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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 16, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE owned MONDAY FIFTY CENTS Serving New Mexico for 156 years Stamp collectors mean big business for post office The Associated Press WASHINGTON Like any good businessman David Failor works hard to understand his customers and make sure he has a prod uct they will want to buy and maybe save Thats when his employer the Postal Service reaps a big profit Stamps that are bought but not used mean mil lion to million annually for the Postal Service Its Failors job as director of stamp services to make sure there is a ready supply of eyeappealing stamps on the market People really look at the stamps they put on a let ter They want attractive Failor said in an interview Of course any stamp would get the material deliv ered Attractive ones draw more customers and people who save some of those stamps Although fewer people are joining stamp clubs than hi the past large numbers of people still collect or at least accumulate stamps A stamp really is nothing more than a receipt for pre payment of postage So col Please see STAMPS Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Dedicacidn al flamenco Maria Benitez la inter nacionalinente conocida bailaora de flamenco y su dedicacion a formar a las nuevas generaciones de bailaores El Nuevo Mexicano Dl Todays obituary 12 Ruth C Romero Nambe May Page A2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy and warmer High 77 low 43 Page A2 INDEX Annies Mailbox B5 Classifieds C3 Comics B6 Crossword B5 Education D3 Health Cl Horoscope B5 Opinion A7 Police notes A2 Scoreboard B2 Spanish pg Dl Sports Bl TbeWesfs Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 136 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 3863000 9863030 9833303 LANCE CPL JONATHAN GRANT IRAQ WAR HITS HOME Pojoaque Valley man becomes Northern first death in conflict Tina New Mexican Eva Maestas holds her 17monthold son Evan and her 5yearoid daughter Cynthia as they clasp photo graphs of their father Lance Cpl Jonathan Grant Maestas and Grant had planned to marry next spring By JOHN SENA and DOUG MATTSON The New Mexican Lance Cpl Jonathan Grant was traveling in a military vehicle in western Iraq last week as part of a mission aimed at ridding the country of its most notorious insur gent He died when the vehicle rolled over a roadside bomb The 23yearold Marine from Pojoaque Valley marked Northern New Mexicos first death in the war in Iraq on Wednesday On Sunday Grants fam ily members gathered in his mothers home in El Rancho remembering the son father brother and fiance killed in Iraq Im just going to miss my hito so Grants mother Alma Roybal said Grant who grew up in Pojoaque Valley and his fian cee Eva Maestas had two children ages 5 years and 17 months and the couple had planned to marry next spring I just look at the two babies that he left and I just want him to come Roybal said Grant was near the Syrian Please see GRANT Page A6 Military deaths in Iraq As of Sunday at least members of the military have died since the begin ning of the Iraq war in according to an Associated Press count At least died as a result of hostile action according to the Defense Department The figures four military civilians The AP count is four higher than the Defense Departments tally updated at 9 MDT Friday The British military has reported 87 deaths Italy 2i Ukraine 18 Poland 17 Spain 11 Bulgaria eight Slovakia three Estonia Thailand and the two each and Denmark El Salvador Hungary Kazakhstan and Latvia one death each Since May 1 2003 when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended military members have died according to APs count That includes at least deaths resulting from hostile action according to the militarys numbers The Associated Press Fiancee recalls Marines love of family country By INEZ RUSSELL The New Mexican Eva Maestas met Jonathan Grant when he called her for a friend who had a crush on her only before the friend could make his move Jonathan and Eva had fallen for each other It was the summer of 1998 She was headed to Pojoaque High as an incoming senior He was a year behind Me and Jonathan just ended up she said And thats how it stayed Eva and Jonathan Jonathan and Eva Until the news came last week that Marine Lance Cpl Jonathan Grant 23 waskilled on Wednes day a casualty of fierce fighting in Iraq Now Eva 24 has had to tell their two children their father isnt coming home She is planning his funeral instead of the wedding they were looking forward to next spring She is starting to imagine a life without the man who was her rock He made a lot of sacrifices for she said There were small sacrifices like for prom her senior year He Please see LOVE Page A6 Man who died in jail was denied his meds By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Santa Fe County jail medical offi cials repeatedly denied prescribed heartcondition medicine to a 62year old man who died of a heart attack while in custody Thats according to two men who were being held in the same area as William Garrett of Hernandez who died early Tuesday morning I think the jail is responsible for Bills said a 36yearold Espa nola man who asked to remain anony mous The way I see it he was in no condition to be in Both the Espanola man who was in jail on a domesticviolence charge and Jaime Escobar a Santa Fe man who was also in the same jail pod as Garrett said they witnessed Garrett ask corrections officers and jail medi cal personnel for his heart medication several times However they said he was rebuffed each time In addition both men said they were diabetics and were also denied their prescribed medicines while incarcer ated at the jail Escobar was also incar cerated on a domesticviolence charge Garrett was booked into the jail May 5 two days after his 62nd birth day for failing to appear in Santa Fe Magistrate Court on a domestic vio lence case according to a news release from the sheriffs office Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Soiario acknowledged Friday that providing proper medical care to inmates is the jails single biggest problem but Please see MEDS Page A4 i na Mexican Bikes are left scattered across the park ing lot of St Vincents Regional Medical Center on Sunday morning whiie par ticipants in the annual Santa Fe Century bike ride collect their riding packages Cyclists put their heart to the pedal By JOHN SENA The New Mexican Whether they were on a road bike a mountain bike a tandem bike or a recumbent bike everyone had one thing in common They had come a long way Some riders participated in the 20th annual Santa Fe Century bike ride Sunday which started as early as 7 and had a variety of routes Whiie some chose the full 100mile ride others opted for either 75 50or 25mile rides Eight hours and 78 miles after her start Linda Meyer rode under the finish banner into the parking lot Please see PEDAL Page A4
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