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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 22, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years DAY FIFTY CENTS Board OKs Rendon for 1 more year By JOHN SENA The New Mexican The Santa Fe Public Schools board Tuesday voted 41 to renew Super intendent Gloria Rendons contract for next school year Board member Mary Ellen Gonzales cast the lone dissenting vote Despite comments from commu nity members and former teachers who asked the board not to renew the contract the board said it thought Rendon should be given the chance to continue her work in the Ive seen improvement everywhere since Gloria Rendon has been superin board member Marcy Lit zenberg said I believe that renewing her contract is in the best interest of the boards senior mem ber noted Rendons commitment and marked improvement in district per formance as reasons for the renewal Gonzales who had earlier made it known that she would vote not to renew Rendons contract said the decision was one of the hardest she has ever had to make I admire Dr Gonzales said But I think for a Gonzales cited seeing too many classrooms without proper heating or students without books and unhappy teachers as motives for her vote I dont think that unhappy teachers are going to make happy learning Gonzales said Despite being asked to improve the schools learning environment Rendon did not begin addressing Please see RENDON Page A5 Santa Fe schools Superintendent Gloria Rendon left listens Tuesday as resident Bob Morgart right speaks against renewing her contract board members v voted 41 to keep Rendon Luis Sanchez Saturno The New Mexican Summers first cloudburst Jane New Mexican Despite warnings posted at San Ysidro Crossing a sportutility vehicle drives through floodwaters Tuesday following heavy rains The National Weather Service issued a flashflood warning during the downpour when an inch of precipitation drenched the city in less than an hour America reexamines civilrightsera atrocities Edgar Ray Killen ExKlansman convicted in 1964 killings Page A4 By WILLIAM DOUGLAS KnightRidder Newspapers WASHINGTON The ghosts of Americas violent civilrights battle are haunting the headlines again this summer 40 and more years later Is there some larger meaning to the reappearance of these ugly events now Might they have anyimpact on how America deals with race Edgar Ray Killen 80 a former Klans man was convicted of manslaughter Tuesday in the 1964 killings of civil rights workers James Earl Chaney Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwer ner in Philadelphia Miss On June 13 the Senate apologized by voice vote without dissent for fail outlaw lynching in the 20th cen tury despite pressure to do so from seven presidents Please see ERA Page A4 Events spotlighting racism in 20th century Four events this month have put the racial violence of the civil rights era back in the headlines Former Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was convicted of slaughter Tuesday in the 1964 killings of three civilrights work ers in Philadelphia Miss On June 13 the Senate apolo gized fay voice vote for failing to outlaw lynching in the 20th century On June 1 Wachovia Corp issued a written apology because two of its historical predecessor banks had exploited slaves On June 1 the FBI exhumed the body of Emmett Till hoping to find new clues in the gruesome death of the black 14yearold who was abducted in 1955 after he reportedly whistled at a white woman in Money Miss Knight Ridder Newspapers BLM releases wind energy review Bureau hopes study will speed permit process for wind projects on public land The Associated Press DENVER With inter est in wind power surging federal land managers Tues day released a sweeping environmental review for 11 Western states in hopes of speeding up the approval of permits for wind farms on public land The comprehensive envi ronmentalimpact state ment by the Bureau of Land Management addresses the potential impacts of wind turbines which will stream line the review process for individual projects said Rebecca Watson assistant interior secretary for lands and minerals management enough requests coming in that it makes logical sense and economic sense to do Watson said in a telephone news conference And its a way to create a consistent policy for all field Industry and political leaders said its an impor tant step in an area where the population and energy demands as well as support for renewable energy are growing Several Western Please see WIND Page A8 City court officials question efficiency of prosecutors office By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Santa Fes newly created city prosecutors office is drawing complaints from Santa Fe Municipal Court officials who say police have to spend more time in court and less time fighting crime For the last decade Art a private attorney had worked on contract as city prosecutor for one day a week That has since been doubled to two days a week Even though he is called a prosecutor his duties often involved acting as a quasi judge who would arrange plea agreements so cases moved swiftly before the municipal judge Angela Spence Pacheco an assistant city attorney who recently began working with Michael said Michael had not been able to study police files arid meet with witnesses during his one day a week Thats a very irrespon sible way for the city to con duct Pacheco said The city has been remiss in their But Municipal Judge Fran ces Gallegos said the old sys tem worked more efficiently She said police officers used to meet with Michael before court so there was no reason for them to give direct testimony Now that the prosecutors office has been expanded she said she is being asked to subpoena police officers to appear in Please seeCOURT PageA5 Annies Mailbox D5 Lotteries C2 Business C6 Mutuals C6 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A7 D6 Police notes C2 Crossword D5 Scoreboard B2 Horoscope D5 Sports Bl Local news Cl Stocks C7 Todays forecast Sunny to partly cloudy High 91 low 57 Page C8 Todays obituaries Carole F Smith June 18 Celeste A Due 23 April 28 Jerome Castellano 62 Santa Fe June 17 Linda J Davis 56 June 17 Mercedes C Darton June 14 Phillip L Quintana 47 June 17 Tarrtsin F Bemis Virginia F Mackie June 20 Page C2 Piece of cake or pricey headache Sure you can make your own wedding cake and eat it too But when you consider the high costs of ingredients and equipment you might think twice Taste D3 Five sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 173 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads 9863000 Sub launches spacecraft propelled by sunlight By JOHN ANTCZAK The Associated Press PASADENA Calif The worlds first spacecraft designed to be propelled by the pressure of sunlight was launched toward orbit Tues day from a Russian subma rine under the Barents Sea Cosmos 1 a million experiment intended to show that a socalled solar sail can make a controlled flight lifted off at about MDT as project organizers from The Planetary Society and Cosmos Studios moni tored the launch from Cali fornia Initial data reception from Cosmos 1 was followed by silence concerning project organizers Later after an allday search for the craft scientists said they might have detected a signal Associated Press file pholo This illustration shows the Cos mos 1 solar sail In orbit The spacecraft was launched from a Russian submarine Tuesday Good Bruce Mur ray a cofounder of The Planetary Society said late Tuesday We are very likely in We seem to have a live See SPACECRAFT Page A8