Yucatan News – in English

No more painful struggles trying to decipher El Diario. No settling for the English-language Mexico City News, that thin and unsatisfying paper that doesn’t ever mention Yucatan.

At last, we can read local Yucatan news in English. Daily. With photos. Not allied with any sect, denomination, or political party. In fact, this new news service prides itself on telling the news straight and avoiding gossip and politically self-serving articles.

Check it out: The Yucatan Times

This is a quality news service based in Merida. Realizing that our English-speaking community is 6,000 and growing, this clever group decided it was tme for us to have our own local paper in English. They get the same newsfeeds as the other papers, and also generate their own material.

The menu tells you they feature news, lifestyle and culture, economics, and politics.

Today, a glance will tell you that Merida police are studying English, that the town of Sisal is making an important move toward tourism that involves rehabilitating 30 palapas on the beach, that there are changes in the tenecia taxes, and that the government has allocated over 5 million pesos to support agricultural and fishing projects.

The Yucatan Times also includes my favorite section, the police news, which they get from a variety of sources. I was amused to read today that a guy stoned on pot tried to bribe some policemen with counterfeit bills. And sadly, a dead fisherman floated into the Port of Yucalpeten.

These guys are just getting started. The team includes a native English speaking editor, a tech genius, and a Mexican reporter who’s been in the field for 35 years. They will be emphasizing news that affects the foreign community. They have been publishing a similar site for Spain and Europe for some time, and recently decided to translate it.

The best part is that it’s FREE. They plan to come out with a print edition in the next few months which will be available at hotels, malls and newspaper stands.

Go to the site or email editor Sylvia Grimes. Her email is sgrimes@theyucatantimes.com.

About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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6 Responses to Yucatan News – in English

  1. Debi says:

    Ah, clever girl! I stumbled upon this site a few weeks ago and never thought to alert the masses!
    I’m especially happy since I just canceled my subscription to the Diario! They raised their subscription rate just over 50pesos bi-monthly, with no raise in newsstand price or warning or explanation or or or…..

    anyway – Thanks for alerting the public – I am thoroughly enjoying Yucatan Times.

    Debi

  2. Lee Steele says:

    I was wondering who put this out. No bylines, photo credits, staff box or anything! I was worried someone was just swiping content from a local news site. Now you’ve given us a name of a real person putting this all together. This is a great thing indeed!

  3. Louis says:

    More news in English is on its way, Beryl. As you probably know, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim injected $250 million dollars into the New York Times, and now the New York Times is launching a Mexico/Caribbean edition, very much similar to the Miami Herald’s version. It will be prepared in New York, trasmitted via satellite to printing offices in Cancun, and voila, out for delivery first along the Maya Riviera, then to Merida as well.

  4. Jessie Dye says:

    Is there a way to subscribe to Yucutan News electronically?

  5. Louis says:

    Jessie:
    You can subscribe by going to http://www.theyucatantimes.com, and in the upper lefthand side you will see STAY CONNECTED. Click on that, and stroll to SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL. Then select SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FEED.
    Enjoy!
    Louis

  6. sorry about the subscription problems, we are working on it and will let Beryl know when we get it fixed. Still working out some bugs, but thanks for your patience.
    Sylvia

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