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New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN NOVEMBER WEDNESDAY 50 CENTS 4 finalists announced for treasurer Richardson to interview candidates today By Barry Massey The Associated Press A member of Gov Bill Richardsons cabi net a statebanking regulator and two finan cialindustry executives from Albuquerque have been recommended for possible appointment as the next state treasurer Richardson said he will interview the candidates today and plans to announce his appointment Thursday A 19member search committee recom mended the finalists after considering 33 people who had applied or been suggested for the job which became vacant when Democrat Robert Vigil resigned last week in the face of House impeachment proceed ings Vigil has pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of extortion in a federal investigation into an alleged kickback scheme involving state investments Among those recommended to the gover nor are Jan Goodwin secretary of the Taxa tion and Revenue Department She unsuccessfully sought the Demo cratic nomination for treasurer in 2002 but lost to Vigil in a threeway race She was director of the state Board of Finance in 20002002 Please see TREASURER Page A4 PUBLIC REGULATION COMMISSION Phone rate changes comin By Wendy Brown Tne New Mexican Most New Mexico telephone customers can expect slightly higher bills after an order issued Tuesday by the state Public Regu lation Commission takes effect April L People who make a lot of long distance calls within New Mexico however could see bills decline Telephone companies have subsidized rural service through a 20centaminute surcharge on all instate longdistance calls PRC Vice Chairman Jason Marks said But that surcharge has become less effective over the years as more people began using cell phones The PRC order does away with the surcharge In order to maintain the sub sidy for rural phone service state regulators approved an estimated increase in the basic monthly charge for all residential and busi ness phone lines Regulators estimate that will bring monthly charges to a total of for residential lines and for business lines In addition regulators autho rized an estimated 15 to 2 percent surcharge on bills For a customer with basic service only that sur charge would add another 30 cents to residential bills and 72 cents to business bills All phone companies will have to charge the same rates the state sets for Qwest residential and busi Please see PHONE Page A5 CHANGES ORDERED The state ordered tele phone companies to make rate changes after April 1 Service providers will no longer charge a 20centa minute surcharge on instate longdistance calls Most residential custom ers will see the monthly cost of a basic phone line increase by roughly Most business customers will see the monthly cost for a basic phone line increase by roughly Source Public Regulation Commission OBITUARIES Alfredo Quintana 50 Santa 29 Jose D Lucero Oct 29 Juanito V Lucero 75 Santa 28 Morris Clay 77 OctSO Stephen Valencia Page C2 Day of the Dead lives Photos by Lara New Mexican Yadira Guardado left and Ana Alejandro Nararro fifthgraders from Ramirez Thomas Elementary School file the seams of papiermache skulls at the Museo Cultural on Tuesday The skulls are made for a traditional Mesoamerica skull rack or zompantli to commemorate the sacrifice of the warrior spirit by the Veterans for Peace From left Juan Flores Phillip Flores and Arturo Paz from Ramirez Thomas Elementary School look at altars made for the Day of the Dead The aitars will be on display to the public today APPLE DELICIOUS Making an apple cake is as easy or easier than making a simple pie Taste Dl DELAY GETS HiS WAY Rep Torn DeLay got a big victory Tuesday when the judge in the campaignfinance case was removed Page A3 SETTLE APPLEBEESSUU Seven former employees who claimed to have been sexually harassed at the restaurant settled out of court and will share Local Cl Kevin Associated Press Jeffrey Bronfman of Santa Fe7 the president of the chapter of O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal issues a statement outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday in Washington SUPREME COURT Church argues for use of ritual tea Bush administration contends hallucinogen dangerous congregation says herbal brew sacred By Gina Holland The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Supreme Court debated Tues day whether to let a small congregation in New Mexico worship with hallucinogenic tea the first religious free dom dispute under Chief Justice John Roberts Justice Sandra Day OConnor seemed skeptical of the Bush administrations claim that the tea can be banned but she might not be around to vote in the case About BO members of a Brazilbased church have been in a longrunning dispute with federal agents who seized 30 gallons of their tea in 1999 from Jeffrey Bronfmans home in Santa Fe where the church has a congregation The hoasca tea which contains an illegal drug known as DMT is considered sacred to members of O Centro Espir ita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal The church which has about members worldwide Please see CHURCH Page A4 COLORADO ELECTION Voters give up billion in taxpayer refunds Denver approves teacherpay measures By Steven K Paulson The Associated Press DENVER Colorado voters agreed Tuesday to give up billion in taxpayer refunds over the next five years to allow the state to bounce back from a recession ignoring the arguments of fiscal conservatives who say the govern ment doesnt need more money to spend The vote was closely watched around the nation with CaUfornians scheduled to decide a government taxand spend question next week and several other states consid ering spending caps Supporters said Colorado simply could not afford to vote Please see VOTERS Page A5 Index Annies Horoscope Police Scoreboard D6 A locally owned and independent newspaper BACK IN BUSINESS The San Antonio Spurs celebrated last seasons success and started their title defense by beating Denver 10291 Sports Bl Main Late News TODAY Sunny breezy High 69 low 38 PageC8 Five sections 40 pages 156th year Issue No 306 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years ;