Saturday, January 18, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, January 18

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FEBRUARY is around the corner...Here are the locations for the Island Time Music Festival, benefiting the Little Yellow School House. No tickets needed for the "Open to the Public" street party Tuesday evening at Tiny Gecko & Friday evening's event at Big Daddy's.
Competition begins this week for the Kings & Queens of Carnaval, which is Feb. 21-25.

From the City....

911 is the emergency number

CRIM physical rehabilitation facility offers renovated facilities and quality services 
  The CRIM director, Dr. Xhanat Tze González Mora, said the renovations should be concluded soon and includes complete remodeling of the floor, reinforcement of the roof structure, and updating of the therapeutic tank. She said they have new programs planned for 2020 including an aquaerobics workshop that will contribute to the health of people who have problems walking, problems with their knees or who need physical exercuse, such as older adults.
   They are planning to sign a collaboration agreement with the "Casa Azul Association" for the benefit of children who need cráneofaciodentales surgery on their nose, ear, palate or cleft lip, with support from the Naval hospital.  
   She said the sign language class will resume in February. 

Remember trash collection is 8p-10p.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

Before & after photos of sargasso removal earlier this week.

VIDEO of a training workshop-simulation of a cliff rescue for personnel with the municipal Department of Civil Protection & Firefighters.
IM Noticias
   During this upcoming week, Aguakan will resume installation of the wastewater and tap water systems along a ~five kilometer stretch in the vicinity of Punta Sur, which were suspended in late December. The municipal Secretary General, Miriam Trejo León, explained that the trenches will only be opened in 200 meter sections which must be covered or filled before opening the next 200 meter section. Unlike the work in 2019, the road won't be closed and a free lane must be maintained while work is carried out in the other lane, so that traffic can continue moving. They hope to complete the work before the Easter holidays in April.

From  Por Esto :

Good acceptance of urban transport  

Buena aceptación del transporte urbano

   The "Isleños" bus system which began providing service a little over a month ago has received very good acceptance from the community, unlike the previous company that whose operations broke down in the end.  Users agree there is a good future in the municipality for this company. "Consorcio Empresarial del Sur TPE".
    The bus company reports an average of 85% occupancy daily in each of their 31-passenger buses.This is considered 'very good' and occupancy continues to rise with buses serving the colonias every six minutes and the tourism sites every 20 minutes, on average. During the first three hours, from 6a to 9a, occupancy is relatively low, and increases over the course of the day, until the service stops at 10pm. Some users in the colonias would like that service extended to midnight. 
    The buses turn around and are concentrated near the Convention Center, behind the mercado and go southward on Rueda Medina thru downtown.  At the edge of town....
     Route 1 (sic...the graphic from the bus company says this is Route #2) goes down the Caribbean coastal road, taking Jesus Martinez Ross thru the Salina Chica neighborhood, continuing to the La Gloria neighborhood without deviating until reaching Paseo de los Peces avenue, past the Community Hospital to take the Garrafon road (prolongacion Rueda Medina) to return downtown. (My observations of this southbound bus is that it turns left off of Jesus Martinez Ross at the start of Salina Chica, traveling on the Caribbean coastal road south at that point..aka Payo Obispo.. I live a bit north of that turn & observe it regularly. I've heard that it turns right, reentering the colonias near Madera Food & Art.)  
    Route 2 (sic The Bus company graphic says this is Route #1) does the opposite (It isn't an exact opposite comes north thru Salina Chica on Jesus Martinez Ross while the other route goes south thru Meteorologica on Payo Obispo, the Carbie coastal road.). This means the people who reside in the colonias populares can expect service every six minutes, on the average. 
    Route 3 goes south down Rueda Medina directly to the hospital area into Sac Bajo, every 20 minutes. Then he returns to the same place, but if there are people aboard who want to go to Garrafon he will take that route to return up the entire Caribbean coastal road. If there are no people, the bus goes eastward from Mundaca along Paseo de los Peces in colonia La Gloria, to the Cemetery, returning north to town along the Caribbean coastal road. 
   Route 4 goes south down the entire Caribbean coastal road directly to Punta Sur & Garrafon, the northward past Playa Lancheros, Mundaca, (The graphic says it also goes in & out of Sac Bajo)  Chedraui, and onward to downtown. The fleet of ten buses with a capacity for 31 passengers each went into service on December 9th on the island, and buses carrying 41 passengers began operating in the Continental Zone.

Good lobster catches but lower prices   

Buena captura de langosta, pero a bajo precio

 The recent abundant lobster catch has resulted in a 30 percent decrease in the priced according to sources with the five fishing cooperatives of Isla Mujeres. The price of 600 pesos per kilo of tails was agreed upon at the beginning of the season in July, but now buyers are paying 400 pesos. The cold rooms and refrigerators at the cooperative are full, and the market is flooded. All five cooperatives,  “Caribe”,“Justicia Social”, “Isla Blanca”, “Makax” and “Patria y Progreso” reported high volumes, with the latter reporting 7 tons captured, which was the highest.
   It is noted that there has been a record breaking number of cases of decompression illness among the lobster divers, with 150 cases receiving treatment at the hyperbaric chamber.

Remodeling & expansion at CRIM  

Remodelan y amplían el CRIM

See City section above.


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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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