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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 28, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE LoaDy owned and independent Serving New Mexico SATURDAY MAY 28 2005 FIFTY CENTS Witness Teacher snapped before ducttape incident By ANNE CONSTABLE and BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican She got the duct tape and just put it around him real tight so he could barely breathe Sixthgraders at Chaparral Ele mentary were looking forward to graduation and summer vacation The classroom was lively Two stu dents were celebrating their birth days others were playing Twister A couple of boys chased each other Thats when one of the teach ers an intern from The University STUDENT WITNESS recounting teachers actions of New Mexico apparently had enough She kind of one of the students said later When one boy refused to sit down the student said she got the duct tape and just put it around him real tight so he could barely A coteacher also an intern told his colleague that he didnt approve of using duct tape to discipline stu dents and the tape was according to the student witness who said the school districts code of conduct says teachers arent sup posed to touch students The Wednesday incident at Chap arral touched off a police investiga tion and pulled the southside school into controversy over classroom discipline in an era when students are seen as more unruly than ever Earlier in the day about a half hour before lunch the same teacher had taped the mouths of at least five students the witness said The sixthgraders removed the tape while standing in line for lunch It hurts when youre pulling it the witness said The students reported the inci dent to Principal Theresa Ulibarri on Wednesday Later the students saw the teacher packing her books She was not at school Thursday the student said Police came to the school Thurs day to talk to students involved in the incident and their parents Please see TEACHER Page A5 END OF THE ROAD Santa Fe High awards diplomas to 340 graduates Governor urges LANL workers to be vigilant Bids for new contract require standalone pension plan By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Kathy De La New Mexican Celeste Egedy right celebrates after announcers read the last name of Santa Fe High Schools 2005 graduating class Friday at Ivan Head Stadium By GINGER McGUIRE For The New Mexican Time spent in high school is similar to a fouryear line waiting to catch an amuse mentpark ride Valedictorian Leif Hop kins told the Santa Fe High School Class of 2005 After you have waited in line for four years its time to get on the Hopkins said buckling into the carts right now to go into real Family members and friends filled bleachers on both sides of Ivan Head Stadium at the commencement ceremony Friday morning When the 340 graduates began marching onto the football field with their blue caps and gowns the crowd stood and applauded Many tried to pinpoint where the graduate they came to see was sitting I have a lot of mixed said graduate Riva Merrill Im excited but Im scared to face the responsibilities Another graduate Thomas Johnson said finishing high school is a big relief because this last year was hectic Johnson cne of 14 valedictorians said he was looking for ward to relaxing before college This isnt the Hopkins said in his speech Santa Fe High School is a place of all different proportions It showed us some stuff it taught us some things Now were ready to rock n Hopkins said students fell into their own Please see END Page A4 LOS ALAMOS On a visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory on Friday Gov Bill Richardson urged workers to raise their voices in protest rather than make hasty deci sions in uncertain times Many employees are tempted to retire as the firstever competition for the management of the nuclear weapons lab begins They want to protect their lavish pension benefits because they arent sure what a change in management might bring These are going to be uncertain times the next few months But hang in there and keep your powder dry and dont Richardson said he told them Lets mobilize to let decisionmakers know how we want the provision relating to retire ment He echoed the same message at a sparsely attended townhall meeting in Fuller Lodge The University of California Retirement Plan covers employees at all university campuses and UC run laboratories But under bidding criteria published last week by the Department of Energy that era must end at Los Alamos The Request for Proposals requires the next contractor to create a stand alone pension plan for Los Alamos employees only Richardson doesnt consider that the final word however because contract negotiations could alter the outcome The former energy secre tary vowed to exert his influence on DOE in concert with New Mexicos congressional delegation But I think the single most important advocates are lab employees themselves I think you have more power than you think Please see LANL Page A8 PRC fires worker who reported bribe attempt By BEN NEARY The New Mexican An unnamed employee at the New Mexico Public Regu lation Commission attempted to shake down a private trans portationcompany official for a bribe according to allegations reported by a PRC investigator Albert Ibarra former head of the investigations bureau at the PRCs Transportation Division wrote to Division Director Ron Martinez on March 25 alerting him to the bribery allegation Ibarra also sent a copy of the letter to PRC Chief of Staff Danny Mayfield In his letter Ibarra states I recently received cred ible information alleging that a staff member in the Transportation Division had requested a bribe from a certificate Ibarra requested assur ances from Martinez and Mayfield that their reac tion to the report would not include retaliation against him Ibarra was terminated from the PRC effective May 20 Attempts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful Asked if Ibarras departure was connected to his memo Mayfield said Thursday It definitely had nothing to do with Mayfield also declined to comment on the allegations in the letter I think thats a confiden tial document that youve been entrusted May field said He referred ques tions to PRC General Counsel Please see BRIBE Page A6 INSIDE Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 42 pages Annies Mailbox C7 Gallon World Book 56 pages Business C5 Opinion year Issue No 148 Cars Trucks El Poiice notes No o96440 Classifieds E3 Religion paper 9840363 Comics C8 Scoreboard C2 Crossword C7 Sports Cl Local news Bl Stocks ads 9863000 News tips 9863030 Main office 9833303 FDA examines link to blindness and Viagra Todays forecast Partly cloudy afternoon Tstorms High 77 Low 49 Page B2 Todays obituaries Donna M Downey 98 May 26 M Robert Klebanoff MD May 24 David Anaya Page B2 Coming Sunday What will Santa Fe do with a prairiedog colony thats occupying the site of an upcoming railyard redevelopment project By LAURANNEERGAARD The Associated Press WASHINGTON Millions of men take impotence drugs like Viagra Now reports that 43 of them have developed a nottoorare form of blind ness have health officials examining if the drugs might play any role Theres no evidence yet that the drugs increase risk Indeed the same types of ill nesses that lead to impotence are linked to this type of vision loss Still we take this seri said Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Susan Cruzan as the agency disclosed Friday that it was talking with the makers of Viagra Cialis and Levitra about what the labels of those drugs should say about the reports Cialis maker recently and voluntarily added a oneline mention to its label At issue is sudden vision loss when blood flow to the optic nerve is blocked a con dition called NAION or non arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy The FDA has 43 reports of NAION among impotence drug users 38 for Viagra four for Cialis and one for Levitra Cruzan said They include varying degrees of vision loss including blind ness Those are rare numbers given that Viagra alone has been used by 23 million men worldwide since its approval in 1998 according to maker Inc Also complicating the Please see FDA Page A8 cS ;