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   Roswell Daily Record (Newspaper) - January 17, 2007, Roswell, New Mexico                             GENERAL B7 SURPLUS SALES QUESTIONED SPORTS WARRIORS BATTLE WITH BOBCATS WORLDj B3 CASTRO WEDNESDAY JANUARY 17 OICE OF THE PECOS VALLEY ostoell Governor to lawmakers We cant slow down SANTA FE AP POV BUI Richardson just elected to a second term and eyeing a possible presidential bid out lined an ambitious agenda for New Mexico lawmakers Tues day saying We cant slow down THepeople of New Mexico are calling us to act Richardson said in his state of the state speech at the opening of the 60day legisla tive session Widely expected to announce soon that he will seek the Democratic presi dential nomination Richard sonmade only an oblique ref erence jto it of any future And make no mistake a booming economy is not an excuse for excessive spending we have a shared responsibility to invest wisely in our priorities Richardson political plans that I may have my priority will be a successful legislative ses sion he said But his speech hinted of a campaign to come He spoke of our Western values and our commitment to com monsense He reminded lis teners he had been a con gressman and that he was reelected as governor by 69 percent of voters There was little in his litany of legislative proposals for improving schools jobs health care public safety and water and resource protection that he had not previously announced The state is awash in rev enue Theres projected to be about million in new money for the 2008 budget year starting July 1 that could be used for tax cuts new programs and beefing up the state budget Some lawmakers worried that the governors agenda is too expansive and expen sive By the end of his speech we spent everything and then some said House Republi can Whip Dan Foley of Roswell Senate Finance CoChair man John Arthur Smith D Deming said lawmakers will have to carefully weigh creat ing new programs when some current ones educational retirement for example need to be shored up Richardson We still have existing responsibilities right now that will be in competition for these dollars he said He asked lawmakers to move quickly in the first 30 days on unfinished business from the 2006 ses sion raising the hourly mini mum wage from to creating a Renewable Energy Transmission Author See RICHARDSON A9 Roswell zoo gets two new lion cubs ERIN GREEN RECORD VISTAS EDITOR The Spring River Park and Zoo is mourning the loss of one of its most popular ani mals while welcoming the arrival of its two newest ani mals Matt Dillon the zoos 17 yearold mountain lion died Jan 9 of complications relat ed to old age said Elaine Mayfield zoo director In the meantime the zoo welcomed on Jan 4 two mountain lion cubs then about 8 weeks old Mayfield said The New Mexico Depart ment of Game and Fish brought the pair dubbed Brett and Bart Maverick from Pecos NM after their mother was killed Now about 12 weeks old the cubs are starting to eat meat and are growing by leaps and bounds Mayfield said Each cub weighs about 13 pounds now but will grow to more than 100 pounds each in adulthood Dally Andrew Powtnw Bart Maverick an approximately 12weekold mountain lion cub gets some rest after exploring its environment at the Spring River Zoo on Tuesday The cub and one of its siblings were presented to the zoo on Jan 4 by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish which res cued the cubs near Pecos after their mother was killed Matt Dillon was born in San Marcos Texas on Aug 1 1989 and was brought to Roswell to the Spring River Zoo four months later May field said Matt was named after a character in the televi sion show Gunsmoke At that time Matt joined Miss Kitty the female moun tain lion also named after a character in Gunsmoke The two mountain lions lived at the zoo together until Miss Kittys death in 2000 Mayfieid said Matt Dillon far outlived the typical life span of a mountain lion which usually is about eight years in the wild and about 12 years in captivity He probably lived twice as long as anybody in his fami ly Mayfield said Our goal is to give them good long full active healthy lives Old age joint pain and declining eyesight due to cataracts had been affecting Matt Mayfield said And like all the animals at the zoo a veterinarian had been caring for Matt The vet had pre See LION Page A2 Citrus prices soar as mercury plunges AP Photo A drop of water begins to fall from melt ing ice covering orangw on a tree near Modtsto Caltf INSIDE FRESNO Calif AP Shoppers will feel the sting from a string of subfreez ing nights in Californias citrus groves and other farming areas with prices for oranges lemons avocados and other produce poised to double or triple in coming weeks according to industry officials We may adjust the prices as we dis cover the full extent of the damage next week but for now if you bought an orange at the supermarket for 50 cents expect to pay a dollar to for it said Todd Steel owner of Royal Vista Marketing which sells California citrus to markets throughout the country With the NFL playoffs in full swing some fans may choose to go without two traditional favorites Avocados are expensive enough as it is said Joseph Vasquez a 32year old school teacher from Pasadena We may have to do without guacamole for a while And we may be drinking our Coronas without limes Nearly every winter crop is affected by the freeze from avocados to straw berries to freshcut flowers but its the states citrus crop that stands to take the biggest economic hit California is the nations No 1 producer of fresh citrus growing about 86 percent of lemons and 21 percent of oranges sold in the US according to the California Farm Bureau Florida produces more oranges but those are mostly processed for orange juice More than 70 percent of this sea sons oranges lemons and tangerines nearly billion worth of fruit were still on the trees as nighttime temperatures in Californias Central Valley dipped into the low 20s and teens on four straight nights beginning Friday The freeze ruined as much as threequarters of the California citrus crop growers say the fruit is threat ened whenever the mercury falls below 28 degrees Limited amounts were harvested before the freeze so its not like the markets are going to dry up suddenly said Claire Smith a spokeswoman for Sunkist Growers Inc a Los Angeles based cooperative owned by some 6000 growers in California and Ari zona Still the diminished supply is bound to drive up prices Smith said Sunkist may import oranges and other SM CITRUS Page A3 Students meet area reps ASHLEY MEEKS RECORD STAFF WRITER All right come on you mutants yelled Rep Dan Foley walking at an ani mated clip down the curv ing hallways of the Round house in Santa Fe on Tues day It wasnt the pressure of the first session of the 48th Legislature convening or his responsibilities as the newly elected House Minor ity Whip making him crack the Roswell Republican was just entertaining a group of 14 gifted program students from Military Heights Elementary The students giggled and gawked at the frenzied activity around them as the 2007 Legislature convened for a 60day session Escorted by Roswell Inde pendent School District Superintendent Mike Got tlieb and teachers Karen Storey and Collette Ryan the youngsters joined the fray for a chance to meet lobbyists and other local legislators including Rep Candy Spence Ezzell R Roswell and WC Dub Williams RGlencoe a for mer teacher This is the big day said See STUDENTS Page A2 Iraqis killed in 2006 BAGHDAD Iraq AP Twin car bombs tore through a leading Baghdad university as students left classes Tuesday in the deadliest attack in Iraq in nearly two months and the United Nations reported 34452 civilians were slain last year nearly three times more than the government reported A total of 142 Iraqis were killed or found dead Tues day in what appeared to be a renewed campaign of Sunni insurgent violence against Shiite targets The sharp uptick in deadly attacks coincided with the release of UN figures that showed an average of 94 civilians died each day in sectarian bloodshed in 2006 The blasts wrecked two small buses as students at AlMustansiriya University were lining up for the ride home at about pm according to Taqi alMous sawi a university dean At least 65 students died The attackers stationed a man wearing a suicide belt See IRAQ Page A2 HELOISEAlp DEARABBY A10 HOROSCOPEA10 TELEVISIONB10 84 OBITUARIESA8 WEATHERA10 NASDAQ COMPOSITE249778   

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