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American Embassy announces office hours E-mail
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(From the American Embassy in Guatemala City:)

 The Embassy is actually open this Friday (Guatemalan Army Day).
  However, it's an administrative processing day in the American Citizens Services Unit, so we can only take emergency cases.  
   The following week (starting July 2), we'll be open every day except Wednesday (the 4th), including Friday morning, July 6th. 
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Foreign cruisers E-mail
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Cruising boats from other countries welcomed to the U.S. 

  (Editor's Note: In light of the new restrictions being placed on U.S. pleasure boaters visiting Central and South America, perhaps we should take a look at how the United States treats visiting boaters from the same countries.
  Please note that the only Central and South American countries that are given reciprocal cruising permits are Argentina and Honduras. Not on the list are Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua among many others.
  However, the U.S. charges only $27.50 for the cruising permit and it's valid for one year. There still is the requirement that foreign flagged vessels call in to the U.S. Customs whenever they move from one port to another. That is subject to a $5,000 fine. http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/xp/cgov/travel/pleasure_boats/ user_fee/user_fee_decal.xml)
  The following is an excerpt from the US Customs Service site.  See them for additional information.
 
Reporting & Entry  AMERICAN PLEASURE BOATS. The master of any American pleasure boat must report to Customs immediately upon arrival from a foreign port or place and must also report foreign merchandise aboard his/her boat that is subject to duty.

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Leads in national polls E-mail
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 Presidential candidate Colom in Rio Dulce

   Over 1,000 people were on hand Friday to here Guatemalan presidential candidate Alvaro Colom speak at the municipal park.
  Álvaro Colom Caballeros born June 15, 1951 in Guatemala City) is a member of the centre left National Union of Hope (UNE).

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Over 1,000 hear Colom
Colom is the son of Antonio Colom Argueta and Yolanda Caballeros Ferraté, the first being the older brother of Manuel Colom Argueta, a former mayor of Guatemala City. He is the fourth of five brothers. He is also the father of Antonio Colom Szarata, the bass player of Guatemalan rock band Viento en Contra.
After gaining a degree as an industrial engineer at the University of San Carlos (USAC) in just three years, he became a businessman involved in a variety of businesses, and a government civil servant, including being the founding General Director of the Fondo Nacional para la Paz and Vice Minister of the Economy before turning to politics.
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Painting day at Mario's Marina E-mail
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Painting day held at Mario's Marina 

By CINDY s/v Dragonheart
  New owner, Jim Ellis, wanted a change for the look of the Cayuco Club. 
   
Jim and several cruisers put on their thinking caps and decided that a new fun look would do the trick. Marina residents signed up for the big paint day. 

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The Way We Were

  Knowing that people will work for food, Jim offered a free BBQ and threw in 2 days of free slippage! 
 
The painters arrived at 0900 hours primed and ready for work.  Brushes and paint were handed out.  The club had been color coded for ease of painting.  Before you could say Leonardo Da Vinci the old place was taking on a new look. 

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Xalaja tourist center hosts grand opening E-mail
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 Xalaja tourist center hosts grand opening

 Xalaja Marina, Hotel and Spanish School's Iliana hosted a grand opening of their new tourist information bureau this past Friday with a commendable attendance of boaters, local officials and tourist representatives.

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Titi and Iliana

  Iliana told the gathering that Xalaja's intent is to be more than an information center ... providing tourist information as well as local knowledge about services, health care facilities, boaters' resources and to promote a new opportunity for visiting private reservation areas previously inaccessible to eco-tour groups.

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Panama introduces new immigration laws E-mail
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Panama introduces new immigration laws 

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Prior to May 22, 2007 Panama's immigration laws allowed visitors 90 days upon entry to Panama with an
extension of an additional 90 days, for a total of 180 days. Upon completion of 180 days one would be required to leave Panama for 72 hours, most cruisers crossing the border to Costa Rica for a few days then returning to start the process over again.

On May 22, 2007 the Panamanian congress signed into law a new Immigration Law.
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Happy Birthday, Don Chiqui! E-mail
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Happy Birthday, Don Chiqui! 

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DON CHIQUI -- birthday Friday June 22
Chiqui, long-time owner of Tienda Reed and a great resource for Rio Dulce boaters, is celebrating his birthday today.

Stop by and wish him a good one!

 
Places and Faces - Sundog Cafe E-mail
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Sundog Cafe Has European Flavor!

Yes, it really is a cafe, with great coffee and desserts.

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Sundog Cafe
  Jurian and Babette didn't have enough to do with just chartering  the trimaran THAT, so they took on a greater challenge, and are we glad they did. You can always find something homemade and unusual on the special board, and the fresh bread is undoubtedly the best on the river.
  Located in Turicentro Las Brisas, the Sundog features healthy choices Wednesday through Sunday.  (closed Monday & Tuesday) . 
  If you are a vegan, this is your kind of place, but meat eaters also get treated right.   Opening at noon, goes on until late, so if you find yourself in town after dark, you're guaranteed a good watering hole with an international mix of customers. 

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Honduras won't extend boaters' passports E-mail
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Honduras won't extend boaters' passports 

 Honduran officials will no longer extend passports at the border, according to Jeff Boone at the Crow's Nest.
   Boone, who has been operating a passport renewal service for boaters for years, says he canImage no longer take passports to the Honduran border for renewal.
  Boaters must now take their passports to Belize or Mexico (or any other country outside the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4).
  In June 2006, Guatemala entered the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4).    Under the terms of this agreement, tourists may travel within any of the CA-4 countries (Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala) for a period of up to 90 days, without completing entry and exit formalities at border Immigration checkpoints. 

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