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Alamogordo Daily News (Newspaper) - May 27, 1990, Alamogordo, New Mexico Business local employers Deal with minimum wages see Page in a Lamoyn Asp v of vol. 95-no. 126 focus sports Index miss Otero county aiming at state title see Page in Cloudcroft loses head football coach see Page 11a Abby 3c aces 5c Bombeck 3c business 1c classified 4c coming events 3c crossword 6c deaths 14a focus 1b Horoscope 5c movies 2b opinion 4a sports 11a weather 2a a i o by a a a a 4 it observing the Tularosa Basin since 1898 sunday May 27, 1990 preliminary report finds no foul play Clovis apr the preliminary evidence suggests that the death of 6-year-old Matthew Roberts was accidental but Clovis police chief Caleb Chandler said saturday the Case is far from closed. A your investigators will be working through the weekend interviewing people who arc known to have committed crimes against children a Chandler said. The child a partially decomposed body was found wednesday inside a Small compartment in the Back of a station Wagon parked outside the Roberts family residence in Clovis. The boy disappeared on May 8 and had been the object of a massive search involving thousands of volunteers in the Eastern new Mexico City. Matthew disappeared after being left with his 76-year-old grandmother Evelyn Guaida Basso while his Mother drove to a store. He apparently tried to follow his Mother and ran out of the House before his grandmother could Stop him. A a we re just trying to Over every possibility even though its possible Matthew got into the compartment by himself. We have nothing now that indicates foul play but we want to follow up on All the information we have a Chandler said. An autopsy on the child a body found no signs of trauma or foul play but there was no immediate ruling on a cause of death Chandler said during a news conference Friday. Chandler said the autopsy found that Matthew had been dead for at least eight Days and that the body had been in the station Wagon at least that Long before it was discovered by two pa., smelled a Strong odor coming from the vehicle. When found the boy was wearing the clothes he had on when he disappeared. Chandler would not spec late whether the child had climbed into the compartment. A a in a not allowing myself to have one Quot said Chandler when asked saturday if he had a gut see autopsy Page mag recall slammed Albuquerque a general motors corp. Could have done a better Job of letting owners know that a self latching compartment on its 1978 Chevrolet Impala station Wagon was considered dangerous to children an automobile safety group official said. A off you look at the fact that there were not that Many people taking their cars Back in for repairs that shows you pm did no to convince people of the urgency to take them Back Quot Russell Shew of the Center for Auto safety said Friday. A this was not one of their pm spokesman Bill Ott said however the company a can t Force customers to comply with a recall the body of6-year-old Matthew Roberts of clo vis was discovered wednesday in the rear storage compartment of a 1978 Chevrolet Impala station Wagon parked outside his family a Home. Clovis police said Friday they still done to know whether Matthew climbed into the compartment or was placed there. A preliminary autopsy on Matthews body found no signs of trauma or foul play but there was no immediate ruling on a cause of death Clovis police chief Caleb Chandler said. Chandler said the autopsy found that Matthew who disappeared May 8, had been dead for at least eight Days and that the body had been in the station Wagon at least that Long. A Man who loaned the station Wagon to the family said he did not know the car had been recalled by general motors in 1979. Phil Mercadante said thursday he loaned the station Wagon to the family several months ago because one of their cars was disabled and he was not using the station Wagon. Hands on Art a Jessica Fitzgerald of Lovington paints a Ceramic Kitten Pink and purple at Mayfair being yield in Cloudcroft this weekend. The children a ceramics Booth was a the youngsters at the fair in which 65 Artar 9a�nurt/umv nows artists from the Western United states displayed their wares. The fair continues today from to . Until 5 . At Zenith Park behind the Cloudcroft chamber of Commerce. E # o ii doll Gurin Dittly of twi free Kittens a Adna Anse left and saturday during the annual Mayfair being held in Eireann Perez looked Over some free Kittens Cloudcroft this fires restarting said slim Carlsbad apr the danger of the largest fire in the history of the Lincoln National Forest restarting dwindles daily a Forest service information officer said. A the danger is still there especially if we get some really High winds or if the humidity continues to stay real Low a Jerry Trout said. A but right now everything is real four 20-Man Crews have been putting out hot spots Trout said. A helicopter also dropped water on hot spots which never got within 400 Yards of the containment line he said. The fire which charred 33,135 acres Over la Days was declared contained wednesday. The target Date for controlling the fire is june 8, Trout said. Human and animal activity within the Forest in Southeast new Mexico will resume now he said. A a lot of insects Are in flight in the area a said Trout who also is a Cave specialist. A and the Cave swallows have returned to Cottonwood Cottonwood Cave is the largest Limestone Cave in the Forest where the apparently Man caused Blaze burned through Ponderosa Pine Forest and desert shrubs. A there is a mosaic pattern of tree stands still left a Trout said. A there Are tree stands burned to the Point where they la survive the next year or two. put out a Cone crop. put everything they have into seeds and Cones and then the la die. Its survival of the Trout said two specialists who spent wednesday combing the Forest assessing damage saw no indication of any animals being trapped or burned in the fire. A most critters would see this coming for quite a period a Trout said. A even though it did move extremely fast a Trout said new Cave at Carlsbad caverns National Park should reopen saturday. Contras kept in hotel by Nicaragua police Managua Nicaragua apr police units saturday prevented Contra rebel leaders from leaving two hotels where they came to negotiate their disarmament with the government. One Contra Leader said they were being held later in the Day members of a government investigative team announced they found no proof of Contra claims that the army massacred 14 rebels who had Laid Down their weapons. Contra leaders broke off the disarmament talks with the government on Friday demanding an investigation of the purported army massacre of the rebel fighters and too civilians May 18 near was Lala in a Tagaloa province 150 Miles Northeast of Managua. Contra commander Oscar so Albarro was named to the commission created Friday but he remained in Managua on saturday in a hotel where he said he and 18 other contras were being held a a hostage by police. So Albarro said to other Contra leaders were prevented from leaving another Managua hotel. He said the rebels were considering a hunger strike in protest. The police who surrounded the Managua hotels did not appear to be threatening the Rebes but Contra leaders said they were told they could not leave the hotel grounds. Presidential spokesman Danilo Lacayo and Interior minister Carlos Hurtado told the associated press that police had been placed at the hotel for the contrast own Protection. The leftist sandinista who turned Over Power to president Violeta Barrios de Chamorro last month after losing february elections still control the military and police. So Albarro also known As commander Ruben said saturdays police action showed the contras a have a Good reason not to Trust the he spoke from the Garden of the hotel Mercedes where about two dozen police from the elite Black Beret unit were seen patrolling. He said the commission members found no information. Visually handicapped school graduates five by Greg Kendrick daily news staff writer two will be going to universities one will be going to a vocational technical College because of his desire to work on automobiles and two More will attend special programs to better their chances of self sufficiency. For the five members of the new Mexico school for the visually handicapped a class of 1990, fridays graduation ceremony signifies the physical obstacles that have been overcome and the future challenges to meet. Through poetry song and invocation diploma recipients Kristina Hellier Merlin Ortiz and Gerald platen and certificate of completion recipients florentine Manuel Florez and Jennifer Lynn Samora bade Farewell to the specially school that offered an education not found in the Public system. Several of the visually impaired graduates started to the institution at an Early age progressing toward a High school diploma comparable to the state standards in Public awardees Here Are the end of year awards presented to students at the new Mexico school for the visually handicapped a no sch alumni association award $500 to Kristina r. Hellier. A no sch foundation scholarship $500 to Gerald d. Platero. A Wendy White award $500 to Merlin to Ortiz from die Optimist club. A 1990 Congress see awardees Page 14 schools. A sometimes it is More time consuming than going to Public school because of the mobility orientation technical aides the student must learn a said Barbara Mcdonald the schools director of instruction. A but they graduate about at the same see school Page 14a Jennifer Lynn Samora one of five grads

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