'Important Changes' Category

Governor inaugurates Padrés clinics and Red Cross mobile clinic.

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Red Cross has the respect and appreciation of all the Sonoran so from the State Government will support any initiative that will benefit vulnerable social groups said the Governor Guillermo Padres to open new clinics and mobile clinics in support of migrant groups.
At the start of this program Padrés accompanied the Governor, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Red Cross, Daniel Goñi Díaz, Carlos Figueroa Vice Freaner National Red Cross and Karl Mattli, representative of the International Committee of Red Cross.
Mobile clinics will support and comply with migrant groups along the U.S. border in a joint effort between the Government of Sonora, the Mexican Red Cross and International Red Cross.
“This is a special program to assist a specific population and in a specific region, the aim is to provide guidance, technical assistance and of course prevention and care. ”
The program helps immigrants start in the municipalities of Altar, Nogales and Naco, where the flow of migration is particularly strong.
The Governor’s father offered full support to this program that begins in Sonora and in the short term will be extended to other regions.

Unveil Thinking program · water ·

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

 In order to inculcate among the people taking care of vital fluid, the CEO of the National Water Commission of Sonora (Conagua), Florencio Diaz Armenta Alejandro Zepeda accompanied Munro Mayor announced the program · Water Thinking “that would currently developing this institution in the State.
In the presence of Deputy Leslie Pantoja Hernández, Diaz Armenta announced this important campaign that are making in Sonora where they are given the task of convening mainly school and college students to participate in the First Contest of cartels and Video with the theme “Think for Water, How are you going back?”.
He explained that individual may participate as students from different high schools located in the State of Sonora, where they must attach a copy of the work of the school badge which they belong.
He explained that the work will be received until a period ending March 21, where the signs should be addressed in a free the theme “Think for Water, How are you going back?
I note that videos and posters done they will be uploaded to sitioswww.facebook.com / pensarporelaguaencartel and / or www.facebook.com / pensarporelaguaenvideo where voting will take place through the application I like to, “or” I do not like ¨ in the facebook page fan of making you call this, where the 10 most voted to pass the final round and are evaluated by a jury.
He said that the competition results will be announced on March 26 on the official website of this network and in various media, adding that the awards will take place on March 29 where the first place and take a Ipad poster printing, professional video camera nikon and the projection of the same in the second round, second a lap top Mini and an iPod Nano third in both categories.
For its part Zepeda Munro said the importance of those programs that seek to raise awareness among the student population primarily on the care of the water to learn to manage it properly and avoid despediaciarla.
 Revealed that work in conjunction with the State Government for Puerto Penasco very soon have a water treatment plant because it is an important issue in this city because it is in talks to soon make it happen

Padres Announces works

Friday, February 18th, 2011
Inauguran Alcalde y el Gobernador del Estado pavimento de la Calle Miguel Hidalgo

This year it will begin construction of the Convention and Visitors Center in Rocky Point that will help generate more employment sources and more people visit this city, said the governor Guillermo Padres.
In his working trip to the “Tu Tu Governor in Cologne” the State Executive explained that 50% of the investment is going to provide the federation, 25% of the State Government and the other 25% of the municipality.
On the public beach is said to be built in the grounds of the University of Sonora with an investment of more than 100 million pesos, which was given on loan.
It also projected that they will continue the second phase of the coastal road in order to have a faster flow to the tourism sector with an investment of 15 million pesos.

CEDO (Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans) is proud to announce the declaration of Bahía San Jorge’s wetlands as Wetlands of International Importance

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

As part of the celebration of World Wetlands Day on February 2nd, the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, announced the addition of the wetlands at Bahía San Jorge as one of seven new sites in the List of Wetlands of International Importance of the Ramsar Convention in 2010.

During the memorial ceremony on the island of San Pedro, in Yuriria, Guanajuato, the Secretary said that with this designation Mexico is now second in the world, behind only the United Kingdom, in the number of Ramsar sites it currently has. One hundred and thirty one sites exist and cover a total surface of eight million, 915 thousand, 433.7 hectares. The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty, which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation on the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. Mexico joined the Convention on November 4, 1986.

The wetlands of Bahía San Jorge extend over more than 35 linear kilometers of coastline, from the northern tip of Estero Almejas to the southern tip of Estero San Francisquito. This Ramsar site brings together a combination of habitats, marshes, low intertidal mud, salt marshes, coastal dunes, sandy beaches, permanent shallow marine waters and wetland-terrestrial interface, connecting the earth system with one of the most productive marine systems world, the Gulf of California, and are in turn connected to the Sonoran Desert.

Currently, this area is of great importance for fisheries and aquaculture production, and for species, such as rays, guitarfish, shark, octopus, shrimp, and crab. Like other estuaries in the region, Bahía San Jorge’s wetlands serve as nesting, resting and feeding grounds for migratory and resident birds that are part of the Pacific Flyway, including species like the least tern, the American oystercatcher and savanna sparrow. The canals and marshes of the site serve as refuge and feeding areas for the larval and juvenile stages of fish and invertebrates, and as well as for feeding grounds for marine species. Bahía San Jorge also hosts a resident population of the bottlenose dolphin, an endangered species. There are also endemic species not found anywhere else in the world there, like the fisherman myotis bat.

The declaration of the Bahía San Jorge’s wetlands as Wetlands of International Importance increases support for conservation and sustainable use, which helps protect its ecological integrity, and continues to maintain important ecological functions and environmental services.

Source: CedoIntercultural. Gob

People are priority one in 2010

Monday, February 8th, 2010

People are priority one in 2010


Written by:  Guadalupe Cabrera

                                                                                                                       Taken by: Join us newspaper


Mayor anticipates improvements in economy this year

In 2010, people, in all aspects, are the number one priority for the current administration. This has been stated time and again from the onset of the current 20th local city administration, affirmed Mayor Alejandro Zepeda Munro.

Alejandro ZepedaAfter indicating they are anticipating improvements within the Puerto Peñasco economy this year, the Mayor indicated the actions and programs of his administration are and will always be focused on improving the quality of life for the residents of this municipality.
Therefore, he stated, they will further promote areas of public safety as a fundamental part of progress, by equipping more patrol cars and acquiring other devices necessary to strengthen the operations of the Municipal Police.

He stressed during 2010 they will work arduously to bring in new projects, as employment is a need that is sought broadly throughout different parts of the city.

The Mayor indicated that, in terms of the economy, apparently the most difficult stage has been surpassed for Puerto Peñasco. He anticipates things will shortly fall into place and get back on track, with much better results for 2010.

Zepeda Munro stated the Municipal Administration and society have the same responsibility and the same goal, calling on the community to continue advancing and achieving the best for Peñasco.

No changes

In another area, the Mayor stressed there are no grounds or plans to make changes within the current municipal cabinet, noting the positions will remain the same and without changes for the time being.

The Mayor indicated there had been rumors circulating towards the end of last year with respect to changes of municipal officials, yet noted they were just that, rumors. Furthermore, he remarked that during 2010 there will be minimum staff cuts within the local governmental structure.

He stated he is not afraid of making decisions concerning changes with respect to collaborators, which will be done if it is shown they are not adequately operating their departments or if a budgetary adjustment is required.

There is no reason to be concerned about this, he stressed, as up to now all directors have been fulfilling their roles through hard work and he hopes things will continue as so in order to close out his administration with the same group of collaborators.

With respect to adjustments among City personnel, Zepeda Munro indicated there will not be any massive cuts and they will do minor adjustments in areas where this is deemed necessary by rotating staff in offices in order to do more with less.

Projects aimed to speed up wait times at Az/Mexico border

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Three major Arizona-Mexico border stations, including one notorious for making truckers and tourists wait for hours – and even overnight – to cross back into Arizona, are finally expanding.

Construction is about to begin to enlarge the Mariposa Land Port of Entry at Nogales, the nation’s third-busiest border station, over the next 3 1/2 years, with the bulk of the money coming from federal-stimulus dollars.

A new station for trucks at San Luis, southeast of Yuma, is a few months from opening. And work is expected to begin soon on the Lukeville station that leads to Rocky Point.

Those improvements, which are expected to reduce wait times, along with a major seaport Mexico may build at Punta Colonet in Baja California, could boost tourism in Arizona, make the state more competitive and give it a large role in international trade, said Margie Emmermann, executive director of the Arizona Mexico Commission.

“Right now, one of the biggest obstacles to people using our region as a gateway and port of entry is the fact that we have a lot of outdated infrastructure and our process for using our ports of entry is just very inefficient,” she said.

Arizona companies did about $10.8 billion in trading by surface transportation with Mexico last year, ranking fifth among all the states, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Surface transportation includes trucks, rails and pipelines.

While the improvements will reduce wait times, Emmermann said there still could be waits because of extra security measures being taken since 9/11. Eventually, as inspectors get used to new technology being introduced, security delays could subside.

Depending on congressional funding, improvements also could come in the next few years to ports of entry at Douglas in southeastern Arizona and for a second border station at San Luis, known as San Luis 1, that is the principal entry point for hundreds of field workers who cross the border to work the produce fields in Yuma every winter.


A groundbreaking ceremony will be held today on a $213 millionproject to modernize and expand the Mariposa Port of Entry at Nogales for those people heading to San Carlos.

Built in 1973, the station has become the main port of entry for fresh produce from Mexico. It is one of two ports at Nogales. The smaller Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry is used primarily for residents, shoppers and workers crossing between Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora.

The Mariposa station is considered a linchpin in the infrastructure needed for international trade among the U.S., Mexico and Canada and is part of the Canada to Mexico Trade Corridor, or CANAMEX, according to an environmental-impact statement completed in June.

The station has been too small for a long time.

“It was designed for about 400 trucks a day,” said Luis Ramirez, a Phoenix consultant working with the commission on the project. “We reached that in 1983.”

Truckers have said that they have to wait up to eight hours or even overnight to cross into Arizona, he said. Emmermann said it took her 4 1/2 hours to re-enter Arizona in December at the Mariposa station.

During the peak of the growing season, from January to March, as many as 1,400 trucks a day pass through Nogales, the environmental statement said. Delays not only cost drivers frustration, time and money, but can mean produce arrives in stores in a riper state.

Pedestrian crossings have more than tripled since 2002, reaching about 557,000 in 2006, and are expected to grow almost 200 percent by 2025.The environmental report also said the station offers miserable working conditions. Inspectors in one building can work only 90-minute shifts because of heavy exhaust fumes. Some inspection-lane booths are not under a canopy, forcing inspectors to work in the blazing sun in the summer.

The station will continue to operate during construction but Ramirez said the challenge will be to not lengthen wait times.

If it wasn’t for about $199 million in stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the project would have been delayed a year, and it would have been done in phases, he said. Now, it can all be done at once. It is the largest single stimulus project outside Washington, D.C.


Brian Levin, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said a three-month project to expand the Lukeville station from three to five lanes could start in December or January.

Two of the lanes will be reversible to handle greater crowds going south into Mexico on holiday weekends to Puerto Penasco and then switched to handle crowds coming back.

Lukeville handles about 800 vehicles on weekdays and up to 6,000 on holiday weekends.

Levin said waits have been reduced to a maximum of two hours on holiday weekends and the expansion should reduce those further.

San Luis

As the first community in the state to get a modern border station, Yuma is already seeing more businesses and expects to reap wide economic benefits, said Julie Engel, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp.

“We do want to be known for our international capabilities and what we can do for the economy in the state,” she said.

Even though it is not as busy as the Nogales station, San Luis was worked on first because it had become so dangerous, said Emmermann, who said lobbying for the improvements began in the mid-1990s.

Trucks and cars often mingle with pedestrians, especially the hundreds of produce workers who cross daily in the Yuma area during the winter.

So the San Luis station was split into San Luis 1, for pedestrians and non-commercial traffic, and San Luis 2, for commercial traffic. The $42 million San Luis 2 station, southeast of Yuma, is essentially done and is waiting for a comparable station to be completed on the Mexican side. Both are expected to open by the beginning of 2010.

The Arizona station will have the latest technology, such as heat scanners that detect humans hiding in vehicles. It will be able to handle at least 500 trucks a day.

Engel said it could draw business from Nogales and other border choke points.

The Arizona Department of Transportation completed a new limited-access expressway, Arizona 195, from the station to Interstate 8, so heavy commercial traffic can bypass Yuma.

Engel said two companies have already moved into Yuma County and plan to build near the new port after it opens. A third company, a solar manufacturer, also has expressed interest.


Friday, April 24th, 2009


Es ejemplo de tenacidad y de lucha.


Saúl Curiel Gómez en las diversas etapas de su vida, ha logrado escalar los peldaños más difíciles, que le han permitido pertenecer orgullosamente a los seres humanos, a los hombres bien nacidos que forman parte de la cultura del esfuerzo.


Es verdaderamente gratificante platicar con alguien que ha aportado lo mejor de sí mismo en su realización como persona y especialmente como inversión en beneficio de la sociedad. Es el caso de don Saúl Curiel Gómez, antes esforzado pescador miembro de la Sociedades Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera del Golfo de California hoy reconocido líder del “Ejido Las Lágrimas” quien nos comenta una parte de sus experiencias y de su desarrollo vital.


Originario del estado de Jalisco, nació en el rancho Los Copales, del lado de Talpa e hijo de padre agricultor, don José María Curiel casado con doña Micaela Gómez Estrada. Luego de hacer una escala de dos años en Rosa Morada Nayarit, llega a Puerto Peñasco en 1962 acompañado de sus padres y hermanos: Rafael, Asunción, José María, Eloísa, Micaela, Olivia, Eva, Natividad, Elodia y Magdalena, aclarando que dos más (Daniel y Víctor ) ya se encontraban en el lugar.


Recuerda que su trabajo desarrollado inicialmente en Puerto Peñasco, fueron los chinchorros. Trabajaron con don Jesús Arcaraz, más conocido como el “ chiclero”, luego, a don Saúl, según lo comenta, le entró el gusanito de la pesca y comenzó a salir de “pavo”-así se les dice a los pescadores que salen por primera vez-enrolándose en la Cooperativa Bahía Adair. Luego le surgió la idea de formar una cooperativa nueva que se llamó entonces “Punta Borrascosa” fundada por don Luís Arce Vargas- mejor conocido como el “chile seco”-. Ahí trabajó hasta el 76. En “Punta Borrascosa” se desempeñó como tesorero y luego como Presidente del Consejo de Administración, nos dice que dos meses antes de terminar su gestión lo eligieron Presidente de la Federación para el periodo 1980-1982. En la cooperativa- recuerda- le toca compartir con Cecilio López, Rafael Iriarte, Jorge Tánori Solis- para integrar una buena administración y fue, nos comenta, con don Florentino López Tapia de la Federación de Guaymas con quien hizo un buen enlace, cuando entró por primera vez la empresa Productos Pesqueros Mexicanos y también les tocó iniciar la época de la famosa “escama”. En esa época por primera vez en la historia, se apoyo al cooperativismo, para salir en tiempo de veda del camarón, salir a la escama. Reconoce don Saúl: “una época muy bonita que recuerdan los pescadores cuando se veían como una gran familia en Puerto Peñasco. Luego viene la debacle, empieza a bajar la producción pesquera, se entrampan los créditos en la banca, y viene un “piojillo” como se le llama tradicionalmente. Fueron épocas difíciles. Mucha gente emigró de Puerto Peñasco, porque lo fuerte de la zona era la pesca que era prácticamente el sostén del puerto.




Luego vino el tiempo del Presidente José López Portillo la transferencia de la flota y desgraciadamente el cooperativismo no estaba preparado para recibir una responsabilidad tan grande y fue un fracaso, aunque debe reconocerse que la intención fue muy buena dice, don Saúl.


Faltó gente preparada para que revisara los barcos, porque más de 50% eran barcos obsoletos, puras chatarras que se pagaron a muy buen precio. “Con decirte que estaban en tan malas condiciones que hubo barcos cargándoles el diesel se fueron a pique”. Señala una grave anomalía diciendo: “que casualidad que a los armadores pequeños de un barco, dos barcos les pagaron como quisieron, y armadores fuertes como Julio Verdagué, Camilo Medrano, Fernando Rafull Miguel recibieron su pago al contado, tanto plantas como embarcaciones”.


Continúa relatándonos que al terminar su período en la Federación se retira del sector pesquero y luego se metió de lleno en la cuestión ejidal, para hacer un ejido que se llama “Las Lágrimas”, señala que siempre le gustó leer sobre la Ley del Cooperativismo y que la Ley del Ejido viene siendo muy similar.


Aprovechando que tiene el grupo buenas relaciones con el Gobierno Federal, Estatal y Municipal, hicieron una co-inversión en terreno, que parece ser es la primera en la historia de México que van tomados de  la mano ejido con Gobierno Municipal “porque yo tengo entendido que en otras partes de la República andan agarrados por un metro de terreno, y nosotros aquí en todo el trienio de Ramón Martínez González hemos trabajado en común acuerdo . Estamos viendo en beneficio para ambas partes, tanto para el Ayuntamiento como para los ejidatarios”.


Nos informa don Saúl que el Ejido “Las Lagrimas” se ubica a diez kilómetros de Puerto Peñasco, carretera rumbo a Sonoyta, exactamente en el kilómetro 86”.

Asimismo hace saber, con orgullo que cuando se viene el Programa Procede y el cambio al Artículo 27 Constitucional en la época del Presidente Carlos Salinas de Gortari “fuimos el primer ejido en esta región que entró al programa, el cual fue de certificación.

Fuimos los primeros que empezamos a recibir títulos de propiedad”. Hoy, dice, estamos llevando a cabo la segunda etapa, donde aproximadamente vamos a sacar 3 mil títulos de propiedad. Ahora llevamos aproximadamente el 60 por ciento de avance en los trabajos para la segunda titulación.


Actualmente el Ejido “Las Lagrimas” se compone de 50 ejidatarios. El Comisariado Ejidal está conformado por: Saúl Curiel, como Presidente, Ángel Morales Valles; Secretario, Juan Rodríguez Zepeda, Tesorero; el Consejo de Vigilancia: Anselmo Palomares García, Presidente; Bernabé Félix Leyva, Secretario y Esteban Salazar Valdez, Secretario.


Visionario como lo ha sido durante toda su vida, don Saúl nos dice convencido: Veo que el futuro y el nuevo Puerto Peñasco está ubicado en esa área, por eso estamos trabajando de lleno para sacar adelante el régimen ejidal y repartir los asentamientos humanos.

La co-inversión que tenemos es de 800 hectáreas, 400 participa el H. Ayuntamiento nosotros los ejidatarios. Estamos en negociación de mil hectáreas mas, nos dice.

Finalmente expresa su esperanza y confianza de que con la nueva administración municipal que encabezará Heriberto Rentaría habrá continuidad en dotar de servicios a la zona del Ejido Las Lágrimas, porque es para beneficio de la gente de Peñasco. “No esperábamos este boom que hoy tiene el Puerto y seguimos teniendo confianza, en seguir una buena relación con el Gobierno Municipal. “Somos  de Peñasco y queremos servir a Peñasco.


Panorama de Puerto Peñasco Magazine


Thursday, March 26th, 2009

La cultura en Puerto Peñasco se encuentra activa con programas municipales por parte de Acción  Cívica y Cultural; estatales como el Fortalecimiento a la Estructura Cultural de los municipios, del Instituto Sonorense de Cultura y el H. Ayuntamiento, y comunitarios, como es el caso de Ideas, Centro Cultural independiente, Peñasco del Sol, con exposiciones en el lobby del hotel cada 15 días; Canal 3 Tele Peñasco con sus Viernes de bohemia y las galerías, Gracida Páez, Mata Galería, Alemán Garelly, Colibrí, Mar Bermejo y Munro Garrely que presentan exposiciones periódicas.


El programa Fortalecimiento  a la Estructura Cultural de los municipios, beneficia a 25 personas del municipio de Puerto Peñasco para iniciar programas de creadores, artistas, promotores culturales. Este programa anual entrega aproximadamente 540,000 pesos para las propuestas aprobadas.


Acción Cívica y Cultural a través de la casa de la cultura ofrece varios talleres además de eventos familiares como los Jueves del recuerdo con música bailable del ayer y los domingos familiares en la Plaza de los Gobernadores del Malecón fundadores, con música en vivo, programas culturales y talleres de pintura para los niños.


Entre los talleres de la casa de la Cultura están: Dibujo Japonés, pintura para niños, pintura práctica, danza hawaiana y tahitiana, danza folklórica, salsa rítmica, banda de música para niños y jóvenes, Guitarra, Piano y Saxofón.


El centro cultural independiente, Ideas, del grupo independiente Culturarías, está llevando a cabo exposiciones con artistas invitados de varías partes del estado de Sonora así como artistas y fotógrafos locales, y cada Miércoles, el programa Noches de trova a la luz de la luna. Ofrece también clases de guitarra clásica, solfeo, armonía y apreciación musical con el maestro cubano Rafael Columbié, y de pintura con Julieta Olalde, de percusión y batería con Alfonso Flores, entre otros interesantes talleres. Una actividad considerada tradicional de Culturarías es la Ruta del arte y del vino en Octubre y Mayo de cada año.

Rocky Point Magazine

Be Prepares to show your Passport or Passport ID Card starting June 1st!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

After a great Valentine’s Day, busy President’s Day weekend, and very active February, there is so much to relate to our readers that I hardly know where to begin – or even if Lannette is going to give me enough space. So be forewarned…if my Editorial suddenly comes to a halt, making no sense at the end, you’ll know she cut me off with a reminder about the WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) which, from what we’re hearing, WILL go into effect on June 1st – a few short months from now. For those of you who don’t know about WHAT, you are required to have a passport or passport ID card when leaving Mexico and re-entering the U.S. by vehicle (you have always needed one for airline flights). During the transition period, our Lukeville border crossing (and others); have been accepting your birth certificate and government issued photo ID in lieu of a passport. Come June 1st, this will no longer be an option. In a conversation with the Lukeville Port today, they stated that, as far as they know, June 1st is it. No more freebies – passports or passport ID cards will be requires for U.S Citizens crossing the border by land or sea. Apparently some newspapers, magazines and rental companies have been sending out the wrong message, stating that all you need is a regular ID card or driver’s license (no birth certificate). This is incorrect – no matter what anyone tells you. The passport ID card is cheaper ($45 for adults, $35 for minors, (under age 16) and $20 for adult renewal) than a regular passport ($100 for adults, $85 for minors under the age of 16 and $75 for adult renewal). You can find in depth and accurate information on how to obtain one, or both, on the following website www.travel.gov/passport/get/fees/fees_837.html. If you apply for both at the same time you can save about $25. Arizona will be following through with their “3 in 1 Enhanced Driver’s license”, which is another option, to the two above, but we have been told that, although their website says they will be available September 2008, they will not be issued until the end of 2009. Again, nothing in writing anywhere, that’s just what we have learned – we will wait for official word on this, but please don’t bank on the Enhanced Driver’s License in lieu of a passport ID card or you’ll be getting used to your new seaside home, perhaps schlepping the Rocky Point Times Newspaper on the street for some side dinero! (A joke, of course). Another thing we have learned, from more than one source, is that our Lukeville Port of Entry is to become a 24-hour port this year. This will, “literally take an act of Congress” to push this through, so take it as a rumor for now, file it away, and hope it comes true. The Lukeville Port has been getting more staff and agents so it would seem that they are gearing up for some big changes this year.

In talking with the Port today, we learned that we need to update our “Travel Information Section” pages where we list “permitted” and “prohibited” items, but you can take back to the U.S. with you. We did not have oranges and/or grapefruit (citrus) listed on the “prohibited” items, but you cannot take them back into the U.S., due to the possibility of the fruit fly hanging around. And, you are only allowed 1 liter of alcohol per person (of legal age).

This we did have right, but we do not state that you cannot import additional bottles.

This is a Pima County regulation and is county, state government mandated, so it will be different at other border crossing. For example, you can bring 2 litters of alcohol per person when you cross at Nogales. So, if you are crossing at another port, please check first – luckily a nice couple came into our office today and asked the question which prompted our phone call to the border. We will have the information updated next month.

In this edition of RPTimes, you will find a list of local establishments where you can pick up our paper, but get them quick as they go like hotcakes! Our advertisers come first, when it comes to distribution, so that’s another good reason to get your ad into the next edition. We have also been expanding our distribution locations throughout Arizona, and are pleased to announce our latest location – The Cattlemans Bar and Grill in Prescott. The Cattlemans owner, and Peñasco lover, Chuck Roberts has been gracious enough to take on the task of carrying the Rocky Point Times at his restaurant for his patrons.  

Rocky Point Times


Será pasaporte requisito para viajar en cuatro meses

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Tendrán ciudadanos que presentar el documento al entrar al País a partir del 1 de junio

Por Brady McCombs


LA ESTRELLA DE  TUCSÓN,- El Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos no está en problemas por el aumento de último minuto en las solicitudes que se ha generado tan sólo a cuatro meses a que los ciudadanos estadounidenses necesiten tener un pasaporte para volver a entrar a este País.

Desde el verano del 2007 – cuando el tiempo se duplicó de 10 a 12 semanas para la mayoría de los pasaportes e inclusive más tiempo para otros debido a un aumento sin precedente en las solicitudes – el Departamento de Estado ha acelerado la contratación y el fortalecimiento de sus esfuerzos para cumplir con la demanda. Para octubre de ese año, el tiempo de espera se redujo a la mitad, y hoy en día, el tiempo de espera es de cuatro semanas como máximo.

“Hemos ampliado nuestra capacidad al punto que podemos manejar hasta unos 30 millones de pasaportes (al año) y hasta ahora no hemos tenido esa demanda”, dijo Brenda Sprague, secretaria asistente para los servicios de pasaporte en la Oficina de Asuntos Consulares (Bureau of Consular Affaires) del Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos. “Estamos seguros que estamos listos para manejar lo que venga”.

Después de que se incrementaron las solicitudes de pasaportes a 18.5 millones en el 2007 – un aumento de 12 millones en el 2006 y 10.4 millones en el 2005 – subieron aún más en el 2008 a 16 millones, así lo demuestran las cifras del Departamento de Estado. Este año, esperan alrededor de 12 millones, informó Sprague. La baja en la demanda de solicitudes puede ser relacionada a menos viajes internacionales debido a la crisis económica, agregó.

“En realidad sube o baja dependiendo de la industria de viajes”, comentó Sprague.

Las autoridades de aduanas en realidad no están autorizadas a mantener a un ciudadano estadounidense fuera del País, aun cuando los requisitos entren en vigor a partir del 1 de junio, señaló Bonnie Arellano, portavoz de la agencia de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (Customs and Border Protection) en Arizona.

Pero, las personas que viajen sin pasaporte tipo tarjeta o pasaporte tipo libreta se toparán con grandes retrasos ya que tendrán que pasar a una inspección secundaria y comprobar su ciudadanía por medio de otros documentos, reiteró.


Más información sobre los pasaportes



¿Qué es la Iniciativa de Viaje del Hemisferio Occidental?

3/4 Esta iniciativa exige a todos los ciudadanos de Estados Unidos y de Canadá portar un pasaporte u otro documento aprobado al ingresar a Estados Unidos.

3/4 Este es el resultado de las recomendaciones hechas por la Comisión 11 de septiembre, que el Congreso pasó como ley en el Acta de Prevención al Terrorismo y Reforma de Inteligencia del 2004. A partir del 1 de junio la segunda fase de la iniciativa se pondrá en efecto para los viajeros que ingresen a Estados Unidos vía terrestre o marítima. A partir de la citada fecha, los ciudadanos estadounidenses deberán presentar un pasaporte tipo libreta, pasaporte credencial o documentos aprobados para viajar cuando ingresen a Estados Unidos por vía terrestre o marítima de México, Canadá, el Caribe y Bermudas.

Pasaportes tipo libreta versus Pasaportes tipo credencial

3/4 El pasaporte tradicional es válido para viajes internacionales a cualquier parte del mundo por cualquier vía terrestre, aérea o marítima. Es más grande y más caro que el pasaporte tipo credencial. El costo para los solicitantes de primera vez es de 100 dólares para adulto/85 para menores de 16 años.

3/4 Costo de renovación: 75 dólares para los adultos.

3/4 Validez: 10 años para los adultos/ 5 años para menores de 16 años.

3/4 Tiempo aproximado de espera: Aproximadamente cuatro semanas a partir de la fecha de solicitud, a veces toma menos tiempo.

3/4 Se puede solicitar un servicio de agilización de trámites con un costo adicional de 60 dólares, lo cual reduce la espera a dos semanas.

3/4 El nuevo pasaporte tipo tarjeta está diseñado para las personas que viven en las comunidades de la frontera. Sólo es válido para ingresar a Estados Unidos desde México, Canadá, el Caribe y Bermudas ya sea por tierra o por mar. No podrá utilizarse para viajes internacionales aéreos.

3/4 El costo para los solicitantes de primera vez: 45 dólares para adulto/35 dólares para menores de 16 años.

3/4 Costo de renovación: 20 dólares para los adultos.

3/4 Validez: 10 años para los adultos/ 5 años para menores de 16 años.

3/4 Tiempo aproximado de espera: Aproximadamente cuatro semanas a partir de la fecha de solicitud, a veces toma menos tiempo.

3/4 Puede ahorrarse 25 dólares si solicita ambos al mismo tiempo. El costo por los dos tipos de pasaportes sería de 120 dólares para adulto y 95 dólares para los menores.

Dónde se puede obtener un pasaporte

3/4 La oficina – Pima County Clerk of Court, ubicada en 110 W. Congress St.; Despacho 131A, 740-3210.

3/4 En University of Arizona – International Affairs, ubicada en 1128 E. Mabel St., 626-7161.

3/4 Tribunal Juvenil – Pima County Juvenile Court, ubicada en 2225 E. Ajo Way, 740-2064.

3/4 Tribunal Municipal de Sahuarita Municipal Court, ubicada en 360 W. Sahuarita Center Way, 344-7150.

3/4 En varias oficinas postales, aunque deberá llamar antes porque muchas de estas oficinas requieren previa cita o sólo tramitan los pasaportes ciertos días y en ciertas horas.

Más información en Línea

3/4 Departamento de Estado – U.S. Department of State: www.travel.state.gov

3/4 Aduanas y Protección – Customs and Border Protection, “Know Before You Go,” bajo la pestaña “Travel” en: www.cbp.gov

3/4 Más sobre la ley – Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative: www.getyouhome.gov

3/4 Consulte la alerta del viajes para México del Departamento de Estado visitando: go.azstarnet.com/travelalert

Por números:

360 mil — el número de arizonenses que han solicitado pasaportes en los últimos dos años.

1.422 millones — arizonenses que actualmente cuentan con pasaportes.

22 – por ciento del total de la población de Arizona, 6.5 millones, tiene pasaportes.

27 – por ciento de los ciudadanos estadounidenses en los estados fronterizos – Arizona, Texas, California y New México – quienes cuentan con pasaportes.

29 – por ciento de los ciudadanos estadounidenses tienen pasaportes.

60 – por ciento de canadienses y europeos tiene pasaportes.

820 mil – pasaportes tipo tarjetas fueron emitidos hasta el mes de enero en Estados Unidos. El Departamento de Estado comenzó la producción de estas tarjetas en julio del 2008.

Pasaportes por año fiscal:

2008: 16.2 millones (incluyendo 523 mil 706 pasaportes tipo tarjeta).

2007: 18.3 millones.

2006: 12.1 millones.

2005: 10.1 millones.

Solicitud recibidas por año fiscal:

2008: 16 millones.

2007: 18.5 millones.

2006: 12.3 millones.

2005: 10.4 millones.


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