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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 26, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE SATURDAY Serving New Mexico for 156 years FIFTY CENTS Experts blame bird deaths on bacteria By STACI MATLOCK The New Mexican In what could be another conse quence of a wet winter Santa Fe area residents increasingly are finding dead songbirds apparently victims of a sal monella outbreak Experts say bacteria which can grow in dirty bird baths is killing off some house finches and pine siskins Lynne Mann owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Santa Fe said some cus tomers have come in since January worried because theyre finding four or five dead birds a week That can be said Mann who has found two dead finches at her house Mann said salmonella problems appear to her to be cyclical becoming worse in wet winters such as the one this year The last bad outbreak she remembers was the winter of19992QOO We had finches and pine siskins just dropping dead in bird Mann said Mann said Dr Kathleen Ramsey the veterinarian at The Wildlife Center at Espanola sent off some of the dead birds from Los Alamos for testing The results showed salmonella Mann said one theory for why finches and siskins seem prone to the bacteria is because they travel in large flocks That might increase their chances for passing salmonella from bird to bird through their droppings Workers at The Wildlife Center said they receive calls every year about birds dropping dead Keeping bird baths clean and old seed hulls raked up are the best prevention according to Mann and the Wildlife Center Please see BIRD Page A6 Illustrations by Knight Ridder Newspapers Wildlife experts have said New Mexicos wet winter was condu cive to an outbreak of salmonella which birds might encounter in dirty bird baths Several birds including the pine siskin left and house finch are casualties of the deadly bacteria A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY Thousands trek to Chimayo to witness miracles reaffirm their faith By ANNA MACIAS AGUAYO The Associated Press CHIMAYO Betty Cordova has made a Holy Week pilgrimage to San tuario de Chimayo for 24 years The 66yearold great grandmother wasnt about to let a fractured ankle her dependence on an oxygen tank and intermittent snow and rain keep her from finishing her 25th journey this Good Friday With encouragement from a large extended family she walked eight miles along muddy dirt paths and paved roads with quiet determination to reach the sanctuary where many Catholics believe the soil has healing powers Our Lord made the ultimate sac rifice for us Why shouldnt I make this sacrifice for him said a tearful Cordova who also ails from diabetes Walkers make tlwir way through snow flurries on the road to the Santuarlo de Chimayfi early Friday morning hypertension the pain of knee and back surgeries and bouts of demen tia Her daughter helped her grab handfuls of sand from a hole in the sanctuary floor to rub on her knees and back Cordova is among the estimated pilgrims who flocked to the tiny adobe church to keep alive an old Catholic tradition of making sac rifices and penance to atone for sins The santuario will stay open day and night through Easter Sunday The Rev Julio Gonzalez pastor of the Chimayo parish said many of the pilgrims including some who carried with them heavy lifesized wooden crosses are seeking to emulate Jesus Christ Most people flee from pain and the priest said But in our Catholic teachings suffering is Please see TREK Page A4 Wes New Mexican Shelly LoBlanc of Albuquerque pauses before entering the Santuarlo de Chimayo on Friday LeBlanc who walked 12 miles from with her cross said she was going to collect earth to send to her 18yearold son who has been sick since receiving an immunization shot when he was 4 months old Tina Larkin The New Mexican INSIDE More coverage of the Holy Week pilgrimage Page Di Snow deals a blow to kids Easter event The New Mexican Snowy weather forced the city of Santa Fe to cancel its 20th annual Easter event which was scheduled for this morning at Ragle Park Gerard Martinez a spokes man for the city Parks and Recreation Department said the prizes collected for the event will be used for an event on Halloween Candy collected to give children in the morning scramble will instead be given away to city youth cen ters he said The city had already implemented cutbacks in the annual event In pre vious years children up to 4 years old were given goodie and children 9 to 10 years old had a sepa rate field for the scramble But these events had been canceled because of the tre mendous increase in partici pation the past few years Fridays snow caused minor traffic accidents around Santa Fe with cars sliding on slick roads police said The National Weather Ser vice predicts more snow this morning continuing into the late afternoon The storm should move out of New Mexico tonight leav ing partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50s on Sunday Monday is expected to be clear with temperatures in the 60s INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Evolve or die An interstate road trip in a dieselpowered Volkswagen Golf kicks off ruminations on the future of this traditional fuel Cars Ik Trucks El David Gibson 53 Santa Fe March 22 Karen Flores 38 Santa Fe March 20 Francis Vilmain 81 Santa Fe March 24 Medardo Cordova 21 Santa Fe March 21 Elizabeth Purtymun 84 Santa Fe March 24 Page B2 Todays forecast Chance of snow High 42 low 19 Page B2 Index Annies Mailhox D5 Lotteries 32 Classifieds E6 Opinion AS Comics 06 Religion 03 Crossword 05 Scoreboard C2 Horoscope D5 Sports Cl Five sections 36 pages TV BOOK 56 pages 156th year Issue No 85 Publication No 596440 Feds eye alternative plans for nuke site at Yucca Mountain By ERICA WERNER The Associated Press WASHINGTON As problems mount with the governments plan to open a national nuclear waste dump in Nevada lawmakers and industry officials are increas ingly pushing for a Plan B After the most recent set back for Yucca Mountain a revelation last week that government workers on the planned dump may have falsified documents a key House Republican urged the Energy Department to look at temporary waste storage solutions And Senate Energy Com mittee Chairman Pete Domenici is pro moting talk of alternatives to Yucca Mountain while nuclear utilities are already looking into other options Many have begun building onsite storage for spent fuel and moving forward with plans for a private waste dump in Utah They also are pursuing lawsuits against the government seeking reim bursement for the cost of temporary waste storage While the Energy Depart ment remains committed to Yucca Mountain theres Please see NUKE Page A6