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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 13, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned andi SemngNew Mexico for 156 years FRIDAY MAY 13 2005 FIFTY C E S r Gallegos sets sights on mayoral post JL By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Santa Fe Municipal Judge Frances Gallegos confirmed Thursday that she is actively exploring a run for mayor next year In a statement issued in response to reporters ques tions Gallegos said she wasnt ready to declare her candidacy which under state law would require her to step down from her judicial post I still have a couple of loose ends to take care she said in a brief leaving it open for Gallegos 55 who last year won a third fouryear term presiding over the citys mis demeanor court would join a field that already includes realestate agent and civic activist Karen Walker Mayor Larry Delgado who was elected to his second four year term in March 2002 has not said whether he plans to seek reelection He was out of town Thursday and unavail able for comment according to a secretary in his office The salary for the part time mayors job is less than a third of what the fulltime city judgeship pays They are the only two citywide elected municipal offices The eight members of the City Council are elected from four dis tricts I am service Please see POST PageA8 Frances Gallegos Age 55 Political experience Reelected last year to third fouryear term as Santa Fes city judge served as ombudsman for for mer Republican Lt Gov Walter Bradley Education Highschool graduate Air Force veteran Persona Her family is from Villan ueva She grew up in Colorado and has lived in Santa Fe about 20 years She is divorced with two children Outlook rocky for Ghamas prime rafting But latter part of season might offer some promise Luis SSnchez New Mexican Water officials overlook part of the San Juan Chama Diversion Project from which water heads to the Rio Chama The flovy on the Chama between Ei Vado and Abiquiu a stretch that offers some of the states best rafting will probably be greatly reduced next week and remain too low for rafting at least until midsummer By BEN NEARY The New Mexican The flow on the Chama River between El Vado and Abiquiu a stretch that offers some of the pre mier river rafting in the state will probably be cut down to a trickle next week and remain too low for rafting at least until midsummer officials say Theres still a possibility the city of Albuquerque could agree to allow release of water for rafting on the Chama on weekends through June However attempts to reach a city water official for comment were unsuccessful Under the provisions of the Rio Grande an agreement among New Mexico Colorado and Texas over how to manage the river New Mexico is barred from stor ing water in El Vado and most other upstream reservoirs as long as stor age in Elephant Butte Lake remains below acrefeet An acrefoot is about gallons New Mexico Interstate Stream Engineer Estevan Lopez said the state estimates storage in Elephant Butte will exceed the acrefoot level around May 20 next Friday Once Elephant Butte hits the critical mark he said the state will cut releases from El Vado to increase storage there Rolf SchmidtPeterson of the Inter state Stream Commission said El Vado is now releasing about cubic feet of water per second He said that would be cut to 100 cubic feet per sec ond or less after the state meets its obligations at Elephant Butte Typical weekend releases for boating in past years on the river have run just under cubic feet per second Releases from Abiquiu Lake will continue at the current level of about cubic feet per second for sev eral weeks after El Vado is shut down to allow for release of about acrefeet of flood storage Schmidt Peterson said Albuquerque had loaned the Middle Please see RAFTING Page A7 Woman reports groper wrapped in gauze to police By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Santa Fe police are urging residents of the South Capitol neighborhood to be on guard after a woman reported a man attacked her Wednesday night as she was soaking in a candlelit bathtub She said a boozy man with his head wrapped in strips of gauze showed up in her bath room and groped her then fled after she screamed In the wake of the incident police urged residents of the neighborhood which has been the site of simi lar reports in the past to check that window screens are secure install security lights and make sure doors arejocked at night In an interview Thursday the 36yearold victim a single mother whcpsg son was with her atthe time of the Incident said she was bath ing just before 10 when she heard noises outside her bathroom door I kept thinking What is that It sounds she recalled She thought it was her cat rubbing up against the door she said but later realized it was the sound of the intruder breathing through the strips of gauze he had wrapped around his head The man had opened the bathroom door a crack and was standing in a darkened hallway before he finally pushed the door open walked into the bathroom and extin guished the two lit candles with his hands the woman said She described the man as short and stocky and said she could see tufts of hair stick ing up between the gauze strips After he put out the can dles the man kneeled down and started groping her as she lay in the she said He kept saying Its Please see GROPER Page A8 Kennedy McCain introduce plan for immigration reform By JOHANNA NEUMAN Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON Describ ing Americas immigration system as broken a bipar tisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Thurs day to set up a temporary worker program that could lead to permanent resident status and would allow undocumented foreigners already here to work legally after paying a hefty fine and undergoing background checks This is a comprehensive bill that doesnt try to solve the hemorrhaging immigra tion problem with a BandAid this bill is major said Rep Jim Kolbe one of the bills sponsors in the House We must recog nize reality and implement a tightly structured guest worker program to securely and legally fill jobs that no American is available for or wants to President Bush has pledged to overhaul immigration laws as part of his second term agenda and Sen John McCain said Thurs day that the new legislation known as the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005 reflected the principles that Bush has out lined protecting homeland security serving the economy providing a willing worker for a willing employer where no American wants the job and opposing amnesty Please see PLAN Toxic concerris for closed bases EPA worried about incomplete pollution cleanups at dozens of defense sites The Associated Press WASHINGTON Thirty four military bases shut down since 1988 are on the Environmental Protection Agencys Superfund list of worst toxicwaste sites most of them for at least 15 years and not one is completely cleaned up As the latest baseclos ing commission begins its an examination by The Associated Press shows the EPA is concerned with incomplete pollution clean ups at more than 100 Defense Department facilities Other militaryrelated cleanups are being led solely by states Of the billion in costs from four previous rounds of base closures and realign ments the Pentagon has spent billion so far on pollution cleanups and other compliance with environmen tal laws congressional tigators say EPA officials say it will be at least a decade before many are completed at a cost the government estimates will reachan addi tional billion They anticipate more rmli tary facilities will be added to the Superfund list after the newest round of base clos ings is completed The Pen tagon plans to give a list of recommendations to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission today the first major step in the process A large majority of these Superfund sites will have ali the remedies in place by said Jim Woolford head of EPAs Federal Facili Please see BASES Page A8 INDEX Annies B6 Local News Bl Business P5 Lotteries B2 ClassiHcds C3 D4 Opinion A9 Comics D7 Police noles B2 Crossword B6 Sporls Dl Horoscope B6 Slocks The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 36 pages Pasatiempo 88 pages 156th year Issue No 132 Publication No 596440 P6 Late paper Classified ads News tips 9840363 9863000 9863030 Todays obituaries Dennis J Martfnez 50 Sacramento CA May 6 Ernestine S Vigil Santa Fe May 9 Juan Rivera 76 Pefia Blanca May 10 Juanita C Chavez 89 Los Alamos May 10 Lloyd Cain Santa Fe May 10 Miriam Andrus 98 May 11 Susan Filice 54 Santa Fe May 11 Page B2 Todays forecast Chance of showers High 71 low 41 Page B2 Charles Loloma Beauty Is His Name Hopi artist Charles Loloma filtered influencesthrough his unique heart and mind and made art that was distinctly his The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian has compiled almost 400 of his works for an exhibit opening Sunday and running through Oct 23 In Pasatiempo   

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