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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 11, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE MEXICAN OCTOBER TUESDAY 50 CENTS CAJA DEL RIO MESA Slain livestock and trash dumping in area southwest of Santa Fe has ranchers BLM officials concerned Areas of BLM property in Caja del Rio have been used as dumping grounds and target ranges A year ago this area was trashfree Malicious acts scar land Photos by Lauren The New Mexican Former Santa Fe County Commissioner Jose Varela Lopez of La Cieneguilla walks away from the body of his lead cow which was shot to death earlier thismonth on Bureau of Land Management property Varela Lopez who manages his grandfathers 9OOacre BLM allotment said this is the second cow within six months that has been killed in the By Staci Matlock The New Mexican Dead cows busted fences and garbage are plaguing ranchers and Bureau of Land Management staff on the south ern Caja del Rio mesa southwest of Santa Fe At the beginning of this month former Santa Fe County Commissioner Jose Varela Lopez whose family has ranched in the area for four generations found one of his grandfathers preg nant cows shot multiple times including in the eye and left to die on a BLM grazing allot ment near ancient petroglyphs in the area It is the first time one of the familys cows had been shot Varela Lopez said Another cow was shot in a similar manner six months ago near the allotment on rancher Howard Miers property west of the Santa Fe River It also was shot in the eye and left to die It appeared to be just Mier said No meat was harvested from either animal Mier and Varela Lopez said Theres always shooting in this Varela Lopez said Cuff Mascarenas deputy director of the New Mexico Livestock Board said he hadnt heard of the Mier cow killing Varela Lopezs dead cow was thefirst reported from the area since 2001 He said the board is investigating the case That area is known for heavy public use and a lot of target he said Portions of the BLM allotment are open for shooting practice as long as people animals and private property arent the targets said Leon ard Bird a BLM law enforcement officer who patrols the Caja del Rio But shooters arent pay ing attention to those rules BLM land around the petroglyphs was des ignated as an area of criticaj environmental concern to protect the petroglyphs That hasnt stopped the target practice or trash People come up here and shoot at petroglyphs or what ever they feel Bird said Please see MALICIOUS Page A6 WAR IN IRAQ Casualties rising for reservists 140 deaths 120 100 80 National Guard and Reserve troops are accounting for an increasingly larger share of deaths in Iraq military deaths in Iraq Active duty Guardsmen c Reservists NOTE Includes confirmed deaths as of Oct 9 MAMJJASONDJFMAMJJASONDJFMAMJJASO 2O03 2004 2O05 The Associated Press Toll shifts to citizen soldiers Reservists deaths continue to rise as their role in conflict grows By Robert Bums The Associated Press WASHINGTON The National Guard and Reserve are suffering a strik ingly higher share of casualties in Iraq their portion of total American military deaths nearly doubling since last year Reservists have accounted for one quarter of all deaths since the Iraq war began but the proportion has grown over time It was 10 percent for the five weeks it took to topple Baghdad in the spring of 2003 and 20 percent for 2004 as a whole The trend accelerated this year For the first nine months of 2005 reservists accounted for 36 percent of deaths and for August and September it was 56 percent according to Pentagon figures The Army National Guard Army Please see CITIZENS Page A6 OBITUARIES Jane Gutierrez Oct 11 tula Evans 73 Oct 10 Santa Fe Vincent Newton 88 Santa Fe Oct 6 Eugene Graves San Antonio OcL 8 PageC2 CHANGING GEARS With soaring gas prices Santa Feans are turning to a humanpowered alternative the bicycle Business Dl STORM SLAMS WEST Powerful snowstorm sweeps through Rockies leaving thousands of people without power Local Cl TREASURER SCANDAL Vigil may face vote Oct 28 Lawmakers OK plan for extraordinary session on possible impeachment By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Indicted state Treasurer Robert Vigil could face an impeachment vote in the state House of Representatives at the end of the month according to a schedule for impeachment pro ceedings unanimously endorsed by the House on Monday INSIDE According to the plan the panel investigating possible Lawmakers impeachment would make still on collision its presentation Oct 28 in an course over extraordinary session of the energy relief state Legislature House panels The schedule for the approve anti subcommittee of the House pricegouging Rules and Order of Business bill Committee is optimistic Page A4 said former state Supreme Court Justice Paul Kennedy who is serving as special coun sel to the panel Vigil and former state Treasurer Michael Montoya were arrested last month and charged in federal court Both men are accused of demanding and receiving kickbacks from investment advisers in exchange for contracts with the Treasurers Office Kennedy told the House the streamlined schedule for the investigation is necessary The Treasurers Office handles billions of dollars he said Vigils indictment is for alleged crimes that go to the very heart of his responsibilities as the custodian and investor of those state Kennedy said There exists a sense of need to reassure the public and the investment community that the integrity of the state Treasurers Office is not he said In another development related to the impeachment proceedings the director of a government watchdog group said Monday Please see VOTE Page A4 SANTA FE RAILYARD Theater plans set for review By Julie Ann Grimm The New Mexican Plans for a movie theater and underground parking garage on the cityowned Santa Fe Rai lyard are slated for review at a city committee Thursday If s the furthest anyone has gotten in trying to complete the movie and parking elements of the Railyard master plan At least two other teams planned to work on the theater complex before being thwarted by finances or other problems Now private developers Allen Branch Rick Jaramillo and Steve Duran who have already signed a sublease on the property are close to getting a building permit for a 10screen movie theater that would be operated by Maya Cinemas and square feet of retail or office space that would connect to a 400space parking garage Please see THEATER Page A6 PITTSBURGH STEELS A ROAD WIN Big Ben and Jerome Bettis did their part but it was Jeff Reeds 40yard field goal with 6 seconds left that sealed the deal for the Steelers on Monday night Sports Bl Index A owned independent newspaper Annies Crossword Bl Horoscope C5 Mutuals Opinion Police Scoreboard D3 Bl A5 Stocks C3 Time OutC5 B2 wiowjantafenewroexieanxoni Main office Late paper Classifieds Newstips TODAY Partly sunny cool a High 59 low 37 PageC6 Five sections 26 pages 9840363 9863000 156th year Issue No 284 9863030 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