Large crowds at the unveiling of this year’s nativity scene in Lorca
The Belén Municipal is on display in the Palacio de Guevara in Lorca The Christmas celebrations are now well and truly under way in the city of Lorca, following the opening on Sunday of the municipal “belén”, or nativity scene, in the Palacio de Guevara, an event which attracted over 300 people and forced the closure of Calle Lope Gisbert due to the size of the crowd. It is expected that..

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Lorca earthquake felt as far away as Murcia, Mazarrón and Bullas
None injured but considerable alarm in Lorca at the 3.5 mbLg earthquake The latest information compiled by Spain’s national geographical institute shows that the earthquake which caused classrooms to be evacuated in the city of Lorca on Thursday morning was felt by members of the public in most of the Region of Murcia and part of the province of Almería. Reports have been received from..

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Postal service maintained in outlying areas of Cartagena until delivery box banks are installed
La Azohía and Isla Plana residents convinced the Town Hall to negotiate a compromise Correos, the Spanish post office, has announced that deliveries will be maintained after all in the 13 sparsely populated areas of Cartagena where residents learnt this summer that the service was to be suspended, giving the locals time to install postbox banks like those which exist on many residential developments..

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Alarm in Lorca as the city is shaken by 3.5 mbLg earthquake
Classrooms evacuated as memories of the May 2011 disaster are stirred The tension in Lorca was palpable on Thursday morning as thoughts turned to the disastrous events of 2011, as an earthquake measuring 3.5 mbLg (equivalent to the Richter scale at these levels) caused the immediate evacuation of schools in the city. The tremor was felt at 8.58 and caused buildings to shake and furniture..

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Two rescued after Lorca road accident
They were trapped as their van overturned and almost fell into the Rambla de Tiata Two people were injured on Wednesday morning in a nasty accident at the roundabout at the start of the motorway leading out of Lorca towards Águilas, after the van in which they were travelling collided with the barrier alongside the Rambla de Tiata floodwater channel next to the road. Both the driver and..

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2,000-year-old Iberian dwelling to be reconstructed at Jumilla archaeological site
The work at Coimbra del Barranco Ancho is budgeted to cost over 90,000 euros The Town Hall of Jumilla has won a subsidy of almost 80,000 euros from the regional government of Murcia to develop the 2,000-year-old Iberian archaeological site of Coimbra del Barranco Ancho, although such is the archaeological wealth of the municipality that another project related to the site of Sierra de las Cabras..

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Cartagena-Vera ghost motorway tolls to be cut by 30 per cent in January
The aim is to increase traffic on this and other bankrupt toll motorways José Luis Ábalos, the Minister for Development in the Spanish government, announced on Tuesday that the toll charges on the bankrupt motorways of Spain will be reduced on 15th January by an average of 30 per cent in an effort to attract more traffic to them. The roads affected were built in the early years of this..

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236,000 euros earmarked for improvements on the forest tracks of Sierra Espuña
The “green lung” of Murcia attracts thousands of visitors enjoying the clear air and spectacular scenery The regional government of Murcia has set aside over 236,000 euros next year for improvements and repairs on the forest paths in the regional park of Sierra Espuña, the mountain range in the south-west of the Region which straddles the municipalities of Alhama de Murcia, Totana, Aledo..

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Muggers arrested in Mazarrón
The two men face charges related to a theft on 23rd November Two men aged 39 and 48 have been arrested by the Guardia Civil in connection with a mugging and theft in Mazarrón on the evening of 23rd November. The incident in question involved a woman who was approached by two people who threatened her with what appeared to be a pistol and forced her to hand over the cash in her possession..

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Griffon vulture released into the wild in Sierra Espuña
3 vultures have been discharged from the Wildlife Recovery Centre in El Valle in 6 weeks Another griffon vulture was re-released into the wild this Tuesday after receiving treatment at the Wildlife Recovery Centre in El Valle, becoming the third vulture to benefit from the expertise of the staff there when it was allowed to fly free in Sierra Espuña. This was the third vulture to be proclaimed..

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Expats join in with the Gran Recogida of food for the Murcian regional foodbanks
There are no language barriers to the season of goodwill! Across Spain on Friday and Saturday thousands of volunteers helped the national foodbanks network of 55 locally run outlets forming the Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos (FESBAL), to collect an estimated 22 million kilos of non-perishable foodstuffs. These are added to the stocks held in the 55 local foodbanks spread around..

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New motorway service area between Alhama de Murcia and Totana
A restaurant will be added to the facilities at kilometre 606 in March 2019 A new motorway service station opened at kilometre 606 on the A-7 motorway between Alhama de Murcia and Totana on Monday 3rd December, providing a number of facilities and services alongside the standard re-fuelling pumps and electric vehicle re-charging points. After 18 months of construction the management contract..

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Special deals for the municipal gym and swimming pool in Alhama de Murcia
Prices have been reduced to try and persuade more young people to pursue sporting activities Alhama de Murcia possesses excellent sporting facilities, amongst which is a well-equipped municipal gym and an indoor swimming pool. In order to encourage a larger number of younger people and adults to take up regular exercise, the council has launched new tariffs which are valid until June 2019..

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