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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 7, 1999, Santa Fe, New Mexico 150 YEARS 18481999 THE SANTA FE THURSDAY OCTOBER 7 1999 FIFT Y CENTS Bryant gets life in prison Bryant sentenced to an additional 30 years in murder of Albuquerque resident Reymunda Baca By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Convicted murderer rapist and kidnapper Robert Bryant will not be executed by the state of New Mexico After debating the issue for about five hours the jury that convicted Bryant for murdering Reymunda Baca could not come to an agreement on his punish ment As he did throughout nearly all of the trial Bryant 32 sat poker faced as Judge Glenn Ellington read the jurys decision Bacas By the time hes released from prison hell be almost 87 or hell die in prison I just put it in Gods hands JESSIE MORRIS Reymunda Bacas mother family members were satisfied with the jurys decision and had spoken out against the death penalty By the time hes released from prison hell be almost 87 or hell die in said Bacas mother Jessie Morris I just put it in Gods Morris continued Im happy knowing up there looking down on her son She stopped this devilworshiper Robert Bryant Hell never rape or murder another girl Hell never put another mother through the hell I went In a handwritten statement she gave to reporters Bacas grand mother Dell Baca said My granddaughter will rest in peace now They made her look like she was bad with all those lies She was afraid of her own shadow Now I feel justice is Members of Bryants family declined to talk to reporters fol lowing the decision Bryants attorney Gary Mitchell who earlier in the day expressed fear Please see BRYANT Page A2 Clyde New Mexican Robert Bryant left and his attorney Gary Mitchell listen Wednesday as Dis trict Judge Glenn Ellington formally sentences Bryant to life in prison Drug programs cant be forced Johnson says By NANCY PLEVIN The New Mexican Gov Gary Johnson when asked Wednesday on national TV about his veto of million for sub stance abuse programs said he would continue to veto drug treatment programs that dont The Republican governor under questioning by Oliver North and Paul Begala of MSNBCs Equal Time also pro claimed that forced treatment of addicts cant succeed Treatment is a valuable com ponent of the drug problem but you cant force John son said Youre not going to treat somebody who doesnt want to be treated and thats the model we have today You cant force people into But substanceabuse experts say the governor is wrong on both counts Gary Johnson There are many studies showing that involuntarily placed patients do just as well as voluntarily placed said Dr Steven Wright of Santa Fe an addiction expert Thats why drug courts Wright said the studies show that what matters more is the attitude of the therapists whether they believe the addict can recover Johnson has spent several days in Washington as part of his national blitz for legalizing drugs arguing that the drug war is a miserable In the past Johnson has said he Please see JOHNSON Page A3 Commuters rejoice Bypass almost done By MARK HUMMELS The New Mexican The commute between Santa Fe and points north should be less of a pain by next week when work ers expect to have all lanes flow ing through the interchange under construction at and the Santa Fe Relief Route The million project has caused lane closures and traffic backups off and on since work began in June 1998 even though crews have tried to limit lane clo sures to hours when fewer vehi cles are on the highway the pro ject engineer said Most recently drivers seeking to turn onto the relief route from southbound have been forced to drive all the way to Guadalupe Street then double back onto northbound to reach the relief route also known as 599 The southbound ramp onto the relief route should be completed and open to traffic by Saturday unless the weather keeps us from doing said Duke Martinez project engineer for the state Highway and Trans portation Department By next week the only lane clo sures through that stretch should be temporary measures for repairs or cleanup work The full interchange project should be fin ished by the end of October Mar tinez said And workers expect by Septem ber 2000 to finish widening the relief route to four lanes all the way from to Airport Road Martinez said The bypass is already four lanes beyond that point Four other major highway department projects in or near Santa Fe should also be mostly complete or finished by the end of October the department announced Wednesday A million project to widen miles of Cerrillos Road from Interstate 25 to the intersec tion with Airport and Rodeo roads The work begun in Febru ary 1998 included new storm drains landscaping lighting Please see BYPASS Page A2 Picuris Pueblo man killed while battling California fire comes home for burial Photos by Craig New Mexican The casket containing the body of Greg Pacheco is unloaded in a ceremony at Santa Fe Municipal Airport Pacheco 20 died in California while on duty with a Forest Service firefighting crew A HEROS HOMECOMING By ERIKA D AVI LA The New Mexican Pachecos mother Laura Pacheco consoles her sons girlfriend Vivica Gonzales as they watch the ceremonies Behind them is Pachecos father Edward Pacheco and his brother Matthew left In the same way he dedicated his life to safeguarding others from fires Greg Pacheco devoted his life to protecting his family He was always with them and would often help care for his 85yearold grandmother his aunt Elisa Abeyta said On Wednesday the 20yearold firefight ers family gathered at Santa Fe Municipal Airport as Pachecos body was brought home in a Forest Service DC3 Pacheco a member of the Carson National Forest Penasco No 5 crew died Tuesday at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego from injuries suffered while fighting the La Jolla Fire which began last week on the La Jolla Indian Reservation Pacheco a member of Picuris Pueblo had been a firefighter with Carson for three years and had fought six fires said Dan Rael a resource officer at Carson National Forest With that many fires under his belt I would consider him an experienced Rael said Pacheco wanted to be a firefighter because he loved the outdoors and he went to California so he could save money to fix up an old car Abeyta said She described him as easygoing loving and a family man until the end He was extremely close to his Abeyta said The saddest part for me is that he was just starting to Pacheco was called on assignment to Cali fornia on Sept 28 On Sunday as Pacheco and the other 19 members of the Penasco crew were building a fireline in the effort to fight the fire a small boulder above them was loosened then rolled downhill and struck Pacheco and another crew member Forest Service officials said A fireline is a trench dug into the ground by firefight ers and is intended to stop a fire when it reaches that point The second person was treated for a minor injury but the boulder struck Pacheco on the head resulting in a severe injury His family was with him in Califor nia when he died Forest Service officials said We really feel the loss of Rael said He was like family to us Were going to miss him and this is a tragedy that strikes Please see HERO Page A2 As humans become more mobile so do germs Chicago Tribune NEW YORK A virus from Africa strikes humans and birds in New York A microbe common in the Caribbean causes dengue fever in the And that wellknown tropi cal paradise Minnesota reports an increas ing number of malaria cases More than ever publichealth experts say the increase in international trade and travel is giving germs far easier means to hop halfway around the world hitching rides in unsuspecting travelers These travelers may not get sick until after they have returned home and exposed others to a disease that local doctors have difficulty diagnosing because they have never seen it before In terms of microbes borders are irrele vant but theyre more irrelevant than said Dr Steve Ostroff acting deputy direc tor of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Things and people move from one country to another with a speed and fre quency never before seen and thats a trend that is just going to This unprecedented mobility of viruses and bacteria poses a daunting challenge to officials charged with guarding the public from infectious diseases And physicians warn it means that Americans who have long assumed that antibiotics and vaccines have conquered many oncefeared maladies will have to do a better job of protecting themselves from exposure while aboard Were lulled into complacency by thinking we live in this germfree said Please see GERMS Page A2 INSIDE TODAY est Landers B6 D5 Partly C3 C8 High B6 low B6 news Bl B3 sections 28 year Issue No No Late paper Classified ads Community InfoUne On the World Wide Web
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