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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 16, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE NEWSMEXICAN DECEMBER FRIDAY 50 CENTS City tribe reach deal on civic center 88 parking spaces eliminated from plans excavation to resume ByTomSharpe The New Mexican The parking garage under Santa Fes new civic center will have about 88 fewer spaces so that fewer human remains will be excavated Santa Fe Mayor Larry Delgado and Tes uque Pueblo Gov Mark Mitchell on Thursday announced their compromise to a special meeting of the state Cultural Properties Review Committee The committee unanimously voted to issue an individual burialexcavation permit and to modify a landexcavation permit so archaeological work can resume Sweeney Convention Center can be demolished early next year and the new civic cen ter can be completed by early 2008 The million civic center and underground parking garage now down to 512 from 600 spaces had been hamstrung by Tesuques objections to disinterring human remains from an ancient Tewa village City councilors this fell postponed hiring a demolition contractor and issuing bonds for the project But this week with a compromise pending the Historic Design Review Board approved Sweeneys demolition and initial designs for the new center Please see DEAL Page A7 THE DISPUTE Tesuque Pueblo objected to the planned civic center because construction of the underground garage would disinter ancient human remains THE COMPROMISE The planned twolevel 600space garage wil have 88 fewer spaces to minimize the excavation of human remains Alexander New Mexican IRAQ ELECTIONS POJOAQUE This is our destiny Sunnis join millions of Iraqi voters in national referendum Khalid Associated Press An Iraqi man draped in a national flag passes people walking to and from a polling station Thursday in Baghdad Iraqi voters faced tight security Thursday including a ban on all vehicles as they cast ballots in the first parliamentary election since the fall of Saddam Hussein By Ellen Knickmeyer and Jonathan Finer The Washington Post BAGHDAD than two years after the fall of Saddam Hussein Sunni Arabs belatedly joined in force to build a new Iraq walking to the hundreds of thousands Thursday for national elections that drew a robust turnout from across the countrys sectarian and ethnic divides The Sunni outpouring was a longhopedfor victory for the Bush administration conclud ing a timeline aimed at estab lishing a government that will hold together after US troops withdraw An overwhelming number of Sunnis made clear however mat they were drawn to the polls by their dislike of the U5 occupation and Iraqs Shiiteled transitional government An overwhelming number of Sunnis made clear that they were drawn to the polls by their dislike of the occupation Though complete results from Iraqs 18 provinces might not be available for about two weeks partial tallies from across Iraq sug gested that Thursdays turnout was stronger than in most elections in Western nations Up to 11 million of the nations 15 million registered voters took part election officials estimated which would put overall turn out at more than 70 percent Voting among Shiite Muslims the most enthusiastic par ticipants in Iraqi democracy since Saddams overthrow brought their majority to power appeared as strong as in this years two pre vious nationwide votes It looks like a first step toward politics breaking out in the US Ambassa dor Zalmay Khalilzad declared calling what appeared to be a comparatively free and fair vote a qualitative improvement for elec tions in the Islamic world The political achievement was not blood less Bombings and mortar attacks on polling centers killed eight Iraqi civilians and secu rity personnel nationwide including three children blown apart by mortar rounds near Please see IRAQ Page A6 Pueblo plans 400 room CclsllO By Shannon Shaw The New Mexican The Pueblo of Pojoaque in partnership with Hilton Hotel has struck a deal it hopes will result in the largest puebloowned hotel hi the state a new casino and convention center an expanded golf course and a performingarts complex all set for an opening in 2008 Pueblo Gov George Rivera said if all goes as planned the new Buffalo Thunder Resort hotel will have 400 rooms the Cities of Gold casino will dou ble its number of games to and a new smaller casino with 800 games will be built in conjunction with the hotel The golf course will also add nine more holes and a perfonningarts center and spa will offer highend amenities for hotel visitors Hil ton is not affiliated with the casino projects The cost of the Hilton hotel and casino along with its estimated square feet of convention space is set at million and financing is nearly completed Rivera said The nine additional golf holes have already been added to the current course but they have not yet been seeded Effluent from a new wastewater system will irrigate the golf course reducing the amount of water it uses Rivera said Please see HOTEL Page A7 Wagelaw critics ponder next move By Bob Quick The New Mexican Managers of some Santa Fe restaurants were mulling price increases and other measures in the wake of Wednesdays City Council vote to carry out a Jan 1 increase in the citys minimuni wage Fewer overtime hours and reduced health ben efits for some workers could result from the new requirement for businesses with more than two dozen workers restaurateur Al Lucero said Thursday I think the City Council has literally created eco nomic havoc in the city of Santa said Lucero owner of Marias New Mexican Kitchen They succumbed to the pressure of the unions and the dogooders who never had to make a payroll in their Price increases wouldnt surprise backers of the minimumwage law and economic experts who Please see WAGE Page A8 OBITUARIES Antonio 77 Santa Fe Dec 15 Katnerine Besser Santa Fe Dec 11 Lucia Santa Fe Dec 13 Maria Luanda Garza 67 Santa Fe Dec 14 JudyHavey 68 Dec 11 Dec 15 Jose Gabriel VaWez 55 Santa Fe Dec 7 Ruben Thomas Vigil 64 Grants Dec 13 Page C2 Index PECOS FALLS TO EL DORADO 0 Paso school has no trouble beating the Panthers in Ben Lujan tourney Sports Bl Man asks for help to buy hearing aids FACING THE BOARD doctor gives up right to prescribe narcotics Page Cl Annies D6 Comics BusinessD4 Crossword Generation Next 08 Local D6 Dl Obituaries D6 Cl Police Time AS NATURAL AS DEATH Kate Breakey grew up in a family where extending the warmth of home to injured wild creatures was natural But that experience also taught her how frequently deaths occur ail around us and she started collecting and photographing jdead birds Many of the handcolored photographs in Breakers Small Deaths series are featured in Kate Breakey Still Lifes opening today at PhotoEye Gallery Pasatiempo inside Main office9833303 Late paper9840363 News TODAY Chilly with clouds and sun High 40 low 16 Page 010 Five sections 42 pages Pasatiempo 112 pages 156th year Issue No 350 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 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