Mante Mayor Visit to Boulder Profiled in Mante Newspaper

The Eco, a Mante newspaper, featured a visit by the Municipal President of Mante, Pablo A. González León, to Boulder. The article includes a photo of the Municipal President, his wife, and members of the Boulder-Mante Sister City Committee in front of a mural painted by Mante muralist Florian Lopez, which was commissioned in 2001 commemorate the lasting bod between the two cities.

Florian Lopez had this to say about the article:

Es emocionante ver en tu periódico a mis amigos de Boulder: Norris Hermsmeyer y la Maestra Elfa Rodríguez acompañando al Ing. Pablo A. González León, Presidente Municipal de El Mante y a su esposa frente al mural que pinté en el 2001 en Colorado. Qué afortunada obra, realmente pequeña, junto a esa maravillosa campaña médica que duró 20 años beneficiando a miles de personas necesitadas. Por algunos días me pregunté si valía la pena pintar lejos de la familia y los amigos, pensé que mi esfuerzo sería ignorado como tantos proyectos. Ojalá mis amigos Chan Mortimer y su esposa tengan la oportunidad de conocer las esculturas y artesanías que comencé a pintar en su jardín.

Translation: It is exciting to see my friends from Boulder in your newspaper: Norris Hermsmeyer and the teacher Elfa Rodríguez accompanying the Municipal President of Mante, Pablo A. González León, and his wife against the mural I painted in 2001 in Colorado. What lucky piece, really small, next to that wonderful medical campaign that lasted 20 years benefiting thousands of needy people. Some days I wondered if it was worth painting away from family and friends, I thought that my efforts would be ignored as so many projects. I wish my friends Chan Mortimer and his wife have the opportunity to see the sculptures and crafts that I started painting in his garden.

New York Times Op-Ed: Cracking the Mexican Cartels


In July, Mexico will elect a new president to replace Felipe Calderón. Whoever wins will need to address the foremost challenge confronting the country today: the battle against the drug cartels. And despite all the negative headlines, the next president will find that the government under Calderón has made huge gains toward defeating them.

When Calderón took office five years ago, there were roughly half a dozen cartels, each a large criminal organization in its own right. These illegal enterprises — the Gulf, the Juárez, La Familia Michoacana, the Sinaloa and the Tijuana cartels — dominated large swaths of Mexican territory and operated abroad as well.

Once he assumed the presidency, Calderón realized that he could not rely on the federal police, the Agencia Federal de Investigación, to restore order or track down the cartel leaders. The A.F.I. was riddled with corruption. Over the years, the cartels had bribed not only regional comandantes but also top-level officials at the agency’s Mexico City headquarters. The state police were even more unreliable. Often on the payroll of the cartels in their respective regions, they not only failed to cooperate with the federal police but also regularly protected the cartels and their leaders.

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Daily Camera: Delegation from Mexican sister city coming to Boulder

By Erica Meltzer Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 03/17/2012 12:01:25 PM MDT
Updated: 03/17/2012 12:02:41 PM MDT

Drug violence continues to make Mante too dangerous for Boulder volunteers to resume their annual medical mission to the small Mexican city, but later this month, a delegation from Mante will visit Boulder to reaffirm the 20-year relationship between the two communities.

The 15-member group, led by Dr. David Rodriguez, a founder of the medical mission, will be in Boulder from March 31 to April 5 and will meet with a variety of community groups, including Boulder Community Hospital officials.

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Daily Camera: Drug violence leads Boulder hospital to cancel Mante medical trip

By Erica Meltzer Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 11/30/2010 09:22:06 PM MST

The drug violence that has wracked Mexico in recent years has caused Boulder Community Hospital to cancel its annual medical mission to Mante.

This February will be the first time since 1990 that a team of volunteers, organized through Boulder Community Hospital, won’t visit the small Mexican city to provide medical care ranging from the repair of cleft palates to the distribution of eyeglasses.

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