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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 5, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                TWF W W NOVEMBER SATURDAY 50 CENTS Rift may emerge over Gallegos successor By Jason Auslander The New Mexican A schism may bebrewing between the mayor and City Council over the upcoming appointment of a replace ment for Municipal Judge Frances Gal legos who resigned Thursday The mayor has all the power to bring us a name of a and we have to vote either thumbs up or thumbs said Santa Fe City Councilor Carol RobertsonLopez If Mayor Larry Delgado follows that procedure which is set out in the City Charter then a thumbsdown vote may result from an objectionable process rather than an objectionable candidate she said Thaf s likely to happen because we would like to see whos RobertsonLopez said INSIDE She said shes heard the mayors frontrunner can didate is Sonya CarrascoTrujillo whom he nominated and the council approved to take Gallegos place while she served a New Mexico Supreme Courtmandated 90 day suspension with pay A look at Gailegos nine year public service career Page A5 RobertsonLopez said shes con cerned because Gallegos term doesnt end until March 2008 and she wants to make sure the city has the best person for the job Delgado was unavailable for com ment Friday but said Thursday that he planned to sit down soon with CarrascoTrujillo and find out her plans as a part of the process of coming up Please see SUCCESSOR Page A5 Frances Gallegos Sonya Carrasco Trujillo A place of honor Luis Sanchez New Mexican Alejandro Renteria Ruiz left a World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient gets a hug from Maria Rocco wife of Louis Richard Rocco a Vietnam Medal of Honor winner after the dedication of the Wall of Honor on Friday at the state Capitol Capital tribute for Congressional Medal of Honor recipients The New Mexican A Wall of Honor paying tribute to New Mexicos 12 winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor was dedicated Friday in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building The wall displays the medal and 12 bronze plaquesinscribed with name rank branch of service and other infor mation about the men who received the highest military award The 12 are Vietnam veterans Drew Dennis Dix Daniel Fernandez Frank lin D Miller and Louis Richard Rocco veterans Hiroshi H Miyamura and Raymond G 7erry Murphy and World War n veterans Alex ander Eonnyman Joseph P Martinez Harold H Moon Alejandro Renteria Ruiz Robert S Scott and Jose F Valdez Miyamura and Renteria Ruiz two of the four living recipients attended the dedication Bonnyman Scott and Mur phy lived in Santa Fe State Veterans Affairs Secretary John Garcia said at the ceremony that the wall stands in tribute to these 12 individuals who are an integral part of New Mexicos legacy of military service that dates back 400 State Sen Lidio G Rainaldi DGaUup was instrumental in the passage of Senate Joint Memorial 20 which authorized the display Ortiz named to 1st District judgeship Governor appoints longtime to replace retiring judge Vigil By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Raymond Z Ortiz a long time Santa Fe lawyer and past president of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Asso ciation will replace retiring First District Judge Carol Vigil Gov Bill Richardson decided Friday Ortiz 52 was bom in Santa Fe and graduated from St JVuchaels High SchooL Raymond Ortiz is an out standing attorney with exten sive expertise in many diverse legal governor said in a news release His more than 20 years of legal experi ence include involvement with tribal criminal and juve nile law He is also known as a man of outstanding character and integrity I am confident that Raymond Ortiz will make an excellent Tm very humbled by the governors Ortiz said in an interview Friday I want to give back to the com He said he probably will be sworn in next month I think the plan is that I over Judge Daniel Sanchezs docket in Family Ortiz said Sanchez he said will take Vigils place in the Civil Division The First Judicial District consists of Santa Fe Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties Ortiz is a generalpractice attorney and partner at Roth Van Amberg Rogers Ortiz and Yepa where he has worked since August 1985 and been a full part ner since 1990 His practice he said INSIDE Rio Arriba Magistrate Court vacancy filled includes law Page A6 involving realestate issues domestic relations per sonal injury and businesses as well as Indian law Ortiz was elected president of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association in 1989 He is on the board of directors of Children First a nonprofit organization that provides counseling to Santa Fe ele mentary and middleschool students Ortiz attended the University of Notre Dame and earned a law degree at the Uni versity of California Berkeley Other finalists for the posi tion were Margaret Kegel the First Judicial District5s domesticrelations hearing officer who was a judge for a few months in 2002 and Santa Fe lawyers Ann Yalman and Sarah Singleton Vigil announced her retire ment in August citing health concerns A Tesuque Pueblo native she became the states first American Indian judge in 1998 Study Peyote not harmful in religious ceremonies By Michael Kunzelman The Associated Press BOSTON A study of the effects of peyote on American Indians found no evidence that the halluci nogenic cactus caused brain damage or psychological problems among people who used it frequently in religious ceremonies In fact researchers from Harvard affiliated McLean Hospital found that members of the Native Ameri can Church performed better on some psychological tests than other Navajos who did not regularly use peyote A1994 federal law allows roughly members of the Native American Church to use peyote as a religious sacrament The five year study set out to find scientific proof for the Navajos belief that the substance which contains the hal lucinogen mescaline is not hazard ous to their health even when used frequently The study was conducted among Navajos in the Southwest by McLean psychiatrist John Halp ern It compared test results for 60 Please see PEYOTE Page A4 Associated Press file photo A peyote button is displayed by an unidentified American Indian man ST VINCENT REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Probe over hospital back in compliance By Diana Heil The New Mexican St Vincent Regional Medical Center has cleaned up its act after a patient complaint sparked a federal investiga tion in August On Friday a team of investigators told the hospital that it was now in compliance with federal standards for patient care St Vincent chief execu tive officer Alex Valdez said They did not raise any deficien cies And that is Valdez said Our management team and staff worked with incredible vigor and incredible focus And this was the result We are very The New Mexico Health Depart ment was contracted to investigate the complaint for the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services or CMS which monitors quality at hos pitals and controls a big part of their funding A confidential complaint launched Please see COMPLIANCE Page A4 OBITUARIES Edward 86 Velarde Oct 3 SizaM Ortiz 91 Chimayo Nov 3 Otis Rosacter 95 Santa Fe Nov 3 Gorman 74 Taos Nov 3 PageC2 A RIO VALUE The 2006 Kia Rio 5 SX isnt flashy but provides a no frilis vehicle for the average working person Drive El STARTING SUNDAY Santa Fe police have seen a surge irf domesticviolence cases this year and nationally New Mexico is one of the most deadly states when people attack their partners A fourday series by The New Mexican that begins Sunday will explore the causes of the problem and how officials hope to solve it PERFECT TlfVfiNG Preparatory gets a big score in OT to send the Blue Griffins to state title game Sports Bl TODAY Mostly sunny High 63 low 32 PageC8 Index A locally owned and independent newspaper Annies Health Horoscope Local Police Main Late News Rve sections 40 pages TV Book 55 pages 156th year Issue No 309 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years 1   

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