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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 4, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years MONDAY JULY 4 2005 FIFTY CENTS Santa Fe Opera stages a Barber to bet on By CRAIG SMITH The New Mexican When it comes to comic opera Gioacchino Rossini is hard to beat The prolific composers light hearted works includ ing The Italian Girl in Algiers The Turk in Italy and The Barber of Seville were the situation comedies of early 19thcentury operatic Italy and filled with sparkling music Rossini never hesitated to recycle from opera to opera as dictated by the situation or his fancy Barber is doubtless Rossinis most popular work and the Santa Fe Operas Saturday performance reminded me why The story is concise the improbable dramatic situation fetching and the humor very human The SFO production not only looked and sounded good but was a fine ensemble effort it left me wanting more rather than praying for the end of an act Barber was adapted from a play by the French watchmaker author and secretservice agent Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais The title character Figaro is the best scissorsandcomb master in Seville For a fat fee he agrees to help Count Almaviva win his beloved Rosina the ward of crotchety old Dr Bartolo who is determined to steal her fortune through marriage and pluck her flowering girlhood The situation is ripe for rowdiness Conductor Kenneth Montgom erys beat was light and unflus tered He never flailed and drew precise unprissy playing from the orchestra an ideal Rossini advo cate in other words There were a few moments in the overture when I thought we might be heading for Seville on autopilot Then the loose edges in the instrumental sound firmed up and stayed that way The cast was the kind SFO likes to be known for mostly young ris ing artists all committed actors and competent singers able to give an even and forwardmoving Please see BARBER Page A3 TODAYS FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS UNHID WAYS JULY FOURTH PANCAKES ON THE PLAZA Begin serving pancakes Arts crafts booths open Car show opens Kids activities begin Food vendors open Welcome Lt Governor Diane Denish Posting of the flags by Girl Sangre de Crlsto Council Star Spangled Banner Santa Fe Concert Band Cochiti Pueblo childrens Buffalo Dance Dance station Music by Manzarares Dance station providing dance instruction NOON Breakfast ends F16 flyover PM Celtic de Santa Fe PM Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band Car show ends PM Entertainment ends RM Citysponsored entertain ment starts PM Kids activities end RM Arts crafts end Food vendors close CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY Hours and schedules of some offices and institutions will be affected by the obser vance of July Fourth including the following State offices will be closed today County offices will be closed today City government offices will be closed today Office of the Governor will be closed today Federal offices will be closed today Post offices will be closed today delivering only express mail There will be no transpor tation or Meals on Wheels provided by the senior center today Fort Marcy Recreation Com plex and the Salvador Perez Fitness Center will be closed today The Santa Fe Public Librar ies on Washington Avenue Llano Street andat Santa Fe Place formerly Villa Linda Mall will be closed today The New Mexicans main office will be closed today and the circulation depart ment will be open from 611 today INAUGURAL SANTA FE COMMUNITY PICNIC Photos by Lara New Mexican Los Lobos David Hidalgo waves to the crowd at the Santa Fe Community Picnic on Sunday night at Fort Marcy Park Quetzal Manzanares Sol Fire and Trio de Jalapeno also performed at the event which drew about people Howling at the park Los Lobos other musical acts big hits at Fort Marcy By JOHN SENA The New Mexican Maria Hidalgo hadnt seen Los Lobos play live in more than 30 years It was 1974 and she was in college at University of the Pacific in Califor nia But on Sunday at Fort Marcy Park she remembered why she still loves them Theyre still Hidalgo said They dont forget their raizes She said she loves the tradi tional rancheras and corridas the East Los Angeles band has played since they started in the early 1970s But Hidalgo who was born in Southern New Mexico grew up in California and now lives in Santa Fe said she also likes the way the Please see PARK Page A3 Sakara Talamante dances with her parents Francisco and April Talamante as Manzanares performs INSIDE TODAY A piece cf Earth Day dies Gaylord Nelson known for founding Earth Day died Sunday Page A8 Todays forecast Mostly sunny skies High 90 low 55 Page B8 Todays obituaries Mary D Abel June 30 Domingo BenavMez 88 July 1 Page A2 INDEX Annes Mailtxx C45 Opinion A7 Classifieds Dl Scoreboard B2 Comics D8 Sports Bl Crossword C6 Spanish pageC1 Horoscope C6 Weather B8 TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Four sections 32pages 156th year Issue No 185 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Policy frees illegals to move about Editors note This is the second story of a threepart series examining security issues along borders By PAULINE ARRILLAGA The Associated Press HARLINGEN Texas Several times a day a gate rolls open and dozens of illegal immigrants stroll out of the Border Patrol station here blinking into the hot Texas sun as they look for taxis to the bus station and a ticket out of town Each holds a piece of paper that Span ishspeakers call a permiso permis sion courtesy of the government to roam freely anywhere in the country Since the Sept 11 2001 terrorist attacks more than undocu mented migrants who were caught after sneaking over the nations borders have walked right out of custody with a per miso in hand They were from Honduras El Sal vador Guatemala But also Afghanistan Iran Pakistan the Philip pines Yemen among 35 countries of special interest because of alleged sponsorship or support of These are the socalled OTM or Other Than migrants too far from their homelands to be shipped right back More than have hit streets just since this past October The Border Patrol is catching them hundreds each day riding inner Please see POLICY Page A4 V 7L Vi v Lara New Mexican Area fire departments respond to a brush fire on Richards Avenue that ignited Sunday morning the day after another fire in the same area Brush fire flares up again in same area Fire departments respond to call for second day in a row on Richards Avenue By JOHN SENA The New Mexican Dan Almeida stood with a garden hose in his hand Sunday afternoon wetting the ground around his neighbors house The neighbors were not home About 30 yards away plumes of black smoke rose as firefighters from the city of Santa Fe Agua Fria and La Cienega tried to put out a roughly oneacre brush fire near the intersection of Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue It was the second fire at the location in two days If its my house Id want someone to take care of it for Almeida said He said Sun days fire which started about burned about four times the amount left charred by Satur days blaze Firefighters havent determined what caused Saturday and Sundays fires Saturdays fire burned about a quarteracre behind Castros Res Please see FIRE Page A5 Egypts top Iraqi official abducted Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD Iraq Egypts top diplomat in Iraq who was to become the first ambassador from an Arab nation here was miss ing Sunday after apparently being abducted near his home authorities said Ihab Sherif head of Egypts diplomatic mission Ihab Sherif in Baghdad disap peared after going out late Saturday His vehicle was found next to a newsstand near his home Witnesses reportedly said he was taken by gunmen who beat him and called him an American Kidnappings and beheadings have become commonplace in Iraq but Sherif is the first person of his rank to be seized In Cairo Egypt the govern Please see EGYPT Page A5   

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