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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 9, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE OCTOBER SUNDAY ONE DOLLAR Federal and state health officials convene in Eldorado monthly looking to uncover clues to why the area remains haunted by Photos by Karl StolleisAhe New Mexican From left Pam Reynolds and Nelson Powers both with the state Health Department and Michael Kosoy and Christina Kampa with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention take samples from a trapped rodent near Eldorado in August By Diana Heil The New Mexican Once a month soon after dawn researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Preven tion and the state Health Depart ment converge on an open field south of Eldorado subdivision Walking two trap lines they fill black garbage bags with captured rodents kangaroo rats rock squirrels and pack rats Underneath a tent which serves as a make shift laboratory the researchers pull on plastic gloves white suits and respirators Inside one of the yellow boxes an anxious pack rat paces back and forth After clipping an anesthesia mask on the animals nose one sci entist vigorously brushes its coat with a purple tooth brush to collect fleas and then another draws blood from a comer of the animals eye Before releasing the rodent the researchers staple a tag to its ear and implant a microchip transponder under its skin They hope their longterm study will explain why Santa Fe County and the Eldorado area in particular is such a hot spot of bubonic plague a potentially deadly disease usually transmitted by rodent fleas While none of the blood samples tested this day turned up plague thats not to say theres A pack rat sits in an anesthesia chamber as researchers get ready to sample the rodents blood and parasites for the plague bacteria no plague out said Kenneth Gage a plague expert with the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention office in Fort Collins Colo Santa Fe County is the epicenter of the disease in the state Between 1949 and 2004 48 human cases were reported to the Health Department Two Eldoradoarea residents John Tull and his wife Lucinda Marker fell victim in 2002 the same week the plague study began And just last week a Santa Fe county woman was hospitalized the third victim from the area this year Please see PLAGUE Page A9 THE DISEASE Plague caused by the bacteria Yersinia pes tis is a rare disease of rodents and their fleas It can be transmitted to other animals and humans Three world wide pandemics causing millions of deaths have been recorded The last one which began in the 19th century reached the Americas Worldwide there are to cases of plague each year Dur ing the 1980s epidemic plague occurred each year in Africa Asia and South America In North America most of the human cases occur in Northern New Mexico northern Arizona and southern Colorado The second most active region includes Califor nia southern Oregon and western Nevada Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention South Asia quake kills more than injured in temblor By Christopher Torchia The Associated Press ISLAMABAD Pakistan A powerful earth quake triggered landslides flattened entire villages of mudbrick homes and toppled a 10story apart ment building Saturday killing more than people as it devastated a mountainous swath touch ing Pakistan India and Afghanistan The casualty toll from the tremor rose sharply Sunday as rescuers struggled to dig people from the wreckage their work made more difficult as rain and hail turned dirt and debris into sticky muck Maj Gen Shaukat Sultan Pakistans chief army spokesman told Pakistans Geo TV net work early Sunday that more than had been Please see QUAKE Page A7 Courtesy photo GERALD PETERS Reticent businessman sounds off on wages water By Julie Ann Grimm The New Mexican Notoriously shy hes one of Santa Fes most wildly successful businessmen His empire includes international art dealings realestate ventures development projects and highend restaurants His name peppers many a news story and coffee shop gossip session Gerald Peters who usually goes by Jerry still sees himself as a regular guy Hes exhausted after he travels in his private jet and sometimes takes cat naps on his office sofa he gets excited about great paintings and books about art and he protects his privacy with patri archal vengeance Im a he said last week as he sipped root Please see PETERS Page A6 NO HOPE FOR HORSEMEN St Michaels turns the ball over eight times including five interceptions by quarterback Kevin Chavez as Las Vegas Robertson wins in a rout 350 Sports Bl RICHARDSON THREATENS VETO Governor blasts Senate taxrelief package calling it reckless Local news Cl OBITUARIES Dan Swiss 53 Santa Fe SepL 29 Dorothy Parker Oct 2 Mary King Angeto Jimenez 66 OcL 7 Baitera Stephenson Oct 4 Page C2 DEAN PLOTTING TO PUT DEMOCRATS BACK ON TRACK Former presidential candidate has turned down his screaming and is borrowing ideas from Bushs reelection campaign in the hopes of overhauling his party Page A3 Index A tocaly owned ami Mep Annies Business Crossword HoroscopeIM fl D4 Mutual fundsD2 Opinion H1 Police notes El Scoreboard C2 Sports Fl Time Out 16646H Main office Late Classifieds IQ News tips PLAYING TO REMEMBER Lorraine Oest plays football for Taos High School herself and for her father who introduced her to the game but now suffers from Alzheimers disease Neighbors El 9833303 9840363 3863000 9863030 TODAY Mostly cloudy thunderstorms cooler High 59 low 40 Eleven sections 112 pages Sunday magazine 40 pages 156th year Issue No 282 Publication No 596440 SfHVf Serving New Mexico for 156 years ;