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New Mexican (Newspaper) - May 17, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Serving New Mexico for156 TUESDAY MAY 17 2005 FIFTY CENTS NEW CIVICCENTER DESIGN Panel prefers tradition Public comments reflect penchant for classic spacious approach Photos by Jane New Mexican This rendering shows a view of the eastern facade of Santa Fes proposed new civic center including a covered pedestrian passage extending from Marcy Street toward Federal Place In the foreground isra sunken area to display results of a planned archaeological dig At right are existing wings of City Hall By BOB QUICK The New Mexican Inside The city administration on Monday announced results design competition for Santa Fes new civic cen ter a million project that promises to remake most of the downtown block where Swee ney Convention Center now stands A 14member selection com mittee recommended a proposal submitted by Spears Architects of Santa Fe and Fentress Bradburn Architects of Denver The plan combines elements of traditional Santa Fe buildings modern energy saving concepts and the ability to accommodate various functions I thought all the designs were said John Alejandro a local architect who served on the panel which considered designs by five architectural teams as well as hundreds of comments from the public The committee based its decision on a combination of all the elements of the design landscap ing site utilization the relationship of the Alejandro said a comment by the Spears team that their design was flexible also had impressed him An interior courtyard and cov What observers had to say about the Bradburn pian Other local works by the Spears firm Stories on Page A4 ered portales are among the tradi tional Santa Fe elements shown in drawings and models The plan also features a rooftop terrace abun dant natural light and a covered pedestrian route connecting Sheri dan Street with Federal Place The selection committee made up of city administrators and pro fessionals in the development and designindustries is scheduled to present its recommendation to the Santa Fe City Council on May 25 The architectural contract for the civic center and 600space undergroundparking garage will undergo review by the citys Pub lic Works and Finance committees before reaching the City Council for final consideration on June 29 The city plans to use hotelroom tax money and parking revenues to pay for the new center intended to host moderately sized conferences and exhibitions as well as commu nity gatherings such as dances and meetings Please see DESIGN Page A4 A central courtyard and covered portales as shown in this architec tural drawing are among the traditional Santa Fe building elements incorporated into the design selected for the citys new civic center Whats next in the process The Civic Center Design Selection Team is scheduled to present its archi tectural recommendation to the Santa Fe City Council on May 25 A contract with the chosen design team and required funding will then be considered by the councils Public Works Committee and Finance Committee before by the full City Council on June 29 Before construction can begin additional archaeological excavation will be carried out around the Sweeney Convention Center American Indian burial remains were found last October in the adjoining park area Darlene Griego executive director of the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau has said that under optimal conditions the center could be com pletedas early as the spring of 2007 Antiabuse advocate arrested in assault By JASON AUSLANDER i he New Mexican A woman who assists domestic violence victims in state District Court was arrested Sunday night for allegedly punching her husband in the nose police said Monday Wanda R Reyes 36 of Pojoaque was charged with aggravated bat tery of a household member after Santa Fe County sheriffs depu ties and Pojoaque Tribal Police responded to a report Of a domestic dispute at her residence according to a police report and court docu ments Reyes works for the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families courtadvocacy program in District Court where she helps domestic violence victims fill but restraining orders among other duties said Esperanza director According to a police report Deputy Michael Delgadb arrived at the couples house in Pojoaque about and interviewed Reyes husband who xvas bleed ing from his nose when Delgado arrived The husband told Delgado that he and his wife had been drink ing earlier in the evening at a fam ily gathering He said they got into an argument because she thought he wanted to go party with some of his the report states Please see ABUSE Page A3 Kudzu might curb alcohol consumption By VIRGINIA A SMITH ThePhiladelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA Kudzu often reviled as the vine that ate the apparently brings some thing else to the table a promising treatment for binge drinkers Researchers at Harvardaffili ated McLean Hospital outside Boston report that heavy drinkers who took a concentrated extract of kudzu root for only one week downed a lot less beer two or three brews in an hour and a half instead of their usual five or six Thats a pretty powerful said Scott E Lukas director of the hospitals drug abuse research lab and lead author of the study which appeared in this months issue of Alcoholism Clini cal and Experimental Research Earlier kudzu studies have shown reduced consumption among alco monkeys rats and ham Please see KUDZU Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Annies Mailbox B6 Business Pl Classifieds Local News Bl lotteries B2 Opinion AS Comics C6 Police notes Crossword B6 Horoscope B6 Sports el Stocks C5 Todays forecast Partly cloudy and windy High 75 low 45 Page B2 The Wests Four sections 24 pages 156th year Issue No 137 Publication No 596440 9863OOO 9663030 Todays obituaries Jerome Lapktes May 11 John A Gertaer May 15 Jose M Valdez 93 Albuquerque May 13 Ruth C Romero Nsmbe May 12 Yvonne E Rivera 38 May 7 Page B2 The marketing force Revenge of the Sith breaks commercial ground for the movie series And it marks the first time Star Wars characters have appeared outside the film environment or its fictional equivalent interacting with humans in commercials Business Dl 8 Study Warming yields premature spring By SETH BORENSTEIN Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON Each spring the robins are arriving in Wisconsin several days earlier than they did a decade ago Endangered woodpeckers in North Car olina are laying their eggs about a week earlier than they did 20 years ago And some of Washington signature cherry trees bloom about a month ear lier than they did a halfcentury ago The first signs of spring are appear ing earlier in the year and a new study from Stanford University released Monday says manmade global warming is clearly to blame Mother Nature has rushed spring forward by nearly 10 days worldwide on average in just 30 years the study shows What this means biologists say is that the global environment is chang ing so fast that the slow evolutionary process of species adaptation cant keep up Earlyarriving birds could crowd out birds that migrate only in longer daylight leaving them insufficient food Early blossoming flowers such as the columbine could be wiped out by spring snowstorms What were really concerned about is this tearing apart of communities some species are going to be changing and some are said study coauthor Terry Root an ecologist at Stanfords Center for Environmental Science and Policy The peerreviewed study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences statistically links global warming from the burning of fossil fuels to signs of early spring at detailed local levels for the first time Stanford scientists examined 41 giant Please see SPRING Page A3 Gothic Colo Scientists found that marmots emerged from their hibernation 42 days earlier than usual in the Colorado town
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