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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 21, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico jbr 156 years TUESDAY JUNE 21 2005 FIFTY CENTS Police suspect suicide in By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican An 18yearold man died after apparently driving his pickup into the Rio Grande Gorge on Sunday night marking what authorities say could be the Taosarea crossings fourth suicide of the year State police investigators believe Anthony PadillaHutt of Taos intentionally drove his truck off the gorges rim Lt Jimmy Glascock said A witness told state police he saw a 1989 Ford pickup speeding west on 64 toward the 650footdeep gorge around Sunday Glascock said The truck drove through a park ing lot on the bridges north east side crashed through a fence and landed about 240 feet below the bridge Glascock said We have concerns that this may have been inten he said Work crews required more than two hours to remove the car from its landing point beneath the bridge and free the mans body from within He was declared dead at the scene Glascock said His body was sent to Albuquer que for examination by the Office of the Medical Inves tigator which also will per form toxicology tests that can determine whether the driver was under the influ ence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash PadillaHutts drivers license was suspended at the Please see GORGE Page A6 crash State police suspect Anthony PadillaHutt of Taos Intentionally drove this Ford pickup into the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos on Sunday night PadillaHutt 18 was found dead inside the wreckage Catherine Ralston For the New Mexican Burning chamisa sparks wildfireseason concerns Photos by Lara New Mexican Firefighters from the Santa Fe County Fire Department hose down a brush fire Monday off Interstate 25 near the 599 exit After a wetter and cooler spring than weve had for the past few years the possibility of having a serious wildfire here in Santa Fe is once again very MICHELLE NOLDE OF THE SANTA FE FIRE DEPARTMENT By STAC1 MATLOCK The New Mexican Brush fires off Interstate 25 south of Santa Fe on Monday signaled the start of what fire officials say is traditionally the most active wildfire month in the state Volunteer firefighters and Santa Fe County sheriffs deputies battled four simultaneous brush fires near the inter state and 599 said Charlie Velarde chief of La Cienega Volunteer Fire Depart ment All were extinguished and burned only two acres combined but the heavy smoke from burning chamisa shrouded the highway and made driving conditions dangerous Velarde said The chamisa looks pretty and green but it goes up like he said Velarde didnt know what caused the fires but said firefighters have seen simi lar fires caused by hot rubber shredded off of semitruck tires MidJune to midJuly as vegetation dries and before the monsoon rains begin typically provides the most num ber of wildfires around the state and region according to the Southwest Area A firefighter douses one of four small fires which burned a combined two acres along the Interstate The cause of the fires wasnt immediately known Fire Information Center A firepredic tion report put out by the multiagency group in April said significant fire activ ity was expected in areas where grasses and weeds meet up with trees killed by drought and beetles The fires burn quickly and move rapidly especially when its windy officials said Michelle Nolde the vvildlandurban interface specialist with the Santa Fe Fire Department issued a warning of extreme fire danger for the city Monday After a wetter and cooler spring than weve had for the past few years the pos sibility of having a serious wildfire here in Santa Fe is once again very she said The grasses and flowers that grew so green are now curing out and can ignite very easily A fastmoving winddriven fire is very possible these days as the temperatures are high the humidities are low and the wind is Translation Keep the cigarette butts in ashtrays firecrackers under control and backyard campfires contained Rural homeowners and those who live in the wilder parts of should move woodpiles wood furniture and other flam mable items away from the house Nolde said Embers from forest and brush fires can be blown by wind a mile or more away from the main blaze John Bolton Despite Dems block Bush could appoint nominee By JAMES KUHNEHN Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON Senate Democrats on Monday once again blocked the nomination of John Bolton to be Amer icas ambassador to the United Nations setting the stage for Presi dent Bush to consider bypassing Senate con firmation by appointing Bolton while Congress is on a weeklong July Fourth recess Democrats com plained that the White House has refused to turn over information about Boltons activities while he was an official at the State Department which they say is crucial to determining his fitness for the post Only three Democrats sided with Republicans in an attempt to end debate and bring up the nomination for a final vote Sen George Voinovich of Ohio a Republican who opposes Boltons nomi nation voted with the Democrats Under Please see NOMINEE Page A6 Student barred from St Johns campus over rape allegation By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Rape allegations by an exgirlfriend will probably keep a St Johns College student from completing the schools summer session Thats because a state District Court judge refused Monday to lift a restrain ing order filed last week by the alleged victim requiring the 22yearold male student who has not been charged with a crime to stay at least 100 yards away from the campus John Day the male students lawyer pleaded with District Judge Barbara Vigil to allow him to rebut the allegations which he called false and an extreme injustice but the alleged victim a fellow student asked for a continuance so she could hire a lawyer Day said he didnt mind a continuance as long as Vigil lifted the restraining order so his Please see ST JOHNS Page A4 Security leak exposes credit system By BRIAN BERGSTEIN The Associated Press The criminal exploit that exposed 40 Million credit card accounts to possible fraud is shedding light on an arcane but sensitive piece of the financial industry the hundreds of companies that process transactions between merchants and card issuers While enormous in scope the breach disclosed Friday at CardSystems Solutions Inc was by no means the first such attack on a card processor Many analysts believe that banks and creditcard com panies despite working hard to tighten their own security have failed tp force payment processors to maintain simi lar standards Theyre not being watched carefully said Avi vah Litan an analyst with Gartner Inc In recent years card asso ciations such as Visa and Mas terCard have set up security requirements for processors to follow No laws in particular govern this program but the card associations can impose fines of several hundred thou sand dollars for transgressions However Litan said proac tive audits of companies like CardSystems dont really happen Creditrcard companies just sort of wait for them to have a she said Theres just a lot of vagaries in how its In fact she saidj several similar breaches have happened before and the public wasnt told Card processors and mer chants must certify through thirdparty monitors that they meet the banks and credit card associations security standards But complying can be a long and costly process Consequently several experts said they doubt that CardSystems which annually processes some billion in transactions for more than small to midsized businesses is alone among card processors in being vul nerable to hackers Please see CREDIT Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Annies Mailbox C5 Lotteries C2 Business Dl Movies C2 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A5 84 Police notes C2 Crossword C5 Scoreboard B2 Horoscope C5 Sports Bl Local news Cl Stocks D4 Five sections 26 pages 156Ui year Issue No 172 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified 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