Archive for the ‘ Utila ’ Category

 

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.

...Read More

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

...Read More

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

...Read More

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

...Read More

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

...Read More

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

...Read More

Pure Party Pleasure
Sunjam 2007, the 11th Edition

September 1st, 2007 by Dr. John McVay

Pure Party Pleasure <h5>Sunjam 2007, the 11th Edition</h5>

“No, this is the best party in the Western Caribbean and Central America.” Then at the same time we concluded, “Sunjam is the best party on this planet.”
Sunjam Utila, the 11th Edition, took place at Water Cay on Saturday, August 4. As promised, it

...Read More

Utila Airstrip Takeover
As over a dozen AK-47 armed men take over Utila airstrip, local police find themselves outnumbered, outgunned and running for cover.

August 1st, 2006 by Thomas Tomczyk

Around 10:30pm, on May 24 at least one plane suspected of carrying drugs landed at the Utila airport. Alerted by locals, two municipal and two Preventiva police officers arrived at the scene to investigate. The unlit Utila landing strip has no airport

...Read More

Utila Divided

April 1st, 2006 by Thomas Tomczyk

Utila Divided

Utilans split over who should control the “Lance Bodden Community Health Center” while the Clinic’s Committee members – who for four years helped to create, build and pay for the clinic and doctors’ salaries – find themselves less relevant in a changing

...Read More

Utila Sails with own Publication
Two young entrepreneurs launch a monthly community newspaper

June 1st, 2005 by Thomas Tomczyk

Utila Sails with own Publication <h5>Two young entrepreneurs launch a monthly  community newspaper</h5>

After several years having no written news source, Utila has a monthly news-magazine once again. On May 5, two dive mistresses turn publishers launched “Utila East Wind,” a 16 page, free newspaper filled with community news, marine environmental features,

...Read More