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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 18, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE ServingNew Mexico for 156 years WEDNESDAY MAY 18 2005 FIFTY CENTS Councilor Coss considers mayoral bid By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican City Councilor David Coss is poised to enter the race for mayor of Santa Fe joining two others who have pub licly expressed interest in replacing Larry Delgado next year as the citys chief executive officer Im getting pretty serious about CQSS said Tuesday when asked whether hell run Coss a former city administrator and union official who now works for the State Land Office was elected to a fouryear term as a city councilor for the southwestside District 3 in March 2002 While he stressed that he wasnt officially announcing his candidacy Tuesday Coss said he is likely to put together his campaign committee this summer He joins a field of potential candi dates that so far consists of realestate agent Karen Walker who announced her intent to seek the office in Janu ary and Municipal Judge Frances Gal legos who told The New Mexican last week that she was actively exploring a run for mayor Mayor Delgado has not said whether he will seek reelection Delgado a for mer city councilor now in his second term as mayor could not be reached for comment Tuesday Please see COSS Page A10 David Coss Ace 50 POitical experience Cosss fouryear term as a city councilor for District 3 ends next year he served as city publicworks director and briefly as city man ager in the mid1990s then ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2000 before he was elected in 2002 He has been active in publicemployee union causes and has worked at the State Land Office for about six years Education Bachelors degree New Mexico State University masters degree Southern Illinois University Personal His family is from Southern Illinois and moved to Santa Fe when he was 3 He is married and has two daughters and a son Crowd rallies around teacher Protesters demand contract renewal for outspoken SFHS educator i ma New Mexican Former Santa Fe High School math teacher Claudia Larcombe left joins students retired teachers and community members in a protest outside Chapar ral Elementary School on Tuesday the group attended a schoolboard meeting in support of Santa Fe High School math teacher Megan Siesennop who claims she unjustly lost her job for being outspoken about the school districts policies By JOHN SENA The New Mexican Inside Nearly 100 protesters attending a schoolboard meeting Tuesday demanded the rehiring of Santa Fe High School math teacher Megan Siesennop who was not offered a contract for next school year Siesennop whos been with the district for three years claims she was denied a new contract last week because shes outspoken on school polices including the math Kitchen workers custodians make case for higher wages Page A7 curriculum The school district told Siesennop she earned a poor evalu ation Six hours into the meeting after the board heard public comments from students parents and teach ers felt Siesennop was being treated unfairly at least two board members said they thought the teacher should be offered a con tract for next school year Board members Frank Montano and Mary Ellen Gonzales both said they thought Siesennop should be given a second chance The authority of hiring and fir ing at least percent is not in our Montano said at the meeting at Chaparral Elementary School However I feel that we could go a long way in solving this problem by perhaps exercising the maturity the courage to say OK let us give one of our employees a second Gonzales said the school district needs to keep good teachers in the district We need to keep teachers that make a Gonzales said After hearing that she had the support of some schoolboard mem bers and witnessing the turnout on her behalf Siesennop was relieved and flattered Its the kind of stuff everyone wants to hear about she said I was Please see TEACHER Page A7 Court Ortiz can practice aw again By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Santa Fe City Councilor Mat thew Ortiz can resume practic ing law but he must do so under the supervision of another law yer for the next year The New Mexico Supreme Court first sus pended Ortizs law license 13 months ago after former clients accused him of mis handling cases by missing deadlines and not returning retainers Ortiz has suffered from depression and anxiety since being diagnosed with meningitis in 1999 documents filed with theSupreme Court indicate On Tuesday the Supreme Court issued an order that effectively ended Ortizs sus pension The order extends his current probation to April 7 2006 and defers the remainder of his suspension Ortiz said Tuesday he had not yet seen the courts order but that it appears to follow what he had negotiated about two weeks ago with Anne Taylor disciplin ary counsel for the board Im thankful to the disciplin ary counsel for her willingness to make this agreement with he said Im looking for ward to getting my practice back The suspension has not affected Ortizs position on the Santa Fe City Council He first was elected to the seat repre senting the southside District 4 in 2000 and was easily re elected to another fouryear term last year Please see ORTIZ Page A10 Matthew Ortiz UCBechtel bid calls for Anastasios lead By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Los Alamos National Labo ratory is seeking the help of its rival sibling to help the University of California win the bid to continue running the birthplace of the bomb as it has for 62 years with 1 out competition Michael Anastasio direc tor of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California for the past three years has been selected to be in charge of this first ever competition Bechtel one of the worUTs largest engineering firms is partnering with UC Anastasio 56 will remain director of Livermore throughout the competition process But if UC wins the contract Anastasio will become the Los Alamos The bidding war is expected to start later this week when the Depart ment of Energy releases the final request for proposals Mike has shown a true understanding of the central role of science at the UC managed national laborato ries and has demonstrated time and again the depth of knowledge and expertise required to provide the best possible leadership for this said UC President Robert Dynes in a statement Tuesday Anastasio will go headto head with Paul Robinson who resigned in April as Sandia National Laborato ries director to help defense giant Lockheed Martin Please see BID Page A8 INSIDE TODAY Annies Mailbox B5 Lotteries Bridge B2 B5 Movies B2 Business DS Opinion A9 Classifieds Police notes B2 ComicsB6 Scoreboard P2 Crossword B5 Sports Dl Horoscope B5 Stocks Local news Bl Taste D5 Cl Todays forecast Partly cloudy and warm High 78 low 45 Page B2 The Wests Four sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 138 Publication No 596440 Urtepapor ClaMtfled Mows tlfw 9864000 9863030 Beyond a shot and squeeze Discover 10 cool things to do with tequila and only one idea is a drink Taste Cl Todays obituaries Casmtira B Martinez 99 Dixon May 16 Elizabeth Duncan 86 Albuquerque May 6 Gavino Rivera 86 Santa Fe May 17 John A Gerber May 15 Leticia 74 Santa Fe May 16 Yvonne Rivera 38 May 7 Page B2 Climbers disapprove of feeforrescue laws By DAN ELLIOTT The Associated Press DENVER Three climb ers were already dead on Oregons Mount Hood when a helicopter coming for sur vivors crashed and tumbled feet down a steep snowfield The accident cap tured on video in horrifying detail seemed to symbolize the costs and risks of alpine search and rescue A new study by the Ameri can Alpine Club however says such dramatic and dan gerous operations are the exception and argues that state laws allowing climbers to be billed for their own res cues are misguided The report to be released today says American mountaineering deaths and injuries are declining even though the number of climb ers is increasing Hikers hunters boaters and swimmers all require more rescues than climbers the study says The Ameri can Alpine Club based in Golden plans to use the report to lobby against feeforrescue legislation and to counter negative pub licity surrounding spectacu lar mountain accidents Over the years weve come to see a pattern emerge that after a major climbing accident there was media coverage that painted climbers as risktaking dare devils who put tremendous costs on the public and risk on the said Lloyd Athearn deputy director of the club and author of Please see RESCUE Page A8