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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 15, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE FIFTY CENTS Locality owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years TUESDAY MARCH 15 2005 Richardson threatens special session Governor says if lawmakers fails to approve tax cuts preK funds and anticrime program he will call them back to work By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press Gov Bill Richardsonis renewing his threat to call a special session of the Legislature if lawmakers fail to approve tax cuts and other adminis trative initiatives including prekin dergarten and anticrime programs The warning from the governor came shortly after lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill providing about million for hundreds of projects and programs earmarked by lawmakers and the governor Later in the day a taxcutting package moved out of a House com mittee containing several propos Inside Panel tables 8aca impeachment bill II Ignition interlock bill moves closer to Richardsons desk Page A5 als sought by Richardson If legislation for tax cuts a satis factory preK program and a tough anticrime package are not sent to the governors desk for his signa ture he will call a special session shortly after the end of the regular session on Billy Sparks a spokesman for the governor said in a statement Sparks said Richardson will review a nearly billion budget Please see SESSION Page A3 INSIDE TODAY Syria out Hundreds of thousands of people from across Lebanon marched in the streets of Beirut waving a sea of white and red Lebanese flags and shouting Syria The rally was a bid to regain momentum Page A2 Allergy remedies in short supply With their noses running and eyes watering Santa Feans are snapping up allergy medicines all over town leaving shelves empty in some stores Santa Fe El Norte Dl Gang bust A nationwide sweep nets more than JOO arrests of members of the violent Central American gang or Mara Salvatrucha in NewYork Washington Los Angeles Baltimore Newark Miami end Dallas Page B4 Rule change Homebased used mobilehome dealers call a proposed measure a restraint of Business Dl Todays obituaries Alfonso B Rodriguez March 12 Charlie P Gonzales 84 Santa Fe March 12 Frankie V Gutierrez 69 Santa Clara Pueblo March 11 Manuel G Quintana 77 Pecos March 12 Maria Varela 19 March 12 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Snow colder High 29 low 12 Page B2 The Wests Oldest Newspaper four sections 28 pages year ISSIIP No 74 Publication No i96 i40 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 II III II III Winter loath to surrender to spring Weekends springlike weather gives way to fierce snowstorm and what might be years most frigid night With a handful of snow Gabriela Carreon 10 left tries to block a snowball thrown by her sister Giselle 11 in Patrick Smith Park on Monday The Carreon family visiting Santa Fe from Corpus Christi Texas had plannedon horseback riding Monday but instead decided to take advantage of the snowfall By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Winter isnt over yet The skies that Saturday seemed to hint of warm spring days have been replaced by snow gray skies and road conditions that have sent cars around Santa Fe spinning As a cli max to the latewinter storm that began Sunday forecasters predict today will end with the coldest night of the year so far Were telling motorists to use extreme caution because the roads are getting worse out Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson said There were several accidents in Santa Fe but none resulted in serious injuries he said The cold wet weather led to slick highways which contributed to a plethora of fenderbenders and sport utility vehicle rollovers around Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano said He identified Interstate 25 between La Bajada and Glorieta and to Los Alamos among the most accident prone areas near Sanla Fe No major injuries had resulted from road condi tions by Monday evening Solano said State police halted traffic on Interstate 25 between Albuquerque and Santa Fe and from Las Vegas to Santa Fe because of snow and ice Closures remained in place past 9 and it was unclear when the interstate would reopen Weather also led to closure of Los Alamos National Laboratory Some Santa Fe schools and highways were also closed due to the weather The storm which began dropping snow in Santa Fe on Sunday is expected to clear by Wednesday morning but Please see WINTER Page A3 Road closures Heavy snowfall and ice caused numerous roads closures including Interstate 25 between Sanla Fe and Albuquer que and between Santa Fe and Las Vegas Expect the snow to keep falling until tonight The storm is expected to clear by Wednesday morning but not before more snowfall Between 6 and 8 inches of snow sre expected downtown todav Less snow between 4 and 6 inches is expected near the airport For highway conditions including closures call 800 4324269 or check online at state nm us State considers Park and Ride expansion Route between Las Vegas and Santa Fe on the table By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican Statefunded commuter bus service in Northern New Mexico would begin serving Las Vegas and Las Ci uces under a new contract for which the state Transportation Department is seeking bids this month Commuter buses that have been running for nearly twx years between Santa Fe Espanola Los Alamos and Albuquerque are a hit according to department officials With minor changes to routes parking lots and fares the system has carried more than riders per year with growing rider ship on four routes Now the department wants to see more expansion A request for proposals went out last week and bids are due April 15 for next years service which could include a new route from Las Vegas to Santa Fe and kickoff of a southern service for Las Cruces and HI Paso The program has cost million so far with most capital expenses for buses and other equipment Please see RIDE Page A8 Bus driver Jon Leno waits at the PERA Building stop for passengers to board his Park and Ride bus en route to Espanola on Monday afternoon The state is taking bids on a contract that would provide commuter bus service to Las Vegas and Las Cruces California judge rules against ban on gay marriage By LISA LEFF The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO To gay marriage supporters it is a historic development akin to a 1948 state Supreme Court deci sion that made California the first state to legalize interracial marriage To gaymarriage opponents it is an appalling abuse of judicial power that overturned a long held tradition that marriage is a union between a man and a woman Setting the stage for a drawn out legal battle between the two sides San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer overturned Californias ban on gay marriage Monday and said withholding marriage licenses from samesex couples trespasses on heir civil rights If it is upheld on appeal the ruling will open the way for the nations most populous stale lo follow Massachusetts in allow ing samesex couples to wed In his ruling Kramer likened the ban to laws requiring racial segregation in schools and said there appears to be no rational purpose for denying marriage to gay couples The states protracted denial of equal protection cannot be justified simply because such constitutional violation has become Kramer Piease sen MARRIAGE Page A8 Gambling firm tribe paid Delays way to Britain By JAMES V GRIMALDI and R JEFFREY SMITH The Washington Post WASHINGTON An Indian tribe and i gamblingservices company made donations to a Washington publicpolicy group that covered most of the cos of a trip o Britain by House Majority Leader Tom Del ay RTexas his wife two iiides and two lobbyists in mid 2000 two months before DeLav helped kiil legislation opposed by the tribe and the company The sponsor of the weeklong trip listed in DeLavs financial disclosures was the nonprofit National Center for Public Policy Research but n person involved in aiTaniin DeLavs said lobbvist Jack suggested the trip and then arranged tor checks to be sent by two of his clients the Mississippi Hand of Choctaw Indians and inc i he daes n checks coin cided hc left on the trip May 25 according to documents reviewed by lln Pnsi The Choctaw aid each sent a check for to the documents They now say they were unaware tlif mnnev was