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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 6, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Sewing New Mexico MONDAY JUNE 6 2005 F I F T Y C S INSIDE TODAY Testing the power of prayer governmentfunded study will explore religious energy and spiritual healing Health Science Cl My two moms When Joe Valentine made the Cincinnati Reds openingday roster this spring no one was more ecstatic than Mom Both of them Sports Bl A win for the El Swiss voters gave the shaken European Union a vote of confidence approving participation in an EU passportfree zone even though the country has never joined the 25nation bloc Page A5 Reading fun Trying to figure out which books will really connect with kids isnt easy but our reviews of several new books will make it asnap Education D3 Language battle just the beginning Some of the first graduates of a military program to provide Arabicspeaking combat linguists for American ground troops are being mocked and accused of being on the wrong side of the conflict A4 A boon for bosque For the first time in years the Rio Grande is acting like a real river and its flooding is proving a real plus to the bosque ecosystem A2 Todays obituaries Raul E Martinez Santa Fe June 2 Page A2 Todays forecast Sunny breezy and warmer High 79 low 42 Page A2 INDEX Annies Maiibat B5 Horoscope B5 Classifieds C2 Opinion Comics Crossword A7 B6 Police notes A2 B5 Scoreboard B2 Education D3 Spanish Dl Heallh Cl Sjxwts TheWests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 157 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Rio claims more rafting victims Greg Taos News A rafter is taken to an ambulance Sunday afternoon after a raft from the Santa Fe Rafting Co flipped in the Rio Grande One person was killed and another injured in the incident Illinois woman drowns sister hospitalized in second fatal rafting incident in a week By JOHN SENA The New Mexican A 61yearold Illinois woman was killed and her sister hospitalized Sunday after a raft flipped in the Rio Grande south of Pilar a state police spokesman said The fatal the second in the surging runoffswollen river in a week occurred when the sevenper son raft operated by a Santa Fe com mercial rafting company overturned in the swift current Carol Waleri was unresponsive when pulled from the water near the Glen woody Bridge about half a mile from where the raft overturned Attempts to revive her failed state police spokes man Peter Olson said Joyce Kraut Walens sister also of Illinois was taken to Holy Cross Hos pital in Taos where she was listed in good condition Olson said The state police officer on the scene said initial indications were that Walen and Kraut did not know how to swim Rafters are required to wedr lifejackets or have personal floa tation devices Walen and Kraut were on one of six rafts that were part of a Santa Fe Raft ing Co tour None of the other passen gers on the raft that flipped required medical attention Olson said Whitewater rapids are categorized according to their difficulty to navi gate Steve Harris with Far Flung Adven tures in Taos said the rapids in the portion of the Rio Grande where the accident occurred are usually classi fied between Class II and Class III With the current highwater levels however the rapids now are probably between Class III and Class IV Harris said The highest designation is Class VI Walens is the second reported death to occur during a rafting trip on the Rio Grande in less than a week Airman 1st Class Jacob P Hampson drowned Monday when the raft he was in overturned in the Rio Grande just north of Pilar Hampson was one of three rafters that were unable to climb back into the raft People in another raft rescued one of the rafters while the other was able to reach the riverbank Hampson was retrieved about 30 minutes later but efforts to revive him failed The 23yearold member of the Kirtland Air Force Base 58th Special Operations Wing was on trip sponsored by the bases 377th Service Squadron The group was in an area known as the Taos Box when the accident occurred trips such as the one Hampson was on are not required to have a professional guide Harris said staff members on guided trips have to be trained in first aid and CPR They also have to have one person certified in swiftwater rescue procedures I think the real story any time you have a fatal river accident is that Whitewater is a risk sport arid thats why we go for Harris said People want to feel that deathdefying sensa tion them against nature Thats not just an illusion thats Courtesy photo Twentyfive glass lighting fix tures created by artist Julie Conway will adorn the lobby of the Sweeney Center dur ing the upcoming Southwest Design Conference during which Sweeney and El Museo Cultural wilt be given mini makeovers Makeover time for 2 downtown buildings By PHAEDRA HAYWOOD The New Mexican Two downtown buildings will get minimakeovers in preparation for Western Inte riors and Design magazines Southwest Design Conference and the citys upcoming Santa Fe Design Week For Sweeney Convention Center it will be a bit like a kiss before dying as the city plans to tear down the former school gymnasium to make room for a new civic center next to City Hall perhaps in the next year or so For El Museo Cultural in the Santa Fe rail yard it will be like a fairy tale a transfor mation that will last just one week Both makeovers are being accomplished almost entirely with donated materials and labor Interior designer Lisa Sam uel is in charge of fixing up Sweeney in time for Western Interiors and Designs June 2326 design conference She said the buildings face lift will include a fresh color palette and dramatic column like art pieces in the main exhibition area I was very sensitive to the Santa Fe colors and art that was already in she said Her plan calls for paint ing the lobby and stairwells replacing some of the tiles in the lobby with glass tile that See MAKEOVER Page A3 Crackdown might have targeted innocent Sunnis The Associated Press BAGHDAD Iraq The Shiiteled Iraqi government acknowledged Sunday that its forces may have targeted innocent Sunni Muslims in a crush the insurgency in southwestern Baghdad and its suburbs Saddam Hussein will go on trial within two months on a dozen charges of crimes against humanity a spokesman for the prime minister said see Page Authorities in the northern city of Mosul announced the arrest of yet another key ter rorist leader of the alQaida in Iraq terrorist organization and its Ansar alSunnah affili ate the second in sevendays on charges of organizing and financing killing sprees The terrorist organization is led by Jordanianborn Abu Musab alZarqawi who car ries a bounty The Associated Press Army Sgt 1st Class Todd Sullivan of Brattleboro inspects the hands of Iraqi men for tattoos Sunday in an attempt to identify insurgents at an undisclosed location south of Baghdad Iraq There is an improvement in security and in the perfor mance of the security forces but members of the army do cause mistakes i which dp said Laith Kuba a spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al See CRACKDOWN Page A3 Offer reportedly made then rescinded to former math teacher By JOHN SENA The New Mexican Despite protests and a reported recent job offer a Santa Fe High math teacher who was told in early May that her contract would not be renewed for the next school year is still without a position Megan Siesennop who just completed her third year at SFHS but was not rehired because of a poor evaluation from Principal Susan Lurnley said she was offered a new contract a little more than a week ago to teach in the Santa Fe Public Schools But she would not be teaching at Santa Fe High Instead the contract was to teach at DeVargas Middle School with the condition that she create a progressive growth development plan While every teacher has to develop a professionaldevelopment plan Siesennop said she had never heard of a progressive growth development plan I accepted the offer of Siesennop said But not the After responding to the offer Siesennop said she received an email from Superintendent Gloria Renddn rescinding the i contract Siesennop did not want to comment on specifics but said that she and her National Education Association representative are pursuing other avenues of action to deal with the situation The job offer came a few weeks after nearly 100 students teachers and friends protested Siesennops firing at a schoolboard meeting Siesennop and protesters said they believed she was fired in retaliation for her publicly criticizing the way math See TEACHER Page A3