FORT BLISS, Texas— The
15th Sustainment Brigade, in
cooperation with Fort Bliss,
will host a Martin Luther King
Jr. birthday observance at the
Centennial Conference and
Banquet Center, East Fort
Bliss, Texas from 11:15 am
to 12:15 p.m., Jan. 17.
The observance will include a
video presentation, titled
“Voices of Bliss,” showing
how the life and legacy of
MLK has impacted many indi-
viduals throughout Fort Bliss,
a performance by the Replica
Child Development Centers
Pre-K “Strong Beginnings”
class, and guest speaker, re-
tired Sgt. Maj. Nathan Mack.
Influenza Update Illustrates Severity of Disease
Department releases number of confirmed cases in El Paso Area
El Paso, TX – Providence Memorial Hospital is offering free public seminars on various
topics including women’s issues, health and body wellness, baby care basics, CPR
demonstration, children’s classes and maternity tours. To register, the public can call
577-SPHN (7746).
Women’s Health 2013 Series
Various women’s health issues will be the focus of this series in 2013. The Public is in-
vited to listen and learn what every woman needs to know to stay healthy and feel good.
Dr. Sonia Rebeles, Gynecology Surgeon will be talking about the treatment options for
irregular and heavy periods.
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Total Care West, 601 Sunland Park Dr.
Pediatric Q&A and CPR Demonstration
In this class, a pediatrician will be available to answer your questions about infant care.
CPR will also be demonstrated.
Class Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Providence Memorial Hospital Hilton Towers Auditorium B & C
located at 2001 N. Oregon
El Paso, Texas – In an effort to maintain a steady
stream of information regarding the current flu
season, the City of El Paso Department of Public
Health is releasing the most up-to-date statistics
on confirmed cases of the disease in our commu-
The total number of influenza cases reported dur-
ing 2012 is 3,094. That is more than three times
the number of cases seen the year before in 2011
which was 873. More than half of the 3,094
cases were reported in the month of December
2012. A total of 1,704 cases were reported in the
last month of the year.
As the 2012-2013 flu season continues, the De-
partment will begin releasing flu data based on
the current flu season. This means that flu totals
will include the months of October, November,
and December of 2012 and data collected during
the first few months of 2013. This will help us
maintain consistency with information being
released at the state and national level. Calendar
year totals will still be accessible via the epi-
demiology program website located at:
ogy.php under the “Notifiable Conditions Re-
ports” drop-down menu.
The flu season total for 2012-2013 is currently
1,989 cases with cases for the month of Janu-
ary still pending. This compares to 31 cases
for the same time period in the 2011-2012 flu
season. No deaths have been reported in El
The Department would like to remind the public
that flu vaccines are still available at our Immu-
nization Health Centers located throughout the
city. The cost of the vaccine is $10.00 for chil-
dren six months to 18 years of age who qualify,
and $35.00 for the general public. Please call
(915) 771-5822 to set up an appointment.
For more information on flu prevention, please
visit our website at:
information.php and you can call
2-1-1 for information on flu vaccine providers.
With “Big” Mexico undergoing a peaceful turn,
will “Little” Mexico in El Paso thrive?
Creating a “Little”
Mexico in El Paso is like creat-
ing snow in the North Pole.
Let’s face it, it already exists.
With 85 percent of El Paso’s
population being Mexican or of
Mexican descent, Little Mexico
already exists everywhere one
looks. Want a Mexican restau-
rant? Why, there’s an abun-
dance of such eateries dotting
the area from north to south and
from east to west. The joke
goes that when another Mexi-
can restaurant opens in the Sun
City, people look at one another
and remark: “Oh, another Mex-
ican restaurant, just what El
Paso needs.” Better to create a
little El Paso in Juarez, perhaps
that’s what that city truly needs,
We can understand
the desire to attract tourism,
and we can understand the de-
sire to keep them here, thus
eliminating their need to go into
Juarez for a day of revelry and
what not, but, isn’t Juarez –
once labeled as the most dan-
gerous city in the world – con-
tinuing to improve, continuing
to open new businesses, elimi-
nating the deadly pallor that
once shrouded the city of more
than one million people? Ac-
cording to the Juarez Chamber
of Commerce and the state’s
Governor, Juarez is returning to
normal, with wide-spread cor-
ruption almost returning to the
days when a traffic stop meant
a $5 mordida, but, not what had
been taking place for more than
four years, with murders incor-
porated becoming the law of
the land, bodies hanging from
bridges and pedestrians being
killed indiscriminately by drug
But, wonder of won-
ders, on the day of the inaugu-
ration of the new Mexican
President, Enrique Peña Nieto,
no homicides or other acts of
violence were reported. One
can only wonder why. Did he
make a deal with the cartels
that he would give them carte
blanche to practice their trade
without interfering? Do the car-
tels feel that they can now ply
their trade without interference
from former President Felipe
Calderon? At one point, as
many as seven people were
murdered on any given day,
with more than 10,000 deaths
occurring between 2008 and
2012. We don’t know what
gives, but, Juarez returning to
its heyday as the Gateway to
Mexico is certainly good news.
But, once again, with
this good news, is a Little Mex-
ico truly needed in El Paso?
Would tourists really prefer to
remain in El Paso, to attend a
make-shift Mexican environ-
ment, than to cross the border
to feel and experience the real
thing? One begs to differ. Think
of it, Little Mexicos already
exist in El Paso. The Café
Mayapan is one such example.
There one can find goods and
other Mexican products to fill a
good person’s heart. Not only
that, but, restaurants there offer
food that originates in the real
Mexico. Foodstuffs from Oax-
aca, such as grilled grasshop-
pers and other delicacies
abound for the risk-takers who
would sample unknown foods.
Mariachis? Carlos
and Mickey’s offers such fare,
so does Andale Restaurant on
the Gateway. My friend, Lidi-
ana Castro still exercises her
vocal chords on any given night
at any given restaurant – her
beautiful voice still fills the
heart with gladness. Remember
that Little Mexico on Alameda
that, much like Café Mayapan,
featured stalls that sold every-
thing from Mexican shirts, gui-
tars, dresses, velvet paintings of
Elvis Presley and many other
Mexican curios and curiosities?
That Little Mexico didn’t last
very long, did it? Other at-
tempts have been made to cre-
ate little Mexicos all over the
city. Remember La Placita that
was created downtown? That
was supposed to be some slice
of Little Mexico that would
draw tourists and even locals to
shop at stores there. Again, it
didn’t happen. Efforts have
been made, only to fail because
it’s not the real thing. Or should
we say - too much of the real
Except that the real
thing already exists – in Juarez.
In years past, Juarez Avenue of-
fered tourists and locals every-
thing they couldn’t get in El
Paso. Mariachis? Why, the
Carlos Bar featured any num-
ber of great singers and musi-
cians. The Kentucky Bar was
a great place for libations and
good conversation. For the
young folks, there were the
Lobby Bar, El Noa-Noa, The
Mint, and, of course, the Bull-
fights; an old tradition that re-
fuses to die. Where in El Paso
would you place such a bull-
ring? Why – no place. So, with
Juarez making a comeback,
with new businesses opening
up and old businesses making
come-backs, Juarez, if the trend
continues, will once again steal
tourists from El Paso just as it
has always done. El Paso will,
once again, become merely the
Gateway to Juarez. Hey, maybe
if Juarez were to once again
open up its Quickie Divorce
business, we could attract
movie stars and other famous
people. They would stop off in
El Paso, wouldn’t they? Maybe
that’s the best that El Paso can
hope for. The good news, how-
ever, remains in Juarez. Come
back, Juaritos. El Paso needs
By Joe Olvera ©, 2013
weekly column
Konner Tucker was the leader for the
Miners with 18 points. Streeter and
Moore both added 14 points each for
UTEP. The Miners were always
ahead in this game in the second half
and were up by 20 at one point as
well. UTEP got its much needed first
conference game. Cedric lang never
got into a rhythm in this game. It
seemed like he was called for a foul
as soon as he started getting warmed
up. Lang only played 13 minutes
and was fouled out with 1 point for
the Miners. Washburn helped out
with 9 points and only 1 point more
and The Miners would've had 5 play-
ers in double figures. A balanced of-
fense like that is only going to help
this young group more this season.
In the end the miners prevailed with
a nice 74-63 win.
Houston Baptist did not have much
confidence coming into The Don
Haskins with their 4-12 record com-
ing to El Paso. UTEP won this game
77-42. This game saw more action
from the bench and an impressive (3)
3 pointers from CJ Cooper were a
great boost of confidence for the
Tulsa comes into this game with a
10-7 record. The new head coach for
Tulsa is none other than Danny Man-
ning. Manning is a former NBA
player and NCAA star at Kansas.
First year head coach Manning
comes from the Kansas pedigree of
Bill Self. Tulsa is not the easiest
place to play at but the Miners will
be up to the challenge.
Larry Brown has the Mustangs doing
better than last year but have a lost a
lot of games during this section of
the season. They have lost 6 of their
last 9 games. This 2pm game will
still be a challenge for the Miners
when you face a team coached by
NCAA champion and NBA cham-
pion Larry Brown. SMU is led by
Jalen Jones who is averaging 14.7
points and 8.2 rebounds. Bohannon
and Lang will have to keep Jones in
control in the paint. The Miners
have won 8 of their last 10 games.
Lets see if they can add 2 wins this
by the Ball Boy
Regular Season Schedule
1.19.2013 VS SMU El Paso, Texas
1.26.2013 VS East Carolina Greenville, NC
1.30.2013 VS UAB Birmingham, Ala
Property Tax
Deadline Around
the Corner
EPCC Professor
Prestigious Award
El Paso Commu-
nity College
(EPCC) Associ-
ate Professor of
English and Chi-
cana/o Studies
Program Dis-
trict-Wide Coor-
dinator, Mauricio
Rodriguez, has
been awarded
the Distin-
guished Commu-
nity College
Faculty Award
from the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher
Education (TACHE). Mr. Rodriguez will receive
his award at the 38th TACHE Annual Conference,
January 27-30 in Austin, Texas.
Mauricio Rodriguez has been with EPCC since
2003. Mauricio is committed to advancing Chi-
canos in higher education through efforts both in-
side and outside the classroom. As a professor, he
seeks to inspire, challenge and engage his students.
He was a leader in forming the Chicana/o Studies
Program at EPCC. Rodriguez currently serves as
TACHE Regional Representative for Far West.
For further information, contact Mauricio Ro-
driguez at (915) 831-2243 or Maria C. Aguirre-
Acuna, VP of Communications (TACHE), at
Konner Tucker
Using this online account, more than 60 million peo-
ple who receive Social Security or Supplemental Se-
curity Income (SSI) will now be able to immediately
request and receive benefit verification letters online.
Last year, we processed almost nine million benefit
verification requests. Beneficiaries will also have ac-
cess to their payment history and earnings record.
In addition to the benefit verification letter, Social Se-
curity beneficiaries can now start or change their di-
rect deposit, and change their address using their my
Social Security account.
Individuals not receiving benefits can create a my So-
cial Security account and quickly receive their online
Social Security Statement.
Please join us in encouraging individuals age 18 or
older to visit, to
sign up for an account.
Ray Vigil
Public Affairs/Wage Reporting Specialist
Social Security Administration
Mauricio Rodriguez
The deadline for paying 2012 property taxes is Thursday,
January 31, 2013. Taxpayers are encouraged to pay before
the deadline to avoid penalties and interest. Payment op-
tions include:
1.MAIL – Send payment to El Paso Tax Assessor Collector,
P.O. Box 660271, Dallas, TX 75266-0271. (Note: Do not mail
2. INTERNET – At by e-check or
credit card (Master Card, Visa and American Express).
3. TELEPHONE – Call (915) 541-4054 and pay by e-check
or credit card (Master Card, Visa and American Express).
4. WELLS FARGO BANKS – in El Paso County by 3:00
p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2013 full or partial payment.
No cash accepted only checks or money orders. Tax bill
must be presented. Lobby payments only. (No Drive-thru
5. COUNTY TAX OFFICES – Check, Money Orders, and
cash are accepted. Tax bill must be presented.
6. CITY OF EL PASO TAX OFFICE – Located on the 3rd
floor of the Downtown Wells Fargo Building at 221 N.
Kansas (corner of Kansas and Mills). Office hours are
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday thru Thursday. We will
be open on Friday January 18th and 25th.
You may experience some delays or difficulty in accessing
payment options because of the large volume of payments
being processed during this peak period. Early payment is
suggested in order to avoid these problems.
Social Security has expanded services
available with a my Social Security account.
By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman
JAN 23
JAN 17
High: 54º Low: 29º High: 58º Low: 32º High:59º Low: 37º High: 62º Low: 39º
“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
JAN 18
JAN 20
The month of January has been a very active
month so far. We got hit with snow January 3rd
and then came the extreme cold that gripped El
Paso and the entire southwest. I issued a First Alert
last Friday due to the extended cold weather ex-
pected for quite some time. Again, whenever we
feel that a dramatic change in the overall weather
pattern will appear, ABC-7 meteorologists issue
the alert.
As of this writing, we've only seen high tempera-
tures for nearly the past week in the upper 30s and
lower 40s. Overnight low temperatures have
been down into the teen and low 20s. We are not
the only city shivering in the cold. Phoenix typi-
cally does not experience freezing temperatures.
As I write this column, they have had three morn-
ings in a row with temperatures below 32 degrees.
A warmer pocket of air is headed our way this
Anytime we get this cold, we all need to remem-
ber the four P's - people, pets, plants and pipes.
Many times it's a specific group of people that suf-
fer the most such as the poor and elderly. Heating
a residence can get expensive and many will cut
back the thermostat to keep the monthly bill low.
Or, some will turn on the stove burner to help heat
their home and that could cause a fire if not
watched closely.
Pets are another concern. It's important, mainly for
outdoor pets, that owners keep fresh water on hand
for them (water will freeze overnight) along with
plenty of food. It's a good idea to protect the pets
from what wind --and wind chill-- we have by
having a dog or cat house along with some blan-
kets or hay.
Those with plants need to take them inside. Tem-
peratures down in the teens and twenties will
quickly damage what's out there.
Pipes are a big concern as many of us witnessed
in the deep freeze back in February, 2011. Water
pipes that run through unheated crawl spaces and
pipes that snake through walls to the outside are
what you need to be aware of and monitor. These
are the pipes that need to be wrapped in insulation.
Weather changes affect us all, and big changes in
weather should make us evaluate our routine.
High: 59º Low: 34º
JAN 19
A n s w e r : C - 1 D e g r e e ( r e c o r d l o w ) w i t h a w i n d c h i l l o f - 1 7 d e g r e e s .
Weather Trivia:
Mostly Sunny
Mostly Sunny
A. 12 Degrees
B. 4 Degrees
C. 1 Degree
D. -2 Degrees
Mostly Sunny
A January to Remember
High: 62º Low: 35 º
Mostly Sunny
The last major cold spell El Paso had was early
February, 2011. What was the record low that we
recorded February 3rd?
JAN 21
JAN 22
Mostly Sunny Partly Sunny
High: 51º Low: 25º
Partly Sunny
You may not want to
bare your arms in a
sheath dress this winter,
but there are plenty of ways
to "dress" up your wardrobe.
The new day dresses have
higher necks and — yes,
sleeves! And in a season of
award shows, this is a great
time to scout out your next party
Maggy London's blue dress is one of
the best ways to give your winter
wardrobe (and spring) a stylish up-
date this year. (www.maggylon-
By Sharon Mosley
Let's face it ... winter is not quite yet over. And
even though the fashion magazines and on-
line style sites may be touting the latest
spring and summer trends, most of us are still
bundled up in our puffy parkas and cozy
coats. So before we talk the "next new thing
to wear," it's time to stock up on what we'll be
wearing for a few more months. The good
news? Most of the year's fashion favorites are
now on sale!
Here are a few of the best pieces to create
your own "uniform" for the cold weather.
Pick a few of these items to put on your
shopping list. You'll be wearing them next
year, too.
—The Statement Coats —
Whether it's a cotton trench trimmed with fur
or a quilted satin wrap, outerwear is making
a big statement this year. And let's face it,
with just this one piece, you CAN really
make a fashion statement. All you need is a
simple pair of trousers and a turtleneck to
layer underneath. What could be easier?
—The Bright Pants — This is a
great way to brighten up your winter wardrobe ...
and you can't have enough of these. Plus, there
are plenty of color palettes out there to satisfy
even the most "color-phobic" of any of us — just
pick a darker shade to update your other neu-
tral basics. Perhaps a deep crimson or purple?
—The Vests — When a coat may be too much, one of
the most versatile pieces you can wear is a vest, a great investment
option for day and night dressing. Whether it's a quilted puffer vest
for casual occasions or a faux fur sweater vest for dressier days, this
addition will instantly give you more options for layering. It's a great
transition piece for winter-into-spring, too.
—The Long Skirts —Although the pencil skirt got
rave reviews last fall, the longer skirt was a refreshing change. The
new crop of skirts is a little fuller, allowing lots of legroom and the
perfect match-up for boots. And they keep you warm, too.
—The Leggings
—Stock up on these now.
Come spring, you won't want
to cover up those legs for a
long time. So now is the time
to take advantage of these
stretchy "pants" and relax a
bit before you take on the
short shorts! There are so
many versions (and colors) of
leggings out there that you
can easily pick and choose
which ones work for you.
—The Tunics — Of course,
with all the skinny pants out
there, you need to take
some cover! And these
longer tops are the best
way to cover your "as-
sets," if you know what I
mean. But don't think
big and baggy. There
are lots of tunic tops
that go way beyond
the old poncho effect.
Think draping, embel-
lishment and luxury
—The Big Sweaters —
Warm up with these chunky knits that look like
they might be bound for the ski slopes. And
what a better way to cozy up those cold win-
ter days and nights?
The newest ways to
wear the thick
sweaters? Pair them
with chiffon skirts
and tights or wear
them with wide
trousers and
—The Form-Fitting Dress
Confessions of a Winter Wimp;
How Layering Changed My Life
When it comes to exercising
outdoors, are you a winter
wimp? When the wind blows
and the temperature dips, do
you find excuses to stay inside
and eat frozen Snickers instead
of taking that walk, riding your
bike or ice skating in the circles
that strengthen your legs, boost
your heart rate and calm your
Fitness is a year-round pursuit,
and the more days a week you
go out and pursue it — running,
walking, skiing, snowshoeing,
etc. — the happier and healthier
you'll be. Cold-weather work-
outs can be wonderful, but you
have to dress correctly, act
wisely and keep a few things in
is a silly myth, so let's melt it
down once and for all. Working
out in cold weather does have
an element of risk (from over-
exposure, mostly), but freezing
your lungs is not one of them.
So, relax and breathe deeply.
The more tense you are —
shoulders hunched, chest con-
cave — the colder you'll feel.
Another way to make yourself
more comfortable is to wear a
facemask or a scarf over your
face. The warmer your breath,
the warmer your body.
This is the key to comfort when
you're playing outside. No mat-
ter your sport or level of per-
formance, you'll feel better and
work more efficiently if you
wear several light layers instead
of one or two big, bulky ones.
Layering traps the air and keeps
it warm — plus, if you get too
hot, you can peel off a layer.
ERS. Think about three basic
layers. That's all you need. Your
first layer — the one closest to
your skin — is the most impor-
tant. Read the labels, and invest
in cold-weather tights and tops
that are made of a high-tech
fiber that wicks sweat off your
skin and keeps you dry. Cotton
isn't a good choice next to your
skin, not even thermal cotton,
because once it's wet, it stays
wet, and you will wind up feel-
ing cold and miserable.
Your second layer depends on
the weather and your personal
preference. If it's especially
cold, I like to add a wool turtle-
neck or a fleecy pullover. Or, if
I'm cross-country skiing, I'll
wear a down vest.
For your top layer, choose a
lightweight jacket that is wind-
proof and water resistant —
something made of a technical
material that breathes, like
Gore-Tex. Don't wear a heavy
jacket as your top layer. You'll
overheat too quickly. A 100
percent nylon jacket is not ideal
because it doesn't breathe, and
your sweat can't evaporate.
give you the most warmth and
flexibility. When you heat up or
the outside temperature
changes, you can peel down. So
think ahead, and wear a fanny
pack or daypack to carry what
you no longer need. It's also a
good idea to keep water and a
snack in the pack. When you're
active, you need to keep drink-
ing water, winter or summer.
And a good healthy snack —
such as trail mix, an energy bar
or dried fruit — will keep your
energy flowing.
Wear good gloves to keep
your hands and fingers
comfy — and for added
warmth, use liners or wear mit-
tens. A hat is crucial because
without one, you'll lose at least
50 percent of your body heat.
And don't forget warm socks
made with wool or a technical
fiber that wicks away moisture.
Again, cotton socks won't do
the job because once they're
wet, they stay wet, and nothing
can ruin a cold-weather work-
out faster than frozen toes.
COUNTS. Don't let your
healthy exposure to cold
weather chap your lips and dry
out your skin. Use quality prod-
ucts (not necessarily expensive
ones) to keep your lips moist
and your skin lubricated. To
protect your eyes and the thin
skin around them, wear sun-
glasses or goggles.
TUDE. I've saved my best
tip for last. Don't resent cold
weather or think of it as the
enemy. It's just
the cold,
warmer you will feel. I know.
I've been there. I overcame fear
of freezing ... and so can you.
"The sun did not shine
It was too wet to play —
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold, wet day."
— Dr. Seuss
Marilynn Preston — fitness ex-
pert, well being coach and
speaker on healthy lifestyle is-
sues — is the creator of Energy
Express, the longest-running
syndicated fitness column in the
country. She has a website, and
welcomes reader questions,
which can be sent to MyEner-
EnErgy ExprEss by Marilynn prEston EvEryday ChEapskatE by Mary hunt
New Life for
Old-fashioned Gadget
If you've ever wandered through a thrift shop, flea market or an-
tique shop, amused by "antique" gadgets and machines, you
might want to change your perspective. If you're like Julie, our
first tipster, she recognized a current need in an old-fashioned
gadget. And she was so excited to share her find that she even
sent a picture. To see Julie's grater, go to my blog at Everyday-
NEW LIFE TO OLD GRATER. I started making my own
washing detergent after reading about it in the Debt-Proof Living
newsletter a number of years ago. I really love NOT lugging
home bottles or boxes of detergent from the store. To grate the
Fels Naptha soap, I've been using a hand grater all these years.
But I've always wished for an easier way. This past summer, my
husband and I visited quite a few flea markets, and found an
amazing grater — one that grates a bar in two minutes. It's so
easy, I just turn the crank and it grates the bar super fine. When I
add the grated Fels Naptha to the borax and washing soda and
shake the container, it turns into a nice powder. We paid only $15
for the grater. I am so happy, I just had to send you a picture. —
Julie, Ohio
and they ripen too fast for me to eat, I put them in the fridge. The
peel will turn black, but the inside is still firm. I only store them
in the fridge for a day or two, and if I don't eat them by then, I'll
mash them up and store in the freezer to use later in banana
bread. — Ginny, email
TRICK TO UNSTICK ZIPPERS. I used to get frustrated
with the zippers on my jeans getting stuck after a few washes. I
discovered that if I run ChapStick up and down the zipper a cou-
ple of times, it loosens right up and doesn't leave an oily residue.
This also works well when trying to put on a ring when your fin-
gers are slightly swollen. Just rub ChapStick inside the ring, and
it slips right on. And ChapStick doesn't irritate your skin. —
Toni, email
TUFTED-LOOKING LINER. I discovered a cheap fix for
my pickup truck's sagging headliner (the fabric on the ceiling of
the cab): thumbtacks. Underneath the fabric there is a layer of
something that is penetrable — cardboard or foam. My old truck
now has a tufted looking interior. — Margie, email
WATER THE WAX. The best way to remove candle wax is
to simply fill the glass with water, and the next day you will find
the candle and all the wax floating in the water. I discovered this
a long time ago when I accidentally filled the glass candleholder
with water and left it overnight. I was over joyed to say the least.
— Sharlene, California
Would you like to send a tip to Mary? You can email her at, or write to Everyday Cheap-
skate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630. Include your first and
last name and state. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.Debt- and author of 23 books, including her newest
release, "Cheaper, Better, Faster: Over 2,000 Tips and Tricks to
Save You Time and Money Every Day."
DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren
Like a well-scripted television se-
ries, there's a drama building toward
the full moon in Leo on Saturday. Jolly
Jupiter is a major player in the scene,
gracing us with good fortune early in
the week. Keep in mind that the best
treasures are not things but feelings.
And though you can't see the fullness
of a feeling, all the evidence is there
for those who can understand it.
Sometimes it takes a wise person to
crack the code.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Don't as-
sume that you'll want what you like. A
strange quirk of humanity is that, for
reasons too complex to sort out en-
tirely, they often want what they won't
like at all. Question your own wanting
tendencies this week. Try to align
yourself with a desire that will actually
make you happy in its attainment.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The antic-
ipated future sets your mind chatter-
ing. If you're too busy trying to
compute the outcome of the week's
events, you will essentially lose hours,
or even days, to the television screen
of your mind. So stay present. Being
lost in your own thoughts can be as
wasteful as sitting in front of a televi-
sion 24/7.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). An inner
drive to get it right fuels the fury of
your efforts. Just make sure that you
stick to your purpose. Getting it right
isn't as important as serving the rea-
son you took this on in the first place.
You likely sense that you are an es-
sential contributor to the lives of oth-
ers and helping makes you feel rich
and happy.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). It's like
there are two modes: calm and hurry.
For instance, the last minutes before
you leave the house seem pressur-
ized, so as to eject you in a state of
frenzy. Maybe this is for good reason
— it's important to be prompt. But if
you can even out the pace through
good planning, you'll enjoy a less
stressful existence.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Sometimes
you do let people think you're who
they want you to be. Because they
need you to fill a role, and you can do
that for them — it's a kind of gift. This
week you'll balance out the role-play
with long stretches of time in which
you can do and be anyone you want
to be. You'll enjoy the freedom.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There's a
good chance that your to-do list is a
non-productive document today, espe-
cially if you try and follow it without
first syncing up with the environment
around you. If you're aware of your en-
vironment, you will be able to use
what's available to support your ef-
forts. In other words, go with the flow.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). From a very
early age you've had a strong sense
of what's socially acceptable. Your in-
ternal filter keeps you from blurting out
your initial impressions, opting instead
for the most appropriate responses to
your environment that you can think
of. Because of your manners, you'll be
invited into exclusive situations.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It often
seems that people care about you to
the extent that you make their lives
more enjoyable. Maybe that's true of
some relationships — not the good
ones. Don't forget that there are many
ways to add value that require no ef-
fort at all. You have a loving vibration.
It's innate. People feel better just being
near you.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21).
When you're speaking to a person,
that person is the most interesting of
all the people in entire world — for
you, at that moment. At least you be-
have as though this is the case, which
explains why you have so many
friends and admirers this week. Satur-
day brings a most tantalizing offer.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You
get answers in strange ways this
week. Actually your methods are not
as unusual as you might think. It's just
that you're not typically conscious of
your experience on the ethereal plane,
where you constantly gather informa-
tion and impressions to navigate the
physical world. Trust the nonsense.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The
one who is hardwired to look for the
problems can be annoying to you at
times, but this person is also an in-
valuable resource. We all have our
gifts, and the gift of discernment is a
perfect compliment to your optimism
now. So give some credence to the
analysts. Their words will help you
master your work.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's like
your mind is a picture frame, and you
fill it with beauty and interest this
week. Because you're so visually at-
tuned to the world around you, there
will be much to see. A partner in ap-
preciation comes your way Thursday.
Develop this tie further by Saturday's
full moon.
inspired to work on communication
skills through the next three months.
This could include studying another
culture, bringing up your emotional IQ
or learning a different language. You'll
love the pay off — feeling heard and
understood and enjoying a richer feel-
ing of connection with others and the
world at large. February brings a fi-
nancial breakthrough. Love is in the
driver's seat through March and April
when some of the moves you make
will surprise even you.
1 Den ___: Dutch capital
5 Normandy craft
8 Wrong: L.
12 Wiggly dessert
13 Ecosystem monitors
14 Chemical compound
16 Painter's prop
17 Two ___ of Verona
19 Aristophanesí realm of fan-
21 Lure
22 Course for aspiring Lts.
23 Sets out
26 Sunday mag
28 ___ -relief
31 At hand
32 Ironworking city east of the
33 Expertise
34 Most quickly
36 Impossible!
38 Auto pioneer Olds' middle
39 Macbeth, for one
41 Leading
42 Downbeat
43 Singer McEntire
44 Transpires
45 The Third
46 Kid's wheels
48 Dwarf who wove straw into
55 Diamond fragments
56 Nintendo's kin
57 Lead-tin alloy
58 Three, in Turin
59 Smidgens
60 Scorch
61 US citizen ID
62 Religionist Hubbard
1 Remedy
2 Moreover
3 Alaskan islander
4 Hunting dog
5 Head start
6 British spirit
7 Panzer
8 Bomb in a bottle
9 Boitano's jumps
10 Kind of bean
11 Idyllic place
12 Pres. monogram
15 Goal
18 Beyond fashionable
20 1 in. = 2.54 ___
23 Baseball foursome
24 Gay preceder
25 Earthlike shape
27 Its capital is Alencon
28 African language
29 Passion
30 Goalkeeping stat
32 Wild try
35 Aussie gal
37 Forebear
40 Babbles
44 Tin Man's need
45 Toothpaste from the past
47 Up
48 IOU, for example
49 Rubber source
50 Measly
51 Military ldrs.
52 Valet of the Green Hornet
53 Theocracy, since 1979
54 Serbian city
A Touch of Gold
By Holiday Mathis
week 01/17/13 - 01/23/13
Delicious Full Moon Drama
DEAR ABBY: My grand-
mother is 75 years old and, un-
fortunately, very unpleasant to
be around. She has made many
hurtful remarks in the past,
which have led some family
members to shut her out of their
I live in another state
and don't see my grandmother
very often. I call her once or
twice a month. When I do, she's
nothing but pleasant with me,
but she's often angry and tearful
about other members of the
She feels her children
and grandchildren should re-
spect her as the matriarch of the
family and include her in all
family get-togethers. (My fam-
ily tells me they have stopped
inviting her to many functions
because she's such a trouble-
I'm concerned about
my grandmother and am begin-
ning to think that my parents
and siblings should overlook
her unpleasant behavior and oc-
casional snide remarks. At the
very least they should include
her in important family func-
tions. I'd be interested in your
opinion, so I can share it with
my family. -- TROUBLED IN
grandmother appears to be
reaping what she has sown. Ver-
bal abuse often leaves scars on
those at whom it is aimed, and
no one can be blamed for want-
ing distance from a person who
is deliberately hurtful.
Respect is something
that has to be earned. Your par-
ents and siblings "respect" your
grandmother from a distance
because they have learned it's
the only safe way to do so.
Does this mean she
should automatically be ex-
cluded from all family get-to-
gethers? No. However, before
she's invited to an important
event, she should give assur-
ances that she'll watch her
mouth and be on her best be-
havior. Or else.
If this seems heavy-
handed, so be it. It's no crime to
protect oneself from someone
else's mean-spiritedness.
DEAR ABBY: Please allow
me to share a dating technique
with your readers that has saved
me a lot of relationship
headaches. I call it "the 90-day
Whenever I start dat-
ing someone, I try to see them
at least once a week for 90
days. That way, if there are any
character flaws, I find out
within the first 90 days.
Among the flaws I've
discovered: drug dealing and
addiction, alcoholism, driving
without a valid license and with
illegal license tags, and lying
about their occupation.
The idea is to avoid
sexual intimacy during those
first 90 days to keep your head
clear. If you are intimate too
soon, you'll find yourself mak-
ing excuses for your partner.
This technique has never failed
me -- unless I made an excep-
May I suggest your
readers try this 90-day rule? If
they do, I promise they won't be
disappointed because it takes
TIME to get to know someone.
Before you can love someone,
you must learn who that person
really is. -- CLEARHEADED
Your 90-day rule makes a lot of
sense. I have heard from many
readers who went too far too
fast because they felt they had
made an instant emotional con-
nection. I warn them that physi-
cal attraction should not be
confused with love because
what they're really describing is
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
For everything you need to
know about wedding planning,
order "How to Have a Lovely
Wedding." Send your name and
mailing address, plus check or
money order for $7 (U.S. funds)
to: Dear Abby, Wedding Book-
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and handling are included in the
By Gina Spadafori
It’s a New Year’s tradition
around my home, one that has
outlived three generations of
pets but still works to help en-
sure the safety of the animals I
live with now: I call the pets
over and check their necks.
I always do my “neck
checks” around the first of the
year. It’s easy, taking a few
minutes to check for wear and
fit on the collars and for legibil-
ity on the tags.
Consider the collar
first. A properly fitted collar is
important, but so is the right
type. For dogs, a buckled or
snap-together collar made of
leather or nylon webbing is the
best choice, and the proper fit is
comfortably close, but not too
snug. Make sure your dog’s not
wearing a “choke” or prong
collar for everyday wear. These
pose a potentially deadly haz-
ard if left on an unsupervised
Cat collars aren’t as
widely accepted because some
people fear the collars will get
caught on branches and trap the
cat. Other people argue that
their cat stays indoors and so
never needs a collar. Neither ar-
gument’s a good one: Any cat
can slip out, and as for cats
being caught by their collars,
most cat collars are designed to
give enough to allow a pet to
slip free if caught.
If you don’t have a
safe collar, you’ll find countless
choices at your neighborhood
pet-supply retailer, and even
more online. One online fa-
vorite of mine: Beastie Bands
for cats — comfortable, color-
ful collars that stick tight unless
a cat needs to lose them.
What if your pet al-
ready seems to have a comfort-
able, safe, well-fitting collar?
Take a look at the holes and the
fasteners. The collar is weakest
at these spots, so if you see
signs of excessive wear or
strain, you’ll need to replace
the collar soon.
Next, look at your
pet’s ID tags. A license is great,
but since many lost pets are
picked up by people in the
neighborhood, it’s a good idea
to supplement the license with
an ID tag that has a couple of
phone numbers — yours and
the number of a friend or rela-
tive. Check to make sure the in-
formation is current and
and if
not, order a
new tag. I never put the pet’s
name or my address on the
tags. Instead, my pets’ tags say
“REWARD!” with a collection
of phone numbers — my cell-
phone number first, followed
by the cellphone numbers of
two friends in case I can’t be
reached. I want to get the point
across that I want my pets back
If you’re worried
about a dangling ID getting
caught — or annoyed by the
noise — get a slide-on tag from
an online source such as Looking
for something a little more fun?
Check out,
which offers hundreds of de-
signs, or allows you to upload
image of
your own. also
has a service for an additional
charge that will allow anyone
who finds your pet to contact
you immediately through a
web-based service that sends
text and phone messages to you
and any other contacts you des-
Problems with collars
and tags are easy to fix, but
they shouldn’t be the extent of
your pet’s get-home-safe insur-
ance policy. If your pet isn’t
microchipped already, call your
veterinarian and get that done.
About the size of a grain a rice,
the microchip has reunited pets
with families who were sure
they’d never see them again,
and saved the lives of others
whose chip was a ticket home
when they landed in a shelter.

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An annual check of your pet’s collar and ID tags can save his life if he wanders from home.
By Rose Bennett Gilbert
Novel Idea?
Q: OK, I am finally going to
sit down and write a book
about my travels in the
Far East after college 15 years
ago. To make it "official," I am
turning a small guest room into
my writing room. My husband
is offering to paint it "some-
thing inspirational." I love
bright colors, but would that be
distracting in the long run?
A: Congratulations on taking
the first step toward your book
ambitions. As all writers know
(including this one), the true se-
cret of success is putting the
seat of the pants in the seat of
the chair, every day for a set
number of hours.
It's like a job. What am I say-
ing? It is a job! And to make
the work more enjoyable, you'd
be wise to make that writing
room as inviting and comfort-
able as possible. Which means,
if bright colors will inspire you,
by all means, go bright.
In fact, given the subject of
your project, you might even
go for the idea artist Chuck Fis-
cher expressed all over the
walls of the writing room he
designed for this year's Kips
Bay Decorator Show House.
Continues on page 6
Forget Matchy-Matchy Cabinets, Too!
Q: The cabinets in our new (renovated)
kitchen are off-white with raised panel
doors. Do we have to make the center is-
land white, too, or is it okay to use a dif-
ferent color or a wood-tone? I guess
anything goes with white, right?
A: You are right-on about white. It's al-
most always right, if a little monotonous
— walk into half the kitchens in this
country, and you'll find cabinets painted
white or some variation thereof.
OK, that makes sense on the one hand:
white signals clean. It also reflects light
and creates the illusion that your space is
larger than it really is.
On the other hand, white can look sterile,
boring, been-there-done-that. Which is
why top kitchen designers advocate mixing
colors when it comes to the center work is-
That's especially true when you're dealing
with a large space, says Tad Troilo, a CKD
(Certified Kitchen Designer) who designed
this high, wide and handsome kitchen for a
client who happens to be an interior de-
signer herself — and knew just how she
wanted the space to look and work. For ex-
ample, she asked for natural materials, in-
cluding the brick floor, ce-
ramic tile splash back and
countertops made of Car-
rara marble and soap-
"In a large kitchen like
this, you want to break up
the cabinet finish by using
a different color or finish
on the center island," Tad
explains. The cabinets he
laid out around the
perimeter of the room are
all clean white and tradi-
tional in design, including
the "mantel" that over-
arches the cook top.
Then he used a darker, painted finish on
the large center island, making it both the
center of attention and the center of activ-
ity in the kitchen. (All the cabinetry, in-
cluding that imposing mantel-style hood,
was custom-made by Wood Mode, wood- To see more of Tad's talent, go
By Rose Bennett Gilbert
Continued from page 2
A muralist and trompe l'oeil master (who specializes in astonish-
ing pop-up books),
Chuck painted chi-
noiserie motifs
floor-to-ceiling on
warm, glowing or-
ange walls.
Of course, Chuck is
an acclaimed pro-
fessional artist, but
you might interpret
his idea, using sten-
cils or blown-up
photocopies of tra-
ditional chinoiserie
Two other ideas to,
ahem, plagiarize for
your own writing
room: the simple desk set-up — this room means business! And
the effective light-and view-control at the windows, thanks to the
tailored Roman shade (Vignette by Hunter Douglas, www.hunter-, hung under a valance Chuck also hand-painted to
match. See more of the artist's oeuvre at
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and
six other books on interior design.
Special treatment makes a center island the
center of attention in a large newly built
kitchen. Photo: Tom Grimes
Décor Score...
Evoke your muse in a writing room warmed by orange-sherbet
walls and painted chinoiserie motifs. —Photo courtesy of
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*THE GUILT TRIP (PG-13)10:55 am |
1:40 pm | 4:25 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:55 pm
2D THE HOBBIT (PG-13)10:40 am | 2:20
pm | 6:00 pm | 9:40 pm
| 12:50 pm | 4:00 pm | 7:10 pm | 10:20 pm
*THIS IS 40 (R)10:35 am | 11:30 am |
1:55 pm | 3:10 pm 5:15 pm | 7:00 pm |
8:40 pm | 10:20 pm
10:30 am | 1:25 pm | 4:30 pm | 7:35 pm |
10:30 pm
2D WRECK-IT RALPH (PG)10:45 am |
1:40 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:40 pm | 10:30 pm
*ZERO DARK THIRTY (R)10:35 am |
11:05 am | 2:05 pm | 2:35 pm | 5:35 pm
| 6:05 pm | 9:05 pm | 9:35 pm
* -- denotes Pass Restricted features
I-10 & Lee Trevino
Schedule good for
Friday January 18th
Schedule good for 1 /18 - 01/24
CLOUD ATLAS (R) 8:30 pm
FLIGHT (R) 4:15 pm | 6:55 pm | 9:30 pm
2D FRANKENWEENIE(PG)4:20pm|6:30 pm
| 4:55 pm | 7:20 pm | 9:40 pm
| 4:50 pm | 7:15 pm | 9:35 pm
RED DAWN (PG-13)4:30 pm | 7:10 pm |
9:20 pm
TAKEN 2(PG-13)5:15 p |7:30pm| 9:45 pm
2200 N. Yarbrough
Premiere Cinemas
6101 Gateway West S.15
END OF WATCH (R) 4:50p | 9:55p
FLIGHT (R) 11:35a | 2:35p | 6:35p | 9:35p
2D FRANKENWEENIE (PG) 2:25p | 7:15p
3D FRANKENWEENIE(PG)11:40a | 1:50p | 6:40p
HERE COMES THE BOOM (PG) 11:00a | 1:40p |
4:05p | 7:00p | 9:30p
2DHOTELTRANSYLVANIA(PG)12:00p|5:00p| 9:25p
| 11:10a | 1:30p | 3:50p | 6:20p | 8:40p
| 11:05a | 3:55p
2D PARANORMAN (PG) 11:20a | 1:55p | 7:25p
PITCH PERFECT (PG-13) 11:30a | 2:10p | 4:40p |
7:10p | 9:40p
RED DAWN (2012) (PG-13) 11:15a | 1:35p |
4:00p | 7:20p | 9:45p
SINISTER (R) 1:25p | 6:10p | 9:00p
TAKEN 2(PG-13)12:10p| 2:20p |4:30p|6:30p|
THE COLLECTION (R) 4:15p | 8:50p
Schedule good for 1/18- 1/24/13
Schedule good for 1/18
ARGO, REISSUE (R)12:00 | 7:00
BROKEN CITY (R)11:00 | 1:40 |
4:20 | 7:00 | 9:40 | 12:15am
12:00 | 4:00 | 7:40 | 11:20
1:45 | 4:30 | 7:15 | 10:00| 12:00am
1:20 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 9:20 | 12:00am
12:00 | 4:00 | 7:40 | 11:20
11:00 | 2:05 | 5:10 | 8:15
LAST STAND, THE (R)11:30 |
2:10 |4:50 | 7:30 | 10:10 | 12:05am
12:00 | 4:00 | 7:30 | 11:00
LIFE OF PI 2D (PG)4:00 | 10:00
MAMA (PG13)11:15 | 1:40 | 4:05 |
7:15 | 9:45 | 12:15am
11:00 | 1:30 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 9:30
RED DAWN (PG13)7:00 | 9:25
11:00 | 1:45 | 4:30 | 7:20 | 10:10 |
11:00 | 4:15 | 9:40
1:25 | 7:15 | 12:05am
PT.2 (PG13)11:00 | 1:45 | 4:30 |
7:15 | 10:00
11:00 | 1:40 | 4:20
4:00 | 7:30 | 11:00
Now Showing
Open Nationwide 01/18/13
Runtime 100 min
MPAA Rating PG-13 for Vi-
olence and Terror, Thematic
Elements, Some Disturbing
Starring Jessica Chastain,
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,
Megan Charpentier, Isabelle
Nélisse, Daniel Kash, Javier
Botet, Jane Moffat, Morgan
McGarry, David Fox,
Domenic Cuzzocrea, Chris
Marren, Ray Kahnert, Diane
Gordon, Matthew Edison, Maya Dawe
Genre Horror
Synopsis On the day that their parents die, sisters Lilly and Vic-
toria vanish in the woods, prompting a frantic search by their
Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend,
Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Five years later, miraculously, the
girls are found alive in a decaying cabin, and Lucas and Annabel
welcome them into their home. But as Annabel tries to reintro-
duce the children to a normal life, she finds that someone -- or
something -- still wants to tuck them in at night.
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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are
from January 17th - 26th, 2012
An Evening with the
Stars – El Paso Chapter, The
Links Inc. hosts its annual
black tie dinner gala with danc-
ing and awards recognizing the
commitment of individuals
who have made a bright differ-
ence in the community 6 p.m.
to 1 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at
the Centennial Club at Building
11199, E. Fort Bliss in Biggs
Army Airfield. Tickets $60. In-
formation: 241-6046, 261-9699
Martin Luther King
Jr. Day Celebration —
El Paso Parks and Recreation
Department celebrates the
legacy of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. with an evening of
dance, drama and music 6 to
7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at
Veterans Recreation Center,
5301 Salem. Guest speaker is
Colonel David M. Hamilton,
Commander of the 212th Fires
Brigade, 1st Armored Division,
Fort Bliss. Admission is free.
Information: 821-8909.
El Paso Symphony
Orchestra - The Symphony
performs in collaboration with
El Paso Pro-Musica’s Chamber
Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. Fri-
day and Saturday, Jan. 25-26,
in the Plaza Theatre, with guest
performers Madalyn Parnas, vi-
olin and Cecily Parnas, cello.
Guest conductor Lawrence Loh
returns from last year’s conduc-
tor search to lead a program
with Hindemith’s “Symphonic
Metamorphosis,” Saint-Saëns’
“The Muse and The Poet” and
Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.”
Tickets: $15-$40. Information:
532-3776 or
Loh is the Resident Conductor
of the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra, Music Director of
the Northeastern Pennsylvania
Philharmonic and Music Direc-
tor of the Pittsburgh Youth
Symphony Orchestra. He con-
ducts a wide range of concerts
including classical, educational
and pops. A champion of early
childhood exposure to music,
Loh plays the part of host and
conductor of the enormously
popular Fiddlesticks Family
Series “Bringing Music to the
Lives of Children.” Loh held
the positions of Assistant and
Associate Conductor of the
Dallas Symphony from 2001-
2005. He was appointed Asso-
ciate Conductor of the
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
from 1998-2001, and was also
Music Director of the Denver
Young Artists Orchestra.
Opening Notes pre-concert
talks are 6:30 p.m. with Loh
and EPSO resident conductor
Andy Moran in the Plaza’s Phi-
lanthropy Theatre.
La Chupitos — The com-
edy diva and Mexican TV star
performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan.
25, at Romeo’s Discoteque,
9101 Gateway East. Tickets:
$20 in advance (ticket price in-
creases at the door); available
at Information:
922-9383. Rescheduled from
Nov. 23.
‘If The Shoe Fits’ —
Kids-N-Co. presents a modern
day fairy tale Jan. 18-Feb. 10,
at the Kids-N-Co. Education
and Performance Center, writ-
ten and directed by Kids-N-Co.
alumnus Mia Carreon. Show-
times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sun-
days. Ticket information: 351-
1455 or
‘Sherlock Holmes and
The First English
Gentleman’ – El Paso
Playhouse, 2501 Montana,
presents the famed detective in
the mystery by Doug Warwick
Jan. 4-26. Directed by Frieda
Voeks. Showtimes are 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m.
Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 sen-
iors, $7 military/students with
ID; $5 students under 18). In-
formation: 532-1317, elpaso-
Socorro Entertain-
ment Center — S 11200
Santos Sanchez (off Socorro
Road, 4.5 miles southeast of
Loop 375). Queensryche,
with Crimson Glory singer
Todd La Torre, performs 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19. Admission
to all shows is free. Informa-
tion: 860-7777 or speak-
Cirque du Soleil’s
‘Quidam’ — Cirque du
Soleil brings its ninth show, “a
young girl’s escape into the
world of imagination,” to El
Paso for seven performances
Jan. 23-27, at UTEP’s Don
Haskins Center. Showtime is
7:30 p.m. Wednesday through
Friday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sat-
urday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $35-$95 (Ticketmas-
Young Zoé is bored as her par-
ents, ignore her. Seeking to fill
the void of her existence, she
slides into an imaginary world
— the world of Quidam —
where she meets characters
who encourage her to free her
According the show descrip-
tion, a ‘Quidam’ is a nameless
passerby, a solitary figure lin-
gering on a street corner, a per-
son rushing past and swallowed
by the crowd. It could be any-
one, anybody.
El Paso Puzzler En-
durance Weekend —
The endurance mountain bike
race and trail runs are Jan. 19-
20 at Bowen Ranch’s Round
House, 2.6 miles north of US54
on Martin Luther King Jr.
(Farm to Market Road 3255).
Hosted by the Border Mountain
Bike Association. Information:
845-1097 or
Marathon and half-marathon
trail runs are Saturday. Start
times to be announced. Cost:
$55 half marathon; $70 full
marathon. Cost per event at
packet pick up is $90. Register
on line at raceadventuresunlim-
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Deadline: January 25
Teen girls are invited to discover their leadership talents through
our semester-long leadership institute. We are currently accept-
ing applications for female 13 and up interested in developing
their leadership potential and communication skills. A select
group of girls will be chosen to participate in our leadership pro-
gram to learn how they can become a strong voice for their com-
munity. Members will commit to monthly meetings throughout
the Spring. For more information, email, visit or call
New York, NY (January 14, 2013) - Draco and Ricky Martin film
the video for "Más y Más" together.
This long awaited reunion of two iconic stars and friends took
place in an old mansion in New York City. Directed by Carlos
Perez, this promises to be an unforgettable video.
Draco and Ricky have had many successes throughout their ca-
reers, but this will be the first time they've sung a song together
as solo artists. Whenever these two stars unite, the combination
has been historic providing a great contribution to Latin music.
The forthcoming album by Draco, titled Vida (Life), demon-
strates the Latin music community's profound respect for him, as
the industry's greatest talents have eagerly turned out to work
with him.
These new versions of Draco's timeless songs were recorded
over a year ago in studios around the world: Spain, Mexico, Ar-
gentina, Puerto Rico, London, Miami, New York and L.A.
Vida goes to retail on March 19 and will be an album of great
The complete tracklisting for Vida follows:
1. "Esto es Vida" (This is Life) feat. Juan Luis Guerra
2. "Penélope" feat. Maná
3. "Como Me Acuerdo" (How I Remember) feat. Alejandro
4. "El Tiempo Va" (Time Passes) feat. Ruben Blades
5. "Obra de Arte" (Work of Art) feat. Enrique Bunbury
6. "Blanca Mujer" (White Woman) feat. Shakira
7. "Mas y Mas" (More and More) feat. Ricky Martin
8. "Noche Fría" (Cold Night) feat. MiMA
9. "Vagabundo" (Vagabond) feat. Andres Calamaro
10. "Roto Por ti" (Broken Because of You) feat. Juanes
11. "Paraíso Prometido" (Promised Paradise) feat. Marc An-
12. "Reza Por Mi" (Pray For Me) feat. Romeo Santos
13. "Cruzando Puertas" (Crossing Doors) feat. José Feliciano
14. "Amantes Hasta El Fin" (Lovers Until the End) feat. Ednita
15. "Brujería" (Witchcraft) feat. Tego Calderón
16. "Madre Tierra" (Motherland) feat. Calle 13
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Mountain bike races of 10, 35
and 50 miles, plus a 50-mile
relay, are on Sunday. Start time
is 8 a.m. (50 mile), 8:05 p.m.
(35 mile) and 8:07 (10 mile).
Cost: $60 per person ($120
two-person relay; $180 three-
person relay). Register online at
Packet pick-up and late regis-
tration is Friday, Jan. 18, for
run and Saturday, Jan. 19, for
bike rides. Location to be an-
nounced. No race day registra-
Participants may also compete
in the “Half Mad” (half
marathon run and 35-mile bike
race) or “Completely Insane”
(marathon run and 50-mile bike
race) competitions. Call for de-
YWCA Race Against
Racism– The 4th annual
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
10K and 5K race and 1-mile
family fun walk is 8 a.m. Mon-
day, Jan. 21, at the Mary Ann
Dodson Camp, 4400 Boy Scout
Lane. Free pancake breakfast
for all participants. Cost: $20
10K and 5K ($15 for military);
$15 1 mile walk ($10 age 12
and younger. Group rates avail-
able. Online registration at
Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6
p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Up
and Running, 3233 N. Mesa,
and 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the race
UTEP Women’s Bas-
ketball – The team hosts
UAB at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan.
20, in the Don Haskins Center.
Tickets: $5. Information: 747-
5234 or
UTEP Men’s Basket-
ball - Home games are at the
Don Haskins Center. Tickets:
$8-$50. Information: 747-5234
• 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 —
Downtown Artist
Market — The City of El
Paso Museums and Cultural
Affairs Department’s market
for area artists resumes Satur-
days Jan. 12 in the Union Plaza
District along Anthony Street.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Space for about 53 artists avail-
able each month. Information:
Booth space costs $2, and
artists will be required to prove
they produce their own work.
Artists must obtain a sales per-
mit and attend one of the
monthly orientation sessions
offered 6 to 8 p.m. the second
Tuesday of each month in the
City Hall third floor training
room. Information/guidelines
online at
at “Cultural/Heritage Tourism
& Initiatives.”
Spring Home Show—
The El Paso Association of
Builders presents the annual
event Jan. 18-20 at the El Paso
Convention Center. The show
features booths providing ex-
hibits, demonstrations, a nail-
driving competition and more.
Free antique appraisals offered
(up to three items per person).
Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admis-
sion: $5.95 ($4.95 military, sen-
iors 62 and older; free for ages
12 and younger). Information:
1-800-756-4788, ext. 47 or
This year’s featured celebrity
guest is HGTV’s Eric Stromer
of “Over Your Head” and
A&E’s “Hideous Houses.”
Stromer was also recently
named one of People Maga-
zine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.”
El Paso Chamber
Music Festival - El Paso
Pro-Musica’s 24th annual festi-
val presents world-class cham-
ber musicians Jan 10-Feb. 2.
Individual concert tickets: $25
($20 seniors/military; $5 stu-
dents). Festival packages avail-
able. Information: 833-9400 or
• “Classical Bombshells” with
violinist Chee Yun and pianist
Natasha Paremski is 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 18, at Fort Bliss’s
1st Armored Division Chapel
and Saturday, Jan. 19, at
UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital
Hall. Selections include
Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No.
9 in A major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer
Sonata” and Brahms’s Violin
Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op.
108. Friday’s performance pre-
sented in partnership with
AUSA, MWR and the Warrior
Transition Battalion in honor of
the men and women in the
Armed Forces.
• Aleksey Igudesman and
Hyung-ki Joo present “A Lit-
tle Nightmare Music” at 5
p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at
UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital
Hall. The two classical musi-
cians’ theatrical shows combine
comedy with classical music
and popular culture. Their clips
on YouTube have gathered
more than 28 million hits.
Free Bach’s Lunch concerts
are noon Thursdays at the El
Paso Museum of Art. Jan. 17
— Zuill Bailey, cello and
Natasha Paremski, piano.
Southwest Flute Fest
— El Paso Flute Club and
UTEP Flute Studio present the
flute festival, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday
and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 18-19, at UTEP’s Fox
Fine Arts Building, with work-
shops, master classes, flute-
choir sessions for all ages.
Guest artist is El Paso native
Mary V. Kerr, a professional
flutist now active in New York.
Cost: $15 for both days (in-
cludes lunch). Information:
747-7798 or
A final recital featuring all
participants is 3:30 p.m. Satur-
day. Admission is free and open
to the public.
Masters of Motown —
Showtime El Paso presents the
tribute to the Motown legacy at
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at
the Abraham Chavez Theatre.
Ticket information: 544-2022
Ten vocalists and musicians
have come together to repro-
duce the style, sound and ulti-
mate feel that Motown brought
years ago. They become Stevie
Wonder, Four Tops, Diane Ross
and the Supremes and Jackson
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El
Paso. Information: 351-9909 or Mexklan
performs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 19, with Ribo Flavin’,
Steady Shakedown and Dub
Cartel. Tickets: $5.
‘Carousel’ — The Las
Cruces Symphony Association
presents a fully staged produc-
tion of Rogers and Hammer-
stein’s musical Friday through
Sunday, Jan. 18-20, at
NMSU’s Atkinson Music
Recital Hall, under the direc-
tion of Mark Medoff and Lon-
nie Klein. Tickets: $35, $45,
$55. Information: (575) 646-
3709 or
Red Paint Powwow—
The 9th annual Powwow and
Indian Market is Jan. 18-20, at
Western New Mexico Univer-
sity in Silver City. Arena Direc-
tor is Tommy Spotted Bird
(Kiowa) and Head Judge is
Derwin Velarde (Jicarilla
Apache). Arena admission: $5
Friday; $10 Saturday or Sunday
($5 seniors/children under 12
and competitive dancers and
drummers). Information: (575)
534-1379 or
Johnny Rivers — The
rock and roll legend behind hits
like “Secret Agent Man,” and
“Midnight Special” performs at
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Inn
of the Mountain Gods Resort
and Casino, Mescalero, N.M.
Tickets: $25-$70. Information:
1-877-277-5677 or innofthe-
‘The Fantasticks’ — No
Strings Theater Company pres-
ents the timeless musical by
Harvey Schmidt with music
and lyrics by Tom Jones is Jan.
18-Feb. 3 at the Black Box
Theatre, 430 N. Downtown
Mall, in Las Cruces, directed
by Karen Caroe. “The Fanta-
sticks” is the longest continu-
ally running musical in history.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, and 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31. Tickets: $10
($9 students and seniors over
65 and $7 all seats Thursday).
Information/reservations: (575)
523-1223 or
Reunite to film the video for
“Más y Más”
Dominick Martin aka Calibre has been responsi-
ble for some of the most beautiful tracks in drum
& bass to date and continues to drop jaws world-
wide with his sublime and sultry productions. From
his first full length LP on Creative Source to "Condi-
tion" on his own label Signature, Calibre’s sound
has progressed taking in elements of jazz, funk,
dub and techno but lost none of it’s soul. His influ-
ence in drum & bass has been profound yet Cali-
bre continues to evolve as an artist, exploring new
techniques and styles in his music. Having played
all over the world from Belfast to Dunedin, Calibre
certainly knows how to captivate a crowd. His sets
focus primarily on the deeper, more musical side
of drum & bass yet never disappoint the dance-
floor. Each performance features a high percent-
age of his own original music, much of it never to
be heard again, and each set cements his posi-
tion as the undisputed leading light of the deeper
side of Drum and Bass. Artists and DJ's from all
corners of the electronic music spectrum con-
stantly remark on Calibre DJ sets restoring their
faith in Drum & Bass as a vital musical force.
Since his early work for Dublin label Quadrophonic
in 1998, Dominick Martin aka Calibre has devel-
oped a sound that delves deep below the all too
often unsatisfying drum & bass surface. Bringing a
warm, natural feel to the digital landscape of
drum & bass, his early tracks stood far apart from
the rest and soon caught the ears of none other
than BBC Radio 1’s DJ Fabio. The scene veteran
and Creative Source label boss promptly gave
Calibre’s music his fullest attention and brought it
to a wider audience, playing the freshest Calibre
dubplates both on his show and at his legendary
London club night Swerve. The critically ac-
claimed double album, 'Musique Concrete,' was
released in 2001 and introduced a sound that
paved the way for others to follow. Opening the
door to a new breed of dancefloor capable, mu-
sically orientated drum & bass, Calibre’s music
certainly showed that less could be more.
Calibre has released music on a diverse range of
labels including CIA, 31 Records, Commercial
Suicide, Liquid V, Bassbin, Ganja, Exit, Critical, Inte-
gral, Quarantine, Deep Medi and Digital Sound-
boy. Bringing samples to life with a masterful
touch has also made him a highly in-demand
remixer and some of his most popular tracks to
date have included remixes of Uncut, Solid State,
Badmarsh & Shri and US R&B singer Jaheim. What
makes his music most exciting, however, is that
Calibre continues to evolve both as a producer
and artist and has consistently stayed one step
ahead of the rest.
Often imitated but never bettered, Calibre’s
sound remains his own after ten years of produc-
ing and releasing drum & bass. A creative force
and inspiration to others, he refuses to be pinned
down to making music in a single style. His single
for the Deep Medi label, run by Digital Mystikz don
Mala, received a warm reception in the dubstep
scene and has demonstrated once again his di-
versity as a producer.
'Condition' follows Calibre's more vocalized 'Even
If' album with a diverse selection of styles, per-
haps more dancefloor focused than 'Even If'.
'Condition' features only one vocal from the man
himself in the form of long awaited sultry anthem
'Who's Singing'. MC DRS vocalizes the heartfelt
'People Never Change' and 'Closing Doors', while
the dancefloor gets special attention on tines like
'Shlager', 'Garbage Man', and the rolling jungle of
'Foreign Bodies' & 'Ugly Duckling'. There is naturally
more subtle funk in the form of 'Windows' and
'Notting Hill' while Calibre's affection for half step-
ping rhythms comes alive with 'No More' & 'Black
Hole Dub'. In Calibre's words;
"Condition is my drum and bass follow up to EVEN
IF i originally wanted to make an album that was
more dance floor influenced, to have a more
light hearted approach, in some ways it has that,
but i couldn't stop myself from making the deeper
material, for years i have wrestled with the subtle
side of drum and bass, my journey has been one
that tries to attain the simple groove, to keep re-
moving the layers of this music,this album is an
expression of this, and how im still feeling the un-
derdog waiting for the cycle....... it came about
as it always has and thats the way its supposed
to, enjoyable and moving fast to discover the still-
With a shy and self-effacing exterior, Calibre is far
from a prolific DJ and prefers not to sacrifice valu-
able studio time in favour of extensive gigs
abroad. He’s a highly capable selector behind
the decks, however, and the rarity of his appear-
ances seems to make them all the more special.
Whether representing his own label, the Soul:ution
crew or the A Bunch of Cuts collective, Calibre’s
known for dropping his own exclusive productions
in the mix and frequently turns heads with a selec-
tion more rugged than some would expect. Con-
sistently the standout on worldwide lineups, every
Calibre set is a unique and much valued experi-
ence for all those lucky enough to encounter this
visionary in a DJ setting.
Prolific in the studio, yet always creative and ex-
ploring new techniques: that's why he’s the man
Marcus Intalex calls the ‘magical music ma-
Music Releases
January 22nd
A$AP ROCKY - Long.Live.A$AP (LP)
Brokeback - Brokeback and the Black
Diamond Youth - Orange
DRGN King - Paragraph Nights
Falty DL - Hardcourage
Follakzoid - II
Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Am-
Petra Haden - Petra Goes To The Movies
Helloween - Straight Out Of Hell
Jose James - No Begnning No End
Menagerie - They Shall Inherit
Mountains - Centralia
Nightlands - Oak Island
Nosaj Thing - Home
The Parson Red Heads - Yearling
Ra Ra Riot - Beta Love
Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return
Trapt - Reborn
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown- Wild Child
Widowspeak - Almanac
DJ Spotlight | Calibre
Jan 31st
Toro Y Moi w/ Wild Belle
@Tricky Falls
Feb 6th
Late Nite Social Club &
The Network Present...
A rising star in the underground techno house
scene and Fabric resident and the man behind
one of the hottest
Fabric mixes to
Feb 17th
@ The Low-
brow Palace
Nightlife calendar
March 2nd
@The Net-
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Gen 6 cars
ith three days of re-
testing at Daytona
International Speedway be-
hind them, NASCAR’s
Sprint Cup Series teams
and drivers now head to
Charlotte Motor Speedway
this week for another round
of testing of the Generation
6 race cars that will make
their competitive debuts in
next month’s Daytona 500.
The Daytona test seemed
to show that the superspeed-
way versions of the cars
don’t work as well in the
two-car pushing tandems
that dominated racing at
Daytona and Talladega Su-
perspeedway in recent years.
The bodies aren’t well suited
for pushing, as evidenced by
a multi-car crash on Friday
at Daytona that damaged 12
cars and sent several teams
headed home early as they
had no backup cars pre-
That incident also brought
to light just how much work
remains to be done to have
fleets of race cars ready for
the early months of the 2013
season. With the radical
changes to the cars since
last year, teams are just now
getting some of the key
NASCAR-issued parts like
hoods and trunk lids to use
on those cars.
With NASCAR’s encour-
agement, teams tried drafting
at Daytona on Friday, and it
wasn’t long before a big lesson
was learned. Dale Earnhardt
Jr. in his Chevy and Marcos
Ambrose in his Ford were
near the front of the pack
when Earnhardt tried to give
Ambrose a shove to see if the
tactic of the recent past
would work with the 2013
Generation 6 cars, so named
because it’s the sixth differ-
ent car that has run in
NASCAR, dating back to
the strictly stock vehicles
that were used when the
sport was founded back in
“I was just going to give
[Ambrose] a push down
the back straightaway and
see if he could get the
lead,” Earnhardt ex-
plained. “I was trying to
eventually get the lead
myself. We got off the back
straightaway and were just
kind of pushing him along
there and our cars sort of
just didn’t match up very
well. I got him hooked into
the fence.”
Earnhardt said that ear-
lier he’d pushed Martin
Truex Jr.’s Toyota and had
good results.
The Fords, he said, are dif-
ferent, which is not surpris-
ing given that one of the key
aspects of the Generation 6
cars is that each manufac-
turer’s car is unique and de-
signed to more closely
resemble the passenger car
versions of the vehicles.
“The roll bar of the front
of my car is just at the right
place where [Ambrose’s] car
sits right up on top of that,”
Earnhardt said. “I sort of
had him going down the
back straightaway like a
Earnhardt also said the
Chevy front end isn’t the
best for pushing.
“Our bumpers on the
Chevys have a little bit of a
point,” he said. “It makes it a
little bit of a challenge to get
into guys and kind of help
After the Sprint Cup Series Preseason Thunder testing at
Daytona International Speedway last week, drivers take
the Generation 6 race cars for further test runs in South
Carolina. (NASCAR photos)
Continued from page 16... We definitely
weren’t doing that in the corner at all be-
cause it was pretty hairy trying to do it on
the straightaways.”
Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports team-
mate Jeff Gordon said push drafting is a
much riskier proposition, especially now
that the superspeedway cars have less
downforce, which means they’re harder to
control in some circumstances.
“The cars drive pretty well,” Gordon said.
“You can’t push, which I think is a good
“The bad thing is, you can still get to the
guy’s bumper, but the cars just don’t line up
very well. You really just shouldn’t even be
doing it. Unfortunately, that is kind of that
last little bit of momentum that you need to
sometimes make the pass or make your lane
“So, it’s something that is going to have to
be dealt with very carefully. You are going to
have to be cautious when you do it and do it
with the right guys, but most of the time
you’re going to need to stay away from it.”
Carl Edwards, looking to put a miserable
2012 season behind him, said he’s anxious to
start racing with the new package, espe-
cially the reduction in downforce.
“The cars are stuck less, and they are
looser,” he said. “That is good for racing. It is
good for the fans. It will make it more excit-
ing and make pit strategy come into play.
“If you put [fresh] tires on you will be able
to go faster. I think all of that is good. This is
going to be a heck of a race. I like that the
cars were sliding around and hard to drive.
It will make it a fun race.”
For many at the Daytona test, the most
immediate concern was the lack of inventory
of body parts like hoods and trunk lids in
race shops with the start of the season just a
little over a month away.
The issue is one being faced by teams
large and small.
Donnie Wingo, crew chief of the Wood
Brothers’ No. 21 Ford driven by Trevor
Bayne, said his team, which only plans to
race a partial schedule, worked up to the
last minute to get its Daytona test car fin-
ished. And he said there was still some work
to be done on the downforce car it plans to
test at Charlotte this week.
Jimmie Johnson said the situation is basi-
cally the same over at the giant Hendrick
Motorsports complex.
“Generally speaking, we just don’t have
any cars,” he said. “This is our only speed-
way car for the 48 car. We want to have that
as a backup when we come back. We still
need to go home and build our 500 car. We
just don’t have the inventory.
“I mean we have four deck lids for our
cars that are legal and they are on the four
Hendrick cars that are here now. We’re play-
ing a big game of catch-up right now.”
NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton
addressed the parts shortage during a press
conference at Daytona.
“It’s just a fact that there’s a lack of inven-
tory,” he said, adding that he’s confident the
parts soon will be flowing through the sup-
ply pipeline. “The only thing that is short is
hoods from the manufacturers and deck lids
that come from our supplier.
“We’re on a pretty organized schedule for
delivery dates on those. There are over 100
deck lids out there in service right now.
“We’ll be on a shipping schedule that
starts next Friday, 50 every Friday, so we
should be pretty well handled by the time
we head off to Vegas [for the third points-
paying race of the season on March 10].”
Pemberton said that if necessary, teams
could swap those parts from one car to the
next among their fleets.
Learning curve...
Back in the early 1970s,
one of Georgia’s tough-as-
nails short track drivers
was leading a race on a
north Georgia bullring
when a raw rookie wrecked
him out of a sure win.
The kid felt so bad about
the crash, which caused lin-
gering hard feelings be-
tween the two drivers’
families, that he abandoned
for a time his plans to be-
come a race driver.
It wasn’t until a year
later that the boy took the
wheel again. The second
time around, things went
much smoother.
The veteran driver con-
tinued to race the short
tracks for decades, and ac-
tually became a fan of the
youngster who once robbed
him of a victory.
That young driver’s
name: Bill Elliott. The vet-
eran was Luther Carter,
who died Jan. 4 at 75 of can-
A few years back, Elliott
sought out Carter and told
him how sorry he was about
that wreck those many
years ago.
“I wanted to quit that
night,” Elliott said. “I really
felt bad about that.”
Carter was deeply moved
by the gesture.
“It meant a lot to me for a
man of his stature to do
something like that,” Carter
said at that time. Mark
Carter, Luther’s son, said
his father, a bulldozer oper-
ator and grading company
owner by trade who raced
cars numbered 3 through-
out his career, had a lot in
common with the late Dale
Earnhardt when it came to
his driving style.
Continues on page 19
Luther Carter in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Mark Carter)
Son remembers Luther Carter,
late short track driver
By Christopher A. Randazzo
A smart choice – Scion’s iQ
If American car buyers want to
drive the smallest car on the
road, they have to look no fur-
ther than to the tiny Smart
ForTwo. But is it really the best
choice in the micro—subcom-
pact car market? Check out the
iQ – no, not your IQ, Scion’s
new iQ, and you may realize
that the Smart may not be so
smart after all.
The iQ is an all-new model
from Toyota’s Scion division.
Measuring in at barley 10 feet
long and weighing in at just
2100 pounds, the iQ is the sec-
ond smallest car available in
the U.S. – next to the Smart.
And while it is little, the iQ of-
fers a decent amount of interior
room and is quite fuel efficient.
When I look at the iQ, I see a
snub-nose version of Scion’s
larger xD. It’s small and com-
pact but the iQ is surprisingly
detailed with unique headlights
and a back window that wraps
around it’s side. It’s funky, no
doubt – and that makes it a per-
fect fit in the Scion lineup.
Once over the iQ’s small size,
another surprise awaits when
you check out the interior.
Scion worked hard to maximize
cabin space – and it paid off.
Unlike the Smart ForTwo that
only offers seating as it name
implies, the iQ is capable of
seating four. Yes, there is a
place for two behind the front
seats. Now my 5’ 9” frame not
only had a difficult time getting
back there, but once I was back
there I found it best to sit side-
ways. So unless the rear seat
occupants are very small, think
of the iQ as having a 2+1 seat-
ing configuration.
As expected, the iQ is best with
just two passengers. The seats
are comfortable and the con-
trols are setup in an interesting
but easy to understand fashion.
For the driver, there is a thick,
fat-bottomed sporty steering
wheel that feels great but looks
a little out of place in the iQ.
The instrument panel is a mix
of analog gauges for the
speedometer and tachometer
and a digital display for the fuel
gauge and odometer. And rather
than stuffing people in the
back, you can make better use
of that area by folding down the
50/50 split rear seats to enlarge
the cargo area from 3.5 cubic
feet to 16.7 cubic feet.
I was quite impressed with the
styling and the interior of the
iQ. Unfortunately those favor-
able feelings couldn’t be passed
on to the way the iQ drove.
Under its tiny little hood is a
1.3 liter four-cylinder engine
that sends 94 horsepower to the
front wheels by way of a CVT
transmission – the only trans-
mission offered. As expected,
the iQ is slow. But what really
puts a damper on the driving
experience is the CVT trans-
mission. Under hard accelera-
tion, the anemic motor feels
and sounds weird as it revs up
to 4K RPMS and just stays
there – all while the little iQ
slowly bobbles forward. I must
say – the iQ does drive fine, it
is just an uneventful drive. Un-
like the Smart which really has
some drivetain issues.
On the road, the iQ’s ride isn’t
the smoothest due to its super-
short wheelbase, but it’s not as
jarring as I was expecting. The
steering is excellent and mak-
ing U-turns and turning on a
dime is so easy it gets other dri-
ver’s mighty jealous.
Another perk is that iQ drivers
are reward with fairly decent
fuel economy. Bringing in 36
mpg in town and 37 mpg on the
highway, the iQ trumps the
smaller Smart car in town.
For 2013, the only changes that
he iQ sees are the rear speaker
option has become standard
With its nifty styling, city-
friendly dimensions and fuel-
economy that will bring a smile
to any driver, the iQ is a excel-
lent package put together by
Scion. If you like cute cars for
little money – and one with the
Toyota name behind it, the iQ
is a no-brainer.
By The Numbers:
Scion iQ(specifications are from 2012)
Base Price: $15,265.00
Price as Tested: $16,075.00
Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive
Engine: 1.3 liter four-cylinder
Transmission: CVT automatic transmission
Horsepower: 94 hp
Torque: 89 ft-lbs
EPA Fuel Economy: 36 city / 37 highway mpg
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Gordon, Bowyer
mum on party
After their high-profile
run-in at Phoenix Interna-
tional Raceway last fall, Jeff
Gordon and Clint Bowyer
just can’t seem to get away
from each other. A week
after the Phoenix incident,
one that saw Gordon fined
and placed on NASCAR pro-
bation for intentionally
wrecking Bowyer, the two
raced for the win – without
issues – at Homestead-
Miami Speedway.
Then they ended up at
the same New Year’s party
on a yacht owned Sean “P.
Diddy” Combs, the wealthy
rapper and music executive.
During their media ses-
sions at Daytona testing,
both were asked about the
party but neither offered
much insight into what
transpired or whether there
are issues still to be re-
“The question is how
[Bowyer] got on the yacht,”
Gordon said with a smile.
“That needs to be the real
question …
“We were just hanging
out having a good time and
on walks Bowyer and
[Kevin] Harvick and a cou-
ple other folks … It was a
great New Year’s. I enjoyed
myself very much.”
Said Bowyer: “I’m pretty
sure [Gordon] was on there.
It was pretty late. Put it
that way.”
Pressed on the issue,
Bowyer indicated he was
growing tired of the subject.
“Who cares? Really, who
cares?” he said.
Waltrip aims for Daytona 500
Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip plans to come
out of semi-retirement and try to qualify the No. 30 Swan Racing
Toyota for the Daytona 500.
“We’re looking forward to Daytona,” Waltrip said. “It’s my fa-
vorite time of the year every year, to come down here and get to par-
ticipate in the greatest race in the world, in my opinion. To have
won it before just makes coming back that much more special. This
year is going to be particularly cool for me because … it’s going to
be basically a reunion of when we won a few of these things.”
In joining the relatively new Swan team, Waltrip will be reunited
with crew chief Tony Eury Jr. and competition director Steve
Hmiel, both of whom worked with him when he drove for Dale
Earnhardt Inc.
“It’s just an amazing team that they’ve started, and I’m
hoping that my driving the car can help us get sponsors
and can help them jumpstart what is going to be a very
exciting year for the Swan Racing team,” Waltrip said.
He added that he felt it was a bad idea for his own team
to prepare a fourth car for him given the work it’s taking
to get the team’s three regular cars prepared.
He said he’s fairly confident he can make the starting
field in the car normally driven by David Stremme.
“[Stremme] had a lot to do with the direction and the
build of the car that he came here and made the race with
a year ago, and his hands are all over the cars that I will
be driving this year,” Waltrip said. “Plus, Tony [Eury]
Jr.’s confidence.
“We rode down [to Daytona] together and talked about
some of the fun times we’ve had in the past, but mainly
focused on what we’re going to have in 2013 when we
get back here in a couple of weeks.”
Michael Waltrip (NASCAR photo)
Continued from page 17
“He wouldn’t put up with much,
and he wasn’t afraid to stand up for
what he thought was right,” Mark
Carter said, adding that Carter chose
that number because he was a fan of
Junior Johnson, who raced a No. 3
back in the day. “He told me when I
started racing that if you ever start
taking abuse you’ll have to take it for
the rest of your life. And you had to be
tough back when he raced.
“But he also spent a lot of his time
riding kids in his race car, and he
gave away most of his trophies.”
Luther Carter...

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