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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 10, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN SEPTEMBER SATURDAY 50 CENTS HURRICANE KATRINA FBI warns of online relief scams Page A6 Santa Feans offer food and shelter to fleeing couple Page Cl Hospitality evacuees seek jobs in Santa Fe Page C5 4 Ways to help displaced work ers Page C5 Search reveals few bodies Criticized FEMA chief relieved of duties related to hurricane Knight didder Newspapers NEW ORLEANS The desper ate 11day mission to rescue the liv ing evolved Friday into a laborious housebyhouse search for the dead as hope emerged that Hur ricane Katrinas toll might be far lower than the predicted By the mayor Some of the catastrophic deaths some people have predicted may not have said CoL Terry Ebbert the citys director of home land security The numbers so far are relatively minor as compared with the dire predictions of The comments came as Michael Brown the embattled director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was relieved of his onthe ground duties and recalled to Wash ington Coast Guard Vice Adm Thad W Allen who had been in charge of the relief operation in New Orleans assumed Browns regional oversight of the recovery effort Last week President Bush told the FEMA direc tor Brownie youre doing a heck of a but critics blasted the federal response as slow and disorganized and called for Browns dismissal Friday evening FEMA suffered another embarrassment The agency it would cancel its plan to distrib Please see SEARCH Page A6 Michael Brown FIESTA DE SANTA FE on the Plaza TODAY 9 to 6 Artsand crafts market food novelty and concession booths on Plaza 10 Des file de los Ninos Childrens Pet Regis tration from to at Palace Avenue and Otero Street Map on Page A4 Audience with La Reina on the Plaza stage Noon to mid night Perfor mances on the Plaza stage V Noon to mid night Carnival at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds 3 La Merienda de la Fiesta historical fashion Admission 8 Street dancing on the Plaza 8 to midnight Gran Baile Fiesta Ball with music by Gonzalo Grand march at 7 Sweeney Con vention Center 201 W Marcy St Tickets per person 8 Fiesta Melodrama at Santa Fe Play house 142 E De Vargas St For reservations call 9884262 Natalie New Mexican Adam Gabaldon front with glasses of the Caballeros De Vargas helps Friday with the reenactment of Don Diego DeVargas7 return to Santa Fe as part of the Fiesta de Santa Fe activities on the Plaza DeVargas looks to his wife as festivities begin Ernest Santistevan By Natafie Storey The New Mexican Behind many good men including this years Eton Diego DeVargas is a woman So as Ernest Santistevan was pre paring Friday to reenact the gener als peaceful reoccupation of Santa Fe in 1692 he had his vidfe past Fiesta queen Carol Lee help him Besides assisting with the design of the blackandgold velvet costume Santistevan wore on the Plaza as he played DeVargas she also coached her husband through the process To win the honor of playing DeVargas men have to go through a selection process in April where they give a speech in both Spanish and English and then answer questions in both languages The members of the Fiesta council the group that puts on Fiesta de Santa Fe vote to decide who will play DeVargas On Friday Lee helped her husband practice his speech working on his Spanish with him From the crowd in front of the Plaza stage she told her husband when to smile and when not to She built me from the ground Santistevan said Roy Martinez chairman of arts and crafts for the Fiesta Council said he Please see FIESTA Page A4 Farmingtpn to kill ppirie dogs overrunning park The Associated Press FARMINGTON Prairie dogs have overrun a Farmington park where officials plan to cordon off an area for the animals and poison or gas any out side the boundary We cant sugarcoat the said City Man ager Bob Hudson The prairiedog population is tremendous at Animas Park and the animals have been wandering into nearby neighborhoods said City Councilor Dan DamelL You cant walk very far without stepping into a prairiedog he said The park has more than 300 holes Weve basically lost control of the said Jeff Bowman the citys parksandrecreation direc tor Neighboring landowners have been complain ing about the prairie dogs he said The city has paid in medical claims to two people who stepped into prairiedog holes while walking on trails said City Attorney Jeff Burnharn Yvonne Boudreaux president of Prairie Dog Pals an Albuquerquebased rescue group said she does not believe in poisoning the animals The only thing worse would be to amputate them limb from limb Theyre so social and so intelligent Theres no excuse for treating them like she said Baghdad airport closed by pay dispute The Washington Post BAGHDAD Iraq A standoff over a multimilliondollar security bill owed by the Iraqi government shut down Baghdads international airport Friday and severed Iraqs last safe route to the outside world highlight ing disarray in the countrys adminis tration and security forces and spur ring troops to step in to maintain security With the closing air travel joined electricity clean water and security as essential services now in short supply hi years after the sion Many Iraqis and someForeign contractors vital to rebuilding Iraq blamed the transitional goverji meht for Fridays shutdown The dispute concerned a payment now totaling million owed Brit ishbased Global Strategies Group for running the airports security The million monthly contract was signed by Iraqs previous government and has gone unpaid since January as the current government tries to rene gotiate it Iraqi officials confirmed Global Strategies shut down airport operations for 48 hours in June in a dispute over the same contract On Friday the companys secu rity contractors maintained their posts around the airport but turned back wouldbe travelers shutting down travel without actually leaving unguarded either the airport road which was one of Iraqs mostbombed routes until the military greatly intensified its presence there and the airport which insurgents have not managed to hit Make a Uturn There are no flights a Global guard at a sandbagged concretewalled check point told one traveler a police officer with luggage in the back of the car and a ticket in hand for a training seminar in neighboring Jordan Why the traveler asked demand ing to know when he could fly We dont the guard answered We just need you to turn The news caught more than travel ers by surprise top Iraqi Transporta tion Ministry officials when called at midmorning for comment on the closing said they had not known about it By late afternoon troops had set up their own impromptu check Please see AIRPORT Page A5 DINOSAURS DEBUNKING EVOLUTION Roadside parks pushing theory that dinosaurs arrived in the Garden of Eden years ago PageC6 COMING SUNDAY As Azulstar Network puts the finishing touches on a municipal wireless Internet network in Rio Rancho the company has its eyes on providing the service in Santa Fe But city officials arent sure theyll have the money for it anytime soon CARRYING A COMEBACK Santa Fe Indian School running back Aaron Cajero rushes for four touchdowns to Braves undefeated against the Pojoaque Bobcats Sports Bl TARGET PRACTICE Infinitis polished M35x hits Audi and BMW where it hurts Drive El TODAY Partly sunny withaTstorm High 83 low 54 PageC8 Police notes Religion Scoreboard C2 CM B2 Bl Main office Late 8 News tips OBITUARIES Barry Dremon 60 Sept 8 Donald J Reyes Sept 6 Dolores Sanchez Page C2 9633303 Five sections 40 pages TV Book 56 pages 9863000 156th year Issue No 253 Publication No New Mexico tor yeap   

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