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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 19, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE SeryingNew Mexico for158years Vandals mar new murals on highway Officials Cleanup on might cost up to THURSDAY MAY 19 2005 FIFTY CENTS i Phptos by Jane revMexican John Mascarenas of the Department of Transportation removes graffiti with a sandblaster Wednesday The graffiti wails along the east side of from the Tano bridge to the first Tesuque exit By MARISSA STONE The New Mexican Amos electrical drafting designer at Los Alamos National Laboratory enjoys looking at the roadside art thats part of the corridors million makeover during his morning commute between Santa Fe and Los Alamos On Wednesday as Romero drove along the highway past Tano Road to his favorite jazz station his stom ach sank when he noticed freshly painted graffiti marring birds frogs and other designs by Santa Fe artist Fredericq Vigil Some of the graffiti which was done with black spray paint said Dr Sex and Mad I was said Romero 55 I dont like graffiti t6 begin with but especially when they tag public property and use it as their Sore sight for commuter traffic arguably is the only highway linking Santa Fe and Espanola to Los Alamos Route 502 Heres a Census snapshot of daily commut ers in the Santa Fe County to Los Alamos County Rio Arriba County to Los Alamos County Rip Arriba County to Santa Fe County Los Alamos County to Santa Fe County ISO Meanwhile state officials estimate that motorists use the highway day Source Census report March 2003 own The vandal whose tag name officials assume is Dr cre ated 60 markings on earthretain Please see VANDALS Page A6 Frederico Vigil who created the highway murals suspects that youngsters fueled by critics disdain for the colorful artwork ted to the vandalism Some thing instigated said Dozens charged in drug roundup By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A monthlong operation in the city of Santa Fe that targeted alleged streetlevel drug deal ers netted 34 arrests nearly in illegal drugs and in cash police said Wednesday Dubbed Operation WhiteOut the sweep lasted from April 11 until Friday and included the arrest of three people at a local liquor store who were accused of selling cocaine out of the business according to a Santa Fe Police Department news release Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson characterized the operations impact on drug dealing as significant and said the number of arrests was fairly large considering the operations short time frame Those targeted were identified by detectives through investiga tion and surveillance he said It takes a lot of work to con duct these types of Johnson said City police who Please see DRUGS Page A6 Frist rings opening bell in judicial showdown By MAURA REYNOLDS Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON Major ity Leader Bill Frist propelled the Senate toward a longawaited confrontation over judges Wednesday tak ing up the nomination of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen to the federal bench and declaring she and other judicial nominees deserve an upor down vote The move was an important first step in the battle over the fate of the filibuster which Democrats have used to block some of President Bushs judi cial appointments But the out come also carried with it seri ous implications for the future appointment of Supreme Court justices as well as for Frists political ambitions Please see FRIST Page A5 Family plans to sue jail over mans death By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican The family of a 37yearold man who overdosed on her oin in the Santa Fe County jail in February plans to sue the county and the private company that runs the jail a lawyer said Wednesday Chris Roybal was found dead Feb 17 in the open dormitory where hed been incarcerated since Dec 3 on a probation violation Other inmates told investigators that Roybal used heroin ear lier that day According to a tortclaims notice delivered to county officials by Santa Fe attor neys Mark Donatelli and Robert Rothstein Roybal and three to five other inmates ingested heroin during the two days prior to his death Further Donatellis inves tigator found that a correc tions officer at the time Amos Romero who was charged with bringing drugs into the jail in April was the person responsible for supplying the inmates with drugs according to the tort claims notice Our preliminary investi gation leads us to conclude that the death of Mr Roybal was the direct and proxi mate result of the conduct of employees officials and operators of the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Cen the notice states The county the private company that runs the jail Management Training Corp and Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano should have known drugs were being Please see JAIL Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Annies Mailbox B5 Lotteries B2 Bridge B5 Movies B2 Business DS Opinion A7 Classifieds C3 Outdoors Comics Cl B6 Police notes B2 CrosswonJ B5 Scoreboard D2 Horoscope B5 Local news Bl Sports Dl Stocks Todays forecast Mostly sunny and warm High 78 low 45 Page B2 Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 139 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 S8630OO 9863O3O II Todays obituaries Gavino Rivera 86 Santa Fe Mayl7 Jessie Alexander 90 May 17 John A Gerber May 15 Leticia Lucero 74 Santa Fe May 16 Simon Rores 84 May 15 fommie I Sewell Santa Fe Page B2 Illfated love Climbers have long been enchanted by the beautiful and bloodthirsty slopes of Mount St Helens Outdoors Cl Villaraigosas victory helps Hispanics gain clout in By DANIEL B WOOD The Christian Science Monitor LOS ANGELES The election this week of Mexi can American Antonio Vil laraigosa as mayor of Los Angeles is the latest excla mation point in a story of Hispanic political empower ment that has been unfold ing steadily nationwide for more than three decades The highprofile ascent of ViRaraigosa to the top of Americas secondlargest city builds on steady gains by Hispanics in municipal county state and national governments over the past 25 years Political analysts mark those gains by comparing the political landscapes of Henry Cisneros who was elected mayor of San Anto nio Texas in 1981 and that of two Senators Mel Martinez of Florida and Ken Salazar of Colorado elected in 2004 Between those political bookends the number of elected Hispanics has grown 30 percent in the past eight years from in 1996 to Antonio in Villaraigosa 2004 While Hispanics still dont exer cise their rights at the ballot box in the same percentages as they fill the American population such gains punc tuated by the Villaraigosa victory reflect the nations changing cultural and social Please see CLOUT Page A5   

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