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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 3, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                SANTA FE Downed epehdem Serving New Mexico for56years 2005 Fiesta guide inside Fiesta de Santa Fe is one of the oldest community celebrations in the nation offering Santa Feans a chance to gather together as sum mer comes to an end But the 293rd Fiesta de Santa Fe is about more than fun Its a recognition by todays citizens that they must keep a promise made by their ancestors Learn the history of that promise inside todays paper in The New Mexicans annual Fiesta de Santa Fe guide SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3 2005 FIFTY CENTS The Associated Press President Bush faces the nation In March 2003 after giving Saddam Hussein a dead line to flee Iraq or face Invasion THE WMD REALITY Piecing together the story of the weapons that werent there By CHARLES J HANLEY The Associated Press Beneath the giant dome of a Baghdad his team of scientists and engineers George Tenet sounded more like a football coach spy master a coach who didnt know the game was over Are we 85 percent done the CIA boss demanded The arms hunt ers knew what he wanted to hear No they shouted back Let me hear it again They shouted again The weapons are out there Tenet insisted Go find them Veteran inspector Rod Barton couldnt believe his ears It was the Australian biologist said of that February eve ning last year when the thenchief of intel ligence secretly flew to Baghdad and dropped in on the lakeside Perfume Pal ace chandelierhung home of the Iraq Survey Group It wasnt that we didnt know the major recalled Barton whose account matched that of another key participant Are there WMD in the country We knew the In fact David Kay quit ting as chief of the hunt for WMD or weapons of mass destruction had just delivered the answer to the world The inspectors were 85 percent finished Kay said concluding The weapons do not The story of the weapons that werent there the pre lude to war was over but a long postmortem is still unfolding of lingering questions in Washington of revelations from investiga tions leaks firstperson accounts Some 52 percent of Americans believe the Bush administration delib erately misled them about the presence of banned arms in according to a Washington PostABC News poll taken in June Hans Blix inspector said Washingtons virtual reality about Iraq eventu ally collided with our old Please see WMD Page INSIDE TODAY Coming Sunday While Sam and Esther Valdez fly an American flag in their Bloomfield front yard many Navajos believe the government has betrayedthem by mismanaging oillease revenues Individual Indian Trust system They hope to benefit from a decadeold class action lawsuit to which the Lannan Foundation of Santa Fe has contributed million Todays forecast Partly sunny Tstorm in evening High 79 low 56 PageC8 Annies Malfcox C7 Local news Cl Business 85 Lotteries C2 Cars Trucks El Movies C2 Classifieds E2 Mutuals B5 Comics IMI Opinion Todays obituaries Michael Martinez 38 Aug 31 Richard Frank 81 Aug 31 Isaac Rael 92 Santa Fe Aug 31 Teresa Martinez 39 Lower San Pedro Sept 1 Shirley Herrera 40 Santa Fe Peter Dyke 78 Santa Fe Aug 30 PageC2 TheVfesft Crossword C7 Religion P4 Health Dl Sports Bl Horoscope C7 Stocks Five sections 38 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 246 Publication No 596440 Late 9840363 9863000 9863035 Cheers jeers as relief finally rolls in The Associated Press A pair of men argue with an Air Force National Guardsman on Friday as he secures the area around the New Orleans Conven tion Center so food and water can be brought in for Hurricane Katrina evacuees HELP ARRIVES National Guard convoy delivers food water The Associated Press NEW To cries of Thankyou Jesus and catcalls of What tookyou so a National Guard convoy packed with food water and medicine rolled through axledeep floodwaters Friday into what remained of New Orleans and descended into a maelstrom of fires and floating corpses Lord I thank you for getting us out of here Leschia Radford shrieked amid a throng of tens of thousands of storm victims outside the New Orleans Convention Center More than four days after the storm hit the caravan of at least threedozen camouflagegreen troop vehicles and supply trucks arrived along with dozens of air conditioned buses to take refugees out President Bush also took an aerial tour of the ruined city and answered complaints about a slug gish government response by say ing Were going to make it In what looked like a scene from a Third World country some people threw their arms heavenward and others nearly fainted with joy as the trucks and hundreds of soldiers arrived in the punishing midday heat there were also profane jeers from many in the crowd of nearly outside the convention cen ter which a day earlier seemed on Please see HELP Page A6 Lara New Mexican From left volunteers Steve Thomas James Ortiz and Dwight Capshaw load water and nonperlshabie food into a truck owned by The Food Bank outside the state Capitol on Friday The donated items will be sent to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina SENDING AID As locals pitch in call goes out for cash By NATALIE STOREY The New Mexican Paige Rodriguez 14yearold presi dent of the Cristo Rey Elementary School student council stood before Red Cross representatives in their Santa Fe office Friday a bundle of checks worth in her hand As she handed the money over to Kathy Mendonca Santa Fes Red Cross office manager she smiled shyly Thank you very very Men donca said Its amazing what the kids are doing to These kids a halfdozen members of Cristo Reys student council are part of an outpouring of help for victims of Hurricane Katrina At Friday they started selling doughnuts for a apiece and thanks to additional dona tions they collected ended up raising in 30 minutes professionals say rais ing money instead of collecting other items is the best way for locals to help Paige said she and her schoolmates learned about the tragedy along the Gulf Coast from news accounts They plan to have another sale next Friday morning Many other individuals arid organiza tions in Santa Fe have joined the effort to provide relief to victims of the hurri Please see AID Page A6 Albertsons considers sale of company Supermarket which stores faces lagging sales The Associated press BOISE Idaho Albertsons Inc said Friday that it was considering putting itself up for sale as well as other alter natives as the nations secondlargest supermarket chain contends with sales that have lagged many of its rivals Its shares surged by 11 percent The company which operates about stores including Albertsons Acme Shaws JewelQsco and Savon Drugs said it is interested in pursu ing strategic alternatives to increase shareholder value Albertsons board retained Goldman Sachs Co and Blackstone Group LP as financial advis ers Albertsons second only to Kroger Co among supermarket chains said it would not comment on developments until its board approves a definitive transaction In Santa Fe the company owns stores on North Guadalupe Street Zafarano Road and South St Francis Drive at Zia Street The companys main competi tion is Smiths which is owned by the Kroger Co and operates two stores one on Cerrillos Road and another on Pacheco Street In July MarketScope a publication Please see SALE Page A8   

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