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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 14, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NEW THE SANTA FE OCTOBER FRIDAY 50 CENTS Prosecutor Strip Vigil of power Richardson Security guards to monitor Treasurers Office By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Alarmed by new federal documents that allege a coer cive atmosphere at the state Treasurers Office where employees offices allegedly have been broken into and papers rifled Gov Bill Rich ardson on Thursday ordered security guards for the office building Im sending security guards over to the Rich ardson said shortly after a reporter told him what the Attorneys Office had alleged about work conditions at the office Some Treasurers Office employees have complained privately about being intimi dated in the office by those close to indicted state Trea surer Robert Vigil See RICHARDSON Page A4 Motion Employees report intimidation office tampering Luis Sanchez New Mexican State police officers David Martinez left and Pat Oake ley check on the state Treasurers Office on Thursday after Gov Bill Richardson sent security guards to the site By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican Attorney David Iglesias has asked a federal judge to remove state Treasurer Robert Vigils power over employees and security at the Treasurers Office according to a prosecu tors motion filed Thursday Work papers may have been tampered with and at least one employee has been repri manded at the state Treasur ers Office the motion says Vigil has been charged by a federal grand jury with 21 counts of extortion which include a provision that he return to the United States Prosecutors allege Vigil and former Treasurer Michael Montoya received kickbacks from private investment advis ers in exchange for sending state investment business to See MOTION Page A4 INSIDE Why the election is important Key points in constitution Whats next after election Page A3 Security tight in Baghdad as election nears Sunnis divided over Iraq I Constitution attacks expected By Hamazda Hendawi The Associated Press BAGHDAD Iraq Hundreds of Iraqi police and army troops fanned out across Baghdad on Thurs day setting up checkpoints and fortifying polling stations with barbed wire and blast barriers two days ahead of a historic constitu tional referendum From the citys Shiite strong hold of Kazimiyah to its southern approaches in the notorious Triangle of the capitals usually chaotic traffic was down to a tiny fraction Many stores didnt bother to open and others shuttered early ahead of a 10 curfew By nightfall Baghdad streets were almost emptied of civilians The large army and police presence combined with the scarcity of people gave the city a disquieting calm Please see ELECTION Page A5 CHIMAYO Jury Fatal police shooting justified By Jason Auslander The New Mexican The fatal shooting of a Chimayo man last year by a state police officer was justified a Rio Arriba County grand jury found Wednesday Leo Lopez 44 was shot three times in the upper back by Officer Sean Wallace in September 2004 during the course of a heroin investigation Police have said officers in an unmarked car pulled Lopez over on Rio Arriba County Road 100 in Chimayo After officers got out of their car and identified themselves Lopez backed his truck toward them in an attempt to use the vehicle as a weapon and Wal lace shot him according to police accounts of the incident District Attorney Henry Valdez said Thursday that the grand jury considered the case Wednesday Please see FATAL Page A5 SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL Contagion sweeps campus Karl New Mexican John Cruz left loads baggage for his daughter Shelby into his car Thursday at Santa Fe Indian School where a suspected gastroenteritis virus made nearly ISO students and staff members ill The illnesses forced the school to close at least until Monday afternoon Parents were asked to pick up their children School closes after illness strikes nearly 150 students staff By Shannon Shaw The New Mexican Santa Fe Indian School officials closed the school Thursday after nearly 150 students and staff became ill from a suspected stomach flu Health Department officials have yet to determine the cause of the illnesses but symptoms point to gastroenteritis the so called stomach flu said Gilbert Pena dean of students The school is scheduled to reopen at 130 Monday but might remain closed longer The main reason the school came to the decision to send kids home is that the disease is highly school nurse Linda Hummingbird said Somewhere we had to break the chain of About 125 of the schools nearly 700 stu dents and some 20 staff members became ill Hummingbird said The majority of students who come in they just dont look like she said Theyre all pretty much complaining of the exact same Some of the students live in campus dor mitories providing a fertile ground for the illness to spread Hummingbird said Two weeks ago she said students began complain ing of sudden abdominal pain nausea and in some cases persistent vomiting Last week when student visits to Hum mingbird multiplied she relayed a list of the the Santa Fe Indian Hospital seeking a diagnosis Hospital officials said it was gastroenteritis Gastroenteritis is a virus that irritates and inflames the digestive tract with symp toms including nausea vomiting diarrhea abdominal discomfort a lowgrade fever of 99 Please see CAMPUS Page A6 FRESHMEN BEWARE Upperclassmen clump freshmen in trash cans and write on them but schools cant seem to stop the humiliating initiations Gen Next Dl Index Annies D3 C2 A localy owned and independent newspaper T 1 Police notes Sports Time GOVERNOR HEADING OVERSEAS Gov Bill Richardson is leaving for North Korea Saturday to help persuade the nation to give up its nucleararms program Page A4 ATTORNEY GENERAL EYING THE HOUSE Democrats have been leaning on Patricia Madrid to make a bid for Heather Wilsons seat in the House of Representatives Local Cl EMISSARY OF HOPE Jane Goodall has grave concerns about the state of our planet but she comes to the Lensic on Wednesday to share some Earthsaving solutions Pasatiempo inside TODAY Sunny High 70 low 41 PageC10 OBITUARIES Eliot Streeper 59 Sept 24 OttofreSalazar 66 Medanales Oct 12 Josephina Martinez 12 PageC2 local news D5 Lotteries Generation Obituaries Horoscope Opinion Main office9633303 Late Classifieds News tips9863030 Five sections 40 pages Pasatiempo 96 pages 156th year Issue No 287 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years   

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