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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 7, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANIA FE OCTOBER FRIDAY 50 CENTS confirmed in area Copyright The New Mexican By Staci Mattock The New Mexican The long northward migration of African ized honey bees has reached the Santa Fe area a state official confirmed this week Bees that attacked construction workers and an exterminator at a home northwest of the city late this summer are part of an aggressive strain not previously found here county agri cultureextension agent Pat Torres said A New Mexico State University entomolo gist confirmed the identification after examin ing bees found in La Tierra Nueva subdivision Last year Torres said Africanized honey bees were identified near Edgewood east of Albuquerque He encouraged residents not to panic if they encounter a nest and to leave bee removal to experts Under most he said if you leave them alone theyre apt to leave you Brian Gianardi a construction supervisor readily admits he and his crews started a battle with the bees in La Tierra Nueva by fumigating their nest in the parapet of a house during a renovation project It took weeks to get rid of he said but not before the insects had attacked sey Please see BEES Page A4 PROTECTING YOURSELF Associated Press file photo Bees are beneficial to gardens and orchards Dont annihilate the first ones you see out of fear You might kill the wrong kind of bee or set off a swarm if they are Africanized Experts offer this advice Bee proofing Look for cracks and holes in your house that might lead to wall voids or other cavities where a bee colony might build a nest Screen or caulk these holes or fill the cav ity with insulation and bees will not move in Be alert Look before disturbing vegetation Many bees coming and going from a single spot may indi cate a nest Get help Contact trained and equipped beeremovat personnel if you discover a honeybee colony Dont try to remove the colony alone If stung First get away Run to shel ter of a car or building and stay there even if some bees come in with you Once safe remove stings from your skin as quickly as possible to reduce the amount of venom they inject Source University of California Department of Entomology LEGISLATURE SPECIAL SESSION Lawmakers stress caution while reviewing treasurers case By Steve Terrell The New Mexican A bipartisan panel of law makers began working on the possible impeachment of state Treasurer Robert Vigil on Thursday the first day of a special session of the state Legislature While leaders of both politi cal parties in the state House of Representatives stressed the impeachment subcommit tee will move in a cautious deliberate manner in deter mining whether Vigjl should be impeached others worried that the panel might move too slowly House Speaker Ben Lujan of Nambe and House Democratic Leader Kenny Martinez of Grants were joined by House Republican Leader Ted Hobbs of Albuquerque in announcing the formation of the subcom mittee The panel of five Dem ocrats and five Republicans will hire an independent coun sel decide upon procedures for the possible impeachment and investigate whether there is enough evidence to impeach Vigil No state official has ever been impeached in New Mexico The treasurer who was arrested by the FBI on Sept 16 faces federal charges of extor tion in an alleged kickback scheme The House is moving ahead with its constitutional duty in a principled and deliberate man ner and I am confident that we will perform this important task in a fair nonpartisan fash Lujan said The House of Represen tatives acts today to set in motion a process under its constitutional Martinez said Although we are acting immediately it is critical that we proceed with care and See HOUSE Page A7 Lauren the New Mexican Michael Browde a professor at The University of New Mexico School of Law answers legal questions from members of a newly created subcommittee of the House Rules Committee on Thursday The subcommittee was created to review and gather evidence addressing the pos sible impeachment of state Treasurer Robert Vigil Tests show new prevents vaccine cervica Company seeks FDA approval for Gardasil after twoyear test By Linda A Johnson The Associated Press An experimental vaccine to prevent the most com mon forms of cervical cancer proved 100 percent effective in a twoyear test on more than girls and women drug maker Merck Co Merck is hoping to win Food and Drug Administration approval for the vaccine Gar dasil and put it on the market as soon as late 2006 It would be the first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer a disease caused almost exclu sively by a highly common sexually transmitted virus called the human papilloma virus or HPV Doctors expect the vac cine to be routinely offered to girls and boys too because cancer they can spread the virus to their partners before they become sexually active though the practice is certain to run into opposition from conserva tives and religious I see this as a phenomenal said Dr Gloria Bachmann director of the Womens Health Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick Worldwide cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers among women It kills nearly a year including about in the United States About 20 mil lion Americans have some form of HPV which in addition to cervical cancer can cause painful genital warts The genetically engineered vaccine prevents cervical can cer by blocking infection from the two strains of HPV that cause 70 percent of all cases of the disease The study included sexually active women ages 16 See VACCINE Page A6 INSIDE House committee approves proposed tax rebates Page A7 Forest Service fires official who alleged misuse of pesticides By Susan Montoya Bryan The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE A Forest Service official who voiced concerns about alleged pesticide misuse in forests across the Southwest including New Mexico has been fired Doug Parker who worked as the pesticide Coordinator and assistant director of for estry health for the agencys Southwestern region told The Associated Press that he was removed from his duties last week because his supervisor said he failed to follow instruc tions Parker who has not spoken publicly about his case worked for the agency for nearly four decades and said he was proud to wear the For est Service uniform The whole reason behind this Doug Parker is I reported some signifi cant pesticidemisuse problems to the regional forester and they dont want to have controls over this he told the AP They want to be pesticide cowboys and go out there and do what they want to do with out consideration of compli ance with their own policies See PESTICIDES Page A6 THE UNSEEN IN THE ABSTRACT OBITUARIES Devil Ksley 19 64 Santa Fe Octl Raymond Jonsons abstract paintings maintain a cool distance Jonson 18911982 painted with an airbrush or carefully blotted the surface to remove any sign of the artists hand Raymond Jonson The MidCentury Paintings opens today at Peyton Wright Gallery Pasdtwmpo inside Michaels Gutierrez Oct3 MttaHvtado Oct4 Chavez 82 Santa IS MIERS FIT TO BE SUPREME Highcourt nominee Harriet Miers has an impressive resume but she falls far short of standards set by other justices PageA8 Index Annies MaHbox Business D3 Crossword C2 Generation Next El Horoscope 06 Local D5 Lotteries Dl Obituaries D5 Cl Pofice notes C2 Scoreboard C2 Sports A9 Tbne Out Main office Late 8 News Atoealy NYC SUBWAY ALERT New York officials step up transit security saying they had received warning of a Page A3 TODAY Sunshine High 68 low 43 Page C10 9833303 Five sections 40 pages 9840363 Pasafiempo 104 pages 9863000 156th year Issue No 280 9863030 Publication No 596440 Smfei New Mexico for 1M years