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New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 28, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NOVEMBER MONDAY 30 CENTS DOMESTIC ABUSE rams try to end violent cycle By Henry M Lopez The New Mexican Local experts on domestic violence say 2005 has brought more cases of abuse and more intense abuse than in previous years and perpetrators more likely to use a weapon Victims shelters meanwhile were at times filled to capacity To help address the problem the Col lege of Santa Fe and The New Mexican on Nov 12 sponsored a public forum called A Call to It brought together people from a variety of fields for a halfday dis cussion on domestic violence and what could be done about it Organizers asked people to make com mitments on their own and on behalf of their organizations to combat domestic violence The responses ran the gamut from resolutions to wear pins and ribbons in opposition of domestic violence to sup porting increased penalties for oSenders All told the responses helped answer the question Whats next Organizations are corning together to develop a comprehensive strategy under a program called Coordinated Community Response The program has been used in cities around the countrv to brint together agencies so they can work more effec tively against domestic violence Santa Fes program is in its infancy with only three meetings having been held Esperanza Shelter for Battered Fami lies plans to provide victims with help almost immediately after an attack shelter executive director KC Quirk said Slated to Please see CYCLE Page A5 INSIDE How legislators are trying to combat the problem Pledges made at domesticviolence forum Page A5 Snow seasons greetings Above Mark Hess left and his son Alex laugh after wiping out left Sunday on a tray sled in the fresh powder that fell overnight at the Santa Fe Ski Area They were among many who ventured up to the ski area to play in the snow Between 2 and 3 inches of snow blanketed Santa Fe with even more snow falling in the Sangre de Cristos The snow came toward the end of an unusually dry November said the National Weather Service which predicts a warm dry winter for the area The weather service said Santa Fe has a slight chance of getting snow next Saturday and Sunday Photos by Kari New Mexican iven clean financial bill of health St Vincent improves credit score before million sale of bonds By Diana Hei The New Mexican St Vincent Regional Medical Center has more competition than ever before but it is in its best financial shape in years an analysis by Moodys Investor Services says In anticipation of the hospitals S23 million sale of bonds Moodys looked at the finances then raised the hospitals profile from a negative outlook to a stable outlook even though the hospital is dou bling its debt The upgrade reflects Moodys expectations that St Vincent will maintain its financial health accord ing to the report Its a good external validation of the things weve been doing to strengthen and improve this organiza Rick Doxtator the hospitals chief financial officer said Santa Fes private nonprofit hospital recorded a S4 million loss irt 1998 and deficits persisted through 2002 he said Overcoming that slump took time In July 2004 Doxtator told Santa Fe County com missioners that St Vincent was in a precarious posi tion One or two major problems could cause the hospital to consider restructuring affiliating with another company or selling the nonprofit to another hospital he said at the time The hospitals credit rating received a medium grade with a negative outlook in 2003 and 2004 Inconsistent operating performance escalating mar ket competition and declining cash balances were the main reasons Doxtator said in a recent interview This month however Moodys gave SiVincent a mediumgrade credit rating with a stable outlookThe analysts report noted a level of financial stability for the past three fiscal years that had been Please see HOSPITAL Page A5 SCHOOL OF THE WEEK Middle school works to enhance studen ALAIV3EDA Location 450 La Madera St Phone number 4674500 Principal Sherry Coop wood Grades 78 Teachers 30 Students 343 By lohn Sena The New Mexico For many students middle school can be academically intimidating But Alameda Middle School is doing something to make those two years less scary The program now in its sec ond year is called looping When seventhgraders at Alameda graduate to eighth grade so do their teachers In addition to teaching two different grade levels in their subjects the teachers get to establish relationships with kids which are very important at mid dle languagearts teacher Caroline Muggins said Those relationships help teach ers better understand their stu dents academically and socially We get to know students and their said Claudia Miller another teacher We know where theyre com ing from For students it means knowing exactly what teachers expect I like it because you dont have to get to know new teachers at the beginning of the eighth grader Alicia Martinez said There is at least one downside though We never know any of the other teachers except our Martinez said Principal Sherry Coopwood Please see BOND Page A6 Chris Montoya works on a clay figure sn Kennan Girdners preadvanced pEacement art class at Alameda Middle School as Isaac Romero works in the background jane Phillips The New Mexican OBITUARY Felipe A Gonzaies 79 Nov 10 PageA2 CIUDADSECaRADA Belen todavia tiene importancia QH TRIAL TODAY Uncertainty surrounds nearly everything as the trial of Saddam Hussein resumes today after a fiveweek recess Page A4 Index Annies El Horoscope Police Super Time It was the best of times for the Seahawks Josh Brown who knocked a gamewinner through the uprights in overtime But it was the worst of times for Jay Feely who missed three tries to win the game for the Giants Sports Bl Main Late News Sunny and cooi High 40 low 14 Page A8 Four sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 332 Publication No 596440 A locally owned and independent newspaper Serving New Mexico for 155 years