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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 11, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico Jbr 256 years WEDNESDAY MAY 11 2005 FIFTY CENTS Governor paid for punch lines to serve at key dinner By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press Its serious business being funny on the political circuit Just ask Gov Bill Richardson Richardsons campaign paid for humor writ ers to craft a comic routine for his appearance at the Gridiron Clubs annual din ner and political roast in March in Washington Its an annual event for political Billy Sparks the governors spokesman said Tuesday in explaining why Richardson turned to hired funnymen The Gridiron a Wash ington tradition for over a 100 years is a very impor tant event for anyone who addresses that Richardson delivered a 10to 15minute speech pok ing fun at himself and others including President Bush The Gridiron Club founded in 1885 is made up of Washington reporters editors columnists and car toonists who lampoon politi cians and elected officials in skits and songs The presi dent traditionally attends and delivers some zingers Richardson and Repub lican Sen Chuck Hagel of Nebraska were featured speakers at this years event Because of its importance Sparks said Richardson sought help from experienced writers of political humor One of them Eric Schnure wrote speeches for former Vice President Al Gore Schnure said he collabo rated with two others includ ing another former Gore speechwriter and someone who writes jokes for late night television comedian Conan OBrien in working on Richardsons speech The gov ernors staff also contributed as did another writer from the Washington area Hes a pretty charismatic guy So I dont think it was particularly difficult making Please see PAID Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Alvina M Wolfswinkel 79 Albuquerque May 5 Anita M Da 85 San lidefonso Pueblo May 4 Ernestine S Vigil Santa Fe May 9 Florentine Romero 77 Santa Fe May 9 Helen Parks 85 Nov 27 2004 John J Lovell 85 May 7 Juanita C Chavez 89 Los Alamos May 10 Juanita Sena Pecos May 7 Larry T Flood 69 Santa Fe May 5 Todd J Kauppila 40 May 8 Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy windy High 66 low 33 Page B2 INDEX Annies Mailbox B5 Movies B3 Business D5 Mutuals D5 Classifieds C4 Opinion Comics A9 Police notes B3 Crosswmd B5 Scoreboard D2 Horoscope BS Sports Pl Local news Bl Stocks Lotteries B2 Tasic Cl Four sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 131 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9844363 Vocal math teacher loses contract By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican A math teacher who criti cized Santa Fe High Schools course offerings at a school board meeting last week says she was told Tuesday that her contract will riot be renewed Megan Siesennop said she received a poor evaluation from Susan Lumley the schools principal and Sie sennops supervisor Siesen nop believes she is being retaliated against for being outspoken on several issues including how math is taught at the school and the administrations plan for restructuring the freshman class into smaller learning I think if I had kept my mouth shut I would have an exemplary 1 think if I had kept my mouth shut I would have an exemplary evaluation MEGAN SIESENNOP Santa Fe High School teacher who criticized schools math offerings said Siesennop who is in her third year teaching at the high school Lumley said she cannot discuss personnel issues with the but added that there is no retribution to any faculty Siesennop said Lumley went over her evaluation with her Tuesday She said Lumley rated her as incom petent in five of nine areas and told her that her profes sionaldevelopment plan was inadequate and that she was failing to make math rel evant to her students Siesennop said at the end of the evaluation meeting Lumley said You are not invited to come back next A colleague Koo Im Tong Please see TEACHER Page A6 Daylabor hub in dispute Photos by Luis SSncdez New Mexican Juan Ricardo Diiran relaxes Tuesday at De Vargas Park at the comer of West De Vargas and Guadalupe streets after returning from a job Duran said he thinks state officials are trying to run Immigrants out of the park If that happens he said he will look for work in Denver By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican The New Mexico Depart ment of Labor and the Santa Fe Immigration Committee are at odds over the Latin American style hiring hall that has existed for years at DeVargas Park The department recently made its parking lot across De Vargas Street from the downtown city off limits to the general public because of complaints about the men who wait at the park for job offers Last year for example we had 20 calls to the police ranging from assault and battery to open container to weapons said Carlos Castaneda a public information officer for the labor agency In December police arrested a man in the park on a charge of cocaine possession In November 2003 police arrested four men two from Mexico one from Hon duras and one from Africa near the park on drug charges But Maria Cristina Lopez chair woman of the city governments Immigration Committee said many of those crimes often are committed by homeless people and others at the park not by the immigrants looking for jobs Castaneda said he and other department officials have suggested organizing the informal outdoor hiring hall and possibly moving it Please see DISPUTE Page A7 Filomeno Marquez left with Jose Navarez said preventing immi grant laborers from using the park as an openair hiring hall would increase tension between workers and police Informal county code would warn potential residents of rural perils By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican Warning You might never have water service a paved road or trash pickup at your home if you choose to live in the rural part of the Santa Fe region This and other helpful advice is part of a handbook that some Santa Fe County commissioners want to deliver to landowners and potential buyers here The County Commission on Tuesday debated its own ver sion of The Code of the West which is subtitled How to avoid surprises and be a good neighbor when youre buying building and developing in Santa Fe County The sevenpagedocument based on one written in the mid1990s by John Clarke a former county commissioner of Larimer County Colo That county and dozens of others in Texas Montana Arizona and other Western states have since adopted their own ver sions of the handbook Bimed at keeping alive the old West spirit of integrity and selfreliance The title comes from a book written in the 1930s by novelist Zarie Grey Commission Chairman Mike Anaya introduced the Santa Please see CODE Page A6 Supreme Courts last weeks packed with weighty social issues William Rehnquist The chief justice of the Supreme Court who suffers from thyroid cancer has announced no plans to step down but his departure would likely spark a major political battle over his successor By HOPE YEN The Associated Press WASHINGTON Highly anticipated decisions on medical marijuana Ten Commandments displays and Internet sharing of movies and music are still to come in the final weeks of the Supreme Court term And thentheres perhaps the biggest story of all whether the court gets its first opening in a decade Chief Justice William H Rehnquist 80 has been the focus of retirement speculation since he announced in October that he had thyroid cancer Rehnquist has been working full time and has given no indi cation of his plans though most court watchers believe he will step down His departure likely would lead to a political fight over a successor who could reshape a court divided 54 on the death penalty affirmative action and gay rights The courts opinions already are giving partisans plenty to talk about This term will be a block said Tom Goldstein a Washington lawyer who argues frequently before the high court The courts rulings on Please see COURT Page A7   

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