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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Dr. Andres Sidhartha Hindu P....388-5382/(623) 207-9275 Dr. Grijalva, D.D.S...................................................383-3434 Dr. Socorro, D.D.S...................383-4898/044-638-105-9847 Dr. Vazquez, M.D........................................383-3014 Don Julio Bar & Grill......................................388-0056


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


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


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


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 Sushi Sun Restaurant........................................383-2772


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


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



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


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


Manny’s Beach Club....................383-3605/383-3215 Mare Blu Ristorante.......................................383-0605 Mayan Palace Golf Course............................383-GOLF Mexican Beach Developers...383-6099/044-638-384-7145 or.......................................................................(520) 777-0018 Mexican Vistas Co..........382-5400/(044-638) 384-6445 or..........................................................(623) 698-0117 Mexico Bonito Bill Paying Service....................383-5737


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


Pablo Realty.........................................(602) 288-8687 Pane e Vino Restaurant.............................383-3457 Peñasco Marine...............................................383-3700 Peninsula de Cortes Golf Course.......................383-GOLF Petals & Perfums...........................................383-5758 Piteco Water Service........................................383-3315 Pizarrro, Rita....................388-8030/044-638-386-5203 Playa Bonita Resort.........................383-2586/383-2199 U.S. Toll Free........................................(888) 232-8142 Mexico Toll Free...................................01-800-426-6482 Playa Bonita Resort RV Park..............................383-2596 U.S. Toll Free........................................(888) 232-8142 Mexico Toll Free...................................01-800-426-6482 Pollo Papago...................................044-638-385-1301 Premium Services..............383-5758/(602) 476-1187 Puerta Privada...................383-1020/(480) 445-9200 Puesta del Sol Restaurant.............................383-2586


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


Salazar International Advisors............(602)-266-0225

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


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

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


3 • 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.

Pictured above left and right: New housing complex for soldiers behind Reggie’s Convenience Store off Sinaloa.

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

by Tom O’Hare EDITOR

“Happy belated Valentine’s Day”… This is a phrase most people visiting or living in Rocky Point would be hard pressed to use. If you have never spent a Valentine’s Day in Rocky Point, it would be hard to appreciate why you can’t say, “I forgot”. The reason is, that almost every intersection seems to have people either in the street or on all four corners. I saw baskets with stuffed animals and boxes of candy, red roses, from a single rose up to two dozen, assorted flowers and ‘I Love You’ balloons. Not to mention that it seemed everywhere I went someone

was dressed in red. Fortunately, for me because I am a forgetful person, I used this opportunity to buy a couple of Valentine’s baskets for the girls at the Rocky Point Times office. It was reported in the local newspapers that Sam’s Club will start construction on the property next to the Bodega Aurrera, our Walmart affiliate, which is on the main Blvd. Benito Juarez. Another big name franchise in the auto parts industry is nearing completion on the southwest corner of the main Blvd. and Samuel Ocaña (the red light as you enter town) - Welcome AutoZone! If you are wondering about what all that new construction is going across from Reggies 8/12 on Sinaloa Ave. It is new housing for the marines. One of the buildings is shaped like a tall pyramid, I thought it may be used for some sort of training exercise, turns out it is a giant water tank, I’m told. Almost every time I drive around town, I see roads that are newly paved or under construction. The newest is an extension of the new Coastal Highway from El Golfo de Santa Clara and San Luis. It has been extended about 3 miles further south and connects with the road to the resorts and Sandy Beach, (our sleepy little fishing community is become very cosmopolitan).

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.

Puerto Peñasco’s new Auto Zone is under construction on Benito Juarez.

Congratulations to Chef Mickey and Gabriela Mata for winning the Taste of Peñasco Iron Chef competition. It was the second win for

Chef Mickey and the first for Gabriela, who is a culinary student at the local university U.T.P.P. The two of them had only 2 days of practice together prior to the contest. There were a total of six restaurants which entered this year; Chef Mickey’s Place, Coyote Grill, La Cocina de Ramon, Mayan Palace, Mare Blu and Capones. Mickey’s winning dish

was a “Stuffed Date and Shrimp with Gorgonzola Cheese” and the dessert prepared by Gabriela was a “No Bake Cheese Cake”, with a peanut brittle, strawberry date base. Chef Mickey has been a popular chef in Rocky Point for the past 10 years. He recently left Las Palmas and opened his own restaurant, named of course, Chef Mickey’s Place, in Plaza del Sol on Blvd. Fremont. The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 10AM to 10PM, has seating for 40 people, and catering is available for weddings, special events, etc. Besides his daily specials, every Thursday it is AllYou-Can-Eat pasta for seven dollars. They accept Visa/MasterCard. For reservations call (638) 388-9500. EDITORIAL CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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MARCH 2012

CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE LATEST EVENTS! EVERYDAY American Legion Post MX-15 open from 12pm-7pm in El Mirador in the old Los Juanes Restaurant. Cet-Mar Aquariums – Center for Sea Studies. Come and see, feed and touch sea creatures up close and personal Monday-Friday 10am-5pm 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 Wednesday of every month is business meeting. 1PM – Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. 5PM – AA meets (Spanish). THURSDAYS 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. All welcome. 4PM The Connection meets at La Casa del Capitan. 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 382-5001 for more info. Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. 5PM ALANON English speaking meeting at 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (next to Galindo’s Café) at the Passport AA Club. Call Donna (044-638) 109-3766 or email for more info. SATURDAYS 2PM CEDO Free Nature Talk in English and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Fun experience for the entire family. Call 382-0113 for info. 4PM CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English) 6PM AA meets (Spanish). Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. SUNDAYS 9AM Non-Denominational Worship Services with Family of God. Located on Blvd. Costera N 2000A. Everyone welcome. Church Office: 383-3480. 9AM Alcoholics Anonymous Meets. 3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac.

Thursday 1st 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome. 4pm The Connection meets at La Casa del Capitan. Everyone welcome. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina – all welcome. 7-9pm Documentary Movie night at CEDO in Las Conchas. Friday 2 5pm ALANON English speaking meeting at 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (next to Galindo’s Café) at the Passport AA Club. Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Ristorante. Live Entertainment The Lighthouse Restaurant. nd

Saturday 3rd Saturday Cooking Class with Chef Mickey at Mickey’s Place in Plaza del Sol on Blvd. Fremont. 11am-3pm CEDO Las Conchas Home Tour. CBSC Luau in Cholla Bay. 12-2pm Rocky Point Ramblings English Radio Talk Show on FM 106.1. 2pm CEDO Free Nature Talk in English and Tour of their facility in Las Conchas. Fun experience for the entire family, call 382-0113. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish. 6pm-9pm RiBand Live at The Lighthouse Restaurant. Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Ristorante. Sunday 4th 11am-2pm Brunch at Pane e Vino on Benito Juarez. 12-3pm Explore Estero Morua with CEDO Experts. 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. Monday 5th 9am – 4x4 group leaves on daily excursions from Playa Bonita RV Park. Bring your 4x4 and hang out with some fun people and see some interesting places. Show up at the park before 9am. Tuesday 6th 6pm American Legion Post MX 15 meets at their new post in El Mirador (the old Los Juanes Restaurant). Wednesday 7th 10am Virtual Consulate at the Municipal Building (City Hall). 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. SOBS meet at Playa Bonita for Happy Hour. Thursday 8th Full Moon 3pm Dart Tourney at the Pink Cadillac. 4pm The Connection meets at La Casa del Capitan. Everyone welcome. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina. Friday 9th U of A Spring Break begins Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. Saturday 10 Saturday Cooking Class with Chef Mickey th

at Mickey’s Place. 12-2pm Rocky Point Ramblings English Radio Talk Show on FM 106.1. 2pm CEDO Free Nature Talk and Tour. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish. 6pm-9pm RiBand Live at The Lighthouse. Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Ristorante. Sunday 11th Daylight Savings Time begins (not in Puerto Peñasco) 11am-2pm Brunch at Pane e Vino on Benito Juarez. 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. Monday 12th 9am – 4x4 group leaves on daily excursions from Playa Bonita RV Park. Tuesday 13th 5pm Uncommon Women on Common Ground meet for a fun and social evening. Wednesday 14th 10am Virtual Consulate at the Municipal Building (City Hall). 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya in El Mirador. SOBS meet at Playa Bonita for Happy Hour. Thursday 15th CBSC Fishing Derby in Cholla Bay. 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome. 4pm The Connection meets at La Casa del Capitan. Everyone welcome. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina – all welcome. Friday 16th ASU Spring Break begins CBSC Fishing Derby in Cholla Bay. Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. Saturday 17th Happy St. Patrick’s Day CBSC Fishing Derby in Cholla Bay. Saturday Cooking Class with Chef Mickey 11am Farmer’s and Artist Market next to Don Julio’s Bar and Grill. 12-2pm Rocky Point Ramblings English Radio Talk Show on FM 106.1. 1-6pm Grand Opening of Roberson’s Photo Gallery at Hacienda del Sol in Old Port. Wine, Cheese and Raffle. 2pm CEDO Free Nature Talk and Tour. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish. 2nd Peñasco Palooza Concert next to Chango’s on Sandy Beach. See their ad in this issue for ticket information. 6pm-9pm RiBand Live at The Lighthouse Restaurant. Live Entertainment at Mare Blu. Sunday 18th CBSC Fishing Derby in Cholla Bay. 11am-2pm Brunch at Pane e Vino. Spring Break Beach Party at Chango’s. 3pm Dart Tourney at the Pink Cadillac. 8am-2pm Pinacate Adventure with CEDO experts. Enter the heart of the volcanic fields of the Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve. Monday 19th Benito Juarez Birthday (Observed) 9am – 4x4 group leaves on daily

excursions from Playa Bonita RV Park. 11am-3pm CEDO Kayak Caper - navigate through Estero Morua. Wednesday 21st 10am Virtual Consulate at the Municipal Building (City Hall). 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya. SOBS meet at Playa Bonita for Happy Hour. Thursday 22nd New Moon 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome. 4pm The Connection meets at La Casa del Capitan. Everyone welcome. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina – all welcome. Friday 23rd Live Music at The Lighthouse Restaurant. Saturday 24th CBSC Horseshoe Tournament in Cholla Bay. Saturday Cooking Class with Chef Mickey at Mickey’s Place. 2pm CEDO Free Nature Talk in English and Tour. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish. 6pm-9pm RiBand Live at The Lighthouse Restaurant. Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Ristorante. Sunday 25th 11am-2pm Brunch at Pane e Vino on Benito Juarez. 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. Monday 26th 9am – 4x4 group leaves on daily excursions from Playa Bonita RV Park. 1pm Red Hat Ladies Luncheon at La Curva Restaurant. Wednesday 28th 10am Virtual Consulate at the Municipal Building (City Hall). 1pm Horseshoes at the Pithaya. SOBS meet at Playa Bonita for Happy Hour. Thursday 29th 3pm Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac – all welcome. 4pm The Connection meets at La Casa del Capitan. Everyone welcome. Darts and Cards at the Sunset Cantina – all welcome. Friday 30th Semana Santa begins Live Music at The Lighthouse. Saturday 31st 9am O.T.L. Softball on Sandy Beach. Contact John Fowler at (602) 840-1528 for more information. 12-2pm Rocky Point Ramblings English Radio Talk Show on FM 106.1. 2pm CEDO Free Nature Talk in English and Tour. 4pm CEDO Nature Talk in Spanish. 6pm-9pm RiBand Live at The Lighthouse Restaurant. Live Entertainment at Mare Blu Ristorante. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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New logo for Diseños Casa y Jardín by Eddie Wharez® By Eddie Wharez®

We all like new looks for us in our person or in our belongings such as our homes, in fact by making small changes like paint or lighting we transform entirely the atmosphere of any space. In the past I had taught Spanish so I wanted a Spanish name for my store, as if to make my customers learn and practice some Spanish, Diseños Casa y Jardín when translated into English means Designs for the Home and Garden, yet to my surprise that name has been very hard to place on the mind of even my Spanish speaking clientele! However they always gave reference to my name every time they wanted to share with others what they had bought for their homes. Time came by and so the opportunity to have our business registered as an official trade mark to legally protect our own designs of furniture, accessories and so forth, well the Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (Patent &Trademark Office) in Mexico told me I couldn’t have Diseños Casa y Jardín registered since they all are in a way generic names, they needed something more distinctive, so someone suggested my name and after running a sound prove system they said I could have it! Three years ago (Jan 27, 2009) they granted us the official use of Eddie Wharez® If you have been one of our customers for some time you would already notice some changes throughout our ads, it took some time, really out of modesty for the registered mark to be emphasized, we have used different logos and last year especially we chose to give more recognition to the mark using smaller fonts for the actual name of the store. Another thing we started doing with much success was showing in the ad the inside of the store, people would get a glimpse of what the store looked like, they grew curious and made them come the store, sometimes friends ask me why I am in all the ads here is the answer: a friend of mine a realtor, told me that in their business it is very important to show your face, who you are, what you stand for and more importantly that you are really proud for what you do and that your own reputation is behind everything you sell and guess what? That was exactly

Party for the unveiling of the new logo (pictured below) for Casa y Jardin designed by Pablo Dicochea.

how I felt!!! I jokingly usually reply to my friends that “my dream was to be a model so I can be my own” then I watch their faces and laugh!!! Long story already! The thing is that for 2012 I felt we needed to make a small change in our image but make it in such a way that turned out to be something really fun and out of the or-

I am going to use all those logos for the different things Eddie Wharez® does with the winner to be the general of them all. The winner of the first prize was Pablo Dicochea (he currently works for the city hall). Second prize was for Martín Martínez (General Director of Terranova Inversiones). The third prize

Three of the 40 logo designs submitted for consideration through Eddie’s Facebook contest.

dinary, using social media only (facebook) we launched a contest for anybody interested in designing our logo, more than 20 people applied and we got more than 40 proposals, it was hard to choose! I got 4 finalists and decided

was shared by Rodolfo Haros (currently working at Alphagraphics and singing in Grupo Rojo at Chango’s Bar) & Getzemanih Lozano (professional photographer). I will be busy furnishing and decorating Pablo’s home office since that is his award! Congratulations Pablo! For the awards ceremony on Saturday, January 7th, yes you are reading correctly and you can laugh as well if you want, we had a red carpet for all of our guests and had a pho-

to shoot that will remain in people’s minds for quite some time. We beautifully decorated the empty building across from our gallery, Richard Scott played the sax and unveiled the plaque with the new logo while beautiful Conchita Peralta conducted the program doing an excellent job; wine and coffee were enjoyed by all the more than 120 guests that showed up - none got a personal invitation - remember we only used facebook! Thank you for being our customers, facebook friends and fans! As you can see by the pictures we had a really great time and for all the coffee drinkers like myself, our own brand of coffee is ready to be bought at our store. If you want to taste it we’ll even brew some for you!!! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •




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Head Out to Rocky Point Head Out to Rocky Point is a personalized, door-to-door shuttle service from Phoenix, Arizona to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. They pay attention to detail to make sure their guests needs are met on the journey to their vacation destination. The most important aspect of this business is “TRUST & DEPENDABILITY”. Mike Jarvinen & Lynelle Mitschele (owners)

are trustworthy, reliable, and honest. They have held this reputation for six years. They pick up their guests at their home, hotel, office, or Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. They can handle almost any size group with their 15 passenger, Chevy vans and cargo trailers for larger

loads. They provide maps of the area, a current issue of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper, food & drink coupons and they will make restaurant and activity suggestions as well. They stop in Ajo, Az. for a break. Upon request they will stop at the Duty Free Liquor Store in Lukeville. Vasquez Liquor Store in Sonoyta is also a popular stopping place for tequila, beer & tacos. They are a “Door To Door Shuttle Service”, they will drive you to The Mayan Palace, Los Conchas, Sandy Beach,


Cholla Bay or anywhere in between. Mike and Lynelle are your best source for Rocky Point information. Lynelle has been going to Rocky Point since the l960’s. Her childhood neighbors & family friends, Lamar & Janice Welker (owners of the Ajo Chevron Gas Station & Mexico Auto Insurance) took her to their bungalow on the Playa Hermosa Beach, where she spent many summers. She also worked for Rita at Rocky Point Reservations, in Phoenix, where Lynelle was asked frequently if there was a door-to-door shuttle service to Rocky Point? So the concept was created, in 2005. Together as a team, Mike and Lynelle will share their experiences, knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for this rapidly growing, vibrant Mexican town on the Sea Of Cortez. Previous guests include, “Spring Breakers”, Fans Of Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers and Management Team, golf tournament entrants, volleyball & triathlon spectators, motorcycle rally enthusiasts, AA Round Up members, wedding parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties & family reunions as well as fans of the Peñasco Palooza. They provide transportation for dental & surgical patients as well. They work closely with Dr. Gonzalez & his staff at the Envita Clinic on Sandy Beach. Rocio Del Mar live aboard dive boat depends on “Head Out” to transport scuba divers and all their gear to their boat in the marina. They have been given permission to pass “long border lines” on busy weekends so their guests don’t miss their flights. The airlines depend on “Head Out” to deliver lost luggage to Rocky Point. This “One Of A Kind”, reliable, personalized shuttle service comes highly recommended. It’s A Great Day To “Head Out” To Rocky Point! Group and one-way rates are available Wanna Go? Let Us Know! (602) 971-0166 or 1-866-443-2368.

We have a nice new, big cruiser in town, and it’s called ECO FUN1. She went out on her Rocky Point/Sea of Cortez maiden cruise for sunset on the

eve of Superbowl Sunday. She is a 2009, 70 foot catamaran with a double deck and capacity for 100 passengers. For information about the ECO FUN1, visit their website at www.ecofunrentals. com. Now, Sandy wanted me to ask all ‘friends’ of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper to visit our website at www. and click on the Facebook logo button (top, right) to LIKE US on our FACEBOOK PAGE. Thank you!

On a sad note, all of us here at the Rocky Point Times Offices want to offer our condolences to friends of Mary Anderson, a Rocky Point resident who, before her death at 96 years young, always celebrated each Rocky Point birthday with the popular Mariachi Band, Hermanos Duran. They were close friends for many years. She was a great lady. We will miss you Mary. These 4 cyclists (pictured below) are Devon Balet, Chris Reichel, Joe Berman and Travis McMasters. They rode into Laguna Shores Resort looking for a cold one and a break. Their journey - via the beach - on bicycles nonetheless - is taking them from Rocky Point to Mexicali...why would they do this? They want their friends and others to know that Rocky Point is perfectly safe.

Pictured above: Ray and Susie Flinn celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary on Valentine’s Day and on Susie’s joining the Coldwell Banker Rocky Point Team...more on that in the next issue! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Getting from Point A to Point B isn’t always an easy task, especially in a foreign country. However, Rocky Point is a small city with mostly good streets, so visitors should have very little trouble, unless they want to do it fast. Stop lights tend to take, on average, about 45 minutes to change from red to green. That allows plenty of time for street vendors to surround your vehicle to sell you El Imparcial newspapers, parakeets, Mexican flags in 23 sizes, baskets of fresh-picked fruit and Our Lady of Guadalupe candles. You will seldom be offered all those things at once, but if it does happen, you can be assured the light won›t change quick enough to spoil the sales pitches. This month›s inquiries about Rocky Point traffic flow are as follows: Q: Is there an organized bus system in Puerto Peñasco like there is in Cancún?   A: Yowza! The word “organized” threw me for a second. There are certainly buses that run here and there in Rocky Point. If you get up early enough, you›ll see uniformed workers awaiting private buses that take them to the Mayan Palace and other places to work. You›ll also see buses loading and unloading passengers who are traveling to and from town. The city is so small, the taxis are so cheap, and everyone has at least one car and two bicycles, so maybe public transportation is not a priority item on the mayor›s agenda. But I could be wrong.   Q: At the intersections which have traffic lights, can I turn right on the red light?   A:  Sure, why not? You can also turn left, back up and honk your horn. But if there›s a cop nearby you could get a ticket. Seriously, turning right on red after stopping is accepted internationally, and even in semi-

populated, faraway places like Cedar Rapids, Iowa. But be aware that many drivers will not bother to stop, either because they have no brakes, or they are in a hurry to beat oncoming traffic because beating oncoming traffic is their number one goal in life. Good luck. Q: At intersections where there are stop signs, who gets to go through first?   A:  In the States, the first person to arrive at the stop sign is, by law and by driving etiquette, the first person to advance through the intersection. If two cars arrive at the same time, the vehicle on the right always has the right of way, and can proceed first. In Mexico, however, you should take for granted that no matter who gets to the intersection first, the guy who arrives last will probably turn in front of you and generally deny that you and your SUV pulling a 38-foot trailer actually exist in this solar system. I say if you can›t beat ‘em, join ‘em. When you get to town, park your car and take a cab. The ride is like Space Mountain at Disney World, but lots cheaper.

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

Twenty-three new puppies this month! Waiting for their forever new homes! A typical month at AACORP: The last month we built a fence for a mama and her new babies for a local family so they are now safe and secure. Rescuing a mama dog “Coyote “and her 8 newborn puppies from Fremont and Josefa. They are here at the center getting fat and healthy, also ready for new homes. Taking a puppy with a prolapsed rectum to Dr. Javier for care and surgery (Chochoys 383-2338). Taking a very large German shepherd belonging to a local family to Dr. Marco Hernandez (044-638-102-0067) for neuter and treatment from being impaled by a wrought iron fence into his testicles (ouch). Rescuing 7 newborn puppies from being thrown in the desert (pictured). Dr. Rincon 383-3344 is an orthopedic specialist and along with Dr. Javier Morales received referrals for broken limbs. We also gave vaccines to 23 puppies and Ivermectin shots to all dogs for parasites. We received 5 additional Kuranda beds donated to the center. I did make a trip to Phoenix for supplies and to pick up the beds which I assembled this week. We are having an adoption day at the Stadium next week so I have been preparing for the event. Keeping fresh water, food and cleaning poop is a daily occurrence. I also erected a canopy (Thank you Candy) on the patio for the cats and puppies. I receive at least several hundred emails weekly and dozens of phone calls daily regarding helping or rescuing animals. Getting and giving hugs daily! A BIG thank you to all that help the animals.   If you would like to take a dog for  a walk please call me.

Sad News On a very sad note – we lost a dear friend and supporter of the center last month to Cancer. Carolyn Willits will be missed by all her two and four legged friends. I will miss her – she was so young, vibrant and such a trooper – never complaining. She had such a positive attitude. I know she is with the angels. We are the only animal rescue organization that has been recognized by the city of Puerto Peñasco. We are also the only US 501©3 non-profit animal rescue in Puerto Peñasco. Your donations are a tax deduction. Giving a donation to a Mexican non profit is only a deduction if you also earn money in Mexico and file with the IRS. Be aware that several people are claiming to be legitimate rescues. The economy is down and many people try to take advantage of the charities in the city. When giving to any charity remember to ask for their paperwork. A legitimate organization will have a business bank account and will not ask for checks to be written in a persons name. Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point   helps with and sponsors the twice yearly spay/neuter clinics conducted by the city. AACORP is the only group that works with and is recognized by the city of Puerto Peñasco. I am usually busy in the morning with feeding and giving medicine, so it is best to stop by after noon or call to let me know you are coming. You can also drop donations at any time over the fence, under the sign, as I check often. There is a mail box for checks/money and it is very safe. It is just under the sign. We thank all who are helping with donations for the animals. We try to feed and help as many of the locals as we can with veterinarian services. Our next spay/neuter clinic will be at the Shrimp Park on April 13th  and 14th.  We will have visiting veterinarians

from various parts of Mexico and welcome any veterinarians from the USA and/or Canada to participate. We do provide housing (A big thanks to Rodger Clifton at FMI Real Estate) and meals. We also need clinic supplies – medications, surgical gloves, surgical instruments, surgical packs etc. You can bring supplies to the center or call Nancy for pick up at 383-1012 or from the USA (602) 412-3932. We can also pick up donations in AZ. Just call me. I had a hard time this last month when I discovered that someone had been taking the animal food (8 bags of science diet cat food in one day). I had suspected for some time now that this was happening. I was almost out of dry cat food and had just received 12 bags of science diet cat food and had placed the food in air tight containers that held three bags each. My suspicions were confirmed the next day when most of the bins were empty, one hour after the worker had left. I was almost out of dry cat food when I received this donation so it was clear that the cats did not get into the bins and eat over 8 bags. It was being removed in trash bags. It was very heartbreaking for me to discover this. Sharpei mix sisters who are about 8 months old, spayed and ready for a new home.   We are in need of  dry cat, kitten, dog and puppy food. Canned cat and dog food, cat litter (non-clumping) laundry detergent, trash bags – white draw string, brushes for cleaning, , Downy,

waterless hand soap, disinfectant and any cleaning products. With so many puppies we need lots of paper towels! Costco dog beds and baby or small blankets for the babies. I would like to assure everyone considering travel to Puerto Peñasco, aka Rocky Point, that it is very safe! I just cannot believe the news coming out of Arizona regarding the warning to those wanting to visit Rocky Point. There is more crime in Phoenix in a week than there is in Rocky Point in a year. I travel back and forth on a regular basis and have never had a problem. Please pay no attention to these false reports. Rocky Point is safe! 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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By Rob Baylor

In Part I (published January 2012) I was telling you about my experience raising horses from start to finish. This will be a continuing saga, issue to issue. So sit back, open a Corona and enjoy. In these tales I refer to my last wife as Old What’s Her Name, OWHN, so you don’t get confused, and I don’t slip with the wrong name when talking to my wife Nancy. Whew !!!  By now we have bred and raised some colts and fillies to the age of two. Tried to sell them since they were born, with no luck. But we should hold on because this is a ‘money making’ business.  Did I tell you I don’t like to ride horses? I’m not afraid of them, I just don’t like to ride. I suppose they don’t like my 240 lbs on their back either. One of OWHN’s sayings was, “Hold On Don’t

Let Go”. As I was saying, I’m 240 lbs and this baby is 500-600 lbs by now. Who do you think is going to win in this situation? I should say, who is going to lose? Me, that’s who!! One day we had to  remove a bandage  from one of the horses hind legs, and of course he didn’t want any part of the deal. So, me being the obliging, dutiful husband, I tried to “Hold On Don’t Let Go” as she said. Down we went on the ground. I got him in a scissor lock and a headlock and we commenced to roll around, him trying to get loose of me and I’m trying to hold on. I had horse do-do in my ears, mouth, eyes and all over me because we tried to do this in the corral where they do their business. Couldn’t have done this out in the grass could we? He was kicking and trying to get up and beating me to death but I held on and didn’t let go. That done, I was a seasoned veteran. I can do this, yeah right!   We could not sell the horses, so now they are 3 years old and OWHN decides we are going to send the filly (female horse under four years old) to a race trainer and put her on the track cause that’s where the money is. We found a trainer and his fee was $12.00 a day plus everything else such as special shoes, vet, and of course the  hauling from here to there. And, it only takes 90 days of training before they are in shape to race! At $12 /day plus special shoes, vet and etc, it won’t be long until we are in fat city. We don’t even know if

she is fast enough to race but the trainer just says, “She will be tough”. Well I’m tough now, after all that hay loading and “Don’t Let Go” deals, but I can’t run for crap. Race day comes finally and at the last minute the trainer tells us we have to RUN across the track to the race office and pay our license fee and workers comp policy. What’s with that? It’s a horse. Seems we have to insure the jockey in case he falls off while trying to get our horse to the finish line first. Another $250.00 and all the trainer says is she is “going to be tough”.   I need another Corona over this.   She won her first race .We made money,

finally. Well some money anyway. Got $175.00, of which we had to give 10% to the trainer and 10% to the jockey and the jockey didn’t even fall off! And guess what? The horse hurt her two front legs (shin splints), more vet bills, more “Hold on Don’t Let Go’s” and now she can’t race anymore. But she WON!! Now we are hooked. That was fun. We need to do this some more! She ran fast, so lets breed her. Maybe we can sell her babies. More in the next issue .We will talk about some more “Hold Ons”, and mules.. The author and his wife are full time residents of Puerto Peñasco, and plan never to leave.


By Gretchen Corpe Ellinger

In another of those happy circumstances that leads to new friends, I met a charming young couple who lives and works in Puerto Peñasco. I learned that Ibett, short for Norma Ibett Vargas Herrera, works for Monex, a company about which I had heard, but knew nothing, and which seemed to be another mysterious Mexican institution of no interest to folks like me…was I ever WRONG! I learned from Ibett just how Monex could help to simplify my life.    Unlike other banks, the Puerto Peñasco branch of Monex handles no cash. Instead, Grupo Financiero Monex is a banking institution that handles a

number of different types of transactions, among them transfer of funds to and from the USA, Canada and other countries to Mexico. Funds can be exchanged through Monex services at the most advantageous exchange rate, which can save lots of money over exchange houses. Monex also provides services such as management of real estate transaction closings, acting as the fiduciary agency for the management of bank trusts for foreigners, and different types of investment accounts. If you are a part-time visitor, or a foreign resident in Mexico, Monex may very well be the key to managing your finances in Mexico. Ibett Vargas, who speaks perfect English, is the person to help guide you to the Monex services that will make your

stay in Paradise financially sensible and perhaps even profitable. Monex is located on the ground floor in Plaza del Sol on Boulevard Fremont, and is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Give Ibett a call at (011-521-638) 380Pictured above: Josh Martin and Ibett Vargas. 8565 and make an appointment to learn firsthand what Monex has to offer; you will find that Ibett is the best at helping you to mind, maneuver and manage your money in Paradise. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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By Bruce A. Baldwin, MBA, PhD Guardian Title and Escrow

There’s an old story about a fellow walking past a new construction site where a line of burly men were each pushing a wheelbarrow full of heavy stones from the one spot to another. Curious, the pedestrian asked one of the men, “What are you doing?” With a scowl and an unconcealed sneer, the workman replied, “Can’t you see? I’m hauling rocks.” Still curious, the man asked the next wheelbarrow pusher, “What are you doing?” Somewhat casually, the man replied, “I’m building a wall.” Still not satisfied, the pedestrian approached a third workman. This workman had a smile on his face and had been whistling softly to himself as he moved the heavy wheelbarrow along. Intrigued by the obviously different attitude, the pedestrian asked the worker,

“What are you doing?” “Oh,” said the man, “I’m building a cathedral!” More about attitude and cathedralbuilding in a minute. Last month in this column I introduced our new company name, Guardian Title and Escrow, and described our background and experience in Rocky Point real estate over the last 16 years. We ended that column with a discussion of our Company’s #1 Principle -  Our Customers› Interest Comes First.    In short we noted that:   We prosper only if we serve our customers as we would serve ourselves or our families. If we are not the best vendor of the service(s) you need, we will not hesitate to tell you…upfront… no charge. When some other entity could better serve your needs, we›d rather earn your respect for honesty and fair-dealing than any fee you could possibly pay us. This month I want to chat about Principle #2 because it is particularly relevant to Guardian’s escrow services. Principle #2 is that we are  A Truly Independent Third-Party  in real estate closings and escrow. When we are retained, we are not previously connected in any way to the Buyer or the Seller. Neither needs be concerned that we favor the other because of some

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

During our participation in the Real Estate Committee of the Arizona Sonora and Arizona Mexico Commission meeting that was held in Puerto Peñasco on Feb. 10th to 11th a number of interesting topics were discussed for the community of Real Estate. Two real estate instruments were discussed; the use of the Public Registry and Bank Trusts for foreign owners. These two instruments help protect the interests of property owners by providing certain legal protections for real estate buyers in Mexico.

First, the Public Registry of Property within the Municipal Office provides a comprehensive data bank for the records the public transfer of ownership of Real Estate Property. This Public Registry therefore helps the owner of a property protect their ownership rights as the only changes to this registry must be made through the proper ownership transfer using a Notario licensed to carry out this public transfer of property. Before any property is sold the buyer’s real estate agent should check the ownership of the property

pre-existing relationship. For hundreds of years (thousands, perhaps?) buyers and sellers have used a third party to hold money or goods until all terms of the transaction have been met. The word “escrow” is derived from the Middle English word “escrowl” meaning “scroll.” Other variants include the Anglo-Norman term “escrowe”… or the French term “escrowe.” All terms translate to “scroll” which, essentially, infers a checklist. The checklist is the escrow agent’s best friend When an escrow is established, both parties want an  independent  third party who they know will not favor the other party. That is, the escrow holder (i.e., escrow agent) must not be closely associated with either party. The fact that  Guardian Title and Escrow  is independent of any other entity in Rocky Point derives from Principle #1 which is that  Our Customer’s Interest Comes First.   Because we are an independent third party who puts the interests of our clients first (Principle #1), we do not list, promote or sell Rocky Point real estate or accept commissions or honorariums from those who do. Rocky Point is fortunate to have many excellent Real Estate companies and Realtors® that

do an excellent job of providing those services. Our function is different. We don’t negotiate or arbitrate the deal. Our job is to take over, once an agreement has been made. We do so in an impartial manner; respecting the best interest of both parties and favoring neither. This is where “building cathedrals” comes in. Throughout history, buyers and sellers have employed «trusted third parties» to hold title and payments until such time as all parties had fulfilled their obligations. It is also a matter of record that in many cases the «trusted third parties» turned out to be, decidedly, NOT trustworthy. Unfortunately, that has happened here in Rocky Point too; mostly when the “trusted third party” had conflicts of interest. We at Guardian Title and Escrow work very hard to avoid such conflicts and to protect our 16 year reputation in Rocky Point for honest, forthright, and dependable services. We truly enjoy our work. Personally, I’m retired from ASU. I don’t need to work. But I’m still “building my cathedral” and enjoying every day. Each day in Rocky Point is an adventure with new people to meet and new challenges to master. May the work on your cathedral be as enjoyable as mine.

in the Public Registry to make sure the selling party is the registered owners of the property. The agent should also check for liens held against that property. The second topic was the use of Bank Trusts which is the legal instrument by which a foreigner can acquire the ownership rights to property within the restricted zones of Mexico. Restricted zone is defined as the 100 miles within the national border or within 50 miles of the coast, Puerto Peñasco is within th4e restricted zone. The ownership of property is handled through the Notario and is similarly registered in the Public Registry. These two essential real estate tools help provide the security of ownership in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora much like owners expect in the United States. We continue to work with our peers in the Arizona through the Arizona Sonora Mexico Commission to create further progress in system regulations, all with the sole purpose of providing legal support to the real owner of the property right. The state of Sonora was the first state in Mexico to legislate real estate agents to become licensed. Two major drivers

for this change came from our AMPI organization and the Arizona Sonora Mexico Commission. AMPI Puerto Peñasco has been approved by the state of Sonora to provide the required training for the state real estate licensing and renewal. The first courses started on Feb. 14th with the opening class on Ethics with over 40 real estate agents attending. The construction of a Convention Center on the road to Sandy Beach was announced. The Convention Center will provide greater investment confidence in this destination to provide national and international conventions since we already have infrastructure in hotels and condominiums to support the visitors the conventions will attract. A Home Port for cruise ships planned for Puerto Peñasco was also announced. The opportunities presented to us sometimes come only once in life, so when we have the option of to invest in the purchase of real property that can pay off in a good long term investment with future capital gains for your family, you cannot miss the opportunity. It is the right time to invest in Rocky Point! • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Lois Lyons

Nov. 15, 1945 - Jan. 10, 2012

Happy Spring to you all. This article is just to share a few words and some photos about my mom, Lois Lyons. Most of you didn’t know her, but some of you know me. My name is Todd Lyons and, with my partners, we have the Long Realty franchise for Puerto Peñasco and Castaways Rocky Point, our rental and property management company. and www. (shameless plug) If you know me, you’re aware I have a warped sense of humor and hopefully overall, you think I’m an ok guy. Well, I get it from my mom. The following words are just a little tidbit of history and what kind of person she was and continues to be. Lois was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 15, 1942 and passed away on January 10, 2012, she was 69 years old, a lifelong nurse, a Vietnam Veteran, and an amazing mother, friend, and mentor. Her mother, my grandma, was from Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. (Yes, this makes me ¼ bean) After nursing school, my mom wore combat boots for the US army during the Vietnam war as, she was part of the 85th Evacuation Hospital in Qui Nhon ’65-‘66, and ended her tour as 1ST Lieutenant. The statistics from her unit are astounding, even for a modern hospital today. The 85th EVAC saw over 24,300 admitted and only 184 died, not bad for a few tents in the middle of a muddy field, half way around the world. The unit definitely earned their name, the Miracle Workers. In fact my mom and her friends were responsible for getting the Women’s Memorial erected and dedicated in Washington D.C. to honor the nurses and medical staff who served their country during the Vietnam War. I’m very proud of her for that and all she has done. Mom’s funeral was wonderful and extremely emotional, with hundreds in attendance, there wasn’t a dry eye in

the house once the honor guards started to play taps and gave her a 21 gun salute. Also present was her Vietnam Veteran’s Chapter #9 from Detroit and their silent salute. “Welcome home Lois” Mom was a diehard Michigan and Detroit sports fan, as you might have noticed, so am I. Go Blue and Go Lions!! We’ve always known how giving mom was and, while back in Michigan for her funeral, we found out how much more giving she had been throughout the years. My sister and I found 24 charities that she donated to on a regular basis, and never mentioned it to anyone, simply amazing. Mom was an organ donor too and, since her death, we recently received a letter that her corneas gave vision to a woman from Illinois, she’s an amazing woman that just keeps on giving. Mom enjoyed coming to Rocky Point to visit me when she could. She liked the beautiful sea, vistas, and sunsets that Peñasco has to offer and, enjoyed spending time with me, my sister Tanya, and my brother Craig, here at the beach or on a boat. She never questioned my decisions, but always had some good advice and, she knew I wasn’t crazy for wanting to live at the beach in Mexico, a long way from the Midwest. To me, it was only 8 hours away, a 4 hour flight to Phoenix and a 4 hour drive to Rocky Point. I’m pretty sure I’ve provided a story or two for her to tell her friends about back in Michigan and wherever she is now. Thank you all for taking the time to read this little blurb. I want everyone to take a moment to call or visit your mother if you can, tell her you love her and ask how things are going or, take some time alone to remember her silently. I’ll always love you mom, words cannot describe how much I miss you or how proud I am of you. Thank you. • 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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If you missed Peñasco Palooza 2011 you have another opportunity to experience one of the most memorable concerts you’ll have ever gone to! Saturday March 17th is the date to save for a repeat perfomance with some of the best musicians from many of our favorite and most famous U.S. rock bands. Peñasco Palooza 2012 will be held on St. Patricks Day, across the street from Chango’s Bar, behind the Sonoran Spa Resort. What does “Palooza” even mean, I asked myself prior to the last concert? It’s a slang word with definitions such as…a crazy, all out party, partying with tons of people all in one place, a huge event. Well let me tell you, it exceeded all of my expectations and then some. How could it not, with an all- star cast of musicians playing nothing but hits, for 2 ½ solid hours, without even a break? The line up started with Steve McCarty, of Steve Miller Band fame and Curly Smith, formerly with Boston!! Follow that up with Jimmy Crespo, formerly with Aerosmith &

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

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

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




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Finding Paradise By Sandy Spain

A Very Different Time: It was 1968 and it was a very different time and a very different Puerto Peñasco that Mercedes found when she arrived by train with her brothers. Her parents had died and her mother’s sister lived in Puerto Peñasco and was going to take care of part of her sister’s family. By now, all the family is here from Culiacan, Sinaloa. They arrived at 2:00 a.m. and there was only one taxi driver in town. The good thing was that he knew her aunt and soon they were settled in at their new home. Mercedes lived in the Pueblo Viejo area and she thought there was no place more beautiful and that she would never leave it. Changes over the years brought her to the Port area. MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES

Featured Items at Mercedes Rusticos above

Open for business - Mercedes Rusticos without sidewalk or street paving in the Old Port. Mexico City to buy items for her store.

Mercedes at her store Mercedes’s brother owns Numeros and her sister owns Salmos. Before opening her shop, Mercedes Rusticos, she had a clothing store and then took a couple of years off. She then opened two Tobacco

Shops, the one of 13th Street is still open. Looking for new opportunities, she opened her current store on Alcantar in the Port. She travels to Michoacan, Guadalajara, Puebla, Guanajuato and

Mercedes Rusticos carries all types of dishware, decorative items, glassware, decorative pots and iron sculptures. It is my first stop for any gift that I need as well as items for my own home. Don’t miss this fabulous store next time you are in Puerto Peñasco. PROGRESS Business has certainly been a challenge

during the remodel of the Port. But Mercedes is all for the progress and looking forward to more progress in Puerto Peñasco, as plazas receive updates and new plants and sidewalks are added to promote walking around our town. Don’t miss this fabulous store in our paradise next time you are in town. Until the Port remodel is finished it might be a little difficult getting there, but I promise you, it is worth it. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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BOATERS IN THE ROCKY POINT AREA If you have a boat in the Rocky Point area, please read: Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club (CBSC) funds the purchase of radio equipment and supports the maintenance and operation of the Marine VHF radio Channel 28 (prior Channel 26) for the Northern Sea of Cortez. Channel 28 has a repeater, which enables boaters to reach shore while a long way out in the sea. Currently, Rosario Villa monitors the radio, assists boaters in various ways and assists in search and rescue operations. CBSC conducts an annual fishing derby, publishes a newsletter called the Cholla Chatter, and promotes good relations between American visitors and our Mexican neighbors. All members receive the Cholla Chatter. The fish fry is at the end of the tournament and free to anyone. (However, we do accept donations). CBSC also has other sports activities annually such as an annual horseshoe tournament in the spring and an annual golf tournament. Membership dues are $40 per year. We would love to have the support of boaters who launch in Rocky Point, as well as those who launch in Cholla Bay to help us continue this worthy operation. We are now in our 57th year of operation. Below is a membership form. If you would like to join, please complete the form and mail it to the address of our membership chairperson. (see form for name and address).   CBSC MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Annual Dues: $40.00 Membership dues and other activities of the CHOLLA BAY SPORTSMEN’S CLUB funded the purchase of radio equipment and continue to support the operation and maintenance of Marine VHF Radio (Channel 28) for the Northern Sea of Cortez. The CBSC pays the salary of the Cholla Bay Radio Operator, assists in search and rescue operations, and when necessary can assist with some arrangements for the emergency transportation of critically ill or injured. The CBSC conducts an annual Fishing Derby, hosts numerous events, publishes the “CHOLLA CHATTER” Newsletter, and promotes good relations between American visitors and our Mexican neighbors. Name:______________________________Spouse:_______________________ Address: (US or PO Box Only) _________________________________________ City: __________________________________ State:__________ Zip:_________ Phone:_____________________Email address: __________________________ Children under 18:_______________ Cabin number/address:__________________ Local phone: ____________________ Please make your check out to CBSC and mail to: CBSC – c/o Laura McIntyre • 7174 W. Rivulet Drive•Tucson, AZ 85743 • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •



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Cortez’s Journey to Montezuma

By Rosarie Salerno

The Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortez arrived at the Yucatan Peninsula

in February of 1519, Mayan speaking territory. Padre Geronimo de Aguilar, a Franciscan friar, was a shipwreck survivor from one of the earlier expeditions. He  had been a captive of the local natives. He made his way to and joined Cortez’s entourage. While in captivity Padre Aguilar learned the local Mayan language.  This skill would have a profound effect on the conquest of Mexico for Cortez.  From the Yucatan, Cortez went north along the Atlantic coast to Tabasco.  There he encountered hostile Mayans, who had previously been friendly to the Grijalva expedition.  He was attacked by the inhabitants. Cortez’s army won the battle even though they were outnumbered. The natives believed that the horses of Cortez were supernatural; a combination of a man and a horse. A creature that had two heads. Logically, the mythological-religious beliefs of the Amerindians, in gods who were a combination of man and animal, must have been confusing and overwhelmed them.  They easily believed that these beings had to be gods.  The Mayans surrendered. This belief also would have lead Montezuma to give credence to the fact that Cortez could have been the god Quetzalcoatl. Through the interpretation of Spanish

into Mayan, with the help from Padre Aguilar, Cortez told the people that they were now vassals of King Carlos I of Spain. They all converted to Christianity. The ease of conversion may have been due in part to the fact that the cross was also a symbol of the Mayan and Aztec god, Tlaloc. He was a beneficent god, the god of rain, fertility and water; the sustainer of life, but he was also feared for his powerful ability over lightning, thunder and hail. In the custom of the Mayan, they gave Cortez food as tribute and 20 young women for him and his army.  Cortez had the women baptized before they were used, as he forbade his men from having sexual relations with pagans. Among the girls was the daughter of a lower ranking Aztec lord. Her name was Malintzin. She had learned the Mayan language while she was a slave. Cortez took her for himself. After her baptism, she was renamed Dona Marina, due to her rank as a sign of respect.  She also bore him a child named Martin. Her skill in the speaking of her own native Aztec tongue, Nahua, and the Mayan language helped her communicate with Cortez and the Aztecs through Padre Aguilar. In July of 1519 Cortez secured Veracruz and destroyed his ships so his men could not retreat.  He then set out to Tenochtitlan to meet Montezuma.  Along the way he made alliances with tribes who probably were tired of paying high tribute to Montezuma. The native Amerindians joined him as carriers and warriors. By the time they arrived in Tenochtitlan to meet Montezuma he had his men, about 600, 15 or 16 horses, 15 cannons and approximately 3,000 natives.   Cortez was expecting a huge horde of gold when he arrived; based upon stories he was told by the tribes he met along the way.  However, none of them had actually seen the  treasures of Montezuma. And of course, he was disappointed when his expectations were not met in the city of Tenochtitlan. All this only fueled his desire to find it.

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Is My Real Estate Investment Secure? Could I Lose My Property?

By Miguel A. Tapia Attorney At Law

Over the past year, I have represented an increasing number of clients who have come to me with issues on properties they have purchased in Mexico. Mainly the issues were that the properties either had a lien from a third party, or have been adjudicated or were in the process of a foreclosure by a some creditor, often times a (bank), Mexican IRS (Hacienda), Social Security (Seguro Social) or some other governmental agencies. The problem which was the common denominator with such clients was the fact that although they purchased the properties, and fully paid for them, they did so through a private contract that was not registered, and thus the property still showed in the Public Registry under the developer’s name, and not under their name. Such situations basically left my clients exposed. At the mercy of creditors which the developers had, as they proceeded to pursue liens on the properties which my clients had purchased, but that were still under the name of the developers as explained above. Some of those properties ended up being adjudicated in a public foreclosure by the Mexican IRS and Social Security Office for back taxes and governmental fees that the developer owed, some in the millions of dollars. Due to the above, we had to pursue several legal processes in court in order to defend my client’s properties, and/ or get their properties back. A process that, although we were able to prevail, in most instances represented a high level of complexity, because in some cases the properties had already been adjudicated by the creditors. Many buyers feel fully protected or with enough peace of mind, because they have executed a private contract by which they purchased the property, have fully paid for the property, and most importantly are using and enjoying the property. However, in terms of security, signing the private purchase contract is only the first step towards obtaining full security on the investment or purchase transaction. As such full security will only be reached once the contract is formalized before a Notary Public, via a public deed under the name of the buyer, and such deed is then registered

in the Public Registry free of any liens. Another issue which is often times criticized, even by some attorneys, is whether or not foreigners can execute and have private contracts regarding properties that are located in the restricted zone (properties located 100 km from the borders, or within 50 kilometers from the shorelines such as those properties of Puerto Peñasco, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, etc.). Contrary to what some people and attorneys say as to the fact that they consider such private contracts invalid due to the fact that they are executed or entered into by foreigners regarding properties within the restricted zone, in my opinion such contracts are completely valid, and are completely enforceable, as such contracts only represent the original purchase transaction, not the final transaction, which as indicated above needs to be finalized in a Public Deed, and in the case of foreigners, a public deed that will contain the bank trust. My opinion and criteria has indeed prevailed in different courts, where I filed lawsuits to enforce my clients private contracts. The courts have recognized the validity of the contracts, and the validity of my clients interests and rights. In conclusion, having a private contract by which a property was purchased is definitely the main source of your rights to the property. However, do not stay exposed before any third party who may have a claim against the developer and, consequently, do not stay at the mercy of any creditor who may put a lien on the property or who may adjudicate the property from the developer. If you are in the above mentioned position and feel exposed, or your property has been compromised by a lien, or has been adjudicated, do not risk your investment. Not seeking legal advice could result in losing your property, we can help regain your peace of mind. Please feel free to contact us for a free consultation and evaluation of your case  at  mtapia@ or by calling us at (602) 266-0225.   Miguel A. Tapia is an Attorney At Law and licensed in Mexico. He has a Masters in International Trade Law from the University of Arizona. Please see his ad, Salazar International Advisors, on Page 29 in this edition of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper.



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8 Great Spring Break Ideas in Rocky Point swim up for your drink order and get waited on pool side. For those who like the warm sand between the toes and the sound of the water beckoning, grab a blanket or beach chair and claim your sandy spot outside Wrecked at the Reef cantina and restaurant directly on Sandy Beach. Here you can dip into the mesmerizing sea and when the urge calls you simply walk up the steps and have a cool libation or juicy appetizer.  

By Anita Kaltenbaugh

Spring Break is finally here. Not to be too simple, but let’s celebrate what it really means. A break to celebrate the end of winter days or cooler weather and the celebration of the second season of the year, Spring!! For many colleges and educational institutions across the country it is an anticipated week off from classes and a perfect time to travel to somewhere sunny and warm. For Arizona State University students it is right around the corner. Depending on what high school or college we are talking about NAU, U of A, March and April is the spring break time of the year. Everyone is looking to get away. So what are you waiting for? Didn’t make any plans ahead of time? Wondering what to do with an entire week off? Well, don’t fear, here are  8 great ways to spend your Spring Break in Rocky Point. 1.    Take a Spring Break picture with a whale. Who has a Spring Break picture with a whale on the sand? ?You can, if you visit CEDO Intercultural study, offices located in Las Conchas. Check out a preserved unique whale skeleton available for viewing at the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO).  Free weekly Natural History Talks are offered Tuesday and Saturdays and ongoing tours and events throughout the month of March. Go to info@ 2.    Experience a true beach day. You have many choices in Rocky Point. Here are two favorites: stop by Bella Sirena’s new swim up pool bar and eatery SWIM (open to outside guests) and have a resort beach day just like you would in Cabo, grab a lounge chair,

3.       Speed and adventure your thing? Well, in Rocky Point there are several things that go high and fast: jet skis, ultra lights, parasailing, ATV’s and banana boats. Pick your level of adrenaline rush. Walk along Sandy Beach and you will see all activities available, even horseback riding for the slower journey. 4.    Check out the 3rd annual Grand Car show the first weekend of the month. Main event takes place at Peñasco del Sol recreation area with a car parade and live music at the car show. Contact Peñasco del Sol for details. Think baby Barrett Jackson. 5.    Grab your 4 leaf clover and celebrate St. Patty’s day, Mexican style. Who needs green beer? In Ireland they certainly don’t drink it, (it is an American tradition) but bring your green food coloring if you really need it. Anyway,Peñasco Palooza a live rock concert on the sand, will be held on Saturday, March 17thoutside of Changos Bar next to the Sonoran resorts. Musicians from legendary classic rock bands such as Steve Miller Band (Steve McCarty ) and Curly Smith (formerly of Boston) will be bringing an All Star rock band playing classic rock music you will know and love. This is a Spring Break must! Attending a concert on the sand, is a fabulous way to spend a night at the beach. Tickets can be purchased online at 6.    Experience some Thunder on the Beach In  Rocky Point. Not talking about thunder, lighting and rain storms, or mosquitoes, Rocky Point is fortunate enough to only have a minimal bit of rain and really no mosquitoes like other beach towns. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36 • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Muchas Gracias Amigos! Ya’ll Rock!!

By Zack and Via’s Dad

My family’s foundation to help the needy of Rocky Point, with clothing and food, was a huge success this year. Each year, it gets bigger and better and this year was no exception. It could not have been remotely successful without the myriads of people who helped out with donations, food, money, shoes, personal items, beds, household items and even a sit and spin…it was truly amazing! One awesome thing I learned along the way

in this year’s drive for donations was that the collection, shopping, organization, storage and transportation of the items actually brought my family closer together. Thank you Jessica, Zack, Olivia and Paulie for your efforts! We had a common goal and shared in the duties which brought joy to the families living along the railroad tracks. Another great lesson that I learned was that my family extends beyond

my immediate family and does indeed include many families including my work family. So many offices at Amerifirst Financial, Inc. chipped in and organized collections of clothing, food and cash. Many of the employees took it upon themselves to feel empowered to make a difference in our world and really reached out and helped to promote the cause to ease the desperate living conditions of the needy of Rocky Point. Hats off to AMERIFIRST FINANCIAL!  My BELLA SIRENA

family was just as fabulous as ever with their support. The homeowners of Bella Sirena brought many clothing items to SWIM, the restaurant at Bella Sirena, and dropped them off to the staff. Gracias Eddie, for helping to organize the donations and gracias to the whole staff, you all are the best! Unbeknownst to me, Cathy and Scott Poturalski organized a benefit at SWIM to raise money for our foundation and it turned out to be a huge success. The most amazing part of this was that Cathy delivered the $400 in donations in person to me by coming all the way to Scottsdale to deliver it herself. WOW, Cath, WOW! Muchas gracias to all of my Bella Sirena family. Other incredible families are my SWIM NEPTUNE family of Arizona and my ARIZONA SWIMMING family. They allowed us to advertise at no expense and place boxes by the concessions at a large swim tournament in Chandler to collect warm clothing to bring to Mexico. The outpouring of support and love was superb. You all are so blessed to be a part of such amazing organizations and you should be so proud of yourselves. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Over the years, my close friends have become family to me. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38



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7.    Need a little art and culture? Explore the Farmers Market/Art Expo located behind Don Julio’s on Fremont Blvd. every Saturday in March. Admission is free, offering an excellent fashion to fill a Saturday morning or afternoon. Experience local art and community products.

is happening in front of Playa Bonita March 31- April 1st. All watercraft welcome.Spring time in March in Mexico means perfect indoor/outdoor weather, slight breezes, warm sand, bright blue sky, sparkling diamonds on the Sea of Cortez and near perfect conditions to take a break watching boats float by. Rocky Point is the perfect spring break destination. It’s close to Phoenix or Tucson, safe drive and border and you can plan at the last minute. Condos and hotels are still available and there is enough sunshine for all visitors. So defrost that swimsuit and enjoy an easy and affordable Spring Break beach retreat.

8.    Attend an All Day Sail Fest. Bring your camera.  Shutterbugs will be busy snapping amazing pics of Hobie cats and other sailboats skimming across the glistening Sea of Cortez. Sail Fest

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This Spring Break, on March 24th a Monster Truck night show will be held by The Reef on Sandy Beach. Another 2 day event is scheduled for April. Check out for more information on sand drags, monster car shows and racing. • find us on facebook • follow us on twitter •

Discover Neighboring Towns and Beaches Beyond With Us

By Don MacKenzie

Photos were taken at Salinas Point, which is located behind Bird Island.

Do you ever feel like going on beach runs or visiting neighboring towns around Rocky Point but don’t want to do it alone? The last several years I have spent many months searching beach routes from Puerto Peñasco to neighboring fishing communities of El Golfo de Santa Clara (to the north), Santo Tomas, Desemboque, and Puerto Lobos (to the south). The last couple of years I’ve been leading and co-leading weekly beach

dolphins, tortoises and even whales. The Bahia de Adair and Salinas Point are among the most beautiful beach scenes anywhere. Anyone who would like to join us on these adventures is welcome to come along. We meet at Playa Bonita RV Park at the front gate at 9:00 AM on Mondays. (We leave at 9am so be there a little early so we don’t miss you.) You will need a street legal, road worthy 4x4 or sand buggy. Bring a lunch, as we usually go about 50 miles on pavement

runs to these towns and other areas on the beach in search of beautiful scenery, sea shells and adventures with other enthusiasts (beach bums). We have also come across the remains of seals,

and are gone most of the day. We can help inexperienced and newcomers learn how to drive in the sand and how to heat burritos on the manifold for a great hot lunch on some of the most beautiful and remote beaches anywhere. You can contact me, Don MacKenzie at (970) 2705819. We look forward to you joining our group and seeing what lies beyond Puerto Peñasco.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Several of them really stepped up this year and literally went the extra miles to help out. Nate Herd, Janet Certo and Dahlen Schneider’s efforts were awesome, and so very much appreciated! Extra special kudos goes out to  Izzy Garcia who helped to transport the donations to Rocky Point and was instrumental in delivering the items to the thrilled families. MUCHAS GRACIAS, IZ!!!  Alas, I have come to realize that I have many families…my immediate family, my work family, my Bella family, my swim family and my friendship family. The reality of it is that we are all ONE FAMILY, and working together toward a common good is what life is all about. As we start a new year, let’s start some new

beginnings. Empower yourself to reach out and help someone. Open your eyes to the needy and less fortunate. Stop, listen and care and commit yourself to make a difference in the lives of others this year. We are all super busy with our lives, but you can make time to make a difference. There is nothing more rewarding than to place the clothing on the back of someone without a shirt or to feed the person who does not even own a spoon. 2012 is all about new beginnings and a new you. If anyone would like to help at ANYTIME of the year, please email me at  mpaliscak@  You also have the power to start your own foundation amongst your “families”. Dream it and achieve it, it’s your life…make it a GREAT LIFE! ADIOS AMIGOS…SEE YOU AT THE BEACH!

Rocky Point Volunteering Opportunities By Linda Sharp Residents and visitors to Rocky Point have abundant volunteering opportunities. An annual subscription to the Rocky Point Times will reveal the majority of options, because either the organization or individuals who volunteer with organizations will often write an article once a year. Donations are needed at each organization as well. It is best to donate materials rather than cash.  A few that we have worked with over the past few years are listed here with some ideas of timing, needs for donations, and how to connect with the managers: #1.  2 Fish Ministries. Part of a Rocky Point church ministry, this feeding program began a few years ago on Boulevard Kino. From Benito Juarez, turn east close to where the railroad tracks cross at the south end, onto Kino. Go about two blocks. On the right is a chain-link fenced property with 2 Fish signs, tables and a tiny cooking casita. WHEN: Monday to Friday from l0 am someone is onsite, preparing food. From 1 to 2 pm, additional opportunities at this site are open to those wanting to serve food and help with clean-up. WHAT: 2 Fish serves meals to the hungry. Some may be homeless, some may be migrants, most are either out of work, or not making ends meet with the work they have. The majority are adult males,

but you will also see some mothers and children, families, elderly, etc.   HOW LONG: You may arrive as 2 Fish opens and stay until they wind up their work; or help for an hour or two. ADDITIONAL INFO: 2 Fish has also begun serving lunch to children at the city’s most economically deprived schools. In order to commit to serving a school, Margarita, the manager, is interested in finding a couple who will work one school, five days a week, all the school year. It is not feasible to have occasional volunteers, for the children, staff and families need to know who is serving, and that it is a regular event. At present they are able to serve only one school, because of lack of volunteers for the entire school year for more schools. Margarita’s husband, Pastor Noe, is active in this ministry, as well as serving a local congregation. CONTINUED ON PAGE 47 • 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, Sun 9am 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 Donna (044-638) 109-3766 Email: English speaking meeting every Friday 5PM 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (next to Galindo’s Café) at the Passport AA Club.

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

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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APRIL 14th, 2012 “THUNDER ON THE BEACH” IN Rocky Point, Mexico. This event will be raced on a 12-25 mile course behind the beautiful “Sandy Beach Resorts” in Rocky Point Mexico. Pits are fenced with lights and 24-hour security, Saturday night party at JJ’s Cantina, Amazing deals from the Sandy Beach Resorts, Escort to and from the border with a hassle free border crossing. beachRaceway.htm Trucks, Buggies, UTV’s, ATV’s and Motorcycles check our websites and www. (#1-R)

SUNFISH SAIL BOAT – SAIL, RUDDER, CENTER BOARD. Las Conchas phone (011-52-638) 382-0247. Real bargain $250.00 dlls. (New rudder alone costs $316.00 dlls.) #34-2

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)

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY – 60 FT. CATAMARAN PARTY boat. Person can live aboard, bathroom, kitchen, bed, gas engine. 50 people charter. Sunset Cruise Bay Tours – 45 ft. boat, fishing, sleeps 2, bathroom, fiberglass, diesel. Ten people charter Mex cell (044-638) 110-6322. (#34-1)

BEAUTIFUL 5 BEDROOM, 5 1/2 BATH, BEACHFRONT house in Las Conchas gated community. Only $350.00 USD per night. Call FMI Rentals, ask for Cielo en Tierra (602) 288-8609. (#100-11)

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. For more information call Call Dona Hurley at 383-8206, US at (520) 334-1648 or email dmhurley@ (#1-51)


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) 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) JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES KINGDOM HALL Monday Book Study 7:30 PM, Thursday Ministry School & Service Meeting 7pm. Sunday Public Discourse 9:30am. Located on the (baseball) stadium road, on the left, just before the big blvd. Call 382-0049 or 383-3885. (#a-1a) GRUPO UNIDAD CRISTIANOS DE PEÑASCO Pastor Ernesto Portugal. Headphones available for English translation. Sunday service 10:30AM, Thursday Service 7:30PM, Children’s school same hours. Church office open Monday through Friday 9:30 AM to 2PM. Located on Simon Morua. Call for info. (011-52638) 383-2240. (#1-ch) ART GALLERIES GALERIA DEL MAR BERMEJO – The finest in Authentic Mexican Art. Largest selection of Mata Ortiz Pottery & JewelryCertified Huichol Yarn Paintings by Artist, Juan Silva-Certified Bronze Sculpture by Felipe Chavez Hernandez-Certified unique jewelry of sterling silver and semiprecious stones featuring sponge and coral. Virgin Saints and Angels-Daniel Espinosa-Charles Alpert-Mara La Madrid. Books, * Books, * Books (children’s bilingual, decorator, culinary and more). Located behind the church in Old Port. Open 7 days from 10AM to 5PM. MasterCard and Visa accepted. From the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-3488 (phone and fax), or email: (#9-1) VILLA DEL ARTE OWNER, VICTOR ALEMAN is a world renowned spray paint artist here in Rocky Point. His Village of Artesanias is located on Hwy. 8, just north of Rocky Point (before you go over the last hill). He is building the village out of adobe and sells a huge variety of statues, pots, fountains, tables, benches and much more. Open 7 days a week 9AM 5PM. Phone Victor locally at (044-638) 105-7839, or from the U.S. at (011-521-638) 105-7839. (#9-4) BEAUTY SALONS GLORIAS BEAUTY SALON SINCE 1969! We do it all and we carry a full line of beauty supplies. Gloria’s Beauty Shop is located on Constitucion, just before Super Ley Market. Phone locally at 383-5075 or from the U.S. (011-52-638) 383-5075 for an appointment, ask for Gloria. English Spoken. (#25-13) PBC- Peñasco Beauty Center- Only American Salon in Rocky Point. Full line AVON Beauty Supplies. Hair, Nails, Facials, Manicures and Pedicures cell (044-638) 106-3611. On Constitucion, across from Super Ley. (#25-1) 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)

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) 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) DENTAL SERVICES WANT A DENTIST WHO USES THE latest in technology and equipment when getting your teeth cared for? Ernesto Grijalva, D.D.S. comes highly recommended by all of his patients – ask anyone of them! Stop by his office located on Blvd. Fremont, just south of the fire dept. or call Mario for an appointment (011-52638) 383-3434. (#64-3) DR. SOCORRO D.D.S. OFFERS professional dental care. She uses the same technology and materials as U.S. dentists, but substantially cheaper! Lab technician on site, offering overnight service. English and Spanish spoken. Professional references available. Phone (011-52-638) 383-4898. (#64-1) FISHING CHARTERS MARGARITA FISHING CHARTERS - private charters, full guide service, GPS, fish finder, guaranteed catch. Reservations, Martin Tavarez V, cell phone (044-638)112-4796. Home phone: (011-52-638) 383-7247. Website: Facebook: Margarita Fishing Charters. (#78-1) FM3 SERVICES SERVICES FOR AMERICANS – FM3 / FM2, Visas, Tax ID Numbers (Hacienda Registration), accounting services, bill paying and more. Office location: Sun Valley Business and Immigration Service, Plaza del Sol, Local No. 8 (north side of Blvd. Fremont). Call local at 383-8891, from the U.S. dial (520) 829-4340 or email or Dynorasvisa@aol. com. English spoken. (#79-9) FM2/FM3/RFC/HACIENDA/IMSS - DO YOU need help obtaining any of these documents? Premium Services has been working with Immigration, Social Security, Hacienda and all government offices helping Americans, for over 17 years, obtain the documents they need fast and without hassles. If you don’t speak Spanish, or just want someone to help guide you through the process, call Silvia Villa at Premium Services at 383-5758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1187 or sivife@ Translations from English to Spanish or Spanish to English also available – any document you need translated. Call Silvia whenever you need help with anything from bill paying to ordering flowers! (#79-1) FOR SALE AUTHENTIC GERMAN SAUSAGES – WALTER’S BRATS. Come and taste it fresh from the BBQ. Corner of Blvd. Fremont & Nuevo Leon. We also deliver. Fri and Sat 4PM to 10PM. Local cell (044-638) 110-4970. (#86-17) TABLE SAW FOR SALE - Like new condition $150.00usd (01152-638) 383-1012 (#86-15) 8 SOLAR PANELS - LIFETIME WARRANTY, originally cost $600ea will sell for $200 each. (011-52-638) 383-7818. (#86-13) REFRIGERATOR / FREEZER COMBO - WHITE, LIKE NEW condition, only $200.00usd (011-52-638) 383-1012 or (602) 4123932. (#86-16) 2000 WHITE FORD- F150, V8, STANDARD TRANSMISSION, 92,000 miles, great condition. $7,000.00usd (011-52-638) 3831012 or (602) 412-3932. (#86-14) FOR SALE 2 SEAT HOBIE MIRAGE - OUTFITTER pedal kayak-like, new extras, trailer, outriggers, vests, beach wheels, dry bags, more. $1500 OBO. Dan (520) 464-6769 or (044-638) 105-7989. Email (#86-12) 1998 CHEVY BLAZER- 4 DOOR, 4x4, 4.3L, V6, Automatic, Air, Everything new or rebuilt. $3,495. Call (760)-324-8776. (#86-11)


RESIDENTIAL MARIPOSAS - 3 BEDROOM, 2-1/2 BATH, swimming pool view, 24hr security, good price. Local cell (044-638) 110-8291. From US dial (011-521-638) 110-8291, email: (#100-8) BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT – LAS CONCHAS up to 8 months. Three bedroom, three bath. Contact Lori for details at (011-52-638) 382-0139 Mexico or (520) 204-1449 US. www. lasmaerasmanagement.ccom. (#100-9) 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) LONG TERM & NIGHTLY RENTALS, Las Conchas, Mirador, In Town, Sandy Beach Homes and Condos. Starting at $150.00 USD per month. Twin Dolphins (011-52-638) 383-3919, (602) 324-7241 (#100-4) PUERTA PRIVADA LONG TERM LEASE 2 OR 3 bdrm condos for long term lease only. Furnished or unfurnished available. Visit model on site 9am to 5pm daily for more info. (#100-42) IN BEAUTIFUL LAS CONCHAS - 2BDR, 2 BA Hideway, 250 ft. from beach. Fully furnished, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor furniture, barbeque, cozy living area with fireplace, A/C and fans, landscaped yard with trees. REFERENCES REQUIRED. $500 per month plus utilities – 6-month lease.Call Bob or Alice at (406) 2273331 or (406) 431-7738 or email (#100-6) HOUSES & CONDOS FOR SALE EL PUEBLO CONDO - 2 BD, 2 BA, UPPER LEVEL 3RD FLR w/Sky Nook for fantastic sunset views. Down from Capone’s and Reggie’s 8/12 on Sinaloa. $79,000. Call Pablo Realty, Licensed Real Estate Agent, from the U.S. (602) 288-8687 or email pablorealty@ (#102-4) COTTONWOOD, ARIZONA – NEAR HIKING AND “Sedona Red Rock Country.” 3BD, 2BA home, nice layout, deck, views of Mingus Mountain and red rocks. Nice quiet neighborhood. $130,000 USD. Contact: Jim Book, Adobe Realty at (928) 301-2269. (#102-K) BRING AN OFFER, 107 VISTA DE ORO – 2 bedroom, 2 bath, exquisite tile and woodwork. Email . Phone (417) 621-0677 or local (011-52-638) 383-1207. (#102-6) NEW LISTING!! PRINCESA C506 – 3 BED, 2 BATH. Extraordinary View. Fully Furnished. Bank Trust, LLC in place. Quick Closing. $159,900 usd Call Pablo Realty, Licensed Real Estate Agent, from the U.S. (602) 288-8687 or email (#102-5) INSURANCE SERVICES INSURANCE AND BONDING AGENCY - REAL estate - Mexican & American Insurance: Auto, boat, life, house, commercial. Yolanda Silva, Agent. Ave Nayarit #62. Call 383-6280. (#107-1) LOTS FOR SALE BEACHFRONT LOT ON SANDY BEACH IN GATED community. Approx 7100 sq. ft. $499,900 terms avail. Call Mary for appt. (480) 6261014 or local (638) 102-3024. (#115-24)

SAVE THE DREAM COLDWELL BANKER ROCKY POINT Sells more real estate in Rocky Point than any other company. If you need to sell your property immediately, please contact one of the professionals at COLDWELL BANKER ROCKY POINT who can assess your current situation and get your property sold – CASH FOR KEYS! Email Call from the U.S. (602) 334-4134 Mexico 383-4699 SAVE THE DREAM (#140-4) SERVICES READY TO GET INTO THE BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE? I’m ready to help. Personal Training by Matt is back! As always, free initial consultation! BellaSirenaPT@, Cell (602) 628-5029 Local (044-638) 108-2000 Ext5103. (#157-39) AZ NOTARY SERVICES AVAILABLE BY FULL-TIME Puerto Peñasco resident. Contact Clint Oberholzer at MX cell (044-638) 105-2262 or from the US at (520) 334-1648. (#157-40) CLEANING SERVICES BY CARLOS - QUALITY AND reliable. 20 years of experience with cleaning and maintenance. Serving all of Rocky Point. English speaking. (011-521-638) 104-4762, local cell (044-638) 104-4762. (#157-38) DON’T GET CUT OFF! BILL PAYING SERVICE with 42 years experience for Rocky Point & Cholla Bay Residents! See Patty at Mexico Bonito Realty on Cholla Rd one block from the Highway or call (011-52-638) 383-5737 or 383-4111. In the U.S. call (602) 4761837. Visit website at or email us at or patricia@mexicobonitorealty. com. (#157-4) PET SITTING SERVICE - DON’T WORRY about your animals for a day, week or month! Vacation with peace of mind. I will look after your cats or dogs. Lots of experience with animals! Phone Nancy at (011-52-638) 383-1012. (#157-21) SHUTTLE SERVICE HEAD OUT TO ROCKY POINT - door to door shuttle service from Phoenix to Rocky Point. Group and one-way rates available. Wanna Go? Let Us Know! Email, phone in the U.S. (602) 971-0166 or U.S. Toll Free (866) 4432368. No waiting in border lines when you ride with us! (#158-3) SOLAR EQUIPMENT WIND & SOLAR POWER SYSTEM - COMPLETE, 6 sun extender AGM 2V, 915 Amp hour batteries. Sunforce 400 watt wind generator with internal charge control. 100 watt solar panel. 30 Amp solar charge controller XANTREX LINK 1000 digital system monitor. $3500 retail value, all for $2000. (602) 482-8659. (#163-1) TRAILERS FOR SALE FOR SALE - 36’ FIFTH WHEEL – 2 SLIDE outs, dual a/c, w/d, microwave, completely furnished, linen, dishes, cooking utensils, 12x20, brick patio with metal, awning, satellite ready, $8000 USD. Call US (480) 202-7766 or (480) 684-3637. Playa de Oro RV Park space #443. (#176-2)

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)

35FT 1996 CHATEAU MILLENNIUM 2000-In excellent condition and very clean. Bamboo flooring in both bedrooms & living room. Sleeps 10 (4bunks in rear, queen bed in front, table and couch make beds). Tinted windows, new blinds, new awning & all exterior metal, tongue and tanks recently painted. Roof has been resealed. All appliances & air conditioner in good working condition. $4,200 USD. For more information, contact Rick at (801) 232-6395 or email rlw6395@hotmail. com. (#176-3)



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)

HTE WEBDESIGN – WEB DESIGN, MAINTENANCE, RADIO advertising, networking. Herbert Maasen, office: (602) 9033972. or email: (#194-1)


REAL ESTATE SERVICES 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)

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By Chef Mickey 2012 IRON CHEF WINNER!

Chicken Cacciatore Hello again, I am still so happy after winning, for the second time, the honor of being chosen as your Rocky Point IRON CHEF 2012, at the annual Taste of Peñasco Competition. Now, I have this exquisite recipe for this edition of the Rocky Point Times Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients... One whole chicken 1 oz. flour Salt to taste Pepper to taste Olive oil as needed 2 oz. onion (medium diced) 1 oz. dry white wine 4 oz. demi-glace 3 oz. mushrooms (sliced) 5 oz. tomato concasse 1 garlic clove (minced) ¼ teaspoon lemon zest (grated)


A)   Clean and disjoint chicken B)   Season chicken with salt & pepper and dredge in flour C)   Sauté chicken in the olive oil until lightly brown. Remove and reserve D)   Sauté onion in the same oil. E)   Deglace the pan with the wine and reduce liquid. F)   Add the demi-glace and reduce the sauce as desired G)   Add the mushrooms, tomato concasse, garlic, lemon zest, and salt & pepper to taste, stir the mixture well. mends that m co re y e H)   Cover and braise until chicken k ic Chef M ghetti a sp h it w is is done. Split chicken in half and th you serve .  d a re b ic partially de-bone, serve one half per rl a and tasty g order, coated with sauce.   We’re waiting for you at Chef Mickey’s Place – the place of the Iron Chef 2012 Winner! We are located on Blvd. Fremont in Plaza del Sol. For reservations call (011-52-638) 388-9500.



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Rocky Point Volunteering Opportunities CONTINUED FROM PAGE 40

If you are able to make a donation but not volunteer, this organization always is in need of 20 to 40 pound sacks of rice and beans. They have additional needs - check with Margarita. Margarita and Pastor Noe speak little English; but they understand quite a bit and Englishspeaking volunteers are often around to help with translating.   #2. Casa Hogar (Nursing Home).  Where: Ave. Miguel Hidalgo and Josefa Ortiz de Dominquez intersections.  From Boulevard Fremont look for road signs to Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez.  Not every intersection is well-marked.  This facility is fully fenced, on the SW corner of the intersection, and has a sign.  Lovely nuns from Mexico operate this, and the director speaks sufficient English. Volunteering: Opportunities do exist to visit with the elders, sing for them, serve food, help clean, etc.    However, for privacy and safety reasons, it is best to first meet with the director and get acquainted and be sure of what level of comfort they have. Residents and their needs change from time to time. Donations: This residence is often in need of case-loads of adult diapers, paper goods (toilet paper, etc), food to feed up to 40 including staff. Ask the director about these needs also. She lives on site and leaves only once a day for an hour or so to take care of errands. #3. Pet Abandonment. This is a big challenge. Different organizations serve animals that have been abandoned. Dog and cat food is always  needed. Check with the organizations in this newspaper for details. There are good vets in Rocky Point, should you decide to consider adopting a pet and taking it to the US. You’ll need shots and a travel certificate to get the animal into the US. The local vets know what is needed as this occurs dozens of times each year at each veterinarian’s office.   #4. Life along the Railroad Tracks. If you’ve never spent a day visiting people who create a house from building materials which others take to the dump, try this one day. WHERE: Boulevard Fremont, heading north to the RR tracks, for example, or off the main highway into town as it becomes B. Juarez – turn onto Boulevard S. Ocaña heading west. As you approach the RR tracks, go either right or left. Park about 10 – 20 houses in from the main road. Be sure that you are facing the houses that are made of a large variety of left-

over building materials, small, usually no electricity or water.   SUPPLIES: Take 6 loaves of bread, and about 100 pieces each of bologna and cheese. Butter or mayo and knives to spread it. Napkins. Paper cups and a 5 gallon water jug. HOW: Open the back lid of your SUV, or a door of your car when you arrive, and start making sandwiches.    One of you can stop at any house where someone is outside and offer a freshly made sandwich and water.  I’ve never had any  one refuse, and have done this for years with hundreds of families.   VISIT WITH THEM: Ask them how long they have lived at this home, where they are from, how old the children are. They enjoy visiting and appreciate your generosity.  BENEFIT: You’ll see a side of life that you may never see elsewhere. The people are just like you, and they appreciate the chance to talk with you and enjoy a freshly made sandwich. DONATIONS: Most anything you have that is clean and in working order is of value as a donation here. If they personally do not need it, they can trade your donation for something others have.   #5. Rocky Point Times. Read this monthly publication and you’ll see over time many more events, organizations and ways you can donate or volunteer to do some good. You will make friends and appreciate others more for what they are doing as well. Author: Linda Sharp. M.Ed., is a contributing writer for the Rocky Point Times. She lives in Ajo, AZ and is in Rocky Point several times a year, most often bringing small groups of visitors who also like to volunteer. Linda works with seniors who are downsizing, moving into assisted living, and adults with memory loss. She copyrights her articles. For reprint info contact the author:


Rocky Point Times March 2012  

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