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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 8, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN DECEMBER THURSDAY 50 CENTS Wage fight shifts to federal court By Bob Quick The Ncw Mexican Legal wrangling over Santa Fes mini mumwage law has moved into federal court Heritage Home Healthcare seeks to overturn the city ordinance with a new lawsuit while other businesses and orga nizations consider whether to continue their asyet unsuccessful effort to block the law in state courts Attorney Paul said Wednesday that Heritage will be forced to discontinue care of homebound Medicaid patients in Santa Fe because the company cannot afford a S950anhour wage requirement scheduled to take effect Jan L Businesses with more than two dozen employees have been required since 2004 to pay at least an hour The state and federal hourly minimum is S5J5 Kennedy said the new lawsuit is intended to illustrate the cruel and heart less nature of the The federal case is similar but a little bit different from one he filed in Dis trict Court in December 2003 on behalf of the CocaCola Bottling Co of Santa Fe The company dropped its lawsuit in October 2004 Paul Sonn an attorney with the Bren nan Center for Justice at the New University School of Law which is rep resenting the city in litigation arising from the minimumwage ordinance said the new lawsuit is a carbon copy of the CocaCola He called the claims made by Heritage frivolous and a desperate delaying Please see WAGE Page A4 MINIMUMPAY BATTLE Background A city ordinance raising the minimum wage to an hour for employees at firms with 25 or more workers took effect in mid2004 That wage is set to rise to an hour Jan 1 Whats new A home healthcare company filed a new lawsuit challenging the ordinance in federal court saying the company cannot afford the wage increase Whats next The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at The University of New Mexico is expected to issue a preliminary report on the laws economic impact by late Friday afternoon or sometime Monday The City Council on Wednesday is scheduled to consider a proposal to delay the scheduled Jan 1 increase to an hour until the full economic study is completed LANL Wishing for a new contract AT A GLANCE What The con tract to man age Los Alamos National Labora tory When A Dec 1 announcement date was delayed indefinitely although the delay was described as brief Who Two teams are competingto manage the lab Lockheed Martin Corp has joined the University of Texas and other institutions to compete Bechte National has part nered with the Uni versity of Caiifoirnia and others to form a separate coali tion UC currently manages the lab Date contractor is scheduled to take over June 1 Who evaluates the proposals The eight member Source Evaluation Board a panel of experts from the National Nuclear Security Adminis tration Who makes the decision Thomas DAgostino a dep uty administrator with the NNSA and a Naval Academy graduate The chairman Sen Pete Domenici chairs a Senate appropriations subcommittee that funds the Depart ment of Energy The New Mexican Karl New Mexican Dave Fox right talks with his son Andy in their department store in downtown Los Alamos on Wednesday Dave Fox said his store felt a pinch earlier this year as Los Alamos National Laboratory workers worried about the lab contract but now most of them have come to terms with it Weve seen a marked increase in morale in spending since the he said Los Alamos waits anxiously for a decision on lab leader By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican OS ALAMOS This Christ mas season kids in Los Alamos wait for presents and their par ents wait for a decision The National Nuclear Security Administration k expected to end the anxiety and apprehension soon by announcing who will manage Los Ala mos National Laboratory L Experts at the National Nuclear Security Administration have yet to finish a report and make a decision An announcement date initially expected Dec 1 has been delayed No decision has been NNSA spokesman Al Stotts said Wednesday At least some take pending change about what company will sign their paychecks and dominate the areas economy with humor Were running at said Michael Wismer a Los Alamos County councilor and lab employee In general what that means is theres anxiousness and hesitancy to make big longterm decisions until the future of the lab is County spokeswoman Julie Habiger passed along this joke All I want for Christmas is a labcontract announce ment Please see CONTRACT Page A4 Cashstrapped university to sell OKeeffe piece Painting could become most expensive work by Southwestern artist The Associated Press NASHVILLE Term Fisk University plans to sefl two paintings including one by Georgia OTveeffe to fund new construction endow teaching positions and improve security for the remaining paintings in its collection The OTKeeffe is her Radiator New York from 1927 and is the signature work of the entire 101piece collection The second work is modernist Marsden Hartleys Painting No 3 a 1913 abstract oil on canvas Art dealers said the two works together on todays market could sell for S16 million to million This is big gallery owner Gerald Peters said from Santa Fe home to the Georgia OKeefFe Museum Ifs the kind of painting that could set a new record Previous paintings have sold for as much as million he said A sale would for the first time break up the collection given to Fisk by OTfeeffe in 1949 as Please see OKEEFFE Page A5 IMMIGRATION Birthright citizenship faces GOP challenge By Jim Puzzanghera Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON Its been a corner stone of American law since shortly after the Civil War Children born in the United States become citizens even if their parents are here illegally Now some conservatives are taking aim at that birthright They call the children of illegal immigrants anchor because at age 18 the children can apply to bring other family members here from abroad and a growing group of House Republicans wants to change the policy They hope to add a provision to the immigration bill that the House of Representatives will consider next week that would deny citizenship to those children They see people are coming here simply for the purpose of having a child here and then because theyre the anchor they can have all the family come in on that childs There are thousands upon thou Please see BIRTHRIGHT Page A5 MUNICIPAL COURT Council OKs new judge Yalman begins job Jan 1 ByTomSharpe The New Mexican The Santa Fe City Council agreed to confirm Ann Yalman as the next municipal judge after less than an hour of questions Wednesday But Valman 57 said she wont begin work until Jan 1 to give her time to close down her private law practice and resign her part time position as county probate judge Yalman will not have to face elec tion until 2008 told councilors that improv ing Municipal Courts systems is her main priority Its a court that Ive tried to avoid as a practitioner because I dont feel its a court where justice has she said I dont feel its a court where you know whats going to happen when you go in there and I think in a court there should be consistency Please see JUDGE Page A4 OBITUARIES Setshela Rima 49 Dec 6 AscenckMi Maria Dec 6 William MacGilfivray 90 Santa Fe Nov 21 Peter Aschwanden 63 Dec 4 PageC2 DOUBLE JEOPARDY Wildlife agencies are struggling with mass retirements and young peoples declining interest in rural life Outdoors Dl MAN SHOT ON MIAMI AIRPORT JETWAY An air marshal kills a man claiming to have a bomb PageA3 Index A OWtKfl JIM Annies Horoscope Police Time MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE Chicago linebacker and former New Mexico Lobo Brian Urlacher is the leading candidate for NFL defensive player of the year because he is the main reason the Bears have been able to eliminate the big offensive play Sports Bl Main Late News TODAY Sunny and chilly High 34 low 14 PageC8 Five sections 3O pages 156th year Issue No 342 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years