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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 21, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Saving Mexico for 156 years Santa Fean with 15 DWI arrests lands in jail By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A 41yearold Santa Fe man arrested on drunkendriving charges 15 times since 1985 was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday Daniel LeFebre faced a maximum of 8k years behind bars after pleading no contest to drivingwhileintoxicated charges from arrests on July 1 2004 and July 24 2004 The two offenses counted as his seventh and eighth DWI convictions though a prosecutor said she knows of at least two more You earned every day I gave you on this state Dis trict Judge Michael Vigil told LeFebre A message lias to be sent to other folks We cant wait for the seventh or eighth DWI for LeFebre currently incar cerated at the state prison in Hobbs on a DWIrelated proba tion violation admitted to DWI convictions in 1991 1994 1996 2002 and two in 2003 Three of those convictions took place in Santa Fe two in Albuquerque and one in Pima County Ariz However special prosecutor Donna BevacquaYoung said LeFebre has been arrested for DWI 15 times beginning on April 7 1985 when he was 21 years old Most of the arrests were in the Santa Fe and Albu Please see DWI Page A5 Daniel LeFebre HURSDAY JULY 21 2005 IFTY CENTS Daniel eFebres DWI convictions 1 Nov 1991 Santa Fe Municipal Court 2 March 1994 Santa Fe Magistrate Court 3 June 1996 Pima County Ariz 4 Nov 2002 Santa Fe District Court 5 Dec 2003 Albuquerque District Court 6 Dec 2003 Albuquerque District Court 7 Tuesday Santa Fe District Court 8 Tuesday Santa Fe District Court Otero Mesa lease sale attracts only one bid Environmental lawsuit leaves drilling plans in limbo Jane New Mexican Vernon Dyer left and Gordon Yahney of Harvey E Yates Co in Roswell were the only bidders on an oilandgas lease for a parcel of Otero Mesa They bid the minimum an acre The Bureau of Land Management moved ahead with the controversial lease sale but will not allow drilling on the mesa pending the resolution of a lawsuit by the state and envi ronmental groups By STACI MATLOCK The New Mexican Twenty seconds One bidder Two dollars per acre Thats how the auction went down Wednesday on a gas lease for a parcel of land in the contested Otero Mesa area of Southern New Mexico Im not surprised there were no other said Vernon Dyer land manager for the Rosvvellbased Harvey E Yates which submitted the sole bid on the parcel Its politi cal and we may never get to It was the first lease offered by the Bureau of Land Management since 1998 in a place where oilandgas development has been hotly protested by environmental groups and New Mexicos governor all the way to fed eral court Under a deal announced Tuesday between the agency and the state the BLM moved ahead with the lease sale but will not allow drilling on the mesa pending the resolution of the lawsuit Some have likened the fight over Otero Mesas desert grasslands to the The New Mexican battle over Alaskas Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Both are vast unpop ulated areas that might hold increas ingly valuable energy resources However the potential of Otero Mesa is still largely unknown Part of the reason for Wednesdays paucity of bidders BLM State Director Linda Rundell noted could be that we sim ply dont know what kinds of oiland gas resources exist below the surface at this In the crowded Cactus Room in the National Park Service headquarters in Santa Fe where the lease sale was held auctioneer Bill Dalness seemed surprised by the lack of additional bids That was pretty the auctioneer said before moving onto the next lease Oil and gas companies Wednesday bid close to million on 62 other BLM parcels in New Mexico Some parcels in Roswell and Carlsbad went for to per acre Half the money goes to state coffers The federal court and the BLM will decide whether the Yates company can make good on its Otero lease Both the state with Gov Bill Richardsons approval and the New Mexico Wil derness Alliance filed lawsuits earlier this year in District Court in Albuquerque in an effort to protect an area they claim is the best example of Chihuahuan Desert grasslands in New Mexico The court has until next Feb 15 to decide whether drilling will be allowed in the contested area or the BLM can issue the lease In addition Earth Justice on behalf of a coalition of environmental groups the state and Forest Guardians filed Please see SALE Page A5 Conference planned on other side of military recruitment The Associated Press The mother of a soldier killed in Iraq said she wants any potential military recruit to be aware of the facts before signing up Talk to the soldiers who just came out get involved with people who have been said Nadia McCaffrey of Tracy who will tell her story later this week as part of a three day conference here about military recruitment The conference Learn How to Take the Target Off will be held Friday evening through Sunday afternoon at The Univer sity of New Mexico It is sponsored by Another Side a project of Veterans for Peace Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice and the Alliance for Academic Freedom Another Side said it wants to offer young people and their Please see SIDE Page A5 INDEX Annies D3 Movies Business C6 Muluals C2 C6 Classifieds E3L Opinion Comics A7 B4 Outdoors Crossword P3 Police notes C2 Horoscope D3 Scoreboard B2 Local news Cl SportsBl Lotteries C2 Stocks C7 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 32 pages 156lh year Issue No 202 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 Todays obituaries Alberta Y Barnes 68 Sanfa Fe July 16 Stephen Bunker 62 Hol landale July 19 Helen Margaret Kooi 85 Santa Fe July 17 Manuel Bernardo Lopez July 16 Edumenio Ortiz 89 Santa Fe July 18 Reino Wuorinen July 18 Please see Page C2 Todays forecast Some sun and hot a Tstorm High 95 low 62 Page C8 The Associated Press Xena a 4yearold pit bull is reunited last month with her owners including Stefny Steffan right after they promised to send her out of Denver which is enforcing a pitbull ban Denvers pitbull ban has owners running scared By MEGAN McCLOSKEY The Associated Press DENVER A few weeks ago two police cars and two animalcontrol vehicles pulled up at the home of Stefny Steffan looking for her beloved 4yearold pit bull Xena Seven officers hauled the animal off to the city shelter putting her on death row Xena became an outlaw after Denver won a court fight and reinstated one of the toughest pitbull bans in the nation Since May more than 380 dogs have been impounded and at least 260 destroyed an average of more than three a day Dog owners are in a panic Sonie are using an under ground railroad of sorts sending their pets to live elsewhere or hiding them from authorities City offi cials would not estimate how many people might be violat ing the ordinance Some owners like Stef fan have won a reprieve for their pets with help from a rescue group The group got Xena released by sign ing an affidavit stating the animal would never return to Denver The group took the dog to Marians Promise in Divide an animal sanctuary that has accepted more than three dozen pit bulls from Denver For Steffan and her part ner Gina Black leaving Xena 60 miles from home was a lousy option but the only one they had Its safer than animal control Safer than keeping her underground at least shell be able to play Steffan said But shell miss us Were her Denver is one of three major metropolitan areas Please see BAN Page A4 One day after president named court choice no signs of the apocalypse By DANA MILBANK The Washington Post WASHINGTON The day after President Bush tapped John Roberts for the Supreme Court senators rushed to the TV cameras and the Senate floor to praise the choice Very affable outstand ing legal credentials an able lawyer impressive a very nice And those vverethe Demo crats Never in the recent history of the Senate have so many waited so long for so little This summers Supreme Court confirmation was billed as an epic battle between lib erals and conservatives for the soul of the country But when Roberts black sedan arrived Wednesday afternoon at the Capitol for the first of his courtesy calls on senators the mood was more of a coro nation than a showdown The wellcoached Roberts offered noth ing but the mildest of pleasantries And Demo crats though voicing con were avoiding a fight I will not prejudgethe presidents Sen Ted Kennedy of Massachu setts who famously prejudged Robert Bork announced on the Senate floor It is critical that we not prejudge a affirmed Sen Patrick Leahy of Ver mont the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee Sen Chuck Schumer of New York called a news conference to declare open mindedness I have no idea Please see COURT Page A4 John Roberts Inside Roberts dashes hope for female or minority nomi nee Page A2   

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