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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 31, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                Locally owned nd independent andi Serving New Mexico for156 years Jane New Mexican Allsups at 650 Cerrillos Road changes its prices from to on Tuesday afternoon Price of gas hits record high Hurricane damage creates oneday 20centjump in By BOB QUICK The New Mexican Hurricane Katrina hit Santa Fe or at least the citys gasoline prices driving them to at many stations for a gallon of regular unleaded Tuesday That marked a 20cent oneday increase and the highest price ever recorded in the city The increase was the result of storm damage to oil rigs and gasoline refineries in the Gulf Coast and a decline in gas inventories caused by Hurri cane Katrina whichswept over the region Monday Customers are pretty much said Alex Lozoya manager of Peerless Tyre at3010 Cerrillos Road But theyre still buying the same amount of As for the future Lozoya said we might go up and we might The price at Peerless rose 23 cents on Tuesday to At Sams Club at 4201 Rodeo Road vehicles were lined up nine and 10 deep per pump looking for cheaper gas a manager said The Please see GAS Page A5 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Ann C Kendall 65 Aug 28 Dolores M Holguin Joe D Norns 74 Espanola Aug 29 Sharon Martinez 57 Aug 29 Virginia Scott 82 Santa Fe Aug 29 Jose A Aguilar 75 Velarde Aug 27 Page C2 Todays forecast THE SANTA FE WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31 2005 FIFTY CENTS Partly breezy in the afternoon High 83 low 53 PageC8 Annies Comics Crossword Horoscope Local Mutuals Police Sports TheWesft West Newspaper Five sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 243 Publication No 596440 Late Clatsfflod adt 9863000 News 9864030 MaJnoffica 9834303 Hurricane Katrina Path of destruction CRISIS IN NEW ORLEANS Two levees broke and sent water coursing into the streets of the Big Easy An estimated 80 percent of the belowsealevel city was under water up to 20feet deep in places with miles homes swamped Looting broke out in some neighbor hoods and the city has no drinkable water r Rircr Gulf SOURCE ESRtretoWss MSA Alexander New Mexican SURVEYING THE DAMAGE In Mobile waters receded to reveal piledup cars cement slabs where homes once stood and a beached oil drilling platform DEATH TOLL RISES PAST 100 IN MISSISSIPPI In devastated Biloxi the deadliest spot appeared to be the Quiet Water Beach apartments where author ties said about 30 people were washed away All that was left was a concrete slab i Just heartbreaking The Associated Press Evelyn Turner mourns near the body of her commonlaw husband Xavier Bowie after he died Tuesday in New Orleans Bowie and Turner had decided to ride out Hurricane Katrina when they could not find a way to leave the city Bowie who had lung cancer died when he ran out of oxygen Tuesday Katrinas full wrath still being felt as death toll soars past 100 The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS Rescuers along the hurricaneravaged Gulf Coast pushed aside the dead to reach the liv ing Tuesday in a race against time and rising waters while New Orleans sank deeper into crisis and Louisianas gov ernor ordered storm refugees out of this drowning city Two levees broke and sent water coursing into the streets of the Big Easy a full New Orleans appeared to have escaped widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina An estimated 80 percent of the belowsealevel city was under water up to 20 feet deep in places with miles and miles of homes swamped The situation is Gov Kathleen Blanco said Its just heart One Mississippi county alone said its death toll was at least 100 and offi cials are very very worried that this is going to go a lot said Joe Sprag gins civil defense director for Harrison County home to Biloxi and Gulfport In neighboring Jackson County officials said at least 10 deaths were blamed on the storm Several victims in Harrison County were from a beachfront apartment building that collapsed under a 25foot wall of water as Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast with 145 mph winds And Louisiana officials said many were feared dead there too making Katrina one of the most punishing storms to hit the United States in decades Please see KATRINA Page A4 Inside New Mexfco National Guard rescue volunteers headed to Gulf Coast region Page A5 Stocks fall in hurricanes aftermath Page D4 Census Poverty rate up for 4th straight year The Associated Press WASHINGTON Even with a robust econ omy that was adding jobs last year the number of Americans who fell into poverty rose to 37 million up million from 2003 according to Census Bureau figures released Tuesday It marks the fourth straight increase in the governments annual poverty measure The Census Bureau also said household income remained flat and that the number of people without health insurance edged up by about to million people I was said Sheldon Danziger co director of theNational Poverty Center at the University of Michigan I thought things would have turned around by Please see CENSUS Page A6 poverty rate increases The nation s official poverty rate rose to percent of the population in 2004 the Census Bureau reported on Tuesday Percentage of people in poverty 2003O4 average by state High Miss Percentage of people in poverty by 2004 GSJ2003 HISPANIC BLACK WHITE ASIAN NOTE Race data is for Ihoso reporting a single race only Hispanic may he of any race SOURCE Census Bureau The Associated Press Report still among nations worst for poverty By BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press New Mexico continues to rank among the worst in the country in its rates of poverty and uninsured people the Census Bureau reported Tuesday Roughly one in five New Mexi cans have no health insurance and nearly that many live in poverty The Census Bureau said its new estimates for 20032004 showed no statistically meaningful change in those economic and social measures for New Mexico from 20022003 No change is very disappoint Please see POVERTY Page A6   

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