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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 29, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Loony owned and independent Serving Mexico for 156 years SUNDAY MAY 29 2005 O N E DOLLAR Man survives Nambe fall Rescuers wade through high waters to reach Santa Fe resident who plunged into a canyon By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican A Santa Fe man was released from the hospital Saturday night after sustaining two bro ken ankles and a broken wrist during a plunge of more than 100 feet into Nambe Falls The incident serves as a warning to Memorial Day rev elers heading out to rivers and streams around Santa Fe that the aftermath of the wet win ter has raised water levels to potentially dangerous levels Gary Trautman 38 was on a camping trip with relatives near the falls and was walking on a clif f around noon when he fell into a canyon below said Santa Fe County firefighter Jeff Golden Trautmans son Ben 15 and 14yearold Joshua son of Trautmans girlfriend Eliza beth Herrera made their way to Trautman and stripped off their clothes to keep him warn until help arrived Our sons are Eliz abeth Herrera said The people who were with Trautman knew what to Golden said and he credited the boys with keeping their calm in a tense situation The river posed a greater thannormal obstacle to rescu ers because of this springs increased runoff from the winters deep snowpack Its flowing very high now for Please see A8 Dogs new digs Santa Fe prairie dogs heading south to a research habitat By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican Santa Fes mostfamous prairie dogs are moving up Theyre getting deluxe apartments underground Hundreds of prairie dogs that live on cityowned land along the railroad tracks are movirigto the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro where they wiE become the focus of ecosystem research The city must evict the rodent residents before I work crews can begin pre for construe tion of a 10acre park sched uled to begin late this year The park is part of the rail yard redevelopment project Brian Drypolcher the parkdevelopments project manager for the Trust for Public Land said hes sure people will miss the prairie dogs in the rail yard But their lives will be less peril ous Its hard to speak on behalf of the dogs but I think theyre headed to a better place for Dry polcher said Talk about habitat Instead of eating scraps of leftover produce donated by a nearby grocery store the prairie dogs will soon be dining at an allyoucan eat gramagrass buffet where their chief enemies will be badgers snakes and raptors not speeding cars Changing perceptions When the railyard colony settles into its new home on the refuge it will mean the return of a species that was nearly eradicated there about 50 years ago By the 1950s a wing of Department of Agricul ture called the Animal Dam age Control Division had poisoned more than of the rodents in that stretch of grassland because they were perceived as a threat to agriculture A retired damagecontrol officer who worked in the area helped the refuge make a map of the areas that were formerly occupied by prai rie dogs A large prairiedog town was located in about the same the reloca tion site said Renee Robi chaud specialist Paula Martin a sixth generation Coloradoplains native who relocate colonies of prairie dogs from Montana to New Mexico said the burrow ing rodents now live on less than 2 percent of the area they formerly occupied in the United States But sci ence has disproved the idea that they hurt agriculture and ranching All five spe cies of prairie dogs improve forage by aerating and fer tilizing the soil she said Prairiedog management across the Western United States has become more humane in recent years Martin added but there is stifl conflict in many places In Santa Fe a local ordi nance requires prairie dogs be moved from construction sites for the wellbeing of the animal But at least five New Mexico counties say they dont want them They have passed resolutions discouraging importation of prairie dogs to rural areas Its an urbaninterface said Torrance County Manager Bob Ayer who noted that many county residents there pay for prai riedog poisoning because of Please see DOGS Page A9 Tina New Mexican University of New Mexico biologist Mike Friggens left fits a passage tubsInto what will bea new prairiedog town before White center graduate student Laura Calabrese bury the tube at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Relocating rodents Hundreds of prairie dogs living on cityowned land in the Santa Fe Railyard are being moved to the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro How its A mild dishwashing liquid is mixed with water arid hosed into the prairiedog burrows The prairie dogs exit and are caught by hand Saline solution is applied to prairie dogs eyes and they are placed in carriers by family group The release site is prepared by Trenching for artificial burrows and placing nesting boxes underground Prairie dogs are placed in the new burrows and cages cover the entrances to protect them from predators After a few days the cages come off and the prairie dogs begin to spread out Map and photo by Jay New Mexican Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Tina New Mexican A Santa Fe County rescue team prepares to transport Gary Trautman to a waiting ambulance at Nambe Falls Trautman fell 100 feet into a canyon Saturday after leaving a River continues to stymie search for local woman By ANNE CONSTABLE The New Mexican A group of experienced fisherman are the latest people to search the surg ing waters of the Pecos River for Jessica Hines a 19yearold Santa Fe woman reported missing more than a week ago On Saturday the anglers carried fliers to post along the river Mines a nursing student at Colorado State Univer sity in Pueblo had been camping with her sister Justine and some friends in Pecos Canyon Her car a silver Saturn was recov ered a week ago Saturday State police have sus pended the search for Hines until the level of water in the river subsides On Thursday Known World Guide Service an outdooradventure group that leads rafting trips on the Rio Grande and Chama rivers searched 30 miles of the Pecos River from the village to the San Jose Bridge according to Hines Jessica Nines Fund has been set up to help pay for ongoing search uncle Gregory Leon Baird a Santa Fe architect He said the rafting guides were in kayaks and heavy duty whitewater rafts and leapfrogged down the raging river so that each boat overlapped with the preceding one Justine Hines flew with state police on a helicopter that searched an additional 45miles of the river Baird said At the end of the day officers notified the family that they had found no trace of the former Capital High School star athlete They said they would be will ing to go back in when the water came down but they felt they had done every See SEARCH Page A8 Debris logs threaten Gochiti Lake boaters The Associated Press Navajo Lake is a boaters paradise and Elephant Butte Reservoir has more water than its seen in recent years but water pouring into Cochitf Lake has brought debris and warnings against boating there this Memorial Day holiday A few boaters kicked off the holiday early at Navajo Lake State Park near Farrn ington Im surprised there arent more people out one early arrival Car rie Goodman of Farmington said Friday as she got ready to shove off in a boat The lake level has risen Inside Memorial Day observances around New Mexico and clos ings in Santa Fe Page A2 Holiday celebrations go on in communities threatened by flooding Page A8 to the point that a few feet of water covered several rows of the lowest paved parking spots adjacent to the boat ramp Water also slapped against the base of a 10foothigh concrete bar rier at the spillway next to Navajo Dam Navajo Lakes elevation climbed 10 feet in May See BOATERS Page A8 Todays forecast Cloudy scattered afternoon storms High 77 low 46 Page B2 Todays obituaries Andrew A Duran 47 Santa Fe May 24 LJIa M Gardner 90 May 26 M Robert Klebanoff MD May 24 Diane B Moore 76 May 27 V Lorraine Pacheco 83 Santa Fe May 22 Miguela A Smith Las Cruces April 9 Page B2 INDEX G5 02 Opinionf1 Police notes 82 Pasa 121 Scoreboard Annies Mailbox Movies Business Dl Muiuals Classifieds Hl Crossword Focus El Horoscope D6 Scoreboard C2 Loca news Bl Sports Cl B2 Travel Gl TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper 11 sections 112 pages 156th year Issue No 149 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads Main office 9840363 9863000 9833303 ;