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This is the screen saver that is going on 10 new computers that the Jaltemba Cup bought along with 2 laser printers, screens and computer projector for the children of Jaltemba Bay area...ps I spent 40 hours of my time building them so we could supply the number that they needed. thank you, Field of Dreams and the Cervantes family, Peter Vines and the Jaltemba Sol and all of our sponsors for all your support over the years. and of course thank you to all the great golfing teams that have supported this project, you are truly wonderful and you are invited to the presentation ceremony this Monday at 730 am at the Plan de Ayala Secondaria in La Penita de Jaltemba.  Bill Bell




Margarita Zodiac:  Monthly Flavors

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In the spirit of honoring the New Year’s tradition of having a resolution, I vowed to try a new flavor of margarita each month for 2012.  I must admit that the upcoming fund raising event, the Margarita Challenge, with its creative margarita concoctions, inspired me. I amended my resolution to include a charitable good deed- just like the Margarita Challenge fund provides year-round community service- I will do a different positive thing each month that I try a new margarita recipe. My approach to compiling the recipes is a blending of ‘70s zodiac personality hype, thinking of what the tropical mood is typical that month, and flavor creativity.

* The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
* The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.

*The consumption of Margaritas may increase lustfulness or table dancing and loss of clothing.
* The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to think you can sing.
* The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.


Acqurius- the water carrier. (Jan 21- Feb 20) Ruling planet, Uranus; associated color- bright blue. Turquoise Margarita.        Ingredients:  2 parts tequila, 1 part Blue Curacao, 2 parts lime juice, ¼ part sugar syrup. Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into chilled margarita glass. Extra touch: rub fresh lime juice around the glass rim and dip into a saucer of salt before pouring in mixed cocktail.


Picies- the fishes (Feb 21- Mar 20) Ruling planet: Neptune; associated color-seagreen. Mango Margarita.     Ingredients: for Mango mix:  1 ¼ pounds fresh magoes, 1 cup water, ½ cup sugar; gray salt.  The drink ingredients: 3 cups ice, 1 ½ cups Mango Margarita mix, 4 oz tequila, 2 oz triple sec. lime wedges, mint salt. Directions: After peeling and cutting mango into chunks, put chunks into blender with water, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Blend til smooth; taste and add sugar to taste, set aside.  Next, fill blender with ice, add mango mix, tequila, triple sec. Dip glass rim in mint salt- 1 cup chopped mint leaves crushed and mixed with equal parts coarse salt.

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News This Week

On his stroll toward Mexico's presidency, Pena Nieto stumbles

The PRI's Enrique Pena Nieto is perceived as the insurmountable favorite to become Mexico's next president this year. But a series of blunders have caused some to question his mettle as a candidate. First, he struggled to name a single book he'd read, except for "parts" of the Bible. Then he couldn't quote the minimum wage nor the price of the omnipresent tortilla.

The man who would be the next president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, is not off to a good start. …go to original article

Mexico gets independence monument 1½ years late

Mexico's president has inaugurated a soaring monument that was supposed to be ready for the country's 2010 independence bicentennial, but came in way over budget and nearly 1½ years late….go to original article

Mexico’s Election Draws Eyes From Across Border

Texas economists are confident that the financial upheavals long associated with Mexican elections are a thing of the past. Still, they are closely watching what this summer’s presidential contest means for the peso and, in turn, Texas’ symbiotic business ties to Mexico.

Texas politicians are paying close attention, too — to whether the trade, security and energy policies of President Felipe Calderón’s successor will affect illegal immigration or the state’s robust trade relationship with Mexico. …go to original article

On 'el Chepe' train, Copper Canyon can be safely visited despite location

I won't lie: I had some qualms about traveling alone to the Copper Canyon, a series of awe-inspiring gorges bigger than the Grand Canyon that happen to be in the same northwestern region of Mexico consumed by drug-trafficking violence.

At the same time, I knew from being in the news business that tourists are seldom, if ever, the target of such violence. I also was aware of the tendency to paint an entire region with a bleak brush when only small pockets are actually affected. …go to original article

Undeterred by recent violence, snowbirds continue to flock to Mexico
Snowbirds say they will continue to flee the West Coast’s cold, wet winters for the small coastal villages of Mexico despite the murder of two British Columbia residents this week.

Robin Wood, 67, of Saltspring Island was shot and killed Wednesday while trying to stop a home invasion at his friend Arvid Chalmers’ home in Melaque, 200 kilometres south of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast….go to original article



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National Guard deployment on U.S.-Mexico border has unclear


President Obama’s decision last year to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border may have been smart politics, but a growing number of skeptics say the deployment is an expensive and inefficient mission that has made little difference in homeland security.

Critics of the deployment include budget hawks, who say it is a waste of money, and residents here along the border, who say they are tired of seeing armed troops in their back yard….go to original article

Mexico says US TV producer's extradition pending

Mexico says it has been notified of a U.S. court ruling to extradite an American reality show producer charged with murdering his wife during a 2010 Mexican vacation, but says the date for the hand-over is still pending.

Mexico's Attorney General's Office said Friday an agreement has been reached on the extradition of Bruce Beresford-Redman, but "the date for his delivery is still pending."…go to original article

Mexico gangster crackdown nails dozens, but still falls short

So many gangsters, so little time.

Though President Felipe Calderon's five-year campaign has nailed dozens of crime bosses, many of Mexico's kingpins remain at large. Despite 50,000 dead and tens of thousands of arrests the resilient gangs seem as capable of havoc as ever.

Calderon leaves office in 11 months. The crackdown he couches as crucial to Mexico most certainly will be left unfinished. Most of the leading candidates to succeed him promise strategy changes, but their proposals remain vague….go to original article

In Mexico, getting into Guinness can seem like a broken record

Hardly a month goes by without someone here breaking a world record, or claiming to. The world's biggest cup of hot chocolate. Most people kissing at once. Longest carpet of flowers. Biggest group haircut.

Recently, people were flocking to the parking lot of a stadium in Mexico City to see what promoters called the World's Biggest Nativity Scene: a faux Bethlehem covering five acres and populated with 1,000 life-size figures….go to original article

Smart travelers can still play it safe in Mexico

Shortly before Arnoldo Pedroza was scheduled to lead a tour south of Mexico City, the local guide started to worry that recent disturbances would sabotage his trip. He followed news updates anxiously, hoping that the area would cool off and officials wouldn’t ban visitors. You’re thinking drug cartels, vendettas and gunfire? Wrong. Pedroza was worried about spraying lava, not flying bullets….go to original article

Pet tiger escapes, causes scare in Mexico

A pet tiger kept by an attorney in Mexico escaped from its home and spurred a massive deployment of policemen and firefighters in a northern Mexican town, authorities said.

The 50-kg female Royal Bengal tiger named Deborah was roaming the streets of Saltillo in Coahuila state….go to original article

Mexico Seeks to Extradite Americans Linked to 'Operation Fast And Furious'
Mexico's attorney general moved into a political hot seat by asking the U.S. government to extradite six American citizens suspected of smuggling guns during Operation Fast and Furious.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) "gun-walking" operation involved allowing about 2,000 guns purchased illegally at American gun shops to be smuggled across the border.

The sales in 2009 and 2010 included assault rifles….go to original article

Learning From Mexico's Coalition Debate
A group of 46 high-profile Mexican politicians and academics from across the ideological spectrum shook this country recently with a daring proposal to end Mexico's political gridlock: forcing whomever is elected president in 2012 to form a coalition government.

The proposal, which made front page headlines in Mexico's biggest newspapers, was signed by several presidential hopefuls from all three major parties -- including Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, of the center-left Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD), Sen. Manlio Fabio Beltrones, of the nationalist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and Santiago Creel, of the center-right ruling National Action Party (PAN) -- as well as by writer Carlos Fuentes and several prominent academics….go to original article


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Mitt Romney is Latino?

Mitt is Latino?In a political season rife with intrigue and scandal, this latest piece of news may just be one of the most interesting yet. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is of Mexican nationality, and could easily obtain dual citizenship in both the United States and Mexico.

Romney’s father, George Romney, was born in 1907 in an American colony in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. According to Mexican law, Mitt, who was born in Detroit, Michigan, qualifies for dual citizenry, and would simply have to produce his birth certificate at any consulate office to confirm it.

This fact was public knowledge, but is now coming to light amidst Romney’s emergence as a front runner for the Republican nomination, as other candidates are looking to disparage Romney in the polls. Mitt Romney still has several relatives in Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan who publicly support Mitt in his endeavors, but are quick to note that he has never come to visit.

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Mexican fiesta to be held to fix sewer infrastructure

A "Mexican Fiesta" will be hosted at Los Delfins Bungalows & RV Park to raise funds to replace the existing infrastructure for waste in Los Ayala. The cost to replace the infrastructure is ~ $1,000,000 pesos and Los Ayala needs to raise $250,000 pesos; muy pronto. The funds we raise will be matched by the Mexican Governments 3 for 1 program.

The event will be be a lively "Traditional Mexican Fiesta," Los Ayala Style!

Mariachi Band
Folkloric Dancing
Charro - A traditional Mexican Horseman Show
Mexican Dinner including 1 Drink

Los Delfines Bungalows & RV Park
7 p.m.
Cost: 350 pesos per person

Tickets will be available to purchase in Los Ayala. Details TBA


The Most Delicious Fund-Raiser in Jaltemba Bay!
Friday, Feb. 10th
7:00 p.m.
Los Ayala's Elementary School
Just 100 pesos per person

Enjoy a HUGE selection of Canadian, Mexican & American Treats
All proceeds go towards to Los Ayala's Elementary School.

Featuring the L.A. Connection Dance Band!
Roots, Rhythm, & Blues
Funky, New Dance Band!
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Fashion Show in Jaltemba Bay is a ‘Win-Win’ for Everyone

Originally the brain child of a group of women golfers, the Mujeres a Mujeres Fashion Show (also known as the Jaltemba Bay Fashion Show) has grown into a major charity fundraiser in the Riviera Nayarit area.

The 9th Annual Mujeres a Mujeres Fashion Show takes place on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in an extraordinary new location — Hacienda La Peñita, home of American designer Thomas Bartlett. The beautiful garden setting alone makes it worth the $300 pesos price, which also includes a luncheon and the viewing of fashions created by a select group of Jaltemba Bay designers.

Bob and Linda Gibbs share the emcee position for the event. Owners of Casita de la Peñita, they’ve been part of the organizing committee for years. “I appreciate the chance to give back to the community,” says Linda. “The Fashion Show supports wonderful causes and is also a truly local event.”

This season, for the first time, the Fashion Show is offering local businesses and individuals the opportunity for sponsorship. It’s a wonderful way to support an organization that funds many highly worthwhile projects.

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Early morning fog of La Penita Valley


New Reports of ATM Skimming at Local Bank Here is What the FBI says to watch out for

Taking a Trip to the ATM?
Beware of 'Skimmers'

Last fall, two brothers from Bulgaria were charged in U.S. federal court in New York with using stolen bank account information to defraud two banks of more than $1 million.

Their scheme involved installing surreptitious surveillance equipment on New York City ATMs that allowed them to record customers’ account information and PINs, create their own bank cards, and steal from customer accounts.

ATM composite
Skimming typically involves the use of a hidden cameras (top) to record customers’ PINs,
and phony keypads (right) placed over real keypads to record keystrokes.

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And if the crooks don't get you the fees at some ATM'S will

For your information and we are hoping you can pass it on to your readers.

On December 28 my husband and I both drew out $300 (American Dollars) from the cash machine in Rincon de Guayabitos .   It is the only one that offers American dollars.   It is outside the Rayo del Sol, on the corner of Av Sol Nuevo and Returno Laurele, close to Popin's Grocery Store on the main street.    When the deductions came from our bank accounts at the Bank of Montreal and a Credit Union in British Columbia   $364.15 Canadian Dollars was deducted.  We did agree to a 40 pesos charge and of course there was an American to Canadian amount which we estimated to be about $10 to $12 dollars.   

The Bank of Montreal told us they did not deduct any further charges themselves, so we assume the bank machine owners charged us $40 American Dollars for the service not 40 pesos.   

We would recommend people avoid  using this machine.   When we went to the Reception Desk at the hotel where it is located, they told us that at Popin there is a Service Number that we could call.   It was a USA 1 800 number, but when I dialled it, they said it could not be accessed from our location.

Claire and Jim Wilkins

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Mexico Receives Another Guinness Record

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The Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge in western Mexico is supported by 152 steel suspenders, has a central, cable-stayed span of 1,705 feet, a total length of 3,685 feet and a width of 65 feet.
Culiacan, Mexico - President Felipe Calderón on Thursday received a Guinness record certifying a suspension bridge in western Mexico as the world’s highest.

The honor was bestowed on the Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge, which is supported by 152 steel suspenders, has a central, cable-stayed span of 520 meters (1705 feet), a total length of 1124 meters (3685 feet) and a width of 19.8 meters (65 feet).

Built at a world-record structural height of 403.4 meters (1320 feet), its four lanes extend over a jagged stretch of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range known as the Devil’s Backbone, which links Durango and the neighboring coastal state of Sinaloa.

The bridge is part of the Durango-Mazatlan highway, built at a cost of more than 20 billion pesos ($1.46 billion USD) and the most significant road project during Calderón's six-year term, which began in December 2006, the transportation ministry said in a statement.

The Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge will have a price tag of 2.18 billion pesos ($158.7 million USD). The span is nearly 86 percent complete and is scheduled to be finished by the end of January.




Los Amigos de Jaltemba Events

A Taste of Jaltemba

La Cancha de Futbal

February 25

Details to follow

General Meetings of Los Amigos

Palapa de Guty, Circuito Libertad #4

January 23, February 27 and March 26 (Fourth Monday of Month)

Meeting at 7:00 – Meet and Greet at 6:30

Management Council of Los Amigos

Palapa de Guty, Circuito Libertad #4

January 9, February 13, March 12 and April 9 (Second Monday of Month)

Meeting at 7:00 – Meet and Greet at 6:30


Recycling Basket Making Workshops

Saturday, January 7,14,21,28 and February 4,11,18,25

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10 Am to Noon

Directions – From the Highway : Go 200 metres North (towardsTepic) of the Main Avenida, La Peñita.  On the left you will see Pollo Feliz.  Turn Right and go 2 blocks up the hill (the street name is not shown).  The house is salmon coloured.

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Tonala ... Shoppping Mexican Style

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Polar Bears ...What a Blast

4th Annual Rincon de Guayabitos Polar Bear Swim


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Whale Rescued in San Blas

In December the 29th 2011, three friends and us went out fishing in four different boats: Jaime Barragan in his boat “Poca Madre” with his son “Jaimillo” and a friend of him Nahum. Humberto Mendoza in his panga “Freedom” with his wife Jani and her 8 year old nephew, Emiliano. Mario Mucharraz by himself in his boat “Makaira” and Martel and I in our boat “Vida Loca”.

Around midday Humberto reported in the radio that he had found a humpback whale wrapped in a fishing net swimming with a lot of difficulty and desperate to free herself.

Humberto reported this fact to the Marina Armada de Mexico in San Blas and immediately they send a patrol boat with personal to organize the rescue. All the other boats went also where Humberto was. When we got there this is what we found: the whale was swimming with the net all wrapped around her body, and next to her, swimming free and always by her side, her mate, who eventually would go under, pushing her up to help her breath.

The Patrol of the Marina Armada de Mexico arrived around 1:30p.m. And the Capitan asked us to approach them, then Martel, Jani and Emiliano went into the Patrol Boat for safety, and four marines and a biologist got into two of our boats because it would be easier to handle the maneuvers.

Then the rescue started in total improvisation, not this marines or us have been in a similar situation before.

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The Whiz behind Tecno Com Wi Fi:    Erick Gallegos Gonzalez

                       © Tara A. Spears

If you’re a seasonal resident, having wireless internet service is a great alternative to the land-line provider, TELMEX, for several reasons. First, there is no yearly contract that locks in a minimum of 12 payments whether or not you use the service. Second, Tecno Com is a lower monthly cost because Telmex only sells internet as part of a package that mandates installation of a telephone line-with a charge- plus the fee for the internet.  Telmex has a significant installation charge for the equipment, which is rented. With Tecno Com wi-fi you only pay for the months that you use the service; the receiver is purchased by you and is therefore transferable to another location. Lastly, and most important to me, is the prompt and reliable service Tecno Com provides.  When I first moved to Mexico, I was on a waiting list for Telmex internet-it took 4 ½ months before the service was installed.  With Erick, he is able to bring the equipment and set me up the next day.  I have had excellent service in the more than three years that I have had Tecno Com internet service.


Although Erick is young,  this sharp 27 year old is well on his way to becoming a   successful entrenpeneur. After completing university with degrees in accounting and computer science, he joined a computer company in Tepic. He began his wireless internet service out of his home until two years ago when he opened the La Penita office of Tecno Com. This expansion enabled him to hire a fulltime computer repair technition as well as offer our area much needed computer supplies, assessories, and hardware. The coastal humidity and salt air is hell on computer components, so when I need replacement gear now, Tecno Com is so convenient and reasonably priced. 

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Mexico Insurance Tip About Policies with Percentage Deductibles

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Mexpro.com, the leading provider of insurance for U.S. and Canadian visitors to Mexico, cautions consumers to beware when buying Mexico car insurance from insurers who apply “percentage deductibles” to vehicle losses.

Purchasers of insurance for Mexico--to save a few dollars--often unknowingly purchase insurance policies, which can include deductibles of 5% or even 10% of the vehicle value. These are called "percentage deductibles". If one is involved in a covered loss, "percentage deductibles" can cost thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses for claimants.

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