Batten Down Hatches

MEXICO CITY — A newly formed hurricane rapidly gained strength off Mexico’s Pacific coast Sunday and has become a major Category 4 hurricanewith maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it could make landfall by Tuesday. A hurricane watch was posted for a stretch of shore between San Blas and Mazatlan.

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Willa or Won’ta?

MEXICO CITY — A newly formed hurricane is rapidly gaining force off Mexico’s Pacific coast and forecasters say it could reach Category 4 status before hitting land by midweek along a stretch of shore between Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.

Hurricane Willa was about 240 miles southwest of the port city of Manzanillo early Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

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Got Furniture?

Hola, Steck’s are hoping to find some LR furniture second hand. Anyone buying new and selling?

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Friends of the Isla Need Your Help


Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Fall is here, and for many of us, it is time to be thinking of the trek south to another paradise.

We all know about the planning that’s involved before we can close up our northern homes, plus deciding what to take with us. Then there is the challenge of what will fit into travel bags, nooks and crannies etc. for the trip.

As you are thinking about all this, a gentle reminder that if you choose, and if you can find a bit of space, our local friends on the Island will appreciate your contributions. 

Such as: Clothing for the “clothing” drive:   this includes clothing for warm and cool weather, also bedding and small housewares.

Gifts/prizes for fundraising events for the Christmas Voucher program.  In recent years there has been a silent auction, poker run and weekly 50/50 draws.

One of the bonuses of being on the Isla, is that every season offers various things to do and lots of options.  The Friends of the Isla committee welcomes ideas for fund raising and increasing the effectiveness of our contributions.

Enjoy each day, take care and travel well,

On behalf of the Friends of the Isla Committee,


p.s. if you are wondering about our history, it was outlined in the 2017 fall newsletter, if you wish a copy, please email me at

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Rental Available

Good Morning Neighbors & Friends of EDM.

Sharing information, of rental, for Phase 1 #111 (next to office main level).  Dates available are Nov 11-Dec 14, Jan 6-Feb 2, Feb 18-March 21April 6- June 1.

We are grateful to share this with Owners Family & Friends.  For more information, contact info is below.

Looking forward to our visit to EDM soon!

Thank you,


Julie Scherven Joswiak

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Estrella Del Mar Mazatlan Selected As One Of The Top 100 Golf Courses In The World

Reprinted from

July 23, 2018

Also named as one of the Top 50 Golf Courses in Mexico

Estrella del Mar, a 900- acre. gated oceanfront beach and golf resort community in Mazatlan, Mexico, featuring a Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship golf course on the Pacific Ocean, is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World and one of the Top 50 Golf Courses in Mexico. The new rankings mark the first time Estrella del Mar has been listed in the listings compiled by golf writers and golfers from around the world.

Legendary Canadian golf writer Dave Finn had this to say about Estrella del Mar in his recommendation for their ranking, “This par-72, 7015-yard layout is my personal favorite in Mazatlan. Not only is the course photogenic but having hosted the Canadian PGA TOUR Mexico Championship as well as three PGA TOUR Latin-America Mazatlan Opens, it will also test your abilities.”

Finn continued, “In 2017, the small greens were enlarged and converted to the newest Pure Destiny Paspalum salt tolerant grass and I must agree with Brian Werner, Managing Director that “converting the greens allows our members and guests to enjoy a more forgiving experience.”

Unlimited Golf packages at Estrella del Mar start at $89.00 per person, per day, doublé occupancy, including hotel lodging in an ocean front room, unlimited golf with shared cart rental, welcome margarita, and round-trip airport/hotel transportation. Rates are plus applicable taxes.

The resort also features the only Latin American site for the world renown John Jacobs Golf Academy. Golfers of all ages and abilities can now elevate their games by taking advantage of ½, 1, 2 and 3-day instructional programs at the resort. The resort recently added a natural 18-hole miniature golf course for children of all ages.

For more information on Estrella del Mar and to book tee times and room reservations, visit

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Natural Gas Pipeline Update

MEXICO CITY, July 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Media Advisory – TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced its Topolobampo Pipeline project has been placed into service in northern Mexico, providing capacity for 670 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to markets in the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa. The project represents an investment of approximately US$1.2 billion and provides the upstream interconnection with the company’s Mazatlan Pipeline.

The project involved the construction of approximately 560 kilometres (348 miles) of 30-inch diameter pipeline from El Encino, near the city of Chihuahua, to Topolobampo, near the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa. Combined, the Topolobampo and Mazatlan pipelines form a system that adds over 870 kilometres (540 miles) of critical energy infrastructure that will play a fundamental role in providing natural gas to power plants, industrial and urban markets for the economic development of the northwest region of Mexico.

“The completion of the Topolobampo and Mazatlan pipeline system is an important milestone for TransCanada as we continue to expand our portfolio to deliver natural gas to serve Mexico’s electric generation needs. We are developing the infrastructure to feed new power plants and convert existing fuel oil and diesel power plants, thereby reducing both the cost of electricity and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Robert Jones, president, TransCanada Mexico. “We are proud of the way we overcame technical challenges and completed this difficult project safely.”

The construction of the Topolobampo Pipeline presented some of the most demanding construction challenges in the country given the geography along the route, including crossing the Tarahumara mountain range near the Copper Canyon in the state of Chihuahua. TransCanada used innovative techniques such as a raised bore to cross the extreme steep cliff faces and air cranes for transporting pipes to remote locations along the route.

Over the course of construction, the project employed nearly 3,500 employees and contractors and achieved over 10 million man-hours without a lost-time incident. Throughout the course of the project, TransCanada worked closely with landowners and local officials to ensure they were an important part of the development and construction process. This project was one of the first projects in Mexico to include federal government-led Indigenous consultations with impacted communities.

TransCanada’s presence in Mexico dates back to the mid-1990s with the construction of the first two privately owned pipelines in the country. The company’s natural gas pipelines in Mexico – either in operation or under construction – now total over 3,190 kilometres (1,982 miles) with a capacity of 7.1 billion cubic feet per day and an investment of approximately US$5.6 billion.

With more than 65 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates one of the largest natural gas transmission networks that extends more than 91,900 kilometres (57,100 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is a leading provider of gas storage and related services with 653 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A large independent power producer, TransCanada currently owns or has interests in approximately 6,100 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is also the developer and operator of one of North America’s leading liquids pipeline systems that extends approximately 4,900 kilometres (3,000 miles), connecting growing continental oil supplies to key markets and refineries. TransCanada’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit to learn more, or connect with us on social media.


This publication contains certain information that is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties (such statements are usually accompanied by words such as “anticipate”, “expect”, “believe”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “estimate”, “intend” or other similar words). Forward-looking statements in this document are intended to provide TransCanada security holders and potential investors with information regarding TransCanada and its subsidiaries, including management’s assessment of TransCanada’s and its subsidiaries’ future plans and financial outlook. All forward-looking statements reflect TransCanada’s beliefs and assumptions based on information available at the time the statements were made and as such are not guarantees of future performance. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is given as of the date it is expressed in this news release, and not to use future-oriented information or financial outlooks for anything other than their intended purpose. TransCanada undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information except as required by law. For additional information on the assumptions made, and the risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from the anticipated results, refer to the Quarterly Report to Shareholders dated April 26, 2018 and 2017 Annual Report filed under TransCanada’s profile on SEDAR at and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at

Media Inquiries:
Grady Semmens

403.920.7859 or 800.608.7859

TransCanada Investor & Analyst Inquiries:

David Moneta / Duane Alexander

403.920.7911 or 800.361.6522

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