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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 25, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years FRIDAY MARCH 25 2005 FIFTY CENTS INSIDE TODAY Once and future things The five artists in Fast Forward Flashback a show that opens Saturday at Anderson Contemporary Art transform the familiar into something new to open a window into the mysterious sensation of dejavu Pasatiempo inside Good Friday services Pilgrimages and Passion narratives fill the day as the faithful prayerfully await the joy of Easter Sunday A listing of many of the services can be found on Page B2 Confessions of a drunken girl Koren Zailckas was 14 when she took her first shot of Southern Comfort Two years later she had her stomach pumped after alcohol poisoning Hers is a cautionary tale for teenagers especially girls and their parents In Smashed Story of a Drunken Girlhood she details the horrors Generation Next Dl PETA expose People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals goes virtually everywhere the circus does handing out leaflets staging protests and frequently showcasing a bare breasted woman whos shackled and painted with scratch marks Page B7 Todays obituary Manuelita Garcia 74 Santa Fe March 23 Please see PageB2 Todays forecast Cloudy scattered showers High 45 low 26 Page B2 INDEX Annios Mnilltox Business C7 Classifieds D3 Comics C9 Crossword B6 CVnfranon Next Dl Horoscope Local News Lotteries Opinion Police notes Scorelioard Sports Stocks Bl B2 A9 B2 C2 Cl C8 TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Four sections 36 pages Pasatiempo 88 pages year Issue No 84 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Imus queried about ranch New York New Mexico attorneys general concerned about IRS charity status of highdollar operation By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican State attorneys general in New Mexico and New York are quizzing radio personality Don Imus about his San Miguel County ranch Imus and his wife Deirdre opened the ranch between Santa Fe and Las Vegas in 1999 as a summer camp for sick children But the New Yorkbased charitys multimilliondollar annual budget and the Imus familys use of the ranchs wellappointed facilities have drawn scrutiny from government officials Sam Thompson spokeswoman for New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid said Thursday that one concern is the amount of money thats being spent to the fairly small portion of children being The nonprofit ranch spent mil lion last year while hosting only about 100 children The Wall Street Journal reported in a frontpage story Thurs day The newspaper said experts sider that an unusually high dollarto child ratio for a charity Imus radio rival shock jock How ard Stern repeatedly criticizes the Imus Ranch on his national broad casts calling it a summer home for Imus family and a big Attempts to reach Imus or a rep resentative on Thursday were unsuc cessful Imus whose family stays at the ranch during holidays and other occa sions told The Wall Street Journal that claims he uses the ranch as a vacation home are Imus 64 regularly talks about the ranch on his national radio program which is simulcast on MSNBC Don Imus television and helps raise large sums from listeners corporate execu tives and media celebrities Please see IMUS Page A8 Chariot from abroad Luis Sanchez New Mexican Fransisco Canales left Jose Gutierrez and Pedro Archuleta attach the bumper to a London taxi cab after they finished painting the car at Capitol Paint and Body Works on Thursday morning The taxi which was formerly black and used on the streets of London will be one of three shuttles for Hotel Santa Fe The first shuttle will be ready for service this weekend Retiree onstage with Bush chosen with care By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Margaret Valdez Retired teacher from Espanola says people should be realistic about problems with Social Security A retired Espanola teacher who appeared on stage with President Bush this week says she was carefully vetted about her views on Social Security in the weeks before the rally Margaret Valdez mother of St Vincent Hospital chief executive officer Alex Valdez who was secretary of health under former Republican Gov Gary Johnson said she was among dozens of New Mexicans interviewed by the White House for the five chosen slots at Tuesdays rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center Nobody told me what to she said They asked me nice questions like Do I get Social Security Do I worry about losing it I told them absolutely not Ive never been afraid of Valdez a Republican said shes been interested in Social Security for years She said she spoke about the subject during a Republican rally in Espanola in 2000 assuring the people that their Social Security is safe I told them Social Security recipi ents do not fear Youre going to get your checks No one is intend ing to cut them or do away with The 78yearold widow was recommended for this weeks rally by her granddaughter Jes sica Valdez who also appeared on stage with the president Jessica who is Alexs daughter recently graduated from The University of New Mexico and is in the process of applying to medical schools Margaret Valdez praised Bushs folksy relaxed oneonone demeanor It was just like if I were talk ing to my son Alex in my she said He makes you feel so According to a White House transcript Bush joked that he didnt believe Valdez was old enough to be eligible for Social Please see RETIREE Page A8 College soirees teach students how to imbibe smartly By CLARKE CANFIELD The Associated Press WATERVILLE Maine Josh Kahn swirls the rubyred wine in his wineglass puts it up to his nose and breathes in deeply He watches how the 2002 Fairview shiraz from South Africa clings to the inside of the glass then takes a sip This is not a tasting at a wine shop This is Colby College a private liberal arts school where students 21 and older get together Fri day nights in a school cafete ria to learn about and drink beer and wine The gettogethers are intended to teach students how to imbibe well and in moderation The emphasis is on savoring not swilling Seated next to Kahn on a recent night was fellow stu dent Maureen Sherry of Mas sachusetts who was drinking a sauvignon blanc The gath erings have taught her not to be intimidated by wine I always thought I hated wine But now I realize that what I hated were the bot tles of wine I bought at the grocery she said The drinkswithsupper soirees on the campus have met with disap proval from some experts at a time when colleges around the country are trying to stop problem drinking among stu dents The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol ism says drinking by college students contributes to about student deaths each year along with injuries and The Associated Press Please see SOIREE Page A6 Katie Lucas left speaks with Audrey Blanchette right during a March dinner at a Colby College dining hall in Waterville Maine The college has begun serving wine and beer at a cafeteria to students 21 and older to educate them about responsible drinking Antigay church known for its noshows City police chief will prepare for groups visit starting next week By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Civic and religious leaders in Santa Fe have slightly more than three weeks to prepare for the arrival of antigay activists from Kansas who Wednesday announced their intention to picket churches and city government they deem accepting of gays The group however has a history of noshows for such events The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka and its leader the Rev Fred Pheips are known for launch ing vehement rhetorical attacks against gays and insti tutions they believe to be gay friendly The church is best known for picketing the 1998 funeral of Matthew Shepard a 21yearold gay man beaten to death in Laramie Wyo Please see CHURCH Page A7 colleges hope to work with LANL UC By YASMIN KHAN The New Mexican Three New Mexico uni versities want to join forces with Los Alamos National Laboratory and delve into such topics as radioisotopes decisionmaking studies and homeland security the University of California wins the bid for continued management of the lab The University of New Mexico New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology announced Thursday they have teamed up to create a consortium that will participate in an Institute of Advanced Stud ies with UC and LANL The institute will get the green light and the schools will work with LANL only if UC continues to manage the labs But the schools plan to work together on research projects as a consortium whether UC wins the bid or not Please see LANL Page A7   

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