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07/21/2015Arizona's Leaky Pima County Courthouse Roof Tabbed For $25 Million Fix

July 21--The turquoise-tiled dome over the Old Pima County Courthouse in downtown Tucson is leaking, and has been leaking for years. But a solution could be just around the corner. A long-delayed bond package is up for a vote on Nov. 3. Within that package, $25 million would be dedicated to a renovation of the courthouse, including figuring out how to repair the leaky dome without damaging the ...
07/21/2015California I-10 Bridge Collapse Reverberates To Arizona

DESERT CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Loren Primmer will have to take the scenic route for a while. But even Joshua Tree National Park's beauty won't make up for a commute that's suddenly expanding from one to three hours with the collapse of a California freeway bridge. Primmer, one of 200 residents of Desert Center, will be among those most affected by the shutdown of rain-battered Interstate 10. But ...
07/21/2015Southern Nevada Homebuilders Experience Growth Trends

July 21--Southern Nevada's homebuilding industry is making "positive advances" this year despite an array of obstacles, a new report says. Local builders sold 633 new homes last month, bringing the year's total to 2,993, up 10.7 percent from the same period in 2014, according to Las Vegas-based Home Builders Research. The median closing price in June was $303,047, up 5.1 percent from a year ...
07/20/2015Property Owners Displaced By Project Neon Seek Additional Compensation

July 20--An industrially zoned dirt lot next to the noisy I-15 may not seem like prime real estate, but in the context of Project Neon, a multibillion-dollar overhaul of 3.7 miles of freeway at the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and Interstate 15, it could be worth $3 million an acre. But Jess Meyers would prefer to keep the property on the 1400 block of Western Avenue. His grandparents ...
07/20/2015N.M. Gets $11 Million From Feds For Roads

July 20--.M. GETS $11 MILLION FOR MULTIMODAL PROJECTS: In a state with big road construction and repair needs that had to have not one but two legislative sessions this year to appropriate funding, additional new money is a welcome thing. A news release from the New Mexico Department of Transportation explains 27 federally funded projects "include sidewalks, bicycle paths and transit stops, ...
07/20/2015Tucson Readies Downtown Development Proposals

July 20--Two potential developers vying for the project to redevelop 4.7 acres of city land in downtown Tucson will present their design ideas at a public meeting Wednesday evening. The details of the proposed projects at the Ronstadt Transit Center and surrounding land will be made public for the first time at the meeting. In a memo, city officials asked developers not to provide information ...
07/19/2015Las Cruces Celebrates New Downtown 'Heart'

July 19--LAS CRUCES -- When city leaders and citizens gather Friday for the ceremonial groundbreaking on a downtown plaza, it will be the culmination of more than two decades of planning, praying and pushing -- and the start of about a year's worth of building. Plaza supporters said the event will mark a major milestone in the effort to revive downtown and correct the errors of a failed ...
07/19/2015Douglas Continues To Push For New Trade Port

July 19--DOUGLAS -- The years-long effort to build a new commercial port of entry to help alleviate congestion and boost economic development hit another setback recently, but stakeholders here are not giving up. Earlier this month, the city received a formal response from the federal government rejecting its proposal to donate up to 80 acres and build the infrastructure needed for a new port, ...
07/18/2015Feds Extend Four Corners Power Plant And Navajo Mine For 25 years

July 18--FARMINGTON -- On Friday, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor approved a "Record of Decision" that will allow operations to continue at the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine for another 25 years. The federal government's 441-page document allows the mine to provide coal for the power plant until 2041. "Today's decision includes a robust suite of mitigation measures ...
07/17/2015Santa Fe Slow To Recover From Recession

July 17--GlassdoorEconomicResearchA lack of job growth and a small increase in the average hourly rate paid to workers were two of the main factors in Santa Fe coming in near the bottom of a list of metropolitan areas measuring recovery from the Great Recession, according to a recent study. Glassdoor Economic Research, an online website providing information to job seekers and businesses, ...
07/16/2015North Las Vegas In Running For Electric Car Factory

July 16--The city of North Las Vegas may soon be home to an electric car manufacturing factory to rival Tesla's Gigafactory in Reno. The city is one of four finalists being considered for the factory being built by Faraday Future, an upstart automotive company looking to take on industry giant Tesla, according to published reports. Faraday Future is a California-based company that plans to ...
07/15/2015Las Vegas Raises $26 Million For Parks, Community Centers

July 15--The Las Vegas City Council today started the process to issue $26 million in bonds to pay for construction and rehabilitation of parks and community centers. The money to pay off the bonds was initially earmarked for construction of a failed downtown soccer stadium. The council approved the measure unanimously and with little discussion. The bond sale is expected in August, with funds ...
07/15/2015Rising Engineering Costs Stir Animas River Diversion Project

July 15--AZTEC -- Since Smith Engineering Company was hired by Aztec officials more than year ago to work on the Animas River Diversion Project, the price tag of the project has increased by more than $60,000. The most recent increase was approved by city commissioners Tuesday night. It is the fourth time the engineering contract has been amended in the last year. The new amendment is for a ...
07/15/2015MGM Plans To Build $100M Theater in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — MGM Resorts International plans to build a $100 million, 5,300-seat theater at its Monte Carlo casino-hotel to attract top musicians for weeks at a time. The project will be built next to a larger, 20,000-seat arena now under construction. MGM also plans to overhaul and likely rename the Monte Carlo, its least recognizable property on the Las Vegas Strip. The company already ...
07/14/2015Landowner Requests Fairness For SunZia

July 14--Officials with the New Mexico State Land Office outlined in a letter to the SunZia project coordinator their approach to evaluate and process a right of way for the proposed SunZia transmission line project. Amid uncertainty about impacts to state trust lands, Commissioner Aubrey Dunn suspended SunZia's right-of-entry permit in early 2015, and sought additional public input to review ...
07/14/2015Albuquerque's Rio Grande High School Begins Multi-Phase Development

July 14--Construction is underway on a 92,000-square-foot classroom building that will house all of Rio Grande High School's ninth-grade students. The $17 million freshman academy building is Albuquerque Public Schools' first phase in a $26.3 million, five-phase plan for renovating the high school. Parents and community leaders are excited about the project and hope it will bolster the ...
07/12/2015Southeast Arizona Pushes 28,000 Home, Master-Planned Community Despite Water Concerns

July 12--The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is pushing hard for the 28,000-home Villages of Vigneto project in Benson, asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to back it. The Hispanic chamber's letter to the Corps says the Benson project promises $20 billion in badly needed economic benefits for Southeast Arizona, big increases in property and sales tax revenue, and more regional demand ...
07/10/2015Massive Henderson, Nev., Development Ignites Talk Of New Boom

July 10--Henderson city and Valley Health System officials are hoping a new development project will pave the way for the city to have a healthier economy -- and healthier people. Developers, hospital administrators and city officials gathered Thursday on a dirt-covered parcel on the corner of Gibson Road and Galleria Drive to mark the foundation pouring for Henderson Hospital, a Valley Health ...
07/10/2015Santa Fe Divided Over Massive Senior Development

July 10--A neighborhood association that waged a losing fight against an 84-unit assisted living facility as large as the city's convention center was weighing its options Thursday after a divided City Council approved the project. Among the possibilities is a lawsuit to stop construction of the 73,550-square-foot building on 3.85 acres on Old Pecos Trail at Calle de Sebastian. "There are a ...
07/09/2015Ruidoso Seeks Path To Affordable Housing

July 09--For at least two decades, Ruidoso officials have talked about the need for affordable housing to accommodate village employees, teachers, nurses and others in the service industries vital to a tourist town. But each time the talk became serious, objections were raised citing devaluation of property, poor site choices or interference with the private rental housing businesses. Tuesday, ...
07/09/2015Luna County Backs Solar Project

July 09--DEMING -- Luna County commissioners voted unanimously to authorize the issuance and sale of taxable industrial revenue bonds for the Turning Point Energy Alta Luna, LLC project during Thursday's regular meeting at the historic Luna County Courthouse, 700 S. Silver Avenue. The vote sets in motion plans for Alta Luna to construct a photovoltaic solar energy farm that could create as ...
07/09/2015Columbus, N.M. Port Of Entry Enters Design Stage

July 09--COLUMBUS, N.M. -- U.S. General Services Administration Regional Administrator Sylvia Hernandez has announced an award to construct a temporary road at the Columbus Land Port of Entry to improve traffic flow and safety at the crossing. In 2014, Hernandez, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, and Department of Homeland Security representatives discussed the need for a temporary road for access of ...
07/06/2015Plans Emerge for New Casino-Hotel to Fill Gap on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Initial plans for a casino-hotel that may rise from the Las Vegas Strip site where the New Frontier once stood show two hotel towers with 1,100 rooms and a 126,000-square-foot space for a water feature inside. The plans were submitted to Clark County on May 28 by the owners of the 35-acre parcel across from the Wynn and Encore resorts. It represents the latest in efforts to ...
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. ...

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