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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 1, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN DECEMBER i 2005 THURSDAY 50 CENTS Gail Associated Press A protester stands with a sign that reads Stay what course as one of the presidential helicopters arrives Wednesday in Baltimore Md ANALYSIS WAR IN IRAQ Bushs plan does not address problems By Robin Wright The Washington Post WASHINGTON President Bushs delivery of a strategy for victory Wednes day catalogs progress in Iraq over the past 32 months but also omits or glosses over complications problems and uncertainties in the most ambitious INSIDE military intervention since Vietnam paid Analysts agreed with Iraqis for Bush that a politically moti positive war vated withdrawal could news embolden extremists to Page A3 believe the United States will cut and run in the face of adversity and risk the implosion of a strategic oilrich country But they dis agreed with key assessments made by the administration on Iraqs military on how important the US mission in Iraq is to pro moting democracy in the broader Middle East and how much of Iraq has been rebuilt Little is new in the 35page document titled National Strategy for Victory in Iraq which covers three broad fronts security political development and economic issues The interpretation it yields depends heav ily on viewing the glass halffull rather than halfempty and doing so in defiance of daily suicide bombings abductions or deaths Unspoken is the critical element of the timing of the strategys release Theres a lot that the administrations critics wont disagree with but its Please see PLAN Page A4 TRANSPORTATION GRIP project short of money Rising construction costs means not all proposed roads funded By Barry Massey The Associated Press A SL6 billion transportation program by Gou Bill Richardsons administration is running short of money because of rising construction costs and theres not enough financing for all the road proj ects that were supposed to be built The transportation plan called GRIP for Governor Richardsons Invest ment Partnership is helping pay for a commuter rail service proposed between Belen and Santa Fe As part of that project the state has agreed to buy almost 300 miles of rail line from Belen to southern Colorado for S76 million However Transportation Secretary Rhonda Faught said commuterrail costs arent to blame for the shortfall in financ ing for more than three dozen road proj ects that were authorized by the Legisla ture in 2003 Were going to be short on GRIP but its not going to be because of the Faught said in an interview last week Its because of the cost of Costs for steel cement asphalt and Please see GRIP Page A5 CITY COUNCIL Mayor Delgados judge nomination on hold Natalie New Mexican Immediately after Mayor Larry Delgado nominated Ann Yalman as Santa Fes municipal judge on Wednes day city councilors moved to postpone the appointment until they can interview the candidate Councilors delay vote until interview with municipal judge candidate By Tom Sharpe The New Mexican Mayor Larry Delgado on Wednes day nominated Ann Yalman a county probate judge and former federal magistrate as Santa Fes next munici pal udge But city councilors postponed a vote on whether to confirm the appointment until they have a chance to interview the 57yearold law yer next week Councilors said they want to discuss how she will address problems that tem porary Judge Sonya CarrascoTrujUlo said she found while presiding over the misdemeanor and traffic court for the past three months Given the severity of the problems that our Municipal Court is under going we want do some vetting of our said Councilor Parti Bushee who moved to postpone the confirmation vote until after the Please see JUDGE Page A5 Ann Yalman Judge nominee Veronica Ramirez left looks ovar donated clothing with her motherin law Hortencia Gomez Wednesday night at Juntos Los Miercoles a program held Wednesdays at the Cesar Chavez Elementary School Kathy De La Torre The New Mexican SANTA FE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Program helping students overcome housing challenges Barbara Ferry The New Mexican Luz Maria Ruizs dream for her family is pretty straightforward Shed like for them to be able to live in their own home But Ruizs SlOanhour job as a WalMart cashier doesnt cover rent and all the bills she has to pay So for now her three children occupy half of a fourbedroom apartment A single man lives in the other two bedrooms He pays the water bill so that said Ruiz Id like to live alone with my children but we just cant Ruiz and her children are among the 40 or 50 people who attend Juntos los Miercoles Together on a weekly event at Cesar Chavez Elementary School for families like hers who have dif ficult living situations Juntos los Miercoles which started last December and a similar gettogether which began recently cn Thursdays at Pinon Elemen tary School are part of the Santa Fe Public School Districts Adelante Program which provides services for families of students considered homeless under federal law Please see HOUSING Page A6 OBITUARIES Anne E Roessler 80 Nov 23 Carolina L Baldonado Nov 26 Homer W Miller 74 Las Cruces Nov 22 Richard Chavez 43 Nov 9 PageC2 NEW ADDITION Look for LIFE magazine inside The New Mexican on Thursdays Every issue is full of ideas to help you get more out of your weekend entertainment recipes interviews with celebrities and LIFES signature photography Inside MOM IN NEED Single mother of three behind on utilities Page C2 Index A locally owned and independent newspaper Annies Horoscope Police Time LOBOS PEAK IN THE PIT Katie Montgomery hit four 3pointers and scored 16 points and No 21 New Mexicos swarming defense shut down No 10 Minnesota Sports Bl Main Late News TODAY Partly cloudy High 53 low 30 PageC8 Five sections 34 pages 156th year Issue No 335 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for years   

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