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New Mexican (Newspaper) - February 23, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE ServmgNewAfodoo forl56years WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 23 2005 F I F T Y C E N T S INSIDE TODAY The edible Oscars From the fastfood epidemic in Super Size Me to the strange epicurean demands of a mentally ill billionaire in The Aviator this years Oscar nominees feature eating arid a lot of wine Taste Cl St Michaels holds on to defeat Braves The Braves of Santa Fe Indian School had cut St Michaels lead to 6059 in the final seconds of the boys basketball game Tuesday but the Horsemen held on for a win Sports Dl Man charged in plot to kill president A 23yearold Virginia man was charged Tuesday with plotting with al Qaida to kill President Bush in a conspiracy prosecutors said was hatched while the man studied in Saudi Arabia Page A3 Scientists aim to trap carbon dioxide The effort to limit dioxide emissions has taken on growing urgency as studies show increasing levels of ominous greenhouse gases Some scientists are exploring whether they can extract carbon dioxide from the air and trap it underground beneath the sea or on land Page B8 Todays obituaries Milliard Crown Montreal Feb 2 Mary Vakttz Tapia Nambe Feb 5 Patrick Union Santa Fe Feb 20 Chrfo Roybal 37 Feb 18 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Show fog colder High 42 low 22 Page B2 INDEX Annies Mailbox Business Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news Lotteries D6 C3 D8 B6 Bl B2 Movies B2 Mutuals W5 Opinion A9 Police notes B2 Scoreboard 02 Sports Dl Stocks D7 Taste Cl The Waft Oldest Newspaper Four sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 54 Publication No 596440 Late paper ClMXfled ads News lips Main office 9844363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Pets perish in weekend store blaze By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Most of the animals at a longtime Santa Fe pet store died in a fire last weekend that officials are calling accidental Its very said Pete Sanders owner of Petes Pets I dont think its really sunk uyet 1 feel really badly for the animals Firefighters were called to the pet store at 2801 Cerrillos Road at Sunday said Ted Bolieter Santa Fe city fire marshal When they arrived about seven minutes firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the building he said In addition to fighting the flames fire personnel also began rescuing what animals they could Bolieter said The fire was extinguished fairly he said Itt the end however Sanders estimated that 80 percent of his animals died including at least 100 birds thousands of fish and numer ous snakes lizards spiders rabbits mice and guinea pigs Most of the animals died of smoke inhalation though some of the reptiles may Please see PETS Page A6 Battle for cockfight ban suffers setback Senate committee tables two bills prohibiting blood sport Luis Sanchez New Mexican Lull Seville gets a hug form his brother Danny Seville In the east lobby of the state Capitol on Tuesday night after the Senate Conservation Committee decided to table two bills that would ban cockfighting Luis Sevllla spoke to the committee In opposition of the ban By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican The movement to have New Mexico join 48 other states in lawing cockfighting suffered a seri ous setback Tuesday when a Senate committee voted effectively to kill two bills that would have prohibited the centuriesold spectacle in which roosters battle to the death Following a twohourplus hearing that attracted gamebird enthusiasts and animalrights activists from around the state as well as one movie star the Senate Conservation Committee voted to table Senate Bills 65 and 66 This means that the bills are stuck in the committee Cockfighting opponents can still pin their hopes to House Bill 878 Inside House OKs tougher Megans Law Bill would allow New Mexico to join salestax project Panel approves domesticpartnership bill Page A7 sponsored by Rep Peter Wirth D Santa Fe The House passed a bill to ban cockfighting in 2003 though the measure died in the Senate If Wirths bill gets through the House it presumably would be assigned to the Senate Conservation Committee New Mexico and Louisiana are the only states that still allow cockfighting The debate consisted mainly of familiar arguments both pro and con Rev Palmer Clark a Methodist minister from Albuquerque who has fought against gambling and tobacco said cockfighting is even more important Violence trumps he said Its an issue that goes to the core of our Marilyn Stone told the committee that it embarrasses her that cock fighting is legal here Im a lifelong resident of this she said Its pathetic its Some supporters of the bill claimed cockfighting is animal cru elty and that animal cruelty leads to domestic violence and other crimes Some argued its bad for children to witness such a bloody sport Theres an undeniable line between children who witness vio Please see COCKFIGHT Page A6 MaxBurch manager of Petes Pets on Cerrillos Road on Tuesday removes fish that died during a fire at the store early Sunday morning In addition to the fish many reptiles and birds died In the blaze Jason McKibben The New Mexican Former Santa Fe resident dies on ski slope Snowboarders wife says he was funloving and lived life to the fullest By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Former Santa Fe resident Chaz Steinke 35 died after he snowboarded into a tree at the Red River Ski Area on Saturday Steinke was born in San Diego and lived in Santa Fe from 1989 to 1996 when he went by the name Chaz Hutchinson He was a crafts man and worked in the con struction industry He did intricate tile said his wife Shalaine Cook Steinke 45 He was talented and capable of Steinke and his wife owned their own company Love Life Landscape in Oklahoma City The two met in 1986 and became a couple after Steinke moved to Oklahoma City a decade later They married Nov He loved children ani mals and the Cook Steinke said The couple had no children but owned nine dogs Steinke was traveling with friends when the acci dent occurred Cook Steinke said Family members had Steinkes body cremated and plan to spread his ashes among some of his favorite places in Northern New Mexico and in a family pond he built in Oklahoma City Plans include spreading some of his ashes on the West Coast where Cook Steinke remembers Chaz Steinke happily flying a kite nearly 20 years ago He was a fun Please see SLOPE Page A6 High court will review administrations effort to ax assistedsuicide law By HOPE YEN The Associated Press WASHINGTON A Supreme Court filled with graying members and an ailing chief justice is wading again into the emotionally charged issue of whether terminally ill patients should be allowed to choose death over life Four of the nine justices have had personal experience with lifethreatening cancer including Chief Justice William H Rehnquist 80 He has been working mainly from home after announcing in October that he has thyroid cancer Now eight years after rul ing states should decide the issue the same nine justices will con sider the Bush administrations attempt to over ride Oregons unique law allow ing physicianassisted suicide Kathryn Tucker legal direc tor for Compassion in Dying in Seattle called it a terrible Please see SUICIDE Page A8 Inside Oregon man waits for his comforting pill bottle Page A8 At least 420 die in Iran earthquake By NASSER KARIMI The Associated Press The Associated Press A woman cries for family members who died in the earthquake Tues day in Dahoueleh village Iran SARBAGH Iran Under a cold driving rain survivors wailed over the bodies of the dead and dug through the ruins of mudbrick houses searching for their loved ones after a powerful earthquake flattened villages in central Iran on Tuesday killing at least 420 people The toll was expected to rise because rescue teams did not have a final count from the three most isolated villages in the mountainous region About people were affected many left homeless when some villages were reduced to piles of dirt and stone by the earthquake The number of injured was estimated at 900 Where have you gone I had a lot of plans for Please see QUAKE Page A10 ;