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ADVERTISERINDEX & SEPTEMBEREVENTS Grijalva, Ernesto, D.D.S.....................383-3434

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

(52) México’s Country Code (638) Puerto Peñasco’s City Code Also see our General Information Section

CALLING FROM THE U.S. dial 011-52-638 and the 7-digit number listed

CALLING WITHIN MEXICO dial 01 + area code + 7-digit number Mexico Numbers, located outside of Peñasco, are listed with 01 + area code and number.



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


InnSuites Hotel......................... (888) 466-7848 JJ’s Cantina........................................383-2785


La Casa del Capitán Restaurant........383-5698 La Cocina de Ramón............................388-5362 Laguna Shores Golf & Country Club....383-4670


Mare Blu Bistro....................................388-5734 Mare Blu Ristorante............................383-0605 Mexican Beach Developers......(520) 777-0018 or..........................................044-638-384-7145 Mexico Bonito Bill Paying Service.......383-5737 Muebles Imperiales…........................383-6480


Cellular phones listed in this index start with 044-638. Follow the instructions below to dial a cellullar phone correctly.

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


Peñasco Marine.................................383-3700 Petals & Perfums...............................383-5758 Pizarrro, Rita........388-8030/044-638-386-5203 Playa Bonita Resort...........................383-2586 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 Pápago.......................044-638-385-1301 Premium Services.....383-5758/(602) 476-1187 Puerta Privada..........................(480) 445-9200 Puesta del Sol Restaurant................383-2586 Q-R-S Salerno, Rosarie...383-6099/044-638-384-7145 Sanborns Insurance..................(800) 222-0158 Seaside Window Coverings...............383-5181 Sonora Solar......................................382-5010 Sun Country México Real Estate.......382-5147 Sun Valley Services............................383-8891

from a land line dial 044 + 638 + 7-digit number from local cell to cell dial 638 + 7-digit number U.S. cells can vary how you dial when in Rocky Point. AT&T International plan works the best. Sometimes you may have to dial 044 + 638 + 7-digit number.

FROM OTHER PARTS OF MEXICO TO PUERTO PEÑASCO cell to cell dial 045 + 638 + 7-digit number calling other cities, you will need to know their city code and then replace (above) the 638 with that city code.

U.S. AREA CODES & VOIP LINES U.S. numbers are listed with (brackets) around the area code. Some businesses have. VOIP lines are now widely used in Rocky Point.

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Ajo Satellite Sales....................(520) 387-4846 Aleman, Victor.......................044-638-105-7839


Beauty Design Studio by Gloria........383-8500 Bill Paying Service by Patricia Perez...383-5737 Biosfera Dry Cleaners.......................383-3929 Bórquez, Ricardo, Atty........388-6110/(520) 407-6756 Brooks, Dee........................................383-3919



Tom’s Pharmacy.......................(520) 387-7080 Tom Thomas Home Inspection ....................044-638-110-4728/(602) 748-4134 Turati Optical......................................383-4645 Twin Dolphins Real Estate and Rentals ..................................383-3919/(602) 324-7241


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


Xochitl’s Cafe (Sally’s Cholla Cafe)...382-5283 Yolanda Silva Insurance....................383-6280



Cruz Roja (Red Cross).............................................383-2266

Port Captain.............................................................383-3035

Desert Senita Community Health Center.......(520) 387-5651



Gonzalez AmeriClinic..............................................388-7676

Puerto Peñasco Station...........................383-2626/383-1616

ELECTRIC (Emergency dial...071)

State Judicial Police (Policía Judicial del Estado)......383-2783

Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE)..................383-2684


FIRE DEPARTMENT (Emergency dial...068)

Seguridad Pública Municipal...................383-2626/383-1616

Departamento de Bomberos..................................383-2828




Departamento de Pesca..........................................383-2408


RED CROSS (See Cruz Roja)

Oficina de Pesca, San Diego, CA..................(619) 233-4324

SkyMed Air Ambulance.............................001-866-805-9624



Instituto Méxicano del Seguro Social......383-2677/383-2777





GAS (Propane)

Teléfonos de México................................................383-2780


U.S. CONSULATES (in Mexico)

HOSPITALS (See Clinics also)


Community....383-4566/IMSS (Social Security).......383-2870

Dial from the U.S..................................011-52-631-313-4820

Clínica San José.......................................................383-5121


Clínica Santa Fe.......................................383-2447/383-4040



Oomapas.......383-6080/Organismo Operador........383-6080

& Important Phone Numbers



Eddie Wharez............383-8633/(602) 324-9328 Family of God.....................................383-3480 Galería del Mar Bermejo....................383-3488 Galería Luis y Gaby.............................383-7174 Giuseppi’s Espresso..........................383-5181 Glorias Beauty Salon........................383-5075

Thursday 1st Oyster Experience Guided Tour with CEDO. Call 3820113 for info. Friday 2nd Labor Day Weekend begins! Saturday 3rd Pinacate Biosphere Adventure Guided Tour with CEDO and Hike the Sand Dunes with CEDO. Call 382-0113 for info. Monday 5th Labor Day (USA) 10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meet San Jorge Island Tour and Snorkeling with CEDO. Call 382-0113 for info. Tuesday 6th Explore Morua Estuary with CEDO. Call 382-0113. 6PM American Legion Post MX-15 meets (Oct.-June) Wednesday 7th SOBS Business Meeting

Look for these Events COMING IN OCTOBER! • Si Peñasco Bus Tour to Puerto Peñasco. Call Jerry Ketelhut at (602) 866-2969 for more info. • The Beach Bash Party and Fundraiser at La Cocina de Ramon. • Peñasco Palooza Sunset Cruise with the All-Stars • Jazz Festival • Peñasco Palooza Wet ‘n Wild Party at Chango’s • Cervantino Festival • Peñasco Palooza Sonoran Sea Pool Party and Volleyball Tournament • Peñasco Palooza Concert featuring musicians performing their hits from the groups they were a part of… Boston, Aerosmith, Steve Miller Band, Moody Blues, Tower of Power, Sammy Hagar, and more!! VIP tickets available (goodie bags, VIP seating and lots more). Check out their ad in this issue. Get your tickets now! • Fall Classic Thunder on the Beach Raceway • Buffet Dinner Party and Fundraiser at La Cocina de Ramon Restaurant. • Fiestas de Agua y Sol • Parrot Mafia Concert

Clínica Santa María.................................................383-2440

Contra Plagas.......383-8787/044-638-110-1625


Deadline for photo entries for JJ’s Go The Distance Contest!

Saturday 10th Oyster Experience Guided Tour with CEDO. Lots of Ajo Events today: 8-10AM Farmer’s Market in the Ajo Plaza; 10AM Guided tour of Plaza that highlights the 1900s “City Beautiful” movement; 10AM2PM Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge open; 10AM-2PM Clay Studio in the Manual Arts Bldg. on the Curley School campus is open; 2PM Crafts Class at The Cafeteria Gallery; Sunset at Child’s Mountain; Live entertainment, food and drink available from vendors in the Plaza from 6-9PM; Ice Cream Social in the Plaza from 6:30-8:30PM with Mariachi Music and vocalist/guitarist Randy Albaugh. And lots more events… See the article in this month’s edition. Monday 12th Full Moon Discover the Tidepools with CEDO. Call 382-0113. Tuesday 13th 5:30PM Uncommon Women on Common Ground Social Club meets. Wednesday 14th Explore Morua Estuary with CEDO. Call 382-0113. Thursday 15th El Grito – Festivities begin the night before Independence Day all over town and around the Municipal Building on the corner of Blvd. Fremont and Benito Juarez. Friday 16th Dia de La Independencia Monday 19th Discover the Tidepools with CEDO. Call 382-0113. Friday 23rd 6PM-11:30PM Cheeseburgers for Charity in Litchfield Park, AZ. Mark Mulligan and Sam Rainwater perform. Sunday 25th Oyster Experience Guided Tour with CEDO. Monday 26th 1PM Red Hat Ladies Luncheon at Brother’s Pizza. Thursday 29th Explore Morua Estuary with CEDO. Call 382-0113.


Casa de Carolina Rentals..................383-5482 Coldwell Banker Rocky Point............383-4699 or..................044-638-112-1197/(602) 334-4134

D’Lucy Spa........................(044-638) 105-8993 Dr. Grijalva, D.D.S................................383-3434 Dr. Socorro, D.D.S.........................................383-4898 Dr. Vázquez, M.D.................................383-3014 Don Julio Bar & Grill.............................388-0056

EVERYDAY -American Legion Post MX-15 open 12pm-7pm -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 $1, Adults $3. Located on the road to Las Conchas. Phone 382-0010 for more info. MONDAYS -10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English). -6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish). TUESDAYS -2PM CEDO Free Public Tour at their facility in Las Conchas. Look for the giant Fin Whale Skeleton. Fun experience for the entire family. Phone 382-0113 for more info. -CBSC – Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club meets once a month (on Tues. or Sat.). WEDNESDAYS -SOBS – South of the Border Singles meet every Wednesday for Happy Hour at Playa Bonita Resort. First Wed. of every month is business meeting. -5PM – Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish). THURSDAYS -3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. Everyone welcome. -4PM Bingo (Loteria) at Casa Hogar, Home for the Elderly. Everyone welcome to participate. FRIDAYS -8AM AA “Freebirds” newcomers/book study meeting. Call 382-5001 for more info. SATURDAYS -4PM CEDO Free Public Tour in Las Conchas. Everyone welcome. Look for the giant Fin Whale Skeleton. Call 382-0113 for more info. -10AM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (English). -6PM Alcoholics Anonymous meets (Spanish). SUNDAYS -9AM Non-Denominational Worship Services with Family of God. Located at their new location on Blvd. Costera N 2000A (in the old Las Palmas office bldg.). Everyone welcome. Church Office: 383-3480. -3PM Dart Tournament at the Pink Cadillac in El Mirador. Everyone welcome.


CITY HALL (Municipal Building) H. Ayuntamiento de Peñasco..................383-2056/383-2060 CLINICS

Clínica Santa Isabel (Maternity)...............................383-3645


(Emergency 462/627/767)

Comandante Rene Barranco Zarate

Piteco (water tank delivery).....................................383-3315 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. MONTHLY CIRCULATION/DISTRIBUTION Our newspapers are hand delivered in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico and in the U.S. to Lukeville, Why, Ajo, Gila Bend, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Prescott and Sedona, Arizona. We bulk mail over 500 newspapers each month to more than 36 U.S. States, Canada and the Virgin Islands. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are bulk mailed from Lukeville, AZ every month. We Have Bulk Mail Permit 1. 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. Ad prices are in USD, charged per month, and do not include I.V.A. WE OFFER CONTRACTS & DISCOUNT PRICING AD DEADLINE 10th of the month, preceeding publication CLASSIFIEDS ADS $15 USD for 25 words • 20¢ per word thereafter LOGO CLASSIFIED ADS: $55 + word count of ad Classified ads are placed for free on our website and will read exactly the same. 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 VOIP: (480) 463-6255 EMAIL ADDRESS & WEBSITE Facebook and Twitter CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rita Pizarro, Alice Omang, Rosarie Salerno, Linda Sharp, Pat Goodin, Dave & Debby Penn, Jim Nicoll, Nancy Phelan, Cap ‘n Greg, Sally Dalton, Bryan Blow, Anita K., Zack Paliscak, Presidente Alejandro Zepeda, Sandy Spain, Eddie Wharez, Richard Savino, Johnny Calamari and Gretchen Ellinger ROCKY POINT TIMES STAFF Tom O’Hare - Editor/Publisher Sandra O’Hare - Managing Editor Lannette Phipps - Graphic Artist Alicia Grajeda - Administrative Executive Claudia Rivas - Account Executive PRINTING The Rocky Point Times is printed in Mexico PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSION Upbeat, fun, and interesting articles and photos always welcome. Please include an SASE if you would like it returned. Email or SnailMail your article/photo to us. Please include your contact info. in the event we need to reach you. Feel free to contact us prior to sending your items to make sure they are in the right format. The Rocky Point Times reserves the right not to print any article or photo, and to edit content as the Editor sees fit. We do not guarantee placement, but do make every effort, so please note any special requests you may have. The Rocky Point Times is not responsible for the content of any advertising, nor has it attempted to verify any ad claims. Content contained in this publication is not authorized to be copied or reproduced without the permission of the Editor and Advertiser or Contributing Writer.

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Editorial by Tom O’Hare Many times, I have said that every day is a learning curve living in Mexico. Having lived in Rocky Point for twenty years I am used to being stopped in a road block, either by the local police passing out literature, checking for alcohol, seat belts, etc. Or by the Army, who are dressed in their camouflage uniforms, carrying AK-47’s and driving Hummers with machine guns on the roof. They, for the most part, are checking for drugs and every so often the Federales, driving their black highway patrol cars, set up a check point looking for stolen vehicles and all of the above. Last weekend my nephew, Rusty was visiting and, after a day of swimming, running my dune buggy up and down Competition Hill and finishing the day off with tacos at my favorite restaurant on Calle 13, we headed back to the Ranchito. I told Rusty, who was driving, let’s take the back road through the desert, which we did. We were headed north on Ave. Constitution past the prison. It was very dark out and to make matters worse, the buggy headlights only shine about 30 ft. in front of you. So we were cruising about 30 MPH when all of the sudden - in the middle of nowhere - we were blinded by bright lights, headlights, spotlights and flashlights. Rusty was yelling, “What do I do?” when a nanosecond later I saw the outline of a Humvee and a camouflage uniform. I yelled back, “STOP! And turn off the motor,” which is exactly what Rusty did. Then an Army man, surrounded by others of his kind, all with AK-47 rifles, stepped toward us and asked us where we were going? I explained that I lived in Club Lomas Campestres and that we were on our way home. The Army man then simply said, “Have a nice night”. From lights on to lights off it was probably no more than three minutes, but it too my nephew about 10 minutes to stop shaking. He then said to me, “I don’t know what I would have done if I were by myself. All those guns. No lights. Out in the middle of nowhere. I was scared! I thought they might be bandits. If I wasn’t with you I would have probably stepped on the gas.” I said, “It’s a good thing you didn’t,” because I honestly didn’t know what they would have done if he didn’t stop. The lesson learned that night was…that if you’re not familiar with the local way of doing things, it’s best to stay on the well-travelled and/or paved streets and highways - especially at night. (Rusty also claimed that he sharted himself, but he’ll have to explain that one to you!) A few weeks ago we got several calls from people who were upset because

a lot of their supplies that they were bringing with them to Rocky Point were confiscated at the border by the Mexican Border Agents. One family said that the agents had taken all their meat, eggs, cheeses, etc. After doing some checking I found out that, just like the U.S. Customs, there is basically a laundry list of food items that are not allowed to be brought into Mexico. And, like the U.S., the Agriculture “Not Allowed List” is in a constant state of revision. As I was writing this Editorial a gentleman, who had lived here in Rocky Point for fifteen years, was stopped at the border and was told that the bag of dog food he was bringing was not allowed, but he could pass this time only. I caught a red light that same day and I had a dozen eggs, case of beer, two steaks, two chicken thighs and a few other items in small quantity and after a thorough check I was allowed to pass through. It’s my opinion that, while the regulations have always been on the books, they were not rigidly enforced because Rocky Point is located within the “Free Zone”. And for many years there were many food items that were not available in Rocky Point, as we were a relatively small city. Today, our city has grown and we have three large markets: Super Ley, Santa Fe and Bodega Aurrera, which is an affiliate of Wal-Mart. Today there are very few items that one cannot find in Peñasco so I am of the mind that Mexico is trying to prevent people from bringing large quantities of various items and encouraging visitors and resident to shop locally. The Agriculture Agents seem to be very adamant on not bringing beef and seafood into the country. They also caution against eggs, cheese, milk and chicken so, if you need to bring these items with you, make sure you only bring a small quantity and be aware that they may be taken away from you. Just be prepared if you happen to catch a red light at the border. They do have a website of banned items, but it is not updated so we are trying to get a current list and find a way to keep our readers updated. Last, but not least, never, never have a pistol, riffle, or ammunition, or even a spare spent shell case in your vehicle. Speaking about the border - I was crossing into the U.S. last week and a van, with seven people in it, were in front of me. Normally, it only takes a few minutes for the agents to process your passport and ask a few questions. But this time I waited what seemed like an hour, but was probably 15 or so minutes. When I finally was passed up to the customs agent I asked her what the problem was with the van in front of


me? She said, in an exasperated voice, that none of the passengers had passports and they had to basically tumble around looking for proof of their citizenship (driver’s licenses, voter ID’s, etc.). Our readers all know you have to have your Passport or some other form of WHTI approved document to cross back into the U.S. and, when leaving Mexico and entering the United States, you can speed up the process by having your passport or its equivalent open and ready to pass to the agent. You can also help by rolling down all of your vehicle windows, say where you are coming from, and if you have anything to declare. When you are entering Mexico and are stopped by U.S. Agents, roll the windows down and say where you are going and that you have no guns, ammunition, drugs and are not carrying over $10,000 USD. If you follow these few rules it will speed up the entire process, making lines go faster and it makes the agent’s job a little easier. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for October 28th, 29th and 30th for our next semi-annual El Golfo Run. You can call our office at (011-52-638) 3836325 or email at rockypointtimes@ for reservations. We have posted some pictures from previous runs on our Facebook Page – go and take a look and remember to “Like” us while you’re there. We’ll be posting a lot more in the coming months. Congratulations to Julio who now has four restaurants: Mare Blu in Old Port, Mare Blu and Mi Familia on Sandy Beach and the newest edition Don Julio’s on Blvd. Fremont, one block south of Sinaloa (formerly Hacienda Las Fuentes). See their full page ad in this edition of the Rocky Point Times. On a final note, I would like to thank our graphic artist, Bety, for her four years that she has worked for this newspaper. Bety recently resigned so that she could devote more time to promote her own business as a freelance graphic artist. We are sad to see her go. Bety’s replacement is also a very talented graphic artist and we are very, very happy to have her back on staff. Not only is she a graphic artist, but also a contributing writer. Some of you may remember her as the author of “The Eats” column. Welcome back, our daughter, Lannette!



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Who’s Crossing the Border Now? By Anita Kaltenbaugh You never know who walks into town. In a sleepy little village like Rocky Point, Mexico, you might just be surprised who you rub shoulders with on the sandy beach. In June, Rocky Point, Mexico was teeming with traveling gringos. Many hailed from Phoenix, Tucson and some traveled mega mileage to celebrate the 20th year of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers Circus Mexicus XX concert (if you haven’t listened to his music yet, you need to check him out on ITunes or his website, you won’t be disappointed). Among the countless Roger Clyne fans rambling through the sand, Micah Albert, a world known international reporter and photojournalist (and a Roger Clyne enthusiast) was in attendance. Check out Micah, a global traveler of 50 countries found himself with an opportunity to retreat to the shores of the Sea of Cortez to photograph Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers Circus Mexicus XX concert. A new destination, a site he had never visited, not on his radar screen of international reporting, Puerto Peñasco, Mexico was in Micah’s words an “incredible trip”. A true intercontinental voyager, Micah had just returned from war torn countries before stepping foot on Peñasco’s beach. He was snapping photos of Roger Clyne at a charity soccer tournament, held the morning of the Circus Mexicus concert on the beach at the new bar and cantina, Wrecked at the Reef. After chatting with him about his world traveling profession and photo journalism experience, I was curious about his encounters and his first impression of our little beach haven in Mexico.    Here’s what he had to say: Q- What are the last 5 countries you visited before landing in Rocky Point? Micah- Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Jordan, Chad (Wow!) Q- Being an international con-

tributor to The New York Times, The Associated Press and BBC world, you have traveled all over the world and witnessed such diversity through your lens.. What is the one image found in your lens that most sticks in your mind? Micah-“ I’ve seen a lot of things I don’t want anyone to see, they all run together,… there’s the people you meet, like at someone’s house cooking dinner… but the last trip to Yemen the old city in Yemen, one of my favorite places on the planet, one of the last few pre-Islamic cities. Well, this last trip to Yemen… I got to spend the entire day in the old city wandering around, on my own, got to sit by myself in a corner, in a coffee shop, walking alone through an alley, not really as a tourist, but meeting people, playing soccer in an alleyway, bakers welcoming me in to bake…”… these are the images that stick in his mind. Micah adds that since he travels to countries where you arrive in the airport and there is no English option... such places makes him feel

a little bit of an ambassador, he drives the point home “you might be the only American they may ever meet”. Q-We have lots of budding young photographers who visit Rocky Point and read Rocky Point Times, what one piece of advice can you offer to a young photographer who wants to become a photojournalist and see the world like you?

Micah- “network, network, network” and he adds “not just by social media” Q-You shot some fantastic images of Rocky Point and the Roger Clyne Circus Mexicus concert, what impressed you the most about our little fishing beach town? Micah-  “Other than Roger Clyne?…, how much it reminded me of the coast along the Red Sea and the climate is so similar” (very interesting as the Red Sea has extreme tides like Rocky Point).   Q-Did you find a favorite spot while in town? Micah- “I didn’t get out a whole lot…A house I went to in Cholla Bay was a cool spot...and Mr. Fish Taco in Cholla Bay...   Q-A lot of our readers love to come to Rocky Point and enjoy the Sea of Cortez and the beach life in their free time and vacations…what is your favorite thing to do when you are not working or traveling the world? Micah- “Cooking… anything. I really love to cook and love to open a restaurant someday” (maybe we can get him to pick Rocky Point for his restaurant destination in the future)   Q-If asked to describe Rocky Point to travelers in a few words how would you sum it up? Micah- “Gorgeous beaches and weather, not overly impacted area that is super close.”   Micah who calls home in Northern California with his wife and daughter was amazed at the climate, topography

of Puerto Peñasco and tried to explain it to his friends and family. He stated they were amazed how close it was to Phoenix and easy to get to in under a 4 hour drive. He discussed the stark topography and monochromatic atmosphere that he and his father both love. Like many of us who visit unique places, we all know a special place when we see one. Puerto Peñasco is one of those out of the ordinary places. Arizona›s ocean front property, only 3.5 hours from Phoenix,

surprises newcomers with its quick travel time and stark beauty. Micah’s photos, outstanding and vivid, capture the raw emotion and quiet beauty of Puerto Peñasco, so many Arizonians and Rocky Point fans have witnessed. Check out Micah’s blog and photos/videos of Roger Clyne, Circus Mexicus and Puerto Peñasco. “Micah is represented by Redux Pictures, who has documented and brought attention to major world issues in Sudan, DR Congo, Syria, Yemen, Chad, Central African Republic, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Kenya and many others. His regular clients  include, The New York Times, Newsweek, BBC World, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Times, World Policy Journal, The Sacramento Bee, British Airways, Business Week, Runner’s World, Lonely Planet, The North Face, The World Food Programme, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, among others.” (Bio on Micah’s blog)

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AMPI Chapter 51, Puerto Peñasco

By Richard Savino, President Looking back on the real estate activity for the month of July, it appears that buyers pulled back from our market. The volumes were down as were the median measurements of activity. This pull back could be caused by any number of reasons; the summer heat and humidity, the long standing bad press that has disproportionately affected Puerto Peñasco, the continuing bad economy in AZ and, in general, the USA. Because all closed and sold transactions only numbered 8 for the month and were all priced at less than $160,000, one may speculate that buyers in the $200-400,000 range have become concerned or nervous about purchasing. This timing coincides with the high profile US government debt and deficit negotiations and this may have played a role in July’s low sold volume. While there are anecdotal reports of a consistent level of potential buyers looking at properties, obviously many did not venture above even the $100,000 level as the average sale price for July was only $78,800.00. While residential listings were slightly fewer for 2011 year to date compared to 2010, the number of solds, pending transactions, average and median sold prices all declined compared to July 30, 2010. Hopefully, Rocky Point real estate experienced only a summer swoon and activity will pick up in the September and October months. Considering all the dire USA economic news of late, I thought it interesting to note what the economic results of Mexico are in comparison. One of the most widely used measurements of economic activity is the Gross Domestic Product (%). Below is a comparison between the countries for the last 3 quarters (source:

Country 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr 4th Qtr United States 1.60% 2.20% 3.10% Mexico N/A 4.60% 4.40% While Mexico’s 2nd quarter has not yet been announced, it is strikingly obvious that Mexico’s economy is in far better shape than is the USA’s. Mexico’s economic strength is evidenced by its increase in manufacturing exports in 2010 by 25%, oil exports increased by 40% and consumer imports increased by 27%, showing increased consumption in the domestic sector. The State of Sonora ranks high in Mexico’s manufacturing for export states. Sonora is ranked number 7 out of 18 states that manufacture goods for export. Sonora has 93,467 employees dedicated to this sector representing 249 companies. The Sonoran cities with the majority of this growth are: Hermosillo, Nogales, San Luis Colorado and Guaymas. Should you have any questions about this real estate data please consult your AMPI Realtor who can provide you with additional pertinent data customized for your use. I also encourage our readers to visit our AMPI Puerto Peñasco website, www., where there is meaningful information for your review including a list of AMPI members and a section devoted to frequently asked questions. Be sure to enlist the services of an AMPI professional for all your real estate needs. Richard Savino President – AMPI Puerto Penasco Rocky Point Resort Properties

Sonora State law requires Real Estate Agents to be licensed. AMPI (Association of Mexican Real Estate Professionals) is the sister organization to NAR (National Association of Realtors) in the USA. Actually AMPI Associates are also NAR Members and our members are committed to excellence. We encourage you to visit our association’s website at and learn more about whom we are and what we have to offer you and call one of us TODAY!

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Finding Paradise By Sandy Spain New location Recently while looking for some new bar stools I thought I would drop in at one of my favorite shops, Consign and Design. Well I discovered that they had moved from the Old Port area to Fremont Blvd. They are now located just across from Melanie Plaza, in the building that had been a convenience store with storage units around it. So of course I started talking to the owner, Jill, about how she discovered Puerto Peñasco.

Jill and Tammy in front of the new store location

Vacation and a warm climate In Bend Oregon Jill and her sister operated the largest consignment furniture store, De Ja Vu, in the Northwest. They each took 2 months of vacation in the winter. Jill headed for a warmer climate and was in Palm Springs when a friend from Arizona visited her there and suggested that she check out the beach town of Puerto Peñasco. What Jill didn’t know at the time, was that her friend had never been here, but just had heard about it. So Jill came in her motorhome to check it out. She found a booming community, in 2003, with the condo construction in full swing. The town was not exactly the “fishing village” that her friend had told her about. Falling in love with the area, she figured that if she sold her business and her home in Oregon she could buy a home here and retire. Well she did that, all except the retire part.

Back to work Jill soon discovered that her retirement fund wasn’t as robust as it needed to be so she looked for an opportunity, and in 2004 she opened Jill’s Place (aka Paradise Bar and Grill) in the Mirador area and was also working in sales at the Sonoran Resorts.. After an accident in 2006 Jill closed that business. After recovering for a while in Tucson and Puerto Peñasco, she once again looked for a business opportunity and decided to get back into her old business, furniture consignment. She met a friend here who had been in the clothing consignment business. Together they opened Consign and Design in 2007. One part was furniture and household accessories and the other clothing, shoes, purses and jewelry. The business was located in the old Costa Brava restaurant building. Dahlia also shared space with Consign and Design providing manicures and pedicures. After her partner moved, Tammy joined Jill to handle the clothing side of the business. Tammy is from Canada and came to Puerto Peñasco via Mesa, Arizona in 2008 with a friend. She loved the relaxing, “leave your worries at the border” atmosphere and she too began to look for business opportunities when the clothing consignment became available. Changes For a while the clothing was moved to a separate location, also in the Old Port area. As hard economic times hit Puerto Peñasco, Jill started looking for a new location that would be easier to manage and, after a plumbing mishap, Tammy needed to relocate as well. So that led them to the current location on Blvd. Fremont. Of course, Dahlia came along with the manicure and pedicure service. The new location is very convenient, easy to find, has paved parking and it is one story. Having the storage units on the premises

gives Jill the opportunity to easily rotate her inventory and continually give the store a fresh look.

location. You’ll often find Virginia at the counter and ready to answer any of your questions and give you the assistance that you need. The new location is not completely set up as the ladies would like, but it is well on its way. So if you need anything for your home or your wardrobe be sure and stop by. Not only have I sold my consigned items there, I have also bought a lot of things. So much for my plan to downsize!!

Manicure/Pedicure area Jill and Tammy showing some of the stores Merchandise

Another piece of the puzzle Fernando and Virginia, who moved here from Mesa 3 years ago work with Jill at Consign and Design and they are also partners in another store on Boulevard Samuel Ocaña, called Para Ti. To find Para Ti, from Benito Juarez turn on to Samuel Ocaña and it will be on your left just before the second stop sign, next door to Pizzeria Delizzia.

Virginia, always ready to help

Lupe No visit to Consign and Design is complete without stopping to greet Lupe, Jill’s Rhodesian Ridgeback, that is, if she doesn’t greet you first.

Lupe, store greeter? Maybe store napper! Fernando with daughters Iliana and Denise

Unfortunately Dahlia was not available for our “photo session” but as you can see, there is a very nice manicure/pedicure area in the new

Paradise Found From Oregon, Canada, and Arizona 4 more folks, and a dog, find a home, new friends and new business opportunities in the paradise that is Puerto Peñasco.

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Ask Cap’n Greg I

don’t think you folks will ever run out of questions. In fact, I’m thinking of opening an information booth down on the Malecon. Instead of money, maybe I’d charge one can of Tecate Light for each answer. Trouble is, it wouldn’t be long before my wife would be asking, “What made you think you had to drink all that beer?” Anyway, here’s another bunch. Q: Why do some cars in Rocky Point have water jugs tied to the top of their hoods? A: Those may look like water jugs, but they are actually radiator reservoirs. Salt air does serious damage to metal, and car radiators rust out like everything else. When fluid drips out of the radiator, the jug sends enough water to it through a hose so the engine won’t overheat too bad. That set-up is mostly for in-town driving. So if you see a car with a hood-mounted water jug between Rocky Point and the border, the driver is either a taco short of a Mexican Lunch Special, or he’s expecting a significant miracle from Our Lady of the Highway. Q: When I come to a Rocky Point intersection with a stop light or stop sign, I stop. Are there other people besides emergency vehicles who have an “It’s Okay to Run the Stop Sign” pass? A: You’d think so, wouldn’t you? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, do NOT assume other people — including those driving taxis, bicycles, dump trucks, ATCs, dune buggies, baby carriages, steamrollers, lowriders, or pickups trailering boats — will EVER come to a complete stop at a stop sign.

If you are in doubt (which should be 100% of the time) sit there and wait until the traffic clears the intersection before you move ahead. The jerk behind you who is honking his horn will either get over it, or pull around you to run the stop sign. Q: My favorite recipe calls for Philadelphia cream cheese, which I bought at Super Ley in Rocky Point. The package was the same as in the States, except for the Spanish words, but it wasn’t the same taste. What’s up with that? A: Processed foods sold under the same brand name use the same recipes, but not always chemically identical ingredients. For example, the sugar used in the States may be from sugar beets, while the sugar used somewhere else may be from sugar cane. So a product like Coke, that’s formulated and bottled in every country of the world, will taste slightly different wherever you happen to be. I personally find the Mexican version of Coke tastes slightly sweeter, but with enough rum added, you can’t tell the difference. Q: Why do the fish vendors on the Malecon wiggle shrimp at me as I drive by, when I know the things are already dead? A: The vendors are demonstrating their deep knowledge of shrimp physiology. They know exactly where to press the shrimp’s body to make the tail move. This movement is intended to show prospective buyers that the creature was alive and well not that long ago, and is still considered fresh. You should be glad they’re not selling chickens.

QUESTIONS FOR CAP’N GREG? Send your questions to Cap’n Greg c/o or write to at P.O. Box 887 Lukeville, AZ 85341

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“Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point Inc.” by Nancy Phelan

Animal adoptions are always slow during the summer months so, in this edition of the Rocky Point Times, we are including as many pictures of animals as we can in hopes that we can find good homes for the many kittens and puppies. NEW RESCUES Her name is Tiny… She is a lovable, friendly tiny Calico kitten with a broken leg. She was dumped in a trash can, but found her way to this center. Tiny is about 5 or 6 weeks old and is doing very well considering the very large cast on her front leg. Leona Leona is a pure bred Boxer and is in the front yard with 7 puppies and Rocky an older male neutered dog. Leona gets along with all the other babies as well. She has a very sweet disposition and needs a good forever home. Something happened to her right eye and she is blind. The family that had previously had her is unable to care for her and asked me to take her in. She is up to date with all her shots and will be spayed in the next month or so. Bisquit I found Bisquit in the street when he was about 3 weeks old. He still likes his bottle as you can see in the picture.

Skylar Skylar was a feral in Phoenix. She was trying to get into my daughter’s house to have her kittens. Not a good idea with 5 dogs that are not cat friendly. I was in Scottsdale with Sandy the Husky having his eyes removed. We managed to kennel Skylar and bring her back with Sandy. The next morn-

ing Skylar had her 5 little kittens beside my bed. Sky is pure white with one blue eye and one green eye. Sky has been spayed and her babies are ready for adoption. Other Tails Radar the large Black Lab found in the desert is ready for his forever home. He is just over a year old and gets along with all the other dogs and has been neutered.

Sandy is doing just fine after surgery to remove both eyes. He was diagnosed with Glaucoma, which is common among Huskies. We would love to find Sandy a forever home. He gets along just fine with other dogs and cats and maneuvers around very well. NEEDS We are always in need of monetary donations as the center expenses run over $3,000 USD per month, not counting medicine and supplies. We also have over 25 animals to spay/neuter in the next month or two. The next free spay/neuter clinic will not be until December. I have a slipped disk and am not able to lift the large bags and the large dogs like I have always done. Thank goodness for Dr. Crenshaw and his Acupuncture treatments. He is amazing. But I need to take it easy and hire additional help. I am full at this time and with adoptions being slow have stopped taking in more animals. I do wish there were additional places for the animals to go. Rocky Point

does need more rescues that take in animals in need and find them good homes. Many people help feed the animals on the streets. We do provide food when we have more than we need for the animals at the center. I would love to have land in Arizona to bring some of the unadoptable animals and the many cats that we have and need to get to a safe place. Dry dog, puppy, cat food (Kirkland Brand from Costco) Canned cat and kitten food *** Dry kitten food *** BIG NEED! Cat litter - non-clumping Litter pan liners Cleaning supplies including paper towels, bleach, disinfectant, laundry detergent, chlorine and Downey Flea and Tick spray Albon, Ivermectin and Panacur Please bring all supplies and donations to the center - just follow the map on this page. We do not receive donations that are left in other locations. We are located just behind and to the left (north) of the mission which was the old Villa Granada Hotel (a very popular 50’s dance spot years ago!). We have only one donation and adoption site and have been here now for 10 years! Please remember that I am only one person and it may take me a few minutes for me to get to the front gate. I may be on the computer, in the cat house or in the back .Many times when I get to the gate people are driving off. Of course it is best if I know when you are

coming so if you can, please call ahead 383-1012, but otherwise please give me time to respond! The best times to visit the center and see the animals are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Antonio is here helping me on those days. If you would like to get our newsletter, please email me you email address and I will add you to our list. A BIG THANK YOU to all of our animal friends that make it possible for us to continue our work! On a final note…if some claims to have done work for me and uses me for a reference please call me for confirmation before you hire. ‘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 Mexico (011-52-638) 383-1012 Phoenix (602) 412-3932, Tucson (520) 407-6594 AACORP INC 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt AACORP PO Box 1031 Lukeville, AZ 85341

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In Memory of ROBERT HIRSCHFELD December 14, 1941 – August 5, 2011 Bob was known to Rocky Point, unforgettably, to say the least. Some knew him as The Judge, Beachfront Bob, Beachcomber Bob or simply as The Man Who Drove the Old Beat-up Green Mustang. I never knew anyone as easygoing as he was. It was extremely rare that he was upset by anything. It seemed like life just flowed over him like a gentle wave. He so loved living in his house by the Sea, watching his feral cats and going out to eat. He will be missed; especially by me. Rest in peace, my dear Rosarie friend.

Si Peñasco Tour Bus by Jerry Ketelhut As you know, the negative press and sluggish economy has really had a devastating impact on our community in Rocky Point. Local businesses have banned together and have put together a campaign called “Si Peñasco Tours”. At present, it is targeted to the Phoenix area and we are encouraging

everyone to ‘Hop on Board’ the “Si Peñasco Tour Bus” and see for themselves what the beautiful city of Rocky Point has to offer! All at a cut rate of $99 bucks, plus gratuities! What do you get? Complete Tour Package for just $99 per person (plus gratuities). It is a two-day, one-night Nothing-but-FUN-Tour!

* All transportation aboard a luxury coach bus from Phoenix * One night hotel at the Peñasco del Sol or Playa Bonita Hotel * All of your meals (5 of them) including a Mexican Fiesta at the Playa Bonita Resort * Welcome cocktail at hotel * City Tour * Optional excursion of Sea Products, a family owned and operated seafood processing facility where you can buy fish, shrimp, scallops and more to bring home! * Shopping at UETA, the duty free store for liquor, perfume, candies and tobacco products and much more * Shopping at Vasquez Curios upon return to the U.S. for souvenirs and liquor * Afternoon beach time to take in the sun!

This package has been designed to give people a “Taste” of What Rocky Point is All About”, and they cannot afford to pass it up! It is a quick get-away for a few days,  and you will come back totally relaxed and wanting to visit Rocky Point again! Please check out our website at for additional

information and sign up today, as the next tour is scheduled for October 1st, 2011. All tours are filled on a first come first served basis. Hope to see you on the next “Si Peñasco Tour” and if you have any questions please contact Jerry Ketelhut, Tour Director at (602) 866-2969 or email

Ready Lane Open at Lukeville/ Sonoyta Bordert Crossing A ‘Ready Lane’ for Mexico visitors crossing back into the USA is open at the Lukeville, AZ Port of Entry. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, the ‘Ready Lane’ which has RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) began service in May of this year, in order to expedite the border crossing process. CBP encourages visitors who frequently drive across the border, into the USA, to obtain one of the RFID enabled WHIT (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) document such as US Passport, Enhanced Drivers License, or Enhanced Identification Card, or a Trusted Traveler SENTRI, FAST, or NEXUS card to expedite entry, and make crossing the border more efficient. All of the new cards have the RFID technology.  What documents can I use to enter the Ready Lane? WHTI-compliant, RFIDenabled cards approved by the Department of Homeland Security include: the U.S. Passport Card; the Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL); the Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC); Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST cards); the new Enhanced Permanent Resident Card (PRC) or new Border Crossing Card (BCC). May I use my RFID-enabled card in the SENTRI/NEXUS lanes? SENTRI and NEXUS lanes are reserved strictly for the use of SENTRI and NEXUS card holders. May I use my SENTRI/NEXUS card in the Ready Lane? Yes. Trusted Travelers may use any vehicle primary lane including the Ready Lane. Can my family or friends travel in the Ready Lane with me if they do not have an RFIDenabled card?

No. All travelers in the vehicle over the age of 16 must have an RFID-enabled card to use the Ready Lane. Will I be penalized or lose my RFID-enabled card if I mistakenly enter the Ready Lane? Travelers should only enter the Ready Lane with the appropriate RFID-enabled travel cards to avoid a possible delay as CBP officers work to ascertain identity and citizenship. Is there an age restriction to use the Ready Lane? Adult passengers (16 years and older) in the vehicle must have an RFID-enabled card to use the Ready Lane. If I have an RFID-enabled card but my child or children do not, am I still permitted to use the Ready Lane? Yes. Children 15 years old and younger may travel in the Ready Lane with adult travelers if all adults in the vehicle have an RFID-enabled card. What do I do with my card while I am in the lane? Stop at the beginning of the lane and make sure each passenger has an RFID-enabled travel card out. When it is your turn, drive slowly through the lane and hold all cards up on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Stop at the officer’s booth. Where do I point my card? While driving through the lane, you and all passengers should hold travel documents up so that the flat face of the cards show through any window on the “driver’s side” of the vehicle. What do I do if someone in my car cannot hold their card? Hold multiple cards up in a fan so that each card is visible and can be read by the RFID reader. Do not stack multiple cards. Where do I get an RFID-enabled WHTI-compliant card? U.S. Passport Cards can be obtained through the Department of State.

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If You’re Passing Through Ajo Saturday... By John Peck If you’re passing through Ajo Saturday, September 10, you want to build in some stopover time in your schedule. The community has developed a free “2nd Saturdays” project that offers visitors the opportunity to drop in and get a feel of the community. Here’s what the day has in store for you. Ajo is developing a reputation for sustainable community gardening and the fruits of those labors are available from 8-10 a.m. at the Farmers’ Market in the historic Ajo Plaza. You can buy fresh produce and enjoy freshly ground coffees and espressos under the Plaza arcade. You can gather at the flagpole in the center of the Plaza Park at 10 a.m. for a guided tour that highlights the 1900’s “City Beautiful” movement, featuring the Plaza, two architecturally significant churches, and the historic Curley School, now the home/studio residence for a variety of artists. The Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can catch a desert wilderness film, learn about the endangered pupfish and do some

birding. The Clay Studio in the Manual Arts Building on the Curley School campus is also open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Cafeteria Gallery at 401 W. Esperanza with its offerings of fine arts, crafts, and featured shows, is open from 1-5 p.m., and a crafts class takes place at 2 p.m. The crafts class is free, but reser vations need to be made in advance by calling 520-3873570. Reservations also need to be made in advance at the above number for the spectacular sunset tour of Childs Mountain to the north of the community. Participants will caravan to the summit and have the opportunity for some breathtaking photography. The trip – on a paved road - takes approximately two hours and offers spectacu-

What is Cervantino? by Gilberto Castillo Felix The word comes from the Spanish novelist Miguel de CERVANTES Saavedra who wrote Don Quijote de la Mancha. So Cervantino comes from this novelist’s last name. Cervantino is celebrated in Guanajuato as a multicultural event that started about 39 years ago with students of the University of Guadala-

jara. This Festival started to grow so much that the Cultural Department of Mexico got interested (CONACULTA) and took over the organization of such an important new festival. This event has become so popular that the Cervantino Administration started to place their festival in different cities in all over Mexico. This year Cervantino celebrates its 39th anniversary and has as special guests Denmark, Finland,

lar vistas. Box dinners may be ordered. 2nd Saturdays end back in the Plaza Park with live entertainment, and food and drink available from local vendors from 6-9 p.m. And if you feel like you’d like to park it for the night, there are a variety of motels and RV parks in the community. September is also the month for what has become an annual Ajo tradition with international roots and mu l t i c u l t u r a l flavor. In 2001, the United Nations declared September 21st of each year the official “International Day of Peace.” In Ajo, a collaboration of local businesses, organizations, and individuals work to bring together residents of three neighboring nations – the United States, Mexico, and the Tohono O’odham Nation – to share and celebrate their cultures.

This year, the kickoff will be a free ice-cream social in the Plaza park from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with mariachi music and vocalist/guitarist Randy Albaugh, a former Ajo resident who now records and works in Texas, but comes home to Ajo each year for this event. On September 21st, the 8th International Day of Peace will be celebrated from 4:30-8:30 p.m. in the Plaza. There’s always much music, lots of food, and a rich diversity of showcased cultures. A major highlight is the 5:30 p.m. parade which wends its way from the school campus down the main thoroughfare to the park and features dove puppet kites, Sonoran “desert critters,” and celebrants. Live entertainment is featured from 6-8:30 p.m., including a community-performed percussion/drum jam, Brazilian dancing, stiltwalkers, folklorico dancing and other cultural presentations. Ajo is a terrific place to stop, recharge, and refresh on the way to and from our favorite beachfront community of Rocky Point – for a few hours or for a few days. For more information and tips, contact the Ajo District Chamber of Commerce at 520-387-7742.

Sweden, Norway and the Mexican State Nayarit. This year, Puerto Peñasco will also repeat our 3rd year as a part of the Cervantino Celebration, but also celebrating Las Fiestas de Agua y Sol, which is Peñasco’s own local festival. Personally, I feel that we need to protect and celebrate what I consider to be our own traditions and celebrations. We need our own identity, even though we are still a small and young city, we need to protect what is our own. That is why we decided to mix our great Rocky Point Anniversary with what Mexico celebrates in Gua-

najuato. If you would like to know more about the Cervantino Festival, please visit their website at

Center Photo Courtesy of Brittany Holt

Part of the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato

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We need your help! We are feeding about 550 hungry people PER DAY! We feed at our main site (by Numeros), and also 2 outlying sites, 3 schools, the Rehab Center, the City Jail, and the Red Cross Station.If you have any food, clothing, or of course money it will be greatly appreciated. Tax deductible donations: Make check payable to “Mission Heartbeat” and mail to Mission Heartbeat c/o Monroe Riddle; P.O. Box 1622, Lukeville, AZ 85341. If you would like a tax deductible receipt for cash or clothing please let me know. Thank you for helping us feed the hungry in Puerto Peñasco. If you have any questions about 2 Fish, or would like

to volunteer to help serve or prepare food, please contact me. Monroe Riddle Sales Executive Coldwell Banker Rocky Point From U.S: (602) 288-8869 Mexico: (011-52-638)1058533.

WE NEED THE FOLLOWING: 6’ or 8’ tables and chairs for a third kitchen. Volunteers to cook or serve from 1PM to 3PM. People to call on markets and fruit and vegetable stands for any kind of food, or canned goods which are about to expire.

ROCKY POINT FAMILY OF GOD CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP HAS MOVED! The Family of God Christian Fellowship has a new location! Their new home is located on the glorieta (circle) at the west end of No Reelection (Calle 26). Coming from Blvd. Benito Juarez, turn west at the stadium (traffic light) on No Reelection. Travel to the end of street and the Church building is located on the south side of the circle. Services are Sunday at 9:00 AM and everyone is welcome to attend! Hope to see you there. Family of God Christian Fellowship Blvd. Costera N 2000A, Fracc. Las Palomas Church Office: 383-3480 Phone from the US (480) 812-5200, Local cell (044-638) 107-7150

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TRAVELINFORMATION TOURIST ASSISTANCE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO REMEMBER If you dispute any incident or infraction, need help, or have questions, please go directly to the police station, located north of town. IF YOU ARE PULLED OVER ALWAYS GET • The name of the officer • The number on the back of the vehicle • 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

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Report any attempt of bribes by calling Internal Affairs 388-6552


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”.


All fines are to be paid at the main police station


for re-entry into the U.S., when travelling by vehicle from Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. You may also present a Card, Enhanced Driver’s License, NEXXUS or Sentri Card as well Children under the age of 16 need to present their birth certificate. This is true for any port of entry.

ABOUT PUERTO PEÑASCO Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point, is located in the State of Sonora, on the Sea of Cortez. We are approx. 66 miles from the U.S. border at Lukeville, AZ and Sonoyta, MX. We are located within the “Free Zone”, so no vehicle permit is needed to visit. You can find a variety of activities for the entire family in Peñasco, as well as a variety of lodging from luxury resorts to hotels to tent camping on the beach. Rocky Point is known for its gorgeous sunsets, warm weather and sandy beaches. We boast a variety of cuisine, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment. Currently there are approx. 48,000 fulltime residents according to the Census.


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. ENTERING MEXICO

The highway (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. 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.



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/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

AeroCalafia Service to/from Rocky Point to Hermosillo Local: 388-7812 • Flights every Friday 3:10pm depart Hermosillo to Peñasco 4:45pm depart Peñasco to Hermosillo Mexico Toll Free: 800-560-3949 U.S. Toll Free: 818-206-3255 Flight arrivals and departures are from the Puerto Peñasco Airport (north) Morgan Jet Charter flights from Phoenix 1-888-869-0866 AIRPORTS Aeropuerto Internacional del Mar de Cortez International Airport Info.: 383-6097 Carretera Peñasco-Caborca KM 24

Close to being finished out by the Mayan The airport will be able to accommodate large jets and commercial airliners.


chainlink fence. You will need to go to the small building, which sits in the middle of the two lanes, and tell the officer what items you have to declare and the value of each item. When you are finished filling out the form, the import tax (impuestos) will be assessed and you will be handed two forms to take to the bank and pay. (The bank is at the side of the brick building, past the fountain.) 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 the bank 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.

Closest U.S. Airports Phoenix, Tucson & Nogales, AZ

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 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 and relay requests for aid or monetary support • Protest abuse or mistreatment to authorities What the Consulate CANNOT DO if you are arrested in Mexico • Demand your immediate release • Get you out of jail or out of the country • Pay legal fees w/U.S. Government money • Pay fines with U.S. Government money




From the U.S. see Shuttle Services

CLOSED MIDNIGHT - 6:00 AM Arizona/Mexico Border at Lukeville/Sonoyta

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

The Rocky Point Airport International Airport, north of town Phone: (011-52-638) 383-6097 Airport Admin.: Alonso Dominguez Ruiz Comandante: Alejandro Rangel Ocegueda Located on Hwy. 8 just north of town Car Parking $5/day Rental cars available This airport will remain open once the new airport is opened. Personal Aircraft To fly your own plane, you must have: pilots license & medical certificate, registration, air worthiness certificate, and Mexican airplane Insurance. General Airport Information Airport ID: MMPE August 5, 1994 declared port of entry. Coordinates: 31 21 08 LN, 113 32 08 LW Location: 3 miles north of town Runways: 11-29 5000 feet paved 03-21 3000 feet dirt Radio Frequency: 122.80 VOR-DME Frequency: 112.10 Landing Fee: $50 pesos single engine, $100 pesos twin engine, Federal Fee: $567 pesos Tie down and Overnight Available Fuel Available

ABC - Auto Transportes de la Baja California • 383-1999, Constitucion, just N of the signal at Blvd. Benito Juarez Albatros - 388-0888, east side of Benito Juarez, north of the stadium Norte de Sonora - 383-3640, east side of Blvd. Benito Juarez, S of No. Releccion (Calle 26) and north of Pemex TAP - Transportes y Autobuses del Pacifico • 383-6761, west side of Blvd. Benito, N of the signal at Constitucion

CAR RENTALS Some major rental companies do permit their vehicles to be driven into Mexico. You will have better luck if you call their Arizona offices directly instead of going through their national office. You may be required to carry their Mexican insurance. Mexico law requires that you must carry a minimum of liability insurance. Arizona Enterprise, Advantage, Dollar Saban’s • (602) 273-7351 2934 E McDowell Rd., Phoenix Puerto Peñasco The Point Rent-A-Car: 388-5823

COASTAL HIGHWAY 003 Carretera Costera Sections still under construction Total: 500 km (approx. 300 miles) spanning from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora to Guaymas, Sonora The Coastal Hwy. has been completed from El Golfo de Santa Clara to Puerto Peñasco, and is still under construction from El Desemboque to San Carlos, with many stretches completed. Hwy. 003 will dramatically cut the driving time from Southern California, Yuma, AZ and Guaymas.

As soon as you drive past the chainlink fence, you are entering Mexico. Wait at the crosswalk for the vehicle ahead of you to pass all the way through the lane before proceeding ahead. VEHICLE INSPECTION There are two means of inspection: 1) Fiscal Traffic Light 2) Integral Inspection As you cross the Mexican Border there will be a narrow lane with a (traffic) light on your left at the end of the lane. As you proceed ahead, the light will flash either RED (alto - stop) or GREEN (pase - go). This is the Fiscal Traffic Light and means that you are proceeding into Mexico without anything to declare over your allowed limit by law. RED LIGHT...STOP (ALTO) If the light flashes red as you pass it, you must pull your vehicle over to the left, under the canopy, or wherever as directed by the officer if it is busy. The 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 may look through your belongings. You do not leave your vehicle unattended during inspection and you accompany the officer during his search. If you incur any problems be sure to get the name, badge number of the officer and the time. GREEN LIGHT...GO (PASE) 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 though you got the green light. INTEGRAL INSPECTION (Voluntary) This is the voluntary request for the exa mination of your articles, if you have items to declare which exceed your allo wed limits. Before you pass through the light you will pull off to your left and park in the assigned spaces against the

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

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

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

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

INSURANCE MEDICAL INSURANCE Family or personal trip/vacation medical insurance can be purchased by some providers in the U.S. Check your existing policy to see what coverage is offered while visiting Mexico. Most clinics in Rocky Point do not accept U.S. insurance. 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 if you have a vehicle you cannot afford to replace out of pocket. 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 almost complete from Desemboque to Puerto Lobos. 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.

PETS Only domestic animals (dogs & cats) are permitted into Mexico. You are allowed 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 Border Closed Midnight-6am

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 INTO THE U.S. 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: 50lbs. 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 re-entry into the United States. If you are in doubt whether an article or item of food should be declared, always declare it and the Customs Officer on duty will let you know if the item is permitted. 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 an $800 exemption within a 30-day period. Articles totaling $800 or less may be entered into the U.S. without paying duty, subject to limitations on liquor, cigarettes and cigars.


Have your Passport, Passport Card, Enhanced Drivers License (EDL), Sentri or Nexxus ready for the Officer. Children 16 and younger will need to present their birth certificate. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection PO Box C, Lukeville, AZ 85341 (520) 387-5671, Fax: (520) 387-5309 Passports U.S. Citizens re-entering the United States (via vehicle) from Mexico will be required to show their Passport, Passpor t C ard, Enhanced Driver’s License, NEXXUS or SENTRI Card. Everyone in the vehicle needs to provide one of the above forms of 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.

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.) Poultr y: raw meat from both domesticated and game fowl is prohibited. (Exception: thoroughly cooked poultry is permitted.) Eggs: unless boiled or cooked.

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 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 be sure that the shuttle company has the proper permits 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 (602) 442-6802 Located on Benito Juarez, north of the baseball stadium by Coffee Point Transportes Superior • 383-3640 Calle Lázaro Cárdenas, 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 520-780-7408

TRAVEL BEYOND THE FREE ZONE Puerto Peñasco is located in the Free Zone, where you do not need vehicle permit to visit. If you plan to travel beyond the Free Zone you will need your FMT (personal tourist visa) and your vehicle permit if you plan on driving. PERSONAL VISA (FMT) An FMT is a personal tourist visa, required by law if you plan to remain in Mexico longer than 72 hours, even within the Free Zone. You can get your FMT at the at the Immigration Office in Sonoyta, on your right, as you cross the border. They are open from 8am-12am. 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 on Benito Juarez 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. If you are going to get your vehicle permit, you can get your FMT at the same time, instead of making two stops - see below.

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. They no longer do this in Sonoyta or Peñasco. You must take Hwy. 2, out of Sonoyta, heading toward Caborca, approx. 15 miles down Hwy. 2 there is a checkpoint where you obtain your vehicle permit. This can also be done at the checkpoint outside of Guaymas or at the Guaymas Airport. 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.

Take time to Discover the places you’ve never been to...Bird Island, El Golfo de Santa Clara, Playa Palomas, Santo Tomas, Puerto Lobos, Puerto Libertdad Caborca, Santa Ana, Pitiquito and all the great towns in-between. 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) 463-6255 or local 383-6325



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Tequila, the Essence of Mexico

Blue Agave Fields

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to avoid dehydrating the agave and extract all its juices. GRINDING Once cooked, the “Piña” or pineapple, is crushed or ground, but first it is cut into small pieces to extract efficiently

by Manny Sanchez

When you hear the word tequila, what comes to your mind? Margaritas? Party? Hangover? Well, you would be surprised to know the word “tequila” means “place of work” or “labor”. Tequila is more than a party drink. It is a cultural heritage of Mexico, blending tradition, family & beliefs. It is something to enjoy after a hard day of work and to share with friends.   To understand the meaning of tequila, let’s take a look at the process of making this traditional drink.   THE HARVEST When the agave plant is approximately 3 to 5 years of age, it is the appropriate time for “el barreo”, which is trimming the spiked leaves (also known as pencas), so that the agave plant, or center, expands. This work is done only by experts, because the tips of the agave leaves are very sharp, being used in the past for arrow points.   The harvest is done manually and involves a high risk, because of the sharp utensils used to do the trimming. There is no machinery that can replace man and his skill. An experienced “Jimador” can harvest 300 agaves in a single shift. Once the «Jima» is complete, it is transported to the factory to continue the process and produce tequila.   COOKING The cooking process starts with cutting in half the agave center, or pineapple, then filling the furnaces manually. The cooking in adobe ovens lasts from 48 to 72 hours, and in autoclaves lasts approximately 8 to 12 hours. Steam is used

its juices. This juice or nectar is highly rich in sugars. A “Pina” of approximately 150 pounds will produce 2.5 gallons of tequila. The grinding and tearing of the “piñas” also produces as a residue a natural fiber called “bagazo” or “marrana”, which is used to manufacture stuffing for furniture, mattresses and car seats among other uses.  Making the agave plant 100% usable.   FERMENTATION Fermentation is done without adding chemicals, and lasts approximately 72 hours depending on the climate. Every distillery has its own fermentation process. Using a combination of traditional and modern techniques, a unique taste is born. That is why, for the connoisseur, every tequila will have a different and unique taste.   This part of the process has to be constantly monitored by an experienced chemist. The resulting juice, called «Mosto», is pumped and stored in fermentation tanks to transform the sugars into alcohol. This process may take from 72 hours to 1 week. It is here where it is determined if the final product will be 100% agave or “Mixto”. High quality tequila is made from fermenting only agave sugars. Mixto, on the other hand, is made by fermenting a mix of agave and other sugars.

DISTILLATION To achieve good quality tequila the “Mosto Muerto” must be distilled twice, preferably in copper stills to improve flavor, because copper diffuses the heat more evenly. In the first distilling the tequila is called “Tequila Ordinario” it is an opaque tequila with high alcohol and methanol content, not fit for human consumption. At the second distilling, at last, we have a transparent  tequila – crystal clear and ready to drink.   AGING To further improve the quality and taste of tequila, it is stored in white oak barrels.

Tequila Blanco also called White or Silver Is the traditional tequila. Clear and transparent, it is bottled immediately after distillation. It has the true flavor of the blue agave and is usually strong.

Tequila Reposado or “rested” is obtained after a period of 3 to 11 months in white oak barrels. The oak barrels give Reposado a mellowed taste, and its pale color. Tequila Añejo or “aged” Is obtained after a period of 11 months to 4 years in white oak barrels. After 4 or more years it is called Añejo Antiguo or Reserva. The amber color and woody flavor are picked up from the oak. The result is a true delight for connoisseurs.   Triple Distilled Tequila is more refined with a much smother boquet, for those who are new to tequila tasting.

Tequila Mixto, also called Oro or Gold, is a white tequila mellowed by the addition of colorants and flavorings. If the label does not say “100% agave”, it is a mixto tequila. In its fermentation process at least 51% of its sugars that will be turned into alcohol come from the agave plant and 49% from cane or other sugars. FINAL THOUGHTS From the time the young agave shoot or “hijuelo” is planted, to the time of the “Jima” or harvest, 8 years have passed. It takes almost a decade to produce a bottle of white tequila. If aged, it can take another 4 or more years for a bottle of Añejo.   Next time you hear the word “Tequila” think of its significance: “place of work” or “labor”. As you sip it, think of the rich tradition Mexico has, of the families who enjoy making it and all the myths behind this drink, which carries the essence of Mexico.   The Tequila Factory in Rocky Point is an extension of a 3 generation family owned and operated brewery. Story continued on Page 45

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The Cuisine of The Aztecs by Rosarie Salerno The people of pre-Colombian Mesoamerica, that we call the Aztecs, called themselves the Mexicas (the Nahuatl word: Mexihcah). They feasted on a rich and varied diet. Thanks to Bernal Diaz del Castillo, who was with Cortez and Father Bernardino Sahagun, a Franciscan friar, in 1530 CE, we have detailed written documentation of the foods the Aztecs ate. The home of the Aztecs was situated in Lake Texaco, near present day Mexico City. Remarkably, they built up the lake’s marshes into islands, where they established their extraordinary city-state, Tenochtitlan. When the Spanish arrived they beheld the spectacular city with what appeared to be floating gardens. What Cortez saw was actually an advanced agricultural system, called Chinampas meaning “upon a reed basket�. The Mexica built up the soil on the reeds from the lake, stabilizing the soil with various types of trees. These Chinampas could grow enough food to feed all the inhabitants, some 180,000 people or more. Just two and a half acres of these gardens was efficient enough to provide food for 20 people for an entire year. The Aztecs cultivated more varied domesticated plants than what was being grown in Europe at that time. The Aztec staple diet included important crops like various varieties of corn, beans and squash. They grew the pseudo grains, amaranth and quinoa, which could be ground in the same manner as corn and made into tortillas and cakes. They also grew chia, an annual herb of the mint family, for its seeds which were ground like corn or used to make drinks rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Beans and corn eaten together become a complete protein; amaranth and quinoa are an almost a perfect food, providing an abundance of proteins, amino acids and other nutrients to sustain life. Quinoa can also be eaten as a green leafy vegetable similar to spinach. Another important crop was Cassava, called yuca, not to be confused with yucca. Yuca root was ground into a versatile carbohydrate flour. Tapioca comes from yuca. One drawback to Cassava is that it is extremely poisonous and must be prepared in a special way to reduce the cyanide to a safe level. Sweet potato was another important root crop providing a rich source of carotene. They grew many types of fruit including Cherimoyas. Cherimoyas are delicious fleshy sweet fruits that are also known as custard apples. The flavor is described as banana, pineapple, papaya, peach and strawberry all in one, from mellow-sweet to tangy. Another variety of fruit was Zapote (the Nahuatl word: tzapotl), white and black. The white fruit belongs to the citrus family and the black to persimmon; they

are not related, but share the same name. They ate avocados, guavas, and squash seeds in several forms, a variety of onions, red and green tomatoes, peanuts, popcorn and jicama which are eaten raw, steamed or stewed with other ingredients. They grew various chili peppers (capsicum) that ranged in varying intensities of hotness to season their food. They cultivated cacao trees. Cacao beans were toasted and ground into a chocolate drink which provided good amounts of caffeine; a very popular beverage. The chocolate powder was combined with water, vanilla or chili and honey or the sweet juice of the agave plant that was consumed cool rather than hot. So esteemed was the drink that it was sometimes served in golden cups. On an ordinary day as opposed to a religious holiday, the common people would awake, start work and after a few hours have breakfast, around midmorning, likely of porridge made of corn mixed with honey, fruit, and flavored with spice. Later, in the hot afternoon during their time of rest, they might have beans and tortillas or tamales. In the evening some would have gruel of amaranth. Turkey eggs were a major part of their diet and two festival holidays were dedicated to the abundant food turkeys provided. The markets of Tenochtitlan were very busy places of trade and barter. The Aztecs could buy already prepared food like tortillas and tamales of varying shapes and sizes, filled with everything from beans to fruit, meat or fish; served with sauces made from mushrooms, avocado and salsas from tomatoes. Since their diets were balanced and provided complete proteins, meat was not consumed often; the Aztecs were basically vegetarians. There were also alcoholic beverages available at the markets, including pulque made from the agave plant and foamy beer made from chocolate. There were soups, stews, corn on the cob, meat from wild hogs, fish, shrimp and anything else edible. There were always spices, turkeys and turkey eggs, cloth made from the agave plants and bowls made from gourds. Recorded history written by the Spanish recount that on an average day 1,000 turkeys would be sold at the markets. The Aztecs would harvest Spirulina, a very nutritious form of seaweed, gathered by using nets, from the surrounding lakes; made into cakes to eat. They even ate insects and worms. Basically, their food was prepared to be delicious and nutritious. That is, before the Spanish Conquistadors arrived, who destroyed their way of life, causing malnutrition and death.

For all your Real Estate needs, Bank Trusts and FM3s please contact me, Rosarie Salerno, Broker at Mexican Beach Developers. AMPI/ MLS. Email Phone (011-52-638) 383-8417 or (520) 7770018,

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The Pinacate Reserve


he Pinacate & Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve is considered one of Mexico’s priority regions because it is immersed deep in the entrails of the Sonoran Desert, the most biodiverse desert in the world. It covers parts of California, Arizona, Baja California, Sonora and Sinaloa. It is a magical place, with desolate beauty, unusual creatures, unique plants and notable geological characteristics. Part of the largest extension of mobile sand dunes in America (including the rare star shaped dunes) run right through the Reserve. The volcanic shield (500,000 Acres) is composed by 10 giant Maar type craters (the largest concentration in the world), more than 400 volcanoes, lava flows, lava tunnels and caves. Although it is often thought that a desert is a life deprived place, the dark lava formations contrasting with the white sand dunes create multiple habitats with numerous biodiversity. You can find more than 560 species of vascular plants, 41 species of mammals, 200 species of birds, 43 species of reptiles, and amphibians and fresh water fish as well. Endemic, endangered, and threatened species exist in the Pinacate. The Reserve is a vast heap of archeological remains that go back more than 20,000 years. It is an important cultural site for the Tohono O’odham people, who

consider the Pinacate Mountain the place where the creation took place. Because of all of this, the Mexican government, innumerable environmental groups, scientists, and the general public, decided to declare The Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar a Biosphere Reserve in June of 1993, with a surface of 1,765,706 Acres. The Pinacate is part of the Man and Biosphere program of UNESCO since October of 1995, and a Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Site since September of 2007. It also forms part of an international brotherhood of biosphere reserves here in Sonora and Arizona. The Schuk Toak (sacred mountain) visitor center is located only 20 minutes away from Rocky Point, you take highway 8 northbound towards Sonoyta, at kilometer 72 (10 miles from the old port) you will see a series of signs and the only paved road that takes you west into the desert. After you make a left turn you will drive 4 miles alongside the Sierra Blanca, a granite structure 300,000,000 years old. When you get to the visitor center, you must register and pay 50 pesos or 4.50 USD per person. Then the personnel will gladly address an opening lecture on the Reserve and on the existing activities both in English or Spanish. You will get to see a series of photographic exhibits, and in addition there is a display of the Pinacate’s collection of archeological remains. You will hike through a couple of short informative trails that describe the biological and geological aspects of the reserve. In the audiovisual room a short documentary by Mike Foster will be projected for you, also available in English or Spanish. You can enjoy the view from the terrace overlooking the

By Hector Munro

Gran Desierto de Altar, or if you want, you can drive an extra 2 kilometers to the base of the first sand dune and hike until you see the Sea of Cortez from the top. The vehicle route’s entrance is located on highway 8 halfway between Rocky Point and Sonoyta (half hour drive) at kilometer 52, once you pay at Schuk Toak visitor center there is no need to do so at the vehicle route, you do however need to register your car, and read the rules for this circuit. You don’t need a 4x4, or huge all terrain tires for this, although it is a dirt road, the employees often give maintenance to these paths so they won’t be as bumpy or loose as they would normally be. You will be given a map with the course and its places of interest. You can visit El Elegante Crater, with a mile in diameter and 700 feet deep, El Tecolote campground for a picnic, El Cono Mayo volcano with a trail that takes you to the top where you can see a panoramic view of the area, El Colorado Crater, ten informative

vehicle stations and much more to see. You need from 2 to 4 hours to enjoy the vehicle route. Another campground is El Cono Rojo, normally you register in the afternoon, you set up you camp, enjoy the star filled sky at night, and very early in the morning you hike your way to the Pinacate Peak (or Santa Clara Volcano) 4,000 feet high. It takes about 6 hours to get to

the top where you can witness how Baja California unites with Sonora. It takes another 6 hours to get to Cono Rojo from the top. We recommend doing this particular activity in the fall to spring months, as the heat can get unbearable and potentially dangerous. Both the Schuk Toak visitor center and the Vehicle Route are open every day of the year (including Christmas and New Year), and our operating hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Rock ‘n Roll History comes to Rocky Point On October 15, 2011 at the Sandy Beach concert venue, a fantastic event has been scheduled - Peñasco Palooza - featuring Steve McCarty with The Hitmen All-Stars! Former members of some of Steve McCarty Curly Smith Jerry Anderson Gary Moon Paul McDermand Jimmy Crespo the most influential Steve Miller Band Boston Tower of Power Night Ranger The Moody Blues Aerosmith bands in rock ‘n roll history are going to play their famous hits. This incredible After the concert, the VIP after-par- joy the music! Gates open at 5:00pm all night. General admission tickets line-up includes Steve McCarty (Steve ty will be back at Chango’s and they and will be kicked off by Rocky Point are $30 and special VIP tickets will Miller Band), Curly Smith (Boston), promise to keep the good times going favorites Ro.Jo, also Riband will be be available for $100. The VIP expeJimmy Crespo (Aerosmith), David into the early morning hours. there to perform and of course Steve rience includes many perks, including Lewark (Sammy Hagar), Paul McDerBut the star of the weekend is defi- McCarty with The Hitmen All-Stars preferred seating, VIP lounge access, mand (The Moody Blues), Gary Moon nitely the Peñasco Palooza concert. as the feature attraction. Food, drinks, the VIP Gift Bag and even free se(Night Ranger) and Jerry Anderson It promises to be a great time for the Tecate beer as well as Tequila Peñasco cured parking! The gift bag is a handy (Tower of Power) and they are togeth- entire family, so bring the kids and en- shots and margaritas will be available 6-pack cooler with a Peñasco Palooza er in concert for the first time ever! t-shirt, Dicks Mix tBut how did this epic event come to shirt, concert baseball WHAT: Peñasco Palooza 2011 cap, a bottle of Dick’s pass in good ole’ Rocky Point? It all WHEN: October 14th and 15th, 2011 Margarita Mix, bottle started with a simple phone call from opener keychain, beer Trish McCarty to Bety Major of RPR WHERE: Next to Chango’s on Sandy Beach koozie, shot glass and Mexico. Trish had expressed the idea a 750ml bottle of preof holding a concert and her husband, mium Tequila Peñasco. Steve McCarty, would be willing to Also, the VIP lounge come down and perform. It was sugwill feature an exclusive gested to Betty that she contact Home booth of Dick’s Mix & of the Brave Concerts to see about Tequila Peñasco marpromoting the event. And so marked garitas. More comprethe beginning of what would eventuhensive packages are ally be dubbed Peñasco Palooza. also available, includFrom the first meeting, Steve was ing room/condo rentals clear on his objectives. He wanted to and shuttle service from Phoenix. Complete input on a quality show that would not formation regarding all only be fun to participate in, but to do the festivities, special it in a way that would give back to the package deals and ontown he enjoys visiting so much. It is line ticket purchases important to mention many charities can be found at www. will also benefit from this weekend of homeofthebraveconfun. In fact, it was Steve’s idea to have For more ina charity Sunset Cruise on Friday eveformation on the group, ning with the members of the group please go to www.steon board! The guys will be talking We look about life on the road, the songs and forward to seeing you their inspirations behind them. They for a weekend of fun you might even be persuaded to do a few won’t soon forget! acoustic versions of the hits the bands they represented are so famous for! As you can imagine, this is a very exclusive event with an extremely limited amount of tickets available. With these two events already planned, Home of the Brave Concerts wanted to make sure the entire weekend would be filled with events and activities, making it a weekend to remember. So they called on one of the hottest promoters in Arizona, Crazy John Monteiro, to host a Friday night party at Chango’s, followed by the Peñasco Palooza Pool Party and Volleyball Tournament at the Sonoran Sea beginning late-morning on Saturday.

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The Adventures of Lonesome Lui

It was one of those perfect days, as Fleagbag and I set out for our beach walk. One sniff of that sweet and briny air and I’m ten years younger. Hundreds of small fish were swarming on the surface near shore. The sea birds were diving for a feast. As we passed Hotel Plaza Las Glorias I spotted what one might call a mystery gal. At any rate, there was a lot of gossip about her. She was stretched out on a blanket sunning herself with her old dog flaked out beside her. That wasn’t all the company she had. There was a fellow I’d been introduced to as her pilot, smoothing Coppertone on her already well-tanned shoulders. Just as I got close enough to get a whiff of the sunscreen, I heard her say, “Philip you devil, stop that.” Every time I see this girl she’s seldom without male company. All she has to do is lay there in her bikini, soaking up the Mexican sun. Rocky Point is great for sea, sunshine, and gossip. In the last few weeks I’d heard that Kathy, (her friends call her Faffey) owned a popular cat house near Vegas. Another story had her as an Olympic swimmer married to a reclusive millionaire. Some were impressed that she flew her jet. I probably knew her better than anyone. About a year ago I met her in L.A. when I was looking for an illustrator for a story I wrote. It wasn’t until I got my finished art that I found out she owned the whole agency. Last month I ran into her in Laughlin at the crap table. They had lifted the table limit, and I personally saw her win what looked like about twenty thousand dollars. The dealers and cocktail waitress called her by name. (I was impressed) What really got to me is she has an old Golden Retriever that goes everywhere with her. Even that night, in that crowded casino, NO DOGS ALLOWED, there he was curled up by her feet.   She does look like a swimmer, tall, long dark hair, and a really perfect

body. Seeing me, she propped herself up on one elbow, “Lui, What are you doing up so early? It›s not even noon.” Philip gave me his best ‹get lost› look. No one can ignore Fleabag. With sand flying in his wake, he piled onto the blanket, tail wagging and full of love. Her old pal made it to his four feet on the third try. Fleabag always brings back a little of the puppy in him. “Lui, did you hear about that widow with the three kids that lost her trailer?” “Yes”, I answered, “Propane leak. I understand it burned to the ground.” Faffey touched the sand next to her and said, “Sit down and have a glass of wine”. “I can’t. I’m supposed to meet some people at Puesta del Sol”. About then an attendant from the hotel screamed at me to get Fleabag out of the pool. Faffey laughed, “At least they know his name”. What delighted me is that her old golden and Fleabag were hunkered down in the hotels beautifully tiled Jacuzzi with just the top of their heads showing.   Thinking philosophically, that time is man’s angel, and that I had a whole beautiful day ahead of me, wouldn’t it be nice if I could get rid of Philip. “Philip,” I said, “Don’t you have to go check the plane. Maybe put air in the tires”? (They flew in one of those new Cessna Citation Excel business jets.) “No Lui.” Someone wrote the dictates of the heart are the voice of destiny. Well my destiny was not to spend the day with Faffey, so Fleabag and I headed for Puesta del Sol.   Out near the blue line some brown pelicans were doing their fish dives. They have to be my favorite bird in the world. See one perched on piling and you have a philosopher. As usual, I couldn’t pass up some of the glass and sea shells I was seeing. Getting from one place to another on the beach when you’ve got a friendly dog and know a lot of people takes time. The trailer fire was very much the topic of the conversation with the locals I met.

Yvonne told me they were taking up a collection. Sad Sammy was out collection cans. His greeting to me was to demand to know what an American girl with three kids was doing living in Mexico. I knew the answer, but didn’t feel like telling him. About a year ago I met this woman and her three kids on the beach. They had lost their Foxy, the kid’s dog. When we found the little terrier, one thing led to another, as I was invited back to their trailer. Sally was the oldest at ten, and twin brothers Michael and Jimmy were six. They fell in love with Fleabag. Mr. Lui, as they called me, fell in love with them. Susan, the mother, was thin as a mosquito and could have passed for the baby sitter instead of the kid’s mother. Her picture would have made the perfect photo of the girl back home that a soldier might pull of out of his wallet to show his buddy. She had an excited way of speaking, and she kept apologizing for what was an immaculate interior. Everywhere I looked there were treasures they’d picked up on the beach, from shells to driftwood. As we sat and talked, the seashell wind chimes tinkled. Sally bashfully brought out drawings from school. Michael showed me his dads Swiss pocket knife. Jimmy asked if I knew how to play Monopoly. My attention was drawn to a photo hanging over the couch. It was Susan and a handsome young man in uniform. Jimmy noticed me looking. “That was our daddy. He’s dead”, Michael added. “He got killed in the war. Desert Storm,” Susan offered. Susan wouldn’t take a “no” for lunch, and while we ate, she told me the whole story.   Her husband’s family had a lot of political influence in the Phoenix area where they lived. They had never approved of the marriage, and soon after her husband’s death they took legal action to get the kids away from her. They charged her with drugs, neglect, and child abuse. After six months in

and out of court, the judge ruled in her favor. I can still see the anguished look on her face when she said to me, “Lui, that wasn’t the end of it. They filed an appeal.” It was then she took off for Rocky Point. The trailer was something she and her husband had bought shortly after they were married. The Mexican population of Puerto Peñasco has a lot of love and sense of family, but in this tourist economy their precious peso never goes far enough. Then there are Americans who would have loved to help, but are living on small pensions and social security. The long and short of it was - the fund to help Susan only covered the rental of a small trailer, some clothes and household items. I contributed money, but it should have been more. A mining project I have near Elko, Nevada was having troubles with some environmental laws. I was gone for almost a month. The first day I was back I went over to see Susan and the kids. An elderly woman answered the door. I introduced myself and she told me that she knew who I was. The way she said it I didn’t know if it was a good thing or a bad thing. “Is Susan home”, I asked? “Oh my no. She doesn’t live here anymore.” “Where did she go?” “Won’t you come in for a cup of tea”? “No thank you,” I said and repeated my question. “ She has a house now, not far from the Malecon in Old Port”. “ A house,” I repeated? “Oh my yes. I’m told a very wealthy young lady from the United States put up the money. Someone at Lily’s was telling me she runs one of those bad houses near Las Vegas». “Don’t believe that,” I said. «I think I know who you mean, and she’s a very successful artist.” RPT reprint from 1998

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Letters to the Editor Dear Rocky Point Times Newspaper A group of us are trying to spark interest in people coming back down to Rocky Point this fall. We had our first tour on June 18th and we had Rosie Glover and Russ Black conduct the “city tour” portion. Now that we have one under our belt we are ready to proceed with many more this fall. Hopefully we can get the stores and beaches filled this fall! Jerry Ketelhut Phoenix, Arizona Great news Jerry! We have included an article about “Si Peñasco Your Bus” in this edition. Best of luck! RPTimes I have a question for you....where do I find a phone that would allow me to call work and such back home from Rocky Point? I have Sprint and they do not provide service there. Isn’t there some temporary phone that I could buy??? And I would like to tell you how much I love my subscription to the Times. And I think I will bring dog and cat food for Nancy and will find out what is needed for the Two Fish Ministry – luv both causes. If you can think of what I could do to help – anything - let me know. I could bring kids clothes if needed - anything! Mary Kingsbury Mary - The best solution is a MagicJack or Vonage VOIP that you can use with your computer or laptop provided you have a decent internet connection. This is by far the most efficient and cheapest way to go as all calls to Canada and the U.S. are free (with MagicJack) and very low rates for calling other countries. You can take it wherever you travel and the number follows you and you can even get your voicemail messages emailed to you. TelCel is also a solution as they have pay as you go phones so you can purchase the minutes when you need to use them. The “Amigo” kits run around $25 USD more or less and they often have promos that include air time. Another solution is the AT&T Viva Mexico Plan. A great plan if you travel back and forth. You get a lot of minutes to use in the U.S. or Rocky Point and you can send and receive calls in either country with no problemos! Our daughter has it and she says it is great and she never uses up the minutes, which roll over. Dear Sandy: I just spoke with Alicia about this and she asked me to please e-mail the info. The subscription is now under the name of B Piggott. Rog and I took Bruce and Kathy to Rocky Point the winter of 2010. They fell in love with it

and started the subscription up before they left at the end of March 2010. We all come to Rocky Point with our RV’s and stay at Playa de Oro. They were not able to come to this past winter – 2011. They had hoped to come for the next 10 years, but a problem has come up and they are selling their RV so, sadly, no more Rocky Point trips. Rog and I paid for this year’s subscription in April/May, but kept it in their name hoping they would only miss this year. Now that we know they will not be returning, they want us to change the name and address back to us as it breaks their hearts to even get the paper L. Alicia said that she would confirm this back to us. Thank you for your help on this and we look forward to being back in your wonderful town this coming January for two months. M. Steketee Estes Park, CO We have changed the subscription, as you requested. And we are truly sorry to hear that your friends will not be able to make the trip to any longer. RPTimes: Do you know of any business that either scans or forwards mail from USA address to a Puerto Peñasco address? That is reputable? I was looking at moving to Rocky Point, but absolutely need to get my US mail there somehow, and this is preventing me from moving there. Thanks, Auri Everyone here has a PO Box in either in Lukeville, AZ (at the border) or Ajo, AZ (approx. 40 min. from the border). Burrito Express supplies weekly mail service (3 times per week) from Rocky Point to Lukeville, AZ. They charge $30 USD for personal mail (more for businesses). They are bilingual and you can contact them at (011-52-638) 383-8460. We do not recommend using the Mexico Postal System if you want to get your mail delivered to you in Puerto Peñasco. RPTimes: The August Rocky Point  Times just arrived. It was like old times, slowly turning the pages. I’m thinking, “Thanks Mr. Johnny Calamari for your kind words. I’ve known you and your wife Janet a very long time.”  There was one piece that brought back something that I thought I’d almost lost. A few sentences can write a whole book in  the  memory of my mind... Love is timeless and never stops.   Thanks Sandy for being there.  Lots of Love, Lonesome Lui Lots of Love back to you, Lui!

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

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

$$ BANKING & MONEY $$ Typical Bank Hours Mon.-Fri. open 8:30 or 9 AM, close 4 or 5 PM Saturday 9 or 10 AM - 2 PM Banks do not offer Safety Deposit Boxes BANKS IN PUERTO PEÑASCO BANAMEX Sucursal Pinacate Blvd. Benito Juárez & Campeche 383-3943 or 383-4830 Blvd. Benito Juárez & Blvd. López Portillo 388-5842 or 388-5844 BANCOMER 383-2947 or 383-2430 Blvd. Benito Juárez & V. Estrella and in Plaza Fremont BANORTE 383-5955 • Blvd. Benito Juárez 388-6901 • Blvd. Fremont & Sinaloa SANTANDER SERFIN 383-2091 or 383-4288 Blvd. Benito Juárez & Calle 13 Hwy. 85, north of town ATM MACHINES ATM’s are located at the banks and have 24 hr. access. They give pesos only. When the machine prompts Pesos? Dollars? you must select pesos or your transaction will be aborted. There are U.S. ATM machines in Ajo, Why and Lukeville, AZ. CHECKS & CREDIT CARDS Most merchants do not accept U.S. checks and they are not cashable at banks or money exchanges. Some merchants do accept credit cards, but check first and ask if there is an additional charge. MONEY EXCHANGE All merchants accept USD. If you would like to exchange your dollars into pesos you can do so at one of the banks or at the money exchanges. Depending on the exchange rate, sometimes you are better off paying in USD or pesos, you will have to do the math. Aug 2009: Peso is approx. 13.3:1 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 and 11:30-1:30 Thursday: 7:30 - 9:00pm Church office hours Monday - Friday 9:30am to 2:00pm

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

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 ELECTRICAL...071 FIRE DEPARTMENT...068 MARINE RESCUE...462,627 or 767 VHF Channel 26 is monitored by CBSC POLICE...066 or 060

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 Blvd. Benito Juarez English speaking doctors Clínica Santa Isabel (Maternity) 383-3645 Puerto Peñasco

Family of God Christian Fellowship Non-Denominational Worship Services 044-638-107-7150 Plaza Melanie #211 on Blvd. Fremont English Services, Everyone Welcome Spanish Translation Offered Sunday Services: 9:00am and 10:30am

González Ameri-Clinic 388-7676 Cellular: 044-638-110-7898 Dr. Jesús González Gaytán Blvd. Fremont, Plaza Melanie, Ste. 106 24 Hr. Emergency Service Available Full Service Outpatient Medical Clinic English speaking doctor and staff Yearly insurance packages available Mon-Fri 8am-6pm & Sat-Sun 10am-2pm

Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 382-0049 or 383-3885

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 Mexicana 383-2266 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.

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

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

Lab on site, CT Scan, X-rays, Ultrasound 383-4422

Clínica Santa María 383-2440 Puerto Peñasco

One-Stop Medical Clinic Blvd. Fremont in Plaza Fremont English Speaking doctors and staff

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 BOAT PERMITS Available in Rocky Point and San Diego, CA. Rocky Point: 1 mo.-1 yr., prices range from $313 to $2,011 pesos and depend upon the size of your craft. You’ll need certificate of title. San Diego: Boat licenses can be obtained from the Oficina de Pesca at (619) 233-4324. They will mail or fax you an application. Fill out the form and provide your certificate of documentation for vessel or registration, SASE and cashiers check or money order. Mail to: Oficina de Pesca, 2550 5th Ave., Suite 15, San Diego, CA 92103. They will process it immediately and return mail your boat license which is good for one year. Boat Permit Rates (approx.) in USD Small Boat (less than 20’) - $32.50 Medium Boat (23’ to 30’) - $65.10 Large Boat (30’ and larger) - $97.69 CHARTERS Many charter boats and pangas are available for hire. They are located all over town and at the docks and on your way into Old Port (right hand side). Reputable charters are always the best. Make sure there is enough safety gear on the boat for all persons and that they have a marine radio in the event of an emergency. 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 M-F, 8AM to 3PM, in Rocky Point or at the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix. Fishing Permit Rates (approx.) Pesos Daily - $106.00; Weekly - $220.00 Monthly - $315.00; Yearly - $410.00

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

FM3 & IMMIGRATION • 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

GREEN ANGELS CON’T their mechanical services, but you will need to pay for your own auto parts, gas, oil, etc. The Green Angels offer the following services: Aide in the event of an accident Emergency radio communication Mechanical assistance Tourist Information

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

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

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



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 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

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

TELEPHONE COMPANY Telefonos de Mexico (TelMex) Juan de la Barrera and Calle 18 Office open 8 am • 383-2288 Phone & Internet services available

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

AT&T Operator dial 001-800-462-4240

TelMex (Land Line) Prefixes 383, 382, 388, 102, 108 Phone numbers are written in a variety of ways, here are a few you may see around town. 3-6325 = dial 383 + 6325 638-38-36325 = dial 383-6325 (638) 383-6325 = dial 383-6325 52+(638) 383-6325 = dial 383-6325 Mexico’s Country Code = 52 Puerto Peñasco’s City Code = 638 LONG DISTANCE DO NOT USE THE “CALL USA” BLUE PHONES THEY ARE VERY EXPENSIVE! To make a long distance call, your best bet is to find a cafe or internet cafe with a VOIP phone. Second best is to purchase a prepaid phone card (LADATEL) from pharmacies or businesses, and use one of the many pay phones along the streets - follow the instructions on the phone. You can also use one of the long distance (larga distancia) calling services located around town. U.S. CALLING CARDS If you use your calling card and dial an 800#, that is not toll free within Mexico, you will be charged twice for this call - 1 charge for calling the 800 #, and then a 2nd charge on your phone card. You may also use one of the long distance services to call the U.S. and Canada. CELLULAR PHONES to dial a cell phone from a land line dial 044 + 638 + 7-digit number to dial from local cell to local cell dial 638 + 7-digit number to dial out of city cell from local cell dial 045 + city code + 7-digit number Any number that does not start with a 383, 388, 382, 102 or 108 is most likely a cellular phone You cannot dial a U.S. 800# from your Mexican cellular phone. The only U.S. cell carrier, we have found to work in Rocky Point 96% of the time, is AT&T’s International Plan. All services work - SMS, MMS, Blackberry, etc.Follow the instructions (left) for dialing the U.S. or Canada, and to dial a land line. To dial a cell phone, you may have to dial 044 + 638 + 7-digit number, or you may just need to drop the 044. Sometimes, when calling a local cell, I had to dial as if I were dialing a cell from the U.S. Check plans and where you spend the most time. TelCel’s Blackberry plan is much cheaper than AT&T’s, plus they have a reasonable International Plan for when I travel to the U.S. You can also get an unlocked phone, buy a SIM card, and switch chips as you cross the border. Mexico cell carriers are supposed to start fingerprinting everyone who purchases a cell phone or SIM card.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LEGAL CEREMONY IN MEXICO To get married in a legal ceremony in Puer to Peñasco you need: Bir th certificates, translated into Spanish, notarized in Mexico; Divorce Decree; Blood test (in Rocky Point); Visas (FMT’s); 4 Witnesses (w/Visas). Your wedding planner will help you plan your reinactment ceremony as well.

VIRTUAL CONSULATE Starting 01 June 2011 and the first Wednesday of every month, we will have the virtual consulate open for the use of the American Community that reside in Peñasco or are visiting our City. Our office is located at City Hall on the first floor facing Fremont Blvd. The hours for the virtual consulate will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon.



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By Chef Mickey

Cucumber, Peanut & Coconut Salad Cool and Refreshing for the Summer! Hi there, it’s your friend and Chef, Mickey here in Rocky Point, Mexico hoping all is well for everyone. This month’s recipe will be something cool and refreshing for those hot days of summer…so how does a nice salad sound?

Let’s do a Cucumber, Peanut and Coconut Salad!

Interesting fact... First, here are some interesting facts about this special salad. Deputy Style Editor, Ayesha Patel grew up eating this salad in her native India; the ingredients are staples in an Indian kitchen. You let this salad sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop…here we go! I hope you will enjoy this one

Ingredients... 1-1/2 cups of dry-roasted peanuts 1 unwaxed, seedless cucumber, unpeeled cut into 1/4-inch pieces Kosher Salt to taste 1 small coconut, cracked open, shell removed liquid discarded 3 tablespoons of canola oil 1-1/2 tablespoons of black mustard seeds 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice 1/2 cup of chopped fresh cilantro

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Now that it›s official, the 98th will be having their 2011 Annual Reunion in Shreveport, LA (Barksdale AFB) October 17th-21st. They will be hosting the “Ploesti Raiders” from all units that participated in those raids, regardless of their unit or position in that unit. We need to get this information out to everyone! Please use any publication or vehicle you may know, Military, Civilian, Veteran, Newspaper and last but least Word of Mouth. Get the word

Preparation... (1) Toast the peanuts on a dry heavy skillet over medium-high heat until slightly charred, about 5 minutes, turning them to keep from burning. Transfer the nuts to a cutting board when cool enough to handle, roughly chop them. (2) Combine the cucumbers and the nuts in a medium bowl, sprinkle with salt to taste and set aside. (3) Use vegetable peeler to remove the thin brown skin from each piece the coconut. Grate the coconut flesh on the medium holes of a box grater to yield about a cup. Combine with the cucumber mixture. (4) Heat the oil in a very small skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Add the mustard seeds and let fry until they pop, about 5 seconds. Immediately pour all the oil and the seeds over the cucumber mixture. Toss, add the lime juice and the cilantro and season with salt. Your salad is ready! I hope this recipe will be to your liking! Don’t forget about Chef Mickey’s Place. We are located on Sandy Beach (in the Las Palmas Development) right next door to the Sonoran Sun. Coming Soon…Happy Hour Wine and Cheese! As me about my Cooking Class (011-52638) 108-2065.

Thanks and God Bless! Chef Mickey out! If you are on“Facebook”, please use it! October 17th-21st Shreveport, LA Holiday Inn Downtown 98th Bomb Grp/Wing Veterans Association Annual Reunion Hosting The “Ploesti Raiders” Regardless of Unit or Job! Contact Dennis Posey, Reunion Coordinator (770) 509-7734, Suzanne Mioduszewski, Sec./Treas. (734) 678-3838 Bill Seals, Assoc. President (281) 395-3005





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CLUBSANDORGANIZATIONS AACORP (ANIMAL CENTER) Founder: Nancy Phelan: 383-1012 Leon de la Barra (Calle 15), 3 blocks east of the main blvd. Benito Juarez AACORP Tax-Deductible Donations PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341 Arizona 501(c)3 non-profit corp. Dedicated to helping stray animals by providing no-cost spay/neuter clinics, adoption, dog and cat food, medicine and medical care. The center is run solely on donations. NEEDS: Cat, dog, kitten and puppy food, old towels, bedding, animal toys, bleach, cleaning supplies, medicine and monetary donations. Please drop off food/supplies directly at the center.

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. Sonora State Law requires all Real Estate Agents to be licensed. IS YOUR AGENT LICENSED? SOCIAL MIXERS - All Welcome 2nd Wed. of every month BOARD MEMBERS MEETING 1st Thursday of every month GENERAL MEMBERS MEETING 2nd Thursday of every month 2011 OFFICERS: President: Richard Savino President Elect: Milton Felix Reyes Legal VP: Eleazar Jimenez Ethics VP: Kim Barber Education: Gretchen Ellinger MLS VP: John Walz PR VP: Kent White Events: Liane Armstrong Language & Culture: Isabel Saborith Membership: Veronica Ponce Secretary: Randi Alcott

ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM Founder: Barbara Olszewski: 383-4963 (602) 324-9529 PO Box 695, Lukeville, AZ 85341 Provides basic s c h o o l supplies, computers, copiers, chalkboards, etc. to local classrooms. Donations can be dropped off at the Rocky Point Boat Trips Office or sent to Barb at the address above.

AGRUPACION GEORGE PAPANICOLAO 383-4399: Madrid & 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


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

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (044-638) 384-7398 English Speaking Meetings Monday & Wednesday 10AM-11AM & 6PM-7PM 48 Campeche & Manuel Arista (Next to Galindo’s Café) Saturdays 9:30 AM above the new Candy Cake in the Old Port Newcomers/Book Study Meeting AMERICAN LEGION POST MX 15 Meets 6pm, 1st Tuesday of every month at the 383 Francisco Leon de la Barra (Oct.-June) 2011 OFFICERS: Commander: Bob Nelson (044) 638-110-9741 Second Vice Commander: Open Adjutant: David Anderson (044-638) 110-1383 Treasurer: Robert Lee Rowe (044-638) 380-9052 Service Officer: Dennis Bleeker 383-5770 Chaplin Harry “Hap” Pope: (602) 539-7616 Executive Committee Members: John Thompson Gordon Bueler Mike Harris Alternative Executive Committee Member: Paul Waterman: (520) 387-7532 Chaplin Harry “Hap” Pope: (602) 539-7616 New members and associates are always welcome! Show your American Legion ID at the Black Dog and receive discounted prices. 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 Rocky Point Times Office: 383-6325 Ave. Pino Suarez (off Calle 13) Mon.-Fri. 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 or (044-638)109-4109 Local ladies play Bunco at Giuseppis Espresso Cafe on Blvd Fremont, the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM. Contact Sandy at the numbers listed above if you are interested in joining the group.



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 FREE PUBLIC TOURS Every Tuesday 2pm; Saturday 4pm 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 nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education and conservation of the planet’s last great frontiers: the Sea of Cortez. CEDO NATURARTE ADVENTURES FOR EVERYONE 1. Discover the tidepools: Explore the tidepools with CEDO experts. 2. Exploring the Morúa Estuary: Oyster farms, Fiddler Crabs, and the “Shrimp dance” are part of this walking tour of a pristine upper gulf wetland. 3. Kayaking Morúa Estuary; Explore beautiful Estero Morúa with expert guides, local ecology talk, kayak rental, seafood menu and many kind of birds, crabs and halophytes. 4. Pinacate Adventure: Explore the geologic wonders of the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve on a tour with CEDO experts. 5. Oyster Experience: Become an oyster farmer and chef in a matter of hours at Punta Roja. Take an inside look at a sustainable maritime economy. 6. San Jorge Island Tour and Snorkeling: Join CEDO experts to explore the waters around this island, Bird Island hosts a rich diversity of life including sea birds, reef fish, invertebrates and, of course, you can snorkel with gregarious California sea lions. 7. Bird Watching Tour: Join the CEDO guides as we ramble along the shores of the estuary, observing this unique sanctuary for some of the areas most stunning bird life. 8. Hiking the sand dune: A tour at the Gran Desierto de Altar. This sea of natural dunes is the world largest. An experience you won’t forget.

Center for Technological Sea Studies Phone: 382-0010 Mon-Sun 10am-5pm Cost: $4 adults, $2 children, $2 Food to feed 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.

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) Directora: Rubén Rodríguez Rico Phone: 383-2599 Cell: (044-638) 112-0846 Ave. Miguel Hidalgo (Calle 13) and Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 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.

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 Secretary: Billie Crumbley Treasurer: Enedina Otañez Membership: Laura McIntyre 2011 BOARD MEMBERS Jerry Ketelhut Jr., Roy and Shirley Haenfler, Kathy Barnard, Tammy Hicks, Rhea Dugan, Bob Adams, Don Schmidli, Ken Goodin, Gayle Savelsberg, Diane Aliano, Sal Otañez

CHARITIES FOUNDATION Sally Dalton: 382-5283 (Xochitl’s Cafe) Donations 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, THE Sandy Spain: 388-0857 Brenda Barden: 044-386-9197 Meets every Thursday at 4:00 pm at La Cocina de Ramon Restaurant at the Sonoran Sea 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 parttime resident? Mexican, American, other nationality, young, mature? It doesn’t matter. Everyone is welcome.

COORDINACIÓN DE SALUD MUNICIPAL Dedicated to Prevention and Disease Control Animal Control/Dog Pound/ Vaccinations Monday thru Friday 8AM to 3PM (011-52-638) 388-5152 Dra. Socorro – Coordinator Mario López – Canine Technician Jesús Bejarano – Subdirector Marina Soto Siqueiros – Social Worker We welcome donations of food, clothing, school supplies, pet food, medications and vaccines.

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., a children’s home on Calle Marcelo Pino and Callejon Benito Juarez. The home is equipped to

accommodate 50 children ranging in ages from newborns to 11 years. Children are 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. (480) 463-6255

3-Day Trips every May and October The El Golfo Run is a fun bi-annual 4x4 trip 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 Hwy. 8, 15 mi. N of RP Secretary: Jose Manuel Barrera Sanchez Treasurer: Florencia Lucila G. Miron PO Box 1024, Lukeville, AZ 85341 The home provides temporary housing for children whose families cannot care for them, due to a variety of factors. The home provides shelter, meals, schooling, clothes, etc. during their stay. Esperanza is always in of fresh meat, fruits, beans, rice, cooking oil, flour, vegetables, etc. (not canned items), cleaning supplies, gas for the bus and help with their electrical bill. This is a children’s home, NOT an orphanage though often referred to as such. The children have families and ARE NOT up for adoption.

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

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

GRUPO SAN PEREGRINO Spiritual Support Cancer Group Dra. Arminda González: (044-638) 110-4934 Glenda López: (044-638) 383-2414 Mariana Pérez: (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. E-mail:

GUARDIAN ANGELS Ramon Ramos 388-5362/044-638-112-0350 Started by Linda and Guy Scholey, 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 were also able to provide hot meals for the children throughout the year. Since Guy and Linda have moved south, their head chef, Ramon Ramos, owner of La Cocina de Ramon has decided to continue the tradition.

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

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

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

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.

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

LIONS CLUB Phone: 383-2488 Ave. Niños Heroes and Juan Aldama President: 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.may be dropped off at the office of the RPTimes.

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

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

OLD BOYS SOCIAL CLUB President: Lew Felton A fun group that puts on a variety of events every year, such as the BASH. The group holds monthly meetings and donates to local charities and organizations.

PPAREA Puerto Peñasco Association of Real Estate Agents

PEÑASCO CHILDRENS FOUNDATION Founder: Steve Schwab Coordinator: Richard C. LaNasa Established 2003 520-232-2241 PO Box 70121, Tucson, AZ 85737 A non-profit organization in Puerto Peñasco dedicated to enriching the lives of the children and their families. The organization provides medical assistance, assists families, offers education and assists in the general enrichment of children’s lives. The group holds many events during the year including golf tournaments, a children’s walk, triathlon, concerts and a NewYear’s Eve Bash.




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

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

Also known as S.O.B.S. President: Bob Adams: 382-5034 BUSINESS MEETING: 5:30pm, 1st Wednesday of every month at the Black Dog on Blvd. Fremont HAPPY HOUR SOCIAL GATHERING 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.

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

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

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

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WOMEN Professional Business Women’s Club Meet every Tues. 8pm • 383-2052 Constitucion and Serdán esq. # 1 Monday - Friday 9am-1pm 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.

RED CROSS (CRUZ ROJA) EMERGENCY DIAL 060 Business Phone: 383-2266 Located on Blvd. Fremont, across from the Fire Department (Bomberos) 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 bank account: Banamex Acct# 7661161 SUC. 472 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.

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.

ROTARY CLUB Group is not meeting at this time. No time slated for starting meetings at this time.

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 Mon-Sat 9am-4pm St. Vincent de Paul helps needy citizens by furnishing clothing, food baskets, medical assistance. They are run solely on donations. Turn W on Samuel Ocaña, go to the 1st 4-way stop, turn left and go 1 block, turn right and go 2 blocks, turn left. SVdP is the light green building at the end of the street on the right side.

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 santaclausclub@

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

TOURISM BUREAU (OCV) Puerto Peñasco Convention & Visitor’s Bureau President: Hector Vazquez Lic. Ana Laura Saens: 383-7025 Rafael Gonzales V.: 388-0444 U.S. Toll Free: 877-843-3717 Mexico Toll Free: 01-800-552-2820 Monday - Friday: 9AM-2PM & 4-7PM Saturday: 9AM-3PM Blvd. Benito Juarez, Plaza del Sol No. 13 behind Circle K, next to Expo Tile

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!

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 Youth Sports Foundation of Puerto Peñasco Fernando Lopez: Office (011-52-638) 388-1180 Rick Busa:



local dial 383-6325 from the U.S. dial (480) 463-6255

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CLASSIFIEDADS ANNOUNCEMENTS DELICIOUS “FAST” FOOD AT EL POLLO Papago. We have the best Rotisserie Chicken and a drive-thru for fast service! Get a whole juicy chicken, fresh homemade tortillas, salsa, marinated onions, cabbage, jalapeños and a baked potato. Eat in or call ahead for to-go orders. Call Martin at (044-638) 385-1301. Located on Blvd. Benito Juarez next to Burger King. (#1-38) PLEASE REMEMBER THAT EVERY PESO counts. When you tip to the grocery bagger, parking lot attendant, waiter or waitress, etc. those few pesos go to help feed their families and buy necessities for day to day life. If you can’t afford to tip what you used to, then tip what you can…because it all adds up and a peso or two is better than none. (#1-tp) 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) 3831012. (#1-42) SAME DAY SERVICE & FREE EYE EXAMS! Optica Turati is located next to Botica Lux on Melchor Ocampo. Over 500 frames to choose from. Same day service. English and Spanish spoken (and a little Italian). Great service. Phone (011-52-638) 383-4645. (#1-ot) FREE BOOK EXCHANGE for everyone - visitors and residents - paperbacks, hard covers, magazines. “Take-em, Read-em, Bringem Back”, is our policy at the Rocky Point Times Office, located off of Calle 13 (Miguel Hidalgo), turn south across from El Sombrero Restaurant. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. (#1-b) XOCHITL’S CAFÉ (SALLY’S PLACE) IN Cholla Bay. You’ve got to try our chiles rellenos and spinach omelet. Pizza served - Greek, Thai and Pepperoni. Breakfast served 6AM until 2PM. Call your order ahead 382-5283. (#1-11) 9AM SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES with Family of God Christian Fellowship – all year long. Non-denominational services held in their new location - on the glorieta (circle) at the west end of Calle 26 (in the old Las Palomas Offices). Blvd. Costero N 2000A, Fracc. Las Palomas. Church Office 383-3480. Everyone. English spoken/Spanish translation offered. (#1-25) JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES KINGDOM HALL Monday Book Study 7:30 PM, Thursday Ministry School & Service Meeting 7pm. Sunday Public Discourse 9:30am. Located on the (baseball) stadium road, on the left, just before the big blvd. Call 382-0049 or 3833885. (#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 9:30AM to 2PM. Located on Simon Morua. Call for info. (011-52-638) 383-2240. (#1-ch) PLEASE BRING DOG FOOD! THE DOGS & CATS need help. We are accepting donations of dog and cat food at our offices once again for the street animals. You can bring items to Nancy Phelan’s house on Calle 15, 2 blocks behind the electric co. on Benito Juarez. Pet food can be purchased in Rocky Point if you do not wish to cross the border with it. (#1-np) 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) HAS YOUR LIFE BEEN AFFECTED BY another person’s drinking? English speaking Alanon meeting every Tuesday at 7PM. Placita Melanie, suite 211 on Blvd. Fremont. For info contact Melanie (011-521-638) 106-2070, email: (#1-37)

THE LARRY D. LARGE FOUNDATION delivers approximately 80 newborn baby packages each month to the local hospital. These packages include diapers, wipes, clothing, bibs, lotion, baby oil, shampoo, powder, blankets, hats and a Spanish bible. This service is provided to assist the mothers in the first few weeks of their child’s birth. If you can donate any of these items, please bring them to the local Foundation office in Alaina Plaza, suite 12, on Blvd. Fremont (behind Bryan’s Sports Restaurant). Call from the U.S. (01152-638) 388-5426, or local cell (044-638) 112-0359. You may also drop items off at our Tucson Office located at 2470 W. Majestic Parkway, suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85705. Phone (520) 547-1970, email: The Larry D. Large Foundation (#1-11a) ART GALLERIES GALERIA DEL MAR BERMEJO – The finest in Authentic Mexican Art. Largest selection of Mata Ortiz Pottery & Jewelry-Certified 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 AlpertMara 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 (01152-638) 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) BATTERIES BATTERY SYSTEMS DE SONORA HAS your Rolls Surrette S460’s and Trojan T-105’s in stock ready for installation today. Call local cell (044-638) 100-9698, or from the U.S. (011-52-638) 382-5010. Email: mx. (#22-1) BEAUTY SALONS GLORIAS BEAUTY SALON SINCE 1969! We do it all and we carry a full line of beauty supplies. Gloria’s Beauty Shop is located on Constitucion, just before Super Ley Market. Phone locally at 383-5075 or from the U.S. (011-52-638) 383-5075 for an appointment, ask for Gloria. English Spoken. (#25-13) 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 (#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 3835758, or from the U.S. dial (602) 476-1187, or email me at (#30-2) CATERING POLLO PAPAGO – DON’T COOK! LET Martin cater your party or special occasion with the best rotisserie chicken (and sides) in town! English spoken, call Martin at (044-638) 385-1301. Great for birthday parties, beach get-togethers, business parties, and family gatherings. Blvd. Benito Juarez next to Burger King. (#50-4)

COFFEE AND COFFEE HOUSES MAX’S CAFÉ: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, Dinner, Pizza, Full Espresso and Liquor Bar. Free Wireless Internet & Phone to the U.S. Located in front of Hotel Peñasco del Sol. Live Music Thur-Sun 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) COFFEE & DESSERT HOUSE - INSIDE OR outside seating. Located on Blvd. Fremont next to the Black Dog Bar – Giuseppis!! Serving breakfast and a breakfast buffet on the weekends! And lunch too. Espresso, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, Chai Tea – hot and cold. Open 7AM. Pre-paid coffee cards available. Homemade Italian desserts and gelato! Leashed, well behaved dogs always welcome. Call ahead 383-5181. (#56-6) DENTAL SERVICES

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) STAY IN CHOLLA BAY! ONE BEDROOM Casita for rent by day or week A/C, Sat T.V., fully furnished, steps from the bay. Call (520) 2034050 or visit (#100-2) A CLASSIFIED AD IN THE RPTIMES IS THE BEST way to find a place to rent in Rocky Point or to advertise your rental. Now even better with more words, more exposure and lower prices. Call Alicia today for your classified ad needs local dial 383-6325. THIS 5TH FLOOR CORNER UNIT HAS A VIEW with miles of Sandy Beach, and Baja Sunsets across the Sea of Cortez. Old Town Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point) is just minutes away on foot, and at night there are always the sounds of music and singing. For rental information, call Ely Ibarra at Mar de Cortez Rentals (602) 218-7300 (#100-3)

WANT A DENTIST WHO USES THE latest in technology and equipment when getting your teeth cared for? Ernesto Grijalva, D.D.S. comes highly recommended by all of his patients – ask anyone of them! Stop by his office located on Blvd. Fremont, just south of the fire dept. or call Mario for an appointment (011-52-638) 383-3434. (#64-3)

LOOKING TO RENT: 2 BEDROOM OCEAN VIEW condo on Sandy Beach, long term or 3, 6 or month to month lease. Pay up to $900 USD. Need for Oct. 1st. Please email me at (#100-5)

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)

SONORAN SUN – 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH CONDO $50,000 down-Owner will carry balance. 5 year note @ 9.0% (#102-1)

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@ 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@hotmail. com. Translations from English to Spanish or Spanish to English also available – any document you need translated. Call Silvia whenever you need help with anything from bill paying to ordering flowers! (#79-1) FOR SALE DUNE BUGGY - 1600 MOTOR REBUILT. $2,000 USD. Rocky Point cell (044-638) 1160568 or (602) 416-1511 VONAGE (#86-2) ASK ABOUT OUR NEW LOW CLASSIFIED AD prices! More words, lower price and more exposure with classifieds on our website. Call Alicia at 383-6325. FURNITURE DELIVERY MOVING FROM THE STATES to Rocky Point/ San Carlos since 1987. Our price includes no surprise fees from pickups to setups. Email or phone (480) 232-3518. (#90-9) HOUSES AND CONDOS FOR RENT LONG TERM & NIGHTLY RENTALS, Las Conchas, Mirador, In Town, Sandy Beach Homes and Condos. Starting at $150.00 USD per month. Twin Dolphins (011-52-638) 383-3919, (602) 324-7241 (#100-4)


THIS BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED UNIT, built on solid, stable ground, gives you the feeling you’re at sea from the master bedroom view. This 5th floor corner unit has the view with miles of Sandy Beach. Facing south there are the Baja sunsets. To the north, in the Sea of Cortez, float fleets of shrimp boats unloading their catch and taking on big chunks of ice. All these wooden boats are made in their beautiful classic design. The old town is only minutes away on foot and at night there is always the sound of guitars and singing. Yes, and the smell of corn tortilla on the grill or well seasoned meat sizzling over charcoal. (Oh how I miss that place. Any new buyer has to ask, Why are you selling. I’m 82 and they have me on so many pills and blood tests it’s hard to get away.) Contact Jonni at Coldwell Banker Rocky Point (602) 334-4134 or in Rocky Point (011-52-638) 383-4699. jonnifrancis@ (#102-3) OWN A PIECE OF PARADISE! - Ocean Front Sonoran Sun 2bdr/2ba unit - $45,000 down with seller carry back. HIgh end unit with first class amenities and furnishings. Seller to carry balance of $200,000 for 5 or 7 years with 30 year amortization. For more information go to and click on Rocky Point rental for pictures of unit or call Stacey at (602) 616-9971. (#102-1) INSURANCE SERVICES INSURANCE AND BONDING AGENCY- real estate - Mexican & American Insurance: Auto, boat, life, house, commercial. Yolanda Silva, Agent. Ave Nayarit #62. Call 383-6280. (#107-1) MASSAGE U.S.A. CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST. Several bodywork modalities available. Out calls or in clinic. $55 per hour. Best massage in town. Rita Pizarro, from U.S. dial (602) 7484134, clinic (011-52-638) 383-8030, local dial 383-8030 or (044-638) 386-5203 or email (#120-6) PEST CONTROL CONTRA PLAGAS - COCKROACHES, Termites, mosquitoes, flies, bees, fire ants, fleas, scorpions, spiders, rats, ants, mice. We have our Federal License. English spoken. Call Antonio Mendivil, owner at 383-8787. 24 hour emergency phone dial (044-638) 380-5136. (#126-1)


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 PUERTO PEÑASCO HOME INSPECTIONS. Be an intelligent investor: Get a home inspection before you buy your next home or investment property in Mexico. Puerto Peñasco’s only full time Home Inspector. Call (602) 748-4134, local dial (044-638) 110-4728 or email (#157-7)

SPANISH CLASS Here are a few basic Spanish phrases that are easy to learn and may come in handy. It’s never too late to learn and it’s always nice to greet your neighbors or strangers with a pleasantry in their own language!

GREETINGS Buenos Dias Good Morning

(typically used as a greeting until noon)

Buenas Tardes Good Afternoon

(typically used as a greeting until 8pm)

Buenas Noches Good Evening - Good Night

(typically used as a greeting after 8pm)

DAYS OF THE WEEK Lunes - Monday Martes - Tuesday Miercoles - Wednesday Jueves - Thursday Viernes - Friday Sabado - Saturday Domingo - Sunday PHRASES

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) 476-1837. Visit website at or email us at or patricia@ (#157-4)

You are very kind. Usted muy amable (ays) (oos-tayd) (moo-ye) (ah-mah-blay)

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)

What is your telephone number? Cual es su numero de telefono? (kwahl) (ays) (soo) (noo-mayrah) (day) (tay-lay-foh-noh)


Shall we dance? Bailamos? (bahee-lah-mohs) I am very sorry Cuanto lo siento (kwahn-toh) ( loh) ( seeayn-toh)   It has been a pleasure Ha sido un placer (ah) (see-doh) (oon) (plah-sayr)

HEAD OUT TO ROCKY POINT - door to door shuttle service from Phoenix to Rocky Point. Group and one-way rates available. Wanna Go? Let Us Know! Email headout@, phone in the U.S. (602) 971-0166 or U.S. Toll Free (866) 443-2368. www. No waiting in border lines when you ride with us! (#158-3) SOLAR EQUIPMENT SONORA SOLAR IS BASED FULL TIME in Rocky Point for your solar electric and water pump needs. Phone (011-52-638) 382-5010 or local cell (044-638) 100-9698 or email (#163-3) WANTED LOOKING TO RENT: 2 BEDROOM OCEAN VIEW condo on Sandy Beach, long term or 3, 6 or month to month lease. Pay up to $900 USD. Need for Oct. 1st. Please email me at info@ (#192-1) WATER PUMPS SONORA SOLAR HAS PRESSURE PUMPS, 12V, 24V and 110 volts in stock. These pumps can be changed out with no tools in one minute! Low water shut off switches for pressure pumps, custom electronic water sensors for in house monitoring, also for remote filling. Hot water heaters also installed. Phone (011-52-638) 382-5010 or local cell (044-638) 100-9698 or email (#195-1) WINDOW COVERINGS SEASIDE WINDOW COVERINGS SINCE 1993. English spoken. All kinds of window treatments. Call Marie for appointment (011-52-638) 3835181. (#198-1)

I don’t understand. No entiendo (noh) (ayn-teeayn-doh)



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DEADLINE IS THE 10th OF THE MONTH PRECEEDING PUBLICATION SEND PAYMENT TO: (Check payable to: S. O’Hare) PO Box 887, Lukeville, AZ 85341 or stop by off our office, located off of Calle 13 on Pino Suarez No. 3 Puerto Peñasco, Sonora PAYMENT METHODS: We accept Mexican & American Checks Mexican and American Bank TRansfers U.S. Money Orders, Cash in our office

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Tequila, the Essence of Mexico con’t Story con’t from Page 26 This is what is called a “Tequila Artesanal”, in other words, a very unique tequila made in small quantities with no chemicals added, and from 100% blue agave. Things to do at the Tequila Factory: • Take a spoken video tour of how tequila is made. followed by a Q&A • Taste different tequilas (6 types / 9 flavors) • Take a photo and become part of the Tequila Factory photo wall   Come to the Tequila Factory and Experience the Taste of Mexico   You will also find flavored tequila, a variety of commercial tequilas and other spirits, unique barrel furniture, organic coffee, leather goods, and souvenirs.

Tequila Factory Open daily from 10am to 6pm (closed on Tuesdays) Phone: (011-52-638) 388-0606 You can find us in Puerto Peñasco on Blvd. Benito Juarez & 12th Street, in Plaza California.

TEQUILA FACTS: • A piña or “pineapple” (the center of the agave) of approximately 150 pounds will produce 2.5 gallons of tequila. • After 7 or 8 years the plant is harvested and starts the process to turn into tequila. It takes almost a decade to produce a bottle of blanco tequila. • Tequila, first produced in the 16th century, is an Alcoholic drink made from fermented and distilled sap of one spices of the Agave Tequilana, the Weber Blue Agave. The agave plant can also be called Maguey. • By Mexican law, the blue agave used to make tequila can legally be grown in only 5 areas in Mexico: The entire state of Jalisco, and small parts of Tamaulipas, Nayarit, Guanajuato and Michoacan. This means more than 90,000 acres of blue agave under cultivation in Mexico. • Tequila is produced mainly in Tequila, Jalisco, located in the heart of Mexico, more than 6,500 ft. above sea level. Near the city of Tequila is an extinct volcano, which last erupted 200,000 years ago: That erruption covered the area in rich volcanic soil, making the area ideal for the growth of the blue agave, and giving the plant a distinct taste. • Other derived alcoholic drinks from different Agave plants: Bacanora in Sonora, Sotol in Chihuahua, Mezcal in Oaxaca, Raicilla in Jalisco.  





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Rocky Point Times September 2011  

Rocky Point Times September 2011

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