No More Pemex?

Mexican gas station

Starting in 2017, foreign gas companies will be allowed to sell their gas in Mexico, which will break Pemex’s decades-long government monopoly on gas. (Mexico kicked out foreign oil companies in 1938.) Naturally, The Wall Street Journal puts a positive spin on this development and argues that it will be good for Pemex and good for Mexico. Meanwhile, in an opinion piece for Aljazeera, John Ackerman alleges that the change in policy is a Faustian bargain with the Obama administration. […]

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Mexico City News

Was just lurking over at Tony Burton’s always excellent Geo-Mexico, where I found two interesting pieces of Mexico City News: The Big Enchilada is annexing 5500 hectares of land to expand Benito Juárez International Airport, which is operating at near capacity. The giant spider-shaped addition will be designed by Fernando Romero, a son-in-law of Carlos Slim. Peña Nieto says the new six runway airport will cost about $9.16 billion and Forbes predicts one of Slim’s companies will get the contract […]

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The Frank Holton Memorial Road Trip

Preparing to leave home for two months is a logistical nightmare, especially if you happen to be the caretaker of particularly cranky and and idiosyncratic animals, water system, and vehicles. The last season has been fraught with vehicle and cat sitter and financial and travel companion drama that has nettled me into a few black moments. More than once I became entirely convinced that the trip south would not happen at all and that we’d be stuck in Oregon for […]

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Mazatlan Has New Social Network

Carl just alerted me that Mazatlan has a cool new website, Mazatlan My City, a diverse platform that includes a social network, video programming, radio shows, news articles, an interactive map, and a music collection where users can add files. The site looks great and it’s easy to use. Definitely recommended for anyone who is contemplating a move to Mazatlan.

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Computer Fund for Tenacatita Schoolkids

  Our friend Dobie, who lives in El Rebalsito, near Tenacatita, has organized a fund to provide laptops to local schoolkids who are in need. She writes, “The  computer fund was very successful. We were able to purchase a netbook and a laptop. The netbook was given to a young woman in high school and the laptop will go to the student graduating from middle school that the teachers pick as the best all around student, and with the most […]

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Tenacatita News: The Gates are Still Up

  Letra Fria reports that despite the court decision issued 23 days ago, the situation at Tenacatita remains unchanged. Although the court denied Rodenas control of the federal zone, Villalobos’ armed guards still guard the gates that control public access to the beach. As Carmen Aggi Cabrera reports, locals had been eagerly awaiting the promised April 30 removal of the gates, but so far they have been disappointed.

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In Memory of Caballo Blanco

People’s Guide correspondent Mike Huckaby remembers the legendary Micah True, who passed away suddenly this March. True forged ties with the Tarahumara community and instigated the famous Copper Canyon Ultramarathon.  by Mike Huckaby I remember the first time I met Micah. It must have been 1996, and we were coming back from a big Semana Santa celebration in Norogachi. We had taken the five hour dusty, rutted dirt road in by way of Cusarare. Noragachi sits on the banks of […]

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The Irrepressibles!

Our dear friend Dobie recently wrote a post in which she lamented that morale is flagging in Rebalsito, where people have been valiantly fighting to keep Tenacatita libre. The battle has been going on for decades, but the past three years (since the development group Rodenas closed access to the beach) have been especially rough for local residents. People have been brutally beaten, arrested, and cut off from their land and their major source of income, but they have continued […]

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Summary of Tenacatita Violence

Tina’s earlier post made me realize that many mextrippers are still in the dark about the situation at Tenacatita. Here is a summary that we wrote last year. by Churpa Rosa and Tina Rosa Tenacatita is a small fishing community on the coast of Jalisco, Mexico.  Since the 1940s, access to Tenacatita beach has been controlled by the adjacent ejido, a land cooperative established by the Mexican government in accordance with the land reform laws that were the direct result […]

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