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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 24, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent v Mexico for 156 years SUNDAY APRIL 24 2005 ONE D Q L L A R IS IT TIME TO PURSUE HYDROGEN ENERGY In todays special report experts lawmakers and observers debate whether were ready Page FI Santa Feans moving south for a lesson in home economics Tina New Mexican Sunshine Martinez walks wlfh the youngest of her three children Marina Valdez 4 fiance Joseph Valdez and their dog Strawberry along their Rio Rancho street The family used to rent a mobile home off Cerrlllos Road but now owns a brandnew house for a few hundred dollars more each month Rio Rancho boom By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican The sons and daughters of Santa Fe journey south each evening toward home But for a growing number the trip is no longer a short one to the south side of town Its a downhill trek to Rio Rancho After 45 minutes on Interstate 25 these former Santa Fe residents pull into driveways of spacious houses in the cookiecutter neighborhoods of the booming city that has become a suburb not just of adjacent Albuquerque but also of the City Different Theyre moving there largely because Rio Ranchos housing market is more downtoearth than the skyrocketing ver sion in Santa Fe For Joseph Valdez and his family mov ing to Rio Rancho meant everyone got his or her own room with space to spare Valdez his fiancee and their three chil Average home price in Santa Fe 2004 Average home price in Rio Rancho 2004 dren used to live in a mobile home off Cer rillos Road Now for a few hundred dollars more each month they are making pay ments on a brandnew house in the north ern part of Rio Rancho called Enchanted Hills Valdezs parents also former Santa Fe residents live a few doors away Valdez and his bridetobe Sunshine Martinez still drive to Santa Fe five days a week to their state jobs Relocat ing the family was a tough choice for Valdez who grew up in Santa Fe But its a decision he does not regret The Santa Fe mountains hold a spe cial dear place in my heart That was what kept me here But I was ready to go especially living on the south side of Please see BOOM Page A7 Home prices Growing numbers of Santa Feans are moving to Rio Ran cho in search of less expensive homes Development Model Square feet Bedrooms Bathrooms Garage Priced from Rio Rancho Enchanted Hills Tesuque above 3 2 1car Santa Fe Rancho Viejo Jemez below 3 2 2car Sources Rancho Viejo Centex Homes Message of hate falls on deaf ears By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican The arrival of a group from a Kansasbased church that preaches some of the most caustic antigay rhetoric in the country was met with little fanfare on Saturday So little in fact that some observ ers called the groups demon strations Only eight protesters from Gayrights battle sees a hectic pace of triumphs and defeats Wes New Mexican Anji Estrellas prays near a group of protesters Saturday outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Estrellas said she is a member of an adhoc community group opposed to the Kansas hate group Westfooro Baptist Church marched in front of two targeted Santa Fe churches They carried signs deriding gays the government and the late Pope John Paul II Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps did not make the trip to New Mexico a disappointment to some Please see HATE Page A6 By DAVID CRARY The Associated Press Gay and leshian activists are tearful in Washington state joyful in Connecticut and angry in Texas after a series of legislative votes that reflect Americas tumul tuous seesaw debate over whether to broaden or nar row their rights Connecticut in a historic step last week became the first state to approve mar riagelike for samesex couples withoutthe prodding of a court order However on the same day the Texas House voted to bar gays from being foster parents The next day the Washington Senate by one vote defeated a major gay civilrights bill In Alabama meanwhile lawmakers considered a bill aimed at keeping books tol erant of homosexuality out of public schools A despon dent lesbian activist Patricia Todd told a House commit tee you all hate Gayrights leaders and their opponents tried to depict the contrasting events in a positive light As in any civilrights movement its often three steps forward and two steps said Joe Solmonese of Please see RIGHTS Page A6 Doubt clouds Bushs second agenda Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON President Bush painted his secondterm vision in bold aggressive strokes He would reform Social Secu rity continue to reshape the nations education system and remodel the countrys judiciary by appointing more conser vative judges to the fed eral bench Ive earned capital in this election and Im going to spend it for what I told the people Id spend it on Social Security tax reform moving the economy forward educa tion and winning the war on Bush told reporters two days after he won reelection Three months into his second term however Bushs bold agenda is bogged down by public skepticism about some of his proposals growing resistance from Demo crats dissension within his partys ranks and what some analysts con sider secondterm hubris With gas prices near record highs and stock markets jittery Bushs drive for privatized Social Security accounts has been met by deep public skepticism His Please see BUSH Page A8 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Anna H Gauthier 106 Jennie L Medina 89 Albuquerque April 22 Marjorie A Hangan 69 Artesia April 21 Robert H Dinegar 83 Santa Fe April 21 Page B2 Todays forecast Breezy numerous showers Tstorms High 58 low 41 Page B2 Arties C10 Business Dl Movies B2 Mutuals D2 Crossword C10 Opinion Fl Police notes B2 Focus El iQue Pasa 122 Horoscope C10 Local news 81 Scoreboard C2 Sports Cl Lotteries B2 Travel Gl TheWesFs Oldest Newspaper 11 sections 112 pages 156th year Issue No 114 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9340363 9863000 9863030 9833303   

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