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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 25, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Iocalfy owned and independent Saving New Mexico for 156 yean SATURDAY JUNE 25 2005 FIFTY CENTS Madcow case confirmed in By LIBBY QUAID The Associated Press Mike Johanns agriculture secretary says the nations second case of madcow disease does not pose a threat to human health WASHINGTON Exhaustive tests have confirmed madcow disease in an animal apparently born in the United States officials said Friday It is the second case of the disease confirmed in this country but Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns stressed there was no threat to public health The animal a downer that could not walk was not killed at a slaughterhouse but at a rendering plant for animals unfit for human consumption officials said Johanns would not say where the case turned up but he said there was no evidence the cow was imported I am encouraged that our interlock ing safeguards are working exactly as Johanns said at a news con ference This animal was blocked from entering the food supply because of the fire walls we have in place Americans have every reason to continue to be confident in the safety of our The Agriculture DepartnTent said the news also should not affect efforts to lift bans on beef in Japan and Korea imposed after the first case in December 2003 Officials in Japan formerly the largest customer of beef have said a positive test result would not deter them from resuming beef imports Japan agreed to reopen its market last fall but has not lifted its ban An internationally recognized labora tory in Weybridge England confirmed the case Friday after ILS tests pro duced conflicting results Johanns said Initial screening had indicated the pres ence of the disease but the animal was tested and cleared of having the brain wasting New tests were ordered two weeks ago Those results from a test known as the Western blot came back positive leading officials to seek confirmation from the Weybridge lab The department also performed more tests at its lab in Ames Iowa Please see CASE Page A5 Madcow disease at a glance Madcow disease medically known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy or 8SE kills brain cells and leaves spongy holes behind A form of the disease in people is variant CreutzfeldtJakob disease The disease has killed about 150 people worldwide mostly in Britain The first case of madcowdisease in the United States was confirmed in December 2003 It turned up in Washington state in a dairy cow imported from Canada The new case was in an animal at least 8 years old the department said Like the first case it was born before the United States and Canada banned cattle parts in cattle feed which is how the disease is believed to spread The Associated Press KIDS HAVE DESIGNS ON NEW NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYGROUND Lauren The New Mexican Kurt Faust of Santa Fe changes the drawing paper for his 5yearold daughter Lila and his niece Lisei Faust 5 right during a gathering to come up with ideas for a new playground In the Pueblos Del Sol neighborhood on Friday evening at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center Par ents and children brainstormed with the help of professional designers the first such playground project in Santa Fe By NATALIE STOREY The New Mexican ouryearold David Qwen dwarfed by the professional builders and architects nearby stood with his hands on his hips sternly admiring the playground designs that lined a wall in the Genoveva Chavez Community Center The designs drawn mostly in crayon by children featured the playground fanta sies of youngsters from the Pueblos del Sol neighborhood where volunteers plan to help build a new place for children to play A toy store a water slide some alien space craft and something called Joes Jucizzi what looked to be a yellowcolored hot tub were some of the things depicted The planning exercise is part of Santa Fe Design week The playground project the first of its kind in Santa Fe started with kids and parents Friday evening drawing what they thought would be best for a new playground The project will end in the spring when volunteers builders and architects turn the ideas into reality and construct the new playground in the southside neighborhood David who had come with his brother and father to the brainstorming session saw a few things on the wall he liked Giant slides and monkey bars which appeared in many of the drawings were pri orities for David Here he had as much say as the professionals he was standing next to The communitydesigned playground will be built on threequarters of an acre between Governor Miles Road and Nizhoni Drive on the south side of town Leathers Associates Please see PLAYGROUND Page A4 Los Alamos man first case of hantavirus The New Mexican A 46yearold Northern New Mexico resident con tracted the states first confirmed case of hanta virus a potentially deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine droppings or saliva However investigators arent sure where he con tracted the disease they are checking potential exposure sites The Los Alamos man has been released from the hospital and is recovering the New Mexico Depart ment of Health announced Friday The deer mouse is the main source of hantavirus in New Mexico People can contract the disease when they breathe in aero solized virus Since Hantavirus was discovered in the Four Corners area in 1993 there have been 65 cases and 27 deaths in New Mexico This is the first case of 2005 We want everyone to be aware that hantavirus is present in our state and that precautions need to be taken to avoid rodents and their said Paul Ettestad public health veterinarian at the New Mexico Department Please see VIRUS Page A4 Hantavirus facts Hantavirus is most often spread by deer mice in Symptoms include Fever and muscle aches chills head ache nausea vomiting diarrhea abdominal pain and cough These symptoms develop within one to six weeks after exposure The best is to avoid contact with rodents Other key steps Air out closedup buildings before entering Seal up homes and cabins so mice cant enter Trap mice Clean up nests and droppings disinfect Put hay wood and compost piles as far as possible from your home rid of trash piles Dont leave your pets food and water where mice can get it Hardliner wins Iran presidential election By KATHY GANNON The Associated Press TEHRAN Iran The hardline Tehran mayor steam rolled over one of Irans bestknown states man to win the presidency Saturday in a landslide election victory that cements conservative con trol over the nations politi cal leadership The outcome capped a stunning upset by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who many reformers fear will take Iran back to the restric tions imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution The Interior Ministry gave Ahmadinejad percent of the vote over his relatively more moder ate rival Ayatollah Hash emi Rafsanjani who had percent The ministry posted a notice declaring Ahmadinejad the winner of Fridays runoff were based on about 54 percent of the estimated 23 million votes cast or nearly 49 percent of Irans 47 million eligible voters In last weeks first round of the presidential election the turnout was close to 63 percent The victory gives con servatives control of Irans two highest elected offices the presidency and par See IRAN Page A8 Bill could mean sale of Forest Service site in By STACI MATLOCK The New Mexican Some land owned by the Santa Fe National Forest near the College of Santa Fe could come up for sale depending on the outcome of a debate in Congress Proposed legislation would give the secretary of agriculture broad powers to sell Forest Service land lookout sites visitors cen ters and other parcels Our concern is this issue is not going to be debated Thiswould reverse 100 years of public ownership of these said Erik Ryberg a forest advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson The Forest Service Facility Realignment and Enhance ment Act a rider on the 2006 appropriations bill allows the agriculture secretary to sell lease or exchange any Forest Service lands or facilities and to determine the extent of any environmental assessment on those properties Money from the sales would be used to maintain existing facilities and complete land exchanges So far a 6to 7acre parcel with a couple of buildings on Cerrillos Road the site of an Please see FOREST Page A5 Amies Mailbox B6 Local news Cl Business CG Lotteries C2 Cars Trucks El Movies Classifieds E2 Muluals ComicsIW3 Opinion Crossword B6 Religion C2 A7 Health Dl Horoscope B6 Sports Stocks JM Bl Todays obituaries Celeste A Due 23 April 28 Gordon E Barto 84 Santa Fe June 21 Marjorie PJiiliips Santa Fe June 19 Mary L C de Baca 62 June 23 Shirley Barton June 20 Ronald M Valencia 57 June 22 Page C2 Todays forecast Partly J sunny Tstorm in spots High 90 low 56 Page C8 Five sections 42 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 176 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main 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