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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 9, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico TUESDAY FIFTY CENTS with assault on cyclist By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Reyes Ibarra A 23yearold Santa Fe man with a his tory of drunken driving and assault is accused of trying to use his pickup to run down a bicyclist and then attacking him Police say they found an open 40ounce bottle of Corona beer and an open 200 milliliter bottle of Crown Royal whiskey in the center console of the pickup that Reyes Ibarra allegedly was driving during the weekend incident Ibarra is brfing held on charges of aggra vated assault with a deadly weapon the pickup and tampering with evidence According to a statement filed Monday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court a bicyclist told officers that he had just gotten off his bike near a business in the 1500 block of Cerrillos Road about Saturday when he saw a 2003 Chev rolet pickup bearing down on him The cyclist said he had to jump out of the way of thetruck which nearly col lided with the building the statement said He told officers that when he approached the trucks driver later identified as Ibarra and asked what the problem was Ibarra struck him in the back of the head abandoned the truck and fled south on Cerrillos Road on foot victim stated that Mr Ibarra appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of an unknown according to the statement Police reported that officers found Ibarra in the 1500 block of Cerrillos Road surrounded by members of a motorcycle gang who were trying to protect him Please see CYCLIST Page A4 Chapel site spotlights property tax errors Land listed as vacant could lie among undertaxed county properties By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican The large private chapel in Arroyo Seco is clearly visible to passersby on However its been invisible to the Santa Fe County Asses sors Office until now County officials who began investigating after a reporters inquiry last week say they are likely to bill the chapels owner for unspecified back taxes on what is still listed on tax rolls as vacant land Espanola restaurateur Luis Atencio owns the acres near the junction of and County Road 88 in north ern Santa Fe County Atencio who could not be reached for comment had the stone chapel and adjoining parking lot built sometime after 2001 Deputy Santa Fe County Assessor Brian Baca said Monday that the property appeared to be undertaxed Such undervaluing of prop ertycan drive up countywide tax rates leaving other land owners to unfairly shoulder the burden of paying for the countys operations While county officials admit errors happen they have taken steps to ensure that omissions such as this one are not commonplace according to Benito Marti nez county assessor Please see TAX Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Annies MaJbor C5 Lotteries Business ol Classifieds El Movies C2 Opinion A5 Comics tM Police notes C2 Crossword C5 Scoreboard B2 H o ro scope C5 Local news Cl Sports Bl Stocks D3 Todays obituaries Adele H Catanach Aug 7 Eldon H Freidtine 86 LosAlamos Aug 5 Esperansa Sandoval 21 Aug 5 John S Benson 85 Lenqre E Stevens 87 Santa Fe Aug 4 Rowena M Dillon San Antonio Page C2 Todays forecast Afternoon Tstorm High 88 low 60 PageC6 Five sections 26 pages 156th year Issue No 221 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 984O363 9863000 9863030 9833303 A class lineup Above Capital High Schools head guidance counselor Angela Rubfno foreground assists Kristina Maes 17 and Chris Chavez 17 as they register for classes Monday morning at the campus on Santa Fes southwest side Left Carmen Gabaldon left and her daughter Desiree 17 speak with guidance counselor Ron Hagg about Desirees registration for classes this school year at Capital High School Photos by Jane New Mexican Registration times for students in Santa Fe Public Schools Career Academy By application only Santa Fe High School Seniors Wednesday 9 9 Sophomores Friday 9 freshmen Saturday 9 New students Wednesday and Thursday 14 Makeup day Aug 15 9 Freshman Jumpstart Aug 17 8 Capital High School Juniors Sophomores Wednesday 9 Freshmen Thursday 9 Makeup day Friday 9 Seniors registered Elementary Schools Thursday and Friday 8 Gonzales Elementary also is holding evening registration Wednesday 48 Middle Schools Wednesday and Thursday 8 The Associated Press President Bush shares a moment with Sen Pete Domenici on Monday before signing an energy law Energy policy to benefit labs schools By FELICIA FONSECA The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE New Mexicos national laborato ries and three state univer sities stand to benefit from federal funding for research on energy efficiency under a national energy policy signed by President Bush Mondays INSIDE signing cere Energy law mony at San not likely to dia National reduce fuel Laboratories prices Bush said the bill will be PageA6 the nations energy blueprint in the 21st century He singled out New Mexi cos senators Republican Pete Domenici and Democrat Jeff Bingaman for their work to move the bipartisan bill through Congress Its been a long time com said Domenici chair man of the Energy and Natu ral Resources Committee Nonetheless we are excited today Weve finally got a national energy However about 30 con servationists meeting across town said the bill fails to pro tect groundwater from pollu tion by oil and gas companies Please see ENERGY Page A6 New Mexico site third choice for shuttles planned landing today L tJ By MARCIA DUNN The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Low clouds kept shuttle Dis covery of seven from making their much anticipated return to Earth and NASA vowed to bring the spacecraft down today in Florida California or possibly even New Mexico We will attempt to land flight director LeRoy Cain said after Mon day mornings two unsuccess ful landing opportunities The delay disappointed the astronauts families who were waiting at Kennedy Space Center for their loved ones return after nearly two stressful weeks in orbit It is the first shuttle flight Columbias catastrophic reentry in 2003 and the mis sionexperienced a series of problemsthat required emer gency spacewalk repairs and constant engineering analy sis weather was expected at Kennedy Space Center today with a chance of rain but it remained NASAs first choice for an early morning touchdown around 3 MDT Edwards Air Force Base in Californias Mojave Desert was the next choice followed by the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico the absolute last resort Good conditions were expected at Edwards while rain was in the forecast for White Sands NASA Administrator Michael Griffin insisted theres no agony associated with the oneday delay in get ting Discovery Like other space agency i officials he was waitingfor wheels stop on the runway before even thinking about celebrating Were going to land one way or another one place or another and all Please see SHUTTLE Page A2 Associated Press file photo The space shuttle Columbia lands at White Sands Mis sile Range In March 1982 Backup landing sites in California White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico has an abrasive gypsum sand runway that contaminated Columbias engines during the sites lone shuttle landing in 1982 Runways in Florida and California were flooded at the time The damage required extensive repairs Edwards Air Force Base in Californias Mohave Desert home to NASAs Dryden Right Research Center is less prone to finicky weather than the shuttle fleets Florida home Of the 111 shuttles that have landed since came in at Edwards The last shuttle to land at Edwards was Endeavor which was diverted from Rorida in 2002 because of bad weather NASA has invested about million in shuttlerelated upgrades at Edwards despite its backup status The Associated Press   

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