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Nosareños Threats to Close the Main Road

By Emiliana Garcia

Tired of waiting for the government to respond to their demands, the Nosareños patience seems to have come to an end. At a meeting held on Saturday June 11, several members of the community agreed to step up pressure if President Laura Chinchilla doesn’t take action and respond to a letter that will detail the most urgent problems that concern the people of this area.

The letter will be delivered to Chinchilla before the end of the month of June and, according to the president of the Health Committee of Nosara, Kendall Arguedas, the President should respond before 25 July.

"If the President doesn’t respond to our letter, then we should close the road to Samara (close to the Samara Gas Station) and speak out on July 25 in Nicoya," Arguedas said to VON.

The document calls for the Basic Integrated Health Care (EBAIS) in Nosara to be expanded into a clinic.  "(EBAIS) is saturated, serving 6800 people with only one doctor, (while) with a clinic we would have a laboratory, control room and a 24 hour emergency room," said the president of the Health Committee.

Also, the letter will call for the long promised paving of Route 160 that connects Samara to Nosara, a promise that was made in 2008 by former President Oscar Arias, but which, for more than one year, has been in the process of securing land around the route.

Another of the requests that will be made in the petition is to provide a viable solution to the town dump, which is threatened with closure because of sanitation problems.

A fourth issue that will be raised in the letter is the need for a police patrol car, which was promised by the Security Ministry in October 2009 and to date is still unfulfilled.

For the community, these are urgent issues for which they expect a positive response from the presidential palace and from the responsible ministers.

The letter will be sent first to all development associations, village committees, school boards and other important community organizations of Nosara, Garza, Esperanza, Pelada, Barco Quebrado and Esterones , for approval and their support.

The meeting, held in the office of the Development Association of Nosara (ADIN), was attended by Nosara Development Association, Health Committee, Safety Committee, members of the Police, and Pelada Development Association.

 

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Samara community and police hope to organize to improve security

About 60 people met in Samara’s community hall on Thursday, June 23, with Mayor Marcos Jimenez and police officials Angel Araya Cordero, director of police for Guanacaste, and Dennis Garcia, in charge of the police’s community security program for the canton of Nicoya. Their aim was to air concerns and look for viable ways to improve security in Samara.

Woman Died Falling into a Creek

About 60 people met in Samara’s community hall on Thursday, June 23, with Mayor Marcos Jimenez and police officials Angel Araya Cordero, director of police for Guanacaste, and Dennis Garcia, in charge of the police’s community security program for the canton of Nicoya. Their aim was to air concerns and look for viable ways to improve security in Samara.

Samareños will march asking to continue with peace and tranquility

Members of the community of Samara agreed to perform a march this Sunday, the 19th, starting at 11 a.m., leaving from the Catholic church, marching around the front of the Evangelical church, the school and ending in front of the Public Force.

Machinery Arrives in Nosara to Provide Road Maintenance

Roadworking equipment arrived this past Friday June 10th  to begin repairing the 30 km section between Nosara and Samara. The National Roads Board (CONAVI) deployed the equipment provided by San Antonio construction company.

Road to Nosara is Impassable
The MOPT remains silent

There is great concern among residents and drivers in Garza, Guiones and Nosara due to the bad road conditions and the fact that no work has been done towards their improvement for over three months. As a result of the rainfall during this past few days, the road has become impassable.

Sexual Violence in Las Huacas Under Investigation

On May 22, around midnight, a woman, who is over 50 years old, was sexually assaulted at a house in Section EE, Guiones, where she was housesitting for her friends.

Tourist Police Could be Closed During June

At a meeting held at restaurant Casa Tucan by the Nosara Security Association on Saturday, May 28, Agnes Pinherio, the president of the association, said the Tourist Police of Guiones Beach may be closed unless the association can collect enough donations for its office maintenance. While last year the budget was more than $17,000, this year, only $5,500 has been collected.

Ministry of Health Sets End of July as Deadline for the Dump to Continue Operating

Improvements to Nosara's landfill must be made before the end of July; however, if no concrete efforts to improve it are made, the Ministry of Health will proceed to close it down. This was the order given by Nicoya's Ministry of Health engineer, Gabriel Sotelo González, on Wednesday, May 18th.

Are we Ready for Heavy Winter Rains?

Last year's rains were destructive, leaving some communities cut off when bridges collapsed and unfortunate families seeking shelter elsewhere as their homes flooded. Since then, various groups have been examining needs to better prepare communities for the next round of heavy rains.

The Brothers of Nosara Representative are under investigation for tree cuttings

On March 27th, 2011, two officers from MINAET Ostional (Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications) found 20 pochote trees stumps, which were supposedly cut illegally on a property near the Nosara dump. Among the parties involved, which included two brothers of the Nosara Representative, Marcos Avila, none had permission to cut, transport, or sell the trees.

Nicoya Sewage Treatment Plant May Pollute the River Grande

Residents of the Matabuey neighborhood in the city of Nicoya expressed their displeasure with the foul smells emanating from the neighboring sewage treatment pools from the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) as well as the treated waters discharged into the River Grande, which runs about 50 meters from the pools.

 

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