After countless delays, the new cable car system in Torreón, Coahuila, began operating yesterday. Under overcast skies and a light rain that was to turn into snow overnight, Mayor Jorge Luis Morán Delgado was joined by Governor Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís and Bishop of Torreón Luis Martín Barraza Beltrán in a dedication ceremony that even included a baptism. The governor remarked that the cable car was the result of the collaboration of the local diocese of the Catholic Church and private landowners that donated the property needed for the construction of the tourist attraction. Riquelme then made a special request to the bishop, asking that it be blessed before its maiden run. “A child is born, we’ve got to baptize it,” agreed the prelate before unleashing a thinly veiled criticism of the local political class and the recent electoral process that culminated with Riquelme assuming office on December 1. The Institutional Revolutionary Party governor’s election was a controversial one, triggering a vigorous challenge by opposition parties who claimed the election was fraudulent. The bishop suggested it would not be a bad thing should some other projects dedicated, such as services oriented toward the community, education, health or infrastructure. “I’ve heard that the elections were not so exemplary, that people from all political stripes behaved badly,” said Barraza, who took office November 29. “Public service should be dignified. We’re hearing that people around the world say money went missing. We should not abuse the good faith of the people.” Riquelme laughingly thanked Barraza for attending the event. The 160-million-peso (almost US $9 million) cable car system runs from its main station in downtown Torreón for 1.4 kilometers to the top of the hill called Cerro de las Noas, a five-minute ride. At the top, tourists will find the Cristo de las Noas, the largest statue of Jesus Christ in North America. An esplanade offers a unique view of the industrial city to the south.
The cable car started operations with nine 11-passenger gondolas, but will later become fully operational with double that number and a maximum carrying capacity of 750 passengers at a time each way. Slated to start operations last March, the project suffered a series of technical setbacks that delayed its delivery date six times. Just last week eager visitors arrived at the Paseo Morelos station only to find the cars were not ready to run yet. Mayor Morán reported that the contractor in charge of installing and operating the cable car system, the Italian firm Leitner Ropeways, had to run safety tests before opening the service to the public. Source: Milenio (sp) Premium content: this page is available only to subscribers. Click here to sign in or obtain access. Attackers assaulted some of the 57 men and 13 women and took money and valuables, but no one needed medical attention, church officials said. A power failure on a cable car line in the east side of Mexico City left passengers stranded in mid-air for almost an hour on Sunday evening. A former official who was in charge of the project to build Line 12 of the capital’s Metro system is among 10 ex-functionaries to be charged. A young legal driving age and lack of testing makes Mexico by far the easiest place to become a driver, reported one driving education site. An Australian Tiktoker recently went viral for a video panning New York’s Central Park, which she said compared unfavorably to Chapultepec. Members of security forces have fled to Tijuana in recent months to escape threats or forced recruitment into criminal gangs. Emma Coronel received a three year jail sentence in a United States court on Tuesday after she requested leniency from the judge. A national employers’ federation wants to see minimum wage raised to 172 pesos in 2022, up from 142 pesos. After a slump, President López Obrador’s approval rating is almost back to its 2-19 level, according to a new poll. AMLO’s sons’ cacao business appears to have ties to Húgo Chávez, a childhood friend and architect of the Sembrando Vida government program. A new film explores the slippery truth of the day the Mexican revolutionary attacked an American border town after an arms deal gone wrong. To test recipes for his new cookbook on Parisian cuisine, food writer James Oseland put his trust in two home cooks in greater Mexico City. Nata, or clotted cream, is a decadent treat that can cooked into gorditas, eaten with pasta or soup, or simply spread on a piece of bread. This hiking trail gives almost anyone access to gorgeous waterfalls and views hidden in Jaguar Canyon, just 22 kilometers from Guadalajara. Although this ancient city has structures still to be excavated, what can be seen here provides stunning examples of Río Bec architecture. COVID-19’s effects on sales and a lack of younger weavers learning the craft mean an uncertain future for this Mixteca weaving tradition. In the spirit of the recent holiday, Sarah DeVries compiles a list of all the things she’s grateful for in her adopted country. The president claims that corruption has been banished but there has not been a single criminal conviction. The third wave of COVID is subsiding in Mexico, bringing with it a chance to cautiously relax. THE STORY: A year after new labeling took effect, junk food sales appear unaffected Receive Mexico news by email. Sign up for The Whole Enchilada, our free daily digest of the latest Mexico news.