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The Year 2010: Where is El Paso Heading? By Joe Olvera ©, 2009

As we approach a new year and a new decade, El Paso stands on the threshold of greatness. To learn what some El Pasoans are saying about the coming year, we asked them to tell us what their predictions are regarding our beautiful city. Here, then, are some of those remarks from some of El Paso’s leading figures, and even one from San Antonio who loves El Paso: Joseph Villescas, PhD., is the owner of Villescas Research, Media & Instruction, LLC:

miliar tragedies as distanced spectators secure in what has become one of the safest cities in the continental United States. In our region of the border I expect voter participation to decline as our community elders fade, philanthropy to ebb as the recession continues, toxicity levels near the refineries and smelters to rise without complaints, and for the border wall to go unnoticed as we drive shadowed by its enormity. My hope, above all others, is that the daughters and sons of our Sun City will not

If you are truly serious about fitness then GET LIFTED GYM is the place for you! Get Lifted gym is a new gym on the West side of El Paso and is owned and operated by PAUL and MARIBEL SMITH. Paul Smith is a former UTEP running back and an 8 year veteran of the NFL. You can expect a serious workout. This “Mom and Pop” style gym is dedicated to changing ones health. There are 5 certified Crossfit coaches on hand to help design a workout customized to your goals. They don’t stop there, every workout is supervised to make sure you obtain the maximum benefits. It is definitely no easy task to achieve optimal health benefits but the rewards are numerous and priceless. Everyone can benefit from crossfit training but your input determines your final outcome. Crossfit pushes you not only physically but mentally with the aim of producing all around fit healthy people. You can find Get Lifted Gym at 6633 N. Mesa, Suite 305 or call (915) 585-7600. Free fitness assessments are provided on Thursdays. You are welcome to stop by anytime and meet the crew and see if you are up to the challenge.

Joseph Villescas “Since El Paso dynamics parallel overreaching U.S. Latino trends, in 2010 I expect our city to continue to be circumscribed by peculiar geographic divides and gerrymandered political fault lines and to drift more towards a collective body of strangers rather than a community of Paseños who hold shared beliefs. I also presume that more members of the ‘greatest generation’ and the ‘baby boomers’ will utilize this upcoming year strategically so that their legacies and retirements will be secured and that our regional prosperity will maintain at least the heights of yesteryear. I expect us to watch, as we did from rooftops one hundred years ago, bullets fly across the river and to perceive these fa-

only hear a call to leadership but will seize a key moment in our shared history to build new opportunities for generations to come.” Marc Salazar, a retired high school teacher, is currently

Marc Salazar active, along with his sister, Dolores, in organizations for people with disabilities: “From my position as an ad-

vocate for the rights of people with disabilities in El Paso, I see one big issue coming up, and that is the city's stance on the move to decrease the requirement for apartment builders to make five percent of all new units accessible for the disabled. Some builders want to lower the percentage requirement to only two percent, but to our community this would be a huge step backwards and would lead to an eventual shortage of accessible units for a steadily increasing number of persons with disabilities in our city. The issue will come up again before city council in a few months and it's going to be a tough fight to watch. A second issue that will most likely come to a head is the lack of sufficient services for persons with mental disabilities. Funding has been short and persons with mental illness or intellectual impairments are having to fend for themselves and go without medication or support more and more these days. This is a situation that can be very dangerous and stressful to the individuals, families, and communities where these people live and they live all over this city. I'm not sure how much the new health care legislation will help, but we're hopeful that passage of a good healthcarefor-all bill will lead to better care for a lot of people who don't have it right now. Still, the city, the county, and other entities are also going to have to step up and help alleviate the problems. We need to keep in mind that a lot of soldiers are coming home with all kinds of disabilities in addition to the baby boomers who are getting older and developing health problems. Emma Acosta, District 3 City Representative – “In this, the beginning of a new decade, the beginning of a new era, El Paso, as a city, has the vision of becoming the research mecca for the entire border region. With UTEP and the Paul Foster

Emma Acosta Medical School, we will be able to do research in areas that affect Hispanics and minorities. The expansion that is going on throughout El Paso will provide professional level jobs in many medical fields, including new medical students, nurses, therapists, and, of course support staff. We have many other things to look forward to, such as the revitalization of the Alameda corridor, the Medical Center of the Americas. The expansion of Fort Bliss is another indicator that good jobs are being created in our city, and will continue to be created. My own personal note is to make decisions in the coming year that will help improve my community, my district, and my city. El Paso needs to be ready, however, with new housing, new schools for the influx of new students, and, new cultural and recreational events. For myself, I wish to either pursue a second master’s degree, or to pursue a doctorate in business. I wish to be closer to my family, to my grandchildren and to my great grand-son. I plan to grow closer to God, and make time for prayer and church.” Nephtali de Leon – Chicano Author, Poet, playwrite, muralist/painter, and frequent visitor and lover of El Paso: “In 2010 I see the long standing isolation of far flung El Paso coming to an end. I see its people reaching out and creating an active busy commerce of goods and ideas. Continues on page 4

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New Laws to Improve Appraisal Process Take Effect January 1 AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted several new laws that take effect Jan. 1, 2010, which institute important reforms to the appraisal process to help property taxpayers. "In addition to cutting taxes for 40,000 small business and leaving billions of dollars in our Rainy Day Fund this last session, we also implemented measures that will provide greater protection for property owners by adding transparency and fairness to the appraisal process," Gov. Perry said. HB 8 and 3612 by Rep. John Otto and SB 771 by Sen. Tommy Williams are among several bills that will improve the appraisal process, and include provisions that impose limits on what is considered a comparable sale for appraisal purposes; create an expedited arbitration process; and require substantial evidence to increase an appraisal after a successful appeal. These changes will improve the fairness and accuracy of the appraisal process and increase the oversight of appraisal districts to ensure they are following uniform appraisal practices and procedures. HB 1038 by Rep. Ken Paxton ensures appraisers continue to consider all comparable properties when appraising a home, including those recently sold at foreclosure or that have decreased in value. Additional measures to strengthen the appraisal process include the passage of Propositions 2 and 3 by Texas voters in November. Proposition 2 will ensure that residential property is appraised only based on its use as a homestead (instead of being appraised based on a hypothetical alternate use). Proposition 3 will allow the Legislature to adopt uniform statewide appraisal standards in the future. Both of these measures will increase transparency and accountability in the appraisal process. For a list of all Texas laws effective on Jan. 1, 2010, please visit

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Nephtali de Leon I see the arts Blooming as in the expected poetry book of Ramón Arroyos, Sangre de Indio, and the dramatic production of Pilar Muñoz’ play for June 2010 of Billy The Kid (in love with a Mejicana!), and the involvement of his great grandson, Elbert García. Such fireworks will begin kicking in San Eli and the Adobe Horseshoe Theater where I hear a historical little

Main Street Gallery town is shaping up. And if Al Borrego and Ben Sánchez help me, we can film part of our movie “La LLorona,” there and in the El Paso area! “Our movie” means whatever Raza wants to get involved. I see poet/playwrite Griselda (la rana) Muñóz creating new and rocking baaad Works, along with band leader Composer Ernie Tinajares of Radio Chusma, whose music is burning many a new roadway back to El Paso! It would be grand if the city moved on the allocated funds and finished the planned improvements for the Chamizal area! 2010 is a watershed year for El Paso, Gateway of wonders, bridging hope between two countries, two cultures and two languages – la del Chuco y la del Paso! “¡Simón que sí! Y más pronto que quick!” I also see the “Bordeño” T-Shirt brand taking off! 2010! After all isn’t El Paso a city of beautiful Raza and Chicanos sin Fin?”

1456 Main Street San Elizario, TX On Exhibit: New Year Exhibit December 9 - January 17, 2010 Featuring: Candy Mayer, Krystyna Robbins, Sally Backey-Avant, Cheryl Derrick and others. On Exhibit: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian, Part 1 A Photo Documentary December 16 - February 14, 2010

Photo: Kato Indian Woman - Edward S. Curtis

Cutter Aviation El Paso International Airport 1771 Shuttle Columbia El Paso, TX

Photo: CLG.jpg : Photo by Chris L. Grohusko On Exhibit: Warren Smart & Chris L. Grohusko January 15 - March 15, 2010

Texas State Board of Education doesn’t value Cesar Chavez By Joe Olvera ©, 2009 The audacity of the Texas State Board of Education boggles the mind. Here is a committee entrusted with the chore of deciding which figures go into the state’s history books, yet, this group, in its infinite wisdom recommends that history books drop Cesar Chavez, but accept Juan de Onate. For one thing, the group doesn’t consider Cesar Estrada Chavez of significant value to the state’s history books. Some members of that board don’t consider Chavez enough of an influence on American society and, therefore, he shouldn’t be studied by Texas students. What a farce. Do these people even know who Cesar Chavez is? Do they know who Juan de Onate is? I doubt if they’ve even studied these two figures. For one thing, de Onate was a brutal monster of a Spaniard who, allegedly, settled the Southwest – even though it had already been settled when he arrived with his cohorts of murderous Spaniards who thought nothing of murdering Indians. Chavez, on the other hand, was a humble man who set the nation on its heels when he fought for justice for the least represented, most abused, segment of America – farm workers. Chavez was a small man who loomed large in his efforts to make life easier for those who place the food on our tables, even while they, themselves, often cannot afford to feed their own families. There are many actions Chavez took which still resonate today. For one thing, he always encouraged his fellow-farm workers to get an education. He especially encouraged youngsters to study hard so that they could leave the fields to earn a decent living, studying and working to improve their lot in life. He was totally for education. Like I said, he accomplished many feats, but, one of the most important – which some might not consider important at all – was to force farmers to get rid of the short hoe. You see, the short hoe was pushed on the workers by farmers who wanted to maximize their profits. With the short hoe, the worker could eliminate even the smallest weeds, because the short hoe forced them to bend down to get close to the invaders. However, it wreaked havoc on workers’ backs. Many of them left the fields, their backs destroyed by the brutal labor. Chavez came in and demanded that farmers get rid of the short hoe in favor of the more benign long hoe. It was a battle that Chavez was determined not to lose. He fought in the State Capital of Sacramento, convincing lawmakers to demand that farmers alleviate the agony of their workers. Of course, the farmers and their supporters were adamant against it. They cared nothing for the workers’ backs. Yet, Chavez did. Through his perseverance and his many battles, farmers, finally, were forced to retire the short hoe and allow workers to use the longer tool. This was a godsend which many people don’t acknowledge, simply because they have never had to endure such hardships. For many, this dynamic action by Chavez may not amount to much. But, to the farmworkers whose lives were being destroyed by the short hoe, Cesar Chavez is a hero. This is just one of the many changes Chavez brought to America’s fields that benefited farmworkers. Not include Cesar Chavez in the history books of Texas? Why, the very idea. Sin Fin

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Another Winter Storm Strikes El Paso By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman Our forth snowstorm of this early winter season hit the El Paso area Tuesday. We picked about 1 inch at the El Paso International Airport (2-3” in the northeast and 23” in Las Cruces). This gives us nearly 9 inches of snow so far this winter. Our average annual snowfall is 6 inches so we are already about 3 inches above the normal and winter just started! So what’s causing these storms? We can blame, to a certain extent, El Niño. El Niño refers to a large-scale pattern of oceanic and atmospheric conditions that begins with a warming of the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. This warming changes the usual paths of the high-altitude jet stream winds that steer storms. For El Paso and Las Cruces, this means storms have a tendency to move across our area while pumping in a decent amount of moisture; if temperatures are cold enough, we get the snow! At this point, it seems equally likely that El Niño will either strengthen further or remain at moderate strength during the next few months. Regardless of the precise peak strength, El Niño is expected to exert a significant influence on our weather and climate in the coming months. Most models indicate that we will see El Nino persisting through March, April and May of 2010. So, expect precipitation to remain above normal and snowfall opportunities to persist into the spring. My updated prediction for snowfall in El Paso is now 14” for the rest of our Winter.

“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: What is the largest amount of snow El Paso ever recorded in the Spring? A. 3.2” C. 10.1” B. 5.7” D. 16.5” Answer: D – 16.5” This occurred April 4-7 of 1983.

Past El Niño Winters in El Paso and snowfall accumulations Winter Year Snowfall 1972-73 9.9” 1977-78 Trace 1982-83 35” 1987-88 32.5” 1991-92 7.4” 1997-98 1” 2002-03 3.3”

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Sharon Mosley We may all be in the mood to party hardy this holiday season, but are our clothes in a festive mood, too? You may not want to buy a whole new outfit for that New Year's Eve soiree, but we can all use a few tips on making the most of whatever we do have in our closets ... even if we need to add just a little something to jazz things up. "It's only natural that you want to look fabulous at all of the holiday parties you're attending in the next few weeks," says New York-based image consultant Marla Tomazin, who has 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. "After all, we know that when you look good, you feel good! The problem is, around this time of year, many women open their closets and think, so many clothes and nothing to wear! "If that's you, I'm willing to bet that you've got more to work with than you think you do. And let's face it — many of us don't have as much extra money this year as we would like. However, by putting a fresh spin on some of your old standbys — or by supplementing them with a few new additions — you'll be turning heads in no time, and your wallet won't be hurting."

"If you have one great piece, add onto that," instructs Tomazin. "I'm guessing you already own a dressy white blouse as one of your wardrobe staples. Wear it with skinny black pants, or find a fun and festive black skirt on sale — simple or embellished. Then add a beautiful black sandal or pump from your closet, put on some sparkly crystal earrings, and voila! You're set." — It's your time to shine! Once again, Tomazin recommends starting with a basic black pant or skirt, but this time, add some sparkles! Find a sequined sweater in black or in a bright color that you love to wear — so many are on sale right now! Glitter and glitz are quite fashionable this year for all age groups,

so take advantage of the trend while you can. "Keep in mind that you'll need to go easy on the jewelry if your top sparkles," reminds Tomazin. "Simple earrings and bangle bracelets work well with this look. Then, finish it off with black pumps, peep-toe shoes or sandals. And don't forget the little black bag!" — The dress is the thing. Even if you don't wear dresses regularly, a holiday party might be a worthy occasion to slip one on. There are so many options in terms of style and color — and if you don't own a dress you love, you'll definitely be able to find one on sale this time of year. "All of us feel more feminine and flirty when we're wearing a flattering dress," says Tomazin. "If you're not sure what looks good on you, ask a stylish friend for her opinion! And remember the 'icing on the cake.' If you're wearing simple black or red, punch up your dress with crystal or pearl accessories. Big chokers and cuff bracelets are also very trendy accessories this season."

Here are a few of Tomazin's tips on hitting the party scene in style without breaking the bank:

— Take your cues from Mother Nature. Let's face it: The nowhite-after-Labor-Day rule just doesn't cut it these days. Winter and white go wonderfully together. And if you're skeptical, just think about the beauty of a snow-covered landscape. And then imitate it.

— Stay classy and classic in basic black. They say that black never goes out of style, and in this case, "they" are right! Don't let black's sometimes-somber reputation scare you away. When worn correctly, it can be just as festive as red and green!

— "Wear winter white — it makes a great statement, and it will help you stand out in all the right ways," promises Tomazin. "Choose a totally white outfit to make a dreamy and sophisticated entry. Continues on next page

One statement accessory can set off a holiday look for a bargain price, such as the scarf in this photo. Photo courtesy of T.J.Maxx.

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In Fashion Continued from page 7 A white wool pant and dressy blouse or sweater in the same color, accented with pearls or crystal jewelry and a metallic shoe and bag, will be wonderfully unique." — Buck the color trend. Black, red and green are usually the go-to holiday colors. And while they're all fantastic choices, don't let them limit your palette. If you look put-together and confident in an outfit that flatters you (regardless of its color), you'll be one of the most festive partygoers around. — "Many women look better in browns and bronzes than in black, for example," Tomazin points out. "If that's you, choose a pair of brown pants or a leather skirt, and find a sweater, beaded top or lace top that blends well. Wear copper or bronze shoes and a matching bag, and finish the look with complimentary bronze-dangling earrings or a big chunky necklace (but not both!)." — If you've got it ... flaunt it. Sure, it's nice to have a new or updated outfit, but don't make the mistake of focusing so much on what you're wearing that you forget about yourself! Use your natural assets. Tomazin believes that everyone has an "inner

glow," and it should always shine through, no matter what you're wearing. "If you have great legs, they may be the accessory you play up to go with a flattering dress," says Tomazin. "Wear a nude stocking with a black or red dress for a more modern look. And if that doesn't look right to your eye, you can wear a sheer black if you are wearing a black shoe. I also tell my clients that if they don't have to spend money on any new clothing items, they can indulge in a fabulous new lipstick, or a manicure and pedicure." — It's your business! Often, business or office parties are

mold, but at the same time, it's not a good idea to let your sartorial sense shock your co-workers. Tomazin says it's best to keep your outfit understated and chic. "Choose a simple suit or dress from your closet, and accessorize with beautiful shoes, earrings and a bracelet before you go to the party. This is not the best time to show a lot of skin! Another look that works (for all parties, not just the office type) is a 'column,' such as a black top and bottom. You can dress these pieces up with a bright scarf, jacket and/or a new lipstick. Winter white is always a great look over a black column." "Above all, make sure that you feel fantastic in your party outfit!" concludes Tomazin. "If you're uncomfortable, it will show. But if your look is just an extension of your inner glow, you'll be the life of the party. And if you were able to 'shop' for it in your own closet, your smile will be twice as wide."

the toughest events to dress for. You want to break out of the humdrum daily fashion

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 2009 CREATORS.COM

NEW YEAR OFFERS EACH OF US THE CHANCE FOR A FRESH START DEAR READERS: Can you believe it's 2010? It's the 10th anniversary of Y2K. It seems like only yesterday.... But a new year has arrived, bringing with it our chance for a new beginning. Today is the day we discard destructive old habits for healthy new ones, so with that in mind, I will share Dear Abby's often-requested list of New Year's Resolutions -- which were adapted by my mother, Pauline Phillips, from the original credo of Al-Anon. JUST FOR TODAY: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime. JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine. JUST FOR TODAY: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot. JUST FOR TODAY: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer. JUST FOR TODAY: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself. JUST FOR TODAY: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully -- if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block. JUST FOR TODAY: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions. And now, Dear Readers, I would like to

share an item that was sent to me by I.J. Bhatia, a reader who lives in New Delhi, India: DEAR ABBY: This year, no resolutions, only some guidelines.

Dear Abby The Holy Vedas say, "Man has subjected himself to thousands of self-inflicted bondages. Wisdom comes to a man who lives according to the true eternal laws of nature." The prayer of St. Francis (of which there are several versions) contains a powerful message: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: "where there is hatred, let me sow love, "where there is injury, pardon; "where there is doubt, faith; "where there is despair, hope; "where there is darkness, light; "and where there is sadness, joy. "O Divine Master, "grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; "to be understood, as to understand; "to be loved, as to love; "for it is in giving that we receive, "it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, "and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life." And so, Dear Readers, may this new year bring with it peace and joy to all of you. -Love, ABBY ** ** 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. ** ** What teens need to know about sex, drugs, AIDS and getting along with peers and parents is in "What Every Teen Should Know." To order, send a business-sized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby -Teen Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is included in the price.) COPYRIGHT 2010 UNIVERSAL UCLICK

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Décor Score

Aggrandize Small Spaces with Bold Gestures Rose Bennett Gilbert

dener," he laughs. Whichever, he rates a thumbs-up for his wealth of hints and how-to ideas with plants and flowers for your holiday decorating.

Q: Our city apartment is so small that the bed has to be wedged into the guest room, wall-to-wall. We have a lot of company — we're both college professors with a long list of former students who come to visit. I'm looking for ways to make those visits more comfortable and pleasant.

Two of my favorites: 1. Force paperwhite bulbs in gin or vodka (mixed with two-thirds water). It stunts their growth, literally, so the flowers don't grow lanky and fall over. 2. His catchy formula for planting container gardens: "thriller" (tallest and most eye-catching plant), "filler" (what's lush and space-filling) and "spiller" (a plant, like ivy, that drips over the side of the container and softens the effect).

A: Repeat after me: It's not what space you have; it's what you do with it. There are many decorating lessons in the pictured little guest room. Small as it is — note the bed "wedged in head-to-foot, wall-to-wall" under the window — the room exudes an air of calm, even spaciousness. At the same time, it's a visual delight, thanks to the highly unorthodox thinking of designer Steven Gambrel and partner Chris Connor. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that small spaces should wear light colors and small patterns, they have stroked bold colors and oversized patterns on the walls and wood trim. Actually, the walls are covered in a vintage Uzbek ikat, according to Margaret Russell, editor of Elle Decor magazine and author of the new book, "Style and Substance" (Filipacchi Publishing), from which we borrowed this photo. The room lives up to the book's title: It's as attractive as it is sensible, with accommodation for two guests ... who'll no doubt go home buoyed up by their stay between its joyously decorated walls.

Q: Spoiled by "instant" decorating materials?

A: Then avert your eyes. The rest of this article is about a highly decorative "product" that takes five to

Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style," "Hampton Style," and five other books on interior design. COPYRIGHT 2009 CREATORS.COM.

Big surprise in a small guest room: Walls covered in a color-pumped heirloom ikat. Photo courtesy of William Waldron, Filipacchi Publishing. seven years of development before it reaches your home. It's a new variety of plant, and if you count plants and flowers as an important part of your decor, indoors and out, it's worth the wait. For example, I just met a new gardenia in a New York restaurant, of all places. It came to lunch with Mike Sikes, guru from the Gardeners' Confidence Collection in Georgia (, who was introducing "Heaven Scent" to the world of home fashions. The last time we met, Mike was toting a small tub filled with a new kind of hydrangea. I spent a good deal of time researching what's new for the home scene, but

reviewing introductions that live, grow and smell divine in the process is an unusual assignment. It certainly stopped talk in the restaurant bar when Mike suddenly pulled out a Patron-shaped bottle of water and proceeded to arrange a table centerpiece on the spot. Nothing too fancy — Mike claims to be of the "cut and plop" school of flower-arranging — but his combination of burgundy-dark foliage, hypericum berries and small golden flowers was a delightfully instant centerpiece. A convert to gardening (he took it up at age 30), Mike denies that he has the proverbial green thumb. "A dirty thumb signifies a good gar-

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Lifelong Health

The New, New Year's Resolution: Get into Your Own Shape Dr. David Lipschitz Too often, Americans believe that our physical appearance is the best measure of health. We strive for the perfect body — primarily by dieting, diet pills, rapid weight loss programs or perhaps an exercise DVD that sits unused in the cabinet. We hope for youthful skin, masking age with expensive facial creams that promise the impossible, injections that paralyze muscles and even plastic surgery to tighten, lift and "rejuvenate." Especially as the new year approaches, Americans will do anything to "get into shape"

personal and unique. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to health. It takes so much more than fitting into those skinny jeans to be healthy.

Whether you are religious or not, we can all benefit from the core tenets of all spiritual teachings to be a good person, treat others kindly, give of yourself and forgive those around you. Find more faith in yourself and in those around you; it will not only cultivate a sense of peace. but will also benefit your physical health.

So when you consider your health plans for the new year, take some time to re-evaluate and expand your definition of "shape." Do not just center your goals on losing those extra pounds. Finding your own healthy shape requires a comprehensive approach that involves virtually every element of your life.

the right fats (olive oil, canola oil and omega-3 fatty acids), the right protein (lean meats and fatty fish), more fruits and vegetables, and more whole-grain carbohydrates. Don't worry about how much you weigh — worry about how much you move. Living an active

— but whose shape should we get into? When it comes to getting into shape, we need to change the slogan to "find your own healthy shape." Your shape — the shape of your body, the shape of your health and the shape of your life — is very

First, start with the basics. Instead of dieting, commit to learning more about food. Understand that the key to health is eating more of the right foods, not just less of the wrong. Eat

life is strongly linked to health, happiness and longevity. Get more exercise, but make sure you find an activity that fits into your lifestyle. We are not all meant to run marathons or be iron men! You do not even need to be "athletic." Just find an exercise routine that fits your shape. It must be attainable, consistent and should always include a healthy mix of

stretching, balance, weight training and aerobic activity.

Next, finding your own healthy shape requires you to move beyond fitness and nutrition. Are you passionate about what you do? Do you love life and find joy in your friends, family and community? If not, make a change. Having passion and enthusiasm for life is a huge element of your health. Along with passion comes love. Men and women who experience love live much longer than those who do not. Having a loving partner or friend to share your life absolutely promotes health. This particularly applies to men, who live 10 years longer if

they are in longstanding, monogamous relationships. Loneliness must be avoided at all costs, and love should be cultivated whenever possible.

Lastly, be more educated and more empowered about your health. Have regular medical checkups and require your primary care physician to focus on early detection and prevention. If you develop an illness, learn as much as possible about the problem and become actively involved in treatment decisions.

Another crucial element of finding your own shape is maintaining good self-esteem. Studies conducted by the Commonwealth Fund have shown that self-love, or high self-esteem, is among the most powerful predictors of

In the end, finding your own healthy shape is easy — it's intuitive. Be a good person and make every effort possible to live a healthy life. Find more passion, be more faithful, get more active and be more loving. Remember, the pursuit of health happens every day, in every aspect of your life. So, don't wait!

longevity. You must feel good about yourself, your image and your body. If you do not love yourself, you will never be satisfied and your health will suffer.

Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book "Breaking the Rules of Aging." More information is available at

Remember the shape of your spiritual health as well.


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For Kids of All Ages 1 to 100 Years Old FOCUS ON THE FAMILY with Dr. James Dobson

WOMEN MUST LOOK TO EACH OTHER FOR EMOTIONAL CONNECTION QUESTION: My husband and I just moved to Arizona from Pennsylvania, and I haven't established a network of friends here yet. My family is back east, and I have no one but my husband to talk to about problems the kids are having. He is very busy, so all the "homework" is left to me. How can I deal with the feelings of loneliness and isolation as a mother? DR. DOBSON: It is vital that you build relationships with other women that can help satisfy the needs for friendship and emotional support. Failure to do that places too great a strain on the marital relationship, which can lead to serious interpersonal problems. I'm not saying that your husband has no responsibility to help you get through this period of loneliness, but unless he is a very unusual man, he will not be able to "carry" you emotionally while earn-

ing a living and handling the other responsibilities of livTherefore, I recoming. mend that you seek out women's groups that are designed to meet the needs you described. Many churches offer Bible study groups and classes that put women in touch with one another. Other possibilities are out there, such as Mom's Day Out. For mothers of school-age children, there is a Christian ministry called Moms In Touch International, designed to bring women together to pray for their local school, its teachers, principal, school board, etc. It "bonds" them together in a common cause. What I'm saying is that you are not alone, even in a new city. There are other women out there who need you as much as you need them. You can find each other with a little effort. It is dangerous under the circumstances you described to sit and wait for

the world to come to your front door. ** QUESTION: What can I do to help my middle child figure out who she is? DR. DOBSON: Parents should take steps to ensure the identity of all their children but especially the child in the middle. That can be accomplished by relating to each boy or girl as an individual, rather than merely as a member of the group. Let me offer two suggestions that will illustrate what I mean. 1. It is meaningful for Dad to "date" each child, one at a time, every

four or five weeks. The other kids should not be told where they are going until it is revealed by the boy or girl in retrospect. They can play miniature golf, go bowling, play basketball, eat tacos or pizza, or visit a skating rink. The choice should be made by the child whose turn has arrived. 2. Ask each offspring to design his or her own flag, which can be sewn

in canvas or cloth. That flag is then flown in the front yard on the child's "special" days, including birthdays, after he has received an A in school, when he scores a goal in soccer or hits a home run in baseball, and so forth. There are other ways to accomplish the same purpose. The target, again, is to plan activities that emphasize one child's individuality apart from his identity within the group. ** QUESTION: Is it possible to love someone and not feel it? DR. DOBSON: It certainly is -- because love is more than a feeling. It is primarily a decision. Married couples who misunderstand this point will have serious problems when the feeling of love disappears for a time. Couples who genuinely love each other will experience times of closeness,

times when they feel apathetic, and times when they are irritated and cranky. That's just the way emotions operate. What, then, will hold them steady as feelings bounce all over the landscape? The source of constancy is a commitment of the will. You simply make up your mind not to be blown off the limb by fluctuating and unreliable emotions. ** 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.

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Video Game Reviews

'New Super Mario Bros. Wii' Adds Multiplayer to Mario's Familiar Formula Jeb Haught

help them traverse each level and complete easy quests. While the drawing tool set is very robust, the actual act can be rather frustrating.

DEVELOPER: Nintendo PUBLISHER: Nintendo SYSTEM: Nintendo Wii PRICE: $49.99 ESRB RATING: Everyone REVIEW RATING: 4 stars (out of 5) Mario is the most well-known plumber in the world, but since he's branched out into just about every genre of gaming, maybe he should be called Jack (of all trades) instead. Now he and his brother Luigi return to their N64 roots by starring in the same type of 2-D platforming game that started the series. But "New Super Mario Bros. Wii" offers much more than the original, such as multiplayer action for up to four gamers on the same screen! "Why is this feature so great?" you may ask. Well, for starters, the action isn't shrunk down for split-screen multiplayer, so participants don't have to squint to see what's going on. New modes also open up when four players are detected, like frantic foot races or crazy coin collection competitions. What I like most is that players can play cooperatively or competitively within the same

Allow me to illustrate. Drawing on the DS gives the player an actual surface to steady their hand, while using the Wiimote creates ugly, wavy lines. Even if players rest their arm on a couch and focus all their attention, the result can be very different from what was intended. As a result, most promising virtual artists will simply use the included premade shapes because they look much better than what can be created.

mode. If any player dies, he or she can be resurrected by comrades or left to float around in a bubble if "friends" are feeling naughty. Difficult levels are made easier because they can be infinitely retried as long as one player survives. Picking up items, enemies or even fellow players and then tossing them is a great new feature that adds a bit of Super Smash Bros. fun to the experience. It's a handy tool to quickly eliminate enemies,

but it's even more fun to grab unsuspecting teammates and hurl them to their doom. This ability adds great variety to the game play, but it can also quickly turn friends into enemies! Unfortunately, players are limited to choosing between Mario, Luigi and two generic toads. It doesn't matter who is chosen, however, because they all have the same abilities. Why isn't it possible to play as Princess Peach, Bowser or any of the other

creatures from the Super Mario universe? They would be much more fun than playing as a nameless toad. It seems amazing that a 20year-old game can be brought back to life with a few simple additions, but "New Super Mario Bros. Wii" is one of the best in the series.

Young Artists Explore their Creativity in

'Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter' DEVELOPER: Planet Moon Studios PUBLISHER: THQ SYSTEM: Nintendo Wii PRICE: $49.99 ESRB RATING: Everyone REVIEW RATING: 3 stars (out of 5) If you have ever been ... err ... drawn to the idea of creating your own objects within a video game, then THQ's latest title, "Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter," was made for you. That is, if you are also under the age of 12 and don't mind playing an incredibly simplistic 2-D platforming game. Once again, the stout inhabitants of Raposa village are threatened by a mysterious force that is pilfering items from them. Players take on the role of a godlike figure called the "Creator," who must craft a hero to recover the stolen objects, especially the sacred "Items of Power." This game is very similar to its DS predecessor in that players must draw items to

However, one cool feature is the ability to create items that are incorporated into the background during the adventure. This lets players customize the game to their own liking, be it realistic or surreal. Also cool is Action Drawing, where a rectangular box appears at various points in a level that requires the player to draw something on the fly to help them traverse the obstacle. While "Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter" is charming and fun for youngsters, it seems to be better suited for the DS than the Wii. 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 2009 CREATORS.COM.

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Dear Taylor, Zippers zipping has a lot to do with plowing. They were named after popular rubbers – a kind of galoshes – the rubber shoe, not the thick stew. Zippers are about hooks being jammed into each other by the slider, which turns up-and-down zipping action into back-and-forth, sideways work. When opening, the slider plows apart the hooks using the mechanical advantage one gets from an inclined plane, usually called a ramp, or a wedge.

WHAT YOU NEED: Wooden board or sheet of heavy cardboard - thread small cardboard box small rocks WHAT TO DO: Put one end of the board or cardboard on a step outside. Tie the thread to the box so that you can lift it straight up. Lift the box to the height of the step. Gently add rocks – no dropping – until the thread breaks. How many rocks were in the box when the string broke? With a new thread on the box, put it at the bottom of the board. Add the same number of rocks it took to

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break the string. Use the thread to gently drag the box up the ramp. Add more rocks. SO WHAT: One can lift a lot more rocks to the same height if you drag them up a ramp, which is really an inclined plane. And it works the other way around, too. If you jam an inclined plane into something like a log, it will split in half. The inclined plane takes a little bit of up-and-down work and turns it into lots and lots of sideways work.

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Google: zipper history

P.S. from Beakman: The first thing zippers were used for was pairs of rubbers from the B.F. Goodrich rubber company.


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Busy cats are happy cats

photo courtesy Richard Schmidt

Muddy paws can be tamed, even in winter

Indoor cats are safer, but without things to do, they can become unhealthy and unhappy.

Indoor pets need help to stay healthy and active

By Dr. Marty Becker and Gina Spadafori Universal Uclick


abin fever can be the bane of an indoor cat’s existence, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to open the door to the great outdoors to provide your cat with a more interesting life. In fact, by just looking at your home from a cat’s point of view and adding a few environmental enrichments, your cat can be both safe and happy indoors. Here are five easy ways to get going: • Think vertical. Cats love to climb, so give them the opportunity. Cat trees mounted floorto-ceiling, wrapped with sisal rope and studded with platforms for perching, will give your cat the opportunity to look down on the rest of the world. This is especially

satisfying if there are dogs in the household, because what cat wouldn’t like to look down on the dog? • Add toys. The cat with the most toys wins. Every indoor cat should have toys for batting around, toys for chasing, toys for hiding in and toys for interactive play. And don’t forget that some of those toys ought to have catnip in them. While not all cats can enjoy the fragrant herb, those who do find it blissful in the extreme. If your cat is a catnip junkie, indulge him frequently. Rub fresh catnip onto cat trees or scratching posts, or stuff it into toys. It’s perfectly safe for your cat to enjoy the buzz. Some of the most enjoyable toys for both people and cats are the interactive ones. Every cat lover should have a “kitty tease” toy, typically a flexible

rod with a line that ends in something furry or feathery to engage a cat’s prey drive. Other interactive toys include gloves with goodies dangling from the fingertips, or laser pointers that offer cats a spot of light to chase. (Just be careful not to aim the beam in your cat’s eyes.) • Provide rooms with views. No matter how big your house, your indoor cat will know every one of its sights and sounds within just a few days. Provide a little visual stimulation by putting a bird feeder outside a window fitted with a cat-sized ledge for comfortable viewing. Be aware, though, that a view of the world isn’t always going to work for your cat. If your yard is attracting other cats from the neighborhood, your own cat may become frustrated by seeing them, ... Continues on next page

The best way use with your pets. to keep floors Old towels may be clean is to never ugly, but let them get dirty. they are great for And that means wiping paws, drycatching those ing fur and even muddy paws beswiping a muddy fore they come paw print off the inside. Here are floor. You can also some tips: find super-ab• Use mats. Put sorbent towels and washable mats mitts made specifiboth inside and cally for wiping outside the door. paws. If you do A small door mat need to buy paw can be jumped wipes, then check over, so go for prices on shop something larger, towels. at least during the • Never let a rainy season. The mess settle in. If a wider the area of muddy paw gets matting, the more past you, don’t chance you have delay your cleanup. of every paw hitWhile this isn’t ting the mat at such a hard-andleast once. Try a fast rule for such 3-foot-by-5-foot easy-clean surfaces black industrial as tile and hardmat on either side Mud and dogs are facts of life many woods, it’s an abmonths of the year. of the door: It solute commandcatches lots of ment when it able to teach your pet to offer mud and hoses off easily outcomes to carpets. Keep cleaneach paw in turn and stand side. ing supplies well-stocked and patiently while you towel it • Teach dogs to wait for at hand, and be sure to jump off. wiping. It’s not difficult to on a muddy paw print — or • Save your old towels. teach a dog to wait on the mat When towels get too ratty for any pet mess — before it can for a paw cleaning. If you’re set. guests to see, save them for patient and positive, you’ll be — Gina Spadafori

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Bigger pet cages are always better

If you had to spend your life in a cage, you’d want it to be as big as possible, wouldn’t you? Then why settle for a tiny cage for your bird, reptile or small mammal?


Canine information boom online

The quality and accuracy of online information on dog care and training is very uneven — and some of it is dangerous — but that hasn’t slowed the growth of the Internet as a reference source for dog owners. The percent of those who use it:

Forget the pet store’s labels or recommendations. For them, cage size recommendations are based on what they believe a customer will pop for — in other words, the cheapest option available. Think bigger! Go one size larger than the pet-store recommendations. For a budgie, for example, get a cage sized for a cockatiel, while cockatiels should be in cages sized for small parrots. While you’re introducing that larger cage to your pet, don’t forget to enrich the environment with a variety of toys (and perches, for birds). Life in a cage isn’t natural for any animal, so the least you can do is make that life more interesting. — Gina Spadafori

The Internet continues to grow as an information source for dog owners.

Source: American Pet Products Association

Busy cats Continued from page 15....and he can even turn that frustration into attacks on people in the house. Blocking visiting cats from your yard or discouraging them with sprinklers may solve the problem. Otherwise, you may have to make certain windows offlimits to your own cat. If a window view isn’t going to work, try a TV. A few companies offer DVDs for cats. Pop one of these in, and your cat can be entertained with a lively mix of felinefriendly images and sounds, including those of birds and rodents. • Go green. Cats love nibbling on plants. Any decent feline reference book will provide a list of which plants should not be in a pet-friendly house, or visit the Animal Poison Control Center ( for information on dangerous plants. After you get the unsafe plants out of the way, protect your decorative houseplants by

hanging them up or otherwise putting them out of reach. Keep cats from digging in your decorative pots by putting a layer of small, rough stones over the dirt. You can then add a collection of accessible plants for your cat to nibble on, such as grass shoots, or to enjoy rubbing, such as catnip, valerian or rosemary. • Give face time. Of course, one of the best things you can do for your indoor cat is to spend time with him. Playing, grooming, petting or just plain hanging out — it’s all good. Your cat loves you and loves spending time with you. Keeping a cat inside is one of the best ways to ensure a long and healthy life, but it won’t be that happy an existence unless you’re going to add some interest to the surroundings. It doesn’t take much in the way of time or effort, so get going. Your cat will thank you!

January 2010 Pet Care-A-Van Schedule DATE




Monday, Jan. 4, 2010

Saddle Blanket

6926 Gateway East

Back parking lot

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010

Sue Young Park

9730 Diana

Next to Fire Station

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010

Veterans Park

5380 Salem

Recreation Center parking lot

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010

Marty Robins Park

11600 Vista del Sol

Parking lot between swimming pool and restrooms

Monday, Jan. 11, 2010

Grandview Park

3200 Jefferson

Round parking lot near the office

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

Whitespur Park

4800 Love

Next to Fire Station

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

Pavoreal Park

9301 Alameda

Parking lot at the corner of Alameda and Presa

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

San Elizario

1325 Beverly Ann

Centro Ayuda Parking Lot

Monday, Jan. 18, 2010


910 Rio Vista

Community Center parking lot

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010


Zinn/De Alba

Church Parking lot

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

Montana Vista

14618 Greg

Community Center parking lot

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010


13969 Veny Webb

Parking lot

Monday, Jan. 25, 2010

Shawver Park

8100 Independence

Parking lot near swimming pool

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010

Album Park

3110 Parkwood

Near the recreation center

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010

Valley Pines

610 Lomaland

Parking lot

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010

El Paso Hills

1140 Timothy

Parking lot

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010

Chamizal Park

800 South San Marcial St.

Parking lot

For more information about the Pet Care-A-Van program, call (915) 842-1000.

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CINEMARK CIELO VISTA Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall Schedule good for Friday January 1st., 2010 2012(PG-13)2:25pm 9:05pm A CHRISTMAS CAROL - 2D (PG)10:00am 12:35pm 3:05pm ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL*(PG)10:05am 10:50am 11:40am 12:30pm 1:20pm 2:10pm 3:00pm 3:50pm 4:35pm 5:30pm 6:20pm 7:10pm 8:00pm 8:55pm 9:45pm 10:30pm IT'S COMPLICATED*(R)10:10am 11:50am 1:10pm 2:50pm 4:20pm 5:50pm 7:20pm 8:50pm 10:20pm NINE* - CinéArts(PG-13)10:05am 11:25am 12:55pm 4:00pm

6:10pm 7:00pm 10:00pm PRECIOUS - CinéArts(R)11:10am 1:55pm 4:40pm 7:25pm 10:15pm SHERLOCK HOLMES*(PG-13) 11:55am 3:10pm 6:25pm 9:40pm SHERLOCK HOLMES* - DIGITAL (PG-13)10:45am 1:00pm 2:05pm 4:15pm 5:20pm 7:30pm 8:35pm 10:45pm THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G)11:30am 2:00pm 4:45pm 7:15pm 9:50pm UP IN THE AIR*- CinéArts(R)10:35am 1:25pm 4:10pm 5:40pm 7:05pm 8:30pm 9:55pm



West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10 Schedule good for Friday January 1st., 2010 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL*(PG) 9:30am 10:30am 11:45am 12:45pm 2:00pm 3:00pm 4:15pm 5:15pm 6:30pm 7:30pm 8:45pm 9:45pm AVATAR - 2D(PG-13)10:00am 11:00am 1:30pm 2:30pm 5:00pm 6:00pm 8:30pm 9:30pm AVATAR - REAL D 3D (PG-13)9:15am 12:30pm 4:00pm 7:30pm DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? (PG-13) 9:25am 12:15pm 2:45pm 5:15pm 7:45pm INVICTUS (PG-13)10:35am 1:40pm 4:35pm 7:25pm IT'S COMPLICATED*(R)9:40am

12:25pm 3:10pm 5:55pm 8:40pm SHERLOCK HOLMES*(PG-13) 10:25am 12:30pm 1:20pm 3:25pm 4:15pm 6:20pm 7:10pm 9:15pm 10:05pm SHERLOCK HOLMES* - DIGITAL (PG-13)11:20am 2:15pm 5:10pm 8:05pm THE BLIND SIDE(PG-13)10:20am 1:35pm 4:40pm 7:35pm THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G)9:50am 12:20pm 2:40pm 5:10pm 7:25pm 9:55pm UP IN THE AIR* - CinéArts(R)9:20am 11:55am 2:35pm 5:05pm 7:40pm 10:15pm

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

*IT'S COMPLICATED (R) 9:30am 10:00am 12:40pm 1:10pm 3:45pm 4:25pm 6:30pm 7:50pm 9:15pm 10:35pm *NINE (PG-13) 10:05am 1:05pm 4:00pm 7:30pm 10:25pm PRECIOUS (R) 9:35pm PRINCESS AND THE FROG, THE (G) 10:30am 1:15pm 3:40pm 6:10pm 8:45pm 11:20pm SHERLOCK HOLMES (PG-13) 9:30am 10:25am 12:35pm 1:30pm 3:30pm 4:35pm 6:30pm 7:35pm 10:30pm *SHERLOCK HOLMES - DIGITAL (PG-13) 11:25am 2:30pm 5:25pm 8:25pm 11:30pm TWILIGHT SAGA, THE: NEW MOON (PG-13) 7:35pm 10:35pm *UP IN THE AIR (R) 10:20am 11:20am 1:00pm 2:10pm 3:40pm 4:45pm 6:25pm 7:20pm 9:00pm 10:00pm 11:45pm


Premiere Cinemas

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

*AVATAR 3D- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:00a 10:30a 11:20a 2:00p 2:30p 3:50p 6:30p 7:30p 8:30p *DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?- DIGITAL (PG13)10:10a 11:00a 12:45p 1:45p 3:30p 4:20p 6:15p 6:55p 9:00p 9:30p *ME AND ORSON WELLESDIGITAL (PG-13)10:00a 12:45p 3:30p 6:15p 9:00p *PLANET 51- DIGITAL (PG) 11:15a 1:50p 4:20p 7:00p 9:35p *THE ROAD- DIGITAL (R)10:20a 1:05p 3:55p 6:40p 9:25p BROTHERS- DIGITAL (R) 10:15a 1:05p 4:00p 6:55p 9:30p EVERYBODY'S FINE- DIGITAL (PG-13)11:00a 1:35p 4:35p 7:05p

9:35p INVICTUS- DIGITAL (PG-13) 11:30a 2:55p 6:05p 9:05p OLD DOGS- DIGITAL (PG) 10:05a 11:15a 12:25p 1:35p 2:45p 3:55p 5:05p 6:15p 7:25p 8:35p 9:45p THE BLIND SIDE- DIGITAL (PG13)10:25a 11:20a 1:40p 2:40p 4:55p 6:05p 8:05p 9:05p THE FOURTH KIND- DIGITAL (PG-13)10:55a 1:35p 4:20p 7:10p 9:40p THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON- DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:00a 11:20a 1:15p 2:30p 4:15p 6:10p 7:25p 9:05p

ROGER EBERT by Roger Ebert


Three stars Sherlock Holmes ...... Robert Downey Jr. Dr. John Watson ...... Jude Law Irene Adler .......... Rachel McAdams Lord Blackwood ....... Mark Strong Inspector Lestrade ... Eddie Marsan Mary Morstan ......... Kelly Reilly Warner Bros. presents a film directed by Guy Ritchie. Screenplay by based on the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Running time: 128 minutes. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material). ** The less I thought about Sherlock Holmes, the more I liked "Sherlock Holmes." Yet another classic hero has been fed into the f/x mill, emerging as a modern superman. Guy Ritchie's film is filled with sensational sights, over-the-top characters and a desperate struggle atop Tower Bridge, which is still under construction. It's likely to be enjoyed by today's action fans. But block bookings are not likely from the Baker Street Irregulars. One of the comforts of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories is their almost staid adherence to form. Villains and cases come and go up the staircase at 221B Baker

don, a city we all know in our imaginations. I think I became an Anglophile on those winter nights when I sat curled up in my dad's big chair, a single lamp creating shadows in the corners of the room, reading the Modern Library edition of the stories while in the basement I heard the comforting sounds of my parents doing the laundry. Every Holmes story is different and each one is the same, just as every day has its own saint but the Mass is eternal. "Sherlock Holmes" enacts the strange new rites of hyperkinetic action and impossible CGI, and Holmes and Watson do their best to upgrade themselves. Holmes

Street, but within that refuge life stays the same: Holmes all-knowing and calm, Watson fretful and frightened, clues orderly, victims distraught, never a problem not seemingly insoluble. Outside is the fabled Edwardian Lon-

tosses aside the deerstalker hat and meerschaum calabash, and Watson has decided for once and all to abandon the intimacy of 221B for the hazards of married life. Both of them now seem more than a little gay; it's no longer a case of, "Oh, the

* -- denotes Pass Restricted features

EAST POINTE MOVIES 12 I-10 & Lee Trevino Schedule good for 01/01 - 01/07/10 ASTRO BOY (PG) 12:35 | 2:50 | 7:25 CIRQUE DU FREAK: VAMPIRE'S (PG-13) 12:20 | 2:45 | 7:05 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (PG) 12:00 | 1:00 | 2:30 | 3:30 | 4:30 5:30 | 6:30 | 7:30 | 8:30 | 9:30 COUPLES RETREAT (PG-13) 12:25 | 2:40 | 4:55 | 7:15 | 9:35 FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG) 12:05 | 2:35 | 4:35 | 7:00 | 9:05 LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (R) 12:00 | 2:20 | 4:45 | 7:20 | 9:50

LOVE HAPPENS (PG-13) 12:10 | 2:25 | 4:50 | 7:35 | 9:55 PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (R) 12:30 | 2:55 | 4:40 | 7:10 | 9:00 THE BOX (PG-13) 5:05 | 9:40 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 | 3:15 | 4:15 5:15 | 6:15 | 7:15 | 8:15 | 9:15 ZOMBIELAND (R) 5:00 | 9:20

British all talk like that." Jude Law even seemed it be wearing lipstick when he promoted the movie on Letterman. Well, Holmes, like Hamlet, has survived countless interpretations. The character has been played by Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Frank Langella, Peter Cushing, John Barrymore, James D'Arcy, Michael Caine, John Cleese, Peter Cook, Rupert Everett, William Gillette, Stewart Granger, Charlton Heston, Anthony Higgins, Raymond Massey, Roger Moore, John Neville, Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Nicol Williamson ... and now Robert Downey Jr., who is not the least of these. Downey's Holmes is at once more dissolute and more fit than previous incarnations. Holmes' canonical devotion to the opium pipe is here augmented by other drugs and a great deal of booze. Yet Holmes has the body of a lithe athlete, the skills of a gymnast, and the pugilism of a world champion. He and Watson (who is, you recall, only a doctor, although one with clients who must be puzzled about his office hours) spring readily into action like Batman and Robin. In a really very good opening sequence, the

two burst in upon the fiendish Satanist Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) in the act of committing a dastardly act. Blackwood is sent to the gallows and sealed in his tomb, only to reappear (to Holmes' undeniable satisfaction) seemingly still alive. This sets off a series of action setpieces in the streets of London, which have never seemed more looming, dark and ominous; I had the impression Jack the Ripper had just darted out of view. After the initial apprehension of Blackwood, Holmes retreats to his digs. In Conan Doyle, this is often explained as "a period of study" and implied opium reveries. In Ritchie's version, he trashes his rooms like a drunken undergraduate; they lack only empty pizza boxes. This will not do. My Sherlock is above all fastidious. But never mind. Blackwood's resurrection gives him a new reason for living. There is also interest from two women: Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), of course, said to be the only woman to ever touch Holmes' heart, and Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly), Watson's intended, who may be in for more than she knows. The advent of Mary on the scene sends Holmes into fits of petulance; how dare the doctor prefer a woman to his own fascinating company? Watson has always maintained quarters elsewhere, but in this film the cozy confines of 221B make his other rooms seem more than ever like a beard. The Conan Doyle stories are still read and probably always will be. Most readers get to at least a few. But among moviegoers on Christmas night (traditionally one of the busiest movie nights of the year), probably not so many. They will be unaware that this "Sherlock Holmes" is cheerfully revisionist. They will be entertained, and so was I. The great detective, who has survived so much, can certainly shrug off a few special effects. COPYRIGHT 2009 THE EBERT CO.

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Lady Gaga...

PREMIERE MONTWOOD 7 2200 N. Yarbrough

George Varga

Schedule good for 1/01/10 - 1/07/10

How big is Lady

ASTRO BOY (PG) 12:25p 2:45p 4:50p 7:00p 9:10p CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (PG) 12:15p 2:20p 4:40p 7:10p 9:15p COUPLES RETREAT (PG-13) 12:00p 2:25p 4:45p 7:15p 9:40p LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (R) 12:05p 2:40p 5:00p 7:20p 9:40p PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (NR) 12:15p 2:35p 4:50p 7:00p 9:20p THE STEPFATHER (PG-13) 12:10p 2:15p 4:35p 7:00p 9:25p WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (PG) 12:20p 2:30p 4:55p 7:05p 9:20p

Gaga, dance-pop's hottest new star and the undisputed "It Girl" of the year? So big that the seating capacity for her Dec. 19 concert at the San Diego Sports Arena was nearly doubled — from a half-arena size of 6,000 to 10,800 — and still sold out two weeks in advance. So big that her debut album, last year's "The Fame," is apparently the first debut album by any new artist to yield four consecutive No. 1 singles on the national Billboard charts. So big that on Dec. 2 "The Fame" earned her five Grammy Award nominations, including in the coveted Album, Song and Record of the Year categories. (Winners will be announced Jan. 31.) So big that this month she met England's Queen Elizabeth after the annual Royal Variety Performance, where she performed alongside Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, Andre Rieu, Miley Cyrus, Michael Buble and Whoopi Goldberg.

updated version of John Lennon's "Imagine" at the gala, has clearly had as big a year as any new artist in recent memory. Her current tour, which replaces an aborted joint fall concert trek with Kanye West, is a nationwide sellout. She was featured last week on "Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009" TV special. That's the good news for this piano-playing New York dance-pop diva, a bisexual ex-stripper who bills herself as both a musician maverick and an edgy performance artist.

Gaga's star has risen so fast that her San Diego Sports Arena show comes just nine months after her headlining debut in March at downtown San Diego's House of Blues, which holds less than 1,000. It's also worth remembering that, in a pop music world where the shelf-life of new buzz acts can start and end almost as fast as it takes to do a post, longevity is the exception, not the rule.

He was kidding, we think.

It's also the bad news — or, at least, a major, major challenge in this era of "toomuch, too-soon" young celebrity burnouts.

That's why it remains to be seen if Lady Gaga is just a "flavor of the month" sensation (as her biggest role model, Madonna, put it in a hit-and-miss skit the two did together last month on TV's "Saturday Night Live") or someone with the vision and ability to build and sustain a long career like the stillreigning Madonna.

But Lady Gaga, who sang an

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And so big that, two months ago, at the black-tie Human Rights gala in Washington, D.C., President Obama told the audience of 3,000 gay rights activists: "It is a privilege to be here tonight to open for Lady Gaga."

Schedule good for Friday Jan.01 - Thursday January 7th., 2010 IT’S COMPLICATED (R) 1:20-4:35-7:20-10:00 SHERLOCK HOLMES (PG)11:00-1:00-2:00-4:00 5:00-7:00-8:00 10:00

(11:00PM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ONLY) ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS (PG)THE SQUEAKQUEL11:0012:30-1:00-1:30-2:40 3:10-3:40-4:50-5:20-5:50 7:00-7:30-8:00-9:10-9:40 10:10-(11:30PM AND 12:00AM FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS ONLY) UP IN THE AIR (R)10:501:20-3:50-7:00-9:35 (12:10AM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ONLY) INVICTUS (PG-13) 4:25-10:10

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G)12:35-2:50-5:057:20-9:35 (12:00AM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ONLY) A CHRISTMAS CAROL 3D (PG) 12:30-2:50-5:107:30 NEW MOON (PG-13) 1:30-7:20 2012 (PG-13) 9:50 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 DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS (PG-13) 11:00-1:45-4:35-7:10-9:45 (12:15AM ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS ONLY) PRECIOUS (R) 10:501:20-3:50-7:15-9:45 (12:15AM FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS ONLY)

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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from January 1st thru January 7th. 2010 If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHT’S Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to:


presentations prior to the feedings at 10:45am. All presentations are free and visitors are encouraged to find a seat early. El Paso ZOO Jan 6th

Texas Aggie Lunch

Wednesday, Jan 6 (2010) 12:00p El Paso A&M Club holds its monthly luncheons at Cappetto's on Montana at noon the first Wednesday of each month. There is no cost to attend and no reservations required. For additional information contact club president Kristen Cox at 731-1185


Salsa Lessons

Enjoy a free class of salsa a three rings of wild animal acts, clowns, aerial artistry and other amazing acts is Jan. 7-10 at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Show times are 4:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $12 ($10 kids; $14 box seats). Information: 562-1444.


El Maida Shrine Circus — The 58th annual high-spirited circus featuring

Lady Gaga culture provocateur, if not ours, let's hope not. Either way, Lady Gaga has crafted a batch of very infectious songs — including "Paparazzi," "Just Dance" and "Bad Romance" — and has connected in an unusually big way with straight and gay listeners alike. That's undeniable.

Lady Gaga has become one of pop music's biggest stars this year. Photo by Hedi Slimane, courtesy of Interscope Records. Continued from page 19 There's no doubt Lady Gaga has confidence and chutzpah to spare. She's demonstrated as much with statements that are alternately selfcongratulatory ("I'm defying all the preconceptions we have of pop artists") and bewildering ("I feel that if I can show my demise artistically to the public, I can somehow cure my own legend"). Come again? She's a legend, just 14 months after her first album dropped, who needs to be cured? If so, does that mean it's all downhill from here? For the sake of this fledgling pop-

band from Cuba and Krlito DJ in the only place with live salsa in El Paso and Las Cruces....... Jan 2nd. only place were you can have a romantic dinner and a dance with a live band.. Dominic's 6901 Montana Ave. El Paso, TX 79925 (915) 778-0011 Fax: (915) 778-0098

So, alas, is her consistently uneven singing and limited vocal range. There's also her lame, Auto-Tune-assisted rapping on "Paper Gangsta" and her painfully vapid lyrics on much of "The Fame," which was recently reissued (with eight new songs) as the two-CD set, "The Fame Monster." These artistic shortcomings don't stop Lady Gaga from boasting: "I'm unconventional. I'm a rebel." But that description better suits underground cult stars, such as Canada's Peaches or Ireland's Roisin, than a mainstream pop sensation like Lady Gaga, whose resume includes writing songs for such "rebels" as the Pussycat Dolls and New Kids on the Block. Still, every new act deserves the opportunity to grow and evolve. So, while Lady Gaga's success thus far may only represent a glitzy triumph of style over substance, well, almost no one predicted Madonna's longevity (no one, that is, except Madonna).


California Sea Lion Training Our California sea lions are fed every day at 11am. We offer educational

Gateway Toastmasters Come join us to perfect your communication and presentation skills. This group of professionals are there to support each other to become a confident and effective communicator. Gateway Toastmasters 6400 Gateway E El Paso, TX 79905 (915) 494-0228/ JAN 4th


Hot Yoga classes burn over 300 additional calories an hour.Continues on next page

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SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JANUARY 01, 2010 PAGE 21 Continued from page 20... Heat aids in increased flexibility and relaxed state following class JAN 3RD The Mind Body Studio 910 E. Redd Road suite H El Paso, TX 79912 (915) 585-6362


‘Bravo Broadway’ –

The Las Cruces Symphony presents its 5th annual Pops performance at 7:30 p.m. Sat-

UTEP Men’s Basketball - Home games are at

urday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7-10, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Tickets: $35, $45 and $50. Information: (575) 646-3709 or

Guests Anne Runolfsson, Doug

the Don Haskins Center. Game time is 7:05 p.m. except as indicated. Tickets: $9-

Mazdra Headlines Benefit Concert for LCCT

$25. Information: 747-5234 or • Wednesday, Jan. 6 — SMU Kwanzaa — Events honor-

Atkinson Recital Hall. Ticket prices to be announced; free for Bach’s lunch events and film series. Information: 8339400 or

Madea’s Big Happy Family’ — Famed playwright, producer and performer Tyler Perry returns to

ing the values of ancient African cultures will take place at 7 p.m. nightly, Dec. 26-Jan. 1, at the McCall Neighborhood Center, 3231 E. Wyoming. Information: 566-2407. Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga as a way to celebrate family, community and culture in the AfricanAmerican community, Kwanzaa focuses on Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles), that include Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.

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

Labrecque and Debbie Gravitte will join the orchestra in a gala performance celebrating Broadway classics from “Gypsy,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story,” “Mama Mia,” “Wicked,” “Chicago” and “Funny Girl. ” Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. All performances at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $18 and $25. Information: (575) 437-2202 or Continues on next page

El Paso with his latest play at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $71.50, $61.50, $51.50, plus service charge. (Ticketmaster).

Willie Nelson — The country legend performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $43.11; $53.43, $63.76 and $74.08. (Ticketmaster). Free Conversational English Class. Every

Tuesday at 1501 Sunbowl Dr. Centro Vida meeting room. 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. For more information call 915- 545-5555 or 915-587-9322.

Janet Mazdra, local musical theatre celebrity, will be presenting “Janet Mazdra…still Crazy!”, a benefit concert to raise money for the Las Cruces Community Theatre, on Saturday, January 2nd at 8pm Sunday, January 3rd at 2pm at the Las Cruces Community Theatre in the downtown mall. Mazdra will be singing country songs made popular by artists such as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Willie Nelson and many more. Janet Mazdra has most recently been seen in Crazy For You, Hello, Dolly!, and Anything Goes at the Community Theatre and starred as Patsy Cline in 14 sold out performances of Always…Patsy Cline at the Black Box Theatre. “Since I portrayed Patsy Cline in January of 2008, I have been asked dozens of times to do more of that style of music. I figured doing a benefit concert would serve the need in a twofold manner: 1) give folks an opportunity to hear me perform some of country music’s greatest hits by some of the best known country artists and 2) to help raise some much needed funds for the Community Theatre to use for upgrades, repairs, and overall day to day functioning of the theatre. LCCT has provided so many fun opportunities for me to use my performing talents over the past 13 years, so I figured this would be a good way for me to give back and do something helpful for the theatre”, explained Mazdra. Tom and Karen Warren, who have worked with Mazdra on over 10 musical projects since they all meet in 2001, will be providing the musical accompaniment throughout the concert. “I love working with the Warrens! They are like family to me…and we have such a great time making music together!” Mazdra commented. Tickets for this benefit concert will be $25.00 each and reservations are highly recommended since only 2 performances are being offered. Food and refreshments will be served following the concert. Reservations can be made by calling the theatre at 523-1200 or online at

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SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JANUARY 01, 2010 PAGE 22 Continued from page 21 Upcoming shows: • Trio Solisti — Friday, Jan. 8. The piano-violin-cello trio has earned a national reputation for its passionate and adventurous performances. Antique and Collectible Show — The 23rd annual winter nostalgia show and sale is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7-10, at St. Genevieve’s Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave. in Las Cruces. Free appraisals offered and food will be served. Admission: $2 (good for both days). Information: (575) 526-8624.

Bracero Stories Film

Bracero Stories is a one-hour

If you know what you want, even if you think it's an impossible aim, it will be difficult not to make a play for it this week. And here's a cosmic insider's tip: Goals that are extremely specific are the most likely to come to fruition. A conjunction of Mercury and Venus highlights our powers of persuasion. And with these planets in power-minded Capricorn, it will be clear what you'll have to do to increase your leverage. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Success means asking constantly: What's in it for the other person? In order for you to get what you want, you'll need to give others what they want. If there is no personal bonus for the other party, create one. Think big. You'll be surprised at how quickly people will move given the right motivation. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll be a magnet for opinions. Open the discussion about your business and what your next best move might be. Your advisers will have much to say. For now, avoid asking those who are not knowledgeable about your particular field. Outsiders will only confuse the matter. Be judicious.

ACROSS 1 Washington’s follower 6 Piece of cake 11 “___ Robinson” 14 Wise lawgiver 15 Gestation stations 16 Alley ___ 17 Silent diner 19 Spanish one 20 Middle of a famed palindrome 21 Tie the knot 22 Phoenix-to-Seattle dir. 23 Socialite being pompous? 28 Stop start 29 Queue before Q 30 Maui melody makers 31 Lou’s sidekick 32 One of the Lesser Sundas 33 Tortilla flour 35 Director in a brawl? 40 Johnson, of “Love at First Bite” 41 Seine tributary 42 Mulhouse Mrs. 43 Golden Fleece carrier 45 Letters on some hulls 46 Assist 47 President in deliberation? 53 Sound of disapproval 54 Last year of Caligula’s reign 55 Geological span 56 ___ now or never! 57Essayist chilled to the bone? 63 Formerly named 64 ___ a time 65 Ramlike 66 Unconventional 67 Usefulness 68 Actress Hiller

DOWN 1 Question 2 Female kangaroo 3 Tuscaloosa’s site, briefly

4 Byrd composition 5 Farm sound 6 Reminder 7 Call ___ day 8 Food-label stat 9 Bellman 10 Studier of the Upanishads 11 Active Alaskan volcano 12 Singer Milsap 13 Gives birth to 18 Infant 23 College-credit unit 24 Not identified, medically 25 Defendant’s plea 26 Motorist’s mishap 27 Exclamation of reproof 28 TV network 32 Food preservative, familiarly 33 Lasses 34 Have a birthday 36 Short reptile? 37 Blenny or bluehead 38 Participant’s comment 39 Author Buntline 43 Pink-eyed rat 44 Raised Cain 48 U-shaped river bend 49 Treeless plain 50 More congenial 51 Not at all, vernacularly 52 Jack 58 Meal starter 59 Utmost 60 Relatives 61 Not Rep. or Democrat 62 French marshal Michel

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You feel intent on a goal. You want to seem confident, and yet you realize that if you come on too strong, you'll scare your prospect away. It's essential to pick up on the early cues that your methods are working — or not. Don't take it personally either way. This is just information. Be unemotional and adjust as necessary. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You need to take a risk in order to move forward. Standing at the edge thinking about diving into the depths below, you may wonder exactly what distance you'll have to travel to get back to the surface. The answer is unimportant — the critical thing is to try. Be brave: You will land exactly where you should. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll be around extremely reserved individuals this week. These types will be very comfortable if you stick to the rules and act in a way that is expected. Just because you keep your enthusiasm under wraps doesn't mean it's not there. Ultimately, if you undersell and over-deliver, you'll win them all over.

documentary film that draws on interviews collected in the Bracero Oral History Project.Jan 2nd. New Mexico Farm and Ranch History Museum 4100 Dripping Springs Rd. Las Cruces, NM 88011 (505) 522-4100

Harvest Cooking Class This month's cooking class with Chef Carol Koenig features

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your first full week of the new year is a momentous one. You will have a realization. Once this happens, you can't go back to seeing things the way you used to see them. And though you don't do anything extra to transform your world, things will shift anyway. Your awareness will create an automatic change. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you've made plans that were ambitious enough to warrant your effort, then at this point it may seem like you can't pull them off. Ask for encouragement. And here's some you don't have to ask for: You will do it because you have to. The world is a better place for all your dreaming and daring. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You'll find it easier to ask for things that are for other people. But why? You're a person, too, and as deserving of satisfaction as any other person on earth. Be bold. Ask for yourself. When you do it the right way, the other person will be impressed by your request, regardless of whether he or she can honor it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Instead of running from your troubles or trying to hide from a gnarly situation, go deeper into the scariest part. Exaggerate it in your mind. Explore it. Befriend the monsters. Get to know them. In the end, you'll decide there is something hilarious about having the particular set of problems you have this week.

recipes that include walnuts, winter greens and "whatever." Pre-registration is required. Jan 5th New Mexico Farm and Ranch History Museum 4100 Dripping Springs Rd. Las Cruces, NM 88011 (505) 522-4100

NMSU basketball VS Nevada Jan 4th 1pm Pan American Center 1810 E. University Las Cruces, NM 88003

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). What seems like a total waste of time to one person will be a serious pursuit to another. Refrain from judgment of yourself or anyone else. It takes a truly open-minded person to commit to an inane course of action. You'll do it several times this week. And strangely, it will be more wise than foolish to do so. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). However seemingly ordinary your work is, it will be the vehicle for your self-expression and the conduit through which your greatness pours forth. The extraordinary attention you give your endeavors makes this possible. Often this week the Latin phrase "in opus, maiestas" will apply — in labor, majesty. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In the world of baby mammals, taking a long time to reach adulthood is the sign of intelligence — the longer it takes the more intelligent the species. If you feel you haven't grown up in some ways, it may just be because you are smart. Embrace immaturity. It will connect you with others in interesting ways this week.

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7-DAY MENU PLANNER by Susan Nicholson SUNDAY (Family) -- Simplify the family meal with savory, one-pan ROSEMARY-BAKED CHICKEN WITH POTATOES (see recipe). Serve the juicy chicken with steamed BABY CARROTS and a MIXED GREEN SALAD on the side. Don't forget the WHOLE-WHEAT ROLLS. For dessert, top slices of ANGEL FOOD CAKE with fat-free STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM. PLAN AHEAD: Save enough chicken and potatoes and some cake for Monday; save enough ice cream for Thursday. SHOPPING LIST: olive oil,

paprika, fresh or dried rosemary leaves, coarse salt, black pepper, garlic powder, boneless, skinless chicken thighs, small red potatoes, baby carrots, salad greens, whole-wheat rolls, angel food cake, fat-free strawberry ice cream. MONDAY (Heat and Eat) -- Heat the leftover CHICKEN AND POTATOES for another fine meal. Serve it with a SPINACH SALAD and MULTIGRAIN ROLLS. Top the leftover CAKE with warm CHOCOLATE SAUCE for dessert. SHOPPING LIST: fresh spinach, multigrain rolls, chocolate sauce.

TUESDAY (Budget) -For a lower cost and flavorful meal, DIJON PORK CHOPS work well. Spread Dijon mustard on both sides of the chops; coat in seasoned bread crumbs and pan fry in a little canola oil, 3 to 5 minutes per side according to thickness of the chops or until 155 degrees. Serve with BROWN RICE, frozen PEAS AND CARROTS and CRUSTY BREAD. For dessert, try PLUMS. SHOPPING LIST: Dijon mustard, pork chops, seasoned bread crumbs, canola oil, brown rice, frozen peas and carrots, crusty bread, plums.

Sunday's Rosemary-Baked Chicken With Potatoes. Photo courtesy of McCormick & Co. TIP: Choose boneless or bone-in chops according to price.

WEDNESDAY (Express) -- Make it fast and flavorpacked by putting ITALIAN

GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES on the menu tonight. Continues on next page

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SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JANUARY 01, 2010 PAGE 24 Continued from page 23 Make the sandwiches with Italian bread, mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes and sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano on the tomatoes. Coat the outside of the bread with cooking spray and grill until golden-brown. Serve with GOLDEN BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP (such as V-8). RED and GREEN GRAPES are dessert. SHOPPING LIST: Italian bread, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, dried oregano, cooking spray, golden butternut squash soup, red and green grapes.

THURSDAY (Kids) --

TURKEY CHILI (see recipe) is just what the kids ordered for dinner. Serve the chili with a CHOPPED LETTUCE SALAD and SOFT ROLLS. Scoop the leftover ICE CREAM for dessert. SHOPPING LIST: canola oil, ground turkey breast, onion, garlic, 30 percent less-sodium chili seasoning mix, fat-free chicken broth, frozen corn kernels, red bell peppers, canned fire-roasted diced tomatoes, canned black beans, salt, lettuce, soft rolls. FRIDAY (Meatless) -- For a delicious no-meat dinner, try TORTELLINI WITH BROCCOLI AND PEAS IN ALFREDO SAUCE. Cook your favorite frozen tortellini according to directions; add 3 cups fresh broccoli florets and 1/2 cup frozen green peas 4 minutes before tortellini is done. Drain; place in a warm serving bowl; toss with heated reduced-fat Alfredo sauce. Sprinkle with chopped fresh basil if desired. (Adapted from Woman's Day magazine.) Serve with a LETTUCE WEDGE and GARLIC BREAD. For dessert, buy a KEY LIME PIE. SHOPPING LIST: favorite frozen tortellini, fresh broccoli florets, frozen green peas, reduced-fat Alfredo sauce, fresh basil if desired, lettuce, garlic bread, key lime pie. PLAN AHEAD: Save enough pie for Saturday. SATURDAY (Easy Entertaining) -- CUBAN ROAST PORK with BLACK BEAN SALSA (see recipe) is worthy of any guest. Serve it with packaged YELLOW RICE and CUBAN BREAD. Slice the leftover PIE for dessert. SHOPPING LIST: limes, olive oil, cumin, garlic, pork tenderloin, canned black beans, frozen corn, red bell pepper, fresh cilantro, packaged yellow rice, Cuban bread. **

THE RECIPE ROSEMARYBAKED CHICKEN WITH POTATOES (Sunday) Makes 8 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 45 to 50 minutes

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary leaves or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (or about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds) 2 pounds small red potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix oil, paprika, rosemary, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add chicken and potatoes; toss to coat. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on a nonstick foil-lined 15-by-10-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes. Push potatoes to one side of pan. Place chicken on pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes longer or until the potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through. Turn potatoes occasionally. Per serving: 214 calories, 19 grams protein, 7 grams fat (29 percent calories from fat), 1.4 grams saturated fat, 19 grams carbohydrate, 71 milligrams cholesterol, 321 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber. **

TURKEY CHILI (Thursday) Makes about 12 1/2 cups Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 6 1/4 hours 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey breast 1 large chopped onion 1 clove minced garlic 1 (1.25-ounce) packet 30 percent less-sodium chili seasoning mix 1 1/2 cups fat-free chicken broth 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels 2 medium chopped red bell peppers 1 (28-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes 2 (15-ounce) cans rinsed black beans 1/4 teaspoon salt In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium; add turkey, onion, garlic and chili seasoning mix and cook 7 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink; stir often. Stir in broth and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Spoon mixture into 4-quart or larger slow cooker; stir in corn, bell

peppers, tomatoes, beans and salt. Stir until well-blended. Cover and cook on low 6 hours. Per cup: 171 calories, 17 grams protein, 2 grams fat (11 percent calories from fat), 0.2 grams saturated fat, 21 grams carbohydrate, 28 milligrams cholesterol, 472 milligrams sodium, 5 grams fiber. **


Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes; standing time: 5 minutes 2 teaspoons lime zest (green part only) 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin 1 clove minced garlic 1 (1- to 1 1/4-pound) pork tenderloin For the Salsa: 1 (15-ounce) can rinsed black beans 2 teaspoons lime juice 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 cup cooked frozen corn 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/4 cup chopped cilantro Lime wedges Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl, combine lime zest, oil, cumin and garlic; mix well. Rub mixture on all sides of pork. Place in a shallow baking pan; bake 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees. Remove from oven; tent with foil and let stand 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine beans, lime juice, oil, corn, bell pepper and cilantro; mix well. Serve pork with salsa and lime wedges. Per serving: 263 calories, 30 grams protein, 7 grams fat (23 percent calories from fat), 1.3 grams saturated fat, 20 grams carbohydrate, 74 milligrams cholesterol, 290 milligrams sodium, 5 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

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Charles Dickens and the




here are not many non-negotiables in this game, but here is one of them: To strike the ball solidly you must be in your front hip joint at impact. Trying to hit the ball with your weight in your back hip is called a “reverse weight shift” because the weight is just the opposite of where it should be. To paraphrase Dickens, the reverse is a tale of two weight shifts. It is the best of times when your weight transfers to the front side to start the downswing, and it is the worst of times when it transfers back to the rear foot just before impact. Normally, if you’re right-handed, you should load up on your right side during the backswing, then shift your weight to your left side to start....Continues on page 27

This player is loaded on her right side and ready to start her downswing.

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Just don’t do it Nike chairman Phil Knight said that he’s sticking with Tiger Woods and that Tiger’s problems don’t mean much in the long run. “When his career is over, you’ll look back on these indiscretions as a minor blip,” said the world’s top shoe-man, whose swoosh logo and catchy exhortation “Just Do It” Tiger has taken to the extreme. Another sponsor, Accenture, was not so happy with its catchy exhortation to “Go on. Be a Tiger.” Or with posters and billboards that claimed, “We know what it takes to be a Tiger.” After the scandal hit, Accenture “just did it” and fired Tiger. The company spokesman said Tiger “just wasn’t a metaphor for high performance anymore.”

Say what? From the Pantheon of Questionable Statements, how about this one by Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan watchdog group. “More politicians will succumb to a pricey golf outing than to a sexy woman in a negligee,” she opined. “You have a lot more privacy than in your office and in a restaurant, and it’s socially acceptable to leave your office for half the day to play golf.” Where was Ms. Sloan when Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer and Mark Sanford really needed her?


Frog hair The short grass around the green. Also known as the collar or the fringe. Do frogs really have hair? You’ll croak when you hear this answer: Frogs have no hair, but a green does look something like a frog sitting on a lily pad with the slightly longer grass around the green playing the role of hair.

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Sharpen up your short game Need some help with your short shots? Then Don’t Miss Chip ’n Pitch, a teaching aid that can improve the accuracy of your short game. Chip ’n Pitch attaches to the end of the grip of whatever club you’re using and provides immediate feedback during practice. If you use only your arms and wrists and fail to rotate your body correctly, the extension on the shaft will smack you in the side, giving you immediate feedback that you’ve made a mistake. Just $23 at

Charles Dickens Continued from page 25 ... the downswing and leave it there as you rotate. But when you reverse, you rebound back onto your right side, causing your arms to wrap around your torso and resulting in a pull or pull hook. Now you won’t hit too many of those before you hold off your release by cutting back on your forearm rotation and creating a jutting front elbow emblematic of the chicken wing. Unfortunately, in response to the forces applied to your

arms when you try to stop the flip, your front wrist buckles, sending the ball left — not every time, but at the “worst of times.” Here is what you must do to prevent the reverse: 1. You must allow your back knee/hip to release to the target, and it starts much earlier than you think. Practice in a mirror in slow motion until you look like the model in these pictures. 2. When it’s time to hit balls, use the Gary Player step-over drill where you step over your front foot with

your back foot just after impact. Do it gently, but actually end up with your rear foot closer to the target. Put the ball on a tee and use a 7-iron while you practice this.

ABOUT THE WRITER Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit his Web site at

Here our model hangs on her right leg to demonstrate the reverse during the downswing.

No reverse here. She could pick up her back foot easily because she has most of her weight on her front side, and she’ll step over her front foot as part of the anti-reverse drill.

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Forty winks will lower your handicap Take it easy Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing while you sleep. It isn’t something to fool around with. Sleep apnea can harm you physically, and it can harm your golf game, too, according to Dr. Marc Benton of the Atlantic Sleep and Pulmonary Associates in Madison, N.J. Benton studied golfers with sleep apnea and reported that when you don’t get a good night’s sleep, it’s hard to play decent golf the next day. The good doctor found that 12 golfers he treated improved their golf scores, while another 12 he simply

monitored did not. Co-researcher Dr. Neil Friedman said: “The drop in handicap among the better golfers probably reflected that the major limiting factor was not golf skill but cognitive compromise that improved when the sleep apnea was treated.”

Go figure

In a testament to how crazy some people are about golf, the doctors found it much easier to persuade the patients to follow

their treatment when they knew it would help their game. According to Dr. Benton, “(T)he possibility of improving one’s ability to play golf appears to have been a significant motivation to improve treatment compliance.” What is this strange hold that golf has over its devotees? Tell a patient that a protocol can save his life, and he might follow it. Tell him it will improve his golf game, and he is sure to follow it.

The fix


“Golf is simple handeye coordination. If it was at all athletic, 20 million fat white guys wouldn’t play it.” — Tailgate, a sports newsletter My answer to anyone who really believes this statement is to watch Q-school, the exhausting trial that tests the athletic potential of every player. With 108 holes at approximately five miles a round, that means in six days every player walks at least 30 miles. Studies show that you use approximately 1,100 calories per round and expend about 4 horsepower of work on every swing. In motion, a 12-ounce club at 100 mph creates an effective weight of

Q: My No. 1 mistake is I try to hit the ball too hard. I make a resolution every round to swing easy, but then I just try to kill it every swing. — T.R. A: Here’s the reason you must stop trying to make the club “go somewhere.” Any pressure or force you apply to a rotating object (like your clubhead) encourages the object to leave the orbit in the direction of the force applied. It’s called tangential acceleration, and it’s the reason you fly out of the cart if the driver suddenly swerves. Drop that name as you recount the horror of the moment at the 19th hole: “So there I was, a victim of tangential acceleration …” as the crowd murmurs in admiration.

over 30 pounds, heavier than a pick ax. Did I mention how hard it is to control the ball in the wind when you’re under stress for five to six hours? And please remember that your strokes don’t go away. The next day you start with the number you ended with the previous day. Oh, and in order to get your tour card next year, you had to shoot at least 9 under par at this year’s Q-school. As one of the world’s best athletes, basketball star Julius Erving, said in a televised pro am: “How the hell does anyone make a living playing this game?”

People who play golf the best have learned that it’s mostly counterintuitive. Whatever you think you should be doing, you should do the opposite. The golf swing is something to nothing — during the backswing, you do “something,” like cock the wrists and turn the core, but during the downswing, you do “nothing,” just the opposite of what you think you should be doing. Use this drill: About halfway in your downswing, let the club fly out of your hands. If you’ve done nothing, the club should hit the dirt behind you along your toe line. If you overmanipulated the club from the top, your club will land near the target line. Warning: Try this only when you’re home alone. (To Ask the Pro a question about golf e-mail him at:

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Laps led in Nationwide Series races by Kyle Busch, the most of any driver

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

Year in review

Top 10 of ’09


and quietly dropped out of sight, Mayfield fought back, both in the media and in the courtroom. The messy legal battle is ongoing.

s the year winds down to a close, it’s time to look back at some of the big NASCAR stories of the recently completed season. Here are 10 big stories from 2009:

Mark Martin makes a comeback At 50 years old, many a race driver has seen his best days pass him by. Not Martin. He overcame a shaky start that saw him drop as low as 34th in the standings to win five races, lead the standings for a time during the Chase and finish second to Johnson in the final rundown. “We just had to dig in, roll our sleeves up, and we made a tremendous year out of it,” Martin said of his team’s recovery from the bad start. “I’ve got enough experience, and I might use the word mature. I’m mature enough to realize that there’s more to this sport than four races, the first four.”

Jimmie Johnson rolls to a fourth-straight Cup championship Even though he entered the season having won three straight titles, Johnson still wasn’t getting the credit many thought he deserved for his accomplishments. That all began to change with the start of the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup. Johnson, as he has done for the past several years, rose to the occasion, winning four of the final 10 races and finishing in the top 10 in all but one Chase race, at Texas, where he was collected in a crash with Sam Hornish Jr. just after the start. Johnson received many accolades for his latest accomplishment, but the most significant was his selection as the Associated Press’ top male athlete of the year, the first ever such honor for a race car driver. “We’d been wondering the last few years, ‘When is this going to hit?’ ” Johnson told the AP after receiving the award. “It seems like the answer is now. The wave is finally peaking, and we don’t know where it’s going to take us. The fourth-straight title takes it out of our sport and makes it a point of discussion — like, ‘Wow, a race car driver won this thing.’ ”

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s struggles By the first race in Charlotte, his cousin and crew chief Tony Eury Jr. had been sacked in favor of Hendrick Motorsports veteran Lance McGrew. But the results didn’t change significantly. While his Hendrick teammates Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon finished 1-2-3 in the final points standings and combined to win 12 races and post 46 top-five finishes, Junior finished 25th in points with no wins and just two top-fives. Team owner Rick Hendrick vows to do what is necessary to remedy that in 2010. “My priority right now is the 88 [Earnhardt’s] team,” Hendrick said just after the season finale. “We’re working on them to try to make that team stronger. The goal going into next year now will be win races and get all four teams in the Chase.”

The Jeremy Mayfield saga The story began at Daytona in February where Mayfield, driving his own car prepared by a hastily assembled crew, won a starting spot in the Daytona 500. Then came the shocker – an announcement at Darlington that Mayfield had flunked a NASCAR drug test. He became the highest profile driver to date to be caught by the sanctioning body’s new random drug testing policy. But unlike other lesser known drivers and crew members in the past who had failed tests

Stewart-Haas Racing’s strong start

Jimmie Johnson (top), Mark Martin (left) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. some of the biggest stories, for better or worse, of 2009.

Many trackside observers thought being both driver and car owner would be too much for Tony Stewart, but he proved them wrong in a big way. In his first season wearing both hats, he won four races plus the non-points All-Star race and made the cut for the Chase, where he finished sixth. NASCAR On top of that, his co-driver Ryan Newman also made the Chase and finished ninth in the final were standings. Continues on next page

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Plenty of chances for fans to get winter fix It’s still the middle of winter, but NASCAR fans have several chances in the coming weeks to get their racing motors running again. On Jan 8-9 at Nashville, Tenn., the fifth annual Sprint Sound & Speed event brings together members of the NASCAR and country music communities in a public event. Drivers expected to participate include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip. The event benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Victory

Junction Gang Camp. Visit for more information. Then on Jan 15-16, Daytona International Speedway hosts the NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest. Even though the thunder of race cars running at full speed will be absent due to NASCAR’s limits on testing, there will be several drivers participating in this fan-focused affair. Among those on the event billing are Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., David Reutimann, Kurt Busch, Brad Ke-

selowski, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Travis Kvapil and AJ Allmendinger. For more information visit

Ragan to kick off 2010 at home Sprint Cup driver David Ragan will start his 2010 season in his home state by competing in the third annual Ice Cold Shriners Bowl on Jan. 910 at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga. The Unadilla native and driver of the No. 6 Ford at Roush Fenway Racing will serve as the

event’s master of ceremonies and compete in the Pro Late Model feature on Jan. 10. Ragan has named the Shriners Hospitals for Children his official charity of choice, and Lanier is one of the tracks where he raced early in his career. “Lanier National Speedway is one of my favorite tracks and I really look forward to racing with my old friends here in the Late Model division,” Ragan said in a release. “It’s also a great way to get the word out about the Shriners Hospitals for Children and share with people all the great things the Shriners do to help


Race to Road America NASCAR is leaving the Milwaukee Mile but it’s not leaving the state of Wisconsin. After no deal could be worked out to keep Nationwide Series racing at the Mile, series officials announced a move of the June 19 race to Road America, a 4.048-mile, 14-turn track in Elkhart Lake. The series now known as Sprint Cup ran one race at Road America in 1956, with Atlantan Tim Flock the winner.

NASCAR loses three over holidays Three members of the NASCAR community died in the past week. Donald “DJ” Richardson Jr., a rear tire changer on Kevin Harvick’s No. 29 Chevrolet, died Christmas Day from complications of the H1N1 virus. He was 37. Richardson, of Leominster, Mass., contracted the virus during a Thanksgiving visit to his hometown. Continues on next page

Year in review Continued from page 29

Dismal performance by Ford Many in the sport figured Carl Edwards, who led the circuit in wins in 2008 with nine, to be the odds-on favorite to unseat Jimmie Johnson in the title hunt. But Edwards never really got going. He was winless in his Cup efforts and never contended for the title. Although he made the cut for the Chase, he fell to 11th in the final standings and wasn’t among the elite 10 that appeared

on stage at the Awards Banquet. He wasn’t the only Ford driver to fail to live up to expectations. Matt Kenseth won the first two races of the season, then dropped out of the elite group and missed the Chase for the first time since the inception of the championship-deciding format. Greg Biffle also was winless, and it wasn’t until the fall race at Talladega that Ford returned to Victory Lane. Jamie McMurray, who left Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season as the team moved to NASCAR’s mandated mini-

mum of four teams per owner, scored the team’s third and final win. Equally disappointing was the plummet of David Ragan, driver of Roush’s No. 6 Ford. After nearly making the Chase in ’08, Ragan was a non-factor all year and wound up 27th in the final standings.

Childress Racing misses the Chase After putting all three of its drivers in the Chase the past two seasons, Richard Childress Racing had none in the ’09 contest. The team added a fourth team for Casey Mears, but the addition didn’t help. None of the four RCR drivers won a Cup race and the highest finishing driver points-wise was Clint Bowyer, who wound up 15th. Now it appears that the fourth team, the No. 07 of Mears, may not run the full schedule now that sponsor Jack Daniels has dropped its backing of the team.

Kyle Busch keeps winning The younger of the two Busch brothers won a combined 20 races in ’09 — four in Cup, nine in the Nationwide Series and seven more in the Camping World Truck Series. He won the Nationwide Series championship, but missed

the Chase in Cup, leading to the dismissal of his crew chief Steve Addington, who now is the crew chief for his brother, Kurt, at Penske Racing. Kyle Busch also branched out into team ownership, forming his own truck series team.

Shakeup in restart rules With TV ratings and at-track attendance slumping, NASCAR changed the rules in an effort to give the sport a spark. Series officials instituted double-file restarts, a common procedure at Saturday night short tracks. The rules allow the top-running drivers to start side-by-side, instead of the leaders lining up alongside lapped drivers as before. The changes led to more aggressive driving on restarts, and often to crashes, but fans seem to like the change, and few drivers complained.

Danica joins the circus NASCAR remained in the news long after the last race as IndyCar’s most visible star Danica Patrick signed a deal to run a limited Nationwide Series schedule with JR Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Media members flocked to Daytona just to watch Patrick test an ARCA car that she’ll drive in the ARCA race at Daytona in February. She also plans to run the full IndyCar schedule and vows to put forth a championship-level effort in that series as she tests the racing in NASCAR.

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2010 Motor Trend SUV of the Year: the Subaru Outback In today’s crazy

automobile industry, where yesterday’s automotive giants are coming out of bankruptcy and most automakers are struggling to sell cars, Subaru, the number four Japanese brand in America, is brewing a little magic: they are breaking sales records. Earlier this year, Subaru saw sales jump 34% - this at a time when other makers were simply trying to stay out of the red. And let’s not forget that just last year, Subaru’s then allnew Forester was crowned Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year for 2009. Well, they are at it again. Last month, Motor Trend announced their pick for sport utility of the year for 2010 and once again, Subaru

PLENTY... Continued from page 30 “All of us at RCR are saddened by D.J.’s passing,” Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing said in a statement. “D.J. was a gifted tire changer, one of the greatest team players in the business and a valued member of the RCR family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.” Richardson began his Cup career with Andy Petree Racing in 1999. He has also worked for Penske Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Braun Racing. Sharon Hutchens, whose husband Bobby is director of competition at StewartHaas Racing, lost her battle with breast cancer last Tuesday, Dec. 22. Mrs. Hutchens, 45, was a co-founder of “The Pit Lizards” a group that helped raise money to fight breast cancer. She also supported her local chapter of the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” for fighting breast cancer. Earl H. Sadler Jr., 87 of Nashville, Tenn., died Christmas Eve. He was a long-time NASCAR car owner and fielded entries for drivers including Bobby Hamilton, Bobby Hamilton Jr., Davey Allison, David Ragan and Jeremy Mayfield.

The higher end Outbacks, the 3.6R, the 3.6R Premium and the 3.6R Limited use a 3.6 liter flat 6-cylinder engine that is rated at 256 hp.

claims victory, this time with their all-new Outback. For 2010, Subaru has fully redesigned the Outback. Compared to last year’s model, the new Outback is bigger in nearly every dimension and is comparable in size to Toyota’s Venza. To some, the Outback may look more wagon than SUV, but Subaru does a great job in bridging the cap between the two. Walk up to the new Outback and you’ll immediately recognize it as a Subaru. But this new Outback looks tougher, more aggressive thanks to a bolder stance and attractive body side cladding. The overall result is a larger, more functional Outback, yet it doesn’t stray away from the Subaru formula. Part of that formula is a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, which is better than that of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’s great for offroad capabilities but so not so high that makes entry/egress difficult. The key element to this Subaru and every Subaru

in fact, is their Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System. This system consists of three main components: full-time All-Wheel Drive (AWD), a horizontally opposed boxer engine, and a four-wheel independent suspension. All three components working together provide a confident feeling behind the wheel of the Outback, no matter what the road conditions are. A nice thing about the AllWheel Drive system is that because it is working all the time - there are no buttons to push or levers to pull, like that found in many of today’s popular SUVs. Driver’s can rest assured that the Outback will respond automatically to the road’s surface, no matter what it may be. It just can’t get any easier than this.

There are 6 different models of Outbacks to choose from. Three are equipped with the 170 horsepower 2.5 liter flat 4-cylinder: the 2.5i, the 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited.

By The Numbers:

2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited Base Price: $30,995.00 Price as Tested: $34,685.00 Layout: front-engine / all-wheel drive Engine:3.6 liter horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder Transmission: 5-speed automatic Horsepower: 256 hp Torque: 247 ft-lbs torque EPA Fuel Economy:18 city / 25 highway mpg [Questions/Comments/Feedback can be sent via email to]

The increase in the Outback’s size is easily noticeably inside. The backseat offers plenty of legroom and the seatbacks recline - features that families will enjoy. Lowering those seats, the Outback earns its utility nature by providing a segment topping 71.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Fit and finish, always a Subaru strong point, continues in

the new Outback. The gauges are cleanly displayed and are super-easy to read, as are all the controls for the audio and climate control system. But it’s the little things that really make the Outback stand out. Take the roof-rack. When not needed, the crossbars fold away into the side rails – greatly reducing wind noise. And the rear tonneau cover tucks away completely under the floor, totally out of the way. Two simple ideas that makes one wonder why it hasn’t been thought of before.

On the road, the 3.6 liter boxer six felt smooth and very refined. Hooked up to a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, its 256 hp felt plenty strong in the Outback. The 4-cylinder was obviously less powerful, but still had adequate power. Whether this Subie is being driven down the boulevard or up a mountain trail, it delivers a smooth, confident feeling ride. And when put up against the likes of the Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX 350, MercedesBenz GLK, and the Toyota 4Runner, Motor Trend gave the top nod to the Subaru Outback. Years ago, no one seemed to take Subaru seriously. But lately, Subaru has gone from a cult-favorite to a mainstream player in the SUV market, and vehicles like this fourth generation Outback is proving why Subaru should be taken seriously. They are simply that good. - Christopher A. Randazzo

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