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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 17, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE rowned ependeni Serving New Mexico for 156 years THURSDAY MARCH 17 2005 FIFTY CENTS Yucca Mountain papers might have been falsified By H JOSEF HEBERT The Associated Press WASHINGTON Government employees may have falsified docu ments related to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project in Nevada the Energy Department said Wednesday The disclosure could jeopardize the projects ability to get a federal per mit to operate the dump During preparation for a license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission the department said it found a number of emails from 1998 through 2000 in which an employee of the Geological Survey indicated that he had fabricated documentation of his Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said the department is investigating what kind of information was falsified and whether it would affect the scien On the Web Yucca Mountain background www Yucca Mountain opp9nents pounce on disclosures Page A3 tific underpinnings of the project If in the course of that review any work is found to be deficient it will be replaced or supplemented with analy sis and documents that meet appro priate quality assurance said Bodman He said he was greatly disturbed by the development The department said the question able data involved computer model ing for water infiltration and climate at the Yucca site which is 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas Nev At a House hearing Wednesday the official who recently took over the Yucca program in the Energy Depart NEVADA City Nellis Nevada Air Force Test Site Yucca Mountain ARIZ Please See FALSE Page A3 Source Department of Energy AP INSIDE TODAY Life in Death Vaiiey Winter storms have resulted in a rare wildflower display in one of the hottest places on earth Outdoors Cl Prekindergarten program advances The House OKs funding for a prekindergarten program sending the measure to the Senate Legislature A4 No Mother Theresa Paul Wol fowitzs nomination to be the next presi dent of the World Bank dis turbs many Europeans though one official says Lets face it In this administration were not going to Mother Theresa or the Dalai Page A6 McGwire will attend Former slugger Mark as a steroid user by Jose Canseco will respect a subpoena to attend todays congressional hearing Sports D4 Todays obituaries Felipe B Romero 70 March 15 Fedelina J Villa 75 March 14 Raymond N Rogers 77 Los Alamos March 8 Alfonso Bartholome Rodri guez 82 March 12 Madeline Goulard 75 Ojo Caliente March 14 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy windy fog High 45 low 14 Page B2 INDEX Annies Mailbox BG Business D5 Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news Lotteries C2 C8 B6 BG Bl B2 Movies Mutuals Opinion Outdoors B3 D5 A7 Cl Police notes B3 Scoreboard Sports Stocks D2 Dl D6 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 76 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9803030 9833303 Senate approves Alaska oil drilling 5149 vote enough to give President Bush a victory 1 The Associated Press In this undated handout photo caribou graze on a section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska The Senate on Wednesday voted 5149 to open the refuge to oil drilling handing President Bush a major victory and environmentalists a stinging defeat By H JOSEF HEBERT The Associated Press New Mexico senators split on oil drilling The New Mexican Sen Pete Domenici Sen Jeff Bingaman New Mexicos senators were on opposite sides of Wednes days vote on opening Alaskas Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling Republican Pete Domenici who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Com mittee argued strenuously for drilling approval However Democrat Jeff Bin gaman the committees ranking minority member voted against such action Bingaman issued a statement saying that he was disap pointed that the majority party chose to insert a provision WASHINGTON A closely divided Senate voted Wednesday to approve oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge a major victory for President Bush and a stinging defeat for environmentalists who have fought the idea for decades By a 5149 vote the Senate put a refuge drilling provision in next years budget depriving opponents of the chance to use a filibuster to try to block it Filibusters which require 60 votes to overcome have been used to defeat drilling propos als in the past This project will keep our economy growing by creating jobs and ensuring that businesses can Bush said in a statement And it will make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy eventually by up to a mil lion barrels of oil a Sen Ted Stevens RAlaska who has fought for 24 years to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil companies acknowledged it still could be a long process before a final drilling measure clears Con gress Lawmakers must agree on the final budget something they failed to do last year or Wednesdays vote will have been for naught Also the House did not include an Arctic refuge measure in its budget a difference that will have to be worked out in future negotiations Nevertheless the Senate made clear by Wednesdays vote that a majority now supports tapping Please See ALASKA Page A2 Sources Bureau of Land Management Geological Society in the budget resolution that would permit The Democrat said he hopes senators will have more oppor tunities to debate the issue on the Senate floor Domenici called ANWR one aspect of the nations need to diversify its energy sources Not allowing exploration of ANWR with its potential to produce 1 million barrels of oil a day means staying on a path of economic arrogance in terms of hanging onto a naive belief that we can afford to ignore our own assets and rely on foreign The Republican said the Senate vote signaled our faith in Ameri can ingenuity and Senate votes to allow The Arctic National Wild The Senate voted Wednesday to allow oil Refuge in a millionacre coastal section of the the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge land protected by President Eisenhower in Facts and about 4 Barrow Arctic Ocean Area approved refuge Alaskan S Bay to Chukchi National Petroleum Sea Reserve in Alaska vote is optimistic A2 Noatak Gates of the 1 Kobuk N Preserve mi Valley i km Vi UC puts together team for LANLbid By MICHELLE LOCKE The Associated Press LOS ANGELES The Uni versity of California is close to putting together a team of partners for a potential bid to hold on as managers of the Los Alamos nuclear lab Finding a partner would be a significant step in UCs bid preparations and conies at a time when a number of potential rivals have announced they wont pur sue the contract Theyre dropping by the wayside and part of it is because they cant come up with a suitable academic UC Vice President Robert Foley said as he briefed govern ing Board of Regents on the competition status Wednes day Nobody does science and technology like the Uni versity of UC regents havent voted on whether to bid for the Los Alamos job but have told staff to prepare as though they will bid However Foley told regents there are potential obstacles to a UC bid espe cially recent changes to the governments draft specifi cations that would require UC to form a special corpo ration to manage the lab and create a standalone pension system Los Alamos employees who currently are covered under UCs systemwide plan are not happy aboutthe pen Please see LANL Page A5 Mexicans line up for a little luck of the Irish The Washington Post The Associated Press MEXICO Every afternoon Gustavo Hernan dez puts a sign on his old sta tion at a busy intersection and waits for customers in need of what he calls a bit of Irish Hernandez has no connec tion to Ireland though he does have reddish whiskers Still he sells thousands of fourleaf clovers potted in little planters to Mexicans hedging their bets on love looking for jobs or just hop ing for a little change of fortune Everyone needs good said Hernandez who also refers to his merchan dise as the flower of St Every March 17 is a show case day for the threeleaf shamrock a traditional symbol of Ireland The Irish and people of Irish descent all over the world adorn their homes and clothes with shamrocks as a proud sign Please see LUCK Page A5 ;