The Santa Fe New Mexican from Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 10, 1995 · 1
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A SUNDAY w Jf J - - ’' r NEW MEXICAN ft t evf T t3 S-1 i -r-A) — 5 k'1 hf " - -? tW 4 'l H -' ' ( One man’s fall: -Packwood’ s descent into disgrace BySCOnSONNERand CALVIN WOODWARD The Associated Press Sen Bob Packwood WASHINGTON - Sen Bob Packwood’s power made things happen but it could not as it turned out make things go away Checking into an alcohol-abuse clinic back in 1992 confessing to unspecific wrongdoing pleading ignorance to changing mores jousting with investigators with all the strategic thinking that had carried him into high Senate regard in happier times — none of that stopped his 33-month spiral into disgrace Not since the Civil War has the Senate expelled anyone and back then the sin was support for the Confederacy Under threat of expulsion recommended unanimously by the Senate Ethics Committee Pack-wood announced his resignation Thursday The champion of women stood accused in numbing tawdry detail of being their tormentor The same compulsive behavior that got the Oregon Republican in trouble with wine and women helped bring his downfall — painfully detailed diaries boast ing of his sexual exploits and well-heeled connections Those pages told a tale of ego and vanity overshadowing almost anything seen in the Senate where self-importance is hardly unknown His “stream of consciousness thinking” as he put it lingered over the sex in his office the favors for lobbyists the admiration he heard from so many quarters even the confidence he achieved from blow-dried hair But his alteration of the diaries in an alleged attempt to deceive the committee leaves Packwood vulnerable to prosecution If the Justice Department brings charges conviction could lead to prison When first notified in March 1993 that the Ethics Committee wanted him to turn over all his personal papers Packwood dictated to his diary “I was scared Jo death” But ultimately he had believed his diaries would not sink him because they referred only to his se&ual successes not the times he was a “rejected suitor” his gentlemanly phrase for actions that women said included pinning them up against a wall and grabbing their crotches Trouble came at him after the 1992 election when The Washing- ton Post reported allegations by-10 women that Packwood had! made unwelcome sexual advances toward them He had been presented with the allegations before but attacked the women’s credibility and the charges were not immediately reported Within days he had entered an alcohol treatment program and soon seemed chastened ac- knowledging “I just didn’t get' it” but “I do now” Meanwhile Please see PACKWOOD Page A-4 MYSTERY NO MORE SHE SAYS frenchys Staircase? By LAURA BENDIX The New Mexican M ary Jean Cook believes she has solved one of Santa Fe’s better-known mysteries The amateur historian has identified the carpenter she believes built the “miraculous” spiral staircase at historic Loretto Chapel — a Frenchman named Francois-Jean Rochas “This man fits the legend” she said “There’s a lot we’ll never know but there’s a lot we do know that convinces me he was the builder of the stair case Legend has it that when the small Gothic chapel on Old Santa Fe Trail was built in 1873 the architect forgot to include a way for the nuns to reach the choir loft A conventional staircase would have taken too much room so the nuns either had to climb a dangerous ladder or rebuild the balcony himself a car- The nuns prayed to St Joseph -penter— to solve their problem ' : On the last night of the nuns’ novena a gray-' haired stranger appeared with a tool chest and ' asked whether the sisters had any work When they told him about the loft he offered to build a stair Please see MYSTERY Page A-3 Historian’s case By MARY JEAN COOK For The New Mexican “Miracle Staircase Carpenter Indentity Revealed” It is not the first time The New Mexican has carried this headline Though 25 years have passed since it last appeared on the newspaper’s front page the opening paragraph of this story might well be the same as in 1970 “the ancient and beautiful legend of the Famous Staircase in the Chapel of Our Lady of Light in Santa Fe remains intact today although the identity of the mysterious builder has been unveiled” Reporter Ron Longto wrote the article in The New pnoio Please see HISTORY Page A-3 NY financier plans massive Stanley home By SHARYN OBSATZ The New Mexican Mansion site Something big is coming to the-quiet rural valley near Stanley NM Something very big A New York financier is building a 26700-square-foot hilltop mansion which will be twice the size of the largest home in Santa Fe County and is possibly the largest house in the state The home’s owner Jeffrey Epstein of Manhattan received state and county approvals last month to start building a mansion on the 10000-acre Zorro Ranch he bought from former Gov Bruce King’s family in 1993 - The millionaire described by associates as a yoga enthusiast and casual dresser who has shopped at Wild Oats natural food grocery in Santa Fe will build his house about two miles away from NM 41 between Gal-isteo and Stanley “They do some things that some of us think is extravagant” Bill Powell who built a few ranch buildings there already said of Epstein and his friends He said Epstein has bread flown in from New York and bought $600 bed sheets to help furnish some of the bedrooms “They’re nice people" Powell said “They do have money They should be a welcome participant in the economy of New Mexico" Epstein heads J Epstein & Co a money-management company in New York City according to his staff and previous news reports But he apparently is a private man who has sworn his ranch employees to secrecy His assistant at J Epstein & Co said Epstein was on a business trip last week and Epstein did not return several phone calls from The New Mexican A search of past newspaper articles and financial directories provides little information about him Epstein had been identified in news articles as the president of Wexner Investment Co which is owned by Leslie Wexner the man who built the billion-dollar The Limited Co clothing empire The company developed thousands of stores across the country including outlets under the names The Limited Victoria's Secret Express Lemer New The New Mexican New York financier Jeffrey Epstein's planned mansion in southern Santa Fe County will be 26700 square feet more than twice the size of the largest house in Santa Fe County: The house's total square-footage is greater than a half-acre of ground It will be larger than either of the six-screen movie theaters at Villa Linda Mall In Santa Fe It will be about one-third the size of the Sears department store at Villa Linda The house with a 4000-square-foot courtyard will equal trie size of Marian Hall part of the old St Vincent Hospital complex on East Palace Avenue The living room alone measuring about 2 100-square-feet will be larger than the average house in Santa Fe and big enough to fit about 19 Mercedes Benz S600 sedans the car maker's largest model parked side to side and end to end Sources Santa Fe County Villa Linda Mall management state Construction Industries Division Premier European Motorcar Co York Structure and Lane Bryant Wexner and Epstein together pledged to raise monies for a Jewish student center at Harvard University in 1991 according to The New York Times Powell said Epstein also has personal ties to Ghislaine Max- Please see MANSION Page A-2 NSID Oldest West's V 'J— Aftomoon and evening storms High near 73 low 53 latepepen ' IM4JM CMIM Mte " M2 44 51 MhMwmt 4 2040e0 Tims temperature sntsf 1000 Weather ’ enter 1010 Nine sections 94 pages 1146th year Issue No 253 7 ' O The haw Maxlcan IS pnntad on racyciad papaf High school football Santa Fe High suffers its first loss of the season -while SL Michael’s notches Its first win Stories on Page C-l i - y Latinos show smallest affirmative action gains Los Angeles Times Three decades after the government launched its most ambitious and controversial foray into social engineering affirmative action has left an unmistakable and complex mark that has altered the face of the nation's workplaces In the textile belt of the Caroli-nas whites who once held an iron-grip monopoly on mill jobs toil side by side with blacks At Denver’s phone company an )f i - w 4 other bastion or white men women v have wrested the largest share of the jobs and almost one-third of management positions In the sleek skyscrapers of Boston’s financial district black women have surged past black men in professional positions mirroring a stunning 2-1 edge nationwide And In a hulking federal building In West Los Angeles blacks have become heavily overrepresented in government offices while Latinos 38 percent of Los Angeles County’s population are strikingly absent Shifting patterns of employment form the backdrop for the national struggle over affirmative action But in the emotion-laden clash over jobs and fairness fundamental questions remain unanswered: What effect have these programs had since the 1960s when the federal government beheld America’ charred cities and launched its crusade to eradicate “widespread crushing” job discrimination? Who has benefited most — and at what cost? A wide-ranging Los Angeles Times examination of government Please see JOBS Page A4 ' “it ”J: £'’ - y-V ‘ S fO- 4y- ii i T 1 i ifci ni Xi ifruiflhn SrTiin i Sn ina 1111111

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