2017 – An Excellent Vintage
The wines from the 2017 harvest have been declared ‘Excellent’ by the wine regulator (Consejo Regulador de Vinos de Lanzarote). The 12 wine tasters gave it the maximum score – an award last given to the 2014 harvest. The tasters sampled 18 wines from 14 Bodegas on the 2nd of April, with the results announced at a public event held at the Castillo de San José de Arrecife on the 6th of April.
NarcoPatera with 116 Kilos of Hashish
Eleven illegal immigrants from North Africa were intercepted by Police on the 19th of April when a citizen alerted the emergency services to the arrival of a small boat at Famara Beach. A further two immigrants were detained when they attempted to meet the boat and collect the drugs in their vehicle. The Guardia Civil seized a total of 116 kilos of hashish, and later speculated, given the size of the vessel, that several more immigrants may well have been aboard but evaded detention. The presumed owner of the boat has since been charged with crimes against the rights of foreign nationals and placed in custody.
Broadband Network to be expanded
The Canary Islands Government have allocated €430,000 to expand the reach of fibre optic internet access to rural towns in Lanzarote. The investment is expected to expand the reach of broadband to 80% of homes in the following areas: Las Casitas, Maciot and Playa Quemada (Yaiza), Las Laderas (Teguise), Vega de Tegoyo (Tías), and Guinate, Órzola, Tabayesco and Ye (Haria).
Direct flights from Santander and Zaragoza
Ryanair will offer direct weekly flights between Lanzarote and Santander, and between Lanzarote and Zaragoza this summer. The route with Zaragoza runs between the 5th of June and the 2nd of October – and may be extended into the winter season. The connection with Santander runs from the 3rd of June to the 30th of September.
Lifeguards came to the rescue of two kitesurfers on the 17th of April when they were dragged adrift from where they had been practising the sport at La Garita Beach in Arrieta. Initially, only one of the kitesufers got into difficulty, however the second man was also sent adrift while attempting to assist the first. The on-duty lifeguard noticed what was happening and pursued the two in his vehicle along the coast to the cliffs of Mala (near Charco del Palo) where the two were rescued.
Court rejects Reyes Prison Suspension
The Provincial Court of Las Palmas has rejected the application by the ex-Mayor of Yaiza, José Francisco Reyes, to have his prison sentence suspended for health reasons. The ex-mayor was sentenced to 6 years in prison for the concession of illegal building licences during his tenure as Mayor of Yaiza. His lawyers maintained that there was no risk of re-offence, however the prosecution maintained that this was not true since he already has several urban planning convictions.