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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 26, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE JL JLJT3L A DECEMBER MONDAY 50 CENTS A photographer and a conservationist navigate areas overgrown with pinoii and juniper to capture scenery from blackandwhite photographs taken long ago ANALYSIS SANTA FE CANYON Bush GOP THEN AND NOW Photo courtesy of Alan Eckert Bob RndlrnSr director of conservation projectstor The Nature Conservancy scouts a location to recreate a historic photo of Santa Fe Canyon By Anne Constable The New Mexican Ihe project was deceptively simple Take six his toric photographs of Santa Fe Canyon Try to recreate them and in the process document the dramatic changes in the local landscape Bob Findling director of conservation projects for The Nature Conservancy already knew the terrain And during negotiations with Public Service Company of New Mexico in 2000 over the donation of 190 acres at the end of Upper Canyon Road he tracked down historic images of the area from the Museum of New Mexico PNM the IXS Forest Service and the University of Chicago Library The photos were used in developing the interpretive panels for the 154mile loop trail in what is now called the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve at the end of Upper Canyon Road Alan Eckert a lawyer for the Environmental Protection Agency moved to Santa Fe in 2004 A photographer he has worked with The Nature Conservancyin Virginia and volun teered to help Findling carry out his idea of comparing the old and the new Last June they set off to find out just how these landscapes looked today I had a pretty good idea of the location from what the photo graphs Findling said Mostly it took a lot of Four of the photos were made within the preserve In two cases Findling said they sought permission to cross private land We would hike up a hill and hold up an old Eckert Please see CANYON Page A7 TODAY Page A10 TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY scale Republicans reeling from scandals and failed goals seek to enter election year with feasible agenda By Janet Hook Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON For the White House and the Republicancontrolled Congress the tumult of 2005 has been an object lesson in the political risks of thinking big Bush began the year with grand ambitions to overhaul the sacrosanct Social Security program rewrite the entire tax code retain expanded lawenforcement powers to fight terrorism and bring stability to wartorn Iraq and fell far short dividing his own party and taking a beating in the polls Chastened by the experience and eager to play it safe in an election year Republicans now are preparing for a new year of thinking small Instead of reworking the entire tax code Republicans will be gratified if they can just make current tax cuts per manentA bill to tighten border security is in the works but a more ambitious plan to curb illegal immigration is in doubt One of Senate Republicans early priorities next year The arcane issue of asbestos litigation This is an exhausted said Michael Tanner an analyst with the libertarian Cato Institute who Please see GOP Page A7 SCHOOL OF THE WEEK Jane New Mexican Adrian Vigil left and Mari Rodriquez both 9 are in Mozart Y Mariachi at Chaparral Elementary School The school is best known for providing topnotch special education but it also has pro grams to offer mainstream students Elementary focuses on special education By John Sena The New Mexican Anita Medina knows her Syearold daughter sometimes can be a handful Mikki as Michaela is better known is in second grade at Chaparral Elementary School and needs a little more attention than other second graders Mikki has cerebral palsy and is in the schools specialeducation program Despite the girls need for special attention Medina knows her daughter receives good care Please see ELEMENTARY Page A5 CHAPARRAL ELEMENTARY Location 2451 Avenida Chapar ral Phone Number 4671400 Principal Theresa Ulibarri Grades K6 Teachers 23 Students 433 OBITUARIES Fidel Valdez Dec 19 Santa Fe Dec 20 Marcia Lujan 72 Santa Fe Sharcrfl Shroyer Dec 22 Naomi Briceo Doris M Bencomo 51 Dec 23 V Page A2 An injured man needs help paying for repairs to a truck and a refrigerator PageA2 ONCETHRIVING VILLAGE JUST A MEMORY Many residents of a seaside village in Sri Lanka who survived the tsunami one year ago have chosen not to return Living in a grim refugee camp several miles inland they continue to mourn family and friends who were swept away Page A4 THE BEARS ARE BACK Rex Grossmans passing helped Chicago clinch the NFC North with a win over the Packers Sports Cl TODAY Partly cloudy High 58 low 29 PageC10 Index A locally owned and independent newspaper V Annies El Horoscope Four sections 32 pages Police Time Main Late News 156th year Issue No 360 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years
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