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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 4, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Servmg New Mexico for156yvars THURSDAY AUGUST 4 2005 FIFTY CENTS Roadside bomb kills 14 Marines Attack near Syrian border one of deadliest for American troops since start of war The Associated Press BAGHDAD Iraq Marines were traveling in a lightly armored vehicle to assault insurgent positions near a way station for foreign fight ers infiltrating from Syria Suddenly a thunderous explosion rang out The vehicle flipped over in a fireball Fourteen Marines were killed as was a civilian translator Another Marine INSIDE Ohio town struggling with loss of 19 Marines in two days Page A3 managed to scramble from beneath the over turned amphibious vehi cle often used to ferry Marines for beach land ings He was wounded but The attack Wednesday in western Iraq was the deadliest roadside bombing suffered by American forces in the war The victims were from the same Ohio based Reserve unit as six members of a Marine sniper team killed Monday in an ambush claimed by the Islamic extrem ist Ansar alSunnah Army They were assigned to the 3rd Battal ion 25th Marines based in Brook Park a Cleveland suburb and attached to the Regimental Combat Team2 Nine of them were from a single smaller unit in Columbus In Brook Park businesses tied red white and blue ribbons on their doors and some had American flags hanging in the windows A bouquet of red roses was placed at the gate of the Marine headquarters an old brick schoolhouse deaths brought to 23 the num ber of Marines killed in the past week in fighting along the volatile Euphrates Valley of western Iraq and marked one of the bloodiest periods for forces in months In all 44 American service Please see BOMB Page A3 Backtoschool savings Area stores are bracing for a rush during this weekends tax holiday QN BACK TO C COMPUTE PUPXHA5O F W DXY AU C U JT 5 1 H J U N D XV A U Q U v ask ordetaiis Jane New Mexican Enrique Romero computer manager at Baillios posts a sign Wednesday announcing that the Cerrillos Road store is among retailers participating in this week ends Back to School tax holiday During the tax holiday some of the stores computer merchandise wont be subject to grossreceipts taxes By JOHN SENA The New Mexican Enrique Romero on Wednesday afternoon posted a freshly printed sign in the front foyer of Baillios electronics and appliance store on Cerrillos Road Like other retail part in the state of New Mexicos firstever Back To School tax holi day Romero is preparing for what he expects will be busy weekend It will definitely bring in a lot of Romero predicted of the FridaythroughSunday holiday from grossreceipts taxes on certain goods such things as shoes work uniforms jogging clothes and computers priced under a specified cap Within the city of Santa Fe that will save buyers from paying a little more than percent in taxes on such items Although collected like a sales tax the grossreceipts tax technically is a tax on businesses Its a primary source of revenue for state and local governments and the tax holiday is expected to cost the state general fund about million while local governments statewide could miss out on about million this week end according to state Tax and Rev enue Department estimates As an authorized Macintosh com puter vendor Baillios offers a num ber of products that meet the states taxexemption criteria including two computers that sell for less than and a number of computer accessories for less than Romero computer manager at the store said he has already received see SAVINGS Page A6 Mixup with flu vaccine wont cost New Mexico FDA wouldnt let doses be imported from European firm Staff and wire reports In January the New Mex ico Department of Health got a million bill from a United Kingdom company for flu shots it never received Amid fears of a national shortage New Mexico had requested the state of Illinois to order doses ofthe vaceine from Ecosse Hospital Products Ltd on its behalf But it never arrived in New Mexico because the federal Food and Drug Administra tion would not approve the European import We never got any shots and we never paid for a spokeswoman for the state Health Department Deborah Busemeyer said Wednesday An attorney for the depart ment has informed Ecosse that New Mexico is under no obligation to pay for the vac cine and had no contract with the company New Mexico might be off the hook but Illinois is not All the flu shots Illinois ordered from Europe have now expired and might go to waste Illinois Deputy Gov Bradley Tusk told The Associ ated Press on Wednesday The deal could cost taxpay ers million the amount Illinois agreed to pay for its share of the shots which were never approved by the FDA for import and Which Illinois never received The shots which must be used Ptease see FLU Page A6 Chile by virus By MELANIE DABOVICH The Associated Press When farmer Joe Paul Lack looks out across his chile field south of Hatch he sees large holes areas where chile plants have been killed by curly top virus a plant disease known to wreak havoc on chile crops Chile growers in the Mesilla Valley and Rio Grande corridor have seen a 20 to 25 percent crop loss due to curly top said Steph anie Walker extension veg etable specialist at New Mexico State University But in some ways thats good news Researchers had feared the losses would be much was a disaster for chile crops due to curly top We realized that this year we had the poten tial for it to be that serious again We were ready for Curlytop attack Chile growers in the Mesilla Valley and Rio Grande corridor are facing a 20 percent to 25 per cent crop loss because of the curlytop virus Curly top stunts the growth of chile plants causing them to produce only one or two peppers of poor quality and taste The virus also can kill chile and tomato plants Rates of curlytop infection vary across the state but fields in the eastern and western parts of New Mexico have not been significantly affected Farmers can spray fields with an insecticide to combat the sugarbeet leafhopper insect which carries the virus to the chile plants Researchers had feared the losses would be much worse A curlytop attack four years ago reduced chile crops by 30 percent to 50 percent across Dona Ana and Luna counties said Walker refer ring to the curlytop attack four years ago that reduced chile crops by 30 percent to 50 percent across Dona Ana and Luna counties Diligence and quick mea sures taken by chile farmers proved key in controlling the virus she said Some growers will have reduced yields but its not going to hurt contracted Walker said Please see CHILE Page A6 Family mourns victim ofATV mishap James Merrill 21 died Monday had played football at St Michaels High By HENRY M LOPEZ and PRISCILLA GOMEZ The New Mexican When James Merrill played football at St Michaels High School he earned a reputa tion as a ferocious defender and won a scholar ship to La Salle Uni versity in PhiladelJames Merrill phia On Wednesday his family revealed how he got so tough big sisters Yeah we used to throw him in the dryer and turn it his sister Jodi Bra nham said with a laugh He was little He wasnt even in school yet We didnt know any The family has been mourning Merrills death since Monday when he rolled a allter rain vehicle on Ojo de La Vaca Road in the Hondo area of Santa Fe County Please see ATV Page A6 Annies Mailboi D3 Movies C2 Business C6 Mutuals C6 Classifeds El Opinion Comics D4 Outdoors A7 Crossword D3 Poiice notes C2 Horoscope D3 Scoreboard B2 Locgl news Cl Sports Bl Lotteries C2 Stocks C7 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue No 216 Publication No 596410 Late paper 9840363 Todays obituaries James Merrill 21 Santa Fe Aug 1 Marian Lorraine Hyatt 87 Los Alamos July 31 Bonnie Apodaca 84 Espa nola July 25 Rudolph Lawrence Mar tinez 51 Colorado Springs July 29 Todays forecast Sun and clouds a Tstorm or two in High 83 low 56 Page C8
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