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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 24, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Serving New Mexico fir 156 years TUESDAY MAY 24 2005 FIFTY C E NTS Rivers rage as heat wave melts mountain snows Questa braces for flooding as waterways threaten to breach banks KatfiyDe La New Mexican The Pecos River on Monday rushes by a house built on bedrock along 63 about eight miles north of Pecos Rivers throughout Northern New Mexico are running high Residents of Questa are bracing for possible flooding and flows in the Rio Grande might peak this week from the melt ing snowpack Santa Feans seek to escape record heat pet owners advised to take precautions By YASMIN KHAN and TOM KNAUER The New Mexican Santa Feans and tourists alike had a taste of toasty July weather in the middle of May with record temperatures that started Friday and continued through Monday Temperatures steadily climbed from 90 degrees Friday to a high of 92 degrees Monday beating the May 23 2003 Santa Fe record of 88 degrees Jeff Michalski meteorologist with the National Weather Service said the city could cool off as early as Wednesday when there is a 20 percent chance of rain and a forecasted high of 84 degrees Although the heat wave may put a damper on some outdoor activities its a boon to heat ing and airconditioning professionals many of whom are working extra hours to keep city residents cool Steven Wyner owner of Cartwrights Plumb ing and Cooling said his companys 18 trucks Please see HEAT Page A5 ByBENNEARY The New Mexican Flows in the northern Rio Grande are expected to peak this week as warm weather continues to melt this winters heavy mountain snowpack Residents of the village of Questa some 20 miles north of Taos worked through the day Monday to stack sandbags and place concrete barriers along the banks of both Red River and Cafaresto Creek in anticipation of possible flooding Engineers from the state and other enti ties on Monday inspected an earthen dam that impounds water in Cabresto Lake in a valley high above Questa Some leaking at the base of the dam had been reported over the weekend and vil lage officials had told residents they must be ready to evacuate However Gonzales said Monday after noon that the engineers who inspected the dam reported that its stable and residents should keep calm I think everybody feels relief now that we have a situation thats somewhat under Gonzales said I guess time will tell us but if it tells different well be pre pared for what Gonzales said hes been told the dam holds some 10 million to 12 million gallons of water but he hasnt seen a precise fig ure The water level reached the spillway of the dam early Monday Gonzales said engineers concluded inflow to the dam appeared to equal the amount of water flowing out He said the village continues to have someone at the dam to monitor it Pahl Shipley spokesman for Gov Bill Richardson said the state delivered sandbags to Questa on Monday The governor continues to monitor the situation and is in contact INSIDE with local officials and state emergencymanage Colorado ment Shipley rivers surge to said in a written state highest levels ment in a decade Other Northern New Arizona Mexico communities have desert heats experienced trouble from up a dozen high water flows as well dead scores Some mining experts rescued have warned the state Page A5 m tne Past that piles of waste rock left over from mining operations in Red River Canyon upstream from Questa could pose a danger to the village if they become saturated Joanna Prukop secretary of the New Mexico Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department said the waste piles are being monitored carefully She said the piles dont appear to pose any extra risk because of current runoff conditions Peter Olson spokesman for the New Please see RIVERS Page A5 Senators strike deal to thwart filibuster By JAMES KUHNHENN Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON A bipartisan group of 14 senators on Monday averted a his toric and potentially debilitating Senate showdown over judicial nominations by agreeing to retain Senate rules that give extra power to political minorities The deal struck in the offices of Sen John McCain permits votes on three of five of President Bushs noini nees to federal circuit courts of appeal that Democrats have blocked including Priscilla Owen of Texas Democrats had already agreed to grant votes oil two other blocked judges The dealalso would retain the use of extended debate against judicial nominees a tactic that requires 60 out of 100 votes in theSeikate to overcome and which Democrats haye used to prevent votes on 10 of Bushes nominees for appellate courts The seven Democratic negotiatdfs agreed that they would use the maneuver called a filibuster only in extraordinary In exchange the seven Republicans said they would vote against Please see FILIBUSTER Page A6 School district applauds leap in students yearly progress U A t7 By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican Santa Fe public school principals board members and district officials smiled Monday afternoon as district offi cials released test results that measure how much students learned during the school year According to the data more students made a years worth of academic growth during this school year than did year Its not where we want to see tremendous movement in the right said Larry Walling the dis tricts director of testing The positive trend was true at every grade level and in both reading and math with the most dramatic improvements in third fourth and eighth grades Growth in reading exceeded growth in math The percentage of thirdgraders who met groxvth targets in reading was percent That means more than half of the students percent made less than a years growth during that period of time But it was much better than last year when only 26 percent of the stu dents met the growth target School Superintendent Gloria Rendon Please see PROGRESS Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Annies Mailbox B5 Lotteries Business 62 01 Movies B3 Classifieds Opinion Comics A7 BS Police notes B3 Crossword B5 Scoreboard C2 Horoscope B5 Sports Cl Local news Bl Stocks D4 Todays forecast Mostly sunny High 91 tow 62 PageB2 Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 144 Publication No 596440 Ute paper 9840363 High court to tackle abortion restrictions The Supreme Court will decide whether some lower courts have been too quick to strike down state laws imposing limits on a womans access to abortion Page A4 Todays obituaries Aaron OrtegaPerez May 21 Charlotte Martinez Santa Fe May 23 Cooi G SaWaoa 48 Santa Fe May 20 Consuefo Ortiz 85 Albuquerque May 21 Frederick C WHNants 51 Albuquerque May 20 Gerald Kestefl 75 Los Alamos May 21 Jonathan W Grant 23 Espafiola May 11 MiQiMfa Smith Las Cruces May 9 Paul 69 Santa Fe May 20 PageB2 Tutorial School grads find something constant in chaos By JOHN SENA The New Mexican Each one walked across a wooden stage and took a turn at the podium Classmates looked on from a couch laughing nearly crying pride beaming from their eyes They are musicians artists athletes story tellers students And their stories and paths are as different as the school they are gradu ating from For five Santa Fe teenagers who will gradu ate from the Tutorial School on Friday pre senting their senior theses Monday night a requirement to graduate was a culmination of experiences and discoveries While they were not as complex as the term might imply the theses revealed much about their authors Thats because the Tutorial School doesnt categorize its students according to standardized test scores grades or even sub ject matter Instead the students participate in what the schools principal calls spontaneous Please see GRADS Page A4 Jane New Mexican Grayce Davis 18 presents her thesis at the Tutorial School on Monday night The students must present and defend their theses to an audience of stu dents staff family and friends before they can graduate From left are the four other graduates Raine Vivian Cecili Robinson Jonah ZimmerbergHelms Jessica ZimmerbergHelms i ;