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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 12, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN DECEMBER MONDAY 50 CENTS 4My mommy is a soldier Jake The New Mexican Tamarah Harcharik hugs her 4yearold daughter Hailey last week after arriving at Albuquerque International Sunport from South Korea where she is stationed with the Army She hadnt seen her daughter for a year While away in military single mom must leave daughter behind By Natalie Storey The New Mexican On the last leg of her 26hour journey home from South Korea BvfcTamarah Harcharik started to run her black boots pounding the floor Her daughter 4yearold Hai ley sat on the shoulders of Tam arahs sister Heather just beyond the security check at Albuquer que International Sunport Hai ley cried out to her mom as tears streamed down her face She had come to the airport her grandparents Tamarahs par ents and her aunt all of whom have been helping raise Hailey while Taroarah is in the Army Grandparents aunt mother and daughter collided in an eruption of tears and hugs near a group of security guards Tam arah wearing Army fatigues picked up her daughter saying Look at you you are such a big Natalie New Mexican Harcharik works with Hailey on a homemade book about them selves at the Early Childhood Development Center at Santa Fe Com munity College last week girl And then Dont cry dont It was a typical Christmas homecoming but this familys situation is anything but that Tamarah 23 was a single mom when she enlisted in October 2003 Department of Defense policy bars single parents who have sole custody of their chil dren from enlisting Seeing the military as the best way to get an education and support her fam ily Tamarah who was 18 when she had Hailey decided she had to temporarily relinquish cus tody of her daughter to her par ents Dubby and Mike Harcharik The result has been a legal and emotional tangle the family con tinues to struggle with They are not alone Of the women serving in the Army about percent are single with children said Maj Elizabeth Robbins an Army spokeswoman at the Pentagon who was a single mother in the Army for a short period While women like Tamarah are active in the Army their children have to be taken care of by someone else You simply cannot take care of kids when you are in this envi Robbins said Please see MOM Page A8 POLITICS Democrats focus on community for election Potential presidential candidates put emphasis on uniting country By Ron Foumier The Associated Press LAKE BUENA VISTA Fla To hear Democrats tell it an anxious and isolated public craves a sense of national cornmunity and would galvanize behind a leader who asks people to sacrifice for the greater good John Edwards says hes that leader Wait a minute so does Iowa Gov Tom Vilsack Ditto for Virginia Gov Mark Warner Edwards Vilsack and Warner all likely presi dential candidates in 2008 are toying with the same lofty communityandpurpose message And that says as much about the sour mood of the coun try as it does about the state of the Democratic Party There is a hunger in America a hunger for a Please see DEMOCRATS Page IMMIGRATION Reform groups start to target businesses Pictures of companies hiring day laborers posted online By Peter Prengaman The Associated Press LAKE FOREST Calif The white van eases into a liquor store parking lot and is swarmed by 30 His panic day laborers who begin intense job negotia tions with the driver Within seconds another wave of people descend on the van Mostly white and middleaged they snap pictures as they cite federal labor laws If you hire illegal workers well put your picture on the warns Robin Hvidston a property manager who became an immigration activist after being alarmed by the number of Hispanics she saw in her Orange County community Please see REFORM Page A6 SCHOOL OF THE WEEK Although large Cesar Chavez elves individual attention CESAR CHAVEZ ELEMENTARY Location 6251 Jaguar Drive Phone Number 4674700 Principal Therese Moulton Grades K5 Teachers 40 Students 620 By John Sena The New Mexican For half anhour four days a week about 100 students at Cesar Chavez Elementary School leave their regular classrooms and take a trip to Debby Maas class Waiting for them there is an indi vidualized reading lesson planned by Maas to address each students specific needs But perhaps more important than any assignment are the people waiting to help the stu dents with the lesson Among them is 83yearold Peggy Hemmendinger She has come to Cesar Chavez for a num ber of years She sits patiently every Tuesday sorting through bins of plastic blocks with letters on them Students use the blocks to form words If s a very rewarding Please see SCHOOL Page A6 Las Posadas on the Plaza Isabella Sharpe 11 left and Clarissa Larranaga 11 watch the devil turn Mary and Joseph away during a Las Posadas procession around the Plaza The event recreated Mary and Josephs journey to find lodging and ended at the Palace of the Governors where there was caroling cider and bizcochftos Lara Shipley The New Mexican SORRY FOR THE LATE PAPERS A failure in the computerized production process caused late delivery of The New Mexicans Sunday editions The problem was in plate making Plates are sheets of metal that hold the image of each page The plates go on the press which transfers that image to paper The problem caused a fourhour delay The New Mexican apologizes to carriers and readers for the inconvenience Rob editor UNNUEVOJUEZ Con unos 20 anos de experiencia en justicia Ray Ortiz de Santa Fe asumira sus funciones como juez del primer distrito estemes l MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH The Lobos mens soccer team comes up just short in the NCAA title game Sports Cl OBITUARIES James Bob Carter 66 Santa Fe Dec 9 Anne R Ortiz 75 Santa Fe Dec 10 Page A2 TODAY Partly sunny High 52 low 25 PageC8 Index Annies Dl C7 A locally owned and independent newspaper El Bl Horoscope Super Quiz Police Time Out Cl C6 C6 C8 Four sections 28 pages Main Late News Setting New Merico for ISfi years 156th year Issue No 346 Publication No 596440
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