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Jacó Happenings

The McKee Project’s online auction finished Feb. 8 at midnight, with the highest bid made by Chris Danko, owner of Hotel Docelunas, for the beautiful painting donated by artist Carlos Galli. Carlos’ artwork is available for purchase in Giotto Gallery, next to Pachi’s Pan bakery in Jacó. Contact the artist at 8832-1356 or galliartjaco@ Proceeds from the auction will support McKee’s spay and neuter program.

Last month, Dr. Lee Wilson came all the way from Alaska to join doctors Wendy Villalobos and Yessenia Alpízar for spay days in both the Jacó and Herradura clinics. The vets spayed and neutered 63 animals. McKee is looking for sponsors for its education program at the Herradura school; for information, call 2643-4012 or e-mail info@mckeejaco. com. This month’s sponsors were Karen and Bill Show, Sylvia van Baekel, Hotel Tortuga del Mar and Dr. Sean Back.

McKee’s Katja Bader will be the presenter at the next Central Pacific Women’s Group meeting, March 18 at 9 a.m. at Balcón del Mar. Last month’s meeting addressed setting up and strengthening neighborhood watch groups. Herradura is the first in Garabito to participate in the neighborhood watch program. Lilliam Azofeifa (8721-9183) and Melvin Naranjo (8345-7233) are the contacts for Herradura’s group; the Herradura school security contact is Daisy Mora (2637-7020) and the Los Sueños contact is Xenia Parra (2630-9009). If you are interested in setting up a neighborhood watch group, contact José Luis Sandoval of the Garabito police department in Jacó at 2643-3011.

The seventh annual Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series finished last month, with Leg 2 consisting of six days of competition. More than 43 teams battled it out and released a combined total of 1,014 billfish, 994 sailfish and 20 marlin. Newcomer Big Oh from Jupiter, Florida, captained by Ronnie Fields and manned by anglers Gray Ingram, Page Robertson and Watson Caviness, really shone in the tournament, coming in second in Leg 1, first in Leg 2 and winning the overall championship title, including $144,000 in prize money.

First place in Leg 1 went to the Cerveza out of Spencer Pirate Cove, North Carolina, with third going to the Hook out of Los Sueños. In Leg 2, Da Bait, also out of Spencer, came in second and the Spanish Fly took third. The awards dinners were hosted by ESPN personality Chris Fischer from the well-known “Offshore Adventures” programs and the jaw-dropping “Expedition Great White” documentary series on the National Geographic Channel. The dates for the 2011 series are Jan. 26 to 29 and March 2 to 5. For information, contact tournament director Ashley Bretecher at 2630-4005 or, or toll-free in the United States at (866) 865-9759.

If you are looking for someone to troubleshoot your computer problems, try Cristian Sancho and Luis Diego González in their new office above Banco Popular. They offer graphic design and network consulting and are helping to produce the new local guide Jacó One Way, which will come out every two months. If you want to be included in this guide, contact Luis Diego at Their office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and they can be reached at 2643-2007 or 8926-4434.

–Christina Truitt

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