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New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 5, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE rowned ependeni Serving New Mexico for156 years WEDNESDAY JANUARY 5 2005 FIFTY CENTS INSIDE TODAY Bilingual charter school gets boost The Santa Fe school board approves a local teachers application for a new high school that aims to make learning a literal adventure for Spanishand English speaking students PageB3 Are you a culinary rookie If the thought of cooking a meal for yourself and gasp others strikes fear in your heart our new columnist Tantri Wija will hold your hand First lesson Dont be a chicken just cook one Taste Cl troops weather attacks Soldiers gathered in a military recreation facility in Iraq last weekend to listen to a rock band and toast in the New Year The anti rebels on the outside had other plans for New Mexicos troops Protein predicts pregnancy problem Each year in the United States hundreds of motherstobe die from a sudden condition that doctors found impossible to predict but researchers are on the brink of changing that Page B7 Todays forecast Mostly cloudy scattered showers High 36 low 16 Page B 2 INDEX Annies Mailbox Business Classifieds D5 C4 Obituaries Opinion Police B2 A7 t2 Crossword Horoscope Local news D7 H Sports Stocks Dl M Cl Four sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 5 Publication No 596440 Uftt M40363 9833303 Police Man kills burglary suspect By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Daniel Romero a 34yearold Santa Fe laborer was chased down and shot dead by an Albuquerque resident late last week after Romero allegedly broke into the mans car in northwest Albuquerque police said Tuesday Elton Richard II 27 of Albuquer que killed Romero about 1 Fri day but Romero remained unidenti fied until Monday said Detective Jeff Elton Richard II of Albuquerque is held on an open count of murder in the shooting death of Santa Fe resident Daniel Romero Arbogast a spokesman for the Albu querque Police Department Richard who works as an armed courier for the National Nuclear Security Administration is being held in Albuquerque on an open count of murder According to Arbogast AJbuquer que police officers responded to a burglary in progress at Richards house Neighbors reported two men were fighting in the front yard of a house and one of the men had a gun At one point Romero ran and Rich ard who was armed with a 38caliber handgun chased him down within four blocks When officers arrived a barefoot Richard flagged them down a few blocks from his house I need help I need help they were trying to break into my Rich ard told officers according to court records Richard then directed the officers to a nearby fence where they found Romero dead Arbogast said Hes been Please see ROMERO Page A4 Stormy start Rain and snowstorms blast waterlogged West in first week of new year officials predict Santa Fe will get hit again Stcvu New Mexican Motorists drive northeast along Cerrillos Road during Tuesdays heavy snowfall About 8 inches of snow fell at Ski Santa Fe and Santa Fe Municipal Airport received 26 inches of precipitation Staff and wire reports The streets are slushy driv ing visibility is low and another storm blowing in from California is pre dicted to hit Santa Fe on Friday And although rain or snow has fallen every day in 2005 dont be surprised by the years wet start This is not unusual weather We always get a combination of rain and snow in said Chuck Jones meteorologist for the National Weather Service Santa Fe already has collected 34 inches of precipitation in the new year at Santa Fe Municipal Airport where 28 inches fell Tuesday This is normal Jones said At The New Mexican 31 inches fell Tuesday bringing the Janu ary total to 71 inches Ski Santa Fe reported 8 inches of new snow between 9 and 3 Tuesday bringing the ski basins snow base to 51 inches Taos Ski Valley caught 7 inches of snow to make a 51inch base Hut the heavy snow creates snow slides according to Laurie Ikle reception ist at the ski valley Ski patrol in Taos valley blasted slopes with a howitzer gun to cre ate miniavalanches before opening some runs Ttnii Now Mexican Ruben Salazar left and David Torres shovel a section of sidewalk along Cerro Gordo Road We force avalanches to happen before they happen naturally and before we open the Ikle said Before the next storm rolls in Santa Feans will get a break from the heavy snow Thursday Jones said Although the end of 2004 was wet the precipitation for the year ended up at inches at the Santa Fe Air port 5 inches less than the yearly average The rain and snowstorms coming out of California forced the states heavily traveled main northsouth highway to close Monday The roads reopened Tuesday but a new storm loomed in the parade of wild weather that has hammered the state The storms that started just over a week ago have piled snow 9 feet deep in higher elevations in the Sierra Please see STORMY Page A6 Police investigate claim bus driver beat student School camera allegedly caught Pecos incident on videotape By BRANDON GARCIA The New Mexican PECOS State police are investigating a bus drivers alleged beating of a 16year old Pecos student that was captured on videotape one of several incidents in the Pecos schools reported to authorities in recent weeks A school camera put up to deter violence captured the Nov 15 incident accord ing to state police He was pretty beaten Kathy Romero said of her son He had a big bump on the back of his head a black eye and bruises on his chest and Romero said she viewed a videotape of the incident My son didnt provoke any of this from the bus she said Police and school officials refused to release informa tion regarding the iden tity of the bus driver and whether he had a history of similar incidents Lt Jimmy Glascock a state police spokesman said the department is investi gating the incident but has made no arrests State police records indi cate officers have been asked to intervene at Pecos schools several times in the past two months on criminal complaints Over 10 days Nov 9 through 18 police reports were filed from Pecos schools Most were related to fights although two were listed as threats Please see DRIVER Page A8 Council gets talks rolling on water By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican The Santa Fe City Council will hold a public hearing Jan 12 concerning a plan to import water from the Estancia Basin although the council wont be able to take a final vote on the issue until Jan 26 The city is considering spending million to buy a 51 percent interest in two large Estancia farms with acre feet of annual water rights an amount equal to more than half of the citys current consumption About million more would be needed to drill new wells build a reverseosmosis plant to clean the water to drink ing standards and lay a pipeline that would carry the water more than 60 miles north to Santa Fe The city Finance Committee on Tuesday agreed to the public hearing timetable The commit tees next meeting will be Jan 17 Councilor Miguel Chavez said Tuesday that councilors need to outline how the new water should be used and who will pay for it Not all of the cost will be on our he said Will Please see WATER Page A4 Gonzales to face tough inquiry on torture of prisoners By FRANK DAVIES The Miami Herald WASHINGTON Does Alberto President Bushs choice to lie the next attorney general believe that the presi dent has inher ent powers to override laws and treaties and allow tor ture Does he still think the Geneva Con ventions the treaty estab lishing stan dards of fair treatment of prisoners of war are obsolete when it comes to interrogating terrorist sus pects And can Gonzales make the transition from White House counsel known for zealous loyalty to his client George Bush to become attorney general the nations top law enforcement official and pro tector of the rule of law Gonzales will face these ques tions when his confirmation hearings begin tomorrow before Please see AON Z ALES Page A8 Alberto Gonzales