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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 23, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving Mexico for 156 yean SATURDAY APRIL 23 2005 FIFTY CENTS IS IT TIME TO PURSUE HYDROGEN ENERGY In Sundays special report experts observers debate whether were ready r Big rise in small deliveries Teen pregnancies lowbirthweight babies up in Santa Fe County Kathy La New Mexican 18 spends time with her daughter Italivi hi the infant nursery of the Teen Parent Center at Santa Fe High School By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican The next time you receive a baby announcement in the mail take a peek at the poundage Babies who hit the scales at pounds or less are considered lowbirthweight deliveries Dont be surprised if you see more of these little ones Lowbirthweight babies have become more common across the country since the mid1980s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention And in 2003 Santa Fe County had 153 of them the teen birthrate rose 25 percent in Santa Fe County between 2001 and 2003 Santa Fe County in fact has outpaced the nation and New Mexico in lowbirthweight babies according to a report issued this week by the New Mexico Department of Health In 2003 recent data available per cent of babies were born with low birth weights in Santa Fe County surpassing the state which had percent and the nation which had percent That wasnt true in the two previous We should care because we can reduce some of the said Susan Nalder a nurse midwife and epidemiologist with the state Health Depart ments Maternal and Child Health Bureau Her checklist for pregnant women Dont smoke get good nutrition tell your doctor youre pregnant right away and request the tests and lifestyle guid ance that go with prenatal care Lowbirthweight babies carry more health risks and can be more expensive than their heavier companions in the hospital nursery but thats not always the case Somerlowbirthweight babies do very Nalder said However they are at risk for pneu monia respiratory infections ear infections and BABIES Page A4 Births in Santa Fe County in 2003 Total live births in Santa Fe County up from in 2001 Low birth weight percent up from 7 percent in 2001 higher than state and national percentages in the 10to19 age group Santa Fe County women gave birth to 249 babies Two years before the number was 199 25 percent lower 1519 age group births per mothers in this group up from in 2001 lower than state rate higher than national fate 2529 age group births per in this group up from in 2001 lower than state rate 3538 age group 41 births per mothers in this group up from in 2001 higher than state rate Source New Mexico Selected Health Statistics Annual Report for 2003 Forest Service plans to sell sites Agency struggling from record deficits is putting unused property onthe selling block By MATTHEW DALY The Associated Press WASHINGTON Looking for a sweet home in Sweet Home The Forest Service might have just the answer Three houses in Sweet Home a former logging town in Oregons Willamette Vai ley are for sale for and The properties built in the 1950s for workers in the Wil lamette National Forest no longer are needed and frankly the For est Service could use the money Squeezed by record deficits the decline of the timber industry and its revenue as well as demands of the new healthy forests law the agency is looking to close some recreation sites and sell offices and ranger stations that bustled during the logging heyday decades ago but now sit idle Under legislation the Bush administration plans to push this year the agency would sell hun dreds of buildings expanding on permission Congress gave in 2001 to sell as many as 10 properties a year The first sale was completed in September 2004 Officials hope to bring in up to million over 10 years while reducing maintenance costs by as much as million for an inven tory of properties nation wide Some properties already are being advertised for sale on the Internet including a site with six buildings in Medford near the Rogue RiverSiskiyou National Forest The property a radio shop and warehouse that arent needed could fetch million Also being considered for sale are a blighted building in Los Angeles and a former ranger dis trict complex in the Okanogan and Wenatchee national forests in Washington state We just cant afford to keep up Please see FOREST Page A3 TV buffs encouraged to pull out the plug By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican Think of it as a reality show Thousands of kids all over Santa Fe will attempt to live without television for an entire week Some will make it some will fail Some will drive their parents crazy Who will be the survivors OK because its National Turn Off Week maybe you shouldnt think of it as a reality show Instead do as Shelley MannLev coordinator of the program for Santa Fe Public Schools suggests Use the days between Monday and Friday to discover that there is so much more to life than sitting passively and watch ing the MannLev says you can take advantage of cool and free events happening around town including an ice cream sundae party bowling a magic show or just hang out with your family and Last year almost schoolage kids in Santa Fe were invited to give up televi sion videos DVDs and video games for a week and about did Those who fulfill the pledge this year will have their names printed in The New Mexican on May 15 MannLev said This year teenage mem bers of the Media Literacy Action Team will hold the second annual No Logo Day on Tuesday an effort to raise awareness of how corpora tions are trying to brand them coopt youth culture and sell it back to according to a news release from the school district Vending machines at Santa Fe and Capital high schools Please see TV Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Annies B5 Lotteries Business B2 C5 Movies B3 Cars Tiucks El Nation World Dl Classifieds E2 Opinion AS Comics D6 Religion D4 Crossword B5 Scoreboard C2 Horoscope B5 Sports Cl Local news Bl Stocks ce Todays forecast Partly cloudy High 67 low 38 Page B2 Todays obituaries Jennie L Medina 89 Albuquerque April 22 Maxine Miller 79 Espanola April 22 Robert H Dinegar 83 Santa Fe April 21 Michael E Tobln 79 Tesuque April 21 Page B2 Devil in the details Hybrid vehicles are all the rage these days but theyre not the perfect solution for every driver Cars Trucks El Moussaoui admits role in attacks Terror suspect says Osama bin Laden instructed him to fly an airliner into the White House Nation Dl The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 40 pages 156th year Issue No 113 Publication No 596440 TV Book 56 pages Late paper 9840363 Classified ads 9863000 News tips 9863035 Main office 9833303 Feds consider giving seized land to youth program in Chimayo By MARISSA STONE The New Mexican Ruth Sandoval of Chimayo isnt afraid of drug dealers anymore She has seen a gradual pro cess over several years where residents have begun to take back their community in their war against drugs They no longer fear report ing drugrelated thefts because they have become empowered by the Chimayo Crime Prevention Organiza tion said Sandoval a former teacher who is a member of the group Locals also could stand to gain more ground in that war if the attorney general deeds the organization about 7 acres seized as the result of a 1999 drug bust Federal agents in 2002 seized the Barela compound one of the former locations of drug dealing in the commu nity Several members of the Barela family served jail time on drugdealing charges The former Barela land off 76 near Chimayo Ele mentary School has an esti mated value of about said Rio Arriba County Man ager Lorenzo The organization in coop eration with the county would use as a base for the organization and the Chimayo Youth Conservation Corps The cprps gives young people an alternative to gangs drugs and jail time by offering them job training and other skills said Bruce Please see LAND Page A6   

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