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Remote Beauty
A Scientific Expedition to Swan Islands Brings back some Not-so-good Findings

August 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Remote Beauty <h5>A Scientific Expedition to Swan Islands Brings back some Not-so-good Findings</h5>

Swan Islands are a remote and venerable habitat. They have no natural sources of freshwater and the infrastructure left by the Americans has fallen in disuse and disrepair. Honduras government has spent practically no effort to maintain the inherited

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RECO’s Conundrum
Energy Prices Stifle Island’s Growth Potential

July 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

RECO’s Conundrum <h5>Energy Prices Stifle Island's Growth Potential</h5>

RECO is in a “catch 22.” If it follows all the rules: stays with government price rates, continues to buy government taxed fuel, and continues to upgrade its generating and distribution capacity, it might never be profitable.
There are three possible

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Roatan’s Past thru Photographs
A Photographic Journey Through the Island’s History in French Harbour, West End and West Bay

June 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Roatan's Past thru Photographs <h5>A Photographic Journey Through the Island's History in  French Harbour, West End and West Bay</h5>

West Bay was a little visited, unspoiled part of Roatan until 1990s.
There are today two cannons in Coxen Hole: one by the clock tower and the other by the Municipal Park.
Eventually some other boats began exporting coconuts and bananas to US markets.
As

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The Paya of Bay Islands
After around 1,000 years of living on the Archipelago, the Original Inhabitants of Bay Islands have been Forcibly Removed. The Echo of their Presence is Hidden in Pottery Mounds and on Dusty Museum Shelves.

May 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

The Paya of Bay Islands <h5> After around 1,000 years of living on the Archipelago, the Original Inhabitants of Bay Islands have been Forcibly Removed. The Echo of their Presence is Hidden in Pottery Mounds and on Dusty Museum Shelves. </h5>

Paya in the Bay Islands took place, when Diego Velasquez sent licensed slavers to the Bay of Honduras. Two slaving ships left Santiago de Cuba for Bay Islands and according to historical accounts captured 300 and killed others who resisted.

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The Struggling Wish Willies
The Endemic Iguanas Make their Stand on the Bay Islands

April 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

The Struggling Wish Willies <h5>The Endemic Iguanas Make their Stand on the Bay Islands</h5>

Roatan’s Iguana’s value is not in its meat, but in the enrichment of the environment and its diversity they contribute to. “It is important to teach them [the tour guides] that they can make more money showing the iguana for a tip, than putting them

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Lionfish Rodeo
Roatan Becomes the Place to Spear Some Pretty and Tasty Nonnative Fish

March 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Lionfish Rodeo <h5> Roatan Becomes the Place to Spear Some Pretty and Tasty Nonnative Fish </h5>

Roatan is just one of many Caribbean islands facing the dilemma of what to do about the invasive species of lionfish. Some Caribbean islands have embraced lionfish and even include them in their protection umbrella. Other islands allow the hunting of

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Back in Full Speed
After Almost Two Years of a Break the Island’s Biggest Sporting Event, the Sixth Bay Islands Triathlon is Here Again

February 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Back in Full Speed  <h5>After Almost Two Years of a Break the Island's Biggest Sporting Event, the Sixth Bay Islands Triathlon is Here Again</h5>

As the biggest sporting event on Roatan, the Bay Islands Triathlon is not easy to organize. The 2011 race, the sixth race ever, was the smallest Bay Islands Triathlon to date with only 63 athletes finishing the course.

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The Softer Side of Island Soul
A Ballet School Teaches Grace and Dance Skills to Island Kids

January 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

The Softer Side of Island Soul  <h5>A Ballet School Teaches Grace and Dance Skills to Island Kids</h5>

Educating Roatanians about ballet wasn’t easy at first. “I had difficulty in explaining to the parents that ballet is a discipline, it’s not just jumping or moving around. It’s a discipline that requires a lot of effort on the part of the girls,” says

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Bringing Back Jolly Roger
A Barbados Boat is Rescued Back to Life on Roatan and Prepared for a Voyage Home

December 1st, 2010 by Thomas Tomczyk

Bringing Back Jolly Roger <h5> A Barbados Boat is Rescued Back to Life on Roatan and Prepared for a Voyage Home</h5>

Roatan is often a graveyard for sailboats. Some of them rusting and molding away, are still beautifully wearing shades of all glory of transatlantic crossings, memories of violent storms and demanding passages. Brick Bay, Fantasy Island,

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The Fathom II of Utila
A Wreck Diving Expedition that Put Utila on the Map

November 1st, 2010 by Thomas Tomczyk

The Fathom II of Utila <h5>A Wreck Diving Expedition that Put Utila on the Map</h5>

A 1972 advertisement in a Diving Magazine marked the beginning of an odyssey for Gunter Kordovsky. While other crew of Fathom II came and went to continue their life, Gunter has stayed on Utila ever since. Gunter did find treasure, just not the one he

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