Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Udall Fears Bush Plan Targets Minorities' Jobs.(Journal North)

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

An apparent move by the Bush administration to eliminate many National Park Service positions -- including 29 full-time posts in the Santa Fe area -- in favor of privatization was decried Thursday by Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

"The (plan) jeopardizes natural resource management for corporate profit," Udall said.

Positions for firefighters, maintenance workers, fee collectors, resource managers, archaeologists, biologists and historians would eventually go to the private sector under the plan, Udall said.

A spokesman for the National Park Service's Intermountain Region, which includes New Mexico, said that plan is still in the draft stage. …

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