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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 18, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Serving New Mexico 1 for 156 years FRIDAY MARCHlS 2005 FIFTY CENTS Politics stall progress of medical marijuana Terminally ill patients plead for quick approval By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican A bill that would legalize mari juana to treat certain medical condi tions has stalled on the floor of the House of Representatives because of a dispute involving an unrelated bill dealing with developer impact fees in Albuquerque Rep Dan Silva told a reporter Wednesday that because of his dif ficulty in getting his House Bill 805 heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee hes worked behind the scenes to delay action on the medi calmarijuana bill Senate Bill 795 That bill is sponsored by Sen Cisco McSorley who is chairman of the Judicial Committee I dont want that bill Silva said My bill is a lot more important to my Both Silva a 10term House mem ber and McSorley are Albuquerque Democrats Silvas statement angered medical patients who have lobbied for the bill and who sat in the House gallery three days this week waiting for the bill to be heard Theyre playing with my said Essie Debonet 60 an AIDS patient from Albuquerque For me this is literally a matter of life and death Im 88 pounds Im fighting wasting with everything Ive Marijuana she said is the only thing that has given her enough Please see STALL Page A10 Inside Governor approves billion budget lob bies Senate on tax cut Tough sexoffender law clears Legislature Page A7 INSIDE TODAY McGwire mum on steroid questions Time after time Mark McGwire refused to answer the question everyone wanted to know Did he take illegal steroids in the historic homerun summer of 1998 or any other time No matter how hard the congressmen tried McGwire wouldnt say Sports Cl Lobos get serious The Lobos have removed their country grins erased their happyto behere expressions and replaced them with a look of urgency Sports Cl Paul Caponigro Rough beauty Paul Caponigros collection of weathered shells feathers gnarled wood leaves shed by trees and erosion roundid stones reveal time spent seaside and in forest and meadow near his Maine home Andrew Smith Gallery exhibits 25 new Caponigro photos in a show opening today Pasatiempo inside Todays obituaries William R Schacht Santa Fe March 10 Fedelina Villa 75 March 14 Felipe Romero 70 March 15 Grace Green Las Cruces March 15 Marcos Sanchez Santa Fe March 14 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy and windy High 46 low 27 Page B2 INDEX Business ClassiifiJs Comics Crossword Horoscope C7 01 E6 E5 E5 El Local news Bl Lotteries B2 Opinion A9 Police notes B2 Scoreboard C2 Sports Cl Stocks D6 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Fiv sections 38 pages Pasatiempo 80 pages 156th year Issue No 77 Publication No 596 440 Late paper Classified ads News tips 9863000 9863030 Instructional assistants are priceless to parents of specialneeds students but Santa Fe schools have put a meager price tag on their contributions High contempt for lowwage aide jobs Jnsori Now Mexican Beth Bickley who worked as an instructional aide with medically fragile children at Santa Fe High School has doubled her income now that she works for a drycleaning business By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican For six years Beth Bickley worked as an instructional aide with medically fragile children at Santa Fe High School When she first accepted the job she wasnt sure whether she was up to it Among the duties of those who work with the districts most developmentally disabled students are diaperchanging and tube feeding But Bickley soon came to love her job You get to know each student as a person Theyre not just someone with a disability They can have very strong personali Bickley also felt it was important to introduce her students to Santa Fe Highs regular student popula tion and that they learn accept her students on their own terms I think thats part of being a good Bickley says she loved her job but the low pay forced her to quit A raise mandated last year by the Legislature was swallowed up by an increase in her contribution to her healthinsurance plan She says that after six years her net pay had actually decreased and that she was tak ing home per week Instead of going back to school last fall Bickley started working at a drycleaning business owned by her cousin The perk of having summers off with my kids was something I couldnt afford Bickley says Her pay has doubled since she switched jobs Bickley says Diane Pederson the teacher Bickley worked for at Santa Fe High called Bickley her right Given the salary I just dont know how she did it for so Pederson said Bickley still goes back to the high school to visit her students People dont understand Even my mother says You must be glad youre not there But I loved it there I miss If the pay was better I would go A bill to raise minimum salaries to per year Please see JOBS Page A6 INSIDE Support staff left behind in pay raises for educators page AS Performers say Santa Fe Stages stiffed them By ROBERT NOTT For The New Mexican Four months after Santa Fe Stages closed its doors in November two nationally known performingarts groups remain unpaid in full by the nowdefunct theater company Representatives from both Mark Morris Dance Group which Stages presented at the Lensic Perform ing Arts Center in August and The Actors Gang which with Stages con tracted for the show Embedded in September said their companies are still owed outstanding artists fees David Liebermah a manager who represents the Los Angeles based Actors Gang said Stages still owes approximately of their fee Nancy Umanoff executive director of the Brooklyn based Mark Morris Dance Group said they are still owed The Morris company is one of the most acclaimed modern dance companies in the world The Actors Gang is an actors cooperative known for cut tingedge political theater and led by actor Tim Robbins Both Lieberman and Umanoff said they are angered with the way in which they were treated by Stages I think that I have not encoun tered really bad behavior of this magnitude on the part of a present ing organization Lieberman said in a phone interview stressing that Santa Fe Stages never indicated to him that they would be unable to fulfill their financial obligation I have dealt with troubled pre senters who had financial trouble who always managed to work things Lieberman continued But I think the magnitude of the financial problems with Santa Fe Stages was misrepresented to us and to other artists who were engaged by them That is what is really so distressing to Umanoff said representatives from Santa Fe Stages did inform the Please see STAGES Page A8 Translation of Picasso work shows poetic side of genius By TIMOTHY CAHILLI The Christian Science Monitor ALBANY Near the end of his life Pablo Picasso predicted to a friend he would be remembered as a Spanish poet who dabbled in painting drawing The most famous art ist of the 20th century was certainly joking Picasso 18811973 knew he would be forever identified as the figure who rejected Renais sance traditions ushering in a complex new relationship of the artist to the visible world and the audience The comment is meaning ful for it provides a glimpse into a lesserknown side of the protean master From 1935 when he was 54 years old until 1959 Picasso devoted himself to a body of writing that was boldly and consciously poetic I abandon sculpture engraving and he wrote to Spanish poet and boyhood friend Jaime Sab artes in 1936 to dedicate myself entirely to The result was a series of note books sketchbooks journals even napkins filled with prose poems that like his paint ings are dense in imagery relentlessly energetic and frequently enigmatic Now the poems arc avail able in English for the first time with the publication of a comprehensive volume of Picassos writings The Burial oflhe Count ofOrgaz Other Poems Coeditors Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris collected the writings from the original Spanish and French Picassos literary output has been little more than a footnote to public aware ness of his artistic contribu tion but its the work of an accomplished says Rothenberg It was not triv ial work Its part of the his tory of experimental poetry in the 20th The painter began writing seriously at a time in his life when a divorce impelled him to take a break from painting Rothenberg explains in the books preface that through 1935 and 1936 Picasso largely ignored paint and canvas and immersed himself in Please see WORK Page A10 File pdoto hy Lms New Mexican Kirk Ellis left was president of the board of directors of Santa Fe Stages before it closed after 10 years of the ater productions To his right is Craig Strong who was producing director
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