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New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 31, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico 156 years SUNDAY JULY 31 2005 ONE DOLLAR care gap Finding day care in Santa Fe becomes more difficult as cuts to federal funding put referral centers in jeopardy Photos by Jane New Mexican Susan Bodenstein of Tender Learning Care reads a book to from left Abby Janecek 2 Owen Fowler 2 Vincenzo Pell 3 months and Amara Ravelo 1 Bodenstein has been running her daycare center for six years By WENDY BROWN The New Mexican When MeLanie Buenviaje decided tobecome a working mother the challenge wasnt find ing a job Fe It was finding someone to care for her 15month old daughter while Buenviaje was at work Buenviaje recently landed a full time job and has spent the past few weeks looking for day care Its tough tp find child care and Ive called almost every place in the phone she said Many providers dont take chil dren under 2 Buenviaje found And often they want you them off at and pick them up at she said That doesnt give you a lot of flexibility if theres traffic or something else comes 1 She eventually decided to have a family friend watch her daughter She didnt feel comfortable with any of the other options she said Finding highquality affordable child care especially for infants is a formidable task in Santa Fe County Demand exceeds supply A fouryearold study by Santa Fe Community College found the county had approximately preschool slots for day care but only 52 were reserved for infants But the 2000 Census shows the county has more than children under age live in households with two working par ents or with a single parent who is employed Earlier this month the state launched Look for the Stars a new system for rating daycare provid ers that will help parents decide if a particular provider is right for their child At the same time fed eral support for referral centers such as the one at SFCC ended The centers were often the only way for parents to find out about home daycare providers who didnt advertise Dan Harris who heads the states Child Care Services said New Mexico hopes to have a new referral system working in the next few months but until then there will be a gap A range of options In Santa Fe childcare options range from programs accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to dozens of individuals who use their own homes as places for care for infants and toddlers According to a list of daycare providers from the states Chil dren Youth Families Depart ment Santa Fe County has 10 licensed group homes 10 licensed Please see CARE Page A6 Kandace Kaye an early childhood consultant talks with Dominic Sena and Kelly Zhang both 4 at Santa Fe Community Colleges Early Childhood Development Center INSIDE Across the nation a numbers game of child care Page A6 Complaints against area care providers The states Look for the Stars system Questions to ask caregivers Licensing requirements for home care Page A7 54TH ANNUAL SPANISH MARKET Jane New Mexican Fiveyearold Marcos Valenzuela signs retablos for his many customers Saturday He is following in the tradition of his grandmother who is selling at the market for the 18th time For youngest artist Spanish Market not only about working By NATALIE STOREY The New Mexican Even though a steady stream of customers crowded the sidewalk in front of his booth at Span ish Market artist Marcos Valenzuela seemed more interested in his cousins and Capri Sun By midmorning the 5yearold painter had given up on selling his retablos and was running around with his cousins instead Its good to he said hopping on one foot while trying unsuc cessfully to poke a hole in his Capri Sun container so he could stick a straw into the drink As the youngest artist at the Spanish Market his chaperones and customers were willing to allow Mar cos some time to goof off This is the 54th year of the Spanish Market an event that draws about to Santa Fe during the weekend organizers said It features 200 art ists from the area most of whom create traditional and religiously inspired works By 10 Saturday many of the artists had already sold out Roxanne Shaw a retablos artist brought 36 pieces to the market At a halfhour before the sale started she had a line at her booth where she was selling her Please see MARKET Page A4 Resistance stirring to countys new tax Nearly signatures are needed to call for a popular vote By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican No taxation without representation was the battle cry of the American Revolution Some Santa Fe County residents are ready to put a new twist on that old slogan no taxation without a vote One taxpayer is prepar ing for a petition drive that would call for a popular vote on a new sales tax The County Commis sion on Tuesday imposed a Ae percent grossreceipts tax to help pay for a new courthouse The commis sion used a tool called a negative referendum that Area tax rates Grossreceipts taxes in the city of Santa Fe are among the highest in the state but not the highest Current rates as of July 1 according to the Taxation Revenue Department percent in Santa Rosa in Guacfalupe County percent in the city of Santa Fe percent in Clovis percent in Santa Fe County percent in Catron County was adopted last year by state lawmakers The nega tive option allows the gov erning board to enact a new tax and places the onus on voters to force an election Please see TAX Page A5 In Africa hungry nations look to outsiders for solutions By TODD PITMAN The Associated Press DAKAR Senegal In Niger a desert country twice the size of Texas most of the 11 million people live on a dollar a day Forty percent of the children are under fed and one out of four dies before turning 5 And thats when things are normal Throw in a plague of locusts and a familiar specta cle emerges skeletal babieis distended bellies people too famished to brush the flies from their faces To the aid workers charged with saving the dying the immediate challenge is to When aid money keeps coming all our policymakers do is strategize on how to get JAMES SHIKWATI Kenyabased director of the Inter Region Economic Network on African think tank raise relief money and get supplies to the stricken areas They leave it to the econo mists and politicians to come up with a lasting remedy One such economist is James Shikwati He blames foreign aid When aid money keeps coming all our policymak Sf ers do is strategize on how to get the Kenyabased director of the Inter Region Economic Network an Afri can think tank said They forget aboutget ting their own people work ing to solve these very basic problems In Africa we look to outsiders to solve our problems making the vic tim not take responsibility to Moving the aid can be nightmare Africas good roads are few and often pass through the front lines of civil wars But Shikwati notes an additional problem Even African countries that have food to spare cant eas ily share it because tariffs on agricultural products within subSaharan Africa aver age as much as 33 percent compared with 12 percent on similar products imported from Europe It doesnt make sense when they cant even allow Please see AFRICA Page A5 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Kenneth D Adam 88 July 26 Caroline R Cartwright 59 Santa Fe July 27 Virginia E Dehn 82 Santa Fe July 26 Carl H Devendorf 89 Santa Fe July 25 Lottie Genovese 89 July 26 Page B2 Todays forecast Partly sunny with afternoon Tstorm High 76 low 37 PageD8 INDEX Annies Mailbox C8 Business Dl Classifieds Hl Crossword C8 Focus Horoscope C8 Local news Bl Lotteries B2 Movies B2 Muluals 02 OpinionGl Police notes B2 Pasa 122 Scoreboard C2 Sports Cl Travel Fl TheWesfs OWest Newspaper 11 sections 112 pages i56tti year Issue No 212 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303
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