Saturday, February 28, 2009

Interconnection with Inde to be Complete by Year-End

The interconnection of the Guatemalan electric power grid with the Mexican electric power grid is expected to be complete by the end of 2009. It is the first step in a plan to interconnect the electric grids of Mexico, Central America, and Colombia, and is expected to bring cheaper electricity rates.

Read the whole story here at Business News Americas

"Sweetheart of the Cattleranchers" Elected in Morales

MORALES - Lucía Marianela Chinchilla Franco was elected Novia de Los Ganaderos for the period 2009-2010 and Gladis Odeth Matta Acevedo received the title of Novia del Jinete ("Sweetheart of the Cowboys").

The activity was held in advance of the fair in honor of the St. Joseph the Patriarch, which will take place from March 13 to 21.

"This title is important because it gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities and skills on stage and in the different ranching activities," said Lucía Marianela.

At the evening activities, which took place in the municipal coliseum, Gladis Odeth also won the titles of Miss Photogenic and Escénica Artística.

The vice-president of the Committee of Ranchers, Carlos Humberto Castro García, said that the evening is part of the contribution of this celebration to the citizens. The committee also sponsors rodeos and other events.

On March 19th will be a next National Rodeo, held in Morales. On the 21st, the International Rodeo, and on the 22nd, the Horse Parade.

These activities are important because they represent a business that is vital to the economy of the region.

La Municipalidad de Morales will also elect the Queen of the City and the Flor de la Feria.

Concern over Deforestation in Sololá

Indigenous organizations, development committees, community development councils, and residents reject wanton logging in the mountains of Sololá.

Marcelino Ibaté, president of the Development Committee, stated that they observe trucks loaded with logs that are transported to sawmills.

Mary Sicajau, from the Organización Campesina de Sololá said that people need to be educated about deforestation so that they plant trees.

The community leader Agustín Saloj said that the authorities should protect nature because seedlings are scarce.