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•The Voice of Nosara brings you a brief recap of February stories you might have missed.

Pelada’s Fiestas Raised Little Money for Water Connections


Photo by Pinar Istek

According to Duarte Rojas, 345.000 colones ($690) was collected during the fiestas, which represent a 10% of the total amount the 36 families need to pay for their water hookups. Read full article here.


Legislators Ask for Orozco’s Resignation as President of Human Rights Commission



Several legislators demanded their colleague Justo Orozco, evangelical lawmaker, resign as President of the Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica. Read full article here.


Las Olas Demolition Underway



The condominium project that has been sitting unfinished for five years, known as Las Olas located at the main entrance of Guiones beach, is being torn down.  Read full article here.


Judge Released Thief Caught by Neighbors


A screenshot from the video.

“The good news is that neighbors pulled together and were able to apprehend somebody,” said Steve Reyer, president of the Nosara Security Association. The bad news is, in spite of evidence such as video recordings and multiple witnesses, the man apprehended was released by a judge in Nicoya less than 24 hours later.  “The legal system failed,” summed up Reyer. Read full article here.


Young Artistic Talent Helps Nosara Families


Photos by Pinar Istek

Young local painter, Mael Von der Weid, 10, opened his last exhibition at Galeria Mael for a good cause this time. He is donating 50% of the money he raised in the first week of his show to the seven families whose houses were destroyed or severely damaged during the September, 2012 earthquake in Nosara. Read full article here.

Expats Need Accurate Insurance Information for Emergency Medical Services


Photos by Adam Dietrich
The Red Cross in Nosara is the only medical ground transportation that expats have but Red Cross services are limited.

The Ministry of Environment and Energy (Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía, SITRAMINAE) Workers Union and former Environment deputy minister, Mario Boza, announced that a new law aimed to restructure the management of national parks and wildlife refuges is being drafted. Read full article here.

Nosara’s Take On “[email protected]#t Girl Say”

One might think Nosara is far away from the viral world of the Internet, and in many aspects this is true, but sometimes not even a remote town in the north Pacific of Costa Rica can hide from its comedy of social parodies via you tube. Read full article here.

Acrobatics Won the Battle in the BMX War Jam


Photos by Johann Albert

On Sunday, February 10, in the Nicoya sports center, there was a battle of maneuvers and tricks by bikers, during the fourth edition of the BMX WAR JAM, which included the participation of 24 riders in the street category and 10 in flatland. Read full article here.

Third Volleyball Tournament on Samara Beach



Last Sunday, February 17, the third volleyball tournament was held at Gusto Beach restaurant on Samara Beach. Read full article here.

 

More Regional News

Guanacaste Reps and Presidential House Initiated Dialogue

“The balance sheet is positive… We’re leaving satisfied. This is only the beginning,” commented Wilmar Matarrita, member of the Guanacaste Struggle Front (Frente de Lucha Guanacasteco) who traveled with other members of the negotiating commission to look for urgent solutions for the province.

Nicoya and Samara Have Budgets Approved to Invest in Communities

The districts of Nicoya and Samara now have the amounts approved by the Municipal Council that correspond to the specific line items budget assignments for the 2012-2013 period, while Nosara will have to wait a few more weeks to know the final amount of its line item budget.

Opinion Column
A Bust for Orozco

Like the art of sculpting a bust, Costa Rica seems to be frozen in time. Some may think the country is extremely conservative and reactionary when compared to both neighboring and distant countries. Others might think the issue lies in its infrastructure, seeing that it took us 20 years to develop a simple coastal road, and in countless other topics.

Workshop about the Future of Water United Members of 11 ASADAS

Worried about the future of water in the Nicoya Peninsula, a group of 50 people met last Thursday, March 14, to visualize and evaluate the possible future scenarios in the area for the most vital liquid, as well as to define the principle actions to take for responsible management of hydraulic resources.

Guanacastecans and Government Will Meet To Seek Agreement

Under the threat of protest by different sectors in Guanacaste, the central government organized a roundtable to dialogue with members of the negotiating commission of the Frente de Lucha Guanacasteco (Front for the Guanacaste Struggle) for next Wednesday, March 20, in the Presidential House.

Transgenic Corn Vs. Traditional Corn: Planting Doubts in Nicoyan Farmers

From the time of the Chorotegas until today, corn has been a mainstay in the Costa Rican diet, especially so in the Nicoya Peninsula, where local farmers have planted their own seeds for generations, personally identifying with their crops

Bidding Process Begins For Restoring Colonial Church

In a meeting on February 12, Nicoyans received the good news that the restoration work of the emblematic colonial church is up for bid, after having been affected by the earthquake last year on September 5th.  Work could begin in three months.

Costa Rica Breaks Tourism Records in 2012

The Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT) announced 2012 was a record-breaking year for Costa Rica, with the country receiving over 2.34 million visitors, a 6.9% increase from 2011.

Strong Winds Damage Houses and Halt Fiestas

Strong winds on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, left many sleepless, listening to the metal roof sheets banging, loosening and in some cases actually flying loose.

Muni Accuses Scientist Marino Protti for Decrease in Samara Tourism

Predictions and information provided about earthquakes in the Nicoya Peninsula by scientist Marino Protti Quesada have caused so much controversy that the Municipality of Nicoya agreed in the regular session on February 7 to give a vote of censure for alleged mistakes and inaccuracies.

Unusual Cases of Dengue in the Nicoya County During the Dry Season

A high amount of cases of dengue fever in the Nicoya County were being seen during January and February, unusual for dry season when there should be less breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry the illness.

Muni and Nosara Police Reinforced with New Motorcycles

The Nosara Public Force can now count on two brand new motorcycles, purchased with funds from the specific line items budget allocated to the Nosara district, with the goal of giving greater security to this coastal district of the Nicoyan canton.

Nicoya Hospital Resumes Surgical Service, Again

After having the three operation rooms closed for remodeling since last year due to an order from the Ministry of Health, the La Anexion hospital in Nicoya has now resumed its surgical program, which it had to conduct in an improvised room as well as in the hospital in Liberia and in the Centro de Atención Integral en Salud (CAIS- Center of Integral Health Attention) of Cañas.

Gas Price Hike Approved: Super ¢17, Regular & Diesel ¢15

Get ready for higher gasoline prices in the coming days. That is the word by the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) – regulator of public prices and services.

Nicoyans Seek Answers From Government in March 19th Protest

Convinced that there is strength in numbers, hundreds of protestors from different districts of Nicoya are preparing to unite in a solid front on Wednesday, March 19th to request answers from the central government regarding various projects and problems that face the communities of the canton.

 

 

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