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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 7, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE SEPTEMBER 7r2005 This week we are proud to unveil the final phase the redesign of The Santa Fe New Mexi can Over several months we have made changes to improve your daily newspaper havereconfigured several sections of the paper provid irig more space for local news We have added a standalone classified section the Sunday rnaga zine areview of the weeks national and world news which appears Sundays and a Neighbors section with more stories about njty and the people you you can news paper has a new chose specifi cally designed for use in newspapers Research shows these ty pefaces are easier to read We also are usingiabels on many stories so readers can quickly identify each story ajso will notice there is contact information at the bottom of each sec tion front at the end of each story so readers can get Jn touch with edi tors and reporters more easily While the paper looks different weVe added fea tures and moved other elements our main goal to pro vide a comprehen sive arid interesting news report each day to keep read ers informed about whats happening in your commu nity and the world around you has not changed We invite you to tell us what you think of the changes we have made to your daily newspa per Contact assis tant managing editor Mike Cosgrove at 9863024 or send an email to mikec WEDNESDAY 50 CENTS g tax revenue may spur cuts Baffling drop in grossreceipts income leads City Council to consider layoffs ByTomSharpe The New Mexican Santa Fe city councilors are bracing for lay offs cutbacks and amended labor negotiations in the face of two straight months of declining grossreceiptstaxrevenues Councilors on the Finance Committee on Tuesday were dumbfounded by the news especially because lodgerstax revenues reflecting tourism are climbing Theres something seriously wrong here whether its misreporting or whether its something getting lost in the said Councilor Karen Heldmeyer Ordinarily our grossreceipts and lodgers tax track pretty closely In this case theyre going in opposite directions and it doesnt make any Tax revenues from July and August which reflect sales in May and June were down respectively percent from a year earlier Finance Director Kathryn Raveling said lodgerstax revenues fromjanuary through June of this year were up percent from the period a year before while grossreceipts taxes were down percent When the citys grossreceiptstax rev enues dipped percent in March reflecting January sales the state Taxation and Revenue Department attributed it to taxpayer confusion over dropping the tax from the sales of grocer ies and medical services The overall state grossreceiptstax rate increased Jaa 1 so that in theory the new deductions would not make any difference in the overall revenues State officials said the Please see TAX Page A6 HURRICANE KAHUNA Progress order in Big Easy Laura Associated Press Felix Perez greets soldiers Tuesday from the 1st Cavalry Division who are in Algiers to evaluate the damage bring secu rity for civil workers and help anyone who still wants to evacuate Perez called the soldiers the Angels of Rays of light Signs of relief as new storm Knight Ridder Newspapers NEW ORLEANS As floodwaters slowly receded Tuesday more bodies sur faced and many more are expected even as a new tropical threat lurked offshore But some shafts of light split the grim Gulf Coast reality First the shadow A storm developing just off Floridas east coast could strike as a hurricane by this weekend threaten ing to further tax a nation already over whelmed by disaster Next the light Officials in New Orleans and some other affected areas said water finally began to flow out relief supplies finally flowed in order began Please see PROGRESS Page A5 Budget questions Domenici defends floodcontrol funding By Andy Lenderman and Steve Terrell The New Mexican Although senior New Mexico Sen Pete Domenici says he will do all he can to get the money to rebuild the levees in New Orleans for years he has chaired a Senate panel that slashed the budget for Army Corps of Engineers flood projects in Loui siana Now the corps is pumping water out of a devastated New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina which last week left an estimated 80 percent of the city under water Domenici a Republican chairs the Please see BUDGET Page A4 Three men plead guiky in February attack A G7 By Henry M Lopez The New Mexican Three men pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges from the February attack on two gay men in Santa Isaia Medina and Gabriel Maturin each face nearly seventy ears in prison in the beatings of James Maestas and Joshua Stockham outside the La Quinta Inn on Cerrillos Road A third Joseph Cano 19 faces 2 years for driving the others there bringing the total number of guilty pleas in the case to four Medina 20 andMaturin 20 both pleaded charges of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and conspiracy charges that include hatecrime enhancements Medina also pleaded no contest to a charge of criminal damage to property related to a rockthrowing inddentgreceding the beatings vH David Trinidad 17 last month pleaded guilty to charges hi the case District Judge Michael Vigil scheduled sentencing proceedings for Oct 5 Charges against two remaining defen dants Paul Montoya and Jonathan Val dez are still pending No sentencing recommendation was reached as part of Tuesdays pleas agreements said Medinas lawyer Dan Cron He added that he was concerned the public backlash from the beatings might work against his client but added he believed Judge Vigil would be fair Maturins attorney Tom Clark also said Vigil would be fair at sentencing He said Maturin hopes to enroll in an Albuquerque engineering program Gron said the incident was totally out of character for Medina who wants to pursue an education in tech nology Please see GUILTY Page A6 Gabriel Maturin Isaia Medina Both men face nearly seven years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and conspiracy charges that include hatecrime enhancements OBITUARIES Bruce S Kiss 84 Sept 5 EustatioCrtiz 91 Sept 5 Haviano Lucero 71 Sept 2 J Dolores Montana 73 Santa Fe Sept 5 Sept 1 Edmund Pecos Sept 6 Frances Jones 96 Santa Fe Aug 29 AdamSofiz 47 Santa Fe Sept 4 NdBeCasados Sept 5 Shirley Hetrera 40 Sept 1 Page C2 Index Annies B6 i04 Horoscope El HOT LINEUP Star chef Rick Bayless heads the list of chefs and teachers providing spicy recipes on their way to the 15th annual Wine Chile Fiesta Taste LM B6 B6 C2 Police notes C2 CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS PASS GAYMARRIAGE BILL Bill goes to Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger after Assembly approval PageA3 CLUSTERS TOO MUCH FOR VENUS Belgian advances to the semifinals of the Open with win Sports Bl C2 A7 Stocks Taste B2 Timeout TODAY Clouds some sun afternoon Tstorm High 76 low 56 PageC8 MM Main office9833303 Five sections 34 pages Late Classifieds lS6th year Issue No 250 8 Newsdps9663030 Publication Serving New Mexico for 156 yean ;