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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 27, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico AMTPA AIM 1A OCTOBER Club denied business permit Despite City Council decision management vows to keep Chilacas Cantina open ByTomSharpe The New Mexican Chilacas Cantinas management vowed the stay r open even after the City Council denied the business a permit late Wednesday night The unanimous vote came after testimony from more than 15 neighbors who objected to loud music late at night trash and an unwholesome atmosphere that they say is hurting the southeast neighborhood After the vote Chilacas manag ing partner Curtiss LaCross said he did not yet know if he would appeal the councils decision to court But he maintained the nightclub will not close We will be discussing our he said Well we be discussing the way we do busi ness Well be discussing our hours of operation Well be discussing entertainment all matters of our The city had ordered the club to seek a new certificate of occu Please see CLUB Page A4 High court rejects Gallegos request By Jason Auslander The New Mexican Suspended Municipal Judge Frances Gallegos will have to keep looking for legal help in her defense against misconduct charges The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday denied her request that the justices appoint an attorney for her or extend her paid leave for another 30 days while she looks for a new lawyer The high court suspended Gal legos for 90 days with pay Aug 25 while the state Judicial Standards Commission investigates two sets of misconduct allegations against her Santa Fe City Manager Mike Lujan approved payment of for her legal bills However when her attor ney Aaron Wolf of Santa Fe asked for an additional in October the City Council voted against the allocation Mayor Larry Delgado cast the tiebreaking vote in that action noting the city Please see REQUEST Page A4 THURSDAY 50 CENTS It has become apparent that the impeachment proceeding will be extremely expensive and a great distraction to the Legislature and the people of New STATE TREASURER ROBERT VIGIL in letter of resignation to secretary of state Vigil leaves office Steve The New Mexican State Treasurer Robert Vigil discusses agenda items during an Investment Committee meeting Oct S Vigil who faces extortion charges for allegedly demanding kickbacks in exchange for state business resigned Wednesday Treasurer says impeachment panel unfair claims innocence By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Indicted stafe Treasurer Robert Vigil claiming legislators consider ing his impeachment were unfair to him resigned Wednesday The move came after a day in which the impeachment panel heard for several hours evidence of wrongdoing on Vigils part Early in the meeting Vigils lawyer Sam Bregman stormed out after he was not allowed to speak I am determined not to allow the political process to violate my due process Vigil said in his letter of resignation sent to the secretary of state It has become apparent that the impeachment proceeding will be extremely expensive and a great distraction to the Legislature and the people of New Vigil wrote Furthermore based on the procedures set up to date by the Legislature it is clear that my ability to defend myself and cross examine my accusers is nonexis tent Therefore it is unlikely that an impeachment decision would be based on a complete and fair record but would rather be based on the politics of the Vigil whose 52nd birthday was Wednesday said he is innocent I have committed no crime and the Please see VIGIL Page A5 ROBERT VIGILS CAREER AT A GLANCE 199O Vigil is elected state auditor 1994 Elected to a second term as state auditor a posi tion he holds until 1998 1998 Unsuccessfully seeks the Democratic nomination for governor 1999 The State Auditors Office alleges Vigil as state auditor filtered money to a former assistant through an accounting firm Vigil denies the allegations State police investigate and find every indication that strong patterns of public corruption 2002 Elected state treasurer overseeing a nearly billion state investment portfolio SEPT 16 2OO5 Vigil and for mer state Treasurer Michael Montoya each are arrested on two federal counts of extor tion Prosecutors say both demanded kickbacks from financial advisers in exchange for business from the SEPT 19 Montoya and Vigil plead not guilty to extortion SEPT 29 The state Supreme Court rejects a request from Gov Bill Richardson and Attor ney General Patricia Madrid that would have allowed Vigil to temporarily step aside as treasurer with pay and let the governor appoint someone to run the office OCT 6 A bipartisan legisla tive panel is formed to make recommendations on whether the House of Representatives should impeach Vigil OCT 1O Legislators announce they plan to con vene an extraordinary session Oct 28 to consider Vigils possible impeachment OCT 12 Federal prosecutors file an additional 19 extortion charges to which Vigil pleads not guilty OCT 18 District Judge James Parker issues an order stripping Vigils authority over hiring firing and other personnel matters at the state Treasurers Office OCT 26 Vigilresigns as trea surer effective immediately House panel OKs opening Alaska refuge for drilling Legislation also would ease limits on oil gas exploration in coastal waters By H Josef Hebert The Associated Press WASHINGTON TA House com mittee Wednesday approved a mea sure that would clear the way for oil andgas drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge and currently offlimits coastal waters Supporters of the legislation argued that with natural gas and crude prices soaring and domestic supplies tight it is time to end the 24year federal ban that has blocked energy development along virtually all of the countrys coastal waters outside the central and western Gulf of Mexico The provision which will be wrapped into a massive budget pack age would allow states that want drilling within 125 miles of their shores a waiver from the federal moratorium that has been in effect since 1981 States choosing to allow drilling would get half the royalties from lease sales The ban would remain in effect along states that do not seek a waiver The measure which also would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska to oil companies was approved 2415 by the House Committee on Resources in a largely partyline vote Last week the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 139 for a similar measure with Sen Pete Domenici supporting it and Sen Jeff Bingaman opposing it Past attempts to weaken the off shoredrilling ban and open the Arctic refuge or ANWR to oil devel opment have been thwarted in the Senate as drilling supporters were unable to muster the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster However the budget measure which is designed to bring overall government spending levels in line with Congress selfimposed bud Please see DRILLING Page A4 OBITUARIES Amada Romero 86 Nambe Oct 24 Arthur A Masse 58 Santa Fe Oct 25 Arthur J Michael 87 Santa Fe Oct 26 Edward Wright 65 Santa Fe Oct 26 PristilaJaiairilo 70 Oct 24 RebecaQumtana Oct 23 PageC2 REMEMBERING THE FALLEN Opponents of the war in Iraq mark the military death with candlelight vigils outside the Capitol and on the Plaza Local news Cl BRACING FOR LEAK INDICTMENTS The White House remains concerned that President Bushs top adviser Karl Rove could be charged with false statements as early as today Page A3 TODAY Partly sunny High 64 low 40 PageC8 Index I tocafc tmmti ayi Annies Horoscope D4 A Obituaries Opinion Outdoors Police notes Dl Time Main Late News Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue No 300 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 15C yean