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Governor changes informe format, listens to criticism

Without the excessive ostentation so common in the past – although with disproportionate security, many citizens complained – Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval walked the short distance from his Guadalajara office to the Congress building on Tuesday to deliver his first annual state-of-the-state report (informe).


Bringing culture to Michoacan

Reducing the violence plaguing the state of Michoacan will take more than tough words from government officials. Many communities around the world have found that getting young persons involved in cultural activities is a tried and tested method of lessening the temptations of crime.


News in brief

Energy reforms signed into law

Mexican President Enrique Pena signed far-reaching energy reforms into law at a ceremony held at the National Palace on Friday, December 20.  The new laws allow private companies to explore and drill for Mexico’s oil, ending state-owned oil monopoly Pemex’s 75-year grip on the sector.


Gates buys Nayarit hotel

Mutli-millionaire Bill Gates’ private investment company, Cascade, has purchased the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Nayarit for 200 million dollars, according to public documents. The high-end resort hotel was built in 1990 and is a popular holiday destination for U.S. celebrities.


Man killed with rosary beads

Forensic scientists believe an unidentified man found dead on a sidewalk in Guadalajara’s Colonia San Jacinto just before the holidays was strangled to death with rosary beads.  Investigators came to their decision after examining the marks on the neck of the deceased and nylon thread found on his shirt.


Octogenarian rescued from Colima Nevado

Jalisco Civil Protection personnel rescued an 80-year-old Swiss man after he became lost on the Nevado de Colima last week.  He was treated for hyperthermia and dehydration and airlifted to a hospital in Guadalajara.  Due to mild temperatures, only a few snowfalls have been reported this winter at the 4,260-meter Nevado de Colima, an extinct volcano on the border of Jalisco and Colima.


Internet on Aeromexico flights

Aeromexico will offer Internet service on at least 75 of its airplanes as of the second half of 2014.The company’s director general, Andrés Conesa, said he was proud to be the first Latin American carrier to provide this service.




Benefit to help clothe freezing Tarahumara

The Tarahumara Project, that longtime resident Libby Townsend thought would be a one time trip to aid the poverty stricken indigenous people residing on the northern rim of the Copper Canyon is now in it’s eighth year.


Lesbian couple are first to tie the knot in Jalisco

Even though under state law same-sex marriage is illegal in Jalisco, a lesbian couple tied the knot last Saturday at a Guadalajara registry office.


Vigilantes reluctant to disarm as federal government plays tough

Hundreds of extra troops and federal police officers were deployed to Michoacan this week to restore order after self-defence groups seized several small towns as they sought to flush out members of the Knights Templar drug cartel in their strongholds in and around the city of Apatzingan.


Ground-breaking marriage ceremony set for Saturday

Many eyes will be focused on a registry office in Guadalajara on Saturday as two women try to become the first same-sex couple to marry in the state of Jalisco.


Beach town’s community guitar festival seeking pledges

Zihuatanejo’s International Guitar Festival, tentatively scheduled this year from March 2-9, showcases guitar music of all genres and is an incredible achievement for a small group of volunteers with no corporate sponsors or big budgets. 


Kidnappings on the rise

Kidnappings have tripled in Jalisco in the past four years, according to the Fiscalía General (State Attorney General’s Office).


U.S. State Department issues fresh travel warning for Mexico

In what is fast becoming a New Year tradition, the U.S. State Department has reissued a state-by-state travel advisory for Mexico, elaborating on its advice on visiting certain parts of Jalisco, Nayarit and Colima.


Life in La Barca ‘normal’ despite mass grave find, mayor says

Federal authorities have wound up their search for bodies in a mass grave near La Barca, Jalisco.  Investigators believe the 67 corpses were dumped in the remote wooded area by the Caballeros Templarios cartel, which operates out of Michoacan.


Damp, shivery weather strikes holiday season

December went out with a dreary streak of wicked winter weather marked by a straight week of sunshine-robbing cloudy skies and intermittent rain and drizzle.


Photographers upload Mexico images to Wiki Loves Monuments

More than 15,000 photographers around the world participated in the 2012 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments.   They uploaded over 350,000 freely-licensed images of historic buildings, monuments and cultural heritage sites in 35 countries to Wikimedia Commons.


New year, new opportunity to change view on Jalisco tourism

When it comes to attracting tourism, the state of Jalisco, and indeed all of Mexico, has a perception problem.


Violence toward women comes out in the open

If the people who organized Sunday’s ceremony marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women needed a reminder of the tricky road ahead, they only had to glance at newspaper headlines on Monday morning.


State will continue to block same-sex marriage

Jalisco has not opened the door to same-sex marriage even though two women became the first gay couple to wed in the state last month, the director of Guadalajara’s Civil Registry said this week.


Bodies pile up in La Barca

The number of bodies unearthed in a mass grave near La Barca, Jalisco has risen to 58, the federal Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday. None of the bodies have yet been identified.


Same-sex unions permitted in Jalisco Jan. 1

As of January 1, same-sex couples in Jalisco may enter into civil unions – contracts that enhance their inheritance rights and eligibility for social security benefits.


Climate turns nasty: Tapatios feel cold snap

Temperatures plummeted in Jalisco and across much of Mexico this week as an arctic air mass strangled the northern and central regions of the country.


Mexico Fiestas Calendar 2014

As you hang up your spanking new 2014 calendar and begin inking in birthdays and other special occasions to be remembered, you may also want to make note of the Mexican civic holidays, traditional festivities and special events that will come up over the next 12 months.


Michoacan’s self-defense groups extend their reach

Michoacan is one of Mexico’s most beautiful states but increasing lawlessness is making certain regions risky to visit.



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