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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 30, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally earned and independent Serving New Mexico TUESDAY AUGUST 30 2005 FIFTY CENTS standin City officials appoint St Michaels graduate turned lawyer to bench By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican The Santa Fe City Council appointed a 30yearold politically connected lawyer Monday to replace suspended Municipal Court Judge Frances Gal legos for the next 90 days Sonya CarrascoTrujillo the current deputy chief of staff for Lt Gov Diane Denish and a former prosecutor will be the first lawyer to serve as Munici pal Court judge in Santa Fe and said Monday she is ready to begin work at the court immediately Im excited and very she said after learning of the appointment Id be lying if I said I wasnt nervous but theres a lot of work to be Councilors appeared impressed with Mayor Larry Delgados choice for the job before voting her in unanimously Shes young local and female you hit the jackpot on Councilor Patti Bushee said Im very gratified you picked an attorney and I hope thats a trend for the Gallegos was suspended with pay by the New Mexico Supreme Court last week while the state Judicial Stan dards Commission investigates two sets of misconduct allegations CarrascoTrujillo who earned a law degree from The University of New Mexico and a bachelors degree from Georgetown University in Washington has worked for DenisH oversee ing policy development for her office since August 2003 according to her resume Before that she was an assis tant district attorney first in Santa Fe then Albuquerque CarrascoTrujillo who graduated from St Michaels High School was an intern for thenRep Bill Richardson In an interview Monday CarrascoTru jillo said her experience both in enforcing the law as a prosecutor and helping cre ate laws with the lieutenant governors office will pay off on the bench Please see STANDJN Page A6 Sonya CarrascoTrujillo Age 30 Residence Santa Fe Education University of New Mexico School of Albuquerque grad uated 2000 Georgetown University Washington graduated 1997 Work experience August 2003present deputy chief of staff New Mexico lieutenant governors office SantaFe June 2002August 2003 Assistant district attorney Second Judicial District Albuquerque August 2000June 2002 Assistant district attorney Rrst Judicial District Santa Fe Summer 1999 city attorneys office Albuquerque Summer 1998 Law clerk attorney gener als office Santa Fe 1995 Intern Rep Bill Richardsons office Washington Photos by The Associated Press ALABAMA Untold number of people feared dead in flooded areas MISSISSIPPI Highest storm surges 22 feet hit with 135 mph winds FLORIDA Officials estimate about people without electricity Deadly Katrina Reuters A man videotapes a car crushed by fallen debris in downtown New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit Monday morning About 20 buildings collapsed in the Crescent City Katrtna barreled into the Gulf Coast just outside New Orleans around daybreak Monday as the monstrous 145mph storm made a right turn at the last minute to spare the Big Easy the doomsday scenario it has long feared New Orleans avoids direct hit at least 55 reported dead By ALLEN G BREED The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS Hurri cane Katrina was not the apocalyptic storm that New Orleans has been dreading all these years But it was fast approaching that level in nearby Gulf Coast towns in Mississippi The early death toll from the storm was at least 55 including an esti mated 50 people killed in one Missis sippi county alone said Jim Pollard spokesman for the Harrison County emergency operations center The death was accompanied by widespread destruction Floodwa ters gushed into Mississippis flashy beachfront casinos sailboats were flung across a highway like toys doz ens of people had to be rescued from rooftops and attics as the water rose through their homes some neigh borhoodsJin the Big Easy were sub merged up to the roofs And the death toll is only expected to go up as authorities reach more flood ravaged homes along the Gulf Coast Some of them it was their iast night on Terry Ebbert chief of homeland security for New Orleans said of people who ignored orders to evacuate the city of over the weekend Thats a hard way to learn a Katrina barreled into the Gulf Coast just outside New Orleans around day break Monday as a monstrous 145 mph storm making a right turn at the last minute to spare the Big Easy the doomsday scenario it has long feared Had Katrina not shifted hurricane Please see Page A4 Inside Santa Fe resi dent leaves Big Easy for higher ground Experts Recov ery effort might be biggest in history Katrina could have longlasting effect on energy prices Stories Page A3 Pfeffer to challenge Senator Bingaman City councilor set to announce candidacy today By STEVE TERRELL The City Councilor David Pfef fer a former Democrat who switched parties this year after campaigning for Presi dent Bush in the 2004 election expected to announce his candidacy for the Senate in Albuquerque today Pfeffer 60 who represents the northside District 1 on the council would be run ning against popular Demo cratic Sen Jeff Bingaman a fourterm incumbent who earlier this yearannounced his intent to seek reelection A Monday news release for Pfeffer said the councilor has been touring New Mex ico in recent months explor ing a runfor the United States Senate meeting with GOP groups in Taos Clovis Los Alamos Roswell Albu Please see PFEFFER Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Ann DuBois Ann C Kendall 65 Aug 28 Charles A Mitchell 46 July 29 Dolores M Hofguln 63 Norwalk 27 Gabriel A Rem 2 Aug 24 Sharon Martinez 57 Aug 29 Elizardo P Morrtoya 86 Truchas Aug 26 Page C2 Todays forecast Warm with a good deal pfsuni High90 low 54 PageC6 Index Annies Mailbox CS Lotteries Business Dl Movies C2 C3 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A5 84 Police notes C2 Crossword C5 Scoreboard B2 Horoscope C5 Sports ai Local news Cl Stocks TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Five sections 26 pages 156th year Issue No 242 Publication No 596440 Lata paper 9844363 PNM expected to set alltimehigh gas prices By BOB QUICK The New Mexican The heating season hasnt even Public Service Co ofNew Mexico announced its tentative cost for natural gasvnext month will reach an alltime high of cents per therm Thats also almost 37 per cent more than the August price of cents per therm and well over last Septembers cost of 57 cents PNMs highest previous price for natural 76 cents per therm in March 2001 PNM will set the final price today with the state Public Regulation Commis sion which oversees utilities and approves energy rates It could change slightly up or down Its not likely to go PNM spokesman Don Brown said Septembers high price is a signal where prices are headed this Brown said And the hurricane doesnt Next months average bill is expected to reach an estimated Please see Page A6
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