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  • UWC student dies after collapsing

    A United World College student last week died after collapsing during a birthday party, the school reported.

    First-year student Fawaz Lukman of Ghana was unable to be revived after he “inexplicably and suddenly” collapsed," said the college's president, Lisa Darling, in a statement.

    The students living in the Denali Dormitory were gathered in the home of their resident tutor — the faculty member who is in charge of their dorm — for a monthly celebration of birthdays with cake and ice cream when Lukman collapsed, Darling said.

  • City rejects subdivision proposal

    A local developer is promising a lawsuit after the City Council last week rejected his plans for a subdivision on the west side.

    Phil Warfield proposed to build a four-lot development in the 2300 block of New Mexico Avenue, but the City Council voted 3-2 last week against it after some neighbors said they opposed it.

    Warfield, who has developments around town, said he followed all the laws and criteria required of subdivisions. He said he planned to go above and beyond city standards.

  • Public housing vacancies drop

    The city’s housing authority has drastically reduced the number of vacancies over the last year, an official said last week.

    Robert Pacheco, the authority’s director, said that of the 230 housing units, 18 are being remodeled and two are vacant and ready to go. Nearly a year ago, 120 units were vacant, he said.

    Pacheco, who started last December, said the authority has made the waiting list more efficient, which has resulted in much of the reduction in vacancies.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Man killed on Bridge Street

    A 22-year-old was killed at Bridge and 12th streets early Monday evening.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said the police already had a 21-year-old suspect at the station. He declined to name the victim or the suspect. The police had to notify the victim's next of kin, he said.

    The victim was apparently in his car when the suspect shot him, police said.

    Gold said it appeared as if the case were "open and shut" because officers already had eight or nine witnesses.

  • Propane tank in Mora upsets some

    A panel has approved the placement of a large propane tank in a Mora neighborhood, but some residents are fighting the decision.

    Last week, the Mora County Planning and Zoning Committee voted 2-1 to allow Ferrellgas, a propane supplier, to place a 12,000-gallon tank in the area of Mora’s Allsup’s convenience store.

  • Contractor picks questioned

    Mayor Tony Marquez on Wednesday asked the City Council to appoint two street contractors to the public works committee.

    During a council meeting, Councilman Morris Madrid asked the mayor if the two nominees, Carlos Crespin and Miguel Melendez, were contractors. The mayor said he didn’t know, adding that his staff referred him the names.

  • College pursues speeders

    Motorists may think twice before speeding on the Highlands University campus.

    In the spring, the school’s police department started increasing its enforcement of traffic laws, Police Chief Scott Scarborough said. That was after a professor was struck by a motorcyclist during a rainstorm, he said.

    Over the last 13 months, the campus police have issued 954 citations for such infractions as speeding, illegal parking and being minors in possession of alcohol, Scarborough said.

  • Ex-RHS teacher makes bail

    A magistrate judge on Wednesday decided to keep a former Robertson High School teacher’s bail the same, despite a defense attorney’s request for a reduction.

    Shortly after a hearing, the teacher, Jay Quintana made bail and was released.

    Quintana, who is accused of sexually abusing a student for years, appeared on video during an arraignment in Magistrate Court. Attending the hearing were his family members, including his wife, LeeEtte Quintana, associate superintendent for the Las Vegas City Schools.

  • Teen charged with firing shots

    A 17-year-old is accused of firing shots in the 500 block of Mountain View.

    The youth, who lives at an apartment complex in that block, was charged with negligent use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance. The incident allegedly happened shortly before midnight Tuesday. The youth allegedly had an SKS assault rifle, police said.

    Officers drew their firearms and were able to capture the suspect without any problems, according to a police report. The youth was taken to the juvenile jail in Santa Fe.

  • Officials: HU finances good

    A top Highlands University official expects the school will weather the state-wide budget crunch because its finances are on solid ground.

    “When we’re in positions like this, we’re not in a state of panic. Because our finances are in such good order we’re able to enjoy modest growth as we see reductions elsewhere, and we’re able to do so without going into a panic or tailspin,” said Jesus Lopez, who chairs the university’s finance committee.