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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 26, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156years SUNDAY JUNE 26 2005 ONE DOLLAR 49TH SEASON OF THE SANTA FE OPERA Governors jet puts to shame nearby states Wes New Mexican Turandot costume designer Willa Kim right watches as Keith Jameson is fitted in his Pong costume this month at the opera None shall sleep until the opera costume shop wraps up Turandot By ANNE CONSTABLE The New Mexican Less than a month before opening night the costume shop at the Santa Fe Opera was buzzing Stitchers sat hunched over sewing machines first hands cut out pat and apprentices ironed bolts of fabric Amid the hum of activity designer Willa Kim and costumeshop head David Burke circled a mannequin resembling the torso of Kevin Langan who will be playing the part of Timur the exiled king of Tartary in the operas produc tion of Puccinis Turandot Using a felt marker Burke sketched their ideas onto a muslin version of the robe At their feet was a bin of fab ric swatches roughly matching Kims watercolor version of the costume Do you think the orange goes down the front Burke asked pinning a piece of upholstery fabric to the form with a safety pin Kim a small elegant woman in a bat tered beige straw hat held on with a a cream scarf and white tennis shoes nodded approval then mulled the idea of dying a section of the sleeves blue Timurs robe is one of 85 costumes the shop is building for this highly anticipated production the biggest since Countess Maritza in 1999 Because Kims designs are so com plex the Martin Izquierdo Studio in New York made Princess Turandots costumes under Kims supervision while the John Schneeman Studios on Please see OPERA Page A7 Puccinis final opera Turandot the letter t is pronounced was composed by Giacomo Puccini who died in 1924 before finishing it The job fell to Franco Alfano who followed Puc cinis detailed sketches for the ending Turandot the Princess of Death has sworn to never let any man possess her out of revenge for the ravishing and murder of an ancestor In order to win her hand a royal suitor must answer three riddles or be beheaded After Prince Calaf successfully answers the questions he challenges her to discover his name with his life again as the prize In the popular third act aria Nessun Donna or none shall sleep the prince anticipates his victory The Santa Fe Opera has performed operas by Giacomo Puccini 28 times since it debuted with Madame Butterfly in 1957 but this is its first production of Turandot La Boheme La Fanciulla del West Gianni Schicchi Butterfly 1957 1965 1968 1996 1998 Tosca 1994 Tickets range in price from to depending on seat choice though most performances of Turandot are sold out or nearly so For ticket information call the Santa Fe Opera Box Office at 800 2804654 or go to More Illustrious career ODera awardwinning costume designer inside Willa Kim Page A6 Why the conduc tor stopped during Turandots first per formance Page A7 Santa Fe Operas 2005 schedule by the numbers and tour info Page A7 Tribes diversifying reservation economies beyond casinos By CURT WOODWARD The Associated Press AUBURN Wash Past the fireworks stands plas tered with colorful flags and homemade murals down the road from the backhoe work ing on a new smoke shop the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has staked out its corner in the next generation of Amer Indian business Its the White River Amphi theatre a concert venue owned by the tribe and managed by Clear Channel the worlds of concerts and other live entertainment events Private partnerships have blossomed across Indian Country as tribes pour their casino cash into more diverse businesses at a time when gambling revenues are increasingly threatened The arena is an example of the private partnerships that have blossomed across Indian Country as tribes pour their casino cash into more diverse businesses at a time when their gambling reve nues are increasingly threat ened by both competition and political opposition Inspired by the popularity of the Gorge Amphitheater in eastern Washington Muck leshoot leaders figured they could draw concertgoers to an outdoor arena closer to the city So they waded through a sevenyear government per mit process and transformed a horse pasture into a modern concert venue With its third season just starting officials wont reveal numbers but say the mil lion amphitheater is a suc cess drawing acts including Snoop Dbgg Ozzy Osbourne and Reba McEntire A lot of private entities would have given said Rollin Fatland a consultant to the tribe and promoter But the tribe hung in there and did everything right and now theyve got a firstclass Across Indian Country Please see TRIBES Page A4 By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican New Mexicos Gov Bill Richardson isnt the only Western governor taking political lumps for wanting to fly in a new jet Alaska Gov Frank Murkowski has long wanted his state to replace two Beechcraft King Air turbo props one 25 years old one 27 years old His administration plans to buy or lease a jet or per haps a newer turboprop Earlier this month the Alaska Department of Public Safety issued two requests for proposals for aircraft despite opposition by some lawmakers and residents who contend a jet is simply a luxury item for the gover The Associated Press reported in a June 10 story The Democrats like to say that Murkowski thinks hes too good to ride with the people on Alaska Andrew Petty a reporter for the Juneau Empire said in an interview Friday A recent look at several Western states including all of those that border New Mexico indicates that most states do not own jets In fact Richardson will be the only governor in the Southwest to travel in a state owned jet And New Mexicos million 2005 Cessna Citation Bravo will be more expensive than any state air craft in the region Although Murkowski is a Please see JET Page A5 Cessna Citation Encore Passengers 11 Top speed 495 mph Range miles Price million Wyoming Wyoming spent million on two jets a few years back with virtually no controversy Cessna Citation Bravo Passengers 8 Top speed 460 mph Range miles Price million Republicans are fuming about million purchase to replace an aging turboprop Beechcraft King Air 200 Passengers 810 Top speed 333 mph Range miles million Turboprop is by far the most popular plane for governors around the Southwest Public broadcasting in the fight of its life By SAN SINGER Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON Reel ing from a House effort to cut its funding and a series of attacks over political evenhandedness the Cor poration for Public Broad casting faces a set of dif ficult challenges in coming weeks that could determine the nature and financial strength of stations around the country Conservative criticism of public broadcasting is a longstanding feature of the political landscape But several factors are con verging to suggest that this time the Public Broadcast ing Service and National Public Radio could be affected in ways they have so far avoided And the Sen ate which next month will coTisider whether to retain the House budget cuts is more heavily Republican conservative than dur ing past disputes At the same time CPB Chairman Kenneth Tomlin son an outspoken critic of PBS content seems deter mined to force changes at PBS and NPR and has named a former Republi can Party leader to head CPB Even as Tomlinson seeks to correct what he sees as a political bias at PBS Democrats and others are waging a battle in the publicrelations arena as well as in Congress to curtail Tomlinsons influ ence CPBs inspector gen eral or inhouse watchdog Please see PBS Page A3 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Gordon E Barto 84 Santa Fe June 21 Mary L C de Baca 62 June 23 Carrol Eason 72 June 23 Marjorie Phillips Santa Fe June 19 Ronald M Valencia 57 June 22 Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy afternoon Tstorms High 83 low 55 Page D8 INDEX Annies D7 Movies Business B2 Dl Mutuals D2 Classifieds Hl Opinion Gl Crossword D7 Police notes B2 Focus El iQue Pasa 122 Horoscope D7 Scoreboard C2 Local news Bl Sports Lotteries Cl B2 Travel Fl The Wests Oldest Newspaper 11 sections 112 pages 156th year Issue No 177 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads Main office 9840363 9863000 9833303 ;