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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 4, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE r owned Serving New Mexico for156 years FRIDAY MARCH 4 2005 F I Y CENTS Greenspan pitches national sales tax Alan Greenspan By MARY DALRYMPU The Associated Press WASHINGTON Alan Greenspan helps steer the worlds largest economy He digests mountains of detailed statistics every day But the nations tax laws are too compli cated even for him The chairman of the Federal Reserve told the presidents tax reform panel Thursday that tax code drift has turned taxes into a dense and complex thicket that most people cant understand Indeed an individual tax payer may have difficulty even knowing his or her marginal tax rate because of the overlapping web of deductions and exemp tions and the provisions that attempt to limit those deductions and he said Simplification is needed per haps a hybrid between consump tion taxes and income taxes Greenspan told the Presidents Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform A new consumption tax such as a national sales tax could spark the economy as a partial replacement for income taxes Greenspan cautioned there would be both political and administrative difficulties in moving toward a new national tax system In other words dont try for Greenspan said in response to a question from a panel member Pitching toward a pure con sumption tax would arouse such opposition as to make the idea he said President Bush told reporters he would reserve judgment about new tax systems until the panel makes its report but he said he backed changes to reduce com plexity Ive told the American Please see TAX Page A10 INSIDE TODAY East by Southwest Touching Stone a Journey of the Mind a show of Japanese calligraphy by Akiko Hirano and photographs by Tim Wong opens today at Touching Stone Gallery The Japanese aesthetic that permeates the couples art has found a receptive audience in Santa Fe Pasatiempo inside Save Chimayo chile Groups are seeking a joint memorial and from the state Legislature to preserve the centuriesold Chimay6 chile They say the strain is threatened by crosspollination and faux Chimayti chile grown elsewhere Santa Fe ft El Norte Bl China blasts over rights abuses Three days after the State Department released its annual report on humanrights abuses around the world China issued a report that lambasted the Pentagon for wanton slaughters abroad belittled American elections as awash in specialinterests and accused courts of racial bias Page A2 Todays obituaries Albert A Basham March 2 Annie G Montoya 96 Santa Fe March 2 Filiberto J Martinez 82 Chimay6 March Alice E Daum Feb 26 Sumner S Koch Santa Fe Feb 20 Maria C Martinez Taos March 1 Merrill E Nobte 81 Feb 18 Please see Pages B2 B3 Todays forecast Partly cloudy High 52 low 24 Page B2 INDEX Business D5 Classifieds C3 Comics C10 Crossword B6 Generation Ncxr Cl Horoscope B6 Local news Bl Lotteries B2 Movies Pasatiempo Mutuals D5 Opinion A3 Police notes B3 Scoreboard D2 Sports Dl Stocks D6 Four sections 36 pages Pasatiempo 80 pages 156th year Issue No 63 Publication No 596 440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Popes place in history set in stone Statue of pueblo leader will stand in nations Capitol Photos by Clyde Now Mexican Herman Agoyo left a San Juan Pueblo historian and former governor and Clifford Fragua a sculptor from Jemez Pueblo check out the artUtt nearly completed marble statue of Pope with representatives of other tribes this week Fragua was commissioned to create the 7foot statue for the National Statuary Hail in Washington By MARISSA STONE The New Mexican The artist has chiseled away at a massive cube of marble for sev eral years churning up dust as he creates a 7foot sculpture of Pope the controversial American Indian leader of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 Clifford Fragua a Jemez Pueblo artist who has been commissioned to create the artwork for the National Statuary Hall in the nations Capitol cant say how many hours have gone into the artwork Its been carved over said the 49yearold artist as he worked at a loca tion he didnt want disclosed to protect the sculpture from possible vandals I work when Im inspired I get lost in time I feel Im not only carving stone but the spirit of Pop6 and the spirit of the ances tors and the spirit of everyone else in New Mexico who supports this The Tennessee marble sculp ture will be unveiled at San Juan pueblo where Pope was from on May 21 The artwork which is the last submission for the hall will then be shipped to Washing ton Fragua who began working on the sculpture nearly five years ago has cre ated something he believes Pope might have resembled There is no record of Sam Cat a left Indian liaison for the state Office of Cultural Affairs and state Indian Affairs Department Secretary Benny Shendo Jr view a photo of the Pope statue what he looked the artist said No drawings Im just capturing his image as the stone speaks to Pope a medicine man whose name means ripe is said to have organized Indian tribes who were angered by the Spaniards attempts to wipe out their religions and customs The unified tribes joined forces and killed hundreds of priests and Spanish settlers before laying Please see POPE Page A3 From concept to completion 1997 The slate Legislature created The New Mexico Statu ary Hall Commission to raise money for the Pope statue 2001 A state House of Representa tives bill aimed at block ing a statue of Pope from being placed at the nations Capitol died May 2002 A chunk of Tennessee pink marble for the statue arrives in New Mexico 1999 Jemez Pueblo artist Clif ford Fragua creates a maquette or small model of a planned statue of Pope Fragua is later commissioned to create the statue for the National Statuary Hail in Washington May 21 The statue will be unveiled at San Juan Pueblo 2005 The statue will be the last submis sion to be unveiled at the hall LANL scientists We are scapegoats in disk case By HEATHER CLARK The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Two Los Alamos National Labo ratory scientists involved in the case of classified computer disks reported missing last summer say they are being used as scapegoats by top managers at the nuclear weapons lab Todd Kauppila a team leader with 21 years of expe rience at the lab was fired Sept 23 Along with his last paycheck and termination letter he said the lab sent him a distinguished service award for experiments cer tifying the nuclear weapons stockpile John Home a 22year veteran was put on unpaid administrative leave for 10 days in December He said his career at the lab has been The two scientists wrote a letter explaining their ver sion of events leading up to the missing disks that was posted on an Internet blog for lab employees We want the truth to come Home said Thursday We arc scape goats and thats the The Department of Kneigx in a January report concluded that bar codes were recorded for the clas sified disks but the disks themselves never existed The mixup led to a vir tual shutdown of the lab last July and prompted the National Nuclear Security Administration to slash the University of Califor nias management fee by million Lab spokesman Kevin Please see LANL Page A 6 Pfeffer abandons Dems and joins GOP By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican City Councilor David Pfeffer a Democrat who angered mem bers of his party and delighted local Republicans by endorsing and campaigning for President Bush in last years election will complete his break with his party today Pfeffer who represents the northside District 1 said Thursday that he will change his party reg istration today at the Santa Fe County Court house The Demo cratic Party used to be the party of the people the party of minorities the party of people like Pfeffer told a reporter Last November when they lost the election the Democrats said they didnt get their mes sage he said They didnt consider that maybe somethings wrong in their mes I guess the straw that broke the camels back was Sen Please see PFEFFER Page A3 Custody battle lands pregnant mom in cell By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican David Pfeffer City councilor says the Democratic Party used to be the party of the people but he believes its message has become flawed A 26yearold pregnant woman spent six hours in a holding cell at the District Courthouse on Wednesday because she refused to allow her daughter to visit the girls father In addition to sentencing Jes sica Dominguez to the courthouse cell for contempt of court Distinct Court Judge Daniel Sanchez also told her shed spend 15 days in the Santa Fe County jail if she contin ued to refuse to allow her 5year old daughter to visit her father this weekend Dominguez said It was a horrible experience to spend all day in Domin said in an interview Thurs day 1 was trying to protect my daughter from having to go to her Dominguez said her daughter came home from her fathers house in early November and told her about a fight between her father Oliver Torres and his girlfriend that involved domestic violence The girl was scared and said she didnt want to go back Dominguez said In an interview Thursday Oli ver Torres 29 said there was Please see MOM Page A10