May 19, 2002 |
The Choqueyapu River used to be the town's treasure, filled with the gold that five centuries ago attracted the Spaniards to this basin in the Andes. Precious metals are nowhere to be found near the Choqueyapu these days. Human feces, dead dogs and noxious chemicals fill the waters as they wind through La Paz, bringing disease and overpowering smells to those unlucky enough to live near its banks.
February 13, 1985 |
A block from President Roberto Suazo Cordova Avenue, catercorner from Roberto Suazo Cordova Hospital and not far from a new municipal market commemorating the presidency of Roberto Suazo Cordova, stands a pedestal awaiting a statue. Citizens of La Paz smile sheepishly when asked who might someday be honored with a statue on the pedestal. They say they do not know, that this is a question for the authorities in the capital, not for provincial folk like themselves.
April 9, 2000 |
The president declared a state of emergency Saturday, sending police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets into the streets of Cochabamba, the country's third-largest city, to try to quell demonstrators who hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails back at them. The government's move came after a week of protests about increasing water rates, unemployment and other economic difficulties plaguing this nation in the heart of South America.
October 28, 2003 |
THE debate over whether wild dolphins should be turned into swim playmates for tourists has heated up after Hurricane Marty blew through La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. Three of seven dolphins in the delphinario, a series of containment pens in La Paz Bay that housed dolphins for tourists to swim with, were killed after Marty flooded the city last month, sending torrents of raw sewage and garbage into the water.
November 30, 1989 |
The Bolivian government Wednesday announced the arrest of a man reputed to be one of that nation's two major cocaine traffickers. Juan Carlos Lisboa Melgar, 35, was arrested Tuesday during a raid on a home in Santa Cruz, a drug-trafficking center 335 miles southeast of La Paz, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gonzalo Torrico said. He said Lisboa, who did not resist arrest, owns the biggest cocaine-processing laboratory ever uncovered in Bolivia. He said it can produce up to 8,800 pounds a week.
January 2, 1985 |
U.S. and Bolivian planes searched the snowcapped Andes today for an Eastern Airlines jet that disappeared with 29 people aboard 11 minutes before its scheduled landing at La Paz airport. There was a report that some wreckage was spotted but there was no confirmation it was the missing Boeing 727. Marian Davis, wife of U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay Arthur H. Davis, was one of the eight Americans reported aboard the plane, State Department spokesman Alan Romberg said in Washington.
October 1, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS -- President Obama next week will mark the creation of a new national monument at the home and grave site of civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez. Obama is slated to travel to Keene in California's San Joaquin Valley on Oct. 8 to formally establish the new monument at the property known as Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz, or Our Lady Queen of Peace. The site includes several structures linked to the United Farm Workers leader, including the mission-style building where he held meetings and worked to organize farm laborers. Chavez also lived at the La Paz complex from the early 1970s until he died and was buried there in 1993.