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New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 30, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico V AFMBER 30 2005 WEDNESDAY 50 ClNTS Court rules in favor of city By Bob Quick The Hsv Mexican The New Mexico Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld Santa Fes minimumwage law rejecting argu ments that the City Council exceeded its authority by dictating pay rules for private businesses In a case that has drawn national attention a three judge pane ruled against business groups and some local restaurants who now must decide whether to appeal to the state Supreme Court The ruling comes two weeks before the City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to allow a scheduled mini mumwage increase to an hour to take effect Jan 1 Some councilors have said they worry that the new wage floor well above the current state and federal requirement of an hour will hurt Santa Fes economy and cost jobs However the position urged by social activists that municipal governments have the legal muscle to impose a living wage was bolstered by Tuesdays 42 Please see WAGE Page A4 MINIMUMFAY FIGHT Background A city ordinance raising the minimum wage to an hour for employers with more than two dozen workers took effect in 2004 Support ers contend the state and federal minimum isnt enough for iowwage workers coping with Santa Fes relatively high cost of living Busi ness groups and some restaurants sued claiming the city overstepped its authority and could force businesses to close or locate elsewhere Whats new The srare Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the city ordinance Whats next Ordinance opponents wiii decide whether to appeal to the state Supreme Court The Santa Fe City Coun cil on Dec 14 will consider a proposal to delay a scheduled Jan 1 ncrease to an hour until it gets results of a study measuring the laws impact on the local economy Los Alamos County wealthiest in nation Areas median household income at but poverty persists in state By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican Los Alamos County is the wealthiest in the country Census data shows while nearly a third of the states young children continue to live in poverty The Census Bureau released new data for 2003 on Tuesday which shows dramatic differences in how New Mexi cans live The median household income in Los Alamos County home of Los Alamos National Labora tory was for 2003 the highest in the country Santa Fe Countys median income was and Rio Arribas was And percent of the states children 4 years old or younger lived in poverty What concerns me is the uneven said Gerry Bradley an economist with the advocacy group New Mexico Voices For Children have peaks and valleys in median income throughout the The median income nationwide is Around the country 203 percent of children 4 years old and younger live in poverty In New Mexico the median income was Luna County had the states lowest median household income at Bradley a former state government economist said New Mexicos economy is growing but could be better We dont have enough job growth and the right kind of job growth to pull the workingclass people out of Bradley said US Rep Tom Udall repre sents Northern New Mexico and sits on the House Small Business Committee Small business is the engine that drives economic development in New he said We need to support our small businesses and the lab should play a cru WINTER SPANISH MARKET AT A GLANCE The top and bottom five New Mexico counties in median house hold income TOP FIVE Los Alamos County Sandova County Santa Fe County Bernalillo County Valencia County BOTTOM FIVE Guadaiupe County Quay County Sierra County Hidalgo County Luna County Luis Sanchez New Mexican Judy Varoz Long of Santa Fe works at home Friday on one of her straw applique pieces for Winter Spanish Market Long will participate in the event for the first time this year Contemporary works included in lthannual art event Please see COUNTY Page A5 By Ginger McGuire For The New Mexican Artists exhibiting their work at this weekends 17thannual Winter Spanish Market are breaking out of the box with contemporary expres sions of the traditional Colonial art typically portrayed at the event This is the first year participants will be exhibiting and selling break out pieces at the market Spanish Market director Bud Redding said Those who attend will have the opportunity to see both traditional and contemporary expressions in every form such as santos straw applique pottery textiles furniture and jewelry from more than 100 artists The intention of introducing socalled breakout pieces or con temporary expressions is to honor our deep historic roots as part of a living and evolving artistic tradi tion to let the Spanish Market art Please see MARKET Page A4 JFYOUGO What Winter Spanish Market When 9 to 5 Satur day 9 to 4 Where Sweeney Con vention Center Cost Free admission Thomas Mayas Unclear if Boys and Girls Club knew of staffers manslaughter conviction By Jason Auslander The New Mexican The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe wont specifically say whether it knew an employee allegedly caught with cocaine in a club van last week had served time in prison for shooting his commonlaw wife to death according to a Tuesday news release The club carefully screens applicants for both permanent and temporary employment and followed that policy when it hired Thomas Mayes 42 the release states Results of Mayes screening were carefuliy reviewed by Club staff and the board of directors and employment decisions were based on the results and the employees ongoing performance over the release says But asked if that meant the organization knew of Mayes criminal history the clubs chief professional officer Al Padilla refused to elaborate and hung up the phone on a reporter When asked the same question Tuesday board member Dr Stephen Lucero said Thats what were looking He said club officials were digging through files to verify Mayes background was known at the time he was hired Lucero said he believed Mayes was the director of the Boys and Girls Club on Camino Jacobo but denied to com ment further Mayes was stopped last Wednesday by undercover narcotics detectives who had received a tip that he was trafficking cocaine At the time Mayes was driving a Boys and Girls Club van and had four children under the age of 10 with him including two of his own children and about two ounces of cocaine police said Police later found about four more ounces of cocaine at Mayes apartment as well as a stolen loaded handgun and stolen merchan dise with price tags still attached According to a police report Mayes admitted deal ing cocaine while working at the club and admitted the merchandise in his apartment was stolen Mayes a former Gallup police officer was convicted in 1992 of manslaughter aggra Piease see CLUB Page A6 OBITUARIES Carolina L Baldonado Nov 26 Rosalrta P McHenry 60 Abiqui Nov 28 Joseph E Paul 83 Nov 25 Dolores R Roybal 84 Nov 28 Glen W Rusk 82 Page C2 A new cookbook goes beyond the usual to reveal a wide range of flavors in regional Mexican fare Taste Dl M GAY Santa Fe Archbishop Michael J Sheehan downplays impact of new guidelines Page A2 iOYSAL Santa Fe High tops Espafiola 4735 in new coachs debut Sports Bl Partly sunny High 52 low 23 Page C8 Index Annies A locally owned and independent newspaper Horoscope Local Police Time III 16646 00050 Mam Late News Five sections 34 pages 156lh year Issue No 334 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years