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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 5, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE r owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5 2005 FIFTY C E NT S Chief justices passing comes at critical time for Bush The Associated Press Chief Justice William Rehnquist administers the presidential oath to President Bush on Capitol HEII on Jan 20 Chief Justice William H Rehnquist died Saturday evening of cancer ending a 33year Supreme Court career during which he oversaw the courts conservative shift presided over an impeachment trial and helped decide a presidential election His death creates a rare second vacancy on the nations highest court ANALYSIS By RONALD BROWNSTEIN Los Angeles Times ASHINGTON At a moment of weakness for the White House the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Chief Justice William H Rehnquist could offer President Bush an opportu nity to reasserthis influence and regain momentum Although Bush faces some of the lowest approval ratings of his presidency and has been buffeted by criticism from both parties over his administrations response to the catastrophic flooding along the Gulf Coast he retains enormous advantagesover his opponents in the struggle to shape future many analysts agree When the presidents party controls the Senate it can be extremely difficult for opponents to generate fullscale opposition to a Supreme Court nominee Demor crats and liberal critics of John G Roberts Bushs choice for the vacancy created by Justice Sandra Day OConnors retirement have been pointedly reminded of this during the past several weeks Indeed with Bushs sagging poll numbers and the turbulent aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Please see TRUTH Page A5 Funeral plans Chief Justice Wil liam Rehnquists body will lie in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday and he will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery following funeral services Wednesday The court announced Sunday that the public will be invited to pay its respects from EDT until 10 on Tuesday and from 10 until noon on Funeral services will be at 2 at St Matthews Cathedral in Wash ington with funeral services open to friends and family the burial at Arlington will be private In a sensitive rit ual Supreme Court officialsarid the Military District of Washington coordi nated arrangements with Rehnquists family Knight Ridder Tribune There was deep uncertainty at the White House and on Capitol Hill on Sunday as lawmakers considered whether they should postpone confirmation hearings for nominee John G Roberts Jr Congress divided over delaying Roberts hearing Chicago Tribune Congres sional leaders along party lines Sunday over whether to postpone Senate con firmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee John Roberts in light of the hurricane disas ter and the death of Chief Jus tice William President Bush pledged to move quickly to nominate a replacement for Rehnquist Congress to move forward as well on his nomina tion of Roberts to fill the seat of retiring Justice Sandra Day OConnor There was deep uncertainty at the White House and on Capitol Hill as lawmakers con sidered whether they should Please see ROBERTS Page A4 The Associated Press Patricia Jefferson Joseph cries after viewing a dead body left Just outside the historic French Quarter in New Orleans on Sunday Big Easy sorts out the dead Homeland chief predicts ugly scene officials verify 59 deaths in New Orleans expect to The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS New Orleans turned much of its attention Sun day to gathering up and counting the dead across a ghastly landscape awash in perhaps thousands of corpses It is going to be about as ugly of a scene as I think you can the nations homeland security chief warned As authorities struggled to keep order police shot eight people killing five or six after gunmen opened fire on a group of contrac tors traveling across a bridge on their way to make repairs authori ties said Air and boat crews searched flooded neighborhoods for survi vors and federal officials urged those still left in New Orleans to leave for their own safety Please see DEAD Page A7 state police lend a helping hand By BRANDON GARCIA The New Mexican A moral obligation called volun teers to take unprecedented action after perhaps the greatest natural disaster America has ever faced Twentyone New Mexico State Police officers left for New Orleans on Sunday morning on a mission to enforce the law and help restore order to the devastated city Officers prepared to be selfsuf ficient for four days Department of Public Safety spokesman Peter Olson said They took weapons Inside Katrina evacuees arrive in Albuquerque Page A8 Please see POUCE Page A8 Reported Katrina deaths Death tolls reported by state officials from Hurri cane Katrina as of Sunday The num bers are expected to rise Alabama 2 Florida 11 Georgia 2 Louisiana 59 Mississippi 161 TOTAL 235 Major developments Air and boat crews from many agencies searched flooded neighborhoods in and around New Orleans for survi vors The Coast Guard requested that anyone stranded hang out brightly colored or white sheets or towels Police shot eight people carrying guns on a New Orleans bridge Sunday killing five or six of them a deputy chief said Two police offi cers committed suicide including the departments spokesman who died Saturday Both shot them selves in the head During a tour of damaged parts of her native Alabama Sec retary of State Condoleezza Rice defended Presi dent Bush against charges that the governments slug gish response to Katrina showed racial insensitivity The Associated Press 30 firms line up to bid on Deposed hub By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican The state Transportation Departments proposed com plex at the corner of Cerrillos and Cordova roads has drawn the attention of 30 firms including at least a dozen from out of state and several local players such as Gerald Peters and Don Wiviott r The earlier this month with state officials to discuss the urban slated for land Pro posals to build a state office building public multimodal transportationfacility and a mix of housing retail office and open space are due Nov 1 The state is offering the use see BID Page A8 INSIDE TODAY Todays forecast Annies MaJbox D5 Horoscope O5 Classifieds Cl Opinion A9 Comics C10 Police notes A2 Crossword D5 Spanish pg Dl Education D3 Bl Todays obituaries Shirley Horrera 40 WWam Romero 45 Aug 31 Page A2 Partly cloudy afternoon Tstorm High 81 low 56 PageB6 TkWesfs Oldest Newspaper Four sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 248 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 New tensions rise over Valles Caldera By STACI MATLOCK The New Mexican Some members of the nonprofit Valles Caldera Coalition are worried man agement of the Valles Caldera National Pre serve is headed in the wrong direction leaving the public out of the decisionmaking process and focusing too much on grazing The chairwoman of the Valles Caldera Trust which sets policy for the preserve said those concerns are unwarranted The coalition also is con cerned over what they see as new tension between the Please see VALLES PageA10