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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico C4 THE NEW MEXICAN Sunday October 2 2005 WEEK IN REVIEW OCTOBER i WalMart Supercenter approved Lara New Mexican Richard Gorman an Entrada Contenta agent speaks about the developments traffic plan at Wednesdays City Council meeting at Sweeney Conven tion Center The project passed 54 with Mayor Larry Delgado casting the deciding vote Capital thinking New Mexico Community Capital formed to provide midlevel investment for fledgling busi nesses has made its first loan Sunday Sept 25 Dl Business drifts north Santa Fes WalMart parking lot was so full of people camping out in their recre ational vehicles and cars this week that Cecil Phillips of Butler hesitated to leave his prime spot in the lots southeast corner to buy gas Like most of the people camped out there Phillips was waiting to head south for the 2005 Albuquerque Inter national Balloon Fiesta this weekend Alden Hoskie a jewelry vendor at the Palace of the Governors said he has met people from Indiana Min nesota and Miami this year They usu ally leave Santa Fe to go to the balloon ascensions in the morning and then return here inthe afternoon and eve ning Saturday Al Opinion in state split over Endan gered Species Act changes Envi ronmentalists and endangeredspecies advocates cried foul while livestock and oilindustry advocates cheered as the House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday fundamentally changing the 30yearold Endangered Species Act The measure would alter the acts language dealing with endangered spe cies habitats establish a program to reimburse landowners for environmen tal restrictions on their property and increase the power of the secretary of the Interior The bill introduced by Rep Richard Pombo RCalif passed 229 to 193 with threedozen Democrats supporting it and almost threedozen Republicans opposed It was introduced Sept 19 with 95 cosponsors including Rep Stcvan Pcarce Saturday Cl Richardson on Richardson George W Bush had A Charge to Keep John Kerry had A Call to Service My Vision for a Better America John Edwards had Four Trials Richard Nixon had Six Crises New Mexico Gov Bill Richardson has Between Worlds The Making of an American Life Putnams Sons due out Nov 3 Its become a political necessity for presidential contenders to publish autobiographical books Sunday Sept 25 AL Talks with tribes delay civic center Its not clear whether Tes uquc Pueblo leaders will win their battle to stop excavation of what they say arc remains of their ancestors in downtown Santa Fe But the tribe has succeeded in delaying work on a new civic center and underground parking garage So many human bones have been found between City HaJJ and the Sweeney Convention Center that an archaeological dig is likely to continue past November when Sweeney was scheduled for demolition Sunday Sept 25 Al Citizens tour neighborhood bill of rights A proposed neighborhood bill of rights is getting a warm recep tion from Santa Fe residents fed up with what they say are unanticipated devel opments unwarranted infill and rogue commerce in their neighborhoods The Public Works Committee on Monday endorsed theproposal after a dozen people many oftherrr officers in local neighborhood associations spoke in favor of it Tuesday Cl Local art dealer and businessman dies Alton Al Packard a longtime Santa Fe businessman and former owner of Packards Indian Trading died at his Albuquerque home Monday following a lengthy illness He was 76 Packard sold the shop that still bears his name in 1979 and spent the past 26 years pursuing his interests in Ameri can Indian irt which played a pivotal role in his life Wednesday Cl Opulence on wheels Hie Ari zona Limited pulls into town this afternoon featuring about two dozen vintage railroad cars with connections to an era of leisurely travel that has mostly disappeared The cars built in the early and middle part of the last century and with such names as North Star Hollywood Beach Northern Dreams and Georgia 300 will be parked in the Santa Fe Railyard beginning Sunday afternoon They depart Tuesday morning The private varnish cars as they are known for their polished interior surfaces will not be open to the public but the public is invited to view them and take photographs Thursday Cl Study says wage law leads to job losses Santa Fes minimumwage law has caused a loss of jobs and fewer working hours for some employees according to an eightpage study released Wednesday by an opponent of the ordinance Further according to the study by Aaron Yelowitz a University of Kentucky economics professor this research found that almost the entire negative effect of the living wage was concentrated on the citys leastskilled and leasteducated Yelowitzs study came out less than a week before Albuquerque voters will decide whether to enact a city minimumwage ordinance of an hour Those who favor and oppose the proposed law have been trying to use Santa Fes experience with a minimum wage ordinance to make their cases Most recently the Santa Fe Living Wage Network cited two studies show ing the minimum wage is working in Santa Fe Thursday C3 Evacuees seek free lodging at fourstar hotel A Louisiana fam ily that fled Hurricane Katrina com plained Thursday that a fourstar hotel in downtown Santa Fe declined to pro vide them with free accommodations Paul Bariclle whose bill for a four night stay at the Santa Fe Hilton was paid by the Federal Emergency Man agement Agency said Eldorado hotel refused to give his family a room while they wait for their donated house to be ready Its an Barielle said I have not asked for Friday AL Storm swamps area Santa Fe received inches of rain Thurs day said Chuck Caracozza a meteo rologist from AccuWeather Caracozza said Thursdays rainfall put Santa Fe on track to surpass the monthly average of inches for September For the year rainfall is still less than normal Santa Fe usually receives about inches of rain through September but as of Thursday the city had only received inches Friday AL Tourism officials Hopeful about civic center Tourism officials Thursday said they were guardedly optimistic about the progress of the planned conference center despite obstacles that could delay the S55 mil lion project due to open in July 2007 Tilings could change but right now were on said Darlene Griego executive director of the citys Convention and Visitors Bureau The archaeology will determine the rest of the Friday CL High court hears appeal against Thornburg offices The state high court heard oral arguments in an appeal Thursday from Santa Fe resi dents who are trying to stop an office complex proposed by Thomburg Companies on the north side of town Friday Cl Rio Rancho nipping at Santa Fes heels Santa Fe is New Mexicos third largest city but probably not for long Its expected to lose that dis tinction to Rio Rancho in the next six to nine months While the cities are close in popula tion no one knows the exact total in either Rio Ranchos growth rate is far higher than Santa Fes Saturday CL uiivi Council split on next increase City councilors appear divided over whether Santa Fe should delay a scheduled Jan 1 increase in the local minimum wage to an hour Not all councilors have taken a stand hbwcver and its unclear which side would prevail if the matter is put to a vote between now and years end Sunday Sept 25 Cl Governor backs Vigil impeach ment Gov Bill Richardson said Monday that he would support the Legislature starting impeacliment pro ceedings against state Treasurer Robert Vigil if the Supreme Court refuses to allow a gubernatorial appointee torun the Treasurers Office while Vigil faces federal extortion charges Republican legislators meanwhile said they will push for Vigils impeach ment next week when the Legislature convenes in a special session Tues day AL Petitions call for tax election Organizers of a petition drive hope theyve gathered enough signatures to require Santa Fe County to hold an election on a new grossreceipts tax But no one will know whether that will happen until the county clerk verifies that at least signatures are from registered voters Tuesday AL Sign of the times It took awhile for Dale Loper to convince Kis parents they should get a highspeed Internet connection so he could talk to them over a videophone Both Loper a computer coordinator at the New Mexico School for the Deaf and his parents are deaf The new technology has completely changed the way he and his parents communicate Tuesday Cl Fired employee on country payroll Santa Fe County Asses sor Benito Martinez said Tuesday he wasnt aware that one of his appraisers Leo P Sandoval had been fired from the state Treasurers Office last year after allegations that Sandoval counter feited money and government docu ments on photocopying equipment Sandoval 54 who has emerged as a potential witness in the kickbackextor tion scandal rocking the state Treasur ers Office has been working since Sep tember 2004 as a county tax appraiser Martinez confirmed Wednesday AL Official questions governors use of funds A Republican congress man from Colorado has accused Gov Bill Richardson of sending emergency state grants to four New Mexico coun ties to monitor a volunteer border patrol group rather than protect the border Richardson a Democrat declared a state of emergency in the four south ern counties last month In doing so he freed state money for local govern ments and law enforcement to cope with what he described as increasing border crime and problems related to illegal immigration Wednesday CL Developer faces other charges 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 The man alleged to have defrauded the investors is Angelo Garcia an Albuquerque businessman who has emerged as a middleman in the alle gations of corruption that currently plague the state Treasurers Office according to federal court records One federal witness a former investment adviser said he gave Garcia about two thirds of his commission believing he was buying influence with the Treasur ers Office according to a federal plea agreement Thursday AL Petition calling for tax vote is unsuccessful A petition drive required to call a special election on a new sales tax didnt gather enough sig natures from registered voters accord ing 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 grossreceipts tax that will otherwise go into effect Jan 1 While organizers needed signa tures 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 Thursday AL Court wont OK deal for Vigil Calls for impeaching state Treasurer RobertVigil grew louder Thursday after the state Supreme Court rejected a request from Gov Bill Richardson and Attorney General Patricia Madrid that would have allowed Vigil to temporarily step down with pay and have a guberna torial appointee run the office Richardson in a written statement in response to the ruling reiterated that he will support the Legislature starting the impeachment process Friday AL City councilor to run again Santa Fe City Councilor Rebecca Wurz burger said Thursday that she will seek reelection to a second fouryear term representing eastside District 2 While experiencing personality con flicts and meanness on the council she said I know that I can make more of a by finding the middle ground among the Wurzburger 56 said her priorities include affordable housing a longterm water supply and economic sustain ability Friday Cl State corruption laws on hold The state government would have more power to seize property pur chased by public officials with bribe or kickback money stop retirement bene fits for officials convicted of corruption and give more prison time for corrup tion convictions under laws proposed by Gov Bill Richardson But Richardson announced Friday that he will hold off until January ask ing the Legislature to pass his anticor ruption The proposals were spurred by last months arrests of state Treasurer Robert Vigil and former Treasurer Michael Montoya on federal charges of extortion and racketeering The governor had talked about intro ducing the legislative package during the special session scheduled to begin late next week Saturday AL New lab panel to manage hiring Los Alamos National Laboratory has created a ninemember council that will manage all the labs hiring and have the power to approve or reject hiring by all its divisions Director Robert Kuckuck said in a memo to employees Wednesday that the action was being taken because of tight budget projections for the federal Department of Energy and a pending change in who will manage the lab Saturday AL Hope finds a home Like Moses and his flock wandering through the desert the Congregation Beit Tikva finally found a home Thirtynine congregants walked down Rodeo Road on Sunday carrying i the temples Torahs to its new home on Old Pecos Trail a little more than five miles away Monday AL Teacherwise paying dividends for schools The success of Teacherwise a cooperative program between the school district and Homewise a Santa Febased organization that has helped 44 employees purchase homes has garnered the Government Service Award from Neighborworks America Monday Al School loses students over No Child Left Behind Sherry Coop wood wishes more parents visited her school before deciding it is not right for their children The Alameda Middle Schoolprin cipal saw 75 students transfer to other schools this year mainly because it failed to meet adequate yearly prog ress a requirement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act If theyre looking at the myths and rumors that abound about this part of town thats so Coopwood said But they dont even come and sit in a classroom before that Friday CL City protests Peters water plan The city of Santa Fe is formally pro testing a request by local businessman Gerald Peters to transfer water rights from Southern New Mexico to his proposed Suerte del Sur subdivision northwest of the city The request for state approval to use water rights from the Socorro area for a well at the proposed luxury develop ment is also expected to face resistance from an adhoc group here Thursday CL Put your feet to the fire A Santa Fe man leads workshops in overcom ing fear and walking on hot coals Sunday Sept 25 Sunday magazine Welcome home A Sephardic Jew returns home to Spain and opens a kosher restaurant Wednesday Dl Ambiguity coming to light Naoya Hatakeyama captures the quiet majestic beauty of the city in photographs featured in Tokyo a City of opening today at College of Santa Fes Marion Center for the Pho tographic Arts
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