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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 16, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving Mw Mexico TUESDAY AUGUST 1G 2005 FIFTY CENTS Gourt records found blowin in wind State judicial official takes documents found near police trash bin By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican The state Judicial Standards Commis sion director on Monday took possession of scores of Santa Fe Municipal Court documents found blowing down the street in front of the court building The documents which included per sonalinformation about court defendants and records detailing bank deposits in a Municipal Court account stretched from a trash bin outside the Santa Fe Police Department past the city court building and nearly a block to Airport Road How those got there and when they were disposed of we have no way to Santa Fe Police Chief Beverly Len nen said The debris included citations contain ing personal information about those who had been cited including names addresses birth dates Social Security numbers and drivers license numbers Among the documents were sheets of paper with the amount of fees paid by Municipal Court defendants including receipts for payment of parking tickets Municipal Judge Frances Gallegos whom the Judicial Standards CommiST sion wants suspended on grounds includ ing allegations of improperly altering court records was not at the court Mon day and unavailable for comment Court administrator Mary Ann Caldwell refused to talk to a reporter saying through another employee that she had no knowledge of trash blowing in the street The state commissions director Jim Noel of Albuquerque who saw the scat tered court documents when he arrived Monday on subpoena said he wanted time to view the documents before commenting At this point we need to take a look and see whats he said It could Please see RECORDS Page A6 Frances Gallegos Council OKs overhaul of affordable housing Hundreds attend meeting WalMart debate continues into morning Luis Sanchez New Mexican Mike Loftin from Homewise speaks in support of affordable housing Monday during a City Council meeting at Santa Schools Toby Roybal Gym nasium The meeting was moved to the gym because of the number of people that were expected to attend About 500 people attended the meeting By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican The Santa Fe City Council passed an affordablehousing overhaul late Monday and created a ablehousing office However the muchanticipated dis cussion on the Entrada Contenta development and the proposed WalMart Supercenterwent past midnight Like last week when overcrowding at City Hall led city officials to reschedule the meet ing three controversial issues on the councils agenda drew hundreds of people To accom modate the crowd Mondays meeting was moved to Santa Fe High Schools Toby Roybal Gymnasium and about 500 people streamed in while activists collected lastminute signa tures to bolster Although in a new venue the agenda remained the same the citys minimumwage ordinance Entrada Contenta and a new afford ablehousing program that could profoundly change the local housing market However because the issues again drew a large crowd progress on the issues slowed to a snails pace and by the coun cil had only taken action on two of the three issues a request by two companies seeking exemptions to the citys minimum wage and approval of the affordablehousing ordinance That meant hundreds of buttonand sticker wearing opponents and supporters of Entrada Contenta a commercial center proposed for the citys southside and including a WalMart Supercenter were in for a long night The new housing ordinance passed on a Please see HOUSING Page A4 man admits in DWI death Driver faces up to 14 years in prison for striking Idlling bicyclist By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A 35yearold Santa Fe man pleaded guilty Monday to striking and killing a bicyclist while driving drunk last month earning praise from the victims widowev Tim Solano now faces up to 14 years in prison six for the charge of vehicular homicide and four each for two prior DWI convictions within the last 10 years However District Judge Michael Vigil ordered Solano to undergo a 60 day diagnostic exam at the state prison in Los Lunas before he is sentenced Solano was driving his pickup July 27on Old Santa Fe Trail when he crossed the roads center line and crashed headon into Judith ScasserraCihciripini who was killed instantly according to the Santa Fe County Sheriffs Depart ment Solanos bloodalcohol con tent registered 24 and 23 three times the legal limit of 08 said District Attorney Henry Valdez Solano decided to plead guilty to the charge without waiting for either a preliminary hearing or a grand jury to hear his case and decide if grounds existed for the charge Tim is very upset about said Dan Marlowe his attorney He wanted it over as fast On the Web For continued DWI coverage com ments and our ballot go to www ffeenewmexican Please see DWI Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Catharine L Penner 102 Santa Fe Aug 13 Cathy Ortiz 42 Santa Fe Aug 13 Evelyn Newman 86 Santa Fe Aug 12 John C Long 27 Aug 13 John M Herrera 53 Santa Fe Aug 13 Josefrta P Aland 102 Santa Fe Aug 12 Manuelfta Tapia 95 Santa Fe Aug 13 Nicholas P Apodaca Aug 13 Richard L Moore 65 Santa Fe Aug 13 Brett S Fuschini 41 Las Mesilla Aug 13 Please see Page C2 index Annies Mailftox C5 Lotteries C2 Business Movies C2 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A5 B4 Police notes C2 Crossword C5 Scoreboard B2 Horoscope C5 Sporls Bl Local news Cl Slocks D4 Todays forecast Partly sunny chance of Tstorm High 83 low 58 Page C6 TheWesfs OMeri Newspaper Five sections 26 pages 156th year Issue No 228 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News 9840363 9863000 9863030 Rapist pleads no contest in 1989 murder Judge sentences former ski instructor to third life term ByBENNEARY The New Mexican A man already serving two life sentences for rape pleaded no contest Monday to murder and other charges in the 1989 slaying of a Santa Fe woman Chris McClendon a former Santa Fe ski instructor entered the pleas to the kidnapping rape and murder of Tracy Barker 22 in an agreement with prosecutors that spares him a possible death sentence District Judge Michael Vigil on Monday accepted McClen dons nocontest pleas which Tracy Barker mean McClendon didnt admit guilt but acknowl edged prosecu tors would have enough evidence to convict him at trial Five years ago Vigil sentenced McClendon to two consecutive life sentences on rape convictions stemming from his abduction of a waitress from a Santa Fe bar On Monday the judge sentenced McClendon to another life sen tence for the Barker slaying to be served concurrently with the previous sentence Your crime is Vigil told McClendon Im sure if we delved into your psyche we Please see NO CONTEST Page A6 Kathy Oe La New Mexican Chris McClendon with one of his attorneys Gary Mitchell pleads no contest Monday to the 1989 rape and murder of Tracy Barker In District Judge Michael Vigils courtroom ;