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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 29, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and in Serving New Mexico for 156 years TUESDAY MARCH 29 2005 FIFTY C E NTS Some Texas counties opt out of Social Security By PAME ASTON The Associated Press GALVESTON Texas When county employees in Galveston learned 25 years ago that Social Security could be in trouble they took a gamble on their retirement and opted out of the federal system Ray Holbrook a retired county judge who promoted the alternative to Social Security in 1980 acknowl edged he didnt hit the jack pot with the private plan which later in neighboring Brazoria and Matagorda counties But Holbrook and oth ers maintain it is possible to retire more comfortably with their plan than with Social Security Holbrook sees his countys plan which allows workers to invest a portion of their income in annuities and bonds as a model for the privatization of Social Security As President Bush travels the country trying to sell voters on his proposal to allow younger workers to invest some of their Social Security payroll taxes in the stock market about 5 million Americans in government jobs already rely on retire ment plans other than Social Security Some swear by those plans Others question their value The three Texas counties are among a small number of state and local govern ments around the country that opted out of Social See SECURITY Page A3 INSIDE TODAY Betting on a boom White Hills might be Americas next great bedroom community Developers plan to build homes in the remote area and a sleek new bypass will cut the drive to Las Vegas to less than an hour Business Dl Todays obituaries Susie VigilJemenez 85 Tesuque March 25 Manuel C Anaya 91 Galisteo March 24 Ramona Romero 71 March 24 Manuelrta Garcia 74 Santa Fe March 23 Antonio Montano 65 Santa Fe March 26 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy windy High 53 low 27 Page B2 INDEX Annies Mailbox B6 Business Classifieds Comics C6 Crossword B6 Horoscope B6 Local news Bl Lotteries B2 Movies B2 Opinion A5 Police notes B2 Scoreboard C2 Sports Cl Stocks C5 Four sections 24 pages 156th year Issue No 88 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 Major quake rocks Indonesia JL Nationsvice president predicts up to deaths from quake By MICHAEL CASEY The Associated Press BANDA ACER Indonesia Women clutching children ran into Banda Acehs darkened streets crying and praying Some held onto a fence to steady themselves chanting Allahu or God is Other people grabbed small bags of clothes and fled their tents and homes for higher ground Another man rushed instead to the local mosque saying Where can I go You cant outrun a A powerful earthquake struck off Indonesias west coast late Monday killing hundreds of people whose homes collapsed on them and spreading panic across the Indian Ocean that another killer tsunami was on the way Indonesias vice president predicted up to deaths Fears of a second tsunami catastrophe in just over three months eased within hours as officials in countries at risk reported their coasts clear of the type of earthquake spawned waves that ravaged a dozen countries in Asia and Africa on Dec 26 Almost all the deaths reported after the tude quake were on Indonesias Nias island a popular surfing spot off Sumatra islands west coast and close to the epicenter Police were pulling childrens bodies out of the rubble of col lapsed houses and a fire was reportedly raging in one town It is predicted and its still a rough estimate that the numbers of dead may be between and Vice President Jusuf Kalla told elShinta radio station He said the estimate was based on an assessment of damage to buildings not bodies counted INDIA i SRI LANKA 0 ISO mi 0 150km INDIA PLATE MiCRO BandnAceh Quake briefly cut electricity and thousands fled to higherground SUNDA PLATE CAMB I Gulf of THAILAND AUSTRALIA PLATE Indian Ocean Was Island Almost 300 dead About 70 percent of houses collapsed in GunungsRoli Indonesia hit again by major quake An earthquake off Indonesias Sumatra Island on Monday killed hundreds on a nearby island still recovering from the Dec 26 tsunami Please see QUAKE Page A4 SOURCES Geological survey ESRI The Associated Press Santa Fe copes with snow bountys snags 1 Luis Sanchez New Mexican Nichols Reservoir on Monday reflects the snowcovered hillsides In the Santa Fe watershed City water manag ers are releasing 12 million gallons a day from Nichols and McClure reservoirs in an effort to create safe levels in advance of expected heavy spring runoff By TOM SHARPE and WENDY BROWN The New Mexican Recent heavy snows have forced the city to increase the amount of water its releasing from Santa Fe Canyon reservoirs to make room for the spring snowmelt Santa Fe public schools meanwhile might have to add an extra day to the school year to make up for repeated closings due to snowy weather If the state superintendent doesnt grant a waiver the school year could be extended beyond the Memorial Day weekend And forecasters say yet another storm could be on the way Scattered thunder storms and snow showers could arrive as early as this afternoon and last until Wednesday morning according to the National Weather Service Mike Gonzales wateroperations supervisor for the city Water Division said Monday that he has boosted reser voir releases into the Santa Fe River to cubic Feet a second about 12 mil lion gallons a day Additional runoff from melting snow between reservoirs and downtown adds another cubic feet a second of water for a total of almost 20 million gallons a day surging through the nor mally serene Santa Fe River The city on March 7 began releasing 14 cubic feet a second from McClure Please see SNOW Page A4 Santa Fe River flows surge Mike Gonzales water operations supervisor for the Santa Fe Water Division has boosted reservoir releases into the Santa Fe River to cubic feet a second about 12 million gallons a day Additional runoff from melting snow between reservoirs and downtown adds another cubic feet a second of water for a total of almost 20 million gallons a day surging through the nor mally serene Santa Fe River Mexican national gets 10 years for murder By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A 29yearold Mexican national was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for murdering his girl friends husband last spring at an Airport Road mobile home park If you are taking up with a married woman eventually there will be a District Judge Michael Vigil said before imposing the sen tence You had the opportunity to stay away and avoid this Gerardo Hernandez pleaded guilty to second degree murder and aggra vated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting death of Andres Ordonia 27 of Santa Fe Hernandez faced a maxi mum of 16A years in prison According to prosecutor Barbara Romo Ordonia his wife and some friends were at the Ordonia home on May 2 when Hernandez drove up and parked nearby Ordonia asked him what he was doing there and Her nandez said hed be back and left the area Romo said Later just before 11 Ordonia his wife and two others got into a truck to go buy more beer at a nearby gas station As they were leaving the mobile Please see MURDER Page k4 Qerardo Hernandez Arizona bola society aspires to bring tie back into fashion The Associated Press PHOENIX If youve lived in the Southwest long surely youve seen a bola tie somewhere But hardly any one wears them anymore Thats worrisome to the members of the Bola Tie Society of Arizona After all the clubs mission is to promote the wearing of the bola tie a long cord secured around the neck by a distinctive slide as the states official neckwear The society may be obscure But it has tenacity The club has been in existence since 1966 Back then a small group gathered at the Westward Ho Hotel for the specific purpose of trying to persuade the state to adopt the bola tie as an emblem of Arizona It took five years and four bills in the Legislature before thenGov Jack Williams signed legislation on April 22 1971 proclaiming the bola tie as the official state neck In its heyday in the late 1960s and early 1970s the Bola Tie Society was 400 bolatie wearers strong Now membership has dwindled to a faithful few Over the years some died and others moved away Some just stopped coming and new members arent exactly Please see SOCIETY Page A3 The Associated Press Jerry Billman a member of the Bola Tie Society of Arizona sports a bola tie recently in Scottsdale Ariz The clubs mission is to promote the bola tie as the states official neckwear Bolo gets little respect as state neckwear They say bola and we say but like Ari zona New Mexico has declared the bolo tie the official state neckwear even though in Arizona purists insist on spelling and pronouncing it differ ently calling them bola ties In 1987 the New Mexico Legislature named the bolo the official state tie or neckwear of New Mexico in a memorial that declared those who wear bolos shall be welcomed at all events or occasions when the wearing of a tie is considered if not mandatory then at least A memorial however has no force of law In fact despite the official designation bolos arent allowed to be worn on the floor of the state House of Representatives when the House is in session Please see BOLO Page A3 ;