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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 13, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned andi Serving New Mexico for 156 years WEDNESDAY APRIL 2005 FIFTY CENTS New talks seek deal in Aamodt case By BEN NEARY The New Mexican Parties to the Aamodt water rights lawsuit are holding closed door negotiations in an effort to reach a settlement before a federal judge orders the case to trial District Judge Martha Vazquez of Santa Fe has scheduled for April 26 in Santa Fe a hear ing at which lawyers must report whether they want to continue talks or proceed to trial The state filed the case four decades ago to determine own ership of water rights in the Pojoaque Nambe and Tesuque areas However determining how much water belongs to four Indian pueblos has proven difficult and contentious Settlement efforts in recent years hinged on the prospect the federal government would put up most of the money for a proposed million regional system to bring water fromthe Rio Grande Even with the prospect of mas sive federal help many nonIndi ans opposed capping their private domestic wells and paying to draw water from the proposed regional system Hopes for a deal suffered a major setback in January when the Department of Interior abruptly announced the federal government wasnt willing to spend anywhere near the esti mated million federal share for the water system Sens Pete Domenici R and Jeff Bingaman expressed concern to Interior Please see AAMODT Page A7 Whats happened Almost three months after the government declined to spend million for its water share the Aamodt litigants enter negotiations Whats next An April 26 hearing to determine whether an agreement is reached See timeline on Page A7 FOWL PLAY AT LIBRARY Kathy Do La New Mexican Dolma Lhamo 5 right stands still as Lucille a bluethroated macaw perches on her head Tuesday at the Santa Fe Public Librarys main branch Carolyn Newell owner of Exotics of the Rain Forest and her assistant Kelli Hemmingsson brought Lucille and other animals such as parrots snakes and other reptiles to the main and La Farge branch libraries for visits with schoolchildren Newell a former school teacher who lives in Rio Rancho teaches the public about the worlds tropical rain forests and the animals that live in them Exotics of the Rain Forest will return to the main and La Farge libraries for another presentation in June Pellet attack blinds jogger By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A 35yearold Santa Fe man was shot in the eye with a pellet gun Tuesday afternoon while jogging in his neighbor hood police said To make matters worse Kevin Bankens who was shot in the left eye told police he was already blind in his right eye from a military injury said Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson In an interview late Tues day night Bankens said doc tors told him they are uncer tain whether he will regain sight in his left eye Meanwhile he said he thinks the shooting is related to an incident that happened a year ago At that time he said he was attacked by four men he didnt know beaten and thrown into the back of a pickup and driven to a spot near Hyde Park Road where he was able to get away from the men The case remains unsolved He said he believes the two incidents are related because of a call he received on his cell phone Monday night while shopping at Target with his wife In that call a male who Bankens thinks was disguising his voice said Youre gonna he said Please see JOGGER Page A7 Antigay movement targets Day of Silence By DAVID CRARY The Associated Press NEW YORK Irked by the success of the nationwide Day of Silence which seeks to combat antigay bias in schools conservative activ ists are launching a counter event this week called the Day of Truth aimed at mobi lizing students who believe homosexuality is sinful Participating students are being offered Tshirts with the slogan The Truth Can not be Silenced and cards to pass out to classmates Thurs day the day following the Day of Silence declaring their unwillingness to con done detrimental personal and social The driving force behind the Day of Truth is the Alli ance Defense Fund a Chris tian legal group that has opposed samesex marriage and challenged restrictions on religious expression in public schools The event is endorsed by several influen tial conservative organiza tions including the Christian ministry Focus on the Fam ily and the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics and Reli gious Liberty Commission Mike Johnson an Alliance Defense Fund attorney from Shreveport said organiz ers were unsure how many students would participate in the Day of Truth but expressed hope it would grow in coming years as more people learned about it Johnson said the event is meant to be peaceful and but made clear it is motivated by belief that homosexuality is wrong You can call it sinful or destruc tive ultimately its he said The event is designed as a riposte to the Day of Silence which began on a small scale in 1996 and is now observed by tens of thousands of stu dents annually at hundreds of schools and colleges across the country Most Day of Silence partic ipants go through the school day without speaking a tactic for drawing attention to the isolation and harass ment experienced by many Please see BIAS Page A8 INSIDE TODAY Annies Mailbox Business Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local D5 C3 B5 B5 Opinion Police notes Scoreboard Sports Stocks A9 82 CX2 Dl D4 Cl Todays forecast Mostly sunny and wanner High 69 low 35 Page B2 Todays obituaries Betty V Halvorson 88 March 22 Elizabeth M Parisi 80 April 11 Jesse M Felix 21 Santa Fe April 9 JoAnn Beacham 73 April 9 Keith Pedroni 37 Pecos Matias E Armijo 69 Santa Fe April 7 Tammy R Archuleta 38 Santa Fe April 8 Robert F Andrews 82 April 11 Page B2 Theres a big hole where he LAURA FELIX victim Jesse Felix Family grapples with slaying By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Relatives of Jesse Felix a 21yearold man killed in a weekend fight remembered him Tuesday as a gentle giant who loved his family and friends and enjoyed wearing nice clothes Felix who worked at the First National Bank of Santa Fe branch near the intersec tion of Cerrillos Road and Osage Avenue was always very respectful and a happy guy and always in a good mood said Maria Vecere Felixs aunt She said she will remember him as a kind person who had a contagious laugh He would start laughing and before you knew it you were laughing too and you might not know Vecere said Laura Felix another aunt said her nephew who was an only child enjoyed hanging out with tons and tons of friends and was well liked She also said he enjoyed spend ing money on clothes and cologne He was always impeccably said Laura Felix When hed get in the car youd just be overwhelmed by the Wed tease him about She also said he always had lots of love Please see SLAYING Page A7 Courtesy photo Jesse Felix died in a fight Saturday at a southside apartment complex in Santa Fe   

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