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 firstname.lastname@example.org.