Newsworthy Items for the Southern Zone of Costa Rica... and All of Us

Mr. Alvaro Ugalde Víquez, one of the founding fathers of Costa Rica's National Parks, passed away at 69.

Alvaro Ugalde was a charismatic environmental leader who helped establish the Costa Rican National Park system. Fondly called by many "The Father of the National Parks of Costa Rica", a biologist, Don Alvaro worked relentlessly to educate Costa Ricans and others on the importance of a clean and healthy watershed and called for a new culture of water. He was a friend to many of us ... and to the Osa Peninsula which he loved passionately.

His funeral will be Tuesday, February 24th at 10:00am at la Funeraria del Recuerdo in Barrio Don Bosco.

More about him here in English and News of his death here in Spanish

Ann Patton, a free woman since yesterday, to stand another trial.

Nearly nine months after a panel of Costa Rican judges found Ann Patton guilty of killing her wealthy U.S. husband in 2010 and sentenced her to 22 years in prison, she suddenly found herself a free woman on Thursday.

 

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Travel Alert: Landslide closes kilometer 33 of Inter-American Highway South at 'Cerro de la Muerte'

Alerta de Viaje: Un derrumbe cierra la Carretera Interamericana en el kilómetro 33 al Sur del "Cerro de la Muerte"

If you're planning to go from San Isidro to San José, please note that MUSOC and TRACOPA buses that use that route are taking an alternative mountainous road that adds ONE hour to the usual trip, arriving through Aserrí and the Desamparados área.  This route is being used only by small vehicles and buses; big trucks are sent through the Costanera highway.  Bus schedules are running at the usual timetables.  If you're planning to drive instead, detour at La Sierra road and take extra care with the unusual terrain and the extra traffic.

Si está planeando viajar de San Isidro a San José, por favor tome nota de que los buses de MUSOC y TRACOPA  están usando una ruta montañosa alternativa que le agrega UNA hora al recorrido usual, llegando por la zona de Aserrí y Desamparados.  Esta ruta está siendo usada por vehículos ligeros y autobuses; los camiones grandes son enviados por la carretera Costanera.  Los horarios de autobuses continúan con el mismo itinerario.  Si por el contrario, está planeando manejar, tome la desviación por la carretera de La Sierra y ponga cuidado adicional con el camino poco usual y el tráfico adicional.

Wise Expats Plan To Make Graceful Exits

Asking a friend or loved one to take care of one’s funeral arrangements is one way of planning. Why put the burden on someone else? By our own, Kathy Riggle.

Osa Peninsula Route To Be Improved

Highway officials plan to make the route from Puerto Jiménez to Carate in the Osa peninsula an all-weather road. This is about 43 kilometers, and the job will take five of those metal bailey bridges.

 

 

U.S. Embassy Warden Report, March 6th, 2015

On March 6th, 2015, Warden Carol Vaughn attended an all-day training session for U.S. Embassy 

Wardens at the U.S. Embassy Residence in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Here is a brief summary of that event.

The Ongoing Tragedy of

Ann & John Bender.

A wealthy investor died of a gunshot wound in his home in Costa Rica in January 2010. After first being acquitted, his wife, Ann Bender is now in prison for 22 years, and she suffers from Lyme disease and many other health problems.

Click here to get updated information on this case & sign the petition.

A Healing - My Day in Court

by Ben Vaughn

October 7, 2014 in the thriving metropolis (*smile) of Cortez Costa Rica. This is my account of the day that turned out to have very unexpected results and that finally gave me closure on the incident that has profoundly shaped my life. 

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Proyecto San Gerardo

This wonderful project can always use more volunteers & donations.

Community-based project in south central Costa Rica providing opportunities for volunteers to engage in skills building locally and networking globally.  Check our video below and visit our Facebook page here.

AMERICA    

DR WALTER J URBAN

 

MY BLEEDING TEAR

FOR WHAT IS HERE

LOOK AND THEN SEE

WHAT IS TO BE

PREPARE YOURSELF

THERE'S NO GOOD ELF

DON'T SIT AND WAIT

CONTROL YOUR FATE

THE DOLLAR'S DONE

THE END OF FUN

SO PLEASE TAKE HEED

SO PLANT YOUR SEED

NO TIME TO WASTE

DO IT WITH HASTE

MARKET COLLAPSE

GET OUT OF TRAPS

TIME IS SO SHORT

DOLLARS ABORT

NO PLACE TO GO

IT'S REAL NO SHOW

MY BLEEDING TEAR

I HAVE NO FEAR

Costa Rica’s Blood Bank Needs Donors

In Costa Rica, the month of December usually means a low supply of blood at the country’s public hospitals, and this year is no different. On Monday, the National Blood Bank warned that its reserves are nearly depleted. 

A Day at the Bank September 7, 2014 by outlierlegal

Good information about Banking for Non Costa Ricans in Costa Rica