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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 14, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico 156 years SATURDAY MAY 14 2005 FIFTY CENTS GOMING SUNDAY I A PUSH FOR HISTORICAL PROPERTY Momentum is building to transfer federal sites to the heirs of Spanish and Mexican land grants Long path to the pulpit Santa Fean found calling to be priest 35 years after a desperate promise to the Lord Photostiy Luis SSnchez New Mexican Deacon Anthony Romero a Santa Fe native who graduated from St Michaels High School prays Friday during a rehearsal for his ordination as a priest By MARISSA STONE The New Mexican A pregnant woman wrapped in blankets and hemorrhaging was near death when she arrived at the Santa Fe hospital with her 7monthold fetus Beatrice Nevares who was weak from the loss of blood heard the emer gencyroom doctor say there was little hope for the child in her womb A priest gave her last sacraments while doctors prepared the mother for a cesarean begged God to save her son and promised if he did he could take him as yours do whatever you want with Nevares said That was May 13 1964 Today 41 years and one day later that son Anthony Romero will be ordained a Catholic priest in the Arch diocese of Santa Fe Romero of Santa Fe and Stephen Imbarrato 53 of New Jersey will be ordained at 10 today at St Fran cis Cathedral during the Archdioceses Class of 2005 Archbishop Michael Sheehan will assign the new priests to parishes within the archdiocese in Please see PULPIT Page A8 The Very Rev Jerome Martinezjy Alire center watches Deacon Paul Batchilder left hold Anthony Romeros hands In prayer during Fridays rehearsal for Romeros Pope hastens process for predecessors sainthood By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press Writer VATICAN CITY The new pope placed John Paul II on an unprecedented fast track for sainthood Friday and named San Franciscos archbishop to be the churchs guardian of doctrine the highest Vatican office ever held by an American Pope Benedict XVIs decision to waive the fiveyear waiting period for beatification pro cedures for John Paul came just six weeks after the popes death And now I have a very joy ous piece of news for Benedict told a gathering of Roman priests at the Basilica of St John Lateran before reading a letter in Latin announcing the move The announcement came on the 24th anniversary of the 1981 assassination attempt on John Paul in St Peters Square by a Please see POPE Page A4 Toponyms narrate saga of migrants enter ing By RICHARD MAROSI Los Angeles Times TECATE Mexico The scruboak tree that marks the humansmuggling trail into California invites migrants to rest from the arduous mountain crossing Weary men women and children drink from water bottles and seek shade from the searing sun When the migrants sit back still facing a sixhour hike to the border the bandits pounce They steal the migrants meager belongings and strip off their clothing looking for money stitched into the seams The underwear is then tossed into the branches Please see SAGA Page A5 Cannon AFB on list of base closings Realignment yields smaller cuts for other New Mexico sites By SUE MAJOR HOLMES The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Cannon Air Force Base was put on the chopping block Fri day as the Pentagon released its list of recommended base closures a severe blow to New Mexico that surprised the states political leaders and prompted a call for a unified fierce fight to save the baseandits nearly jobs If approved by Congress and President Bush the Pentagons list also would mean smaller losses for Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range and a net gain for Kirtland Air Force Base The Pentagon spent a lot of time and evaluation on its realignment plan but in this case we genuinely feel they used the wrong facts the wrong criteria or they missed Sen Pete Domenici said during a tele phone news conference that included all five members ofNew Mexicos congres sional delegation Gov Bill Richardson and members of the states Military Base Planning Commission Cannon and Ellsworth in South Dakota were the only two Air Force bases nation wide slated to close Hanson Scott a retired Air Force gen eral whos New Mexicos oneman Office of Military Base Planning and Support said the state and congressional delega tion will do to save Cannon But he warned I think any fight is going to be a tough Richardson on Friday released in state money to bolster the effort to come up with ah independent analysis of Cannon and lobby the Base Realignment and Closure Commission Cannon sup porters including the Clovis City Council and Portales leaders already had set aside at least more in case the base was hit It takes five votes of the ninemember commission to spare any installation on Please see BASES Page A6 Full coverage inside jobs at stake nationwide The Pentagon called for the closure of 33 major military installations and the downsizing of hundreds of other facilities as it unveiled the nations first base restructuring in 10 years Kirtland gets 206 new positions Kirtland Air Force Base and members of the committee in charge of promoting the base celebrated the news that the base stands to grow under realignment recommendations from the Penta gon Clovis residents plan fight Southeastern New Mexico backed by leaders from around the state vowed an allout battle to save Cannon Air Force Base one ofonly two Air Force bases slated to close nationwide Stories on Page Dl INSIDE TODAY Annies Mailbox 05 Local News Bl Business C6 Lotteries B2 Classifieds E3 Opinion Comics A7 D6 Police notes B2 Cl Crossword D5 Sports Horoscope P5 Stocks C7 The middle man The midsize TL might not be the brightest Acura sedan but it has the stuff tp sell Cars Trucks El Todays obituaries Ben Larragoite 75 Santa Fe May 9 Uoyd Cain Santa Fe May 10 Susan Filice 54 Santa Fe May 11 Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy with chance of showers High 68 low 40 Page B2 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Rve sections 36 pages TV Book 56 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