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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 11, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent ServingNew Mexico for 156 years SATURDAY JUNE 11 2005 FIFTY CENTS World leaders draft debtrelief deal Britain set stage for G8 agreement that would cancel billion in debts for Africas poorest nations By TOM HUNDLEY Chicago Tribune LONDON Maybe it has nothing to do with Bob Geldof or Bono But suddenly debt relief for the impoverished countries of Africa is high on the political agenda in both Europe and the United States This weekend finance ministers of the Group of 7 leading industrial nations the G8 minus Russia are expected to announce an agreement in principle on a compre hensive plan to wipe the slate clean for 14 of Africas poorest nations The deal was put together in Washington earlier this week during British Prime Minister Tony Blairs meeting with President Bush ahead of next months G8 summit in Scot land Blair has been campaigning hard to make the plight of Africa and progress on global warming the sig nature issues of the upcoming sum mit for which he will be the host But the Bush administration has been cool toward both initiatives Bushs initial offer of million for immediate African famine relief this week was widely dismissed as insufficient At the same time Geldof s plan for a series of Live 8 concerts has kicked into high gear The Irish rocker whose Live Aid concerts 20 years ago raised million for Ethiopian famine relief is planning a series of free concerts in London Paris Rome Berlin and Philadelphia and then to deliver a million protesters to Edinburgh Scotland for the G8 summit The idea Geldof explained is to raise awareness not money And that seemed to concentrate the minds of political leaders The plan was to be presented to the G7 finance minis ters at a Friday dinner in London It would allow 14 of the poorest nations in Africa and four in Latin America to cancel out their debts These countries now owe about billion to international lending institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Please see DEBT Page A6 HEALTH SCIENCE APPEARS TODAY BOD POD Santa Fe Community Colleges new BOD POD is a machine designed to give highly accurate bodyfat and leanmass readings The college gave a live demonstration of the device Thursday Health Science Dl The birds It could be Alfred Hitchcock the reality series For some inexplicable reason from Houston to Washington its been the year of the dive bombing mockingbirds crows hawks and even woodpeckers A rise in attack birds has mail carriers and city residents spooked Page C5 Todays obituaries Elizabeth Moss Santa Fe June 7 Juan Manzanares 81 June 8 Larry Tapia 48 June 9 Loretta Baca 35 Santa Fe June 9 Lydia M Stone 68 Chimayo June 8 L Nichole Vigil 26 Tijeras June 8 Page C2 Todays forecast Partly sunny Tstorms inspots High 81 low 50 Page C6 INDEX Annies Mailbox B5 Local news Cl Business B6 Lotteries C2 Cars Trucks El Movies C2 Classifieds E2 Opinion A5 Comics Religion P4 Crossword B5 Sports Health 01 Stocks Bl Horoscope B5 Weather C6 TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Five sections 36 pages TV pages 156th year Issue No 162 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9844363 9863000 9863035 9833303 Lap swimmers irked by slash in outdoor time Luis New Mexican Kelly Kriz 20 of Santa Fe swims laps at the citys Bicentennial Pool on Friday afternoon Because of budget cuts the pools lapswimming hours have been reduced By TOM KNAUER The New Mexican Wet cloudy weather may have kept some swimmers out of Bicennential Pool on Friday afternoon But lap swimmers also are facing shortened hours at the citys only outdoor pool and that has them unhappy Budget cuts forced administrators in the citys Parks and Recreation Depart ment to cut back on early morning and evening hours for lap swimmers Five lifeguard and two supervisor positions were not funded because of the cuts said Bill Rougemont director of the departments recreation division It wasnt pretty it wasnt fun but its something we had to he said The pool at 1121 Alto has been open from 9 to 6 every day of the week since Memorial Day weekend During previous summers the pool opened at 6 and closed at 8 on weekdays and was open until 7 on weekends Lapswimming hours are from 9 to 10 and 4 to 6 Monday through Friday and from 9 to 11 on the weekends The decision to cut the pools early morning and lateevening hours came down to greater traffic at other times in the day Rougemont said Group and recreationalswimming hours were kept intact because as many as 100 to 125 people use the pool during those periods he said When theres lapswimming hours the most we have in the pool is about 12 he said Rougemont said the city asked each of its divisions to make cuts as the deadline approached to finish a bal anced budget for the 20052006 fiscal year which the City Council passed last month City manager Mike Lujan said he kept in close contact with Rougemont while they decided which areas of the pools operation to cut looking at the costs and benefits of each Because many lap swimmers in Santa Please see SWIM Page A6 Alternatives for lap swimmers Swimmers seeking lap lanes in the early morning or late eve ning hours can visit pools Salvador Perez 601 Alta Vista 6 to Monday Wednesday and Friday 6 to 10 Tuesday and Thursday 8 to Saturday noon to Sunday Call 9552604 for more information Fort Marcy 490 Washing ton 6 to Monday Wednesday and Friday 6 to 10 Tuesday and Thursday 8 to Saturday noon to Sunday Call 9552511 for more information Genoveva Chavez Commu nity Center 3221 Rodeo Road 6 to 9 Monday through Thursday 6 to 8 Fri day 10 to 6 Saturday 10 to Sunday Call or 9554002 for more information Source city of Santa Fe Citizen border patrols to begin in Two groups feuding leaders accuse each other of aggressive patrol tactics By ANNA MACIAS AGUAYO The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Two feuding leaders of organi zations that monitor illegal crossings along the Mexican border are fielding citizen patrols that plan to keep an eye on New Mexicos southern border one of them beginning this weekend The groups leaders accused each other during interviews Friday of being aggressive and extreme in their desire to stop illegal immigration Clifford Alford leader of a group called the New Mexico Minutemen claims that mem bers of the Minuteman Proj ect a group that drew inter national attention in April when volunteers showed up in Arizona to patrol the border like to run around in para military uniforms and carry assault weapons They really dont give a rip about anyones civil he said We want our effort to be more Mike Gaddy who is lead ing the Minuteman Project in New Mexico said Alford wasnt part of the groups monitoring project in Ari zona Alford hasnt been a Min uteman for a Gaddy said He is part of a ren egade organization that has absolutely nothing to do with the Minutemen Alford was appointed to his new post last week by James Please see PATROLS Page A3 Voracious flea beetles consuming gardens all over Santa Fe area By STACI MATLOCK The New Mexican Theyre small iridescent and are leaving behind Swisscheese leaves in landscapes from Pecos to Cochitf and all over the City Different They are flea beetles leafeating pests bus ily munching gardens and trees according to nursery staff and agricultureextension agents Everybody has said Shane Pennington of Agua Fria Nursery Like the bark beetle that laid waste to the pinon hillsides around Northern New Mexico the flea beetle is endemic to the area Peri odicaily for unknown reasons flea beetles develop appetite according to Patrick Torres County agriculture Please see BEETLES Page A3 Lara New Mexican Iridescent blueblack flea beetles tiny bugs with enormous and diverse appe tites have been destroying flowers shrubs and trees throughout Northern New Mexico Judge tells Smith You did not kill your mother By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican State District Judge Michael Vigil had one main message for Eric Smith during sentencing Friday on a charge related to his mothers death 11 months ago I want you to understand and Im stating this as clearly as I can Im not holding you responsible for the death of your he said Vigil said he decided to com mit the 18yearold to the cus tody of New Mexicos Children Youth and Families Depart ment for one yearinstead of the two years asked for by a prosecutor specifically to get that message across You not kill did your Eric Smith Vigil said You need to start thinking Smith pleaded no contest last month to one count of aggra vated battery of a household member for striking his mother 40yearold Ruth Ann Smith at least twice the night she died in July An autopsy found she died of a caffeine overdose which was exacerbated by bluntforce trauma The source of the caf feine was never identified Please see SMITH Page A4 ;