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Farmington Daily Times (Newspaper) - March 4, 1990, Farmington, New Mexico A a burials excavated ia6 a what do you think i a3 a video Case appealed ia5 Bush Trade issues to meetings with Leader Page b6farmington, new Mexico boys hoops Aztec tops Zuni in District 1 aaa title contest Page b2the daily times sunday March 4,1990 sunday morning mostly sunny today with Clouds monday High 52 Low 35 a weather Page b12 Chatsworth a. Of a a 6-year-old dog named Booger boy can receive $400 a month from his late owners estate a Superior court jury has ruled. Two other beneficiaries of the will took the the dog a Chow to court. Story Page b1 trans Antarctica expedition i Story Page a12 Index classified. B7 crossword. By 1 editorial. A4 four Corners. A5 lifestyles. B8 local. A2 nation. B6 obituaries. A6 sports. By world. Bio election party Tom Taylor for mayor tues., March 6, 7-9 pm Slades 1909 e. 20th you re invited annual meeting Greenlawn cemetery tuesday March 13 7 pm 1606 n. Dustin lots available 99 double cheeseburger this sunday Only Burger King both location serving the san Juan Basi volume 102 number 213 six sections 50 cents Gas bubbling along Animas standing in the shallows of the Animas River Jake Hottell left and Benson Leeper watch As bubbles come out of the riverbed just South of Joe Kennedy staff photo Cedar Hill. The state Oil conservation division reported the bubbles have tested positive As natural Gas. Bill Papich daily times staff members of a group concerned about clean water in the Cedar Hill area showed reporters thursday a Section of the Animas River where natural Gas is bubbling up through the River. A Hayfield next to the River is discoloured also a result of natural Gas seeping through soil. The state Oil conservation division acknowledges that bubbling in the River and the discoloration Are in fact from seeping natural Gas. A what we do is take a gallon plastic Jug and set it right on some of the bubbles and actually get a Flash off it so we know its natural Gas a said Jake Hottell of the clean water coalition. Hottell is chairman of the group which he says is comprised of local people concerned about present and future clean water supplies in the area. The tour was on land bordering the River owned by Benson Leeper a few Hundred Yards South of the Bridge Over the Animas River on . 550 North of Aztec. Little bubbles could be seen bubbling up through water and mud along the River Bank. The Oil conservation division says investigations Are continuing to determine the source of seeping Gas. The old says the source could be natural from Gas Well drilling in the area or both. A i know positively its not natural. In be been Here too Long a Leeper said showing reporters where natural Gas also is bubbling up into an irrigation ditch. Leeper said he moved on the land in 1936. He said natural Gas seepage killed a half acre of Hay five or six years ago. Hottell said he a lived in the area since 1947, when water Wells contained Pristine drinking water. He also dismisses old reports that natural Gas seepage is from natural causes. A a it a absolutely the result of haphazard careless Industry development a he said. The old tested 141 drinking water Wells in the Cedar Hill judicial poll findings released Roger Burr daily times staff the san Juan county bar association has released the results of a poll in which lawyers were asked to rate the performance of magistrate municipal and District court judges in the county. Larry thrower a member of the associations Bench and bar Liaison committee said this year is the first time opinions on magistrate and municipal judges were gathered. The Liaison committee is chaired by Scott Curtis. Rated by the lawyers were District judges Benjamin s. Eastburn and James l. Brown of Aztec and Paul r. Onuska of Farmington magistrates Terry l. Pearson and William Liese of Farmington and Ola Mae Hynson of Aztec and municipal judges Johnnie Byrd of Farmington James l. Welsch of Bloomfield and Sandy Shumway of Aztec. Ballots were sent to 76 attorneys 50 responded. Lawyers were not expected to comment on a judge before whom they had not practice. Respondents were asked to answer 12 questions about municipal and magistrate judges a 1990 san Juan county bar association judicial. A quot magistrate judges Terry Ola Mae William Pearson Hynson Liese municipal judges James l. Johnnie Sandy Welsch Byrd Shumway eleventh judicial District judges James l. Benjamin s. Paul r. Brown Eastburn Onuska 1. Courteous Ness to litigants and lawyers. 1.4 1.4 1.4 2.4 2.7 1.7 1.7 2.5 2.8 2. Judicial temperament and Demeanour. 1.9 2.2 1.9 2.7 3.7 1.9 1.9 2.8 2.7 3. Diligence and willingness to work. 1.9 2.2 1.8 2.1 2.5 2.0 3.4 1.6 1.7 4. Scheduling promptness. 1.8 2.0 1.7 1.9 2.3 1.9 3.4 2.0 1.7 5. Control of courtroom. 1.8 2.9 2.2 1.9 3.1 2.2 1.9 1.7 2.0 6. General knowledge Law. 2,5 3.1 2.8 3.0 4.4 2.9 2.1 1.6 3.0 7.quality of decisions. 2.1 2.5 2.3 3.0 4.6 2.7 2.6 2.0 3.0 8. Understanding application of rules and procedures. 2.5 2.9 2.7 3.1 4.2 3.2 2.0 1.6 2.6 9. Understanding application of rules of evidence. 2.5 3.0 2.8 3.1 4.4 3.1 2.1 1.5 2.8 10. Fairness and impartiality. 2.0 2.0 1.8 2.9 4.3 2.3 2.7 2.4 2.7 11. Decisiveness. 1.8 2.6 2.2 2.1 3.1 2.2 2.2 1.8 3.1 12. Common sense. 1.7 1.9 1.8 2.5 4.4 2.2 n o t poll e d total Overall average 2.0 2.4 2.1 2.6 3.6 2.5 2.4 2.0 2.6 none of whom Are attorneys a and 11 questions about the three District court judges. The difference is that District court judges a who Are required to be attorneys a were not judged on on each question lawyers were asked to assign a number ranging from 1 through 5. The numbers were for the following ratings a 1 excellent a 2 Good area last summer and discovered about 35 contaminated with natural Gas. The old said however that water in the Wells is Safe to drink but could pose an explosive Hazard. Although Coal seam drilling activity in the area has increased recently the old believes natural Gas contamination May result from older Wells weren to properly lined years ago. The Agency has instructed producers operating in the Are Meridian Oil co. And Amoco production co. A to repair old Wells suspected of leaking natural Gas. But Hottell said he believes the Gas contamination results from extensive fracturing of underground formations by Well drillers. He said Coal seam Wells can be As shallow As 150 feet. A when they fracture these Shell zones under these High pressures they re tearing up the whole system underneath the Earth a Hottell said. A a who a monitoring the extent of the fracturing going on a a we re not against economic development. But we Are against cold hearted development and going in to just make hundreds of millions of dollars for the Industry at the Cost of the citizens Here in this Frank Chavez of the of cd a Aztec office said he doubts fracturing is contributing to Gas seepage. A a it a a very rare instance where a fracture will come up any distance at All. That a not to say its never happened a Chavez said. He said the old has an obligation to the Community to prevent groundwater contamination. The Agency a investigations soon will result in actions to Stop Gas contamination he said a at least contamination suspected of coming from old Gas Wells. Chavez said he believes some Gas seepage is a natural occurrence. Nevertheless the Oil companies will soon begin repairing old Wells that could be sources of Gas seepage he said. I. Inside today i.i1. A r Marlene Mcgee daily times graphic a 3 satisfactory a 4 poor a 5 very poor the numerical responses were then averaged and it is the average rating which the daily times is publishing. Voters in Aztec Bloomfield and Farmington will go to the polls tuesday to elect representatives for a variety of City offices. Information on the candidates in All three cities is featured in a tabloid Section of today a daily times. A information on candidates for Farmington a mayor is on c3 of today a daily times. A a a when the dust settled in the new Mexico activities association girls basketball tournaments san Juan county claimed one state championship and two runner up trophies. Shiprock claimed its third Crown in a Row Over Kirtland Central. Even so the Broncos had something to brag about. It was the 12th time in a Row they played in the state championship game a Streak started when the current seniors were in first Grade. Navajo Academy also finished second As Clayton tied a National record for eight state championships won in a Row sharing the Mark with Kirtland Central. A stories and photos by

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