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Skateboarding Festival Aims to Please All Ages and Interests

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By Breyton Méndez Do you like skateboarding, graffiti, or music? Then check out the Urban Culture Festival on June 15 and 16 at the Centro de Impulso Social Barrio Las Cuevitas (Cuevitas Neighborhood Community Center). The festival celebrates Go Skateboarding day, a worldwide celebration of skateboarding that promotes the sport and its culture. Come show [...]

New Book Sheds Light on the Annual Locos Parade’s Obscure History


By Jesús Aguado The Locos Parade is an annual tradition that takes over the streets of the Historic Center, filling it with music, colors, and exuberance. Now a local historian has documented that tradition in a book. Luis Felipe Rodríguez Palacios’s oral history, Los Locos…Una realidad de locura (The Locos…The Reality Behind the Madness), unravels [...]

State Council for Safety Calls for Changes to Government, Police, and Media


By Jesús Aguado Restructuring police forces; more institutional transparency at the federal, state, and local government level; and the cooperation of the media when covering violent crime were at the heart of overarching but as yet unspecific proposals the State Council for Safety discussed at its meeting on May 24 in León. The State Council [...]

San Miguel Hospital Performs City’s First Ever Open-Heart Surgery

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By Jesús Aguado A multidisciplinary cardiac surgery team of 21 MAC Hospital medical personnel got into San Miguel de Allende’s history books on May 18 when they performed the city’s first ever open-heart surgery. “Patients are [routinely] sent to León, Guadalajara, México City, or Monterrey,” MAC’s cardiovascular surgeon Francisco Meléndez Alhambra, who led the surgical [...]

Community’s Restoration Efforts Could Replenish Depleted Centro Groundwater

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By Jesús Aguado Doña Juana ejidatarios’ ambitious project to restore their soil and groundwater reserves could also make thousands of cubic meters of rainwater available to Historic Center users. Doña Juana is a rural community in the San Miguel de Allende municipality communally owned and controlled by 39 ejidatarios. The Spanish term refers to shareholders [...]

Leonora Carrington Exhibit Reveals Never-Seen Artworks


By Jesús Aguado British-born Mexican expatriate artist and author Leonora Carrington liked to say of herself that she was “ambidextrous, as the locos are.” That craziness infused much of the multidisciplinary legacy Carrington left to México, composed of tales, sculptures, jewelry, and paintings. A new multimedia exhibit, El Recóndito Mundo de Leonora Carrington (The Hidden [...]

City Gives Residents Free Trees to Replenish Those Lost in Fires

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By Jesús Aguado If you’ve sensed that there have been more forest and brush fires in town this year, you’re right. Fire Chief Juan Antonio Pérez Solis confirmed that at least 260 hectares of vegetation have been lost to fires in 2019, some of which are attributable to arson and some to accidents. There have [...]

In Search for 800 New Officers, Guanajuato Police Emphasizes Quality

Sophia Huett López, Comisionada de Seguridad

By Jesús Aguado The Guanajuato State Police has issued a recruiting call for 800 new officers, and is prepared to pay top dollar for quality hires. “We do not want to complete a number just to fulfill a goal, no,” State Secretary of Public Safety Álvar Cabeza de Vaca said. “We are focusing our efforts [...]

Kids First Charity Celebrates Its Fifteenth Year Bringing Doctors to San Miguel

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By Jesus Aguado In 2004, the US charity Kids First needed a safer place to bring its orthopedic surgery missions for needy children. For over a decade, it had been recruiting American doctors, nurses, and surgeons to give free medical attention to needy children in South and Central America, often with unconditional support by the [...]

Residents Solve Támbula-Picachos Basin’s Environmental Issues One Stone at a Time

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By Jesús Aguado A centuries-old technique for building stone walls may be the answer to restoring a microwatershed in the Támbula-Picachos basin area. Residents of Doña Juana, a community in the San Miguel de Allende municipality with about 400 people, have come together for the last three years to participate in a volunteer project to [...]

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