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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 12, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and it Serving New Mexico for 156 years TUESDAY APRIL 12 2005 FIFTY CENTS City leaders urge locals to snub Phelps By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Fred Phelps Ignore them Thats what Santa Fe city offi cials religious leaders and com munity groups Monday urged locals to do if a Kansas antigay group shows up as planned this month to stage demonstrations Counterdemonstrations they said will only fall into the groups trap They know the law very Police Chief Beverly Lennen said And she added They will hope that members of our own commu nity will act out because of their passion on the issue because of how distasteful that message is If in fact that does occur then that feeds into that The Rev Fred Phelps mem bers of his family and members of his Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka have announced plans to picket eight local churches and City Hall from April 23 to 25 Phelps Web site says Santa Fe acted inappropriately in supporting two gay men who were severely beaten Feb 27 In addition to Lennen Mon days City Hall news conference included City Manager Mike Lujan City Councilors Patti Bushee Miguel Chavez and Karen Heldmeyer Donald Stout of the Human Rights Alliance the Rev Sheila Gustafson of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe and the Rev Holly Beaumont of the Santa Fe Christian and Jewish Dialogue None had heard of any local group that planned to par ticipate in Phelps rallies Beaumont said Phelps strategy is to provoke others into breaking the law so he can sue them or the city for not protecting his group Please see PHELPS Page A4 INSIDE TODAY A cardinal challenge Spy technology Spying has gotten a lot more sophisticated since John Paul II was elected in 1978 but the Vatican seems confident it can protect the centuriesold tradition of secrecy next week when cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel to name a papal successor Page A2 Colorado copes with blizzard Travelers deal with hundreds of airline cancellations and closed roads Monday as Colorado dug its way out of a weekend blizzard About passengers were stranded overnight at Denver International Airport Page B4 Change comes for Pranzo New owner Michael OReilly is enthusiastic but some customers are critical of prices and menu alterations Business Dl Todays obituaries Adeline P Smith 81 Los Alamos April 8 Agapita S Madrid 86 April 9 Cleo J Montoya 85 April 7 Jesse M Felix 21 Santa Fe April 9 John G Prentiss 61 Rabun Gap Feb 13 Lucetta R Smith Albuquerque April 9 Matias E Armijo 69 Santa Fe April 7 Tammy R Archuleta 38 Santa Fe April 8 William Dwire 76 Santa Fe April 7 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Sunny not as cool High 55 low 27 Page B2 INDEX Annies Walloon B5 Business Dl Classifieds Comics B6 Crossword B5 Horoscope B5 Local news Bl Lotteries B2 Movies B3 Opinion A5 Folice notes B2 Scoreboard C2 Sports Cl Stocks C5 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 24 pages 156th year Issue No 102 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Caution Religion trumps art in Russia Museum director convicted of inciting religious hatred ItarTass Photos Artist Anna left and Yuri Samodurov director of the Andrei Sakharov Museum stood trial Monday on charges of enkindling religious enmity by organizing the Russian art exhibit Caution Religion The court acquitted Mikhalchuk while Samodurov will have to pay a fine By MARK McDONALD Knight Ridder Newspapers MOSCOW A Mos cow art show that depicted a naked woman being cru cified and Jesus Christ appearing in a CocaCola ad with the words This is my blood so angered some Orthodox Chris tians that they attacked the exhibit with black paint The attackers werent pros ecuted but the director of the Andrei Sakharov Museum and the curator of the exhibition which was called Caution were convicted last week of incit ing religious hatred They appealed that verdict Monday vowing to press their case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights The Sakharov Museum case is considered an important early test of freedom of expression in Russia pitting artists authors and jour nalists against the state and the Russian Orthodox Church whose influence has grown steadily since the demise of the Soviet Union Even President Vladimir Putin Please see RUSSIA Page A6 Plan for railyard parking advances By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican City councilors are mov ing forward on a deal for construction of a private commercial building on top of a cityrun underground parking garage in the Santa Fe Kailyard The Public Works Com mittee on Monday recom mended approval of an agreement between the city the forprofit developer and the nonprofit organization that manages the rail yard The recommendation will go to the full City Council Allen Branch Steve Duran and Rick Jaramillo the prin cipals of the Kailyard the forprofit developer have said they are looking to bring in an IMAX theater which uses a giant screen Please see GARAGE Page A4 Former tax worker must pay back funds By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A 49yearold former New Mexico Taxation and Rev enue Department employee was sentenced to five years probation Monday for bilk ing the state out of nearly by repeatedly filing false state tax returns Didnt you think you were going to get caught District Judge Michael Vigil asked I knew I said Gayle Mclntyre who now must pay back the money The Albuquerque woman was initially charged with 36 counts of filing false state ments and fraud 35 counts of using a computer to access records with the intent to defraud and one count of attempting to evade or defeat taxes she owed The false returns were filed between 1998 and 1999 and also in June Please see TAX Page A4 UNM program eases access to treatment of hepatitis C By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Orlando Velarde is one of or more New Mexicans infected with a liver disease called hepatitis C He learned he had it in 1999 while hospital ized for a blood clot in his arm He probably had been sick for two decades But like many people with hep atitis 0 he had no symptoms Velarde believes he caught the virus through a blood transfusion in 1980 long before plasma banks screened for the disease Hepatitis C is a leading health con cern in New Mexico where deaths from liver disease and cirrhosis outpace the nation Alcoholism contributes to the problem Less than 6 percent of New Mexicans with hepatitis C are getting treated Part of the problem is access Velarde understands To get the regi men of shots and pills which can last a year he had to drive from his home in Espanola to Santa Fe There were no other options at the time The side effects alone can be grueling fatigue nausea pain Adding a one Please see HEPATITIS Page A4 Dr Leslie Hayes left and Barbara Bjeletich a family nurse practitioner at the Health Centers of Northern New Mexico in Espanola oversee the centers hepatitis C program and Bjeletich is in charge of a Hepatitis C Awareness Day program at the center Thursday Clvrte Mueller TUB NPW Mexican   

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