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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 11, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico 156 years Dennis weakened Dennis could dump up to 8 inches of rain as it moves northward over the next few days Tropical Storm Dennis LOCATION MOVEMENT PEAK GUST N NNW 16 mph 70 mph W As of 9 MDT MONDAY FIFTY C F N T S iiw Arm g Todayr f GA i 1 K Atlantic Gitlffif Sun Ocean i 25 SOURCE AccuWealher AP Alabama Florida drenched t Hurricane Dennis comes ashore causes less damage than Ivan The Associated Press PENSACOLA Fla Weaker than forecasters feared Hurricane Dennis dealt the stormbeleaguered Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast only a moderate blow Sunday sparing the region the widespread destruction wrought by Ivan just 10 months earlier Striking less than 50 miles east of where Ivan came ashore Dennis left customers without power and some outages were expected to last at least three weeks Floodwa ter inundated the river village of St Marks and miles of 98 a coastal highway in the Panhandle The fastmoving Category 3 hur ricane struck with 120 mph winds but was smaller than its predeces sor Hours after landfall officials reported no stormrelated deaths and little major structural damage Were really happy it was com pact and that it lasted only so said Mike Decker who lost only some shingles and a privacy fence at his Navarre home near where the storm came ashore It was more of a show for the Dennis was responsible for at least 20 deaths in Caribbean then grew into a Category 4 145mph monster as it marched up the Gulf of Mexico But it weakened just before landfall at MDT midway between the western Pan handle towns of Pensacola Beacli and Navarre Beach Whitecapped waves spewed fourstory geysers over sea walls Sideways blinding rain mixed with seawater blew in sheets toppling roadside signs for hotels and gas stations Waves offshore exceeded 30 feet and in downtown Pensacola the gulf spilled over sidewalks eight blocks inland Boats broke loose and bobbed like toys in the roiling ocean John Pacholl rode out the storm in his Navarre Beach home I heard sheet metal rip he Please see DRENCHED Page A5 CHANGE IN IDENTITY New law seeks to turn drivers licenses into federal ID cards Luis S3ncHez New Mexican Marcia Fitton left of Santa Fe gets her photo taken for her new drivers license by Carol Wallace at the Motor Vehicle Division on Friday A new federal law which is due to take effect in May 2008 aims to turn licenses into federally approved identification cards and analysts are predicting new verifica tion requirements will create major delays at local MVDs while costing states millions of dollars to implement By BARBARA FERRY The New Mexican Robert Garcia had good rea son to smile as his photo was snapped for a new driv ers license Friday morning at Santa Fes Motor Vehicle Division office Garcia a 43yearold Santa Fe resident was happy because his trip to the MVD was blessedly brief he was in and out of the office in about seven minutes Im Garcia said as he walked out the door with his new license I cant believe But starting three years from now getting a drivers license in New Mexico might become a lot more com plicated Inside congressional delegation speaks out on the Real ID Act Page A4 Critics of a new fed eral law that aims to turn licenses into fed erally approved iden tification cards are predicting hew veri fication requirements will create major delays at local MVDs while costing states millions of dollars to implement The new law also makes it uncertain whether undocumented immigrants about of whom have gotten licenses in New Mexico in the last two years will be able to drive legally under the new rules With little debate or fanfare Con gress passed and President Bush signed the Real ID Act in May The new rules are aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from having driv ers licenses that they can use to board an airplane rent a car or enter a federally protected building The measures sponsor Rep James Sensenbrenner described the rules in a news release as sensible Please see IDENTITY Page A4 About the Real ID Act Congress passed and President Bush signed the Real ID Act in May The new rules are aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from having drivers licenses that they can use to board an airplane rent a car or enter a feder ally protected building The new rules are due to take effect in May 2008 Husband accused of trying to drown his wife By BRANDON GARCIA The New Mexican Authorities arrested a man on attemptedmurder charges after he allegedly tried to drown his estranged wife in a Santa Fe apart mentcomplex pool Saturday night Robert Decore 29 was arrested later the same night during a traf fic stop in his hometown of Rio Rancho according to Rio Rancho police On Sunday he was booked into the Santa Fe County jail with out bond Decore and his wife were together at her apartment in south Santa Fe near St Francis Drive according to Santa Fe police The two have been separated for about a year Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson said Decore left in the evening but returned around 7 and the two began arguing near the swim ming pool according to police According to witnesses the alter cation grew physical and the two fell into the pool and continued to fight Johnson said Decore then tried to drown his wife but a bystander jumped into the water and inter vened on her behalf police said Police who initially responded to a report of domestic violence suspect alcohol was involved in the incident Johnson said Decore allegedly fled in a car to Rio Rancho where he resides Johnson said Rio Rancho police learned that Santa Fe police were looking for Decore Rio Rancho police spokesman John Francis said He said officers there recog nized Decores vehicle a white 1998 Cadillac sedan and arrested him without incident about 8 Decores wife suffered minor facial swelling and was treated by paramedics at her apartment complex Johnson said Decore was initially taken to the Sandoval County Detention Center before his transfer to the Santa Fe County Jail Johnson said a criminal complaint would likely be filed today in Magistrate Court INSIDE TODAY Una voz marcada por el exilio La autora dominicana Julia Alvarez habla sobre su carrera literaria El Nuevo Mexicano Cl INDEX Annies Mailbox Opinion Classifieds Dl A7 Comics C7 Police notes A2 Scoreboard B2 Crossword Sporls Education C3 Horoscope C6 Bl Spanish page Cl Weather The Wests OMest Hewspaper Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 171 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 Todays forecast Partly cloudy Afternoon Tstorm High 91 low 58 Page B6 Memo Major troop withdrawal in 2006 By GLENN FRANKEL and JOSH WHITE The Washington Post LONDON The United States and Britain are drawing up plans to withdraw the majority of their troops from Iraq by the middle of next year according to a secret memo written for British Prime Minister Tony Blair by Defense Secretary John Reid The paper which is marked Secret UK Eyes said emerging plans assume that 14 out of 18 provinces could be handed over to Iraqi control by early allowing a reduc tion in overall forces in Iraq to troops The troop level is now about including American troops according to a military spokesperson in Baghdad Reid on Sunday did not dispute the authenticity ofthe document but said no deci sion on troop levels had been made In Wash ington a Pen tagon spokesman said officials there had not seen the document The undated memo which was reported in the newspaper The Please see MEMO Page A4 Inside Iraqi army recruiting station gets hit 22 dead Page A3 The Associated Press troops secure an area after a car bomb in Baghdad earlier this month An undated British memo said emerg ing plans assume that 14 out of 18 provinces could be handed over to Iraqi control by early 2006   

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