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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 22, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE MEXICAN SEFfEMBER 22 2005 THURSDAY 50 CENTS Storm packing 165mph winds projected to reach Texas coast Saturday By Pam Eastern The Associated Press GALVESTON Texas Gaining strength with frightening speed Hur ricane Rita swirled toward the Gulf Coast as a Category monster Wednesday while more than 13 million people in Texas and Louisiana were sent packing on orders from authorities who learned a bitter lesson from Katrina flee as Rita hits Category 5 Its scary Its really Shalonda Dunn said as she and her 5and 9yearold daughters waited to board a bus arranged by emergency authorities in Galveston Im glad weve got the opportunity to leave You never know what can With Rita projected to hit Texas by Saturday Gov Rick Perry urged residents along the states entire coast to begin evacuating And New Orleans braced for the possibility the storm could swamp the miserystricken city all over again Galveston lowlying parts of Corpus Christi and Houston and mostly emptied out New Orleans were under mandatory Please see RITA Page A6 Saturday TEXAS alveston Corpus Christi f LOUISIANA Evacuation path order issued 100 mi 0 1100km V Friday Window of movement A monstrous storm An evacuation order was issued for Galveston parts of Houston and Corpus Christi SOURCES NOAA Weather Underground ESRI Thursday GulfofMexico Storm category Associated Press Alexander New Mexican Ive never been one to shy away from challenges I know that Ive left every situation better than I found GLORIA RENDON Santa Fe Public Schools superintendent Rendon steps down Lara New Mexican Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Gloria Rendon right hugs Agua Fna Elementary School Principal Vickie Sewing in front of Kath erine Friedman and Carl Luff after announcing her retirement Wednesday Superintendent retiring to spend time with family after leading Santa Fe Public Schools for four years By John Sena The New Mexican Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Gloria Rendon announced Wednesday at a news con she is retiring after four years hi the position and nearly 30 years in education Her last day is Oct 7 Citing wishes to spendmore time with her fam ily she recently found out she and her husband are going to be grandparents for the first time Rendon said she was ready to move on For the last 29 years Ive devoted most of my life to the Santa Fe Public Rend6n told a gathering of district administrators at school headquarters Rendon who received a salary of said she is proud of the districts accomplishments under her watch including improved technology and more professional development for teach ers Ive one to shy away from chal I know that Ive left every situation better than I found School Board President Martin Lujan thanked Rendon for her service to the district Your pas sion experience and dedication to this district will be he said Rendon recommended to the school board that it name Leslie Carpenter interim superintendent until a permanent replacement is found Carpenter is currently chief operations officer for the district She also worked for the district in different capacities for 25 years before leaving about five years ago Carpenter who returned to the district this year said she was surprised by Rendons intention to Please see RENDON Page A4 GLORIA RENDON School district experience Superintendent associate supennteridentassistant superintendent for curriculum instruction executive director for program unifica tion principal Cesar Chavez Elementary director of School toWork program principal El Dorado Elementary prin cipal Larragoite Elementary teacher Wood Gormley and El Dorado elementary schools Education Graduate of Santa Fe High School bachelors degree in elementary education from New Mexico Highlands University masters degree in elementary and bilingual edu cation from New Mexico High lands University and doctorate in education administration and supervision frorri The University of New Mexico TREASURERS OFFICE 2 witnesses in corruption case issue guilty pleas By Ben Neary The New Mexican A key figure in the kickback scandal roiling the state Treasurers Office has pleaded guilty to a fel ony charge while pointing the finger at New Mexico Treasurer Robert Vigil and his predecessor Michael Montoya Federal prosecutors Wednes INSIDE day released documents showing California investment adviser Kent Nelson pleaded guilty Sept 14 to mail fraud In a statement filed with his Terrell No GOP candidate for treasurer other races Page Cl Scandal brings attention to trea surers office Page C4 plea Nelson sajdjiejrecdyed million in from securities brokers with whom the treasurers office placed proceeds from bond issues between June 2000 and March 2005 Of that amount Nelson said he transferred million to Angelo Garcia an Albuquerque business man who pleaded guilty in June to aiding and abet ting extortion according to the documents released Wednesday The pleas by the two potential witnesses in the corruption case were kept secret while investigators Please see PLEAS Page A4 Espanola teen killed in crash near Pojoaque By Brandon Garcia The New Mexican An Espanola teenager died Wednesday after crashing his car while driving himself and his sister to school in Pojoaque Chris Mentalvo 17 was headed toward Pojoaque Valley High School at about when the car drifted off westbound 502 He overcorrected and the car rolled Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano said His sister LeAnn Montalvo 14 who was wearing her seat belt suffered a broken finger Chris Montalvo who was not wearing his seat belt sustained massive head injuries in the crash although he was not ejected from the Saturn auto said The teen died while being air lifted to St Vincent Regional Medical Center Highschool counselor Josie Velasquez said beginning today the school will host grief counsel Please see CRASH Page A4 OBITUARIES Benjamin Nevarez 78 Sept 19 OenCApodaca Sept 18 ftutosaVigA 96 Santa Fe Sept 20 Jon Paul A Martinez 18 Santa Fe Sept 18 UsaidaftoyfaaJ 92 Sept 21 MarcdbSayfcaly Mary Jane Gregory Sept 19 Orlando Garcia 77 Sept 16 Patricks Garcia Sept 19 Richard P Montoya Santa Fe Sept 16 PageC2 Index Annies Mailbox Classifieds Comics Crossword El local D4 B1 Police A5 Sports Dl C3 C5 Ml NO SOn SPOT FOR UTEP UNM assistant isnt fazed by his long history in El Paso Sports Bl BLAZE NEARLY CONTAINED Officials still searching for source of El Rito forest fire Local news Cl Main office Late 8 News TODAY Partly cloudy High 80 low 54 PageC6 9833303 9640363 9863000 9863030 Five sections 26 pages 156th year Issue No 265 Publication No 596440 V Serving New Madco for 154 yean ;