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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 7, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN DECEMBER WEDNESDAY 50 CENTS Latest Serna fundraiser benefits Varela State insurance official treasurer hopeful deny any improper money raised at October event By Steve Terrell The New Mexican During the 2002 election season Bill Richardson a candidate for governor returned thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from insurance companies that had come from a fundraisSng event involving Eric Serna Sema as state superintendent of insurance is responsible for regulating the industry Three years later Serna hosted another fundraiser for a candidate This time state Rep Luciano Lucky Varela DSanta Fe An October fundraiser at the Rio Chama Steakhouse attended by several people with ties to the insurance industry brought in more than for Varela At the time he was intending to seek re election to his seat in the House of Repre sentatives But following tije resignation of indicted state Treasurer Robert Vigil in late October Varela has decided to run for treasurer Both Varela and Sema say there is noth ing improper about the money raised at the event There were two or three insurance com panies Varela said in an interview last week But theres no quid pro quo Nothing was tied to Please see FUNDRAISER Page A4 Luciano Lucky Varela SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL Invasion of the filmeoers Annual event kicks off tonight about 215 films to be screened over five days Photos by Jane New Mexican Debra WichtnanKunze waves to cars during a mock protest for the movie Zen and the Asteroid on Tuesday afternoon The sixth annual Santa Fe Film Festival kicks off today with a screening of the documentary Elias Rivera Through the Eyes of a Master at the Scottish Rite Temple By Robert Nott The New Mexican A throng of trolls and androids appeared at The Film Center on Tuesday to protest their depiction in the New Mexicomade scifi comedy Zen and the Asteroid The funny thing is these androids and trolls are characters in the movie which screens as part of the festival this year The sixth annual Santa Fe Film Festival a fiveday event comprising movie screen ings panel discussions parties and an awards ceremony kicks off with a screening of the documentary Elias Rivera Through the Eyes of a Master at 7 pan tonight at the Scottish Rite Temple According to Jon Bowman executive director of the festival roughly 215 films will be screened during the event which is expected to draw to patrons Interviewed Tuesday afternoon while he was orchestrating a dress rehearsal for the festivals awards ceremony in the temples theater Bow man said I always get jittery right before it starts but so far most of our problems seem pretty solvable One of those problems Bowman said is that David Ortega of Zen and the Asteroid and 1O mem bers of his production cast and crew held a mock protest Tuesday at the Film Center on St Michaels Drive IF YOU GO What Santa Fe Film Festival When Today through Sunday Where Various ven ues in Santa Fe Cost individual ticket for 10 tickets allfilm pass allfestival pass except awards ceremony and ban VIP pass For more informa tion Call 9891495 or go on the Web at ntaf ef 11 mfes the openingnight party scheduled for 9 pjn tonight at the Cowgirl BBOjuid Western Grill may have to be moved to El Paseo Bar Grill due to a waterpipe break at the Cowgirl But while Bowman is optimistic about the cinematic festivities Dan Otero the ducer of Zen and the Asteroid has a gripe Thats why he and roughly 10 members of his produc tion cast and crew showed up at The Film Center Please see FILM Page A6 SANTA FE BOYS GIRLS CLUB Group No more hiring felons Youth organizations leaders say Mayes betrayed them By Anne Constable The New Mexican The Santa Fe Boys Girls Club is all about giving people second chances but that philosophy came back to bite Johnny Montoya a member of the board of directors admitted Tuesday Thomas Mayes a convicted killer hired as director of the clubs Camino Jacobo unit was stopped last month while driv ing a club van with four children inside A model employee and volunteer for five years according to Montoya Mayes was charged with trafficking cocaine and child abuse Mayes did a bad bad bad said Montoya a former Boys clubber in his youth We felt betrayed because we put our trust in the staff to live the lifestyle of a positive role model for Please see HIRING Page A5 GOP airs ad criticizing governor as Kins Bill By Barry Massey The Associated Press The state Republican Party is skewering Gov Bill Richardson in a new radio ad par odying Twos the Night Before Christmas The ad lampoons the Democratic gov ernor for his presidential ambitions his recent admission that he was not drafted by a professional baseball team as he has claimed for decades and issues that have been the subject of previous GOP criticism including the states purchase of a mil lion jet The ad started airing Tuesday on an Albuquerque radio station and will run through Thursday according to Marta Kramer GOP executive director The opening line of the ad Twas Please see KING Page A6 OBITUARIES Frederick LAshworth Peter Aschwanden 63 Dec 4 Vivian RGriego 74 Santa Fe Dec 4 Page C2 gas SUN DEVILS ROAST LOBOS Kristen Kovesdy scored 18 points to lead No 15 Arizona State past No 18 New Mexico on Tuesday night Sports Bl Index Annies D4 Horoscope MutualsD4 Police Scoreboard D5 REMEMBERING THE ATTACK Sixtyfour years later servicemen recall Pearl Harbor as a day of three emotions shock anger and fear PageA8 Single mother of two needs help paying her rent Page C2 Main Late News TODAY HWrtiWy OWnVO UNI Cold cloudy High 31 low 6 PageC8 Five sections 34 pages 156th year Issue No 341 Publication No 596440 ng New Mexico for 150 years
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