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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 23, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent THURSDAY FIFTY CENTS Serving New Mexico 156 years City OKs some fireworks but no big bangs By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Splurge on sparklers smoke bombs and cone fountains this Fourth of July if youre at least 16 years old Even though a wet winter and spring left tall stands of weeds that heighten the brushfire danger the city of Santa Fe has decided not to ban the use of those types of fireworks this year The reason says the city fire mar shal is that state law allows municipali ties to impose such bans only in periods of extreme drought The city already bans yearround the use of aerial devices that rise more than 15 feet from the ground firecrack ers that make loud noises and Roman candles said City Fire Marshal James Ted Bolleter In past years the City Council enacted resolutions banning all types of fireworks including the tamer sorts sometimes available in supermarkets 30day periods around Julyf4 But Bolleter said he wont for a ban this year because state law allows municipalities to enact total bans on fireworks only during extreme or severe droughts as determined by the Palmer drought scale The Palmer scale ranked all of North Please see FIREWORKS Page A4 Setting it off Types of fireworks that will be allowed in Santa Fe city and county Sparklers Smoke bombs Cone fountains Fireworks not allowed Aerial spinners and devices sold as helicopters and mines Missiletype rockets including bottle rockets Roman candles and anything that travels more than 15 feet in the air or ground chasers Firecrackers and anything that is ground including M80s cherry bombs and other major explosive devices The New Mexican Lara New Mexican Bo Casper of Oakland left waits for his turn to compete in the barebackbronc competition on the first day of the 56th annual Rodeo de Santa Fe on Wednesday Family fun with just a bit of danger Danger is the product and competi tors sell it at rodeos across the nation Their investment cannot be counted only in prize also in the adrenaline rush they get from eight seconds of pure hell on these untamed animals and the cheers from the crowd after theyve tamed therm There were plenty of cheers from the crowd at Wednesdays opening day of the 56th Rodeo de Santa Fe which continues through Saturday Danger sells says Steve E Dollarhide a professional saddlebrpnc rider for16 years Not danger for the spectators but for the Read the whole story on Page Bl Lauren The New Mexican Zoe Carson 3 of Santa Fe smiles at her mother while riding the carousel Wednesday on the midway at the Rodeo de Santa Fe If you go What The 56th annual Rodeo de Santa Fe When Nightly shows through Sat urday at plus a 2 mati nee Saturday Where Rodeo grounds at 3237 Rodeo Road There are two entrances off Rodeo Road one off Rich ards Avenue and the other off Paseo de ios Pueblos Cost General admission for each show is Reserved seating ranges from to For more info 4714300 or Wage ease sets lively in court CJ 7 By BOB QUICK The New Mexican A state Appeals Court hearing on Santa Fes minimum wage turned lively Wednesday among the judges and the attorneys for both the city arid the business groups that oppose the law The repartee was particularly sharp between Glenn Ellington attorney for the business groups and Judge Michael Bustamante who heard arguments with Judges Lynn Pickard and Cynthia Fry The court was considering a request by business groups to reverse a June 2004 decision by Santa Fe District Judge Daniel Sanchez that allowed the citys minimumwage ordinance to go into effect The ordinance requires businesses with 25 or more employ ees to pay their workers an hour a rate that rises to on Jan 1 and then in 2008 The court took the appeal under advisement and will rule later As Ellington tried to make the point the city didnt have the right to pass a to regulate a pri vate relationship the agreement between an employer and employee about how much the worker would Bustamante saibVgovern merit hasregulated wages in New Mexico for more than 70 years New Mexico passed a minimum wage law before the federal govern ment did Bustamante said What I understand is why citys governing pow ers sufficient to support a minir mum wage Bustamante asked We say the governing powers of the city and the state arent the Ellington said In additional arguments Elling ton said the ordinance denies busi ness groups equal protection of the law in that it doesnt treat equally Please see WAGE Page A5 Glenn Ellington Attorney for biz groups Michael Bustamante On Appeals Court panel GOP accepts Social Security plan that will soften Bushs call for personal accounts Measure will not contain any costcutting steps needed to ensure longterm solvency By DAVID ESPO The Associated Press WASHINGTON Blend ing conservative principles with political caution key Republicans rallied Wednes day behind a plan to intro duce Social Security per sonal accounts on a more modest scale than President Bush favors Our bill is the first bite at a bigger Rep Sam Johnson RTexas said at a news conference Several Republicans said the proposal may be brought to the House floor next month possibly as part of a broader measure making changes in pensions and other retirement issues Democrats swiftly accused Republicans of mounting a fresh attempt to privatize the Depressionera program This is privatization plain and said Rep Sander Levin DMich Just like President Bushs plan this proposal would take money from Social Security to set up private Please see PLAN Page A4 Support flows in wake of attack on gay man By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican One day in early April a woman walked into St Vincent Regional Medical Center and wrote a check for for the medi cal bills incurred by the victim of an alleged gay bashing incident To this day the woman James Maestas remains anonymous said Rachel Rosen who has acted as a spokeswoman for 21yearold James Maes tas and his family Peo ple think 1 know who she was but I Rosen said In addition the Love Conquers Hate Fund which was set up by Equality New Mexico to collect money from com munity members who wanted to help with Mae stas medical bills raised more than she said The last time Rosen See SUPPORT Page A5 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Tamsin F Bemis Thomas A Brown 87 Santa Fe June 20 Celeste A Due 23 April 28 Virginia F Mackie June 20 Page C2 Todays forecast Partly sunny afternoon tstorm High 89 low 58 Page C8 INDEX Annies MaifeoK D3 Movies Business C2 C7 Mutuals C7 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A7 D4 Outdoors Dl Crossword 03 Police roles C2 Horoscope B3 Scoreboard B2 Local news Cl Sports Lotteries Bl C2 Stocks C6 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 174 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303
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