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By Emiliana Garcia

Confrontation Between
Juvenile Gangs on the Rise in Nosara

Two groups of 20 members each created a scene on November 6 upon leaving a well known Nosara bar, located across from the Police Station. One youth with superficial wounds ended up at the Red Cross after four members of the local police were able to break up the confrontation.

According to tourist police officer Raul Obando, these fights have been happening each weekend during the months of October and November. “They (the gangs) were inside the bar, but after 10 p.m., they went out to the street to initiate the fight.”

Of the four officers that were on shift that night, three were making rounds, which is why they arrived on the scene when the fight was already advanced. Some of the young people carried broken bottles and, according to Obando, “We (the police) felt that we were in danger since there were many more of the gang members than there were police.”

After they managed to separate the youths, whose ages ranged between 20 and 35 years old, they moved one youth to the Red Cross with head injuries produced by a cut from a bottle. No one was detained.


Seven Security Cameras
Installed in Guiones

The security company Kearmy bought and installed seven security cameras within the area known as “Proyecto Americano” (American Project) on October 21 as a measure to protect their clients and to “help decrease the work for the Tourist Police,” Francisco Chavarría, proprietor of the company, reported.

The cameras, whose exact locations are secret, function 24 hours a day and have an intelligent system that activates with movement. Also, he said that thanks to an ultrasound installed within them, they can detect metals and thus differentiate between the metal of a car and that of a gun. “These (the cameras) alert the Kearmy computer, with which they are connected via satellite. If there is a presence of a metal like that of a weapon, they signal the computer by means of an alarm,” Chavarría explained.

The cost of the investment was about $2345 (1.200.000 colones) and the plan is to install 25 more cameras. Although they’ve only been functioning for one month, Chavarría reported they already studied 37 strange vehicles that were going through the zone, and three of the cars were stolen. They proceeded to inform the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ- Judicial Investigation Organization) in Nicoya. The cars were detained by the authorities.

“They (OIJ) were very happy and they’ve given us approval because they have a lot of work,” said Chavarría, referring to the proof given by the cameras. “We are doing investigations to issue alerts based on confirmed information.”


More Regional News

Total Lunar eclipse viewed from Nosara

On December 21st, from 1:30 to 3:30 am, photographer Rolf Sommer stayed up to see and photograph this unique event. More >

The end of the year might bring a new bridge to Rosario and Montaña rivers
• Decision was made during tropical storm Thomas

The State acquired two Bailey bridges (which can be disassembled) to place over Rosario and Montaña rivers. Now one is being placed over the first river. The job is being handled by Maicom S. A. construction, and it is hoped that it will be finished before the year ends. The work of placing the other bridge begins the second week of January, Vice Minister of Public Works María Lorena López let VON know by telephone. More >

Crime Appears to be Down but Need for Local Support Continues

The Tourist Police stationed at Playa Guiones appear to be deterring crime, but the delegation of twelve officers continues to face challenges related to local financial support, as well as some bureaucratic issues. More >

Zaragoza, Halfway Down the Road

The road that goes through this small yet beautiful town located amid Nicoya’s mountains is the only alternate route for Nosara communities when route 160 is closed down. Although many people learned about the road’s bad conditions on Thursday, November 4th, after a bridge collapsed cutting off Nosara, Zaragoza´s residents have known this for years, and they also have been waiting for years for the improvements to arrive that were promised long ago. More >

Border Crossing
Calm at the Border inspite of conflict between Nicaragua and Costa Rica

As I prepared for a trip to Nicaragua, several of my Costa Rican friends expressed concern because of the current friction between the governments of the two countries. A couple people even suggested I go to Panama to renew my visa instead. The two countries have been in conflict since October 2010 regarding sovereignty of the river San Juan. More >

Tropical Storm Thomas
Damages Due to Rains Add Up and Increase Each Year

Adriana Sequeira and Jonathan Baltodano are among the 246 families that were affected by the last swell of the Río Nosara. On the evening of Friday, November 5th, the river forced them to take all their furniture out of their home. They had to spend the night out in the open, in their neighbor’s small ranchito. More >

Palí opened a new store in Samara
• Low prices and competition will impact local supermarkets

On November 12, the highly anticipated Palí opened its doors in Samara with a festive atmosphere. Many people went to check out the new store, and especially to check out the low prices. But not everyone is happy to have a big chain store like Palí in Samara. Some worry about the effect it might have on local supermarkets and pulperias (small local stores that sell the basics). More >

Earthquake Will Destroy Poor Quality Constructions in Nicoya Peninsula
• The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias accepts that most homes don’t meet Seismic Building Code standards

For a while now, scientists have been studying seismic activity and its potential in the Nicoya Peninsula, and the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (OVSICORI) has estimated that the next earthquake along the fault here could be between a magnitude of 7.7 and 7.9. But what would such a strong earthquake mean for people with homes in the Nicoya, Samara and Nosara areas? More >

2010 Municipal Elections – intelligent vote
Know the Candidates for Syndics
and What They Do
More >

Syndic hopefuls aspire
to decentralize the Municipality

Next Sunday, December 5, five political parties have prepared their fifteen syndic candidates for the districts of Nicoya, Samara and Nosara to be elected to the municipality to fill the next term which, in this instance, will be six years. More >

Government Gives More Than $12,000 to Three Local Schools
• Funds for the Serapio López Elementary School were almost lost

Through Nicoya’s Municipalidad, the government granted over $12,000 to three local elementary schools to be used for purchasing construction materials. The schools that were favored are Santa Marta, Santa Teresita and Nosara’s Serapio López. More >

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