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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 17, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years FRIDAY JUNE FIFTY CENTS Democrats urge inquiry on Bush Iraq Request accompanied by petitions signed by Americans who seek response to Downing Street memo By PETE YOST The Associated Press WASHINGTON Amid new questions about President Bushs drive to topple Saddam Hussein several House Democrats asked lawmakers on Thursday to conduct an official inquiry to determine whether the president intentionally misled Congress At a public forum where the word impeachment loomed large Exhibit A was the socalled Down ing Street memo a prewar docu ment leaked from inside the British government to The Sunday Times of London a month and a half ago Rep John Coriyers of Michigan the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee organized the event Recounting a meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blairs national secu rity team the memo says the Bush administration believed that war was inevitable and was determined to use intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the ouster of Saddam The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the one of the participants was quoted as saying at the meeting which took place just after British officials returned from Washington The president may have delib erately deceived the United States to get us into a Rep Jerrold Sadler said Was the president of the United States a fool or a knave The Democratic congressmen were relegated to a tiny room in the bottom of the Capitol and the Republicans who run the House scheduled 11 major votes to coin cide with the afternoon event We have not been told the Cindy Sheehan whose soldier son was killed in Baghdad a year ago told the Democrats If this admin istration doesnt have anything to hide they should be downhere Please see BUSH Page A8 Forest Service drops recreation fees at some picnic areas Jane New Mexican Kezha HatierRiess left and her sons Luc and Sebastian chats with Andreas Weichbrodt Salvador Dag Dascher and hfs sons Skye and Shalto during a stroll at Santa Fe National Forests Borrego Trail on Thursday That trail doesnt charge hikers a fee Outdoor enthusiasts will have more free sites to choose from after the Forest Service waived recreation fees at 500 picnic areas nine of which are in New Mexico The Associated Press he Forest Service is eliminating and recreation fees it charges at about 500 pic nic areas and trailheads after outdoor enthusiasts and Western lawmakers complained The fees also could disappear at other recreation areas among thousands operated by the gov ernment but will remain at those with parking lots restrooms and other amenities under a law Con gress passed last year The new law raises the bar for sites to qualify for charging fees so the public can enjoy more ame Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth said Nationwide 61 percent of more than sites operated by the Forest Service will be free of That is an increase from 58 percent that are already free A law pushed by the Bush administration and signed by the president in December granted longterm authority for the once temporary fees at recreation sites but set standards under which they could be collected It immediately set off a storm of protest particularly in the West where much of the land is con Please see FOREST Page A6 Number of sites removed Percent of sites that are free from fee program by state s in white do not have any land under the jurisdiction of the Forest Service i List of local sites affected by the change A6 The Associated Press Commission reveals plan to immerse city in verse Santa Fe in need of poet laureate for special events art panel says By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Santa Fe could get an official poet But so far few people know it Pardon the rhyme but a com mittee says its time City Arts Commission chair woman Marilyn Batts recently came up with the idea for the city to name its first poet laure ate We have such a vibrant viable poetic and literary scene that does not A look at the have official history of poet she laureates said this week Page A7 and this will give it an official precedent and placement in the Ernesto Torres an Arts Com mission member says Santa Fe needs a poet laureate because many poets feel invisible This is their he said but they dont feel there has been enough Poet laureates are selected by countries states counties and cities to compose poems for official occasions A fourpage proposal cir culated among commission members this week suggests creating a nonpolitical position funded not from tax funds but private donations through the Santa Fe Community Founda tion While some places dont pay their poet laureates Batts said the Arts Commission wants to not set that precedent because we feel that you need to pay a living wage We need to make sure these artists and craftsmen and these literary people are paid because theyre trying to cobble a life Please see VERSE Page A7 Report TV networks lack balanced Latino coverage By ANGELA K BROWN The Associated Press FORT WORTH Texas Stories about illegal immi gration and crime continued dominating television net works limited news cover age of Hispanics showing a lack of depth and balance in reporting about Americas largest and fastestgrow ing minority according to a decade of annual studies Of the network stories aired from 1995 to 2004 less than 1 percent an average of 120 a year were about Latinos In those 10 years the networks aired 218 stories about immi gration and 218 stories about crime involving Hispanics according to the Network Brownout Report 2005 If we were to compare things between then and now we could say things worse in the way the networks are doing these the reports1 author Federico Subervi Thursday as it was released at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists con vention in Fort Worth Although news organiza tions often are accused of airing more negative than positive stories about any race or topic an abundance of negative stories about Latinos unfairly reinforces in a community still affected by racism said Joseph Torres a staff member of the member NAHJ Others agreed that Please see LATINO Page A7 INSIDE TODAY Annies Mailbox 5 Local News Cl Business C8 Lotteries C2 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A9 D6 Outdoors Dl Crossword DS Police notesC2 Horoscope D5 Scoreboard B2 Gcreratkui Neil D1 Sports Bl Todays obituaries Allene Smith Albuquerque June 13 Celeste A Due 23 April 28 Ellen Becker 54 Santa Fe June 11 Amalia A Martinez 83 Santa Fe June 16 Page C2 Five sections 40 pages Pasatiempo 112 pages 156th year Issue No 168 Publication 596440 Late paper Classified ads Main office 9840363 9863000 9833303 Close to breathing If Walt Gonskes canvases were oceans the waves would never stop coming An exhibition of Gonskes landscapes opens June 25 at Nedra Matteucci Galleries In Pasatiempo Todays forecast Abundant sunshine and warm High 88 low 52 Page C10 Six months later probe into police shooting advances By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican The investigation into the fatal shooting of a 44yearold Chimay6 man in September by a state police officer may finally get back on track today sources said Thursday The investigation into Leo Lopezs death has remained idle for six months as authorities awaited autopsy results Lopez was shot three times during a heroin investigation when he allegedly backed his truck toward officers in Chimay6 The district attorneys office which normally pres ents officerinvolved shoot ings to a grand jury has been unable to do so because it hasnt received the final autopsy report from the Office of the Medical Inves tigator in Albuquerque said Deputy District Attorney Shari Weinstein Tim Stepetic a spokes man for OMI said Thursday that the agency is awaiting toxicology results from Leo Lopezs body before it can release the final autopsy report Toxicology analysis is performed by the New Mexico Department of Please see PROBE Page A8 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