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Regular Publishing Schedule Suspended - The Baja Western Onion will resume its regular publishing format, schedule and advertising once life begins to return to normal for most folks affected by Hurricane Odile. For now, we'll suspend regular paid advertising, and ad contracts will be extended by the delay. Thanks to everyone for your continued support and understanding, and thanks for doing whatever you can to help our fellow neighbors and friends in these stricken areas. ☞
(09/20/14) From Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. - The small town of Todos Santos, situated in Baja California Sur took a direct hit from category 4 Hurrican Odile on Sunday, Sept 14th, 2014. The devastation is huge leaving no services of power or water. The markets from our small town have been depleted of supplies, many homes have been levelled, and people are struggling to survive. Still this small pueblo shows the true heart of the people of Baja with their spirit of endurance and community cooperation. Please go here to make a donation: http://www.gofundme.com/eskrns.
Latest Advisory From The US Embassy, Dated 9/20/2014 6:36 PM - Evacuation from Baja California Sur continues, Flights Leaving from La Paz and Los Cabos Airports.
Mexico City, September 20, 2014 – U.S. citizens considering departing from the Los Cabos area should do so as soon as possible. Evacuation operations from the Los Cabos area of Baja California Sur continue. A few flights have left from the Los Cabos airport today, and a limited number of flights are expected to leave on Sunday, September 21. Officials at Los Cabos airport report that commercial flight operations may be suspended in the next few days to give priority to humanitarian and reconstruction efforts. Anyone considering departing from the Los Cabos airport should do so as soon as possible or be prepared to travel to the airport in La Paz. The situation in the area has been fluid therefore Mission Mexico advises the public to visit Embassy Mexico's website,(http://mexico.usembassy.gov/), for updates.
The road between Los Cabos and La Paz is open and fuel is available but cash is required for purchases and ATM machines are not working.
Flights are leaving from the La Paz airport and additional flights are being added as demand rises. Local infrastructure in La Paz including roads and restaurants are in good condition. U.S. citizens in La Paz should remain there and not travel to Los Cabos due to functioning infrastructure and good flight options.
Flights from both the Los Cabos and La Paz airports are primarily to other cities in Mexico, where travelers can book flights to the United States. U.S. Consular officers are available in these Mexican airports to assist U.S. travelers with the rest of their journey back to the United States.
U.S. citizens are strongly discouraged from taking Highway One north from Los Cabos to Tijuana for the time-being; while the road is technically open, numerous wash-outs, a gasoline shortage, and other obstacles make the journey on this highway dangerous and arduous. Cash is required for purchase and ATM machines are not working.
U.S. citizens wishing to provide charitable assistance to victims in Baja Sur should note that complicated customs and clearance requirements govern such assistance if originating abroad. The most efficient way to provide assistance and disaster relief is through cash contributions to the charity of your choice, earmarked for Hurricane Odile disaster relief.
The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is a top priority of the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy. U.S. citizens requiring assistance can visit https://tfa.state.gov/ccd, selecting "2014 Hurricane Odile," and providing as much information as possible. Phone 1-888-407-4747 (From the United States and Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (From all other countries), or email OdileEmergencyUSC [- at -] state.gov for additional information.
Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter [http://twitter.com/#%21/travelgov] and Facebook [http://www.facebook.com/travelgov] to have travel information at your fingertips.
The U.S. Consulate in Tijuana is located at Paseo de Las Culturas y Camino al Aeropuerto, Mesa de Otay, Delegación Centenario, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico 22425, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., telephone (664) 977-2000. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is (619) 692-2154 (dialing from the U.S. 011-52 + phone number); E-mail: ACSTijuana [- at -] state.gov.
The U.S. Consular Agency in Los Cabos is located at the Shoppes at Palmilla local 221-B, Carretera Transpeninsular Km 27.5, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., telephone (624) 143-3556. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is (619) 692-2154 (dialing from the U.S. 011-52 + phone number).
Últimas Aviso de la Embajada de Estados Unidos, Fecha 9/20/2014 6:36 PM - Continúa Evacuación En Baja California Sur; Salen Vuelos Desde La Paz Y Los Cabos
México, D.F., a 20 de septiembre de 2014 – Los ciudadanos estadounidenses que estén considerando dejar el área de Los Cabos deben hacerlo los más pronto posible. Continúan las tareas de evacuación en el área de Los Cabos en Baja California. Algunos vuelos han salido hoy del aeropuerto de Los Cabos, y un número limitado de vuelos saldrán el domingo 21 de septiembre. Personal del aeropuerto de Los Cabos reportan que el flujo de vuelos comerciales podría ser suspendido en los próximos días para dar prioridad a los esfuerzos humanitarios y de reconstrucción. Cualquier persona que esté considerando salir desde el aeropuerto de Los Cabos debe hacerlo lo antes posible o estar preparado para viajar al aeropuerto de La Paz. La situación en el área ha sido cambiante y es por eso que nuestra misión en México recomienda al público visitar el sitio de la Embajada de Estados Unidos en México (http://mexico.usembassy.gov/) para informarse y actualizarse sobre la situación.
El camino entre Los Cabos y La Paz se encuentra abierto, y aunque hay gasolina disponible, se requiere dinero en efectivo para hacer compras y los cajeros automáticos no están funcionando.
Los vuelos están partiendo de La Paz y vuelos adicionales se están abriendo al tiempo que la demanda aumenta. La infraestructura local en La Paz incluyendo los caminos y restaurantes se encuentran en óptimo estado. Los ciudadanos estadounidenses en La Paz deben permanecer ahí y no viajar a Los Cabos ya que la infraestructura está en óptimas condiciones y hay alternativas de vuelo.
Los vuelos tanto en el aeropuerto de Los Cabos como en el de La Paz tienen como principal destino otras ciudades de México donde los viajeros pueden reservar vuelos para viajar a los Estados Unidos. En estos aeropuertos hay Oficiales Consulares de los Estados Unidos que pueden ayudar a los viajeros estadounidenses a planear su viaje de regreso a los Estados Unidos.
Por el momento los ciudadanos estadounidenses no deben tomar la carretera federal número uno del norte de Los Cabos a Tijuana; aunque el camino se encuentra abierto, los cierres por lluvia, la escasez y otros obstáculos hacen que el camino en esta carretera sea peligroso y complicado. Se requiere de efectivo para poder hacer compras y los cajeros automáticos no están funcionando. Los ciudadanos estadounidenses que deseen brindar ayuda humanitaria a víctimas en Baja California Sur deben tomar en cuenta que este tipo de ayuda desde el exterior está sujeta a aduanas y requisitos de autorización complicados. La forma más eficaz de brindar ayuda humanitaria y apoyo ante esta catástrofe es a través de donaciones en efectivo a la organización de beneficencia de tu elección cuyos fondos estén destinados a ayudar a las víctimas del Huracán Odile.
La seguridad de los ciudadanos estadounidenses en el exterior es prioridad para el Departamento de Estado y la Embajada de Estados Unidos en México. Los ciudadanos estadounidenses que requieran ayuda pueden visitar https://tfa.state.gov/ccd seleccionando "2014 Hurricane Odile", y proporcionando la mayor información posible sobre su situación. Pueden llamar al teléfono 1-888-407-4747 (Desde Estados Unidos y Canadá), al +1-202-501-4444 (De cualquier otra parte del mundo), o mandar un correo electónico a OdileEmergencyUSC [- at -] state.gov para información adicional.
Comuníquese con la embajada o consulado de E.U. para obtener información al día sobre restricciones de viaje. También puede llamar al 1-888-407-4747 libre de costo en los Estados Unidos y Canadá, o al 001-202-501-4444 desde México. Estos números están activos de las 8:00 a.m. a las 8:00 p.m., tiempo del este de E.U., de lunes a viernes (excepto los días de asueto federal en E.U.). Síganos en Twitter [http://twitter.com/#%21/travelgov] y Facebook [http://www.facebook.com/travelgov] para tener información de viaje al alcance de la mano.
El Consulado de E.U. en Tijuana se localiza en Paseo de Las Culturas y Camino al Aeropuerto, Mesa de Otay, Delegación Centenario, Tijuana, Baja California, México 22425, atiende al público de 7:30 a.m. a 4 p.m., teléfono (664) 977-2000. Si Ud. es un(a) ciudadano(a) que necesita asistencia urgente, el número de emergencia del Consulado es (619) 692-2154 (si está en los E.U., marque 011-52 + el número telefónico); E-mail: ACSTijuana [- at -] state.gov.
La Agencia Consular en Los Cabos se localiza en Las Tiendas de Palmilla, Local 221-B, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur C.P.23406, y abre de 9:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m., Tel: (624)143-3566. Si Ud. es un(a) ciudadano(a) que necesita asistencia urgente, el número de emergencia del Consulado es (619) 692-2154 (si está en los E.U., marque 011-52 + el número telefónico)
The Palapa Society of Todos Santos AC (http://palapasociety.org) is so grateful to be able to help so many of our local towns people recover from Hurricane Odile. With your contributions we will help to feed, clothe and rebuild the homes and lives of our people in this beautiful Pueblo Mágico. There are so many who have lost so much but have survived this disaster with hope and dignity. Together Todos Santos Is Strong and will persevere.
This relief effort will become a reality thanks to Your Contribution. Contributions can be made here: http://www.gofundme.com/eskrns. https://www.facebook.com/palapasociety.org Continue Reading >> ☞ Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C.
Conflicting Info; RE Alaska Airlines - From the Sept. 20 edition of the Baja Western Onion:(09/20/14) Conflicting Alaska Airlines Info - I spoke with Alaska Airlines yesterday (Sept 19), they have actively been involved in sending humanitarian flights to La Paz, with food and water and today are sending planes to fly out people, Alaska deserves big credits for this effort! scott [- at -] scotthedrick.comThis is incorrect, don’t send people to the cabo airport see Alaska air blog: blog.alaskaair.com/2014/09/19/os-cabos-international-airport-closes-to-relief-flights/
My wife is stuck in TS and cannot fly on Alaska, planned to go today but gov shut down airport indefinitely, not a panic as we have a home in TS. Just want to work on getting her out. ☞ Don Black, United States
(09/20/14) Looking For Miriam From Pescadero - Has anyone had contact with Miriam Sanchez behind the Pemex in Pescadero. Let here know that Andrei and Robin are trying to reach her, 202-674-1287 US (email: atbanks [- at -] mwbarchitects.com) or contact Avi 530-710-0451 US. ☞ Robin Givens, atbanks [- at -] mwbarchitects.com, 202-674-1287, United States
(09/20/14) Looking For Mary Moon From Pescadero - My name is Eamon McDonald, I live in Northern California. A friend of mine, Mary Moon, of Pescadero, near Todos Santos went missing 6 days ago, after the hurricane hit. No one has heard from Her. Everyone is very concerned at this point. Do You have any idea how I might find Her. I was thinking maybe a business in Pescadero. There is a restaurant owned by some Canadians near Her house. Grabbing at straws here, but trying my best to get in touch with Her. She's in Her 60's, owns a white horse, has 3 dogs, lives in a light green house. That's about all I can tell You. Would hope to hear back from You, any ideas would help. Thank You, ☞ Eamon
Missing Golden Retriever Puppy - Max is missing. He was last seen in the early afternoon of 9/18/14 in the Las Tunas area. He is 5 1/2 months old, big for his age at 45 - 50 lbs. If found, please contact Bruce or Dina Kramer. Reward offered. ☞ Bruce Kramer, bajabk [- at -] yahoo.com, 612-127-3642 cell, Todos Santos
Looking For Internet In Todos Santos - I desperately need to find an internet connection in Todos Santos. I'm willing to pay for it. Seems like only my US cell phone number is working to contact 303 618 6307. US 612 178 0096. MX land ☞ Tom Carroll, nancyserfas [- at -] aol.com, 303 618 6307
Pachamama Open For Business - Pachamama Mexico has 7 tepees with full shower, clean and dry beds, running water and electricity at scheduled hours during the day, a clean pool, a self serve kitchen with a stove and all utencils (fridge & some apliances not working)... Call me if you need a decent place to stay while your place goes back to normal... 612 183 2676 Anabel Muñoz ☞ Anabel Muñoz, anabel [- at -] pachamamamexico.com, www.pachamamamexico.com, 6121832676, Todos Santos
(09/21/14) Serendipity Todos Santos Checking In - Serendipity is a little more bare, but standing. Lost 80% of palapas, but no windows. Was free swimming inside every room, but dried out now. I understand most of the Otro Lado did OK. A lot of broken windows and roof damage but neighbors and friends helping. Rumor is no power out here for at least a month, but many have solar or generators. I am fine and have help. Harry in the states being cared for there. This whole community is amazing! Really caring and pulling together. The outside may have taken a hit, but it's heart is strong. ☞ Sharon Morris, Todos Santos
(09/20/14) Hurricane Odile - Click on the link below for Photos and a good description of before, during, and the ongoing aftermath of hurricane Odile:Monster Historical Storm Devastates Baja☞ Roger
La Paz - Las Arenas Fishing Report for Week of Sept. 14-21, 2014
I wish I could tell you it was a bad week of fishing but we’ll never know. We got slammed by the largest storm in Baja history and it was epically destructive. I have a full update with photos if you just click the link. We’re still digging out and a week after the storm, many of us still don’t have water, power, phones, gasoline, electricity...
Onward and upward! Thanks for all your good wishes and concern! Jonathan and Jilly
Satellite Phones And Internet - We have satellite phones and internet terminals for land and marine environments. We are located in San Diego and have everything in stock including solar panels, water proof cases, extra batteries and WIFI routers for internet systems. ☞ Eric Talman, etalman [- at -] satellitephonestore.com, www.satellitephonestore.com, 619-618-8363, United States Airport Reports - On Thursday, September 19, 2014, guests staying in our EL NIDO villa departed Cabo Pulmo at 8:45AM, bound for Los Cabos Airport driving a rental 4x4. At the downed Cuadano bridge, they crossed the arroyo on an earthen bridge (complete with culverts), arriving at the airport at 11:00 AM. They were met by US Embassy personnel and escorted to a Southwest Airlines plane, past lines of people trying to depart, and boarded the flight to San Diego by 11:45 AM.
In contrast, friends who rode out Odile in a Cabo San Lucas hotel, fearful of the looting and lack of policing, drove in their 4x4 rental car to La Paz via Todos Santos on Tuesday, the 17th, hoping to find a flight. Nothing was available so they drove back to Los Cabos Airport via Todos Santos on Wednesday, the 18th, stood in line for 8-hours in the sun at SJD, and were able to take a US Military flight to Los Angeles, California. They were charged $600 each for the flight to LAX but arrived safely in California the night of the 18th ☞ Courtesy, Baja Pony Express
La Paz Report - I am presently in La Paz, some damages here but mostly trees, elect. is been restored everywhere, supermarkets can't keep up with the demand...lots of people from Cabo...the President of the country removed the Governor and appointed a women to be the boss during these times, the federal government personal is now in charge. Army, Navy and federal police have arrived from main land, The local police are now under federal police authority.
There is a check point at the entrance to La Paz, they already captured some of the thieves who stole in supermarkets in Cabo and taking the stuff to La Paz to sell it...
The road to El Cardonal is open to traffic, no elect. or potable water supply from town and by what the authorities are saying it might take weeks... ☞ Courtesy, Baja Pony Express
Road Report From The US Border to La Paz - Good Road Report, written 9-20-14: http://surfskibaja.blogspot.mx ☞ Courtesy, Baja Pony Express
Report From San Jose Storage - Written 9-20-14. I apologize for the delay in getting you out an update. We have extremely limited internet access. The employees am my family are all ok, and we are working around the clock to secure the storage facility and protect your belongings from looting and theft. We have no electricity or telephones at the facility.
The mini storage buildings are 95% intact. There is a chance that some water got inside from all the wind and horizontal rain, but no flooding of the floors occurred. I will contact clients individually to address any specific damages as soon as possible. Some local clients have already came to check their unit and so far everything was dry and in the condition they left it.
The cars under the covered parking structures is where most of the damage occurred. Many vehicles have broken windshields and aesthetic damages from the flying debris and the damaged covered parking structure itself. We have begun to tape broken windows and secure the vehicles for the storm this weekend. All the vehicles seem to be able to be driven off the lot. Again I will provide photos and address clients individually regarding specific damages to their vehicles as soon as possible. For those who did not leave their keys and do not plan on returning in the near future, it would be very helpful if your could DHL them to the following address (please keep the tracking ID):
We have 2 security guards working at night to protect the facility from looters. So far we have not had any issues. I am onsite every day and some nights with the staff.
I will provide more specific individual updates as soon as possible. Again please forgive my general update at this time but I wanted to get you out something as soon as possible. ☞ Nathan Visser Tel. 624-146-1390
Relief Supplies For The Mexicans - I am taking stuff for the Mexicans for free. If you have donations you would like delivered please contact me. For the snowbirds if you need stuff shipped south - Book your space onboard the Mothership! I have an F-650 5ton super C class with air ride suspension that resembles a Semi and has tons of room for all your stuff Except motorized vehicles (quads, dirt bikes, liquor etc). Boxs, suitcases or rubbermaids are preferred $50 USD for 1 Regular Size Rubbermaid, but I can take things like surf boards etc. I will be leaving from Central BC mid October and arriving in El Pescadero BCS in November. I have been in Los Cerritos since 2003 and I have lots of references! ☞ Wheeler Jon, letsgo2baja [- at -] hotmail.com
Pecadero Hurricane Relief Fund - Hi my name is Justin Lindholm, you might know me from the movie theater, Cine Bajo Estrellas in Pescadero. I've started a hurricane relief fund for native residents of Pescadero. I have heard many reports that some people have lost everything around there. Please help us raise money for a great cause. http://www.gofundme.com/ej76xg ☞ Justin Lindholm, chubbsurf67 [- at -] yahoo.com, 858 754 6111, Pescadero
What About Hurricane Damage In Los Barriles? - We have a new home in Los Barriles and can't reach anyone there. No photos or damage reports available on Los Barriles. Any news or photos out there on Los Barriles? ☞ Sharon Gohman, 651-324-9644, Los BarrilesEditor's Note - For more information on Los Barriles and the East Cape, please visit the excellent Baja Pony Express at: http://thebajaponyexpress.com/index.htm - ☞How Do I Access Stories & Photos? - ☞ James ParkinsonANS: Search the Web, visit BajaNomad, Baja Insider, and subscribe to The Gringo Gazette and Baja pony Express. Here are some online resources: News and Photos From Mulege: forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=75388&page=1☞
More Photos From Mulege: facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152430517944001&set=a.10152430515324001.1073742338.531024000&type=1&theater
News and Photos From Todos Santos and Pescadero: forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=75380
More Photos From Todos Santos: facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202392486285586&set=a.1413360066115.2055422.1595968259&type=3&theater
Photos From Cabo San Lucas: utsandiego.com/photos/galleries/2014/sep/18/trapped-cabo-san-lucas/
News and Photos From Loreto: forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=75381
Scenes From San Jose Del Cabo - Please post this film showing San Jose after Odile...it's a heartbreaker, but beautifully done.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqwwTwuTNTM. ☞ Courtesy, Baja Pony Express
Hurricane and Road Reports - Please send storm and road reports and photos or links to pages and we'll publish them as space allows. Reports and links to pages can be submitted through the Baja Western Onion web site at bajawesternonion.com/submitarticle.asp (use the Additional Comments section if you need more room). Photos or links to pages can be submitted directly to Moderator [- at -] BajaWesternOnion.com. We'll republish as soon as possible. Stay Safe, everyone. ☞
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