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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent SeiyingNew Mexico for 156 years THURSDAY JUNE 2 2005 FIFTY CENTS plan unveiled Photos byVVes New Mexican Maxine Goad a member of the Rio Pojoaque Acequia and Water Well Associations board talks to Gov Bill Richardson following a news conference at the Capitol to announce a proposed settlement in the Aamodt Waterrights lawsuit v Water system would serve pueblos nonIndian wells wont be capped By BEN NEARY The New Mexican The Aamodt waterrights lawsuit which has lingered for nearly 40 years in the federal court system could be settled finally under a proposal released Wednesday The proposal calls for construction of a regional water system to serve San Ildefonso Pojoaque Nambe and Tesuque Indian pueblos Also in a major change from a con troversial settlement proposal released last year the new agreement wouldnt require nonIndians to cap their private wells and connect to the regional water system Gov Bill Richardson said Wednesday that the new terms are much more sen sitive to the needs of nonIndian water users while recognizing the pueblos must meet their future needs The state filed the Aamodt case in 1966 to resolve ownership of water rights in the Tesuque Pojoaque and Nambe areas The case gets its name from an alpha betical listing of defendants This conceptual proposal addresses many of the chief concerns expressed by area waterrights owners in the vari ous public meetings held throughout the Richardson said Their input has made this a stronger and more encompassing settlement But while officials from the state the pueblos and groups of nonIndians praised the new settlement proposal major issues remain unresolved First the new proposal doesnt specify who will pay the estimated million cost of a new regional water system Bill Hume Richardsons policy adviser said Wednesday that a break down of the costs among various par ties could be released within a month The Bush administration early this year announced it opposed paying any thing close to the roughly million the parties had suggested as the federal share of the larger regional system con templated under last years proposed settlement State officials said Wednesday that they intend to enlist the states congres Please see AAMODT Page A5 Ernest Mirabal who chairs the Northern Pueblos Water Rights Association and was governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo in 1965 when the Aamodt case began speaks at the news conference Highlights of latest deal Under terms of waterrightssettlement proposal announced Wednesday The state will call on the federal govern ment to foot most of the estimated million cost to build a regional water system to serve Pojoaque Tesuque and Namb4 basins NonIndians wont have to cap their pri vate domestic wells and wont be forced to connect to any regional water system The four Indian pueblos San Ilde fonso Nambe Tesuque and Pojoaque would get acrefeet of new water every year from the Rio Grande The source of those water rights hasnt yet been identified Report faces potential longterm budget problems By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press New Mexico is headed for potential budget trou ble because its tax system is outdated and revenue growth isnt likely to keep pace with expected spend ing increases in the future Thats according to a report by the Washington Center on Bud get and Policy Priorities The report said New Mexico was among 11 states at high risk of a deficit in iwhich the normal growth in revenues fails to cover budget needs Even though the eco nomic recovery has finally resulted in expanded rev enues for the states many states will face chronic gaps between revenues and necessary expenditures in coming years because they have failed to modernize their tax Robert Zahradnik senior policy analyst at said Wednesday in a telephone news conference He and Gerry Bradley research director for New Mexico Voices for Chil dren said New Mexicos potential budgetwoes have been masked by recent high revenue collections from oil and naturalgas production Among the problems according to the See BUDGET Page A4 INDEX AnrJes Mailbox B5 Movies Business B3 D5 Mutuals Classifieds C3 Opinion Comics B6 Outdoors J5 Cl Crossword BS Horoscope B5 Local news Bl Lotteries B2 Stocks Police notes B3 Scoreboard D2 D6 The Wests OWest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 153 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Ma in office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Todays forecast Partly cloudy breezy High 78 low 47 Page B2 Todays obituaries Pauline A Brooks 93 May 30 Emma S Dalton May 30 Jenae J Gallegos May 30 Christina M Gonzales 23 White Rock May 30 Sumner S Koch Feb 20 Li fa Maes 75 May 31 Lily E Martinez 80 Lower San May 30 Vences 0 Martinez 89 Chimayo May 29 Patricia A McKelvey 75 May 31 Jessica Ortiz 2B May 28 V Lorraine Pacheco 83 Santa Fe May 22 Clara H Pino 95 Santa Fe May 27 Page B2 INSIDE TODAY EU knockout blow Dutch voters rejected the European Union constitution Wednesday to 38 percent Page A3 A boatflipping machine fast waters of the Rio Grande and living to tell about it Outdoors Cl Museum may lose fine to describe its arts By ANNE CONSTABLE The New Mexican Name changes seem to be the trend lately for Santa Fe landmarks First St Francis Cathedral officially became the Cathedral Church of St Francis of Assisi St Vin cent Hospital started calling itself St Vincent Regional Medical Center And earlier this year Villa Linda Mall announced it will be known as Santa Fe Place Whats next It could be the Museum of Fine Arts The Board of Regents of the Museum of New Mexico has approved a recommendation to change the name to the New Mexico Museum of Art Since about 1962 the Pueblo Revivalstyle build ing on the northwest corner of the Santa Fe Plaza has been known as the Museum of Fine Arts Changing the name of a state museum however requires approval by the New Mexico Legislature Museum Director Marsha Bol said the namechange process began last fall after lawmakers reorganized the museum system The Museum of Fine Arts like the other three state museums in Santa Fe became its own divi Please see FINE Page A4 Rodeo Road i Santa Fe Community College The New Mexican City revives talk of new Interstate 25 interchange By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Building an interchange on Interstate 25 at Richards Avenue an issue debated in Santa Fe for more than 20 years could be back on the drawing board The Santa Fe City Council a decade ago rejected the idea fearing it would over load Rodeo Road and lead to the extension of Richards Avenue north through the Bellamah neighborhood to Cerrillos Road However City Councilor Carol Robertson Lopez recently introduced a resolu tion asking city staff to work with the state Department of Transportation and solicit public opinion regarding such an interchange south of the city Lopez whose councilDis trict 4 is on the south side is proceeding cautiously This week she had 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