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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 17, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN OcroiiEB SCHOOL OF THE WEEK MARTINEZ ELEMENTARY Quality of students a constant Facing changing demographics school striving to do its best By John Sena The New Mexican They came out of their classrooms each carrying a black case Students with trumpets trombones clarinets flutes and saxophones and a couple with snare drums strapped to their backs They walked down the hall and around a corner to another classroom where they took their shiny instru ments out of their cases They struggled to fit clarinet bells and make sure saxophone ligatures were on correctly Eventually with a little help from band teacher Dave Anderson the Martinez Elemen tary School musicians played their first note OK thats pretty Anderson told the group after eight counts of nearly all the same sound Anderson who teaches band at a number of elementary schools is at Martinez twice a week More than a fifth of the school par ticipates in the band program 40 in beginning band and a similar number in advanced band The program is a source of pride among school offi cials They also talk about the schools garden and fruit orchard But those examples of success aside school officials are struggling to Please see SCHOOL Page A5 HEALTH State officials Flu season unpredictable Adequate supplies of vaccine expected for New Mexico By Sue Major Holmes The Associated Press New Mexicos state epidemiologist says its pretty hard to predict what will happen during the upcoming flu season Some years weve been hit early and hard others have been pretty Dr Mack Sewell said I just dont have a Health officials are not aware of anything unusual facing the state this year Sewell says the flu strains that are circulating are the usual ones New Mexico also expects adequate supplies of flu vaccine this year although health officials have urged those most at risk to get their shots right away season typically starts in December in New Mexico but the state Department of Health and the New Mexico Influenza Vaccine Con sortium on Wednesday encouraged people at higher risk for complica tions to get shots as soon as they become available Please see FLU Page A5 MONDAY Funeral homes recommend planning ahead for the costs arrangements Steve The New Mexican Faith Lipori of Carbondale meets with Karia GonzalesSmail a funeralplanning manager from Berardinelli Family Funeral Service in Santa Fe Liporis mother Bunny Pettit 77 died Oct 7 INANCING ETERNITY F By Wendy Brown The New Mexican aith Lipori of Carbondale came to Santa Fe nearly two weeks ago for a reason no one ever looks forward to Her mother who exercised regu larly ate well and practiced yoga had an unexpected heart attack and died It was very sudden and very Lipori said As family members gathered to make funeral arrangements Lipori said they found diemselves wishing they had a book about how to do it You dont know what to she said Friends suggested they use Berardinelli Family Funeral Service so they did Lipori met with her mothers lawyer went over the will and started preparations for sell ing her mothers property Thankfully the funeral was not that expensive she said Her mother Bunny Pettit 77 wanted to be cremated and have a service at the Upaya Zen Center which only accepts donations Lipori figures her mothers funeral will cost about total The Federal Trade Commission estimates the average funeral with burial costs about Lipori considers herself lucky because she and other family members all have good jobs but she does not know how people hi lower income brackets afford funerals All four of Santa Fes funeral homes require that people pay up front and funeral directors said thats the industry standard throughout the country Lipori and her fam ily put the funeral expenses on their credit cards and expect the estate to pay them back later Thats what you she said Because of her mothers sudden death Lipori plans to make changes in her own life She wants to clean out the clutter at home and make it clear what family members should do if she becomes seri Please see ETERNITY Page A4 INSIDE The Old Pine Box thrives the oldfashioned way A simple method on doityourself funerals List of funeral homes in Santa Fe Page A4 50 CENTS IRAQ VOTE Khalid Associated Press An Iraqi soldier loads ballot boxes in a truck before shipping them for counting in Baghdad on Sunday Leaders predict charter victory Constitution seems assured of passage after Sunni opposition falls short ByLeeKeath The Associated Press BAGHDAD Iraq Iraqs landmark constitution seemed assured of passage Sunday after initial results showed minority Sunni Arabs had fallen short in an effort to veto it at the polls The apparent acceptance was a major step in the attempt to establish a democratic government that could lead to the withdrawal of troops Opponents failed to secure the necessary twothirds no vote in any three of Iraqis 18 provinces accord ing to counts that local officials pro vided to The Associated Press In the crucial central provinces with mixed ethnic and religious populations enough Shiites and Kurds voted to stymie the Sunni bid to reject the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani issued a decree setting Dec 15 for Iraqis to vote again this to elect a new parliament If the constitution indeed passed the first fullterm par liament since Saddam Husseins fall in 2003 will install a new government by Dec 31 If the charter has failed the parliament will be temporary tasked with drawing up a new draft on which to vote But the outcome could further divide the nation with many Sun nis fearing the new decentralized government will deprive them of their fair share in the countrys vast oil wealth Large numbers of Sun nis voted and some of their leaders were already rejecting the apparent result While a strong Sunni turnout in Saturdays referen dum suggested a desire among many to participate in Iraqs new political system there were fears that anger at being ruled under a constitution they oppose could push some into supporting the Sunniled insurgency Please see IRAQ Page A5 President Bush The vote today in Iraq is in stark contrast to the attitude the philosophy and strategy ofalQaida their terrorist friends and NMSU FOR LA INTERNET La Universidad Estata de Nuevo Mexico ofrecera clases a los estudiantes del norte del estado El Nuevo Mexicano Bl KATRINA EVACUEES SEEK AID Region trying to cope with influx of unemployed homeless residents Page A6 WORLD SERIES HERE COME THE WHITE SOX Pierzynski came out on the right side of yet another umpiring ruckus and Jose Contreras pitched a fivehitter as Chicago beat the Angels to win the AL Championship Series in 5 games Sports Cl TODAY Partly sunny High 72 low 42 PageC8 OBITUARY Cecilia Contreras 67 Santa Fe Oct 14 Page C2 Index Annies Horoscope El A7 A locally owned and mdepende ispaper wwwjantafenewmeik t Main Late News Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 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