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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 20, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE SEPTEMBER TtJESDAY Smoke rises west of El Rito where residents along Forest Road 110 were ordered to evacuate Monday Photos by Kathy De La Torre The Pine Canyon Complex Fire Cooler temperatures weaker winds slow blaze now 10 percent contained Nearly acres burning near El Rito Ciprianp Vigil and his wife Susana Vigil spend time Monday with their 5monthold grandson Mitzael Pinon at the Red Cross shelter set up for fire evacuees at the County Rural Events Center south of El Rito Vigil a music teacher at Northern New Mexico Community College said he and his wife left their home for a hotel before the evacuation was ordered Monday Officials struggle to battle fire evacuate hesitant residents By Staci Mattock The New Mexican El RITO Firefighters and police took on the dual task Monday of trying to put out the nearly wildfire burning near the village of El Rito north of Espanola while coaxing uncooperative residents out of their homes As many as 80 people have evacuated their homes since the blaze formed from a group of smaller fires Saturday but about 30 people have refused to leave despite evacuation orders according to fire and emer gencymanagement officials We dont have a legal right to remove them or make them Don Scett head of emergency management for BernaliEo County said as ash from the fire floated over the village They heed to under stand fire and law enforcement cant guarantee get ting to them if things go Meanwhile firefighters are still trying to carve a line around the fire which was 10 percent contained Mon day night according to Carson National Forest spokes woman Joan E Hellen said More than 130 firefighters battled the Pine Canyon Complex Fire about six miles Please see FIRE Page A3 Alexander New Mexic Apollo on steroids NASA chief defends billion price tag for returning astronauts to moon ByMarciaDunn The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL Fla It will cost billion over the next decade to send astro nauts back to the moon NASAs chief said Mon day defending the price tag as an investment the nation can afford despite the expense of Hurricane Katrina Described as Apollo on the new moonexploration plan unveiled by the space agency will use beefedup shuttle and Apollo parts and aims to put people on the moon by 2018 There will be a lot more hurricanes and a lot more other natural disasters to befall the United States and the world in that time I hope none worse than NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said at a news conference But the space program is a longterm invest ment in our future We must deal with our shortterm problems while not sacrificing our longterm investments in our future When we have a hurricane we dont cancel the Air Force We dont cancel the Navy And were not going to cancel Griffin said he is not seeking extra money and stressed that NASA will live within its future annual budgets of billion Funding within the humanspaceflight program will be redi rected to achieve this goal and not one thin Please see NASA Page A3 50 CENTS Michael J Tribune State Treasurer Robert Vigil right appears with his attorney Sam Bregman outside the Federal Courthouse after his arraignment Monday in Albuquerque TREASURERS OFFICE Vigil Montoya plead not guilty Lawyer State treasurer inherited problems from predecessor By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican ALBUQUERQPE Armed with new law yers and fresh suits state Treasurer Robert Vigil and former treasurer Michael Montoya both pleaded not guilty Monday morning to federal extortion charges Vigil was going to spend time with his family Monday and has not made a decision about whether to take leave while the case proceeds or when hell return to work said his attorney Sam Bregman of Albuquerque Mr Vigil at this point is leaving all options on the Bregman said on the steps of the Pete V Domenici Courthouse A federal grand jury charged Vigil and Montoya with two counts each of extortion Attorney David Iglesias has said the defendants received money or kickbacks in exchange for sending state investment busi ness to private financial advisers Together the men received nearly in kick backs according to their indictments Vigil wearing a gray suit and surrounded INSIDE Democrats call for Vigil to take leave Page Cl Please see PLEAD Page A4 Montoyas brother also in legal trouble Orlando Montoya facing charges in fraud case By Steve Terrell The New Mexican One of the unnamed witnesses used to build the federal racketeering case against state Treasurer Robert Vigil and former trea surer Michael Montoya was a man recently indicted for securities fraud Orlando R Montoya the brother of Michael Montoya was indicted Sept 1 with two other men in connection with an alleged scheme to bilk senior citizens out of more than Federal authorities wouldnt confirm Mon day whether the man identified in an FBI affidavit as CW cooperating witness 2 is Orlando Montoya or either of the two other Please see 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