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BORDER UPDATES - Expansion begins at largest U.S.-Mexico border crossing

By Marty Graham SAN YSIDRO, California (Reuters) - An expansion that would more than double capacity at the world's busiest border crossing broke ground south of San Diego on Thursday, aiming to boost security and cut lengthy delays at the California-Mexico border. Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, joined U.S. and Mexican dignitaries at a ceremony marking the expansion of the San Ysidro port of entry, which handles 50,000 vehicles crossing north from Tijuana, Mexico, each day along with 25,000 pedestrians. Increased security in the wake of the September 11 attacks has added to wait times at crossings including San Ysidro, where traffic frequently backs up for more than a mile to the center of Tijuana at peak times. "It is important to not only this community but California and the nation," Boxer told reporters at a ceremony to mark the expansion at the port. "Neither can prosper if we have these bottlenecks." Mexico is the United States' second largest trading partner after Canada. Bilateral trade is worth around $1 billion a day, while around a million people cross back and forth over the shared southwest border. The first stage of the overhaul will boost the number of vehicle inspection booths to 46 from the current 24, including a dedicated bus lane and additional inspection facilities at a cost of $292 million. Second and third phases aim to add pedestrian and southbound inspection facilities and 17 additional northbound inspection booths by early 2016, although more than $300 million needed to complete the project has yet to be authorized by the U.S. government. In the years to 2030, traffic through the already furiously busy crossing is tipped to grow by nearly 90 percent, according to a study by the San Diego Association of Government, which estimated delays cost the region $2 billion to $2.5 billion per year in lost output. The move to increase capacity at San Ysidro was welcomed by weary commuters in Mexico as they sat in exhaust-belching lines of cars running up from Tijuana, where waits of two to three hours are common. "It's ideal for those of us with lives that stretch across the border," said beautician Alicia Esquivel, 48. Esquivel said delays in both directions meant clients from San Diego are put off traveling to her Tijuana salon. Housewife Angelina Morados, 52, said she hoped it would also make crossing a more comfortable experience. "It's not just the delay ... It's the smoke, the street vendors ... and even the crime," she said. "We've needed it for some time." (Additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz and Robin Emmott in Mexico; Writing by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Jerry Norton)

WEATHER - Frost damages in north a disaster

Due to the frosts that have plagued the north of the country, Mexico needs to import three million tons of food to make up for the deficit, said Emilio Romero Polanco, a researcher at the Institue of Economic Research of Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM).

“The loss is estimated at more than 30 billion pesos,” he said. “Two hundred thousand people have already lost their jobs.”

According to the the institute around 600,000 hectares of corn, 300,000 hectares of sorghum and 200,000 hectares of beans have been damaged in the states of Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua and Durango.

Romero said that in Sonora frosts have inflicted damage on 60 percent of the vegetable crops and 90 percent of the corn corps, which constitutes a quarter of agricultural production in Mexico. Tomatoes, green beans, squash and chile crops have also been affected.

Romero aslo mentioned that large producers have benefitted from government aid, but small farmers are left out of the picture.

The government only provides short term solutions that are sometimes late and insufficient, he said

“They (small farmers) have been excluded,” he said. “We have to reassess the national agri-food sector to combat poverty, unemployment and migration.”

“Currently they are 20 million people in the country not receiving proper nutrition,” he said.

President Felipe Calderón said on Feb. 22 (Reuters) that Mexico will recover the losses in corn crops.

In Sinaloa around 200,000 hectares of the crop have been replanted so far.

Source: By Rocío Zayas www.thenews.com.mx

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SAN FELIPE - 8th Annual Steak BBQ in the Park

SAN FELIPE - 8th Annual Steak BBQ in the Park

Time: March 10, 2011 from 1pm to 4pm
Location: Hayward Park, up the street from La Vaquita#3 market
Street: Up the street from la vaquita #3 Market
City/Town: San Felipe BC Mexico
Phone: 686-576-0484

Event Description: The Rotary Club of San Felipe's is hosting the 8th annual Steak BBQ and Silent Auction. there will be with live music, a Chinese Raffle and a 50/50 drawing. The event will be held in Hayward Park, just up the street from La Vaqueta #3. Tickets are $12.50/150MN and may be purchased at the El Dorado Venders Market on Saturdays, Sunrunner Mail Center, The Peoples Gallery or from any Rotarian. Please call Terry Smith for information or to purchase tickets

ENSENADA - Carnaval Costume Ball & Wine Tasting

March 5: Carnaval Costume Ball & Wine Tasting
Sample a selection of Baja California wines from 6-9pm in the Salón Casino and afterwards dance the night away to the sounds of the Machito Ruíz Salsa Orchestra in the Salón Catedral of the Riviera Cultural Center, Blvd. Costero (Lázaro Cardenas), Ensenada. Costume attire and/or mask is mandatory; prize for best costume. Admission ($17dlls.) includes dance, wine tasting and commemorative glass. Info: Ensenada Special Events Committee, tels. (646)120-5417 or (646)120-5447 or Baja California Winemakers Association (Provino), tel. (646)178-3038

ENSENADA - Rock at Carnaval

March 5: Rock at Carnaval
4pm: A concert featuring bands of different genres on the Plaza de las Artes of Ensenada’s Centro Estatal de las Artes (CEARTE) on the corner of Blvd. Costero (Lázaro Cárdenas) & Av. Club Rotario. Free admission. Info: CEARTE, tels. (646)173-4307 & (646)173-4308.

TODOS SANTOS - The 8th Annual Festival de Cine de Todos Santos

Mar 1-7: The 8th Annual Festival de Cine de Todos Santos

The FCTS brings to Todos Santos and La Paz Latin American cinematography of artistic and educational merit and celebrates local and national Mexican film culture. In its eighth edition, the festival offers a selection of the best and most recent fiction, documentary, and shorts from Latin America. This year we honor Mexican and Cuban Film and its authors with a particular focus on the winners of prestigious recognition in the international film circuit. We also recognize the important preservation of the Mexican and international cultural film heritage. The FCTS promotes cinematographic education through its program, "Youth in Video", which has completed its fifth documentary work. Our festival celebrates "Women & Film", avoids stereotypes and violence as entertainment. It also supports the fight against domestic violence and environmental protection. Films transports us to new territories and expands our consciousness with eclectic and provocative ideas. Film with its light illuminates us!

The Committee of the Eighth Film Festival of Todos Santos 2010 and Elsa de la Paz Esquivel, Director of the Institute of Culture of Southern California, would like to express their gratitude to everyone that has made it possible. The cooperation of the Todos Santos community has made the continuity and growth of our festival possible.

More info go to www.todossantoscinefest.com

SAN FELIPE - 2nd Annual Drive for the Cure Golf Tournament and silent auction

2nd Annual Drive for the Cure Golf Tournament and silent auction
28th February 2011, 8:00
Location: Campo Ocotillos
2nd Annual Drive for the Cure Golf Tournament and silent auction, Monday February 28, 2011 at the Campo Ocotillos Golf Course. Registration 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. tee off at 9:00 sharp, no late entries. Entry fee 200 pesos, 14 hole 3 or 4 person scramble, draw for partners. Soda, water, beer

ENSENADA - Carnaval 2011 “Fiesta Tropical”

March 3-8: Carnaval de Ensenada 2011 “Fiesta Tropical”
One of the city’s largest and most popular events, Mardi Gras attracts a multitude of national and international visitors. Enjoy regional foods and libations, games and rides, live entertainment, music and dancing in this year’s festival zone located at the northern end of Blvd. Costero (Lázaro Cárdenas) between Av. Miramar & Av. Castillo, open from approximately 6pm-2am on Thursday, Friday and Monday, from 4pm-2am on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. Traditional festivities include the Quema de Mal Humor (Burning of Bad Humor) on Thursday; the Coronation of the Royal Court on Friday; and the Baile del Marido Oprimido (Oppressed Spouse Dance) on Monday. The Carnaval parades start at 2pm on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday on
Av. Juárez & Av. Castillo, then continue to Av. Ruiz to Av. Virgilio Uribe to Blvd. Costero, finishing near Calle Diamante.
Info: Ensenada Special Events Committee, tels. (646)120-5417 or (646)120-5447

SAN FELIPE - Baja ParaNormal


BAJA PARANORMAL PRESENTS
an intriguing and informative exploration into the Near Death Experience
including current research, video excerpts and personal experiences.

DATE: Tuesday March 1st
TIME: 5PM-8PM
PLACE: Pavillion-El Dorado
OTHER:$1.00 INTERNATIONAL MENU$1.00 BEER
Suggested Donation: $5.00
RSVP 686-172-3893 or
info@bajaparanormal.com
All El Dorado staff are invited to participate
free of charge

ENSENADA - “El Vuelo de mi Hermano (The Flight of my Brother)” Book Presentation

March 1: Homage to Maestro Ernesto Muñoz Acosta - “El Vuelo de mi Hermano (The Flight of my Brother)” Book Presentation
7:30pm: The Instituto de Cultura de Baja California (ICBC) presents the new full color book “El Vuelo de mi Hermano” about the life and works of one of Baja California’s most famous artists in the Sala Ernesto Muñoz Acosta of Ensenada’s Centro Estatal de las Artes (CEARTE) on the corner of Blvd. Costero (Lázaro Cárdenas) & Av. Club Rotario. Free admission. Book available for purchase ($84dlls.). Info: CEARTE, tels. (646)173-4307 & (646)173-4308.

TODOS SANTOS - Tour of Historic Houses


Feb. 27, 2011 This is the 17th year for the tour. All proceeds go directly to support the educational and medical programs for children, so the organizers are asking sponsors, volunteers and attendees to mark their calendars to reserve that weekend. For information, contact Sharon Morris, 612-108-3502 or 612-178-010

MEXICO - Mexico a hot spring break destination

BY MATT REED
MEXICO CITY – Spring break reservations for Mexico from U.S. college students remain steady, travel industry experts say, despite reports of drug violence there. Cheap prices in Mexico, a slowly strengthening economy here, the relative safety of many tourist resorts and the fact that the 2009 swine flu pandemic is now all but forgotten are all factors in Mexico’s resilience as a spring break destination.

That’s particularly true of Cancún – Mexico’s top beach destination, said Patrick Evans of STA Travel, one of the biggest spring break travel agencies.

“Cancún has always been the most popular among students, and it’s still tremendously safe, as long as someone is staying in the resort areas,” he said.

Tens of thousands of high school- and college-age Americans travel to Mexican resort areas during spring break each year.

This year, reservations for Mexico from students at Oberlin, Baldwin-Wallace and other colleges have been coming in strong for months, said Kim Gray, a travel agent in North Olmsted, Ohio, with Travel Leaders, one of the top 10 travel agencies in the U.S.

They’re heading to Cancún, Playa del Carmen and other destinations on the Riviera Maya, she said.

“Some of them want to get away from the big crowds of Cancún and spend time in a small town where there’s still beautiful beaches,” she said.

The area is far from the U.S. border, where most of the drug violence has taken place, and where the U.S. State Department recently warned students not to travel, said Alfonso Sumano, director of the Americas for the Mexico Tourism Board.

Also, drug-related violence involving American tourists at beaches and other Mexican tourist destinations is extremely rare, he said.

Still, Gray said she saw many more guards with machine guns on the streets and beaches during her own trip to the Riviera Maya in November.

That didn’t worry the group of nurses she was traveling with, and it probably won’t faze most students, she said.

“When you’re 20 years old, you think you’re invincible,” Gray said.

Cabo San Lucas, also a good distance from the border at the lower tip of Baja California, is where Caitlin Cronin, a junior at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., and her friends are heading this year.

“I’m not necessarily worried,” she said. “And I don’t know if that’s because I’m naive, or because I just haven’t been there in a while.”

However, Acapulco has taken a huge hit in travel reservations due to drug violence, said Jason Chute, the director of operations for StudentCity.com.

The State Department noted that Acapulco’s violence hasn’t been directed at tourists. However, hotel owners and U.S. travel agents say reservations have dropped sharply.

While the slow U.S. economy was the main factor in drawing some students away from traveling to Mexico last year, reports of drug violence have hurt some this year, Chute said. As an alternative, some students are seeking package deals for Punta Cana, a beach resort in the Dominican Republic, he said.

Tom Black, a freshman at Arizona State, said he wouldn’t even consider traveling to Mexico. The 18-year-old instead is heading to Pennsylvania to visit family.

“All the stuff you hear about, the violence,” he said.

Despite that perception, Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism said the number of foreign visitors in 2010 exceeded the approximately 22 million travelers who arrived in 2008 — before the outbreak of swine flu in April 2009 left resorts empty for much of the rest of the year.

The U.S. Commerce Department said visits to Mexico by US residents rose 8 percent during the first six months of 2010 — a period that includes spring break months — compared to the same time period in 2009.

Much of that has been attributable to the favorable exchange rate and cheaper package deals at Mexican resorts, Travel Leaders spokeswoman Kathy Gerhardt said.

Most U.S. travelers understand that the violence is confined to specific areas, she said. And a lot of college students, with their fixed income, are attracted to the all-encompassing deals at resorts.

“It boils down to value overall,” Gerhardt said. “People, particularly with the winter we’ve been having, they’re looking for sun and fun and value.”

MEXICO - Magnitude 4.5 - BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO


Magnitude
4.5

Date-Time
Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 19:34:40 UTC
Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 11:34:40 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location
32.178°N, 115.159°W

Depth
27 km (16.8 miles)

Region
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

Distances
13 km (8 miles) SSW (201°) from Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico
48 km (30 miles) SW (229°) from San Luis R�o Colorado, Sonora, Mexico
51 km (32 miles) SW (226°) from San Luis, AZ
179 km (111 miles) ESE (102°) from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 3 km (1.9 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)

Parameters
Nph= 10, Dmin=30 km, Rmss=0.15 sec, Gp=284°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=5

Source
California Integrated Seismic Net:
USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR

Event ID
ci14937988

BLUES & ARTS: Stellar Band Line Up!

Spotlight on 5th Annual San Felipe International Blues and Arts Fiesta Fiesta Music!

Mark your calendar for March 26, 2011!  The 5th Annual San Felipe International Blues & Arts Fiesta proudly presents a stellar line up of bands guaranteed to rock the best little town in the Baja.

Agave Blues again graces the B&A stage with that down home blues & rock groove and musical ensemble magic which defines class and style. A multi-talented group  hailing from San Felipe, this band has won numerous awards and headlined the "Ensenada Blues & Rock Fiesta". Audiences always howl for more because the guitar solos soar, the beat never lets up, and the keyboard riffs kick ass. Also Agave Blues is the host band for the Blues & Arts Fiesta and the guys work hard to put out the welcome mat.

Javier Batiz, world renowned master guitarist and his hot band, hail from Tijuana, Mexico. Batiz' legion of fans know, Javier doesn't play stereotypical Latin music but rather delivers a pulsing and inclusive style which just burns up the stage. Known as the "Godfather of Mexican Rock", the legendary Carlos Santana credits Batiz as the reason he decided to play guitar!  Oozing charisma and charm, Javier Batiz marks his second appearance at Blues & Arts 2011 ~ and is back by popular demand. 

Chet Cannon & the Committee happily return for a third appearance as musical artists   Chet gets it done on stage showing a lifetime dedication to the blues scene, rich in tradition and new tunes too.  Audiences know Chet's good time blues and swing  rockin' boogie connects with appreciative audiences.  Unforgettable shows every time.  Also known for consistent humanitarian work, Chet & the Committee musical contribution is the gift that keeps on giving.

Deja Blues, newcomers to the B&A Fiesta brings a strong blues & rock style to our show. Based in Ensenada Deja Blues inspires a dedicated fan base who know this is one of the great bands in the Baja. The diversity of style and outstanding stage energy is nothing short of amazing. This fabulous band was "discovered" by our producers at the Ensenada Festival last June.  We invited them immediately to perform in San Felipe for this year's Blues & Arts Fiesta. 

Libre joins the B&A stage for the first time this year. For more than 15 years the musicians of Libre have discharged a fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms, Latin Soul with a dash of Jazz, topped off with Blues and Rock. The music mixture is a fusion of flavors which energizes audiences and  astonishes concert goers . The Libre sound and performance chemistry is a trademark of this band. Libre's haunting rhythms and sophisticated delivery  must be experienced "live" to be understood.  

Michele Lundeen, dubbed "The Queen of Steam", returns for her 5th appearance in San Felipe. Michele  is universally recognized as gifted interpreter of blues oriented songs.  And her high energy performances tell the story of songs in a deeply emotional way, hitting listeners right in the gut.  Stirring vocals and her hot stage presence visibly moves audiences everywhere.  Humor, empathy, and that VOICE!  Michele sings from the heart with a soul-revealing intensity rarely matched today, and evokes the very best comparisons with Joplin, Midler, and Raitt.  

Mosk Trio is a power trio with a totally unique style and unparalleled stage charisma. This band hails from Mexicali and perform in every major music event in that city's vibrant music community.  Mosk Trio brought down the house last June in Ensenada with power interpretations of well known songs, but never heard like this. The Mosk Trio band is a grand trio and a can't miss new addition to this year's line up.

Ruta 69 returns by popular demand for their second appearance. Ruta 69 also hails from Ensenada.  They deliver one hit after another and this richly layered musical ensemble takes rock entertainment to another level.  A multi-layered band with strong vocals, pleasing percussion, and soaring guitars, Ruta 69 must be enjoyed in person.  The technical expertise of this band makes seasoned concert goers' heads spin with joy because these guys are that good. Come on Bros!  We love you.

Mark your calendars now for March 26! And plan to experience the best of the blues scene, Mexican / American rock and roll, Afro-Cuban rhythm, melodic power fusion, and the promise of as much dancing to the groove as the audio gods will allow. The 5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta is about changing lives with music and art; this will be the 2011 party event of the year

www.BluesandArts.com
sanfelipebclionsclub@gmail.com
1-877-LUX-MEX1 Ex.4

Author MaryLou Austin works as a writer, editor, and media producer in San Felipe, B.C., Mexico.

BAJA: Orcas and Hundreds of Manta Rays

Baja boat trip turns into an adventure when Orcas are seen herding hundreds of Manta Rays into shore for feeding.
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Baja viaje en barco se convierte en una aventura cuando se ven orcas pastoreo cientos de mantas a la orilla para alimentarse.



Thank you to Hal "Paco" Clark for sending the link to this wonderful video. 
If you have a story, photo, or video to share email it to bajareport@gmail.com and post it on Baja Good Life Community website.

MEXICO - 5.1-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Baja California in Mexico

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck at around 10:00 am local time Friday about 118 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of Tijuana, Mexico, in the state of Baja California, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake was centered 32 miles (52 km) southwest of San Luis, Arizona.
Seismologist John Bellini with the National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colo., told the Associated Press that the Center received reports the quake was felt in Southern California and the border region in southwest Arizona including Yuma and San Luis.
There were no immediate reports of injuries of damages, the Associated Press reported.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/18/51-magnitude-earthquake-strikes-baja-california-mexico/#ixzz1ELhph567

Magnitude
5.1

Date-Time
Friday, February 18, 2011 at 17:47:35 UTC
Friday, February 18, 2011 at 09:47:35 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location
32.047°N, 115.062°W

Depth
15 km (9.3 miles) (poorly constrained)

Region
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

Distances
27 km (17 miles) S (171°) from Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico
53 km (33 miles) SSW (210°) from San Luis R�o Colorado, Sonora, Mexico
57 km (36 miles) SSW (209°) from San Luis, AZ
192 km (119 miles) ESE (106°) from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 4 km (2.5 miles); depth +/- 31.6 km (19.6 miles)

Parameters
Nph= 12, Dmin=47 km, Rmss=0.26 sec, Gp=270°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8

Source
California Integrated Seismic Net:
USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR

Event ID
ci14937372

SAN FELIPE - 5th Anniversary Caminata Contra el Cancer

5th Anniversary Caminata Contra el Cancer
Saturday - February 26, 2011 9:30 AM at the Arches

Since opening the Centre for Cancer Detection and Education in 2009, we’ve made an huge impact with the women of San Felipe. We had tremendous attendances at our educational seminars where Dra. Annel Beccera and our Nurse Edith Fuentes provided in depth presentations stressing the importance of annual mammograms and PAP tests. The increase in the numbers of patients has been incredible and the successes too many to list. Centro de Salud now sends all of their patients to our Centre for mammograms and PAP tests!

The following is an excerpt from a San Diego publication:

An aggressive public awareness campaign has helped fuel a dramatic jump in the number of mammograms performed in Baja California, Mexico, with the annual number of screenings shooting from about 500 in previous years to 15,000 in 2010, San Diego Red reports.

The campaign features billboards with graphic imagery that aims to encourage women to seek mammograms. Baja
California officials hope the campaign will eventually help reduce breast cancer mortality in the Mexican state, where 71% of women with breast cancer are diagnosed in stages of the disease, according to Lidia
Sandoval of the State Center for Oncology.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women in Mexico and the second- leading cause in Baja California. Nationwide, 93% of breast cancer diagnoses occur in the late stages of the disease, the center said.

The death rate among Mexican women with breast cancer has increased in recent years, from 15 deaths per 100,000 women ages 25 and older in 2005 to 16.7 deaths per 100,000 women in current estimates. Sandoval said
the new campaign's effect on mortality likely will not be seen for several years (Millan, San
Diego Red, 1/10).

We’re working hard to change those alarming statistics but can’t do it alone. Only with the continued support of our entire community and businesses, are we able to provide these much needed tests and programs. With your help, we
can help save lives. REALLY!

Please walk with us again on February 26, 2011. Same place, same time, big fiesta!!

Reigstration available at: Cachanilla Swap Meet, Saturday 7-10, at Las Amigas Table and Sunrunner: 10 to 12 noon,
Monday and Wednesday.

This is our 5th Anniversary Caminata Contra el Cancer…..we’ve come a long way baby!!
See you there!!

OPENHOUSE - A Peaceful Paradise in San Felipe


A Peaceful Paradise in Vista Del Sol, El Dorado Ranch, San Felipe

One can truly appreciate the beauty and peace of Baja from this gorgeous property. From the covered front patio you can almost see forever. The Sea of Cortez fills the horizon from mountain range to mountain range. The quiet desert is all that you hear.

Completed in September 2005, this 2,100 sq. ft. home was designed and built with comfort and utility in mind. The outdoor living area is over 9,000 sq. ft. of finished surfaces including pool, spa, shower, full kitchen, five different seating areas, fireplace and lots of privacy.

The two-bedroom, one-bath casita has private entries for each room and separate energy system, so they are only used when occupied.

The list of amenities on this property is extensive; fully upgraded furniture and kitchen appliances, 18-inch floor tile, 12 premium ceiling fans, entertainment center (DVD, HD Dish receivers) and 109-inch Surround Sound Projection DLP Home Theatre. Outdoor kitchen has a TV, all stainless steel BBQ, four-burner cooktop and oven, sink, refrigerator and microwave.

Landscaping has complete automatic drip system, Hague water conditioning system with UV filter and reverse osmosis in kitchen, five-ton and 3-ton heat and air conditioning, 2–40 gallon hot water heaters, 37 exterior lights and numerous solar yard lights, and many more than can be listed here.

This million dollar property is available for only US$499,000. The home comes completely and fully TURNKEY to start living your DREAM! Just show up with your bags. If you're interested in touring the home, please contact Bill Maine in Mexico at (686) 231-4921; from the U.S. at (760) 688-6238; or email VIPearthEvents@gmail.com.

BAJALOVE RIDE: Baja "Good Start" Ride


Show your LOVERIDE - DONATE - VOLUNTEER.


Baja Love Ride - GOOD START RIDES. The "Good Start" ride represents the good start a child needs in life. The Baja Love Ride is a fully supported ride with rest stops and pickup service. The Baja Love Ride is all about having a good time, in a beautiful place with lots of wonderful, friendly people. The cost is ONLY $25dlls.


March 22, 2011 - Rosarito Beach "Good Start" Ride.  The ride begins at the Rosarito Beach Hotel o Las Rocas Resort at KM 38.5; Only 6.69 Miles - You can Do It!. This ride benefits the Rosarito Beach Boy & Girls Club.


March 23, 2011 - Estero Beach Entrance to Gral Lazaro Cardenas at Reforma/Highway, then north on Reforma to the corner of Cortez. Riders will exit at the Soriana Super Mercado parking lot; Only 5.50 miles  - You Can Do It! This ride benefits Door of Faith Orphanage & Open Arms Childcare.


On March 25, 2011 - San Felipe "Good Start" Ride from the El Dorado Entrance to the Arches; Only 7.90 miles - You Can Do It!. This ride benefits Casa de Fe Orphanage here in San Felipe. 


Prer-egistration go to - http://bajaloveride.eventbrite.com/, t-shirt given for pre-registration only. Deadline March 14, 2011.


The finish line will be a fun filled party with old and new friends. All riders in this year's event will receive a complementary ticket to the 5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta held March 26th.

DONATE TO THE CAUSE: Don't have a bike or just don't what to ride? Donate, any amount helps! (All donators will be listed on the website).

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS: You can help in your city the day of the ride or in camp. Call 619-550-2730 US - 686-230-9933 MX cell or email bajaloveride@gmail.com. More info go to www.bajaloveride.com

All proceeds from each leg of the Baja Love Ride will go to children's charities located in the communities along the route. The children organizations & orphanages that benefit from the 2011 Baja Love Ride are Rosarito Beach Boy's & Girl's Club, Door of Faith Orphanage, Open Arms Childcare, El Oasis Orphanage & Casa de Fe Orphanage. View more about the kids.



If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at bajaloveride@gmail.com.

ENSENADA - “Baja California State Painting & Drawing Contest for Children”

Thru March 11: “Baja California State Painting & Drawing Contest for Children” Exposition
Selected works by the state’s most talented children at the Galería de la Ciudad in the northern end of the Riviera Cultural Center, Blvd. Costero (Lázaro Cardenas), Ensenada. The February 11 inauguration at 10am is open to the public. Gallery hours: 8am-1pm & 3-7pm Mon.-Fri., closed Sat. & Sun. Free admission. Info: Instituto de Cultura de Baja California (ICBC), tel. (646)177-3130.

NEWS & POLITICS - Weather doesn’t dampen food prices

Federico Ovalle Vaquera, the leader of the Independent Agriculture Workers Union (CIOAC), said Tuesday that the frosts the country has recently experienced have ravaged nearly 500,000 hectares of crops. He noted that the food crisis of 2008, that is still affecting Mexico, has affected the economies of families throughout the country.

“Several products’ prices have increased drastically, and they will still continue to go up,” he said.

He pointed out that between June, 2010 and this Monday, basic goods including, garlic, zucchinis, onions, carrots, eggs, limes, papaya, bananas and tomatoes registered big increases.

Ovalle Vaquera said that these prices will continue to go up in 2011. Nevertheless, he added, the Food Production Secretariat will implement an economic aid program to help the affected producers, most of whom live in the state of Sonora.

“The price of several products, including sorghum, wheat, maize might also experience a radical change. For instance, a ton of wheat might go from 3,500 pesos to 4,500 pesos.”

In the case of maize, a ton currently costs 3,000 pesos, but it will most likely go up to 3,500 pesos,” Ovalle said.

“If we do not deal with the issue as soon as possible inflation will be out of control. We need to address this problem now,” he added.

NEWS & POLITICS - Glacier melts & could disappear

AMECAMECA – Glaciers that crown a Mexican volcano could disappear by 2015 with scientists pointing to global warming as a chief cause of their demise.

Until recently, the glacial field on Iztaccihuatl, a dormant volcano and one of two white-capped peaks that can be seen from Mexico City, was expected to be gone within a few decades.

But studies show rising world temperatures are melting the glaciers faster than previously thought, said Hugo Delgado, a glaciologist at Mexico City’s UNAM university who thinks the massive blocks of ice will be gone within four years.

“What we’ve seen at Iztaccihuatl is an intense period of glacial retreat in the last few years, which has changed the picture,” Delgado said.

Iztaccihuatl has one of two glacial fields left in Mexico, which are among the world’s few tropical glaciers.

Glaciers are massive, slow-moving rivers of ice, and in the tropics they can only exist on the cold peaks of tall mountains. Most tropical glaciers, like those in Mexico, are much smaller than their cousins closer to the poles.

Glacial melt in the tropics could hit farmers and cities across Latin America by reducing water availability and hydropower generation.

Scientists generally believe global warming is caused by large amounts of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned.

The number of glaciers on Iztaccihuatl has dwindled from five to three, said Agustin Tagle, an official at the national park where Iztaccihuatl is located.

“The thickest was originally about 90 meters in depth,” he said. “Now it is 10 meters at most.”

Heat radiating from the sprawling, concrete-covered metropolis of Mexico City nearby is also contributing to the disappearance of the glaciers, Delgado said.

Iztaccihuatl, which means “white woman”, was named by the Aztecs for the feminine form the mountain etched on the skyline and the snow and ice that covered it.

But snow falls are now scarce on the 17,000 foot (5,200 meter) peak, with vegetation growing at ever higher altitudes. It was extremely cold on Iztaccihuatl this week at a camp at 13,100 feet (4,000 meters), however, with a raw wind hurling dust and ash across the mountain.

The volcano is a popular climbing destination but Roberto Flores, a local guide, said the disappearance of the glaciers has changed the experience. “We hardly need to use specialist equipment any more,” said Flores, as he packed hiking poles into his truck after a climb.

“It’s a shame because Iztaccihuatl used to be a technical climb comparable to some of the famous mountains of the Andes.”
BY ISABEL DE BERTODANO

SPANISH - Word of the Day!

colorido = colorful (event)

Pronounced: coh-loh-rée-doh
Type: noun
Example: Hay tres fiestas en la ciudad que destacan por su colorido.
Translation: There are three festivals in the city noted for their
colorful displays.
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Copyright 2011, GB Blanchard
Provided by: kathleen - bajakt
PUNTA BANDA COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

TODOS SANTOS - 8th Todos Santos Film Festival

8th Todos Santos Film Festival
Announces Program and Schedule
Festival to Show 13 Award-Winning Films in La Paz and Todos Santos

Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico—February 22, 2011—The Todos Santos Film Festival, Baja California’s most acclaimed cinematic event, will run from March 1-7, 2011. Films will be screened in Todos Santos and two locations in La Paz.
Diego Luna, the prestigious, internationally acclaimed Mexican actor and director will present the 8th edition of the Festival. He will attend the Festival and present his newest film “Abel” 2010, produced by John Malkovich. The film opened in Sundance and received awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Luna performed in Academy Award-winning and nominated movies such as ‘Milk’, ‘Frida’ and 2001′s critically acclaimed Mexican drama, ‘Y tu mamá también’ (“And Your Mother Too”), where he received an award for best actor.
The Todos Santos Film Festival features groundbreaking, internationally awarded works celebrating Mexico’s Bicentennial. Cuba is featured as the Invited Country. There will also be showings of young elementary student documentaries created through the innovative “Youth in Video” program.

All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.
FILM SCREENINGS
LA PAZ
Dates: March 1-3, 2011
Locations: Teatro de la Ciudad and University Autónoma de B.C.S.
TODOS SANTOS
Opening Night Film and Party – March 4th-Teatro Marquez de León
Todos Santos.
SCREENINGS IN TODOS SANTOS
Dates: March 4-7, 2011
Location: Teatro Marquez de León
2011 Highlights
· Diego Luna presents the 8th Todos Santos Film Festival
· Noche Mexicana: Mexican Celebration at the Todos Santos Plaza
· Tribute to Women and Film: Invited director, Fina Torres, Venezuela
· Tribute to Ivan Trujillo and Filmoteca of UNAM
· Noche Cubana, Documentary and Fiction Films
· Youth in Video: “Manitas de Barro” 2011 documentary production
Festival Program
A complete electronic version of the schedule is available for viewing at www.TodosSantoscinefest.com
About the Todos Santos Film Festival
The Festival de Cine de Todos Santos was founded in 2004 to showcase the best independent cinema created by or about Latinos. Sylvia Perel, the Festival’s founder is also the founding director of the highly acclaimed International Latino Film Festival in San Francisco, California.
Mike Brozda

Baja Blog: www.ExperienceBaja.com

BAJA - John Pack on Philip Friedman Outdoors Radio AM 830

John Pack a guest on Philip Friedman Outdoors Radio - AM 830 
Date to be announced
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Another great show for you Sunday night as John Pack joins Philip from the BAJA LOVE RIDE, a 4-Day Charity Bicycle Ride in beautiful Baja California. Lots more on the show including Tom Lee from Freedom Sportfishing, reports from LA Paz and Cabo San Lucas as well as all the latest in Southern California. Lots of giveaways and more.

Philip Friedman
Philip Friedman Outdoors Radio

12 Million Potential Listeners
Live from Angel Stadium
www.AM830KLAA.com
Call in number 877 8 830 830

NEWS & POLITICS - Group of investors wants to link US fliers to airport in Tijuana

TIJUANA – The Flores family’s frequent trips to visit family in Mexico begin with a two-hour drive from their suburban Los Angeles home to San Diego, followed by a quick jaunt across the border to the Tijuana airport for the flight to Guadalajara. Getting there is breeze, but the trip home can take twice as much time due to long lines of cars waiting to cross back onto U.S. soil.
“It’s a waste of time, but we save money by flying out of here,” Noel Flores of Rosemead said as he waited with his parents for a flight out of A.L. Rodriguez International Airport.
A shorter trip could be just steps away if a group of Mexican and American investors, including real estate mogul Sam Zell, is able to build a pedestrian bridge connecting ground transportation on the American side of the border to the Tijuana airport.
Supporters of the plan believe it will help relieve traffic at two nearby border crossings, maximize use of the Tijuana airport, and steer Southern Californians away from other international airports in the region.
The $78 million project calls for a two-story building and parking lot in Otay Mesa, an industrial district on the southernmost end of San Diego, where passengers can park their cars or get dropped off, pick up their boarding passes inside a lobby before going through U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoints. From there, they can pay a fee to walk across the 525-foot bridge and reach the Tijuana airport where they can show their passports to Mexican immigration officers before proceeding to security check-ins and boarding.
The investors conducted a market study that projects that by 2012, when they hope to complete construction of the facility, about 2 million passengers – half of the total who’ll use the airport – would be crossing the border.
Source: http://www.thenews.com.mx/index.php/mexico/M02-6845.htm

SAN FELIPE - 6th Caminata Contra Cancer


SAN FELIPE CANCER SOCIETY NEWS
Catherine Nagy ~ President

Happy New Year to all our friends in San Felipe
and beyond! The San Felipe Cancer Society is
getting ready to have our 6th Caminata Contra
el Cancer on February 25, 2012. Will you be
joining us? It is our sincere hope that this year
we can register 500 walkers to join us from the
Arches to the Malacon. ALL the money raised
is kept in San Felipe to provide services to local
residents. For early detection, education, treatment
and follow up care.

We are currently working with the Rotary Club
of San Felipe on a grant application to provide
food supplements to ALL cancer patients in San
Felipe. This includes patients of Centro de Salud,
IMSS, ISSTACALI, and ISSTE (all government
clinics). We currently offer several other services
to these patients that are not covered by government
clinics. Some of the services will include a visiting
nurse who will be able to administer home health
care, educate families in how to care for their loved
ones and in the end offer hospice care.

We are looking forward to being able to move to a
larger facility some time this year and hope that by
reaching our GOAL of 500 registered WALKERS
we can DO THAT.

We appreciate all that our community already does
for our locals and hope that our walk will be part of
your participating in making San Felipe a healthier
place for everyone.

Registration packets are available from Juanita
at The Wash Tub, Linda at People's Gallery
and at the Salt Store located at the Plazita. We
encourage teams to compete with teams HOPE
RISES and BETTER TOGETHER. Both teams'
average donations of at least $100 from each team
member- that brings a lot of extra dollars to the
Caminata……will you be a team member this
year?

LOS BARRILES - Valentines Day at Hotel Los Pescadores

VALENTINE'S DAY GOODIES
HOTEL LOS PESCADORES - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH
Dinner: Cesar Salad, Steak and Seafood brochettes with Rice Pilaf and Dessert

Wait there's more......Big Jim of Los Viejos will serenade while you dine
There's more...The party starts with live music from "The Lost Dogs" a rock n' roll, on your feet dancing, hands in the air clapping band out of Cabo San Lucas.

There's more....The Cabo Show Fire-dancers! Watch these lovely ladies entertain you with their twirling and tossing fire.
Bring your sweetie, bring a sweetie to be, or bring yourself, you may find a sweetie... enjoy the food, entertainment and atmosphere.

Dinner begins at 6pm - Music starts at 7pm, Fire Dancers will perform twice during the evening.
All of the above for $25 dollars per person. Please call 624 121 8786 for reservations

ENSENADA - CEARTE Bufadora Bike Ride

Saturday, Feb 19, CEARTE>La Bufadora with Pro Ciclo Va

Meet at CEARTE at 9:00 a.m. to start the trek to La Bufadora. 46 miles
round trip. 3-4 hours approx. All types of bikes, for medium and up
level of rider. You already know the hills. You can do part of the
ride, or all of the ride. Pick your poison. This is an excellent
opportunity to experience distance (to prepare for the next one).
We'll take a break in La Bufa, maybe even breakfast at Los Gordos.
Bring an extra tube! Probably escorted, at least with a cattle car!
Free.

SAN FELIPE - 5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta TICKETS!

5th Blues & Arts Fiesta
Click Here --> BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!  
The tickets are here and ready for you! General admission is only $20dlls before the event & $25 at the door. Bring you hat andset up your chair in the festival seating area. Set up your home away from home to enjoy the music from 9 great bands and many artist sharing their creations 


You can also purchase VIP Tickets! They are ONLY $50dlls and you receive reserved box seats in a private covered seating area, VIP food and drink service, private restrooms, and truly the best seats in the house to see and hear the line up of musical acts the day of the show.

The San Felipe Lions Club produces this annual event which raises critical funding for local humanitarian work.  Local recipients include schools, medical services, eye exam clinics, the new orphanages, and more. Funds go directly to those in need.  The energy of the musicians, visual artists, audience, and all our supporters hits a critical mass that day and we celebrate the best in all of us.  "Changing Lives Through Music and Art" is the mission of the event and it all happens at the 5th Annual International Blues & Arts Fiesta in San Felipe!



Saturday, March 26th
San Felipe, Baja
www.bluesandarts.com

LOS BARRILES - Valentines Day Gala Party

Valentines Day Gala Party - February 14th - Hotel Palmas de Cortez Mexican Buffet, Dancing to the 50’s 60’s 70’s & 80’s Dance Contest, Off Road & Classic Car Display
•Tickets available at Palmas front desk, Roadrunner Café, and from me 624 178 2880.
•Sponsors: Quad Man, Postoli Restaurant, •El Barrilito, Sushi Hut/ Barefoot Bar, Copper River Design, Roadrunner Café, Herman’s Place Rest., Charlie’s Chocolate, Campstre Triny
•Dance Contest Categories: Swing, Twist, Waltz, Independent Dance
•Prizes: $100.00 for 1st place $50.00 2nd place & Sponsor prizes for 3rd place, in each category
•Car display: Parking in front reserved for Off Road & Classic Cars with Event tickets
•Menu: Chicken & Beef Fajitas, Pork Pastor style Tacos, Quesadilla, Beans & Guacamole •Cost: Meal ticket $15.00 each
•Dance Contest $5.00 each in addition to meal ticket.
All proceeds go to pay for items to be donated to the community
•Questions: Michael Babcock 624 178 2880.
Info provided by Baja Pony Express

ROSARITO BEACH - I.F.A. "Footprinters"

I.F.A.
"Footprinters - Who we are and what we do?"
There isn't a day that goes by that I or one of our members aren't asked this question, "Who are the Footprinters and what do we do?"
The I.F.A. (Independent Footprinter Association), United States and Mexico is a police support organization. We are made up of 51% active, retired or former law enforcement personnel which consists of police officers, fireman, probation officers, correctional officers, judges, attorneys, just to name a few and 49 % civilians (business people). The purpose if the I.F.A. is to "encourage friendship and cooperation between peace officers and all persons having a positive attitude towards preserving the public welfare".
The Footprinters started back in 1929, and continues on throughout the western states. Our group rekindled in 1992 in San Diego California and became the Independent Footprinter Association in 2001. We have grown from our original membership in 1992 of 5 members to over 900 members to date and are growing bigger every month. To give an example, we had 12 new membership applications submitted for consideration at our January 2011 meeting.
Why are we growing while other organizations are having a hard time just surviving? Dedication to our cause is the main reason. People see us as who we are, a non-profit organization that gives ALL its monies to our many charitable causes. We are the original supporters (sponsors), for the Rosarito Police Department D.A.R.E. Program (say No to Drugs). When we first sponsored this group we had 600 students in the program, today we have over 11,000 students enrolled in D.A.R.E, so as you can see, this program alone costs thousands of dollars a year to keep funded.
Over the years we have supplied the Police Department with thousands of dollars in new and used equipment for their department and the officer's use. We have supplied almost anything that the department deemed necessary from uniforms to vehicles to training, just to name a few.
We have also donated many needed items to the Fire Department. We are never idle; we work hard on our fundraisers and other events to be able to raise the monies to keep on supporting the things we are committed to fund. It isn't easy work, but we all chip in and help and this is what makes our organization succeed, every member working together for a final cause.
We had goals for 2010 and we have attained them all and with everyone's help we will hit our goals for the upcoming year 2011. In 2009, we erected a Memorial for the fallen officers of the Rosarito Beach Police Department in the Footprinter Clubhouse and it was dedicated by the Mayor in February 2009 and two weeks later blessed by a Priest that was selected by the wives of those fallen officers. On Monday, January 3rd, the Ladies Auxiliary again met at the Clubhouse Memorial Wall and invited over 200 police, family and friends to have the wall blessed again by their Priest.
It was a wonderful event followed by a meal provided by them and a 12 piece band from the Tijuana Police Department to entertain. This year one of our goals is to supply the D.A.R.E. officers with books for the students, equipment and anything else they deem necessary to successfully run their program.
We want to start another language school at the police department as to let local police officers become bi-lingual. We will supply the teachers, books and anything else that is needed to accomplish this goal. We have run one school in the past and it was a success.
We want to supply the police department with a specialized vehicle for Groupo Especial, their version of our SWAT team to be utilized on special assignments. We have made arrangements to bring back the Department of Justice training team and other training classes to further assist the local officers in procedures utilized in the United States. We had them train Groupo Especial and other selected officers in the past and we feel that training is the backbone to confidence, and that is what they are striving for.
We need to organize at least six fundraisers in the year 2011 in order to meet our financial goals. We need to make more improvements at the Clubhouse to become more sufficient. We are planning our 5th Annual Graffiti Day to assist in the removal of graffiti in the City or Rosarito and as usual, we will supply the paint and equipment for the volunteers to help stamp out graffiti within the city. We have just made arrangements to supply another 400 plus gallons of paint to the City to help their goal of eliminating graffiti in Rosarito Beach. We have supplied the local police with bullet proof vests and other equipment that we have had donated to us by other police departments in the United States, and we shall continue in the future to keep supplying our local officers with what they ask us for when they become available.
As you can now see, we have a lot of work ahead of us to reach our listed goals and as you can probably imagine, other requests will come in and we will try to meet them as best we can.
In conclusion, we have just begun to scrape the surface, but we are competent that we will attain all of our goals as we have always done in the past.
Our group has monthly meetings which are held on the fourth Saturday of the month at our new Clubhouse which is located at 298 Calle Tijuana in Rosarito Beach MX. This is just one block east of the big yellow Elektra store in the middle of town. You can access our web site at www.independentfootprinters.org/ to get all our news and to check out when our next meeting is.
Hopefully, now everyone who reads this article will finally know, "who we are and what we do".
Dr. Harry "O" (Ozaroski)
President
I.F.A.
ifapres@yahoo.com
Source: Rosarito Town Crier

TIJUANA - 8th Annual Love Peace Concert

102.5 Reggae Makossa Presents:
8th Annual One Love Peace Concert Bob Marley Day Tijuana
Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7:3opm

La Sexta House of Music
La Sexta con Revolucion
Zona Centro Tijuana, B.C.

Tickets available soon in Tijuana, San Diego, and Ensenada
Featuring: Horace Andy, Tosh1, Alika, Kevin Isaacs, Nano Bravo, & Quinto Sol
More information: www.culturebeatmexico.com and email www.worldbeatcenter.org or call (619) 230-1190

LOS BARRILES - Lord of the Wind Showdown AWARDS

Lord of the Wind awards photos by Lori Makabe

BAJA LOVE RIDE - Give Baja a Spin for the Kids!

BAJA LOVE RIDE - Give Baja a Spin of the Kids!

The Baja Love Ride will be held March 22 - March 25, 2011. This “ride for a cause” fundraising event for Baja Children.
Show your LOVE; RIDE - DONATE - VOLUNTEER.

JOIN THE RIDE: 3 different rides:
1. "Baja Ride", is a 217-mile bicycle ride from Rosarito Beach Hotel to the Arches of San Felipe; solo or as a team.
2. "Bike & Camp" is a one day ride complete with dinner and overnight camping.
3. "Good Start", is a 4 - 7 mile community ride, which represents the good start a child needs in life.
All riders in this year's event will receive a FREE ticket to the 2011 Blues & Arts Fiesta being held March 26th, the following day in San Felipe. The Baja Love Ride is an event for all riders, at any level of fitness and experience. We've designed this event to be fun for everyone. The Baja Love Ride is a fully supported ride with rest stops and pickup service. The Baja Love Ride is all about having a good time, in a beautiful place with lots of wonderful, friendly people.

DONATE TO THE CAUSE: Any amount helps! (All donation will be listed on the website)
$25 - Helps the kids of Baja and you get a Baja Love Ride t-shirt.
$55 - Celebrate with us and get a Baja Love Ride t-shirt.
$75 - Sponsor a "Good Start" rider, and get 2 Baja Love Ride t-shirts (t-shirt for you and t-shirt for rider) and 2 invitations to the Baja Love Ride "Thank You" BBQ.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS: You can help in your city the day of the ride or in camp. Call 619-550-2730 US - 686-230-9933 MX cell or email bajaloveride@gmail.com.

All proceeds from each leg of the Baja Love Ride will go to children’s charities located in the communities along the route. The children organizations & orphanages that benefit from the 2011 Baja Love Ride are Rosarito Beach Boy's & Girl's Club, Door of Faith Orphanage, Open Arms Childcare, El Oasis Orphanage & Casa de Fe Orphanage. View more about the kids.


More info go to www.bajaloveride.com.