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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 3, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3 2005 FIFTY CENTS Gallegos mayoral aspirations end By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Municipal Judge Frances Gallegos who said three months ago she was actively exploring a run for mayor of Santa Fe next year dropped the idea Tuesday Gallegos was reelected last year to her third fouryear term in the judgeship She would have been forced to step down from the bench to campaign for the parttime mayors Mayor Larry Delgado now nearing the end of his second term has indicated he will wait until after the annual Santa Fe Fiesta in early September to announce whether he will seek another fouryear term in the Maich 2006 city elec tions Gallegos decision leaves two announced candidates for mayor so far David Coss a city councilor who works for the state Land Office and Karen Walker a realestate broker who chairs the city Plan ning Policy Commission I have met with many of my constituents Frances Gallegos and with various leaders in the Gallegos said in a prepared statement and I agree that I can be of greatest service to Santa Fe by continuing to serve as municipal Former Santa Fe County commissioner Paul Duran said he might throw his hat in the ring for the mayoral race if Delgado decides not to run again He wont say Duran said of Delgado Ive been trying to get him to tell me what hes going to do because if hes not going to Id like to put some serious consideration to Duran a realestate agent for the French French Sothebys International Realty said hes not too concerned about any politi cal fallout from his arrest two years ago on a charge of driving while intoxicated The charge was later dismissed by a substitute municipal judge County term limits prevented Duran from running last year for a third fouryear term as county commissioner representing District 2 which includes Las Campanas Agua Frfa Casa Solana South Capitol and Casa Alegre neighborhoods He said he thinks city govern ment should institute term limits as well Gallegos said she plans to concentrate on Please see JUDGE Page A4 Reporter in Lee case seeks court protection By CAROL D LEONNIG The Washington Post WASHINGTON Lawyers for Washington Post journalist Walter Pincus urged a federal district judge Tuesday to rec ognize new legal protections for reporters with confidential sources and refuse a request to hold him in contempt in a case involving former government scientist Wen Ho Lee The reporters attorneys asked District Judge Rose mary Collyer to recognize a commonlaw privilege similar to one that shields confidence between priests and penitents and between therapists and patients to reporters and their sources A reporters privilege is recognized in the courts of 49 states and Washington Most federal courts recog nize a privilege under the First Amendment but the of Appeals for the Circuit rejected its application for four other news organizations and affirmed contempt orders against them in the Leecase Pincus argued there should be a broader com monlaw privilege that allows him to keep his sources secret The effort by the newspaper comes at a time when journal ists are facing unprecedented demands and threats in federal court to break their promises and name government officials who secretly gave them infor mation New York Times reporter Judith Miller is spending her fifth week in jail for refusing to discuss confidential govern ment sources with a special criminal prosecutor in his probe of a government leak of CIA operative Valerie Plames iden tity Another group of reporters faces the threat of subpoenas or contempt citations in two civil lawsuits that center on govern ment leaks Pincus is seeking to avoid being held in contempt for refusing to divulge the names of confidential government sources with whom he spoke when reporting in 1999 and 2000 on a criminal investigation into whether Lee was a spy Almost Please see LEE Page A6 To me its like taking the Mona Lisa and cutting it down because it fills the wall HANNAH EAGLE Tesuque resident Treecanopy L Luis Sanchez New Mexican RoseMarie Wallace an 11year resident of Tesuque shares her concern Tuesday about plans to cut the tree canopy over County Road 73 About 50 residents joined the discussion at Tesuque Elementary School Village residents plea for sensitivity in tree trimming along County Road 73 By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican TESUQUE Residents here fiercely defended the scenic quality of a county road that runs through the village north of Santa Fe on Tues day night arguing for more sensitiv ity in trimming a beloved tree canopy A work crew last month started cut ting back branches that were hanging into the right of way on about a mile of County Road 73 but the county halted the rest of the 3mile project in the wake of numerous complaints from Im totally against getting rid of the said Mary Helen Perea a resident who tried to climb onto treetrimming equipment to stop work along the road and made dozens of Please see CANOPY Page A4 Jane New Mexican A car travels beneath the canopy on County Road 73 Residents worry that the treetrimming project will ruin the corridors aesthetic quality New bill includes solar tax breaks Renewableenergy conference sheds light on credit By ANDY LENDERMAN The New Mexican Homeowners can get a tax credit for buying a solarpowered electric system or water heater courtesy of the federal energy bill that recently passed Congress a solarpower advocate said Tuesday Tax breaks for people who want to power their homes with clean energy were some of the highlights of the bill discussed at a renew ableenergy conference Tuesday at the Hilton of Santa Fe But Ben Luce of the New Mexico Coalition for Clean and Affordable Energy said the tax break must be larger to make solar power more affordable for consumers The cost of a solarpowered electrical sys tem for a home a photovoltaic system in Industry terms can cost he said Its just not large Luce said of the tax break Please see BREAKS Page A4 Bush to sign Energy Policy Act in President Bush is scheduled to sign the Energy Policy Act of 2005 on Monday in Albuquerque Bush will join Sens Pete Domenici and Jeff Bin at a ceremony at Sandia National Laboratories Domenici chairs the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee and Bin gaman is the ranking minority member Both worked for several years to pass the bill which offers cleanenergy tax breaks for consumers and encourages more domestic oil and naturalgas drilling Before we put the energy bill together President Bush promised me that he would sign it in New Domenici said in a news release Tuesday The New Mexican George Bush Dont talk to strangers message outdated Parents should teach children to be safe not scared By DAVID CRARY The Associated Press NEW YORK Against a backdrop of highly publi cized child abductions some experts are urging parents to abandon the timehonored warning of Dont talk to strangers and instead work creatively with their chil dren on a variety of skills for being safe but not scared Our message is that chil dren should recognize and avoid certain situations rather than certain said Nancy McBride of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Federal statistics indicate there is no upsurge in child abductions and disappear ances though such cases often gain widespread atten tion fueling anxiety among parents and others Florida lawmakers for instance Please see TALK Page A5 Rethinking WARNINGS Some experts are urging parents as they try to ensure their childrens safety to abandon the timehonored warning of Dont talk to CHALLENGING MYTHS Lead ing childsafety groups say abductors and abusers are far more likely to be people knownto the child or parent than to be total strangers If trouble arises strangers may be the best source of help r OTHER STRATEGIES Parents are advised to practice baste safety skills with their children using outings to malls or parks for whatif exercises so they know how to respond to get ting lost or harassed Mayan recollections Museum of International Folk Art accepts paintings of ostracized Guatemalan to preserve artists name and disappearing culture Santa Fe El Norte Cl Index Annies Mailbox B5 Movies Business C2 D5 Mutual 5 D5 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A7 Bfl Police notes C2 Crossword B5 Scoreboard 82 Horoscope B5 Sports Bl Local news Cl Stocks Lotteries C2 Taste Dl INSIDE TODAY TheWesfs OMest Newspaper Five sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 215 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9844363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Todays forecast Partly sunny afternoon Tstorm High 87 low 58 Page C8 Todays obituaries Bonnie Apodaca 84 August 1 Donald A 75 April 11 James Merrill 21 Santa Fe August 1 Joseph M Phillipovich 75 August I Marian L Hyatt July 31 Sharon L Dorneman 58 August 1 Page C2