Saturday, January 24, 2009

Price of Propane Drops

Guatemalan housewives and consumers should get some relief on the price of propane due to the drop in international fuel prices. According to a press release from the Ministry of Energy and Mines a 25 pound cylinder of gas has dropped from Q99 to Q90. A 35 pound cylinder has dropped to Q126, and a 100 pounder has dropped from Q396 to Q360.

There are about 10,000 distributors of propane in Guatemala and they adjusted their prices this week. Guatemalans consume about 11 million gallons of propane (LPG) per month.

Although the trend in propane gas prices is downward it's impossible to know what might happen in the future but local stockpiles of propane should ensure that prices remain low until at least March.

Eco-Rio Fund Raiser a Big Success

Yesterday a benefit auction for Eco-Rio was held at Mario's Marina. A long list of valuable products and services were donated by local businesses and individuals. The items were auctioned to the highest bidder. A large number of people showed up and a great time was had by all.

Eco-Rio is an organization that has been around for a long time in Rio Dulce. Eco-Rio tends to keep a low profile and operates behind the scenes to keep the Rio Dulce the wonderful place that it is. Have you ever wondered why the Rio Dulce has not been overrun by industries and pollution, wood-chipping mills, dusty mining operations? It's not because such industries don't want to be here, they do. But Eco-Rio has worked hard for many years to prevent this from happening, to prevent the destruction of the unique environment and scenery in Rio Dulce. The air is clean, the landscape is natural, the river is clean and full of healthy fish, thanks to Eco-Rio. Security on the river is also a concern of Eco-Rio and they have been central to establishing 24 hour police patrols both on land and on the water.

The auction was sponsored and coordinated by Mario's Marina and promoted by the Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator. Plans to hold another event next year are already being discussed.

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