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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - February 27, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years SUNDAY FEBRUARY 27 2005 ONE DOLLAR Deathpenalty debate comes for the governor JL Pending bill to end capital punishment is a nowin propositionfor Richardson By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Ending the death penalty as an Albuquerque legislator seeks to do with House Bill 576 could save lives But state and national political profession als say any governor who signs such legislation could be signing his own political death warrant And thats especially true pundits say for a governor like New Mexicos Bill Richardson who has national ambitions that bill is deadly to his cam paign if he becomes a candidate for Larry Sabato director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics said in a telephone interview last week Its a nowin proposition for him He needs to make cer tain that bill never makes it to his For years Richardson repeat edly has stated he supports capi tal punishment as long as it has sufficient safeguards to prevent the innocent from being lethally injected But he hasnt speci fied whether hed actually veto a repeal bill if the Legislature passed one The bill sponsored by Rep Gail Beam an Albuquerque Democrat still has a long way to go to reach Richardsons desk HB 576 which would replace capital punishment with a sen tence of life in prison without parole cleared the House Judi ciary Committee last week on a 63 vote The committee vote means the full House of Representatives will for the first time in years consider a bill to repeal the states deathpenalty law And Please see DEATH Page A6 History of the death penalty in New Mexico Page A6 INSIDE TODAY College election Voters or at least some of them will head to the polls Tuesday to fill one position on the fivemember governing board of the Santa Fe Community College The last college election in 2003 drew 4 percent of voters Page A2 The roots of Agua Fria Once the agricultural base of the Santa Fe area this little village is struggling to retain the last of its traditional character Focus El Super seniors Mandi Moore and Lindsey Arndt come up big on defense as The University of New Mexico Lobos secured a Senior Day win in The Pit Page C6 The city of lights camera action As the best place in the world to watch movies Paris boasts unmatched cinematic zeal Travel Gl Todays obituaries Helen Wilson Feb 23 Robert Maes 54 Santa Fe Feb 23 James Jenkins Feb 22 Glen Decker 49 Feb 21 Isidor Velarde Feb 23 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy isolated showers High 46 low 21 Page B2 INDEX Ann Business Classifieds Crossword Focus Horoscope Local nev Lotteries lllljm s 3rd pe s 11 sections 112 pages 156th year Issue No 58 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Mam office 9863000 9863030 9833303 Tribe faces an uphill battle to build casino Jason New Mexican Jemez Pueblo Gov Michael Toledo Jr was In the Roundhouse recently to talk to legislators A bill in the state Senate would amend the 1978 Gaming Control Act to create a new category of gamingoperator license for casinos on offreservation land Jemez Is seeking Department of the Interior approval to put 78 acres of land in Anthony into trust for the tribe Jemez Pueblo looks to Southern for an economicdevelopment project By SHANNON SHAW The New Mexican JEMEZ Stretched along a steep 25mile strip of 4 Jemez Pueblo and its leaders are landlocked Unlike neighboring tribes they dont have the wideopen spaces to develop commercial enterprises While other tribes are building resorts golf courses and casinos on their land Jemez Pueblo has only two economic developments in this isolated community the Walatowa convenience store and a visitors center So the tribe is looking 300 miles south to Anthony to build a casino pueblo and Santa Fe art dealer Gerald Peters have an option to buy a privately owned parcel of land at a busy location next to Interstate 10 between Las Cruces and El Paso The pueblo is seeking to put 78 acres of the property into federal trust In 2004 it submitted a trust application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs regional office in Albuquerque If approved the land would become part of the Jemez reservation Federal hurdles But such offreservation ventures are facing increased opposition and the tribe could be looking at a long battle to get the initiative approved according to gam bling and tribal experts Sen John McCain the new Please see TRIBE Page A7 By the numbers Economic impact of Jemez Pueblos proposed casino in Southern New Mexico million cost of casino con struetion phase 570 number of construction related jobs million construction payroll 950 projected casino jobs million annual casino payroll million 7 local purchases for supplies needed by the casino million estimated number of casino visitors annually million estimated annual visitors from Texas estimated number of casino visitors traveling from more than 50 miles away Source Direct Economic Impact of a Proposed Casino Anthony New GVA Marquette Advisors The New Mexican Busy lives land shifts wounding interest in hunting By ANGIE WAGNER The Associated Press When Bryan Dinkins was a teenager and winter came he piled into his grandfa thers car before dawn and they headed out to hunt ducks Morn ing crept Inside up around m New Mexico them as they senate OKs huddled fee increases together for licenses to in the cold hunt and fish talking in a Official His hush about tory opportu life and nitV keeP hunt school inS health Then his grandfather would lean over and whisper in his ear Here they come Get he would say just as the ducks began to fly their way Dinkins is 40 now He hasnt been hunting in six years His grandfather passed away and Dinkins is busy Besides it would take him six hours to drive some where to hunt ducks in Cali fornia This is hunting in the new century where urbaniza tion and busy lives get in the way Hunting these days isnt just when to go but where to go How much will it cost And more than ever who will go Across the country the number of hunters declined by more than 1 million from 1991 to 2001 or percent according to Census Bureau and Fish and Wildlife Service The drop was even greater in the West percent Hunting has survived through generations by fathers passing it on to their children Families bonded during hunting trips Today many people have given up on hunting or never tried it at all Please see HUNT Page A8 Suspect arrested after 31year search for serial killer The Associated Press WICHITA Kan A 31year manhunt for a serial killer who taunted police with letters about his crimes ended Saturday when authorities said they finally caught up with the man who called himself BTK and linked him to at least 10 murders The bottom line BTK is Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams said Saturday setting off applause from a crowd that included family members of some of the victims The suspect was identi fied as Dennis L Rader a 59yearold city worker in nearby Park City who was arrested Friday Police did not say how they identi fied Rader as a suspect or whether he had said any thing since his arrest BTK a selfcoined nickname that stands for Bind Torture Kill fears through out the 1970s in Wichita a manufacturing center with residents about 180 miles southwest of Kansas City Mo Then the killer resur faced about a year ago after 25 years of silence He had been linked to eight slayings between 1974 and 1986 but police said Saturday they had identified two more from 1985 and 1991 Rader a Cub Scout leader who was active at his Lutheran church lived with his neighbors said Public records indi cate they have two grown children Messages left for family members were not returned Saturday and no one answered the door at the home of his inlaws A few neighbors recalled receiving small favors from Rader but most inter viewed Saturday said the municipalcodesenforce ment supervisor was an unpleasant man who often went looking for reasons to cite his neighbors for viola tions of city codes A part of me was Please see KILLER Page A4 Neighbors disliked man arrested as BTK suspect Dennis L Rader Suspect in serialkiller case a 59 year old city worker in the Wichita suburb of Park City was arrested Friday but has not been charged The Associated Press PARK CITY Kan He lived among them for nearly 30 years but Den nis Rader the man police believe is the BTK serial killer wasnt well liked by some of his neighbors Most residents who lived near Rader described him as a bureaucratic bully an ordinanceenforcement officer for this Wichita suburb who often went out of his way to find rea sons to issue citations One neighbor said Rader was once seen measuring grass in a front yard with a tape measure to see if it was too long Another recalled catching Rader filming his house documenting possible violations And yet there were hints at a pleasant side He helped elderly neigh bors with yard work was active in his church and served as a Cub See SUSPECT Page A5   

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