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Publication: Santa Fe New Mexican September 29, 2005

New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 29, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE SEFIEMBER 29 2005 THURSDAY Alexander New Mexican 50 CENTS Lara New Mexican Santa Fe City Councilor David Coss voted against the Entrada Contenta development which would include a new WalMart Super center during the councils Wednesday night meeting at the Sweeney Convention Center The project prevailed on a 54 vote tie to By Tom Sharpe The New Mexican Mayor Larry Delgado broke a 44 dead lock late Wednesday to approve a traffic Entrada Contenta a squarefoot commercial development anchored by a WalMart center Delgado said he cast his vote for the plan because he believes the people on the far south western end of Santa Fe need the services it will provide Three and a half hours of debate produced the same vote as last month when the project was approved on the condition that developers ease traffic ON THE WEB See WalMart related stories latest updates and additional resources at walmart This is the most thoroughly studied project ever in the history of Santa TOMKEESING Entrada Contenta project manager and realestate agent concerns Councilors Matthew Ortiz Carol Rob ertson Lopez Miguel Chavez and David Pfeffer voted yes while David Coss Patti Bushee Rebecca Wurzburger and Karen Heldmeyer voted no The developers estimated Entrada Con tenta could be finished in two to three years But the Coalition to Limit Big Box Stores has vowed to sue over what it says was ah improper vote Aug 16 About 100 people attended Wednesdays hearing at Sweeney Convention Center Mike Gomez a traffic engineer for the project explained how the previous plan for two Tintersections on either side of Ger rillos Road have been aligned into a single intersection as councilors had Gomez said another entrance to the development has been planned Both entrances will continue to the west to inter sect with existing roads that lead to the Tierra Contenta neighborhood This is the most thoroughly studied project ever in the history of Santa said the project manager realestate agent Tom Keesing Please see WALMART Page A4 TREASURERS OFFICE SCANDAL Developer laces other charges J V State looking into building projects in corruption allegations ByAndyLenderman Trie New Mexican Elderly investors lost their life savings when they gave money to a developer who never completed the projects including one slated for Santa Fe a state prosecutor says INSIDE f Special session might address anticorruption issue Page A5 The man alleged to have defrauded the investors is Angelo Garcia ah Albuquerque businessman who has emerged as a middle man in the allegations of corruption that cur rently plague the state Treasurers Office according to federal court records One federal witness a for mer investment adviser said he gave Gar cia about twothirds of his commission believing he was buying influence with the Treasurers Office according tb a federal plea agreement Treasurer Robert Vigil and his predeces sor Michael Montoya have pleaded not guilty to federal extortion charges Fed eral prosecutors say Vigil and Montoya demanded kickbacks from private invest ment advisors who sought to invest the states money Now Garcia faces 27 state charges of Please see CHARGES Page A5 Delay now faces fight to avoid jail House GOP leader steps aside in wake of indictment but his problems are only beginning By Larry Margasak The Associated Press WASHINGTON Tom DeLay the ironfisted Republican leader relished a takenoprisoner approach as he rose to the top of Congress Now he faces a historic battle to keep himself out of a prison cell A Texas grand jury Wednesday indicted Delay on a charge of conspir ing to violate political fundraising laws making him the highestranking member of Congress to face criminal prosecution He temporarily stepped aside as majority leader to fight the charge A defiant DeLay said he had done nothing wrong and denounced the Democratic prosecutor who pursued the case as a partisan He said This is one of the weakest most baseless indictments in American his tory Its a Nonetheless DeLays temporary departure and the prospect of a crimi nal trial for one of the Republicans most visible leaders reverberated throughout the GOPrun Congress which was already struggling with ethics questions surrounding its Sen ate leader Republicans quickly moved to fill the void while voicing polite support for DeLay Speaker Dennis Hastert named Missouri Rep Roy Blunt to take over most of DeLays leadership duties Ronnie Earle the Democratic pros Please see DELAY Page A4 Petition calling for tax vote is unsuccessful Torn DeLay INSIDE Indictment adds to Repub lican troubles voter cynicism Page A4 Key events and controver sies in DeLays career Page A4 ON THE WEB See additional stories and a downloadable copy of the offi cial indictment at By Julie Ann Grimm The New Mexican A petition drive required to call a special election on a new sales tax didnt gather enough signatures from registered voters according to the county clerks office The Santa Fe County Elections Bureau on Wednesday had accepted signatures and rejected 298 of the names on the petition aimed at a turning back a percent gross receipts tax that will otherwise go into effect Jan 1 While organizers needed signatures to represent 5 percent of voters they turned in about on Monday a cushion of 217 names The rejected signatures exceeded that cushion by the time workers stopped their count Wednesday night According to a state law allowing a negative referendum such as this one counties may impose the tax without asking voters The issue is Please see TAX Page A5 DRIVE COMES TO AN END To call a spe cial election on a new county sales tax organizers needed signatures to rep resent 5 percent of county voters On Monday signatures were submitted but the County Elections Bureau rejected enough of those by Wednesday to end the drive percent grossreceipts tax will go into effect Jan 1 OBITUARIES Joanne 71 Sept 23 LeoX 86 Santa Alton R Packard Sept 26 Hondo A Quintan 76 Espaftola Sept 28 PageC2 FLUTTERING WONDERS Spurred by average rainfall a butterfly boom is filling the f across the West PageC5 TOP OF THE HEAP The mild mild NL West has a champion The 500 San Diego Padres clinched the fourth division title in their 37year history by beating the San Francisco Giants 9L Sports Bl TODAY Clouds sun with a Tstorm High 66 low 47 PageC8 Annies Mail box Comics C6 Crossword Horoscope Local news A tocaRy ownefl aMi iMMpeiMieiit Mewspaper D3 D3 Opinion C2 Police notes C2 Scoreboard A7 Sports Main Late pa per Mews 9833303 9840363 9663000 Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue No 272 Publication No 596440 Seivinf New Mexico for ISC yean ;

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Publication: Santa Fe New Mexican

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Issue Date: September 29, 2005

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