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Gringos in Baja

Adventurers, seekers, do-gooders, speculators, linguists

A Quiet Place South of Here The sea urchin is a major object of the villager’s sea harvesting. The wind and sea are calm enough for harvesting sea urchins fewer than half the days of ...

Tijuana-Ensenada toll road near Salsipuedes under repair

Father's Day gringos react

“It was a lot of traffic [and] I got stuck [for] like two hours there,” said Luis A. Corona, a 24-year-old college student from Ensenada. He was referring to the traffic that stopped on the ...

Rock en español? Naw, Rock en ingles.

"I was really inspired by Tijuana No!" says Latinized Hawk Auburn guitarman

When XETV Channel 6 went off the air last month, guitarist Raul Gonzales was one of some 60 employees who lost their jobs; he was a programming engineer in the station’s master control studio in ...

Tijuana priest hospitalized after attack by thief

Escaped knifing, stuck with a screwdriver instead

A Catholic priest was reported to be in stable condition at a Tijuana hospital on Friday, June 9, following surgery after he was stabbed with a screwdriver by a thief trying to rob his church. ...

Wildcoast Baja Bash at Coronado Cays

Pangas vs. sportfishing boats as background

Last fall along Baja California’s Pacific coast, several San Diego-based sportfishing vessels were aggressively confronted by local pangeros. The problem is, for the pangeros, the high spots that hold the endemic rockfish and draw the ...

Border Patrol on Tijuana River gains respect from enviros

Agents catch stench first

When newly assigned U.S. Border Patrol agents arrive at the Imperial Beach Station, one of the first things they are told: Don’t go in the Tijuana River. You don’t have to ever enter the water ...

Messages sent on blankets

600 dead in TJ so far, Sinaloa cartel blamed

When blankets are inscribed with messages and flung over bridges in Tijuana, they usually boast a narco-warning directed at rival cartels or authorities. Such narcomantas, as they’re called in spanish, are appearing increasingly throughout Tijuana. ...

May 24 Tijuana sewage, on top of Feb. dump, spurs coalition

Border patrol agents join Wildcoast and Surfrider

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina and Councilman Mark West are out to change how the federal government deals with sewage that comes into the the city from Mexico. They’ve gained an unexpected partner: the union ...

It doesn’t look like a Catholic Church

Tijuana’s archbishop orders re-design of new cathedral

Tijuana’s new archbishop has rejected the design of a new cathedral that has been under construction since 2006. In an undated press release posted on the new cathedral’s website, Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón said, among ...

Uber in Tijuana is the Wild West

Cash payment option means drivers need to track each other

“My shift ends in about an hour. I stop work at 10 pm,” said Daniel my Uber driver in Tijuana. “It’s not drunks that concern me, it's the crime.” I’m a frequent Uber client and ...

Zippers surf break tested at Los Cabos Open

Mexican locals can be as territorial as Calif.'s

The arroyo El Tule cuts through the volcanic hills that rise just inland between Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas. The dry river bed runs south/southeast toward the confluence of the Sea of Cortez and ...

T.J. General Hospital running out of chemotherapy drugs for children

"Their mothers are worried."

Fifty-six pediatric cancer patients being treated at Tijuana’s General Hospital are in danger of relapse and death because the state-funded facility is running out of chemotherapy drugs. “Up to now no child has lost treatment, ...

Paradox Effects — serious gear for those who play

"That's our robot," built from a streetlight, a heater, old speakers, and hoses

The workshop of Paradox Effects looks a lot like what you might picture when you imagine “Tijuana do-it-yourself boutique guitar pedals.” The low-ceiling warehouse overlooks TJ’s affluent Hipódromo neighborhood from the lower-class residential hillside of ...

Baja's Valle de Guadalupe on a budget

Photography, glamping, wining, and star gazing: all a couple hours away.

Two hours south of San Diego, around sixty miles from Tijuana, sits Valle de Guadalupe inside Ensenada, the largest municipality in all of Mexico. Dozens of wineries with tasting rooms and fancy eateries sit near ...

Tijuana orders cancellation of concert by Miguel Comando at Las Pulgas nightclub

Singer of narcocorridos threatened by message on corpse.

Tijuana authorities abruptly ordered the cancellation of a concert by Miguel Comando, a singer of narcocorridos, that had been scheduled for the night of April 28 at the Las Pulgas nightclub on Avenida Revolución. Narcocorridos ...

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