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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 21, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE r owned Serving New Mexico for 156 yean THURSDAY APRIL 21 2005 FIFTY CENTS EARTH DAY 2005 THE ECONOMY The Associated Press Cell phones are sorted for recycling at CollectiveGood in Tucker Ga Activists say the nations biggest environmental problems might be linked to small electronic devices which contain hazardous chemicals and can poison groundwater if not recycled A dark side of the digital age Activists push recycling to fight growth of ewaste Cell phones Americans have about 500 million unused cell phones and 130 million more are added each the equivalent of tons of waste Less than 2 percent are recycled By RACHEL KONRAD The Associated Press Inside IPods Without a recycling program for its popular music players Apple is a target for envi rdnmentalists scorn PCs consumers retire or replace roughly personal computers per day Volunteers on Saturday will pick up trash during the 21st annual Great American Spring Cleanup Day Sign up land pick up trash bags from 7 to 9 at the Santa Fe Operations and Main tenance Complex 1142 Siler Road A picnic for vol unteers begins at noon at frenchys Field on Agua Frfa Street Info 9923010 SAN FRANCISCO When Earth Day dawned in 1970 optimistic envi ronmentalists predicted emerging technologies would help reduce the nations reliance on coal oil insecti cides and other pollutants But 35 years later a big part of the problem appears to be technology itself Tons of computers monitors tele visions and other electronic gizmos hazardous chemicals or might be poisoning people and groundwater Activists say the nations biggest environmental prob lem might be the smallest devices and theyre launching campaigns this week to increase awareness about recycling cell phones music players handheld gaming consoles and other electronics Frequently smaller portable gad gets have batteries that are prohibi tively expensive to replace So con sumers in affluent countries simply toss them in the trash St Vincent initiative to reduce mercury in health care wins national award Page Bl Theyre small and lightweight and the electronics industry markets them as disposable Whenever you upgrade your wireless service you can get a new flip phone for and they never tell you to recycle the old said Kimberlee Dinn campaign director for Washington Earthworks a nonprofit that studies the environmental impact of mining digging and drilling natural resources Environmentalists are particularly bothered by the recycling and reuse policies of cellphone manufacturers and distributors and of Apple Com puter maker of the iPod digital music player The biggest offenders are cell phones said Dinn because they pose a hazardous double whammy to the environment Please see WASTE Page A4 Earth Day in Santa Fe EcoVersity ah educational center focused on land issues plans an Earth Day festival with farm animals live kites crafts clowns and food The free event is from 10 5 Sat urday at 2639 Agua Frfa St Info 4249797 Property owners along the Acequia Madre wilt fulfill their annual duty to clean the irrigation ditch of trash rocks and silt The crew will gather at am Satur day in front of Ace quia Madre Elemen tary School Info Phil Bove 9833546 Saturday is Amnesty Day at the Caja del Rio Land fill which means residents of Santa Fe County may take up to eight passengercar tires and three appli ances to the regional landfill off 599 without any charge Info 4241850 Sunday is Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff Day at the Santa Fe Transfer Station 1686 Paseo de Vista Between 9 and 4 the city SolidWaste Manage ment Division will accept without charge old computers as well as motor oil antifreeze paints solvents pesticides acidbased liquids batteries old medications and smoke detectors Items con taining mercury also are welcome prices rising and no longer just for gasoline By MARTIN CRUTSINGER The Associated Press WASHINGTON Ameri cans got hit with an economic double whammy last month They had to pay more for gasoline clothes airline tick ets and a lot of other prod ucts And their wages did not keep up with inflation It was the second month in a row that wages after adjusting for inflation had fallen Wages arent keeping up with the higher prices for gasoline health care and even said Sen Jack Reed President Bush pressing Congress to pass his long stalled energy plan said the measure would boost explo ration for new domestic sup plies But he acknowledged it would not come in time to help motorists facing the prospect of gasoline staying above per gallon during the summer driving season I wish I could simply wave a magic wand and lower gas prices he told a Washington audience Politicians from both par ties were scrambling to deal with the two new economic reports Wednesday that con tained bad news for families The Labor Department reported that its closely watched Consumer Price Index showed prices rising Consumer prices Here is a look at percent changes from the preceding month in the Consumer Price Index Seasonally adjusted i I I AMJJASONDJFM 2004 2005 Source Bureau of Labor Statistics AP by percent in March the biggest advance since last October as the cost of gaso line and other energy prod ucts shot And even more worrisome prices outside bf the volatile energy and food categories rose by percent double what analysts had expected and the highest increase for socalled core inflation in years While inflation was rising the Labor Department said in a separate report that the average weekly earnings of nonsupervisory workers after adjusting for inflation fell by percent in March after having dropped by the Please see ECONOMY Page A5 Apartment rents steady across most of the West By MICHAEL LIEDTKE The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO Apart ment rents are barely fluc tuating in almost all of the Wests major markets except Southern California where the rapidly growing popula tion is giving landlords more pricing power according to a quarterly survey to be released today As usual California accounted for the only major Western markets where average apartments rented for more than a month as of March 31 said Real Facts a Novato realestate firm RealFacts findings cover 20 Western markets The Los Angeles metro politan area an expanse that includes Orange County was the most expensive at per month a 6 percent increase from the same time last year Those prices have prompted many Southern Californians to move inland That phenomenon has helped turn Riverside and San Bernardino counties a region nicknamed the Santa Fe rents up Santa Fes apartmentoccu pancy rate of percent during the fourth quarter of 2004 was unchanged from the same period a year ear lier according to a market survey performed quarterly by the Apartment Association of New Mexico But the survey showed apartment rents rose over the year especially for a twobed room twobath apartment Type 2003 2004 I bed bath bath 853 3 bed 864 t2 Source Comprehensive Apartment Survey of Apartment Association of New Mexico Inland Empire into the Wests hottest rental market Apartment rents there have climbed percent during the past year to an average of per month Real Facts said At the opposite end of the spectrum apartment rents averaged under in four of the 20 Western markets Please see RENTS Page A5 INSIDE TODAY Movies Mutuale flnries Mailbox B5 Business D5 Classifieds C3 Opinion Comics B3 D5 A7 B6 Outdoors Cl Crossword B5 Police notes B2 Horoscope B5 Score board D2 Local news Bl Sports Lotteries B2 Stocks TheWesfs West Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No Ill Publication No oi D6 Todays obituaries Abelino Coriz April 18 Rev Charles W Krahe April 18 Dolores M Maestas 73 Santa Fe April 18 Jim C Brunner 48 Santa Fe April 18 Mary M Bransford 87 April 19 Rosario S Gattegos 82 Santa Fe April 20 Page B2 Todays forecast Mostly sunny High 70 low 31 Page B2 Time for the greens The New Mexican gives golf fanatics an look at the areas courses Get acquainted with the coursesfairways and bunkers and find out all the ins and outs of the courses where youll tee off this season Golfing inside j Board OKs Airport Road development By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican The Colores development on Airport Road would be anchored by a Smiths Food Drug store of to square feet developer Jeff Branch told Santa Fes longrange planning board Wednesday Branch also told the City Planning Policy Commission that he is negotiating with Smiths to swap a site in his development for a tract of land Smiths owns across Air port Road The Utahbased grocery chains proposal to build a new store with a liquor department on its land has been rejected because it is too close to Sweeney Elemen tary School he said If Smiths agrees to the said he would seek to transfer the site near Sweeney to the Santa Fe Boys Girls Club to build a new clubhouse in the fastgrowing southwest end of town Branch said he was look ing into building a pedestrian bridge across Airport Road so children could safely access the new clubhouse from resi dences in his development The commission voted unan imously to recommend annex ation and zoning changes for the 74acre development along an extension of South Meadows Road from Airport Road to Agua Frfa Street The Planning Commission approved the project earlier this month The City Council Please see BOARD Page A4   

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