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Thursday, April 30, 1998 Albuquerque Journal Education, Crime Top Issues for Wilson 1 from PAGE A1 ' She wants to reduce the size of the Department of Education so that "95 cents of every dollar spent on education goes to the : classroom." She said the best way to do this is to distribute federal education money through easily administered block grants. Although she doesnt advocate a flat tax, she said the federal tax code needs to be reduced to about a quarter of its present size. She also said she wants to eliminate the so-called "marriage penalty" that requires some married couples to pay higher taxes than if they were single. As for abortion, she said "it's morally wrong." She is opposed to publicly funded, late-term and partial-birth abortions. But she said she wouldn't support a total federal ban on the procedure. This is Wilson's first run at elected office. Domenici asked her to run and then quickly endorsed her. "She is probably the most brilliantly qualified candidate running for the U.S. House anywhere in America," Domenici said. The endorsement which was echoed by Schif f before he died created consternation, in the Republican Party, especially among backers of more conservative candidates like state Sen. Bill Davis. Domenici dismisses the criticism. "The very same people that are expressing concern about my helping her would have rejoiced if I would have helped their candidate," he said. Wilson said, "I think I have a record that reflects who I am. I think (Domenici) clearly noticed that record. I m really honored that he ; did." Wilson was born in New Hampshire, the ' daughter of a pilot and granddaughter of a barnstormer. Her father died in a car accident when she was 6 and her mother went to work as a nurse. "Things were not always easy at home," Wilson said. At 17, she went to the Air Force Academy. It was only the academy's third year to accept women, and she was the first woman to command a basic training unit at the academy. "It was still a young men's club, I guess," she said. "We had to both succeed as cadets and , change the traditions." After the academy, she was primed to go to flight school when she was accepted into the Rhodes Scholar program at Oxford University in England in 1982. There she earned a master's degree and doctorate in international relations, and her plans to be a pilot faded. She was on active duty in the Air Force for seven years, spending most of that time in Europe. She was a negotiator and defense planning officer in England and with NATO in Belgium. After leaving the Air Force in 1989, she was named director for European Defense Policy ZTU and Arms Control on the National Security StA as. m2S1 1 FAMILY WOMAN: Republican 1st District candidate Heather Wilson takes a break between speaking engagements to spend some time with her ' 19-month-old daughter Caltlln. KITTY CLARK JOURNAL Heather Wilson Republican BORN: Dec. 30, 1960, in Keene, N.H. RESIDENT OF: North Valley EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, U.S. Air Force Academy; Rhodes Scholar with doctor ate and master's degrees in international relations. OCCUPATION: Former Cabinet secretary, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department; former U.S. Air Force captain. POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Cabinet secretary, 1995-98; director for European Defense Policy and Arms Control, National Security Council staff, 1989-91. Council staff at the White House. She was in Vienna for treaty negotiations during the final days of Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe. "It was an exciting time," she said. In 1991, she left government service and came to New Mexico to be with her new husband, Albuquerque lawyer Jay Hone, who was her law professor at the Air Force Academy. After she arrived, she founded Keystone International, a business consulting firm. She later sold the company to Gary Van Valin, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional District seat Wilson sought the Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent's job in 1994. She didn't get it, but Gov. Gary Johnson appointed her Cabinet secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department the following year. She resigned the post to run for Congress. As secretary, she oversaw the construction of two juvenile prisons a high-security jail in Albuquerque and a work camp in Lincoln County. Once enough inmates are moved from the Boys' School in Springer to the Albuquerque jail, the juvenile justice system will not be overcrowded for the first time in ages, she said. "It's nice to be dug out of the hole," she said. She also touts an initiative in the Legislature that lowered to 14 the age that juveniles can be tried as adults for certain violent felonies. Her tenure on Johnson's Cabinet was not without controversy. Some children's advocates have suggested the department should release more low-risk juveniles into community supervision programs rather than imprison them at the Boys' School. That would ease the overcrowding problem and let them rejoin society, the critics said. ; Wilson has said she tried to balance I punishment and rehabilitation of young criminals in the department's custody. Wilson also canned a policy adviser, Glen , Hanson, in 1997 after he circulated a satirical story about Wilson being named as "Secretary of All" by Johnson. Hanson is now working as a consultant for Wilson's campaign. Wilson said there were no . hard feelings between the two. Wilson's successor at Children, Youth and Families, Secretary-designate Deborah Hartz, said she inherited a fine department. "I think she did an excellent job," Hartz said. "One of the principles she left us with was that of continuous improvement. It doesnt matter . how good you are; you can always be better." Wilson lives in the North Valley. She has two sons and a daughter. Their elder son, Scott, is adopted. : . ,;:. . Election series Candidates for the 1st Congressional District MONDAY: Phillip Mai-oof, Democrat TUESDAY: Gary Van Valin, Democrat WEDNESDAY: William Davis, Republican TODAY: Heather Wilson, Republican FRIDAY: Betty Turrietta-Koury, Republican Green Party candidate Robert L. Anderson is unopposed in the primary election and will be profiled later. There will be no profile of Alan Wilson, whose name will appear on the Republican primary election ballot, but who has withdrawn from the campaign. The withdrawal came too late for his name to be kept off of the June 2 bal-. lot. , Maloof, Heather Wilson and Anderson have been selected by the Democratic, Republican and Green parties, respectively, to run in the special election on June 23 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Rep. Steve Schiff, R-N.M. However, the winner will serve only until the end of the year, for the unexpired portion of Schiff's term. The party nominees from the June 2 primary election will run In the November general election to determine who will fill the seat for a full two-year term. Ikini-Casino Found in N. Valley Home, Cops Report "jgpmPAGEAl . Htossession of a firearm. However, Jfie was not charged with any gam-jjjjing-related crimes. Police Lt. John Kraenzel, who Soversees the vice squad, said Tues-ifey that the case will be submitted ;'jto the Bernalillo County District 'Attorney's Office. Prosecutors can iSthen decide whether to seek ;fjllarges. Aragon was released from the HJernalillo County Detention Center Son Monday after posting a jail bond tiff $2,500. Officials have put a notice h$pn the home on Los Luceros, near rftdian School and Rio Grande NW, recalling it uninhabitable. Aragon 35uld not be located for comment Kraenzel said that "just by the ' fheer number" of items they found : i the home, police believe the I apparent gambling operation had - ; j 3?een in business for awhile. ; Tt-The APD has two code teams, j jwhich aim to curb crime by clean- riSg up building, zoning and fire code ; 'violations in city homes, motels and Jher buildings. Police Sgt. Ken Salazar of the Valley code team said neighbors had complained about junk cars in the yard and "heavy traffic" at the home. A dozen cars were parked in the yard outside the home Wednesday morning, along with two motor homes and a boat. Six couches were stacked near the front door, and a family of sparrows was flying in and out of a crack near the roof. Salazar said an enforcement agent went to the home April 14 and gave Aragon 30 days to clean up the cars and remove debris. Code team members and members of APD's Valley Impact Team went back to the house April 24 for a follow-up visit, Salazar said, and one officer asked if he could look inside the house for other code problems. "Mr. Aragon advised that this would be fine," the search-warrant affidavit said. Salazar said the first thing investigators saw when they went inside the home was a Coke vending machine, a coin-operated pool table and a rack stocked with potato chips. A sign listing different types of ice cream and their prices was posted on the Coke machine, he added. He said investigators went into another room and found gambling machines, a pay phone and liquor. The machines were "Las Vegas-style slot machines," Salazar alleged, and "each one had a stool." "Detectives arrived and advised Mr. Aragon of his Miranda rights," the affidavit said. "Mr. Aragon advised that he wanted to speak to his lawyer and would give no further permission for detectives to look through his household." The affidavit added that "detectives have reason to believe that an illegal gambling establishment exists at (the home)." The search-warrant paperwork provided a list of items seized from the home, including: 13 "gaming devices." The devices were described as "slot machines video gaming." . Six wood cabinets and five bar-stool-type chairs'. ' .... .. . .- -.-.- ' - " - " - PAUL BEARCEJOURNAL NO VEGAS LIGHTS: Albuquerque police say they found the making of a mlnl-casino at this house In the North Valley. Coin cups and $2,157 in currency. Davis said most of that money was in change. A box of playing cards and dice. Six cases of beer and numerous bottles of whiskey. The booze was in regular and miniature bottles. The paperwork also said police seized a handgun and a .22-caliber rifle. District Court records show Aragon was charged in 1980 with felony embezzlement and later pleaded guilty to the crime. He was sentenced to four years' probation. Records also show that Aragon in 1993 agreed to plead guilty to two counts of misdemeanor aggravated battery. In that case, he was placed on probation for almost two years. "The president thinks he 's been doing spectacular at ' if' the United Nations. ... (He's) a real asset to the, , president's foreign policy." MIKE MCCURNY, WHIT I KOUII PltlSS SECRETARY Richardson Eyed For f Energy Secretary ; Aides: Envoy to U.1J. Thinking Over Post Matt. ' "'""V . v.' 'I RICHARDSON: Would be fronts runner, officials say HISTORY OF THE WORLD ' - ;H$i April 30 In 1598 on the banks of the Rio Grande, ' ' I nnear what is now El Paso, the first European play to be ' I&esented in North America was staged. The play was a -' ;29panish comedy with soldiers playing all the roles. ', ' ;pa 1789 George Washington took the oath of office as ' ' first u-s- president. He was sworn in at the intersec--; -pon of Wall and Broad streets in New York. -' 1812 Louisiana became the 18th state. '. -ffl 1900 train engineer Casey Jones died in a crash that ' - immortalized in song. Jones was the engineer on : - .tf)e Cannonball Express of the Illinois Central line. His ; ' I3ain collided with a stationary train near Vaughan, Miss. ' ' ;ivJ$nes saw the train and could have tried to leap to safe-; - ;ry. Instead, he stayed at his post and put on the brakes - -40 an effort to save his passengers. He was the only . -; fatality. The following day, Wallace Saunders, a black ' ! iCa'n worker who knew Jones, wrote the song that made penes famous. 1926 aviator Bessie Coleman died. Coleman wanted . be a pilot, but because she was a woman and black, . io American training programs would admit her. Working - T-Tas a manicurist, she saved enough money to enroll in T521 in a French flying school and became the first .Jflack woman pilot. Five years after obtaining her pilot '--tiense, she died in a crash during a practice session. 1939 the New York World's Fair opened. -vto In 1939 the National Broadcasting Company began "-"regular television programming. But a Harvard professor l$edicted radio would remain more popular. He said, Jelevision viewing is limited to a few persons; it must ;- Jke place in a semi-darkened room, and it demands HOW TO REACH US By Ron Fournier The Associated Press WASHINGTON Bill Richard son, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has expressed interest in becoming the Clinton administration's next energy secretary, officials said Wednesday. Three high-ranking administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the former Democratic congressman from New Mexico has asked for time to decide whether he wants the job. If he does, Richardson would be the front-runner, the aides said. White House press secretary Mike McCurry would not comment on any possible Richardson move, except to say, "The president thinks he's been doing spectacular at the United Nations. ... (He's) a real asset to the president's foreign policy." .i In the meantime, the White House has suspended its search to replace outgoing Secretary Federico Pefia, who announced April 6 that he will leave the Cabinet this summer. Aides said they won't finalize a recommendation to Clinton until Richardson decides what to do. That leaves Elizabeth Moler in limbo again. rv 1 She was chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Comnrfs-sion in December when Clinton periled her in as his second-term energy secretary. Bowing to cono$n that he needed another Hispanicln the Cabinet, Clinton changed ;is mind in a late-night meeting ajd picked Pefia, who had been transportation secretary. Moler was named Pefia's deputy as a consolation prize. She h$d expected to be Pefia's automatic replacement, aides close to her said. - Richardson had been considered for the energy post in 1996 as weB, but he and Clinton were eager -to capitalize on Richardson's highly publicized first-term diplomatic missions. Administration officials sjd Richardson is studying whether being energy secretary wQiiJd broaden his domestic policy portfolio in case he runs some day for governor of New Mexico, where eneftfy issues are critical, or is considered a vice presidential candidate in 2000, Richardson might also be feeliflg hemmed in at the United Nations, where diplomats from other countries say he rarely speaks candidly in closed-door consultations and generally sticks to printed talkjtig points, presumably dictated i by administration higher-ups in Washington. ; -.! .'- ' . (- .3 continuous attention." In 1945 German leader Adolf Hitler committed suicide ln his Berlin bunker. Hitler and his wife, Eva Braun, took ; poison and then shot themselves. In 1975 the Vietnam War ended with the South's surrendering. In 1983 Muddy Waters, perhaps the greatest of the blues musicians, died. Compiled by Jim Clark of the Orlando Sentinel. E-mail at - Lottery numbers NEW MEXICO COLORADO Tuesday numbers Tuesday numbers Roadrunner Cash Cash 5 17-19-2-225 313-22-27 Wednesday numbers TEXAS Powerbai Tuesday numbers &25-304&47 Cash Five Texas Powerball 31 1-4-20-30-38 ARIZONA Pick 3 Tuesday numbers , 9-7-5 Fantasy Numbers supplied by The 14-15-23-26-28 Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL P.O. Drawer J Albuquerque, NM 87103 - 7777 JtffmtmNE 87109 , (505)823-4400 E-mail addresses for all sections, reporters and editors can be found at the web site. ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL (USPS 0012-720) is published daily by the Journal Publishing Co., 7777 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-4343. HOME DELIVERY ir 0 .Sf 1 .28 PCK MONTH .SS.2S nil MONTH The publisher assumes no responsibility for payments to carriers for more than the current month. 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