Baja news & stories

Baja 250 races — two dead; racer scares Alpine kids and dad

Facebook message makes it worse

“I did not see him until the last second,” said Andy McMillin, “and it was the closest call I had. The fans down there in Baja California stand next to the race course and we ...

The death of a whale

San Quintin's bay channels get shallow

The following comes from a story posted on Daniel Powell's Facebook page. The juvenile gray whale popped up off the end of the jetty on the eastern shore that separates the upper San Quintin Bay ...

Self-deported to TJ

My friends called me stupid

My friend Jaime crossed the border illegally in late 2015. He didn’t climb the fence, sneak through a tunnel, or swim around the wall. He walked up to the Otay gate and told a Customs ...

Border wedding included drug-smuggling groom

Agents angry over "propaganda coup for the bad guys"

While local, national and international media delighted in the cross-border marriage through the open border gate at Friendship Park last month, federal agents with the U.S. Border Patrol were less than delighted. In stories for ...

Deported U.S. Army vet wants in

Hector Barajas takes first step toward suing federal government

A U.S. Army veteran who was deported to Mexico has filed a complaint against the federal government in hopes of returning to the U.S. Hector Barajas, 40, filed the complaint on December 12, and while ...

Border protesters demand release of Sunshine

Organizer of San Felipe fishermen arrested with meth — a setup?

On November 29, the Mexicali side of the Zona Centro border crossing was blocked by protesters demanding the jail release of Sunshine Antonio Rodríguez Peña, the organizer of the fishing communes in San Felipe. Rodríguez ...

New: Mexican/Baja 1000 Off-Road Walk of Fame

Ensenada sidewalk inlaid with marble tiles

On November 8, at about 2 p.m, Diego Gomez admired the new marble tiles inlaid on Ensenada’s sidewalks. “They measure between half a meter and one square meter,” he said, “and three [tile] plates from ...

Baja 1000 racers, start your documentation

Vehicle importation permit issue remains clear as mud

As this story goes live and the Baja 1000 starts in less than a week (November 14–18), there still has been no official press release from the Mexican government regarding the new TIP (temporary import ...

Kayak fishing like the Pericú

Southern Baja resort brings back the spirit of early natives

As European explorers made their way northward along the eastern Pacific, the natives at the southernmost portion of Baja were the Pericú. The Pericú had little, if any, interaction with other tribes. Their isolation left ...

Read before rolling into Baja

Cuidado — RV and towed-vehicle permits also new to Mexican officials

When the Baja 1000 races roll around next month (November 14–18), some Americans crossing into Mexico might be in for a big surprise. Recently, travelers crossing through the San Ysidro, Otay, Tecate, and Mexicali borders ...

Too scared to cook in Baja?

Chefs decline invitations to culinary fest due to widespread violence

International chefs invited to the seventh annual Baja Culinary Fest, scheduled October 19-22, have opted to stay out of Baja California over fear for their lives, according to El Sol de Tijuana. Chef Javier Plascencia ...

Don't drink the 7up in Mexico

Meth-laced bottles of the soda may still be out there after recall

Over 107,023 sodas of the 7up brand in all its varieties have been recalled in the state of Baja and distribution has stopped. José María Soto Gastelum, 35, died after drinking the soda bought in ...

Arguably the classiest joint in Tijuana

No, the Caesar salad wasn’t named after Julius

The year is 1924. Bootleggers and feds are playing cat-and-mouse and legends such as Louis Armstrong are playing jazz. Italian restaurateur Caesar Cardini, who had settled briefly in San Diego five years earlier, evades the ...

Ocean Beach prices in Baja

Uh oh: the menu is in English, and the prices are in dollars

Between Tijuana and Rosarito, semi-upscale, gated communities catering to American ex-pats and retirees line the Baja coast. One of these communities, San Antonio del Mar, has been the subject of a lot of chatter lately ...

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