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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 22

Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 22

With snowbirds and tourists trickling back to Barra de Navidad and Melaque, now ...

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One in 32 drivers test positive for alcohol at breath test checkpoints

6 DAYS AGO
One in 32 drivers test positive for alcohol at breath test checkpoints

Deaths in road accidents where alcohol has been involved have dropped by 40 percent since the “Salvando Vidas” (Saving Lives) anti-drunk driving program started one year ago, Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval announced this week.

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Subway line three construction causing delays

13 DAYS AGO
Subway line three construction causing delays

Construction of Guadalajara’s third subway (tren ligero) line is causing headaches for motorists.

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Don’t miss Regalorama, lakeside’s massive holiday sale

10 HOURS AGO

Regalorama, the annual fundraising “mother of all bazaars” sponsored by St. Andrew’s Anglican Church will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 6 on the church grounds at Calle San Lucas 19 in Riberas del Pilar.

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Offbeat merriment booked next weekend

10 HOURS AGO
Offbeat merriment booked next weekend

Lakesiders looking for some extreme modes of entertainment will have two special events to choose from on Sunday, December 7.
Mud bogging mayhem

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Mexicans’ happiness not in doubt

-1 DAYS AGO

Despite the ongoing violence plaguing the nation, economic hardship, large-scale demonstrations and anguish over the disappearance of 43 students, the denizens of Jalisco enjoy “high levels of happiness,” State Social Development Secretary Salvado Rizo Castelo said this week.

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No danger to public after Colima Volcano exhales vigorously, authorities say

6 DAYS AGO
No danger to public after Colima Volcano exhales vigorously, authorities say

An exhalation of the Colima Volcano midday on Friday sent a plume of smoke and ash soaring three kilometers into the sky.  

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Secure your cellphone from organized crime

-1 DAYS AGO

The federal government has launched a campaign to encourage owners of cellphones to report the theft or loss of their devices to authorities.

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Breakthrough for transgenders

6 DAYS AGO

Transgender people in Mexico City can now legally change their gender without a court order, following a vote by the Federal District Legislative Assembly last week.

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Cirque de Soleil plans permanent Nuevo Vallarta mega-production

6 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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Barra de Navidad scales back Philippines commemoration celebration

7 DAYS AGO

As is often the case in provincial Mexican towns, plans for grand events are routinely crushed when the realities of economics, logistics and infrastructure are taken into consideration.

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After the US midterms: a stormy political landscape?

27 DAYS 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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ISIS claims refuted

1 MONTHS AGO

The U.S. Department of Homeland says statements by a California lawmaker that people with ties to Islamic State (ISIS) have been crossing the Mexican border are “categorically false.” A spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said the information about individuals “with known ISIS affiliation...

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, November 27, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,672.20 an increase of 554.07 points from Thursday, November 20, 2014.

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Mexico in economic crisis? Buen Fin numbers say no

-1 DAYS AGO

The November 14-17 Buen Fin, Mexico’s version of the Black Friday weekend in the United States, proved to be a huge success for businesses in this country, with sales up by 16 percent on last year.

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Obituaries – November 29, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituaries – November 29, 2014

Julia Boogaard

Former lakeside resident Julia Boogaard died Saturday, November 22.

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Obituary – November 15, 2014

14 DAYS AGO
Obituary – November 15, 2014

Albert Edward Eversfield

Lake Chapala south shore resident Albert Edward Eversfield died unexpectedly on November 2 at the age of 62.

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Famed Mexican pitcher frozen in bronze

6 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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Pitching legend comes home as Charros take Pacific League by storm

13 DAYS AGO
Pitching legend comes home as  Charros take Pacific League by storm

Dodger great and former Charros pitcher Fernando “El Toro” Valenzuela returns to Guadalajara this weekend as the special guest of honor for the three-game series against the Tomateros (Tomatogrowers) de Culiacan.

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Expat Living

Children’s charity seeks ‘2-hour’ volunteers

21 DAYS 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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Take Fido with you on trick or treat day

1 MONTHS AGO
Take Fido with you on trick or treat day

Going to a Halloween bash and want to bring your dog along? Stop into Monster House and get him a costume. Monster House is a Halloween mask company based in Cuernavaca that ships its products to the United States but also puts up four temporary stores in metro Guadalajara.

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City Living - November 29, 2014

11 HOURS AGO
City Living - November 29, 2014

Amsoc voting

Voting in the American Society (Amsoc) annual election for officers will continue through Saturday, November 29, 10 a.m., when the annual general assembly will be held. All members are welcome to attend the assembly.   Amsoc is at San Francisco 3332, Colonia Chapalita.

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City Living - November 22, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
City Living - November 22, 2014

Street Festival

Tlaquepaque is certainly worth a visit this weekend as the second Festival Internacional de Música de Calle (International Street Music Festival) takes over the charming Guadalajara crafts suburb. Organizers have planned an ambitious 140 performances by some 50 individual artists and ...

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Fundraiser planned to help elementary school garden project

10 HOURS AGO

Join in an afternoon of fun-filled activities designed to raise funds to help children in the Ramon Corona Elementary School create and grow food in their own garden.

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Poultry, cheesecake dishes light up CASA meet

10 HOURS AGO
Poultry, cheesecake dishes light up CASA meet

The regular monthly meeting of the Culinary Association Society of Ajijic (CASA) on Monday, November 10 featured a membership competition of poultry main dishes and cheesecakes.

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Laguna Chapalac - November 29, 2014

10 HOURS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - November 29, 2014

HIV/AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, which was established in 1988 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations to remember those living with HIV and those who died from AIDS, will be commemorated on Sunday, November 30, when two red ribbons will be installed at the amphitheater on Ajijic’s maleco...

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Laguna Chapalac - November 22, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - November 22, 2014

Christmas Bazaar

More than 40 vendors will be displaying their handmade art, crafts and sewing items, along with those who will sell plants and homemade foods, at the 3rd Annual Lakeside Christmas bazaar on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

6 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

21 DAYS 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 - November 22, 2014

7 DAYS AGO

Hot stuff shootout

The Marina Nuevo Vallarta malecon will host the 2nd annual Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and 14th annual Cruisers Chili Cookoff on Saturday, December 6, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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NORTH BANDERAS BEAT

21 DAYS AGO
NORTH BANDERAS BEAT

El Buzo

Bucerias now has its own symbol representing its name, taken from the Spanish word buzo, meaning diver.

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La Manzanilla Memo - November 29, 2014

11 HOURS 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 snack...

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La Manzanilla Memo – November 15, 2014

13 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – November 15, 2014

La Manzanilla’s Best Bites

At last count La Manzanilla had over 40 restaurants!  I’ve sampled most of them and have discovered each has its own personality and particular culinary delights.  If you are visiting our fair village by the sea let me suggest a few of my favorite dishes.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 22

7 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 22

With snowbirds and tourists trickling back to Barra de Navidad and Melaque, now seems the right time to provide a sampling of watering holes and restaurants to begin one’s coastal adventure. We’ll start with a few popular and friendly locales that feature good music, food, cold cerveza or a mojito c...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 29, 2014

-1 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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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 15, 2014

13 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 15, 2014

Daubers Ready

Bingo at Nacho Daddy Restaurant & Bar at Basilio Badillo 287 on the south side of Puerto Vallarta supports two local charities: Pasitos de Luz and the Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic.

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Arts & Entertainment

Evening concerts with Argentine flavor at FIL Foro

-1 DAYS AGO
Evening concerts with Argentine flavor at FIL Foro

Nightly concerts will be held in the Foro Fil, in the explanade of the Expo Guadalajara, each evening during the International Book Fair (FIL). The shows, which begin around 9 p.m. and are free of charge, will all have an Argentinean flavor and feature traditional and contemporary music.

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Entertainment guide - November 29, 2014

11 HOURS AGO
Entertainment guide - November 29, 2014

Opera

“L`Elisir d`Amore” (Elixir of Love), opera by Donizetti, with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra.
Teatro Degollado, Friday, November 28, 8 p.m.; Sunday, November 30, 6:30 p.m. 100-600 pesos.

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Dancers dazzle audience in show dramatizing Aztec legends

-1 DAYS AGO
Dancers dazzle audience in  show dramatizing Aztec legends

Ballet Folklórico Son de Mexico delighted an appreciative audience with the November 22 debut of Chicomotzoc, an eye-popping dance spectacle based on legends of the origin and migration of the Aztec tribes.

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No stopping local artist as she piles up awards, kudos from around the globe

10 HOURS AGO
No stopping local artist as she piles up awards, kudos from around the globe

Lakeside artist Kiki Kaye creates embellished works of art that are being recognized in various international competitions.

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Ribera Arts Review - November 29, 2014

10 HOURS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - November 29, 2014

ASA

Using section five of her new book, “The Joy of Art: The Journey,” Ajijic artist and author Janice Kimball will present the program at the Monday, December 1, 10 a.m. meeting of the Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) at La Bodega.

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Ribera Arts Review - November 22, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - November 22, 2014

Naked Stage

“Ancestral Voices” by A.R. Gurney, a play about family dysfunction and the decline of rust belt cities, will be presented by The Naked Stage Theater from Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23.

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At the Movies: Horrible Bosses 2

11 HOURS AGO

The follow-up to the 2011 hit comedy “Horrible Bosses” reunites everyone’s favorite working stiffs: Nick, Dale and Kurt, their horrible bosses and new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success.

Director: Sean Anders. Cast: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer A...

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At the Movies: The 100 foot journey

7 DAYS AGO

An Indian teen in France goes to work for his father’s culinary adversary in this drama based on the bestselling novel by Richard C. Morais. Put young Hassan Kadam in a kitchen, and he’s bound to emerge with a dish that will dazzle.

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Columns

Exploring Tala’s Garden of Ghostly Delights: Land of curious kings, queens and Oreo cookies

-1 DAYS AGO
Exploring Tala’s Garden of Ghostly Delights: Land of curious kings, queens and Oreo cookies

Some time ago, we stumbled upon a small shelter cave in a remote part of the Primavera Forest, alongside El Río de las Animas, the River of Ghosts. Inside the cave we found a shimmering white, bell-shaped column of rock which I decided to call La Reina de las Animas, the Queen of Ghosts.

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‘Dearest ... may I give you 20 million dollars?’ Email scams for newbies

6 DAYS AGO
‘Dearest ... may I give you 20 million dollars?’ Email scams for newbies

If you don’t immediately clutch your purse or iPad when someone asks you for directions in a supermarket parking lot, it means you didn´t read “The Picking of Pepe’s Pocket,” published in this paper two months ago. That column dealt with shopping center scams popular in Guadalajara, but this time th...

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November transfigurations: a change of air on winter’s first morning

7 DAYS AGO
November transfigurations: a change of air on winter’s first morning

Winter in the Jalisco highlands arrives the second half of October, but this year the fall air didn’t turn chill and crystalline blue until a few weeks after Dia de los Muertos. In the wake of November’s Day of the Dead, along the flanks of Cerro Viejo, which backs into the western crescent of Lake ...

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Retablos, ex-votos: folk art mirroring fervent religious beliefs with unique, rustic charm

13 DAYS AGO

At the many official and unofficial religious sites in Mexico believers have left engaging painted, drawn and written descriptions of what they consider to be miracles, or at least divine assistance. These informative, culturally revealing, often rustic versions of occurrence and belief have a rich ...

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Getting the most from your Mac keyboard

10 HOURS 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?

6 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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Thanksgiving pre-Costco and Walmart

-1 DAYS AGO

With Thanksgiving 2014 (both the Canadian and the U.S. celebrations) now just a memory, I’ve been remembering some of the adventures of planning and preparing Thanksgiving dinner at lakeside 20 years ago.

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Noisemaking: part of normal life in Mexico

6 DAYS AGO
 Noisemaking: part of normal life in Mexico

If this week’s traffic snarls and fender benders are any indication, it looks as if this winter season could be bigger than the past few economically challenged years. More snowbirds flocking back to the warmth of Lake Chapala is great news for local businesses and service providers who have struggl...

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico: The Taxi Driver

-1 DAYS AGO

“No hablo español,” I explained to the driver as my daughter left after giving him our address and some general directions for getting me home.  

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico: Searching for the Sun

6 DAYS AGO

Of all the jobs I’ve had, my favorite remains my first – lifeguarding. Forget bigger paychecks, mental challenges, or even the luxury of spending every day in a bookstore. Never mind the occasional sunburn, the hassle of sunscreen, or the wrinkles from all the years I didn’t know I needed it. Just g...

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

4 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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Aguascalientes: a focal point for Day of the Dead

1 MONTHS AGO
Aguascalientes: a focal point for Day of the Dead

It can be argued that no better spot in Mexico exists to honor los Dias de los Muertos than the city of Aguascalientes. 

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Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

3 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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Hunting down the best fish tacos in GDL

14 DAYS 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

1 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

1 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

-1 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

9 HOURS 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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US citizen murdered in Guadalajara

San Fransisco native Stephen Marcus Peat was found dead Sunday night at his home on Calle España in Guadalajara’s Moderna neighborhood.

Peat, 39, died from stab wounds and asphyxiation up to eight days before his body was discovered. Authorities were alerted by the strong smell coming from his house.

Peat was found with his hands and feet bound and with traces of masking tape on his face. None of the locks had been forced, suggesting the culprit may have been someone he knew.

Peat sold his home in downtown Guadalajara and began renting the house in Colonia Moderna around six months ago. In the last month he had used the money from the sale to buy a blue Mazda 3 and several new electrical appliances, all of which were stolen.

An accomplished interior designer, Peat received formal recognition of his work from the city council in February. He won second place in the Annual Award for Conservation and Restoration and received 30,000 pesos in prize money from Aristoteles Sandoval, then mayor of Guadalajara.

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