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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 21, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                SANTA FE SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY 50 CENTS Tax rebate proposed for gas heating relief Governor to call special session to consider million plan ByBenNeary The New Mexican The state would mail rebate checks directly to New Mexico taxpayers to help cover high gasoline and home heating prices under a proposal INSIDE unveiled Tuesday by Gpv Bill Richardson The governor said hell call a special leg islative session next month to consider a million pack age that includes the rebates The spending would tap state coffers bulging in part with booming oil and gas revenues Theres no question that people are Richardsori said Tuesday at Richardson others call for pricegouging refunds PageA4 a news conference outside a Cerrillos Road gas station where fuel prices hov ered around a gallon Details of die rebate plan are subject to change However the current version calls for payments ranging from for a single person who made over last year to for a family of six that made lessthan If approved by the Legislature during the scheduled Oct 56 special session Please see REBATE Page A6 Gpv Bill Richardson calls for a special session to ask the Legislature to approve a tax rebate during a news confer ence Tuesday at an Amigo Mart gas station on Cerrillos Road Luis Sanchez Saturno The New Mexican HURRICANE RITA Gulf Coast at risk again Storm grows to Category 2 strength could reach Category 4 By Michelle Spftzer The Associated Press KEY WEST Fla Rapidly strengthening Hurricane Rita lashed the Florida Keys on Tuesday and headed into the Gulf of Mexico where forecasters feared it could develop into another blockbuster storm targeting Texas or Louisiana Thousands of people were evacu ated from the Keys and lowlying areas of northern Cuba On the far side of the Gulf of Mexico in Texas Galveston started evacuations and officials made plans to move to Arkansas those refu gees from Hurricane Katrina who had been housed in the Houston area Forecasters said Rita could inten sify in the Gulf of Mexico into a Cat egory 4 storm with winds of at least 131 mph The most likely destination by weeks end was Texas although Louisiana and northern Mexico were possibilities according to the hurri cane center Acting FEMA Director R David Paulison told reporters the agency has aircraft and buses available to evacuate residents of areas the hur ricane might hit Rescue teams and truckloads of ice water and prepared meals were being sent to Texas and Florida I strongly urge Gulf Coast residents to pay attention to the storm he said Please see RITA Page A4 INSIDE Engineers rush to repair damaged ievees in New Orleans Local hurricane relief efforts Page A5 Charles Trainor Herald Gypsy King and Jim Essenburg walk through their flooded yard in Marathon as Hurricane Rita moved across the Florida Keys on Tuesday The storm gained strength as it moved into the Gulf ofMexico headed toward Texas TREASURERS OFFICE Madrid Vigil should resign AG says she might go to court to have treasurer removed By Barry Massey The Associated Press Attorney General Patricia Madrid called Tuesday for state Treasurer Robert Vigil to resign because of pendingfederal rack eteering charges against him and she threatened to go to court to remove him from office if he didnt stepdown Democrat is the first state public officer to call for Vigils resignation The lack of trust in his con tinuing ability to manage eflecr tively the publics money simply cannot be Madrid said If he is unwilling to voluntarily leave however I can proceed to have him removed from office before there is either an impeach ment or a criminal conviction and I will nothesitate taking the necessary steps to begin that pro Her office could go to court in a whats called a quo warranto action and ask for an order to remove Vigil from office for mis use of public funds Vigil and former Treasurer Michael Montoya both Demo crats have pleaded not guilty to extortion charges Prosecutors allege they received kickbacks in exchange for steering state busi ness to financial advisers Democratic Gov Bill Richard Please see RESIGN Page A6 El Rito residents return home fire 50 percent contained By Staci Mattock The New Mexican El Rito residents evacuated during the Pine Canyon Complex Fire were allowed to return home Tuesday after noon according to fire officials who are looking into the possibility that arson caused the nearly fire Up to 80 residents who lived along Forest Roads 110 and 559 west of the vil lage were evacuated Sunday afternoon The two roads were reopened but the OBITUARIES Benigna Deigado y Dante 90 Sept 16 Benjamin Nevarez 78 Sept 19 UionS Garcia 20 Sept 11 Christine KVigl 39 Jan 3 Uariyn T Kutner 83 Sept 16 Patrick Garcia Sept 19 Richard P Montoya Sept 16 PageC2 general public is asked to stay out of the area since fire personnel are still driving big equipment on the narrow roads than 300 firefight ers battling the threedayold fire in the air and on the ground had it 50 per cent contained by Tuesday evening according to the Southwest Area Inci dent Management Team The fire had charred acres by Tuesday night according to fire officials The line between the fire and pri vate property is real said Joan Hellen fireinformation officer The which started Saturday in Madera Canyon about six miles west of El Rito was human caused and investigators were trying to deter mine how the blaze was sparked Officials believe the fire burning north and west of El Rito had six dif ferent starts all along Forest Road 137 on the west side of Madera Canyon Carson National Forest information officer Dorotea Martinez said Fire investigators were back in the field Tuesday she said trying to piece together the exact type of fire arson errant campfire or other human error The price tag of fighting the blaze reached an estimated according to Danny Randall informa tion officer with the team The Associated Press contributed to this report Contact Staci Matlock at smatlock@sfiiewmexican.com or 505 4709843 GOODBYE DIESEL HELLO GREASEL Forget paying a gallon for gas Santa Fe woman has her Volkswagen Golf getting 45 mpg running mostly on vegetable oil she gets for free from local restaurants and caterers Local news Cl ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS Aromatherapist uses same natural oils that make up her products to enhance the flavor of her cooking Taste Dl LA CUEVA TOO MUCH FOR DEMONS Santa Fe High drops District 2AAAAA opener in shutout Sports Bl Alexander New Mexican TODAY Mostly sunny warm High 87 low 56 PageC8 Index Anntes Mailbox Business Classifieds Crossword Horoscope El Local News B6 Movies B6 02 Opinion Ol PoKce notes C3 C2 A7 Stocks Taste Main office Late paper 8 NCWS 9833303 Five sections 36 pages 9040363 9663000 156th year Issue No 264 9963030 Publication No 596440 Scnmg New Mndea for ISC yean   

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