Puerto Peñasco and the “New Normal”

“Peñasco has done and will do everything in its power to keep Peñasco healthy”  – Mayor Kiko Munro 5.30.20 After nearly two months of shelter in place guidelines, on May 11th Puerto Peñasco officials unveiled their Phasing in proposal as to how to reopen the local economy.  A few days later (May 13th), the Federal […]

Peñasco Civil Registry anticipates reopening in early June

By José Antonio Pérez The local Civil Registry office is tentatively planning to reopen on June 1st.  Until then, different procedures can be done online, and at the office only in emergency cases for death or birth certificates.  Furthermore, through the duration of the health alert due to Covid-19, marriage procedures and others that would […]

Pools to be tested prior to return of tourism in Puerto Peñasco

By José Antonio Pérez Given the eventual return of tourism to Puerto Peñasco (by Phase III of the city’s proposed plan), the Health Control Unit of the State Commission on Health Risks (Coesprisson) is scheduling to once again test area pools to prevent the presence of amoebas and other risks. Carlos Decina Torres, head of […]

5.23 Trapped in Paradise V for Rocky Point Donation Center

Join DJ Scott Kaos again this Saturday, May 23rd at 7pm, as he performs a Live Stream Music Event in partnership with Rocky Point Donation Center to help raise money for families in critical need here in Puerto Penasco due to the CoVid-19 Pandemic! SATURDAY 7PM on:  Facebook @ **If any feeds go down […]

The (Water) Helpers  Part 5 of …Covid-19 Column

Purified water in times of Coronavirus Looking at the desert landscape of Puerto Peñasco as the city reels particularly from economic impacts in the age of coronavirus, under Stay at Home measures and with businesses on hold, many people from across the spectrum have sought ways to help. This spans the gamut from civil society, […]

Nature reclaiming itself in Puerto Peñasco during Covid-19 pandemic

By José Antonio Pérez Despite the heavy burden of the Covid-19 pandemic across the globe, with the absence of human activity on Puerto Peñasco’s beaches for nearly two months, prevention measures are curiously having a positive impact on conservation. Nelida Barajas Acosta, Director of the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO), […]

Peñasco Hotels begin careful preparations for eventual re-opening

By José Antonio Pérez Several Puerto Peñasco hotels have begun preparations for their eventual re-opening, affirms Sonora Hotel & Motel representative Oscar Palacio Soto, but before that, their main concern is the health and safety of guests. Palacio highlighted representatives from area hotels have been in contact and all agree they cannot address the economic […]

The (Mask) Helpers   Part 4 of…. Covid-19 Column

With Puerto Peñasco starting Phase I of a gradual reopening process (May 18 – 31st), health guidelines concerning the use of nose/mouth coverings when out in public remain in effect.  Throughout the corona-universe we have found ourselves in since late March, various individuals as well as organizations have jumped in to help precisely by making […]

Beach closure expected to be favorable for turtle nesting

By José Antonio Pérez The absence of humans on Puerto Peñasco’s beaches for more than a month and a half may favor increased sea turtle nesting later this year, reported Luis Cesar Garcia Gonzalez, Director of the Federal Land and Maritime Zone. Garcia Gonzalez noted, with this possibility in mind, preparations are underway to protect […]

Mexico plans transition to “New Normal”

At the May 13th daily morning press briefing of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), details were provided as to how the country intends to gradually start reopening productive, social, cultural, and economic activities across the country. On April 16th, the Federal government had originally extended nationwide restrictions on non-essential activities until the end […]

Trapped in Paradise IV – May 16th! DJ spins for the elderly

DJ Scott Kaos has been sending out techno grooves from his patio overlooking the Sea of Cortez in Puerto Peñasco since April 25th during his weekly Saturday “Trapped in Paradise” charity fundraisers. As a way to give back to the community, and the many parts of Puerto Peñasco impacted economically by the Covid-19 restrictive measures, […]

Sonora looks to gradually reopen economy between May 16 – 22

By Shandra Keesecker-Rivero Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich acknowledges after reviewing various scenarios with scientists, health professionals, researchers, and academics as to how and when to reopen economic activities in the state, even in the best case there will continue to be ongoing cases of Covid-19 and deaths. However, in stressing the goal for at least […]

2nd official Covid-19 case confirmed in Puerto Peñasco

By José Antonio Pérez and Shandra Keesecker-Rivero A second case of coronavirus Covid-19 in Puerto Peñasco was officially confirmed on Thursday evening, May 7th, by Sonora Secretary of Health Enrique Clausen.   Clausen emphasized Sonora is currently within the period of greatest risk of contagion in the state, though also with the best opportunity to control […]