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San Pancho

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
September 22, 2008 3:59 pm

San Pancho may be the paradise Bill Garrison thinks it is after all.

This morning a friend of his named Manuel said the man who pulled out the gun on the beach last night is a well-known local sociopath who lost his eye in a fight with police years ago. Manuel thinks the gun was not a real one. He says the man waved a gun around in a San Pancho restaurant last Christmas and emptied out the whole place. The gun turned out to be plastic.

Bill Garrison showed us the San Pancho school where the Pierce County computers will end up and introduced us to Nicole Swedlow, a 34-year-old American who has organized the whole effort.

Nicole has been in San Pancho for seven years and, mostly with the help of relatively wealthy Americans who are flooding into this area, has started an art gallery, a library, a community center and a computer center.

"When I got here there was kind of this space between cultures that wasn’t being bridged," she said. "Things were changing really fast. The idea was so all these well educated people could make lives better for the local people."

Nicole took us to the computer room at the elementary school, where 200 students share four computers (all surplused by Pierce County). The school so far has no internet access.

Drew and I flew out of the Puerto Vallarta airport this afternoon and are now in Phoenix.

Jose, Ed Troyer and the rest of the Mission to Mexico crew will fly out tomorrow.

Still no word on whether Jose and Ed have managed to get the 12 pallets of donated equipment out of customs.

Mission to Mexico
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