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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 16, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NEW NOVEMBER WEDNESDAY 50 CHNTS DEVELOPMENT Project clears last legal hurdle Highcourt ruling paves way for Thornburg office campus CEO says By Bob Quick The New Mexican Thomburg Companies claimed a major victory in its quest to build a northside Santa Fe office campus Tuesday after the state Supreme Court declined to further consider a neigh borhood appeal Although an attorney for opponents said there still might be a final legal obstacle chairman and chief executive officer Garrett Thornburg declared he has a green light to start the project The Supreme Court has affirmed the 80 vote of the Santa Fe Planning Commission we had eons Thom burg said Were moving full steam ahead to build an office The fastgrowing mortgageand Piease see PROJECT Page A5 SETON CASTLE CHRIS SALAZAR 19832005 man lauded for By Henry M Lopez The New Mexican When Chris Salazar was growing up in Santa Fe he rarely went out said his sister Jessica Salazar He spent his time at home watching Star Trek and when he would go to his sisters Softball games hed bring along a book she said But the shy small town kid found him self in the nations capital In May when he graduated from col lege in Washington he took his family on tours of Chris Saiazar national monuments and the Supreme Court He knew so much about the his tory of the monuments his family joked that he could have been a tour guide He was so knowledgeable about the court Please see SALAZAR Page A4 Blaze consumes stately landmark Historic home built by naturalist ignites amid renovation Photos by Kari New Mexican A firefighter with the Santa Fe County Fire Department watches as Seton Castle burns to the ground Tuesday The 70yearold building which was undergoing renovation was built by Boy Scouts of America founder Ernest Thompson Seton By Julie Ann Grimm The New Mexican lames devoured the historic Seton Castle on Tuesday leaving only blackened stone walls and charred timbers in place of the stately 70yearold building south of Santa Fe A construction crew that was midway through a million renovation project was working inside the castle when the fire started at about noon but firefighters say the cause of the blaze is unknown When the first firefighters arrived the fire had already breached the buildings roof engulfing the entire structure Hondo Volunteer Fire Chief Judd Dean said It was just too big by the time we got he said Suppression efforts were suspended for about 10 minutes because of a malfunction in an engine that was pushing water uphill to an attack engine next to the castle Dean said Please see BLAZE Page A4 THE BUILDINGS RISE AND FALL Kathy De La Mexican file photo An 1879 selfportrait of Ernest Thompson Seton was displayed in the homes dining room Seton was an author artist and historian Naturalist hrnest Thompson Seton designed the 32room Seton Castle and lived in it from 1934 until his death in 1946 at age 86 Ail the main rooms of the stoneandmortar multilevel home faced west and had views of the Jernez Mountains and beyond Its plaster walls were decorated with fres coes Seton who founded the Boy Scouts of America and later distanced himself from the group authored more than 60 books on nature and other subjects and left behmd thousands of paintings and drawings His wife Julia founder Campfire Girls died in 1968 The Setons adopted daughter Dee Seton Barber lived in the castle with her husband Dale Barber until 1998 In 2003 the fam ily sold the castle to the Arizonabased Academy for the Love of Learning which planned to restore it and use it as an educational building is now listed as a National Historic Landmark and a New Mex ico Cultural Landmark A million renovation project began in January Construction crews had completed about half of the work when a fire tore through the building on Tuesday The New Mexican Federal pension insurance agency suffers shortfall billion deficit could jeopardize retirement pay for millions of Americans By Marcy Gordon The Associated Press WASHINGTON The federal agency that insures the private pensions of 44 million workers is having big problems of its own hitting a deficit of billion as big airlines in bankruptcy dump liabilities With billions flying out the door of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp concern has been mounting over its finan cial footing The agency dis closed Tuesday in an annual report that as of SepL 30 it had billion in assets to cover billion in pension liabili ties Without a legislative over haul of the privatepension system the PBGC eventually will run out of money to pay the pension claims of the retir ees of companies whose plans it has assumed the head of the agency warned That would raise the possibility of a tax payer bailout Traditional employerpaid pension plans giving retirees a fixed monthly amount based on salary and years of employ ment are now estimated to be underfunded by some billion That could jeopardize the See PENSION Page A6 Net annual for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp S10 billion 2005 billion 10 15 20 25 Fiscal year ended Sept 30 SOURCE Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp The Associated Press OBITUARIES Christopher Salazar 22 Nov 13 Felipe A Gonzaies Nov 10 Grant W Kress 56 Santa Fe July 12 JoAnn Biliingsiey 75 Nov 14 10 Ruth Sembach Von Wunster 78 Nov 12 Victoria Roybal Nov 12 PageC2 Vva lUftKEY DAY EASY Thanksgiving a celebration of abundance and hospitality can be the most inhospitable holiday for the novice or unprepared cook The secret to a successful meal is in organization timing and simple familiar recipes Taste Dl FACE 0 rr The Santa Fe River and bigbox stores dominate a candidate forum Local News Cl AN OLDER WiSER AUTO Supreme Court nominee distances himself from a 20yearold document on abortion Groups on both sides are worried about where he stands Page A3 Plenty of sunshine High 52 low 25 Page C8 Index Annies Mailbox Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope D6 Local A locally owned and independent newspaper Police Time Main Late News Five sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 320 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years I   

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