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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 16, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE WEDNESDAY MARCH 16 2005 FIFTY CENTS Dwight Walker of Santa Fe walks Into a voting booth Tuesday at the Sweeney Convention Center to cast Ms vote on the citys grossreceiptstax measure Snowfall made for low voter turnout and as of noon Walker was only the 14th voter at the center Voters pass water tax By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican A slim majority of the Santa Fe residents who showed up at the polls Tuesday approved rais ing the grossreceiptstax fate to pay for water projects As a result youll have to pay an extra penny on every you spend on most things you buy within the city limits The total turnout for the elec tion which came during the heaviest snow of the year was about percent lowest of any city election in memory I dont know if theyre indif ferent or theyre just so busy with what theyre doing with Mayor Larry Del gado said Im not sure what it is To me it just seems like it takes five or 10 minutes to go The tax hike is expected to generate million a year to help pay for major spending to upgrade Santa Fes water sys tem which has been barely able to meet demand for water in recent years A series of increases to Santa Fes alreadyhigh water rates also will be needed in coming years to pay for an estimated million in improvements to the water utility Had voters rejected the new tax the City Council would have been forced to consider raising water bills even higher I just really wanted to see this the mayor said after Tuesdays vote count showed 54 percent of the votes cast favored the tax increase If were going to Please see TAX Page A8 Vote totals Raise gross receipts tax for water projects Yes 991 54 percent No 851 46 percent Turnout voters percent Source Santa Fe city clerk Poll results by district Page A8 Teachers balk at focus on No Child Left Behind tests By JULIA SILVERMAN The Associated Press SALEM Ore As he plans out his next couple of weeks of lessons at the Grant Community School teacher Daniel Jamsa already knows there will be some gaps in the schedule The eighthgraders will be missing a history lesson while they take a standardized test The seventhgraders will be missing a health class or two also for testing time And the sixthgraders will have to skip a language arts session to take their tests For Jamsa and his fellow teachers and students at Grant frequent standard ized tests are a fact or life A decade of education reform has pushed schools to lest stu dents more often and rewards or penalizes the schools based on the results And now the testing demands are about to get even greater Under No Child Left Behind President Bushs centerpiece education law schools during the 200506 academic year will be required for the first time to test their students in read ing and math every year from third through eighth grade Currently tests given only at selected grades are used to determine a schools overall Please see TESTS Page A8 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Alfonso B Rodriguez March 12 Charlie P Qonzatet 84 Santa Fe March 12 Michael J CMordl 62 Albuquerque March 12 Maria Varela 19 March 12 William R Schacht Santa Fe March 10 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy slightly warmer High 36 low 17 Page B2 INDEX Anniesjiailbox D7 Business Comics M Crossword 67 Horoscope D7 Lotteries B2 Opinion A9 Police notes B2 Scoreboard D2 Sports Dd Stocks Four sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 75 Publication No 596440 Utopopw M44363 Mt3000 MEASURING UP City sees largest snowfall in 9 years DISASTER Richardson declares state of emergency in 7 counties SKI REPORT Ski Santa Fe records 27 inches Tuesday Kathy De La New Mexican Gilbert Del Valte a grounds maintenance worker at the Santa Fe National Cemetery plows snow off the entrances sidewalk Tuesday Jane New Mexican Tom Klrby sweeps snow from the cab of his pickup Weather offi cials said 12 to 18 Inches of snow fell across the area Jason New Mexican A Santa Fe County sheriffs deputy directs traffic after a tractortrailer rig slid off Old Las Vegas Highway as It left the Sunrise General Store Motels packed by landed visitors The snowstorm that closed roads in the Santa Fe area on Monday night and Tuesday morning turned into a boon for innkeepers A number of motels especially those along Cerrillos Road filled up as stranded motorists looked for rooms Story Page A2 The New Mexican A twoday wallop of snow closed schools and roadways and put res cuers and employers in emergency mode It also broke a record The snowstorm was Santa Fes biggest in at least nine years the National Weather Service said Tues day The storm dropped 12 to 18 inches of snow in Santa Fe between Monday and Tuesday The last time Santa Fe recorded more than 16 inches of snowfall in a 24hour period was Nov The mammoth snowfall sent a crush of people to hardware stores seeking tools dig out cars and walkways Because most hardware stores are carrying only their spring line of tools people were buying longhandle and squarehead shovels or grain scoops said Ron Cdebaca Big Jo True Value Hardware manager Customers were buying anything they could move snow Cdebaca said The weather service said conditions should improve today Temperatures are expected to reach 36 degrees today under partly cloudy skies and dip to as low as 17 degrees tonight and early Thursday morning The service also forecasts a 10 percent chance of rain or snow between Friday and Sat urday nights While no power outages were reported around Santa Fe several major roadways were jammed with cars or closed to traffic Monday night Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano said the majority of traffic accidents were minor fenderbend but there were no major injury accidents State police also reported no major accidents We feel pretty state police Lt Jimmy Glascock said Skiers and snowboarders took Tuesday off work to enjoy the 27 inches of new snow at Ski Santa Please see SHOW Page A2   

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