• Glenn Wilson
    May 22, 2020
    May 22, 2020:
    • Coyote pups rescued.
    • New Pantoja protesters block the public road again - impacts El El Pípila alternate route.
    • Municipal Government seeks dialogue with inhabitants of Nuevo Pantoja.
    • Cattle are stolen from a rancher in the Bandita community; they poison dogs.
    • Guanajuato expects a good agricultural cycle.
    • Other News Headlines.
    • Find a place to nap.

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    Coyote pups rescued
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    Dolores Hidalgo- Personnel from the Directorate of Environmental Protection of the Municipality of Dolores Hidalgo in coordination with the Volunteer Fire Department rescued seven coyote pups that were trapped in a drainage channel, the animals were left available to the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection of Mexico.

    The 7 coyote puppies of the Canis latrans species, were located thanks to a citizen report where they reported that inside a pipe in the community of El Potrero de la Salud there were several disoriented puppies inside it.

    With the collaboration of the rescue team of the elements of Voluntary Firefighters, it was possible to extract the cubs who were given food and water.
    Coyote pups rescued (sp).

    New Pantoja protesters block the public road again
    San Miguel de Allende, Gto.- (OEM-Informex) .- This morning (May 21), residents of Nuevo Pantoja, blocked with stones, one of the main streets of this ejido land. Due to the fact that there are still manifestations of overcharging by the San Miguel de Allende Drinking Water and Sewerage System.

    At least a dozen people placed the stones in the middle of one of the dirt roads in the area, which now serves as an alternate route for vehicles entering the municipality from Celaya and going to the upper part of the city or to Querétaro . The road is used in order to avoid the traffic generated by the "El Pípila" overpass work .

    The situation caused vehicle chaos again among some cars that were stuck inside Nuevo Pantoja, as the inhabitants of this place closed their way, who continue to express themselves due to the problem they have in excessive water charges due to not having a meter. And it is to be noted that this area of ​​Nuevo Pantoja, being ejido land, has not yet been regularized, so to date and after 40 years, these families still do not have legal certainty about the place where they live, situation that makes it impossible to become creditors of basic services.
    New Pantoja protesters block the public road again (sp).

    Municipal Government seeks dialogue with inhabitants of Nuevo Pantoja
    Neighbors of Nuevo Pantoja and representatives of the municipal government met this day to find solutions to the problems they face in this neighborhood, the municipality seeks the acceptance of the inhabitants to divert heavy traffic in the area.
    San Miguel de Allende, Gto. - After listening to the concerns of the residents, the representatives of the municipality presented a series of proposals that will help to solve the problems of water and the use of alternative roads to “La Obra” (Depressed Step El Pípila), which pass through the neighborhood.

    Aware that they are in an irregular settlement, the settlers requested stops, the presence of traffic agents and lighting to avoid accidents in the area.

    The municipality, through the SAPASMA (Drinking Water and Sewerage System of San Miguel de Allende) proposed a proposal so that the collection of water is fairer for the settlers, who accepted that there is a problem of water leakage that increases the cost of the service due to a hydraulic network that they ordered to be built and that presents deficiencies.
    Municipal Government seeks dialogue with inhabitants of Nuevo Pantoja (sp).

    Cattle are stolen from a rancher in the Bandita community; they poison dogs
    Twenty-five heads of cattle were stolen from a Bandita ranch. Last night, the thieves arrived and took the animals that were in their corral located in the La Esperanza area. Before starting, the thieves used poisoned chorizo poisoned to kill the four of the dogs that were watching the cattle.
    Cattle are stolen from a rancher in the Bandita community; they poison dogs (sp).

    Guanajuato expects a good agricultural cycle
    Guanajuato expects a good agricultural cycle, as the production of 600 thousand tons of food is projected , between corn and sorghum.

    "It is projected that we have a good cycle of corn, producers are opting more for corn, because it gives higher yields, this year it is projected that it does have a good price due to the pandemic and there are some 400 thousand hectares that they will be sown with this grain.

    "There are another 200,000 that are going to be produced from sorghum, it continues to be produced despite the pests, since animal feed is needed, so there are 200,000 hectares that are going to be planted and this guarantees us to have the necessary production to satisfy the demand of the state ”, said José Francisco Gutiérrez Michel, secretary of Agri-Food and Rural Development of Guanajuato.
    Guanajuato expects a good agricultural cycle (sp).

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  • Glenn Wilson
    May 1, 2020
    Francisco Garay's Presentation to the Midday Rotary Club April 28, 2020. Watch to understand the current state of affairs in SMA with regards to government, economics, business, and NGO activity.

    Francisco "Paco" Garay is the Director of the Office of Economic Development and International Affairs for the City of San Miguel de Allende.



    The Midday Rotary Club continues their series of great Zoom presentations! Last weeks presentation was Midday Rotary - This week's topic: SMAFAQ and covering the news in SMA. A copy of the presentation is attached to that post.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    March 28, 2020
    Update: Summary transcript and link to video in the comments.

    Message to U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (March 27, 2020)

    Location: Mexico
    Event: March 31 Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Landau

    Please join U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau for a Virtual Town Hall Tuesday, March 31, at 3:30 p.m. as he discusses the most recent Department of State travel advice for U.S. citizens in light of COVID-19 and answers your questions.

    Take part by going to the Embassy’s Facebook page to watch the Facebook Live event.

    (GW: I believe that you do not need a Facebook account to view the virtual town hall. When / if Facebook nags you to sign in just dismiss that banner / dialog or select "Not now.").

    Submit your questions by commenting on the event while it is happening or by sending them in advance to using the subject: “Virtual Town Hall” in your email. We will do our best to answer as many questions as possible.

    The U.S. government has no higher priority than the protection of U.S. citizens. It’s essential that you are well informed and updated. We look forward to answering your questions and providing you with our most recent travel advice. In the meantime, you can learn more at the Embassy’s COVID-19 website and by watching this message to U.S. citizens from Ambassador Landau on our website.

    Actions to Take:

    Assistance:
    • For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 55-8526-2561 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the United States.
    • The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at:
    Paseo de la Reforma 305
    Colonia Cuauhtémoc
    06500, Ciudad de México
    Phone: +52-55-5080-2000
    Fax: +52-55-5080-2005
    E-Mail:

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  • Glenn Wilson
    March 19, 2020
    Charlie, an online friend, sent me this brief report and pics and gave me permission to share it here.
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    We are traveling to Portland OR today.

    1st leg Queretaro to Monterey. Only about 10 people on the jet.

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    I am 67, have never see anything like it before! Now in Monterey waiting to go to Atlanta its like a ghost town.
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    More employees than travelers.

    Distancing is fairly easy! Some workers have masks. But most people are just looking at their phones.

    Just as bad! On the jet, but, Atlanta is a bit busier...
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    Thanks Charlie!
  • Glenn Wilson
    March 13, 2020
    We started SMAFAQ to share information with our SMA community.

    Today, over 1,000 people get our email digest every day and SMAFAQ gets over 1,000 page views per day. Thanks!

    If you want your event or story or business or art to get noticed you can share your own articles here. See: Creating Discussions and Comments.

    Thanks for reading!
  • Glenn Wilson
    February 13, 2020
    This is the video of the town hall event held on January 24, 2020 by the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in San Miguel de Allende.

    If anyone has any questions, you can contact the U.S. Consular Agency in SMA at . Greg Moore is our local U.S. Consular Agent in SMA.



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  • Signe Hammer
    February 6, 2020
    Only Connect: Ancient Mexico and its North American Heirs
    By Signe Hammer

    How are the legendary civilizations of ancient Mexico connected to their North American descendants? Join PEN on Tuesday, Feb 18, at 6:30 PM in the second-floor auditorium of the Bellas Artes to hear Texas writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker John Philip Santos discuss this profound question in “Ancestral Journeys to Now: Searching for Our Connections to Ancient Mexico”

    “The last fifty years,” Santos says, “have been a golden age in Mexican archaeology.” Excavations at Mayan, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Chichimeca and Aztec sites “have immeasurably advanced our understanding of ancient Mexico. Other developments have provided a kind of ‘Rosetta Stone’ of the mythic imagination shared by many of the indigenous peoples of pre-contact Mexico.”

    Santos will “explore how these discoveries, and the work of scholars, archaeologists and creatives in Mexico and the United States, help us to illuminate the profound connections between ancient Mexico and the Mexican(x) now—and what these connections may reveal about our future.”

    Santos’s two memoirs, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (a National Book Award finalist) and The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, tell the ancestral stories of his family, an American origin story involving Spain, Mexico, and the lands that became South Texas. His book of poems is Songs Older Than Any Known Singer.

    An Emmy-nominated television producer, Santos has produced more than 40 documentaries and news programs for CBS and PBS. His journalism and commentary have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Manchester Guardian and Texas Monthly. 

    Santos, the first Latino Rhodes Scholar, holds degrees from Oxford University and Notre Dame. He is currently University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies in the Honors College at the University of Texas San Antonio. In 2017 he was awarded the Texas Medal for the Arts in Literature.

    San Miguel PEN is a chapter of PEN International, the organization of writers that fights for freedom of expression around the world. The 150-peso admission helps fund local activities and includes a free glass of wine with dinner afterwards at Vivali’s, across the street at Hernandez Macias 66. Tickets at Ticket Central in the Biblioteca or at the door. For more information, visit sanmiguelpen.com.

    San Miguel PEN 2020 Winter Lecture
    John Phillip Santos
    “Ancestral Journeys to Now: Searching for Our Connections to Ancient Mexico”
    Tue, Feb 18, 6:30pm
    In English with Spanish Supertitles
    Bellas Artes Second Floor Auditorium
    Hernandez Macias 75

    150 pesos / People under 25 & Migrants Free

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  • Signe Hammer
    February 5, 2020
    Join the Audubon Birdwalk and Great Backyard Bird Count
    By Signe Hammer

    Come help count the world’s birds! Join the Audubon birdwalk on Sunday morning. Or count birds in your own yard or local park anytime today (Friday) through Monday. Or do both!

    Why count? The Great Backyard Bird Count provides an annual snapshot of the worldwide distribution and abundance of birds. Over time (20+ years and counting) these snapshots help scientists who monitor the health of bird populations around the world answer such questions as how climate change is affecting those populations. Their conclusions, in turn, can help us protect these beautiful creatures and the environment we share with them.

    Last year, a record 225,000 people joined the four-day count, reporting a record 6,699 species, more than half the world’s known total. Mexico alone reported 755 different species, well ahead of the US.
    Join the Audubon birdwalk: On Sunday, we’ll walk with leaders Luke Rich, Michael Burns and Signe Hammer along the Rio Laja, near Cieniguita and the bridge to Guanajuato. The varied habitat includes a wooded river trail, farmland with big trees, and open sky for raptors.

    Everyone is welcome to join this birdwalk, from beginners to experienced birders. Adults and children (aged 10 and up, with their parents) alike will enjoy seeing the birds, and many will want to help count them.

    Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. We’ll have our Audubon de México bird guide, Birds of San Miguel—with 81 species commonly found in the San Miguel area—for sale. Our guides carry telescopes so that everyone can see distant birds clearly, and we’ll also have a few pairs of binoculars to lend.

    Carpooling is essential, so if you have a car, please bring it. Plan to arrive at 7:45, as we leave promptly at 8. You'll be back by noon, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends.

    Count birds in your own backyard Friday to Monday, February 14-17. If you are familiar with our local birds, you can count the birds in your own back (or front) yard or local park. Spend as little as 15 minutes or as long as you like on any or all of the four days. To avoid double-counting, try standing in one spot and recording the number of each species you see. Keep a record each time you count—with the date, your start time and total time, your name and your birdwatching-location address. Send your count lists to .

    For more information, visit our website at: http:// www.audubonmexico.org. 

    Audubon Birdwalk and Great Backyard Bird Count
    Sun, Feb 16, 7:45am-Noon
    Meets in front of Instituto Allende
    Ancha de San Antonio 20
    Signe Hammer, 415-111-7638 / +1-917-478-5379
    Members free, non-members 200 pesos or US $10

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  • Glenn Wilson
    February 4, 2020
    From a reader via email:

    "I thought you might be interested to know that yesterday my friend and I were mugged near the bridge on Purisima (not far from Estacion).

    The thief ran up behind my friend and ripped her purse out from under her arm. He then ran away into the bamboo bushes and along a path down to the dry riverbed, under the bridge and into some houses on the other side.

    A kind local woman stopped and told us that she knew the man and where he lived. The police arrived and went looking for this man - they too said that they recognized him from the photo which the local woman had taken.

    We are, of course, thankful that we were not hurt in the attack but distressed that my friend has lost all her important cards, phone and money.

    Please warn your readers to be vigilant and suggest, strongly, that women do not carry purses. It is far too great a temptation to desperate locals.

    The thief was wearing a gray hoodie and gray or beige shorts with white trainers."

    Google Maps Approximate Location: near the bridge on Purisima (not far from Estacion).
  • Patricia Boesen
    January 30, 2020
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    "COOKING NATURE” Thursday February 20th, 2020 at 6 o’clock
    A spectacular culinary event, a tribute to “Deep Mexico” Based on the natural flavors of the land.
    Cocktails & 6 course dinner with wine pairing Reserve in advance
    $2,300 pesos (tax and service charge included) Ticket for sale, cash or credit sale at LA DOÑA San Francisco 32, Zona Centro Phone: 415 688 3131
    A portion of the dinner proceeds will go to Casa Hogar Corazon Valiente program “Brake An Egg, Hatch An Education”

    Menu
    1st Course
    La Doña: Traditional rabbit “barbacoa” taco, country “quelites”, smoked salsa and coriander sprouts.
    2nd Course
    Chef Daniel Nates: Zuchini salad, pistachio, sheep cheese, yellow lemon and mint.
    3rd Course
    Chef Daniel Nates: Roast cauliflower, white “mole”, black “mole” and black truffle.
    4th Course
    La Doña: Fish in wild mushroom textures and candied celery bulb.
    5th Course
    Chef Daniel Nates: Loaded rib, pickled “tuétano”, poblano veil and red wine vegetables.
    Palate Cleanser: Corn syrup shaved ice and “xoconostle”.
    Dessert
    La Doña: Chai tea mousse, corn ash “atole” vanilla ice cream and “hoja santa” strudel.

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