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DIALING INSTRUCTIONS from the U.S., Canada and Mexico



Eddie Wharez..............................383-8633/(602) 324-9328


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

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



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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Acqua Spa..........................388-5382/(623) 207-9275 Ajo Satellite Sales..............................(520) 387-4846 Aleman, Victor...................................044-638-105-7839


Baldwin, Bruce, MBA, PhD...............(044-638) 386-1445 or...............................................................(623) 910-2930 Beauty Design Studio by Gloria.........................383-8500 Bill Paying Service by Patricia Perez...................383-5737 Biosfera Dry Cleaners.........................................383-3929 Bonita RV Park........................................................383-1400 Bórquez, Ricardo, Atty.................388-6110/(520) 407-6756 Brooks, Dee............................................................383-3919


Casa de Carolina Rentals.................................383-5482 Chef Mickey Medina..........388-6844/044-638-386-4736 Coldwell Banker Rocky Point.............................383-4699 or...........................044-638-112-1197/(602) 334-4134 Contra Plagas............383-8787/044-638-110-1625


Dr. Andres Sidhartha Hindu P....388-5382/(623) 207-9275 Dr. Grijalva, D.D.S...................................................383-3434 Dr. Socorro, D.D.S...................383-4898/044-638-105-9847 Dr. Vazquez, M.D........................................383-3014

Galeria del Mar Bermejo.................................383-3488 Galeria Luis y Gaby...........................................383-7174 Giuseppi’s Espresso........................................383-5181 Glorias Beauty Salon....................................383-5075 Golf Course at the Mayan Palace....................383-GOLF Grijalva, Ernesto, D.D.S..................................383-3434 Gringo Pass Insurance.........................(602) 257-0887 Guardian Title and Escrow................(044-638) 386-1445 or...............................................................(623) 910-2930


Hacienda del Sol Furniture.......388-0545/(602) 903-2112 Head Out to Rocky Point Shuttle Service U.S. Toll Free.............(866) 443-2368/(602) 971-0166


InnSuites Hotels and Suites U.S. Toll Free.......................................... (888) INNSUITES JJ’s Cantina...................................................383-2785


La Casa del Capitan Restaurant......................383-5698 La Cocina de Ramon...........388-5362/044-638-112-0350 Laguna Shores Golf & Country Club..................383-4670 U.S. Toll Free...........................................(800) 513-1426 Lighthouse Restaurant, The........................383-2389


Manny’s Beach Club....................383-3605/383-3215 Mayan Palace Golf Course............................383-GOLF Mexican Beach Developers...383-6099/044-638-384-7145 or.......................................................................(520) 777-0018 Mexican Vistas Co....................................(928) 649-0972 Mexico Bonito Bill Paying Service....................383-5737


Napa Auto (Ajo)...........................................(520) 387-6962 Optica Turati...................................................383-4645


Pablo Realty.........................................(602) 288-8687 Peñasco Marine...............................................383-3700 Pane e Vino Restaurant.....................(044-638) 105-7455 Peninsula de Cortes Golf Course.......................383-GOLF Petals & Perfums...........................................383-5758 Piteco Water Service........................................383-3315 Pizarrro, Rita....................388-8030/044-638-386-5203 Playa Bonita Resort.........................383-2586/383-2199 U.S. Toll Free........................................(888) 232-8142 Mexico Toll Free...................................01-800-426-6482 Playa Bonita Resort RV Park..............................383-2596 U.S. Toll Free........................................(888) 232-8142 Mexico Toll Free...................................01-800-426-6482 Pollo Papago...................................044-638-385-1301 Premium Services..............383-5758/(602) 476-1187 Puerta Privada...................383-1020/(480) 445-9200 Puesta del Sol Restaurant.............................383-2586


Rocky Point Calendar....................see Mexican Vistas Rocky Point Times Newspaper.....................383-6325 or...........................................................(480) 463-6255 Fax.....................................................383-5193


Salerno, Rosarie............382-5147/044-638-384-7145 or.........................................................(520) 777-0018 Sanborns Insurance......U.S. Toll Free (800) 222-0158

Seaside Window Coverings.........................383-5181 Si I Do! Wedding Planners..................................383-0700 Silva, Yolanda Insurance...................................383-6280 Sonora Solar..................................................382-5010


Tax Servicers LLC..................................(630) 839-9129 The Lighthouse Restaurant..............................383-2389 Tom’s Pharmacy......................................(520) 387-7080 Tom Thomas Home Inspection......044-638-110-4728 or.........................................................(602) 748-4134 Turati Optical.................................................383-4645 Twin Dolphins Real Estate and Rentals.........383-3919 or............................................................(602) 324-7241


Vazquez, Luis, MD.............................................383-3014 Victor Aleman...................................044-638-105-7839


Wedding Music by Pablo............................(602) 288-8687 Wharez, Eddie.............................383-8633/(602) 324-9328


Xochitl’s Cafe (Sally’s Cholla Cafe)..........................382-5283 Yolanda Silva Insurance.................................383-6280 ZaGas..............................................................383-8100 Zamora Gardening Services.................................383-6794

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 Telefonos 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 Cornejo’s To Go 383-5050 7 days 9am-6pm

EMERGENCY & Important Phone Numbers



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. La Duela Pizza 388-4414, Closed Wed. TIKI Fresh Foods (044-638) 105-8001 (044-638) 112-0996 9am-9pm, Closed. Sun. Tortas San Luis 388-6405 7 days, 9am-9pm Zuquin Cakes 383-3250 (044-638) 105-4389 7 days, 9am-5pm

Pet Friendly

HOTELS AIR AMBULANCE (dial within Mexico) AirEvac...............................................................001-880-321-9522 SkyMed Air Ambulance....................................001-866-805-9624 AIRPORTS International....................................................under construction Municipal.........................................................................383-6097 CITY HALL (Municipal Building) H. Ayuntamiento de Peñasco........................383-2056/383-2060 CLINICS Clinica San Jose...............................................................383-5121 Clinica Santa Fe..............................................383-2447/383-4040 Clinica Santa Isabel (Maternity)......................................383-3645 Clinica Santa Maria..........................................................383-2440 Cruz Roja (Red Cross)......................................................383-2266 Desert Senita Community Health Center.............(520) 387-5651 Gonzalez AmeriClinic......................................................388-7676 ELECTRIC Emergency dial...071 Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).........................383-2684 FIRE DEPARTMENT Emergency dial...068 Departamento de Bomberos..........................................383-2828 FISHIERIES DEPARTMENT Departamento de Pesca..................................................383-2116 Oficina de Pesca, San Diego, CA...........................(619) 233-4324 GARBAGE/SANITATION DEPARTMENT Oomislim..........................................................................383-4909 GAS (Propane) Hidrogas...........................................................................383-5650 Z’Gas................................................................................383-8284 ZaGas................................................................................383-8100 HOSPITALS (See Clinics also) Community......................................................................383-4566 IMSS (Social Security)......................................................383-2870 Municipal.........................................................................383-2110 IMMIGRATION...............................................................383-2526 MARINE RESCUE (VHF Channel 26) Port Captain.....................................................................383-3035 Emergencies dial.............................................462 or 627 or 767 POLICE Emergency dial...066 Puerto Peñasco Station.................................383-2626/383-1616 State Judicial Police (Policía Judicial del Estado)............383-2783

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

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!


by Tom O’Hare EDITOR

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, Tempe and Sedona, Arizona. We bulk mail to over 500 monthly subscribers. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are bulk mailed from Lukeville, AZ every month. A 1 Yr. Subscription is $35 (12 issues). Please send a check with your name and address to: S. O’Hare, PO Box 887, Lukeville, AZ 85341. ADVERTISING IN THE ROCKY POINT TIMES We offer display and classifieds ads. LOW Ad prices are in USD, charged per month, and do not include I.V.A. Contracts available. AD DEADLINE 10th of the month, preceeding publication CLASSIFIEDS ADS $10 USD for 25 words • 10¢ per word thereafter LOGO CLASSIFIED ADS: $35 + word count of ad MEXICO OFFICES: Pino Suarez No. 124, off of Calle 13 Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico 83550 C. P. U.S. MAILING ADDRESS Please send correspondence to address PO Box 887, Lukeville, Arizona 85341 TELEPHONE & FAX from the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-6325 Local dial 383-6325; Fax: 383-5193 from the U.S. dial (480) 463-6255 EMAIL ADDRESS & WEBSITE Facebook and Twitter CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rita Pizarro, Alice Omang, Rosarie Salerno, Lonesome Lui, Dave & Debby Penn, Nancy Phelan, Cap ‘n Greg, Anita K., Zack & Mark Paliscak, Sandy Spain, Eddie Wharez, Richard Savino, Gretchen Ellinger ROCKY POINT TIMES STAFF Tom O’Hare - Editor/Publisher Sandra O’Hare - Managing Editor Lannette Phipps - Graphic Artist Alicia Grajeda - Administrative Executive Claudia Rivas - Account Executive 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.

The newly appointed consul general for Nogales, Chad P. Cummings, visited Rocky Point last month for the purpose of introducing himself and his agenda for a better line of communication between the residents of Rocky Point and the consulate. My meeting with him was attended by representatives from all over the local media here in Rocky Point. The initial meeting was held at Clinica Santa Fe, with about fifty people attended. Several questions were asked of, and answered by the Consulate General. The concerns ranged from the “Fast and Furious” guns going to the drug cartels, U.S. Travel Warnings, U.S. border entrance to Mexico, and what do we do if a U.S. citizens dies in Mexico, to how the consulate can in general assist U.S. citizens in Mexico. In reference to Fast and Furious, that is a federal investigation. Travel warning come from the U.S. Government, however Chad will have more input as it relates to Rocky Point, the same applies to border crossing. In the case of death, only a family member with proper I.D. (U.S. driver’s license, passport, etc.) can identify and make arrangements for the deceased. The consulate urges U.S. citizens to notify them in advance when traveling out of the U.S., with their name and emergency contact numbers in order to expedite solving any unforseen problems. At the City Hall in Rocky Point, from 10am to 2pm every Wednesday, there is a virtual link with the consulate for anyone’s use. U.S. Consulate office hours 8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday. From Rocky Point dial (01-631) 3118150 Press 0. Emergency 24hrs (045631) 318-0723. Consul General (01631) 313-4797. Editor’s note: I’m glad to see the Consulate taking an active interest in Rocky Point and thanks to our own Señor Fausto Soto for his service.

Pictured above and below with the newly appointed Consul General for Nogales, Chad P. Cummings: Tom O’Hare – Rocky Point Times Newspaper; Octavio Sandoval – NN.Nuestras Noticias; Jose Antonio Perez Rivera – Radio XEQC/JoinUs; Eduardo Vallejo - JoinUs; Denise Lopez – Diario de Sonora; Azucina Mazon – Telemax/Radio Sonora; Luis Javier Paredese – Numerounoonline/www.Vissiontotalsom. Bottom photos show participants at the open meet and greet.


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CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE LATEST EVENTS! EVERYDAY American Legion Post MX-15 open from 12pm-7pm in El Mirador in the old Los Juanes Restaurant. Cet-Mar Aquariums – Center for Sea Studies. Come and see, feed and touch sea creatures up close and personal Monday-Friday 10am5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm. Children $2, Adults $3. Bag of food $2. Located on the road to Las Conchas. Call 3820010 for more info. MONDAYS 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English). 6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish). TUESDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Public Talk 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. CBSC – Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club meets once a month (on Tues. or Sat.). WEDNESDAYS SOBS – South of the Border Singles meet every Wednesday for Happy Hour at Playa Bonita Resort. First Wednesday of every month is business meeting. 1PM – Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. 5PM – AA meets (Spanish). THURSDAYS 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. All welcome. 4PM Bingo (Loteria) at Casa Hogar, Home for the Elderly. Everyone welcome to participate. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina FRIDAYS 8AM Alcoholics Anonymous “Freebirds” newcomers/book study meeting. Call 3825001 for more info. Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. SATURDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Nature Talk in English and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Fun experience for the entire family. Call 382-0113 for info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) 6PM AA meets (Spanish). Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. SUNDAYS 9AM Non-Denominational Worship Services with Family of God. Located at their new location on Blvd. Costera N 2000A (in the old Las Palmas office bldg.). Everyone welcome. Church Office: 383-3480. 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac

Wednesday 1st 10am Virtual Consulate at the Municipal Building (City Hall). 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador.

Sunday 12th 11am-2pm Brunch at Pane e Vino. 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador.

Thursday 2nd 34th Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Festival, Concert and Show at the Ajo Community Golf Course. 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina – all welcome. 7-9pm Documentary Movie night at CEDO in Las Conchas.

Monday 13th 9am – 4x4 group leaves for day trip from Playa Bonita RV Park.

Friday 3rd 34th Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Festival in Ajo. 9am-4pm Ajo Piecemakers 16th Annual Quilt Show at the Curley School Auditorium – quilt raffle, door prizes, demonstrations, quilting and craft vendors. 10am-3pm Open Artists Studios in Ajo. Live Entertainment The Lighthouse Restaurant. Saturday 4th Saturday Cooking Class with Chef Mickey at Mickey’s Place in Plaza del Sol on Blvd. Fremont. 34th Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Festival in Ajo. 9am-4pm Ajo Piecemakers 16th Annual Quilt Show in Ajo. 10am-3pm Open Artists Studios in Ajo. 12-2pm Rocky Point Ramblings English Radio Talk Show on FM 106.1. 12-3pm Explore Estero Morua with CEDO Experts. 2pm CEDO Free Nature Talk in English and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Fun experience for the entire family, call 382-0113. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish. 7pm Ajo Community Players’ 16th Annual Vaudeville Show at the Dicus Auditorium – fun eclectic performances by local talent. Live Entertainment at The Lighthouse Restaurant. Sunday 5th Superbowl Sunday!! Check your favorite haunt for game specials. 34th Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Festival in Ajo. 11am-3pm Ajo Historic Home Tour guided by knowledgeable docents dressed in Centennial attire. 11am-2pm Brunch at Pane e Vino on Benito Juarez. 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. Monday 6th 9am – 4x4 group leaves on daily excursions from Playa Bonita RV Park. Bring your 4x4 and hang out with some fun people and see some interesting places. Show up at the park before 9am. Dia de la Constitucion (Observed) Tuesday 7th Full Moon Spanish Classes begin at iSpeak School – every Tuesday and Thursday. Learn Spanish or take a refresher course. Call Isabel Saborith at 3888202 or email 6pm American Legion Post MX 15 meets at their new post in El Mirador (the old Los Juanes Restaurant). Wednesday 8th 10am Virtual Consulate at the Municipal Building (City Hall). 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. SOBS meet at Playa Bonita for Happy Hour. Thursday 9th 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina – all welcome. Friday 10th Live Entertainment The Lighthouse Restaurant. Saturday 11th Saturday Cooking Class with Chef Mickey at Mickey’s Place. 11am-5pm 5th Annual Iron Chef Competition and Taste of Peñasco in the Shrimp Plaza on the corner of Fremont and Benito Juarez. Food, libations, artists, raffle prizes and live entertainment. 10am-3pm Sonoran Shindig at Ajo Historic Plaza downtown – live music, salsa contest, coyote howling contests, exhibits, vendor, craft and food booths. Great family event. 12-2pm Rocky Point Ramblings English Radio Talk Show on FM 106.1. 2pm CEDO Free Nature Talk in English and Tour. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish. 7pm Igor’s Jazz Cowboys Concert at the Dicus Auditorium – Tempe Western Swing band combines vocal harmonies with stringed instruments and brass horns. Live Entertainment The Lighthouse Restaurant.

Tuesday 14th Happy Valentine’s Day! Feliz Dia de Amor y Amistad! Pick the lucky chocolate at La Cocina de Ramon’s Restaurants for a special surprise - see their ad! Enjoy a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Lighthouse Restaurant with a special menu and live music. 5pm Uncommon Women on Common Ground meet for a fun and social evening. Wednesday 15th 10am Virtual Consulate at the Municipal Building (City Hall). 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. SOBS meet at Playa Bonita for Happy Hour. Thursday 16th 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina – all welcome. Friday 17th Live Entertainment at The Lighthouse Restaurant. Saturday 18th Garage Sale in Las Conchas. Ask at the Guard Gate for directions. Saturday Cooking Class with Chef Mickey at Mickey’s Place. 12-2pm Rocky Point Ramblings English Radio Talk Show on FM 106.1. 2pm CEDO Free Nature Talk in English and Tour. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish. Live Entertainment The Lighthouse Restaurant. Sunday 19th 11am-2pm Brunch at Pane e Vino. 11am-3pm CEDO Kayak Caper - navigate through Estero Morua. 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. Monday 20th 9am – 4x4 group leaves for day trip from Playa Bonita RV Park. President’s Day (USA) Tuesday 21st New Moon Wednesday 22nd Ash Wednesday 10am Virtual Consulate at the Municipal Building (City Hall). 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. SOBS meet at Playa Bonita for Happy Hour. Thursday 23rd 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina – all welcome. Friday 24th Flag Day (Mexico) – Dia de la Bandera Live Entertainment The Lighthouse Restaurant. Saturday 25th Saturday Cooking Class with Chef Mickey at Mickey’s Place. 9-11am CEDO Tidepool Explorations. 12-2pm Rocky Point Ramblings English Radio Talk Show on FM 106.1. 2pm CEDO Free Nature Talk in English and Tour. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish. Live Entertainment at The Lighthouse Restaurant. Sunday 26th 11am-2pm Brunch at Pane e Vino. 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. Monday 27th Tom O’Hare’s Birthday – Happy Birthday Editor!! 9am – 4x4 group leaves on daily trip from Playa Bonita RV Park. 1pm Red Hat Ladies Luncheon at Latitude 31 Restaurant. Wednesday 29th Happy Birthday Pam Rowland! It’s a Leap Year!! 10am Virtual Consulate at the Municipal Building (City Hall). 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. SOBS meet at Playa Bonita for Happy Hour. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Laguna Shores hands out over 1,000 Christmas Food Boxes

Every year, just before Christmas, Laguna Shores, an oceanfront master planned resort community, gives back to the City of Puerto Peñasco. In previous years, Laguna Shores handed out thousands and thousands of bicycles for children, teens and young adults. For the last two years they have given out food boxes filled with staples like rice, oil, sugar, tuna, etc. In December of 2011, employees and friends of Laguna Shores gathered at their offices on Blvd. Benito Juarez and handed out 1,025 food baskets to the needy of Peñasco. Laguna Shores would like to thank the following persons and businesses for their generous donations and support. Thank You for Your Support! LMG Hardware LTD Lloyd Melnyk Rodrigo Peña Campos Embotelladora Pepsi Nonantzin Mireles Larios Papeleria El Libro C.P. Ricardo Coronado Hdz. Despacho Contable Sergio Rochin H. Surfaq C.P. Martin Amaya Diaz Despacho Contable Agustin Diaz A. Electrica Diaz S.A.

Teofilo Corral Vizcarra Ecodeli Soldadura Equipo Y Construcciones S.A. de C.V. Renosa Recolectores Ecologicos del Noroeste S.A. Danilt S. de R.L. Gasolinera La Cuchilla Jose Lamberto Gonzalez Rocha Tracto Partes Gonzalez Oswaldo Gonzalez Duarte Sistemas Computacionales Carlos Antonio Bolaños Coronado Wayne Corcoran Joseph Fernando and Ravini Marie Doris Thompson Eva Cwik Craig Brown C.P. Dinora Guadalupe Ochoa Lopez Enrique Ochoa Lopez Eduardo Vallejo C.P. Beronica Castro Romero Debra A. Cristoferson Paul Peach W H Frazer Barry Mc Llelan Kathleen & G Thomas Bachman David Geck Mary & Bob Evanson Norman G. Bashore Chuck Erickson Ericka Escalante & Lizbeth Gonzalez

Laguna Shores Announces New ReSales Division and Marketing Changes Laguna Shores announces their New ReSales Division which is aimed at helping owners sell their homes and utilizing the Puerto Peñasco AMPI real estate Multiple Listing Service. The website promotes the properties for sale by Laguna Shores owners. Wayne Corcoran is the Broker for this ReSales Division. He is a licensed real estate agent with 5 years of experience in Puerto Peñasco. Wayne has been an AMPI board member for the past five years with positions including President, Ethics VP and MLS VP board positions and is well positioned to broker sales on behalf of the owners following the association’s real estate standards. Laguna Shores ReSales Division supports both referrals for other real estate agents and finder’s fees for any individual that sends a buyer. A few of the current deals include: A 2,200 sq ft three bedroom ocean front condo that is listed at $189,000 USD! A 950 sq. ft. home with Estuary and Mountain views listed at only $85,000 USD!

And Lots listed from $15,500 in Phase 2 as well as beachfront in Phase 1 listed at $129,000 USD! Now is the time to take a look or another look at Laguna Shores! Laguna Shores, a Master Planned Oceanfront Resort Community is working with

Kuware from Texas / India to improve the business generated through their online presence. This includes creating a new optimized website, blogs and adding social media including a Facebook page. The new website and the Facebook Page addresses are: and www.facebook/lagunashoresresort/

Check out the 3 day and the 5 day specials on the website that they are using to introduce the resort. Laguna Shores is a low density master planned ocean front community built to suit your needs from vacation to retirement. They have everything from custom built homes, 1 to 3 bedroom condos, equity shares in a condo as well as vacation packages. Laguna Shores is willing to help you finance your purchase. They can even help you attain your Bank Trust. Read more about Laguna Shores Resort under the “Resort” tab of the website where you will also find the Market Analysis reports, “Resort Reports”, and Newsletters. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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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, everyone- bring-something-to-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 o p p o r t u n i t i e s. Visit the “Privada Lifestyle” and experience it for yourself. You’ll be glad you did!! For pressure free information, the furnished model on Sandy Beach is open 7 days a week, 9AM-5PM or checkout the website at • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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My January 1 began with a long list of resolutions. Among them were my pledges to eat less, drink less and don’t get so excited about silly sporting events that I can’t control. All that wishful thinking went in the Dumpster before the first quarter of the Cowboys/Giants game was over. So, as February dawns, I have revised my resolution list to include one item: spend more time in Rocky Point. Like I told Marsha Beemish of Mesa, if you can’t be good, be happy. MARSHA: Why should I go to Rocky Point, Cap’n Greg? Can’t I get just as silly where I live? CAP’N GREG: Marsha, if getting silly is your primary objective, almost any place will do...although Mesa wouldn’t be on my top 10 list. I guess it’s a matter of degree. How silly do you want to get? MARSHA: My friends say I’m a crazy woman when I party. Like, it’s my duty to shake my booty. They don’t call me Marsha Mellow for nothin’. CAP’N GREG: Yow! It’s a shame we didn’t meet 30 years ago. But seriously, Marsha, Rocky Point has a lot more to offer than tequila and tacos. Simply walking the beach brings a lot of satisfaction. And at low tide there’s a surprise under every rock. MARSHA: Oh, gross me so sick! I’m really not into creepy-crawly things. Other than dating older men once in a while. CAP’N GREG: Hmmm. Maybe

you’d enjoy half a day of fishing. Or a sightseeing excursion out to Bird Island. There’s nothing like having a pod of playful dolphins follow your boat. MARSHA: I played with a couple Dolphins in Miami once. Real fumblers, if you know what I mean. It doesn’t surprise me a bit they were 6 and 10 last season. CAP’N GREG: Ooooo-kay. Sunset cruises are popular, too. Marsha, I’ve been a lot of places in this world, and there’s nothing that quite compares to the emotional kick of a Rocky Point sunset. MARSHA: Well, I’m not sure. It all sounds fun, but when I get to Rocky Point I may just stick with the basics. CAP’N GREG: Tequila and tacos? MARSHA: How could I go wrong? CAP’N GREG: I don’t know, Marsha, but I’m sure you’ll find a way.

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The Connection On the Road Again   Yep, we’re moving again.  Due to a change in policy by Sonoran Sea Resort, Ramon’s Restaurant is no longer able to serve us on the patio.  After much discussion, the group has elected to move to La Casa del Capitán at the top of Whale Hill.  There is a parking lot available and they have room for us either inside or outside.  The best part is the magnificent view of the Mar de Cortez and the town of Puerto Peñasco.  We know that Christina and her crew will provide us with excellent service and happy hour prices.   Day and time, Thursday at 4:00 p.m. will remain the same. So come on out and join us for some great conversation, and the best view in town of the sunsets and city lights.  If you choose to stay for dinner, you will experience good food and the same great service.   For more information about The Connection at La Casa del Capitán and contact information check the Clubs and Organizations pages.  Everybody is welcome! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Paw Prints “Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point Inc.” 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

Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Cholla Bay has it›s annual “Big Wave Dave›s Chili cookoff in Cholla Bay. Proceeds benefit the Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point. The entrance fee is a bag of dog food. WELL this year over 1500 pounds of dog food was donated to the animals at Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point. The

raffle netted over $1100.00. Money is really needed this time of year at the center. Other items donated were hundreds of cat pan liners, dozens of new leashes, boxes of cat treats, cat litter, cat litter pan, hundreds of new toys for the dogs and cats. Not only did we fill my SUV we also filled a truck with the donated items. This was certainly a wonderful holiday for the animals. Also donated were wonderful blankets and dog beds of all sizes, just in time for the cooler weather. Sarah Byrnes won 1st with her green chili, Mike Hagerty was

2nd and Jeffery Altfillisch was 3rd. We only had 14 cookers this year, were we normally have about 20, but we still had over 100 tasters - and everyone had fun. Sarah›s husband Greg is a veterinarian in Arizona and has donated many supplies over the years to the Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point. Baxter & Cathy Shields own Quick Comfort Luxury Sleep Products. They were co-sponsors this year and donated 5 new pet beds for the dogs and the really high end memory foam with orthopedic support pet bed for the raffle. These are the most wonderful beds that I have ever seen and the dogs agree! The nice thing about the folks in Cholla Bay is that they know how to have fun and to support a worthy cause. We look forward to tasting their wonderful chili dishes every year. Many great items were donated for the raffle which was held at the end of the event. A big thank you to Dave and Kelly Adams and of course the entire community that proves to be so very generous each year.

Many people have contacted me over the last two weeks regarding a mother dog that had just given birth to 8 pups. Coyote had her babies under a piece of cardboard in the dirt. She was spotted on the corner of Josefa and Blvd Fremont in this freezing weather. Coyote is now here at the center in her own fenced yard with a large dog house with lots of blankets for her babies to keep warm. Coyote also has a nice large dog bed placed in the sun for her to sun bathe when the pups are sleeping. Coyote is a little thin but the pups are fat and healthy, thanks to some folks that have been bringing her food. I did notice a ring around her neck where she had been tied with a rope or tight collar at some point. I suspect that Coyote has had a tough beginning in her young life. She will be spayed in a few months after her pups are weaned and she has put on some weight and been vaccinated. The puppies are about three weeks old, probably born around Christmas. If you are interested in adopting please give me a call at (011-52-638) 383-1012 or from the USA (602) 412-3932. We have dogs and puppies of all ages that are ready for adoption. Please consider an older dog that has been here at the center for far too long and is need of a great friend and home. The city had an adoption day on December 23rd and adopted 15 puppies into new homes for Christmas. These were puppies that were surrendered to the city and were facing certain death. I took one small puppy to the event and came home with 8 that had not been adopted. Included in the new group are a mother Chihuahua and her two little babies. We have several Chihuahua mixes that are ready for adoption. There will be another adoption event put on by the city on Valentine’s Day to be held at the stadium. For additional information please call Mario at the city at (011-52-638) 388-5152. Animal Adoption Center Needs Dry cat and puppy food • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Dry dog food, treats, dog beds (Costco has great sturdy beds for $25) We try to use Kirkland dry cat, dog and puppy food but whatever you bring we will use. We are feeding as many animals as we possibly can with the economy in such a sad state. Cleaning supplies of all types, disinfectants, laundry soap, Downy, paper towels, trash bags of all sizes, bleach, hand soap and flea and tick spray. You can donate through Paypal on our Web site Paypal is a very safe and secure way to make a cash donation. You can also use your credit cards. Kiranda dog beds are above the ground beds that are wonderful for the animals. You can order directly from our Web site. A big thank you to everyone who has helped us continue our work with the animals. If you would like to take one of the dogs for the day or just for a walk along the beach please feel free to call Nancy for details. You can now read the Rocky Point Times on line! Or join us both on Facebook for the latest news on the animals and Rocky Point in general. Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012 Phoenix (602) 412-3932 Tucson (520) 407-6594 AACORP INC 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt AACORP PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341



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Illegal Alien to Dual Citizenship to Living Legend in Two Countries

Who Is That Man? By Joe Houchin

Reprint from Sonoran Resorts Blog

On a hot summer morning, a smallframed 11 year old boy crosses the border bridge from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico into Brownsville, Texas, a long walk, even longer in the hot sun, but a walk the child had made routinely, daily - indeed, everyday of the week, every week of the year, every year since he was five years old. The small boy and his sparsely stocked shoe shine kit knew he could double his money shining shoes on the U.S. side where he could pull in ten, maybe even 12 pesos every day instead of the five pesos he averaged on the Matamoros side. The boy had never been to school; learned some math by giving change from his shoe shine business; learned to read both Spanish and English from comic books, and by the time he was 11, had gained enough street smarts to know that he could never accomplish his goal to help his six siblings and widowed Mother eat with the money from shining shoes. This day, this hot summer day in 1951, the boy, by now friends with virtually every one at the border station, waived with special vigor and a disposition the officers had come to love about the ever smiling youngster. What they didn’t see in his smile today was the sense of adventure, of rapt responsibility that consumed him as he sauntered by, even stopping to shine the shoes of the border chief. What no one knew was churning in the tiny tummy of this spirited kid was that he had talked to his Mother just the night before and had explained carefully to her how the shoe shine business would never keep the family from starving.

He had laid out a plan of how he could cross that bridge one more time and find a better job in the U.S. and send more money home. He knew he could work the cotton fields and was willing to start there. The most exciting feeling he ever felt in his eleven years on this planet was when his Mother, who he loved more than anything, gave him her blessings and encouragement by saying, “If anyone can do it, Manny, you can. Go if you believe it is the right thing to do.” He got his first job picking cotton in San Benito for $10 a week, the majority of which he sent home to his family.  For the next four years the lad worked cotton, vegetable and fruit fields of Texas, Florida, Washington State, Imperial Valley, Five Points and Madeira, California. Each week he sent a check home to his Mom. He learned to count and tally by the pound. Each pay day he knew exactly how much his pay was going to be. One day, at the age of 15, stranded in Los Angeles, his field-sharpened wisdom told this teen   it was time to broaden his horizons in this land of great opportunities. On his way to interview for a dish washing job in Beverly Hills, he accidentally ended up in a goldsmith shop next door. The owner immediately saw the determination and focus of this astute young man and convinced him to become his apprentice for 70 cents an hour—a veritable fortune to the boy who ambitiously accepted the offer. It was in the medieval craft of goldsmithing that Manny Sanchez found his love and calling. Shortly after his apprenticeship was completed,  Manny’s  creative touch

earned him the position of designer for the prestigious Vogue Creations in Los Angeles where he remained for nine years and designed jewelry for the likes of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and many other celebrities. Soon after joining Vogue, he earned enough to buy a car and anxiously awaited the beginning of his two week vacation when he could drive almost non-stop to see his Mother. His family in Matamoros was now being taken care of so Manny set his next big goal: that was to retire by the age of 42. He was 27 at the time and knew that he could only reach this goal by being in business for himself. With $6,000, a wife and three children, Manny moved to Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley, which he had learned to love as a field worker. There he opened his own long dreamed of goldsmith shop. He grew his business by concentrating 90% of it on designing for the jewelry trade making the expensive items for stores and jobbers throughout California, Oregon and Washington State. “One of the first really expensive and beautiful pieces of jewelry I made was a $45,000 bracelet for a Fresno jewelry store customer.” Keeping in mind this was in the late sixties. That must have been quite a hunk o’ diamond-laden jewelry!  However, it wasn’t as big a batch of diamonds as were set into the $210,000 bracelet Manny made for one of his own customers just a few years later. As you might expect, Manny Sanchez was able to retire by the age of 42, and chose to return to his beloved country

of Mexico having left an indelible legacy and hundreds of lifelong friends in Southern California. And, as you also might expect from the story so far, it didn’t take him long to get bored with retirement at such a young age after settling on the beach in Puerto Peñasco. One bright and sunny day in the early 80’s, on the beach side of his Mirador home, Manny introduced “Taco Loco” to the then small world of this historic harbor town. The eating area was his palapa-covered patio; he was the waiter and his wife the cook - from their own kitchen. That was not only to keep him busy, but to insure the highest quality service and the food coming from the cleanest environment - a rule he has rigidly enforced ever since. The Real Rest of the Story Inside Manny Sanchez Manny’s charisma drew people to “Taco Loco” in ever increasing  numbers to the point he, at the encouraging demands of those loyal patrons, decided to expand the eating area which required the not so trifling task of moving the Sea of Cortez back about 50 yards, building a sea wall to keep it there, and protecting his friends and patrons from the summer sun with a giant palapa. He also built a new kitchen and because of his near obsession with health and cleanliness for the sake of his family and patrons, Manny lined the entire kitchen the walls and the ceilings - with stainless steel. Story continued on Page 34



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AMPI NEWS Puerto Peñasco, Chapter 51 By Milton Ernesto Felix Reyes, President Owner of Desert Sky Real Estate & Investments

In Puerto Peñasco, Sonora we have one of the biggest memberships in all of the state regarding Real Estate Agents and, because of that, the State Government has worried about the regulation of such an important activity for the economic life of the state and that is where the Real Estate Agents Law in the state of Sonora was born. One of the main activities of the Association is to capacitate and make sure all real estate agents have their real estate agent license, properly accredited and 112 hours of capacitation with a diploma where they go thru Bank trusts, buy or sell contracts, Infonavit, Appraisals, Development plans for the city among others of major importance for all Real Estate Agents. Knowing our work field does not only require compromise, also it is important that it complies with the law and being ethic and objective with our clients, working in harmony and knowledge and for these the importance of capacitation every day makes us more professional and we can take positions for special situations which will come accompanied by real solutions. Puerto Peñasco is prepared

for the next step in development, and for that the importance of the day by day capacitation of our real estate agents. The real estate development in Puerto Peñasco has established our state as one of the best prepared for the reception of new private investors as soon as the world economy stabilizes. Destinations as important as Puerto Peñasco make it more attractive for its closeness to states such as AZ, CA, TX, NV and NM, who have a beach option, diversity in activities, and to live and enjoy unforgettable vacations. Including for infrastructure, Puerto Peñasco is included in one of the major cataloged and major developments at a medium term, thanks to government projects as the new Coastal Highway, the Mar de Cortes International Airport, the Nautical Ladder, make this destination one of major interest and enjoyment to the tourists. When you receive the treating of an AMPI Real Estate agent, you will always have the confidence of being in expert hands in this matter and that your best decision is our satisfaction of being able to serve and attend you the way you deserve.

Diplomado Courses for Real Estate Agents to begin in February The course for real estate licensure, and license renewal, commonly called “the Diplomado,” is finally coming to Puerto Peñasco! The class, conducted by A.M.P.I. Chapter 51, Puerto Peñasco, will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. for 4 consecutive weeks, starting on February 14, 2012. The dates are as follows: February 14, 15, and 16; February 21, 22, and 23; February 28, 29, and March 1; March 6, 7, and 8. Classes will be taught in either English or Spanish, depending upon the language of the instructor, and a certified simultaneous translator will be on hand so that every student will be able to benefit from the knowledge of the instructors, each of whom is a subject matter expert. Students taking the course for new licenses will be expected to attend every class; no make-up sessions are planned. Students for license renewal are required to attend the 8-hour module on ethics, to be taught on February 14, and then may select any other

12 hours of instruction to attend. The cost of the course is $5,400 pesos or $450 dollars for A.M.P.I. members, and $7,200 pesos or $600 dollars for nonmembers. Registration and payment in full must be received no later than February 9, 2012. Payment may be in cash or by check (Mexican checks for pesos, USA checks for dollars), and must be made entirely in one denomination or the other; payment partly in pesos and partly in dollars will not be accepted. Completed registration form, copies of identification (credencial de elector or passport), FM-3 or FM-2), cedula fiscal (RFC), utility bill (electric, water or gas) and payment may be brought to the office of Sun Country Mexico Real Estate (please call 638384-0458 to be sure someone is in the office before going to Cholla Bay). Checks, written to “A.M.P.I.” may be delivered in person or mailed to Gretchen Ellinger, PO Box 320, Lukeville, AZ 85341. Again, the deadline for receipt of documents is February 9, 2012. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Patrick Lee Warnock 2/23/44 – 11/30/12

This has been harder for me to put into words than any I’ve had to do so please bear with me. I moved to Phoenix in March of 1977 to work for “the up and down boys”. However Spotts and Jim failed to tell me I was replacing a man that all of the servicemen held in high regard. My reception was not what I expected. To try and break the ground I decided to ride with each man for a day and discuss our thoughts on service. Somehow Pat was first and he took me to the Ma Bell building at 3rd and Earl. We rode the top of the cars and inspected the machine room. I complimented him on his work and was ready to move on when he said “come over here to throw me off the roof. After a few tense moments he changed his mind and that started a professional and personal relationship of over 34 years. In 1985 we took a very small business on a 25-year journey and made it a wellrespected major player in our industry. He loved the out of doors but always said when we were on the ocean that he felt fulfilled and content as to no other time. He didn’t care if he was fishing on the Cow Patty out of Cholla Bay or on the Como No out of San Carlos or La Paz as long as he was at sea. He always had this silly grin standing there in his swimming suit and flip-flops. There are hundreds of “Pat-Isms” these are a couple of my favorites. When we were at U.S. Elevator they used the term “kill” someone rather than fire them. We would go to Denney’s on Grand ave to have lunch and discuss things. One

day I said do you think it’s time to kill this person and Pat whole-heartedly agreed but wanted me to do it. I said you know I’ve killed the last several and I think we should spread it around. He agreed and we got up to pay our bill and realized there was an elderly couple sitting together in a booth behind Pat and their eyes were the size of silver dollars. We tried to explain what we were talking about but I don’t think they believed anything we said. We have both wholesale and retail customers in our business with separate price structures. We used to be open on Saturdays and Pat and I would split every other one. A wholesale customer called me one day to see if we had a rather old and obsolete part. I checked and told him surprisingly that we had 2. He was from a rural area and said he would be down on Saturday and buy both, as he knew of other similar machines in his area. The next Monday as I do each day I went through the previous days invoices. I found this dealer’s invoice and saw he had only bought one. I asked Pat why and he said, “I looked in the box and all we had were 2 and if sold both to him we would be out.” I guess I stared at him for a long time and he finally asked “What?” I said that was the only moment when I wished you had thrown me of that roof! I cant count the number of calls both Patti and I have received from people he touched through all these years. It’s the greatest testimony the man that he was. I’m going to miss my friend...Monte

Cholla Bay Charity Fund Needs Your Help Some of you may have heard about Edwin Arvizu, only 9 years old, who was badly burned on Christmas...he ran into his mom as she was carrying a pot of hot water outside to cook something for dinner. He received 2nd and 3rd degree burns over much of his body. He was taken immediately to a Hermosillo hospital, where he is being treated. He is expected to be home this weekend and will have a full recovery. Prayers of many were answered!  The Cholla Charity Fund has helped the family with expenses by paying for the immediate medications needed. We would like to help them with other expenses also, travel and more medication and treatments.  Also, Mr Fish Taco and his wife, Negro and Luchie, were in a very bad car accident on Dec. 19th. They were T boned at an intersection in Rocky Point and pushed into a light pole. The car was totaled and Negro received severe side, back and head injuries. Luchie is Villa’s aunt. He told me Negro is out of the hospital and doing okay but still has much recovery to do. The good news is, the father of the young man that hit them was required by law to purchase them a car, so they did get that. The Cholla Charity Fund is also helping with their expenses.   If you would like to contribute to these expenses, please make a donation to the Cholla Charity Fund.  You may specify what you want it to be used for.  Make checks out to the Cholla Charity Fund and mail to Kathy Barnard, 1547 E. Royal Palm Rd., Phoenix, Az.  85020, or you may give donations to any of the CCF board members, Nancy Schmidli, Kathy Barnard, Jim and Maggie LaVoie, Shirley and Roy Haenfler, Sally Dalton, Pat and Ken Goodin, Lew and Agnes Felton, Bob and Barbara Dammann, Jo Barnes and Chuck Payne and Shirley McDonald. Your help will be appreciated. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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



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

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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.


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.


AZ Hwy. 85, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

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

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.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

U.S. CONSULATES Nogales, Mexico from Mexico (01-631) 311-8150 Fax: (01-631) 313-4652 from the U.S. (011-52-631) 311-8150 Fax: (011-52-631) 313-4652 Email: What the Consulate CAN DO if you are arrested in Mexico • Visit you in jail after your arrest • Provide you a list of local attorneys • Inform you of judicial procedures • Notify family and friends • Relay requests for aid or monetary support • Protest abuse/mistreatment to authorities • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

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.

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

Your vehicle and personal belongings can be confiscated if you do not stop and declare merchandise over your limit allowed by Mexican Law.


You are allowed $75 USD tax free in new merchandise per person. Merchandise must be in same vehicle as person(s) declaring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHUTTLE SERVICES Daily shuttle service is available from the Phoenix and Tucson areas to Rocky Point and cities in-between. Please contact the companies directly for their schedules and rates. If you need door to door service, clarify that they offer that service and if you need to be picked up at the airport make sure that the shuttle has a permit to pick up passengers at the airport. Head Out to Rocky Point (602) 971-0166, Toll Free 866-443-2368 Nena’s Transportation 388-7089 or (602) 442-6802 Located on Benito Juarez, N of the Baseball Stadium by Coffee Point Transportes Superior 383-3640 Calle Lazaro Cardenas, Esq. Benito Juarez Bus Station TNS/Estrella Blanca Sonoyta: Across the border on the west side of the street. 01-651-512-3374 At the Bus Station: 01-651-512-0784 Phoenix: 29th & VanBuren: 602-455-9522 Rocky Point Rides (520) 207-0532 or (520) 780-7408

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


stamp your FM3 or FM2 for travel beyond the free zone. If you are flying into the airport you can obtain your FMT when you arrive at the Peñasco airport. By law, anyone who stays in Mexico for more than 72 hours, is required to have an FMT, whether you stay within the Free Zone or not. Automobile Visa If you plan to drive beyond the State of Sonora, you will need to obtain a permit for your vehicle. The cost for this permit is approx. $290 pesos. This can be done in Sonoyta or at the checkpoint outside of Guaymas. You will need the original and 3 copies of: • Registration, Title and the valid driver’s license of the vehicle owner • Credit card in the vehicle owner’s name • FMT, FM3, FM2, Passport or birth certificate • Leasing contract (if the vehicle is rented or leased), which must be in the name of the person importing the vehicle. If the vehicle belongs to a company, the papers certifying the employee works for the company. If you do not have a credit card you can post a bond payable to the Federal Treasury issued by an authorized bonding company in Mexico. As an alternative to posting bond you may make a cash deposit at Banco del Ejercito in an amount equal to the value according to the “Table of Vehicle Values for Bonding Companies.” At Banco del Ejercito your credit card will be charged approx. $30 USD. A cash deposit will also be accepted if you do not have a credit card. Your deposit plus any interest will be returned to you when you leave Mexico. You may choose to obtain a bond through an authorized Mexican bonding company located at all border crossings. The bonding company also assess taxes and processing costs for this service. The vehicle permit is good for 6 months and for any type of vehicle weighing under 3 tons. When departing Mexico, and if you are not planning to drive the vehicle back into Mexico, the permit must be canceled with Customs. If your car is found in Mexico, beyond the Free Zone, and beyond the authorized time, or without the appropriate papers, it will be confiscated. Always carry the importation permit with you when driving your vehicle into Mexico. Take it with you when you exit the vehicle - do not leave this document in your car. Make a copy and leave a copy in the car - same with your insurance. The sale, abandonment or use of the vehicle for financial gain, a criminal act, etc. will result in its confiscation. The vehicle may be driven by the spouse or adult children as long as they have the same immigration status. It is a good idea to get a notarized document, if you are driving a vehicle beyond the free zone that is not registered in your name, nor the owner is in the vehicle. It should simply state that the owner has given you permission to drive the vehicle, you may want to include the make, model, year, color and VIN number. The Rocky Point Times Newspaper strives to keep the information up-to-date. Laws, rules and info. change constantly, so if you notice an error, or have additional info., please let us know so that we may change the info. Contact us with questions or corrections at or phone (480) 4636255 or local 383-6325.


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If you missed Peñasco Palooza 2011 you have another opportunity to experience one of the most memorable concerts you’ll have ever gone to! Saturday March 17th is the date to save for a repeat perfomance with some of the best musicians from many of our favorite and most famous U.S. rock bands. Peñasco Palooza 2012 will be held on St. Patricks Day, across the street from Chango’s Bar, behind the Sonoran Spa Resort. What does “Palooza” even mean, I asked myself prior to the last concert? It’s a slang word with definitions such as…a crazy, all out party, partying with tons of people all in one place, a huge event. Well let me tell you, it exceeded all of my expectations and then some. How could it not, with an all- star cast of musicians playing nothing but hits, for 2 ½ solid hours, without even a break? The line up started with Steve McCarty, of Steve Miller Band fame and Curly Smith, formerly with Boston!! Follow that up with Jimmy Crespo, formerly with Aerosmith &

Rod Stewart, Gary Moon formerly with Three Dog Night & Night Ranger, and David Lewark formerly with Sammie Hagar & Eddie Money, Add to that, Leon Bisquera formerly with Anita Baker & Chaka Khan, Paul McDermand formerly with Natalie Cole & Moody Blues, and Terry Anderson who played with Billy Preston. WOW…can you believe all of that talent playing in PEÑASCO?? Some of you may know these guys former bands very well, but for those of you not sure or not at all let me tell you, you DEFINETLY know their songs!! How about a few titles from the last concerts playlist…Fly Like An Eagle, Abracadabra, More Than A Feeling, Walk This Way, Two Tickets To Paradise, just to name a few. It was one of those concerts that all I kept saying, after they started each song, was…”I know that one, and that one and oh my gosh, that one too”! Most concerts you go to, the band plays a mix of their hits along with songs you don’t recognize because they want to introduce new ones to sell albums.

But combine 8 talented musicians playing nothing but the past hits of these terrific bands and you get nothing short of a night to remember. Mariachis opened the night followed by our own local group, Riband, for a total 5-hour extravaganza!! Tickets for Palooza 2012, are now available at Chango’s Bar or online at Part of the proceeds will also benefit some of our local charities such as: Two Fish Ministries, Youth Sports Foundation, Red Cross, and Save the Vaquita. Bring your beach chairs if you’re buying the general admission tickets at $30 or enjoy a front section seat in the VIP area, along with a goodie bag for $100. The doors will open at 5 pm with a few other bands performing prior to the main event. There will be plenty of tequila, beer, food and souvenirs available to complete this fabulous evening under the stars. If you’re reading this, you are already a Puerto Peñasco

fan. We all know the struggles this town has endured over the past few years between the economy and the unfair press. We all love it here, and feel for the locals who have suffered from the lack of tourists not visiting their shops, dining at their restaurants or renting a kayak or jet ski. We have an opportunity to share this town and all it has to offer with our friends, family and neighbors. Tell them about the concert. I challenge all of us to help support efforts like these, that can continue to keep Peñasco in the limelight with positive promotion, versus the biased attempts by the U.S. media, that we’ve all seen for years, right before the holidays, spring break, etc. Let’s be proactive and get the word out beforehand, so people can make reservations in advance for their March vacations. Think about how much exposure we’ll get after they go back with stories of a fabulous concert, great beaches, and beautiful sunsets. If we want Puerto Peñasco to continue to turn the corner, we all need to do our part. Hope to see you there!!




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Guardian Title and Escrow

Bruce Baldwin

It was a Wednesday morning in 1989 when the BW (aka the Beautiful Wife) gave me an ultimatum. “Come with me to Rocky Point for the weekend or I’m going by myself.” (Several friends had highly recommended that we go.) Well, I didn’t know much about Rocky Point in those days. I was an accounting professor at ASU and the only thing I knew about Rocky Point was that college students said it was great a place to “party.” The last thing I needed was to be around drunken college students. Besides, we had lived many years before in Guadalajara. How could some beach town in the desert possibly measure up to that great City? No thanks, I thought. (But, being the well-trained husband that I am, I didn’t say so.)Instead, I mustered up as much fake enthusiasm as I could and replied, “Gee, what a good idea!” It was a great decision! We weren’t in Rocky Point for more than 20 minutes before we started looking for property. We loved Rocky Point immediately. For the next two years, we toured and walked every beach within 25 miles of Rocky Point. Finally, we bought our first beachfront lot at Playa Encanto and built our first home. In spite of being a college professor for 35 years, I’ve also been an entrepreneur on the side (e.g., motorhome rentals, book publishing, CPA Review seminars and author). Over the last 15 years, though, Rocky Point has been my “field of dreams”. The first endeavor was Encanto Realty with partner Dave Poturalski. From there we branched out into land development and home construction. Later came specialties in solving difficult title problems, helping folks get legal title to their property (bank trusts), and working with LLC’s. One bank trust case took eight years and required three trips to court in Rocky Point and two in the US. Learning the Mexican legal system was like going to graduate school all over again. But every case was fun because each brought something new to learn and master.

Now retired from ASU, I devote fulltime to Rocky Point and have put a team of professionals together to form Guardian Title and Escrow. Actually, these are some of the same people I’ve been working with in Rocky Point for up to 15 years. We offer full-service real estate closings and third-party escrow service that is bonded and insured. We coordinate with local real estate companies, the City of Peñasco, Mexican banks and Notarios to close real estate transactions. We process real estate closings and escrow here in Rocky Point in the same comprehensive manner that title companies do in the US. Our company is founded on the Six Principles I have used in my Rocky Point businesses for 15 years. Principle #1 is Our Customers’ Interest Comes First. That is, we prosper only if we serve our customers interest as faithfully as we would serve our own interests or those of our families. There’s a fancy legal term that describes how we approach each transaction; the term is fiduciary responsibility. It means that Guardian Title and Escrow owes each customer the obligation to fulfill our duties with the highest degree of good faith, integrity and loyalty to the customer’s interest. Another way of saying this is that we adopt the customer’s interest only, and do not favor anyone else’s interest (including our own) over that of our customer. This is a high standard of commitment. Unfortunately, in recent years, many businesses catering to Americans in Rocky Point have either shut down or suspended operations. Many times this has caused financial loss to customers. By contrast, we’ve been in business here for 15 years and no one has ever lost a penny in a transaction handled by our team. We have closed hundreds of real estate transactions and have a perfect record. We don’t say this to brag, but merely to observe that this is the expectation we set for ourselves. We offer many related services that are shown on our website (www. If we are not the best vendor of the service(s) you need, we will not hesitate to tell you…upfront… no charge. When some other entity could better serve your needs, we’d rather earn your respect for honesty and fair-dealing that any fee you could possibly pay us. Make it a Great Day at the beach! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Traveling in Mexico; Lessons of a Flat Tire coaching from my dad, the car’s owner manual was near at hand to tell me where Recently I had another lousy-turned- to find the little hiding compartment for good experience on the road in Mexico, the jack. The manual also told me that a with lessons to learn, and confidence critical piece was missing, and the jack in Mexico travel bolstered. It started was not usable (Lesson: good to check the with una llanta punchada - a flat tire - jack before accepting a “new” used car). damn! While I was in a meeting near The lug wrench  was  usable, but I could Sonoyta, my left rear tire was going not budge a single lug nut even a tiny bit. flat - very flat - there was no hope of Fortunately, a gentleman walking by driving  anywhere  before changing it!  recognized a lady in distress, and stopped Where was my guardian angel? to help, but neither could he budge the Fortunately, thanks to long-ago lug nuts. Along came two more helpers By Gretchen Corpe Ellinger

by car, and they together could not budge the lug nuts. “Stuck by rust,” one of them told me. “Got WD-40? No? Coca Cola?” (Lesson: If you have no WD-40, Coca Cola will remove rust from stuck lug nuts, apparently other things too. I’m not surprised; after all, it removes enamel from teeth!) I had neither WD40 nor a Coke, so walked to the OXXO convenience store a few hundred yards away to purchase a Coke.  To my surprise, they had a cute little can of WD-40 for just a few pesos. I thought that would be less messy than cola, and it was the first choice of my helper, so I dug into the bottom of my purse to find change to make the purchase, preserving my only paper money, a $500 peso note.     The WD-40 did the trick, and the lug nuts were loosened. Fortunately, my helper with the car had a good jack, but once the car was up and the lug nuts off, the combined strength of three men could not remove the tire, which was also “stuck by rust.” Sure that a nearby tire shop would have a tool that could help remove the tire, all three left in the car to borrow it. I was thinking how fortunate I was that they stopped to help me, that helping me was spilling over into ‘way too much work for them, and they might just decide to abandon me in favor of home and dinner. All three did return, with a large rubber mallet, and took turns beating the tire from under the car, until it gave up and came off. Now to remove the spare, which is located under the rear of the car (who thought that was a good idea?) Never having been removed, since I have, incredibly, never had to use the spare, it was completely “stuck by rust,” and no amount of WD-40 and muscle could budge the lug nuts holding the spare tire in place. (Lesson: when your tires are rotated, request attention for your spare - it should be part of the rotation if possible, and removed and replaced if not part of the rotation). The only answer was to take the flat tire to the tire shop to be repaired and bring it back. Fortunately, my three helpers were truly gentlemen. Night had fallen, and they were unwilling to leave me alone on the side of the road, so one stayed with me, while the others took my tire away for repair.  Of course the shop had to be paid to repair the tire, so I gave over my $500 peso note, since I did not have the cost of a tire repair, about $50 pesos, after buying the WD-40 with my change. (Lesson: Whenever possible, pay chain stores and large businesses

with lots of traffic with large money, and save smaller notes and change for small purchases from small businesses.) Fortunately, in less than an hour the guys returned with my repaired tire, the three nails that were extracted from it, a receipt for $50 pesos, and $450 pesos in change. The tire was replaced in short order, after which all three men refused payment. That did not seem right to me, in consideration of the two or more hours each had contributed to my cause, and their filthy clothes after scooting around in the dirt under my car, so I said that I very much appreciate their generosity, and would like to at least pay for their gas and a bit for their time. We settled on $100 pesos each, with an additional $50 pesos to the owner of the car (and the jack!). (Lesson: Keep an emergency fund, with a few $100 peso notes, and some $50 peso notes as well, with you at all times. It just may come in handy, and the small bills will be more helpful than the same amount of money in large bills.) About 6 years ago, I had a flat tire in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona, and many people, including border patrol and a Pima County sheriff vehicle, just drove by. Fortunately I was able to manage my own tire change - lug nuts, jack, and spare tire were completely cooperative. Once on a Thursday in January about 10 years ago, before much traffic and lots of cell phones, the transmission in my car failed in the middle of nowhere between Sonoyta and Puerto Peñasco. In three hours, exactly five cars came by, and every single one stopped. They offered to take me to Puerto Peñasco, to wait with me, to tow me, to give me food and water, but I knew I needed a flatbed truck ride for my car. I gave each a phone number I had found in the “Rocky Point Times,” asking them to request a flatbed for me when they got to town, while thinking that I was just going to have to wait for the Green Angels to come along. A truck did come from Puerto Peñasco to pick me up about 40 miles north of town, after a call from a stranger. When we arrived at the shop in Puerto Peñasco, I learned that all five people had called! Lesson: Mexico really is a great place to travel, in large part because of the generous spirits of the people you meet on the road! Sadly, we miss many of those people unless we have trouble. Maybe my guardian angel sets up situations where I can slow down and meet good people!

Who Has the Best Fish Tacos in Rocky Point? By Zack and Via’s Dad

Down on Calle 13 about two blocks in from Benito Juarez on the north side of the street is a small restaurant called Jaimito’s. Jaimito’s has been open for the last 9 years and offers some of the most delicious seafood found anywhere in Rocky Point. The restaurant has been opened for the last 9 years and is known by Mexicans and Americans alike for the savory dishes all cooked Sinaloa style. Roxanna is the manager and does all of the cooking daily with the freshest vegetables and ingredients. All of the seafood is caught right here in Rocky Point so it’s a great way to support our local economy. My favorites are the fish tacos and shrimp tacos. They are topped with fresh cabbage, avocado, cilantro and extra special sauce that is just sensational. Over the years, I have brought many friends to Jaimito’s and everyone raves about the food coming out of the little restaurant! Jaimito’s also specializes in ceviche, lenguado and aguachile as well as many other seafood dishes. Roxanna recently prepared a tasting sample of her menu for me and I was hard pressed to pick the winner. EVERYTHING was AMAZING! Jaimito’s is open 6 days a week from 10 to 6 but is closed on Tuesday. Roxanna is known for her secret sauces that she whips up right in the restaurant. Her specialty is the salsa negra…you can put it on any of the dishes for some extra zip to your meal. One of the most mouth explosive dishes I have ever tried in Rocky Point was right here at Jaimito’s…the Tostada de Campechana. It is a tostada covered in an array of seafood and veggies all mixed together with of course their amazing sauces and topped with salsa negra. The

result is MAGNIFICO! Jaimito’s serves soft drinks and water but they welcome you to bring in beer, wine or liquor of your choice! The décor is super casual and rustic Mexican with both indoor and outdoor seating. It is cool to sit inside and watch Roxanna prepare the food with painstaking precision. Who has the best fish tacos in Rocky Point? You be the judge and look for the purple sign on Calle 13 “JAIMITO’s” and tell them Marco from the Rocky Point Times sent you. I promise you, you will love it! Until next month as Barbara Bush once said, “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” So grab your friends and head on down to our perfect beaches right here in Rocky Point and share the best thing you can…YOU! ADIOS AMGIOS!



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Jaguar: The Magnificent Predator By Rosarie Salerno

The jaguar is a quick, agile and powerful cat, ranking as the 3rd largest in the world. It can kill with one ferocious blow. Their color is usually a yellowishbrown, spotted with large black rosettes. There are some that are all white and some that are entirely black, but their spots can still be seen. Hence, the saying, “you can shave a cat but you can’t change its spots,” has credence to it. They can weigh as much as 300 pounds and can live about 20 years. The female usually has 2 cubs and the male will live with the female for four years while they raise their cubs.   Their habitats range from wet lowlands, swampy marshes, and jungle rainforests to grasslands near rivers and dryer environments, as well.   In the 1900s, jaguars were being found as far north as the Yukon, but are now limited to the southern United States, Mexico, Central and South America and generally in tropic and subtropical areas.  They are one of the only felines that like water; they have been seen catching fish or just playing in it. They have the ability to stalk and ambush their prey; they can comfortably lodge themselves in trees when hunting birds and monkeys and are proficient hunters, equally in the light of day or in the dark of night. The name jaguar, probably is a derivative of the word yaguarete, from the Amazonian language, Tupi; a language used for trade among South American tribes. Over 3,500 years ago the jaguar was admired and highly revered by Pre-Columbian Americas.  There is indisputable evidence that the Olmecs, Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas worshiped the jaguar as a god.  To the pre-Columbian Mesoamericans the jaguar was very important in their mythology and symbolically represented power and authority, savage ferocity and valor; the

embodiment of aggressiveness. The jaguar exemplified the power to face one’s fears and confront one’s enemies. The jaguar was associated with the ruling class. Kings wore jaguar skins, as well as the priests, to express their dominance and mastery over the population. Those who were proficient as warriors and hunters were adorned with jaguar pelts, teeth, and claws to express their status within the tribe. The rulers also incorporated the word jaguar into part of their names as a symbol of their supremacy and dominion.  The Maya believed the jaguar was a god of the underworld and accompanied the sun, traveling under the earth each night, to ensure it would rise each morning. Not only did the Mesoamericans place jaguars as the guardians of their temples, but also built temples to honor their Jaguar God.  The animal was believed to be able to communicate between the living and the dead.  Due to all the attributes of the jaguar, as an excellent hunter and  the prowess it possessed, the shaman employed the jaguar as his powerful spirit-companion. It was believed that the shaman could endow himself with these qualities by transforming himself into a jaguar before crossing over into the metaphysical world. The shaman believed the jaguar’s powers would significantly protect him from evil entities that he might encounter in the spiritual realm. Over the last 100 years, sadly, the population of jaguars has diminished due to humans, either by outright killing them or the destruction of their homes by slashing and burning their habitats to make way for industrial development. They’ve been hunted because they are a threat to livestock and for their beautiful skins. The jaguar has been on the endangered list since 1997 in the US, Mexico, Central and South America. The good news is there has been sightings of jaguars, recently in Pima County, near the Tucson area of southwest Arizona, USA. 

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Illegal Alien to Dual Citizenship to Living Legend in Two Countries

Romance Awaits in Rocky Point By Rita Pizarro

Who Is That Man? Story continued from Page 14

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It was here, where he marveled at the hospitable custom of being able to taste a tequila before buying it, that he got the idea of making his own brand of tequila. He stayed a month in the town of Tequila learning everything about the process of distilling and bottling the finest tequilas and became even more obsessed, and convinced, that he could do this. During that time in Tequila, Manny learned of a small family owned Cava, or tequila distilling plant, for sale. He purchased it then made an offer to the son of the owner to become a partner since Manny could not be in two places at once. A smart move, considering their partnership still exists 20 years later.

“Why not call it Manny’s Beach Club? That’s how we feel when we’re here,” encouraged his friends. And that, folks, is how one of the oldest and most popular organized drinking and eating establishments in Puerto Peñasco began.

Another mark of his concern with the health of his customers and quality of his products was shown unequivocally when, at a cost of $50,000 dollars, Manny commissioned the science laboratories of the University of Mexico to completely test the entire distillation process that had been used by the Cava de los Compadres for generations just to make sure the product was safe and no one could get sick from it. He and his new partner remained at the University for the entire 30 days of lab testing which confirmed the safety of the product and the process.

But that’s still not the rest of the story…. With this peace of mind, Manny’s Beach Club tequila was born and introduced In the early nineties, Manny took an to his valued customers with great and extended vacation back to his roots continuing success. in Zacatecas and traveled all around, including through Jalisco and the Manny was now ready to take the next especially interesting town of Tequila. step. Since the first visit to Tequila, • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

he had envisioned creating a tequila tasting experience in Puerto Peñasco just like the one he experienced in the town of Tequila. Manny quickly discovered that a hard and fast law in Sonora prohibited a liquor establishment from offering a sample prior to the purchase of said liquor. But wait, this was Manny Sanchez’s vision and he viewed that as merely an obstacle he would have to overcome. Again, like challenging the Sea of Cortez, this proved to be no minor task. Result?  Manny worked diligently for over three years to obtain the only permit in Sonora to allow tasting his products before buying them. So pleased was Manny with this result, he built the Blue California Building on the corner of Benito Juarez and Alvaro Obregon, one block south of Calle 13 so he could introduce his quality tequilas to the more adult market found in Puerto Peñasco proper from the younger group that frequents Manny’s Beach Club. He opened the opulent Copacabana Restaurant on the top floor and offered tastings of his tequila

brands there until the economy rendered the restaurant unprofitable for the time being. It sits totally intact atop the California Building like a crown jewel awaiting a new dawn of the economy. The bottom floor today houses the renowned Tequila Factory where you can taste before you buy a bottle of tequila, just like in the town of Tequila, Jalisco. And it is an experience you should not miss while in Puerto Peñasco. Indeed, the charismatic, ingeniously business oriented and charitable Manny Sanchez, without one day of formal schooling, has made a legendary impression on thousands of people in two countries and has overcome all odds to rise from the dirt in the fields as an illegal alien to the pinnacle of personal achievement, not the least of which has been to secure  dual citizenship for himself and all his children. And it all started with a long walk across the Matamoros border bridge on a hot summer morning at the age of eleven…with the blessing of his Mother, who Manny so loved.

The author of this article, Joe Houchin retired as an internationally published travel writer with 30 years in tour operations and marketing to 18 countries. He moved to Rocky Point in 2009, choosing Sandy Beach over all the other world class beach destinations he has come to know. Joe writes the blog for www., Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales.

The first month of 2012 has flown by, now February has arrived and with it comes all the romance of Valentine’s Day. What is more romantic than spending time by the beach with your beloved? There are so many romantic things to do in Rocky Point;. Here are a few you might want to try this Valentine’s Day: 1) Stroll the beach at midnight, whispering sweet secrets to each other. Las Conchas or Playa Encanto are great for walking, with miles of beautiful beach and the sand and salt water will forever keep your most intimate secrets private. 2) Stargaze together until you fall asleep into each others arms, bring a nice blanket or sleeping bag to the beach, a bottle of wine might just make it even more romantic, you can listen to the soft lapping of the waves and count how many shooting stars you can see while wishing each other happiness and love. Try going a little bit out of town for the best starry skies, the darker the spot the more beautiful it will be at night, another good spot is the halfway point between Rocky Point and Sonoyta, you can just pullover to the side of the road turn all the lights off and see and incredible starry sky, new moon is ideal on February 21st. 3) Rent an ocean view condo or beach house and spend a whole day together with all electronics turned off! Just 24 hours with no cell phone, TV, laptop or anything to distract you from how wonderful life is together: have no schedule, no guests, nowhere to be and nothing to do other than give the gift of your time and full attention to the person that you love. Then, of course, remember to say how much you appreciate and love your life partner many many times during those 24 hours, you can never say “I Love you” too many times… 4) Hike the Pinacate together and admire the great Sonoran desert, marvel at the magnificence of the craters and how small and insignificant we can be next to some of natures creations. Take some pictures that you will cherish forever and leave nothing but tracks behind. 5) Admire a magnificent sunset together, make a date just before sunset and carefully watch together how the sky and the water change colors as the sun goes down. Try to get a glimpse of the rare “green flash” as the last part of the sun goes down into the water. The best spot to watch a sunset in the winter

is Tucson beach in Cholla Bay, bring a blanket or a poncho and wrap into each others arms while you admire the colorful display, then stay a little longer to see how the sky keeps changing colors after the sun has set. 6) Dinner by the sea. One of Valentines favorites only made better with an ocean view. Make it even more perfect by having dinner by the ocean at sunset, perfect spots are “La Casa del Capitan” or the Lighthouse on Whale Hill with the best view in Rocky Point and “The Point” were you can have dinner right on the water, at the Old Port. 7) Pamper each other with couples massages, do it just before a romantic evening by having two therapist come to your beach house or condo. Ask for aromatic candles and soothing music to set the mood, the health benefits of massage coupled with feeling pampered will make it a night to remember. A massage is a gift that brings you wellbeing and will not clutter your home. 8) Hand write on a piece of paper the ten reasons you fell in love with your beloved. Every detail counts and anything that makes your partner feel special will make it an even better day, from the sweet smile to the quirky sense of humor or great creativity. Just think of anything and everything that makes the person you love who they are, a bit of perfume or cologne in the love letter is always a plus. 9) Picnic by the beach, always a romantic favorite: bring cheese, fruit and wine for a French style picnic, a blanket is excellent to sit by the beach and enjoy each others company while sipping on the wine or champagne and reminiscing the fabulous times you have shared with each other. 10) Get married by the beach, have your beach wedding come true right here in Rocky Point. Make is as casual or elaborate as your fantasy dictates, there are several services which can help you plan and cater your very own beach wedding. A couple of years ago, when I stepped down to the beach barefooted holding Tommys hand and got my puffy fairy tale wedding dress wet in the salt water at the beach in Las Conchas on a beautiful day with the most gorgeous sunset, I knew my fantasy had come true. Renewing your vows is another very romantic idea for this beautiful month. Most important: Enjoy and Love who you are with this and every month.



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PCF New Year’s Eve Party a Success

Over 100 people gathered to celebrate the Peñasco Children’s Foundation 7th Annual New Year’s Eve Party with host and entertainer Mark Mulligan. All proceeds from the party went to three children in the Puerto Peñasco area who have been diagnosed with severe medical conditions. One of the children who the New Years Eve Party helped this year is Juan Manuel Cuadras, who is now 11

years old. He was diagnosed at birth with Psycho Motor Disorder, which causes blindness, deafness, and the inability to speak or walk. Juan is in need of ongoing physical therapy which has proven to provide great results since he has started. Another child helped from the proceeds of this year’s event is Juan Ramon. He is an 8 year old who was diagnosed 3 years ago with throat cancer. The cancer has spread, and a tumor has developed in his head. He now needs the surgery to remove the tumor. Juan Ramon has been in Guadalajara for the last three years undergoing treatment, thanks to the efforts of Peñasco Children’s Foundation. The third child to benefit from the charity event is a little baby girl named Amy Yadiramy who, at only 6 months of age, has been diagnosed with

Hydronephrosis which is a pathological dilation of the renal pelvis calycle on her left kidney. This condition causes her kidney to be Hydronephrotic, which means that she is currently in need of surgery for a kidney transplant. The New Year’s Eve party started at 8:00 PM and went on until everyone had welcomed in the New Year 2012. The party is always a great way to ring in the new year - and for such a worthy cause. The Peñasco C h i l d re n’s Foundation was started in 2003 by Steve Schwab in order to help children in the Puerto Peñasco area. The Foundation has helped 85 children over the past 9 years, and is

funded mostly by private donations which go directly toward the needs of the children. The Foundation has no employees and is run solely by volunteers. Because of donations from private contributors, the PCF has been able to help every approved application for children who need help with their

medical conditions over the past several years. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and be sure to mark your calendar to ring in the new year with us in Peñasco. The Peñasco Children’s Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to: Mark Mulligan, Soledad Mendez, Yaneth Meza, Mike and Betsy McCabe, Joe and Barbara Iverson, Dan and Anna Monroe, Crystal Enwia, Brent Weyers, Claudia LaClair, Jim Horn, Sandi Murray, Kathi Ferralli, Dave Byers, Larry Large from Peñasco Tequila, Dan & Linda Abbate, Angel Ortiz, Staff from Puesta del Sol, Mike and Cindy from Latitude 31 and Sam Rainwater. To give an example of where your money goes - whether it is from a private donation or a fundraiser such as the New Year’s Eve Party - meet a little boy who was just approved for medical help - for the second time. PCF helped Jose Luis Verduzco Caro in 2009 when he was just 2 years old. His eyelid drooped covering a third of his eye and, as you can see, the first surgery was a success. He may need as many as three operations and his condition may never be “fixed”, but he will be able to see out of both eyes. He is now 4 years old and is in need of another operation to lessen his eyelid droop. The operation that Jose Luis needs will cost approximately $8,000 pesos plus an additional $4,000 pesos for the anesthesia - a total of approximately $925 USD - depending on the value of the peso/USD. This may not sound like a lot of money for an eye operation, but when you

consider what the average minimum wage worker makes in Mexico - in additon to supporting a family - it very likely would not be possible for Jose Luis to get this opertion any other way. As is the case with all of the children that PCF helps. They are truly dedicated to enriching the lives of children and they do an outstanding job. There is a process each family must go through before they are approved and before funds are released from the Foundation. You can find more information on their website. Back to Jose...Jose Luis Verduzco Caro was scheduled for his second surgery on January 27th in Hermosillo at Clinic Swann Oftalmologia y Laser Instituto. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Our 10 Best AVON Skin Care Tips ...from Peñasco Beauty Center

Sun protection is just as important during the winter here in Rocky Point as it is during the warmer months. It might feel cold outside, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the strength of the sun’s ultraviolet, or UV, rays. Although people tend to associate heat with sunburn, that’s a myth. No matter what the temperature is outside, you can get sunburn. Here are a few preventive measures you can take to maintain a healthy, hydrated glow all year round.

Replenishing Hand Cream by the skin and put it on your hands immediately after you wash

Keep skin clear with cleanser. Our Clearskin Pore Penetrating Gel Cleanser it is oil free, with pore firming technology, makes pores visibly clearer. Effectively unclogs and deep cleans pores for a more refined look. Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

Make shaving your goto hair removal method. Shaving is cheap, easy and safe. The razor exfoliates, which helps with texture and wrinkles. Use SkinSo-Soft, Soft and Smooth Shaving Gel to make shaving easy and experience softer skin immediately.

Look for a lip-gloss with SPF. Shiny lip-gloss intensifies the sun’s effect on your lips. When you’re outside, swipe on a gloss with SPF 15, like Satin Satisfaction Lip Color with Moisturizing Glycerin.

You can help more children like Jose Luis and the others mentioned by participating in one (or more) of PCF’s events throughout the year or you can make a direct contribution. PCF has some exciting new programs in the works which will make it easier to donate and track the progress of the stay tuned.

Protect your skin daily. New studies show that it only takes 15 minutes for the sun to damage skin cells, no matter your skin tone. To be safe apply a broad-spectrum SPF 25, combined with a moisturizer. Choose one of Avon’s ANEW Target Specific Regimens to maintain that cushiony bounce of youth. Make bronzer your BFF. Bronzer brings out the gorgeous warm tones in your skin, and covers any imperfections. Darker skin tones should try a brownish color, like Marbleized Bronzer in Bronze Highlight, if you’re fair, go for a pinkish brown, like Marbleized Bronzer in Bronzed Peach. Moisture after you wash your hands. Although washing your hands cleans them, it also dries them out. Keep a bottle of moisturizer like Skin-So-Soft Signature Silk

Choose a creamy wash. Gel body washes might strip moisture from the skin, but a cream formula like Skin-SoSoft Replenishing Creamy Body Wash creates a lipid barrier that prevents moisture loss.

Give a tonner a try. Old-school toners where full of alcohol, which caused skin to break out instead of clearing it up. The latest toners like Clearskin Daily Astringent contain nourishing extracts, vitamins and antioxidants. Apply moisturizer directly after the tonner to seal in hydration. Press, don’t rub make up off. Saturate a cotton pad with make-up remover like AVON Eye Make- Up Remover and hold it over each eye for 10 seconds. This gives the product a chance to work and stops you from rubbing your make up off harshly which can cause wrinkles and under eye sagging. Use this technique with nail polish too! We’re all aware of the risks we face by exposing our skin to the sun’s rays. While skin cancer isn’t a concern for your hair, the sun can damage your hair with prolonged exposure. UVA and UVB rays have the power to damage the hair from the cuticle to the inner structure of the hair. Maintain moisture with Damage Repair 3D Rescue that will help keep the damage by the sun at a minimum and repair 3 years of damage in just 3 days.



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

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

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

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

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

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

CHURCHES 7th Day Adventist Church Pastor Antonio Espinoza Altamirano #190 Worship Saturday 9:30am Assembly of God 383-3364 Ave. Luis Encinas & 27th Street Apostolic Church Constitucion Ave. & 15th Street Grupo Unidad Cristianos de Peñasco Pastor Ernesto Portugal 383-2240 North on Benito Juarez to Simon Morua, turn right (east), 1 blk. past Ace Hardware, turn right, church is on your left before Melchor Ocampo. English Headphone available Sunday Services 9:30am-11:15 & 11:30-1:30 Thursday: 7:30 - 9:00pm Church office hours Monday - Friday 9:30am to 2:00pm Peñasco Christian Fellowship 383-4513 ask for Stan or Becky Tedrow On Melchor Ocampo, 1/2 blk. E. of Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez. Bilingual Services Sunday Services: 9am and 11:15am Wednesday Services: 7:00pm Family of God Christian Fellowship Non-Denominational Worship Services 383-3480 Blvd. Costero N 2000A, Fracc. Las Palomas English Services, Everyone Welcome Spanish Translation Offered Sunday Services: 9:00am Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (Sacred Heart Church) Paseo V. Estrella in Old Port. Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 382-0049 or 383-3885 Stadium road, on the left side just before Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January: February: March: April: May: June: July: August: September: October: November: December:

Air - 53° Air - 55° Air - 58° Air - 64° Air - 70° Air - 77° Air - 84° Air - 86° Air - 82° Air - 74° Air - 62° Air - 55°

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

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

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

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


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American Legion Post MX 15 By Rob Baylor

As I sit on our patio tonight, I again reflect on my life. I see an amazing sunset and a first star I can make a wish on which I do almost every night. I wish for peace on earth, an answer to the common cold and for each and every one of us to have the same opportunity to live our lives in happiness. I wish for the wars to stop and our  troops  to brought home. At the meeting of the American Legion last night I learned that 31 American civilians, servicemen and  women are missing in action or POW’S. If they could only sit on my patio looking at our sunset just one more night, it would be the answer to my prayers. I drive down the street and I see the impoverished situation that some are living in and realize that they don’t know any difference. They were brought up in this poverty and their children will be also. They have no electricity, no running water, no jobs, and no heat. They eat whatever they can find. It is almost too much for a high school dropout to digest. But I am human and have a heart and when I see what I see, sitting on my patio, the sunrises the sunsets and I can put gas in my car tomorrow, I am ashamed. So when I go to bed tonight I will say a prayer and I would like all of you to take a couple minutes to do the same. It won’t hurt you a bit. Now here comes the pitch. We need to help these people. If you can please send a donation to the American Legion, be it one time or a few bucks each month. There is no administration cost, no CEO’s are getting anything, just the poor people.

A few dollars or whatever you can send, we will appreciate it. I know that money is tight, but I think we all can give up one Starbucks or ? You should have seen the kids when one of our members dressed up like Santa and delivered candy and presents to them on Christmas Eve. They came running from all over, and they gave Santa a lot of hugs and kisses on the cheek. One elderly lady with cancer got out of bed to hug and thank him. We also ordered a chicken dinner for each of the families we feed weekly so they would have a hot dinner for Christmas. Each Wednesday we deliver food to 20 families, be it a sack of beans and a sack of rice, or various other foods that become available... all donated by our members. Our supplies are getting low. We have one member that is a shopper and he gets the very best prices available. Four of us are chartering a fishing boat today to catch about 200 lbs of fish to donate to the food fund. This is a tax deductible donation for you, as this is a non-profit Mexican corporation. You can make a check out to American Legion Post MX 15 and send to Rob Baylor PO Box 676 Lukeville, AZ 85341. Thanks to all, in advance. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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

044-638-384-7398 English Speaking Meetings Mon & Wed 10-11am & 6-7pm 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (Next to Galindo’s Cafe) Sat. 9:30am above Candy Cake in Old Port Newcomers/Book Study Meeting

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Melchor Ocampo & Tecla Bustamante Donations accepted and welcomed at the Felowship Monday - Friday 8AM - 2PM or can be dropped off to Maria at the Black Dog All gifts are tax-deductible Checks payable to: Mission Heartbeat PO Box 1032, Lukeville, AZ 85341

AMPI Asociacion Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios Real Estate Professionals Association AMPI represents profesionalism in real estate and enforces ethical standards. It is a national association, one of 53 chapters in Mexico, and endorsed by Mexico’s Federal Government. They provide the MLS website, are operated by members and committed to education through bilingual programs. Associated with NAR and AAR in the U.S. Since 2007, Sonora State Law requires all Real Estate Agents to be licensed. Is your agent licensed? SOCIAL MIXERS - EVERYONE WELCOME usually on the 2nd Wed. of every month BOARD MEMBER MEETINGS 1st Thursday of every month GENERAL MEETING 2nd Thursday of every quarter 2010 OFFICERS: President: Richard Savino President-Elect: Milton Felix Reyes Secretary: Randi Alcott V.P. Finance: Francisco Castro Berreyes V.P. Membership: Veronica Ponce V.P. Ethics: Grant McKenzie Sr. V.P. Events: Liane Armstrong V.P. Legal: Ricardo Borquez V.P. Education: Gretchen Ellinger V.P. MLS: Wayne Corcoran V.P. Public Relations: Rick Busa V.P. Language & Culture: Gilberto Barcelo


AMERICAN LEGION POST MX 15 Post located at 383 Leon de La Barra Phone: 388-8841 Meets (Oct.-June) 6PM 1st Tuesday of every month at their Post. 2011 OFFICERS: Commander: Dennis Bleeker: 383-5770 First Vice Commander: Paul Raddatz (715) 557-0354 Treasurer: Mike Harris (044-638) 113-4593 Service Officer: Bob Bangert (044-638) 112-6429 Adjutant: Tom Locke Chaplain: Harry “Hap” Pope: (602) 539-7616 Executive Committee Members: John Thompson, Gordon Bueler, Mike Harris Alternative Executive Committee Member: Paul Waterman: (520) 387-7532 Contact the Post for dinner specials and special events throughout the year. New Members and Associates Welcome

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

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

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

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

ALANON Melanie: 044-638-106-2070 English Speaking Meeting every Tuesday 7PM Placita Melanie, Suite 211 on Blvd. Fremont

Rocky Point Times Office Ave. Pino Suarez (off Calle 13) Phone: 383-6325: Mon.-Wed. 9am-5pm Free Book, VHS and DVD exchange for all Rocky Point residents and visitors. Want a book to read? Have an extra one? We have a free book and movie exchange in our office. You do not need to bring a book or movie to take one, two or as many as you like. All we ask is that you return them once you are finished with them. Hardbacks, paperbacks, self-help, magazines, children’s, etc. We have everything! Also VHS and DVDs. Donate your extras.

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

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

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

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

CANACO-SERV Y TUR Puerto Peñasco Chamber of Commerce Servicios y Turismos de Pto. Peñasco Phone: 383-2848 Fax: 383-4468 Located on Blvd. Fremont and Coahuila Monday - Friday 8AM-3PM President: Marcos Carrillo Saustegui 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.)

CASA HOGAR (ELDERLY HOME) 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. 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.

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

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

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 26 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. 2011 OFFICERS President: Mike Dugan Vice-President: Pat Goodin: 382-5056 Secretary: Billie Crumbley: 382-5133 Treasurer: Enedina Otañez: 382-5142 Membership: Laura McIntyre 2011 BOARD MEMBERS Jerry Ketelhut, Jr., Roy & Shirley Haenfler, Kathy Barnard, Tammy Hicks, Rhea Dugan, Bob Adams, Don Schmidli, Ken Goodin, Gayle Savelsberg, Diane Aliano, Sal Otañez The CBSC provides an invaluable service for those at sea and promotes good relations between American visitors and our Mexican neighbors.

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

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

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.

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

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.)


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

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

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.

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


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).

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.

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.

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.




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


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


LARRY D. LARGE FOUNDATION Director: Don Yewchin Blvd. Fremont in Plaza Aliana, Suite 12 388-5426 or 044-638-112-0359 The Larry D. Large Foundation always accepts donations such as: new or clean gently used clothing, sporting goods, blankets and shoes. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

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

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


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.

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

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

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

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

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


Business Phone: 383-2266



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

RED HAT LADIES LUNCHEON 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.

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.

S.O.M.E. So Others May Eat Larry D. Large Foundation: 388-5426 Look for the Annual Turkey Trot every November to help support the families of Puerto Peñasco. Volunteers to pack and deliver food boxes are always needed!

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

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

SOUTH OF THE BORDER SINGLES Also known as S.O.B.S. President: Bob Adams: 382-5034 Business meeting 5:30pm on the 1st Wednesday of every HAPPY HOUR SOCIAL GATHERING Group meets every Wednesday (except 1st one) at Puesta del Sol at Playa Bonita Resort. Single in Peñasco? Come and join the “SOBS”, a great group of singles who get together every week and also coordinate fun events such as trips, events throughout the year.

2 FISH MINISTERIOS Founder: Pastor Stan Tedrow Peñasco Christian Fellowship

This rapidly growing organization was created after seeing the desperate need families were faced with when the U.S. economy declined, heavily impacting Mexico, and the peso dropped dramatically. As a result, jobs vanished, more people became homeless and could no longer afford to feed their families. Pastor Stan Tedrow shared his burden to feed the hungry with his congregation, and two feeding sites were born on February 24, 2009 with more being added since then. Currently, citizens can receive a hot meal at Fountain of Life Mission in Colonia San Rafael and at Arizona Taco Place on Constitucion and at Aquiles Serdan across from Hotel Paraiso del Desierto on Constitucion.

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

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

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

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

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


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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)

TABLE SAW FOR SALE - Like new condition $150.00usd (01152-638) 383-1012 (#86-15)

CONTRA PLAGAS - COCKROACHES, Termites, mosquitoes, flies, bees, fire ants, fleas, scorpions, spiders, rats, ants, mice. We have our Federal License. English spoken. Call Antonio Mendivil, owner at 383-8787. 24 hour emergency phone dial (044-638) 380-5136. (#126-1)

PBC- Peñasco Beauty Center- Only American Salon in Rocky Point. Full line AVON Beauty Supplies. Hair, Nails, Facials, Manicures and Pedicures cell (044-638) 106-3611. On Constitucion, across from Super Ley. (#25-1)

REFRIGERATOR / FREEZER COMBO - WHITE, LIKE NEW condition, only $200.00usd (011-52-638) 383-1012 or (602) 4123932. (#86-16)

HAS YOUR LIFE BEEN AFFECTED BY ANOTHER person’s drinking? English speaking Alanon meeting every Tuesday at 7PM. Placita Melanie, suite 211 on Blvd. Fremont. For info contact Melanie (011-521-638) 106-2070, email: muneca_pp@ (#1-37) SAME DAY SERVICE & FREE EYE EXAMS! Optica Turati is located next to Botica Lux on Melchor Ocampo. Over 500 frames to choose from. Same day service. English and Spanish spoken (and a little Italian). Great service. Phone (011-52-638) 383-4645. (#1-ot) DELICIOUS “FAST” FOOD AT EL POLLO Papago. We have the best Rotisserie Chicken and a drive-thru for fast service! Get a whole juicy chicken, fresh homemade tortillas, salsa, marinated onions, cabbage, jalapeños and a baked potato. Eat in or call ahead for to-go orders. Call Martin at (044-638) 385-1301. Located on Blvd. Benito Juarez next to Burger King. (#1-38) 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) FREE BOOK EXCHANGE FOR EVERYONE - visitors and residents - paperbacks, hard covers, magazines. “Take-em, Read-em, Bring-em Back”, is our policy at the Rocky Point Times Office, located off of Calle 13 (Miguel Hidalgo), turn south across from El Sombrero Restaurant. Mon-Wed 9am5pm. (#1-b) XOCHITL’S CAFÉ (SALLY’S PLACE) IN Cholla Bay. You’ve got to try our chiles rellenos and spinach omelet. Pizza served - Greek, Thai and Pepperoni. Breakfast served 6AM until 2PM. Call your order ahead 382-5283. (#1-11) 9AM SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES with Family of God Christian Fellowship – all year long. Non-denominational services held in their new location - on the glorieta (circle) at the west end of Calle 26 (in the old Las Palomas Offices). Blvd. Costero N 2000A, Fracc. Las Palomas. Church Office 3833480. Everyone. English spoken/Spanish translation offered. (#1-25) JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES KINGDOM HALL Monday Book Study 7:30 PM, Thursday Ministry School & Service Meeting 7pm. Sunday Public Discourse 9:30am. Located on the (baseball) stadium road, on the left, just before the big blvd. Call 382-0049 or 383-3885. (#a-1a) GRUPO UNIDAD CRISTIANOS DE PEÑASCO Pastor Ernesto Portugal. Headphones available for English translation. Sunday service 10:30AM, Thursday Service 7:30PM, Children’s school same hours. Church office open Monday through Friday 9:30 AM to 2PM. Located on Simon Morua. Call for info. (011-52638) 383-2240. (#1-ch) ART GALLERIES GALERIA DEL MAR BERMEJO – The finest in Authentic Mexican Art. Largest selection of Mata Ortiz Pottery & JewelryCertified Huichol Yarn Paintings by Artist, Juan Silva-Certified Bronze Sculpture by Felipe Chavez Hernandez-Certified unique jewelry of sterling silver and semiprecious stones featuring sponge and coral. Virgin Saints and Angels-Daniel Espinosa-Charles Alpert-Mara La Madrid. Books, * Books, * Books (children’s bilingual, decorator, culinary and more). Located behind the church in Old Port. Open 7 days from 10AM to 5PM. MasterCard and Visa accepted. From the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-3488 (phone and fax), or email: (#9-1) VILLA DEL ARTE OWNER, VICTOR ALEMAN is a world renowned spray paint artist here in Rocky Point. His Village of Artesanias is located on Hwy. 8, just north of Rocky Point (before you go over the last hill). He is building the village out of adobe and sells a huge variety of statues, pots, fountains, tables, benches and much more. Open 7 days a week 9AM 5PM. Phone Victor locally at (044-638) 105-7839, or from the U.S. at (011-521-638) 105-7839. (#9-4)

BILL PAYING SERVICE DON’T GET CUT OFF!! BILL PAYING Service with 48 years experience for Rocky Point and Cholla Bay residents! See Patty at Mexico Bonito Realty located just off Cholla Bay Road. Local call us at 383-5737 or 383-4111, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1837. Visit our website at or email us at or patricia@ (#30-1) WHILE YOU’RE AWAY I’LL PAY YOUR electric, water, phone, bills, etc. Since 1993 I’ve been working with Immigration services. English/Spanish spoken. References available. Call Silvia Villa at Premium Services, locally at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1187, or email me at (#30-2) BOATS FOR SALE See “For Sale” CATERING POLLO PAPAGO – DON’T COOK! LET Martin cater your party or special occasion with the best rotisserie chicken (and sides) in town! English spoken, call Martin at (044-638) 385-1301. Great for birthday parties, beach get-togethers, business parties, and family gatherings. Blvd. Benito Juarez next to Burger King. (#50-4)

8 SOLAR PANELS - LIFETIME WARRANTY, originally cost $600ea will sell for $200 each. (011-52-638) 383-7818. (#86-13)

2000 WHITE FORD- F150, V8, STANDARD TRANSMISSION, 92,000 miles, great condition. $7,000.00usd (011-52-638) 3831012 or (602) 412-3932. (#86-14) FOR SALE 2 SEAT HOBIE MIRAGE - OUTFITTER pedal kayak-like, new extras, trailer, outriggers, vests, beach wheels, dry bags, more. $1500 OBO. Dan (520) 464-6769 or (044-638) 105-7989. Email (#86-12) 1998 CHEVY BLAZER- 4 DOOR, 4x4, 4.3L, V6, Automatic, Air, Everything new or rebuilt. $3,495. Call (760)-324-8776. (#86-11) FURNITURE DELIVERY MOVING FROM THE STATES to Rocky Point/San Carlos since 1987. Our price includes no surprise fees from pickups to setups. Email or phone (480) 232-3518. (#90-9) HOUSES & CONDOS FOR RENT RESIDENTIAL MARIPOSAS - 3 BEDROOM, 2-1/2 BATH, swimming pool view, 24hr security, good price. Local cell (044-638) 110-8291. From US dial (011-521-638) 110-8291, email: nidiacei@ (#100-8)


BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT – LAS CONCHAS up to 8 months. Three bedroom, three bath. Contact Lori for details at (011-52-638) 382-0139 Mexico or (520) 204-1449 US. www. lasmaerasmanagement.ccom. (#100-9)

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 ThurSun 8PM-11PM 383-1011. (#56-5)

AFFORDABLE, LUXURY BEACH FRONT HOME IN the premier community of Playa Encanto. 5-Star, Sleeps 12, Photos/Availability/ Rates Cell (602) 206-4357, ask for Elena. (#10010)

BEST COFFEE IN TOWN - XOCHITLS CAFE (Sally’s place) in Cholla Bay. Not to mention awesome food! Breakfast 6AM-2PM! You can’t beat her chiles rellenos and spinach omelet. Call to order ahead 382-5283. (#56-10)

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)

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 (011-52638) 383-3434. (#64-3) DR. SOCORRO D.D.S. OFFERS professional dental care. She uses the same technology and materials as U.S. dentists, but substantially cheaper! Lab technician on site, offering overnight service. English and Spanish spoken. Professional references available. Phone (011-52-638) 383-4898. (#64-1) FISHING CHARTERS MARGARITA FISHING CHARTERS - private charters, full guide service, GPS, fish finder, guaranteed catch. Reservations, Martin Tavarez V, cell phone (044-638)112-4796. Home phone: (011-52-638) 383-7247. Website: Facebook: Margarita Fishing Charters. (#78-1) FM3 SERVICES SERVICES FOR AMERICANS – FM3 / FM2, Visas, Tax ID Numbers (Hacienda Registration), accounting services, bill paying and more. Office location: Sun Valley Business and Immigration Service, Plaza del Sol, Local No. 8 (north side of Blvd. Fremont). Call local at 383-8891, from the U.S. dial (520) 829-4340 or email or Dynorasvisa@aol. com. English spoken. (#79-9) FM2/FM3/RFC/HACIENDA/IMSS - DO YOU need help obtaining any of these documents? Premium Services has been working with Immigration, Social Security, Hacienda and all government offices helping Americans, for over 17 years, obtain the documents they need fast and without hassles. If you don’t speak Spanish, or just want someone to help guide you through the process, call Silvia Villa at Premium Services at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1187 or sivife@ 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)

IN BEAUTIFUL LAS CONCHAS - 2BDR, 2 BA Hideway, 250 ft. from beach. Fully furnished, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor furniture, barbeque, cozy living area with fireplace, A/C and fans, landscaped yard with trees. REFERENCES REQUIRED. $500 per month plus utilities – 6-month lease.Call Bob or Alice at (406) 2273331 or (406) 431-7738 or email (#100-6) HOUSES & CONDOS FOR SALE EL PUEBLO CONDO - 2 BD, 2 BA, UPPER LEVEL 3RD FLR w/Sky Nook for fantastic sunset views. Down from Capone’s and Reggie’s 8/12 on Sinaloa. $79,000. Call Pablo Realty, Licensed Real Estate Agent, from the U.S. (602) 288-8687 or email pablorealty@ (#102-4) BRING AN OFFER, 107 VISTA DE ORO – 2 bedroom, 2 bath, exquisite tile and woodwork. Email . Phone (417) 621-0677 or local (011-52-638) 383-1207. (#102-6) NEW LISTING!! PRINCESA C506 – 3 BED, 2 BATH. Extraordinary View. Fully Furnished. Bank Trust, LLC in place. Quick Closing. Call Pablo Realty, Licensed Real Estate Agent, from the U.S. (602) 2888687 or email (#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)

REAL ESTATE SERVICES SAVE THE DREAM COLDWELL BANKER ROCKY POINT Sells more real estate in Rocky Point than any other company. If you need to sell your property immediately, please contact one of the professionals at COLDWELL BANKER ROCKY POINT who can assess your current situation and get your property sold – CASH FOR KEYS! Email Call from the U.S. (602) 334-4134 Mexico 383-4699 SAVE THE DREAM (#140-4) SERVICES AZ NOTARY SERVICES AVAILABLE BY FULL-TIME Puerto Peñasco resident. Contact Clint Oberholzer at MX cell (044-638) 105-2262 or from the US at (520) 334-1648. (#157-40) CLEANING SERVICES BY CARLOS - QUALITY AND reliable. 20 years of experience with cleaning and maintenance. Serving all of Rocky Point. English speaking. (011-521-638) 104-4762, local cell (044-638) 104-4762. (#157-38) PUERTO PEÑASCO HOME INSPECTIONS. Be an intelligent investor: Get a home inspection before you buy your next home or investment property in Mexico. Puerto Peñasco’s only full time Home Inspector. Call (602) 748-4134, local dial (044-638) 1104728 or email (#157-7) DON’T GET CUT OFF! BILL PAYING SERVICE with 42 years experience for Rocky Point & Cholla Bay Residents! See Patty at Mexico Bonito Realty on Cholla Rd one block from the Highway or call (011-52-638) 383-5737 or 383-4111. In the U.S. call (602) 4761837. Visit website at or email us at or patricia@mexicobonitorealty. com. (#157-4) 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) SHUTTLE SERVICE HEAD OUT TO ROCKY POINT - door to door shuttle service from Phoenix to Rocky Point. Group and one-way rates available. Wanna Go? Let Us Know! Email, phone in the U.S. (602) 971-0166 or U.S. Toll Free (866) 4432368. No waiting in border lines when you ride with us! (#158-3) SOLAR EQUIPMENT WIND & SOLAR POWER SYSTEM - COMPLETE, 6 sun extender AGM 2V, 915 Amp hour batteries. Sunforce 400 watt wind generator with internal charge control. 100 watt solar panel. 30 Amp solar charge controller XANTREX LINK 1000 digital system monitor. $3500 retail value, all for $2000. (602) 482-8659. (#163-1) TRAILERS FOR SALE FOR SALE - 36’ FIFTH WHEEL – 2 SLIDE outs, dual a/c, w/d, microwave, completely furnished, linen, dishes, cooking utensils, 12x20, brick patio with metal, awning, satellite ready, $8000 USD. Call US (480) 202-7766 or (480) 684-3637. Playa de Oro RV Park space #443. (#176-2)

MASSAGE U.S.A. CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST. Several bodywork modalities available. Out calls or in clinic. $55 per hour. Best massage in town. Rita Pizarro, from U.S. dial (602) 748-4134, clinic (011-52-638) 383-8030, local dial 383-8030 or (044-638) 386-5203 or email (#120-6)


Flounder Grenobloise Hola Rocky Point Times readers, this is your friend and chef Mickey. Our new Chef Mickey’s Place is now open and we hope our new location will be more convenient for it is for us! This month’s recipe will be...Flounder Grenobloise… or fillet of sole if you can’t get flounder. The delicate flavor of flounder is complemented by briny capers and lemon in this classic French preparation

Ingredients... 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup olive oil 4 5-ounce flounder fillets or lemon or gray fillets of sole kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 cup capers, drained Juice of one lemon fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation... Okay, okay here we go people... listen up! (1) pour milk into a shallow bowl, put flour on a dinner plate (2) in a medium skillet set over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons oil until hot (3) place 2 fillets in the milk . (4) remove one piece of fish, dredge both sides in flour, tap off excess flour, and transfer the fish to the hot pan (5) repeat with remaining pieces, season each with salt and pepper (6) cook flounder until nice and brown, about 2 minutes on both sides (7) transfer to a serving plate, after all are cooked (8) with a clean folded paper towel, wipe pan clean (9) return pan to a medium heat. Add butter and cook until melted and starts to brown about 1 1/2 minutes (10) stir in capers, cook until butter is golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes (11) remove from the heat ..Squeeze lemon juice over the fish, top with the hot butter and capers garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately  Serve your flounder on a bed of wild rice with almonds and your favorite side of veggies. Okay, until next time amigos...don’t forget about our new location on Blvd. Fremont (the road to Las Conchas) in Plaza del Sol. For reservations please call (011-52-638) 388-9500. Thank you! Chef Mickeys Place wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!



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Finding Paradise

By Sandy Spain

Prepare and let it Evolve In a recent issue I told you about Russ and Naomi finding Puerto Peñasco and about the enterprises Naomi has started and said I would tell you about what Russ was up to. Even before moving here, Russ prepared by establishing a corporation, Peñasco Recreation. He wasn’t sure what it would be and was ready to let it evolve. After completing the remodel and additions to their home, he built a trailer park to accommodate small trailers for local workers. When the economic problems hit, there were no tenants so that site became Naomi’s shop, Off the Beach. (By the way,  Off the Beach  is now open on Friday from noon to 4pm and most Saturdays from noon to 2pm and appointments can be made for other times. Contact Naomi at 044-638-1073140.)  After completing Naomi’s shop, Russ started doing local tours and the  Russ Bus was born. Go Explore What can you do?  Where can you go? Russ wanted to support the local hard working family enterprises by taking people places where they might not venture on their own as well as to the more well known sites in our community. He has a number of set tours and can also customize a tour for anything that you might like and the prices are quite reasonable. While he likes to have at least 8 people, his van can handle up to 14 people. And Russ will hire another van and driver, if you have a group bigger than that, he will do the tours for smaller groups, it just raises the price a bit. There is the  Elegante Tour  which takes in the largest crater in the Pinacates and the Visitor Center located closer to town. Russ is the only non-Mexican tour operator permitted to take tours inside the Pinacate Preserve. The  City Tour  includes the Tequila Factory, Las Conchas, Estero Morua, Mirador, Malecon, CetMar, Sandy Beach, the harbor area, Cholla Bay and Whale Hill. Then there is the  Lazy Afternoon Cantina Crawl, (which I am sure I don’t have to describe for you!) and the Eat Like

a Local foodie tour. This tour includes a couple of local specialties, the Sonoran hot dog and the Momia (you’ll have to take Russ’s tour) as well as carne asado and pastor tacos. Rocky Point Ramblings Another activity for Russ in his ever evolving efforts to publicize Mexico and Puerto Peñasco in particular was joining the infamous Rose Glover on the radio show,  Rocky Point Ramblings. Russ told me to be sure and give credit to Fernando Lopez as the Godfather of this show. Rosie and Russ recently celebrated the 1 year anniversary of the first local English language radio show in Puerto Peñasco. You can hear it on local FM station 106.1 on Saturday from Noon to 2pm, or go to Rocky Point Ramblings on Facebook to get the current link to hear it on-line. Russ says that he and Rose strive to highlight the activities and people of our community showing that living here is like living anywhere else in a small town – again, always trying to let folks know that it is safe to live and travel here. Ever Evolving Peñasco Recreation as Russ said early in our interview is ever evolving. He doesn’t know what it may become, but he is always open to new activities. An effort that is just beginning is his association with Thunder on the Beach, the dirt track racing event on Sandy Beach near the Reef RV park. As I write this they are conducting their second event and are hoping this effort has a good future. Photo of the Week Russ and Naomi send out a weekly email with a couple of travel photos. One might be from anywhere in the world and one is local. They also have links and notices about the many activities in town. To get on the email list for this, and I highly recommend it, email:  mexiconaomi@ To find out more about tours and arrange the one you want, contact Russ by email: or phone him at (cell) (044-638) 113-4591.  So get out and see our paradise!


Rocky Point Times - February 2012  

Rocky Point Times - February 2012