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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 11, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                TH NOVEMBER FRIDAY 50 CENTS Arctic refuge drilling stalls in House Moderate Republicans withdraw support over spending cuts fight goes on By H Josef Hebert The Associated Press WASHINGTON For a quarter century environmentalists have suc ceeded in blocking efforts to drill for oil in what they consider a pristine cherished patch of tundra in an Alaska wildlife refuge But with skyhigh fuel prices and a wider Republican majority in Congress their long fight to keep oil companies out of the refuge looked to be in trouble Then they got some help from an unex pected place House Republicans angry over cuts to social programs House leaders put off Thursday to vote on the budgetcutting package because of opposition to issues unre lated to the Alaska refuge deep cuts in Medicaid food stamps and student loans The leaders earlier were forced to jettison the Alaska drilling provision from the bill after a group of GOP mod erates said they would not vote for the budget if it were included Developing the Arctic National Wild life Refuge where geologists believe billion barrels of oil rest beneath a coastal strip of tundra has been a top energy priority for President Bush and Republican leaders in Con gress for years Bush first called for its development in his 2000 presidential campaign The House in various forms passed authorization to drill in the refuge five times but each time the measure died in the Senate where drilling support ers couldnt get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster Over the years protecting the refuge and its wildlife caribou polar bears musk oxen and tens of thousands of migratory birds became a cause for environmentalists and conservationists of all political stripes But the strategy this time was to push the ANWR measure through as part of the budget bill which is not subject to a filibuster A decade ago a Republican Please see REFUGE Page A8 PECOS BENEDICTINE MONASTERY Separation anxiety M Some sisters leave in wake of Vatican order to end decadesold coed arrangement New Mexican file photo Sister Helen Vasquez center shown at a 2OO1 service at the Pecos Benedictine Monastery is one of two sisters who has decided to stay at the monastery after the Vatican ordered the women there to complete yearlong training and form a separate convent Sister Hilary Case third from right has decided to leave the monastery The other women pictured left the monastery before the issue was raised The New Mexican By Phaedra Haywood The New Mexican I EGOS The Benedictine Monastery in Pecos is one of the few monasteries in the country where nuns and monks work eat and worship together How ever a recent order by the Vatican could end that decadesold arrangement Although everyone at the monastery considers the five female residents to be nuns the women have never received such recognition from the Roman Catholic Church Now the Vatican is asking the women to make some changes in order to gain official status Among the changes less daily con P tact with the monasterys 14 monks As a result the normally peaceful religious com munity is in turmoil as nuns who have devoted years of service to the monastery and monks who chose it because of its unique arrangement try to come to terms with how the Vaticans order will change their lives Three of the women who live at the monastery in Pecos Canyon about a halfhour drive east of Santa Fe are leaving as a result of the the churchs order according to the monasterys abbot Christopher ZielinskL ZielinsM said the status of the women at the mon Please see MONASTERY Page A7 LANL Weapons program draws split positions Domenici Goal is to improve existing arsenal critics call project a backdoor upgrade By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican Congressional committees have more than dou bled funding for the Reliable Replacement War head program money that will go to Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories But proponents and a nuclearwatchdog group are already arguing about the program means Supporters say the program is just a concept for now but one that could create more reliable parts for an aging nuclearweapons stockpile Critics say if s the backdoor to a totally weapons program US Sen Pete Domenici RNJVL a leading sup porter said in a written statement Thursday that Please see SPLIT Page A6 VETERANS DAY The last from a forgotten war Only a handful of American World War I vets alive today By Douglass K Daniel The Associated Press WASHINGTON Lloyd Brown remembers Armistice Day in 1918 as few ever so few vet erans can Tor the servicemen there were lots of hugs and recalls Brown of Charlotte Hall Md a teen age seaman aboard the battleship USS New Hamp shire in port stateside when the fighting stopped We were so happy that the war was Now 104 Brown adds Theres not too many of us around any Please see VETERANS Page A7 OBITUARIES Darrreflyn Sofiar 64 Nov 2 Donnan Herfae 89 Albuquerque Nov 9 Giiberto Lucero E Rito Nov 10 James Barker Santa Fe Nov 5 Marcefla A Thomas Santa Fe Nov 3 Nikkie Montoya DeCardenas 40 Santa Fe Nov 9 Shamash K Crawford Vemon D Harrison Santa Fe Nov 7 Nancy Cruse Miller Santa Fe Nov 9 Page C2 MOTIONPICTURE States steady stream of film productions after 2003 legislation has helped New Mexicos film students learn how to work like pros Local news Cl ST MICHAELS POIOAQUE ADVANCE Lady Horsemen move on to semifinals over West Las Vegas while the Elkettes drpp Santa Fe Indian School in four sets Sports Bl Index Annies D5 Generation Horoscope Local Police 1 Time MAGGIE TAYLOR A DREAM ON SECOND AND THIRD THOUGHT We are often misled by our eyes Yet the truly foolhardy among us continue to believe what we see Beyond the Ordinary a show of works by Maggie Taylor and Huntington Witherill opening today at Verve Fine Arts may help us to understand that reality is both more and less than what can be seen Pasatiempo Inside Main Late News TODAY Showers likely High 64 low 34 Page C10 Five sections 44 pages Pasatiempo 96 pages 156th year Issue No 315 Publication No 596440 A locally owned and independent newspaper Serving New Mexico for 156 years   

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