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Morning Weather Check -Las Brisas, Todos Santos, Wednesday 17/09 74 degrees at 7:30 A.M. sunny with some clouds.

Todos Tortugueros, A.C. Activities - JOIN TODOS TORTUGUEROS , A.C. and participate in the 24th annual California Coastal Clean-up Day, Saturday September 20th, from 8:30-11:30am. We will start at Punta Lobos and work our way nouth. Other members will work in and around La Pastora. La Bocana is another area which needs clean-up. Our group members have been working in collaboration with ASUPMATOMA, AC (who have held the federal permit for this zone since 1999) in various turtle conservation efforts since 2002 with (documented) excellent results and good relations with citizens of Todos Santos both nationals and foreigners.

Last year SEMARNAT, issued Enedino Castillo’s, Grupo Tortuguero de Todos Santos, A.C. or GTTS, a duplicate permit for the same species of turtle, same time frame (October-December) and same zone, so we have been coordinating our efforts with the group since July. The two groups have been doing the night patrols together since July. GTTS now controls the turtle nursery and all turtle release activities. All are welcome at the turtle nursery in La Cachora to release baby golfina (Olive Ridley) turtles every evening from 6pm to dark.

For information about golfina turtles releases now through mid-December, contact Enedino Castillo, 612 115-2465, email grupotortuguerots[-at-] For information about Todos Tortugueros, AC activities including the coastal clean-up, leatherback turtle conservation (October-March), education programs, festivals and recycling or email Patricia Baum, teampaty1[-at-],, 612 145-0882

Your Vote Is Important - If you are a U.S. Citizen living outside the United States and either need to register to vote or request an absentee ballot, then you need to go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program for Overseas Citizens at This is a very user friendly site. Make sure that your vote counts. Do it now! - Elena Moreno, e[-at-], 612 145-0050

Mobilizing Americans Abroad To Register For An Absentee Ballot - This is such an important time in history. We can't let the day to vote on Nov 4th pass us by. September 30th is the last day to register for absentee ballots. Please pass this information on to anyone that might not have done this yet.

Go to: Thanks for your support. YES WE CAN!! - Claudia Vail, RossandClaudia[-at-], Todos Santos

Mexican Residency Visa Warning (Courtesy, Baja Pony Express) - Well it is now official. The computer at the airport and the rest of the Immigration offices now pick-up if you have an FM-2 or -3 and are using a FM-T or Tourist Visa. One of my people was just caught and cited on the spot. He must now go before an Official later this week to find out the penalty.

You CANNOT arbitrarily change your immigration status at whim. I also suggest you keep a copy folded up in your wallet at all times. I shall post the results of the Hearing when I have more information. - Dennis C. Riley, Los Barriles

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Comments, Questions and Answers

Harassment On The Beach - I live in Barrio San Sebastian. On Thursday morning while walking with my dog to the beach I was passed by a truck full of policemen on their way to the beach also. They parked on a sand dune and two of them jumped out and walked towards the beach.At the same moment a man on a quad drove towards them. From where I was standing on the beach, it appeared that one policeman jumped on the quad and another one walked on the beach all heading towards the turtle nesting site. As I was walking and playing with my dog. I noticed that all the police were now standing on the dunes.

A few minutes later, the man on the quad came back to the dune from the desert side of the beach and the policeman who had been on the quad returned on foot. The next thing I noticed is that everyone was pointing in my direction. Then, as the cops got back in their truck to leave, the man on the quad sped towards me and snarled at me that "dogs are not allowed on the beach." I laughed and asked him, “since when?” He replied,”The beach is private property and it's against maritime law to have dogs on the beach.” He told me that the police would arrest me and take my dog. I told him that I have lived here for many years and know that is not true. He got angry and told me that I've been warned and I'd better watch out!

This man seemed dangerous and aggressive to me and I have been scratching my head,trying to figure out what was really going on,at the beach. After reading Anita’s story, which is so similar to mine, I am wondering more than ever what was happening on the beach which required that I be lied to and intimidated. I wonder also who else has had this kind of experience? - Catanya, Todos Santos

Reply To 'No Dogs On Beach' Incident - My wife inherited a cop's sense of funny business, and she thinks the guys on the ATV were up to no good, and wanted to chase off any witnesses. Notice the lack of request for mordida. What can we do if our beach has become a link in the drug highway? I can't imagine poachers being that violent, and the policeman driver sounds more scared than angry. - Tom Gafford, tag[-at-]

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Restaurant and Food News

Entertainment Schedule At Buena Vida - Starting this week we will be doing some new things:

Saturday night we will be having the lovely Dominique singing with her acoustic band in our dining room. It was so much fun last week! Starts at around 7:30 till about 10:00.
Starting this Sunday afternoon we will be having Sunday football showing on our big screen. We will be grilling up delicious burgers, bratwurst hot dogs and potato skins. This will start around 11:30 A.M.
Also we will have Monday night football with 2x1 beers from 5:00 till 7:00.
Starting next week on Thursday and Sunday night, we will be showing the season premiers of Grays Anatomy and Desperate Housewives for all the girls out there. It will be fun for all of us girls to get together. I will be giving you more information about that later next week!
If you have any question please call me. Don't e-mail.- Jessie Rutowski, jessierutowski[-at-], 6121343100, Todos Santos

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Music/Entertainment News

Afro Wigs And Go Go Boots - While you are still up in the U.S. make sure you bring back some cool clothes to dress yourself up as a Hippy. The audience gets to 'be a part of the show' on January 23 & 24/09, when 'Hairpiece' plays in Todos Santos. Join the fun and support the Performing Arts - bluemooninbaja[-at-]

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Pet Corner

Lost Kitten - Last Thurs Sept 11th one of my two kittens ran away. It is 3-months old, off white with grey/blue eyes, dark nose and face along with dark paws. Might answer to Pepper (talks a lot). Lost on Calle Las Brisas, Las Brisas Lonely sister is missing him - Dan Binetti, danbinetti[-at-], 044-612-11-70298

We Just Lost (and Found) Lucas Again - Hello everyone. On Monday our dog was again lost at Camino del Bajio near Bancomer. Fortunately with the collaboration of many people and children in the village we found him. Someone took him away and had him in a house in the colony San Vicente. It is possible that some people steal things or pets simply to get a reward, sell them for money or exchange them for drugs.

It is important that if you see some pet or thing that might be stolen or someone offers any, immediately inform the rest of the community by the Baja Western Onion, sending emails to your contacts, and telling your neighbors and friends in order to spread the word. We have found that most people in the village are very positive and helpful. Many thanks and greetings to everyone. -- Belinda, Todos Santos

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Misc. For Sale/Wanted

For Sale - Lexmark Printer <3 boxes of ink > New HP Scanjet G2410 New, still in box make offer. - Marylou Stewart, marichasart[-at-], 1450265, Todos Santos

2000-2004 Pick Up 4x4 V6 Required - we are looking for a 2000 to 2004 pickup 4x4 V6. Must be 4x4 and V6, our budget is $6900 U.S. Please contact us or show vehicle in the Pescadero gas station in the next couple of weeks. We can also rent one during September - Antonio Mendez, purplemister[-at-], 6121524053, Pescadero

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Vehicles/Boats for Sale

Mercedes Benz 450 SL - Moving back to EU. Selling 1979 450SL, both tops, beautiful condition. A desert car, has spent its entire life in Southern Cal, Phoenix and La Paz, no rust or body rot. NADA book value $22,000. Asking $18,500. OBO. - Ray Simpson, bajajazz[-at-], 612-121-6413, La Paz

Looking For A Vehicle To Rent From Sept 21st To Oct 20th - Offer $2000 pesos for renting a car or pickup for a month -09/21 to 10/20- Call to 612 1524053 or write to purplemister[-at-] Show car in Pescadero - Antonio Mendez, purplemister[-at-], 612 1524053

Jeep 1984 CJ-7 - The Baja Vehicle for the beach or running around Todos, 6 cylinders, manual transmission, lock in hubs, runs great, still under extended warranty. See it today at Cafe D'licia or call. Price reduced to only $3,000 U.S. - Don Mitchell, kiwimay1999[-at-], 1450862

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Rentals Available/Wanted

Property Manager/House Sitters Available - We will be in Pescadero from mid November-March and are available to house sit, property manage or pay reasonable rent. We are a Canadian couple in our mid thirties from Vancouver Island with local Baja references. We own our home and will treat yours with love and respect. Skills include: landscaping, gourmet catering and any yard maintenance required. - William Mcbride, willymcb[-at-], Pescadero

House - Three Months Oct-Dec. 2009 - Hello there. I am still looking for a house to rent for a three month period next fall. I would prefer to arrive about September 30th and leave 2-3 months later. Our arrival and departure time is very flexible. We are two adults and two kids (10 & 8). We will also have an occasional visitor so accommodations should fit this. It would be ideal to have a three bedroom or two with a casita and a pool is important to our kids. Thank you so much! Janene, Eugene, OR - Janene Becker, janene[-at-], 541.510.0142, Todos Santos

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Real Estate For Sale

Pacific Coast Beach Front Development Land - Pacific Ocean, commercial, residential development land, small and large affordable parcels for small developers near La Paz and Airport, plenty of fresh water, near new development of 24 contemporary homes to break ground 2009. Good future investment area, great building sites available, prices starting as low as 185,000 - Sidne Byars Herrero, sidne[-at-],, 612 125 9599, La Paz

Commercial Real Estate - Prime commercial property, prime location across from park and near Hotel California, two apartments, two outside palapas, client restroom. Ideal for live/work situation. Priced at $295,000.U.S. I also have a lot in la Poza at $95,000. U.S. Telephone in U.S. 619-977-7399 or in Todos Santos 612-1450249. - Diamond Moran, diamondmoran[-at-], For photos:, Todos Santos

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Sales and Services

Personal Counseling, Couples Counseling, and Depth Psychotherapy with Dr. Robert Saltzman - I have provided personal counseling, couples counseling, and depth psychotherapy for the southern Baja community since 1995. I have U.S. training and credentials, am a dual U.S./Mexican citizen, and speak both English and Spanish. My practice is dedicated to mental, emotional, and physical healing, philosophical awareness, self-understanding, and spiritual unfoldment. My reputation for honesty, sensitivity, discretion, and successful outcomes, both in the Mexican community as well as among expatriates, is excellent. For further information, please visit my website at - Robert Saltzman, dr.robert.saltzman[-at-],, 612 132 9060, Todos Santos

First Annual La Paz Art Festival - The First Annual La Paz Art Festival will take place Sunday, March 22, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Marina Palmira. Fine art, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, crafts, hand made jewelry, clothing and more will be presented by Mexican and foreign artists residing in Baja California Sur. Entrance is free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. There will be a Performing Arts Stage with music, dance and more. A raffle featuring artworks and other great prizes will also be held. All proceeds will be donated to two local charitable projects: TARIC, a community based children's arts project working in the La Paz colonias populares, and Baja Dogs La Paz, A.C., which provides educational programs for children and dog rescue, shelter and adoption. Sponsors of the event include The Baja Six Arts Group, Marina Palmira, Hotel Marina and Papeleria Agruel—The Art Shop.

Artists can rent a booth (spaces are 12' x 8') for 200 Pesos before February 1, 2009; 250 Pesos after that date. You may pay the rental fee at Papeleria Agruel—The Art Shop, Guillermo Prieto 189, e/Reforma y Independencia, La Paz. Pay early and select the best space for you. For more information in English, contact Sherry Lee Duncan at 612-122-9277 (sherryleeduncan [-at-] or Pat Solem at 612-121-5478 or 044-612-156-0478 (patencasa117[-at-] For more information in Spanish, contact Rafael Chavez Gonzalez at 122-9243 or 044-612-167-3823 (rafac9[-at-] For information in Spanish or English contact Helga Kuhne at 612-123-1811 (hik104[-at-] or Maureen Ryan at 612-122-9277 or 044-612-157-7101 (morene4[-at-] - Sherry Duncan, sherryleeduncan[-at-], 612-122-9277, La Paz

Professional Editing Services - Expert copy editor for manuscripts, presentations, speeches, any professional documents. Also do resumes, brochures. Will pick-up, deliver online. - D. Morey, moreydeb[-at-]

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Quote of the Day: " I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up. " - Tom Lehrer

Community Calendar
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Pro Football on The Big Screen - La Buena Vida, 11:30 A.M, Todos Santos
Greys Anatomy and Desperate Housewives - La Buena Vida, 7 PM, Todos Santos
Cabo Mil Happy Hour - 6 :00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. 96.3 FM, In English.
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, Live music by Dalina Jones and Diego Ramirez, 3 to 6 P.M.
NFL Football at he Sandbar in Pescadero
Monday Night Football/2 x 1 beers from 5:00 till 7:00 - La Buena Vida, Todos Santos
NFL Football at he Sandbar in Pescadero
Tennis, Elias Calles, contact Leslie leslie.light1[-at-]
Pizza night at the Sandbar in Pescadero
Basilfields 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Colegio Militar near Marquez de Leon
Tennis, Elias Calles, contact Leslie leslie.light1[-at-]
Grays Anatomy and Desperate Housewives - La Buena Vida, 7 PM, Todos Santos
Zandro's Ashtanga Yoga - 9.00 A.M. Donations, La Arca , Todos Santos
Basilfields 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Colegio Militar, near Marquez de Leon
Music by Shawn & Cowboy, Hotel California, Todos Santos
Friday Night Blues And Rock And Roll with Clacson - 9:30 P.M. -The Sandbar, Pescadero
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, live music by Dave Hutcheson and Dave de la Valle, 3 to 6 P.M.
Dominique and Friends - Music at La Buena Vida, 7:30PM - 10:00PM.
Music by Flashback - 8 P.M., Hotel California, Todos Santos
Los Cerritos Beach Club - Sunset Sessions, Music by Daniel Siqueiros, 3 to 6 P.M.
Tennis, Elias Calles, contact Leslie leslie.light1[-at-]



Sunday, Oct. 12 -Dharma Talks with Robert Hall, M.D. resume
Sunday, Oct. 12 - Día de la Raza (Mex.)
Monday, Oct. 13 - Columbus Day (U.S.)
Friday, Oct. 17-19 - ALMA Fishing tournament, Buena Vista
Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2 - Día de los Muertos (Mex.)
Sunday, Nov. 2 - Daylight Savings Time Ends (U.S.)
Tuesday, Nov. 4 - Election Day U.S. Tuesday, Nov 11 - Veteran's Day (U.S.)
Saturday, Nov. 15 - East Cape Guild “Gala” Fund Raising Event, Los Barriles
Sunday, Nov. 16 - Asoc. De Artes, (co-sponsor) 1st Art Festival, San Antonio
Thursday, Nov. 20: Mexican Revolution Day (Mex.)
Thursday, Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
Saturday, Nov. 29 - 11:00 - 3:00 Palapa Society's Annual Tiangus
Saturday, Nov. 29 - East Cape Guild “Baja Ha Ha” Golf Tournament
Friday, Dec. 12 - Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Mex.)
Saturday, Dec. 13 - ALMA Rummage Sale, Los Barriles
Sunday, Dec. 14 - 2nd Annual Special Needs School (CAM) Fundraiser
- Asoc. De Artes – Mural Tour, Los Barriles
Tuesday, Dec. 16 - Las Posadas (Mex.)
Thursday, Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Thursday, Jan. 1 - New Year's Day
Saturday Jan. 3 - Todos Santos 5k Run/walk For Health Sunday, Jan. 18 - Asoc. De Artes “Casas de Artes” Tour, Los Barriles
Friday January 23 - “Hairpiece”, Dinner Theater in Todos Santos at Leo’s Salon
Saturday January 24 - “Hairpiece”, Dinner Theater in Todos Santos at Leo’s Salon
Saturday, Feb. 14 - Rotary Club “Valentine Run”, Los Barriles
Sunday, Feb. 22 - 15th Annual Todos Santos Historic House Tour
Sunday, Feb. 22 - Asoc. De Artes “Artist Studio Tour”, Los Barriles
March 5-8 - Sexto Festival de Cine de Todos Santos - Leonardo
Sunday, March 22 - First Annual La Paz Arts Festival 8-5, Marina Palmira.
Thursday, Mar. 26-29 - Baja Shakespeare , “Comedy of Errors” Rancho Buena Vista
Sunday, Mar. 29 - Asoc. De Artes 16th Annual “Festival de Artes” Rancho B.V.
Wednesday, Apr. 22 - Rotary Club & UVERDE – “Earth Day” celebration
Monday, Jun. 8 - ALMA rummage Sale, Los Barriles
Sunday, Jun. 14 - ALMA Spay & Neuter Clinic, Los Barriles

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