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New Mexican (Newspaper) - February 10, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE r owned Serving New Mexico for 156 years THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10 2005 FIFTY CENTS Immigrant protection passes state Senate By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican A bill that passed the state Senate by one vote Wednesday would make illegal immigrants feel more comfortable about reporting crimes to police pro ponents said But some opponents said Senate Bill 103 could turn New Mexico into a safe haven for terrorists if it becomes law The bill sponsored by Sen Richard Martinez DEspanola would prohibit state and local police from arresting anyone solely because of their immigra tion status It is backed by Somos TJn Pueblo Unidos an immigrant rights group and the American Civil Liberties Union The bill is in response to the proposed federal Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal Act which was designed to promote local and state enforcement of federal immigration laws Martinez a former magistrate judge said most of the estimated illegal immigrants in the state live in mixed families in which some members are in the United States legally Such families Martinez said often are afraid to report crimes to police for fear of being deported He told senators his bill would encourage illegal immigrants to give police infor mation they have on criminal activities and serve as witnesses in court proceedings Martinez said most police agencies cant afford to spend their resources on enforcing fed eral immigration laws He stressed that police could still arrest anyone for criminal activity Sen Gerald Ortiz y Pino D Albuquerque who voted for the bill noted that state and local police do not enforce other fed eral laws such as those concern ing pollution But others argued the bill would set a bad precedent by telling police they cant enforce certain laws and would encour age illegal immigration Our Please see LAW Page A8 Inside House OKs harsher penal ties for gang recruitment Bill would ban foreign lobbyists from work Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Lethal weapon Pojoaque High Schools David Jaramillo scored the final 11 points Wednesday as the Elks beat St Michaels 5752 in front of more than fans Sports Dl Catlitter risks Researchers suggest pregnant women should be screened for a parasite that can come from the litter box Page B5 On top of the world This spring local resident Steve Kress will provide new possibilities for skiing a sizeable chunk of San Juan backcountry when he opens Ski Colorado Adventures Outdoors Cl Green Party wilts Because the Green Party presidential candidate failed to get 5 percent of the vote last November the secretary of state recently informed party leaders it is no longer considered a major party under state law Santa Fe A El Norte Bl Todays obituaries Jefferey Hopwood 55 Feb 4 Dorothy E Smith Santa Fe Feb 5 Elias Garcia 61 Espanola Feb 7 Hal B Gamett Albuquer que Feb 1 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Cloudy but warmer High 47 low 17 Page B2 INDEX Annies Business Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news M C4 D8 B8 Bl Mutuals Opinion Outdoors Police noies Scoreboard Sports 06 A7 M Br2 D2 Dl D7 The Wests UMest Newspaper Four sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 41 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips MdVft offtCife 9840363 9864000 9863030 9834303 Faith in hard times Pope John Paul II misses Ash Wednesday prayers for first time as pontiff celebrates Mass in hospital The Associated Press Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka wipes his eye during Ash Wednesday prayers celebrated by Cardinal James Stafford in St Peters Basilica at the Vatican During the ceremony the Roman Catholic faithful prayed for the popes recovery as for the first time in his 26year papacy he missed the solemn prayers that usher In the Lenten season By DANIELA PETROFF The Associated Press VATICAN CITY Pope John Paul II marked Ash Wednes day With a Mass for doctors in his Rome hospital room as he recovered from the flu and breath ing troubles missing public prayers ushering in the Lenten season at the Vatican for the first time in his 26year papacy Cardinal Camillo Ruini the popes vicar for Rome visited the 84yearold pontiff and said he found him very well more than a week after he was hospitalized I would like to give everyone a word of serenity and com plete faith in the Ruini said John Paul received ashes in his room at Gemelli Polyclinic and he invited his personal physician Dr Renato Buzzonetti and the other doctors car ing for him to the ceremony papal spokesman Joaquin NavarroVails said in a statement Please see POPE Page A5 Luis SSnchez New Mexican Santa Fe services Monsignor Jerome Martinez y Alire puts ashes on the forehead of Connie Romero during the Ash Wednesday Mass at St Francis Cathedral The popes health problems were not mentioned during an evening Mass celebrated by Arch bishop Michael J Sheehan We hope God will give him continued strength health and wisdom to guide the he said in an interview following the service experts urge routine HIV tests for all Widespread screening for HIV beneficial Two studies conclude that routine testing of most Americans for the AIDS virus would reduce new infections Current practice vs more testing Percentage of cases not detected before symptoms Current Testing Every five Testing practice once years annually 37 35 21 Percentage currently detected Percentage that would be detected in proposed testing For highrisV groups including IVdrug abtisers gay men and resfdents of major cities The Associated Press Source New England Journal of Medicine The Associated Press Urging a major shift in policy some health experts are recommending that virtu ally all Americans be tested routinely for the AIDS virus much as they are for cancer and other diseases Since the early years of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s the government has recom mended screening only in big cities where AIDS rates are high and among members of highrisk groups such as gay men and drug addicts But two large federally funded studies found that the cost of routinely testing and treating nearly all adults would be outweighed by a reduction in new infections and the opportunity to start patients on drug cocktails early when they work best Given the availability of effective therapy and pre ventive measures it is possi ble to improve care and per haps influence the course of the epidemic through wide spread effective and cost effective Dr Samuel A Bozzette wrote Please see TESTS Page A4 Officials present transport options Commuter train is one plan others include widening 125 improving bus system By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican Five possible commuter train routes into Santa Fe would cost New Mexico million to million and could take as long as seven years before trains start rolling according to recent estimates from the state Transportation Department The options range from using the existing and newly stateacquired Santa Fe Southern Railway line to building new tracks that would run the length of Cer rillos Road through Santa Fe About SO people turned out Wednesday night out to hear from department officials on plans to improve transporta tion options between Albu querque and Santa Fe Many seemed amenable to the idea of more commuter transpor tation but others expressed concern about the cost and ridership Who is going to ride this Cerrillos resident Shannon Weaver asked 1 dont see this being used very much by anyone else We go to Albuquerque to pick up stuff we cant get in Santa Fe and most of my neighbors do For us a bus is stupid A Please see RAIL Page A8 LANL auditor claims he was demoted for criticism By HEATHER CLARK The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE A qual ityassurance auditor at Los Alamos National Laboratory said Wednesday that he was demoted in retaliation for audits that were critical of lab safety and security practices In a complaint to the Labor Department Don Brown said he was hired in May 2003 to conduct safety audits on facilities and pro cedures at the nuclear weap ons lab in New Mexico He said he was involved with two major audits begin ning in June 2003 before he was demoted in the fall of 2004 The first audit found that more than half of the welds inspected in the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building one of the labs old est facilities were defective Brown said in the complaint that before he and coworkers Please see LANL Page A4 ;