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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 14, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico jor 156 years MONDAY MARCH 14 2005 FIFTY CENTS Legislature OKs billion budget By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press Lawmakers raced Sunday to wrapup work on a package to finance public edu cation and generalgovernment opera tions next year and a host of projects for legislators and Gov Bill Richardson The House and Senate gave final approval to a nearly billion budget bill which sends the proposal to Rich ardson The Senate also endorsed a compan ion measure that allocates more than million on hundreds of projects and programs favored by the governor and legislators That measure will go to the governor after it clears the House which is expected today However Richardson isnt getting everything he wanted in the budget related proposals Lawmakers provided million to start prekindergarten programs rather than the million requested by the governor Lawmakers succeeded in one of their goals with the budget approving it in time to force Richardson to either sign or veto the measures before the Legisla ture adjourns Saturday The main budget bill allocates not quite billion from the states main budget account in the fiscal year start ing July 1 That will provide for a percent increase in spending almost million over the current operating budget Money in the budget will finance public schools higher education and generalgovernment operations ranging from courts and prisons to state police and the governors office The House and Senate approved the budget bill on voice votes The final version of the measure is a compromise developed by negotiators from both chambers From of total spending theres not much difference between the compromise proposal and versions of the budget approved earlier in the session by the House and Senate For example spending in the final measure is about million higher than a Senate passed version of the budget The main budget bill allocates mil Please see BUDGET Page A5 inside Republican lawmakers walk out of election reform meeting House bill would let wine drinkers take the leftovers Page A2 Study Iraq news coverage wasnt twisted By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK A study of flews coverage of the war in Iraq fails to support a conclu sion that events were portrayed either negatively or positively most of the time The Project for Excellence in Journalism looked at nearly stories on television newspapers and Web sites and found most of them couldnt be categorized either way Twentyfive percent of the stories were negative and 20 percent were positive according to the study released Sunday by the Washington based think tank Despite the exhaustive look the study likely wont change the rninds of war supporters who considered the media hos tile to the Bush administration or opponents who think report ers werent questioning enough said Tom Rosenstiel the proj ects director There was enough of both to annoy both he said But the majority of stories were just Kosenstiel said most people understand the complexities of what is going on in Iraq how continued suicide bombings can happen at the same time as a successful election The three network evening newscasts tended to be more negative than positive while the opposite was true shows the study said Fox News Channel was twice as likely to be positive than negative unlike the more evenhanded CNN and MSNBC the study said A more limited look at cam Please see COVERAGE Page A8 Entre familiares y abogados Los abogados y familiares delos condenados a muerte dicen estar esperanzados luego de que el mandatario estadounidensc pidiera respetar el fallo de la Corte Internacional de Tusticia El Nuevo Mexicano Dl Todays obituaries Eioy Michael Romero Santa Fe March 10 Please see Page A2 TENNESSEE HERE COME THE LOBOS Photos by Tins Now Mexican DANCING IN NASHVILLE AND KNOXVILLE New Mexico guard Darren Prentice throws his hands up Sunday in the Lobo Theater in Albuquerque after hearing that the Lobos were given the No 12 seed in the Syracuse Regional of the 2005 NCAA Tournament New Mexico made sure it Wasnt left on the tourney bubble by winning the Mountain West Conference tournament and the Lobos were hoping that would earn them a little more respect than the seed they received Sunday I thought wed get an 11 or possibly a New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay said Twelve seeds are usually the last atlarge teams in I thought being 266 we deserved a little more favorable num ber but well just take what we The Lobos get Villanova in a firstround game in Nashville on Friday while the No Sseeded Lobo womens team faces off against Purdue in Knoxville Tenn More coverage on the NCAA Tournament in Sports Bl Todays forecast Snow showers High 40 low 26 Page A2 Anmns Mailb Classifieds Comics Crossword education Health B5 C4 B6 B5 D3 Cl Horoscope B5 Opinion A7 Police notes A2 Scoreboard B2 Spanish pg Dl Sports Bl The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 oages 156th year Issue No 73 Publication No 596 440 Propagating native plants half work half patience Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9863000 9863030 9833303 By STAC MATLOCK The New Mexican Hunt em Burn em Freeze em Patiently wait while they grow Propagating native plants from seed is an unsung art according to Bob Pennington of Agua Fria Nursery But then nativeplant aficionados might be a little strange that way There are people in the West who make their living scoping out the backcountry for rare native plants and propagating the seeds to sell Pennington buys from some of them and propagates some native plants on his own He said he likes the challenge of locating hardtofind native plants harvesting the seed and figuring out how to grow them in a domestic envi ronment I just find growing the wild things Pennington said in Agua Fria Nursery as he dug his fingers Please see PLANTS Page A6 If you What Lecture Propagating Native Plants for Your Garden Demystified When 7 Wednesday Where College of Santa Fe Thaw Art History Center first floor room 509 Who Bob Pen nington Agua Fria Nursery For more information on monthly meet ings talks and field trios by the Native Plant Society of New Mexico see its Web site at http Propagating native plants from seed is an unsung art accord ing to Bob Pennington of Agua Fria Nursery He said he likes the challenge of locating hardtofind native plants harvest ing the seed and figuring out how to grow them in a domestic environment ;