Published by E.P. MASS MEDIA ADVERTISING INC. Vol. X No. 366 February 18th, 2011
Juarez colonia
suffer immeasur-
ably in
winter, summer
So, you say you had it rough
during The 2011 El Paso
Freeze? You say your water
pipes froze, leaving you
without drinking water, that
you couldn’t take a shower,
couldn’t wash dishes, could-
n’t wash your dirty car,
couldn’t, couldn’t, couldn’t?
You say the lights went out in
your house, you resorted to
flashlights or candles, could-
n’t turn on your t.v., your
stereo, your computer, your
refrigerator went sour. You
say you were without gas for
several days at a time, you
were cold, miserable – albeit,
you did have blankets to
keep you warm, you did have
a bed to sleep on?
Well, folks, count
your blessings that you don’t
live in one of the Juarez colo-
nias, where amenities are
nowhere to be found and
where people live like this
every year, every winter.
Count your blessings that
your house, at least, has cin-
der-blocks or red bricks, or
other means of support, and,
oh, yes, a roof. Count your
blessings that your home is
weather-tight, or as tight as
you can make it. Try living in
a shack made out of card-
board, chicken wire, and a
hope and a prayer.
This, my good
friends, is how people often
live in a Juarez colonia – take
your pick, there are plenty of
colonias from which to
choose. These good people
don’t have to worry about
their water pipes freezing –
what pipes? More often than
not, the water they use for
cooking, drinking, cleaning
themselves, is stored in a
large garbage can that has
seen better days. More often
than not, a large family lives
in a one-room panacea, with-
out any visible means of pro-
viding heat, without
electricity. No rolling black-
outs in these Juarez colonias
because, of course, no elec-
A family lucky
enough to have a bed and
have blankets can spend an
entire day without rising, ex-
cept to take care of the neces-
sities of life. Yes, they spend
their entire day smothered in
blankets, because it is, oh so
cold. Have you seen them?
These Juarez colonias? Have
you visited them? As a long-
time journalist in El Paso,
I’ve seen them up close.
These living conditions don’t
exist because of some freaky
weather. No, they live like
this all the time.
In the summer, the
living conditions are re-
versed. It is so hot inside one
of these make-shift, so-called
homes. What air-condition-
ing? What refrigerated air? In
fact, what refrigerator? Of
course, I’m not blaming El
Pasoans, who have certainly
worked hard enough to pro-
vide the basic amenities for
their families. We’re not to
blame. On the contrary, many
El Pasoans try to alleviate
such living conditions. It’s a
small gesture, perhaps, but, it
is an important one. Some
people provide blankets,
some people provide fuel for
those who do have some sort
of heating apparatus.
Continues on page 6
By Joe Olvera ©, 2011
Program includes videos, materials and presentations to be offered to local high schools
Last Friday, February 11,
2011, El Paso County Attor-
ney Jo Anne Bernal and Dis-
trict Attorney Jaime Esparza
unveiled a bold new initiative
to reduce domestic and dating
violence in El Paso County.
This comprehensive initiative
entitled “¡No Te Dejes! Don’t
Let Yourself,” was made pos-
sible by an $80,000 grant
from the Criminal Justice De-
partment of the Texas Gover-
nor’s Office.
The initiative includes the
production of culturally sensi-
tive videos targeted at local
area high school students and
their parents. The videos, cre-
ated by local production com-
pany “MindWarp
Entertainment,” will be used
in conjunction with a compre-
hensive domestic/teen dating
violence curriculum. Both of-
fices will offer the video and
training curriculum to stu-
dents, school administrators,
parents and community
groups in El Paso County.
The first video is a 16-minute
dramatization that explores is-
sues related to abusive teen
dating relationships, such as
the use of intimidation, isola-
tion and physical violence to
exercise power and control
over the victim.
The second video, created in
English and Spanish, ad-
dresses issues of domestic vi-
olence in adult relationships,
such as economic and sexual
abuse, the use of children to
manipulate and the immigra-
tion considerations of victims
involved in abu-
sive relation-
The project is
unique in that
all aspects of the
initiative were
designed to re-
flect situations,
cultures and is-
sues specific to
El Paso and
other border
along the U.S.-
Mexico border.
Culturally sensi-
tive materials
connect better
with the audi-
ence and make
the message
more effective.
So far students
have responded well to pre-
views of the teen dating vio-
lence video.
The initiative also
includes the creation of an in-
teractive webpage and the de-
velopment of a
comprehensive curriculum
that covers the dynamics of
domestic/teen dating vio-
lence, as well as prevention
and intervention resources
available within the El Paso
community. Some of the top-
ics include access to law en-
forcement, safety planning,
the use of protective orders,
availability of shelter and
counseling services, and crim-
inal prosecution of offenders.
Presentation of the teen dating
violence video and correspon-
ding curriculum will be of-
fered to all interested school
districts in the El Paso area to
comply with state legislation
which went into effect May of
2007. The legislation, found
in Section 37.0831 of the Ed-
ucation Code, mandates the
implementation of a dating vi-
Achieving the
Dream: Community Colleges
Count and Lumina Founda-
tion for Education announced
that El Paso Community Col-
lege has been honored with
the third annual Leah Meyer
Austin Institutional Student
Success Leadership Award.
EPCC received the award
during the opening of the an-
nual Achieving the Dream
Strategy Institute in Indi-
EPCC received the
award for simultaneously in-
creasing student success and
college access. In partnership
with Achieving the Dream,
EPCC instigated a college-
going culture in a metropoli-
tan border area where 82
percent of residents are His-
panic, 27 percent are low-in-
come and 54 percent have a
high school diploma or less
education. The college’s
multi-faceted strategy re-
duced the number of students
who need developmental (re-
medial) courses; added en-
rollment in gateway courses
(introductory and prerequisite
courses); expanded comple-
tion rates in gateway courses;
and raised graduation rates.
“The Achieving the Dream
initiative was the best thing
that could have happened to
EPCC,” said EPCC President
Richard Rhodes. “It moti-
vated us to use data intention-
ally to inform our decision
making and helped us focus
on student success. The out-
comes have empowered our
faculty, staff, students and
community to engage in pro-
moting and supporting stu-
dent success at levels never
seen before.”
“EPCC’s resolute
commitment to student suc-
cess and completion has set
them apart as an impressive
example of what is possible at
community colleges across
the country,” said Achieving
the Dream President and CEO
William Trueheart. “This
award recognizes EPCC’s
strong presidential leadership
and broad institutional en-
gagement, their breadth of
successful programs and the
pervasive impact of their pro-
grams on the community.
EPCC is showing the nation
that high-level commitment
and well-focused, evidence-
based decision-making can
lead to substantial improve-
ment in student success and
Conceived in 2004, Achiev-
ing the Dream (ATD) has ex-
panded to 130 institutions in
24 states and the District of
Columbia serving more than
1.6 million students. ATD is
focused on creating a culture
of evidence on community
college campuses where it
identifies problems that pre-
vent students from succeed-
ing, particularly low-income
students and minorities. Col-
leges develop programs to
help them stay in school and
receive a certificate or
The Lumina Foun-
dation is an Indianapolis-
based private foundation
committed to enrolling and
graduating more students
from college including low-
income, minorities, first-gen-
eration students and adult
The Leah Meyer
Austin Award recognizes out-
standing institutional achieve-
ment in creating excellence
and equity through committed
leadership, use of evidence to
improve policies, programs
and services, broad engage-
ment and systematic institu-
tional improvement.
For additional in-
formation, please contact the
EPCC Marketing and Com-
munity Relations Office at
831-6531; Katie Loovis at
Dream.org or Lucia Anderson
at landerson@luminafounda-
EPCC, the Best
Place to Start
Brigadier General Michael A. Bills
Joint Task Force North
Commanding General
Brigadier General Michael A.
Bills, after completing three
years of service as an enlisted
Soldier, graduated from
George Mason University, at
Fairfax, Virginia, and was
commissioned through Re-
serve Officers’ Training Corps
in 1984. Throughout his ca-
reer, he has served in a variety
of command, leadership, and
staff assignments in armor
and cavalry units.
His early assignments include
duty as a tank and scout pla-
toon leader, Headquarters and
Headquarters Company Exec-
utive Officer, and Battalion
Maintenance Officer, in 2nd
Battalion, 81st Armor, 1st Ar-
mored Division, at Erlangen,
Germany. After attending the
Armor Advanced Course, he
served as the Squadron Per-
sonnel Officer, B Troop Com-
mander, and Headquarters and
Headquarters Troop Com-
mander, in the 1st Squadron,
4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st In-
fantry Division, at Fort Riley,
Kansas; he deployed B Troop
to Operation Desert
Following three years as an
Armor Assignment Officer at
the U.S. Army’s Personnel
Command in Alexandria, Vir-
ginia, he attended the U.S.
Army Command and General
Staff College at Fort Leaven-
worth, Kansas. He then
served as the Operations Offi-
cer and Executive Officer,
2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored
Cavalry Regiment, at Fort
Carson, Colorado.
Brigadier General Bills was
then assigned as the Depart-
ment of the Army Black Book
Manager, Office of the Chief
of Staff, Army, at the Penta-
gon. He then took command
of the 1st Squadron, 1st Cav-
alry Regiment, 1st Armored
Division, at Budingen, Ger-
many. Following command,
he was assigned to Hohenfels,
Germany as the Senior
Armor/Cavalry Trainer ---
“Grizzly 07.” He was then
selected by the V Corps Com-
mander to lead the V Corps
Assault Command Post dur-
ing Operation Iraqi Freedom
in 2003.
Following graduation from
the Army War College, his as-
signments included standing
up the Wounded Warrior Pro-
gram and serving as Chief,
Base Realignment and ...
Continues on page 6
One big
event that many
House members
look forward to
is El Paso days.
Every session
during the month
of February, a
whole lot of El
Pasoans pack
their bags and head on to Austin.
The plans for this visit begin
very early in the preceding year. It is an
effort that is spearheaded by the El Paso
Greater Chamber of Commerce.
Richard Dayoub may be the director of
the chamber, but it is the hard work of
Mica Short that has made the event a
success for many sessions now. Both,
however, deserve the highest commen-
dations from constituents.
You may wonder why other
representatives might be looking for-
ward to El Paso days. It is simply be-
cause our event always has a different
flavor. In one sense, you can take that
The most famous EP Day fea-
tured uniquely flavored margaritas
named after some of our best know
icons. The only one I truly remember
was the Texas Tech margarita. Each
different flavor was colored with a
unique shade. The event was a terrific
Another EP Day milestone
was the session where the Governor, Lt.
Governor and every Representative and
Senator were given one of the famous
Spira sport shoes. Those are the shoes
with the spring built in. It was a logistic
nightmare for Mica and those assisting
her to get the 200 plus shoes delivered.
And then there were the do overs. Sev-
eral members requested a swap.
El Paso days may have its ca-
sual side, but there is a very serious side
to the event. And, that is especially true
this session.
Most sessions, the visit was a
two day affair. The first day would be
the distribution of memorable gifts to
each legislator and a few meetings with
specific officials. The next day would
also be filled with meetings. And then
the El Paso Days reception in the early
evening signaled the last event.
This year, the participants
were greater in number and the event
was a continual lobby effort by El Pa-
soans on behalf of our city and county
that started on Tuesday and did not
cease until five o'clock on Thursday.
For the most part, each meeting in-
volved select officials who have direct
impact on programs essential to El
Paso. In some cases, the meetings were
with the Chief of Staff.
The bottom line is that the
visits served an important purpose for
our community. Being that El Paso is
so far from Texas, our voice is not as
prevalent as communities within as
much shorter driving distance.
El Paso has a great and united
delegation. Unfortunately, no delega-
tion from any area can do the best job
alone. It does take the community to re-
inforce the message that we the mem-
bers put on the table.
Our entire community should
be very grateful to the Chamber for
finding the private sector money to pay
for this event. It is not cheap at all.
That information is for the Chamber to
disclose but I am astounded that the or-
ganizers can find the revenue.
Richard Dayoub and Mica Short have
come through for El Paso in a big way
this session. The session may not pro-
vide El Paso with as much as we need,
but the effort by the Chamber and the
visitors on El Paso Days provided an
important message to legislators and it
was well received.
Chente Quintanilla
State Representative
El Paso Days at the Capitol
Free Tour of the El Paso
Museum of Archaeology
Tour for Adults
At 1:00 pm on Sat-
February 19, 2011
This free one-hour, do-
cent-led tour of the El
Paso Museum of Ar-
chaeology will intro-
duce participants to the
people of El Paso’s an-
cient past from the Pale-
oindians who lived here
14,000 years ago to the
Mescalero Apache peo-
ple of today. Visitors
will also see prehistoric
artifacts from several re-
gions of México. To enjoy the gardens and trails, wear suitable
clothing, shoes, and sun protection.
Reservations are not necessary but contact the museum if you
plan to attend, 915-755-4332; guidamr@elpasotexas.gov.
The Vulnerable Road User Ordinance was passed on December
7, 2010 and scheduled to take effect March 1, 2011.
This Ordinance is intended to provide protection of Vulnerable
Road Users.
Pedestrian, runner, physically disabled person, highway con-
struction/maintenance worker, tow truck operator, utility
worker, person on horseback, a person operating equipment
other than a motor vehicle, including, but not limited to a bicy-
cle, hand cycle, horse-driven conveyance, or unprotected farm
equipment, a worker with legitimate business in or near the
road or right-of-way, or stranded motorist or passenger.
An operator of a motor vehicle passing a Vulnerable Road
User operating on a highway or street shall:
►Vacate the lane being used by the Vulnerable Road User if
two or more lanes exist
►Pass the Vulnerable Road User at a safe distance, three feet
if the operator’s vehicle is a passenger car or light truck and
six feet if the vehicle is larger than a light truck to include
commercial motor vehicles
Continues on page 6
Mescalero Harvest Diorama, 2011
Weather Trivia:
At what “wind chill temperature” does it take to
freeze water?
A n s w e r : D .
W i n d c h i l l a t t e m p t s t o a c c o u n t f o r t h e e f f e c t s o f w i n d c a r r y i n g h e a t a w a y
f r o m y o u r b o d y , o r t h e b o d y o f a n a n i m a l . N o m a t t e r h o w h a r d t h e w i n d
b l o w s , i t d o e s n ' t c h a n g e t h e a i r ' s t e m p e r a t u r e .
It’s certainly nice to see the overnight low temperatures
back in the 30’s after what we experienced the first
week in February. Temperatures were in the teens and
low 20’s. Last Friday morning we tumbled down to 16
degrees to set a new record low that previously was
held since 1974 when it was 17. In fact, that was the
sixth record that we set for the first 11 days of February.
For those who are interested, the coldest temperature
ever recorded in El Paso was minus 8 degrees back in
Those cold temperatures are made in Mother Nature’s kitchen. We typically
have to have several ingredients to get that cold. One is, of course, colder air
that comes down from Canada or the Arctic. The second ingredient is dry air.
Dry air is easier to cool than moist air. The third ingredient is wind. A light or
non existent wind is crucial. The stronger the wind, the more it will mix the air
and keeps temps a little warmer. The last ingredient is clear skies – this allows
for radiational cooling. This takes place when heat is radiated away from the
ground and into space. Clouds will act as a blanket and keep the heat more to-
ward the surface.
Do you ever wonder why the temperature gets the coldest just before sun-
rise? Just like your own budget, the Earth has an energy budget. During the
day, energy arriving from the sun exceeds energy that the Earth radiates back
into space, so temperatures usually rise. At night, the incoming solar energy
drops off, but the Earth continues to radiate energy, so temperatures typically
fall. Dawn comes after a full night in which the Earth has lost energy and re-
ceived very little.
It is common that the temperature even falls for a short time after sunrise
even though it’s only by a degree or two. If the temperature doesn’t fall as the
sun rises, the air may actually feel colder. That’s because we are used to it
being colder when it’s dark and warmer when it’s light. When the sky begins
to lighten and the temperature remains nearly the same, we might perceive that
it is colder than it actually is.
“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 Dopplerdave@kvia.com.
Why it’s so Cold
Around Sunrise?
By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman
A. 32
B. 29
C. 22
D. None of the above
Continued from page 2
So, who’s to blame? The
Mexican government? Juarez
City Hall? President Felipe
Calderon? The people them-
selves? Well, certainly, there
is plenty of blame to go
around, plenty of blame to
share. People must live
somewhere – at least, one
can say, they are not home-
less. What a blessing!
So, the next time a
frigid storm comes our way,
let’s try to remember those
less fortunate, who must
abide by nature’s cruel condi-
tions. Don’t be so whiny.
Don’t be so weak, think
about those poor people in
Juarez colonias. At least we
have options, don’t we? But,
what options do they have?
It’s a tough row to hoe no
matter how you look at it.
Buckle up, my good man, my
good woman. So, you’ll be
out of water for a few days,
out of heat and out of elec-
tricity for short spells of
time. Think, instead, of the
residents of a Juarez colonia.
What options do they have?
Not many, I’ll gather.
Sin Fin
Juarez colonia...
Continued from page 3
Closure at the U.S. Army
Human Resources Command.
Brigadier General Bills com-
manded the 3rd Armored
Cavalry Regiment from 29
June 2006 to 3 April 2009;
including a 15 month Opera-
tion Iraqi Freedom rotation in
Mosul, Iraq. Following com-
mand, he served on the Guan-
tanamo Task Force at the
Department of Justice. In his
next assignment, he served as
the Director, Joint Advance
Warfighting Program-APO,
Institute for Defense Analy-
sis, in Alexandria, Virginia.
His awards and decorations
include: Silver Star, two Le-
gion of Merits, three Bronze
Stars, Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, six Army
Meritorious Service Medals,
four Army Commendation
Medals, three Army Achieve-
ment Medals, Army Good
Conduct Medal, two National
Defense Service Medals,
Global War on Terrorism Ex-
peditionary Medal, and Valor-
ous Unit Award, and Army
Staff Badge.
Brigadier General Bills as-
sumed command of Joint
Task Force North on 9 June
Brigadier General Michael
A. Bills
Free Tax Filing Available to
Qualified Texans
AUSTIN – April 18, the 2010
federal income tax filing
deadline, is just around the
corner. For Texans trying to
wade through their federal in-
come tax return, it can often
be challenging. Fortunately,
the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) and the Texas Work-
force Commission (TWC)
stand ready to assist taxpay-
ers with information on
preparations services.
A new service offered this
year is Free File, a free, fed-
eral income tax preparation
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payers with a 2010 Adjusted
Gross Income of $58,000 or
less who meet additional re-
quirements can qualify for
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tion on the program visit
TWC also is encouraging
qualifying taxpayers to take
advantage of the Earned In-
come Tax Credit (EITC),
which allows lower-income
individuals and families to
pay less or no federal income
tax, or receive cash payments.
Local Workforce Solutions
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EITC. For more information
on specific services provided
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in your area, please visit
The IRS estimates that in
2009 more than 2.6 million
Texans claimed more than
$6.5 billion in EITC credits,
with an average refund of
$2,492. In recent years, Texas
has ranked first in the nation
in the number of EITC dol-
lars claimed by taxpayers.
Despite the credit’s availabil-
ity, however, the IRS esti-
mates that as many as 20 to
25 percent of Americans who
qualify for the credit do not
claim it on their tax returns.
Under certain limitations for
2010, individuals may qualify
if their adjusted gross income
is less than:
•$43,352 ($48,362 married
filing jointly) with three or
more qualifying children
•$40,363 ($45,373 married
filing jointly) with two quali-
fying children
•$35,535 ($40,545 married
filing jointly) with one quali-
fying child
•$13,460 ($18,470 married
filing jointly) with no qualify-
ing children
The maximum credit for
2010 is as follows:
•$5,666 with three or more
qualifying children
•$5,036 with two qualifying
•$3,050 with one qualifying
•$457 with no qualifying chil-
Investment income must be
less than $3,100 for the year
to qualify for EITC.
EITC does not affect an indi-
vidual’s eligibility to receive
certain public assistance ben-
efits. In most cases, the credit
payments will not be used to
determine eligibility for Med-
icaid, Supplemental Security
Income (SSI), food stamps,
low-income housing or most
Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families (TANF) pay-
More information on EITC
can be found at
Continued from page 2
Don’t Let
... policy to be included in each district’s improvement plan.
Commenting on the importance of the project, District At-
torney Jaime Esparza explained, “this important initiative
will jumpstart the conversation across our community about
the harm of violent relationships. We hope to help young
people and adults alike, recognize the warning signs of abu-
sive relationships and equip them with information on how
they can get help if they become a victim of an abusive rela-
tionship or family violence,” Esparza said.
El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal said “the ground-
breaking initiative is the first time the two prosecutors’ of-
fices in El Paso County have collaborated to create a
domestic violence program that aims to ensure justice by
proactively educating, deterring and preventing the occur-
rence of family violence before the need for prosecutorial
The County and District Attorneys’ Offices will start sched-
uling presentations with local school districts on March 1,
2011. The interactive webpage will go live on the same date.
Continued from page 4
►Operators of Motor Vehicles making a left turn at an inter-
section, alley, or private road or driveway shall yield right of
way to a Vulnerable Road User
►The operator of a motor vehicle may not overtake a Vulner-
able Road User traveling in the same direction and subse-
quently make a right turn in front of the Vulnerable Road User
unless the operator is safely clear of the vulnerable road user
►An operator may not drive a vehicle in a manner that cause
intimidation, harassment or threatens a Vulnerable Road User.
It is a defense to prosecution under this section that at the time
of the offense the Vulnerable Road User was acting in viola-
tion of the law.
Fine up to $500
For more information, please contact Mike Baranyay, Police
PIO at (915) 564-7322 or (915) 564-6950
Sharon Mosley
Hey, all you really need is love, right? But why
not love what you wear, too. This spring, fash-
ion designers are sweetening up their collec-
tions with all kinds of romantic notions from
dreamy dresses to cotton candy colors. Even
though there's still a chill in the winter air, you
can still turn up the heat and put some romance
into your wardrobe. Start by softening up:
— With flirty dresses. The flo-
rals are flourishing this spring in
watercolor palettes and neon
brights. Artistic graphic
prints are one of the
newest ways design-
ers have brushed up
on romantic dresses,
which gives them a
decidedly vintage
— With bow
blouses. Whether
you wear one by itself with
a pair of soft trousers or
layer it under a menswear
suit, the silky blouses with
statement-making bows
are your best bet.
— With embel-
lished tops. Think glis-
tening sequins, metallic studs, or
go for breezy crochet tops: the perfect compan-
ion for the season's longer maxi-skirts.
— With fuller skirts. Pencil
skirts may still be a serious style-maker, but
fuller A-line skirts in soft, floaty fabrics are an-
other way to inject some freshness into your
wardrobe. The newest? Longer mid-calf
— With flowing pants. A re-
freshing change from the skinny pants of the
past year, trousers are turning up in easy-going
wide-leg silhouettes this spring. Team them
with snug tops and fitted jackets.
— With dolman
sleeves. These roomy
sleeves make any top or dress
more interesting. And they're the
perfect way to be cool and still
cover up bare arms.
— With frothy lace. In-
spired by vintage lingerie, lace is showing
up in everything from dresses to skirts to
tops; it is perfect for spring. Just throw
on a fur or sweater if the weather doesn't
— With neutrals. Neon
brights may be all the rage this spring,
but if you're a romantic softie, then stick to
neutrals and stay cool in head-to-toe white or
mix them with creamy tans.
— With jewelry. Charms are charm-
ing this spring, especially when hanging from a
jeweled necklace. Sparkling pendants are also a
great way to soften up your spring image. No
more turtlenecks!
— With strappy sandals. The
stiletto is back in bold colors and glamorous
embellishments. Sky-high heels are not neces-
sary, unless you are not stepping outside the
— With polished lips.
Red lips are always romantic, but this
spring, the pretty pinks and corals
are smacking it up on the
beauty scene.
— With tou-
sled hair. Soft
and romantic hair is
long and loose and set off
by center parts. Chic updos
and twisted chignons are also
making a style statement. And
what could be more romantic than
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion
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Little Rock and executive director
of the Fashion Editors and Re-
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DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren
DEAR ABBY: I am a very
conservative woman. I don't
drink, dance, wear makeup
or pants. I enjoy the com-
pany of friends despite our
differences and thought they
enjoyed mine.
On our most recent
outing, however, they
mocked my religious jew-
elry, commented on my "lack
of fashion," and made me
feel guilty for not wanting to
stay out late.
Despite this, they
are great friends and would
help me at the drop of a hat. I
don't bring up their being
overweight, or that I think
some of the clothes they
wear are ugly. I don't criti-
cize them for sleeping
around. I wish they would
accept me for who I am.
I am considering
not going out with them the
next time they ask, but I
don't really want it to come
to that. Any suggestions? --
IONED: Just this: It's time
for you to start cultivating re-
lationships with people
whose values are more like
your own. The friends you
have described may be
lovely, but their comments
were out of line and folks are
known by the company they
keep. If you spend a lot of
time with the women you
have described, people will
begin to make assumptions
about YOU.
DEAR ABBY: Two of my
children, ages 28 and 30 and
college-educated, have what
they call "bill paying anxi-
ety." It doesn't matter if they
have the money or not, they
find it difficult to pay their
bills. They have both lost
their licenses for
not paying traf-
fic tickets, but
that hasn't
taught either
one of them
a lesson.
Any advice
on how to
help them? -
DEAR MOM: How long
have those two been out
from under your roof? Did
you pay all their expenses
until recently? Your "chil-
dren" aren't children any-
more. They have reached an
age when they must now
learn from their mistakes.
When they're ready to as-
sume responsibility for their
actions, they'll do what other
adults who are in this kind of
hot water do: They will seek
financial or psychological
counseling and recognize
that acting like ostriches will
not fix their problems, and
neither will Mama.
year-old daughter, "Evy," is
falling to the rocky bottom.
She has taken advantage of
everyone in our family. She
thinks she's the victim in-
stead of realizing she is the
She's planning to
marry "Dave," a man she has
known for only six months.
She refuses to consider his
past criminal record of do-
mestic abuse. Abby, this man
has several children, one of
whom he does not acknowl-
Am I wrong to be
involved in this wedding? I
feel it would be a mistake to
be "supportive" when I'm to-
tally against it. Dave has
pushed her already, and I
know what lies ahead
for her if she goes
through with this mar-
riage. Also, her behav-
ior has changed
drastically since she has
been involved with him.
You will always be your
daughter's mother, but you
don't have to bless this mar-
riage with your presence.
Some people have to learn
their lessons the hard way,
and your daughter appears to
be one of them. She needs to
understand that while you do
not approve of Dave, you
love her. Keep the lines of
communication open because
she is going to need you in
the future.
Dear Abby is written by Abi-
gail Van Buren, also known
as Jeanne Phillips, and was
founded by her mother,
Pauline Phillips. Write Dear
Abby at
www.DearAbby.com or P.O.
Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA
Good advice for everyone --
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Dear Abby
Everyday Cheapskate
Excuses, Excuses,
Mary Hunt
Are flimsy contrivances keep-
ing you stuck in a big-debt,
small-savings situation?
It's easy to find excuses that
let yourself off the hook, but
it's only a temporary reprieve.
If you're at all typical, one ex-
cuse just leads to another and
another. Isn't it time to ex-
plode your weak "explana-
tions" once and for all?
Excuse: I never have been
good with money.
That's probably because you
never have been exposed to
very simple financial princi-
ples. Think about the things
you are good with. Did that
level of competency happen
overnight, or did you start at
the beginning and progress
just one step at a time? Take
that first step today.
Excuse: I don't have time to
study personal finance.
You have time to do the things
that matter to you. It is stupid
to work as hard as you do
only to end up with no solid
assets to show for it.
Excuse: I can't stick with a
That's probably because
you've been trying to cram
yourself into one that doesn't
fit. Why not make a commit-
ment to create a spending plan
that fits you perfectly? Here's
the secret: Make a record of
every dime you spend for the
next month. Total each cate-
gory. No one is going to have
to point out the problems once
you have the truth right there
in black and white. You'll see
immediately where you need
to make adjustments.
Don't cut out everything that
brings you pleasure. Also
work on reducing the boring
expenditures, such as electric-
ity and cleaning supplies. It
takes time to get a spending
plan just right, so be patient
and don't give up.
Excuse: It's only a $50 pur-
chase on my credit card. I
owe so much now anyway;
this small amount won't
That $50 purchase added to a
typical credit card balance of
$1,000 immediately turns into
a $106 purchase and adds a
full three months to the time it
will take to repay. Keep this
up and you never will get out
of debt.
Excuse: I'm using all the
credit I can get so I can
enjoy life while I am young.
Statistics indicate that you
will live to be a very old per-
son. The short-lived "joy" of
your youthful credit purchases
surely will become the endur-
ing bane of your mature years.
Old age and poverty shouldn't
show up in the same sentence.
Excuse: I don't earn enough
to be able to participate in
my employer's retirement
Do you earn enough to turn
down a raise and a tax deduc-
tion? That's what you're doing
if your employer offers a tax-
deferred retirement plan and
you don't participate. The
money put into this kind of
plan is free of current taxes,
and many employers match at
least part. That's like receiv-
ing a tax-free raise, one that
lets you sock away $200 a
month, for example, by giving
up only $72 of take-home pay
if you are in the 28 percent
tax bracket.
Mary Hunt is the founder of
and author of 18 books, in-
cluding her best-selling clas-
sic "Debt-Proof Living." You
can e-mail her at
m, or write to Everyday
Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2135,
Paramount, CA 90723.
Décor Score
Bookshelves Put Wasted Space to Work
Rose Bennett Gilbert
Q: The only thing wrong
with our new apartment is the
entry hall. It's long and nar-
row, and going down to the
living room is kind of like
walking through a dark tun-
nel. We don't own the apart-
ment, so the walls aren't
going anywhere.
How can we "open up" that
A: Designer Gail Shields-
Miller (shieldsinteriors.com)
has several smart answers to
your question, summed up in
the photo of the hallway in a
New York apartment.
Like yours, this hall is long
and narrow, leading past
closet doors on the right to
the open living areas of the
apartment. Getting to them
was a bit of a squeeze,
Shields-Miller recalls.
But then, space — or the lack
of it — is a constant problem
in New York, where city
denizens have learned to
make themselves at home in
spaces other places might call
This hallway inspired
Shields-Miller's frugal side.
Her advice: "Don't ignore any
space that you can make us-
able." With a client who's a
fervent reader, bookshelves
were the obvious answer. The
designer had them built high,
wide and handsome of solid
walnut to more or less match
the walnut floor that came
with the apartment — includ-
ing a pair of cabinets below,
where stuff can be closed off
behind doors inset with pan-
els of natural reed.
But here's the real genius of it
all: Instead of covering the
wall with bookcases, which
would have guaranteed claus-
trophobia in the narrow hall-
way, Shields-Miller left the
center open.
A bench offers a spot to take
off boots and such. The mir-
ror above not only "adds di-
mension to the space," she
points out, but it also "gives
the owner a place to check
her makeup before heading
The antique Turkish runner
and Korean blanket chest
against the far wall add the
Eastern flavor that's echoed in
the new light fixtures. They
alternate with high-hats down
the hall ceiling, all the more
elegantly to light the way into
the apartment.
Q: Who's
writing on
your wall?
A: It
might be Paris
designer Didier
Benderli, who
stenciled excerpts
from renowned writers
like Victor Hugo on
the walls of a hotel in
the Marais, Paris
(stay there
and you can
call up the
tion on
Or it
might be
a high-
can furni-
ture maker
like Century Fur-
niture (www.centuryfurni-
ture.com) and Hickory Chair
which offer to personalize
your dining chairs with a
monogram in a variety of
Of course, if you're steady of
hand and brave of heart, you
can monogram your own
chairs. Libraries offer collec-
tions of popular styles
throughout history. Blow your
design up on a photocopier,
transfer to the fabric (usually
in the center of the outside
back of the chair cover) and
use a permanent marker.
Q: What's in a word?
A: Good decorating ad-
vice, according to a consor-
tium of the world's top
English dictionaries. When
the likes of the Oxford Dic-
tionary of English and Mer-
riam-Webster's Collegiate
Dictionary chose new words
and expressions to enter in
this year's books, among them
was the adjective "matchy-
matchy." As in "matchy-
matchy decorating," it means
"excessively color-coordi-
which we
have been
cautioning all
Rose Bennett
Gilbert is the
co-author of
Style" and six
other books on
interior design.
Relieving the straight and narrow path, a wall of bookcases pauses to make room for a bench
and mirror. Photo courtesy of Peter Rymwid.
Shawn Dell Joyce
Recently, we have seen the
effects of globalization, as
local jobs are outsourced and
recession proves that it just
isn't working. Economist and
author Michael Shuman notes
that "about 42 percent of our
economy is 'place based' or
created through small, locally
owned businesses." This
means that almost half our
economy depends upon small
independent businesses that
make up the backbone of our
These small businesses are
what give our town local
color and local flavor. They
are what differentiate us from
every other exit on the high-
way that has the same six
chain stores. Local businesses
are also committed to their
hometowns, and support the
local economy through hiring
people in the area, donations
to little league and volunteer
ambulance and fire service,
and paying local taxes.
The key to economic recov-
ery is localization, reversing
globalization. Shuman esti-
mates that we could expand
our national economy to be
70 percent local or more by
incorporating these 10 simple
steps that will actually save
you money in the process.
-- Localize your home! The
biggest expense most of us
have is our mortgage. Actu-
ally, 60 percent
of our an-
nual expenses go to
shelter. By renting from a
local landlord, or buying your
own home with a mortgage
from a local bank, you can lo-
calize this expense. Local
banks and credit unions typi-
cally have the best rates any-
way, possibly saving you
money in the process.
-- Drive less! According to
Shuman, Americans spend
one out of every five dollars
on transportation. That
amounts to almost $5,000 per
year! Until we can start re-
placing imported oil with lo-
cally produced biofuels, our
best bet is to drive less.
-- Using mass transit, bicy-
cling or walking are highest
on the list, but not very easy
for us rural folks. Use the car
sparingly, buy gas from
an independ-
ent gas sta-
tion if you
can find
one, and
use a local
repair shop
you trust.
-- Eat independently!
Households spend about
$2,300 per year on restau-
rants; unfortunately it's
mostly fast food chains. This
one is a simple matter of
choice with very little effort
required to find a wonderful
independently owned restau-
-- Local arts and entertain-
ment! Most people opt for a
movie at a corporate
multiplex at the
grown tal-
ent! Visit the
small reper-
tory theaters,
see a real play in-
stead of a movie.
Visit an art show and
buy art from local artists, and
buy music directly from the
-- Localize your health care!
Get your meds from an inde-
pendent pharmacy, preferably
one that also uses local sup-
-- Buy locally grown! Eating
locally, meaning buying fresh
vegetables, meats and dairy
from local farms, reduces
transportation costs and vita-
min loss. The closer you eat
to home, the more you
improve your
health, your view and your
local economy.
-- Localize electricity! We
could save thousands
per year just by increas-
ing our energy
-- Give locally! More
than 6 percent of the
U.S. economy is
nonprofit, according to Shu-
man. Most of these nonprofits
are in the forms of hospitals,
universities and churches, but
locally we also have arts or-
ganizations, environmental
groups and many others.
-- Buy local! In the time it has
taken you to read this, Ameri-
cans have collectively spent
$23 million. Shuman says
that $16 million of this figure
could be spent in small lo-
cally owned stores. How far
would $16 million go in your
hometown today?
Shawn Dell Joyce is an
award-winning columnist and
founder of the Wallkill River
School in Orange County,
N.Y. You can contact her at
Sustainable Living
The way out of this recession is to build stronger local
economies. These Ithaca Dollars are only accepted in in-
dependent stores in Ithaca, N.Y.
FOCUS ON THE FAMILY with Jim Daly and Dr. Juli Slattery
Q: My husband and I are at
our wit's end with our 6-year-
old daughter. She's deter-
mined to challenge our
authority and have things her
own way. We'd like to think
it's just a stage, but our son
wasn't anywhere near this dif-
ficult when he was 6. What's
going on?
Jim: I think all par-
ents have those times when
they feel like they're fighting
a losing battle. No matter how
many times we discipline our
kids and try to help them
make the right choices, the
message just doesn't seem to
get through.
My wife, Jean, and
I have faced this kind of frus-
tration with our oldest son.
He's your typical strong-
willed child. He sees things in
black and white, which is not
a bad quality in itself. But he
often has trouble respecting
authority. Time and again, we
have tried to teach him the
importance of being respect-
ful. And time and again, he's
had us tearing our hair out!
He never seemed to learn his
lesson -- until, that is, just re-
Something has
changed in our firstborn son.
It's like he's had a burst of
maturity. He's getting per-
spective, and it's clear that
he's beginning to understand
that his actions have conse-
quences, both for himself and
for those around him. He's
more respectful of his mom
and dad, not to mention his
little brother.
Did Jean and I dis-
cover some magic formula to
bring about this change? No -
- we've just been doing what
we've always done. But I
think that's the point. If we're
consistent and persistent with
our kids when it comes to dis-
cipline and boundaries, the
message is going to get
through eventually. There
may be conflict along the
way, as you've discovered
with your daughter. But by
God's grace, one day she'll
thank you for your efforts to
develop character in her when
she was younger. The impor-
tant thing is that you don't
give up. And above all, make
sure she knows you love her.
Jim Daly is president of
Focus on the Family, host of
the Focus on the Family radio
program, and a husband and
father of two.
Dr. Juli Slattery is a
licensed psychologist, co-host
of Focus on the Family, au-
thor of several books, and a
wife and mother of three.
Submit your questions to:
Copyright 2011 Focus on the Family, Colorado
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Dead Space 2 is Out of This World
Jeb Haught
SYSTEM: Sony PlayStation 3
(Xbox 360)
PRICE: $59.99
(out of 5)
When the original "Dead
Space" was released, it imme-
diately became my favorite
survival-horror game to date.
I loved fighting mutated
Necromorphs with exotic
weaponry, while navigating
through the dangers of a float-
ing space hulk. Much to my
delight, "Dead Space 2" mul-
tiplies these fun factors, adds
several new features and im-
proves old ones.
Set three years after the horri-
fying events on the USG
Ishimura, "Dead Space 2"
thrusts Isaac Clark into yet
another deadly Necromorph
outbreak. Only this time, an
entire space colony called The
Sprawl has been infected, and
it's up to him to stop the con-
tagious threat from spreading
throughout the universe.
Battling through legions of
mutated enemies has trans-
formed Isaac from an adept
engineer to a full-on action
hero! The first game had him
struggling to survive, but the
sequel features Isaac jumping
headlong into dangerous situ-
ations and performing crazy
stunts without a second
thought. Aiming is more pre-
cise and his (tele)Kinesis
power is now easier to use
and much more effective.
I'm not sure which move I
like better: shooting enemies
into the wall with the new
Javelin gun and zapping them
with the electric secondary
fire mode or shooting off a
spiked limb and using Kinesis
to grab it and impale a Necro-
morph with its own ap-
pendage. This sounds
gruesome, but what do you
expect from a game where
blasting limbs off of enemies
is the most effective way to
eliminate them?
"Dead Space 2" is a linear ad-
venture, but the environments
are much more interesting this
time around. Even though
nearly everyone is dead or in-
fected, The Sprawl looks
much more "alive" than the
USG Ishimura ever did. The
puzzles are also more enjoy-
able, and players can now
navigate through zero-G grav-
ity instead of simply jumping
from wall to wall using mag-
netic boots.
"Dead Space 2" is an awe-
some sequel to a great game.
My only real complaint is the
lack of online cooperative
'World of Warcraft:
Cataclysm' Rein-
vents an Old Fa-
DEVELOPER: Blizzard En-
PUBLISHER: Blizzard Enter-
SYSTEM: Widows
PRICE: $39.99 (plus monthly
fee, WoW required)
REVIEW RATING: 4.5 stars
(out of 5)
Six years ago, I gave a glow-
ing review to the original
"World of Warcraft," but I
never imagined that it would
become such an influential
juggernaut! Every MMO re-
leased since that time has
paled in comparison to the
popularity of "WoW," and
now developers simply com-
pete for second place. "World
of Warcraft: Cataclysm" is the
third expansion to the game,
and it brings the most dra-
matic changes yet.
For starters, a gigantic, ar-
mored dragon named Death-
wing is royally pissed-off and
flies around Azeroth destroy-
ing the landscape. This means
that every old zone in Kalim-
dor and Eastern Kingdoms
looks different and has had
their quests redone. For exam-
ple, there's a huge tear in the
earth through the center of
The Barrens that cuts off ac-
cess to the lower end. Other
changes include the flooding
of Thousand Needles and a
giant mine inserted into the
middle of Azshara.
Big changes like this are a
great incentive to start new
characters and play through
the old zones with new expe-
riences. This is furthered by
the addition of the Horde
Goblin race and the Alliance
Worgen race. Playing as a
knee-high greenskin is fun,
but I love running around as a
Worgen (werewolf) Druid.
There are also new class and
race combinations that
weren't available before.
It's a short jump from level 80
to the new level 85 cap, but
there's plenty of end game
content available. Challenging
new instances and raids that
require crowd control and ad-
ditional healing will keep
players on their feet. So will
the new battlegrounds and
outdoor PvP zone.
Additional changes include
the retooling of all talent trees
to make them more effective
and the streamlining of the
entire leveling and questing
experience. There are many
more changes worth mention-
ing, but the best thing to do is
experience "World of War-
craft: Cataclysm" for your-
5 stars = Must Have
4 stars = Pretty Good
3 stars = Above Average
2 stars = Bargain Bin
1 star = Don't Bother
Entertainment Software Rat-
ing Board (ESRB)
E: Everyone
E10-plus: (Everyone 10 and
T: Teen (13 and older)
M: Mature (17 and older)
Hunger-striking cats may
be sick, not ‘finicky’
By Dr. Marty Becker
Universal Uclick
Eating problems in cats too
often get dismissed — thrown
under the general heading of,
“What do you expect? Cats
are finicky.”
But cats are prone
to a variety of eating issues
that can make simple feeding
a permanent or even life-
threatening issue.
If your cat is simply
off food for a day, there’s no
reason to worry. A simple
upset stomach or a stressful
change in his environment
could be the culprit. And she
might not be off food at all: If
your cat has access to the out-
doors, she could have
eaten somewhere else
— off a neighbor’s
porch or at an all-you-
can-catch rodent buf-
But a per-
sistent lack of ap-
petite needs to be
taken seriously. You
can outlast any dog in
a food duel — sooner
or later, a healthy but fussy
dog will eat just about any-
thing. A cat, however, can
stop eating completely, a situ-
ation that may trigger hepatic
lipatosis, an acute liver prob-
lem that can turn fatal.
If you have a
finicky cat, it’s essential to
work with your veterinarian
and to know these tricks to
get your cat eating:
• Fresh is best. Cats
may be the original food
snobs: In addition to having
strong likes and dislikes, they
often turn their noses up at
food that’s been sitting
around too long. This can
be especially true of
canned food, which does
get pretty unpleasant when
left sitting out. Instead of
leaving a day’s worth (or
more) of food out, offer
your cat small portions,
fresh from the packaging.
If he doesn’t eat it after 30
minutes, try again in a
couple hours.
• Serve warm.
Warming your cat’s food
amps up its flavor and aroma.
A few seconds in the mi-
crowave will do the trick.
• Break out the
good stuff. Over the years,
some of my veterinary clients
have had a simple “Is my cat
sick?” test they rely on at
home. If the cat won’t eat a
regular meal, they chalk it up
to a fussy day; but if the cat
rejects her favorite treat, like
a bit of roasted chicken or a
smidge of meaty baby food
without garlic salt and onions,
then they know to call the
veterinarian. No one knows
your cat better than you do,
and if she suddenly rejects a
food she has been willing to
beg for all her life, you’ll
know your cat has troubles
worth taking seriously.
It’s one thing to be
finicky, but something else
entirely when your cat starts
losing weight. If lack of ap-
petite is an ongoing concern
with your cat and she’s lost a
half-pound or more, ask her
veterinarian about the possi-
bility of a medication to stim-
ulate her appetite. Some
antidepressant and anti-anxi-
ety meds can help switch a
cat’s appetite from the “off”
position back into “on.”
And if that doesn’t
help, your veterinarian can
work with you to get to the
root of the problem, and treat
the underlying condition that
will return a normal appetite
to your cat.
Q: There’s so much conflicting information out now about
raising a puppy. Some of it seems old-fashioned and some
too permissive. What do you recommend when it comes to
letting a puppy know she or he has done something bad?
A: Every puppy needs to be guided on the road to
good behavior, and along the way many a puppy strays off
the path into trouble. The best way to avoid problems is to set
up your home and your handling of the puppy so his only
choice is to do what’s right and get praised for it.
But what if your puppy makes a mistake? A verbal
correction, properly timed and correctly delivered, is usually
all you need. Speak low and sharply, but don’t yell at your
Here are two more ways to send a clear message of
• Distract and redirect. Especially useful for the
young puppy, this technique stops a behavior you don’t want
and guides the puppy to
one that’s acceptable.
For example, if your
young puppy is chewing
on your nice leather
shoes, make a noise to
startle and distract him
— slap the counter or
clap your hands — and
then give him something
you do want him to
chew on, such as a toy. When he takes it, praise him for redi-
recting those sharp puppy teeth.
With older puppies, you can often stop a bad be-
havior by asking for a better one, and praising him. Ask a
puppy who’s jumping up to “sit,” and praise him or give him
a treat for doing so. Tell him once, and if he doesn’t mind you
(to be fair, be sure he understands what you want), gently
guide him into a sit, and then offer some praise and a treat.
• The timeout. Puppies thrive on your attention,
even if it’s negative. The timeout removes this reward. This
technique is especially good for a puppy who doesn’t want to
keep his mouth to himself, a bad habit for any dog to get into
where people are concerned. When the puppy starts nipping,
tell him “no,” and then clam up, pick him up and put him in a
crate or other small, safe area for a few minutes. Ignore the
cries and whimpers. After a few minutes of quiet, let him out
without fanfare and let him hang out with you gently for a
while. The message: When the teeth touch skin, it’s “game
If your puppy has been running around for a long
time and just seems bratty, he may be tired. If that’s the case,
put him down for a nap in a crate or small area, along with a
chew toy. Again, ignore his fussing. Chances are, he’ll be
asleep in a few minutes.
The best thing for your puppy is to find a group
puppy class, so your puppy gets the socialization she needs
and you get the training guidance you need. Ask your veteri-
narian for a referral. — Gina Spadafori
Do you have a pet question? Send it to
A few simple tricks may get a cat
eating again.
George Varga
The Portland Jazz Festival was
founded in 2004 with the goal of lur-
ing visitors to the Oregon city in Feb-
ruary, a month when tourism is
typically at low ebb. Today, with a
growing national reputation for its
qualitative excellence and innovative
musical programming, the festival is
growing bigger, better and even more
bold. Witness the provocative theme
of this year's edition, "Bridges and
Boundaries: Jewish & African-Ameri-
cans Playing Jazz Together," and the
stellar musical lineup, which features
such luminaries as piano legend
Randy Weston, saxophonist Joshua
Redman and bassist/singer Esperanza
Spalding, a Portland native who will
also perform Feb. 13 as part of CBS-
TV's national airing of the Grammy
"The Portland Jazz Festival has
earned its due as one of the most cre-
ative festivals that has not only sur-
vived the current economic downturn,
but has done so successfully on its
own terms," declared All About Jazz,
a leading website last year. The Seat-
tle Times was similarly effusive in its
coverage of the 2009 festival, writing
that it was "looking savvier than
But such praise isn't new for this an-
nual music marathon, which earned a
rave from Jazz Times magazine in
2007: "In only four years, the Portland
Jazz Festival has grown into an inter-
national event that successfully recon-
ciles creative programming with the
financial bottom line. This year, in ad-
dition to more than 140 performances
and educational programs over two
weeks, they celebrated the ECM
record label during the first weekend
with a 'festival within a festival,' in-
cluding showcase concerts, film
screenings and a series of jazz inter-
views and roundtables."
This combination of savvy and cre-
ativity will again be on display at the
2011 Portland Jazz Festival, which
will be held Feb. 18-27 and is offi-
cially billed as: "The 2011 Alaska Air-
lines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz
Festival presented by U.S. Bank." The
sponsorship of the two airlines under-
scores the festival's twin goals of pro-
moting jazz and tourism, as does its
14 Portland hotel partners and affilia-
tions with five top national jazz radio
stations, from San Diego to New
Portland native
bassist/singer Esperanza
Spalding will perform at
this year's Portland Jazz
Festival as well as at the
Grammy Awards. Photo
courtesy of Sandrine
Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall
West side of El Paso at Mesa & I-10
Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
PG-13 Digital Cinema Showtimes:
I Am Number Four PG-13 Cinemark XD
Showtimes: 11:00am 1:50pm 4:40pm
7:30pm 10:20pm
Digital Cinema Showtimes:12:30pm
3:20pm 6:10pm 9:05pm 11:55pm
Unknown PG-13 Digital Cinema Show-
times: 11:25am 12:50pm 2:30pm 3:45pm
The Eagle PG-13 Digital Cinema Show-
times:11:20am 2:50pm 6:35pm 9:35pm
Gnomeo & Juliet G RealD 3D Show-
times: 12:10pm 2:40pm 5:10pm 7:35pm
Digital Cinema Showtimes: 11:10am
Just Go With It PG-13 Digital Cinema
Showtimes: 11:05am 12:00pm 1:00pm
2:00pm 3:00pm 5:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm
8:00pm 9:00pm 12:01am
Justin Bieber Never Say Never G
RealD 3D Showtimes: 1:10pm 3:00pm
4:10pm 6:55pm 8:30pm 9:55pm
Digital Cinema Showtimes: 12:15pm
5:45pm 11:15pm
The Roommate PG-13 Digital Cinema
Showtimes:11:35am 2:15pm 5:05pm
7:45pm 10:25pm
Sanctum R RealD 3D Showtimes:
Digital Cinema Showtimes: 3:55pm
From Prada to Nada PG-13 Digital Cin-
ema Showtimes: 4:00pm 9:50pm
The MechanicR Digital Cinema Show-
times: 11:30am 2:10pm 4:55pm 7:55pm
The Rite PG-13 Digital Cinema Show-
times: 1:15pm 4:15pm 7:10pm 10:15pm
No Strings Attached R Digital Cinema
Showtimes:12:40pm 3:30pm 6:45pm
The Green Hornet PG-13 RealD 3D
Showtimes: 1:05pm 4:05pm 7:05pm
Schedule good for Friday February 18th
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son PG-13
11:20am 2:05pm 4:50pm 7:35pm 10:20pm
I Am Number Four PG-13 11:05am 1:50pm
4:35pm 7:20pm 10:05pm
Unknown PG-13 11:25am 2:20pm 5:05pm
7:55pm 10:45pm
The Eagle PG-13 11:00am 1:45pm 4:50pm
7:30pm 10:25pm
Gnomeo & Juliet G RealD 3D Showtimes:
9:55am 12:15pm 2:30pm 4:55pm 7:15pm
9:35pm Standard Showtimes: 10:55am 1:15pm
3:35pm 5:55pm
Just Go With It PG-13 11:15am 11:45am
2:15pm 2:45pm 5:10pm 5:35pm 8:00pm
8:30pm 10:55pm
Justin Bieber Never Say Never G RealD 3D
Showtimes: 11:10am 1:55pm 4:40pm 7:25pm
The Roommate PG-13 9:45am 12:10pm
2:50pm 5:15pm 7:45pm 10:15pm
SanctumR RealD 3D Showtimes:
11:55am 2:40pm 5:25pm 8:10pm 11:05pm
The Rite PG-13 11:30am 2:10pm 5:00pm
7:50pm 10:40pm
No Strings Attached R Digital Cinema Show-
times: 11:50am 2:35pm 5:20pm 8:05pm
The Green Hornet PG-13 8:15pm 11:00pm
The King's Speech R 10:25am 1:20pm
4:15pm 7:10pm 10:00pm
10:40a 1:30p 4:15p 7:00p 9:40p
10:45a 1:30p 4:20p 7:15p 9:55p
13) 12:30p 3:30p 6:30p 9:30p
10:30a 1:30p 4:30p 7:30p 10:35p
10:30a 1:15p 4:00p 6:50p 9:40p
10:30a 11:00a 1:15p 1:45p 4:00p 4:30p
6:50p 7:20p 9:40p 10:00p
10:30a 1:30p 4:30p 7:30p 10:30p
10:50a 1:25p 4:00p 6:30p 9:00p 11:20p
10:30a 1:00p 3:30p 6:05p 8:30p 11:00p
8 MURDERS A DAY (NR)11:30a 1:30p
3:30p 5:30p 7:30p 9:30p
11:50a 2:20p 4:50p 7:20p 9:50p
10:40a 1:20p 4:00p 6:40p 9:35p
SANCTUM- D. R 12:30p 3:20p 6:15p 9:00p
11:00a 1:35p 4:10p 7:00p 9:40p
12:05p 3:00p 6:05p 9:00p
3:35p 6:00p 8:30p 11:00p
10:45a 1:30p 4:15p 7:10p 9:55p
EN ESPAñOL- 35 MM (PG-13)10:30a
1:15p 4:00p 6:45p 9:30p
* -- denotes Pass Restricted features
Premiere Cinemas 6101 Gateway West S.15
BURLESQUE (PG-13)12:10 | 2:35 | 7:15
DUE DATE (R)12:25 | 2:15 | 4:15 | 6:40 | 9:00
FASTER (R)12:45 | 3:10 | 5:20 | 7:20 | 9:30
GULLIVERS TRAVELS 2D (PG)12:20 | 2:20 | 4:20
| 6:20 | 8:40
GULLIVERS TRAVELS 3D (PG)1:20 | 5:30 | 9:25
PART I (PG-13) 1:00 | 4:00 | 6:55 | 9:45
HOW DO YOU KNOW? (PG-13)12:40 | 2:55 | 5:15
| 7:40 | 10:00
MEGAMIND 2D (PG)12:05 2:00 4:05 6:10 8:20
MEGAMIND 3D (PG) 3:20 | 7:25
NEXT THREE DAYS (PG-13) 4:55 | 9:35
THE TOURIST (PG-13) 12:30 | 2:50 | 5:00 | 7:35
| 9:50
TRON: LEGACY 2D (PG) 12:15 | 2:40 | 5:05 |
7:30 | 9:55
TRON: LEGACY 3D (PG) 12:00 | 2:25 | 4:50 |
7:15 | 9:40
UNSTOPPABLE (PG-13) 12:35 | 2:45 | 4:45 |
7:00 | 9:05
I-10 & Lee Trevino Schedule good for 2/18 - 2/24
Schedule good for Friday February 18th
Schedule good for 2-18-11
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
PG-13 10:00am 11:30am 1:00pm 2:30pm
4:00pm 5:30pm 7:00pm 8:30pm 0:00pm
Unknown PG-13 10:20am 11:50am
1:20pm 2:50pm 4:20pm 5:50pm 7:20pm
8:50pm 10:20pm
The Eagle PG-13 10:25am 1:25pm 4:25pm
7:25pm 10:25pm
Gnomeo & Juliet G RealD 3D 10:15am
1:15pm 4:15pm 7:15pm 10:15pm
Standard Showtimes:
Just Go With It PG-13 Digital Cinema
Standard Showtimes:11:40am 2:40pm
5:40pm 8:40pm
Justin Bieber Never Say Never
G RealD 3D Showtimes: 10:40am 12:10pm
1:40pm 4:40pm6:10pm7:40pm10:40pm
Digital Cinema Showtimes:3:10pm9:10pm
Biutiful R11:55am 3:15pm 6:35pm 9:55pm
The Dilemma PG-13 7:35pm10:35pm
Yogi Bear PG 10:35am1:35pm4:35pm
Barney's Version R10:05am 1:05pm
4:05pm 7:05pm 10:05pm
Schedule good for Friday Feb 18th
Now Showing
Rating R for language and some sex
Genre Drama
Synopsis Based on Mordecai Richler's
award winning novel -- his last and,
arguably, best -- "Barney's Version" is
the warm, wise and witty story of the
politically incorrect life of Barney
Panofsky. The film spans three
decades and two continents. There is
his first wife, Clara, a flame-haired, flagrantly unfaithful free
sprit. The "Second Mrs. P." is a wealthy Jewish Princess who
shops and talks incessantly. It is at their lavish wedding that
Barney meets, and starts pursuing, Miriam, his third wife, the
mother of his two children, and his true love. Not only does
Barney turn out to be a true romantic, he is also capable of all
kinds of sneaky acts of gallantry, generosity, and goodness.
His is a gloriously full life, played out on a grand scale.
Official Website http://www.sonyclassics.com/barneysversion
Open Nationwide 02/18/11
Runtime 109 min
MPAA Rating PG-13
Genre Drama, Suspense/Thriller
Synopsis Dr. Martin Harris awakens
after a car accident in Berlin to dis-
cover that his wife suddenly doesn't
recognize him and another man has as-
sumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and
hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired,
and on the run.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra
Producers Leonard Goldberg, Andrew Rona, Joel Silver
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Official Website http://unknownmovie.warnerbros.com/
Gnomeo And
Rated: G
Genre: Animated/Family
'Gnomeo & Juliet,' Shake-
speare's revered tale gets a
comical, off-the-wall
makeover. Gnomeo and Juliet,
who have as many obstacles to
overcome as their quasi name-
sakes when they are caught up
in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamin-
gos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this
young couple find a happy ending?
Starring: James McAvoy,Emily Blunt,Michael
Caine,Jason Statham,Maggie Smith,Patrick Stewart,Ashley
Jensen,Jim Cummings,Richard Wilson,Julie Walters
The Eagle
A Roman epic adventure, based
on the classic novel of the same
name, set in the dangerous world
of second-century Britain. In 140
A.D., 20 years after the unex-
plained disappearance of the en-
tire Ninth Legion in the
mountains of Scotland, young
centurion Marcus Aquila arrives
from Rome to solve the mystery
and restore the reputation of his
father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by
his British slave Esca, Marcus sets out across Hadrian's
Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia -- to con-
front its savage tribes, make peace with his father's mem-
ory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle
of the Ninth.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Don-
ald Sutherland, Tahar Rahim
I am number
Open Nationwide 02/18/11
Runtime 104 min
MPAA Rating PG-13
Starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy
Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna
Agron, Callan McAuliffe
Genre Action/Adventure, Sus-
Synopsis Three are dead. He is Number Four. D.J. Caruso
helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary
young man, John Smith, who is a fugitive on the run from
ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity,
moving from town to town with his guardian Henri, John is
always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small
Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected,
life-changing events-his first love, powerful new abilities
and a connection to the others who share his incredible des-
Big Mommas
Like Father Like
Open Nationwide 02/18/11
MPAA Rating PG-13
Genre Comedy
Synopsis Big Momma is back - and
this time he has big backup: his
teenage stepson Trent (Brandon T.
Jackson). Martin Lawrence returns as FBI agent Malcolm
Turner and as Turner's deep-cover alter-ego Big Momma.
Turner is joined by Trent, as they go u ndercover at an all-
girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder.
Posing as Big Momma and as hefty coed Charmaine, they
must find the murderer before he finds them.
Schedule good for 2/18 - 2/24
DAY: $1 DRINK, $1 POP-
CORN, or $5.00 OFF ANY
13 12:00 1:00 2:30 4:00 5:20
7:00 8:00 10:00 (11:00
12:00 2:40 5:00 7:20 10:00
(12:15 FRI/SAT)
UNKNOWN PG-13 12:00
2:35 5:05 7:45 10:15
THE EAGLE PG-13 1:50
4:35 7:30 10:15
11:15 12:15 1:50 2:50 4:30
5:30 7:15 8:15 10:00 (11:15
2:30 5:00 7:30 10:00
1:00 3:10 5:20 7:30 9:45
(12:00 FRI/SAT)
4:20 7:00 9:35 (12:00
4:35 7:20 9:50 (12:10
THE RITE PG-13 12:00 1:20
3:50 4:45 6:20 9:00 9:45
(11:30 FRI/SAT)
7:15 (12:15 FRI/SAT)
12:00 2:35 5:10 7:45 10:10
PLIES* 1:00 7:00 (12:15
4:00 9:40
2:50 5:45 8:30 (11:20
Continued from page 15
This year's eclectic lineup
also features violin star
Regina Carter, young piano
phenom Gerald Clayton, 26,
veteran Latin-jazz band leader
Poncho Sanchez and the San
Francisco Jazz Collective,
which will pay homage to the
music of Stevie Wonder and
is led by Puerto Rican saxo-
phonist Miguel Zenon (a
2008 MacArthur "Genius"
Grant recipient). Also on tap
is a triumvirate of New York-
based, Israeli-bred jazz dy-
namos (and siblings) —
trumpeter Avishai Cohen,
clarinetist/saxophonist Anat
Cohen and pianist Yuval
Portland native Spalding, who
now also lives in New York,
is the first jazz artist in 35
years to earn a Grammy nom-
ination in the pop-dominated
Best New Artist category. In
October, she was named as
the Portland Jazz Festival's
first artistic and community
"I feel blessed to be able to
come back to my hometown,
which has offered me so
much inspiration and nour-
ished me and my artistic pur-
suits," said Spalding, who
performed at the festival in
2009 with sax great Joe Lo-
vano's band, US 5. "I am
looking forward to sharing
what I can offer to the Port-
land arts community."
In January, Spalding appeared
as a special musical guest
during a series of concerts by
Prince at Madison Square
Garden. Her increasingly high
profile may help to shine even
more light on the Portland
Jazz Festival. But a good part
of the credit for its growing
prominence goes to Don Lu-
coff, who last year came on
board as the managing direc-
tor of the nonprofit PDX Jazz
(under whose auspices the
festival is presented).
The former national director
of publicity for the jazz divi-
sion of MCA Records, Lucoff
has — since 1988 — headed
DL Media, the nation's most
prestigious jazz public rela-
tions company. A 1980 San
Diego State University gradu-
ate, he has played a key role
in marketing, promotion and
audience development for the
Detroit International Jazz Fes-
tival, Jazz Aspen, the
Barcelona International Jazz
Festival, the Vancouver Inter-
national Jazz Festival and jazz
festivals as far afield as Bar-
bados, France and Istanbul.
Lucoff's long range goal now
is to help make PDX a year-
round jazz-presenting organi-
zation, a move that could see
the Portland organization
eventually rival the power-
house San Francisco Jazz Fes-
tival and the Vancouver Jazz
Festival — currently the West
Coast's reigning powerhouses
for both festival production
and year-round programming.
"We'd like to make Portland a
viable market for jazz and
have it be an important logis-
tical routing option (for major
jazz artists) between San
Francisco and Seattle," Lucoff
said. "We've now taken the
first steps to do that effec-
tively, with our partnership
with the club Tony Starlight's.
And we're about to announce
a partnership with another
Portland venue that will allow
us to do monthly bookings of
major artists. All this will
help PDX build year-round
programming and make Port-
land an even more appealing
jazz destination for both resi-
dents and out-of-town visi-
tors."CONT/PAGE 22
Schedule good for Feb 19, 20 & 22
TREADER (PG) 12:05p 2:30p 5:00p 7:25p 9:50p
DUE DATE (R) 12:40p 2:55p 5:10p 7:20p 9:30p
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS (PG) 12:10p 2:05p 4:00p
5:55p 7:50p 9:45p
HARRY POTTER 7 PT 1 (PG-13) 12:00p 3:00p
6:00p 9:00p
MEGAMIND (PG) 12:30p 2:45p 5:05p 7:15p 9:25p
THE TOURIST (PG-13) 12:15p2:40p5:05p7:30p9:50p
TRON: LEGACY (PG) 12:10p 2:55p 5:35p 8:20p
2200 N. Yarbrough
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Calendar of upcoming events for
El Paso/ Southern New Mexico
are from February 18th
thru February 24th. 2011
Race for the Cure
— The 19th annual Susan G.
Komen Breast Cancer Foun-
dation’s 5K Race for the Cure
is Sunday, Feb.20, at Cohen
Stadium, 9700 Gateway
North. The fundraiser has be-
come one of the region’s
biggest races. Races include a
5K timed competitive run at
8:30 a.m. and a 1 mile non-
competitive run/walk at 9
a.m. Grounds open at 7 a.m.
Registration: $30 competitive;
$25 non-competitive (by Feb.
11): $35 competitive; $30
competitive; $10 “Kids for
the Cure” ages 5-12 (non-
competitive). Race day entry:
$30 non-competitive; $35
competitive. Registration/in-
formation: 533-4433 or
‘Beauty and the
Beast’ — Kids-N-Co.,
1301 Texas, presents its ver-
sion of the classic fairy tale
written and directed by Erik
Myers Jan. 29-Feb. 20. Fri-
days and Saturdays and 2:30
p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5
children, seniors, students and
active military); available at
the door one hour before
show. Advance reservations
accepted for groups of 10 or
more. Information: 351-1455
or kidsnco.org.
‘Blithe Spirit’ — Noel
Coward’s British comedy is
Feb. 11-March 5 at El Paso
Playhouse, 2501 Montana.
Directed by Jean Ames.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sun-
day. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors,
$7 military and students with
ID). Information: 532-1317,
The play asks the question:
“Can dead wives still be jeal-
ous?” Yes!
EPCC Black History
Month — “Choir Night: A
Message in Song,” featuring
local church and community
choirs, is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednes-
day, Feb.16, at Transmoun-
tain Campus Forum Theater,
Gateway North and Diana.
Admission is free. Informa-
tion: 831-6359.
Appraisal Fair — El
Paso County Historical Soci-
ety’s 4th annual fair is noon to
4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at El
Maida Shrine Temple, 6331
Alabama. Expert appraisers
will be on hand to evaluate
antiques, collectibles,
firearms, jewelry, artwork and
personal items. Only items
that can be hand-carried will
be appraised. Verbal ap-
praisals: $10 per item (re-
funded if unable to determine
value of item). Information:
533-3603, 533-6001 or elpa-
Coin Show— The Inter-
national Coin Club of El
Paso’s 48th annual Coin
Show is Feb. 18-20 at El
Maida Shrine Center, 6331
Alabama, featuring 60 tables
of coin dealers from Texas,
New Mexico, Colorado, Ari-
zona, Indiana, Pennsylvania
and Maine to buy and sell
coins, banknotes, tokens and
medals. Show 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. Admission is free.
Raffle tickets are $1 for a
chance to win more than
$1,000 worth of coins. Infor-
mation: 533-6001 or elpaso-
Tia McGraff — The
Canadian singer/songwriter
performs a dinner show at 8
p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at La
Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana.
Cost: $32; reservations re-
quired. Tip not included,
BYOB. Information: 592-
El Paso Golden
Gloves Tournament
— The 69th annual showcase
for regional amateur pugilists
returns to El Paso after a 27-
year hiatus Feb. 18-20, at El
Paso County Coliseum.
Events begin at 7 p.m. Friday
and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day. Competition in Open,
Novice and Junior Olympic
Classes for males and female
ages 8 to 34 years. Champi-
ons in the Open Class will
represent El Paso at the state
tournament. State champions
will advance to the national
tournament with an opportu-
nity to gain a berth to the
2012 Olympic Trials. Tickets:
$10 ($5 military, seniors, chil-
dren1 0 and younger). Infor-
mation: Ladislao Vicencio,
Ms. Black El Paso
Southwest Scholar-
ship Pageant — The an-
nual pageant is 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19, at the
Chamizal National Memorial
theater. The Miss Black El
Paso Southwest Scholarship
pageant features African
American ladies exhibiting
poise, grace and erudition.
Admission: $10. Information:
Aaron Watson — The
Texas country star performs at
10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at
Whiskey Dick’s, 580 George
Dieter. Watson’s hit CDs in-
clude “Angels & Outlaws”
and “The Road & The
Rodeo.” Early arrival recom-
mended. Tickets: $10; avail-
able at (ticketbully.com).
Information: 921-9900.
Empty Bowls El
Saturday, February 26, Noon
– 4:00 p.m.
EPCC Administrative Serv-
ices Center 9050 Viscount
Blvd., Building A. $10 En-
trance Fee gets you a hand-
crafted bowl by art students
and local celebrities and a va-
riety of soups created by the
EPCC Culinary Arts Program
Benefits the West Texas Food
Bank. More information:
(915) 595-1060
Joe Bonamassa — The
jazz guitarist performs at 8
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at
The Plaza Theatre. Bona-
massa’s latest CD “Merchants
and Thieves” features the sin-
gle “This Ol’ World.” Tickets:
$37-$67, plus service charge;
four-ticket package available
A child prodigy, Bonamassa
was finessing Stevie Ray
Vaughan licks when he was
seven and by the time he was
ten, had caught B.B. King’s
ear. By age 12, Bonamassa
was opening shows for the
blues icon and went on to tour
with venerable acts including
Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Robert
Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe
Cocker and Gregg Allman.
Bonamassa’s new album,
“Black Rock,” adds an en-
livening dose of ‘world’ vibes
to Bonamassa’s virtuoso mix
of ‘60s-era British blues-rock
(à la Beck and Clapton) and
roots-influenced Delta
Lola Productions & UTEP
A Mardi Gras Celebration
Balé Folclórico da Bahia
(BFB) bursts into the Sun
City for evening perform-
ances on February 25th &
26th as part of their 2011
North American tour. Known
for their sensuous moves, vi-
brant costumes, and scintillat-
ing rhythms, Balé Folclórico
da Bahia performs traditional
‘Bahian’ folkloric dance
forms including slave dances,
capoeira (a form of martial
arts), samba, and those that
celebrate Carnival. The di-
verse troupe of 38 dancers,
musicians, and singers brings
together this wide variety of...
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Tickets are available for individual shows and for a variety
of concert packages. Information is available at the Port-
land Jazz Festival website — pdxjazz.com — and by
phone: 503-228-5299.
Randy Weston — Feb. 18, 7:30 pm, Winningstad Theater
Anat Fort — Feb. 19, 7:30 pm, Winningstad Theater
Dave Frishberg — Feb. 20, 7:30 pm, Winningstad Theater
Don Byron — Feb. 24, 7:30 pm, Newmark Theater
Esperanza Spalding — Feb. 25, 7:30 pm, Newmark The-
Poncho Sanchez — Feb. 25, 9:30 pm, Crystal Ballroom
Nik Bartsch's Ronin — Feb. 25, 9:30 pm, Alberta Rose
The 3 Cohens — Feb. 26, 2:00 pm, Crystal Ballroom
San Francisco JAZZ Collective — Feb. 26, 7:30 pm,
Newmark Theater
Gerald Clayton — Feb. 26, 8:00 pm, Tony Starlights
Regina Carter — Feb. 26, 9:30 pm, Crystal Ballroom
Joshua Redman — Feb. 27, 2:00 pm, Newmark Theater
Maceo Parker — Feb. 27, 7:30 pm, Crystal Ballroom
Portland Jazz Festival: This year's festival takes place
Feb. 18-27, with 13 paid concerts and more than 100 free
events. A full schedule of concerts is available, along with
hotel and travel package options, at the festival's website
(pdsxjazz.com) and by phone (503-228-5299).
Lodging: Centrally located in downtown's cultural district,
Hotel Modera (515 SW Clay St.) is a former Day's Inn that
has almost magically been transformed into one of the
city's most inviting boutique hotels. $119-$149 (not includ-
ing 10 percent discount for festival-goers). Call 877-484-
1084 or visit hotelmodera.com
Getting there: Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are two of
the festival's three main sponsors. Both offer special rates,
available through the festival's website above.
Dining: Portland has many dining options. For those with
a taste for inexpensive outdoor culinary adventure, check
out the convergence of dining carts downtown at the corner
of Ninth and Alder. Options include Thai, Japanese, Bosn-
ian and traditional fish-and-chips at The Frying Scotsman.
Record store: Music Millennium (3158 E. Burnside) of-
fers a diverse range of music and will host free in-store
performances by festival artists. Call 503-231-8926 or visit
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...dance styles into one grand
performance rich in color,
sound and movement. The
strong historic influence of
the African slaves, Por-
tuguese people and Indígena
natives created a rich mixed
culture in which the stroll, the
smile, the flirtation, the
glance, the face, the voice,
the skin and the color of the
Bahian people are unique in
the world. This rich variety of
influences is translated into a
contemporary theatrical vi-
sion of several Bahian folk-
tales, as well as modern
forms such as Samba Reggae.
The stage show of Balé Fol-
clórico da Bahia will have the
audience in awe.
Balé Folclórico da Bahia at
UTEP’s Magoffin Audito-
rium, February 25 & 26,
2011. Tickets to both of the
8:00 PM shows are available
at UTEP Ticket Office,
(915)747-5234, all Ticket-
master locations, www.ticket-
master.com, or charge by
phone (800)745-3000, ticket
prices are $36.00 & $41.00.
Sunland Park Race-
track & Casino — The
2010-2011 live horse racing
season runs through April
19. Race days are Tuesdays,
Fridays, Saturdays and Sun-
days. First post is 12:25 p.m.
each race day. General admis-
sion is free to the track and
casino. First post time is
12:25 p.m. Turf Club seating
is $7. Information: (575) 874-
5200 or sunland-park.com.
‘Kiss of the Spider
Woman’ - UTEP Dinner
Theatre presents Terrance
McNally’s Tony Award-win-
ning musical based on the
Manuel Puig novel “El Beso
de la Mujer Arana” Feb. 11-
27, with music by John Kan-
der and lyrics by Fred Ebb.
Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednes-
day through Saturday; dinner
matinee performance is 1:30
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13; non-
dinner matinees are 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 20 and 27.
Tickets $26-$38 dinner
shows; $12-$22 non-dinner
matinee. Information: 747-
Woman’s Auxiliary
Benefit — The UTEP
Woman’s Auxiliary will host
its 2011 Scholarship Benefit
at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19,
at Wyndham El Paso Airport,
2027 Airway. This year’s
event is “Fiesta de UTEP”
and includes entertainment by
the UTEP Mariachis “Los
Mineros” a silent auction, raf-
fles, door prizes and bake
sale. Participants can meet
scholarship recipients and
Miner athletes. Cost: $35
($350 table for 10). Reserva-
tion deadline is Feb. 9. Infor-
All money raised from the
benefit goes to scholarships
for UTEP students and pro-
grams. Checks payable to
“UTEP Women’s Auxiliary”
care of Norma Karam, 4025
Roadside, 79922.
Black History
Month at UTEP —All
events are free except as indi-
cated. Information: 747-8650.
• 14th annual El Paso History
Day sponsored by UTEP’s
Department of History and
the College of Liberal Arts,
Saturday, Feb. 19, on the
UTEP Campus.
‘Double Feature’ – El
Paso Wind Symphony pres-
ents an evening of movie
music and mariachi at 7:30
p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at
UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital
Hall. The symphony, directed
by Dr. Ron Hufstader, in-
cludes woodwind, brass and
percussion. Tickets $12.50
($7.50 military, students and
seniors). Information: 760-
EPSO with Inon
Barnatan - The guest pi-
anist joins guest conductor
Edwin Outwater and the El
Paso Symphony Orchestra at
7:30 p.m. Feb. 18-19 at The
Plaza Theatre. Selections are
Berlioz’s “Le Corsaire,”
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.
22 and Nielson’s Symphony
No. 3. Tickets: $11, $17, $28,
$32 and $37, plus service
charges (Ticketmaster). Ten
percent discount for active
duty military. Student tickets:
$6 and $8. Information: 532-
Boz Scaggs — The leg-
endary musician performs at
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at
the Plaza Theatre, in promo-
tion of his new Greatest Hits
CD. Tickets: $42.50 and
$52.50, plus service charges.
The multi-dimensional
singer, whose 1976 album
“Silk Degrees” was one of
the landmark pop titles of the
decade, has been recording
with Columbia Records since
1970. “Silk Degrees” alone
spawned the hits “Low-
down,” “Lido Shuffle,”
“Georgia,” “We’re All Alone”
and “It’s Over”, and reached
No. 2 on the Billboard album
chart, eventually selling 4
million copies. That year,
“Lowdown” earned a
Grammy for Best R&B song.
He has also ventured into
blues and jazz styles, and his
2003 jazz standard “But
Beautiful” reached No. 1 on
Billboard’s jazz chart.
Mariachi Vargas de
Tecalitan — “El mejor
mariachi del mundo” returns
at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at
Abraham Chavez Theatre.
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalit-
lan, formed in 1898 in the
town of Tecalitlan by Gaspar
Vargas and others, has ap-
peared in 200 movies,
recorded dozens of albums of
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1 Top guns
5 Basketball targets
10 Dance step
14 One billionth: prefix
15 Venerate
16 Dalai ___
17 Steel support beam
18 A. ___: noted French
19 Arabian prince
20 Another name for 38
23 Tolkien forest giant
24 Entreated
25 Eschew
29 On the briny
31 Things added
33 Malign
37 Electrically charged atom
38 Fabulous San Simeon
43 “Some Like It ___”
44 Search for plunder
45 Uniform shoulder piece
48 Summon to court
51 “Winnie the Pooh” author
52 Russian symbol
55 British yea
57 Memorable hostess of 38
61 Old theme song
64 Demean
65 Dismounted
66 Mars’ counterpart
67 Pancake topping: var.
68 Unit of loudness
69 Stare stupidly
70 Item in black
71 Work units
1 Old womanish
2 Beach cabin
3 Legislates
4 Carolina rail
5 Junta
6 Saw
7 Cucumber relative
8 Columnist Bombeck
9 Discerned
10 Something to roll up?
11 Second son of Noah
12 Nice friend?
13 Needlefish
21 “Woodman, ___ that
22 Pop
26 Step ___!
27 Graven image
28 Hamlet was one
30 Old English letter
31 Play parts
32 Pod or gram lead-in
34 Swiss river
35 Mild expletive
36 Goal of Annapolis grads
38 “___ that has, gits”: David
39 Shoshonean
40 List extender
41 Capital of Ghana
42 Schuss
46 Expose
47 Meadow
49 Make to fit
50 Ogling
52 Wild hogs
53 Follow
54 Proficient
56 ___ Park, Colo.
58 Tabula ___
59 Long-billed bird
60 Flower container
61 Harridan
62 ___ pro nobis: pray for us
63 Ayres, of old films
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your mind is like a windmill in a
hurricane. It will be challenging to communicate due to the
sheer volume of ideas running through your head. You may
need to consciously slow down your speech in order to be un-
derstood. Write down your ideas, especially on Thursday, when
you'll be downright brilliant.
The week starts with three major conjunctions that align
on Sunday. The planetary ballet begins as Mercury con-
juncts Mars and then switches partners to align with Nep-
tune. Finally, as though to solidify the arrangement,
Neptune and Mars conjunct. These Aquarian aspects indi-
cate major benefits to society at large this week, as we
dream of a better world, communicate that dream well and
take action to make it happen.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Something will happen to shake
your certainty about what is yours, but this is a good thing.
There is very little in this life that a person can actually own.
Relationships are particularly tricky — they must continually
be built. If you believe that something can be taken away from
you, you will appreciate it more.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It's in your nature to motivate
and encourage. You could not guess how energizing your sup-
port can be. You'll give enthusiastic appreciation to someone
who craves this kind of acknowledgement from you. It starts a
ripple of good will. The result will be far more extensive than
you thought.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll be receiving fantastic in-
formation about how to take your career to the next level.
Your memory is good, but to retain all of the wisdom and tips
you will learn this week, you will need to write as much of it
down as possible. There will be an unexpected connection
with an old friend at the end of the week.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Consider whether the current
time constraints are really necessary. Take off the pressure.
Stroll through life instead of running around. Give yourself
more hours to play around with ideas. Try things on before
you buy them. Take relationships at a leisurely pace. This
week will be 10 times more fun than last week.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You will be torn between being
practical or carrying on with an impossible dream. You're bet-
ter off holding on to hope. This is not because everything you
want will happen, but because your life will be all the more
amazing because you dare to reach higher. Newsflash: People
without dreams are mighty boring!
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You want to do well at a task, and
you have a strong desire to succeed. That's usually a plus.
However, this week it's creating more pressure and anxiety
than you need. Try to see life from the long view. Making a
consistent effort will bring you more luck and benefits than
any single life event could.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There are some things you sim-
ply must find in yourself. You cannot fill a void in another per-
son, and another person can't do that for you, either. You know
this to be true, and that's why you choose to simply have fun
with your loved ones, expecting them only to be themselves.
Your point of view will be contagious!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your social life keeps
getting more colorful. You will mix with an array of personal-
ities this week. You are intent on keeping a good mood going,
even if that means letting someone else hog the spotlight or
be right even when you know they're wrong. Your gracious
manner earns love and respect.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The reason you have so
many interesting things to talk about this week is because you
are living a truly interesting life, although you may not readily
think this because you are too close to the subject. Write about
some of your daily happenings. It will help you get some ob-
jectivity and realize how wonderful you are.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You will participate in a proj-
ect that involves many people and has a large number of mov-
ing parts. At first, you will feel as though you don't have much
to contribute, but try anyhow. In the end, you will be a major
part of the action. You will click especially well with a fellow
air sign: Aquarius, Gemini or Libra.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Overreacting will be a danger. This is
especially easy to do around children or those who behave in
unpredictable and socially awkward ways. Calm yourself so
that you don't get too mad. With most of these encounters, it's
better not to take issue. Often, the most graceful move is to
shrug your shoulders and move on.
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Mariachi Vargas de
pasodobles, valses, bailables,
polkas, and danzones. The
band has performed continu-
ously through the dedication
of new band members and
musical directors. Tickets:
$30-$85, plus service charges.
Bootheel Cowboy
Poetry Fiesta — The
18th annual fiesta brings to-
gether some of the south-
west’s best storytellers, poets
and musicians 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19, at the
Lordsburg-Hidalgo County
Museum (Old Armory), 708
E. 2nd St., Lordsburg, N.M.
Proceeds benefit the museum.
Tickets: $10 ($7 students) and
includes both sessions and
hamburgers and soft drinks at
Information/tickets: (575)
542-9258, (559) 381-1465 or
Featured poets and story-
tellers are Bill Cavaliere,
Rusty Tolley, Hook Hill, Sue
Jones and Steve Lindsey, with
musician Ken Moore and the
Copper Creek Wranglers
Western Band.
Greg Giannascoli -
Las Cruces Civic Concert As-
sociation presents the
marimba and percussion artist
at 3 p.m. Feb. 20, at the Rio
Grande Theatre, 211 N Main
in the Las Cruces Downtown
Mall. Giannascoli was a win-
ner of the 2001 Artist Interna-
tional New York
Recital/Young Artist Compe-
tition as well as top prizewin-
ner of the 1997 Patrons Of
Wisdom International Young
Artist Competition in Toronto.
He has performed as a soloist
with orchestras and in recital
throughout North America,
Europe and Asia. Tickets:
$20. Information: (575) 521-
‘The Prisoner of Sec-
ond Avenue’ — Las
Cruces Community Theatre
presents Neil Simon’s Man-
hattan comedy Feb. 11-27.
Directed by James Jensen.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sun-
day. Opening Night Gala is
Friday, Feb. 11, with buffet
and drinks. Tickets: $10 ($9
students, seniors and military;
$8 per seat for groups of 10 or
more; $7 ages six and
younger). Information: (575)
523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
Mel Edison is a well-paid
executive of a high-end Man-
hattan firm who “gets the ax”
when it hits the skids. His
wife takes a job to tide them
over, but she soon gets fired.
Compounded by a variety of
other problems, he does the
only thing left for him to do-
he has a nervous breakdown
and it’s the best thing that
ever happened to him.
‘Mostly Mozart’ —
New Horizons Symphony,
conducted by Shawn Robin-
son, performs their “For the
Love of Art Month” concert at
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24,
at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital
Hall in Las Cruces, featuring
soloists Gordon Butler and
Ross Palmer. Admission is
free. Information: (575) 522-
5571 or nhsocruces.com.
Mozart penned more than
600 works before his death at
age 35. Songs include “Sym-
phony No. 40,” “Concert
Rondo,” “Haffner Serenade in
D Major” and a piece by local
composer and NHSO member
Jim Gray, “A Mozart Overture
for Phyllis.”
A good way to think of your backswing is that its role is to cre-
ate certain power angles between you and your golf club — angles
that multiply the force of your swing. Once you create these an-
gles, you need to keep them intact until they release naturally.
One of the most important of these angles is the one created by
your right wrist (left for left-handers) as it bends into a “hinged”
position at the top of your backswing. Your wrist will do this in
response to the momentum of your backswing — if you allow it
to happen.
Returning the clubhead to the ball is another story. During the
downswing, there are strong forces pulling/pushing on the club
that can cause golfers to lose the crucial right-wrist hinge much
too early in the downswing. When this happens, your swing
springs a power leak, and all you can do is deliver a weak slap at
the ball that kills both your distance and your accuracy.
At first, keeping your right wrist bent (concave) longer than
you’re used to will feel like you can’t square the clubface in
time for impact. But through practice, you will realize that you
can keep the hinge and square the clubface to the ball with
power, ...Continues on next page
At the top of your swing, let your trail hand cup (hinge) so its
palm faces toward the sky. Once you create this position, keep
it until the force of your swing releases it through impact. The
hinge will stay in place naturally if you refrain from putting
pressure on the shaft, a mistake most golfers make in trying for
Date Tournament Location Purse
Feb. 11-13 Allianz Championship Florida $1.8 million
Feb. 18-20 Ace Group Classic Florida $1.6 million
March 11-13 Toshiba Classic California $1.7 million
April 1-3 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Mississippi $1.6 million
April 15-17 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am Florida $1.7 million
April 22-24 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Georgia $2.7 million
May 5-8 Regions Tradition Alabama $2.2 million
May 26-29 Senior PGA Championship Kentucky $2 million
June 3-5 Principal Charity Classic Iowa $1.725 million
June 10-12 Greater Hickory Classic North Carolina $1.75 million
June 24-26 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open New York $1.75 million
July 1-3 Montreal Championship Canada $1.8 million
July 8-10 The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach California $1.8 million
July 21-24 The Senior Open Championship England $2 million
July 28-31 U.S. Senior Open Championship Ohio $2.6 million
Aug. 5-7 3M Championship Minnesota $1.75 million
Aug. 18-21 Senior Players Championship New York $2.7 million
Aug. 26-28 Boeing Classic Washington $2 million
Sept. 16-18 Songdo Championship Korea $3 million
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 SAS Championship North Carolina $2.1 million
Oct. 7-9 Administaff Small Business Classic Texas $1.7 million
Oct. 14-16 AT&T Championship Texas $1.8 million
Nov. 3-6 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, California $2.5 million
Total Prize Money for 2011:
PGA: $240,400,000
European: $ 70,963,000
Champions: $ 48,845,000
LPGA: $ 45,520,000
Let’s not go there
The LPGA Tour’s Tres
Marias Championship,
originally scheduled to
be played in Morelia,
Mexico, has been can-
celed. The security team
for the tour says
that the drug-related vio-
lence in that area is too
The tournament con-
tract goes through 2012,
but don’t count on seeing
this one reinstated any
time soon. The cancella-
weeks in April.
This is a wise decision
by the LPGA. It was in
2003 that Champions
Tour player Rodger
Davis and five of his col-
leagues were having a
quiet dinner in Mexico
City after a tournament
round when they were
robbed at gunpoint dur-
ing the appetizer. A gang
of armed men stormed
the restaurant, and Davis
was sent to the hospital
after being pistol-
Several male playing
profes-sionals I teach
plan on playing two tour-
naments in Morocco in
March. Worried about
Islamist terrorists, I ad-
vised them not to go, but
they are going anyway,
trusting in the King of
Morocco to keep them


Since the swing speed is low, hitting short wedges is a
great way to feel the sequence that retains the cup or
hinge of the trail wrist. This young amateur, soon to turn
professional, has done it perfectly, which is one reason
he is so good with the wedge — no flip, no
manipulation, just set that right wrist and forget it.
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....not by manipulating the clubface with your hands, but
through the sequence of
motion as your body un-
A word of caution:
While focusing on keeping
your trail wrist bent, make
sure to allow your trail
elbow to straighten natural-
ly as you swing the club
down and toward the ball.
Dr. T.J.
Tomasi is a
in Port St.
Lucie, Fla.
Visit his
Website at
Most golfers don’t know where the ball
is going because their swing is a patch-
work of compensations. A compensation
develops as a fault occurs and instead of
fixing that fault, you introduce a compen-
sation, then the compensation needs a
compensation, etc., a process that in-
evitably ends with a swing collapse.
Here’s an example: During your down-
swing, your stomach moves toward the
golf ball instead of toward the target.
This, of course, does several things to the
face of the club, one of them being that
the clubface stays open, so the ball flies to
the right. You’ll hit only so many shots to
the right before you introduce a compen-
sation: You spin your shoulders in order to
pull the ball back to the target.
And it works, except this is difficult to
time correctly, so there are occasions
when the ball is pulled too much, ending
well left of target. So you introduce a
third compensation where the front elbow
juts out through impact and keeps the face
from looking left.
It’s called the chicken wing. And it
works. The problem is that you now have
three major compensations that must be
made in less than the half-second it takes
to go from the top of your swing to im-
pact. Good luck.
The Takeaway: Rather than piling
swing compensation on swing compensa-
tion, visit a good teaching professional,
who will outline your compensations and
show you how to fix them.
Compensating for com-
pensations eventually
leads to swing collapse
Here’s the pitch: Golfmoolah introduced its
No. 1 golf wagering application for the
iPhone at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show.
This iPhone app keeps track of all wagers
during your round of golf. It has 18 “action
games” with detailed instructions. It keeps
the rounds flowing smoothly without that
pesky paper and pencil to keep track of.
So that’s what makes golf so hard — it’s
that pesky paper and pencil!
The app is $30; more information at
“Tiger would make it!”
— a loudmouthed fan at the Phoenix Open’s
par-3 16th hole, shouting while Phil Mickelson
stood over a 30-foot putt. Phil made the putt.
Betting made easy
A destructive
of thinking about and
then tinkering with
your golf swing.
Q: I read your column every week and enjoy your instructions. Maybe
you can comment on one of my pet peeves at the golf course.
I’m 68 years old and I’m more than glad to hit from the senior gold
tees. I know most of my drives are 200 yards or less, and this keeps the
game moving at a normal pace. There are those seniors who can’t quite
understand that hitting from the white tees and barely making the
ladies’ tees slows the game for everyone.
Swallow the pride, guys. You’re not 30 years old anymore, and hitting
from the golds is not a disgrace. — J.W., Brooksville, Fla.
A: You are correct — the most important choice you’ll make in your
round is which tees to play.
(To Ask the Pro a question about golf, e-mail him at: TJInsider@aol.com.)
By RICK MINTER / Cox Newspapers
By RICK MINTER / Cox Newspapers
n the week of the
10th anniversary of
Dale Earnhardt’s
death at Daytona Interna-
tional Speedway, his son
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the
pole for the Daytona 500. It
was Earnhardt Jr.’s first
pole at Daytona and the
10th of his Sprint Cup ca-
reer. His Hendrick Motor-
sports teammate Jeff
Gordon took the outside
pole. The rest of the start-
ing lineup won’t be set
until after Thursday’s 150-
mile Gatorade Duels.
While Earnhardt’s pole,
and looking back at his fa-
ther’s career and death, are
big news at Daytona this
Speedweeks, the bigger
story has become the two-
car draft, which seems to
have caught everyone from
race drivers to series offi-
cials somewhat by sur-
With the new, smoother
pavement at Daytona,
combined with the config-
uration of the Cup cars,
two drivers running as
one reached speeds of
more than 206 miles per
hour in Saturday’s Bud-
weiser Shootout. On Sun-
day, running by himself,
Earnhardt won the pole
with a speed of 186.089
mph. That’s a 20-mile-per-
hour difference.
Earnhardt, Gordon and
nearly every other driver
agree that unless they’re
in a two-car tango, they’ll
get lapped in a hurry.
NASCAR officials ap-
peared poised on Sunday
to impose rules changes
that are intended to cause
the pushing car to heat its
engine, which in theory
would cause it to back off
and thus end the two-car
draft. At Talladega the
two-car draft only lasted a
lap or two before the
pushing car began to
overheat. Now teams
have figured out how to
do it for dozens of laps at
a time.
Earnhardt said he’d
prefer to be in control of
his own destiny rather
than have to rely on a
drafting partner.
“I particularly like 40
cars trying to race each
other and me being in
control of my destiny,” he
said. “I don’t really want
to have to make this com-
mitment with another
driver to run together for
25 laps and push him in
the lead, swap back and
“I don’t want to do that.
I want to race my car,
pass everybody, take the
lead myself, worry about
my own self. It’s difficult
enough doing it for your-
self without working with
another guy, having to
look out for him, too.”
But he also acknowl-
edged that with only a
week between qualifying
and the 500, it’s not likely
that any major changes
will be made.
“The changes that
NASCAR decides to make
may change the racing
just a little bit,” he said.
“We’re so far into the
game right now for this
particular event, there
won’t be a big swing at it.
But it’s probably some-
thing we need to look at
doing down the road.”
Gordon pointed out that
now that drivers know
how well the two-car
tango works, they’ll find
ways to do it even with
rules changes that make
the pushing car tend to
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On eve of 500, ‘two-car tango’ gets attention of drivers, NASCAR
Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Sunday for
the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
(NASCAR photo)
Nationwide Series driver Michael
Annett (pictured at right) has been
placed on probation for the rest of
the year and will be evaluated by a
certified substance abuse profes-
sional and be subject to random al-
cohol and drug testing, according to
a NASCAR news release. The penal-
ties came after Annett was charged
with driving while intoxicated on
Feb. 6. News reports quote police of-
ficials as saying Annett’s blood-alco-
hol content was .32, well above the
legal limit.
Annett met with reporters at Day-
tona International Speedway last
week and expressed remorse about
his actions of Feb 6. He began his
remarks by apologizing to his fam-
ily, to the entire NASCAR commu-
nity and to the people at Rusty
Wallace Racing, which field the No.
62 Toyota that Annett will drive this
“The next two years are going to
be about earning their respect back,”
Annett said.
During his remarks, he basically
admitted that he was guilty of the of-
fense with which he is charged.
“I’m definitely owning up to the
mistake I made, and this is definitely
the worst week of my life, the lowest
I’ve ever felt as a person,” he said.
“This can go two ways. It can either
be the end of me or it can be the start
of a new life and a better person …
“Driving while intoxicated … be-
sides shooting somebody, it’s the
worst thing you could possibly do.
It was just a huge mistake on my
part … a horrible judgment call on
my part and it’s something that is
never going to happen again.”
Annett said the most frightening
part of his experience was that it
could have had a worse outcome.
“It scared me that I could have
killed somebody or even injured
somebody,” he said, insisting that
he’s already a changed person.
“Really, it’s starting out with a
zero tolerance policy for myself, and
that’s being mandated by NASCAR,
by Rusty Wallace Racing and with
Annett said he’s sure the incident
will follow him for some time, but
he said he hopes he can eventually
put it behind him.
“My dad said it best,” he said. “I
need to drive my way out of this.”
NASCAR pit crews, at least at Hen-
drick Motorsports, may soon have more of
a football-team feel.
Chad Knaus, crew chief of the No. 48
driven by Jimmie Johnson, stunned the
racing world last year when he benched his
pit crew in mid-race during the Chase and
replaced them with the crew of teammate
Jeff Gordon, who had dropped out of that
race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Now Knaus and fellow crew chief
Steve Letarte have created a pool of pit
crew members. There will be some first-
string players and some on the second
string. And if one’s performance rises or
falls, a system is in place to try to have the
best six go across the wall each week.
“We’ve got the ability now and the
depth that we feel like if we do need to
make some changes or interchange some
of the guys or the players between the
teams or with
some of our
guys, that we
can,” Knaus
said. “So the
possibility is
there, but we’re
hoping we’re
starting with
who we think
our starters are
going to be for
the first part of
the season.”
Knaus said the job pressure on the crew
members isn’t a bad thing, in his opinion.
“Competition is healthy,” he said. “If
you’re sitting on an NFL team or an NBA
team or a baseball team or whatever it is,
there’s somebody that wants your job.
“That’s the way we want it here. It’s that
way for the people that go on the road. It’s
that way for the drivers and the crew chiefs
and why shouldn’t it be that way for the pit
crew guys?”
Knaus said his starting lineup this year
is a mix of newcomers and members of the
old crew.
“We’ve got three of the guys returning
to the No. 48 team from last year, in differ-
ent positions; but we do have three new
guys that we brought on board, some with
experience, some without,” he said.
probation for
Laps led by Jeff
Burton in the
Budweiser Shootout,
top among all drivers
passes by
Jimmie Johnson in the
Budweiser Shootout,
the most of any driver
Drivers who fin-
ished on the
lead lap of the Bud-
weiser Shootout
Laps run
the top 15 by Kyle
Busch in the past six
points-paying Sprint
Cup races at Daytona,
the most of any driver
Knaus, Letarte create
pit crew ‘pool’
(NASCAR photo)
Jimmie Johnson makes a pit stop during the AAA Texas 500 at Texas
Motor Speedway last November. (NASCAR photo)
When I first re-
ceived word that Buick was
bringing back the Regal after
a six-year hiatus, my imagina-
tion quickly thought about the
most famous Regal in the au-
tomakers history – the Buick
Regal Grand National. With
its all black exterior (the only
color it was available in) and
its tire-smoking turbocharged
V6 engine, this was the car of
the 1980’s and is still highly
sought after today. Trying not
to get too excited, I wondered
if the new Regal would in-
herit any of those wild char-
acteristics. Well after General
Motors was kind enough to
let me sample a 2011 Regal, I
can sadly say that this new
rendition has nothing in com-
mon with the car from the
retro-era. But that isn’t a bad
thing, for the new Regal still
delivers in a number of ways.
Based on the Opel Insignia
platform, the new Regal is
more European than Ameri-
can. It is a midsize sports
sedan that is smaller in every
dimension than the Buick
LaCrosse –and is also the
smallest car to wear the Regal
nameplate. It possesses a
stocky stance with a sculp-
tured body that includes
slightly flared fenders. Com-
peting with the Acura TSX,
Volkswagen CC and Volvo
S60, the Regal holds its own
very well when it comes to
Inside, the Regal gives way to
a handsomely styled cabin –
it’s very tidy with big instru-
ments and easy to use con-
trols. The seats are super-
comfortable yet are sporty
and hold its occupants in for
spirited driving. Look closely
and you can pick up on the
European design elements
such as the location of the
power mirror controls and the
central-positioned door lock
Two engines are available for
the front-wheel drive Regal.
The standard engine, used on
the CXL trim level, is 2.4 liter
dual overhead cam four-cylin-
der that puts out 182 horse-
power. It comes with a
six-speed automatic transmis-
sion. Optional (the CXL
Turbo) is a turbocharged 2.0
liter four-cylinder that makes
220 horsepower – and it
comes with the six-speed au-
tomatic or a six-speed manual
The black Regal that GM sent
over came in the form of the
CXL. Even though it is the
lower of the two trim levels, it
doesn’t mean the Regal is
stripped down. Leather inte-
rior, power-adjustable heated
front seats, climate control,
18-inch alloy wheels and fog
lamps are all standard fea-
tures on every Regal. In fact,
the only items that the CXL
Turbo gets (aside from the
different engine) are dual ex-
haust tips, a 120V power out-
let and rear park assist.
On the road, the engine felt
quite strong, although it did
sound a little gritty when
pushed to the limit. Straight
line performance is adequate,
but I can see
where some
could make the case for opt-
ing for the turbo motor.
But take the Regal through
some twisties and the Euro-
pean flavor comes out. Steer-
ing is very precise and firm,
letting you maneuver the car
easily and confidently. And
in the corners, the car stays
relatively flat with minimal
body lean. There is no doubt
that Buicks attempt at making
the Regal a true sports sedan
has been a success.
The new Buick Regal is an
impressive car. Probably its
biggest obstacle it may have
to face is the image people
have of the Buick name.
Some still think of Buicks as
big land yachts (think the
Electra) while others like me
think of rubber burning mus-
cle cars. But this new Regal
is neither. It’s comes from
Europe and is pretty much a
rebadged Opel Insignia
(which won the 2009 Euro-
pean Car of the Year award).
So with its sporty looks, com-
fortable interior, famous
American name, and Euro-
pean pedigree, does the new
Regal stand a chance? It’s
hard to say – but it sure does
deserve a shot.
-- Christopher A. Randazzo
By The Numbers:
2011 Buick Regal CXL
Base Price: $26,245.00
Price as Tested: $29,035.00
Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive
Engine: 2.4 liter DOHC four-cylinder
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Horsepower: 182 hp
Torque: 172 lb/ft
EPA Fuel Economy:19 city / 30 highway mpg
[Questions/Comments/Feedback can be sent via email to
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28....overheat quicker
than they have in testing,
and during the Budweiser
“I think cutting that
[air] restriction down
would certainly stop us
from being able to push
as long, but it’s not going
to stop us from pushing,”
he said. “It doesn’t matter if
you can push a guy for a
half a lap, if it makes you
go faster … you’re going to
do it.”
In Saturday’s Budweiser
Shootout, Kurt Busch got
his first restrictor-plate vic-
tory by being mostly a
pusher until the very end.
Denny Hamlin actually
crossed the finish line first,
but he was penalized for
going below the yellow line.
Hamlin said it was either
cross the line or take a
chance of putting race
leader Ryan Newman in a
potentially disastrous posi-
“A win in the Shootout is
not worth sending the 39
[Newman] through the
grandstands,” Hamlin said.
The two-car tangos
didn’t work as planned
every time in the Shootout.
Veterans Mark Martin
and Kyle Busch were doing
their version of the tango
draft when they crashed.
Neither driver understood
exactly why they wrecked.
Carl Edwards, who also
crashed out, indicated he ex-
pects a speed-lowering rule
change from NASCAR, and
he pointed out that the push-
ing driver has trouble seeing
where the pair is going. “The
problem is, if you’re the guy
pushing, you can’t tell what’s
going on in front,” he said.
“So you almost need to be on
the same radio channel as
the guy in front, and that’s
really hard to do.” Edwards’
teammate Matt Kenseth
also expressed concerns
about the dangers.
“It’s not really that great
having a whole bunch of
groups of two, and when
you can’t do anything with-
out that, it isn’t really that
much fun,” he said. “If
you’re the pusher, you can’t
see a thing, and with going
207 miles an hour, and
pushing someone when you
can’t see, it’s not a lot of
Jeff Gordon (left), driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet, pose with their teams on Sunday after qualify-
ing for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. (NASCAR photo)
Fuel system officially adopted
NASCAR officials made the upcoming switch from carburetors to
fuel injection official last week, announcing that the new fueling sys-
tem will be used in the Sprint Cup Series beginning next season. Car-
buretors haven’t appeared on new passenger cars in more than 20
years, but they’ve been on Sprint Cup race cars since the first race
back in 1949. NASCAR also has announced a technological partner-
ship with Freescale Semiconductor and McLaren Electronic Systems
to develop and implement fuel injection systems into the Cup series.
Freescale will provide the processors for McLaren’s engine control
units, which will be used to manage the fuel and ignition.
One of the reasons NASCAR has been slow to adopt fuel injection
is that the electronics involved open the possibility of teams trying to
circumvent the rules.
The control units from McLaren are billed as tamper-proof, and
NASCAR officials are supposed to get tools to ensure that the units
aren’t being used to skirt the rules.
Veteran engine builder Doug Yates told reporters at Daytona that
he’s looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s a big change for our sport and it’s an exciting time to be an en-
gine guy,” he said. “These carburetors have done a good job for a long
time, but we think fuel injection can help us tune each cylinder more
precisely and probably clean up some emissions off-throttle, which is
good and healthy for the sport.”
Age lowered for regional tiers
There should be some fresh faces showing up in NASCAR’s lower
level touring series now that NASCAR has
lowered the minimum age for drivers com-
peting in its regional touring series to 15.
The change, effective immediately, will
apply to drivers in the K&N Pro Series
East and West, the Whelen Modified Tour,
Whelen Southern Modified Tour and
Canadian Tire Series.
“We are constantly evaluating the
process in which drivers are introduced to
the sport and make their way up the
NASCAR ladder,” George Silbermann,
NASCAR managing director of racing
operations, said in a statement. “This
change is the next logical step as the influx of talented young drivers en-
tering NASCAR grows.”
NASCAR is one of the last circuits to allow drivers as young as 15 to
compete. Bill Elliott’s son Chase Elliott dominated Late Model racing in
the Southeast last year at age 14. NASCAR’s new rules give him the op-
portunity to make the next likely career step instead of returning to cir-
cuits he’s already conquered.
This is the second time in recent years that NASCAR’s age limit for
regional touring series has been lowered. In 2007, NASCAR lowered
the age minimum from 18 to 16, and future Cup driver Joey Logano,
then 17, won the K&N Pro Series East championship that year.
Nationwide Series driver Ryan Truex joined the K&N Pro Series at
17 and won the last two East championships.
Jay Guy hired as chief of No. 71
Veteran crew chief Jay Guy, who worked last year with Brad Ke-
selowski at Penske Racing, has been hired by TRG Motorsports to be
crew chief for that team’s No. 71 Toyota.
Guy will start his new job at Daytona, where road-racing veteran
Andy Lally will drive the team’s car in the Daytona 500.
Among the drivers Guy has worked with over the years is Dave
Marcis, who drove the No. 71 back in the day.
“To have this opportunity with TRG Motorsports, back with the
No. 71, it certainly brings things full circle,” Guy said in a team re-
Joey Logano
(NASCAR photo)
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