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New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 11, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years MONDAY APRIL 11 2005 FIFTY CENTS Record Accused murderer has history of abuse By JOHN SENA The New Mexican A Santa Fe man accused of kill ing an acquaintance of his exgirl friend Saturday had a restraining order against him and was recently sentenced for domestic violence Jose Gutierrez 24 is accused of stabbing 21yearold Jesse Felix at the home of Gutierrez exrgirl friend Barbra Olivas has a history of domestic violence going back to at least Santa Fe County Sher iff Greg Solano said He said Olivas had a restraining order against Gutierrez at the time of Saturdays alleged homicide New Mexico District Court records show that Gutierrez pleaded guilty in February to of false imprisonment bat tery against a household member and assault against a household member that stemmed from a July 2004 incident Solano didnt know if that case involved Last month Gutierrez was sen tenced to of probation Early Saturday morning Felix was stabbed after he and two other men tried to get Gutierrez to leave Olivas apartment on Camino Jacobo near Airport Road Solano said after Felix Alejandro Landeros Ramirez and Mike Mar tinez managed to chase away Jose Gutierrez he returned with his brother Armando 19 and began throwing rocks at Olivas apart ment Felix Landeros Ramirez and Martinez went outside and began fighting with the Gutierrez broth ers Solano said During the fight someone broke into an adjacent apartment and stole several knives Solano said He said several knives and a bro ken shovel were recovered from the fight scene but police were Please see ABUSE Page A8 Tina Now Mexican As snow falls during the ski areas season finale Ski Santa Fe employees Gabe Cardenas left and Maquela Mier close down the Easy Street chair lift Sunday Final numbers wont be available for about two weeks but preliminary statistics show there were about skier visits this year Until next season Despite a slow start preliminary numbers indicate a solid ski year By WENDY BROWN The New Mexican Ski Santa Fe and most other Northern New Mexico ski resorts closed for the year Sunday ending a ski season that was excellent in terms of snowfall but not so stellar in terms of visitors Steve Lewis a spokesman for Ski New Mexico said this winter was the best in memory but visi tors stayed away because they had heard about the drought and lack of snow in recent years The ski industry relies heavily on word of mouth to attract visitors he said Those people who didnt come missed an Inside Blizzard slams Colorado leaving many stranded Page A8 outstanding really epic Lewis said Hopefully word will get out that Northern New Mex ico received a ton of snow this year he said This year will go a long way to bringing people back to New he added Michael Donovan marketing director at Ski Santa Fe called this year but added the number of skiers was far from record The final numbers wont be available for about two weeks but preliminary numbers show there were about skier visits this year Dono van said The resort set a record during the 1994 95 season when there were skier visits Still this years turnout was between 15 per cent and 17 percent higher than last years Dono van said The resort also had between 80 and 100 more inches of snow than last year he said The resort received well over 200 inches of snow this year he said It even received snow during Sundays finale although measurements werent immediately available Elsewhere however Red River received three inches of snow and Taos received two inches according to the National Weather Please see SKI Page A8 Bushs proposed changes draw concern City county officials say programs might be affected By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican Local officials are worried that proposed federalbud get changes would mean fewer Santa Fe families can move into their own afford able homes and less money would go into community facilities like La Familia Clinic and the countys homeless shelter for teens President Bush has asked Congress to reorganize several programs that serve primarily lowincome Americans including the 30yearold Community Development Block Grants Cities and counties in every stale use the money for local projects This year New Mexico received nearly million Some here now fear the tap will be turned off We use it and we are said Linda Hall housing coordinator for the city of Santa Fe As early as 1975 Santa Fe city officials received million through a com munitydevelopment block grant to make critically needed improvements to the sewage system and streets Over the last decade the yearly populationbased allo cations from the blockgrant program have plummeted The city received about for this years proj ects which include down payment assistance for low income home buyers small business loans and bricks and mortar for community Please see CHANGES Page A5 Israeli police confront extremists at holy site Chicago Tribune JERUSALEM Thou sands of Israeli police threw a tight cordon around Jeru salemsOld City on Sunday blocking ultranationalist Jews from reaching a dis puted holy site that is the most sensitive flash point of the ArabIsraeli conflict Despite high tension and a brief clash between Muslim protesters and riot police the day passed without major incident Police said 31 Israelis and 7 Palestinians were arrested In the Gaza Strip Pal estinian militants kept up a barrage of mortar fire on Jewish settlements and army positions in response to the killings Saturday of three youths by troops in the Rafah refugee camp Prime Minister Ariel Sha ron on a plane taking him to a meeting today with Presi dent Bush called the mortar attacks a flagrant viola tion of the understandings reached with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a summit meeting in Feb ruary in which the two sides declared a truce This will be a central issue to be raised in my talks with President Sha ron said The huge police deploy ment in Jerusalem was prompted by a call by a littleknown farright Jew ish group Revava for a visit Sunday by people to the site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Mus lims as the Noble Sanctuary The area is revered by Please see ISRAELI Page A 6 INSIDE Todays forecast A Masters touch Tiger Woods is the Masters champion once again turning back a surprising challenge by Chris DiMarco on Sunday with a shot of sheer magic and a birdie putt to win the playoff hole Sports Bl Todays obituaries Jean Seehaver 90 April 7 William Dwire 76 Santa Fe April 7 Please see Page A2 Partly cloudy morning showers High 55 low 23 Page A2 INDEX Maifiwx B5 Classifieds Comics Crossword Education Health C3 B6 B5 D4 Cl Horoscope B5 Opinion A7 Police notes A2 Scoreboard B2 Spanish pg Dl Sports Bl The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 87 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Immigration issue back on the Sierra Club ballot By TERENCE CHEA The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO One year after failing to win control of the Sierra Club in a bitterly contested elec tion advocates of stricter immigration limits are back arguing that the venerable conservation group can best protect the environment by reducing population growth The clubs mem bers are voting this month on whether the 113yearold organization should push for tighter restrictions on immi gration and on five seats on the 15member board of directors which sets club policy and commands their million annual budget Sierrans for Popula Please see SIERRA Page A6 About the measure Immigration question in addition to filling five openings on the 15seat board members are voting on whether the Sierra Club should push for tighter limits on immigra tion A people problem Advo cates believe overpopula tion is the biggest environmen tal threat Opponents say taking a hard line on immigration wont stop the worlds population explosion and would alienate club allies such as labor unions and civilrights groups Other solutions Sierra Club leaders say better answers to overpopulation are family planning education access to bniii control fair trade and empowering women especially in poor countries The Associated Press ;