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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 5, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for56years TUESDAY JULY 5 2005 FIFTY CENTS LANL running terrorattack simulation t Researchers look at how cities might react to the unexpected By ARIANA EUNJUNG CHA The Washington Post LOS ALAMOS Deep inside the cavelike laboratories of the legend ary research center that created the atomic bomb scientists have begun work on a Manhattan Project of a different sort In the wake of Sept 11 2001 they have been constructing the most elaborate computer models of the United States ever attempted There are virtual cities inhabited by millions of virtual individuals who go to work shopping centers soccer games and anywhere else their real life counterparts go And there are virtual power grids oil and gas lines water pipelines air plane and train systems even a virtual Internet The scientists build them And then they destroy them On a recent weekday at the Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Steve Fernandez took several powerrelay plants in the Pacific Northwest offline with a few clicks of his keyboard while Kristin Omberg and Brent Daniel were working up mathematical models that calculated the worst places to release biological agents in San Diego Were trying to be the best ter rorists we can said James P Smith who is working on simula tions of a smallpox virus released in Portland Ore Sometimes we fin ish and were like Were glad were not The Los Alamos experiments are part of the Homeland Security Departments efforts to harness technology to aid the war on terror Like government data mining projects that use flight itineraries creditcard reports and other data and try to find patterns to predict who might be a likely terrorist the simulations are attempts to guess the bigger picture The government is using the simulations to provide options in the event of a real terrorist attack Please see LANL Page A6 Luis Sanchez New Mexican Jose Velasquez of Santa Fe watches the fireworks display Monday night from a hammock he hung from a goal post at Santa Fe Highs Ivan Head Stadium Red white and boom Revelers at city fireworks enjoy show from different angles By TOM KNAUER The New Mexican As more than people packed into Ivan Head Stadium at Santa Fe High School David Archuleta Yvonne Romero and their 7year old daughter Kylene took turns kicking a yellow rubber ball in the parking lot of the La Farge public library across the street Its the family sport you Archuleta said We just kick the ball back and With a green lawn chair plenty of vegeta bles and a couple of beers the family along with scores of others took in the annual fire works show Monday night from many vantage points outside the stadium Inside the stadium revelers on the field and up in the bleachers developed their own sense of comfort Jose Velasquez and his son Jose Evardo rested in a rainbowcolored hammock they tied around the north goal post Craig Dixon having come down from Ore gon for a family reunion reclined in a chair on the field as 10 other family members lounged on a variety of blankets towels and mats Its the Fourth of July and we wanted to see he said We heard they were out here so we came For the last four years Archuleta and his family have camped out in the library parking lot from the back of their Chrysler sportutil ity vehicle A halfhour before the show began the lot was more than half full Even more cars were lined up in the and weeds by the intersection of Llano Street and Siringo Road Soon the stadium lights went out and the first fireworks crackled and shined in the blueblack sky Romero sat in the lawn chair Her daughter wrapped in a yellow blanket rested on her lap Its time for the big ones Kylene said Here we go here we Archuleta said A string pf red explosions lit up the air For a few moments the childs rosy cheeks turned a few shades brighter BORDER INSECURITY Northern borders openness worrisome Editors note This is the final story of a threepart series exam ining security issues along borders By BETH DUFFBROWN and PAULINE ARR1LLAGA The Associated Press ON THE BORDER Nearly four years after the Sept 11 2001 terror attacks and after billions of dollars in security invest ment on both sides of this frontier stretching from Atlantic to Pacific authorities and average folks are still jittery Heres why At the edge of a raspberry field where Washington state meets 3riL ish Columbia a Border Patrol agent shakes his head at tire tracks that snake between rows of berries and over the international bound ary which here is a ditch so puny a person can leap it Theyre long says agent Candido Villalobos who raced to the scene after a surveillance cam era spotted the vehicle transport ing contraband Something more sinister Too late to know They beat Villalobos murmurs At Sandwich Ontario across the river from Detroit the Olde Town Bake Shoppe overlooks the Ambassador Bridge the busiest trade crossing between the United States and Canada Thousands of trucks rumble along its lanes daily loaded with everything from Nova Scotia salmon to auto parts Bakery owner Mary Ann Cuder man worries about what else might be passing especially given con cern that infrastructure could be a terrorist target A citizens group she heads wants closer scrutiny How do you feel she says knowing that anybody at any time could drive right up on that bridge Farther east where Maine and New Brunswick touch a man carry ing a homemade sword a hatchet a Please see NORTHERN Page A6 Survey offers spotfree tips on carwash services By WENDY BROWN The New Mexican Santa Fe resident Larry Douglas says hes not a car wash expert but anyone who talks with him for more than five minutes would probably disagree Douglas can rattle off the quality of the brushes at most of Santa Fes selfserve car washes knows which car washes have helpful atten dants and where to find foam brushes that produce copious amounts of soap He doesnt like touchless car washes but prefers a selfserve car wash with new soft brushes In short hes the ultimate carwash consumer So when The New Mexican decided to survey Santa Fes car washes we tookDouglas along with us Choosing a car wash is serious business in Santa Fe Under the citys Stage II water restrictions its illegal to wash your car at home and youre not supposed to wash it more than once a month at commercial car washes So its important lo get it done right the first time I tend to abide by the law so I go to the car said Douglas who works as an Please see SURVEY Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Canada releases female rapist Karla Homolka Canadas mosthated female rapist was released Monday Page C5 Todays forecast Partly sunny evening Tstorm High low 54 Todays obituaries Mary July 6 Domingo Benavldez 88 Julyl David A Lucero 55 Santa Fe July 1 Page C2 INDEX Annies Mailbox D3 Lotteries Business C2 Dl Movies C3 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A5 D4 Police notes C2 Crossword D3 Scoreboard B2 Horoscope D3 Sports Bl Local news Cl Weather C6 TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Five sections 26pages 156th year Issue No 186 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 NASAs unmanned probe strikes comet By ALICIA CHANG The Associated Press PASADENA Calif When spacehistory books are rewritten NASAs suc cess at blasting a crater in a comet is sure to be included as more than just a Its not the same as put ting a man oh the moon or blasting average citizens up into space But like putting robots on Mars early sug gestions are that it captured the public imagination Please see COMET Page A4 NASA The Tempel 1 comet Is shown after the probe from the Deep Impact spacecraft collided with the comet early Sunday   

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