Roatan Radio 10 am – 12 pm

That’s right. 10-12 Mountain time.

DJ Duke Dubuque will take over after Captain Morgan tomorrow, for a couple hours of music.

If  you’re not on Roatan and/or not in your car, is the answer.

Thanks to Calico Jack (I think he’s from Spain) and the good Captain for getting me back on the waves of air.

I have a ton of music and I’m old. Hit me with requests.

Two artists you’ll NEVER hear from me:

Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffett. Roatan killed my love of that stuff through sheer over-play. Seriously. I’ll put on ABBA, the Carpenters, Throbbing Gristle, or Aphex Twin before you hear that crap from me. If you do hear Bob or Jimmy, anytime, report it to the proper authorities.

If you’re really turning on the radio to hear Bob Marley or Jimmy Buffett, you need an iPod and/or a life.

Seriously. I used to love “Three Little Birds.” I’d shoot and eat them now.

Thanks for killing that for me, Roatan.

See you at 10 a.m.






Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 4.8 Mb
26 Jul 2011 06:35:45 UTC
26 Jul 2011 00:35:45 near epicenter
26 Jul 2011 00:35:45 standard time in your timezone
Location 17.044N 85.793W
Depth 21 km
111 km (69 miles) NE (44 degrees) of Roatán, Islas de la Bahía, Honduras
127 km (79 miles) N (8 degrees) of Trujillo, Colón, Honduras
157 km (97 miles) N (8 degrees) of Tocoa, Colón, Honduras
176 km (110 miles) NE (37 degrees) of La Ceiba, Atlántida, Honduras
320 km (199 miles) E (93 degrees) of BELMOPAN, Belize
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 18.9 km; Vertical 9.7 km
Parameters Nph = 198; Dmin = 532.1 km; Rmss = 0.90 seconds; Gp = 108°
M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID US c00054a7
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey

Beer Lovers: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Spotted at Plaza Mar

Get yours today at Plaza Mar!

California Microbrew on Roatan!


Nestled up against Presidente (Dominican Republic) and Guinness Foreign Export Stout (7.5% alcohol!) I saw a couple cases worth of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale— a really wonderful beer I think Oasis used to carry. Butch and Sherry at the Bulk Gourmet also stock it every once in a while.

I didn’t buy any and the price wasn’t marked, but if you’re tired of beers that are bottled with preservatives so they can sit on docks and in hot shipping containers for weeks (I’m looking at you, Cerveceria Hondurena), try a couple of these. It’s a delicious and hoppy brew, naturally fermented in the bottle (that’s a little layer of yeast down at the bottom), and it’s certainly not spotted often around these parts.

Sierra Nevada, based in Chico, California, makes a bunch of tasty ales but the Pale is the oldest and most popular.

Again, thanks to Sully and Katherine at Plaza Mar for helping us sell so many copies of the magazine!


New Sandy Bay Restaurant: TAKO Bistro Lounge and Sushi Bar

Hey, there’s a new Japanese place in the Coral Stone Center. Second floor. Sandy Bay now has sushi!

This Friday, TAKO throws a grand opening celebration with a big cocktail party at 7 p.m. The place soft-launched about a week ago. Owner Josue Bueso describes his fusion menu as “French/Japanese with an island twist.”

Bueso studied at the international French school le Institut Paul Bocuse. He’s open for lunch and dinner and his menu’s got sashimi (salmon, tuna, octopus, shrimp, tilapia, etc); a big selection of rolls including the isleño which includes shrimp and fried plantain and a kokonatsu roll with crab, cream cheese, plantain, and roasted coconut.

Urumaki (inside-out) rolls include a California roll, salmon skin, and spicy tuna.

For more information, contact TAKO at or 3382-2282.

Container Opened — Hospital and Clinic Getting What They Need

Next Step: The License for the Pediatric In-Patient Center


On Tuesday morning, around 10:30 a.m., we spotted Nurse Peggy and mayor Julio Galindo outside the shipping container full of equipment and supplies donated by the Medical Mission of New Orleans for Roatan’s public hospital in Coxen Hole and Clinica Esperanza in Sandy Bay.

An hour or so later we were told the container had been opened and everything inside was being distributed to its intended recipients.

This is fantastic news, makes life easier for anyone on the island who needs medical services, and proves that our local officials are capable of stepping up and solving a crisis.



Roatan Rapper Hosts Party in Miami; Another Big Bash Here on Saturday Night

Sickboy Sickest, a protege of Jhaytea who lives in Miami, is throwing a big bash this weekend at a Miami nightclub to spotlight Roatan talent.

And the next evening, (originally scheduled at the new Granny’s Kitchen in Flowers Bay but now moved to Las Palmas) on July 23rd, Jhaytea and DJ Sambula are throwing another huge “Roatanean” bash that will no doubt last all night.

As if that’s not enough Roatan music culture gettin’ spread around, Jhaytea also helped shore up a formidable lineup at a Brooklyn high school last weekend:

Also — and this could be big news — I met a concert promoter/local impresario who swears he’s getting George Jones to play a concert here in October. Rick Loomis also told me he’s trying to get reggae vets Third World and Steel Pulse down here as well. Fingers? Crossed.

Open, Sesame!

How Many Politicians Does It Take To Open a Shipping Container?


four keys to open them

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, a screaming siren emerged from Thicket Mouth Road and made its way to the parking lot outside of Sun/Pizza Inn/Bojangles, where a brown shipping container was surrounded by a phalanx of cameramen, reporters, and local officials.

The cop car shut down its sirens. TV cameras were shouldered.

A big white Hummer and a few other shiny SUVs pulled up, and out spilled Rosa Elena de Lobo (the wife of Honduran President Pepe Lobo), mayor Julio Galindo, deputado Romeo Silvestri, and governor Shawn Hyde.

The first lady was accompanied by at least two members of the presidential security detail, complete with those little ear-transmitter thingies and the blank, slightly menacing expressions you’d see on the faces of U.S. Secret Service agents.

Armed local police and Cobras surrounded the surreal scene. About 35 people were on hand to see the container unlocked.

In less than 30 seconds, Hyde popped open the four padlocks. The first items visible were massive desks and filing cabinets, but clearly the container was full.

“Isn’t this amazing?” asked a gringo bystander. “They hold it up for months, and then open it with all the cameras here!”

It’s true, at least four TV cameras were jostling for the best angles, but the hold-up was paperwork from the mainland, not foot-dragging by local officials.

The first lady and mayor were interviewed by TV crews.

Nurse Peggy Stranges showed up with a poker face. She and the mayor looked over the manifest. He asked her to sit tight until Monday so the list could be looked over and the items divvied up (3/4 of the items are reported to be for the public hospital, though the items are differentiated clearly on paper and color-coded in the container ).

“Relieved” is how Peggy described her feelings.

We’ll be staying on this and bringing you more news on Monday. For now, two positive events have occurred: Clinica Esperanza is open, and the container has been opened.


Due to misunderstandings, misinformation, and mistakes in translation, I published information that is not entirely correct, HOWEVER, I am in touch with Nurse Peggy and Clinica personnel to try to bring you the most recent info.

Here is what I have:

•The clinic is open tomorrow.

•HOWEVER No promises or timetable has been agreed to by the powers that be. Despite “assurances” (that is the word used) there is NO guarantee that the container will be opened nor a license granted (for the entire clinic, not just upstairs) this week.

In other words, Nurse Peggy has agreed to re-open Clinica Esperanza on Wednesday morning, despite the lack of the two documents she asked for last week.

I could go on, and there is a lot more on the record I cannot/will not publish at this time, but without sources knowing they’re officially on the record, etc, let’s just go with this:

Nothing has changed. The clinic will see patients tomorrow, with no official timetable in place for a license or dispensa for the container. Every attempt has been made on my part to obtain correct information. When information is being fed second or third-hand, mistakes are made. However, NOTHING reported in the previous posts contained anything “untrue.”  Bottom line, Peggy is open, without the the paperwork she needs.

The erroneous info told to me was this:

“•The container will be opened/unloaded tomorrow.

•The license for the upstairs portion of the clinic will come by the week’s end.”

From now on, I will report from strictly from the horse’s mouth, on tape, to obviate this issue. Thanks for understanding, and thanks for supporting Nurse Peggy.

UPDATE re: comments

Thanks for the comments.
To clarify: The clinic is NOT “being shut down.” Peggy is shutting the clinic down until the government officials provide her paperwork necessary to operate the upstairs of the clinic and open a shipping container.

Additionally, demanding that this page include a filter to censor comments goes against basic journalism, truth, justice, and the American way. On this blog, and in my magazine, people have a right to say what they want, no matter how asinine it is. Thanks for reading, everybody. Hope to get another magazine out soon!

Success! Local Politicians Step Up and Take Control of Container Situation

Posted about an hour ago on the Save Clinica Esperanza page:

“For all those who have sent messages expressing concern regarding the medicines and equipment donated by Hope Clinic and the Hospital of Roatan, I hereby let you know that your server, along with Mayor Julio Galindo, Governor Shawn Hyde we have taken with responsibility and unconditional release of interest to the container. Sincerely Romeo Silvestri”


This is great news and is certainly progress in the right direction.