Gobierno Chileno pone mas gasolina al incendio de Aysen

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Protestas en Coyhaique. Foto tomada por el usuario de Flickr cpatagon el 17 de febrero de 2012
Alfredo Seguel - El Presidente Sebastián Piñera sobre los hechos en Aysén señaló a la prensa el miércoles que: “existe una pequeña minoría que también se esfuerza, que también trabaja, pero justamente para lo contrario, para destruir, para retroceder, para perjudicar a la inmensa mayoría de los chilenos"....Agregó: "Ellos son los que cultivan permanentemente la violencia, los que construyen barricadas, los que atacan permanente a nuestros carabineros. Los que quieran seguir el camino de la violencia, de la muerte y de la destrucción, nunca van a tener la última palabra en nuestro país"...

Twitter users share images of Aysen protests

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[The original version of this post was first published in La Opiñón [es], an online citizen newspaper by the Mi Voz (My Voice) network]
A social movement that demands better quality of life and lower costs has gained strength in the Aysén Region in the Chilean Patagonia.
Images of fierce clashes that occurred during the early hours of February 22, the blocking of the road between Puerto Aysén and Puerto Chacabuco, the police repression and an unabated protest were captured by the citizens of Aysén and uploaded to Twitter and social networking sites.

Energía y control de recursos regionales

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Ventisquero J. Montt desde Fiordo Ventisquero. Foto gentileza Peter Hartmann
A más de una semana de movilización social en Aisén, se percibe bastante unidad regional, un gobierno incapaz de dar solución y se diría que además una nación centralista para la cual lo que pasa en Aisén no le importa demasiado. Esta claro esta región implica pocos votos y el que esté paralizada no afecta mayormente a Santiago. También se ve complicada la resolución al conflicto, ya que pone en jaque al mismísimo modelo neoliberal, en cuya inutilidad regional hasta la UDI local está de acuerdo.

Climbing: petition over Cerro Torre controversy

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In 1952, after making the first ascent of Cerro Fitz Roy, Frenchman Lionel Terray described the nearby Cerro Torre as “an impossible mountain,” a phrase that described well the ice-capped, mile-high granite needle. In early 1968 an Anglo-Argentine team composed of Martin Boysen, Mick Burke, Pete Crew, Jose Luis Fonrouge and Dougal Haston attempted the southeast ridge of Cerro Torre, managing to climb 450 meters above the Col of Patience without placing any bolts. In December of 1970 Italians Ezio Alimonta, Carlo Claus and Cesare Maestri climbed to within 60 meters of the summit, turning around while still on vertical ground, having placed upwards of 300 bolts with the help of a gas-powered air compressor. Courtesy of the use of the compressor, the “impossible mountain” was no more. In January of 1979 Americans Jim Bridwell and Steve Brewer completed Alimonta, Claus and Maestri’s near miss, finishing the so-called Compressor Route. In January of 2012 American Hayden Kennedy and Canadian Jason Kruk climbed the southeast ridge without using any of Maestri’s bolts for protection and during the descent chopped 120 of his bolts.

Before and after dams: What they will never know

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Editor's note: Recently, we received these photos from Carolina Prato, a photographer from Valparaiso. We were taken aback by the astounding change that has taken place at Auco Valley, located in Chile's southern Maule region, and asked Carolina to share with us her reflections about these images. 
"A few days ago, I was talking with friends about the beauty of Chile's valleys and the unique variety of its richness in terms of forest species, colors, textures. And also, how beautiful it is to walk through these places, and that I have been waiting for my daughter to grow up so we could start taking long walks in the forests together.

South for the summer at Malito lodge

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In the northern region of Chilean Patagonia, the fishing this year is excellent. Right now, I am with Tres Piedras Fly Fishing Outfitters in Palena at the Malito lodge.

Where to find the magazine

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Patagon Journal will be distributed in Chile, Argentina, North America and Europe by subscription, via iPad and other digital platforms, and selected newsstands, bookstores, specialty outdoors and fishing stores, airports, hotels, tour operators, and travel and outdoors fairs, among other places. 
In Chile, the first issue of Patagon Journal is already on sale at newsstands in Santiago (centro, Providencia, Las Condes), Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Curico, Chillan, Concepcion, Temuco, Villarica, Pucon, Valdivia, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Frutillar, Castro, Ancud, Coyhaique, Punta Arenas and at the following outlets: 
Andesgear – Alto Las Condes
Av. Pdte Kennedy 9001 - loc.3080 - 3º nivel
Las Condes
(02) 213 1360
Andesgear – MallSport
MallSport loc 217, Av Las Condes 13451
Las Condes
(02) 437 1505
Andesgear – El Bosque
Helvecia 210
Las Condes
(02) 245 7076
Patagonia - El Golf
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