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Work suspended on outer city ring road

23 HOURS AGO

Is there a jinx on major public works projects in Jalisco? After legal issues recently halted work on the Zapotillo curtain dam in the north-eastern region of the state, now the city’s Macro Libramiento (outer city ring road) finds itself mired in complications, after environmental authorities cast ...

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Mexico’s ‘Magic Towns’ coming to Guadalajara

1 DAY AGO
Mexico’s ‘Magic Towns’ coming to Guadalajara

Next weekend’s Expo Pueblos Mágicos will showcase the 83 Mexican municipalities that have earned the designation as “Magic Towns” for their beauty and cultural heritage.

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Chapala charro association trots out school for gal riders

1 DAY AGO
Chapala charro association trots out school for gal riders

Chapala’s Asociación de Charros has joined forces with the municipal Sports Commission (Comude) to open a training program for girls and women interested in the lively sport of escaramuza drill team riding, with weekly classes open to beginning and advanced equestrians.

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Big projects lined up for final year of Chapala mayor’s term

8 DAYS AGO
Big projects lined  up for final year of  Chapala mayor’s term

The Chapala municipal government has finally dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s for several major projects slated as the current administration’s hallmark public works.
State and federal agencies that will kick in funding have approved blueprints for the following “big three” projects:

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Patriotic fervor erupts in Guadalajara

1 DAY AGO
Patriotic fervor erupts in Guadalajara

Traditional Mexican Independence Day celebrations went off without a hitch in Guadalajara this week as police reported just two arrests on the night of September 15, when some 50,000 revelers packed the downtown core amid tight security to hear Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval deliver the tradi...

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Earthquake drill on Sept. 19

8 DAYS AGO

More than five million citizens are expected to take part in emergency drills in Jalisco on Friday, September 19 – Día Nacional de la Protección Civil (National Civil Protection Day).

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Mexico lifts limit on dollar deposits

1 DAY AGO

The Mexican government has lifted the limit on monthly deposits in dollars that businesses can make in Mexico. 

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Facebook CEO vows to put all of Mexico online

8 DAYS AGO
Facebook CEO vows to put all of Mexico online

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he is committed to doing more to accelerate the growth of the internet in Mexico.

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Hurricane Odile warning this weekend

8 DAYS AGO

Although Monday is officially a school day, many Tapatios are planning to take advantage of the federal holiday Tuesday, September 16 by heading to the beach this weekend.

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

22 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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Mattel to release 'Mariachi' Barbie

8 DAYS 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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Poni cards: a money transfer innovation

1 MONTHS 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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Financial indicators as of Thursday, September 18, 2014

23 HOURS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 46,043.62 an increase of 149.57 points from Thursday, September 11, 2014.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, September 11, 2014

8 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,894.05 a decrease of 155.28 points from Thursday, September 4, 2013.

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Obituary – September 20, 2014

23 HOURS AGO
Obituary – September 20, 2014

William Ottus Fisher

William  (Bill) Ottus Fisher passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 9 at his home in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Obituary – September 13, 2014

8 DAYS AGO
Obituary – September 13, 2014

Linda Mae Bothe

Linda Mae Bothe died September 4 at her home in Brisas de Chapala at the age of 76.

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Local soccer star 'Chicharito' moves to Real Madrid

15 DAYS AGO
Local soccer star 'Chicharito' moves to Real Madrid

Guadalajara’s most popular sporting son, soccer player Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, has made what he calls his “dream move” to Spain’s Real Madrid, one of the richest clubs in the world.

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Salvajes Ajijic breaks new ground for mountain runners

22 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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Expat Living

US youth tour group seeking host families

23 HOURS AGO
US youth tour group seeking host families

Up with People (Viva la Gente) is looking for families willing to host one or more students when the troupe visits Guadalajara from October 6-13.  The 100-member cast comprises students between the ages of 17 and 29, representing 15 countries.

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American Society observes Mexican Independence Day

1 DAY AGO
American Society observes Mexican Independence Day

The American Society (Amsoc) held a festive lunch on Saturday, September 13 in honor of Mexican Indpendence Day.

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City Living - September 20, 2014

1 DAY AGO

Photographic rally

Gentlemen, fire up your cameras! Rodnik (Russian Vodka) Fotocross-Mexico and Cultura Guadalajara invite all photographers aged 14 years and older, amateurs or professionals, to participate in the first Fotocross competition in the city to be held on Paseo Chapultepec Saturday, Se...

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City Living - September 13, 2014

8 DAYS AGO
City Living - September 13, 2014

Producer’s Fair

Hundreds of visitors turned up to browse and buy from dozens of vendors who set up shop at the Feria de Productores (Producer’s Fair) held last Sunday at the Lions Club (Club de Leones) on Avenida Tepeyac.

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Luau to raise funds for young soccer players

1 DAY AGO

A Hawaiian Luau, complete with 30 Hawaiian dancers and additional music for dancing by Noe and Paco, will kick off with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 at Rancho del Cerrito in San Nicolas de Ibarra. The event has been organized to raise the needed funds so that young lakeside socce...

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Taking care of yourself – LCS Health Fair is here to help you

1 DAY AGO
Taking care of yourself – LCS Health Fair is here to help you

Plans are complete for a comprehensive two-day Health Fair at the Lake Chapala Society on Wednesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 9. A series of health events will take place from 9 a.m. to noon each day on the organization’s campus at 16 de Septiembre in Ajijic.

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Laguna Chapalac – September 20, 2014

1 DAY AGO
Laguna Chapalac – September 20, 2014

Red Cross Information Kit

As a result of the problems Cruz Roja EMTs experience when called to help an intensely ill patient, the organization has been promoting the use of their Emergency Medical Information Kits.

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Laguna Chapalac – September 13, 2014

8 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – September 13, 2014

What About Pets?

Again this month members of the expat community graciously stepped up and helped find homes for several orphaned pets. It is so sad when a member of the community dies unexpectedly; it is sadder yet when their beloved pets are left alone until someone can be found to adopt the...

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Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

5 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

6 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

5 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

6 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

6 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

Youth chamber music Sept. 19-Oct. 3

1 DAY AGO

Guadalajara presents the Fifth Young Chamber Music Cycle from September 19 through October 3.

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Entertainment Guide – September 20, 2014

1 DAY AGO

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra
Mexico in My Heart: Marco Parisotto, music director; Rodolfo Ritter, piano. Works by Carlos Chavez, R. Fuentes/S. Vargas, Pepe Guizar, Manuel Ponce, Silvestre Revueltas, Jose Pablo Moncayo.
Teatro Degollado, Sunday, September 21, 12:30 p.m. 110-200 pesos.

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‘Cantantes’ plan ahead, upgrade website & welcome newcomers

1 DAY AGO
‘Cantantes’ plan ahead, upgrade website & welcome newcomers

Yes! It’s “that time of year” again and Lakeside’s immensely popular choir, Los Cantantes del Lago, is already busy planning its upcoming season, details of which can be found via its website and social media pages.

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Culinary Arts Society meets, plans October picnic

1 DAY AGO
Culinary Arts Society meets, plans October picnic

The September meeting and competition of the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic (CASA) featured Lebanese or Turkish main dishes and berry desserts.

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Ribera Arts Review - September 20, 2014

1 DAY AGO
Ribera Arts Review - September 20, 2014

Orquesta Axixic

The Orquesta Axixic, under the baton of Daniel Medeles Cordova, is tuning up to celebrate its third anniversary with a special concert on Saturday, September 27, 7 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera.

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Ribera Arts Review - September 13, 2014

8 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - September 13, 2014

Orchestra trips

Viva La Musica is ready for their first, Sunday, September 21 bus trip into Guadalajara to attend the concert performance of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra in the city’s historic Teatro Degollado.

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At the Movies: Deliver Us from Evil

8 DAYS AGO

A cop and a priest team up on a case of demonic possession in this horror film based on actual cases investigated by retired NYPD police officer-turned-demonologist.

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At the Movies: Draft Day

8 DAYS AGO

With 13 hours until the beginning of the NFL draft, Sonny Weaver Jr., the GM of the Cleveland Browns. is informed by the team’s owner that if he doesn’t make a splash and generate ticket sales, he’s going to be fired.

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Columns

Return to La Vastaguera Cactus Gardens: A great restaurant & a new ‘Foco Tonal’

1 DAY AGO
Return to La Vastaguera Cactus Gardens: A great restaurant & a new ‘Foco Tonal’

Louise Freeman and Jenny Smith brought us the news from Ajijic: “Andrei Zúniga has found a new Foco Tonal on the premises of La Vastaguera Restaurant." Naturally we were eager to check it out—and, of course, enjoy another tasty meal there—so the following Saturday, accompanied by a few friends, we h...

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The picking of Pepe’s pocket: an old scam that some folks are still blissfully unaware of

8 DAYS AGO
The picking of Pepe’s pocket: an old scam  that some folks are still blissfully unaware of

What happened to my brother-in-law Pepe is usually referred to as “the old mustard scam” in The Guadalajara Reporter. That’s what I called it too, until last week when Pepe fell for it hook, line and sinker.

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New film about Mexico’s world-famous peladito from the carpas gets Oscar nomination

1 DAY AGO
New film about Mexico’s world-famous peladito from the carpas gets Oscar nomination

The father of contemporary comedy in Mexico, Mario Moreno Reyes, “Cantinflas,” is also the title of the film now showing, directed by Sebastian del Amo, nominated by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences to represent Mexico for the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film.

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England’s American colonies, Spain’s new world possessions: different paths to independence

8 DAYS AGO
England’s American colonies, Spain’s new world possessions: different paths to independence

In three days Mexico will mark one of its most important and its most popularly celebrated patriotic dates, September 16, commemorating the beginning of this nation’s struggle for independence from Spain. For foreign residents and visitors in Mexico, September 16 often prompts the impulse to make co...

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The Internet of Things: Convenience & savings but security headache too?

8 DAYS AGO

There is a new acronym to add to the bottomless bowl of alphabet soup that makes up the world of Information Technology.  IoT is short for the “Internet of Things.”  In the beginning, the only things connected to computer networks were … well, computers.  This is no longer the case, w...

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

1 MONTHS 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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A great idea: Community blood drive initiative

1 DAY AGO

Watching information flow and ebb across my desk and into each issue of the Guadalajara Reporter is fascinating. Of course, each of the organizations and their special events are interesting, but far more startling is how unrelated groups move in the same direction all at the same time.

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A grito to cherish

8 DAYS AGO

Each year at 11 p.m. on September 15, residents of Mexico’s villages, towns and cities gather in the squares and plazas to reenact Father Miguel Hidalgo’s grito, the impassioned cry to arms, that launched the 1810 war of independence. The new world insurgents fought fiercely for nearly a decade befo...

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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

2 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’

1 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

6 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

1 MONTHS 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

2 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

4 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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‘Stem cell’ treatments blacklisted

8 DAYS 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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Local eye doctor checks kids

15 DAYS AGO
Local eye doctor checks kids

Ajijic ophthalmic surgeon and retina specialist Dr. Rigoberto Rios is in the midst of examining the eyes of Lakeside children who live in special circumstances.  All but one of the seven Hope House boys checked on Friday, August 29 passed the exam with flying colors. The last, 13-year-old Ric...

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New state library second biggest in Mexico

Upon inaugurating the Juan Jose Arreola library in Guadalajara last week, President Felipe Calderon called it “the most important state public library in the country.”

Located in the new University of Guadalajara (UdeG) Cultural Center, the library opened to the general public on Monday.

Built on a 200-hectare plot of land, the 43,000-square-meter structure is modern and striking, with a jagged exterior and large slanted windows. Originally scheduled to open in 2008, the library was hampered by delays and ended up costing 570 million pesos – 60 percent more than estimated.


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