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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 31, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico pr 156 years THURSDAY MARCH 31 2005 FIFTY CENTS Family stunned by couples death Husband and wife described as happy and loving found dead in their home Wednesday By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A Santa Fe couple found shot to death Wednesday morning in their southside home may have died as the result of a murdersuicide police said However that determina tion cant be made for certain until autopsies on Joyce and John Hernandez are com pleted possibly by Friday said Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson Meanwhile relatives and friends expressed shock at the deaths and said the couple who had known each other since at least high school appeared happy and loving in their final days Both were 47 They were so compas and giving to said Angie Vigil Joyce Hernandezs cousin They were so much one We just dont understand Every one who knew them thought they were Johnson said the deaths appeared to have taken place early Wednesday though that was only a preliminary estimate Police were called to the house in the 7000 block Please see DEATH Page A6 John and Joyce Hernandez were found dead Wednesday in their home Relatives say they appeared happy and loving in their final days Courtesy photo INSIDE TODAY Wars on the rapids Kayakers and developers are battling over river use now and tomorrow Outdoors Cl Downward trends The annual Santa Fe Trends report shows a decline in the crime rate water consumption and the number of highschool dropouts Santa Fe El Norte Bl Key wins in Biscayne Amelie Mauresmo defeated Ana Ivanovic on Wednesday and will now face Kim Clijsters who beat Elena Dementieva at the Nasdaq100 Open Sports Dl Todays obituaries Amada G Valdez 99 Santa Fe March 27 Antonio Montano 65 Santa Fe March 26 Celine Anderson 65 Santa Fe March 27 Christobal F Sanchez 25 March 28 Elizabeth M Purtymun 84 March 24 Joe M Ortega March 29 Mary V Michel San Anto nio March 26 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Cloudy windy possible showers High 46 low 21 Page 82 INDEX Annas Mailbox B5 Business D5 Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news Lotteries C3 B6 85 B5 B2 Movies Mutuals Opinion Outdoors B3 05 A7 Cl Police notes B2 Scorehoard D2 Sports Dl Stocks D4 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 90 Publication No 596440 late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Urban adventure Kayakers go with the flow as Santa Fe River crests Photos by Kalhy Do La New Mexican Atom Crawford right plunges over a dropoff along the Santa Fe River while bystanders look on Wednesday after noon A group of friends took advantage of the rivers high flows and kayaked down a stretch beginning just east of Paseo de Peralta By JONATHAN REPA For The New Mexican A group of local Whitewater kayakers created curios ity and amusement for onlookers Wednesday eve ning when they paddled their boats down the Santa Fe River As the band of daredevils bounced over the small water fails that line the rivers chan nel through the downtown area locals and tourists alike watched the parade of bubble gumcolored boats cheering as they passed It looks like a lot of said one onlooker visiting Santa Fe on vacation from Illinois During most years the Santa Fe River is little more than a dry ditch through the center of town but thanks to this winters redord snowfall levels and the expected runoff into reservoirs city offi cials are releasing water for the first time in recent memory This has not gone unnoticed by local kayakers Atom Crawford Lex Lucius Gus Ghuneim Jesse Gries and Steve Yore who decided Lex Lucius right puts on a helmet as Atom Crawford left gets ready before the two kayaked down the river to take advantage of the early spring opportunity to wash the dust off their kayaks Its great to have something to paddle right in town even if it isnt big said Lucius a local artist and metal fabricator For their 45minute trip the group unloaded their boats on East Alameda Street downstream of Patrick Smith Park just after in the evening After donning all the appropriate kayaking gear which included helmets life jack Please see ADVENTURE Page A5 Court expands workplace protections for older employees The Associated Press WASHINGTON When the Supreme Court tackles issues relating to age it speaks with considerable firsthand knowledge Justice John Paul Stevens at 84 the courts oldest mem ber wrote Wednesdays decision making it easier for workers 40 and over to file agediscrimination law suits A conflicting minority opinion was offered by 75 While the Supreme Court justices differed on what the law should allow they agreed employers may make decisions that treat older workers differently yearold Justice Sandra Day OConnor While they differed on what the law should allow they agreed employers may make decisions that treat older workers differently In a 53 decision the court expanded job protections for roughly half the nations work force ruling that fed eral law allows people 40 and over to file agebias claims over salary and hiring even if employers never intended any harm The decision eases the legal threshold for about 75 million middleaged and older people to contend in court that a policy has a disproportionately hurtful effect on them On the other hand the ruling makes clear employers still will prevail if they can cite a reasonable explanation for their poli cies such as costcutting Please see COURT Page A6 Council approves 92acre project By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Santa Fe city councilors late Wednesday struck a water agreement with developer Jeff Branch over his plans to build a 92acre commercial and residential development in the south western corner of town San Isidro Village would have acres of commer cial space near Cerrillos Road with a Lowes home improvement center and a 14screen movie theater acres of singlefamily homes near Rufina Street and acres of apartments Thirty percent of the housing will be classified affordable Construction is expected to begin next year and the project could take three years to complete A document hammered out between Branch and city officials in the hours before the evening council session calls for Branch to purchase and deed to the city half of the estimated 105 acrefeet of water rights needed for the project The other half of the water would be attained by retrofitting toilets in existing buildings For two years the city has made building permits con tingent on retrofitting toilets But councilors feared there were not enough old toilets left in the city to cover San Isidros water needs Councilors who first heard the proposal to annex the Please see PLAN Page A5 Lawyer says tribal ruling violated his clients rights By MARISSA STONE The New Mexican The former buffalo keeper at Nambe Pueblo recently convicted in tribal court of sex crimes against two girls from the village sched uled to be sentenced today but his lawyer contends his legal rights were violated and plans to appeal Benjamin Ben Yates 48 whose case has caused a rift within the pueblo is sched uled to be sentenced at 10 at Nambe Tribal Court After fleeing house arrest last week saying his life was threatened Yates said he will turn himself in at the tribes kiva a religious shrine at Nambe an hour before the hearing Yates Santa Fe attorney David Henderson said the tribal court violated his clients rights because Yates did not receive the same protections including the right to an attorney and the Please see TRIBE Page A5 ;