Monday, January 20, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, January 20

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The state Civil Protection FB site says "Get out your sweater, cold front #32 will be affecting Quintana Roo on Monday", while their website this morning says it's likely to be hot first....

.1.- The entry of Tropical Maritime Air with variable moisture content from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the Yucatan Peninsula continues; maintaining hot to very hot temperatures during the day, variable cloudiness, scattered and occasional showers over some areas of the peninsula and the state of Quintana Roo.

2.- Cold Front No. 32; with the mass of cold air that is causing it, is located on the surface on the south-central-northeast portion of the Gulf of Mexico; and further east over the Atlantic Ocean. It is generating storm clouds, rain with squalls accompanied by electrical activity, lower temperatures, and cold northern winds over its area of ​​influence, due to the gradual advance towards the Yucatan Peninsula and the State of Quintana Roo; It is expected to begin to gradually influence the Peninsula from north to south in the course of today.

-ISLA MUJERES. - From Partly Cloudy to Cloudy, light to moderate occasional showers with the possibility of electrical activity, very hot to hot temperatures, Northeast wind 15 to 25 kph., with occasional stronger gusts in storm area.
 The photo is this morning's sunrise from Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach

From the City....

    Personnel with the Department of Civil Protection and Firefighters and with the Red Cross recovered the lifeless body of a foreigner about 50-60  years old from the rocks at the base of cliffs at Punta Sur. The FGE state Prosecutor's office will determine the cause of death. NOTE--Per a post on the Community Information Board with the first photo, he was identified as James, aka Jamie, Rydell, a longtime resident on the isle. Condolences to his family & friends.

Donation of equipment for vertical rescues and training & practice of ascending & descending cliffs.
      The materials included pulleys, a Type 2 Chair Harness, a Type 3 Full Body Harness, 75 meters of rescue rope, 250 ft of rescue rope, a Nylon Anchor, Carabiners, a Descender (Pulley), Rescue Helmets, Rescue equipment (Backpack), a storage bag and accessories. 

Noti Isla Mujeres
Excellent work by the officers of the Isla Mujeres Department of Public Safety & Traffic, cleaning the walking path of the Salina lake, as instructed by Police Chief Jaime Ongay. (Video & photos)

Photos & VIDEO  The lifeless body of a male was recovered from the base of the cliffs at Punta Sur, who is thought to have been a diver or spearfisher.

The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros lost to the Rockies of Cancun on Sunday with a score of 9 to 3 at the El Pescador baseball field on the island. They will play the Rockies of Puerto Morelos next Sunday. The Cockteleros remain the leaders in Category B. 

   La Tertulia  

VIDEO of Islander artist Pako MagaƱa who is donating a percentage of his artwork sales to the Catholic University that is being constructed in colonia La Gloria.

From  Por Esto :

Prepared in case any sargasso arrives  

Preparados para recale de sargazo

  The Director of the Federal Zone agency, ZOFEMAT, said there are a large number of volunteers who will assist when new sargasso arrives, in order to remove it within a matter of hours, to avoid causing problems for tourists. She said with the recent atypcial arrival, employees with North Beach businesses assisted with the immediate cleaning, and the seaweed was transported to the Trash Transfer Facility. On Saturday, while reviewing the area, director Kerem Pinto Aguilar said thatNorth Beach and Playa Centro were completely cleaned and 100 percent free of seaweed.
   On the few occasions when sargasso arrived during the summer-fall, municipal employees from various departments provided assistance outside of their working hours, even on weekends, to remove the seaweed within a maximum of two days each time. (See yesterday's edition-photos

Isla Mujeres news briefs  


  The Director of the CROC union said the university classes will be delayed for four months until the next semester because enough people didn't register to fill the classes. They needed at least 15 students, who could chose from career in Law, Business Adminsitration, Pedagogy, Computer Engineering, or Gastronomy. The cost of registration is 1000 pesos and monthly payments of 2000 pesos, with classes every Saturday. They are provided by the University of Leona Vicario, funded by Mexican and foreign volunteers, to train young people to work in the tourism industry, in coordination with the CROC union, who provided facilities. The courses consist of 10 four-month periods over three years.

Request for replacement of hurricane wall  

Piden reconstruir muro

   Some residents want a hurricane wall rebuilt along a 30 meter stretch near the tapwater pumping station by the airfield. It was broken by Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and that area was flooded by a large amount of water with Hurricane Gilberto in 1988.  The residents note that the municipal government has renewed the entire lighting system along the eastern malecon boardwalk, and they say replacing the hurricane wall should also be done.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 January 10  6:28
January 11  7:31
January 12  8:36
January 13   9:39
 January 14  10:41
January 15 11:41

Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
 Sunset  ~6:15-6:35p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~7:25am
January Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK

Thursday afternoons ~3p-8p Artist Fair on the Paseo de la Triguena off the Town Square at the malecon by the food trucks.

Some Sunday evenings 8p on the Town Square "Noches Magicas" performances  

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching octopus during January.   LINK 

Friday, Jan. 3 First quarter moon. After the moon has completed the first quarter of its orbit around Earth, the relative positions of the Earth, sun, and moon cause us to see it half-illuminated — on its eastern side. At first quarter, the moon always rises around noon and sets around midnight local time, so it is conveniently positioned for observing before youngsters' bedtimes. The evenings around first quarter are excellent for looking at the lunar terrain while it is dramatically lit by low-angled sunlight. (

EARLY Saturday, Jan. 3 The Quadrantids meteor shower peaks between 3am and dawn. The moon won't be around to interfere. The shower's radiant, which is beyond the tip of the Big Dipper's handle, will be high in the northeastern sky.

Monday, Jan. 6, On the first Monday of each month, there is usually a civic ceremony in the morning, often on the Town Square around 8am.  

Monday, Jan. 6 Dia de Reyes/Kings Day At Ruben's Restaurant, in front of the Post Office & Mercado on the back street Guerrero, volunteers will be giving away 1000's of toys that have been donated, and a snack & drink, usually starting around 10am. They also provide hampers of food for families in need of them. The DIF social service agency usually has an event at the baseball field in front of Chedraui or at the Bicentennial with entertainment and raffles, starting around 4p or 5p, but it's not always held on the 6th.  Jan 6 is also Nurses Day in Mexico.

4:30 Kings Day festival at the Pescador baseball field 

Friday, Jan 10 Full moon rises at sunset & sets at sunrise. There will be an eclipse as the moon passes thru the earth's shadow, but only the beginning and final stages will be visible here .

Sunday, Jan 12 at 1p at the Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui, the Isla Mujeres Pescadors will play the Puerto Morelos Cardinals, who they beat last weekend 8-7 in an 'away' game. They're currently in third place & hoping to be in the semifinals.

Friday, Jan 17  A concert in honor of musical composers and their day at 6p at the Casa de la Cultura, in the performance area facing the Caribbean. The CC is located on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo
FRI,SAT,SUN-Festival de Arte on the Town Square. Inauguration Friday at noon, Closes Sunday at 8p. Featuring 30 Art Vendors, Live Music, Cultural Events, Food Vendors. Benefit for the Universidad de Isla Mujeres in La Gloria, a Catholic project whose construction is 60% complete, to prepare Islanders for careers in tourism.

Saturday, Jan 18 Basketball at the Convention Center 8p. Isla Mujeres Cahuameros vs Camartos of Cozumel

Sunday, Jan 19 Baseball at el Pescador field at 1p. Isla Mujeres Cockteleros vs Cancun Rockies Duel of the Super-Leaders

Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26 Ultramarathon Nonstop 24 Hours Isla Mujeres event LINK

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat visits in late January-early February with about three dozen high school students on board. Under the tutelage of the experienced crew, the students learn to work together, sailing and navigating, as well as receiving their normal lessons. They sail from Germany to the Caribbean, departing in October and returning home in May.
      The ship is named for the man who sailed a hand made raft "Kon Tiki" from South America 5000 miles across the Pacific to the Tuamotu Islands in 1947, to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between apparently separate cultures. LINK  

Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres

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