Arrieta Wind Mobile Back!
After 5 months, the wind mobile at Arrieta roundabout has been put back, following a €10,000 refurbishment. The mobile, called “Veleta” was originally designed and built by Cesar Manrique in 1990. The mobile is a landmark for the north of the island and provides an instant gauge of wind speed and direction. It was last refurbished 13 years ago, after damage caused by Tropical Storm Delta.
Project Erasmus Students Arrive
Project Erasmus is a European project aimed at arranging student exchanges between countries in the EU. This week 24 students and 7 teachers from Iceland and Italy arrived on the island and they will be studying at IES Tias for a week and learning about the island’s tourism industry, the environment and physical education here.
New Fire Station In Uga
A new fire station is to be built in Uga, on the site of the old “Doctor’s House” there. The construction contract to turn the house into a fire station will start in March and should be complete in six months at a cost of €577,000. The location has been chosen fire engines based there will be able to attend incidents in both Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen within a reasonable time.
Native Species to be Planted on Public Land
Some 50 native species of plants are to be planted on the publicly owned vacant plot of land next to Castillo San José in Arrecife. This is part of a project called “Together we are biosfere” (Juntos somos biosfera.) The project is seeking to clean and beautify vacant areas of the island.
Two tourists rescued this week
In two separate incidents, rescue services had to attend tourists injured while walking in the hilly areas of Lanzarote. In the first, a 70 year old British man was rescued by helicopter from Montaña Amarilla in La Graciosa, and in the second a woman in her 50’s injured her ankle walking on Caldera Blanca in TInajo. She was brought down the mountain on a stretcher by fire crews.