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Santa Cruz Council Members Scramble to Challenge Mayor in Administrative Contention Court

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo - wilberth@vozdeguanacaste.com

Santa Cruz municipal council members are running against the clock to hire an attorney who can bring a legal challenge against current mayor María Rosa López, accused by the former mayor and a municipal auditor of illegally receiving a...

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Nambí: The Little Giant That Defies Drought

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo - wilberth@vozdeguanacaste.com

Chief Nambí will be immortalized not just among the Nicoyan people, but also with a new, improved variety of bean that bears his name. This legume is a new ally for Guanacaste’s agricultural industry due to its resistance to high temperatures and the small amount of...

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Sardinal Seeks Legal Alternatives To Block Extension of the El Coco-Ocotal Aqueduct

By María Fernanda Cruz - mariafernanda@vozdeguanacaste.com

The Constitutional Court ruled against an a writ of protection presented by residents of Sardinal de Carrillo that aimed once again to stop a project that would expand the El Coco-Ocotal aqueduct. The residents complained of a lack of government transparency and out-of-date studies....

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Nosara Bike Works Features High End Bikes and Mountain Biking Pros

By Mary Smathers - Periodista Ciudadana de Nosara

Aaron Willis and his wife, Nosara native Silvia Noguera Matarrita currently build and renovate homes through Guanacaste Builders, and service swimming pools from Samara to San Juanillo via Pelican Pools.  Yet despite the focus on building, Willis’ passion is for mountain biking,...

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Olo Alaia: Upscale Surf Shop with a Bar and an Atmosphere

By Mary Smathers - Periodista Ciudadana de Nosara

Olo Alaia, Surf and Brew, is an upscale surf shop which includes a bar serving both beer and coffee with outdoor seating and wifi, while also selling the traditional surfboards, accessories, t-shirts and sunglasses. Owners Robbie Vickers and...

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Health Ministry Finds No Evidence of Dirty Water at Sámara Beach

By Por Roberto Acuña Ávalos - roberto@vozdeguancaste.com

Through a brief email, Zinnia Cordero, director of the Nicoya Health Department, confirmed that the Ministry found no evidence that there was a sewage pipe discharging dirty water at Sámara Beach.

Two inspections were carried out on...

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Pura Vida ATV Rentals Adds Fresh Flowers to Its Business in Downtown Nosara

By Mary Smathers - Periodista Ciudadana de Nosara

Lifelong Nosara residents David Dinarte Dinarte and Ileana Aviles Mayorga have worked in almost every tourist business in Guiones over the past 15 years, from rentals to hotels.  When they heard about non-profit Vive el Sueño providing a course to support small business owners,...

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A Group of Gulf of Nicoya Fishermen Are Beginning to See the Fruits of Their Fight Against Illegal Fishing

By María Fernanda Cruz - editor@vozdeguanacaste.com

Thirty-seven of Rafael Umaña’s 57 years on this planet have been spent fishing in the Gulf of Nicoya. He’s from Puerto Níspero, in Cañas, and like the majority of residents who live near the gulf and depend on fishing, he started fishing illegally when he couldn’t support his family by...

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Arsenic Levels in Bagaces Drinking Water Improving, But Still a Concern

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo - wilberth@vozdeguanacaste.com

There’s good news and bad news for central Bagaces residents regarding the arsenic levels in their drinking water.

 

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Disagreements Blocked ¢527 Million of Investments in La Cruz

By María Fernanda Cruz - editor@vozdeguanacaste.com

Disagreements between the La Cruz mayor’s office and municipal council froze ¢527 million of spending for highway repairs, the construction of buildings and purchasing of vehicles in 2016. (See box...

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Santa Cruz Municipal Worker Racks Up 100 Vacation Days

By María Fernanda Cruz - editor@vozdeguanacaste.com

An employee at the Santa Cruz mayor’s office accumulated 100 vacation days, which forced the municipality to hire extra staff while she takes her time off.

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