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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 13, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE OCTOBER THURSDAY 50 CENTS Delgado wont seek third term With mayor out of the way candidates starting to pop up By Tom Sharpe The New Mexican Mayor Larry Delgado ori Wednesday threw Santa Fes 2006 mayoral race wide open by announcing he wont seek a third term Potential new candidates emerged imme diately Paul Duran a former Santa Fe County commissioner said he will make a bid for the parttime elected post Meanwhile another former county commissioner Javier Gonzales and a former city councilor David Schutz also said theyre interested With Larry out of the race anybody couM said Duran a realestate agent who lost a City Council contest before winning two terms on the County Commission Withhim in there nobody The field of wouldbe mayors already included City Councilor David Coss and Karen Please see MAYOR Page A4 Larry Delgado INSIDE New adven tures beckon Page A4 DELGADOS SERVICE TO SANTA FE 1984 Elected president of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council served 15 years on council that oversees annual community cel ebration 1986 Retired after 30 years as a highway designer for the New Mex ico Highway Department now the Department of Transportation 199O Won a fourway race for northside District 1 council seat He beat his closest competitor by 3 to1 margin 1994 Reelected in a two way race for council seat by a 3tol margin Debbie Jaramillo elected mayor in a 12way race 1998 Elected mayor with 44 percent of the vote in sixway race Former Mayor Sam Pick was second with 32 percent Incumbent Jaramillo was third with 11 percent 2002 Reelected mayor in a fourway race with 43 percent of the vote Coun cilor Patti Bushee was sec ond with 30 percent 2OO5 Announces he wont seek another term Making way for new lift Ski Santa Fe selling downed trees for firewood even as pueblo files suit Luis Sanchez New Mexican Klaus Meyer ofjsanta Fe ties down a load of firewood from Ski Santa Fe on Wednesday at the parking lot of the ski area The wood came from trees being removed to make way for the new Millennium lift By Staci Matlock The New Mexican JL s contractors work to finish the new triple chairlift in time for Ski Santa Fes opening days this winter JL JLresuque Pueblo has filed a lawsuit in federal District Court seeking to halt con struction Meanwhile several hundred trees logged on 15 acres of the ski basin to make room for the milelong chairlift are for sale to the pub lic as firewood with all proceeds to benefit a local food bank The lawsuit and wood sale mark the lat est events in Ski Santa Fes decadeold bid to expand and add chairfifts Skiers and snow boarders are delighted by the prospect of a new lift to the upper skibasin trails at Decep tion Peak while groups such as Tesuque Please see LIFT Page A6 FIREWOOD PERMITS Ski Santa Fe is selling permits for firewood The cost is per permit for one truckload of wood Wood will be available from 9 to 4 daily including weekends Proceeds will ben efit The Food Depot Permits are available at the Ski Santa Fe office 2209 Brothers Road or at the ski basin Call the office at 983 9155 or the ski basin at 9925086 TREASURER SCANDAL Federal prosecutors expand case against Vigil Robert Vigil INSIDE 4 Deputy says Vigil is still very much in charge Page Cl By Felicia Fonseca The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Federal pros ecutors expanded their case Wednes day against embattled state Treasurer Robert Vigil adding an additional 19 counts to boost the total number of extortion charges he faces to 21 Vigil initially was indicted on two counts in September He has pleaded not guilty His attorney Sam Bregman said Vigil maintains his innocence Breg man said evidence the FBI and Attorneys Office are using to support the indictment is We cant wait for our day in court Ive never been more sure of an out come in a criminal case than I am today And that outcome will be not Bregman said Federal Investigators say in the expanded indictment that Vigil obtained more than in alleged kickbacks Initially he was accused of keeping The indictmentclaims 21 transac tions were made between Aug 19 2003 and as recently as Aug 24 of this year Vigil took office in January 2003 The charges are listed under the Hobbs Act which makes it a crime for anyone to obstruct commerce by extortion Vigil and former Treasurer Michael Montoya are charged with extortion in an afieged kickback scheme involv ing the investment of millions of dol lars of publicmoney Montoya also has pleaded not guilty Prosecutors contend both treasur ers demanded kickbacks from invest ment advisers in exchange for steer ing state business to theirL Around Dec the treasurers office appointed Kent Nelson as a financial adviser Montoya held the office from 19952002 with Vigil serv Please see VIGIL Page A6 Lawmakers end special session in a giving mood Legislature OKs energyrelief package plus tax cuts governor didnt want By Deborah Baker The Associated Press New Mexicans can feel a bit warmer about the upcom ing winter with the prospect of rebate checks help with home heating and possible incometax relief Lawmakers have sent Gov Bill Richardson an energy assistance package totaling more than million twoandahalf times what he requested when he called them into special session a week ago The package contains million in rebates checks ranging from to S289 that would be mailed to all New Mexico tax filers within three weeks to help offset high prices at the gas pumps It also includes million in energy assistance to help the poor est residents pay hearing bills for example and help public schools offset higher heating and transportation costs The Legislature over the governors objections on Wednesday approved about million in personal incometaxrate reductions that were enacted two years ago and then delayed earlier this year because of revenue Please see SESSION Page A3 ANALYSIS Senate bucked Richardsons plan for the session By Steve Terrell The New Mexican The special session of the New Mexico Legislature that ended Wednesday might be remembered as the first time the state Senate mutinied against Gov Bill Richardson The Democratcontrolled House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Ben Lujan DNambe basically gave the Democratic governor what he wanted Richardson called the session to push his plans for deal ing with rising energy prices use the states windfall from oilandgas revenues to fund rebate checks to taxpay ers and pass a law aimed at pricegouging But an emboldened Senate also controlled by Demo crats had ideas of its own The governor didnt consult with Democrats or Repub Please see PLAN Page A6 INSIDE States work to shield poor resi dents from rising heating costs Provisions of the energyrelief package passed Page A3 OBITUARIES tula Evans 73 Santa Fe Oct 10 LaneB Jones 76 Santa Fe Oct 7 Angeto Ruben Jimenez 66 Oct 7 Page C2 Index THE NEW MR OCTOBER A tworun shot by Reggie Sanders powersthe Cards past the Astros Sports Bl A DAY AT THE FAIR Santa Feans line up to play extras in new film Local news Cl SHOOTING HISTORY Petroglyphs under attack Outdoors Dl 1POD EVOLUTION Now that it can play videos Apples portable music player becomes a multimedia platform for everything from TV shows to music videos PageA2 TODAY Clouds and sunshine High 66 low 40 PageC6 Annies MailboxD3 Horoscope ClassifiedsEl Local news Comics D3 Movies 03 Cl Opinion C2 Outdoors Police notes Scoreboard Sports Time Out C2 B2 Bl D3 Main office Late paper classifieds 8 News tips 9833303 9863000 9863030 AteaMyownedancli V dependent newspaper Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue Ho 286 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years   

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