118 mining concessions out to tender

The Junta has opened a bidding process for 118 mining concessions across the province of Almería covering a total of 88.175 ha2. Assuming Almería province is 8,774km2, that’s 877,400 ha2 meaning… That’s 10% of the province out to tender? Crikey. Of course, the concessions just let you go out there with a JCB and dig about until you hit whatever you have to the right to look for. Yeso, marble, ornamental rocks (gravel I suppose, Continue reading 118 mining concessions out to tender

Almería AVE should have 3 return trips to Madrid daily

Talk about gilding the lilly… The report from the Almería chamber of commerce into the provincial need for a high speed railway train has reported back, and a minimum of 3 return trips a day to Madrid are needed, for all the thousands of eager young businesspeople who need to flock to and fro the national capital for the business deals. (Haven’t these people heard of the internet?) José Cano from Asempel reminds us that Continue reading Almería AVE should have 3 return trips to Madrid daily

Murcia anti-drugs police chief – arrested for drug offences

The head of the National Police’s anti-drug squad in Murcia has been arrested for non-specified drug offences. And why not? Some would argue he’s in the right job for his hobbies. One other police officer was also arrested, along with five civilians, after an investigation by the Internal Affairs department of the National Police. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Asuntos Internos, it seems. The affair does not involve the larger anti-drugs unit according to Europa Press. Continue reading Murcia anti-drugs police chief – arrested for drug offences

Garrucha Christmas What’s On

DIA 17 DICIEMBRE 21.00 h. Exhibición de las alumnas de la Escuela de Ballet “ La Magia de la Navidad” dirigido por Martina Fernández en el Centro Cultural Municipal. DIA 19 DICIEMBRE A las 20.00h. Actuación de las alumnas de Hip Hop, dirigido por Natalia López en el Centro Cultural Municipal. A las 21.30 h. Exhibición de Baile de Salsa y Merengue a cargo de la Escuela “Levántate y Baila” dirigido por el profesor Víctor Continue reading Garrucha Christmas What’s On

Diesel for under €1 a litre!

Diesel dropped to under €1 a litre at over 100 petrol stations across Spain yesterday, and in the province two stations are selling it for €0,99 a litre: one in Vícar and another in El Ejido. Prices have dropped to those of five years ago, as the drop in crude oil finally starts to filter through to the consumer. Most of the cheapest petrol stations are in Catalunya. Check out the cheapest stations near you Continue reading Diesel for under €1 a litre!

Garrucha to update its paseo marítimo

Garrucha townhall has announced that it intends to repave and update the paseo marítimo after it presented a budget for 2015. The seafront promenade will have over €200,000 spent on it, mainly tarmac and repainting all the parking bays. The money is coming from the Diputación, county council. Officially known as the Paseo del Malecón, most of the work will be concentrated at the port end where recent works have left the area in a Continue reading Garrucha to update its paseo marítimo

Almería – Málaga A7 motorway will finally open next year

It’s been over 20 years in the making, but the Almería to Málaga A7 coastal motorway will finally be finished next year. It hasn’t been an easy motorway to build, the sharp cliffs and unstable terrain has made the motorway a slow and costly affair to build. The Castillo de Baños (Polopos) – Albuñol bit will open at the end of this month in a lavish ceremony: the 15 kilometre stretch has cost a whopping Continue reading Almería – Málaga A7 motorway will finally open next year

Vera AVE station to be tiny – if at all

The government has confirmed that it has no plans any more to build a large AVE station at Vera, as was the original plan, and although the station is still “probably” going to be built, it will be a simple platform affair rather than a full blown train station as was originally planned. The announcement came during a series of meetings with industry leaders in the province held this week by Manuel Niño, Sec Gen of Continue reading Vera AVE station to be tiny – if at all

Junta asks EU to 280M to finish off Almería’s motorways

The Junta has said it will finish off all of the abandoned motorways in the province, if the EU stumps up 280 million euros to pay for it all. Well, that’s the essence of yesterday’s statement. The plan submitted to the EU is asking for Andalucia’s share of Presidents Juncker’s massive cash spend under the known “Plan Juncker”. The EU Prezzie, you will remember, has abandoned austerity and announced he’s spending hundreds of billions of Continue reading Junta asks EU to 280M to finish off Almería’s motorways

Almería surrender documents found and restored by local paper

The original articles of surrender by the Moorish residents of Almería to the Christian armies in the 15th century have been found (they were lost? Stuck in a box somewhere it seems) by Ideal newspaper and restored by them. They are now on display until after Christmas at the Museo Arqueológico Provincial. The Capitulaciones as they are known, were negotiated between the Islamic ruler of the city of Almería and the Catholic Kings Isabel & Continue reading Almería surrender documents found and restored by local paper