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Outrage as alleged dog killer walks free

6 DAYS AGO

Despite strict new laws governing cruelty to animals, a judge has released a man neighbors say killed a dog by throwing it from the second floor window of a house in Guadalajara’s Colonia Paseos del Sol.

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Consumer watchdog shuts airline offices

6 DAYS AGO

The Jalisco branch of the federal Consumer Protection Agency (Profeco) has slapped the offices of eight airlines in Guadalajara with temporary closure orders for  misleading their customers.

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Tianguis walkway project on track despite snafu

-1 DAYS AGO
Tianguis walkway project on track despite snafu

Workmen are going gang busters to finish repaving Ajijic’s Calle Revolución after Chapala’s Public Works Department chief Elia Ibarra resolved a minor dust-up with town administrator Hector España over the project blueprint.

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Jocotepec Mayor Juan O’Shea: Man on a mission to change the politician’s image

6 DAYS AGO
Jocotepec Mayor Juan O’Shea: Man on a mission to change the politician’s image

Tapping excellent political connections, innate business sense, abiding love for his hometown and the proverbial Luck of the Irish, John Francis O’Shea Cuevas seems to have everything going for him to lead Jocotepec to a bright and prosperous future.

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Governor demands more parent input in kids’ education

-1 DAYS AGO
Governor demands more parent input in kids’ education

After a six-week summer break, around 1.7 million Jalisco primary and secondary school children donned new uniforms and returned to classes as the 2014/15 school year began Monday August 18.

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The dark side of state’s free school supplies program

-1 DAYS AGO

As the new academic term got under way this week, approximately 11,000 students enrolled in Chapala’s public schools lined up to collect school supplies and backpacks parceled out free of charge through the government-sponsored Mochilas con Utiles program. While the hand-out represents big savings f...

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Foreign firms waiting in wings as energy reform enters home straight

20 DAYS AGO
Foreign firms waiting in wings as energy reform enters home straight

Despite heated opposition from the country’s left-wing, Mexico’s lower house has approved secondary laws (enabling legislation) detailing the implementation of the energy reforms passed last year.

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RR firm vows to speed up ‘The Beast’

20 DAYS AGO

Thousands of Central American illegal immigrants ride on top of a freight train in Mexico known as “The Beast” in order to reach the United States.

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Jalisco beach to become wheelchair accessible

-1 DAYS AGO

The coastal municipality of Cihuatlán hopes to become the first in the state to develop one of its beaches as “disabled and senior citizen inclusive.” 

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PV-Barra coastal road to get upgrade

-1 DAYS AGO

Anyone who has driven along Jalisco’s coastal Highway 200 between Puerto Vallarta and  Barra de Navidad will be aware that the 224-kilometer trip can turn into  a windy, tortuous slog – especially if one gets stuck behind slow-moving traffic on the two-lane road..   

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Poni cards: a money transfer innovation

6 DAYS AGO

Residents of the United States can now send money to Mexico and other countries from their local grocery stores with the Poni PIN card from American Cash Exchange, which is being offered as the first  Point of Sale (POS) -based foreign money transfer product.

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DEA offers $5 million US for capture of drug capo

6 DAYS AGO
DEA offers $5 million US for capture of drug capo

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has paid for billboards on California highways offering a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to the capture of infamous  Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, August 21, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,248.05 an increase of 524.09 points from Thursday, August 14, 2014.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, August 14, 2014

6 DAYS AGO

Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,723.96 an increase of 287.19 points from Thursday, August 7, 2013.

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Obituaries – August 23, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituaries – August 23, 2014

Daniel Dawson McTavish

Daniel Dawson McTavish, a founding member and first president of the Canadian Club of Lake Chapala, died August 14 at the age of 80 after a nine-month battle with cancer.  In more than 18 years as a hardworking community protagonist, he spearheaded many endeavors that ha...

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Obituary – August 16, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Obituary – August 16, 2014

Chapala resident Robert (Bob) Charles Carruth Sr. died July 14 at the age of 86.

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Ajijic ‘savage’ runners scorch earth on racing circuit

13 DAYS AGO
Ajijic ‘savage’ runners  scorch earth on racing circuit

The avid young athletes associated with the Salvajes Ajijic running club have been gaining fame as they have steadily burnt up tracks in every race they have entered since the group was formed just over a year ago.

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Jocotepec designs panoramic route for October road race

13 DAYS AGO

Organizers of Jocotepec’s Primera Carrera Panorámica met with the press last week to announce details of the 12.6-kilometer race to be held on Sunday, October 12, with backing from the Federation of Mexican Athletics Associations  (FMAA). 

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Expat Living

Guadalajara mothers, infants take part in Big Latch On

13 DAYS AGO

On Saturday, August 2, 105 women and their children came together to breastfeed simultaneously for one minute in Guadalajara’s Parque Metropolitano as part of the Global Big Latch On.

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Dinner at six in Grandma Gail’s kitchen

20 DAYS AGO
Dinner at six in Grandma Gail’s kitchen

An expat “foodie” who loves to cook is now offering a variety of “north of the border” dishes, either served family style on select Saturday evenings each month, or packaged “to go” in individual to family sized portions.  Living in a foreign culture and experiencing the culinary diversity is w...

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City Living - August 23, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
City Living - August 23, 2014

Motocross in the woods

Racepark Nabo on the northern edges of the Primavera Forest is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a Motocross race day, Saturday, August 23, from noon to 7 p.m.

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City Living - August 16, 2014

6 DAYS AGO

Traditional mariachi

As in past years, the 13th Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi Tradicional (Traditional Mariachi Festival) will precede the big annual mariachi bash, with performances scheduled at several city venues from August 18 to 24.

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Ajijic Rotary sponsors ‘Interact’ club at local school

-1 DAYS AGO
Ajijic Rotary sponsors ‘Interact’ club at local school

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ajijic, and under the guidance of faculty advisor and Assistant Director for Student Life Alejandra García Franco, 14 enthusiastic students of the Instituto Internacional have started a Rotary Interact club and are looking forward to their inaugural ceremony which wil...

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Three Sunrise Club Rotarians obtain prestigious recognition

-1 DAYS AGO
Three Sunrise Club Rotarians obtain prestigious recognition

The newly formed Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club presented three of its members with the honor of becoming a Paul Harris Fellow at the club’s August 14 meeting at the Hotel MonteCarlo’s Salon Verde in Chapala.  

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Laguna Chapalac – August 23, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – August 23, 2014

Lakeside BLING

Lake Chapala’s International Business Group (BLING) will gather for the August Mixer from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 30 at the Market Café. For more information, contact group founder Shannon Conshue at the café, Carretera 24 in Ajijic.

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Laguna Chapalac – August 16, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – August 16, 2014

Toastmasters Club

The Lake Chapala Bilingual Toastmasters Club meetings have moved to the Lake Chapala Society Sala and are held every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The August theme is “Building Enthusiasm.”

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Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

4 MONTHS AGO
Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

The extravaganza combining dance, music and theater has returned to Teatro Vallarta, Uruguay 184, for another exciting run.  Fandango is a contemporary musical interpretation of Mexican cultural traditions. The production has 30 dancers and 15 musicians.

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Chacala looks to boost artistic credentials with first music festival

5 MONTHS AGO
Chacala looks to boost artistic  credentials with first music festival

Organizers are inviting one and all to enjoy “six days of music, singing, art, dancing and creativity” at the first Chacala Village Music Festival from March 24-30.

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North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

Spring has arrived and the snowbirds are beginning their annual flights north.

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North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

5 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

The north shore of Banderas Bay is once again hosting the Mexico Cup Regatta.

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La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

The semi-annual La Manzanilla Regatta was held Friday, March 21.

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La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

5 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

The high winter season is pulsing along at a rapid pace.  Here’s what a typical week looks like in our little fishing village.

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Arts & Entertainment

Mariachi Festival schedule Aug. 29-Sept. 7

-1 DAYS AGO

It comes around once a year, and when it does, it brings a whole lot of noise and celebration to Guadalajara, laced up in trajes de charro and gently swelling strings, belting brass and rhythmic guitar. A small army of mariachis will descend on the city August 29 for the International Mariachi and C...

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Entertainment Guide – August 23, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

Martes de Musica
Free classical performances by talented musicians are held each Tuesday at the Degollado Theater. No tickets are sold – just turn up.  August 26: recital with flautist Nancy Ulate and invited guests.
Teatro Degollado, every Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. Free.

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Arts-mad expat couple launch easy-to-use online cultural calendar

-1 DAYS AGO
Arts-mad expat couple launch  easy-to-use online cultural calendar

Lake Chapala met all of Joe and Jenny Smith’s criteria for retirement. Not only were the climate and cost of living better than Indiana, the culture-focused couple were drawn to lakeside by the scope of the local arts scene.

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Viva! dishes out 97,000 pesos to aspiring musicians, singers

-1 DAYS AGO
Viva! dishes out 97,000 pesos to aspiring musicians, singers

Surely the astounding amount of success achieved by Viva la Musica and its supporters in nurturing and supporting talented Mexican music students at university is, if not one of the best kept secrets, certainly one of the least well known achievements in the area.

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Ribera Arts Review - August 23, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - August 23, 2014

Viva la Musica!

Yes, it’s true! The internationally renowned and popular classical guitar duo Gracián Medina will perform at the Auditorio de la Ribera on Sunday August 31, 4 p.m. – thanks to Viva La Musica!

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Ribera Arts Review - August 16, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - August 16, 2014

Cantos y Redes in concert

A reminder that lakeside’s renowned Cantos y Redes chorus will present a free performance on Saturday, August 16, 6 p.m., at the Auditorio de la Ribera, La Floresta. The lively stage show celebrating the group’s 28th anniversary will feature a repertoire of Mexican folk so...

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At the Movies: The Purge: Anarchy

6 DAYS AGO
At the Movies: The Purge: Anarchy

A vengeful father comes to the aid of a mother, her teenage daughter, and a defenseless young couple on the one night of the year that all crime, including murder, is legal in this.

As the countdown to the Purge starts ticking, struggling waitress Eva returns home to her elderly father and daughter...

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At the Movies: Last Love

6 DAYS AGO
At the Movies: Last Love

Cynical professor Matt Morgan is lost after his wife passes away. They had planned on spending their golden years in Paris, but now the widower has no idea how to fill his days.

By chance he strikes up a friendship with a young dance teacher named Pauline Laubie. Through their interactions, he redi...

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Columns

Planting trees atop Cerro del Cuatro: the city’s highest point

-1 DAYS AGO
Planting trees atop Cerro del Cuatro: the city’s highest point

For years I’ve been searching for the perfect mirador from which to view the city of Guadalajara. To my great vergüenza (shame), it never occurred to me to check out the most obvious choice, the highest point in the city, which happens to be Cerro del Cuatro, an extinct scoria volcano 1,870 meters a...

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Around the world on a bicycle: The reflections of Salva Rodríguez

6 DAYS AGO
Around the world on a bicycle: The reflections of Salva Rodríguez

In 2006, Salvador Rodríguez of Granada, Spain decided to visit the world by bicycle. Since then, he has covered 135,150 kilometers on two wheels, fixed 258 flat tires and written two fascinating books on what he has learned. Recently he gave a talk on his adventures at Estación Bici, a popular R&...

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Resourceful mother: an Indian woman seeks help for her son from a foreign friend

-1 DAYS AGO

Lupe Pimentel, a large, sweet-faced woman whose nickname is La Molacha — Gap-tooth, she is missing several upper front teeth — was at the door in tears. Her eight-year-old son, Chuy, had broken his leg, she thought. Could I drive him to the pueblo’s clinic?

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Practicing the Latin haggle: the art of regateando – bargaining – still holds sway in much of Mexico

6 DAYS AGO
Practicing the Latin haggle: the art of regateando – bargaining – still holds sway in much of Mexico

The techniques, exasperations and informative joys of bargaining are familiar subjects to long-time foreign residents and visitors in Mexico. But the proliferation of supermarkets and the merchandising practice at many public and street markets of placing fixed prices on goods has confused some newc...

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Coffee shop, restaurant Wi-fi connectivity: a quick primer

6 DAYS AGO

Recently, all the major news networks repeated the story of an anonymous New York City restaurant owner whining about how wireless internet access was causing food to get cold and waiters to perform their jobs less efficiently, leading to more customer complaints and costing the restaurant owner mon...

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Wet devices: do’s, don’ts & white rice

13 DAYS AGO

Several times in previous columns I have addressed the subject of the best way to deal with a wet laptop.  While I am loathe to bore the readership by repeating myself, I can justify doing so this time because it was not her laptop that my girlfriend got wet but her smartphone. 

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My street: the carnival of errors

6 DAYS AGO
My street: the carnival of errors

The only thing constant here in Mexico is change.  A front-page article in the August 9 edition of the Guadalajara Reporter announced that the Wednesday tianguis (street market) would temporarily move one block, from Revolución to Juan Alvarez, so that workers can rehabilitate the street and in...

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Sharing amusing experiences

13 DAYS AGO
Sharing amusing experiences

When the lakeside community loses one of the true “old-timers” as we did this week with the death of Tom Faloon, those of us who have been here for shorter periods of time spend time on memory lane.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

27 DAYS AGO
Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

A growing number of expatriate residents are mystified and miffed at being subjected to a sudden shift in the way they were accustomed to doing banking business here. Many are feeling hassled because certain south-of-the-border financial establishments that are now refusing to handle U.S. dollar che...

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Foreign employees use new strategies to satisfy strict immigration requirements

1 MONTHS AGO
Foreign employees use new strategies to satisfy strict immigration requirements


With major changes in Mexican law that began in 2012 and 2013, people coming from outside Mexico to work here are finding it necessary to do more advance planning than in the past.

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Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

6 DAYS AGO
Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

In its latest issue, leading travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler designated the Marieta Islands off the Nayarit coastline as one of the “101 Most Incredible Places” in the world.

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Savvy travelers use range of tactics to get cheaper flights

5 MONTHS AGO
Savvy travelers use range of tactics to get cheaper flights

An airline’s load factor – the percentage of seats sold on a particular flight –  would seem to be a mathematical calculation of scant relevance to most fliers. 

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Ajijic’s Number Four takes a final bow

13 DAYS AGO
Ajijic’s Number Four takes a final bow

Restaurant Number Four, Ajijic’s fine-dining and entertainment venue, will close its doors for good on September 2.

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World’s leading authority on Mexican cuisine talks to BBC

1 MONTHS AGO
World’s leading authority on Mexican cuisine talks to BBC

An absorbing episode of BBC Radio Four’s “Food Programme” featuring British-born Mexican food guru Diana Kennedy, which aired on June 29, is available as a podcast.

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Former Reporter staffer pens novella

27 DAYS AGO
Former Reporter staffer pens novella

“The Hostages of Veracruz” is a romantic thriller set in Mexico written by former Guadalajara Reporter staffer (1996-2001) Grady Miller.

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Author Karen Blue brings fresh insights on lakeside living

3 MONTHS AGO
Author Karen Blue brings fresh insights on lakeside living

In 2000 Karen Blue published her first book, “Midlife Mavericks: Women Reinventing Their Lives in Mexico.”

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City embraces CrossFit phenomenon

27 DAYS AGO
City embraces CrossFit phenomenon

“Someday all this pain will make sense to you,” says the enormous wall sign painted over my head as I go through my thrice-weekly workout at my local CrossFit gym.

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Legal pointers: Unpaid hospital bills and debt collectors

1 MONTHS AGO

In a recent interview Chapala attorney Spencer McMullen offered advice on how area residents can plan avoid insurance and hospital payment problems by carefully planning for an eventual illness or hospitalization.

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