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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 8, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE SEPTEMBER THURSDAY 50 CENTS FIESTA DE SANTA FE your woes After one final t practice Glooms ready for todays burning ofZozobra By Natalie Storey The New Mexican Jennie Martinez a 10yearold girl in a bright orange raincoat scanned the table under a tarp Wednesday at Fort Marcy Park for Her Gloom pass which will get her into tonights 81st annual Burning ofZozobra Jennie came prepared with her white sheet which all Glooms wear and her raincoat Every Gloom knows the burning ofZozo bra will go on rain or shine and Wednesday nighfs dress rehearsal started beneath looming rain clouds The 70 or so local children hired as Glooms will dance and taunt Zozobra before he is burned Jennie wasnt bothered by the rain Wednesday because this is her first time as a Gloom and she was excited T wanted to do it because it looked she said The burning of Zozobra or Old Gloom marks the beginning of Fiesta de Santa Fe Once the 40 foot marionette goes up in flarnes tradition says so do the past years troubles People leave their bles at Zozobras divorce decrees photos of exboyfriends Please see FIESTA Page A4 If you What The 81st annual Burning of Zozobra Who Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe Marcy Park When Tonight at dusk Gates open at 2 Cost at the gate Karl New Mexican Cristina Castillo laughs at one of her fellow Glooms at Fort Marcy Park as they wait Wednesday for the start of the final Zozobra practice Zozobra goes up in flames at dusk tonight HURRICANE KATRINA Evacuating the unwilling Dont want to leave As water turns putrid and fires rage some residents are determined to stay Steven Associated Press Picola Brown a resident of the Ninth Ward in New Orleans talks with a member of the Armys 82nd Airborne after being evacuated from her flooded home Wednesday The citys mayor has ordered all so residents still irfthis ruined city evacuated By Sharon Cohen The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS Using the unmistakable threat of force police and soldierswent house to house Wednesday to try to coax the last or so stubborn holdouts to leave stormshattered New Orleans because of the risk of disease from the putrid sewageladen floodwaters A large group of young armed men armed with M16s just arrived at my door and told me that I have to said Patrick McCarty who owns several buildings and lives in one of them in the citys Lower Garden District While not saying they would arrest you the inference is A fraillooking 86yearold Anthony Charbonnet grumbled as he locked his front door and walked slowly backward down the steps of the house where he had lived since 1955 I havent left my house in my he said as soldiers took him to a heli copter I dont want to Mayor C Ray Nagin ordered law officers and the military late Tuesday to evacuate all holdouts by force Please see HURRICANE Page A6 KATRINAS AFTERMATH Developments Wednesday Tests confirm the amount of sewagerelated bacteria in the floodwaters is 10 times higher than acceptable safety levels 4 Homeland Security to dis tribute debit cards to families President Bush and Con gress pledge separate investi gations into the response Cost esti mates for relief and recovery run as high as billion Mexico long on the receiving end of relief is sending an aid convoy to Governor supports an increase in states minimum wage By Barry Massey The Associated Press ij Gov Bill Richardson is backing an increase in the states minimum wage But the Demo cratic governor said Wednesday that he hasnt decided on how much of an increase is necessary At a news conference Richardson said a consensus proposal should be developed with the business community and it should provide an exemption from the higher wage requirement for small businesses Richardson wants a minimumwage increase considered by the Legislature when it meets in January for a 30day session Currently the states minimum wage is an hour the same as the federal wage floor I think thats too low We havent had an increase hi two Richardson said I do think we need an increase in the minimum wage Gas pricesare really hurting consum House Speaker Ben Lujan DNambe sug gested an increase in the minimum wage to an hour which would be higher than any other state in the nation People can support their families on a wage like Lujan said in an interview after the news con ference He predicted that a good majority of leg islators would back a state minimum wage of an hour Lujan said New Mexico should increase its wage floor because Congress has been unable to approve a higherlederal wage requirement Santa Fe has a living wage ordinance that requires companies with 25 or more workers to pay an hour It will go to on Jan 1 and in 2008 In Albuquerque voters are to decide a measure Oct 4 that would increase the mini mum wage in the cityto an hour and Lujan said the outcome of that referendum could influence what the Legislature might Please see WAGE Page A6 Gov Bill Richardson Hasnt decided how much of an increase is necessary Santa Fe ahead of the curve The city of Santa Fes minimum wage law went into effect more than a year ago after a District Court judge sided with the city in a lawsuit brought by local busi nesses and business organizations Santa Fe firms with 25 or more workers now pay their employees a minimum of an hour a rate that is set to rise to an hour on Jan 1 and to two years later OBITUARIES Lorenza Rentes 103 Ranees M Jones 96 Santa 29 J Dolores Monbtio 73 Santa ft Sept 5 Eastern Ortiz 91 Sept 5 DomitSa Perez 89 NamW Pueblo Aug 26 Page C2 FIFTHLARGEST RECAU IN HISTORY Americas vehicle Fords F150 pickup is among nearly 5 million trucks and SUVs named Wednesday in recalls by Ford and Toyota Business C6 POWER TO THE PEOPLE Pedicab service rolls into downtown Santa Fe and hopes to fill a niche for people who dont like to walk Local news Cl TODAY Some sun a Tstorm High 81 low 56 PageC8 Index Annies Mailbox T Crossword Horoscope Comics D4 Movies C2 Police notes A7 C2 Scoreboard Stocks Time Out B2 Bl C7 03 Main office Late Classifieds 8 News 9833303 Five sections 30 pages 9640363 156th year issue No 251 9663030 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 yean ;