The Smiles in Barron Just Got Bigger!

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Last week saw the completion of the sixth annual Barron Dental Clinic, sponsored by Friends of Barron.  The usual suspects showed up (the dentists, I mean) and they all worked their buns (and knees) off for four solid days. We treated a whopping 93% of the school aged children and their 4,845 teeth with the following results. The percentages indicate the number of kids that are cavity-free. The colors indicate the year of treatment, blue being this year.

Barron Smile Chart 2017

The percentage increase in cavity-free smiles is huge. This tells me a few things:

  1. The kids aren’t afraid of the dentist.
  2. They actually have learned how to care for their teeth in less than optimum circumstances.
  3. That our dentists are the best.

Please join me in thanking this remarkable group of humanitarians.  Thanks must also go out to those EDM folks who allowed the group to use their condos that week. You…

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Dog Friendly Condo Wanted to Rent

I love Estrella del Mar and am a fractional owner in Phase 2. I wish to spend 6 months there next season (2017-2018). I have a professionally trained, well socialized Golden Retriever and prefer a 2 bdrm. condo in Phase 2, fully furnished including cable & internet.
I don’t use the AC so no drain on electricity and am a non smoker. I have a $1000-$1200 US/month budget.
Please contact me at prstamm@gmail.com if you have a condo you would rent to me long term.
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Natural Gas Comes to Mazatlan 

TransCanada Corp.’s El Encino-Topolobampo Pipeline project in northwestern Mexico is nearly complete with the exception of a “small portion” that was delayed by negotiations with indigenous people.
With the dispute resolved, in-service is expected later this year, TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard told NGI. TransCanada began recognizing revenue from the project last July under a force majeure provision in its 25-year contract with Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE).

The pipeline interconnects with TransCanada’sMazatlán Pipeline project to create the El Encino-Mazatlán system. It “is one of the most ambitious and challenging natural gas pipeline projects in the country’s history,” TransCanada says on the project’s website.

“Due to the geographical challenges posed by crossing the Sierra Tarahumara, the project is being built using state-of-the-art technology and innovative construction techniques.

“When complete, the 560-kilometer (348-mile) 30-inch diameter pipeline will help connect the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa, supplying numerous communities along the way.” According to TransCanada’s website, capacity is 670 MMcf/d.

The pipeline would also supply the 230 MW Topolobampo power plant as well as power plants Topolobampo II and III when they are built.

TransCanada won the $1.1 billion contract with CFE for the project in 2012.

The El Encino-Mazatlán system is composed of two parts: El Encino-Topolobampo, and El Oro-Mazatlan, which would provide 202 MMcf/d of capacity via a 30-inch diameter, 430-kilometer (267-mile) pipeline for a power plant in Mazatlan.

“The El Encino-Mazatlán system is considered as an important trigger of industrial, economic and social development of the state of Sinaloa, since it will provide access to natural gas to companies and populations in the state,” TransCanada’s website says.

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New Road

Somebody was out having fun yesterday! 

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Why is there a cross on the construction site?

May Third is celebrated as the Day of the Cross by all construction workers in Mexico. This tradition includes the placement of a cross on the construction sites in order to secure blessings during the course of the construction.

In addition, the builder or contractor offers food and drink to all workers as the culmination of the celebration.
So now you know!

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End of Season Bash

The Ten Ten Tea Timers had a final Bash at EDMs Barefoot Bar last week. We ordered pizza and had a great time. The occasion also served as a despedida for BJ and Margaret who are embarking on a road trip to El Paso. There, Margaret will pick up an award for her 25 years service in the Chamber of Commerce.  BJ is riding shotgun. Wish I could be a fly in the car!

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Medical Clinic Resumes

If you see a few new faces around in the next few days, it’s liable to be some of the medical staff who are gathering for the third annual free medical clinic, staged by Friends of Barron, over in our neighboring town of Barron.

In order of arrival, we have Eric and Angie, from Portland, Oregon. Eric is Bill and Janes’s son and both he and Angie are nurses. Eric will be running EKGs on Barron residents over 50 and Angie will be triaging and treating patients as well as conducting metabolic data collection.

Arriving tomorrow are Lenny and Barb; nurse Barb is a veteran of former clinics and Lenny is a newcomer. A naturalized citizen, born in Bolivia, Lenny has experience administering the dental arts and is, more importantly, fluent in both English and Spanish. Rounding out the field will be two physicians from Connecticut, Dr. Ong and Dr. Chang. Ong is a osteopod and Chang is an emergency room physician. Their sons, both 16, will have quite an introduction to second world medicine as they assist at the clinic, filing papers and running errands.

Everyone is volunteering their time to attend this three-and-a half day clinic, conducted over a period of four days.  The focus of this year’s clinic has shifted, as most things do, to concentrate on advanced metabolic disease and chronic illnesses that are not now being addressed by the health facilities that are available to this truly isolated population.

Barron is the last ejido in Mexico to submit to government regulation and allow federal surveyors access to properly survey the town. Completion of this task will enhance economic development. Why the elders chose to pursue that particular course of protectionist inaction is unknown. But now, most of them have died and their sons have a different outlook, a progressive outlook.

Barron now has one of only four high schools in rural Sinaloa with internet access, thanks to the efforts of people like Joe and Berenice, Dale and Lynda and Dick McGuire. This is also due, in part, to the dedication of a selection of EDM residents who have supported students in their academic careers. (They are recognized by name on the website, FOBNews.org). While it’s true, not everyone in the program succeeds, our sucess rate has increased drastically over the past two years. Today, most of our graduating high school scholarship students go on to universities or advanced vocational training. Friends of Barron and the good people of EDM have allowed these kids to dream for the first time in family history.

What Friends of Barron has done is awaken the youth of Barron to the existence of a portal out of the Barron subculture that has here-to-for trapped even its best and brightest. The kids coming up now can grab the glimmer of hope that ignites a future that does not involve picking chilies.

So be proud of what Estrella del Mar, its residents and FOB management have done to open the eyes of the newly emerging Barron. A sincere thank you must go out to all involved, and you know who you are. But, there remains much work to be done. The Mexican government will contribute only in-kind to the effort to build a medical clinic on barton; Barron must come up with the other part.  FOB intends to help Barron meet this obligation. They aren’t shouldering the whole load, just a piece of it in the effort to alleviate the dire medical needs of the community that is our closest neighbor.

In this effort, they need your help. The funds raised by the recent EDM Charity Golf tournament went towards equipping the high school with a computer lab. Friends of Barron now intends to equip the medical clinic with appropriate technology, consistent with its proximity to existing medical facilities. And this task will take money.

To serve this end, Friends of Barron is planning two upcoming events that are intended to knock your socks off (or your wallet free). Preferably both. Watch this space. And have a great summer.

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