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Lakeside chamber convenes powwow on car issues

The lakeside delegation of the National Chamber of Commerce (CONACO) convened a meeting between federal immigration and tax department officials and the local traffic commander to share perspectives on laws and regulations of special concern to the area’s expatriate community.


Expat shot in attempted home burglary in La Cristina

A foreign resident of Ajijic’s La Cristina neighborhood was shot in the wrist during a scuffle with an intruder who broke into his home in broad daylight on Friday, October 18. The perpetrator also attacked the 72-year-old victim with pepper spray several times during the violent encounter before fleeing the scene.


Fair winds blow for sport sailing on Lake Chapala

Sport sailing in Lake Chapala is a deep-rooted tradition going back at least a century when the area was in its “golden era” and well-heeled Guadalajara families established vacation homes along the shoreline. Like the lake itself, the practice has gone through its ups and downs over recent years. And this season, both are enjoying a welcome revival.   


Son de Mexico puts wow factor into Day of the Dead dance show

The Son de Mexico dance troupe from San Juan Cosala opened its three-performance Dia de Muertos show series on Wednesday, October 30, putting on a magnificent two-hour spectacle for the small but appreciative audience in attendance at the Auditorio de la Ribera.


All hands on deck for Clean Chapala campaign launch

The Chapala government is eager to turn the municipality into a spotless place to live or visit. Academic staff at the Escuela Preparatoria Regional (Prepa Chapala) have a mission to guide their students towards developing strong bonds with their community. Those aims will lock together with the Saturday, October 26 launch of Chapala Te Quiero Limpio, a new initiative to spruce up the area and keep it tidy.


A blueprint for Ajijic aquatic park

Local contractor Marco Zaragoza is the brain behind an ambitious plan to develop an aquatic sports center at the Ajijic waterfront. He has drawn up a basic blueprint of a complex to house a semi-Olympic swimming pool, a smaller pool for teaching local kids to swim, a ramp for launching rowboats and kayaks, a gymnastics platform and dressing and restroom facilities.


Intro to Jalisco justice system in the works

Prospects for a presentation to introduce lakeside expats to Jalisco’s criminal justice system was a positive outcome of the October 11 public audience held at Chapala city hall under the auspices of the state Attorney General’s Office (FGE).


Well-known blind man succumbs

Jose Luis “Chelis” Vazquez Rios, the ever-cheerful blind beggar who frequented local marts of trade, died in his sick bed early Monday, October 28, aged 56.


Deluxe tours for eco-cause

Luz de Malla, a local non-profit group dedicated to developing sustainable fishing practices at Lake Chapala, is running a series of out-of-the-ordinary Mexico tours to help support its activities.


Forward-thinking school director using animals to teach respect

Ever since he joined the school 15 years ago, Jose Luis Ayala Larios, director of the Mezcala Secundaria Tecnica 70, has been quietly fostering respect for animals among his students by allowing street dogs on to the  grounds.


New British envoy to visit Chapala Oct. 20

Duncan Taylor, the recently installed British ambassador to Mexico, will be hosted at a reception in Chapala on Sunday, October 20, from 5:30-7:30 pm.


Ajijic cuts loose with zombies, jack-o-lanterns

The Ajijic plaza was a site of frenzied activity Saturday, October 26 as hundreds of folks congregated for a Halloween season blowout featuring the third annual lakeside Thrill the World performance, complemented for the first time by the pumpkin carving contest sponsored by Diane Pearl Colecciones.


Chapala wrangles with street gang violence following death of teen

The terrible consequences of letting kids run wild in the streets have come to the forefront after a Chapala teenager was shot dead last week in the heat of a brawl on the city’s main avenue. City officials and local residents are now grappling with ways to finally quell the untamed violence that has plagued the community for many years.


Weekly artisans’ outlet adds flea market section

For just over one year Ajijic’s Friday Artisans’ Market has been an active outlet for locally produced art, handmade crafts, homemade foods, fresh produce and other top quality goods.  As of November 1, the established group of 30 affiliated vendors will broaden horizons to open up a new flea market section where folks can rent a space on a one-time or as-need basis.


US shutdown forces Consulate to suspend regular lakeside outreach

The United States Consulate in Guadalajara says it has suspended its next monthly Chapala outreach for consular services “due to the lapse in federal government appropriations.”


Local Brit earns Queen’s medal of honor

A throng of well-wishers chanted “Hear, hear!”  to cheer on long-time lakesider Ceri Dando as he was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for meritorious service bestowed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during a reception for British Ambassador to Mexico Duncan Taylor held on Sunday, October 20.


Local math whiz earns honors for Mexico

Omar Alejandro Chavez Campos, a native of Huejotitan, a tiny rural village located on the far edge of the municipality of Jocotepec, has become a local hero after his recent return from an international science confab held last month in the United Arab Emirates with a major award for Mexico.


Lakeside provides multiple Day of the Dead options

A wide array of special events tied in to Mexico’s deeply-rooted Dia de Muertos traditions offer lakeside residents and visitors multiple options for gaining insights and appreciation for the country’s most singular holiday. The activities listed below are open to the public free of charge unless otherwise noted.


Cruz Roja heads out to disaster zone

After waiting on standby for the past several weeks, personnel at Cruz Roja Chapala finally picked up their rucksacks Tuesday, October 1 to head off to the state of Guerrero where they will to help out in communities that were badly battered by tropical storm Manuel.


Chapala First Lady’s from-the-heart annual report catches audience off guard

Delivering her first report on the operation of the DIF Chapala (family assistance agency), the city’s First Lady Marisela Navarro discarded the conventional recitation of facts and figures, choosing instead  to speak off the cuff about true life stories and the needs of the downtrodden people she is committed to serve.


Pepper spray bandit resurfaces

The Chapala police department has put out a special alert to foreign residents, warning of a probable reemergence of the so-called “pepper spray” bandit who plagued expat neighborhoods last fall and winter. 


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