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Think to the last news story you heard about Mexico, and it probably involved the heated debate over immigration reform in the United States or the Mexico's struggle against drug cartels.

And now, more than ever, the media is painting a grim picture of the multi-faceted crisis brewing at the U.S.-Mexico border, where a recent surge in undocumented, unaccompanied children are moving between the two countries at a rate of more than 1,000 per week. President Barack Obama has called it a "humanitarian crisis," and all eyes are on the White House as the government decides its next move.

The images pieced together in the news — of corruption, poverty, violence and crime — are grim, but they don't capture the full, textured reality of life in Mexico. As there are approximately 33.7 million Mexican-Americans living in the United States today, it is worth thinking more about what the country looks like beyond the headlines.

Here are some photos that show a side to Mexico that we don't usually see in the media:

1. It has 300 spoken languages.

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Not only does Mexico have the largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, it is also home to over 10 million people who speak an indigenous language. Some of the languages are at risk of becoming extinct.

Approximately 68 legally valid linguistic groups and 364 specific varieties of indigenous languages are spoken in Mexico. How many languages do you know?

2. It has some of the world's best musical festivals.

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Since 1998, Vive Latino has been one of the most important Latino, Spanish and Indie music festivals in the world. This year's festival in Mexico City hosted over 173 bands in four days.

3. Impressive museums showcase the rich history.

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From a museum of Mexican railroads to its own wax museum to a whole establishment dedicated to Mexican toys throughout history, Mexico is home to hundreds of specialty museums. The National Museum of Anthropology is its most visited, boasting artifacts from Mayan civilizations and an incredible Aztec calendar stone. Mexico's almost perfect weather allows for the museum to be partly outdoors with gorgeous gardens and outdoor exhibits.

4. It is home to several "Ring of Fire" volcanoes.

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Scattered across Mexico are breathtaking volcanoes, some of which are active. The volcanic belt, Sierra Nevada, which is part of the "Ring of Fire," spans across Mexico. Its highest peaks have snow all year round and are visible to local residents during clear weather.

5. It is seeing a huge car boom.

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By the end of next year, Mexico is expected to overtake Japan and Canada as America's No. 1 source of imported cars. The manufacturing of cars in Mexico has exploded over the past few years, and its output is expected to rise 50% by 2019.

6. It is home to some incredible ancient murals.

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Mexico has a history with murals that goes back to ancient civilizations. The murals movement in Mexico was born in the 1920s after the Mexican revolution as a way to show that art is for the public, and is not just empty output. The murals have historically been collective projects and a way for a group of artists to bring together political and cultural art. It even brought Secretary of State John Kerry to take a tour of the Diego Rivera murals of the National Palace in Mexico City.

7. It invented the coolest way to wrestle.

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Lucha Libre is a type of Mexican wrestling with bright masks covering the fighters' faces. It can also be characterized by "high-flying maneuvers." Flying fighters? Sign us up.

8. It has a thriving fashion industry.

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Mexico's fashion week is a highly anticipated event for fashion designers internationally, even if it is smaller than the others. This year featured 22 collections, which some reviewers called less trend-driven and more authentic than collections shown at larger fashion weeks such as New York and London.

9. It has a fast-growing environmental movement.

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Cancun held the UN Climate Change Summit in 2010, where thousands of protesters from around the world marched for new climate change policy. Protesters even donned famous faces to get their point across. Mexico's president introduced climate change legislation in 2012, but the effects have shown to be less than satisfactory due to lack of funding and lack of a national climate change system.

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The area of ​​instability will generate heavy rains in the State of Mexico, Jalisco, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, and Guanajuato

Domingo to leave home, a picnic with the kids? Maybe it Thing think about it because a low pressure produces a wide zone of instability off the coast of Jalisco, Colima and Michoacan, and currently has a 20% potential to evolve into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, reported Sunday the National Meteorological Service (SMN).

This phenomenon is associated with a strong influx of moisture from the Pacific Ocean to the states from the west, northwest and center of the country, said the agency.

Around 07:15 am on Sunday, the low pressure was located 830 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Colima, and was moving north at 9 kilometers per hour; recorded sustained winds of 35 mph and gusts up to 45 mph

"The system favors cloud landslides and provide moisture, interacting with a wide divergence in the area west of the country, will promote the potential of very heavy rain in Sinaloa, Colima and Guerrero and promptly intense in Jalisco, Nayarit and Michoacán " highlighted the SMN.

So what should be the plan for this Sunday: umbrella to go, or rather a day of movies at home?

The area of ​​instability will generate heavy rain (75 to 150 mm) in portions of the State of Mexico, Jalisco, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Michoacan and San Luis Potosi, and very strong (50 to 75 mm) in Colima.

Further heavy rainfall (25 to 50 mm) in areas of Mexico City, Querétaro, Tlaxcala, Morelos, Veracruz, Tabasco and Quintana Roo, which may be accompanied by thunderstorms and hail are expected.

In Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, about 14,000 people had to be taken to shelters, as about 500 houses were damaged in 12 colonies of the town, officials of the Secretariat for Civil Protection State.

By Saturday affected most had returned to their homes. Authorities said the flooded homes showed no structural damage.

Continuous rains in recent days have caused landslides, landslides, overflowing rivers and streams, disruption in roads and road sections, and flooding in low areas and saturation drains in urban areas, so he was asked to population to take precautions and remain attentive to the calls of Civil Protection and state and municipal authorities.

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controWhat started as a tweeted “selfie” of President Enrique Pena Nieto with actor Kevin Spacey last week has devolved into a debate about politicians paying for positive coverage on social media.

In the photo (shown below), a relaxed Pena Nieto beams next to the grinning star of the Netflix television drama “House of Cards,” in which he plays Francis Underwood, a fictitious politician who moves into the White House.

“One of these Presidents is real. With President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico last night,” Spacey tweeted May 7 to his nearly 3.4 million followers.

Pena Nieto’s office later offered the photo to the news media, saying that the two had run into one another at a tourism expo in Cancun, the Caribbean resort city.

But it wasn’t long until a blogger for Forbes magazine reported that the meeting between the two was no accident: Spacey had been paid by the Mexican Tourism Board to attend the event _ and appear with Pena Nieto. That’s when some Mexicans took to social media to lambaste both the actor and the president.

“How much did the selfie of Pena Nieto with Kevin Spacey cost?” asked the news portal sinembargo.mx in a headline about the photo.

Forbes blogger Dolia Estevez said the head of the tourism board, Rodolfo Lopez Negrete, denied in an email to her a news report that Spacey had been paid $8 million to attend the event, declaring the sum “wrong and without a source.”

A spokesman for the tourism board, Eduardo Regules, did not respond to a telephone message and email.

A day after Spacey sent the tweet, he tweeted again saying that in the photo, “I was in character as Francis Underwood in House of Cards! I don’t know jack about Mexican politics. I should have made that more clear.”

Pena Nieto has 2.6 million followers on Twitter and knows a thing or two about image crafting. On his arm when he came to office in late 2012 was Angelica Rivera, a beloved television soap opera star whom he had married two years earlier.

Mexican fans of Spacey took to his Facebook page Friday to voice their discontent with his choice of “selfie” pals.

“Shame on you. How could you sell yourself to such a corrupt and illiterate president?” wrote Cata Lina on the page Friday afternoon.

“How much did they pay you for taking that picture?” added Jacobo Ricardo Barocio Santos earlier Friday.

One sociologist who studies political imagery, Nicolas Loza Otero, said the nitpicking is mere static to the benefit that Pena Nieto and other Mexican politicians receive by rubbing elbows with Hollywood celebrities.

“People who watch Netflix are middle class or higher,” Loza said. Of them, he added, “there are people who criticize this kind of thing, but I think that overall the balance is positive for Pena Nieto.”

Pena Nieto’s press office has refined the art of releasing seemingly spontaneous photos of the 47-year-old president, such as one of him leaping out of his seat in joy while watching a Mexican soccer match.

On March 14, his office released a selfie-like photo of Pena Nieto leaning toward the camera with Carlos Slim, the telecom tycoon who is one of the world’s richest men, surrounded by the stars of the Leon soccer team, which Slim owns. Slim’s son-in-law, Arturo Elias Ayub, took the photo.

Another expert on social media, Maria Elena Meneses, said Pena Nieto took a hit last month when some Internet users launched a campaign against framework legislation to a telecom overhaul that would allow authorities to block cellphone signals during protests, censor websites and track cellphone communications.

Legislators backed down, although Meneses, who is the coordinator of the Information Society Program at the Technological Institute of Monterrey, said the campaign against Pena Nieto on the legislation “was devastating” and “caused harm to his reputation globally.”

Using public funds to burnish the image of politicians is neither unique to Mexico nor limited to its leaders.

Recent mayors of Mexico City, one of the world’s largest metropolises, routinely have spent tax money to bring well-known artists to the mammoth main plaza for concerts free to the citizenry (but costly to the city till).

Last year, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera sponsored concerts by balladeer Chayanne and salsa singer Marc Anthony in February, and another by Spanish singer Miguel Bose in May. Each of the concerts drew more than 100,000 people.

His predecessor, Marcelo Ebrard, was pondering a run for the presidency in 2012 when he contracted Justin Bieber and Paul McCartney for separate concerts. McCartney drew 200,000 fans and Bieber brought out as many as 300,000 people.

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In the bowels of Teotihuacan, a mysterious, ancient Mexican city whose history has eluded experts for more than a century, an archaeologist made a toxic and potentially tremendous discovery: liquid mercury.

Project leader Sergio Gomez came upon “large amounts” of the silvery stuff in an underground chamber beneath the Quetzalcoatl Temple, one of several sacred pyramids at the site 30 miles from Mexico City.

Though the site has been excavated since the 19th century, little is understood about its leaders and inhabitants. No royal tombs have been found there, and until this month, neither had mercury — a chemical whose presence at a few other ancient sites usually indicated that the place had religious or royal significance.

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The mercury “completely surprised us,” Gomez told Reuters, and it’s still not clear why the chemical was put in the chamber. Rare, difficult to mine and dangerous to handle, he knows that liquid mercury was prized for its reflective properties — perhaps it was supposed to represent a river or lake to the underworld.

Gomez has been excavating the 1,800-year-old Teotihuacan tunnel for nearly six years in search of a royal tomb. Last fall his team uncovered three previously unexplored chambers nearly 60 feet below ground — in them, he hoped to find human remains that could offer some clues about the ancient city.

“If they are there, they must be from someone very, very important,” Gomez told the Associated Press in October.

The discovery of mercury this month makes it even more likely that the chambers house something — or someone — significant. Gomez hopes to finish excavating them by October, he told Reuters.

If he finds what he has been looking for, Gomez will resolve one of the central mysteries of Teotihuacan: how it was governed.

Developed around 100 A.D. by a still-unnamed civilization, the city’s influence extended as far as Guatemala until it collapsed midway through the 7th century, according to UNESCO. Like so much else about the city, the cause of its downfall remains uncertain. The Aztecsrediscovered the abandoned site when they swept through Mexico half a millennium later — awed by what they saw, they named it “Teotihuacan,” or  “abode of the gods.”

Until 1400, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the Western Hemisphere, home to as many as 200,000 people and pyramids that rivaled those in Egypt. But the 14-square-mile site lacks fortifications and military structures — unusual for a city of its size and significance. It also contains little evidence of its rulers — no palace, no pictures of a powerful king — leaving scholars speculating about who ran the city and how it was able to persist for nearly 600 years.

Mexican archaeologist Linda Manzanilla told Reuters she believes that the city was ruled by a council of four lords, and that Gomez will find the remains of one of them in his chambers.

The discovery of a royal tomb would be a remarkable way for Gomez to cap off his 6-year study, which has yielded thousands of relics ranging from centuries-old seeds to strange yellow spheres made of glittering pyrite.

But with three whole chambers and six months left to explore, U.S. archaeologist George Cowgill, who has spent more than four decades excavating Teotihuacan, said that the odds of finding a tomb are still “very uncertain.”

“That is what keeps everybody in suspense,” he told Reuters.

mex1National Institute of Anthropology and History archaeologists work at a tunnel that may lead to a royal tombs. (Reuters)

Sarah Kaplan is a reporter for Morning Mix.

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Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline, announced an increase in the number of flights it offers between Mexico City and major destinations such as Acapulco, Cancun, Huatulco, Los Cabos, Merida, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo in Mexico and Miami, Orlando and San Antonio in the United States, for this summer season

The airline will, therefore, add over 100 flights a week to its connectivity network, with more than 3,000 seats per week for the domestic market and over 2,000 additional seats for the international market.

Cancun is one of the busiest tourist cities in Mexico, so Aeromexico will add an average of four daily flights from Mexico City and six weekly flights from Monterrey to enhance its daily flight services.

Moreover, Aeromexico recently also reported an increase of its offer on international routes such as London, Madrid, Shanghai, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro, reaffirming its commitment to create greater connectivity for Mexico.

About Grupo Aeromexico
Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V., is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in commercial aviation, in Mexico, and the promotion of passenger loyalty programs. Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline operates more than 600 daily flights and has its main hub in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. Its destinations network spans to 79 cities on three continents, including 44 destinations in Mexico, 16 in the United States, 13 in Latin America, three in Europe, two in Asia and one in Canada.

The Group's fleet of more than 115 aircraft is comprised of Boeing 787, 777, 767 and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 145, 170, 175 and 190 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico, to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 MAX 737 jet airliners and ten 787-9 Dreamliners.

As a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, Aeromexico offers customers more than 1,000 destinations in 178 countries served by the 20 SkyTeam airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 564 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel options through its code share partners Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, LAN, TACA and TAM with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and Peru. www.aeromexico.com and www.skyteam.com

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PUERTO VALLARTA: One of my absolute favorite destinations in the world is Guanajuato, a city in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands. It’s a place where every interest is catered for. Every time I return I throw myself into the wealth of cultural activities it offers: concerts, exhibitions, theater, food festivals, book fairs…Even Guanajuato’s street scene is lively. Walk down to the Jardin (Garden) area any given night, and you’ll see strolling locals and expats, bustling outdoor cafes, student troubadours, and mariachi groups making music, and more.There’s actually so much choice for things to do that, truth be told, it sometimes stresses me! I worry that, if I go to a symphony concert at the Teatro Principal one night, I may miss a great gallery opening that same evening.
 
Or if I attend that lecture at the Cervantes Institute, I’ll have to pass on a wine tasting or a restaurant outing.Whenever I feel myself getting stressed like that, I remind myself that there’s alwayssomething (or several somethings) going on in Guanajuato, so it’s not the end of the world if I miss something; I can afford to be blasé.As elsewhere in Mexico, it’s all very affordable. Most tickets to cultural events are only $5 to $7—when there’s a fee at all. Other prices are equally low.
 
comida corrida—Mexico’s lunch special—typically runs $3.50 to $7. $20 or so a person gets you dinner, with several courses and wine, in Guanajuato’s finest restaurants.For such a relatively small city (central Guanajuato has a population of about 70,000), there’s plenty to do and see. And for big-city shopping, warehouse stores, outlets, and top-notch hospitals, the city of Leon (population about 1.6 million) is just an hour’s drive away—and the Leon international airport, El Bajio, is less than half an hour.For special treats, I have the rest of Mexico to explore. When I’m in the mood for beach fun and some of the country’s finest dining, I can head to expat destinations like Puerto Vallarta or Cancun. I can go for culture in Guadalajara and for the famous bargain shopping in Tlaquepaque, the little town on its outskirts. I head to handcrafts towns like Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas whenever I want to see or buy something artisan and one-of-a-kind.Mexico is rich in interesting, colorful, historic towns and cities.
MexicoWalk down to the Jardin (Garden) area in Guanajuato, Mexico any given night, and you’ll see strolling locals and expats, bustling outdoor cafes, and mariachi groups making music, and more.
 
It’s especially rich in small cities like Guanajuato—places with populations around 100,000 that offer small-town comfort and big-city goodies. Each has their own flavor (which I’ll tell you more about in person at the Ultimate Retire Overseas Conferencethis June). A favorite with expats is San Miguel de Allende, only 90 minutes from Guanajuato. It’s been drawing artists and creative people—particularly Americans—since just after the Second World War.Other expats flock to the Lake Chapala area, for relaxed living in beautiful surroundings. Little towns dot all along the lake’s north shore, giving you a wealth of options for a place to live.
 
Prefer to be by the beach? Then head to the Riviera Maya, south of Cancun, to lively tourist favorites, like Playa de Carmen and Tulum.You can see why I feel so spoiled for choice in Mexico. And because my life in this diverse country is so affordable, I have the extra money to visit all of the places I told you about above…and more.
 
It’s a common theme among expats who live here.
 
Not only do we enjoy a relaxed, comfortable, more affordable life than we had back home, we have a big, beautiful, complex, and exciting country to explore. That fact enriches our lives in ways I think none of us fully expected before we came.So whenever I feel a niggle of stress over my many choices in Mexico, I remind myself how lucky I am that my biggest problem is choosing how best to enjoy myself tonight…
 
 
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Kim Kardashian goes to the Riviera Nayarit yearly. Christina Aguilera got engaged there. And on the visit I finished last week, I shared the sands with the Presidents of Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Columbia and Mexico. (OK, I never actually saw any of them in their speedos and bikinis, but they were gathering in the town of Punta de Mita for a high-stakes meeting of the Pacific Alliance).

Yet ask the average North American where Nayarit is, and they’ll likely guess Africa. And that may be part of the reason you want to vacation here and do so soon.

The Riviera Nayarit is a 192-mile band of sand that’s closely backed by the Sierra Nevada mountains, a fact that keeps overdevelopment in check (the land behind the beach is often just too steep for skyscraping multinational hotels). Some 23 tidy little beach communities are strung along the sea, each cuter than the next. The sands tend to be a golden yellow, the seas teeming with critters (this is a major whale shark and whale watching destination come winter) and the people welcoming.

Over the next five weeks, I’ll post about my experiences on the Riviera Nayarit, one a week, so this column doesn’t get shanghaied by one small corner of the globe. I hope you’ll enjoy this series and I think you’ll be struck, as I was, by the variety of experiences you can have here. Along with this blog, I’ve posted a slideshow about the area (please click here for that).

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Puerto Vallarta, Jal.- Aeromexico will offer nonstop flights between Sacramento and Mexico City beginning April 6.

The flights from Sacramento International Airport to Mexico City will occur on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, leaving at 1:10 a.m. Flights from Mexico City leave at 8:35 p.m. to Sacramento on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The new flights will be made using Boeing 737 aircraft, seating 132 passengers, including 12 in first class. The flights to Mexico City will allow for one-stop connections to Cancun, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose in Costa Rica.

“We are very happy to get this entrée into Mexico City,” said Sacramento International Airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower. “It is obviously easy access to the capital city of Mexico, but also plugs in our passengers to all kinds of important Latin American routes and, of course, the resort communities of Mexico.”

Aeromexico, located in Terminal B, began offering nonstop flights between Sacramento and Guadalajara in 2011. Passenger traffic on the Sacramento-Guadalajara route increased 48.2 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to airport officials.

“With the start of these new flights, we now offer service to 29 different routes from the United States to Mexico,” said Aeromexico’s chief revenue officer, Anko van der Werff

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clip image0041Global Voices through its Rising Voices initiative, the Juan de Córdova Research Library, and SURCO invite indigenous language activists from all across Mexico to take part in the Indigenous Language Digital Activism Gathering that will take place on October 3-5 at the San Pablo Cultural Center in the historical center of Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico.

The central focus of this gathering is to provide a space for peer learning and exchange targeted at 25 indigenous language digital activists that are currently using their languages in digital media.

Mexico is one of the most linguistically diverse countries in Latin America with more than 300 indigenous languages spoken and written on a daily basis, and many of these are in danger of extinction. Technology has been adopted in recent times for academic documentation and for the creation of language learning software as a way to study and preserve these languages.

New generations have also been taking to the Internet to tweet, blog, or podcast in their native languages as part of their daily online routines. However, an emerging movement comprised of indigenous Internet users are welcoming the responsibility to promote their language and culture online in an effort to revitalize the language and encourage the next generations of speakers. This sense of duty to their community drives these digital activists to dedicate their own time and resources towards this noble cause.

Despite these grassroots efforts, many digital activists work in relative isolation facing unique and ongoing challenges, such as:

Technical challenges - including the unavailability of a keyboard with the appropriate characters necessary for writing in the language.
Linguistic challenges – including a lack of a consensus among the community on the correct version of the written alphabet, or a lack of technology-related terminology in the language
Socio-cultural challenges – including communities that may yet to have discussions about how their language and culture should or should not be openly shared online.
The good news is that there are strategies to address these challenges in unique contexts, as demonstrated by the growing number of success stories of how communities have been using participatory media to promote their languages online. However, there continues to be a need to find ways for these digital activists to connect with one another to share their stories and experiences.

That's where the Indigenous Language Digital Activism Gathering comes in. This group will include bloggers, audio-visual producers, Wikipedia editors, and free software localizers, all creating digital content in Mexican indigenous languages.

Through peer-led discussions and hands-on workshops, there will be ample opportunity for the participants to build digital skills, as well to engage in conversations about the unique challenges that they face. In addition, workshops exploring the topic of online and offline digital activism and how their work can continue to have an impact in their communities.

There will also be two public events where those interested in learning more about how these communities are working to help make this social change through their digital work.

Those interested can apply to attend and full and partial travel scholarships are available.

Please note: this opportunity is only open for participants that speak an indigenous language and who reside in Mexico. The deadline to apply is August 29, 2014. For more information, please use the Contact Form on the event's blog.

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By Peter Gray

Photos by Bill Clark

On the morning of Thursday, January 25th, sixteen crew members from the CGC Active, led by the ship's captain, Cdr. Sean Burke, descended on the Los Mangos library with scrapers and pressure hoses to prepare the building for a fresh coat of paint. Having set up that effort, our local Navy League now has high hopes that another U.S. ship will arrive in the near future, to finish the job.

Just as importantly, the CGC Active unloaded a quantity of medical supplies, including wheel-chairs.
These will be allocated to appropriate local institutions by Dr. Peter Gordon.

The shipping of donated medical supplies, which are generally waiting for shipment in a warehouse in San Diego, is one of the main priorities (and logistical
challenges) which the Navy League undertakes, in coordination with the U.S. Naval base in San Diego.

The CGC Active called in at Puerto Vallarta last September. We were very glad to see it return again – this time bearing the medical supplies and a great band of volunteers ready to go to work.

The Active well deserves its nick-name of "Lil'
Tough Guy." The ship has been awarded many commendations for major drug-interdictions and for its work on the Prince William Sound oil-spill, caused by the ill-fated Exxon Valdez. Its home port is Port Angeles, Washington. This ship is the seventh U.S.
cutter to bear the name Active. Historically, not much has changed, because whereas the earliest cutters dealt with pirates – now it is narco-traffickers!

One of the ship's volunteers told me this was her first experience working on a Comrel project. She was enjoying it thoroughly and also looking forward to a similar experience waiting for her in Cartagena, Colombia.

Bill Clark later hosted a lunch for the volunteers at El Moro restaurant in Colonia Paraiso. The Puerto Vallarta Navy League is always glad to have the opportunity to entertain these volunteers and to show them a sample of what our city has to offer.

Should this account trigger your interest in learning more about the Navy League, visitors are always welcome at the monthly meetings, held in the Marriott hotel on the first Tuesday of every month at 11 a.m.

A group photo of the ship's crew and officers and Navy League members

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Eleven exotic animals including African Lions and other large carnivores were transferred from Mexico to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado after the animals were confiscated from illegal or abusive situations. The Lions and other carnivores made the 1,700 mile journey to The Wild Animal Sanctuary where they will be rehabilitated and allowed to live the rest of their lives in large natural habitats.

Working in cooperation with a Mexican organization known as Bioparque Convivencia Pachuca, The Wild Animal Sanctuary began planning the rescue in late 2013. All eleven animals were rescued and sent to Bioparque's newly-renovated Captive Wildlife Way Station located approximately 150 miles northeast of Mexico City.

Once all the animals were at the single location, The Wild Animal Sanctuary coordinated with the US and Mexican Wildlife Authorities and the Way Station to transfer the animals to the Sanctuary's 720 acre facility in Colorado. To date, the Colorado non-profit organization has rescued over 30 exotic animals from various places within Mexico, and has plans to return in early 2015 to retrieve a number of rescued Tigers.

About The Wild Animal Sanctuary:
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a 720 acre refuge for large carnivores that have been confiscated from illegal or abusive situations. The Sanctuary is located 30 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado near the town of Keenesburg. The non-profit organization currently cares for more than 350 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other large carnivores and provides lifelong care for its rescued animals. The Sanctuary is the oldest and largest carnivore sanctuary in existence, having been in operation since 1980. The facility is distinctive among others in that it provides large acreage natural habitats for its rescued animals to live in and roam freely. The Sanctuary is open daily to the public for educational purposes and features an elevated "Mile Into The Wild" Walkway that visitors utilize to see the animals living in their habitats.

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