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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.

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. 

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. 

El Relleno plans 4th of July dinghy race, party E-mail
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Don Diego del Rio
They're going to do it AGAIN!
    Great Scott Productions announces that El Relleno Marina will host its 4th dinghy race  beginning at 4 p.m. July 4. The second to the last party will follow.
   International entries from as far as Seha, Bonaire, and Seneca are expected to participate along with drivers from England and Florida.
   El Relleno defending champion Jean Claude Van Dame will face off with William of Tell, Mr. Ed and La Vida Feliz Richard, among many others.
   The racing committee has been hearing complaints about Wild Willie who allegedly:
   -- Used an illegal dinghy paddle in the third race.
   -- Threw water balloons at other racers after he was no longer a contender.
   -- Wore a Hawaiian shirt in a Caribbean dinghy race.
   Willie may be fired from the Little Humper Race Team.
   Great Scott productions has whined that they're spending hundreds of centavos on racing and haven't received a trophy."We must make a change for Little Humper's reputation," a spokesman noted.
   A two race deal is pending between Great Scott Racing Team and famous local race driver Don Diego who is familiar with the local course, water and conditions.
  "He's the man to bring home the trophy for us. Diego is fearless and a winner!" the spokesman affirmed.
   Rio Dulce experts on everything at Bruno's say there's no way Little Humper can win since "Willie obviously has his mind on other things."

Xalaja tourist information center grand opening Friday E-mail
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Xalaja Island will host a grand opening for its new tourist information center at 4 p.m. Friday, June 22.
  The tourist information center is located at Turicentro "Las Brisas" about 50 meters from the bridge near Sundog Cafe, Crows Nest and Rio Bravo Pizza.
  Visitors are encouraged to come by and learn about the beautiful "hidden paradises" in the Rio Dulce area which they'll love to visit.
  Xalaja Island includes a marina, hotel and Spanish school.

Rio Dulce's rainy season begins E-mail
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gecko anchor  The rainy season on the Rio Dulce has officially begun.   It was noticed by many lately that the river was very low, much more so than usual. 
  This is, of course, only obvious when one is climbing out of a boat that is at a dock.  On the hook, hard to notice. 
  We are grateful for the slightly cooler nights, pleasant mornings, and everything getting green again.  
  For newcomers, June & July is the time when we get an occasional ' biama".   This local term applies to those strong storms that come from the south, usually late in the afternoon, or after dark.  They generally bring winds of 40 mph, lots of rain, and at least once in my memory, HAIL.  The good news is, they don't last long.  They are something like a microburst, and may hit one side of the river, but not the other.....just a Mother Nature event.  
  If you see one coming while you are away from your boat, stay put until it passes, even IF your hatches were left open.   Being in a small dinghy with a biama  is just not a good idea.

Keep safe, it's a jungle out there.

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GOOD MORNING, RIO !    photo by Roy
Marina managers on patrol E-mail
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  Rio Dulce marina managers Friday met with police, Inguat and lanchero representatives to discuss boaters' security issues and other concerns.
  Acting on a suggestion by John Moore, manager of Monkey Bay Marina, several members of the group agreed to participate in River Watch, a voluntary night patrol in conjunction with the local police department.
 Marina managers  The intent of the patrol with an armed police officer is to establish a late night/early morning law enforcement presence on the river in an effort to deter dinghy and motor thefts.
   The patrols are expected to greatly enhance security for boats at anchor, generally considered most susceptible for loss of property in early morning hours.
   "Once the dinghy thieves realize there is an armed law enforcement patrol on the river at night with full arrest authority, perhaps they'll be less inclined to pursue this type of activity," one of the managers commented. "At least we're interested in getting out there and doing something on a personal basis rather than sitting around and just complaining about the situation."

Hurricane Season Public Announcement E-mail
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HurricaneBy US Department of State
   This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the Hurricane Season in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. The official Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June through November. This Public Announcement expires on December 7, 2007.
Experts at the National Weather Service predict a 75 percent chance that activity during the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season will be above normal this year, forecasting 13 to 17 named storms, with 7 to 10 becoming hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends that those in hurricane-prone regions begin preparations at this time for the upcoming season.

Strong earthquake rocks Guatemala E-mail
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GUATEMALA CITY - A powerful earthquake shook Guatemala on Wednesday, U.S. seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the capital.
The magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck at 1:29 p.m. local time (3:29 p.m. EDT) and was centered 70 miles southwest of Guatemala City off the Pacific coast. Firefighters in Guatemala City said they had no immediate reports of injury or damage.
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