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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 5, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE MEXICAN OCTOBER WEDNESDAY 50 CENTS ON THE BORDER Following compromise to crack down on illegal immigration Las Chepas Mexico still a major point of entry Photos by Luis Sanchez New Mexican Axel Enrique Sanchez of Mexico City waits at the plaza in Las Palomas Mexico for a bus to take him to Las Chepas where he will cross into the United States Sanchez made it into the United States on Sunday but was caught soon after by the Border Patrol LT NOT IMPOSSIBLE LIM1TE DE LOS BOUNDARY OF THE Editors note New Mexican reporter Bar bara Ferry and photographer Luis Sanchez Saturno spent three days in southwestern New Mexico covering the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps watch for illegal immigration along the Mexico border L By Barbara Ferry The New Mexican AS CHEPAS Mexico About 40 passengers climbed aboard a school bus parked alongside the plaza in Las Palomas a Mexican border town about three miles south of Columbus on Monday after noon Everybody here going to Las Chepas a man collecting money asked Oneway fare is and everybody was going oneway The passengers were from all over the coun try Veracruz Mexico City Acapulco and bound for Chicago Atlanta Albuquerque and other cities But first they had to stop in Las Chepas a semideserted village west of Columbus Gov Bill Richardson urged Mexican officials to raze the village in August when he declared a state of emergency in the four counties on the Mexico border The Las Chepas area he HEALTH Board pushes forward with sweetener hearings State agency votes in favor of talks next July on future of sugar substitute aspartame By Wendy Brown The New Mexican The state Environmental Improvement Board plans to hold a fiveday hearing next July to determine whether New Mexico should become the first state in the country to ban the sugarsubstitute aspartame The board made the decision Tuesday dur ing a hearing in which lawyers for Stephen Fox a Santa Fe gallery owner who believes the state should ban aspartame and the Calorie Control Council a lowcaloriefood industry trade group argued over whether the board has the authority to hold a hearing on whether to ban the substance Cliff Stroud the boards vice chairman made the motion to grant the hearing Stroud believes if the board does not have the author ity to listen to people who have concerns about Please see HEARINGS PageA8 STATE MD WATER COWIS3ION said was a notorious staging ground for illegal immigration Last month after a compromise was reached with Chihuahua Gov Jose Reyes Baeza Mexican officials tore down 31 build ings Bulldozing abandoned buildings in Las Chepas is a major step that sends a strong sig nal to anyone involved in illegal criminal activ ity on the border that it will not be Richardson said in a statement at the time Axel Enrique Sanchez made the trip to Las Chepas on Saturday A 22yearold wearing a San Francisco 49ers jacket and a sparkly ear Please see BORDER Page A7 ALBUQUERQUE ELECTIONS Wage hike fails Unofficial results show voters turn down minimumwage proposal By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican ALBUQUERQUE Voters in the states largest city narrowly defeated a proposal to increase the minimum wage from to an hour according to unofficial results The proposal with all precincts reporting trailed with vot ers opposed and 41345 in support Smallbusiness own ers like Chris Kirikos voiced many of the con cerns opponents had about the measure 1 own a restaurant so my profit margin is way less than 10 per Kirikos said after voting at Del Norte High School located in an older part of the Northeast Heights If Ive got to pay more Ill have to take away from something Kirikos believed a wage increase would affect his menu prices and the benefits he pays Jim Werhan a former restaurant owner also said he voted against the wage increase The minimum wage is an hour right now and theres people working that prob ably arent even worth he said Joe Hodock an employeebenefits consul tant said he voted against the measure for several reasons First he didnt like the clause that allows what critics have described as allowing workersrights advocates into busi nesses Second he was concerned about the addi tional cost to small businesses Third he was vorried that the wage increase would dry up entrylevel jobs for highschool students and INSIDE Mayor Martin Chavez wins reelection Comparison of Santa Fes minimum wage to Duke Citys proposal Page A5 Please see WAGE Page A5 SUPREME COURT Nominees past points to a moderate stance Harriet Miers Records of the Dallas lawyer turned high court nominee are so minimal that many are sifting through 16yearold City Council votes By Donna Cassata and Calvin Woodward The Associated Press WASHINGTON Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers footprints on contentious social issues suggest a moderate position on gay rights an interest in advancing women and minorities and sympathy for antiabor tion efforts Judging from the Smith Wesson she once packed she favors gun rights too Miers years as a corporate lawyer and White House insider have pro duced a record so scant that court watchers are picking through 16year old Dallas City Council votes and the like to divine how she might come down on constitutional matters She is not a completely blank slate A decade before the Sept terrorist attacks Miers defended constitutional freedoms in a time of danger with words that would hearten two groups of activists in the world of added police powers civil libertarians and the gun lobby Please see STANCE Page A4 OBITUARIES Angela CdeBaca 61 Oct 1 Dora M Harrison Johnnie M Martinez 79 Oct 3 Manuel 64 Santa PageC2 Index BASQUEING IN THE FLAVOR New Mexico has significant Basque connections of its own some dating back to the original Spanish invasion but just recently a club was formed to celebrate and preserve this unique heritage Taste M Annies BUSI ness Classifieds Comics D8 Crossword Horoscope Locali B8 D8 Movies D8 Police C2 C2 SOLID NEW YORK START Mike Mussina pitched scoreless ball into the sixth Robinson Cano lined a threerun double and Mariano Rivera closed it for the Yankees in their first game of the AL division series Sports Bl Stocks Time Out a Main office Late paper 8 News TODAY Mostly sunny breezy High 71 low 43 PageC10 Five sections 44 pages 556th year Issue NQ 278 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years
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