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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 9, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico SEPTEMBER Group contests of WalMart vote Opponents threaten lawsuit if developer doesnt start over By Tom Sharpe the New Mexican Opponents of a proposed Wal Mart Supercenter on Santa Fes far southwest side say the City Coun cils conditional approval of the project last month was improper and the developer must start the review process all over again An attorney for the applicant however says critics of the Entrada Contenta commercial complex off Cerrillos Road are grasping at straws Even if WalMart opponents dont have enough political sup port on the citys closely divided governing body to stop the proj ect they threaten legal action that could further delay construction Stewart Udall Stephen Durkov ich and Buddy Roybal leaders of the Coalition Against Big Box Stores explained their conten tions at a news conference Thurs day They say the first in a series of 54 votes in the wee hours of Aug 16 effectively killed the plan A parliamentary maneuver in which the mayor and council immedi ately reconsidered the case and then granted conditional approval was invalid the opponents con tend Mayor Larry Delgado who only votes in case of a deadlock on the eightmember council initially Please see VOTE Page A8 4 exPrep students wont be FRIDAY 50 CENTS No evidence to link men to minivanfire By Jason Auslander The New Mexican Four former Santa Fe Prepara tory School students accused of lighting a minivan on fire and set ting off dryice bombs in May will ikirmr not be prosecuted INSIDE District Attorney Former Prep Henry Valdez said running star Thursday moves on Investigators Page Bl found no evidence to connect the four young men Samuel Blake 18 Benjamin Fletcher 18 Jpaquin Lacy 18 and Zachary Olinger 18 to the arson of a minivan set afire May 2 near the intersection of Cerrillos Road and Paseo De Peralta Valdez said Please see PREP Page A10 The burnjng of Zozobra draws thousands to Fort Marcy Park to celebrate the beginning of Fiesta de Santa Fe Story Page A8 Photos by Karl New Mexican Dante AntonWilliams waits with his grandmother Bernadette and thousands of other revelers for the annual burning of Zozobra which was held Thursday at Fort Marcy Park HURRICANE KATRINA recounts chaos in the Dome Paramedics team stays behind to treat storm victims By Diana Heii The New Mexican You would think Greg Hesch a crit icalcare paramedic from Eldorado would have seen it all by now Since he joined the New Mexico Disaster Med ical Assistance Team in 1989 he has chased mayhem all over the country Hesch dove into Hurricane Andrew in 1992 In 2001 he witnessed the shock in New York after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks These are just the big ones in a long line of disasters where he has been called to the rescue But when Hesch stepped into the world of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans 11 days ago he found unusual unsettling things First the obvious The catastrophic damage was incom parable to anything hed seen before Hesch one of 35 people in a selfcontained federally funded team from New Mexico arrived in New Orleans at 3 Aug 30 with 20 tons Please see CHAOS Page A6 KATRINAS AFTERMATH Major developments Thursday Rescu ers scoured New Orleans swamped houses and shattered highrises for stragglers mak ing what may be their last peaceful pass before get ting tough with survivors who refuse to leave Congress rushed to approve billion in emergency aid for hurricane victims and President Bush pledged to make sure they continue receiving Medicaid food stamps and other federal benefits Vice President Dick Cheney toured parts of the Louisiana coast claiming significant prog ress but warn ing that much remains to be done The Army Corps of Engi neers said the city was still about 60 percent flooded but was slowly being drained by pumps At least 11 blazes burned across the city including fires that destroyed three large build ings on the cam pus of historically black Dillard Uni versity charged with taking in goods From Alberstons By Jason Auslander The New Mexican r Members of a Santa Fe supermarkets nightstocking crew are accused of raid ing the stores liquor department and taking other goods after hours Police on Thursday arrested three employees of trie Albertsons store on St Francis Drive at Zia Road and charged them with stealing an estimated in merchandise Ken Gomez 42 Kamporn Fakpol 27 both of Santa Fe and Fidel Maldanado 35 of Albuquerque pleaded innocent Thursday in Santa Fe County Magis trate Court to the charges against and each was ordered held in lieu of a cashonly bond documents indicate a total of seven employees at the store were involved in the thefts Santa Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson said didnt know if others would be charged and the case remains under investigation The case first came to light in mid July when store management received an anonymous phone call warning that the night crew was stealing large quan tities of merchandise from the store on an almost nightly according to arrest affidavits The stores lossprevention manager Russell Conover found losses in the alcohol department alone rose from from the first quarter of 2004 through the second quarter of Please see CHARGED Page A10 Ken Gomez Kamporn Fakpol Three men were charged in the theft of goods from Albertsons Gomez is charged with three counts of counts of tampering with evidence and three counts of conspiracy Fakpol is charged with burglary tamper ing with evidence and conspiracy Fide Maldanado is charged with 13 counts of burglary 13 counts of tampering with evidence and 13 counts of conspiracy OBITUARIES Donald J Reyes Sept 6 Ruth Hey 91 Sept 7 92 Sept 3 Page C2 STILL BURNING AFTER A ALLTHESE YEARS The history of Santa Fe Fiesta goes back almost three centuries 1712 This weeks Pasatiempo offers a glimpse of what Fiesta looked like in 19191925 A listing of Fiesta eventsisin the Pasa Calendar I Pasatiempo inside QUESTIONABLE RELIEF LOANS billion in aid went to many businesses without need PageC6 SUPER BOWL CHAMPS SHARP IN OPENER Patriots start NFL season with a 3020 win over the Raiders Sports Bl TODAY Slight chance of Tstorm High 81 low 55 Page C10 Index Comics El Generation Next Horoscope Local C2 Police Scoreboafd Time Out Main office Late News 9863000 Five sections 40 pages Pasatiempo 88 pages 156th year Issue No 2S2 Publication No 596440 New Mexico for 1M years
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