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The parade of vendors

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Work suspended on outer city ring road

9 DAYS AGO

Is there a jinx on major public works projects in Jalisco? After legal issues recently halted work on the Zapotillo curtain dam in the north-eastern region of the state, now the city’s Macro Libramiento (outer city ring road) finds itself mired in complications, after environmental authorities cast ...

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Mexico’s ‘Magic Towns’ coming to Guadalajara

9 DAYS AGO
Mexico’s ‘Magic Towns’ coming to Guadalajara

Next weekend’s Expo Pueblos Mágicos will showcase the 83 Mexican municipalities that have earned the designation as “Magic Towns” for their beauty and cultural heritage.

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Chapala in favor of medical marijuana

2 DAYS AGO
Chapala in favor of medical marijuana

According to Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) spokesperson Gabriela Estrada, 247 people voted in the marijuana poll in Chapala, where an electronic urn was installed outside city hall.

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Free health programs to hit the road

2 DAYS AGO
Free health programs to hit the road

Thanks to a sleek new passenger van to be operated in partnership by two of lakeside’s leading non-profit social service organizations, needy families residing in low-income neighborhoods and the area’s most isolated villages will soon enjoy greater access to vital health care services and education...

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Jalisco federal legislator presumed dead after kidnapping on Guadalajara beltway

5 DAYS AGO
Jalisco federal legislator presumed dead after kidnapping on Guadalajara beltway

State and federal authorities believe one of two bodies discovered Tuesday in the burned out interior of a luxury SUV is that of Gabriel Gómez Michel, who represents Jalisco's 18th district in the Chamber of Deputies (Mexico's lower house, equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives).

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Polemic marijuana poll permits 15-year-olds to cast vote

9 DAYS AGO
Polemic marijuana poll permits 15-year-olds to cast vote

A five-day, statewide, non-binding plebiscite on relaxing marijuana laws in Jalisco kicked off slowly Wednesday, as 82 electronic voting urns were set up in plazas throughout the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

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Odile claims lives of British couple

2 DAYS AGO

A British couple, two South Koreans and a Mexican plumber died as Hurricane Odile swept through the state of Baja California on September 14 and 15.

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Monster storm batters Baja, spares Jalisco & Nayarit

9 DAYS AGO
Monster storm  batters Baja, spares Jalisco & Nayarit

Around 26,000 foreign tourists were evacuated this week from Los Cabos after Hurricane Odile swept through the Baja California peninsula, causing extensive damage to homes, hotels and infrastructure but, fortunately, no fatalities.

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Hurricane Odile warning this weekend

16 DAYS AGO

Although Monday is officially a school day, many Tapatios are planning to take advantage of the federal holiday Tuesday, September 16 by heading to the beach this weekend.

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Eight-meter tall waves claim life of woman in Puerto Vallarta

1 MONTH AGO

Authorities closed all of the beaches in Puerto Vallarta Wednesday after Hurricane Marie generated waves of up to eight meters high on Tuesday evening.

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Mattel to release 'Mariachi' Barbie

16 DAYS AGO
Mattel to release 'Mariachi' Barbie

Timed to coincide with Mexican Independence Day, and with the U.S. Latino market in mind,  Mattel will release a “Mariachi Barbie” on September 15. 

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Poni cards: a money transfer innovation

1 MONTHS 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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Financial indicators as of Thursday, September 25, 2014

2 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,116.94 a decrease of 926.68 points from Thursday, September 18, 2013.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, September 18, 2014

9 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 46,043.62 an increase of 149.57 points from Thursday, September 11, 2014.

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Obituary – September 27, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
Obituary – September 27, 2014

Valerie L. Siegel,

Three-year lakeside resident Valerie L. Siegel, 70, died in the United States on July 3 following a serious illness.

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Obituary – September 20, 2014

9 DAYS AGO
Obituary – September 20, 2014

William Ottus Fisher

William  (Bill) Ottus Fisher passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 9 at his home in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Local soccer star 'Chicharito' moves to Real Madrid

23 DAYS AGO
Local soccer star 'Chicharito' moves to Real Madrid

Guadalajara’s most popular sporting son, soccer player Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, has made what he calls his “dream move” to Spain’s Real Madrid, one of the richest clubs in the world.

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Salvajes Ajijic breaks new ground for mountain runners

1 MONTH AGO
Salvajes Ajijic breaks new ground for mountain runners

Lakeside’s novice athletic club Salvajes Ajijic surmounted daunting obstacles to break new ground for mountain runners and successfully host the side-by-side 9.1-kilometer Copal China and 14-kilometer Campanaria races on Sunday, August 23. 

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Expat Living

US youth tour group seeking host families

9 DAYS AGO
US youth tour group seeking host families

Up with People (Viva la Gente) is looking for families willing to host one or more students when the troupe visits Guadalajara from October 6-13.  The 100-member cast comprises students between the ages of 17 and 29, representing 15 countries.

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American Society observes Mexican Independence Day

9 DAYS AGO
American Society observes Mexican Independence Day

The American Society (Amsoc) held a festive lunch on Saturday, September 13 in honor of Mexican Indpendence Day.

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City Living - September 27, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
City Living - September 27, 2014

Expo Guadalajara

Weddings and cars will be the draw this weekend at Expo Guadalajara, before technology takes over on Monday. Expo Boda, billed as the largest wedding expo in Latin America, will exhibit Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is 150 pesos and the ticket can be used both day...

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City Living - September 20, 2014

9 DAYS AGO

Photographic rally

Gentlemen, fire up your cameras! Rodnik (Russian Vodka) Fotocross-Mexico and Cultura Guadalajara invite all photographers aged 14 years and older, amateurs or professionals, to participate in the first Fotocross competition in the city to be held on Paseo Chapultepec Saturday, Se...

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Voter Registration Drive adds second phase 

2 DAYS AGO
Voter Registration Drive adds second phase 

The voter registration and assistance program run by the Lake Chapala Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico will add a second phase beginning Monday, September 29.

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Villa Infantil in crisis

2 DAYS AGO

During one of the recent storms, lightning struck and destroyed the transformer that serves the orphanage Villa Infantil de San Jose and Our Lady of Guadalupe which is located on the southwest shore of the lake.

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Laguna Chapalac – September 27, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – September 27, 2014

Genealogy Forum

The next meeting of the Genealogy Forum will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 29 in the Lake Chapala Society Sala.  Those attending will attempt to obtain additional information on pre-1850 ancestors in the United States via a webinar.

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Laguna Chapalac – September 20, 2014

9 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – September 20, 2014

Red Cross Information Kit

As a result of the problems Cruz Roja EMTs experience when called to help an intensely ill patient, the organization has been promoting the use of their Emergency Medical Information Kits.

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Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

5 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

6 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

5 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

New season of Live from the Met at Teatro Diana

2 DAYS AGO

The 2014-15 season of The Met: Live in HD will bring ten productions from the famed New York Metropolitan Opera to the Teatro Diana in Guadalajara.  

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Entertainment Guide – September 27, 2014

2 DAYS AGO

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra
German Romanticism: Marco Parisotto, music director; Philippe Quint, violín.  Johannes Brahms’ “Concerto for violín op. 77 in D major” and Robert Schumann’s “Symphony no.3 op.97 ‘Rhenish’ in E-flat major.”
Teatro Degollado, Friday, Sept...

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Photo contest puts focus on Chapala’s cultural landscape

2 DAYS AGO
Photo contest puts focus on Chapala’s cultural landscape

Shutterbugs with a knack for capturing local scenery have a shot at winning an enticing prize package and statewide exposure of their talents in a photography contest promoted by the Chapala government’s office of culture.

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Young leaders takes charge of Day of the Dead exhibit

2 DAYS AGO
Young leaders takes charge of Day of the Dead exhibit

The future of Chapala’s traditional Day of the Dead altar display on Calle 5 de Mayo seemed to be in peril after long-time coordinator Cristina Flores announced last month that she was ready to give up the ghost after 17 years at the helm.

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Ribera Arts Review - September 27, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - September 27, 2014

Lakeside Little Theatre

When the Lakeside Little Theatre discovered they were unable to obtain the rights to produce Yasmina Reza’s “God Of Carnage” in October, the adaptable actors and directors made a quick change to a hilarious comedy of errors, “Bedtime Stories” by the popular Canadian playwrig...

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Ribera Arts Review - September 20, 2014

9 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - September 20, 2014

Orquesta Axixic

The Orquesta Axixic, under the baton of Daniel Medeles Cordova, is tuning up to celebrate its third anniversary with a special concert on Saturday, September 27, 7 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera.

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At the Movies: If I stay

2 DAYS AGO

A comatose teen has an out-of-body experience following a car accident that kills her entire family in this film adapted from the book by Gayle Forman.

Director: R.J. Cutler. Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Lauren Lee Smith, Stacy Keach, Joshua Leonard, Aisha Hinds. Rated: PG-13. Time: 1:46.

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At the Movies: Lucy

2 DAYS AGO

The story centers on a woman (Johansson) who falls prey to sinister underworld forces, but who gains superhuman abilities that allow her to strike back at her oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson. Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman. Rated: R. Time: 1:28.

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Columns

Tapalpa’s Fat Rock: Over the stream & through the mud to a great view

2 DAYS AGO
Tapalpa’s Fat Rock: Over the stream & through the mud to a great view

There’s something special about Tapalpa. Meandering through its narrow, picturesque streets is a pleasure all its own and what better way to end a day of wandering than in an armchair in front of a roaring fireplace, sipping a potent Ponche de Granada?

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Return to La Vastaguera Cactus Gardens: A great restaurant & a new ‘Foco Tonal’

9 DAYS AGO
Return to La Vastaguera Cactus Gardens: A great restaurant & a new ‘Foco Tonal’

Louise Freeman and Jenny Smith brought us the news from Ajijic: “Andrei Zúniga has found a new Foco Tonal on the premises of La Vastaguera Restaurant." Naturally we were eager to check it out—and, of course, enjoy another tasty meal there—so the following Saturday, accompanied by a few friends, we h...

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New film about Mexico’s world-famous peladito from the carpas gets Oscar nomination

9 DAYS AGO
New film about Mexico’s world-famous peladito from the carpas gets Oscar nomination

The father of contemporary comedy in Mexico, Mario Moreno Reyes, “Cantinflas,” is also the title of the film now showing, directed by Sebastian del Amo, nominated by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences to represent Mexico for the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film.

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England’s American colonies, Spain’s new world possessions: different paths to independence

16 DAYS AGO
England’s American colonies, Spain’s new world possessions: different paths to independence

In three days Mexico will mark one of its most important and its most popularly celebrated patriotic dates, September 16, commemorating the beginning of this nation’s struggle for independence from Spain. For foreign residents and visitors in Mexico, September 16 often prompts the impulse to make co...

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A world of shortcuts opens up with Windows’ most versatile key

2 DAYS AGO

There is a key on the keyboard of all Windows computers called the [Windows] key, and many people who learn what it can do are thrilled.  For those who have yet to discover it, this is the key with the Windows logo that looks like a little flag.

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The Internet of Things: Convenience & savings but security headache too?

16 DAYS AGO

There is a new acronym to add to the bottomless bowl of alphabet soup that makes up the world of Information Technology.  IoT is short for the “Internet of Things.”  In the beginning, the only things connected to computer networks were … well, computers.  This is no longer the case, w...

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The parade of vendors

2 DAYS AGO
The parade of vendors

It seems to me that folks living in the villages of Lake Chapala experience more traditional “old Mexico” culture then those who chose homes higher on the mountain. The folks in gate-guarded homeowners associations usually miss seeing the parade of vendors that circulate through the center of town d...

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A great idea: Community blood drive initiative

9 DAYS AGO

Watching information flow and ebb across my desk and into each issue of the Guadalajara Reporter is fascinating. Of course, each of the organizations and their special events are interesting, but far more startling is how unrelated groups move in the same direction all at the same time.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

2 MONTHS 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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Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

1 MONTHS 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

6 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

1 MONTHS 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

2 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

2 MONTHS 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

4 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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‘Stem cell’ treatments blacklisted

16 DAYS AGO

Mexico’s Federal Commission against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) has issued a black list of illegal “stem cell” products that are being marketed as helping with many degenerative conditions, as well as for anti-ageing.

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Local eye doctor checks kids

23 DAYS AGO
Local eye doctor checks kids

Ajijic ophthalmic surgeon and retina specialist Dr. Rigoberto Rios is in the midst of examining the eyes of Lakeside children who live in special circumstances.  All but one of the seven Hope House boys checked on Friday, August 29 passed the exam with flying colors. The last, 13-year-old Ric...

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