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New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 28, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years THURSDAY JULY 28 2005 FIFTY CENTS Bicyclist killed by pickup man charged with vehicular homicide bloodalcohol level was three times legal limit By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Deputies arrested a motor ist accused of killing a bicy clist moments after authori ties began responding to numerous reports of a driver swerving down Old Santa Fe Trail on Wednesday Tim Solano 35 of Santa Fe who has at least three drunkendriving convictions was arrested Wednesday night on charges of vehicu lar homicide and driving left of center after he allegedly drove his truck across the center line on Old Santa Fe Trail and struck a woman cyclist with his 1994 Ford Ranger pickup according to the Santa Fe County sheriff Two breath tests taken at St Vincent Regional Medical Center revealed Solano had a bloodalcohol concentra tion of 24 and 25 at least three times greater than the 08 legal limit said Sheriff Greg Solano no relation to the arrested man The vehicularhomicide charge includes the allega tion of drunken driving and does not require a separate charge the sheriff said The crash occurred shortly after 7 on Old Santa Fe Trail near La Vista Road Greg Solano said In the minutes running up to the accident the sheriff said motorists had been calling the sheriffs department complaining of a speeding southbound truck driving erratically and forc ing other motorists off Old Santa Fe Trail Please see KILLED Page A4 Kathy De La New Mexican Santa Fe County Sheriffs Deputy James Nissen staffs a road block Wednesday on Old Santa Fe Trail after a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle and killed The sheriffs department arrested Tim Solano 35 of Santa Fe on suspicion of vehicular homicide Report State has bettered kid teen welfare But New Mexico is still in nations bottom five for child wellbeing By TOM KNAUER The New Mexican When it comes to keep ing teenagers in school and the next generation thriving New Mexico has shown improvements according to a report released Wednesday Those developments however werent enough toboost the Land of Enchantment out of Americas bottom five states in child wellbeing The 2005 Kids Count Report found New Mex ico leapfrogged West Virginia and Alabama to 46th overall in child well being matching its rank in 2003 Its definitely gradual said Dr Sara Beth Koplik pro gram director of Kids Count of New Mexico Some indicators are bet ter Some are Among the 10 indica tors used in the report to evaluate states efforts to facilitate the needs of children New Mexico improved or stayed con stant in seven The most improvement came in the number of teens between the ages of 16 and 19 who dropped out of high school which fell 38 percent between 2000 and 2003 The rest of the nation by com parison saw 27 percent fewer dropouts That could be in New Mexico because kids are staying in school or theyre older when they drop said Please see KIDS Page A4 Playing on the Plaza KalhyDe La New MflKican Zane Winders 9 follows the conductors lead during a performance In the Plazas bandstand Wednesday night About 150 students from the Santa Fe Suzuki Institute ranging In age from 3 to 18 were part of the performance The institute offers a weeklong summer program at the College of Santa Fe for kids and their parents to learn to play the violin viola cello and flute Grubesic facing more contention over his driving By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican State Sen John Grubesic DSanta Fe found himself in the middle of another controversy involving alle gations of unsafe driving Monday night that ended with him and his wife Dana shouting at Santa Fe County sheriffs deputies accord ing to a sheriffs No arrests were made in the incident and attempts to reach the Grubesics for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful In a sheriffs incident report Sgt Dennis OBrien went to the Grubesic home on Star Vista Road at Monday in response to a neighbors complaint that the sena tor was driving too fast on the narrow dirt road that leads to his home south of Santa Fe just off Old Santa Fe Trail According to the report neighbor Shelly Cobau 44 told the sher John Grubesic Lawmaker rolled his SUV on the same street In March iffs department that her two sons 13 and 15 were nearly struck by the sen ators sportutility vehicle while they rode their bikes between 3 and In a telephone interview Cobau said she was upset that Grubesic 40 had not stopped and checked on whether the boys were hurt in the alleged nearmiss Mr Grubesic had a chance to stop and ask my children if they were all right following the inci Cobau said How ever he chose to peel off and fling dirt and rocks on them Upon arriving at the Gru See GRUBESIC Page A4 LANL worker exposed to radioactive matter By ANDY LENDERMAN The New Mexican Health and nuclear experts have been decon taminating the home of a Los Alamos National Labo ratory employee this week after he was exposed to radioactive material while working the lab reported No other workers were contaminated in the employees lab facility and theres no risk to the gen era public the lab said in a news release late Wednes day Lab officials are look ing into how and when the contamination occurred although a response team found trace amounts Inside Senator shepherding plan for Russian nuke material Page A6 of americium 241 in the employees car and resi dence the lab reported Americium 241 is a man made radioactive metal Its the first time in 10 years that the federal Department of Energys Radiological Assistance Program made up of experts who respond to contamination incidents have found contamina tion off lab property lab spokeswoman Kathy DeLu cas said Please see LANL Page A4 Study finds echinacea doesnt help treat or prevent colds By ALICIA CHANG The Associated Press Being sick with a cold is nothing to sneeze at but new research finds that taking the popular herbal remedy echi nacea does nothing to treat or prevent it The federally funded study was what fans and foes of say they have long needed rigorous scientific testing It found that patients who took an echinaceaplant extract fared no better than those who took a dummy treatment Our study adds to the accumulating evidence that suggests that the burden of proof should lie with those who advocate this wrote Dr Ronald Turner of the University of Virginia School of Medicine who led the study which appears in todays New England Jour nal of Medicine Echinacea or purple coneflower iy sold overthecounter in pills drops and loz enges With reported annual sales of more than million echi nacea is one of the most popu lar medicinal herbs used by people to treat colds Several ani mal studies and small human trials have pointed to Echinacea is one of the most popular medicinal herbs to treat colds but a new study found patients who took It were no better off than those who didnt The Associated Press the possible benefit of the herb in preventing respira tory infections However one of largest studies involving 407 children in 2003 found echinacea failed to allevi ate cold symptoms and even caused mild skin rashes in some cases In the newest experiment researchers recruited 399 healthy patients who got one of three laboratorymade echinacea plant extracts or a dummy preparation The patients were then exposed to the cold virus and their symptoms were evaluated Scientists found no dif ference in infection rates between the groups who Please see STUDY Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Fred Apodaca III 36 July 24 Victoria Arguello 81 July 26 Jacob B Brewer July 25 Jose de la Cruz July 25 Florian Martinez 57 July 24 Kathy M Martinez 49 daughter Victoria M Marti nez 5 Tucson July 19 Orlando Pompeo 94 Albu querque July 23 Wantta M Siingerland 78 July 26 Page C2 Todays forecast Sunny to partly cloudy and warmer High 86 low 56 Page INDEX Annies Mailbox D3 Movies Business C4 Mutuals C2 C4 Classifieds El Opinion Comics D4 Outdoors A5 Dl Crossword D3 Police notes C2 Horoscope D3 Local news Cl Lotteries C2 Scoreboard B2 Sports Bl Stocks C5 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Rve sections 26 pages 156th year Issue No 209 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 ;