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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - February 14, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE rowned ependen Serving New Mexico jbrlSGyears INSIDE TODAY the Grammys The late Ray Charles whose legacy erased boundaries between genres and generations receives a fitting musical eulogy Sunday night as his final album Genius Loves Company wins a leading eight Grammys Page A3 Winners announced in Iraq elections Official results released Sunday give clergy backed Shiites and independenceminded Kurds a victory in Iraqs landmark elections Page A8 Season sweep The University of New Mexico womens basketball team finally finds a way to win at Utah take sole possession of first in the MWC Bi Moon walker Jose Hernandez a son of Mexican migrant farmworkers is an astronaut candidate perhaps to be the next human to set foot on the moon Health Science Cl Mejor la escuela que la ca reel Los ninos que reciben educaci6n pre escolar estan mejor preparados para el 6xito y menos propensos a cometer delitOs mas adelante El Nuevo Mexkano Dl Todays obituaries Nicolasa Igalo Dec 22 Elisaria L Trujilto Santa Fe Feb 10 Jimmte C Hernandez 71 Santa Fe Feb 9 Todays forecast Partly cloudy warmer High 53 low 25 Page A2 INDEX Annies Mailhfix B6 Classifieds C3 Comics Crossword Ooonesbury Education Health C8 Be A7 D3 Cl Horoscope Obituaries Opinion A2 A7 Police notes A2 Scoreboard Spanish pg Sports B2 Dl Bl TteVferts Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 24 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified arts office 9840363 9833303 8 MONDAY FEBRUARY 14 2005 FIFTY CENTS State sells plane that caused conflict By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press A stateowned airplane grounded last year by Gov Bill Richardsons administra tion because of safety and financial concerns has a new owner and soon will be flown to Australia to become part of a commercial fleet The states General Ser vices Department sold the The Richardson administration grounded the 1966 Aero Commander after political and legal controversy last summer over a plan to spend up to million to replace it twinengine plane Jan 21 for to Aero Special ties a California com pany that had upgraded the planes engines for the state two decades ago president of Aero Specialties Theyre the best general said in a telephone interview aviation airplane ever made Theyre just really the buyer Roger Oeland with The Associated Press Theyre like a threequar terton pickup The administration grounded the 1966 Aero Commander after political and legal controversy arose last summer over a plan to spend up to million to replace it with a faster air craft that could carry more passengers According to Oeland the plane cleared its annual inspection last year and Please see PLANE Page A5 Taos goes extreme Freeride Skiing Championship draws competitors from as far away as Alaska and Japan Photos by Megan The New Mexican The sun returns Sunday for the Freeride Skiing Championship at Taos Ski Valley The event which began Friday drew 108 competitors By DANIEL GIBSON For The New Mexican TAOS Under spar kling blue skies and bright sun the inau gural New Mexico Freeride Skiing Champi onship at Taos Ski Valley came to an exciting conclu sion Sunday afternoon Craig Garbiel of Marklee ville was crowned the best male skier and Lynsey Dyer of Sun Val ley Idaho the best female skier The two champions skied out of the pack of 108 competitors who first gathered on TSVs famous steeps Friday morning for the qualifying round The event served notice that New Mexico is join ing the ranks of major North American and Euro pean resorts hosting such events which are part of an international series of competitions culminating in a world finals held annually in Alaska On Friday only the women competitors had a chance to show their stuff as fog and snowfall put the course on Kachina Peak on hold for most of the day Saturday brought more of the same with some of the wettest skiing this reporter has ever faced Heavy snow and fog reduced visibility dramatically allowing spectators at the course bottom in West Basin to see only the bottom half of the runs But despite the sticky snow and lack of vision the competitors put on a show that few will forget Cory Zila of Mammoth Lakes drew a huge roar of approval from the crowd when he blindly launched off the tippy top of a 100foothigh rock pin nacle called The Knob between Zadarsky and Stauffenberg chutes He landed about halfway down the outcropping with rocks to his right and left and in front of him turned right and rocketed down a ramp Please see TAOS Page A5 Lucas Urtiaga of Santa Fe wows the crowd with his jumps Cupid for credit Students study love in class The Associated Press MUNCIE Ind Scott Hall wants to spark a discus sion so he asks his students something bound to provoke a reaction Do women want more out of marriage than men Its just the sort of con versation starter thats heard more often in col lege classrooms these days Affairs of the heart love relationships and marriage have gone from being an obsession outside class to the reason for class The students in Halls course on marriage at Ball State University many of them women laugh and nod at his question Most of them agree with research he cites stating men are most interested in a partner whos attractive and good in bed But not Mike Toscano a 21yearold senior Its not Oh she looks cute and she cooked a pot he says I want to be held once in a while too The comment draws more laughter as Toscano blushes and smiles Im glad he feels that Anitra Montgomery a 22yearold junior responds to the class But he is rare Over the last 30 years academics have been devel oping the study of close as they call it forming the International Association for Relationship Research to share resources and data Such research is not just about what makes people happy but how relationships can affect other things for instance someones says Lisa Baker an assistant professor of psychology at Purchase College part of the State University of New York In recent years though some professors have moved beyond theory making the discussion more personal to students by teaching rela tionship skills they can use outside the classroom Some call it Relation Please see LOVE Page A4 Massage classes teach couples to rub each other the right way By YASMIN KHAN The New Mexican You know those nights Youre hanging out with your better half watching a movie drink ing wine cuddling on the couch then they pop the question Honey can you rub my back Just a little It was a hard day at The wine makes you agree able so you try your best You dutifully rub squeeze and try to work out those knots But in a few minutes your arms are tired your back is sore and your cuddly other just isnt satisfied So how do you learn to give a massage without causing yourself pain You start with demystifying the whole process recognizing the body as an electromagnetic said Phillip Kessler a couples massage instructor at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts who has taught couples how to rub each other the right way for two years When someone touches us it feels better than us touching ourselves its because their electromagnetic field is caressing Learning basic massage tech Please see MASSAGE Page A5 Phillip Kessler center demonstrates to Ross Perkal how to massage his partner Meta Hirschl during a couples rejuvenation workshop at Body spa in Santa Fe on Sunday afternoon Jane Phillips The Vew   

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