Constitution Day, February 5th-Rocky Point offices and schools closed

February 5th is the official date when the Mexican constitution was formed in 1917 after signing of a convention by Venustiano Carranza. Up until 2006, the day was celebrated in Mexico on 5th February itself. However, following the new labor law, the day is now celebrated on the first Monday of February, irrespective of the date. The day is celebrated to commemorate the formation of a new Mexican constitution.

The constitution of Mexico has undergone several changes. It was in 1910 that the people of Mexico began getting restless with the old constitution of Mexico which was established in 1857. This led to the Mexican revolution in 1910, resulting in the ouster of General Diaz, who was known to be an oppressive ruler. What followed was a series of fights among the Mexican rulers themselves, resulting in assassination of quite a few political leaders.

It was in 1913 that Pancho Villa formed a huge army which fought inside forces on the side of those in favor of a new constitution, namely Venustiano Carranza. After a long struggle, Pancho Villa was successful in ousting the rebellion forces and Venustiano Carranza was sworn to presidency. It was in 1917 that Carranza signed an important convention which resulted in the formation of the new constitution. The new Mexican constitution laid emphasis on land reforms and fair land distribution among the poor. The constitution is in effect till date.

The day is one of the major public holidays in Mexico. All the offices, schools and most businesses are closed on this day. The day is celebrated with grand parades across the nation, much like the celebration of Constitution Day in other parts of the world.

A lot of music concerts and other festivities are also arranged on this day, and people can be seen enjoying the day with great pride and honor. Sale of liquor is banned 3 days prior to the day up until the day itself. Exchanging of gifts and pleasantries is also not uncommon on this day, as this is one of the most important festivals in the country.  (CalendarLab 2018)

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Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers Return to Rocky Point for Janaury Jam 2018

(Tempe, AZ)  Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers will bring its annual January Jam back to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico for 3 days over MLK Weekend January 12-14, 2018.
Hatched 10 years ago following a marathon eight day recording session in Choya Bay, RCPM stumbled down the hill to JJ’s and played the Turbo Ocho album on the patio in front of the 40 or so who came down from Arizona with little to no notice.   That same album will be performed 10 years later in its entirety Friday night January 12 on the same stage at JJ’s Cantina. A second set of RCPM “No Repeat” favorites will follow.  The “No Repeat” set lists will continue throughout the weekend Saturday January 13 at Banditos as well as a Sunday afternoon January 14 beach show at Wrecked at The Reef.
Arizona music legend Walt Richardson & Friends will bring the reggae and positive spirits to Mexico for their first time with RCPM Friday and Saturday nights.  The high energy of Shawn Johnson & Jason Johnson Duo will open both shows.
VIP and GA Combo Ticket packages as well as individual tickets will go on sale this Wednesday November 15 at 10am (AZ) at www.circusmexicus.net .  Only a limited number of VIP tickets will be available and are expected to sell out.
Friday, January 12 at 5:30pm @ JJ’s Cantina
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers + The Jons (performing Turbo Ocho + favorites)
Walt Richardson & Friends
Shawn Johnson & Jason Johnson Duo
Saturday, January 13 at 10am @ Links at Las Palomas
Mexican Moonshine Tequila Golf Classic
Saturday, January 13 at 6pm @ Banditos (outdoor stage)
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers + The Jons
Walt Richardson & Friends
Shawn Johnson & Jason Johnson Duo
 
Sunday, January 14 at 4pm @ Wrecked at The Reef (beach stage)
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers + The Jons
Fans are encouraged to contact the following to book accommodations:
RPR Mexico 866-483-3379
Las Palomas Resort  www.laspalomasresort.net
Penasco Luxury  www.penascoluxury.com
For Mexican auto insurance visit:
For tickets, schedules, will call times and line ups, visit:
Viva Mexico, viva rock n roll, viva January Jam X!
-RCPM

Vaquita Recovery Program Halted

Following the death of an endangered female vaquita marina porpoise captured last week as part of the Vaquita CPR effort (Conservation, Protection, and Recovery), the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) announced the program has been suspended until the vaquita’s cause of death is known and protocols are in place as to how to further the mission to prevent the vaquita’s extinction.

In speaking to the Environment and Natural Resources Commissions, as well as the Climate Change Commission, SEMARNAT Secretary Rafael Pacchiano Alamán explained, over three weeks of the project they were able to capture two vaquita marina in the Upper Gulf of California, the first (approximately 6 months old) which was released immediately, and the second (a female in reproductive age) that died.

The suspension also comes after calls from the Animal Welfare Institute   to cease the Vaquita CPR program, following the death of the second vaquita during rescue operations, calling the loss “catastrophic for the future of the species.”

Pacchiano Alamán reported the Vaquita CPR program, made up of 67 scientists and sea mammal experts, as well as the Comprehensive Strategy for Recovery of the Vaquita Marina and Totoaba in the Upper Gulf of California, has been one of the most ambitious programs of the present federal administration in seeking to end two of the principal causes of death of the vaquita marina.

Lorenzo Rojas, lead scientist of the Vaquita CPR program, described what may have been the last close contact between humans and the most endangered porpoise in the world, of which it is believe there remain only 30. He doubts enough vaquita marina will survive next year to even attempt capture and rescue, as with so few vaquitas remaining they cannot be put at risk.

“These small porpoises do not respond well to the stress of capture, and no other vaquita should be put into deliberate danger,” indicated the Animal Welfare Institute, which specializes in the protection of animals.                                    Article by:  Jose Antonio Perez

 

Current Fuel Prices in Rocky Point/Puerto Penasco and throughout Mexico

Gasoline and diesel fuel prices now vary widely between the 83 interior regions and 7 border regions.  Fuel prices will generally be cheaper in the border areas, similar in price to the US border towns.  As of September 26, 2017 the current fuel price for a liter of regular (Magna) in Rocky Point/Puerto Penasco is $16.54 pesos a liter.  At an exchange rate of 17 pesos to the dollar, it comes out to about $3.67 usd a gallon.  Diesel is even more expensive a liter, $17.68  which is $4.78 usd a gallon.    Mexico’s federal government is informing the country that fuel prices are expected to drop in 2018 as more independent gas stations take over the Pemex stations and open oil exploration by outside companies is encouraged.

Click here for a very cool website run by Mexican journalist/news organization Aristegui Noticias.   It is a Google Map with local fuel prices for most populated cities throughout all the Mexican states, including Rocky Point.  Traveling to Guadalarja, Cabo San Lucas or Ensenada?  Click on the map marker on the map and will give you the fuel prices for that city…Not sure how long this site will continue to be updated but for now, it is a handy tool.

Only 11% of all 911 calls in Mexico were emergencies…

In January of 2017, Mexico began using the 911 call system for emergencies throughout Mexico.  The old system of calling 066 was replaced by 911 in order to reduce response times through effective, prompt and coordinated handling of emergency through all 3 levels of government.  The system is run through some 200 call centers throughout the country.  And, yes, we use the 911 number here in Rocky Point and it may be called through any phone.

In the first half of this year, just 11.1% of the 61.63 million calls received by the call centers were for genuine emergencies, 70% of those security-related. Calls are classified in four categories — security, medical, civil protection and public services.

Of the 54.8 million calls deemed improper, 18% of callers hung up and a small percentage – 3.4 – were reported to be false alarms.  (source: Reforma, SIPSE)

Here’s hoping that the number of false emergencies called in will be reduced in the upcoming months!

3 Story For Sale in Cholla Bay, Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point

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Gorgeous 3 bed home!

•  2,800 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm 3 story$332,000 USD.
MLS® #17-159  

– Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with fantastic views of the bay and the Sea of Cortez. Custom features throughout including a boveda ceiling in the dining area, plaster relief wall artwork and patio wall murals by famous local artist Memuco. Custom wood work and cabinetry and Mexican tile in kitchen and bathrooms. There is plenty of storage and parking including a 3 car garage and an RV slab with sewer hookup and 110 and 220 power. Lots of outdoor living space on patios, walled yard with mature landscaping just off the dining room and a huge rooftop margarita deck. This home is beautifully decorated and move in ready! Plenty of room for the entire family and guests! Showings by appointment only.

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Lot / Land For Sale in LOMAS CAMPESTRES, Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point

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Rural Living with views!

•  lot / land$14,999 USD.
MLS® #17-75  

– This corner lot offers a peaceful and relaxing setting for a country living retreat. Located between the coastal highway and highway 8, this lot offers views of the Pinacate Mountains. Just minutes away are Laguna del Mar golf course and Laguna Shores Resort and the gorgeous beaches of the Sea of Cortez. This property would make a great starter property offering rural living with city amenities just 10 minutes away. Priced to sell! Seller also has a second corner lot nearby and available.

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Single Story For Sale in Cholla Bay, Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point

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Easy to build on lot!

•  536 sq. m. single story$45,000 USD.
MLS® #17-46  

– This large corner lot is flat and will be easy to build on. With almost 7,000 sq. ft of property it is large enough to build a wonderful family vacation home or perhaps a boathouse with a comfortable condo on top.

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Single Story For Sale in Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point, Sonora

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Fantastic views of the Old Port!

•  2,077 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm single story$499,000 USD. Terms Possible!
MLS® #17-16  

– Fantastic top floor 3 bedroom penthouse unit! This luxury unit features brick dome ceilings, granite kitchen counter tops and spacious travertine baths. The cabinetry throughout is all alder wood and the 8 foot arched doors are also alder wood. Custom low E glass and thermal break windows and sliding glass doors. In the laundry room there are two hot water tanks and filtered and UV treated water system. With a large open floor plan, there is plenty of room for entertaining and enjoying your friends and family. Walk out onto over 1,000 sq. ft. of patio space for wonderful Old Port and Sea of Cortez views! Casa Blanca boasts an 18-hole professional putting course, 3 pools and outdoor palapa social gathering areas. Just steps away from the beach, your sandy beach paradise awaits!!

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Single Story For Sale in Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point, Sonora

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2nd Row!

•  1,739 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story$299,000 USD.
MLS® #16758  

– Enjoy wonderful sea views and breezes from this 2nd row home in Las Conchas. With 900 sq. ft. of covered patio space and an additional 700 sq. ft. margarita deck on top, this is outdoor living at its best! This home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with a large open kitchen, bar, living room and dining room. Custom Mexican style tile throughout along with solid wood cabinetry and a boveda ceiling in the main living area. Enjoy the glow of two gas fireplaces, one in the dining area and also in the master bedroom. All three bedrooms have their own sliding glass door entry out to the patio. This home is situated on a large corner lot with a two car attached garage and plenty of room for parking, storage, or home expansion if needed. Beach access located directly across road.

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