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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 5, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico INSIDE TODAY I REAL ESTATE GUIDE Spotlight on and El Rancho neighborhoods garden column debuts THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years SUNDAY JUNE 5 2005 ONE DOLLAR MINING IN THE VALLE VIDAL Stealing beauty or seizing c Yv n Photos by Greg The New Mexican Horseback riders call their dogs from Poriil Creek in Carson National Forests Valle Vidal a paradise for many outdoors enthusiasts But energy companies are mesmerized by another aspect of the area it harbors great potential for methanegas development By STACI MATLOCK The New Mexican The massive coal beds of the Raton Basin in Northeastern New Mexico and southern Colorado attracted miners for more than a century Now methane gas trapped in coal bed seams hundreds of feet below the surface is attracting energy compa nies and their drilling equipment The Valle Vidal unit of Carson National Forest lies within Raton Basin sandwiched between methanegas developments in the Bosque del Oso Wildlife Area near Trinidad and entrepreneur Ted Turners Vermejo Park Ranch near Cimarron The Valle Vidal is rich with wild life streams and spectacular scen ery giving rise to its Spanish name Inside Depending on who you ask drilling perceived as windfall or danger Page A8 Bringing out the gas requires lots of trucks lots of Page A8 which means Valley of The isolated green valleys mountain streams and rocky cliffs have long been popular with sportsmen horse back riders hikers and campers Geologists and gas companies believe riches also lie beneath its surface Studies of potential coalbed methane resources in the Raton Basin estimate 40 billion cubicfeet of gas per square mile and wells in nearby Vermejo Park have produced more than 22 billion cubicfeet of gas A family of four burns about 200 cubic Please see VALLE Page A7 Donald R Lankford the operations manager for El Paso Vermejo Park production explains the technical aspects of pump jacks More than 500 pumps occupy the park in a ranch purchased by billionaire businessman Ted Turner Governor to explore potential back East Richardson travels to New England to build a reputation among the whos who of politicians By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican As usual Gov Bill Richardson has a full schedule this week On Tuesday and Wednesday hell give at least four speeches before political business and cul tural groups do a couple of radio interviews and appear at various meetings with Democratic Party officials Hell attend breakfast lunch and dinner events and at least one political cocktail party as well as conduct at least one news conference On Wednesday Richardsons public starts at and runs until 9 But these events hap pening in NewMexico Theyre in New Hampshire Politicos and those who watch them know the significance of Please see EAST Page A8 Weight loss a laughing matter for researchers By EMMA ROSS The Associated Press ATHENS Greece Dieters looking for another edge might want to consider exercising their sense of humor scientists have found that a good laugh is a calorie burner not to be ignored It may not be as good for reducing the waistline as going to the gym or resisting that ice cream sundae but American researchers have found that 1015 minutes of genuine gig gling can burn off the number of calories found in a medium square of chocolate The findings on the weight loss possibilities of the uniquely Please see WEIGHT Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Annies Maitooi B2 F7 Muluals D2 notes B3 122 C2 Cl Local Gl Todays forecast Mostly sunny and warm High 80 low 49 Page fr2 TbeWesfs Oldest Newspaper 11 sections 112 pages 156m year Issue Nd 156 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863035 9833303 Head of the class The New Mexican salutes Santa Fes 2005 valedictorians and announces graduates of local high schools PageE4 Todays obituaries Anne K McGrath May 31 Catherine Thomas June 2 Jessica C Hines 18 May 30 Mary I Trujillo 82 June 2 Raul E Martinez Santa Fe June 2 Virginia H Pearlman May 27 PageB2 Prayers tears abound at memorial for Jessica Hines By YASMIN KHAN The New Mexican Jessica Hines was a real Superwoman to the hundreds of people who packed Santa Fe Baptist Church on Saturday to say goodbye to the 18yearold who died in a river accident lastmonth Hines who revealed a Superwoman costume under her dark robes at Capital High Schools graduation last year was remembered as a strong optimistic and popular star athlete at the school When you were sad or Please see HINES Page A6 Wes New Mexican Justine Hines 19 comforts her brother Damlan 8 during a memorial service for their sister Jessica who died after her car became submerged In the Pecos River
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