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New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 1, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NOVEMBER i 2005 TUESDAY 50 CENTS SUPREME COURT ANALYSIS Dems ready to fight nomination of Aiito By Ronald Brownstein Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON With his nomina tion of Samuel A Alito President Bush has offered the dearcut choice about the Supreme Courts direction that activists on the right have been expecting and even demanding throughout his presi dency Activists on both sides believe the selection of Aiito a federal appellate judge with a staunchly conservative record to replace moderate Justice San dra Day OConnor could crystallize the debate over issues such as abortion civil rights and the courts overall role in soci ety more sharply than any court nomina tion since former President Bush picked Clarence Thomas in 199L This appointment clearly moves the debate out of the gray and into the black and said Tony Perkins president of the Family Research Council a lead ing socialconservative group This is an important moment in American history that has been decades in the But this confrontation might not unfold the way either side expects Democrats and their allied interest groups quickly mobilized for a major fight issuing much more critical state ments than they did when Bush nomi nated John G Roberts and Harriet E Miers to the court But for all the fervor they instantly displayed Alitos opponents face the challenge of generating significant public resistance to a nominee whose legal cre dentials are unquestioned That hurdle proved far greater than Democrats expected during the confirmation of Roberts as chief justice in September Please see PICK Page A3 Ron Associated Press President Bush OR Monday nominated federal Appellate Judge Samuel Alito who has a strong conservative track record to replace Sandra Day OConnor on the Supreme Court LA FAMILIA MEDICAL CENTER Overwhelmed by uninsured BY THE NUMBERS Number of patients Patients lacking health insurance including Medicsid or Medicare Percentage of residents using clinic Percentage of patients earning less than a year Patients in clinics diabetes program Women in clinics prenatal program Babies delivered last year Natalie New Mexican Jessica Mendez left holds her 2monthoId daughter Emily who was born prematurely as Rosie Bustilios a medical assistant at La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe prepares to administer immunization shots The clinic serves a growing number of lowincome patients many of whom lack insurance Clinic sees growing flock of lowincome patients lacking coverage By Barbara Ferry The New Mexican a Familias main building on Alto Street on the west side of Santa Fe is a cross between a busy medical clinic and a hard hat zone these days On Thursday Jes sica Mendez held 2monthoid daughter Emily as medical assistant Rosie Bustil ios prepared the infants first vaccines A few yards away construction work ers drilled into ceilings of what will be classrooms The citys only comprehensive medi cal and dental clinic for lowincome patients is growing A addition to the building will pro vide more space for the healtheduca tion department which helps diabetic patients manage their disease and guides women through their pregnancies Five years after opening La Familial southside clinic also faces growth pres sures That clinic already has outgrown its space on Caja del Oro Grant Road turned a storage area into an additional patient room and is considering putting up portable buildings until a perma nent addition can be built A recently awarded federal grant will require it to take on additional patients in the next three years In a state with one of the countrys highest rates of uninsured citizens La Familia is coping with some staggering numbers Of its patients 70 per cent have no health insurance During the past five years the number of unin sured clients has grown by 50 percent Were not getting reimbursed for these services but somebody has to provide said Paula Devitt health education director We dont turn any one away but were At La Familia no insurance means not even governmentfunded Medicaid and Medicare Were talking about people who have said Richard Taaffe who recently stepped down as La Familias director About half the centers million budget comes from grants and dona tions while the other half comes from insurance and fees A larger proportion of uninsured patients means the clinic must scramble to make up those funds A typical patient visit costs the clinic The poorest uninsured patients pay only And some people cant afford said Katrina Huffaker the centers communications director Uninsured patients tend to be sicker and have little access to surgeries and treatments that La Familia cant provide Administrators say the increase in Please see UNINSURED Page A6 UNINSURED IN NEW MEXICO New Mexico has the secondhighest pro portion of uninsured residents in the country 2L3 percent of work ing people between the ages of 18 and 64 lack medical coverage a Kaiser Foundation study says The only state with a higher percentage is Texas LOCATIONS Main clinic 1O35 Alto St Southside ciinic 2145 Caja del Oro Grant Road Healthcare for the Homeless 818 Camino Sierra Vista TREASURER Appointee wont run in Vigils replacement will not seek Richardson says By Deborah Baker The Associated Press Gov Bill Richardson said Monday that he will follow a search commit tees recommendation and appoint as treasurer someone who will not seek election to the office next year The governor is committed to appointing a candidate who will not said spokesman Paid Shipley Former state Treasurer Robert Vigil has been indicted by the federal government on 21 counts of extor tion he resigned last week A 19member committee work ing to come up with three nominees to recommend to Richardson said Monday that Vigils successor should be devoted fall time to the job with out the distraction of campaigning Please see RUN Page A4 View tax9 triggers rural revolt in East By Katharine Webster The Associated Press ORFORD NJL The oneroom cabin David Bischoff built in a cow pasture three years ago has no elec tricity no running water no phone service and no driveway What it does have is a wideopen view of nearby hills and distant mountains which makes it seven times more valuable than if it had no view according to the latest townwide property assessment He expects his property taxes to shoot up accordingly Please see TAX Page A4 OBITUARIES Arthur J Michael Sn Oct 26 Cecilia M Bachicha Santa Fe Oct 30 Diana M Kim 63r Santa Fe Oct 29 JuanibKV Lucero 75 Santa Fe Oct 28 Morris Clay 77 OcL 30 Ramon N Lujan 84 Stephen Valencia 14 Oct 27 Verria N Stoman 80 Hudson Oct 20 PageC2 BAT OUT OF HEAVEN Bat specialist Donna Howell is trying to give the creatures a more positive image Local news Cl Index Annies Horoscope Mutual Police Time CLOSE CALL FOR BIG Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws two touchdowns and leads a fourth quarter drive resulting in Jeff Reeds gamewinning field goal in a tight game against the Ravens Sports Bi A locally owned and independent newspaper Main Late News I Mostly sunny High 65 low 35 PageC6 Four sections 20 pages 156th year Issue No 304 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years ;