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Lake Chapala water level continues steady recovery

Replenished by heavy rainfall, Lake Chapala has gained enough water in the last two weeks to supply the Guadalajara metropolitan area for almost a year and a half.


Chapala City Hall to host readings for peace

Readings of Spanish-language short stories revolving around themes of peace, justice and the horrors of violence will be presented at the lakeside edition of the third annual Encuentro de Escritores por Ciudad Juárez”, to be held at Chapala City Hall on Saturday, September 28, 5 p.m. Admission is open to the public free of charge.


Chapala cops foil drug store robbery

A timely alert to Chapala police foiled the attempted heist of a local branch of the Farmacias Guadalajara chain on Thursday, September 12.


Local relief campaign for storm victims

As damage assessment continues in scores of communities ravaged by the double whammy effect of hurricane Ingrid and tropical storm Manuel, Mexican authorities are anticipating that relief efforts for flood victims will be extended for many weeks and months ahead.


Independence celebrations go full tilt

Patriotic party time has arrived, with loads of lively events happening over the next few days wherever you go in the Lake Chapala area.


Circus hands electrocuted

A roustabout died by electrocution and a workmate suffered serious injury while they were helping set up a traveling circus on the western outskirts of Jocotepec.


Field hands find corpse

Drawn by an intense stench of death, a pair of local field hands discovered the badly decomposed body of a man while they  were cutting down brush on the hillside above the Chapala-Ajijic Libramiento early Wednesday, September 11.


Red Cross opens Ajijic attention center

Cruz Roja Chapala celebrated completion of the overhaul of its Ajijic substation at a well-attended ceremony held Tuesday, September 22.


Security council takes shape under veil of secrecy

Chapala’s Municipal Council on Public Security was formally constituted Tuesday, September 10 with Mayor Joaquin Huerta presiding.


Lakeside architects join forces

The Colegio de Arquitectos del Estado de Jalisco, the state association of professional architects, has formed a new branch for associates doing business in the Lake Chapala area. The Delegacion Chapala board of directors sworn into office on Tuesday, September 10 includes (left to right) Miguel Nuñez Flores, secretary; Gustavo Rivera Mendoza, vocal; Monica Guadalupe Alfaro Reyes, chairman; Luz Maria Briseño Olmos, treasurer; and Ulises Orestes Ortiz Martinez, vocal.

Chapala mayor to give report Saturday

Chapala Mayor Joaquin Huerta will deliver his first state of the municipality address during a formal session of the city council to be held Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m., at the Auditorio de la Ribera, La Floresta. The Informe de Gobierno event is open to the public.


Mayor bares chest with local reporters

While the formal report on his administration’s first year in office was rather skimpy on detail, Joaquin Huerta dispensed plenty of substantive information on a wide range of topics ranging from the inner workings of his government to personal reflections on sitting in the mayor’s chair during two subsequent close-up encounters with the local press.


INM assigns new staff to Chapala immigration office

Jalisco immigration chief Ricardo Vera Lira this week named a new head officer for Chapala INM services in the first major staff shake-up since the permanent lakeside branch office opened its doors in April 2011.


Huerta informe stresses Chapala’s debt crisis

Stuck with little to say about concrete accomplishments, Mayor Joaquin Huerta’s focused the message of his first annual his state-of-the municipality report on coping with the “asphyxiating” debt left by his recent predecessors and his personal commitment to putting the local government on a steadier keel over the next two years.


Bombshell federal official brings insurance plan to Chapala single moms

Gloria Judith Maldonado Rojas, glamorous Jalisco delegate for the federal Ministry of Social Development (Sedesol), was greeted by a full house of women and children when she arrived at Chapala’s DIF family service center on Wednesday, August 28.


Deluges help Lake Cajititlan to flourish

While its waters may not be the cleanest in the region, Lake Cajititlan, Chapala’s “younger sibling,” has benefiting hugely from the rainy season.


Chapala police chief passes confidence tests

Ramon del Arco Haro has been bumped up from his position as acting commander of the Chapala police department to become the formally titled director of public security.


Tourism chief extends hand to lakeside resident expats

Jalisco Tourism minister Enrique Ramos Flores introduced himself to lakeside’s expatriate community last week, appearing as a guest dignitary during the formal delivery of a batch of permanent residency immigration permits held September 13 on the grounds of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).


Change of guard at city water system

Chapala’s Simapa water and sewage service agency is under new management with the designation of Timoteo Aldana Perez as general director.


Lakesiders get in on soggy Independence celebrations

Despite getting caught smack in between tropical storms churning off Mexico’s eastern and western  coastlines, Fiestas Patrias festivities in the lakeside area were kept pretty much on schedule, drawing enthusiastic though smaller-than-normal crowds. 


School supply program hits snag

The hand-out of free school supply kits to students enrolled in Chapala area public schools hit a snag last week when the state government failed to deliver its full share of materials. 


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