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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 3, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Saving New Mexico for 156 years FRIDAY JUNE 3 2005 FIFTY CENTS WalMart watchers discuss plans for city meeting By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican About two dozen activists and smallbusiness advocates came together at the Unitarian Univer salist Congregation of Santa Fe on Thursday night and discussed their concerns about the coming of a new WalMart store on the citys fastgrowing south side The proposed store will encom pass nearly square feet of Entrada Contenta a massive shopping cen ter at Cerrillos Road and Ocate Street The store will offer the same merchandise as the citys existing WalMart but will also include a grocery store The groups chair man Art Padilla said the asyet unnamed organization is still in its infancy and has not decided whether it will oppose the construction of the new store or will instead focus its efforts on curbing the develop ment of bigbox stores on the citys south side All the issues surrounding a bigbox store are Padilla said Were really looking to be purposeful in designing our Opposition to new WalMart stores is nothing new Across the nation and on the Internet groups have formed to bash and oppose the construction of new stores They charge the companys labor practices are unfair and the open ing of new stores lead to the clos ing of smaller businesses In 1999 residents of Taos successfully opposed a WalMart Supercenter on the main road into town These are the new tobacco said David Caseman head of the Santa Fe Business Alliance an organization that promotes local business While the city already plays host to many of the nations larg est discount retailers including WalMart and its membersonly big brother Sams Club the open ing of a new store could close some small businesses Caseman said He added that local tire and hardware businesses might be the most impacted if a second store opens Group members said they plan to attend a cityplannihgcommis sion meeting July 7 when plans for the WalMart store are sched uled to be discussed The Silent Victims Wounded Iraqi civilians are left broken and burdened and their suffering undocumented The Associated Press Majid Salih touches the head of his 11yearold niece Sabaa Haitham on Wednesday at a morgue in Baghdad Iraq Sabaa two other children and her uncle were killed when a mortar shell landed outside their home Little data are available on the number of Iraqi civilians wounded in the invasion or by insurgents By JONATHAN FINER and OMAR FEKEIKI The Washington Post Jonathan Washington Post All Majeed wounded in a driveby shooting is fitted for a prosthesis at a Baghdad hospital BAGHDAD Iraq On a steamy June morning two years ago a soldiers warning shot ricocheted off a sand berm and blew a hole in Raez Habibs life The stray bullet plowed through the meat of his left thigh and shattered his right femur leaving him bleeding in the street Habib recalled in a recent interview A helicopter took him to a military hospital where doc tors amputated his right leg four inches below the hip The shooting was an accident a tragic case of being in the wrongplace at the wrong time according to Habib and to state ments from four service members who were at or hear the scene which Habib keeps in a tattered manila folder He soon lost his job as a builder because he could no longer carry heavy loads and moved his family into his mothers threeroom clay house Deaf since birth Habib 35 communicates through muffled groans and hand signals I have a wife and three children and no wayto provide for he said his fingers clenching the fabric of his long white robe as his younger brother Ghassan translated We dont think about who to blame It was his Ghas san Habib said It happened We take care of him That is The military keeps a meticulous tally of its wounded in Iraq as of Wednes day along with dead Scenes of soldiers convalesc ing at wellequipped hospitals such as Washingtons Walter Please see IRAQ Page A8 DBA operation leads to arrest of shop owners By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican The husbandandwife owners of three Santa Fe businesses allegedly handled about million during four years of operat ing an illegal checkcashing and wiretransfer business according to court docu ments However many of the charges against Ruben R Macias and Lorena R Macias owners of Casa Macias at 310 Airport Road Lorenas Boutique and La Novia Latina both at 3753 Cerrillos Road accuse them of knowingly trans ferring drug funds to Mex ico documents state The businesses sell womens clothing The drugrelated allega tions against the Maciases apparently are the result of an operation by the Drug Enforcement Admin istration Undercover agents told the couple the funds the agents wanted transferred to Mexico were derived from mari juana trafficking and the Macfases agreed to oversee the transfer according to an affidavit filed April 12 in District Court in Albu querque The Maciases were charged with conspiracy to operate an unlicensed moneytransmitting busi ness operation of an unreg istered moneytransmitting business two counts of money laundering two counts of money launder ing to avoid a reporting requirement two counts of transmwission of funds derived from a criminal and one count of structuring a finan cialtransaction to avoid Please see DEA Page A10 whats for dinner and getting more expensive By SANDY SHORE The Associated Press DENVER Consum ers arent likely to get any pocketbook relief when they buy steaks and burg ers for the barbecue this summer With the grilling season in full swing retail beef prices have lingered near record highs as supplies have remained fairly tight and more people have been buying beef Some in the industry also cite rising fuel costs as a factor Mike Pissare owner of Sir Loin Meats Fresh Sea food in suburban Aurora said he heard prices were raised to offset higher costs for animal feed and trans portation It started with the drought and now its the gas he said Retail prices for choice beef averaged a pound in April the latest figure available from the Agriculture Departments Economic Research Ser vice It was the second highest monthly price on record behind a pound reported in November 2003 when the market was adjusting to the cutoff of Canadian imports due to a case of madcow disease Beef prices have prob ably reached a high for the year because now is when people get serious about barbecuing and now is when feedlot performance is said Ron Gustafson of the Agriculture Depart Please see BEEF Page A6 Annies Mailbox B6 Lotteries B2 Business D6 Muluals Classifieds C3 Obituaries Comics D5 B2 C10 Opinion A9 Crossword B6 Police notes B2 Gcncraiion Nexi Cl Scoreboard D2 Horoscope B6 SportsPl Local news Bl Slocks 05 Todays obituaries Emma Dalton May 30 Jenae Gallegos May 30 Jessica Hines 18 May 30 Lila Maes 75 May 31 Richard Rodriguez 53 La Puebta June 2 Page B2 Four sections 36 pages Pasatiempo 96 pages 156th year Issue No 154 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads Main office 9840363 9863000 9833303 Body language Moving People presents the first of three weekends of performances at the Lensic Performing Arts Center Pasatiempo Todays forecast Sunny with late showers High 81 low 48 Page B2 ft X o   

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