Mexico

Baja 1000 fined $25K

Cactus destroyed in Valle de los Cirios

On October 11, El Vigía, an Ensenada based news outlet posted a story that was headlined “Suspenden carrera Baja 1000; multan a Score International,” which translates to: “The Baja 1000 race is suspended; Score International ...

The dirty martini of craft beer

Bitter Bros conjure Javier Plascencia's briny brew idea

I’ve heard brewers compare what they do to making soup, chili, or other kinds of cooking, but it’s not often you’ll hear a chef concur. “Brewers, they’re like cooks,” Javier Plascencia tells me, “they have ...

San Diego brewer spews dust at Telefónica

No lagers made there yet because of water filtration

When I bump into SouthNorte brewer Ryan Brooks, he’s covered in dust. The result of milling grain before a brew day, he explains. We’re on the patio of the Coronado Brewing tasting room in Bay ...

Devils in the Bay of Angels

Unsolved murder of gringos on the Sea of Cortez

Eddie has been traveling to Bahia de los Angeles for more than 40 years. He rents a home there. Like many other Americans who live part-time in Baja California, Eddie is mostly retired. He goes ...

Border dirty water suits inch forward

Tijuana deficiencies laid at feet of agencies

What happens when toxic wastewater escapes cleansing, crosses an international border, picks up more pollutants, dodges treatment again, and finds its way onto beaches? Lawsuits. After decades of spills, of human and environmental health threats, ...

Tijuana filmed in Tijuana

Univision/Netflix series to appear late fall

How embarrassing! I just looked out my balcony, all hungover and disheveled, to find un chingo de gente afuera,” (an f--- of a lot of people outside), comments Lalo, my neighbor from the building in ...

The old rusty metal gate is gone

PedEast open at San Ysidro border crossing

I remember the first time I crossed the border as a pedestrian from San Ysidro to Tijuana. It was early 2010, the pedestrian entry lay on the west side of the 5. It was a ...

Photos of stingrays and eating 'em

Hundreds seen from the sky above La Jolla

On the morning of August 7, Ravean Aaron took a photo of a pod of dolphins swim through “hundreds of” stingrays from the sky above Black’s Beach. “I recently received my pilot's license and have ...

Tijuana’s most violent month in all its history

Zeta newspaper tells the details

“The violence and crime in Tijuana has exceeded its own records and has imbued terror in a society, in which authorities have been surpassed and lack any leadership.” That’s how an extensive report of the ...

VW Bus caravan makes it to Border Field

Met by VW fans across the fence

On July 29 at noon, about 75 vintage Volkswagen owners rendezvoused at International Friendship Park in Imperial Beach. This was the last stop for the Treffen: “A traveling [rear-engine] Volkswagen carnival, complete with cruises, camp ...

Afternoon at the Nelson Bar

Rantings of an ex-pat

I met a 62-year-old man at Nelson Bar in Tijuana today. He said, “I like talking to white people, you white?” Sort of, I responded. “You look white! I know everything. Ask me anything. No. ...

Mexico exits the World Cup

Americans come for the early beer, locals eat kimchi

“Estoy muy triste,” said my friend Joey in his poor Spanish after Mexico got eliminated from the World Cup. Joey (with his date) drove at dawn from Little Italy to downtown Tijuana to live the ...

MakoBob Halibut Tournament – no longer just kayaks

His home is open to those he barely knows

Robert Moore has been a fixture in the fishing community above and below the border. His spread on the Sea of Cortez just north of Punta Bufeo, Makoville, is an idyllic camp area complete with ...

Hurricane Bud affects Rosarito

Buried whale surfaces

"Merchants and visitors had to leave the Rosarito beach because of the high tide that went up suddenly — avoid coming for now," read the caption underneath a video posted June 10. This appeared on ...

Drone hits helicopter in Baja 500

Who had the right of way?

Casey Currie is a 34-year-old professional off-road racer from Norco. Last week he won the Hammer Truck Unlimited class with his #4422 Jeep in the Baja 500. A couple of days later he uploaded a ...

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