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Home-grown pitcher living the dream

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Museum opens space dedicated to blasts

This week, the Museo de la Ciudad (Calle Independe...

Chapala stock show offers animals, entertainment galore

Chapala stock show offers animals, entertainment galore

Expo Ganadera, Chapala’s second annual lives...

Buying bootlegs, illegal downloading:  stealing or response to price gouging?

Buying bootlegs, illegal downloading: stealing or response to price gouging?

Mexico recently made headlines when it was include...

Young US pastor gets call from God  to take Christian message to Muslims

Young US pastor gets call from God to take Christian message to Muslims

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Democrats power up for U.S. elections

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The heavens open – is this really March?

The heavens open – is this really March?

March is on record as the driest month of the year in Jalisco, meteorologists sa...

Reading through the hot season

Reading through the hot season

It’s time to load up your electronic devices with a fresh supply of books....

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Dance spectacle at Degollado

-1 DAYS AGO

Jalisco’s only professional dance troupe, the Joven Ballet,  will present a double bill in honor of International Dance Day at Guadalajara’s Teatro Degollado on Saturday, April 25, 8 p.m. The ballet “Scheherazade,” with choreography by Mark Godden, will be followed by Ba...

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Innovative British culture to the fore at city’s May Cultural Festival

27 DAYS AGO
Innovative British culture to the fore at city’s May Cultural Festival

David Elliott, the director of the British Council in Mexico, this week joined state Culture Secretary Myriam Vachez to announce details of the United Kingdom’s involvement in Guadalajara’s 18th Festival Cultural de Mayo, which begins on May 8.

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Train Station festivities rumble to end of the track

13 DAYS AGO
Train Station festivities rumble to end of the track

A series of cultural events at the Centro Cultural González Gallo to mark the 95th anniversary of the inauguration of the Chapala-Guadalajara railway line will continue through next weekend.

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Sopranos surpass previous sublime heights

27 DAYS AGO
Sopranos surpass previous sublime heights

The “Three Sopranos” – Berenice Barragan, Viviana Baez, Patricia Hernandez accompanied by pianist and occasional fourth soprano, Gabriela Zepeda – were back by popular demand at last Thursday’s Viva la Musica concert at the Auditorio de la Ribera, and there’s no doubt whatsoever this concert was the...

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Ribera Arts Review - April 24, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - April 24, 2015

Naked Stage

The Naked Stage minimalist readers’ theater presents “Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” by Ed Graczyk on Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. All performances start at 4 p.m.

Directed by Jim Lloyd, the play is centered on ...

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Ribera Arts Review - April 17, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - April 17, 2015

Hard Travelin’

Don’t forget that New York performer Randy Noojin portrays singer, songwriter and activist Woody Guthrie in “Hard Travelin’  with Woody” at Club Exotica on Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m.  

Noojin comes to lakeside just off a 40-city tour of a show...

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At the Movies – Fast and Furious 7, Mall Cop 2

6 DAYS AGO
At the Movies – Fast and Furious 7, Mall Cop 2

Fast and Furious 7

In the most recent installment of this popular franchise Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner and the rest of their crew have returned to the United States to live normal lives after securing amnesties for their past crimes. But Deckard Shaw, a rogue special forces assassin seek...

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At the Movies – Unbroken, The Lazarus Effect

27 DAYS AGO
At the Movies – Unbroken, The Lazarus Effect

Unbroken

A  true-life tale of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in World War II, only to fight for his life against nature and as a prisoner of war. Louis grows up a rough-hewn kid on the verge of becoming a full-on delinquent, until his brother starts traini...

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Documentary film outfit brings Jalisco into focus, while stacking up awards

13 DAYS AGO
Documentary film outfit brings Jalisco  into focus, while stacking up awards

Visitors to Teuchitlan’s ever more popular Phil Weigand Museum eventually wander into its auditorium to take the weight off their feet and watch a 50-minute video called “An Unknown Civilization in Ancient Western Mexico.” 

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Hot pools versus hot river: What does La Primavera have to offer?

27 DAYS AGO
Hot pools versus hot river: What does La Primavera have to offer?

The town of La Primavera is located 12 kilometers northwest of Guadalajara on the extension of Avenida Vallarta (Highway 15), the road heading for Tepic, Puerto Vallarta and Nogales. It takes only a few minutes to drive south through this pueblito, whereupon you come to a sort of forest. No, I don’t...

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‘Packet switching’ allows data to travel the world

-1 DAYS AGO

Many professional disciplines have their own “bible” enumerating the industry minimums required to maintain safety standards.  Ask any fireman about the fire code and be prepared to witness a solemn mood descend as they explain that the code is “written in blood.”  ...

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Windows 9 goes way of 2014 World Series

27 DAYS AGO

An upcoming event to watch for this new year of 2015 is the debut of Microsoft’s newest Operating System, Windows 10.  Some people aware of Windows 7 and Windows 8 may be asking “What happened to Windows 9?”

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The heavens open – is this really March?

1 MONTHS AGO
The heavens open – is this really March?

March is on record as the driest month of the year in Jalisco, meteorologists say.  Tlaloc, the Aztec rain God, obviously thought it was time for that stat to change.

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Reading through the hot season

-1 DAYS AGO
Reading through the hot season

It’s time to load up your electronic devices with a fresh supply of books. If you are still insisting that reading wouldn’t be the same if you couldn’t touch and smell the book and turn paper pages, get thee to ye olde library at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) and take home as many...

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An honest-to-goodness miracle

6 DAYS AGO

I moved here in October of 1990. Never in 25 years have I ever heard of any utility company in the country voluntarily issuing a refund. For that matter, I’ve never heard of them refunding money when the customer begged, pleaded and demanded it. 

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Stepping Back In Time In Mexico

-1 DAYS AGO

It’s easy to step back in time in Mexico. A walk through the Centro Historico or the Panteon de Belen cemetery in Guadalajara can take you there in minutes. So can a stroll down the cobblestone streets of Gaunajuato or crossing the threshold of  any of the colonial churches that dot the s...

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – April 17, 2015

6 DAYS AGO

Sometimes I have little floaters in my eyes – those tiny black specks that flit around in your field of vision only to dart away when you shift your eyes to look at them. And sometimes I have little black gnats that fly in aimless circles around my head and across my line of sight. B...

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Expat Living

GDL city hall stymied in Fiestas, tower block projects

6 DAYS AGO

The Guadalajara municipal government appears to be pushing ahead with an ambitious development in the north of the city despite the fierce objections of neighboring residential communities.

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Easter culinary treat takes over city center

27 DAYS AGO
Easter culinary treat takes over city center

Maunday Thursday saw vendors of the sweet bread delicacy, empanadas, out in force in their dozens, especially in the center of Guadalajara, as the faithful made their traditional annual visit to seven churches. The vendors will sell their treats throughout the weekend.

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City Living - April 24, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
City Living - April 24, 2015

Flower show & sale

The wide central divider of Avenida Chapultepec will host its annual Feria de Flores from Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26.  Expect to find viveros (nurseries) showing off their floral offerings from all over the state, in particular the flower centers of Atemej...

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City Living - April 17, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
City Living - April 17, 2015

Green Race

The third annual “Green Race” and Ecological Fair takes place Sunday, April 19 at the American School in Guadalajara. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara is organizing the event to correspond with International Earth Day. 

The 10-kilometer race starts at 7.30 a.m....

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A Children’s Day bash

-1 DAYS AGO
A Children’s Day bash

Ajijic’s Asociacion de Charros will host a traditional fiesta for local kids on Sunday, April 26 from 4:30 p.m. at the Lienzo Charro bullring located on Calle Revolucion, a block and a half south of the highway. 

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Canadian generosity sparks flame of friendship

6 DAYS AGO
Canadian generosity sparks flame of friendship

Hooking up with one of the hoses brought in with the huge shipment of equipment donated by Canada’s Firefighters Without Borders, grateful firemen and medical first responders from various Jalisco communities, members of the Lakeside Fire and Red Cross Assistance Group and guest dignitaries ...

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Laguna Chapalac – April 24, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – April 24, 2015

Genealogy Forum

The Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, April 27, 2 p.m. in the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Sala. This month’s session will include a webinar by Legacy Family Tree called “Hookers, Crooks and Kooks: Aunt Merle Didn’t Run a Boarding House.”

Many of us want to...

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Laguna Chapalac – April 17, 5

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – April 17, 5

Neill James Seminar

Dr. Richard Rhoda’s talk at the Tuesday, April 21,  2 p.m. Neill James Seminar is titled “100 Years of Reforms in Mexico.” The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) presentation will focus mostly on current President Enrique Pena Nieto’s aggressive economic ref...

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

2 MONTHS AGO

As aspiring writers well know, authoring a book is one thing, getting it published is another.

An opportunity to bridge that gap will be offered at the Puerto Vallarta International Writers Conference at Bibioteca Los Mangos March 6-8. Evelyn Bryne of White Bird Publications will be attending to gi...

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

5 MONTHS 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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North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

27 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

Altruism Festival

Paraiso Felino, the no-kill cat shelter in the northshore inland town of San Juan, will again be  one of the 24 Vallarta-area community service organizations to benefit from the annual International Altruism Festival, set for May 17 at the Hotel Marriott, in cooperation with ...

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La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

27 DAYS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

Bare Bones Theatre 

Since 2011 La Manzanilla’s Bare Bones Readers’ Theatre, headed-up by Arleen Pace, has been entertaining us with their annual productions. During their inaugural shows the group had us laughing and blushing during lively performances of The Vagina Monologues.   From int...

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Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

27 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

The International Language

Barra’s families come from fishing and agriculture ancestry, so locals are drawn to certain musical styles. Of course, the town’s population includes tourists and expats, who along with locals, like to kick back and groove to banda, norteña and grupera sounds. 

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

1 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

Cat Tails

A cool cocktail, awesome hors d’oeuvres, live music and a spectacular sunset awaits at the PuRR Project Sunset Cocktail at Daiquiri Dick’s on on Tuesday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

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Mexican Lifestyles

Raising Cain against unwanted developments

-1 DAYS AGO

Chapala area residents who are burning to thwart Lake City and similar developments that they believe will bring radical and undesirable changes to the community can recur to Jalisco’s Procuraduria de Dessarrollo Urbano (PDU), a legal arm of the state government that deals with urban planning ...

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New app for drivers warns of hazards

13 DAYS AGO

Tec de Monterrey University has developed a new app so smartphone users can avoid hazards on the roads. Drivers will be able to consult their handheld devices to keep an eye out for breeches, landslides, fallen trees, rain, animals and traffic. The app was developed for Continental Automative Servic...

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Upscale Tequila hotel up & running

1 MONTHS AGO
Upscale Tequila hotel up & running

The first Gran Turismo hotel has opened in the town of Tequila and has set an initial promotional rate of US$160 to entice guests.

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Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

4 MONTHS 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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Chili cookoff bonanza for charities

6 DAYS AGO
Chili cookoff bonanza for charities

The success of the 2015 Mexican National Chili Cookoff, held February 27-March 1 at the Tobolandia Water Park, is reflected in a generous pay-out of proceeds split in equal shares among eight lakeside area charitable causes. 

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Continent’s oldest winemaking nation looks for yet another revival

27 DAYS AGO
Continent’s oldest winemaking nation looks for yet another revival

Wine has been an integral part of European culture for millennia and, until not so long ago, part of the daily diet. 

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The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

27 DAYS AGO
The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

The production line of books on Mexico seems to get longer with each passing year. Dozens of tomes were published in 2014, the best selling titles of which appear below (guide books excluded) in no particular order.   Only one of the books in this list was self-published, which goes to disprove...

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

6 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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IMSS seeks new ways to ease patient congestion

1 MONTHS AGO

The Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) in Jalisco is struggling to cope with the increase in the number of new subscribers to the national health care system.

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Weighing up the risks of common medications

4 MONTHS 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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News

Cash truckers make demands

-1 DAYS AGO
Cash truckers make demands

Truck drivers who have been hauling away rubble from the new Guadalajara Tren Ligero (subway) construction site parked their rigs in the city center to demand payment from the state government dating back from the start of the work seven months ago.  According to the owners of some 150 trucks...

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Traffic cop loses cool after filmed seeking mordida

-1 DAYS AGO

It’s not just citizens in the United States who are using their cell phones to document abuses by law-enforcement officials.

A Guadalajara traffic cop is behind bars after he allegedly assaulted a 20-year-old student who was filming him soliciting a bribe from the driver of a city bus.

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Ajijic volunteers paint highway crosswalks

-1 DAYS AGO
Ajijic volunteers paint highway crosswalks

A recent Facebook posting on pedestrian safety shared by Ajijic native Denis Arrabi quickly snowballed into a citizen initiative to repaint several of the town’s most perilous highway crosswalks. Over the past week volunteer crews have spread out to touch up the yellow and white roadway mark...

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Candidates & architects fence sit on Lake City mega real estate project

-1 DAYS AGO
Candidates & architects  fence sit on Lake City mega real estate project

Asked for their views on the controversial Lake City megaproject, Chapala’s leading mayoral candidates are sitting on the fence, being cautious not to take a firm posture until they can take a look at the fully finished plan to weigh in on all the pros and cons. None, however, has expressed ou...

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Charting the rise – & future fall? – of Jalisco’s violent drug cartel

-1 DAYS AGO

The deadly ambush of 15 state police officers in Soyatan, Jalisco earlier this month drew international attention and dramatically raised the profile of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). 

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Governor welcomes Phoenix Mayor

-1 DAYS AGO
Governor welcomes Phoenix Mayor

Greg Stanton. the mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, seems happy enough with the traditional Huichol-crafted gift he received from Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval during this week’s visit to Guadalajara. 

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May 1 closings

-1 DAYS AGO

Friday, May 1 is Dia del Trabajo in Mexico and a national holiday.  All government offices, schools, diplomatic missions and many stores will close. Many towns and villages hold morning May Day parades through their centers. Guadalajara’s parade usually features labor unions and workers&r...

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New report implicates federal police in civilian murders

-1 DAYS AGO

An investigative journalist has reported that security forces executed at least 16 unarmed civilians during a confrontation in the western state of Michoacan in January.

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Briefly: Vallarta recovers

1 MONTHS AGO

Puerto Vallarta has recovered from the sharp decline in tourism suffered between 2008 and 2011, when visitor numbers dropped by 37 percent. Bird flu, security issues and international economic woes were largely responsible for the fall. In 2014, Puerto Vallarta received 1.55 million visitors.

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Popular San Pancho Music Festival turns 15

2 MONTHS AGO
Popular San Pancho Music Festival turns 15

The annual three-day San Pancho Music Festival returns for its 15th year in the beach town of San Francisco, Nayarit. As always there is no charge to the public. It is entirely supported by the contributions of local and international recording artists, and donations from those in attendance are alw...

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Mexico welcomes thaw in Canada’s hard-line visa policy

-1 DAYS AGO

New measures announced in Canada’s federal budget Tuesday will expand its soon-to-be-introduced Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) program to travelers from Mexico, as well as Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania.   

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Ex-PM Tony Blair bullish on Mexico

27 DAYS AGO

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said Mexico’s traditions and culture could help the country become a major hub for foreign investment. 

Speaking at the Tianguis Turistico in Acapulco, Blair praised President Enrique Peña Nieto’s reforms. “Mexico is moving in the right direction an...

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, April 23, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

–Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,232.04, a decrease of 30.9 points from Thursday, April 16, 2015.

–Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was down at 2.96 percent from Thursday, April 16, 2015.

–Bank Interest paid on 28-day 10,000 to 50,000 peso P...

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, April 16, 2015

6 DAYS AGO

Financial indicators as of Thursday, April 16, 2015

–Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,262.94, an increase of 282.38 points from Thursday, April 9, 2015.

–Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was down at 3.00 percent from Thursday, April 9, 2015.

&ndas...

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Obituaries – Albert Wharton

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituaries – Albert Wharton

Albert Wharton passed away April 1 in Riberas del Pilar.

Born August 6, 1935 in Laredo, Texas, Wharton joined the U.S. Army and served with the 32nd Infantry from 1956 to 1962. He was a welder and, before retiring in 2003, helped build a submarine using metal salvaged from the 9/11/2001 attacks i...

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Obituaries – Thomas James Sumner

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituaries – Thomas James Sumner

Lakeside resident Thomas James Sumner succumbed to cancer on April 15.  

Born August 13, 1942 in Christine, Texas, Sumner was raised along with his sister, Janie, by his grandparents, Venice and Tom Hale.

Sumner moved to San Antonio, Texas at the age of 11 and lived there until he moved to Gu...

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Chivas, America ready to lock horns

-1 DAYS AGO

Passions will be inflamed once more as the latest edition of the historic soccer rivalry between the Guadalajara  Chivas and America of Mexico City unfolds at the city’s Omnilife Stadium on Sunday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

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Chivas & Atlas tie

13 DAYS AGO

The fierce rivalry between Guadalajara’s largest soccer teams, Chivas and Atlas, was stoked by a 1-1 draw in an intense match that lived up to fans’ high expectations. In the end, Chivas fans were the ones celebrating the final whistle, while Atlas supporters bemoaned the fact that Ponch...

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Tonala hosts 'Dance of Tastoanes'

Clad in traditional costumes, Tonala residents carry out the “Dance of the Tastoanes,” an annual ritual which dates back hundreds of years commemorating an indigenous insurgence during the Spanish invasion of western Mexico.

A prize-giving ceremony for the best masks and a homage to long-standing participants Celestino Ortega Hernandez and Ponciano Ortega Vazquez takes place Thursday, August 9, at 8 p.m. at the Jorge Wilmot Museo Nacional de Ceramica on Constitucion #104, between Hidalgo and Morelos in central Tonala.

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