by Jim Nintzel
The Range returned from Rocky Point this weekend full of stories you'll be able to enjoy in the weeks to come, including a look at how CEDO, the field research station located in Las Conchas, has to raise a quarter-million bucks by the end of the year to prevent their headquarters from being turned into more condos. Plus, we'll tell you about more adventures in the upcoming "Tales From the Outskirts" issue.
But we wanted to touch upon the worst part of the trip: The two-hour-plus wait at the border, where cars were backed up in two lanes for more than a mile. It was excruciatingly boring, even with a book to read, and the sheer inconvenience left us wondering why on earth so many people are flocking there. Surely, as rental prices for houses and condos keep rising and water becomes more scarce, people are going to realize that California offers a lot more. At least when you're in Cali, you're not told that you shouldn't flush your toilet.
Even more disturbing than the line at the border, though, was the story we heard from TW staff writer Saxon Burns, who was pulled over on his way out of Rocky Point by one of Penasco's finest. The officer, who said Saxon's buddy Mike Silvers was "driving angrily," spent a lot of time digging through the car before sending them on their way. That's the kind of shakedown that the town authorities should put an end to if they want to encourage tourists to spend their money.
More on how Saxon was hassled by The Man in this week's Range.