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New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 1, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE LocaUy owned andi Serving New Mexico for 156 years SATURDAY JANUARY 1 2005 FIFTY CENTS boosts aid to million Knight Ridder Newspapers BANDA ACEH Indonesia Relief workers from around the world faced daunting problems getting aid to areas devastated by this weeks earthquake and tsunami and desperate residents from Indonesia to Sri Lanka lashed out at what they saw as a sluggish response to their pleas for help Meanwhile the White House said the United States would provide million in aid for victims of the disaster well above its initial pledge of million The move comes as the government has rapidly ratcheted up its aid package in the five days since tidal waves devas tated nations from Thailand across the Indian Ocean to eastern Africa By Friday the death toll fiom the natural disaster remained in thfe range of with little change in official counts since Thurs day But Indo Prayers substitute for parties as tragedy weighs on New Year celebrations Page A2 nesian officials particularly were worried the number of dead on the ravaged island of Sumatra could shoot up again The total there might eventually top Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said his country hasnt been hit so hard since the famed volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 Given the estimated foreign tourists still unaccounted for and the fact that many islands in the Indian Ocean and areas of Indonesia have yet to be subject to a complete count the death toll is certain to rise A spokeswoman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cres cent Societies late Friday put the death tolls at in in Sri Lanka in India in Thailand and several hundred scattered among a Please see AID Page A2 woman recounts tragic day in Sri Lanka Editors note Santa Fe resi dents Carol Oldham and her hus band Nejem native of Sri Lanka were celebrating Ihe holidays with family in Sri Lanka when the deadly tsunami hit last Sunday The following is Oldhams account of what hap pened to her on that day By CAROL OLDHAM For The New Mexican I woke up on last Sunday morning in our thirdfloor hotel room in Colombo the capital of Sri Lanka and was trying to haul myself out of bed when I felt the building tremble It shook slightly three times and I heard the windows creak ing When I got down to breakfast it turned out my sisterinlaw had also felt the shaking We joked about it being our first earthquake but since the newspaper a few days prior Please see TRAGIC Page A3 Murders in 2004 down in many big cities the Associated Press YORK Big cities were less deadly places to live in 2004 as rates declined in several urban areas including New York Chicago and Washington according to a sur vey by The Associated Press Officials in New York and Chicago credit the drop to crimefighting strategies that included putting more officers on the street and beefing up patrols in dangerous neighborhoods We really targeted gangs drugs and Chicago police spokes man Pal Camden said Technology enabled us to take our gang tacti cal units and put them in places where we anticipated violence areas where narcotics trafficking was bold and There were 445 homi cides in Chicago as of Thursday compared to 600 in all of 2003 police said That is a decrease of about 25 percent and would mark the first year since 1965 that the city finished with fewer than 500 murders The high mark was in 1992 when there were 940 Exceptions to the trend were St Louis Detroit See MURDERS Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Todays forecast Partly cloudy windy showers High 45 low 24 Page B2 INDEX Mnlbo Ciifs h Trurks Classiliecis Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news Lotteries D5 El E3 D6 D5 D5 Bl B2 Movies B2 Nation A Woilcl Dl Obituaries Opinion Religion Scoreboard Sports Time Out B2 A5 C2 Cl The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 34 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 1 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863035 9833303 2004 THE YEAR IN REVIEW Area nation and world news in retrospect NEW MEXICO SANTA FE NATION WORLD SPORTS 1 JWEXICAN Scandal at nuclear lab The discovery in July that two computer disks containing classified information were missing from Los Alamos National Labora tory angered the labs director Pete Nanos Nanos ordered a total shutdown of work at the lab idling about workers while an investi gation was launched El Norte Page Bl City passes living wage A controversial city ordinance went into effect in June requiring Santa Fe businesses with 25 or more employees to pay workers at least an hour The New Mexicans for Free Enterprise and the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce among others have challenged the City Councils ordinance in court El Norte Page Bl Bush vs Kerry captivates The election in which President Bush defeated Democrat John Kerry and the GOP strengthened its hold on both chambers in Congress received more firstplace votes in an Associated Press poll Iraq voted the No 1 story in both 2002 and 2003 was runnerup this year with 79 firstplace votes Nation World Page Dl Lobos mourn Coach King The Dec 10 death of legendary University of New Mexico basketball coach Bob King who died at age 81 delivered a somber note to sports in New Mexico He took a mediocre program one that had lost 150 of 192 games for eight seasons and brought it to national prominence His 196768 team went 235 Sports Page C6 Rio Grande silvery minnows fight for survival looks better this year By STACI MATLOCK The New Mexican MidNovember counts of the Rio Grande silvery minnow indicate the endangered little fishs fight for sur vival is going a bit better this year than last The silvery minnow popula tion declined steadily for the last 10 years and dropped so low in 2003 according to a study by Univer sity of New Mexico scientists that anything had to look better Were trying to save a fish from extinction bottom said Elizabeth Slown a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson When were happy with numbers its because weve been so close to The new numbers are a part of Please see MINNOW Page A6 Silvery minnow spawn at Albuquerque Biological Park The facility simulates the natural environment of the fish Mfw Mexican flf photo
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