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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 10, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NOVEMBER 102005 THURSDAY 50 CENTS Fashion mogul plans hilltop palacio Ford submits plans for 17000squarefoot adobe mansion ByTomSharpe The New Mexican Fashion designer Tom Ford plans to build an adobe mansion atop Talaya Hill reviving attention on a vacant lot that a decade ago was the focus of a fight over hilltop develop ment The privacyconscious 44year old who grew up on Santa Fes east side before rising to the top of the fashion world bought the 10acre lot last year through a corporation Angus Buckley LLC INSIDE named for his companion of 20 Designer years journalist Rich says Santa Buckley and their Fe is home 3yearold fox terrier PageA4 Fords lawyers and other agents initially declined to confirm he owned the company But this week after submitting plans to the city for a house with a footprint of more than P000square feet and a swimming pool Ford acknowl edged he is behind the project at the east end of Camino Sautander I havent tried to be particularly secretive about it he said But you dont want to advertise where you live If youre a public person you dont necessarily want people to know what youre doing The propertys previous owners Wall Street investor Paul Tiemey and his wife Susan fought with Please see PALACIO Page A5 Upper Canyon Road Proposed Talaya Hill residence Santander The New Mexican ing on With the countys final OK Lamy Cafe hopes to be ready for service in about two months Photos by Steve The New Mexican Valencia businessman Michael Gintert plans to open his Lamy Cafe in a railroad car adjacent to the train depot in the community southeast of Santa Fe He hopes to serve breakfast and lunch in about two months By Julie Ann Grimm The New Mexican A parked railroad din ing car could soon give rail travelers something else to do at the end of the line in Lamy Valencia businessman Michael Gintert plans to open Ms Lamy Cafe in a railroad car adjacent to the train depot in the community southeast of Santa Fe He hopes to serve breakfast and lunch in about two months The County Commission gave final approval to the plan Tuesday night People are asking me five times a day When are you going to said Gintert 47 who has catered special trips for the Santa Fe Southern Railroad from a Mtchen in the Lamy Depot for several years Lamy hasnt had a restaurant since Legal Tender closed in 1998 The former saloon and eatery had occupied a twostory Victorian building along the towns main drag and was once called The Pink Garter The Lamy Railroad and History Museum owns three railcars includ ing this one that the new Lamy Cafe will occupy Right now a sign on the 1950s Talladega dining car reads Closed for Restoration But Gin tert said if s nearly ready to go While passengers from Santa Fe Southerns three weekly lunch trains and specialevent trains from the excursion line and a smaller number of Amtrak riders are expected to contribute to the customer base he also expects to serve some of Lamys 137 resi dents The locals really want to have a place to have coffee he said The restaurant should also boost the community in another way Sevenyear Lamy resident Allen Anderson and others have founded a museum to preserve the history of the village and of the railroad in the Southwest Once a key gateway to Santa Fe Lamys prominence has died off Anderson said I have lived in Santa Fe since 1972 and didnt really pay that much attention to Lamy he said There wasnt much to do in Lamy except for the Legal Tender and there was not anything to tell you about the history of the town So we are try ing to fill that void The Lamy Railroad and His tory Museum owns three railcars includingthe one that the new restaurant will occupy Lease pay ments from the diner will help establish a permanent home for artifacts the group is collecting Exhibits are on display at the depot and a designer is creating an outdoor educational piece about El Ortiz Hotel another of Lamys nowdefunct historic busi nesses For Santa Fe Southern which leases land to the museum the cafe seems promising Ifs been our dream since we started the Please see D5N3NG Page A4 TREASURER SCANDAL Vigil faces 5 new counts Lawyer for indicted former state treasurer says client is innocent of all charges By Steve Terrell The New Mexican A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted former state Treasurer Robert Vigil on five new felony counts including conspiracy and four counts of money laundering related to his 2002 campaign for treasurer The new counts are on top of the 21 counts of extortion for which Vigil already was indicted The new charges come one day after Vigils prede cessor Michael Montoya pleaded guilty to one count of extortion and agreed to cooperate with federal authorities It isnt clear whether the new charges are a result of Montoyas cooperation But the new charges are for alleged incidents that took place during 2002 Montoyas last year as trea surer Vigil was deputy treasurer until the end of 2001 when he left office to campaign for treasurer Sam Bregman one of Vigils lawyers contin ued Wednesday to proclaim Vigils innocence The US government is not going to wear Robert Vigil down Bregman said in an inter view Hes a fighter and he has not committed Please see VGL Page A6 INSIDE Rumors mention Lucky Varela for Treasurers Office Page A6 ENERGY Oil execs defend gasoline profits prices By Justin Blum and Jeffrey H Bimbaum The Washington Post WASHINGTON Five top oilcompany executives appeared at a Senate hearing Wednesday to defend their high profits and spikes in gasoline prices and to beat back calls for punitive action The oilmen representing companies including Exxon Mobil Corp Chevron Corp ConocoPhillips SheU OH Co and BP America Inc came to Capitol Hill as disgruntled motorists are increasingly pressuring lawmak ers to do something about high prices But many lawmakers lobbed soft questions at the executives and analysts said no legislation is likely to be enacted soon Some members of the House and Senate have been calling for a range of legislation to deal with gasoline prices which spiked to more than a gallon after Hurricane Katrina Please see OIL Page A4 Elvira M Devargas 94 NOV 5 EfiseoMValdez 78 Bpanola Nov 5 Isaiah JMartinez 24 Nov 3 Isidro Martinez Nov 6 James Barker Santa Fe Nov 5 PageC2 SET Northern New Mexico volleyball teams are forced to play each other in quarterfinals of the state tournament today Sports Bl THE Beth Holtzman and Jonathan Coop find spectacular vistas and cast of characters along the Continental Divide Trail Outdoors Bl WAGE PUSH House Speaker Ben Lujan joins with a coalition of groups in advocating an increase in the states minimum wage to an hour Local Cl Mostly sunny High 70 low 40 PageC8 Index A independent newspaper Annies MailboxD3 BusinessC7 ClassifiedEl ComicsD4 Horoscope D3 LocalCl LotteriesC2 MoviesC2 ObituariesC2 OpinionA7 OutdoorsDl Police notesC2 ScoreboardB2 SportsBl 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