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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 13, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years SUNDAY MARCH 13 2005 ONE DOLLAR Ski area prepares to build muchdebated lift By YASMIN KHAN The New Mexican After more than 10 years of debate concerning the environmental religious and community impact the Santa Fe Ski Company is getting ready to install a new mile long lift over Big Rocks to Deception Peak this summer The tripleseat Millennium Lift will open access to the northeastern boundaries of the ski area allowing for more backcduntry skiing and easier access into the ava The new lift was approved by the Forest Service in 1996 as part of apian that included a new parking lot and future development in Ravens Ridge lancheprone Nambe Chutes and to Ravens Ridge The 75acre expansion will also include extension of three existing runs Columbine Sunset and Wizard from Deception Peak to the cat walk Michael Donovan spokes man for Ski Santa Fe said the new lift is needed to alleviate long lines and to allow more advanced skiers to have eas ier access to more challeng ing runs and backcountry The new lift was approved by the Forest Service in 1996 as part of Alternative 3 a plan that also included the new parking lot and future development of the Ravens Ridge area Although the ski area is located entirely on federal land the county fought the expansion citing local ordi nances that prohibit build ing and removing trees on slopes of 30 percent But a federalcourt decision last April cleared the way for the new lift The ski company has said it was waiting for a good winter Please see SKI Page A7 Jane New Mexican Skiers and snowboarders make their way down the Sunset cat walk Saturday afternoon at Ski Santa Fe where a new lift will be installed this summer to expand skiing terrain and reduce traffic STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT DEMING WILDCATS 71 CAPITAL JAGUARS 67 Wes New Mexican Capital High senior Chris Bubba Lamoreux taps his fist on a handrail as he walks out of The Pit following a 7167 loss to Deming on Saturday In the Class AAAA championship game The defendlngchamplon Jaguars were favored to win the game and finished the season with a 272 record Jags dethroned Budget fight lingers as legislative session enters its final week The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Dem ing guard Adkins leaped in ecstasy near midcourt Capitals Mikey Dominguez was on all fours in agony five feet from where a year ago he hit the biggest shot of his highschool career Adkins and his Deming teammates ended a 29year drought for the southwest New Mexico community with a 7167 win over defending champion Capital in Satur days title game in Class 4A The Wildcats 244 are state champions for the first time since 1979 and have exorcised the memories of last years 6460 loss in the finals to Capital In years to come the Jag uars will likely dwell on all the 3pointers that went half way down and rattled out or the missed layups Full coverage on Sports Cl By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican When the current session of the Legislature started Gov Bill Richardson made no bones about the fact that he had a huge bag of bills he wanted the lawmakers to pass Parts of his agenda have made it through House Bill 10 which provides lifeinsurance reimburse ment to National Guard members zipped through both chambers and landed on the governors desk two weeks after the session started in midJanuary WithIess than a week left before the Legislature adjourns at noon Saturday many of the crime bills backed by the governor with domestic violence sex offenders drunken driving and gangs are moving along at a respectable pace A Richardsonbacked bill to expand lottery scholar ships to some students who postpone college and to stu dents at American Indian tribal colleges HB 119 unanimously passed the Inside Issues of crime water and the envi ronment are unresolved Page A8 House on Wednesday But two of the governors biggest proposals have run into trouble million in tax cuts for lowerand middleincome taxpayers and a million voluntary prekindergarten pilot pro gram for 4yearolds The latest version of the budget bill included no allowance for Richardsons proposed tax cuts Some legislators are skeptical about the states longterm financial pros pects If taxes are cut more theyre concerned about whether there will be enough revenue to pay for initiatives like higher teacher salaries A conference committee of House and Senate mem bers for the past several days has been hammering out a compromise on the See BUDGET Page A8 Courts privacy ruling is popping up all over Pecos The Panthers fall to rival Mora Rangers 7358 PageC1 The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON When the Supreme Court struck down Texas ban on homo sexual sodomy by ruling it violated gays dueprocess rights Justice Antonin Scalia warned that the 2003 decision would unleash a massive disruption of the current social What really sparked Scalias ire in the sweep ing Lawrence v Texas rul ing was the determination that morality cannot be the sole justification for gov ernment to ban behaviors widely deemed immoral This effectively decrees the end of all morals leg he wrote in his dissent The ruling marked the Supreme Courts most explicit step yet in creat ing a right to privacy in the bedroom many legal experts say In its wake Scalia predicted laws ban ning samesex marriage prostitution bigamy incest adultery masturba tion bestiality and obscen ity would be vulnerable Five months later in a ruling that leaned heav ily on the Supreme Court opinion Massachusetts highest state court decreed Please see COURT Page A6 Todays obituary Eloy M Romero Santa Fe March 10 Please see Page B2 TheWcsfs Oldest Newspaper 11 sections 72 pages 156th year Issue No 112 Publication No 596440 Todays forecast Late paper Classified sds News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9363030 9833303 Cloudy morning showers High 57 low 33 Page B2 INDEX Annms Mailbox 06 Business Classifieds Crossword Focus Horoscope oca news Lotteries 01 Hl 06 Bl B2 Movies Mutuals Opinion B2 D2 Fl Police notes B2 iQue Pasa 123 Scoreboard C2 Sports Cl Travel Gl founders space venture has West Texas abuzz By MICHAEL GRACZYK The Associated Press VAN HORN Texas Even skeptical locals whove become wary over the years of city slick ers with big ideas for their Town perked up when founder Jeff Bezos made his pitch a spaceport for commercial travel into space Bezos flew into this West Texas town a few weeks ago to tell key leaders how he planned to use his newly acquired acres of desolate ranch land He also gave his only interview so far on the spaceport to the Van Horn Advo cate the weekly newspaper Larry Simpson runs from the back of his Radio Shack store He walked in and said Hi Im Jeff and sat down right in that chair Simpson said pointing to spot in his small clut tered office Over the next 30 to 40 minutes Simpson said Bezos told him the goal of his venture known as Blue Origin war to send a spaceship into orbit that launches and lands vertically like a rocket He told me their first space craft is going to carry three people up to the edge of space and Simpson said But ulti mately his thing is space coloniza Bezos 41 was accompanied by Rob Meyerson Blue Origins program manager whose history includes stints as a manager on the spaceshuttle emergency returnvehicle project and lead aerodynamics engineer develop ing the shuttles parachutelanding system NASA has been most helpful Jeff Bezos inside Mev Mexico lipts on fpstivfii o niniiiotP its Please see SPACE Page A 4 Page A5   

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