Local water declared drinkable

The Department of Health (sanidad) has issued a unified declaration of potability for the water of Galasa across the Levante. It comes after an extensive period of government testing of water at 83 urban centres across Carboneras, Mojácar, Turre, Antas, Arboleas, Cuevas del Almanzora, Garrucha, Huércal-Overa, Los Gallardos, Pulpí, Zurgena & Bédar.

Cuevas central shops become an “open commercial centre”

Shopkeepers in Cuevas have united to form an “open commercial centre” will backing from the townhall and the Junta de Andalucía. Cuevas del Almanzora is now the third city in Almeria to have such a setup, coming after Almeria city centre and Adra. The idea behind the “open commercial centre” is that the central shops all join up as if they were a large outdoor shopping mall. They share promotions, links to one another’s shops Continue reading Cuevas central shops become an “open commercial centre”

Fire continues but much more localised

The fire has been much reduced. Local media reports that  a total of 14 air units are working on extinguishing the fires, and over 50 specialist control firemen from across the area are on the ground. Units of Protección Civil from Los Gallardos, Garrucha, Mojácar, Cuevas del Almanzora & Pulpí have arrived, as have Local Police, Guardia Civil units and forest fire experts from Almería. Air units are believed to be 8 helicopters, three ground Continue reading Fire continues but much more localised

Earthquakes shake province

Two earthquakes of 3.7 and 3.8 degrees on the Richter scale struck, around 1.50 am Tuesday morning, the municipalities of Cuevas del Almanzora and Zurgena, according to Civil Protection(via Europe Press). The earthquake of 3.7 degrees had its epicenter seven km underneath Cuevas del Almanzora, while that of 3.8 degrees was located in southeastern Zurgena, about ten miles deep. So far, no reports of property or personal damage.

Cuevas to appeal against tortoise sanctuary

La Voz reports that Cuevas del Almanzora is to launch a major legal appeal against the expropriation of 500 has of land to create a major tortoise sanctuary (Tortoise reserve setup in exchange for the AVE). About 130 people will have their land taken away by Madrid in order to create a sort of Stalag Luft for the testudo graeca between two larger, government owned plots of land in the Sierras Almagro and Aguilón. One Continue reading Cuevas to appeal against tortoise sanctuary

Tortoise reserve setup in exchange for the AVE

Bit of a strange one this, and I’ve only spotted it because of a news article about a legal challenge. It seems that, due to destruction of habitat to the local tortoise (tortuga mora) caused by the construction of the AVE, the national government approved the expropriation of 500 hectares of land in Cuevas del Almanzora and Pulpí, to connect up two other government owned plots of land, between the Sierras Aguilón and Almagrera. The Continue reading Tortoise reserve setup in exchange for the AVE