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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 20, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN OCTOBER THURSDAY 50 CENTS Decline in drug deaths encouraging Experts optimistic hope drop signals a downward trend but area is still nations deadliest By Diana Heil The New Mexican Given New Mexicos chronic substanceabuse problem one epidemiologist says an 18 percent decline in drug deaths last year is Heroin the biggest killer took fewer lives as did alcohol cocaine and prescription drugs In all there were 56 fewer overdose deaths last year than in 20 03 However New Mexico still leads the nation in drugoverdose deaths And death rates can fluc tuate erratically from year to year based on such factors as drugtrafficking patterns drug busts and publichealth initiatives Nina Shah a drugabuse epidemiologist for the state Department of Health said she is cau tiously optimistic The 2005 overdose count is incomplete but looks hopeful so far It seems to be similar to last but we know all the data arent in so its hard to Shah said Since 1990 fatal overdoses in New Mexico had been steadily increasing With 308 deaths and a rate of deaths per people 2003 holds Please see DEATHS Page A4 20 15 o Drug overdose deaths in NM per New Mexico has consistently ranked above the national average in deaths due to drug overdose New Mexico Daw are net yer tlvailable far in 2O032004 Sourtes CNM Vital Records and Statistics Epidernioogy and Response NMDOHcus CDC 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 200 Drug overdose deaths by county per Arnba 7 Miguel 2004 10 Taos Alexander New Mexican From Gombe to Tesuque Jane Goodall wows students at area elementary school r Steve The New Mexican Jane Goodall smiles after giving Tesuque Elementary School student Gonzalo Boroque a hug during a school assembly Wednesday morning Goodall has studied chimpanzees for more than 40 years but lately she has devoted her time to traveling around the world spreading her message of conservation and peace By John Sena The New Mexican As rain clouds parted and the sun broke through Vaughn Fortier Shultz kneeled and carefully gave water from a red plastic cup to a tree in the playground at Tesuque Elemen tary School The Tesuque sixthgrader treated the cup like the Holy Grail and the water like a foun tain of everlasting life for the tree A woman had simply asked Vaughn to hydrate a thirsty tree with her unfinished drinking water But this was a special woman so he worked diligently The woman was Jane Goodall and by the time she handed the cup to Vaughn she had already touched the lives of all the students from the school and a few who traveled from Nava Elementary to hear the renowned primatologist speak It was great that she visited our class rooms and answered our Vaughn said I learned how nice and caring she really Ifyou really really want something and you really really work hard youll find a JANE GOODALL relating to Tesuque Elementary students a piece of advice her mother had given her Goodall famous for her work with chim panzees in the Gomfae National Park in Africa has been in the Santa Fe area the entire week and visited Tesuque Elemen tary and the Rio Grande School on Wednes day before preparing for a talk at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Wednesday night I love visiting schools I love being with Goodall said She said it was impor tant for underprivileged students to realize they can achieve their goals The 71yearold Goodall grew up in a modest home on the southern coast of Eng land her family unable she said to afford even a bicycle I can honestly tell kids that they too can follow their she said In addition to visiting classrooms Good all also addressed an assembly of students relating her childhood experience and shar ing stories of the forests While her childhood interests of studying animals and wanting to live in Africa were taken seriously by few people Goodall said her mother supported her and gave her a valuable piece of advice She told me and Im telling Goodall told the students If you really really want something and you really really work hard youll find a GoodalTs perseverance took her to Africa and enabled her to study chimpanzees There she broke from traditional methods naming the chimps instead of numbering them and describing their personalities which was unheard of before She has studied chimpanzees for more Please see GOODALL Page A5 OBITUARIES Elizabeth Anderson Phoebe B Dechert Santa Fe Oct 9 Maria E Maes 78 Oct 5 Antoinette A Montoya Oct 15 Francisco M Rodriguez Oct 18 Arthur 67 Chupadero Oct 16 PageC2 AND THEN THERE WERE Astros finish off Cardinals 51 in St Louis advance to face White Sox in World Series Sports Bl SADDAM IN COURT The former Iraqi leader was defiant as his trial opened PageA3 FOUR RECOMMENDED FOR JUDGESHIP lawyers are candidates for District Court bench Local news Cl Drug shown to target early breast cancer By Jeff Donn The Associated Press A drug that targets only diseased ceils has proved astonishingly effec tive against an aggressive form of early breast cancer a longsought breakthrough that has doctors talking about curing thousands of women each year in this country alone The drug Herceptin is already used for advanced cancer But in three studies involving thousands of women with earlystage disease it cut the risk of a relapse in half Several experts used words like stunning and jaw dropping to describe the findings In didnt know that we would cure breast cancer and in 2005 Im convinced we exulted Dr Jo Anne Zujewski head of breastcan cer therapeutics at the governments National Cancer Institute However an official at the Ameri can Cancer Society warned it is far too early to suggest this amounts to a cure since the women studied were followed for only three years at the most Moreover Herceptin ir only for the estimated 20 percent olTreast cancer Please see CANCER Page A4 In didnt know that we would cure breast cancer and in 2005 Im convinced we Dr Jo Anne Zujewski head of breastcancer therapeutics at the National Cancer Institute Alaska refuge drilling included in budget measure By H Josef Hebert The Associated Press WASHINGTON A Senate com mittee voted Wednesday to include drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge in a massive budget proposal assur ing that drilling opponents wont be able to use the filibuster to thwart oil development there New Mexicos two senators opposed each other on the measure which cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 139 vote It calls for the Interior Department to put up for bid by Oct two oil leases in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge By making the issue part of a com plex budgetreconciliation process Please see DRILLING Page A5 Sen Pete Domenici INSIDE Domenici to Ma Nature Stand by for Opinions A7 LOSES OUT All we know about Wednesdays million Powerbail drawing is that no New Mexican won the top prize Page A4 TODAY Sunny to partly cloudy High 68 low 40 PageC8 Index Annies MailboxD3 CrosswordD3 HoroscopeD3 Local Comics Police notesC2 Time Five sections 30 pages Main Late News 156th year Issue No 293 Publication No 59644O A locally owned and independent newspaper Serving New Mexico for 156 yean
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