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Your guide to holiday traditions in Northern New Mexico Feliz Navidad, inside the chocolate tra il • mis crismes • christmas at the pueblos feliz navidad Locally owned and independent Sunday, November 24, 2013 $1.25 Winter 2013- 14 • The Santa Fe New Mexi can • santa om fenewmexican.c Support helps mother of 5 Empty stocking After she lost her job, Adith Guzman was able to keep her home and put food on the table, thanks to assistance last year from the Empty Stocking Fund. This year’s effort is officially underway, and donations and applications are being accepted. LOCAL NEWS, C-1 SFPS plans new method to distribute state funds Horsemen left in the cold St. Michael’s football team falls to Las Vegas Robertson in a significant upset. SPORTS, D-1 fund A small county’s “ Why is it wrong for citizens of Mora County to say no to corporations? I think the ordinance [banning oil and gas drilling] is defensible.” BIG BATTLE John Olivas, Mora County Commission chairman District intends to dole out money based on student needs, not staffing ratios By Robert Nott The New Mexican Santa Fe Public Schools may or may not get more money from the state to operate its schools. But it wants to spend what it does get more wisely. The district is planning a new method for allocating funds based on the needs of the students enrolled in each school. The effort is called Fair Student Funding, and the district hopes to try it out in some schools next year, with plans to go districtwide in 2015-16. “We will take our district dollars and distribute them to schools based on numerous factors [related to] student needs,” Superintendent Joel Boyd said. Educators call this approach “weighted student funding.” Instead of allocating money to Please see SFPS, Page A-5 Leaders reach deal to limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities Obama hails agreement as an ‘important first step’ By Deb Riechmann and George Jahn The Associated Press GENEVA — Iran struck a historic nuclear deal Sunday with the United States and five other world powers, in the most significant development between Washington and Tehran in more than three decades of estrangement between the two nations. The agreement commits Iran to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for limited and gradual sanctions relief. It builds on the momentum of the dialogue opened during September’s annual U.N. gathering, which included a 15-minute phone conversation between President Barack Obama and Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani. Obama hailed the deal’s provisions as key to preventing Iran from proliferating. “Simply put, they cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb,” he told reporters. The deal marks a milestone between the Anti-fracking signs are posted around Mora County. The county recently was sued by oil and gas companies and private landowners after passing an ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing. PHOTOS BY JANE PHILLIPS/THE NEW MEXICAN World watching as Mora County steps up to defend its anti-drilling ordinance By Staci Matlock The New Mexican MORA t is a script destined for a Hollywood movie: A rural, lowincome, mostly Hispanic New Mexico county passes a community rights ordinance, bans oil and gas drilling, and is sued by rich, greedy oil and gas barons. “We’re protecting our water,” say two Mora County commissioners I who support the ordinance. “It’s unconstitutional,” cry the Independent Petroleum Producers of New Mexico and a couple of private property owners who are suing over the ordinance. Their lawsuit was filed Nov. 15 in federal District Court. People around the U.S. and the world who are deeply concerned about the influence of big corporations and the potential environmental damage from hydraulic fracturing methods — used to tap oil and gas supplies — cheer on Mora County. But there’s more to this story — nuances and tensions that are hard to uncover unless you were born and raised in this hard-scrabble, beautiful and resilient Northern New Mexico county. Most Mora County residents oppose oil and gas drilling. But some of them say there were better ways to prevent drilling, strategies that had a better chance of standing up in court. They believe the ban was an ill-advised move that will have high costs for an already cash-strapped county government and will gain it nothing except attention. Others say the ordinance is an example of an outside Anglo group using a poor, minority county for its own ends. Please see BATTLE, Page A-4 Winter storm rages across West, killing 8 4-year-old N.M. girl among dead; more severe weather expected By Susan Montoya Bryan The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A powerful storm system that has caused hundreds of accidents across the Western U.S. has marched eastward with predictions of widespread snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds. The fierce weather has caused at least eight deaths, including one in New Mexico, and prompted advisories Saturday afternoon in New Mexico and Texas. As thick, gray clouds covered the Southwest, forecasters said the storm would sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic Coast next week, causing problems for holiday travelers. Joe Harris, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the “Nordic outbreak” will “produce a mixed bag of wily weather that will end up impacting much of the nation.” In New Mexico, authorities and residents braced for the second hit of a one-two punch — what forecasters in Albuquerque called the “big kahuna.” The storm already had blanketed parts of the state with snow and freezing rain and caused a rollover accident that killed a 4-year-old girl in the eastern part of the state. Please see STORM, Page A-5 Please see DEAL, Page A-5 Today Very cold; snow chances high. High 31, low 20. PAGE D-6 President Barack Obama, speaking from the White House on Saturday night, said the provisions of Sunday’s agreement ‘cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb.’ SUSAN WALSH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Index Calendar A-2 Classifieds E-5 Seniors hit slopes The number of skiers over the age of 50 increases as the elderly toss aside excuses. PAGE C-1 Lotteries A-2 Neighbors C-7 Opinions B-1 Victoria (Vicky) Mascarenas, Ribera, Nov. 20 Peter Dryden Alley, 62, Santa Fe, Mary Elizabeth Carlson Quick Nov. 18 Jones, 92, Santa Fe, Nov. 5 Cresenciana Romero Bachicha, Clara Herrera Oliver, Nov. 20 Los Cerrillos, Nov. 20 Norma J. C De Baca, Nov. 22 Jerome Samuel Saiz, 37, Nov. 20 Talea Scheffler, 87, Santa Fe, Don Davis Cross, 87, Nov. 15 Nov. 4 Hal E. Fielding, 85, Santa Fe, Dannette Shaw, 53, Santa Fe, Nov. 5 Nov. 6 Billy Gallegos, 65, Nov. 17 John J. Zawadzki, 79, Nov. 20 Melvin Martinez, 68, Santa Fe, PAGES C-2, C-3 Nov. 20 Obituaries Police notes C-3 Editor: Ray Rivera, 986-3033, Design and headlines: Kristina Dunham, Real Estate E-1 Sports D-1 Time Out/puzzles C-8 Main office: 983-3303 Late paper: 986-3010 Pasapick ‘The Tenuous Stem’ Local photographer Janet Russek celebrates the launch of her monograph with an exhibit and signing, 2-4 p.m., Radius Books, 227 E. Palace Ave. Six sections, 44 pages 164th year, No. 328 Publication No. 596-440

Santa Fe New Mexican, Nov. 24, 2013

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