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OOMAPAS invites children to participate in drawing contest

Press Release

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. March 10, 2017.  The local Water Department (OOMAPAS) invites children to participate in their 2nd Drawing Contest, under the theme “My Family and I Care for Water”. The invitation is open to children in a 6 – 8 year old category, and a 9 – 12 year old category, with cash prizes to be awarded in each category.  Drawings must be done on cardboard measuring 60 x 40 centimeters, and within the shape of a drop of water.  Participants must include an explanation on the reverse side, indicating the message of the drawing, as well as personal info detailing complete name, address, telephone, email, and school.  Winners will be announced at the OOMAPAS offices on March 22nd.


World Kidney Day Walk reiterates commitment to Dialysis Project

By José Antonio Perez

March 9, 2017.  Nearly 200 participants took part in the walk from Plaza la Madre to the Dialysis Center in commemoration of World Kidney Day, where organizers reiterated the plan to open Puerto Peñasco’s first Dialysis Center is firm.  Men, women, and children took part in the awareness walk, which lasted just over 40 minutes before arriving at the Dialysis Center in Col. Brisas del Golfo.  Rafaela Félix Bernal, president of the Asistencia Comunitaria Integral project recounted all the work, effort, and sacrifice that has been put into opening the Dialysis Center. While not 100% ready, the association has a firm commitment to begin operating the center in 2017.


Change in Public Safety will strengthen Puerto Peñasco Seguro Plan

Press Release

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. March 9, 2017.  In recognizing contributions made to public safety, Mayor Kiko Munro accepted the resignation of Franciso Ávila Toscano as Municipal Police Commissioner. The former public servant presented his resignation for personal reasons, after responsibly and knowledgeably fulfilling his role for the public good. The mayor indicated his administration has restructured and adjusted several departments since coming into office, and will now look for the best candidate to lead the Municipal Police Department. He added, despite initial shortages in several areas, Public Safety is now well-equipped, well-trained, and has the best technology to guarantee work within the community. He further stressed his administration will continue implementing the Puerto Peñasco Seguro Plan, in ensuring an improved quality of life for the community while making the destination more attractive to investors and visitors.


Community encouraged to take debris to landfill

By José Antonio Perez

March 8, 2017.  Tecmed encourages the community to take branches and other debris to the landfill, noting that Peñasco residents are exempt from paying landfill fees for up to 150 kilos of debris over a span of 3 months.  Landfill costs in general are 39 cents per kilogram, or 400 pesos per ton. Seafood waste deposit is 100 pesos per ton.


Fishermen head to Mexico City to demand right to fish in Upper Gulf of California

By José Antonio Perez

March 7, 2017.  A group representing fishermen from the Golfo de Santa Clara, Sonora as well as San Felipe, Baja California, made their way to Mexico City to demand the federal government and SEMARNAT (Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resoures) address fishing concerns in the Upper Golf of California.  This comes after highway blocks last weekend in Golfo de Santa Clara as a form of protest in drawing attention to the fishermen’s concerns.  Representative of Sonora’s 1st District, Everardo López Córdova, expressed “We know the importance of curvina (catfish) on sustainability and economic certainty for these communities.  It is estimated the curvina generates economic revenue of over 13 million pesos. If we add it has been shown curvina fishing does not affect threatened species, we do not see why the Head of SEMARNAT is closed to this in granting the Environmental Impact Statement.”


Shrimp production points to positive numbers

By José Antonio Perez

March 7, 2017.  As of the first minute on March 20th, the 2016-2017 shrimp season will come to a close. This applies both to protected waters as well as along the Pacific Ocean, according to an agreement reached between the National Fishing and Aquaculture Board (CONAPESCA) and representatives for both coastal and deep sea fishermen.  With just days to go before the end of the season, local shrimp production has registered 746 tons in shrimp capture, pointing to a good cycle overall, reports Federal Fishing representative Hermenegildo Ramírez López.   Along with decent production, price quotes against the dollar meant a positive variation economically for the so called “pink gold,” which in 2016 generated nearly 140 million pesos.





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