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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - February 15, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                LOBOS FLY HIGH IN 6352 WIN OVER AIR FORCE SPORTS ci THE FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico TUESDAY FEBRUARY 15 2005 FIFTY CENTS Activists challenge purpose of antigay marriage bills o ence Each engaged in lengthy Too often it just melts down f Bv STEVE TERRELL urhr Thotoc cnmf vorv acroressive Uatt v V Tf VI Inside Richardson cuts back on water spending Regents Decoupling lottery scholar ship a bad idea Page A4 By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Socialconservative Republi can state legislators held a news conference Monday to discuss a package of bills to encourage and strengthen marriage But they were confronted by a crowd of activists who wanted to know why the lawmakers oppose the benefits of marriage for same sex couples Republican Sens Bill Sharer of Farmington and Mark Boitano of Albuquerque were approached by gayrights activists outside the Capitol after the news confer ence Each engaged in lengthy discussions with activists who had shown up to the Roundhouse for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Lobbying Day sponsored by Equality New Mex ico a gayfights organization The tone of the conversations was calm and the demeanor of all involved was passionatebut polite Sharer who is sponsoring Senate Bill 587 which would prohibit samesex marriage told a reporter afterward he thought the exchange was a good experi ence The more people can talk about these issues the better we can work out the he said Too often it just melts down Theres some very aggressive people on Mary Ellen Capek of Corrales chairwoman of the Equality New Mexico Foundation Board spoke at length with Sharer She told the senator that she and her part ner of 33 years Sue Hallgarth were married in Canada Ive raised two she told Sharer Theyre in their 30s now they love my partner were a How does my marriage affect you Were upright citi zens We work and pay taxes We go to bed early and raise our kids Please see BILLS Page A2 Luis Sanchez New Mexican Gayrights activist Lori Ellison of Rio Rancho holds a sign in front of state Sen Mark Boitano at a news conference outside the Capitol on Monday to announce legislation banning gay marriage States want caloric data on menus By ANGELA DELLI SANTI The Associated Press TRENTON Show a group of nutritionists a 10ounce restaurant ham burger and a side order of onion rings and have them calculate the number of calo ries in the meal Easy right Well not exactly The food experts consistently under estimated the meal by an average of 685 calories in a study of 200 dietitians by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and New York Uni versity If welltrained food pro fessionals cant accurately estimate calorie content in a plate of food you can be sure the average consumer is at a loss when looking at a said Claudia Malloy of CSPI in Washington which cosponsored the Study and is lobbying to force restaurants to provide nutrition informa tion on the foods they serve New Jersey is among a half dozen states considering food labeling laws for restaurants Under a recent proposal in the New Jersey Assembly and Please see DATA Page A2 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Theodore Handel Feb 10 Manuelita U Ourule 86 Rio Lucio Feb 11 Antonio J Vigil 80 Chi mayo Feb 10 Doroteo Garcia 65 Santa Fe Feb 11 Celestine G Quintana Craves Feb 11 Irene Gonzales 79 Santa Fe Feb 14 Eddie J Chavez III Feb 7 Nick L Dantis Feb 11 Please see Page 82 Todays forecast Cloudy and breezy PM showers High 55 low 30 Page B2 INDEX Mailbox B6 Business Dl Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news D2 C6 B6 B6 Bl B2 B3 AS Lotteries Movies Opinion Police notes B4 Scoreboard C2 Sports Stocks Cl C5 Four sections 24 page 156th year issue No 46 Publication No 596 440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9844363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Court aims to clarify pueblos jurisdiction Jane New Mexican Charlotte and Ben Garcia attend a hearing in the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday to hear arguments involving criminal prosecutions on private property within American Indian land grants The Garclas were in state Supreme Court on behalf of their son Garcia who was stabbed In Pojoaque in 2002 His case is still pending Case to determine who enforces law on private land By MARISSA STONE The New Mexican After Matthew Gutierrez alleg edly stabbed his brotherinlaw Garcia near Garcias home in Pojoaque three years ago the crime was never prosecuted because of confusion over tribal and nontribal jurisdiction On Monday the state Supreme Court began to untangle this con fusion as pueblo and state attor neys argued over who should be responsible for enforcing the law The justices heard arguments but made no decision and attorneys in the case said it could be a while before a ruling is issued In August 2002 Gutierrez a member of Pojoaque Pueblo alleg edly stabbed Garcia five times during a family dispute according to family members Garcia now 30 who was in critical condition after the stabbing survived the alleged attack As for us being1 protected theres no law theres no tribal jurisdiction no county juris said Ben Garcia Garcias father after the court heard arguments in the case Where I live theres no The Garcias live in Pojoaque in Santa Fe County outside the pueblos boundaries Gutierrez is charged with aggravated battery causing seri ous bodily harm child abuse and assault on a family member Gutierrez who declined to comment referred questions to Pojoaque Gov George Rivera He hasnt had his day in Rivera said The criminal aspect of the Pojoaque case has not been addressed Instead it has been heard in state District Court and the state Court of Appeals as attor neys argued jurisdictional issues The Supreme Court heard the Pojoaque case along with a Taos case Monday because both involved the question of whether or not the private lands within a pueblo grant remain Indian Coun try The Taos case involves the state indictment in June 2001 of Del Romero of Taos Pueblo on charges of aggravated battery against Please see COURT Page A2 Bush sends billion package to Congress Money sought for war in Mideast tsunami aid and global initiatives By DEB RIECHMANN The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush on Monday urged Con gress to approve quickly his request for billion to cover the costs of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and a myriad of other internationally related expenses such as train ing Iraqi security forces aiding tsunami victims and helping military forces in other nations The majority of this request will ensure that our troops continue to get what they need to protect themselves and com plete their Bush said in a statement released before the White House officially sent the supplemental budget request to Capitol Hill It also provides for the continued pursuit of alOaida and other terrorist elements in Afghanistan and the president said I urge the Congress to move quickly so our troops and diplomats have the tools they need to Included in the request is billion for the Defense Department About billion is for reorganizing Army divisions and brigades and billion for training and equipping Iraqi military and police according to a federal official familiar with the request The remaining money in the supplemental request includes billion to counter drugs pay for security and support democracy and recon struction in Afghanistan million to help areas affected by the recent tsunami in the Indian Ocean million for construc tion of a embassy in Bagh dad million to reward nations that have taken political and economic risks to join the coalitions in Iraq and Afghanistan Please see BUSH Page A2 Council seeks panel to represent local businesses r Skeptics say the idea already is poised to fall by the wayside with previous committees By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican The Santa Fe City Council hoping to shake an antibusiness image is considering creating a new committee to look out for local busi ness interests Business leaders complain that the citys governing body spends too much time on nonmunicipal issues such as nucleardisarmament resolu tions while showing less sensitivity to the local economic environment A minimumwage ordinance high lighted aggravations Businesses and commercial groups mounted court challenges to the law which by January will require employers with more than twodozen workers to pay at least an hour Among other gripes is the citys requirement that builders pay for plumbingretrofit work in existing buildings in order to get new con struction permits On March 9 the council is sched uled to consider a proposal by Councilors David Pfeffer Rebecca Wurzburger Carol Robertson Lopez and Matthew Ortiz for a committee to represent business interests It gives I think properly the business community a review func tion in terms of what we said Pfeffer who often casts dissenting votes on council actions A good example would be the living Another example would be increases in fees All of the above have sig nificant impact on The idea thnt a new committee would impact council decisions however was met with skepticism Please see PANEL Page A3   

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