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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 26, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE ServingNew Mexico for56years THURSDAY MAY 26 2005 F I FT Y CENTS Pojoaque remembers soldier killed in Iraq Luis Sanchez New Mexican Seventeenmonthold Evan Grant wanders the aisle in front of his fathers casket during a memorial service Wednesday evening at Ben Lujan Gym nasium in the Pojoaque Valley Jonathan Grant 23 died May U in Iraq when a military vehicle he was riding In ran over a roadside bomb By MARISSA STONE The New Mexican ietnam veteran Frank Montoya Smith knew two members of a Pojoaque family who perished in wars of different eras One was Robert Bobby Trujillo who left for Vietnam never came home and has been declared missing in action The other was Trujillos nephew Reserve Marine Lance Cpl Jonathan Grant who died early this month in Iraq and was honored Wednesday Smith marched along the side lines with other veterans during a memorial service for the 23year old Grant Unfortunately he followed in his Smith said About 300 people attended the memorial service for Grant at Pojoaque High Schools gymna sium Because Trujillo was declared missing in action in 1968 his rela tives lack the closure that Grants family has Smith said At least when they send the remains home the family gets said Army Vietnam veteran Ed Lucero 56 who stood near Smith Grant whose remains came home Monday will be buried at today at Santa Fe National Cemetery where a tombstone honoring his uncle stands The service brought back mem ories for veterans including dis abled Korean War veteran Tony Chavez of Espanola With a faraway look in his eyes the 74yearold remembered friends who also didnt make it home Lance Cpl Jonathan Grant 23yearold Marine from Pojoaque Valley marked Northern New Mexicos first death in the Iraq war earlier this month Eva Maestas with Evan and Cynthia 5 this month The coupie had planned to marry next spring Tina Larfcen The New Mexican That was a long time Chavez said Im sorry this had to happen to but this happens to many soldier Im disappointed about the war but were in it so we have to stay there I Chavez said Grant who joined the Marines in 2002 and arrived in Iraq in Although friends tried to talk him out of it Jonathan Grant wanted to go to Iraq He was looking forward to getting into the action said his friend Chris Apodaca February preferred to be called a Marine rather than a soldier He was assigned to the D Company 4th Reconnaissance Battalion base in Albuquerque and special ized in radio operations Although friends tried to talk him out of it Grant wanted to go to Iraq He was looking for ward to getting into the his friend Chris Apodaca said recently Evanj Grants 17monthold son couldnt keep still during the two hourlong memorial The toddler ran back and forth in front of his fathers coffin Poor little thing he doesnt even know whats going said Please see SOLDIER Page A4 Miguel Velasquez Knife saves deputy at southside argument By JASON The New Mexican A 26yearold Mexican national was arrested late Tuesday night and charged with trying to kill a Santa Fe County sheriffs deputy police said Wednesday Miguel Velasquez was charged with attempted murder assault with intent to commit a violent fel ony on a police officer resisting arrest and criminal damage to property according to court records Velas quez pleaded innocent to the charges at an arraignment Wednes day in Magistrate Court where a judge ordered him held on a cash only bond According to a statement of probable cause Deputies were called to a mobile home in the 500 block of Airport Road about 11 in response to a domestic dispute They first spoke with Velas quezs stepfather who told them Velas quez was causing the disturbance Deputy Ernie Romero found Velas quez in a bedroom of the singlewide mobile home with a screwdriver in his hand Velasquez at first refused the deputys instructions to put down the screwdriver and told him that the step father and a friend hit Velasquez in the shoulder with a bat Velasquez declined Romeros offer of an ambulance and sat down at the end of the bed and put down the screwdriver While Romero spoke to Please see KNIFE Page A5 Hispanic group sues after teens seized in school Lawsuit Immigrant students have the right to pursue an education By ANNA MACIAS AGUAYO The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE A Hispanic advocacy group Wednesday sued the Border Patrol Albuquerque Pub lic Schools and police alleging they violated the rights of three Hispanic students Inside to an education The Mexican American T i T c j ruing Denial Legal Defense and Edu of eUC3tion cation Fund alleged in violates the the lawsuit filed in Constitution District Court that the PageA4 constitutional rights of the students all illegal immigrants were violated when they were arrested on immigration charges at Del Norte High School last year The lawsuit contends campuses are Please see SCHOOL Page A4 Southwest is primed for active fire season By CHRISTOPHER SMITH The Associated Press BOISE Idaho Federal wildfire forecasters say unusual rainfall patterns in the West this winter and spring have boosted growth of grasses and lowlying veg etation that will dry to fuel setting the stage for a worse thannormal fire season in the Southwest Northern Rockies and Alaska We are very concerned because weve had all the grass growth but the forests in the higher elevations of Inside Protect your home from fires Page A5 the Northwest and the Northern Rockies have missed out on all their Rick Ochoa the national fire weatherprogram manager for the National Weather Service said Wednesday at a briefing with federal land agency fire managers Usu ally when that snowpack gradually melts you are basically watering the trees every day but were missing that this Please see RRE Page A5 INDEX Annies Movies Business D5 Mutuais Classifieds C3 Opinion Comics fr6 Outdoors B3 J5 A7 Crossword Horoscope Local news e5 BS Bl Cl Police notes B2 Scoreboard 02 Sports Dl Lotteries B2 Stocks TheVfcsfs Four sections 28 pages i56th year Issue No 146 Publication No CtessHtetf ads rtewj npftr MMR offlcd 9863000 9863030 9833303 Todays forecast Partly cloudy scattered Tstorms High 73 low 52 Page B2 Todays obituaries Andrew A Duran 47 Santa Fe May 24 M Robert Ktebanoff MO May 24 Charlotte E Martinez 76 Santa Fe May 25 Herman J Montoya 29 May 23 Aaron OrtegaPerez May 21 Robert Smith Santa Fe May 25 George W Whtte 75 Santa Fe May 23 Page B2 Prosecutors drop charges against PRC member Baca The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Pros ecutors on Wednesday dropped misdemeanor drug charges that had been filed against a state publicregula tion commissioner accused of having marijuana in her suitcase at Albuquerques airport The charges of possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia were dropped minutes before a trial was to begin in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court for E Shirley Baca She had E Shirley Baca pleaded not guilty Baca was arrested Dec 8 after authori ties said a search of her suitcase at the Albu querque Interna tional Sunport turned up a glass pipe and a substance that later tested positive for marijuana According to a criminal Please see BACA Page A4