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Veterans Helping Veterans Adjust to Civilian Life By Joe Olvera ©, 2009


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oral candidate Carlos Rivera is up and running again with his Veteran’s Business Association - a group he created to help Veterans, especially those from Vietnam, overcome some of the problems they are still having, even decades after the war has ended. “By conservative estimates, there are still more than 500,000 Vietnam veterans who lead lives of quite desperation,” Rivera said. “They are plagued by serious, war-related readjustment problems. “These men still face flashbacks to combat, still suffer from feelings of alienation or anger, depression, loneliness and an inability to get close to others, sometimes they face problems with drugs and alcohol, perhaps, even feelings of suicide.” Sherman E. Roodzant, the national commander of the Disabled Veterans of America, said that when Gerald R. Ford was President of our country, he asked the American public to put Vietnam behind them and forget it. “I can think of no Presidential injunction that has been more effective. As a Vietnam War veteran, myself, I believe it's both healthful and necessary to put the bitterness and dissension of the war years behind us. But to forget the Vietnam War, its troubled veterans, and their families would be unforgivable.” Rivera said that Vietnam vets still suffer from flashbacks, even when they are home already, and no

Carlos Rivera longer fighting in that nasty war. One veteran described his challenge as being one of erasing the horrible memories which he brought back with him from the war: “Sharp rattle, orange streaks across the black sky--a sensation of torn steel, woven with hot flesh and blood beside me. God! God whatever God you be, speed my soul on its way but not in endless eternity. Thoughts of home come to me--don't let me go; please no--I'm afraid!” (Author undisclosed). Rivera, born and raised in El Paso, Texas, said one of the

main issues still plaguing Vietnam veterans is the fact that they fought in a largely unpopular war. Many of them still suffer flashbacks and other negative and often debilitating memories. “The Veterans Business Association is a non-profit dedicated to helping U.S. Armed Forces veterans, active duty military, and family members with start-up, expansion, or acquisition of small businesses.” Rivera said that he recently launched Carlos Rivera LLC, a consulting group that focuses on business and nonprofit organizational development and career development. He was named the 2009 SBA Veterans’ Small Business Champion of the Year. Rivera said he envisions bringing even more services to assist veterans in their transition to civilian society. To that end, he is planning several seminars and workshops, including: •April 17 - East El Paso Rotary Club / Fabens Community Corps 2nd Annual Fabulous Fabens Chili

Cook-Off in Fabens, TX. Sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society. Contact H.W. "Bill" Sparks at (915) 594-7022. Rivera also said he already meets with various veterans on Friday, at 8:30 a.m. at El Zarape Restaurant, 6369 Montana (behind Bingo Hall, next to K-Mart). The group is planning a workshop on Post Traumatic Stress Disease, scheduled for March 12, 2010, and a two-day Health Care and Benefits Conference in May.


Dallas Cowboys versus New York Jets – a truly Super Bowl

The Next Census Spotlight

By Joe Olvera ©, 2010


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ball season coming to a rapid end, I’m thrilled to see my Dallas Cowboys still in there, hanging tough and winning ball games. I mean, didn’t they just beat Philadelphia for the NFC East Crown? Yes, they did. This is Philadelphia, mind you, as tough as they come. But, fortunately, we trounced them so badly that the Rocky statue was seen to be weeping for his Eagles. To me, a perfect Super Bowl would be a match between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets. Why? Because both teams have Chicanos as their Super Star Quarterbacks, and, to boot, both Chicanos are doing an excellent job this late in the season. That would be a first, to have two Chicanos duking it out on the playing field, fighting hard for supremacy. For the first time in pro-football history, two Chicanos would star in

the biggest game for football supremacy. This is not to say that a Chicano has never won a Super Bowl – Jim Plunkett won two when he was with the Oakland Raiders. Tom

Flores, another excellent football mind, was the head coach at the time. So, yes, a Chicano has won a SuperBowl. Plunkett was the produce of a Mexican mother and an Anglo father. But, you see, these two guys, Romo and Sanchez are both bona-fide Mexicans, with both parents of Mexican descent. Of course, they’re Americans as well. One – Sanchez - went on to stardom at USC; the other – Romo came out of a relatively unknown school, Eastern Illinois University. Yet, both have carried their teams on their backs to reach this final

level of play. Not every team makes it this far. I’m just glad, thrilled and proud that my Dallas Cowboys are still in there, making plays on both offense and defense, and, of course, special teams. Why am I so adamant about having two Chicanos vying for the championship game that is the Super Bowl? Because, I’m a Chicano nationalist who wants to see my people emerge as winners on every playing field. I’ve always touted my Chicanismo, and, now, Chicanismo seems to be coming into its own as a power-base, with more attention being paid to efforts by Chicanos and Chicanas to emerge from the shadows where we’ve been hidden for decades. But, we’re making inroads, make no mistake. An upcoming event at Café Mayachen will feature a forum on Chicanos and Chicanismo. Headed by Ramon Arroyos, this event will focus on what Chicanismo means for those of us who practice it. I see Feb. 2, as the beginning of Chicanismo and of the Chicano Movement. After all, that’s when Mexico ceded more than one million square miles of territory to the United States following the war between the U.S. and Mexico that ended in 1848. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on Feb. 2, 1848, although it was never ratified by the U.S. Government. This war was the culminating point that ended with the U.S., superior power that it is, ....Continues on page 6

As you may be aware, 2010 is a census year. In a few weeks, census workers will begin visiting homes and asking the residents to provide a little bit of information. As I understand it, the form is very short and to the point; there won’t be a great amount of time needed to satisfy this participation which is mandated by federal law. Although it may be a redundant statement, everyone needs to understand how important it is for El Paso County to fill out the census forms. For District 75, it is vitally important to have all of the areas in the unincorporated areas of the county visited and counted by the census workers. There have been plenty of stories that explain how federal and state monies can be lost if we in this county are not counted accurately. Foremost, school funding will be adversely affected. If the amount of state funds is not based on an accurate population count, then local property taxes will more than likely be the mechanism that makes up the difference. An incomplete census may affect the way El Paso County is represented in Austin. Right

now we have 5 whole House of Representative districts in the county. The senate districts are currently split into two disproportionate districts. Small parts of the county are represented by a senator whose main base is in San Antonio. The areas are so small that there is little incentive for the current senator to make regular visits. There is also little reason to open an office in El Paso County. Many projections about the next census count have been made. The population levels have been estimated at a high of 26 million Texas residents to a more likely 24 million. With the high number, El Paso would have to have a population of over 866,000 in order to maintain five whole districts. At the 24 million population mark statewide, we would have to have a population of 800,000 to maintain five whole districts. Most numbers that I have seen put the projected population of

El Paso at around 780,000 at the most. These numbers indicate to me that we will have less than five complete districts. If the count is even lower, there are some scary scenarios that may be imposed on El Paso County. At a population level of 725,000, the county would have 4 complete districts and half of another. Depending on

how the redistricting results, 80,000 El Pasoans could possibly be represented by someone elected from another community. This would not be good for the next decade of needs for our communities. This is based on a Texas population set at 24 million. At 26 million residents, El Paso would only have a tenth of a district represented. Then the question is whether the seat is out of San Antonio or perhaps even Midland. Also, what parts of El Paso are separated? Is the northeast and northwest seated with San Antonio or Midland or is the split made in the more traditional valley communities? Is it absolutely clear why the count needs to be maximized and accurate? On another note, Speaker Straus announced my appointment to another select committee. I will participate in hearings with the Select Committee on Government Efficiency and Accountability. This committee will study and make recommendations for more efficient state government spending. Our neighbor Representative Pete Gallego of Alpine is the Select Committee Chair. As I did as a member of the Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform, I shall ask that the committee hold a hearing in El Paso so that El Pasoans may contribute to the discussion.

Chente Quintanilla State Representative


WEATHER 101 What’s the Wind Chill?

By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

“Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at

Wheater Trivia: At what wind chill value is considered to be “dangerous?” A. 5 degrees B. 0 degrees C. -10 degrees

D. -20 degrees E. Anything below 0

Answer: D. -20 is the start of significant values as wind chills this cold can cause frostbite within 30 minutes of exposure.

Last Friday our weather turned cold. Temperatures only reached a high of 39 and the wind added to the misery. When we factored in the wind, temperatures felt like the teens and twenties, we call that the wind chill factor. The wind chill factor is the method used by weather forecasters to tell us how much colder the wind makes unprotected skin feel. So why do meteorologists say it's 40 with a wind chill factor that will make it feel more like 20? Why don't they just say it's 20 degrees? The wind doesn't actually change the temperature outside, but the temperature we feel is not the air temperature but our skin temperature. A person will sense that it's colder because the wind steals body heat by blowing away warm air that surrounds the skin. This means the wind chill factor is not a factor for inanimate objects like rocks, cars and snow – they will all maintain the same temperatures no matter how strongly the winds blow. The new wind chill index adopted in 2001 uses a mathematical model that approximates how skin temperature, especially on the face, changes with various air temperatures and wind conditions. Different countries use different formulas to calculate the wind chill factor and the wind chill equivalent temperature. However, they are all based on research conducted by scientists Paul A. Siple and Charles F. Passel in the 1940s, later used by the U.S. army to develop warmer clothing for soldiers. The research found that the rate at which water freezes depends on three factors: how warm it was to begin with, the outside temperature and the wind speed. The United States along with other countries adopted the wind chill index as a public health tool so people could protect themselves from cold-related ailments such as hypothermia and frostbite. This is especially useful for those who are going to be outside in the cold for long periods of time. Hypothermia results when body temperature falls below 95 degrees. Symptoms include Frostbite is the result of skin freezing. It causes swelling, reddrowsiness, impaired co- ness, tingling and burning. Skin turns white and waxy as the ordination and weakness. frostbite progresses. It can also be fatal.


Online Degree Completion Program Helps Dropouts An online program developed by The University of Texas at El Paso will help people who have dropped out of college complete their degrees without having to attend class on campus. The new online bachelor of multidisciplinary studies (BMS), created through UTEP’s University College, is a customized degree plan for students who have accumulated college credits but do not fit into a particular curriculum. It complements the existing BMS degree which has been offered only on campus. More than 500 students have received BMS degree since summer 2006. UTEP’s online BMS degree launches spring 2010. Registration is now open. Prime targets of this degree plan include full-time workers, soldiers, military spouses and veterans who may have interrupted their college careers because of time commitments OR deployments to new posts. It provides flexibility, but it will not be self-paced. Officials also stressed that the online curriculum will be as academically challenging as the face-to-face courses.

compete (in business) you need qualified people. For many jobs, that means a bachelor’s (degree) and some related skills,” Jarvis said. “Completing this degree will raise your wage level.” While the initial goal is to reach local students who have not finished their degrees, the long-term impact could be global. “The market is going to be huge,” said Sunay Palsole, director of the University’s Instructional Support Services. “The world will become UTEP’s community.” The initial targets are those individuals who have earned approximately 60 to 70 college credit hours. There are an estimated 75,000 people in the Paso Del Norte region alone—including about 5,000 former Miners—who have accumulated some college credits, according to Palsole. A student needs 120 credit hours to earn a BMS degree, which incorporates the credits earned into a customized degree plan.

UTEP’s online BMS degree has already generated interest from people across the state. Bob Tortorello of Corpus Christi, Texas, is among those who plan to register for the online completion degree. He is an Army veteran who has taken college courses off and on since 1991, earning more than 165 college credits. He said lack of money, plus personal and professional obligations, kept him for completing his degree. Today the married father of two teenagers is determined to finish his undergraduate degree and then go for a master’s. “I don’t know how things will unfold, but I know this is the answer,” he said. “I don’t foresee any future obstacles. My feeling now is ‘let’s finish this thing.’” For more information about the program, enrollment and advising call Julio Rogers, (915) 747-5742.

El Paso, Texas – The Department of Public Health continues to promote the use of the H1N1 flu vaccine throughout the El Paso area as a part of National Influenza Vaccination Week. Today the target audience is people with chronic conditions that put them at a high risk of serious influenza complications. Complications of influenza can include pneumonia, bronchitis, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and worsening of chronic medical conditions. Severe influenza illness can lead to hospitalization and occasionally death. The Cancer Treatment Institute is just one of many local agencies that have received hundreds of free doses of the vaccine to administer to their clients. Dr. Teresa A. Reed will answer media inquiries about the effort to vaccinate those who are considered to be at higher risk during a press conference this afternoon. It will take place at:

The Cancer Treatment Institute 1400 George Dieter Suite 170 (Next to Physicians Hospital) 12:30 p.m. The flu can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may have worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu. Persons with chronic medical conditions who think they have flu should call their doctor to see if they need antiviral treatment. The 2009 H1N1 flu has caused more deaths among adults with chronic medical conditions than in any other group. But most of these adults have been vaccinated yet. Although people with chronic medical conditions are at high risk of severe complications from influenza, including hospitalization and death, many people in these groups do not realize that their medical conditions increase their risk.

The message the University wants to spread through this program is that people need to finish their degrees. By doing so they will benefit themselves, their families and their communities, said Richard Jarvis, UTEP provost and vice president for academic affairs. “To

If you have a chronic health condition and have not received your vaccine against 2009 H1N1 flu yet, get one now. The Department of Public Health continues to schedule appointments for the free vaccine at (915) 771-5759.

Cowboys VS Jets Continued from page 4...bullying a smaller and weaker nation, a nation that had been weakened by its own war for Independence against Spain, which ended on Sept. 16, 1821. After this war, Chicanos were relegated to second-class status, and, in fact, an even lower

Department of Public Health Promotes H1N1 Flu Vaccination for those with Chronic Health Conditions

status awaited them, as the U.S. lied to those Mexicans who opted to stay here. Yet, that was then, and this is now. Chicanos are coming into our own as members of this great society. It’s been a long time coming, but, it’s finally here. As for Romo and Sanchez playing in the

Super Bowl? That would be the greatest event of all time. So, go Cowboys – win the rest of your games, and, you too New York Jets. Together, we can make history. So, let’s do it. Sin Fin

For more information, log on to the city’s website at or call 2-1-1.



Sharon Mosley

Most of us make resolutions and then break them. But instead of promising that you're going to lose 20 pounds or walk 10 miles every day, give yourself a style makeover. It's much easier, and you'll still feel good about looking even better … then maybe you'll go for the gym workout. Here are my top 10 fashion resolutions for the coming year: -- Forget dressing age appropriate. At one of my family's holiday dinners, a 74-year-old friend burst into the room wearing black leather leggings and boots. She looked fantastic. I vowed then and there to rethink the "age appropriate" thing and try some new things. I invested in a pair of "liquid" satin leggings, stuffed them into my scrunchy suede boots, and wore them to the next holiday party. They were a hit. Of course, I had on a long, knee-length coat over them. No need to get too carried away here. -- Shop for the unique. This is another way to put some new life into a weary wardrobe. When you shop, seek out truly distinctive clothes and accessories. That jacket with the embroidered peacock on the back, the clutch studded with colorful rhinestones or the knee-high tapestry boots. Give yourself some style personality with statement pieces, whether you find them on a department-store sale rack or on a shelf in the back of a vintage store. -- Add more color. Yes, I do say this every year when my daughter comments that I always look the same in our family Christmas photographs … dressed in head-to-toe black. But I did put the black back this season and tried the teal-green velvet thing. It did feel more festive, but I sort of blended into the Christmas tree. Oh, well. Next year, maybe I'll wear an orange sweater! -- Spike up my hair. Years go by, and I find myself with the same "do" that really needs a little updating. The helmet head has got to go. Time to switch to a new hair plan. I think a few highlights and a few spiky pieces here and there might be in order. Hey, hair does grow back.

-- Forget the long skirts. They're hanging in my closet, dozens of them from years and years ago. Now that I have abandoned them in favor of opaque tights and shorter skirts, it's time to let go of the frumpy ones (I'll always keep my long, black velvet fishtail one for formal occasions) and get a leg up on a new look.

-- Nail it. This year I plan to have more regular manicures and pedicures. I feel much more "put together" after a professional works their magic on my hands and feet. I'd do them myself, but it never looks quite the same if you know what I mean. While I can't go with the "green" polish trend, I do think I'll branch out a little more … maybe that popular new taupey Chanel color - "Particuliere" … hmmm.

-- Focus on my skin. This is probably the best time of year to find the perfect skin-care program. Winter is tough on anybody's face, and I am now in search of a major moisturizer -Continues on next page


Everyday Cheapskate

DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren

When You Should Opt Out of a Credit Card Interest Rate Increase Mary Hunt Have you heard from your credit card company lately? Millions of cardholders have. Believe me; we're not talking about love letters. Credit card issuers are raising interest rates across the board. On everyone. It's likely you were given 30 days to decide whether to accept the increased rate. If you opt out, your account will be closed to future purchases while you have the opportunity to pay off the balance at your current rate. My inbox has been flooded with messages from readers who don't know how to respond. If they opt out, how

will it affect their credit scores? A closed account can show up as a negative entry in one's credit file. Would it be better to swallow hard on that 27.99 percent interest rate in favor of an unblemished score? Here's my answer to these and all other related dilemmas: It depends on whether you are carrying a big balance on the account in question. IF YOU HAVE A BALANCE. This is the pivotal issue. If you have a balance on a credit card account that you cannot pay off within the next 30 days, you would be foolish to accept a big interest rate increase. You need to opt

out, accept the account closure and breathe a tiny sigh of relief. Finally, someone is stopping you from going deeper into debt. Do you know what 27.99 percent or higher looks like in a monthly payment? It's huge. Here is an example: If you have a $2,500 balance at 9.99 percent interest, about $20 of your monthly payment goes toward interest. Increasing that to 27.99 percent means $58 of your payment goes toward interest. If you are making the minimum payment only, hardly any of your payment will go toward paying down the balance. Continues on page 10

VEGETARIAN FEELS PICKED ON FOR HER CHOICE OF LIFESTYLE DEAR ABBY: I am 27 and have been a vegetarian for five years. I am trying to develop a thick skin when it comes to people who question or make fun of my choice, but I'm tired of laughing and letting the comments "roll off" my back. When my grandfather sits near me at a family event, he will analyze my plate, look at me in disgust and then tell me, "Carrots have feelings, too." When I go to a well-known sandwich shop, I order a basic and "boring" sandwich, which I really enjoy. The sandwich makers give me funny looks and ask, "That's all?" or, "You're spending five bucks on THIS?" followed by laughter or a shake of their heads. One even asked me if I was crazy!

source as well as the intent behind the remarks. Your grandfather may be trying to be humorous -- or he may be showing concern because he comes from a generation that didn't learn there can be benefits from a vege-

Dear Abby tarian diet. Because he's getting under your skin, rather than take the bait, sit next to some other relatives at family events. As to the employee at the sandwich shop -- the person may be trying to "sell you up." After all, the more ingredients in your sandwich,

In Fashion Continued from page 7 ....preferably one with wrinkle reducers and plenty of antioxidants in it. Then there are those neck exercises I've been meaning to do. -- Go for the big stuff. With all the eyecatching bling bling out there these days, it's easy to add a few big baubles to your accessory wardrobe. I've always been a sucker for those "little" extras that stack up to a big bang for your buck. I've always worn one or two rings all my life. Time for a new flash on the old fingers. This is going to be the decade that I'm going to start collecting huge cocktail rings. -- Buy new lingerie and underwear. I love the old flannel nightgown, but it's time for a change -- and by Valentine's Day, maybe I will have discovered another option in a bright, sexy red. I think I will finally get myself

DEAR OVERSHADOWED: Let's see. First of

"measured" by an expert for a new bra this year ‌ the girls just keep heading south, and I don't think I want to travel that direction with them too much longer. -- Discover some new designers. As a fashion writer, I'm always on the lookout for the next "big" thing. Publicists are great about touting their clients, but it's even more fun to scout out a new line on my own. My daughter keeps me posted on her favorites; however, I enjoy the thrill of the hunt even more when I stumble across a new name and a new look. Trying new things is always one of the best resolutions you can make -- no matter the name on the label. Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

ter what I say, she never fails to find a way to tell a story about life with her ex. I am an Army vet and I cannot mention anything about the Army because if I do, she'll one-up me with yet another war story about him. And when we are together in public, she never misses a chance to disclose that we do not live together, and she always speaks in the singular regarding her plans. Is her conduct an indication that she's unhappy with me? If not, what's going on? -OVERSHADOWED IN SALEM, ORE.

I am tired of people questioning what I eat or what kind of sandwich I choose to spend my money on. I don't make comments or question those who eat meat. What is the best response to people who are so rude about my choices? -- HERBIVORE BY CHOICE IN NEW YORK

DEAR HERB: Sorry, there is no one-size-fits-all snappy one-liner. But take comfort in the fact that a growing number of people are choosing to avoid meat and poultry not only for the ethical reasons, but also because they prefer to avoid the hormones and antibiotics used in the production of these food products. When someone comments or questions you, it's important to consider the

the more expensive it will be. I completely agree that ridiculing a customer is not only bad manners but also bad for business -- and the next time it happens, do not hesitate to complain about it to the manager. **

DEAR ABBY: For the last three years I have been dating a woman who, 15 years ago, divorced an Army colonel after 20 years of marriage. She loved the prestige of being an officer's wife. There always seems to be a reason why she must mention her ex, no matter what the topic is. I finally told her it seemed like she missed him. Now, instead of saying his name, she says, "When we were in Germany, we did this ..." or, "When we lived in Idaho we used to ..." No mat-

all, this woman is surprisingly insensitive to your feelings. Second, when people feel the need to "one-up" others, it usually stems from insecurity. Third, when a woman consistently points out that she and her companion of three years "don't live together" and speaks in the singular about her plans, it's a strong indication that she doesn't regard herself as part of a couple. ** Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. ** For an excellent guide to becoming a better conversationalist and a more sociable person, order "How to Be Popular." Send a businesssized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby -- Popularity Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 610540447. (Postage is included in the price.) COPYRIGHT 2010 UNIVERSAL UCLICK


Décor Score

Warm up a Bath with Artworks and a One-Off Vanity

Rose Bennett Gilbert

needed. Learn more at (click "Helpful Resources" then "Moulding and Woodwork").

Q: We have added a powder room in what used to be a side porch on our old farmhouse. We left the clapboard wall and the double-hung window just for fun (we added frosted glass). I'd like to carry the outdoor-indoor theme forward and need some ideas. What kind of lavatory, mirrors, lighting and other items would be appropriate?

Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style," "Hampton Style," and five other books on interior design.

A: Exterior architecture absorbed into indoor living space is a welcome visual witticism that's often possible when older homes are amended and extended for contemporary families.


With its clapboard wall and exterior window, your bath is already on its way to becoming as charming as, ahem, all outdoors. Furthering the illusion can be a lot of fun, as long as you don't overdo the al fresco motif.

A loo with country allure features a repurposed antique table and walls with interesting artwork. Photo by Michael Grimm, courtesy of The Taunton Press.

The pictured bath has both location and attitude in common with yours. It's outdoorsy and rustic, yet long on style and grace. And because it comes from Jill Vegas' smart new book, "Speed Decorating" (The Taunton Press), it offers several ideas worth considering for your own guest bath. They include: the vanity custom-made from an old pine table, the collection of botanical prints, and the wonderfully overscaled, old map that claims the center of attention on the side wall.

Three caveats: 1. Before you actually set saw to wood, make sure you aren't about to ruin a valuable antique in disguise; 2. Use several coats of clear polyurethane to protect the wood top from spills and splashes; 3. Never let a cherished work of art share space in a bath with a shower. Don't hang the artwork too close to a bathtub. Steam and moisture can inflict mortal wounds on all art, and works-on-paper are especially vulnerable. However, since most powder rooms are half baths only, treasures like this giant map can hang out safely.

FYI: Repurposing an old table or chest into a bathroom vanity is easy enough for any moderate handyman of either sex to accomplish. Junk shops and thrift stores overflow with castoffs you can buy for the proverbial song. Saw a circle the size of your selfrimming sink into the top, install faucets and connect the plumbing.

Q: We think there used to be a built-in corner cupboard in our dining room — we could see a difference in the surface of the wall when we stripped off the wallpaper. Here's our question: How would it look to add triangular shelves and pretend we have a corner cupboard?

What should we do at the ceiling? Add moulding?

A: As every professional designer knows, illusion is one of the most valuable tools in your decorating bag of tricks. A few shelves, and voila! You have filled your empty corner with a piece of "furniture" that could actually hold display dishes and such. While you're at it, in fact, why not add an enclosed cupboard that stands about chair-rail high below the shelves? The cupboard could be glass instead of solid wood. Either way, mirror the triangular wall space behind them, the better to show off your good china. About finishing things off at the ceiling line, choose deep crown moulding angled to cover the open top. If you already have crown moulding, try to match it — you can combine different sizes and shapes of moulding pieces, if


Energy Express

Want Positive Change in 2010? Set Your Sankalpa MARILYNN PRESTON

Most of us are big flops when it comes to keeping our New Year's resolutions. Within a few weeks or months or minutes of promising to lift weights, go meatless or learn Spanish, our resolve begins to dissolve and before we know it, we have forgotten our best intentions and fallen back to old habits having to do with sloth, gluttony and sleeping in. Happy New Year. Here's a new way to go about it all, handed down to us by ancient yoga philosophers, experts at inspiring change. These guys have the inside track on the inside track, and have lots to teach us all about setting an intention and staying with it. Even if you don't know a twisted triangle from a tree pose, you can benefit from this advice because it's practical and down to earth, though it does begin by introducing you to a Sanskrit word: sankalpa. Sankalpa may sound like the capital of Costa Rica, but basically it is the Sanskit term for resolution. It's wildly and wonderfully more complicated than that, so feel free to research it on your own. Another translation of sankalpa is "a thought, intention or will

directed toward a specific outcome." What specific outcome are you looking for in 2010? Only you can say. It has to be personal, meaningful, achievable. When yogi's make a sankalpa, they are setting their intention, and they come back to that inten-

tion time and time again, using their brains, beads or breath. It's the consistent coming back to our intention that moves us forward. At least that's the theory, still being test-marketed after 5,000 years of splendid practice. Here is some more information about setting your sankalpa so it will last a lifetime. Or many lifetimes:

— Sankalpas are not marching orders like "I will lose 10 pounds" or "I

will stop drinking." Those are statements of will. They are temporary, negative and punishing. A sankalpa goes deeper. It is expressed in posi-

tive, uplifting language. Bobbi Misiti, a yoga teacher from

Honesdale, Pa., writes about sankalpa on her website,, and says that hers is "to remain open hearted and go with the flow of life." Another superb sankalpa, my mother's favorite, is the Serenity Prayer: "Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I can not change; Courage to change the things I can; Wisdom to know the difference." See? I told you this stuff is down-to-earth. — To get out of the resolution rut, create a sankalpa that goes beyond bad behavior and explores a part of you that you know needs some attention. Instead of telling yourself you're a sugar addict and must never buy another jelly doughnut, set an intention to be a conscious eater. When cravings come up, watch them arise, feel the discomfort that results and then calmly let it go. Don't get swept up in the drama. Strive to be nonjudgmental at the same time you stay engaged and enthusiastic. Sankalpa- making beats resolution-making because it takes you to a new level of awareness. And awareness is what leads to lasting change. — Set your intention, keep it in the present tense, and refer to it daily. It should work to direct you toward behavior that brings energy, insight,

strength and balance. Some examples from random sources: Connect body, mind and spirit. Develop more awareness. Pull over to text. — Make your 2010 sankalpa into a short personal statement that you can memorize and repeat. "To open my heart to new possibilities" is one I ripped off the Internet. Once you've chosen, find ways to include your sankalpa in your everyday life. Post it on your mirror. Repeat it at every red light. Say it to yourself before you go to sleep at night. — Don't play the blame game. Instead of focusing on what you're doing wrong, give yourself full faith and credit for the strength it takes to make the effort you're making. This is only the tiniest of introductions to a vast understanding of the universe that is contained in the concept, the word, sankalpa. If anyone out there has a juicy personal anecdote that is sankalpa- related, please email it in. ENERGY EXPRESS-O! HOW IT WORKS "With a sankalpa, the selfloathing that comes from dwelling on past transgressions can begin to dissolve. In its place is an exercise in effort and surrender — create an intention and open yourself to the universe." — Catherine Guthrie Marilynn Preston — fitness expert, personal trainer and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues — is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to COPYRIGHT 2010 ENERGY EXPRESS, LTD.

Everyday Cheapskate Continued from page 8 YOUR CREDIT SCORE. Opting out will trigger a negative report in your credit file. Your current balance will become 100 percent of your available credit. This is bad for your score. So is losing an account you've had for a long time. But keep things in perspective! To worry about your score when you are about to be eaten alive by credit card debt would be like seeing that your house is on fire and being concerned about whether you turned off the iron. In the grand scheme of things, credit card debt is far more dangerous to your future than, say, a 100-point drop in your credit score. Neither is ideal, but they are in no way equal. IF YOU DO NOT CARRY A BALANCE. This changes everything. An interest rate increase will not affect you. In this case, you would benefit by accepting the account at the higher rate. Your credit score will continue to benefit because you will show 100 percent available credit on this account, along with a great history. Now, more than ever, is the time for you to buckle down and get out of debt. Whatever it takes to do that is what you need to do! Mary Hunt is the founder of m and author of 18 books, including her latest, "Can I Pay My Credit Card Bill With a Credit Card?" You can e-mail her at, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2135, Paramount, CA 90723. COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM


FOCUS ON THE FAMILY with Dr. James Dobson


QUESTION: Talk about a father's impact on his daughter and what he should hope to accomplish through that relationship. DR. DOBSON: Fathers have an incalculable impact on their daughters. Most psychologists believe, and I am one of them, that all future romantic relationships are influenced positively or negatively by the way a girl interacts with her dad in the childhood years. If that is true, then fathers should give careful thought to this responsibility and seek to be what their daughters need of them. There are, I believe, at least seven components to that assignment. First, a dad's leadership at home should be a model of strength and authority, but always tempered by love and compassion. Harsh discipline tends to close down a sensitive feminine spirit, but per-

missiveness and capriciousness can create lifelong disdain for men. Second, a dad must remember that he is being watched closely by that little girl around his knees. The way he treats her mother will teach her volumes about how men and women should relate to one another. Blatant disrespect toward his wife will not be missed by the child. Third, I think it is good to begin "dating" a daughter when she is six years of age, or even earlier. Dad should let the child help plan their evenings and then see that they occur when and where promised. These times together are not intended simply for fun, although that is important. The father can also use them to show his daughter how a man treats a woman he respects. He can open

doors for her, help her with her chair, and listen attentively when she speaks. Later, when she is a teenager, she will know what to expect -- or insist on -- from the boys she dates. Fourth, a dad should always look for ways to build the self-confidence of his little girl. If she believes he thinks

she is pretty and "special," she will be inclined to see herself that way. He holds the key to her self-acceptance. Fifth, a father should keep the lines of communication open throughout childhood so that he is seen as someone to whom his daughter can turn when she needs advice. She will need that counsel before she is grown. Sixth, God designed men to be the "providers and protectors" of their families. Their daughters should perceive them that way. Dad is often his little girl's "hero," and it is wonderful when that kind of relationship develops. Seventh, a father must be the spiritual leader of his family, making clear his devotion to Jesus Christ and to the principles in Scripture. He should give the highest priority to bringing up his daughters, and his sons, in

the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It's not an easy responsibility raising girls, is it? But those who do the job properly can rest in the knowledge that they have given their daughters the best chance for a successful marriage, if they choose to wed. ** QUESTION: Can boys and girls be taught to treat each other with respect? That seems like a tough assignment. DR. DOBSON: They certainly can! Young people are naturally more sensitive and empathetic than adults. Their viciousness is a learned response, resulting from the highly competitive and hostile world in which they live - a world we have allowed to develop. They are destructive to the weak and lowly because we adults haven't bothered to teach them to feel for

one another. One of the values children cherish most is justice. They are uneasy in a world of injustice and abuse. Therefore, when we teach children respect for others by insisting on civility in our classrooms, we're laying a foundation for human kindness in the world of adulthood to come. It is a fundamental attitude that should be taught in every classroom and every home. ** Dr. Dobson is founder and Chairman Emeritus of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80995 ( Questions and answers are excerpted from "Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide" and "Bringing Up Boys," both published by Tyndale House. COPYRIGHT 2010 JAMES DOBSON INC.


Video Game Review

'MX vs. ATV Reflex' Focuses too Much on Realism Jeb Haught

(Xbox 360)

DEVELOPER: Rainbow Studios PUBLISHER: THQ SYSTEM: Sony PlayStation 3

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ATV with the left analog stick and control their rider's weight distribution with the right stick. I'm a big advocate for adding realism to games, but not when it makes them frustrating to play! I doubt if many gamers want to struggle through every single turn, but that is exactly what Rider Reflex controls force players to do. Now add a new trick system that tasks players with holding a shoulder button and pressing the right analog stick in three different directions for each trick, and the result is maddening! Hitting huge unrealistic jumps and performing several tricks before I land was one of the highlights of previous games, but now I have trouble landing one trick without wrecking. Players can

also try their luck at off-road truck and buggy racing, but it pales in comparison to Sony's "Motorstorm" series. "MX vs. ATV Reflex" can be fun for die-hard off-road racing enthusiasts, but the general public will find more aggravation than joy. REVIEW SCORING SYSTEM 5 stars = Must Have 4 stars = Very Good 3 stars = Above Average 2 stars = Bargain Bin 1 star = Don't Bother RATINGS KEY Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) E: (Everyone) E10-plus: (Everyone 10 and older) T: Teen (13 and older) M: Mature (17 and older) COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

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Dear Del, I love this query because you’ll have such a great time grokking the answer. A quartz watch is much like the opposite of a Wint-O-Green Lifesaver™ sparking in your mouth! Isn’t that cool? You'll have to go into the closet for this – but just until you see the light.

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Next Week Part 2 of Del’s question: How do the numbers change in a digital display on a quartz watch? WHAT IS GOING ON: You just created triboluminescence (tri-BO-loom-IN-es-ents)! That’s not what happens in a watch, but shows off the effect of piezoelectricity (PI-e-zo). If you put physical energy into some crystals, they change it into electrical energy. The reverse is true, too. If you put electrical energy into quartz crystals, you get physical energy back out. That's how a quartz crystal watch works. A battery puts electrical energy into the quartz crystal, which vibrates at controlled speeds – such as 30,000 times a second. A computer chip then counts the vibrations to figure out the time. 30,000 vibrations equals 1 second.

P.S. from Jax: Why do they wrap the outside of a soda straw when it’s the inside you want clean?

WHAT YOU NEED: Roll of Wint-O-Green or Cryst-O-Mint flavor Lifesaver™ candy - hand mirror - closet - pliers - towel WHAT TO DO: Go into the closet and stuff the towel under the door so no light at all gets in. Look around for several minutes to adjust your eyes to the darkness. Put a candy into the pliers and quickly crunch down on it. Or, pop one into your mouth. Look into the mirror and crunch down. You'll see your mouth light up with a light blue flash. Cool, huh?

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By DR. MARTY BECKER and CHRISTIE KEITH Universal Press Syndicate


ust as with human medicine, advancements in the way we think of and treat pain for animals is improving the quality of life for pets, with veterinarians now being able to choose from a wide array of products and strategies to ease the hurt. “Animals can feel all the same aches and pains that we can because they share the same physiologic structures,” says Dr. Robin Downing, owner of Colorado’s The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management. Treating pain doesn’t just make the hurting stop: It also promotes healthy healing. Untreated pain slows healing time, interferes with sleep and depresses the immune system. The treatment of pain improves respiration, shortens post-surgical hospitalization times, improves mobility, and can even decrease the spread of cancer after surgery. Most veterinarians prescribe pain medication when needed, but some still believe a pet will move around less during recovery from surgery or injury if in pain — a belief no longer supported by studies. If an animal needs to be restrained, it’s better to use a leash or a crate. Still, many owners don’t give pets pain medications — even if they are prescribed — because of concerns about side effects. All drugs can cause unwanted effects, but those risks need to be balanced against the problems caused by untreated pain. Side effects can also be minimized by using drugs appropriately. The family of drugs known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause ulcers and damage the kidneys in pets, just as they can in humans. But in the same way that people continue to use these drugs for everything from headaches to back injuries, NSAIDs have a valuable role to play in the management of animal pain.

When NSAIDs are needed, it’s essential to follow label recommendations for veterinary testing and monitoring of liver and kidney

Joint disease often untreated in cats • An article in Veterinary Practice News compared the written medical records of 100 cats older than 12 years to X-rays of the cats taken at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The study found that while only four records contained mention of degenerative joint disease (DJD) by veterinarian or owner, X-rays found DJD in 90 percent of the cats. The study concluded that DJD occurs in most geriatric cats and is overlooked and undertreated.

Aggressive pain-control measures make postsurgery care easier on pets.

• Dogs bit 4.7 million people in 2006. The American Veterinary Medical Association offers tips on preventing bites on its Web site at • Pigeon flocks cannot be eliminated through methods such as trapping or poisoning. Los Angeles is one of the pioneers in using new methods of controlling these messy urban nuisances. The Animal Radio Network reports that a product called OvoControl is administered to birds in treats from rooftop dispensers. OvoControl, which has also been used successfully to control populations of Canadian geese, causes changes in the egg so that it cannot develop or hatch. — Dr. Marty Becker

New strategies can ease the hurt for aching pets function. Pet owners should review all potential side effects with the veterinarian and stop giving the drug immediately if vomiting or lethargy is observed, or if the pet stops showing interest in eating. Pain-management experts also suggest asking the veterinarian about the human drugs misoprostol and sulcrafate, which can help protect the stomach lining and prevent ulcers. For dogs, the prescription of Tramadol has been on the increase, and many dogs unable to tolerate NSAIDs have benefited. Tramadol can also be used with NSAIDs and can be taken with steroids, which NSAIDs cannot. Complementary and alternative medi-

cine also has much to offer dogs and cats suffering from chronic pain. Acupuncture, physical therapy and supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin can relieve arthritis pain. The veterinary drug Adequan Canine, an injectable relative of glucosamine, can target inflamed joints and help rebuild cartilage. Some dogs and cats, such as those with certain kinds of cancer, need the powerful pain relief that only opiates can provide. Owners often dislike these drugs because they make pets groggy. Fortunately, if long-term use is necessary, the sedation effect usually lessens after a few days. Continues on next page

The painful degeneration of joints in old cats may go unnoticed by owners and veterinarians.




Veterinary specialists abound

Scion xB: A better breed of boxy Every year the reviewers on the PetConnection's site name a Best in Show DogCar of the Year, marking the vehicle that best addresses the needs of those who don't like to leave fourlegged family members behind. For 2010, the award went to not one but two cars, the Honda Element EX Dog Friendly edition and the Toyota Venza. The reason: Both vehicles come with dog-friendly equipment packages designed to keep pets safe and comfortable on the road. Such a direct appeal to this specific demographic is new in the automotive industry. The Toyota Venza, which was first introduced as a 2009 model, is a midsized sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a design similar to a sport wagon, but with more interior room than a traditional wagon. The low-to-ground clearance offers small or less-agile dogs easier access to the Venza through the tailgate or the side passenger doors. Venza buyers can order

The level of care available to pets has never been higher, in part because of the number of veterinarians who continue their education to become boardcertified specialists. Their ranks include:

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Continued from page 15 Opiates can also cause nausea and lack of appetite. A bit of catnip often takes care of this for feline patients, while peppermint or ginger — even in the form of a gingersnap — can make a dog feel better. There are also prescription medications that can help control nausea. Downing is one of just a handful of veterinarians worldwide credentialed in human medicine’s American Academy of Pain Management, as well as being a certified veterinary acupuncturist and

able ramp for easy in-and-out suitable for dogs of sizes. Other dog-friendly features include a rear fan for improved airflow, a spill-resistant water bowl, bone-patterned rubber floor mats, and a tote bag with leash, collar, ID tag and bag dispenser. Special badges on the

physiotherapist. Her approach to pain takes into account the pet’s lifestyle and family issues as well as the actual source of the pain. “I certainly leverage all the tools I can for fighting pain,” Downing says. “But my long-term strategy is always maximum comfort and mobility with minimum negative impact on the body. We rely on physical medicine techniques, adapted from human medicine, to complement what we accomplish with medication as well as nutrition.” Pain control is never a “one size fits

side and rear of the Element proclaim its dog-friendly status. Vehicles honored as “ones to watch for 2010” include the Ford Transit Connect, Honda Accord Crosstour, Volvo XC60 and Kia Soul. — Gina Spadafori

all” prescription, and there are dozens of drugs that can be used alone and with other medications to relieve all but the most extreme pain in animals. When a veterinarian isn’t sure how to get to the bottom of a pet’s pain, it’s always worth asking for a consultation with a specialist to design a safe, individualized pain-management program. Veterinary specialists in oncology, surgery and anesthesia are usually most familiar with the wide variety of drugs available today and their safe use.




Veterinary specialists are more common than ever.

Honda offers its Element in a special Dog-Friendly Edition. accessories made by pet-product companies Kurgo and Solvit and designed to fit the vehicle. The Dog Friendly Honda Element EX offers a package that includes a raised platform and cushioned bed with a softsided crate facing out the rear of the vehicles, and an extend-

Internists (including cardiologists, neurologists and oncologists)

Source: American Veterinary Medical Association


Pets need more ‘yes’ than ‘no’ What is it about people that makes so many of us inclined to open our mouths when we see something wrong while thinking silence is golden when we see something right? This tendency makes it much harder for pets to learn exactly what it is we are trying to teach them. Ideally, your pet should hear “yes” 10 times to every “no.” When your puppy is not pulling on leash — praise! When your kitten is not jumping on the counter — praise! Your pets will seek negative attention over no attention, and the behavior that gets your attention will be repeated. Every time you see your pet doing something you want — such as sitting, looking at you, waiting quietly — praise, praise, praise! (Animal behavior experts Susan and Dr. Rolan Tripp are the authors of “On Good Behavior.” For more information, visit their Web site at

Pamphlet offers advice you need The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now offering a brochure for veterinarians to give to their clients who are prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for their dogs. Approved NSAIDs in the United States include: EtoGesic (etodolac), Rimadyl (carprofen), Metacam (meloxicam), Deramaxx (deracoxib), Previcox (firocoxib), Zubrin (tepoxalin) and Novox (carprofen). And though aspirin is available without a prescription, it’s important to note that it is also in this class of drugs.

The brochure stresses both the benefits of these drugs and the risks, and is available for free on the FDA's Web site at CVMUpdates/UCM054572.pdf. If you don't have access to a computer, you may be able to get the brochure printed out at your local library – or ask your veterinarian's office to print it out for you. — Gina Spadafori


CINEMARK CIELO VISTA Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall Schedule good for Friday January 15th., 2010 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL(PG)11:40am 12:30pm 1:15pm 2:10pm 3:00pm 3:50pm 4:35pm 5:30pm 6:20pm 7:10pm 8:00pm 8:50pm 9:40pm 10:30pm DAYBREAKERS*(R)11:50am 2:25pm 5:00pm 7:35pm 10:10pm IT'S COMPLICATED(R)11:55am 1:20pm 2:50pm 4:20pm 5:50pm7:20pm 8:55pm 10:15pm LEAP YEAR*(PG)11:30am 2:05pm 4:40pm 7:15pm 9:50pm NINE - CinéArts(PG-13.)1:10pm

4:05pm 7:00pm 9:55pm PRECIOUS(R)1:55pm 4:45pm 7:25pm 10:20pm SHERLOCK HOLMES(PG-13)11:45am 3:10pm 6:25pm 9:45pm SHERLOCK HOLMES - DIGITAL (PG-13)1:00pm 2:00pm 4:10pm 5:20pm 7:30pm 8:35pm THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G)1:45pm 4:15pm 6:55pm 9:30pm UP IN THE AIR(R)1:35pm 4:25pm 7:05pm 10:00pm



West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10 Schedule good for Friday January 15th., 2010 THE BOOK OF ELI*(R)10:30am 11:35am 1:15pm 2:20pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:45pm 7:45pm 9:30pm 10:30pm THE LOVELY BONES*(PG-13) 10:15am 1:20pm 4:15pm 7:15pm 10:15pm THE SPY NEXT DOOR*(PG)10:20am 12:40pm 3:00pm 5:20pm 7:45pm 10:00pm ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL(PG)11:45am 2:00pm 4:20pm 6:30pm 8:45pm AVATAR - 2D(PG-13)10:00am 1:30pm 4:55pm 8:30pm AVATAR - REAL D 3D(PG-13)12:30pm 3:55pm 7:30pm IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS*

- (PG-13) 9:55pm INVICTUS(PG-13)12:35pm IT'S COMPLICATED(R)9:55am 12:20pm 3:10pm 5:55pm 8:40pm LEAP YEAR*(PG)10:05am 12:25pm 2:50pm 5:15pm 7:40pm 10:05pm SHERLOCK HOLMES(PG-13)3:25pm 6:20pm 9:15pm SHERLOCK HOLMES - (PG-13) 11:20am 2:15pm 5:10pm 8:05pm THE BLIND SIDE(PG-13)10:35am 1:35pm 4:40pm 7:35pm THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G)10:10am 12:25pm 2:40pm 5:15pm 7:25pm UP IN THE AIR - (R)11:55am 2:35pm 5:05pm 7:50pm 10:20pm

Tinseltown Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa Schedule good for Friday January 15th., 2010 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL (PG) 11:50am 1:00pm 2:10pm 3:20pm 4:30pm 5:40pm 6:50pm 9:10pm AVATAR - 2D (PG-13) 1:05pm 4:50pm AVATAR 3D (PG-13) 12:15pm 4:00pm 8:00pm AVATAR 3D XD (PG-13) 11:10am 3:00pm 6:50pm 10:25pm BLIND SIDE, THE (PG-13) 6:55pm 9:55pm *BOOK OF ELI, THE (R) 11:30am 12:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 5:30pm 6:30pm 8:30pm 9:40pm *BOOK OF ELI - DIGITAL (R) 1:30pm 4:40pm 7:25pm 10:35pm *BROKEN EMBRACES (R)12:10pm 4:00pm 7:35pm 10:30pm *DAYBREAKERS (R) 12:20pm 2:45pm 5:20pm 7:45pm 8:30pm 10:15pm DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MOR-

GANS? (PG-13) 8:40pm IT'S COMPLICATED (R) 11:15am 2:00pm 4:50pm 7:50pm 10:35pm *LEAP YEAR (PG)11:45am 2:15pm 4:45pm 7:15pm 9:45pm *LOVELY BONES, THE (PG-13) 11:25am 12:50pm 2:25pm 4:05pm 5:35pm 7:10pm 8:45pm 10:20pm PRINCESS AND THE FROG, THE (G) 11:20am 1:50pm 4:20pm SHERLOCK HOLMES (PG-13) 12:00pm 1:25pm 2:55pm 4:35pm 6:10pm 7:30pm 9:10pm 10:25pm *SPY NEXT DOOR, THE (PG) 11:35am 12:25pm 2:05pm 3:00pm 4:30pm 5:30pm 7:00pm 9:35pm UP IN THE AIR (R) 8:10pm *YOUTH IN REVOLT (R)12:15pm 2:40pm 5:00pm 7:20pm 10:00pm


Premiere Cinemas

6101 Gateway West S.15 Schedule good for 01-15-10

*AVATAR 3D- DIGITAL (PG-13)10:00a 10:30a 11:20a 2:00p 2:30p 3:50p 6:30p 7:30p 8:30p *BOOK OF ELI- DIGITAL (R)10:15a 12:15p 1:15p 3:15p 4:15p 6:15p 7:15p 9:15p 10:00p *BROKEN EMBRACES- 35MM (R) 11:00a 2:30p 6:30p 9:50p *DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?- DIGITAL (PG-13)7:00p 9:45p *PLANET 51- DIGITAL (PG)11:15a 1:50p 4:20p *THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS- 35 (PG-13) 10:00a 1:00p 4:00p 7:00p 10:00p *THE LOVELY BONES- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:15a 11:15a 1:35p 2:35p 5:00p 6:05p 8:30p 9:30p

*THE SPY NEXT DOOR- DIGITAL (PG) 10:30a 11:30a 1:00p 2:00p 3:30p 4:30p 6:05p 7:05p 8:30p 9:30p *THE YOUNG VICTORIA- DIGITAL (PG)10:10a 12:50p 3:30p 6:15p 9:00p *YOUTH IN REVOLT- DIGITAL (R) 10:00a 12:20p 2:40p 5:05p 7:30p 10:00p BROTHERS- DIGITAL (R)10:15a 1:05p 4:00p 6:55p 9:40p OLD DOGS- DIGITAL (PG)10:05a 12:25p 2:45p 5:05p 7:25p 9:45p THE BLIND SIDE- DIGITAL (PG-13) 11:20a 2:50p 6:05p 9:20p THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOONDIGITAL (PG-13)10:50a 2:10p 6:10p 9:25p * -- denotes Pass Restricted features

EAST POINTE MOVIES 12 I-10 & Lee Trevino Schedule good for 01/15 - 01/21/10 2012 (PG-13) 12:10 | 1:00 | 3:15 | 4:00 6:20 | 7:50 | 9:20 A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2009) (PG) 12:05 | 2:35 | 4:35 | 7:00 | 9:05 CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT (PG-13) 5:05 | 9:30 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (PG) 12:00 | 12:55 | 2:30 | 3:30 4:30 | 6:30 | 7:45 | 8:30 COUPLES RETREAT (PG-13) 12:25 | 2:40 | 4:55 | 7:15 | 9:35 LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (R) 5:20 | 9:40

NINJA ASSASSIN (R) 12:50 | 3:05 | 5:15 | 7:25 | 9:25 PLANET 51 (PG)12:30 | 2:55 | 4:50 | 7:10 | 9:00 THE FOURTH KIND (PG-13) 12:35 | 2:50 | 5:00 | 7:20 | 9:50 THE STEPFATHER (PG-13) 12:40 | 3:00 | 5:25 | 7:40 | 9:45 WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (PG) 12:15 1:15 2:15 3:10 4:15 6:10 7:30 8:15

ROGER EBERT by Roger Ebert

“THE BOOK OF ELI” Three stars Eli ........ Denzel Washington Carnegie ... Gary Oldman Solara ..... Mila Kunis Redridge ... Ray Stevenson Claudia .... Jennifer Beals Martha ..... Frances de la Tour George ..... Michael Gambon Warner Bros. presents a film directed by the Hughes brothers. Screenplay by Gary Whitta. Running time: 118 minutes. MPAA rating: R (for some brutal violence and language). ** I'm at a loss for words, so let me say these right away: "The Book of Eli" is very watchable. You won't be sorry you went. It grips your attention, and then at the end throws in several WTF! moments, which are a bonus. They make everything in the entire movie impossible and incomprehensible -- but, hey, WTF. Now to the words I am at a loss for. The story involves a lone wanderer (Denzel Washington) who wears a name tag saying, "Hi! My name is Eli." It may not be his name tag, but let's call him Eli anyway. Eli has been walking west across the devastated landscape of America for 30 years, on his way to the sea. I haven't walked it myself, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't take that long. On the other hand, maybe Eli only thought he was walking west. On his final trek, he walks from right to left across the screen, which in movie shorthand is walking east. "How do you know you're walking the right way?" he's asked. "Faith," he says, a reply that takes on added resonance later in the film. Eli is a quick hand with knives, pistols, rifles, shotguns and karate. He needs to be. After a catastrophe has wiped out most of the Earth's population and left ruin and desolation behind, the remaining humans are victimized by roaming motorcycle gangs of hijackers and thieves. These gangs are each issued with a perquisite tall bald man, a short hairy

scruffy one and their gofers. The Hughes brothers, Albert and Allen, film this story in sunburned browns and pale blues, creating a dry and dusty world under a merciless sky. Water is treasure. This wasteland Eli treks at an implacable pace. Set upon in an ambush, he kills all his attackers. He's got one of those knives that makes a "snickersnack" noise all by itself, and is a one-man army. Why don't the bad guys just shoot at him? Later in the film, they try that. Denzel and the Hughes brothers do a good job of establishing this man and his world, and at first "The Book of Eli" seems destined to be solemn. But then Eli arrives at a Western town ruled by Carnegie (Gary Oldman), who, like all the local overloads in Westerns and gangster movies, sits behind a big desk flanked by a tall bald guy and of course a short scruffy one. How are these guys are recruited: "Wanted: Tall bald guy to stand behind town boss

and be willing to sacrifice life. All the water you can drink." In this town, desperate and starving people live in rusty cars and in the streets. We meet Carnegie's abused wife, Claudia (Jennifer Beals), and her daughter, Solara (Mila Kunis), named for some reason after the cause of all the destruction. She's a prostitute in Carnegie's bar, having made

the mistake of coming on Take Your Child to Work Day. Carnegie hurts Claudia to control Solara. How he controls the fearsome bald guy is hard to say. The third act is recycled, but done well, out of

many Westerns in which the hero and the girl hole up and are surrounded. So many other movies are quoted that we almost miss it when their hideout house is perforated by bullets, "L.A. Confidential" style. That allows countless beams of sunlight to shine in and function as a metaphor. Carnegie needs Eli because Eli has maybe the last remaining copy of a book that Carnegie believes will allow him to expand and rule many more towns. I am forbidden by the Critic's Little Rule Book from naming the volume, but if you've made a guess after seeing numerous billboards stating RELIGION IS POWER, you may have guessed right. The Hughes brothers have a vivid way with imagery here, as in their earlier films such as "Menace II Society" and the underrated "From Hell." The film looks and feels good, and Washington's performance is more uncanny the more we think back over it. The ending is "flawed," as we critics like to say, but it's so magnificently, shamelessly, implausibly flawed that (a) it breaks apart from the movie and has a life of its own, or (b) at least it avoids being predictable. Now do yourself a favor and don't talk to ANYBODY about the film if you plan to see it. ** COPYRIGHT 2010 THE EBERT CO



Monster Trucks Motorsport Spectacular on DIRT

What: “THUNDER SLAM” Monster Trucks Motorsport Spectacular on DIRT “Kids Tickets start at just 10 bucks” When: Fri. & Sat. Night – January 15th & 16th , 2010 – Both shows start @ 7:30pm – Gates Open @ 6:00pm. Also Sunday Matinee January 17th – Gates Open @ 12:30pm Show starts at 2pm “Enjoy the PIT PARTY from 6pm to about 7pm Friday and Saturday Night and from 12:30 – 1:30pm on Sunday Afternoon FREE Pit Party Access with every VIP Ticket!! Where: EL PASO COUNTY COLISEUM – El Paso, TX. Featuring: We’re back by popular demand – with 3 HUGE SHOWS!! see World Famous “ UnNamed and UnTamed “ joined by several other Big Blown Bad Boy Monster Trucks who will invade the Coliseum. Monster Trucks just like you see on national TV. These are the real “Ground Pounder’s” of Monster Trucks. The Legendary “ Un Named and Un Tamed” who will be taking on some of the best Monster Trucks in the country including – NASTY BOY, BRUTE FORCE, THE CRASHMASTER, AND ICE... see them crushing cars like bugs, jumping off large mounds of dirt, competing in Chicago Style Oval racing, doing Giant Power Wheelies, competing in Side by Side Drag Racing, pulling off huge power donuts, and competing in FREESTYLE competition – “winner takes all” with an unbelievable Super Finale using a pyramid of crushing cars & vans. PLUS let’s see who can do the longest wheelie never seen before indoors! This is the BIG one! Fun for the entire family! Special Feature: Extreme Free Style Motorcycles Show!! Just like you see on the XGames & Dew Tours jumping Ramp to Ramp, doing Big Sick Tricks over 60 feet in the air. Will we see a back flip? Be there to find out!

PREMIERE MONTWOOD 7 2200 N. Yarbrough Schedule good for 1/15/10 - 1/21/10 2012 (PG-13)12:00p 3:05p 6:10p 9:15p A CHRISTMAS CAROL (PG) 12:05p 2:30p 4:50p 7:10p 9:25p CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF M (PG)12:15p 2:30p 4:40p COUPLES RETREAT (PG-13) 12:00p 2:20p 4:40p 7:00p 9:20p LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (R) 7:00p 9:20p NINJA ASSASIN (R) 12:10p 2:25p 4:45p 7:10p 9:30p PLANET 51 (PG) 12:20p 2:35p 4:55p 7:05p 9:15p

Schedule good for Friday Jan.15 - Thursday January 21., 2010 LEAP YEAR (PG) 11:001:30-4:15-7:05-9:30 (11:50PM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ONLY) YOUTH IN REVOLT (R)10:50-1:05-4:30-7:159:40(12:00AM on Fridays and Saturdays only) DAYBREAKER (R)11:101:45-4:30-7:15-9:40 (12:05A.M FRIDAYS AND SATURDAY ONLY) ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS (PG)THE SQUEAKQUEL11:00-1:001:30-3:10-3:40 5:20-5:507:30-8:00-9:40 10:10 (12:00AM FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS ONLY) (ON 01-17-10 THIS SHOW WILL NOT PLAY AT 1:00-3:10) SHERLOCK HOLMES (PG) 11:00-2:00-5:00-8:00 (11:00PM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ONLY) THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G)12:35-2:50-5:057:20-9:35(12:00AM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ONLY)

IT’S COMPLICATED (R) 1:20-4:35-7:20-10:00 AVATAR 3D (PG-13) 10:50-12:00-1:00-2:153:30-4:30-5:55 7:00-8:009:30-10:30 (11:30PM FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS ONLY) THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) 1:25-4:20-7:10-10:00 THE BOOK OF ELI (R) 10:50-11:10-1:30-2:004:15-5:00-7:00-8:00 9:40(10:40PM AND 12:15AM FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS ONLY) THE SPY NEXT DOOR (PG)1:00-3:15-5:30-7:459:55 (12:10AM FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS ONLY) THE LONELY BONES (PG-13)1:15-4:10-7:0510:00 FALSESTAFF N/A Falsestaff will play on 0117-09 at 1:00P.M only NO SHOWS WILL PLAY BEFORE 12:30PM ON 01/18/09 to 01/21/09


Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from January 15th thru January 21st. 2010 If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHT’S Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to:


Dog Obedience Trials — The Rio Grande Obedience Dog Club and Dog Obedience Club of Las Cruces will hold their annual obedience and rally trials Jan. 15-18, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 Paisano. Dogs participate in varying levels of difficulty for prizes and titles. DOCLC trials are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with RGODC trails all day Sunday and Monday. Admission is free to spectators. Information:

Freemasonry history lectures — Historian Akram Elias will present a two-part lecture on the founding of the United States and the Republic of Texas and

how they relate to Freemasonry at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the El Paso Scottish Rite Theater, 301 W. Missouri. Eias is a 33-degree Scottish Rite Freemason and the immediate past Grand Master of the District of Columbia Freemasons. He is a historian for the History Channel, expert on the symbolism of Washington, D.C. and the Dan Brown book “The Lost Symbol.” Admission: $5 ($4 for military, students, freemasons and Knights of Columbus members). Tours of the building are offered beginning at 1 p.m. Information: 533-4409 or

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ — The stage version of the movie will be presented Jan. 15-17, at Grace United Methodist Church, 400 Carolina. Call for times and other

information: 772-7481 or

I’m Not Rappaport’ – El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, present the hit Herb Gardner dramedy Jan. 8-30.

Two old men — one Jewish, one black — spend their days on a New York Central Park bench. Contains adult language. Directed by Chet Frame. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students). Information: 532-1317,


Martin Luther King Day events — Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed Monday, Jan. 18. Special events: • The annual gospel musical tribute is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater. Presented by the Project Change/Victory Warriors. Admission is free. Information: 751-6399

Monster Truck Spectacular — The monster truck show is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Pit party access for all ticket holders. Tickets: $$20-$25 ($10-$20 children; $18 seniors, military students; $12.50 family fun pack; free for ages 2 and younger). (Ticketmaster).

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holding their 2010 auditions this Saturday January 16, 2010 @ Champion Dance Studio 12410 Montwood. The auditions will begin @ 2:30p.m. For more information please call Susie Zeigler @ (915) 593-2729.

Whiskey Dick’s — 580 George Dieter. Performances start at 10:15 p.m. Tickets available online through Information:

921-9900. • Casey Donahew Band — Saturday, Jan. 16. Tickets: $12.

El Paso Psychic Fair — The fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-17, at the Hawthorn Inn, 1700 Airway (at Boeing). Admission: $5 for both days (private readings not included with admission). Free admission with active duty military I.D. Information: 345-6245 or The fair features aura photos, handmade New Age crystal and gemstone jewelry, new vendors, spirit writing, Feng Shui products, aromatherapy and readings by 14 psychic readers and mediums from Texas and New Mexico. Readings offered in English and Spanish.

‘Willie Wonka’ — Montwood High School Emerald Players presents the scrumdiliumpcious musical based on the book by Roald Dahl at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16 and Jan. 22-23, at Montwood Emerald Theatre, 12000 Montwood. Directed by Rudolfo Herrera. Admission: $5. Information: 937-2464 or The play follows five lucky kids on an amazing chocolate factory tour where they discover life’s lessons along the way. WESTSIDE/ DOWNTOWN El Paso Chamber Music Festival – El Paso Pro-Musica’s 20th annual festival presents worldclass chamber musicians Jan. 6-31. Concerts, recitals and other special events will be offered at various venues: UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, Trinity First United Methodist Church, Western Hills United Methodist Church, El Paso Museum of Art, First Baptist Church, 2900 Kitchen and NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Ticket prices to be announced; free for Bach’s lunch events and film series. Information: 833-

9400 or • Simone Dinnerstein and the ACME Ensemble 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces; and Saturday, Jan. 16, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

‘National Monuments’ – El Paso Wind Symphony presents a musical celebration of national pride at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $12.50 ($7.50 students). Information: 7605599. The El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Ron Hufstader, includes woodwind, brass and percussion. Rock Laser Spectaculars — The popular laser rock shows in 3-D/H-D format are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. (Ticketmaster). Friday’s show features the music of Pink Floyd. Tickets: $19.50, $24.50 and $29.50, plus service charges. Saturday’s show features the music of Michael Jackson. Tickets: $24.50, $29.50 and $35, plus service charges.

Days of Remembrance Bridal & Quinceañera Faire — The 20th annual event is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the El Paso Convention Center, presented by Elegant Penguin Productions. The event gathers more than 100 experts in the field of weddings and quinceañeras, including cakes, catering, dresses, flowers, halls, hotels, photography/video services, tuxedos and more. A variety of door prizes will be given away. Admission fees benefit the El Paso Child Crisis Center. Admission: $5 (free for children under age 10). Information: 592-8897, 252-4411 or The event also features fashion shows of wedding and quinceañera gowns and formal wear. Continues on next page


El Paso Museum of History — 510 N. Santa

Fe. Hours (including gift shop) are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays and city holidays. Admission is free for all exhibits, unless otherwise listed. Information: 351-3588 or Showing Jan. 16-July 10: “The Da Vinci Experience Exhibition.” El Paso will be the exhibit’s West Texas stop. It consists of more than 60 precise and working machines described and designed by Leonardo Da Vinci along with replicas of his greatest paintings; most notably the Mona Lisa. One piece is a precursor to the Gatling gun, weighing 2 tons. Tickets: $14 ($12 seniors 65 and older; $10 ages 5-11; $9 each for groups of 10). Family packages (sold in groups of five): $7 per ticket. (Ticketmaster).

UTEP Men’s Basketball - Home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Game time is 7:05 p.m. except as indicated. Tickets: $9$25. Information: 747-5234 or • Saturday, Jan. 16 — Southern Miss

Southwest Fitness Throwdown — The fit-

ness event benefiting March of Dimes is 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at The Human Laboratory, 1057 Doniphan Park, Suite G. Participants see how fit they are and return March 6 to see how much they have improved. All fitness levels welcome. Registration: $60 by Jan. 14; $75 after. Information: 203-0899 or

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — The

2009-2010 live horse racing season runs through April 20. Race days are Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (and Wednesday, Feb. 17). First post is 12:25 p.m. each race day. General admission is free to the track and casino. First post time is 12:25 p.m. Turf Club seating is $7. Simulcast racing be-

gins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200. • Saturday, Jan. 16 — La Senora Handicap. 3-year-old NM-bred fillies. 6 furlongs.

El Paso Symphony Orchestra – The Symphony presents an “All-Star Celebration” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2223,in the Plaza Theatre, featuring guest conductor Alexander Platt and guest cellist Zuill Bailey performing Goldmark’s “Rustic Wedding Symphony” and Dvorák’s “Cello Concerto, op. 104, B minor.” Ticket information: 532-3776 or

Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is next to Sun Bowl Stadium (off Dawson Drive). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Closed on Saturdays of home football games. Information: 747-6151, or Showing Jan. 21-Feb. 27: 2010 UTEP Department of Art Biennial Faculty Exhibition, featuring the most recent work from 28 members of UTEP’s accomplished art faculty. Artwork is in a variety of disciplines including sculpture, painting, drawing and graphic design. Dana Friis-Hansen, executive director at the Austin Museum of Art, met with each artist individually and recommended artwork to be exhibited.

Centennial Museum — University at Wiggins, UTEP. Changing exhibits are on the second floor, Lea and Discovery Galleries. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 7475565 or Showing Jan. 14-March 13: “Border Stories: Photographs and Commentary by Bruce Berman.” Berman has been documenting the US-Mexico border for three of his four decades as a professional photographer. He concentrates on the narrow

stretch of land that encompasses El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Berman lives and works deep in the borderlands, three blocks from the international bridge connecting the two cities. Border Stories is the latest of his efforts to portray the border, beginning with the Border Project: 19852007 and the continuing Border Blog. These photographs, from what Berman calls the “City State of No Man’s Land” are part of his planned book.


Peter Mulvey – Mim-

bres Region Arts Council’s Folk Series presents the folk vocalist at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan 15, at the Silco Theatre,

MÁNCORA Directed by RICARDO DE MONTREUIL Maya Home Entertainment

SYNOPSIS From the director of "La Mujer de Mi Hermano" (My Brothers Wife), and the writer of "Voces Inocentes" (Innocent Voices) comes MÁNCORA, a tender and pulsating road-trip drama that delicately traces the shifting emotional boundaries between three disconnected souls. MÁNCORA introduces us to Santiago, a 21-year old from Lima, Peru who is haunted by his father’s recent and unexpected suicide. Suffocating in the chill of a grey Lima winter, Santiago decides to take refuge in Mancora, a beach town in the north of the country where summer never ends. Right before his departure, Santiago receives an unexpected visit from his stepsister Ximena, a vibrant, sexy Spanish photographer and her husband Iñigo, a brash art collector from New York. The tranquility of their getaway is quickly shattered by a powerful act of boundary crossing and betrayal, which threatens to transform their relationship forever and turn Mancora in to a paradise lost. MÁNCORA will be release on DVD on January 12, 2010, and sold at all major retail and online stores nationwide. In Spanish with English subtitles.

THE LOVELY BONES “These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence; The connections – sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost… But often magnificent – that happened after I was gone.”

311 Bullard in Silver City. Mulvey is known for the fullness of his vocals and guitar, and his most recent collection of songs, “Notes from Elsewhere,” has been praised by both critics and fellow songwriters. Tickets: $5-$20. Information: (575) 538-2505 or 1-888-758-7289. Opening act is Nicole Reynolds.

‘The Music of Stan Kenton and Alumni’ — The 17-piece Big Band on the Rio Grande performs for the Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo in Las Cruces (across from Las Cruces High School). Music begins following a brief meeting. Admission: $8 ($5 members; $1 students). Information: Helen Sachs, (575) 373-2188.

‘Godspell’ — NoStrings Theatre Company presents one of the world’s most successful musicals Jan. 15-31 in the Black Box Theatre. Godspell is based on the Gospel of Matthew ... Continues on next page

- Susie Salmon from The Lovely Bones The haunting aftermath of a crime and the stirring restoration of a family unfold from the unexpected vantage point of the beyond in The Lovely Bones – the story of a life and everything that came after. Based on the beloved, best-selling novel by Alice Sebold and directed by Oscar® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), the film centers on Susie Salmon, who was just 14 years-old when she was murdered in December 1973 on her way home from school. Following her death she continues to watch over her earthbound family – while her killer remains at large. Trapped in a wondrous, yet mysterious hereafter, Susie finds she must choose between her desire for vengeance and her yearning to see her loved ones heal and move on. What begins as a shocking homicide unravels into a suspenseful and visually inventive journey through the bonds of memory, love and hope – towards a surprising and emotional reckoning. The film stars Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg and Oscar® winners Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon, along with Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli and Oscar® nominee Saoirse Ronan in the role of Susie Salmon. Dreamworks Pictures in association with Film4 present a Wingnut Films Production,

The Lovely Bones starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli and Saoirse Ronan. The film is directed by Peter Jackson from a

screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the novel by Alice Sebold. The producers are Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson and Aimée Peyronnet. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Tessa Ross, Ken Kamins and James Wilson. Philippa Boyens is co-producer. The creative team of The Lovely Bones includes director of photography Andrew Lesnie, ACS, ASC, production designer Naomi Shohan, editor Jabez Olssen and costume designer Nancy Steiner. The original music is by Brian Eno. This film has been rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language. THE LOVELY BONES will be in theaters nationwide on January 15, 2010.

SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JANUARY 15, 2010 PAGE 22 Continued from page 21... and boasts songs such as “Day by Day” and “Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord.” Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 and 31, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. Tickets: $7-$10. Information: (575) 523-1223 or

‘One-Act Play Festival’ – Las Cruces Commu-

ACROSS 1 Stared in wonder 6 ___ now: at present 10 Winnebagos, e.g. 13 Yemeni’s neighbor 14 Lest 15 Hull backbone 16 Pressing matters 19 Ponder 20 Utopia 21 It goes in a setting 22 Saltpeter 23 Building manager, for short 26 ___ right: turn 29 Tense situations 35 Wells or Lupino 36 Cafe offering 37 Milne marsupial 38 Apply force, in police jargon 43 Road-map feature 44 Napped leather 45 Railroad switch 48 Wife of Saturn 49 Subtitles 53 Interchange Goodyears 57 Pending 59 Romances 60 “La Bamba” actor Morales 61 Move furtively 62 Author Yutang 63 Saga 64 Softens

DOWN 1 Fossil-rich desert 2 Within 3 Congressional aide 4 Meshes, as gears 5 They try to lose 6 Pershing’s troops: abbr. 7 Undergarment 8 Greek peak 9 Baseball-player’s rep Donald 10 Overhaul an apparatus 11 Limerick

12 More wily 15 Alaskan island 17 “Everybody Hurts” rock group 18 Latin dance 23 Polish partner 24 Pakistani tongue 25 Prickly ___ cactus 26 Journalist/novelist Ben 27 Suffer from a migraine 28 Ark skipper 30 Calls balls and strikes 31 Repetition 32 Noted “Harper’s Bazaar” illustrator 33 Crucifix 34 Sound unit 39 There are three in a third 40 Disentangle 41 Advocate 42 Freud’s homeland 45 Glower 46 Capital on the Red River 47 “The Jungle” author Sinclair 48 Sphere 50 Do as asked 51 Shuttle org. 52 Lasting impression, of a sort 54 Conjunctions 55 Intro for cast or market 56“___ Tu”: 1974 song 58 Family

nity Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, presents its annual one-act play festival Jan. 15-24. Directors and titles to be announced. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5 (free for season ticket holders). Information: (575) 5231200 or Frederick Moyer — The internationally renowned concert pianist performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, as part of the Doña Ana Arts Council’s 2009/2010 Cultural Series. Tickets: $25. Information: (575) 523-6403, (575) 523-0807 or

Daniel Rodriguez – The “singing cop” performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater. Presented by Grant County Community Concert Association. The former New York City police officer has experienced a meteoric rise to fame since his moving a capella performance of “God Bless America” after the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Since then, he has been delivering heartfelt and beautiful performances for audiences nationwide. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 at the door. Information: (575) 5385862.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older admitted. (Ticketmaster) Information: 1-877-2775677 or • John Kay and

Steppenwolf — The

classic rock band at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. Steppenwolf’s iconic rock hits include “Born to Be Wild,” “Magic Carpet Ride” and more. Tickets: $25-$100. Pine Leaf Boys – ASNMSU Cultural Series presents the Cajun band at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Louisiana’s finest two-time Grammynominated group has made a name for itself for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Tickets: $15 ($10 students). Ticket information: (575) 646-1420.

Red Paint Powwow

— The 7th annual Powwow and Indian Market is Jan. 22-24, at the Western New Mexico University Intramural Gym in Silver City. Arena Director Tommy Spotted Bird (Kiowa) and Head Judge Derwin Velarde (Jicarilla Apache). Other featured dancers and drummers to be announced. Admission: $8 per day ($5 seniors/children under 12). Information: (575) 534-1379 or This competitive event, held in recognition of the Chihene Apache (Red Paint PeopleWarm Springs Apache), features a traditional intertribal “Gathering of Nations” powwow, with dance, music, drum contests and storytelling. Native American vendors will sell traditional art and food. The Indian Market and demonstrations begin at 9 a.m. all three days. Gourd dancing begins at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, with grand entries at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Saturday’s closing is 11 p.m., with awards and closing at 6 p.m. Sunday.

‘Balls’ — A staged reading by Jonathan Yukich is 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at NMSU’s Hershel Zohn Theatre, as part of American Southwest Theatre Company’s High Desert Play Development. In Balls, the Moon family of Balls, Alabama prepares for the arrival of famed football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. General admission: $5. (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800-525ASTC (2782).

Supersized planet Jupiter represents expansion, good fortunate and abundance. This big daddy of the zodiac moves into the spiritual realm of Pisces where he'll stay until June 5th. This is a rather ethereal station for Jupiter. We may get impatient with our dreams and wish for things to happen more quickly. But if everything happened in the instant we wanted it, we wouldn't be able to appreciate it. Trust in life's process. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You are so clear about who you are and what you need to do next that you could be a light to others. Those in the murkier waters will ask for help. Just being yourself and being willing to listen is the greatest assistance you can give. Avoid giving other advice. Each person must find his or her own way. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Instincts are keen for seeking lucrative investments, mutually fortuitous business relationships and the perfect locales to execute your plans. In other words, listen to your gut and you'll know what, whom and where your energy is best placed. By the end of the week, you'll be promoted or hired. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It's painful to be one place when you feel you should be somewhere else. When you get the sense that you have better things to do with your time, you have two choices: To leave and find the thing you think will be better, or you can stay and create something better where you are. Both are sound. It's up to you. CANCER (June 22-July 22). The spirit of competition will be an ever-present friend, healthy, brawny and relentless as he pushes you to be your best. Note that there are some games that are best played without trying to win. The prize isn't worth the damage that could be done to yourself and the other players if you were really to dig in. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You are responsible for your own happiness — a job you take rather seriously, as you should. Knowing this, it may feel irksome when someone close to you seems to want you to take charge of his or her happiness as well. You can certainly help, though the best way to do so is probably to tend to your own joy. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Events align to help you feel the profound nudge of time and gravity's grand tap on the head. Remind yourself that your essence is eternal. Express yourself, assuming that whatever you do will become an indelible mark in the expression of the entire universe throughout the whole of time. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Here's a recipe for success: First, stop and think. Then stop thinking. Feel your way through. Take steps to reach a meditative or prayerful state as you focus on your goals. There are so many different opinions zinging around now. Center yourself to avoid falling prey to wasteful misdirection. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Someone is looking for you. This person just doesn't know yet that it's you who best fits the bill. Your personality, strengths and abilities are exactly what's needed to help this person accomplish an important aim. All you have to do is live your life in the way that feels good to you and be open to opportunity. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There is no skipping grades in the school of life. It would be pointless to do so anyhow. You have to be at a certain level in order to understand, appreciate, process and use the information you are given. So embrace your position as you learn a little bit more and get a little bit better. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Make sure that you want to be with someone because of the person that he or she is today, and not for the person you hope he or she will become. The same goes for employment. Take the job you like and think you can do well, not the job that promises to turn into something you'll like. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Relationships are the gym of life. It's where your soul will get a workout and where you'll tone your emotional muscles. To expect all of your relationships to run smoothly all the time is silly. It's not how humans are. When a bit of conflict touches a relationship, this is your chance to work on yourself. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The measurements of things will seem to matter more than they do. Avoid getting overly focused on numbers. You may be up a few dollars or down a few pounds, but there are better things to celebrate. And if you're down a few dollars and up a few pounds, it's not really a crisis. Focus on feelings, not numbers.


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7-DAy MENU PLANNER by Susan Nicholson BEANS and MULTIGRAIN BREAD. Slice the leftover PIE for dessert. SHOPPING LIST: canola oil, boneless, skinless chicken thighs, onion, garlic, lowsodium soy sauce, white vinegar, honey, black pepper, bay leaf, green beans, multigrain bread.

WEDNESDAy (Meatless) -- Skip meat tonight in favor of THREE BEAN CHILI (see recipe). Serve the savory chili with a LETTUCE WEDGE and CORNBREAD (from a mix). Top the leftover ICE CREAM with STRAWBERRIES for dessert. PLAN AHEAD: Save enough chili for Thursday. SHOPPING LIST: olive oil, onion, red bell pepper, canned black beans, red kid-

Saturday's Seared Salmon With Lentils. Photo courtesy of Steven Freeman.


(Family) -Make family time special with GRILLED FLANK STEAK. In a food processor, place 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon each canola oil and fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon each chili powder and ground ginger, 2 cloves garlic and zest of one lemon; cover and process until mostly smooth. Place 1 1/2pound flank steak in a resealable plastic bag. Add marinade; turn to coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor. Remove steak; discard marinade. Grill steak 6 to 8 minutes on each side until desired doneness. Let stand 5 minutes; slice across grain and serve. Add SCALLOPED POTATOES, STEAMED BABY CARROTS, MIXED GREENS and WHOLE-WHEAT BREAD. For dessert, buy a CHERRY PIE and top it with

fat-free VANILLA ICE CREAM. PLAN AHEAD: Save 2 servings steak for Monday; save some pie for Tuesday and ice cream for Wednesday. SHOPPING LIST: lowsodium soy sauce, canola oil, fennel seeds, chili powder, ground ginger, garlic, lemon, flank steak, scalloped potatoes, baby carrots, salad greens, whole-wheat bread, cherry pie, fat-free vanilla ice cream.

MONDAy (Heat and Eat) -- You're in for a treat with this BEEF AND PEPPER STIR-FRY using Sunday's leftover beef. Slice the cooked beef into 1/4-inch pieces. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, heat 2 teaspoons sesame or other oil on medium-high; stir-fry 1 large red bell pepper cut into thin strips and 2 cups fresh broc-

coli florets for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup snow peas, 1 (8ounce) can drained pineapple tidbits, 1/2 cup stir-fry sauce and the beef. Cook and stir until heated through. Serve over BROWN RICE and garnish with sliced green onions if desired. Add a MIXED GREEN SALAD and SESAME BREAD STICKS. Enjoy PEARS for dessert. PLAN AHEAD: Cook enough brown rice for Tuesday. SHOPPING LIST: sesame or other oil, red bell pepper, fresh broccoli florets, snow peas, canned pineapple tidbits, stir-fry sauce, brown rice, green onions if desired, salad greens, sesame bread sticks, pears.

TUESDAy (Budget) -Save some food dollars with ADOBO CHICKEN (see recipe). Serve it with GREEN

ney beans and pinto beans, canned diced tomatoes, dry red wine, chili powder, sugar, cumin, dried basil, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt,

pepper, lettuce, cornbread mix, strawberries. Continues on next page


THURSDAy (Kids) -Expect a big hug when you feed the kids CHILI PUPS for dinner. Cut up hot dogs in the leftover chili and heat. Ladle into bowls. Munch on CELERY STICKS stuffed with fat-free cream cheese and garnished with dried cranberries. Add SOFT ROLLS. Let's have KIWIFRUIT for dessert. SHOPPING LIST: hot dogs, celery, fat-free cream cheese, dried cranberries, soft rolls, kiwifruit.

FRIDAy (Express) -Make a quick dinner tonight with TURKEY MEATBALL HEROES. Cook frozen

turkey meatballs according to the directions. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place 3 or 4 of the hot meatballs in each split hero (or sandwich) roll, top with heated marinara sauce and a slice of provolone cheese. Place sandwiches on a broiler pan and cook on the middle rack of the oven for 3 minutes or until lightly browned and cheese melts. Serve with BAKED CHIPS and a packaged GREEN SALAD. Pop RED AND GREEN GRAPES in your mouth for dessert. SHOPPING LIST: frozen turkey meatballs, hero roll, marinara sauce, provolone cheese, baked chips, pack-

aged green salad, red and green grapes.

SATURDAy (Easy Entertaining) -- Treat friends to SEARED SALMON WITH LENTILS (see recipe). Serve with YELLOW SQUASH, an ARUGULA SALAD and SOURDOUGH BREAD. Buy a COCONUT PIE for dessert SHOPPING LIST: olive oil, red onion, celery, French or other lentils, fatfree chicken stock or broth, bay leaf, salmon fillets, black pepper, red bell pepper, fresh parsley, balsamic vinegar, lemon, yellow squash, arugula, sourdough bread,

coconut pie. **


(Tuesday) Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: about 35 minutes 1 tablespoon canola oil 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, well-trimmed 1 chopped medium onion 5 cloves minced garlic 6 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 3 tablespoons water

3 tablespoons white vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 bay leaf 3 cups hot cooked leftover brown rice. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken to plate. Add onion to pan; cook 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Return chicken and any accumulated juices to skillet. Add soy sauce, water, vinegar, honey, pepper and bay leaf; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook 8 minutes. Uncover and cook 15 minutes or until chicken is 170 degrees and sauce is thickened. Discard bay leaf. Serve over rice. Per serving: 424 calories, 33 grams protein, 10 grams fat (22 percent calories from fat), 1.9 grams saturated fat, 48 grams carbohydrate, 115 milligrams cholesterol, 714 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber. **

THREE BEAN CHILI (Wednesday) Makes 12 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 chopped onion 1 coarsely chopped red bell pepper 2 (15-ounce) cans each rinsed black beans, red kidney beans and pinto beans 2 (14.5-ounce) cans undrained diced tomatoes 1/2 cup dry red wine 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons each cumin, dried

basil, garlic powder and dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper Heat oil in a Dutch oven on medium-high. Add onion and bell pepper; cook and stir 5 minutes. Stir in beans, tomatoes, wine, chili powder, sugar, cumin, basil, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to boil; reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes; stir occasionally. Per serving: 249 calories, 13 grams protein, 4 grams fat (15 percent calories from fat), 0.4 gram saturated fat, 38 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 563 milligrams sodium, 12 grams fiber. **

SEARED SALMON WITH LENTILS (Saturday) Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: lentils: about 35 to 45 minutes; salmon: less than 10 minutes 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons diced red onion, divided 1/2 cup diced celery 1 cup French or other lentils 4 cups fat-free chicken stock or broth 1 small bay leaf 4 (5- or 6-ounce) salmon fillets, skin on Freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon lemon zest (yellow part only) Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in medium saucepan on medium-high heat until hot. Add 1 cup onion and the celery and cook 4 minutes, stirring, until softened. Add lentils, stock or broth and bay leaf; bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer; cook uncovered 30 to 40 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir occasionally. Drain; cover and set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon of remaining oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high. Place salmon in pan, skin side down, and season with pepper; cook 3 to 4 minutes. Turn, cook 3 more minutes to desired doneness. Transfer salmon to paper towels to drain. Transfer lentils to mixing bowl; add remaining onion, the bell pepper, parsley, vinegar, zest and remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Toss to combine. Divide lentils among four wide, shallow bowls and top each with salmon fillet. Serve immediately. (Adapted from "Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast"; Emeril Lagasse; HarperStudio; $24.99.) Per serving: 479 calories, 46 grams protein, 15 grams fat (33 percent calories from fat), 2.3 grams saturated fat, 40 grams carbohydrate, 74 milligrams cholesterol, 497 milligrams sodium, 9 grams fiber. ** Susan Nicholson is an Atlanta-based cookbook author and registered dietitian. She can be reached by e-mail: menuplanner(at)mindspring.c om. The Menu Planner is also accessible at COPYRIGHT 2010 UNIVERSAL UCLICK



Don’t miss your



t was golf instructor Jimmy Ballard who made the concept of “connection” popular. The idea is to keep the target arm in contact with the chest so it moves with the chest and not independent of it. Your target arm (left for right-handers) is the radius of your swing, and it controls the position of your clubface. If you keep your radius intact from setup to impact, your ballstriking will be very consistent. Unfortunately, most golfers change the ra-

dius as they swing and are forced to make some sort of adjustment to get it back to where it’s supposed to be. To feel the connection, try this drill: Place a head cover under your target arm, then keep it there with light pressure all the way to the top of your swing and well into your follow-through until your connection is naturally broken and the head cover falls to the ground. Use this head cover drill when you practice,... Continues on page 27

By keeping the head cover under his target arm, this player ensures that his upper arm stays fixed to his chest while he rotates.



How to start your downswing

Q: What is the first move starting down from the top? Is it your lower body, or do the hands drop first? — J.M. A: It’s both. During the swing, some things must happen at the same time, while others happen one after the other — and you should take care not to confuse the two. In this case, the two moves happen together: The hands drop as the weight moves to the front hip. But note that the hip turn can’t start the downswing or you’ll spin out — you start with a shift, then the turn. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint formed by a meeting of the thigh bone and the pelvis, and it does its thing (rotation) when load or pressure is placed in the joint. In the golf swing, this creates

an axis of rotation. The rule is that you start the downswing by shifting “into” your front hip. There are not many non-negotiables in this game, but one is to position your weight on your front side coming to the ball. Once you’re “in your front hip” and your hands have slotted, next comes the majority of your chest/hip turn. The poor player plays from high-to-low while the good player plays from low-to-high, meaning that the good player saves the majority of her body rotation until the hands drop low, while the poor player turns much too early, keeping the hands high and unslotted. (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, e-mail him at:


“This has been a public relations disaster for Tiger Woods, but it has been big business for golf in general. The Golf Channel all of a sudden has people under 80 watching it.” — Jimmy Kimmel talk show host



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Term used for a golfer who is perceived to have to work harder than a more talented rival. As a grinder, you’re not a spectacular player, but you get the job done — a Paul Goydos type.

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CONNECTION Continue from page 25 ... then when you play, plant your target arm on your upper chest at address and leave it there. Imagine that there is a strip of Velcro on your chest and a strip on the underside of your target arm, locking the two together. If you break the connection, you’d hear the famous Velcro rrrrrrip. Your job is to swing without any ripping.

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I ask golfers who are working on connection to pose just after impact when both arms are straight so that the butt of the club is in line with the belt buckle. The head cover should stay in place at this point.

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Increase your IRA When you look back to the ball just before you start your swing, your visual lock on the target is broken. Fortunately, your Image Retention Ability (IRA) is a natural skill that allows you to maintain your visual lock on the target even when you’re not looking directly at it. And now, according to a study published in Psychological Science, meditating Buddhist monks can significantly increase this ability to retain a mental image. This mental power is not a matter of remembering, i.e., simply reconstructing the past — a process fraught with inaccuracies. IRA involves keeping the image of the scene you are currently viewing in a shortterm holding pen long enough to make it useful. According to the study led by psychologist Maria Kozhevnikov of George Mason University, it is possible for anyone to increase his or her IRA through practice. Since in golf you need to hold the image of the target for only about three seconds, here is a short-form technique to try: Stare at an object for a few seconds, such as a picture on the wall. Close your eyes and you should find the object’s after-image on your mental screen. At first you may be able to see its shape only for a brief instant, but as you improve your image retention skills, you’ll be able to hold a clear image on your screen for several seconds or more. Your goal is to practice enough to be able to do this on the golf course for every swing you make.




Sergio on hold

In the Chinese calendar, 2010 is the

year of the tiger. What was 2009? The year of the cow — or in Tiger’s case, the year of the heifer. Woods’ terrible year off the golf course was predictable, according to a Chinese horoscope for 2009: “If you think you didn’t have good fortune in 2009,” says the general horoscope, “then you don’t have to feel sad. The reason is that you are not alone — only about 20 percent of people have good luck in the year of Brown Cow.” Why did Woods’ luck suddenly turn bad in November? Again, the horoscope knew the answer: “This is a strong Wood month. Wood and Earth in 2009 will fight. Water and Earth are opposite elements. This is not a peaceful month for people with Lucky Element Earth, Wood or Water people.” Nor was it a peaceful month for anyone whose wife had a 9iron in her hand and an “ax to grind.”

From 8% to 57%:


much Tiger’s “unfavorable rating” changed between 2005 and December 2009, according to a USA Today poll.

$12 Billion:

A new study

from the University of California, Davis, estimates that shareholders of Woods sponsors Nike (NKE) and Gatorade maker PepsiCo (PEP) have lost as much as $12 billion in market value since news broke about the golf champ’s marital infidelity.


Golf could drive you batty Dolphins do it and so do bats, and with a little practice maybe you could use it to better locate the target when you chip, pitch and putt. It’s called echolocation, and Juan Antonio Martinez, lead author of several studies at the University of Alcala de Henares in Spain, claims you can learn it in about two weeks. “In certain circumstances, we humans could rival bats in our echolocation or biosonar capacity,” posits Martinez, whose research could help blind people locate objects by bouncing sound waves off them. At the university, subjects were taught to make a series of clicking sounds similar to those made by dolphins. Martinez describes the

process as follows: “The almost ideal sound is the ‘palate click,’ a click made by placing the tip of the tongue on the palate, just behind the teeth, and moving

it quickly backwards.” The research shows that echolocation is easily learned. “Two hours per day for a couple of weeks are enough to distinguish whether you have an object in front of you,” said Martinez, “and within another two weeks you can tell the difference between trees

and a pavement. … (T)he first results indicate that detailed resolution using this method

could even rival that of sight itself.”

‘Hear’ the green

Although the training in the Martinez study doesn’t cover golf just yet, human echolocation might be a huge asset in the future because in golf, unlike most sports, you don’t look directly at the target. Shoot a jump shot, pitch a horseshoe or hit a baseball and you visually lock onto the target, but in golf you look at the ball and use your power of imagery (your internal eye) to stay connected while you swing. But who knows, if echolocation becomes mainstream, golfers of the future may bounce some clicks off the pin then use their “internal ear” to get the ball in the hole.

Sergio Garcia’s hand injury has knocked him out of action for a while. It’s his right hand, and he’s worried. “The hand is not well,” he said, “it’s not healing as fast as we thought it would. Even with the rest it’s not better, and we’re a little bit worried.” His goal is to play in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in late January, but “I’ve tried to swing and I can’t.”

Who knew?

In the late ’60s TV series “Hogan’s Heroes,” Sgt. Schultz often used the “I know nothing” (IKN) defense that has now been adopted by Tiger Woods’ myopic inner circle. Mark Steinberg, his agent and close friend for 10 years, said he knew nothing about his client having four post-operation treatments for his injured knee administered by a Canadian physician who is not licensed to practice in the U.S. “The New York Times is flat wrong,” said Steinberg, attacking the news source that broke the story. “No one at IMG (Steinberg’s agency) has ever met or recommended Dr. Galea, nor were we worried about the progress of Tiger’s recovery, as the Times falsely reported.” The problem with the IKN defense is that if Tiger had the treatments, Steinberg should have known. It’s hard to believe that Tiger wouldn’t consult his most trusted adviser on such an important issue. If the left knee goes, Tiger is through as a player.

More IKN

Did Steve Williams, Tiger’s caddie and friend, who spent large blocks of time with him over the period when Tiger was having his affairs, know about them? Here’s his version of the IKN: “What people fail to realize is I (just) work for Tiger Woods. I live in New Zealand; I travel to and from New Zealand to caddie for Tiger Woods. I am not with him 24/7. Whilst I am a very good friend of his … I don’t know what he does off the course. When he is not competing, I am back in New Zealand. I have no knowledge of what he is doing.” Next he’ll be wearing a hat with “Tiger Who?” on it.

Fire them all

Helen Alfredsson, captain of the European team in the 2007 Solheim Cup, said recently that she’d heard rumors about Tiger’s affairs at last year’s British Open and that on the golf circuit, his cheating on wife Elin Nordegren was common knowledge. This tracks what many other sources say, so the stonewalling of Tiger’s inner circle is insulting as well as counterproductive. USA Today columnist Christine Brennan has the best idea yet: “(Woods) should fire all the people around him, his caddie, his agent, his managers and everyone else who has enabled his tabloid lifestyle.”



By RICK MINTER / Cox Newspapers

Drivers who started a Sprint Cup race in 2009

DAYTONA 2010 SCHEDULE: Daytona Shootout, Feb. 6 (Fox); Daytona Duels, Feb. 11 (SPEED); Daytona 500, Feb. 14 (Fox)

Reed Sorenson gets

Back to basics


Reed Sorenson (right) greets a fan during the Sprint Sound and Speed Fan Festival in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday.

Hopes ‘little step back’ to partial schedule leads to ‘big step forward’


or most of his 23 years, Reed Sorenson’s story was a textbook lesson on how to groom an aspiring young race driver and propel him to a ride on the elite Sprint Cup Series. But the latest chapter in his career, one in which he’s having to step back

to the Nationwide Series, may be the most interesting yet. The story started when Sorenson was just six years old and began racing Quarter Midgets. His father, Brad, a top Late Model driver in the Southeast at the time, parked his own driving ambitions to

steer his son’s career. Reed’s mom, Becky, cranked up a public relations machine that spread news of the youngster’s progress far and wide, especially to the movers and shakers around the NASCAR hub in Charlotte. Young Reed excelled in

Quarter Midgets then moved to Legends cars as soon as he reached the minimum age. He continued right on winning races and championships. He took the step to Late Models as soon as he was allowed to race them and then was on to the ASA circuit, then the high-

est profile stock car circuit short of ARCA and NASCAR. By the time he was old enough to race in NASCAR, teams were lining up to court him. He chose Chip Ganassi and rewarded him with two wins in the Nationwide Series in 2005, his first full season out. By 2006, at age 20, he was a Sprint Cup regular. But the upward career movement stalled out there. In 145 career Cup starts, Sorenson’s best result has been five top-five finishes. His best points finish has been 22nd in 2007. Sensing his career at Ganassi had reached a plateau after the 2008 season, Sorenson moved to the Gillett Evernham team that soon morphed into Richard Petty Motorsports. That turned out to be not the best choice. By the middle of the 2009 season, he was a lame duck there. He finished the season 29th in the standings, with just one top-10 finish. Now, just a few weeks shy of his 24th birthday, he’s preparing to run a partial, 23race schedule for Braun Racing in the Nationwide Series, sharing the ride with Cup driver Brian Vickers. In a phone interview last week, he sounded upbeat and confident about taking a job that some might look on as a demotion. “I look at it as taking a little step back so I can make a big step forward,” he said, explaining that he believes the Braun team and promising young crew chief Trent Owens are plenty capable of providing...Continues on next page

Rumor: First big change to Car of Tomorrow soon Rumors are rampant that NASCAR is about to make its first major change to the Car of Tomorrow, replacing the wing on the rear with a more conventional spoiler like the one on the conventional car the COT replaced. Tony Stewart, who is both driver and team owner, told reporters in Nashville last week that the changes won’t be a cause for great concern, but they will mean a lot of work for team engineers and mechanics. He said crew members will head to wind tunnels to find out exactly how the changes are going to affect the car downforce-wise. “Everybody will be making adjustments accordingly with the parameters we are allowed to change,” he said. “Whatever it is, it is. The thing is NASCAR has been through changes for 60 years, just like the economy, just like technology. So this will be just another step in that equation. That’s the fun part of our sport, is that it makes everybody have to go work. That’s what makes it gratifying if you figure it out and become successful with it.” Carl Edwards said he’s for radical change. “My opinion is what they need to do is take all the downforce away from the race cars, then you don't have any downforce to lose,” he said. “If I don't have anything to start with, it sure can't get any worse. Continues on page 31


Same name, new idea – the 2010 Cadillac SRX In 2004 when Cadillac first entered the crossover SUV market with their SRX, the automotive world was impressed. Rearwheel drive, a choice of a V6 or V8 engine, and an optional third-row seat, we were sure the SRX was going to be a hit. How wrong we were. Sales were disappointing as the buying public never saw the SRX for what it was. So for 2010, Cadillac is starting with a fresh idea and is basically changing every aspect of the SRX. The all-new for 2010 Cadillac SRX is a compact luxury crossover vehicle that is now front-wheel drive (or allwheel drive) and with a choice of 2 different V6 engines. The SRX is now strictly a five-passenger vehicle, with no third-row seat available. While some may balk at the initial description, there is no denying that the new SRX looks great. Gone is the wag-

speed automatic transmission.

onlike look of the old model, in favor of full Cadillac styling with that bold front grille and distinctive finned taillights. And what would a Cadillac be without lots of chrome? Well the SRX has it. What the new SRX doesn’t have is a V8. But there are still two engine choices as well as two drive configurations that let owners decide how to power their SRX. The base engine is a 3.0 liter direct-injected V6. It generates a respectable 260hp. Those missing the V8 will want to look at the tur-

bocharged 2.8 liter V6 which is rated at 300hp. Both engines are available in front-

wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. All SRXs use a 6-

My SRX came to me in the way of the base V6 powering all wheels (AWD). While the 3.0 liter V6 puts out enough power to propel the SRX down the road at a good clip, the turbo charged engine, which I had the opportunity to drive briefly, is the way to go if you have an appetite for horsepower. It can move the SRX to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds. Much like the cabin in the

popular CTS, the cabin of the SRX is very appealing and has all the amenities that luxury features that customers have come to expect from Cadillac. Comfort can be felt

in the excellent seats, the vast amounts of leather and the rich wood that is scattered throughout the cabin. Convenience can be seen in the clearly displayed instrument panel and center stack, as well as the pop-up navigation system. Cadillac offers the SRX in four trim levels. The base model comes impressively equipped with 18” wheels, power driver’s seat, dualzone climate control and an 8-speaker Bose sound system. Jump to the Luxury Collection and the SRX is fitted with a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, power liftgate, heated front seats and remote starting. The Performance Collection adds in huge 20” wheels, a 10-speaker Bose sound system and a navigation system with a rear view camera. The top-of-the-line SRX, the Premium Collection, gets everything mentioned above along with keyless entry/ignition, tri-zone climate control and a sport tuned suspension. Continues on next page

By The Numbers:

2010 Cadillac SRX AWD Performance Collection Base Price: $44,995.00 Price as Tested: $47,115.00 Layout: front-engine / all-wheel drive Engine: 3.0 liter DOHC Direct Injection V6 Transmission: 6 – speed automatic Horsepower: 265 hp Torque: 223 ft-lbs EPA Fuel Economy: 17 city / 23 highway mpg [Questions/Comments/Feedback can be sent via email to]

Sorenson Continued from page 29 ... him cars that can carry him to Victory Lane and build back his stock’s value. “It’ll be nice to get back that feeling of being one of the cars to beat every time out,” Sorenson said. “I haven’t had that in a few years.” Sorenson said that after working with Owens at Gateway International Raceway and at Phoenix last year, where he finished second and third respectively, he believes he and Owens can be a winning duo. “He’s dedicated,” Sorenson said. “He gives all he’s got to make the car the best it can be.” Sorenson said that he’s found his new team to be hungry to show the Cup-affiliated competitors in the Nationwide garage that they’re as good as any other outfit. “Most of the guys at Braun have been together a few years, and they feel like they have something to prove. They’re the best standalone team.” But Sorenson’s enthusiasm about his upcoming Nationwide schedule isn’t a sign that he’s surrendered any hope of returning to the Cup circuit full-time. He said the timing may have worked out just right as far as he’s concerned. He believes that the current economic woes are making it tough for any driver to get a good Cup deal right now. But he doesn’t believe that will still be the case a year from now. “If we run good this year, I’ll be in a better position next year, especially if we can win some races,” he said. And he’s pretty sure that he’ll get a few chances in Cup this year. “We’re working hard on it,” he said.

2010 Cadillac SRX Continued from page 30 On the road, my Performance Collection SRX turned out to be a very nice ride. The body felt very tight and the steering was very responsive and well-weighted. Passengers will appreciate the low noise level, especially on the highway as well as the smooth ride. Backseat accommodations are comfortable, but rear headroom is tight for taller people. The only downside I found in my time with the SRX was the thick roof pillars and high beltline compromised outward visibility. There is no doubt that the new SRX seems to be right on target with what buyers want in a luxury crossover vehicle more so than the old SRX. Pricing starts at around $34,155 for the base

model. Start adding on different options and features and it’s real easy to get the price in the upper $40,000 price range. But that’s about on par with the competition, mainly the Lexus RX 350, which is the front runner in the luxury crossover SUV market and is the vehicle which Cadillac had its sights on as it designed and built the new SRX. GM sure has done an incredible job with Cadillac in the recent years. Proof is in the vehicles and the sales numbers – both of which are impressive. With vehicles like the Escalade and the CTS, and now this all new SRX, Cadillac is making its way back to the top of the luxury car market. And we’re enjoying the ride. -- Christopher A. Randazzo

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That’s what I think they need to do. “The blade [rear spoiler] is a good idea. Taking the front splitter away is a good idea. Taking the cars, make them drive like they used to at Darlington, like they do at Atlanta, places like that, where you to drive the race car, that’s what I think needs to be done. “I don’t like to go down the corner, turn the wheel, find out how great my engineers are or aren’t. That’s not what I want to do in a racecar. I want to go drive.” Any changes are expected to be announced on Jan. 21.

NASCAR Scene closes shop The NASCAR media corps, already reeling from the recent decisions by many news organizations to scale back coverage, suffered another big blow last week with news that NASCAR Scene was being dropped, a move that left many veteran reporters and photographers without jobs. Street and Smith’s Sports Group said it will merge its longtime weekly paper, NASCAR Scene, a major player in the NASCAR market for decades, with its monthly magazine, NASCAR Illustrated. The company also plans to continue its Web site,


Many in the industry see the changes as a loss for fans and for the sport as a whole. editor Tom Jensen wrote that “The news that NASCAR Scene’s editorial staff was decimated by layoffs was a sucker punch to the gut, a terrible blow to the fine and dedicated men and women who worked there, as well as to readers. They will be poorer for the loss of stockcar racing’s best weekly.” NASCAR Illustrated publisher Michael J. Fresina tried to put a positive spin on the situation in his published remarks. “We’re excited about the opportunity to offer our expanded subscriber base NASCAR Illustrated’s special look at the fun and excitement that the sport offers,” he said. “With the opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in spring and what should be one of the most competitive seasons ever on the track, 2010 promises to be a special year for the sport's fans and our readers, and we're looking forward to it.”

Former driver Larry Frank dies Larry Frank, who got his only Cup win in the 1962 Southern 500, died last week at his home in Greenville, S.C. Frank’s vic-

tory was memorable in many ways, mostly because series officials sent Junior Johnson to Victory Lane even though many at the track thought Frank had won.

Larry Frank After the celebration had ended, a scoring review found that Frank indeed was the winner. He got the news while recovering from dehydration and blisters at a Florence, S.C., motel. In publications that came out in the year after Frank’s win, some advertisements that mentioned Frank’s win carried Victory Lane photos that had been altered, with Frank’s narrow face pasted onto Johnson’s bulky body.

Spotlight EP News Jan 15, 2010 No. 309  

Spotlight EP News weekly edition newspaper serving the El Paso, TX and surrounding areas. Articles Include; Calendar of events , automotive...

Spotlight EP News Jan 15, 2010 No. 309  

Spotlight EP News weekly edition newspaper serving the El Paso, TX and surrounding areas. Articles Include; Calendar of events , automotive...