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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 16, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico SAN1AFE SEPTEMBER Gas guzzlers Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON Eight in 10 people say its important for Americans now driving sportutility vehicles to switch to more fuelefficient vehicles to reduce the nations dependence on oil a poll found With gas prices hovering around a gal lon nationally and the price of natural gas rising sharply six in 10 said they are not confident Presi dent Bush is taking the right approach to solving the nations energy problems according to the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People the Press Poll Eight in 10 say its important for SUV drivers to switch to more fuelefficient vehicles In Santa Fe auto dealers are beginning to see the effects of higher gas prices as car owners are trad ing gas guzzlers for gas sippers I cant buy enough Corollas and said Buddy Espinoza usedcar manager for Beaver Toy ota During the past few months Espinoza said he has seen an increase in the number of customers trading large pickups and SUVs for smaller cars Were getting lots of Chevy Silverados and Ford he said Toyotas gaselectric hybrid Prius continues to be popular with consumers wanting lower gas bills Waiting lists for the Prius which had fallen to two to three weeks in recent months have grown to as long as six months Espinoza said Higher gasoline prices also are affecting the resale value of SUVs and pickups Espinoza said Please see GAS Page A4 TP i cf X V1 A 5i Fight over teaching of evolution in public schools heats up in state nation Tuesday afternoon Johnson The national debate Some districts refloatin how to teach prigirW of life It has been 80 years since the Scopes Monkey Trial pitted Charles Darwins evolution theory againstthe biblical account of creatioa If s been 20 years since the US Supreme Court banned creationism from school curriculums But some school districts in the United States are still havingthe discussion over how to teach the on gins of life Only a few weeks ago the Rio Rancho school board voted 32 to allow ideas other than evolution in the districts science classes The policy was proposed by Board Member Don Schlichte a fulltime pastor While discussing ideas other than evolution is not Please see DEBATE Page A8 TWO TAKES ON LIFES ORIGINS Theory of evolution AM creatures on Earth evolved from a single ancestor mutations Tn creatures over long periods of time result in varying species Species with advan tageous characteris tics survive better in their environment than those without natural selection Intelligent Design Life is too complex to be explained solely by natural selection and must have originated under the supervision of a guiding hand Educators weigh in Evolution required teaiphing in Santa Fe district By John Sena The New Mexican r The battle over teaching evolution in publicschool science classes is intensifying again across the country Only a few weeks ago the Rio Rancho school board voted to allow other ideas about the origin of man to be taught in the districts science classes But in Santa Fe Public Schools science teachers strictly adhere to state standards Some teachers men tion other ideas about the origins of life but they are required to teach that the wide variety of organisms occupying the earth share a common ancestry Students rarely challenge them teachers say In fact Maya Del Margo an eighthgrade teacher at Alameda Middle School said she invites her students to Please see DISTRICT Page A8 OBITUARIES Robert Matthews Sep 19 Fort Worth Texas Water Jr Sept 14 Juan Pacheco 86 Santa Fe Sept 14 31 Sept 14 PageC2 PREP RALLIES TO DROP RIVAL Down 21 at half the Blue Griffins score two goals in the final 25 minutes to defeat Hope Christian 32 Sports Bl Susan Press President Bush addresses the nation Thursday from Jackson Square in New Orleans HURRICANE KATRIN A Bush City will rise again Governments cost for rebuilding could reach more than billion The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS President Bush promised Thursday night that the government will pay most of the costs of rebuilding the hurricanerav aged Gulf Coast in one of the largest reconstruction projects the world has ever seen There is no way to imag ine America without New Orleans and this great city will rise the president said Standing in Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter Bush acknowledged his administration had failed to respond adequately to Hur ricane Katrina which killed hundreds of people across five states The gov ernments costs for rebuilding could reach billion or beyond Tour years after the frightening experience of Sept 11 Americans have every right to expect a more Please see BUSH Page A4 Mayor French Quarter to reopen By Brett Martel The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS In a big step toward restoring the pulse and soul of New Orleans the mayor announced plans Thursday to reopen over the next week and a half some of the Big Easys most vibrant neighborhoods including the oncerollicking French Quarter The move could bring back more than of the citys original half million residents and speed the revival of its economy which relies heavily on the bawdy Napoleonicera enclave that is home to Bourbon Street Mardi Gras jazz and jambalaya The city of New will start to breathe a beaming Mayor Ray Nagin said We will have life We will have commerce We will have people getting into their normal Please see QUARTER Page A7 KINSHIP OF CARVING The rural village of to a splendid art form created by Jose Dolores Lopez unpainted aspen carvings of saints furniture or fixtures The Museum of Internationa Folk Art celebrates the Cordova Style and the Lopez clan of Cordova with a yearlong exhibit that opens Sunday Pasatiempo inside TODAY Mostly sunny breezy High 82 low 52 PageC10 Index Annies Mailbox Classifieds D5 Generation Next El Horoscope D1 Obituaries D7 Opinion Cl Police notes Scoreboard Sports Time Out Main office Late paper Classifieds 18 News tips 9833303 Five sections 44 pages 9640363 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