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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

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One-third of the used vehicles that have entered Costa Rica do not comply with the import guidelines as stated by article five of the Traffic Law, according to the Association of Importers of Vehicles and Machinery (AIVEMA).

The executive director of the organization, Lilliana Aguilar, presented the figure on Monday after the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo de Goicoechea determined "the omission of the State to enforce the prohibition of entry and the registration of vehicles non-compliant with the regulations.”

"Since 2010 we have been monitoring these units and we believe that more or less, between a third, maybe a little less, of those that are imported have to be revised with the 2012 law," said Aguilar.

The law seeks to guarantee the quality of the cars that are imported into the country, both for the safety of passengers and for the benefit of the environment, an endeavor labeled as unsuccessful according to AIVEMA.

The latest resolution number 126-2017-VI requires the Ministry of Finance to enforce the absolute prohibition of the entry of vehicles that have been declared as a total loss, vehicles that have non-authorized structural wielding in the chassis, or those that show manipulation of the identification number, VIN, or chassis modifications. It also includes vehicles that were taken out of circulation in the country of origin or those that have steering wheels that have been moved.  The prohibitions must be enforced in less than six months.

"The saddest part is that five years have passed without this regulation being implemented, and the same happens with other authorities because the prohibition is also one of circulation and registration," said Aguilar, pointing to the General Directorate of Traffic and the National Register.
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The general director of the Traffic Police, Mario Calderón, explained that they are waiting for 10 vehicles with the necessary equipment to put into practice the regulation of used cars entering the country.

"The Executive branch has ordered to the Ministry of Finance, to dictate within six months the necessary measures to comply with what is established in Article 5 of the Transit Law," states the ruling.

According to AIVEMA, the court's ruling is a proof of the permeability and permissiveness of the state entities regarding the entry of vehicles.

In the case, a possible appeal by the State is pending, but from IVEMA expects the law to be enforced.

In July 2016, customs authorities announced they were preparing a plan to strengthen inspection processes in the field of importing used vehicles.

Car garages against liberalization proposed
by the National Insurance Institute

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Chamber of Garages opposed the idea delivered by the National Insurance Institute (INS) to eliminate authorized workshops and allow users to choose the mechanic of their choice after an accident.

Currently, car owners must take their vehicle to one of the workshops authorized by the INS and
can wait a long time for repairs.

However, this coming December,  the contracts that the institution has with more than 400 registered workshops and garages will expire and, according to the president of the INS, Elián Villegas, one of the possibilities is not to renew.

According to the Directors of the INS, their only interest is the
convenience of the drivers. INS suggests that allowing drivers to choose their own repair shops will speed up car repairs.

However, the Chamber of Garages stated that if the INS takes that decision it will only bring inconveniences for the
drivers in the end.

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Adrián Valverde, president of this chamber, said drivers do not know about prices and spare parts, a situation that could hurt them financially.

"Now we have to wait until the end of the year to know if the INS is renewing contracts with this network of garages or not," he said.
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The quest for the perfect Carreta

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Moving into a new country implies not only adaptation but also the need for integration.

The hosting society will demand it in several ways: the newcomer must eat and like the local
food, dance whatever others dance, or at least pin a small flag of the new country somewhere.

Shawn Fraser and Thelma Battiss, two South African expatriates living permanently in Costa fell in love with the country after their first visit.  Their transitional object was the locally famous Carretas Típicas which have been declared part of the World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

During the XIX and beginning of the XX century, they were drawn by oxen and used to transport agricultural goods.  

In small villages late at night, it was not unusual for Carreta drivers to find some of their friends totally drunk along the road and it was customary that the driver to place his buddy inside the cart and drop him at home.

In present day Costa Rica, this is referred to with the expression, “Montarse en la carreta”, roughly translated as getting on the party train and not wanting to get off.

Carretas made a spooky noise due to their wooden rims. This noise was especially prominent at night and parents used Carreta myths to keep children inside the house at night.  If you stayed very late at night, a Carreta without a driver might pass next to you and maybe freeze your blood forever, said novelist Carlos Luis Fallas in Marco Ramírez”.

Today, the carts are a cultural heritage used mostly for decoration. The craftsmanship required to build one is not that of an amateur, as Fraser learned.

“One of our quests after buying a house in Los Angeles, San Rafael De Heredia, was to acquire a typical Costa Rican Carreta,” said Fraser.

They also learned that owners of Carretas were not willing to share much of information. Carretas were family heirlooms!

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The couple got together during the process until a very genuine Costa Rica Carreta was born out of foreign hands.

Then the couple discovered the Fabrica Taller de Carretas Eloy Alfaro in Sarchí, so they drove there just to find out what the cost of purchasing one would be.

“To our amazement, there were in the US$6,000.00 to US$ 8,000.00 range,” said Fraser. “Ooch! Ooch! Toooo mucho Dinero.”

As a retired and an amateur carpenter, Fraser decided to undertake the research on how to make a Traditional Costa Rican Ox Cart.

After many hours online, he discovered that there is absolutely no information, nor schematics, nor diagrams, nor plans, or dimensions on how to make a Costa Rican Oxcart.

The couple set about printing pictures and studying the style and construction of different Carretas, printing pictures of them as a way to get a sense of their process. Fraser explained.

“Consequently, we went back to Sarchí and visited the available workshops to get a sense of the construction techniques and we found that they are very secretive about the craft and dimensions of the typical carts and they were not willing to share any constructive information,” he added.


“So we decided to take on the challenge, and build our own Carreta.”

The result is impeccable.

World Robotics Olympics to be led by a Costa Rican woman

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Alejandra Sánchez, a 36-year-old mechanical and electronic engineer will lead the WRO. Professor Sánchez is a wife, mother and professor at the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

This is the first time a woman scientist will lead the most important robotics event in the world.

Before her appointment, all the other 13 editions of the Olympics have been under the control of men.

"I would like girls and young women to know about the power we have in Science and Technology," said Sánchez. "This is a field in which gender, age, whether you are big or small, does not matter," Sánchez said.

Professor Sánchez and government officials received the news of her appointment in 2015. The WRO announced at the end of that year's World Cup that Costa Rica would be the next venue after the country presented a letter of intent.

Another novelty is that never before has the event been held outside Asia or the Middle East.

"Costa Rica is telling the world how to create robots, everyone is talking about us," she said. "Costa Rica designed the competition challenges and the world is working under our guidelines," she added.

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Representatives of at least 60 countries will take part in the Olympics of Robotics.       

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The event was born in 2004 with the aim of promoting the teaching robotics and producing robots with both aspects promoted through educational systems and with competition.
 
Currently, more than 60 nations are part of the event and it is estimated that about 3,000 people will attend this year on Nov. 10 and 12.

This year Costa Rica challenged all competitors to link robotics with environmental sustainability.

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New plan to protect birds from airplanes ... and vice-versa

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A project seeks to protect the birds flying around near the Juan Santamaría airport, a situation that represents a risk to the safe transit of airplanes and the safety of passengers.

During 2017, Juan Santamaría Airport registered 10 impacts of birds against the aircraft. Two flights suffered operational damage.

In 2016, there were 31 collisions that caused delays to more than 2,500 passengers.

That's why Aeris, the company in charge of running the airport, has provided a bio-digester as the first step of a project. A bio-digester reduces the odor from livestock waste and there are several livestock farms around the Juan Santamaría International Airport.



The odor from livestock waste attracts scavenger birds which are hazardous to aircraft. As a bonus, the bio-digester will also keep liquid and solid waste from animals from entering local aquifers.

"At Aeris we are proud to promote a project that strengthens the airport's operational safety, given the potential danger of impacts between birds and airplanes when taking off or landing," said Rafael Mencía, executive director of Aeris Holding Costa Rica.

National Theater will become an official national symbol

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Legislators are rushing to approve a bill to declare the National Theater an official national symbol.

Last Thursday, lawmakers agreed to cut excessive procedures, except publication, to ease the path of the bill that came into Congress through the Popular Initiative office.

According to the legislator Emilia Molina, of the Citizen Action Party (PAC), after the publication of the text in the official gazette La Gaceta, the agenda of the Legislative Plenary will be altered to handle this issue.

The idea is to make the first and second votes in November, even though during that month the priority of the Congress is the discussion and approval of the national budget of ¢ 9.3 billion for the year 2018.

If this is not possible, the Executive Power will be asked to send the bill during the extraordinary sessions of the Parliament, which will start on December 1. During this time, it is the executive branch that dictates the bills to be discussed.

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The approval of the bill also seeks to speed up a loan approval with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, which will be used to repair the building and make it less vulnerable to fire.

The National Theater celebrates its 120th anniversary in 2017.



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Another candidate comes out in favor of
an electrical train for San José

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The presidential candidate of the National Liberation Party (PLN), Antonio Álvarez Desanti, promised to push the creation of an electric train for the San José province.

According to a press release, he also offered to move forward with any technological infrastructure if he wins the presidential elections on February 4, 2018.

Those were the commitments he made during the meetings he held with the British-Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies.

"Economic growth also requires infrastructure where we will make a significant investment. Regarding this matter, the construction of the fast electric train for passengers will be a priority, possibly with a contract among governments, " he said.

He explained that facilitating urban mobility in the country will directly affect the quality of life and public health, as well as national competitiveness.

Desanti also cited other projects such as expanding route 27, modernizing Route 32 and finalizing the road that connects Florencia and San Carlos.

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To achieve this, he said that public-private partnerships, public works concessions and the use of trusts are fundamental.

Álvarez Desanti reiterated that he will try to get the government to move towards a solid base of digitalization of procedures as mean to fight corruption.

In addition, he stressed the need to advance infrastructure necessary for the country and to consolidate better internet access for education centers, the business sector, and citizens in general.

Banco de Costa Rica refuses to provide
 funding to Frente Amplio party

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Frente Amplio party denounced before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal the refusal of the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) to grant it loans to finance the expenses of the electoral campaign.

The president and the general secretary of the political group, Patricia Mora and Antonio Ortega, respectively, raised the complaint in a letter addressed to the president of the Tribunal, Antonio Sobrado, on October 23.

"At the start of a new national political campaign, we ran into the impossibility of obtaining financing from the state bank, given that the only bank with a line of credit for political campaign, the Bank of Costa Rica, has expressed its refusal to open loans, " says the letter.

In the letter, Mora and Ortega say that the Frente Amplio "is a political party with healthy, transparent finances and without any questioning."

"However, reality confronts us with a deep economic inequality to face the political campaign. Without public banks financing and with limitations such as having to have liquid guarantees (for example, money in bank accounts or properties to mortgage) imposed by the banking system and the TSE itself, political parties with few economic resources have financial impossibilities to access the political debt, even if we do not have enough electoral flow to have the right to the resources of the political debt ", they explained.

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Recent scandals in credit mismanagements at Banco de Costa Rica may have led the institution to halt political financing.             


According to the group, it is the responsibility of the Tribunal "to ensure the full exercise of democracy, which goes to ensure the right of citizens to be well informed about the different political options available to make an electoral decision so important how to choose a new Government and a new Legislative Power. It is clear that the lack of resources precludes the right to publicize the information about our electoral proposal and therefore about our candidacies. "

"The Tribunal cannot be just an observer of the commercial banking logic in the financing of political parties. Nor can we political parties be at the expense of the scandals that arise from the mismanagement of funds in state banks." the letter explains.

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Contact us: 
Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cells:  +506-8380-5919  and +506-8302-5877
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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

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Marlene B. Summers
T
ax Accountant
Let’s discuss your tax situation.

Marlene
                                  Summers
The IRS has become more aggressive and if you have not filed, you must do so. 

However, there are solutions to problems and your situation may be better than you think.

If your filing is not up to date, Streamlined Filing can be used with no penalties.

Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

If tax payment is holding you back, the IRS has options to solve payment problems.

You can file current or past due FBARs without payment to meet IRS  requirements.

If you have yet to file, do it now as there is still time.

Over 20 years in Costa Rica
and Silicon Valley.
Competitive rates.

Phone (506) 2289-6590 ; Cell (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
9186-6/30/17

James Brohl
James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
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Specializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
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• Up-to-date FATCA news.
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• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
• Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
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Real estate rentals (paid category)

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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442
9055-2/23/17


Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
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1- to 3-bedroom ocean and garden view timeshares available and most offer air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchens, and relaxing hammocks on private balconies. Enjoy the unique combination of seclusion and convenience as all resorts listed on our site are close to popular Costa Rican attractions and downtown 
centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email: info@sellmytimesharenow.com
9049-7/31/17


Real estate-related services (paid category)

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        Household Furnishings

FineFurniture

FFine Furniture of Sarchi - Sarchi, Costa Rica
All our handcrafted products are made in Sarchi with pride and quality by artisans who are dedicated to designing, crafting, and delivering our furniture to you. Please visit our website and send us a picture and specifications of what YOU like, or just send us pictures from anywhere you wish. We will quote you right back with a more than competitive price and an on-time delivery date. Delivery and set up available throughout Costa Rica. We have different Costa Rican woods from which you may choose. 
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Contact information:
Adolfo's Cell 506-8831-4306
 Tom in the USA 803-261-6000
Email: Info@FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com


Shipping services (paid category)

Shipping
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  10 Years of Happy Clients
Canadian English or Spanish Spoken
Excellent Service, Competitive Prices
Call  (772) 361-1050
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Psychotherapy


Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 • Trauma EMDR click here
 • NWM Training
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
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Psychiatric Services
SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (FMP)
Dr. Luis Carlos Sancho
DR LUIS CARLOS SANCHO TORRES
PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Prescription Management

Send us your:
-VA LETTER WITH LIST OF DISABILITIES
-VETERAN IDENTIFICATION

Call me:  (506) 2246-3458
Email: veteranscr@gmail.com
4th floor at Hospital La Catolica, Guadalupe, San José
9234-12/1/17


                     Legal Services
Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary
A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
9181-7/3/17

        Insurance professionals
The Garrett Insurance Group
Garrett
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
      government.
-Experience since 1980.
-Bilingual English/Spanish.
-Represent all the best insurance
       companies in Costa Rica,
       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
       Shield, ASSA, INS, etc.
-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
       America.
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José. Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or ( 506) 2233-2455
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
9165-5/22/17

A.M. Costa Rica fifth news page

 
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Costa
Rica
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Published October 31, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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San Jose registers 5,000 robberies in 2017

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) said more than five thousand people have been robbed in San Jose in 2017. About 83 percent of the victims are pedestrians.

As reported by Marco Carrión, head of the robbery section of the OIJ, the main incidents occur in San José, Desamparados, Montes de Oca and Goicoechea.

Assailants usually attack in places with a large number of people such as bus stops and area parks.

The events occur at all hours but occur mainly between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. This schedule matches at the end of shifts at many educational centers.

According to the police chief, the main stolen objects are cell phones, laptops, women's bags and wallets.

Other places with high incidence of robberies are the central areas of Alajuela, Heredia and Puntarenas.

The OIJ explained that 4 out of 10 victims are injured by resisting during the robberies.

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Petty robbers usually start their shift at 3:00 p.m.


Therefore, among the OIJ's advice to the population is to remain calm and not put up any resistance that might cause an escalation of the situation and lead to injury.


OIJ also recommends avoiding showing electronic objects on public roads. The authorities urge people to file complaints since most cases are investigated in groups.


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Brodell
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Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot

By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica
 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
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Trapped in
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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica

A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon.com to preview or purchase, or DustyPilot.com/cave.html More information Contact Dusty Pilot Email: dusty@dustypilot.com  US phone: 001 440 796-4105




Trouble
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The Trouble with Cash
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Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
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Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. In Time For The Holiday -- Give Unique Gifts Of Dollars or Colones."

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Life is a Tropical Garden

    Life is a Tropical Garden
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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise

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HowardBook

Guide to Costa Rican Spanish
(English and Spanish Edition)


This one-of-a-kind best-selling Costa Rica Spanish phrasebook will help anyone including older retirees master the basics of using Costa Rican Spanish in real-life situations. Retirees, expats and tourists will get the most of of Costa Rica, be able to communicate effectively with Costa Ricans and understand the local culture. A practical pronunciation will help you sound a like a native Spanish speaker.  The book is now available for sale on Amazon click here

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Bohemian Road Trip
By Paul Furlong

"Makin' it Real--a Road Trip," is basically three themes running concurrently: A motorcycle racer who betrays himself by quitting... who looks at his watch one day... and realizes he's thirty now... and if he was going to be a star, he would be by now. So he quits racing and takes a year long trip to see who else might be in his reflection.

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A.M. Costa Rica's
  
Sixth News Page


Published October 31, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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The Forbidden Zone

By SK Hudgins
A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story contest


The story begins on that fateful day of October 31, when Maria, 13 years old, her younger brother; Geovany, age 10 and a friend named Llorona Sanchez, also 13 years old, hiked thorough the Forbidden Zone.

A second late morning rain showered the sand
y beach, as they ran laughing and playing along the shore. Then, as suddenly as the rain started, it stopped. The critters and ants came out of their holes. Geovany picked up little soldier and hermit crabs and teased the girls. He picked up a snake and dangled it in front of Llorona. She burst into tears and ran away crying. She hated bugs and creepy crawly things, but most of all, she hated snakes.

She is such a crybaby, thought Geovany as he looked up to the overcast sky.

He wound his hand-line around the piece of wood and hurriedly climbed the bank and joined the girls. “Come on, follow me,” he said. “I know a short cut.” The trio ran and ran, their heads bobbing like apples in a water barrel until they reached the entrance to the rain forest. Llorona stopped.

“Nooooo! This is the Forbidden Zone!” She wailed and physically shook.

“Look, look,” stuttering her words and pointing.

The palm trees, with their fronds dead and drooping at their shoulders look like headless stick figures.

Geovany faced Llorona, gently put his hand on her shoulder and softly said,  “Llorona, I know the way. My brother Gerardo showed me this short cut.”

“You sure?” asked Llorona.

“Yes, my brother is very smart. He said this short cut will save an hour and a half. Hold onto my backpack and Maria’s hand. Now, come,” he said as he pulled his machete from the scabbard on the outside of his backpack.

Maria held tight to her machete as they trekked through the headless forest. Lightening bugs flickered. The deeper they walked into the zone, the darker it became. The opaque sky blocked the stars. Is there no moon tonight? Maria fretted in silence. How would they see to return home?

Suddenly, all three kids stopped. A throaty roar sliced through the silence. Llorona began to cry and shake.

“Pantera…Run!” Yelled Geovany and took off leaving the girls.

Blindly, Maria took off pulling Llorona along the path until she fell over a dead rotting palm tree. Maria dropped Llorona’s hand and landed face down in muck.

As Maria rose from the mud another piercing scream shattered the silence.

“Llorona, what’s the matter?” Maria asked.
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“You're glowing!” Llorona cried out.

“Llorona,” a voice from behind her called, “Llorona.”

Llorona turned and her blood curdling scream scared the vultures that were silently roosting in the dead palms. The vultures began diving at the children as if they would become their next meal.

The phosphorescent Geovany stood like a glow-in-the-dark skeleton wielding a machete. He had doubled back to scare the girls. Mission accomplished.

Llorona was scared beyond her imagination. She thought about the folklore.

The bridge with lights and wondered if this water was the source for the demons the adults talked about.

“Come on,” said Geovany as he grabbed Llorona’s hand and led her around the underground phosphorescent spring. “Maria, follow me,” he ordered.

He hurriedly led the girls out of the Forbidden Zone lighting the path with their luminescent bodies.

As they passed the last row of dead palm trees, they entered a cemetery from the back gate. The full moon broke through the clouds and cast a jail cell shadow over the tombstones from the huge iron gate. The children tiptoed through the cemetery as if any sound would wake the dead.

“It’s locked,” Geovany said as he reached the main entrance to the cemetery. “We have to go to the back gate and walk around. It won’t take long.”

“Wait. Look,” Maria said, pointing to the fire that seemed to be floating toward them.

“Oh no, it’s going to kill us,” cried Llorona.

“Shhh, get down,” commanded Geovany. “Maria, they can see you when you stick your head out from this gravestone.” The faceless figures hovered toward them, closer and closer.

A glimpse from a torch revealed the familiar faces of her parents. Maria’s tight lipped smile looked like the yellow emoji happy face. “Help, we’re over here,” Maria stood and yelled. “Papi, Mami.”

They were saved. They would be in trouble from their parents for entering the Forbidden Zone, but they were safe.

As they left the tombstone, they read, “Here lay Alvaro Sanchez cursed by the dark side of the light.”
A Fitting End

By Marietta Arce
A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story contest

 

The property she inherited was not very large, however it had an excellent location in the center of town with enviable views. Lydia was proud of what she considered a small fortune and could not wait to start building her house. Day after day on the way to her classroom, she fantasized about colors, decorations, in short, all the details that a successful woman should have in her home. She couldn't wait to retire so she could isolate herself from all these losers who contributed nothing to her life.

She fantasized in part to ease the pain of knowing that her neighbors mocked her behind her back. Ungrateful trolls, she thought, after all my family has done for this stinking place! Where are those who claim to love the neighborhood? Where are those who with so much hypocrisy say they want to fix the problems that contribute to stymieing growth? Ah, but we do see them filling the churches, beating their chests in remorse and then meeting and assassinating people's characters while enjoying cake and coffee every afternoon at the local soda.

From her father she inherited intelligence and analytical skills. From her mother she got the traits that would prompt her to resent all those who managed to be successful seemingly without major setbacks. Her paranoia was ever present but she was constantly on guard and was able to hide it from everyone, for a time. She was difficult to understand, even more difficult to please.  After a while people began to keep their distance, especially those who had gone to school with her. How dare they?

She had been plotting her revenge with patience for many years. She had already managed to sow small seeds of discord between family members and also between friends who thought themselves untouchable by the bad luck that even their Cartago holy water couldn't ward off. Throwing the stone and hiding her hand was one of her favorite maneuvers; she employed it frequently and without remorse! It was exciting to savor the success she had with the strategic placement of her pawns. Exciting all the more because her pawns never knew they were being used by her until it was too late.

One of her key pieces was Eugenie, the newcomer, a woman who possessed a real desire to work for the common good and become part of the community. She arrived like magic, at a time when Lydia took the reins of an association on the brink of collapse. The naive Eugenie seemed to have fallen from another planet, a planet where people actually mean what they say and say what they mean! How fortunate for Lidia, she could almost taste the sweetness of revenge. She couldn't wait to turn the association around and savor the admiration from her colleagues and the silencing of her mother's constant reminders that she had been a worthless daughter. 

Eugenie showed great capacity to work, and was an unwittingly excellent spy who investigated situations and made astute observations that she innocently shared with Lydia. Lydia feigned indifference and played the discreet confidant. After being thrown under the bus a few times, even naive Eugenie was able to see the reasons why the townspeople felt no sympathy for Lydia, Even so, she felt compelled to be loyal.

The day finally arrived for Lydia to activate the utilities prior to moving into her new home.  When the workers attempted to test them, they realized that the cables and pipes did not exist inside the house! Lydia was silent for a minute and then began to scream desperately. Her body convulsed with fury as she contacted the builder who was responsible for this mess. The builder reminded her that the terms of their contract were such that he was not responsible for more than what he finished. She had assured him from the start that she could find someone to do the work in the inside for a much lower fee than he was charging, because, she said, he was probably gouging her!

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Lydia could not believe this was happening to her. As she looked at her signature on the contract, her whole world began to close in on her. She felt like she was losing her grip on reality but refused to let anyone see her falter. With all the strength she could muster, she laughed in an eerie manner and dismissed the builder who was only too happy to leave. She called Eugenie and manipulated her into offering her assistance.

When the town learned of Lydia's predicament, everyone laughed. They felt that it couldn't have happened to a more deserving person, such was the bitterness in all of them as a consequence of Lydia's tyranny.  Although they felt vindicated, they all had a terrible suspicion that rooting for Lydia's downfall was not really correct and that God would punish them all eventually.

Meanwhile, Eugenie felt obligated to help Lydia to solve her problem. She looked for quotes, took her to different places to see materials but Lydia always found ways to make her feel incompetent, inept, and inadequate. Despite her good intentions and noble personality, Eugenie began to side with the people of the town and began to consider the idea that Lydia was not normal.  

One day Lydia's rampage offended Eugenie to the point where she could no longer accept the treatment. Eugenie did not get visibly upset, she simply collected all her things and left Lydia's house intending to never return. Although she would never admit it, Lydia was devastated and unprepared for this reality.  She managed to have the work on her house done but in the meantime, plunged into the abyss of madness. She could no longer trust herself about what was real and what was in her confused mind. Her mother died. Lydia retired from the school and isolated herself. The trees she had planted took over the yard in such a way that the house was no longer visible to outsiders. 

Many years later, Eugenie heard soft, harrowing moans emanating from the house as she drove by.  Although she felt compassion, she could not bring herself to visit her former tormentor, some things are better left alone. Some curious teenagers decided to investigate those same moans, unaware that there was a house behind all those shrubs. When they got closer and saw a figure inside, they called for help. An emaciated and blind Lydia was tangled in the hearty roots of the many Gallinazo trees that had made their way into the house through unseen pipes she never knew the original builder had actually installed. 

Real estate for sale (paid category)
Etlinger Farm
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Beautiful farm in excellent location
At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
CODE 9267-9/28/17


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Owner Financing in San Ramon
New Construction, and Ocean View 
Brand new home with 4-plus bedrooms and 3 baths all overlooking an incredible 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. Located only 45 minutes from the San Jose airport and about the same to the Pacific Ocean.  The lower level could be
used as a separate apartment or mother-in-law setup. Home includes HUGE master  suite, CLOSETS,
 custom cabinets, granite counter tops, high wood ceilings, and all in an area that is 70-80 degrees year round. 
Priced at $199,000. Completion date is January.  See the Virtual Tour CLICK HERE or see our site here  www.whynotcostarica.com. If you would like to take a look at this amazing house, please give me a call at  Costa Rica # 506-8755-6743 or if from the States call # 509-570-1928 or email tim@whynotcostarica.com 
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Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge For Sale In Panama. To many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1 bedroom duplex, 3 hectares on the beach, 4 boats, boat storage,
boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:
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Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)
CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
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or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
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Email: info@c21jaco.com
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Remax Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
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Costa Rica Solar

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Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge for Sale in Panama. Too many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1-bedroom duplex, three hectares on the beach, four boats, boat storage, boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:
aquaad@hawaii.rr.com   Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com

9284-3/22/18   

Versatile 2 Floors Building for Sale
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Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby.

Approximately 323 meter construction. $295,000. Contact  Jim Holley, E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

9266-12/5/17


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure.  For complete information click here

Contact Harv  in English and Spanish: Email cap@lightsurfer.com   Contact Marco in Costa Rica (Spanish) : Email- marvama05@gmail.com -Phone- +506-84608000 or +506-86672823.   Web page:  www.costarica-house.com Or CLICK HERE FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION
9274-11/30/17


Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

Contact:
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray:  jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675

For more information Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9261-3/2/18




Costa Rica Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

 Enjoy the most spectacular views in the valley in this 5 -story Penthouse.  One of a kind property on top of the Corobici / Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel plus other businesses.  Large Living Room, Elevator goes directly inside Penthouse.  Private hot tub deck and Dance floor with Spectacular views!!!  All exterior walls are glass or have windows. Commercial license is in place.  Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $695K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,500 per month on an annual basis.  This is a private condo residence and is Not associated with the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  

Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  
U.S. contact: Carl Stratton, cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
Costa Rica contact:  Dan Wise, phone numbers:  2232-4063 / 2232-8610  Email: danwisellawyer@yahoo.com
 CODE 9229-12/6/17


Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized
in eco properties, eco consulting and green living.
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   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream
          property
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area

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Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
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In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
9124-4/19/17



Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
HEALTH CONDITIONS REQUIRES QUICK SALE
This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
    Summary of House Features:

       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
Video Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUEAmahIU9A
Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
Photos: HERE!
Costa Rica # 506-8985-6705 or from the States call # 561-740-0651 or email gary_one@msn.com
CODE 9264-3/2/18
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