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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 9, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN DECEMBER FRIDAY 50 CENTS WEATHER Cold snap spurs mishaps Frozen pipes lead to home fire Capitol soaking broken boiler closes school Luis Sanchez New Mexican Santa Fe County La Cienega Hondo and Eldorado firefighters responded to a mobilehome fire that broke out at about 9 Thursday in La Cienega when a tenant attempted to defrost frozen water pipes with a propane torch The fire displaced two people but no one was injured By David Miles The New Mexican Frigid temperatures led to an evacuation of the state Capitol on Thursday after a water pipe burst and Sweeney Elementary School will be closed today because its boiler broke The cold also led to a mobilehome fire in La Cienega where a resident had a propanetorch mishap whfle trying to thaw frozen water pipes Santa Fe should get a break from Old Man Winter today in the form of rising temperatures The high is expected to reach 43 degrees with a forecasted low of 17 according to the National Weather Service Thursdays high was 33 and the mornings low was minus 6 setting a record low for that date The previous low for Dec 8 was minus 1 in 1978 Temperatures should rise throughout the weekend as the cold front moves to the east said Daniel Porter a meteo rologist for the National Weather Services Albuquerque field office The Capitol was evacuated after 1 PJOTL after a pipe on the roof burst setting off fire alarms The Roundhouse remained closed for the rest of the day and is expected to Please see COLD Page A6 Kathy De La New Mexican A state Capitol employee vacuums up water on the third floor of the build ing after a water pipe on the roof burst Gary Smith a Capitol security offi cer said the building was evacuated for safety precautions because offi cials feared the water might cause an electrical fire Mining measure deemed land grab State leaders join outcry over proposal that could lead to sale of public lands By Staci Matiock The New Mexican Proposed changes to the federal 1872 Mining Act that could allow companies to buy public land at bar gainbasement prices is opposed by some of New Mexicos congressional delegates Gov Bill Richardson and the state Game and Fish Department They join a growing bipartisan national outcry against the amend ment which was added to the House version of the federal Deficit Reduc tion Act Opponents say the proposed INSIDE changes will restrict public access to 1872 iaw lands cost the fed was intended era government to quicken lost royalties and pace of Wests give developers a settlement loophole to buy Page A4 prime public land at a cheap price The object is a fire sale of public land Richardson said during a Thursday news conference with Montana Gov Brian Schweitzer and other officials Every time you sell public land you decrease the opportunities for hunting fishing and Sch weitzer said Moreover say opponents the amendment was made without public debate The amendment would lift an 11 yearold moratorium that prevents people from patenting mining claims Under the amendment buyers could purchase some mining claims for an acre or the fair market value of the surface land The value wouldnt be based on any miner als below ground Plus under the amendment the claim holder could buy lands adjacent to the claim The amendment allows companies to file claims without proving the land Please see MINING Page A4 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Committee bill beefing up sanctions for illegal immigrants Critics say measure fails to address guestworker issue ByJimAbrams The Associated Press WASHINGTON Legisla tion to chote offiUegal immi gration both at the border and in the workplace cleared a key House committee Thursday despite strong objections from Democrats who said immigra tion reform must also deal with the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country The Judiciary Committee approved the measure on a partyline 2315 vote setting up a vote in the full House next week before Congress adjourns for the year The 169page bill goes beyond increasing Border Patrol agents and equipment to enlist military support in border surveillance and reimburse local law enforce ment in border areas for assis tance in combating immigrant smuggling and illegal entry It requires the Homeland Security Department to detain until removal all who try to enter the country Illegally and sets new mandatory minimum sentences on smugglers and people convicted of reentry after removal Illegal presence in the coun try now a civil offense would Please see BILL Page A7 Russ Feingold Democrat who aims to block approval of Patriot Act extension was only senator to vote against antiterrorism laws first version Deal could extend Patriot Act 4 years By Jesse The Associated Press WASHINGTON House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Thursday to extend the USA Patriot Act the governments premier antiterrorism law before it expires at the end of the month But a Democratic senator threat ened a filibuster to block the com promise I will do everything I can including a filibuster to stop this Patriot Act conference report which does not include adequate safeguards to protect our consti tutional said Sen Russ Feingold who was the only senator to vote against the original version of the Patriot Act Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter announced the negotiating committee had reached an agreement that would extend for four years two of the Patriot Acf s most controversial provisions authorizing roving wiretaps and permitting secret warrants for books records and other items Please see PATRIOT Page A7 OBITUARIES Arthur Quintana Santa Fe Dec 6 Henry A Sena 58 Dec 5 Peter Aschwanden 63 Dec 4 PageC2 IN MEMORY Families of DW victims hope the faces of their loved ones on a highway billboard will help prevent more fatalities Local news Cl INVESTMENTTAX CUTS EXTENDED Democrats blast House vote saying measure favors rich and ignores critical needs Page A3 A HOME FOR HIPHOP Santa Fe youth embrace music but artists are still searching for a permanent local venue Generation Next Dl INDELIBLE IMPRESSIONS Model Ts bump and donkeys stroll along rutted roads in the wood engravings of Willard Clark For many his work captures the Santa Fe of their memories Through books menus handbills and signs the printmaker helped shape Santa Fe style in typography and graphic design Pasatiempo inside TODAY Not as cold High 40 low 20 Page C10 Index AtocaNyowiiMlJMlMt Annies MailboxD5 CrosswordD5 Generation Horoscope Local m LotteriesC2 Police Time ric Main Late News Five sections 44 pages Pasatiempo 104 156th year Issue No 343 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years   

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