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ADVERTISERINDEX & PHONENUMBERS 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.

D D’Lucy Spa........................(044-638) 105-8993 Dr. Grijalva, D.D.S.............................383-3434 Dr. Socorro, D.D.S......................................383-4898 or..................................044-638-105-9847 Dr. Vázquez, M.D...............................383-3014 (24 hr. Emergency also)

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dial 011-52-638 and the 7-digit number listed

Eddie Wharez....................................383-8633

CALLING WITHIN MEXICO

or...............................................(602) 324-9328

dial 01 + area code + 7-digit number

Ellinger, Gretchen..............................382-5147

Mexico Numbers, located outside of Peñasco, are listed with 01 + area code and number.

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CELLULAR PHONES

Family of God......................044-638-107-7150

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

or...............................................(602) 820-6306

IN PUERTO PEÑASCO

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.

FMI Rentals........................................388-0773 Francis, Jonni.......................044-638-112-1197

G Galería del Mar Bermejo....................383-3488 Galería Luis y Gaby.............................383-7174 Giuseppi’s Espresso..........................383-5181 Glorias Beauty Salon........................383-5075 Grijalva, Ernesto, D.D.S.....................383-3434

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

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

I-J-K InnSuites Hotels and Suites U.S. Toll Free............................ (888) 466-7848 International Intelligence Services .............................................044-638-384-3968 ..................................................(520) 858-0857

American Legion.................................388-8841

JJ’s Cantina........................................383-2785

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Kelp, Inc......044-638-104-6330/(602) 288-8380

Jonni Francis.............................(602) 334-4134

Beauty Design Studio by Gloria........383-8500 Bill Paying Service by Patricia Perez...383-5737

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Biosfera Dry Cleaners.......................383-3929

La Casa del Capitán Restaurant........383-5698

Blue Marlin Restaurant.......................383-6564

La Cocina de Ramón.......................388-5362

Bórquez, Ricardo, Atty........388-6110/(520) 407-6756 Bours, Ricardo, Atty...................(520) 514-0766 Brooks, Dee........................................383-3919

C Casa de Carolina Rentals..................383-5482 Casa Monica Bed & Breakfast..........382-5147

La Siesta Motel.........................(520) 387-6569 Laguna Shores Golf & Country Club....383-4670

M Max’s Cafe...........................................383-1011 Mercedes Shuttle......................(602) 956-5696

Cholla Bay Office......382-5355/(602) 635-3736

Mexican Beach Developers......(520) 777-0018

Coldwell Banker Rocky Point............383-4699

or..........................................044-638-384-7145

or..................044-638-112-1197/(602) 334-4134

Mexican Vistas Co....................(928) 649-0972

Contra Plagas.....................................383-8787

Mexico Bonito Bill Paying Service.......383-5737

or..........................................044-638-110-1625

Muebles Imperiales…........................383-6480

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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 Point, The Restaurant........................383-8660 Pollo Pápago.......................044-638-385-1301 Premium Services.....383-5758/(602) 476-1187 Puerta Privada..........................(480) 445-9200 Puesta del Sol Restaurant................383-2586

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Redz RV Resort................................383-8476 Rocky Point Calendar........see Mexican Vistas Rocky Point Times Newspaper.........383-6325 or................................................(480) 463-6255 Fax....................................................383-5193 Email.................rockypointtimes@yahoo.com

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Salerno, Rosarie................................383-6099 or..........................................044-638-384-7145 Sanborns Insurance U.S. Toll Free............................(800) 222-0158 SDS Automotive.................................383-1743 Sea Side Beach Home Rentals.........383-7795 U.S. Toll Free.............................(888) 262-4508 Sea Side Shuttle U.S. Toll Free.............................(877) 276-5745 Seaside Window Coverings...............383-5181 Silva, Yolanda Insurance.....................383-6280 Sonora Solar......................................382-5010 Sun Country México Real Estate.......382-5147 Sun Valley Services............................383-8891

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Tapia, Bours & Borquez Law Firm.......388-6110 or................................................(520) 407-6756 Tapia, Miguel (Attorney) from Mexico...........................01-662-212-3060 or......................(602) 412-3241/(520) 495-0776 Texaco.......................................(928) 683-6324 The Point Ocean Lounge..................383-8660 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

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Vazquez, Luis, MD.............................383-3014 General/Emergency Medicine 24 hr. Service Victor Alemán.......................044-638-105-7839

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Wharez, Eddie..........383-8633/(602) 324-9328 Why Inn & Suites......................(602) 397-5748

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

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AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE (dial in Mexico) AirEvac..................................................001-880-321-9522 SkyMed Air Ambulance.............................001-866-805-9624 AIRPORTS Municipal..................................................................383-6097 CITY HALL (Municipal Building) H. Ayuntamiento de Peñasco..................383-2056/383-2060 CLINICS Clínica San José.......................................................383-5121 Clínica Santa Fe.......................................383-2447/383-4040 Clínica Santa Isabel (Maternity)...............................383-3645 Clínica Santa María.................................................383-2440 Cruz Roja (Red Cross).............................................383-2266 Desert Senita Community Health Center.......(520) 387-5651 Gonzalez AmeriClinic..............................................388-7676 ELECTRIC (Emergency dial...071) Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE)..................383-2684 FIRE DEPARTMENT (Emergency dial...068) Departamento de Bomberos..................................383-2828 FISHIERIES DEPARTMENT Departamento de Pesca..........................................383-2408 Oficina de Pesca, San Diego, CA..................(619) 233-4324 GARBAGE/SANITATION

DEPARTMENT

Oomislim............................................383-4909 GAS (Propane) Hidrogas...383-5650/Z’Gas....383-8284/ZaGas....383-8100 HOSPITALS (See Clinics also) Community....383-4566/IMSS (Social Security).......383-2870 Municipal.........................................................383-2110 IMMIGRATION..................................................383-2526 MARINE RESCUE (VHF CH. 26)

(Emergency 462/627/767)

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

Comandante Rene Barranco Zarate

Puerto Peñasco Station...........................383-2626/383-1616 State Judicial Police (Policía Judicial del Estado)......383-2783 PUBLIC SECURITY DEPARTMENT Seguridad Pública Municipal...................383-2626/383-1616 RAILROAD Ferrocarril............................................................383-2610 RED CROSS (See Cruz Roja) SOCIAL SECURITY (IMSS) Instituto Méxicano del Seguro Social......383-2677/383-2777 TELEPHONE Teléfonos de México................................................383-2780 U.S. CONSULATES (in Mexico) Nogales......................................................01-631-313-4820 Dial from the U.S..................................011-52-631-313-4820 WATER Oomapas.......383-6080/Organismo Operador........383-6080 Piteco (water tank delivery).....................................383-3315

RESTAURANTS

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Benny’s Pizza 383-6001 7 days, 11am-10pm Cheiky’s Pizza 383-3627, Closed Wed. Cocina Express 383-8358 Mon.-Sat. 10am-8pm Sun. 12pm-7pm Cornejo’s To Go 383-5050 7 days, 9am-6pm

FEDE’S 383-3419 (044-638) 100-5834 12pm-5pm, Closed Sun. La Duela Pizza 388-4414 Closed Wed. Tenshi Sushi (044-638) 112-0107 TIKI Fresh Foods (044-638) 105-8001 (044-638) 112-0996 9am-9pm, Closed. Sun.

Domino’s Pizza 383-3838 7 days, 10am-8pm

Tortas San Luis 388-6405 7 days, 9am-9pm

El Condor Pizza 388-5383 7 days, 12pm-10pm

Zuquin Cakes 383-3250 (044-638) 105-4389 7 days, 9am-5pm

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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 rockypointtimes@yahoo.com www.rptimes.com 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, Wayne Corcoran, Johnny Calamari and Gretchen Ellinger ROCKY POINT TIMES STAFF Tom O’Hare - Editor/Publisher Sandra O’Hare - Managing Editor Lannette Phipps - Foreign Correspondent Betty Lumbreras - 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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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.

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As a young boy, age 10, many, many years ago, I had a cavity in a tooth. The family dentist at the time said an extraction was in order. To this day in my mind, the dentist used a hammer, a chisel and a pair of visegrips to remove the tooth, which came out in pieces. That was, I believe to this day, what started my dreaded fear of dentists. In boot camp (U.S. Navy 1958), I experienced another encounter with a dentist, that time, I must say, was not quite as bad but a close second to my first experience. Then, one day a while back, out of necessity and a lot of pain, I went to a local dentist, Dr. Grijalva, here in Rocky Point. I figured he could not make me hurt any more that I already did. Boy, am I glad I went! I was amazed with his expertise and mainly virtually pain free treatment. I have now lost all my fear of dentists. For the last few months I have been going to Dr. Grijalva almost weekly to repair teeth that have neglected far too long. Soon will have implants in a few spots where the tooth was too far gone to save. Prior to the implants it was necessary to have that dreaded procedure called “root canal”. Dr. Raymundo Lopez Pradis, an associate of Dr. Grijalva, is a specialist in root canals. He performed five on my teeth and, I can truthfully say, I never once felt any pain or discomfort. During my last visit with Dr. Grijalva, I told him about an advertisement I had seen on television for a dentist in the U.S. who says he can put implants in one day. His reply was that it is possible, but only one in a hundred people can qualify for that type of procedure. I know that, from my own experience, I don’t see how it could even be possible. I have had four different impressions made, to insure the height, width and alignment are correct for a proper bite. At one time, when the town was full of visitors, if you wanted an appointment with

Dr. Grijalva you may have had to wait up to 2 1/2 months. Now, with the economy as it is, the average wait for an appointment is one to two weeks. In conversations with my friends and some of the tourists who visit the Rocky Point Times office, there are many qualified and experienced dentists here in Rocky Point, most whom speak English for your convenience. With several business closing their doors here in Puerto Peñasco, due to the poor economy, its good to see that two new places have opened, supplying much needed employment opportunities. Open during the first week of March, Bodega Aurrera, Mexico’s affiliate to Walmart held their grand opening. The parking lot was filled to capacity and vehicles lined up on the main boulevard, Benito Juarez, waiting to enter. I understand that it is similar to a full blown Walmart. They carry clothing, electronics, groceries, etc. I was talking to a friend of mine who shops at what was, previously, the largest grocery store in Rocky Point, Super Ley. This person told me that since Bodega Aurrera opened, Super Ley now announces, in English over their PA system, specials of the day and if you need assistance it is available. I guess competition creates change. Personally I prefer to shop at the smaller stores like Los Cuates or the local butcher shop for fresh meat.

The other grand opening was out on Sandy Beach at the Reef, a new Mexican specialty restaurant called “Mi Familia”. It is located directly above the Italian specialty restaurant Mare Blu. I don’t care to go to restaurants by myself, and Sandy was busy working on our next edition, so our office manager Alicia went with me to the opening. When we got there, the entire place was packed. There was only one table for four left, which we gladly shared with John and Janet Quigley from Puerta Privada. Our first serving was a cup of chile soup. The main dish was the best Chile Relleno, stuffed with scallops and shrimp, then a rice pudding dessert was served. Excellent service, good food and a great atmosphere. The place to go for Mexican fine dining. Check out Gretchen Ellingers article about this new restaurant, also in this months issue. La Familia is open daily from 4pm to 10pm. For reservations call (011-52-638) 383-0605. Ask for their daily special from Chef Rene Acosta, or stop by for a refreshment at the scenic bar which is hosted by Eduardo Gomez, and enjoy a cocktail and the view.

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Passover 6PM Pool Tournament at Baja Cantina & Hotel 10PM Pool Tournament at JC’s Bar and Grill

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SOBS Singles Meet for Happy Hour at Playa Bonita Resort 3PM Darts at JC’s Bar and Grill, above Keno’s Market 3PM Bingo at Playa Bonita RV Social Club 5PM AMPI MIXER call Liane (044-638) 107-7164 10PM Pool Tournament at JC’s Bar and Grill, above Keno’s Market

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American Legion Post MX15 NOON-7PM CET-MAR Aquariums – Center for Sea Studies. Come and see sea creatures up close at the aquarium, Mon. – Fri. 10AM to 5PM, Sat. & Sun. 10AM to 6PM. Located on the road to Las Conchas. Call (011-52-638) 382-0010. Children $1USD Adults $3USD SUNDAYS Non-Denominational Worship Services in English held at Plaza Melanie No. 21 on Blvd. Fremont at 9AM.

MONDAYS Red Hat Ladies Luncheon at 1PM on the last Monday of every month at a local restaurant (Oct.-June). Phone Brenda at (044-638) 386-9197 for more info. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meets at 6PM & 7PM. English Speaking meeting. 10AM11AM. TUESDAYS CEDO Free Public Tour in Las Conchas 2PM. Call 382-0113 for more info. CBSC-Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club meets once a month (Oct.-June) on Tues. or Sat. Uncommon Women on Common Ground meet at 5:30PM. 2nd Second Tue. each month. American Legion Post MX 15 meets 1st

Tues. of every month at 6PM.(Oct.–June) Bible Study in English at Fede’s Restaurant on Fco. Villa between Calle 25 & 26. Call 383-3419 for more info. Alanon meeting at 7PM at Placita Melanie Suite 211 on Blvd. Fremont. WEDNESDAYS SOBS (South of the Border Singles) Business meeting 1st Wed. of every month at Black Dog. Happy Hour every Wednesday thereafter, at Playa Bonita. Singles welcome. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meets at 5PM. Spanish Speaking Meeting. AMPI/Business Mixer on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 5PM. Everyone welcome.

THURSDAYS Bingo (Loteria) at Casa Hogar “Home for the Elderly” at 4PM. The Connection meets every Thursday at La Cocina de Ramon at the Sonoran Sea. FRIDAYS AA “freebirds” newcomers/book study meeting at 8AM 382-5001. SATURDAYS CEDO Free Public Tours at 4PM in Las Conchas. Call 382-0113 for more info. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meets at 6PM-7PM. Spanish Speaking meeting. 10AM-11AM. Karaoke & Singing with Pablo at the Black Dog on Blvd. Fremont at 7PM.

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aving lived in Rocky Point for almost twenty years and having a wife who loves to shop for anything and everything, I can say that I have probably, at one time or another, visited almost all of the curio/gift shops and furniture stores in Rocky Point. Recently I was asked by Claudia Rivas, our Account Executive, if I would interview, and write a story about señor Eddie Wharez who is the owner of a very nice furniture and accessories store on ‘Rodeo Drive’. Diseños Casa y Jardin is a huge store filled with home furnishings and outdoor furniture, lamps, mirrors, art, gifts, accessories and window coverings. It is located at the south east corner on Old Cholla Bay Road, just west of the railroad tracks As I said earlier, I have been in many of the different stores in Rocky Point, but I was certainly not prepared for Eddie’s Diseños Casa y Jardin. First of all, it is much larger inside than it appears to be from the outside and, the way it is designed, you can browse through it and not feel claustrophobic, even though it is filled to the max. Eddie attends international trade shows, every chance he gets, from Las Vegas to New York and he has put together an array of items from Africa, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Mexico and the U.S. Everything he carries in his store is unique in its own way, from southwestern, to contemporary to modern, showcasing selections from well recognized names such as Ashley and Lazboy. I don’t have

enough adjectives in my vocabulary to describe the showroom that Eddie has assembled. I was truly impressed. As impressed as I was with the store, I was even more impressed with Eddie himself. Eddie is a man of many facets. He was born in Pachuca, a city in the state of Hidalgo, where he received a bachelors degree in business and design. From 1995-97 he was accepted as an exchange student in the UK at the University of Cambridge, while there he learned and polished his perfect command of the English language. He then went to a Guadalajara university for his masters degree, and is currently working towards his masters degree in teaching. Besides his many endeavors he teaches a business class, and also Spanish and English classes here in Rocky Point at UNIDEP. Prior to coming to Rocky Point in 2003, Eddie

worked for human resources in the medical field, recruiting doctors and nurses, and purchasing related equipment. Changing directions, in the late 1990’s, Eddie left the

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human resources field and moved to Puerto Vallarta. For five years he worked there in the real estate and travel industry. During this time he designed and created various decorative items for his friends. In 2003 Eddie, with his partners at the time, opened a furniture store here in Rocky Point. In 2005 the partnership dissolved amicably

and Eddie, following his own natural talent, created Diseño Casa y Jardin. His expertise is in designing entire homes, condos, offices or separate areas. Often Eddie will create a piece, draw a sketch and then have it manufactured. Eddie Wharez® is now an official registered trademark, and he is a proud member of the INTERIOR DESIGN SOCIETY of the USA. In his spare time Eddie is an accomplished photographer, having won awards for his work. You can get a sampling of his photography skills by checking his ad each month in the Rocky Point Times Newspaper, as each month he delivers a new photograph with unique items and color schemes. It isn’t often that I have the pleasure to meet someone who is as artistic, articulate and as charismatic as Eddie. If you are looking for something that is one of a kind or want a creative opinion, stop by and meet Eddie. His store hours are Monday thru Saturday 9AM to 6PM except Wednesday, when he is open 9AM to 5PM, Sunday hours are 11AM to 5PM. MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Eddies motto is, “Furniture and Accessories with a personality of their own.” You can reach him via Email at eddiewharez@ yahoo.com or phone him at (011-52638) 383-8633 or USA Tel/Fax (602) 324-9328. Check out his web site www.eddiewharez.com Please visit him...he has something for every taste.


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Bringing smiles to those who need it most By Rita Pizarro

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ocky Point is a beautiful place to visit and live, it is a also a place full of contrast. Some of these contrasts are splendid, such as the arid desert meeting the refreshing blue sea, the extreme high tides contrasting with the low tides, or a day where there are waves crashing furiously one after another versus a day where the Sea of Cortez seems like a giant languid lake. Even the contrast between the big city atmosphere and it’s time crunch (such as in Phoenix), to this small slow-paced town where time seems to slowly crawl by, everyone has time to chat leisurely and there is always another day to get things done. These contrasts attract many tourist to this mostly calm shore. However, some of those contrasts are not so attractive like the socioeconomic differences. We mostly go about our days without looking at certain areas of town, we see the nice beautiful condos and million dollar beach houses, the higher end restaurants and the middle class people in town, but most of us don’t see that there are certain areas were people have real needs that we might be unaware off. These people live in little houses made out of pieces of wooden pallets, cardboard or whichever recycled material they can find. Most of the ‘houses’ without electricity and many without running water. Their little homes shelter them from the sun but if it rains they get wet. When the wind blows the sand pours into their homes. These areas of town are mostly east of Blvd Josefa

Ortiz de Dominguez. Most of us just ignore the grave needs of the most basic nature that they encounter out there every day, such as having a meal and a safe place to sleep. Some people have taken it upon themselves to help these most needy people. I am happy to have met one of them. Don Delamotte is a great person full of good energy. He has been very fortunate, and now wants to offer something to give back. Together with the Family of God he has been feeding people in this most needy part of town. His imagination and creativity came up with a portable food trailer made out of a flat bed trailer donated by Dr. George Stauros (A generous Phoenix Doctor who holds a free medical clinic for the locals once a month including medical supplies). Some metal panels and a roof were added to the trailer at a local welding shop, and little by little all the equipment was built inside. Before this mobile kitchen there were a lot of burned pancakes made with one little old grill. Now this trailer is equipped with a sink, pancake grill, and several burners for eggs. Now the trailer is a hotdog, pancake and spaghetti cooking machine! They have been feeding breakfast to around 200 people each Saturday after the service from the family of God Church and a Spaghetti dinner for 150 people on Wednesdays. One Saturday the volunteer cooks made 300 scrambled eggs, 240 hot-dogs and also mixed several 5 gallon buckets of pancake batter, oranges were also served. Don has developed an efficient system to feed people fast and nobody is turned down for a hot meal. The first to be served

are the children and then the adults, after they have all been served once they can come back for seconds if they wish, until they are full. There are many kids for whom this is the best meal they get all week. Don says “I feel great giving food, it’s a gift. God has blessed me very well and this is what I have to give back, if we had the manpower and donations I would like to see this trailer feeding people everyday.” In order to achieve the efficient system for feeding all the hungry people they have many helping hand,s including the neighbors and many volunteers from the church. Don has many things on his wish list, he says if the church had a piece of property the trailer could be parked there feeding people every day. They would like to make a church, youth center and medical clinic in addition to the food trailer. Ideally, a two acre parcel would serve the need. He doesn’t want to ask for more since this is something he

has taken on himself however, if he had more he would just feed more people or feed them more often. As of now, they go out into a very destitute area were people can’t afford electricity. It is hard for people who live in USA to imagine the way they must live and to realize how hungry they are. For some this might be the only good meal they have for the entire week. In USA there is welfare and help. No help for them here. Family of God has several more missions in Rocky Point. If you are interested in donating or learning more about the missions contact Tab Gray locally in Rocky Point at (044-638) 107-7150 or (011-52-638) 109-9920 or (602) 820-6306. You can help with your time, food (including eggs, pancake mix, hot-dogs, mustard, ketchup etc. spaghetti and spaghetti sauce and fruits) or with a tax deductible donation that you can send to: Family of God Christian Fellowship PO Box 738 Lukeville, AZ 85341 Your donations will make a difference and bring a smile to someone who really needs it! Rita Pizarro USA Certified Massage Therapist www.go2rockypoint.com Calling From USA: 602 748 4134 USA Mobile: 602 518 6732 Puerto Peñasco Local call: 383 8030 Mobile phone: 638 386 5203 PO BOX 123 Lukeville, AZ 85341

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By Eddie Wharez®

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Owner and Designer of Diseños Casa y Jardín

The Intimacy and Beauty of a Great Bathroom!

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would like to write about a room in every house which is often overlooked, be it a shower or a bathtub, your bathroom also deserves attention. The decorating of it will give you a sense of relaxation, peace and a source of much needed energy to go on with your day or just simply finish a stressful day with a great spa-like experience! In business, someone told me long ago that if you wanted to learn how someone was going to treat you as a customer you should first check their bathroom. Is it clean? Well attended? The bathroom at our store always makes an impression on our customers and friends, and they regularly compare it to a throne rather than a bathroom (a nice compliment!) How you keep and decorate your bathroom at home will be another expression of your hospitable spirit. You can ad a splash of humor or interest where people on their own can laugh. For example, you could hang a funny picture on the back of your bathroom door. One client made her bathroom look more like a gallery, almost sacred, by hanging beautiful pictures taken during a trip to Israel.

If you have only a small bathroom to work with, take advantage of every little corner. Your over-thetoilet and under-the-sink areas should be utilized creatively. Look up, could you mount shelving? If it is the opposite, and you have plenty of room in your bathroom to work with, baskets could hold beautifully arranged towels, toilet paper, or even toiletries. Give yourself the sense that your are staying at 5-Diamond Resort, by adding to your bathroom those touches which make the difference! Repurpose items otherwised not used normally in a bathroom, like an umbrella stand to hold toilet paper. I use a blown-glass vase that easily holds up to 12 rolls and looks just awesome! In reality, the same decorating principles apply to your bathroom, as to your entire house. Be brave about color, a few well-chosen accessories will do more than enough. Invite others to touch by selecting rich textures to walls, floors & linens. Don’t be afraid to do something different, bold or wild! Questions? Don’t hesitate to stop by our showroom, we will gladly help you! Reach us at www.eddiewharez.com or eddiewharez@yahoo.com

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, Bring-em Back”, is our policy at the Rocky Point Times Office, located off of Calle 13 (Miguel Hidalgo), turn south across from El Sombrero Restaurant. Mon-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) SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES with Family of God Christian Fellowship – all year long. Non-denominational services held in Plaza Melanie #211 on Blvd. Fremont at 9AM and 10:30AM. Everyone welcome. English spoken/Spanish translation offered. (#1-25) JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES KINGDOM HALL Monday Book Study 7:30 PM, Thursday Ministry School & Service Meeting 7pm. Sunday Public Discourse 9:30am. Located on the (baseball) stadium road, on the left, just before the big blvd. Call 382-0049 or 383-3885. (#a-1a) GRUPO UNIDAD CRISTIANOS DE PEÑASCO Pastor Ernesto Portugal. Headphones available for English translation. Sunday service 10:30AM, Thursday Service 7:30PM, Children’s school same hours. Church office open Monday through Friday 9:30AM 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)

Please come by our store on Rodeo Drive (Revolución St), also known as Old Cholla Rd. You will be pleasantly surprised, as we carry a great selection of products that will give your home a distinctive and beautiful look. Keep also in mind that we can design any custom size piece, or find you a creative alternative to your design issues! You may visit us at www.eddiewharez.com.

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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: muneca_pp@yahoo.com. (#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. (011-52-638) 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) 5471970, email: The Larry D. Large Foundation Foundationrp@aol.com (#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 HernandezCertified unique jewelry of sterling silver and semiprecious stones featuring sponge and coral. Virgin Saints and Angels-Daniel Espinosa-Charles Alpert-Mara La Madrid. Books, * Books, * Books (children’s bilingual, decorator, culinary and more). Located behind the church in Old Port. Open 7 days from 10AM to 5PM. MasterCard and Visa accepted. From the U.S. dial (011-52-638) 383-3488 (phone and fax), or email: GaleriadelMarBermejo@ yahoo.com. (#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) ATTORNEYS AT LAW CARLOS E. GOROZPE LAW OFFICE & Real Estate Appraisals Real Estate Law, Contract Law, Litigation, General Consultation, English spoken. Experience and Professionalism. Phone/Fax: (011-52-638) 383-1951, local cellular (044-638) 380-9033 or from the U.S. (011-521-638) 380-9033, email: cegorozpe@ prodigy.net.mx. (#13-1) INVEST IN MEXICO SAFELY – We help you do business in Mexico, the right way. Licensed in Mexico and Arizona. Tapia, Bours & Borquez, Attorney. Visit our website at www.tbblaw.net. (#13-2) 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 (044638) 100-9698, or from the U.S. (011-52-638) 382-5010. Email: batterysystemsdesonora@ prodigy.net.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) BED & BREAKFAST CASA MONICA CHOLLA BAY B&B, located on the beach in Cholla Bay is beautiful, safe, affordable and receives rave reviews from guests! For reservations call, from the U.S. (602) 412-3311 or locally 382-5147 or email: casamonica@prodigy.net.mx. (#28-5) 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 www.mexicobonitorealty.com or email us at mebore@mexicobonitorealty.com or patricia@mexicobonitorealty.com. (#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 sivife@hotmail.com. (#30-2)

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 (01152-638) 383-4898. (#64-1)

BOAT FOR SALE

FM3 SERVICES

270 SEARAY SUNDANCER – 1984 Twin 350 chev. 10’ wide. Excellent fishing/cruising boat forward & aft cabin. New upholstery, sink, microwave, refrigerator, toilet, shower, sea dump. 4kw Onan generator, air conditioning, inverter. Build in battery charger, fire system, anchor lines, spare prop. 3 axle trailer with new tires. $18,500.00 usd. (602) 548-0074 cell (602) 499-9968. (#34-5 )

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 Bianeysvisa@aol.com or Dynorasvisa@aol.com. English spoken. (#79-9)

SUNFISH SAIL BOAT – with home made trailer $500 (206) 910-1332. kwapybarber@msn. com. (#34-3)

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)

2000 BOSTON WHALER 16’- Center console, deep V, fishing package, T-Top, Mercury 90hp, trailer, complete with many extras; original owner yergerf@gmail.com or (480) 585-3229. (#34-6) SEA DOO Explorer Jet. Inflatable fiberglass hull. Includes trailer and Sundrella cover. In Mexico. Photos by request. $2200 USD OBO (480)2057086 or gpthrog@msn.com (#34-4) CATTERING 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 & Vonage Phone to the U.S. Located in front of Hotel Peñasco del Sol. For to-go orders call 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) CONTRACTORS & CONSTRUCTION SERVICES CASAS COLIBRI - RESIDENTIAL DESIGN, construction, and development. Specializing in Hacienda styling. Years of experience on both sides of the border. Phone (011-52-638) 3805479, email casascolibri@gmail.com. (#60-4) DENTAL SERVICES WANT A DENTIST WHO USES THE latest in technology and equipment when getting your teeth cared for? Ernesto Grijalva, D.D.S. comes highly recommended by all of his patients – ask anyone of them! Stop by his office located on Blvd. Fremont, just south of the fire dept. or call Mario for an appointment (011-52-638) 383-3434. (#64-3)

FOR SALE EXTRA LARGE 4 PASSENGER – gas golf cart, newly painted bright yellow, new upholstery $2500usd firm. Great condition. (970) 6850224. hanna27317@msn.com. (#86-1) FURNITURE DELIVERY MOVING FROM THE STATES to Rocky Point/ San Carlos since 1987. Our price includes no surprise fees from pickups to setups. Email geoff@bordermovers.com 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) 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) CHOLLA BAY NICE – 3bd, 2ba, bay view, garage, yard, A/C $550 mo, call Ken at (520) 577-4834 in Rocky Point (011-52-638) 3825091. (#100-1) HOUSES AND CONDOS FOR SALE #107 VISTA DE ORO – 2 bedroom, 2 bath, beautiful Mexican tile, deck, 2 patio areas, garage, 24hr security, nice trees. (417) 621-0677. Penasco107@ sbcglobal.net. ( #102-2) 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 SAHARA - HEADACHE, MIGRAINE, back pain lumbar, cervical syndrome, deep massage, Swedish, reflexology. In my salon or at your home. Call Gloria, graduate of School of Massage in Baja California, at (011-52-638) 383-4435. Located on Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez and Callejon Morua. (#120-10)

BUSY SEASON – is almost here. Vacation rental owners increase your occupancy rates with quality photography. Book the best!www. luxuryvillaphotography.com Rhea Bowden (480) 619-7977(#157-2)

PEST CONTROL

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

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) REAL ESTATE SERVICES

SHUTTLE SERVICE

MERCEDES SHUTTLE OFFERS — service from Phoenix to Puerto Peñasco. 16 passenger, tall, large Mercedes Sprinter van-no trailer needed. English spoken. Visit www.mercedesshuttle.com or call (602) 956-5696. (#158-4) SOLAR EQUIPMENT

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! www.cbrockypoint.com Email jonnifrancis@cbrockypoint.com Call from the U.S. (602) 334-4134 Mexico 383-4699 SAVE THE DREAM (#140-4) CARLOS E. GOROZPE LAW OFFICE & Real Estate Appraisals. Specializing in Real Estate Law, Contract Law, Litigation, General Consultation. Experience and Professionalism. English and Spanish spoken, call from the U.S. (011-52-638) 383-1951, or local cellular (044-638) 380-9033, email cegorozpe@ prodigy.net.mx. (#140-2) IN LOVE WITH CHOLLA BAY? Gretchen Ellinger, Century 21 Sun & Sand, lives in Cholla Bay, knows the community, and will give you sound, safe, honest assistance with your real estate transaction. Sonora Real Estate License #20, member AMPI. Call (011-52-638) 382-5147 or (602) 412-3311. (#140-13) 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 tomthomas360@gmail.com. (#157-7) DON’T GET CUT OFF! BILL PAYING SERVICE with 42 years experience for Rocky Point & Cholla Bay Residents! See Patty at Mexico Bonito Realty on Cholla Rd one block from the Highway or call (011-52-638) 383-5737 or 383-4111. In the U.S. call (602) 476-1837. Visit website at www.mexicobonitorealty.com or email us at mebore@mexicobonitorealty. com orpatricia@mexicobonitorealty.com. (#157-4) CARLOS E. GOROZPE LAW OFFICE & Real Estate Appraisals. Specializing in Real Estate Law, Contract Law, Litigation, General Consultation, English spoken. Experience and professionalism. Tel/fax (011-52-638) 3831951, local cell dial (011-521-638) 380-9033, or email cegorozpe@prodigy.net.mx. (#157-1) 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)

MASSAGE

DOG SITTING – in my secured home. Local 388-6077. U.S. (480) 964-7368. (#157-36)

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 ritapizarro@gmail.com. (#120-6)

INTERNATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICES – Background investigations, asset investigations, criminal records searches. Prices begin at $75. All services are offered on US citizens, in the US. Offices open in Rocky Point. Call (520) 858-0857 in Puerto Peñasco (011-521-638) 384-3968 www.intelservices. us (#157-37)

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 SonoraSolar@prodigy.net.mx. (#163-3) TRAILERS FOR SALE 32 FT ROYAL INTERNATIONAL – furnished, extended living room, 7ft sleeper sofa, TV, golf cart, 12X20 covered brick patio, extra large storage room with new roof, fenced, many extras. Playa de Oro space #409 Reduced for quick sale $8,500/OBO. (928) 713-2558 / (928)778-2429. (#176-20) 2005 31’ JAYCO JAY FLIGHT – sleeps 6-8 bunkroom, 2 twin bunks, lots of storage, everything works great, 1 large slide out, excellent condition. $12,500usd. Playa de Oro storage. Call (970) 685-0224. hanna27317@ msn.com. (#176-5) WANTED WANTED – for use in Rocky Point, Used Hot Tub Spa, (602) 686-2516 khstachar@hotmail. com. (#192-6) 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 SonoraSolar@prodigy.net.mx. (#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)

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Sandy, No the scared gringos did not come. One couple said they were scared and the other made a lame excuse about a stove burner. Wife and were both upset because we lost a room at the Mayan we would have used in the spring or fall with other friends or grandkids. First time I have lost any time anywhere. They both canceled 4 days before the scheduled trip. We came down without them and had a great time just the two of us. Dinner at the Blue Marlin and while there Homero told us about the Mare Blu at the Reef on Sandy Beach. What a treat! The food was great and a real first class place. I hope it doesn’t go the way of the Thirsty Parrot that closed the day before we got there. We brought a small Honda down and it was packed on the way back. Bought fish, shrimp, a big chimenea and a sculpture, pottery and glassware. We were amazed at the construction but we have never been down there in December before. The only downside was the fish. It wasn’t as fresh as we thought and we had to toss it after the first dinner back here in Cottonwood. We are coming down again in Late March with four couples. All who have been down before so the Mare Blu has to stay open until then. Thanks for the inquiry Regards Jeff Hey, next time you just give us a call... we wouldn’t mind at all hanging at the Mayan...too bad for your friends. SandyO Hi Sandy, This business of towing 2 trailers can get complicated. I found out that Arizona laws specify that the first trailer must be a fifth wheel which makes my rig illegal there. I am in the process of upgrading to a fifth wheel trailer. The advice that I have received from Sonora is they reciprocate on adjoining state laws. Eventually I will find out, hope it is not the hard way. Let me know if you learn anything regarding this issue. Larry Hobbs Hola! Tom and I have discussed this so many times, and we know that we have seen ‘triples’ on Mexico highways, but no one is willing to come up with the law which allows this. SandyO Hi , I printed your Email out and Tom said he would personally take it to the Reef and get you an answer from that end. Looking forward to seeing you again! SandyO

Sandy, Thanks for your help w/ finding Dr. G.’s ph # - I know the address that was listed in the paper (this months, I think?) was not current, but I am thinking there was a current ph # listed. Elizabeth Linne Gig Harbor, WA

Yes, yes Miss Sandy it is 3 tablespoons thank you sorry.

Hi there, please send me your mailing address for a free RPTimes. I am looking up the info you requested for Dr.G. An annual subscription for RPTimes is only $35 sent to P.O. Box 887 Lukeville, Az 85341. If you would like to do that...just let me know. Sincerely Sandy O’Hare

Hi guys! Hope all is well as can be during this crisis! When is the deadline for Aprils paper? We continue with our 20th year with the church in Rocky Point and are busy doing clinics and outreach despite many groups canceling out these days fear.... The fear factor  is huge in Phoenix and bigger than Rocky Point this morning due to crime in Phoenix area last night.... Safer to be in Rocky Point is what we tell everyone! Blessings on you guys Phil and Phyllis

I have been vacationing in Mexico all my life. As a child I lived in California, we went to Estero Beach, Mexico. I had so much fun fishing and playing in the ocean. Since we moved to Utah we have been coming to Puerto Peñasco for the month of February to escape the snow and cold in Utah. Two years ago my husband died. The last two years I have come alone, but I love it here. The friendly people, the weather, the good restaurants, the sunsets, the sound of the ocean, the fresh shrimp and seafood. But I wanted to tell you about one fine young man I met 2 days ago. I was shopping at Super Ley and left my wallet on the seat of the grocery cart. I got half way back to my RV at Playa Bonita RV Park and realized I did not have my wallet. I rushed back to the store but I was sure it would be gone. But to my great relief a fine, honest young man, Victor Luna Soto, had turned the wallet into the manager, including all my money and credit cards. In sharing my experience with friends here, one man had loaned some money to a young man that needed it and it was returned in a few days. Another friend said that between her and others, 3 purses had been left in restaurants or other places and great efforts were made to return them to their owners. I feel safe and happy here in Puerto Peñasco, surrounded by friendly, honest people. Jeanne Utah Attn: Chef Mickey Dear Chef….a little clarification please... your recipe in The Rocky Point Times (page 36 Volume 22 Feb. 2011) calls for 3 Cups of olive oil…..might I assume you meant 3 Tbsps? K Good Morning Chef Mickey...I need you to answer this Email from K. The recipe should have said 3T? for the Pasta E Fagiole? Tks SandyO

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For 1 year renewal of subscriptions to the Rocky Point Times… Thank you, Jack Nicewander Indianapolis, Indiana

NewBirthMexicanMission PS We still miss the old off road races days, and want to go with you guys sometime on the run to El Golfo... if we can get the old buggy engine rebuilt and haul her to Rocky Point.. Hola, nice to hear from you. We know you do such good work, and hope the ‘fear factor’ calms down. With Spring Break and Semana Santa coming, we hope to see the town full to capacity! Our deadline is the 10th of each month prior. To be in time for the april paper, you will have to contact me before Friday, March 11th. Sincerely, SandyO Hi, we first returned home after being in Rocky Point for 5 weeks! What a great safe visit! Thought your readers would like to know not once did we feel afraid or uneasy about being on the street or in any of the many many lating places we were in! So go to Rocky Point friends and have a great vacation! Sincerely Hank and Shirley DeVore Ione, CA Thanks for writing, please come back soon. Tom-Sandy Is there anything special that your aware of that I have to do to bring my Ranger crew to Rocky Point this spring. We are coming from MN so would like to have our ducks in a row. Thanks Roger and Deb Roger and Deb,

Be sure to have proof of ownership for your Rangers (I’m assuming the 4 wheeled kind) and get your Mexico insurance from one of the reputable establishments advertising in the RPTimes. Come by the office when your group is here for a photo-op! Hi Guys, What are the dates for the May El Golfo run? I think we’ll be in Florida the 2nd week. Hope to see you soon. Spencer & Judy Florida huh? Nice...can we go with you? I plan the trip around the full moon, so it looks like 17-19 May...BUT if we change from Tue-Thur to Fri-Sun then it would be 20-22. I need to check room availability, and let you know SandyO Yes and thanks. Still trying to get local media attention for “I Wanna Be A Pirate” from print to tv. No luck yet. It would seem a natural for Phoenix media. Topical story, local talent, Rocky Point tourism angle. Have sent kits out, sent emails, Facebook. It’s amazing to me that we can get national interest (MSNBC) but not local. We’ll keep pushing, but also am working with the producer of the Pirate on some new things right now. Once again, thanks. Vi will try to connect with you in April when is there with the girls. Ed Waters www.makethemwalktheplank.com You are very welcome. Will 5 extra issues of the April issue be sufficient? Sandy, We changed our reservations to May as the wife and others didn’t want to take a chance that it might be cold. We are again rounding up a group to come down May 23-27th. Any new special restaurants, just lets us know. If you get a chance please send me a copy the March RPTimes. Maybe we can get together for a drink. Thanks J Leonard Cottonwood, Az Like, I said be sure to give us a call, or stop by the RPTimes offices.

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By Richard Savino, President

By Johnny Calamari

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ome holidays just continue to get better and better… especially if you are married to the right person. Yes, Johnny is! This past Valentine’s Day Janet and I went fishing with our good friend Don, the BS Man. Not only did we have a great trip, but Janet told me that she could not imagine anything better to do on Valentine’s Day… Johnny’s a lucky man. Our job was to supply sandwiches for the four fisher people and our expert guide/captain. Don supplied everything else; a beautiful “cat” style fishing boat with twin 150 HP outboards, all the latest electronic gear, gas, fishing equipment, bait, a great attitude and a warm smile. Don’s regular fishing partner, Tab, rounded out the group very nicely. Don maintains his boat impeccably which makes every trip a real pleasure. The “cat’ style hull easily slices through the usually choppy water of the Sea of Cortez. Cruising at about 40 MPH, we can get out to good fishing reefs in about 90 minutes. Needless to say, one loses sight of mainland Mexico and the Baja mountains set a nice background to the west. Oddly enough, we still have cell phone service, but the time zone changes and signals come from the Baja… Peñasco becomes a long distance phone call. Even this far out, the best fishing is down on the bottom of the sea. However, there are a couple of problems that need to be overcome when fishing in 300 feet of water. First of all, one needs to use enough weight on the line so it will actually go to the bottom even in strong currents. Typically, one needs to use at least a 16 oz. Weight. When you hit bottom, you can catch something

I that weighs between 5 to 50 pounds. Believe me, it is not easy reeling in 300’ of line with a good sized fish or two on the hooks. If the fish are biting, one could repeat this process 20 to 30 times per hour. Whew! Fortunately, Don has his boat rigged with one of the best inventions ever for really deep-sea fishing---electric reels. Once the hook is set on a deep-sea delight, you push a button and just hold on. In about 60 seconds the catch is up next to the boat. Considering that sometimes you’ll catch a big ole grouper or black sea bass, it is the only way to fish. On this particular trip, Janet had the good fortune to not only catch the first pinto (grouper) of the day, but the largest! Somehow, this seemed totally acceptable considering that she thought a fishing trip was more than a very appropriate way to spend Valentine’s Day. Some readers may be wondering why we call Don the BS Man. Your first guess would not be too far from the truth; but we call him BS because he has excellent luck at catching very large (over 200 lbs.) black sea bass. Although he has never done it, he usually warns his guests that if it looks like they will land a larger sea bass than his personal record, he just might cut the line before the fish is taken on board. So far, he has not had to follow up on this threat. I don’t think it is an idle threat, however. We managed to catch a large number of fish that day. As usual, Don donated almost all of the prime catch to a local food bank. Go ahead and call me a romantic fool, but I need to agree with Janet…it was a perfect Valentine’s Day! Que tengas un buen dia!

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n last month’s article I reported that AMPI members have received enhanced value by the introduction of data sharing with our new MLS partners in Arizona. I am pleased to report that we are live and operational with the sharing of active listed properties with the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) and the Tucson Area Association of Realtors (TAAR). Seller clients of AMPI member agents will greatly benefit, as approximately 40,000 real estate agents in Arizona will be able to see their property profile including pictures. There’s no doubt that many buyers in Arizona who are interested in purchasing a vacation home in Puerto Peñasco will start by asking their local real estate professional for advice or information on how to find and purchase their second home or land for a future build. With this new data sharing arrangement, their local Arizona Realtor can now look online for a specific type of house or condo so the buyer client has a very good idea of what to expect and find for their investable price range. The Realtor in

the greater Phoenix Metro and Tucson markets will be able to refer his or her buyer client to a licensed real estate agent in Puerto Peñasco. An additional benefit to local clients of AMPI agents is that just as Arizona agents can see our Rocky Point listings, AMPI agents will be able to see all the residential listings in the ARMLS and TAAR MLS databases. This will provide our Puerto Peñasco clients with information for their Arizona purchase. In early March, I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Bob Beamis, Chief Executive Officer of ARMLS in Tempe, AZ. I was provided a tour of the ARMLS office and information about the ARMLS operation and how they have successfully managed their impressive growth over these last three years. As a result of our meeting, I have been asked to join Bob in his town hall style meetings with ARMLS members all around the Phoenix market area. Not only will we be able to reinforce the new sharing concept directly with Realtors, but I will have the opportunity to generate a positive flow of information about Puerto Peñasco in general and answer the ARMLS agent’s

questions. Real estate activity for February 2011, compared to February 2010 respectfully, was as follows: • Active listings 640 vs. 620 • Pending sales 17 vs. 13 • Sold listings 11 vs. 9 • Absorption rate 48.15 vs. 63.59 (months) • Median list price $229,000 vs. $250,000 • Median sale price $131,500 vs. $190,000 These statistics, while still very early in the 2011 year, provide an interesting mix of results. On one hand we have an increase in residential listings over one year ago with a median reduction in list price and sale price. The more positive news is that we have more pending sales (listings under contract), more sold listings and a shortening of the number of months it would take to sell the entire MLS inventory of listings compared to February of last year. If the number of solds can continue to outpace last year’s monthly volume we will have made substantial progress in reducing the unsold inventory.

Reducing the unsold inventory is the key to price stabilization and a more normalized or balanced real estate market. Of course, if the median prices remain at these low levels this reinforces that this is a significant market opportunity for buyers. As reported in the DSNews. com, “The continuing depreciation of residential property values at the end of last year has made housing look more undervalued relative to income than ever before, according to analysts at the research firm Capital Economics. Capital Economics says its results illustrate “housing is exceptionally undervalued,” and the gap is getting bigger.” I would like to invite you to view our AMPI Puerto Peñasco website at www.RockyPointAMPI.com for general information about Puerto Peñasco and a complete list of members and their contact information. Be sure to enlist the services of an AMPI professional for all your real estate needs. Richard Savino Rocky Point Resort Properties Rsavino1@gmail.com

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 www.RockyPointAMPI.com and learn more about whom we are and what we have to offer you and call one of us TODAY!

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t is a personalized, door-to-door shuttle service from Phoenix, Arizona to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. They pay attention to detail to make sure their guests needs are met on the journey to their vacation destination. The most important aspect of this business is “TRUST & DEPENDABILITY”. Mike Jarvinen & Lynelle Mitschele (owners) are trustworthy, reliable, and honest. They have held this reputation for six years. They pick up their guests at their home, hotel, office, or Phoenix

Sky Harbor airport. They can handle almost any size group with their 15 passenger, Chevy vans and cargo trailers for larger loads. They provide maps of the area, a current issue of the Rocky Point Times Newspaper, food & drink coupons and they will make restaurant and activity suggestions as well. They stop in Ajo, Az. for a break. Upon request they will stop at the Duty Free Liquor Store in Lukeville. Vasquez Liquor Store in Sonoyta is also a popular stopping place for tequila, beer & tacos. They are a “Door To Door Shuttle Service”, they will drive you to The Mayan Palace, Los Conchas, Sandy Beach, Cholla Bay or anywhere in between. Mike and Lynelle are your best source for Rocky Point information.

Lynelle has been going to Rocky Point since the l960’s. Her childhood neighbors & family friends, Lamar & Janice Welker (owners of the Ajo Chevron Gas Station & Mexico Auto Insurance) took her to their bungalow on the Playa Hermosa Beach, where she spent many summers. She also worked for Rita at Rocky Point Reservations, in Phoenix, where Lynelle was asked frequently if there was a door-to-door shuttle service to Rocky Point? So the concept was created, in 2005. Together as a team, Mike and Lynelle will share their experiences, knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for this rapidly growing, vibrant Mexican town on the Sea Of Cortez. Previous guests include, “Spring Breakers”, Fans Of Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers and Management Team, golf tournament entrants, volleyball & triathlon spectators, motorcycle rally

enthusiasts, AA Round Up members, wedding parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties & family reunions. They provide transportation for dental & surgical patients as well. They work closely with Dr. Gonzalez & his staff at the Envita Clinic on Sandy Beach. Rocio Del Mar live aboard dive boat depends on “Head Out” to transport scuba divers and all their gear to their boat in the marina. They have been given permission to pass “long border lines” on busy weekends so their guests don’t miss their flights. The airlines depend on “Head Out” to deliver lost luggage to Rocky Point. This “One Of A Kind”, reliable, personalized shuttle service comes highly recommended. It’s A Great Day To “Head Out” To Rocky Point! Group and one-way rates are available Wanna Go? Let Us Know! www.HeadOutToRockyPoint.com (602) 971-0166 or 1-866-443-2368.


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The Rocky Point Times Newspaper Editorial Con’t From Page 3 Another place which, while currently in operation, will soon have a grand opening is located on Sandy Beach and it is the “Sandy Beach Medical Center”, a vison of Dr. Jesus Gonzalez. Dr Gonzalez is a general practitioner and internal medicine specialist, who came to Rocky Point about six years ago and started the One Stop Clinic, and then the Ameri Clinic. He has been working and practicing at the new facility for the past year. The new clinic is a mix of many things with state-of -the-art equipment. It is a critical care or urgent care clinic, a cancer center, and a blood bank with transfusion capabilities. It boasts of many facets, including a mobile x-ray and portable ultra sound for patients confined to their home, also equipment to perform colonoscopy and upper endoscopesis, a hyperbaric chamber, stem cell and laser treatment for cancer patients, pharmacy, surgical unit, ambulance service and an off-road rail ambulance for use on the beach and in remote areas. The local emergency phone numbers are (044-638) 114-2314 or (044-638) 114-3231. Dr. Gonzalez office phone is (011-52-638) 388-7676, and his local cel (044-638) 110-7898.

local dial 383-6325 from the U.S. dial (480) 463-6255 Sandy just reminded me to tell you about the change for our May ‘El Golfo Run’. Way back in 1996, a group of us brave souls went on our first 4x4 trip up the beach to El Golfo de Santa Clara. That fateful trip, while taking us over 13 hours to complete, started a semi-annual trek through the desert, across dunes and salt flats, over the beach and on to El Golfo, which is a small beach town about 80 miles from Rocky Point. Back then we had to “blaze our own trails” many times, as the fishermens roads would be washed out, or blown over with sand. Many, many stories have been told over the last 30 trips! When we started, we traveled Tuesday through Thursday because our business owner friends needed to be in Rocky Point for the weekends...but that left out many of our friends who work weekdays. so this, our 31st trip is scheduled for May 20-22, which is Friday-Sunday. If you would like to join us on our next El Golfo Run, call the RPTimes office (011-52-638) 383-6325 or (480)4636255 or Email rockypointtimes@ yahoo.com for information and reservations. P.S. Now on the Coastal Highway, you do not need a 4x4 to get to El Golfo, as any ole car will do... even the white Mercedes that keeps beating us there.

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Uniting Nations Cup

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he oceans of the world are full of wonders, and the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California) is especially rich in the diversity of its living things. Debbie Maxwell of Flagstaff, AZ, a stranger to ocean environments, asked if her kids, eight and ten, would enjoy the Rocky Point beaches.

CAP’N GREG: Not so much near the beach. But there are jellyfish that can sting, and small rays that can be stepped on. Doesn’t happen often, and the local Red Cross or a clinic can make it all better fast.

CAP’N GREG: They’ll have a ball, Deb. At high tide...

CAP’N GREG: Exploring the tidal pools at low tide is my favorite. When the water recedes, you can discover amazing creatures. Guess what you’ll find when you turn over a rock?

DEBBIE: What’s that? CAP’N GREG: Happens twice a day. Look for a tide chart in the back of the Rocky Point Times to see exactly when, or just play it by ear. DEBBIE: Got it. CAP’N GREG: At high tide, your kids can dig in the sand, toss a Frisbee, go swimming, whatever. It’s not the Caribbean, but you can buy snorkel stuff at almost any drug store in town and see some neat fish. Body or boogie board surfing is possible when the waves are rolling in, but stay clear of the really big stuff that can be trouble for all ages. DEBBIE: Any sea monsters out there?

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DEBBIE: Anything else?

DEBBIE: A politician? CAP’N GREG: That may be true in the States, Deb. But here you can see snails, crabs, starfish, shells, small fish and tons of other stuff. And even though the kids will want to take them home, it’s a good idea to let them look and carefully touch, then put them back in the puddle where they found them. DEBBIE: Thanks, Cap’n Greg. We’ll book a hotel today. CAP’N GREG: Okay, Deb. I’ll tell the tides to be ready for you.

...HAVE QUESTIONS FOR CAP’N GREG?... Send your questions to Cap’n Greg c/o the Rocky Point Times or to capngreg@btrtms.com.

In Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Sonora, Mexico May 12-15, 2011 Location: “Peninsula de Cortes Golf Course” at the Mayan Palace www.peninsuladecortes.com • www.unitingnations.cup

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idanta Golf, the largest golf operator in Mexico and subsidiary of Grupo Vidanta, is proud to announce their establishment of the Uniting Nations Cup Golf Tournament being played on the Peninsula de Cortez Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II co-design at the Mayan Palace Resort in Puerto Peñasco. The Uniting Nations Cup is scheduled to take place annually at the Mayan Palace for the next five years, with strategic planning in place to lift the tournament’s profile with each subsequent year. The concept of the Uniting Nations Cup (Copa Uniendo Naciones) is to highlight the alliance between the United States and Mexico beyond their commercial and cultural ties, while attempting to one day achieve the international reputation of a tournament similar to the legendary Ryder Cup. Another objective the Uniting Nations Cup sets out to accomplish is the expansion and promotion of the little known Mexican port destination of Puerto Peñasco. The world-class Nicklaus Design golf course at Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco, in the words of Javier Licea, Executive Director of the PGA in Mexico, “is in excellent condition and is a course that is challenging and ready for the pros to fully enjoy. It is indisputably among the best courses in Mexico, done by the grand designer of golf courses himself, Jack Nicklaus. The course encompasses his trademark style of enhancing the natural environment that is both challenging and enjoyable.”

The Uniting Nations Cup will consist of teams competing from PGA Mexico and Southwest Section PGA with the participation of approximately 100 golfers, 20 of which will be professionals (10 Mexican and 10 from the U.S.), along with 40 high caliber amateurs from each country to level the playing field and ensure competitive yet exciting playoffs. There are approximately only 15 events of this type currently in Mexico, including destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Puebla, Torreon, Merida and Central Mexico, among other areas throughout the country. “It is with great honor that we unveil such a comprehensive tournament which we hope will be one of many to come,” says Daniel Chavez Moran, President of Grupo Vidanta. “Beyond the comaraderie of sports, we see this tournament as one that will continue to strengthen the ties of two nations joined by the bonds of history, culture, and business.” Several relatively prominent figures were present when Grupo Vidanta announced the Uniting Nations Cup including Alejandro Zepeda Munro (Mayor of Puerto Peñasco), Javier Licea (Executive Director of PGA Mexico), Alejandro Ruiz (General Manager, Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco), Curt Hudek (Executive Director of Southwest Section PGA), Mike Wright (President of the SWSPGA), Vito Berlingeri (Director of Sales and Marketing for SWSPGA), and Andrew Gilchrist, Executive Golf Director at Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco.

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Limoncello

Scrub lemons and leaves and pat dry. Remove zest from lemons. Use only the outermost skin, not the bitter white pith between the pulp and zest. Place zest in a large (about 4 quarts)  canning jar  and add 1 bottle grain alcohol. Toss in the leaves, seal the jar and allow the mixture to marinate for 10 days. After 10 days, in a saucepan

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RECIPE CORNER

15 large lemons and two leaves from a lemon tree 2 bottles (750 milliliters each) grain alcohol (such as Everclear) 4 cups sugar 5 cups water

over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and water to form a clear syrup and allow it to cool. Add syrup to the canning jar and top it off with the second bottle of grain alcohol. Reseal the jar and allow the mixture to marinate another 10 days. At the end of the second 10 days, strain the mixture to marinate another 10 days, strain the mixture, removing zest and leaves. Bottle the limoncello in smaller jars and place in freezer. (Because of alcohol content, the mixture won’t freeze solid.) Makes about 60 servings of 1 1/2 ounces each.

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Mi Familia Restaurant

Julio Valenzuela Has Done It Again!

ongratulations to Julio and Lupita Valenzuela, and their youngest son Jacob, all of whom celebrated the March 3rd opening of their new restaurant “Mi Familia” with a festive evening of wonderful food, excellent company and live music. Special guest Rod Herbert, mentor to the restaurant, occupied a place of honor. According to Julio Valenzuela, “Rod helped us in every way possible. He really is the most important part of “Mi Familia,” since it was his advice and assistance that made our dream possible.”

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Family and friends enjoyed all things chile, starting with cream of poblano chile soup, absolutely delicious, followed by Chiles Rellenos al Julio, mild Anaheim chiles stuffed with shrimp, sprinkled with fresh colorful sweet chiles and spinach, and served over a bed of black beans. Again - absolutely delicious - gorgeous to look at, and even better to eat, with color and flavor that treated the senses! Dessert was like receiving party favors - each was a charming little bundle of rice pudding tied into an edible pouch. Julio outdid himself with a wonderful meal!

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

Dawn Matthews with Restaurant Mentor Rod Herbert

Local musician Armando provided music that was the perfect background for conversation and dining. Armando really is a “one man orchestra,” who plays a number of instruments in a variety of musical styles, all delightful, has a number of recordings to his credit, and will be playing at Mi Familia during dinner from time to time.

Owner Julio Valenzuela & Gretchen Ellinger

Chilis Rellenos Al Julio

Open daily at 4 p.m. for dinner, Mi Familia boasts a full menu of fine Mexican food, a nice selection of wines to compliment your meal, a full bar, and a beautiful seaside location with indoor and outdoor seating. Wednesdays feature allyou-can-eat special meals at special prices. Mi Familia is located upstairs in the same building as Julio’s other venue, Mare Blu Italian Ristorante. Head west from downtown Rocky Point on the Sandy Beach road, past the condominiums, to the Reef, then use either the stairway inside Mare Blu, or the outside stairs to reach Mi Familia. You’ll love the food, the service, and the view of the Sea of Cortes! Provecho!

Jonni Francis with a little Dessert Bundle

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

Owners Lupita Valenzuela & Jacob

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8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded 2 mangoes, peeled and thinly sliced 8 oz Brie cheese, sliced 8 flour tortillas Place equal parts, in order, of mozzarella, mango and Brie on half of a tortilla. Fold the other half of tortilla over, then grill for 2 minutes on each side. Serve with mango salsa, if desired. Makes 8 servings. Approximate values per serving: 322 calories, 17g fat, 54g cholesterol, 15g protein, 26g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 464mg sodium, 49 percent calories from fat.

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With 7 additional rental properties popping up on Sandy Beach, the Guevara/Snyder development team decided the town was ready for a unique project that did not allow rentals. So in 2004, Guevara joint ventured with Carlos Saenz, who owned and operated Palmar RV Park for many years. In 2005, the RV park came down, with constuction and sales beginning for Puerta Privada. The project was sold out, completed and delivered by 2007. Combining past experience, reputation, and proven track record, Puerta Privada continues to be the leader in setting the standard for quality construction, design, and finishes. The project consists of two towers that run directly parallel to the water, providing 180 degree views of the ocean to the south, and golf course views to the north, from every single condo. They are quite spacious with the 2 bedroom units just under 2000 sq ft and the 3 bedroom units at 2750 sq ft. Marble floors, beveled cut glass, granite countertops, reverse osmosis water/ice, stainless appliances and dual pane windows are just some of the features that come standard in all of the units.

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The common areas include 2 negative edge pools, one heated and the other Olympic lap length, 2 hot tubs, underground parking, pet park, basketball, and lighted tennis court. The 3 story amenity b u i l d i n g , fabulously detailed with carved cantera stone, features a state of the art fitness center (with resident personal trainer), a game room loaded with air hockey, pool table, shuffleboard, foos ball, darts, and touch screen video game computers. The top floor clubhouse is beautifully furnished with full kitchen and bar areas, plasma TV’s, BBQ’s poker tables and fireplace. This is where the true heart of Puerta Privada begins. It’s not just a project but a home away from home, with a family feel. Most of the owners have condos in other developments, or businesses in town. Why do they prefer Privada? Due to the non rental policy, (long term leases ARE allowed), there is such a community atmosphere, since everyone knows their neighbor, and they are all there for the same reason. Every month there are events, golf or tennis tournaments, art shows, holiday parties with bands, etc. Or the last minute, everyone- bring-somethingto-share, get togethers at the pool or clubhouse. Many of the owners have said that they have made some of the best friendships here, which will last a lifetime. Almost all of the current HOA board members, including the p r e s i d e n t and resort administrator, have served on other boards in Peñasco. This experience, coupled with the lack of rental, which causes wear and tear, allows Puerta Privada to maintain some the lowest HOA monthly fees on the beach. This unique project has it all…quality, reputation, privacy and, in today’s market, the opportunity to take advantage of some terrific, resale opportunities. Visit the “Privada Lifestyle” and experience it for yourself. You’ll be glad you did!! For pressure free information, the furnished model on Sandy Beach is open 7 days a week, 9AM-5PM or checkout the website at www.PuertaPrivada.com.


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Rocky Point 2011 Carnival, “A Time of Magic and Splendor” Ends in Success

C “Destiny Makers” Rewarded

Rocky Point Mayor Alejandro Zepeda Munro, accompanied by his wife Marcela Albelaiz de Zepeda and other functionaries and regidors, held the ceremony for the delivery of awards for the “Makers of Destiny 2011” where he recognized young athletes in our city who have been prominent in national level tournaments. During the ceremony and in the presences of hundreds of people at the city gym, proud parents met to see the mayor give out awards to the most prominent athletes who earned the reward of being named a “Maker of Destiny”. The youths who gave one hundred percent of themselves in each and every sport in which they participated, were recognized by the Mayor of Rocky Point in that they were able to raise high the name of Puerto Peñasco by being an example of effort, bravery and dedication. The mayor extended the recognition to all athletes, soccer players, basketball players, cheerleaders, baseball players, boxers and so many other athletes who, with their struggle and tenacity, represented triumph for our city in important regional and national competitions. “All of you have, within you, stories of success to spread to Puerto Peñasco. You have made us state and national champions. Here in these sport heroes, we have the destiny makers that Peñasco needs”, the Mayor expressed. He then added, “The citizens of Puerto Peñasco should feel proud of what we have attained, because in the face of each of these athletes there is one of us. Proud are the parents of these children, parents who have taught their kids discipline, faith in themselves, love and pride in their country”. The Mayor explained to the audience how proud he was of these young talented children who tore down all borders and won the fight. He thanked everyone who supported their commitment, and who believed in their talent. These are the athletes that invite us to think big, to believe that anything is possible, and they remind us that the citizens of Puerto Peñasco are made to succeed. In these athletes we see our best children, our best men and women. Representing all the awarded athletes was Aldo Bañago, who thanked everyone present for their support. He reminded everyone that without the support of their trainers and coaches, and also their families, they would have never been able to complete their goal.

arnaval“Tiempo de Magia y Esplendor” Peñasco, ends with great success and positive feedback from the citizens of Rocky Point. This years Carnaval came to a close with an introduction of the spectacular singer Fidel Rueda and the presentation of awards to the winning parade floats. Approximately 30,000 people attended theCarnival festivities which took place at the Esplanade waterfront area, next to Hotel Peñasco del Sol, during the five days from March 4 - 8. The Mayor of Rocky Point, Alejandro Zepeda, and his wife were present at the closing of the event. He gave away the rewards to the various participants who marched in the parade and rode on the various floats. The first place award went to the float which was presented by Guille, the Eternal Princess, second place was for the students at the UNIDEP University, and third place was a tie for ITSPP University and for the CMCOP (City Council for the Consensus Building). First place for comparsa was given to the students of the Cobach, second place was for the dance group Paulini Hawaiian from La Casa de la Cultura and third place was won by Condefa and the CET-MAR. Happy and excited participants entered the stage

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.

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: sanperegrinopenasco@gmail.com

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to receive their award from the hands of the Mayor himself. The Mayor thanked all the citizens and visitors of the city for making the event something beautiful and wonderful. He also thanked all the other competitors and participants from the cities of San Luis Rio Colorado, Caborca, Phoenix and Nogales.

presence and reminded them that the gestation was done by the Federal Deputy Leonardo Guiller Medina. This meeting was of great importance for all commerce and business people, as well as residents of Puerto Peñasco. Cristian Carreon Álvarez explained the original problem, as well as the changes due to the fact that the banks started to perceive a major risk while operating with cash dollars. This then provoked the closing of the unilateral form, since the deposits were not done in proper order. With that he also added that part of the measures to monitor and regulate the operations for dollars in cash are based on people who are account holders who will now be able to deposit up to $4,000 usd monthly into their accounts. He also clarified that this does not impact national physical people, receptors of remissions, exchange market and small contributors.

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Exposition of the Regularization of Dóllar Operations Mayor Alejandro Zepeda Munro, accompanied by the head of the National Commission of Banks Javier de la Rosa Gutierrez, and also by Cristian Carreon Alvarez of the IRS, held a very important meeting regarding information about the regularization of the dollar operations held in the National Chamber of Commerce. Before the presence of the Director of Development and Economic Planification, Victor Mazon, and also the City Secretary, Jose Ramon Campos Santos, our Mayor held this very important meeting which was dedicated to the knowledge of the various measures about the operative frame and norms corresponding to exchanges. Mayor Zepeda Munro welcomed the assistants to the conference, and also welcomed Hacienda and the National Commission of Banks while pointing out the importance of the issue, since our city needs to continue to be inside the tourism realm. The Mayor thanked everyone for their

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Ramon Ramos 388-5362/044-638-112-0350 ramonramos99@prodigy.net.mx 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 pjlmarquez@aol.com Manos de Ayuda, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that provides rehabilitation, health education, medical and therapy equipment and supplies to children with special needs. They also help with construction modifications at a nursing home, a free clinic, and day care facility. These projects are made possible by volunteer efforts and financial assistance. Your help is always needed.

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

LARRY D. LARGE FOUNDATION Director: Don Yewchin Blvd. Fremont in Plaza Aliana, Suite 12

388-5426 or 044-638-112-0359 larrydlargefoundation@hotmail.com www.larrydlargefoundation.org 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: Jean Steward Executive Vice President: Glenn Martinez Vice President: Chuck Salem Treasurer: John Wenzlau Secretary: Randi Alcott

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 identificacruz@live.com.mx 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 www.rockypointmultilist.com

PEÑASCO CHILDRENS FOUNDATION Founder: Steve Schwab Coordinator: Richard C. LaNasa Established 2003 520-232-2241 PO Box 70121, Tucson, AZ 85737 www.penascochildrensfoundation.org 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.

PINACATE BIOSPHERE RESERVE

RED HAT LADIES LUNCHEON

SOUTH OF THE BORDER SINGLES

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: tab@rockypoint.com 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 www.bpwpuertopenasco.com 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 www.cruzrojapenasco.org.mx 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@ hotmail.com.

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 www.cometorockypoint.com

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

YOUTH SPORTS Youth Sports Foundation of Puerto Peñasco Fernando Lopez: imdpenasco@hotmail.com Office (011-52-638) 388-1180 Rick Busa: RBusa@ysf.com.mx


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CLUBSANDORGANIZATIONS AACORP (ANIMAL CENTER) Founder: Nancy Phelan: 383-1012 Leon de la Barra (Calle 15), 3 blocks east of the main blvd. Benito Juarez nancy_phelan@yahoo.com AACORP Tax-Deductible Donations PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341 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 mail@rockypointboattrips.com www.rockypointclassroom.com 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 grupaciongeorgepapanicolaou@hotmail.com Cancer clinic dedicated to early prevention. Screenings and tests available. MONTHLY MEETINGS 1st Thurs. of every month PATIENT CONSULTATIONS Wednesday 9am-1pm PAPSMEARS Friday 9am-2pm by appointment

ALANON Melanie: 044-638-106-2070 muneca_pp@yahoo.com 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 www.amor.org Amor Ministries builds more than 1,000 new homes across Mexico for Mexican families. They are selected to receive homes by the Mexico Ministry Planning Board. Pastors discern the needs within their community, present their nominations and one (or more) are selected to receive a new home built by Amor volunteers. ANTI-GRAFFITI CAMPAIGN Founder: Eloy Gonzalez: 044-638-112-0898 eloy_glez_glez@hotmail.com Group dedicated to wiping out the unsightly graffiti in Puerto Peñasco. Donations of paint, brushes, rollers, and your time are always welcome and needed. BOOK & MOVIE EXCHANGE Rocky Point Times Office: 383-6325 Ave. Pino Suarez (off Calle 13) Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm • www.rptimes.com 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.

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CET-MAR AQUARIUM

Center for the Study of Oceans & Deserts Phone: 382-0113 or (520) 829-4501 Located in Las Conchas, look for the Fin Whale skeleton Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-2pm PO Box 1579, Lukeville, AZ 85341 info@cedointercultural.org www.cedointercultural.org 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-Fri 10am-5pm/Sat-Sun 10am-6pm Cost: $3 adults, $1 children 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 dif@puertopenasco.gob.mx difpuertopenasco@hotmail.com www.difpenasco.gob.mx www.puertopenasco.gob.mx 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 rockypointtimes@yahoo.com

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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By Alice Omang

ll over the world on Christmas Eve, the lights in the Christian churches are turned off. The darkness is penetrating. The silence is deafening. Hearts are expectant and filled with hope. Suddenly a light pierces the darkness as one lonely candle is lit. Soon 2, then 3, 4, 5 and then a whole church is aglow with the soft illumination from the burning candles. What a feeling of wonder is experienced. A similar experience is going on in Puerto Peñasco. The deteriorating economy and bad press from the United States have hit this community extremely hard. People that once were working, supporting their families and seeing their standard of living improving, are now struggling in such poverty that they and their families are starving. Many childrens eyes are gaunt and stomachs are too often empty. Many businesses have closed down, fewer visitors are coming and jobs become even scarcer. Many organizations and people are jumping in to help these unfortunate people. The Family of God church, a nondenominational church of both Americans and Mexicans, has been instrumental in organizing 5 mission sites in some of the poorest sections of the community where every Saturday the children are fed and, if enough food, the adults also. They offer church service and Sunday school class, which is well attended. Bags of food are distributed, when it is available, clothes are distributed and whatever other donations have come in are passed out. The joy and appreciation of the people is overwhelming. There is also a food bank, where food is distributed, the 2 Fish organization supplies lunches to the schools and other places around town and a pancake breakfast is served in one of the barrios on a regular basis. But this is just a drop in the bucket. There is so much need. People ask what they can do to help.

There are many ways. In Las Conchas, where we live, our home owners association has a Community Relations Committee, chaired by Lori Rameriz, which puts on many fund raisers throughout the year and distributes money to different social programs. Two years ago, they became aware of the crying need of so many starving people in the barrios and initiated and budgeted for a program to help alleviate the suffering of these starving people – they buy rice and beans in large amounts, bag it up in 1 Kilo (2 ½ pounds) bags, add oil, masa, dry milk powder, tuna, fruit cocktail, plus whatever else they have and all this is given to Patti Jennet or Cheryl Notti. Patti oversees the Good News Mission northeast of town which is one of the poorer sites. She has been helped by so many people and wishes to thank each and everyone of them and let them know how much she appreciates and depends on them. She comes every weekend from the Phoenix area, brings many donations with her and does a remarkable job of organizing. She says donations are growing and more people are helping, but so much more is needed. Cheryl supervises the Mission Amor which is also east of town and does a fantastic job. She loves to have people come out and help and thinks everyone should visit one of the sites. It is truly a life changing experience. If anyone would like to donate to the Las Conchas food fund, they can send a check to the Las Conchas Community Relations Committee, c/o Lori Rameriz, P. O. Box 765, Lukeville, AZ 85341 or call her at (011-52-638) 382-0139. Her email address is basketballfan40@aol. com Vonage phone (520) 204-1449. Donations can also be dropped off at the Las Conchas office. You can be assured that 100% of the donations end up helping the most needy. Many candles have been lit, but

there is so much more to do. Most of the schools have little or no supplies and anything to help them would be greatly appreciated. Food and hygienic supplies are desperately needed. If you belong to an organization or are living where there is a HOA, maybe you can start by lighting a candle there. And mostly what everyone here needs is hope for the future. Mary Snyder is organizing an incredible horse show extravaganza on April 2 at Blvd. Fremont KM 13 and the proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards the promotion of Rocky Point in Arizona to counter the bad press coming from the media. There will be food, drinks, and raffles, with part of these proceeds to benefit the building fund of the Family of God church. You can contact me, Alice Omang at (011-52-638) 3820048 or Vonage (406) 558-4612 or bobandalice@q.com for tickets or Mary Snyder at the PuertaPrivada model on Sandy Beach – (011-52638) 102-3075 or (480) 445-9200 – email puertaprivada@prodiy.net.mx Tickets will also be sold around town and only a certain amount of tickets are available. Price is $40usd or $450 pesos and VIP seating is $75. An extra delightful presentation will be Tab Gray, the minister of the Family of God Church singing while on horseback. This shouldn’t be missed. This horse show is remarkable so take advantage of this unusual opportunity. I also think that the idea of Johnny Calamari to donate the use of your condo or house when it is not being used to a returning veteran (or other deserving individuals) for a vacation for them was great. His article was in the Rocky Point Times, February 2011 on page 12. This could bring many people here who have never experienced the beauty of this area and if some organization like the American Legion would spearhead something like this, this could light another candle and eventually become a blaze.

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wonder about those people who spend $2.00 a piece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards: NAÏVE • If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea, does that mean that one enjoys it? • If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren’t people from Holland called Holes? • If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled? • Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren’t they just stale bread to begin with? • Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety one? • If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed? • Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks? • What hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men and women? • I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me, they’re cramming for their final exam. • Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don’t they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail? • If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for? • You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive or play golf. • Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn’t zigzag? • If a cow laughed, would she spew milk out of her nose? • Wh ate ve r happened to Preparations A through G? • At income tax time, did you ever notice: When you put the two words ‘The’ and ‘IRS’ together it spells, ‘THEIRS’?

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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.

POLICE EMERGENCIES

DIAL...066

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

YOU MUST FILE AN OFFICIAL COMPL AINT!

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”.

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

All fines are to be paid at the main police station

PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED

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.

DRIVING TO PUERTO PEÑASCO

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.

AIRLINE SERVICE & AIRPORTS

COMING FROM PHOENIX

Take either I-10 (west side) or the Maricopa Hwy. (east side). Take the Gila Bend/Mexico exit off of I-10 and head toward Gila Bend. Once you pass through Gila Bend you will exit onto Hwy. 85 (south) toward Ajo/Mexico. Hwy. 85 will take you all the way to the U.S./Mexico border at Lukeville, AZ/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 www.aerocalafia.com.mx 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 www.westwindairservice.com 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.

CONSULATES

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 http://travel.state.gov Email: NogalesASC@state.gov What the Consulate CAN DO if you are arrested in Mexico • Visit you in jail after your arrest • Provide you a list of local attorneys • Inform you of judicial procedures • Notify family and friends 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

BUS STATIONS (MEXICO)

CROSSING THE BORDER

DUTY FREE ITEMS

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 www.therockypointairport.com 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, B.C. 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

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. Wait Times Traffic is greatly increased during holiday and busy weekends. Please plan your trip accordingly. A good idea is to arrive a day early, and stay a day later. You can check border wait times on the internet at http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt

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.

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.

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 www.headouttorockypoint.com Mercedes Shuttle • (602) 956-5696 www.mercedesshuttle.com 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 www.rockypointrides.com

TRAVEL BEYOND THE FREE ZONE

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.

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.

PROHIBITED ITEMS INTO THE U.S.

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.

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.

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 rockypointtimes@yahoo.com or phone (480) 463-6255 or local 383-6325

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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

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AREA CODES FOR NEARBY CITIES

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

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

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

NOTARY PUBLICS (NOTARIOS)

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.

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° March: Air - 58° April: Air - 64° May: Air - 70° June: Air - 77° Air - 84° July: 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 www.siido.com 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.

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GENERALINFORMATION Who’s ready to Party? Spring Break / Semana Santa 2011 Is Here!!!

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By Zack’s Dad

ho is ready for some Spring Break / Semana Santa fun???!!! Well, the temps are warming up and we all know there’s no better place to spread some cheer than in our favorite Spring Break haven, ROCKY POINT!!! Whether you are carrying on at the Boo Bar, Capones, Wrecked at the Reef, Sand Bar, Pinkie’s Dive Bar at the Pink Cadillac, Barra Vieja, Sunset Cantina, La Curva, Marie’s, Sr. Amigo’s, Coyote Grill, SWIM at Bella Sirena, Elixir, JJ’s Cantina, Patio de Gino, Chango’s, Baja Cantina, Cameltoe Cantina, The Black Dog, El Capitan, Latitude 31 or just kicking it on the beach with friends, the good times abound all over town! Each of the “funhouses” offers it’s own blend of potions, vistas and friends. Be sure to visit your favorites, but remember to always try a new restaurant or bar. No doubt you will come home with a new set of friends and photos with many laughs to look back on in the

years to come. Rumor has it that the Sunset Cantina will be reopening soon. Sunset was known for it’s down home vibe and was usually filled with Americans, Canadians and Mexicans all enjoying the band both inside the bar and out on the balcony. A must on my to-do list is Pinkie’s Dive Bar… it’s new and I hear the ladies did a fine job opening the place up. So, check them out down at the Pink Cadillac. There are so many cheap taxis around town so always remember to plan ahead so we all will be back with fond memories of our Spring Break. Most importantly, in our rushrush world today, remember to take some time for yourself and kick back on our beautiful beaches for the best siestas in the world. Have a safe and incredible spring break filled with many belly laughs. As always, please look out for our friends in need and help to make a difference in Rocky Point, after all it all starts with you! God Bless!

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trains will start carrying fares between Mexico City and Rocky Point in June. Donald Trump’s helicopter was seen landing at Las Palomas. The Rocky Point Times will be an insert for the Arizona Republic Newspaper Sunday edition. Sandys books will be totally computerized by next month. Old Port remodeling will be finished next week. More and more foreigners are coming to Mexico for work.

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8/12 will start a doughnut delivery service. 8. A group led by Rodger Clifton will be leasing our old airport and will convert it to a drag racing track. 9. Women outnumber men in Rocky Point by 4 to 1. 10. The Lukeville border crossing will be open 24 hours. 11. Rocky Point Times girls Alicia, Betty, and Claudia are planning a free trip to hike in the Pinacates, make reservations at our office.

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

CRUZ ROJA (RED CROSS) EMERGENCY DIAL 065

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

OTHER IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS dialed from Mexico

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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2 FISH MINISTRY As we approach our second year of feeding the needy in our community, we continue to hope and pray that our economy will improve and that jobs will once again be available making people able to provide for themselves. We are encouraged to see construction of some big projects in our community which are providing some jobs and we are all doing our part in encouraging people to travel to Rocky Point so that our tourism economy can rebound. Until that time, we continue to adjust our program and make changes in an effort to reach the neediest in the community. We continue to feed in the schools, however, we are unable to serve as many schools this year due to a decrease in volunteers. We have streamlined our feeding to 2 sites, one in the middle of town at the intersection of Blvd Kino and FCO y Madera (just southwest of Numerous) and our newest site in Colonia San Rafael at 63rd and Juan Aldama. We have been very grateful for those who have supplied blankets this winter and appreciate so much being able to help the needy in this way.

We have now served over 200,000 meals and we are amazed at God’s provision. We continue to seek people who have time to volunteer an hour or so to help serve or to take food to a school. We feel Mon - Fri so we need volunteers 5 days per week. We also welcome your donations of food, limited amounts of clothing, blankets and, of course, monetary donations. These donations can be dropped off at the main feeding site. Your tax deductible  monetary donations can be mailed to Mission Heartbeat, P.O. Box 1032, Lukeville, AZ 85341. Please note on your donations that they are for 2 FISH. Again....thanks for your help

P.S. We need the following: We need 6’ or 8’TABLES and CHAIRS for a third kitchen. VOLUNTEERS to cook or serve from 1PM to 3PM. PEOPLE to call on markets and fruit and vegetable stands for any kind of food, or canned goods which are about to expire.

“…but Jesus answered; you give them something to eat” Mark 6:37

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Steamed Flounder with Yogurt Curry Sauce

ello there, this is your friend and chef, Mickey. This months recipe will be for fish, because here in Mexico we stop eating red meat for 40 days after Ash Wednesday. Our diet will be chicken and seafood, so how about a delicious flounder recipe? Let’s do this! This recipe illustrates how a liquid used for steaming can be converted into a sauce with yogurt and flavored with curry. The steaming liquid can also be converted into a sauce using any of the methods for finishing poaching and braising liquids, this technique can be used for practically any fish...yield: 6 Serving.

1 steamer pot with basket 1 cup court-bouillon (seafood stock) 1 tablespoon melted butter 6 fillets flounder (portion size) 1-2 teaspoons curry powder 1 tablespoon butter 3 tablespoons leben yogurt (leben is a arabic/ jewish dairy product that comes from milk and sour cream) it is very close in consistency to American yogurt. 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation and tips... Pour bouillon into the bottom of steamer and bring it to simmer. Brush inside of steamer basket with melted butter. Place fillets in basket, making sure sides do not overlap. Place basket into steamer. Cover and steam fish for about 10 minutes per inch of thickness, but check them before this time has elapsed, in case they are done sooner (in fact, it is a good idea to leave them slightly underdone because they will continue to cook while the sauce is being prepared). Transfer fish to a plate and keep warm while preparing the sauce. Strain bouillon from bottom of steamer into a 2 quart saucepan with sloping sides. You should have about 5 fluid ounces remaining. (Very important, if there is more than 5 ounces, reduce to 5 ounces. If less, thin with additional bouillon to make 5 ounces. Cook curry powder in the butter for about 30 seconds, then combine with yogurt in a stainless-steel bowl. Wisk hot bouillon into curry yogurt mixture until sauce has desired flavor and consistency. Add chopped cilantro and adjust seasoning to your taste. This sauce its at it best when it is hot and sour... lime juice and tabasco are often welcome additions It may be necessary to heat sauce slightly before it is served, but be careful not to over boil. Serve the sauce over or around the fish, and garnish with whatever you like. There you have it!! We at Chef Mickeys Place would like like to wish everyone a very happy Easter. God Bless, and we will see you my place…Chef Mckeys Place at Las Palmas Resort on Sandy Beach.

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

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he city of Puerto Peñasco will be having a spay/neuter clinic on the weekend of May 13th. The clinic will be held at the Shrimp Park on the corner of Freemont and Juarez Blvd starting at 8:00AM on Saturday and continuing until late Sunday. If you have friends that are local and need help getting there, and you can assist by bringing their dog to the clinic, please do so. They will also be altering cats at the event. Visiting veterinarians will be donating their services for the animals. If you are a veterinarian or veterinarian technician in the USA and would like to donate your services in exchange for meals and a place on or near the beach, please call Nancy at (011-52-638) 383-1012 or from Arizona (602) 412-3932. The city has been working diligently on this project and looks forward to altering several hundred animals for the local owners who are striving to survive in this economy. We also try to help feed as many of the animals as we can with the donations that are delivered here to the center. AACORP has taken many dogs to the local veterinarians for broken legs, hips, and other injuries sustained when hit by cars or attacked. Cancer is also a very common problem with the dogs and we have several on chemotherapy treatments here at the center. Our medical bills are huge and we really need your help. We are having a difficult time and need funds to continue the operation. You can send checks mad out to AACORP to PO Box 1031, Lukeville AZ 85341 or go to the web site and donate through Paypal. www.rpaac.org/ donate We are looking for land

somewhere in Arizona to open a Sanctuary. We would like to house 100 or more cats and also have room for 50 dogs to start with. We have many friends in the rescue community and the need for a Sanctuary is a great concern. If you have land to donate please contact Nancy. We have many people that would be interested in living on the Sanctuary land caring for the animals. North of Phoenix with lots of trees would be ideal. Put your thinking caps on and lets get the dream of a Sanctuary a reality for the animals This month we are posting many pictures of the babies here at the center. January and February are the busiest months for puppies, and we have quite a few. Some were rescued from the desert, others from the streets and trash cans. Most arrive covered with mange, ticks and fleas. All need to be dewormed and given 3 vaccines. I just ordered 50 vaccines. They will all be spayed/ neutered when it is time and they are in good health. The cost to get a puppy treated and healthy is at least $100. This can add up quickly and we appreciate the help from all of our wonderful animal loving two legged animal friends. Daisy was featured last month and is being treated with

chemotherapy for her cancer. We have one remaining pup of Daisy’s and he is just a typical, playful, adorable puppy. Disney is now about 4 months old and ready for a new home. Disney is black and white with long hair. He looks like a Border Collie. Three puppies were found in a box on the street but are now doing well here at the center two boys and one little girl. Two little Chihuahua-mix brothers are also ready for adoption. Two more little brothers that were rescued from the desert are looking for their forever home. The majority of the puppies listed are about 3 months old, have their shots and will be neutered or spayed. Usually 90% of the dogs and puppies rescued are female, so this is very unusual that most are males at this time! Please consider an older dog to add to your family. We will be updating the web site with pictures of the animals. There is never enough time! We have been at this location now for ten years. We have one center in Rocky Point and it is sometimes difficult to find as not all the streets are marked. We are one house to the east and one to the North of the old Villa Granada Hotel. Please drop of all donations for the animals at the center as we are the only drop off site in Rocky Point. Call for drop off sites in Phoenix and Tucson. We try to feed as many of the local animals as we can since pet food is rather expensive in Peñasco.

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• Puppy and Kitten dry and canned

food. We are out of kitten, Puppy food and cat litter • Dog and cat dry and canned food.

local dial 383-6325 from the U.S. dial (480) 463-6255 We find that the best food for the price is Kirkland from Costco. I always check the first ingredient on the list to make sure that it is meat and not corn. I do have powdered vitamins to add to the foods that may need them. • Heavy duty dog beds, baby blankets, kitten and puppy toys, cat beds and we always need cat litter (non clumping). • Cleaning is on-going as one can imagine with 100 animals. We use a lot of bleach (3-4 gallons a week), detergent, disinfectant, mops, Windex, downy, waterless hand soap and trash bags of all sizes. • Packages of thank you cards with pets pictured on them are also appreciated On a final note - It is VERY safe here in Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco). I have lived here now for ten years and can attest to the safety of the city. Come visit and enjoy the beach and the people of Rocky Point and don’t forget to bring a bag of dog food and stop by the center.P.S. Nancy received her electric bill after this was written, and it exceeded $12,000mn which is over $1,000usd. She really needs some help paying this bill. It was terribly cold, and a lot of heaters had to be used to keep the animals warm!

‘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 www.rpaac.org 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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The Holy Wars of Tlacaelel

n the 15th century of the current era, the great Mexican general, Tlacaelel, of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan, was born of royal blood and extremely intelligent. He was the driving force in the development of what we now know as the Aztec Empire, the power behind the throne of the Meso-American people. Tlacaelel, a Mexica, was educated in the ways of the Toltec. He organized a professional army, structured in a hierarchy of commanders with organized fighting units of professional warriors. His main goal was to raise the Mexica people to a new social status; going so far as to burn the old books and having the scribes re-write their history extolling the Mexica culture and strengthening their self-esteem. His other goal was to increase his people’s wealth and power. As an ancient Hitler, he seized the time and sentiment of the people who were ready for this arousal and transformation of Mexico’s society into a mighty empire. The religion of the Mexicas was steeped in magic, mysticism and superstition. Nevertheless, they believed in the immortality of the soul and the rewards of an eternal afterlife. They feared their most powerful god of the Sun and of War, Huitzilopochtli, who demanded blood and human sacrifice in order to guarantee the rising of the sun each day. Tlacaelel convinced his people that they were the chosen ones of Huitzilopochtli; agents with a mission to bring all the great cities in the central valley of Mexico into the service of Huitzilopochtli through Holy Wars. They believed that the fruit of their blood, by dying in the service of their holy war, and/ or by sacrificing the blood of their victims would assure them of a demigod status. The captives from these campaigns were the source for

their human sacrificial ceremonies, and the bounty from the conquered cities increased their wealth and power. Tlacaelel knew that the only way to have a successful professional army was to free his warriors of any economic responsibilities. His warriors were assisted by servants and bearers who carried thousands upon thousands of corn cakes and tortillas. Not having a money based economy, Tlacaelel designated farm land to supply his soldiers with all the food they needed, provided elaborate masks, clothing, and headdresses that were decorated with special feathers and gold ornaments. Different colors designated the different ranks of officers and elite warriors. The warriors were also honored for the number of live captives. The army had shields and formable weapons. The clubs they used were made of wood, embedded with pieces of sharp obsidian that would hack their prey to pieces. They also employed a giant skincovered drum; the boom of which was overwhelming. The thundering sound evoked terror to all who heard it. These bellicose warriors would beat the drum as the signal of their impending invasion. Some cities were so terrified by the army of Tlacaelel that they surrendered without a fight. Some of the survivors would become feudal serfs, paying high tribute to the Mexicas. They gave up almost all of the crops from their fields; thus living on borderlinestarvation. They also were forced to become allies and slaves to the professional warriors. These wars had a profound effect upon Mexico. The Aztec Empire lasted in all its bloody glory until the Spanish Conquistadors overpowered them in 1521, eventually obliterating their culture.

For all your Real Estate needs, including Bank Trusts and FM3s please contact me. Rosarie Salerno, Mexican Beach Developers, Puerto Peñasco rosariesalerno@hotmail.com Cell 044 (638) 384-7145, (011-52-638) 383-8417 or (520) 777-0018

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Our Contributing writers... Sandy Spain

Zack Paliscak

Nancy Phelan

Born in Colon, Panama and lived in Venezuela before moving to the U.S. at the age of 11, returning to Venezuela for the summers. Educated in California, High Scool in Burbank and College in Santa Barbara. Retired from City of Scottsdale after 23 years of service and 10 years service before that in Cypress, California. In both cities was involved in financial services and the environment. I am a widow with two married sons and two grandchildren. I purchased my home in Playa Encanto in 1986 and moved to Mexico full time after retiring in 2002.

Zack Paliscak is 10 years old and a 5th grader at Pope John Catholic School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Zack is totally into all sports especially swimming, football, basketball and baseball. In 2010, Zack was the Arizona state champion in the backstroke. He recently qualified for the Junior Olympics to be held in August in Virginia Beach, VA. He always keeps a little Rocky Point sand in his swim bag as good luck so please keep him in your prayers at the Junior Olympics. As Zack goes, so does Rocky Point! He has been a columnist for the Rocky Point Times for about a year and likes to write about fun things for kids to do in Rocky Point. He loves hanging out with his sister Olivia and the rest of his Bella Sirena family on Sandy Beach where he makes lifelong memories!

Born in Boston, Nancy settled in Phoenix, Arizona, where she has three daughters and seven grandchildren. Nancy received her Masters degree from Northern Arizona University. Her computer career included Xerox and Control Data. She represented wineries in Europe working out of Libourne, France connecting wineries in Europe to the suppliers in the USA. Ten years ago, when she retired to Puerto Peñasco, she was appalled by the brutal way animals were treated and abused. Nancy started an animal rescue “Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point”. Today she works closely with the city of Puerto Peñasco, conducting spay/neuter clinics and adoptions events.

Gretchen Ellinger Considers herself blessed with the privilege of living and working Cholla Bay, which she thinks is one of the most inviting areas of Puerto Peñasco. After years of visiting Puerto Peñasco, Gretchen purchased a fishing shack by the water in Cholla Bay. The idea was to fix it up for weekends and vacations, and perhaps operate a bed and breakfast after retirement. After rebuilding, and a big curve in life’s road, Gretchen retired and started a new life in Cholla Bay. Over 7 years’ experience in real estate in Puerto Peñasco has earned Gretchen the respect of the real estate community, where it is known that she can be depended upon and trusted. Her numerous clients have come to depend on her for exemplary customer service, and expert advice in the fields of Cholla Bay real estate and retirement south of the border. Gretchen is Vice President of Education for AMPI (the Mexican association of real estate agents), and coordinates the annual clean-up of Cholla’s estuary by U of A students. That bed and breakfast dream? After over 7 years in operation, Casa Monica Cholla Bay B&B has many devoted visitors who would not stay anywhere else!

Linda Sharp Linda Sharp grew up in Tioga, ND where the only language taught was English. As a sophomore in college, she began to learn Spanish and to travel to Mexico. She has traveled from Cozumel to Cabo and Acapulco to Rocky Point. Linda loves the Mexican culture, music, food, arts, language and people. When she retired she began writing for the Rocky Point Times, and volunteers in Rocky Point with several different programs each time she is in town. Her retirement career is selling real estate in Arizona and in Alaska.

Rosarie Salerno

Has been a contributing writer, for the Rocky Point Times, since 2006. Rosarie has lived in Rocky Point for over 10 years. She has been a full time real estate professional in Rocky Point since she arrived and has been a licensed real estate agent in Arizona since 1986. She moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1972. Rosarie studied Accounting in N.Y.C., Fashion Designing as well as Video and Film Production in Tucson. Not only did she sell real estate in Tucson, but had a small income tax preparation service for almost 20 years. Rosarie is highly analytical in her work. She has an inquisitive mind and enjoys intelligent conversation.

Eddie Wharez

Designer - Owner of Diseños Casa y Jardín, born in Pachuca , Hidalgo , raised in Guadalajara , moved to Puerto Peñasco from Puerto Vallarta in 2003. He enjoys developing lasting personal relationships with his customers by beautifying their homes and making their dreams come true, loves music and good wine, he himself has taken every photo for his ads, member of the Interior Design Society and also of the Puerto Peñasco Photography Club, favorite quote: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” — Albert Schweitzer

Alice Omang

My husband, Bob, & I are from Helena, Montana. We first came to Rocky Point in 1995. I always say our motor home brought us there. We bought it in Tempe. AZ & it had always been used to go to Sandy Beach for camping on the beautiful Sea of Cortez. We decided to try it ourselves. We camped for a couple years at Palmar RV Park and then bought a small casita in Las Conchas in 1997. We have been coming to Rocky Point every year since that time. Tom & Sandy bcame great friends of ours early on. I think the first article I wrote for the Rocky Point Times was in April 2004, about a little girl who had found a very sick puppy on the beach. She had nursed it back to life and was then separated from him. Later, she had a very joyful reunion with him and, as far as I know, still owns and loves this dog. I have been writing articles ever since that first story, but sometimes on an irregular basis. I don’t seem to do very good when I am in Montana, but I have found writing for the RPTimes to be a very worthwhile and interesting experience.

Wayne Corcoran Wayne holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree, Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, and has retired from TransCanada Pipelines with 30 years management experience. Wayne is a partner in St. James Gate, Development and Market Services and he is a licensed realtor in the state of Sonora, Mexico. Wayne has been a Puerto Peñasco AMPI (Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios) member, National Association of Real Estate (NAR) member and an AMPI board member for five years serving in the roles of Secretary, MLS VP, Ethics VP and is currently the President for AMPI in 2010.

Cap’n Greg

Escaped Iowa’s snow for Arizona’s sun in 1989, and immediately jumped the border to sample the culture and cerveza of Mexico. A US Navy veteran, his love for the ocean drew him to Rocky Point, which he has enjoyed immensely. Although he offers salty advice to Sea of Cortez visitors, the Cap’n also frequents the Northwest Ontario Bush, and has been writing a “North With Doc” humor column for In-Fisherman magazine for more than 20 years. Cap’n Greg, his wife Sandy, and their silky/pom pup Jezebel live in Tucson.

Cora Doner Cora Doner began traveling in Mexico at the age of 5 with her parents and sister. By the age of 8, she was traveling in Mexico with classmates from Spanish Immersion, and her teachers and parents. She has spoken Spanish in school, in Mexico and for fun, since she was in preschool. Cora began volunteering in Mexico with school classmates when she was 8. Every Mexico vacation since then, she has sought and found volunteer opportunities. Cora enjoys photography and is often the photographer when she and her mother, Linda, write for the Rocky Point Times. Cora will complete her culinary degree in 2010; and begins her R.N./ BSN degree in 2011, and plans to complete that in 2012.

Anita Kaltenbaugh Anita Kaltenbaugh is a traveler with a love for Puerto Peñasco and the Sea of Cortez where she resided for 2 years. Originally, a coal miners daughter from the mountains of Western Pennsylvania (a long way from the shores of Mexico), an unexpected visit to Rocky Point in 1990 captured her heart. Currently working on a new travel book “Travel Secrets- Inside guide to affording, planning and taking more vacations”, she spends her free time traveling the world with her husband and relaxing in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico at her favorite seaside town. Check out more of Anita’s articles on Rocky Point at www.examiner.com/x5715-Phoenix-Mexico-Travel-Examiner.

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Adventures in Paradise I

By Sandy Spain

t is time to bring our adventure to San Miguel Allende to a close. I hope you have enjoyed the stories of our trip. The last celebration we attended was Dia de Los Muertos. We had planned our trip to be in San Miguel for this event. After going to church with our friends Guy and Linda, we went to the cemetery. The church provided the flowers and we placed a marigold on every headstone in the American section of the cemetery. Then we celebrated our departed friends and relatives the Mexican way by having tamales and tequila. We were chastised by an American visitor to the cemetery who thought we were being very disrespectful. I guess she didn’t bother to learn the customs of the country she was visiting. Hopefully she did not say anything to the many Mexican families eating, drinking and playing music while they cleaned up their family plots. In many cases they were completely relandscaping and re-painting.

in public and private spaces. In San Miguel the Jardin, central plaza, is by altars. The newspaper publishes a map and location of the biggest and best of them and many people come to town to walk around and see the ones noted in the newspaper. Our apartment building is one of the noted ones. Outside was the altar honoring the heroes of the Independence and Revolution and inside the altar honoring the owner’s family.

There are various depictions of the theme in the many altars around the Jardin.

Each year there is a theme established for the altars that are set up in honor of the dead. The Mexican Bicentenario was the theme for 2010. The altars are set up both

Scenes from the Parade

Holiday Inn, Hermosillo

Altars at our apartment building, Casa de Los Soles

There are flower stalls lined up for a block on the road leading to the cemetery entrance.

Breakfast in Mazatlan

A local neighborhood puts on a parade around the Jardin every year. The participants are made up and dressed as the Catrine and Catrina, the fancy skeleton figures. This year some were dressed in costumes depicting the theme. They march around and give out candy to the kids, many of whom were dressed in American-style Halloween costumes. The Mariachis also get in the act by painting their faces.

Mariachis and the kids in their costumes collecting candy from parade participants

We decided to make the trip home in two days. We left San Miguel at 8:00 am and arrived in Mazatlan around 5:00pm (one hour time change). We liked our stop on the way down at the Inn at Mazatlan so we went back to the same hotel. The next morning we left a little later than we would have as we promised an owner we met that we would have breakfast at his café. It was a long day as we arrived in Hermosillo at 7:15 p.m. As we looked for a hotel matching our criteria (a suite for 3 with secured parking), we found a Holiday Inn and decided to check it out even though it was unimpressive looking from the street and they don’t typically have suites. Well, another great pleasant surprise on our trip. The hotel has a lovely courtyard with lawn and pool, a really nice restaurant, large suites, a single guarded entrance and the rate was very reasonable.

On a personal note, there was a great experience for me on the way home. My late husband’s last name was Pegueros and there is a town in the state of Jalisco named after his grandfather who was a doctor from Tepatitlan. Dr. Pegueros traveled through a community where he discovered many of the town’s residents were very ill so he stayed there caring for the people and to honor him they renamed the town. We saw the sign on the highway, so naturally I had to have the girls take a photo of me.

Sign for Pegueros, Mexico named after my late husband’s grandfather

We left Hermosillo and took the long way home. We wanted to return the car permit so we went to do that just east of Sonoyta. We arrived home at 2:20p.m. The trip was fantastic in every way and not one single problem. Yes, it was good to be home. We loved all the places we saw and the experiences we had, but we still love Puerto Peñasco the best. So get out and discover Mexico, but come home to our paradise, Puerto Peñasco.

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Local beach expats, & long time visitors warn students “if you come to Mexico… By Anita Kaltenbaugh

ocal beach expats, residents and long time visitors warn students “if you come to Mexico, be warned you may have too much fun!” Wait how can that be? Didn’t we just see plastered all over the internet and media US government issue travel warnings to Mexico to students for spring break? Yes, and since they reference “Mexico” as an entire country who knows where it is safe to visit. Well, we do. Local beach expats, residents and long time weekend visitors to Puerto Peñasco Mexico, known as Rocky Point to most Arizonans, are tired of the general warnings. Many retirees who have found a beautiful safe beach haven on the Sea of Cortez are constantly questioned, “Do you feel safe?” Others who are brave enough to go down and try it for a weekend wonder what everyone is talking about. Those who know the facts just try hard to educate

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those who don’t and help get Arizona’s beach back to its lively vibrant self. Now it is just a hidden little beach town falling under a general country warning. Wouldn’t it sound ridiculous if we repeatedly heard, British government issued a travel warning to USA? Don’t go to America, it may be unsafe. Sounds ridiculous. Perhaps there are certain places a visitor may want to stay away from with high crime areas and gang hangouts in inner city LA or New York. At night it is common sense to stay away from warehouse districts in any city or “the shaky part of town”, but avoid the whole country? I don’t know, perhaps they have been reading the media, with the horrific recent shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store, does that mean we should stay away from supermarkets or cities that have them? Or the 8 man shootout with

police in Phoenix this past weekend. With just one general warning from the press, imagine how many people would be scared off of America. Oh, and believe me the foreign press could find millions of crime stories to scare you away from the USA. Bad things can happen in every city from a quiet farming community to a large city. If you are a traveler and going to the Eiffel tower you know there are pickpockets and you use common sense. If you are a student and want to go to a beach on Spring Break, go to Rocky Point and enjoy the sea. What you will find is local business merchants waiting for your visit to boost their tired economy. They want to fight against the bad press and treat you so special because they yearn for you to enjoy Rocky Point, realize how safe their little charming seaport by the sea is and visit again and again.. Sure, bad things can happen anywhere

you go, you never know, but we can’t live our life in fear and fueled by warnings for an entire country. If you are a traveler or want to be a traveler, use common sense, don’t stereotype, and open your eyes. What we do know about Rocky Point is that it is a gorgeous safe beach community with a sandy beach full of new condominiums with pools and activities. An easy drive from Tucson or Phoenix Arizona and crazy low weekend rates for ocean front condominiums and hotels. New beach bars, golfing and water sports are everywhere. If you want to, lie on the beach and stay in one spot. Rent an oceanfront condominium, relax at the pool bar, rent a jet ski, walk to a restaurant and play some golf. You never have to leave your resort. So be warned, traveling to Rocky Point might be the best spring break ever!

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Make Them Walk the Plank By Ed Waters

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he following is the “Pirate Story” as best I can recall. My political rants can be found on the home page of our website: www. makethemwalktheplank.com. While there, you can click on the “Friends of the Pirate” icon for a listing of everyone who participated in the project. Very few people were aware that for years I have written song lyrics as a hobby. Over three years ago I heard a story that touched me. It was about a regular guy who worked at a factory for many years until he was laid off when the factory shut down and moved over seas. In an attempt to better his situation, he went back to school for an IT degree. His next job was taken from him by a foreigner who was brought into this country on a H1B visa program. Knowing this poor guy was not alone in his circumstances really make me livid! That story was the genesis for my song “I Wanna Be A Pirate”. In 2009 I heard John Rich’s song “They’re Shuttin Detroit Down”. It was a good song but I thought mine was better. When I expressed this opinion to my wife, she basically said: “put up or shut up”! It was at that point I made the decision to do just that and have my song produced. Not having a clue as to how to make that happen, I began my education. This included talking to musicians and attending Arizona Songwriter meetings as well as those of NSAI (Nashville Songwriter Assoc. Int.). After learning as much as I could as quickly as possible and exploring options with several producers, I chose Jack Howell at WilloDisc in Phoenix to entrust with my lyrics and a basic melody. Talk about blind luck! Jack just happened to be a seasoned, multi talented Nashville pro. All the talent involved in the making of the demo was brought together by Jack: Nick Nicholson for the amazing vocals, Jonathan Miller for the genius on the fiddle, and Jack himself who not only sang backup but was also responsible

for all the other instrumental contributions. After driving Jack crazy with multiple minor adjustments, I had the final version by May, 2010. Although mine was one of the best produced demos ever, the reality was that I had no Nashville contacts and the odds of having a well known singer even see my song were slim to none. Because the message of the song was so important to me, it was pretty early in the process when it became apparent that the only way to get the song noticed was to make a music video. Even if a country notable didn’t pick it up, the message would have a better chance of reaching the public. Making a music video. Now, that’s another whole education with most of it learned ‘on the fly’. All I really had to go on was a basic vision of how the video would play out. Being regular folks without a Hollywood budget, local colleges were our first potential contacts as we figured this would be a terrific project for film students. Guess we figured wrong. After posting an ad on Craig’s List, I received several responses. Due to our instant rapport and his music video experience, we chose a talented young man from Mesa, Dave Berrey. When making a music video, one has to create a visual image for every line in the song. Once this is done, you need to find locations to fit those images and the story you’re telling. The two most important for us were the burger joint and the pirate ship. Luck was once again with us as Tony,the owner of Lucky Boy Burgers, is a videographer and gave us enthusiastic permission to shoot there. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the one place for the filming of the pirate scenes: Rocky Point! Rocky Point has been a favorite geta-way for my wife & I for many years and we were aware of the pirate ship in the harbor. It was remarkable how much we accomplished in two trips south of the border. We were fortunate to connect with Oscar from Del Mar Charters and he was really our ‘go to guy’ in Rocky Point, lining up Captain Tony’s pirate ship and the Pacifica for our ‘Fat Cat Yacht”. That was just the beginning of Oscars contribution. Because we had a limited budget, we were really praying for some wanna-be video stars among the many ex patriots who call Rocky Point home. Knowing that Oscar liked the song, we picked his brain for any potential candidates for the roles we needed filled - especially that of the ‘Fat Cats’. Without

a seconds hesitation, Oscar said, “Senor Kent” (Kent Cossey)! We contacted Kent, told him we were in town to make a music video, and that he had been suggested as a potential participant. Not only was he receptive but he invited us to his place where gave us a warm reception. After listening to the song, he not only agreed to be involved, but offered to gather up some of his friends to get on board as well. The importance of this to us cannot be stressed enough! This project could never have been completed without the help of Kent and his friends: Todd, Gino, Scott, Randy, Fernando, Becky, and Deena. It seems to be a common opinion that the filming of the video (especially the Rocky Point segment) must have been a blast. Not true! Nick, who did the vocal, was not able to participate which left me with limited options. Playing the part of the pirate fell to me: a person who everyone in my acquaintance knows doesn’t even like to have his picture snapped. For several days prior to the Rocky Point shoot, I got no sleep. All the details of the scenes we were going to shoot floated through my head. It had been very windy prior to our arrival and, given our narrow window of time – one day for the ocean shots, wind would have been the ‘kiss of death’ for the shoot. Vi and I arrived in Rocky Point with her mom, friend Heidi, and our video guy, Dave. Our lodgings were at the Bella Serena where we met with Kent and his crew to do the Fat Cat gambling and party scenes. The next morning was organized chaos. Prior to our arrival, we had lined up Jorge, an ultralight pilot, to fly Dave for all the aerial shots. Oscar was on hand to handle any boat related issues as well as to assist Dave in any way he could. He even risked the wrath of a pregnant wife the night before the shoot by rounding up a couple of local girls for the party scenes on the yacht. Our transformation of the “Pacifica” to the “Fat Cats” yacht was accomplished by using a really cool ‘static cling’ sign from Fast Signs in Phoenix. The yacht scenes were done first followed by those on the pirate ship. Dave was working like a madman – first in a dingy, then on the yacht, then on the pirate ship, then up in an ultralight swooping around and down on the pirate ship. He later related to a friend that he felt a bit like James Bond! That evening we shot the study scene back at Bella Serena before we all passed out. After shooting some final scenes in Phoenix, the hard work of editing hours of footage into a three minute

video began. Several tweaks later, Dave produced the final version. I couldn’t be more proud of the finished product. Possibly the biggest challenge still lay ahead of us: marketing both the song and video. Not being a ‘sales’ type of guy, that’s become the tough part. One of my proudest moments came after sending Bill Moyers of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS a copy of the video. He responded with a handwritten note stating, “In Act III of my life, I want to be a pirate too!” One of our immediate goals is to capture the attention of the Phoenix media, not only to promote our song, but to promote Rocky Point as well. Chris at Inkling in Phoenix designed one of the coolest pirate T-shirts ever and Larry at Eagle One came up with our equally cool “Make Them Walk the Plank” bumper stickers. The video of “I Wanna Be A Pirate” can be seen on YouTube or at our website:www.makethemwalktheplank. com. The song can be downloaded at Itunes. Hard copies of the song and video as well as the other goodies can be purchased at our site. In conclusion, no matter what happens with this project, we love Rocky Point more than ever. Because of the beauty of the place and the beauty we have found in the community of Rocky Point, we will always be anxiously awaiting our next visit.

TIME LINE Late 2007: Wrote the song August 2009: Decided to get the song produced. February Had the song 2010: produced April 2010: Shot the video Mid-June Website came on 2010: line (Thank you, Ed for writing your own story about “I Wanna be a Pirate” It didn’t start out that way but, after missing each other several times for our interview, you graciously sent your story to us. After reading your personal story, we figured that you told it best. We could not improve on your own words. We enjoyed the video immensely, Sandy is still singing, “I Wanna be a Pirate”. I encourage anyone who has not heard this song, to go to your web site www.makethemwalktheplank. comlisten to the music, check out the very entertaining video, buy a couple copies, and promote it through their friends and family, and business associates as we are). We all need to thank your wife, Vi, for the final story editing).

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