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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 23, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                T THE SANTA FE SEPTEMBER 23 2005 Vigil By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Embattled state Treasurer Robert Vigil yielded to highlevel pressure Thursday and agreed to take paid leave while he is prosecuted on federal extortion and rack eteering charges In a deal with Gov Bill Richardson and Attorney General Patricia Madrid Vigil agreed to allow the governor to name an acting treasurer if the state Supreme Court approves the idea The procedure is unprecedented No one has ever asked the states highest court to ratify an arrangement for temporary replacement of an elected state officer The FRIDAY 50 CENTS with pay law has no provision that explicitly pro vides for the governor to name someone to temporarily run the state Treasurers Office State Supreme Court justices were attending a conference in Ruidoso on Thursday but a iychatdspn spokesman said might iaet as early as today I think the main criteria has to be rity financial Richardson said of choosing a replacement to oversee the management of billion of public funds And its important that the position be viewed as somebody that is that is going to restore the financial integ rity of that State Republican Party chairman Allen Weh called the agreement a sweetheart deal and repugnant because Vigil would continue to receive his sal ary Vigil Richardson and Madrid all are Democrats Weh said Vigil should resign immedi ately or face impeachment proceedings Vigil and his predecessor toya have pleaded not guilty to federal extortion racketeering and conspiracy charges Prosecutors allege they demanded kickbacks from private financial advisers in exchange for state investment business Each faces20 years in prison Richardson told a reporter Thursday Please see VIGIL Page A8 State Treasurer Robert Vigil arrested on federal extortion and racketeering charges Sept 16 announced Thursday that he will take paid leave while he is being prosecuted Jake Schoeltkopf For The New Mexican Sculptor gives nation a glimpse of 1680 Pueblo Revolt leader Pope Linda SpillersAhe Associated Press From left sculptor Cliff Fragua of Jemez Pueblo Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Sen Pete Domenici attend the unveiling of the statue of Pope on Thursday in the Capitols Rotunda San Juan Pueblos Pope led the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 against the Spanish By Rick Romancito The Taos News WASHINGTON Pope proved to be a little more humble than anyone expected When it came time to unveil the statue of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt leader in the nations Capitol Rotunda on Thurs day afternoon the cloth stubbornly refused to come off It took the efforts of Rep Tom Udall and others to remove the cloth and finally reveal the figure crafted by Jemez Pueblo artist Cliff Fragua that took so long to reach Washington All fivemembers of New Mexicos delega tion attended the unveiling of the statue of a man whom many called the leader of the first American The Popeled insurrection against the Span ish conquerors was at its core a basic human and American need to challenge US Sen Pete Domenici said This statue represents not only the history of a single man but a legacy that helped ensure the sur vtval of Pueblo and American Indian culture in New US Sen Jeff Bingaman DNJVL noted that statue of Pope also was historic for being the final one added to the Statuary Hall Collection in the Capitol It also is the only one created by an American Indian artist Before the march by tribal leaders to the Capi tol from the National Museum of the American Indian a short walk from the Mall Fragua said he was excited and a little nervous because of the caliber of the dedication But at the same time I also feel real proud that this event is finally happening and that Pope is being hon ored Because of CliffFraguas stunning achieve Udall said at the unveiling we can get a glimpse of who Pope was as will thousands of visitors to Washington each In 1675 Pope sometimes spelled Popay Please see REVOLUTIONARY Page A10 HURRICANE RITA Refineries shut down gas supplies threatened By Kevin G HaH Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON Gasoline prices began rising anew Thursday as Hurricane Rita forced the shutdown of refineries pipelines and more than 90 percent of offshoreoil production hi the Gulf of Mexico Even if Rita avoids a direct hit on the nations oil belt the closures of Texas and Louisiana refineries and pipelines that f6ed gasoline to the Midwest and East Coast assured higher fuel prices and disruptions in supplies Gasoline futures contracts rose cents to per gallon in trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and many service stations notched up their prices as well Expect prices to rise in the short term That could be extended into the long term depend ing on damage if there is any to refiner said Ben Brockwell the director of pricing for the Oil Price Information Service Please see REFINERIES Page A7 City manager wants to freeze hiring hang up cell phones By Tom Sharpe The NewMexican Declining tax revenues have forced the Santa Fe city manager to institute a hiring freeze suspend most travel and call for coun cilors to give up their cell phones City Manager Mike Lujans Thursday memo says the only positions that will be filled effec tive immediately are those dealing with afford able housing Councilor Karen Heldmeyer said the action is necessary because no one knows why Santa Fes grossreceiptstax revenues are down or when they might rebound Please see CITY Page A10 OBITUARIES Santa Fe Sept 20 Jon Paul A Martinez 18 Santa Fe SepL 18 Sept 21 Patrick Garcia SepL 19 Robert H Stewart 77 Sept 22 Page C2 Index A UCflly QtMMMl 2 BREWERY ON TAP The Santa Fe Brewing Co has established its brand name today its celebrating the grand opening of a new restaurant and music venue Business D3 SPECIES BILL FAVORS LANDOWNERS The House is set to vote on a rewrite of the Endangered Species Act that gives priority to property owners Page A8 VATICAN MIGHT BAN GAY SEMINARIANS Gay priests are devastated by ari anticipated document PageC6 Annies Mailbox Comics D5 Crossword C2 Generation Next El D6 Opinion Police notes C2 A9 C2 Sports Stocks Time Out Bl D4 05 POWER OF PEN REAPS HONORS FOR CARTOONIST Political cartoonist and Santa Fe resident Pat OliphantisoneoflO recipients of the 2005 Governors Awards for Excellence in the Arts who are profiled in this weeks Pasatiempo Pasatiempo Inside Main office9833303 Five sections 38 pages Late paper9840363 Pasatiempo 104 pages Classifieds9863000 156th year Issue No 266 News tips Publication No 596440 rHw Mexico rof 15C yws TODAY Partly cloudy High 82 low 53 PageC10   

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