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Being Prepared
Can Save Lives
El Paso Community College (EPCC) Office of Risk Man-
agement and Safety (ORMS) will offer a presentation, Sur-
viving Disaster: How Texans Prepare. The presentation is
free and open to the public. It will be offered on three occa-
sions, June 10, 17 and 24 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room B-
324 of the EPCC Administrative Services Center Building
B, 9050 Viscount Blvd.
Surviving Disaster: How Texans Prepare will be comprised
of videos from the Texas Department of State Health Service
along with discussions led by EPCC ORMS Interim Man-
ager, Nancy Tharp, on many disaster preparedness topics.
ORMS is a resource used in creating and maintaining a safe
work and learning environment for the EPCC community.
This is done through instruction, inspections, and risk analy-
sis. ORMS serves as a point of contact for College safety is-
sues. The office provides safety instruction and
presentations to staff, faculty, and students and encourages
them to “Share Safety” and “Take Safety Home” by promot-
ing safety awareness.
For more information contact Nancy Tharp at
(915) 831-6444.
EPCC Students
Get to Work on
Shuttle Experiment
El Paso Community College (EPCC) and Trans-
mountain Early College High School science students
have received their experiment (reference other press
release attached) that went to space on the recently
returned space shuttle. The students will be available
for interviews and video Monday, June 13 at 11:30
a.m. in the EPCC Transmountain RISE Laboratory,
Room 1543.
The experiment is studying the difference micrograv-
ity (space) will have on E. coli bacteria. E. coli
forms groups, called biofilms, to protect itself against
antibiotics. With a parallel experiment being done in
labs on the Transmountain campus, the students will
compare the findings of each experiment to deter-
mine if a difference exists.
For more information contact
Dr. Gertrud Konings-Dudin at (915) 667-4565
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Trustee Grace
Quintanilla has the perfect
candidate to replace Dr.
Richard Rhodes – another Dr.
Rhodes. “The students, the
staff, everyone liked Dr.
Rhodes because of what he’s
done for the El Paso Commu-
nity College,” Quintanilla
said. “He’s helped us grow,
created new programs, and al-
ways had a ready ear to any-
one who wanted to speak to
him. I know it’s impossible,
but, he’s got to move on. He’s
been here ten years, that’s a
long time to keep a president
of a college.”
Rhodes, who
agreed to take the reins of the
Austin Community College in
Austin, Texas, is set to make
the trek, but, he hasn’t yet de-
cided when he would leave.
“He hasn’t told us anything
yet, so we’re all in limbo. We
really haven’t met as a board
to discuss a replacement for
him, but, we’ll probably dis-
cuss the issue at our next
meeting on June 21, 2011,”
Quintanilla said.
Rhodes who be-
came President of the El Paso
Community College on Dec.
1, 2001, has been at the helm
through the college’s growing
pains. A native of Alam-
ogordo, NM, Dr. Rhodes re-
ceived his Bachelor of
Business Administration in
Accounting and a Master of
Arts in Educational Manage-
ment Development from New
Mexico State University.
Practically a home grown
product, Rhodes earned his
PhD. in the Community Col-
lege Leadership Program at
the University of Texas at
Austin. He also is a CPA, cer-
tified in both Texas and New
Mexico.
“We’re all very
sorry to see him go, espe-
cially that he was so involved
in the community of El Paso,
he served on many boards
and organizations,” Quin-
tanilla said. “At this point,
there’s no real effort being
made to replace him. We’re
lucky to have Dr. Ernie
Roberts staying behind to
help us through the transi-
tion.” Roberts was Rhodes’
Executive Assistant during
this tenure. “Dr. Roberts
knows the ropes, he knows
the ins and outs of running a
college such as ours,’ Quin-
tanilla said. “He would be a
very good candidate to re-
place Dr. Rhodes, or we
might do a national search.
Nothing has been decided.
We’ll just have to wait and
see. Dr. Rhodes still hasn’t
said when he would leave for
Austin. Once he leaves, how-
ever, we’ll just have to keep
looking for another Dr.
Rhodes and hope that we find
him.”
With Dr. Rhodes leaving EPCC, a
replacement will be hard to find
By Joe Olvera ©, 2011
El Paso author Jim Murphy
has signed a contract with
Arcadia Publishing for a new
book entitled, Legendary Lo-
cals of El Paso. This is Mur-
phy’s second book with
Arcadia; El Paso: 1850-1950
was released in 2009.
Background Information:
Arcadia Publishing is ex-
cited to announce the launch
of Legendary Locals, a new
series celebrating residents
who have made a memorable
impact on their communities.
Each book will include a
variety of notable residents,
past and present, who run the
gamut from politicians to
high school coaches and ath-
letes; from notorious person-
alities to beloved
entertainers. Their images
and stories will document the
unique contributions resi-
dents have made that shape
each community today.
While still image-based,
like Arcadia’s Images of
America, this series takes a
different approach and design
to reveal the faces of pioneer-
ing citizens who have built
and shaped communities
large and small across the
United States.
Murphy is quoted as saying,
“It is an honor to work with a
company like Arcadia Pub-
lishing. I learned so much
from my first experience
when writing El Paso: 1850-
1950, I truly look forward to
focusing on the stories of
local El Pasoans and encour-
age readers to contact me
with photos and short stories.
Legendary Locals of El Paso
is about people from all
walks of life who have made
a difference and an effort to
help our community.”
Arcadia plans to release
Local Legends of El Paso in
early 2012. It will be avail-
able in local book stores and
online as well. Visit arcadia-
publishing.com for more in-
formation.
For more information,
contact: Jim Murphy,
(915) 526-0719
Dr. Richard Rhodes
Museo Mayachen
needs to be improved
By Joe Olvera ©, 2011
Okay, watch me put my big foot in
my big mouth in this, my column, about El
Museo Mayachen, a long-
needed venue where Chi-
canos who live in the Heart
of El Paso, could watch ex-
hibits which would bring
them closer to their roots,
including samples depicting
the struggles not only of La
Mujer Obrera, but, of Chi-
cano workers everywhere
including Farah Manufactur-
ing Company.
While I agree that the effort is there,
what worries me is that the traffic is not what
we envisioned when we first started working
on generating a building where we could do
this. While Mexican products from throughout
the Aztec Republic, and even beyond, are sold
in a market-like atmosphere, not enough peo-
ple are traipsing through the
stalls where these products are
sold. In fact, many of the ear-
lier stalls are now shut down,
perhaps, because not enough
people are getting the chance
to view them and to purchase
the products. Why, I even ate
grasshopper tacos at the
restaurant there, tacos that are
a specialty in Oaxaca, Mex-
ico. I’ll tell you true, they weren’t great shakes
as far as that goes, but, perhaps someone with
..Continues on page 6
Jim Murphy
El Paso Author Signs New
Book Deal
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 4
Well the regular session is now
history but I am still in Austin for
the special session. Since some
appropriation bills did not pass,
and the session failed to pass
other issues, the governor pro-
claimed a special session.
In the regular session, my office
worked on several bills with the
intent of passing them or incorpo-
rating them in other bills. Over
the next weeks, I shall update you on those bills.
One of two priorities in the session was passing a bill that
protected agriculture in the rural areas of the county.
Water is the key to farmers; especially irrigation water.
Recently, there have been attempts to wrestle control of ir-
rigation water from the farmers to special interests.
In past sessions, attempts to weaken the El Paso County
Water Improvement District #1(District) were stopped by
the efforts of my chief of staff and myself on the house
floor. For example, we drew up a point of order that
killed a senate amendment in 2007.
House bill 1464, a bill I had previously filed in 2005,
would allow the District to define the eligible voters who
elect officers. This would allow those who pay the taxes
for irrigation services to be the only voters.
Many during this session, as happened in 2005, mistak-
enly argued that the bill violated the voting rights of mi-
norities in the county. The bill was referred to as a voter
restriction bill.
Nothing could have been further from the truth. Even the
major El Paso newspaper refused to understand the true
benefits of passing the bill.
The provisions of the bill have been supported by
Supreme Court decisions since 1973 throughout the
United States. It concurred that those who bear a dispro-
portionate share of sustaining the district should have the
exclusive right to vote.
Although the bill is rather simple, it took most of the ses-
sion to argue our points and to convince the El Paso dele-
gation members that it was a bill beneficial for El Paso
County.
Once it was disclosed that thousands of minority farmers
who own the smaller farms could lose their voice in Dis-
trict matters if the bill failed, the consensus among other
legislators and senators began to understand. Even
MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Ed-
ucation Fund, withheld protest (which killed the bill in
2005).
I appreciate the help of Senator Jose Rodriguez in passing
the law. His identical bill, SB 832, actually went through
the house and senate eventually being signed by the gov-
ernor.
Now that this legislation has passed, farmers can be confi-
dent of controlling their destiny by controlling the irriga-
tion water that flows from the Rio Grande. Many in El
Paso do not realize that agriculture accounts for tens, if
not hundreds, of millions of dollars in commerce for our
county.
I am very proud of the work that my office did in order to
pass the bill. We were determined not to be hindered by
false public claims or by the refusal by the press to admit
that the bill was very beneficial for El Paso.
Chente Quintanilla
State Representative
Legislative
Update
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 5
Weather Trivia:
When does our Monsoon Season officially begin in
El Paso and the southwest?
A n s w e r : A – J u n e 1 5
It was certainly nice to see some rainfall across the El Paso area
for the early part of June! In fact, that rainfall ended a new record
set for the city – 118 consecutive days with no precipitation – not
even a drop! It’s hard to believe that we went that long without
any moisture (it all started after that two inch snowfall February
2nd). Now granted, most folks received about .10” or less but
some folks let me know that they received a quarter of an inch.
Following the rain, it seemed that almost instantly the grass got
greener and the trees got a bit taller and thicker. Let’s hope that we
begin to have more consistent rain this month – normally our
hottest month of the year!
Below is the outlook for the summer. The Climate Prediction Center indicates that our area
will be hotter than normal – in fact, most of the southwest, west and Deep South will share in
the misery.
The other graphic to the right indicates what our rainfall amounts are likely to be. You’ll
notice that most of the country is expected have near normal rainfall (equal chance) for the
summer. Let’s hope that this holds and we don’t revert to below normal rainfall.
“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.
New Record for
El Paso Ends…Finally!
By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman
A. June 15
B. June 30
C. July 1
D. July 5
Normal Rainfall Expected –
June, July & August
Above Normal Temps –
June, July & August
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 6
Continued from page 3...a
more venturesome spirit
would enjoy them.
El Museo is the
brainchild of Guillermo
Glenn, Carlos Marentes,
Pedro Villagrana, Julieta
Olvera, yours truly, and oth-
ers whose names escape me
for the moment. The intent
was to create a museum that
would present Chicano his-
tory in a viable form so that
young people could begin to
understand some of their own
history. While this is happen-
ing, with what seem to be per-
manent exhibits of some of
the trials and tribulations
faced by Chicanos and Chi-
canas in El Paso, I don’t think
the scope is large enough to
continue attracting visitors. I
mean, you’ve seen the ex-
hibits once, but, what’s in
store for your next visit?
Same old, same old just won’t
do it.
Located at the corner of Myr-
tle and Willow, the museum is
in danger of having to shut
down because another entity
wants to use the very attrac-
tive building for its own
worthwhile purposes. Any-
way, this is what Guillermo
Glenn told me recently. I
would hate to see such a
venue as this close down for
whatever reason. But, im-
provements must be made.
For example, the El Paso Mu-
seum of Art has a number of
shows and exhibits, through-
out the year, changing the vi-
sion from time to time. One
can view a Monet, or a Mona
Lisa, or even a Rodin, but,
never on a permanent basis.
The Museo Mayachen, how-
ever, seems to be stuck in
space, stuck in a time that’s
long past, stuck in events that
happened many moons ago.
Sure, the Farah strike was im-
portant and photographs show
Chicanos and Chicanas fight-
ing for their equal rights, and,
sure, Los Tres were important
in their day in protesting what
they considered unfair city
policies and politics aimed
against Chicanos and Chi-
canas. Nosotros Magazine
was important as an early-day
account of what was happen-
ing in our communities. But,
is that all that’s happened in
our long and glorious history?
I don’t think so. We’ve had a
Chicano astronaut from El
Paso take flight into space -
do we ever see evidence of
this? We’ve got one of the
greatest actors in America in
Edward James Olmos, but, do
we ever see any evidence of
that? Do we ever see posters
of Olmos as Gregorio Cortez,
or in his beloved Zoot Suit?
Couldn’t we put the sewing
machines that were used at
Farah under mothballs for the
moment, and come up with
new, interesting ideas that
will attract more people? We
can always recycle some of
the old materials, but, they
don’t have to be permanent.
One of the stalls contains
Chicano Literature, which
sells such great books as
David Romo’s “Ringside Seat
to a Revolution;” Rodolfo
Acuna’s “Occupied Amer-
ica,” and others that are
equally as important. But,
where is “Canto y Grito Mi
Liberacion” by Ricardo
Sanchez, or where is
Abelardo’s “Letters to
Louise,” or Estela Portillo
Trambley’s “Rain of Scorpi-
ons,” or where is Dr. Tomas
Rivera’s “Y no se lo trago la
tierra?” or Carlos Morton’s
powerful dramas, or Juan
Contrera’s many books, some
of them self-produced. Talk
about historical? These books
are historical, because they
mark a period when Chicanos
were barely coming into their
own as writers. They strug-
gled, they suffered, but, they
achieved against very heavy
odds. This is what visitors
need to see, not the same,
tired exhibits which have
been pinned to walls forever.
Perhaps it’s nobody’s fault,
certainly not Guillermo
Glenn’s – he’s trying, but, be-
tween the time he splits be-
tween the Museo and Café
Mayapan, he just doesn’t
have enough time to work on
improvements. So, how about
training some of the young
people – those who are a con-
stant source and willing vol-
unteers, to become docents.
They could take visitors, once
they know the history of the
exhibits themselves, on tours
to explain what they’re see-
ing. This is what the Museo
needs. Sure, we’re proud of
some of the battles we fought
to get where we are. But,
that’s passé, old hat. Instead,
let’s concentrate on other ele-
ments which have helped us
to succeed. We are now doc-
tors, lawyers, astronauts, ac-
tors, elected officials, writers,
you name it – we have
achieved. So, yes, let’s work
on improving the Museo, be-
fore it’s closed down – it be-
hooves us
Sin Fin
Museo Mayachen...
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 7
Sharon Mosley
Whether you're a guy looking to build a great sum-
mer wardrobe or someone who wants to give Dad
a little help with his sartorial needs, there are al-
ways new ways to refresh menswear for summer.
Skip the tried-and-true tie and try something with
more style.
Here are the hottest picks from trend expert
Tom Julian, who is also president of Tom Julian
Group:
— Consider the sport shirt. It becomes the staple
and now acts as an outerwear piece or summer
jacket for casual office days. Think "The Hangover
Part II" for the military shirt with patch pockets at
chest and epaulettes. Or check out a plaid pattern
shirt. Both can be layered over a crew neck or V-
neck T-shirt. Keep the look cool and wear un-
tucked and unbuttoned, guys!
— Nautical stripes are a summer perennial.
Classic navy and white on a knit pullover, polo
shirt or lightweight sweater are trend items this
summer. One can mix and match with dark denim,
khakis or linen pants.
— A colored five-pocket pant (not in denim), but
in either cotton or cotton/Lycra or cotton/linen.
"This pant is designed like a jean, but works very
well for casual office days when worn with a
woven shirt," says Julian. Colors range from soft
blue and pink to sand and mocha.
— Lighten up! Go for summery citrus hues like
grapefruit, tangerine or lemon. A novelty color will
add a splash of dash to tank tops, swim trunks or
even a baseball cap.
— Patterned shorts in cotton (possibly a 7-inch
inseam). No pleats please, guys. Look for small-
scale patterns and only two to three colors. Any-
thing too bold and too colorful could overpower a
real guy.
— A Henley pullover for those breezy nights.
The Henley is a collarless pullover with buttons on
the placket. It can be worn alone or layered over V-
necks or tank tops. Consider a Henley in a rib tex-
ture.
— Dark dressy denim jeans. For a romantic get-
away, Julian suggests pairing classic pieces like a
white button-down shirt with dark and straight fit
jeans, which can become more formal with a dis-
tressed casual blazer and buck shoes. Jeans can be
casual when paired with a lightweight knit cardi-
gan and driving mocs.
— Desert boots have a "worn-in" look for ca-
sual appeal. Opt for worn-in vintage leather or
nubuck (shaved down suede) boots. Boot height
should not exceed ankles.
— Sunglasses are a must and make a great gift.
Think "Mad Men" and go for retro bold frames in
plastic.
— Cotton canvas belt with a d-ring buckle will
pull all these stylish summer menswear essentials
together; it will go with everything.
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the
Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive di-
rector of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Asso-
ciation.
COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COM
The spring/summer collection from Hugo Boss gives guys a great casual style with updated sporty shirts and flat-
front pants. Photo courtesy of Hugo Boss.
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 8
DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren
DEAR ABBY: DEAR
ABBY: It has recently come
to my attention that at work I
am considered "bossy." It
came as a shock to me. I'm
hurt that my co-workers and
department manager think of
me this way.
I know I come on
strong sometimes when it
comes to helping customers,
but I view it as helping.
When I suggest to co-workers
that they keep their areas
clean and orderly, it is per-
ceived as bossy. I'm just try-
ing to help them not get fired
for slacking off.
I'm older than some
of my co-workers and my
manager. I tried for the man-
ager position, and was ini-
tially angry when someone
else got it. But now I see she
does a good job, and I respect
her. It seems, however, that
my actions have sent the
wrong message. What can I
do to mend fences? Or,
should I just forget about it
and look for something else?
-- MISJUDGED IN ALBU-
QUERQUE
DEAR MISJUDGED:
No, you should apologize to
anyone you might have of-
fended. And, as well-inten-
tioned as you are, in the
future resist the urge to cor-
rect your fellow employees.
Your job is to be part of a
team, not a scolding school-
marm. Sometimes it's how
you say something, not nec-
essarily what was said, that's
the problem.
**
DEAR ABBY: My daugh-
ter, "Alana," has a 7-year-old
son my husband and I have
helped to raise while she got
her life together and pursued
her lucrative ca-
reer. "Tristan"
excels in
school and is a
great little
man. The
problem is,
every time
Alana gets a new boyfriend,
she rushes to make the
boyfriend Tristan's "daddy."
The men my
daughter chooses are crude,
rude and, without fail, feel a
need to "straighten out" Tris-
tan. My grandson does not
need straightening out be-
cause he is polite, engaging
and a good soul. The newest
guy in Alana's life, "Jeff,"
told me point blank that if
Alana doesn't stop babying
her son, Tristan will grow up
to be a girl! This man is ho-
mophobic, sexist, racist and
controlling.
Alana claims she's
"in love" and fails to see the
potential harm this guy could
inflict on Tristan. We do not
employ corporal punishment,
but Jeff has already said (sev-
eral times) he would "beat his
butt"! What should we do? --
FEARFUL NANA IN
GEORGIA
DEAR NANA: Where is
your daughter meeting these
people? It appears her taste in
men is atrocious, and she has
serious self-esteem issues.
You and your husband need
to get across to her how
harmful it is for her to repeat-
edly introduce men to her son
as "daddies." Parents should
wait until they know their
prospective mates well
enough to be assured they
won't injure the child
physically or psychologi-
cally.
If Alana insists on
marrying Jeff, offer to
take Tristan to live with
you. If that's not accept-
able, the next time Jeff
says he'll "beat Tristan's
butt" respond point blank that
if he lays a hand on your
grandson, you'll report him to
Child Protective Services.
You could also
point out to your daughter
that now that she has her life
together and a "lucrative ca-
reer," the last thing she would
need is a scandal because she
tolerated such a thing hap-
pening to her son. And while
you're at it, make it plain that
trying to "toughen up" a 7-
year-old the way this man is
suggesting would not only be
counterproductive, it could
damage him in ways she can't
imagine.
**
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 An-
geles, CA 90069.
**
Good advice for everyone --
teens to seniors -- is in "The
Anger in All of Us and How
to Deal With It." To order,
send a business-size, self-ad-
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or money order for $6 (U.S.
funds only) to: Dear Abby --
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the price.)
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VA Loans Good Deal for Vets
Terry Savage
Memorial Day holiday served
as a reminder of all who have
served our country — and
continue to do so even as we
celebrate the start of summer.
Our country has always rec-
ognized that we owe a special
debt of gratitude toward our
veterans.
One of the best programs
available to those who were
honorably discharged from
the military is the Veterans
Administration mortgage loan
program. It stands out as one
of the few government mort-
gage programs that not only
works well, but is a great deal
for those who are eligible.
A VA mortgage loan requires
no down payment and carries
a low, 30-year fixed rate, cur-
rently slightly over 4.5 per-
cent.
I know that caught your at-
tention! There are some con-
ditions to getting a VA loan,
but millions of Americans
who are eligible are not even
aware of this good deal.
There is no age restriction on
qualifying for a VA mortgage
loan, and you can get a new
loan even if you had one
many years ago. The surviv-
ing spouses of veterans with
benefits also qualify if they
have not remarried. Plus,
there are good VA loan deals
for those seeking to refinance
an existing loan.
Perhaps you, or someone you
know, could qualify. Here are
the basic requirements to get
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— You must have been hon-
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U.S. military.
— You must have a Certifi-
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— Your credit score must be
above 640.
— You must be able to
demonstrate steady income,
or a two-year history of self-
employment, or a stream of
retirement benefits.
— Spousal income can help
you qualify.
— Your total debt payments
cannot be more than 41 per-
cent of your total income.
— You cannot have any un-
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— You must wait until two
years after a bankruptcy to
apply and cannot have any
subsequent late payments.
If you're a vet with a higher
rate or adjustable-rate mort-
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in low fixed rates. It's worth
investigating.
You can qualify for VA home
loan benefits no matter how
long ago you were honorably
discharged. And even if you
took out a VA loan many
years ago, you remain eligi-
ble for another VA loan if the
first loan was paid off.
The VA loan program is not
intended for speculators or in-
vestors. The property must be
owner-occupied, although the
loan can be used for single-
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one- to four-unit properties.
And a VA loan can also cover
a "jumbo" mortgage, making
it an attractive alternative for
higher priced homes.
The maximum amount of the
full VA no-down payment
mortgage loan is $417,000.
However, if you purchase a
more expensive home...
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Rose Bennett Gilbert
Q: We have a large collec-
tion of Ukrainian textiles,
family pieces brought over in
the early 20th century and
kept in my mother-in-law's
closet until we found them
clearing out her apartment
last winter. There are embroi-
dered pillows, men's dress
shirts and table runners, all
hand-worked and wonderful.
We'd like to bring them out
and show them off, but I am
afraid they will "take over"
our home, they are so colorful
— dare I say, "ethnic"?
A: Dare to say it! Ethnic is
in, in case you haven't no-
ticed. There's great renewed
interest in celebrating one's
individual heritage in the way
you decorate your home.
Ditto handcrafts, one-of-a-
kind furnishings created by
today's generation of artisans
working in the tradition of the
arts & crafts movement of the
early 20th century.
Reporting on the 2011 Furni-
ture Fair in Milan, renowned
trends-spotter Patty Bouley
told members of the New
York IFDA (International Fur-
nishings and Design Associa-
tion) last week that crocheting
and embroideries are "big!"
Among the many photos she
brought back from the influ-
ential fair were many images
of crochet covering chairs and
light fixtures, and of contem-
porary sofas decorated with
embroideries that are any-
thing but old-fashioned in at-
titude.
Say the same about the red,
white and wonder-filled liv-
ing room we show here. It's
the country home of designer
Marian McEnvoy, who "has
spent her life making a bold
statement in fashion and inte-
rior design," writes Chippy
Irvine in her intriguing book
"Shades of Country (The
Taunton Press).
Marian has created what the
author calls "Uzbekistan on
the Hudson," adding suzani
trimmings over all the white
curtains, lampshades and pil-
lows in the room. Suzanis,
FYI, are hand embroideries
traditionally made by the
women in various Asian
tribes, mostly in Uzbekistan
but also in Afghanistan,
Chippy Irvine explains. It's an
art form involving designs
and motifs that may go back
2,000 years and can take
years to make, even with sev-
eral women working on the
same piece.
By using a glue gun instead
of needle and thread, Marian
made short work of adding
the brilliant ethnic color and
pattern that comes as a sur-
prise in her early American
stone house.
Q: The entry hall in our
Queen Anne Victorian has a
15-foot-tall ceiling. The space
itself is small, about 8 x 8.
My question is how to make
it feel less like you're stand-
ing at the bottom of a well?
We hung a five-light chande-
lier, but it's not enough to bal-
ance the tall, skinny effect.
What else would you sug-
gest?
A: Illusion is all. There are
a number of effective ways to
square off a space and make it
feel cozier and more in keep-
ing with human-proportions.
— Paint the ceiling a very
dark color — midnight blue,
chocolate brown, even black.
Or paper it with an all-over
pattern on a dark ground. Be
sure to choose a non-direc-
tional design so it won't look
upside-down from any angle.
— Install striped wallpaper
horizontally around the room,
or paint horizontal stripes —
the wider, the more effective
the illusion that they are push-
ing back the walls.
— Install a deep wallpaper
border on the wall around the
ceiling line. The deeper the
border, the shorter the wall
will look.
— Add small shades to your
chandelier lights. The more
eye-catching
it is, the
more it
takes
the
focus
off that
ceiling so
high above
it.
Rose Ben-
nett Gilbert is
the co-author of "Manhattan
Style" and six other books on
interior design.
COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COM.
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 9
Coming
home to col-
orful coun-
try,
glued-on
suzanis
(Asian em-
broideries)
adds ethnic
flavor to a
white living
room.
Photo:
Randy
O'Rourke,
Courtesy
The Taunton
Press.
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 10
Continued from page 8
.... and need to borrow money
above that amount, you must
put down 25 percent of the
amount above the $417,000
limit, and pay a slightly
higher rate to get the larger
mortgage.
So, for example, if you want
to purchase a home below
that limit, you get a no-down-
payment mortgage for the en-
tire amount at a fixed rate of
around 4.625 percent for 30
years. The monthly payment
on a $417,000 mortgage at
4.625 percent would be
$2,144, plus property taxes
and insurance.
If you wanted to purchase a
$500,000 home, you must put
down $20,750, which is 25
percent of the difference be-
tween $417,000 and the pur-
chase price. The VA loan will
cover the remaining
$479,250, and your interest
rate will be about a quarter
percent higher (4.75-4.875
percent).
When you take out a VA loan,
the closing costs (not more
than $1,500) are rolled into
the new mortgage. There is
also a VA funding fee, typi-
cally 2.15 percent of the loan
amount, also rolled into your
loan. And you'll pay $425 for
an appraisal as you start the
process, but you should not
have any other out-of-pocket
costs.
If you receive any service-re-
lated disability from the VA,
however, they waive this fee
altogether.
A VA loan can also be used to
refinance your existing mort-
gage. In the case of a refi-
nance, you can borrow up to
90 percent of the appraised
value of the home, taking out
cash to pay off other debts if
there is equity available.
As with a new VA loan, you
will have to pay $425 upfront
for an appraisal, although
there should be no other fees
required to apply for the loan.
For a refinance, the VA fund-
ing fee is 3.3 percent rolled
into the loan. This applies if
you convert a conventional
mortgage to a VA mortgage.
But if you are refinancing an
existing VA mortgage, the
funding fee is only one half
of 1 percent.
Whether you are taking out a
new-purchase loan or refi-
nancing an existing loan,
there is no monthly mortgage
insurance (PMI), so pay-
ments are lower than compa-
rable standard loans that
require PMI when there is
less than 20 percent equity in
the deal.
The VA loan guarantee pro-
gram has aided veterans since
1944. These loans have his-
torically been a good deal for
the government, as well. Sta-
tistically speaking, veterans
just don't default on their
mortgages.
If you're a veteran and you
think you may bene-
fit
from utiliz-
ing your VA loan
eligibility, then I suggest
you contact Daniel
Chookaszian, a VA mortgage
specialist and head of veteran
lending at American Street
Mortgage. He is also a volun-
teer chaplain for disabled
vets. You can reach him at
(312) 376-3760, or by e-mail
at dchooks (at) ameri-
canstreet.com.
Or, you can contact the
VA Regional Loan Center in
St. Paul, Minn., at (800) 827-
0611 to speak with a VA loan
specialist.
In our current lending envi-
ronment, credit has tightened
everywhere. But the VA loan
still offers vets the opportu-
nity to purchase and refi-
nance property with very
attractive rates and programs.
It's a well-deserved thank you
to our military. And that's The
Savage Truth.
Terry Savage is a registered
investment adviser and is on
the board of the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange. She
appears weekly on WMAQ-
Channel 5's 4:30 p.m. news-
cast, and can be reached at
www.terrysavage.com. She is
the author of the new book,
"The New Savage Number:
How Much Money Do You
Really Need to Retire?" To
find out more about Terry
Savage and read her past
columns, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at
www.creators.com.
COPYRIGHT 2011 TERRY
SAVAGE PRODUC-
TIONS
VA Loans...
Mary Hunt
Dear Mary: My husband is
receiving a bonus from his
work, and he would like to
use it to pay down our debt. I
want to save it. We have al-
ready cut our debt by more
than half, and if we stick to
my plan we will have our
debt paid off within the next
year. If we use this bonus to
pay down debt, we can pay
everything off in the next six
months and start saving
money at that point. What do
you think we should do? —
Tanya, California
Dear Tanya: I am going to
assume that you do not have
your Contin-
gency Fund in
place, with
enough
money in
it to pay
all of
your bills
for six months with-
out any income. Your
Contingency Fund is for
emergencies. Having a fully
funded Contingency Fund is
more important than paying
down debt — and you know
how important paying down
debt is to me!
Here's why: Let's say you use
that bonus to pay down the
debt. Two months from now,
life hits you with a
mighty blow. The same
day your air conditioning
and heating system blows up,
you are in an auto accident
that's your fault. Even if you
have insurance, you will need
money, and you'll need it in a
big hurry. What will you
do? Run to your credit
cards? Call your relatives?
You'll be facing finan-
cial trauma on top
of every-
thing else!
Let's say you put
that bonus
into
your Contingency
Fund and continue
to pay down your
debt, accord-
ing to your current plan. A
year goes by. Your debts will
be paid, and you'll have
money in the bank. If during
that time something hap-
pened and you had to use
your CF, your debts will
still be paid.
My advice: Treat that
bonus as income.
Give away 10 percent, and
then use the balance to jump-
start your Contingency Fund.
Dear Mary: My husband and
I both went through difficult
first marriages with partners
who wanted out. We each got
custody of our children, but
both marriages ended in
bankruptcy. This all happened
over 30 years ago. We've
been married to each other for
almost 25 years. Would there
be any record of that old debt
now? — Kath, email
Dear Kath: In the U.S., a
bankruptcy filing never goes
away. It becomes a matter of
public record just like records
of birth, marriage, divorce
and death.
In most cases, a personal
bankruptcy can only be re-
ported to a person's credit file
for 10 years. Since your fil-
ings were so long ago, under
most circumstances I bet they
don't appear on your individ-
ual credit reports.
As you apply for a mortgage
or other type of loan, the ap-
plication will include this
question: "Have you ever
filed for bankruptcy?" Even
though it may not show up on
your credit report, you must
respond "Yes" so as to not
submit a fraudulent applica-
tion. The lender could easily
check through the court sys-
tem. This will be the case for
the rest of your lives.
Do you have a question for
Mary? Email her at
mary@everydaycheapskate.c
om, or write to Everyday
Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2135,
Paramount, CA 90723. Mary
Hunt is the founder of
www.DebtProofLiving.com, a
personal finance member
website.
COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COM
Pay Down or Save?
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 11
FOCUS ON THE FAMILY with Jim Daly and Dr. Juli Slattery
Q: As a dad, how much con-
trol should I have over our
17-year-old son when it
comes to dating?
Juli: Let's start
out with the unpleasant truth
that you actually have no con-
trol over what your 17-year-
old does about much of
anything. If you ever had con-
trol when he was younger,
those days are long gone. In
fact, by trying to control his
behavior, you're likely to do
more damage than good, ei-
ther prompting him to rebel or
impeding his maturity as a
young man. So, instead, let's
use the word influence.
Your role as a par-
ent needs to shift to one of
mentor or coach, guiding your
son with encouragement, ad-
vice and good questions.
Hopefully, you have spent the
last 17 years instilling the val-
ues in him that now shape his
decisions. Although he may
still respect and value your
opinion on issues like dating
and sexuality, his own beliefs
will guide him more than
yours will.
Even as he deter-
mines his own values, you
still have authority regarding
his behavior while he is living
in your home, eating your
food and driving your car.
Use that authority not to be
heavy-handed, but to set
healthy boundaries that will
both train and protect your
son. For example, he should
respect a reasonable curfew
and show honor to the girl he
dates by not putting her in
compromising situations.
Recognize that an
interest in girls and dating is
normal for a young man his
age. Talk with him about what
his standards and values are.
You might even ask him how
involved he would like you to
be in his dating relationships
going forward. Express the
desire to be a sounding board
for him as he faces challenges
and decisions in the future.
Perhaps the most
important influence you can
be for your son during these
late teen years is to cast a vi-
sion for him. Remind your
son of the character you see
in him, and help him envision
the husband you'd like him to
be someday.
**
Q: I think my daughter uses
her iPhone too much. Even
for a teenager, it's excessive.
Is there such a thing as an ad-
diction to electronic devices?
Jim: The battle
over too much talking and
texting is one that most par-
ents will face with their teens.
Most of the time, it's just a
matter of setting healthy
boundaries. However, if you
feel your daughter is truly
demonstrating addictive ten-
dencies, we'd encourage you
to contact a professional
counselor. The staff at Focus
on the Family can refer you to
one in your area.
That said, there is a
trend toward what author and
speaker Judith Wright calls
"soft addictions." These are
different from the things we
typically define as addictive,
such as pornography, drinking
or gambling. Soft addictions
are those behaviors you're not
ashamed to tell your friends
about, such as shopping on-
line, watching TV, and yes,
using electronic devices.
Left unchecked,
these behaviors rob us of pre-
cious time with our families
and can become almost all-
consuming. Smart phones are
especially problematic be-
cause they're loaded with Wi-
Fi, games and hundreds of
other bells and whistles that
monopolize our time. I've
been in restaurants in which
the family at the table next to
me -- Mom, Dad and kids --
is sitting in silence, fiddling
with their own electronic de-
vices! It's hard to enjoy a
"family mealtime" when
everyone's face is riveted to
the blue glow of their smart
phones.
We all have things
in our lives that could become
soft addictions -- if we let
them. The key is to identify
those weak areas and put bar-
riers in place. Encourage your
daughter with the thought that
when it comes to even "harm-
less" pastimes, it's important
to exercise caution and self-
restraint.
**
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, author
of several books, and a wife
and mother of three.
Submit your questions to:
ask@FocusOnTheFamily.co
m
Copyright 2011 Focus on the Family,
Colorado Springs, CO 80995
International Copyright Secured.
All Rights reserved.
DAD'S CONTROL OVER SON BECOMES LESS INFLUENTIAL
OVER TIME
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 12
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 13
Jeb Haught
DEVELOPER: Codemasters
PUBLISHER: Codemasters
SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox
360, PS3
PRICE: $59.99
ESRB RATING: Teen
REVIEW RATING: 4.5 stars
(out of 5)
Rally racing used to be an ob-
scure sport in the Western
hemisphere, but colorful real-
life characters and the popu-
lar "Dirt" video game series
has changed that. Now the
hood has been pulled back on
the "Dirt 3" engine to reveal
an excellent racing game that
caters to both casual and
hardcore auto fans.
The Dirt Tour is the star of
this automotive show since it
offers the ability to partici-
pate in various races, explore
the DC compound and even
show off for the crowd. Four
high-octane Dirt Tour sea-
sons, filled with numerous
championships and various
racing events, help players
build their reputation and get
noticed by top sponsors. New
sponsors provide new vehi-
cles, and the cycle continues.
Whenever players want to
leave the fast and furious
world of racing, it's time to
head over to DC compound
and hit the ultimate automo-
tive playground. This fun-
filled arena is full of jumps
and areas that require tricky
maneuvering. There's even a
huge full-pipe and scaffolding
platforms on which to prac-
tice crazy stunts.
Speaking of stunts, the new
Gymkhana discipline re-
volves around wowing the
crowd with fancy driving.
Players maneuver around this
stadium event hitting giant
jumps, smashing through
blocks, sliding through
checkpoints and spinning
around objects in an effort to
score the most points possi-
ble. I actually like this mode
more than racing.
I also appreciate the ability to
tailor the controls to my taste.
Since I'm not a fan of ultra-
realistic driving simulations,
it's nice to be able to turn cer-
tain features on or off in order
to make driving more or less
realistic. This results in better
handling, and driving well
makes me more likely to up-
load videos directly to
YouTube.
When the dust settles, "Dirt
3" is an awesome racing
game. Period.
REVIEW SCOR-
ING SYSTEM
5 stars = Must Have
4 stars = Very Good
3 stars = Above Average
2 stars = Bargain Bin
1 star = Don't Bother
RATINGS KEY
Entertainment Software Rat-
ing Board (ESRB)
E: Everyone
E10-plus: (Everyone 10 and
older)
T: Teen (13 and older)
M: Mature (17 and older)
COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COM.
"Dirt 3," courtesy of Codemasters.
Outdoor
Adventure Camp
Family Camp Out starts July 15th at
5:00 p.m. until July 16th at 11:00 a.m.
The City of El Paso Parks and Recre-
ation Department, Price‘s
Creameries and El Paso Electric Com-
pany will host an Outdoor Adventure
Camp, July 15th – 16th at Memorial
Park, (Reserve Area), 1701 N. Copia St..
The Camp is one of the premiere events
of National Parks and
Recreation Month and will begin at
5:00 p.m. on July 15th with
the participants staying overnight in the park leaving on July 16th by 11:00 a.m.
The Family Camp Out will have games, swimming, (next door at
Memorial Aquatic Center) fishing techniques, scavenger hunt, wall climbing,
relays, dinner, movies and more.
Registration will begin on June 13, 2011 with a fee of $5 per child and
$10 per adult. Registration will remain open until all spots are filled. All
families must provide their own tents and tent locations in the park will be on
a first come – first served basis starting at 5:00 p.m. on July 15th.
Sandy Rodriguez, Coordinator of the event says, “This Camp Out will
sell out far in advance, so we encourage families wishing to participate to sign
up early to ensure their participation. This event is for families that have never
camped out while providing an opportunity to experience the outdoors”
Registration is available online through ActiveNet (department web
based registration program) at www.elpasotexas.gov/parks or at any
Department Recreation Center. There is no minimum age, however all
children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
“There will be no registration on the day of the event,” added Rodriguez.
Information
Sandy Rodriguez at (915) 240-3310 • Eliseo Duran (915) 252-9031
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 14
P
ET CAR
E
CO
STS
Simple strategies can save money without short-changing your pet
By Dr. Nancy Kay
Universal Uclick
Today, the human-animal
bond is stronger than ever.
The more tumultuous the
world is around us, the tighter
we cling to our beloved pets.
They soothe us with their pre-
dictability and unconditional
love, and they consistently
give in excess of what they
receive. Imagine then, the
heartache someone feels
when it’s necessary to cut
back on a pet’s health care
because of financial hardship.
If you are in a fi-
nancial pinch -- who isn’t
these days? -- here are some
things you can do to econo-
mize while still doing a great
job of caring for your pet’s
health.
♣ Lay your finan-
cial cards on the table when
talking to your vet. Talking
about your bank account may
be difficult, but such a discus-
sion can lead to options that
make better financial sense.
Rarely is there only one way
to diagnose or treat a disease,
and you are entitled to an ex-
planation of every single op-
tion for your pet.
♣ Request a written
cost estimate for veterinary
services before they are pro-
vided. How else can you
know if your bill will be $200
or $2,000? Requesting an es-
timate does not reflect how
much you love your pet; you
are simply being fiscally re-
sponsible.
♣ Kick the once-a-
year vaccine habit. We used
to think that standard vacci-
nations such as distemper
needed to be given annually.
We now know that these vac-
cinations provide a minimum
of three years’ worth of pro-
tection, once the puppy or kit-
ten series has been
completed. If your vaccine
reminder card suggests other-
wise, talk to your veterinar-
ian.
♣ Don’t neglect
your pet’s preventive health
care, as it could cost you
money in the long run. For
example, administering a
heartworm preventive is less
expensive for you (and safer
for your dog or cat) than
treating heartworm infection.
♣ Feed your
pet less food! Just as
with humans, many
dogs and cats are
overweight. Ask your
vet for her honest opin-
ion about your pet’s
waistline. If she agrees
that your precious family
member could lose a few
pounds, put less food in the
bowl. This new habit will
translate into cost savings
and result in a healthier
animal, which means
fewer veterinary bills.
♣ Be a savvy
consumer of supple-
ments for your pet.
Some supplement
suppliers would
like
you
to believe
that your
pet’s
good
health is de-
pendent on their prod-
ucts. Avoid being seduced by
such ads, and talk to your vet
about exactly which supple-
ments are worthy expendi-
tures for your dog or cat.
♣ Investigate op-
tions for paying your veteri-
nary bills. Perhaps the clinic
administrator is willing to
barter for products or serv-
ices. Look into CareCredit,
for example, a reputable line
of credit that can be used to
pay for veterinary expenses.
The company provides inter-
est-free payment plans that
may be advantageous com-
pared to standard credit card
payments.
♣ Consider invest-
ing in
pet health insurance, espe-
cially if you are inclined to
take the “do everything possi-
ble” approach for your pet.
Do the math and determine if
insurance makes financial
sense in the long run. And be-
fore you sign on the dotted
line, do some research to find
a provider that is a good fit
for you and your pet.
What should you
do if your pet is ailing and
you are forced to contemplate
euthanasia because of finan-
cial constraints? Before suc-
cumbing to such a drastic
decision, I strongly encourage
a thorough investigation of
every other conceivable op-
tion. Consider re-
searching rescue
associations, borrow-
ing money from
friends or relatives,
applying for a dona-
tion from a pet health
assistance organization,
or finding a financially ca-
pable guardian for your pet.
Exploring these options
might just save a life and will
do wonders for your peace of
mind.
Dr. Nancy Kay is a board-
certified specialist in internal
medicine and the author of
the book “Speaking for Spot:
Be the Advocate Your Dog
Needs to Live a Happy,
Healthy, Longer Life.”
Planning ahead
and not neglect-
ing preventive
care will help
keep pet care
costs down.
C
U
T
Grace Potter, singer
and member of The
Nocturnals, doesn't
need multiple costume
changes to help dis-
play her musical tal-
ents.
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3:45pm4:15pm7:00pm7:30pm10:15pm
10:50 pm Standard Showtimes: 10:10am
1:45pm 4:50pm8:00pm11:10pm
The Hangover Part II 9:35am 11:30am
2:15pm3:10pm5:05pm7:45pm9:00pm
10:30pm
Kung Fu Panda 2 RealD 3D Showtimes:
11:45am2:20pm4:45pm7:10pm9:30pm
Standard Showtimes: 9:45am 12:15pm
2:45pm 5:25pm 7:45pm10:10pm
Midnight in Paris 9:30am 12:00pm
2:30pm 5:00pm 7:25pm 10:00pm
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger
TidesRealD 3D Showtimes: 9:10am
3:20pm 9:20pm Standard Showtimes:
9:40am1:00pm4:20pm7:40pm11:00pm
Bridesmaids 10:15am 1:15pm 4:25pm
7:35pm 10:35pm
Thor RealD 3D Showtimes: 12:25pm
6:35pm
Fast Five 12:10pm6:00pm
2D KUNG FU PANDA (PG)10:45a 12:15p 1:10p
2:35p 3:40p 5:00p 6:00p 7:30p 8:25p 10:00p
2D PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON
STRANGER TIDES – D (PG)10:30a 1:45p 5:00p
8:15p
35 MM - THE HANGOVER PART 2 WITH SPANI-
ISH SUBTITLE (R)11:00a 1:40p 4:10p 6:45p
9:20p
3D KUNG FU PANDA2 - DIGITAL(PG) 10:30a
11:45a 1:35p 2:10p 4:00p 4:40p 6:30p 7:00p
9:00p 9:30p
3D PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:
ON STRANGER TIDES – D (PG-13) 11:15a
12:15p 2:30p 3:30p 6:00p 7:00p 9:15p 10:15p
3D PRIEST - DIGITAL (PG-13) 10:30a 12:55p
3:20p 5:40p 8:00p 10:15p
BRIDESMAIDS - DIGITAL (R)10:45a 12:45p
1:30p 3:45p 4:30p 6:40p7:30p 9:35p 10:25p
DBOX 3D PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:
ON STRANGER TIDE (PG-13) 12:15p 3:30p
7:00p 10:15p
DO NOT SELL (G) 11:05a 1:00p 3:20p 5:45p
8:15p 10:05p
THE HANGOVER PART TWO - DIGITAL
(R) 12:05a 10:30a 11:30a 12:00p 1:00p
2:00p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p 5:00p 6:00p
7:00p 7:30p 8:30p 9:30p 10:00p 12:05a(Sat)
THE LION OF JUDAH (PG)
10:30a 12:45p 3:05p 5:30p 7:45p 10:00p
X-MEN FIRST CLASS (PG-13)
10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 1:45p 2:45p 3:45p
5:00p 6:00p 7:00p 8:15p 9:15p 10:15p
*Pass Restricted features
Premiere Cinemas 6101 Gateway West S.15
BATTLE: LOS ANGELES (PG-13)12:25 | 2:40 | 5:05
| 7:35 | 10:00
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RODRICK RULES (PG)
1:00 | 3:10 | 5:25 | 7:30 | 9:35
DRIVE ANGRY 3-D (R) 7:45 | 9:55
HANNA (PG-13) 12:20 | 2:50 | 5:00 | 7:10 | 9:40
HOP (2011) (PG) 12:10 | 12:45 | 2:05 | 2:45 | 4:00
4:45 | 6:40 | 8:50
LIMITLESS (PG-13)12:40 | 3:00 | 5:10 | 7:20 | 9:30
MARS NEEDS MOMS 3-D (PG)12:55 | 2:55 | 4:55 |
7:00 | 9:15
RANGO (PG)12:00 | 12:50 | 2:10 | 3:05 | 4:20
5:20 | 6:30 | 8:40
SCREAM 4 (R)12:15 | 2:30 | 4:50 | 7:05 | 9:25
SOURCE CODE (PG-13) 7:40 | 9:50
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (PG-13)
12:30 | 3:15 | 6:20 | 9:05
YOUR HIGHNESS (R)12:05 | 2:25 | 4:30 | 6:50 | 9:10
EAST POINTE MOVIES 12
I-10 & Lee Trevino
Schedule good for 6/10 - 6/16
Schedule good for Friday June 10
Schedule good for 6-10-11
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Sum-
mer Digital Cinema Showtimes:
10:00am1:00pm4:00pm7:00pm10:00pm
Super 8 Digital Cinema Showtimes:
10:45am11:45am12:45pm1:45pm2:45pm3:
45pm4:45pm5:45pm6:45pm7:45pm8:45pm
9:45pm10:45pm
Midnight in Paris Digital Cinema Show-
times: 10:25am 1:25pm 4:25pm 7:25pm
10:25pm
Everything Must GoDigital Cinema Show-
times:10:35am 1:35pm 4:35pm 7:35pm
10:35pm
Jumping the BroomDigital Cinema Show-
times:10:15am 1:15pm 4:15pm 7:15pm
10:15pm
Thor RealD 3D Showtimes: 10:40am
4:40pm 10:40pm Digital Cinema Show-
times:10:10am 1:10pm 4:10pm 7:10pm
10:10pm
Fast FiveDigital Cinema Showtimes:
10:30am1:30pm4:30pm7:05pm7:30pm10:0
5pm10:30pm
African CatsDigital Cinema Showtimes:
10:05am1:05pm4:05pm
RioRealD 3D Showtimes:1:40pm7:40pm
Digital Cinema Showtimes:
10:20am1:20pm4:20pm7:20pm10:20pm
InsidiousDigital Cinema Showtimes:
10:50am1:50pm4:50pm7:50pm10:50pm
Salvation Poem (Poema de salvacion)
Digital Cinema Showtimes:10:55am
1:55pm4:55pm7:55pm10:55pm
Schedule good for Friday June 10
PREMIERE MONTWOOD 7
Schedule good for June 10 - June 16
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2 (PG)12:45p 3:00p 5:15p 7:35p
9:50p
HANNA (PG-13) 12:00p 2:25p 4:50p
HOP (PG)12:25p 2:40p 4:55p 7:10p 9:25p
RANGO (PG)12:05p 2:30p 4:50p 7:15p 9:40p
SCREAM 4 (R)12:00p 2:30p 5:05p 7:30p 9:45p
SOURCE CODE (PG-13)7:20p 9:35p
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (PG-13)
1:10p 3:50p 6:30p 9:10p
YOUR HIGHNESS (R) 12:10p 2:35p 5:00p 7:25p 9:45p
2200 N. Yarbrough
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 18
Now Showing
Midnight in
Paris
Runtime 88 min
MPAA Rating PG-13 for some sexual
references and smoking.
Starring Rachel McAdams, Marion
Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Owen Wil-
son, Kathy Bates
Genre Comedy, Romance
Synopsis A family, including a young couple, travels to
Paris, France for business and have their lives transformed.
Director Woody Allen
Distributor Sony Pictures Classics
Official Website http://www.sonyclassics.com/midnightin-
paris
THE HANGOVER PART II
Open Nationwide 05/26/11
Runtime 102 min
MPAA Rating R for language, strong
sexual content, graphic nudity, drug
use & violent images.
Starring Bradley Cooper, Liam Nee-
son, Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Chung,
Ed Helms
Genre Comedy
Synopsis Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug
travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unfor-
gettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no
chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding
brunch. However, things don't always go as planned. What
happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in
Bangkok can't even be imagined.
JUDY MOODY AND THE
NOT BUMMER
SUMMER
Open Nationwide 06/10/11
Runtime 91 min
MPAA Rating PG for some mild rude
humor and language..
Starring Heather Graham, Jaleel White,
Preston Bailey, Cameron Boyce, Janet
Varney
Genre Comedy
Synopsis This summer, third grader Judy Moody is planning
the most super-duper, double-rare summer vacation ever with
best friends Rocky and Amy. Except that it turns out Rocky is
going to circus camp to learn to tame lions, and Amy is
headed off to Borneo with her mom to save a lost tribe while
Judy stays home with her pesky little brother Stink and sec-
ond-best friend Frank Pearl. Just when she thinks things are
as rotten as they can be, her parents announce that they will
be going to California and Judy will have to stay behind with
her Aunt Opal, who she's never even met! It looks like Judy's
best summer ever has just become her way worst summer
ever.
KUNG FU PANDA 2
Open Nationwide 05/26/11
Runtime 91 min
MPAA Rating PG for sequences of
martial arts action and mild vio-
lence.
Starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie,
Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth
Rogen
Genre Animation, Action/Adventure,
Family
Synopsis In "Kung Fu Panda 2," Po is now living his dream
as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace
alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furi-
ous Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by
the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a se-
cret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy
kung fu. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of
his mysterious origins; only then will Po be able to unlock
the strength he needs to succeed.
X-MEN: FIRST
CLASS
Open Nationwide 06/03/11
Runtime 132 min
MPAA Rating PG-13 for intense se-
quences of action and violence, some
sexual content including brief partial nu-
dity and language.
Starring James MacAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne,
January Jones, Oliver Platt
Genre Action/Adventure, SciFi/Fantasy
Synopsis "X-Men: First Class" follows the classic Marvel
mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Be-
fore Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Profes-
sor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering
their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies,
they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mu-
tants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the
world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them
opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's
Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.
SUPER 8
Open Nationwide 06/10/11
Runtime 112 min
MPAA Rating PG-13 for intense se-
quences of sci -fi action and violence,
language and some drug use..
Starring Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler,
Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso
Genre SciFi/Fantasy
Synopsis In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a
small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while
making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an
accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexpli-
cable events begin to take place in town, and the local sher-
iff's deputy tries to uncover the truth -- something more
terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 19
SUPER STIMULUS TUESDAY: $1
DRINK, $1 POPCORN, or $5.00 OFF
ANY REGULAR COMBO
ALL SEATS ALL SHOWS $5.00
EVERY TUESDAY!!
X-MEN:FIRST CLASS PG-13 11:00
12:00 1:00 2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00
7:00 8:00 9:00 10:00 (11:00 11:30
12:00 FRI/SAT)
KUNG FU PANDA 3D PG *3D SUR-
CHARGE APPLIES* 12:00 2:20 4:30
6:50 9:10
KUNG FU PANDA 2D PG 10:30 11:50
12:50 2:10 3:10 4:30 5:30 6:50 7:50
9:10 10:10
HANGOVER II R 11:00 11:30 12:30
1:30 2:00 3:00 4:00 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:00
8:00 9:00 9:30 10:30 (12:00 FRI/SAT)
PIRATES OF THE CARIIBBEAN 3D
PG-13 *3D SURCHARGE APPLIES*
10:30 12:15 1:40 3:30 4:50 6:40 8:00
9:50 (11:15 FRI/SAT)
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2D
PG-13 (9:30 THURS-MON) 12:00 3:10
6:30 9:50
BRIDESMAIDS R 11:00 1:50 4:40 7:30
10:15
PRIEST 2D PG-13 12:30 2:45 5:00
7:15 ( The 7:15 PRIEST 2D will NOT
play on 6/8)
THOR 3D PG-13 *3D SURCHARGE
APPLIES* 10:30AM ONLY!
THOR 2D PG-13 11:00 1:50 4:30 7:10
9:50
FAST FIVE PG-13 12:00 3:00 6:00
9:00 (12:00 FRI/SAT)
INSIDIOUS PG-13 9:30 (12:00
FRI/SAT) ( The 9:30 Insidious will NOT
play on 6/8)
COPPELIA (THE BOLSHOI BALLET)
7:30PM 6/8 ONLY!!!
Schedule good for 6/10 - 6/16
George Varga
Grace Potter doesn't shy away
from looking her best when
she's on stage with her band,
The Nocturnals, or in her new
music video with country-pop
star Kenny Chesney, "You
and Tequila." But this Ver-
mont-bred organist, guitarist
and hard-rocking vocal dy-
namo is determined to make
an impact with her formidable
musical gifts, not her
wardrobe.
The importance of doing so
was reinforced for Potter
when she and her band per-
formed Dec. 3 at San Diego's
Miramar Marine Corps Air
Station, where they appeared
alongside Katy Perry, Nicki
Minaj, Keri Hilson and Sug-
arland, as part of the TV spe-
cial The USO Presents "VH1
Divas Salute the Troops." The
glittery Perry, et al., engaged
in multiple costume changes,
but not the equally photo-
genic Potter, who turned
heads with just a single outfit
— and her powerhouse
singing.
"I thought I looked pretty fab-
ulous at the
'Divas'
show
and I
wanted
to have a
costume
change! I
thought I
could
crank it
up," said
Potter, who
turns 28 on
June 20.
"But when I
saw what (the
other 'Divas'
stars) had, I real-
ized I can't com-
pete on that
level — and I
don't need to. I
have a great band and artistic
integrity, and I don't need cos-
tumes to entertain people. I
want people to see that there's
a musician behind the
miniskirt."
That's a wise move for Potter
and her one-woman, three-
man band, which will cele-
brate its 10th anniversary next
year. Steeped in classic rock,
blues and soul, the group's
concert repertoire mixes its
well-crafted original songs
with choice covers of classics
by other artists. Those artists
include Neil Young, Otis Red-
ding, Jefferson Airplane, Jun-
ior Parker, the Rolling Stones
and Heart, whose 1976 hit
"Crazy On You" Potter per-
formed with Heart co-
founders Ann and Nancy
Wilson as part of the "VH1
Divas" show here.
"It was amazing," Potter said.
"Ann and Nancy are true pro-
fessionals, and we had so
much fun
talk-
ing about
Neil Young and
the reasons why we play
music. It was such a big deal
for us to play at Miramar, and
I was so moved being able to
perform for the troops and
being face-to-face with these
incredible soldiers."
Potter wrote and recorded the
title song for the recent Dis-
ney animated film, "Tangled."
On Aug. 13 and 14, she and
her band will host and head-
line their first Grand Point
North Festival, which will be
held in Burlington's Water-
front Park in their native Ver-
mont. Other artists
performing at the two-day
fete include blues great Taj
Mahal, Fitz & The Tantrums,
the Wood Brothers and at
least a dozen other acts.
A devoted classic-rock fan,
Potter cites The Band, Van
Morrison and Tom Petty as
three of her biggest inspira-
tions. Her musical
epiphany came, she re-
called, when Nocturnals
drummer Matt Burr took
her to see the classic
1978 rock concert film,
"The Last Waltz," which
featured the farewell
performance by The
Band and such guests
as Morrison, Muddy
Waters, Eric Clapton,
Joni Mitchell, Neil
Young, Ronnie
Hawkins and Dr.
John.
"I was a freshman
in college and
Matt took me to
a screening of
'The Last
Waltz,'" Potter re-
called. "I remember thinking:
'This
is the kind
of band I
want to be in,' and
everything I've done
(since then) has been built
around that. The part of the
movie that really got me was
when Van Morrison came out
and sang 'Caravan.'"
With five albums with The
Nocturnals under her belt,
along with constant concert
tours and festival appear-
ances, the charismatic Potter
seems poised for bigger
things. As for seeing her em-
brace a glittery, eye-popping
stage wardrobe and engaging
in multiple costume changes
at her shows, don't hold your
breath.
"For me and the music we
make, it's not about the out-
fits, which is a bummer for
me, because I love fashion!"
she said.
"But the music speaks for it-
self with our band. I'm a pro-
ponent of having it all, of
being a musician — a great
singer and performer — and
looking fabulous. But it's
never good when the art suf-
fers because of (image). If
you can't really feel what
you're singing, an audience
can tell."
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One Outfit is Enough For
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 20
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Calendar of upcoming events for
El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are
from June 10th - June 16th, 2011
NORTHEAST/
CENTRAL
Academy Sports &
Outdoors Sun Bowl
International Soccer
Tournament — The 12th
annual youth soccer tourna-
ment for boys and girls is
June 10-12, featuring teams
from under-8 to under-19
years of age, at Westside
Sports Complex, next to
Canutillo High School and El
Paso Community College, on
North Desert Blvd. Times to
be announced. The tourna-
ment features both competi-
tive and non-competitive
teams from Mexico and the
United States. Entry fee for
boys and girls teams for ages
8 and under and 10 and under
is $275; teams for ages 11 and
under through 19 and under is
$325. Information: Joe
Daubach, 533-4416, 1-800-
915-2695 or events@sun-
bowl.org.
El Paso Diablos
Baseball — The American
Association minor league
team regular home game time
is 7:05 p.m. (Sundays at 6:05
p.m.) at Cohen Stadium in
Northeast El Paso. Ticket in-
formation: 755-2000 or diab-
los.com.
• June 10-12 — Grand
Prairie AirHogs
SpongeBob Squarepants ap-
pearance Saturday, June 11,
and the annual Bark In The
Park “bring your dog” night is
Sunday, June 12.
Crossland Gallery —
El Paso Art Association’s
gallery is 500 W. Paisano (in
the Art Junction of El Paso).
Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday.
Admission is free. Informa-
tion: 534-7377.
Showing June 11-25:
• Honored artists for June in
the Williams Gallery are Win-
frey Hearst and Susan Wester-
Perez.
• “Concerning Abstract Art,
Part I,” works by A. Stein in
the Bissell Gallery. Stein’s
work has become known
throughout the region for dy-
namic movement and coura-
geous color combinations.
• “Wax Up,” encaustic ex-
hibit in the Cox Gallery, with
works by Brigitte von Ahn,
Melinda Etzold, Holly Cox,
Gabi Urias, Jan Dreher and
Janet Anderson.
Opening reception is 5 to 8
p.m. Saturday, June 11.
‘You Know I Can’t
Hear You When the
Water’s Running’ – El
Paso Playhouse, 2501 Mon-
tana, presents Robert Ander-
son’s hilarious compilation of
one-acts through June 11, di-
rected by Jonathan Schwind.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sun-
day. Tickets: $10
($8 seniors, $7
military and stu-
dents with ID). In-
formation:
532-1317, elpaso-
playhouse.com.
Plays to be per-
formed are:
• “The Shock of
Recognition.” A
renowned playwright tries
to convince a stubborn pro-
ducer that a specific scene in
his show will change theater
forever.
• “The Footsteps of Doves.”
George and Harriet, who have
been married for 25 years, try
to decide what type of mat-
tress they want — twins or a
king.
• “I’ll Be Home For Christ-
mas.” Edith tries to convince
her husband Chuck that he
needs to have “the talk” with
young Timmy.
‘Viva El Paso!’ — The
summertime pageant returns
to McKelligon Canyon Am-
phitheatre for its 34th season
8:30 p.m. Fridays and Satur-
days, June 3-Aug. 13, offer-
ing an array of multicolored
costumes, electrifying musi-
cal production numbers, and
legendary characters. The out-
door musical extravaganza
highlights the four major cul-
tures of the region, through
drama, song and dance, that
have called El Paso home:
Native American, Spanish
Conquistadors, Mexican and
Western American. Tickets:
$15 general admission, plus
service charge. Barbeque din-
ner with the show offered
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20
($10 ages 12 and younger).
(Ticketmaster).
Information/group discounts:
231-1165 or viva-ep.org.
Opening weekend $5 dis-
count with canned good dona-
tion for tickets purchased at
McKelligon Canyon box of-
fice.
‘Rocky Horror Pic-
ture Show’ — The Hot
PAWtooties, group supporting
Pets Alive-El Paso, Inc. pres-
ents the audience participa-
tion screening of the cult
movie at midnight Saturday,
June 11, at Scottish Rite
Temple Theatre, 301 W. Mis-
souri. Proceeds benefit Pets
Alive-El Paso’s feral cat ster-
ilization program. Ages 17
and older welcome. Admis-
sion: $10 ($8 student/military
and seniors 50 and older with
ID). Information or toe volun-
teer: 309-8322 or hotpaw-
tooties.com.
Prop bags are $2; no outside
props, large purses, bags or
backpacks permitted.
Flag Day Ceremony
— The El Paso Texas “Flags
Across America” chapter will
host its annual ceremony at 8
a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the
Old Glory Memorial, corner
of Diana and Gateway North
(Entry on Kenworthy). The
50x100- foot flag donated by
VFW 8550 will be raised as
well as flags from all 50
states and six territory flags.
Information: Jimmy Melver,
549-5031.
A chile cook-off, car show
and rummage sale begin at
noon. Hot dogs and drinks for
sale.
Cool Canyon Nights
— The summer series of free
outdoor concerts are Thurs-
days at McKelligon Canyon,
sponsored by Townsquare
Media and the El Paso Con-
vention and Performing Arts
Centers. Information: 544-
9550 or 231-1100.
PrideFest 2011 — The
annual parade in honor of Na-
tional Gay Pride Month is 10
a.m. Saturday, June 11, start-
ing at Houston Park (Montana
and St. Vrain), and conclud-
ing at Pride Square (E. Mis-
souri and N. Stanton), for the
Gay Pride Street Festival. In-
formation: elppride.org.
The festival is noon to 11:30
p.m. with DJs, belly dancers,
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Continued from page 20.
.PrideFest 2011..drag
shows, and other performers.
Featured entertainment in-
cludes Luciana, Lady Bunny,
DJ Pornstar and Mallorie.
VIP Pride Passes are $40;
includes access to all events
and party buss shuttle service.
Available at the Tool Box.
• The sponsor and volunteer
Soiree is 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Wednesday, June 8, at The
Tool Box, 506 N. Stanton.
VIP event. Admission: $5.
• The Official Kick-Off is 9
p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, June
9, at Club Alive, 610 N.
Mesa.
EASTSIDE
Summer Repertory
2011 — El Paso Commu-
nity College Performer’s Stu-
dio presents its 3rd Summer
Repertory Season in June
and July at the EPCC Trans-
mountain Campus Forum
Theatre on Hwy 54 (Diana
exit). Showtime at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday,
unless listed otherwise. Box
office opens at 6:30 p.m. Ad-
mission: $10 ($5 students,
faculty, staff, military and
seniors). Ages 7 and older
welcome. Information: Forum
Box Office, 831-5056 or 831-
3205.
• “Eleven: A New 1930’s
Musical Fable” — The new
musical comedy by Stephanie
Karr and Mark Watts is June
9-11. A new musical comedy
written by Stephanie Karr and
Mark Watts in the traditional
Broadway musical theatre
style.
Scenic Sundays — El
Paso area citizens and their
pets are invited to ride, skate,
walk or run on Scenic Drive,
from Rim Road to Richmond,
6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays
through September, and 7
a.m. to noon during the fall
and winter months. Safety
barrels will line the area and
the El Paso Police Depart-
ment will provide security
along this popular path.
Hosted by the office of city
Rep. Susie Byrd. Admission
is free. Information: 541-
4416 or district2@elpaso-
texas.gov.
‘Melodies at the
Park’ — El Paso Parks and
Recreation’s free outdoor
music concerts are Sundays
twice monthly during the
summer months at various
city parks. All performances
begin at 7 p.m. Information:
Eliseo Duran, 252-9031 or
Sandy Rodriguez, 240-3310.
Azucar performs June 12. at
Eastwood Park, 3001 Park-
wood,.
Club 101 — 1148 Airway.
Advance tickets for most
events available at Club 101,
All That Music, Psycha and
online at ticketbully.com, un-
less otherwise listed. Informa-
tion: 544-2101 or
club101.com.
• Aiden — The post-hard-
core band’s “Horror Nights
Tour” is 6 p.m. Friday, June
10, with Eyes Set to Kill,
Vampires Everywhere, Get
Scared and Dr. Acula. Tick-
ets: $15.
MISSION
VALLEY
El Paso Roller Derby
— The new roller derby
league takes on the San Anto-
nio City Derby 4 p.m. Satur-
day, June 11, at El Paso
County Coliseum, 4100 E.
Paisano. Doors open at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $6 to $10, plus serv-
ice charge. (Ticketmaster). In-
formation: 474-1666 or
elpasorollerderby.com.
El Paso Roller Derby was
established in late 2010 and
hopes to become a member
league of the Women’s Flat
Track Derby Association.
Music Under the
Stars — Frontera Bugalu
and La Sonora Blu kick off
the 28th summer concert se-
ries, Music Under the Stars
World Festival, presented by
the City of El Paso Museums
and Cultural Affairs Depart-
ment, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sun-
day, June 12, at the Chamizal
National Memorial amphithe-
ater, 800 S. San Marcial. Ad-
mission is free. Information:
541-4481 (MCAD), 532-7273
(Chamizal) or elpasoartsand-
culture.org.
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WESTSIDE
DOWNTOWN
Young Ladies Choir
‘Bon Voyage’ concert
— El Paso Choral Society’s
Young Ladies Choir, directed
by Yvonne Marmolejo, will
perform a preview of their
Canadian concert tour at 3
p.m. Sunday, June 12, at
Trinity-First United
Methodist Church, 801 N.
Mesa. The program includes
French chanson, German
opera, Latin motets adn more.
Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors/mili-
tary; $5 students). Informa-
tion: 4790-1056.
Alfresco! Fridays —
The free outdoor concerts
begin at 5:30 p.m. Fridays
through Sept. 30 at Arts Fes-
tival Plaza (between El Paso
Museum of Art and Plaza
Theatre). Presented by the El
Paso Convention and Per-
forming Arts Centers and the
El Paso Convention and Visi-
tors Bureau. No outside food
or beverages, or pets allowed.
Information: 534-0675, or al-
frescofridays.com.
• June 10 - New Breed Jazz
Alliance
‘The Desert Song’ —
El Paso Opera presents an
“Opera on the Edge” pro-
duction of the Sigmund
Romberg, environmental op-
eretta at a dinner theatre be-
ginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday,
Friday and Sunday, June 8,
June 10 and 12, at Ar-
dovino’s Desert Crossing,
One Ardovino Drive in Sun-
land Park. “The Desert Song”
is directed by David
Grabarkewitz. Musical direc-
tor is Karl Shymanovitz. The
Young Artists Program is di-
rected by Elisa Wilson. Meal
for the evening chosen by
Marina Ardovino. Tickets:
$55-$69. Information/reserva-
tions: 581-5534.
North meets South in this
retelling of the classic
Romberg operetta, reset from
World War I Algeria. This
version takes a look at El
Paso and Juárez during the
Mexican Revolution, circa
1914. With new dialogue by
El Paso Opera artistic director
Grabarkewitz and using musi-
cal theater styles from op-
eretta to Zarzuela, this show
will feature such songs as
“The Desert Song,” “Heat-
wave,” “Deep In My Heart,
Dear,” “Stouthearted Men”
and “De España Vengo.” Per-
formers are from El Paso
Opera’s Young Artists Pro-
gram, with special guest so-
prano Carmen Diaz of the
UTEP faculty.
El Paso Museum of
Art — One Arts Festival
Plaza, downtown El Paso.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday. Closed Mondays
and holidays. Admission is
free for most exhibits. “Paul
Strand in Mexico” admission
is $5 (free for members and
ages 12 and younger). The
museum offers free admission
to all paid exhibitions for ac-
tive duty military Personnel
and their families as part of
the Arts Blue Star Museums
Program (current ID needed).
Information: 532-1707 or el-
pasoartmuseum.org.
Showing June 12-Sept. 4 in
the Temporary Gallery: “Paul
Strand in Mexico” from the
Aperture Foundation of New
York City, a photographic
“portrait” of Mexico at a criti-
cal point in its history. The
exhibition is comprised of the
complete photographic works
made by Strand during both
his 1932–34 trip to Mexico
and a second journey in 1966,
first editions of “Photographs
of Mexico” and its 1967 reis-
sue, “The Mexican Portfolio,”
a presentation of Strand’s
classic 1936 film, “Redes”
and film stills by Ned Scott
taken during the production
in Veracruz. Strand traveled
to Mexico City in late 1932 at
the invitation of Carlos
Chávez, the eminent Mexican
composer and conductor.
Opening is 2 p.m. Sunday,
June 12, in the Temporary
Gallery.
Miss El Paso USA—
The pageants for Miss El
Paso USA and the Miss El
Paso Teen USA are 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, June
10-11, at the Abraham
Chavez Theatre. The pageants
are the official preliminaries
to the Miss Texas USA, Miss
Texas Teen USA, Miss USA
Pageants. Tickets: $20 or-
chestra; $12.50 tier seating.
Information: Laura’s Produc-
tions, 845-2894 or misselpa-
sousa@aol.com.
Billy The Kid Festi-
val — The 2nd annual festi-
val named for the infamous
outlaw is Friday through Sun-
day, June 10-12,in historic
San Elizario, Texas. The
event celebrates Billy the
Kid’s visit to San Elizario in
1876, with re-enactments of
the historic breakout of
Billy’s friend at the old El
Paso County Jail, historic jail
and historic sites tours, arts
and crafts, concessions and
more. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat-
urday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday. Admission is free. In-
formation: 594-8424 or bil-
lythekidfestival.com.
The event features reenac-
tors, ghost tours with Paso
Del Norte Paranormal Soci-
ety, historic talks at the Las
Portales Museum, a Billy The
Kid Look-A-Like contest,
“Western Days” Art Exhibit
by the San Elizario Art Dis-
trict Guild at the Golden
Eagle Gallery, pony and
stagecoach rides, family arts
and crafts and more.
SOUTHERN
NEW MExICO
Raft the Rio Festival
— The Southwest Environ-
mental Center’s 14th annual
Raft Race and River Festival
is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
June 11, in Las Cruces. The
3-mile open race at 10:15
a.m. at La Llorona Park on
Picacho and ends at the Calle
de Norte (Mesilla) Bridge. A
kids’ race starts at 10 a.m.
Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Entry fee is $10 per raft in ad-
vance; $20 on race day per
vessel and two participants
(plus $5 for each additional
crew member age 13 and
older). At least half of
crewmembers in kids’ divi-
sion must be 13 or older.
Teams may pre-register at the
Environmental Center. Re-
freshments served at finish
line. Spectator admission is
free. Information or registra-
tion: (575) 522-5552 or
wildmesquite.org.
To be eligible for prizes,
vessels must be non-motor-
ized and made mostly or en-
tirely of recycled materials.
All participants must wear
flotation devices. Prize cate-
gories include: best use of re-
cycled materials, least likely
to finish (must be floating at
race start), first to finish, most
spirited, best theme and
“Champion of the River.”
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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You enjoy expanding your
knowledge and thinking, and this is a good time to do so in a
formal setting. A school or structured method of training will
be well worth your investment of time, money and energy as
long as the teacher and class are good matches for your current
level and style of learning.
Over the past few months, some relationships repeated
patterns with such consistency that you could accurately
predict how most encounters would go. Well, all of that is
about to change as Saturn does an about face. The planet
of responsibility and discipline has been traveling in a ret-
rograde cycle since Jan. 25, 2011, and giving us a rela-
tionship review lesson in the process. Now Saturn goes
direct, determined to cover new territory.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your education deepens this
week as you commit to bettering yourself. Reading and listen-
ing to experts will teach you the theories behind why and how
something works, but that's not enough to make it work for
you. Experience is your best teacher. Get practice "out in the
field" on Friday and Saturday.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Someone will behave in a way
that you cannot understand. This person seems to hang a ques-
tion mark over your week, and you won't give up until you un-
derstand the motive behind his or her actions and ultimately
influence further action. This quest is to be continued next
week.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll have an opportunity to
make a stellar impression and a lifetime friend. Take a mo-
ment to compose yourself before every conversation. You
can't command power and respect from others if you're not
feeling them inside yourself. Note that Capricorn and Taurus
people will factor prominently this week.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are reasons why you don't
push for what you really want from another person. You sense
that he or she is not ready to give it, and the last thing you
want to do is come across as needy. Trust your intuition.
Watch and wait until the timing is right. In the meantime,
think of how you might sweeten the deal.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Moving with the times is not the
easiest thing to do in a week like this one. The changes are
coming rapid-fire, and you must stay on your toes to keep up.
Eliminate excess baggage — that will free you up. Thursday,
instead of reacting to whatever you're given, you'll finally be
in a position of control.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When someone is struggling so-
cially, you will step in and save the day. You'll supply the
words another person can't seem to come up with, change the
subject or find another way to pick up the conversational
slack. People like you and invite you places because they trust
that you won't let things get awkward.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your moods may be all over the
place. It's like you're a different person from one day to the
next. Luckily, all of those people are pleasant to be around.
Sometimes you'll be curious, other times grateful and then ex-
cited, hopeful, compassionate... Positive emotions just keep
flowing through you.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You will be open to in-
fluence and extremely teachable. Take advantage of this high
level of receptivity by surrounding yourself with the best and
brightest people. Also, it's a fantastic week for experimenta-
tion, especially the sort that will get you in touch with your
imagination and the collective unconscious.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You will spend some time
doing what doesn't come naturally, and this can be frustrating,
but it will expand you in ways that will prove both important
and necessary in the weeks to come. Because you make the de-
cision to grow yourself, you'll wind up knowing people you
otherwise wouldn't have met.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your energy may be scattered,
but that is to be expected with one as creative as you. You are
likely to start several projects at once, and in time, you will get
around to finishing each and every one. Understand and accept
that you're not always going to do things in the way that others
would.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You realize that when people don't
know where they stand with you, they work to win you over.
You may have discovered this when someone you didn't pay
attention to kept trying to impress you. Now you'll be more
purposeful in the application of this principle, making yourself
less available and therefore more desirable.
ACROSS
1 Pub quaffs
5 Pedal digits
9 Chinese weight
13 Mischievous sprite
14 Equus burchelli
15 "Ben Hur” costume de-
signer
16 ___ Khayyam
17 Unreasonable
19 Kill every tenth man
21 Watery swellings
22 Counts, in Britain
23 Hosp. machine
24 Neighbor of Celebes
26 Defies
31 Recede
32 Old gold coin
34 Vigor
35 Understand
37 More angry
39 Graf ___
40 Prevent, in law
42 Pierre’s parents
44 Popular shade tree
45 Wobbled
47 Whiskers
49 “When I was a ___ ...”
50 Titan
51 Buy back
55 Punishment
58 Freed from blame
60 Stew ingredient
61 Jongleur
62 Portents
63 Man, for one
64 Units of elec. cur-
rent
65 Author of “Two
Years Before the
Mast”
66 Queries
DOWN
1 Footless creature
2 ___ rickey
3 Worsen
4 Native of Damascus
5 Themes
6 Heckelphone
7 Blunder
8 Things to rattle?
9 Place for a chapeau
10 Syria, of old
11 Sicilian smoker
12 Allows
14 Enthusiastic
18 Locution
20 Voluble TV equine
23 Bishop’s headdress
24 Left bank chapeau
25 Like Mrs. Spratt, likely
26 Challenged
27 Cattle genus
28 Proficiency
29 Cede
30 Appears
33 Contended with
36 On the ___
38 Ties again
41 Martinique volcano
43 Stool, for one
46 Standard of straightness
48 Lack of power or vigor
50 Actress Davis
51 McEntire, of music
52 Quiz
53 Small village
54 Termini
55 Tommy’s gun
56 Waterproof a seam or
crevice
57 Hot times, in Aix
59 MD org.
Billy the Kid Geofest
— The 2nd annual geo-
caching event is 10 a.m. Sat-
urday, June 11, at the Fort
Stanton Parade Grounds in Ft,
Stanton, N.M. Participants
need to arrive between 9 and
10 a.m. This year’s event has
approximately 30 geocache
sites spread throughout Lin-
coln County, honoring the
New Mexico Centennial and
focusing on the Billy the Kid
Scenic Byway. Cookout at the
fort follows the event. Partici-
pation is free. Information:
Mike Bilbo, (575) 420-7121
or mike_bilbo@blm.gov.
Elephant Butte Chile
Challenge — The 21st
annual cook-off is Saturday,
June 11, in the Desert Cove
camping area of Elephant
Butte State Park. Several area
cooks compete to have the
best and hottest red and green
chile in the southwest. Tasting
begins at 11 a.m. Proceeds
will benefit local charities.
Park admission fee applies;
tasting cups available for a
small donation. Information:
(575) 894-3264 or (575) 744-
5292.
‘Walk in the Woods’
health fair — The annual
Lincoln County health and
safety fair is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, at The
Wingfield Park, 415 Wing-
field, in Ruidoso, N.M. More
than 25 health and safety
booths with information,
giveaways and more. Admis-
sion is free. Information:
(575) 973-1829 or lin-
colnhealthcouncil.org.
Spencer Theater for
Performing Arts —
Airport Hwy 220 in Alto,
N.M. (about 12 miles north of
downtown Ruidoso). Infor-
mation: (575) 336-4800,
(888) 818-7872 or
spencertheater.com.
• “The Complete History of
America (Abridged)” —
Wyland University Theatre
Workshop presents a 90-
minute roller coaster ride
through the glorious quagmire
of American history at 8 p.m.
Friday, June 10. Tickets: $25.
Music in the Park —
The Las Cruces summer con-
cert series is 7 p.m. Sundays
June 5-Aug. 28, featuring
both local and guest artists.
No pets allowed. Admission
is free. Information: (575)
541-2200 or las-cruces.org.
• June 12 — Oldies But
Goodies and Guitar Slim at
Apodaca Park.
‘Avanti! Or a Very Un-
complicated Girl’ - Las
Cruces Community Theatre
presents the witty comedy by
Samuel Taylor for its season
finale June 3-19. Directed by
Joe Pfeiffer. Showtime is 8
p.m. Friday and Saturday and
2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5.
Information: (575) 523-1200
or lcctnm.org.
Sandy Claiborne is a young
American businessman in
Rome on a sad errand. Her fa-
ther was killed in an automo-
bile accident on his annual
“sabbatical” in Italy, and she
goes there to retrieve his
body. She soon meets Alison
Ames, a young British
woman whose mother was
killed in the same accident,
and Baldo, an Italian who can
provide “anything” for a
price.
Desert Dolls — The first
burlesque troupe in Southern
Mexico under the direction of
Camille Adams (Chacha Bur-
nadette) performs at 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, at the
Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle
de Guadalupe, 1/2 block
south of the plaza in Mesilla,
with standup comedy, strip
tease, live music, cabaret,
skits and more. Ticket infor-
mation: (575) 524-8287 or
mesillavalleyfilm.org.
Following the show is a
screening of the documentary
film “Behind the Burley Q” at
10:45 p.m. In the days before
hardcore pornography at-
tained mainstream accessibil-
ity in America, a more docile
and suggestive form of adult
entertainment proliferated in
and around big cities.
Amongst those interviewed
were former musicians, strip-
pers, novelty acts, club own-
ers, funny men and women,
authors and historians.
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If you’re having trouble chipping, try employ-
ing your putting stroke when you chip. This
method allows your shot to hug the ground
and take advantage of the accuracy of a rolling
ball with no side spin.
The key to the chip is not to introduce any
cocking or uncocking of the wrists. You chip
with a movement of the shoulders, arms and
hands together so that the butt of the club
moves with the face of the club until after the golf ball is hit.
The image word to keep in mind is “staccato,” which describes the firm,
chipping action where you trap the ball against the ground. Most good chip-
pers of the ball hold the club very firmly, more firmly than in their regular
swing, since they do not want their wrists to hinge.
Before you make your motion, you want to take a practice swing and actu-
ally clip the grass. It will measure your distance to the ball. I think you’ll
find that this chip-like putting method is the most forgiving of the chipping
methods because it has the fewest moving parts. It’s just straight back and
through to the target.
Chip like a putt
for control
Your hands should be
set ahead of the ball. Play
the ball off your back foot
with about 90 percent of
your weight on your front
side. Note that because
the ball is back in your
stance you must adjust
your shoulders so the ball
starts on line.
The execution is a
one-piece back-and-
through stroke using
only your arms and
shoulders. There is
no weight transfer or
body rotation, and
your body remains
quiet, but not rigid.
Most important,
your wrists should
remain firm so that
your hands do not
hinge or unhinge at
any point until after
the ball is gone.
Dr. T.J.
Tomasi is a
teaching
professional
in Port St.
Lucie, Fla.
Visit his
Web site at
tjtomasi.com.
ABOUT THE WRITER
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 26
ASK THE PRO
Start early and
out-practice the field
Q: I don’t practice much at all, but my son,
who is 11, loves to practice. He wants to be a
pro, but I want him to be involved in lots of
sports, then after college he can think about
what he wants to do with golf. Your thoughts?
— C.H.
A: In my opinion, it will be way too late if he
waits until after college. As long as he loves to
practice, the only thing you need to do is
make sure he’s practicing the correct things.
Practice can mold your body to fit the de-
mands of golf the same way it does for other
sports. In general, as long as you’re working
on the correct fundamentals, the more you
practice the better.
“The muscles themselves change,” says Dr.
Anders Ericsson, a psychologist at Florida
State University in Tallahassee. “Muscle fiber
types (once thought to be 90 percent deter-
mined by heredity) can change from fast to
slow twitch, as the sport demands.”
Such changes are magnified when practice
starts early in life and continues through child-
hood, puberty and adolescence. Dr. Ericsson
thinks this is why nearly all world-class ath-
letes started extensive practice as children or
young adolescents. His colleague at Florida
State, Dr. Neil Charness, goes so far as to say,
“Innate capacities have very little to do with
becoming a champion. What’s key is motiva-
tion and temperament, not a skill specific to
performance. It’s unlikely you can get just any
child to apply themselves this rigorously for
so long.”
Champions, it seems, are made not born.
(To Ask the Pro a question about golf, e-mail
him at: TJInsider@aol.com.)
GOLF SPOKEN HERE
A bump-and-run shot is a technique used to
get at a flag that’s close to the edge of the
green. If the green is elevated, you hit the
ball directly into the slope (the bump part),
and it pops up in the air, lands on the green,
then rolls to the hole (the run part).
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“They should blow up the
course and start over. I’m not
the only one that thinks it.”
—Hunter Mahan, when asked about the tour stop at the TPC
Four Seasons Las Colinas golf course.
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 27
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This training aid will help you no matter your skill
level. The ChipInABLE — a strap that loops over your
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proper motion of leading with your hands when put-
ting, chipping and pitching.
Special pricing of $19.95 is available for Father’s Day
through July 4 at www.chipinable.com.
THE GOLF DOCTOR
Think you don’t know much about geometry?
Then think again. The human brain has been
using geometry to figure things out for 1.4
million years. Research by Veronique Izard, a
psychologist at the University of Paris, says
geometry is an intuitive part of our DNA. The
skill of figuring out everyday geometry re-
quires no formal training, and it is cross-cul-
tural — both modern and primitive.
“I would say that this means Euclidean geom-
etry is probably universal to all human be-
ings,” she said. “We find people grasping
concepts of geometry that go beyond the
perceivable.”
Golf, whatever else it is, is a game of geome-
try — the relationship of lines and arcs. So
what makes golf so hard if golfers have an in-
tuitive sense of Euclidian geometry? That’s an
easy one: Most golfers are so tied up in swing
mechanics that they can’t let their brain work
out the Point A-to-Point B geometry problems.
If you’re playing “golf swing” instead of
“golf,” you’re bound to flunk golf geometry
every timeyou tee it up.
TRY THIS
Take a fresh look at the green
• Do your putts finish too far off line on a
regular basis? If so, it may not be your stroke,
but your read.
Try This: Look for the drainage patterns.The
architect uses a series of carefully designed
slopes to siphon water off the green, and these
patterns are the major determiners of the
break.
• Not hitting it as far as you should given your
strength level?
Try This: Research by ball companies and the
USGA shows that to max out distance at any
given swing speed there is a golf ball with an
optimal spin rate and launch angle that isright
for you. Go to your pro and find your perfect
match.
• Can’t keep the ball on line with your irons?
Try This: Be sure your upper body stays back
through impact. Studies have shown that tour
players have a side bend (tilting the spine
away from the target) of 30 degrees at impact.
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 28
By RICK MINTER / Cox Newspapers
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UP...
Race: Alliance Truck Parts 250
Where: Michigan International Speedway
When: June 18, 3:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: ABC
2010 winner: Brad Keselowski
SPRINT CUP CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS NATIONWIDE SERIES
Race: WinStar World Casino 400k
Where: Texas Motor Speedway
When: Friday, 9 p.m. (ET)
TV: SPEED
2010 winner: Todd Bodine
Race: Pocono 500
Where: Pocono Raceway
When: Sunday, 1 p.m. (ET)
TV: TNT
2010 winner: Denny Hamlin (right)
T
hroughout his ca-
reer, through the
winning times, the
losing skids and even the
loss of his father, Dale
Earnhardt Jr. has gained
a reputation of showing
an inordinate amount of
class, even in the most
disappointing situations.
Two weeks ago at Char-
lotte Motor Speedway, he
was a couple of turns
away from breaking a
105-race losing streak,
but ran out of fuel. He
took the loss in stride,
even as his fans reacted
in disbelief and disap-
pointment. He said that if
he’d won under the cir-
cumstances of a gas-
mileage strategy gamble,
the victory would have
been “a gift.”
On Sunday at Kansas
Speedway, he was again
poised to win, but his
fuel-mileage strategy did-
n’t work out because Brad
Keselowski, also in fuel-
conservation mode, beat
him to the finish line.
After both races, Earn-
hardt praised his team
and moved forward, just
as he has time and again
in the past.
During his regular pre-
race media appearance at
Kansas Speedway,
NASCAR’s most popular
driver talked about how
he handles himself and
how important it is to him
to ensure that he never
does anything to tarnish
the Earnhardt name.
“I don’t want to disap-
point anybody,” Earn-
hardt said. “My father
raced in this sport for a
long time, and he raced in
front and worked and
talked and worked with a
lot of people that I work
with today – a lot of peo-
ple that are in this room
and a lot of people in that
garage.
“Being his son, I don’t
want to disappoint any-
body. I don’t want to say
anything that’s going to
make anyone ashamed of
me. I just want to run
good and I want to run
well, but I want to act
right too.”
He said it’s important
to him how he’s perceived
both now and in the fu-
ture.
“In the end, I want peo-
ple to say that I was a
good person and I was
honest – when I don’t race
anymore or whatever –
that I was a good guy to
be around and a good
sport about things,” he
said. “Mainly, I just don’t
want to humiliate what
my dad did for the sport
and what he did for him-
self, what he did for our
family name. I don’t want
to do anything that’s
going to tarnish any of
that.”
He went on to explain
that showing class in
tough spots doesn’t mean
he doesn’t care, that he
doesn’t want to return to
his winning ways. And he
said he can sympathize
with his fans, who ex-
pressed their disappoint-
ment in many ways,
including in YouTube
videos. He said he’s the
same way about his fa-
vorite sports team, the
Washington Redskins.
“When you’re passion-
ate and you care – it’s a
cliché – but when that’s
all that matters you’re
ticked until things get
right or you’re upset until
things get right no matter
what,” he said. “I can defi-
nitely relate.”
Earnhardt said the one
thing he sees that needs
fixing to get him back to
Victory Lane is his and
his team’s performance
during qualifying.
“We need to work on
qualifying to not make
the day so long and so
hard on us,” he said. “We
need to start in the top 10
so we ain’t gotta work the
first three-quarters of the
race trying to get within
sight of it.
“That’s about it.”
Brad Keselowski crosses the finish line Sunday at Kansas Speedway.
(NASCAR photo)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. greets the fans before the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21 Charlotte, N.C. (NASCAR photo)
Through ups, downs beloved racing scion
always class act
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 29
NASCAR’s “Have at it, boys” instructions apparently do
not apply to car owners who slug drivers from other
teams.
NASCAR has fined owner Richard Childress $150,000
and placed him on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for
punching Kyle Busch in the garage at Kansas Speedway
following Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race.
Series officials issued the following statement: “The
penalty we have announced [Monday] for Richard Chil-
dress reflects NASCAR’s response to the incident at
Kansas Speedway on Saturday. We feel this action is ap-
propriate and are confident all parties involved under-
stand our position on this matter and will move forward
appropriately.”
The incident began after one of Childress’ drivers, Joey
Coulter, was bumped by Busch on the cool-down lap of the
truck race at Kansas.
Reports of the incident say Childress confronted Busch
in the garage area after the race. Busch and Childress’
drivers have a history of confrontations, including one at
Darlington Raceway that saw Busch and another Chil-
dress driver, Kevin Harvick, placed on probation.
NASCAR president Mike Helton, in a rare Sunday
morning press conference, said Busch did not violate his
probation.
“We concluded that the driver of the 18 truck, Kyle
Busch, did nothing to provoke or to cause the reactions
that, in our opinion, would have violated probation, did
nothing that would have warranted the actions of Richard
Childress,” Helton said. “We’ll have to decide what
NASCAR’s reaction is to Richard Childress as a member of
NASCAR in an action against another NASCAR member.”
Post-race fist-fights once were fairly commonplace in the
NASCAR garage, but Helton said that’s something that
NASCAR can’t let go on today.
“I think throughout the history of NASCAR, we have
gone through cycles of everything, including tempers in
the garage and on the race tracks, and I think our respon-
sibility lies in reacting to those trends, and if it is a trend
that we feel like escalates, then we have a history of step-
ping in and turning those trends around,” he said.
Childress placed on NASCAR
probation for punching Busch
Richard Childress (right), pictured here last April with RCR driver Kevin
Harvick, has been placed on NASCAR probation for a confrontation with
Kyle Busch on Saturday. Earlier this season, Harvick and Busch were
both put on probation for a confrontation with each other. (NASCAR
photo)
Cup points separating Kansas win-
ner Brad Keselowski (21st in the
standings), and Ryan Newman (10th)
Laps led by Denny Hamlin in
the past 12 Sprint Cup races at
Pocono, the most of any driver
Laps run among the top 15
by Tony Stewart in the past
12 Cup races at Pocono, top among driv-
ers
Laps led by Ron Hornaday Jr. in
the past 12 Camping World
Truck Series races at Texas Motor Speed-
way, the most of any driver
498
58
475
1,812
SPOTLIGHT EP NEWS JUNE 10, 2011 PAGE 30
All-new Honda Odyssey aims to be the best
A few months ago, I reviewed
the all-new Toyota Sienna
and stated that it edged out
the Honda Odyssey as being
the best minivan on the mar-
ket. That is, until Honda re-
sponds with a new version of
the Odyssey. Well as quickly
as it took the ink to dry, I was
told that the all-new 2011
Honda Odyssey was headed
my way to review. After
spending a week in the new
Odyssey, I discovered that
while it’s not as exciting and
sporty as the Sienna (a sur-
prise for a minivan), the
Honda is just as good, if not
better than the Sienna.
The Odyssey has always been
one of the top picks in today’s
minivan market, so Honda’s
task to make it even better
was a tough one. But they
did, with a freshly styled ex-
terior, roomier interior with
more high-end features and
improved fuel economy.
The new Odyssey sports a
sleeker, sculptured front end,
more pronounced front fend-
ers and unique rear beltline.
It doesn’t look as conserva-
tive as the previous model,
but it doesn’t appear as sporty
as the new Sienna. Dimen-
sions for the new Odyssey
match those with the minivan
that it replaces; except width,
where the new one sits 2.1
inches wider – giving the
minivan a lower stance.
The interior is where the
Odyssey has always seemed
to excel, and this new model
is no exception. It can still
accommodate up to eight
people, but it does so with a
little more room. Whether
you find yourself in the sec-
ond row of seats (which are
removable – but require some
old-fashion muscle) or in the
third row (which fold easily
into the floor and are 60/40
split), there really is no bad
seat in the Odyssey.
Honda offers the new
Odyssey in five trim levels:
LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and
Touring Elite. The entry-
level LX comes nicely
equipped with the essentials
like power accessories, A/C,
cruise control and a five-
speaker sound system with
CD player and auxiliary con-
trol. It even comes with a
power driver’s seat and key-
less entry.
Step up to the mid-range EX
and the Odyssey gets im-
proved looks with 17-inch
alloy wheels, power sliding
doors, tri-zone climate con-
trol, second row sunshades,
and a better stereo. Along
with a leather interior, the
EX-L adds to that a power
sunroof and liftgate, power
front passenger seat and
heated seats.
Move up to the Touring and
you gain 18-inch alloy
wheels, foglights and parking
sensors. With the range-top-
ping Touring Elite, the
Odyssey comes with features
you would find at home like a
HD widescreen video monitor
(16”) with HDMI input and a
premium 650-watt 12-speaker
surround sound audio system.
A removable center console
and a cool box under the dash
to help keep drinks cold are
standard on EX or better
models.
Under the hood, the new
Odyssey continues to draw
power from a 3.5 liter V6 en-
gine. Rated at 248 horse-
power, in the LX, EX and
EX-L, it brings in 18 mpg in
the city and 27 mpg on the
highway using a five-speed
automatic transmission. But
those opting for the Touring
or Touring Elite trim levels
get a six-speed automatic,
which improves those num-
bers to 19 mpg in town and
28 mpg on the highway.
With essentially the same dri-
vetrain as the previous model,
it should come as no surprise
that the new Odyssey feels
and drives much like the pre-
vious one, which has always
been the Honda’s greatest
asset. Power from the V6 is
plentiful and the steering and
handling from the all-inde-
pendent suspension are done
so well, it’s hard to believe
the Odyssey is a van. The
ride is solid and smooth keep-
ing all the passengers com-
fortable. With traction
control, 4-wheel disc brakes
with ABS and stability con-
trol, drivers feel a sense of
confidence behind the wheel.
Pricing for the new Odyssey
starts at $28,580 for the base
LX and rise rapidly from
there. My fully decked out
Touring Elite model came out
at an eye-popping $44,030.
So does the new Odyssey out
gun the new Sienna? For
driving experience, the
Odyssey gets the nod, but I
have to call it dead even
when it comes to interior
comfort and features, and
give the edge to the Sienna
when it comes to exterior
styling. So overall, I’m going
to have to call this one a
draw.
-- Christopher A. Randazzo
By The Numbers:
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
Base Price: $43,250.00
Price as Tested: $44,030.00
Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive
Engine: 3.5 liter 24-valve SOHC V6
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Horsepower: 248 hp
Torque: 250 lb-ft
EPA Fuel Economy:19 city / 28 highway mpg
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NOTEBOOK
Penske credits team ‘integrity’
Roger Penske’s Sprint Cup teams are on a
roll of late. Brad Keselowski won the pole for
the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte and was
poised to win late in the race. Then on Sun-
day he won the STP 400 at Kansas Speed-
way. His teammate Kurt Busch won the pole
at Kansas and led the most laps only to lose
out on fuel-mileage at the end.
Penske said in the winner’s interview at
Kansas that his two teams are thriving be-
cause they’re working closely together in-
stead of venturing out in different directions
with chassis set-ups and such.
“It’s so easy to get going in a different di-
rection,” Penske said. “You see something
that another team is doing and you go back
and forth. And I think we’ve pretty much
stayed together. I think the integrity and the
transparency that [Keselowski’s crew chief
Paul Wolfe] talked about with [Busch’s] 22
car has really paid off.
“And the cars are better. Obviously the
more that Brad runs in this series, he’s going
to get better. You can see it. His restarts, the
way he’s coming in the pits.”
Penske went on to say that his pit crews
are performing well, the Dodge engines are
strong, and the whole company is giving it a
full-bore effort.
“We’ve got 350 people that are committed
to these two guys and these two teams,” he
said.
1. Carl Edwards
485; Leader
2. Jimmie Johnson
445; behind -40
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
444; behind -41
4. Kevin Harvick
442; behind -43
5. Kyle Busch
425; behind -60
6. Kurt Busch
414; behind -71
7. Matt Kenseth
412; behind -73
8. Tony Stewart
393; behind -92
9. Clint Bowyer
391; behind -94
10. Ryan Newman
382; behind -103

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