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February 2013 Table Of Contents

Paying it Forward Pg. 5

Kid Rock & Harley Pg. 8

Cash for Carbon Pg. 9

Helmets Pg. 10

Husqvarna in 2013 Pg. 15

Readers & Rides Pg. 18

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Photos and story by Ricky J. Carrasco

Paying it forward: Debra Ruz

In fact, when we met for this interview, she arrived confused. "I don't know why you'd want to write about me, I'm the most boring person!" Far from it, this selfprofessed biker grandma who spends what little personal time she has on her Harley Knightster, is also the private duty director of the Visiting Nurses Association and has been the president of Reach for a Star for the last three years. And, if she gives of her time, as she puts it, it's because others believed in her. "I started out as a switchboard operator, then, someone took a chance on me. I became a social work assistant and I kept working my way up. I fell in love with helping families get on their path." Ruz wasn't able to go to college, so all her skills were learned on-the-job. She went through a few other jobs until she got to her current position of private duty director of VNA. Even while talking about her, she attempted to deflect the questions to talk about those that have taught her along the way. "Eleanor Copeland: I credit her with pushing me to do what I can.

one of her events for Reach for a Star, you'll be struck with her energy. She will go on for as long you'll listen about the child she is trying to help, about how her organization is trying to help them, about her volunteers, about whomever or whatever group or business is making the wish possible. The last thing she will talk about is herself.

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She has often called upon local groups like bikers and lowrider clubs to grant wishes, having worked with them since the 90s. "There's never been any club that has not come through with a kid's wish, none. To me, bikers are the sweetest people; the tougher they appear, the sweeter they are. I am moving more to becoming a mentor to clubs like the Mission Riders, the Traviesos, the Centauros and many others in order to grant wishes and follow up with the kids." Gil and Suky and the rest of the Mission Riders followed up with Angel on more than a weekly basis, even being present for Angel's funeral in early January. "Angel made it for one more Christmas and it was very much due to their work." Contined on page 12.

We talked about Angel, a boy who had been in the hospital for most of his 7 years and who only recently passed away. Back in April, his family knew he had maybe weeks to live. "When I met Angel, I thought he was knocking on God's door. DKD Realty and the Mission Riders MC and other groups came together to grant his wishes (riding a Harley, owning an XBox, and meeting wrestler Sin Cara). I believe in my heart that he lived an extra 10 months because he met those people and they kept up with him.”

In the late 90s, Ruz became involved with Reach for a Star, a non-profit organization that grants wishes to local critically ill children. She has been the president for the last two years overseeing around 20 volunteers. "The minute you grant your first wish, you're hooked. The kids humble me and it puts my life into perspective. There's a misconception that these kids will ask for everything, and they simply won't. Often I have to work with them to ask for anything!"

She taught me that if I can't go in the front door, try another approach. She taught me that you CAN help everyone. I'm blessed that I am able to help."

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We are coming off a decent

Weather for Next Three Months

Weather 101

peratures and below normal rain and snowfall for February, March and April. Combine this forecast with our area drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that we are still in a severe drought across El Paso and Las Cruces. If the outlook verifies, then early 2012 could be similar to the start of both 2012 and 2011 when La Nina was in place and our weather was generally dry and mild (with the exception of the arctic outbreak of the first few days of February 2011). Note: A = Above Normal

By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

What’s the most snow El Paso recorded on a single day for the month of February?
B. A. 8.1” 5”

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C. 9.3”

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start to the New Year as far as precipitation. Our numbers are running just a bit above normal for this time of year. But, don't get too excited as the three month outlook is rather grim. The forecast for the next three months across El Paso and Las Cruces does not look good if you want rain or snow. The Climate Prediction Center is showing that our area will likely see above normal tem-

EC = Equal chance of seeing normal, above normal or below normal temps or precipitation.

B = Below Normal

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Answer: B – 8.1” recorded on February 2, 1956

epic anniversary celebration to date, Harley-Davidson today announced an exclusive partnership with legendary musician and 'American Badass' Kid Rock, including a Saturday night performance for the company's 110th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee over this Labor Day weekend.

Kid Rock And Harley-Davidson Launch First-of-itsKind Collaboration During 110th Anniversary Year In its most thrilling and globally

The final stop on the tour is Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, when Kid Rock rolls into Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson's hometown, to party with thousands of his fellow riders. Kid Rock will play a ticketed show at the Marcus Amphitheater, which is located on the south end of Milwaukee's Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds). Fans who purchase 110th Anniversary ticket packages – currently available at www.ticketmaster.com – will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for Kid Rock's 110th Anniversary performance before they go on public sale later this spring. Kid Rock is one of three headliners Harley-Davidson plans to announce for the 110th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee – the other entertainment will be announced later this spring. "What's not to love about Harley?" said Kid Rock. "They are the back-

The first-of-its-kind partnership brings together two legendary American rebels and names Harley-Davidson as a title sponsor of Kid Rock's Rebel Soul tour, which kicks off Feb. 2, 2013, in Kansas City. Harley-Davidson plans to offer fans unique experiences at each of the 60 planned stops during the Rebel Soul tour. The tour sponsorship is just one aspect of the overarching relationship, which will extend from concerts to retail promotions.

bone of American culture, the flagship American brand. I am honored and excited to partner with this legendary icon that has helped to define American freedom at home and abroad. In 110 years no one has done a better job of representing America – there is NOTHING that screams America like HarleyDavidson."

during the 110th Anniversary show in Milwaukee. Fans can enter to win the national promotion at www.h-d.com/kidrock beginning Feb. 2. The winner's VIP trip to the 110th Anniversary will also include a meet-and-greet and photo shoot with Kid Rock. "Kid Rock puts on a great show and embodies a lot of what HarleyDavidson and our fans stand for – freedom, independence, self-expression and the rebel spirit," said Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer Mark-Hans Richer . "We're excited to take an unprecedented ride with him during the Rebel Soul tour."

A unique element of the partnership is an exclusive line of limited-edition, co-branded Rebel Soul merchandise featuring a line coined by Kid Rock: "I can't hear you over the rumble of my freedom." Fans will be able to purchase concertspecific merchandise at each show, as well as an exclusive line of merchandise at participating HarleyDavidson dealerships across the U.S. This is the first time either brand has offered such an extensive line of co-branded merchandise. Also, at every Rebel Soul tour stop this year, Harley-Davidson will offer one winner the chance to join Kid Rock's Rebel Soul band and rock on stage for one song during that night's performance. Fans simply have to find the Harley-Davidson Display Area at each venue to register.

Harley-Davidson plans to announce ticket sales information for the Kid Rock performance in Milwaukee in the coming weeks, along with additional details related to the 110th Anniversary. Event dates and tickets for Kid Rock's Rebel Soul concert tour are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Harley-Davidson is also raising the stakes with a national promotion where one fan will win a once-in-alifetime experience including a factory-customized Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the opportunity to rock alongside Kid Rock on stage

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Zero Motorcycles Launches "Cash For Carbon" $2,500 Trade Bonus For Gas-powered Motorcycle Trade-ins

"Similar to the 'cash for clunkers' government promotion in 2009, Zero aims to entice traditional internal combustion engine motorcycle owners to make the switch to electric," said Scot Harden ,

leader in the electric motorcycle industry, has launched an all-new promotional program to support their highly popular 2012 model line. "Cash for Carbon" is designed as a consumer trade-in bonus, with $2,500 in additional trade value on top of whatever amount the dealer offers the consumer available towards the purchase price of a new 2012 Zero Motorcycle. This incentive is presented in addition to the recently announced 10 percent federal tax credit available as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, offering up to an additional $2,500 in incentives for new Zero Motorcycle consumers.

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In addition to the $2,500 trade bonus and federal tax credits, Zero customers can also take advantage of Zero Motorcycles financing. Current financing options offer no down payment and 0 percent interest for 12 months, plus 4.99 percent financing options, both with approved credit. "Cash for Carbon" will run from Jan. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2013. Consumers must print a "Cash for Carbon" voucher for presentation at their local dealership to receive $2,500 bonus. Zero Motorcycles invites interested motorcyclists to become acquainted with the 2012 product line at their local dealer. To download a voucher or find a dealer, visit www.zeromotorcy-

Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. "In offering a $2,500 trade in bonus for new customers, we expect this promotion to be a great sales tool for our nationwide dealer network."

cles.com.

About Zero Motorcycles Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to be the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.

Follow Zero Motorcycles on Twitter @ZeroMC, become a fan of Zero Motorcycles on Facebook and check out what Zero is doing on YouTube at www.youtube.com/zeromotorcycles.

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Make Sure Your New Motorcycle Helmet Fits You Right… Here's How
If your helmet is loose, it could come off or twist around on your head in a serious crash. And wind flowing from underneath when you ride can force it up and strain your neck. The key to knowing your motorcycle helmet fits properly is to make sure it feels snug and solid but not uncomfortable.

By: Brian R. Salisbury

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If a helmet slides too easily over your head, it will not be snug enough to remain properly positioned or to prevent annoying wind noise from filling the helmet. You will know a helmet fits properly when all of its interior padding makes solid contact with your head. A helmet will become uncomfortable and not protect you adequately if it only makes contact on the top of your head. When you put on a full-face helmet, it should hold your cheeks and jaw firmly. It should make solid contact with the top and sides of your head. Many full-face helmets offer removable/interchangeable cheek pads.

A helmet that fits you properly will require some force to put on. It may seem tight as it slides over your head because of the inside padding causing resistance.

When you try on helmets before you buy, remember these key points…

A tight helmet will pinch your ears and press against your forehead. It will cause headaches and distract you from your ride and from surrounding traffic.

Different size pads can create the best helmet fit. You helmet should surround and "hug" your head with even pressure throughout. It shouldn't create "hot spots" due to uneven pressure points. It should not press uncomfortably against your temples, forehead or cheeks. The padding inside a helmet that is comfortably snug will compress and remain firm as it molds to your head. A helmet with padding that creates a seal around ears will block wind noise and protect your hearing. It will not block out important sounds such a voices or car horns. Your helmet should not move when you shake your head forcefully up and down or from side-to-side. Your nose or chin should not touch the faceshield. A full-face helmet's faceshield should seal the eye port. A faceshield should move smoothly and easily and stay up when you raise it. A faceshield should not distort your view -- anywhere. Do the "roll-ff" test to make sure a helmet will stay on when you need it No helmet can protect you if will not stay on in an accident. So try this simple "roll-off" test before you buy or use a particular helmet.

Put on the helmet, tighten the chinstrap and wear it for at least 20 minutes...

Lots of snug padding around your head... A snug seal surrounding -- but not touching -- your ears... A thick, padded roll hugging the back of your head and neck... No protrusions poking or pressing against your head or face... One final test before you take it home…

Continue the procedure with another "perfect prospect" until you find the one that satisfies you completely...

Get used to how it feels and let it settle in... After a while, if the helmet makes you uncomfortable by -- for example -- by pressing against your forehead or the top of your head or pinching an ear, try cheek-pads that are sized differently. If that does not do the trick, let that particular helmet go.

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The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is conducting a research study to test a new medicine that may help traumatic brain injury. Patients between the ages of 16 and 75, with moderate to severe head injury, who get to the University Medical Center hospital quickly, can be included. Our previous experience suggests that this medicine can reduce injury to the brain if given quickly. Because head injury is a life threatening condition requiring immediate treatment, some patients will be enrolled without consent until a family member can be located. Every attempt will be made to locate family to review the study. The research medicine has few risks. They include:

When you know a helmet fits comfortably and passes the "roll-off" test, see that it has all other features you want. Such comfort features include…

Does the helmet you are considering give you the features you want most?

If the helmet slides forward and off, you know you should continue to look for one that stays on through this test.

Give it a good tug, even if the pressure is uncomfortable.

Pull on the helmet and snug down the chin strap. Grab the helmet's rear edge where it contacts the back of your neck. Then try to lift and roll the helmet forward off your head.

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Experienced medical sta will monitor patients for any medication e ects. Before the study starts, we will hold meetings with the community to review the study, hear your feedback and answer questions. For more information or to decline participation in this study, please visit www.intrepid-2566.com or contact our study sta at (915) 545-6566.

By RICK MINTER / Universal Uclick
hange is one of the constants in NASCAR, but it still seemed strange for many to see Matt Kenseth, who spent all but two of his NASCAR starts with Jack Roush or longtime Roush employee Robbie Reiser as his car owner, driving Joe Gibbs’ No. 20 Toyota in two recent test sessions. Kenseth stunned the NASCAR world, including Roush himself, last year when he announced while atop the Sprint Cup points standings that he was swapping teams. Kenseth had a strong lame-duck run at Roush, making the Chase and winning two of the final 10 races. Even so, he showed no hint of regret at his decision and seemed to be looking only forward as he met with reporters during a recent test at Daytona International Speedway. “Everything has been really great,” he said of his transition. “I don’t think it could be any better.” He said the full story won’t be known until after a few points-paying races. “The results pretty much tell the story, and we’re a few months away from really seeing results,” he said. “I’ve been extremely encouraged. I’m really optimistic about the season, really like my group and really like the way they do things over at JGR [Joe Gibbs Racing] and the cars.” Kenseth backed away from drawing comparisons between the Fords

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Kenseth excited about future with Gibbs’ No. 20

New Beginning
Matt Kenseth and Jason Ratcliff during testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway Dec. 12. (NASCAR photo)

he drove for Roush and the Toyotas he’s driving for Gibbs, pointing out that since all NASCAR entries have been dramatically changed since last year that there’s no fair comparison to be made. “I’m looking 100 percent forward and not looking back, so it’s not really fair to compare anything,” he said. “But, I will say both tests so far my cars have been really fast. I really like how they drive. I really like how they react to change, and I’ve been pretty encouraged with how everything has been going so far.” He’s also looking forward to working with Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, who have had great success driving Gibbs’ cars. “There are not many people that win more races than those guys, so I’m excited to work with them and learn from them and hopefully be able to contribute as well,” he said, adding that he hasn’t learned anything surprising about his new teammates. “We haven’t been out on a date or anything yet with either one of them so I haven’t really learned anything on a personal level,” he said. “Just been working on racing stuff.” Kenseth did say he’s spent some time getting to know his new crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, and that’s important because having good chemistry between a driver and crew chief plays a major part in the suc-

cess of a race team. Ratcliff, who had built a strong resume as a crew chief in the Nationwide Series, spent last season as a Cup crew chief on the No. 20 Toyota, which was driven by Joey Logano, who has moved to the No. 22 Ford at Penske Racing. Kenseth said he and Ratcliff, who started his career as a mechanic and tire changer for Sadler Racing in 1995 and first became a crew chief in 1999, have tried to spend some time together away from the race track. “I have been getting to know him a lot more on a personal level, and just trying to get to know each other a little bit as not just a drivercrew chief relationship, but kind of build a relationship there so we know each other a little bit,” Kenseth said. “I’ve really enjoyed that, and again we haven’t raced together yet, but I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him this winter and spend some time at the shop and spend some time at the track at Charlotte and [at Daytona] as well.” The on-track results have been fairly encouraging so far. Kenseth topped the charts on the final day of testing at Daytona with a lap at 194.062 miles per hour and was 13th fastest in last week’s rainshortened test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a lap at 192.143 mph.

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Contined from page 5. So with all that on her plate taking up so much of her time and energy, what does she do when she rides her Harley? “I pray. I pray for these children. I pray for wisdom on how to handle situations, everything. I recently had to make a difficult decision; one that I knew would hurt people close to me, including myself, but one that had to be made. I got on my bike and rode up Transmountain. The decision and following action turned out to be the right one.” And when asked why it is that she bought and then rode a bike,”I was told I belonged on the back of a bike. I’ve had this bike for three years. When I rode with my exhusband, I used to see lady riders and thought they looked so beautiful. The first time I rode to work, people thought I was crazy. My elderly patients love it when I ride up on it. My kids think I’m crazy and my grandkids think it’s cool.” She has two adult children, 25 and 27. When Ruz looks to the future, she smiles quietly and hopefully, “My wish for Reach for a Star is that it continues to grow as a nonprofit charity. Maybe we can start granting trips for our kids and

maybe get more high profile guests to come to El Paso. I give back because people believed in me and I want to pay it forward. I was once a single mom with two kids and working three jobs just to survive. I didn’t even go to college, but like I tell the kids, you can start by doing SOMEthing!” We finished the photoshoot on Transmountain at 5:35pm when she asked for the time. All she said was thank you, and, as she started up her trusty bike: “Sweet, I can make one more stop.” She had one of her patients that she needed to visit, somebody who needed her help…on her day off.

Recall Summary

Consumers should stop using this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Industry Press Release

KTM North America Recalls Enduro Motorcycles Due to Fuel Leak, Fire and Crash Hazard

Name of product: Enduro motorcycles Hazard: During use, the pre-formed fuel hose can develop small holes or cracks at the ends of the hose, allowing fuel to leak. This poses a fire and crash hazard to the rider and/or others. Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled KTM motorcycles and contact a KTM authorized dealer to schedule a free repair. Consumer Contact: KTM North America Inc. toll-free at (888) 9856090 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.ktmusa.com and click on Dealer and Service for more information.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov. SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Units: About 1,300 Description: The recall includes seven 2013 and one 2012 model offroad and closed-course motorcycle. Model numbers included are: 2013 KTM Motorcycles: 250 XC-F, 250 XCF-W, 350 XC-F, 350 XCF-W, 450 XC-F, 450 XC-W, 500 XC-W and MY 2012 KTM 350 XCF-W. The model number is printed on the rear fender on both sides of the motorcycle just below the tail end of the seat. These two-wheeled motorcycles are black and orange. KTM is printed on the front number plate/headlight mask and on both sides of the shrouds covering the fuel tank. Incidents/Injuries: KTM has received 13 reports of fuel leaks. No injuries have been reported. Sold at: Authorized KTM dealers nationwide from October 2011 through September 2012 for between $8,500 and $9,600. Importer: KTM North America, Inc., of Amherst, Ohio Manufacturer: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG, of Mattighofen, Austria Manufactured in: Austria

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expansion of the model range have been opened up by the prototype Husqvarna Concept MOAB, Husqvarna Concept Strada and Husqvarna Concept BAJA studies. The model offensive that Husqvarna Motorcycles kicked off with the successful launch of its street bike models is now being smoothly extended to its traditional off-road sector with extremely dynamic results – not just technically speaking but in the sporting arena, too.

Husqvarna in 2013

Championship and Spanish Enduro Championship, top ten finishes at the MX2 World Championship, race wins at the Enduro World Championship and even a maiden victory on asphalt for the new Nuda 900 R, leaving no doubt as to the sporting clout of Husqvarna Motorcycles even at this early stage of the 2012 season. With its sights already set on the year ahead, Husqvarna Motorcycles is now pursuing its major model offensive with the presentation of the new line-up of offroad models for 2013, comprising high-performance bikes designed for enduro and motocross racing as well as recreational use, which are more dynamic and technically advanced than ever.

Motorcycles
Husqvarna Motorcycles, an international manufacturer of motorcycles for competition, off-road and on-road use, was originally founded in Sweden and has been part of the BMW Group since 2007. A motorcycle brand with Scandinavian roots, Husqvarna can look back on more than a century of building motorcycles, making it the world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer with an uninterrupted production history. Based in Cassinetta di Bian-

dronno in the north Italian province of Varese, the company’s flair for technical innovation has received a lasting and dynamic boost from the alliance between Husqvarna Motorcycles and BMW Motorrad.

During its more than ten decades of existence, Husqvarna Motorcycles has chalked up some tremendous successes in international off-road racing events, with a total of 82 world championship titles to date. Furthermore, the introduction of the Husqvarna Nuda 900 and Husqvarna Nuda 900 R models signalled the brand’s return to the street bike segment in 2011. Developed in partnership with BMW Motorrad, these models, too, are distinguished by Husqvarna’s typically pure, sporty and dynamic design idiom. Most recently, prospects of additional

In fact, 2012 got off to a flying start with a stage win at the legendary Dakar Rally. This was followed up by a victory at the International Italian Motocross Championship 2012, triumphs at the German Cross Country

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