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01/29/2015Santa Fe Developer, Former Pueblo Governor Plead Guilty

Jan. 29--Bruce Sanchez, a former Santa Ana Pueblo governor, and Thomas Keesing, a Santa Fe-based real estate developer, pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that they embezzled nearly $3.6 million from a corporation created by the 19 New Mexico Indian pueblos to develop the former Albuquerque Indian School property. The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that Sanchez, 60, ...
01/28/2015Bridge Work On I-10 Near Las Cruces Is Completed After Nearly A Year

Jan. 28--LAS CRUCES -- Las Cruces truck driver James Trejo heaved a big sigh Tuesday, his eyes turning upward in a sign of thanksgiving. "Finally," Trejo said. The project to replace the bridge over Interstate 10 at the Mesquite exit is completed and all three lanes, both eastbound and westbound, now are open. "Man, I thought that work would never end," said Trejo, who has had to navigate ...
01/28/2015Now Officially A National Treasure, New Mexico's Palace of the Governors Seeks Funding

Jan. 28--The exterior stucco at Santa Fe's Palace of the Governors, particularly along the walls facing the courtyard, is crumbling. Metal poles are now propping up a portal on the east side of the courtyard in front of the museum shop. Heating and air conditioning systems are out of date. And there's no fire suppression system. None of that is perhaps surprising in an adobe building that ...
01/26/2015SunZia Route Approved By Feds Amid Mixed Reviews

Jan. 26--The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, which crosses portions of northern Lincoln County, received a "Record of Decision" Saturday from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for its proposed transmission project covering 515 miles between New Mexico and Arizona. The decision concludes the federal permitting effort, which officially began in May 2009, under the National Environmental ...
01/25/2015Las Cruces Groups Come Together To Renovate Historic Hotel

Jan. 25--LAS CRUCES -- After 149 years, the Amador Hotel still beckons to visitors and residents of Las Cruces. Some of the building's three-foot thick walls are crumbling, and some have been restored -- signs of continuing efforts to preserve what is arguably Las Cruces' most notable historic icon. The old building still stands, still entertains groups and still remains an important part of ...
01/24/2015Tucson Home Prices Flatten In 2014

Jan. 24--Tucson-area home prices continued to flatten in 2014, with median prices rising less than 5 percent from the prior year, according to the Tucson Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. The average sale price for listed homes in December was $205,015, up nine-tenths of a percent from November and 1.3 percent higher than in December 2013, the Realtors said. The median sale ...
01/23/2015Flagstaff Spurns Outside View On Planning And Zoning

Jan. 23--Flagstaff City Council had a hard time coming to a consensus on which person to appoint to the last seat on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission. Councilmember Karla Brewster nominated John Stigmon, the vice president of the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona for the last of two open seats on the commission Tuesday night. Council approved the re-appointment of Justin ...
01/23/2015Abandoned Fontainebleau Hotel Project Still Dark In Las Vegas

Jan. 23--When viewed from afar in the light of day, the second-tallest structure in the Las Vegas area looks like many of the other resorts on the Strip. But at night, the Fontainebleau reveals itself for what it really is: a monolithic, largely abandoned black hole on the otherwise brilliantly lit skyline. It's been a ghost of a building for years now, and no one seems to know when work will ...
01/23/2015Crumbling, Off-Strip Residential Tower In Las Vegas Scheduled for Implosion

Jan. 23--Stardust. Desert Inn. New Frontier. Dunes. All famed Las Vegas casinos, all imploded in spectacular fashion. Add a property to this list of dynamite and destruction: Gramercy. It's not a casino, and it's nowhere near the Strip, but the Gramercy's partially built, nine-story residential tower will be laced with explosives and imploded next month. The show starts -- and finishes -- at 8 ...
01/22/2015Pinal County RTA Scales Down Citizen's Oversight Committee

Jan. 22--Regional Transportation Authority officials plan to thin the roles of a citizen committee responsible for monitoring the progress of projects approved in the 2006 RTA plan. The RTA board voted to renew the memberships of four CART Committee (Citizens Accountability for Regional Transportation) members to new four years terms, but also accepted the recommendation of staffers to allow ...
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) β€” 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. β€œOne 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) β€” 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 ...

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