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Gary W. Wietgrefe - Ancient Culture

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (PR MediaRelease) February 6, 2018 South Dakota provides storyline of ancient norms to identify an evolving culture. Electronics Aid Memory Loss Can’t remember phone numbers like you used to? You are not alone. "Why are we losing our memory? Its impact on society” is one of several presentations…

Mexico and the EU Discussions Turn up the Heat on the Jalepeño

Trade talks heat up over jalapeño chiles Mexican chile growers want to prevent other countries from using the names jalapeño and chipotle, just as the tequila producers do. The term Mariachi music is another tradition that deserves its singularity with Mexico Mexican producers of chile peppers want protection for fresh jalapeño…

What Probably Killed the Aztecs?

In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days. So what killed the Aztecs? Within five years as many as 15 million people – an estimated 80% of the population – were wiped…

Exotic Fruits of Mexico Part 3

Tuna (Prickly Pear) By sight, you would think the tuna is a vegetable, or if you only heard the name you would assume it was the fish. (Language note: the fruit is called tuna; tuna fish is called atun.) Tunas come in green or purple, both the skin and flesh, and they have different flavors — purple is a little stronger and sweeter,…
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Galapagos of North America

This area, that just earned the designation of a national park, and is already being referred to as the Galpagos of North America, and consists of over 57,000 square miles (148,000 square km). All fishing will be prohibited as well as construction of any hotels on any of the four islands included in the area. This protection will be…
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Please Do Not Destroy Our Livelihood

Among the poppies, a plea to the soldiers 'Heartbreaking' message asks soldiers to spare the crop. Fifteen kilometers from the municipality of Guachochi, in the heart of the mountain range known as the Sierra Tarahumara in Chihuahua, 30 soldiers pull opium poppy plants out of the ground with their bare hands. For the past month,…
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There Are Four Time Zones In Mexico

Baja California [North] (Zona Noroeste) The northeastern-most time zone begins in the northern reaches of Baja California (the northern area of the peninsula). This area adheres to Pacific Time (same as Los Angeles, CA) and is therefore one hour behind Mountain Time (e.g. Los Cabos, Mazatlan) and two hours behind Mexico City. The…

Traffic Detours In Puerto Vallarta Near the Malecon

Changes to vehicular traffic in the Central area of the city, will be undertaken from Thursday October 5 and until Saturday October 21. Reconstruction of the roadways, the repair of potholes and speed bumps, as well as the rehabilitation of nine pedestrian crossings where the pavement will be replaced by stamped concrete. Also, the…
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Efforts To Restore the Vaquita Porpoise Population Continues

The ever-smiling Vaquita porpoises really have nothing to smile about. Their habitat, which is solely in the Gulf of California, has been over fished by local fishermen who catch the Vaquita by mistake in their nets. Their estimated population has declined to between 30 and 40 porpoises.  Now with the assistance from the U.S. Navy…
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6 Month Tourist Visas Are Just That - Please Read

INM Continues to Increase Enforcement of Restrictions on 6 Month “Tourist” Visas For people who do not track multiple expat forums from around Mexico, there are some real-world updates from around Mexico that are worth noting. Since their 2012 rule changes, INM has been gradually cracking down on foreigners' abuses of "tourist"…
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Was Your Credit Information Given Up by Experian / Equifax?

143 Million Credit Information Accounts Hacked at Experian – What to Do Sept. 9, 2017 Public Service Announcement: 143 Million Credit Card Accounts Information Stolen The folks at the Equifax credit reporting agency have again allowed hackers to steal our names, addresses, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, and credit information.…

Mexico Seizes Largest Ever Shipment of Fentanyl Drugs

The pure Fentanyl by itself would have a street value of $1.2 billion, according to Drug Enforcement Agency numbers reported by El Financiero. A kilo of Fentanyl costs about $2,000 to produce and can reach a street value of up to $20 million. The pure fentanyl by itself would have a street value of $1.2 billion, according…
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New Highway Progress

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – According to the North Coast Regional Director of Tourism, José Ludwig Estrada Virgen, the Secretary of Communication and Transport (SCT) has announced that the first stretch of the Jala-Compostela highway, in the state of Nayarit, will open in time for the Semana Santa holidays.streaming Despicable Me…