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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 22, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NOVEMBER TUESDAY 50 CFNTS New treasurer fires 5 Vigil employees Two top assistants among those losing jobs By Steve Terrell The New Mexican It was housecleaning time at the state Trea surers Office on Monday as newly appointed Treasurer Doug Brown fired two top assis tants of indicted former Treasurer Robert Vigil and terminated three other employees who had been hired by Vigil Brown also placed another employee close to Vigil on administrative leave At least some of those fired were close INSIDE friends or relatives of Vigil who is facing multiple fed eral charges of extortion and money laundering Also last week a law yer employed by the Treasurers Office gave his twoweek notice Dave Romero of Las Vegas said Monday that his leaving is volun tary and isnt connected to Browns move Treasurer Brown is not wasting any said treasurer spokeswoman Jodi Porter He Vigils law yer wants FBI search evidence thrown out Page A4 has taken action to move the office forward making changes and building his team to restore the publics confidence in the state Treasurers According to Porter those losing their jobs are Ann Marie Gallegos who as assistant deputy treasurer was making a year Gallegos is married to Vigils cousin Levi Chavez a special assistant to the Please see TREASURER Page A4 Doug Brown New state treasurer Robert Vigil Facing federal charges Going to extremes for Players start early for shot at limited supply of videogame system Luis Sanchez New Mexican Joe Blayiock and Caitlin Madill both from Los Alamos battle each other playing Halo 2 while they wait in line Monday at WalMart to buy the new Xbox 36O The store which only received 14 consoles had planned to begin selling the videogame system at midnight By Henry M Lopez The New Mexican he Christmas buying season got off to an early start Mon day but the teens and young men camped outside Best Buy werent putting up with the cold to shop for others They were lined up to be among the first to get one of the seasons hottest items Microsofts Xbox 360 By 5 about 10 people prepared to spend the night in nearfreezing tem peratures to buy one of the stores 40 XBOX 360 The second gen eration of Micro softs Xbox game system comes in two price packs the core bundle costs and the premium pack costs videogame systems at 9 ajn today The hardcore as they call them selves found entertainment by telling jokes and playing games on the current generation Xbox The arrival of a new videogame system is like opening night for a block buster movie Fans become frenzied by massive advertising campaigns and go to great lengths to be the first to get the system before their peers And while they are still called the computerand videogame industry is big business last year it took in more than S73 billion in sales according to Entertainment Software Association an industry group These things are more than just video said Mike Abeyta 19 of Santa Fe They are DVD players and have everything built into Abeyta who wasnt dressed for the cold temperatures said a friend was going to bring sleeping bags for him and another friend waiting outside the store Best Buy general manager David Pri eto welcomed the campers and offered to let them use the stores restrooms Please see XBOX Page A3 NOT JUST CHILDS PLAY sE of all Americans piay video games 43 p8f S3ilt of gamers are between ages 18 and 49 The average game piayer is C K2 and has been playing for More than i4Sf fRJIiiCri computer and video games were sold in 2004 Source Entertainment Software Association OBITUARIES Christopher E Thomas 50 Santa he Nov 12 Peggy L Chavez Nov 19 Raymond C Romero 62 Espanola Nov 18 Raque N Aranda 67 Page C2 Shoppingguide sites are getting ready for the holiday season as consumers are expected to spend billion shopping on the Web Business Dl IRAQ Cash transfer to Kurds raises questions about Bremer era Kurdish officials claim administrator improperly spent billions marked for province By Richard C Paddock and T Christian Miller Los Angeles Times ERBIL Iraq The S100 bills were all new They came wrapped in plastic and loaded on wooden pal lets Altogether the money weighed 15 tons enough to fill three military helicopters It totaled bulion In a littleknown operation during the final days of the Coalition Provisional Authority Ameri can military helicopters flew the shipment of cash to Erbil Iraqi Kurdistans largest city troops were waiting on the ground at the air port to unload the money and take it under heavy guard to the headquarters of the provinces Central Bank in the center of the city The cash payment which approved by outgo ing Administrator L Paul Bremer was delivered on June five days before he handed over sov ereignty to a new Iraqi government in Baghdad and left the country The money came from prewar oil revenues and was given to top officials of Iraqs two Kurdish provincial governments For us it was so said Rashid Taher general director of finance in Erbil province We Please see CASH Page A3 FINE CANYON FIRE Two men souj as witnesse SHARON LEAVES LSKUO PARTY Israeli prime minister will lead a new political party committed to pursuing peace Page A2 IB Annies 1 I A locally owned and independent newspaper Horoscope Local Police By Staci Matlock The New Mexican Investigators want to talk with two men about the Pine Canyon blaze which burned almost acres in September and forced 80 residents to evacuate their El Rito homes in Northern New Mexico The two men are not suspects in the arsoncaused fire but might be witnesses said Bruce Maldonado a Forest Service special agent The single fire formed from six small fires that were the work of arsonists Maldonado said Investigators want to speak with the men about what they might have seen Sept 17 the day the fire started We know these guys were cutting wood about that Maldonado said They had wood piled in the back of the We are looking for them to interview as possible Please see BLAZE Page A4 TODAY Time AFLOAT WITH WiN Brad Johnson and the Vikings keep their postseason hopes alive improving their record to 55 with a 2017 victory at Green Bay Sports Bl Main Late News Mostly sunny High 60 low 28 PageC6 Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue No 326 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years   

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