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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 19, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE MEXICAN OCTOBER WEDNESDAY 50 CENTS ENERGY Drilling on public lands gets easier Environmental studies waived in push for new gas exploration By John Heilprin The Associated Press WASHINGTON In an aggressive push by the Bush administration to open more public land to oil and gas produc tion the Interior Department has quit conducting environmental reviews and seeking comments from local residents every time drilling companies propose new wells Field officials have been told to begin looking at issuing permits based on past studies of an entire project even though some of those assessments may be outdated The instructions are in a directive from the departments Bureau of Land Managementexpected to cover hundreds of anticipated new drilling applications President Bush and Congress autho rized the streamlining as part of a energy bill signed into law in August BLM officials saving the need for energy supplies is immediate showed unusual speed implementing it Kathleen Clarke the agencys director sent out the new guidance Sept 30 Yes it is a priority of the White BLM Deputy Director Jim Hughes said We are moving expedi tiously to implement the law We think Please see DRILLING PageA6 Number of approved applications for I i ioo permits to drill on federal lands 20O4 ES3 llftf The Associated Press Pulling the cord on wood Luis Sanchez New Mexican Joe T Valencia of Valencia Plant Services loads up a pickup witji firewood Tuesday on the corner of Old Las Vegas Highway and Old Pecos Trail A small pickup load sells for and a fullsize truck load sells for BUYING TIPS Fuel wood must be advertised and sold by the cord or fractional part of a cord according to Doug Rains a public relations officer for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Wood can be sold by weight but merchants must include the equivalent price per cord That doesnt apply to fuel wood sold in bundles of less than 100 pounds The New Mexico Department of Agri culture asks people to report merchants selling wood by the face cord load truckload rack pile or any other illegal measurement by calling 505 6461616 The New Mexican With winter around the corner state officials pushing for a legal measuring standard on selling fuel wood By Wendy Brown The New Mexican T he New Mexico Depart ment of Agriculture says fuel wood must be sold by the cord but many dealers are selling it by the truckload instead Nobody sells by the cord no said Danny Valencia who sells the truckload next to Old Las Vegas Highway tell them for a cord and they Valencia sells small truckloads of wood which fill the back of a Chev rolet S10 pickup for Larger truckloads of wood which fill the back of a Ford F250 go for Valencia however isnt too far outside the scope of the law He can tell you his smaller trucks hold onethird of a cord while his bigger truck holds threefourths of a cord A cord of wood is 128 cubic feet which can be measured by stacking it 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet or 2 feet by 4 feet by 16 feet Ray Johnson consumer services bureau chief for the state Depart ment of Agriculture said Valencia should sell wood the other way around by telling people he has onethird of a cord of wood for sale and then saying it fills the back of a truck The state wants people to sell wood that way so everyone is using the same standard Johnson said A cord is a legal measurement while a load truckload face cord rack or pile isnt Buyers should ask wood mer chants for a receipt or invoice with the name and address of the buyer and seller the date of delivery the quantity delivered the kind of wood sold and the total price Johnson said Buyers should make sure they ask sellers to put the quantity in terms of cords Johnson said That way consumers can stack it themselves and see if the quantity matches what the seller quoted ini tially he said If the quantity doesnt match people should contact his office Johnson said Please see CORD Page A6 TREASURER SCANDAL Judge rules against Vigil Indicted state official stripped of all authority in personnel matters By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Indicted state Treasurer Robert Vigil no longer will have authority over hiring firing disciplinary actions performance appraisals and all other personnel matters at the state Treasurers Office An order signed Tuesday by federal District Judge James Parker said Vigil has voluntarily relinquished all authority in personnel matters to Deputy Treasurer Elaine Olah while his federal extortion case is pending One employee expressed relief after learning of the order saying This is a real victory for However the order doesnt address a major concern of some state officials including Gpv Bill Richardson the fact that Vigil still is millions of dollars in state investments from his home Olah told the state Board of Finance last week that state law demands the treasurer personally handle such investments Vigil has been indicted on 21 federal counts of extortion Federal authorities saw he sought and received kickbacks from a private investment counselor Vigil has pleaded not guilty to all charges Please see RULES Page A5 INSIDE Lawyers for House panel Vigil deadlock over testi mony Page A5 CIVIC CENTER Proposed design draws in criticism By Tom Sharpe The New Mexican The design of Santa Fes proposed new civic center drew fire Tuesday for the color of its stucco its fake bell tower and its mas sive scale About a dozen people traveled in wet weather Tuesday evening to attend the His toric Design Review Boards first public hear ing on the new civic center The board voted unanimously to post pone action on the plan until its meeting in December Board Chairman Christopher Purvis did not allow discussion of the controversy over American Indian graves beneath the site that has postponed the project until at least December Beverley Spears of Spears Architects of Please see DESIGN Page A6 OBITUARIES Antipnette A Montoya Oct 15 Francisco M Rodriguez Oct 18 Leroy G Salazar 61 Bpanola Oct 17 Pedro Lucero 75 Santa Fe Oct 15 Randee L Brown Oct 13 Robert L Chavez 58 Oct 14 Arthur D Vigil 74 Pecos Oct 14 PageC2 Index A 9M hiilanaiiilaiit n A BETTER VIEW Andrea Bustamante is the last line of defense for the Lady Horsemen of St Michaels Sports B3 Annies Horoscope Police Sports Stocks Taste Weather STRONG FOUNDATION The current principal at St Francis of Assisi Cathedral School was appointed by Archbishop Michael as Santo Ninos principal Local Cl TODAY Morning showers High 62 low 38 PageC8 Main Late News Five sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 292 Publication No 596440 iy Serving Jtew Mexico for 15i years ;