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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 10, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE ServtogNewMerico THURSDAY MARCH 10 2005 FIFTY CENTS Senate passes bill defining marriage l v Measure which does not domestic partnerships now House By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Gov Bill Richardson said Wednesday he was disappointed that the state Senate passed a bill prohibiting marriage without including provisions for domestic partnerships that would give samesex couples some of the same rights as married couples However Richardson refused to say whether hed sign or veto Senate Bill 597 sponsored by Sen Bill Sharer RFarinington which passed the Senate on Wednesday SB 597 adds the words between a man and a woman to a state law that defines marriage as a civil contract Its still said Rich ardson spokesman Billy Sparks noting the bill still must go through the House before it reaches the governors desk As a congressman Richardson voted for the federal Defense of Marriage Act in the 1990s He has said he would sign similar state legislation but that he also wanted legislation that would establish domestic partnerships The Senate Judiciary Committee last week effectively killed a bill that would have established domes tic partnerships in the state That bills sponsor Sen Cisco McSorley Dr Albuquerque said he didnt try to amend SB 597 to include domestic partnerships because gay activists were against combining the two bills They wanted an upordown Please see MARRIAGE Page A6 Stories Page A5 Stories Page Hate the Santa Activists State offi link between pushing for crimes and on payday gay interest City calls for House OKs table talks eligi hate crimes for lottery Santa INSIDE TODAY Cost of living Nearly a third of new homes in the SantaFe region would have to be priced in the so called affordable range under changes to land development rules being considered by city and county officials Santa Fe B Norte Bl Three to go The University of New Mexico Lobos have their sights set on the NCAA Tournament but first have to get through tne Mountain West Conference Championships which begin today in Denver Mn nouuwii reomiivfi Fishermen who use only tbeir bare hands are complaining of raw deal in Missouri conservation experiment Cl Todays obituaries Crooor feb 28 CumWa J Pwclval Santa Fe March 8 Chrtstotal B Zamora 82 Belen March 4 Manuel D Garcia 83 March 7 Marjorte R Johnson Feb 25 Michael Valencia 29 Espafiola March 6 Tammy R ttonom 31 Espaftola March 8 Verlyn Saladen Santa Fe Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy High 59 low 30 INDEX Annies Mailbox B7 Movies B3 Business 07 Mutuals D7 Classifieds C3 Opinion A7 Comics B8 Outdoors Cl Crossword B7 Police notes B2 Horoscope B7 Scoreboard 02 Local news 81 Sports 01 Lotteries B2 Stocks M Four sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 69 Publication No 596440 Late paper Claimed a News tips 9864000 9833303 Photos by Tina New Mexican of flock of Botwmian waxwlnfs making a rare apptarance In Ntw Mexico on a troo branch Wednesday near the Randall Davey Audubon Center on Santa Word spreads quickly as rare birds land in Santa Fe By BRANDON GARCIA The New Mexican From left local birdwatchers Jonathan Batkln and Susan McQreevey along with Matt Baumann of Albuquerque try to spot a Bohemian waxwing on Wednesday at the audubon center You might not have heard of the Bohe mian waxwing But the tiny gray bird is rare enough in these parts that a flock of them caused a sensation among local birdwatchers by showing up this week near the Randall Davey Audubon Center The waxwings arrived on Monday in an area off Upper Canyon Road and birders counted 25 on Tuesday As word began to spread 19 were spotted oh Wednesday More than 30 birdwatehers some from as far away as Albuquerque and Socorro have hurried to the scene with their binoculars Jonathan Batkin 51 who for the past five years has made a hobby of catching glimpses of rare birds took the day off work to join fellow birders in getting a look at the sleek creatures Please see LIFETIME Page A6 Grubesic Senator to police is looking to atone By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Sen John Grubesic who admitted this week that he wasnt initially truthful with state police investigating his vehicle accident said Wednesday he wants to atone for the incident Grubesic said he and his family have been under so much stress because of the contro versy that hes consid ered resign ing fronvthe state Senate I feel Ive let a lot of people down and Ive been wrestling with how I should the Santa Fe Democrat told a reporter I wasnt forthcom ing with police I compounded it Its my fault and I have no one to blame and Im truly sorry to my constituents and to my I think Im going to con tinue to do the job 1 was elected to he said Ive still got to get money for my district Ive got to be a voice for my constituents I dont want to lei this stop me I want to try to put this behind me and work hard I have four years to reestablish my Grubesic a former pros ecutor and freshman law maker who was elected last year said he has received several hateful emails since the news of his acci dent broke The senator crashed his sportutility vehicle last week near his home He told The Associated Press on Tues day that he initially denied to police that he was driving at the time of the wreck say ing when state police inter Please see ATONE Page A6 School district unveils redistricting proposal at packed board meeting By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican Members of the Santa Fe school board and the public got a closer look Wednes day at a proposal to move some students out of crowded schools on the southwest side of town to those in the central part of the city Parents principals teach ers and some children packed the boardroom at the districts headquarters as staff members displayed detailed maps showing where boundary lines would be redrawn The changes would be implemented next fall Parents who made com ments after the presenta tion expressed loyalty to their schools and said it would be disruptive to move their children to new ones Speaking in Spamsh Maria Castillo said she is very happy with the bilin gual education her children are receiving at Agua Fna Elementary School and would do anything including going on a hunger to keep her children there Ana Alvarado another Agua Fria parent said her children already have been moved once while Salazar Elementary was under construction Moving them back to Salazar would cause them trauma she said Agua Fria would be the elementary school most affected by the proposed changes deputy superin tendent Bill Belzner said losing some students and gaining others The redrawn boundary lines would affect some stu dents at 14 of the districts elementary schools and all four of its middle schools Belzner said the changes were designed so that students who were moved would not have to travel across town to go to school Associate Superintendent Paula Dean previously lik ened the boundary changes See SCHOOLS Page A8 Legal technicality might void arrests by deputies By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A lawyers effort to get drunkendriving charges against his client dropped could lead to the dismissal of numerous Magistrate Court cases if a judge upholds it District Attorney Henry Val dez said Wednesday The ramifications of a such a ruling are Valdez said because it would mean that deputies who have served under Santa Fe County Sher iff Greg Solano havent been properly commissioned It would have a fairly significant he said because for example only Leonard Rue commis sioned deputies can arrest people and execute search war rants The case revolves around a state statute that says when a deputy is appointed the sheriff must file a notice of that appoint ment with the county clerk and one with the District Court clerk It also states that a deputy must file his oath of office with the county clerk That statute is the basis Please see ARREST Page A8