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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 14, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years THURSDAY JULY 14 2005 FIFTY CENTS Crews contain watershed blaze By STACf MATLOCK The New Mexican A wildfire sparked by lightning burned about 2fe acres in Santa Fes watershed on Wednesday before fire fighters contained the blaze with help from a sprinkling of rain What the Forest Service named the Raws Fire burned in open stands of ponderosa pine and oak about a mile and a half northwest of McClure Reservoir before crews contained it by Wednesday afternoon said Dolo res Maese fireinformation officer for the Santa Fe National Forest Inside Current fire conditions warnings Page C2 A helicopter dropped water on the fire while a 22member Santa Fe Hot Shot crew and a threeperson engine crew struggled to reach the fire in the canyon east of the city which can provide as much as 40 percent of the communitys water supply A fire in the Santa Fe watershed is of great concern to us and to the city of Santa said Gilbert Zepeda Santa Fe National Forest supervisor The fire is burning in an area that is difficult to The fire was burning in an area where forestthinning crews previ ously had removed smaller trees as part of an ongoing project to reduce the threat of a catastrophic fire Some of the thinned material had been piled in preparation for controlled burning in the fall or winter Had the fire beenallowed to spread it would have moved out of the thinned area and into the untreated area where it would have caused said Lawrence Garcia firemanagement officer A longrange project started three Please see BLAZE Page A6 Luis Sanchez New Mexican Firefighter Michael West of Santa Fe right helps contain a 2 wildfire sparked by lightning Wednesday in the Santa Fe watershed Rendon announces new SFHS principal Claudia KrauseJohnson ofDeVargas Middle accepts position Teachers at Santa Fe High applaud superintendents decision Pholos by Kathy De La New Mexican Susan Lumley right congratulates Claudia KrauseJohnson after she was announced as the newly appointed principal at Santa Fe High School Lumley the former principaf there is now principal at El Dorado Elementary School By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican Susan Lumleys tumultuous first year as principal of Santa Fe High School ended up being her last Superintendent Gloria Rendon announced Wednesday that Lumley will leave the citys largest high school to become principal of El Dorado Elementary School Replacing Lumley is Claudia KrauseJohnson who has been prin cipal of DeVargas Middle School for the past three years KrauseJohnson becomes the sev enth principal at the high school in the past 10 years according to Lum ley The school serves roughly students Lumleys management style and attempts to implement a districtwide reform known as smaller learning communities prompted complaints from some teachers and parents cul minating in a May protest calling for her removal Lumley said Wednesday that she was leaving to get the focus back on If it means my stepping aside so we can move ahead so be Lumley said after Rendon made the announcement and thanked her for her work Despite some teachers not embracing smaller learning com munities the reforms will move forward with help from a recent million in federal grant to the district Lumley said The announcement came the same day that more than 30 of the high schools teachers met with admin Michael Skip Hemperley is congratulated after Super intendent Gloria Rendon announces his appointment as the new princi pal at DeVargas Middle School At left is his wife Billie and his 11year old daughter Michelle To his right is prede cessor Krause Johnson istrators in allday session to try to resolve disputes stemming from the past school year Rendon said Lumley had requested a reassignment at the end of the school year The superintendent said she was not willing to give her one at first But Rendon said she changed her mind after candid discussions Please see PRINCIPAL Page A6 Study Health care in the priciest By KR1STEN GERENCHER SAN FRANCISCO Amer icans pay more for health care per person than citizens anywhere else in the world doling out half again as much in medical expenses each year as the secondhighest cost country according to a new study Contrary to popular belief and political rhetoric mal practice lawsuits have little impact onthose high costs in this country And the fact that people end up on waiting lists for care that is in short sup ply does nothing to hold costs down according to the study published in the edition of Health Affairs citizens paid per person for health care in 2002 the study found 53 percent more than any other industrialized country and more than Switzerland the nation with the second highest percapita spending What we said three years ago and still reiterate is Its prices said Dr Gerard Anderson lead author of the report and a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloom berg School of Public Health We pay for drugs hospital stays and doctor visits at least two times as much as other countries While medical malprac tice is a problem its costs account for less than 1 per cent of spending And defen sive medicine where doctors run tests or do procedures to lower their chances of being Please see STUDY Page A8 Convicted murderers twin claims guilt in 1999 slaying By DEBORAH BAKER The Associated Press Joseph Montoya sits in a prison cell for a murder he claims he didnt commit His identical twin brother Jeremy says hes guilty and ready to take the rap But they havent been able to convince state courts that their story is credible With Jeremy watching intently from the front row of the courtroom and Joseph a dozen miles away at the Penitentiary of New Mexico the bizarre case was argued Wednesday before the state Supreme Court There has to be a legal remedy for this Eric Hannum Josephs law yer told the five justices Joseph Montoya of Roswell was convicted of second degree murder and other charges for the 1999 shooting of Robert Williams at a party in Las Cruces following a New Mexico State University football game The Montoya brothers were involved in a fight at the party and left on foot Prosecutors and witnesses say later that night Joseph returned with a gun and shot the victim After Joseph was convicted and sentenced to 20 years Jeremy claimed he was the triggerman But state courts Please see TWIN Page A8 Annies Mil Business Classifieds Comics El DA Opinion Outdoors Police A7 C2 Horoscope Local Bl Todays obituaries Dawn Seeber 77 July 4 Frank D Moore July 5 Herman W Phillips 87 July 11 Josie Kain 83 Santa Fe July 11 Lucile B Adler Santa Fe JulyS Robert Whitted 82 Santa Fe July 10 Page C2 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue No 195 Publication hJo 596 440 Late paper 9840363 Classified ads 9863000 News tips 9863030 Main office 9833303 My three suns Star Wars fans know all about Tatooine Luke Skywalkers home planet whose two suns glare down on a vast des ert Now comes an even more extraordinary real sight a newly discovered giant planet with three suns wheeling overhead Page A4 Todays forecast Scattered afternoon thunder storms High 95 low 60 Page C2   

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