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New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 23, 2003, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE TteWesfs Oldest Newspaper Serving New Mexico forl54years WEDNESDAY FIFTY CENTS INSIDE TODAY Fresh factor Why is it that only a handful of restaurateurs take advantage of the produce Northern New Mexico farmers grow in their own back yards Taste Cl Pedestrian hazard New Mexico leads the nation in the rate of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles according to a national but state officials said the rate has been dropping in recent years Santa Fe B Norte Bl Garnetts Game 2 Kevin Garnett takes over in the fourth quarter against the Lakers finishing with 35 points and 20 rebounds as the Timberwolves win 11991 to even their firstround series at one apiece Sports Dl Saying no to peyote A family court judge rules that a 4yearold boy cannot take peyote while participating in American Indian ceremoniesPage A2 Searching for a SARS cure Scientists are focusing on several dozen drugs as a possible treatment for the deadly respiratory virus Page B8 Todays forecast Cloudy windy chance of showers High 55 Low 33 Page B2 s mailbox D7 Movies B3 Business D5 Mutuals 05 Classifieds C4 Obituaries B2 Comics D8 Opinion A7 Crossword D7 Police notes B2 Horoscope D7 Sportspi Local news Bl Lotteries B2 Taste Stocks O6 Cl Four sections 32 pages 154th year Issue No 113 Publication No 596440 Late Classified ads News tips Judge punishes truant kids parents Santa Fe law guides Fran Gallegos decision to help students even if that means jailing their moms By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Last May Santa Fe Municipal Court Judge Fran Gallegos locked two mothers behind bars for 15 days each Both tested positive for drugs and their chil dren had missed hundreds of days of school The dirty urine samples lent credence to the charges of child neglect Gallegos said and strongly influenced her decision to send them to jail Since then 45yearold Beat rice Vigil and 37yearold Mari lyn Martinez have lost custody Santa Fe city code Neglect means that a child is without proper parental care and control of subsistence education medical or other care necessary for his wellbeing because of the faults or habits of his parents guardian or custodian or their neglect or refusal when able to do so to provide Inside Fran Gallegos of their children The judge said Vigils daughter was hysterical and screaming when the state Children Youth and Family Department took her away from her mother The firstgrader had stayed home to take care of her wasted mother Gallegos said Some police detectives applaud the judges tough stance Please see TRUANT Page A4 Unlike magistrate courts municipal judge takes on truancy cases quickly Page A4 Case profiles illustrate how Gallegos has cracked down on parents Page A4 Silver City is model for reining in chronically absent students Page A5 First ladies health advocates give New Mexico a muchneeded booster shot Senator Allow bids on contract for lab By JEFF TOLLEFSON The New Mexican LOS ALAMOS Los Alamos National Laboratorys most ardent supporter in Con gress might have foreshad owed Tuesday the end of the exclusive relation ship between the federal govern ment and the Univer sity of Cal ifornia at the worlds Pete Domenici Luis Sanchez New Mexican Former first lady Rosalynn Carter right and New Mexicos first lady Barbara Richardson left talk with 9yearold Edwin Amador of Santa Fe while he waits for his mom at La Familias southside clinic The first ladies helped kick off a campaign to boost immunization of children under 2 years old Ounce of Prevention New coalition hopes to raise childrens low immunization rates inside Lab builds first new nuclear pit in more than a decade Page A5 By DEBORAH DAVIS The New Mexican a Ott the WotW No one focused much on New Mexicos abysmal rate for immunizations Instead state and national officials talked about a future where more children will be protected from disease Former first lady Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers the national queens of immunization and cofounders of the Every Child by Two vaccine program joined the states health and human ser vices departments Tuesday for the official kickoff of the New Mexico Immunization Coalition Carter and Bumpers wife of for mer Sen Dale Bumpers of Arkansas have worked for decades to raise vaccine rates nationwide When former Presi dent Jimmy Carter was elected only 17 states required schoolage children to be vaccinated Rosalynn Carter said People packed into the southside La Familia clinic to hear the two women along with New Mexicos first lady Barbara Richardson dis cuss ways to raise New Mexicos rates There are so many benefits toa statewide registry so a childs medical records can follow Carter said Before kids had missed shots because doctors did nt know whether they had gotten them or they got too many because they didnt A registry that all medical providers can check to see which immunizations children need is just one of the goals of the new grassroots coalition which includes several state departments and is chaired by Barbara Richardson To help parents know which shots their children need the coalition created a colorcoded schedule with baby pictures indi cating the appropriate ages for vaccines The coalition has also stepped up its expectations asking parents to make sure their children receive these shots by age 1 instead of 2 as the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Were going to ask people to get the shot at the first Please see IMMUNIZE Page A3 first nuclear weapons laboratory Six decades and two days after UC signed its first contract to manage the Los Alamos labr Sen Pete Domenici said he would support the Department of Energy in a decision to open the contract to competitive bids from other institutions The senator speaking dur ing an observance marking the labs 60th anniversary stipulated that the current contract must run its course through September 2005 and employees must not lose their benefits Domenici said Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham has committed to the latter qualification Whatever New Mexicos senior senator said the people of this laboratory will be Abraham has not announced an official deci sion on the matter DOEs acting chief of nuclear weapons Linton Brooks one of many officials Please see LANL Page A5 Throngs of political parties compete for Baghdad Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi right and tribal leader AliFarhan Al Temimi are part of dozens of political parties that have sprung up in Baghdad and begun courting Iraqis Into their ranks a process outlawed under Saddam Hussein The Associated Press Knight Ridder Newspapers AGHDAD Iraq Army Col Ghassan Nouri put on civilian clothes Tuesday and did some thing that just two weeks ago would have landed him in jail The 40yearold Iraqi spent the morning shopping for a new politi cal movement Then before lunch he walked into the fivedayold headquarters of the longbanned Iraqi Communist Party and offered to enlist I came to find out how I can Nouri said Iraqi commu nists have nothing to be ashamed of They are nationalists who love their country All they ever did was struggle against the With breathtaking speed Iraqis are moving to make good on Presi dent Bushs promise of democ racy Less than two weeks after Saddam Husseins ouster from power political parties are pop ping up all over the capital Whether this pluralism will pro duce democracy or chaos isnt Please see PARTIES Page A3 ;