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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 5, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico FRIDAY AUGUST 5 2005 FIFTY CENTS Marine deaths put new pressure on Bush By TOM RAUM The Associated Press WASHINGTON The deadly recent attacks on American troops in Iraq are increasing the pressure on President Bush to develop an exit strategy The death toll from the war over and a new APIpsos poll shows the lowest approval yet for Bushs handling of Iraq just 38 percent The presidents fellow Republicans are growing nervous as they head into an election year Yet the administration must also confront the pos sibility that a draw down of troops tentatively planned to begin next spring could further embolden the insurgents and throw Iraq into civil war We will stay the course We will complete the job in Bush pledged anew during a news conference on his Texas ranch with Colom bian President Alvaro Uribe Bush suggested his resolve was only strengthened by a videotaped warning earlier Thursday from alQaidas secondincommand Ayman alZawahri threatening more terror attacks in Britain and tens of thousands of military deaths if the United States doesnt withdraw There has been little out ward sign of progress in efforts to defeat the insurgency and to beef up the Iraqi army and police so they can take over security responsibilities and allow an orderly withdrawal of Amer ican forces Particularly lethal bomb ings over the past few weeks including a roadside bomb that claimed the lives of 14 Iraq plans to improve border security Page A3 Bush Despite deaths will stay in Iraq Page A4 Marines on Wednesday have made the situation look even bleaker than military experts suggest it is That translates into a con tinued erosion of public sup port for Bushs Iraq policy at home An APIpsos poll this week showed that just 38 per cent of Americans approve of Bushs handling of Iraq A year ago the public was evenly divided on Iraq1 and Bushs stance on the war and terrorism helped him to elec tion victory Bush has lost support most dramatically among younger women especially those who Please see BUSH Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Romanticizing the retro Storms an exhibition of painter Ed Mells works opens with a reception today at OwingsDewey Fine Art Pasatiempo inside Get ready for the school year Get registration information for the upcoming school year for Santa Fes elementary middle and high schools Page A6 Road rage Dahica Patrick is getting lots of attention and its making her fellow drivers mad Sports Bl Show of force London subway lines reopened Thursday under the watchful eyes of dozens of armed police officers Page C9 Todays obituaries James Merrill 21 Santa Fe Aug 1 John Bernadette Ohlem acher Aug 2 Marian L Hyatt July 31 Rudolph Martinez I Colo rado Springs July 29 Page C2 Todays forecast Some sun and late showers High 75 low 57 Page C10 INDEX Annes Mailbox D5 Lotteries C2 Business D6 Movies C2 Classifieds El Mutuals Comics D8 Opinion A9 Crossword D5 Police notes C2 Generation Next Dl Scoreboard B2 Horoscope D5 Sports Bl Local news Cl Stocks D7 Five sections 44 pages Pasatiempo 116 pages 156th year Issue No 217 Publication No 596440 Cleaning the canvas Theatrical backdrops at Santa Fes Masonic temple undergo careful restoration By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican In a grandbanquet room at the Scottish Rite Temple the big pink building at Paseo de Peralta and Washington Avenue workers spread out on their knees to scrub away a centurys worth of grime from the temples theatri cal backdrops Under the direction of Wendy WaszutBarrett the crew is trying to bring the backdrops which depict such varied scenes as an Egyptian hall a forest and a castle corridor back to their original condition The canvas backdrops are older than the Scottish Rite Temple which was built between 1911 and 1913 They were originally intended fora Masonic lodge in Tucson but when its members informed the backdrops Chicago manufacturers that they were unable to pay for them the firm offered to sell them to Santa Fe Masons Bob Sherman general secretary at the Masonic temple said the backdrops are used in morality plays called degrees Sherman said as members of the Freemasons advance in the organization they perform the morality plays Theyre all designed to take a good man and make him a better man for his family and for Sherman said The degrees are put on twice a year to an audience of other Masons and occasionally a degree will be performed for the public he said The roughly 20foothigh backdrops are unusu ally old WaszutBarrett said Typically they were intended to last five to 10 years Santa Fes dry climate however has allowed the backdrops to endure much longer Workers moved at a deliberate carefully moving each backdrop On Tuesday WaszutBar Lara New Mexican Diana Kelley front and Pat Jacobs roll up one side of a backdrop that is being lowered from the stage at the Scottish Rite Temple rett and some of her crew mostly volunteers mounted scaffolds in the temples ornate theater and lowered a massive backdrop from the rafters inchbyinch as others folded the bottoms slowly The project began in 2002 with the restoration of about 20 netted back drops more fragile than the canvas ones currently under restoration Its hoped that about 30 back drops can be restored dur ing this round of work The temple has a complement of 98 backdrops in total Please see CLEAN Page A6 School board mulls salary issues By JOHN SENA The New Mexican After raising wages for the Santa Fe school districts lowestpaid workers the school board is trying to fig ure out how to adjust com pensation for other workers as a matter of fairness The board this summer decided to boost pay for some custodians and cafete ria workers to at least an hour this coming school year The new wage floor brings the school district in line with provisions of the city of Santa Fesininimumwage ordinance even though pub lic schools are exempt from the law However board mem bers and administrators at a study session Thursday indicated the district prob ably will have to wait at least another year to increase compensation for employees who already were making at least an hour before the board instituted the new minimum wage Also unclear is how the district will treat parttime employees under its new wage policy Board members expressed a desire to pay every employee including those working part time the newly adjusted minimum wage However Superintendent Gloria Rendon said that since the district didnt bud get for the higher wages the decision is already having an impact on this years spend ing plans As a result employees who were making at least an hour before the change substitute teachers with out a college degree for example earn only slightly more than the new minimum shouldnt expect to see a Please see BOARD Page A6 Survivors of Nagasaki Hiroshima speak against violence By ANDY LENDERMAN The New Mexican Masako Hashida is lucky She survived an atomic blast in Nagasaki Japan nearly 60 years ago when roughly others died She later married and had two sons and now is a grandmother to two boys and two girls Hashida saw a model of Fat Man at a museum in Los Alamos on Thursday the bomb that dropped on Naga saki and hastened the end of World War II I saw the bomb that was dropped on my city and its There must never be more victims of nuclear weapons or nuclear MASAKO HASHIDA survior of the atomic blast In Nagasaki Japan hard to talk about what I was Hashida said through an interpreter at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe Hashida and Koji Ueda vyho was six miles from the Hiroshima blast are in New Mexico this week to preach a message of abolishing nuclear weapons There must never be more vic tims of nuclear weapons or nuclear Hashida said What we are saying is that we cannot use violent means to achieve Ueda said Peace groups and reli gious leaders have united around the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima offering the pub lic ways to protest nuclear weapons and repent But veterans and Los Ala mos retirees are organiz ing as well to celebrate the creation of the weapon that from their perspective lives From the antinuke per spective religious services and public lectures are scheduled in Santa Fe today and Los Alamos on Satur day where scientists built the first atomic bomb Leading figures in the nucleardisarmament com munity and Hashida and Ueda are scheduled to speak The Rev John Dear will lead his group Pax Christi New Mexico in a Saturday service where members will wear sackcloth and ashes Were recalling through the symbol of ashes the deaths of all the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who were just vaporized by the nuclear Dear said in a telephone inter view And were also call ing upon the God of peace for the gift of nuclear disar mament This is an ancient Bibli cal symbol of repentance for saying we are sorry for the wrongs we have Please see BLAST Page A6   

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