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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 7, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE rowned Serving New Mexico for 156 years MONDAY MARCH 7 2005 FIFTY CENTS INSIDE TODAY There goes perfection A 3pointer by Ohio States Matt Sylvester with five seconds left on the clock hands Illinois its first loss of the season Sports Bl Senate focuses on nutrition The state Senate creates a Nutrition Council the goal of which will be to improve the quality of food in the state and educate New Mexicans about nutrition Page A2 Nobel Peace Prize for Iraqi cleric A group of exiled Iraqi Christians has launched a petition drive to nominate Iraqs top cleric for the Nobel Peace Prize Page A3 La poWacion indigena de Mexico Los indigenas en las calles de la Ciudad de Mexico contradecir las cifras oficiales de que se est3 reduciendo la pobreza El Nuevo Mexicarto Dl Hiis definitely is old school An ancient form of music a kind of rap is making a comeback in Central Asia Page A8 Living off the grid Even in winter some relish a life powered by the sun Health Science Cl Todays obituaries John C Tubbs 65 Santa Fe March 3 Florentine Tino A Varela 48 Pecos March 4 Please see Page A2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy High 56 low 28 Page A2 INDEX Annies Mailbo Classifieds Comics Crossword Education Health B5 C3 B6 B5 D3 Cl Horoscope Opinion Police notes Scoreboard Spanish pg Sports BS A7 A2 82 Dl Bl The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 66 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 BASE jumper plunges into Rio Grande The Taos News Greg News Injured base jumper Richard Walkling wearing red looks up as a paramedic descends from a National Guard helicopter Sunday morning TAOS A parachutist who made a pretty cool aerial move during a 600feet leap from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge outside Taos on Sunday was injured after he struck the river harder than expected Richard Walkling 21 was rescued from the river and air lifted by a New Mexico National Guard helicopter to St Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe Walklings brother said the injuries pos sibly included a compound leg fracture and state police Lt Jimmy Glasscock said the inju ries werent lifethreatening Ralph Walkling 25 said his brother jumped from the bridge at daybreak doing what he loves to yet fully aware of the risks Both men are from Crested Butte Colo Apparently Richard Walklings parachute opened just before he hit the rivers frigid waters making for a hard landing did a pretty cool aerial move an aerial to a back Ralph Walkling said When he went to pull his chute he was unstable and too low His can opy deployed but it opened just as he went intbe He explained his brother was out of control while airborne but he pulled his pilot chute which deploys the main chute when he found Ralph Walkling said his brother is a BASE jumper which stands for Building Antenna Span bridge and Earth the objects from which BASE jumpers leap Although dangerous and often illegal Ralph Walkling said BASE jumpers feel they have the freedom and the right to do it Please see JUMPER Page A4 hospitals tighten infection controls antibiotics should be given within 60 minutes of an incision g surgery Jason New Mexican Anna Voltura uses antiseptic soap formulated with betadine before performing surgery on a patient with breast can cer at St Vincent Hospital on Friday afternoon Six questions for surgery patients Before you or a loved one stretch out on an operating table you might want to ask a few questions Among ali operations in the Unjted Slates it is estimated that percent of the time an infection of some significance will develop around the inci sion according to an article in last months Archives of Surgery Especially for major surgeries involving the heart colon female organs hips and knees certain procedures help pre vent infections 1 Get a dose of antibiotics within an hour before the inci sion 2 Get the right type of antibiotics Certain types of germs go with certain types of operations Professional organizations publish guidelines for the selection of antibiotics 3 Discontinue the antibiotic within 24 hours after the sur gery In facial plastic surgery hernia repairs the removal of a cyst on the hand these socalled clean surgeries its unclear whether antibiotics are of any value But in any case Dr Eddie Benge of Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albu querque said patients should not hesitate to ask doctors and other staff these questions before any surgery For my particular operation is there a recommended anti biotic to prevent infection Will antibiotics be used in my care If not why not Does your hospital have a process to ensure I receive the antibiotic at the appropriate time Hows my blood sugar doing Did you wash your hands Im feeling tenderness around the incision Is that normal That sort of involvement is truly Benge said The New Mexican By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican With a newfound sense of health Mar cella Ortiz booked an operation at St Vincent Hospital It was 1998 She had just recovered from colon cancer and no longer needed a bag to collect waste in her body But seven days later the 62year old Santa Fe woman died The cause a postsurgical infection The cost a civil jurys million award to Ortizs family Infections arent unique to St Vincent Millions of patients at hospitals get them each year and thousands die But with simple techniques rates could be reduced When antibiotics were first intro duced after World War II doctors gave them to patients after surgery But still infections raged on In the 1960s research showed antibiotics are effec tive if the medication is present in the tissue when the surgical incision is made Even though most surgeons know this hospitals Please see SURGERY Page A5 Inside Telling the truth about hospital infections Surgery can produce several types of problems Page A5 The Associated Press Freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena returned to Italy hours after American troops in Iraq fired on the car she was in wounding her and killing an Italian intelli gence officer with her ournalist forces gave no warning t Former Iraqi hostage claims attack could have been intentional The Associated Press ROME Leftwing journalist Giuliana Sgrena claimed Ameri can soldiers gave no warning before they opened fire and said Sunday she could not rule out that forces intentionally shot at the car carrying her to the Baghdad airport wounding her and killing the Italian agent who had just won her freedom after a month in captivity An Italian Cabinet member urged Sgrena who writes for a communist newspaper that rou tinely opposes policy in Iraq to be cautious in her accounts and said the shooting would not affect Italys support for the Bush administration The While House called the shooting a horrific accident and restated its promise to investigate fully Sgrenas editor at the daily Manifesto Gabriele Polo said Italian officials told him 300400 rounds were fired at the car Ital ian military officials said two other intelligence agents were Please see JOURNALIST Page As the shuttle program nears its end astronauts wonder when theyll see space The Associated Press The Associated Press Astronaut Andy Thomas left works with Astronaut Soichi Noguchi before a space walk training exer cise in the neutral buoyancy lab at Johnson Space Center Thomas is among a group of NASA astro nauts who have never flown in space SPACE CENTER Houston George Zamka has been an astronaut for almost seven years and he still hasnt made it to space But hes far from alone Grounded for two years a third of the nations nearly 150 astronauts have never flown in space and some wonder when they will Part of being at NASA is very few people get to fly in Zamka said Everyone else gets their enjoyment by contributing to the space The last class of astronauts has already been warned that its unclear whether any of them will fly during the shuttle era which ends in five years All face an uncertain future and development of the nextgeneration space vehi cle could take until 2015 They knew very well that they arrived at the sunset of the shuttle and the dawn of the new vehicle and they may be exposed to the gap in between the Zamka said of the newest class of astronauts For the last classes there Please see ASTRONAUTS Page A6
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