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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 24, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA MEXICAN OCTOBER MONDAY 50 CENTS Photos by Lara New Mexican Alfonso Martinez explains to Naiche Campos 13 which chiles are ready to harvest as part of the Chimayo Chile Project Martinez is one of the few farmers in the Chimay6 area still growing the Chimayo red chile a very old variety with a distinctive flavor The aim of the project is to revive both the industry and the chile itself in Chimayo Reviving Chimayo red Project hopes to spur comeback of nearextinct chile strain F To preserve the Chimayo chile believed to be around 4OO years old chiles that show signs of cross polli nation are not used for seed By Brandon Garcia The New Mexican aimers preservationists and gov ernment officials met Sunday to form a plan to save Chimayos famous red chile The chile grown locally since the 17th century is close to extinction But if they get their way Chimayo red might not only make a comeback it might wind up listed as a featured ingredient on the swanki est menus in the country like the Meyer lemon the Vidalia onion or the Key lime Marie Campos of the Santa Fe Institute for Native Hispanic Culture has been work ing on the Chimayo Chile Project since April She said that although the chile has been famous for nearly 100 years shes only found five Chimayo families that grow the local strain While there are plenty of red chile prod ucts that carry the Chimayo label most arent grown there said Rick Homans the states secretary for economic develop ment The attempt to trademark Chimayo chile is the most exciting endeavor in the state he said People with no relation to Chimayo are taking the name and using it to make a lot of he said The consortium wants to change that If it only chile grown locally with a pure strain would be labeled Chimayo Homans said And if theyre granted a trademark Chi mayo farmers stand to make a bundle In general Homans said specialty goods sell for five to 10 times as much as regular pro duce and chefs in major culinary Meccas are attracted to them To get there will be a challenge Campos and Chimayoans are discussing how to restore longneglected acequias and grow chile on land owned by farmers too old to tend to a field full of crops The institute has also formed a partner ship with Santa Fe County to grow chile on 7 acres of public land behind the Sanruario de Ghimayo According to the plan expe rienced local farmers will raise chile there showing the process to younger farmers so Please see CHIMAYO Page A4 ST JOHNS COLLEGE New president lays out vision for school By Natalie Storey The New Mexican The words Crawl walk run are engraved in a frame on Michael Peters office wall In his office recently the new president of St Johns College explained the motto he lives by You do things in stages its about Its how hes tackled the task of fitting in and refining his vision for the school And as he prepares to be inaugurated The same way you motivate soldiers is the same way you motivate MICHAEL PETERS retired Army colonel and new St Johns president as the colleges sixth presi dent the former military man already appears to be off and running Hes set a number of goals He wants the college to attract more New Mexico students to the campus of roughly 500 students Only 8 percent of this years freshmen class is from this state He also hopes the lottery scholarship which is offered toNew Mexico students who attend public schools will be extended to include private schools like St Johns Tuition at the college is about a year He also wants St Johns to be a more visible presence in Santa Fe Peters 58 a retired Army colonel former chief of staff at West Point and Soviet military specialist will get a chance to Please see VISION Page A4 Wilma surges toward Florida Hurricane expected to make landfall early today By David Royse The Associated Press KEY WEST Fla Hur ricane Wilma accelerated toward stormweary Florida on Sunday threatening resi dents with 105mph winds tor nadoes and a surge of seawater that could flood the Keys and the states southwest coast After crawling slowly through the Caribbean for sev eral days Wilma pulled away from Mexicos Yucatan Penin sula as a Category 2 storm and forecasters said began picking See WILMA Page A6 INSIDE In Key West its a party before the storm Map of Wilmas path Looting breaks out in hardhit areas of Mexico Page A6 Angry voters could turn tide in 2006 By Jill Zuckman Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON Nearly a dozen years ago an angry and motivated minority accused House Democrats of corruption arrogance and disdain for voters Republican candidates offered a plan for the future and promised to curb the power of a Democratic president and a Democratic Con gress As a result In the 1994 midterm election Republicans took control of the House for the Please see VOTERS Page A4 Karl StolleisAhe New Mexican St Johns College President Michael Peters has been at the college since January but will be inaugurated Friday His many goals include attracting more students from New Mexico OBITUARIES Carmen V GaUegos 66 Santa Fe OcL 20 Phoebe B Dechert Santa Fe Oct 9 PageA2 ANOTHER ISSUE ANOTHER HEADACHE President Bush faces another hot topic as legislation to fund additional stemcell research could be revisited soon PageA3 HISTORIADORDELNORTE Los relates de su abuelita ispiran las obras de Nosario Nuevo Mexicano Bl Index A locdMy owned MM Annies El Police LITTLE MAN COMES UP BIG White Sox leadoff man Scott Podsednik who hit no home runs in the regular season blasts one over the fence in the bottom of the ninth to break a tie and win Game 2 of the World Series Sports Cl TODAY Sunny and cool High 65 low 38 PagcC8 Time Main Four sections 28 pages Late 156th year Issue No 297 News Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years