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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 23, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE r owned Serving New Mexico jbr 156 years WEDNESDAY MARCH 23 2005 FIFTY CENTS Billboards ask shoppers to keep business scene weird By BRETT BARROUQUERE The Associated Press LOUISVILLE Ky The large billboards dotting parts of Louisville are as strik ing for their color scheme black and white as they are for their message Keep Louisville the bill boards scream Its part of a public rela tions campaign in Louisville and cities from Boulder to Raleigh aimed at drawing customers to unique locally owned stores The campaigns and small business alliances are using the effort to stay in competi tion with large retail chains such as WalMart Target and the recently merged Kmart Sears They can be a serious said Leslie Stewart a public relations specialist responsible for the billboards Their collective buying power is so great that many local merchants cant com pete on a pricing level on merchandise and the inde pendents cant compete when it comes to the big marketing dollars the chains But large retailers say they stock things that small stores dont and the presence of one doesnt mean the demise of the other We think the two can coexist quite said Ellen Tolley a spokes woman for the National Retail Federation in Washington Some small business own ers such as Cheryl Daly who runs the Raleigh Unchained Please see WEIRD Page A8 INSIDE TODAY Eat like an Etruscan Easter in Italys Umbria region is a celebration of the fresh the bountiful and the symbolic Taste Cl Todays obituaries Clara Rodriguez 96 March 21 Craig M Smith 36 Santa Fe March 20 Linda Schroth 57 Pecos Petra Lopez 95 El Rito March 20 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Windy with cloudy skies High 52 low 33 Page B2 INDEX Mailbox BS Business D5 Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news C4 B6 BS B5 Bl Lotteries B2 Opinion A9 Police notes B2 Scoreboard D2 Sports Dl Stocks D6 Taste Cl The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 82 Publication No 596440 Late pepor Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Bush goes West to plug Social Security Plan to fix program unites president McCain in New Mexico The Associated Press President Bush introduces Margaret Valdez a retired school teacher from Espanola on Tuesday during a town hall meeting on Social Security reform at the Albuquerque Convention Center By JENNIFER LOVEN The Associated Press Fixing the gap ALBUQUERQUE President Bush and Sen John McCain put on another showing Tuesday of their good cop badcop routine on Social Security trying to prod Democrats into cooperating with rather than opposing the presidents drive to create private accounts within the system Bush emphasized the positive continuing to assure current and nearretirees their benefits would not change under his plan and promising credit would be duly shared if Washington politicians can come together to fix Social Securitys longterm fiscal ills Bring your ideas forward the president told a dim auditorium here If were going to solve this problem its not going to be a Republican idea or a Democratic idea Its going to be an American Large signs reading keeping our promise to seniors flanked the president and Sens Pete Domenici and McCain as they sat among five partici pants About 70 people sat on a platform in the back ground but did not talk We know theres a problem and were trying to work through said Joanne Claybrook as she and her hus band Bill both active in the Republican Party waited for Bushs address The problem is no one has got the guts to tackle said Bill Claybrook who is retired McCain after speaking glowingly of the pride I feel in this had a less conciliatory message In his campaign to change Social Security President Bush needs to win over people who are more likely to support him on terrorism and foreign policy but have doubts about his retirement program Approval ratings for President Bush by percentage Approve Disapprove Handling Social Security Foreign on terror M TOTAL 62 WOMEN 53 SOUTHERNERS 82 62 INDEPENDENTS 41 NOTE Poll of adults conducted between March 79 margin of error of percentage points larger for subgroups SOURCE IpsosPubltc Affairs for AP The Associated Press for Democrats in Congress whom he accused of being obstructionist and shortsighted Some of our friends who are opposing this idea say Oh you dont have to worry until We wait until 2042 when we stop paying people Social Security Thats not what this is all he said Please urge our Democrat friends to come to the table and sit with us and do this for the greater good of the United States of Please see WEST Page A8 INSIDE New Mexico Democrats unmoved by Bush visit page AS ANALYSIS Bush meeting with Fox Martin amid strained ties Page AG Whiskey pot lead to city workers arrest By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A city of Santa Fe employee was found with marijuana and an open bottle of whiskey in his Water Division truck Tuesday after he got into a fight with a streetmainte nance crew police said Andrew Trujillo 42 3251 Juniper Hill Lane was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in his cityowned truck said Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson Johnson said a threeperson private contractor crew was filling potholes Tuesday after noon in the Nava Ade subdivi sion in southwest Santa Fe when Trujillo began driving by in the city water truck and hassling them Johnson didnt know the exact method of the alleged harassment Crew members later told police that Trujillo had been Please see CITY Page A10 Motive sought in school rampage By JOSHUA FREED The Associated Press RED LAKE Minn Authorities were trying to determine Tuesday what caused a teenager to gun down his grandfather put on the mans policeissue belt and bulletproof vest and drive his marked squad car to a high school where he began shooting his classmates at will Jeff Weise 16 killed nine people and wounded seven Monday before trading gun fire with a police officer and apparently shooting himself His motive still wasnt clear Tuesday but the FBI said the shootings appeared to have been planned in advance It was the nations deadli est school shooting since the Columbine massacre in Please see SCHOOL Page A10 Dog owners pitch sites for leashfree city parks By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican A dozen dog owners told the city Tuesday night that they want more city land where dogs can run without leashes a place close to their homes away from busy highways and kept clear of feces The dog owners spoke at the first of four meetings on des ignating more public space for dogs to run free The City Council designated its first dog park nine years ago at Frank S Ortiz Park land that was reclaimed from an old city landfill off Paseo de las Vis tas on the citys northwest side On Tuesday city trails and openspace coordinator Randy Thompson began the meeting by laying out the criteria he had used to rank 11 parks and unde veloped pieces of public land for new dog parks One of them about seven acres of state rightofway between Rodeo Road and Inter state 25 beginning to the east of St Frances Drive immediately got low marks from some in the audience Id have a problem with said Robert Frost who owns an Alsatian shepherd named Colt and a Rhodesian German shepherd mix named Cody Just the truck noise would make them nervous and Please see DOG Page A7 Raul The New Mexican Lulu Daigel Santa Fe runs alongside her terrier Jango while she and her parents walk their dogs Tuesday at Frank S Ortiz Park City officials are looking into estab lishing other leashfree dog parks