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Luz de Mundo mantle passes to fifth son

-1 DAYS AGO
Luz de Mundo mantle passes to fifth son

Almost 600,000 people flooded into the Hermosa Provincia neighborhood of Guadalajara last week for the funeral of Samuel Joaquin Flores, the leader of the Luz del Mundo evangelical church who died on Monday, December 8 aged 77.

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PHOTO GALLERY: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (in Guadalajara)

-1 DAYS AGO
PHOTO GALLERY: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (in Guadalajara)

It doesn’t take much to gee up Guadalajara denizens into the yuletide spirit.  With the city’s emblematic arches (Los Arcos) handsomely decked out in a bow, kiddies are having a blast at downtown’s winter wonderland attraction in the Plaza Liberacion, where they will find a skating rink, sled r...

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Chapala throws huge holiday bash for local kids

-1 DAYS AGO
Chapala throws huge  holiday bash for local kids

A throng of more than 1,000 children and their parents showed up for the public Christmas party (posada) hosted by the Chapala government on Tuesday, December 16.

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Ajijic street rehabilitation continues

-1 DAYS AGO
Ajijic street rehabilitation continues

The street rehabilitation project in downtown Ajijic resumed Wednesday, December 10 with the work crew getting down to business on the segment of Calle Colón located between the highway and Zaragoza.

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Two municipal police forces disbanded

6 DAYS AGO

In an unprecedented step, state police have disarmed officers in two Jalisco municipalities and confined them to barracks, under instructions from Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval.

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Jalisco shivers in coldest winter in last decade

6 DAYS AGO

Fifty-two people in Jalisco have died as a result of the cold in 2014, prompting welfare agencies to introduce new measures to guarantee that the state’s homeless population are protected this winter.

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VivaAerobus, Southwest plan new flights

-1 DAYS AGO

Low-cost Mexican airline VivaAerobus will start offering flights on the popular Guadalajara-Dallas route as of March 28, 2015.
The Monterrey-based  carrier will use Airbus A320 aircraft and operate out of DFW’s International Terminal D three times per week.

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Holiday closings

-1 DAYS AGO

All banks and federal, state and municipal government offices throughout Mexico will be closed for business on Thursday, December 25 and again on January 1.  Diplomatic missions will also be closed, as will this newspaper’s offices in Guadalajara and Ajijic.

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Canadian dies after condo fall

-1 DAYS AGO

A Canadian man has died after falling from a top floor of a condominium in Puerto Vallarta. Neighbors found Carl Veilleix, 52, lying in the garden of the Torre Malibu in the Las Amapas neighborhood on the morning of Sunday December 14. Security staff

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Cirque de Soleil plans permanent Nuevo Vallarta mega-production

27 DAYS AGO

Montreal-based circus arts company Cirque du Soleil is teaming up with a resort developer to host permanent shows at a new theme park to be built in Nuevo Vallarta.

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Obama action to benefit 44 percent of Mexico’s illegal immigrants in US

20 DAYS AGO
Obama action to benefit 44 percent of Mexico’s illegal immigrants in US

Around 400,000 migrants from the state of Jalisco will benefit from President Barack Obama’s sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system via executive action.

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After the US midterms: a stormy political landscape?

1 MONTHS AGO

All but a handful of political pundits say there’s at least an 80-percent probability that the Republicans will win back the Senate in the U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday, November 4.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, December 18, 20

-1 DAYS AGO

-Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 41,004.44 a decrease of 368.22 points from Thursday, December 11, 2014.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, December 11, 2014

6 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 41,372.66 a decrease of 3,299.54 points from Thursday, November 27, 2014.

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Atlas soccer fans battle police after quarter final defeat

13 DAYS AGO
Atlas soccer fans battle police after quarter final defeat

Atlas soccer fans fought with police and trashed concessions stands in the wake of their team’s Liga Mx quarter-final defeat to Monterrey on Sunday.

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Famed Mexican pitcher frozen in bronze

27 DAYS AGO
Famed Mexican pitcher frozen in bronze

Mexican baseball legend Fernando Valenzuela and his family dropped into Guadalajara last weekend as guests of honor of  the Charros de Jalisco, one of his former teams. The highlight of the visit was the unveiling of a bronze statue of the famed pitcher in the forecourt of the Pan American Base...

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Expat Living

Children’s charity seeks ‘2-hour’ volunteers

1 MONTHS AGO
Children’s charity seeks ‘2-hour’ volunteers

Niños Incapacitados recently announced a new “Two-Hour Volunteer Campaign.” Realizing that most expats are overloaded with activities and volunteer positions, the organization is asking local residents to find just two hours to volunteer at an event to raise funds to help sick children of low-income...

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City Living - December 20, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
City Living - December 20, 2014

Church holiday schedules

Reverend Carlos Catalan will conduct a bilingual service at All Saint’s Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24), 6 p.m. All Saint’s bilingual choir will present a selection of hymns. All Saints’s is located at Tepeyac 4600 on the corner of Prados de Tepeya...

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City Living - December 13, 2014

6 DAYS AGO

Expos

Outlet de la Moda at Expo Guadalajara this weekend offers a slew of discounts on brand name clothes, footwear, jewelry and accessories, organizers say. Runs Friday, December 12 through Sunday, December 14, 1 0 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry free.

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Chapala firefighters kitted out

-1 DAYS AGO
Chapala firefighters kitted out

Lina and Rick Bleier of the Rotary Club of Montrose, Colorado recently arrived with a large consignment of donated fire gear for  local bomberos (firefighters).

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World AIDS Day marked in Ajijic

-1 DAYS AGO

Thanks to the organizational activities of Ajijic Cares, World Aids Day was commemorated on December 1 for the first time in Ajijic. Throughout the day members of VIHAS de Vida, the Guadalajara educational and support group, visited two high schools and were on hand on the Ajijic malecon handing out...

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Laguna Chapalac – December 20, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – December 20, 2014

LCS Singles

The LCS Singles is sponsoring their 3rd Annual Holiday Bash on Sunday, December 21, from 3-7 p.m. in the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) back patio and gazebo area.

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Laguna Chapalac - December 13, 2014

6 DAYS AGO

Arts and Crafts Fair

American Legion Post Seven’s 12th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair opens Saturday, December 13, 9 a.m. with back-to-back features, including a popular assortment of bake and take foods – prepared, ready-to-eat favorite entrees. Shoppers will find a selection of homemade holi...

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

27 DAYS AGO
Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

After more than two decades wintering and living on the Jalisco coast, Barbara McKinley Morrison has used her experiences to pen her first novel.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal

1 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal

A warm welcome to all snowbirds from the north as they flock back to the coastal towns of Barra de Navidad and Melaque. November marks the traditional beginning of the high tourist season on the coast.

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North Banderas Beat - December 20, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - December 20, 2014

Classic Rock Festival

The first Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Festival, combining some of the best rock music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, took place this past weekend in the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta’s Sunset Garden.

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North Banderas Beat - December 6, 2014

14 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - December 6, 2014

Food Bank

Sandi Nystrom, an organizer of the John Ozello Memorial Food Bank in Bucerias, wants to give something a little special to the needy people who receive regular despensas (food parcels).

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La Manzanilla Memo - December 13, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - December 13, 2014

La Manzanilla’s first Green Technology and Sustainability Fair was Friday, December 5.  The event took place throughout the village and highlighted the mission and programs of local non-profit Tierraglegre.

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La Manzanilla Memo - November 29, 2014

21 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - November 29, 2014

Health food products

Dean Klompas and Daniela Zuleima Klompas, the husband and wife owners of La Manzanilla’s popular day spa Spacifico, have just introduced a new line of health food products. Vegan, raw, and gluten free snacks can all be found for sale at the spa this season. For a quick sna...

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque - December 20

-1 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque - December 20

Festival Del Mar

The five-day Festival del Mar Melaque Costalegre from December 10-14 was described by municipal tourism director and organizer Francisco Carrillo Torres as “the foundation of much bigger things to come.”

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 6

14 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 6

Journeyman drummer Ian Hoffman moved to Barra de Navidad five years ago after traveling extensively throughout Mexico. He says he is “amazed and excited” by all the talented musicians who now play in the area, including many students from the Instituto Universitario de Bellas Artes de Colima.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - December 13, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - December 13, 2014

A Whale of a Time

Enjoy nature at its largest. Officially whale watching season runs December 8  through March 23, 2015. The waters of Banderas Bay offer some of the most spectacular whale watching opportunities in the world. This is a great time to see humpback whales, dolphins, and other mar...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 29, 2014

20 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 29, 2014

Guadalupe parades

Combining traditional Aztec and Christian motifs, young warriors dance in the streets commemorating the miraculous apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the indigenous peasant Juan Diego on December 12, 1531.

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Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide – December 20, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

Free recitals
Classical guitarist Gabriel Tejo.
Casa López Portillo (Liceo 177), Friday, December 19. Free.

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UK takes 2015 Book Fair mantle

6 DAYS AGO
UK takes 2015 Book Fair mantle

The International Book Fair (FIL) closed with a rare display of British-Argentine cordiality, as Mila Milosevic (left), director of the British Council in Mexico, exchanged gifts with Argentina’s Culture Secretary Franco Vitali (right). 

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Lakeside parish churches schedule Christmas festivities

-1 DAYS AGO
Lakeside parish churches  schedule Christmas festivities

Chapala’s San Francisco parish welcomes the public to celebrate the Christmas season at a series of special events to be held every night through Wednesday, December 24, 8 p.m. at the entrance to the church.

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Holiday magic: talent, humor & festive fun highlight entertaining Los Cantantes Christmas concert

-1 DAYS AGO
Holiday magic: talent, humor & festive fun highlight entertaining Los Cantantes Christmas concert

Los Cantantes del Lago is well known for great concerts but this year’s seasonal offering, “Lakeside for the Holidays,” held at the Auditorio de la Ribera del Lago on December 9 and 10, was met with rapturous delight by the audience.

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Ribera Arts Review - December 20, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - December 20, 2014

Naked Stage

The Naked Stage Theater presents “Ethan Claymore” by Norm Foster on Friday, December 26, through Sunday, December 28 at Rio Bravo 10A in Ajijic.  

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Ribera Arts Review - December 13, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - December 13, 2014

Fiesta Purepecha

If you’re keen on experiencing the arts and culture of Michoacan without going on the road, don’t miss the annual Unión de Pueblos Purépecha Festival, running Friday, December 12 through Sunday, December 14 on the Ajijic plaza.

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At the Movies: Rosewater

-1 DAYS AGO

This true story follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London.

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At the Movies: Left Behind

-1 DAYS AGO

Commercial airline pilot Ray Steele struggles to keep his passengers calm and his plane afloat after the Biblical Rapture strikes mid-flight. GWN reporter Buck Williams becomes his reluctant co-pilot, and Ray’s daughter Chloe braves the chaos of the city streets in search of her family.

Director: V...

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Columns

NatGeo photographer Ben Horton visits Guadalajara: How ‘Wow’ photos can save sharks and teach English

6 DAYS AGO
NatGeo photographer Ben Horton visits Guadalajara:  How ‘Wow’ photos can save sharks and teach English

This was a talk I did not want to miss. National Geographic photographer Ben Horton was to speak about his work as an explorer during a conference promoting a new series of textbooks for teaching English with NatGeo photos and themes.

Since I’m interested in both exploration and teaching, this look...

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‘Outdoors in Western Mexico, Vol. 2’ about to hit the shelves

13 DAYS AGO
‘Outdoors in Western Mexico, Vol. 2’ about to hit the shelves

Whew! Putting a book together is quite a job and, believe me, it’s twice as difficult if the text is bilingual. Yes, this second volume describes, in both Spanish and English, 25 new sites chosen from among more than 200 attractive outdoor locations which I wrote about in this newspaper over the las...

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Yuletide is in full swing: Why spell it ‘xmas’? When was Jesus born?

6 DAYS AGO

While many in the United States are doing a little better this winter than last, others are still feeling the economic crimp caused initially by the 2008 Great Recession. A significant portion of the United States and Mexico are on thin consumer rations.

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A salto of holiday assemblies, Guadalajara-area haciendas, The Virgin of Guadalupe’s name

14 DAYS AGO

Along with a slew of Christmas-born pastorales that will soon be taking place, especially in rural areas, all the way into February, there are a salto of gracious — and boisterous — holiday gatherings going on right now. This celebratory time turns the final page of the year into a torrent of hen-sc...

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Getting the most from your Mac keyboard

21 DAYS AGO

While more than 90 percent of the world’s personal computers run on Microsoft Windows Operating Systems, Mac computers have more than doubled in popularity over the last decade.

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Buying computers: Can you pay little and get a lot?

27 DAYS AGO

A quote often attributed to John Ruskin says, “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply.  The person who buys on price alone is this man’s lawful prey.”  It astounds me to realize this far-sighted 19th century English ...

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Holiday memories

-1 DAYS AGO
Holiday memories

Almost everyone I know is passionate about which of the perennial Christmas stories is the “best.” Some vote for the old time favorites: Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” O’Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” or the enchanting poem,” The Night Before Christmas.” Others are fiercely loyal to the holiday movie...

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Lakeside holiday spirit

6 DAYS AGO
Lakeside holiday spirit

For those from the north, lakeside’s lack of snow and cold may not, at first glance look much like Christmas. True, there’s not a single decoration display with 300,000 lights, but a quick glance at the towering poinsettias lining area streets is enough to pump up a good deal of holiday spirit.

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico: When Santa speaks Spanish

-1 DAYS AGO

My grandson has a very specific wish list for Santa. Batman and Play-Doh. No surprises. No binoculars that he’s been talking about since September. Just Batman and Play-Doh.

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico: Driving to Tapalpa

6 DAYS AGO

I spent last weekend with my daughter, her husband and my two grandsons in the magical mountain town of Tapalpa. It was an excellent trip, with fun shopping, a quaint hotel, the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had, and scenery completely different from the cityscape of Guadalajara that I’m getting used...

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Mexican Lifestyles

La Mirilla: Creative bazaar/festival in Colonia Providencia, Dec. 20 & 21

-1 DAYS AGO
La Mirilla: Creative bazaar/festival  in Colonia Providencia, Dec. 20 & 21

Design is the at very heart of living in Guadalajara, and one of the deep pleasures of the Tapatio lifestyle is perusing its myriad craft festivals that spring organically from individual neighborhoods or emerge, especially this time of year, as major gatherings of some of the best artisans from aro...

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Two ways to say 'you' in spanish

-1 DAYS AGO

Mexico fortunately isn’t wracked by the linguistic controversy that has swept France in recent years: the conflict over when to use the informal form of “you” (tú) and the formal form (vous in French, usted in Spanish).

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Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

6 DAYS AGO
Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

In offering tours of substance to Lakeside residents, the husband-and-wife team of Rosie Cepeda and Carlos Alfaro bring some uncommon experience.
With her background as a high-school chemistry teacher in northern Mexico, Cepeda’s interest in natural sciences and education shows.

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Tlalpu-what? The little town in Michoacan that foiled the grinch

6 DAYS AGO
Tlalpu-what? The little town in Michoacan that foiled the grinch

Can anyone think of a happy story connected with mining? Apart from the occasional strike-it-rich tale (generally plagued by unexpected barbs of misfortune), the world brims with tragic accounts of mining-related greed, exploitation, danger, slave labor, disasters, strikes, illnesses and poverty.

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Hunting down the best fish tacos in GDL

1 MONTHS AGO
Hunting down the best fish tacos in GDL

Ask any two Tapatios where to find the best fish tacos in Guadalajara and a long discussion is sure to ensue, with each extolling the virtues of his or her particular neighborhood haunt.

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First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

2 MONTHS AGO
First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

Israel Lopez had been planning to open a lakeside eatery for years, even though he wasn’t in the restaurant business. First he found the spot, then purchased the land and financed the building — a huge 120-seat restaurant with a big bar and a good size kitchen.

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

1 MONTHS AGO

Put yourself in this scenario: Your name is Judy. Your husband’s name is Bob. Together you have discovered Lake Chapala in central Mexico (for Bob it is “love at first sight”) and there you have recently purchased your retirement home, where “One entire sliding-glass wall opened onto a view of the l...

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English-language book publisher in Mexico announces changes

2 MONTHS AGO

Editorial Wisemaz, the only full-service English-language book publisher in Mexico, announces a reorganization designed to clarify the company’s mission and streamline sales and distribution in the United States and Canada.

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Weighing up the risks of common medications

20 DAYS AGO
Weighing up the risks of common medications

With some public health experts warning about the overuse of antibiotics and vaccines, many individuals struggle with uncertainty when faced with situations that call for their use.

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Vaccines: An objective evaluation

21 DAYS AGO
Vaccines: An objective evaluation

There are two questions that many people ask themselves about vaccines: “Are they safe?” and “Do they work?”

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