weekly column
UTEPs loss to Tulsa was both
confusing and sad. Tulsa com-
ing into this game at a fair 12-
11 record. UTEP losing at
home to a team with less fire-
power and a team outmatched
by UTEP's size. Jon Bohannon
did not play this game and it is
rumored he may be out the
door. Tim Floyd has had some
issues with him recently and his
lack of leadership is hurting the
Miners. Without a true leader
wanting to step up, this team is
lacking the direction it will
need going into March. D'An-
drew Wright had 25 points for
Tulsa and the Miners just
couldn't stop him. Konner
Tucker was solid as always and
gave UTEP 17 points that in-
cluded 3 3-pointers. The high-
light for the team is that UTEP
had 4 players in double figures.
Tulsa was just too much for
UTEP travels to Houston to
face University of Houston.
The Cougars are only 3-6 in
conference play but are always
a tough team for the Miners.
Lets hope the strong UTEP fan-
base can help even out the
crowd at Hofheinz Pavillion.
Joseph Young is the leading
scorer for Houston and leads
the team with 17.2 points per
UCF at the Don Haskins Cen-
ter( Saturday Feb 16th) should
be harder for the Miners than
Tulsa. UCF is 17-6 and 7-2 in
conference play. Currently at
3rd place in the conference,
UCF is lead by senior Keith
Clanton. Clanton is currently
averaging 16 points per game
for the Knights. UCF is playing
some great basketball lately
and could give Memphis a
challenge Wednesday night.
by the Ball Boy
Regular Season Schedule
2.16.2013 VS UCF El Paso, Texas
2.20.2013 VS Southern Miss Hattiesburg, Miss
2.23.2013 VS NMSU Las Cruces, NM
2.27.2013 VS Houston El Paso, Texas
El Paso Parks and Recreation
Lifeguard Instructor Course
Register Now
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation
Department will be offering a Lifeguard Instructor Course from
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on February 23rd, 24th and March 2nd,
3rd, 9th, 10th at Armijo Aquatics Center, 911 S. Ochoa St.
The course fee is $240 per
person and all attendees
must be at least 17 years
old. Each person must also
all meet each of the fol-
lowing requirements:
• A current American Red
Cross certificate for
Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
• Red Cross certificate for CPR/AED for the
• Professional Rescuer or an American Red
• Cross certificate for CPR/AED for Lifeguards
• An equivalent certificate from another organization.
• Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Red
• Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Life-
guarding course.
• Successfully complete the online Lifeguarding Instructor
Pre-course Exam (80 percent or better)
• Successfully complete the Pre-course Session.
Information – (915) 544-3556
El Paso
March 1, 2013
Only 133 certified Rose
Gardens in United States
The El Paso Rose Garden,
1702 N. Copia St. will be
opening for a new season on
March 1, 2013.
The daily hours of operation
will be 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
except for official holidays
until closing on October 30,
2012 for the winter season.
The Garden is
available for
rentals such
as Wedding
Information -
(915) 541-
By Joe Olvera ©, 2013
Kudos to the El Paso
Police Department
ANALYSIS: Once again,
it’s kudos to the men and
women in blue from the El
Paso Police Department for
helping make the city the safest
large city in the United States.
For the third year in a row, El
Paso has helped to create an at-
mosphere of safety and security
for its more than 500,000 resi-
dents. But, that’s not all, Ac-
cording to CQ Press, who
compiles statistics from FBI re-
ports, El Paso has ranked in the
top-three safest cities in the
U.S. since 1997. In the crimes
of murder, robbery, rape, aggra-
vated assault, burglary-larceny,
car thefts and arson, El Paso
stands proudly above the rest.
But, there’s a rhyme
and a reason behind El Paso’s
lofty standing, Thank goodness
that the Police Department does
not operate on a four-day work
week as other city departments
are currently doing. In a move
to permanently create this perk,
the El Paso City Council re-
cently approved extending the
four-day work week through
the summer months, from May
1 to Sept. 30. In an earlier ex-
periment, in 2009, the city was
able to save up to $225,000 for
the four-month period, accord-
ing to City Manager Joyce Wil-
son. However, that comes with
a price. That is, for city em-
ployees to qualify for the four-
day work week, they will be
required to work ten-hour days
from Monday through Thurs-
day, working from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. However, if people would
have their d’ruthers, they would
rather work an extra two-hours
per day so that they can stay
home all day on Friday.
While employees for
El Paso County must continue
working the five-day week, oth-
ers have also experimented
with the shortened work week.
The communities of Canutillo,
Anthony, and even the Ysleta
ISD, have toyed with such a
move in previous years. El Paso
County, while it hasn’t reached
a decision, is still considering
what many employees see as
something that they would very
much enjoy. A spokesperson for
the YISD calls it a win-win sit-
uation because it bolsters em-
ployee morale and it helps large
organizations save money. Ac-
cording to some, having Fri-
days off helps to alleviate the
boredom of working all day
Friday, especially during the af-
ternoon when energy levels
have tapered off. City govern-
ments, however, are not the
only entities making such a
move, the United States Postal
Service is considering curtail-
ing its mail delivery from six
days to five, eliminating Satur-
day as a regular day for mail
One wonders, how-
ever, how the four-day work
week will affect city services
now that city offices will be
moving from a centralized loca-
tion to one that will move city
offices to other buildings, such
as the El Paso Times building
and others. To make room for
the new baseball stadium, city
hall will be no longer. Razing
the 33-year old building is in
the works in order to make
room for the new muti- million-
dollar stadium. Until the public
grows accustomed to finding
city offices in the disparate
buildings to which they would
have moved, doing business
with the city could create con-
sternation. Fortunately for resi-
dents, however, essential city
departments such as police,
fire, trash pick-up, the airport,
Sun Metro, and others will re-
main on its usual five-day work
The four-day work
week for some employees is
one element that makes El Paso
a unique city. Although other
communities are considering
the change, ...CONT/P.4
FREE Public Health
El Paso, TX – Providence Memorial Hospital is offering free
public seminars on various topics including baby care basics,
CPR demonstration, children’s classes and maternity tours. To
register, the public can call 577-6690. All classes will be held
in the Providence Memorial Hospital Hilton Towers Audito-
rium B & C located at 2001 N. Oregon.
Maternity Tours
Learn more about Providence Memorial Hospital’s Family
Birth Unit and take a tour of what the hospital has to offer for
your maternity needs. Tours are available daily and are sched-
uled at the patient’s convenience.
Childbirth Preparation
Participants should begin classes during the seventh month of
pregnancy. This class will prepare you for the birth experience.
Cesarean birth information is included. Participants are to wear
comfortable clothing and bring a pen, a blanket or exercise
mat, and two pillows.
Class Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. (please arrive 10 minutes before class)
Place: Providence Memorial Hospital Hilton Towers Audito-
rium B & C located at 2001 N. Oregon
Discuss the advantages of breastfeeding and specific technique
to promote successful breastfeeding experience. Including
pumping, storing, freezing and thawing breast milk.
Class Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Providence Memorial Hospital Hilton Towers Audito-
rium B & C located at 2001 N. Oregon
Baby Care Basics
Join expecting, adoptive and new parents, grand-parents, and
older brothers and sisters (9 years and older), to learn how to
bathe, diaper and care for a newborn.
Class Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Providence Memorial Hospital Hilton Towers Audito-
rium B & C located at 2001 N. Oregon
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: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Providence Memorial Hospital Hilton Towers Audito-
rium B & C located at 2001 N. Oregon
Children’s Class
Help “big brother and sister” (ages 3 to 8) learn about the ar-
rival of their new baby by introducing them to the hospital ex-
perience and the early days at home with their baby. Parents
should attend with their child.
Class Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Providence Memorial Hospital Hilton Towers Audito-
rium B & C located at 2001 N. Oregon
2nd Annual Day of
FORT BLISS, Texas— Fort
Bliss Survivor Outreach
Services officials will con-
duct the 2nd Annual Day of
Remembrance, at 630p.m.,
Friday, February 15, at
241Sheridan Road (near
Sheridan and Cassidy).
The Army is committed to
the families of fallen war-
riors who deserve respect,
gratitude and the very best
the military can provide.
The Survivor Outreach
Services office was created
to deliver on that commit-
ment by providing access to
support, information and
services for as long as the
families’ desire.
Theme for the event is: A
Night of Love, a time to re-
member to give honor, pro-
vide comfort and strength as
a military community.
Events include:
•6:30-6:45 pm Welcome and
Social Time with Survivor
Family Members.
•6:45-7:30 pm Spaghetti
•7:30-7:55 pm Survivor
Family Members prepare
cards/notes for their Fallen
Service Member.
•7:55-8:05 pm Survivor
Family Members will travel
outside to the heart shaped
area on the parade field
across from the SOS Family
•8:05-8:30 pm Balloon Re-
lease Ceremony (Open to
the public and the media).
Office hours are: Mon--Fri
730a.m. to 430p.m. More
information at 568-5970.
Free Tax Prepa-
ration at Parks
and Recreation
Senior Centers
Open to any individual with
low to moderate income
The AAARP Foundation will
be offering free tax preparation
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
until April 15th at select
Senior Centers in the city.
The service is open to individ-
uals of any age with low to
moderate income.
AARP Foundation Coordinator
Carol Baker said, “Last year
AARP did over 2,000 tax re-
turns at four Parks and Recre-
ation senior locations.”
Senior Centers included are:
1800 Byron St. (915) 562-4260
4430 Maxwell Dr. (915) 757-
4451 Delta Dr. (915) 533-3207
3200 Fierro Dr. (915) 591-
Information – Joe Rodriguez
(915) 544-0753
Continued from page 3...
El Paso is one of the first to
get it done on a permanent
basis. And, once again, our
hats are off to the El Paso
Police Department and to El
Paso residents for making it
the largest city of its kind to
continually be named the
Safest Large City in the
United States. Would the El
Paso Police Department take
such a hiatus and would
never consider working only
a four-day work week. Then,
and only then, would chaos
prevail. Perish the thought.
By: “Doppler”
Dave Speelman
FEB 20
FEB 14
High: 60º Low: 34º High: 55º Low: 34º High:62º Low: 36º High: 57º Low: 31º
“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
FEB 15
FEB 17
It’s official! The groundhog did not see his shadow so expect an early spring. That’s according to our
most famous weather prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil. He made the prediction February 2nd.
He’s been forecasting, along with his other pals, since 1887. That’s 126 years of predicting what’s
about to come! According to the National Climatic Data Center, these woodchucks have only been
right 39 percent of the time.
According to Folklore, if the groundhog sees his shadow, he will return to that dark burrow and
winter is expected to last six more weeks. In fact, I’ve read that most groundhogs do not come out of
hibernation until around March or even later. I guess we just wake Phil up early every year.
If you’re not too familiar with ground hogs, here are some inter-
esting facts:
-Average groundhog weighs in around 12 to 15 pounds
-A groundhog loves to eat lots of fruits and
vegetables. Also loves fruit but drinks very
little water. A lot of their liquid comes from
-Ground hogs whistle – when courting in the
spring and when alarmed.
-Life span is normally around 6 to 8 years
-They sleep in a deep coma where body tem-
perature drops to a few degrees above freez-
ing. Their breathing nearly stops.
-They are very clean – resistant to plagues
that can kill large number of wild animals.
-Generally born from mid-April to May.
-Size of a litter is 4 to 9
-Covered with coarse grayish hairs. Have short ears, legs and tails. Their jaws are strong and they
are very fast.
High: 63º Low: 35º
FEB 16
A n s w e r : E – 1 0 0 t i m e s .
Weather Trivia:
A.27 B.35 C.50 D.83 E.100
Mostly Sunny
The Groundhog Makes
his Prediction
High: 66º Low: 40º
Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting the weather for 116 years. How many of those
years did he see his shadow and thus determine 6 more weeks of winter?
FEB 18
FEB 19
Partly Sunny
Mostly Sunny
High: 57º Low: 30º
Partly Sunny
Partly Sunny
Partly Sunny
Partly Sunny
Sharon Mosley
Why do we
love to shop
for a new
handbag?Let me
count the ways. You don't have to
try them on under fluorescent
lights. You don't have to even be
the "right" size. You can in-
stantly feel fashion forward
with the latest chic clutch or
trendy tote. And if you're not
sure what style or color you
want to buy, well, you can al-
ways come back for more.
But there are a few guidelines
to finding a handbag that will
flatter your body type, says
fashion expert Amy Goodman,
author of "Wear This, Toss
That" (Simon and Schuster,
"Among those who have 'the
bag bug," I'm surprised by the
number of people who wear
them all wrong," she says. But
although she cautions that
your bag and body shape
shouldn't match, there are a
few tips she has for finding the
handbag that will complement
your own body style whether
you're tall, petite or curvy.
Here are a
few of
handy tips:
—If you're tall
and thin, Goodman
recommends considering an
unstructured, slouchy bag.
Your bag should hit anywhere
from the waist to slightly
below the hip. And since you
have "the luxury of vertical
space" to work with,
choose a medium to
larger unstructured
She cautions tall women
to avoid a bag that fits in
the crook of the armpit that
just emphasizes their
height and "makes your
legs look like beanpoles."
Instead, "if you are tall, you
can pull off bags with long
straps, as long as the purse
isn't tiny — that just makes you
appear lanky."
Taller women should also avoid
top handle bags with a struc-
tured frame and rigid edges
which "produces a stark overall
look and creates too many an-
gles when juxtaposed against a
tall frame." Instead, she sug-
gests choosing a rounded or
trapezoid satchel with soft
curves for better balance.
—Petite women
should consider handbags that
elongate their bodies but not
overwhelm them, according to
Goodman. "Think proportionally
smaller, and don't venture big-
ger than a medium-size hand-
With your body
type, bag shape is less of an
issue, so you can embrace a
round or slouchy bag."
The bag should hit anywhere from
under your arm to the hollow of
your waist. Goodman also sug-
gests choosing thinner, more deli-
cate straps. Steer clear of overly
long body bags with chunky
straps. "They will make it look like
the bag is taking you for a walk, as
opposed to the other way around,"
she says.
—Curvy women
should stick to handbags whose
length hits the smallest point of
their curves, below the bust and
above the hips, says the fashion
expert. "A bag with handles that
barely clears the arm will get lost
in the armpit. A shoulder bag with
is no better
because the bag's
body will hit at the hip and make
you look wider."
Instead look for medium to larger
bags with structure, form and
stiffer fabrics, such as leather,
canvas, nylon or woven straw. And
you're in luck this spring, because
the structured bags are topping
the trend lists.
Goodman advises curvy women to
avoid slouchy bags that "look like
cushioned pillows, round and duf-
fle-shaped bags, structure-less
satchels, oval handles and super
thin chain straps.
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion edi-
tor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little
Rock and executive director of the
Fashion Editors and Reporters
—Structured top-handle bags
—Colorful prints and patterns
—Op-Art Graphics
—Reptile Skins in bold colors
—Clutch bags in metallic lace
—Bejeweled and beaded
evening bags
—Folded portfolios in soft
—See-through handbags in
Plexiglas or Lucite
Designer Prabal Gurang
springs into high style this sea-
son with his collection of color-
ful handbags and clutches
now debuting
at Target for
a limited time.
EnErgy ExprEss by Marilynn prEston
Fitness 101: Getting to the Heart of What Matters
I've been saving this
delicious quote for this week's
Get Ready for Valentine's Day
column. It's from an interview
with John Robbins, the best-
selling author, health visionary
and thought leader. It gets to
the heart of what really matters
in life, not just this February,
but every month of every year
you have left.
“If I could ask only one ques-
tion of someone and I wanted
to learn the most I could from
their answer about their health
and how long they are likely to
live, my question would not be,
'Do you smoke?”
"It would not be, 'Are you
"Nor would I ask, 'What's your
cholesterol level?' or, 'How's
your blood pressure?'
“Instead, I would ask,
'How much love is
there in your life?”
When was the last time your
doctor asked you that? Does
"never" ring a bell? How
thoughtless, because your emo-
tional health is a big factor
when it comes to preventing
heart disease, right up there
with quitting cigarettes, eating
more fruits and veggies and ex-
ercising vigorously 10 to 30
minutes a day.
Now hear this. The research
is in. Loneliness kills. So do
anger, stress and secretly plot-
ting to disgrace your evil boss.
February is also American
Heart Month, and cardiovascu-
lar disease is the No. 1 killer of
men and women in this coun-
try. So to lighten up, calm
down and live longer, I'm offer-
ing three prescriptions:
happens, and it would be mad-
ness to deny it. But the problem
is hostility — feelings of dis-
trust, cynicism and suspicion
— harms your heart by dump-
ing stress hormones into your
system. That, in turn, boosts
your blood pressure, your pulse
rate and your risk of a fatal
heart attack. A hospital study
has shown that in the two hours
following an episode of intense
anger, the risk of a heart attack
more than doubles.
So what can you do to
save yourself? Plenty!
Popping your cork is a habit
you can break. You may not be
able to prevent the stressful
event, but you absolutely can
learn — must learn! — health-
ier ways to react. President
Obama, for instance, is a model
of non-reactivity, and people
accuse him of being detached.
News flash! Detachment saves.
As long as you stay engaged,
not enraged.
One smart way to defuse your
stress is to let go of tension.
Stop what you're doing and
thinking, and take three deep,
conscious breaths. Deep
breathing — inhaling and ex-
haling through your nose, ex-
panding and contracting your
belly and diaphragm, making a
sound or silently repeating a
mantra — is a simple secular
way to instantly reduce the
strain on your heart. It works
even better if you add a visuali-
zation: picture yourself in a fa-
vorite calm setting — i.e., lying
on a secluded beach or walking
in the woods.
The takeaway is: Evolve a
strategy for anger control. Then
surrender to what is, and move
through an infuriating event
with calm acceptance. Keep re-
minding yourself that the more
you let go of anger, jealousy
and resentment, the healthier
your heart will be.
you haven't wandered into
Miss Annan's Bible class. Life
can be painful. Humans do
thoughtless, cruel, brutal things
to one another. As a result, peo-
ple go around holding a
grudge. They seek revenge.
The problem with that kind of
thinking is that it perpetuates
the harm.
Holding a grudge — even
when you're right — takes a
toll on your heart and your
health. Letting go of those neg-
ative feelings and learning to
forgive people who have hurt
you will help heal your wounds
and make your heart whole
again. That's ancient wisdom
from Confucius to Dr. Phil.
do you love, and who loves
you? Answer this question eas-
ily, with deep gratitude, and
you can probably eat all the
double-cheeseburgers you
want. Your heart isn't just a
mindless pump that pushes
about 1,917 gallons of blood a
day throughout your body. It's
the center of joy and spirit in
your life, and there's plenty of
evidence that
both of
tors to a
healthy heart. To reduce your
risk of cardiovascular disease,
strengthen your social network
of loving family and friends.
How? Be kind, be nurturing, be
funny, be a good listener, and
be ready for a bucketful of
"Educating the mind without
educating the heart is no edu-
cation at all." — Aristotle
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-
Mom Gets Ready to
Stay at Home
EvEryday ChEapskatE by Mary hunt
Dear Mary: I am eager to be a stay-at-home mom to my 2-
year-old. We are paying down the bills. What are some of the
common mistakes working moms make when changing their
lifestyles and wallets to be at home with the kids? — N.R.,
Dear N.R.: Your No. 1 priority is to create an emergency fund,
or as we call it at Debt-Proof Living, a "Contingency Fund."
This is a pool of money you have stashed away in the event of a
financial crisis — like unemployment, a medical situation or
even a busted refrigerator. When living on a single income, it is
even more important to not put yourselves into a position where
you are forced to run to a credit card when something goes
wrong. And things will go wrong, so you have to plan on it. I
suggest you need at least $10,000 that you keep in a liquid sav-
ings account.
The biggest mistake women in your situation make when leav-
ing the workplace is forgetting that they need to change their
lifestyle to match their new single-paycheck status. You can't
leave your expenses status quo while you lose a good portion of
your household income.
I suggest you start practicing now, doing many of the chores you
are paying others to do, like mowing the lawn, and cleaning the
pool and the house. Get passionate about cooking at home.
Learn the tricks of slashing your grocery bill. If your income
will be cut by half, you should make that be the goal for your
expenses, as well. Good luck! And welcome home.
Dear Mary: I'm evaluating whether to renew my membership
to Costco. It seemed like a good idea last year, when we were
trying to save money, but now I'm not sure. Is it worth the mem-
bership to buy some items in bulk (detergent, for example), or
can you shop just as smartly at your local grocery store by
watching sales and using coupons? — Beth, email
Dear Beth: I am a member and do enjoy shopping at Costco
for the convenience. However, you do bring up a good point,
which reminds me why I call it the $200 Store. It's hard to get
out of there without spending at least $200. I believe that if you
are a savvy shopper, track loss-leaders at your area grocery
stores and use coupons to reduce even further the sale price of
grocery items, you can do much better over all than if you shop
at a warehouse club.
Surprisingly, not all items actually cost less at the warehouse
club. Those that are consistently cheaper include milk, eggs,
cheese, laundry detergent and frozen chicken. But you have to
buy a lot of chicken and wash a lot of clothes to recoup the
membership price each year. I suggest you do your own experi-
ment without the membership for a few months. You can always
rejoin if you find you're spending far more on the "outside."
Do you have a question for Mary? Email her at mary@everydaycheap-, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress,
CA 90630. Mary Hunt is the founder of, a
personal finance member website and the author of "Cheaper, Better,
Faster: Over 2,000 Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money Every
Day," released in January 2013.
DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren
The solar journey into the fishy
stream of Pisces represents a chang-
ing of the guard and a shift in our
moods and priorities. As the final sign
of the zodiac, Pisces is considered the
most mature and an amalgamation of
every sign that comes before it. As the
sun travels this part of the sky, our
powers of empathy will be heightened,
and we'll seek to understand one an-
other through art, religion and other
vehicles to spiritual communion.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). One im-
provement leads to another. Work isn't
the only place where you implement
new methods. Domestic life also bene-
fits from a fresh approach. Even a task
as mundane as washing dishes can
be done better with different tools.
You'll question everything and restruc-
ture your daily life based on the an-
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Others
may be trying shortcuts and finding
loopholes, but don't waste your time
with these pursuits. There is little to be
gained by ignoring the rules and regu-
lations. It's simpler and more profitable
to follow the instructions. If there's a
book, go buy it. Then literally go by the
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It seems to
you a person shouldn't have to learn
how to relax. Relaxation is, after all, a
lack of effort. Doing less is the only re-
quirement. However easy that might
seem, it is trickier than it sounds. But
the more you are exposed to a situa-
tion the easier it will be to let down
your guard and trust the flow.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You
would rather your loved ones not go
all soft with mushy sentimentality.
What you really want to hear is true
appreciation. You want to know that
they see you for who you are and that
they know how hard you work for a
good outcome. You'll get just the evi-
dence you need this week.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Misery is not
the only emotion that loves company.
So do joy, apathy and excitement. It is
more comfortable to be around people
whose feelings resonate at either the
same tone or a tone complementary
to your own. This is true of any emo-
tion. This week you'll have no problem
finding people you "vibe" with.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are
many different types of stress. You
may feel that you are being squeezed
in some way, but this is just the trigger
you need to get started on that daunt-
ing task. Once you start, you'll realize
that some stress is actually good for
you. You'll accomplish quite a lot be-
fore the next Mercury retrograde.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Learning to
love yourself is harder than loving an-
other person. It's also the single most
essential thing you can do to cultivate
healthy relationships. This week brings
opportunities to be your own support-
ive parent — kind and positive, giving
yourself all you need to feel happy. You
are deserving of this attention.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Worry is
useless. When you stop to consider
what you're really afraid of, you'll dis-
cover that you're not afraid at all.
Rather, you're falling into a pattern of
worry because it's what you've done
before. New ideas will interrupt the
worry pattern, especially on Wednes-
day and Thursday, and you'll put your
energy to better use.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Put
yourself in circumstances that require
you to come up with inventive an-
swers. Socializing is a creative act.
When you are being creative, you are
being your true self. Make it a point to
spend time with those you don't know.
You never know how you're going to
react around new people.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Re-
search has proved that intermittent re-
ward systems are a more compelling
system of reinforcement than pre-
dictable ones. You crave something
precisely because it's hard to come by.
This week, you'll come back for an-
other taste of what you want, but you'll
have to do something new to get it.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Be
careful with your entertainment
choices. The movies, filled with exam-
ples of dramatic love, heavy, tragic
and intense, have it wrong. Real love
isn't about heartache and complica-
tion. Real love is light and joyful. It
feels like sunshine and sounds like
laughter. What is the point in fantasiz-
ing about anything else?
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's possi-
ble for people to take too many risks
and live foolishly, but most people
don't take enough. That's why the risk
takers always stand out. They spark
something daring inside all who wit-
ness their feats. You'll be such a per-
son this week. You'll put your
emotions, pride and money on the
line. You'll inspire.
into this new cycle with a stellar atti-
tude, determined to succeed one way
or the other. Because you're open
minded. you'll notice several routes to
your goal, but you can only take one.
Decide this month, commit fully, and
don't look back. In March, you'll be the
example of friendliness and charity
that your community needs. April
brings a test of your business acu-
men. Get up-to-date training. In June,
you'll forge deep connections with
family and invite more love into your
life, too.
1 Art ___
5 Cuts
9 ___ l'Evique: French cheese
13 Many
14 Frivolous episode
15 Erma Bombeck's birthplace
16 Queen Charlotte Strait locale
19 Pixie
20 Succumb to pressure
21 More than uptight
22 Villa d'___
24 Diner, e.g.
25 Tarzan portrayer of the '30s
30 Beginning
31 Maniacs
32 Steal from
35 Resting on
36 Loves Me Like a Rock
37 Brood
38 Rocky peak
39 U.S. artist Winslow
40 Assumed identity
41 Archaeologist's measuring
43 Meal
46 Decrease?
47 Warn
48 Make a statute
51 Generation ___
54 Holy cow!
57 Diarist Frank
58 October birthstones
59 Votes for
60 "___ thou slain the Jabber-
wock?": Carroll
61 Stoney End songwriter
62 Potatoes' partner
1 Jazzman Brubeck
2 Mideast carrier
3 Father's visitor, perhaps
4 Without an Rx
5 Apo output
6 Energy cartel since 1960:
7 Cheer, with up
8 ___ Lanka
9 Courteous
10 Chicago airport
11 Steve Young, briefly
12 Hot ___
14 Physician, one would hope
17 TV's Bradford kids, e.g.
18 Mops
23 Dance element
24 Black, poetically
25 Main transport?
26 Golden rule word
27 Scale
28 Lover
29 Future oak
32 Casanova characteristic
33 Doing business
34 Wozzeck composer Alban
36 Ilk
37 Lorre role
39 Hurry-scurry
40 ___ blanche
41 Flying or red
42 Cuts into small pieces
43 Hindu dignitary
44 Actress Verdugo
45 Hammer parts
48 Spot
49 Virg. neighbor
50 Woody's son
52 Locale
53 Hey, you!
55 Ex-Yankee Guidry
56 Southfork resident
By Holiday Mathis
week 02/14 - 02/20
The Sun Goes Swimming
DEAR ABBY: It bothers me
greatly to know that so many
children continue to start smok-
ing at an early age. My husband
and I did that, and now we're
paying an awful price. We have
had emphysema for years. Four
of our children also took up the
habit. I finally started paying
them to quit ($100 every two
weeks they didn't smoke -- up to
five payments).
I decided to head off
the temptation our grandchil-
dren would face. We told them
if they didn't start smoking by
the age of 18, we'd pay them
$2,000. So far, seven of the 10
have collected a nice check on
their 18th birthday, and we ex-
pect the remaining three to col-
lect in turn. They have grown up
understanding that cigarettes are
"gross" and, if they start smok-
ing, it will cost them a lot of
Abby, you're the best
way to spread ideas. I hope you
will think it worthwhile to pass
this one along. -- DO AS I SAY,
passing it along, but frankly, I'm
not crazy about bribery. One
would think that, having wit-
nessed firsthand the serious
health issues you and your hus-
band are experiencing, your
grandchildren would have un-
derstood what awaited them if
they took up the habit.
The tobacco industry
has done a huge disservice to
young people by marketing their
products to them -- and not just
in the form of cigarettes, but
also with flavored chewing to-
bacco, which is equally addic-
tive. According to the U.S.
Surgeon General, nearly 90 per-
cent of smokers start by age 18.
In 2006, U.S. District
Judge Gladys E. Kessler of
Washington, D.C., ruled the
major cigarette manufacturers
were guilty of fraud and racket-
eering under the federal RICO
Act. (When the tobacco compa-
nies appealed, the Supreme
Court rejected it without com-
She wrote that for
more than 50 years the tobacco
industry "lied, misrepresented
and deceived the American pub-
lic, including smokers and the
young people they avidly sought
as 'replacement smokers,' about
the devastating effects of smok-
"They suppressed re-
search, they destroyed docu-
ments, they manipulated the use
of nicotine so as to increase and
perpetuate addiction, they dis-
torted the truth ... so as to dis-
courage smokers from quitting."
It is extremely impor-
tant that young people be edu-
cated about -- and prevented
from -- using tobacco. Smokers
who start as teenagers increase
their chances of becoming ad-
dicted. Think about it: reduced
lung function, early heart dis-
ease, cancer, asthma, disfigure-
ment. Yes -- it could happen to
DEAR ABBY: I have a won-
derful husband and adorable
grandchildren, but I have devel-
oped deep feelings for a man I
met at the gym where I go with
a friend.
I find myself thinking
of this man during the day and
night. I don't want to have an af-
fair nor do I want him to know
what I feel. When the thoughts
of him come, they overwhelm
me so I try to pray. I have no
plans to cheat on my husband.
What else can I do? -- CONFI-
Because you have a wonderful
husband and a life you do not
want to be disrupted, I recom-
mend that when you finish exer-
cising at the gym you take a
COLD shower. And if that does-
n't work, go to an all-female
TO MY READERS: Thanks to
you, writing this column is a
love-in every day of the year.
Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van
Buren, also known as Jeanne
Phillips, and was founded by her
mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear
Abby at or P.O.
Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
On the Road
Event at Westside Dog Park
9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2013
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and
Department will host the First Annual Pet-A-Fair
at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at
the Don Haskins Recreation and Westside Dog
Park, 7400 High Ridge Dr.
The event will feature exhibitions, veterinarians,
dog groomers, pet adoption agencies, immuniza-
tion availability, vendors, animal trainers and an
Ugliest Dog Contest. The Animal Services Department and the El Paso Humane Society
will be present as well.
Brenda Romero (915) 240-3310 • Julian Tarango (915) 252-9031
• A landmark study of a popular breed of
dog is expected to produce information
that will likely help set medical research
priorities in pets and people. The Golden
Retriever Lifetime Study was developed
by the Morris Animal Foundation, the
Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado
State University and the Golden Retriever
Club of America and will track the health
status of goldens as they age and the envi-
ronment in which they live. This includes
everything from food and exercise to ex-
posure to pesticides to the water they
drink. The study will also collect data on
cancers, diabetes, arthritis and epilepsy,
among other health issues common in pets
and people both. Golden retrievers under
the age of 2 are being sought, with more
information available at caninelifetime-
• Search-and-rescue dogs don’t
need to be worrying about their jobs. Re-
searchers at the University of Dortmund in
Germany are working to determine reli-
able scent markers to help find people who
are lost or caught in collapsed buildings
after a disaster. The study identified 12
chemical compounds that could be identi-
fied by a machine for the purpose of find-
ing someone. That’s a long way from
having a machine that works with the
speed, agility and highly developed scent-
ing ability of a dog under difficult and
ever-changing conditions in the field.
• Keeping dogs and cats con-
tinues to be very popular, according to
the findings of the American Veterinarian
Medical Association in its newly released
“U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics
Sourcebook.” The survey of 50,000 house-
holds puts the number of cats in the
United States at 74.1 million and the num-
ber of dogs at 70 million — both figures
down slightly from the last survey five
years ago. The most dramatic drop has
been in the number of horses, down 2.4
million in the same period to 4.8 million
in 2012. — Gina Spadafori
A study that will track the
health of 3,000 golden re-
trievers over their entire life-
times is expected to help
researchers fight cancer in
both pets and people.
Pet -A – Fair
Saturday February 23, 2013
From 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Don Haskins Recreation Center and Westside Dog Park
7400 High Ridge Dr.
Fee: Admission Free
(There is a vendor fee for pet related items of $45)
Why Not to Be Neutral
About Color!
By Rose Bennett Gilbert
Q: We are spending this cold
winter working on my late
aunt's country cottage (makes
us feel warm imagining next
summer). It's a very plain little
house, so
our first idea was to make it all
white. Nice and clean-looking,
but not very interesting.
We've already bought white (or
off-white) furniture. What's
your advice about adding color
— where and how?
A: My advice in a word - no,
two words - is, do it! Anywhere
and any color you introduce
into an all-white scheme will
have major impact on the atti-
tude and energy in the room.
The KISS syndrome also ap-
plies: Keep It Simple, keeping
with the basic cottage nature of
your house. Look what a ge-
nius stroke of apple green does
for the all-neutral country-
home living room we show
Folk artist and author Terry
John Woods devotes his new
book, "Summer House," ..
Continues on page 6
Q: We have a big, plain master
bath. Everything works, but it's
not very exciting. We've just
moved in and have zero dollars
to dress it up. My cousin is a
decorative artist and has offered
to paint something as a house-
warming gift. I wonder, would
it be a selfish waste of her tal-
ent to "spend" her gift in our
A: Sometimes selfish is smart.
Let's do the math. ... No, wait!
A company called Bathstore in
the UK has already done it for
According to their 2008 survey,
we spend 1 1/2 years of our
lives in the bathroom. That
breaks down to 7 1/2 hours a
week on average (slightly more
for women — making-up takes
The bottom line: whether
you're investing money or tal-
ent, it's very worthwhile to
make your bath as attractive as
any other room in the house.
Jump on your cousin's offer!
And show her the warm, color-
ful bath in the photo we've bor-
rowed from artist Dena
Fishbein's colorful new book,
"The Painted House By Dena"
(Stewart, Tabori & Chang, pub-
The house under discussion is
Dena's own, a sun-filled place
in Northern California sur-
rounded by the gardens that in-
spire much of the artist's fresh
work (You may already be liv-
ing with her art: Dena's designs
appear on many products, from
textiles and apparel to gift
cards, sold by such bold-face
retailers as Barnes and Noble,
Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target
and QVC.) 6
By Rose Bennett Gilbert
Draw a Warm Bath --
Will you ever get out of the bathroom?! Not when it's as artful as this hand-painted master-
ful bath. Photo: John Ellis
Décor Score...
Continued from page romancing a cabin in the
woods, a house by the beach, the kind of quiet, sim-
ple retreats where childhoods are spent and adults'
memories are laid down.
Here in the neutral living room of his southern
Maine house, Woods demonstrates the power of one
perfect color. On an antiquing expedition, he found
the old green door in a salvage shop and, he writes,
"I just had to have it." Merely propped against the
wall, the door made the all-white room spring to
life, abetted by the bright green print on the chair
That green, by the way, is destined to take on more
yellow undertones, according to the latest "Color
Pulse" predictions from Benjamin Moore, the giant
paint company that keeps close watch on the latest
color trends. Here are a few highlights from the
"Color Pulse" report they presented last week at the
New York International Gift Fair:
—Turquoise lies ahead on the color charts,
never mind that it's reminiscent of the '80s.
—Red is going orangey. More of yellow's
overall influence on the 2013 palette.
—Ditto for yellow itself, as it takes on
warm red-based overtones.
—Dusty roses and mauves are back on the
scene (another color blast from the past).
—Metallics are keeping their gleam but not
their shine: look for more eggshell finishes, even on
—Wood, one of the world's oldest materials, is
new and important again. Watch for textures in-
spired by tree bark, for mixes of light and dark
woods and for woods deliberately left unfinished
and natural.
—Coffee — the grounds, not the color — is an-
other natural material that's making decorative
news. Not the same old grind by any means: watch
for objects like decorative bowls fashioned from
coffee grounds.
—Other ordinary materials showing up in unex-
pected places include manmade decking layered on
as wall covering, plumber's plungers used as table
legs and packing materials repurposed into light fix-
tures. What a bright idea!
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan
Style" and six other books on interior design. COPY-
One wonderful stoke of color animates a neutral-
colored country living room. Photo: Kindra Clineff
Continued from page 4
Her master bath is private, how-
ever, shared only with her husband,
Dan. But just look at the love she's
lavished on it. Besides the lush
window ensemble, she's dressed up
the cabinets and tub surround with
paintings done by hand, gold fili-
gree framing the vanity and cup-
board drawers and, on the tub
panels, landscapes inspired by the
French Impressionists.
"Which I painted myself while
lying on the bathroom floor," Dena
Michelangelo's ceiling may attract
more visitors, but here's proof that
a beautifully decorated bath can
make for artful living. ... Even if it's
behind closed doors and designed
for an audience of only two.
Draw a
Warm Bath --
Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall
West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10
Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa
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Open Nationwide 02/14/13
Runtime 123 min
MPAA Rating PG-13 for
Some Sexual Material,
Scary Images, Violence.
Starring Alden Ehrenreich,
Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons,
Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum,
Thomas Mann, Emma
Thompson, Eileen Atkins,
Margo Martindale, Zoey
Deutch, Tiffany Boone,
Rachel Brosnahan, Kyle
Gallner, Pruitt Taylor Vince,
Robin Skye, Randy Redd
Genre Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis In the small town
of Gatlin, S.C., teenage
Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenre-
ich) sees his static world shaken by the arrival of Lena
Duchannes (Alice Englert), the niece of town patriarch
Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons). Immediately, Ethan
feels drawn to Lena, even though destruction seems to sur-
round her, and she has supernatural powers that are be-
yond her control. Worse still, a curse looms for Lena at the
approach of her 16th birthday -- a time when the forces of
either light or dark will claim her.
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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are
from February 14th - 20th, 2013
Race for the Cure —
The 21st annual Susan G.
Komen Breast Cancer Founda-
tion’s 5K Race for the Cure is
Sunday, Feb. 17, at Cohen Sta-
dium, 9700 Gateway North.
The fundraiser has become one
of the region’s biggest races.
Events include a 5K competi-
tive run at 8:30 a.m., and a 5K
and 1-mile noncompetitive
run/walk at 9 a.m. A 1-mile Fun
Run for kids is at 8 a.m. Regis-
tration begins at 6 a.m.
Survivors’ Celebration and
awards are 11 a.m. to noon.
Parking is at Cohen Stadium,
EPCC Transmountain Campus
and Northpark Mall (shuttle
service provided from EPCC
and Northpark).
Entry fees: $35 for competi-
tive 5K, $30 for noncompeti-
tive 5K/1-mile, $10 for Kids
for the Cure 1-mile non-com-
petitive run (ages 5-12); in-
clude t-shirt. “In the Pink”
registration is $50, includes
non-competitive race entry, VIP
parking pass and VIP Tent pass.
Supporters who want to
“Sleep in for the Cure” can get
a t-shirt, bib and pillowcase for
$35. Registration/information:
533-4433 or
Team registration is 9 a.m. to
6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at
1700 Murchison, Suite 207.
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14-16.
Valentines Sweetest
Dessert and Tango
Party — Paso del Norte
Tango Club’s Valentine’s Day
party is 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 16, at Shundo Dance Stu-
dio, 2719 N. Stanton. Tango
lessons are 8 to 9 p.m. followed
by tango milonga dance and
“best dessert” contest; viewing
begins at 8 p.m. with tasting at
9:30 p.m. Bring a favorite
dessert to share. Cost: $8. In-
formation: 532-2043 or 490-
Coin Show- The Interna-
tional Coin Club of El Paso’s
50th annual Coin Show is Feb.
15-17 at El Maida Hall, 6331
Alabama, with more than 60 ta-
bles of coins, paper money,
medals and tokens by dealers
from around the country.
Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 9
a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The
2013 show will commemorate
the 50th anniversary of the set-
tlement of the Chamizal dis-
pute. Medals commemorating
the settlement will be available
at the show. Admission is free;
raffle tickets ($1) for more than
$2,000 worth of coins available
for purchase. Information: 533-
The 5th annual kids auction is
at 2 p.m. Saturday for ages 7 to
14. The kids auction is a no-
cost auction; script provided for
the bidding.
The International Coin Club
of El Paso, Inc. meets at 6:30
p.m. the first Monday of every
month at the Travelodge Motel-
La Hacienda, 6400 Montana.
Coin talk and auction follows
business meeting around 7 p.m.
Visitors welcome.
‘Sylvia’ — El Paso Play-
house, 2501 Montana, presents
A.R. Gurney’s comedy about a
dog and her newly-adopted
family Feb. 9-March 2. Di-
rected by Moises Hinojos.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sun-
day. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors,
$7 military/students with ID;
$5 students under 18). Informa-
tion: 532-1317, elpasoplay-
An upper class man adopts a
stray female dog and soon finds
her clashing with his work,
marriage, friends and other as-
pects of his life in hilarious
YEF Festival — Ysleta
Education Foundation hosts the
family festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17, at El Paso
County Coliseum, 4100 E.
Paisano, with inflatable rides,
games, craft vendors, food and
more. Admission is free; unlim-
ited ride bracelets are $6. Infor-
mation: 434-0505.
Senior Citizen community-
We are starting a Sunday
Tango/Tropical Tardeada from
4:30 pm- 6:30 pm, $5 per per-
son, dance lesson and practice
Also forming a troupe called
"Gold Tango" Tango for Sen-
ior Citizens. For more infor-
mation please call Elizabeth
Rueda at 408-3241 or Mundo
Rueda at 630-7607.
We have new and exciting
things on the webpage-
The location is Elena Baker's
Dance Studio at 1815 Trawood
Ste B-2.
Hueco Tanks Rock
Rodeo — The 20th annual
bouldering competition is Fri-
day through Sunday, Feb. 15-
17, at Hueco Tanks, with cash
and prizes offered. The event
also has adventure films, slide
shows, live music, paintball, a
mechanical bull, vendor vil-
lage, pro athlete clinic, raffles,
rock tours, youth clinic and
camp, bonfire dance and more.
Competition is at Hueco Tanks
State Park and Historic Site;
other events are at Hueco Rock
The event begins at 2:30 p.m.
Friday; 6:45 a.m. Saturday, and
8 a.m. Sunday.
Friday’s events include rock art
tour, burrito and beer dinner,
slide show by Paige Claasen
and Abbey Smith and the
movie premiere of “Chasing
Winter” by Paul Robinson. Sat-
urday includes a breakfast, park
orientation video and competi-
tion from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
followed by art show, dinner,
slide show, awards and party.
Sunday offers youth competi-
tion and clinics.
Gallery 127 — 11675
Montwood, Suite. A-2. Con-
certs are at 6 p.m.; all-ages
shows,. Tickets: $12, unless
listed otherwise; available on-
line at
• Ska legends The
Toasters perform at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16, with Mrs.
Skannotto, Cafe Con Tequila
and others. Tickets: $10.
UTEP Men’s Basket-
ball – The Miners hosts UCF
at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at
the Don Haskins Center. Tick-
ets: $8-$50. Information: 747-
5234 or
Tricky Falls — 209 S. El
Paso. All shows are all-ages (16
and older), unless listed other-
wise. Information: 351-9909 or Tickets for
most shows available at All
That Music, Bowie Feathers,
Maria’s Closet, Eloise and on-
line at
• Gorilla Joe — The rap-
per, formerly of Boyz N Da
Hood, performs at 8 p.m. Fri-
day, Feb. 15, along with Origi-
nal Flyboys, Smiddy D-Dozie
D, Killa Star, Big Keem, F.A.M
Clic, Powherhouse, Explicit,
Tha Conecta, Dessept and
more. Tickets: $15 and $20.
Mariachi Vargas de
Tecalitlan — “El mejor
mariachi del mundo” returns at
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at
the Plaza Theatre. Mariachi
Vargas de Tecalitlan, formed in
1898 in the town of Tecalitlan
by Gaspar Vargas and others,
has appeared in 200 movies,
recorded dozens of albums of
pasodobles, valses, bailables,
polkas and danzones. Tickets:
$30 to $100. (Ticketmaster).
This mariachi group has also
collaborated with various
artists including Juan Gabriel
and Linda Ronstadt.
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Today they are composed of
three trumpets, one harp, one
vihuela, guitar, guitarron, gui-
tarra and five violins. Their
music now ranges from tradi-
tional sones to classical works
as well as other styles.
History: A Journey
Through the Music’ —
Young El Paso Singers, con-
ducted by Cindy Jay, will host a
concert in honor of African
American History month 7 to
8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at
Western Hills United Methodist
Church, 524 Thunderbird. The
story, featuring music and brief
narrations, begins in Africa,
travels across the ocean to
America, traces auctions and
slavery of the African, and con-
tinues through the early days of
the civil rights movement, cul-
minating with Martin Luther
King, Jr. The singers will be ac-
companied on piano by Ruben
Gutierrez. Admission is free.
Information: 227-6002 or
The singers also will present
the free performance at the El
Paso Museum of History, 510
N. Santa Fe at 6:30 p.m. Satur-
day, Feb. 16.
Black History Month
at UTEP —Many events
are free. Information: Amanda
Lowder (African American
Studies Program) 747-8650 or
Against The Odds Film Series
screenings are noon Fridays in
UTEP Library’s Blumberg Au-
ditorium. All films are followed
by a moderated discussion.
Feb. 15: “Return of the Ti-
tans.” Discussion led by Visit-
ing Professor Kathryn
Black Student Union Film Se-
ries every Wednesday in Febru-
ary in the Liberal Arts Building:
Feb. 13: “The Great Debaters,”
is 2:15 p.m. in Room 108, 2:15-
5:15 p.m.
Downtown Artist
Market — The City of El
Paso Museums and Cultural Af-
fairs Department’s market for
area artists are Saturdays in the
Union Plaza District along An-
thony Street. Hours are 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Space for about 53
artists available each month. In-
formation: 541-4942. Feb. 16:
Spring Gardening Activity.
Milagro Gala — Broad-
cast journalist Dan Rather is the
featured speaker for El Paso
Children’s Hospital’s 3rd an-
nual benefit gala at 6 p.m. Fri-
day, Feb. 15, at El Paso
Convention Center. Rather
served as anchor for the “CBS
Evening News” for nearly 25
years, and now serves as man-
aging editor for his own show
“Dan Rather Reports.” Pro-
ceeds from the event benefit
sick and injured children at El
Paso Children’s Hospital Tick-
ets: $150 ($1,500 battle for 10).
Information/reservations: 521-
7229, ext. 2989 or umcfounda-
‘Hit The Road Jack!’
— The UTEP Department of
Theatre and Dance presents a
Tribute to the Songs of Ray
Charles and Other Dances for
its spring dance performance
Feb. 15-24 in the Fox Fine Arts
Wise Family Theatre. Choreo-
graphed by Myron Nadel and
Lisa Smith. Showtimes are 8
p.m. Thursday through Satur-
day and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $12 ($10 UTEP fac-
ulty/staff/alumni association
members, seniors, military,
groups of 10 or more and non-
UTEP students; $9 UTEP stu-
dents and children age 4 to 12).
Information: 747-5118 or the-
Featuring the world renowned
blues and soul music of Ray
Charles as inspiration, this fas-
cinating work explores relation-
ships gone wrong.
‘Grease’ - UTEP Dinner
Theatre presents the hit 50s mu-
sical by Jim Jacobs and Warren
Casey Feb. 1-March 1. Show-
time is 7 p.m. Wednesday
through Saturday, with dinner
matinee at 1:30 p.m. Sunday,
Feb. 3, and non-dinner mati-
nees at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
10, 17 and 24. Tickets: $45 Fri-
day and Saturday; $40 Wednes-
day, Thursday and Sunday
dinner matinees; $26 non-din-
ner matinees ($2 discount for
all tickets for UTEP
faculty/staff/ alumni association
members; group of 20 or more;
ages 4-12; non UTEP-students,
military; $10 discount for
UTEP students). Information:
This record-breaking musical
follows the senior class of 1959
at Rydell High School includ-
ing gum-smacking, hip-shaking
Pink Ladies and their hot-rod-
ding, ducktailed boys, with hits
such as “Summer Nights,” “We
Go Together,” “Greased Light-
nin’” “Look and Me, I’m San-
dra Dee.”
‘Love of Arts’ Show—
ArtForms of New Mexico hosts
the art show and sale in cele-
bration For the Love of Arts
Month Show from 1 to 7 p.m.
Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday,Feb. 15-16, at Las
Cruces Convention Center, 680
University. Artists from
throughout Southern New Mex-
ico will sell original art includ-
ing paintings, jewelry,
sculpture, street art, pottery and
bead work. Admission is free.
Live music provided by
Nammy Award winner Yolanda
Martinez, Frank Lovato, An-
thony James, the Alma d’Arte
Flamenco Dancers, the Alma
d’Arte Choir, Laura Humpreys
and Percussion 10+1.
New Horizons Sym-
phony — The symphony
conducted by Dr. Marianna
Gabbi presents its romantic
concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
17, at NMSU’s Atkinson
Recital Hall in Las Cruces. The
orchestra will perform Han-
son’s Symphony No. 2 “Ro-
mantic,” selections from
Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side
Story,” George Gershwin’s
“Porgy and Bess”, Desmond-
Brubeck’s “Take Five” with
saxophonist Jim Helder, and
Aaron Copland’s “Hoe-Down”
from “Rodeo”.
Admission is free. Informa-
tion: (575) 522-5571, (575)
523-9101 or
Inn of the Mountain Gods
Resort and Casino —
Mescalero, N.M. Shows begin
at 8 p.m. Age 21 and older ad-
mitted. Tickets sold through
Ticketmaster; prices listed do
not include service charge. In-
formation: 1-877-277-5677 or
• Herman’s Hermits —
The British invasion-era rock
legends perform Friday, Feb.
15. Tickets: $25-$70.
• Little River Band —
The classic rock band performs
Saturday, Feb. 16. Tickets:
Bootheel Cowboy Po-
etry Fiesta — The 20th an-
nual fiesta brings together some
of the Southwest’s best story-
tellers, poets and musicians 5 to
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at
the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County
Museum (Old Armory), 708 E.
2nd St., Lordsburg, N.M. Mas-
ter of Ceremonies is Steve Hill.
Proceeds benefit the museum.
Tickets: $12.50 ($8 students)
and includes both sessions and
hamburgers and soft drinks at
intermission. Information/tick-
ets: (575) 542-9258, (559) 381-
1465 or
Music on Main Street
— In celebration of ArtForms’
For The Love Of Art Month,
the Dona Ana Arts Council and
Downtown Las Cruces Partner-
ship will host the month-long
music series with local and na-
tional musical talent Tuesday
and Friday evenings, and
Valentine’s Day, at various lo-
cations throughout the down-
town Las Cruces area. All
events are free, unless other-
wise listed. Information: (575)
523-6403 or RioGrandeThe- or.
• MST Jazz Trio — Las
Cruces’ premiere Jazz combo
performs 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 14, at Main Street Bistro
and Ale House, 139 N. Main.
• Bob Diven — The Las
Cruces songwriter performs 7
to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at
the Rio Grande Theatre. Sug-
gested donation of $5.
Zedd, being born into
a family of musicians, began
playing the piano at the age of
four. After several years of learn-
ing to master the piano, Anton
began playing the drums in a
band, and composed and pro-
duced numerous rocksongs in
his band's own studio.
In 2009 he began producing
electronic club music, to much
and quick acclaim. After a per-
oid of only few months he at-
tained a remarkable level and
participated in Beatport's "Ar-
mand Van Helden / Strictly
Rhythm Remix Contest", which
he went on to win. This opened
up a number of new possibilities
for Zedd, and only shortly after,
he won his second contest on
Beatport, the "Fatboy Slim / Skint
Remix Contest"! This was the
foundation for several coopera-
tions with artists such as Black
Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, P. Diddy,
Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Armand
Van Helden and labels like
mau5trap, Interscope, Atlantic,
Strictly Rhythm or Skint Records.
His first release "The Anthem" en-
tered the Beatport charts top
20, and even made it to the
second place of Track It Down
charts. His remix for Skrillex'
'Scary Monsters And Nice
Sprites', released on 'mau5trap
recordings' climbed up the
charts to #4 on Beatport and
#2 on Beatport's Electro House
Zedd’s stellar development is
undoubtedly linked to his
unique and highly recognizable
style of composition. It stands
out in a crowded field as metic-
ulously detailed and carefully
produced, very playful and at
the same time remarkably
catchy despite the complex
musicality drafting it up. Draw-
ing from his diverse musical
background spanning from
classical to post-
hardcore/metal to electro
house Zedd’s music not only
draws from uncommon sources
but also has the ability to ap-
peal to an audience outside
the realm EDM.
Zedd signed with Interscope
records in 2012 and released
his debut LP Clarity in October
to much critical acclaim. The
album’s first single, “Spectrum,”
featuring singer/songwriter
Matthew Koma, garnered mas-
sive global attention climbing
into the the Top 10 on the
iTunes dance chart and holding
on to the #1 spot on Beatport
Worldwide for almost three
weeks. The track then soared to
#1 on the Billboard Dance Club
Song chart and was ultimately
named their Dance Club Song
of the year as well as iTunes
“Breakthrough Album of the
Year (Dance) for 2012.
A musical prodigy from the
start, Zedd is already a power-
house beyond the EDM realm.
His originality and momentum
will unquestionably propel him
into the ranks of superstars.
Music Releases
February 19th
Celtic Thunder - Mythology
Robin Tower - Roots and Branches
Buckcherry - Confessions
Atlas Genius - When it was Now
Armin Van Burrin - State of Trance 2013
Herb Alpert - Fandango
Jamie Lidell - Jamie Lidell
Iceage- Youre Nothing
Trinidad James - Dont be Safe
STRFKR - Miracle Mile
Flume - Flume
DJ Spotlight | Zedd
Nightlife calendar
This multi-media presentation tells the story of
250,000 orphans and unwanted children who
were placed on trains in New York between 1854
and 1929 and sent all over the United States to
be given away. An estimated 1,200 came to
Texas, such as Sarah Lousina Parks who came to
El Paso around 1910.
Through literature, music,
archival photographs,
film interviews, informal
lecture and storytelling,
this virtually untold chap-
ter in American history
comes alive. It will be
followed by a recitation
from a forthcoming his-
torical novel about the
Orphan Trains by Alison Moore. After the pres-
entation, there will be an informal discussion led
by Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster about the
origin and demise of the largest child migration
in history and the part it played in the formation
of the American Dream.
Alison Moore, MFA, is a former Assistant Pro-
fessor of English/Creative Writing in the Cre-
ative Writing Program at the University of
Arizona and a current Humanities Scholar in
Texas. She lives in Austin and is completing a
novel on the Orphan Trains with a grant from the
Texas Institute of Letters and the Dobie/Paisano
Foundation of the University of Texas at Austin.
Arkansas Arts on Tour musician Phil Lancaster
(Professor Strings) was
born in Texarkana and
studied art and music at
L’Ecole De Beaux Arts in
Angers, France. He be-
came a member of a blue-
grass band that traveled
and played throughout
France and produced an
album entitled Bluegrass
Oldies Ltd./Traveling
Show. In 2007, he received an Arkansas Arts
Council fellowship for Music Composition. He
currently lives in Austin and is a co-presenter of
Riders on the Orphan Train.
This program is cosponsored by a Humanities
Texas grant. For more information and to reserve
a place for this must see program, contact Sue
Taylor at (915) 351-3588 o r taylorsl@elpaso-
El Paso Museum of History Presents
A Multi Media Production of “Riders on the Orphan Train”
Saturday, February 23, 2013 @ 2:00 PM FREE
Feb 17th
@ The Lowbrow Palace
Feb 22nd
Fri.Feb 22nd ELP NOVA
LUNA Presented by SMG
Feb 23rd
March 2nd
Derrick Carter @The Network
Photo courtesy of Allison Moore and Phil Lancaster
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With NASCAR’s Sprint
Cup Series set to kick off the
2013 campaign this weekend
at Daytona International
Speedway with the non-
points Sprint Unlimited on
Saturday night followed by
pole qualifying for the Day-
tona 500 on Sunday, much of
the focus will be on the new
Generation 6 race car, which
makes its first appearance in
a competitive environment.
NASCAR president Mike
Helton will be watching as
closely as anyone, because
he’s the one who will be re-
sponsible for making adjust-
ments if one manufacturer
winds up with a significant
advantage over its competi-
The new cars are built to
more closely resemble the
showroom versions they rep-
resent, so Fords, Chevrolets
and Toyotas all have differ-
ent shapes. NASCAR has
made every effort to ensure
that all cars, while having
different characteristics, are
equal aerodynamically, but
the true test won’t come until
there are points and money
on the line.
Helton said that going into
Speedweeks at Daytona, he
believes the three manufac-
turers’ products are close
“We gave the manufactur-
ers the aero numbers to
match up to and asked them
to design a car that would do
that,” he said. “In today’s
world, we can use a lot of sci-
ence and technology to go
into the design of these cars
from a competition aspect.
Hopefully we’ve done that
correctly, but with the
uniqueness of the shapes of
these things, we could get
back to the days where we
have to adjust spoilers or
something, but we don’t
think so.”
In an earlier era, it was al-
most a weekly occurrence
to see representatives of
race teams and manufac-
turers trekking to the
NASCAR hauler in the
garage to plead with Helton
and other officials for rules
tweaks to help them over-
come disadvantages. Those
disadvantages, both real
and perceived, also were
discussed and debated in
many a water-cooler con-
versation across the
NASCAR nation.
Helton said that the re-
turn of that kind of debate
wouldn’t necessarily be a
bad thing.
“The design of the cars
and matching up to the
showroom cars represents a
bit of a throwback of its
own, so going back to argu-
ing over who’s got the best
aero package and who’s got
the best horsepower is part
of the rivalry of our sport,”
he said. “That’s something
we’ve got experience with.
It’s not the worst thing.”
Helton also said he’ll be
watching closely when the
Gen-6 car makes its first
competitive appearance on
an intermediate-length
track, at Las Vegas Motor
Speedway on March 10.
“We want the intermedi-
ate-track racing to get bet-
ter,” he said. “We’d like to
figure out how to keep the
guy from getting out by him-
self and just running away
from everybody.”
But he believes another
unpopular kind of racing, one
involving the two-car
tandems that dominated re-
cent races at Daytona and
Talladega Superspeedway, is
a thing of the past with the
new car. “I think it’s gone,”
Helton said. “... What we’ve
seen so far – and what the
garage area thinks – is that
it doesn’t work any more.”
Helton said the risks in-
volved in tandem racing now
far exceed the potential re-
“In testing, we saw two
cars hooking up, and one car
by itself could run as fast as
they could,” he said. “And
drivers in the tandem have
to rely even more on each
other’s talent than they did
in the past.”
Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway on January 10. (NASCAR photo)
NASCAR to curb start-
The practice of starting and quickly parking a car in
NASCAR races won’t be as lucrative this year as it has
been in the past. Series officials have whacked money off
the bottom positions in the finishing order and moved
that money up to mid-pack.
NASCAR president Mike Helton said the change,
which is estimated to be about $4,000 per position, is
NASCAR’s way of trying to reward struggling teams that
are trying to gain a foothold in the sport while penalizing
those who are only there to collect some cash.
“We’re moving the money to kind of reward owners like
Tommy Baldwin and Frankie Stoddard and David
Stremme’s Swan Racing group,” he said. “It’s not a lot of
money, but it’s a starting point.”
Helton added that if the blatant starting and parking
continues, more changes could be in the offing.
“It’s kind of a soft move now, but if it doesn’t work we can
take more off the bottom and move it up,” he said.
By Christopher A. Randazzo
Lexus LX570 – Luxury, High-Tech goes Off-Road
There is no hiding what the
Lexus LX570 is. Start off with
a fully decked out Toyota Land
Cruiser and add some sophisti-
cated technology here and extra
creature comfort features there
and wa-la – you have one of the
most sophisticated, luxurious
and most capable vehicle to
ever roam the earth.
The LX570 is the king of SUVs
in the Lexus lineup. As the
name implies, the LX570 uses
a 5.7 liter V8 engine - the same
one found in the Land Cruiser
and the Tundra – an engine that
journalists and Toyota lovers
have been ranting and raving
about for years. It cranks out an
impressive 383 horsepower and
over 400 ft-lbs of torque – all
going through a six-speed
But before you go on thinking
that the LX570 is nothing more
than a rebadged Land Cruiser,
think again. The technology
that Lexus has fitted the LX570
with is simply amazing. Some
of these features include a four-
zone climate controlled system
with smog sensors and second
row heated seats. There is also
a power liftgate, adaptive front
lighting and power third-row
seats (although the third-row
seats still don’t fold flat).
Other features that you will be
hard-pressed to find in com-
petitor’s vehicles are height
control – which allows you to
adjust the stance of the vehicle,
and not only a rear-view moni-
tor, but also side view monitors
as well. And of course, being a
Lexus, the interior is richly ap-
pointed with exceptional
leather and wood trim. There is
even a built-in cooler to keep
drinks cold during road trips.
But believe it or not, the LX570
is really meant to be driven off-
road and is fitted with enough
gadgets and aids to make Land
Rover and Jeep raise an eye-
brow or two. This full-time
four-wheel drive Lexus sports
skid plates, tow hooks, a full-
time transfer case and a lock-
able Torsen limited-slip center
differential. Then there is
CRAWL control, or as I like to
put it, off-road cruise control.
With CRAWL engaged, the
Lexus will maintain a fixed
ultra-slow speed on off-road
terrain without any driver input
except steering. Stay off the gas
and brake and just point and
steer. It’s scary noisy, but works
very well.
Fortunately most of my drive
time in the LX570 was on the
street, where it handles excep-
tionally well given its size and
Tundra truck-based roots.
Nearly every passenger that I
took for a ride commented on
its smooth, quiet ride. We even
toured the city with six adults
in the big bruiser, utilizing the
third row seat. Granted a little
more legroom would have been
welcome, the two third-row
seat passengers were quite
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