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Net Traps Used to Protect the Vaquita

Our federal authorities are taking extreme measures in order to protect the “vaquita marina”, the small porpoise living in the Sea of Cortez that is already in the brink of extinction, with a new project consisting of dropping huge cement blocks with a reversed hook in the ocean floor in order to “trap” any net that is used in the area.

Although the northernmost part of the Sea of Cortez is a no tolerance zone for fishing nets, there have been many ships caught using them in the area, that’s why there is constant patrolling in the area from the Mexican navy and the Sea Shepherd NGO.

Authorities dropped 193 of these traps in the protected zone and they have set in place a program to look for lost nets in the ocean to avoid the possibility of a vaquita getting trapped in one of them.

Given the continued rate of bycatch and low reproduction of the vaquita, it is estimated that there are fewer than 10 vaquitas alive as of February 2022.

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Mexico Cancels Daylight Savings, Border Cities Keep It

Mexico’s congress passed a decree a few months ago, effectively cancelling the daylight savings time (DST) change each year starting in 2023, citing that the energy savings was so small that it doesn’t justify the effort of changing our clocks two times a year.

Even though border cities have the same infimal savings on energy during DST, it was decided to keep it active in them, as eliminating would make them have different times than their counterparts across the border, complicating an already sensible economy between them.

Just this week, our state congress, asked for a modification to the decree, as the original text didn’t include San Felipe or San Quintin, and if implemented as is it would effectively make those municipalities have a different time than Ensenada, Tijuana, Rosarito and Mexicali when DST is active.

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Baja 400 Race Brings 12 Million USD to the Local Economy

A 90% occupancy rate in hotels from Thursday to Sunday, and over 12 million USD spent locally was the results of the SCORE Baja 400 race this past weekend.

200 teams took part of the race in this year’s edition, and although most of the competitors came from the USA, there were others from France, Peru, New Zeland, Argentina, Venezuela, England, Denmark, Puerto Rico, Australia, Bolivia, Canada and Chile.

Three teams were not able to enter the race, and 62% of the ones that did were able to finish it.

SCORE authorities stated that they are already working on the Baja 1000 race, for November this year.

Video courtesy of: Jesus Lopez Gorosave
With information from: El Vigia

Daily Border-Crosser Finds Two Migrants in His Trunk

Cesar is one of the many employees who work in San Diego but live in Tijuana, and who almost got himself in trouble unknowingly.

In the early morning hours of that day, Cesar was driving toward the border to cross and get to work but that day something felt weird in his car, as if something was moving.

“On my drive to the border I felt like the whole car was moving”, he says.

“It got to the point where I had to pull over, I was nervous of opening the trunk, and when I opened it, my surprise was that there were two persons inside”, he added.

Cesar was a victim of a group of people traffickers that are putting migrants in the trunk of unsuspecting daily-crossers and charge hefty amounts for it.

When Cesar asked the migrants who had put them in there, they answered that they didn’t know, they didn’t know they were in Tijuana, they were just told they were being taken to Los Angeles.

Fortunately for Cesar he was able to find out about his “hidden cargo” before getting to the border, others have not been so lucky. When he checked surveillance video, he saw that at 3AM someone pulled over next to his car, opened his trunk and had the migrants get in there.

We had reported before that this was happening with drugs, but now it’s also happening with people.

Just last week, a popular soccer player from the Xolos team, was detained at the border when crossing after two women were found hidden in his car. He claims he didn’t know that they were there but at the moment it’s unclear if this is true or not, and he is still detained. The two ladies said they were going to pay 18,000 USD for crossing, but they said they didn’t know the person crossing them.

Authorities are recommending checking the backseat, trunk and around the tires of your car if you are planning to cross the border and make it a regular habit to avoid being a victim of this kind of crime.

With information from Uniradio Informa

Friday Holiday Alert!

Contrary to what lots of foreigners think, this coming Friday, September 16, Mexican Independence Day is celebrated and not on 5 de Mayo. This will be an official holiday countrywide, which means that you should expect most banks and government offices to be closed.

Employees will get the day off by law, and if they are called to work that day, they must be paid double their usual salary.

The Mexican federal work law states that any employee that has to work on an official holiday has to be paid double, and if said holiday falls on a Sunday, they have to be paid triple their usual salary. This year the only holiday that needs be paid triple is December 25.

Amazing Guitar Player Jake Allen Coming to Baja

Sharing the stage with two renowned Baja veterans: Alex DePue & Miguel De Hoyos

With only two dates in Baja, Friday January 21st in Ensenada (La Marina Restaurant & Cantina) and January 23rd in Rosarito (Quinta Los Delfines), Jake Allen along with beloved artists Alex DePue & Miguel De Hoyos are planning to rock the coast.

Jake Allen crafts a kaleidoscopic sound that plunges the curious listener into a world of endless sonic possibilities, incorporating prog-pop, waves of ambient instrumentals, and complex musical layers. Allen showcases the guitar, harnessing every nuance of the instrument and transforming it into an ethereal, shape-shifting creature that bends both notes and time.

Allen explores numerous musical styles with his guitar wizardry, ranging from lullaby-like dreams to burgeoning anthems. A documentarian of sorts, Allen’s immersive storytelling and emotional vocal performance offer a multi-timbral journey through time and space. The constant groove of driving drums, bewitching guitar hooks, and the whisper of a longing voice spark wonder, evoking similarities to pop music’s golden ‘90s era. His fourth album, “Affirmation Day” provides a snapshot of shifting perspectives and personal growth through the means of signature fingerpicking, percussive guitar tapping, and lush musical arrangements.

Allen is heavily involved in every stage of the studio process, including writing, producing, and mixing his own albums, as well as performing each instrument. When translating to a live setting, Allen either synthesizes the components of his studio albums into an eclectic solo performance, or stays true to his lush productions with the Jake Allen Band. This dynamic approach allows the freedom to perform both alone and as a fully-outfitted collective, capable of rendering the full span of Allen’s recordings.

As a solo artist, Allen utilizes impeccably timed live looping to create a captivating one-man show. Steeped in years of live performance and well-versed in an array of instruments, Allen’s dexterity is only amplified when he wields a single guitar. In an almost hypnotic display, he explores every inch of the instrument with unwavering confidence and creativity. Strings dance as they are plucked awake from their resting tension; percussive rhythms echo; harmonics ring brightly; and intricate chords emerge from each warm strum.

Despite an endearing nomadic tendency that comes naturally with the territory of touring musicianship, Allen has a knack for finding his way back home to the peaceful refuge of Northern Michigan between travels.

Early on, Allen’s path was shaped by a musical upbringing and the tension that accompanies a life devoted to the arts. Spending a number of years wandering through the proverbial (and sometimes literal) wilderness of the music industry, Allen has released four albums, toured tirelessly across the country and overseas, and laid the kind of robust foundation capable of sustaining a long and flourishing career.

While continuing to evolve as a prolific artist, Allen’s work has garnered a loyal fanbase , resonating with both audiences and critics alike. Vents Magazine noted his “masterful guitar work” that “melts in your heart,” while Music Emissions praised his ability to “make traditional sounds relevant in the modern era.”

Allen has shared the stage with The Accidentals, Keller Williams, Mike Dawes, Andy McKee, and Guthrie Govan. His performances have included NAMM, Hoxeyville Music Festival, Blissfest, and Winnetka Music Festival. He is endorsed by Takamine Guitars and has traveled to Europe, China, Japan, and Russia as a clinician for the guitar company. He is also sponsored by ToneWoodAmp, Apex Strings, Rees Harps, and Wazinator Stomp Pads.

The first show will take place at La Marina Restaurant & Cantina in Punta Banda, south of Ensenada on January 21st. Tickets are just $25, and you can start your evening with a 5PM dinner at La Marina (not included on ticket price) just in time for the show at 6PM. Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.the-fiddler-llc.com or by paypal at [email protected]

The second show, at Quinta Los Delfines in Rosarito, will take place two days later on Sunday, January 23rd starting at 2:00PM. Tickets for this event will be $49.99 including three course meal and one drink. For reservations call David at (203) 982-3205 or email [email protected]

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy a live show with such astonishing talent, get your tickets today as they are limited! ,

Border To Be Opened For Non-Essential Travel

Finally! After 19 months of border closure for non-essential travel, the border will be open again for anyone wanting to visit the USA. Authorities from the US have already stated that proof of vaccination will be required to cross the border, and that only vaccines authorized by the FDA or the World Health Organization will be accepted as valid.

This is generating a new problem since over 90,000 persons in Baja California were vaccinated with the CanSino shot which is not currently FDA or WHO approved. Mexican authorities are urging the WHO to approve the vaccine in order to avoid these huge group of the population to get a second shot of another valid vaccine.

Beginning January, all foreigners crossing the border, by land or air, will be required to have a vaccination proof with them, even if they are travelling for “essential” reasons, said Paola Avila, Chief of Staff of San Diego’s Mayor Todd Gloria

Santini Gallery Presents the Most Recent Work of Juan Angel Castillo

Giorgio Santini Gallery presents the most recent work of Master Juan Angel Castillo in an exposition titled “Quijote’s Panoply” which will take place on October, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. In this exposition a series of 21 works recently created by the artist.

Juan Angel Castillo is one of the most important and influential painters from Baja California, unique in his genre, that has won national and international recognition. His works can be found within important public and private collections.

Owner of a masterful technique acquired along more than 50 years of tireless and perseverant creativity, Castillo portrays 21 Quijotes that will be presented in the “Quijote’s Panoply” exhibit, which will be an impressive sample of his talent.

This free admission event, will be a unique opportunity to socialize with the artist and his work in the premises of the Giorgio Santini Gallery where the work of the best artists in Baja California is presented in a dignified and careful way.

The Giorgio Santini Gallery is located on Km 40 of the Rosarito – Ensenada free road, in the Santini Plaza. Call or WhatsApp (661) 126 5988 or email giorgiosantinigall[email protected] for more information.

Provino Offers Seafood Virtual Cooking Class Pack

The Ensenada wineries association, PROVINO A.C., is offering a virtual cooking class with wine and ingredients included this coming Friday, May 28th at 1:00PM (Pacific Time) and 2:00PM (Los Cabos area)

Chefs Mikel Alonso, Solange Muris, Benito Molina and Aquiles Chavez will guide you through the preparation of seashells-based dishes, celebrating together the products of Baja California.

During the virtual session, you will have the opportunity to learn from the experts and have fun cooking recipes where the main ingredients will be sustainably cultivated seashells from the Pacific like oysters, mussels, and clams. You will also have the opportunity to pair your creations with white and rose wines from the Valleys of Ensenada, that were very recently released to the market. The virtual session will be recorder in case you want to view it again anytime.

The cost of the class is $1,400 pesos (about 74 USD) and your experience includes ingredients to prepare the dishes featured in the class, for up to 4 persons:

  • 2 dozen Kumiai Oysters
  • 3 kilos of Mussels
  • 4 kilos of Chione Clams
  • 2 bottles of wine from Baja California

The shipping cost in Baja California is just $200 pesos (about 10.50 USD) and $900 pesos (about 47 USD) to ship it by air to the rest of Mexico.

This seafood class will be a homage to local ingredients and a perfect opportunity to give continuity to the “seashells and new wine” festival that has seen interruptions due to the pandemic.

The class will be offered in Spanish only, so make sure to invite that spanish-speaking friend so he can you help out in the kitchen!

Click here or the image below to go to the registration page.

Ensenada Police Get COVID-19 Vaccine After Thousands Don’t Show For Their Shot

More than 400 police officers from Ensenada got a chance to get their COVID-19 vaccine, after they were called in urgently because there were several defrosted Pfizer vaccines from the 50-59 years old group that just did not go to get their shot.

A video circulated on social networks were Oscar Perez Rico, head of the state health office, was having a heated argument with federal government employees that were refusing to give the shot to police officers because they said it was not intended for them, while Perez Rico responded by saying that the vaccine was almost going to expire, and it would have to be thrown away.

They were able to resolve the argument and the police officers got their shot, but Perez Rico stated his preoccupation with the 50-59 group, which consisted of 40,000 persons, and only 29,741 came to receive their shot.

SOURCE: El Vigia and El Vigia (Information and photo)

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