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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 4, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Serving New Mexico for 156 years TUESDAY JANUARY 4 2005 FIFTY CENTS INSIDE TODAY Tips on dehydration versus drowning Youve heard experts warnings about drinking too little water during exercise As news of the dangers of overhydration think trickle in health and exercise gurus debate athletes best options Page A2 College theater leader retires John Weckesser chairman of the nationally recognized performingarts fdepartment at the College of Santa Fe bows out Santa Fe El Norte Bl Its time to party jCarnaval Santa Fe brings preLenten revelry to Santa Fe And if youre lucky and clued in you can win a trip to New Orleans Santa PC A El Norte Bl IRS Early tax prep is good for you ncle Sam shares a few rords of wisdom about avoiding the lastminute rush of tax filers and getting a faster refund PageCS New Mexico tribes choose leaders New officials promise to focus on economic development gambling issues and housing initiatives Page B3 Todays forecast INDEX Annies Mailbox Business Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news Dl 03 M BS B5 Hl Lotteries BJ Movies B2 Obituaries B2 Opinion AS Police notes B2 Scoreboard C2 Sports Cl ThcWnft Four sections 24 pages 156th year Issue No 4 Publication No 596440 Urte paper Stt4030 SW3303 Distress toll Some troops have seen the stuff of nightmares will they get the mentalhealth care they need Zellie The New Mexican Soldiers trained as Combat Life Savers report to the Troop Medical Clinic to treat an Injured soldier Losing one of their own Is often the most traumatic event for soldiers in combat By ZELLIE POLLON For The New Mexican LOG BASE SEITZ Iraq The worst flashback Sgt Michael Pais ever experienced caused him to pass out He was in the medical center at his base in Iraq and saw a face that reminded him of a friend in the first Gulf War The soldiers face went flush he began to sweat and then the room went black The flashes happen a lot the Roswell resident says sometimes in the middle of the day sometimes late at night Theres no telling when where or what will prompt them It can be a taste or image or the smell in the air that reminds you of said Pais who coordinates transportation in Iraq You cant plan for it You just know theyre going to hap pen no matter what you Pais initial anxiety sub sided soon after the first Gulf War and didnt re emerge until he was in train ing to return to Iraq Once called shell shock or combat fatigue posttrau matic stress disorder can develop after experiencing a traumatic event Symptoms include flashbacks night mares irritability feelings of detachment and trouble sleeping and concentrating A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine predicts that at Please see TOLL Page A3 Mental health of soldiers after fighting a war In a July survey researchers said nearly one in eight who fought in Iraq had symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD and less than half of those with problems sought help Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan NOTE Number ol surveyed and answered varies depending on questions Perceived moderate or severe Diagnosed with depression Received professional help in mental health problem anxiety or PTSD i past year Army Army Army Before deployment to Iraq Before deployment to Iraq Before deployment to gp 323 personnel H 28 61 After deployment to Afghanistan Afler deployment to After deployment to Afghanistan 303 ll 11 2 mm 23 46 i After deployment to Iraq Alter deployment to After deployment to Iraq Marine Marine Alter deployment to Iraq Afler deployment to Marine i After deployment to Iraq fffl 123 29 33 J ed within the system for PTSD Gulf War Peacetime 8261 During fiscal 2003 some veterans were treat Veterans compensated 1610281g for PTSD As of September Vietnam 3 100000 World War II Korea f r f BPftji 93 97 01 04 93 97 01 04 93 97 01 97 01 04 93 97 01 04 SOURCES New England Journal ol Medicine Department ot Veterans Affairs The Associated Press Cases of war trauma rise exposing gaps in health care for military members Pamela Sloss By JON SARCHE The Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS Colo Last May National Guard Sgt Jeffrey Sloss returned home after nearly a year of duty in Iraq and Kuwait and his wife and 10year old stepdaughter immediately knew something was wrong The 33yearold seemed differ ent unable to concentrate or per form simple tasks on his job as a South Carolina state trooper He feared seeking psychologi cal help because of what it might mean for his career said his wife Pamela Sloss who nonetheless persuaded him to call an Army program that helps soldiers find treatment But he wasnt truthful Please see GAPS Page A3 Estancia rancher defends water compact Selling water to Santa Fe would cut his groundwater use farmer says By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican An Estancia farmer fac ing neighbors opposition to his proposal to sell water to Santa Fe says the deal would cut his pumping of groundwater at his Torrance County ranch by half John Cyle Sharp whose proposed water sale will be the subject of a community meeting Thursday in Estan cia said some locals fear his plan would deplete the basin of groundwater But Sharp said Monday that the state engineer will allow him to transfer only half of the amount he now uses to irrigate fields of corn alfalfa wheat and barley If Santa Fe buys the water he said he would con tinue to raise cattle on the land without irrigation People have been calling this water Sharp said Well thats what we Please see WATER Page A4 Sources say N Korea sold arms to ally ofalQaida By YOSHINARI KUROSE The Yomiuri Shimbun JAKARTA Indonesia North Korea sold more than rifles and other weapons in 1999 and 2000 to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front the largest proAlQaida extremist group in the Philip pines according to Southeast Asian security sources Between 1999 and 2002 North Korea also attempted to sell submersible vessels to the MILF which is fight ing for independence for Mindanao in the southern Philippines the sources said North Koreas submersible infiltration craft are believed to be capable of carrying sui cide bombers and other insur gents to coastal areas near targets Security authorities in Southeast Asia have height ened their level of alert and are sharing information about North Korean armssmuggling Please see ARMS Page A4 Richardson postpones proposal to ease tax pyramiding By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press Gov Bill Richardson said Monday that he isnt proposing legislation this year to lessen the pyramiding of the grossreceipts tax which is the top tax concern of a statewide business group The Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico wants the Legislature this session to change state law to reduce the so called pyramiding that occurs when the grossreceipts tax is imposed on a series of transactions In terms of tax business policy its our No 1 priority in said Bullington vice president of government affairs for ACL We know every year that this is at least an million to mil lion problem for businesses that they unnecessarily pay because they are paying a tax on a Richardson at a news confer ence Monday said the business tax proposal was not among his policy priorities for the 60day session which convenes Jan 18 For now its not on the Richardson said We need more data on how much it will cost Please see TAX Page A6 State House Speaker Ben DNambe left and Gov Bill Richardson bag groceries at Albertsons supermarket on North Guadalupe Street after a Monday news conference to draw attention to a law tint repeated on Saturday Kathy Oft La Torre The Mexican   

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