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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 25, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico 156 years THURSDAY AUGUST 25 2005 FIFTY CENTS Fight over hilltops shifts to new home By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Opponents of construction on Santa Fes ridge tops are changing their The opponents withdrew theirs appeal of a city building permit for Andrew and Sydney Davis proposed mansion and another house on a hilltop on Monte Verde on the northeast side of Santa Fe Now they are looking at appealing another project Lino and Carol Pertusi nis construction plans on nearby Hill crest Circle Richard Ellenberg a retired attorney who is treasurer of the Santa Fe Canyon Association said the Per tusini project a better test case for the citys ridgetop ordinance also called the escarpment ordinance On Wednesday Ellenberg said he decided to back off the Davis case last week after meeting with appellant Andrew Perkins the Davises attorney Frank Herdman and their architect Tim Blonquist He said the Davis plan wasnt an ideal test case for challenging the citys enforcement of its escarpment ordi nance for several reasons Excavation for the Davis squarefoot mansion and a foot house already have begun so the ridge already has been damaged Blonquist is planning measures to make the house less obtrusive such as exterior stone work matching the sur rounding terrain portals and other fea tures to cut the glare from windows and aged copper for metal work Herdmans law firm Rubin Katz Salazar Alley Rouse represents Ellen berg personally and his association cre ating a possible conflict of interest Please see HILLTOP Page A5 An appeal to stop development on a hilltop off Monte Verde has been withdrawn but an appeal may be filed to stop a hilltop development on Hillcrest Circle Alexander New Mexican Bush aims to counter Sheehan crusade President Idaho mother shows military families support of war By WILLIAM DOUGLAS Knight Ridder Newspapers NAMPA Idaho In an effort to counter the publicity about antiwar military mom Cindy Sheehans vigil outside his Texas ranch Presi dent Bush on Wednesday praised an Idaho woman whose husband and five sons were sent to Iraq saying shes an example of how military families really feel about the war Tammy Pruett screamed when Bush mentioned her and her family to a receptive crowd of more than people most of them Idaho National Guard per sonnel and their families at a sports arena here Pruetts husband Leon and their sons Eric Evan Greg Jeff and Eren have all served in Iraq Tammy says this Please see BUSH Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Nick F Catanach 42 Aug 21 Robert Chapman Turner 92 Sandy Spring July 26 Joseph D Wesselkamper 65 Santa FeAug 20 Philip Cordova 41 Aug 7 Amalia C Aland 89 Santa Fe Aug 20 Josephine GriegoBaca Santa Fe Page C2 Todays forecast Some sun a Tstorm in the High low 57 Page C 8 Index Annies Mailbox D3 Movies C2 Business Mutuais Classifieds El Opinion Comics A7 D4 Outdoors Dl Crossword D3 Police roles Horoscope D3 Scoreboard B2 Local news Cl Sports Lotteries Bl C2 Stocks C7 TheWesfs Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue No 237 Publication No 596440 8IM16646II00050IIII8 Judge Gallegos suspended State will look at claims of misconduct while judge is off bench for 90 days Luis Sanchez New Mexican Municipal Court Judge Frances Gallegos gets a hug Wednesday from her attorneys daughter Rebekah Wolf before leaving a hearing of the New Mexico Supreme Court which suspended her for 90 days with pay while the state Judicial Standards Com mission investigates allegations of misconduct Council to choose replacement judge By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Santa Fes mayor will be respon sible for nominating a person to replace Municipal Court Judge Frances Gallegos during her sus pension but the City Council will have the final word City Manager Mike Lujan said Wednesday Currently the city has one pro tern judge under contract to fill in for Gallegos when she cannot be in court Lujan said That person former Magistrate Judge Eugene Romero filled in for Gallegos on Wednesday and might be con sidered for the job both Lujan and Santa Fe Mayor Larry Delgado said Delgado said he plans to come up with a name soon and thinks the council will likely approve a replacement judge at its next meeting Monday He said hes asked Lujan to put the issue on Mondays agenda Im in a real hurry to get this he said The court is a ser vice to the people and its got to keep Delgado said he didnt have a name in mind yet but expected by the time he gets to work today he will likely find a list of city residents interested in the job Please see CHOOSE Page A5 Larry Delgado By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican The New Mexico Supreme Court sus pended Municipal Court Judge Frances Gallegos for 90 days with pay Wednes day while a state agency investigates allegations of misconduct against her Meanwhile state police confirmed Wednesday that agents are investigating alle gations of records tampering against Gallegos The unanimous decision by the five Supreme Court justices came in connection with one set of allegations against the judge which include failing to conduct proper arraignments and sentencings violating law yerless defendants consti tutional rights and failing to maintain professional com petence Chief Justice Richard Bosson urged the Judicial Standards Commission to complete its investigation into those allegations as quickly as possible Bosson also urged the commission to continue its investigation into allegations that Gal legos improperly and ille gally tampered with driving whileintoxicated records in an effort to make herself look tougher to the public The court chose to address the case of the DWI records later Gallegos refused to com ment on the suspension which begins Monday As Wednesdays hear ing got under way Bosson reminded those in the packed courtroom that the justices were not there to decide the merits of the alle gations made by the commis 1 Please see JUDGE Page A5 Lawyer says witness in threat case admitted embezzling from agency Defense attorney says state is relying ori d person with no credibility By BEN NEARY The New Mexican A woman who accused Frank Romero the former deputy director of the Gov ernors Commission on Dis ability of threatening to kill his supervisor last year has admitted to embezzling money from thecommission and resigned early this year according to statements at a public hearing Wednesday The state last fall secured a restraining order against Romero In its petition the state included a sworn state Luis Sanchez New Mexican Former state worker Frank Romero is appealing his firing as deputy director of the Governors Commission on Disability on allegations he threatened to kill his boss Mary Beresford ment from Danette Garcia charging that Romero had threatened to kill commission Director Mary Beresford Although Romero denied the allegation the commission kept him on leave until he was fired this spring Please see THREAT Page A6 Silence greets Robertsons call to assassinate Chavez White House distances itself from religious leaders view By ANNE GEARAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON Theres an old Southern saying that you dance with the one that brung ya but as the Bush administration found out this week sometimes you dont want to dance too closely The administration quickly distanced itself from the suggestion by religious broadcaster and Bush backer Pat Robert son that the United States assassinate a leftist Latin American head of state State Department spokes Pat Robertson Televangelist said Monday that the should kill Venezuelas president man Sean McCormack called Robertsons remarks about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez inappropri but stopped short of condemning them This is not the policy of the United States govern McCormack said Tuesday We do not share his The Bush administra tion does share many of Robertsons views on other matters such as stemcell Please see CALL 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