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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 20, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico jfek v iiSiinnii W W THE SANTA FE DECEMBER TUESDAY 50 CENTS ANIMAL RIGHTS Photos by Kathy De La New Mexican Passersby photograph Leopard Ladies1 Micah Risk foreground and Erin Maupin both 21 who protested the fur trade and answered questions Monday on the Plaza as representatives of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals The pair used body paint to put leopard spots on themselves before standing topless in the cold and wind for ah hour PETAs Leopard Ladies protest fur trade on Plaza By Phaedra Haywood The New Mexican wo shapely young women wearing noth ing but body paint and black panties stood shivering on the Plaza for an hour Monday to encourage holiday shoppers to shun fur The women Micah Risk of Virginia and Erin Maupin of Arizona both 21 are volunteers for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals With only a paper banner reading HAPPY FUR FREE HOLIDAYS to shield them from the cold the pair whose bodies where painted yellow and black like leopards created a minor stir among Plazagoers many of whom out cameras or cell phones to photograph the Leopard Ian Blessing a PETA organizer who was travel ing with the women and handing out leaflets about the ways animals suffer when their fur is harvested for clothing said the women originally planned to be completely naked for the demonstration but the Santa Fe Police Department warned them Sunday that the women could be charged with a fourth Please see PETAf Page A6 Udall calls for probe of JL INSIDE Critics blast Bushs vow to continue sur veillance Page A3 By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican Rep Tom Udall DNJvL is demanding an inves tigation into President Bushs decision to allow the National Security Agency to spy on people in the United States without a courtordered search warrant The president has defended the move as necessary to prevent another terrorist attack hope for the sake of the coun try that after Congress investigates this program it is not shown that the president broke the Udall said in a statement entered into the Congres sional Record However we will only know the answer to that question after Congress exer cises its proper oversight responsibility something it has foiled to do for five Udall said that hundreds possibly thousands of Americans have had their telephone calls and emails monitored with little or no Further com pounding the issue is that the president did this without even seeking warrants or legal Please see SPYING Page A3 MINIMUMWAGE FIGHT Chamber of Commerce Irene Pfeffer right gets a shock while she waits for her ride from the Plaza on Monday afternoon while Risk left and Maupin promote a furiess holiday By Bob Quick The New Mexican The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce will not take its lawsuit opposing Santa Fes minimum wage to the state Supreme Court The chamber decided not to petition the New Mexico Supreme Simon Brackley interim president of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce said Monday My sense is the other plaintifis feel the same The chamber has been the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit and its decision apparently brings to an end litigation that was initiated in March 2003 when business groups filed suit against the minimumwage ordinance that had been passed by the City Council in late February of that year The ordinance has been in effect since June One of the other plaintiffs Robbie Day owner of the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill and Santa Fe Bar and Grill said We talked about the and nobody is in any position to do anything further unless somebody Please see WAGE Page A6 Lt Gov Denish softens comments about touchy Richardson By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Lt Gov Diane Denish on Monday seemed to back away from statements she made in an Albuquerque newspa per article about Gov Bill Richardson touching her She thinks the quotes were out of Denish chief of staff Chris Cervini said Monday saying the story in Saturdays Albuquerque Journal made the governors behavior sound more nefarious than the way she wanted to bring it However Cervini did not dispute the accuracy of Danishs quotes used in the story Cervini said Denish said the issue is a nonstory and a She says she has a great working relationship with the he said Theyve been allies for 20 The controversy Cervini said wont affect that relationship The article headlined Hands7On quotes Denish describing Richardson touching her at public events It also notes how the governor has greeted people with bear hugs or head butts or in the case of a DeVargas Middle School student in For his part Richardson said hes just being playfuL I tease Diane I touch guys If s rny way of lessening Richard son said in the story He pokes Denish said when confronted about photos taken of Richardson and her at an appear ance in Bernaliilo in late October He pinches my neck He touches my hip my thigh sort of the side of my Denish told The Journal I try not to put myself in that situation trying not to stand or sit next to Denish and Richardson sat by each other Monday at a meeting of the state Diane Denish Board of Finance in the governors Cabinet Room Dealing with Richardsons touching and poking is one of the challenges of this Denish told The Jour nal He has a lot of good qualities and this is one of the The article said When hes doing it in these public environments I have chosen not to embarrass him by not doing anything blatant about it pub licly I dont think I should embar rass She used words like joking and joshing in the article But according to the article she spoke about the prob lem with Billy Sparks Richardsons deputy chief of staffabout the matter Sparks on Monday referred ques tions about the matter to another spokesman for the governor who couldnt be reached for comment Asked for examples of quotes being used out of context Cervini said when Denish described Richardsons behav ior as her full description was annoying like a little brother or a classmate Richardson and Denish won as part of the Democratic ticket in 2002 In New Mexico candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run sepa rately in primaries but part of a party ticket in the general election Both Richardson and Denish are seeking reelection OBITUARIES John Block 85 Santa Fe Dec 18 David V Quintana 26 Dec 18 Joe N Cotter 80 Dec 15 Carol Naus Roberts Kinney 82 Dec 16 Matthew Lee Duran 24 Santa Fe Dec 16 Richard VTaipando 46 Dec 12 A Gilbert Gonzates 62 Denver Dec 15 Antonio J Baca 77 Santa Fe Dec 15 PageC2 STRIKE ANOTHER POSE Reggie Bush adds another award to his trophy case being named The Associated Press college football player of the year Sports 81 Index Annies MailboxC5 Horoscope Mutual Police Time A locally owned and independent newspaper WORTH ANOTHER LOOK Owner of Casa Milagros interiors gives new life to old rooms through the art of redesign Business Dl COST OF LANL CLOSURE Feds still dont know Local Dl TODAY Partly cloudy High 50 low 23 PageC6 Main Late News Five sections 26 pages 156th year Issue No 354 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years ;