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Alcohol is Suspected Culprit of Death in Samara

By Arianna McKinney

On Monday morning, January 9th, Bruce Frederick Corbitt, an American man around 60 years old, was found dead on the floor of the room where he was staying in Samara. National newspapers reported that he had sustained a blow to his head and that blood stains were on his body and on the floor, lending an air of suspicion to the death; however authorities and neighbors in Samara provide a different perspective and a powerful reminder of the tragic consequences that can result from drinking.

Patricia Samuels Barnett, a resident of Matapalo of Samara, drove him to the Bahia Cabinas the night before. She recounted that he was weak and was walking slowly and that he had been to visit the doctor that day.
 
Samara Police Chief Jose Angel Gomez Matarrita reported that Corbitt had a reputation for drunkenness and that neighbors testified that Corbitt was drinking in his room on Sunday night.  Matarrita theorized that the alcohol interacted with medications that Corbitt was taking, causing Corbitt to fall and die.  OIJ (Organismo de Investigación Judicial) of Nicoya took the body to the forensic sciences lab for examination. 

Although the national newspaper Extra reported that a wild party was going on in Corbitt’s room and that he may have been killed by someone at the party, Matarrita clarified that this does not appear to be the case. He said the bad report damages Samara, presenting another murder of a tourist in the town, and that this point should be clarified. He is awaiting the autopsy results to provide a more conclusive cause of death. 

 

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Man in Jail After Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend in Samara

The man who repeatedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend when she was leaving work at Villas Playa Samara on Wednesday, January 11th, was apprehended the following day and has been sentenced to three months of preventive imprisonment in Liberia, as verified by Ronald Alvarez, supervisor of the Public Force for Nicoya canton.

Flights take off from new air terminal in Liberia on Thursday

Good news for those who visit Nosara and Samara via the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia: new installations are prepared to begin functioning this Thursday, January 12th, at 6:50 in the morning, when the first national flight from Nature Air with touch the runway and inaugurate the new facilities, as announced by Minister of Transportation Francisco Jimenez. 

2012 Municipal Budget Held Up by Procedural Disputes

The 2012 Municipal budget for the Canton of Nicoya is being stalled due to disputes over the proper approval procedure, and the dispute is raging online on the Facebook page of the Alcaldia de Nicoya.

The Future of Tourism
Chambers of Tourism in Nosara, Samara and Carrillo Developing New Strategies

While tourism in Costa Rica is increasing in general, the coastal destinations of Nosara and Samara remain at the bottom of the list of tourist destinations in Guanacaste. According to data provided by CATURGUA, the Guanacaste Chamber of Tourism, only 1% of international tourists visit Nosara and 2% visit Samara.

More Cell Phone Towers Built in the Nicoya Canton
Debate Continues About Health Risks and Civil Rights
• Constitutional Court rules in favor of cell phone companies
• International concerns about health risks minimized

International concerns about health hazards and citizens' concerns about where cell phone towers are located were minimized by a recent ruling of the Costa Rican Constitutional Court. La Nación reports that the Court ruled in favor of allowing cell phone companies to erect towers where they see fit.

Council's President Under Investigation for Hiring Without Due Process
• The contract was for fireworks

Nicoya's Council's President, Juan Luis Aguirre Vidaurre, is being investigated by the Town Council for hiring the fireworks used on December 31st, 2010, without following due process. The fireworks display had a cost of $800 however, a year later, the owner of the company hired is still walking the halls of Nicoya's Municipalidad, bill in hand, looking for someone to pay him what he is owed.

Mystery shrouds the death of poisoned high school student

Four months have passed since the town of Nosara was shocked by the death of Hernandez, a 17-year-old high school student, after being poisoned by two alleged assailants while on his way to school. With a fire arm, the two obligated him to consume a herbicide after taking his cellular phone and 50,000 colones ($100). 

 

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