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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 21, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE r owned Serving New Mexico for 156 years MONDAY MARCH 21 2005 FIFTY CENTS Richardson trumpets tax cuts as critics complain By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press Taxes defined the Legislatures justcompleted 60day session and Gov Bill Richardson ended up get ting what he wanted Lawmakers approved a measure that allows Richardson to proclaim We now have covered every New Mexican with a tax Thats a statement that New Mexi ANALYSIS cans will hear more of as the Demo cratic governor prepares to run for reelection next year and as national pundits speculate on possible presi dential contenders for 2008 Shortly before adjourning on Sat urday the Legislature gave final approval to a tax package provid ing an incometax exemption of up to per person for lower and middleincome New Mexicans Tax savings will average per return Benefits vary according to a taxpay ers income and taxfiling status Other taxrelief provisions in the legislation are aimed at single parent households families with schoolage children atr4 a range of businesses Until the tax package was approved Richardson had been threatening to call lawmakers back to work in a special session Tax cuts are a central element of the political image that Richardson has crafted since taking office The governor describes himself as a probusiness centrist Democrat and he contends the national party needs to embrace some of the same principles if it wishes to win the presidency In 2003 the Legislature agreed to the governors proposal for million worth of incometax reductions phased in over five years Shortly after those were approved the Richardson adminis tration ran advertising in national publications such as The Wall Street Journal promoting the gover nors taxcutting credentials However critics of the adminis trations tax policies have started to speak out publicly New Mexico Voices for Children an Albuquerquebased advocacy organization urged lawmakers this session to halt further implementa tion of the 2003 tax cuts The group said the rate reductions were misdirected with most of the benefits going to higherincome families and were draining rev Please see ANALYSIS Page A4 Womans body is spotted in Taos gorge The Associated Press TAOS State police on Sunday were work ing to recover a body spotted by rafters in the Rio Grande 2 to 3 miles south of the gorge bridge northwest of Taos A state police spokesman Lt Jimmy Glascock said it was too late to launch a safe recovery effort Satur day after the rafters from Los Rios Rafting Co reported the body to state police about 4 The body is believed to be that of a woman but it will be up to the state Office of the Medical Investigator to make a positive identification he said A Santa Fe woman known by the single name of Naia 37 has been missing in the area since Feb 23 when her station wagon was found abandoned at a rest area near the bridge Late last week two men were found dead after apparently jump ing from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Those deaths appeared to be unrelated police said They were identified as Michael Spinks 54 of See BODY Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries James Ezra Mickey March 18 Juan Roybal 88 March 18 Tranquilino Roybal 84 March 17 Rudy Lucero 71 Santa Fe March 16 Willie Apodaca 85 Santa Fe March 18 Mary B Gillespie 85 Feb 25 Please see Page A2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy High 49 low 26 Page A2 INDEX Annies Mailbox B5 Classifieds C3 Comics B6 Crossword B5 Education 03 Health Cl Horoscope B5 Opinion A7 Police notes A2 Scoreboard B2 Spanish pg Dl Sports Bl The Wests Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 80 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9844363 4863000 9863030 9833303 Honor and protest Some cited with trespassing at end of service By JOHN SENA The New Mexican Joan Duffy wanted nothing more than to honor tftose who have died in wars in Afghani stan and Iraq by laying yellow roses at their graves Sunday but instead the Vietnam vet eran stood just inside the gates of Santa Fe National Cemetery in the freezing rain waiting to be ticketed for trespassing Duffy who served as a nurse in Vietnam was just one of a group who attended a memorial service held by Santa Fe Veterans for Peace About 100 people attended the event which took place two years and a day after the start of the war in Iraq The service began at the Plaza and was followed by a procession to the cem etery Its really Duffy said about not being allowed into the cem etery District Judge Judith Herrera ruled Thursday that the group had to hold its service outside the cemetery gates after cemetery officials argued that the event had a partisan bias by promoting antiwar sentiments Her rera said the head of the cemetery had the right to deny use of the cem etery Most of those who walked from downtown to the cemetery placed their yellow roses between the cracks of stone posts that frame the entrance to the cemetery Some then left to get out of the rain but others remained Ken Mayers president of Santa Fe Veterans for Peace said earlier this Using the power of art to recognize their sacrifice Cpl Terry Holmes Ordonez left memorialized by Carol Mothner and Staff Sgt Kevin Kimmerly memorialized by Daniel Morper By ANNE CONSTABLE The New Mexican Eight times a year or more artist Carol Mothner is asked to contribute a piece of art work for a show or fundrais ing event Sometimes shes able to give sometimes not But when gallery owner Linda Durham asked her to participate in Faces of the an exhibit of portraits of servicemen and women who died in Afghanistan and Iraq she quickly agreed Because youre against the war people think youre against the Mothner said And this was an oppor tunity to say hey I might not See ART Page A4 week that the event was not intended as a protest and was strictly a memo rial Mayers stood alongside Duffy on Sunday in a rainsoaked trench coat waiting to be ticketed Im not happy when federal offi Left Participants pick up flowers at the Plaza before walking to the Santa Fe National Cemetery as part of Sundays memorial service organized by Santa Fe Veterans for Peace Above Keith Waller was one of the attendees at the memorial for soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan Photos by Jano Phillips Tho Now Mexican cials treat their citizens like some kind of animals with no May ers said Were waiting to be ticketed for trespassing on property that we as citizens Veteran Administration officials who run the cemetery later cited Mayers and about a dozen other peo ple with trespassing Jan Mitchell an assistant attorney this week said that no orga nizations have ever been allowed to hold public forums within the cem etery gates Only formally sanctioned national events on national holidays are held there While Mayers and others were upset that they were not allowed in the cemetery Barbara Conroy felt a little differently Its a place for me to come and give Conroy said She said it was suitable for the memorial service to end at the cemetery Were lucky we have she said Members of the group who had family there were allowed into the cemetery At the Plaza the event included speakers from a different religious denominations Karima Alev read from the Quran and talked about the importance of lives in Iraq and Afghanistan both soldiers and of civilians They were trying to say that we are one people and as soon as we real ize that there will be Anhara Lovato said of the speakers Mayers conducted the Plaza event and said that despite the weather it went well We always wish more people would he said What if they gave a beauty pageant and almost nobody showed up By STACI MATLOCK The New Mexican PECOS The firstever Miss Pecos isnt even from Pecos and if Sonya Yara hadnt wielded some influ ence there would have been no Miss Santa Fe County this year The winners crowned Sun day after a joint competition at Pecos High School will compete in this years Miss New Mexico pageant in June with the possibility of repre senting the state at the Miss America contest in the fall There would have been no Pecos and Santa Fe County representatives if not for Sonya Yara the mother of current Miss New Mexico Susan Yara The elder Yara pulled togethsr a cadre of volunteers to help stage the events A lastminute glitch had cost the Miss Santa Fe County pageant its scheduled venue in the City Different accord ing to Carol Henry executive director of the Miss New Mexico scholarship program Henry called Sonya Yara for help And because the new venue was in Pecos the direc tors decided to create a Pecos pageant Yara rounded up a slate of judges including three from the Pecos Valley But she couldnt convince any Pecos women between the ages of 17 and 23 to join the pageant Its too Yara said This is scholarship See PAGEANT Page A4 ;