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New Mexican (Newspaper) - February 12, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Localfy owned 3nd independent Serving NewMexico for56years SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12 2005 FIFTY CENTS Judge charged with DWI after crash VJ V7 Socorro judge allegedly drove governmentowned minivan off embankment in southwestern Santa Fe By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A Socorro judge faces a drunken driving charge after he drove off a deadend road in southwest Santa Fe about 1 Friday with an open bottle of vodka in his government owned minivan police said Tom Fitch the 62yearold chief judge of the 7th Judicial District had a breathalcohol content more than twice the legal limit Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano said Fitch complained of chest pains after the accident and later had a heart attack at St Vincent Hospital the sheriff said It looks like hell make Solano said but he was moved to the intensive care Fitch who was in Santa Fe on Friday to attend a legislative budget hearing was alone in the Ford Wind star minivan when it went through a barrier and rolled down an embank ment The vehicle registered to the 7th Judicial District Court sustained major damage If he wasnt wearing a seat Solano said he probably wouldnt have made An air bag in the minivan deployed Fitch told deputies hethought he was on 599 or Interstate 25 at the time of the accident However he was actually driving on a front age road that parallels 599 Solano said The sheriff estimated the judge was traveling aliout 55 mph on the road which dead ends about a mile past the turnpff to the Caja Del Rio Landfill Solano said An area of grooved pavement and a 4by8foot reflective sign warns drivers of the dead end before they reach a 30foot embankment leading down to a riv erbed he said Deputies found a large bottle of vodka in the van which had been opened and partially consumed Solano said Investigators gave Fitch two tests which gave readings of 17 and 18 according to a news release from the sheriffs department The legal limit for driv ers is 08 Fitch was charged with aggra vated driving while intoxicated careless driving and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle Once he is healthy enough to leave the hospital Solano said the judge Please see JUDGE Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Playwright penned American myth Arthur Miller the playwright who penned Death of a Salesman about an iconic salesman who came to represent all that was wrong with the American dream died Thursday at age 89PageA2 Baby bonus The stereotype of a large Italian family is a relic in many small Italian cities To raise the birthrate one dying town offers women cash for having kids Nation World Dl ENCHANTING WEDDINGS Wedding planner Its your so just do it your says one woman who performs wedding ceremonies Still the planning process can be intimidating For tips on how to tie the knot your way without headaches and heartaches dont miss The New Mexicans Enchanting Weddings guide inside todays edition Todays obituaries Antonio J Vigil Chimaytf died Feb 10 Elisaria L Trujillo Santa Fe died Feb 10 Jimmie E Hernandez 71 Santa Fe died Feb 9 Doroteo Garcia 65 Santa Fe died Feb 11 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Cloudy breezy scattered showers High 46 low 34 INDEX Annies Mailbox 06 Lotteries B2 Business C6 Movies B2 Cars Trucks El Nation World Dl Classifieds E2 Opinion A7 Comics C4J Religion D4 Crossword M Scoreboard C2 Horoscope IX Sports Cl Local news Bl Stocks C7 Five sections 40 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 43 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 FRITZ SCHOLDER AMERICAN INDIAN ARTIST Artists reflect on influential painter Former lAIA instructor trailblazed a new genre of contemporary Indian art Courtesy photo Dichotomy an acrylic on canvas by Fritz Scholder hangs In the Library and Technology Center at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe ByTOMSHARPE The New Mexican Fritz Scholder who helped develop a new genre of Ameri can Indian contemporary art while teaching in Santa Fe died this week at his Scottsdale home friends and colleagues said There has been no official confirma tion of Scholders death Messages left at his home in Scottsdale and with his lawyer and agent in Phoenix were not returned Friday But a friend Ernest Mclntyre of Tucson a spokes person for the Heard Museum in Phoe nix and an arts editor for The Arizona Republic said they had heard from family members that Scholder died Thursday in Scottsdale Scholder 67 reportedly had been ill with diabetes and heart problems In August 2001 he was treated for an undisclosed illness at St Vincent Hospital while in Santa Fe to attend the opening of his show at the Chiaroscuro Gallery on Camino Monte Sol Scholders abstractexpressionist artwork often juxtaposed traditional images of Indians with symbols of modernity the flag beer cans and icecream cones He analyzed said Delia Warrior president of the Institute of American Indian Arts where Scholder taught painting in the 1960s You always wanted to know what Fritz was think New Mexican file photo Scholder greets friends at an event In August 2001 when he was honored at the lAIAs Contemporary Native American Art Show and ing You wanted to hear his perspective because it was going to be satirical and have an element of Windsor Betts Fine Art Brokerage House currently has a show of Schold ers work at its gallery 143 Lincoln with prices ranging from to Stephen Britko a consultant with the gallery said Scholders most sought after works are his contemporary American Indian images from the early 1970s through the early 1980s But Letitia Chambers a member of the IAIA board of trustees said Scholder was constantly trying out new themes as well as new media such as sculpture and illustrated books of poetry on handmade paper He did a series of flowers that were very she said I think he kind of did it in honor of his friend Georgia OKeeffe because he admired her Please see SCHOLDER Page A5 Life of renowned artist instructor FriU Scholder was born on Oct in Breckenridge Minn He was onequarter Luseino 6 California Mission tribe He lived in Scottsdale Ariz Scholder had been a painter sculptor and print maker Education He received a bachelors degree from Cali fornia State University Sacra mento and a masters degree from the University of Arizona He received honorary doctor ates of fine arts from several universities Colleges and universities Scholder taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe from 1964 to 1969 He had been an artist in resi dence at Dartmouth College guest artist at the Vermont School Oklahoma Art Institute Idyliwild Art Institute Santa Fe Art Institute Taos School of Art and the American University Washington Collections of work His work is represented in sev eral collections including the Museum Of Modern Art New York Biblioteque Nationale Paris the Los County Museum the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art the National Museum of American Art Smithsonian and the Milwaukee Art Museum Industry sways House panel to kill spy chip regulation Legislature 2005 By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican A House committee Friday effec tively killed a bill that would have regulated radiofrequencyidentifi cation devices or RFIDs known by opponents as spy The House Judiciary Committee voted 72 to table House Bill 215 sponsored by Rep Mimi Stewart D Albuquerque Stewart argued that RFIDs poten tially could be used for Orwellian purposes in gathering information on consumers The bill was backed by the American Civil Liberties Union which believes the devices are a potential threat to privacy and civil liberties But while many committee mem bers said Stewarts intentions were good they were more swayed by industry lobbyists who testified the devices potentially could save busi nesses billions of dollars in the cost of tracking inventory and could help curtail counterfeit drugs Any legislation that would create an impression of restricting RFIDs would chill said Jack Grasso representing EPCglobal a New Jersey business developing standards for RFIDs The bill also was opposed by the American Electronics Association and the New Mexico Retail Associa tion Currently the devices are used Please see CHIP Page A5 Inside Revenue forecast means more money for lawmakers governor Senate panel passes enchilada act to shield restaurants from obesity lawsuits Former ambassador urges equality PagcA6 City settles lawsuit over antiwar protesters arrest By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican An antiwar protester who claimed Santa Fe police wrongfully arrested her and violated her civil rights has settled claims against the city and the Santa Fe County jail for sources said Friday Rebekah Azen 46 agreed to accept from the jail several months ago and from the city under a settlement filed Friday in District Court in Albu querque Azen said However Azen a local librarian and consultant for The New Mexican said Fri day that she was still angry about the incident which arose from a confrontation at the intersection of Cer rillos Road and St Francis Drive 1 couldnt say Im happy but its the best we could she said It was an injustice done against the public not just against Both Santa Fe Police Chief Beverly Lennen and Jamie Sullivan the attor ney who handled the case for the city characterized the settlement as an eco nomic move by the city They couldnt have tried the case for what we settled See LAWSUIT Page A3 ;