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New Mexican (Newspaper) - February 17, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Localty owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years THURSDAY FEBRUARY 17 2005 FIFTY CENTS INSIDE TODAY Game over Hockey becomes the first professional league to lose an enitre season due to a labor dispute Sports Dl Where the huskies are Dogsledding can often be the best way to cross frozen terrain in many parts of the world but you have to respect the huskies Outdoors Cl City pays up Nearly two years after a jury sided with a Santa Fe police officer in a genderbias lawsuit against the city a lawyer reports Deanna Nava has been paid Page A4 Lance once more Still hungry to race Lance Armstrong sets his sights on a seventh straight Tour de France title Sports 01 Marriage mixup A Hobbs couple was told on Valentines Day that they cant be married The reason One of them considered herself a woman but had not completed a sexchange procedure Page B4 Todays obituaries Alex Grant 56 El Rancho Feb 14 Jerry f Martinez 48 San Juan Pueblo Feb 14 Genevieve Baca Albuquer que Feb 13 Celestine G Draves Feb 11 Irene Gonzales 79 Santa Fe Feb 14 Carolyn S Ambrose 66 Santa Fe Feb 9 Dorothy J Holthaus Feb 14 Patricia C Gallegos 66 Albuquerque Feb 14 Felipe E Delgado 50 Santa Fe Feb 14 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy isolated showers High 46 low 29 Page B2 INDEX Annies Business Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news D5 C3 C8 B6 Bl Mutuals Opinion Outdoors Police notes Scoreboard Sports 05 A7 Cl B2 D2 01 The Wests OMest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 48 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9863000 9863030 9833303 Lawmaker targets city wage law By BOB QUICK The New Mexican Santa Fes minimumwage ordinance faced another attack Wednesday from Sen Sue Wil son Beffort RSandia Park who previously introduced a bill that would nullify the citys minimum wage now at an hour Senate Bill 535 would prohibit any New Mexico community from introducing a minimum wage higher than the current federal minimum of an hour A similar bill introduced in the House of Representatives was tabled Tuesday in a commit tee and is considered dead for the current session Beffort held a news conference Wednesday in a Senate confer ence room to discuss her bill and cited a fiscalimpact report about the minimum wages impact on Santa Fes economy Santa Fes ordinance which went into effect last June requires both forprofit and not forprofit companies with 25 or more employees to pay a wage of an hour That wage will rise to in 2006 and to in 2008 Explaining her opposition to Santa Fes ordinance Beffort said the state has millions of dollars available for programs that train people for jobs paying much more than the minimum wage People should not have to set tle for the minimum wage for the rest of their she said add ing she would like to meet with the Santa Fe City Council which passed the ordinance and edu cate them about the training pro grams available in New Mexico Please see WAGE Page A4 Inside House panel OKs billion education plan Richardson pro poses package of election changes Stories Page AS Animal shelter hit by vandals Wes New Mexican Carlos Caceres holds a bat left behind by vandals he chased off the construction site for the new Santa Fe Animal Shelter Humane Society on Tuesday night The vandals broke six windows and did other minor damage before Caceres arrived and pursued them in a highspeed vehicle chase However he didnt catch them Four males damage building site before being chased away The New Mexican Four males who burglarized and dam aged an animal shelter under construc tion in southwest Santa Fe managed to get away after a highspeed car chase Tuesday night The males who caused an estimated of damage drove a latemodel Ford through a locked cattle gate at the entrance of the property about knocking the gate down said Carlos Caceres who lives on the property Caceres said he saw the head lights coming up the road and thought Nobody would be out here that late at night Its gotta be the By the time he put his shoes on and drove his truck to one of the two build ings under construction for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Humane Society the males had broken into one of the buildings and begun tearing it up he said When they saw his lights one of the males threw down a baseball bat hed been using to break windows and he and the rest of them jumped back into their car and took off Caceres said He said he drove after them down Caja Del Rio Road where speeds reached 100 mph at times for about 10 miles but lost them Kate Rindy director of the animal shelter said six 24by18inch windows were broken and a heater was stolen No animals were at the shelter when the breakin occurred Rindy said Gangstyle graffiti was found on a sign on the property while more was found at the Marty Sanchez Links De Santa Fe and the recreation fields located along Caja Del Rio Road Rindy said She said she doesnt believe the shelter was specifically targeted The shelter which has its current facility at 1920 Cerrillos Road is build ing a new million facility on the Caja Del Rio property The new shelter which should be ready by summer Is being built with private funds she said Caceres said he thinks the four males he saw were probably teenagers Apparently they were out for a night of he said Incident in Iran sets off fears of attack The Associated Press TEHRAN Iran An explosion in a southern city prompted instant fears Wednesday of a missile attack in an area where Iran has a nuclear facility and Iranian authori ties gave conflicting explanations for the blast All Yunesi Iranian official confirms that United States is spying on his country includ ing Iranian friendly fire in a military area and construction The explosion came hours after the countrys intelligence chief confirmed drones had been flying over Iran for months to spy on nuclear and military facilities and Israeli officials denied involvement with the blast which spiked oil prices and showed how jittery the world is that growing inter national pressure would lead to an attack on Iran The explosion near the southwestern port city of Deylam about 110 miles from the Bushehr nuclear facility was reported by Ira nian state television which said it may have been caused by a fuel tank dropping from an Iranian plane A govern ment spokesman said the blast may have been caused by friendly fire Later a top security offi cial said the blast was part of construction work on a dam The official Ali Agha Mohammadi of the Supreme Please see IRAN Page A6 Residents of former boomtown stake their future on uranium By PETER BARNES The Associated Press EUNICE Like many others in this former boomtown Mayor James Brown knows more about isotopes centrifuges and uranium235 than your average college student Browns recent crash course in nuclear physics was a prerequisite Many of his constituents are counting on the jobs and economic trickledown that are being promised if a billion uraniumenrich ment plant that would make fuel for nuclear power plants comes to town Critics say the proposed National Enrichment Facil ity could pollute the envi ronment guzzle scarce We have to have something else in place or communities like Eunice andjal will just disappear The oil industry wont be able to support our economy 20 or 30 years from JAMES BROWN mayor of Eunice water and leave this oil producing town with tons of radioactive waste and nowhere to put it But the mayor warns that without the plant Eunice faces extinction We have to have some thing else in place or com munities like Eunice and Jal will just he said The oil industry wont be able to support our economy 20 or 30 years from The project would be the first privately operated uraniumenrichment plant in the United States and the first installation to use centrifuge technol ogy rather than a process known as gaseous diffusion Please see TOWN Page A4 3 5year museum crime spree ends in Montana The Associated Press BILLINGS Mont For 35 years Jeffry Stevens helped feed his fascination for arti facts and antiques by taking them from small museums Glasgow Police Capt Bruce Barstad said Stevens would walk into regional museums during regular business hours sign the guest register with an alias chat with employees then help himself to items on display stuffing them in his pants or coat He kept some items and sold others through an antiques store in Salt Lake City But a stop at the Daniels County Museum and Pioneer Town in Scobey in the summer of 2003 brought an end to the crime spree Vir Jeffry Stevens Would walk intc regional museums to steal Items on display ginia Heaton caught a man trying to pry decorations from one of the museums antique cars She ordered him to drop the parts and leave Heaton wrote down his licenseplate number and called the cops Investigators identified the thief as Stevens 59 of Fallbrook Calif State and federal investigators say he was working with them to Please see SPREE Page A3 ;