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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 6, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned andindependent NewMcxico jbr 156 years FRIDAY MAY 6 2005 FIFTY CENTS Nanos to leave LANLs top job Former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory official plans to take helm May 16 By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Pete Nanos INSIDE Feds want million from University of California for lab shutdown Page Bi Los Alamos National Labora tory Director Pete Nanos is off to a new job in Washington and on May 16 an interim direc tor will take over according to sources reached by The New Mexican Nanos who has held an unpop ular post introubled times will step down from the labs top job and take a new post with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency with the Depart ment of Defense according to a fivepage embargoed news release from the University of California the labs manager that was leaked by an anonymous government official Thursday The scheduled to be released today said Nanos will be replaced by Robert Kuckuck a veteran in national laboratory management who formerly worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California Reached at his home Thursday Kuckuck said he will be happy to speak about his new appointment at a news conference scheduled for today Id prefer to stick with the protocol they set he said Sen Jeff Bmgaman discussed the leadership change spokeswoman Thursday LANL has gone through a very difficult chapter in its Bingaman said I hope that the interim direc tor is able to devote his attention to maintaining the scientific strength of the Jab over the next few months as the contract bid process reaches its For months lab officials have denied rumors that Nanos was leaving the lab On Thursday UC spokesman Chris Harrington said Nanos serves at the plea sure of the university and UC has not made any announcement about his position Any report ing on it would be premature at this he said According to the release Kuckuck will serve the remain der of UCs current management contract which expires Sept 30 Nanos scheduled departure will occur the same week that a bidding war for the labs man agement contract is set to begin The final field of bidders hasnt been decidjed Nanos a retired Navy admi ral became LANLs director in January 2003 He faced ire from Congress for lab scandals and in turn made tough often unpopu lar decisions He fired managers and other workers associated with two highprofile cases a missing computer disk scandal which amounted to sloppy inven i Please see LANL Page A10 Officials envision ample water flow to Santa Fe taps Photos by Luis SSnchez New Mexican Water officials overtook the part of the San Diversion Project where Water emerges from 26 miles of underground tunnels The water eventually gets to the Rio Grande where communities including Santa Fe tap a share of the imported water City county leaders tour waterdiversion project By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican From the verdant valleys of southern Colo rado the future of Santa Fe flows through 26 miles of tunnels beneath the Continental Divide down an open channel and into a New Mexico reservoir Officials from the county and city of Santa Fe and other New Mexico water users met Thursday to tour the San diversion project managed by the federal Bureau of Reclamation They saw its new computerized control system visited riverside struc tures and dreamed about whats coming next for the Santa Fe region its own diversion project The precious water that comes to New Mexico through the San structures isnt used for direct human consumption by any of the 13 jurisdic tions that lease it Right now the water is used for agriculture or kept in natural rivers to offset other uses However people will soon depend on the water more A structure that will funnel water from the Rio Grande to residential taps broke ground last year in Albuquerque Santa Fes joint diversion project named after its Buckman well field is also in the works Santa Fe County Commission Chairman Mike Anaya said seeing the 30yearold San diversion Santa Fe Mayor Larry Delgado left listens to Arthur R Valverde assistant area manager for the federal Bureau of Reclamation explain Thursday how water from south em Colorados Rio Blanco is diverted into a network of tunnels and ends up in New Mexicos Heron Reservoir project for the first time helped him visualize the concepts of the planned Buckman Direct Diversion Now Ive got a pretty good handle on what this is about Its been a big said Anaya one of four Santa Fe commissioners who toured the sites Please see VISION Page A6 Slain womans grandson faces murder charge By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican The 28yearold grandson of an elderly woman found dead near Espanola last week was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with her slaying police said Joshua B Garcia of Alcalde was arrested at his home without incident about and charged with an open count of murder four counts of aggravated bat tery of a household member three counts of tampering with evidence and one count of robbery in connection with the death of 80yearold Helen Valdez said Lt Jimmy Glascock a state police spokesman Details about the case were scant Thursday because state District Judge Tim Garcia granted a prosecutors motion to seal the arrest affidavits Joshua Garcia Helen Valdez which typically contain the reasons for an arrest Deputy District Attor ney Earl Rhoads called the motion to seal the affidavits In general he said such a motion means that dis seminating the information could endanger the states case or put someone in dan ger He refused to answer any other questions about Garcias arrest or the case in general Glascock said the inves tigation into Helen Valdezs See GRANDSON Page A3 Bush opens pristine forests to commerce By JOHN HEILPRIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON The last million acres of untouched national forests which President Clinton had set aside for protection were opened to possible logging mining and other commercial uses by the Bush admjnistra tion Thursday New rules from the Forest Service cover some of the most pristine federal land in 38 states and Puerto Rico Ninetyseven percent of it is in 12 states Alaska Arizona California Colorado Idaho Nevada New Mex ico Oregon Utah Washing ton and Wyoming Governors can submit peti tions within 18 months to stop road building on some of the million acres where it would now be permitted or request that new forestman agement plans be written to allow construction on some of the other million acres Many officials made it clear much of the land will remain untouched Californias forests are one of our states most trea sured and valued said California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger I am committed to protecting the vibrant health and sustain able future of our forests In keeping with that commit ment and the assurances we have from the Forest Service roadless areas in California will remain road Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said his agency which includes the Forest Please see FORESTS Page A8 INSIDE TODAY Annies Mailbox Business Classifieds Comics Crossword Generation Next Horoscope Four sections 36 pages Pasatiempo 96 pages 156th year Issue No 126 Publication No Late paper Classified ads Main office 9833303 Todays obituaries Betty Garrett 58 May 4 Charles Barry Pojoaque May 4 Edna I Hall Ogden Utah Mayl Gilbert C Lucero 83 Santa Fe May 5 OliveAnn Allen 97 William W Schottstaedt May 3 Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy and windy High 70 low Page B2 Travelers in an antique land Three cameratoting travelers featured in Depth of Field Assemblages Fragments and Abstractions see landscape with fresh intelligence PaMtiempo inside Critics of House drivers license bill say rules are move toward national ID By FRANK DAVIES Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON Getting or renewing a drivers license would take more time and effort under a security measure approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday The Senate is expected to pass a similar measure next week National standards for driv ers licenses will discourage illegal immigration and make it harder for terrorists toget documents to evade security supporters of the bill said Critics including some state officials said the new require ments would be burdensome and expensive wont enhance security and are a step toward a national identification The license provision is part of a massive billion special spending bill with billion going to the armed forces for Iraq Afghanistan and other overseas missions It passed the House 36858 The drivers license require ments and other immigration related measures drew criticism from immigration advocates and some state officials who said the provisions were included with out hearings By attaching those provisions to a mustpass spending bill House Republican leaders are shoving these extreme measures down our said Rep Please see LICENSE Page A3 ;