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Scientist on crusade to save Mexico’s sea turtles

Scientist on crusade to save Mexico’s sea turtles

Turtles caught in fishing nets are tossed aside to become food for creatures in the sea. They are byproducts of an industry that can be cruel. Stephanie Rousso, who is a wildlife biologist, marine scientist and spatial ecologist, is one of many who are working to make...

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A woman’s best friend at age 17

A woman’s best friend at age 17

  I know that every day AJ is with me is a gift. Today she turns 17. She’s a different dog than she was even a year ago. Slower, sleeps more often, but is more affectionate. She uses stairs most of the time to get onto the bed. She usually needs a helping hand to...

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Lake Tahoe snowshoe guidebook just published

Lake Tahoe snowshoe guidebook just published

Snowshoeing Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Treks provides snowshoers with an invaluable guide for adventures in the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond. Whether it is traipsing through virgin snow or on a worn path, this book contains a route for everyone who likes to play...

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Art walk in San Jose del Cabo like a treasure hunt

Art walk in San Jose del Cabo like a treasure hunt

Art was in every direction while meandering along the cobblestones of downtown San Jose del Cabo, including inside the stores. Every Thursday during the busy season several streets in the art district are closed to vehicle traffic so people can more easily stroll...

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Bevy of law enforcement keeping watch on Todos Santos

Bevy of law enforcement keeping watch on Todos Santos

Not even the gang of law enforcement officers could answer whether it’s legal for non-Mexican residents to own a gun. And this was at a presentation in Todos Santos about safety and security. A permit is required. Beyond that, no definitive answer. However, Mexican...

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Mexico in the News: Tourism, Butterflies and Toyota

Mexico in the News: Tourism, Butterflies and Toyota

Forbes says La Paz is the place to visit, not Cabo. The New York Times in this story delves into women in Mexico fighting back against violence. Climate change is taking a toll on monarch butterflies in Mexico, according to this Washington Post. The most dangerous...

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Baja home to world’s largest salt operation

Baja home to world’s largest salt operation

Salt isn’t just for seasoning food. It has about 14,000 industrial uses – including making detergents with chlorine compounds, deicers for roads, soluble cutting oil, latex, and paper products. The 8.5 million tons of salt that comes from the plant in Guerrero Negro,...

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Living in the dark because city truck is out of gas

Living in the dark because city truck is out of gas

No gas for the truck. That was the answer I was given by the mayor’s office for why the streetlight was not going to get fixed. I didn’t know how to argue with that statement. I didn't know if I should offer to pay for the gas. I didn’t know if it was a line of BS....

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Legality of driving on Mexico’s beaches a bit murky

Legality of driving on Mexico’s beaches a bit murky

With miles of sand, the beaches in Mexico look like a four-wheeler’s dream. Many are so wide that if a vehicle were to drive by, it would likely not bother the people using it in some other fashion. The problem is the federal law in Mexico prohibiting driving on the...

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The shame of watching a pirated movie

The shame of watching a pirated movie

Not everything is meant to be free. Many people have a hard time grasping that reality. People have been looking for a deal since time began. The internet has taken the free concept even further. People want their news, music, books, movies and most everything for...

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Desert comes alive along Sierra Madre trail

Desert comes alive along Sierra Madre trail

With the rainy season in Todos Santos extending well beyond summer, it means the desert is awash in color in January. Red, yellow, purple and pink stood out against the lush green. On this second day of the new year we were surrounded by lomboy, yucca, jumping cholla,...

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It takes teamwork to get out of jury duty when living abroad

It takes teamwork to get out of jury duty when living abroad

Reporting for jury duty can be difficult when you live in another country. Not reporting, though, can mean being fined $1,500 and/or being put behind bars. I am pretty sure officials in El Dorado County, my place of residence in California, would not track me down in...

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Todos Santos music fest cloaked in controversial vibes

Todos Santos music fest cloaked in controversial vibes

Music has the power to be a unifying force. It can bring people together around a common cause with lyrics that can be persuasive and provocative. Emotions can run the gamut no matter the genre. Peter Buck, former R.E.M. guitarist, in 2012 launched the inaugural Todos...

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Gray water becomes nourishment for plants in Todos Santos

Gray water becomes nourishment for plants in Todos Santos

While water should be treated like a precious resource no matter where one lives, it is even more imperative when the supply is scarce. Even though Todos Santos borders the Pacific Ocean, it is a desert community. Rain and storm runoff from the Sierra de la Laguna...

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