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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 4, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE OCTOBER TUESDAY 50 CENTS NEW MEXICO OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION Disbelief greets governors request Members call Richardsons million voluntary charity donation unheard of By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican The president of a New Mexico oilandnaturalgas company says his industry can help lower energy prices by investing its profits into exploratory drilling and expansion Johnny C Gray of Marbob Energy based in Artesia said he disagrees with Gov Bill Richard sons request that the industry give the state million a voluntary charity donation that state govern ment would use to help poor New Mexicans pay gasoline and heating bills The request is separate from a proposed million energyrelief package that will be considered at this weeks special legislative ses sion We need to be left alone to take our profits reinvest them into the industry and Gray said Monday When supply comes up price will go down No different than peaches com or Gray and about others attended the New Mexico Oil and Gas Associations annual meeting Monday at Eldorado Hotel There Please see REQUEST Page A4 ON THE BORDER Residents of Columbus population three miles from Mexico are ambivalent about the Minuteman watch Columbus w Mexico Mexico Alexander New Mexican Caught in the middle Photos by Luis Sanchez New Mexicnn Columbus Police Chief Clare May left speaks to Walter Simpson captain of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department on Monday morning May is chief of a department of two himself and another officer and says he handles many calls related to illegal immigration from Mexico 3 miles to the south Editors note New Mexican reporter Barbara Ferry and pho tographer Luis Sanchez Saturno are in southwestern New Mexico covering the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps watch for illegal immigrants along the Mexico border By Barbara Ferry The New Mexican COLUMBUS Police Chief Clare May picked up a newspaper Monday morning saw the headlines about the patrols that the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps began nearby over the weekend and shook his head I dont need any John Waynes around he grumbled May a voluble veteran of two tours of duty in Korea is chief of a department of two himself and another officer He became chief in the 1990s inheriting some dusty equipment The village Please see COLUMBUS Page A4 A fence along the border in of Las Chepas Mexico three miles south of Columbus Ron Associated Press President Bush announces his nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers left to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day OConnor on the Supreme Court in the Oval Office on Monday ANALYSIS SUPREME COURT Bushs choice draws mixed reaction President turns to old friend to fill OConnor seat on high court INSIDE New Mexico senators react to Mondays nomination List of Har riet Miers accomplish ments Hisparttc groups upset over Supreme Court nomi nee After oath John Roberts takes helm as term begins Page A3 By Ron Fournier The Associated Press WASHINGTON Some liberals call it cronyism Some conservatives call it a betrayal President Bush is gambling that it will prove smart and safe choosing a littleknown loyalist with no judicial experience to fill a second Supreme Court vacancy Harriet Miers seems destined for confirmation Despite howls from the fringes of both parties Democratic and Republican strategists expect her to take a seat alongside newly minted Chief Justice John Roberts barring a surprise development Its a good sign for Bush and his attor neyturnednominee when the first words from Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid arc these I like Harriet Please see REACTION Page A3 High court considers reservation fuel taxes The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments on the power of states to tax fuel sold on Indian reservations a source of increasing conflict as more retailers thrive on tribal lands outside control AT ISSUE At issue is whether the state of Kansns can tax distributors who sell fuel to a gas station owned and operated by the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe Gamblers driving to the tribes casino 15 miles north of Topcka often stop for gas at the reservations Nation The Denverbased 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the tax violated tribal sov ereignty even though it was not directly imposed on the tribe A lawyer for the state argued Monday that Kansas is not trying to regulate tribal activity but is simply taxing non Indian companies based outside the reservation that dis tribute fuel to tribal operators All the tax money goes to keeping up state roads used by Kansas drivers on their way to the casino The why when and where of the tax is all offreserva Whether the state of Kansas can tax distributors who sell fuel to a gas station owned and operated by the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe Gamblers driving to the tribes casino 15 miles north of Topeka often stop for gas at the reservations Nation f Please see FUEL Page A3 OBITUARIES Angela CdeBaca 61 Oct 1 Bernard W Tunink Lucia J Freeman Oct 1 Mary L Lujan Oct 2 Amadeo R Archuleta 65 Louenda F Chance 83 Los Alamos Sept 30 PageC2 TURNING SOUR ON SWEETENER The state Environmental Improvement Board decides today whether it has the authority to ban the sugar substitute aspartame Local Cl LAWMAKERS FACE HISTORY The Legislature meets in special session and could make history if it proceeds with the impeachment process Local Cl PANTHERS STOP PACKERSRALLY Brett Favre showed he still had some Monday night magic just not enough as the Carolina Panthers held on to beat the Green Bay Packers Sports Bl TODAY Partly cloudy possible Tstorm Index Annies Horoscope Lotte A locally owned and independent newspaper Obituaries Police D4 Main Late 9863000 Hews High 74 low 48 Five sections 30 pages I56th year Issue No 277 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years
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