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01/14/2015Terrorism Insurance Program Seen as Crucial For Las Vegas Casino Construction

Jan. 14--In its first week back, there was one thing virtually all of Congress could agree on: Las Vegas casinos and other large commercial businesses should be protected financially from a major terrorist attack. A bill to restart a federal program helping to do just that passed the new Republican Congress last week and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. The legislation ...
01/14/2015Gila San Francisco Water Commission Closer To Becoming NM CAP Entity

Jan. 14--SILVER CITY -- The Gila San Francisco Water Commission (GSFWC) met Tuesday morning to discuss becoming a New Mexico Central Arizona Project (CAP) entity and voted to amend their joint powers agreement to meet with all regulations necessary to become the NM CAP entity. Interstate Stream Commission Deputy Director Craig Roepke attended the meeting. The ISC has to make the decision of ...
01/13/2015Flagstaff Nixes Proposed 'Empty Building Tax'

Jan. 13--Council sent back to staff a Community Reinvestment Plan last week after several councilmembers objected to an "empty building tax" proposed by staff. The plan would give staff guidance on how to encourage infill and redevelopment projects in the city. The "empty building tax" would charge property owners for buildings that are not under construction and have been unoccupied for a ...
01/12/2015CES Exhibits Donated To Habitat For Humanity, Other Construction Uses

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As exhibitors at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics packed up their booths last week, workers were just getting started recycling what was left behind. Convention-goer badges become room keys, vinyl banners get a new life as ice-skating rink covers or shade tarps and massive magnetic signs affixed to the convention center are ground up and made into new ...
01/12/2015Albuquerque Rail Yard Redevelopment Raises Safety Concerns

Jan. 12--Jim Trump says he's found toys, needles and other evidence of unauthorized visits to Albuquerque's old rail yards. And that worries him. Most of the site simply isn't safe for anyone -- curious children and transients included, he said. "Some individual -- maybe they're going to be a worker, maybe they're going to be a trespasser -- is going to be walking on that roof and fall ...
01/12/2015Conservationists File Objection To Wolf Creek Pass Land Exchange

Jan. 12--FARMINGTON -- A coalition of conservation organizations filed a 96-page objection to a proposed land exchange near Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado with the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday. The objection comes after the completion of a final environmental impact statement and the Forest Service's approval of the land swap in November. The land exchange would allow construction of a ...
01/11/2015New Mexico Grapples With Contractor Pre-qualification Program

Jan. 11--FNF Construction Inc. has ranked among the top five contractors in the number and amount of New Mexico highway construction jobs awarded over the past nine years. But the company also has been assessed damages and fees for missing deadlines on state Department of Transportation construction projects and has a history of filing claims seeking extra reimbursement for work in New Mexico, ...
01/11/2015Los Alamos Cleanup Contractor Loses $57M Over Nuclear Waste Accident

Jan. 11--REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON -- The contractor managing the nuclear weapons laboratory at Los Alamos, N.M., was slapped with a $57-million reduction in its fees for 2014, largely due to a costly nuclear waste accident last year. The contractor, Los Alamos National Security, saw its fee reduced 90% because of the accident, in which a 55-gallon drum packaged with plutonium waste from bomb ...
01/10/2015Mesa Prepares To Forgive $50 Million Loaned To Gateway Airport

Jan. 10--On Jan. 12, the Mesa City Council will vote on the issue of whether or not to forgive some $50 million in loans made to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. In its report to the council, staff said the contributions were never recorded as loans by the city and no accounts receivable have ever been established and the budget has never been planned around an assumption the money would be ...
01/10/2015Experts: Las Vegas Real Estate Will Make Gains In 2015

After another solid year of recovery, the Las Vegas real estate market could make some gains in 2015, according to experts. A broker with Berkshire Hathaway says 2015 is starting off pretty busy for real estate agents. “One home just went on the market, and we already have five different people calling to find out the price,” said Omar Lopez, broker. A panel of experts at the Institute of Real ...
01/07/2015Developers Of Historic Tucson Ranch Hit Another Roadblock

Jan. 07--Marana Town Council member Carol McGorray said she hadn't revealed to anyone, including her fellow council members, how she would vote on the controversial plan to rezone and develop the historic Lazy K ranch into a gated community. McGorray came into Tuesday's council meeting with an open mind, she said in a Wednesday interview. But from the beginning, she'd had misgivings about ...
12/31/2014Flagstaff Commercial Construction Driven By University Projects In 2014

Dec. 31--The city of Flagstaff and Coconino County saw their fair share of growth in 2014. Residential construction was down from the year before, but business construction was up, and NAU construction boomed. As for residential growth on the western side of the city, Presidio in the Pines moved out of foreclosure and restarted construction on homes. The majority of the company was bought by ...
12/30/2014Phoenix Trails In Metro Area US Home Price Growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in October at a slightly slower pace, as real estate sales have fallen and affordability has increasingly become a challenge for potential buyers. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 4.5 percent in October from 12 months prior. The figures reported Tuesday mark the eleventh straight month of price gains decelerating and ...
12/30/2014Report: NRC Wants Land Purchased For Nevada Nuclear Waste Site

Dec. 30--The latest volume of a Yucca Mountain report states that the U.S. Department of Energy has not yet purchased the property where the repository could potentially sit, while DOE officials maintain that Yucca is not a "workable solution." The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, published Volume 4 of its safety evaluation report on the proposed underground geologic nuclear waste ...
12/29/2014Albuquerque Mayor Proposes $115 Million Bond Package To Fund Construction Projects

Dec. 29--Mayor Richard Berry is proposing a bond package of $115 million to finance projects as varied as routine street repairs, zoo renovation and other big construction items -- matching the 2013 bond program but well below the $164 million available in 2011. The size of the bond package, which is submitted every two years, is the result of economic factors and an analysis of property tax ...
12/28/2014Demolition Of Failed Commercial Development A Highlight for Chandler, Ariz., In 2014

Dec. 28--What defined Chandler in 2014? A lot of things, including the destruction of two notorious eyesores, the death of a pair of police officers within a one-week span, continuity among the city's elected officials, and a near-gold medal for one Chandler native. Those are just a few of the stories that graced headlines in Chandler in 2014, and below is a list of a few things that mattered ...
12/28/2014Nearly $38 Million In Infrastructure Improvements Planned For Las Cruces In 2015

Dec. 28--LAS CRUCES -- Residents won't need a crystal ball to see what the future holds for Las Cruces and Doña Ana County in 2015. Before the first verse of Auld Lang Syne is sung and the new giant chile is dropped downtown to usher in the new year, there is quite a bit to look forward to -- and likely some surprises that haven't been anticipated. Simply put, 2015 will be eventful and busy ...
12/28/2014Thanks To Streetcar, Tucson Downtown Primed For Development In 2015

Dec. 28--A ride on the streetcar shows you the two sides of downtown. The east side is booming, with restaurants, condos, coffee shops, apartments and bars. The west side has some long-standing office buildings and courthouses but remains pretty dead. That could change in 2015. In fact, it should change, if four private property owners would get going and make some progress on properties that ...
12/27/2014Economist: Arizona To Remain Sluggish In 2015, Spark In Years Ahead

Dec. 27--What should East Valley residents expect from the local and state economies in the near future? One forecaster estimates a little sluggishness in the next 12 months followed by much stronger growth in the years following. BBVA Head Economist Nathaniel Karp -- who addressed the local economy at a recent East Valley Partnership meeting -- said the overall future of Arizona's economy is ...
12/25/2014Judge Rules Las Vegas HOA Corruption Trial To Stay In Las Vegas

A federal magistrate judge issued a decision Wednesday denying a defense bid to move the homeowners association corruption trial out of Las Vegas. Lawyers for two of the bigger defendants in the high-profile case, former construction company boss Leon Benzer and attorney Keith Gregory, sought the change of venue on grounds “prejudicial” news coverage by the Las Vegas Review-Journal has made it ...
12/25/2014Revenue Falls Short for Road Projects in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — A Maricopa County sales tax increase adopted a decade ago has raised more than $3.1 billion for dozens of freeway, street and transit projects, but that's still $1 billion less than initially projected. The Arizona Republic reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1veFtE4 ) that the revenue gap is expected to widen to about $3.2 billion over the next decade, until the Proposition 400 ...
12/25/2014Developer Files Defamation Suit Against Pima County

Dec. 25--A battle between a local developer and Pima County over the responsibility to pay for roadway improvements in a residential community has taken a new turn. Real estate developer Joseph Cesare earlier this month filed a defamation lawsuit against county officials in U.S. District Court in Tucson, saying public comments and the actions of Pima County officials, including those of county ...
12/24/2014Rural N.M. Solar Generating Plant Receives Final Approval

Dec. 24--The Quay County Commission Monday gave final approval to industrial revenue bonds that will give a tax break to a company that plans to build a solar power generating plant next to the wind farm near San Jon. The commission approved a first reading of the ordinance authorizing the revenue bonds at its Dec. 8 meeting. The county and the San Jon school district both plan to benefit from ...
12/24/2014Report: Phoenix, Las Vegas Exceptions To Rising Construction Costs

Building costs are rising at the fastest pace in six years, according to a new report by Rider Levett Bucknall, a property and construction consulting firm. The firm–which tracks the costs of new commercial, residential and other buildings– said its index of construction costs in the U.S. increased 1.66% between July 1 and Oct. 1, the largest three month increase since early 2008. The firm's ...
12/17/2014Marana Delays Vote On Transforming Ranch Into Residential Development until January

Dec. 17--A controversial proposal to develop an historic guest ranch into a gated community was pulled from last night's Marana Town Council agenda a few hours before the meeting began. The developer Mattamy Homes, Canada's largest new-home builder, requested a continuance until the Jan. 6, 2015 town council meeting. Mattamy wants to redevelop the closed Lazy K Bar Guest Ranch, one-half mile ...

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