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Guadalajara's 7th annual Beer Festival now largest in Latin America

13 DAYS AGO
Guadalajara's 7th annual Beer Festival now largest in Latin America

Guadalajara’s annual Festival de Cerveza (Beer Festival) hunkers into gear on Friday, October 17, running through Sunday, October 19 in the esplanade outside the Estadio Omnilife.

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Man mugged outside Costco

13 DAYS AGO

A man who had earlier withdrawn 50,000 pesos from a bank on Avenida Arboledas in Guadalajara was attacked and robbed just after he parked his vehicle in the Costco and Mega parking lot.

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Chapala municipality plans major pier upgrade

13 DAYS AGO
Chapala municipality plans major pier upgrade

Chapala Harbormaster Luis Jorge Ochoa has revealed promising news on plans for a major upgrade of the Chapala waterfront, including the dredging of a first rate navigation channel and significant enlargement of the city pier.

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Chapala firefighters save the day

13 DAYS AGO
Chapala firefighters save the day

Chapala firefighters were hailed as local heroes after extinguishing a dangerous blaze that broke out on October 3 at a neighborhood store in Chapala’s crowded Barrio de San Miguel.

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Morelia Film Festival welcomes star

6 DAYS AGO

French actress Juliette Binoche is the guest of honor at this year’s Morelia International Film Festival from October 17 to 26. The stated mission of the festival is to “promote new talents in Mexican cinema, increase the offering of quality cinema and to contribute to the culture and tourism in the...

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Speeding tickets a huge cash cow for Jalisco

6 DAYS AGO

A handful of speed enforcement cameras have generated more income in fines this year than all the handwritten tickets (folios) issued by 1,800 traffic cops in the entire state of Jalisco.

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San Miguel real estate mogul arrested, tied to drug baron

13 DAYS AGO
San Miguel real estate mogul arrested, tied to drug baron

The presumed financial operator of a captured Mexico drug baron was well known in the tourist/expat enclave of San Miguel de Allende, heading up one of the town’s most prestigious real estate developments.

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UK’s royal couple to visit Mexico’s home of Cornish pasty

13 DAYS AGO
UK’s royal couple to visit  Mexico’s home of Cornish pasty

In what is being touted as a “major boost to the bilateral relationship,” Great Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit this country from November 2 to 5.

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US citizen murdered in Vallarta

6 DAYS AGO

The body of a 57-year-old U.S. citizen has been found outside his home in Puerto Vallarta’s Colonia El Cerro.

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‘Flying saucers’ spotted in Bucerias?

27 DAYS AGO

Patricia Moss, a well-known businessperson in Cruz de Huanacaxtle,  took photographs of UFOs framed by palm trees in the early morning sky around Bucerias on Friday, September 19, at around 7:25 a.m.

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ISIS claims refuted

6 DAYS AGO

The U.S. Department of Homeland says statements by a California lawmaker that people with ties to Islamic State (ISIS) have been crossing the Mexican border are “categorically false.” A spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said the information about individuals “with known ISIS affiliation...

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Mattel to release 'Mariachi' Barbie

1 MONTHS AGO
Mattel to release 'Mariachi' Barbie

Timed to coincide with Mexican Independence Day, and with the U.S. Latino market in mind,  Mattel will release a “Mariachi Barbie” on September 15. 

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Mexico awaits iPhone

6 DAYS AGO

Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will become available in Mexico on October 31. The new series includes a streamlined design, models with larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, a faster processor, upgraded cameras, improved LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for a near-field communication...

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, October 16, 2014

6 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 42,984.95 a decrease of 1,503.02 points from Thursday, October 9, 2013.

-Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was up at 2.96 percent from Thursday, October 9, 2013.

- Bank Interest paid on 28-day 10,000 to 50,000 peso Promissory Notes was ste...

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Obituary – October 18, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Obituary – October 18, 2014

Jeannie Patricia McCallum

Jeannie Patricia McCallum died at her home on October 7 in the company of her partner Kathryn Vine, and close friends Fran Smartt and Paula Verden.

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Obituary – October 11, 2014

13 DAYS AGO
Obituary – October 11, 2014

Leah Lajuan McPhail Draughon

Leah Lajuan McPhail Draughon died September 26 at her home in Ajijic with her beloved husband Jimmy by her side. She was 59 years old.

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Kenyans ace top spots in scenic Jocotepec race

6 DAYS AGO
Kenyans ace top spots  in scenic Jocotepec race

Kenyan runner Joseph Ngetich garnered top honors at Jocotepec’s inaugural Carrera Panorámica, sailing across the finish line in the October 12 race in a time of 41 minutes, 33 seconds. His compatriot Ruth Kimutai nailed first place in the women’s field, clocking in at 46:43.

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Charros hobnob with governor before season opener

13 DAYS AGO
Charros hobnob with governor before season opener

Guadalajara’s new Charros de Jalisco professional baseball franchise kept a date with Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval on Wednesday prior their opening game of the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico (LMP) 2014-15 season.

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Expat Living

Religious fervor to ignite as Virgin returns home

13 DAYS AGO

While the rest of the country celebrates Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) on Sunday, October 12, here in Guadalajara the Italian sailor who stumbled across a continent and its people 520 years ago gets trumped by Tapatios’ very own miracle worker.

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October Fiestas ready to roll this weekend

20 DAYS AGO
October Fiestas ready to roll this weekend

Guadalajara’s month-long “State Fair,” the Fiestas de Octubre, kicks off Friday, October 3 but really gathers pace on Sunday, October 5 when the city center hosts the colorful annual parade.

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City Living - October 18, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
City Living - October 18, 2014

One BIllion Rising

Hundreds of women will get up to dance and shake their bodies at the Auditorio Benito Juarez on Saturday, October 18, 7 p.m. when the Fiestas de Octubre hosts a “One Billion Rising” event.

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City Living - October 10, 2014

13 DAYS AGO

Fashion show

Everyone is invited to a gala dinner/fashion show at which the Liverpool store will present their fall collection. Organized by the Hospital Civil and the Junior League of Guadalajara, the upscale event takes place at Trasloma, across from Starbucks  on Avenida Mariano Otero. This...

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US Consulate aids delivery of ballots from lakeside voters

6 DAYS AGO
US Consulate aids delivery of ballots from lakeside voters

With midterm elections coming up in just over two weeks, the United States Consulate General in Guadalajara is once again providing a vital service to absentee voters residing in the lakeshore area.

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Ajijic Plaza to host HIV/AIDS awareness event

6 DAYS AGO

New local volunteer group Ajijic Cares is planning events to recognize World Aids Day.

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Laguna Chapalac - October 18, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - October 18, 2014

History Club

The History Club of the Lake Chapala Society commences its 2014-15 season on Tuesday, October 21, 1 p.m. at the society.  The group will view one of the “Cosmos” series of famed astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan. 

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Laguna Chapalac - October 10, 2014

13 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - October 10, 2014

Voter Registration

While the Lake Chapala Society will be closed on Monday, October 13 for the observance of Canadian Thanksgiving, Democrats Abroad volunteers will be on hand from 10 a.m. until noon in the front patio so that U.S. citizens can register to vote.

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Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

6 MONTHS AGO
Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

The extravaganza combining dance, music and theater has returned to Teatro Vallarta, Uruguay 184, for another exciting run.  Fandango is a contemporary musical interpretation of Mexican cultural traditions. The production has 30 dancers and 15 musicians.

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Chacala looks to boost artistic credentials with first music festival

7 MONTHS AGO
Chacala looks to boost artistic  credentials with first music festival

Organizers are inviting one and all to enjoy “six days of music, singing, art, dancing and creativity” at the first Chacala Village Music Festival from March 24-30.

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North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

6 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

Spring has arrived and the snowbirds are beginning their annual flights north.

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North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

7 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

The north shore of Banderas Bay is once again hosting the Mexico Cup Regatta.

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La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

6 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

The semi-annual La Manzanilla Regatta was held Friday, March 21.

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La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

7 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

The high winter season is pulsing along at a rapid pace.  Here’s what a typical week looks like in our little fishing village.

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Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment guide - October 18, 2014

6 DAYS AGO

Joven Ballet
Jalisco’s only full-time professional dance troupe presents a ballet adaptation of “Sheherazade” featuring the music of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Teatro Degollado, Friday, October 17, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 19, 12:30 p.m.

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US actor Danny Glover in town for movie shoot

13 DAYS AGO

Actor Danny Glover has hit town to feature in “Mr. Pig,” an English-language road movie directed by Diego Luna that starts production in Jalisco this week.

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Kindrid Quilters gear up for Nov. 8 annual show

6 DAYS AGO
Kindrid Quilters gear up for Nov. 8 annual show

A local group of eight international award-winning quilters will host their second annual textile and fabric show on Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Paseo de las Canoas 29 in La Floresta.

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Young art contest winners pick up cash prizes

6 DAYS AGO
Young art contest winners pick up cash prizes

Winners of the Third Annual Feria Maestros del Arte Contest for youngsters who attend the Children’s Art Program at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) were recently announced by the Feria board.  Children enrolled in the Saturday art sessions were asked to enter pictures of Mexican toys or of Michi...

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Ribera Arts Review - October 18, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - October 18, 2014

Photo Exhibit

“Recuerdos de Jocotepec,” an exhibition of the photography of Felipe de Jesus Moreno Ibarra, opens on Saturday, October 18, 7 p.m.  in the Studio-Gallery Metzcalli, at Careterra 40 in San Juan Cosala.

 

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Ribera Arts Review - October 10, 2014

13 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - October 10, 2014

Xilotl in the Kiosco

Artist Isidro Xilonzóchitl of San Juan Cosalá will be honored at a 7:30 p.m. cocktail reception during the Saturday, October 11 opening of “Xilotl,” an exhibit of his newest body of work. The event will be held at the Pedro Morales graphic museum sala of the bandstand (kiosco) ...

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At the Movies: The Equalizer

6 DAYS AGO

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life.

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At the Movies: Into the Storm

6 DAYS AGO

Visions of things to come? This is a must see movie for those who wonder what climate change will bring.

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Columns

The Tala Tuff Trail: Exploring a remote corner of the Primavera Forest

6 DAYS AGO
The Tala Tuff Trail: Exploring a remote corner of the Primavera Forest

The huge Bosque la Primavera that hugs Guadalajara’s west side now has two signposted Interpretive Trails. I described the first one in my September 13, 2013 column and here comes a report on the second.

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Why ‘canine detectives’ scout for jaguar poop in Lacandona Wilderness

13 DAYS AGO
Why ‘canine detectives’ scout for jaguar poop in Lacandona Wilderness

In the summer of 2010, Jennifer Day, a University of Washington graduate student, and “Scooby the Conservation Canine,” an energetic black Labrador, were invited to spend four days in Jalisco’s Primavera Forest hunting for the scat of wild animals that roam the woods.

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Corn relaxes you (booze, mattresses), fixes you up (antibiotics, pharmaceuticals) & transports you (rubber tires, ethanol)

6 DAYS AGO
Corn relaxes you (booze, mattresses),  fixes you up (antibiotics, pharmaceuticals) & transports you (rubber tires, ethanol)

“Why all this commotion about corn?” a friend asked earlier this week. “It’s just a commonplace kind of farming isn’t it?”

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Mexico, home of maize, the ‘devine seed’ given by Quetzalcoatl to mankind so it could nourish itself forever

13 DAYS AGO
Mexico, home of maize, the ‘devine seed’ given by Quetzalcoatl to mankind so it could nourish itself forever

Maiz — corn — rules much of rural Mexico. (At one time it ruled almost completely.) Guadalajara’s neighboring muncipio, Zapopan, was until recently called villa maicera, because it grew so much corn. And there are hundreds of small villages throughout the Republic called pueblos maiceros by their in...

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Computer needs a nap? Sleep, hibernation dilemmas

20 DAYS AGO

My Aunt Rose, no longer an octogenarian because she proudly points out as of this summer she is a nonagenarian, asks this week’s question as she familiarizes herself with her new laptop and its newer version of Windows.  “On the computer, what is the difference between hibernate and sleep?” she...

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A world of shortcuts opens up with Windows’ most versatile key

27 DAYS AGO

There is a key on the keyboard of all Windows computers called the [Windows] key, and many people who learn what it can do are thrilled.  For those who have yet to discover it, this is the key with the Windows logo that looks like a little flag.

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We Are the Entertainment

6 DAYS AGO
We Are the Entertainment

“We Are the Entertainment.” I’ve used that title for several articles and talks over the years. While the details have varied, the theme suggests that while it seems the local residents are genetically kind and helpful to the expats who share their villages, it may also be that our cobblestone pratf...

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Two Thanksgivings and Chiles en Nogada

13 DAYS AGO
Two Thanksgivings and Chiles en Nogada

The busier fall season is upon us. More returning winter residents are showing up each week and the annual flurry of local restaurant activity designed to attract the attention of locals and snowbirds is underway.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

3 MONTHS AGO
Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

A growing number of expatriate residents are mystified and miffed at being subjected to a sudden shift in the way they were accustomed to doing banking business here. Many are feeling hassled because certain south-of-the-border financial establishments that are now refusing to handle U.S. dollar che...

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Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

2 MONTHS AGO
Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

In its latest issue, leading travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler designated the Marieta Islands off the Nayarit coastline as one of the “101 Most Incredible Places” in the world.

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Savvy travelers use range of tactics to get cheaper flights

7 MONTHS AGO
Savvy travelers use range of tactics to get cheaper flights

An airline’s load factor – the percentage of seats sold on a particular flight –  would seem to be a mathematical calculation of scant relevance to most fliers. 

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First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

20 DAYS AGO
First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

Israel Lopez had been planning to open a lakeside eatery for years, even though he wasn’t in the restaurant business. First he found the spot, then purchased the land and financed the building — a huge 120-seat restaurant with a big bar and a good size kitchen.

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Traditional restaurant affords ‘remedies’ for every ill

20 DAYS AGO
Traditional restaurant affords ‘remedies’ for every ill

Where you hear a 10-piece mariachi band ringing out nightly, you hardly expect to find an apothecary.  Yet at the Guadalajara restaurant Los Remedios, located on La Paz three blocks west of Chapultepec, they playfully claim to have found solutions — remedios —  to life’s most pressing prob...

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

-1 DAYS 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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English-language book publisher in Mexico announces changes

6 DAYS AGO

Editorial Wisemaz, the only full-service English-language book publisher in Mexico, announces a reorganization designed to clarify the company’s mission and streamline sales and distribution in the United States and Canada.

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Jalisco hopes to administer 3 million flu vaccines this season

20 DAYS AGO

A record number of flu vaccines will be made available to residents of Jalisco this fall and winter, Public Health Director Hector Ramirez Cordero announced Thursday.

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‘Stem cell’ treatments blacklisted

1 MONTHS AGO

Mexico’s Federal Commission against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) has issued a black list of illegal “stem cell” products that are being marketed as helping with many degenerative conditions, as well as for anti-ageing.

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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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