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MhOTSAM AND JETsWl


SBonairExetl


At the beginning of this week de-
velopments in the Dutch AirExel
lawsuit against Bonaire's Dutch Eagle
Express, DEE, (and its follow-on com-
pany, Dutch Antillean Express, DAE)
took an alarming turn. As reported in
the Dutch newspaper The Daily Tele-
graph, a Court has been asked to seize
the assets of DEE/DAE and possibly
those of its company officers, share-
holders and conceivably the govern-
ment. Yes, it is a possibility that the
Bonaire Island Government, as the origi-
nal owner of DEE, will be liable for the
12 million euros that its once parent com-
pany, Air Exel, claims it spent getting
BonairExel up and running.
A press release on Easter Sunday from
BonairExpress emphasized that if the
court allows the seizure it would mean
the end of Bonaire's airline adven-
ture. DEE/DAE, which operates Bonair-
Express, previously said that it was NOT
liable for the debts of the Holland-based
AirExel companies and that AirExel busi-
ness losses were to its own account and
could not be extended to DEE, the holder
of the Air Operating Certificate for the
airline. Now the court will have to de-
cide.
The issues are confusing and convo-
luted. The principal owner of the Dutch
AirExel and DEE is the same person,


Niek Sandmann. Several other corporate
structures with board members never be-
fore mentioned in connection with Bo-
nairExel(Express) have become public in
recent days as well, causing wonder at
the Byzantine corporate structure con-
trived to support a three-airplane airline.
And Harm Prins, former Air Exel top
man, who was pushing the case, has left
Holland Exel, which will probably be
taken over by tour operator TUI. It's the
same Harm Prins who was arrested late
last year for blackmail and fraud in con-
nection with AirExel activities.
The day of reckoning for BonairExel
(Express) is this Thursday, 31 March,
when a judge in Curagao will rule if the
lien will be imposed.
The people of the Antilles recall the
huge debt accumulated in the early 90s
following Bonaire's Parker Project scam
which wound up costing Antilleans tens
of millions of guilders and some say is
the reason a 5% sales tax was intro-
duced. It's conceivable that the demise
of DEE could have similar consequences.
Check the Bonaire Reporter website, bo-
nairereporter.com for late breaking news.

S A Brazilian businessman, David
Isreal, is going to try to rescue Royal
Aruban Airlines (RAA). Isreal has es-
tablished a company, Amazon Valley
Company, that operates under Aruban
law. This company will investigate
whether an agreement can be reached
with the creditors of RAA for a start-up
of the company. RAA has never flown
before, but the preparations near comple-
tion. Aruba is without a national flag car-
rier since Air Aruba went bankrupt.


bEaster on Bonaire. The Kresh (nursery school) Bon Kwido was the site for happy
and excited youngsters last Easter Monday. The kids got their faces painted as bunnies,
made Easter egg-shaped art, played on the playground apparatus and hunted Easter
eggs. They brought their parents along too and everyone had a fun-filled time.


IN THIS ISSUe
Dietitian (Vegetable Recipe)
Letters (Windjammer, Fishing, Cars)
Get Your Chef's Lunch Tickets
Special Olympics Fashion Fundraiser
Windsurf (Bonaire Waves)
Announcements
(Marie Carrano Guidi; Delno Trump)
Bonaire Rice
New Airlink for Bonaire
Survivor Bonaire
Donkey Depression
Lora Nesting Site
Tourist Stay Home


(Lonnuea on page i) Mock Turtle Cooking Contest


On the Scene-Friwinds
4 Earth Day
5,14 Scorpionfish (Dee Scarr)
5 WEEKLY FEATURES.
6 Flotsam & Jetsam
7 Picture Yourself (Tuktoyuktuk)
Reporter Masthead
8 Vessel List & Tide Table
9 Classifieds
11 Pet of the Week (Kees & Ronald)
11 What's Happening
12 Micro-Movie Review (Elektra)
12 Shopping & Dining Guides
13 Bonaire Sky Park (Jupiter)
13 The Stars Have It


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17

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Bonaire Reporter- April 1 to 8, 2005


Page 2


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)


ABai Bini Air Charters, which oper-
ates DiviDivi Air, has added another
nine-seat Britten Norman Islander
(registration number PJ SKY) to its
fleet. Beginning with one 7-passenger
Cessna three years ago, the small airline
has found success serving the Bonaire-
Curagao route. There is speculation that it
may now include Aruba in its itinerary.
Curacaoans Germaine and Richie
Reginald, who were both pilots for ALM,
last year purchased the airline that was
founded by Carla Siercke and pilot Hans
Peter Barth.
Germaine, based in Curagao manages
the operation. Divi Divi extended their
gratitude to all who have helped make
their business a success.

SOn April 2 the last assets of DCA
will go up for auction in Curacao. They
consist of furniture, electronic devices,
computers, aircos and other items. Con-
tact the Deurwaarder, Ms. S Ersilia, in
Curagao at Hato Airport if you wish to
inspect the items. Only cash will be ac-
cepted.


losing a key
parliamen-
tary vote on
electoral re-
form. The
resignation of
De Graaf, who
was also dep-
uty prime
minister, has Thom de Graaf
put a major
strain on
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's
coalition. Thom de Graaf was the minis-
ter charged with the responsibility for the
Netherlands Antilles and had formed rela-
tionships with Antillean leaders. He was
considered sympathetic to the movement
for constitutional reform in the islands.
No replacement has yet been named.

A Correction: Although listed as a
BHG member on its website, ABC Car
Rental is actually a member of BON-
HATA. We apologize for the error.

This item is not an April Fool joke,
emphasized Bonaire's police spokesman,
Charles Suriel, late last week. Beginning
April 1st police will be detaining people
who have outstanding unpaid traffic
fines. Either pay up at the Ontvanger's
(Collector's) office or make an arrange-
ment with the Public Ministry for a pay-
ment plan. Otherwise there will be the
possibility of arrest.

A An automobile bumper sticker pro-
gram to promote the "Protect Our Tur-
"9 --I-- I II-A -e l -, l


ties" campaign was lacked oft last week
SDutch Minister of Governmental by STINAPA and the Boy Scouts from
Reform and Kingdom Relations Thom St. Berardus School. For more informa-
Reform and Kingdom Relattion contact STINAPA at 717-8444 or
de Graaf resigned last Wednesday after tion contact STINAPA at 717-8444 or
STCB at 717-2225.


At ITB: Bous Scholts, General
Manager of the Plaza Resort Bon-
aire; Nick Davies, Harbour Vil-
lage General Manager; Ronella
Croes, TCB Director; and Jack
Chalk, President ofBONHATA
and Capt. Don's Habitat General
Manager.

A Bonaire was represented at
the biggest tourism exhibition
on earth, the ITB in Berlin, from
March 11 to 15. With 10,000 ex-
hibitors from 180 countries and
regions, ITB represents the full
spectrum of global tourism at all levels
with tour operators, booking systems,
travel destinations, airlines, hotels and
rental cars. The TCB, BONHATA
(Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association)
and the BHG (Bonaire Hospitality
Group) were on hand to let attendees
know of the joys of Bonaire.

A In previous weeks the Bonaire Hos-
pitality Group (BHG) reported through
the media that the Tourism Corporation
Bonaire (TCB) and the Bonaire Hotel &
Tourism Association (BONHATA)
wasted money by having exhibition

A The Irish-owned mobile telephone
company, Digicel, which took over Cura-
9ao Telecom (CT) two weeks ago, was
rebuffed by Curagao-owned UTS when
they tried to work out a joint agreement.
Now it will become a tough competitor
for UTS in a market that may soon see
the entry of communication giant
AT&T. The UTS monopoly is gone and
the resulting competition is expected to
lower cell phone rates to consumers.


space separate from BHG's at the ITB
(International Tourism Birse) in Ber-
lin.
BONHATA responded with a state-
ment that the space they had was more
appropriate since it was among other
Caribbean locations and away from loud
music that interfered with contract nego-
tiations. There was lots of interest by
tour operators for the 2006 season.
BONHATA has invited BHG to join
their group, but the offer was rejected.
BONHATA is Bonaire's representative to
the Caribbean Tourism Organization.


UTS employs about 500 people. The
company signed several roaming con-
tracts in the region, including the US,
Latin America and Europe for mobile
telephones with a post-paid subscription.

A Last week's high winds and rough
seas kept several cruise ships, including
the Royal Caribbean Cruise line's Em-
press of the Seas, from tying up in Aruba
and Curagao. But Bonaire's expert wind-
(Continued on page 4)


Bonaire Reporter- April 1 to 8, 2005


Page 3











Flotsam and Jetsam (Continuedfrom page 3)
surfers didn't mind. They loved it! See
the story on the Watersports page (7).

BOPEC, the operator of the oil ter-
minal at the northwest comer of Bonaire,
has put a sign next to the fishermen's hut
at the south end of their property pro-
hibiting diving, snorkeling and every-
thing else on their lands. This is the
entrance to Windjammer dive site.
Dive interests on Bonaire are concerned
and are exploring ways to deal with the
situation. (An early reaction can be seen
in the Letter to the Editor on page 5.)

A To align schedules with those of
our neighboring islands the dates for the
International Bonaire Sailing Regatta
have been changed to October 9 15
2005.

A Nutritionist George Benjamin
Curiel will be giving a course on nutri-
tion: juice fasting for cleansing the body,
food mixtures, how to eat, etc. for a well
balanced spirit, body and mentality. The
course will start on Wednesday, April 6,
at 7 pm, and will continue for three more
Wednesdays at Chez Nous (SGB Restau-
rant School). Cost is NAf175. The
course will be taught in Papiamentu, but
can also be in Dutch or English if there
are enough students. More information
email komesalvo3A(yahoo.com or call
Liz Rijna at 786-0450.


Ask the Dietitian

Be Creative with Vegetables !
A low-fat vegetable recipe


V egetables are packed with es-
sential nutrients and fiber, are
generally low fat and contain in most
cases few calories. And like all non-
animal foods, vegetables are cholesterol
free. The trick is to keep them that way
when preparing them for the table.
Avoid excessive amounts of cooking fat
by using non-stick pans which allow
you to saut6 with minimal oil. Replace
cream or whole milk in casseroles and
sauces with low fat milk thickened with
a little flour. Dense vegetables, such as
tubers and winter squashes, are higher
in calories than leafy vegetables. To
preserve nutrients, avoid overcooking.
One of the easiest ways to cook them is
to briefly plunge them into boiling wa-
ter until they are just crisp-tender
(blanching). An alternative to this is
steaming.

Here is a nice light and low fat recipe
you can serve for lunch or dinner.


Zucchini and Sweet Pepper
Enchiladas
(for four)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil


1 medium onion, (I J -
halved and thinly
sliced
1 clove garlic,
minced
34 cup reduced-sodium
vegetable broth
1 teaspoon dried oregano or
basil
2 cups, no-salt-added,
crushed tomatoes
8, 6-inch flour tortillas
1/4 cup shredded low fat cheddar
cheese
1/4 cup prepared salsa

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a
large non-stick skillet, heat the oil until
hot but not smoking over medium high
heat. Add the zucchini, bell peppers,
onion, and garlic, stirring to coat. Add
1/4 cup of the broth and cook, stirring
frequently, until the onion is softened,
about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining
12 cup broth and the oregano and bring
to a boil. Reduce
to a simmer and
cook until almost
all liquid has
evaporated, about
5 minutes longer.
Remove from the
heat. 1


( Spread half of the tomatoes
in a 13x9 inch bak-
ing dish. Spoon
one-eighth of
S 9 the zucchini
9 mixture down
the center of
each tortilla.
Roll up the tortillas
tightly and place,
seam side down, over
the tomatoes. Spoon
the remaining
tomatoes over
the tortillas and
sprinkle the
cheese on top.
Cover with foil and
bake for 10 minutes,
or until the cheese is
melted and the enchila-
das are piping hot. Divide the enchila-
das among 4 plates, spoon the salsa on
top and serve.
Calories 248
Fat 8 grams (28%)
Carbohydrates 37 grams
Protein 9 grams
1 Angelique Salsbach


Bonaire Reporter- April 1 to 8, 2005


Page 4











I OPINIONS and LETTERS:THE Op-Ed PAGE


WINDJAMMER SITE
CLOSED?


Dear Editor:
Yesterday I returned I
from my 14th visit, BOATS ONLY AFTER *p NISHiia
bringing diving 10
groups to Bonaire in
12 years. The island
was still as wonder- A rTETEMI
ful and the diving OUSEA PIIOiIu iu
still as grand as thel RADAR P-O Ill O
first time. I am
amazed at the work
that STINAPA has accomplished protecting the environment.
One of my fondest dives as a properly trained and equipped technical diver was
the Maria Bahn (The Windjammer). I read with joy the articles that you print about
her. The reef above the Maria is in itself one of the finest dives on the island. The
lush corals and fishes too numerous to count along with sea turtles on almost every
dive make it so.
This trip I was sadly disappointed by the arbitrary closing of the site. Apparently
BOPEC has erected a sign which places the reef and thus the wreck off limits to
diving.
I certainly hope that the dive operators on the island will join together and come up
with some sort of compromise to leave the dive site open. How long can Bonaire
remain the "Divers Paradise" when the best sites are being closed?
Tom Smedley, Adventure Sports II, Montgomery Alabama



FISHING FOR DIVERS

Dear Editor:
Why is that when reporting an incident such as this one shown in the photo, taken
at 9 am on a Monday morning (21st March 2005), the manager of the Marine Park
is unable to send or contact any of his rangers? With the entrance fee due to in-
crease on the 1st April will there be more interaction, education and awareness
made to all residents of the island or will only a selected few respond to the rules of


the Marine Park?
Will we be able
to choose when
to go spear fish-
ing, cut Red
Mangrove trees
down to allow
for the Easter
gathering at So-
robon, or collect -
the conch for a
fry-up? Or will
the Marine Park
start enforcing
the rules, educat-
ing everybody
properly and giv-
ing alternative
fishing spots?
After all we understand here on the island that we are allowed to fish but as a visi-
tor it is harder to explain when they will have to pay $25 and not wear gloves..!
Hagen



Get your tickets now!


G et your tickets now for the three-course
S gourmet lunches prepared by Bonaire's Cu-
linary Team. In order to practice their skills in prepa-
ration for going to the Culinary Olympics -"The Taste
of the Caribbean" in June in Miami-the Bonaire team
will be preparing, for 30 lucky diners, their three-course competition meal
on two Sundays-April 10 and 17. Lunch will be served at 1 pm at Le
Flamboyant on Kaya Grandi. Wine is included. There is seating for only 30
so get your tickets early. They're NAf30. Call Sara Matera at 786-9299 or
Laura DeSalvo at 717-8988 or 791-7252. OL.D.


Bonaire Reporter- April 1 to 8, 2005


Page 5










Fashion Show
Fundraiser
For Special Olympics Bonaire


Get Your Tickets Now
for the SPECIAL OLYMPICS
BONAIRE Fundraiser Fashion
Show



Saturday, April 16, the Padrino
Haute Couture Fashion Show at
Croccantino Restaurant. All to benefit
Special Olympics Bonaire. This year's
theme is "Broadway of the 50s," with
singing star Monica Millar from Cura-
cao. Your contribution of NAf 25 in-
cludes the show and a multi-course, l
Tuscan dinner by Tuscan-trained Chef
David and wine. There's s limited
number of tickets available at Croc-
cantino Restaurant. Tel. 717-5025. OL.D. Soeraley at the 2004 Show


02005 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in
The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail
to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Pub-
lisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bon-
aire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Webster (Web) Burrfish, C.deK., Dodo, Gus, L.&P. K., Jack Hork-
heimer, J.A., Heywood Jablome, Ann Phelan, Ang6lique Salsbach, Dee Scarr, Mi-
chael Thiessen, Witches of Sabadeco
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeep-
ing: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij Curacao


FPicture Yourself
with the Reporter

11:00 am

near Tuktoyuktuk, Canada


S oren Christiansen
writes, "This is a
picture of The Bonaire
Reporter at 690 25' 53.1"
North and 1340, 18'55.5"
West. That is up by the
Arctic Ocean close to
Tuktoyuktuk. I was up
there on January 14, and
the picture was taken at
11 in the morning. The
little pinpoint of light is
the oil rig at the new lo-
cation we have which is
about 2.5 km from the
lease we are standing
on. The outside tempera-
ture was -350 C at the
time." 1
WIN GREAT
PRIZES! Take a copy
of The Bonaire Reporter
with you on your next
trip or when you return
to your home. Then take
a photo of yourself with
the newspaper in hand.
THE BEST PHOTOS
OF THE YEAR WILL
WIN THE PRIZES.
Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
(AN). E-mail to: picture rbonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) 1


Bonaire Reporter- April 1 to 8, 2005


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I3YACHTINGAND WATEI2!RX PAGE


Windsurf Scene at Sorobon
F or several
months wind-
surfers in Bonaire
have been shaking
their heads, wonder-
ing where the wind
was. Typically in Feb-
ruary and March sail-
ors enjoy wind condi-
tions of around 18
mph. In February and
March locals and tour-
ists could count only a
few decent sailing
days instead of the
usual windsurf sce-
nario. Thankfully, the
weather changed dra-
matically around the
23rd when the winds
returned with a venge-
ance. For two days,
only the expert or the
adventurous sailor headed out with 3.0- brother kef
4.0 meter sails to enjoy or rather brave per charge
the winds with gusts sometimes near great day f
45. It was wild on Lac Bay with moder-
ate chop and strong winds. Training News on
local pros, Taty Frans, Choko Frans, Local W
Ruben Petrisie and Kiri Thode, headed
up wind to Cai, their favorite training +*Local
ground, for a few wave sessions. Visit- in Maui fo
ing pros from the Gorge, another windy ployer, F2
spot, joined their windsurf brethren in joins him t
what turned out to be a wild ride for all. there to m
Maui Sails
As the water from the open sea enters working in
the channel at Lac Suite, a vacuum of venue.
wind sucks into the bay, creating some *Jose F;
large swells. This past week the waves just signed
were sometimes mast high, creating an an Italian I
amazing site for the many tourists and Boards is
windsurf spectators who headed up to land, seeki
Cai to see the show. Taty Frans daz- Young Gu
zled the crowd with some crazy loops +Clay F
and tricks, defying the dangerous and Quatro Bo
challenging waves. His cousin and pany. There


Bonaire Waves


pt up the pace with some su-
d jumps and moves. It was a
for wind and waves

the
'indsurf Scene:
windsurf hero Tonky Frans is
r a photo shoot for his em-
Boards. His brother Tati
his week when he heads
eet with his new sponsor,
;. It must be a tough job
n yet another wonderful

ajardo Rivera, NB329, has
d on as team rider for RRD,
3oard company in Europe. JP
working with a scout on is-
ng new talent for their
ns Team.
inies has signed on with
ards, a Hawaii-based com-
-e are many visiting pros


from Sweden, Italy and the US on Bon-
aire, honing their skills for the upcom-
ing 2005 tour.
*.Pros coming to the 3rd Bonaire
PWA King of the Caribbean are ex-
pected to touch ground as early as mid-
April to start training for this World
Cup Event. It is the first Freestyle event
for the tour so the attendance is ex-
pected to be high.
*.Soon to come is the Diva Women's
Windsurf Week. The clinic is spon-
sored by Starboard. Visiting instructors
include Windsurfer of the Year in the
US, Beth Powell Winkler, and
Women's Windsurf Expert Instructor,
Petra Kanz. Starboard is offering three
local scholarships to teens and women
from Bonaire. The dates are July 17-
24th with three days of direct instruc-
tion. If you want to learn to windsurf or
want to sharpen your skills, contact
Ann Phelan to apply for a scholarship.
The three spots will be chosen in a lot-
tery. 1 Photos and stories by Ann
Phelan www.bonairepros.com


Ann Phelan, owner Caribbean Wind &
Sun Vacations, a windsurfand eco tour spe-
cialty travel service, is the Event Coordina-
tor of the Annual Bonaire PWA King of the
Caribbean. ann(@bonairewindsurfing.com


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
4-01 6:35 2.0FT. 15:49 0.7FT. 64
4-02 7:36 2.0FT. 16:21 0.7FT. 57
4-03 8:27 1.9FT. 16:53 0.8FT. 56
4-04 1:22 1.2FT. 9:26 1.9FT. 17:24 0.9FT. 23:05 1.2FT. 61
4-05 3:17 1.2FT. 10:15 1.8FT. 17:44 1.0FT. 23:05 1.3FT. 70
4-06 4:45 1.1FT. 11:12 1.6FT. 17:56 1.1FT. 23:26 1.4FT. 80
4-07 6:14 1.1FT. 12:07 1.5FT. 17:56 1.1FT. 88
4-08 0:30 1.6FT. 7:52 1.1FT. 13:19 1.4FT. 17:35 1.2FT. 94



Angelos Infinity Safari
Antigone It's Good Samba
Angie Jacabi Sapphire
Barbara Ann Jan Gerardus Santa Maria
Besame Jel-jok France Sandpiper, USA
Bettina La Cucaracha Sirius
Bright Sea Laetitja Sylvia K
Camissa, Chan Is. L'Aquila, BVI Take It Easy
Cape Kathryn Last Call Ti Amo, USA
Catalyst Luna C. USA Tish
Clemencia La Escotilla, Caymans Ulu Ulu, USA
Dragonera Maebelle Unicorn, Norway
Flying Cloud, USA Make My Day Varedhuni, Germany
Gabrielle Maki, France Ya-T, BVI
Galandriel Natural Selection Yanti Paratzi
Guaicamar I, Ven. Oslo Zahi, Malta
Honalee, USA Rusty Bucket
Incandescent Sabbatical


Bonaire Reporter- April 1 to 8, 2005


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JanArt Gallery, Kaya Glo-
ria 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.

BonaireNet is the leading consumer
and business information
source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For
on-line yellow pages directory
information go to http://www.
yellowpagesbonaire.com

PSYCHOLOGY
PRACTICE BONAIRE.
Consultation, Supervision, Hyp-
notherapy,Psychotherapy Drs.
Johan de Korte, Psychologist,
Phone: 717-6919

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND
GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire
grown. 8000m2 of plants and
nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irriga-
tion. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island
Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet).
Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956

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

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to
Lovers Ice-Cream and Sand Dollar.
Photography by Shelly Craig
www.bonaireimages.com

Visit Gallery MyArt "
Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef
Call: 785-3988
NEW NEW
BRASSERIE BONAIRE
Restaurant Terrace Take away
SPECIAL DINNER MENU *
NAJ35.OO $ 20.00
CRAB BISQUE
CATCH OF THE DAY
COUPE CARIBE
OPEN: 11.30 a.m. 2.00 p.m.
DINNER 6.00p.m.- 9.30p.m.
Sunday and Monday closed
ROYAL PALM GALLERIES,
DOWNTOWN KRALENDIJK,
Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX:
717-4321
NEW NEW


MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livablefrom the start
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9013


Freezer (vertical, 280 liter) NAf
300;- Carpet (Persian type) 195x295
cm NAf 125; Two single beds+ mat-
tresses NAf 25,- each; Heavy trafo
1500 Watt, 127/220 Volt NAf 50,-
tel. 717-5068

For Sale: Kiteboard, Wipika twin-
tip, 1.59 m. Very good beginner's
board and also a very good board for
light weather. NAf 350. Call: 564-
9577 or 786-5881

For Sale: Water Heater 110v., 6
months old- NA1f30. Call 786-8329

Compressor block 3 stage 100 200
Itr per minute. German build Max 225
bar. Complete with coolers and water
separators. Just add motor and filter
system. Call 786-1465

1994 Toyota Hilux Truck double
cab, with air conditioning. Runs
good. Asking price: NAf7,500
Please call: 717-6537, after 6:00 PM

'93 Suzuki Samurai (jeep)- New
Seats, New Battery, Good Tires, Well
Maintained for NAf5,500. Contact:
786-1465

For sale:-Stroller as good as new.
From 175Naffor 100Naf -Sony
prof. stereo surround system VAC5
with warranty (a.g.a.n), 7500 Watt,
MP3, mic, c.d., double tape deck etc
from 1100Naf for 700Naf
-Asahi Pentax K2 DMD prof. photo
camera set: Pentax lenses, tripod,
motor drive, prof case, filters remote
etc. Absolute bargain: Was 7500Naf,
now 700Naf! Call 717-7977 or e-mail
alexanderl37@itelbonet.an



For rent:-fully furnished 1 bedr. apt.
with large porch, beautiful yard, wash-
ing machine, alarm, tv., tel., airco, very
quiet area for NAf900 incl. Please call
717-7977

For Sale: Special Offer: Chalet in
Valencia, Venezuela, in private zone.
1,000 sq. meters property, 1,000 sq.
meters green zone. Chalet is 215 sq.
meters. Built in 1999. Downstairs: liv-
ing area with open, built-in kitchen,
office, guest toilet, laundry. Upstairs:
master bedroom with bath, terrace; 2
additional bedrooms, 1 bath. Many
trees. Documents in order. Tel 717-
4111

For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-privacy & security-May 1st
until Dec. 15th. Brochure available.
Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US)
(570) 586 0098. Email larjaytee@aol.
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MARCH 22, 2005


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MOVING ON


S rdent, community minded Dr. Delno
Tromp, who has championed the
causes of Bonaire and the Special Olympics
Bonaire team, has accepted a position with
the UN-UNEP (the United Nations Educa-
tional Program) in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa.
"I will be working there for the United
Nations, as has always been my dream,"
says Delno. "The possibility for personal
growth while there is huge, since I most
probably will be a part of the UNEP (the
United Nations Educational Program) where
we will be going into the slums to teach the
children there. Many of my family and
friends think I am out of my mind, but after
all, Life is a Daring Adventure or Nothing at Delno Tromp, PhD.
All. "
Delno has been the Caribbean National Director of Special Olympics and has worked
diligently with Bonaire's teams for the last few years. Ferina (Roosje) van der Hoek-
Goeloe will take over as the National Director of Special Olympics Bonaire.
Delno has been Director of US marketing for the Tourist Corporation Bonaire and
was the innovator of the now popular Bonaire Ambassadors Program, among his other
many accomplishments.
Delno will be sorely missed by the island and by all his friends. But, as he says, "I'm
just an email away." We wish him the very best! O G./L.D.


Owners of Robin RGD-5000 Diesel
Generator LOOKING FOR WORK-
ING ALTERNATOR SECTION.
Our motor is OK. Contact Captain
Don and Janet: 786-0956
Captain Don and Janet are seeking a
massage table or waist -high pad-
ded exercise bench. Call 786-0956






Porch Sale-Fri & Sat 1 & 2 April
0800-1700, J.A. Abraham 43. Across
from Divi Flamingo Appliances & As-
sorted household items.


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


Bonaire Reporter APRIL 1, 2005


Page 8


A though she's never been to Bonaire
she keeps up to date on what goes
on here through The Bonaire Reporter. At
100 years old, my Aunt Marie, my mother's
older sister, is as sharp and as aware of what
goes on in the world as she was during her
42-year-long career teaching languages in
New York's inner city schools. Having had
no children herself she dotes on her nieces
and nephews. Like me. At family parties,
weddings and get-togethers she's always the
peppiest, most vibrant person there. And so
she was at her 100th Birthday Party last week
in Kingston, NY, close to where she lives.
In 1983 after her husband of 47 years
passed away, she learned to drive. At age 79,
the time most people turn in their driving
licenses, she got her first one. But then again George DeSalvo with his Aunt Marie
she always was adventurous.
She says she's "traveled to all the countries in the world, except China." She still
lives by herself in her lovely house near the banks of the Walkill River, but now her
travels are more restrained. Arthritis has slowed her down a bit. But she still gathers
with her many friends and is an active member of the Rosendale Women's Club and St.
Peter's R.C. Church.
I asked her if she had any advice to pass along on how to reach 100 years old in such
good shape. Her answer: "Faith." Her strong belief in God sustains her.
She told us to stop mailing her The Reporter early last year because she was nearly
blind, the unfortunate result of a botched cataract operation. But another operation, late
in 2004, restored her vision! During her birthday party last week she asked us to put her
back on the mailing list again. Now she's again keeping track of Bonaire's affairs. O


AMMON)EME









I nVApri I l 0lu e Zs su-3 2


RTER


Rains Rescue



Bonaire Rice Harvest

when the rice mill was shut down by
the European Union (EU) action with-
drawing its preferential treatment for
foreign rice processed in Bonaire is about to be re-
versed. On April 1 most of Bonaire's rice planted
during the rains of 2004 will have been harvested.
The heavy downpours of the past season have pro-
duced a bumper crop.
Bonaire rice qualifies as EU farm produce and as
such benefits from the same generous subsidies
given to French and Italian growers. The salifias,
flooded with rainwater, make a perfect rice paddy.
Since water buffalo are scarce on the island several
of the unemployed donkeys that managed to evade
the Sanctuary roundup have been pressed into ser-
vice behind the plows.
George Winkkler, manager of the rice mill, is ec-
static about the prospects. "We've already called 30
workers back to get the grain elevators and milling
equipment prepared to process the harvest. Ships
to transport the rice overseas have left Europe en-
route to Bonaire. When we begin full production
about 100 people will be employed."
Corgill Salt is rumored to be considering modify-
ing several of their salt evaporator ponds to make
them suitable for rice paddies. "Global warming is
reducing the need for road salt to melt winter ice,"
said Jon Ghleen, the Works Manager. "Corgill's
immense profits will be bolstered even more by
successful rice production." If most of the salt pro-
duction is converted to rice growing, Bonaire will
become second only to Indonesia in annual ton-
nage.






Bonaire's political parties are scrambling to take credit
for the economic boom. The Green Party is saying rice
growing is another of its successful initiatives, along
with the demolition of unattractive historic structures, to
supercharge Bonaire's economy and that KLM is consid-
ering flying "just picked" rice to gourmet European con-
sumers. The Red Party applauds the economic boost but
is concerned about the distortion of Bonaire's cultural
heritage. "If this continues," said opposition Red leader
Jopy Abrams, "before long tourists will be hearing that
the slave huts were used to store grain."
Several environmentalists are concerned that the change
.- o from salt to fresh water in the salifias will harm to the
feeding grounds of Bonaire's many flamingoes. How-
ever, STINAPO, the new enforcement arm of STINAPA,
will monitor the situation. O G.D.











\VIlTSAM AN JE f sa


Additional air carriers are com-
peting for the routes DCA flew.
The latest contenders, both British, parked
briefly at Flamingo Airport.

A The famous
Venzuelan designer
Padrino, who will pre-
sent his fashion show at
Croccantino Restaurant
on April 16, has been
commissioned by the V
royal family to design a j '
water-resistant dive
hat, to be worn by
Queen Beatrix when she goes snorkeling
on her official upcoming visit to Bonaire.

* STINAPA has softened its stand on
mooring fees. They will return to $5, pro-
vided the yacht leaves the mooring be-
tween 8 am and 8 pm.

A Stanley Lourense, King of Tumba,
will present his series of religious tum-
bas in St. Nicolas church, Kralendijk, on
Easter Friday, 6 pm. There will be no
community singing or dancing, just tum-
bas.


A All Italian wines priced NAf 45 and
over are to be recalled by local wine
merchant AWC because of a serious
price deficiency. The Italian quality res-
taurants will probably soon run out of
Amarone and Ser Gioveto, so if you like
these wines, you'd better hurry and book
a table at Croccantino.

A And while on the subject of wines,
California vintners in the Napa Valley
area, which primarily produces Pinot
Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio wines,
have developed a new hybrid grape that
acts as an anti-diuretic. It is expected to
reduce the number of trips older people
have to make to the bathroom during the
night. The new wine will be marketed as
"Pino More." (J.A.)


ABonaire's recent clear skies have
been registering off the top of the scale
for Tanning Quotient. In order to protect
themselves several tourists have adopted
this surefire form of bathing attire with
an SPF of 1,000,000.


A The WEB power plant is back to
normal schedule again, thanks to the
newly installed Aggreko megawatt gen-
erators. Power outages will once again be
random, as in the good old times.


4 Officials
from DROB
(Environmental
Section) made
a startling dis-
covery during


last week's "bat-count" survey of Bon-
aire's many caves. A child, apparently
being raised by a family of fish-eating
bats, was found in a deep cave in the
Lima section. Fish-eating bats are one of
the seven bat species living on the island
as well as the largest with a typical wing-
span exceeding 45 cm (18 inches).
The child is believed to be three-year
old Isidore Farkas, the son of a Belgian
tourist couple who had believed him kid-
napped from their rental car at the Angel
City dive site two years ago. The child
spoke no recognizable language but
seemed to communicate with his adopted
mother with high-pitched squeaks. Ex-
cept for an extreme sensitivity to loud
noises, he seemed healthy. He will be
reunited with his human parents on Fri-
day, April 1.


A It's official! Bonaire Bikers, of the
Harley persuasion, have elected A.J.
Campbell to be their new president. It
was a close race between A.J., Orlando
and Jack. The club wanted someone with
a strong image to be their leader. A.J.
looks tough, but he's really a pussycat at
heart. (Gus)
(Continued on page 11)


Bonaire Reporter- April 1 to 8, 2005


Page 10











Flotsam and Jetsam (Continuedfrom page 10)

A The Rotary Club Bonaire and the
Lion's Club Bonaire have announced
their merger effective April 1, Easter Fri-
day. A press conference will be given in
Moreno's VIP lounge at the airport. The
usual drug pat by Prosecutor Ernst Wes-
selius will be skipped for this occasion.
Time of the press conference is 4 pm. The
reason given in the brief release are:
a) the dearth of valid community projects
(both clubs), b) the outflow of upper class
floozies (Rotary) and c) the parking prob-
lems with SUV's at annual cook-outs
(Lion's).
The new club is to be baptized the Rotal-
ions. A further merger with the Chaine des
Rotisseurs is seriously considered. The
main obstacle for this further merger is
that the Chaine will not consider spare
ribs, a popular fare among Lion's mem-
bers, a suitable dish for a Chaine dinner.

A On Super Friday at 4 pm. at Lagoen
(muddy side) a mud-slinging contest will
be held between adult males, divided
into a red team and a green team. The
two prizes are: The Jo-pie award for best
pitcher, and the Ramon-sito award for best
catcher. The trophies are a silver beaker
with throwing handle in the form of a
knuckle duster, and a silver platter with a
holding handle fastened to the back. Refe-
rees (who have to decide unanimously) are
Commissioner Burney el Hage and former
minister Nolly Oleana. C.dK./G.D.


How &DrG0mDl
B onaire is to have a new airline
servicing both the US and
Europe, with an operational start
planned for January 1, 2006. On the
very spot where Bonaire's first airstrip
was built some 70 years ago, on the
road to Rincon, Dutch air tycoon Erik
Aviator, former partner of Bonaire
businessman Nick Sandcastle, revealed
his plans for a new airline, dubbed
Bonaire Historic Airways (BHA).
"The trend toward ever faster and
cheaper air travel is about to reverse
itself," declares Erik, "same as hap-
pened with transatlantic ocean liners
which now ply the leisure cruise trade."
BHA will employ small, lavishly fitted
aircraft, probably Fokker 50s or 70s,
seating 12 in grand luxury, using Bon-
aire and the Dutch island of Texel as
home bases. The whole trip will take
three days, with stops at St. Maarten,
Hilton Head Island, Bermuda, the
Azores, Madeira, Jersey (Channel Is-
lands) and then Texel, all islands, and


C BS-TV has announced that next
season's popular "Survivor" se-
ries will take place here on Bonaire. In a
departure from the show's original for-
mat, contestants will be chosen from ex-
patriate residents of the island. According
to the show's host, Jeff Probst, "We want
to see how these folks manage to survive
on an island like Bonaire." Therefore, the
show's "challenges" will be taken from
everyday life on Bonaire. Probst himself
has agreed to his own challenge: he will
endeavor to make it through the entire
series while never once uttering the
words "I'll go tally the votes."
CBS plans to call the two tribes 'The
Makambas' and 'The Merkas.' Like the
original series, the team that loses a given
challenge will have to go to Tribal Coun-
cil, and a member of their team will be
'voted off the island.' On Survivor Bon-
aire, Tribal Council will be held at Fla-
mingo Airport, and instead of having his
or her torch extinguished in a symbolic
gesture of defeat, the losing contestant
will have to turn his or her sedula over to
Immigration. Rather than the usual
$1,000,000 prize, the final survivor will
be given a lifetime, tax-free residency
with the freedom to come and go from
the island at will.


ftr [DBlDD
the same route back.
The price will be around US$4,500
one way, return by commercial air-
liner.
"We have already dozens of advance
bookings," says Erik. "We plan to
build our own modest airstrip and ac-
commodations on Klein Bonaire and
have requested permission from the
Island Government, as this project will
greatly enhance the tourist attraction of
Bonaire without harming the pristine
beauty and delicate ecological balance
of Klein Bonaire.
We hope to have the permits for a 1
km. strip and one-story high control
tower by mid June."
This coming Easter Friday Erik
Aviator and his local partners plan to
show the actual location of the strip on
Klein Bonaire to any interested outsid-
ers. Meeting place is the shacks on the
east shore of Klein, meeting time is 10
am. Bring your own boat and refresh-
ments. O C.dK.


This modern Fokker 70 willfly the
transatlantic portion between the US and
Holland.


This old Fokker will fly the Caribbean legs
of the journey.


previous Survivor series, will be a little
different on Survivor Bonaire. The
Makamba tribe will have to dine out for a
week without eating French fries, and
will be required to leave at least a 15%
gratuity. The Merkas, on the other hand,
must dine out for a week, never once
going to KFC, and never once uttering
the words, "But back home we can get..."
A challenge for both tribes will be to find
fresh milk on a Thursday.
New to the Survivor Bonaire series will
be the fashion challenge: The Makamba
tribe must wear shorts and flip-flops,
while the Merka tribe will have to wear
long pants, closed-toed shoes, and NO
flowered shirts.
Individual challenges are rumored to
include the following: Completing a cir-
cuit of the island without driving by a
"Snack," obtaining a list of household
items without going to "The Chinese
Store," trying to find out where to pay a
parking ticket, and obtaining a driver's
license by visiting fewer than four agen-
cies.
The greatest challenge survivors face
will probably be the building of a shelter
which they must do in less than one year.
The Reporter wishes the best of luck to
all the contestants! 1 Witches of


Bonaire Reporter- April 1 to 8, 2005


URnVIVOR DONAIRE


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Facing the Truth About Donkey Depression


B onaire's donkeys
are in trouble, says
well-known equine psy-
chologist and donkey
whisperer Jack Ashworth.
On a recent visit to Bon-
aire, Ashworth studied the
donkey population in depth
and his news is bad: Bon-
aire's donkeys are suffer-
ing from severe depression
and low self-esteem. "The
drooping ears, the shuf-
fling gait, the plaintive
brays, and general lethargy
are classic signs of clinical
depression," says
Ashworth. "The recent
spate of attempted vehicu-
lar suicides are only the
latest cries for help. We
must intervene."
The donkeys' self-image Startled Donkey at the seaside
also suffers by comparison
with Bonairean posterboy fauna. "When comparing themselves to the capering
goats, the lovable loras, the sociable prikichi, and the nimble iguanas, the donkeys'
self-loathing only rises," observed Ashworth.
"All equine species are excellent swimmers, a talent I rarely observed among the
local donkeys," noted Ashworth. He has scheduled an intervention and event that
will raise donkey self-esteem and show off their rarely-demonstrated abilities: the
First Annual Bonaire-to-Curaqao Donkey Swim. "I know they can do it, and this
will put Bonaire's donkeys on the map,"
enthused Ashworth. Local casinos are
supporting the event with their own Don-
key Sports Book. "Community support,
like that of the casinos, only adds to don-
key pride."
The Donkey Swim will be held on April
first at the Customs Pier at noon. It is
widely rumored that noted Scientologist
actor and Bonaire visitor Tom Cruise will
fire the starting gun for the event promptly
at 1 pm. If you have a favorite equine,
come on down to the Customs Pier and
kiss your ass goodbye! [1 Donkey Elmo is training for the
HeywoodJablome BON-CUR swim by jumping hurdles


Lora Roost Discovered!
In the Bonaire Reporter, issue # 8, (February 25-March 4) it was reported
that the annual Lora count had diminished the Lora numbers by 25%,from
400 to 300. Several traditional nesting places were found deserted Where did
these Loras go?

T he
mys-
tery was
solved last
week by a
young cook
working at
Sorobon, an
avid Lora fan,
who was
mountain-
biking to his
work last Sat-
urday. Notic-
ing a couple of
Loras near the
slave huts past
Cargill Salt
works, he in-
vestigated, and
found 3
(three!) Lora
nests in some
of the slave
huts.
Please do not go and look for yourself. The nests are fragile and the Loras are wary
of visitors. On Eco- Friday, April 1, from 10-12 noon you can come and look for your-
self, under guidance of a Lora count team worker. You will have to bend over and
creep inside, but that's what the slaves did in their lifetime. The Loras just fly in and
out, as they should. O C.dK.


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[- - - - - - - -

















T he Antilles Grand
Council announced a 7
ban on all foreign tourists,
especially divers and snor-
kelers. The previous rule of a
two-week stay has been
changed to no stay. Thus the .
plan to introduce the un-
popular "seaside viewing and
ocean air breathing fee" has
been tabled indefinitely.
The Lost Penguin is deliv- ,
ering emergency sandwiches
to any stranded tourists, and
portable toilets will be set up
in Wilhelmina Square as
tourists will not be permitted
to rent rooms on the island.
Grand Council head, Anthony Gutlett,
who was absent on a trip casing SA-
BADECO homes, was replaced by his
aunt and mother who announced that,
for Bonaire, tourism will be encouraged
between Kralendijk, Rincon and Aruba.
When interviewed, Gutlett's cousin
Marsha Donkey (standing in for Gut-
lett's aunt and mother, who were absent
as usual) stated there will be many ad-
vantages to banning tourists, such as:
1. No more divers to ruin the reefs.
Blind snorkelers, who were avoiding
the $50 "breathing through a plastic
tube fee" by snorkeling at night, will no
longer need to be pursued by our police
patrol boat.
2. Creation of a new drag strip on the


jet runway. (Since not as many planes
will be needed, it will end the need for
using the road to Sorobon as a drag
strip.)
3. Restaurants will no longer need to
serve food to tourists, thereby giving
restaurant staff more leisure time, with-
out pay, while protecting our dwindling
Wahoo supply.
4. Rental cars will be dumped into
the ocean to expand our reef system
and thus will no longer ruin our roads.
5. The need to raise diver and snor-
keler fees is now ended since no divers
or snorkelers will come to Bonaire.
6. We can close the airport tax office
since it will no longer be needed.
7. The airport tower can also be
closed and could be converted to the Jet


Tourist Stay Home

Especially Foreign Ones


Bonaire Reporter- April 1 to 8, 2005


Mock Turtle Soup Cooking Contest

n Easter Friday at 12 noon an amateur cooking contest will be held at Soro-
bon, for the best recipe of mock turtle soup.
Participants should bring their own tureen, kitchen tools and ingredients. The
mock turtles, freshly flown in from Florida, and cooking fires will be made avail-
able by the organization committee, for a participation fee of NAf10 per tureen/
recipe. The jury consists of Doi, the island's real turtle connoisseur, assisted by
two master cooks of the island. The winner will be crowned "Mock Turtle Chef of
the Year." The three best recipes will be put on the menu of leading restaurants.
Make sure to bring along a bottle or flask of rum, as the chief referee Doi favors
recipes flavored by this delicious drink! O C.dK.

The mock turtle
(Tortola humoriae) is a
distant parent of the com-
mon sea turtle. It is about
the size of a small otter,
has scales like an arma-
dillo and a rolling ap-
pendage that makes them
hard to capture in a i
downhill situation. Its
natural habitat is large
swampy areas like the
Everglades, where they
are in such abundance that they do not rate species protection. Their
curious name derives from the sound these little amphibians make,
not unlike the mocking bird. O



Disco-a-Go-Go. move, will grant Bonaire the status of
Since the lack of tourism will leave a "pitiful possession" and provide total
vacuum of sound, some Bonaire motor- support. L. & P. K
cycle groups have agreed to move their The Dutch government and the is-
level of noise from obnoxious to deaf- land's Dutch business people, could not
ening. In order to protect their sensitive be reached for comment, but there was
eardrums, the Bonaire police have talk of opening up closer tie discussions
agreed never to leave the police station. with Belgium. Ed.
The Dutch government, in a surprise


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On The Scene with Web Burrfish
T here were some
I red faces aboard
the cruise ship Friwinds
last week when the new
captain of the ship mis-r
took Harbour Village
Marina for the cruise
ship dock. Captain
Beauregard Edgerton,
newly in command and
on his first trip to Bon-
aire, got his ship firmly
wedged in the marina
entrance. It came free
after having all the passengers move to the stern. There was no damage to the ship,
however, the patrons of the La Balandra restaurant hastily interrupted their breakfasts
and fled for the exit when they saw the ship approaching.
Blanche Boggledorf, visiting from Buckwheat, Nebraska, told this reporter, "I haven't
seen people move so fast since Elmer Codwollop's bull got loose at the State Fair." Ex-
plaining the incident, Captain Edgerton said that it was an easy mistake to make as the
marina was where most of the boats were docked and it was hardly his fault that the
channel was neither deep enough nor wide enough for a "reasonably sized vessel." He
was also quoted as saying that there were going to be "severe disciplinary repercussions
if the crew persists in referring to me as Captain Wedge-It-In. They should show more
respect." The passengers seemed to be nonplussed by the occurrence and several
pointed out that the marina was much nicer than the cruise ship dock anyway. O Story
& photo by W.B.




A s we've always TeIIl ait
said, the Bon-Te o- It was- th big.
aire Animal Shelter tWow ma wa,
offers the best pets for
adoption; not only are
they healthy but they're
very social. But these
two sibling kittens have
taken it a step further.
"Kees" and "Ronald"
can actually communi-
cate with each other so
that humans under-
stand. An astounded
Shelter Director Jury "Kees" and "Ronald"
Malama explains, "We
just can't believe the intelligence these two stray kittens possess. Someone found them
arguing in front of a big crowd at Karel's Beach Bar last Saturday night. No one
seemed to own them so the kind Samaritan brought them into the Shelter before some
unscrupulous individuals tried to capture them."
Visit the Shelter on the Lagoen Road and meet Kees and Ronald and see for yourself
what exceptional pets are up for adoption. They're open Monday through Friday, 10
am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. OL.D.


0. SHE O -E S CT O


SOLUTION To
Too MANY CARS ON BONAIRE?

Dear Editor:
I thought the article "Too Many Cars
on Bonaire?" (Bonaire Reporter 3-25-05
Issue, last week) was well written and
researched. However, it did not address
what I consider to be the root cause of too
many cars on the island. Namely, too
many licensed drivers. To alleviate this
problem I would suggest that all currently
licensed drivers be required to demon-
strate competency to operate a motor ve-
hicle. Many would fail the test and there
would be fewer cars on the road.
Are there bad Bonaire drivers? Based
on my observations walking about the
island I wrote a simple test and had sev-
eral local drivers give me their answers.
The test was as follows:
1) When rounding the comer in front of
Julio's you find pedestrians crossing the
road. Do you A) slow down and risk be-
ing rear-ended or B) blow the horn vigor-
ously to hurry them on their way.
2) When backing out of a parking place
at the Tropical Flamingo do you A) look


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behind you first
and possibly lose
your concentra-
tion and cause an
accident or B)
back out regard-
less, people will
get out of the
way.
3) When pass-
ing people on the
road side do you A) ease to the left to
make room and maybe create a head-on
collision or B) brush past them.
Unfortunately many of the drivers tak-
ing the test answered A for all three ques-
tions. With drivers like these, accidents
just waiting to happen, it is surprising to
me that there is not more carnage on the
roads of Bonaire. I strongly urge that the
authority for licensing drivers retest eve-
ryone and revoke permanently the li-
censes of all that fail. With a limited road
system only the truly competent should
be at the wheel. This will create a safer
and less traffic congested Bonaire for all
to enjoy. Webster (Web) Burrfish


Bonaire Reporter APRIL 1, 2005













WHATS HAPPENING


WEEKLY IIOVIE SINWTI ES
Caflto make sure: Usually9:00pm
Constantine
(Keanu Reeves)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
Are we there yet?

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Fat Albert


THIS WEEK
UntilApril 14 Willie Dijkstra Art
Exhibit Cinnamon Art Gallery is at
Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya
Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe.
Until April 22 Gert van Zanten
"Bonagraphs" photos of Bonaire. At
Le Flamboyant restaurant.
Saturday, April 2 Big Rincon Mar-
she-gifts, food, drinks, music, friendliest
people on the island.-6 am to 4 pm.
Sunday, April 3 Contest di Fli, (Kite
Contest) at the Juventus Field, the big
ballpark behind Kooymans, near the
Pauw gas station. Food, drinks, lots of
fun. More information at the Flamingo
Book Shop on Kaya Grandi #21
Wednesday, April 6 Nutrition course
by George Benjamin Curiel: juice fast-
ing for cleansing the body, food mix-
tures, how to eat, etc. for a well balanced
spirit, body and mentality. Starts at 7
pm, and will continue for three more
Wednesdays at Chez Nous. Cost is
NAf175. The course will be taught in
Papiamentu, but can also be in Dutch or
English if there are enough students.
More information email komesal-
vo3 yahoo.com or call Liz Rijna at
786-0450.

COMING
Sundays, April 10 & 17-Bonaire Culi-
nary Team gourmet lunch with wine.
Donation NAf30. Le Flamboyant Res-
taurant 1 pm. Tickets: Sara 786-9299;
Laura 717-8988 or 791-7252 (page 5)

Saturday, April 16-Padrino Fashion
Show at Croccantino Restaurant-to
raise funds for Bonaire's Special
Olympics Team. 7:30 pm. NAf125 do-
nation includes multi-course Tuscan din-
ner. Well-known singer Monica Millar
will perform. Tickets at Croccantino
Restaurant. Tel. 717-5025.
Wednesday 20th April Saturday 23
April. Earth Day Events in Bonaire.
See story on this page.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Sun. Apr. 24-Endeavor
Saturday, April 30-Rincon Day,
Queen's Birthday
Saturday, April 30- COMCABON
MCB 5 km / 17.5 km run with prizes.
7 am. Call Richard Pietersz at 717-8629,
780-7225.
Saturday, April 30 Windsurfing Race



Bonaire Reporter- April 1 to 8, 2005


MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:

ELEKTRA by Rob Bowman,
starring Jennifer Gamer. Admit-
tedly I'm not really a fan of comic-book-
to-movie conversions so I didn't go with
many expectations. My suspicious were
totally confirmed. There were some excel-
lent villains, who have interesting powers
(Typhoid Mary, with her lethal kisses,
steals the show), but after five minutes I
was really craving for the end titles. Well,
Jennifer Gamer made it all bearable. She
really looks quite exquisite in her tight red
outfit. The fighting scenes consist of a lot
of frantic camera work to go along with
quick, close cuts so that we can't really see
anything but are forced to believe that
there's an intense fight scene in progress.
After the beautiful AVIATOR, I guess this
film is more for the younger audience.
There's a lot of violence but not very
graphic and it has some superheroes
which will appeal to the kids. O Dodo


MAY 2005
Thursday, May 5-Healing Touch
Free Introductory Class, 7-8 pm, Car-
ibbean Club Bonaire (page 3)
May 15th to the 22nd King of the Car-
ibbean at Lac Bay. The event will kick
off the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. For
info, see www.pwaworldtour.com or
www.bonaireworldfreestyle.com
May 19 to 22-Bonaire-Harbourtown
JAZZ FESTIVAL May 19 22
OCTOBER 2005
The International Bonaire Sailing Re-
gatta has been changed to October 9 -
15, 2005, a slip of one week.

EVERY WEEK
Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Res-
taurant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm.
Live Fla-Bingo with great prizes, starts
7 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisa-
beth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to
all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restau-
rant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria
#7, from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, roulette
and blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8
pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NA1f2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.


Earth Day in Bonaire

pril 22nd is the 35th anniversary of In-
ternational Earth Day. Five years ago
the Coral Reef Alliance joined the celebra-
tion with Dive In to Earth Day, adding a
diving/shoreline emphasis to Earth Day. In
past years, Bonaire's residents and visitors
have participated in Earth Day events such
as land and underwater cleanups and educa-
tional presentations. So far, 2005 Earth Day
events on Bonaire include the following:
April 20, Wednesday, 8 9 pm, at Aquar-
ius Conference Center, Capt. Don's Habitat:
"Underwater Caretaking." A slide presenta-
tion and talk about helping the undersea
world. Learn what debris is actually danger-
ous to marine animals, as opposed to being merely unsightly; learn the circumstances
under which some debris should be left in place. Contact Dee Scarr, 717-8529,
dee 7 touchthesea.com.
April 22, Friday, 2 pm: Underwater Caretaking dive. Help remove fishing line and
other debris that's dangerous to marine animals. Participants must register in advance
for this dive, with passport numbers. We're seeking permission to do our Caretaking
beneath a pier. Attending Underwater Caretaking seminar at Capt. Don's Habitat on
20th April (Wednesday) is helpful but not required. Dive led by Dee Scarr of Touch
the Sea, 717-8529, dee@touchthesea.com.
April 23, Saturday, all day: Land and underwater cleanup at ? 1a_
Washington Slagbaai National Park. For more information, con-
tact Fernando Simal at Washington Park or by e-mail, man-
ager@washingtonparkbonaire.org. 1 Dee Scarr


FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm
717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat.
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience 28th. Aquarius Confer-
ence Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle
Conservation Slide Show by
Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman' s. All levels invited NAf5 entry
fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians
are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-
2018


Visit the 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,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance
to the music of Bonaire's popular musi-
cians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am
to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's his-
toric town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour
at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at
9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at
717-6435 to reserve.
CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day 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. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
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DINING GUIDE


S HOP PI NG G U I D E


BANKS
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.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
DIVING
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.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
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.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
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.
HOTELS
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire


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neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
sea.
The Great Escape
Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting
with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber
Cafe, restaurant and bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
pleasure.
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
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: Interational/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
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.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.


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SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
SPA-DAY SPAS
Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don's Habitat is the
newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now
offering seaside massages and facials.
Pedisa Day Spa -for all your body and wellness
needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty
massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern,
efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
cated behind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
VILLAS
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy.
Hotel pickup.
WINES
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
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.

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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 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

Caribbean Club Bonaire Inexpensive-moderate Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff
On the Tourist Road 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm
717-7901 Closed Sunday Inexpensive Bar Hap dinner plus regular menu
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamino Beac Resort. Waterront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
717-8285
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef s prepare exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take outtoo.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Caribbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happyhours 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 owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111


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DIVING with DEE

S co rp i o fi s h


KEEPING THEIR SECRETS

S corpionfish are fascinating, aren't
they? For one thing, few other fish
let us study them so easily. Scorpionfish
don't hover or flitter around; they mostly
just rest on the bottom. Why? Because
they don't use their swim bladders, the
internal buoyancy control devices that
bony fish possess. Without neutral buoy-
ancy, the scorpionfish must swim very
quickly (like an over weighted diver). In
order to gain "altitude" from the bottom,
a swimming scorpionfish flares out its
pectoral fins and uses them to control its
takeoff, trajectory and landing. The
fish's tailfin provides thrust.

One other interesting thing about scor-
pionfish pectoral fins: their undersides
are patterned in an eye-catching black,
white, and maroon. When a scorpionfish
wants its movements to be noticed, it dis-
plays those patterns. The message is,
"Note my warning coloration: I'm ven-
omous!"

Once it settles into position, a scorpion-
fish may brace itself on its pectoral fins
or even raise the front of its body an inch
or two off the bottom by pushing up on
its pectoral fins. Then it waits. And
waits. Ambush predators are among the
most patient of creatures, and the scor-
pionfish is an expert ambush predator. It
"hides" in plain view, looking like an
algae-covered rock. Should an inatten-
tive little fish or crab swim by or try to
graze on the scorpionfish-rock, the scor-
pionfish lunges forward, opening its huge
mouth all at once and flaring out its gill
plates. This sudden action creates a vac-
uum which sucks the prey animal into the
predator's mouth. Just in case the prey
fish is too big to be engulfed all at once,
the scorpionfish's small, grasping teeth
prevent it from escaping as it's swal-
lowed. (Well, except at least one time,
when I saw a scorpionfish lunge up and
accidentally suck down a sharpnosed
puffer. The scorpionfish looked as if it
were gargling for a moment, then it spit
the little puffer out! Sharpnosed puffers
have a distasteful mucus on their bodies.
This little individual had been so sure of
the effect of the mucus that, despite being
swallowed, it hadn't even puffed up!)


easily around Bonaire is the biggest scor-
pionfish here, growing to 14" and more.
It's the spotted scorpionfish, Scorpaena
plumieri ("feathered stinging fish"). The
"stinging" refers to the venomous spines
in a scorpionfish's dorsal fin and on its
underside. Each hollow spine rests on a
venom sac. When something pushes
down on it, the spine pierces the venom
sac, which sends the venom through the
spine and into the injury. Any fish who
chomped a scorpionfish would be en-
venomated by both top and bottom
spines. The foolish predator would either
learn a painful lesson, or die -- and be
removed from the gene pool. Either so-
lution works well for other scorpionfish.

When seeking prey, the spotted scor-
pionfish does more than rely on its cam-
ouflage. It's perfectly willing to take a
more active role in hunting by seeking
high concentrations of prey fish. I used
to visit a formation that sheltered a large
school of young French grunts and al-
most always found a scorpionfish resting
nearby. Recently we came upon a sec-
tion of reef where hundreds of brown
chromis perfect prey for an adult spot-
ted scorpionfish were industriously
spawning. As we watched, a scorpion-
fish glided up and settled within lunging
distance of a couple of mating pairs.


occasionally is two or three scorpionfish
near each other. Much more rarely I've
seen it once and heard of it being seen
only a couple of times is scorpionfish
mouth-fighting behavior: two scorpion-
fish grab each other's mouths, the first
holding the second's lower jaw in its
jaws, and the second holding the first's
upper jaw. This is definitely some kind
of contest, probably between rivals al-
though none of the observers has noticed
a third scorpionfish. (I envision the third
as a Scarlet O'Hara-type, murmuring, "I
declayah, are you boys fighting over little
ol' me?")


Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea"
dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. .
See her slide show "Touch
the Sea" Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, Mondays, 8.30


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*to find it, just look up


W hat a way
S to begin a
new month because
several cosmic good-
ies get April off to a
fabulous sky gazer's
start. Jupiter will be
at opposition on Sun-
day the 3rd. You can
use the Moon to find
Mars on Monday the
4th, and on Friday the
8th even a partial
eclipse of the Sun.
On any night this
week, about an hour
after sunset, face
southeast where the
brightest star you'll
see in the sky will not
be a star but the big- Jupiter
gest planet in our so-
lar system: 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And although it will be almost at its very
best it will officially be at its best this Sunday the 3rd when it is at what astrono-
mers call "opposition," which in plain language means that on Sunday Jupiter will
be directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth. This further means that it will be
seen in the sky all the hours the Sun is not, which further means that it will be visi-
ble all night long. Additionally, whenever a planet is at opposition it is at its best
for viewing because it is then at its biggest, brightest and closest to Earth for the
year.
Watch it all night long as it slowly rises in the east just after the Sun sets. It will
then climb the southeastern heavens hour after hour until at midnight when it
reaches its highest point due south. After which it will slowly descend toward the
southwest and set just as the Sun rises in the east.
Now for all practical purposes Jupiter is really great for viewing two to three
weeks before and after opposition. So if you've got a small telescope get it out
now. You'll be able to see several of its equatorial bands of weather plus you'll be
able to watch its four biggest Moons change places in respect to Jupiter as they
orbit around it, night after night, which is something really fun to see! Many peo-
ple can see it with just a pair of binoculars if they're held real steady. So happy
Jupiter gazing this weekend and throughout April.

And now for those of you who'd like to find a planet which will be getting stead-
ily brighter week after week and which will reach stunning brilliance in October,
might I suggest you start your Mars watch now. You can use the Moon as a finder
on both Sunday morning the 3rd and Monday morning the 4th. Just face southeast
about 45 minutes before sunrise on Sunday and an exquisite crescent Moon will be
only 8 degrees to the right of tiny 4,000-mile-wide Mars. And the next day, Mon-
day, an even skinnier crescent Moon will be on the other side of Mars but still only
8 degrees away from it. What could be easier?
And for those of you who'd like to experience an eclipse of the Sun, on Friday
April 8th a total eclipse will occur over the Pacific Ocean, and its partial phases
will be seen over the Caribbean. What a way to open April! An eclipse of the Sun,
a sure way to find Mars and Jupiter at its best! O Jack Horkheimer


HAVE 0i
For the week:
April 1 to April 8, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Investments may be misrepresented this week. Your
moneymaking opportunities will flourish. Don't overload your plate. Be careful not
to divulge secret information this week. Your lucky day this week is Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't make large purchases or investments. Be sure
to take advantage of the opportunities that exist. Do not get involved injoint finan-
cial ventures. You can't make things better if you don't know what to fix. Your lucky
day this week is Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your magnetic, outgoing personality will capture
hearts. You may need to make a choice. Protect your interests legally if necessary.
You have been going through a period of change that no doubt caused problems
with your loved ones. Your lucky day this week is Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't get so wrapped up in being rich that you over-
look the fact that your plan may not be as solid as you thought. Emotional situations
could bring out your stubborn nature. You may find that your mate is well aware of
the circumstances. You have been going through a period of change that no doubt
caused problems with your loved ones. Your lucky day this week is Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try to communicate if you wish to help. You can make
money through your creative efforts. Discuss your problems and complaints if you
wish to rectify them. Don't trust others with private in formation that could be used
against you. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Do your own thing. You can certainly gain popularity;
however, don't do it by paying for everyone else. Your ability to talk circles around
your colleagues will help you forge ahead in the workforce. Watch your weight gain
due to water retention. Your lucky day this week is Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Short trips may be tiring but rewarding. You can pick
up information that will give you an edge. Organize all the responsibilities that have
to be attended to and make sure everyone knows what to do. You will feel so much
better about yourself if you can control your addictions. Your lucky day this week is
Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Be careful not to hurt the ones you love. Tone down
and put some of that hard earned cash into a safe, long-term investment. You must
use discretion when talking to others. Gambling should not be an option. Try to keep
an open mind. Your lucky day this week is Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be cautious not to get involved in office chat-
ter that will cause problems for others. Heart to heart talks will clear up vague is-
sues. You will learn valuable skills if you sign up for seminars this week. Go out
with close friends who understand your situation and your needs. Your lucky day
this week is Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) They will jump at the chance to do something
without you if it sounds like more fun. Put your energy into home renovations. You
are likely to reveal information unintentionally. Finish those changes you've been
talking about making to your residence. Your lucky day this week is Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Do not borrow or lend money or belongings to
friends or relatives if you wish to avoid any hassles. You may have major blowups
with someone you love if you don't back down. Don't hesitate to go ahead with any
plans for entertainment. Help children with important projects. Your lucky day this
week is Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Things have been moving so quickly that you need to
do something physical to release your tension. Do not be surprised if your partner
doesn't understand your needs. Accomplishment is yours if you direct yourself ac-
cordingly. Debates will stifle passion and result in estrangement. Your lucky day
this week is Thursday. D


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 A t the beginning of this week developments in the Dutch AirExel lawsuit against Bonaire's Dutch Eagle Express, DEE, (and its follow-on company, Dutch Antillean Express, DAE) took an alarming turn. As reported in the Dutch newspaper The Daily Telegraph , a Court has been asked to seize the assets of DEE/DAE and possibly those of its company officers, shareholders and conceivably the government. Yes, it is a possibility that the Bonaire Island Government, as the original owner of DEE, will be liable for the 12 million euros that its once parent company, Air Exel, claims it spent getting BonairExel up and running. A press release on Easter Sunday from BonairExpress emphasized that if the court allows the seizure it would mean the end of Bonaire's airline adventure. DEE/DAE, which operates BonairExpress, previously said that it was NOT liable for the debts of the Holland-based AirExel companies and that AirExel business losses were to its own account and could not be extended to DEE, the holder of the Air Operating Certificate for the airline. Now the court will have to decide. The issues are confusing and convoluted. The principal owner of the Dutch AirExel and DEE is the same person, Niek Sandmann. Several other corporate structures with board members never before mentioned in connection with BonairExel(Express) have become public in recent days as well, causing wonder at the Byzantine corporate structure contrived to support a three-airplane airline. And Harm Prins, former Air Exel top man, who was pushing the case, has left Holland Exel, which will probably be taken over by tour operator TUI. It’s the same Harm Prins who was arrested late last year for blackmail and fraud in connection with AirExel activities. The day of reckoning for BonairExel (Express) is this Thursday, 31 March, when a judge in Curaçao will rule if the lien will be imposed. The people of the Antilles recall the huge debt accumulated in the early 90s following Bonaire’s Parker Project scam which wound up costing Antilleans tens of millions of guilders and some say is the reason a 5% sales tax was introduced. It’s conceivable that the demise of DEE could have similar consequences. Check the Bonaire Reporter website, bonairereporter.com for late breaking news. A Brazilian businessman, David Isreal, is going to try to rescue Royal Aruban Airlines (RAA). Isreal has established a company, Amazon Valley Company, that operates under Aruban law. This company will investigate whether an agreement can be reached with the creditors of RAA for a start-up of the company. RAA has never flown before, but the preparations near completion. Aruba is without a national flag carrier since Air Aruba went bankrupt. (Continued on page 3) IN THIS ISSUE: Dietitian (Vegetable Recipe) 4 Letters (Windjammer, Fishing, Cars) 5,14 Get Your Chef’s Lunch Tickets 5 Special Olympics Fashion Fundraiser 6 Windsurf (Bonaire Waves) 7 Announcements (Marie Carrano Guidi; Delno Trump) 8 Bonaire Rice 9 New Airlink for Bonaire 11 Survivor Bonaire 11 Donkey Depression 12 Lora Nesting Site 12 Tourist Stay Home 13 Mock Turtle Cooking Contest 13 On the Scene-Friwinds 14 Earth Day 15 Scorpionfish (Dee Scarr) 17 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2, 10 Picture Yourself (Tuktoyuktuk) 6 Reporter Masthead 6 Vessel List & Tide Table 7 Classifieds 8 Pet of the Week (Kees & Ronald) 14 What’s Happening 15 Micro-Movie Review (Elektra) 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 Bonaire Sky Park (Jupiter) 18 The Stars Have It 18 Easter on Bonaire. The Kresh (nursery school) Bon Kwido was the site for happy and excited youngsters last Easter Monday. The kids got their faces painted as bunnies, made Easter egg-shaped art, played on the playground apparatus and hunted Easter eggs. They brought their parents along too and everyone had a fun-filled time. O n t h e C O VE R

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2) Bai Bini Air Charters, which operates DiviDivi Air, has added another nine-seat Britten Norman Islander (registration number PJ SKY) to its fleet. Beginning with one 7-passenger Cessna three years ago, the small airline has found success serving the BonaireCuraçao route. There is speculation that it may now include Aruba in its itinerary. Curaçaoans Germaine and Richie Reginald, who were both pilots for ALM, last year purchased the airline that was founded by Carla Siercke and pilot Hans Peter Barth. Germaine, based in Curaçao manages the operation. Divi Divi extended their gratitude to all who have helped make their business a success. On April 2 the last assets of DCA will go up for auction in Curaçao . They consist of furniture, electronic devices, computers, aircos and other items. Contact the Deurwaarder, Ms. S Ersilia, in Curaçao at Hato Airport if you wish to inspect the items. Only cash will be accepted. Dutch Minister of Governmental Reform and Kingdom Relations Thom de Graaf resigned last Wednesday after losing a key parliamentary vote on electoral reform . The resignation of De Graaf, who was also deputy prime minister, has put a major strain on Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende’s coalition. Thom de Graaf was the minister charged with the responsibility for the Netherlands Antilles and had formed relationships with Antillean leaders. He was considered sympathetic to the movement for constitutional reform in the islands. No replacement has yet been named. Correction : Although listed as a BHG member on its website, ABC Car Rental is actually a member of BONHATA. We apologize for the error. This item is not an April Fool joke, emphasized Bonaire's police spokesman, Charles Suriel, late last week. Beginning April 1st police will be detaining people who have outstanding unpaid traffic fines . Either pay up at the Ontvanger's (Collector’s) office or make an arrangement with the Public Ministry for a payment plan. Otherwise there will be the possibility of arrest. An automobile bumper sticker program to promote the "Protect Our Turtles" campaign was kicked off last week by STINAPA and the Boy Scouts from St. Bernardus School. For more information contact STINAPA at 717-8444 or STCB at 717-2225. The Irish-owned mobile telephone company, Digicel, which took over Curaçao Telecom (CT) two weeks ago, was rebuffed by Curaçao-owned UTS when they tried to work out a joint agreement. Now it will become a tough competitor for UTS in a market that may soon see the entry of communication giant AT&T . The UTS monopoly is gone and the resulting competition is expected to lower cell phone rates to consumers. UTS employs about 500 people. The company signed several roaming contracts in the region, including the US, Latin America and Europe for mobile telephones with a post-paid subscription. Last week’s high winds and rough seas kept several cruise ships, including the Royal Caribbean Cruise line’s Empress of the Seas, from tying up in Aruba and Curaçao. But Bonaire's expert wind-(Continued on page 4) At ITB: Bous Scholts, General Manager of the Plaza Resort Bonaire; Nick Davies, Harbour Village General Manager; Ronella Croes, TCB Director; and Jack Chalk, President of BONHATA and Capt. Don’s Habitat General Manager. Bonaire was represented at the biggest tourism exhibition on earth , the ITB in Berlin, from March 11 to 15. With 10,000 exhibitors from 180 countries and regions, ITB represents the full spectrum of global tourism at all levels with tour operators, booking systems, travel destinations, airlines, hotels and rental cars. The TCB, BONHATA (Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association) and the BHG (Bonaire Hospitality Group) were on hand to let attendees know of the joys of Bonaire. In previous weeks the Bonaire Hospitality Group (BHG) reported through the media that the Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) and the Bonaire Hotel & Tourism Association (BONHATA) wasted money by having exhibition space separate from BHG’s at the ITB (International Tourism Börse) in Berlin. BONHATA responded with a statement that the space they had was more appropriate since it was among other Caribbean locations and away from loud music that interfered with contract negotiations. There was lots of interest by tour operators for the 2006 season. BONHATA has invited BHG to join their group, but the offer was rejected. BONHATA is Bonaire's representative to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Thom de Graaf

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 V egetables are packed with essential nutrients and fiber, are generally low fat and contain in most cases few calories. And like all nonanimal foods, vegetables are cholesterol free. The trick is to keep them that way when preparing them for the table. Avoid excessive amounts of cooking fat by using non-stick pans which allow you to sauté with minimal oil. Replace cream or whole milk in casseroles and sauces with low fat milk thickened with a little flour. Dense vegetables, such as tubers and winter squashes, are higher in calories than leafy vegetables. To preserve nutrients, avoid overcooking. One of the easiest ways to cook them is to briefly plunge them into boiling water until they are just crisp-tender (blanching). An alternative to this is steaming. Here is a nice light and low fat recipe you can serve for lunch or dinner. Zucchini and Sweet Pepper Enchiladas (for four) 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 2 zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into thin slices 2 yellow bell peppers, cut into thin strips 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, minced ¾ cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth 1 teaspoon dried oregano or basil 2 cups, no-salt-added, crushed tomatoes 8, 6-inch flour tortillas ¼ cup shredded low fat cheddar cheese ¼ cup prepared salsa Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil until hot but not smoking over medium high heat. Add the zucchini, bell peppers, onion, and garlic, stirring to coat. Add ¼ cup of the broth and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining ½ cup broth and the oregano and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until almost all liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Spread half of the tomatoes in a 13x9 inch baking dish. Spoon one-eighth of the zucchini mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up the tortillas tightly and place, seam side down, over the tomatoes. Spoon the remaining tomatoes over the tortillas and sprinkle the cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the enchiladas are piping hot. Divide the enchiladas among 4 plates, spoon the salsa on top and serve. Calories 248 Fat 8 grams (28%) Carbohydrates 37 grams Protein 9 grams Angelique Salsbach Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 3) surfers didn't mind. They loved it! See the story on the Watersports page (7). BOPEC, the operator of the oil terminal at the northwest corner of Bonaire, has put a sign next to the fishermen’s hut at the south end of their property prohibiting diving, snorkeling and everything else on their lands. This is the entrance to Windjammer dive site . Dive interests on Bonaire are concerned and are exploring ways to deal with the situation. ( An early reaction can be seen in the Letter to the Editor on page 5.) To align schedules with those of our neighboring islands the dates for the International Bonaire Sailing Regatta have been changed to October 9 15 2005. Nutritionist George Benjamin Curiel will be giving a course on nutrition : juice fasting for cleansing the body, food mixtures, how to eat, etc. for a well balanced spirit, body and mentality. The course will start on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 pm, and will continue for three more Wednesdays at Chez Nous (SGB Restaurant School). Cost is NAƒ175. The course will be taught in Papiamentu, but can also be in Dutch or English if there are enough students. More information email komesalvo3@yahoo.com or call Liz Rijna at 786-0450. This Sunday, April 3, don’t miss Bonaire’s extremely popular Contest de Fli (Kite Contest ). You’ll see some of the most beautiful and outrageous kites, all made by hand, by contestants from Bonaire, Curaçao and Aruba. There will be food, drinks and lots of camaraderie . It starts in the morning and goes on all day, until the last of the kites have flown. It’s at the Juventus Field, the big ballpark behind Kooyman’s, near the Pauw gas station. This week’s Benetton models from Jong Bonaire are Farley Mercera and Nakka Frans. The Benetton ad is on page 11. L ./ G.D. Angélique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire’s Department of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dietitan@bonairenews. com Be Creative with Vegetables ! A low-fat vegetable recipe

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 OPINIONS and LETTERS:THE Op-Ed PAGE WINDJAMMER SITE CLOSED? Dear Editor: Yesterday I returned from my 14th visit, bringing diving groups to Bonaire in 12 years. The island was still as wonderful and the diving still as grand as the first time. I am amazed at the work that STINAPA has accomplished protecting the environment. One of my fondest dives as a properly trained and equipped technical diver was the Maria Bahn (The Windjammer) . I read with joy the articles that you print about her. The reef above the Maria is in itself one of the finest dives on the island. The lush corals and fishes too numerous to count along with sea turtles on almost every dive make it so. This trip I was sadly disappointed by the arbitrary closing of the site. Apparently BOPEC has erected a sign which places the reef and thus the wreck off limits to diving. I certainly hope that the dive operators on the island will join together and come up with some sort of compromise to leave the dive site open. How long can Bonaire remain the "Divers Paradise" when the best sites are being closed? Tom Smedley, Adventure Sports II, Montgomery Alabama FISHING FOR DIVERS Dear Editor: Why is that when reporting an incident such as this one shown in the photo, taken at 9 am on a Monday morning (21st March 2005), the manager of the Marine Park is unable to send or contact any of his rangers? With the entrance fee due to increase on the 1st April will there be more interaction, education and awareness made to all residents of the island or will only a selected few respond to the rules of the Marine Park? Will we be able to choose when to go spear fishing, cut Red Mangrove trees down to allow for the Easter gathering at Sorobon, or collect the conch for a fry-up? Or will the Marine Park start enforcing the rules, educating everybody properly and giving alternative fishing spots? After all we understand here on the island that we are allowed to fish but as a visitor it is harder to explain when they will have to pay $25 and not wear gloves..! Hagen G et your tickets now for the three-course gourmet lunches prepared by Bonaire’s Culinary Team. In order to practice their skills in preparation for going to the Culinary Olympics -“The Taste of the Caribbean” in June in Miami—the Bonaire team will be preparing, for 30 lucky diners, their three-course competition meal on two Sundays—April 10 and 17. Lunch will be served at 1 pm at Le Flamboyant on Kaya Grandi. Wine is included. There is seating for only 30 so get your tickets early. They’re NAƒ30. Call Sara Matera at 786-9299 or Laura DeSalvo at 717-8988 or 791-7252. L.D.

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 ©2005 The Bonaire Reporter Published weekly . For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , phone (599) 717-8988, 791-7252, 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: Webster (Web) Burrfish, C.deK., Dodo, Gus, L.&P. K., Jack Horkheimer, J.A., Heywood Jablome, Ann Phelan, Angélique Salsbach, Dee Scarr, Michael Thiessen, Witches of Sabadeco 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 Drukkerij , Curaçao S aturday, April 16, the Padrino Haute Couture Fashion Show at Croccantino Restaurant. All to benefit Special Olympics Bonaire. This year’s theme is “Broadway of the 50s,” with singing star Monica Millar from Curacao. Your contribution of NAƒ125 includes the show and a multi-course Tuscan dinner by Tuscan-trained Chef David and wine. There’s s limited number of tickets available at Croccantino Restaurant. Tel. 717-5025. L.D. Soeraley at the 2004 Show S oren Christiansen writes, “This is a picture of The Bonaire Reporter at 69° 25' 53.1" North and 134°, 18'55.5" West. That is up by the Arctic Ocean close to Tuktoyuktuk. I was up there on January 14, and the picture was taken at 11 in the morning. The little pinpoint of light is the oil rig at the new location we have which is about 2.5 km from the lease we are standing on. The outside temperature was -35° C at the time.” WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter. com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) G e t Y o u r T i c k e t s N o w f o r t h e S P E C I A L O L Y M P I C S B O N A I R E F u n d r a i s e r F a s h i o n S h o w

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 F or several months windsurfers in Bonaire have been shaking their heads, wondering where the wind was. Typically in February and March sailors enjoy wind conditions of around 18 mph. In February and March locals and tourists could count only a few decent sailing days instead of the usual windsurf scenario. Thankfully, the weather changed dramatically around the 23rd when the winds returned with a vengeance. For two days, only the expert or the adventurous sailor headed out with 3.04.0 meter sails to enjoy or rather brave the winds with gusts sometimes near 45. It was wild on Lac Bay with moderate chop and strong winds. Training local pros, Taty Frans, Choko Frans, Ruben Petrisie and Kiri Thode, headed up wind to Cai, their favorite training ground, for a few wave sessions. Visiting pros from the Gorge, another windy spot, joined their windsurf brethren in what turned out to be a wild ride for all. As the water from the open sea enters the channel at Lac Suite, a vacuum of wind sucks into the bay, creating some large swells. This past week the waves were sometimes mast high, creating an amazing site for the many tourists and windsurf spectators who headed up to Cai to see the show. Taty Frans dazzled the crowd with some crazy loops and tricks, defying the dangerous and challenging waves. His cousin and brother kept up the pace with some super charged jumps and moves. It was a great day for wind and waves News on the Local Windsurf Scene: Local windsurf hero Tonky Frans is in Maui for a photo shoot for his employer, F2 Boards. His brother Tati joins him this week when he heads there to meet with his new sponsor, Maui Sails. It must be a tough job working in yet another wonderful venue. Jose Fajardo Rivera, NB329, has just signed on as team rider for RRD, an Italian Board company in Europe. JP Boards is working with a scout on island, seeking new talent for their Young Guns Team. Clay Finies has signed on with Quatro Boards, a Hawaii-based company. There are many visiting pros from Sweden, Italy and the US on Bonaire, honing their skills for the upcoming 2005 tour. Pros coming to the 3rd Bonaire PWA King of the Caribbean are expected to touch ground as early as midApril to start training for this World Cup Event. It is the first Freestyle event for the tour so the attendance is expected to be high. Soon to come is the Diva WomenÂ’s Windsurf Week. The clinic is sponsored by Starboard. Visiting instructors include Windsurfer of the Year in the US, Beth Powell Winkler, and WomenÂ’s Windsurf Expert Instructor, Petra Kanz. Starboard is offering three local scholarships to teens and women from Bonaire. The dates are July 1724th with three days of direct instruction. If you want to learn to windsurf or want to sharpen your skills, contact Ann Phelan to apply for a scholarship. The three spots will be chosen in a lottery. Photos and stories by Ann Phelan www.bonairepros.com KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 4-01 6:35 2.0FT. 15:49 0.7FT. 64 4-02 7:36 2.0FT. 16:21 0.7FT. 57 4-03 8:27 1.9FT. 16:53 0.8FT. 56 4-04 1:22 1.2FT. 9:26 1.9FT. 17:24 0.9FT. 23:05 1.2FT. 61 4-05 3:17 1.2FT. 10:15 1.8FT. 17:44 1.0FT. 23:05 1.3FT. 70 4-06 4:45 1.1FT. 11:12 1.6FT. 17:56 1.1FT. 23:26 1.4FT. 80 4-07 6:14 1.1FT. 12:07 1.5FT. 17:56 1.1FT. 88 4-08 0:30 1.6FT. 7:52 1.1FT. 13:19 1.4FT. 17:35 1.2FT. 94 VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Angelos Antigone Angie Barbara Ann Besame Bettina Bright Sea Camissa, Chan Is. Cape Kathryn Catalyst Clemencia Dragonera Flying Cloud, USA Gabrielle Galandriel Guaicamar I , Ven. Honalee, USA Incandescent Infinity ItÂ’s Good Jacabi Jan Gerardus Jel-jok France La Cucaracha Laetitja LÂ’Aquila, BVI Last Call Luna C. USA La Escotilla, Caymans Maebelle Make My Day Maki, France Natural Selection Oslo Rusty Bucket Sabbatical Safari Samba Sapphire Santa Maria Sandpiper, USA Sirius Sylvia K Take It Easy Ti Amo, USA Tish Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Germany Ya-T, BVI Yanti Paratzi Zahi, Malta YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE Wave riders at Lac Taty Frans masters the waves Ann Phelan, owner Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, a windsurf and eco tour specialty travel service, is the Event Coordinator of the Annual Bonaire PWA King of the Caribbean. ann@bonairewindsurfing.com

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 100TH BIRTHDAY MARIE CARRANO GUIDI MARCH 22, 2005 A lthough she’s never been to Bonaire she keeps up to date on what goes on here through The Bonaire Reporter. At 100 years old, my Aunt Marie, my mother’s older sister, is as sharp and as aware of what goes on in the world as she was during her 42-year-long career teaching languages in New York’s inner city schools. Having had no children herself she dotes on her nieces and nephews. Like me. At family parties, weddings and get-togethers she’s always the peppiest, most vibrant person there. And so she was at her 100th Birthday Party last week in Kingston, NY, close to where she lives. In 1983 after her husband of 47 years passed away, she learned to drive. At age 79, the time most people turn in their driving licenses, she got her first one. But then again she always was adventurous. She says she’s “traveled to all the countries in the world, except China.” She still lives by herself in her lovely house near the banks of the Walkill River, but now her travels are more restrained. Arthritis has slowed her down a bit. But she still gathers with her many friends and is an active member of the Rosendale Women’s Club and St. Peter’s R.C. Church. I asked her if she had any advice to pass along on how to reach 100 years old in such good shape. Her answer: “Faith.” Her strong belief in God sustains her. She told us to stop mailing her The Reporter early last year because she was nearly blind, the unfortunate result of a botched cataract operation. But another operation, late in 2004, restored her vision! During her birthday party last week she asked us to put her back on the mailing list again. Now she’s again keeping track of Bonaire’s affairs. G.D. MOVING ON A rdent, community minded Dr. Delno Tromp, who has championed the causes of Bonaire and the Special Olympics Bonaire team, has accepted a position with the UN-UNEP (the United Nations Educational Program) in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa. “I will be working there for the United Nations, as has always been my dream,” says Delno. “The possibility for personal growth while there is huge, since I most probably will be a part of the UNEP (the United Nations Educational Program) where we will be going into the slums to teach the children there. Many of my family and friends think I am out of my mind, but after all, Life is a Daring Adventure or Nothing at All.” Delno has been the Caribbean National Director of Special Olympics and has worked diligently with Bonaire’s teams for the last few years. Ferina (Roosje) van der HoekGoeloe will take over as the National Director of Special Olympics Bonaire. Delno has been Director of US marketing for the Tourist Corporation Bonaire and was the innovator of the now popular Bonaire Ambassadors Program, among his other many accomplishments. Delno will be sorely missed by the island and by all his friends. But, as he says, “I’m just an email away.” We wish him the very best! G./L.D. GOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO BUY OR SELL? REACH MORE READERS THAN ANY OTHER WEEKLY NEWSPAPER BY ADVERTISING IN THE BONAIRE REPORTER FREE FREE FREE FREE Non–Commercial CLASSIFIED ADS (UP TO 4 LINES/ 20 WORDS) Commercial ads are only NAƒ0.70 per word, per week. Free ads run for 2 weeks. Call or fax The Bonaire Reporter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE BONAIRE. Consultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte, Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919 CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2 of plants and nursery. Specializing in garden/septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956 LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 JanArt Gallery , Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. BonaireNet is the leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http://www. yellowpagesbonaire.com MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE? Make it more livable from the start FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy healing China trained, Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013 NEW NEW BRASSERIE BONAIRE Restaurant – Terrace – Take away * SPECIAL DINNER MENU * NAƒ35.OO $ 20.00 CRAB BISQUE CATCH OF THE DAY COUPE CARIBE OPEN: 11.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. DINNER 6.00p.m. – 9.30p.m. Sunday and Monday closed ROYAL PALM GALLERIES, DOWNTOWN KRALENDIJK, Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX : 717-4321 NEW NEW Bonaire Images Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed note cards are now available at Chat-N-Browse next to Lovers Ice-Cream and Sand Dollar. Photography by Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com Visit Gallery “ MyArt ” Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef Call: 785-3988 Bonaire Reporter APRIL 1 , 2005 Freezer (vertical, 280 liter) NAƒ 300;Carpet (Persian type) 195x295 cm NAƒ 125; T wo single beds + mattresses NAƒ 25,each; Heavy trafo 1500 Watt , 127/220 Volt NAƒ 50,tel. 717-5068 For Sale: Kiteboard, Wipika twintip, 1.59 m. Very good beginner’s board and also a very good board for light weather. NAƒ 350. Call: 5649577 or 786-5881 For Sale: Water Heater 110v., 6 months oldNAƒ130. Call 786-8329 Compressor block 3 stage 100 200 ltr per minute. German build Max 225 bar. Complete with coolers and water separators. Just add motor and filter system. Call 786-1465 1994 Toyota Hilux Truck double cab, with air conditioning. Runs good. Asking price: NAƒ7,500 Please call: 717-6537, after 6:00 PM '93 Suzuki Samurai (jeep)New Seats, New Battery, Good Tires, Well Maintained for NAƒ5,500. Contact: 786-1465 For sale:Stroller as good as new. From 175Naf for 100Naf Sony prof. stereo surround system VAC5 with warranty (a.g.a.n), 7500 Watt, MP3, mic, c.d., double tape deck etc from 1100Naf for 700Naf Asahi Pentax K2 DMD prof. photo camera set : Pentax lenses, tripod, motor drive, prof. case, filters remote etc. Absolute bargain: Was 7500Naf, now 700Naf! Call 717-7977 or e-mail alexander137@telbonet.an For rent:-fully furnished 1 bedr. apt . with large porch, beautiful yard, washing machine, alarm, tv., tel., airco, very quiet area for NAƒ900 incl. Please call 717-7977 For Sale: Special Offer: Chalet in Valencia , Venezuela, in private zone. 1,000 sq. meters property, 1,000 sq. meters green zone. Chalet is 215 sq. meters. Built in 1999. Downstairs: living area with open, built-in kitchen, office, guest toilet, laundry. Upstairs: master bedroom with bath, terrace; 2 additional bedrooms, 1 bath. Many trees. Documents in order. Tel 7174111 For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom beach villa -weekly or monthly-choice location-privacy & securityMay 1st until Dec. 15th. Brochure available. Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US) (570) 586 0098. Email larjaytee@aol. com -May 1st until Dec. 15th. Owners of Robin RGD-5000 Diesel Generator LOOKING FOR WORKING ALTERNATOR SECTION . Our motor is OK. Contact Captain Don and Janet: 786-0956 Captain Don and Janet are seeking a massage table or waist –high padded exercise bench . Call 786-0956 Porch Sale-Fri & Sat 1 & 2 April 0800-1700, J.A. Abraham 43. Across from Divi Flamingo Appliances & Assorted household items. George DeSalvo with his Aunt Marie Readers are invited to send photos of anniversaries, engagements or weddings to The Reporter . The photo and text will be printed free of charge. Delno Tromp, PhD.

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T he economic hardship that hit Bonaire when the rice mill was shut down by the European Union (EU) action withdrawing its preferential treatment for foreign rice processed in Bonaire is about to be reversed. On April 1 most of Bonaire’s rice planted during the rains of 2004 will have been harvested. The heavy downpours of the past season have produced a bumper crop. Bonaire rice qualifies as EU farm produce and as such benefits from the same generous subsidies given to French and Italian growers. The saliñas, flooded with rainwater, make a perfect rice paddy. Since water buffalo are scarce on the island several of the unemployed donkeys that managed to evade the Sanctuary roundup have been pressed into service behind the plows. George Winkkler, manager of the rice mill, is ecstatic about the prospects. “We’ve already called 30 workers back to get the grain elevators and milling equipment prepared to process the harvest. Ships to transport the rice overseas have left Europe enroute to Bonaire. When we begin full production about 100 people will be employed.” Corgill Salt is rumored to be considering modifying several of their salt evaporator ponds to make them suitable for rice paddies. “Global warming is reducing the need for road salt to melt winter ice,” said Jon Ghleen, the Works Manager. “Corgill’s immense profits will be bolstered even more by successful rice production.” If most of the salt production is converted to rice growing, Bonaire will become second only to Indonesia in annual tonnage. Bonaire’s political parties are scrambling to take credit for the economic boom. The Green Party is saying rice growing is another of its successful initiatives, along with the demolition of unattractive historic structures, to supercharge Bonaire’s economy and that KLM is considering flying “just picked” rice to gourmet European consumers. The Red Party applauds the economic boost but is concerned about the distortion of Bonaire’s cultural heritage. “If this continues,” said opposition Red leader Jopy Abrams, “before long tour ists will be hearing that the slave huts were used to store grain.” Several environmentalists are concerned that the change from salt to fresh water in the saliñas will harm to the feeding grounds of Bonaire’s many flamingoes. However, STINAPO, the new enforcement arm of STINAPA, will monitor the situation. G.D. April 1, 2005 Volume 12, Issue 13 ½ Kaya Gob. Debrot 200 • E-mail: reporter@bonairenews.com • 717-8988 SINCE 1994 Rainy season plowing Dry season harvest

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 A dditional air carriers are competing for the routes DCA flew. The latest contenders, both British, parked briefly at Flamingo Airport. The famous Venzuelan designer Padrino, who will present his fashion show at Croccantino Restaurant on April 16, has been commissioned by the royal family to design a water-resistant dive hat, to be worn by Queen Beatrix when she goes snorkeling on her official upcoming visit to Bonaire. STINAPA has softened its stand on mooring fees . They will return to $5, provided the yacht leaves the mooring between 8 am and 8 pm. Stanley Lourense, King of Tumba, will present his series of religious tumbas in St. Nicolas church, Kralendijk, on Easter Friday, 6 pm. There will be no community singing or dancing, just tumbas. All Italian wines priced NAƒ 45 and over are to be recalled by local wine merchant AWC because of a serious price deficiency . The Italian quality restaurants will probably soon run out of Amarone and Ser Gioveto, so if you like these wines, you’d better hurry and book a table at Croccantino. And while on the subject of wines, California vintners in the Napa Valley area, which primarily produces Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio wines, have developed a new hybrid grape that acts as an anti-diuretic. It is expected to reduce the number of trips older people have to make to the bathroom during the night. The new wine will be marketed as “Pino More.” ( J.A.) Bonaire’s recent clear skies have been registering off the top of the scale for Tanning Quotient. In order to protect themselves several tourists have adopted this surefire form of bathing attire with an SPF of 1,000,000. The WEB power plant is back to normal schedule again, thanks to the newly installed Aggreko megawatt generators. Power outages will once again be random, as in the good old times. Like everywhere else, goat theft is a problem on Bonaire. This Friday, LVV, in cooperation with the island government, will begin installing goat vending machines at key spots on the island. So if your goat has gone missing you can obtain another conveniently and relatively inexpensively. The flat price is NAƒ1 per kilogram. Coins or bills are accepted by the new machines. Officials from DROB (Environmental Section) made a startling discovery during last week’s “bat-count” survey of Bonaire’s many caves. A child, apparently being raised by a family of fish-eating bats, was found in a deep cave in the Lima section. Fish-eating bats are one of the seven bat species living on the island as well as the largest with a typical wingspan exceeding 45 cm (18 inches). The child is believed to be three-year old Isidore Farkas, the son of a Belgian tourist couple who had believed him kidnapped from their rental car at the Angel City dive site two years ago. The child spoke no recognizable language but seemed to communicate with his adopted mother with high-pitched squeaks. Except for an extreme sensitivity to loud noises, he seemed healthy. He will be reunited with his human parents on Friday, April 1. It’s official! Bonaire Bikers, of the Harley persuasion, have elected A.J. Campbell to be their new president. It was a close race between A.J., Orlando and Jack. The club wanted someone with a strong image to be their leader. A.J. looks tough, but he's really a pussycat at heart. ( Gus) (Continued on page 11) Sam William, the Englishman perhaps best known for his studies of the endangered Bonairean Lora (Yellowshouldered Amazon Parrot) and the first successful ascent of Mt. Brandaris by bicycle ( Reporter 8/22/03 issue) has scored another first. Reporter photographers were on hand to record his jump from Subi Rincon (where all the radio towers are) to Alta Mira last week. He will repeat the deed this Friday, 1 April, at 11 pm. The Reporter will provide a free Dominican Presidente beer to the first 24 people who show up to witness the daring deed as well as to the Red Cross crew.

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 C BS-TV has announced that next season’s popular “Survivor” series will take place here on Bonaire. In a departure from the show’s original format, contestants will be chosen from expatriate residents of the island. According to the show’s host, Jeff Probst, “We want to see how these folks manage to survive on an island like Bonaire.” Therefore, the show’s “challenges” will be taken from everyday life on Bonaire. Probst himself has agreed to his own challenge: he will endeavor to make it through the entire series while never once uttering the words “I’ll go tally the votes.” CBS plans to call the two tribes ‘The Makambas’ and ‘The Merkas.’ Like the original series, the team that loses a given challenge will have to go to Tribal Council, and a member of their team will be ‘voted off the island.’ On Survivor Bonaire, Tribal Council will be held at Flamingo Airport, and instead of having his or her torch extinguished in a symbolic gesture of defeat, the losing contestant will have to turn his or her sedula over to Immigration. Rather than the usual $1,000,000 prize, the final survivor will be given a lifetime, tax-free residency with the freedom to come and go from the island at will. The search for food, a constant theme in previous Survivor series, will be a little different on Survivor Bonaire. The Makamba tribe will have to dine out for a week without eating French fries, and will be required to leave at least a 15% gratuity. The Merkas, on the other hand, must dine out for a week, never once going to KFC, and never once uttering the words, “But back home we can get...” A challenge for both tribes will be to find fresh milk on a Thursday. New to the Survivor Bonaire series will be the fashion challenge: The Makamba tribe must wear shorts and flip-flops, while the Merka tribe will have to wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and NO flowered shirts. Individual challenges are rumored to include the following: Completing a circuit of the island without driving by a “Snack,” obtaining a list of household items without going to “The Chinese Store,” trying to find out where to pay a parking ticket, and obtaining a driver’s license by visiting fewer than four agencies. The greatest challenge survivors face will probably be the building of a shelter which they must do in less than one year. The Reporter wishes the best of luck to all the contestants! Witches of Sabadeco Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 10) The Rotary Club Bonaire and the Lion’s Club Bonaire have announced their merger effective April 1, Easter Friday. A press conference will be given in Moreno’s VIP lounge at the airport. The usual drug pat by Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius will be skipped for this occasion. Time of the press conference is 4 pm. The reason given in the brief release are: a) the dearth of valid community projects (both clubs), b) the outflow of upper class floozies (Rotary) and c) the parking problems with SUV’s at annual cook-outs (Lion’s). The new club is to be baptized the Rotalions . A further merger with the Chaine des Rotisseurs is seriously considered. The main obstacle for this further merger is that the Chaine will not consider spare ribs, a popular fare among Lion’s members, a suitable dish for a Chaine dinner. On Super Friday at 4 pm. at Lagoen (muddy side) a mud-slinging contest will be held between adult males, divided into a red team and a green team. The two prizes are: The Jo-pie award for best pitcher, and the Ramon-sito award for best catcher. The trophies are a silver beaker with throwing handle in the form of a knuckle duster, and a silver platter with a holding handle fastened to the back. Referees (who have to decide unanimously) are Commissioner Burney el Hage and former minister Nolly Oleana. C.dK. / G.D. B onaire is to have a new airline servicing both the US and Europe, with an operational start planned for January 1, 2006. On the very spot where Bonaire’s first airstrip was built some 70 years ago, on the road to Rincon, Dutch air tycoon Erik Aviator, former partner of Bonaire businessman Nick Sandcastle, revealed his plans for a new airline, dubbed Bonaire Historic Airways (BHA). “The trend toward ever faster and cheaper air travel is about to reverse itself,” declares Erik, “same as happened with transatlantic ocean liners which now ply the leisure cruise trade.” BHA will employ small, lavishly fitted aircraft, probably Fokker 50s or 70s, seating 12 in grand luxury, using Bonaire and the Dutch island of Texel as home bases. The whole trip will take three days, with stops at St. Maarten, Hilton Head Island, Bermuda, the Azores, Madeira, Jersey (Channel Islands) and then Texel, all islands, and the same route back. The price will be around US$4,500 one way, return by commercial airliner. “We have already dozens of advance bookings,” says Erik. “We plan to build our own modest airstrip and accommodations on Klein Bonaire and have requested permission from the Island Government, as this project will greatly enhance the tourist attraction of Bonaire without harming the pristine beauty and delicate ecological balance of Klein Bonaire. We hope to have the permits for a 1 km. strip and one-story high control tower by mid June.” This coming Easter Friday Erik Aviator and his local partners plan to show the actual location of the strip on Klein Bonaire to any interested outsiders. Meeting place is the shacks on the east shore of Klein, meeting time is 10 am. Bring your own boat and refreshments. C.dK. Bonaire’s crack Zero-Tolerance Team has deployed their latest weapon against speeding Bonaire motoriststhe SELIBON trash container radar . Drivers are so accustomed to seeing the ubiquitous containers that they don’t even know they’ve been nailed until pulled over by one of the blue-suited team. So slow down drivers. What looks like an ordinary trash container… contains the latest in radar speed detector technology This modern Fokker 70 will fly the transatlantic portion between the US and Holland. This old Fokker will fly the Caribbean legs of the journey.

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 T he mystery was solved last week by a young cook working at Sorobon, an avid Lora fan, who was mountainbiking to his work last Saturday. Noticing a couple of Loras near the slave huts past Cargill Salt works, he investigated, and found 3 (three!) Lora nests in some of the slave huts. Please do not go and look for yourself. The nests are fragile and the Loras are wary of visitors. On EcoFriday, April 1, from 10-12 noon you can come and look for yourself, under guidance of a Lora count team worker. You will have to bend over and creep inside, but that’s what the slaves did in their lifetime. The Loras just fly in and out, as they should. C.dK. B onaire’s donkeys are in trouble, says well-known equine psychologist and donkey whisperer Jack Ashworth. On a recent visit to Bonaire, Ashworth studied the donkey population in depth and his news is bad: Bonaire’s donkeys are suffering from severe depression and low self-esteem. “The drooping ears, the shuffling gait, the plaintive brays, and general lethargy are classic signs of clinical depression,” says Ashworth. “The recent spate of attempted vehicular suicides are only the latest cries for help. We must intervene.” The donkeys’ self-image also suffers by comparison with Bonairean posterboy fauna. “When comparing themselves to the capering goats, the lovable loras, the sociable prikichi, and the nimble iguanas, the donkeys’ self-loathing only rises,” observed Ashworth. “All equine species are excellent swimmers, a talent I rarely observed among the local donkeys,” noted Ashworth. He has scheduled an intervention and event that will raise donkey self-esteem and show off their rarely-demonstrated abilities: the First Annual Bonaire-to-Curaçao Donkey Swim. “I know they can do it, and this will put Bonaire’s donkeys on the map,” enthused Ashworth. Local casinos are supporting the event with their own Donkey Sports Book. “Community support, like that of the casinos, only adds to donkey pride.” The Donkey Swim will be held on April first at the Customs Pier at noon. It is widely rumored that noted Scientologist actor and Bonaire visitor Tom Cruise will fire the starting gun for the event promptly at 1 pm. If you have a favorite equine, come on down to the Customs Pier and kiss your ass goodbye! Heywood Jablome In the Bonaire Reporter, issue # 8, (February 25-March 4) it was reported that the annual Lora count had diminished the Lora numbers by 25%, from 400 to 300. Several traditional nesting pl aces were found deserted. Where did these Loras go? Startled Donkey at the seaside Donkey Elmo is training for the BON-CUR swim by jumping hurdles You only pay when we sell it

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 T he Antilles Grand Council announced a ban on all foreign tourists, especially divers and snorkelers. The previous rule of a two-week stay has been changed to no stay. Thus the plan to introduce the unpopular “seaside viewing and ocean air breathing fee” has been tabled indefinitely. The Lost Penguin is delivering emergency sandwiches to any stranded tourists, and portable toilets will be set up in Wilhelmina Square as tourists will not be permitted to rent rooms on the island. Grand Council head, Anthony Gutlett, who was absent on a trip casing SABADECO homes, was replaced by his aunt and mother who announced that, for Bonaire, tourism will be encouraged between Kralendijk, Rincon and Aruba. When interviewed, Gutlett’s cousin Marsha Donkey (standing in for Gutlett’s aunt and mother, who were absent as usual) stated there will be many advantages to banning tourists, such as: 1. No more divers to ruin the reefs. Blind snorkelers, who were avoiding the $50 “breathing through a plastic tube fee” by snorkeling at night, will no longer need to be pursued by our police patrol boat. 2. Creation of a new drag strip on the jet runway. (Since not as many planes will be needed, it will end the need for using the road to Sorobon as a drag strip.) 3. Restaurants will no longer need to serve food to tourists, thereby giving restaurant staff more leisure time, without pay, while protecting our dwindling Wahoo supply. 4. Rental cars will be dumped into the ocean to expand our reef system and thus will no longer ruin our roads. 5. The need to raise diver and snorkeler fees is now ended since no divers or snorkelers will come to Bonaire. 6. We can close the airport tax office since it will no longer be needed. 7. The airport tower can also be closed and could be converted to the Jet Disco-a-Go-Go. Since the lack of tourism will leave a vacuum of sound, some Bonaire motorcycle groups have agreed to move their level of noise from obnoxious to deafening. In order to protect their sensitive eardrums, the Bonaire police have agreed never to leave the police station. The Dutch government, in a surprise move, will grant Bonaire the status of “pitiful possession” and provide total support. L. & P. K. The Dutch governm ent and the island’s Dutch business people, could not be reached for comment, but there was talk of opening up closer tie discussions with Belgium. Ed. O n Easter Friday at 12 noon an amateur cooking contest will be held at Sorobon, for the best recipe of mock turtle soup. Participants should bring their own tureen, kitchen tools and ingredients. The mock turtles, freshly flown in from Florida, and cooking fires will be made available by the organization committee, for a participation fee of NAƒ10 per tureen/ recipe. The jury consists of Doi, the island’s real turtle connoisseur, assisted by two master cooks of the island. The winner will be crowned “Mock Turtle Chef of the Year.” The three best recipes will be put on the menu of leading restaurants. Make sure to bring along a bottle or flask of rum, as the chief referee Doi favors recipes flavored by this delicious drink! C.dK. The mock turtle ( Tortola humoriae ) is a distant parent of the common sea turtle. It is about the size of a small otter, has scales like an armadillo and a rolling appendage that makes them hard to capture in a downhill situation. Its natural habitat is large swampy areas like the Everglades, where they are in such abundance that they do not rate species protection. Their curious name derives from the sound these little amphibians make, not unlike the mocking bird.

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 Bonaire Reporter APRIL 1 , 2005 YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS SECTION T here were some red faces aboard the cruise ship Friwinds last week when the new captain of the ship mistook Harbour Village Marina for the cruise ship dock. Captain Beauregard Edgerton, newly in command and on his first trip to Bonaire, got his ship firmly wedged in the marina entrance. It came free after having all the passengers move to the stern. There was no damage to the ship, however, the patrons of the La Balandra restaurant hastily interrupted their breakfasts and fled for the exit when they saw the ship approaching. Blanche Boggledorf, visiting from Buckwheat, Nebraska, told this reporter, "I haven't seen people move so fast since Elmer Codwollop's bull got loose at the State Fair." Explaining the incident, Captain Edgerton said that it was an easy mistake to make as the marina was where most of the boats were docked and it was hardly his fault that the channel was neither deep enough nor wide enough for a "reasonably sized vessel." He was also quoted as saying that there were going to be "severe disciplinary repercussions if the crew persists in referring to me as Captain Wedge-It-In. They should show more respect." The passengers seemed to be nonplussed by the occurrence and several pointed out that the marina was much nicer than the cruise ship dock anyway. Story & photo by W.B. SOLUTION TO TOO MANY CARS ON BONAIRE? Dear Editor: I thought the article "Too Many Cars on Bonaire?" ( Bonaire Reporter 3-25-05 Issue, last week) was well written and researched. However, it did not address what I consider to be the root cause of too many cars on the island. Namely, too many licensed drivers. To alleviate this problem I would suggest that all currently licensed drivers be required to demonstrate competency to operate a motor vehicle. Many would fail the test and there would be fewer cars on the road. Are there bad Bonaire drivers? Based on my observations walking about the island I wrote a simple test and had several local drivers give me their answers. The test was as follows: 1) When rounding the corner in front of Julio's you find pedestrians crossing the road. Do you A) slow down and risk being rear-ended or B) blow the horn vigorously to hurry them on their way. 2) When backing out of a parking place at the Tropical Flamingo do you A) look behind you first and possibly lose your concentration and cause an accident or B) back out regardless, people will get out of the way. 3) When passing people on the road side do you A) ease to the left to make room and maybe create a head-on collision or B) brush past them. Unfortunately many of the drivers taking the test answered A for all three questions. With drivers like these, accidents just waiting to happen, it is surprising to me that there is not more carnage on the roads of Bonaire. I strongly urge that the authority for licensing drivers retest everyone and revoke permanently the licenses of all that fail. With a limited road system only the truly competent should be at the wheel. This will create a safer and less traffic congested Bonaire for all to enjoy. Webster (Web) Burrfish LETTERS:THE Op-Ed SECTION A s we’ve always said, the Bonaire Animal Shelter offers the best pets for adoption; not only are they healthy but they’re very social. But these two sibling kittens have taken it a step further. “Kees” and “Ronald” can actually communicate with each other so that humans understand. An astounded Shelter Director Jury Malama explains, “We just can’t believe the intelligence these two stray kittens possess. Someone found them arguing in front of a big crowd at Karel’s Beach Bar last Saturday night. No one seemed to own them so the kind Samaritan br ought them into the Shelter before some unscrupulous individuals tried to capture them.” Visit the Shelter on the Lagoen Road and meet Kees and Ronald and see for yourself what exceptional pets are up for adoption. They’re open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. L.D . “Kees” and “Ronald”

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 THIS WEEK Until April 14 — Willie Dijkstra Art Exhibit Cinnamon Art Gallery is at Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe. Until April 22 – Gert van Zanten “Bonagraphs” – photos of Bonaire. At Le Flamboyant restaurant. Saturday, April 2 Big Rincon Marshégifts, food, drinks, music, friendliest people on the island.—6 am to 4 pm. Sunday, April 3 Contest di Fli, (Kite Contest) at the Juventus Field, the big ballpark behind Kooymans, near the Pauw gas station. Food, drinks, lots of fun. More information at the Flamingo Book Shop on Kaya Grandi #21 Wednesday, April 6 – Nutrition course by George Benjamin Curiel: juice fasting for cleansing the body, food mixtures, how to eat, etc. for a well balanced spirit, body and mentality. Starts at 7 pm, and will continue for three more Wednesdays at Chez Nous. Cost is NAƒ175. The course will be taught in Papiamentu, but can also be in Dutch or English if there are enough students. More information email komesalvo3@yahoo.com or call Liz Rijna at 786-0450. COMING Sundays, April 10 & 17 —Bonaire Culinary Team gourmet lunch with wine. Donation NAƒ30. Le Flamboyant Restaurant 1 pm. Tickets: Sara 786-9299; Laura 717-8988 or 791-7252 (page 5) Saturday, April 16 —Padrino Fashion Show at Croccantino Restaurant—to raise funds for Bonaire’s Special Olympics Team. 7:30 pm. NAƒ125 donation includes multi-course Tuscan dinner. Well-known singer Monica Millar will perform. Tickets at Croccantino Restaurant. Tel. 717-5025. Wednesday 20th April – Saturday 23 April. Earth Day Events in Bonaire. See story on this page. Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days : Sun. Apr. 24Endeavor Saturday, April 30Rincon Day, Queen’s Birthday Saturday, April 30 – COMCABON MCB 5 km / 17.5 km run with prizes . 7 am. Call Richard Pietersz at 717-8629, 780-7225. Saturday, April 30 Windsurfing Race MAY 2005 Thursday, May 5 —Healing Touch Free Introductory Class, 7-8 pm, Caribbean Club Bonaire (page 3) May 15th to the 22nd King of the Caribbean at Lac Bay . The event will kick off the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. For info, see www.pwaworldtour.com or www.bonaireworldfreestyle.com May 19 to 22 —Bonaire-Harbourtown JAZZ FESTIVAL May 19 22 OCTOBER 2005 The International Bonaire Sailing Regatta has been changed to October 9 – 15, 2005, a slip of one week. EVERY WEEK Saturday Rincon Marshé opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean 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 Sunday 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. Live Fla Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi Flamingo Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435 Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14. Wednesday Meditation at Donkey Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450 Wednesday Sand Dollar Manager’s Cocktail Party , Mangos Bar and Restaurant Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm FridayOpen House with Happy Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm. DailyThe Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm– 4 am; Sunday 7 pm– 3 am. Every day by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAƒ12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SaturdayDiscover Our Diversity Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080 Sunday Bonaire Holiday Multimedia dual-projector productio n by Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don’s Habitat. Monday Dee Scarr’s Touch the Sea slide experience 28th . Aquarius Conference Center, Capt. Don’s Habitat, 8:30– 9:30pm. Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm FridayWeek in Review Video Presentation by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza’s Tipsy Seagull , 5 pm. 717-2500. CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 717-6105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm call 567-0655 for directions. Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:30 pm at the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from the RBTT Bank and next to Kooyman’s. All levels invited. NAƒ5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. 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 Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture . Visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 7902018 Visit the 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, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017 Sunday at Cai Live music and dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. Rincon Marshéevery Saturday 6 am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire’s historic town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10 . Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve. CHURCH SERVICES International Bible Church of Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 7178332 Protestant Congregation of Bonaire . Wilhelminaplein. 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 – Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304 . Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of Coromoto 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. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116. * * * * Send events to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ10,50 (incl. Tax) High Schoolers NAƒ7,75 NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY SATURDAY 4 PM Fat Albert Call to make sure: Usually 9:00 pm Constantine (Keanu Reeves) Early Show (usually 7pm) Are we there yet? MICRO MOVIE REVIEW Seen recently in Movieland Cinema: ELEKTRA by Rob Bowman, starring Jennifer Garner. Admittedly I'm not really a fan of comic-bookto-movie conversions so I didn't go with many expectations. My suspicious were totally confirmed. There were some excellent villains, who have interesting powers (Typhoid Mary, with her lethal kisses, steals the show), but after five minutes I was really craving for the end titles. Well, Jennifer Garner made it all bearable. She really looks quite exquisite in her tight red outfit. The fighting scenes consist of a lot of frantic camera work to go along with quick, close cuts so that we can't really see anything but are forced to believe that there's an intense fight scene in progress. After the beautiful AVIATOR, I guess this film is more for the younger audience. There's a lot of violence but not very graphic and it has some superheroes which will appeal to the kids. Dodo A pril 22nd is the 35th anniversary of International Earth Day. Five years ago the Coral Reef Alliance joined the celebration with Dive In to Earth Day, adding a diving/shoreline emphasis to Earth Day. In past years, Bonaire’s residents and visitors have participated in Earth Day events such as land and underwater cleanups and educational presentations. So far, 2005 Earth Day events on Bonaire include the following: April 20, Wednesday, 8 – 9 pm, at Aquarius Conference Center, Capt. Don’s Habitat: “Underwater Caretaking.” A slide presentation and talk about helping the undersea world. Learn what debris is actually dangerous to marine animals, as opposed to being merely unsightly; learn the circumstances under which some debris should be left in place. Contact Dee Scarr, 717-8529, dee@touchthesea.com. April 22, Friday , 2 pm: Underwater Caretaking di ve. Help remove fishing line and other debris that’s dangerous to marine animals. Participants must register in advance for this dive, with passport numbers. We’re seeking permission to do our Caretaking beneath a pier. Attending Underwater Caretaking seminar at Capt. Don’s Habitat on 20th April (Wednesday) is helpful but not required. Dive led by Dee Scarr of Touch the Sea, 717-8529, dee@touchthesea.com. April 23, Saturday , all day: Land and underwater cleanup at Washington Slagbaai National Park. For more information, contact Fernando Simal at Washington Park or by e-mail, manager@washingtonparkbonaire.org. Dee Scarr

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APA Construction are professional General Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. DIVING 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 computer H.Q. FITNESS Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule. Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR 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. HOTELS Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the sea. The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber Café, restaurant and bar. METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP b c bBotterop Construction Bonaire N.V. , offers outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including stainless. Complete machine shop too. PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of items and services for your picture-taking pleasure. REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire’s oldest real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer services and top notch properties. Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. REPAIRS Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. SECURITY Special Securi ty Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-8125. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033. SPA—DAY SPAS Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don’s Habitat is the newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now offering seaside massages and facials. Pedisa Day Spa – for all your body and wellness needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more. SUPERMARKETS Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind NAPA. Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. THE market for provisioning. VILLAS Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup. WINES 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 Yoga For You . Join certified instructors Desirée and Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Private lessons too. ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. The most advertising for your guilder. Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252 RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Bella Vista Restaurant Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 525 Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Dinner during Theme nights only. Open every day Magnificent Theme Nights : Saturday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican Night; Friday: Manager’s Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q Bistro de Paris Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 (half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Moderate Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday Real French Cooking in an informal setting Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef Owner-operated Eat in or Take away Caribbean Club Bonaire On the Tourist Road 2 mi. north of Town 717-7901 Inexpensive-moderate Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff Happy Hour from 5-7 pm Inexpensive Bar Hap dinner plus regular menu Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront 717-8285 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 days Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or à la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine . Croccantino Italian Restaurant Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Moderate-Expensive Dinner Closed Monday Tuscan chef s prepare exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out too. Garden Café Kaya Grandi 59 717-3410 Moderate Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties . Excellent vegetarian selections. Pizza and Latin Parilla The Great Escape EEG Blvd #97—across from Belmar 717-7488 Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Open 7 days Bar-Restaurant poolside —under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares Caribbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day. The Last Bite Bakery Home Delivery or Take Out 717-3293 Low-Moderate Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 pm , Closed Sunday Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratchfor take out or delivery only. The Lost Penguin Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Call 717-8003. Low-Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife. Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 790-1111 Low-Moderate Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Bonaire’s best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111 Subscribe to the Reporter! 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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 KEEPING THEIR SECRETS S corpionfish are fascinating, aren’t they? For one thing, few other fish let us study them so easily. Scorpionfish don’t hover or flitter around; they mostly just rest on the bottom. Why? Because they don’t use their swim bladders, the internal buoyancy control devices that bony fish possess. Without neutral buoyancy, the scorpionfish must swim very quickly (like an over weighted diver). In order to gain “altitude” from the bottom, a swimming scorpionfish flares out its pectoral fins and uses them to control its takeoff, trajectory and landing. The fish’s tailfin provides thrust. One other interesting thing about scorpionfish pectoral fins: their undersides are patterned in an eye-catching black, white, and maroon. When a scorpionfish wants its movements to be noticed, it displays those patterns. The message is, “Note my warning coloration: I’m venomous!” Once it settles into position, a scorpionfish may brace itself on its pectoral fins or even raise the front of its body an inch or two off the bottom by pushing up on its pectoral fins. Then it waits. And waits. Ambush predators are among the most patient of creatures, and the scorpionfish is an expert ambush predator. It “hides” in plain view, looking like an algae-covered rock. Should an inattentive little fish or crab swim by or try to graze on the scorpionfish-rock, the scorpionfish lunges forward, opening its huge mouth all at once and flaring out its gill plates. This sudden action creates a vacuum which sucks the prey animal into the predator’s mouth. Just in case the prey fish is too big to be engulfed all at once, the scorpionfish’s small, grasping teeth prevent it from escaping as it’s swallowed. (Well, except at least one time, when I saw a scorpionfish lunge up and accidentally suck down a sharpnosed puffer. The scorpionfish looked as if it were gargling for a moment, then it spit the little puffer out! Sharpnosed puffers have a distasteful mucus on their bodies. This little individual had been so sure of the effect of the mucus that, despite being swallowed, it hadn’t even puffed up!) The type of scorpionfish we see most easily around Bonaire is the biggest scorpionfish here, growing to 14” and more. It’s the spotted scorpionfish, Scorpaena plumieri (“feathered stinging fish”). The “stinging” refers to the venomous spines in a scorpionfish’s dorsal fin and on its underside. Each hollow spine rests on a venom sac. When something pushes down on it, the spine pierces the venom sac, which sends the venom through the spine and into the injury. Any fish who chomped a scorpionfish would be envenomated by both top and bottom spines. The foolish predator would either learn a painful lesson, or die -and be removed from the gene pool. Either solution works well for other scorpionfish. When seeking prey, the spotted scorpionfish does more than rely on its camouflage. It’s perfectly willing to take a more active role in hunting by seeking high concentrations of prey fish. I used to visit a formation that sheltered a large school of young French grunts and almost always found a scorpionfish resting nearby. Recently we came upon a section of reef where hundreds of brown chromis – perfect prey for an adult spotted scorpionfish – were industriously spawning. As we watched, a scorpionfish glided up and settled within lunging distance of a couple of mating pairs. Spotted scorpionfish can lunge a distance of half their length. They hang out just about everywhere around underwater Bonaire, from the reef slope to the flats, resting on or next to rubble, dead coral heads, or even sand. Sometimes I notice a spotted scorpionfish by its shape, sometimes by the regularity of its camouflage, and almost always by its remarkable eyes. In photographs, scorpionfish eyes usually appear flat black, but when you’re in the water with them, a scorpionfish’s eyes look as deep as the channel between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire. Maybe prey fish are mesmerized (like I am) by those bottomless eyes. Or, perhaps the eyes are adapted for nocturnal activities such as mating, which takes place at night for at least one species of scorpionfish. I haven’t heard anything about anyone observing the mating of spotted scorpionfish, so such mating may never have been observed, at least by divers wishing to share their observations. What we do see occasionally is two or three scorpionfish near each other. Much more rarely – I’ve seen it once and heard of it being seen only a couple of times – is scorpionfish mouth-fighting behavior: two scorpionfish grab each other’s mouths, the first holding the second’s lower jaw in its jaws, and the second holding the first’s upper jaw. This is definitely some kind of contest, probably between rivals although none of the observers has noticed a third scorpionfish. (I envision the third as a Scarlet O’Hara-type, murmuring, “I declayah, are you boys fighting over little ol’ me?”) Sometimes the mouth-fighters seem to be pushing, sometimes they seem to be pulling, and in one memorable video sequence they rolled right over a mini-cliff, never releasing their holds on each other! Just a few years ago very little was known about the private lives of frogfish, but last week I saw some amazing photos of frogfish mating – at night! – and divers have also observed frogfish mating in the daytime on Bonaire. I have high hopes that we’ll unlock the scorpionfish’s secrets, too – it’s just a matter of time. Story and 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” Capt. Don’s Habitat, Mondays, 8.30 The eye of the scorpionfish

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter April 1 to 8, 2005 W hat a way to begin a new month because several cosmic goodies get April off to a fabulous sky gazer’s start. Jupiter will be at opposition on Sunday the 3rd. You can use the Moon to find Mars on Monday the 4th, and on Friday the 8th even a partial eclipse of the Sun. On any night this week, about an hour after sunset, face southeast where the brightest star you'll see in the sky will not be a star but the biggest planet in our solar system: 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And although it will be almost at its very best it will officially be at its best this Sunday the 3rd when it is at what astronomers call “opposition,” which in plain language means that on Sunday Jupiter will be directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth. This further means that it will be seen in the sky all the hours the Sun is not, which further means that it will be visible all night long. Additionally, whenever a planet is at opposition it is at its best for viewing because it is then at its biggest, brightest and closest to Earth for the year. Watch it all night long as it slowly rises in the east just after the Sun sets. It will then climb the southeastern heavens hour after hour until at midnight when it reaches its highest point due south. After which it will slowly descend toward the southwest and set just as the Sun rises in the east. Now for all practical purposes Jupiter is really great for viewing two to three weeks before and after opposition. So if you've got a small telescope get it out now. You'll be able to see several of its equatorial bands of weather plus you'll be able to watch its four biggest Moons change places in respect to Jupiter as they orbit around it, night after night, which is something really fun to see! Many people can see it with just a pair of binoculars if they’re held real steady. So happy Jupiter gazing this weekend and throughout April. And now for those of you who'd like to find a planet which will be getting steadily brighter week after week and which will reach stunning brilliance in October, might I suggest you start your Mars watch now. You can use the Moon as a finder on both Sunday morning the 3rd and Monday morning the 4th. Just face southeast about 45 minutes before sunrise on Sunday and an exquisite crescent Moon will be only 8 degrees to the right of tiny 4,000-mile-wide Mars. And the next day, Monday, an even skinnier crescent Moon will be on the other side of Mars but still only 8 degrees away from it. What could be easier? And for those of you who'd like to experience an eclipse of the Sun, on Friday April 8th a total eclipse will occur over the Pacific Ocean, and its partial phases will be seen over the Caribbean. What a way to open April! An eclipse of the Sun, a sure way to find Mars and Jupiter at its best! Jack Horkheimer ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Investments may be misrepresented this week. Your moneymaking opportunities will flourish. Don't overload your plate. Be careful not to divulge secret information this week. Your lucky day this week is Wednesday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Don't make large purchases or investments. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities that ex ist. Do not get involved in joint financial ventures. You can't make things better if you don't know what to fix. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your magnetic, outgoing personality will capture hearts. You may need to make a choice. Protect your interests legally if necessary. You have been going through a period of change that no doubt caused problems with your loved ones. Your lucky day this week is Friday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't get so wrapped up in being rich that you overlook the fact that your plan may not be as solid as you thought. Emotional situations could bring out your stubborn nature. You may find that your mate is well aware of the circumstances. You have been going through a period of change that no doubt caused problems with your loved ones. Your lucky day this week is Friday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try to communicate if you wish to help. You can make money through your creative efforts. Discuss your problems and complaints if you wish to rectify them. Don't trust others with private in formation that could be used against you. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Do your own thing. You can certainly gain popularity; however, don't do it by paying for everyone else. Your ability to talk circles around your colleagues will help you forge ahead in the workforce. Watch your weight gain due to water retention. Your lucky day this week is Monday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Short trips may be tiring but rewarding. You can pick up information that will give you an edge. Organize all the responsibilities that have to be attended to and make sure everyone knows what to do. You will feel so much better about yourself if you can control your addictions. Your lucky day this week is Saturday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Be careful not to hurt the ones you love. Tone down and put some of that hard earned cash into a safe, long-term investment. You must use discretion when talking to others. Gambling should not be an option. Try to keep an open mind. Your lucky day this week is Thursday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be cautious not to get involved in office chatter that will cause problems for others. Heart to heart talks will clear up vague issues. You will learn valuable skills if you sign up for seminars this week. Go out with close friends who understand your situation and your needs. Your lucky day this week is Saturday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) They will jump at the chance to do something without you if it sounds like more fun. Put your energy into home renovations. You are likely to reveal information unintentio nally. Finish those changes you've been talking about making to your residence. Your lucky day this week is Wednesday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Do not borrow or lend money or belongings to friends or relatives if you wish to avoid any hassles. You may have major blowups with someone you love if you don't back down. Don't hesitate to go ahead with any plans for entertainment. Help children with important projects. Your lucky day this week is Monday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Things have been moving so quickly that you need to do something physical to release your tension. Do not be surprised if your partner doesn't understand your needs. Accomplishment is yours if you direct yourself accordingly. Debates will stifle passion and result in estrangement. Your lucky day this week is Thursday. *to find it, just look up For the week: April 1 to April 8, 2005 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen Jupiter