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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 26, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NOVEMBER SATURDAY 50 CENTS New Mexicos Christmas traditions are celebrated each year in FeZiz Novi dad the magazine that helps you get in touch with the true meaning of the hoi days Read about making tamales special Christmas memories and resolutions for a new vear LANL Lab pays double states average wage High salaries could stifle concerns about abuse hazards By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican Average yearly salaries at Los Alamos National Laboratory are more than twice what the average job in New Mexico pays lab and state figures show Lab technicians make an average salary of S63377 support staffers are paid and technical staff members a group that includes scientists earn a lab spokesman said Twentyeight people make between and the top salary at the lab accord ing to a November salary list posted on the employeeassociation Web site The average job in New Mexico paid Please see LAB Page A5 ALBUQUERQUE Airports new cellphone area eases pickups By Wendy Brown The New Mexican ALBUQUERQUE About a dozen times a year George Luther picks up family members at the Albuquerque International Sunport He usually circles in traffic in his Ford 250 diesel truck until he sees his newly arrived passenger waiting at curbside But no longer The Sunport which also serves as the pri mary commercialairline hub for Santa Fe pas sengers has designated a section of pavement to the east of the terminal as the Cell Phone Please see AIRPORT Page A4 Police Youthclub driver had kids cocaine in van ExGaiiup police officer allegedly had more drugs guns stolen items at home By Jason Auslander The New Mexican Undercover narcotics detectives stopped a van belonging to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe on Wednesday and found 60 grams of cocaine allegedly belonging to the vans driver police said Friday In the van with Thomas Mayes 42 were four children under the age of 10 Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson said adding that the children were taken to a safe location Police later searched Mayes apartment and found 60 more grams of cocaine a loaded handgun and worth of clothing and merchandise allegedly stolen from area department stores Johnson said Mayes whose exact job at the Boys and Girls Club was unclear Friday is a former Gallup police officer who spent approxi mately eight years in a New Mexico prison for shooting his commonlaw wife to death with his service revolver in June 1991 accord ing to court records and Gallup area news stories Phone calls to Al Padilla chief professional Please see DRIVER Page A7 Thomas Mayes Convicted in 1992 of manslaughter aggravated assault child abuse in the death of his commonlaw wife sentenced to 16 years in prison KINDLING THE MERRIMENT Luis Sanchez New Mexican People walk around Santa Fes Piaza after the annual treelighting ceremony at Friday The event marks the opening of the holiday season lights 2 North Pole visitors mark start of holiday season By Natalie Storey The New Mexican ust before dark Friday Loren Martinez and Rubel Gal legos lumbered from paper sack to paper sack on Santa Fes Plaza armed with large lighters They checked the farolitos or miniature lanterns to make sure their candles were still glowing For most of the week the men who work for Santa Fe parks and recreation helped fold the bags fill them with sand and place the candles They lit the farolitos for the first time at about 3 but many of the flames went out Both men said they didnt mind keeping the candles lit Its kinda nice to be out here walking Martinez said Especially since the weather is Three thousand farolitos lined the Plaza softly glowing as city employees got ready to turn on Christmas lights on the trees surrounding the downtown square People on the crowded Plaza cheered as the lights were turned on about 630 pjn Friday This is the 23rd time that the lighting of the Plaza has marked the beginning of the holiday season in Santa Fe As musical Please see MERRIMENT Page A7 Kathy DC La New Mexican Karen Mazulis center leads her reluctant 3yearold daughter Cas sandra to greet Santa Claus on the Plaza on Friday Neither Cassandra nor her 1yearold brother Henry wanted to get too cose COMING SUNDAY Less than a year after her marriage to an Army lieutenant doctors told Bice Chavez to start thinking about an endoflife decision for her husband Andy He survived a tour of duty in Iraq only to be felled by life threatening complications from a ruptured intestine Now shes helping him recover at a California braintrauma center The 2005 Empty Stocking Fund HOLIDAY HELP Pecos woman tells how program helped her get back on her feet in 2004 Local news Cl TO PUT IN The provocative painting shows former municipal judge Tom Fiorina taking turkeys as pay for parking fines and young men smoking pot while cruising the Piaza Page C3 WANT MORE GRAY MATTER Try meditating A new study shows that people who meditate regularly have increased thickness in a region of the brain called the insula central to integrating thoughts and emotions Health Dl Partly cioudy High 54 low 30 Page C10 OBITUARIES Joe O Lucero 84 Oct 24 Theresa A Sandovral Nov 22 PageC2 Index Annies A locally owned and independent newspaper Crossword Horoscope C8 Dl C8 Police Time Main Late News Five sections 44 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year issue No 330 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years   

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