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Plebiscite on marijuana decriminalization will go ahead

-1 DAYS AGO

A non-binding public poll to determine the level of support for the decriminalization of marijuana will go ahead in Jalisco September 17-19, even though the State Congress is dithering over releasing funds to make it happen.

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Neighbors criticize ‘unsafe’ city bike path

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Neighbors criticize ‘unsafe’ city bike path

Zapopan authorities have opened the first dedicated cycle path (ciclopista) in the Guadalajara metropolitan area that runs down the center of an avenue rather than along either side.

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Mayor announces staff shuffle

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Mayor announces staff shuffle

Recalibrating for the final haul of his three-year term of office, Chapala Mayor Joaquin Huerta has named two new officials to fill department chief vacancies and shuffled around several other top staffers to other positions.

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Ajijic hosts charro show on Aug. 31

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Ajijic hosts charro show on Aug. 31

An exhibition of traditional Mexican equestrian arts will be presented in a fiesta atmosphere Sunday, August 31 at Ajijic’s Lienzo Charro arena, located on Calle Revolución, a block and a half south of the highway.

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Huicholes leave town after getting assurances over disputed land

-1 DAYS AGO

More than 400 Huicholes quickly packed up their belongings and headed back to their homes in the north of Jalisco after receiving assurances from Interior Ministry (Segob) officials that grievances related to land rights will be addressed promptly.

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Governor demands more parent input in kids’ education

6 DAYS AGO
Governor demands more parent input in kids’ education

After a six-week summer break, around 1.7 million Jalisco primary and secondary school children donned new uniforms and returned to classes as the 2014/15 school year began Monday August 18.

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US tourism to Mexico surges as State Department updates travel advisory

6 DAYS AGO

Mexican authorities reacted swiftly to reduce the negative fallout from an updated U.S. State Department travel warning for this country released on Friday, August 15.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry (SRE) straight away hit back at the advisory’s claim that kidnappings “appear to be on the rise.”

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Foreign firms waiting in wings as energy reform enters home straight

27 DAYS AGO
Foreign firms waiting in wings as energy reform enters home straight

Despite heated opposition from the country’s left-wing, Mexico’s lower house has approved secondary laws (enabling legislation) detailing the implementation of the energy reforms passed last year.

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Eight-meter tall waves claim life of woman in Puerto Vallarta

-1 DAYS AGO

Authorities closed all of the beaches in Puerto Vallarta Wednesday after Hurricane Marie generated waves of up to eight meters high on Tuesday evening.

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No cars is reason for sales dive on Vallarta malecon, business owners say

-1 DAYS AGO

Business owners on Puerto Vallarta’s revamped, pedestrian-only malecon are pleading with the state and city governments to allow traffic back on to the street adjoining the port’s boardwalk at certain times.

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Poni cards: a money transfer innovation

13 DAYS AGO

Residents of the United States can now send money to Mexico and other countries from their local grocery stores with the Poni PIN card from American Cash Exchange, which is being offered as the first  Point of Sale (POS) -based foreign money transfer product.

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DEA offers $5 million US for capture of drug capo

13 DAYS AGO
DEA offers $5 million US for capture of drug capo

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has paid for billboards on California highways offering a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to the capture of infamous  Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, August 28, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,601.00 an increase of 352.95 points from Thursday, August 21, 2013.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, August 21, 2014

6 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,248.05 an increase of 524.09 points from Thursday, August 14, 2014.

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Frederick Joseph DiGiulio

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Frederick Joseph DiGiulio

Friends report that Ajijic resident Fred Joseph DiGiulio died August 18 “with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other,” in the presence of his best friend of 46 years, Mark Bennett.

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Obituaries – August 23, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Obituaries – August 23, 2014

Daniel Dawson McTavish

Daniel Dawson McTavish, a founding member and first president of the Canadian Club of Lake Chapala, died August 14 at the age of 80 after a nine-month battle with cancer.  In more than 18 years as a hardworking community protagonist, he spearheaded many endeavors that ha...

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Salvajes Ajijic breaks new ground for mountain runners

-1 DAYS AGO
Salvajes Ajijic breaks new ground for mountain runners

Lakeside’s novice athletic club Salvajes Ajijic surmounted daunting obstacles to break new ground for mountain runners and successfully host the side-by-side 9.1-kilometer Copal China and 14-kilometer Campanaria races on Sunday, August 23. 

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Local girl wins gold in Nanjing

-1 DAYS AGO
Local girl wins gold in Nanjing

Guadalajara diver Alejandra Orozco, 17, has won a gold medal the Youth Olympics taking place in Nanjing, China – Mexico’s first ever in a Youth Olympics.

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Guadalajara mothers, infants take part in Big Latch On

20 DAYS AGO

On Saturday, August 2, 105 women and their children came together to breastfeed simultaneously for one minute in Guadalajara’s Parque Metropolitano as part of the Global Big Latch On.

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Dinner at six in Grandma Gail’s kitchen

27 DAYS AGO
Dinner at six in Grandma Gail’s kitchen

An expat “foodie” who loves to cook is now offering a variety of “north of the border” dishes, either served family style on select Saturday evenings each month, or packaged “to go” in individual to family sized portions.  Living in a foreign culture and experiencing the culinary diversity is w...

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City Living - August 30, 2014

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City Living - August 30, 2014

Jazz Fest

Metro area dance halls began to open up to jazz in 1961. Years later, pianist Carlos de la Torre began bringing jazz musicians together in the Copenhagen Jazz Club, located in front of Parque Revolucion just off Avenida Juarez. Now, with a strong interest among local musicians and aficion...

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City Living - August 23, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
City Living - August 23, 2014

Motocross in the woods

Racepark Nabo on the northern edges of the Primavera Forest is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a Motocross race day, Saturday, August 23, from noon to 7 p.m.

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Number Four serves fundraising dishes on closing nights

-1 DAYS AGO
Number Four serves fundraising dishes on closing nights

Kim Everest, owner of Restaurant Number Four, has generously offered to co-create a fundraiser for the Music for All program of the local Instituto Internacional.  
The school’s aguaponic farm, Granja El Diferencia is donating and delivering their organically grown, fresh tilapia, herbs and vege...

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Lake Chapala Democrats begin voter registration drive

-1 DAYS AGO

The Lake Chapala Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico will begin a seven week long voter registration drive for U.S. expats next week.

The first sessions will be Monday, September 1, at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS), and Wednesday, September 3, at Salvador’s Restaurant in Ajijic. Both sessions run f...

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Laguna Chapalac – August 30, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – August 30, 2014

Lakeside British Society

Andre Bellon, president of Bellon Insurance, will review the various medical insurance options available to retirees at Lake Chapala during the program time of the Saturday September 6, 1 p.m. meeting of the Lakeside British Society. Bellon’s company also writes insurance p...

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Laguna Chapalac – August 23, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – August 23, 2014

Lakeside BLING

Lake Chapala’s International Business Group (BLING) will gather for the August Mixer from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 30 at the Market Café. For more information, contact group founder Shannon Conshue at the café, Carretera 24 in Ajijic.

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Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

4 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

5 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

4 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

Joven Ballet tackles work set to Gershwin’s music

-1 DAYS AGO

The Joven Ballet, Jalisco’s only fully professional dance company, go upbeat for their latest show, “Who Cares?”

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Entertainment Guide – August 30, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

Martes de Musica
Free classical performances by talented musicians are held each Tuesday at the Degollado Theater. No tickets are sold – just turn up.  
Teatro Degollado, every Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. Free.

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Arts-mad expat couple launch easy-to-use online cultural calendar

6 DAYS AGO
Arts-mad expat couple launch  easy-to-use online cultural calendar

Lake Chapala met all of Joe and Jenny Smith’s criteria for retirement. Not only were the climate and cost of living better than Indiana, the culture-focused couple were drawn to lakeside by the scope of the local arts scene.

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Viva! dishes out 97,000 pesos to aspiring musicians, singers

6 DAYS AGO
Viva! dishes out 97,000 pesos to aspiring musicians, singers

Surely the astounding amount of success achieved by Viva la Musica and its supporters in nurturing and supporting talented Mexican music students at university is, if not one of the best kept secrets, certainly one of the least well known achievements in the area.

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Ribera Arts Review - August 30, 2014

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Ribera Arts Review - August 30, 2014

ASA

The Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) is preparing for a new experience; there will be a presentation of live performance art at the group’s Monday, September 1, 10 a.m. meeting at La Bodega.

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Ribera Arts Review - August 23, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - August 23, 2014

Viva la Musica!

Yes, it’s true! The internationally renowned and popular classical guitar duo Gracián Medina will perform at the Auditorio de la Ribera on Sunday August 31, 4 p.m. – thanks to Viva La Musica!

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At the Movies: Hercules

-1 DAYS AGO

An adaptation of Steve Moore’s Radical Comics graphic novel The Thracian Wars.

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At the Movies: Sex Tape

-1 DAYS AGO


A married couple embark on a mad dash to recover their sex tape after it goes viral.

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Columns

Walking the Agua Dulce River Loop: A great outing for all ages, cars & seasons

-1 DAYS AGO
Walking the Agua Dulce River Loop:  A great outing for all ages, cars & seasons

This hike takes you through beautiful landscapes and fascinating rock formations located less than an hour from Guadalajara. It’s one of those walks even small children can do and the site, unlike so many places I’ve described, can be reached by any sort of vehicle. Can you ask for anything more?

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Planting trees atop Cerro del Cuatro: the city’s highest point

6 DAYS AGO
Planting trees atop Cerro del Cuatro: the city’s highest point

For years I’ve been searching for the perfect mirador from which to view the city of Guadalajara. To my great vergüenza (shame), it never occurred to me to check out the most obvious choice, the highest point in the city, which happens to be Cerro del Cuatro, an extinct scoria volcano 1,870 meters a...

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Corridos and canciones are the core of Mexico’s musica folclorica, the vibrant center of the country’s cultural soul

-1 DAYS AGO

This week’s 22th Encuentro Internacional de Mariachi y Charreria (22nd Annual International Mariachi and Charreria Festival) is a perfect opportunity to enjoy two musical forms that constitute the core of Mexico’s folkloric music: corridos and canciones (which includes ranchera).

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Resourceful mother: an Indian woman seeks help for her son from a foreign friend

6 DAYS AGO

Lupe Pimentel, a large, sweet-faced woman whose nickname is La Molacha — Gap-tooth, she is missing several upper front teeth — was at the door in tears. Her eight-year-old son, Chuy, had broken his leg, she thought. Could I drive him to the pueblo’s clinic?

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Coffee shop, restaurant Wi-fi connectivity: a quick primer

13 DAYS AGO

Recently, all the major news networks repeated the story of an anonymous New York City restaurant owner whining about how wireless internet access was causing food to get cold and waiters to perform their jobs less efficiently, leading to more customer complaints and costing the restaurant owner mon...

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Wet devices: do’s, don’ts & white rice

20 DAYS AGO

Several times in previous columns I have addressed the subject of the best way to deal with a wet laptop.  While I am loathe to bore the readership by repeating myself, I can justify doing so this time because it was not her laptop that my girlfriend got wet but her smartphone. 

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No better time of year for day trips

-1 DAYS AGO
No better time of year for day trips

Have you noticed the recent subtle shift in the weather? The skies are bluer, the morning light has a different quality, the nights are cooler, and there’s something about the air that just says, fall. The calendar insists that the equinox, first day of fall, isn’t until September 22. Still, with ba...

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Ajijic lady falls for 'blood on skirt' scam

6 DAYS AGO

A new variation on the familiar “mustard” scam was at work in Ajijic on a recent weekend. A pair of ladies, longtime lakeside residents, entered La Nueva Posada for lunch and paused at the registration desk to greet the founder, Judy Eager. As they chatted, two couples entered the hotel and were wal...

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

1 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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Foreign employees use new strategies to satisfy strict immigration requirements

1 MONTHS AGO
Foreign employees use new strategies to satisfy strict immigration requirements


With major changes in Mexican law that began in 2012 and 2013, people coming from outside Mexico to work here are finding it necessary to do more advance planning than in the past.

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Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

13 DAYS 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

5 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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Ajijic’s Number Four takes a final bow

20 DAYS AGO
Ajijic’s Number Four takes a final bow

Restaurant Number Four, Ajijic’s fine-dining and entertainment venue, will close its doors for good on September 2.

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World’s leading authority on Mexican cuisine talks to BBC

1 MONTHS AGO
World’s leading authority on Mexican cuisine talks to BBC

An absorbing episode of BBC Radio Four’s “Food Programme” featuring British-born Mexican food guru Diana Kennedy, which aired on June 29, is available as a podcast.

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Former Reporter staffer pens novella

1 MONTHS AGO
Former Reporter staffer pens novella

“The Hostages of Veracruz” is a romantic thriller set in Mexico written by former Guadalajara Reporter staffer (1996-2001) Grady Miller.

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Author Karen Blue brings fresh insights on lakeside living

3 MONTHS AGO
Author Karen Blue brings fresh insights on lakeside living

In 2000 Karen Blue published her first book, “Midlife Mavericks: Women Reinventing Their Lives in Mexico.”

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City embraces CrossFit phenomenon

1 MONTHS AGO
City embraces CrossFit phenomenon

“Someday all this pain will make sense to you,” says the enormous wall sign painted over my head as I go through my thrice-weekly workout at my local CrossFit gym.

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Legal pointers: Unpaid hospital bills and debt collectors

1 MONTHS AGO

In a recent interview Chapala attorney Spencer McMullen offered advice on how area residents can plan avoid insurance and hospital payment problems by carefully planning for an eventual illness or hospitalization.

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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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