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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 6, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                Thursday January 6 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN A3 LANL Continued from Page Al never exist and two unused barcode stickers were the source of an inventory error In July word of the missing disks angered the labs director Pete Nanqs Nineteen workers were placed on leave for their responsibilities surrounding the missing disks Three were fired Some employees were cleared of any wrongdoing Oth ers were either reprimanded in writing demoted given a reduced salary or suspended without pay or a combination of those actions Nanos shutdown work at the lab forcing employees to set aside their usual assign ments to focus on security procedures at a cost of thou sands of dollars Parts of the lab remain shut down The final FBI report is in the process of being sent to the Department of Energy in Washington according to the FBI Elwell declined to talk about the reports conclusions and said the Energy Department will handle media inquiries We have not received the report from the said Joe Davis a spokesman for the Energy Department I dont know how it will be released if its releasable at all I dont know if its classified or its not No charges related to this case have been filed with the Attorneys Office in Albu querque office spokesman Norm Cairns said Wednesday Meanwhile some employees who were disciplined because of the disks are seeking griev ance hearings Were antici pating resolution in a three to six month time Roark said Its due He would not say how many employees are following the labs grievance process citing protection rules for worker privacy In 2003 Congress ordered the institutions management contract be opened for com petition for the first time in history because of similar security breaches WATER Continued from Page Al avoid depleting the aquifer or polluting the ground he said Siebert said the property is already surrounded by land with city water and sewer ser vice even though it is outside city limits He said his uniden tified client would not object to annexation but the land is not contiguous to city limits and adjoining landowners might not agree to annexation Councilor Carol Robertson Lopez said there are few res taurants or banks in the area and the development would keep area residents from driving into town But Wurzburger said she objected to the water exten sion because of what she called our problematic rela tionship with the Councilor David Coss said city efforts to annex large tracts have been thwarted politically by county com missioners The committee voted to reject the water extension with only Lopez dissenting But the committee members agreed to extend city sewer lines as a way to reduce pollution At the end of the meeting the councilors went into exec utive session to discuss a pro posal to spend million to buy acrefeet of annual water rights from a group of Estanciaarea farmers build a plant to clean the water to drinking standards and lay a pipeline to ship it more than 60 miles north to Santa Fe But the councilors soon returned to say they were unable to discuss the proposal because their water consultant Norm Gaume was missing Councilors Patti Bushee and Karen Heldmeyer said Gaume a former director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission became stranded by flood waters in the Gila Wilderness during a rafting trip A publit meeting on the Estancia water proposal is setfor 9 today at the Tor ranee County Fairgrounds in Estancia The Santa Fe Public Works Committee plans a public hear ing on the issue Monday A public hearing before the full City Council is set for Wednes day with a final vote on Jan 26 SCHOOL Continued from Page Al ing there and he made a con scious decision not to Benavidez was arrested at the probation office in Santa Fe on Tuesday afternoon Bland said He spent the night in the Santa Fe County Deten tion Center and was moved to San Miguel County Detention Center on Wednesday and will be held without bond until he goes before a judge The Benavidez case has caused controversy in Pecos population about He is the son of J Modesto Benavidez a Village of Pecos trustee and longtime educa tor who recently declared his candidacy for the Pecos School Board Supporters of the family have criticized the PTA and the media for focusing on Pat rick Benavidez so long after he committed his crimes in 1997 and Several prominent residents have spoken on Benavidezs behalf since his case came to public attention last month when the school built a higher fence on the side of the play ground that faces the Bena videz house Supporters say Benavidez has done no harm since he returned to Pecos last June after completing a court ordered sexoffendertreat ment program in Las Vegas and should be left alone In contrast the parents of his two victims are outraged that Benavidez is being por trayed as a victim We were kind of appalled that the community was so willing to support said the guardian of one of his victims She said it was typi cal of Benavidez to disregard the probation offices order to move The first time he went to court with us and he was put on the offender program he botched it he botched his probation He is defiant and disrespectful of the law and what it asks him to she said Benavidez committed one of his two sexual crimes against minors while enrolled in a deferredsentence pro gram for the first crime He was arrested last month for violating his probation by going to a bar His parents were pillars of the community Its natu ral for people to want to say Dont say anything Keep in on the But true educators and true people that are concerned about the children no matter what would not support him living The mother of his second victim whose daughter was 13 years old when she was forcibly sodomized by Bena videz is upset that some in the community continue to question Benavidezs guilt It angers me that the fam ily continues to say he is inno cent even after he confessed in front of the judge that he has a she said For four months I have had a copy of his Website picture in my purse and Ive been intend ing to go to the police and ask why he was being allowed to live so close to the school Yeah his dad is whatever he is to the village of Pecos and he was a teacher and everything but just because his family has some status in the town doesnt give him the right to make this the prob lem of these two Patrick Benavidez and his family declined to be inter viewed for this story There is no law prohibiting Benavidez from living near an elementary school but Bland said he is obliged to comply with all reasonable orders made by his proba tion officers She said it will be up to a judge to decide if asking Benavidez to move was a reasonable We really felt like it was a good idea on our part to make him move in the interest of public Bland said If the judge decides something different then we will have to look at our options at that New Mexican file photo The view of Pecos Elementary School from the residence of Patrick Benavidez a convicted sex offender Benavidez history In 2002 Benavidez pleaded guilty in state District Court in Las Vegas to criminal sexual con tact with a minor in a case involv ing a relative who was 5 when the crime occurred in 1997 In 2001 while out on bond for the first incident Benavidez then 22 was charged with forcibly sodomizing a 13yearold Santa Fe County girl He pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration In the San Miguel County case Benavidez was sentenced to three years of supervised probation with the condition that he complete a sexoffendertreatment program at Las Vegas Medical Center He was given 233 days credit for time he spent in jail before being sen tenced In the Santa Fe County case he was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation with the iden tical condition that he complete the sexoffender program Benavidez entered the sex offender program in November 2002 He returned to Pecos after completing the program in June 2003 According to his probation offi cer Benavidez will be on probation for the San Miguel County case until Nov 25 and on probation for the Santa Fe case until the spring of 2007 According to Department of Corrections spokesperson Tia Bland if the sentencing judge decides to revoke Benavidezs probation he would most likely be incarcerated until Nov 25 when his first probation term is set to end he would then begin serving his second term of probation The New Mexican SAVE 50 More Ale w Markdowns Taken Store Orig Ladies Petites Dillards Woman WESTBOUND KNIT TOPS Choose from sleeves crew and vneck styles Orig Ladies FAMOUS MAKER STATUS DENIM Choose from classic bootcut and flare style Orig Mens MURANO WOVEN TOPS Orig Mens DESIGNER WOVEN SHIRTS Orig Ladies Petites RELATED TOPS PANTS SKIRTS From In Studio Sharon Anthony Napa Valley and Emma James Orig Ladies Petites DRESSES From Jessica Howard Richards K Studio and Positive Attitude Orig SELECTED LADIES 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