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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 rockypointtimes@yahoo.com www.rptimes.com FACEBOOK See our Facebook Page at Rocky Point Times Newspaper CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Anita K., Barb Mumaug, Cap ‘n Greg, 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 www.RadicalGravity.com 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 Ah, October. I think, for the first time since I moved here in 1995, I will not be sad to see summer over. I am very much looking forward to cooler weather with little to no humidity. Ah, aging is nothing like fine wine. Mom (calling her Sandy seems weird) and I will be spending the first half of October in northern California celebrating my Grandpa’s 100th Birthday. I know Tom had written about him in some of his past Editorials and it all still holds true… he is truly an amazing man…and to reach 100 years old with such a great attitude and optimism and love for life and in such great shape gives me hope I have a lot of his genes. Happy Birthday Grandpa Phipps! October still marks our “season”, and the change in the weather brings lots of folks back to visit. It also brings all kinds of events and happenings. I’m sure Sandy already has her calendar lined up until after the New Year. I am going to list some events here (and always check the Events Page) that you might want to plan to attend, but you really need to get on our Facebook Page (Rocky Point Times Newspaper) and keep up with the latest because a monthly paper is all we can manage. One thing that I must mention, which did not happen this month was Boomerfest. I think they will certainly try again but on a smaller scale, and it will be great for Puerto Peñasco. The local American Legion Post MX 15 will be having a yard sale on October 11th so stop by and see what they have going on and get to cleaning out your garage and donate some

items for the fundraiser. Playa Bonita on Sandy Beach will host yet another Hobie Regata the same weekend. Cholla Bay always has a lot going on, like their Oktoberfiesta on the 11th at the Clubhouse and the Trash Bag Challenge 2014 on the 18th. Also on the 18th stop by the Mermaid’s Market Arts and Crafts showcasing local artisans at the Shrimp Plaza on Blvd. Fremont. And, of course, our bi-annual El Golfo Run starts on the morning of Friday, October 24th at the ‘Ranchito’ and commences with a Survivor’s Party on Sunday, October 26th (5PM) at the Puesta del Sol beach side patio at Playa Bonita. If you would like to join us, please email Alicia at rockypointtimes@yahoo. com or call the office – get in touch with Sandy on Facebook or at the office and get your name on this list. She makes reservations for the rooms in El Golfo de Santa Clara and keeps a head count to make sure no one is lost along the way. If you have a request for a hotel just let Alicia or Sandy know. Again, check the Events Page or get on Facebook to see the latest goings-on. As many of you may have heard, the Lukeville Post Office is in danger of closing. As of this writing they are in negotiations about their lease. Thank you to those of you who contacted the U.S. Postal Service and if you have not contacted GasTrak (the lease holder), please contact Sandy or Alicia for their information. It would really stink if we have to drive to Ajo to post and retrieve our mail. Great for Ajo, of course, but bad for people who cannot drive the distance to post a simple letter and probably not good for Lukeville either as we will

probably have not much reason to stop there if the post office is closed. The residents and visitors of Sonoyta also use the post office so it is not just our residents that we are concerned about. If it does close I will most likely have a box at the office where you can drop off your outgoing mail for free – like I did for 11 years when I had the mail service. I will have to go to Ajo for my mail so no reason I can’t take yours. Stay tuned. The Sonoyta Police are still radargun happy so please slow down when you are driving through Sonoyta. They have a tendency to pull you over even if you are not speeding so don’t let them intimidate you…make them take you to the police station to argue and/or pay the fine, if you were speeding. Really, who can go like 10 MPH through there? Ugh. Yes it is a time suckage, but the more of us that do it the more it will send a message that we are not cash cows waiting to be milked. Last year’s October Editorial was not a happy one. It has been a little over a year since our Editior, Tom O’Hare passed. Seems like it went so fast and so slow at the same time. Thank you everyone for all of your kind words and letters. I would especially like to thank Alicia Grajeda and Mario Zepeda who were not only there for us (and all of you) while Tom was sick, but continue to be the glue that holds the office and the paper together. They were so good to Tom and continue to be an awesome support system for my Mom. We thank you with our whole hearts and know that Tom loved you like his own. O’Hare will forever be the Editor of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper. Now go have a cerveza!


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

ALSO SEE OUR GENERAL INFO. PAGES FOR MORE INFO.

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

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

CALLING WITHIN MEXICO

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

LOCAL CELLULAR PHONES

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

CELL PHONES OUTSIDE OF PP

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

U.S. AREA CODES & VOIP LINES

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

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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 Aqua Grande Towing..................383-5770/(520) 232-2149 Arizona Realty...........................................520-387-8787 Art Stop & Plaza Gallery................................520-387-6858 Aztec Sol Beauty & Spa.............................383-3656 or................................................044-638-113-0133

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Babycatchers and Company.......................602-769-2615 Bacanora Grill............................................638-109-7235 Baja Autoservices........................................638-383-4925 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

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Canvas...........................................................638-383-1161 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 Colins Cantina.........................................................382-8020 Contra Plagas.......................383-8787/044-638-110-1625

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D’Lucy Spa.................383-1471/044-638-105-8993 DDS Fernandez.........................................383-8550 Del Mar Charters........................................383-2802 Dental Enciso............388-9100/044-638-105-3064 Desert Diamond Casino.............................866-DDC-WINS Dr. Andres Sidhartha Hindu P....388-5382/623-207-9275 Dr. Grijalva, D.D.S.................................................383-3434 Dr. Vazquez, M.D........................................383-3014 Dolce Vita Restaurant......................................383-7222 Don Julio Bar & Grill......................................388-0056 Duke’s Restaurant-Bar.......................044-638-104-0338 or...................................................044-638-380-6650

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Ecofun Rentals.................................................388-9699 Eddie Wharez............................383-8633/602-324-9328 El Grecos Gyros................................044-638-112-9692 El Rapidin......................................................388-6775

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Family of God................................................383-3480 Five Senses Spa..........................................638-112-1652 Fortaleza del Sol.......................................044-638-110-9519 Francis, Jonni.......................................044-638-112-1197

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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 German Osorio Design & Build Studio........520-303-6188 Gift Shop & Gallery................................520-387-6858 Gila Bend Title and Registration Services..928-683-2577 Giuseppi’s Espresso.......................................383-5181 Glorias Beauty Salon....................................383-5075 Golf Course at the Mayan Palace..................383-GOLF G ra c i d a , Ro b e r to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2 0 - 2 3 2 - 2 1 6 5 or......................................0 1 1 - 5 2 - 6 2 2 - 2 2 6 - 2 2 0 0 Gretchen Ellinger...............383-1425/602-317-3881 or......................................................044-638-384-0458 Guardian Title and Escrow...............044-638-386-1445 or...............................................................623-910-2930

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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 Healthy Kitchen.......................638 1127837/638-383 8393 Hidrogas (antes Tomza Gas).............................383-5650 Hotel Viña del Mar.............................383-0100 or...............................................................602-606-7768 U.S. Toll Free................................01-800-560-2123

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

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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

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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

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

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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

Q&R

Realty Executives..................383-4699/602-334-4134 Regatta’s Sports Bar...................................638-107-2192 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

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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 Satellite Services....................................638-103-5317 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 Sun n’ Fun............................................................383-5450

Sushi Sun Restaurant..............................................383-2772 Swann Ophthalmology......................................520-204-1347

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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 Towing Aqua Grande.........(638) 383-5770 / (520) 232-2149 Turati Optical.................................................383-4645 Twin Dolphins Real Estate and Rentals.........383-3919 or..........................................................602-324-7241 T&T International Law Group.........................602-465-6556

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

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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 Yummy Salads.......................................044-638-113-8822 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

066 for EMERGENCIES

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 www.hotelbaja.net Email bajahotel@gmail.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Bella Vista Condo US dial (775) 287-3830 Email julwitnan@aol.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Casa de Carolina Campeche in El Mirador US dial (602) 412-3565 Local Phone (011-52-638) 383-5482 Email cdecpp@prodigy.net.mx Mail: PO Box 589, Lukeville, AZ 85341 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hotel 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 www.vinadelmarhotel.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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 www.seasidemexico.com Email seasidebhremails@gmail.com

VETERINARY CARE

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

Servicios Medicos Veterinarios 383-3344 (2 Locations) Blvd. Sonora & Galeana (west of Josefa) Calle 26 (near RR tracks)


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EVENTS CALENDAR OCTOBER 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. 54). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish) (See Pg. 54). 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. 54). 11AM – Horseshoe Tournament at the Pithaya in El Mirador. 3PM Shooter Bingo at Playa Bonita RV Park Social Club. $6.00 for 6 games with money payouts for each game. After each game, a shooter number is called, if you have this number you get a “shooter” of tequila or ?? Join us each Wednesday in our air conditioned club house. 5PM – AA meets (Spanish). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish) (See Pg. 54). PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more. 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. PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more. FRIDAYS 8AM Alcoholics Anonymous “Freebirds” newcomers/book study meeting. Call 382-5001 for more info (See Pg. 54). 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) 1093766 or email mmdonnadonna@aol.com for more info. 5PM ALANON PASSPOR CLUB 6:00 pm. Latin Dance Lessons at Peñasco Fitness Center (044-638) 106-3619 or email penascofitness@gmail.com. PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more. 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. 54). Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. PINK CADILLAC - swim up bar, open Wed. thru Sun. 2PM till close. Burgers, pizza and more. SUNDAYS 9AM Non-Denominational Worship Services with Family of God. Located on Blvd. Costera N 2000A. Everyone welcome. Church Office: 383-3480. 9AM Alcoholics Anonymous Meets (English) (See Pg. 54). 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) (See Pg. 54).

3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac. Church Service at 10:00AM Bilingual Service with Peñasco Christian Fellowship located 1 blk east of Josefa Ortiz de D. on Melchor Ocampo. Experience worship with both American & Mexican Christians! Phone: (011-52-638) 383-4513.

CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE LATEST EVENTS! Saturday 4th • OTL - Sponsored by the Baja Cantina & Hotel. Friday 10th • American Legion Post 15 Mexico - community sale Saturday and Sunday (October 10-11). Located in Mirador behind Pink Cadillac. • Angler of the Year Phase III at Cholla Bay • Hobie Regatta at Playa Bonita Oct 10-11 • Rocky Point Challenge – Fleet 42 at Playa Bonita RV Saturday 11th • American Legion Post 15 Mexico - community sale Saturday and Sunday (October 10-11). Located in Mirador behind Pink Cadillac. • Angler of the Year Phase III at Cholla Bay • Hobie Regatta at Playa Bonita Oct 10-11 • OBSC - Oktoberfiesta 6Pm at the Club House in Cholla Bay • Rocky Point Challenge – Fleet 42 at Playa Bonita RV Sunday 12th • Angler of the Year Phase III at Cholla Bay • Rocky Point Challenge – Fleet 42 at Playa Bonita RV Tuesday 15th • El Grito-11PM Celebration at and around City Hall

NOVEMBER Saturday 1st • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10-3 (October thru April) Shrimp Plaza at Benito Juarez and Fremont. Sunday 2nd • Día de los Muertos Monday 3rd • 3rd Annual Fall Fashion Fiesta. Contact mexiconaomi@gmail.com Thursday 6th • 14th Annual Rocky Point Bike Rally. The largest motorcycle rally in Rocky Point. Friday 7th • 14th Annual Rocky Point Bike Rally. The largest motorcycle rally in Rocky Point. Saturday 8th • 14th Annual Rocky Point Bike Rally. The largest motorcycle rally in Rocky Point. Sunday 9th • 14th Annual Rocky Point Bike Rally. The largest motorcycle rally in Rocky Point. Tuesday 11th • Veteran’s Day

Saturday 18th • 8:00am - 10:30am Cholla Bay Trash Bag Challenge 2014 at Cholla Bay, Mexico • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10-3 (October thru April) Shrimp Plaza at Benito Juarez and Fremont. • Rocky Point Medical Clinics Serving the Adults & Children of Puerto Peñasco Location to be announced. Contact susiestavros@aol.com or (602) 524-1173

Saturday 15th • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10-3 (October thru April) Shrimp Plaza at Benito Juarez and Fremont. • Rocky Point Medical Clinics Serving the Adults & Children of Puerto Peñasco at Baseball Stadium from 2pm - 8pm. Contact susiestavros@ aol.com or (602) 524-1173

Friday 24th • 37th Bi-Annual Rocky Point Times Newspaper 3 Day/2 Night 4x4 El Golfo Run, email for reservations, ask for Alicia www. rockypointtimes@yahoo.com • SADR Cholla 250 Desert Race at Cholla Bay

Thursday 27th • Happy Thanksgiving

Saturday 25th • 37th Bi-Annual Rocky Point Times Newspaper 3 Day/2 Night 4x4 El Golfo Run, email for reservations, ask for Alicia www. rockypointtimes@yahoo.com. • Dirty Beach Mud Run at Rocky Point Speedway (in front of Wrecked at Reef) on Sandy Beach. • Legends of Volleyball – OTP Beach Volleyball. • One Club Open Golf Tournament at JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay. • SADR Cholla 250 Desert Race at Cholla Bay. Sunday 26th • Angler of the Year Phase III at C. • 37th Bi-Annual Rocky Point Times Newspaper 3 Day/2 Night 4x4 El Golfo Run, email for reservations, ask for Alicia www. rockypointtimes@yahoo.com. • Legends of Volleyball – OTP Beach Volleyball Friday 31st • Happy Halloween

Monday 17th • Revolución Mexicana

DECEMBER Saturday 6th • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10-3 (October thru April) Shrimp Plaza at Benito Juarez and Fremont. • Rocky Point Medical Clinics Serving the Adults & Children of Puerto Peñasco Location to be announced. Contact susiestavros@aol.com or (602) 524-1173 Friday 12th • Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe Saturday 20th • MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10-3 (October thru April) Shrimp Plaza at Benito Juarez and Fremont. Wednesday 24th • Christmas Eve Thursday 25th • Christmas Saturday 29th • OBSC 2ND Annual Off Road Poker Run in Cholla Bay


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2 FISH Ministry

Who is he? One of the many men just going thru life. It is not exactly known why he’s lost in his thoughts, people set him apart because of his humble garments. Most of the time his clothes are dirty, he’s lost the will to live, and people go out of his way because they see him as being dangerous.

He makes a living cleaning windshields and always has a smile to give you, despite the sadness locked in his heart. His name is Panchito, he attends the Two Fish site every day to receive a plate of food. At times you can see how grateful he is to God for taking care of him. May God bless your life and all the people that we serve. Your donations make this beautiful labor possible.

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

“La Silenciosa” and I, our story

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

Thank you again for your continued business throughout the year. We just had our annual sale in September with great discounts (40 and 50% off) to show you how much we appreciate your patronizing us for all these years! This time I would love to tell you the story of the picture for the ad this month, I would like to talk about how I became the owner of such a wonderful work painted by Guillermo Munro Colosio better known as Memuco. Keeping myself busy is something I enjoy very much, however it sometimes keeps me from writing about some awesome events I’ve witnessed, take for example last year’s art exhibit called: Rise against extinction by Memuco. Last year Memuco, a brilliant-PuertoPeñasco son, brought from China where he lives some of his best works of art, all of them painted over recycled materials such as card boxes or pieces of wood. He also showed his work in L.A., San Diego and Hermosillo. When you look at my photo on the current ad you notice in the painting behind me there is a woman, her name is “La Silenciosa” or “The Silent One” in English. She is the creation of Memuco and according to him she is the daughter of the well-known Catrina and the Nahual (an aztec deity with the ability to take both animal and human form). The Silent One travels the world giving comfort to the endangered animals,

she doesn’t talk to humans but she has the power to talk to, and understand animals. She is mostly portrayed as she is, crying for a species about to be extinct. I had never met Memuco in person but I am very close to his father Don Guillermo Munro Palacio, a very well-known writer, painter, actor and artist himself, so it was during last year’s exhibit I had the privilege to say hi to him in person and give him the Eddie Award he had obtained according to the judges during our prior contest to recognize the outstanding performance of local artists. He let all the audience see how he, for a couple of hours, executed his work of transforming a humble piece of old wood into a great creation where “La Silenciosa” would mourn for the vulnerable koala. The night was intense and busy, friends of Memuco who hadn’t seen him for years since he’s lived abroad for many years came to say, “Hi”, and at the end of the night this work of art was raffled off among the guest. Guess who was the winner of the night? Yes! I was very excited I could hardly believe my ears when the said my name! I must confess that night I wasn’t feeling at my best, I went because that was something very special I couldn’t miss but I remember that night coming back home how I felt much better with a deep sense of gratitude. “La Silenciosa” was for a brief time at Diseños Casa y Jardín but now it is where I will enjoy her the most: my home. This month has really been hectic, I have taught two different classes, made a trip to Hermosillo to receive a special certification given to language teachers of French and English and I was surprised to learn when I got there that I was being the first professor in the State of Sonora to receive such a recognition! Bacanora Grill has been growing with happy customers and of course we are more than happy and we are fully committed to make your visit a great culinary experience. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and don’t forget that during that weekend the store goes at 25% off. There are more things to talk about but lines and time are limited so until next month we’ll continue to talk.

Please visit our gallery on Rodeo Drive (see ad) feel free to ask any questions and who knows we may have what you are after, regardless you are going to be pleasantly surprised! Reach me at: eddiewharez@yahoo.com or visit us online at www.eddiewharez.com.


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Puerta Privada...A Must See Property!!!

t all began in 1994 with the first hi-rise development in town, Plaza Las Glorias Hotel & Condos (now Peñasco del Sol & Condominiums Pinacate). After that, it was Princesa de Peñasco in 1998, Sonoran Spa in 2000, and Sonoran Sea in 2002. Miguel Guevara was the Project Director and Mary Snyder the Sales Director, for these 4 resorts. They were all completed, sold out, turned over to the homeowners, and are currently managed and rented as some of Peñasco’s favorites.

With 7 additional rental properties popping up on Sandy Beach, the Guevara/Snyder development team decided the town was ready for a unique project that did not allow rentals. So in 2004, Guevara joint ventured with Carlos Saenz, who owned and operated Palmar RV Park for many years. In 2005, the RV park came down, with constuction and sales beginning for Puerta Privada. The project was sold out, completed and delivered by 2007. Combining past experience, reputation, and proven track record, Puerta Privada continues to be the leader in setting the standard for quality construction, design, and finishes. The project consists of two towers that run directly parallel to the water, providing 180 degree views of the ocean to the south, and golf course views to the north, from every single condo. They are quite spacious with the 2 bedroom units just under 2000 sq ft and the 3 bedroom units at 2750 sq ft. Marble floors, beveled cut glass, granite countertops, reverse osmosis water/ice, stainless appliances and dual pane windows are just some of the features that come standard in all of the units. The common areas include 2 negative edge pools, one heated and the other Olympic lap length, 2 hot tubs, underground parking, pet park, basketball, and lighted tennis court. The 3 story amenity building, fabulously detailed with carved cantera stone, features a state of the art fitness center (with resident personal trainer), a game room loaded with air hockey, pool table, shuffleboard, foos ball, darts, and touch screen video game computers.

The top floor clubhouse is beautifully furnished with full kitchen and bar areas, plasma TV’s, BBQ’s poker tables and fireplace. This is where the true heart of Puerta Privada begins. It’s not just a project but a home away from home, with a family feel. Most of the owners have condos in other developments, or businesses in town. Why do they prefer Privada? Due to the non rental policy, (long term leases ARE allowed), there is such a community atmosphere, since everyone knows their neighbor, and they are all there for the same reason. Every month there are events, golf or tennis tournaments, art shows, holiday parties with bands, etc. Or the last minute, everyonebring-somethingto-share, get togethers at the pool or clubhouse. Many of the owners have said that they have made some of the best friendships here, which will last a lifetime. Almost all of the current HOA board members, including the president and resort administrator, have served on other boards in Peñasco. This experience, coupled with the lack of rental, which causes wear and tear, allows Puerta Privada to maintain some the lowest HOA monthly fees on the beach.

This unique project has it all…quality, reputation, privacy and, in today’s market, the opportunity to take advantage of some terrific, resale opportunities. Visit the “Privada Lifestyle” and experience it for yourself. You’ll be glad you did!! For pressure free information, the furnished model on Sandy Beach is open 7 days a week, 9AM-5PM or checkout the website at www.PuertaPrivada.com.


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No time for questions this month. Cap’n Greg has big news to report. No, I haven’t married a super model. The old model is just fine. And I haven’t decided to run for office yet, as I’m still laughing my tail off at the crowd of goobers who made a circus of the recent primaries. But let’s get back to Rocky Point.

incorrectly while converting meters to something you can understand.) Scientists from the UA, ASU and NAU have spent countless hours discussing the project at the Playa Bonita bar. With a few more visits they will have figured out why hot sauce and lime juice make the shrimp cocktail taste so yummy.

A monstrous wind charger has been erected that will generate much needed electricity for the area. After numerous studies (that perhaps involved tequila shooters) the company installed just one wind charger. The reason is that there is not enough wind in Rocky Point for more. In fact, most of the wind was so scared of that big damn propeller thing it decided it didn’t want to blow here and went to Yuma.

So, dear readers, huge developments are happening here, and I will pass along more breaking news as it becomes available. In the meantime, my super model says the enchiladas are ready. Until next time, vaya con cerveza.

On another front, a group of scientists is planning to harness the incredible power of the tides. If you are not aware, Rocky Point has some of the most extreme tide movement on the planet. At certain times of lunar activity, it’s not unusual to see the tide rise and fall as much as 7 meters. (Or 375 feet, if you use your calculator

Got a ? for Cap’n Greg? Email to rockypointtimes@yahoo.com or send to RPTimes: PO Box 887, Lukeville, AZ 85341


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

October has arrived!! Let’s hope we have a long, cool winter. It was 13 years ago that we started the Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point – how time flies!! It is heavy physical work and my back started giving me problems a few years ago. I checked on alternatives and decided to try the Epideral injections and they worked for me. My back is fine and I am pain free. For all my friends please know that my health is great and I am being very careful lifting anything heavy. Daniel does all the heavy lifting here at the center – thanks Daniel. When we started the center in 2001 there was one veterinarian in town, no clinics (other than the clinics that we had at the center). There was no place for the dogs, and Mange was rampant. Many of you know the trials and tribulations that we have endured. You can read the entire story on our web page – www.rpaac.org. The city now hold free clinics for the poor, several times a year and several new rescue groups have started over the last couple of years. There are new laws that protect the animals, including a leash law. The city does low cost spay/neuters (200 pesos) and there are many local veterinarians in town. There were only two of us doing rescue work until a few years ago – AACORP and Graciela who has a Mexican non-profit Corporation. AACORP is a 501©3 non-profit Corporation and your donations are a tax deduction. Thank you to everyone who helps and cares for the animals in Rocky Point.

Trixie is one of three kittens that were abandoned in Cholla Bay and taken in by

AACORP. I have been bottle feeding them now for 4 weeks and they are now healthy and ready for adoption. Pictured is Trixie. She is missing ½ of her left rear leg due to a birth defect. She manages just fine and is as playful as her siblings. Also pictured is Tiny who lives up to her name and may weigh 3 pounds. She looks like a Terrier mix and was found in Las Conchas at the round-about. She has been here now for 6 weeks and is a couch potato. She gets along with other dogs, cats and plays with the kittens. She needs to be spayed and then will be ready for adoption.

We are planning a spay clinic this fall in Cholla Bay for the many animals in Cholla. Please contact Nancy at 383-1012 or Sally at Xochita’s restaurant with a list of animals to be fixed. We need to plan the number of veterinarians that will be volunteering their time. We are in need of Purina kitten dry and Friskies Pate canned food. Please help if you can. We have drop off sites in Phoenix .Call Nancy for locations. www.rpaac.org Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012 Phoenix (602) 412-3932 Tucson (520) 407-6594 AACORP INC 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt nancy_phelan@yahoo.com nancy@rpaac.org AACORP PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341

Let’s get wet…11 ways to play in the water in October

By Anita Kaltenbaugh

Mexico in October is a glorious month. The weather is just oh-so perfect, and the stifling heat of the high summer temperatures are blown away to the sea. Schools close for a week, and those traveling to Rocky Point don’t have to think of sweaters and bonfires for Fall Break--no they can travel down to the Sea of Cortez and still create one last week of summer beach memories-- in the middle of October! The weather in October mimics a perfect summer day without the humidity or soaring temperatures and the water, let’s talk about the water…the water is incredible. Perfect temperature, perfect color, perfect waves. It beckons you, sparkling in the sunshine, shiny with diamonds, rocking a lullaby, whispering, “Come in closer”. And you know what? We should get close to the water especially this month. Go run, jump and splash in it before the chilly waters chase us away with a shriek and goosebumps on our skin. October is gorgeous water time and for that very one reason, if only for that one out of many…we should get out and play in the water this month. 11 ways to play in the water in October 1. Go body surfing or boogie boarding. In the Sea of Cortez, we have little waves (the majority of the time) which make it ideal to float along and glide with the water. 2. Get out on the water. Eco fun is offering day trips to Bird Island. If you have never experienced this trip-(Yes it is a big white rock, with sea lions frolicking about and don’t ask why it’s white)-- it’s time you have. Bring your camera for photos of the big brown eyed sea lions batting their eyelashes and the pod of dolphins that may swim next to you on the trip. On a beautiful day, it is a great adventure. Eco fun leaves in the morning stops to snorkel, and their passengers enjoy the day. 3. Take a voyage on a Pirate ship. Well, what are you waiting for matey? You are at the sea, right? This family friendly masted ship, “Rey Del Mar” is a fun cruise for all ages. A little rock and roll, mariachi music and fireworks help create a fun and lively cruise. Tickets sold next to Balboa’s Restaurant at the Marina.

Hide message history. 4. Kayak. Several places in town offer Kayak rentals and a few location options exist. Those who like a little bump, little waves can go out directly from Sandy Beach or for a little calmer ride, try Cholla Bay or the estuaries by Las Conchas. 5. SUP it up. SUP stands for Stand Up Paddle board --if you haven’t tried it yet picture a big wide flat surfboard, with you standing balanced perfectly using oars to keep you going. On busy weekends, you can find rentals out front of the condo’s on Sandy Beach. 6. Bounce on a Banana boat. If you are sitting on the beach, balcony or driving by Sandy Beach, you are sure to see a Panga pulling along a yellow banana. Listen closely, you can hear the shouts of laughter bounce off the water as well as the riders bouncing up and down on a banana. 7. Take a ride on a jet ski. For those that like a little speed and motors, rentals are set up along the shore line. 8. Hire out a panga or other fishing vessel and go fishing for the day. On the left-hand side of the road before you get to Old Port you will see boats for hire. Seafari also gives fishing tours and other tours on the water. 9. Grab a few rafts and go out to Cholla Bay and float around for the day. Pull up in front of J.J’s have some food or a few libations and just enjoy the bay that never gets much deeper than 6 ft. 10. Fly like an eagle, try Parasailing. Not necessarily for those afraid of heights, but you start slowly in the water and get pulled up to the sky soaring above the big beautiful mesmerizing Sea of Cortez. 11. Learn a water sport, if Rocky Point is a regular holiday for you, why not take a Kite Boarding, Hobie Cat or sailboat lesson and learn to glide atop the water. Once you are on it, you can always jump in it! Whatever floats your boat when it comes to playing in the water, take advantage of it this month! Get wet! Being on a boat that’s moving through the water, it’s so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what’s important and what’s not. James Taylor A note on Boomer Fest Days: The event was canceled due to low ticket sales. However, it is important to remember, a tremendous effort was made to create such an event here in Rocky Point. We have to remember for those of us who want events like this to happen we have to support future festivals and believe in them. Without the support from Rocky Point locals, lovers and consumers an event of this magnitude will never happen.

Anita Kaltenbaugh is the Mexico travel examiner at examiner.com and author of the book “Travel Secrets- Insider guide to planning, affording and taking more vacations” available at Amazon.com. Photos by marcia Brockmeyer.


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Equine Therapy Event November 13

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Random Act of Kindness by a Sonoran Resorts Resident Meant the World to a Cancer Victim

By Rita Pizarro

Rocky Point is home to many interesting people and some beautiful families. I have the pleasure to know one of these families: The Perez family, headed by a lovely couple of Attorneys: Aaron Armando Perez Nuñez and Claudia Lugo Gamez de Perez, both of them practice law in Rocky Point and both share their love for children and horses. They share huge generous hearts and that has led them to provide Equine Therapies to children in need. Claudia and Aaron have 5 beautiful children: Aaron Armando (20), Ariadna Adanary (18), Twins Arlynee Alondra and Abraham Antonio (14) and the little one Arleth Aydenisse (6). The older sons and daughters are a great help for their loving parents with the equine therapies. Equine therapy introduces the horse as a natural healing element, the relationship formed between the patients, the horse and the therapist helps rehabilitate physical, social and psychological problems. Following instructions such as raising arms high, to the sides, in front, turn your head etc. may be simple for some but it gets harder on top of a horse and even harder if you have Down Syndrome or Autism, etc. This is one of the reasons why therapeutic horseback riding helps reduce symptoms of some disabilities by helping with motor skills and coordination. Also, overcoming the fear of a large animal such as a horse and learning to control it and have it follow their nonverbal cues gives them confidence in their ability to achieve certain things. For more than 10 years Claudia and Aaron have been helping friends and acquaintances with their special needs children by giving equine therapy sessions. Over time they have made a great commitment to the community and become an organization dedicated to providing Equine Therapies to children with special needs. Just this January of 2014 they finalized the details and made this a formal charity by forming “Asociacion Civil Corceles del Desierto de Sonora” dedicated for children of low income families. So far they have a few volunteers and many expenses such as horse food, horse shoes, employees to take care of the horses and equipment such as saddles, halters, horse fencing and in the future as funding arrives they are hoping

for horse shades to protect their equine friends from the harsh desert sun. Since it is a new organization they still lack the proper infrastructure but they have already built the horse arena, a ramp for wheelchairs so children can mount the horses from that ramp and basic horse corrals, as donations come in they will improve the infrastructure. Equine Therapy is very helpful in rehabilitating children with physical, cognitive, emotional and academic special needs such as: Cerebral Palsy, Ataxia, Autism, Down syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy and many more physical and psychological debilitating diseases. When applied by a well-educated equine therapist, assisted horseback riding can help the patient with motor or psychic disabilities. It helps not only with motor coordination but also with psychological development, with an ultimate goal of providing a better quality life for the patient. Claudia was generous enough to share with me one example of the benefits that they have accomplished with the equine program in one little 8 year old girl named is Karime Sandoval Valle. She has a very rare disease called Cri-du-chat Syndrome, this is a very rare syndrome affecting only one in 50,000 newborns, one of the symptoms can be aggression towards themselves and the people closest to them, therefore most of them need to be medicated. Karime has been in therapy for 6 months and her Mom reports great progress, as she is more relaxed and has been able to stop the medication. She is also starting to obey simple instructions such as, “Get your shoes and put them on.” Her walk has improved and she is understanding better and paying attention when someone is talking to her. These are some of the improvements reported by her mom, Glinelda, who is very happy and shows up every Thursday for Karime’s therapy session. In total the cost of the therapy per child is $160US per month. Right now there are 12 children receiving the therapy, the families of these children have significant burdens on providing care for the children. “Asociacion Civil Corceles del Desierto” strives to provide with free therapeutic horseback riding so the cost is not another burden on the families of these children. The current recipients have been sponsored by local businesses. Some sponsor only half of the therapy cost. However, there are 8 children on the waiting list hoping to get sponsorships, the donations are tax deductible and a receipt can be issued by the Association.

With their busy attorney schedule and as two working parents they are very dedicated and making a huge effort donating their time and their children’s time to this worthwhile cause. They work as attorneys during the day and dedicate the afternoons to this cause, sometimes returning home very late. Aaron, Claudia and the girls went to Queretaro to obtain their certification as Equine Therapists, and took further education in the city of Guadalajara. They give classes for volunteers who want to help, right now they have two volunteers from “Cima,” a private school in town. The school is giving them extracurricular points for their community service and that is good motivation for the young students. Most of the children who receive equine therapy need 2 side walkers and a leading person so they can safely stay in the horse. Some of them need 4 people, one on the horse with them, another one leading the horse plus the two side walkers to keep the child safe and balanced. There is a lot of effort involved. Some gain enough balance to be able to do it on their own but it is a huge effort and requires a lot of time and people to be able to accomplish a day of therapies. After all the children are gone, the horses have many needs. Saddles need to be put away, horses need to be bathed, cleaned up, put away and fed, there are hoofs to take care of, veterinary bills etc. Let’s join them the 13th of November on a fund fundraiser. If you want to witness the actual therapy session, it starts at 5:00 PM and it’s open to the public. Session followed by fun raffles starting at 6:00 PM, including a weekend for a family of 4 to 5 in a known resort in town, and many more prizes and gift cards donated by local businesses. The price of the raffle ticket is $100 pesos or about $8 dollars. You don’t have to be present to win but, if you want to understand the program better, we encourage you to go. Several of the mothers will prepare Mexican food free of cost for those who buy raffle tickets. The event is located in the Rancho San Jose, property of José Pérez Barnett located on the way to Sonoyta exit on the sign “Ejido Agua Zarca” and follow that dirt road about 3 miles east until you find the ranch. Please join us for this event and if you can’t attend the date buy a raffle ticket to support the cause or better yet sponsor a child! For Information on Raffle tickets and sponsorship contact Claudia Directly: liclugogamez@hotmail.com.

By Joe Houching

There’s a saying credited to Dr. Seuss that goes, “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” Knowing Tony Ballesteros, our resident photographer and creative craftsman, it was purely an act of compassion for those who suffer that caused him to give one of his handmade seashell crosses to a couple he had known for less than an hour, so they could in turn give it to a dear friend of theirs in her final stages of cancer. Here is a letter from that couple, flowing with appreciation for his compassion. Nothing else need be said or written… Mr. Ballesteros, In June we spoke with you at the Mermaid Market. My husband was purchasing some photos of yours for a co-worker who was in the hospital with Stage 4 cancer. She (Dee) and her husband had been to Rocky Point many times; with hopes of retiring there someday. After sharing this information with you, you were gracious enough to give us a seashell cross to give her. Dee passed away last Saturday. Her funeral was today. We wanted you to know that in speaking with the family, we realized just how much that cross meant to her and wanted to share with you. Both her husband and brother asked us to pass their thanks to you. The cross was present at the services today next to her ashes. Her brother told us as soon as we gave her the cross, Dee had requested it be placed above her bedroom doorway so that she could see it daily. It brought her peace, and comfort. The pictures of Rocky Point we purchased from you, were placed in the hallway so she could see them from her bed. Please know how much your kindness meant to so many of us. It was an act that truly reflected the attitude of all of us who love Rocky Point so much. Although Dee was not able to make the final journey to Mexico she wanted to make; she was given a piece of Rocky Point that will remain next to her now. I have attached a picture from the service today. Her urn, the flag, and the cross. Representing what meant the most to Dee. Looking forward to seeing you soon, [Names withheld out of respect for not having permission to reprint this letter] This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group, www. sonoranresorts.mx, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing.


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Paradise in Portugal & Puerto Peñasco

By Mark Paliscak

In August, I took my now annual getaway vacation to Europe. I chose southern Portugal in the Algarve region… specifically the breathtaking resort city of Albufiera, Portugal. For those of you that have travelled to Europe from our area, you know that it is literally a day to get there. After a book, a movie, long conversations with new friends on the three flights to Albufiera, I finally arrived on August 14th. I have learned over the years to travel light and do laundry when necessary. Well, I had no idea what “travel light” meant until I arrived in Faro, Portugal which is the main airport for the Algarve. Upon arrival, I was the lone survivor waiting for my luggage… eh hem…My bag never arrived. What no clothes, shoes or gag sunglasses? What am I to do? “C’mon Marco, you have been through worse and this is just a hiccup”, I convinced myself. “Now you will surely blend in as you will most likely be forced to buy some authentic Portuguese attire”. So, off I went to the race-car minded taxi driver barreling down the freeways, streets and alleys doing his best impersonation of Steve Sells of Wrecked at Reef trying to capture the Baja to Rocky Point Championship Trophy. I held on and arrived at the hotel and found out that there was still no clue as to the whereabouts of my luggage. So, off I went to buy two essentials to start my trip…a swim suit and some flip flops. Thankfully, the North American version of a guy’s swimsuit was available and I humbly purchased some swim trunks with what else but the Portuguese flag! When in the Algarve!!! Now sensing that I can remotely fit in, I moseyed out to check out the pool and the grounds of the amazingly beautiful Porto Bay Resort. The resort sits on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic with blueish-turquoise waters and a much needed cool summer breeze. The staff was so friendly as I found all of the Portuguese to be…happy, kind people.

After some much needed rest and sun therapy, I showered up and headed out to the world-renowned night life of Albufiera. If you have never been before, just look up the videos posted on You Tube…incredible! My now favorite clothes in my whole life (I had to don once again my only black shorts and aqua polo shirt) were proudly going round #2 with a hefty splattering of cologne. I don’t exactly recall the taxi driver asking where I wanted to go, one whiff and bam I was off to THE STRIP. The Strip is a long avenue about a mile long packed on both sides with bars, restaurants and assorted shops totally jammed with revelers from around the world. The street closes off to cars after 8pm and becomes enveloped with people of all ages seeking a good time and fun. About half way down the avenue, I was drawn into PatchaClub. Alex, the beautiful bartender who grew up in Greece, was there to greet me with a smile and surprisingly perfect English. I watched as she made cocktails for patrons with such expertise and skill as she adorned each with a bevy of garnishments and yes, even sparklers! Paulo, was her male sidekick and counterpart that put on a 5 minute display of juggling bottles behind his back, over his head, through the air...a born entertainer! I was lucky enough to meet new friends over the week from Ireland, Italy, England, Greece, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic, Scotland, Wales, France and of course my great pals from Holland, Martijn, Gertjan and Ginger. Alex and Paulo were always so kind as well, they literally became family.

The beaches were beautiful but I longed for the softer sands and warmer waters of Rocky Point. We truly are blessed with our incredible beaches. Although the majority of the trip accomplished it’s goal…RELAXATION…I did decide to sign up for a Sunset Cruise which would have been more aptly named PARTY BOAT CENTRAL! I went down to the lobby and signed up for the cruise through the Porto Bay reservations and they sent a shuttle bus to drive me to the pier about 15 kilometers away. Upon arrival, I checked in on the dock and the gal told me in broken English to come back at 6:30 to check in and walk down the docks to the boat. Having an hour and 20 minutes to spare, I decided to have a seat

at one of the many outdoor restaurants and ordered up a cocktail and a seafood appetizer. The time went quickly...well too quickly! About 6:30 I heard a very loud bull horn blowing and a large boat full of boisterous people dancing to the beat of the DJ as the boat slowly pulled out from the dock. Sharp as a marble, I yelled, “DAMN THAT’S MY BOAT!” So down the docks, I ran dodging in and around an array of boats. By this time, the DJ sees me and starts announcing to the boat revelers something in Portuguese that most likely was something along the lines of “Oh this is great, look at this whacky guy trying to make it”. Well, the whole boat gathered to one side of the boat and was pointing and cheering for me to make it...or possibly splash! By now the boat, was exiting the harbor but there was one last dock to run down through the maze of piers. The cheering got louder as I was approaching the boat but I was running out of room… literally the dock ended and the boat was passing the last piece of the dock. As the boat patrons were yelling a whole array of languages that were completely foreign to me and I could only surmise it meant jump, I leapt from the last strip of the dock and three crewmen caught me and hoisted me into the cheering crowd. THREE more seconds and I would have been back to the shopping mall, trying to buy some more clothes for my trip. I was greeted to 80 of the most fun-loving people who were all high-fiving me and giving me hugs as I entered the boat. All of us were laughing and I was just speechless…so much for a quiet entrance! The cruise turned out to be spectacular with breath-taking views of the sand cliffs that line the Algarve with amazing sand caves that are carved through by the sea and wind. The boats actually ride right through the cliffs which was just truly awesome to see. My luggage did finally turn up and my trip to Portugal was nothing short of sensational. I would highly recommend Albufiera to anyone. As our flight left Lisbon my last day, I reminisced about the shores of Rocky Point and how I longed to be back and how truly blessed we are with our super-friendly people, beautiful beaches and awesome restaurants and night life. As I write this, I am smiling as I am back in Rocky Point and vacations are vacations but it’s great to be HOME! Always remember, NO ONE IS IN CHARGE OF YOUR HAPPINESS BUT YOU! So be happy and live it up…you only have one live to live…and live it best at your favorite place of all…ROCKY POINT! ADIOS AMIGOS! God Bless! Marco

New Wind Generator Came Together Like A Giant Erector SetOnly Quicker!

By Jim Ringquist

It arrived in pieces-really, really big pieces-even the crane that put it together arrived in pieces-really, really big pieces. Assemblage started on a Monday (August 11) and that monster was twirling in the wind by Friday. Words can’t describe the sheer largeness of this project, especially when you consider how quickly it became a working machine that will generate enough electricity to power some 2,700 folks for the next 20 years or so. But, first they had to put it together and here’s a video by frequent visitor Eric Brown that will let you know what happens when one of those “what if ” thoughts really happen...he just by chance was in the right place to help when a strong wind swept across the area just as the critical raising of the propellers was taking place. Click on this video and watch Eric save the day for these brave workers!

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


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Rocky Point’s Rodeo Drive

By Barbara Iverson

Now that you’ve had enough Margaritas and a relaxing time on the beach (with a sunburn to prove it), join us on a shopping excursion down ‘Rodeo Drive”. A wonderful selection, great prices, easy parking, and friendly merchants. All of this translates into a fun and relaxing shopping experience to enjoy while in Rocky Point. The ‘Mexican Rodeo Drive’, otherwise known as Cholla Mall, is a place you don’t want to miss! What was once referred to as “Shacks 5th Avenue “or the “Dirt Mall” has had a significant overhaul, without losing any of its Old Mexico charm. The street is now an eclectic mix of the vendors who make their wears right in their shops while living behind their stores to upscale shops offering fine items from all over Mexico. The resulting blend of these varied shops is amazing! - And, everywhere you go the prices are great. Bargaining is still possible in some of the shops and it never hurts to try. However, it’s not like in the old days where prices were marked way up and it took half an hour of haggling to purchase a small trinket. Things are honestly priced, in fact, you’ll find them lower than other areas in town.

The newest addition to the area is “Plaza Fabiola” offering cool cotton resort clothing and originally designed jewelry. Located between Su Casa and Kokopelli, two other delights, this trio of shops is a real find! Clustered together they make their own Mini Mall. You’ll see home furnishings, art, sculptures and some really unique items not to be found anywhere else.

While at Kokopelli don’t miss Francisco’s handmade wood carvings. As you wander through, you can often see him working behind the shop. His creations are both large and small from dolphins for the coffee table to unique table bases. In addition to what you see in the shop ask for his catalog or ask him to create an original piece just for you. Just minutes from the Sandy Beach Condos and down the street from the new Convention Center we hope to see you here soon on Rodeo Drive.

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

PART VIII: Economic Impact of Home Port on Puerto Peñasco

By Joe Houchin

In Part VII of our impact study we discussed concerns of the cruise lines with regard to the ability of destinations to cope with passenger growth—which seems to have taken a life of its own, in fact for several years now. Of course, that’s positive news for Puerto Peñasco as we fit right into the growth trends: that is, new destinations, new larger ship handling capabilities and favorable economic conditions for the cruise lines to restock, refuel, and repair. All our issues are in the now to be taken care of. Even as we’ve begun construction of the new pier, the cruise lines have let us know that our pier, while plenty long enough before, must reach further into the sea to accommodate the deeper hull requirements of larger, heavier ships. These new dimensions are being redrawn even now and will be brought to the federal government for new budget considerations and approval. In the meantime, mega cruise ships continue to stagger the imagination of the most experienced cruiser as tens of millions of dollars are being spent to build amenities of bewildering technological advances. For example, Royal Caribbean’s newest mega ship, Quantum of the Seas, while only the second largest ship at sea, will boast over 2,000 cabins (can’t call them cabins anymore!). Even the inside suites have virtual balconies that project high resolution images of the sea moving by at the exact same speed as the ship moves. And that’s just inside the suite. Still wondering why the industry is growing so steadily? In the public areas of Quantum, already dazzling on most ships by any standard, you can sky dive—yep—sky dive into a vertical wind tunnel, sit at

a bar that swings out over the sea for a 360 degree view and a near perfect 180 degree glimpse up and down toward the sea and sky. Can it get any better? Yes, 90% of these high tech amenities are FREE. How about bandwidth availability? Through a partnership Royal Caribbean has their own satellite that provides more bandwidth than every other ocean going vessel in the world—combined! There is even a bar on board where passengers are served by robots. And this is just a small portion of the technologically advanced amenities aboard this one vessel, of which they have two more being built. Our home port is coming together at its own pace and at the right time. Frankly, as frustrating as some of these delays are, each delay works in our favor in the odd way that allows us to catch another glimpse of what’s in store for the future of the cruise industry and to prepare for it. All while other cruise ports are having to redesign, rebuild and restart their efforts to prepare for the future of cruising technology.

Down by the Pier

In a meeting with Wendy Winzer, Administrative Director of the Home Port project, she let us know that the construction company was in full talks with the federal government about the details on the increased budget necessary to build their own large rocks to resume construction while plans are being drawn up to extend the pier to accommodate the changes necessary to safely dock the larger ships anticipated by the cruise lines. As to when construction might resume, “It’s all up in the air at this point,” Wendy said, “but the good news is, what goes up must come down, right?” As usual, we’ll keep you informed with any new information.

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TRAVELINFORMATION TOURIST ASSISTANCE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO REMEMBER

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

POLICE EMERGENCIES

DIAL...066

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

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

YOU MUST FILE AN OFFICIAL COMPLAINT!

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

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

All fines are to be paid at the main police station

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

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

DRIVING TO ROCKY POINT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phoenix, Tucson & Nogales, AZ

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

FOR U.S. - SEE SHUTTLE SERVICES

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

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

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.


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

IMPORTING You are allowed to bring in $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 http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt Permitted Items 100 cigars, 200 cigarettes 1 liter (39.8 fl. oz.) of alcohol, per person, 21 yrs. or older. You are NOT permitted, at the Lukeville Port of Entry, to pay duty and import additional alcohol. This is a Pima County law, not an Arizona or U.S. state law, so check with the individual border crossing. Fruits and Vegetables: bananas, blackberries, cactus fruits, dates, dewberries, grapes, lychees, melons, papayas, pineapples, and strawberries. (Most citrus such as oranges and grapefruit are NOT permitted.) Vegetables are permitted, except for those on the prohibited list. Okra, however, is subject to certain restrictions. Nuts: acorns, almonds, cocoa beans, chestnuts, coconuts (without husks or milk), peanuts, pecans, pinons (pinenuts), tamarind beans, walnuts and waternuts. Seafood: 50 lbs. of fish or shrimp per vehicle. Avoid customs penalties by declaring all articles acquired in Mexico, and in your possession at the time of your reentry into the United States. If in doubt whether an article should be declared, always declare it first to the Customs Officer on duty. If you understate the value of an article you declare, you may have to pay a penalty in addition to the payment of duty. If you fail to declare an article, acquired in Mexico, not only is the item subject to seizure, but you will be liable for a personal penalty. You are entitled to a $800 exemption in a 30 day period. Articles totaling $800 may be entered free of duty, subject to limitations on liquor, cigarettes & cigars. Prohibited Items Agricultural items are prohibited if they can carry plant pests or animal diseases. Cuban Cigars Medicine requires a prescription, carry a copy of your U.S. prescription with you. Fruits and Vegetables: sugarcane, potatoes, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams. (Exceptions: Cooked potatoes and avocados without seeds, except in California.) Plants, Seeds and Soil: plants and seeds require special permits. Soil and some plants are prohibited. Check in advance with agricultural inspectors. (Exception: some dried plant parts for medicinal purposes are permitted.) Meat and Game: pork, raw and cooked, including sausages, cold cuts, skins, and

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

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

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

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


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Ramped up efforts for Clean Beach certification By Azucena Mazon @rockypoint360

Dozens of environmental and civil groups, along with the local administration, are carrying out a series of actions with eyes set on obtaining clean beach certification for Puerto Peñasco. These efforts include clean-up, security measures, new regulations, and preparations. In this case, the stretch of beach meant for certification begins near Hotel Playa Bonita and extends to the area in front of the condominium complex Las Palomas. The area also includes 1600 meters of coast stretching toward Playa Hermosa and Sandy Beach, which is also being monitored. Benjamín Ortega Blanco, Puerto Peñasco Director of the Federal Maritime Land Zone (ZOFEMAT) indicates they have been working for various months on strengthening clean-up efforts in this area. In August, restrictions went into effect for beach venders who bring in their goods by car, as well as for those who rent horses for rides along the beach. The ZOFEMAT representative remarked that during August venders have been allowed to bring in their goods by car during restricted hours. However, in September, access was completely

closed off to any vehicles in the area meant for clean beach certification. “They have been permitted to bring their goods down before 9 a.m., and take them out before 10 p.m. but only during this period. Afterwards, no vehicle will be allowed [on the beach] and those who rent horses have been asked to look for other areas where they can do this, but no longer on the beach. The beach must be 100% safe,” he emphasized. Another measure currently being verified is for those who rent “bananas” and jetskis to install buoys necessary to mark off safe zones for swimming, and areas where they maneuver, for accident prevention. Along with these actions, work is being done to install four lifeguard towers (3 along the beach meant for certification and another in Playa Hermosa). This must be equipped with trained personnel in order to provide life-saving services to beachgoers in the event of emergency. As part of preventive measures, it is completely prohibited for small boats and jetskis to fuel up at sea, and efforts are working to verify tourism boats use appropriate drainage. Furthermore, trash receptacles of various colors are to be installed to classify waste, its treatment, and disposal.

Ortega Blanco expressed that in addition to preventive and safety measures, they must also take into consideration at least 16 protected species along the beach in Puerto Peñasco. He commented these actions are not mean to affect vendors or tourism service providers, as in the end once certification is achieved this will bring in new segments of tourism. The first inspector from the Mexican Certification Institute will visit Puerto Peñasco in October in order to carry out detailed verification of the selected beach area. The idea, stated the ZOFEMAT director, is that the sea is free of bacteria at a distance of 10 meters and 200 meters down, and that the beach be completely clean thereby offering visitors a clean and safe beach. “So that people can bury themselves in the sand and not come across trash or anything, and that they’re sure neither an ATV nor horse will pass nearby,” he explained.

Some of the departments participating in clean-up and safety efforts for clean beach certification include Clean Beach Management, who coordinates work, ZOFEMAT, PROFEPA (Environmental Protection agency), SEMARNAT (Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources), Health Regulation Unit, Naval Sector, Municipal Public Safety, CEDO (Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans), Mi Peñasco Limpio, Recycle Environmental Impact, Aware Project, Civil Protection, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau among other municipal and civil organizations. There are hundreds of people taking part in clean-up, security, and monitoring efforts with the sole goal that Puerto Peñasco achieve the first clean beach certification in Sonora. Achieving this goal would mean a commitment to influence culture in care for the area’s beaches, and an important point to attract new tourism markets who seek out beaches that are clean and safe.

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


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AMPI Puerto Peñasco Chapter 51

By Richard Savino

Now that October is here and we begin the fall season, it’s a great time to experience all that Rocky Point has to offer. The weather is always fantastic and there is much to see and do here. There is the visitor center at the Pinacate Reserve, boat trips to Bird Island, charter fishing trips and more. There is the biannual “El Golfo 4x4 Run”, October 2426. More information is available in the Rocky Point Times. Next month there is the 14th annual Bikers Rally taking place Nov 6-9th. This is always an exciting and busy weekend estimating approx. 6,000 motorcycles in town. The annual AMPI National Congress is being held in Tijuana this month and our chapter will be represented by our President Rommel Bustamante. This annual event has real estate professionals from all over Mexico representing their individual chapters and also conducting the annual officer elections. It’s a great opportunity to network with other professionals and to learn about new trends in our industry. This quarter, our chapter will initiate a seminar for members and interested parties regarding the many new tax laws that effect real estate transactions and related parties. We will also hold our AMPI quarterly members meeting,

meant to update members on current real estate issues, and for annual elections of officers. Additionally, our board of directors will initiate stronger communications with the State of Sonora Secretary of the Economy, by inviting the agency to come to Puerto Peñasco to see not only the work that our chapter is involved with but to see and experience the real estate market activity here in Rocky Point. Next month we will look at the real estate trends here in Peñasco, comparing the first 3 quarters of activity with the same time and results from 2013. As for August activity, I note that the volume of sales and pending sales have decreased compared to last year for August. However, the average and median sales price continues to be higher than this time on 2013. That is good news for sellers right now. If sales remain slow in September, then there may been some downward pressure on prices negatively effecting sellers presenting a potential buying opportunity for investors. 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 rsavino1@gmail.com or 480 707-3822 US.


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StarShine Academy—History Making Innovations in K-12 Education By Joe Houchin

Have you ever had the exhilarating experience of attending an event wherein shortly after arriving you got this aweinspired feeling that you were a part of something that was going to be bigger than you could possibly have imagined? Maybe it was the sheer number of qualified attendees, or their enthusiastic interaction that displayed a depth of understanding and appreciation of the subject matter being presented. Maybe it was how every question and comment early on emphasized a grasp of the profound importance of what was being revealed. Maybe it was a combination of all those that made you know you could be witness to history in the making.

Late in the afternoon of Tuesday the 12th of August 2014 it was a combination of all the above that permeated through the Los Volcanes convention and meeting facility on the 2nd floor of the Sonoran Sky beach front Condominium Resort in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. To a group of 34, K through 12, education leaders of this quaint seaside village the anticipation was positively contagious as they assembled to learn as much as possible about the breakthrough StarShine Academy educational system that has received worldwide acclaim since it was introduced to the world over 12 years ago. Surely a lot of the excitement, and one reason the Puerto Peñasco mayor’s wife, First Lady Rafaela Félix de Figueroa chose to sit in the first row, was because the program was being presented by none other than the creator and founder of StarShine Academy, Patricia (Trish) McCarty, who with her husband Steve are Sonoran Resort owners and part time residents. With a trio of highly successful and internationally recognized non-profit schools including Santa Fe, New Mexico

StarShine Secondary School, StarShine School, South Sudan, Africa and the 4.5 acre state-of-the-art “Eco-Village” campus of StarShine Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix campus was purposely located in a disadvantaged urban part of the city and has grown by 500% in the last three years, receiving numerous national and international awards for innovative educational processes that are based strictly on StarShine Academy’s 15 Guiding Principles. These Principles are included in their entirety at www. starshineacademy.org due to the role they’ve played in revamping educational thinking around the world and the completeness with which they describe the StarShine mission.

BARB’S DOG RESCUE NEWSLETTER “Help Us Help Them”

By Barb Mumaugh

The bottom line on Trish McCarty’s presentation to the educational leaders of Puerto Peñasco is that she has chosen this community as the potential next center for the spread of StarShine’s immensely important educational innovations that build “more than great students,” they build “great people wanting to spend their lives learning, changing and improving.” To learn even more about the nonprofit StarShine Academy programs, educational philosophy and news visit: www.starshineacademy.org. And for a truly fascinating read to learn more about the most interesting Trish McCarty, including her amazing career, qualifications as well as her bestselling books go to: www.trishmccarty.com. (Someone needs to write a book about this phenomenal person!) Being chosen as the initial location in Mexico to provide StarShine’s compassionate, advanced and lifechanging educational system to the K-12 youth is an opportunity for Puerto Peñasco to become more than a world class tourist paradise. This community can now become the pace setter for modern education throughout the country of Mexico.

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

Welcome back to all of our visitors and friends! We are looking forward to having everyone coming back to our beautiful town and enjoying the lovely fall weather that we are finally going to have. We made it through a hot summer here in Puerto Peñasco and all of the dogs and puppies are happy to have cooler weather coming as well. It has been a busy summer filled with lots of exciting events and many adoptions for our lucky rescue dogs. Back in July, we were thrilled to have Compassion without Borders join forces with the City of Peñasco to host a spay/neuter and wellness clinic for the animals in our city. With the help of the local community, city officials, several local rescues, veterinarians from both the US and Mexico, volunteers from Phoenix rescues and the Compassion team, over 550 animals were vaccinated and altered over a 3 day period. The animal overpopulation problem met its match this summer! We are very happy to share that there will be more of these to come. Our spotlight dog this month is Shorty who despite his name is a whole lot of fun and love! He was found half-dead in the street and he showed up delivered to us in the trunk of a car. We rushed him straight to the vet and for 5 days, our new little friend was in critical condition and on IV medications. He was nursed back to health here at Barbs Dog Rescue and after

another recent trip and final checkup at the vet; he is healthy and ready for adoption. He is an adorable, friendly 9 month old neutered yellow lab/beagle mix and he will make a great pet for any family! Please reach out to us if you are interested in meeting our Shorty or any of our other available dogs. Those that make it to Barbs Dog Rescue are lucky to have happy endings like Shorty’s and we could not make these happen without you! Donations of all kinds are greatly appreciated. Please visit our website or Facebook page or drop by the shelter to make a contribution to our cause. If anyone is ever interested in getting involved and volunteering, we would love to have you reach out to us. If you are down in Rocky Point on vacation and want to come by to help out at the shelter for a day, we always need people to help socialize the animals and give them extra hugs and pets or to help with shelter maintenance. If you have extra time back at home and want to help spread the word to others about the animal overpopulation problem in Peñasco, contact us and we can give you the tools to bring about effective education and change. There are hundreds of ways to help! We are very grateful to all of you that already do support Barbs Dog Rescue. We would also like to thank the other rescue efforts in Rocky Point and the City of Peñasco for their support.

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


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Mexico poised for an ‘energy renaissance’ following reforms By Michael Casey

View of a tank with processed oil in front of a flame at Mexican state-owned petroleum company PEMEX refinery in Tula, Hidalgo state, Mexico.

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Opening the country’s oil to foreign investors will accelerate foreign investment and generally ‘improve the lives of its people,’ says think tank. Mexico’s energy reform will bring the country “enormous benefits” and will be a “game changer” for the nation’s role in the global economy, according to report released Monday. The report, by the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C., -based think tank specializing in foreign policy, predicts that energy reforms that open the country’s oil to foreign investors among other changes will accelerate foreign investment and generally “improve the lives of its people.” It also concluded that the reforms introduced in December would be enacted, given the past success of reforms in the telecommunication, electoral and tax systems. “Mexico is poised for an energy renaissance,” the report predicts. “It has ample reserves of oil and natural gas, experience in energy production, promising economic fundamentals, and industrial expertise,” the report said. “The fundamental obstacle to Mexican energy development was mustering the political will to allow the country access to the expertise, technology, and capital needed to open new energy frontiers. Mexico’s leaders have now decisively found the will to reform and passed a set of laws that can transform Mexico into a major energy and industrial power.” The report comes out the same day as the U.S. Energy Information Agency predicted the energy reforms in Mexico could increase longterm oil production by 75 percent. Last year, the International Energy Outlook projected that Mexico’s production would continue to decline from 3.0 million barrels per day in 2010 to 1.8 million barrels per day in 2025. The forthcoming Outlook, which assumes some success in implementing the new reforms, projects that Mexico’s production could stabilize at 2.9 million barrels per day through 2020 and then rise to 3.7 million barrels per day by 2040. The reforms signed into law earlier this month come more than 75 years after Mexico expropriated its oilfields from foreign companies in the name of revolutionary nationalism. Since then, the oil has been the exclusive purview of Pemex which has struggled of late. It still ranks No. 36 among

the Fortune 500 with revenue of $126 billion but it also posted $13 billion in losses. The company is plagued by corruption and layers of bureaucracy. As a result of its inefficiencies, Pemex has seen a steep decline in the country’s oil production — down 25 percent over the past decade to 2 million barrels per day — which threatens the country’s ability to pay its bills. The report acknowledged that Pemex is going through a transition with “huge assets and significant liabilities.” But it predicts the company will not disappear amid the rush of foreign companies arriving in Mexico. “Pemex is certain to be the preeminent player in the Mexican upstream for the next decade and possibly beyond,” the report said. “The results of the first bid rounds and the success of deep-water exploration will determine if there will be other major players. Whether Pemex grows as a Mexican oil major, or evolves like Norway’s Statoil into an international oil major in future years, is uncertain, but much will depend on how truly free it is to invest in expertise and productive assets, while maximizing government value.” While not popular among some Mexicans, the Atlantic Council concluded reforms enacted by President Enrique Peña Nieto allow for a “compelling framework for growth across the energy sector” with the government predicting over $50 billion in new investments between now and 2018. Upstream, the oil and gas reforms allow private investment alone and alongside Pemex. Though the hydrocarbons in the subsoil will remain the property of the Mexican state, the report found that “com­panies can book reserves for financial reporting purposes and enjoy competi­ tive licensing frameworks to access what promises to be robust auctions of deep-­ water, tight formation (or unconventional) heavy oil and shallow water acreage.” Midand downstream operations will be opened to competition as well, with the report predicting that this will spark competition in gas markets under the supervision of a new regulator for gas line planning and access. A separate electricity law should, within two years, also create a competitive power market managed by an independent system operator. More: The great Mexican elephant safari But the report also warned that there are several unknowns and that tapping what some geologists consider the largest unexplored petroleum area beyond the Arctic Circle will not be without challenges. It called for the government to improve internal security, issue implementing regulations quickly and build regulatory capacity among other recommendations. “It remains undetermined how attractive Mexico’s offerings will be, especially in upstream oil and gas, until these contracts, their fiscal terms, the local content targets, and the quality of the acreage offered for development are known,” the report concluded. “The government will need to promulgate regulations fast and well if bid rounds are to launched in the first half of 2015.”

How Tides Work By Joe Houchin

Now that we’re three supermoons into the three in a row scheduled for this year, the third just happened on September 9th, it’s appropriate to talk about the effect our moon has on tides around the planet and how that works. What’s interesting is that there are still conflicting beliefs about whether the moon actually affects our tides, especially when you consider that, in order to deny the effect, one has to deny the existence of laws of gravity, gravitational pull and other major scientific evidence explaining everything from planet rotation to orbital patterns that have been recorded for centuries as well as many other proven scientific theories. This article, however, is not about conflicting theories. For this article we’re accepting the law of gravitation as originally formulated by Isaac Newton back in 1666, who, 20 years later, was also the first person to scientifically explain tides. First we need to understand that there is a gravitational attraction between all objects and the force of that attraction depends on the mass and distance between the objects. From the smallest rocks, which have no discernible gravitational force between each other— even though each separately is definitely and noticeably affected by the earth’s gravitational pull, as the “apple falling from the tree” axiom—due to their size, to the mind boggling mass and distance of the earth, moon and sun.

The term “tides” is a generic term used to define the rise and fall in sea levels produced by the gravitational attraction of the and the sun. In fact, although to a much smaller extent, tides, or gravitational attractions also occur in large lakes, the atmosphere, and even within the solid crust of the earth. Like a magnet, the moon tries to pull at anything on the earth but our planet pulls back with equal force (from Newton’s Laws of Motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction) and is able to hold onto everything except our large bodies of water, which are in constant motion. This lunar force causes the oceans to bulge out toward the moon. Because the earth is rotating during all this, two tides occur each day, two high tides

about 12 hours and 25 minutes apart and two low tides in between. This is why, when you check your tide chart to determine the best times to walk the beach, you’ll notice that the low (or high) tide will be about 50 minutes later tomorrow than today, and about 25 minutes later this afternoon than this morning. As the moon makes its elliptical orbit around the earth (once every 27.3 days) while the earth makes its elliptical orbit around the sun (once every 365 days), there are periods when the moon is aligned between the earth and the sun, or when the earth is aligned between the sun and the moon. When the moon is between the earth and the sun in alignment, it is called the new moon. When the alignment of the earth is between the sun and the moon, it is called the full moon. Since each of these alignments involve gravitational interaction between the sun, moon and earth, the tidal force is much greater than when the three bodies are not in alignment. Hence, the radical difference in the high and low tides along the beaches that cause our walks to be so interesting as far as discovering fascinating marine life and shells left uncovered or on display in the shallow tide pools. To be a supermoon, a full or new moon doesn’t have to be at its closest orbital point to earth; it only has to be within 90% of its nearest point. That’s why we can have 4-6 supermoons in a year, like this year. We had two super new moons in January and three in a row in July (on the 12th), August (10th), with the third on September 9th. The supermoon of August 10th was the closest perigee alignment of the three. A supermoon is still way brighter than a normal full moon and will look full for several nights. We thank Earthsky.org, NASA, Windows to the Universe.org, EnchantedLearning.com for their information and graphics, and Tony Ballesteros for his photos of the August 10th supermoon.

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More Valuable than Gold

By Rosarie Salerno

Have you ever asked yourself what was the opportunistic motivation for Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, in 1492 CE, to fund Christopher Columbus› ocean voyage to the west? In one word “spices”; the most valuable commodity in the world, at that time, equal to if not more valuable than gold. Prior to the invention of refrigeration, herbs and spices were used to preserve food. They were also used to flavor food and wine, make perfume, used for incense, and for the treating and prevention of diseases. The revenues derived from spice was a driving force in the global economy, as oil is today. Wars were fought over control of trade routes; civilizations rose and fell, and thousands of years of cultural interactions had their bases in the lucrative spice trade. The history of spice and herbs spans millenniums. Evidence has been found in petro-glyphs substantiating its importance as far back as the Neolithic stone age. Reference to the spice trade is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, in the story of Joseph with the coat of many colors. According to the book of Genesis, Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him to spice merchants who were traveling to Egypt. Circa 400 BCE, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, catalogued medicinal uses for over 400 herbs and spices; many of them are still in use today. Most spices came from China, India and Africa. The trade route was called the Silk Road and covered over 4,000 miles in a combination of land and sea treks east to purchase the precious products. Spice had to be transported overland by camel caravans; making it very expensive. Many middle men made great fortunes. The country that controlled the spice trade controlled the world. The Arabs controlled the Silk Road from 3000 BCE to about 200 BCE. The Roman Empire took control of the trade from about 200 BCE to around 1200 CE. Roman traders sailed across the Indian Ocean from Egypt to India for pepper, cinnamon,

nutmeg, cloves and ginger. It is said that during the 300s CE, Rome, when attacked by Barbarian; the Romans negotiated with the invaders to leave the city unharmed in exchange of a tribute for an enormous amount of pepper. Muslim traders controlled the trading routes throughout the Indian Ocean between 1000 and 1500 CE. In Europe, circa the 1300s CE, nutmeg was so valuable that a pound was of equal value to seven oxen. During the Middle Ages, a pound of ginger was equal to one sheep and a pound of cloves would buy seven sheep. Sometime during the 1400s CE, the Ottoman Turks controlled the roads to the east. The Ottomans, hated the Europeans resulting in cutting them off from traveling to India and China. By 1453 CE, Arabs completely took over the trading from Venice; the main western market at that time. The prices were so high by then that only the very rich could afford to buy them. It became evident that Europe needed an alternate route to India. Spanish and Portuguese explorers set sail. Vasco de Gama, from Portugal, was the first European to sail around the southern tip of Africa all the way to India; reaching Calcutta in May of 1498. Christopher Columbus persuaded the monarchs of Spain to underwrite his plans. He believed that India lay just across the Atlantic Ocean and would reach it by sailing west. Thinking that the journey would fail, the King and Queen only agreed to give him 10% of the profits. Unfortunately, he bumped into the Americas instead and called the native people Indians, believing he had successfully arrived in India. Fortunately for Spain, this accident spurred their world domination, making them the richest country in the world. Herbs and Spices are still very useful today, but not nearly as expensive. India is known for the holistic health care system of Ayurveda; its practitioners employ the use of herbs and spices. The system must work, since they have been doing it for over 5,000 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The big one I was glad to get away from

By Vince Deadmond

Labor Day weekend and many people were fishing somewhere. I was fly fishing in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico (Rocky Point) with an old and a new friend. Many of my fly fishing stories involve friends or family. Dave Weaver and I have been fishing together over 20 years and we enjoy telling stories on each other. This is one of those stories that Dave will enjoy telling because it didn’t happen to him. A new friend Emanuele Strano is an Italian student working on his PhD from Polytechnic Swiss Federal School of Lausanne, Switzerland in coordination with ASU. He had just arrived for the new school year and emailed me about fishing locally and the next thing he knew, he was hooking strange and beautiful saltwater fish in the Sea of Cortez. His home in Genova, Italy is a Mediterranean town where people don’t fly fish in saltwater. Emanuele (Ema) had fly fished for Pike and Trout in home waters, but saltwater fly rodding was new to him. We were fishing at La Pinta, The Second Estuary and having an average day of catching Cabrilla, Trigger, Orange Mouth Corvina, Pompano, and many Bone Fish. I was telling Ema that Bone Fish are a prize fish for many fly fishers. Many fly casters will spend a small fortune just for the opportunity to catch Bone Fish, and here we were just a few hours from home catching fish after fish. We had caught the end of the outgoing tide and it was taking us across the estuary to an area that we enjoy fishing. All along the way we were catching fish. We had started early and picked up some burritos for a mid-morning snack. The outgoing tide ebbed and turned into a slack tide. We decided this was a good time for our treat. So, we stopped and rehashed our morning

catch. Everyone had been catching fish, but we agreed that the Bone Fish strike was tentative and we had probably missed lots of fish. The tide had turned and was starting to fill the estuary. We were working our way back when I hooked something quite solid. At first it didn’t move much, but then it took off at a good pace. At first I gave it some line thinking that I had a big Orange Mouth. This fish never surfaced so I don’t really know what it was. The fish was towing me against the incoming tide, I was accelerating and leaving a wake behind me. Right about now I am wondering what Jonah was thinking about, right before the whale ate him. I really was not afraid, I intended to change my shorts today anyway.

The guys were laughing and wondering how long it would take the big fish to tow me to San Carlos, Mexico. I was thinking I was just about to plane out and would be able to ski soon. My best guess was that I had hooked a large sting ray. The rays are strong and usually stay on the bottom. It could have been a Sea Lion, we had seen one earlier, or possibly a sea turtle, and we had seen one of those also. My line was holding firm and the fish had towed me about 200 feet. It was time to break this guy off, so I gave my line a strong quick jerk and managed to break the line. I was glad to be free of whatever had caught me, my only regret was not knowing what exactly was on the other end of the line. Vince Deadmond The Fly Fishing Hardware guy can be reached at Best Hardware 237 N Apache trail Apache Junction, AZ vince@ ajbest.com or at (480) 982-7461.


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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

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 www.adonaicc.net Assembly of God 383-3364 Ave. Luis Encinas & 27th Street Apostolic Church Constitucion Ave. & 15th Street Grupo Unidad Cristianos de Peñasco Pastor Ernesto Portugal 383-2240 North on Benito Juarez to Simon Morua, turn right (east), 1 blk. past Ace Hardware, turn right, church is on your left before Melchor Ocampo. English Headphone available Sunday Services 9:30am-11:15 & 11:30-1:30 Thursday: 7:30 - 9:00pm Church office hours Monday - Friday 9:30am to 2:00pm Peñasco Christian Fellowship 383-4513 ask for Stan or Becky Tedrow On Melchor Ocampo, 1/2 blk. E. of Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez. Bilingual Services Sunday Services: 10am and 11:15am Wednesday Services: 7:00pm Family of God Christian Fellowship Non-Denominational Worship Services 383-3480 Blvd. Costero N 2000A, Fracc. Las Palomas English Services, Everyone Welcome Spanish Translation Offered Sunday Services: 9:00am

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Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (Sacred Heart Church) Paseo V. Estrella in Old Port.

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

Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 388-6244 Stadium road, on the left side just before Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, behind COFESA Sunday-English 9:30AM

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

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

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

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

What do you do if you get stung by a ray? Get out of the water and head to the nearest doctor. If you are stranded out where these facilities are not available follow these steps and seek medical attention as soon as you can. First, let the wound bleed - this will allow any toxins entered with the barb to get out. Next, immerse the wound in hot water, as hot as the patient can stand for approximately 45 minutes: This denatures the protein toxin and relieves a majority of the pain. Then treat wound as any other puncture wound or cut, keep clean and bandage: This reduces the chance of infection, promotes healing. If pain or bleeding persists, if wound is large or if patient shows signs of an allergic reaction, see a doctor immediately! If you are staying at a resort go to the desk or convenience store - they may have a first aid kit with a treatment.

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


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

FM3 & IMMIGRATION IMMIGRATION OFFICE Open Mon.-Fri. 8:00AM - 12:00NOON (011-52-638) 383-2526 For more info on how to obtain your Visitor or Permanent Resident Visa go to http://www.inm.gob.mx/ index.php and click on the English tab, or you can go directly to the Immigration Office and they will be happy to help you. The office is located on Blvd. Fremont at Fremont Plaza, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PINACATE BIOSPHERE RESERVE

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

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

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

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

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

Si I Do! - (011-52-638) 383-0700

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

TELEPHONES Puerto Peñasco’s phone company for home and business hook-up is Telefonos de Mexico (TelMex). Cellular service is available through TelCel and Movistar. U.S. carrier AT&T works pretty good here as long as you have the International Plan. DIALING INSTRUCTIONS Call Mexico from U.S. & Canada to dial a land line 011+52+638+7-digit number to dial a Peñasco cellular 011+52+1+638+7-digit number Call U.S. & Canada from Mexico dial 001+(area code)+7 digit number Call Collect from Mexico to U.S. dial 090 for a bilingual operator

TELEPHONES CON’T 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 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

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.

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

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

VOIP LINES Local internet acccess enables you to use a VOIP line in Rocky Point. HOW TO DIAL 800’s U.S. 800#’s are not free of charge when called from Mexico. The charge for calling an 800# is approx. $1USD/min. 800 = dial 001+880+phone number 888 = dial 001+881+phone number 877 = dial 001+882+phone number 866 = dial 001+883+phone number 855 = DIAL 001-884+pone number

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.

Check phonebook for more area codes

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


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The Ladies of San Peregrino:

Manifestation of a Dream, with a Little Help from their Friends By Joe Houchin

Good hearted patience, unwavering determination, focused persistence, equally good hearted friends (and at least one wellconnected relative), this is a formula for achieving the grandest of dreams. And after eight arduous years of pioneering pathways and never, ever giving up, this small group of powerfully unrelenting ladies recently cut the ribbon to the threshold of their most cherished dream: the first building of the San Peregrino Cancer Hospice Center for Providing Spiritual Assistance to Persons with Cancer.

It was a meaningful, emotional dedication ceremony attended by a large crowd of genuinely interested residents spanning the business and social strata of the city, conspicuously absent of political pomp, giving thanks and several well-deserved plaques of gratitude to those who helped the ladies get to this point by acquiring the land in the strategic location behind the new general hospital and next to the new Hemodialysis Center, arranging the design and construction, even making legislative proclamations to assure continuation of the development to completion. As the two or three politicians who had helped pave the way for this worthy effort gave very concise comments as to the value the facility will have to the community, it was obvious that they worked on bringing this project together as much from their hearts as the ladies themselves. You may have heard about, or even been one of the thousands who have participated in one or more of the October fundraising “Cancer Walks” hosted by this group of ladies who refer to themselves simply as “The San Peregrino Group”. Each year since 2006 the

group has held a Cancer Walk. This successful fundraiser and cancer awareness raiser will continue to perpetuity. The date for this year’s Cancer Walk is set for Saturday, October 25. It will begin at the Centro de Salud(look for a route map in next month’s Potpourri Page)and end at the Plaza del Colosio in the Malecón where hundreds of luminarias (candle-lit paper bags weighted with sand) will be glowing in memory of the friends and families of Walk participants who have succumbed to this fatal disease. The annual Cancer Walk is an opportunity for you to 1.) Remember a loved one who is suffering from or has succumbed to cancer; 2.) Share a prayer mass for them at the San Francisco Church at 9:00 AM; 3.) Memorialize them with a luminaria in their name; 4.) Help the San Peregrino Group by purchasing a Cancer Walk 2014 T Shirt for just $10.00 dollars; and 5.) Get some good exercise and meet a few new friends during the Walk. Please call group President, Lucia Lopez Montijo at 638-105-6931 from Rocky Point, or visit their Facebook page: San Peregrino Puerto Peñasco.

This first building on the 700 sq meter lot represents the beginning of a beautiful dream held to steadfastly for eight years with the best of dreams by the ladies of San Peregrino yet to come as they continue toward the completion of a comfortable hospice by sharing their hopes with business and community leaders, visitors to our little slice of paradise by the sea, and all kindhearted people with compassion for maintaining the dignity of those suffering the pain and agony of the final stages of cancer. You can help by the simple act of joining the 9th annual San Peregrino Cancer Walk on October 25th, with your new Cancer Walk 2014 T-shirt, of course!

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


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Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge

Six of the eight mountain ranges included in the Cabeza Prieta Wilderness. By Mary Kralovec

The network of wildlife refuges included in the National Wildlife Refuge System is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. They are administered as a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

The Agua Dulce Mountains near the Mexican Border

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is included in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Though it officially became a national wildlife refuge in 1975, this landscape has been managed for the benefit of wildlife since 1939 when it was established as a ‘Game Range’ and managed for desert bighorn sheep. The refuge, which encompasses 860,000 acres of Sonoran desert and is the 3rd largest National Wildlife Refuge outside of Alaska, is open to the public for wildlife related activities including wildlife watching and photography, primitive camping, limited hunting, and environmental education and interpretation. Over 800,000 acres of the refuge is wilderness, designated under the Arizona Desert Wilderness Act of 1990. This made Cabeza Prieta Wilderness the largest designated wilderness within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within the contiguous 48 states. The refuge contains seven rugged mountain ranges separated by broad flat valleys of creosote-bursage that is dissected by desert washes covered with mesquite, palo-verde and ironwood. Lava flows as old as two million years extend

into the south-central portion of the refuge, an extension of the geologically famous Pinacate volcanic field in Sonora, Mexico. Far from a barren desert, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge harbors nearly 400 plant species. For thousands of years, runoff from the mountains during summer monsoons and winter rains eroded into the valleys below bringing sand, silt and gravel. These soils support the plant community known as the creosote bursage flats, broad flats on gently sloping hillsides that support creosote bushes, white bursage, mesquite, palo verde, ironwood, ocotillo and an abundance of cacti, including cholla, and saguaro. Depending on the amount of rain the desert receives during the fall and winter, the spring flower show can be spectacular with more than 30 species flowering at once. The refuge is home to more than 275 different species of wildlife. Endangered Sonoran pronghorn and lesser longnosed bats call this parched land home, as do desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoises and many other species of lizards, snakes, and even a few toads. Many birds migrate through the area during spring and fall. The migrating warblers, swallows and flycatchers find food and shelter along the refuge’s vegetation-lined washes. Others birds reside here year-round, including elf owls that peer from holes carved in the saguaros by Gila woodpeckers. The refuge also contains critical prehistoric and historic cultural resources. Ethnographically, the refuge is the homeland of the Hia C-ed O’odham. Traditionally, the Hia C-ed O’odham were a hunting/gathering populations, living in small, dispersed bands throughout the refuge. Historic sites are primarily early 20th century ranching and mining camps and prospecting strikes.

The Cabeza Prieta Peak - the Refuge namesake


rockypointtimes@yahoo.com • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter • www.rptimes.com years. To this day, people from all over the world travel to the refuge to drive or walk the ‘El Camino’.

The Endangered Sonoran pronghorn

The refuge does contain the El Camino del Diablo trail district which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. This National Historic District is a 1 mile wide corridor centered on the original trail used by travelers in the

Desert Bighorn Sheep in Cabeza Prieta NWR

Today, the refuge’s management priorities are focused on recovery and monitoring of endangered Sonoran pronghorn and lesser long-nosed bat; monitoring bighorn sheep populations; controlling invasive plants; maintaining the refuge wilderness character; and providing visitor opportunities to recreate and hunt, along with environmental education outreach efforts.

Petroglyphs in Charlie Bell Pass

region. The name El Camino del Diablo “the Devil’s Highway” first appears in historical records from the 1850s, and was likely coined by prospectors on their way to California gold fields. It earned its name as the most deadly immigrant trail where over 400 travelers perished over the

Saguaro Cactus Forest

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge

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Re-Creating Fashion

By Naomi Black

Years ago, we were living in the throwback little town of Ajo, Arizona. (Why we were living there is definitely a story for another day.) Anyhow, we had a “big city” event to attend...and of course, I had nothing to wear! Where to go shopping in Ajo? There was the Ajo Thrift Store, and so I searched. In a dank, dark and musty corner I found a pair of drapes and a valance. With a bit of work it just could become something nearly perfect! I called it my Scarlett O’Hara dress. You remember the scene in Gone with the Wind? When she dons a gown made from heavy draperies in a scene where she is attempting to fool Rhett Butler that she was still wealthy. So, I brought home my draperies, cut off the pleats and hooks, trimmed the hems and washed this fantastic fabric so as to re-invent it as a dress. I even was able to re-use the trim from the valance and added a tassel (just to be sure and keep that Scarlett O’Hara feeling.) Over the years, I wore the dress to several events. Of course, there was always that lingering worry that I may have left the curtain rod attached!...I am sure you can just picture in your mind the classic Carol Burnett parody, entitled “Went with the Wind” where Carol Burnett (as

Scarlett) descends the staircase in her handmade dress - complete with curtain rod - saying, “I saw it in the window and just couldn’t resist it.” Although I have been sewing since I was 6, this was really the beginning of my addiction for the art of Re-Creating Fashion through recycling clothing items for a second, renewed life! In 2012, I was invited to show a collection of Re-Created Flamenco styles in Tucson, Arizona at the Flamenco Festival. I presented a variety of flamenco inspired outfits, each of which was “reCycled” from several other clothing items which I had found at thrift stores, yard sales or in my closet. Returning to Peñasco, I was really energized to produce a small Fashion show here. I invited Casa Turquesa to be involved and we had our first Fall Fashion Fiesta in November of 2012, hosted at Wrecked at the Reef. I was unsure of the response, so it was unbelievably exciting to have literally hundreds in the audience! This fall marks the third Annual Fall Fashion Fiesta with a continued emphasis on recycling, re-using and repurposing. For 2014, the Fashion Show will feature several local designers. I hope you will join us at 1:00 on Monday, November 3rd at the Caribbean Parrot! Details at: www. mexiconaomi.blogspot. com or Fall Fashion Fiesta (on Facebook).


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More Spanish Phrases That Seem to Make No Sense... By Jim Ringquist

I have touched on this subject a couple times in the past and maybe you are getting tired of finding out just how much Spanish you do not know, but I find differences in languages and customs fascinating, and understanding some of the idiosyncrasies of a foreign language can be one of the hardest things to overcome. We certainly have our share in the English language. Just imaging an English language student hearing someone say that you are “putting lipstick on a pig”. So for the sake of all you future Spanish speakers out there, here is another list of some of the commonly used, seemingly nonsensical phrases. Since the Spanish language varies so much from region to region these may or may not be the exact phrases that are used in a particular area - but they are pretty universal. Por si las moscas Literal: For if the flies Used as: Just in case. Example: El día está nublado, me voy a llevar el paraguas por si las moscas. Translation: It’s a cloudy day, I’m taking an umbrella just in case.

Peñasco Beauty Center…

where everyone knows your name By Kit Anderson

By Marcia Diane

Nothing compares to the unique experiences traveling to Rocky Point offers. Visitors enjoy beautiful beaches, stunning golf courses, luxury resorts, and many fabulous shops and restaurants where one can practice their language skills.

Poner las pilas Literal: Put batteries in Used: Get ready / Wake up / Be alert Example: Si quieres que te asciendan te tienes que poner las pilas. Translation: If you want that promotion you have to put in your batteries. Poner los cuernos Literal: To mount/put horns on someone Used as: To cheat or be unfaithful. Ex: Terminé con mi ex-novio porque me puso los cuernos. Translation: I broke up with my ex-boyfriend because he cheated on me. No tener dos dedos de frente Literal: Not having two fingers of forehead Used as: He/She is not smart. Ex: No pasó el examen porque no tiene dos dedos de frente. Translation: He failed the test because he’s not smart.

Fluent in Spanish or not, our visitors love adventure and won’t hesitate to haggle with a shop keeper over the price of a great find, or taste the local cuisine, even if they can’t read the menu. Sampling the menu at a local salon for the first time however, may be a bit daunting even for the most seasoned traveler. When it comes to personal services

Sacar de quicio Literal: Take out of the doorjamb or frame. Used as: Exasperate. Example: Me saca de quicio cuando mis alumnos no me prestan atención. Translation: It exasperates me when my students don’t pay attention. Tomar el pelo Literal: Grab or drink the hair Used as: To kid or fool someone. Equivalent to pulling someone’s leg. Example: Mi hija me estaba tomando el pelo cuando me dijo que se hizo un tatuaje. Translation: My daughter was pulling my leg when she told me she’d gotten a tattoo. Echar el muerto Literal: throw the deceased Used as: To put the blame or the responsibility on someone else. Example: Yo no rompí la lámpara, no me eches ese muerto a mi. Translation: I didn’t break the lamp, don’t put that on me. Que onda? Literal: What wave? Used as: What’s up? This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Group, www.sonoranresorts. mx, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing.

A literary column

that affect on how you look and feel, you want to be sure you understand what you’re asking and paying for. This can be a little difficult for those of us with a limited Spanish vocabulary. Not to worry! No matter your language proficiency nothing will get lost in translation at Peñasco Beauty Center! With five years in the business, American owners Kit & Kevin have created a chic and friendly environment where all visitors will feel right at home as soon as they walk through the door. Providing all (and more) of the comforts, services and standards, you’ve grown accustomed to in your hometown shop, this unique Salon & Spa will quickly become your home away from home in Rocky Point. Having an exceptional team to care for your every need is also a bonus! Managers, Iza & Haley, fluent in English

& Spanish, will welcome you with a glass of wine, water, or soda, and ensure your visit is enjoyable and relaxing. If you have a special request, or question about a service or price, these two gals will be right by your side to make sure all your needs are met. Karla, a highly skilled hair stylist and nail technician, is the newest addition to the team and already has a growing client list. Veterans, Ivonne & Veronica, have been working with Peñasco Beauty Center since they opened their doors and each have over 10 years of experience in massage therapy, facial treatments, mani/ pedi’s and more. All speak a fair amount of English and are well known throughout Rocky Point for their extraordinary skills. Peñasco Beauty Center offers a full service Spa, Nail Salon, Hair Salon, and a little boutique filled with makeup and personal care items. So if you forgot to pack your favorite lipstick, sunscreen, or fragrance you won’t have to waste your precious time running all over town. With services that far exceed anything you would expect to find “off the beach,” you may be surprised to learn that their prices are affordable and well below what you would pay in the U.S. They accept dollars and pesos and have a price match guarantee that is unbeatable! So next time you are in Rocky Point be sure to visit Peñasco Beauty Center, where everyone knows your name, even though you may not be able to remember or pronounce theirs. Peñasco Beauty Center is located on Ave. Constitucion, next to Super Ley. For appointments call 638-383-1086, email contact@penascobeautycenter.com. You can also visit them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Well folks, I’m not sure if this is a good or bad sign, but I took my own advice. Last column you will remember I strongly urged everyone to take a closer look at the poetisas in Mouth To Mouth. So I did and got utterly taken by the work of Mónica Mansour. Mónica was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1946 and has lived in Mexico since 1956; she is the divorced mother of three children. She has a master’s degree from National Autonomous University of Mexico in Liberoamerican Letters. Though she has several published works, she had principally dedicated herself to translation and research. I quite like the divorced mother of three part, because it demonstrates a degree of tenacity unusual in anyone, let alone a woman from a country and a time that frowned mightily on such status. For me she embodies what the book Mouth To Mouthputs forth:…” by engaging a feminine discourse, threatened much of the patriarchal literary canon.” These risks taken in her day may seem old fashioned to us in modern times, but know that they were radical then as indeed, if we give it a little thought, they are now. …………………………………...…… Untitled Look, friend, you don’t know me, and I don’t know you. I can’t make out that much: only a few details of liberation and some of tenderness. Because, you know, when we spend several days together, we spend them feeding ourselves those details necessary for life as it is lived day by day. As far as that goes, I remember the details; the rest, you understand, I cannot fathom. Sin Título Mire, compañero, usted no me conoce, ni yo lo conozco a usted. Por eso nunca lo recuerdo: solo algunos detalles de libertad o algunos de ternura. Porque, sabe compañero, cuando pasamos varios días juntos, los ocupamos en darnos esos detalles que hacen falta para la vida cotidiana, día con día. Por eso solo recuerdo los detalles; lo demás, sabe, ni lo conozco. ……………………………...………… Lovely don’t you think and is it not so. This is a fine prose piece, while different from her poetry, elegant and yet down to earth. Join us, won’t you, for our on-line monthly writing group at m.diane. writeon@gmail.com.


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Where Ospreys Rule By Steve Franklin

Ospreys are Rocky Point’s prestigious and protected raptor that rules the skies over our shorelines. There are no Bald or Golden eagles here and the Ospreys have control over any of the hawk, falcon and owl species. Where they lose in a battle is with ‘us’. Mankind is the osprey’s number one enemy. People in our streets have beat down their nests built on top of power line poles for decades. The nests sometimes interfere with the power equipment and can cause outages. In other cases, people are not happy with the ospreys that live above them, as they tend to be messy birds while they are raising their chicks. Another battle ospreys deal with is picking up discarded fishing line or bailing string. This litter that man could control better, is attractive to ospreys when they

build a nest. It helps hold together the twigs that assist in sustaining the occasional wind storms. The problem is; the ospreys become entangled in the fishing line and string and die a horrible death hanging from their home perch. Through conservation efforts the CFE has agreed to alleviate the osprey nest building problem. In Cholla Bay they have installed osprey perches on carefully chosen power poles so the osprey’s can build their nests in a safe location without disturbing the power lines or people’s property. The Community of Las Conchas has developed the same solution as well in the past with great success. It is believed that both communities are in need of several more perches in order to satisfy the number of mating pairs that the region requires. Work is currently being done to have several more perches installed. Through my summertime travels in the area of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons I have noticed over 100 perches that the power companies provided for the ospreys. Throughout the 5 weeks of travel I did not notice one instance where an osprey built a nest onto a power pole unless there was a perch already installed. It must be an uncanny attraction that the ospreys instinctively know that the perch provided is easier and safer to build on than a live power line.

Last winter, the CFE, provided two complimentary perches in Cholla Bay thanks to Chief Engineer Daniel Castro’s efforts. The perches worked like clockwork. Within days two separate pairs of ospreys began building their nests and offspring appeared in less than 6 weeks. “It’s like they know exactly what to do when a perch goes in”, Daniel stated. Daniel is working to have more osprey perches installed in Cholla Bay this winter. The litter problem can only be controlled by ‘You’! Discarded fishing line and netting material is detrimental to every living species that swims, flies or walks in the desert ecosystem of Puerto Penasco. My next mission will be to encourage the officials of Rocky Point to hand out stiff

fines and punishments to anyone caught deliberately throwing out trash in the waters or shorelines of Rocky Point. I hope to have people realize that each act of littering upsets the biological chain that is very precious and fragile for life to sustain in this area. Wildlife in our Rocky Point area helps sustain life as we know it in our Rocky Point area. If the wildlife doesn’t flourish the circle will be broken and we ourselves will not flourish. Every little or large organism affects another up the chain and Yes!, that includes the vital shrimp industry. I have much more to tell you about ospreys. That will come in another article. For now let’s all work together to protect this wonderful but fragile coastline that we all call home.


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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

Eddie Wharez

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.

Joe Houchin

Joe Houchin writes the blog for www.sonoranresorts.mx, 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.

Vince Deadmond

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

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,

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

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

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


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News Alert!

U.S. Postal Service Facility in Lukeville at Risk of Closing Down Within Next Few Months

By Joe Houchin

If you use the Lukeville postal facility at all, you may have heard the rumor that it is at risk of closing in the very near future. Well, brace yourself for the fact that this is a fact. However, we hasten to say that there may be some action we can take to alleviate what would be, at best, a traumatic occurrence that would cause a chain of unwelcome and confusing events as thousands of residents and businesses in Rocky Point scramble for PO Boxes from Ajo to probably Gila Bend, not counting the additional time and toil on our vehicles and psyche while adapting to the major shakeup in our lives and cost of living. Here’s what’s happening to cause the problem and how we might solve it by acting fast with immediate action: The lease that USPS has on the space next to the duty free shop is up in September (this September!) and the new lease amount has been increased to beyond what the USPS is willing to pay. The amount they are willing to pay is based on the use they feel the location has for patrons. USPS has already turned down the new lease amount and set out the procedure for closing the operation if the owners don’t renegotiate the rate. We don’t have all the details on the procedure required for a USPS facility to cease operating, but it does require some time as they have to have a town hall type meeting (and notify everyone involved in plenty of time to attend said meeting), that would include all the PO Box owners and General Delivery address users, which, by the way, includes folks from Why and Ajo, plus many Border Patrol employees and residents of Sonoyta. There is a general feeling that the national USPS administration is unaware of how many people depend on mail delivery to this particular office. This is where we come in and could influence their thinking on the value of this location to their constituents. There are two phone numbers (below) we need to flood with calls informing USPS of the great need this office fulfills to expats living in Mexico (not just Sonoyta and Rocky Point) who receive 100% of their mail through the Lukeville office. USPS is supposed to log all inquiries regarding closures no matter the

method used. We know they are conducting studies to determine which offices to close for budget reasons, however, logic would dictate that the most likely ones to close would be those that have the biggest overhead and still have another facility near enough not to create major trauma among patrons, such as those in big cities where offices exist within just a few miles of each other. Again, the reason for this office being considered for closure is not a result of these studies although the increased lease amount does bring it into the budgetary realm, we suppose. We need to look at the action required of us as one of “blanket” communication, which should include getting all the other means by which we can notify USPS of our serious concern over the consequences of not having a mail box in Lukeville. Those other means of communication might be email and fax numbers which they should be required to give upon request. Since knowledge of this just came to our attention the middle of last week while on the road, and Monday being a holiday there has been no time research for emails and fax numbers. If we operate as a large team with the same objective, we may find more and even better numbers to call for more direct effect. But these two numbers will be an effective starting point: MAIN INQUIRY NUMBER: 1-800-2758777 (1-800-ASK USPS) USPS TRACKING NUMBER: 1-800-2221811 (You may have to push a few buttons before you can push a few buttons...) It may seem pointless to call the Lukeville office since the employees there make no executive decisions, however, if they start getting many calls they will be in a position to honestly say they have been flooded with calls about this, which could help our effort a lot. The number for the Lukeville USPS is 1-520387-6364. If you don’t depend on Lukeville for your mail, you most likely know someone who does, so post information on your Facebook page ask friends to call these numbers as well. If you know or learn of other numbers, email addresses, fax numbers that might help the effort, please share them in every way you can.

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

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CLASSIFIEDADS ANNOUNCEMENTS BILINGUAL SERVICES SUNDAY 10AM with Peñasco Christian Fellowship. Bilingual services also offered Wednesday at 7PM. Located ½ block E. of the Melchor Ocampo & Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez intersection. North from Las Conchas Pemex, ½ blk E. at 3rd stop sign past railroad tracks. For more info. call Stan or Becky at 383-4513. (#1-24) JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES KINGDOM HALL Thursday Ministry School & Service Meeting 7pm. Sunday Public Discourse 9:30am. Located on the (baseball) stadium road, on the left, just before the big blvd. Call 382-0049 or 383-3885. (#a1a) GRUPO UNIDAD CRISTIANOS DE PEÑASCO Pastor Ernesto Portugal. Headphones available for English translation. Sunday service 10:30AM, Thursday Service 7:30PM, Children’s school same hours. Church office open Monday through Friday 9:30AM to 2PM. Located on Simon Morua. Call for info. (01152-638) 383-2240. (#1-ch) ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM – Charity organization operated for 9 years now by Barb and Mark Olszewski, helping 9 schools and over 2,500 students. If anyone would like to help us with donations of spiral notebooks, pencils, crayons, erasers, rulers, etc...it will really be appreciated. You may use the offices of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper for a drop-off-point (off Calle 13map in paper), or get information at www.rockypointclassroom.com (#1-AAC)

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)

DUKE’S REST & BAR – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, daily specials. Plutarco Elias Calles between 14 & 15st. Open every day from 7AM. Call (044638) 104-0338 OR (044-638) 380-6650. (#56-11)

ART GALLERIES

DENTAL SERVICES

MERMAID’S MARKET Arts and Crafts. Showcasing local artisans. First and Third Saturdays 10-3 (October thru April) Shrimp Plaza at Benito Juarez and Freemont. www.mermaidsmarket.com (# MM-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) 1063611. On Constitucion, across from Super Ley. (#25-1) BILL PAYING SERVICE WHILE YOU’RE AWAY I’LL PAY YOUR electric, water, phone, bills, etc. Since 1993 I’ve been working with Immigration services. English/Spanish spoken. References available. Call Silvia Villa at Premium Services, locally at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 4761187, or email me at sivife@ hotmail.com. (#30-2) COFFEE AND COFFEE HOUSES

PUERTO PEÑASCO ‘ROCKIES’ WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL – Needs team boosters and sponsors!! Visitors are welcome to come watch us practice each Sunday 3-6PM at the Municipal Gymnasium on the main Blvd. at the north end of town. WE NEED DONATIONS to purchase sport wheelchairs for basketball. We ALSO NEED basketballs and uniforms!! Call Mark (602) 324-9529 or in Rocky Point (011-52-638) 383-4963. Email markbarb@prodigy.net.mx (#1WC)

MAX’S CAFÉ: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, Dinner, Pizza, Full Espresso and Liquor Bar. Free Wireless Internet & Phone to the U.S. Located in front of Hotel Peñasco del Sol. Live Music Thur-Sun 8PM-11PM 383-1011. (#56-5)

BARB’S DOG RESCUE – located 8 miles north of Rocky Point on the highway to Sonoyta, signs on both sides of highway. Also donation drop off point at Twin Dolphins Real Estate on Blvd Fremont, next to Cruz Roja (Red Cross). BarbsDogRescue@ aol.com. Mexico (011-521-638) 114-1659 or (044-638) 384-0113. From the US dial (602) 324-7241. (#1-dg)

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) (011-52638) 383-5181 www.giuseppis. info. Leashed, well behaved dogs always welcome. (#56-6)

BEST COFFEE IN TOWN – XOCHITLS CAFE (Sally’s place) in Cholla Bay. Not to mention awesome food! Breakfast 6AM2PM! You can’t beat her chiles rellenos and spinach omelet. Call to order ahead 382-5283. (#5610)

WANT A DENTIST WHO USES THE latest in technology and equipment when getting your teeth cared for? Ernesto Grijalva, D.D.S. comes highly recommended by all of his patients – ask anyone of them! Stop by his office located on Blvd. Fremont, just south of the fire dept. or call Mario for an appointment (011-52-638) 3833434. (#64-3) FM3 SERVICES SERVICES FOR AMERICANS – PPermanent and Temporary Residence, Tax ID Numbers (Hacienda Registration), accounting services, bill paying and more. Office location: Sun Valley Business and Immigration Service, Blvd. Benito Juarez No. 191 Between Nicolas Bravo & Simon Morua. Call local at 3838891, from the U.S. dial (520) 829-4340 or email Bianeysvisa@ aol.com or Dynorasvisa@aol. com. English spoken. (#79-9) FM2/FM3/RFC/HACIENDA/ IMSS – If you don’t speak Spanish, or just want someone to help guide you through the process, call Silvia Villa at Premium Services at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 4761187 or sivife@hotmail.com. Translations from English to Spanish or Spanish to English also available – any document you need translated. Call Silvia whenever you need help with anything from bill paying to ordering flowers! (#79-1) FOR SALE TURN KEY FULLY FUCTIONAL ESPRESSO COFFEE CART – Ready to set up. Self-contained with fridge, espresso machine, coffee grinder all included. Ask for Anita or Maria (011-52-638) 383-5181. (#86-2) 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) 383-3919, (602) 324-7241 (#100-4) PUERTA PRIVADA LONG TERM LEASE 2 OR 3 bdrm condos for long term lease only. Furnished or unfurnished available. Visit model on site 9am to 5pm daily for more info. (#100-42)

HOUSES & CONDOS FOR SALE AJO HOUSE – 3bd, 2ba. Backyard faces County Park, mountain views. Has a/c full house backup generator. Bottom of “U” street, nice neighborhood in Ajo, AZ. (520) 387-5474. (#102-m) OLD PORT CONDO FOR SALE – It is extremely unusual to see first class property like this situated on the Malecon. 2 Bedroom 2 1/2 bathrooms. Fully equipped kitchen. Garage and ample street parking. Cell (044-638) 105-3418. Email vallesesp@gmail.com (#102-1) FOR SALE HOTEL-BARRESTAURANT ON ROCKY POINT BEACH- GRANADA DEL MAR – Bar/ Restaurant on the Mirador Beach. For information call (044-638) 112-3911. (044638) 107-1906 US (602) 4761244. Robert Fleischer Owner or Israel Vargas (#102-2) PRINCESA 2BED – 2 Bath, bank trunk in place ocean front view $179,900 cash. Call Pablorealty@hotmail.com (602) 288-8687 or 383-8667. Licensed agent in Sonora. (#102-5) INSURANCE SERVICES INSURANCE AND BONDING AGENCY – REAL estate Mexican & American Insurance: Auto, boat, life, house, commercial. Yolanda Silva, Agent. Ave Nayarit #62. Call 3836280. (#107-1) ADVANTI INSURANCE SERVICES Mexico Insurance: We are dedicated to providing the highest quality insurance for our customers; we handle Auto, Motorcycle, RV, Boat, Powersports & Medical Evacuation. Call Dennis at (480) 8920007. (#I-1) JEWELERS JOYERIA MAX – MAX’S JEWELTY - Custom design, repairs, diamonds and gemstones. Special orders are our specialty. Open 11AM – 9PM Monday through Saturdays. Shop located on the north side of No Reeleccion (Calle 26), just east of RR tracks. Lamek_fu@ hotmail.com. Call Max (011-52638) 388-5512 and 383-2698. (#110-2)

MASSAGE U.S.A. CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST. Several bodywork modalities available. Out calls or in clinic. $55 per hour. Best massage in town. Rita Pizarro, from U.S. dial (602) 748-4134, clinic (011-52-638) 383-8030, local dial 383-8030 or (044-638) 386-5203 or email ritapizarro@ gmail.com. (#120-6) PEST CONTROL 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 3838787. 24 hour emergency phone dial (044-638) 380-5136. (#1261) 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) 7484134, local dial (044-638) 1104728 or email tomthomas360@ gmail.com. (#140-4) RV PARKS & SPACES

ROCKY POINT HOME INSPECTIONS – Inspections by US inspector 25+years in Real Estate, Homes and Condos. Be a smart investor 602-538-0027 tomthomas360@gmail.com. (#157-1) 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. (#1574) AMERICAN HOME SERVICES – Your Home Services Concierge- all maintenance and handy services provided tiling, electrical, walls, painting, plumbing, dry wall, fans, etc. (520) 303-1016 or (044-638) 107 6750. (#157-9) WEBSITE DESIGN – Showcase your products or services and reach new customers. Services: web development/design, video commercials & photography. Visit: www.LifeinaBoxMedia.com (#157-10) EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO – Weddings/ engagements, corporate events & family gatherings. Fluent in both Spanish and English. Visit www. MannySanchez.photography or (638) 107 7086. (#157-11) NEED NEW WINDOWS? – We sell and install high quality vinal windows and door. Call Ken at Kinco Construction (044-638) 386-1471 or (520) 357-3054 kksjk61@gmail.com. (#157-4)

PARK YOU RV RIGHT AT THE WATERS EDGE – in Rocky Point at Playa Bonita RV Park. Call toll free from USA (1-888) 2328142. From Mexico (1-800) 4266482 info@playabonitamail.com (#152-2)

AQUA GRANDE TOWING – Tows to U.S.A. No Problem. All operators fluent in English and Spanish. Dennis Bleeker (01152-638) 383-5770. From the U.S. (520) 232-2149. (#157-3)

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PET SITTING SERVICE – DON’T WORRY about your animals for a day, week or month! Vacation with peace of mind. I will look after your cats or dogs. Lots of experience with animals! Phone Nancy at (011-52-638) 383-1012. (#157-21)

HEAD OUT TO ROCKY POINT – door to door shuttle service from Phoenix to Rocky Point. Group and one-way rates available. Wanna Go? Let Us Know! Email headout@cox.net, phone in the U.S. (602) 971-0166 or U.S. Toll Free (866) 443-2368. www. headouttorockypoint.com. No waiting in border lines when you ride with us! (#158-3)

SATELLITE TV, DSS, DBS, FTA, C/BAND – Home theater, internet, audio/video, sales, service, custom installations, residential and commercial. Mobile (044-638) 103-5317 Mex. VOIP (602) 635-2246 USA. (#157-2)

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The Mystery of Capital Gains Taxes in The Real Estate Transaction By Eleazar Jiménez Zamorano and Gretchen Corpe Ellinger

Much discussion about owning property here in Paradise centers around capital gains taxes. Misinformation abounds, and different laws apply to different types of properties and their property owners. Since most people want to talk about their personal residential property that is not used to generate income, and that is held in a deed of trust (bank trust), we will limit the discussion to that type of property. Property bought as an investment, to generate income, such as rental property, or to “buy and flip,” or property held in a Mexican corporation, are categories different than privately owned residential property. As well, the discussion is pertinent as the law now states, in mid-September 2014. Laws can change, sometimes dramatically, rendering previously good information useless. When a property transaction occurs, both seller and buyer have expenses, with capital gains tax often being the largest cost, and the most challenging to calculate. To prepare for a quote from the proper authority, the transaction coordinator will provide the office of the Notarío Público a copy of the deed to the property, the purchase price, a copy of the statement of value from the city, a current appraisal of the property done by a licensed appraiser, and other information that may be requested. The Notarío Público is the official who calculates the capital gains tax on behalf of the federal government of the Republic of Mexico. The truth is that capital gains taxes are very subjective. Federal law states that the capital gains tax for properties held in bank trusts will be 35% of the gain, depending upon the year (the percentage may change annually). The gain is the difference between the prices at which a seller bought his property subtracted from the price at which he is selling, less deductions. Capital gains tax must be paid at the time of the property transfer from former owner to new owner, and is paid by the seller. It is the Notarío Público who actually pays the capital gains tax on behalf of the seller, and the Notarío Público will provide a factura to the seller for the payment. A factura is most easily explained as an official receipt, which very clearly identifies the seller and the buyer, as well as the item purchased and its price. A factura can be used for tax deductions, while ordinary receipts usually cannot. There is much more to say about facturas, but that is for a different discussion. Back to capital gains tax... The first challenge to calculating the capital gains tax is the price the seller paid for the property he is selling, or his cost basis. The cost basis is the price which is recorded in the deed (bank trust), in the case of purchases in which the deed was registered on or before August 31, 2014. The price recorded in the deed is supposed to be the amount paid for the property, but we sometimes find the amount on the deed incorrect, either because of errors, or because of fluctuations in the exchange rate, or both. Unfortunately, once a deed has been recorded, then the purchase price is set in stone. Beginning with all transactions recorded on or after September 1, 2014, the Notarío Público will be required to issue to the buyer, in whose name a new deed has been registered, a factura for the purchase price of the property. When the buyer is ready to sell, the factura he received at the time he purchased will determine the cost basis for the transaction. The second challenge is deductions: receipts for improvements to the property can be used for capital gains tax deductions if the seller has proper Mexican immigration documents, is registered

with Hacienda (Mexican IRS), and has received facturas for the purchases he wishes to deduct. As well, some costs of closing the sale, such as the realtor commission and the value-added tax paid on that commission, plus transfer tax and public registry fee from when he purchased the property, may be deducted. The Notarío Público, a highly specialized property/tax attorney who has been selected for his expertise & appointed by the state government, has the responsibility of deciding exactly how much will be paid, up to the maximum percentage of gain allowed by law. The Notarío has a table of charges from the federal government to guide him. He considers the city value of the property, which is often higher than the sale price in these current challenging market conditions; the appraisal, which is mainly done to assist the Notarío with deciding the amount of capital gains tax to assess; the closing costs paid when the property was purchased (which sellers rarely have); the real estate commission being paid when selling the property; improvements to the property since it was purchased (the appraisal is used here); the part of the Republic in which the property is located capital gains tax is a federal tax, and the laws/rules/ guidelines are national in nature, even though real estate values and practices vary widely by state. The Notarío is charged with assessing capital gains tax for each transaction, and reduces the fee from the amount on his table of charges when he is able. The Notarío is responsible to justify his reduction if called upon to do so, and could be held responsible to pay the amount by which he reduced the tax, if an auditor disagrees with his decision. A Notarío decides each capital gains tax assessment on an individual basis. A transaction closing coordinator may ask for capital gains tax assessments from more than one Notarío before issuing a closing cost statement to the clients entering into a transaction, and she can use the assessment she likes best. Once she decides, she must use that Notarío through the end of the property transfer project generated by that transaction, because that Notarío must pay the capital gains taxes on behalf of the seller within 15 working days from the date of the closing of the transaction. One Notarío cannot pay capital gains taxes assessed by a different Notario. Most of the costs of closing a property transaction in Mexico can be predicted as in the USA, i.e. the transfer tax will be 2% of the purchase price, the appraisal will be $350-450, the liens and encumbrances report will be $40, etc. However, the process of the assessment of capital gains tax, and final result, is nearly impossible to predict. For this reason, only the most daring quote closing costs to either sellers or buyers. Clients can be protected by including in every offer to purchase a contingency that seller and buyer must review and accept closing costs, of which capital gains is part, prior to proceeding with the transaction. Many sellers think that selling “by owner” will save big bucks in real estate commission. However the truth is that a talented real estate agent, who works with a talented transaction coordinator, who has excellent relations with local Notaríos Publicos, can save a seller more in capital gains tax than he will spend in real estate commission - this is really the solution to the capital gains tax mystery. Editor’s note: Lic. Eleazar Jiménez Zamorano is the Suplente to Notaría Pública No. 76, and is a champion of property rights and a strong supporter of A.M.P.I., the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals. His office is located at Ave. Los Pinos #127, just off Calle Miguel Hidalgo, near the Numeros store. Contact Lic. Jiménez at EleazarJimenez@gmail.com or at (638)3881203/6350.

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

AMPI The Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales 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. 2014 OFFICERS: President: Rommel Bustamante President-Elect: Jorge Valdes V.P. Legal: Ricardo Bórquez V.P. Ethics: Wayne Corcoran V.P. Education: Gretchen Ellinger MLS V.P. President: Jonni Francis V.P. Public Relations: Richard Savino Secretary: John Fagundes V.P. Membership: Susie Flinn Treasurer: Rebecca Palomino V.P. Events: Jared Cranford VP Language & Culture: Fernando Curiel IS YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT OR RENTAL AGENT OR PROPERTY MANAGER A MEMBER OF AMPI?

ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM

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

AGRUPACION GEORGE PAPNICOLAOU

BOOK & EXCHANGE

CASA HOGAR (ELDERLY HOME)

CHOLLA CHARITIES FOUNDATION

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

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

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.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AA Meetings The Passport Club 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (next door to Galindo’s Café) English Speaking Meetings Mon.-Wed.-Fri. 10am-11am For more information call Conrad MX cell 638-110-2200. marsupis@gmail.com

AMERICAN LEGION POST MX 15 Located in the Mirador 141 Chihuahua & Matamoros (Across from the Pink Cadillac) Open daily 8AM - 8PM The Public is Welcome 2014 OFFICERS: Commander: Mike LaBarge First Vice Commander: Paul Raddatz General Meetings First Tuesday of every month at 6 pm (Oct-June) Contact the Post for dinner specials and special events scheduled throughout the year MagicJack (602) 539-0381 Mexico phone (011-52-638) 388-8841 Email americanlegionmx15@yahoo.com NEW MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES WELCOME!

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

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

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

BUNCO BABES 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.

CEDO Center for the Study of Oceans & Deserts Phone: 382-0113 or (520) 829-4501 Located in Las Conchas, look for the Fin Whale skeleton Mon. - Sat. 9AM-5PM; Sun. 10AM-2PM PO Box 1579, Lukeville, AZ 85341 info@cedointercultural.org www.cedointercultural.org CEDO is the Intercultural Center for the Study of Oceans and Deserts. Home to a giant fin whale skeleton and a desert botanical garden, CEDO is a field station for researchers and school classes, an education center with library, laboratories, book store and gift shop - An Intercultural Experience. CEDO is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, education and conservation of the planet’s last great frontiers: the Sea of Cortez. LOTS OF FUN AND GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS! FREE PUBLIC TOURS Every Tuesday 2PM; Saturday 4PM CEDO ADVENTURES FOR EVERYONE Kayak Capers Explore beautiful Estero Morua with expert guides. Local ecology talk, kayak rental, picnic feast,drinks all in an environment rich with shore birds, crabs and halophytes. Estero Excursions Oyster farms, fiddler crabs and the “shrimp dance” are part of this walking tour of a pristine upper Gulf wetland. Kayak Estero Morua and/or tour with CEDO experts. Tidepool Explorations Explore the tidepools with CEDO experts. Explore the Sand Dunes Spectacular Gran Desierto de Altar. This sea of natural dunes is the world’s largest. An experience you won’t forget! Pinacate Adventure Explore the geologic wonders of the Pincate Biosphere Reserve on a tour with CEDO experts. Isla San Jorge Snorkel with the sea lions in their natural habitat at Bird Island or just enjoy the scenery from the boat and take photos. A must do trip!

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

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

(Please note that our Chamber of Commerce is not like

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

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

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

COORDINACION DE SALUD MUN.

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

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 rockypointtimes@yahoo.com

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


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CLUBSANDORGANIZATIONS ESPERANZA PARA LOS NIÑOS 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 sanperegrinopenasco@gmail.com 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 ramonramos@prodigy.net.mx 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: pjlmarquez@aol.com Manos de Ayuda, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that provides rehabilitation, health education, medical and therapy equipment and supplies to children with special needs. They also help with construction modifications at a nursing home, a free clinic, and day care facility. These projects are made possible by volunteer efforts and financial assistance. Your help is always needed.

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

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

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 www.penascochildrensfoundation.org

PEÑASCO CHILDRENS FOUNDATION CON’T

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.

RED CROSS (CRUZ ROJA) CON’T

SOUTH OF THE BORDER SINGLES

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

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

RED HAT LADIES LUNCHEON

2 FISH MINISTERIOS

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

REHABILITATION CENTER

PINACATE BIOSPHERE RESERVE

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: tab@rockypoint.com Family of God Christian Fellowship PO Box 738, Lukeville, AZ 85341

ROCKY POINT CHRISTMAS

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 www.bpwpuertopenasco.com This association of professional business women meets once a week and helps young women who are finishing school - high school or college and who have economic needs.

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.

SANTA CLAUS CLUB

RED CROSS (CRUZ ROJA)

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

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SANTIAGO RUIZ SALCIDO ASSOCIATION

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

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

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

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 www.cometorockypoint.com Mon-Fri: 9am-2pm & 4-7pm, Sat 9am-3pm President: Hector Vazquez Lic. Ana Laura Saens: 383-7025 Rafael Gonzales V.: 388-0444

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 anaycruz@live.com From Blvd. Samuel Ocaña, turn north at sign on Pto. Ensenada. Go 10 blocks and the women’s center will be on your left, just before the last cross street.

YOUTH SPORTS FOUNDATION (638) 107-9936 Rick Busa: RBusa@ysf.com.mx 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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I am sending my renewal for a subscription. Thank you. Jack Nicewander Indianapolis, Indiana Thanks so much Sandy. Love all the great stories. Shannon Phoenix, AZ Dear Sandra, still hope to meet you one day – we did have a nice visit with Tom one afternoon, he was a wonderful man, we could tell from that one meeting. Sorry about your loss. Here’s a check for a 1-year renewal of RPTimes. We enjoy it and look forward to reading it each month. Mary (Mitzi) Newman Poway, California Dear Sandra, enclosed is a check to keep our subscription coming!! We really enjoy the paper and like to stay informed of life in Rocky Point. We have a winter place in Ajo and have spent many days camping on the $5.00 side of the Reef Beach. We slide our Port-a-Boat into the water and fish right there!! It’s so great. Sound like that is all coming to an end!!! Thanks for keeping us up to date on this in your paper. Hopefully we will be able to do it one more season!! Keep us posted!! Take care. Patty Furisnky Sandpoint, Idaho Sandra, As a proponent of planned progress, I applaud the many projects in various stages of completion to continue to entice tourism to Puerto Peñasco throughout our vacation market. However, it seems that standard, street signage has been totally neglected; thereby, missing an opportunity to provide minimal directional information to tourists. All the maps distributed to visitors denote street names, but without street signs, the maps are useless. Perhaps someone could put this issue on an agenda for consideration. What an opportunity to give our guests ease in navigating our community. Dona Hurley

Saw this Sat night while at RCPM and I kinda liked it but then I also am not a resident at the resorts so I may think different if I was staying nearby. I’m a sucker for lights and bling... lol Valerie Brian Burton Yes, I can see the new LAS PALMAS neon lights, from the beach, all the way out to the “Ranchito”. People always have something to disagree on and not we as individuals are never 100% satisfied. The sign is nice and the colors brighten up the place nicely at night. TACKY? TACKY is people leaving their garbage on the beach and not picking up after themselves!! Las Palmas is unique and not afraid to be the first to make a change. I won’t be surprised to see others start doing the same. Iris Renteria And as a Canadian I see they have the hockey game on the t.v. Can’t wait to get back to my winter home. Bob Stewart Yes, sports on flat screens @ Satisfied Frog. We tried a new restaurant, Rey Sol, on Benito Juarez, between Latitude 31 and Kaffeehaus. It’s really cute with nice décor. It’s in the building that used to be the Mayan Palace office. We were all happy with our food, which included the molcajete, the machaca enchiladas, the milanesa and the shrimp salad. The waitress was very charming, and occasionally broke out into song or hummed along with the background music. We all 4 agree that we recommend the place. Sue Swafford I need some help please. What is the old Best Western called now? I know it was the Playa Inn and now something else? Brandie Armer-Flanders Playa Inn (011-52-638) 383-5015 We were down in November… love that place…I hadn’t been there or years…used to go all the time With the news reporting everything that goes on...in particular...anything that has anything to do with death…or

shootings…my girl had never been there She is from Alaska...she loved it…we ran out of shrimp…need to restock…plus I’d like to take her out in the water for a dip this summer…while warm. It is awesome in the water on the beach. Don Giffen Well...come on down!! Thank you Aunty! Just got home from 4 days at the river with Jr. Hope all’s well south of the border. Love you and hope to see you soon. Patrick Kilcullen Well, you lucky dog! Haven’t been to the River for a spell! Does anyone know if the town has plans to do something about the acres of trash along the road to the Mayan Palace and just behind Las Conchas? It builds up with each time we come down. Such a negative for people coming in to tour the town and future Home Port. In other areas they are making such nice improvements. Linda S. People have been throwing their rubbage out there since the dump was moved a few years ago, but now I think the City is beginning to back-fill the areas where trash is. Hey You Cyber/Publisher Goddess friend, I just got your renewal card the other day and have enjoyed all the issues you sent me in the last year. I have asked my sweetie several times to get a damn passport so we can visit you and your crazy friends sometime. At this time I’ve been kind of tight playing the look-for-work-in-your-50’s game after a lay-off so I am going to wait a few weeks before I renew. To return the favor for your generosity I really want to volunteer an hour of my time for you. I am an expert in IT Administration and desktop troubleshooting…big words that says I’m a bonafide computer guy. I don’t care if it is a virus removal, network problem, server issue or helping a squirley old fart customer of yours send an email, I am at your disposal. And if you don’t take my offer I’m going to drive down there, track you down, drag you into a cantina and buy you a cactus drink! I have so enjoyed your

paper and think you are the bomb. Brad Bennett Hey, you better watch out what what you threaten...you don’t know me when TEQUILA and I get together. I wouldn’t want to embarrass your friends (or mine!). SandyO PS…YOU are the Bomb for saying I”M the Bomb! Congrats YUMMI Salads… can’t wait to stop in to your new place this weekend!! Marie Gonzalez Yes, their new location is in Plaza Fremont on Blvd Fremont at the corner of Sinaloa. You know you are close when you smell the wonderful aromas of their new menu wafting from the kitchen. I have a friend who is headed down for the first time and unfortunately she did not realize she needed her passport, has anyone tried going without a passport? I’ve just always had mine so I don’t know what they will say at the border. Molly Pilcher She will get a ‘warning’ from the US officials as she crosses back into the USA, for forgetting to bring her passport. Next time she will remember to pack it. I stopped at the Lukeville Post Office on Friday. The lease is up at the end of September. The young man there didn’t know how negotiations were going, but assured me I’d get a refund on the unused portion of the box fee. They are thinking about a trailer PO in Why. Take the time and go to the USPS web site and complete a complaint form. Go to: www.usps. com Click at bottom where it says On USPS.com then: customer service, then contact us, then email us Inquiry type is: problem, then support, then probably with a location You then will be asked for a date when this problem occurred. You must use a current date not a future date. David Feltman


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Full Moon Dates

Month/Year

By Jim Ringquist

In today’s globalized entertainment world, movies, music and television programs circulate the planet and turn up in some interesting places. In Mexico, Hollywood movies are triumphant, and they are generally more popular than Mexican movies. U.S. television programs are popular, and American and British rock stars have lots of fans and visit Mexico on lucrative concert tours. One year, for example, the Rolling Stones’ biggest venue on the North American continent was in Mexico City. Mexican students are much more knowledgeable about contemporary English-language pop music than many Americans. But there is one sector of the Mexican entertainment market in which the American entertainment industry has not made a dent - that’s the telenovela industry. What’s a telenovela? It’s a type of series produced in Mexico and other Latin American countries. The closest equivalent in the United States to a telenovela is the soap opera. There’s a big difference though, between the two. A U.S. TV series of the soap opera genre, if successful, is never cancelled and will go on and on, lasting for decades. “All My Children” started in 1970, “General Hospital” began in 1963, and “As the World Turns” was first aired in 1956. The oldest American soap opera, “The Guiding Light,” actually began in the 1930s as a radio serial! As long as the ratings are good, the soap opera will go on and on and on. But the Latin American telenovela is a different concept. It’s of limited duration, a sort of extended mini-series. The telenovela typically is broadcast five nights a week, for about six months. If it’s really a big hit, it may be extended up to a year. Then it’s over. That’s because the telenovela is a novela - a “television novel.” It has a plot,

and when the plot ends the show ends. The writers have the story figured out, and how it ends, before the program is aired to the public. (But of course, as the show progresses the writers can make changes to the storyline). The “final episode” is advertised beforehand and viewers tune in with great anticipation to see how the story ends. In the Mexican entertainment industry, there’s a thin line between TV and pop music, so several pop stars, such as Thalia, Paulina Rubio and Salma Hayek, have also been telenovela stars. The telenovela is a popular genre in Mexico. People have their favorite programs and follow them faithfully. Mexican-produced telenovelas have had international success, and have been exported to other countries. Of course they are aired in other Latin American countries, but their popularity has spread to other regions and they are aired in such disparate countries as Russia, Romania, Indonesia and Korea. As well, Mexican telenovelas have been dubbed into more than 50 languages. The principal producer of Mexican telenovelas is media conglomerate Televisa, whose CEO and principal owner is Emilio Azcarraga, one of Mexico’s ten billionaires. And Televisa has recently been moving into the vast Chinese market. As a test run, the company began airing four Mandarin-dubbed telenovelas in China. They were wildly popular, so Televisa is taking it to the next step, having just signed an agreement with the People’s Republic of China’s government to produce Chinese versions of some of the company’s programs, including but not limited to telenovelas. (The Chinese government’s CCTV cable channel is also starting Spanishdubbed cable programming in Mexico.) Many Spanish language students also credit the telenovela with helping them to learn accents, pronunciations, and fluency because they are being entertained while learning and practicing.

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

2014

Moon phase

Date

Time

January

16

First quarter

October 1, 2014

12:33:02 PM

February

14

Full moon

October 8, 2014

03:50:43 AM

March

16

Last quarter

October 15, 2014

12:13:16 PM

April

15

New moon

October 23, 2014

02:56:14 PM

May

14

First quarter

October 30, 2014

07:48:56 PM

June

13

Full moon

November 6, 2014

03:22:56 PM

July

12

Last quarter

November 14, 2014 08:17:55 AM

August

10

New moon

November 22, 2014 05:32:04 AM

September

9

First quarter November 29, 2014 03:07:23 AM

October

8

Full moon

December 6, 2014

November

6

Last quarter

December 14, 2014 05:53:53 AM

December

6

New moon

December 21, 2014 06:36:15 PM

05:27:13 AM

First quarter December 28, 2014 11:32:50 AM


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CROSSWORD PUZZLE 3

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12

13

15

16 18

21

22

6

5

8

9

28

29

48

49

20

19 24

27

26

30

32

31 34

35

36

38 41

11

17

23

33

10

14

25

40

7

37

39 43

42

44

46

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50

51

52

53

54

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28. On cloud __

3. Sun. follower

29. Kilt wearer

4. Not singular

31. Enemy

5. Protesters’ gathering

34. Went very fast

6. Heed

35. Wash for wounds

7. Guitarist Paul

36. Launching __

8. Flatt of country music

37. Pressed

9. Delicate

39. Overcomes

10. Roman date

difficulties

11. Gestures assent

40. Freighter

17. Pennsylvania city

41. Breathe heavily

19. Culmination

42. Andes native

21. Sailor’s affirmatives

43. Copenhagen native

22. Brief note

45. Comic Wally

23. Pleads

48. Bro’s sib

24. Abraham’s nephew

49. Shaggy beast

C H A T O A T H P L A Y M G R E E R E X E L A I G YMS E F I N E U NO S O S E N E

D E N A S K I S N E L E L R A G S E E L

A W A K E N

L I E S S A A A C T O B MA B C A A R E

B R A C T H E A T A H A S T A N L O E D

E N D S

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2. Be obliged

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A B E D

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DOWN

CROSSWORD SEPTEMBER

ACROSS 1. Splendor 5. Egg __ 9. Fish feature 12. On the Iam, military style 13. Busy as __ (2 wds.) 14. Groom’s vow (2 wds.) 15. List of choices 16. Reduced 18. Depend (on) 20. Ringlet 21. New York’s capital 24. Hawaiian wreath 25. Give way 26. Seoul natives 30. Liverpool’s locale (abbr.) 31. Healthy 32. “Get’em, Fido!” 33. Term 36. Baby grand, e.g. 38. “The Raven” poet 39. Floor covering 40. Detected 43. Extinct creature 44. Golfer’s concern 46. Meddling 50. Co. abbr. 51. Not any 52. Director Kazan 53. Harper Valley gp. 54. Former spouses 55. Pupil’s table

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N A OM G Y

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I S S U E S

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