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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 15, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN DECEMBER THURSDAY 50 CENTS Council passes wage hike to Vote will be required for proposed increase to in 2008 ByTomSharpe The New Mexican The Santa Be City Council late Wednes day agreed to allow the citys minimum wage to increase to an how on Jan L But the measure included requiring a vote on any future increases such as the proposed hike to in 2008 More than 60 people religious lead ers politicians union organizers busi ness owners students teenagers and the developmentally up to say they like the citys minimum wage and want to see it increase Five spoke in favor of Councilor David Pfeffers proposal to postpone the rise to of the Living Wage Ordinance for at least six months Councilor Patti Bushee moved to amend Pfeffers proposal so that the S950 an hour goes into effect as proposed in the original law but also required a vote on subsequent increases instead of hav ing them go into effect automatically It passed 7L Pfeffer was the only dissenting vote He said he worked three jobs while going to Please see WAGE Page A4 Lela Maldonado left and Maria Cornejo right chant se puede and Keep your promise at the Santa Fe City Council meeting Wednesday night at Sweeney Conven tion Center Dozens waited to speak to the council about the wage law Kathy De La Torre The New Mexican Next stop space Luis Sanchez New Mexican Gov Bill Richardson and Sir Richard Branson hold up a model ef Virgin Galaetics spacecraft after the company announced Wednesday its intention to locate its world headquarters at a planned statebuilt spaceport in New Mexico BY THE NUMBERS 212 Hours a flight will last Minutes of weightlessness on the flight Tourists could take flights from planned statebuilt spaceport Cost of a Virgin Galactic trip Public funding planned to build the spaceport Projected total revenue generated by facility by 2020 Projected jobs generated by 2020 By Deborah Baker The Associated Press British entrepreneur Richard Branson said Wednesday that a deal to locate the headquarters of his Virgin Galactic at a planned million statebuilt spaceport in Southern New Mexico will make the state the launch pad for the new space Were about to embark on a wonderful adventure Were going where no one has gone before Theres no model to follow nothing to Branson said at a news conference with Gov Bfll Richardson to kick off the deaL Bransons company plans to send customers into space in the first 10 years of operation from the worlds first purpose built private spaceport This investment in economic development and highwage jobs will create a new industry that will transform the economy in Southern New the gov ernor said Branson who cited New Mex icos rich aviation and space his tory said Of all the projects Tve worked on in my life and all the businesses Ive started this is by far and away the most Virgin Galactic officials said 100 people already have paid apiece to fly into space They include actress Victoria Principal who told the news conference she looked forward to being on the first civilian flight of Virgin Galactic perhaps as soon as 2008 To me Virgin Galactic and New Mexico makes a perfect she said Branson later flew by helicop Please see SPACE Page A6 Alexander New Mexican INSIDE Terrell Spaceport needs help from Legislature voters Cl ON OUR WEB SITE Visit for video and audio coverage from todays announcement Patriot Act opposition building in Senate House votes to extend expiring provisions but some senators vow filibuster By Richard B Schmitt Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON The House voted Wednesday to extend 16 expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act sending the controversial antiterror legislation to the Senate where it faces an uncertain future The 251174 vote would make 14 provisions of the law permanent including one that eliminates bar riers to intelligence agents and prosecutors sharing information Two other sections including one known as the library would expire in four years unless Congress renews them The compromise legislation is expected to be taken up as soon as Friday by the Senate where opposition appears to be growing A bipartisan group of senators is demanding changes and has vowed to lead a filibuster Wednesdays margin of victory much nar rower than when lawmakers cleared the original Patriot Act four years ago also signaled potential trouble for supporters in the Senate There were indications that even the Republican leadership was Please see ACT Page A5 Task force takes on state election laws By Julie Ann Grimm The New Mexican Amid lingering suspicions from the 2004 elec tions New Mexico officials are trying to address issues of secrecy accuracy and transparency in vote counting A task force that includes lawmakers and county clerks Wednesday finalized recommendations for how the state should clean up election laws approved by the Legislature in a rushed session early this year It was the groups last chance before lawmakers convene Jan 17 to recommend changes that would be implemented in time for the primary election in June But because there are so many needed improve ments that committee members and public activ ists have identified the group decided to continue evaluating the election code after die Legislative session ends Please see ELECTION Page A5 OBITUARIES Santa Fe Dec 13 Catherine Besser Santa Fe Dec 11 Major Joseph DeU Cruz Ramirez 92 Santa Fe Dec 12 Virginia R Hansberg 54 Dec 8 PageC2 THE YEAR IN PICTURES A look back at the photos that captured 2005 and the stories behind them Life inside Abandoned brother needs help paying utility bills Page C2 Index Annies ClassifiedsEl Local Police Time IRAQ VOTING BEGINS Iraqi politicians must set aside fierce rivalries to ensure peace after todays elections PageA3 TODAY Mostly sunny High 39 low B PageC8 Main Late News Five sections 34 pages 156th year Issue No 349 Publication No 596440 j Sowing New Mexico for   

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