So that others may benefit from this thread. I disconnected the ground ( black wire atop the compressor) from the compressor clutch and idled the car with the AC switch ON. The fuse did not blow and thus singled out the coil in the AC Compressor clutch as the source of the problem. There is also a connection near the condensor fan that can be disconnected to test out the fan.
Additionally, the coil can not be purchased on its own. A Condensor clutch kit can be purchased for about $99 (found mine at advance auto parts). It is possible to swap out the clutch while the condensor is on the car, but it will require pulling 3 of the mounting bolts out and pivoting the condensor on the 4th bolt so that it can be angled downwards to pull the pulley off (frame rail is in the way otherwise). The benefit of doing it on the car is that the freon does not have to be evacuated and refilled. Thanks for the help here.
Monday, September 8th, 2008 AT 8:59 PM