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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 10, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 yean WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10 2005 FIFTY CENTS DOE probes another LANL mishap By ANDY LENDERMAN The New Mexican LOS ALAMOS A Los Alamos National Labo ratory employee was hospitalized for six days in July after being exposed to fumes from a toxic chemical the lab reported Tuesday A second employee was exposed to the same mixture of hydrochloric and nitric acids but was not hospi talised The labs top management apparently didnt learn of the earlyJune incident resulting in the hospitalization until Aug 3 Now a third employee has been placed on paid leave while lab officials and federal Department of Energy investigators look into the incident and why Director Robert Kuckuck was not informed until last week The department is sending in a team of experts to look into this incident as well as another con tamination case which involved americium 241 a mademade radioactive metal lab spokeswoman Kathy DeLucas said Tuesday Lab managers bear the responsibility for ensuring and promoting a safe working environ ment at this Kuckuck told employ ees Tuesday afternoon via email Employees have a right and a responsibility to stop work for a safetyrelated He encouraged the labs roughly employ Please see MISHAP Page A4 Robert Kuckuck LANL director says if an employee wants to stop lab work because of safety concerns he will fully back that decision Debate over proposed Entrada Contenta development awaits City Council WalMart showdown Q Retail space D Restaurant D Parking Total commercial space square feet WalMart Supercenter size square feet Land area acres Jaguar Drive Ocate Rd Herrera New WalMart complex I SOURCE ESRI Cerrillos Road Alexander New Mexican A look at the arguments PROS CONS Could potentially add millions in gross receipt tax revenues Accompanying roads provide more access to residents of Tierra Contenta Would bring groceryshopping to resi dents living south of Airport Road Provide hundreds of jobs to area resi dents Helps people afford cost of living in Santa Fe Removes money from local economy Unfairly competes against smaller locally owned businesses WaiMart does not provide sufficient ben efits to its employees Would create excessive traffic The project does not fit in with Santa Fes aesthetics The New Mexican Left A yellow sign gives notice of a public hearing on a proposal to develop a shopping center on vacant land west of Cerrillos Road on the southwestern edge of Santa Fe By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican After weeks of petition drives newspa per ads and lobbying of city officials debate over a proposed new Wal Mart store is scheduled to culminate in front of theSanta Fe tonight While the issue technically involves only landuse rules arguments in recent weeks have ranged from global politics to local economics Inclusion of a WalMart Supercenter in the project at the southern end of Cerrillos Road has raised the ire of critics of the worlds largest retailer who portray the Arkansas based company as unethical and exploitative They decry the companys ability to drive out Lauren The New Mexican smaller locally owned competitors Supporters of the project however argue the company provides goods and services at prices workingclass families in Santa Fe can afford Consideration of a development plan for Entrada Contenta a commercial development is part of the coun cils agenda for a 7 session The proposed squarefoot WalMart Supercenter is just short of the feet maximum allowed under the citys big box ordinance If you What Public hearing on new affordable housing requirements followed by hearing a new development including a WalMart Supercenter Where Council Cham bers at City Hall Marcy Street at Lincoln Avenue When 7 The development also includes a squarefoot Walgreens drug store and several smaller buildings intended to create a Main Streefstyle facade along the southern reaches of Cerrillos Road City Councilor David Coss who recently announced his intentions to run for mayor said Tuesday he has been threatened with political retribution every day this week by people on both sides of the issue If you vote for this your political career is Coss said characterizing some of the comments hes received If you vote against this your political career is Coss said he did not like being put into a loselose situation but said he would listen to what people on both sides of the issue had to Please see WALMART Page A4 Handling ofDWI j records I r could get j review State commission doesnt need a formal complaint to open Gallegos investigation By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican The state Judicial Standards Com mission doesnt need to wait for a formal complaint to open an inves tigation into whether Santa Fes municipal judge altered sentencing records the head of the New Mexi cos judicial branch said Chief Justice Richard Bosson of the New Mexico Supreme Court vyhich has disci plinary authority over judges said he hadnt talked with commission direc tor Jim Noel about a report in Sundays New Mexican of allegations concern ing Judge Frances Gallegos but it is absolutely the kind of thing that would interest Thecommissions probes of judi cial conduct are kept secret until findings are issued The director of a group seeking strict enforcement of laws against driving while intoxicated this week publicly called for a state investiga tion into the newspapers report in which a former citycourt employee said Gallegos altered records sent to the state Motor Vehicle Division sometimes inflating sentences she gave drunkdriving offenders The judge has contended that she was correcting clerical errors when she sought to amend records in the wake of a 2004 report by the DWI Resource Center in Albuquer que that criticized her handling of cases On Tuesday Gallegos who ear lier said she would issue a formal statement was said to be too busy to talk to a New Mexican reporter the Judicial Standards Commission said over the weekend that he couldnt comment Please see REVIEW Page A4 Frances Gallegos INSIDE TODAY Anries Bl Local Five sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 222 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified tips 9863030 Main office 9833303 Obituaries Atex E Martinez 69 Aug 1 Adele H Catanach Aug 7 Adelina Sanchez 82 Albuquer que Aug 8 Esperansa Sandoval 21 Aug 5 Joe V Gurule 77 Cuarteles Aug 7 Lucy V Luna 78 San Pedro Aug 6 Page C2 Todays forecast Afternoon scattered thunder storms High 86 low 60 PageC8 Touchdown Discovery returns home Questions remain about future of shuttle program By ALICIA CHANG The Associated Press EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Calif Safely back on Earth though not quite home Now the shuttle faces an uncertain future Signaling its arrival with two thunderous sonic booms Discovery hurtled out of a black desert sky to a smooth touchdown Tuesday after scrapping four landing attempts at its Florida base because of rain and lightning The landing at a backup site was met with cheers and palpable relief after a tense two Please see HOME PageA5 The Associated Press The space shuttle Discovery lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Tuesday The shuttle is facing doubts about the programs future The same foam problems that doomed Columbia showed up on Discoverys mission