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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 3, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Serving New Mexico years THURSDAY MARCH 3 2005 FIFTY CENTS INSIDE TODAY Big Brothers Big Sisters The future is bright for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico Last year the group paired up 665 children and adults but with 90 to 100 kids on the waiting list at any given time BBBS still needs your help Why dont you join the family Inside Like moths to the flame For a new breed of adventurers climbing volcanoes in search of a physical and a mystical experience Nicaragua is a favored destination Outdoors Cl Bound for State St Michaels defeated Santa Fe Indian School 6646 in boys basketball Wednesday to secure a spot in the state tournament Sports Dl Bitter rule About sfx months after City Council approved an ordinance that requires antifreeze sold in the city to have a bittering agent so it is less palatable to children and animals stores have been given a final deadline to comply Sante Fe El Norte Bl Todays obituaries Frank V Ortiz 78 Santa Fe Feb 27 Richard Mitchell Trelease Feb 25 Fay Ann French Feb 25 Ellen T Lee March 2 Anne Wythe Grosser March 3 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Cloudy scattered showers High 52 low 24 Page B2 INDEX Anmor Mailbox 86 Business D4 Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news Lotteries C3 B6 fr6 BI B2 Movies Mutuals Opinion Outdoors police notes Scoreboard Sports Stocks B2 D4 A7 Cl D2 Dl D5 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue Mo 62 Publication No 596 440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Man beaten in gay bashing clings to life By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican The 21yearold Santa Fe man who police say was savagely beaten in a gaybashing incident last weekend is clinging to life in critical condition a family spokeswoman said Wednes day Were not out of the woods Rachel Rosen said The doctors say he will be getting worse before he gets At least four young Santa Fe men beat James Maestas early Sunday morning in a CerriUos Road motel parking lot police said An Albuquerque man with Maes tas suffered minor injuries during the assault in which police say the attackers repeatedly called the two men Maestas apparently was kicked so hard the food in his stomach came up his throat and went into his Rosen said Stomach acid badly burned his lungs she said and he is breathing with the help of a respira tor He has been running a fever and must be monitored closely because the risk of infection is high Rosen said Maestas face and mouth are bruised and swollen she said They havent even been able to see if he has all his lower teeth because his lower lip is so While a brain scan didnt reveal any damage she said its too early to tell for sure Maestas has not regained consciousness and doctors are keep ing him sedated she said Doctors dont know whether he will suffer permanent damage from Please see BEATEN Page A5 Asian American Day Jane New Mexican Amy Williamson front and Sumle Herrell of Okinawa Dancers in Albuquerque get ready to perform a Kuwdresa dance on Asian American Day Roundhouse Klyoko Lucero and Yaeko Mlyazato performed as well Senator accepted money from trade group Critics say Sen John Arthur Smiths bill would gut regulations that require convenience stores to install security cameras and take other steps to protect clerks working the midnight shift By BEN NEARY The New Mexican A state senator pushing legisla tion that would weaken state reg ulations protecting convenience store clerks has accepted cash contributions from an industry Sen John association now challenging the Arthur Smith regulations in court Sen John Arthur Smith D Deming said Wednesday that his acceptance of contributions from members of the New Mexico Petroleum Marketers Associa tion had nothing whatsoever to do with his sponsoring the legis lation Critics say Smiths bill Senate Bill 1068 would gut regulations promulgated last year by the New Inside Mexico Environmental Improve Senate OKs menl Board The regulations bills related to which went into effect last month medical pot require convenience stores to Legislature install security cameras and arid state pon take other steps to protect clerks dering game working the midnight shift park issues The push to enact regulations Senate offers followed the highly publicized procedures to abduction rape and murder of deal with dan Elizabeth Garcia 26 from an All gerous dogs SUps store jn Hobbs in January stories Page A6 2002 She had been working the midnight shift alone in a store not equipped with security cameras Smiths bill would allow stores that had gone two years without a murder rape or other speci fied serious crime to apply to the state for a waiver of the safety requirements The bill had been scheduled for a hear ing Wednesday before the Senate Corporations Committee but was postponed Smith is sponsoring another bill SB 721 that would allow a tax credit to offset the cost of complying with the storesafety regulations The Petroleum Marketers Association last year appealed the regulations to the New Mex ico Court of Appeals where the case is pending The association claims the regulations exceeded the departments regulatory authority According to records filed with the New Mexico Secretary of States Office Smith in Novem ber accepted from Richard Minzner the Albuquerque law yer representing the association before the New Mexico Court of Appeals Smith last fall also accepted from Navajo Refining from Giant Industries from Ruben Baca executive director of the association said Giant Indus tries is an association member while Navajo Refining Co and are associate members Baca said the association has made no effort to influence Smith Baca said most of his asso ciations membership accepts the existence of the regulations and Please see STORES Page A5 Survey Mexican immigrants open to guestworker plan Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON A new survey of undocumented immigrants from Mexico shows that most want to become permanent resi dents of the United States but would participate in a temporary guestworker program that President Bush envisions The study by the Pew Hispanic Center released Wednesday also offers a statistical snapshot of a large sample of illegal immigrants More than 40 percent said they came to the United States within the last five years They tend to be young predominantly male strug gling with the English language and employed in construction manufacturing and the hospitality industry Theyre better educated than their counterparts in Mexico hut poorly educated by standards The sixmonthlong study completed in January sur veyed Mexican adults in seven cities with large or growing Hispanic populations Dallas Los Angeles New York Chi cago Atlanta Raleigh and Fresno Calif The participants werent asked about their immi gration status but more than half said they didnt have any form of photo identification issued by a government agency in the United States All respondents were seeking a basic Mexican ID that serves as minima documen tation in the United States called a malricula consular when they were surveyed Mexican consulates in par ticipating cities which issue the IDs cooperated in the survey The Pew Hispanic Center is an independent research organization based in Wash ington Its director Robert Suro said the survey pro vides an extraordinary view of a population that by its very nature is exception ally difficult to measure and The research findings could further stoke a con tentious debate in Congress over how to deal with mil lions of illegal immigrants Piease see GUEST Page Ab Nala Clothing prompts renewed search in Taos By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican State police today plan to resume their search for a missing woman whose car was found abandoned last week near the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Searchers will focus their efforts on the river gorge 650 feet below the bridge where police found an article of clothing believed to belong to the 37yearold woman State police have been unable to locate the woman who in 2002 got a Santa Fe court to legally change her name from Ava Sandrock to the singleword Naia On Feb 23 authorities made a oneday search of the area surrounding the bridge and the steep chasm with help from a helicopter crew At the time police cited a lack of information as the reason to call off the search Authorities were unsure at the time whether the woman was missing or her 1989 blue Subaru station wagon had Please see SEARCH Page A5 Is anyone policing water in Santa Fe County By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican Santa Fe County has for years asked people who want to subdivide or develop land to limit the amount of water they pump from private wells The county even requires them to sub mit meter readings to prove it But no one is monitoring how much water is being Snside sucked from City keeps emergency water fees Page A4 the ground or whether landowners are ignoring or upholding their promises They dont even know who is supposed to report let alone what they are report laments Roy McKeag Please see WATER Page A4