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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 30, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE r owned Serving New Mexto for 156 years WEDNESDAY MARCH 30 2005 FIFTY CENTS New WalMart proposed for retail development By BOB QUICK The New Mexican A commercial complex anchored by a new WalMart store is planned for the southern end of Cerrillos Road A Santa Fe family and two Ari zona developers have signed a deal to build Entrada Contenta on vacant land southwest of Ocate Road In addition to WalMart plans for the project along the southwestern approach to Santa Fe call for a Wai greens drug store and a series of smaller retail stores and restaurants The land is owned by the family of Dr William Herrera a retired dentist whose relatives also owned part of the Cerrillos Road land that was developed into Villa Linda Mall in the early 1980s The family also owns Airport Road acreage where the Albertsons supermarket chain plans a new store Herreras family members who fiave owned the Entrada Contenta since 1978 have formed a company called Herrera and Associ ates to work with developers Steve Johnson Development and Frontera Development both of Scottsdale Ariz The city annexed the land in 1985 part of the huge annexation that added the Tierra Contenta area south of Airport Road to the city limits The annexation request was led by Bellamah Community Development a landdevelopment arm of Public Service Company of New Mexico the states largest utility company and former owner of Santa Fes water system Herrera said his familys property already is zoned for development and has a guarantee of city water service acquired at the time the City Council agreed to annex the property Please see PLANS Page A5 Sams Club plans gasoline sales Despite a stillpending court challenge Sams Club plans to open gaso line pumps next to its Rodeo Road store Friday The store promises to sell gas at discount prices Story on A5 INSIDE TODAY Blockbuster busted Blockbuster Inc has agreed to pay about to settle claims by the District of Columbia and 47 states including New Mexico that the movie rental chain deceived consumers with its No Late Fees campaign Nation A4 The spice of life Vioxx is off the market and gas is over a gallon but the last real health deal spices is still out there and dirt cheap too Theyre delectable and great for the bod too Taste Cl Todays obituaries Antonio Montano 65 Santa Fe March 26 Carley R Dawson 95 Wiliiamstown March 17 Celine Anderson 65 Santa Fe March 27 Chris Sanchez 25 March 28 Clarence H Hoover Santa Fe March 26 Elizabeth M Purtymun 84 March 24 Manuelita Garcia 74 Santa Fe March 23 Mary Martha McKinney 62 Santa Fe March 27 Susie V Jimenez 85 Tesuque March 25 Augustine E Quintana 64 Espafiola March 27 Erminio Chavez 65 Santa Fe March 25 Agapito Fresquez 78 California March 22 Magdalena V Montoya 90 Velarde March 28 Benjamin E Serna 80 Hernandez March 28 Carlos Valdez 90 Dixon March 29 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Cloudy windy and chance ol rain High 42 low 21 Page B2 INDEX Annies Mailhox B5 Business Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news D5 C3 B6 B5 B5 Bl Lotteries B2 Opinion A7 Police notes B3 Scoreboard D2 Sports Di Stocks 06 Taste Cl The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 89 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips 9840363 9863000 9863030 16646 I000501 Schoolzoning plan draws parents scorn Meeting finds complaints on inequity among campuses Jason New Mexican Esmeralda Loya signs in for Tuesday nights crowded public hearing on school rezoning held by the Santa Fe school board at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican The Santa Fe school districts plan to redraw boundary lines to relieve overcrowded southside schools was met with opposition from parents and teachers at those very schools Tuesday night After hearing from parents who said the changes would disrupt their childrens education the board seemed unlikely to adopt the districts plan wholesale Were in a holding pat board President Martin Lujan said after the meeting About 200 people showed up for a public hearing at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center About 25 people spoke including parents students teachers and administrators from Ortiz Middle School and Agua Frfa Cesar Chavez and Pifion elementary schools Many spoke in Spanish and ajl the parents who spoke said they wanted their children to stay where they were Parents from Agua Frfa and Pifion pre sented petitions protesting the plan My children consider this a punish said Ana Rodriguez an Agua Frfa parent whose children would be rezoned to Salazar under the plan She added that the dual language program her child is enrolled in at Agua Frfa isnt available at Salazar Although Agua Fria would lose some students under the plan it would take on students from other neighborhoods and would actually increase by about Please see PUN Page A8 About rezoning The issue Santa Fe Public Schools administrators say they need to redraw district boundaries to relieve overcrowding in schools on the fastgrowing south side of town A rezoning proposal would shift some students at 14 elemen tary schools and all four of the districts middle schools The quandary Parents of stu dents who would be affected by the changes say they like their schools and dont want to be moved Next steps The school board will likely take up the rezoning issue and consider some alternatives to rezoning at its next meeting April 5 The meeting starts at at the Educational Services Center 610 Alta Vista St Command center down after first use By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A brandnew mobile command post recently purchased by the city and county for more than a quarter of a million dollars lived up to twothirds of its name last weekend after its maiden voyage Its still a command center but its no longer mobile The vehicle broke down on 285 and had to be towed to Albuquer que for repairs Santa Fe County Sher iff Greg Solano said Tuesday Its a good thing it happened now instead of during a real he said Lawenforcement personnel in New Mexico had put less than 100 miles on the vehicle which was purchased for this month with funds from the Department of Homeland Security before the breakdown Solano said Sheriffs deputies used the mobile Raul The New Mexican The city and countys new mobile command post shown to the public for the first time last week was towed to the repair dock after breaking down Saturday near Chimayo during its first assignment The vehicle purchased for with Department of Homeland Security funds had been driven locally about 100 miles command post last weekend to monitor the thousands of walkers making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo he said It was parked on 503 about six miles from the chapel About 10 Saturday night Please see USE Page A8 Death toll climbs as rescuers comb site of quake The Washington Post SIBOLGA Indonesia Survivors and relief workers dug through wreckage day and night Tuesday to rescue people still trapped in flat tened buildings on a remote Indian Ocean island shattered by a major earthquake off the Sumatran coast Officials reported at least 400 deaths from Mondays quake But witnesses and aid workers on Nias Island said victims in the seaside city of Gunungsitoli were buried in rubble and feared many more had been killed Officials said the number of dead could rise to several thousand basing their estimates on the struc tural damage Television footage taken from the air showed devasta tion and fires during the day on Nias The island with a population of about is a popular surfing destination It is 45 miles from the epicen ter of Mondays quake and 75 miles off the western coast of Sumatra the northernmost major island of the Indone sian archipelago A damaged runway in Nias Please see SITE Page A6 Gunman at party accepts plea deal By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A 22yearold Arroyo Seco man pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting two people at a party last spring for no appar ent reason prosecutors said In exchange for pleading guilty to two counts of aggra vated battery three counts of aggravated assault and one count of tampering with evidence Daniel Wheeler will face a maximum of 10 years in prison for the shooting said Amy Lopez assistant dis trict attorney Lopez and fellow prosecutor Joseph CampBell were ready to take Wheelers case to trial Tuesday morning and at the time he would have faced the above charges plus seven more counts of aggravated assault and a maximum of 35 years in prison Lopez said However before the trial could begin Wheeler and his attorney decided to accept the plea deal she said Wheeler arrived at a party at Cottonwood Village Mobile Home Park in the 2600 block of Redwood Street about Please see DEAL Page A5 ;