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Nicoya's Airfield
Lack of illumination Puts Night Flights in Danger

By Oliver Pérez

Even though Civil Aviation completed 900 million colones ($1.8 million) worth of improvements to the airfield in Nicoya. The airport renovation project, as described before it was begun included construction of the runway, asphalt, demarcaion and illumination. But the project as completed does not, in fact, include illumination for the runway. Because of this, evening flights are a danger, especially for small planes that transfer patients from Nicoya to San Jose.

This danger is plainly shown on a video filmed April 7. The video was uploaded to the Facebook social network by "Vistazos de mi tierra." The video shows a small civil aviation plane that landed to pick up a 3-year-old boy for transfer to the children's hospital in San Jose. To take off, the plane had to be aided by the lights of police patrol cars. The video can be seen on the Facebook wall of La Voz de Nosara Guanacaste.

Indispensable
For the Hosp
ital La Anexion (Annexation), it is of foremost importance that this runway be in the best of conditions. It is the hospital's means of quick access for transferring patients in serious condition to hospitals in the central plateau.

Another of the advantages of having the airfield in peak condition is for any major emergency.

"For the National Emergencies Commission it is indispensable to have this runway in condition to face whatever situation merits the entry of aircraft. Because of its importance for emergencies, we are contacting Civil Aviation so they will illuminate the runway," said Mario William Acosta, local coordinator of the Emergencies Commission.

 

More Community News

Voice of Nosara's Editor Meets with New York Times Editor Mary Ann Giordano

In late April, the Voice of Nosara's editor Emiliana Garcia spent five weeks on sabbatical in New York City, NY, US, studying current journalism methods, particularly community-based news organizations that focus on local news and opinions.

Parenting Today: How Can I Help My Child Discover And Learn

A child and his dad walk down the street towards the beach. The dad walks in a straight, purposeful line. The child teeters on the edge of the sidewalk, arms stretched out, pretending to be balanced on a high wire. The child jumps down, suddenly and inspects something crawling on the ground, while the father continues walking, only to pause briefly to tell his child to hurry along. The dad doesn’t understand why it takes so long to simply walk for one point to another. What the dad doesn’t know is that twenty-five years earlier, this exact scene played out with himself and his father!

The fantasy world of stories invaded Samara and Nosara
• Storytelling Ana Coralia Fernandez, won the hearts of children and adults

Some children came with their mother, others with their father, and some came on their own to sit and listen enthralled as professional storyteller Ana Coralia Fernandez told them about Don Chancho’s attempts to impress his girlfriend by putting on a lion’s mane, a fox’s tale and a zebra’s stripes, only to scare his girlfriend by his monstrous appearance. In the end, he learned that she loved him but she wanted him as he was.

Opinion
The Closure of Our Dump

Costa Rica is described as a "Developing Nation". Nosara is proof that developing doesn't always occurr in an equitable, rational or responsible manner. The road to development is often full of political potholes so deep that some communities move backwards rather than forwards. Nosara has a new pothole that will set us back considerably.

Samara Police Move Into Renovated
Police Station

• Community contributed $1700

On Saturday, April 16, the police rejoiced as they moved back into the renovated Samara police station, more than 2 months after the facility was closed by the Ministry of Health. On January 14th, the Ministry of Health issued an order to the Samara Public Force to move out of the facility, and renovations began on Thursday, February 10.

Community Hustles to Reopen Nosara Police Station
Nosara Development Association invests another $1000

At the same time that the Samara police were rejoicing and moving back into their police station, the Nosara police suddenly found themselves with their hands tied when the Ministry of Health shut their station down on Thursday, April 14 and restricted them from receiving anyone in the building. This left the police without any way to attend to the public or anywhere to detain prisoners.

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