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New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 26, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and in Serving New Mexico for56years TUESDAY APRIL 26 2005 FIFTY CENTS Forest workers skirt pesticide rules By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Forest Ser vice managers ignored agency rules and environmental laws in spraying pesticides and weedkilling chemi cals on several national forests in the Southwest according to a fed eral official who advises the agency on pesticide use Skirting those rules and laws has resulted in potentially serious public safety and environmental said Doug Parker in a federal whistleblower complaint obtained by The Associated Press The complaint filed in March with the Department of Agriculture and related documents were obtained by the AP from Parkers attorney Dennis Montoya of Albuquerque Parker the pesticide coordinator and assistant director of forestry and forest health for the Forest Services Southwestern Region said he is under an order from his supervisor not to speak publicly about the mat ter and declined to talk with the AP Among allegations detailed in the documents he filed Employees failed to prepare an environmentalimpact statement before spraying herbicide on grass lands and along waterways in New Mexicos Cibola National Forest last fall The spraying violated federal laws and agency policies Parker claims Over the past three years thousands of pounds of insecticides were used near campgrounds in the ApacheSitgreaves National Forest without justification or determining the risk to campers and other visitors Workers used a restricteduse pesticide on the Kaibab Forest in northern Arizona to combat a nox ious weed without proper approval In Southern New Mexico hun dreds of pounds of herbicide have been used to battle weeds in the Lin coln National Forest over the past decade but with little success Regional Forest Service spokes man Jim Payne said Monday that the agency couldnt comment specifi Ptease see FOREST Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Train crash kills 73 in Japan Investigators focused on excessive speed and a 23yearold train drivers lack of experience after a crowded commuter train jumped the rails and plowed into an apartment building causing Japans deadliest rail accident in four decades At least 73 people were killed and 440 injured Page A3 Mothering gets new digs Mothering editor and publisher Peggy OMara says the magazines staff has doubled itselbow room by making a move from the rail yard to a spacious new location on Second Street Business Cl Todays obituaries Adelina Martinez 86 Santa Fe April 22 Dorothy B Craig 77 Santa Fe April 24 Mary Ann Herrera 65 Nambe April 22 Ramon N Montoya 77 Santa Fe April 22 Robert H Dinegar 83 Santa Fe April 21 Ronald T Patrick 71 Pecos April 21 Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy isolated showers High 63 low 33 Page B2 INDEX Annios Mailbox B6 Lotteries B2 Business Cl Movies B2 Classifieds C3 Opinion Comics A7 D6 Police notes B2 Crossword B6 Scoreboard Horoscope B6 Sports Dl Local news 81 Stocks D5 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 116 Publication No 595440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 WE NEED TO TAKE EVERY STEP POSSIBLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RAVAGES Of STEROID USE STAY OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS OUR FAMILIES AND OUR Gov Bill Ricliardson Summit spotlights youth steroid use Photos by Luis Sanchez New Mexican Zach Armijo 17 makes a horizontal leap at the Santa Fe High School track during practice Monday afternoon after Gov Bill Richardson announced that he wants New Mexico to begin random steroid testing of the states high school athletes When you go from being as small as me to being monstrous in a couple of months its pretty obvious a student is using steroids Armijo said By PETE HERRERA The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Longtime Bloomfield track coach Phil Sategna has heard his col leagues chatter has seen the athletes who come back from summer vacation 30 pounds heavier and bulging with new muscles says Sategna when asked if steroids are a growing problem in high schools in New Mexico and the rest of the country Its easier to get hold of the And kids will do just about any thing to improve their Steroids the illegal gym candy or juice that can turn an average athlete into a towns hero were the focus Monday of a summit that brought together Gov Bill Richardson the New Mexico Activi ties Association officials of the Drug Enforcement Administration coaches and educators from throughout the state Steroids come in a variety of forms and include the same dangerous testosterone pills shots and creams that have created a scandal in Major League Baseball and other sports Richardson noting steroids are no longer just a problem in professional sports said he wants New Mexico to begin random test ing of high school athletes in the state A task force comprised of educators lawmakers and parents will put together a legislative package that Richardson said he will urge lawmakers to approve when they meet in 2006 We may be talking about a drug problem that is out of control and we dont know Richafdson said Weve got to have data on how bad the problem Richardson said the state would provide to finance a randomtesting pro gram that could be in place by July 2006 No state currently tests high school ath letes for steroids Richardson said only three high schools in New Mexico do any type of drug testing but none of the tests are for steroids Please see STEROID Page A4 WOTgnf JjuBBflfi C t A James Dominguez 17 runs the 100meter dash with a parachute to increase his wind resistance at the Santa Fe High track On the governors antisteroid measure local coaches and athletes said they dont see a problem coaches athletes say they dont see steroid problems By JOHN SENA The New Mexican Coaches and athletes in Santa Fe agree that random steroid testing in high schools will increase awareness about perfor manceenhancing drugs but some question whether New Mexico even has a steroid problem I dont know if Ive ever experienced a kid thats been on said Peter Gra ham who has been coaching at Santa Fe High School for 17 years There are a lot of rumors that float Graham and St Michaels High School football and track coach Joey Fernandez acknowledged some New Mexico prep ath letes might use steroids but they said they dont know if usage is prevalent In New Mexico I really dont think its as bad as other states throughout the Fernandez said You do see kids Please see COACHES Page A4 INSIDE The New Mexico Activities Association says testing would be just the beginning of the battle against steroids in high schools Page Dl Experts say steroid use among girls is on the rise and body image rather than a desire for greater physical ability is driving much of it Page A4 Roberto Mondragon Mondragon faces end of educational nonprofit By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican Former Lt Gov Roberto Mon dragon said he is being forced to shut down his educational nonprofit organization and to sell his home in Cuyamungue because the Legislature didnt give him funding I guess Ill be going back to being a said the two term lieutenant governor for mer legislator and 1994 Green Party candidate for governor Mondragon 64 said he has put his house north of Santa Fe up for sale after it sells he plans to live in a tworoom house on the family land grant in Anton Chico south of Las Vegas He said he will work on landgrant and edu cational issues from there His wife Belle will be spending time with family in Albuquerque he said Her popular restaurant La Bells Foods closed last fall Therell be things Ill be able to do but as far as being able to live in Santa Fe with the mort gage that wont be Mondragon said For the past 15 years Mon dragon has published a bilingual Please NONPROFIT Page A4 Injured skier rescued after eight days in backcountry The Associated Press DENVER A crosscountry skier who survived eight days in the backcountry with a broken leg and little food or water was rescued Monday when search ers heard him blowing on his emergency whistle Charles Horton 55 was hos pitalized in fair condition with minor frostbite mild hypother mia and dehydration in addition to his broken leg authorities said Mentally hes doing awe some Thoroughly said his friend Mary OBrien Horton a Steamboat Springs massage therapist and experi enced outdoorsman was injured April 17 on a planned oneday ski trip not far from town about 100 miles northwest of Denver He wasnt reported miss ing until Sunday a week later because he hadnt told anyone when he expected to return and almost everyone who knew him was out of town OBrien said His coworkers were gone I was gone his girlfriend was gone We were all missing the fact that he was she said It was a mad His landlords called the Please see SKIER Page A5 ;