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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 15, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years THE SANTA FE SUNDAY MAY 15 2005 ONE DOLLAR INSIDE TODAY Prescription for savings Prices for prescription drugs vary widely at Santa Fe pharmacies so it pays to shop around Santa Fe El Norte Bl Runaway champions A collective effort takes the St Michaels Lady Horsemen to victory over Grants in the state track andfield championships Sports Cl saves Nonprofit clubs in Santa Fe are finding a financial savior in slot machines Statewide the growth of nonprofit gaming has outpaced that at both racetrack slot rooms and tribal casinos Focus El The deal with happiness New book explains how companies can profit from working to keep their employees upbeat Business Dl The welcome wagon The volunteers at the Bienvenidos welcome booth on the Plaza are prepared to answer all questions Neighbors E6 Todays obituaries Edward F Jones 84 Las Vegas May 1 Ben Larragoite 75 Santa Fe May 9 Alfredo R Lujan 84 May 11 Ruth C Romero Nambe May 12 Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy scattered showers High 70 low 46 Page B2 INDEX tones C10 Movies Business GS Dl Mmuals D2 cassifieds Hl Crossword C10 Focus E3L Horoscope C10 Local news 81 Opinion Fl Police notes B2 121 Scoreboard C2 Sports Cl Lotteries B2 Travel Gl Landgrant After decades of inaction fight is gaining traction Luis SSnchez New Mexican Juan Sanchez president of the board of trustees of the Chilili Land Grant southeast of Albuquerque has served as a lobbyist with the New Mexico Land Grant Forum We just want the land he says of former landgrant acreage now in private hands By BEN NEARY The New Mexican Momentum is building to transfer fed eral lands in New Mexico to the heirs of Spanish and Mexican land grants Descendants of families who received government grants of land before New Mexico was annexed to the United States say thats the only way to correct injus tices caused when their ancestors lost control of some of their properties While the prospect of fencing of f for ests and streams now open to the public riles many who arent landgrant heirs Gov Bill Richardson and the New Mexico urging Congress to trans fer lands from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to land grant heirs Spokesmen for Sen Pete Domenici and other members of the states congressional delegation say they still i havent decided how to address the lorig simmering landgrant situation But they say they intend to begin focus ing on the issue in coming weeks and pos sibly draft legislation by this Using only cash to resolve the dispute is not a viable political option for landgrant activists who say their culture is tied to the land i Our No 1 priority is Juan Sanchez Please see LAND GRANTS Page A9 Inside Activists want land back push for restitution Page A8 Major events in landgrant history Page A8 Opponents say giving up federal land would hurt New Mexico Page A9 Conclusions of the GAps report Page A9 Henry M New Mexican Ken Van Lyssel of Albuquerque gets into character with his son at a Star Wars event this month Force still strong in runup to final film By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Devoted Star Wars fans are spending this week preparing for the release of the sixth and final installment of the nearly 30year old space saga Some who were children when it began are going to extraordinary lengths to com memorate what fans are calling an end of an era The Traveler Inside Guide to Star Wars movies and lots of trivia Page A3 Santa Fe resident Kevin Sanbonmatsus plan was to see the final epi sode of Star Wars at Graumans Chinese Theatre in Hollywood just as he had done with the previous two prequels He even planned a twoweek campout in front of the landmark How ever an announcement by film Please see STAR WARS Page A4 Fight to save Clovis base ramping up By MARY PEREA The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Members of New Mexicos congressional delegation say they will arm themselves with data and lead the charge to saveCannon Air Force Base from closing Rep Heather Wilson said the staffs of the congressional delegation have worked with all the bases but now its time to focus their efforts on the Clovis base Cannon is the only New Mexico base proposed by the Defense Department for clo sure and one of only two Air Force bases nationwide being closed The other is in Ells Please see BASE Page A6 Brawl erupts over proposed development at nofrills Colorado ski area The Wests Oldest Newspaper 11 sections 112 pages I56lh year Issue No 135 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 The Associated Press The family that runs Wolf Creek Ski Area near Pagosa Springs is in a battle with a Texas billionaire over a proposed housing and commercial development there By JUDITH KOHLER The Associated Press SOUTH FORK Colo As his passengers lurched to and fro Davey Pitcher expertly drove the across the slopes of the nofrills southern Colorado ski area his family has run near the Continental Divide for almost three decades Pitcher wasnt focusing on the thick stands of pine the chairlifts stretching to the summit or the deep snow that make this place a popular draw for seri ous skiers and boarders He was envisioning what Texas billionaire Billy Joe Red McCombs wants to build nearby a billion project with square feet of commercial space hotels and homes for up to people This in a county with just 932 fulltime residents Its like taking a chunk of Manhattan and dropping it said Pitcher president of the Wolf Creek Ski Corp Ski areas around the nation are looking to base areas as a chance to add realestate dollars to the bottom line In Colorado alone projects are under way or proposed at Cop per Mountain Winter Park and Snbwmass near Aspen But not at Wolf Creek where the Pitchers arent interested in changing the rustic feel of their area They dont want the surrounding forest changed much either Critics say the obstacles to building a village in the San Juan Mountains include secur ing a steady water supply dealing with an annual snow fall of 40 feet and extensive wetlands once the snow melts and the presence of lynx a threatened species The near Please see SKI Page A5