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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - February 24, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE r owned and independent Serving New Mexico THURSDAY FEBRUARY 24 2005 FIFTY CENTS INSIDE TODAY A photographers wildlife To Reiiee Lynn a camera provides a window to the worlds most remote and beautiful places and creatures that few people are privileged to see But her stunning images dont just happen Outdoors Cl Vikings to trade Moss Minnesota has agreed to trade Randy Moss his agent said to Oakland for starting linebacker Napoleon Harris and a firstround draft pick Sports Dt A matter of time The Capital High School Jaguars took control of a game Wednesday against Albuquerque St Pius X in a span of 34 seconds Sports Dl The last word Hunter SThompson the gonzo journalist with a penchant for drugs guns and prose might have one more salvo in store for everyone Friends and relatives want to blast his ashes out of a cannon just as he wished Page B5 Todays obituaries Michael Miller Santa Fe Feb 21 Patrick Louton Feb 20 Ramona Garduno Feb 22 Marsha Frits Feb 19 Evan Trujillo Cordova Feb 21 Vlckl Flows Feb 9 Frank Brito 83 Feb 18 Natasha Williamson Feb 21 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Morning fog snow likely High 35 low 26 Page B2 INDEX Annies Mailbox Business Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news D4 C3 B6 B6 Bl Mutuals Opinion Outdoors Police notes Scoreboard Sports M A7 ci 02 04 0S TheWwfs Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 55 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads PWWS tips Main office i 9840363 9863000 9964030 9833303 Transportation Department unveils land plan ByTOMSHARPE The New Mexican The state Department of transportation is looking at redeveloping its Cerrillos Road headquarters with room for apartments retail shops parking garages and a com mutertrain station Transportation Secretary Rhonda Faught presented the idea Wednesday to the Santa Fe City Council If the state agency finds a developer interested in taking on the project it could lead to major changes at the site south of Cordova Road which adjoins another complex of state office buildings in the South Capitol Complex State and city officials agreed the idea has potential to create a cluster of facilities for housing employment and com mercial activities that could take advantage 0f a proposed c6mmuterrail link connect ing Santa Fe and metropolitan Albuquerque Faught assured councilors her department intends to keep its headquarters on the property and the proposed commutertrain service would extend north to a terminal in the citys planned railyard redevelopment project She said her agency is work ing toward having the commuter train operating in Santa Fe by the summer of 2008 While the state can put up money for capi tal costs she said local trans Please see PLAN Page A8 Proposed complex Major changes at the Transportation Depart ments 27acre site south of Cordova Road might include room for apart ments retail shops park ing garages and a station that could take advantage of a proposed commuter raillirik between Santa Fe and Albuquerque Families the death Committee sends repeal of capital punishment to House By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican A bill that would repeal the death penalty in New Mexico is headed for a floor debate in the state House of Representatives A House committee Wednesday Inside Senate wants to limit pollution fines Tax break on nursinghome care ends PageA6 endorsed the measure after hearing about two hours of emo tional testi mony mainly from people who lost loved ones to murder State sanctioned executions are np dif ferent than criminal acts of murder in that they both kill a human life leaving family members reeling from their heartbreaking said Kasia McRoberts of Santa Fe whose brother Sam Goodrum was shot to death in a Hyde Park Estates home in 1992 With virtually no discus sion from panel members the House Judiciary Com mittee voted 63 to give a dopass recommendation to Rep Gail Beams House Bill 576 which would replace capital punishment with a sentence of life in prison without parole The full House has not heard a lition bill in recent years Beam said she is confident she has the votes to pass the bill in the 70member House I have 34 cosponsors and three or four others who say they support she said If the House passes it Please see HOUSE Page A5 Jason New Mexican Laurie Knight center a victimoutreach specialist and others listen to testimony in favor of House Bill 576 which would abolish the death penalty at a joint judiciary committee meeting Wednesday At the hearing lawyer Judi Caruso read a letter from Juan Melendez a death penalty opponent who spent 18 years on Floridas death row after being wrongly convicted Area dealing with large number of deathpenalty cases By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican As debate over the death penalty rages in the New Mexico Legislature the Santa Fe district attorneys office is seeking or might seek that very fate in a rela tively large number of cases said DA Henry Valdez large number is absolutely Valdez said If we have one every couple of years thats more what were used Valdez and his staff attor neys are looking at possibly pursuing the death penalty in three cases and are actively seeking the death penalty in two other cases Before last summer when both of the current deathpenalty cases were filed it had been nearly years since the Please see DEATH Page A4 Death and the district attorney The Santa Fe district attorneys office is seeking or might seek the death penalty in five cases involving eight people Derrick Lane Donald Hamilton John Knight Dion Martinez Karen SfltaNwood Avftos Domfnguez Daniel Good Christopher j iwccwnoon Repeal wouldnt spare two on row A repeal of the death penalty in New Mexico would not affect the sentences of the two men currently on death row Timothy Allen of Bloom field convicted in December 1995 of killing and raping 17yearold Sandra Phillips Robert Fry of Farmington convicted in June 2000 of the death of Betty Lee in remote San Juan County Execution dates for both men arc a long way off while the cases undergo appellate review said Tia Bland spokes woman for the New Mexico Corrections Department The last man executed in New Mexico was Terry Clark in 2001 The ranch hand convicted of killing 9yearold Dena Lynn Gore of Artesia and was the first person put to death in the state in more than 40 years The New Mexican San Isldro VI The New Mexican Water worries hold up vote on project By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican The Santa Fe City Coun cil late Wednesday post poned action on a proposed 92acre mixeduse devel opment between Cerrillos Road and Rufina Street over unresolved questions about water Developer Jeff Branch said he has spent more than three years bringing together 34 landowners for the project called San Isidro Village Councilor Rebecca Wurz burger stifled the project with an amendment requir ing the developers acquire the 129 acrefeet of water they said it would use Richard Gorman a land use agent for the project maintained no new water Please see VOTE Page A8 California farms seek money for lost water By ERICA WERNER The Associated Press Court justices waded into the Wests contentious water wars Wednesday questioning whether individual farmers can sue the government over water they say they were due but never received Two dozen farmers from Californias Central Valley want the government to pay them about million as compensation for water they were supposed to get under a contract The Bureau of Rec lamation diverted the water to comply with Endangered Species Act requirements to protect two threatened fish But the government says its contract with the Westlands Water District only allows lawsuits by the district not by individual landowners who are its mem bers The state of California and the water district agree contending that allowing farmers to sue the govern ment directly could result in Please see COURT Page A4   

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