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Parque Revolucion to get makeover

-1 DAYS AGO
Parque Revolucion to get makeover

The Parque Revolucion (also known as Parque Rojo) at Juarez and Federalismo is about to get a major makeover. 

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Mexico celebrates Independence Sept. 15, 16

-1 DAYS AGO
Mexico celebrates Independence Sept. 15, 16

There is no exact record of Miguel Hidalgo’s rousing speech that set off a nationwide revolt against Mexico’s Spanish rulers in 1810, but the spirit is captured in modern day orations that will climax with a litany glorifying national heroes and howling cheers of “Viva Mexico!” on Monday, September ...

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Big projects lined up for final year of Chapala mayor’s term

-1 DAYS AGO
Big projects lined  up for final year of  Chapala mayor’s term

The Chapala municipal government has finally dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s for several major projects slated as the current administration’s hallmark public works.
State and federal agencies that will kick in funding have approved blueprints for the following “big three” projects:

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Ajijic tianguis street back in business

6 DAYS AGO
Ajijic tianguis street back in business

Shoppers showed up en masse at Ajijic’s weekly street market this Wednesday to try out the newly finished swath of interlocking stone pavers installed down the center of Calle Revolución.  Vendors and clients raved about the adoquín pathway that greatly enhances safe and comfortable passage f...

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Earthquake drill on Sept. 19

-1 DAYS AGO

More than five million citizens are expected to take part in emergency drills in Jalisco on Friday, September 19 – Día Nacional de la Protección Civil (National Civil Protection Day).

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Governor meets with Amnesty International

-1 DAYS AGO

Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval opened a dialogue with Amnesty International after meeting with the human rights watch organization’s Mexico president, Perseo Quiroz Rendón, this week.

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PRI looks to change nation’s way of electing its lawmakers

6 DAYS AGO

Proportional representation, or PR, the electoral system that seeks to create a representative body that reflects the overall distribution of public support for each political party, is anathema to many politicians in democratic nations such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. A maj...

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Lauded abroad, Mexico still can’t take a shine to its bold ‘reforming’ president

13 DAYS AGO
Lauded abroad,  Mexico still can’t  take a shine to its bold ‘reforming’ president

At the same time California Governor Jerry Brown and Enrique Peña Nieto traded compliments this week, a survey was released showing that almost two-thirds of Mexicans are unhappy with his presidency.

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Hurricane Odile warning this weekend

-1 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

13 DAYS 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

-1 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

27 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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Financial indicators as of Thursday, September 11, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,894.05 a decrease of 155.28 points from Thursday, September 4, 2013.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, September 4, 2014

6 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 46,049.33 an increase of 448.33 points from Thursday, August 28, 2013.

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Obituary – September 13, 2014

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Obituary – September 13, 2014

Linda Mae Bothe

Linda Mae Bothe died September 4 at her home in Brisas de Chapala at the age of 76.

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Obituary – September 6, 2014

6 DAYS AGO

Richard H. Hanna

A 20-year resident of Ajijic, Richard (Dick) H. Hanna died in June in a Guadalajara hospital following a short illness.

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Local soccer star 'Chicharito' moves to Real Madrid

6 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

13 DAYS 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

‘Soft landings’ for new faces at US Consulate

-1 DAYS AGO
‘Soft landings’ for new faces at US Consulate

Two new section heads who arrived at the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara in the past month are acclimatizing to life in Mexico’s second largest city but both admit the process is hardly taxing.

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Public invited to Mexican festivities at Anglican church in Guadalajara

6 DAYS AGO
Public invited to Mexican festivities at Anglican church in Guadalajara

A day of celebration anticipating Dia de Independencia is set at St. Mark’s Anglican/Episcopal church in Guadalajara for Sunday, September 14, two days before the actual holiday. The festivities begin at the 10:30 a.m. English Mass, with the 10-member English choir, invited soprano Karla Martinez an...

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City Living - September 13, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
City Living - September 13, 2014

Producer’s Fair

Hundreds of visitors turned up to browse and buy from dozens of vendors who set up shop at the Feria de Productores (Producer’s Fair) held last Sunday at the Lions Club (Club de Leones) on Avenida Tepeyac.

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City Living - September 6, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
City Living - September 6, 2014

Metro Can, the largest dog park in Mexico, opened its doors in Zapopan’s Parque Metropolitano last weekend. Judging from the eager crowds of users who have been taking their pooches there ever since, it should prove to be as popular as the rest of the park itself.  Proof of this: Last Wednesday...

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AIDS awareness tops agenda of recently formed volunteer group

-1 DAYS AGO
AIDS awareness tops agenda of recently formed volunteer group

Ajijic CARES is a local volunteer committee that started work in March to coordinate events for a commemoration of World AIDS Day. This will be the first local recognition of the annual December 1 event founded in 1988.

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Ajijic park needs pro landscaper

-1 DAYS AGO
Ajijic park needs pro landscaper

Tom Thompson, head honcho for development of the International Garden located at the west end of the Ajijic Malecón, is seeking an expert in landscape architecture to draw up a definitive layout plan for monuments, trees and plantings to embellish and shade the area.

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Laguna Chapalac – September 13, 2014

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Laguna Chapalac – September 13, 2014

What About Pets?

Again this month members of the expat community graciously stepped up and helped find homes for several orphaned pets. It is so sad when a member of the community dies unexpectedly; it is sadder yet when their beloved pets are left alone until someone can be found to adopt the...

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Laguna Chapalac – September 6, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – September 6, 2014

Toastmasters Club

The theme for the September meetings of the Lake Chapala Bilingual Toastmasters Club is “Continued Learning,” which speaks to the reopening of area schools and the many classes and activities area retirees attend.

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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

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

5 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

Canadian photographic exhibit: 'On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly'

-1 DAYS AGO

A Canadian photographic exhibit, “On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly,” will be on display at the Andares Mall in Zapopan until Sunday, September 21.

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Entertainment Guide – September 13, 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. September 23: Nicole Orendain (violin), Fernando Meza (violoncello) and Marita Zimmer (piano).
Teatro Degollado, every Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. Free.

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SInger Lupita Jimenez preps for busy week

-1 DAYS AGO
SInger Lupita Jimenez preps for busy week

Lakeside singer Lupita Jimenez is doing double duty this week with two traditional performances.

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Musicians from Arizona, Tlaxcala shine at Ajijic Mariachi show

-1 DAYS AGO
Musicians from Arizona, Tlaxcala shine at Ajijic Mariachi show

Lakeside residents got a sample of what the International Mariachi Festival is all about with two very distinct musical troupes appearing on stage Saturday, September 6 at the Auditorio de la Ribera.

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Ribera Arts Review - September 13, 2014

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Ribera Arts Review - September 13, 2014

Orchestra trips

Viva La Musica is ready for their first, Sunday, September 21 bus trip into Guadalajara to attend the concert performance of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra in the city’s historic Teatro Degollado.

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Ribera Arts Review - September 6, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - September 6, 2014

Mariachi Festival

The International Mariachi Festival comes to Ajijic on Saturday, September 6 for a gala show at the  Auditorio de la Ribera. The program will feature rousing performances by two mariachi groups, plus dancing by the local  Ballet Folklórico Xicantzy. Tickets cost 200 pe...

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At the Movies: Deliver Us from Evil

-1 DAYS AGO

A cop and a priest team up on a case of demonic possession in this horror film based on actual cases investigated by retired NYPD police officer-turned-demonologist.

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At the Movies: Draft Day

-1 DAYS AGO

With 13 hours until the beginning of the NFL draft, Sonny Weaver Jr., the GM of the Cleveland Browns. is informed by the team’s owner that if he doesn’t make a splash and generate ticket sales, he’s going to be fired.

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Columns

Is ‘Princess Naia’ the oldest American? 13,000-yr-old teen found in Yucatan cave

6 DAYS AGO
Is ‘Princess Naia’ the oldest American? 13,000-yr-old teen found in Yucatan cave

For two nights at the end of August, Casa-Cem’s modest “conversation salon” was filled beyond capacity by Tapatios anxious to see photos and videos of the dramatic discovery of the oldest human skeleton ever found on the American continent.

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Walking the Agua Dulce River Loop: A great outing for all ages, cars & seasons

13 DAYS AGO
Walking the Agua Dulce River Loop:  A great outing for all ages, cars & seasons

This hike takes you through beautiful landscapes and fascinating rock formations located less than an hour from Guadalajara. It’s one of those walks even small children can do and the site, unlike so many places I’ve described, can be reached by any sort of vehicle. Can you ask for anything more?

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

-1 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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Taking a look at Guadalajara two centuries ago when conservatism, piety and care preserved safety and social order

6 DAYS AGO

While descriptions of Guadalajara at its founding are many, few have been left by on-the-scene observers. Even fewer are free of excusable, but distracting, boosterism prompted by the pride that pioneers legitimately possess concerning simply surviving the rigors of a rough and unexplored land.

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

-1 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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Coffee shop, restaurant Wi-fi connectivity: a quick primer

27 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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A grito to cherish

-1 DAYS AGO

Each year at 11 p.m. on September 15, residents of Mexico’s villages, towns and cities gather in the squares and plazas to reenact Father Miguel Hidalgo’s grito, the impassioned cry to arms, that launched the 1810 war of independence. The new world insurgents fought fiercely for nearly a decade befo...

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A small world of coincidences

6 DAYS AGO

No song at Disney’s theme parks creates stronger emotions than “It’s a Small World.” Park guests either adore the song or quickly realize its repetitive melody is grating on their nerves. Still, if the foreign population of Lake Chapala was to choose a theme song, few popular tunes would be more app...

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

1 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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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’

27 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

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

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

1 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

-1 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

6 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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