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By José Antonio Perez
Jan. 20, 2017. Mexican Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid Cordero is expected to visit Puerto Peñasco this coming week, detailed Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) President, Héctor Vázquez del Mercado. De la Madrid is planned to appear with Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano as part of a tour through the state. Puerto Peñasco was selected as the venue to present the programs “Let’s all travel through Mexico” and “Improve your Hotel,” which will be shown to tour operators, travel agencies, and other tourism businesses at the Peñasco Convention Center. This trip comes after two earlier trips to the area in the Fall had to be rescheduled.
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. Jan. 19, 2017. The Municipal Director of Civil Protection and the Fire Department encourages those interested in joining the Fire Department to register at the main Fire Station on Blvd. Fremont before January 30th, when a new 3-month training course will begin. The course is limited to 30 people. The Fire Chief extended the invitation following his annual report on services provided by the department in 2016, totaling 1,129 services ranging from fire response to addressing car accidents and gas leaks, among others. In addition, they provided 325 instances of support with paramedics and ambulance transports, noting that Puerto Peñasco is the second municipality in Sonora that provides the most emergency services. It is worth noting the Fire Department is funded solely through voluntary contributions made on city tax payments at the City Collections Office.
By José Antonio Perez.
Jan. 17, 2017. Last Saturday, authorities from the Tax Administration Office (SAT) closed access into Mexico at the Lukeville/Sonoyta crossing for at least 5 hours, in preventing free transit that did not allow for collection of appropriate tax payments (i.e. when travelers bring in items over the allotted tax-free amount). This arose as a response to earlier protests against a 2017 spike in gas prices, during which protesters allowed free access to travelers from the US into Mexico without stopping at the SAT offices. Protesters had also been present at the San Emeterio checkpoint, about 20 kilometers south of Sonoyta, where they also hindered tax collection efforts. The January 14th block at the US/Mexico border, which lasted about 5 hours, caused a line of up to 6 kilometers for those coming into Mexico for the busy holiday weekend. The SAT block was removed after residents from Sonoyta demanded the federal officials allow them to continue with their peaceful demonstration. The spike in gas prices has particularly impacted residents along the border, where up through Dec. 31st gas prices were similar to those on the US side.
Governmental authorities from both Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta are coordinating efforts with customs officials to prevent similar events from occurring at the Sonoyta/Lukeville crossing. Mayor Kiko Munro emphasized such an event negatively impacts both Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta, as both receive important economic benefits from tourism. Following the Jan. 14th border closure, similar incidents have not been reported at the Sonoyta/Lukevill border crossing.
By José Antonio Perez
Jan. 16, 2017. An expected rebound in shrimp production at the year’s onset did not come to fruition, meaning there are lower expectations for the 2016-2017 season, detailed local CANAINPES Secretary (National Chamber of the Fishing Industry), Mateo López León. The expected season yield of at least 1,500 tons of shrimp has since dropped to 1,300 tons at the most. This, coupled with the rise in gasoline prices, underscores the importance of unity among the fishermen in fighting for better prices, detailed López León, as well as calling on authorities at all governmental levels to lift restrictions that hinder profitability.
Hermosillo, Sonora. Jan. 14, 2017. Together with the social movement “No al Gasolinazo” the municipal administration presented a petition to federal and local representatives asking that necessary steps be taken to modify or repeal the Special Tax Law on Production and Services (IEPS) on gasoline and diesel prices, returning them to 2016 levels. Furthermore, Mayor Kiko Munro detailed the petition also requests local legislators and Congress broaden the area stretching from the international border, which provides economic stimulus to border towns, to 110 kilometers. This way, Puerto Peñasco would be able to benefit from such stimulus.
By José Antonio Perez
Jan. 13, 2017. Work to renovate municipal baseball stadium Francisco León García began at the end of 2016 and is progressing. The 30 million peso renovation is expected to be finalized by the end of March, as the beginning of the Liga Norte de Mexico (LNM) season begins in April. Renovation work includes a new façade for the stadium, roofing, replacement of all seats and improvement of general seating areas, renovation of the field and dug-outs, as well as a new bleacher section and sales area, and fixing all electric, water, and sewage lines at the stadium, among other steps. Puerto Peñasco is set to host the 2017 LNM All-Star game at the end of May.