October 16, 1997 |
An investment group led by Mexican construction firm Grupo Morphy has won the bidding for a 25-year lease to operate the 44-mile Tijuana-Tecate railroad line in Baja California, outbidding a rival group led by RailTex of San Antonio, which has operated the link since 1984. Grupo Morphy, lead investor in the entity called Medios de Comunicacion y Transporte de Tijuana, outbid the RailTex group by more than 4 to 1, offering $78.
August 28, 1997 |
A Mexican navy cutter intercepted a derelict vessel off the Baja California coast and rescued 69 Chinese illegal immigrants on board who were running out of food and water, authorities said Wednesday. Mexican television showed naval officers on Tuesday leading the immigrants off the dilapidated vessel Lapas. The U.S. Coast Guard alerted Mexican authorities to the ship, which had no registry and lacked a flag, and was drifting in the Pacific in the middle of the hurricane season.
August 15, 1997 |
U.S. authorities Thursday monitored a rusting cargo ship carrying 69 suspected Chinese immigrants off Baja California as authorities waited to see if Mexico would handle the repatriation. Mexican Vice Admiral Armando Sanchez, commander of the Second Naval Zone at Ensenada, said the 157-foot vessel--intercepted Tuesday by the U.S. Coast Guard 30 miles off Ensenada--is of Chinese registry. The 66 passengers and three crew members are undocumented and appear to be Chinese, Sanchez said.
August 14, 1997 |
The U.S. Coast Guard boarded a vessel off the coast of Baja California and discovered 69 illegal immigrants who appeared to be of Asian descent, a spokesman said Wednesday. "The Coast Guard is on scene with a vessel that has aliens on board that claim to be from the Far East," said Petty Officer Glenn Gerber. A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the vessel Tuesday, 100 miles south of San Diego off Ensenada, Mexico, authorities said. "It looked kind of suspicious--kind of a rickety-looking vessel.
February 7, 1997 |
A Taiwanese battery maker became the latest Asian company to fuel what has become a billion-dollar manufacturing boom in Mexico's Baja California, disclosing plans Thursday to build a 700-worker factory in Tijuana this year. Taipei-based CSB Battery Technologies said it will spend $42 million on a plant to make sealed lead-acid batteries for use in uninterrupted power supplies for computers and as power sources for wheelchairs. CSB expects the factory to open in early 1998.
January 29, 1997 |
The Hotel Serenidad opened to an elite international clientele on the shores of the Gulf of California nearly 30 years ago. Almost overnight, it transformed this sleepy village on the eastern shores of Baja California Sur. Complete with a new, 4,000-foot landing strip, the hotel drew such regulars as John Wayne, Olivia Newton-John and other stars and became an engine of progress and relative prosperity for Mulege and its 3,000 residents.
September 15, 1996 |
Hurricane Fausto damaged 1,700 homes as it swept northeastward across the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California before being downgraded Saturday to a tropical storm, officials said. Fausto's ranking was lowered when its winds weakened from 80 mph to 45 mph after it came ashore before dawn on the mainland near Topolobampo, a port hit hard last year by Hurricane Ismael. About 90 fishermen died when they were surprised at sea last September by Ismael.
September 14, 1996 |
Hurricane Fausto battered Baja California on Friday, downing power poles, smashing windows and disrupting tourism on the usually sunny coast before speeding across the Gulf of California to menace the Mexican mainland. At least one person, a San Diego man, was reported killed when a power line toppled onto a trailer near Cabo San Lucas. More than 2,500 people, mostly in poor neighborhoods around La Paz, were evacuated to shelters at schools, the Red Cross said.
July 3, 1996 |
A giant grouper cautiously circles the outer fringes of the reef, barely visible in the blue haze, hovering above the ocean floor like some odd-shaped blimp. A slithery green eel, secure in its crevice, sticks its rubbery neck out and flaunts a set of powerful jaws and needle-like teeth. Large parrotfish peck away at coral, stopping every few seconds to look around, and prickly little pufferfish wander slowly and aimlessly through what might as well be outer space.
April 14, 1996 |
Sitting in the seaside restaurant at the La Fonda Hotel, surrounded by the sounds of Spanish, guitar music and heavy surf, my old friend Joni Stauffer and I talked about the magic. Just a few hours after leaving home we were in a foreign land. No airport hassles, no cramped airplane seats--we simply threw my two schipperkes, Minke and Buster, and some clothes into the back seat of my old van and we were off. The drive from Santa Barbara had been easy. We'd left at 8 a.m., got through L.A.