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New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 25, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NOVEMBER FRIDAY 50 CENTS WAR IN IRAQ Children among 38 SB m m mm m killed in suicide blast By Nancy A Youssef Knight Ridder Newspapers BAGHDAD Iraq The third Thanksgiving Day since troops entered Iraq was a grim one Thursday Bombers killed at least 36 people in two different Iraqi cities In one of the attacks a suicide bomber tar geted a crowd of children who were receiving toys from US soldiers officials announced the deaths of six more US troops No American dignitaries made surprise trips to dine with American soldiers as they have on previous holidays And the Iraqi governments top spokesman said vio lence would only increase until the Dec 15 elections for a new National Assembly The first attack came in Mahmudiyah in an area called the triangle of as US civilaffairs special ists were inspecting the Mahmudiyah Hospital at around 1030 am in preparation for making improvements said Lt CoL Barry Johnson a military spokesman Civilaffairs soldiers often bring toys for children when meeting with the community Johnson said As the sol diers stood outside the main entrance and began handing Please see BLAST Page A6 Mahmoud a Associated Press A boy is treated in Bahdad Iraq on Thursday following a blast outside Mahmudiyah Hos pital in a town south of the countys capita MILITARY DEATHS IK IRAQ As of Thursday at least members of the military have died since the beginning of the war in Iraq in March 2003 according to an Associated Press count At least died as a result of hostile action according to the militarys numbers The figures include five military civilians The AP count is five lower than the Defense Departments tally last updated at 8 MST Wednesday The latest deaths reported by the military Two soldiers were killed Thursday by an explosive in Bagh dad Two soldiers died Wednesday of gunshot wounds in Baghdad A soldier died Wednesday of wounds suffered from a roadside bomb in Hit The Associated Press SKI SEASON Snow or faux snow Megan The New Mexican Kelsey Kehlbeck of Dallas is among the first skiers to hit the slopes at Taos Ski Valley on Thanksgiving the opening day of the resorts SOthanniversary season Taos slopes bustling on opening day By Diana Heil The New Mexican Taos Ski Valley could boast only 10 inches of machinemade snow but some 600 skiers still bought tickets for opening day of the resorts 50th anniversary season Although just two beginner slopes and one intermediate run were open out of 110 trails the skiers appar ently felt as if they were getting a good deal Everything was halfprice tickets equipment lessons and lodging Were doing great resort spokesman Chris Stagg said at 1 pan Thursday The snow is really good its powdery and softer than I thought it was going to be and folks seem to be having a great Twice as many students as expected 80 children showed up for the ski school The promotion began Thanksgiv ing and runs through Dec16 Nor mally we dont have the sale over the Thanksgiving Stagg said Last year the season was more robust from the start A series of storms across New Mexico and southern Colorado around Thanks giving and again in early December set up a record season for some resorts in the area According to The Please see SNOW Page A4 IF YOU GO What Halfprice sale at Taos Ski Valley When Now through Dec 16 Prices Adults lift tickets are teens and childrens Lessons and rentals are halfprice as well Food lodging Many lodges throughout the Town of Taos and Taos Ski Valley have cut their prices in half and some restaurants are adding half price entrees to this deal information Taos Ski Valley [email protected] 866 9687386 INSIDE Former governor says extra revenue should be used to fund higher education Page A8 EVERYTHING OLD IS COOL AGAIN Jimi Hendrix Jim Morrison Teens are rediscovering the classics Gen Next Dl FOR THE HOLIDAYS Natural disasters and fuelcost spikes have made this years Empty Stocking Fund even more important The annual program aids iocai people in need Local news Cl OBITUARIES Sandra B Biddle 49 Santa Fe Nov 14 Page 02 Governor wants oil gas windfall to aid kids Legislators specialinterest groups line up with lists for 2006 By David Miles The New Mexican With more than million in anticipated new money next fiscal year the state of New Mexico could build two separate com muterrail lines from BemaliUo to Santa Fe with money to spare Or it could use those dollars to hire and equip roughly new state police officers or employ nearly veteran publicschool teachers How about building six new high schools or 20 prisons With so much money on the table plenty of wish lists will be floating around the Capitol when lawmakers convene for a 30day session in January The additional expected revenue is largely due to higherthananticipated state tax and royalty collections on oil and naturalgas pro duction Gov Bill Richardson legislators and specialinterest groups already have come forward with some of their designs on the additional revenue the state anticipates receiving next fiscal year The governor has said he wants 2006 to be the Year of the Child Please see WINDFALL Page A7 LOBBYIST SCANDAL Congressmen who took donations helped tribes secure funding By John Solomon and Sharon Theimer The Associated Press WASHINGTON More than a dozen members of Congress intervened to help Indian tribes win federal schoolconstruction money while accepting political donations from the tribes their lobbyist Jack Abramoff or his firm The lawmakers hailed from both parties including House Appropriations subcommittee Chairman Charles Taylor and Sen Byron Dorgan of North Dakota the top Democrat on the Senate committee currently investigating Abramoff Most wrote letters that pressed a reluctant Bush administration to renew a program that provided tribes federal money for build ing schools Others worked the congressional budget process to Please see DONATIONS Page A5 OFF HER DANCE SHOES Cathy Roe stopped in Santa Fe on a road trip took some dance classes and gave a workshop and 20 years iater shes still here But after two decades of teaching and putting on dance concerts Roe is stepping back Following three performances this weekend of her Up she closes her private studio to concentrate on her other businesses Pasatiempo inside TODAY Partly cloudy High 58 low 28 Page C10 Index Annies A locally owned and independent newspaper Generation Horoscope Local Police Time Main Late News Five sections 40 pages 112 pages 156th year Issue No 329 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years ;