resort and concert, go to http:// Because of the anticipated release of The Independent, the band’s annual U.S. tour will start about a month later this year. However, it will not affect the June dates of Circus Mexicus in Rocky Point. CIRCUS MEXICUS (XXIII) 2014 In fact, once again sponsored by Roger’s own award winning Mexican Moonshine Tequila brand, Circus Mexicus this June 5-8 promises to be the biggest and best of the 23 the 23 presentations since 2000. More bands and entertainers than ever (11) are scheduled, plus the usual surprise musicians who come down just to jam and party for four days with their friends! Everybody wins at the Circus Mexicus four day Fest of music and fun. After all it was voted #11 on Phoenix Magazine’s 101 Bucket List (things to do before you die) in 2012. For many hundreds of fans, this classic event’s Bucket List ranking is more like #11 through #1! Since today’s blog is more about breaking news, i.e. Roger and others acquiring The Hut and the release of his latest album, The Independent, we’ll tease you with a look at the colorful poster and save the exciting Circus Mexicus entertainment lineup for next month, closer to the actual event…who knows, there could be more surprises. Or just plunge right in to the latest

Circus Mexicus developments at www. In the meantime, we keenly waited for Roger to settle on a name for his new cantina so our readers will be among the first to know! And, Banditos it is! Be sure to keep checking the Mexican Moonshine and RCPM Facebook pages to learn when you might catch an intimate impromptu acoustic set by a relaxed and happy Roger Clyne on the cozy little stage even before the name changes. We would like to close today’s blog with an insightful expression shared by Roger in response to this question: “If you had to name just one attribute that contributes most to your obvious love for Puerto Peñasco, what would it be?” After naming a multitude of unique aspects and memories deeply important to him about the country, the people, the culture and specifically our little slice of paradise by the sea, even discussing how we might include one of his many favorites each month in our Sonoran Resorts blog, Roger remembered a scene that embodies his most ardent affection for Rocky Point and character of its people: “Admiring a sunset in the summer from Tucson Beach in Cholla Bay holding a beer along with a Mexican who had pulled up in his truck, turned the pure Mexican music on his radio way up as they do, with a friendly “¡Salud!” We tipped our beers in unspoken recognition of humanity toward the waning sun. That was an awesome unifying, planetary experience…unforgettable.” Thanks for sharing that ethereal experience, Roger. We’ll look forward to more of them from you in the coming months.

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

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

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

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

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

The beautiful symmetry of straight down on cact Agave parryi.

Red flowering “Coral Fountain at La Siesta” plant.

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

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

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

Organ Pipe in foreground. “A sample of the wide-open looking out to rock formations spaces surrounding Ajo”. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter • fun and interesting. Pick up a copy of the Ajo Copper News or log on to the Ajo Chamber of Commerce website for information about events like the Sonoran Shindig Festival, Fiddlers’ Contest, a TriNational Symposium, Tucson Symphony Orchestra concerts, art exhibits and more. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound. Clean air and wide-open spaces make Ajo a great place to launch hiking and biking expeditions. In fact, a Mountain Biking Tour map will Plants among boulders “Rare elephant trees soon be available at the Visitor Center in the Plaza. Or if you just with ocotillo” want to take it easy, you can sit almost anywhere and soak in the growing a variety of species. It also has plants, wildlife and mountains. very comfortable year round weather for It is no wonder that you hear people people. Based on firsthand experience, in Ajo use the expression, “just another I think Ajo is comparable for both life beautiful day in paradise.” The plants forms. The big difference is five million agree! people vs. 4,000 people and only one stop light. Some residents have said they chose Ajo by looking at the Weather Channel temperature map. It is not unusual to see Ajo included in one of the only yellow areas (60’s to 70’s) while the rest of the U.S. is covered in blue and purple (freezing). Besides the wonderful weather, Ajo offers a much lower stress lifestyle. It may sound cliché, but it really is true that you seldom go anywhere without someone waving or saying hello. And there are a wide variety of recreational and Organ Pipe cacti. An Organ Pipe trio cultural activities to keep life



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By Barb Mumaugh

Happy spring! Did we have a winter? If so, we missed it here at the shelter. But we can tell it’s getting hotter and the days are getting longer. Summer will be here soon. The hot summer months are the hardest for us. Donations drop to almost nothing. If you have ever thought about stopping in to drop off some donations or see our facility, please do so! Barb is always there to greet you with a smile and show you around. We need to stock up on dog food, money and shelter supplies now to carry us through the hot summer months. Look for the big yellow signs on the side of the road as you drive into or out of Peñasco on Highway 8. We are on the west side of the road, a short drive down the dirt road. Look for the house with all the dogs.

Also, if you know of a vet or vet tech that could donate time or supplies to help us keep the dogs in our care healthy please have them contact Barb. We have a great new clinic onsite. We just need a few vets or techs to volunteer some time. Even if it’s for a few hours the dogs would really appreciate it! We also have some great puppies and dogs of all sizes that need forever homes. Stop in and spend some time with us. Not ready to adopt? Consider fostering a dog to give it a break from the shelter and help it find it’s forever home.

Someone asked us the other day why we help the stray dogs in Peñasco. We replied, “Why not?” If you want to see things change, let’s change them. Together we are stronger! All donations are welcome. Please help us save as many dogs as possible. You can make an online donation on our website or Facebook page. You can also stop out to the shelter we are located north of town on Highway 8, the main highway between Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta. When heading north out of town, Barb’s is located on the west (left) side of the road, about 2 ½ miles north of the Carbora turn off. Look for our bright yellow signs. In case we don’t say it enough, we are so thankful to The City of Peñasco for their help and support. We also wish to thank all the animal rescues in Peñasco. Please consider adopting one of our Mexico mutts. They make the best pets!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Alejandra… This Home is for You!

By Joe Houchin

13 year old María Alejandra has been carried almost constantly in the loving arms of her mother, Margarita (Maggie) Gama Núñez, since the age of two. Alejandra was severely disabled as a result of infant vaccinations that went terribly wrong. Since the tragedy, Maggie’s relentless dedication to providing the 24 hour care that Alejandra requires while pursuing every possible avenue of rehabilitation and medical treatment for her has been nothing short of heroic. Surviving on hope and faith that some form of medical innovation will improve the life of her daughter, Maggie has sought, and received assistance from DIF (the quasi-state government office of family assistance for needy and disabled citizens and families) for medications, rehabilitation and medical procedures for Alejandra. Maggie’s strength and determination have earned respect and admiration from everyone who knows her, including recent recognition from the Puerto Peñasco 21st Town Hall Municipal Institute of Women as one of the 14 Outstanding Women of the community. The award was presented by Puerto Peñasco First Lady, Rafaela Félix de Figueroa during the International Women’s Day activities in March. The First Lady also serves as the President and Director of DIF, and knows firsthand of the extraordinary perseverance exhibited by both Maggie and Alejandra. The award was one event in March that made it a month of highs and tentative lows for this brave mother and daughter team, which included a pivotal period that surely tested the stamina of both when complications required Alejandra to enter an Hermosillo hospital for brain surgery and two weeks of observation and recovery. After the operation, Maggie and Alejandra returned to abject poverty, sheltered in a makeshift shanty…and a surprise that would be the highest point in their lives thus far—thanks to the generosity of Families Helping Families (FHF) and the recommendation by First Lady Rafaela Félix de Figueroa and Mayor Gerardo Figueroa, mother and daughter were taken to their brand new home, completely furnished and

equipped. There were at least 40 people on hand, most of whom had some part in making this lifechanging dream a reality for these two deserving new tenants. Among those present were the Mayor of Caborca, Francisco Jimenez and his wife Leticia de Jimenez; active supporters of FHF, Rod and Diane Herbert; Ralph Pew, one of the original organizers and legal counsel of FHF; and local active supporter and business leader, Julio Valenzuela who presented Maggie with keys to the new home. Held tightly and lovingly in her mother’s arms, Alejandra (her head still bandaged from brain surgery) was able to produce a smile by sensing her mother’s glee and speechless gratitude for what was taking place in their lives. Clearly overwhelmed and even though she admitted having trouble finding the words, Maggies expression of gratitude shined brightly through her eyes, her smile, the color in her cheeks which were reflected in Alejandra as well. FHF has built and donated over 30 homes since coming together back in 2001 with a small group of families taking their Christmas week to come to Rocky Point and build a house to be donated to a needy family. We have written about them several times because of their miraculous ability to build and pay for these homes on a schedule that is hard to believe until one sees the photos, which we’ve published in previous blogs. (See:, and for more on the phenomenal feats of this organization. They had donated two homes the week before, while Maggie and Alejandra were in Hermosillo for the brain surgery, and all returned specifically to present the keys to Maggie on this special Sunday in March. Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta and his wife have supported Families Helping Families (FHF) since shortly after he took office. When they approached FHF about the possibility of donating a home to Maggie and Alejandra, FHF was very receptive to the suggestion and approved the application right away. A quote from novelist Philip Roth best wraps this blog up: “It’s best to give while your hand is still warm.”

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Lack of Space Forces Some to Miss High School Senior Level Education By Joe Houchin

José, a well-intentioned young student from the impoverished San Rafael Barrio in the far east of Puerto Peñasco is an example of how many students can get displaced in the over-crowded education system here. Up until the age of 15 when kids advance into the “secundaria” (secondary) and “preparatoria” (preparatory) levels of schooling, similar to junior and senior high school grades, space is tight but with a double shift everyday they all seem to get a desk at their school, at least through secundaria. However, at the most crucial point of their education, that point where they start working for the all Important preparatoria certificate of completion which will help get them into jobs with career potential, or at the very least, jobs enabling skill development that will earn them promotions and raises, frequently students find there is no room for them. All the desks are full. In some cases, even if there is room, this is the level at which students or their families must begin to pay for the schooling. There is a charge for books (100 pesos), and a charge for the 33 tests (55 pesos each) that qualify them for the needed certificate. You can see the Catch 22 scenario here. If there is no room in the schools it represents a seemingly insurmountable obstacle preventing a student to study and earn the certificate that even a convenience store chain requires of new hires. If the student is lucky enough to find a place in a preparatory level and his family can’t afford to pay the tuitions required, there is another Catch 22 on the horizon. Fortunately, there are some partial remedies for when overcrowding is an obstacle to completing the preparatoria certificate. The most effective alternative is the state sponsored Instituto Sonorense de Educación para Los Adultos (Sonoran Institute of Adult Education) located on Sonora in the building of the Confederación de Trabajadores de Mexico (Mexican Confederation of Workers). All together it is ISEA-CTM. This small arm of the state government accomplishes quite a bit of education for its size. It provides primary and secondary certificates at no charge to students, many of whom come in off the streets seeking to better themselves. The director, Technical Docent Rebeca Delgado Ramirez and a handful of teachers who work for what amounts to an honorarium, make themselves available to assist in the instruction of not only the primary and secondary students, but they also help the preparatory students with their “guide” books and the 33 tests necessary to complete the certificate requirements. ISEA-CTM performs another noteworthy and educationally redeeming function directed toward teaching local citizens who are members of some of the many indigenous tribes who do not speak or write Spanish. They speak only their tribal dialects, of which there are over 70 recognized in the country. This effort is provided at no cost to the indigenous students, all adults, who attend classes every Tuesday and Wednesday for two hours until they become proficient in both reading and writing. You may have had the occasion to interact with of these tribal members as they offered you jewelry or other products on the beach or elsewhere. If you attempted to speak Spanish with them and wondered why they didn’t respond to what you knew was perfectly

understandable use of the language, well, now you probably have the reason. They didn’t understand any Spanish, from you or anyone else. ISEA-CTM is working on that for us at the rate of about 30 students at a time. Their first class of this nature began last June with a group of Aztec descendants who spoke only their native Nahuatl. The school was determined to continue the classes until the students were able to speak and write Spanish to a working level, no matter how long the class would take. Good news is, they hope to have their first graduating class in March or April of this year, and will start their second group immediately thereafter. Back to the preparatory certificates, the second part of the Catch 22 for preparatory education, the part involving the nearly two thousand pesos for books and tests, is another challenge. Enter our good friends at Adopt-a-Classroom, Barb and Mark Olszewski, who have added ISEA-CTM to the list of 13 schools they help with donations of school supplies, furnishings such as air conditioners, white boards and desks to name just a few, physical repairs and fixtures and so many other services that seem to be in constant need by these organizations.

In the case of young José, Barb, who knew Jose’s family through her work with the non-profit Esperanza Para Nueva Vida Assistance Center, contacted her friends at the Playa Bonita RV Park social club, an informal, really hang-loose group of about 70 fun loving folks made up mainly of permanent residents of the park, but who welcome most anyone to participate in their very active calendar of games and dinners and other activities that include Bingo, Bunko, Bridge, Right, Left, Center, and a bunch of other fun things. There are no formal officers of this close-knit group, but for the last couple of years Will and Leslie Creaney have taken on the organizational duties and sent out the monthly email newsletter. As a result of the many activities, the PB Social Club raises a helpful amount of funds which they like to use to give back to the community. It happened that this year they were looking to help in the educational area and naturally got a hold of Barb with their intentions. Barb had just learned of José’s financial need to pursue his educational dream of helping his family in spite of not being able to find space in his high school to study for the preparatory certificate. PB Social Club offered the perfect solution and that project is well underway. By the way, if you’ve been looking for some fun activities around out little slice of paradise by the sea, you might want to send Leslie an email requesting to be put on her email list that includes the monthly calendar for the PB Social Club. Her address is lcreaney@yahoo. com, and if you’d like to help Adopt-a-Classroom in any way, please contact Barb at She’ll be glad to fill you in on their current needs for the schools.

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Mexico Energy Reform Could Bring $1.2 Trillion to Border Towns As Mexico moves to open its energy sector to international companies, the new investments and increased activity could mean a bonanza for border towns on both sides, attracting as much as $1.2 trillion in economic activity to the region in the next decade, according to a BBVA Compass economist. Investment in Mexican Eagle Ford Shale, increased pipeline development and improvements to the electric grid could help to transform border cities in Texas and Mexico, bringing millions of jobs and ancillary businesses, said BBVA Compass economist Marcial Nava in a webinar. The Birmingham, Ala.-based financial services firm, owned by Spanish bank BBVA, is one of the largest banks operating in Mexico and Texas.

2.5 million jobs

The Mexican energy reforms are a series of constitutional changes passed in December that ends the monopoly of Mexican oil company Pemex, and opens all segments of the energy sector to private firms. Mexico’s congress currently is debating the supporting rules that will provide key information on how the new policy will be implemented and regulated.

Oil boom

North America to drown in oil as Mexico ends monopoly. But while the details are still forthcoming, the investment and new projects expected to flow from these reforms could create 2.5 million jobs in Mexico by 2025, according to BBVA, opening the door to residents who had not had these opportunities before, particularly in northern Mexico. “More jobs in Mexico could potentially reduce illegal immigration,” Nava said, noting that a significant portion of the new jobs would be well-paid.

Mexico’s shale

The Mexican side of the Eagle Ford is to date largely unexplored. In 2012, the Mexican government only authorized the drilling of three shale oil and gas wells, a stark contrast to the 9,100 in the U.S. for the same time period, according to a report BBVA issued on Mexican energy reform opportunities.

The reforms will remove the limitations that prevented international investment from developing Mexican shale plays, especially in the Burgos Basin, which is the portion of the Eagle Ford Shale that extends into Mexico. This play could hold more than 300 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas, while Mexico’s other shale plays - the Sabinas, Tampico and Veracruz Basins are estimated to hold more than 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves.

Shale gas

While shale plays in northern Mexico are complicated by water access issues, infrastructure limitations and security concerns, Nava suggests that the wealth of the resources could draw some big players, especially if the implementing legislation currently being drafted permits contracts with sufficient incentives for international companies. “Companies familiar and experienced with the Eagle Ford such as EOG Resources, Chesapeake, and ConocoPhillips, have comparative advantages and could lead Mexico’s shale gas transformation,” Nava wrote in the BBVA report.

Importing gas

But while Mexico will be looking to increase its supply of natural gas, this could come through exploration or through increased pipeline infrastructure to the United States, Nava said. “Even if the country continues to import natural gas, it needs the infrastructure for that natural gas and to lower the prices to households,” Nava said. The United States is Mexico’s largest natural gas supplier, providing 80 percent of imports. More than 60 percent of the natural gas supplied comes from Texas through pipelines that link the Lone Star state with its southern neighbor, Nava said.

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Our Contributing writers...

Sandy Spain

Mike Bibb

Nancy Phelan

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

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

Gretchen Ellinger

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

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

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

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

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

Eddie Wharez

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

Lannette Phipps

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

Anita Kaltenbaugh

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

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

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

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



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New Owners Open Wine Shoppe, Concierge and General Store at the Sonoran Spa By Joe Houchin

down across the border is no longer necessary. After all Kip and Debbie do this every day. They even have a 4,000 square foot kitchen at Scottsdale Air Park they use to prepare and stock complete charters for visiting sports teams, entertainers, and a long list of aircraft owners whose requests are specific and sometimes, well, finicky.

If timing is everything, then Kip and Debbie Evans have it all with their new Rocky Point Wine Shoppe and Concierge, with an outside entrance on the east side of the Sonoran Spa lobby.

They bring a very special expertise to our little slice of paradise by the sea: For the last 15 years they have served the private jet owners in Scottsdale Air Park with full catering and personal shopping needs. The fact that they regularly serve celebrities, high government officials and royalty from around the world, has given them the widest range of service and shopping experience as possible in the industry.

What their unique specialty means to condominium owners and renters—and not just those located in the Sonoran Spa—is that there is now a proven system in place that allows you to arrive to a fully stocked condominium with the items you custom ordered. The hassle of last minute shopping and hauling goods

In addition to the concierge personal shopping aspect of their services, they stocked the small general store space with a totally updated inventory of items that Americans find difficult to locate south of the border. However, if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, the new owners will see that it becomes part of their inventory for you. They will take care of local shopping as well and are working to have their web site up and running shortly, which will be linked to the Rocky Point Reservations web site so visitors can submit their shopping list at the time they reserve a condominium unit.

connecting space to the store into a wine bar where guests can relax with friends, a bottle of wine selected on a price/quality basis from around the world, perhaps a nice cheese or snack plate. The Wine Shoppe is scheduled to open the middle of April and they plan to have wine tastings on the patio area of the Spa, on the beach and in conjunction with selected restaurants in Rocky Point. The general store has been operating since February, and the concierge shopping is also available at this time. There is a wide selection of wines in stock at the store. It’s best to stop in next time you’re driving by the Sonoran Spa and talk to their experienced and bilingual manager, Gontran (“Goni”) Denis who can answer all your questions. You can also call him at the store, which is open daily from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM at 638-382-8114. Keep in mind that if you are calling from a land line, there is no need to dial the 638 prefix.

Wine Shoppe?

You bet! This should be great news for many residents and visitors alike. Again, using their expertise, this time gained from many years of wine collecting and active memberships in seven wine tasting clubs in California, Kip and Debbie have converted a

In speaking with Kip and Debbie, it is clear that this is a timely endeavor by a couple with the exact experience it takes to make a visit to Rocky Point even more relaxing.

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Spicy Fish Cakes with Vietnamese Style Dressing

By Chef Mickey 2012 Iron Chef Winner!

Hi there, this is your friend Chef Mickey hoping everything is OK. As we are getting ready for the warm months and backyard meals, here is a fast and exquisite recipe.

Ingredients & Procedure • 1 cucumber, finely chopped • 1 red chile, seeded and finely chopped • ½ cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped • 500 g prawns, peeled, deveined and chopped • 250 g white fish, skinned, boned and chopped • 1 tablespoon green curry paste • 1 lime, juice • 2 tablespoons water • Salt and pepper to season • 2 tablespoons peanut oil • 2 red chiles (extra), seeded and finely chopped • 6 cloves garlic, crushed • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated • 1 teaspoon coarse salt • 4 tablespoons fish sauce • 4 tablespoons lime juice • 2 tablespoons water, extra Combine cucumber, chile, coriander, prawns, fish, curry paste, lime juice, water and seasoning and process in a blender to form a smooth paste. Form 32 small flat patties and fry with peanut oil until golden brown. Place extra chilies, garlic, ginger and salt in a mortar, grind into paste, add fish sauce, lime and extra water, mix well. Serve fish cakes with dressing drizzled over top. Don’t forget, we cater. Contact: 388-9500 • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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


Open daily 8AM - 8PM The Public is Welcome

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Please note that our Chamber of Commerce is not like

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



They have ambulance service and offer their services 24 hours a day. They work with local doctors and clinics to provide emergency care for patients with more serious injuries. They operate solely on donations, so please donate when you can. They are always in need of medical supplies, crutches, wheelchairs, etc. You may drop off donations at the Red Cross or at the office of the Rocky Point Times. The Red Cross can fill Portable Oxygen Tanks with prior notice.

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



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

Founder: Pastor Stan Tedrow Peñasco Christian Fellowship



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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



Monetary donations can be made in person, to the Red Cross people with their cans out when you see them in the street or you may deposit directly into their account: Banamex Acct# 7661161 SUC. 472 Located on Blvd. Fremont, across from the Fire Department (Bomberos) SERVICES ARE FREE OF CHARGE The Red Cross offers its services free of charge to the general public. They handle a number of minor injuries such as stings, bites, cuts, sprains, broken bones, etc.

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

Business Phone: 383-2266

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

GIUSEPPIS ESPRESSO – is now a drop off site for Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point. Giuseppis Espresso is located on Blvd. Fremont between Cruz Roja (Red Cross) and the STOP sign at Sinaloa, next to Black Dog Casino (01152-638) 383-5181. (#1-AAC) BARB’S DOG RESCUE – located 8 miles north of Rocky Point on the highway to Sonoyta, signs on both sides of highway. Also donation drop off point at Twin Dolphins Real Estate on Blvd Fremont, next to Cruz Roja (Red Cross). Mexico (011-521-638) 114-1659 or (044-638) 384-0113. From the US dial (602) 3247241. (#1-dg) SEARCHING FOR A GURU – or Spiritual Guide.CALL DR. VAZQUEZ (011-52-638) 383-3014. (#1-V)




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

SERVICES FOR AMERICANS – PPermanent and Temporary Residence, Tax ID Numbers (Hacienda Registration), accounting services, bill paying and more. Office location: Sun Valley Business and Immigration Service, Plaza del Sol, Local No. 8 (north side of Blvd. Fremont). Call local at 383-8891, from the U.S. dial (520) 829-4340 or email Bianeysvisa@ or English spoken. (#79-9)

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)

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

AMERICAN LEGION MX-15 OF ROCKY POINT – is located in the Mirador Beach area, just down from Manny’s Beach Club, up the hill behind Pink Cadillac, downstairs at Los Juanes Restaurant (#1-AL)

21’ ALUMINUM CABIN CRUISER – 3Fishing Boat. Older boat, but in good condition. Build for Ariz lakes & fishing in San Carlos, Mex. 125 HP Volvo in/ out board (with extra leg) Tandem trailer, galley, Bathroom, dresser, full boat cover. Current tags. $2,500 weekendflings@ 1-520-575-1165 Tucson (#34-6)



GALERIA DEL MAR BERMEJO – The finest in Authentic Mexican Art. Largest selection of Mata Ortiz Pottery & JewelryCertified Huichol Yarn Paintings by Artist, Juan Silva-Certified Bronze Sculpture by Felipe Chavez Hernandez-Certified unique jewelry of sterling silver and semiprecious stones featuring sponge and coral. Virgin Saints and Angels-Daniel EspinosaCharles Alpert-Mara La Madrid. Books, * Books, * Books (children’s bilingual, decorator, culinary and more). Located behind the church in Old Port. Open 7 days from 10AM to 5PM. MasterCard and Visa accepted. From the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-3488 (phone and fax), or email: GaleriadelMarBermejo@yahoo. com. (#9-1) BEAUTY SALONS GLORIAS BEAUTY SALON SINCE 1969! We do it all and we carry a full line of beauty supplies. Gloria’s Beauty Shop is located on Constitucion, just before Super Ley Market. Phone locally at 383-5075 or from the U.S. (011-52-638) 383-5075 for an appointment, ask for Gloria. English Spoken. (#25-13) PBC – PEÑASCO BEAUTY CENTER – ONLY AMERICAN SALON IN Rocky Point. Full line AVON Beauty Supplies. Hair, Nails, Facials, Manicures and Pedicures cell (044-638) 106-3611. On Constitucion, across from Super Ley. (#25-1)

LA COCINA de RAMON – Ave. Francisco González Bocanegra (638) 388-5362 (#50-1) COFFEE AND COFFEE HOUSES MAX’S CAFÉ: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, Dinner, Pizza, Full Espresso and Liquor Bar. Free Wireless Internet & Phone to the U.S. Located in front of Hotel Peñasco del Sol. Live Music Thur-Sun 8PM-11PM 3831011. (#56-5) BEST COFFEE IN TOWN – XOCHITLS CAFE (Sally’s place) in Cholla Bay. Not to mention awesome food! Breakfast 6AM2PM! You can’t beat her chiles rellenos and spinach omelet. Call to order ahead 382-5283. (#56-10) GIUSEPPIS ESPRESSO - RESTAURANT - PASTRY – inside or outside seating. Located on Blvd. Fremont, left side past Cruz Roja (Red Cross) Open at 8AM until 4PM on Mon, Tue & Thur. Friday &Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner 8AM - 8PM. Sunday 8AM - 2PM (Closed Wednesdays) (011-52-638) 383-5181 Leashed, well behaved dogs always welcome. (#56-6) DENTAL SERVICES WANT A DENTIST WHO USES THE latest in technology and equipment when getting your teeth cared for? Ernesto Grijalva, D.D.S. comes highly recommended by all of his patients – ask anyone of them! Stop by his office located on Blvd. Fremont, just south of the fire dept. or call Mario for an appointment (011-52-638) 383-3434. (#64-3)

FM2/FM3/RFC/HACIENDA/IMSS – If you don’t speak Spanish, or just want someone to help guide you through the process, call Silvia Villa at Premium Services at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1187 or sivife@hotmail. com. Translations from English to Spanish or Spanish to English also available – any document you need translated. Call Silvia whenever you need help with anything from bill paying to ordering flowers! (#79-1) FOR SALE TURN KEY FULLY FUCTIONAL ESPRESSO COFFEE CART – Ready to set up. Selfcontained with fridge, espresso machine, coffee grinder all included. Ask for Anita or Maria (011-52-638) 383-5181. (#86-2) FOR SALE – Cricut Imagine® inkjet printing machine, new, still in box... plus 2 Disney Pixar cartridges. (602) 618-8340 or (044-638) 3808233. (#86-9) AUTHENTIC GERMAN SAUSAGES – Walter’s Brats Sausages for sale everyday, come and taste it fresh from the BBQ Every Fri & Sat. 3PM-7PM. Corner of Blvd. Fremont & Nuevo Leon. (044-638) 110-4970. (#86-17) 2004 27ft. Cherokee travel trailer, $6,000. Stored at Playa Bonita. Floor plan complete description is posted at RP Times Newspaper Offices, Burrito Express, and Playa de Oro. Sandy (638) 109-4109 or Cris (638) 384-7541. (# 86-6) HOUSES & CONDOS FOR RENT LONG TERM & NIGHTLY RENTALS, Las Conchas, Mirador, In Town, Sandy Beach Homes and Condos. Starting at $150.00 USD per month. Twin Dolphins (011-52-638) 3833919, (602) 324-7241 (#100-4) PUERTA PRIVADA LONG TERM LEASE 2 OR 3 bdrm condos for long term lease only. Furnished or unfurnished available. Visit model on site 9am to 5pm daily for more info. (#10042) CHOLLA BAY – $525 mo. Bay views, 3bd, 2ba. Security shutters, 2 car garage. Washer/ Dryer, furnished. Tucson (520) 577-4834 Ken. Mex (044-638) 113-7326 Miguel. (#100-1)

LUXURY BEACHFRONT CONDO – 2.237 sq ft. 2 ocean view bedrooms, 2ba. For sale or trade. Can be two separate rentals. Furnished, ready to move in. Close to new airport. LLC Trust in place. For pictures and info go to www. Email (520) 9774388 (#102-1) INSURANCE SERVICES INSURANCE AND BONDING AGENCY – REAL estate - Mexican & American Insurance: Auto, boat, life, house, commercial. Yolanda Silva, Agent. Ave Nayarit #62. Call 383-6280. (#107-1) JEWELERS JOYERIA MAX – MAX’S JEWELTY - Custom design, repairs, diamonds and gemstones. Special orders are our specialty. Open 11AM – 9PM Monday through Saturdays. Shop located on the north side of No Reeleccion (Calle 26), just east of RR tracks. Lamek_fu@ Call Max (011-52-638) 3885512 and 383-2698. (#110-2) MASSAGE U.S.A. CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST. Several bodywork modalities available. Out calls or in clinic. $55 per hour. Best massage in town. Rita Pizarro, from U.S. dial (602) 748-4134, clinic (011-52-638) 383-8030, local dial 383-8030 or (044-638) 386-5203 or email (#120-6) PEST CONTROL CONTRA PLAGAS – COCKROACHES, Termites, mosquitoes, flies, bees, fire ants, fleas, scorpions, spiders, rats, ants, mice. We have our Federal License. English spoken. Call Antonio Mendivil, owner at 383-8787. 24 hour emergency phone dial (044-638) 380-5136. (#126-1) REAL ESTATE SERVICES TWIN DOLPHINS – Blvd. Fremont, next to Red Cross. Mexico (638) 383-3919 US (602) 324-7241. (#140-1)

REALTY EXECUTIVES – Jonni Francis at Paseo Las Glorias, across from Peñasco del Sol. Mexico (638) 382-5355 US (602) 334-4134. (#140-2) PUERTO PEÑASCO HOME INSPECTIONS. Be an intelligent investor: Get a home inspection before you buy your next home or investment property in Mexico. Puerto Peñasco’s only full time Home Inspector. Call (602) 748-4134, local dial (044-638) 110-4728 or email (#140-4) RV PARKS & SPACES PARK YOU RV RIGHT AT THE WATERS EDGE – in Rocky Point at Playa Bonita RV Park. Call toll free from USA (1-888) 232-8142. From Mexico (1-800) 426-6482 (#152-2) SERVICES PET SITTING SERVICE – DON’T WORRY about your animals for a day, week or month! Vacation with peace of mind. I will look after your cats or dogs. Lots of experience with animals! Phone Nancy at (011-52-638) 383-1012. (#15721) SATELLITE TV, DSS, DBS, FTA, C/ BAND – Home theater, internet, audio/ video, sales, service, custom installations, residential and commercial. Mobile (044638) 103-5317 Mex. VOIP (602) 635-2246 USA. ROCKY POINT HOME INSPECTIONS – Inspections by US inspector 25+years in Real Estate, Homes and Condos. Be a smart investor 602-538-0027 (#157-1) OJEDA DESIGNS & PAINTING – Interior, exterior, commercial, residential, drywall, roof cutting (impermeability), texture, varnish, stains, epoxy floors, faux finishes and wall repairs. We paint anything. Office (638) 383-5655 Cel (044-638) 107-0091. (#157-4) SHUTTLE SERVICE HEAD OUT TO ROCKY POINT – door to door shuttle service from Phoenix to Rocky Point. Group and one-way rates available. Wanna Go? Let Us Know! Email, phone in the U.S. (602) 971-0166 or U.S. Toll Free (866) 4432368. No waiting in border lines when you ride with us! (#158-3)

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I LOVE getting these articles. Great write-up of a very personal experience. Denise Roundy Yes, we love the stories and articles from Anita Kaltenbaugh. She has been a contributing writer with the Rocky Point Times Newspaper for quite a few years now. Will be there on Friday!! Rocky Point Power Weekend! Can’t wait! Tom Crawford Great newspaper. We are new owners of a place down there and love to see someone provide a media for the latest and greatest happenings. Will you send the paper to us in Tucson? Also, many years ago a cartoon map of Rocky Point was created. Any idea where I can get an updated map that shows the new restaurants, etc? Thank you, Rick Yes, of course. Welcome to Rocky Point. For your own subscription to be mailed to you in Tucson, just visit our www.rptimes. com Click on ‘Subscription’, to print the form to send with your check to POBox 887 Lukeville, AZ 85341. No more ‘crazy’ maps, sorry. Thanks! SandyO Make sure and stop by Barb’s Dog Rescue. She has lots of doggies that are waiting for forever homes. Very cute! Cindy Leonhardt

I was waiting to see if you were going to post this. I think people will feel more safe with these SOS posts on the main road...There are at least 3 that I saw, right? Liz Patze The new SOS stations along the Hwy leading down to Rocky Point are great, aren’t they. I will count them tomorrow when on Hwy 8, but there are a lot more than three. Hi Sandy, I would like to get a subscription to your paper and have it delivered by mail in the Phoenix, Arizona. Is that possible? If so, let me know what I need to do to get it going ASAP. Love the paper!! Thanks, Todd Jones, Vice President Desert Vista, Inc. Thank you for “loving our paper”!! I will ask Alicia to get you on the subscription list right now, so that you will start with your first paper for March. OK? Just give me your mail address now, and then put a check to me, Sandra O’Hare in the mail to POBox 887 Lukeville, AZ 85341...and you’re done! I am a long term traveler to Rocky Point. Ever since moving to Arizona in 1999 we have made RP our often destination. Last September 2013 I bought 4 wooden animals on the beach - they are lovely! One of the “cats” suddenly had a pile of sawdust behind it in a mound...we looked it over sprayed it with bug spray and glued over a hole that had appeared in it - all the other animals seem fine. Two weeks ago I was dusting… and another mound and another hole...!

Don’t want termites eating my furniture - is that what we have? How come just one of four is “infected” and what should I really be doing with the “cat”? Have you seen this before? Jill Ransome No, I have not seen or heard this EVER! If I were you, I would take the cat to my local pest control business, along with the sawdust) and ask them what they think??? That is weird!! Rocky Point Times Newspaper is my go to for RP News! Jill Ransome Thank you very much! What a nice compliment. Don’t forget our Facebook Page, with it’s up-to-the-minute posts about what’s going on in Puerto Peñasco. Good day Rocky Point friends! I’m hoping you can help me, can you tell me if there is a bike run

in May ? Patti Vasquez Yes, 6th Annual FIESTA BIKES en LA PLAYA BIKE RUN May 2-3-4-and 5 at Concha del Mar RV Park Rocky Point, Sonora Mexico We are the El Capitan in Flagstaff, hope to see you Rocky Point lovers up here at our place! El Capitan Next time we are up north, we will come by your restaurant!! Hi Alicia, You have no idea how super excited I am for this!!! Thank you so much!!! Jami Cordova Chino Valley, AZ We are excited for you that you WON our

give-away on our Facebook page! (Go to Rocky Point Times Newspaper on Facebook, and LIKE our Page to get all our posts about Rocky point) FYI. Banamex got new ATM machines that only read cards with a special chip in them. Won’t accept my card and wouldn’t accept the other American’s card there with me. Now Banorte WOULD accept mine. Don’t know if all Mexican banks are going to start doing this. When I called my bank to tell them, they said they weren’t going to be issuing cards with chips in them. Maybe just my bank. But could be a lot of frustrated Americans trying to use ATM machines. MK14 Thank you so much for the FYI. I will Post it right away, and ask Alicia to call the bank and find out what is going on. This is as unreal as not being able to turn left @ the Marlin Monument!! SandyO So my daughter’s books were released on Friday. You can find them on good reads or amazon. The first one is titled “Once Upon A Hero” author C N Bird co author with Samantha Holt and the final installment is titled ‘Pompeii” by C N Bird. They are tales of love throughout history. Look them up. Diana Lunn-Bird • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •


























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107. Writer Leon 108. Roman date 109. Checked out a joint, gansgerstyle 110. Genuflected 111. Transported DOWN 1. Weep 2. Bowfish genus 3. Venture 4. Enormous creature 5. __ longue (garden chair) 6. Advances 7. Playwright William __ 8. Compass pt. 9. Downspout decoration 10. Esoteric 11. Truck, in London 12. Dedicative verses 13. Formerly named 14. Japanese film monster 15. Absinthe kin 16. Mormon state 17. Wet blanket 18. Rigging support 28. Small or large, e.g. 30. Long periods of time 32. Personal hero 34. Suburban sights 35. Cancels 36. “Vamoose!” 37. Ruth’s mother-in-law 38. Actor Bean 39. Courting one 40. Boorish 41. Colander 42. Lower arm bones 43. Bold 45. Public meeting 46. Adds a column of figures 49. Wild Hogs

50. Eat greedily 51. As before 53. Dance movements 54. Sounds of geese 55. Blunts 57. Reveals 58. Rural deities of mythology 59. Self-assured 61. Goatlike sounds 62. Motorbike 63. Sharp Sound 64. __ Minh City (Saigon, now, 2 wds.) 65. Dined 66. Wild spree 67. Boston hoop team, for short 68. Malayan vessels 69. Makes money 70. Trembling 72. “Historia Naturalis” author 73. Does housework 76. Intermittent 77. Monster with lethal halitosis 78. Duckbill__ 80. Enjoys Aspen 81. Do roadwork 82. King of gin 84. Meters 85. Fell behind 86. Convincing 88. Medieval Italian poet 89. Phonic 90. Wise men 91. “My goodness!” 92. Inside information 93. Partiality 94. 7th-century monk historian 95. Soft mud 96. Related (to) 97. Political cartoonist Thomas 100. “…man__ mouse?” (2 wds.) 102. Move swiftly


ACROSS 1. Biting remark 5. Adhere 10. Beside 15. English bars 19. French girlfriend 20. Hair rinse 21. Cowboy exhibition 22. Up above 23. Genie’s grant 24. Rage 25. Statement of belief 26. FDR’s mom 27 Summer cottage site 29. Transmission parts 31. Stringed instrument 33. “Driving __ Daisy” 34. Crazy 35. Veni, __, vici 36. Nap 39. Singer Newton 40. “The New __” (Statue of Liberty poem) 44. Bill of fare 45. Feathered barnyard friends 46. Ornamental ruffled edge 47. Stevedore’s gp. 48. __ Hashanah 49. Pioneer Daniel 50. Dutch cheese 51. Hideouts 52. I love (Lat.) 53. Painful spots 54. Gansgters 55. Opera stars 56. Beast bested by Theseus 58. Strong point 59. Consciously coy 60. Salon Service 61. Loud explosions 62. Mare’s offspring 63. Sound from a baby chick 66. Accidental stroke of luck 67. Borrowed sums 72. Designs 73. Ships’ floors 74. Rooter’s yell 75. Play segments 76. Cuts lengthwise 77. Playground thug 78. Prefix for trooper or chute 79. Revolutionary Guevara 80. Gyrates 81. Sticky stuff 82. Crept 83. Jessica Lange’s firs film (2 wds.) 85. Endures 86. Stylish 87. Like meringue 88. Singer Mac 89. Beep 90. Mortal Gorgon 93. Brunch bread 94. Bête noire 98. In a state of awe 99. Acting 101. Actress Dunne 103. Rabbitlike mammal 104. Yawn 105. Angry 106. African nation












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Rocky Point Times May 2014  

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