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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 11, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE locally owned Serving Mexico for 156 years FRIDAY MARCH 11 2005 FIFTY CENTS Reports shed light on Grubesic wreck A night of scotch and sore feelings ended with a rolled SUV two guns and conflicting versions of what occurred By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Sen John Grubesic On the night that state Sen John Gru besic crashed his vehicle in Santa Fe last week he not only told police that he didnt know how his SUV wound up on its side near his home he initially told state police that hed only had one drink at home that night This is according to 48 pages of state police documents on the accident released Thursday The papers include transcripts of interviews with Grube sic his wife and other witnesses in the case Grubesic has since admitted he lied to police about the wreck and has acknowledged that he had two drinks at a downtown bar before driving home Thursday night The report details the difficulty state police had in locating Grubesic last week how his wife initially told officers after the wreck that she didnt know where he was how police found two guns in the SUV how an officer unsuccessfully tried to convince Gru besic to report the vehicle as stolen and how the officer told Grubesic that night that he knew the senator waslying Grubesic a freshman Democrat issued a statement through a Senate spokesman regarding the report which he did not dispute Thursday I will defer to the police report and my previous comment about the events that he said I am going to court and will take care of this matter as soon as possible I am hopeful thatrwe will be able to put Please see WRECK Page A7 Settlement calls for less pollutants from plant By BEN NEARY New Mexican In a settlement agreement with environmental groups and state regulators Public Service Company of New Mexico has agreed to cut emissions of mercury and other pollutants from a coal fired power plant in the Four Corners area Annual mercury emissions from the San Juan Generating Station are projected to drop from the current 678 pounds annually down to 119 pounds a year within 10 years officials said Mercury can cause neu rological problems especially among children At a news conference in Santa Fe on Thursday Gov Bill Richardson called the agreement one of the most important in state history It will mean healthier air less smog and most impor tantly reduced mercury Richardson said The Sierra Club and the Please see PLANT Page A6 INSIDE TODAY Fritz Scholder 19372005 Fritz Scholder who died Feb 10 is remembered at 2 Saturday at the Institute of American Indian Arts Pasatiempo inside Todays obituaries Anne W Grosser Feb 28 Fritz W Scholder 67 Scottsdale Feb 10 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Sunny with clear skies High 58 low 28 Page B2 INDEX Annins B5 Business D5 Classifieds C4 Comics B6 Crossword B5 Gorwatnn Nrxt Cl Lotteries B2 Opinion A9 Police notes B2 Scoreboard D2 Sports Dl Stocks D6 Four sections 36 pages Pasatieinpo 80 pages 356th year Issue No 70 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT The thrill of victory Photos by Wes New Mexican Capital High School students put their hands up for a free throw during the Jaguars victory over Silver High in the Class AAAA semifinal game Thursday in The Pit The Jaguars will play in the championship game at 4 Saturday in The Pit On Thursday Capital High advanced to its second straight Class AAAA title game with a 70 41 win over Silver High in the boys state tournament Santa Fe Indian School advanced to the Class AAA girls championship game with a 5553 win over Thoreau Sports DI Fans react in the final seconds as Santa Fe Indian School defeats Thoreau 5553 In a Class AAA girls semifinal game Thursday at Rio Rancho High School The Lady Braves will face Portales in the championship game in The Pit at 6 today Governor antsy for tax preK approval By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press With just over a week left in the legislative session Gov Bill Richardson is stepping up pres sure on lawmakers to accept his tax cut and prekindergarten proposals Those measures have run into resistance in the Legislature and Richardson is trying to avoid what would be a politi cally embarrassing setback if the Democraticcontrolled Leg islature doesnt approve at least some version of his initiatives On Thursday the Democratic governor renewed his threat to call lawmakers back to work in a special session if they dont fully fund his preschool pro posal and approve tax cuts I said that if I didnt get my tax cuts or preK there would be a special session and that is still the Richardson said at a news conference The governor has offered lawmakers a potential compro mise on taxes in hopes of secur ing approval of a package of tax reductions costing more than million House Speaker Ben Lujan DNambe said he thought the governors latest proposal on taxes stretching out the implementation of incometax reductions enacted in 2003 might be acceptable to lawmak ers if a broader agreement can be reached on budget issues Were working hard to try to get that Lujan said He also said lawmakers were looking at possible enhance ment proposals to generate additional revenues Richardson and Lt Gov Diane Denish also used Thurs days news conference to urge lawmakers to approve a bill thats necessary to implement the administrations proposed voluntary prekindergarten programs Richardson is seeking million to start programs next year to serve of Inside House passes till intended to speed up vote tal lies halt purchase of some voting machines Panel Private game narks should not be taxed Northrop builds a team to lead bid forLANL By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican As the competition to man age Los Alamos National Laboratory nears Northrop Grumman Corp has assem bled a team to run headto head with the University of California and Bechtel National Northrop Grumman will have the lead role in a part nership with CH2M Hill of Denver which would handle environmental cleanup and manufacture triggers for nuclear weapons Were pressing David Amer ine of CH2M Hill said in an interview Thursday A third player Teledyne Brown would cover minor aspects of operations The team hasnt settled on a university part ner yet Last week in Washington the trio met with the board overseeing the compe tition Atnerine said his team suggested ways to make the contest less slanted toward the University of California the labs operator since its inception in 1943 The scoring system in the request for proposals a draft document at this point puts too much weight on science and technology and not enough emphasis on envi ronmental cleanup and the manufacturing of triggers Please see TEAM Page A8 Architects line up to design new civic center By BOB QUICK The New Mexican Please see TAX Page A8 Page A7 The city of Santa Fes long discussed plan to build a new civic center downtown took a major step forward Thurs day City officials announced that five architectural teams will compete for the job of designing the million project to replace Sweeney Convention Center and cre ate an undergroundparking structure Each team consists of a local firm with experience in Santa Fes downtown his torical district and a national company that has designed civic centers and under ground garages The city will pay the teams will apiece to put together proposals for a squarefoot facility for conferences exhibitions and community functions They will each produce a Please see LINE Page A10   

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