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Presidential House Responds –
Nosareños Peaceful March Cancelled

By Emiliana Garcia

The peaceful march that was going to take place on July 25th in Nicoya was cancelled because, according to Marcos Avila, Nosara syndic, President Laura Chinchilla responded immediately to a letter sent at the end of the month of June by various local Development Associations. The letter, signed by 980 people, demanded of the Presidential House "concrete answers and real solutions" to four specific problems that affect the community.

The four urgent problems are: the possible closure of Nosara's garbage dump, the inability of the EBAIS to meet the demands for medical services, the bad road conditions including the paving of 28 kilometers of road that unite Samara with Nosara, and more patrol units for the local police.

The Vice Minister of the Presidency, Francisco Marin, organized an assembly in the Municipality of Nicoya at the beginning of July.

Participants in the assembly included the Vice Minister of Transportation Maria Lorena Lopez Rosales, the Vice Minister of Security Walter Navarro and a commission from the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (CCSS- Costa Rican Social Security Register)

At the assembly the Vice Minister of Transportation handed out copies of the blueprints for the Nosara-Samara road. The commission from the CCSS received design plans to study the new EBAIS building, which will be larger than the current one, and the Vice Minister of Security signed an agreement with the Development Association of Nosara to open a new Police office in Garza that will function 24 hours a day. This agreement still lacks confirmation from the Nosara Association. The Association has urged the public to attend a public meeting on August 13th in the offices of the Association to discuss this.

Only representatives from the Association of Development of Nosara attended on the community's behalf. According to Agnes Pinheiro, President of Nosara's Association of Security, who helped draft the letter sent to President Chinchilla, the Security Association wasn't present because it hadn't been informed of the meeting.

For their part, sixty people from the community of Peladas Beach decided to travel to Nicoya anyway on July 25 and peacefully demonstrate in favor of improvements in their quality of life.


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Spirits were high at Pancho’s Restaurant on Wednesday August 17th as friends, family and visitors gathered to show their support for Shanna Bombard. Six lively rounds of Bingo were played in order to raise funds for Shanna’s cancer treatment.

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Family maintain hopes for future treatments

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Special Profile Mother's Day
Respect is key to contentment for Nicoyan mother of four generations

Simona Villegas Cortez is a mother to the superlative degree. She gave birth twelve times (six sons and six daughters) and has lived to see the birth of thirty grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and, last August, the birth of her first great-great-grandchild. Simona is content and proud to be the matriarch of such a large family because they all respect her and each other.

Fishing to Survive

It is 6 a.m. on a gloomy Pelada morning. Eliecer Lopez and Alejandro Mejia are trying to pull Chaday, their boat, into the ocean. Her old, blue body is having a hard time moving across the sand. After a few tries, finally she is by the water. Waves are slowly starting to hit her, yet they are not strong enough to embrace her.

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