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07/01/2015Environmentalists Clash With Business Coalition At Energy Summit

July 01--An energy summit organized by the New Mexico Business Coalition drew noisy protests from environmental and clean energy advocates on Wednesday. The summit -- sponsored primarily by oil and gas companies active in New Mexico, such as Chevron and Mack Energy Corp. -- aimed to inject more "common sense" into a local debate over the future of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station ...
07/01/2015Santa Fe County Considers Stricter Rules On Mining Operations, Landfills

July 01--With the clock ticking on Santa Fe County's one-year moratorium on new mining permits, commissioners are considering changes in how the county handles applications for landfills, junk yards, sand mines and gravel mines. A draft ordinance presented to commissioners Tuesday would impose regulations similar to those the county adopted for reviewing applications for oil and gas ventures. ...
07/01/2015Santa Fe Water Revenue Transfer Comes Under State Scrutiny

July 01--The city of Santa Fe's controversial plan to take millions of dollars in revenue from water utility customers and use it to shore up the city's general fund has fallen under the watchful eyes of state officials, who have demanded a legal analysis justifying the transfer. And if a majority of the city governing body doesn't vote next week to amend an ordinance so the $3.8 million ...
06/29/2015Large Swaths Of The Strip Remain Ripe For Development

June 29--The $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas project made a big splash in May when a ceremonial groundbreaking ushered in what, upon completion, would be the Strip's biggest development in years. But the Resorts World site, formerly home to the Stardust and the scrapped Echelon project, isn't the only spot in the heart of Southern Nevada's tourism corridor that could be developed over the ...
06/29/2015Las Vegas Valley Flood Control System Leaves Areas Vulnerable

June 29--Las Vegas is one of the driest cities in the country, receiving an average of just 4 inches of rain per year. But if enough rain falls in the right place in a short amount of time, the valley's desert landscape quickly can be inundated with raging flood waters. With no tornadoes or hurricanes to contend with, floods are Las Vegas' most damaging and most deadly natural disaster. Las ...
06/29/2015Construction of $48 Million Veterans Home Part Of July 1 Batch of New Nevada Laws

June 29--CARSON CITY -- Part of the so-called "New Nevada" will be born Wednesday when laws affecting education and veterans -- as well as provisions that will pump an estimated $18 billion into state agencies during the next two fiscal years -- become effective. Of the bills passed by the 2015 Nevada Legislature, 232 take effect July 1. Provisions of those laws include: --A $1.3 billion tax ...
06/28/2015Flagstaff Still Chewing On Student Housing Problems

June 28--Two special city of Flagstaff committees created after massive student housing projects were proposed for residential neighborhoods are still crewing on the issue nearly six months later, but they have come up with some suggestions. Some of the topics the two groups are working on include parking, zoning, reviewing the Regional Plan, creating an off-campus housing guide for freshman, ...
06/28/2015Arizona Politicians Gird For Water Battle With California

June 28--Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva don't agree on much, but both worry California could take Arizona's water. The conservative governor and the liberal congressman say Arizona must be vigilant to ensure its drought-parched neighbor doesn't use federal action to grab some of Arizona's Colorado River supply. Of particular concern is a California drought bill ...
06/27/2015SunZia May Move Transmission Line Away From White Sands Missile Range

June 27--LAS CRUCES -- Preliminary discussions are underway to reroute a portion of a proposed electric transmission line away from White Sands Missile Range's northern zone in an attempt to avoid having to bury part of the line, which would be used to carry renewable energy from wind farms and solar generation in New Mexico and Arizona to customers and markets across the western United ...
06/27/2015Southern Road To Spaceport Hits Snag

June 27--LAS CRUCES -- Though a key step toward improving a roughly 24-mile-long southern road to the $218.5 million Spaceport America was set to wrap up this summer, Doña Ana County staff said last week the start of construction will be delayed because of an error in plans. County Engineer Robert Armijo told Doña Ana County commissioners a problem cropped up because surveying work for the ...
06/26/2015Developer Of Alon Las Vegas On former New Frontier Files Plans With County

June 26--Australian casino mogul James Packer has laid out his vision -- or at least part of it -- for the Strip's latest megaresort. Plans filed with Clark County late last month show a two-tower, 1,100-room project called Alon Las Vegas to be built on the vacant 34.6-acre site just north of Fashion Show mall, where the New Frontier once stood. Packer's group acquired the property almost a ...
06/26/2015New-Home Prices, Sales And Permits Rise In Southern Nevada

June 26--Las Vegas homebuilders are gaining speed with rising sales, prices and construction plans, a new report shows. Builders sold 527 new homes in Southern Nevada last month, bringing the year's total to 2,360, a year-to-year increase of 8.9 percent, according to Las Vegas-based Home Builders Research. The median closing price in May was $315,250, up 12.6 percent from a year earlier. ...
06/26/2015High-Speed Rail Systems To Las Vegas, Other U.S. Cities Remain Elusive

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Travellers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. Yet the U.S. has never built a single strech of high-speed rail, which is generally defined as accommodating trains ...
06/25/2015Economic Officials Say Tesla Factory Will Open In A Year

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada economic officials say work on a massive Tesla Motors battery factory east of Reno is going smoothly and it should be operational within a year. Steve Hill, director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, told Nevada lawmakers during an interim meeting Thursday that progress on the $5 billion factory was going slightly quicker than the company ...
06/24/2015NHL Opens Door For Las Vegas Expansion Team At MGM/AEG Arena

June 24--The odds of Las Vegas landing an NHL expansion franchise for the 2017-2018 season continue to increase. The NHL Board of Governors formally agreed to begin accepting expansion-franchise applications in a meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Bellagio. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned three cities -- Seattle, Quebec City and Las Vegas -- as those that have shown the most interest ...
06/24/2015Pre-Construction Archaeology Reveals Tucson History

June 24--Planting holes from an old orchard, a 1930s engine block and an 1861 Sonoran coin are among the artifacts uncovered during an archaeological study at the site where a new downtown hotel will be built. Some of the finds will be displayed in the lobby of the new AC Hotel Tucson, 151 E. Broadway. Others will be archived at the Arizona State Museum. The dig by Desert Archaeology was a ...
06/24/2015Development Threats Put Arizona's Grand Canyon And Superior On Endangered U.S. Places List

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has put the Grand Canyon, Miami's Little Havana and a former gay nightclub in West Hollywood on its annual list of America's 11 most endangered historic places. The list, made public late Tuesday night, seeks to bring attention to U.S. sites of architectural, cultural and natural heritage that the National Trust deems at risk due ...
06/17/2015New Nevada Taxes Impact Residential Construction

June 17--CARSON CITY -- Gov. Brian Sandoval's record $1.1 billion tax increase takes effect July 1, but there are many other fees and taxes that will hit Nevadans on that date or later. They range from levies on taxi rides to divorce actions. And local governments are authorized to ask voters to approve tax increases for a variety of reasons. --There's a 3 percent tax on taxicab and ...
06/17/2015Gov. Martinez Signs Construction-Heavy, $294M Capital Outlay Bill In Las Cruces

June 17--LAS CRUCES -- Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday signed a $294 million capital spending bill at St. Luke's Health Care Clinic in Las Cruces. Martinez called the measure, which passed by the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-led Senate last week during a nearly five-hour special session, a "job-creation bill." The bill includes about $45 million for highway infrastructure ...
06/17/2015Emergency Repairs Made On Cross-Border Sewer Pipe In Nogales

June 17--Construction crews completed repairs on a pipe in Nogales that carries millions of gallons of sewage across the international border. A September storm dislodged concrete panels that protect the pipe, known as the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI), raising concerns among local officials that storm waters and debris could rupture the pipe and spill the nearly 10 million gallons ...
06/16/2015Las Vegas Mogul Kerkorian Dies At 98

Billionaire investor, casino mogul and real estate titan Kirk Kerkorian, 98, who played an influential role in the rise of Las Vegas and once tried unsuccessfully to take over automaker Chrysler, died Monday. The cause was not immediately known."MGM Resorts and our family of 62,000 employees are honoring the memory of a great man, a great business leader, a great community leader, an ...
06/16/2015Las Cruces City Council OKs Sale Of Old City Hall

June 16--LAS CRUCES -- Sold! The Las Cruces City Council unanimously approved the sale Monday of the former City Hall building, 200 N. Church St., for $1.14 million. The council voted 7-0 Monday to sell the building to High Range Development, a limited liability company in Scottsdale, Ariz. The building will be renovated and used as professional office space for the U.S. District Court, ...
06/16/2015Bernalillo County Set To Decide Fate Of 22-Mile Development

June 16--Supporters of the Santolina Master Plan aren't just pitching another bedroom community on the outskirts of town. They say they envision a thriving, self-contained community with its own jobs -- 75,000 of them, in fact -- on the West Side, an area desperate for employers. Opponents aren't convinced. They see a development that would lead to more residential rooftops and an expansion of ...
06/16/2015Santa Fe Considers Constructing New Performing Arts Centers

June 16--The Santa Fe school board will consider looking into the possibility of building a performing arts center -- or maybe two. A resolution supporting a feasibility study to plan and fund a performing arts center is on the agenda for the school board's meeting on Tuesday (June 16). However, the language of the resolution allows for consideration to include "improving or constructing two ...
06/16/2015Pima County Budget Sacrifices Construction Projects

June 16--The Pima County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to vote on a $1.116 billion fiscal 2016 budget plan on Tuesday. In anticipation of approving the plan, supervisors set a budget ceiling this month that would allow for an increase to the county's property tax rate to $5.96 per $100 assessed value. That would equal a 20-cent increase over this year. The increase consists of an 11-cent ...

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