Profepa attended pilot whale stranding in La Paz

Profepa attended pilot whale stranding in La Paz

Jul 5, 2017

The Federal Attorney General’s Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa) assisted in the stranding of a pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) in the Bay of La Paz, despite efforts and attempts to return it to deeper waters by PROFEPA agents, the whale died moments later. The events occurred when staff of this government agency received a report on the sighting of a whale near the shore, reason why they immediately activated the Network of Care for Sea Mammal Strandings and went to the place, where the cetacean was found stranded on the beach. In coordination with the Surveillance Network for Marine Mammals for the Coast of Baja California Sur, including the aforementioned unit, as well as representatives of the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, the Museum of the Whale, La Paz Municipal Police, and tourists who were in the site, began the work to return the 6.4 meters-long animal to its habitat. The “pilot”, which belongs to the family Delphinidae was aided by returning it to deeper waters where it could swim. Nevertheless, it kept on returning to the beach, swimming erratically in circles until it finally died. Profepa staff carried out a review of the body of the Calderón Tropical or Aleta Corta (short fin) specimen, without finding evidence of damage by fishing gear, boat propeller or other human activities. The dead body was taken to a site where it did not represent a public health problem, in accordance with the Marine Mammal Strand Care Protocol....

Police investigate ‘execution’ of man in La Paz, BCS

Police investigate ‘execution’ of man in La Paz, BCS

Jul 2, 2017

On Friday June 30, at around 5:50 am, the body of a man was found inthe neighborhood of Guadalupe Victoria in La Paz, BCS. According to police reports, the deceased would have received a bullet in the head, known as “tiro de gracia” (coup de gräce in French) which is a common practice among criminal groups when it comes to executions. In this regard, it was reported that the man’s body was located on a dirt road, on Juan Domínguez Cota street lying on the ground, with a bullet wound on his head and wearing brown shorts and a gray polo shirt. Although authorities stated the man had not been identified yet, local residents declared he was widely known in the neighborhood as “El Panchito“. State and municipal police officers along with agents of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) arrived onsite, cordoned off the area, and waited for the arrival of the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) specialists,  who transfered the body to the amphitheater of the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) to perform the corresponding necropsy.   With information from NBCS News....

Cruise Tourism continues to grow In La Paz and Loreto BCS

Cruise Tourism continues to grow In La Paz and Loreto BCS

Jun 6, 2017

With the arrival of Crystal Serenity to the Pueblo Magico of Loreto last week, the 2016-2017 cruise season has come to an end. According to the Director of the Integral Port Administration (API), José López Soto, approximately 32,900 tourists arrived to either Loreto or the Port of Pichilingue from a total of 18 cruise ships. The Port of Pichilingue in La Paz received 11 cruisers with a total of 16,600 passengers and crew while seven cruise ships arrived to Loreto with more than 15,000 passengers. According to Lopez Soto, “These are historical numbers for the area and show that the policies and programs implemented by the Secretary of Tourism in BCS are adequate and working.” The director of API also mentioned that generally a cruiser is accompanied by two to three people when they go on their land tours, and spend on average $70 US a day per person, money that translates into greater economic growth and social development for all the inhabitants of the entity. Approximately 32,900 tourists arrived to the ports of Loreto and Pichilingue in 2016-2017 TBC There is no doubt in La Paz that cruisers have left a considerable economic benefit to the downtown área. “Tourism is the engine of the economy of Southern Baja. This allows us to create more formal jobs, generate more social programs and of course offer better development opportunities to our families. Therefore we will double our efforts to promote and consolidate Baja California Sur as the best tourist destination in Mexico,” Lopez Soto added. Officials mentioned that great effort and coordination is involved to receive cruises. Several governmental departments, including ZOFEMAT, Civil Protection and Traffic Police, Municipal Culture and Municipal Tourism are all areas of the city working together with the cruise lines and local business people to provide excellent care and service to visitors. With cruise vacations and cruise lines having a positive economic impact not only within the tourism sector but in other sectors of the economy as well, tourism officials will continue to promote La Paz and Loreto to the cruise line industry as the economical benefits enjoyed by businesses, services and restaurants in the state is too great to let it...

Bus accident kills 2, injures 41 in Baja California

Bus accident kills 2, injures 41 in Baja California

May 31, 2017

The second fatal bus accident in a week has taken the lives of two students in Baja California Sur. Just days after a Chiapas crash that killed 17 people, a bus carrying students from a teacher training college in Tijuana went off the Transpeninsular Highway yesterday afternoon in Mulegé. One student was killed and 42 were injured, one of whom died today in a La Paz hospital. The latest reports indicate that the vehicle’s brakes failed, causing it to strike another vehicle and leave the road, falling into a ravine. The accident occurred on a stretch of the highway known as La Cuesta del Infierno, or Hill from Hell, about 15 kilometers from Santa Rosalía. The students were traveling from the Escuela Normal Fronteriza in Tijuana to attend a sports and cultural event with their counterparts at another school in La Paz. Of the 42 injured, eight were reported in serious condition early this morning after being transferred to La Paz. Faulty brakes have been suspected in a number of accidents in the past few weeks. In one case last Sunday, a serious accident was avoided after Federal Police on the Mexico City-Puebla freeway observed a tractor-trailer gaining speed while smoke poured from its rear tires. After the driver indicated with hand signals that he had no brakes, the police escorted the truck to a runaway ramp 10 kilometers away. By using emergency equipment the police were able to prevent a collision by warning away three other vehicles — a truck carrying tanks of gas, a double-semi and a bus full of tourists. The tractor-trailer without brakes hit the runaway ramp at 160 kilometers an hour and rolled over before coming to a stop surrounded by some of its cargo, 15 tonnes of paper. The driver crawled from the cab...

Isla Espíritu Santo an unforgettable adventure in the Sea of Cortez

Isla Espíritu Santo an unforgettable adventure in the Sea of Cortez

Apr 20, 2017

A recent visit to La Paz, Mexico had to be rescheduled not once, but twice while we were preparing our itinerary for Baja California Sur. Despite the headache over planning and scheduling, the mix-up meant we could now dedicate a full day to exploring Isla Espiritu Santo. Luckily things happened as they did because if not we would have missed out on what has been regarded as the most beautiful island in the Sea of Cortez. Our Airbnb host recommended Rebequitas Tours and arranged for us to meet our guide in town at 10:30am. We boarded our panga (a small fishing boat) with a German backpacker, a couple from the US, their translator and our Rebequita guide. Having a small group of seven made for a much more personalized and enjoyable day exploring the nearby beaches and the island. And so, with no expectations, we set off from La Paz toward the open sea. San Rafaelito The first stop of the day was at a little island called San Rafaelito. At first glance, we saw only a small white lighthouse but once we got closer, we could tell that the island was home to several birds and even more sea lions. Most were relaxing on the rocks but some were huddled together in the water with their fins in the air as if they were waving to welcome us. We learned that sea lion flippers have capillaries to help them either cool off or stay warm. Apparently, when they’re sun bathing and fanning their flippers, they are cooling off and when they’re swimming with their flippers out of the water, they’re trying to keep warm. Who knew?! Love Mexico? You’ll enjoy Rio Secreto, Mexico’s Most Magical Cenote Balandra Beach Following San Rafaelito, we continued north admiring the coastal landscapes and learning from our guide. When the dark blue waters turned to wonders of turquoise, we knew we had made it to our next stop: Balandra Beach. Not only are the waters here crystal clear, they are also calm and very shallow which makes the beach that much more enjoyable. An iconic landmark in this area is ‘El Hongo de Balandra’ which translates to ‘The...

One more Mexican journalist murdered, this time in La Paz BCS

One more Mexican journalist murdered, this time in La Paz BCS

Apr 15, 2017

Reporter, Max Rodriguez Palacios was shot dead on Friday April 14, as he got out of his car in the parking lot of a shopping center, where he had gone shopping with his wife. Rodríguez Palacios, 73, was a spokesman for the Superior Court of Justice and the State Attorney General’s Office, and worked as a correspondent for major Mexican newspapers “El Heraldo” and “Excélsior“. At the moment, Rodriguez Palacios collaborated with the project known as “Colectivo Pericú“, a web portal featuring news and citizen denunciations, where he had a column dealing with security and politics. Max Rodríguez Palacios was a spokesman for the Superior Court of Justice and the State Attorney General Office in the state of Baja California Sur (PGJE). The 73-year-old journalist was attacked minutes after arriving at the parking lot of the Plaza City Club Forjadores in La Paz, where he was going shopping with his wife. In the area where this tragic incident took place, more than 15 used high caliber cartridges were found, but no arrests related to this crime have been recorded so far. Sources: http://www.unomasuno.com.mx...