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New De Frente, a neat fundraiser, bikes and scuba, Rocky Point Blogging, and the Border Conference

September 24, 2007

Let's see if I can break the record for the longest Puerto-Penasco.com news post ever:

First up: Here's a new edition of De Frente:

  • Aerolitoral's First Hermosillo-Puerto Penasco Flight Makes History
  • Highway 85 And Lukeville's Checkpoint
  • Excessive Competition Is Detrimental For Beer Business
  • Penasco Inaugurates New Tourism Industry Academy
  • Local Fisherman Fight For Rights To Pier Concessions
  • PFP Intensifying Highway Patrols
  • Check 'em out over at defrente.puerto-penasco.com

    The Border Conference is just about to gear up ...

    Puerto Penasco Speaking of big news, the Border Governor's Conference kicks off September 25-27, 2007. Governors, businessfolk and other well-connected and cash-heavy individuals from all over the border states - Arizona, Baja California, California, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, New Mexico, Sonora, and Texas - will be meeting in Puerto Peñasco and discussing a wide, wide array of issues that will effect the border states for many years to come.

    There's a lot of power about to amass in Puerto Penasco, and the sheer fact that this event is being held here means that Peñasco has entered a whole new level of influence and importance. A lot of attention is about to focus on this little town ...

    I honestly wish I could be there. I never used to care much for politics, but I've come to realize that once you slog through all the bad parts, there's some good things that can happen. Plus, Felipe Calderon's supposed to be there, and I missed his last visit. (Also, I could use the excuse to get the heck out of the office, but unfortunately it ain't happening.)

    If you are attending the Border Conference, and would like to share your thoughts and/or photos, please drop me a line.

    p.s. 09.28.2007 - Here's some news coverage:

  • "Anger over border backups boils over at U.S.-Mexico conference"
  • "U.S., Mexican states seek border solutions" in USA Today, and
  • "Gov says she'll grill Chertoff over 'virtual' border fence delays" in the Daily Star.
  • "US security chief calls crime gangs serious threat to Mexican government"
  • "Mexican president sees immigration inevitable"
  • "Blog: Thoughts from the Border Governors Conference" (with video. Really, really bad Phoenix news video that makes me want to slap somebody in the bits for thinking that is somehow journalism.)
  • "Governors straddle fence on several border issues"
  • "Mexico criticises US border plans"
    Rocky Point Help Mark Raise Money For Puerto Peñasco's schools

    Here's another neat fundraiser to put on your radar - Mark with RockyPointBoatTrips.com has started RockyPointClassroom.com, an "Adopt a Classroom" non-profit to help supply Puerto Peñasco's elementary schools. They're asking for supplies (see their supplies wanted list) as well as cash donations, 100% of which go to the schools.

    Mark's also going to attempt to swim the entire length of Sandy Beach as a promotional fundraiser, so you may see him out there these days, doing laps. Say hello to him and pledge some cash, if you can.

    Puerto Peñasco Business Blogging

    Rocky Point Mexico Here's some more neat reading: Paul Kingsley - a developer with Primestone Mexico - has been living in Puerto Peñasco and blogging about his various experiences with life and business south of the border over at puertopenascopost.com.

    Paul is a lawyer by trade who now "spends a majority of his time in Puerto Peñasco ... developing real estate and enjoying the excellent late-night tacos". I have to say, I'm a bit jealous ...

    Paul recently posted advance photos of the town's preparations for the upcoming Border Governor's Conference, and he's got a number of articles from an insider's perspective on things like business tips, lawyers, passports, and travel.

    It's a neat blog - keep an eye on it.

    Rocky Point Motorcycle Ride & Dive - Oct 12&14th Puerto Penasco

    And, lastly, in the 'two things I never really expected someone to combine' category, Joe with N-depth scuba emailed to let me know about the Rocky Point Motorcycle Ride & Dive happening on Oct 12th & 14th.

    They'll be riding from the N-depth shop in Phoenix to Puerto Peñasco on Friday, and shore diving on Saturday. So, if you see a pack of bikes heading down the highway with scuba tanks strapped on the back, pay them no mind ...

    (See also their flier art for the event, which, I have to admit, does in fact successfully combine a scuba-tank wearing, motorcycle-riding skeleton on a Harley. On fire. Somewhere out there, there's a graphic designer who earned his keep on this one, and I salute them.)

    As always, I'm available at info@puerto-penasco.com if you feel like dropping me a line. Adios!
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