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Archive for January, 2007

The San Diego Union Tribune just ran an excellent piece called "Fight for survival at sea", which covers the plight of the Vaquita Marina, the now-heavily endangered porpoise native to the Sea of Cortez.

There's only about 400 vaquitas left in the world, and they are threatened by the 'gill nets' commonly used by fishermen in the area. A host of agencies and officials are now, as they put it, 'try to save the vaquita without making fishermen instinct'.

If you have even a passing interest in the Sea of Cortez, take ten minutes out of your day and read this article, and be sure to check out their slideshow as well.

SAN FELIPE, Mexico – Few people have ever seen a vaquita porpoise. Scientists estimate that no more than 400 of the elusive marine mammals are alive today.

But the world's smallest porpoise is attracting international attention. With recent news of the extinction of the baiji dolphin in China's Yangtze River, the question is whether Mexico's vaquita will be the next cetacean to vanish.

Despite years of efforts to protect the vaquita, its population in the northern Gulf of California is shrinking by an estimated 30 per year.

"If we don't do our job, another species will disappear," said Lorenzo Rojas Bracho, a scientist with Mexico's National Institute of Ecology.

Read 'Fight for survival at sea' here


I recently had an email asking me where I was, and when to expect new updates to www.puerto-penasco.com.

I'm very much here! Lots of groundwork going on right now, and I'm working behind the scenes to bring new sections into being for 2007.

For the most part I run this website according to what *I* find interesting, and hope that it's interesting to my visitors. But this site, like Peñasco itself, if growing so rapidly that it's hard to keep up.

2006 saw additions like our new classified ads system, tons of photo updates and of course De Frente, not to mention about nine billion reader emails. Keep 'em coming.

For 2007 I am asking you, the readers, for your input, ideas, and comments. How I can make puerto-penasco.com a better site in 2007? Have an idea you'd like to see? Just click here and drop me a line. I'd be happy to hear it.

In that same vein: I'm happy to announce that in 2007, freelance writer Tim Mello and I will be working to bring you a series of articles highlighting the economic trends, development issues, points of Rocky Point Mexico interest articles and individuals on the scene in Puerto Peñasco. Tim's first special report - Nascent Foodservice Makes A Strategic Move To Open A Major Products Distribution Center In Puerto PeNasco - can be found here, and we'll be keeping an index of all his special reports under the new special reports section.

Tim's also a photographer, so keep an eye out for his photos as well. Once his website is up and running I'll share it with the crowd, so hopefully he'll be posting lots of his photo work.

And that, folks, is why I'm looking forward to 2007. !Feliz ano nuevo!

p.s. Which one of you folks lost your trailer? :P

p.p.s Someone please drop this guy a line because I think he has an awesome idea and I'd like to see it come to fruition. Movies + beach = everybody wins!

p.p.p.s - by popular demand, here's the 2007 Spring Break schedule for major attending schools - You can see below that the UofA, ASU, UNM, and UNLV all have roughly the same Spring Break schedules this year. For more info, see our Spring Break 2007 page.

Here is this year's Spring Break schedule for the major universities:
University of Arizona March 10-18
Arizona State University March 10-18
University of Nevada, Las Vegas March 10-18
University of New Mexico March 10-18
Northern Arizona University March 17-25
New Mexico State March 17-25
San Diego State University March 24-31


The Mexican Government realizes the potential economic riches of the Baja and Sea of Cortez.  The Government is under taking a massive project to continue the interest of tourism in the area.  The project is called, "Nautical Route Project - Sea of Cortez," nicknamed the Nautical Ladder.

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