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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 18, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving Mexico far 156 years THURSDAY AUGUST 18 2005 FIFTY CENTS One last hurdle for WalMart t Late meeting leaves lingering questions involved parties are checking audio record By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Developers appear to have the upper hand in their quest to build a WalMart Supercenter on Santa Fes southwestern fringe However lin On the Web For more WalMart related stories and our online poll go to www freenewmexican gering questions about Tuesdays City Council vote had lawyers reviewing a tape of the motion passed Tuesday morning The mayor and council narrowly approved a motion by Councilor Matthew Ortiz to impose condi tions on the projects approval But Ortiz said Wednesday that he wont consider the matter settled untilhe is satisfied with traffic plans for the area along southern Cerrillos Road Its not a done Ortiz said If they come back to me with the same thing with the status quo Ill pull my However Councilor Karen Hel dmeyer who along with three others on the eightmember coun cil voted against the motion said Wednesday that she thinks Wal Mart can count on approval next month I think its a done deal because Please see WALMART Page A5 7 vOcate Road WalMart complex Herrera Drive iariftj ty timics rl 1 Las Soleras Alignment of new Cerrillos Road Intersections Is one traffic concern for city officials SCLPCE i5Pf Alexander New Mexican Las Soleras project still in early stages By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Entrada Contentas fate is tied in part to traffic planning for an even larger develop ment just across Cerrillos Road The Santa Fe City Council wants devel opers of Entrada Contenta and Las Sol eras to align main entrance roads so only a single intersection is needed onthe busy road Current plans call for two separate Tshaped intersections with Cerrillos Rqad Entrada Contenta a 33acre Please see EARLY Page A5 Fuel truck explodes shutting down 125 Driver of semi carrying gasoline and diesel dies in fireball Alexander New Mexican By JASON ADSLANDER The New Mexican An oilTCompany driver hauling gallons of fuel died early Wednesday after the truck he was driving overturned on Interstate 25 and exploded police said Witnesses told police flames from the explosion rose 100 to 150 feet into the air said Peter Olson a state Department of Public Safety spokesman The cleanup effort wound up blocking traffic for 16 hours Roger Harris 46 of Albu querque died in the acci dent which occurred about 12 hours after a similar crash in the same area killed a 64yearold Tesuque man rid ing in a sportutility vehicle Olson said The fueltruck accident which occurred about Wednesday north of the National Guard headquar ters forced the closure of the interstates northbound lanes and one southbound lane Crews worked until 8 removing hundreds of fuel that soaked into the pavement and sur rounding dirt Olson said Harris had picked up a load of fuel in Albuquerque about 3 Wednesday and was headed to Espanola said Jim Polk of Polk Oil Co in Espanola According to Olson the semitrailer Harris was driv ing swerved from one side of the road to the other and drove onto the interstates median Harris tried to return to the road but overcorrected his steering and hit the soft dirt in the median caus ing the truck to roll several times The truck burst into rii JJP ES i r si rn A hazardousmaterials team cleans the northbound lanes of Wednesday after his rig hauling fue1 overturned and exploded flames and exploded Olsen said The wreckage ended up on the east side of the road The force of the blast and the heat from the flames were enough to shear the trailer in half and melt a portion of the engine block Olson said Wit nesses who arrived shortly after the accident said the heat was so intense that they couldnt get close enough to tell what type of vehicle was on fire he said Also the heat from the fire with the solvent like qualities of the fuel when Please see CRASH Page A4 Photos by Luis Sanchez New Mexican Interstate 25 near La Cienega where driver died early Cleanup work blocked traffic for 16 hours A La Cienega firefighter sprays water next to the wreckage Another fatal crash occurred about 12 hours before the bigrig accident in nearly the same area Before one morem child is The Associated Press Maria Cancian embraces her daughter Rosa Kalish 9 at a candlelight vigil in support of Cindy Sheehan on Wednes day in Madison Wis Vigils across nation protest the war Staff and wire reports CRAWFORD Texas Hundreds of candlelight vigils calling for an end to the war in Iraq lit up the night Wednesday part of a national effort spurred by one mothers antiwar dem onstration near President Bushs ranch The vigils including one held at the New Mexico Capitol were urged by Cindy Sheehan who has become the icon of the antiwar movement since she started a protest Aug 6 in memory of her son Casey who Iraq last year Sheehan says she will remain outside the presidents ranch until he meets with her and other grieving families or INSIDE Sheehan cuts support portwar link Page A7 Please see VIGILS Page A6 Under plan elephants lions and more would roam Great Plains By JOSEPH B VERRENGIA The Associated Press DENVER Lions stalk ing deer in the stubble of a Nebraska corn field Ele phants trumpeting across Colorados high Chee tah slouching through the West Texas scrub Prominent ecologists are floating an audacious plan that sounds like a Jumdnji sequel transplant African wildlife to the Great Plains of North America Their radical proposal is being greeted with gasps and groans from other scientists and conservationists who recall previous efforts to relocate foreign species half way around the world often with disastrous results The authors contend it could help save Africas poster species from extinc tion on a continent where protection is spotty and habi tat is vanishing They also believe the relo cated animals could restore biodiversity on this continent Please see ROAM Page A5 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Diana M Baca 62 Santa Fe Aug 10 Leslie H Beaty 89 Tesuque Aug 15 Joseph E Edgar 65 Aug 16 Brett S Fuschini 41 Espa nola Aug 13 John J Ryan 89 Santa Fe Aug 15 Willie Struck 80 Espanola Aug 16 Andy Sullivan Aug 15 Eufelia M Zuniga 90 Aug 13 Page C2 Todays forecast Partly sunny a Tstorm High 84 low 56 Page C8 Annies Mailbox C6 Movies C2 Business D3 Mutuals Classifieds El Opinion Comics A7 C7 Outdoors Dl Crossword C6 Police notes C2 Horoscope C6 Scoreboard B2 Local news Cl Sports Bl Lotteries C2 Stacks D4 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue No 230 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Area couple suspected of abusing a 2yearold By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican State police are investigat ing a Northern New Mexico couple suspected of abusing a nearly 2yearold girl who sources say appeared mal nourished bruised and with signs of mended bone frac tures A nurse found one of the girls teeth in her colon sources said The girl was taken to Espa nola Hospital on Sunday by her mother andher mothers boyfriend said Peter Olson state Department of Public Safety spokesman The girl had suffered extensive injuries and was in bad Olson said He said he had no details of her exact injuries However a source familiar with the case who requested anonymity said the injuries included extensive bruising and cuts on the girls face and body evidence of bone fractures that had healed clumps of hair that had been yanked out cigarette burns and malnourishment to the point where the girls ribs were visible In nurses found cocaine in her system and a tooth in her colon the source said Please see ABUSE Page A4   

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