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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 1, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico A THE SANTA FE r owned and independent Serving New Mexico forlSGyears THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1 2005 FIFTY CENTS enewmexica n com Mayor fears thousands dead in New Orleans Photos by The Associated Press National Guard member Sgt Ricky Wheelington left holds Tyrone Allen 2 as he arrives at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans in the after math of Hurricane Katrina on Wednesday Officials called for a mandatory evacuation of the city but many residents remained in New Orleans and had to be rescued from flooded homes and hotels CITY IN CRISIS Violent looters hamper efforts to save living By ADAM NOSSITER The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS With thousands feared drowned could be Americas deadliest natural ter in a century New Orleans leaders all but sur rendered the streets to floodwaters Wednesday and began turning out the lightson the ruined city per haps for months Looting spiraled so out of control that Mayor Ray Nagin ordered virtually the entire to abandon and focus on the brazen packs of thieves who have turned increas ingly hostile Nagin called for an allout evacuation of the citys remaining residents Asked how many people died he said Minimum hundreds Most likely thou With most of the city under water Army engineers struggled to plug New Orleans breached levees with giant sandbags and concrete barriers and authori ties drew up plans to clear out the tens of thousands of remaining people and practically abandon the belowseaIevei city Most of the includ now suffering in the hot and muggy Superdome be moved to the Astrodome in Houston 350 miles away tte a total evacuationof the city We have to The city will not be functional for two or Nagin said And he said people would riot be allowed back into their homes for at least a month or two If the mayors deathtoll estimate holds true it Please see CRISIS Page A6 A man pushes his bicycle through floodwaters near the Superdome Thousands seeking refuge in the dome are being evacuated to the Astrodome in Houston INSIDE Health threats grow Page A4 Guard gears up for work on Gulf Page A4 Refugees wait in motels with little food or services PageA5 RESCUE MISSION Volunteers rush to aid survivors By ALLEN G BREED Press NEW ORLEANS Set down on dry landfor the first time in three days Camille Fletcher stumbled a few feet brick wall and collapsed She and two of her children had through Hurricane Katrina alive but her Glendalyn with the long beautiful black hair was gone My precious she sobbed Wednesday I prayed to God to keep us safe in his loving into an incon gruously blue sky she whim pered Youre supposed to be a loving God Youre supposed to love us And what have you done to us Why did you do this to us But for the rescuers rushing Please see RESCUE Page A6 The Associated Press Relatives weep upon the arrival of the bod ies of religious pilgrims killed in a stam pede Wednesday on a bridge in Baghdad More than 900 Shiites killed in stampede By ALEX RODRIGUEZ Chicago Tribune BAGHDAD Iraq Thrown into a panic by shouts that a suicide bomber was in their midst thousands of Shiite pilgrims in a procession across a Baghdad bridge suddenly stampeded killing 953 people many of whom plunged to their deaths in the Tigris River It was Iraqs single largest loss of life since the invasion in March 2003 Most of the dead were women children and the elderly Iraqi officials said More than 800 people were injured and officials at the five hospitals treating the wounded reported being overwhelmed and strug gling to cope The magnitude of the tragedy could be seen in hospital hallways where bodies of victims were piled because morgues had filled up Pandemonium ensued when word that a suicide bomber was in the crowd spread through the legions of Shiites try ing to make their way across Al Aimmah Bridge toward the Khadimiyah mosque in northern Baghdad There was no suicide attacker but in the chaos scores of people Please see STAMPEDE Page A4 Lines long at citys fueling stations as gas prices rise By WENDY BROWN The New Mexican Leo Salazar of Santa Fe frowned as he sat in his 1984 Winnebago Brave and waited in a line several cars deep to buy gasoline for a gallon at Sams Club on Wednesday Its Salazar said Every bodys going to answer the same thing Its a joke They always do this before the big Salazar said he planned to take his Win nebago on a trip for Labor Day weekend but he wouldnt go farther than 80 miles because of the cost to 40gallon tank Consumers like Salazar seemed relieved to talk about gasoline prices Wednesday as prices 1ose to for a gallon of regular gasoline in Santa Fe during the day Many shared their frustration and anger over the recent spike in already high prices Please see GAS Page A8 Tesuque files suit tp stop skiarea expansion The Associated Press Tesuque Pueblo is suing the Forest Service for issuing a permit to expand Ski Santa Fe Tesuque Gov Mark Mitchell said the expansion would sacred sites at risk Without access to the sites the tribes culture and way of life would Tesuque people have lived through naturalarid humancre ated1 and now with a stroke of the pen the future of a people is at Mitchell said Wednesday The lawsuit was filed Wednesday spokesman Jim he was unaware of the legal action and could hot immediately In 2001 the Forest Service amended a permit Santa Fe Ski which is installing a milelong lift this summer to Deception Peak The amendment granted the developer permission to construct the lift and a ski run outside the boundaries established by the Forest Service iti1997 The 75acre expansion would include accessto of theski area and also would include the extension of three existing runs The plan calls for the removal of trees with of those treeson slopes 30 percent or greater The expansion issue has been a mat ter of debate for the past 10 years over the environmental religious and com munity impact of the project Weve been very clear and up front with the Forest Service about significance of the Santa Fe Ski Basin Mitchell said Simplyput the For est Services decision violates laws that have been enacted to protect our cultural and environmental The pueblo claims the agency vio lated federal laws including the National Environmental Policy Act the National Historic Preservation Act the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Administrative Procedures Act Mitchell is asking the Forest Ser vice to permit it granted to the developer INSIDE TODAY Todays forecast Annios Mailbox D3 Movies Business C2 C6 Mutuals C6 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A7 D4 0 indoors Dl Crossword P3 Police notes C2 Horoscope 63 Scoreboard B2 Local news Cl Sports Bl Lotteries C2 Stocks C7 TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Five sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 244 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads Main office 9840363 9863000 98333C3 Some sun a Tstorm in the High 83 low 54 Page C8 Todays obituaries Harold P Chiotero Aug 31 Jose A Aguilar 75 Velarde Aug 27 Nancy T Taylor Aug 24 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