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03/26/2015Congressman: Las Vegas VA Hospital Was $260 Million Over Budget

DENVER (AP) — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday. Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction official, Glenn Haggstrom, even though hospitals in Denver, Las Vegas, New ...
03/26/2015U.S. Rep. Grijalva of Arizona Tackles Fracking Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Republicans say the new regulations, announced last week, will delay new drilling projects and take marginal lands out of ...
03/26/2015Silver City Mayor: Town Divided Over Gila River Diversion Project

March 26--SILVER CITY -- One of the curious twists in the saga over a Gila River diversion project is that the nearest metropolitan area slated to benefit from the water doesn't want or need it. In the dry southwestern corner of New Mexico, the town of Silver City has access to far more water than it uses and expects to be in that position for the foreseeable future, according to city ...
03/26/2015Las Vegas Home Prices Outpace Wages

March 26--Las Vegas' soaring home prices outpaced wage growth at one of the fastest rates in the nation the past few years, a new report shows. The average weekly wage in Southern Nevada in the second quarter last year was $825, up just 2.2 percent from two years earlier. But the median sales price of homes shot up 30 percent in the two years ending in December 2014, to $165,500, according to ...
03/25/2015Marine Killed In Yuma Plane Crash Was Escorting Construction Crew

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Marine who was killed when a civilian plane struck his government truck was serving as an escort to a construction crew when the crash happened at an Arizona military base, federal investigators say. The construction crew was working near a runway at the base March 11, and the Marine was in a truck about 140 feet from the runway, according to a National Transportation ...
03/25/2015Farmington Moves Forward With $26 Million Road Project

March 25--FARMINGTON -- Farmington City Council on Tuesday approved a small step in advancing a multimillion-dollar Piñon Hills Boulevard extension project that officials started planning more than 20 years ago. "We're just doing housekeeping on the easements for the land," Public Works Director David Sypher said. The council approved giving San Juan County two temporary construction easements ...
03/24/2015Long Litigated Ruidoso Building Clears Hurdles, Gets Demolished

March 24--After three years working through the New Mexico court system, the note holder of the Avalon Town Center was free and clear on March 19. By March 23, the center building was down. John Gilbert, a managing partner with DCP Ruidoso, a business out of Dallas, said the property has been tied up in litigation for the past three years. "It was in disrepair and delinquent," he said. "It ...
03/24/2015IKEA Will Break Ground For Las Vegas Location In April

March 24--Fans of Swedish meatballs and self-assembly cabinets are one step closer to retail paradise. IKEA, the popular low-priced furniture chain, has set a ground-breaking date of April 9 for its first Southern Nevada location. The 351,000-square-foot superstore is slated to open in summer 2016 in the southwest valley, just west of Durango Drive between the 215 Beltway and Sunset Road. Work ...
03/24/2015Report: Rising Interest Rates Could Dampen LV Home Sales

March 24--Las Vegas homebuilders are seeing more signs of a turnaround, but with borrowing costs poised to rise, sales could fall again, according to a new report. Builders sold 474 new homes in Southern Nevada last month, according to Las Vegas-based Home Builders Research. That's up 9.5 percent from the same month last year. The median sales price of last month's closings was $297,860, up ...
03/24/2015Clovis Airport Nears Completion On Water Upgrade

March 24--The Clovis Municipal Airport is just weeks away from completion on a project that will provide fresh water and add fire hydrants to the facility. Construction began in February to address problems with stagnant water in the dead-end pipes. "The way the water system was laid out we had some areas where we had basically lines that dead ended, and they weren't prone to having freshest ...
03/23/2015Old Mesilla Plaza Springs Back To Life

March 23--LAS CRUCES -- Spring has sprung and, like the first chattering songbirds of the season, tourists are beginning to flock back to the historic Old Mesilla Plaza. As temperatures warm, locals and tourists alike are returning to the storied center of life in Mesilla, which has seen completion of the Gadsden Purchase in 1853, a political riot in 1871 and was home to the comings and goings ...
03/23/2015Neighbors Decry $40 Million Hospital Expansion In Santa Fe

March 23--Some people who live near the hospital are worried a proposed expansion aimed at giving patients more peace and privacy could have the opposite effect on their lives. A dozen or so residents showed up at an early neighborhood notification meeting hosted by Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center last week to express concerns that the $40 million project will bring unwanted ...
03/22/2015NM Legislators End Session With $264 Million For Public Works

March 22--SANTA FE -- A bruising 60-day New Mexico legislative session ended Saturday with frayed nerves and pointed fingers as a $264 million public works package died in the session's final minutes due to a partisan stalemate over highway funding. A bundle of proposed tax breaks also fell victim to a testy final day at the Roundhouse, which came after bleary-eyed lawmakers had worked until ...
03/22/2015Pima County Spending And Construction Plan Languishes

March 22--On March 13, the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee dropped its proposal for $653 million in spending at the supervisors' doors. It landed with a thud that's still echoing. It included items as small and narrowly focused as $1.3 million for a Kory Laos Memorial Freestyle BMX park, and as big and broad as $95 million for open-space acquisition. As it stands, the proposal's not going ...
03/19/2015Albuquerque Picks Development Proposal For Former De Anza Lodge

March 19--Secured private financing was the deciding factor in the Albuquerque Development Commission's unanimous vote Thursday to pick an extended-stay lodging concept, plus related restaurant and retail uses, for the redevelopment of the historic but run-down De Anza Motor Lodge in east Nob Hill. The winning $8.2 million proposal was submitted by Anthea@Nob Hill, a joint venture of Construct ...
03/13/2015Fiesta Mall Former Macy's Location Getting $20 Million Renovation

March 13--Big changes are coming to Fiesta Mall, although "mall" may not be the appropriate moniker once everything is said and done. Mesa officials hosted a press conference on March 12 with a local contractor who has recently concluded a deal, a year and a half in the making, to purchase the Fiesta Mall Macy's location. Vacated in early 2014, the contractor, Fiesta Verde I LLC., pruchased ...
03/13/2015Flagstaff Supports Tusayan Development Near U.S. Forest

March 13--In a rare display of solidarity, environmental groups and local business groups turned out in force at Tuesday's Flagstaff City Council meeting to support a resolution opposing a proposed road easement on U.S. Forest Service lands linking the town of Tusayan to a major new housing and commercial development. Council voted 5 to 2 to approve the resolution. Mayor Jerry Nabours and ...
03/12/2015N.M. Senate Bill Toughens Law Regulating HOAs

March 12--When Teri Buhl served on the board of the Rancho Viejo South Homeowners Association, she and another director challenged the board majority on several fronts, including community budgeting and long-term finances. They were immediately frozen out of many deliberations and were not provided with documents or financial records, Buhl said, and other board members had a secret meeting to ...
03/11/2015Spaceport America Road Plans Move Forward

March 11--LAS CRUCES -- A key step in the southern road project to Spaceport America is expected this summer, Spaceport Executive Director Christine Anderson told county commissioners in an update Tuesday. Anderson also highlighted recent spending by two spaceport tenants and said the main tenant, Virgin Galactic, is making progress on a new spaceship to replace another one destroyed in a ...
03/10/2015NM Official Shares SunZia Plans With Public

March 10--DEMING -- Hoping to gain a better understanding of the proposed SunZia Southwest Transmission Line, New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn met with Luna County residents Tuesday evening to get public input. "A lot of people have been dealing with this since '06, we have been in office since January first," Dunn said. "We have only been able to asses the project for about 70 ...
03/09/2015Tesla Says Nevada Battery Factory Construction Is Right On Track Amid Reports Of Delay

Tesla Motors Inc. has disclosed that its $5 billion battery plant in Nevada is right on track amid the reports that the electric car makers current project is delayed. The Reno Gazette Journal reported that the construction of the factory is having delays citing two union job postings on Friday. Tesla Motors spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson explained to Reuters that their plant construction ...
03/09/2015UNM Regents OK Master Plan For Innovate ABQ

March 09--The University of New Mexico Board of Regents unanimously approved a master plan Monday morning for the 7 acre Innovate ABQ site at Central Ave. and Broadway Boulevard Downtown. Perkins & Will, the design firm that created the master plan, presented its general framework for development of the site to regents, accompanied by members of the Innovate ABQ board of directors. The plan ...
03/09/2015Rail Service Between Phoenix And Tucson: $10 billion, 10 years

March 09--Intercity rail service between Tucson and Phoenix has long been a topic of discussion in the state. The Arizona Department of Transportation has studied the idea for years, which resulted in a final report a few years back on the possibility of a commuter rail system connecting the state's two largest cities. That was followed by a series of route alternatives showing where a future ...
03/08/2015Mesa, Ariz., Creates Self-Certification Program For Contractors

March 08--Construction projects in Mesa may finish sooner than they have in the past thanks to new innovations from City Hall. In an effort to encourage construction, remodeling and other improvements to properties in the city, Mayor John Giles has worked since he took office to institute a self-certification process for permits, allowing approved contractors to use a streamlined process to ...
03/08/2015Rooftop Solar Systems Impact Electric Utilities

March 08--Santa Fe resident Amy Bunting is a utility company's nightmare. Her 20-year-old home on the city's southeast side is powered by the sun. She's not connected to the electric grid, and Public Service Company of New Mexico makes no money off of her. Like Bunting, a growing number of people are installing solar power systems at their homes and businesses, though most hook into the ...

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