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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 24, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24 2005 FIFTY CENTS Panel Judges violations more serious Colleges to appear before state Supreme Court today By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Recently discovered Municipal Court documents indicate Judge Frances Gallegos committed much more serious violations in allegedly altering drunkendriv ing records than has been previ ously reported according to a Tuesdayfiling in New Mexico Supreme Court In at least three instances Gallegos added jail sentences to yearsold cases that had been dis missed when they were originally adjudicated according to a sup plemental petition filed Tuesday by the state Judicial Standards Commission One of the cases was dismissed by Gallegos predeces sor Judge Tom Fiorina the docu ments state The documents came to light in the 11 days since the commis sion filed three separate peti tions against Gallegos urging her immediate suspension She is to appear in front of the Supreme Court this afternoon to explain the allegations in those petitions Through her lawyer Gallegos filed responses to those three petitions Tuesday afternoon as ordered by the Supreme Court While commission staff mem Please see JUDGE Page A4 Judge Frances Gallegos shown in her office at Municipal Court in July will appear before the state Supreme Court today Luis Saturno Tije New Mexican Couple catches heat for solar panels KathyQe La New Mexican Dave Groenfeldt displays the solar panels on the roof of his home Monday that he will replace with smaller collectors to comply with the require ments of the Historic Design Review Board A neighbor complained that the solar panels were too visible Eastside residents forced to shrink rooftop collectors By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Residents of an eastside Santa Fe neighbor hood agreed Tuesday to downsize their rooftop solarenergy panels to make them less visible The Historic Design Review Board approved the change by a Camino Santander couple who had installed the solar collectors without first seeking the boards OK The decision resolves a conflict between maintaining Santa Fe architectural styles in the closely regulated historic district and encouraging the use of renewable energy sources Last fall Dave Groenfeldt and Annette Can tor bought a twostory house at 1021 Camino Santander and it by adding 10 4by8foot solar panels on the roof In March as the job neared completion a neighbor complained about the collectors The city redtagged the job because there was no permit issued for such work in the historic district Groenfeldt appeared before the board July 12 to propose adding wooden screens around the panels But the board members were not receptive to the idea and asked him to come back with other options On Tuesday Groenfeldt showed the board a 44by16inch solar panel that he ordered from a Connecticut firm He proposed replacing his larger panels with 22 of the smaller ones Groenfeldt said the smaller panels when mounted horizontally will riseonly three to five inches above his roof parapet Although Groenfeldt said the smaller panels should not be visible from most directions he also proposed two other ways to make them less obtrusive from other directions Painting the shiny metallic backsides of the panels and the opaque parts of the front sides to match the stucco color of his home Planting three evergreens more than sevenfeet tall near Camino Santander where a break in the vegetation makes the panels visible from the street Leon Simis who lives at 1031 Camino Santander told the board he was the neighbor who rocked the boat by complaining about Groenfeldts solar panels Please see SOLAR Page A4 Obesity growing in nearly every state especially down South New Mexicos ranking Percentage of obese adults mea sured 200204 State percentage 1 Miss 2 Ala 3 W Va 39 48 49 Mass 50 Colo No data on Hawaii included in state rankings Source Center for Disease Control and Prevention By KEVIN FREK1NG The Associated Press WASHINGTON Like a lot of people the nations weight problem is settling below its waistline The states with the highest percentages of obese adults are mostly in the South Mississippi Alabama West Vir ginia Louisiana and Tennessee In the entire nation only Ore gon isnt getting fatter New Mexicos obesity rate increased 6 percentage points to percent Some percent of Ameri can adults were obese in the 200204 period up slightly from 22 percent for 200103 says the advocacy group Trust for Americas data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Alabama had the biggest increase There the obesity rate increased percentage points Eight states came in under 20 percent Colorado Massachu setts Rhode Island Connecti cut Vermont Montana Utah and New Hampshire But their figures were all rising Oregon Iheld steady at 21 percent Hawaii was not included in the groups report Tuesday Please see OBESITY Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Todays forecast Amalia C Ala rid 89 Santa Fe Aug 20 Joseph D Wesselkamper Aug 20 Josephine GriegoBaca Santa Fe Aug 22 Nick F Catnach 42 Aug 21 Philip Cordova 41 Aug 7 Robert C Turner duly 26 Partly cloudy windy cooler High 83 low 57 Page C8 PageC2 Index The Wests Oldest Newspaper Rve sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 236 Publication No 596440 Annies Mailbox C7 Movfes C2 Business D4 Muluals Classifieds El Opinion Comics A7 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 IM Police notes C2 Crossword C7 Scoreboard B2 Horoscope C7 Sports Bl Local news Cl Slocks Lotteries C2 Taste D5 EM Feds find countys youth jail deficient Judge says inmates not getting proper therapy schooling By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican Once a model program for kids who end up on the wrong side of fed eral laws Santa Fe Countys juvenile lockup has deteriorated to shambles former employees federal judges auditors and even juveniles all say The Bureau of Prisons on Tuesday issued a report to Santa Fe County that identified seven defi ciencies in its operation of a secure training school for juveniles in the federal system While the agency has not issued a written threat of removing resi dents from the program the report indicates problems similar to the ones the federal Department of Justice uncovered at the countys adult jail several years ago Those complaints led to the removal of federal inmates from the facility Chief District Judge Martha Vazquez said the report confirms her worries about the safety of youths at the juvenile lockup She personally has seen that they are not getting the therapy schooling or supervision required by federal law she said is exceedingly The county agreed to provide certain ser vices and it has she said Tues Please see JAIL Page A5 Researchers Fetuses feel no pain until final months Critics dispute findings claim bias The Associated Press CHICAGO A review of medi cal evidence has found that fetuses likely dont feel pain until the final months of pregnancy a powerful challenge to abortion opponents who hope that discussions about fetal pain will make women think twice about ending pregnancies Critics angrily disputed the findings and claimed the report is biased They have literally stuck their hands into a hornets said Dr Kanwaljeet Anand a fetal pain researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences who believes fetuses as young as 20 weeks old feel pain This is going to inflame a lot of scientists who are very very concerned and are far more knowledgeable in this area than the authors appear to Please see PAIN Page A5   

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