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New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 19, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE rowned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years TUESDAY APRIL 19 2005 FIFTY CENTS Rain snow slow fire seasons start By STACI MATLOCK The New Mexican Thanks to abundant winter and spring moisture Northern New Mex ico foresters may be able to let more fires burn themselves out this year The first lightningcaused fire of the season in the Carson National Forest broke out Friday in the Valle Escondido area east of Taos But fire officials decided to leave the small blaze alone because its an area confined by snow banks roads and natural barriers according to Dor otea Martinez fire information officer for the Carson National By Monday afternoon the fire had burned only onetenth of an acre Fire fighters wUl monitor the site until the fire is completely out Martinez said Current firemanagement tech niques call for letting forest fires burn themselves out as long as they stay manageable and dont threaten homes or other structures officials say Nando Lucero assistant fireman agement officer for the Santa Fe National Forest said a weekend light ning storm didnt cause any fires in the Santa Fe area He said moisture content in dead trees and branches is high enough to keep the fire danger low right now But he said while the winter and early spring moisture will shorten the period of extreme fire dan ger the fire season wont go Extreme fires are prompted by low moisture in both live and dead trees and other fuels Wind and terrain contribute to the rapid spread of fires moving flames through the crowns of trees and sending erratic sparks over fire lines to create spot fires Lucero said the greater fire dan ger begins in the few weeks prior to the summer monsoons when both dead and live trees are the driest Drylightning storms can set off the kind of extreme fires seen a few years ago in Northern New Mexico In the last few years extreme fire season started in March and April Lucero said This year the extreme fire danger wont come until midMay depending on the next few weeks of weather Lucero said dry lightning presents a grave concern for firefighters especially in aieas where homes are nestled among pinon and pine Were stuck in the lightning belt that comes through Cuba Jemez and into he said IT SEEMS WHITE NO NO ITS BLACK VATICAN RADIO Black smoke dashes crowds hope for quick pontiff pick Photos by The Associated Press Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi of Cameroon joins fellow cardinals in prayer inside the Vaticans Sistine Chapel on Monday when the conclave began By BRIAN MURPHY The Associated Press VATICAN CITY For a single bewildering moment pilgrims in St Peters Square thought there was a new pope Even for the radio voice of the Vatican the first wisps of smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney appeared white r the sign that the College of Cardinals had reached a decision It seems No no its black reported Vatican Radio at dusk Monday just hours after the cardinals began the historic conclave to pick the successor to John Paul II AColombian priest grabbed two strangers in a bear hug Its a pope he cried Others threw their hands heavens A rip ple spread through the people waiting on the cobblestones of Vatican City a pope was elected on the first ballot But it faded as quickly as it erupted The smoke grew darker and was soon the color of soot in the fading light meaning the conclave must continue today There also were no bells which the Vatican said it would add this time to announce a new pope and avoid the confusion over smoke color that has cropped up over the decades It looks like the stove wasnt working well at a Vatican Radio announcer joked a few minutes later In an age of splitsecond communications and instant news waiting for a smoke signal from a narrow pipe on a 15thcentury build ing seems a quaint artifact But this remains how the 115 cardinals in the conclave will announce the selection of a new leader for the worlds billion Roman Catholics Only one vote was held Monday Few expected a quick decision The car dinals have a staggering range of issues to juggle In the West they must deal with the fallout from priest sexabuse scandals and a chronic shortage of priests and nuns Else where the church is facing calls for sharper activism against poverty and an easing of its ban on condoms to help combat AIDS The next pontiff also must maintain the global ministry of John Paul who took 104 international trips in his 26year papacy and is already being hailed as a saint by many faithful Keep praying for the new said 82yearold Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez of Puerto Rico who was too old to join the con clave open to cardinals only under age 80 Please see SMOKE Page A6 Annies Mailbox Lotteries B2 Business Cl Movies B2 Classifieds C3 Opinion Comics A7 B6 Police notes B2 Crossword B5 Scoreboard D2 Horoscope B5 Sports Dl Local news Bl Stocks D6 Todays forecast Partly cloudy isolated showers High 71 low 36 Page B2 TbeWesfs Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 109 Publication No Father son found dead at movie set A security guard and his son were found dead Sunday night at a movie set outside Santa Pe Santa Fe El Norte Bl Todays obituaries Charles W Krahe 80 April 18 Eloisa M Tenorio 93 Santa Fe April 16 Page B2 Supreme Court to review Santa Fe churchs use of psychotropic tea By HOPE YEN The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether a church headquartered in Santa Fe can continue using hallucinogenic tea in its religious services At issue is whether use of the tea which contains a drug banned under the federal Controlled Substances Act is protected under freedomof religion laws The Bush admin istration contends the tea is illegal and use of it potentially dangerous for church members Justices will review a lower court ruling that allowed the Brazilbased church 0 Cen tro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do1 Vegetal to import and use the hoasca tea while the case was appealed Arguments will be heard in the courts next term beginning in October The church which has about 140 members in the United States and worldwide says the herbal brew is a cen tral sacrament in its religious practice which is a blend of Christian beliefs and traditions rooted Amazon basin Please see TEA Page A6 Religious vine Banisteriopsis caapi A woody vine that grows around trees in the tropical forests of South America The vine is often brewed into a tea called ayahuasca or hoasca used by native tribes Southern Illinois Trie Associated University Press Bark beetles might be losing their bite By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Bark beetles which have dev astated Northern New Mexico pinon forests over the last three years could begin to swarm again this week However tree experts say their numbers might be declining Fabian Chavez integrated pest management specialist for the city of Santa Fe said the number of beetles last year was smaller than the previous years total and that could mean even fewer this year But I dont want to guess yet because even though we got a lot of moisture this winter it wasnt very cold and it takes cold to knock the beetles down not he said Aerial photographs taken by the state Forestry Division and the Forest Service in North ern New Mexico last Septem ber indicate bark beetles had infested an area equal to about onesixth of the area infested a year earlier That led entomologists to speculate beetle populations that began to swell with the Please see BEETLES Page A6 Fed up with feds states pass laws affecting immigrants Some states make climate unfavorable to illegals while others offer more privileges By JACQUES BILLEAUD The Associated Press PHOENIX Frustrated by the influx of illegal immigrants some states are trying to make this country less inviting to those who sneak across theborder Other states are moving in the opposite direction trying to offer illegals many of the privileges citizens enjoy Lawmakers in New Mexico Arkansas Colorado North Car olina and Nebraska have con sidered allowing the children of illegal immigrants to pay in state college tuition rates Iowa lawmakers have looked atYnak ing it easier for illegal immi grants to get drivers licenses On the other side of the debate a new Utah law will replace licenses for illegal immigrants with drivingprivilege cards that cannot be used to board airplanes or register to vote A Virginia lawmaker wanted to bar illegal Please see LAWS Page A6
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