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by Patricia L. Cook Mountain passes around the world can be Mountain passes around the world can be high, high, rocky steep, and rocky just plain challenging to steep, justand plain challenging to traverse. ® traverse. they’re worth so exploring, so join But they’reBut worth exploring, join Tidbits as Tidbits we look over,and through andsome around we lookasinto, over,into, through around famous passes. passes. some mountain famous mountain • So what is a mountain pass? It is the most easily accessible point between mountains where you can “pass” through. The pass is considered the highest point or summit at which you traverse the area. Passes have always been very important finds for pioneers moving across the country, as well as road and rail builders. The definition of a mountain pass is actually: “The location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks.” • Other terms used in North America for a pass are saddle, notch and gap. Pass and saddle are most commonly used in the West, while the East Coast tends to use the terms notch and gap. • Semo La, a pass in central Tibet, at 18,258 feet (5,565 m), is considered to be the highest pass accessible by vehicles. It is a high, isolated place in the Chang Tang region of Tibet. Also in Tibet is the highest mountain pass accessible by train. The Tanggula Pass in the mountains of the same name has a rail station at 16,640 feet (5,072 m). By the way, “La” in Tibetan means pass.


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in the Rocky Mountains, Mount • peak The Cristo Redentor was taken by train The summit for the pass is 12,095 feet (3,687 m). Uspallata, Argentina, and then the rest of the mule in 1904. It commemorated the • way The by song “Wolf Creek Pass,” written by peaceful conclusion to a territorial dispute Bill Fries and Chip Davis and sung by C.W. between the two countries. Today, the dirt road McCall in 1975, by made pass and of adventure the same is only accessed tourthe busses name in southern somewhat famous. seekers, with theColorado main route between the The country song a wild tunnel ride in that an countries being thedescribes Cristo Redentor 18-wheel truck carrying a load of chickens. opened in 1980. This Cristo Redentor is not as well known as the famous statue of the same From the top of the pass at 10,857 feet (3,309 name on top of the mountain overlooking Rio m) to the town of Pagosa Springs, there is a de Janeiro, Brazil. 5,000-foot (1,524-m) drop in elevation. The • driver Whether you much are exploring the mountains is going too fast down the pass, of North America, South America, Asia or and as the singer explains, “I’m not the type elsewhere, some to complain,you butare the sure time to hasfind come for terrific me to mountain passes and outstanding views. Just explain, that if you don’t apply some brake real don’t forget your camera!

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“Cool” Candles Add Warm Glow

Let’s make fire with ice! Impossible, you say? Well, it just depends on how you look at it. Follow my easy process for creating these super “cool” candles that add a warm glow to any evening. To make several medium-size candles, you’ll need: --1-pound box of paraffin wax (available in the canning section at most markets) --1 saucepan and a tin can, such as a coffee can --Candle coloring (optional) --Ice cubes crushed into medium-size chunks. Your kids may fill a gallon plastic bag about threequarters full with ice. Secure the top. Let them use

a hammer to break the ice into small chunks. --Empty and clean pint- or quart-size cardboard milk cartons with the tops cut off --A white or colored taper candle for each ice candle, 1 inch shorter than the cut carton. Trim the candle from the bottom, if necessary. An adult should fill the bottom of the saucepan with a few inches of water and place the tin can in the center. Put a chunk of paraffin inside the can along with extra candle stubs you might have around the house. Add coloring if you wish. Stir occasionally as the wax melts, keeping a constant eye on it since it is flammable. For a wick, your school-age child can place a taper candle in the middle of a milk carton and pack the ice around it. When the wax is melted, an adult should use a potholder to lift the can out of the saucepan and pour the melted wax directly into the milk carton over the ice and around the taper candle. As the wax melts the ice, you’ll hear cracking and popping! Once the wax is hard, drain off the water a time or two. Peel the carton away from the candle and enjoy the surprise of your work of art! The ice will have formed interesting pockets, like a chunk of Swiss cheese. To use, set it on a plate and surround it with marbles. When you light the candle, give your preschooler the job of saying “Ta-da!” as you stand around proudly watching the creation flicker on a winter’s night. Note: An adult should always be present when burning candles. ••• Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” © 2011 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

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RIDE GUIDE Jimmie Johnson Still Chomping at the Bit Tony Stewart won his third championship in 2011, and no one has ever been more spectacular down the stretch. He won five of the final 10 races, the most ever since the Chase was implemented in 2004, and yet still won only by tie-breaker over Carl Edwards, who had the same number (2,403) of points. Edwards has finished second or third three times now and has the best average finish, 4.9, of any driver in Chase history. So who is the favorite for 2012? It's obvious, even After his streak of Sprint Cup championships was broken this year by Tony Stewart, Hendrick though it's neither Stewart nor Edwards. Motorsports stalwart Jimmie Johnson is "highly The favorite is the driver who won championships in motivated" to get back to his usual winning ways. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010: Jimmie Johnson. Johnson finished sixth, 99 points behind Stewart and Edwards. It wasn't a championship season, but it wasn't bad, at least not by any standards other than those established by Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports crew chief, Chad Knaus. "Highly motivated" was the way Johnson referred to himself at the Sprint Cup Awards Ceremonies in Las Vegas. "Motivation comes easy for all of us," he said. "I know that question is asked a lot, but we just want to race, and if we're going to spend all the time to do all this, we want to be racing for the championship." Johnson won five straight championships. Only Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt have ever won more than five total. Can Johnson win eight and break the record? "I want to believe in it," he said. "How long I can race into my career? I think there is a chance, I don't know how COUPON realistic that chance is, but I want to believe in it and think that I can." Johnson paid tribute to Stewart, who became the 700 West Kemp first driver-owner to win 01-15-12 exp. 12-9-11 Broasted 605-878-2088 a championship since Alan Kulwicki in 1992. Pie Chicken "I didn't think it was No. 1 & 8 Piece r o possible," Johnson said. Breakfast or Coffee To-Go "I don't think any of us felt that we would see it take $4.75 $3.25 $9.99 place again or even get

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TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Shoveling Snow Is Hard on Heart DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband is 73. I am sure he's going to die this winter. He insists on shoveling our snow, and we have lots of it. He says it's good for him; it gives him exercise. This from a man whose other exercise consists of popping open a beer can. He comes in after he's cleared the walk, puffing and exhausted. Please talk some sense into him. -- M.L. ANSWER: After every snowstorm, city emergency rooms fill with older men who have had a heart attack after cleaning their snow-covered walks. Snow shoveling is strenuous exercise. It burns 420 calories an hour. The heart rate of a shoveler rises to 170 beats a minute, and the systolic blood pressure (the first number of a reading) exceeds 200. Of course, the demand depends on the depth and weight of the snow. Older hearts cannot support such stress. In addition to the work of shoveling, cold weather adds more demands on the heart. Unless a man your husband's age has had medical clearance for such exhausting exercise, he is tempting fate. ••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: A friend has a case of constant hiccups. Can you suggest any possible cures? -- P.W. ANSWER: Hiccups come from involuntary contractions of the diaphragm, the horizontal muscle sheet that lies between the chest and the abdomen. It is the principal breathing muscle. Sometimes persistent contractions can be traced to gallbladder problems, diseases of the pancreas, reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus (heartburn) or an abscess on the abdominal side of the diaphragm. However, most of the time, no cause is found. For temporary hiccups, gulping food and simultaneously swallowing air sometimes

brings them on. So can carbonated beverages. Through the years readers have provided me with hundreds of home remedies for dealing with hiccups, and I welcome new additions. Swallowing a teaspoon of sugar irritates the throat, which sets in motion a reflex that can end hiccups. Breathing into a paper bag raises the blood carbon-dioxide level, which, in turn, raises blood acidity, and that triggers a release of calcium. Calcium can spark nerve signals to stop hiccups. Putting angostura bitters on the back of the tongue is another sometimes-successful trick. Hiccups that last longer than 48 hours aren't likely to respond to home remedies. Medicines have to be turned to. Chlorpromazine, omeprazole, metoclopramide and baclofen are often successfully used. In cases that are resistant to medicine treatment and that are disrupting a person's life, doctors can interrupt, in a number of ways, the transmission of nerve signals conducted to the diaphragm by the phrenic nerve. •••

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that might not even happen! Please tell me it hasn’t been canceled. -- Bridget D. in North Carolina A: I have good news and bad news: The goods news is that “Cougar Town” will be back this season; the bad news is its return has been pushed back until March. More bad news: Instead of its planned 22-episode season, the order has been cut to 15 episodes. This news Q: Like you, I am an avid fan of “New Girl” on makes me super-bummed too, as I have been going Fox. I was wondering what happened to Coach, the through some serious withdrawals, and have been character played by Damon Wayans Jr., who was in forced to drink wine out of Big Joe while reading Laurie the first episode and then suddenly left? -- Giselle F., Keller’s hilarious Twitter feed ( via e-mail and throwing pennies in my Bobby Cobb Official ComA: When “New Girl” filmed its pilot episode in petition Penny Can as I wait with bated breath for new spring 2011, the original roommates were episodes from my favorite Pinot-swilling Coach (played by Damon), Schmidt (Max gals and their awesome sidekick fellas. Greenfield) and Nick (Jake Johnson), with ••• Jess (Zooey Deschanel) taking Winston’s Q: A while back you mentioned that room, since he was off playing basketball Fox was going to make an animated verin Latvia. However, Damon also was sion of “Napoleon Dynamite.” Are those co-starring on the ABC show “Happy plans still going forward? -- Jeremy G., Endings,” which at the time “New Girl” via e-mail began production was looking like it wasn’t A: It’s full-steam ahead on the weekly going to get renewed for another season. cartoon adaption of “Napoleon DySo, when “Happy Endings” did indeed get namite,” which will be voiced by the renewed, the producers at “New Girl” had movie’s stars, including John Heder, Zooey Deschanel to find a new fourth roommate and opted Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Aaron for Winston (Lamorne Morris) to return from Latvia to Ruell, John Gries and the gang. The 13-episode series reclaim his old room. premieres on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 8:30 ET, right in the ••• middle of Fox’s super-successful “animation block.” Q: I was super-bummed when I found out that “Cou••• gar Town” wasn’t going to air on ABC until January as Q: I was watching “Robocop” over the weekend a midseason replacement, and now I am hearing that and wondered what its star, Peter Weller, can be seen in now? He was so good in that movie! -- George T., Omaha, Neb. A: Peter Weller, who very recently was a regular on “Dexter” playing Stan Liddy, is the latest big-name star to be cast in the newest “Star Trek” movie, which is yet untitled. The film’s details are being kept under wraps, but I can tell you that Peter is playing a principal character in the May 2013 sequel to the 2009 megablockbuster. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Resolve to Eat These 14 Foods in New Year

7. Pecans: A recent 2010 study suggested that the With the start of a new year, many of us resolve to improve our eating habits by trying to include more vitamin E in pecans may provide neurological protecnutritious foods in our diets -- but which foods? Food tion by delaying progression of motor neuron degeneration. Technology magazine 8. Pistachios: Pistalists 14 foods that delivchios are suggested to er research-documented have anti-inflammatory benefits to health. properties, according to a recent study. Whole Grains 9. Walnuts: A walnut1. Barley: 11 clinical enriched diet may reduce trials spanning almost 20 the risk of cardiovascular years found that increased disease in people with consumption of barley type 2 diabetes. products can lower total and LDL cholesterol. Fruits and Vegetables 2. Quinoa and buck10. Black raspberries: wheat: Research suggests that seeds and sprouts from both quinoa and buckwheat A 2010 study found black raspberries were highly efrepresent rich sources of polyphenol compounds, fective in preventing intestinal tumor development in which enhance the nutritional value of foods, such as mice. 11. Blueberries: Whole blueberry smoothies congluten-free breads. 3. Brown rice: Substituting brown rice for white rice sumed daily improved insulin-sensitivity in obese, non-diabetic and insulin resistant patients in a sixmay lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. 4. Rye: Rye can improve glycemic profiles and rye week study. 12. Broccoli and cauliflower: A high intake of these bread can be used to decrease hunger both before and vegetables may be associated with reduced risk of agafter lunch when consumed at breakfast. gressive prostate cancer. 13. Pomegranates: A preliminary study suggests Nuts 5. Almonds: A 2007 study showed that 300 calories pomegranate juice can help prevent a number of comof almonds (enough to produce beneficial effects on plications in kidney disease patients on dialysis. 14. Tomatoes: A six-week study found that people cardiovascular risk factors) per day can be included in the diet with limited risk of weight gain. The study with high-blood pressure who consumed two servings found that the fiber in the almonds blocked some of of canned tomato products daily experienced a significant decrease in blood pressure. the fat calories from being absorbed. 6. Hazelnuts: Research shows that it is best to conŠ 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. sume hazelnuts whole because many of its antioxidants are located in the hazelnut skin.


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