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President Hasn’t Yet Decided With Which Canton to Spend July 25th 

By Oliver Pérez
Photos by Emiliana Garcia

While the cantons of Abangares, Bagaces and Santa Cruz have asked the President of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla, for the honor of having her as a special guest during the Government Council session on July 25th, in Nicoya the list of people angry with the leader is growing longer.

This time it’s priest Elias Mejias Carranza, who is in charge of the church of the San Martin neighborhood, one of the most conflict-prone sites in Nicoya where there are more drugs, according to OIJ of Nicoya. 

“We are waiting for President Chinchilla to tell the Minister of Security to show interest in resolving the problems of San Martin, together with the neighbors that want to work for the wellbeing of society.  Up until now, the authorities that are under the command of the minister have made fun of us and are not present in meetings,” protested the priest Mejias.  

He is one of those who have publicly declared that he will join the mayor, Marco Antonio Jimenez, in not presenting himself with Chinchilla in the annual session during the festivities of the Annexation of the Party of Nicoya, which is traditionally held in the colonial city. 

In addition, the president would have to see the long faces of some 2000 Nosara residents who on this day plan to arrive to complain about the disinterest of the government in paving the 28 kilometers that divide Samara from Nosara, a route that has been promised since the beginning of former president Oscar Arias but that to date remains a gravel road

But the list of those protesting routes doesn’t end there. A large group of neighbors along the old Nicoya-La Mansion highway are preparing their placards to tell President Chinchilla that “you have abandoned our road.”

This is a national route that corresponds to the National Council of Roadways for intervention, and that was previously utilized to enter and exit Nicoya; however it is evident that the road has deteriorated and been forgotten. The communities of Tierra Blanca, Matambuguito, Hondores and Cañal are located there.   
   
President Still Doesn’t Respond
Up until now, Chinchilla hasn’t defined in which canton she will receive the heat of the high temperatures of the province of Guanacaste, and the Presidential House says she is evaluating the invitations of the cantons. 

For their part, the Nicoyan council members, upon seeing that their colleagues in Abangares, Santa Cruz and Bagaces were getting ahead of them, hustled last Monday, July 9th, and unanimously approved sending an invitation to the president.

 
The community of Ostional along with other coastal communities of the Nicoya
County, marched during the 25 of July celebration asking President Laura
Chinchilla to approve the Coastal Law
   
 
President Laura Chinchilla with Guanacaste Congress man Luiz Antonio Aiza
during last year 25 of July public session in Nicoya
   
 
President Laura Chinchilla giving the 25 of July Celebration speech in 2011

“We want her (the president, Laura Chinchilla) to be here with us. It’s a tradition that the presidents hold session with their cabinet in the park of Nicoya. We’ve already personally given the invitation and now she will have to decide if she comes to Nicoya,” confirmed Nicoyan councilman Rodolfo Orozco. 

Currently, the Vice Mayor of Nicoya, Adriana Rodriguez, is coordinating all of the details for the local Nicoyan government to receive the president on July 25th although the mayor will not be present. 

 

More Regional News

Suspected Drug Dealer Arrested in Nosara

The Narc Squad added to their tally of drug-related arrests with the takedown of a suspected drug dealer in Nosara this Monday July 30.

Maintenance Works on Nosara- Samara Route are Left Unfinished
– MOPT’s machinery was removed after just one week
– CONAVI claims bidding company will continue with maintenance works

One week…that was the exact time machinery from MOPT spent working on Route 160 between Samara and Nosara. Work began on July 20th and ended just after the Annexation celebration.

Starting Wednesday All Tax Filing Must Be Online

Starting next Wednesday, August 1, no more running to the bank by the 15th of each month, as all tax submissions and income statement amendments must be submitted online only.

What Was Said and Committed to by the Public Officials

For those who couldn’t be present during the speeches given on Wednesday, July 25th by public officials, VON brings you the summary of the most important commitments, comments and insinuations (you know to who) of the day. 

25th of July Celebrations
Residents of Nicoya Canton Protested the Government’s Unfulfilled Promises

The Public Force present during the 25th of July civic act intimidated Marcos Jimenez, mayor of Nicoya, demanding his identification card while he marched in a peaceful protest.

Vacationers Rescued by Local Surfers

An intense brush with tidal trouble left one American family on vacation feeling relieved Monday July 23 at Guiones Beach.

Vice Minister of Security Begs Nosara to Respect the President
– Nosarans still plan demonstration on July 25th
– Vice Minister promises new patrol car and employment fair

On Thursday, July 19th, the Vice Minister of Security, Celso Gamboa, met with representatives of various Nosara community organizations at Hotel L'acqua Viva to discuss the community’s security needs, but after the meeting ended he also made a personal appeal to the community leaders to respect President Laura Chinchilla during her upcoming visit to Nicoya on July 25th.  

July 25th Anexation Celebration
President Chinchilla Will Pass Through Nicoya But Won’t Stay

The President of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla, has now confirmed that she will be present in the colonial city on July 25th to celebrate 188 years of annexation of the Nicoya Party, but she will not hold the traditional public session.

Thieves Assault Samara Gas Station

With a romantic touch, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet approached Karol Matamoros Briones with a bunch of flowers as she was working at Servicentro Samara, preparing money for a bank deposit. Then he pulled out a gun. 

"Pura Gate"? New Law Protects Political Secrets

Shades of Watergate! President Laura Chinchilla signed into law last week a prohibition to "procure or obtain illegally secret political information." Political espionage is punishable by four to eight years in prison.

Maintenance Starts Along Route 160 Between Nosara and Samara
CONAVI Initiated Bidding Process for Roadway

Finally, after a long wait and now well into rainy season, the almost impassable route 160 is receiving attention as machinery from MOPT initiated maintenance works over the route.

Muni Gives Until Sept. 14 to Update Property Declarations

By law, property owners should update declarations of the value of their properties every five years.  However, not everyone does. In fact, many properties are not even registered with the “Bienes Inmuebles” (real estate) office of the municipality. 

Samara Security Committee Speaks Out Against Gangs

Motivated by recent thefts and resulting experiences, Samara’s security committee sent a letter on June 15th to various government and police entities affirming that two gangs are operating in the community, one Colombian and one Tico, and that the situation is now very serious.

Nosara ASADAs Might Unite or Hand Over Control to AyA

Due to various problems with the supply of water in Nosara, an effort is underway to look for options to improve the administration of this important resource.

Airport Crime
Court Gives 16-Year Prison Sentence for Murder

The Third Court of the Supreme Court of Justice finalized the sentence of 16 years of prison imposed on a man with the last names Sirias Sequeira for the crime of simple murder against Michael Eduardo Rojas Murillo, who was killed in April of 2009.  

New Venue to Attain Drivers License in Nicoya Ready in Late July

Long trips to Liberia or San Jose to renew, duplicate, or process a license are in the past. As of July 25, you can take the theoretical and practical driving tests, go through the renewal process, duplicate licenses or permits to learn to drive, with the opening of the new home of Driver Education in Nicoya.

On the Coast Cash is King, but Not for the Community

If you purchase a product or service in a shop in Samara or Nosara and decide to use a credit or debit card as payment, you could be in trouble because there are still businesses that only accept cash.

Villas Playa Samara Denies Contaminating Estuaries

The manager of Villas Playa Samara, Phillipe Brisson, affirmed that the hotel has made so many improvements to their wastewater treatment system in the past few years that the quality of the hotel’s treated water has never been better.

Communities Organize to Receive Cell Phone Security Alerts

Security alerts can now be sent directly to the cell phones of community members through an initiative being organized by the Public Force.

New Police Chief for Canton of Nicoya Focuses on Objectives

The new police chief for the Canton of Nicoya, Omar Chavarria, purports to be a man who focuses on setting and achieving objectives.

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