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


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

CALLING FROM THE U.S. Dialing a Land Line dial 011-52-638 + last 7-digits of number listed Dialing a Cellular Phone dial 011-521-638 + last 7-digits of number listed

Ditgsa (Paraiso del Sol)............................(877) 212-2180 Mexico Toll Free...................................01-800-834-8472 Don Julio Bar and Grill.....................................388-0056


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


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


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


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

Galeria del Mar Bermejo.................................383-3488 Galeria Luis y Gaby...........................................383-7174 Giuseppi’s Espresso........................................383-5181 Glorias Beauty Salon....................................383-5075 Grijalva, Ernesto, D.D.S..................................383-3434 Gringo Pass Insurance.........................(602) 257-0887

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




CALLING WITHIN MEXICO dial 01 + area code + 7-digit number

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


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 Central de Alarmas (Radiosistemas)....................383-4178 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


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

Vazquez, Luis, MD.............................................383-3014 Victor Aleman...................................044-638-105-7839 Vojick, Jason A. CPA..................................(630) 839-9129


InnSuites Hotels and Suites U.S. Toll Free............................................ (888) 466-7848 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 Mare Blu Bistro.............................................383-1485 Mare Blu Ristorante.......................................383-0605 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.........................383-8657/(602) 288-8687 Paraiso del Sol (Ditgsa)............................(877) 212-2180 Mexico Toll Free...................................01-800-834-8472 Peñasco Marine...............................................383-3700 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


Radiosistemas Central de Alarmas........................383-4178 Rocky Point Calendar....................see Mexican Vistas Rocky Point Times Newspaper.....................383-6325 or...........................................................(480) 463-6255 Fax.....................................................383-5193


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

EMERGENCY & Important Phone Numbers



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 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

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

Editorial • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

The Rocky Point Times Newspaper is Puerto Peñasco’s #1 Tourist Newspaper, family owned and operated since 1993 in Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico, and written entirely in English! We are, and have always been, dedicated to helping the community in which we live, as well as promoting our city and bringing tourism to Rocky Point. We are a TOURIST NEWSPAPER dedicated to promoting tourism! MONTHLY CIRCULATION/DISTRIBUTION Our newspapers are hand delivered in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico and in the U.S. to Lukeville, Ajo, Gila Bend, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Prescott, 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.


by Tom O’Hare EDITOR

hotel was in its heyday, we remember that it was the place to hang out with its fireplace, restaurant, cantina, swimming pool, live music and dancing. It was a place where people First I want to wish everyone a very met and many new friends were Merry Christmas and a Happy New made. The hotel was vacant for many Year. I am really looking forward to 2012 years and in a rundown condition. because I believe that tourism is finally About a year and half ago it was on the rebound. We all know what the purchased by Weekend Missions a state of our economy is, and that hard non-profit organization created by times are being felt worldwide, but Mark, Jerry and Rusty. Working with even in hard times people find a way several churches in the USA, groups to unwind and relax and I can’t think are now coming to Rocky Point and of a better way to do that than spend working with local churches on several a few days in Rocky Point. Apparently different projects, to improve the living lots of people feel the same way, as our conditions of the poor and needy. The 11th Annual Rocky Point Motorcycle hotel is now a base of operations for Rally held November 10th, 11th and 12th, these volunteers. Currently there are hosted almost four thousand riders four volunteers who operate the hotel. from Canada, Arizona, Colorado, Conrad is the director of renovation, South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas Martha and Erik and their sons Ian 7, and there was a big increase of riders and Isaac 5, coordinators of projects between all the churches, and Clara who assists wherever needed. The hotel has thirty-two rooms and, as of this writing, six have been completely renovated, the rest are a work in progress. The projects that the volunteers work on can vary from one thing to another. It This custom three-wheeler is an original 1955 Harley Davidson can be organizing a mobile Panhead. An estimated 4,000 bikers came to Rocky Point to join in on medical clinic, to building a the festivities of the 11th Annual Bike Rally. church, or even remodeling a house. A majority of the from California over last year. Several volunteer services involve about 75% groups came from all over Mexico, of work in the barrios and 25% on the Tijuana, Mexico City, Chihuahua and hotel itself. Everything is being done Puebla. From all the reports, and my by these volunteers from concrete and own conversations and observations, electrical, to carpentry and painting. everyone had a great time despite the The goal of Weekend Missions is to fact that we had an unusually heavy provide for the physical and spiritual rainstorm on Saturday. It rained so hard that the washes between Rocky needs of the very poor, widowed Point and Caborca were almost and orphaned. I recently visited the impassable. The fire department used hotel and I was quite impressed with trailers for Mexican riders to cross the what they have accomplished so far. washes heading south towards home. They can use donations of any type of building materials, drapery, household HOTEL VILLA GRANADA…For furnishings or bedding. The hotel is those of us who were fortunate enough located at 323 Leon de la Barra at the to have been in Rocky Point when the corner of Madero, two blocks east of

The infamous Hotel Villa Granada is the headquarters of Weekend Missions.

Pictured above, left to right, are the four volunteers currently running the hotel; Erik, Martha, Clara and Conrad, Director of Renovations.

Years ago, when you wanted to find someone, all you had to do was stop by the Hotel Villa Granada...chances are they’d be there! Some of you may recognize the interior of the hotel - the ever popular dance floor.

C.F.E. (Electric Company) off Benito Juarez. For some of you old timers, like me, you should stop by and check it out, it will bring back a lot of memories and the folks there are very congenial. For more info you can call (011-52638) 383-1394 or (480) 626-5440 or (480) 503-8832. Editorial continued on Page 10


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EVENTS CALENDAR EVERYDAY American Legion Post MX-15 open from 12pm7pm 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 382-0010 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 Wed. 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 Entertainment at Mare Blue Ristorante Live Music at the Sunset Cantina SATURDAYS 8am-12pm Breakfast Buffet at Don Julio’s 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 Entertainment at Mare Blue Ristorante Live Music at the Sunset Cantina 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 8am-12pm Breakfast Buffet at Don Julio’s


CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE LATEST EVENTS! Thursday 1st 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina Friday 2nd Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Restaurant on Cholla Bay Road at The Reef Live Music at the Sunset Cantina Saturday 3rd 8am-12pm Breakfast Buffet at Don Julio Bar and Grill on Blvd. Fremont 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 more info. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Restaurant Live Music at the Sunset Cantina Sunday 4th 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome Monday 5th Monday Night Football – 2 for 1 drinks at Don Julio’s Bar and Grill on Blvd. Fremont Tuesday 6th American Legion Post MX 15 meets at 6:00pm at their Rocky Point Post located at 383 Leon de La Barra. For info. Call local 388-8841. Wednesday 7th 10am Virtual Consulate at the Municipal Building (City Hall) on the corner of Blvd. Fremont and Benito Juarez 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador Thursday 8th 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina Friday 9th Explore Morua Estuary with CEDO experts. Call 382-0113 for info. Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Restaurant on Cholla Bay Road at The Reef Live Music at the Sunset Cantina

Saturday 17th 8am-12pm Breakfast Buffet at Don Julio Bar and Grill on Blvd. Fremont San Jorge Island Tour and Snorkeling with CEDO experts. Call 3820113 for info. 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 more info. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Restaurant on Cholla Bay Road at The Reef Live Music at the Sunset Cantina Sunday 18th 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome Monday 19th Monday Night Football – 2 for 1 drinks at Don Julio’s Bar and Grill on Blvd. Fremont Wednesday 21st 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador Thursday 22nd 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina Friday 23rd Kayak Morua Estuary with CEDO experts. Call 382-0113 for info. Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Restaurant on Cholla Bay Road at The Reef Live Music at the Sunset Cantina Saturday 24th New Moon Christmas Eve 8am-12pm Breakfast Buffet at Don Julio Bar and Grill on Blvd. Fremont 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 Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Restaurant on Cholla Bay Road at The Reef Live Music at the Sunset Cantina

Saturday 10th Full Moon Yard Sale at CEDO in Las Conchas 8am-12pm Breakfast Buffet at Don Julio Bar and Grill on Blvd. Fremont 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 more info. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Restaurant on Cholla Bay Road at The Reef Live Music at the Sunset Cantina

Sunday 25th Merry Christmas Feliz Navidad

Sunday 11th 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome

Thursday 29th 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina

Monday 12th Monday Night Football – 2 for 1 drinks at Don Julio’s Bar and Grill on Blvd. Fremont Tuesday 13th 5pm Uncommon Women on Common Ground – Uncommon Dessert Buffet at Kaffee’s Haus. Call Jonni Francis at 383-4699 for more info. Or email Wednesday 14th 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador Thursday 15th 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina Friday 16th Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Restaurant on Cholla Bay Road at The Reef Live Music at the Sunset Cantina

Monday 26th 1pm Red Hat Ladies Luncheon at the American Legion Monday Night Football – 2 for 1 drinks at Don Julio’s Bar and Grill on Blvd. Fremont Wednesday 28th 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador

Friday 30th Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Restaurant on Cholla Bay Road at The Reef Live Music at the Sunset Cantina Saturday 31st 8am-12pm Breakfast Buffet at Don Julio Bar and Grill on Blvd. Fremont 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 more info. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Restaurant Live Music at the Sunset Cantina New Year’s Eve!! Check with your favorite restaurant or cantina for New Year’s Eve Parties. New Year’s Eve Parties: The Lighthouse Mare Blu Don Julio Bar and Grill • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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I went to the doc for a physical the other day and he said I have the body of a 30-year-old. I’m pretty sure he had been sampling the pharmaceutical products in the back room, because my body hasn’t been like a 30-year-old since I was 15. I don’t take my shirt off on the beach for fear the gulls will mistake me for a rotting albino sea lion. But there are some people who can’t get enough sun, including Jenny Marshall from Payson, Arizona, who called me recently. JENNY: Cap’n Greg, I’m headed for  Rocky Point  next week. Can I get margaritas served on the beach? Can I get a massage like at those fancy tropical island resorts? If I find a baby octopus in the ocean can I take him home for my salt water tank? Will my iPhone work there?   CAP’N GREG: Whoa! Slow down there, Jenny. The first thing you need to do is adjust your behavior to  Mexico  time. That means if you’re used to running full speed ahead, you should pull it over and park for a while.   JENNY: Okay. I shifted into neutral. What now?   CAP’N GREG: Let’s answer those questions. First, what is your height and weight?   JENNY: I’m 5’4” and about 160. But what does that have to do with anything?   CAP’N GREG: Just bear with me here, Jenny. You can certainly find a bar near the beach that sells margaritas, but getting one delivered to you while you are actually on the beach might be a little difficult. Most places in Rocky Point aren’t set up to take your order, bring your drink, take your money and bring your change, especially if you are 100 yards from the bar. So, unless you’re some kind of gung-ho bodybuilder, at 5’4” and 160 you can probably use the

exercise, and walking to the bar to get a drink should be good for you. JENNY: How would you like me to kick your butt?   CAP’N GREG: If you did, I could get a massage to ease my back pain at many places in town and at better resort hotels. Call ahead or ask at the hotel desk for pricing and availability. The price should be the same, no matter what size you are.   JENNY: Oh, yeah? Maybe I should drag you into the ocean and sit on you until you apologize.   CAP’N GREG: Sounds fun! Give me a chance to put on my snorkel and mask so I can look for colorful fish and shells. I might even find a baby octopus, but I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to bring wildlife of any kind into the States. It’s best to check the fruit and vegetable rules because, even though they are a good for your weight-loss diet, they also have import restrictions.   JENNY: Cap’n Greg, when I get to Rocky Point, I’m going to call to arrange a place we can meet, and tell you exactly what I think of you.   CAP’N GREG: I look forward, Jenny. But before you leave you should contact your carrier to check on international calling plans. And remember, roaming charges may apply.

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

just great. Lucky is an Alpha and fought with the other two male dogs, Sam and Rocky. Sam is submissive, but Rocky is the Alpha at the center. I had to put Lucky in the front yard and he will only accept females. Lucky has four little

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

A Very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season to All ...and a Wonderful 2012! Woof”

“Meo w “Meo ” w”

It has been ten years since a small group of visitors to Rocky Point started rescuing dogs and cats. The nonprofit Corporation was formed in Tucson in 2001. What a huge difference in the treatment of the animals. It is a dream come true for me and all of our animal friends. When I cross the rainbow bridge I certainly want to be where my four-legged friends are. How can anyone look into the eyes of a cat or dog, kitten or puppy and not believe that they have souls. It has been a long tough journey for the animals with many changes in the manner that they are treated. The antirabico center (local pound) was built in 2006 after President Fox directed the officials to build the site after the city raided me in 2005. With many outrages citing the cruelty of the animals, finally our friends in Mexico stood up and made some changes. The animals that are surrendered now are held for three days for their owners to retrieve them. They are humanely euthanized with legal injections after 3 days. The city has free spay/neuter clinics twice a year for the locals. There are also free rabies clinics and small monthly spay/ clinics and educational programs in the schools. We had a huge spay/neuter clinic on November 11th and 12th at the Shrimp Park. We will have pictures and results in the January issue of the Rocky Point Times. I took a dozen teenage cats for surgery along with 4 -5 young dogs. A big paws up to the City! All of kittens that were rescued this year have survived and we have at least 25 additions to the center. The cat house, with its inside and outside rooms, is very crowded. We also have colonies set up in different locations

“ “Woof”

for the outside cats. Most of the cats come in and out of the center. They are kept in the cat house or the center until they have surgery and then they are allowed to venture out on the property. Beto has been here 11 years, Jessica came 8 years ago. Kittens that are rescued are generally tiny until they reach about eight months of age and then they become huge almost overnight. Many have crooked tails. Cat friendly dogs are allowed on the patio to mingle. Give me a call if you are interested in adopting a kitten. The Motorcycle Rally is going on this weekend and as I was typing this article, with a deadline of midnight, I heard someone at the gate. It turned out to be Phoenix resident, G. Russel Childress (and his Harley Davidson) who was the Special Event Photographer for the Motorcycle Rally. While I was making my way out to the gate, the dogs were rather quiet and were entertaining Russel at the gate. He did get a few photos of the dogs in the front yard along with a few very large cats who balanced on the fence to greet him. Thank you Russel for a much needed donation to help with the gang!  Russel is with Main Event Imaging. Every animal has a special story. Lucky and his girls were entertaining Russel while he waited for me to come outside.  Lucky was brought to me many months ago by a good friend Jenn Shinn from Phoenix. Jenn showed up at the gate with Lucky in her arms and big tears rolling down her face. Lucky was not only skin and bones, but he was covered with a crusty fungus. After a few dozen baths, some good food, medicine and lots of Love he is doing

female dogs that he bosses and grooms. It is a delight to watch this big lug! His girl friends are Sky, Sparkle, Chichi and Nikki. Lucky would make someone a wonderful addition to their family and provide lots of entertainment. All the dogs at the center have been spayed/ neutered and have had all their vaccines. About a dozen or dogs have been here now for far too long and, of course, I do get attached to them – they are like family. We are a no-kill facility so they

will continue to call the center “home”. We have been at this same location now for 10 years. This is the only site that we have in Mexico. We are a 501©3 non-profit US corporation and your donations are tax deductable. Please help with a tax deductable monthly or one time donation. You can also donate through Paypal on our web site or mail checks made out to AACORP. PO Box 1031, Lukeville AZ 85341.  Our biggest needs this month are cash donations for medicine, medical treatment and to purchase food from ChoChoys Veterinary. It was a long hot summer but we did make it throgh with a little help from our two legged angels. With winter just around the corner we could use dog beds. Costco has great dog beds for only $25 and the dogs love them  –THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HELP. Other needs are bleach, bleach, bleach – laundry soap and Downy for the winter blankets just around the corner. Disinfectant, antibacterial waterless

hand soap, paper towels, all sizes of trash bags, small and medium collars, canned cat and kitten food, cat litter, cat litter pans with tops for the cat pan liners and of course dry cat , puppy and dog food. Our biggest need this time of year is kitten dry and canned food. And, I almost forgot! We really need a new digital camera. If you get a new one for Christmas, we would love to have your old one :) If you have a vehicle to donate before the end of the year - for a tax deduction - please call Nancy at (602) 412-3932 or in Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012. We are in dire need of an SUV to transport animals and supplies. 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 • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •


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margarita conversation and dinner. For those of you who are not familiar EL GOLFO OR BUST… Last month with our “El Golfo Run”, we do it twice we had our 31st bi-annual El Golfo a year - May and October. It is about Run. Besides our regulars who always an 85 mile trip to a small fishing town participate, we had 14 new people named “El Golfo de Santa Clara”. We that went for their first time. This trip try to stay off road as much as possible, we had the usual buggies, rails and driving thru the desert and along the seashore. It’s a leisure drive that can take anywhere from 3 hours to six hours. No one is in a hurry. It’s a great way to meet new friends and see pristine beaches. Anyone wanting more information or to make a reservation for our May 2012 Run, contact the Rocky Point Times office or email Sandy at Beautiful weather for the 31st bi-annual El Golfo Run. Runs are in May and rockypointtimes@yahoo. October and everyone is welcome to come along. com. All our numbers and contact information are on the bottom of the front page of every issue of the RPTimes. Editorial continued from Page 3

Paul high-centered on a dune after crossing the tracks. You can almost always count on “something” happening along the way...and, after all the snickering and jokes, everyone pitches in and lends a hand!

jeeps, the unusual vehicles were two four wheelers, a golf cart, Razr and Polaris. Everyone said had a good time and will join us again. As has been the tradition, our trip was finished off with a ‘Survivors Party’ which was held at La Casa del Capitan, with a good

S . O. B . S … t r a n s l a t e s to South of the Border Singles. About 20 years ago, three people, Nancy Moody (pictured right), Glenda Maude and Bob Adams, were sitting around one evening, having a toddy and socializing. Someone said, “I wonder how many other singles there are here in Puerto Peñasco who would like to get together once in a while.” They decided to find out. They had fliers printed and distributed them to the R.V. Parks, Cholla Bay, Las Conchas, etc. The first meeting was held at Manny’s Beach Club, and that was the beginning of S.O.B.S. They got together for holidays and parties. In its heyday there were 78 members, currently there are forty.

The Fiesta Cruiser ran aground during a sunset cruise with approximately 46 passengers aboard. Loss of steering and extremely high winds made it impossible for the ship to make it back to Port. About half of the passengers were taken to shore by the Navy boats and the others had to jump overboard and swim to shore.

They have a president, vice president, treasurer and Sgt. at arms, who meet once a month. Members meet every Wednesday for Happy Hour at Playa Bonita Hotel Restaurant (Puesta del Sol) and every Sunday for breakfast at different restaurants around town. And they get together periodically for trips throughout Mexico. Probably one of their most memorable outings took place just this past October when 20 Singles went out on the Fiesta Cruiser for a beautiful and peaceful sunset cruise. No one could have imagined how the night would turn out. Aboard the Fiesta Cruiser there were approximately 46 passengers with 20 of those being SOBS members. On a typical sunset cruise you leave the Port an hour or so before sunset and head out into the Sea of Cortez. The boats typically stay pretty close to the shores of Sandy Beach, El Mirador, Las Conchas, Pelican Point, etc. The boat cruises around looking for dolphins, the ocassional sealion and everyone has a front row seat to some of the best sunsets in the world. Shortly after the Fiesta Cruiser left the Port area they lost their steering. And then the wind came up with a

vengeance and the ship ran aground. As described to me from those aboard, it was basically bobbing up and down in very high waves. The SOS was sent out and the Mexican Navy responded with boats within 6 minutes: the Fiesta was not that far offshore when it ran aground. The Navy boats ended up rescuing about 20 people. The remaining passengers - approx. 26 - donned life vests and swam to shore with the wind churing up the water and making surfing size waves (probably much, much larger). In talking to the people, unanimously, they couldn’t say enough about how efficient and professional the rescue teams were. Besides the Navy, the Bomberos (Fire Department) and Cruz Roja (Red Cross) were also on hand to transport everyone to the Naval Hospital and Base. Once passengers were at the Naval Hospital they were then checked for injuries, possible shock and their blood pressure was taken. I am very sad to report that there was one fatality. No others were seriously injured other than some bruises and scratches. Thanks to the emergency personnel a very serious situation was handled very professionally. If you are single, new to Rocky Point, and/or just want to meet some really nice people, stop by and introduce yourself any Wednesday evening for Happy Hour at the Playa Bonita Hotel on Sandy Beach.

Pictured Left to Right: The gang hangs out at El Capitan in El Golfo. Everyone getting ready to leave via the beach on the last morning of the trip. Later that day everyone gathers at La Casa del Capitan for the “Survivor’s Party”. Guys hanging out at “the wall” watching fishermen launch theit pangas. Last two photos are “pit stops” along the way...there are many! Join us for the El Golfo Run - you’ll have a great time and meet a bunch of super people. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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AMPI NEWS Puerto Peñasco, Chapter 51 AMPI Chapter 51, Puerto Peñasco By Richard Savino, President Rocky Point Resort Properties

While researching on the internet for this month’s article, I found some very interesting statistics that would support the notion that there is a growing segment of the US population that plans to relocate to a foreign country. I give all attribution to Mr. Bob Adams, CEO of America Wave S. A. and The basis for the statistics is surveys that have been conducted in 2007, 2009 & 2011. Here are a few of the categories: • Plan to relocate for more than 2 years, not related to job transfer or military requirements; 2009 – 0.8%, 2011 – 2.5%. Applied to the population this equates to approximately 6,000,000 people. • Plan to relocate by gender; 2009 – 0.8% both men & women, 2011 – 3.1% men & 2.0% women. • Plan to relocate by age groups; 2009 2011 18-34 0.8 3.8 35-54 0.9 2.1 >55 0.8 2.2 • Plan to relocate, individual or more; Individual 2.2 8.2 2 or more 2.3 5.3 Clearly there is a significant upsurge in 2011 that caught my eye in reading the full analysis. The lingering recession may have an impact on the 2011 results over 2009 but you can find a more in depth discussion at www. Perhaps these results will give a boost to the psyche of the international real estate agent community and the potential sellers of property here in Rocky Point.   Last month I noted that AMPI Puerto Peñasco  would be initiating a new real estate licensee course in October. Unfortunately, we had to postpone the start of the course until  January 24, 2012. We want to have all the state of  Sonora approvals in hand, prior to the start of the classes. Given we will be approaching the holiday season, the AMPI board of directors decided on the January date. If you have any questions about the course please contact AMPI’s

VP of Education, Gretchen Ellinger, at October’s real estate activity showed improvement in sold and pending activity. The current three month trend reflects the consistency of our local market throughout all of 2011. The following chart provides more detailed information. AUG. SEPT. OCT. Number of Active Listings 575 563 568 Number of Pending Contracts 13 8 13 Number of Sold Listings 14 7 10 Absorption rate (months) 46.9 44.74 46.68 Median List Price 219,000 219,000 216,250 Median Sale Price 116,500 180,000 112,500 Sale Price as a % of Original List Price 73.0% 81.5% 78.0% Year to Date Comparisons 2011   2010   %Chg Active Listings 1078 1332 -19.1% Pending Listings 131 131 0.0% Sold Listings 123 134 -8.2% New Listings 451 729 -38.1% Absorption Rate 47.06 54.04  112.92% Median Sale Price 131,500   175,000 -24.86%   Should you have any questions about this real estate data please consult your AMPI Realtor who can provide you with additional pertinent data customized for your use. I also encourage our readers to visit our AMPI Puerto Peñasco website,  www., where there is meaningful information for your review including a list of AMPI members and a section devoted to frequently asked questions.   Be sure to enlist the services of an AMPI professional for all your real estate needs.


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Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año y Felcidad!

By Zack & Via’s Dad

Happy Holidays

to all of our Rocky Point friends…. both locals and visitors alike on both sides of the border! It is that time of the year that we give thanks to all of our great friends, great location (here in Rocky Point) and to our many blessings that we have each day! Each year my family and friends help organize the gift of life to an amazing group of people less fortunate than us, the needy and sometimes desperate people who find themselves living along the railroad tracks right here in Rocky Point. Over the years, we have organized through our places of work, friends, Amerifirst Financial Inc., Swim Neptune of Arizona, Anthem Dolphins Swim Team, USA Swimming and even those probably in need as well, a collection of new and used clothing, food, water, and basically anything that can help the lives of those in need with some basic living essentials to make their new year a little better. The outpouring of love and support has been nothing short of incredible. This year’s theme is WARM HOLIDAY WISHES! Whether it is warm clothes, both new and old, blankets, soup, hot chocolate, hats, gloves, mittens, water

or anything (either new or used) that you no longer need, PLEASE reach into your hearts and find a way to reach out and participate this year. Your gifts truly make a difference for the needy of our WARM friends from south of our border. Eddie, the manager of SWIM, the restaurant at Bella Sirena Resort, along with Scott and Cathy Poturalski have graciously taken on the task of setting up a collection bin at their restaurant to accept whatever items you have in your heart to offer to the cause. We will be accepting items right up until New Year’s Day. Last year, Liz and Eric Baker of Tucson took on the challenge versus the folks of Scottsdale to gather as much as each team can. I think it will be close, but I think the Scottsdale crew has a great shot! And I say bring it on!!! We welcome anyone that would like to help in anyway by emailing me at You are most welcome to join the cause and empower yourself to start your own group…whether it is 3 people or 30, you WILL make a difference! The gifts are delivered on New Year’s Day and everyone is invited to join in the fun and outflow of emotion from the recipients. I PROMISE you, it will make your holiday season the best EVER! May EVERYONE be blessed with the most memorable and cheerful holiday season ever and my very best wishes to all for an awesome 2012! God bless you all and please remember this insightful quote by the late Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, we make a LIFE by what we GIVE!!!” FELIZ NAVIDAD Y PROSPERO AÑO Y FELICIDAD! Salute! Marco • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Did Montezuma Think Cortez was the God Quetzalcoatl?

By Rosarie Salerno

It is a well know fact that after the conquest, the victor writes the history. The accounts of the initial meeting between Hernan Cortez and Montezuma II, in 1519 CE, are based upon the writings of the Spanish; most of the written history on their first meeting by the Aztecs, if any, was more than likely destroyed during the conquest. The contention that Montezuma thought that Cortez was the god Quetzalcoatl is based upon the writings of Franciscan Bernardino de Sahagun, who was present with Cortez in 1519, and a document, the Florentine Codex, that was written more than 50 years after the fact. Father Sahagun quoted a speech addressing Cortez at their meeting: “You have graciously come on earth, you have graciously approached your water, your high place of Mexico, you have come down to your mat, your throne, which I have briefly kept for you, I who used to keep it for you.  You have graciously arrived, you have known pain, you have known weariness, now come on earth, take your rest, enter into your palace, rest your limbs; may our lords come on earth.” So, the conjecture written 50 years later was based upon that quote and some remarks by Cortez to the Spanish Crown as to the naiveté of the Aztecs. Some arguments in favor of Montezuma’s belief that Cortez was the god Quetzalcoatl begin with the god’s promise to return after he died in a pyre or sailed off in a boat traveling east.  Physically, Quetzalcoatl was described in two forms; one a flying feathered serpent and the other a white -skinned man with a beard.  Cortez fit into two of the four descriptions; he sailed from the east and was whiteskinned with a beard.  Quetzalcoatl had a Jesus Christ persona; a loving and beneficent god. He was considered the creator of the 5th  world, the present one, and the organizer of the cosmos.  He is associated with the

planet Venus, the wind and the rain, knowledge and learning. He was also believed to have created civilization.  He taught the Mesoamericans how to farm corn.  He was believed to have invented writing, books, astronomy and calendars.  He forbade human sacrifice, promoting the sacrifice of birds, butterflies, snakes and grasshoppers instead.  He warned the Amerindians that he would return to punish them if they continued to sacrifice humans. Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards, beginning in 1509, Montezuma believed that there were eight omens predicting the end of the Aztec civilization, the end of the world. The last of the eight omens in 1517 reported to Montezuma, was the sighting of “men with two heads”. They were the horse-back riding men of Juan de Grijalva’s expedition.  Coinciding with the arrival of Cortez, which was on the traditional birthday of Quetzalcoatl and during the year of the end of the 52 year cycle of the Aztec calendar, could have added to the legend. Montezuma may have been confused by all these events.  Then again, there may have been confusion on the part of the Spanish; the possibility of the misinterpretation of the Nahuatl language for the greeting and/or the fact that the meaning of politeness to the Aztecs represented superiority to whoever was being polite. The question remains: was Montezuma II weak and fearful of Cortez, knowing that he may have returned to punish them or was he the strong leader of the Aztec Empire, extending a welcome to these strange men? I suppose we will never know for sure what was going on in the mind of Montezuma. For all your Buying and Selling of Real Estate in Rocky Point, Bank Trusts, FM3s Document Preparation Please contact me: Rosarie Salerno From the US (520)777-0018 (011-52-638)383-8417 • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Beach Picnics with Fresh Local Seafood Tips for keeping it simple and having fun: Rocky Point has some of the best fresh #1. Sturdy table from which food is seafood in the entire Sea of Cortez – served. known worldwide for its amazing sea #2. Table cloth to add a touch of elegance. bounties. Next time you have a day to relax, and #3. Something to cover food in case of have the time and interest to consider a wind. #4. Have all guests bring their own chairs, beverage, plates and service. #5. Pot luck can work well – specify to guests if you prefer they bring specific dishes. #6. Keep freshly caught seafood on ice until cooked. #7. Budget your time so you can relax in the sun and enjoy the bounties! #8. Color adds to the Cora fileting fresh wild Alaskan red salmon caught at Clam Gulch, Alaska. culinary delight – fresh fruits, vegetables, trim. beach picnic, you may have a life-time #9. Trash receptacle close by with memory in the making. adequate, strong bags. We (Cora, husband Peter & family) fish commercially on the beaches of Clam #10. Hats, sweaters and sunscreen as Gulch, Alaska, every summer. Sunny needed. days with not many fish in our nets is Authors: Cora Doner earned a degree a time we can consider a beach picnic. in Culinary Arts from the U of Alaska Days are long (Alaska is the Land of in 2010. Cora and her husband, Peter the Midnight Sun.). We can be outside are expecting their first child in March, at 1AM and not need a flashlight. Last 2012. She and Linda have visited and summer, we put together an amazing, volunteered in Rocky Point since 2001. colorful, tasty fresh seafood buffet with Linda Sharp has an M.Ed. and is a a ton of fresh vegetables to accompany Realtor and consultant in Alzheimer’s, the seafood. Salmon and halibut are our Hospice and elder interests. Linda gives common catches. We think that salmon talks on brain health and memory in and halibut caught, cooked and served AZ, AK and Mexico. the same day is almost unmatched (907)227-0036 By Cora Doner and Linda Sharp

for culinary delight. Rocky Point beach picnics would include perhaps fresh shrimp, snapper, and other seafood available at the fish markets as well as fresh local fruits and vegetables. RAINBOW –ROY G. BIV: think red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Nutritionists advise us that locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables are preferred and the darker the vegetable the more nutrients it provides.

Cora Doner at Clam Gulch, Alaska, with her freshly prepared beach seafood buffet picnic, ready for guests.



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Greetings from the Land of the Shimmering Mountains

By Alice Omang

(I dedicate this article to the many friends I have in Rocky Point and all the people who helped me and encouraged me to share my observations and write articles in the Rocky Point Times). The shimmering stars are slowly fading and yielding to the soft glow of the rising sun. I hear a lonely call of a loon and in the early morning light I see a flock of coots slowly gliding through the water with two geese acting as guards on either side. (We live on a lake with a hot

tub on the deck just yards from the edge of the water.) The air is crisp and still. Most of the water fowl have already flown south to avoid the harshness of the winter. The sun is creeping slowly over the mountain top across the lake. The earth and the sky appear as one. The top of the mountain is glowing with a smattering of snow and reaches upward to the big sky and all is reflected in the water below. This land is filled with stately pine trees, grass that grows like wildfire. Deer and elk that beguile the hunters, occasional bears, mountain lions and all other kinds of wild and untamed animals. This is a land that makes

you strong and in love with nature. It is another day breaking in Montana. My husband, Bob, and I first came to Rocky Point in 1995. We felt the same awe that we do in Montana. Here was a land where the stark beauty of the desert kisses the wonder of the ocean. The sun shines in all its brilliance almost every day. The blue of the sky is reflected in the sea. Sometimes there is a magnificent calmness in the ocean, and other times the waves crash against the shore, and the soft ocean breeze turns into a furious storm. Schools of fish can be observed in the clear, unpolluted water. Dolphins play, jumping into the air and diving back into the depths of the water. The sounds of seals can be heard in many places up and down the coastline. The pelicans fish their huge beaks, and herons, cranes, sandpipers, seagulls, and so many other species of waterfowl thrive along the coast. Inland, many birds sing their joyous songs praising the warm days after leaving the cold bitterness of the northlands. We also felt so small when we observed the brilliance of the sparking stars in the darkness of the night. When you look at them, you know deep in your heart what humility means and how close you are to a higher being. When we first came to Rocky Point, we couldn’t believe how many, many miles of beach there were – sandy, some rocky with small mountains rising from the sea, marshland, estuaries, and many holes that had been formed by volcanic rock many years ago. For anyone who

loves nature and the wonder of the sea and desert, this is a place to hang your hat. It is a land of beauty and enchantment and this is where we decided to make our winter home. This also is a land where most people live in poverty, trying to make a living with the sparse resources of the sea and the desert. Their hands skillfully filet fish, build ships and homes when possible, make jewelry and trinkets, paint pots, etc. Their feet trudge many miles selling their wares to the many tourists that come here to this quaint city. They smile a lot, and are very gracious. They are a fun loving people with a strong faith in God. They struggle but seem to enjoy life and look at life with a positive attitude. Their children are beautiful and well behaved. They love the visitors to acknowledge them, and are so appreciative when help is offered to them. Their eyes dance with delight with even the smallest of the gifts. Hopefully, they will grow into good adults if given the chance. We feel blessed beyond measure to have Puerto Peñasco as our winter home and Montana as our summer home. Sadly, we will not be able to make our annual trek to Rocky Point this winter. I have had some health problems and had to have major surgery. (Thank God, nothing life threatening) being 81 years of age, I felt as though the wind beneath my wings was no longer blowing. At this point in time, I do not have enough energy to pack, etc. But, possibly in the spring, we can make a trip. I want to say hola to all our many, many amigos and want you all to know we are thinking of you. We love to get the Rocky Point Times to keep up with all that is going on there specially thank the staff and Tom and Sandy. I hope I may be able to do some articles while I am recuperating and pray you are all well and life is good for you and yours. This comes from the land of the shimmering mountains. • 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)

Phoenix, Tucson & Nogales, AZ

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


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

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. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

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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MARCH 17 SAVE THE DATE! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

By Rob Daylor

Not just another pretty face in Puerto Peñasco. Located on Calle 15, between Benito Juarez and Josefa Ortiz, the American Legion is made up of former United States veterans and associates. It is one of 18 organizations in the country of Mexico. The American Legion Post MX-15 has old people, young people and in-between, but we all have a common goal to feed the elderly that can’t make it to various organizations around town. We get donations from our members and their friends  who have heard about our service, and we deliver to about 15 families all over Peñasco  on Wednesdays. We provide a variety of foods, depending upon what is available each week and could include beans, rice, peanut butter, bread, tortillas, boxes of powdered milk and sometimes vegetables. And, of

course, a few sweets for the kiddies. When knocking on one door an elderly lady put her hands together and asked “coffee, coffee por favor”. We didn’t have any coffee that week so our delivery person went to the store and got her a jar of instant coffee. Our food program is run by Dion, who has a heard of gold, and all the kids just love him. You don’t have to be a veteran to visit our club, and you can

become an Associate for $30.00 USD a year. We welcome all who enter our doorway and everyone is treated as a friend. We have refreshments such as beer, wine and mixed drinks at a very low cost. Beer is $1.75 and mixed drinks

are from $2.25 to $3.50. Dinners are served on Mondays  and Wednesdays and lunches are served  on Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. For dinners we have something different each time. Most will be like your mother used to cook, meatloaf, liver and onions, spaghetti with salad and garlic roast, homemade soups and more. Our club manager Ardi Harris is an excellent cook and you won’t be disappointed. And at such a bargain ($4- $6 USD)!! For lunches we have a huge sandwich and chips and soup for $40 pesos. At todays exchange rate, that’s about $3.00 dlls. Come down and see for yourselves. Need directions? Call us at 388-8841 or (602) 539-0381 (Magic Jack line).



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Time to Grab your Sticks and Head for the Border Yes, it’s golf time in Cholla Bay! The Fourth Annual Cholla Bay Sportsman’s Club Golf Tournament will be played at Las Palomas Golf Course on January 14, 2012. 72 lucky people will get to beat a golf ball around the only patch of grass on Sandy Beach! The format will be a “Callaway” which means anyone can win no matter how good or bad you are. Play with your favorite foursome but you are on your own, your score is what counts to you!! Be a part of the PGA (Penasco Golf Addicts). Lunch will be served afterwards. Prizes may be awarded to those in the country legally or illegally, depending on how good or bad a golfer you are! So get your reservation in early! Let’s make it easy, Send an e-mail to MIRHE1@ AOL.COM and tell me the names of the players in your group. Cost $85.00 USD. Cheap! This year’s proceeds will be used to continue to enhance the Cholla Bay Sportsman’s Club Search and Rescue facilities and DIF. This is not a stimulus event. Just a good time on the golf course near the beach on your own money. Spend it now before the U.S. laws change and you have to give your money to a neighbor! D’Lucy Spa celebrated their Anniversary and new location on Blvd. Fremont between Red Cross and the Black Dog. Pictured below right is Eddie Wharez and Lucy at the celebration. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Finding Paradise By Sandy Spain

Sea Debris treasures can be found

Off the Beach From a Friend It was from a friend at school that Naomi first heard about Puerto Peñasco. Her friend told her about the trips she took with her family. But it was many years later that Naomi first experienced this paradise. It was after she married Russ and moved to Cottonwood, Arizona that they were invited, in 1983, to come along with friends to camp on the beach. That was the beginning of many adventures in Mexico. Caravan Business After making many week end and vacation trips with their trailer to Playa de Oro, Russ and Naomi were discussing how to spend more time here by establishing a business which would allow them to have a tax writeoff for their trips! Their first thought was a bed and breakfast but decided that too much up- front capital would be required so they thought about doing something similar with folks who had their own “bed”. At first they started from Cottonwood and then later bought property in Ajo that was large enough for the staging area. They led caravans of RVs all over Mexico. They made frequent trips to Puerto Peñasco with their groups as well as the Copper Canyon and all the way to Mexico City. They led the caravans from 1994 to 2000. New Home In 2002, they bought their home in town and are still in the same place today, although greatly remodeled and added on to, it looks nothing like the original. Russ and Naomi have both founded new enterprises and become

great ambassadors for Mexico in general and Puerto Peñasco in particular. They attend tourism conventions and special events like the annual Quartzite Gem and Mineral Show to tell people about traveling to Puerto Peñasco. New Enterprises This ambitious couple now has several enterprises. Naomi has Off the Beach where she sells beach themed home accessories and jewelry as well as unique clothing items and purse that she has made. She also provides craft material for you to make your own crafts. She has frames, boxes, mirrors and signs that you can decorate with your own shells and mementos or with those she has available in the shop. Naomi also is an expert seamstress who has been sewing since she was six years old. I even

saw the first dress she ever made. She can meet all your needs from alterations to new clothing items. Ahhhhh my new rumba pants are fabulous. Off the Beach is open on Wednesday from Noon to 6:00 p.m. and available at other times by appointment. You can contact Naomi at (cell) 044-638113-4591, from the U.S. (011-521-638) 113-4591. Naomi will also bring a craft workshop to your home or other place for you and your friends. You can also learn more about Naomi’s projects and products at her website: so check it out and learn more about this creative force that is making such a wonderful contribution to our paradise. More to Come Stay tuned for my next column and I’ll fill you in on Russ’s new enterprises. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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“EXPERIENTIAL GIVING” ‘stuff ‘. Stuff that we don’t want to give away and stuff that we don’t have any This holiday season consider use for either. So that made me think “experiential giving”. It is that this stuff is not what life is all early  November, to be more precise about, life is about the experiences that it’s  November 2nd, Day of the Dead come with it, the things you do rather in Mexico. This year, I made an altar for than the things you have. I take my my dad who passed away a few years memories with me everywhere I go and ago. I was glancing at never have to pay excess some pictures of my last baggage for them! Christmas with him, in So, this holiday season, which  he is wearing a instead of that cool wool sweater from Peru, electronic, expensive which had been my gift perfume or luxury to him. He passed away watch, consider giving a the following summer gift that is an experience and that made me think, instead. Depending R: Daniela, My Dad Nicolas, my sister Luall of a sudden, where Lciatoand on your budget here me in the Malecon waiting for sunset. would that Christmas are a few suggestions: present be? Hopefully that sweater is a weekend in a luxury rental in on someone else’s back, probably in Rocky Point, horseback riding on the a shelter down in  Mexico City, since beach, massages, skydiving, kayaking, we gave away all of my dad’s clothes. sightseeing, hikes, golf, or a flight over Wherever it is now, there is no emotion the beach. Anything that you do which in that sweater for won’t clutter your life me  anymore. This got but you will remember me thinking about forever. Something what really stays that you probably with us, so I  went wouldn’t pay for, if no back to my pictures. one would buy it for, From the photos you is a great present! of  that last holiday The best present I ever season, I noticed that had from my dad was every day of his visit my lasik surgery! It’s and Dad next to the “Elegante” crater in the to  Rocky Point  we Lucia been over 10 years and Pinacate reserve, It really wasn’t “that cold” saw the sunset from a I can still hike in the different location in town. I had sunset rain without windshield wipers on my photos from Whale hill, from a bar in glasses! The second the laser hit my eye I the Sonoran Sky, and from Cholla Bay. could see clearly, what a great Christmas We didn’t miss one sunset during his present!  This holiday season we are going stay, and they were all beautiful.  We to Puerto Aventuras and we plan to swim played golf, we with the dolphins, had a beautiful something my dinner at the Point daughter and I have restaurant,  we always wanted to do, walked on the but never felt like it Malecon (another was worth  spending sunset there), we all that money. I will went to the Pinacate get some pictures of Biosphere Reserve us swimming with the and he was bundled dolphins and that will up as if we lived be more memorable in  Alaska. We  had Dinner at The Point: in the center Dad then from right to than some gadget or every meal of that left Lucia, Tommy, Rita and Daniela clothes that will go week together. We out of fashion in a hugged and shared time together and couple of months. Our experience will lots of Love every day he was with us. stay with us and never get old or go away. Of course we took some pictures that So this season spend time with the ones now remind me of that great time we you love, and love the ones you spend had together before we knew he would time with. If you want to spend more only be with us for a few more months. than time with them, give them a gift Now my sister and I have a friend’s that will last forever and uses no space: house in Mexico City full of my dad’s Great Memories and Experiences. By Rita Pizarro • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

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“Anything but dull”...Tommy Tucker By Tom O’Hare “Dull” as defined by Websters, could be boring, tedious or not sharp. A friend of mine, Tommy Tucker, celebrated his 85th birthday last month. If you also  know Tommy, and have  listened to some of his stories, you know one thing  immediately that Tommy did not do was lead a dull life. He was born in  Minot, North Dakota  in 1926 and lived there with relatives until age 14, when he rode a train to  Seattle, Washington to live with his mother. At age 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in several campaigns during WWII. After being honorably discharged when WWII ended, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve and returned to  Washington  where he worked at several different jobs. During the Korean War he was called to active duty and assigned to a submarine without going to a submarine school. He served aboard the boat as a motor mechanic for one year, and then the war ended and once again he was honorably discharged and returned to Washington. He began working as a salesman for a wholesale plumbing supplies company, and for several years was their

top salesman. He then began buying failing businesses, building them back up and selling them for a profit. In 1984 he bought a plumbing business located in Deming, New Mexico and a small airplane was part of the business assets. Tommy told me that while he was on submarine duty he had become claustrophobic and his thinking was that if he learned to fly a plane he would overcome his phobia. In  Bremerton, Washington  he wanted to go to an aviation school to get his pilot’s license, but he didn’t care for the program which was offered, so he bought the land next to them, got a Cesna dealership and opened  Bremerton  Aviation Charter Services and School. One of his proudest achievements is that he is licensed to fly helicopters, seaplanes, float planes and fixed wing aircraft. Tommy has been a regular visitor to Rocky Point  for 17 years, and 6 years ago, he purchased a home here and now divides his time between Rocky Point and Seattle, Washington. Tommy is a member of S.O.B.S (South of the Border Singles) and was recently  rescued by the Mexican Navy when he jumped off the top deck of the local cruise boat “Fiesta Cruiser”  over to the Navy boat after the Fiesta ran aground.

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Tax Accountant Jason Vojcik Moves Business to Rocky Point Glad to be down here in Rocky Point, my name is Jason Vojcik and I am a tax accountant who decided to move to  Puerto Peñasco  a month ago to be close to the ocean, focus on working more intelligently, living more cost effectively to be honest, and most importantly, feeling the sun and fresh air every day.  I bring heavy US tax prep and accounting experience from a previous decade and a half of high volume accounting work for individuals and small businesses in  Chicago, IL. I speak English and about 90% Spanish, yes 90% really! Call me to discuss any accounting or tax issues, Jason V. - Rocky Point (630) 839-9129. I have been serving businesses and individuals all over the  USA  from  Arizona  to  Florida  to Chicago  to  Hawaii. We specialize in assisting clients remotely through remote PC software in programs such as QuickBooks and other accounting software. I am a QuickBooks Certified Pro Advisor and Small Business Accountant. I handle mostly everything in areas of Accounting, Bookkeeping, Payroll, & Tax Return Filings/Preparations. I file and set-up incorporations, partnerships and LLC’s federal & states. I also specialize in IRS Debt Relief Assistance and IRS and State tax assistance issues. We specialize in most financial areas as I service clients in multiple states, international, and lots of different industries. Whether it›s cost accounting for manufacturing, food costs for restaurants or other cost breakdowns for other industries you are looking for, I am the remote accountant to directly help you with determining these costs and profitability of your plans/goals. WHY CHOOSE ME? Extensive Experience, I am your single source accounting, bookkeeping and tax service is why to choose me. As I stated above, I specialize in remote accounting servicing clients all over the USA and  South America  in different business industries and different states/ countries. I also work with businesses transitioning their business into the USA from other countries, plus I am the remote accountant who can connect with you and go right into your

QuickBooks file and tell you everything you need to do to fix things or recommend ways to improve and tweak your accounting & financial reporting to give you the financial information you want to see. We service clients in different states and countries; I work many different schedules for many different clients. Just let me know when you wish to connect and we can connect, I will make myself available to the best of my availability. I have remote HD web broadcasting Audio/Video Chat, and use LogMeIn software for remote PC meetings & sessions. Also if work is needed on an ongoing basis, I can pull financial transaction data from other sources you provide, reconcile and monthly update your QuickBooks file on scheduled agreed monthly periods if requested. My availability is basically 24-7 anytime, I can help you in your office, home or remotely, as I said I work many different schedules for clients, so the best way is to just tell me what time works best for you and I will make myself available. Connect with me, Jason V. (630) 839-9129 - US Tax Accountant & Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor in Rocky Point Kindest Regards: Jason A. Vojcik - Remote Tax Accountant - QuickBooks Certified Pro Advisor - Society of Financial Service Professionals Member - National Society of Accountants Member: TAX SERVICERS, LLC. - (Illinois & Arizona)  Tel: (630) 839-9129/Fax: (630) 839-0557 • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Jazz Legend Armando Noriega They say that there are very few true legends of Jazz in Mexico, and Armando Noriega is certainly one of them. His artistic sensibility, his musical stature and his true mastership of simplicity are always referenced when talking about good Jazz. He has studied harmony, arrangement and direction in the Arts Institute of California. Armando Noriega Rivera was born in  Santa Ana,  Sonora  in  May 1943, but he spent most of his childhood here in  Rocky Point. His first music lessons were given to him by his father Armando Noriega Loaiza, also a saxophone player. His talent with the instrument allowed him to play with different orchestras around the state of Sonora when was Armando “Kennedy” Noriega, saxophonist, flutist, arranger, just barely a teenager. By the producer and musical director pictured here with his wife, Iva. The time Armando was 18 years, couple owns The Lighthouse Restaurant. old he went on to  Mexico City  to start what is now considered a brilliant career that has ready to go! And 13 years later, after given him the international reputation many special and emotional events, that we now enjoy. Armando saw and including his own son’s first public had the pleasure of being able to play appearance as a musician, Armando in the great golden era of the orchestras and Iva Noriega are still the proud and in Mexico, which led him to eventually happy owners of their ‘Lighthouse’. As a Jazz musician, Armando become the Arranger/Band Director for the orchestra of the great Jose Jose. Noriega has represented Mexico The artists he has worked with are internationally, taking his talent to many, including Marco Antonio Muñiz, the highest levels, giving prestige and Vicky Carr, Yuri, Eugenia Leon, Tony recognition to Mexican musicians. The famous “Kennedy” makes Bennett, Natalie Cole, Roberta a gale of righteousness Flack, among others. with his saxophone, In the 80’s he got to conveying a creative be part of one of the freedom that only a most important musician can have. international song His participation is festivals, the “OTI”, always appreciated during several in Jazz festivals editions in several around the country. different countries. In the international Jazz But his dream always was festival “Jazz By The Sea”, Rocky to come home to Rocky Point and build his own business, as an Point paid tribute to one of its most ideal spot to play the music he wanted, brilliant sons, creating one of the while watching the greatest sunsets his best events in the region, bringing beautiful ‘Puerto Peñasco’ offers every in great groups and talents such as single day without exception.  The “Turiya Mareya” Latin Jazz Band dream became a reality once he and from  San Diego, California, “Touring his wife, Iva, finally started building Point” from  Phoenix, Arizona, “Beta’s a restaurant. With help from friends, Ballet” from  Hermosillo, Sonora and family and local constructors The accompanying Armando was the Joao Lighthouse Restaurant was up and Henrique D’Almeida trio.



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Outta Town Productions’ final volleyball tournament after 19 consecutive years as a popular event on the beach at Sonoran Sea Resort was a fun day of highly competitive attacking and blocking, tequila and tacos. And we have photos to prove it! Between the continuing economic crunch and a conflicting tournament closer to home, reasons for this year’s light attendance were clear. What the event lacked in attendance, however, it made up for in loyalty, skill and celebration by the five coed teams who competed for the largest prize purse in this tournament’s history. Loyalty was exemplified by the four teams and their friends and families who made the trip from Phoenix to support the final Rocky Point production by Luis. The fifth team, by the way, was fielded locally by Rocky Point Reservations, making this a true international event. The weather was perfect, the sea smooth as a lake and blue as a diamond made a stunning backdrop for a day on the beach. As if that weren’t enough, competition started at the Tequila Peñasco sponsor’s tent with shots of their crafted spirit-lifting beverage. The Sonoran Sea’s own Ramón of Ramón’s Restaurant set up his barrel grill right on the beach and served beef or chicken tacos with all the trimmings including grilled green chili peppers, beer and soft drinks. Sonoran Resorts, Rocky Point Reservations and Tequila Peñasco were the main sponsors this year. The RPR Team, comprised of local Mexican Nationals, proved to be a handful as they bombed their way to the finals via one match through the loser’s bracket. Then they met up with the undefeated team of Ian Mulqueen, Valley royalty of the pass, set and kill, which they brought to Rocky Point and executed with precision to take the 1st place prize of $1,200 U.S. dollars in cash. The RPR team was excited about taking 2nd and the $600 dollar cash prize in their first tournament together. We say, “Well done, Rocky Point!” The Outta Town Productions team took 3rd place and $300 dollars. Vince Cervantes’ team placed 4th and walked away with $200 dollars; and Suvi

Faulkner’s 5th place team from Flagstaff split $100 dollars. As the owner, over the last 19 years Luis has grown his business into an international athletic and adventure tour company with a full schedule of major national and international events and activities that conflict with the dates of the Rocky Point events. Also, and even more exciting for all the fans of Luis, his own men’s indoor volleyball team is now traveling to large tournaments like the U.S. Nationals and the Huntsman World Games

where they won a Silver Medal earlier in November! His deep feelings for the Rocky Point events became obvious during a conversation before the tournament as Luis reminisced, “The first few tournaments I ran in 1992 drew about 12 players. We threw names in a hat and drew them out to form teams. $2 each was the prize pot and the winners got it all. It grew slowly until computers and the internet helped with websites and email.” Through the years Luis has brought together over 7500 players and their families and friends to our little town by the sea. On three occasions he’s had up to 80 teams competing that drew a thousand or more people to the beach. He has also raised money for local charities during these events. You get the picture that Luis is and has been a great asset to tourism in Rocky Point as well as to the growth in popularity of volleyball as a sport. Luis expressed his foresight and confidence in the future of competitive volleyball in Puerto Peñasco and the Youth Sports Foundation of Puerto Peñasco, “If Peñasco can begin courting some of the national teams to come play, and then the US teams will come for good competition. There is

no reason the town cannot eventually become a beach volleyball Mecca. This is only the first seed, so it will take time, but they can do it.” Even though this was the last tournament that will be organized by Luis Garrido and Outta Town Productions, it is in no way the last of the popular series of volleyball competitions on the beach at the Sonoran Sea resort. As we covered in our pre-event article located at (http://, Luis made sure that the tournament would continue in good hands. In fact, he could not have “passed the ball” to a more worthwhile group than the Youth Sports Foundation of Puerto Peñasco, a locally based non-profit organization founded by Rick Busa who is successfully

devoted to getting Puerto Peñasco’s youth actively involved in sports. In a short but pointed and moving ceremony right after the final match, Rick Busa, founder and driving force behind the perpetual growth and success of the YSF, accompanied by Mr. Fausto Soto, the Mayor’s Advisor on International Relations and Tourism, presented Luis with an engraved plaque from the Foundation expressing appreciation for his “19 years of service for volleyball tournaments and other sports activities in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.” As to how Luis felt about the plaque, the photo below is worth a thousand words.

Luis continued the informal ceremony by “passing the ball”, a brand new still-in-the- package volleyball, over to Rick, symbolizing the new era for volleyball in Rocky Point. Rick and Fausto appreciated the offer made by Luis to make himself available to assist in putting on the next couple of tournaments until the local team got comfortable with the many tasks and detailed logistics involved in organizing and setting up such an event. Fausto expressed the city’s support of the Youth Sports Foundation of Puerto Peñasco and that it would extend to supporting their future volleyball tournaments as well. Rick Busa founded the Youth Sports Foundation of Puerto Peñasco in 2007. Through his hard work and dedication the Foundation’s success has grown in strength and garnered the support of the city as well as the state of Sonora for the donations including clothing, uniforms and equipment YSF has been able to provide to the town’s youth and schools. Says Rick, “Giving the youth of Puerto Peñasco options; that’s what it’s all about. Regardless of the financial ability of their parents, we give them the option of getting involved in sports instead of trouble.” Only good can emerge from this transition to the next phase of volleyball development here in Rocky Point. Indeed, Luis Garrido started a tradition 19 years ago that has built a loyal following from Arizona and the Southwest who are fans of Rocky Point and who have told their friends and families about our little beach side town. And now, Rick Busa has the skill and strong statewide support through his Youth Sports Foundation of Puerto Peñasco to build a highly competitive Mexican national volleyball institution in Sonora. Rick’s goal then is to promote international competitions on the beaches of Puerto Peñasco to raise funds and supplies for youth sports, including youth volleyball. Volleyball in Rocky Point, thanks to Luis and Rick, continues to be a viable source of tourism for our economy and now another socially redeeming option for the future of our youth. This article brought to you by Sonoran Resorts Sales Group, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter • By Chef Mickey

Beef Stew with Potato Dumplings Hi there all you Rocky Point Times faithfuls, this is your friend and Chef Mickey here in Rocky Point, Mexico. I was enjoying myself so much with all the great bikers who came down for the 11th Annual RP Rally that I forgot to send in my recipe for the month. Oops, sorry Mr. Tom and Sandy, I hope my recipe will still make the December issue! I would like to dedicate this award winning recipe to Tom, and maybe Mrs. Sandy will cook this for you!

Ingredients...Stew 1/4 Cup All purpose flour 3/4 Teaspoon salt 1/2 Teaspoon pepper 2 lbs beef stew meat, cubed 2 medium chopped onions 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cans (10½ oz each) beef broth condensed, undiluted 3/4 cup water 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar 6 medium carrots cut into 2-inch chunks 2 bay leaves 1 Teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder

Ingredients...Dumplings 1 Egg 3/4 Cup seasoned dry bread crumbs 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour 1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley 1 Tablespoon minced onion 1/2 Teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 Teaspoon salt 1/2 Teaspoon pepper 2-1/2 Cups raw potatoes finely shredded Additional all purpose flour

Preparation... In a plastic bag, combine flour, salt, and pepper. Add meat. Toss to coat. In a 4- quart Dutch oven, cook meat and onions in oil until the meat is browned and the onions are tender. Stir in broth, wine, vinegar, water, carrots and seasonings, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is almost tender, remove bay leaves. In a bowl, beat egg, add the bread crumbs, flour, parsley, onion and seasonings, stir in potatoes, mix well. With floured hands, shape into 1-1/2 in. balls. Bring stew to a boil, drop dumplings onto stew. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes (do not lift cover) or until dumplings are done. Serve immediately. There you have it, enjoy it Mr. Tom! Mickey’s Place is located on Sandy Beach, in the Las Palmas Resort Development, right next door to the Sonoran Sun Resort. For dining reservations or information on our Cooking Class, please phone 108-2065 locally or from the U.S. (011-52-638) 108-2065.



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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.

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

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

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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

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 first Wednesday of every month, the Virtual Consulate open for the use of the American Community. Located at City Hall on the first floor facing Fremont Blvd. 10am-12pm.


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“Cheeseburgers for Charity” Event a Success! What started as a question posted on an internet forum dedicated to Rocky Point  (Puerto Peñasco) culminated in a fundraising event, Cheeseburgers for Charity,  held at the home of some Rocky Point regulars, that raised over $5,000 to be distributed to three different charities.   Another regular visitor was having some cleaning done in preparation for a yearly Thanksgiving Day potluck held at the RV Park.  He found out that the lady doing the cleaning had a granddaughter who was deaf and the family had not been able to have the little 3 year old tested. A post was made on the RockyPointTalk.Com Forum ( asking if anyone knew where and how to get the girl tested. There was an immediate flurry of activity on the forum with suggestions. More Rocky Point and forum regulars, Bill & Fabiola Cox, found out that there were no local facilities in Rocky Point for pediatric testing, and that it would have to be done in San Luis. Several of the Thanksgiving Day celebrants chipped in money for the testing. Bill & Fabiola then took the time to drive the little girl and her mom to San Luis. The testing indicated that the little girl, Ximena, would need a cochlear implant to regain her hearing, an operation that costs approximately $50K. She would first need to use a device for a year that would stimulate her auditory nerve. This device costs $1300. After an exploration of local government agencies for assistance was going nowhere, Rob & Michelle Markson sprang into action, and arranged to hold a fundraising event at their home in  Litchfield Park, AZ. They booked 2 acts, Mark Mulligan and Sam Rainwater, who perform what is referred to as “TropRock” (think Jimmy Buffett), and Cheeseburgers for Charity came into being. Mark Olszewski, who together with his wife Barb, run a local  Puerto Peñasco  charity, the Adopt-aClassroom Program (http://www., created a website for the event. Information was also put on the RockyPointTalk Forum and Facebook. The  Rocky Point Times  Newspaper  placed a free notice of the event in their September issue. The event was also publicized on Russ and Rosie’s “Rocky

Point Ramblings” radio program on 106.1FM (Puerto Peñasco….also on the FB page). Several local Rocky Point and Arizona  businesses, as well as others, contributed prizes for a raffle, running from condo stays, to scuba dive course, to bicycles, to beach skim boards, to gift certificates for food and drinks in Rocky Point.  Others contributed food, refreshments and supplies for the event. On September 23rd, over 150 Rocky Pointers and fans of Mark Mulligan and Sam Rainwater got together for an evening of cheeseburgers, refreshments, socializing and great entertainment. The prizes were raffled off to happy attendees and, after all was said and done, over $5000 was raised. The money raised (100%), will go to Mark Mulligan’s Castaway Kids, Mark and Barb’s Adopt-a-Classroom, and for the device for Ximena. Sam Rainwater, Michelle Markson, Mark Olszewski, Rob Markson, Mark Mulligan at the Cheeseburgers for Charity fundraising event, which raised over $5,000 USD. Pictured below (left) Mark Mulligan and (right) Sam Rainwater performing at the event. Bottom - stage with lots of raffle prizes given away at the event.

Special thanks goes to the many generous contributors: • Rob & Michelle Markson - Super Hosts of “Cheesburgers for Charity Event” & a Condo Stay • Jim Ringquist and Sonoran Resorts several Condo Stays • Brenda Conter - Condo stay • Steve Schwab (Seaside Reservations) - Condo stay • Boo Bar -gift certificate • Al Capone’s-gift certificate • RC Bicycles (Tucson) - bicycles • Inland Water Divers (Avondale) Dive class • Dan and Connie Selby (Food/misc. other “stuff ”) • Tracy Boreds - skim boards • Phil and Tanya Fox of New Western Rentals - Port-a-Johns • Charmaine Caruso - barbecue grill & “Chief Barbecuer” • KJ’s Bar (Glendale) - beer donation • Asphalt Busters - food donation • Angela Schriver - food / wine basket donation • Jeff Mischia - doggy basket donation • Russ Black - “Taco Tour” donation • Rocky Point Times - annual subscriptions • 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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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

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.

LIONS CLUB 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.



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.

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.

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

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

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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ANNOUNCEMENTS ORG PLUS - CAN ASSIST YOU WITH ANY organizational project - big or small - for your office or home. Additionally, condo/home staging consultations are available to present your property at its best whether for sale or rental appeal. Pricing based on project scope. Call Dona Hurley at (011-52-638) 3838206 or from US at (520) 334-1648. (#1-51) 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) CLASSIFIED ADS - $10 PER MONTH WHEN YOU RUN YOUR ad for 2 months. Monthly classifieds are $15 USD for 25 words and 10-cents per word thereafter. Deadline for Classifieds is the 10th of the preceding month. (#1-rpt) 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) 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. (#1-42) 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 9am-5pm. (#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 383-3480. 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. (011-52-638) 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 EspinosaCharles Alpert-Mara La Madrid. Books, * Books, * Books (children’s bilingual, decorator, culinary and more). Located behind the church in Old Port. Open 7 days from 10AM to 5PM. MasterCard and Visa accepted. From the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-3488 (phone and fax), or email: GaleriadelMarBermejo@ (#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) BEAUTY SALONS GLORIAS BEAUTY SALON SINCE 1969! We do it all and we carry a full line of beauty supplies. Gloria’s Beauty Shop is located on Constitucion, just before Super Ley Market. Phone locally at 383-5075 or from the U.S. (011-52-638) 383-5075 for an appointment, ask for Gloria. English Spoken. (#25-13) 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) COFFEE AND COFFEE HOUSES MAX’S CAFÉ: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, Dinner, Pizza, Full Espresso and Liquor Bar. Free Wireless Internet & Phone to the U.S. Located in front of Hotel Peñasco del Sol. Live Music ThurSun 8PM-11PM 383-1011. (#56-5)

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) FOR SALE 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) 105-7898. 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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)


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)



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)

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)


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)


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. (#100-10)

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)


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)

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)

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)

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)


PRINCESA D309 – ON THE END, CLOSE TO THE guard gate and café, away from the swimming pool and noise. Two bedroom, 2 bath – PRICED TO SELL at $129,900. Call Pablo Realty, Licensed Real Estate Agent, locally at 383-8657 or from the U.S. (602) 383-8657. (#102-4) 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, locally at 383-8657 or from the U.S. (602) 383-8657. (#102-5)

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)

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) 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)



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By David & Debby Penn

Rocky Point is no stranger to “first time events” so it was just the time for circle track racing to make the scene.  The new track, Thunder on the Beach Raceway, is located out on Sandy Beach behind the Reef R.V. Park.  It is positioned down in a large excavation with the surrounding banks, perfect for spectators.    The view of the track was excellent at any location.    There were many vendors for food, drink and souvenirs.  The spectators brought EZ ups for shade and relaxed in their folding chairs.    An Ambulance was positioned in the center of the track accompanied by an off-road sand rail Rescue unit, fully equipped, including a backboard mounted on the front!    Rocky Point’s mayor, Alejandro Zepeda, came to see the start of the event and meet the drivers.    Driver Bobby Marcum, from  Camp Verde,

AZ talked Mayor Zepeda into getting in the driver’s seat of his Sprint Car.  The Mayor was a little hesitant but he eventually got in and hooked up the seat belts.  Lots of pictures were taken, then it was time to get out….it seems the racing seat didn’t want to let go of his hips right away.  With a little effort he climbed out.    After a short drivers meeting, the

different divisions went out and put on an exhibition of their machines and their driving skills.  Due to a race in the states  on Saturday  night, the amount of race cars that showed up was a disappointment.  Hoping for additional racers to arrive early Sunday morning, drivers were looking forward to more racing on Sunday.  Quite a few people came out to support the first race and hear the engines Roar.  In talking with the drivers afterward, they liked the track, especially the length.    They say it is about 1/3 mile with just the right amount of banking.   Bob  Livingston, owner of  Thunder Raceway in Show Low, AZ is the person responsible for putting this track and event together.    I’m sure he had help from like minded racers who want to bring more visitors to Rock Point to help the economy.  Max Sadler #32 and Bob Livingston #76 were here representing the UMP Modified.    Sandy Mathews #96, Tim Jones #79, Casey Cain #6 and Mike Breton #61 brought the Dwarf cars and ran several heat races.   More races are in the future, including a Lucas Oil off road Truck race early in 2012.      For more information about upcoming racing in Rocky Point, go to



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Ho...Ho...Ha! By Johnny Calamari

Many families have traditions they usually observe around this time of year; Christmas caroling, shopping at particular stores, attending too many parties, overcharging credit cards, not getting enough sleep, overeating and drinking, and all the other joyful things of the holidays. As hard as it might be to believe, Janet and I usually try to get away from this hectic pace for about 10 days every year; we come down to Puerto Peñasco. The town is modestly deserted and we get to enjoy all of our favorite places without the crowds – it’s like an early Christmas present we give to each other. One beautiful, crisp morning we were surfcasting on a totally deserted beach. The fishing was pretty slow, but who cared. We were enjoying the sound of the surf and the gulls, looking at the dolphins feeding about 30 feet from shore, feeling a refreshing breeze and thinking how lucky we are to have each other and such a wonderful place to enjoy ourselves. Yes, even Johnny Calamari can have moments of romance when surrounded by such beauty!! “Want to buy some seashells…almost free?” asked a vendor. “Where did you come from? I thought we were the only people on this beach,” was my irked reply. “I saw you guys from 5 miles down the beach. Good thing too, things are really slow and I need some money for Christmas. Yo tengo siete niños and no gifts for them at Christmas. Dios Mio! Mi esposa dice este mañana, go out and make some money so we can give the kids some presents.” “Oh,” I replied, thinking, oh no, this guy is very good. Only took him 45 seconds to get through to my soft side. Johnny was in trouble. “So, how many shells do you want? We’ve had these in the family for

many years. They’re unusual and quite elegant.” “How much money do you need to buy gifts for your family?” I weakly inquire. “One hundred and fifty should do it, plus we could have a Christmas meal with some meat.” he replied. “I’m not gonna pay $150 for some shells, Christmas or not!” I protested. “Please Señor, I need this sale for my family.” he said without hesitation. “I’ll give you $100 for all your shells,” hardly believing the words as they came out of my mouth. I glanced over Janet who had remained silent throughout this exchange. Expecting to see an icy stare, I was surprised to see she had some moisture in her eyes which spoke nothing but total approval for this Christmas barter. (Johnny’s a lucky man.) After many years of marriage she continues to pleasantly surprise me and, fortunately, I continue to surprise her in other ways. Shortly before sunset we packed up our gear along with our new collection of seashells. One part of me felt pretty good for helping out a needy family, but another part felt annoying doubt that I had been hustled by a smooth con. I decided to put aside all thoughts about the subject. Janet and I returned to our El Norte home about 4 days before Christmas with our newly acquired shell collection. As luck would have it, we attended a neighbor’s Christmas party that night where one of the guests was a visiting oceanographer from California. We decided to show him our shells and you could hardly believe how big his eyes got when he saw them. It seems that these shells were from a line of extinct sea snails that had not been seen in decades and he begged us to sell them to him for $500. He didn’t have to ask twice. It was really starting to feel like Christmas now! Funny how things like this happen. It would have been a happy finish to another fishing trip in Puerto Peñasco. Only thing is – it got better. About a month later, when we were back in Rocky Point, we ran into that beach vendor at the PH Supermarket. He introduced Janet and I to his wife and children. He said it was one of their best Christmas holidays ever.

Feliz Navidad a todos!! Reprint: Rocky Point Times Newspaper, Dec. 2003



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