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Interview with Liza Vogt, Voice of Nosara’s First Publisher

By Arianna McKinney

Why was the newspaper started? 
VON was started for two reasons: to dispel many of the rumors that were constantly flying around Nosara and also to inform residents and tourists of current situations and upcoming events.

There were many people who helped get VON started and kept it going, and it was run as if it were a nonprofit. All advertising money was used for printing costs and no one was paid for any translations, artwork or contributions.

What was the most difficult issue/article that you dealt with in your time as editor of VON?
For me, the most memorable issue was the “La Policia No Sirve” (“Nosara Police are Useless”). As soon as I picked it up from the printers, I thought, “Oh crap, I shouldn’t have done this. This could be bad.” 


Liza Vogt

That was the first time VON was threatened with a lawsuit. Over the years, there were many legal threats but none of them came to fruition. On the positive side, I was walking on Guiones Beach and a tourist started talking to me. Not knowing who I was, he talked about the article and was surprised at how bold the editor was to publish such an exposé and wondered if there was any way he could continue to read VON when he went home to Canada. Thus began the online version and mailed out subscriptions.

What was your biggest success or what made you feel most satisfied as editor of VON?
I have three proud moments. First, I was walking throughtown an hour after I had finished delivering the paper when I saw a high school student totally engrossed in reading VON. Another thing that made me proud was that when Minae gave press conferences pertaining to Guanacaste they only invited area newspapers they felt were legitimate, and VON was always invited. Also, we did an article about a local farmer who lost all his cows two hours after giving them an injection. It was a sad story and the farmer was devastated. La Nación called to get permission to run the story in their paper. 

What do you think about the direction the newspaper has taken and how it has developed since your time as editor? 
After I moved out of Nosara, I was very happy that John Johnson III was interested in keeping VON going. There is no comparison between what it was when I was editor and what John and his staff have turned it into. It has matured, grown and makes a positive statement about the integrity of the people of Nosara and surrounding communities.

Do you miss VON? Do you miss Nosara?
VON, Nosara and Escuelita de Nosara. (I was one of the founding members of Escuelita de Nosara, along with eight other women from seven different countries. )That was a very special time in my life. There will never be anything like it. I am so blessed to have experienced it all. 

Where are you and what are you up to these days?
I am now in Sothern California, where I was born and grew up, still doing volunteer work. Also I am exercising my creative gene by weaving (something I have been doing for 40 years), sewing and various other artistic outlets. 


More Regional News

Generous Tips Restricted By Credit Cards

A curious case emerged this past October when a server at Guiones' Gilded Iguana was tipped large by a generous customer. The finale take for the server, however, was only a fraction due to a little-known policy by credit card companies to restrict tip pay-outs.

Tourism in Costa Rica Still Suffering…but Not So Much.

Complaints from Costa Rican tourism businesses have been constant since the crisis of 2008-2009, but now a survey shows that business is not so bad.

Municipality and Government Met with Those Affected by Earthquake

The Municipality of Nicoya and the Ministry of Housing and Human Settlements(MIVAH—Ministerio de Vivienda y Asentamientos Humanos) met with those who have suffered damage to their homes from the earthquake of September 5th and the subsequent aftershocks.

Foreigners Must Be Legal Residents To Drive in Costa Rica

Rick and Lorraine have been coming to Costa Rica for the last ten years. Like good tourists they fueled the country’s top industry, tourism. And like many Canadian tourists, they fell in love with paradise.

New Home Costs, Taxes, to Climb

If you’re contemplating building a new home next year, prepare yourself to pay higher taxes than before, reports the national newspaper La Nacion.

Women of Costa Rica over burdened with responsibilities

Costa Rican women not only devote to household chores more than double the time men do, but also allocate more time to their professional training, according to local media.

Operating Rooms Will Reopen at the End of November

The long wait for surgical services at La Anexion Hospital in Nicoya will soon end.  The two operating rooms will be ready on November 26th, when they have approval from the Ministry of Healthy. 

Vigil Held To Protest Health Cuts At Nicoya Hospital

About a dozen protesters sat themselves upon the grounds of Nicoya's Annexation Hospital at night on Thursday November 16th in an effort to highlight the hospital’s budget cuts.

There are Now 16 Real Estate Frauds in Nosara

Currently a criminal band is stealing or buying the properties they hire someone else to steal, pretending to be the legitimate owners. Only this year, by the end of the month of October, we learned of 10 cases, which give us an average of one per month.

Public Force and OIJ Deal a Blow to the Stolen Goods Market in Nicoya

The Public Force and the Organism of Judicial Investigation (OIJ) performed a joint operation throughout the day on Friday, November 9 in Nicoya, during which they decommissioned stolen articles equivalent to several million colones (thousands of dollars).

Presidency Published Gag Law Against Journalists and the Media

The Presidency of the Republic on Tuesday, November 6th published in La Gaceta the law that will punish journalists and citizens with up to 10 years in prison if they disseminate “secret political information.”

CONAVI Temporarily Stepped In Over Río Montaña Bridge

Last Friday November 2nd the Concejo Nacional de Vialidad (National Highway Council- CONAVI) repaired damages to the bridge over Río Montaña.

New rules for vehicle technical inspection (RTV) in January

A police officer from the Fuerza Publica, driving while intoxicated, crossed into oncoming traffic and caused a head on collision with another vehicle, killing its driver.

Drunken Nicoya police officer kills driver in head-on collision

A police officer from the Fuerza Publica, driving while intoxicated, crossed into oncoming traffic and caused a head on collision with another vehicle, killing its driver.

Letter from the Editors
Celebrating Ten Years of Connecting Communities, and More to Come

For ten years now, the Voice of Nosara has been serving Nosara and the surrounding communities with the goal of connecting and uniting people—not just people in different towns but people of different backgrounds, nationalities and languages.

Citizen Journalists (THAT MEANS YOU!) Are Shaping the Future of Reporting

“Citizen journalism” has become a standard part of the way we gather and report news. But that was not always so.

Most Talked About Stories

Our editors reviewed every print edition of The Voice of Nosara from October 2002 until September 2012 and chose the most talked about stories based on letters to the editor, comments made to reporters or on Facebook and follow-up stories.

The Most Repeated Themes During Ten Year

Our editors reviewed every print edition of The Voice of Nosara from October 2002 until September 2012 and counted how many articles were printed on each subject.

“They want to kick us out when we’ve lived here all our lives,”
Oscar Chavarría, resident of Garza

“I’ve lived here for 30 years and now they tell us that they want to annul our property titles and kick us out of our homes,” commented Oscar Chavarria indignantly. He lives in Playa Garza with his wife and daughter.

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