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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 9, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years PRC Qwests obligatory investments falling short By BOB QUICK The New Mexican f The state Public Regula tion Commission on Tuesday faulted Qwest for falling million short of com plying with an agreement to invest million in ser vices and equipment in New Mexico Qwests level of invest ment is significantly below its PRC Chairman Ben Lujan said Theres been a major The PRCs vice chairman Jason A Marks said the commissions unanimous vote calling for Qwests compliance with the Alternative Form of Regulation AFOR agreement sends a clear message to Qwest invest or Qwest must spend about million in the next year to reach the million the company agreed to spend when it signed the agreement Marks said If there is a shortfall then Qwest either has to refund or credit residential and busi ness customers for the money not spent Lujan said Denverbased Qwest Com munications International which bought West in 2000 has 25 million custom ers in 14 states most of them in the western United States Please see QWEST Page A8 INSIDE TODAY The greatness of gratin Think of homemade macaroni and cheese potatoes au gratin or lobster Newburg with a crumb crust These are some of the classic associations but gratins can be modified for every taste with just a little fiddling Taste Cl Todays obituaries Christobal B Zamora 82 Belen March 4 John B Montoya 80 Santa Fe March 6 Manuel D Garcia 83 March 7 Verlyn Saladen Santa Fe Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Sunny with clear skies High 58 low 28 Page B2 Maiihi Business Classifieds Comics Ciossword Loral news B7 D6 C4 B8 B7 B7 Bl Lotteries B2 Opinion A9 Police notes B2 Scoreboard D2 Spoils Dl Slocks D7 Taste Cl The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 36 pages 156th year issue No 68 Publication No 596 440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9833303 WEDNESDAY MARCH 9 2005 FIFTY CENTS Grubesic admits discrepancy in statement John Grubesic Claims he was tired and confused when he talked to police By DEBORAH BAKER The Associated Press State Sen John Grubesic admitted Tuesday he initially denied to police that he was driving when his sport utility vehicle crashed last week near his home The Santa Fe Democrat said when state police interviewed him outside his home about 2 he was tired and cold and And I think I was fright ened that Oh gee this is a bigger deal than I thought it although it was just care less driving and I should have just admitted it at that he said in an interview Grubesics statements con tradicted what he told The Associated Press a day earlier that when police first inter viewed him he told them what happened The former prosecutor and public defender has said he had two drinks last Thursday evening and was not intoxi cated when his vehicle over turned about 40 yards from his home He was cited for careless driving after meeting with police on Saturday accompa nied by his lawyer State Police Chief Carlos Maldonado said Tuesday that state police investigators were unable to establish the night of the accident who was driving the vehicle Grubesic had left the scene and walked home where he said investigators talked to him a couple of hours later With no statement from the driver and no evidence at the scene of who was driving theres not going to be a possi bility of determining whether or not alcohol was involved the driver was impaired or if it was simply an accident where speed was a Maldonado said We have an obligation and we have a commitment to keep the highways safe and with Please see ADMITS Page A7 Exbus driver gets prison time in molestation case Jane New Mexican Augustin Trejo 25 is handcuffed after receiving a sixyear prison sentence Tuesday in District Court for raping a 14yearold girl By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A former Santa Fe bus driver was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for having sex with a 14yearold girl he drove to school every day Augustin Trejo 25 said in court Tuesday that he fell in love with the girl during a depressing period in his life and that later they decided to try and have a baby so they might be able to get married I knew sexual relations with the girl was wrong from the Trejo said But I loved her I still love A jury convicted Trejo of 19 counts of criminal sexual penetra tion in July He faced a maximum sentence of 28A years in prison Trejo of Lamy admitted to police he had sex with the girl multiple times between October and Decem ber 2002 Trejo met the girl during his route to and from the New Mexico Girls Ranch At his sentencing Tuesday his family and friends painted a picture of Trejo as a caring com munityminded former volunteer firefighter with a big heart He is a kind and generous said Bertha Trejo his mother He would give you the shirt off his Guy Monroe chief of the Eldo rado Fire Department said Trejo volunteered at his agency for four years and responded to most of the calls for which he was summoned He has been a strong asset to the Monroe said Leslie Watson a friend called Trejo the most caring loving per son Ive ever known in my Trejos brother Francisco Trejo said he considers his brother more of a fatherfigure and a role model If not for him who knows what would have happened to Fran cisco Trejo said He played a big role in my However Deputy District Attor ney Barbara Romo said according to diagnostic examinations Trejo doesnt think he did anything wrong and believes hes the victim Please see CASE Page A8 Rumors of BechtelUC lab venture has bidders attention By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Neither Bechtel National nor the University of Cali fornia will confirm reports that they are teaming up to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory But Tuesday as another potential bidder said it would drop out of the competition for the contact it endorsed UC partnering with Bechtel a mammoth engineering and construction company based in Frederick Md I think Bechtel makes UC a strong Michael Plett of the Computer Sciences in Falls Church said in a telephone interview Although officials at the University of California which has operated the lab since 1943 for the federal government wonl confirm they definitely plan to bid for the contract Bechtels name has been circulating as one of UCs likely partners Andy Kcllsey of Bechtel National said his company remains interested but declined to say whether his company is forming a part nership with UC Were still following the he said Months ago Kellsey said Bechtel would consider being a lead bidder but Tuesday he would not define the role Bechtel is seeking Gov Bill Richardson in an interview Tuesday offered his support for such a combi nation If the reports are true I do believe that Bechtel would be a good partner to the Univer sity of he said Last year Richardson made a trip to California to encourage university regents to bid for the contract with an industrial partner and the University of New Mexico The industrial partner would look after security safety and other matters that have vexed the university and the univer sity would focus on managing scientific research Richardson said Bechtel Please see LAB Page A6 ProSyrian rally underscores Lebanons political rift By EVAN OSNOS Chicago Tribune BEIRUT Lebanon In a startling display of political strength hun dreds of thousands of Lebanese fol lowers of the Syrianbacked group Hezbollah converged on Beirut on Tuesday to express their gratitude to Syria and angrily denounce the United States and Israel The demonstration dwarfed a series of antiSyria rallies it was designed to counter and provided a sobering illustration of Lebanons religious and political rivalries After weeks of mounting pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad the outpouring of Lebanese support is likely to strengthen his hand as he weighs international calls to withdraw thousands of troops from Lebanon Hezbollah leaders and protesters scolded the demonstrators at ear lier rallies for insulting Syria and taunted President Bush and other Western leaders for hailing those protests as representative qf Leba nese popular sentiment To America and President Bush youre wrong in your calculations about Hezbollahs spiri tual leader Sheikh Hassan Nasral lah shouted to a fervent but peace Please see RIFT Page A 8 ProSyrian protesters hold an anti American banner as they shout during a demonstra tion Tuesday in Beirut Lebanon ;