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New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 7, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving Nevv Mexico for156years THURSDAY JULY 7 2005 FIFTY CENTS Councilors propose temporary water subsidy Plan aims to lessensticker shock in face of a 68 percent hump in water rates later this year By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Some Santa Fe city councilors want to use the extra quartercent of the grossreceipts tax that began this month to subsidize water rates temporarily so customers dont suf fer rate shock A proposal moving through city committees would eliminate emer gency and warmseason surcharges on big water users but raise basic residential rates as much as 68 per cent later this year In March city voters agreed to raise the grossreceiptstax rate to pay for an estimated million in capi tal improvements to the water system about half of it for the Buckman Diversion Project But during Wednes days City Council study session with its consultants some councilors said they are considering using some of the new tax revenues to subsidize residential rates directly Councilor David Coss the prime sponsor of the proposed rate hike and an announced candidate for mayor next year said after the meeting that rate shock could cause voters to defeat those councilors who voted for higher rates Politi cians care a he said Councilor Karen Heldmeyer said during the session that she would consider subsidizing bills with the tax revenues for up to four years But afterward she said the change might mean delaying some water projects I dont want to be in the position of just delaying the sticker shock for four years because at some point were going to need every dime of that grossreceipts tax for the diversion she said If its just delaying the problem four years then thats not a real solu Councilors took no vote on the issue and didnt indicate when they might consider the idea again Preparing for a folkart invasion Jane New Mexican Andy Mauldm Santa Fe International Folk Art Market volunteer decorates trees Wednesday afternoon at Milner Plaza on Museum Hill The second annual market takes place from 9 am to 5 Saturday and Sunday outside the Museum of International Folk Art The market will feature 95 artists from coun AG Gonzales talks about border court vacancy By ANNA MACIAS AGUAYO The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE Immigration and security problems along the border are a top pri ority for the federal government according to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Gonzales during a visit Wednes day to Albuquerque for a border conference with federal judges and prosecutors said the Bush administration is working every day to tackle border problems Weve already done a he said Congress has allocated money Were more effective in dealing with this issue We know how important it The attorney generals com ments were echoed by Sen Pete Domenici but the New Mex ico Republican added that more can be done to secure the border and address illegal immigration He said Americans want border control as well as an immigration law that would allow workers into the country I do chide my fellow senators for riot moving ahead more rapidly on both Domenici said Wednesday We should have done more on the border and we should already have a significant worker policy in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales right speaking Wednesday in Albuquerque said border issues are a top priority for the federal government Sen Pete Domenici left echoed the sentiment The Associated Press Please see WATER Page A4 Please see GONZALES Page A4 mSldei Bush defends Gonzales possible highcourt nomination Page C5 Thomas Edward Vives Man sues to get his name off list of sex offenders By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A Los Alamos man who was forced last fall to register as a sex offender in New Mexico for an offense committed in Florida now wants his name scratched from the list To that end Thomas Edward Vives 40 filed a law suit Tuesday in District Court in Santa Fe ask ing that he not have to register and that all sex offender infor mation about him be removed from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety documents and a Web site detailing such offenders according to court documents To have him continue to reg ister and be displayed on the Web site will irreparably harm him by exposing him to ridicule public infamy possible loss of employment extreme emotional distress and interfere with his relationships and according to the suit filed by Santa Fe attorney Dan Cron The suit names Los Alamos County Sheriff William Verzino DPS and DPS Secretary John Denko as defendants Vives pleaded no contest in 1992 to engaging in sexual acts with a child under 18 in Florida according to the DPS Web site He moved to Los Alamos in 2000 court records state In January 2004 Verzino issued a notice to Vives to regis ter as a sex offender or he would be charged with failing to do so a fourthdegree felony ing to court documents In May 2004 Deputy District Attorney Shari Weinstein told Cron that Vives would be charged within 10 days if he didnt register the documents state Cron then filed motions for a restraining order to seal court documents in the case close any hearings prohibit Vives Please see SUES Page A6 Cordova woman faces charges for fire claim By MARISSA STONE The New Mexican State police and federal agents Wednesday arrested a Cordova woman charged with embezzling from the federal government in an alleged fraudulent Cerro Grande Fire claim Evelyn Cordova 43 faces fraud charges after filing a Federal Emergency Manage ment Agency claim in Febru ary 2001 Cordovas insurance claim stated a house she was rent ing in Chimay6 was dam aged by smoke from the Cerro Grande Fire in Los Ala mos in 2000 State police say Cordova didnt file the claim until after the fire when she moved into the house Federal agents traveled from Texas and California to make the arrest and wanted Evelyn Cordova INDEX Annies Mailbox Movies Business CC Classifieds Evt Comics D4 Crossword D3 C3 C6 Horoscope Local news Lotteries Mutuals Opinion A7 Outdoors Police notes C2 Scoreboard B2 Bl CJ Sports C2 Stocks TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue No 188 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 984O363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Please see FIRE Page A4 Todays obituaries Laura L Burton 79 Santa Fe June 29 Dora Chavez Santa Fe July 6 Mary L Deaton Santa Fe July 4 Bennie 0 Gallegos July 1 Rafaelita G Guarjardo 65 Altus July I Esta L Harmer 85 June 30 William M Holcepl 77 July 2 Walters Kahn 87 July 4 Adelene B Mclaughlin 84 Espanola Frank Olguin July 6 Sylvia J Olmstead 74 Albu querque July 4 Page C2 Todays forecast Sunny to partly cloudy Tstorm High 93 low 54 Page C8 College students who grew up in might be deported as illegal since they ft V By MICHELLE ROBERTS The Associated Press PHOENIX Four stu dents who were apprehended by immigration authorities during a field trip to Niagara Falls three years ago will likely be ordered deported to Mexico at a hearing later this month their attorney said Wednesday The students who have been in the United States since they were small chil dren were part of a winning solarenergy team and were in Buffalo in June 2002 for an international competi tion when their teacher took them to Niagara Falls Immigration authorities detained and questioned them At least one student wasnt sure what his legai status was Since then the students now all in college have been given several reprieves but See DEPORTED Page A4 man cnn oee ucru ;