President Solís: ‘If you want to get through a border, you’ll be able to sooner or later’
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President Solís: ‘If you want to get through a border, you’ll be able to sooner or later’

Michael Krumholtz - January 13, 2017

On the very front of Luís Guillermo Solís' desk in his Casa Presidencial office, there's a small but telling ode to U.S. politics. Perched on the desk…

Costa Rica suffered through most violent year on record in 2016
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Costa Rica suffered through most violent year on record in 2016

Michael Krumholtz - January 3, 2017

Not even Costa Rica could avoid the curse of 2016, as it marked the most violent year in the country's history. Annual statistics confirm that Costa Rica continues…

U.S. family works to set up Costa Rican halfway house in wake of son’s death
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U.S. family works to set up Costa Rican halfway house in wake of son’s death

Michael Krumholtz - December 15, 2016

In late October, 33-year-old U.S. native Brandon Rowlands died in Costa Rica. Shortly beforehand, he had been placed into an early-release program following a two-year prison sentence…

Solís promises rapid rebuilding in Hurricane Otto’s wake; donation drives continue
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Costa Rica
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Solís promises rapid rebuilding in Hurricane Otto’s wake; donation drives continue

Michael Krumholtz - December 9, 2016

See also: A small town unites to help Hurricane Otto victims – the Costa Rican way President Luís Guillermo Solís concluded this week's tour through the areas most…

PHOTOS: Hurricane Otto leaves behind devastation in northern town
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PHOTOS: Hurricane Otto leaves behind devastation in northern town

Michael Krumholtz - November 30, 2016

Hurricane Otto's path across northern Costa Rica took a disastrous toll on communities there, as 10 deaths have been confirmed and thousands of people were affected. In Bijagua,…

Here’s how you can donate to Hurricane Otto relief in Costa Rica
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Here’s how you can donate to Hurricane Otto relief in Costa Rica

Michael Krumholtz - November 25, 2016

Hurricane Otto left Costa Rica Friday with significant damage, particularly in parts of the Northern Zone, where 10 deaths and a number of disappearances have been reported as…

Strong earthquake off El Salvador felt in Costa Rica
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Strong earthquake off El Salvador felt in Costa Rica

Michael Krumholtz - November 24, 2016

While the country braces for Hurricane Otto, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake originating off the coast of El Salvador was felt on Costa Rican soil Thursday around 12:45 p.m. local time. This resulted…

PHOTOS: Hurricane Otto begins path of destruction through Central America
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PHOTOS: Hurricane Otto begins path of destruction through Central America

AFP - November 23, 2016

Otto, the tropical storm that returned to Category 1 hurricane status on Wednesday evening, has already begun affecting parts of Panama and Nicaragua. The sixth Atlantic storm of the…

Santa Rosa National Park provides cutting-edge data on changing planet
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Santa Rosa National Park provides cutting-edge data on changing planet

Jill Replogle - October 7, 2016

SANTA ROSA NATIONAL PARK, Guanacaste — Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa shuffles into the administrative dining hall at Santa Rosa National Park, sweating in the early afternoon heat. He needs…

‘Point West’: The story of Oliver North’s Costa Rican airstrip
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Arts and Culture
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‘Point West’: The story of Oliver North’s Costa Rican airstrip

John McPhaul - October 7, 2016

On July 25, 1989, Costa Rican President Óscar Arias -- having expropriated the land where a mile-long, secret, Nicaraguan Contra airstrip was located -- inaugurated Guanacaste National…