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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 17, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico DECEMBER SATURDAY 50 CENTS TIME is SHIPPING AWAY Long lines await those wanting to mail holiday packages cards By Wendy Brown The New Mexican All the crowd at the DeVaigas Center post office needed Friday afternoon was a little music food and drink and the scene could have passed for an office Christmas party The group of more than 20 people talked laughed and discussed the true meaning of Christmas while they waited in a long line to mail their packages and cards a little more than a week before Christmas Were making said Jill Norton who stood between Jack Duvall and Deborah Garlin in line The three discussed the lines took responsibility for waiting so long to send their Christmas mail and eagerly looked forward to a second post office clerks coming on duty There is a God and he hears the cries of sinners exclaimed Norton when a second clerk appeared at the front desk and took away a closed sign at one of the counters But there were still at least 10 peo ple in front of Norton So everyone continued talking Garlin said she hadnt intended on Please see SHIPPING Page A6 Mayu Nakamura rests next to her stack of packages while she waits for her number to be called at Santa Fes main post office Friday afternoon i Kathy De La Torre j The New Mexican Traffic stop turns deadly Headon collision kills passenger after truck drives away from sheriffs deputy Natalie New Mexican Members of the Santa Fe police and the countys Sheriffs Department stand to the side of a 1999 Ford truck that crashed headon into another truck on 14 The passenger of the Ford truck died at the scene By Natalie Storey The New Mexican A man who sped away from a Santa Fe County sheriffs deputy who pulled him over Friday night was in critical condition after his 1999 Ford truck crashed headon into another truck on 14 police said The passenger of the Ford truck died at the scene State police spokesman Jimmy Glascock said the man driving the other vehicle a 1997 Chevrolet truck was hospitalized with seri ous but not lifethreatening injuries Glascock would not identify any of the men involved in the accident Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Soiano said Deputy Ronald Crow was traveling north when he stopped at the traffic light at US 599 and KM 14 Crow saw the Ford truck stopped feeing north in the southbound lane Soiano said When the light turned green the Ford contin ued north in the southbound lane the sheriff said and the deputy turned on his lights and pulled the truck over As Crow got out of his car Soiano said the truck sped off into oncoming traffic where it slammed into the Chevy truck at pan The sheriff said about 30 seconds elapsed between the time Crow called dispatch to say he was pulling over the truck and the time he called back to report the accident Glascock said he did not know how fast the trucks were traveling but the incident hap pened in a Very short amount of Police cars lined both sides of the highway which was closed to traffic for several hours Friday night After the impact the Ford truck landed on its top and scattered debris across the road Among the wreckage were a couple of singleserving Jagermeister bottles and a nearby shoe Police said they not know if alcohol was involved in the crash until the drivers blood is tested Contact Natalie Storey at 9863026 or [email protected] House OKs measure to tighten border security Legislation approved would also stop immigrants from getting jobs By Jim Abrams The Associated Press WASHINGTON The House acted Friday to stem the tide of illegal immi gration by taking steps to tighten bor der controls and stop unlawful immi grants from getting jobs But lawmakers left for next year the tougher issue of what to do with the 11 million undocu mented people already in the country The House legislation billed as a border protection antiterrorism and illegalimmigrationcontrol act includes such measures as enlisting military and local lawenforcement help in stopping illegal entrants and requiring employers to verify the legal status of their workers It authorizes the building of a fence along parts of the border But it put off consideration of a guestworker program which Presi dent Bush and many in Congress say must be part of a lasting solution to the iUegalimroigrant crisis The vote was 239182 with opposi tion coming from Democrats and some Republicans upset by the exclusion of the guestworker issue and other Republicans wanting tougher border Please see BORDER Page A5 blocks Act plan Lawmakers ignore Bushs stern warning key provisions set to expire Dec 31 By Charies Babington The Washington Post WASHINGTON Efforts to renew the USA Patriot Act collapsed in the Senate on Friday when four Republicans joined most Democrats in blocking action on a volatile issue that pits antiterrorism efforts against protections The rejection triggered a frantic round of closeddoor meetings among White House and congressional officials who hope to avert a major setback for President Bush Some vowed to let the laws key provisions expire as sched uled Dec 31 saying Democrats will pay a polit ical price Others pressed for a threemonth extension hoping to reach a HouseSenate compromise early next year Bush issued a stem warning late in the day that the delaying tactics in the Senate could benefit the nations enemies The terrorists Please see PATRIOT Page A4 Lawmakers outraged over NSA spying By Maura Reynolds and Greg Miller Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON Members of Congress demanded Friday that President Bush and his administration explain his decision to per mit the countrys most secretive intelligence agency to spy on citizens in the United States after the SepL terrorist attacks without first obtaining warrants Democrats and some Republicans denounced the administrations action describing it as another example of Bushs use of the threat of terrorism to assume new legal and intelligence powers and Emit civil liber ties Sen Arlen Specter RPa chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he would call congressional hearings as soon as pos sible Warrantless surveillance of citizens Please see NSA Page A4 OBITUARIES Henry XPeabody 81 Los Alamos Dec 14 Jose S Garcia 76 Georgetown Texas Dec 15 Maria L Garza 67 Santa Fe Dec 14 Mary A Henzie DealS Ramon AJBustos Norton Dec 13 PageC2 ELKSLJGHTUP aDORADO Pojoaque doesnt let a slight light failure in Ben Lujan Gymnasium get the best of it as the Elks beat El Paso El Dorado in a semifinal game of the Ben Lujan Tournament Sports Bl COMINSSUJfDAY Two years after a civilrights investigation into Santa Fe Public Schools the district still struggles to provide bilingual education INDICTMENTS HANDED OUT Federal prosectuors file more charges against alleged ecoterrorists Page A7 SPOBTIJfGANEWLOOK The 2006 Ford Explorer features a bold new design more power Drive El TODAY Partly sunny High 40 low 15 PageC10 Index Annies Health D6 Horoscope Cl Police A locally owned and independent newspaper Main office9833303 Late News Five sections 42 pages TV Book 55 pages 156th year Issue No 351 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years ;