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New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 7, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years THURSDAY APRIL 7 2005 FIFTY CENTS Exteachers aide among heroin suspects Woman accused of selling drugs at Espanola school in 1998 nabbed last month in federal sting Yvette Martinez By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A 28yearold former teachers aide accused of selling heroin while working at Espafiola Middle School in 1998 was one of more than 50 people arrested last month in a federally led probe of heroin trafficking between Mex ico and New Mexico Yvette Martinez of Espanola pleaded innocent Tuesday in connection with her latest arrest She appeared in District Court in Albuquerque on one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin and cocaine said Norm Cairns spokesman for the Attor neys Office She also faces two counts of using the telephone to facilitate drug trafficking Martinez has a history of involvement in the Espanola heroin trade including the mid dleschool case and her roman tic entanglement with an alleged drug dealer who was found dead with his throat slit in 1999 said Lt Manuel Trujillo of the Espanola Police Department Ive been dealing with her for Trujillo said Wednes day Martinez made headlines in November 1998 when police found her slumped on a sidewalk about 300 feet from Espanola Middle School during a morning class break She had a heroin filled syringe in her purse as well as three doses or caps of heroin the painkiller Per Please see HEROIN Page A5 INSIDE TODAY Meet the Orienteers This new sport is a cross between Capture the Flag and a treasure hunt with cool accessories Outdoors Cl New England bucks gaymarriage ban Connecticut is among Northeastern states that passed measures to strengthen rights for gays and lesbians Page A2 Opening day The Albuquerque Isotopes strike a pose in preparation for the upcoming season which begins today with the first of four games against the Iowa Cubs Sports Dl Todays obituaries Alonzo S Jimenez 56 April 4 McDaniel 86 Espanola April 3 Melva Appleton 93 Santa Fe April 5 Thomas C De Leon 84 Albuquerque April 5 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Mostly sunny not as cool High 68 low 30 Page B2 Annies Mailbox B5 Business Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news Lotteries D5 C2 B6 B5 B5 Bl B2 B2 D5 A7 Cl Police notes B2 Movies Muluals Opinion Outdoors Scoreboard Sports Stocks D2 Dl D6 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 97 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Continuing interest After legislative indecision governor takes another look at payday loans Wes New Mexican Mima Chavez left passes a binder to Mlcaela Fierro at Fast Bucks on Cerrillos Road The company specializes in payday and title loans among other services After much talk the state Legislature this year failed to pass any measure that would limit the Interest rate that paydayloan companies may charge To prepare for the next session Gov Bill Richardson plans to Impanel a task force to consider the issue and draft legislation By BEN NEARY The New Mexican Despite considering several competing bills the 2005 New Mexico Legislature ultimately failed to pass any measure to limit the interest rate that paydayloan compa nies may charge Gov Bill Richardson now plans to impanel a task force to consider the paydayloan issue and draft legisla tion for next years 30day session But critics say the prospects of success are dim Inside Richardson signs voterlaw changes other measures Page A4 Area senator secures state funds for private road again Page Bl Lt Gov Diane Denish who unsuc cessfully pushed legislation in this years session to cap interest rates on loans says she expects legislators representatives of the loan industry and other businesspeople to suggest how to address the issue Sponsors of competing bills to regu late payday loans in the last session blame each other for the Legislatures failure to act And they blame the legions of loanindustry lobbyists who mobbed the Capitol Regardless of why the Legislature failed to act the fact it didnt means consumers who patronize New Mexi cos estimated 700 paydayloan opera tions will continue to pay interest rates that commonly exceed 500 percent Many people who borrow from such lenders are still in debt years later despite making regular payments While the loan industry says it pro Please see PAYDAY Page A4 Paydayloan action During this years Legislature three bills that would have put lim its on paydayloan interest rates died in various committees House Bill 65 sponsored by Rep Patty Lundstrom DGallup would have limited payday loans to per borrower and required loans to be forgiven once a bor rower had paid twice the principle Consumer advocates fought the bill saying it did nothing to stop harmful backtoback loans It passed in the House but died in the Senate after Gov Bill Rich ardson said hed veto the bill State workers get paid time off on day to honor pope By BEN NEARY The New Mexican Gov Bill Richardson has proclaimed Friday a day of remembrance for Pope John Paul II and has given state employees half a day off with pay to observe this day in an appropriate way of their Some critics say Richard sons order violates the prin ciple of separation of church and state Billy Sparks Richardson spokesman said Wednesday that the governor a Catholic sees no separation issue in giving state workers time off with pay to mark the popes funeral In his proclamation issued Wednesday Richardson emphasized the pope who died last week was an impor tant statesman in addition to being a religious leader Tina New Mexican Custodians David Salas left and Miguel Ibarra take down the New Mexico state flag Wednesday evening outside the Capitol where both the state and flags hang at halfstaff during business hours to mark the death of Pope John Paul II Richardsons proclama tion states that the popes funeral in Rome on Friday will be observed by mil lions of people in the Vatican and around the world both Catholics and nonCatholics who wish to remember the life and accomplishments of this world A news release from Richardsons office states he plans to attend a memo rial Mass for the pope today at St Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe Sparks said he didnt have a figure on how much it will cost state government to give employees half a day off In the 1990s when there was talk about creating a state holiday to honor Chavez officials said giving all state employees a full day off would cost million Richardsons statement comes a week after he announced the creation of the Office of FaithBased Please see PAID Page A6 City moves to shift waterconservation burden to builders By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Santa Fe city councilors are weighing proposals that would ease the water conservation burden on residents while making developers do more to pro vide water to accommodate growth One proposal would fine tune the wateruse restric tions that City Hall imposes on existing customers A separate proposal would require developers of larger realestate projects to turn over water rights to the city to get approval to build That would add a new element to city efforts lo allow new construction to continue in the face of lim ited water supplies In September 2002 the City Council passed a waterbudget ordinance making building permits contingent If on retrofit ting low flow toilets P in existing buildings so that in the l ory enough water is r saved so no new sources are needed to sup port the project Last month the City Council made an exception to that policy by agreeing to the proposed 92acre San Isidro commercial and residential development off Cerrillos Road after the developer agreed to purchase and deed to the city half the estimated 105 acrefeet of water rights needed for the project The city was able to impose the requirement because most of the site is outside the city limits Please see WATER Page A6 ;