Another PSA from the La Paz Gringos newsletter:
Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know we are only 20 days
from launching the Chatarra (junk) raft, a 16 foot by 8 foot raft made
in San Felipe Baja of re-used materials and plastic bottles. The
Chatarra will leave San Felipe Malecon on July 1, at 10AM on a journey
down the Sea of Cortez to La Paz, Baja California Sur. The journey is
estimated to take between 30 and 40 days, with a early August arrival in
The Chatarra is a plastic waste awareness project geared towards kids.
The idea is to capture their attention and to provide education and fun
information on the damage of littering and trashing Baja and the fun and
important things kids (and their families) can do to reuse, reduce, and
The raft trip is only the kick off of a on-going Baja clean project of
the Baja Good Life Club. In addition to providing information the
project will support beach clean up groups and activities through the
Baja, and will also include guided eco-trips, for example in 2014 the
project hopes to clean the graffiti off the rocks of Catavina.
Please support the project.
* The Chatarra Project Website <http://chatarra.bglclub.com>
* The Chatarra Fundraising Campaign
Yep, Invest 93e has formed and some projections believe it could come north towards our side of the peninsula. I don’t believe that’s realistic right now with the water temps so low on this side. Check it out for yourselves:
Closer to home, we are deep in the midst of serious June gloom. Most of the last week we haven’t seen the sun until after 1 pm in the afternoon. Sometimes we get a peek in the mid morning and then the marine layer rolls back over us. Lots of morning clouds, sometimes fog and wind and cool temps. Once this gloom ends, I suspect our temps will quickly rise and the sun will begin its relentless march to oppressive summer heat.
From the La Paz Gringos newsletter:
During the past 10 years I have been involved as a “Collaborador” with Dr. Jorge Urban Ramirez of UABCS (Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur) in La Paz. My work has specifically related to the monitoring, through photo identification, of our local Humpback Whales during their breeding and calving season here in the east cape. This part of Mexico’s marine waters is the second largest breeding/calving ground in The North Pacific Ocean and home to a rich marine environment. Some 5 years ago I began developing an idea for a marine laboratory to be situated here in our area for the continued monitoring of the humpbacks (as well as reef and plankton studies) but most importantly to provide a training ground for local students and an inspiration for them to become involved in the marine sciences.
This year, after several meetings and presentations, the Telesecundaria school in El Cardonal has offered a piece of land adjacent to the school to house the laboratory. On the 28th of May I met with the officials of The Department of Secondary Education in La Paz and presented my idea. I just heard a few days ago that they had unanimously approved of the donation and have given me the go ahead to begin planning the construction. The lab itself will be part of the overall school facility but will be separated from it physically. It will be owned, maintained and operated by the school and I will act as a program developer and consultant. The University in La Paz will also be involved in a similar capacity.
Though there may be some money coming for this project from Mexican agencies the bulk of the funds will be provided through fund raising by myself initially and with the help of anyone interested as time goes by. Donations are tax deductible through MioSah a 501(c)(3) corporation. Contact me for additional information : email@example.com
I have a power point presentation that I can give anytime if a group of people would like to get a better idea of the project. I have also recently published a book of my experiences with the whales during the past 40 years that is available in El Cardonal and at The Land & Homes office and Information Center in Los Barriles. The title is: THE OTHERS “The Whale People”, A Personal Journey of Discovery, Transformation and Healing.
Urmas Kaldveer, PhD – El Cardonal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director: MioSah – Mendocino Institute of Science & History
My website is dated but my blog is current and includes my most recent website information: www.urmkal.blogspot.com
A good friend of mine was nearly physically assaulted recently on an isolated stretch of beach north of Todos Santos. Physically she’s ok as her outrage and anger repelled the potential physical assault. But she’s not one to let such an injustice slide and while seeking justice, she has compiled a list of offices and contacts that all should become familiar with. This was taken from her posting in the BWO.
I want to share with my community this list of Judicial Offices which I compiled after my own experience of assault:
Todos Santos Police, Dial 066, 24 hours a day. This is the first call to make and operator will dispatch policia municipial or policia ministerio, depending on type of crime.
Ministerio Publico, Todos Santos, Calle Degollado across from El Sol Uno, 145-0198. Policia Ministerio are the detectives who investigate crime scenes. Formal Denunicas are made here, 9-3 Mon thru Fri. If crime is violent (ie assault, rape) they are supposed to inform you that you can make a formal denuncia in their office during weekend hours. I recommend you make the denuncia ASAP to start the legal process. Request to make the denuncia in Todos Santos and, if they don’t comply, go to La Paz.
For Official Denuncias if not done in Todos Santos:
Policia Ministerial y Ministerios Publicos Colosio y Alvarez Rico (next to the prison), La Paz. 125-7541, 125-7540, 122-6610, 122-1399. 8:00 – 4:00 (After 4pm there is just one person to take denuncias)
S.A.M.M. (Subprocuraduria de Atencion a la Mujer y al Menor). For crimes against women and children. Personnel are trained, and sensitive to women in crisis. Sinaloa s/n (next to the Tutelar para Menores), La Paz. 612-165-4250, 124-3233. Monday – Friday 8:00-3:00 and 5:00-8:00. I was told their office is also open Sat and Sun, same hours.
Procuraduria General de Justicia del Estado If there is no action in your file after a couple of weeks, call this office to register a complaint, 122 2230, 125-3514, 122-0287. Lunes a Viernes 8-8, Sabado 8-3. You will need your Averiguacion Previa number from your denuncia.
Comision Nacional de los Derechos Humanos. Mutualismo #460 e/Bravo y Rosales behind skate park next to Applebee restaurant on the Malecon. Col Centro CP 23000. La Paz 612-129-4437 or 01 800 838 43 77
Private Center for Women in Domestic Abuse or Rape, Centro Mujeres La Paz, Marquez de Leon 480-B entre Serdan Y Revolucion, La Paz, 612 122-3570 or 612-122-3342. Teresa Shields fluent in Spanish and English, well informed. Therapy and counseling offered. www.centromujeresmexico.org. email: email@example.com
Is México safe to visit?
Yep that’s the question indeed. And the answer is it depends on where you visit and what you do. The same answer you would get asking about traveling anywhere, including Orlando FL.
Here is CNN’s take on it: México – As Dangerous – And Safe – As Ever