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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 29, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 2005 FIFTY CENTS Bush Iraq success worth sacrifices By JENNIFER LOVEN The Associated Press FORT BRAGG The Iraq war has claimed the lives of more than Ameri cans wounded and cost more than billion President Bush tried to convince the nation Tuesday night that the sacrifice has been worth it and that his strategy is suc ceeding Like most Americans I see the images of violence and Bush said in a nationally televised speech from an Army base that has troops in Iraq Every picture is horrifying and the suffering is real Is the sacrifice worth it It is worth Bush told a nation increasingly doubtful about the toll of the 27monthold war The audience of 750 soldiers and airmen in dress uniform listened respectfully breaking into applause when Bush vowed the United States will stay in the fight until INSIDE New Mexico delegation reacts Page A4 the fight is Bush has faced calls for a withdrawal of troops in Iraq on the one hand or an increase in forces to intensify the battle against the enemy Sending more Americans would under mine our strategy of encouraging Iraqis to take the lead in this Bush said And sending more Americans would suggest that we intend to stay He also said Iraqis must be reassured Please see IRAQ Page A4 President Bush speaking at Fort Bragg about the war in Iraq on Tuesday appealed for the nations patience for difficult and dangerous work ahead in Iraq The Associated Press Cuttingedge performance Kathy De La New Mexican Balancing a sword on her head Serena Pullen dances to pianoaccordian music played by Pedro Romero at the Santa Fe Farmers Market on Tues day morning Pullen and Romero who call themselves The Supperclub Show perform Saturday afternoons at Jackalope 2820 Cerrillos Road Energy bill passes Senate faces tough trip to House P UIIUNCNM Pete Domenici preference for the House bill which and for energy sources such as wind L M hpffiWlfr could influence the outcome of the and solar Domenici said This is z w n rrfhr DiHHcir By JAMES KUHNENN Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON The Senate passed sweeping energy legislation Tuesday that offers financial sweet eners for the coal and oil industries gives incentives to manufacturers of cleaner renewable fuels and aims to reduce American oil consumption by 1 million barrels per day over the next 10 years In an impressive display of bipar tisan unity senators voted 8512 in favor of the bill setting the stage for difficult talks to reconcile dif Citing incentives for nuclear solar and wind power Senate Energy Committee chairman said This is a bill that could indeed be called the clean energy act of ferences with a version the House of Representatives passed in April House and Senate negotiators will confront some of the same obstacles that killed ah energy bill in 2003 The White House has expressed a preference for the House bill which could influence the outcome of the HouseSenate conference But even though President Bush made energy policy a priority from the moment he took office congressional dis putes have managed to thwart him Saluting the Senates bipartisan majority Bush urged the House and Senate to resolve their differences quickly and get a good bill to my desk before the August The chairman of the Senate Energy Committee Pete Domenici hailed the legislation as an energy bill worthy of our Citing incentives for nuclear power and for energy sources such as wind and solar Domenici said This is a bill that could indeed be called the clean energy act of However the bill doesnt include provisions that environmental ists had sought to require reduc tions in carbondioxide emissions as a means of addressing global warming It also doesnt include higher gasmileage standards for cars Though Bush and some lawmak ers have cited todays high gasoline prices as motivation to pass the please see BILL Page A5 County proposes tax hike to fund new court By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican Money to pay for a proposed new district courthouse could come from the pockets of tour ists and locals alike under a grossreceipts tax that Santa Fe County is work ing to enact The County Commission on Tuesday voted 32 to hold a pub lic hearing next month on the additional tax a Vis percent incre ment on goods and services INSIDE County Commission approves waterrate increases Page Cl that would raise more than million each year If the body approves the tax after the hear ing it would go into effect Jan 1 said Susan Lucero county finance director The commission next month has meetings on July 12 and 26 but it wasnt immediately clear when the hearing would be held Commissioners had discussed enacting the tax during a meet ing earlier this month but voted 32 against the idea This time Commissioner Virginia Vigil changed her vote to support the new tax Commissioners Michael Anaya and Jack Sulli van voted against the tax The county which is charged by state law with providing space for District Court plans to build a courthouse to replace the aging facility that the court works from now a converted middle school Judges have said the current courthouse is crowded and unsafe Initial projections for the new building range from million to million depending on the buildings size and location Some officials have said they want the courthouse to stay downtown but the board has not decided where the new facility should go Lucero said the county could Please see TAX Page A5 man charged in crash that injured two children By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A 43yearold Santa Fe man Tuesday on charges that allege he careened across Cer rillos Road on Satur day night crashed into three cars and sent two children to the hospital R Chris R McLarry Chris MeLarry who allegedly showed signs of alcohol impairment after the accident pleaded innocent in Magistrate Court to several charges connected to the incident including causing great bodily harm by vehicle abandonment or abuse of a child and two counts of careless driving He was ordered held on a bond According to a statement of probable cause filed in Magistrate Court A Santa Fe police offi cer was on patrol about Saturday when she noticed the aftermath of a crash at the intersec tion of Cerrillos and Clark roads By interviewing wit learned that Please see CRASH Page A4 Annies Mailbox C7 Movies C2 Business D5 Mutuals 05 Classifieds El OpinionA7 Comics B6 Police notes C2 Crossword C7 Scoreboard B2 Horoscope C7 Sports Bl Local news Cl Stocks Lotteries C2 Taste Dl Todays forecast Hot with sunshine and patchy clouds High 92 low 54 Page C8 Five sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 180 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 John Paul II on path to sainthood A ceremony Tuesday at the Basilica of St John Lateran launched the beatification cause for John Paul II Page A3 Todays obituaries David M Funck 16 June 24 Delfido Villareal 73 Alcalde June 23 Ignacio A Ortiz 97 Santa Fe June 24 Leroy I Madril 62 June 24 John Sena 77 Santa Fe June 26 Diane Moore 76 May 27 Shirley Barton 78 June 20 Page C2 Court OKs contempt findings against reporters in Lee case By PETE YOST The Associated Press WASHINGTON In the second setback for the news media in two days a federal appeals court upheld civil contempt findings Tuesday against four journalists whose confidential sources pointed to scientist Wen Ho Lee as a possible spy Lee who was exonerated of any espionagerelated allega tions has sued over his treat ment by the government His lawyer wants the reporters to reveal their sources to help in Lees lawsuit The judge has cited them for contempt of court for refusing and has ordered fines of per day though the penalty has been placed on hold while appeals are under way The identity or identities of the reporters sources goes to the heart of Lees case a threejudge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Dis trict of Columbia Circuit ruled The reporters are H Josef Hebert of The Associated Press James Risen of The New York Times Robert See REPORTERS Page A6 jf Ci y v   

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