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Brotherhood of firefighters With the help of a 911 fund, volunteer firefighters are coming together to make a difference

Steak to please Steak lovers in the Otero County area, finally you have options

Flying into desert blue We are a unit, part of the vehicle, embedded in the space between earth and sky.

Enriching Lives in Otero & Lincoln Counties


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Steak to please By Elva K. Österreich

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hil Efird used to go to Ruidoso for a good steak. Then, there were none to be found there and he had to travel to El Paso and Las Cruces. Today, Efird plans to have another option. He is building a steak house of his own just on the edge of Alamogordo. “It’s just that we want to build a decent place to eat,” Efird said. “ We are trying to make this strictly a steak house. Of course, there will be other options like swordfish and hamburgers.”

The Right Out Back Steak House will open early in 2010, welcoming steak lovers in the area with open arms and lots of options “You get what you want,” said manager Steve Harper. “If you want a 10-ounce T-bone, that’s what you get. If you want it to be 14 ounces, you can get that too.” All the meat will be fresh and not frozen, Harper said. Although the business has not opened, Harper has tasted the steak from the supplier. “It was incredible,” he said. “It was the most tender steak I’ve ever had.” Menu choices include “The Ranch Hand,” a full 1-pound T-bone; “The Wrangler,” a 12-ounce T-bone; “The Cowpoke,” a 10-ounce T-bone; and a full compliment of filet mignon, rib eye, New York strip, ground sirloin, beef kabob and brisket. Weekly specials of prime rib, baby back ribs, lobster tails and crab legs will come out at Right Out Back. Other categories on the menu include seafood, chicken, lunch steaks, salads, appetizers, sandwiches and children’s plates. Efird has never been in the restaurant business before, but he has plenty of experience managing businesses. He has had

18 different businesses over the years. He has been in Alamogordo since 1950. “I started in the service station business when I was 20 years old,” he said. Efird’s goal is to provide the best he can in meals and service. “I want to make it a place where people will get waited on real well and get good food,” he said.

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23 Prime Cuts Recipes

Right Out Back Steakhouse will be opening its doors in early 2010 for area residents

Volunteer firefighters donate their time and with the help of donated equipment and more, help small communities save lives and property

A southern red velvet cake recipe, just in time for Valentine’s Day

6 Your credit matters Tips for staying on top of your credit

8 Peer 2 Peer Morgan discusses the topic of being ‘Popular’

18 Healthcare in 2010 has arrived Our health and safety is more important than dollars

19 Netflix Queue 10-11 Flying into desert blue urSmart staff writer, Elva, gets the flying experience of a lifetime

12-13 Navigating the New York City MTA Stephen Stone goes on adventures with the New York City public transportation

14 Book Nook Get your “read on” with these select titles

15 Accessor-EYES Local boutique, Brown Eyed Girl is the spot to find accessories

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Warm up this winter with these select titles

20 Taking Literacy Seriously Literacy programs available to Lincoln and Otero County residents, help to open doors to opportunity

21 Balanced Health Know what your supplements do for you

22 Fashion & Local Entertainment Events coming to the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino. Fabulous fall/winter fashions

24-25 RIFF A Q & A with local band KillDevil Theory

26-27 A modern day Easter egg hunt A fun, technology filled activity for the entire family to enjoy

28 Jet Noise Christy tells a story of a military couple, from a different era

29 Video Game Review See what urSmart staff writer, Maria Del Villar thought of the new school Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo Wii

30 Fun Questions with Lisa Another dose of quirky questions to the unsuspecting people in our community


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Your credit matters: tips for staying on top of your credit time you'll lay the foundation for a car loan or mortgage approval. Knowing some basic information about your credit will help you stay on top of it and use it to your advantage." Here are some tips to help manage credit and improve your credit rating.

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our credit matters when it comes to applying for a job or a loan, purchasing insurance or seeking an apartment to live in. If you don't know your credit score, or haven't maintained a good credit rating, you might be in for a few surprises. "There are so many different reasons for people to pay attention to their credit report," says Jennifer Ehresman, a Bank of America customer experience executive. "Pay bills on time and use credit wisely, and over

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1. Always pay your bills on time. Late payments on rent, utility bills, and credit cards are reported to the credit agencies and will show up on your credit report. If you are having trouble paying the full bill, pay at least the minimum amount due, which can be found on your monthly statement. While you'll pay interest on the remaining balance, you won't have a mark against your credit. Consider setting up automatic reminders sent to you via e-mail or to your mobile device so that you don't overlook a due date. 2. Don't overspend. If you're maxed out on all of your credit cards, maybe it's time to rethink your spending habits. When shopping, only charge items to your credit card that you can afford to pay back. 3. Develop a budget. Make sure that the budget you create is one that

you can realistically follow. Be sure to include ways to start paying off the debt you've already accumulated. 4. Read the small print on interest rates. If you carry a balance on your credit cards, make sure you read the details about your interest rate so you understand what it costs when you don't pay your balance in full. Also read the information about any additional fees that may be charged to your account. They can add up over time. 5. Review your credit report. You can legally obtain a free copy of your credit report from each of the three credit agencies once a year. Make sure you check your credit because it is an overview of your financial history. In addition to creditors, employers, landlords and insurance companies can review your credit report. These reports can contain errors, so if you find one in your review, report it promptly so that your score isn't affected by the error. "Stay in control of your credit to achieve your financial goals," Ehresman says. "Your credit matters, and managing it proactively can help you improve your rating and enjoy the benefits that credit can offer." To learn more on how to responsibly manage your credit, visit www.BankofAmerica.com/Learn.


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By Morgan Morales

If you have a question you want answered send it to peertalk@yahoo.com. I will answer your question in the next issue of urSmart.

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Is being ‘Popular’ important?

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y Principal Mr. George Heaton said to me “most people you meet are only acquaintances.” My mom tells me that true friends are the ones that will have a lasting impression on my life. Most likely I would not interact with the students I go to school with. Other friends and lasting relationships will happen in my adult life. So why would being ‘Popular’ be so important to me and my schoolmates. That’s because our everyday lives are spent with each other and fitting in seems to be important. But in reality being a unique individual and standing out from the crowd is what we will strive for in Adulthood. What a scary thought! I know I don’t want to be different. Following the pack is so much easier. It would also mean that I would need to feel comfortable in my skin. Right now I’m not. I have some things that make me feel uncomfortable. 1.) I have acne; because of this some kids call me names at school. It makes me feel self-conscious about my looks. 2.) I’m not shaped like some of the girls I go to school with. This also makes me feel awkward. I know that popular kids are just as uncomfortable about themselves. They’re some8

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times better at hiding it. So I figure if I was popular I would feel better about myself. The truth is that the only one who can help me feel better about me is ‘Me’. Having a high self esteem and knowing that God makes all things beautiful. It is also true that Beauty starts from the inside out!

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Why is there so much drama in school? Anonymous 7th grade student Dear Anonymous, Well the sad truth is that there will be people in life that just won’t like you for no other reason than that. Sometimes you can try to be friends with them but because you have different interests, beliefs, or ideas that are conflicting, it may not work out. My advice is finding a friend(s) you can trust and be comfortable around being yourself. Find others with the same interests and hobbies. Try new things and don’t be afraid to be yourself. While the drama can be uncomfortable just move on and don’t add to a bad situation. Eventually, we grow up and find that the problems we stressed over in school will make us laugh! ….LOL….

s I give one final look over the first issue of the year my thoughts travel. I find myself thinking of my Grandma Simona Payanes. On January 14, 2010 she celebrated her 99th birthday. At her party she told me she’s the oldest parishioner of San Jose Catholic Church in Carlsbad, NM. My thoughts take me back to the many stories she shared with me as a child. One of my favorite stories is about a plane; similar to the one Lindbergh flew over the ocean, made an emergency landing in Marathon, TX. This was the first time she had ever seen a plane. It was then that I realized she had never flown. So I called her just to make sure. I didn’t stop with the questions. I found out she has never traveled to NYC much less ridden on a subway. Nor was she allowed to attend school passed the 8th grade. Back in her days Hispanics were not allowed in high school. Lastly, I asked “grandma have you ever fought a fire?” She said no but I have seen many. Her eldest grandson, Robert Sanchez, Jr. is a lieutenant with the Carlsbad Fire Department. It occurred to me that my beautiful Grandmother has live through many wars starting with WWI. In this issue Grandma Simona will experience what it feels like to fly in an Extra 300L aircraft. She’ll get an idea of what it is to travel on a subway in the Big Apple. Enjoy the thought of others willing to teach adults reading and writing skills, much like the time her 8th Grade teacher, Mr. Wright, who stayed after school to teach lessons to my grandmother and her neighbors after their 8th grade year. She will feel the passion as she reads the stories titled Brotherhood of Fire Fighters and Jet Noise. So to say she has never experienced a few things is trivial. Her life is made up of the stories we read in history books. urSmart staff dedicates this issue to my Grandmother Simona Payanes . Enjoy with much Love…

Lisa Morales General Manger/ Creative-Content Director Copyright © 2009 by Alamogordo Daily News and Ruidoso News. All rights reserved. Nothing contained within may be reprinted wholly or in part without the written consent of the publisher, Alamogordo Daily News. The opinions and perspectives published herein are those of the authors and should not be construed as those of the Alamogordo Daily News or Ruidoso News.


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518 24th Street Alamogordo, NM 88310 ursmart@alamogordonews.com Publisher Mike Bell General Manager/CreativeContent Director Lisa Morales Retail Advertising Manager Carol Burgess Advertising Assistant/Writer Maria Del Villar Art/Creative Design/Layout Blanca Najar

Advertising Sales Team Beth Barrett | Ross Barrett | Melanie Bush Sarah Eldridge | Linda Eudy Christy Kinder | Nancy Stutz Editing Staff Sarah Eldridge, Elva Ă–sterreich, Michelle Scharmack Writers/Content/Contributors Cover Story Dennis Haas Feature Stories Elva Ă–sterreich, Stephen Stone Book Nook Sarah Eldridge Jet Noise Christy Kinder Peer 2 Peer Morgan Morales, Student Writer Video Game Review Maria Del Villar Life Style Content Aaron D. Rance Health Content Susan M. Poore, RN, CNC RIFF Lisa Morales and Beth Barrett Fun Questions Lisa Morales Photographs Welcome page RIM Feature Stories Stephen Stone, J.R. Oppenheim, Elise Haley RIFF RIM and Melanie Bush Fashion Arianna Biasini, Student Photographer Jewelry RIM


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Flying into desert blue By Elva K. Österreich

Contact Elva K. Österreich at eosterreich@alamogordonews.com. Photos by J.R. Oppenheim

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’ve always loved small planes — the smaller the better — but never got to experience a really small one ... until September 2009. When the Holloman open house, “Raptors and Reapers over the Southwest” chose Lt. Col. John Klatt as one of their guest pilots, I was invited to fly with him prior to the show. Klatt flies air shows for the Air National Guard. He has been flying for about 23 years and has more than 13,000 hours of flying time. Introduced to flying by one of his friends shortly after he graduated high school, Klatt continued to take flight lessons during college and in his senior year, discovered the Air National Guard. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in Duluth, Klatt went to the Air National Guard pilot training program where he got his wings from the Air Force in Texas and was assigned to the Air Guard in Minnesota. Now he flies both the C-130 Hercules and the F-16 for the Guard. I meet Klatt at the Doña Ana County Airport at Santa Teresa where he is giving rides to VIPs and members of the press. He is gracious and kind, just the right kind of confident to set a nervous reporter on her ease. It is not long before I find myself standing beside a plane, being strapped into a parachute next to the cheerful flagpainted Extra 300L aircraft beside me. The Extra 300L is one of the few fully FAA certified two-seat acrobatic

aircraft models in the world, according to Klatt’s Web site. As I drop into the front seat of the plane, I find myself breathing hard and feeling a little strange. I am wondering what I got myself into now and

a bit bent to keep my feet from interfering with the pedals, which move as Klatt manipulates the 300L onto the runway. I have to admit at this point

even having a second thought or two. Klatt climbs into the seat behind me and the transparent shield comes down over our heads. I am busy remembering how claustrophobic I am.

It is a tight fit, I am a large person and the straps are holding me extra snug, the walls are close, my knees are

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I am feeling very nervous and a bit sick. My head starts pounding and I remember that I forgot to take my blood pressure medication when I got up that morning. Klatt is talking to me as he maneuvers the craft onto the straight part of the runway, asking me if I’m OK, telling me about how much he enjoys his job and pointing out the barf bag tucked behind a gauge in front of me. We move faster and faster, the wheels


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bumping along the runway, a bit rough and the G-force increasing, making the already tight straps more uncomfortable, my hands clench on the bars on either side, and then, suddenly ... Freedom. The earth drops away below me and the claustrophobia is instantly gone. The sky and earth are part of me. I am small and they are everything. Fear is out of the question, there is nothing to fear, just us and the world out there. The whole thing is so surreal, there is no thinking about falling — it doesn’t feel like a real possibility at all. We approach another plane, one they provided for Alamogordo Daily News photographer J.R. Oppenheim to record my adventure. I can see J.R. literally kneeling on

below is golden brown sand, freckled with what must be shrubs, dark green receding blotches. I don’t think I am afraid but when Klatt tells me to look at J.R. and give him an upside down thumbs up, I find I

can’t quite bring myself to unclench my hands from the bars to do so. I am hanging on, must be an instinct of some sort. I am physically uncomfortable, with my weight against the belts and my blood

the edge where a bay door is open and I think he must be tied in but I don’t see the strap. He is happily shooting away at us with his camera. “We’re going to roll over now,” Klatt says. And the ground replaces the sky in my vision. The desert

filling my downward head, but I am laughing and talking. I tell Klatt I don’t really think I’m going to actually be able to interview him much in the air. He tells me I’m doing fine. As we turn upright again, Klatt is telling me what is coming next. We do loops, rolls and climb straight up into the sky only to cut the engine and fall toward earth once more. I am a bird, a seagull, going where I am not trapped by gravity to the ground but released and trusting. We are a unit, part of the vehicle, embedded in the space between earth and sky. I wonder how Klatt can keep track of where we are and what we are doing because I have no clue and can’t distinguish up from down. Time speeds up and too soon the flight is over. We straighten, flatten out and fly back to the airport through the seamless atmosphere. J.R.’s flight has landed first and he is waiting to drive home to Alamogordo. This day I will never let go. Part of me will fly there forever.

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You don’t have to look as if you’re the one with a meat cleaver!

Navigating the New York City MTA By Stephen W. Stone

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ooking for an experience like no other, I recently spent an intriguing five-day stint in NYC. I enjoyed an entire day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), yet another at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and yet another split between Time’s Square and Columbus Circle, but nothing compared to the MTA system! I have blasted you with a myriad of acronyms and a nickname that is shared with a famous opera house, but only defined two of them. Why? You ask. Unless you are a seasoned traveler to “The Big Apple” you may not know the MTA system, but I am sure you know the name NYC even if you have never left your home town. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) system, the best public transportation system in the entire world, is the heart of New York City. There is no place you can’t reach and no cultural boundary, as such, that will confine you, who ever you are. Like a huge Disneyland monorail or rollercoaster, the MTA system allows anyone to get practically anywhere within all of the five boroughs of NYC and give you the theme park experience all at the same time. How often do you look into a stranger’s eye when you are in a public place and have no reason to do so? A typical New Yorker never would. When I arrived in Queens via LaGuardia Airport I witnessed a sign at the 12

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curb that said “Wet Paint.” I was amused, but it also made a statement to me “Has anyone looked at this?” As I saw it from day to day, still there and untouched, I thought “Well, is this an example of not looking into someone


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else’s eyes?” how many days, or even weeks, had this sign been there? It became ironical to me a warning or a jester of NYC. Try to keep eye contact to a minimum. At the airports and most other places where the MTA runs you will find self paying stations where you will get the MetroCard. If you plan on spending the entire day running around riding the trains I suggest selecting the all day pass. Ride the subway when you can! The subway system maps are everywhere be it platforms or near station entrances and you can easily get a map of your own at any of the myriad of MTA kiosks. If you arrive at the LaGuardia Airport, the first thing to understand is that you are not at JFK in southern Brooklyn. You are in Queens and there is no subway service available directly from the airport. The MTA has established a bus system though that will get you from point A to point B and of course if you are at JFK then you can take the subway directly into Manhattan. The newer subway lines are lettered instead of numbered and many of these trains are very user friendly. They have digital readouts that will tell you what will be the next station stop. They have friendly audible recordings that tell you when you have arrived and, most importantly they have more comfortable seating and a somewhat smoother ride. If your preference is newer, cleaner and more user friendly, then these trains should be your choice.

of where you are headed then you will likely use expresses instead. Now back to where I was. The adventures type may prefer to take the old trains like the 7 for instance. This will give you the more authentic look and feel. With no readouts and the all knowing all powerful useless recording or conductor announcements, you may feel like you are on another planet. These inaudible station stop calls are a staple of the old trains. Bring a friend who is a comedian, as I did, and it’s even twice the fun. You will know you are in NYC when you find yourself making up the words for amusement. You will ask yourself “Why do they bother even making the announcement at all?” or, “Did they just insult me?” In the end, none of the grittiness like unlit subway cars or sinister looming intent seems to have remained. There is practically an officer on every car most of the time. People are friendly as well and will be happy to even answer questions about where someplace is, just don’t try to have a personal conversation and you’ll be fine. Whatever your pleasure is just be sure to have fun and keep in mind that when you are in Manhattan there are many ways to get around besides the subway. Who knows maybe you might get lucky and catch The Cash Cab!

You may prefer a different adventure, as I did, to experience the subways of old before they are all gone, the kind that made author Paul Theroux say “You have to look as if you’re the one with the meat cleaver.” Okay, the subways are not as bad as they were in the late 70’s early 80’s when he created this quote, but some of the old numbered trains still have the gritty feel. For starters on the older lines there are usually no digital readouts so not as user friendly. This can be very important as you begin your journey. Which brings me to another point: if you are new to the wonderful transit system I call an amusement park, use locals. As you become more experienced and are aware

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Book Nook By Sarah Eldridge Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” Not known for his non-fiction (at the time of original publication in 2000, he had over 30 fiction tomes under his belt, with more in varying forms of completion), Stephen King is first and foremost a storyteller, and doesn’t disappoint here. “On Writing” begins with not one, but three Forewards, all with King’s familiar wit and all with a nugget of writing advice, then moves into multiple chapters on his early years of writing. Most King fans are familiar with the story of his wife Tabby finding his manuscript for “Carrie” in the trash and encouraging him to complete it, which lead to the paperback rights being sold for four hundred thousand dollars, thus allowing him to have a real writing career. Far fewer know that King has always been writing, from the newsletter he published with his brother Dave, to the stories he sent out time and again to literary magazines that paid by the word. By including these stories, though, he brings himself down to the level of the common man/writer – he went through the rejections and survived, and so can you my friend, he seems to say. Not until the second half of the book – ‘What Writing Is’ – does any formal advice on writing begin. My hardcover copy includes this quote from the text on the inside of the jacket: “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.” My English major brain recognized this not only as a well-crafted sentence, but a not too shabby thesis statement, as well, and King returns to this sentiment often throughout the text, even giving it a name: The Great Commandment (or, read a lot, write a lot). Throughout the book I found myself not only writing notes in the margins, but wanting to write them. As with all Stephen King books, he gives you a lot to think about; apparently, that’s one of his goals. ☺ The third portion of “On Writing” returns to a more memoir style, with King recalling his horrific accident that almost took his life. Overall, this has the potential to be one of my favorite books of all time, and from a student’s perspective, something that should maybe receive more college classroom attention. Grade: A APL Friendly: Yes!

Lynn Fielding’s “Extraordinary Parents” This book was given to me by a friend and co-worker who suggested it for this review, and since I am not only a sucker for recommendations but a mommy-to-be, I was more than willing to give “Extraordinary Parents” a shot. I moved it to the top of my stack of parenting books and went to work…and then got very scared. Because “Extraordinary Parents” might want to be called “Parents, Get Ready to Consider Parenting as a Second Job for REAL.” Seriously, this is a great book, filled with lots of well-thought out advice, and written as if your baby/toddler were speaking directly to you, which is a nice change of pace from a doctor or psychiatrist telling you how to raise your kids. The chapters are short and segmented similarly to each other (Physical Development, Reading & Writing, etc.), with reviews of what you just learned, and signposts on what is to come. The basic thesis of “Extraordinary Parents” is to train you (the parent) how to teach your child to enter kindergarten at a reading level two years ahead of the norm, and the importance that this has on their future school years, all the way to college. Please note that this is not your ordinary parenting book. You will find zero advice on anything other than how to develop and sharpen your child’s reading skills, starting the moment you bring them home from the hospital. I recommend a very open-minded approach to the activities Fielding encourages, and that parents do not get hung up on attempting every single one; mostly because it isn’t realistic for the vast majority of us. Their website is a great resource, and Fielding encourages parents to utilize the tools and additional activities listed there: www.readyforkindergarten.org. Finally, this book is not readily available anywhere that I have looked, other than on the web, so seek it out and buy a copy for yourself rather than borrow. You will want to make notes and earmark lots of pages, even if you have no intention of following the program to the letter. Grade: BAPL Friendly: No

Sloan Barnett, “Green Goes with Everything” Sloan Barnett is on a mission. Her focus? Encourage readers to cleanse their bodies, their food, water, air and energy. She has first-hand experience with the consequences of the toxic lifestyle - her son was diagnosed with asthma, primarily from exposure to cleaning products used in their home. As she struggled to detox her home and her families’ lives, she realized how important what she was learning could be, and “Green Goes with Everything” was born. Like “Extraordinary Parents”, “Green” should be used more as a handbook or resource and less as a sit-down, plow-through style read. I appreciated the book for what it encourages, which is that even baby steps in going green count; however, not everybody has the budget to go completely green, which is also encouraged. Barnett also makes no bones about being married to the CEO of Shaklee non-toxic household cleaning products, which I discovered some other reviewers had problems with. Grade: B APL Friendly: Yes! • APL Friendly: Available for check-out at the Alamogordo Public Library 14

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Accessor-EYES Embellish your style with Jewelry that’s Bold, Funky, Striking, Flirty, Dazzling and Fun. Layer your look adding different lengths, shapes and metals. Mix colors and stones. Anything goes make it fancy, elegant or chic. All looks here are brought to you by Brown Eyed Girl a fun and fabulous boutique located at 2722 Sudderth Dr. Ste 102 in Ruidoso, NM.

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Brotherhood of

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s Dennis Haas from Ruidoso cleared customs and entered into the waiting area of Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, he immediately recognized the faces of friends he hasn’t seen in over a year. And as usual, he was met by ten or so members of the Bomberos Voluntarious de Garin (Garin Volunteer Firefighters), including some of the wives. It is nice to be back in Argentina and to be a part of something so gratifying. Dennis and the other 4 men traveling with him represent the 911 FUND, an international non-profit group whose sole mission is to provide free equipment and training to firefighters around the world in an effort to reduce risk for those who defend their communities against the ravages of fire. These men are joined by Dr. Stephan Hittmann, Director of the 911 FUND and two other firefighters from

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New York, who arrive about an hour later. All have donated a week of time to instruct firefighting classes at the 2nd Annual International Training Conference in Garin, and to share the camaraderie that binds them as a brotherhood of firefighters. Since Dennis’s first visit in 2005 when he and Dr. Hittmann answered a plea for help from Adrian Peralta, Chief of the Garin Volunteer Firefighters, the 911 FUND has donated countless hours of training, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of firefighting equipment and no less than a dozen emergency vehicles to the firefighters and communities of Argentina, all of which were donated by fire departments across the United States. This 2nd Annual Conference is attended by about one hundred firefighters

from as far away as Paraguay, with some driving twenty-two hours to attend. This team, made up of both active and retired firefighters from California, New Mexico, New Jersey and New York are joined by a dog trainer and handler from North Carolina who has donated a drug interdiction dog and will be training a police officer to handle and use the dog over the next few days. The others jobs will be to conduct four main topics of training. First and foremost is firefighter safety, which all of the firefighters will receive on Day 1 of the conference. Then on the second day, the firefighters are divided into groups and will receive training on prehospital care and patient packaging that is taught by a Paramedic from New Jersey and an EMT from New York; or, they may attend a fireground operations course that includes ladder use and live fire training,


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taught by a firefighter from New Jersey and California; or lastly, a pump operations course that will focus on water supply shuttling operations, as there is no fire hydrant system to utilize. This is the course that Dennis and a fire captain from New York will be teaching. As they make their way along the congested roads of Buenos Aires, Dennis tells the “new guys” about the first visit to Argentina where they found many departments like Garin, who has about forty volunteers, yet had only about a dozen sets of protective clothing for their firefighters to share. Most of their fire trucks were thirty or more years old and in quite a state of disrepair. He told of riding to a fire with the Chief on that first visit to witness first hand, a “working” house fire and seeing firefighters with no hoods, no gloves, no protective pants and no breathing apparatus. Yet they, like firefighters around the world, have a job to do and they do it to the best of their ability. That job is unchanged despite their lack of protective equipment….. TO SAVE LIVES & PROPERTY! Now, within the span of five years, Garin has enough protective equip-

ment for each member and proudly displays five fire trucks, donated by gracious fire departments to the 911 FUND for donation to departments just like this. The 911 FUND is making a difference in the lives of residents and firefighters here, and Dennis, who serves as a member of the International Advisory Board, is very grateful to be a part of it!! Just in 2009, the 911 FUND has donated eight fire trucks, one ambulance and a twenty foot container of firefighting equipment. The 911 FUND is known throughout Central and South America for donations to Panama, Columbia, El Salvador and Argentina. The 911 FUND never solicits for money and will never accept money. However, they do accept donations of fire trucks, ambulances, command vehicles, protective clothing, EMS supplies and other usable items, such as airline miles or tickets that allow for teams to travel without expense to the foundation or to the firefighters of Argentina. Even before the conference is over,

Dennis has been asked to return in March to teach a Wildland Fire Investigation course that he has developed to firefighters from the Patagonia region and forestry personnel of the National Parks of Argentina.

To donate items or for more information, go to www.911FUND.org or contact Dennis Haas in Ruidoso at 575-808-2849 or email at investig8@earthlink.net , or Dr. Stephan Hittmann in New York at 914479-8800 or email at hittmann@911fund.org .


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Healthcare in 2010 Has Arrived By Aaron D. Rance H

ang on, the upcoming advancements in how we view healthcare are changing. In the time it takes you to read these articles, three new applications for healthcare trademarks are being reviewed. New ideas are always being created. Many of these advancements are created out of necessity, but many are produced out of individual conception. Staying engaged on how modern advancements in healthcare are impacting our lives is one way to gain knowledge, but it also keeps us informed on how individually we can benefit from these new products in our own homes. There are frameworks in place that allow robotic innovations to better serve debilitated or individuals. Technology, model homes with computer processors that self adjust cabinets for easy access are new on the market. Transferring knobs and switches in the home to touch which have heat controlled or are pressure operated, are also changing how we gain access to doors and drawers. How can these technological advancements make our lives easier or better yet safer? Who are these newfound gadgets being invented for? Who are we serving? The answer is you. Thirty five years ago, who would have thought typewriters would one day be obsolete. Now we have computers that are minimized to the size of a small notebook. Who would have thought hundreds of songs would ever fit in a paper thin plastic device the size of a quarter. Who would have thought you could drive from New York to Los Angeles, with out ever looking at a road map? Now we compute the ending destination and a GPS (Global Positioning System) tells us when and where to turn. The list of modern marvels is endless. But in the healthcare arena many more need to be discovered. As we tend to stay in our homes longer versus a care center, we will need help with medication management. It’s been reported that typically one-third of all hospitalizations of adults over age 65 are related to improper medication protocols. Typically medication comes in a large child proof bottle. My own mother failed to figure out if I just turn the cap over it becomes a very easy open bottle. Yet, the question of “Did I take that pill or this vitamin,” still exists. That

brings us to the question of technology; which pharmacy offers bubble packages that depict specific dates and times to consume medication? We tend to forget as we get older, if that blood pressure medication was taken today or not. It also has a lot to do with the comfort level a family has with leaving mom or dad alone for any length of time. Many family members call parents and remind them to take their daily dosage. It is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe six to eight pills a day, three times a day. If this process had a check and balance like a sheet of pills individually packaged and dated. We could ask mom over the phone if Tuesday’s pills were taken. There is a memory chip available which sends a generic email to family that the pills were removed. There is always that question of “were they consumed,” but that is for another article. What has to be asked is, is there room for advancements and what is the cost? The cost of new technology is expensive when it’s new, but in three or four years the cost is minimized. I’m sure we all remember the first Texas Instrument Calculator in the early 1970’s. The cost was around $400.00, today with inflation that equates to about $2100.00. Can you imagine paying that much for a pocket calculator? But not a week goes buy we probably don’t use one at least twice. Today we pay $10.00 or less for a calculator. So the case has been presented, everything comes at a cost. Our reaction to the cost is what is at stake. Do we want the new and improved advances? Are we willing to pay for them now or do we wait another few years hoping the costs are minimized? Our health and safety is more important than dollars. We can debate the cost, versus benefits all day, but when it comes right down to it, as we think about our families and what they mean to us, no monetary amount in the world is equal to the betterment and security new technology can provide to their safety and quality of life. Aaron D. Rance is a SNF/LTC Administrator, currently managing in the Southwest. His primary focus is on transitioning LTC services within the “Culture Change Movement.” Contact him at arance@good-sam.com.


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Netflix Queue

Ballet Shoes(2007) PG An unusual explorer named Gum (Richard Griffiths) and his kindly niece (Emilia Fox) adopt three orphans -Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige) and Posy (Lucy Boynton) -- and raise them as sisters in 1930s London. But the girls must fend for themselves when Gum doesn't return from one of his adventures. Together, they nurture their passions for acting, aviation and ballet in this charming TV adaptation of Noel Streatfield's novel. Genre: 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book

The Answer Man Arlen Faber(2009) R Reclusive author Arlen Faber (Jeff Daniels) -- who's intentionally been out of the spotlight since he penned an inspirational self-help book two decades ago -- finds himself in need of spiritual healing in this quirky indie romance. Though everyone still looks to Arlen for answers, he's an emotional cipher without a clue ‌ until he meets an angst-ridden, overprotective single mom (Lauren Graham) and a recovering alcoholic (Lou Taylor Pucci).

Carolina(2003) PG-13 In this romantic comedy featuring Shirley MacLaine as a wacky grandma, Southern girl Carolina (Julia Stiles) envisions an entirely different existence for herself, far from the maddening mix that is her family. So, she leaves home for California, where she hopes she'll find some tranquility. But her efforts are soon wasted when she finds herself torn between two men. Who will win her heart? Genre: Romantic Comedies This movie is: Sentimental

Genre: Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, Indie Romance This movie is: Witty, Romantic, Heartfelt, Emotional

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incoln and Otero counties both boast literacy programs for residents, opening possibilities for those who never had the opportunity to learn the basics before being cast into life. Joyce Reynolds is interim director at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo’s Adult Basic Education program and said the Otero County Literacy Council works with adults who need to improve reading and writing skills. The literacy council is a nonprofit organization offering individual tutoring and classes at no cost to those who need them. Those who need services are assessed and then offered individual tutoring until they are reading and writing at a level where they are comfortable to attend classes, Reynolds said. “Right now most (participants) are attending classes and working,� Reynolds said. “They get additional help outside of class. Just a handful are working just with tutors.� Reynolds also said currently the program is in need of tutors. Many of the people who have been serving as tutors have stopped for health issues or moved away. “We are always looking for more volunteers,� she said. The Literacy Council’s community adult spelling bee raised money for the program. While New Mexico Coalition for Literacy provides grants that cover some parts and materials in the program, donations are much appreciated and go toward covering things the coalition does not Reynolds said some of the donations provide loan and grant funds for the $50 cost to take a GED test. “We always have students with trouble paying that $50,� she said. “There are some people that can’t come up with that much at one time.� Anyone needing help or who would like to volunteer or contribute to the Otero County Literacy Council can call (575) 439-3812, or visit the ABE office located in the Tays Special Events Center. Jennifer Payton participated in the adult spelling bee held in November 2009. The team she was on, Team Genius, won. Payton said she was honored to participate in the event. “It was very exciting for me to get to participate in a literacy support program because literacy is one of the most important assets you can take into the business world,� Payton said. “You need it through school and when you begin a career.�

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Payton also loved seeing all the children who attended the event to watch their parents participate. Her own children Brooke, 8, and Gwen, 6, were inspired. “They thought it was so neat,� Payton said. Getting to see successful adults in the event made Gwen excited and confident when it came to participating in her own school spelling bee. Watching teachers, librarians, doctors and other professionals there helped the little girl make it through her own event. “It was a really cool experience,� Payton said. In Lincoln County the literacy council is associated with the ABE office of Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso and is overseen by Susie Morss. They also receive operational funding from the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy and from ENMU. “We provide one-on-one tutoring and small group classes,� Morss said. “The tutors are volunteers and have been through 14 hours of training.� At the ENMU-R affiliate, people can receive instruction in reading, writing, English as a second language and computer literacy, as well as other subjects. A family literacy group for parents and children together is available as needed, Morss said. Children must be at least 16 years old and out of school. “We also do some pre-GED tutoring,� she said. The Lincoln County Literacy Council has been active since 1997. “In the 2008-2009 school year we served 155 adult students,� Morss said. “We had 36 active tutors.� Morss can be contacted at (575) 6308181 for more information about the Lincoln County program, which is located at 707 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, in the Compass Bank building.


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We Are What We Eat…To Supplement or Not? By Susan M. Poore, RN, CNC, CPLC

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o you believe that the whole foods you consume can influence your health, weight and longevity? If you do, you are correct! Numerous studies have shown that the foods we consume affect our mental, physical and long term health. Many times people don’t even attempt to consume a healthy diet and instead “supplement” their health. Several vitamins and supplements are absolutely acceptable, but many are not. In fact taking supplements that are not appropriate for you could possibly cause you harm. Just because they are over the counter does not make them without contraindications or side effects. Knowing which ones should or shouldn’t be taken is vital if you are expecting results. Don’t waste your money. I see clients every day that have baskets of supplements. Someone either talked them into purchasing the product, save it on TV or they read about it in a magazine. One of my new clients took over 25 different supplements and had no idea how she got started on each one of them.

Marketing tactics can convince even the best of us that their product will “do amazing things“. Don’t believe everything you read. Get help sorting out what you can do to get the majority of your nutrients in the foods you eat and which supplements are safe to consume with your current medications or lifestyle. People want to be healthy but not put in the discipline to reach that goal. Real food produces real results. Supplementation works better when a healthy diet accompanies it. Eating healthy is only as difficult as we “think” it is. Approaching a healthy diet on a daily basis is the best insurance you can have to prevent the challenges we have as our bodies age. Look at those individuals who eat well and approach life in a positive way. They look great and more importantly, feel great. Where supplements can help is in the area of antioxidants and consuming the key nutrients and vitamins we may lack. Supplement means “to add” to what you are al-

ready doing to remain healthy. Your current state of health has a lot to do with which ones and how much you should take. There is no “one plan fits all approach” when it comes to this. We each have different health issues and making a plan that works for you should be your goal. So the next time you watch an info commercial on late night TV, read a magazine or look at a shelf full of products, don’t instantly buy it because they gives you a great sales pitch. Instead, take a deep breathe and read more about it, get input from your doctor or a professional that understands supplementation. Put your money into consuming a “good diet” and then “supplement” only with what you absolutely need! For more information visit: www.BalancedHealth101.com Susan is an RN Certified in Nutrition, Stress Management and Life Coaching. (575) 491-5036


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Blake Shelton gave an outstanding performance January 14th at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. Don't miss out on the fun!

Local concerts and events coming up at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, New Mexico

February 7th – Tailgate party with Jimmy VanZant 12th – King of the Cage – Levi Price & Javier Rubio 19th – Howie Mandel

Dressing up: Model: Cath; MUA: Bean Bhandhal; Hair: Kim @Grateful Head; Designer: Temna Fialkia/Natasha Lazarovic; Photo /Post-Production: Arianna Biasini

March 11 – Aaron Lewis from Staind 25th – Doobie Brothers th

April 16 – CCR (Revisited) 26th – Temptations th

May 6th – Gabriel Iglesias 9th – Heart

June 24th & 25th – George Jones

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August 26th & 27th – Rodney Carrington

Litsy Leopard Couture Photo taken by Arianna Biasini Student at Louis St. Laurent Catholic School.

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Southern Red Velvet Cake Ingredients * Vegetable oil for the pans * 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour * 1 1/2 cups sugar * 1 teaspoon baking soda * 1 teaspoon fine salt * 1 teaspoon cocoa powder * 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil * 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature * 2 large eggs, at room temperature * 2 tablespoons red food coloring (1 ounce) * 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract * Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows * Crushed pecans, for garnish Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour 3 (9 by 1 1/2-inch round) cake pans. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In another large bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla. Using a standing mixer, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and a smooth batter is formed. Divide the cake batter evenly among the prepared cake pans. Place the pans in the oven evenly spaced apart. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through the cooking, until the cake pulls away from the side of the pans, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Remove the cakes from the oven and run a knife around the edges to loosen them from the sides of the pans. One at a time, invert the cakes onto a plate and then re-invert them onto a cooling rack, rounded-sides up. Let cool completely. Frost the cake. Place 1 layer, rounded-side down, in the middle of a rotating cake stand. Using a palette knife or offset spatula spread some of the cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake. (Spread enough frosting to make a 1/4 to 1/2-inch layer.) Carefully set another layer on top, rounded-side down, and repeat. Top with the remaining layer and cover the entire cake with the remaining frosting. Sprinkle the top with the pecans.

Cream Cheese Frosting: (Yield: enough to frost a 3 layer (9-inch) cake ) • 1 pound cream cheese, softened • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar • 2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup), softened • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held electric mixer in a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and butter on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high, and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.) Reduce the speed of the mixer to low. Add the vanilla, raise the speed to high and mix briefly until fluffy (scrape down the bowl occasionally). Store in the refrigerator until somewhat stiff, before using. May be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.


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Local buzz

By Lisa Morales & Beth Barrett

Kill Devil Theory Members: Lead/ Back Up Vocals/Keyboard: Deanna Crane Bass: Chris Sullivan Lead Guitar: Curtis Crane Drums: Mark Bartholomew Lisa: Curtis mentioned you have been together on and off for five years. How did you get together? Deanna: We’ve been with different musicians and musical groups over the last five years. Our band members now have been together since May 2009. Chris: Yeah, but we’ve gone through a lot of drummers since then. Deanna’s sister hooked us up with Marc. A friend sent an email to me on facebook. He told me to check out this band and then Curtis called me. Lisa: The drums are really sharp. Chris: Yeah, we’ve been looking for a drummer for a few years. We could never get a drummer who could play the different tempos like fast stuff and slow stuff. Marc’s the only one that could do it. We couldn’t play this song for over two years. Lisa: That’s impressive. Beth: It’s a really smooth transition I’m surprised you guys haven’t been playing together long. Lisa: Do you have a following? Chris: Well this is our third show in Alamogordo. So we don’t have a huge following right now. We’re working on it. Beth: Well your sound is really tight. You would think you guys have been practicing together for a really long time. Deanna: and we skipped practice this week.

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Beth: You’re a really good fit because it is very clean. Deanna: Thank You. Beth: How many original songs did you sing tonight? Deanna: Eight Beth: Do you plan to cut out the cover songs and that way you’re just playing your own thing. Deanna: Yeah Beth: Kind of trying to break into it? Deanna: We mostly play covers for the bars and exposure. Because you know a lot of people like to hear covers and they’ll come for the covers. We slip some of our originals in there. It seems they like them too. Chris: Which we want to hear and there maybe one or two that everybody is eehh; but there are a lot of them that they say are pretty cool. Very impressive Lisa: Where does your name come from? Deanna: Curtis and I came up with it back in 2006. Devil Theory is actually a term to describe all the problems in society that are caused by bad leaders or corrupt leaders and we just put

kill to it because it sounds cool. So we just combined the two. Chris: Tada!!! Lisa: You sing a lot of cover songs most people would never attempt to sing. Deanna your vocal range is great. Chris: What compels us? Lisa: Yeah? Chris: Because If we’re going to do something that is really good. We’re going to do a cover that is something someone doesn’t hear everyday on the radio; but it’s something that they are familiar with, right? That’s what I say when I pick a cover and then one that is challenging. Beth: I was impressed because you kept it pretty technical musically and vocally. You weren’t afraid to attack the songs that most people are frightened of. Lisa: Who are your influences? Marc: Rush Curtis: Rush, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Kings X Deanna: Some of the same along with perfect circle and Dream Theater.


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Chris: Collective Soul, Metallica and Mega Death. Lisa: What sound are you aiming for? Chris: We all have kind of eclectic tastes so we’re trying to mix it all together. In my mind if you mashed two bands together it would be AC/DC meets Dream Theater. These guys are like tool heads sound strictures that most people say “what the hell is that all about. “ Beth: They have kind of that darker edge. Chris: Yeah

Beth: That deep tone. Lisa: One of the first songs you sang has a grunge sound to it and the other one has a totally different take. Wow, that’s a hugh range of musical sounds to cover. Lisa: What does everyone do when you’re not performing? Deanna: I was a music education teacher but now I’m a stay at home mom and Curtis works at White Mountain Elementary in Alamogordo. He teaches Civic/History, Science and Guitar.

Marc: I’m an assistance administrator at HAFB Chris: Electronic technician at HAFB. Lisa: Where can urSmart readers catch your performance? Curtis: We have a couple of shows in El Paso in the next week or two and then we actually have studio time scheduled. To find out more about the band check them out at www.myspace.com/Killdevil_theory


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By Amy Bennett, Health Promotion Educator

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fter a week of watching our two darling children run through the house fighting because he touched her cell phone or he shot her in the back with the Nerf gun; the list goes on and on. We decided it was time to get outside. It had been snowing consistently and the cabin fever was rising. We began talking about this high tech treasure hunt I had learned about called Geocaching. I explained what I knew about the game and we grabbed the GPS devise and the laptop to learn more. According to the website Geocaching is defined as a high-tech treasure hunting gamed played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with the GPS devices. They had us in the first sentence we are very high-tech and always seeking something to do with our kids as a family and …OUTSIDE! We typed in our area code and found 99 caches hidden in the Ruidoso area and the number is continuing to rise. Currently, there are 969,986 active geocashes around the world. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, geocashes, outdoors and then share your experiences online. We typed in the coordinates of four

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different caches into our GPS grabbed our snow boots, jackets, gloves, along with a zip-loc bag of small trade items and started off on what turned out to be a great day. The kids were ecstatic with excitement. Okay let’s be real here they were huffing, puffing, complaining and arguing that they didn’t’ want to go. They would rather play with the new PS3 Santa brought. In the true nature of parenting and we told them to get in

and buckle up, because we were going to get outside as a family and we were going to have fun doing it at any cost. The kids followed the GPS as we drove down the road pretending that the excitement wasn’t growing, we new it was, mainly, because we were excited. Could we walk on a trail, day after day and miss something? Could caches be hidden in those areas we have visited and be right under our noses? This was cool! It was a modern day Easter egg hunt. Parked the car as our first coordinates ended and began to hike up the snow covered hill. It never crossed our minds that the cache were most likely hidden when the ground was not blanketed with snow, but we didn’t care. The view of the ice over the lake was spectacular. If we didn’t find anything we would have still called it a successful day. GPS takes you so far and caches can be hidden within 30 to 60 feet from that point. After about fifteen minutes of looking high and low we spotted it. It happened to be an old flashlight hidden in a tree. The kids opened it up, now completely interested to find a small note pad, pen and a small toy. We signed the log and put in our trade item, and placed the cache exactly where it was. We found four caches, some with items for the trade and others so small they just included a log book. After re-


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turning home we logged into Geocaching.com to log our finds. The site includes a wealth of information and history on the game including the game etiquette. In short if you take something, leave something of the same value, and always place the cache as you found it. Caches can be hidden in small containers that have little room for more than a small log book. Keep a pen handy these caches are too small to include one. We’ve found magnetic caches attached to guard rails, and even a removable fence posts and creativity goes on from there.

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Geocaching is an enjoyable, educational, hobby that mixes the outdoors with technology for all ages. We plan to hide our own cache, and continue our weekend cache hunting afternoons. The arguing is no longer about why we have to go but rather who gets to hold the GPS and open the cache when we find it and if we didn’t find anything we would have still called it a successful day. GPS takes you to the far ends where caches can be hidden. Visit the official website at: www.geocaching.com

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By Christy Kinder

orld War II started in 1939 and ended in 1945. The United States of America joined by declaring war against Japan on December 7, 1941. On May 8, 1945, Germany surrendered. After the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan surrendered on September 2, 1945, and the Second World War came to an end. The war cost the lives of more than 330,000 American soldiers. Many more were permanently injured. In today’s military we have the luxury of technology. While our military member is gone we have the ability to email, talk on the telephone, write letters, and even video conference them with the help of the internet. Throughout the years, there have been many changes. I thought it would be interesting to tell the story of a couple from a different era of the military. Estel (Hack) and Ernestine (Pill) Hackler were both born in Childress County, Texas. They met at school when she was 11 and he was 14. Estel was inducted into the U.S. Army in March of 1944 at the age of 20. He went to basic training at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Ernestine had her first job at South-

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western Bell as a telephone switch operator. On May 20, 1944 they were married in the Fort Bliss Chapel. “His first paycheck was 20 dollars and he used it to buy a wedding ring for me. I still wear it to this day,” she said. “Times were hard back then. When we were getting ready to move to California, he told me to stay there and continue working at the telephone company until we had enough money for me to join him. Then he changed his mind and decided to borrow 100 dollars from a finance company so that I could be with him.” “Hack” and “Pill” moved to Riverside, California and were only there three months before he received his orders to Europe. Ernestine returned to Childress and continued working for Southwestern Bell. She lived with the Harry Mitchell family during the 20 months “Hack” was overseas. While he was over there he fought in 33 missions. “It was very lonely when he was gone. There was hardly any communication. We tried to write letters every day but they would stack up and I would receive six or seven at a time. During the war they censored the letters by reading every single one before they were mailed out,” she said. He returned home May 26, 1946 and was honorably discharged from the military.

Estel and Ernestine have two children, four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. “Pill” and “Hack” both retired in 1983. They have enjoyed travel though every state in the USA, seven provinces of Canada, all through Europe and the Holy Lands. They visited the Hawaiian islands several times before picking their favorite vacation spot, Kauai. They visited there 20 or 25 times, usually to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Estel passed away January 18, 2007. They were married 62 years and eight months. Ernestine lives in Amarillo, Texas.

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Video Game Review By Maria Del Villar

New Super Mario Bros Rated E for Everyone Platform: Wii Rating: 5 out of 5

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have played just about every Super Mario Bros game Nintendo has made. The New Super Mario Bros Wii is definitely in my top five. It has a lot of the style and gameplay like the 8-bit and 16-bit Mario titles. This game has tons of classic Super Mario Bros influences, with more creative and challenging stages. Although Nintendo did not stray too far from the DS release. If you ask me, the only difference is that you can play up to four-players. Nintendo just gave the DS release a boost and released it for the Wii system. Anyone who has played any of the 2D Super Mario Bros. title will love the Super Mario Bros. Wii. Koopa Kid is at it again. With the help from his evil buddies, they decide to crash Princess Peach’s birthday party. They take her away on a flying ship, with Mario and friends trailing right behind them. Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, and Blue Toad must travel many worlds, defeat many enemies and save Princess Peach. As a single-player, you play as Mario. Mario still has the basic power-ups such as the Fire Flower and Star Power. But the New Super Mario Bros. Will offers more neat power-ups, to help Mario on his journey to save the princess. The power-ups include the Ice Flower, which allows Mario to freeze his enemies for a short period of time, simply by throwing a snowball. Next power-up you have the Propeller Suit. The suit allows Mario to spin real high in the air. Then you have the Penguin Suit

that makes it easier to walk on ice, and you can have Mario slide on his belly like a real Penguin. As I was playing the game, I found out that these power-ups do come in handy later in the game. Another new addition to the game is the motion control. The motion control is used to spin, jump, or pick up items and to tilt the controller to maneuver platforms or cannons. I like the motion control but I wish you could play the game with the classic controller. With the classic controller, Nintendo could have utilized the L and R button to maneuver the platforms or cannons. But it does add a nice touch to the game. As you travel within the worlds, you will encounter an enemy blocking you path to the next level. This is where the Super Mario Bros. 3 influences plays in part. You will encounter such enemies as Goombas, Hammer Bros. and many others. You will also encounter Toad Houses. The Toad Houses offer you a chance to either receive power-ups or additional lives. My favorite Toad House , is where you have to match power-ups. It brings back memories from playing Super Mario Bros. 3. Occasionally you will see Toad get captured, which gives you the opportunity to return to a level and rescue him. Mario has to find Toad in one of the “?” blocks, and successfully carry him to the end of the level. He then rewards you with additional lives. Also more Toad Houses will appear on the map for you to explore.

Last but not least is the multi-player mode. I found it very difficult to play the game with more than one person. The reason being is that someone always gets in the way. It is difficult to jump on to a platform, when the other player ends up jumping on top of you and you end up losing a life. Not to worry though, you can seek revenge on that player. All you have to do is pick the player up and throw him/her at a Goomba he he. The New Super Mario Bros. Wii is full of non-stop fun. It takes the classic Super Mario Bros to a whole another level of fun. This game is the classic Super Mario Bros. releases built into one. To those of you who own a Wii system and have not played this game yet, just go out and buy the game. As a huge Super Mario Bros. fan I recommended that you buy this game. You will not be disappointed.

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with Jeremy Shum, Media & Promotions for Riot Rock Management & Stereo Dynamite Recordings, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, age 29 1. Did Adam and Eve have navels? Nope, but they did have pull-tabs. 2. Do vegetarians eat animal crackers? Of course! It gets out their latent carnivore tendencies. Interestingly, animal crackers are made of vegans. 3. How fast do you have to go to keep up with the sun so you're never in darkness? Speed of light? Faster than a wood chuck could chuck? What am I - a scientist? Batman's a scientist! 4. Does God believe there are atheists? You'll have to ask Lemmy yourself, but I would suspect he does. 5. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? You've fulfilled your destiny. Born to lose Live to Win! Barbara Flores, Multi-Media Consultant for the Carlsbad Current-Argus, Carlsbad New Mexico 1. Can you describe your life with a six word sentence? Here's mine: My heart continually expands in joy. Life is good when you are. 2. If women ran the Pentagon, would missiles and submarines be shaped differently? No. 3. You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. Your make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place? Love thy neighbor. 4. If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat? If he fixed the boat the show would have been over in 30 minutes. 5. If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked? Both 6. Did Noah have woodpeckers on the ark? if he did, where did he keep them? In a wooden cage. God would not the woodpecker peck wood. Mardalyn Trocchio, Shallow Water, TX Age 10 Student 1. Is your room clean or messy right now? Clean. Is it always? No. Do you clean it on your own or does your mom ask you to? She asks me to. 2. Where did you go for your Birthday? For my 10th Birthday I went ot the mall and bought a mouse. Do you play with it? No, my dog killed it. His name was cotton and he lasted maybe a month. Do you miss Cotton? No, he stunk. 3. What is your favorite type of fast food? Probably a burger from Circle Burger. Angel Mata, Carlsbad, NM 1. One night you wake up because you heard a noise. You turn on thelight to find that your are surrounded by MUMMIES. The mummies aren’t really doing anything, they’re just standing around your bed. What do you do? Go for my gun. 2. An angel appears out of Heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the alcoholic beverage of your choice….So what’s it gonna be? The beer Outlaw 3. Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before? True Love. 4. If a cow laughed, would milk come out of its nose? No 5. Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat? Because we are too lazy to get up and put batteries in it. Heather Mata, age 24, Carlsbad, NM 1. . If someone with a split personality threatens to commit suicide, is it a hostage situation? Yes 2. Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard? It would get stuck in a branch. 3. If the temperature is zero outside today and it’s going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be? 200 degrees below zero 4. How come Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always ducked when someone threw a gun at him? He might het his face scratched. 5. Does a one legged duck swim is circles? Yes


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