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Obituaries - July 25, 2014

Obituaries - July 25, 2014


John W. Brennan, after 58 years living, studying, working and raising a large fa...

Expat Living

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City Living – July 25, 2014

City Living – July 25, 2014

Mariachi Festival

Organizers of the upcoming International Mariachi Festival in G...

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Mexican Lifestyles

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Corona Market construction begins

3 DAYS AGO

Guadalajara city hall has hired a construction company to build foundations for the new Corona Market even though councilors have yet to approve a design for the building.

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Parque Metropolitano to open jumbo-size canine playground

10 DAYS AGO
Parque Metropolitano to open jumbo-size canine playground

The Parque Metropolitano on the western outskirts of the Guadalajara metro area is to allocate a sizable chunk of its grounds as a dedicated playground for dogs.

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Thieves hold up bank in Chapala’s Coppel store

3 DAYS AGO

Two armed men made off with an undisclosed amount of cash after holding up the bank branch located inside Chapala’s Coppel department store on Wednesday, July 23.

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Chapala Tequila Fest set for next weekend

3 DAYS AGO

The second annual Festival del Tequila is scheduled to run Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3 at Chapala’s waterfront Malecon.

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Prosecutors allow kids’ home principal to walk free

3 DAYS AGO
Prosecutors allow kids’ home principal to walk free

Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, the 79-year-old director of the Gran Familia children’s shelter in Zamora, Michoacan, will not face prosecution over allegations that minors were routinely mistreated at the facility she has operated for more than 50 years.

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Flu season coming, children's shelter abuse accusation and other briefs

10 DAYS AGO

SSJ to get jump on flu jab season

The flu season takes a respite during the spring and summer months but state health authorities are warning the public not to drop their guard against the possibility of influenza infection.

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Long-distance phone charges to be scrapped in Jan. 2015

10 DAYS AGO

President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed into law a major overhaul of the regulations governing Mexico’s telecommunications sector that he expects to bring down telephone charges, widen Internet access and generate greater competition amongst radio and television broadcasters.

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Legislator submits progressive ‘pot’ bill

10 DAYS AGO
Legislator submits progressive ‘pot’ bill

Citizens in all 125 of Jalisco’s municipalities are to be polled on whether they believe marijuana use should be decriminalized.

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Vallarta may get pet friendly beach

24 DAYS AGO

Red Parque Caninos, which has pioneered the opening of two parks in Guadalajara designed exclusively for dogs, has focused its eyes on Puerto Vallarta, where it hopes to create a “pet friendly” beach.

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Five-day Vallarta Pride festival focuses on fun & great entertainment

1 MONTHS AGO
Five-day Vallarta Pride festival focuses on fun & great entertainment

Puerto Vallarta basked in a grand celebration of diversity as the city played host to some 8,000 tourists and locals for the colorful Second Annual Vallarta Pride 2014.

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New import forms for boaters on the horizon

3 DAYS AGO

Revamped import permits for boaters entering Mexico will soon be unveiled in Mexico.

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Mexican artist shows cycle sculptures in New York

6 DAYS AGO
Mexican artist shows cycle sculptures in New York

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are getting a close up view of 122 "bicycle sculptures" created by 82-year-old Mexican artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, July 24, 2014

3 DAYS AGO

Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,199.01 an increase of 189.78 points from Thursday, July 17, 2013.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 DAYS AGO

Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,009.23 an increase of 322.78 points from Thursday, July 10, 2013.

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Obituaries - July 25, 2014

3 DAYS AGO
Obituaries - July 25, 2014


John W. Brennan, after 58 years living, studying, working and raising a large family in Mexico, died in a Guadalajara hospital July 21 at the age of 85 from complications due to an infection ten days after having heart surgery. 

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Obituary – July 5, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Obituary – July 5, 2014

Barbara Culp Prince passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on June 29 at the age of 66.

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Lakeside ripe for extreme sports

10 DAYS AGO
Lakeside ripe for extreme sports

Ground conditions should be perfect on Sunday, July 20 for off-road vehicle enthusiasts (right) who will mix it up Chapala’s Festival de Lodo mud-bogging free-for-all to be held at the lake’s edge on the northeast outskirts of town, starting at 11 a.m.

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World Cup euphoria melts away

24 DAYS AGO

Mexican and U.S. soccer fans suffered heartache this week after both teams made dignified exits from the 2014 World Cup round of 16. 

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Expat Living

Watermelon seed spitting king relinquishes his crown

17 DAYS AGO
Watermelon seed spitting king relinquishes his crown

The ouster of the 2013 Watermelon Seed Spitting Champion of Western Mexico was a highlight of this year’s July Fourth picnic at St. Mark’s Anglican/Episcopal Church in Guadalajara.

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Frozen in time

1 MONTHS AGO
Frozen in time

Sharp-eyed visitors to downtown Guadalajara may notice that the hands of the clock sitting above the main balcony of the Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) in the Plaza de Armas do not move. In fact, the clock has not been telling Tapatios the time since January 30, 1915. 

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City Living – July 25, 2014

3 DAYS AGO
City Living – July 25, 2014

Mariachi Festival

Organizers of the upcoming International Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara have announced dates for the traditional series of gala concerts at the Degollado Theater.

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City Living - July 18, 2014

10 DAYS AGO
City Living - July 18, 2014

New U.S. franchises open

The Cheesecake Factory opened its first restaurant in Mexico in Galerias Mall last week and Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz was there to cut the ribbon. The restaurant offers more than 200 different dishes.

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Longtime benefactress in need of helping hand

3 DAYS AGO
Longtime benefactress in need of helping hand

Marvin and Helaine Harthcock  are well known fixtures in the Lakeside landscape. For 18 years the couple has always been willing to lend a hand and help out when and where needed.

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Chapala Rotary Club pushing forward with community projects

3 DAYS AGO
Chapala Rotary Club pushing forward with community projects

Rotary International expanded into Chapala when District 4150 approved Club 86070, the Sunrise Rotary Club of Chapala, on June 30. The new group’s 32 charter members (which includes 15 former Rotarians) join the global association of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries.

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Laguna Chapalac - July 25, 2014

3 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - July 25, 2014

First Kayak Paddle

Maria Isabel Restaurant at Morelos 1 in Ajijic is sponsoring the First Annual Kayak Paddle to celebrate the third anniversary of the Lake Chapala Kayak Club on Sunday, July 27.

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Laguna Chapalac - July 18, 2014

10 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - July 18, 2014

LCS & Mountain Race

Ajijic’s annual international Chupinaya footrace (a half marathon) leaves from the town plaza and continues through the mountains above the village on Sunday, July 20.

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Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

3 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

4 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

3 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

4 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

4 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

4 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 - July 25, 2014

3 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - July 25, 2014

Jazz, blues

Argentinean duo Facundo Guevara (piano) and Hernan Rios (percussion and vocals) play jazz and blues.

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Entertainment Guide – July 18, 2014

10 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide – July 18, 2014

UDG Ballet Folklorico

Summer season of famed Universidad de Guadalajara Ballet Folklorico troupe is on.

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Students express gratitude to Viva for help in kickstarting their careers

3 DAYS AGO
Students express gratitude to Viva for help in kickstarting their careers

Open to the public, Viva la Musica’s annual scholarship auditions take place on August 14 at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium.

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Diverse music showcased in Viva Summer Series concert

3 DAYS AGO
Diverse music showcased in Viva Summer Series concert

On Sunday July 20, Viva la Musica’s concert at the Auditorio featured student baritone Cesar Becerra accompanied by Timothy G. Ruff Welch on piano.

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Ribera arts review – July 25, 2014

3 DAYS AGO
Ribera arts review – July 25, 2014

Residency program

Need some cultural stimulation? The 360 Xochi Quetzal Artist and Writer’s Residency Program in Chapala currently has three residents who are planning to share their talents with the community on Saturday, July 26, 5 p.m. at the Chapala’s Gonzalez Gallo Cultural Center (old train s...

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Ribera arts review - July 18, 2014

10 DAYS AGO
Ribera arts review - July 18, 2014

Viva la Musica

On Sunday July 20, 4 p.m. Viva la Musica will present bass baritone Cesar Becerra at the Auditorio de la Ribera, performing a range of operatic music, accompanied by Tim G. Welsh on piano. Tickets are available at the door for 200 pesos.

 

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At the Movies: The Devil's Violinist and Heaven is for real

3 DAYS AGO
At the Movies: The Devil's Violinist and Heaven is for real

The Devil’s Violinist

The life story of Italian violinist and composer, Niccolò Paganini who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century.

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Oldies playing at Ex-Convento

10 DAYS AGO

The Videosala at Guadalajara’s Ex-Convento del Carmen (Juarez 638) is showing a batch of U.S. oldies, plus some more recent  movies, over  the next few weeks.  Check out this list. For more information call (33) 3587-7825. Cost 40 pesos.

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Columns

ISPs ask Netflix, Hulu & co. for help in escaping financial hole

17 DAYS AGO

During the period of the economic boom that followed World War II many people were extremely optimistic about the possible peacetime uses for nuclear energy.

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Comcast’s one million hotspots: the chilling, unsettling truth

24 DAYS AGO

Recently this column looked at some of the circumstances related to “You don’t need to know.”  For security reason there are indeed some things the consumer and internet user does not have any real need to know.

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Contributions flow when call goes out

3 DAYS AGO
Contributions flow when call goes out

Those of us at the Reporter were grateful and delighted to learn that an article about desperate needs of the people in the fishing village of San Juan Tecomatlan encouraged Lakesiders to make significant donations.

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Rain brings relief to some, stress to less fortunate

10 DAYS AGO
Rain brings relief to some, stress to less fortunate

Rain, glorious rain. Most of the days are sunny and warm and the deluges of rain fall mostly in the evenings and nights.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Foreign employees use new strategies to satisfy strict immigration requirements

10 DAYS 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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Expats united in a common cause: expanding their social network

17 DAYS AGO
Expats united in a common cause: expanding their social network

The place: the huge terrace of a hotel in Guadalajara’s Providencia neighborhood.

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Savvy travelers use range of tactics to get cheaper flights

4 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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Tequila trail to expand to include Tala, Ameca

10 MONTHS AGO
Tequila trail to expand to include Tala, Ameca

The International Development Bank (IDB) is prepared to inject new funds into the Tequila Trail (Ruta del Tequila) next year to permit further growth in two more Jalisco municipalities.

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World’s leading authority on Mexican cuisine talks to BBC

10 DAYS 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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Armando’s Hideaway: quirky decor, signature steak dishes & reminiscences

10 DAYS AGO
Armando’s Hideaway: quirky decor, signature steak dishes & reminiscences

In times that seem to keep the population trotting in order to barely keep up with changes, it’s a refreshing treat to visit a restaurant that has maintained the same menu and high levels of excellent service, presentation, and flavor for decades.

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Former Reporter staffer pens novella

3 DAYS 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

2 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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Legal pointers: Unpaid hospital bills and debt collectors

17 DAYS 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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Patients’s rights: local lawyer provides a brief primer

24 DAYS AGO
Patients’s rights: local lawyer provides a brief primer

A recent discussion reinforced the wisdom of an old adage, “Learning about living in Mexico is like peeling an onion. Just when you think you are done, you realize there’s another layer.”

 

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Leaked emails say US soldiers are operating in Mexico

U.S. special forces are secretly operating in Mexico, while the U.S. government is “allowing” the powerful Sinaloa Cartel to traffic drugs across the border, according to documents released by WikiLeaks this month.

Since February the controversial whistle-blowing organization has been publishing “The Global Intelligence Files” – over five million emails leaked from Stratfor, a Texas-based global intelligence company, which date from July 2004 to December 2011.

“U.S. special operations forces are currently in Mexico. Small-scale joint ops with Mexico’s [special forces],” wrote “US714,” a U.S. law enforcement officer in charge of border investigations, to Stratfor staff in an email from June 2011 released on Sunday.

This was corroborated by a Mexican diplomat referred to as “MX1,” who told Stratfor “I can confirm that there is Marine presence, but I don’t know if it is MFR [Marine Force Recon – the U.S. Marine Corps’ special operations unit].”

“Operational coordination and indeed joint exercises have been conducted, and there are more in the planning stages,” said MX1. “We do indeed have US military presence in Mexico as part of the MI [Merida Initiative] coordination office (even though they are sometimes under official cover as DOS [Department of State], etc…) There are advisors and intelligence operatives that work on the tactical level with their Mexican counterparts.”

Under the Merida Initiative, the United States has been providing Mexico with funds, equipment, training and intelligence in order to help fight drug trafficking. But there are officially no U.S. troops operating south of the border, for this would represent a violation of Mexico’s sovereignty.

“Mexican public opinion would be outraged if there were U.S. soldiers engaged in a direct operational role in Mexico,” said MX1.

“I can’t confirm that there are independent U.S. operations in Mexico of any sort,” he added, but “the repercussions on cooperation from a black op that we are not aware of would be immense, even if the [Mexican] government didn’t care.”

Breaking the story on Monday, NarcoNews.com revealed that another of the leaked emails identifies MX1 as Fernando de la Mora Salcedo, a former member of the Mexican Consulate staff in El Paso, Texas and now a consul in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Stratfor emails were passed on to WikiLeaks by the hacking group Anonymous. Stratfor condemned this “deplorable breach of privacy” in a statement earlier this year.

“Some of the emails may be forged or altered to include inaccuracies; some may be authentic,” stated the Stratfor press release. “We will not validate either. Nor will we explain the thinking that went into them. Having had our property stolen, we will not be victimized twice by submitting to questioning about them.”

In another email from June 2010, MX1 suggested that the U.S. and Mexican “governments will allow controlled drug trades,” alleging that the “the major routes and methods for bulk shipping into the US have already been negotiated with U.S. authorities,” and that large shipments of drugs belonging to the Sinaloa Cartel “are OK with the Americans.”

Run by billionaire drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Sinaloa Cartel is one of Mexico’s most powerful drug-trafficking organizations.

De la Mora’s comments appear to back up the legal defense of a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel soon to go on trial in Chicago for drug trafficking.

Vicente Jesus Zambada Niebla was arrested in March 2009, just hours after meeting with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in a Mexico City hotel. In pre-trial proceedings earlier this year he claimed immunity under a deal allegedly struck between the U.S. government and the Sinaloa Cartel.

In exchange for information on rival organizations, Zambada said he and the cartel leadership were given “carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago and the rest of the United States” between 2004 and 2009.

As part of the arrangement, he also claimed the Sinaloa Cartel received weapons through the “Fast and Furious,” a botched operation in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) illegally sold 2,000 firearms to Mexican gangs, with the purported aim of tracing the weapons and then prosecuting the criminals.

One of the highest ranking Mexican drug traffickers to ever go on trial in the United States, Zambada’s case is due to begin in October.

WikiLeaks made headlines worldwide this week due to the ongoing controversy surrounding the organization’s founder Julian Assange.

Wanted in Sweden for questioning over two allegations of sexual assault, Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange has offered to be questioned within the embassy but refuses to return to Sweden for fear he will be extradited to the United States.

Ecuador offered Assange political asylum, but last week the British government provoked a major diplomatic row by threatening to enter the embassy and arrest Assange, an action that would represent a clear violation of international law.

If extradited, Assange fears he would face similar treatment to Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army whistleblower who passed thousands of documents to WikiLeaks. Bradley has been imprisoned by the U.S. government for over two years (mostly in solitary confinement) without trial.

Earlier this year the Stratfor leaks revealed a grand jury in Virginia has already issued a secret sealed indictment against Assange for espionage, while prominent U.S. politicians have even called for him to be executed.

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