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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 19, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico SUNDAY JUNE 19 2005 ONE DOLLAR CARVING OUT ROOM TO BREATHE Somewhere near you Santa Fe County is working to preserve undeveloped By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican The trail beside the Rio en Medio is cool despite the blazing sun on a day thats almost summer Its the rea son cars are wedged along the dirt road outside Chu padero eyery weekend In the past hikers and bikers had to cross private land to reach the Forest Service trail But when the county purchased 130 acres in the area it ensured that this little piece of paradise north of Santa Fe will con tinue to be accessible to the public I love this said breathless hiker Sarah Frickel who spent last Sun day morning along the river and stopped to pick purple lupine flowers The Rio en Medio prop erty is one of more than 20 tracts purchased under the countys Open Space and Trails Program The system includes approximately acres of scenic land chock full of natural and cultural resources Because they are now publicly owned pastures behind a church in Chimayo wont ever become condominiums petroglyphs carved into boulders will be protected from rock hounds and fragile mountain acre age is on its way to being a trail hub for surrounding housing projects Careful management Now that it has spent most of the million raised in two voterapproved bond issues the County Open Land and Trails Planning and Advisory Committee called COLTPAC is figuring out how to manage the land So far four parcels including the Rio en Medio property and the Cerrillos Hills Historic Park are open to the public for hiking bik ing and picnicking Other places purchased more for conservation than recre ation will always have more limited public access The committee three county staff members and several college students are working on management plans to guide future stew ardship of all the land Plans for a halfdozen tracts are already under way We are trying to be very careful that we dont open properties without knowing what we Bftr getting said Paul Olaf son county openspaceandtrails direc tor We live in this tenuous Please see OPEN Page A9 County Open Space and Trails Program Santa Fe County openspace properties Cerri1lo3 Hills first county park opened two ago on Q a tractoff 14 near San Marcos The park has a lessons about parking area1 and a covered kiosk that is also a solar calendar irea Luis Sanchez New Mexican Mike Ortiz of Santa Fe rides his bike this week on the rail trail between Santa Fe and Eldorado Icacho Peak The county owns 176 acres at the top of this rrjountainQ hind the Randall bavey Audubon Center The land is accessible through ie Dale Ball Trail network from the trail head near a parking loyon Cerro at the end of Upper Canyon Road JfcHIo en property allows public access to a Forest ServiceQ the 130 acres has yet to be evaluated for further developrnents such as new trail heads or parking There Is limited parking at the 592 i tjlf Arroyo Hondo Clo1 Pecos Trail Santa Fe River Preserve V San Ysidro River Park I i iia Frfa River Park El Camlno Real Trail Easement fljj SoLth Meadows Held f i Mission Create a network of cultural historical rec reational and natural open spaces and trails to benefit current and future genera tions History Initiated in 1998 to develop a coordinated openspace program Popula tion growth and continuing urbanization have created a need to protect some of the countys most distinctive landscapes The growth has also created a need for addi tional recreational opportu nities Process All property acquisitions are voluntary and based on fair market value of the property Lands More than 20 tracts comprising approximately acres of scenic land chockfull of natural and cultural resources Source I Rail Trail and Spur Trail The 18fnlle trail adjacent to the Fe SouthQ tracks is partly owned by its entire length is open toQ hqrsesand bicycles Parking is available off Zia Rpad near Stj Francis Drive Q rjiaH that thri railmaH tmrlrc tn thp trail f Y t Trail Major Streams Major LMd open to the Land purchased but not AcqnlsitiM Source Santa Fe County Geographic Information Systems El Tiinque Tract 0 La Clenegullla Petrogjypti Madrid GreeWlt Thornton Ranch Wildlife West fig Operi Space El RanctjoPrppertyN gg Little Tesuque Creek Penasco Blanco Mount Chalchihuitl i Alexander New Mexican INSIDE Long known for Santa Fe Style The City Different grabs hold of a different sort of design starting now From architecture to music to art to green construction design takes center stage as part of Santa Fe Design Week and the Southwest Design Conference Timing traffic lights to go with the flow By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Plans are in the works to improve traffic flow along Santa Fes busiest streets by refining the way traffic signals on those streets function For motorists who drive Santa Fes choked arteries dur ing its daily rush hours such relief cant come soon enough In coming weeks crews will begin exten sive work on St Francis Drive that will include the replacement of traf fic signals at six of the citys busiest intersec tions said Rick Devine who supervises traffic signal operations for the city of Santa Fes 110 signal system The new signals will be equipped with cameras capable of tracking the flow of cars through each intersec tion This information will be used by engineers to develop timing plans for traffic signals sometimes called signal progression or synchro nization to keep traffic flowing smoothly Under ideal conditions trafficsynchronization programs allow drivers traveling at the pre scribed speed to hit only green lights on certain stretches of road Ordinarily thats nearly impossible because of the lack of uniformly spaced intersections on the citys major streets an insuf ficient number of lanes Inside Common myths about traffic lights Page A4 See LIGHTS Page A4 In Japan cultivating a taste for tradition and fried whale By ANTHONY FAIOLA The Washington Post NATORI Japan An ani mated group of schoolchil dren from this suburban town in northern Japan poured into their gymnasium Thurs day afternoon and listened raptly to a whale expert give a talk on the gentle giants of the sea They passed around whale teeth and were told about the growing abundance of the worlds largest mam mals before diving into the lectures main course More whaling on meeting menu Japan is lobbying hard to overthrow a nearly two decadeold moratorium on commercial whaling at the 57th International Whaling Commission meeting start ing Monday in South Korea It is unlikely to heaping plates of deepfried whale chunks As part of a program by the Japanese government and the fishing industry to rebuild Japans endangered taste for whale the students some with less enthusiasm than others dug into the crispy whale nuggets dished out into little plastic lunch boxes After the feast the children headed home with official Whale Books loaded with helpful tips including how to defrost whale meat over two days as wel as recipes for whale burgers and whale soup I guess I do feel sorry for the said Shun 7 shyly fiddling with his Dodgers Tshirt Like many of the children he was tasting whale flesh for the first time But I ate it anyway because it looked so good And when I ate it I liked it Whale is really deli That is music to the ears of prowhalers in Japan who are fighting a twofront war Japan is lobbying hard to over throw a nearly twodecadeold moratorium on commercial whaling 57th Interna tional Whaling Commission meeting in South Korea next Please bee WHALE Page A8 Todays obituaries Gabriel C Gonzales 86 June 16 Amalia Martinez 83 June 16 Adelaide Rivera 63 Santa Fe June 16 Eufemlo Varela 88 Pecos June 17 Page B2 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Todays forecast Mostly sunny High 92 low 55 PageD8 INDEX Arties Maawn Dfi Movies B2 Business Dl Muluals D5 Classifieds Hl 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