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Karl Kahler
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Crocodile Bay is a sportfishing resort in the small town of Puerto Jiménez that is about to build a marina, hotel and 50 condominiums, but it’s run into a hurricane of local opposition. In a town where good jobs are desperately needed, why are so many people rabidly opposed to this project, and what exactly are their environmental concerns? Here’s an in-depth look at a big controversy in a small town. 
The Crocodile Bay Resort & Marina says it will bring Puerto Jiménez and the Golfo Dulce a modern, clean facility to dock, fuel and maintenance boats, with a hotel and condominiums that will create jobs. But a vocal opposition says this project poses major environmental concerns, will not really benefit the community and will make Puerto Jiménez look like Cancún.
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Waterfall rappelling in Costa Rica: It's scary, it's safe and it's badass.
Walk this way, backwards: Waterfall rappelling is just scary enough to be a lot of fun.
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Just in time for Mother's day, here's a pretty sweet piece I did on orphaned baby sloths in Costa Rica who are nurtured back to health by human surrogate moms. Things that make you go "Awwwwww!"
Orphaned Costa Rica sloths get love and mothering from human surrogates at an animal rescue center near Manuel Antonio.
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Tapantí National Park is one of the rainiest parts of Costa Rica, which is saying something, but it was sunny and beautiful the day I visited. The tarantula liked it too.
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Cerro Chato, "Flat-Top Hill," a dormant volcano in Costa Rica next to Volcán Arenal, is a challenging but doable uphill hike that I would recommend to anyone.  
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The last Wire! FBI blames North Korea for the hacking of Sony, Pakistan executes 2 and kills 77 militants in battle, 8 Australian children are killed in a family massacre, Facebook snub leads to slap leads to arrest, and "The Wire" retires. It's been a great pleasure! Thank you for reading! 
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I'm trying to take a day off, and a fiery protest over road conditions in Paquera shuts down the crucial ferry from Puntarenas. It's actually a great story, and I wish we had more of it.
The popular Gulf of Nicoya car ferry connecting Puntarenas and Paquera — a major gateway for both tourists and locals to cross between the mainland and Nicoya Peninsula — was shut down Wednesday because of strikes and protests by people in Paquera demanding better roads.
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So this is the tale of the castaways .... How a shipwreck, a thunderstorm and a rockslide made my kayaking in Sámara so much more interesting. 
So this is the tale of the castaways: How a random thunderstorm made a day of kayaking in Sámara turn into an ocean ordeal.
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Today I put on my big-city pants and joined 800 other people at Expotur, Costa Rica's annual travel trade show extravaganza. I found a hotel where you can spend $1,525 a night for a room, or you can skip the room and just pay $230 for a round of golf on a course designed by Arnold Palmer. Why isn't everyone down here? 
Expotur, Costa Rica's annual travel trade show, opened Thursday with 250 exhibitors and 215 buyers from 33 countries.
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I am, therefore I blog. Here are my first three posts from Costa Rica at Tico Trails, wherein I explore the cuisine, crocodiles and tree-climbing in Central America.
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Google+, long time no see! Unlike Hillary, I have an announcement that wasn't already known to the entire world. I have a new blog! "Tico Trails," hosted by my brother's travel agency Tico Tour and Travel, will be my Costa Rica journal, recording the twists and turns of my voyages to every corner of this country. Hope you like it!
A death in the family, and a new start in life  My father died last summer at age 79 of…
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The second-last Wire! The politics of U.S.-Cuba opening, Sony hack fallout, Putin's bears, fangs and claws, and wearable tech we really didn't need. Happy Thursday. 
National editor's pick of the top news stories in the nation and world at this hour
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Occupation
Travel editor at the Tico Times in Costa Rica
Skills
Writing, editing, graphics, design, karaoke
Employment
  • Tico Times
    Travel editor, 2015 - present
  • San Jose Mercury News
    National/graphics editor, 1989 - 2014
  • Los Angeles Times
    Clerk/reporting intern, 1987 - 1989
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Currently
San José, Costa Rica
Previously
Los Gatos, California - Los Angeles, California - New Knoxville, Ohio - Emporia, Kansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas - Phoenix, Arizona - Yuma, Arizona - Shrewsbury, Massachusetts - Cochabamba, Bolivia - Leachville, Arkansas - Kodiak, Alaska - Lonoke, Arkansas - Torreón, Mexico - Durango, Mexico - Stewart, British Columbia -
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Tico Times travel editor, international man of mystery and rogue agent
Introduction
I'm the travel editor of the Tico Times in Costa Rica, the former national editor and graphics wrangler of the San Jose Mercury News in California, an obsessive and undiscourageable writer, a tireless vagabond and, according to a court-certified U.S. psychologist, a "happy-go-lucky" fellow with no diagnosable mental disorders. Motto: "If I could be anybody else in the world, I would refuse."
Bragging rights
Graduated summa cum laude in journalism and history from the University of Southern California. Author of "The Cult That Snapped," the definitive exposé of The Way International. Proud father of two sons, a lawyer and an actor, who will always be my greatest accomplishments.
Education
  • University of Southern California
    Journalism & history, 1986 - 1989
  • University of Arkansas
    Undeclared, 1981 - 1981
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Birthday
June 13, 1963
Relationship
Single
Other names
Formerly known as Carl Collar