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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 15, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico SEPTEMBER THURSDAY 50 CENTS New crossing to replace bridge in disrepair By Natalie Storey The New Mexican Engineers are putting finishing touches on plans for a million project to rebuild the Camino Alire bridge over the Santa Fe River While the city hasnt identified where all the funds will come from a project manager hopes work can begin early next year on replacing the slowly deteriorating structure The most recent traffic count shows the number of vehicles cross ing the bridge averaged vehi cles a week in 2003 Designers this week presented final drawings to residents of the westside neighborhood around the bridge including plans to widen the intersec tion of Camino Attre with West Alam eda Street by adding turn lanes and making the new bridge wide enough to allow bike lanes and sidewalks Eric Martinez a city engineer said the bridge one of only a few cross ings over the Santa Fe River on the citys west side has priority over Pleasesee BRIDGE Page A6 Photo by Luis Sanchez New Mexican A pickup crosses the Camino Alire bridge over the Santa Fe River bed on Wednesday morning Erosion is deteroriating support structures under the bridge which the city plans to replace with a new million span WAR IN IRAQ AIQaida bombings kill 160 wound in retaliation for offensive Asaad Associated Press An Iraqi soldier secures the scene of an explosion in Baghdad Iraq on Wednesday when nearly a dozen suicide bombings killed 16O people AIQaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the days attacks By Steven R Hurst The Associated Press AGHDAD Iraq More than a dozen highly coordinated bombings ripped through Baghdad on Wednesday killing at least 160 people and wounding 570 in the capitals bloodiest day since the end of major combat Many of the victims were day laborers lured by a suicide attacker posing as an employer AIQaida claimed responsibility for the attacks in the name of Sunni insurgents saying it was a retaliation for the rout of militants at a base close to the Syrian border v The spasm of violence terrorized the capital for more than nine hours The first attack at 630 was the deadliest a suicide car blast that tore through the predominantly Shiite Muslim neighborhood of Kazimiyah In what was believed to be a hew tactic the bomber set off the explosive after calling the construction and other workers to his small van and enticing them with promises of employment a witness said At least 112 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded according to Health Ministry officials Twisted hulks of vehicles blocked the bloodstained main street in Kazimiyahs Oruba Square The attacks continued today when 10 policemen and five civilians were killed by a suicide car bomb in southern Baghdad Ten others were wounded AlQaidas leader in Iraq Abu Musab alZarqawi purportedly declared allout war on Shiites Iraqi troops arid the government in an audio tape posted Wednesday on an Internet site known for carrying extremist Islamic content The alZarqawi tape was a clear attempt coming on the heels of the attacks to create a climate of fear sow deeper sectarian discord and scare Iraqis away from the Oct 15 referendum on a new constitution Iraqi two insurgents in connection with the Kazimiyah bombing one of them a Palestinian and the other a Libyan Iraqi television quoted Prime Minister Ibrahim alJaafari as saying AlJaafari also said the suicide bomber was a Syrian without offering details how the identification was made so quickly The attacks came as and Iraqi forces pressed Please see BAGHDAD Page A6 IRAQ CONSTITUTION Iraqi lawmakers announced Wednes day that the countrys draft constitution was in its final form and would be sent to the United Nations for printing and distribution ahead of the referendum Oct 15 Sunni Arabs the core of the insurgency have vowed to defeat the charter MILITARY DEATHS IN IRAQ As of Wednesday at least mem bers of the military have the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003 according to an Associated Press count At least died as a result of hostile action according to the militarys numbers The figures include five mili tary civilians The AP count is one higher than the Defense Departments tally last updated at 8 MDT Wednesday The Associated Press INSIDE Lodgers group Citys wage law gas prices hurting hotels Page A8 City tax revenues rebound Officials still baffled by previous drop in grossreceipts figures By Tom Sharpe The New Mexican Santa Fes grossreceiptstax reve nues rebounded this month after two straight months of unexplained drops Thats very good Mayor Larry Delgado said during a break in Wednesdays City Council meeting That will come out publicly tomorrow I think well probably have the finance direc tor report it because weve been a little anxious about Revenues were up percent for September from the same month a year earlier Septembers number reflects July sales in the city The increase reverses the two previous Please see TAX Page A8 HURRICANE KATRINA Rescuers shift effort to animals By Crayton Harrison The Dallas Morning News GONZALES La The house pets left behind in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are scared and hungry Dogs roam the streets in packs foraging for food with a desperation that makes people they encounter nervous They often cower from humans though some have learned to approach those they see hoping for something to eat Cats hole up in their abandoned houses iiissing at rescuers trying to catch them and bring them to shelter at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center Now that the search for human victims is reaching its final phase the effort to recover their animal friends has gained momentum And rescue workers from all over country are combing the New Orleans area trying to gather as many of the Please see ANIMALS Page A4 OBITUARIES Barbara Weigand SeptiO Edward Lee III 43 Santa Fe Sept tl Heten Had Sept 10 Latins Garcia 20 Santa Fe Sept 11 Robert May 27 PageC2 IN SEARCH OF FALL COLOR As temperatures drop green gives way to shades of yellow gold and red in the forests around Northern New Mexico Outdoors Dl CENTER OF ATTENTION New Mexico State middle linebacker Jimmy Cottrell was the lone bright spot in Saturdays blowout loss after racking up 19 tackles solo against Colorado Sports Bl TODAY Mostly sunny High 79 low 46 PageC8 Index Annies Mailbox Classifieds AkocAc r3 Crossword Horoscope Movies D3 03 Ophikxt Outdoors Police notes C2 Scoreboard A7 Sports Dl Stocks C2 Time B2 C7 Main office Late paper News 9840363 9663000 Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue No 258 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 15t years
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