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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 24, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Serving New Mexico for56years THURSDAY MARCH 24 2005 FIFTY CENTS Antigay church targets Santa Fe By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican A delegation from one of the nations most vocal and viru lently antigay churches plans to come to Santa Fe next month to picket the citys government and churches that it deems too friendly to gays The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka and its leader the Rev Fred Phelps gained national notoriety for picketing the 1998 funeral of Matthew 21yearold gay man murdered in Laramie Wyo Phelps church which claims to have staged more than antigay events since 1991 unabashedly promotes its agenda with signs reading AIDS Cures Fags Doom Nations and Fags Burn in The group said it singled out Santa Fe after reading cover age of the citys reaction to the recent beatings of two gay men The group plans to picket eight Santa Fe churches on April 17 First Baptist Church Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Cristo Key Catholic Church St Bedes Epis copal Church Grace Community Church Lutheran Church of the Servant St Johns United Meth odist Church and First Presbyte rian Church The group plans a picket of the citys government the following day according to a news release Clergy at three of the churches said they were unaware they had been targeted for protest until reached for comment by The New Mexican on Wednesday The targeted churches were described in the news release as Sodomite whorehouses mas querading as Asked to respond to the characteriza tion First Presbyterian pastor the Rev Sheila Gustafson said I can hardly imagine any Chris tian group using that kind of She added I think that lan guage reflects more on The Rev Dick Murphy of St Bedes Episcopal Church said he expects Santa Feans to rally around his and other churches St Bedes has a reputation for being gay friendly The church was vandalized in 2002 and it has been speculated that the churchs acceptance of gays was a motivating factor If Phelps comes hell find a resilient spiritual and dedicated Christian Murphy said He added I have faith in Santa The visit comes at a time when New Mexico is wrestling with questions on how gays fit into society Two gay men were Please see CHURCH Page A5 Fred Phelps Pastor of anti gay Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka Kan INSIDE TODAY Rsh tales Look out trout The Casias family is angling for you Outdoors Cl Holy Week services Pilgrimages and solemn passion narratives of Holy Week progress toward the joy of Easter resurrection A listing of many of the Holy Week and Easter services can be found on Page B2 traditional battle Two very different programs Louisville and Washington meet today in The Pit for the Sweet 16 Sports Dl Tuned in to Santa Fe The group that battled keep KSFR local continues fighting to keep citys radio station on the air Santa Fe El Norte Bl Todays obituaries Date J Sauve 76 West Bend March 21 Medardo A Cordova 21 Santa Fe March 22 Please see Page 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approves a spending bill now pending before him Nestled among nearly a halfbillion dollars of capitaloutlay projects approved by the Legislature is a million allocation to the New Mexico Cultural Affairs Department for con struction of an archaeology The project is the biggest of several spend ing projects the Legislature approved forthe Santa Fe area Eric Blinman deputy director of the Office of Archaeological Studies with the Museum of New Mexico said his department is hopeful the money will come through If Richardson doesnt veto the spending Blinman said his department intends to secure some 30 acres from the Bureau of Land Management off Caja del Rio Road on the southwestern outskirts of Santa Fe for con struction of office space for the archaeology staff and storage space for its collection The federal agency will transfer the land to the state for an acre if it approves the building plan Blinman said This facility is intended to house the offices and laboratories of the Office of Archeologi cal Studies and the archaeological research collections of the Museum of Indian Arts and Blinman said Gilbert Gallegos a spokesman for Richard son said this week that the governor is going to review the entire capitaloutlay bill and hasnt decided whether to veto the archaeology project The governors attitude is that he wants to just carefully review all these Gallegos said Cultural Affairs Secretary Stuart Ashman said Wednesday that hes hopeful the project will be funded He emphasized hes aware Richardsons office has hundreds of worthy Please see HISTORY Page A6 W j Hw 1PP PWI W Inside Lawmakers provide money for interim film museum Bill includes million for projects in Santa Fe County Page A6 Survey Americans clueless about genetically modified foods Americans unsure about GM foods A survey about genetically modified or GM food found about twothirds of Americans have never discussed the topic and know very little about it Selfrated knowledge of GM food Belief that GM food products are required to be labeled In the United States Correct response in bold Yes No Unsure 28 133 40 48 Very little 30 Fair amount 16 Nothing Belief that GM crops are tested for human safety Yes No Unsure Belief GM crops are tested for environmental safety Yes 123 No Unsure 63 Source Food Policy Institute at Rutgers University The Associated Press By LINDA A JOHNSON The Associated Press TRENTON Can animal genes be jammed into plants Would tomatoes with catfish genes taste fishy Have you ever eaten a geneti cally modified food The answers are yes no and almost definitely But according to a survey most Americans couldnt answer correctly even though theyve been eating genetically modi fied foods unlabeled for nearly a decade Its just not on the radar said William Hall man associate director of the Food Biotechnology Program at the Rutgers Food Policy Institute which conducted the survey Today roughly 75 per cent of processed foods boxed cereals other grain products frozen din ners cooking oils and more contain some genetically modified or GM ingredients said Stephanie Childs of the Grocery Manufacturers of America Despite dire warnings about there have been no reports of ill ness from these products of biotechnology Critics note theres no system for report ing allergies or other reac tions to GM foods Nearly every product with a corn or soy ingredient and some containing canola or Please see FOODS Page A5 Report details wasting of water atLANL Lab plans to save 21 million gallons a year starting in May By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican While everyday citizens caught rain in barrels installed lowflow toilets and watched plants wither from drought in 2003 Los Alamos National Laboratory missed opportunities to reduce waste limit water consump tion and save taxpayer dol lars According to a new Department of Energy Inspector General report the lab could have saved 41 million gallons of water a year plus associated chemicals but didnt have the neces sary to design the filters to accomplish it The filters which would have removed sand from water could have saved the lab annually through improved operational efficiencies of its cooling towers Whats more the lab failed to replace leaking faucets and install lowflow shower heads because the projects werent funded according to the report Combined Please see WATER Page A5 Court frees teen charged with taking rock from Parthenon By BRIAN CHURCH The Associated Press ATHENS Greece Greek authorities arrested and charged a 16yearold Cana dian girl who allegedly took a piece of marble from the grounds of the old Parthenon while posing for a photograph Madelaine Gierc of Vancouver Island British Columbia was arrested Sun day after a security guard saw her picking up a stone near the ancient monument on Acropolis Hill Gierc was charged with illegally pos sessing antiquities Investigating magistrate Melpomeni Chiotou ordered Gierc released from custody Tuesday and said she could leave the country pending Please see ROCK Page A5
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