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Monday, October 31, 2011
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 - Noon - Start at Bar Miramar
Tickets are now available. We need our members help selling tickets and at least buy some. Cost is $25 or 300 pesos.
If you have never experienced this fun event you should give it a whirl
and for those of you who have - get your trotting shoes ready.
Trotters receive drinks at 5 bars, spaghetti dinner,
prizes for best and worst poker hands, Trot beer can cooler
- and a bunch of FUN!
Contact Lee Martin, Chairperson 577-2649 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and more informatiion.
Tickets available from Sun Runner mail, Los Arcos Restaurant, and the Lions Paws food wagon and Lions members.
We need your help selling tickets and getting the word out to your friends and neighbors.
Over 250 entries expected
Pre-running starts Friday on rugged 692.82-mile race course
For November's 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race
Racers from 32 States, 15 countries already entered in Granddaddy of all desert races;
In Ensenada, Mexico, Nov. 17-20;
GPS data to be uploaded this week, course map available at www.score-international.com
LOS ANGELES—Sturdy adventurers and the world's best desert racers will begin practicing Friday as official pre-running on starts for November's 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race.
With over 250 entries expected to compete in 36 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, the granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 17-20 in Ensenada, Mexico.
Completing its 38th year as the world's foremost desert racing sanctioning body, the iconic racing extravaganza event is the finale of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series. To date entries have come from 32 U.S. States and 15 countries. This year's race will be a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
The race itself starts on Friday, Nov. 18 and official entry forms are available online along with all pertinent race information and pre-running rules on the SCORE website at www.score-international.com.
This year's race will start for the 37th time and finish for the 21st time in Ensenada. The race will start and finish on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the picturesque Bahia de Todos Santos in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.
With late entries accepted up until race morning, the 692.82-mile race course this year is a combination of much of the 2008 and the 2009 courses.
The rugged course travels from Ensenada east through Ojos Negros, down Laguna Salada to San Felipe, down through the three legendary Baja canyon washes of Matomi, Huatomote and Chanate, joining familiar routes to the six-mile turnoff before Mike's Sky Rancho, heading over to the Pacific Coast crossing Highway 1 near San Vicente and to Erendira, then through Santo Tomas, Uruapan and back to Ojos Negros, covering much of the northern half of the majestic Baja California peninsula to and from Ensenada. Except for the San Felipe loop, the course travels in a clockwise direction. The San Felipe loop will be run counter clockwise.
The race course features six physical checkpoints along with 64 virtual checkpoints.
At the physical checkpoints vehicle numbers and passing times are recorded to help verify the information gathered on the electronic recording devices that are mounted on all vehicles in the race.
The locations of the six physical checkpoints are: Checkpoint 1 (race-mile 82.49, North of Santa Catarina), CP2 (rm213.70-west of Borrego), CP3 (rm319.40-South of San Felipe), CP4 (rm464.75-west of Borrego), CP5 (rm 559.20-south of San Vicente) and CP6 (rm651.92-South of Ojos Negros).
The challenging course also has five pavement sections for a total of 14.17 miles. The pavement sections are controlled speed areas with maximum speeds of 60 miles per hour.
In addition to the 32 States represented on the entry list to date, racers have already officially entered from Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands and the US Territory of Guam.
It's the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a racer. Since 1967, the race has been run over the mysterious Baja California peninsula every year except 1974 when the international fuel crisis forced a cancellation.
Reality TV star Jesse James has received the first starting position in the drawing earlier this month for 44th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. While James, who lives in Austin, Texas, will pilot his No. 54 Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck, starting first among the motorcycle and ATV classes will be Craig Bowman on a Honda CRF450X.
Drawing the first start among the ATV classes was the Class 25 team led by Richard Stanley.
The motorcycle and ATV classes will start their journey at 6:30 a.m. (Friday, Nov. 18) with the car and truck classes starting at approximately 11:45 a.m., or four hours after the last ATV leaves the line. With the course open for 32 hours in the elapsed-time race, the fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in approximately 14 hours.
Pre-race festivities on Thursday, Nov. 17, including the vastly popular tech and contingency of all vehicles and the SCORE Manufacturer's Midway will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Racer and media registration will both be held at the San Nicolas Resort Hotel in Ensenada on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17.
The post-race awards celebration will be held poolside at the San Nicolas Resort Hotel at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.
The featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks has 32 vehicles enters to date.
Starting second will be Mexico's son/father team of Gus Vildosola Jr./Gus Vildosola, who teamed last year to become the first Mexican national team to win the overall 4-wheel title of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Driving the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck, the Vildosolas, of Mexicali, were also the fastest vehicle overall in the race down the Baja California peninsula to La Paz.
Starting second among the motorcycles will be last year's overall motorcycle winners in this race, Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif. on the No. 1x JCR Honda Racing Honda CRF450X.
While entries will be accepted will be accepted up to race morning, late entries will be assigned the next available number and starting position within each class.
Besides SCORE Trophy Truck with 32, the car and truck classes with the most entries to date are unlimited Class 1 (23) and Class 1/2-1600 (12).
Among the motorcycle and ATV classes, Class 22 for open motorcycles has the most entries so far with 13.
Leading the six Sportsman classes in the race is Sportsman Motorcycle over 450cc which has 19 entries so far.
Among the many other talented entries from all over the world is the venerable Rod Hall, Reno, Nev., who is only individual who has raced in all 43 previous Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 races.
The legendary Hall, who will turn 74 on Nov. 22, has a race-record 21 career class wins in this event and is the only driver to have competed every year (all in a car or truck class). Hall will be looking for as many as three class wins this year. He is entered as the second driver for his sons Chad and Josh Hall in SCORE Trophy Truck and in both the Stock Mini (Emily Miller is driver of record) and Stock Full (Sam Edgar) classes.
Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., has won 17 times in this race, including 13 overall wins (10 on a motorcycle). Roeseler will share driving duties this year in SCORE Trophy Truck with Tim Herbst in the No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150. Roeseler won the unlimited Class 1 for four consecutive years (2004-2007), driving with the youngest of the three racing brothers, Troy Herbst, in the Smithbuilt-Ford open-wheel desert race car that was known as the 'Land Shark'. Roeseler is the only racer in the history of the event to win the overall 4-wheel in a truck and also in a car as well as the overall 2-wheel title as well.
Winning two of the first four series races overall and in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, Las Vegas rookie driver Bryce Menzies continues to stand at the top of the point leader board after four of five races in the 2011 SCORE Desert Series.
Menzies, who opened the season by winning the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January, drove to a penalty-free victory as well in June's 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500 to pull further ahead in the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point standings in the No. 70 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150. Sandwiched between his first two career SCORE race wins in the marquee desert racing division, Menzies finished sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck at the 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March. In September Menzies finished third at Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions and now has a six-point margin over the rest of the world's best desert racers.
SCORE points are based on starting, finishing, placement and number of official starters within each class. Menzies, 23, who had only raced the 2010 SCORE Baja 500 where he finished seventh in his first start in SCORE Trophy Truck, has 306 championship points following Round 4 of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series. SCORE Trophy Truck has had the largest starting field for all four races with 32 in Laughlin, 24 in San Felipe, 28 in Ensenada and 13 in the September San Felipe race.
Picking up his ninth career SCORE Trophy Truck race win in September in San Felipe, Las Vegas' Rob MacCachren, an eight-time SCORE season point champion, is second in overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck points so far in 2011 after finishing fourth in Laughlin, winning the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe race in March and finishing ninth in Ensenada with 300 points, just six behind Menzies.
With two wins and a second and a seventh this year, third in overall points and leading the unlimited class 1 is Justin Davis, 18 of Chino Hills, Calif., 11 points behind Menzies with 295. Davis, last year's SCORE Lites point champion, won Class 1 in Laughlin and San Felipe and was a close second in Ensenada and seventh in the September San Felipe race driving the Green Army Motorsports Chevy-powered ESM open-wheel desert race car.
Following consistent seventh, fifth, fourth and second-place finishes in the season's first four events, Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., is fourth in overall points and third in SCORE Trophy Truck with 281 in the No. 98 TSCO Motorsports Ford F-150.
This race also features the prestigious Sal Fish SCORE IronRider awards presented to each motorcycle or ATV rider who completes the entire course within the time limit while riding solo. To date, 15 racers have officially declared their intention to compete in the race as solo riders.
In addition to season class point championships, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings for the race. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all Pro car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 26th consecutive year, a total of 27 drivers remain eligible after Round 4 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series. Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award.
Tecate Beer is the title sponsor of the 44th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Desert Series are: -BFGoodrich Tires, Official Tire
-Volkswagen of America, Official Vehicle
-Sunoco Race Fuels, Official Race Fuel
-Slime, Official Tire Sealant
-Symons Ambulance Company, Official Ambulance
-Bilstein, Official Shock Absorber
-Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Official Mexican Auto Insurance
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Baja 1000 are:
-Coca-Cola, Official Soft Drink
-Volaris Airlines, Official Airline
-Lightforce Performance Lighting, Official Driving Light
Additional SCORE Sponsors are - Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Las Vegas Events, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie's Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Nov. 17-20, 2011—Final round of five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico – 692.82 miles
TOTAL ENTRIES: 231 (32 States, 15 Countries) (as of 10/30/11)
Thursday, October 27, 2011
East Cape Arts Association Music Festival
Date: November 5, 2011
1:00 p.m. - Revolving Door (A mixture of Blue Grass and Country)
2:15 p.m. - Sexto Sentido (Latin Jazz and music from Latin America)
4:00 p.m. – Pura Vida (Reggae and Latin Rock)
5:30 p.m. – Plácido Arce (Soft Spanish ballads)
5:30 p.m. – Pig Roast Dinner
6:30 p.m. – A Love Electric (Todd Clouser's fusion jazz)
8:15 p.m. – Cambio de Corazon (Jazz standards and Latin Rock with Fire Dancers from Cabo Shows)
9:15 p.m. – Skeleton Key (Beatles, Stones, Grateful Dead and dancing with Fire Dancers from Cabo Shows)
Cost: The advanced ticket price for admission to their music festival and pig roast dinner is $35.00 USD ($420 Pesos). Admission only is $25.00 USD ($300 Pesos).
The location is the Playa del Sol Resort beach in Los Barriles. Turn on the street between Baja Properties and the driving range and follow the signs for parking. The Playa de Sol gate opens at 12 noon. A large bonfire on the beach will illuminate the stage and a pig roast dinner in the evening. The event is "festival seating." Chairs are limited, so bring your lawn chair or blanket. Light food, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase all day. Coolers and pets are not permitted on the grounds or beach.
Playa del Sol Resort has put together some packages for those wishing to stay overnight. Packages include festival admission, hotel room, dinner ticket and drinks. Call 877-777-TUNA (8862) or 624-141-0044 for package information and reservations. Ask for "Music Festival Package."
A limited number of advanced tickets are available. Advanced tickets will be on sale through November 3. Find advance tickets sold at the following locations:
- Baja Beach Company in the Plaza del Pueblo, Los Barriles.
- Baja Books & Maps in San Jose del Cabo - just across the arroyo from Centro San Jose accessed by the new bridge to La Playita and Puerto Los Cabos.
- Attorney Gisela Talamentas's office - Ignacio Allende 895, Esq. con Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, Colonia Centro, La Paz.
If you cannot make it to one of these locations, visit www.eastcapearts.com and click on "Music Festival" for internet ticket/will call information.
All proceeds help the East Cape Arts Association bring the arts to the local community and the schools. More info contact Walter S. Zapotoczny, Jr. email@example.com or 624-142-8166.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Mexico Tourism Board is fighting U.S. perceptions that it's unsafe to travel there with a new $30 million ad campaign.
Part of the campaign will feature TV ads -- due to premiere in the next couple of weeks -- that will feature real-life vacationers arriving back from South of the Border getaways. The idea: "Americans talking to Americans to communicate that it is a great place and a safe place," tourism board chief marketing officer Gerardo Llanes says.
He says those picked for the "Mexico Taxi Project" are offered a ride home at the airport and don't know they're being filmed in vehicles driven by actors. The driver asks about their stay, including safety, then cameras are revealed and riders sign papers giving permission for their comments to air. So far, respondents have been positive about their stays, Llanes says. "Most of the people say, 'Anything we can do for Mexico,' " when asked to give permission, he says. He thinks having Americans tout Mexico is more effective than "an institution" saying good things.
"We don't deny there are some spots in the country that have issues," Llanes continues, such as drug cartels run amok and crime. But he says tourist areas such as Cancun shouldn't be considered treacherous.
A website due to be up and running soon, mexicotaxiproject.com, will have ad clips and more. And Llanes says the campaign will include a social media blitz and even billboards in places such as Times Square showing vacationers having fun in the sun, live.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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Cabo San Lucas waters yield 746-pound marlin a day before start of big-money tournament. A 746-pound blue marlin was pulled from the waters offCabo San Lucas on Tuesday, a day before the annual big-money Bisbee's Black & Blue marlin tournament was set to begin. The Black & Blue runs through Friday.
According to the Pisces blog, the marlin was hooked less than two miles offshore on the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula. A more specific location was withheld, presumably, because of the impending three-day tournament and a desire to keep top fishing locations secret.
Florida anglers Patrick Neville, his wife Jean, and Thomas Heinz and his wife Penny were credited with the catch. The 31-foot Tracy Ann is captained by popular skipper Julio Castro.
It took nearly two hours to raise the marlin after it had sounded and perished. Oddly, the marlin lacked a bill. Late last month, a significantly larger marlin was caught off Cabo San Lucas after a 28-hour fight.
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Monday, October 24, 2011
Its been at least 3 years since the last visit from the Sharp Hospital Chula Vista International team. Well they have now been permitted to come back as the higher ups have decided it was safe enough here/
The International Liason team headed by Minerva Santos and her team are inviting you to a breakfast meeting at the San Nicolas Hotel Casino on November 3 at 9:00 a.m. . (NO COST TO YOU)
After breakfast, you will meet Dr. Smith head of emergency services .He will make a short presentation on the newest services Sharp can offer you. . Meet the Ensenada rep from Dianamed emergency ambulance service who will tell you of your options should you need Emergency services.\ Get your blood pressure taken and ask any questions of the team that would be to your benefit.
THIS IS A RSVP EVENT. CALL OR EMAIL ME FOR YOUR RESERVATION.
We have missed Sharp, It the past they made twice a year visits to keep us up to date on health related issues such as cardiac, diabetes etc..We hope that this will be the restart of their regular visits.
MARK THE DATE AND MAKE YOUR RESERVATION
Tillie Foster Senior Adviser - SN Hotel & Casino
Ensenada, Baja California
www.snhotelcasino.com * firstname.lastname@example.org
By ROBERT JABLON Associated Press
LOS ANGELES October 19, 2011 (AP)
The U.S. and Mexico will expand an earthquake monitoring system south of the border in the wake of last year's deadly magnitude-7.2 temblor, officials from both countries announced Wednesday.
U.S. experts will provide sensors, a computer network and training to help their counterparts in northern Baja California to identify areas at greatest risk of suffering damage from a big temblor and could save lives and property, officials said.
Emergency planners were unable to determine where to send help in the early stages after the Easter Sunday 2010 quake that was centered south of Mexicali and killed two people in Mexico, said Roberto Quaas Weppen, director general of the Mexican National Center for Prevention of Disasters.
"This is something that we missed a year ago," he said during a news conference in Pasadena, Calif. "We were not able to know how strong the earthquake was" because of a lack of instruments to determine the quake's intensity and how it was spreading.
"The intensity of the groundshaking could not be measured, how strongly the ground is shaking. And this is a very important parameter to assess damage," he said.
The lack of backup systems also made it impossible to share that data when the Internet and communications went down. Under the new program, scientists from both countries will be better able to share data on earthquake hazards, officials said.
The project is an historic collaboration that will benefit both countries, said Anne Castle, assistant secretary for water and science of the U.S. Interior Department.
"It has been said that geologic faults and earthquakes don't care about borders," she said. "Human suffering and the desire to help: We don't care about borders."
Under the jointly funded project, the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Northern Command will provide new sensors that can measure strong ground motion in the earthquake-prone Mexicali and Tijuana areas. The sensors will be set in different types of soil, which plays a role in amplifying or reducing the shock of a temblor.
Mexican researchers also will be trained to quickly determine how the quake is spreading and where the damage might be expected, authorities said.
The U.S. is contributing $500,000 for the expanded quake monitoring network, which should be in operation next year. The Mexican government is including funding in its $50-million program to create an integrated national earthquake system, said Doug Given, Southern California seismic network coordinator for the USGS.
Photo: Quake epicenters.
Author NASA, DTAM project team