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Former El Pasoan brings major bull riding event to Coliseum Fans will have the chance to watch the world’s best bull riders compete in the 12th annual Casa Ford Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding event at 8 p.m. Saturday,

Feb. 18, at the El Paso County

Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets are $10, $15, $20, $25, $35, $50 and $75 and are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at Doors open at 6:30 p.m. It will be nationally televised on FOX Sports.

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Behind 30 years of bull riding success, Hedeman, an El Paso native, is one of the most recognizable cowboys in the history of rodeo, having won the world title four times. He now produces some of the most successful bull riding events across the country, shining a light on Championship Bull Riding and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association stars. Hedeman, who is in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Bull Riding Hall of Fame and Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, will serve as the chute boss and television commentator for this year’s event, which is the 11th stop on CBR’s Road to Cheyenne Tour. Twenty-four bull riders — including 2014-15 PRCA World Champion and 2014, 2016 CBR World Champion Sage Steele Kimzey, and 2015 CBR World Champion and 2012 PRCA Champion Cody Teel — will compete for prize money and    points that will qualify them for the World Finals in July at the Cheyenne      Frontier Days celebration in Wyoming.

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SPACEPORT AMERICA RELAY RACE April 8, 2017 - April 9, 2017 Along the Historic Rio Grande River

Sanctioned by USA Track and Field (USATF), the Spaceport America Relay Race will begin on April 8, 2017 at the El Paso County Coliseum with teams of twelve or six runners running three

of the 36 different race segments (legs) ranging from 2.0 miles to 13.2 miles of the total 200 mile distance. Traveling from the City of El Paso along the historic Rio Grande river valley, teams will make their way north into New Mexico and run through Dona Ana County and the villages of La Union, Gadsen, Chamberino, Vado, Mesquite and Mesilla. After running across the beautiful City of Las Cruces, daylight will turn to dusk, and teams will run under a full moon with an il-


Fundraising Event

Join us for an Evening of Fun Featuring: 15 Gaming Tables, Blackjack, Craps and Roulette. Silent Auction, Board Squares, Finger Foods, Refreshments, and More,

S aturd 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. St. Andrew Church 2155 Wedgewood (at Camwood St.) El Paso, TX 79925

ay, March 4, 2017 Buy Your Tickets at: $30 per Person $50 per Couple


Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico in the USA, today announced that, in collaboration with relay racing specialists MH Enterprises LLC, the Spaceport America Crew will host and support a two-day, 200 mile, relay race event.

lumination of 93-97% through Radium Springs, Rincon, Hatch, and into Sierra County and the towns of Arrey, Williamsburg, and Truth or Consequences. Admission: Registration is now open and early bird pricing is

now available for a limited time. Teams can currently register for $1200 ($100 per teammate). A “Captain’s Reserve” is also on offer where the team captain can reserve a team slot with a nonrefundable deposit of $120. Website:http://spaceportamerica.comE-mail


Weather 101

By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

A Taste of Winter Again We went from a taste of Summer to a taste of winter in two days. Saturday’s record high temperature of 84 degrees was replaced by a high of 49 degrees Monday following a cold front that blasted in here Sunday. Sunday’s cold front dragged in not only cold air but also caused winds to gust just over 50 mph at various locations on the west side. There were a few reports of damage such as a couple of fences down and a swamp cooler blown off an area roof. Rainfall amounts were not that impressive - most locations showed around .10”. There was some snow accumulation in the mountains: Ruidoso: 1”; Cloudcroft: 3” and Ski Apache: 6”. Temperatures are expected to warm up the rest of this week with another cold front expected for the weekend.

Weather Trivia: At what “wind chill temperature” does it take to freeze water? A. 32 B. 29

C. 22 D. None of the above

Answer: D. Wind chill attempts to account for the effects of wind carrying heat away from your body, or the body of an animal. No matter how hard the wind blows, it doesn't change the air's temperature.

“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

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Award-winning Banda MS to perform at County Coliseum The award-winning regional Mexican group Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga is coming to El Paso, organizers announced. The popular 16-member band will take over the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 18. Tickets, which will cost $50, $60, $70 and $75, plus fees, be available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at Banda MS was formed in 2003 in the port city of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, in Mexico. The initials MS in the band’s title honors the city in which it was created. The group has since thrived in Mexico and the United States, behind such hit songs as “Mi Razón de Ser,” “Qué Bendición,” “Hermosa Experiencia” and “Solo con Verte,” earning three Billboard Latin Music Awards amid multiple nominations, including an incredible eight nods this year. Information: 533-9899;; @ElPasoColiseum on Twitter;;;; @BANDA_MS on Twitter.

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EPCC Athletes All American in the Classroom El Paso, Texas February 10, 2017 – The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Women’s and Men’s Cross Country teams were named as Cross Country Scholar All-American Teams by the National Junior College Cross Country Coaches Association. Those nominated had to have participated at the Regional or National Cross Country meets held in the fall of 2016. The nominated individual student athletes had to have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 or better for the fall 2016 semester. The EPCC Women’s team placed 4th with a team GPA of 3.894. Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) placed 1st with a 3.954 GPA. The

women’s Scholar team consisted of: Karla Enriquez, Kelli Kirkpatrick, Shalet Mitei, Rose Jebet, Ocean Stevens and Michelle Renteria. The EPCC men’s team placed 9th with a GPA of 3.464. Hesston Community College (Kansas) placed 1st with a 3.911 GPA. The men’s Scholar team consisted of: Michael Flores, John Sandoval, Evan Gerdes and Brian Rowley. For more information on EPCC Athletics, contact Dana Eisenga at (915) 831-2275. EPCC emphasizes a well-rounded approach to college life with academics being most important. The Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Teams bring this to the forefront as they excel in the classroom and on the field.

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Don’t Miss Out this Cold and Flu Season FAMily FeAtureS

Being sick isn’t fun, but missing out on family vacations or parties because you are sick is even worse. It has been called FluFOMO, the fear of missing out because you are sick. Getting a flu shot, washing your hands frequently and disinfecting hard surfaces are just a few things you can do to avoid getting sick. Additionally, Clorox partnered with epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Morse, a professor at Columbia University, to share some basics about the flu virus.

What is the Flu Virus? Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Most people who get the flu virus tend to recover within a few

days to two weeks, barring any complications. Anyone can get the flu virus, but young children, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older and people with lung disease or weakened immune systems tend to be more susceptible to more severe or longer-lasting symptoms.

Flu v. Cold Like the flu virus, the common cold is a viral respiratory illness. Many different viruses can cause the “common cold.” Cold symptoms can mimic flu symptoms, but a cold is generally less severe than the flu virus. Cold symptoms may begin with a sore throat and usually include a runny nose and congestion or a cough. Colds tend to resolve in about a week.

Cold and Flu Prevention Tips 1. Vaccinate: The first and most important step in flu virus prevention is vaccination. You can’t get the flu virus from the vaccine, but the vaccine takes about two weeks to work, so don’t delay. The

Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu virus vaccine for almost everyone 6 months and older – even when the viruses the vaccine protects against are the same as the previous season. 2. Keep your hands to yourself and away from your face: Germs are often spread when someone touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth after coming in contact with a contaminated surface. Wash your hands often, including after using the bathroom and before preparing or serving food. 3. Disinfect hard surfaces: To prevent the spread of germs in your home and beyond, the CDC recommends disinfecting frequently touched, hard surfaces, such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, light switches and faucets, with an EPA-registered disinfectant like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. They help kill 99.9 percent of germs that can live for up to 48 hours on hard, non-porous surfaces. 4. Avoid close contact with sick people: So that you don’t miss out on anything this flu season, try to avoid people who are, or were recently, infected with the flu virus. Also remember to cover your coughs and sneezes. Continues on next page


Handbag Trends By Sharon Mosley

Just because you're still slushing through the snow

--Top it all off. Top-handle bags may be your best bet if you want a handbag that will last you for years. This ladylike classic has been reinvented in boxy shapes (Hermes' dark green alligator is the ultimate); camel saddlebags (Michael Kors); twisted rope straps (Vuitton) and geometric squares and circles (Celine). And the newest way to top off a new handbag? Grab onto the ring handles, hang on and swing right on into spring.

in your trusty Wellies doesn't mean you can't start thinking spring and sunny days ahead. You can always get a head start on the season with a new handbag that will carry you through until you're ready to step out and bare your toes. Here are the best bags the season has to offer:

--Let's get small. The tiny bags are back in a big way and the perfect size for stashing your small stuff like lipstick, cash, credit cards or phones. These little purses are even better when they have long maxi shoulder straps that leave your hands free for more important things than keeping up with a clutch that may not be the best dance partner around. The enameled crossbody cases from Valentino are super sophisticated. The camera bags at Marc Jacobs are for the cool crowd. You can always tuck these tiny bags into another handbag when you need...


Small is a big trend in handbags this spring. Camera bag embellished with patchwork flowers from Marc Jacobs. (

--The really big bags. Extra large handbags are a necessity on many occasions and we all know that there are times when we need a lot of stuff. Check out huge bucket bags with drawstrings, oversized shoppers with single straps and slouchy duffel totes. Whether it's for work or for travel, the big bags are getting more attention this spring in eye-popping technicolors...

--And whimsical prints. From Picasso-inspired artwork in Marc Jacobs' accessories collection to mod pastel florals at Tory Burch to bold Asian chinoiserie at Loewe and optic patterns at Prada, prints pack a powerful punch on purses this spring and summer. If you're tired of the same old, same old basic bag, then invest in one of these fun statements. Literally, you will find lots of handbags embellished with expressive words. It may be the only fashion update your wardrobe will need for a new season unless it's... --An even more whimsical shape. You know designers are getting their creative juices flowing when they send out handbags that borderline on the bazaar: Plexiglas robots at Chanel, teddy bears at Moschino, wicker monkeys at Kate Spade, dachshund dogs at Thom Browne, pianos and guitars at Dolce & Gabbana. These are the bags to buy if you really have

more money than you can stash anywhere else but maybe in...

--Sporty backpacks. Backpacks may have started out lugging books to school and climbing equipment up mountains, but this year they are hiking everywhere from city streets to party city. There's a size for every occasion. Hunter has rubberized mini backpacks in pastel hues. Marc Jacobs embellishes his backpacks with larger-than-life graphics. There are even fanny packs making a style comeback with big name labels like Stella McCartney and DKNY giving them stylish cache like they've never had before. --Then it's time to get exotic. Another exciting way to give your whole wardrobe a little pizzazz this spring without getting too weird with lions and tigers and bears, is to go with shimmer and shine. Metallics, once reserved for special occasion dressing, give daytime clothes an extra dose of glamour in colorful handbags ranging from the ever-popular silver to reds, blues and bronze tones. Handbags also get the exotic treatment with snakeskin textures and faux furs.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Miss Out... Continued from page 8 5. Stay home when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sick: Take a few days off from work or school if you come down with the flu virus to help avoid spreading it to others. On average, someone with the flu virus spreads it to two people, so staying home can make a difference. Most adults and children can infect others with the flu virus a day or so before symptoms develop and up to a week after becoming sick. Missing out is never fun, so help stop the spread of germs and protect yourself this flu season. Learn more about disinfecting hard surfaces at


week 2/16 - 2/22

Squirrels, Squares and Mars There's much going right at the start of the week as we head toward a solar eclipse and new moon on Feb. 26. When it's all going reasonably well, this is the ideal moment to stash away a little extra: kind deeds remembered; money in the bank; food in the pantry; and whatever else makes you feel safe, happy and secure. Do it before Mars squares off later in the week. Adversity is best prepared for in times of prosperity. ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are many fair trades in the universe, but of course that all depends on how fairness is defined. To your experience, there are also plenty of inequities. You're trying to even the score this week. You're trying to be a force in the world that balances the injustice and disproportionate sorrows heaped on some. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Something will occur to make you wish you'd practiced longer and more frequently. If only you had done a little each day and started back then! Oh well; don't fret. You can start now and save yourself from feeling this way six months from now. Truly, you'll accomplish amazing things in increments. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're the only who might make it hard for you this week. So, which "you" is the culprit? Sort out internal conflicts. Hear what you're telling yourself that keeps you back. Once you see the clash you can simply figure out which "you" is wrong, silence that voice, get out of your own way, and get on with your life. CANCER (June 22-July 22). The best friends are usually the ones you're in the habit of communicating with often. To make a friendship bond stronger, cement the rhythm of your communication so you each grow to anticipate it, look forward to it, and even start to plan for it. There's a deep elegance to be achieved here. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There will be no success without patience. At its essence, patience is about stillness, restraint, slow growth and abiding respect for the passing of time. Of all the virtues, patience is the most underrated. Maybe it's because patience seems like the opposite of excitement. You'll change your mind when patience wins out. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The pursuit of instant gratification will complicate things. It's not even your own satisfaction you're after. Making someone else happy follows the same rules as making yourself happy, though. Some results take more time. If you rush, you could accidentally create the havoc you so desire to let go of. Relax.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you're in the game, you won't be able to see what the spectators see so clearly. That's the trade you make. This week, for the most part, you'll prefer the thrill of the game to the thrill of watching it. For best results, get an outside opinion you can trust. There's someone out there who would love to coach you. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). People who equate slacking with "skating by" haven't been on skates lately. Sure, you can go faster with less effort, but only after you've put in a lot of effort to learn how to stay upright. Balance isn't about luck; it's about strength and awareness. You'll achieve it this week and feel the wind in your hair. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You usually like being around people, and you find it easy to love the humanity in perfect strangers. So this week's frequent and intermittent desire to be alone and unbothered by social demands is unusual for you. It's a signal go inward to figure out and get free of something that's been bothering you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Getting to a good place as a group will take work, and work is being done -not necessarily by you this week, by the way. You don't always have the energy to be the leader, the overachiever or the high scorer; nor is anyone expecting you to be those things every time (except maybe you). AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). This week's theme: the importance of intention. It will turn out that it's not quite as important as you would have thought, though, because what matters most isn't what you intend to do but what you actually do. The best way to get things done is to show up at a specific time and place where they will be. accomplished. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The ancients suggested that the best way to lift the heart of a friend is by writing his name on the wing of a dragon. It is unclear whether dragons were friendly when this was suggested. Obviously, with dragons there are always risks. This week you'll take a risk for your friend, and it will pay off for you both in glorious ways. THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Success will not make you, in the same way that failure will not break you. You'll do what you do for reasons beyond the possibility of winning. You'll do it for personal or even secret reasons. You'll do it because you have to or because you don't know what else to do. But mostly you'll do it because it's who you are. It will be your purity of purpose that launches your adventure and gives you the strength and cleverness to endure to the promised land. COPYRIGHT 2017 CREATORS.COM


Tourist Spots


He Chose Not to be Upfront With You Dr. WAllACe: I met Rick at a concert. He was sweet, so I gave him my phone number when he asked me for it. He called the next day and we went to a movie on our first date. We both had a lot of fun, so we decided to go out again. Since then we have dated at least a dozen times and we have had super times together.

My parents think he is 19 and they'd be very upset if they knew he was 23 and the father of two. My friend thinks I should just keep dating him and not say anything to my parents about this. She told me her dad is 15 years older than her mom and they are happily married. What do you think I should do? -- Eden, Dayton, Ohio. eDeN: I think you know what to do. You just want me to tell you to confirm your decision. So I'm telling you to stop dating this guy! Not only is he too old for you, but he has too much baggage attached for you to even think about getting involved with him. That would not be a wise decision and he also knows this and that's the reason he chose to tell you the truth. A good rule for dating situations is to avoid a romance that would cause your parents to be very upset!

He StePPeD ON Her Feet AND SHe NeeDeD A BreAK Dr. WAllACe: When Jeff asked me out I said yes and we went to a dance at his church. When another guy also asked me to dance a couple of times I said yes, but I had no idea that it would make Jeff mad. I really had no romantic interest in the other guy but I just love to dance and he was a very good dancer. Well, it did make Jeff mad and when the dance ended, he grabbed my arm and said, "Let's get out of here." He didn't say another word, and just took me straight home and took off without saying goodnight. He hasn't called me since the dance and I don't think he will.


I'm 17 and Rick is 19, or so he said. Last night he told me he wasn't 19. In fact, he's 23 and divorced. He's the father of two sons who now live with his exwife. I was stunned when he told me all this. I really care for this guy, but I'm really upset that he lied to me about his age because I would have never gone out with him in the first place if I had known.

I don't know what made him think he owned me, but I wouldn't go out with him again because I can dance with anyone I want to dance with. He told me that I shouldn't have danced with any other guys without asking him first. I told him he doesn't own me and I wouldn't have been mad if he had danced with another girl while I danced with the other guy. In fact, I would have been glad to have him dance with another girl because I was tired of him stepping all over my feet! I don't need any advice, I just wanted to let both girls and guys know that it isn't necessary to ask the other for "permission" for anything. Please print my letter. I'd like to hear your reaction. -Nameless, Salt Lake City, Utah. NAMeleSS: I'm aware that many readers will disagree with me, however... Since you like to dance and chances were good that you would enjoy dancing with a few different partners, you should have discussed this with Jeff before you went to the dance with him. If he said that he would prefer you not to dance with other guys, you should have honored his request or told him, "Thanks, but no thanks" when he asked you out. I'll enjoy hearing from the readers who agree or disagree with me and it's even possible that they may get me to change my mind. Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. Email him at COPYRIGHT 2017 CREATORS.COM


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GOAT MANIA Have you fallen in love with the idea of a goat as a pet? They have many charming qualities, but here’s what you should know before getting one By Julie Mancini Andrews McMeel Syndication Goats in sweaters. Yoga with goats. Goats doing agility. Goats on the internet. Goats are everywhere these days, including suburban backyards and living rooms. What’s to love about a goat? A better question might be: What’s not to love? Goats are bold, curious and mischievous. But maybe it’s their wide-eyed playfulness that has made them a pop culture — and pet culture — phenomenon. While standard-size goats such as Nubians or Alpines might be a little much in a home backyard — they can weigh 100 to 200 pounds — miniature breeds such as the pygmy or Nigerian dwarf bring the same entertaining goat energy in a smaller package. What can you do with a goat? Some have been known to hang out and watch TV with their people. Goats have learned to run agility courses — they’re naturals — and they can perform tricks such as highfive, spin and wave, and even pull small carts. Check your fencing before bringing a goat home. Goats are chewing champions, and they will find ways to exploit any weaknesses in their enclosures. They will chew indoors, too, so don’t leave your goat inside without supervision. Whether you’re keeping goats in the country or suburbia, visit breeders to see their stock and determine which size goat fits your family. Take note of the enclosures the breeders use, and ask for recommendations on building a secure goat pen. Otherwise, you may find them making a break for freedom and stopping traffic with their cuteness. Goats are natural browsers, so if you’re keeping them in your backyard, be prepared for your landscaping to become their salad bar. Consult your county extension office about goat-safe plants, and consider landscaping with your goats in mind. Grass isn’t all goats eat. They need 2 to 4 pounds of hay daily, depending on their size and breed. Hay is divided into two groups: grass hay and legume hay. Grass hay provides some protein and energy, but legume hays, such as alfalfa or clover, usually provide more nutrients, including protein, vitamins and important minerals such as calcium, than grass hays. Also provide plenty of fresh cold water in buckets, and change the water at least twice a day. A busy goat is a happy goat. If you can, provide your goats with some leafy tree limbs. This keeps them occupied as well as fed. Other ways you can

Caramel Sundae enjoys a snack in the goat enclosure. The wire fence has been bent by three goats standing on the wire to check for weaknesses.

keep your goat busy are to provide him with a ball he can chase around the yard or create some sort of climbing opportunities for him. Just make sure whatever you build isn’t too close to an outside wall, or you may be chasing your goat down the street. Not too surprisingly, goats can develop digestive problems if they eat the wrong thing. Make sure your veterinarian knows a little something about caprine care, or is willing to learn. The best way to keep a goat entertained is to have two goats. Goats are herd animals, and if they don’t have another goat around, it will fall to you to entertain your lone goat, which can become a full-time job. You will find yourself with a bleating shadow that follows you around the yard, then stands at the back door, bleating loudly, until you pay more attention to him. Routine care includes regular brushing and hoof trims, which give you an opportunity to give your pet some extra attention, as well as ensuring that his coat and hooves are in good shape. Before adopting a goat, do your homework. Check with your city government to determine whether goats are legal as in-town pets. Visit local breeders and ask their opinion of goats as backyard pets. (Guest contributor Julie Mancini has shared her life with a variety of companion animals, from a blue budgie named Charlie to her current companion, a black lionhead bunny named Bella. She has written about animal topics for 29 years.)

Horse protection rule delayed • Horse lovers and animal welfare advocates were dismayed when a regulation proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture to protect gaited horses such as Tennessee walkers from painful soring techniques used to make them step higher was delayed by a presidential memo to halt new rules that had not yet been published in the Federal Register. Soring is done with chemical irritants such as mustard oil, diesel fuel or kerosene, or mechanical devices such as boots, collars, chains or rollers. The intent is to blister or irritate a horse’s forelegs and cause him to exaggerate an already high-stepping gait. The USDA proposal would have replaced horse industry inspectors, who could have conflicts of interest, with independent veterinarians or animal health technicians trained and licensed by the USDA. Those inspectors would have no affiliation with horse industry organizations. It would also have prohibited the use of all action devices, pads and foreign substances used to sore horses. The changes would update the Horse Protection Act, a federal law passed in 1970 that prohibited sored horses from participating in shows, exhibitions, sales or auctions or from being transported to or from any such events. • Cats remember what and where they’ve eaten, according to the results of a Japanese study. The finding is significant because it demonstrates that cats have what’s called episodic memory: a unique memory of a specific event. They also found that cats had the same skills as dogs when it came to responding to human gestures, facial expressions and emotions. Strawberries and other berries are healthy treats for dogs, but don’t give too many at once. • Healthy treats for dogs include berries, cut-up carrots, snap peas, green beans or apple slices. Mini rice cakes make great dog goodies, too. — Dr. Marty Becker, Kim Campbell Thornton and Mikkel Becker

About Pet Connection Pet Connection is produced by a team of pet-care experts headed by “The Dr. Oz Show” veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and awardwinning journalist Kim Campbell Thornton. Joining them is dog trainer and behavior consultant Mikkel Becker. Dr. Becker can be found at Becker or Kim Campbell Thornton is at Mikkel Becker is at


Nightlife Calendar

Artist Spotlight | Lil Uzi Vert

Moving Units @ Lowbrow Palace March 3rd

Technasia @ 301 Live March 3rd Ame @ Hardpop

March 10th

Ladback Luke @ 301 Live April 7th

Borgeous @ 301 Live May 22nd

Band of Horses @ Tricky Falls May 12

Oliver Huntemann @ 301 Live

New Music Releases Feb 17th Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now Hanni El Khatib - Savage Times Tim Darcy - Saturday Night Deadmau5 - W:/2016album/ [Vinyl] Novella - Change Of State Molly Burch - Please Be Mine Tall Tall Trees - Freedays Jean-Michel Blais - II Matt Pryor - Memento Mori Deep Throat Choir - Be Ok [Vinyl] Middle Kids - Middle Kids EP Charlie Wilson - In It To Win It Stinking Lizaveta - Journey To The Underworld Eisley - I'm Only Dreaming WSTR - Red, Green Or Inbetween

Hip-hop could certainly use a real bona fide rockstar. That’s where Lil Uzi Vert comes in. The Philadelphia rapper flaunts a vision and fashion sense just as loud as his “futuristic trap” sound and dynamic voice. He doesn’t simply stand out in a crowd; he draws everyone right to him. “I try to create a world,” the 20-year-old declares. “It’s rap, but I get a lot of influence from rock music. When you see me or hear me, I want the experience to be dark and crazy with a lot of moshing.” Growing up in the city Schoolly D, The Roots, Meek Mill, and Rocky Balboa call home, Lil Uzi Vert first picked up a microphone in high school. He spent countless hours honing his craft, making sporadic trips to New York City in order to record through his friend William Aston’s studio connection. Along the way, he carved out a distinct style that reflects his love for Wiz Khalifa as much as it does his passion for Marilyn Manson. “I take influences from everything and put them into what I do,” he says. “It’s a really delicate balance, and it’s something I’m proud of. You can wear skinny jeans and still be hard.” In 2015, he began to set the internet on fire. There was his explosive appearance on Carnage’s single “WDYW” alongside A$AP Ferg and Rich The Kid and later his turn on “Big Racks” for Young Thug’s Slime Season 2. In addition, he spent the summer with DJ Drama, priming the crowd for Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy on their “Boys of Zummer” Tour. However, everything set the stage for his newest mixtape, Luv Is Rage. With support from The Fader, Noisey, XXL, Vibe, HotNewHipHop, and more, Lil Uzi Vert naturally took the spotlight when it dropped. “Luv Is Rage is just the beginning,” he declares. “It’s the first statement.” The project’s opener “Safe House,” produced by Maaly Raw, fuses woobly and woozy dripping sonics with irresistible paranoid raps and a hypnotic chant. “You might think it’s safe in your hood, but it’s not,” Lil Uzi Vert warns. “It’s crazy. You can’t be comfortable in the streets, so I’m letting everybody know, ‘Stay with your money. Stay on your grind. Take care of yourself.’” On “Queso,” he joins forces with Wiz Khalifa for a bombastic and bright banger, while he and Young Thug deliver a moving tribute to A$AP Yams on the ethereal “Yamborghini Dream,” produced by Tm88.


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“Yams was the first person I met from A$AP,” he admits. “He reached out to me, and we talked a lot for a whole year. I never met him in person though, but he meant a lot to me and Thug. That’s why we needed to shout him out.” Now, signed to Generation Now – founded by DJ Drama, Don Cannon and Leighton Morrison, alongside Atlantic Records, Lil Uzi Vert stands poised to ignite hip-hop with his own fire. “I take modern rap and put more musical influence to it under the trap,” he leaves off. “I want to show people the future and what’s possible with the sound. This is who I am. This is my world.”


Now Showing Everybody Loves Somebody

Fist Fight

Fifty Shades Darker

(PG-13) On the surface, the young and beautiful Clara Barron seems to have everything- a great job as an OB-GYN; a great house in LA; and a big fun-loving Mexican family. But, the one thing Clara doesn't have figured out is her love life. Pressured by a family wedding in Mexico, Clara asks a co-worker to pose as her boyfriend for the weekend festivities - only to be caught by surprise when her ex- boyfriend suddenly shows up after disappearing from her life completely. Torn, Clara must decide between going back to the past or open her heart to new and unexpected possibilities. In an adventure full of laughter, she learns that sometimes it takes the whole crazy family to help you find crazy love.

Release Dates February 17, 2017 Rating R | Runtime 91 min | Genre Comedy

Release Dates February 10, 2017 Rating R | Runtime 120 min Genre Romance, Erotic, Drama

Cast Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Kumail Nanjiani, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Austin Zajur, Alexa Nisenson, Chanel Celaya

Synopsis When a wounded Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian's past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

A Cure For Wellness Release Dates February 17, 2017 Rating R | Runtime 146 min | Genre Thriller Cast Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Celia Imrie, Adrian Schiller, Synopsis An ambitious young executive (Dane DeHaan) travels to a remote location in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious wellness center. He soon suspects that the miraculous treatments are not what they seem. His sanity is tested when he unravels the spa's terrifying secrets and finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all of the guests there longing for a cure.

Synopsis On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration, and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school.

ÂżDonde Estan? (NR - PLAYING EL PASO BASSETT 2/17) Synopsis Beginning in earnest in 1993, many poor women from Ciudad JuĂĄrez, MX, have disappeared or were found murdered. This documentary attempts to answer exactly who was being killed, by whom, and why.

The Great Wall February 17, 2017 | Rating PG-13 | Runtime 103 min Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Action Cast Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng Yu-Yen, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Junkai Wang, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen, Xuan Huang, Yu Xintian Synopsis When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

Lion Rating PG-13 Runtime 129 min Genre Drama, Biography Cast Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Abhishek Bharate, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose, Deepti Naval, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sunny Pawar, Pallavi Sharda, Eamon Farren Synopsis Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Un Padre No Tan Padre Release Dates Limited January 27, 2017 Rating PG-13 Runtime 97 min Genre Comedy Synopsis When Don Servando Villegas gets expelled from his retirement home, his younger son Francisco takes him in. Don Servando is about to find out the truth about his son and his way of living.



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Schedule good for Friday Feb 17 Sunland Park Mall Schedule good for Feb 17 Fist Fight R 91 min Digital Cinema Reserved Seating 11:50am 2:20pm 5:10pm 7:45pm 10:10pm A Cure For Wellness R 146 min Digital Cinema Reserved Seating 11:40am 3:30pm 7:00pm 10:20pm The LEGO Batman Movie PG 104 min RealD 3D Reserved Seating Closed Caption 11:30am 5:20pm Digital Cinema Reserved Seating10:10am 1:15pm 2:30pm 4:00pm 6:45pm 8:30pm 9:50pm John Wick: Chapter Two R 122 min Digital Cinema Reserved Seating Closed Caption 10:00am 1:05pm 4:10pm 7:15pm 10:30pm Fifty Shades Darker R 120 min Digital Cinema Reserved Seating Closed Caption10:30am 1:30pm 4:30pm 7:30pm 10:25pm

Premiere Cinema + IMAX El Paso Bassett

Schedule good for Feb 17 ¿Donde Estan? (NR) 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm Stadium Seating A Cure for Wellness (R) 12:15pm, 3:45pm, 7:00pm, 10:15pm Stadium Seating Everybody Loves Somebody (PG13) 10:15am, 12:35pm, 3:00pm, 5:25pm, 7:55pm, 10:20pm Stadium Seating The Great Wall 3D(PG13) 1:00pm DBOX;Reserved Seating;Stadium Seating The Great Wall 3D(PG13) 1:00pm Stadium Seating The Great Wall (PG13)10:30am, 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:15pmDBOX;Reserved Seating;Stadium Seating The Great Wall (PG13) 10:30am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm, 10:45pm Stadium Seating The Great Wall: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG13) 11:15am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm IMAX;Stadium Seating Fifty Shades Darker (R) 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm Stadium Seating John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) 10:45am, 1:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:45pm, 10:45pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating The Lego Batman Movie 3D (PG) 1:45pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating The Lego Batman Movie 3D (PG) 11:45am DUBBED;ESP;Stadium Seating The Lego Batman Movie (PG) 2:30pm, 5:15pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm ESP DUBBED;Stadium Seating The Lego Batman Movie (PG) 10:45am, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 9:45pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating A Dog's Purpose (PG) 11:10am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:20pm, 9:55pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (R) 9:35pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating Resident Evil: The Final Chapter 3D(R)7:00pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating Split (PG13) 11:05am, 2:00pm, 4:50pm, 7:40pm, 10:35pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating Monster Trucks (PG) 10:30am, 1:25pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating Monster Trucks 3D (PG) 4:10pm Stadium Seating Hidden Figures (PG) 10:15am, 1:20pm, 4:25pm, 7:25pm, 10:25pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating Patriots Day (R) 7:15pm, 10:20pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating Sing (PG) 11:00am, 1:35pm, 4:20pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating Fences (PG13) 12:00pm, 7:10pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG13) 3:45pm, 10:05pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating Lion (PG13) 10:55am, 2:05pm, 4:55pm, 7:45pm, 10:30pm CCClosed Caption;Stadium Seating

The Great Wall PG-13 103 min Cinemark XD Auro Sound RealD 3D Reserved Seating 4:15pm 10:15pm RealD 3D11:15am 5:15pm Cinemark XD Auro Sound Reserved Seating10:15am 1:15pm 7:15pm Digital Cinema 2:15pm 8:15pm Fist Fight R 91 min Digital Cinema 10:40am 1:40pm 4:40pm 7:40pm 10:40pm A Cure For Wellness R 146 min Digital Cinema 11:00am 2:45pm 6:30pm 10:10pm John Wick: Chapter TwoR 122 min Digital

Cinema 10:30am 1:30pm 4:30pm 7:30pm 10:30pm Fifty Shades Darker R 120 min Digital Cinema 10:45am 11:45am 1:45pm 2:45pm 4:45pm 5:45pm 7:45pm 8:45pm 10:45pm Hidden Figures PG 127 min Digital Cinema 10:25 am 1:25pm 4:25pm 7:25pm 10:25pm Split PG-13 117 min Digital Cinema 10:05am 1:05pm 4:05pm 7:05pm 10:05pm La La Land PG-13 128 min CinéArts Digital 10:35am 1:35pm 4:35pm 7:35pm

10:35pm A Dog's Purpose PG 100 min Digital Cinema 10:10am 1:10pm 4:10pm 7:10pm 10:10pm Rings PG-13 103 min Digital Cinema 10:20am 1:20pm 4:20pm 7:20pm 10:20pm The Space Between Us PG-13 120 min Digital Cinema 12:00pm 6:00pm Un Padre No Tan Padre PG-13 97 min Digital Cinema 10:00am 1:00pm 4:00pm 7:00pm 10:00pm Moonlight R 111 min Digital Cinema 3:15pm 9:00pm


West side of El Paso .- 7440 Remcon Circle

Schedule good for Friday Feb 17 The Great Wall PG-13 103 min Cinemark XD Auro Sound RealD 3D Reserved Seating 10:15pm RealD 3D Luxury Loungers Reserved Seating 12:55pm Cinemark XD Auro Sound Reserved Seating 7:25pm Digital Cinema Luxury Loungers Reserved Seating 10:05am 3:55pm Fist Fight R 91 min Digital Cinema Luxury Loungers Reserved Seating 11:00am 1:50pm 4:30pm 7:30pm 10:10pm A Cure For Wellness R 146 min Digital Cinema Luxury Loungers Reserved Seating 11:55am 3:30pm 7:15pm 10:45pm The LEGO Batman Movie

PG 104 min RealD 3D Luxury Loungers Reserved Seating 9:15pm Cinemark XD Reserved Seating 10:25am 1:25pm 4:20pm Digital Cinema Luxury Loungers Reserved Seating 10:55am 12:00pm 2:00pm 3:10pm 4:55pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 8:05pm 9:55pm John Wick: Chapter Two R 122 min Digital Cinema Luxury Loungers Reserved Seating 10:00am 1:05pm 4:15pm 7:45pm 10:55pm Fifty Shades Darker R 120 min Digital Cinema Luxury Loungers Reserved Seating 10:20am 12:05pm 1:35pm 3:05pm 5:00pm

6:10pm 7:55pm 9:30pm 11:00pm Split PG-13 117 min Digital Cinema Luxury Loungers Reserved Seating 10:00am 1:00pm 4:10pm 7:35pm 10:40pm La La LandPG-13 128 min Digital Cinema Luxury Loungers Reserved Seating 12:20pm 3:35pm 6:55pm 10:15pm A Dog's Purpose PG 100 min Digital Cinema Luxury Loungers Reserved Seating 10:15am 1:10pm 4:05pm 6:55pm 9:45pm Rings PG-13 103 min Digital Cinema Luxury Loungers 11:15am 2:10pm 5:05pm 8:00pm 10:50pm

Show Times for Feb 17 The Great Wall PG-13 103 min Details

9:40pm 10:45pm

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John Wick: Chapter Two

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R 122 min Digital Cinema Reserved Seating

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11:05am 12:30pm 2:05pm 3:25pm 5:00pm

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Fifty Shades Darker R 120 min Digital Cinema

Digital Cinema Reserved Seating 12:10pm

Reserved Seating 10:55am 12:35pm 1:45pm


3:20pm 4:55pm 6:20pm 7:45pm 9:10pm

Fist Fight R 91 min Digital Cinema Reserved


Seating 12:00pm 2:20pm 4:45pm 7:20pm

Split PG-13 117 min Digital Cinema Reserved


Seating 11:05am 1:50pm 4:40pm 7:50pm

A Cure For Wellness R 146 min Digital Cinema


Reserved Seating 12:20pm 3:40pm 7:10pm

A Dog's Purpose


PG 100 min Digital Cinema Reserved Seating

The LEGO Batman Movie PG 104 min

11:00am 1:25pm 4:00pm 6:45pm 9:15pm

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Schedule good for Friday Feb 17 The Great Wall PG-13 103 min Cinemark XD Auro Sound RealD 3D 10:30pm RealD 3D 12:45pm 2:10pm 6:15pm Cinemark XD AuroSound Reserved Seating7:30pm Digital Cinema Assisted Listening Device 11:20am 3:30pm 5:00pm 9:00pm Fist Fight R 91 min Digital Cinema 11:10am 2:00pm 4:40pm 7:20pm 10:10pm A Cure For Wellness R 146 min Digital Cinema 11:55am 3:25pm 6:55pm 10:25pm The LEGO Batman Movie PG 104 min RealD 3D 12:20pm 3:20pm 6:20pm 7:50pm

9:20pm 10:40pm Cinemark XD Reserved Seating 10:50am 1:40pm 4:30pm Digital Cinema 11:30am 1:00pm 2:30pm 4:00pm 5:30pm 7:00pm 8:30pm 10:00pm John Wick: Chapter Two R 122 min Digital Cinema Closed Caption 11:15am 12:50pm 2:25pm 4:00pm 5:35pm 7:10pm 8:35pm 10:20pm Fifty Shades Darker R 120 min Digital Cinema 10:45am 11:45am 12:45pm 1:45pm 2:45pm 3:45pm 4:45pm 5:45pm 6:45pm 7:45pm 8:45pm 9:45pm 10:45pm Hidden Figures PG 127 min Digital Cinema 12:00pm 3:10pm

6:20pm 9:30pm Split PG-13 117 min Digital Cinema 11:00am 1:50pm 4:45pm 7:45pm 10:40pm Lion PG-13 129 min CinéArts 4:25pm 10:05pm A Dog's Purpose PG 100 min Digital Cinema 11:50am 2:30pm 5:10pm 7:55pm 10:30pm Rings PG-13 103 min Digital Cinema 11:25am 2:05pm 4:50pm 7:40pm 10:35pm Resident Evil: the Final Chapter R 106 min Digital Cinema10:45pm Un Padre No Tan Padre PG-13 97 min Digital Cinema 10:55am 1:50pm 7:25pm

TIMES FOR FEBRUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 23 A CURE FOR WELLNESS CC (R) Fri.-Thu. 12:00 3:25 6:40 9:50 THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE CC (PG) Fri.-Thu. 12:00 3:00 FIST FIGHT CC (R) Fri.-Thu. 12:40 3:45 7:00 9:40 THE GREAT WALL 3D CC (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 3:10 9:35

6:20 9:10 RINGS CC (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:35 6:15

THE GREAT WALL CC (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:10 6:35 FIFTY SHADES DARKER CC (R) Fri.-Thu. 12:30 3:30 6:30 9:15

A DOG’S PURPOSE CC (PG) Fri.-Thu. 12:05 3:20 6:50 9:45

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 CC (R) Fri.-Thu. 12:15 12:45

SPLIT CC (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:20 3:05 6:25 9:25

3:15 3:50 6:45 7:10 9:30 9:55

PASSENGERS CC (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 3:40 9:20





Practice like you play


Knuckle down for penetrating ball flight What the clubface is doing at impact determines the quality of the strike — in fact, where it’s pointing determines 75 to 85 percent of the initial starting direction of your golf ball. In addition to directional control, good players decrease clubface loft at impact to create laserlike penetration, while poor players add loft, producing out-of-control wobblers that blow all over the lot. Studies show that a tour player’s 6-iron with 30 degrees of loft built in at the factory has 25 degrees at impact, whereas the average player starting with 30 ends at 34. How can you hit laser irons by de-lofting? It’s what you do with the palm of your trail hand that determines penetration. If your palm is facing up toward the sky halfway into your downswing, you’re forced to aggressively manipulate the face to square it and de-loft it at impact. This can be done, but when you have only a fourth of a second until impact, it’s all too easy to “hold on” and leave the face open, producing a high weak slice. The usual amateur fix — swinging your arms faster on the next shot — only makes the slice worse because you’re not squaring the face; you’re simply making the club go faster with an open face.

ABOUT THE WRITER Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit his website at To change the quality of your ball flight from power-puff to piercing, turn the knuckles of your top hand to the ground through impact. You should start this early in the downswing because it’s best when it’s done slowly and smoothly. Exactly when to begin is discovered through practice.

Bent-Wrist Drill The tough part in learning to turn down your knuckles is keeping your wrist hinged while you “turn the knob.” To get the feel, hit short shots keeping your wrist cup as you finish waist high. But don’t worry about distance; if you normally hit a 7-iron 150 yards, using this drill, it will fly about 90 yards. Once you learn to keep the wrist cocked, practice your new move with knuckles down and a full finish.

You hit it great on the driving range, but on the golf course your ball striking deteriorates. The explanation for this unsettling phenomenon is called the “one ball success rate.” On the practice tee, most golfers hit ball after ball with the same club until they build up a rhythm that allows them to make swing adjustments based on feedback from the previous swings. After a few swings, they patch their mechanics enough to hit the ball pretty well. But this doesn’t work on the golf course because each shot is different and you have only one chance to get it right. And since the time elapsed between each swing is much longer on the course, building up a rhythm while you play is much more difficult. To solve this problem, design a practice session that simulates actual playing conditions on the golf course. Here’s how it works: Place your bag with all your clubs next to your practice station. Then visualize a course you’re very familiar with, such as your home course or a course like Augusta National/Pebble Beach that you see

every year on TV — some students even use scorecards with hole diagrams. Next, pick a hole to play. For example: The first hole is a straightaway 430-yard par 4, so you choose your driver (or any other club you feel comfortable with on the tee of this “hole”), pick a spot on the imaginary fairway you want to hit, go through your regular pre-shot routine and play the shot. Let’s say you make good contact, but hit the ball into the left rough from where you switch to an iron to get home. Get creative by giving yourself a lie on the practice tee that represents the type you are likely to have in the rough. Allow for the wind and hazards like bunkers — in other words, make the experience as real as possible using your imagination. Play a whole round like this, including pitch shots and chips. If you give yourself an “automatic” two-putt, you can even record a simulated score. This kind of practice can be fun, and it teaches you how to handle the “one ball success rate” situation you face on the course.

Wrinkles in your rain game Why do your fingers wrinkle and pucker when your hands are soaked — like they do in a rainstorm while holding a golf club? Scientific tests have confirmed that the phenomenon of skin wrinkling via water has an evolutionary advantage. The folds of skin actually improve your grasp on wet objects as water is channeled away from key areas — an intervention much like tread on car tires or the grooves on your irons. Research led by Tom Smulders at Australia’s Newcastle University suggests that subjects had a better, non-skip grip with fingers wrinkled after soaking for 30 minutes in water than with dry hands. Smulders is an evolutionary biologist who believes that “wrinkled fingers could have helped our ancestors to gather food from wet vegetation or streams.” So the next time your palms are sweaty or it’s raining, think twice about wearing a golf glove to keep your hands dry — you may be 100,000 years behind the times.

William Byron, 19, recorded seven victories last season in trucks.

Courtesy of JR Motorsports

William Byron, at the tender age of 19, has had to deal with some pressure-packed situations in his brief career as a NASCAR driver. Last year, having little experience other than that gained by racing online, Byron found himself behind the wheel of a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck in the Camping World Truck Series. Busch’s trucks are the best in the business, and much was expected from the then-high school senior. And Byron responded in a big way, winning a circuit-high seven races. Now he’s moved on to another challenge — driving an Xfinity Series car for JR Motorsports, one of the strongest teams in that series. JR Motorsports is owned and managed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Earnhardt’s Cup team owner, Rick Hendrick. Byron was asked about the pressure in a recent inter-

view session. His answers indicate that he’s yet to feel pressure. Instead, he looks at his situation mostly from the positive side. “It’s great to know that [JR Motorsports] has that history and brings good cars to the race track,” he said. “Every time that you know you’re going to sit in something that’s going to be successful, that definitely makes it exciting.” Byron said that while the Xfinity cars are different to drive than the trucks he drove last year, there is some carryover to his new assignment. “There’s the mindset, the momentum and knowing some of the race tracks from having been to them before,” he said. “That’s huge for me. Having success is always a good confidence builder.” Byron, who set the new standard for rookies in the Truck Series, said that his success there was due in large part to having top-notch equipment and to getting off to a good start. He finished third in his third start, at Martinsville Speedway, and then won the next race, at Kansas Speedway. He also was victorious in his seventh, eighth and 10th races of the season. “I think the biggest thing last year was we got on a roll,” he said. “After we got a couple of wins, it was a lot easier to win a race. “Understanding that as a rookie is hard. Once you do, it can just take off.” Despite his success in racing, Byron is still working toward a college degree in business communications from his sponsor, Liberty University. The private, non-profit Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia, was founded by evangelist Jerry Falwell and had a total enrollment last year of approximately 110,000. Byron takes his courses online and spends a couple of days each week on his studies, “I make A’s and B’s,” he said. “It’s important, so I try to keep up with my work.” He figures it will take him three or four years to graduate. “I have some college credits going in to this year, so that helps,” he said.

Byron will drive the No. 9 for JR Motorsports, shown here with a paint scheme for primary sponsor Liberty University, where Byron is enrolled as an online student.

Medical staff will now travel to all Cup races NASCAR has joined other racing circuits such as the IndyCar Series by employing a traveling medical staff. The sanctioning body announced last week that American Medical Response will supply a doctor and a paramedic for each Monster Energy Cup race weekend. They will join a local medical team that includes experienced emergency-room physicians. Many drivers have asked for years to have a traveling medical team that would be familiar with each driver’s medical history. For years NASCAR has relied on local doctors, who deal with injuries from accidents on a daily basis, and those doctors will remain part of the medical staff for races. “This partnership further strengthens NASCAR’s medical response capability, making our well-established medical response system even better,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer, in a news release. AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare, already provides EMS support at many NASCAR races.

William Byron readies for next step

American Medical Response provided an early look at its new response vehicle on the company’s Facebook page.

The Clash kicks off 2017 NASCAR season The 2017 NASCAR season kicks off Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway with the 39th running of the non-points Clash. The race for pole winners from the previous season, former Clash winners and a few select others, has run under several names over the years, but is returning to its original moniker, albeit with Advance Auto Parts as the sponsor instead of Busch. There are 17 drivers expected to compete in the 75-lap run, including Alex Bowman, who earned his spot by winning the pole for the fall

race at Phoenix, and Daniel Suarez, who will replace the retired Carl Edwards. Bowman will drive the No. 88 Chevrolet, while its regular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., a Clash winner in 2003 and 2008, will serve as a race analyst on the FOX broadcast. Suarez will drive the No. 19 Toyota that was formerly driven by Edwards, but now is Suarez’ full-time ride. Denny Hamlin is the defending Clash winner.


Regan Smith stays busy with trucks ride and broadcasting while waiting for next opportunity

stars line up to race with him, but they did this year.” Benton and Smith have an understanding that if Smith were to get a chance to return to Cup, the truck schedule will be amended. “I’m sitting back and waiting to see what opportunities present themselves on the Cup side,” Smith said. “And Ricky has allowed me to be flexible on that.” Smith also said that if a high-profile driver needs a substitute, he’d be available. “I’d like to not just be a [substitute], but if that’s what it takes to get back to a more permanent full-time basis, then yeah,” he said, adding that he’s still working behind the scenes to return to Cup full time. He said that at age 33, he still has some good years left.

Regan Smith, right, interviews driver William Byron during a segment for FOX that will air during the network’s race coverage at Atlanta Motor Speedway in early March.

Regan Smith has played a lot of roles since he first showed up on the NASCAR scene back in 2002. He’s raced in all three of the top divisions, and has a Cup win in the 2011 Southern 500 at one of auto racing’s toughest tracks, Darlington Raceway. He has six Xfinity Series victories, all with JR Motorsports. He’s been the go-to guy for several top teams when a top-shelf driver is unable to compete. He’s filled in for Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson in recent seasons. He famously came out on the losing end of one of the more controversial finishes in NASCAR history back in 2008 at Talladega, where, as a Cup rookie, he appeared to have won the fall race there only to be penalized for going below the yellow line, even though it appeared to most that he was shoved down there by eventual winner Tony Stewart. Smith has appeared as an analyst on broadcasts about NASCAR racing, and last week, during a test at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he interviewed Xfinity Series rookie William Byron. “This is first time I’ve actually done an interview,” Smith said after completing his assignment for FOX, which plans to air the segment when the circuit moves to Atlanta the first week of March. “It was a learning experience seeing an interview from that side of table, instead of being the one answering the questions.” Smith raced in Cup last year for Tommy Baldwin’s underdog Cup team, which is not competing this year. Currently, Smith’s only on-track plans are to drive the No. 92 truck for team owner Ricky Benton in the Camping World Truck Series. Last year, with Parker Kligerman at the wheel, Benton’s truck finished third at Daytona in the season opener and eighth in the next two races at Atlanta and Martinsville, respectively. “Right now, we’re planning on 12 races,” Smith said. “Maybe if we win one or two early on, we’ll get to do them all. Ricky has been a friend for a long time. We just haven’t had the

“Some of that is sitting back and getting the financial resources where they need to be to make a real run at the Cup level,” he said. “There are some pretty big spreads in what each car is capable of. Timing was good to sit back and see how things play out this year.” So to start the season, he’ll be more like a fan, watching the Cup races on TV, which he says will be another learning experience for him. “I’ll have to discover it as I go,” he said. “I’m going to get to see things from an angle that I haven’t seen in the past. “I’m curious to see what that’s like. I wasn’t running on Sundays for a while when I was running Xfinity Series,... Continues on page 23


America’s love-affair with the Camry Continues setup. Armed with 268 horses, this Camry was much quicker than I was expecting – being able to hit 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. Being the sport model, there are paddle shifters and a slightly stiffer suspension, but I must say, most won't feel it. One thing to note, while the XSE looks the part and has plenty of power – a sports sedan it still isn’t.

America loves the Toyota Camry. We know that just by looking at the sales numbers – the Camry has been at or near the top of America’s best-selling car list for decades. And there’s good reason for that – the Camry simply gets the job done by being the best family sedan Americans can buy. It’s roomy, comfortable, safe, and reliable. And with a high resale value, it’s always easy to trade your old one in for a new one.

But the Camry does drive very well. An improved steering and suspension makes this Camry feel more responsive and composed compared to previous versions. And the ride is solid and smooth, and even with the sport suspension, it hardly ever gets upsetting.

Today's Camry came out in 2011 but received a major restyle in 2015, with every body panel except the roof being changed. Those changes helped make the Camry look more sculpted and less generic. A prominent grille dominates the front while the rear end has been smoothed out. Opt for the XSE model like the test car, and the Camry really looks hot with its 18-inch wheels, a sportier front end and LED running lights. The XSE version of the Camry sure does inject some excitement into a vehicle that to many, is so good - yet so bland, it’s merely an appliance. Inside, the Camry remains comfortable and spacious, but now there is a little more Lexus flair to it. Every surface, switch, control and knob feels a step up from before. And unlike its main competitor, the Honda Accord, the Camry doesn't rely on confusing multiple touch screens for

Just like before, the Camry has always set a benchmark for quality, reliability and value. The 2017 Camry should have no problem continuing that tradition - and making way for the all-new 2018 Camry. It’s no wonder why the Camry continues to steal the hearts of many American drivers. - Christopher A. Randazzo every function - just a simple one for the radio. Straight-forward controls are used for the HVAC system and other functions. And as with all Camrys before it, seating for five adults remains no problem in this 2017 model. About the only thing that hasn't changed with the Camry are the available powertrains. Standard with every Camry is a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine

making 178 horsepower. The top two trim levels, the XLE and XSE offer a 3.5 liter V6 rated at 268 horsepower. Regardless of which engine, all Camry's use a six-speed automatic transmission powering the front wheels. Safety conscious driver will be pleased to know that every Camry is equipped with ten airbags throughout the cabin, as well as a host of safety devices such as stability control, traction control, brake assist and smart stop technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Camry a perfect five-star score in overall crash protection. In XSE trim, the Camry with the V6 is quite the

By The Numbers:

2017 Toyota Camry XSE Base Price: $31,370.00 Price as Tested: $35,950.00 Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive Engine: 3.5 liter V6 Transmission: 6-speed automatic Horsepower: 268 hp Torque: 248 lb-ft EPA Fuel Economy: 21 city / 30 highway mpg [Visit me at or email me at]


New limits on damaged cars be allowed to return to the race. Repaired cars still must maintain the minimum speed established for that event. Other malfunctions such, as electrical issues, can be repaired without penalty. The new policy comes a few weeks after NASCAR modified the points structure so that finishing positions 36 through 40 receive only one point each. That change removed the incentive for a team that wrecks early in a race to try to patch up the car to gain a handful of positions, since they often were unlikely to make up more than four positions after a lengthy garage stay. Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

NASCAR officials have instituted a new Damaged Vehicle Policy for all three of its top series. The changes are aimed at keeping patched-up cars off the track, since many of those cars often bring out more cautions as patched pieces come loose and litter the track.`Under the new rules, teams will be given five minutes to fix damage, and the repairs must be done on pit road. If the car is taken to the garage or if repairs take longer than five minutes, it will not

Teams will have just five minutes to get their cars ready for racing again following damage suffered on the track.

Regan Smith...

Smith will also race the No. 92 truck, seen here at New Hampshire last season, for Ricky Benton Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.

Continued from page 21 .... and it definitely gives you a different perspective of Sunday’s races and how they play out on TV, what they look like and what parts were maybe more exciting and what parts were a little dull.” Smith said he believes the recent changes announced by NASCAR, especially those that will break each race up into stages,

will make racing more appealing to people like him who are watching on TV. “The changes made will be good changes going forward,” he said, adding that he’s anxious to see how it all plays out. “Even when I’m not racing, I’m still watching and heavily invested. “I love racing. It’s what I do.”

Spotlight EP News February 16, 2017 No. 679  

Spotlight EP News weekly edition newspaper serving the El Paso, TX and surrounding areas.

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