Archive for the ‘ Utila ’ Category

 

Whale Shark Rodeo
A Whale Shark Encounter Goes Wrong… for a Shark

August 1st, 2010 by Thomas Tomczyk

Whale Shark Rodeo<h5>A Whale Shark Encounter Goes Wrong… for a Shark</h5>

Around 5pm on July 23, several Utila dive boats along with passengers of Captain Vern’s catamaran recognized signs of whale Shark presence off Utila’s old airport. There were schools of tuna jumping and surface bubbles indicating that a Whale Shark was

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Still Partying
Utila Carnival Takes Place… But Barely

August 1st, 2010 by Thomas Tomczyk

Still Partying <h5>Utila Carnival Takes Place… But Barely</h5>

The highlight of the Carnival was the Saturday parade. The float of “Los Borrachos,” or the drunkards, made its annual appearance and dominated the parade with music and bead throwing. There were the Cerveceria and Tigo floats, and BICA Utila came up

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A Ride with a Princess
A Look at Passenger Maritime Safety between Utila and La Ceiba

January 1st, 2010 by Thomas Tomczyk

A Ride with a Princess <h5>A Look at Passenger Maritime Safety between Utila and La Ceiba</h5>

The Utila Princess II boat was originally brought in from the Bahamas where it served on short inter-island journeys. The journey between La Ceiba and Utila produced spray and the top of the boat was only covered with plastic covers. Some passengers feared

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Landing in the Forest
Drug Plane Crashes on Utila, Three Men Found Floating near the Island

June 1st, 2009 by Thomas Tomczyk

Landing in the Forest <h5>Drug Plane Crashes on Utila, Three Men Found Floating near the Island</h5>

The plane eventually crashed in the brush near the Utila landing strip. The plane was ripped apart by the brush and trees during the landing creating a large clearing in its path. All three crew members were Columbian: pilot Jeison Fernando, co-pilot

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Smuggling Through Utila
A Record Cocaine Bust on the Island. No one Arrested

February 1st, 2009 by Thomas Tomczyk

Smuggling Through Utila <h5>A Record Cocaine Bust on the Island. No one Arrested</h5>

According to local sources at least one person suspected to be part of the smuggling operation left the island on the January 28, 6:20am ferry to La Ceiba.

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Five Whales Beached on Utila

November 1st, 2008 by Thomas Tomczyk

Five Whales Beached on Utila

DNA and blubber samples were taken by staff from the Utila Whale Shark Research Project which will be tested later this month in the US. Staff from the Iguana Station, the Whale Shark Oceanic Research Center and the Environmental Office of the Municipality

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Who’s to Blame?
Utila’s Energy Company Hikes Prices to Record Levels. Utilans Cry ‘Foul’

August 1st, 2008 by Thomas Tomczyk

Who's to Blame? <h5>Utila's Energy Company Hikes Prices to Record Levels. Utilans Cry 'Foul'</h5>

This inefficient shipping method made energy on Utila even more expensive than on the more remote Guanaja. UPCO fuel is brought in from Cortez on a truck, then shipped via boat to Utila, then trucked to UPCO’s generating facility’s small fuel storage

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Utila’s Water Issues
Spanish Government Builds a Water Desalination Plant

August 1st, 2008 by Thomas Tomczyk

Utila's Water Issues <h5>Spanish Government Builds a Water Desalination Plant</h5>

Utila’s new potable water system will not come cheap. A continual expense of paying staff of four to be responsible for maintenance of machines, changing purifying filters and supplying electricity to lift the salty water 56 meters to the surface, could

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Match, Document then Release
Bay Islands Second Ever Catch-and-Release Fishing Tournament took place on July 4 and 5

August 1st, 2008 by

Match, Document then Release <h5>Bay Islands Second Ever Catch-and-Release Fishing Tournament took place on July 4 and 5</h5>

The catching was documented by island volunteers and photographs taken of the fish was to verify the type of fish caught. In the end it was honor system that assured the accuracy of catching the fish. A registration fee of $300 was taken from the five

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Big Party on Utila
Utila Midsummer partying gets competitive

September 1st, 2007 by Thomas Tomczyk

Big Party on Utila <h5>Utila Midsummer  partying gets  competitive</h5>

On Sunday, 24 floats participated in a parade from Chepas Beach to Industrial Dock while the La Ceiba musical group, Banda de Guerra del Manuel Bonilla, marched to their own beat. Half of Utila was on parade, while the other half watched. You didn’t even

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