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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 6, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN DECEMBER TUESDAY 50 CENTS Kids club knew of workers conviction Santa Fe Boys Girls Club board wanted to give man 2nd chance By Anne Constable The New Mexican The board of directors of the Santa Fe Boys Girls Club said Monday that it knew Thomas Mayes was a convicted killer when it made the decision to hire him and give him a second chance In retrospect we regret the conse quences of that the board said in a letter to The New Mexican The statement ended more than a week of speculation about how Mayes who was arrested last month on drug charges while on duty came to work for the Camino Jacobo Boys Girls Club The letter also stated the board has made unspecified changes to its hir ing practices that will minimize the chances of this occurring again and plans to host community forums in the near future to address the issues This was not a wiUyniUy decision We knew his background and we hired him and we regret that We cant ever Please see CLUB Page A4 Thomas Mayes Boys Girls Club van driver was arrested recently on drug charges Photo courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory Frederick L Ashworth was a member of the B29 bomber crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki Japan MANHATTAN PROJECT Weaponeer in charge of 2nd Abomb dies at 94 By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican Frederick L Dick Ashworth who was in charge of the atomic bomb dropped on Naga saki Japan in World War n has died He died Saturday afternoon during heart surgery at the Arizona Heart Institute in Scotts dale family friend Glen Smith said He was 94 Ashworth a Santa Fe resident was part of the B29 bomber crew that dropped the wars sec ond nuclear bomb Aug About a year ago Smith said Ashworth prepared his own obituary while planning Ms estate and wrote oneshort paragraph in the third person to describe Ms work on the Man hattan Project and the Nagasaki mission After a short tour in Virginia Ashworth wrote He was ordered to join the Manhat Please see WEAPONEER Page A6 Governor axes states 6month recertification rule for Medicaid By David Miles The New Mexican Gov Bill Richardson on Monday said he would order the state Human Services Depart ment to require most Medicaid recipients to verify their eligibility for the healthcare pro gram every year instead of every six months The move marked the reversal of a policy implemented last year that required Medic aid recipients who were eligible for Medicaid because they had low incomes to recertify their eligibility every six months Other Medicaid recipients such as the elderly and blind were not affected by the sixmonth require ment The change back to 12month recertification will take effect in the fiscal year beginning July Please see MEDICAID Page A6 ALTERNATIVE ENERGY Sparking new trend in renewable fuel College to fire up citys first biomass burner Lara New Mexican Mark Sardella left from Local Energy and Rich Loomis who is with Cartwrights show Santa Fe County Deputy Fire Chief Hank Black well the biomassheating project at Santa Fe Community College By Wendy Brown The New Mexican Want to learn about heating with biomass Local advocates of alterna riveenergy sources will fire up the citys first commercial biomassheat ing system Saturday at the Santa Fe Commu nity College Mark Sardella executive director of Local Energy Inc will be able to keep the audience warm by throwing open the door on the Early Childhood Development Centers new woodfired boiler while he explains how the system works Biomass refers to any organic matter available on a recur ring basis such as wood or grasses The college plans to ise local scrap wood and pay someone to manually feed it into the boiler Sardella expects the system to reduce the centers reliance on natural gas by as much as 50 percent Since this years natu ralgas prices are supposed to be double last years prices the system could save as much as in heating costs this winter Lou Schreiber the colleges director of IF YOU GO What Santa Fe Community College wili fire up the citys first commercial biomassheating system When 11 to 3 Saturday Where Early Childhood Development Center Source Dectra Corporation X3ARN Wood Heating Systems workforce training and Bill Althouse owner of a Santa Fe company that installs biomass heating systems are expected to join Sardella to talk about the future of biomass systems Local Energy is a threeyearold nonprofit dedicated to promoting energy selfreliance for Santa Fe All three men hope to increase the number of commercial biomass systems in the area The college also has plans for a biomass heatihg system to heat the colleges main building That system which should be com pleted by the summer is expected to cost SL4 million and provide up to 90 percent of the schools heat While the words biomass heating might sound like a complicated new technology Sardella said it is almost as simple as the wood stoves commonly found in Northern How does a biomass heater work Air is drawn from outside through an air inlet tube A into the combustion chamber The door C prevents air from being drawn from the room and an aircooled heat shield prevents hot surfaces near the user Remaining free air is mixed with hot gases before entering the ceramic secondary combustion chamber Within the ceramic chamber smoke creosote and participates are burned at temperatures above 2000 degrees The hot gases release their heat as they move through a fivepass tubular heat exchanger E submerged within a large volume of water The cooled gases are then pulled into the draftinducer housing F and pushed out of the exhaust pipe Alexander New Mexican New Mexico homes The centers new healing system includes a tank of water used for distributing heat and a twostage combustion system that even bums the smoke but Sardella said at its core it is a basic wood stove There are however differences Sardella said the centers new Garn boiler is per cent efficient compared to 70 percent for the most efficient home wood stoves and only 45 percent for most home wood stoves That means Gam wood stoves have fewer emis sions and leave less ash while producing the heat he said The centers boiler including installation cost Sardella said Since the boiler is expected to last at least 30 years it could pay Please see FUEL Page A4 OBITUARIES Alfredo Dec 3 Constance Head 78 Nov 30 Consuek Aland NoritaG Mummer 69 Dec 3 Vivian ILGriego 74 Santa Fe Dec 4 PageC2 HELP WITH RENT CHECK A local man who suffers from health problems and lives on Social Security is in danger of losing his apartment Rnd out how you can help Page C2 CHARGES UPHELD Rep Tom Delays return as House majority leader wont be easy Page A3 SOURCES ON WEN HO LEE MUM Government sources in a LANLleak case have declined to let a reporter reveal their identities Page A4 Index Annies Police Time A locally owned aira mdcpWHtait iwwsjwpw BATTLE OF THE BIRDS Using big plays on defense including interception returns for touchdowns by Andre Dyson and rookie Lofa Tatupu the Seahawks rout the Eagles 420 Monday night Sports Bl TODAY Partly cloudy High 40 low 14 Page C6 Main Five sections 26 pages Late 156th year Issue No 340 News Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years A h ;