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Public pool closed as sharp edges pose potential hazard

THE municipal swimming pool in Olula de Castro, which opened three months ago, is now closed. The closure of the €200,000 pool which became a reality after 20 years of proposals has nothing to do with water shortage but was caused by its faulty construction.   A month after the…

No dumping, by order in Huercal-Overa

OWNERS of vacant lots in Huercal-Overa have just a couple of days to tidy them up. Some have not done this for years and a municipal edict dated July 8 gave owners one month to comply.  If they failed to do so, the town hall will step in and do…

Going dotty over addresses

BY the end of June, there were 209,713 email addresses with the .es domain in Andalucia. Exactly 13,644 corresponded to Almeria province – 6.5 per cent of the region’s total.  Sevilla with 56,386 (26.9 per cent) has the most .es addresses and Huelva the fewest with 7,534 (3.6 per cent).…

Almeria City trees reduced to splinters

RESIDENTS in the Plaza de Toros district complained that Almeria City Council has hacked down their trees. “We have been getting calls from people who are scandalised at the way the trees have been destroyed,” said Councillor Ines Plaza, from the PSOE party. “They were there for 20 years and…

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MANUEL GARCIA PUGA, aged 88, was found dead three days after disappearing from his Almeria City home. He was discovered only 15 minutes away on wasteland between Camino de La Goleta and Vega de Aca.    Garcia Puga was finally located just as sniffer dogs were about to be used…

Lockout could bring lockup as police find cannabis farm

FOLLOWING a disagreement with her partner, a woman returned home to find the locks changed. Unable to get into their property on the Nijar-Retamar road, she called the Policia Nacional who sent a patrol to the house. The woman’s partner opened the door to her and the policemen, who by…

Loma Cabrera ticked off about plague of blood-suckers

ALMERIA CITY’S Loma Cabrera neighbourhood is plagued with ticks, residents complained.They first asked the municipal authorities to do something about the ticks now abounding in the public gardens in Calle Jardineros almost three weeks ago, they said.Antonio Fernandez realised what was happening after walking his dog some weeks back, said…

Pet protection bylaws in the pipeline for Nijar

NIJAR Council intends to introduce bylaws aimed at protecting animals and controlling their use in public spectacles.The town has a growing problem with pets that are allowed to roam the streets or are abandoned by their owners, declared Nijar’s deputy mayor Alexis Pineda. As regulations now stand, domestic animals are…

Punta Entinas: wetland haven teeming with wildlife

PUNTA ENTINAS-SABINAR is to become a Special Area of Conservation (ZEC in Spanish).The regional government’s Environment department is completing the formalities giving European Union protection to the 15-kilometre coastal strip that is also a wildlife haven. The process has been a long one, as the Junta initiated the necessary procedures…

Planting out in Adra

ADRA residents attending the town’s Occupational Centre can now see the results of their green-fingered efforts.They are putting in place the thousand or so plants they have cultivated since September during the Vivero or nursery workshop and which now adorn Adra’s roundabouts, plazas, public gardens and streets.The project was instructive…

Almeria olive oil rated best in the world

AN OLIVE oil brand produced in Almeria has been crowned as “best organic oil” in the world.The Oro del Desierto (Desert’s Gold) competed against 25 other olive oil brands at the World’s Best Olive Oils Contest, which gathered 12 oils from Italy, ten from Spain, two from Greece and one…

A lot of TLC for Cuevas beaches

BEACHES are being well looked after at Cuevas del Almanzora.“We give our beaches preferential attention because they are leisure areas for the population,” said Works and Services councillor Jose Maria Bascuñana. “They are one of the principal signs of our identity and cleaning and maintaining them is a priority.”The town…

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