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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 19, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE SEFf EMBER 19 2005 MONDAY Kathy De La New Mexican Carl Krings examines bones found in owl vomit with his seventhgrade students in his lifesci ence class last week at Ortiz Middle School SCHOOL OF THE WEEK ORTIZ MIDDLE SCHOOL STILL EXCELLENCE Despite failing to meet adequate yearly progress for another year school has high expectations By John Sena The New Mexican Lorraine juarros remembers clearly the summer of 1994 She was prepar ing for the opening of Santa Fes new est middle school This school was going to be dif ferent It to be Santa Fes first true middle school with sixth seventh and eighth grades Named for one of the districts most respected teachers and administrators Edward A Ortiz the school was going sym bolize all that was new in Santa Fe Even the starshaped layout was a sign of the innovative planning that went into the school Teachers studied the ideas of How ard Gardner a Harvard professor and leader in education reform hoping to implement them in their new school Gardner Juarros said believed every child has gifts and its the teachers job to develop those gifts The new staff attended training and workshops without pay Juarros recalled We were all she said But it did not take long for hopes to sour There were no computers when the school opened Juarros said And instead of 508 students more Please see ORTIZ Page A4 EDITORS NOTE Todays profile of Ortiz Middle School is the first of a series Edu cation reporter John Sena will be writing about all schools in the Santa Fe Public Schools over the coming months The schools will be randomly selected and the stories will be published periodically on Mondays ABOUT ORTIZ Grades sixth seventh and eighth Address 4164 South Phone num ber 4672300 Opened 1994 Principal Margo Shirley Teachers About 43 Students About 585 Mascot Hornets NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE HURRICANE KATRINA Dangers remain in New Orleans Commander in charge of federal recovery City isnt ready for residents By Gary Estwick Aaron Davis and Joyce Tsai Knight Ridder Newspapers NEW ORLEANS One day before Mayor Ray Nagin plans to start letting residents return the commander of the federal recovery effort warned Sunday that the city simply isnt Dangers abound said Coast Guard Vice Adm Thad Allen The citys levees are too weak to protect against another storm An evacuation plan to clear the crippled city in the event of another disaster isnt complete The Please see DANGERS Page A4 TO DROP NUCLEAR PROGRAM North Korea announced today that it plans on dropping its nuclear weapons program PageA3 Special session might be called Richardson considers proposals to help with rising gas heating prices By Felicia Fonseca The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Gov Bill Richardson will meet with legisla tors this week to discuss whether to call a special session a move that could provide consumer relief to high gasoline prices and home heating costs The proposed session dubbed the Gas and Home Relief Special Session would be aimed at stem ming gasoline prices and home heating costs which are projected to reach alltime highs this winter in New Mexico Like most New Mexicans I am outraged that ordinary citizens are shouldering most of the burden of extremely high gasoline and home heating Richardson said I expect the state of New Mexico to help ease that burden The oil and gas industry should help as well in a meaningful Lawmakers around the country are considering proposals to ease Please see SPECIAL Page A4 FOREST FIRE Blaze burns on Victor Apodaca of the Forest Service stops cars on Forest Road 11O because of a fire Sunday evening in Carson National Forest outside of El Rito Only residents were permitted access to the road Wildfire north of Espanola forces about 100 people from homes F By Brandon Garcia The New Mexican irefighters scrambled Sunday to contain a wildfire north of Espanola that threat ened homes and caused about 60 families near the village of El Rito to evacuate The cause of Carson National Forests worst fire since 2003 remained unknown Sunday night It formed from two fires that started Saturday afternoon in Madera Can yon about six miles west of El Rito and quickly grew together We have zero percent contain ment forest spokeswoman Dorotea Martinez said Sunday night She added that a bulldozer crew was working to carve a line around the fire We will continue that through the she said The area hasnt seen rain for weeks Martinez said making it unlikely the fire was stalled by lightning and probable that it was humancaused The evacuated families about 100 people live along Forest Road 110 Martinez said They left Sun day afternoon Martinez said the blaze called the PineCanyon Complex Fire is moving northeast and isnt threat ening El Rito The fire was first reported at about 530 Saturday by a woman who spotted smoke Pushed and fueled by wind the fire grew to 40 acres by Saturday and 300 acres by 10 am Sunday Smoke plumes rose hundreds ofYeet and could be seen from miles The fire was burning Ponderosa pine pinbn and juniper trees On Sunday crews tried to stop the fire by digging a fire line as planes dropped fire retardant But while the crews will work into the night the planes can only fly in daylight Eight firefighting crews and two hotshot crews are fighting the fire including the Santa Fe Fuels Crew the Santa Fe Hot Shots and the Zuni Hot Shots The Carson National Forest hasnt seen a major fire since the Encebado Fire burned more than acres of forest near Taos in 2003 Photos by Lara New Mexican The fire was still blazing by sunset Sunday Crews continued to work overnight Contact Brandon Garcia at 9953826 or at [email protected] CALL IT A BRONCO COMEBACK Jason Elams 41yard field goal with 5 seconds left saves Denver from starting the season 02 for the first time since 1999 Sports Bl AND THE EMMY GOES Everybody Loves Raymond along with lost and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart were among the big winners of Sundays 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards The biggest loser of the night was newcomer Desperate Housewives PageA3 TODAY Partly sunny afternoon Tstorm High 85 low 55 PageB6 Index Annies Mailbox A6 Crossword Cl El Noevo A6 Horoscope D3 Dl Opinion Police notes A7 A2 B2 Bl A localy WMWd aMi i Main office Late paper News 9833303 9840363 9863000 mmuantafe rie Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 262 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years ;