Category Archives: April 2016

Play Ball: Sporting Insights

By Carole Reedy

Many books and articles have been written about famous athletes, but few are able to relay a story with the intensity, subtleness, and human insight that a finely tuned novel gives us. Most athletes have ghost writers or at least assistance from writers and editors who have the ability to translate the roller-coaster range of emotions and thought processes that define the physically demanding life of a professional athlete. Continue reading Play Ball: Sporting Insights

The Schizophrenic River

By Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken

The current focus of Republican candidates in this U.S. presidential election year on the border between the U.S. and Mexico is nothing new. Ever since the mid-1800s when the Mexican state of Texas declared itself independent from Mexico and 10 years later was annexed by the U.S., border issues have led to such craziness that it literally drove a river schizophrenic. Continue reading The Schizophrenic River

Riding the Copalita River

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 8.42.52 AMBy Renee Biernacki

If you’ve ever been to Playa La Bocana and strolled down this little gem you will find where the Copalita River runs down from the Sierra Madre into the Pacific. The waters of the Copalita flow through deep canyons with rich and abundant jungle vegetation and high cliff walls. The river offers some of the best white-water rafting and kayaking tours in this region. There are three different divisions of the Copalita, with rapids ranging from Class 1 to 5. Rafting is one of the spectacular things about this river. During your float you will encounter many species of birds that reside in and migrate to Huatulco. The trips can be relaxing, exciting, thrilling and you can expect a lot of laughter.   What can be better than that! Continue reading Riding the Copalita River

Top-Down, Bottom-Up, Sideways: How Best to Conserve Mexico’s Rivers?

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 8.42.23 AMBy Deborah Van Hoewyk

Elsewhere in this issue, Julie Etra reports on the devastating effects of private “rock mining” on the Copalita River, said rocks then being crushed into gravel and sold, apparently for construction of luxury homes and hotels in the Huatulco resort area.   The private operation has a permit from the local office of Conagua (the national water commission), which is a sub-agency of SEMARNAT (Mexico’s department of environment and natural resources), plus the “complacency” of the municipal president of San Miguel del Puerto, in which the operation is located. Continue reading Top-Down, Bottom-Up, Sideways: How Best to Conserve Mexico’s Rivers?