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.
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.
Say Goodbye to Costa Rica’s Exit Tax Counter: After a Three Month Delay the Fee Will Now be Included in Airline Ticket Prices.
Canadian expat Ryan Piercy, missing for one month, appears safe at his Costa Rica home, police say
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.
QCOSTARICA – The ¢20.000 colones note has been included in the TIME list of the “Most Beautifully Designed Currencies From Around the World”.
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.
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.
No scientific consensus on GMO safety.
European Network of Scientists
Complete information is addressed in this 320+ page
DR WALTER J URBAN
MY BLEEDING TEAR
FOR WHAT IS HERE
LOOK AND THEN SEE
WHAT IS TO BE
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
GET OUT OF TRAPS
TIME IS SO SHORT
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.
In October 2014, the Gerencia Médica (medical management) of CAJA, issued the updated version of the rules governing the registration of beneficiaries under the system.
A Day at the Bank September 7, 2014 by outlierlegal
Good information about Banking for Non Costa Ricans in Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s Health Minister supports medical marijuana bill;