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New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 27, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NOVEMBER SUNDAY ONE DOLLAR He got through Iraq Were finally a married couple It was our first anniversary And there I am sitting next him in the Intensive Care and hes in a ELICE CHAVEZ wife of retired Army captain Andy Chavez 9 1 and If in health Elice and Andy both natives of Santa Fe married in a grand but hastily arranged ceremony at St Francis Cathedral that was a front page story in The Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec Santa Fe couple battle retired Army captains brain injury Elice Chavez 24 has been helping care for her husband Andy 25 hospitalized at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System since March Stoiy by BARBARA FERRY Photos by KATHY DE LA TORRE The New Mexican ALO ALTO Calif Twentyfiveyear old Andy Chavez slides his walker across the blueandwhite tiled floor of the Veterans Affairs braininjury center here His wife Elice 24 stands behind him grip ping the tails of a belt he wears around his waist to give him stability and support Andys once beefy legs are thin his steps are tentative and shaky Two short corridors sepa rate his room from the dining hall but it takes him several minutes to cross that distance Watching his progress John Potter a 24year old Marine who is in the hospital for a brain injury suffered in a car wreck in California says Come on Andy Youve got just seven more blue squares to Please see SSCKNESS Page A6 study plan for new river crossing Scarcity of bridges snags Santa Fes westside traffic By Julie Ann Grimm The New Mexican City and county officials are considering whether to speed up construction of a new bridge over the Santa Fe River Work on a northward extension of Siler Road is scheduled to begin in about three years with the goal of improving traffic flow on Santa Fes west side But publicworks staff from both local govern ments say officials next month will study whether the project could begin sooner The discussion comes as officials pre pare to reopen one of the four existing Santa Fe River crossings on the west side and temporarily close another for repairs Drivers trying to cross the river between Agua Fria and West Alameda streets have four legal routes bridges at St Francis Drive and at Camino Alire or paved low water crossings at San Ysidro west of Henry Lynch Road and at Camino Carlos Rael a dirt road about a halfmile west of Osage Avenue The Carlos Rael crossing however has been closed for several months while county workers complete a bankstabiliza tion project on the narrow roadway It is Please see CROSSING Page A4 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Mass gay wedding leads to 26 arrests Men could face hormone treatments jail time lashing By Jim Krane The Associated Press DUBAI United Arab Emirates More than two dozen gay Arab men arrested at what police called a mass homosexual wedding could face government ordered hormone treatments five years in jail and a lashing authorities said Saturday The Interior Ministry said police raided a hotel chalet earlier this month Please see GAY Page A5 BROAOCASTiMGBROS Siblings take to the radio TV announcing live action of highschool athletics Local Cl The 2005 vS Stocking Fund HUNGRY TO HELP Winepairing dinner raises over Page C3 OBITUARIES Eliot C Manion 27 Aug 10 Fefipe A Gonzafes 79 Nov 10 William MacGillrvray Santa I Page C2 HE Las Vegas Robertson pounds out a 418 win over Hot Springs in a Class AAA state semifinal to set up a showdown against Lovington which defeated St Michaels 2713 Sports Bl Bom to Run again GEEK OFF Two editors square off on which is a better handheld device iPod orAVSOO Sunday Inside Windy morning snow shower High 37 low 16 Page C8 Index Annies Horoscope Mutual D6 Police Time Week in A locally owned and independent newspaper A Main Late News Eleven sections 112 pages Sunday magazine 40 pages 156th year Issue No 331 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years
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