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he new members of the Cen-
tral Government will be
sworn in on Sunday, March 26, at 11
am. Members of Parliament will take
their oaths one hour earlier, at 10 am.
All 15 candidates for minister or state
secretary were approved by the Neth-
erlands Antilles security service, VNA,
after a vigorous screening process. The
cabinet is officially named "Cabinet
De Jongh-Elhage." Bonaire's represen-
tatives in the Cabinet are State Secre-
tary Alex Rosaria; State Secretary
Hubert Martis and Minister of Eco-
nomic Affairs Burney Elhage.

A On March 15 a delegation consist-
ing of Reginald (Jonchi) Dortalina,
Hubert (Ibi) Martis, Robert (Robby) de
Jongh, Anthony Nicolaas (all of the
UPB, green party) and Reynold
(Nolly) Oleana (of the PDB, red party)
participated in the Island Summit in St.
Maarten to prepare for the upcoming
Round Table Conference. A govern-
ment press release reported that the
delegation was satisfied with the re-
The Dutch Government was in-
formed by letter that bilateral talks
with the individual islands of the Neth-
erlands Antilles should not replace a
political summit originally set for later
this month.
Bonaire's Commissioner Reginald
Dortalina said his delegation had come
to the summit with the island's posi-
tion, to assume direct relations with the
Netherlands, in mind. He said

Cover Story: Bonaire Student
Chefs Win 4
Response to Abby-Katzev Letter 5
How Better to Raise Money 5
April 1 features
Switch to Hybrid Vehicles 6
Drastic Environmental Measures 6
Night Diving Advice 6
New Tax Collection System 7
Departure Tax Update 7
STCB Directors to be Tracked 8
Events at Boka Onima linked to
Sand Mining 8
SBO High School News 10
"Starlight Walk-Rincon 11
Kite Contest Coming
(Kontest di Fli) 12
(Highest Point Party) 12
Arrow Crabs (Dee Scarr) 13
Aruba Day Celebration 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 9
Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week ("Wayabuza") 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire (Ryan Englehardt)17
Picture Yourself
(Bark Lake, Quebec, Canada) 18
Sky Park (Leo) 19
The Stars Have It 19

"nothing" would stand in the way of
arranging a new relationship for Bon-
aire (with Holland) but expressed the
hope that all islands would come to a
consensus where it concerned new re-
lations in the Kingdom.

A Prior to the Summit, Commis-
sioner Dortalina and Senator Ramon-
sito Booi met with government offi-
cials in The Hague to discuss Bon-
aire's quest for direct ties with the
Netherlands. Dortalina said Bonaire
had already "worked out most of the
points" in meetings with Dutch Prime
Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, Fi-
nance Minister Gerrit Zalm, Minister
of Kingdom Relations Alexander
Pechtold and other government offi-
However, the Netherlands isn't mak-
ing any final agreements and keeps
sending Bonaire back to the Nether-
lands Antilles, explained Dortalina.
"We don't want to be pinned down on
which island we will cooperate with.
They (The Netherlands) want to force
us to work with Curaqao. We say no.
We voted for direct relations with the
Netherlands, not Curaqao or the King-
dom (territories)," he said.

A "It was an historical mistake to
see the Netherlands Antilles as one
country. They are six different enti-
ties," Minister of Kingdom Affairs
Alexander Pechtold said last Thursday.
His remarks were made when he re-
ceived a document entitled



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Commissioners Reginald Dortalina ofBonaire (L), Sarah Wescot-Williams of St.
Maarten and Prime Minister Etienne Ys (R) sign the final agreement at the end
of the two-day Antillean summit in St. Maarten that defined the Antilles'
position for the upcoming Round Table Conference to discuss the future state
structure of the Dutch Kingdom. The summit sent a strong message to the
Netherlands, lamenting that country's unilateral decision to postpone the Round
Table Conference originally planned for March 28.

"Government in Balance," which sug-
gested a number of ideas for govern-
mental reforms.
Pechtold rejected the document's
suggestion to make the Netherlands
Antilles a Dutch province. He said,
"The islands' citizens expressed their
preferences via a referendum. I believe
that their will must be respected."
Pechtold continued, "A forced situa-
tion would be created if the Nether-
lands Antilles would be brought under
Dutch government. Should the social
benefits be equivalent to those in the
Netherlands this would create mass

immigration from the other Caribbean
islands to the Netherlands Antilles."

A Bonaire residents having sav-
ings in 24 EU countries will have to
pay a tax on those savings if a bill cur-
rently under review by the Antilles
parliament is passed. It is a conse-
quence of the Guidelines on Savings
Balances of the European Union (EU)
with which, as part of the Netherlands,
the Antilles has to observe. All EU
countries, with the exception of Bel-
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Who's Who on The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 786-
6518, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Wilna Groenenboom, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra,
Jiri Lausman, Ned W., Renee, Rip M. Off, Don Ricks, Dee Scarr,
Michael Thiessen
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
kerij, Curacao
2006 The Bonaire Reporter

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(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
gium, Luxembourg and Austria, will
automatically give the information to
the Antillean Internal Revenue Service.
The US is not involved in the treaty as

Dick, van der Stratten, Domacasse
press release photo

SJan van der Straaten, the for-
mer head of the police in Aruba, has
officially started as the new Police
Chief in Bonaire. Seen here between
Antillean Justice Minister David Dick
(L) and Bonaire's Lt. Governor Her-
bert Domacass6, he said the structure
must change, because at the moment
"six officers are needed for every offi-
cer on the street." It was reported that
one of his plans is to assign a specific
police officer to each of Bonaire's
barios. The officer will have good con-
nections with the residents and build an
awareness of the neighborhood's prob-
lems. If there's a crime situation in the
area the officer will call on other mem-
bers of the force to assist. A similar
approach is in use in Aruba.

A Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) is
indicating that they will soon expand
regional operations using a 107-
passenger Fokker 100 aircraft. They
are running ads for personnel trained to
fly those aircraft.
Beside the flights between the ABC
islands and St. Maarten, flown with
ATR 42s, DAE will use them to fly to
Valencia and Caracas. The Fokker, a
plush aircraft compared to ATRs, will
be used to fly to Bogota, Colombia;
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic;
Port of Spain, Trinidad; and Port-au-
Prince, Haiti.

A DAE's terms of employment are
not as favorable as compared to what
the now defunct Antilles-owned air-
lines offered. According to a pub-
lished report in the Amigoe newspaper
from a former DCA pilot, DCA paid
about NAf14.000 per month. DAE
offers a monthly salary of NAf7.700.
Monthly salaries of US$10,000 per
month for pilots are usual in the Mid-
dle East and other countries.

A The trial of former directors of Air
Holland, Cees van Dormael and Paul
Gruythuysen, has begun in Rotterdam,
Holland. They are suspected of laun-
dering more than 10 million guilders
in drug money through their support
for Air Holland. Air Holland offered
budget flights between the Antilles for
around $250. The Prosecution alleges
that the drug money that was put into
the company came from a Surinamese
cartel that dealt in XTC tablets and co-
caine. Millions were invested, but Air
Holland went bankrupt in 2004. Ed-
ward Heerenveen, who worked for Air
Holland Travel and is now trying to set

up Insul Air to compete with DAE on
inter-island routes, is not and never has
been suspected of involvement in Air
Holland's illegal activities.


SMCB (Bonaire) issued a sunny
financial report for the last year. The
MCB Group consists of 18 companies
operating onshore and international
businesses based in Curaqao, Aruba,
St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and
the Netherlands. During 2005, after
transfer to the Reserve for General
Banking Risks, the MCB Group made
a profit of NAf76 million after taxes
in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba,
which represents an increase of 14.1%
over 2004. Bonaire was up 16%. At the
end of this year the bank will celebrate
its 90th anniversary.

A On Tuesday, last week, the US
government warned Venezuela that it
would suspend Venezuelan flights to
the US if Caracas carries out a threat to
ban or restrict US carriers flying to
Venezuela. Ties are already strained
between Washington and left-wing
President Hugo Chavez over his alli-
ance with Cuba and his opposition to
US free-market proposals in South
America. The Venezuelan restrictions
would trim flights by American Air-
lines and completely halt operations by
Continental Airlines and Delta Air
Lines, should they take effect.

New Venezuelanflag

A Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez announced additional changes
to his nation's flag last week, a re-
form critics rejected as a personal
whim of the leftist leader. The new flag
features an eighth star and a white
horse on the coat of arms galloping to
the left instead of the right.


Chefs Win

A big congratulations
to Bonaire's high s
school culinary team which ",
won the Gold Medal for
"Best Overall" and "Best
Dessert" in the second an-
nual Student Culinary Com- St. Maarten Governor Franklyn Richards presents
petition among the Dutch the top award to our Bonaire chef team.
Antilles islands (St. Maarten
International Culinary Students Competition 2006). The VSBO level students, led
by teacher Vernon Martijn, got top prize two years in a row!
Team Captain Miguel Saragoza described his team's winning menu: Appetizer-
Snapper on the Rocks; Main Course- Heavenly Pork; Dessert- Bonaire Light-
house. "It was tough," he continued, "because we not only had to bring ingredients
like funchi, sea salt, cocolishi and fresh basil from Bonaire, but we had to search
out other ingredients on St. Martin like rice, red cabbage and vanilla beans!"
Other team members are Minosca Mercera, Denny Calcafio, Channethon Jansen.
Team coach was Vladimir Gijsbertha.
The "Best Appetizer" was won by St. Martin; "Best Appetizer" won by the Saba
Team 1. Silver medals were won by the St. Martin Team. Saba Teams 1 and 2 won
Next year's competition is set for March 2007 in Aruba. Bonaire will be sending
three teams: two from VSBO and one from SBO (a higher level). L.D.

increase in hurricane intensity and the
increase in tropical sea surface tem-
perature. It found that while factors
such as wind shear do affect the inten-
sity of individual storms or storm sea-
sons, they don't account for the global
35-year increase in the number of the
most intense hurricanes. More details
available at www.scienceexpress.org.

A According to the Antillean
Weather Service the dry season usually
starts in February. But this year the
rain is hanging on into March. The
Weather Service blames this on the
arrival of 'La Nifia' that causes the sea
to be cooler. Many locations on the
island have experienced brief heavy
rains with wind this month.

SWant to
look your best
and learn
about the lat-
est in nail art-
istry? Then
take part in
the Nails
coming up on Sunday, April 2, in the

Meeting Room of Divi Flamingo Ho-
tel. During the day you will learn
about innovative systems for the ap-
plication of gel and acrylic coatings.
The cost of NAf250 includes lunch
and a "kit." For more information call
Alda Dirks at 785-6378 or email pon-
temedical @carib-online.net.

A Mix Bluegrass music and au-
thentic French cuisine and what do
you get? A big crowd. Locals and visi-
tors alike crammed the porch of Bistro
di Paris last Wednesday to watch a
visiting family, with our own Sign Stu-
dio owner, Rhonda Kossman, as lead
singer, and listen to lots of our favorite
songs. The band, informally named

Continued on page 9

0 Researchers at the Georgia Insti-
tute of Technology have released a
study linking an increase in the
strength of hurricanes around the
world to a global increase in sea sur-
face temperature. The new study
strengthens the connection between the

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Dear Editor:
I read your letter to the editor regarding
tourist taxes and found it very interesting and
a little disturbing. I doubt very much that any
tourist can claim to be "traumatized" by tour- _A
ist taxes, but if they are then they likely to re-
quire psychiatric care and not a break in taxes
(ironically which taxes often fund). Taxes are
an important source of income for any society,
and the fact is that if you can afford to travel
then you can afford to pay the taxes requested
by the country you are traveling to. As a Ca- Kaya van Pothole
nadian citizen and resident who falls into a
high tax bracket and forever owes and pays taxes, I am extremely familiar with pay-
ing high taxes. In my province there is a 15% tax on almost everything you buy and a
7% tax on professional services. You cannot even die without paying taxes. However,
I am also very grateful for the services which our tax dollars fund, such as universal
health care, many other social services and infrastructure development and mainte-
nance. In my opinion taxes serve to at least attempt to level the playing field and al-
low everyone to enjoy a minimum standard of quality of life. After all, isn't quality of
life a cornerstone in the foundation of our very existence? Bonaire offers tourists
more than just heat, grumpy old Dutch folks and coral. Stepping off the plane in Bon-
aire is like stepping into another universe, so why shouldn't Bonaire request tourists
to pay for the privilege of enjoying paradise?
It is obvious that making a decent living in Bonaire is difficult for many residents.
The roads are potholed, there are signs everywhere for business space to rent and it is
quite obvious that many of the people with money are not from Bonaire (including
yourself). I apologize if my words are insulting, but only selfish people with financial
resources whine and moan about taxes, because they are the ones who have the
money to spend and be taxed in the first place.
I agree that the government should not gouge tourists or the wealthier residents and
part-time residents, but there is nothing wrong with levying taxes on those who can
afford it. If tourists do not want to pay the taxes then let them go and sponge off some
other version of paradise, because they are likely too cheap to spend much money in
Bonaire in the first place. There are tourists who are more than happy to pay taxes to
ensure that the quality of life of the guardians and residents of Bonaire are maintained
at a level which is similar to our own. The next time that you are driving down Kaya
van Pothole and break an axle, remind yourself that you are the author of your own
trauma and misfortune, Firdaus Chinoy


Dear Editor:

There has been much talk and correspon-
dence on the Bonairean Governments at-
tempts to "extort" money from tourists in an
attempt to balance the books. Rather than kill-
ing the goose that lays the golden eggs, the
solution to generate more money lies on our
own doorstep.
Literally thousands of people on the island
are working illegally. Why? Because of the CID
ridiculous bureaucracy that is involved for
non Bonaireans to live and work here. A work ~
permit application can take as long as three
months. During that time, the Government is missing out on valuable taxes while a
willing worker sits at home awaiting the outcome. Even after such a wait, it is not
unusual for an application to be denied, not because of the applicant's unsuitability
but because an "I" was not dotted or a "T" went uncrossed. To start your own busi-
ness is even more of a circus. After putting together a business plan and putting
it forward to DEZA, it is not unusual to have to wait between 6 and 12 months. Even
then, it is still possible that the application will be rejected. Again, during this time
the Government is missing out on taxes. A lot of people do not go beyond the enquiry
stage; hence, more potential money slips through Bonaire's fingers.

On an island desperate for money, with so many companies desperate for reliable,
willing and competent staff, and so many would-be investors desperate to plough
money into Bonaire, why must the Government strangle progress. Rather than going
cap in hand every year to the Netherlands like a modern day Oliver Twist, or, scaring
away tourists by imposing extortionate taxes, maybe it is time to streamline the immi-
gration and employment system.
I would say this to the Government. If you don't want foreign workers or investors,
then tell us straight. Don't take our money and effort just to turn us away at the
end. There are thousands and thousands of guilders to be had if the Government
would let those who want to work, work.
Name Withheld by request

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006


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Government to Switch to Drastic Environmental
hrirIeasures on Bonaire
Hybrid Vehicles

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Hybrid cars on display

n line with the coming
restriction on motor ve-
hicles the Bonaire Island
Government has announced
all its newly purchased vehi-
cles will be powered by gas-
electric hybrid engines. There
are several models to choose
from, made by Honda and
Toyota, which already have
dealerships on Bonaire. To
get a glimpse of the new cars
check out the parking lot in
front of the police station at
10 am on Saturday, April 1.
The benefits of greater op-
erational economy and re-
duced pollution will serve as
a model, as does the Bonaire
National Marine Park for
ecologically-minded Carib-
bean islands. The new WEB
plant at BOPEC (see last
week's Reporter) has already
factored in the extra power
needed to charge the car's
batteries. A fast-charging sta-
tion will be installed in Rin-
con for drivers who might
want to run on battery back to
Kralendijk. The station will
be open for private drivers as
The Commissioner of the
Environment has said that
while the hybrids are a step
forward, he himself will em-
ploy a more traditional form
of Bonaire transportation, the
donkey. G.D.

The Commissioner inspecting a maishifield

ast month the governments of Aruba and Curamao started negotiations with
the US oil company, Valero, and the Venezuelan State oil company,
PDVSA, to close the refineries on those islands. On April 1, the Island Board of
Bonaire will also take a far reaching decision to protect Bonaire's environment.
They include:
1. The BOPEC facility, which
has been an eyesore for every-
body loving Bonaire for its natu-
ral beauty, will be demolished
after a settlement with PDVSA.
The company's proposal to
sell the gasoline to the island at
a 40% discount will be unani-
mously rejected by the Island
Board. (PDVSA cur-
rently, through its US subsidi-
ary, CITGO, is selling oil to
families on the east coast of the
US at this same discount)
The planned new large hotel The BOPEC transfer facility,
with a hotel school will be built soon only a memory
on the BOPEC site. The present
mooring facilities will be transformed into an urgently needed new large marina.
2. The WEB plant in Hato will also be demolished and replaced by a new facility
providing water and electricity solely generated by wind and solar energy.
3. Following the example of Bermuda, another prominent tourist island, the num-
ber of cars will be drastically reduced by limiting car ownership to one car per
family and by the elimination of car rental companies on the island. This will allow
the existing fine public transportation system to be further improved by the intro-
duction of rickshaws (small vehicles pulled by one man, successfully used in many
countries of the world).
After removing environmentally damaging material, oil and fuel, the superfluous
cars will be dumped in the sea along the coast in order to form artificial reefs. If
one of those large ships transporting new cars approaches the island attempting to
land unauthorized cars, it will be sunk by the Royal Dutch Navy if it refuses to turn
away. This operation will be executed in the framework of naval exercises to im-
prove the readiness of the navy to destroy any enemy vessel close to our coast.
This is in conformity with the recent pronouncement of Dutch Defense Minister
Henk Kamp in this matter. Jiri Lausman

Practical Night-Diving Advice

N ot many divers seem to know
that night diving is different
from diving during the day. Except for
the fact that it is dark (of course!), for
which you need a good diving lamp
that is not only strong but will provide
a good beam for at least 45 minutes,
you also need a small diving lamp as a
reserve. This is a good safety rule.

And, what this article is really about
is, proper weighting! For a night dive
you need two or four pounds more
lead than you usually dive with.

Why? It is all about the influence of
the moon on the ocean. You all know
that the tide is influenced by the posi-
tion of and distance between the moon,
the earth and the sun. As the distance
between moon and earth is less at
night, the gravitational pull under the
water will change because of the up-
ward pull of the moon.

Therefore, divers need more lead to
get down. We are sure that many di-
vers who read this will say: "Ah, now I

understand why those night dives are
more difficult than daytime dives!"
Some more tips: before entering the
water, talk to your buddy about signals.
Some of them are different from those
during the day: Making a circle with
your lamp means 'OK'. Flashing it
from the right to left and back in a
stripe means 'not OK'. If you make
hand signals, make them in the beam
of the light! A free course in buoyancy
control for night diving will be first
offered at both Yellow Submarine and
Carib Inn beginning on April 1, 2006.
Wishing you a beautiful night dive,
and remember, the closer the moon,
the more lead you need! Ned W. and

Darkening the skin for a night dive
eliminates annoying back-scatter from
your dive light.

This overweighed night diver uses a
handy puffer fish to help him ascend

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006

the closer the moon, the more lead you need!

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New Tax Collection System

In response to wide-
spread criticism of
the proposed new depar-
ture tax to be collected at
the airport, the govern-
ment is crafting a different
scheme for meeting their
two announced objectives:
increasing tax revenues,
while keeping to a mini-
mum the work load re-
quired of the bureaucracy.
The plan, effective on the
first of April, will also put
to use a well-tested Bon-
aire institution, the police roadblock.
According to the new system, when-
ever government coffers run low, the
police will be instructed to set up ran-
dom road blocks around the island. All
motorists will be taxed on the spot,
depending on the age of their vehicle,
at the rates of NAf50 for older vehi-
cles and NAf100 for newer models.
The police will collect the money and
hand over a preprinted receipt, on
which they will write the tax payer's
name and the date. Later, when people
file their income tax returns or pay
their property taxes, they can submit
the receipts they accumulated during
that year and get tax credits.
A government spokesperson (who
asked not to be named) stated, "This
will produce a big benefit for our tax
payers. When the time comes to file,
they will have already prepaid most of
what they owe for the year." He went
on to explain the plan. Although he
admitted a few details have yet to be
worked out, he said that solutions have
been found to most of the anticipated
"We are very concerned," he said,
"about over collecting from some indi-
viduals who happen to get stopped too
often, especially taxi and bus drivers.
We are still determining what the up-
per limits will be for each category of
vehicle, but whenever a motorist has
collected receipts that exceed that
limit, he will be able to go to the Ont-
vanger (Tax Collector), show his total
receipts for the year, and get a cash
refund for any payments over his
"We have set the charge for tourists
and other visitors to the island at
NA 100 for each week, or partial
week, they stay," he said. "When the
police collect from tourists, they will
give them a Claim for Repayment form
along with their tax receipt. When visi-
tors get home, all they have to do is
complete and return the form, along
with all the receipts they collected dur-
ing their stay and, of course, legally
notarized proof of how long they were
on the island. Eventually their claims
will get processed, and they will be
mailed a refund for overpayments."
When asked what would happen if
someone was stopped but did not have
sufficient cash to pay the tax, the
spokesperson said, "Oh, the usual

practice will be followed. The police
will require them to leave their car at
the roadblock. Later, when they have
paid the tax at the Ontvanger, they can
go to the police station with their re-
ceipt and reclaim their car keys."
"We really feel some creative think-
ing went into this plan," he continued.
"The government will be able to raise
large amounts of ready cash, quickly,
while the burden placed on our bu-
reaucracy will be minimal. The police
will even be able to conduct their regu-
lar vehicle inspections while collecting
the tax, so the inconveniences experi-
enced by motorists will be minimal."

Departure Tax Update

he new departure tax fee has
now been narrowed down to
two final ideas, one of which will be
selected on April 1, 2016.

1). Anyone who arrives on an even
numbered day will pay $75 departure
tax unless they were born on an odd
numbered day of the year in a month
that has an "R" in it. In that case,
unless they are under 30 years old they
will pay $65 when accompanied by
someone older that 47 years and they
will then pay $57.85 if the older person
is paying the full $75.

Those born on an even numbered day
pay only $50, unless pregnant, and
they then will have to pay the full $75
plus another $75 unless accompanied
by the responsible male. That male will
pay 25% of the total $150 plus the
regular $75 unless they fit one of the
categories above. In that case they will
pay $55 plus another $20 plus 5%.
Children under 12 will not be allowed
on Bonaire. Those over 120 years old
can depart for free.

Those who have been to Bonaire al-
ready within a calendar year will pay
1/3 of what they had paid before plus

x "f

another 40% charge for being here.

2). Many have said fewer people
will come to Bonaire, so the alternative
is to charge $1,500 per person depar-
ture tax. Then, if far fewer people do
come to Bonaire, it won't hurt tax in-
come. As always, Cruise Ship tourists
do not have to pay anything and will
be given $20 upon arrival and $15
upon departure. Rip M. Off

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STCB Directors to be Tracked

S ea Turtle Conservation Bonaire,
having successfully tracked nu-
merous turtles with GPS transceivers,
will now track itself. Beginning April
1, all STCB board members will be
fitted with devices that will allow any-
one with access to the World Wide
Web to know their locations at all
times. It is hoped that prospective do-
nors to the sea turtle conservation pro-
jects will be encouraged to contribute
because they can be assured of whole-
some activities on the part of the peo-
ple who will be disbursing their dona-
In the accompanying photos STCB
President Imre Esser models two ver-
sions of the device. While both trans-
ceivers are waterproof to 33 meters,
the first is for land use only (right
photo). The second, affixed to a stan-
dard water polo cap, as shown (top
photo), will have its antenna above the
water level during normal swimming
activities. As they are affixed to the
turtles, the transceivers will be semi-
permanently fiberglassed to the wear-
ers. A six-month battery life is antici-
If STCB donations increase, STINAPA
will consider a similar measure for its
board. G.D.

Peculiar Events at Boca Onima
-Traced to Sand Mining

I mre Esser from Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire reports: "This is a pic-
ture that I took today at Boca Onima. Because the
government allowed sand mining on that beach,
the whole ecosystems has changed. STCB is faced
with a new threat at that beach. Sea turtles are in
serious danger!! Does this explain why some of
those turtle satellite tags suddenly stop beep-
As part of a follow-up by The Reporter's crack
team of journalists, additional unusual creatures
were discovered in the area, probably because of
the same disturbances to the natural environment.
Coordinator Mabeline Navidad rescued a two-
headed turtle (see photo) which has already been
adopted by Bonaire's new political party as its
An iguana, also with two heads, was found try-
ing to dig a nest in the same area. The iguana was
x-rayed (thank you, von Eggmundo Dental Clinic)
to make sure it was not a hoax. As you can see
from the x-ray it indeed was double headed G.D.

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006

Mabeline holding the turtle

X-ray of the iguana

Page 8

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
"Bonaire Bluegrass," in addition to
Rhonda, was composed of the Owens
Family: Stuart, Cameron, Cathy, Andy
and their friend 12-year old Cody

A For Earth Day, Chris Martha
and Florence Ditlow are developing
a program called "What on Earth!
For Kids" which is directed at children
under 18. The core group is 15 scouts
plus the 25-member marching band.
They will have a program from
SELIBON, focusing on recycling, fol-
lowed by an outing to collect trash.
Then they will construct a costume of
recyclable items. The wind-up, on
April 22, will be a parade in the park.
Prizes will be awarded for the best cos-
tumes. More sponsors are needed.
Yellow submarine has already pledged
a scuba package and The Reporter
some movie passes. If you want to par-
ticipate or can help with sponsorship
contact Florence at 717-4593 or email
Florence at fhummingbird@yahoo.

A Looking for dining out deals? At
the relatively new Cactus Blue restau-
rant you can get 2 for 1 appetizers
(among the best on Bonaire) and if you
are a big group in a party of 10, one
eats free.

A The Bonaire Rotary Club's
popular RotaRally road rally is com-
ing up on Sunday, March 26th.
This year will *-
be its 20th An- k
niversary and t rr
everyone on the
island is invited *
to participate. : ,' .pa
It costs only
NAf25 to enter a..
your car. All
proceeds go to Riwr*~ty W
charity. Lunch MA ka
at the destina- Oc t 1:30 P
tion, Jos', will J"O U --
be available for
NAf12,50. The RotaRally starts at 10
am at Seru Largu and it's recom-
mended that the ticket be purchased
prior to the event. The tickets can be
bought from any member of the Rotary
Club or from Arjen Botterop at 786-
0251, Edwin Vrieswijk at 786-2005 or
Jules van Dongen at 717-5877.

P Bonaire's winning Aquatics Club
team, The Barracudas, have been in- More and more new develop-
vited to participate in the 7th Dutch ment is happening north of the pre-
Caribbean International Swim Meet sent hotel row. Following the an-
in Curacao beginning April 28 through nouncement of the hotel school plan,
May 1. Sponsors for some of the Bonaire Caribbean Club owner, Ronald
youngsters are needed. If you can help, Gravestijn, announced an ambitious
call Asdrubal Marcano at 567-0576 or expansion of his resort. It will begin
directly deposit into MCB account this year with the construction of a
#101 1888-03, Bonaire Aquatics Club. wedding village on the bluff overlook-
ing the coast.

AHats off to
Josan Construction
which sponsored the
Amboina Dol-
phins' new uni-
forms Julio Sanchez
(center) performed
the baptism. Thanks
to Coach 'Cado'
Alberto the Dol-
phins soccer team
has become one of
the best in the re-
gion and recently
traveled to compete
in Aruba, where
they placed 4th in
the region.

coral glimpses
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)

A Welcome to our newest adver-
tiser- Divi Divi Air. "Divi Divi" has
the reputation of being the most reli-
able connection between Bonaire and
Curacao. The small planes make you
feel like you are being treated as an
individual. The view from the plane
can't be beat. Try them, call 09-888-
1050 for a reservation and tell them
The Reporter sent you. After all it's
Divi Divi who flies The Reporter to
Bonaire every week.

A Since there will be no issue of
The Reporter next week in line with
our policy of publishing four issues a
month (March has five Fridays, so the
last will be skipped) the annual April
Fool stories are included in this issue.

The tissue of every coral polyp in a
coral head is connected to all the
polyps around it. Thus, the entire
surface of a coral head is covered
with living coral tissue. 1

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
3-24 8:43 2.0FT. 17:24 0.8FT. 53 3-31 2:25 1.8FT. 11:15 0.9FT. 100
3-25 1:15 1.1FT. 9:38 1.9FT. 17:46 0.9FT. 23:01 1.2FT. 62 4-01 3:26 1.8FT. 12:36 0.8FT. 93
3-26 3:03 1.1FT. 10:25 1.8FT. 18:02 1.0FT. 23:05 1.3FT. 73 4-02 4:21 1.9FT. 13:47 0.8FT. 83
3-27 4:29 1.1FT. 11:24 1.7FT. 18:15 1.1FT. 23:32 1.4FT. 85 4-03 5:25 1.9FT. 14:35 0.7FT. 71
3-28 5:59 1.1FT. 12:17 1.6FT. 18:22 1.1FT. 94 4-04 6:17 1.9FT. 15:23 0.7FT. 58
3-29 0:45 1.6FT. 7:38 1.0FT. 13:30 1.4FT. 18:17 1.2FT. 100 4-05 7:12 1.9FT. 16:00 0.7FT. 47
3-30 1:32 1.7FT. 9:29 1.0FT. 14:57 1.3FT. 17:44 1.2FT. 102 4-06 7:57 1.8FT. 16:29 0.8FT. 39
4-07 8:38 1.8FT. 16:57 0.8FT. 37

Page 9

SBO Hiah School News

Exploring caves

Since 1999 vocational training has
been given in the high school.
Students are trained in administration,
as assistants in elementary schools,
schools for the disabled or handicapped
persons, and to work with the elderly.
Among the many different skills the
students learn is how to organize ac-
tivities on the island for others. But
before they do that they must learn
themselves what there is to do on the
island. So Marianne Grutters, director
of studies SPW (Social Pedagogic
Work) contacted Papi Cicilia and No-
chie Coffie of SKAL. Then the stu-
dents did the follow up, with much of
the telephone contact and organization
done by Vilma Hernadez Matos. Other
students participating were Zwende-
lien, Charlotte, Shermanta, Raidily,
Jolanda, Roselle, Lizbeth and Zulay.
Their first activity was visiting the
cave at Santa Barbara where they de-
scended a six-meter stairway, then had
to walk and later crawl into the depths
of this very beautiful cave. Papi took
time for them and explained a lot. For
some students it was the first time that
they'd been in a cave

After the cave exploration: the students with Papi Cicilia (center)

The SPW 2.2 (second
year) students started
working on an "Easter
Afternoon Party" for chil-
dren from four to eight
years to be held on the 8
of April in the Centro di
Bario in Nikiboko from 3
to 6 pm. The students will
entertain a group of 27
children with all kinds of "
activities like egg paint-
ing, an Easter play, a pup-
pet theater play and Getting readyfor the Easter Party
throwing carrots into a
hole in an egg-shaped
board. Unfortunately, all the places have been taken
The students are: Silnanie, Alba, Inshindra, Dannia, Soullivienne, Janice, Ed-
shorlina, Loraine and Patricia. Story & Photos by Wilna Groenenboom

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006

Page 10

T he moon was
a little late in
coming up last Fri-
day night for Rin-
con's "Full Moon
Walk," but it was a
huge success never-
theless and a beauti-
ful experience walk-
ing under the bright
stars with the
sounds of the sea in
the background. The
event was a fund-
raiser towards the
cost of replacing the
tower of the parish G
church which was
hit by lightning last year.
One of the organizers, Edith Strauss-
Mercera, a former Senator from Bon-
aire, reports that 55 children and 179
adults signed up. Walkers included
groups like the Pia Pia di
Kunuku Bieu and the scouts
as well as groups of friends,
most of whom made the 9.5
kilometer trek from the
Catholic Church in Rincon,
up the road towards Wash-
ington Park, a right turn on to
the dirt road following the
sea, then another right turn at the Pie-
dra di Boneiru, and up and down on
that dirt road to the main Rincon road.
Shorter routes to the dam or to the

Enthusiastic Scouts are ready to roll

Cactus Club were set up for the 60
plussers and others who were daunted
by the 9.5 k distance.
At stops along the way volunteers
handed out water, drinks and fruit, and
the route was marked by flam-
ing torches, just so you didn't
stray off the path. There were
some weary walkers at the
end, including Ms. Strauss-
Mercera who made it the
whole way with her two
grandchildren, five and eight
years old. Of course the kids
were still full of high spirits and en-
ergy. Everyone was treated to two
kinds of salad, orange juice and rolls.
Very generous sponsors were Rum

Runners Restau-
rant, Den Laman
Restaurant, La Por-
tuguesa, Gregorio
Gomez and Culti-
Ms. Strauss-
Mercera says that
more funds are
needed for the
tower rebuilding,
so we can look for-
ward to more fund-
raisers. The Re-
porter will keep
you informed.
L.D. Group Pia Pia di Kunuku Bieufrom North Salifia

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006

Page 11

Kite Contest Coming

S on't miss Bonaire's Annual
S Kite Contest "Kontest di
Fli" Sunday, April 9 at the field
behind Kooyman's. This is the 28th
consecutive one, sponsored by the
Flamingo Book Store. It's an all-day
event, starting around 9 am, and it's
fun for everyone.
Contestants of all ages come from
Bonaire, Aruba and Curaqao, and
you'll see some of the most amazing
kites. Prizes will be given for differ-
ent categories: Biggest, Smallest,
Most Beautiful, Most Strange and
Most Original. Sometimes it takes a
whole group of people to try and get
a kite in the air. It's exciting, thrill-
ing and often really funny. There
will be food and drinks for sale and
plenty of music.
The contest has been sponsored all
these 28 years by the Flamingo Book
Store on Kaya Grandi 19. You're Farid Ayubi last year at the Kontest di Fli
welcome to enter: children-
Naf3,50; adults, -NAf7,50. L.D.

Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- They are still free
Got something to buy or sell?

by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Commercial Ads only NAf0.70 per word, per week.
Free adds run for 2 weeks.
Call or fax 717-8988 or email ads@bonairereporter.com

Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday
1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.

The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://www.

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
and Janet). Phone: 786-0956

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed
note cards are now available at Chat-N-
Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery.
Photography by Shelly Craig

Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981

100% natural body salts "Scrub Me"
100% natural Bath Salts available at Chat-
n-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of Bonaire
or call 786-6416 for more information.

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651

Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.

For Sale

FOR SALE: Wooden, rotating CD
Stands, holds about 300 CDS, FL 50.00,
or best offer; HP 45 Black Printer Car-
tridges, 4 available, FL 40.00 each; Low
Volume Dive Mask, FL 15.00; Miracle
Cleaning Cloths, FL 8.00 for two; Hiba-
chi Beach BBQ Grill, FL 15.00; Four
Cushions for Outdoor Furniture, Hunter
Green, excellent condition, FL 60.00; Mini
Cuisinart Food Processor, with manual
and all extra parts, FL 45.00; Slide Carou-
sel, 80 slides, FL 5.00; Slide Carousel,
140 slides, FL 8.00; Four Drawer, Metal
Lateral File Cabinet, Beige, FL 75.00; If
interested in any of these items, call 717-

For sale: Sky kennel for large dog,
KLM-approved, size F, NAF 300, tel. 786-

For Sale: water ski bindings for combo
ski's. Size 38 to 46 (Eur.) New, Complete
with mounting material. Naf 100/pair. Tel.

FOR SALE: Second Hand Dive Gear
with 3-month unconditional repair war-


Highest Point Party

A popular tradition in Bonaire is to have a party when the construction of a
new house reaches its highest point. Last Friday a house being built by the
Sanchez Brothers' Josan Construction Company topped out. The owners hosted a
big rooftop party catered by Eddie's Gourmandise.

Readers are invited to send their photos of their anniversaries, engagements, wed-
dings or other exciting events to The Reporter.
The photo and text will be printed free of charge.

ranty: Cressi regulators, BCs, with and
without computers. From $200. Wan-
naDive at City Cafe. Call 717-3531.

For Sale: Ultra Classic Yoga Mats.
Color: Black Price: NAf60. Call 786-

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844

Boat fo r

Why expensively import a sail boat
when you can own a fast Regatta winner
built right
here? Classic
21' Bonaire
Sail Fishing
boat recently
refurbished is
for sale for
NAf 14,000
Call George

F ree
FREE Cabinet doors, white wood, 20 +/-
,all sizes. 717-6862 or 791-6003

W1a n te d

The Bonaire Reporter is
looking for a Partner or
Managing Editor

Join us to
"Publish in Paradise."
Working Partner or
Managing Editor with
journalism, writing/editing
skills, business sense and
energy desired.
Most important: Must Love Bonaire!
Call The Reporter at 717-8988, 786-6518.
Email qualifications to:
search@bonairereporter. com

Wanted to buy: 4x4 vehicle in good con-
dition. Jeep, SUV or pickup. Call The Re-
porter at 717-8988.

Iedere woensdagavond 19.30 21.30,
andere avond of ochtend in overleg. Ook
verkoop, 50 kleuren keramiek/glas tegels,
tangen etc. Tel: 785-6670

Wanted: two-three bedroom house for
doctoral students studying Bonaire's
Loras. Minimum of 6 months. Call The
Reporter at 717-8988.

Home-exchange with the Netherlands.
We are a family of 6 or 7. We offer a big
house (11 rooms) in the centre of The
Netherlands (near Utrecht) plus cars (seat 7
and 4). We are looking for a comfortable
house (+ car) on Bonaire. e-mail: bob.

House-keeper for house and 3 dogs
from June 9 till 24. Outlying house in
kunuku. Own transportation and maximum
presence wanted. Good reward! Please
make an appointment, tel. 786-5591

Wanted: Diving Partner(s)
Allison Perry, a PhD student from the
University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK,
is here doing research until the end of May.
She is carrying out underwater surveys to
see how the number of corals and fish spe-
cies depends on the area of reef surveyed,
in order to better understand how many
species might be lost in the future with the
loss of reef area. This research is very im-
portant for the marine park. Allison needs
to be diving 5 days per week (with 2
dives on most days) to complete her
work, and is looking for buddies to ac-
company her. At a minimum, she needs
someone to be within visible distance dur-
ing dives, but if people are interested in
helping with the actual fish and coral sur-
veys, she would be very happy to have
their help! If you are interested, please
contact Ramon de Leon, Marine Park Man-
ager 717-8444 or Allison (780-9809,
email: a.perry@uea.ac.uk)


PORCH SALE Saturday, March 25,
all day, starting at 8 am. Big variety of
items for sale. Kaya Yuma #5, between
Mentor and Centro di Bario, North Sa-

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006

Page 12


Think "crab" and whatever you
picture in your mind isn't likely
to look much like an arrow crab. Yet,
when you think about it, the arrow crab
has the two main characteristics of
crabs: an exoskeleton and 10 legs
(eight legs and two claws). The arrow
crab's official common name is Yel-
lowline Arrow Crab, but since there
isn't any other type of arrow crab we
drop the "Yellowline" part. Its scien-
tific name is Stenorhynchus seticornis,
which roughly translates to "narrow
snout, bristled horn."
What the arrow crab doesn't seem to
have are all the defense mechanisms
that other crabs have. It doesn't cam-
ouflage itself with sponges or algae
like decorator crabs or sponge crabs. It
doesn't hide (well, okay, some arrow
crabs hide, but many hang out in plain
sight). It doesn't scurry away when it
sees you.

Why not?
One answer is that the arrow crab
must not be a very rewarding prey ani-
mal. After all, it's so skinny there's not
much room for muscles inside its
Equally important is the arrow crab's
choice of abode. For the past decade or
so, arrow crabs on Bonaire have been
living in the company of anemones,
primarily ringed anemones. The sting-
ing defense of the anemones them-
selves may discourage some potential
arrow crab predators.
In addition, on Bonaire the ringed
anemones are almost always the resi-


dence of one or more ghost cleaner
shrimp. The anemones are visited fre-
quently by fishes sometimes predator
fishes for cleaning. These clients
have a strong instinct against eating
when at a cleaner station, and that may
work out very nicely for arrow crabs.
The arrow crabs have even used this
inhibition for their own benefit by
becoming cleaner animals themselves!
Yes, friends and neighbors, arrow
crabs have, within the last 25 years or
less, been experimenting with cleaning
activities. I've been a beneficiary of
this myself, but it was still a bit of a
surprise: as I held my hand in position
for the ghost cleaners, an arrow crab
reached over with one of its long
claws, scraped some skin from my fin-
ger and ate it!
Imagine the first time this happened:
the arrow crab would have been hang-
ing out near the anemone for protec-
tion. A client pulled into the cleaner
station with a lovely, succulent para-
site right there on the arrow crab's side
of its body. The arrow crab plucked
off the parasite, and a new career
was born.
Shrimp who have evolved to clean
have white antennae, which they wave
and wriggle in order to advertise their
services. Arrow crabs haven't evolved
to clean, so they don't have white
whiskers but that doesn't matter
since they have cleaner shrimp doing
their advertising for them. The ghost
shrimp advertise, the anemone protects
and the arrow crab is available to take

Arrow crab cleaning behavior isn't
just occurring on Bonaire, though; it
has been reported throughout the Car-
ibbean area.

Why now?
One very obvious reason is that it's
only since 1983 or so that arrow crabs
have been hanging around in anem-
ones. Before that time, their favorite
hangouts were the longspined sea ur-
chins, but in 1983 a fatal disease at-
tacked longspined urchins from as far
north as Georgia, all across the Carib-
bean, to as far south as Brazil. The
disease swept through Bonaire in less
than a week, killing more than 90% of
our longspined urchins, and probably
struck in other places just as quickly.
Suddenly, arrow crabs were looking
for new places to hang out and those
busy anemones were obviously allur-

Only in the last couple of years have
longspined urchin populations grown
to anything near their former numbers.
We'll see arrow crabs hanging around
urchins again soon, but I suspect
they'll be young ones for whom the
urchin is a first home; the crabs with
anemones will probably stay there.

But as the urchins come back and the
arrow crabs spread out, and you're see-
ing more and more of them, spend a
little time watching what they're do-
ing. Like yellowtail snappers, arrow
crabs are the opportunists of their type.
What else will they be learning to do?
Story & Photo by Dee Scarr

Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea" at Capt. Don's
Habitat, Mondays, 8:30 pm.

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006

Yellowline Arrow Crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis)

Page 13

Pet of the Week

T his great dog, called
"Wayabuza," was found in the
playground of an elementary school.
She was in heat and was being pur-
sued by a mob of male dogs. Some
men working at the school took pity
on her, captured her and brought her
into the Bonaire Animal Shelter. What
a relief for her! She got her name,
"Wayabuza," from her saviors who
said she was running so fast to escape
the male dogs that it reminded them of
"the Wayabuza, the fastest motorcycle
in the world!" This lovely young dog
will be sterilized this week and will be "Wayabuza"
ready for adoption. She's been examined
by the vet, has had her tests, been wormed and has had her shots. The adoption fee
of NAf 05 includes all that as well as her sterilization.
Sad to say, if this wonderful dog had been neutered in the first place she wouldn't
have had to run from gangs of male dogs.
The animal population continues to explode. Each year all over the world millions
of unwanted pets are born and most are treated like "living garbage" and disposed
of. The obvious reason why spaying and neutering is so critical is to prevent un-
wanted, accidental pregnancies. And it's good for the community too because
homeless pets often create serious problems. They destroy property, spread disease
and cost a lot of money to control. It's an agonizing job to have to euthanize animals
because of irresponsible breeding.
The Shelter has a "Sterilization Fund," and they can help. If you know someone
who has a dog that is running free and it isn't sterilized, tell them about the Shelter
program. The Fund is sponsored by donations and has done a monumental job al-
ready of sterilizing dogs on the island. If you'd like to contribute, you may, via
MCB Account #10616410, "Sterilization Fund," or via Support Bonaire. Website:
www.supportbonaire.org. Those funds will go only towards sterilization.

So far this year there have been 35 adoptions from the Shelter.
People know it's the island's best place to find healthy and sociable
pets. L.D.

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006

Page 14




Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually9 pm)

(Harisson Ford)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
The Pink Panther
An Academy Award Winner

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)

2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
March: Bambi II
April: Curious George

Saturday, March 25 Monthly Flea Mar-
ket at the Parke Publico 3 to 8 pm.
Held every last Saturday of the month.
Anything to sell? For registration and
booth-reservation please contact Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225 or 7176907.
Sunday March 26-Bonairean Night with
all the local specialties and more, Divi Fla-
mingo. Call for reservations 717-8285 ext.
Sunday, March 26 Rota Rally Rotary
Club Car Rally sign up now 786-0251,
786-2005, 717-5877 See page 6
Sunday, April 2-Nail Design Work-
shop-Divi Flamingo Meeting Room, 9
am-5 pm-See page 13
Sunday April 2-Bonairean Night with
all the local specialties and more, Divi Fla-
mingo. Call for reservations 717-8285 ext.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon. See
Cruise Ship Schedule above.


Sunday, April 9 Kite Contest (Kontest
di Fli) All day, Great fun, food, drinks,
music incredible kites See page 12
Saturday, April 8-, The next Quarterly
Underwater Cleanup will meet at Yellow
Sub at 1 pm. Potluck BBQ follows at
April 13 17 4th Annual MCB Tennis
Cup at Harbour Village Tennis Center
565-5225, 717-6907.
Friday, April 14-Good Friday-Banks and
many stores closed
Easter Sunday, April 16-Bonairean Night
with all the local specialities and live mu-
sic Divi Flamingo
Saturday, April 22-Earth Day "What
on Earth" activities, parade for children.
Info 717-4593-see page 9
Saturday, April 29 Balashi Beer Bar-
tenders' Competition Divi Flamingo -
See page 3
Sunday, April30-Rincon Day, Queen's
Birthday, Queen's Birthday Race, Wind-
surfing Race (Tolo), MCB 5 km, 17 km

Daily (more or less)
HH 2 for 1 ( on ALL beverages ) from 5-

7pm, Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
HH-5:30-6:30, Buddy Dive
HH 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue (except Sunday)
2 for 1 appetizer with every entree, Cactus
Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily for hot
slot machines, roulette and blackjack, Mon. to
Sat. 8 pm 4 am; Sun. 7 pm 3 am.
Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NAfl2 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
Rincon Marsh--6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bo-
nairean breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits
and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks,
arts and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Mountain Bike Ride Everyone welcome.
It's free. Bring a bike and your own water.
Fitness trainer Miguel Angel Brito leads the
pack. Telephone him at 785-0767 for informa-
Wine Tasting at AWC's warehouse, 6 to 8
pm, Kaya Industria #23. Great wines -
NAf2,50 a glass.
All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Flamingo
with live music, 6 to 9 pm, NAf26,50. Call
for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444 .
Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a great
dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the
Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar. Open daily 5
to 10 pm, Divi Flamingo
Caribbean Night, live local music- Buddy
Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bon-
aire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435
Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featuring Chef
Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi, Golden Reef
Inn Band 7 pm, BBQ at 7:30 pm. Reserva-
tions $20, walk ins $25. Drinks available
for purchase. Call 717-5759 or email
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-7
pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free chicken
wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue
BonaireTalker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's,
known for great local food. 6:30pm Call Gibi
at 567-0655 for details, or visit www.
BonaireTalk.com, and search for "Gibi."
Yoga Classes-Tel. 786-6416 (None in April)
Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7 to 9 pm,
Cactus Blue
Live music by Flamingo Rockers Divi Fla-
mingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30 pm
Live music by Flamingo Rockers The Wind-
surf Place at Sorobon 7:30- 9:30 pm
Movie Night at Buddy Dive
Yoga Classes-Tel. 786-6416 (None in April)
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-
7pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round
Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All
invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" Divi
Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar- 5-7 pm
Swim lessons for children by Enith Brighitha,
a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from 1330 to
Manager's Bash-free Flamingo Smash &
snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive
Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed byAll You Can Eat
5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gallery,
Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice Huckaby
and Larry of Larry's Wildside Diving. New
original paintings of Bonaire and diver stories
of the East Coast every week
Yoga Classes-Tel. 786-6416 (None in April)

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bianculli,
8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.

Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm Call
717-8290 for info. (No show March 27.)
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Brabec.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia, pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in this
venerable old home that has been restored and fur-
nished so it appears the family hasjust stepped out
Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday thru
Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appointment Call
Mangasinadi Rei,Rincon. Enjoytheviewfrom
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 717-4060 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-
noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8 am-
5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing starts
about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music
of Bonaire's popular musicians.

AAmeetings -every Wednesday Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening
at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Din-
ner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-
0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from
the RBTT Bank. All levels invitedNAf5 entyfee.
Call Caty 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City
Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-
2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- Junior
Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire,
formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at
the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36
from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1.
All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12 noon-
2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above
Restaurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome.
Tel. 717-8434

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte In-
dustrialBonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help
staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje 786-

New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services
in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Ser-
vices at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00
pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch
and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm.
Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 -
11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm at Our
Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, in English.
Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch &
Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednes-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.cor
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006

March through May 2006 Cruise Ship Schedule

Date Ship PAX Arrive Depart Pier

28 MAR TUE RIJNDAM 1258 09:00 18:00 SOUTH

04 APR TUE SEA PRINCESS 1950 12:00 19:00 SOUTH

04 APR TUE AIDA VITA 1260 13:00 20:00 NORTH

11 APR TUE RIJNDAM 1258 09:00 18:00 SOUTH

01 MAY MON PRINSENDAM 793 08:00 18:00 SOUTH

02 MAY TUE SEA PRINCESS 1950 12:00 19:00 SOUTH

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Richter Art- By Jake and Linda: Digital paintings,
Giclees on canvas, limited edition and open prints.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.

Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals. Incredible selection of pots.
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them for
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
CesMar-Local company offers top quality, fast ser-
vice for monogramming, silk screening, embroidery.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.

Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518

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Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 538 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q

Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend setting decor and menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service

Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii aig ea Resran an aerfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At e D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a
Closed Monday garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Closd MondayTake out too.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook
717-7488 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
nPasa Bn Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. atin or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

I--rol<> ir Well" Ep&= ro "p-w1I izi1

I like it a lot. I like to prepare the
drinks, talk to people. There's always
time to chat and I speak four languages
so I can talk to nearly everyone. You get
to know so many people from all differ-
ent cultures and you learn about the way
they live in other countries, and I tell
them about how we live here, about our
beaches and the dive sites. I used to dive
too, I got my certificate at Bon Bini Di-
vers with Susan Davis 15 years ago, but I
haven't been diving for a long time be-
cause I don't like it anymore and also my
ear has been bothering me.

I was born here in Bonaire at the hospi-
tal. My father was Frank Engelhardt from
Playa Pabou and my mother was Maria
Beacinta Boezem from Nort di Salinja. I
have a sister, Justra, who's living in Hol-
land, working at a school where she's
doing the administration. She has a 15-
year-old daughter called Maria. My
brother Steven died here on Bonaire three
years ago of a heart attack, at the age of
33, after he'd been living in Holland for
10 years.

I had a very good childhood. My par-
ents weren't very strict; they were quiet
people. My dad was a fisherman and he
took me out to sea many times. My
mother worked in the kitchen of Divi Fla-
mingo doing the dishes. My father passed
away 10 years ago, and my mother died
five years ago. Ever since then my sister
has been asking me to come to live with
her in Holland, but I don't want to; I like
it here.

After Harbour Village I worked at
Coral Regency (later called Lion's Dive,
now Buddy Dive) and then at Capt.
Don's Habitat, and for the last three years
I've been working at City Cafe, the last
year only in the daytime. I don't like to
work at night anymore; I prefer to have
the evenings off.

I like Bonaire because it's quiet; I
don't need any more than this. I've been

problem, people are always there to help
me and they also look after my house
when I am not there. In Playa they don't
do those things. In Nort di Salinja it's
more like family.

"For me the most impor-
tant thing in life is family,
and also I am always trying
to help people and people
help me too. You see, to
me that's the real beauty of
Bonaire: Its people...."

My grandmother, 'Chepa' Boezem,
lived here too. She was of Indian descent
and she had very long black hair. She
passed away when she was 96; that was
three years ago. It was a big blow to me
because I loved her a lot. She liked the
kitchen very much and knew how to pre-
pare different krioyo dishes like kadushi -
a soup made from cactus -yambo, kabes
ku igra a dish made from the head and
liver of a goat and iguana soup and
stew. I always cook for myself too easy
food like chicken in red wine, shrimp in
garlic sauce, and I can make a very good
rice dish like nasi goring." He smiles:
"Maybe I'll open my own restaurant
some day but not yet!"

Ryan Engelhardt (33) is a sweet per-
son. He 's gracious, elegant and patient;
he has a very attractive personality, he's
just real cute.
"Americans are my best customers, but
lately we're getting good Dutch people
too. I always get good tips. I am friendly
with the people and I've got tons of pa-
tience maybe too much I think some-
times but I never think someone's a
bore or a nuisance. I talk to the people
and somehow they change during the
conversation, and by the time they're
leaving they're in a good mood, making
jokes. That's the good thing about my
job I can make people happy! Many
times I get invited by tourists to go out
for dinner, and I do accept their invita-
tion, and they often bring me presents
when they return. At the opening nights
of other restaurants I'm often asked by
the owners to help them out. I've helped
Miriam and Martin at KonTiki when
there were the jazz events every first
Sunday of the month, and it was fun.
Sometimes I help at Buddy Dive when
they need someone. I helped Joyce at the
opening of La Guernica and also I helped
out Orlando and Ana at the opening of
Zatara, the red caf6.

Some years ago when Queen Beatrix
was visiting Bonaire I served her a pri-
vate lunch at Karpata. At the time I was
working at Harbour Village and they'd
asked me because I was one of the best
waiters on the island. All together we
were six waiters, eight people in the
kitchen and three bartenders. We were all
dressed for the occasion in black and
white with white gloves and a black cum-

merbund. It was in the afternoon and it
was very hot at Karpata but the Queen
was very nice, a very nice lady, quiet.

I myself like to go out for dinner, and I
try all the restaurants. I love to eat and I
don't get fat! Before I used to party a lot,
but those were the old days... I've be-
come very quiet. I don't have a car.
When I go somewhere I walk. I like to
walk, but when I need it there's always a
friend to give me a ride.

To me Bonaire is still the same as it
was when I was a kid, but there are a few
things I would like to change. There
should be more things for children to do;
I see many children roaming the streets
after school and also I see many children
not going to school at all. And another
thing is that the old people are going
through hard times because the old peo-
ple's pension is too little and everything
has gone up, especially the utility bills.
And when they have no family living
here it gets really difficult for them to
make ends meet. For me the most impor-
tant thing in life is family, and also I am
always trying
to help people
and people
help me too.
You see, to me
that's the real
beauty of Bon-
aire: Its peo-
ple..." story
and photo by
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006

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A D y 3C. l et. I

P icture Y-cLurse IJ/f
Inf The R epo rter

L ast Sat-
Aruba Day
was celebrated
on Bonaire.
The close ties
between the
islands was
confirmed by
a big turnout.
The Aruba
Club on Bon-
aire extended
their annual
activities to
the parking lot
at the Stadium
and included
other nation-
alities which
showed up to
offer the foods
of their coun- Surinamese s
try. Above is
the Surinamese
contingent which dished up great culi-
nary treats like bami and curry. A fire
dance was performed... to the beat of
American country music! Bonairean

tand: Rosita Paiman, Amina Karto,
Amina Kromodimedjo

resident Buchi Kan Anthony was hon-
ored for valued contributions to Aruba.

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Leo the Lion Chases Orion Out of Springtime Skies
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Now most of you know that Orion the Hunter is winter's most famous star pattern.
Indeed if you go outside in early evening in December Orion is climbing up the south-
eastern skies as a celestial announcement of the imminent arrival of winter. And in
January and February when winter is coldest Orion reaches his highest point in the
heavens in early evening, almost bragging that he is master of the season. But then
things begin to change because all through March Orion slowly relinquishes his high
flying position in early evening, and by the beginning of April he's tipped over on his
side in the southwest, almost hanging on to the sky for dear life. And it is this position
of Orion in the southwest heavens in early evening that always tells us that winter is
soon coming to an end.
And although I am always sad to see Orion's bright stars go, nevertheless a much
bigger, although less bright, constellation takes his place almost overhead in early eve-
ning, Leo the Lion, roaring that he is master now and that he and he alone dominates
spring's skies. In fact if you go out any night in late March or April in early evening
you will see Leo casually reclining almost overhead, very self assured that winter and
Orion will soon be completely gone. Now Leo is usually depicted as reclining in a kind
of sphinx position like the ancient Egyptians depicted him. His head and forequarters
are indicated by a backward question mark with the bright, blue-white star Regulus
marking his heart. His rear is marked by a triangle of stars with Leo's second brightest
star, Denebola. In ancient times lions were often associated with royalty; in fact Leo's
brightest star Regulus means "The Little King."
But little it is not. Some latest measurements indicate that it is more than one and a
half times the diameter of our almost-one-million-mile-wide Sun. But because it is a
much hotter star it is 140 times brighter. And because it is a whopping 80 light years
away, when we look up at Regulus this spring we see the light that left it 80 years ago.
But Regulus' second brightest star also outdoes our Sun. Even though it is closer, 40
light years away, it is almost twice as wide as our Sun, and also being hotter makes it
20 times brighter! Which means that if we moved either Denebola or Regulus as close
to Earth as our Sun is we'd all be crispy critters. So, welcome in springtime the cos-
mic way. Simply go outside any night in late March and April, look toward the south-
west where you'll see Orion on his way out, and then look almost overhead where
you'll see Leo the Lion, king of springtime skies. Jack Horkheimer

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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't press your luck with your loved ones. You
are best to stick to yourself this week. Try to be precise in your communications.
Travel may change your attitudes with regard to your philosophy. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You are best to stick to yourself this week. Do not
yield to children or relatives when they really don't deserve it. Be tolerant, but don't
let any one take you for granted. Lack of funds may add stress to your already un-
certain situation. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) If you keep busy you won't feel the personal pres-
sures you are going through. Travel opportunities must be taken advantage of.
Your ability to talk circles around your colleagues will help you forge ahead in the
workforce. Pleasure trips should be on your agenda. Your lucky day this week will
be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can elaborate on your creative ideas and get
involved in groups that relate to the arts. You may find that your generosity has
been taken for granted. Not everyone will be pleased with your plans. Try to chan-
nel your energy into physical work. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Secret affairs will eventually backfire on you. You
should consider submitting some of your written work for publication. A new you
could help your attitude. Take matters in hand when it comes to dealing with cli-
ents or colleagues. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Get the whole family involved in a worthwhile
cause or cultural event. Concentrate on spending quality time with children. Don't
do something silly just to get back at your mate. Opportunities to get together with
people in powerful positions could help you get ahead. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) This will not be the time to lend money to friends or
family. Exhaustion combined with overindulgence could result in minor health
problems. Try to communicate if you wish to help. Travel could include delays and
other minor problems. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can open up to your mate and let them
know what you expect out of this relationship. Do not jump to conclusions con-
cerning your romantic partner. Have some fun, but draw the line if someone tries
to fast talk their way into your heart. You would be wise to socialize with as many
people as possible. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS_(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may find that someone you live with is
not too happy, but you can't really do anything about that right now. Travel will
enhance romance and adventure. Romance can surface if you get into some of
those fitness programs you've been putting off. Your outgoing nature might work
against you this week. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You may have difficulties while traveling or
problems dealing with close friends or relatives. Difficulties with children will sur-
face if you try to break a promise you made. Physical limitations are possible if
you aren't careful. Don't be afraid of opposition; your suggestions are valid.Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) There may be opportunities to attend social
functions that are linked to work. Problems with your boss could lead to unem-
ployment. Don't let friends or relatives make you feel guilty if you're not able to
attend one of their affairs. Take a trip or just spend some quality time with your
mate. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Limitations at work might set you back. Underhand-
edness will affect your reputation. Children may be less than honest with you. You
may blow situations out of proportion when dealing with the one you love. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.

Bonaire Reporter March 24 to April 7, 2006

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