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Former Santa Fean Dies After Gunshot

A lawyer and former Santa Fe resident wounded by a gunman in a Phoenix office shooting this week has died, the second of three people hit by gunfire in the attack, the publicist for his law firm said Friday.

Mark Hummels, 43, had been on life support at a Phoenix hospital after Wednesday morning’s shooting, which killed a company’s chief executive and left a woman with injuries that were not life-threatening .

Colleagues of Hummels described him as a smart and competent, a rising star in his profession, and dedicated to his family — a wife, 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son. Before law school, Hummels worked as a reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Journal North,

The gunman — Arthur Douglas Harmon, 70 — was found dead early Thursday in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Asphalt Company Faces Foreclosure

Advantage Asphalt and Seal Coating, the company at the center of a criminal case over alleged fraud in Santa Fe County government contracts, is the subject of a foreclosure complaint filed in state District Court.

Century Bank’s 130-page complaint, filed Thursday, outlines a series of loans and other transactions related to development on a site at 1111 N. Riverside Drive in Española.

Advantage, starting in 2010, developed a retail center at that location that included a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop.

The complaint lists total indebtedness of $1,487,623.

Listed as defendants, along with Advantage Asphalt, are other related companies, including Infinite Ambitions LLC, Advantage Sweets, Advantage Total Construction and A&M Bobcat Rental LLC. Individual defendants are Joe Anthony Montoya, Marlene R. Montoya and Nicholas Montoya, listed as organizers or members of the various defendant companies.

Joe Anthony and Marlene Montoya, along with their Advantage Asphalt firm, face criminal charges in the alleged fraud scheme involving county road work and other contracts. That case, filed last year, is also pending in state District Court. The defendants have denied the allegations.

Calls to lawyers for Century Bank and Advantage Asphalt were not returned.

Court: DOT Can Be Sued for Death

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that the family of a couple killed in a 2004 head-on collision near Los Alamos can sue the state Transportation Department for failing to install center-lane barriers on N.M. 502.

The high court overturned the Court of Appeals, which had ruled the agency was immune from such lawsuits. But the high court says the department is responsible for maintaining highways, and keeping roads safe is part of that duty. The lawsuit argued that the state had previously been warned of the dangers of the winding section of the mountainous road that leads in and out Los Alamos.

The court ordered a new trial for the family of Donald Espinoza and his pregnant wife Amelia Martinez, who were killed in the collision with Anthony Griego. Griego also died.

2-1-1 Service Gets Grant To Expand

Self Help Inc. has received a $5,000 grant from Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Community Leadership Fund to expand coverage of the 2-1-1 information and referral service to Santa Fe, Taos, Mora and San Miguel counties.

The service provides callers with referrals to find food, clothing, housing, home repairs, clothing, childcare, mental health services, resources for youth, and help with medical costs. It is available by toll-free phone or on the web at www.referweb.net/unnm.

Self Help, United Way of Central New Mexico and United Way of Northern New Mexico cover Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties.

Toll-free phone numbers are 855-662-6211 and 662-6211 (from Los Alamos and Santa Fe).

Talk To Link City, Jicarilla Apache

On Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5:30-6:30 p.m., Veronica Tiller will talk about the relationship between the Jicarilla Apache and the city of Santa Fe as part of the Railyard Stewards winter workshop series, “Railyard Explorations: History, Culture and the Santa Fe Railroad.”

This free event will take place at the Railyard Park Community Room on Callejon Street.

The Jicarilla Apache live in northern New Mexico and have had strong ties with the Capitol City from the days of the Santa Fe Trail. They traveled to Santa Fe on the Denver Rio Grande Railroad to visit their children at the Santa Fe Indian Boarding School, to trade and to conduct official tribal business.

Tiller, a historian and author, is a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico. She is best known for her reference to all 564 federally recognized tribes, “Tiller’s Guide to Indian Country: Economic Profiles of American Indian Reservations.”

Lawyer Joins Rothstein Firm

Morgan E. Honeycutt, a native New Mexican with a law degree from the University of New Mexico, has joined the Rothstein Law Firm in its Santa Fe office. She practices in the area of criminal defense and immigration issues.

Honeycutt previously clerked for the late New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Pamela B. Minzner and is now an adjunct professor at UNM School of Law.

Kids Can Compete In Poster Contest

The city of Santa Fe Water Conservation Office invites all students in grades one through six to participate in the 10th Annual Children’s Water Conservation Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Show Us Your Water Appreciation.”

The entry deadline is March 15.

The winners are featured in the annual water conservation calendar. All winning poster contestants receive a prize package that includes conservation kits for saving water at home. The grand prize winning poster is displayed for a year on the back of a city bus and on the calendar cover.

The 2013 water conservation calendar is available at many city facilities, including the lobby of the Water Division and City Hall.

For entry forms, instructions and learning tools, see www.santafenm.gov/waterconservation or call 505-955-4225.

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