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City Living - August 1, 2015

City Living - August 1, 2015

Folk dance

The famed Universidad de Guadalajara Ballet Folklorico troupe began it...

Columns

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Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

Calculated buffoonery or eccentricity in politics can be a clever tactic, if emp...

Easy access in Ajijic

What is the good of complaining about how things are if you don’t have any...

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide – August 1, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

Tuesday recitals

The Degollado Theater opens its doors each Tuesday for the free classical music series Martes de Musica y Opera. No tickets are sold nor is there numbered seating. Just turn up before the performance and grab a seat. The quality is always exceptional, and the theater will often fil...

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Entertainment Guide – July 25, 2015

6 DAYS AGO

Tuesday recitals

The Degollado Theater opens its doors each Tuesday for the free classical music series Martes de Musica y Opera. No tickets are sold nor is there numbered seating. Just turn up before the performance and grab a seat. The quality is always exceptional, and the theater will often fil...

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LLT to present Ralph Fiennes in National Theatre Live

-1 DAYS AGO
LLT to present Ralph Fiennes  in National Theatre Live

The next special summer event at the Lakeside Little Theatre is the Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16, 3 p.m. National Theatre Live (NL) high definition screenings of Bernard Shaw’s “Man + Superman” featuring Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes. 

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Ukulele academy prepares debut concert

-1 DAYS AGO

The first public concert by the Academia de Ukuleles de la Ribera will be held Saturday, August 8, 7 p.m. at the Ajijic Cultural Center.

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Ribera Arts Review – August 1, 2015

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Ribera Arts Review – August 1, 2015

Cultural Center

A delightful array of cultural activities will take over the Ajijic Casa de Cultura on Saturday, August 1, 3-5 p.m. as local kids conclude a week-long series of art, music, written word, dance, language experiences. One of the special events during the culmination of the week-long c...

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Ribera Arts Review – July 25, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review – July 25, 2015

Folk Dance Double-header 

The Ballet Folclórico Ozomatli from Reynosa, Tamaulipas and Guadalajara’s Ballet Tierra y Libertad will take the stage at the Auditorio de la Ribera, La Floresta, Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 p.m.

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At the Movies - Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation

-1 DAYS AGO

Ethan Hunt and his teammates reunite for this pulse-pounding sequel, in which they attempt to take down a secret international organization known as the Syndicate — highly skilled ex-IMF agents who are intent on bringing down their former outfit.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie. Cast: Tom Cr...

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At the Movies: Spare Parts

-1 DAYS AGO

Based on the true story of a group of high school students who compete in an underwater robotics competition, first reported in a Wired Magazine story.

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Columns

A hike up Mazatepec Volcano from President Porfirio Diaz’s train station

10 MINS AGO
A hike up Mazatepec Volcano from  President Porfirio Diaz’s train station

Not long ago I discovered that Mexico’s most famous modernizer (and most infamous dictator), Porfirio Díaz, used to enjoy soaking in his own personal hot-spring pool at the foot of Mazatepec Volcano, located 25 kilometers southwest of Guadalajara. “Yes,” a local old timer to...

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No power, no telephones, no internet and this week’s special: no water

6 DAYS AGO
No power, no telephones, no internet and this week’s special: no water

I live in the little community of Pinar de la Venta, located on the edge of the Primavera Forest, eight kilometers west of Guadalajara. Local politics have always been a mystery to me, so I wasn’t terribly surprised when we were left high and dry all last week.

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Castañeda, Huicholes, hippies, vets & various species of misperceptions made the north shore an instructive gathering spot

-1 DAYS AGO

My wife and I landed in a small pueblo that, on the drive down, no one beyond Jalisco seemed to know of.  We quickly moved into a recently renovated house in Ajijic ... and found home.  This was the early 1960s. 

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Hard times with memory, plunges into unfamiliar worlds, experiences, people, finding life-changing guides

6 DAYS AGO

Putting aside a recent dip into life’s and the electronic world’s bumpy lessons (illusive wifi presence) that mauled a useful column into unintelligible mush, ventures into new territory are exciting, metamorphosing experiences.  But such change demands both unwavering and lively at...

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Tech industry spawns confusion with its interchangeable language

2 MINS AGO

As I write this I have just finished a telephone support call made all the more difficult by a failure to communicate.  I really want to blame this problem on an Englishman by the name of Peter Mark Roget, but in truth he did not create the problem in 1805; he just documented it and quantified ...

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fixr.com: Most searched-for prices reflect pressing concerns of different nations

20 DAYS AGO

A site found on the World Wide Web is fixr.com on which anyone may search for building and remodeling prices.  The next time you need to know how much it might cost to wallpaper a room in Boston, this web site is a good place to start.  The programmers who created this web site obviously h...

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Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

1 MONTHS AGO
Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

Calculated buffoonery or eccentricity in politics can be a clever tactic, if employed by clever people (example, London Mayor Boris Johnson). Trouble is, Donald Trump ain’t smart. He’s only rich – “really” rich, as he told us loudly Wednesday while announcing his candid...

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The heavens open – is this really March?

4 MONTHS AGO
The heavens open – is this really March?

March is on record as the driest month of the year in Jalisco, meteorologists say.  Tlaloc, the Aztec rain God, obviously thought it was time for that stat to change.

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Easy access in Ajijic

-1 DAYS AGO

What is the good of complaining about how things are if you don’t have anyone who can say, “Well now  … if you think that is bad, you should have seen the way it was when I got here in 1978.” 

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Cooling, refreshing fruit-infused water

6 DAYS AGO
Cooling, refreshing fruit-infused water

Maybe it’s just my age or my mood, but it seems like there’s a new fad every week and each one seems less likely than the one before it … well until there started to be this new wave of talk about water. No question, water’s been around a while, but it’s not been the s...

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico – The Not So High Price of Hamburger

23 MINS AGO

Just when I start thinking I’m a pretty savvy expat something pulls me back and reminds me that what I really am is a rather bumbling midwesterner who just happens to be living in Mexico.

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico: My Translator Wears Superhero Underpants

6 DAYS AGO

I can speak enough Spanish to go shopping, order in restaurants and be at least a little friendly with the people I meet. But anything that requires much more than putting a few simple words together and I’m pretty lost. 

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Expat Living

US Consulate set to close on August 7 & 10

30 MINS AGO

Due to a consular systems upgrade, consular operations at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all nine consulates throughout Mexico (including the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara) will be closed to the public on Friday, August 7, and Monday, August 10.

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Intermoda stages ‘inclusive’ fashion show

13 DAYS AGO
Intermoda stages ‘inclusive’ fashion show

The Intermoda (IM) fashion expo in Guadalajara this week reflected the industry’s trend of becoming more inclusive of individuals with disabilities.

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City Living - August 1, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
City Living - August 1, 2015

Folk dance

The famed Universidad de Guadalajara Ballet Folklorico troupe began its summer season at the Teatro Degollado Sunday morning. These stunning shows will take place at the theater  each Sunday through October 11.

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City Living - July 25, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
City Living - July 25, 2015

Campus Party

This week, several thousand developers, gamers, geeks and hackers descended on Expo Guadalajara for Campus Party 2015.  The five-day, round-the-clock technology festival is a magnet for tech savvy folks, many of whom camp out in tents on the Expo floor for the duration of the even...

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Summer camp concludes in San Juan Cosala, Ajijic

-1 DAYS AGO
Summer camp concludes in San Juan Cosala, Ajijic

Each year Cyndie Zikmund leaves her San Jose, California home to devote her two-week vacation leading groups of underprivileged children in a series of delightful songs, dances and art and craft exercises, designed to help them learn about other cultures and to build their self-confidence. 

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Where to pay traffic fines at lakeside

-1 DAYS AGO

The most painless place to pay is the nearest Recaudora (State tax office). It will take a matter of minutes unless the date you go coincides with the last days of January through April when long lines of customers show up to pay annual auto registration fees. 

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Laguna Chapalac – August 1, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – August 1, 2015

LIA School

The children of the Love in Action School were recently feted during an end of the year “graduation” ceremony. The event was designed to recognize the academic and personal gains of the students and the ongoing assistance and devotion of the staff and teachers. During the 201...

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Laguna Chapalac – July 25, 2015

6 DAYS AGO

Wildlife Bazaar

A special charity bazaar and wildlife expo is set for Sunday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Flora Exotica, across the Libramiento from Centro Laguna Mall. 

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

5 MONTHS AGO

As aspiring writers well know, authoring a book is one thing, getting it published is another.

An opportunity to bridge that gap will be offered at the Puerto Vallarta International Writers Conference at Bibioteca Los Mangos March 6-8. Evelyn Bryne of White Bird Publications will be attending to gi...

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

8 MONTHS 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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North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

4 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

Altruism Festival

Paraiso Felino, the no-kill cat shelter in the northshore inland town of San Juan, will again be  one of the 24 Vallarta-area community service organizations to benefit from the annual International Altruism Festival, set for May 17 at the Hotel Marriott, in cooperation with ...

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La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

4 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

Bare Bones Theatre 

Since 2011 La Manzanilla’s Bare Bones Readers’ Theatre, headed-up by Arleen Pace, has been entertaining us with their annual productions. During their inaugural shows the group had us laughing and blushing during lively performances of The Vagina Monologues.   From int...

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Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

The International Language

Barra’s families come from fishing and agriculture ancestry, so locals are drawn to certain musical styles. Of course, the town’s population includes tourists and expats, who along with locals, like to kick back and groove to banda, norteña and grupera sounds. 

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

4 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

Cat Tails

A cool cocktail, awesome hors d’oeuvres, live music and a spectacular sunset awaits at the PuRR Project Sunset Cocktail at Daiquiri Dick’s on on Tuesday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

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Mexican Lifestyles

Becoming fluent in Mexican body language

1 MONTHS AGO
Becoming fluent in Mexican body language

Expats in Mexico may take comfort from the fact researchers estimate that just seven percent of human communication is verbal. Tone of voice, facial expressions, posture and gestures account for the rest. While mastering Spanish requires hours of study, becoming fluent in hand signals is a whole lot...

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A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

27 DAYS AGO
A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

It’s a glorious feeling as you swim into the beautiful secluded beach of the Marieta Islands (Islas Marietas). As you pass under a rocky arch in the island there is a moment when the tide turns in your favor and washes you gently towards the sandy shoreline. It is as if the island has deemed y...

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Direct flights to Costa Rica in Sept.

2 MONTHS AGO

Discount airline Volaris will connect Guadalajara with San Jose, Costa Rica, with two direct weekly flights, beginning September 10. The flights will leave Guadalajara on Thursdays and Sundays at 7:20 a.m., returning the same days at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets are already on sale on the airline’s...

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Membrillo (quince) taste treats

-1 DAYS AGO

The skin of the immature quince is green and covered with soft, gray fuzz that disappears as it ripens and turns yellow. The firm, strongly perfumed flesh is known for its tart flavor, astringency produced by tannins and high pectin content. 

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Tips on buying low-cost wines

20 DAYS AGO

Wine critics dedicate most of their time to investigating and tasting rare, small production, high-class – and therefore expensive – wines. While these labels account for no more than 10 percent of worldwide wine sales, they receive more than 70 percent of critics’ attention. ...

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The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

The production line of books on Mexico seems to get longer with each passing year. Dozens of tomes were published in 2014, the best selling titles of which appear below (guide books excluded) in no particular order.   Only one of the books in this list was self-published, which goes to disprove...

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

9 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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Chikungunya virus spreading throughout Mexico

1 MONTHS AGO

The chikungunya virus has extended to ten Mexican states, and while only two cases have been reported in Jalisco, neighboring Colima has 34 confirmed cases.

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The dangers of expired meds

3 MONTHS AGO
The dangers of expired meds

Elias Iñiguez Mejia, the president of the Health Committee in the Jalisco Congress, is pushing for a statewide campaign to disseminate the risks posed by out-of-date medicines, as well as their correct disposal.

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News

Subway drill parts arrive in town

-1 DAYS AGO
Subway drill parts arrive in town

Three wide Lowboy tractor-trailers carrying Spanish-made parts of the massive drill that will bore under downtown Guadalajara streets for Line Three of the city’s subway system backlogged traffic late Tuesday night following a long drive from Manzanillo, Colima.

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City’s migrant center closes its doors, prompting show of support from governor

8 MINS AGO
City’s migrant center closes its doors, prompting show of support from governor

Jalisco Governor Aristotles Sandoval has promised to provide financial support and new infrastructure to an organization that assists Central American migrants passing through the Guadalajara metro area.  

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Ixtlahuacan and Atotonilquillo showcase quince harvest bounty

-1 DAYS AGO
Ixtlahuacan and Atotonilquillo showcase quince harvest bounty

It’s quince-picking season in the farmlands near Lake Chapala, a great time to plan day trips to Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos and Atotonilquillo to attend their respective summer harvest town fairs.

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Queen-size Virgin of Zapopan is here to stay

-1 DAYS AGO
Queen-size Virgin of Zapopan is here to stay

A giant statue of the Virgin of Zapopan mounted at the Chapala waterfront for her July 12 visit to Lake Chapala has been given a permanent home on the boardwalk, just across the street from the San Francisco church. 

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Senior Jalisco athletes head for France

-1 DAYS AGO
Senior Jalisco athletes head for France

Jalisco Governor Artistoteles Sandoval Diaz and his wife Lorena Jassibe Arriaga, honorary president of the Family Development Agency (DIF), greeted 21 older Jalisco athletes who are part of the Mexican delegation competing in the XXI World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France from August ...

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Quick guide to Jalisco traffic fines

-1 DAYS AGO

The cost of fines imposed for traffic violations is determined under guidelines contained in Section Seven, Chapter II of Jalisco’s Ley de Movilidad y Transporte. The rates are based multiples on the official per diem salario mínimo (minimum wage), currently set at 70.10 pesos for the G...

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US relents, welcomes Mexican eggs

6 MINS AGO

Mexico has sent its first batch of fresh egg exports to the United States in the modern era.

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Mexico tightens border entry

6 DAYS AGO

U.S. tourists crossing from San Ysidro into Tijuana will be obliged to show passports or passport cards as of September, the Mexican Immigration Institute has announced. 

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Police officer killed in Puerto Vallarta

6 DAYS AGO

A senior state police officer was shot and killed at a taco stand in Puerto Vallarta’s Palmar de la Aramera neighborhood on the evening of Friday, July 17.

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No hitches expected as PV highway nears completion

20 DAYS AGO
No hitches expected as PV highway nears completion

Federal authorities are committed to completing  the “Via Corta” (Short Route) from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta and are adamant the much anticipated toll-road will not be not be shelved like all the previous projects proposed over the past five decades.

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GDL-New York non-stop with low-cost Volaris

13 DAYS AGO
GDL-New York non-stop with low-cost Volaris

Discount Mexican airline Volaris launched direct flights between Guadalajara and New York (JFK) on July 15.

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Jalisco firefighters sent to battle wildfires in Alberta

20 DAYS AGO
Jalisco firefighters sent  to battle wildfires in Alberta

Sixty-two Jalisco firefighters have flown to Canada to help their colleagues batting severe wildfires in Alberta. 

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, July 30, 2015

28 MINS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,471.29, a decrease of 199.13 points from Thursday, July 23, 2015.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, July 23, 2015

6 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,670.42, a decrease of 436.71 points from Thursday, July 16, 2015.

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Obituaries – August 1, 2015

20 MINS AGO
Obituaries – August 1, 2015

Leslie Dale Strong

Ajijic resident Leslie Dale Strong, 72, passed away peacefully on Sunday July 26, with his family by his side.  

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Obituaries – July 25, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
Obituaries – July 25, 2015

Mary George Gibbons

Ten-year lakeside resident Mary George Gibbons, 85, died in a Lake Chapala nursing home on July 12 after suffering two strokes. 

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Chivas, Atlas lose season openers

-1 DAYS AGO

Guadalajara’s two teams in the Liga MX soccer league, Atlas and Chivas, both lost their opening games in the 2015 Apertura tournament last weekend. 

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Mexican soccer coach fired after altercation

-1 DAYS AGO
Mexican soccer coach fired after altercation

Less than 24 hours after winning the regional CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, Mexican soccer coach Miguel “Piojo” Herrera was removed from his job after allegedly punching a journalist at the Philadelphia International Airport.

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Guadalajara hit by 'narco-blockades' following federal police operation

For the second time this year, armed criminals laid siege to Guadalajara on Saturday,  August 25, burning buses and blocking streets around the outskirts of the city and surrounding areas of Jalisco.

The violence was provoked by a federal police raid on a Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) hideout in the municipality of Tonaya, about 100 kilometers south-west of Guadalajara, early Saturday afternoon.

Federal agents shot dead six suspected gang members and the CJNG responded by setting up 28 “narcobloqueos” across the state. Media reports suggested that the cartel’s leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho,” had been arrested but federal police later denied this was the case.

Immediately after the shootout, the CJNG seized at least 35 vehicles, setting most of them alight to block seven roads in the metropolitan area and another 15 roads in other parts of Jalisco. One innocent bystander was killed in the process.

Another five “narco-blockades” were reported in the neighboring state of Colima, while there were six more blockades in Jalisco in the early hours of Sunday morning. Marines then arrested four suspected CJNG members in Ciudad Guzman later on Sunday.

After much confusion, the federal Public Security Agency (SSP) revealed on Sunday that the raid in Tonaya had been the catalyst for the weekend of chaos. The operation involved five Black Hawk helicopters and one Mi-17, in which federal agents were transported to the town of Amacuautitlan.

There they exchanged fire with six gunmen, killing all of them. Three agents were wounded and taken to a hospital in Guadalajara, none of whom are in a serious condition.

In the operation the police seized four rocket launchers, four AK-47 assault rifles, two M-60 machine guns, a shotgun, an R-15 rifle, two 9mm pistols, 15 fragmentation grenades, 113 magazines and 900 rounds of ammunition. The SSP said the ensuing blockades were aimed at preventing further action from the authorities.

It was a heavy, humid afternoon in Guadalajara and as news of disturbances filtered in the streets became eerily quiet, aside from an array of police vehicles rumbling across the city and the occasional helicopter circling overhead.

From around 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. seven blockades were reported across the metropolitan zone: two on the Periferico beltway at the Lopez Mateos and Mariano Otero intersections, two in Tlajomulco on the highway to Chapala, two on the highway to Zapotlanejo and one in Buenavista on the highway to Morelia.

The State Attorney General’s Office (PGJEJ) confirmed one death: that of 22-year-old Eugenio Gonzalez Paz, who was hit by a stray bullet when gunmen seized three vehicles in the latter blockade.

Another 15 blockades took place across Jalisco, with incidents confirmed in Puerto Vallarta, Ciudad Guzman, Poncitlan, Jamay, Tuxcueca, Tizapan el Alto and Union de Tula. Different media reports also placed blockades in Tepatitlan de Morelos, San Ignacio Cerro Gordo, El Grullo, Tonila, Capilla de Guadalupe, La Barca and Zapotlan del Rey. Meanwhile in Colima, three more blockades were reported in Ameria and two in Tecoman.

Six more blockades were reported early Sunday morning in Jalisco. Between 3.10 and 5.10 a.m., burning vehicles were left on the Chapala highway, near the junction with the road from Santa Rosa to La Barca; in Ayotlan, on the road to Atotonilco El Alto; in Zapotlan del Rey on the highway to Morelia; on the road from Tototlan to Atotonilco El Alto; and in Ocotlan and Jamay on the Santa Rosa-La Barca highway.

Later on Sunday Marines arrested four suspected CJNG members in Ciudad Guzman. They were identified as Raul Sosa Jimenez, alias “El Bufalo,” the suspected head of a cell of assassins; Guillermo Alberto Ramirez Mundo, alias “El Wily;” Jose Antonio Reyes Mundo, alias “El Tres P;” and Maria Nelida Flores Reyes, alias “La Gorda.”

A Marine spokesperson revealed they seized five assault rifles, five handguns, magazines and cartridges, police clothing and badges, military insignia, two vehicles, communications equipment and about 1.2 kilos of a substance believed to be crystal meth.

Three more suspected members of the CJNG were arrested on Monday in the municipality of La Barca just east of Lake Chapala, accused of involvement in Saturday’s blockades.

The suspects were identified as Jose Antonio Aviña Guajardo, 24; Juan Pablo Arellano Fernandez, 20; and Ernesto Vasquez Estrada, 22. They were found in possession of four 19-litre containers full of gasoline.

The CJNG carried out a similar wave of blockades in and around Guadalajara in March, following the arrest of leader Erick Valencia Salazar at his home in Zapopan. Allied with the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, the CJNG is believed to be locked in a turf war with La Resistencia and its notorious allies Los Zetas, for control of Jalisco.

Jalisco Governor Emilio Gonzalez was receiving a prize in Italy when the blockades took place on Saturday, having apparently left the state without prior notice. Upon returning to Mexico, he held a cabinet meeting on security at the Casa Jalisco on Sunday.

The Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) state President Juan Carlos Guerrero Fausto criticized Gonzalez for his unexplained absence, noting that “if it were not for these unfortunate incidents, neither the citizens, nor the media, nor local government entities would have even realized that the governor had left the country.”

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