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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 10, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE OCTOBER MONDAY 50 CENTS NATIONAL PARK SERVICE Persevering to preserve Agency retirees among groups fighting against altering park policies By Staci Mattock The New Mexican T hey devoted their careers and their pas sions to the nations cultural historical and ecological treasures Now the 422 members of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees say theres an unprece dented attack on the national park system They believe the Bush administration wants to open parks to motorized vehicles priva tize park services and hamstring the authority of park managers Their concerns prompted the retirees to exchange their fishing poles for political activism a cou ple years ago said Don Goldman a retired National Park Service planner and Santa Fe resident There was never a need until he said This administration is trying to mate the parks into a kind of Macys department store with something for The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are mandated to manage public lands for multiple uses but national parks were specifically created to preserve places historically retir ees say The retirees say a recent move by the Department of Interior to rewrite National Park Service management policies without the input of experienced staff and recently proposed legislation by Rep Richard Pombo to sell off 15 national parks under scores the threats In late the group of retirees fired off news releases decrying draft changes to the National Park Service manage ment policies by Paul Hoffman a Department of Interior deputy assistant secretary This is a document that inter prets law into policy and that provides the most fundamental guidance to the superintendents and managers of the 388 units of the national park said Jerry Rogers a Santa Fe resident and an executive council member with the Coalition of Retired Park Service Employees Our principal concern is the attempt to rewrite National Park Service policy with out any input from anyone It was Please see PARKS Page A4 Clyde New Mexican Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 as a way to preserve national trea sures such as Old Faithful geyser But the 422 members of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees say those places are now in jeopardy after an unprecedented attack on the national park system by the Bush administration AGENCY BY THE NUMBERS 1872 First national park Yellow stone created 1916 National Park Service established 388 Current national parks 84 MILLION 2771VHLLION 287 MILLION Acres of national parks Park visitors in 2004 Park visitors in 1999 SOUTH ASIA QUAKE Death toll over as tensions escalate Government struggles to get food shelter to devastated areas By Kim Barker Chicago Tribune NOWPORA India When the earth shook and the clouds of dust rose in the air people here thought they knew what had happened The ceasefire was over and the mortar shells had started to fall again Only after the dust cleared the villagers near the Line of Control between Pakistan and India realized that this time tragedy came from the earth and not from the sky A power ful earthquake had leveled brick homes schools and hospitals Land slides had swept away villages The temblor killed between and people in Pakistan mainly on that coun trys side of disputed Kashmir It also killed at least 600 on the Indiancontrolled side officials said late Sunday In Nowpora the earthquake broke the back of Rubina Bano 21 crushed under her twostory brick home Across the narrow road blocked by landslides farther up the mountainside Ali Mohammad Mir prepared to sleep outside and mourned dead family members There was a feeling of deja Please see QUAKE Page A6 Water transfer for Peters subdivision picks up steam Suerte del Sur would retire water rights at three locations to begin pumping By Julie Ann Grimm The New Mexican A luxuryhome subdivi sion proposed by Gerald Peters hinges on approval of its watersupply plan and the outcome of an appeal by neighbors But Peters expects the 660acre 264home Suerte del Sur project to be built as planned His application to transfer water rights to the develop ment has been accepted by the Office of the State Engineer It has already drawn opposition from the city of Santa Fe La Cienega Acequia Association and several individuals who say the transfer will negatively affect their wells Peters is confident however that his proposed transfer fits within the states waterrights law The city protesting is really like the city protesting their own he said noting it has been buying water rights and transferring them into the nearby Buckman Well field Please see WATER Page A5 SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION Senate passes big energyrelief bill to governors disapproval By Deborah Baker The Associated Press The Senate on Sunday night passed a big energyassistance package that leaders said could provide the frame work for some compromise with the House and Gov Bill Richardson The governor however said the bill was unacceptable and raised the pros pect that the special session that began Thursday could stretch on for days The Senate unanimously approved a bill that combined the provisions it insists on speededup personal income tax cuts and a threeday tax holiday with the direct rebates to consumers that have been endorsed by House leaders The tax package would cost about million over the next few years Coupled with a separate measure pro viding homeheating assistance the Senateproposed spending could be about million Senate President Pro Tern Ben Altamirano DSilver City said he hoped the latest measure would avert an impasse between the two houses and get legislative leaders and the gov ernor talking Thisll bring us to the table Altamirario said Richardsons office however imme diately called the bill unacceptable because it is now even more fiscally irresponsible and even more expen sive than a similar measure the Sen Please see BILL Page A5 COMOMANAA LASMUJERES ESTUDIOSAS MANAdelNorteotorga becas para ayudar a las hispanas a seguir sus estudios DENVER 0 SECURES Tatum Bell rushes for two touchdowns and Ian Gold bats away the Redskins twopoint conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter to preserve Denvers 2119 victory Sports Cl EARLY EXECUTION FOR SADDAM Saddam Hussein could be dead before the Iraqi tribunal finishes charging him PageA3 OBITUARIES Angeto Jimenez 56 Oct 7 Page Index A locaMy WMied and i Annies Mailbox Comics Crossword C7 Education D1 EINuevo C8 Horoscope C7 Lotteries B3 Movies Bl Obituaries Opinion A2 Police notes A2 Time Bill Richardson governor immediately called the bill unacceptable and fiscally irresponsible TODAY Colder with rain and snow mix High 45 low 37 PageA8 afe icanxom Main office9833303 Four sections 28 pages Late paper9840363 Classifieds9863000 156th year Issue No 283 News tips9863030 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years
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