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PHOTO GALLERY: Lake Chapala Society Can-Am celebration

A good crowd enjoyed the Lake Chapala Society’s Can-Am celebration held July 2 to mark U.S. and Canadian patriotic days.


Lake Chapala clubs, organizations prepare Fourth of July celebrations

Several Lake Chapala area clubs and organizations have put together Fourth of July celebrations.


Parking meter controversy heats up and goes on the road

Irked by a sense that Chapala authorities are making no progress in ridding the downtown area of a reviled paid parking system, a throng of citizens took to the streets early Tuesday, June 11 to once again raise their voices.


Lake Chapala soaks up first rains

Barely two weeks into the 2013 rainy season, Lake Chapala is beginning to show moderate signs of recovery.


Chapala mayor adopts new tactic to cut payroll costs

After failing to meet his objective of convincing scores of municipal employees to quit their jobs, Chapala Mayor Joaquin Huerta this week announced a “Plan B” to avoid bringing down the axe with outright dismissals to reduce payroll expenses.


Hospital confinement is no impediment for Red Cross stalwart

Charlie Klestadt may be laid up in a hospital bed, but that’s not stopping the dedicated Cruz Roja Chapala volunteer from hustling for his favorite lakeside charity.


Local fundraiser injured in ‘hit and run’

An expatriate well-known for his ceaseless fundraising for the Chapala Red Cross needed help from that very institution after he became the victim of a hit-and-run driver on the morning of Sunday, June 2.


Change of guard at Chapala Tech

Chapala’s Instituto Tecnologico Superior (ITS) is undergoing a change of management with Gerardo Fabian Pantoja Ramirez taking charge as the institution’s general director.


Chapala celebrates Mexico’s Navy Day

Chapala’s Captania de Puerto (Harbormaster’s office) marked the June 1 commemoration of the Dia de la Marina (Navy Day) with a traditional ceremony held at the waterfront Malecon, followed by boating excursion to pay tribute to local men who have lost their lives in the waters of Lake Chapala.


Parking meter outfit argues its defense

In response to the public controversy over Chapala’s paid parking zone, Comers S.A. de C.V. executive director Francisco Espinoza de los Monteros called a press conference last week to explain the operating company’s point of view, asserting that Mayor Joaquin Huerta has opted for a political posture that caters to the whims of a small segment of the populace rather than looking at the system’s financial and social benefits.


Wrestlers fight against bullying

Wrestlers Great Eku and Egipcio Junior muscled in on Chapala First Lady Marisela Navarro to promote the lucha libre spectacle scheduled Saturday, June 15, 7 p.m., as a fund-raising event to support DIF social assistance programs for local families.


Chapala traffic bosses address the woes of expat drivers

Foreigners who want to avoid hassles with Lakeside area traffic police should be careful to obey the rules of the road, keep all essential permits and paperwork up to date and carry original documents whenever they get behind the wheel. 


Lakeside activists join global protest against biotech giant

A crowd of nearly 100 north shore residents, most of foreign extraction, turned out at the Ajijic waterfront Saturday, May 24, to raise their voices in conjunction with the global grassroots campaign aimed at toppling biotech giant Monsanto.


Green goes Ajijic

Like Gerald Specht (left), dozens of expat residents contributed various types of plants and trees to the Ajijic Plant-In campaign coordinated by Harry Bublin (right), head honcho of town administrator Hector España’s expat advisory committee.


Early rains bring relief to Lake Chapala

In a prelude to the 2013 rainy season, early storms have brought a tad of relief to a thirsty Lake Chapala, keeping its dwindling water line on an even keel throughout the past week.


Jocotepec entrepreneur fatally wounded in foiled kidnapping

Prominent Jocotepec businessman Heriberto Ibarra Galvez died in a Guadalajara hospital on the evening of Tuesday, June 18, while undergoing treatment for a gunshot wound to the head sustained during a botched a kidnapping that occurred earlier in the day.


Bi-monthly bike excursions

Ajijic town administrator Hector España keeps pulling new tricks out of his sleeve. Last week he and Chapala Sport Council chief Jesus Dario Hernandez buddied up to a lead family-oriented bicycle excursion around the village. The bi-monthly bike rides will be repeated June 7 and on alternately Fridays thereafter, wheeling out from the plaza at 7 p.m.

Fiesta Mexicana boosts kitty for Miramontes sculpture

A well-attended Fiesta Mexicana held June 15 at the Ajijic plaza pulled in around 20,000 pesos that will go towards the bronze casting of a work of art donated to Ajijic by renowned Mexican sculptor Miguel Miramontes.  


Ajijic beach turns into paid parking zone

Ajijic town administrator Hector España has unveiled a plan to utilize the beach area just east of the local pier as a paid parking zone, taking effect as of Monday, June 3.  


Jocotepec police kill two suspects in San Juan Cosala shootout

Two criminal suspects were killed and a police officer seriously injured in a shootout that took place Monday, June 17 in San Juan Cosala.


North shore mountain range becomes ‘protected area’

The mountain range overlooking the most populated segment of Lake Chapala’s north shore has gained a hypothetical shield against human depredation under the “Cerro Viejo-Chupinaya-Los Sabinos” Natural Protected Area (ANP) decree formally enacted by the Jalisco government on May 18.


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