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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 1, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for156years MONDAY AUGUST 1 2005 FIFTY CENTS NASA Reentry might be at risk An image from the International Space Station shows Discovery on Thursday as it performs a back flip to allow detailed photography of the shuttles heat shield NASA photo Experts to determine whether material hanging on Discovery poses danger By MARCIA DUNN The Associated Press SPACE CENTER Houston A couple of short strips of material dangling from Dis coverys belly might require an unprecedented repair by spacewalking astronauts if engineers determine theres even a possibility the problem could endanger the shuttle during descent NASA said Sunday Teams of experts were scrambling to understand just how serious the problem was with heated discussions rag ing on what to do if anything The trouble has nothing to do with foam or other launch debris but rather the acciden tal slippage of ceramicfiber fabric used to fill the thin gaps between thermal tiles It will be today before the analysis and mis sion managers decide whether to have the two space walkers cut or pull the hang ing material If NASAs spacewalking specialists come up with a relatively easy solution Why worry Why would you not just go take care of it deputy shuttleprogram man ager Wayne Hale said Sunday evening Why should I lose sleep over these gap fillers if we can take care of them that easy Discovery and its crew of seven might be perfectly safe to fly back with the two droop ing pieces in a week officials stressed as space shuttles have done many times before although not necessarily with Please see RISK Page A4 TASER TRAINING Photos by Luis Sanchez New Mexican Santa Fe Police Officer Mark Lewandowski left and Detective Jason Wagner right hold fellow Officer Joseph LeBlanc after he was shot with a Taser gun on Friday during a day of training on the use of Tasers Officers experience firsthand the discomfort of nonlethal force By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican A charge of nervous energy filled a training room at Santa Fe police headquarters where a dozen or so officers rookies and veterans under went a day of training on the use of Taser guns About an hour into the class the officers reached the point that none of them had looked forward to being a target Capt Robert Romero the departments master instruc tor called Officer Judah Mon tafio to the head of the class last week Montano who joined Santa Fes police force this year was told to lie on a blue pad fold his arms under his body and wait A training officer pulled his pistolshaped Taser from a hol ster stepped away from Mon tano about 8 feet and pointed the guns laser sight near the top of Montanos back Anticipation is the worst part said one officer who soon would be in the same position On the Web View a short digital movie of New Mexican reporter Henry M Lopez being shot with a Taser during a demon stration with Santa Fe He and the others gathered to view Montano and listen to the instructors directions The instructor squeezed the trigger The gun snapped and two metal probes shot through the air and lodged in Monta nos back The ratatat sounds of electricity mixed with Mon tanos clenchedjaw groans flooding the room as he rocked and shook back and forth Later asked whether he had any control over his body Montano said If I did I didnt know The ride as the experience of being shot with a Taser is called was over in five sec onds but made a deep impres sion on the officers who after completing the eighthour cer tification course will be per mitted to carry the weapons on patrol Tasers have been around for more than a decade The weapons fire two barbed metal probes tethered by electri cal wire to deliver a deluge of incapacitating electrical jolts into people The weapons have been lauded by many Please see TASER Page A6 INDEX Annies MaiBwx B4 Horoscope B5 Classifieds Dl Opinion A5 Comics B5 Police notes A2 Crossword B5 Spanish pg Cl Bl Education C3 Sports Todays forecast Partly sunny warm High 89 low 58 Todays obituaries Maria Amalia Romero Montes 102 Santa Fe July 31 Kathy Stanwick 54 Santa Fe July 26 Page A2 TheWesfs OUest Newspaper Four sections 24 pages 156th year Issue No 213 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 Mallfraud case reported in Santa Fe By WENDY BROWN The New Mexican All Nancy Lindell of Santa Fe had to do to get in unclaimed sweep stakes money was send the United Claims Center of Canada or have someone from the company call her collect an officiallooking letter said Instead Lindell searched the Inter net for the companys name and dis covered the company had likely tar geted her for a scam Older people get a lot of mail like Inside List of places to report fraud Page A6 this because were on a fixed income and were the 70year old Lindell said Im desperate but I have a resource called the Internet and I always check things like this Sam Thompson spokeswoman for the state attorney generals office said she urges others to follow Lin dells example and do research before responding to offers that sound too Please see MAIL Page A6 Mexico moving most of drugs Albuquerque one of 14 cities known as staging areasfor traffickers DBA says By PABLO BACHELET The Miami Herald WASHINGTON Mexican drug traffickers have pushed aside their Colombian counterparts and now dominate the market in the biggest reorganization of the trade since the rise of the Colombian car tels in the 1980s officials say Mexican groups now are behind much of the cocaine heroin mari juana and methamphetamine on streets the officials say with Mexican lawenforcement agencies viewed as either too weak or too corrupt to stop them Mexicos role as a drugtraffick ing hub has been growing for some time but its grip onthe lionayear trade has strengthened in recent years According to the Drug Enforcement Adminis tration in June 92 percent of the cocaine sold in the United States in 2004 came through the border compared with 77 percent in 2003 And the Key West Joint Interagency Task Force South which coordinates federal drug interdiction efforts and intel ligence has reported almost 90 per cent of the cocaine heading to the market goes by boat to Mexico or other countries in Central Amer ica and then by land to the bor der The increase has sparked several recent reports by DEA and other Please see DRUGS Page A4 DA worker scares off burglar By BRANDON GARCIA The New Mexican No case files were whisked away but a burglars attempt Saturday night to steal musical compact discs from the district attorneys office has prompted a call for tighter security This guy in my opinion was just looking for stuff to take and District Attorney Henry Valdez said Sunday Theres a lot of sensi tive materials there and they need he added A police report stated Larry Tru jillo director of the DAs Prosecu tion Diversion Program was driv ing past the office 321 Sandoval at about Saturday and saw lights Valdez said Trujillo knowing the lights should have been off entered Please see BURGLAR Page A4 ;