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04/24/2014Sandia Director Says Federal Gridlock Obstructs Planning, Construction

April 24--Paul Hommert, president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, told a gathering of businesspeople Wednesday that annual budget battles in Washington, D.C., have made planning at the lab difficult. Federal gridlock in recent years has meant that the lab often doesn't know what funds will be awarded even after the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, Hommert told the Economic Forum in ...
04/24/2014Tucson Electric Power's Sundt Power Plant Gets A 'Solar Boost'

April 24--Construction began this week on a pioneering hybrid solar and fossil-fuel power generation project at Tucson Electric Power Co.'s H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station. California-based Areva Solar is building the Sundt Solar Boost Project, which will use a system of focusing reflectors to concentrate sunlight on tubes to produce steam for direct use in one of Sundt's existing ...
04/24/2014Report: Hispanic Workers Face Higher On-Job Fatality Rates

April 24--On the heels of revisions to Arizona's occupational fall-protection standards, a national workplace safety report is calling for higher penalties for irresponsible employers and greater support for workers. The report, released Wednesday by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, highlights the disproportionate fatality rate for Hispanic workers, with 4.2 deaths per ...
04/24/2014Carlsbad, N.M., City Council Rejects Developer's Request To Forgo Sidewalks

April 24--CARLSBAD -- Sidewalks are important. That was the message sent by the Carlsbad City Council on Tuesday when it denied a developer's request to build a housing development south of Hidalgo Road without required sidewalks. The subdivision was scheduled to be split into 30 lots, and a representative for the developer says they are now looking for alternative uses for the 30-acre ...
04/23/2014Luxury Apartments Will Accompany Shops at Summerlin

April 23--Developers of the Shops at Summerlin have lined up some fancy digs for those who want to live steps from the massive, outdoor Las Vegas mall. Howard Hughes Corp. announced plans today for a 124-unit luxury apartment complex just east of the 1.6 million-square-foot retail and office project on Sahara Avenue at the 215 Beltway. The company is developing the apartments through a joint ...
04/23/2014Arizona Company Gets OK For Solar Project in North Carolina

April 23--An Arizona company obtained permission from Durham's Board of Adjustment on Tuesday to erect a solar-power array in the northern part of the county off Red Mill Road. Sunlight Partners' project will occupy a vacant, 50-acre parcel near Falls Lake. A company vice president, Keith Colson, said Sunlight has an agreement with Duke Energy to supply Duke the electricity it needs to meet ...
04/22/2014Brief: Las Vegas New Home Sales Down, But Prices Up

April 22--Las Vegas homebuilders sold fewer houses and cut back on construction plans last quarter, but they enjoyed a continued rise in prices. Developers in Southern Nevada sold 453 new homes last month, bringing this year's total to 1,287, down 22 percent from the same period last year, according to a new report from Las Vegas-based Home Builders Research. They also pulled 549 construction ...
04/21/2014Arizona Gov. Brewer Drops Hotel Requirement For Downtown Tucson Redevelopment

April 21--Rio Nuevo has gotten the green light from the state to start spending money on downtown redevelopment without building a hotel first. Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that lifts Rio Nuevo's hotel spending mandate. The change means the redevelopment district doesn't have to wait around for a hotel project to pop up before moving forward on other projects. As part of its punishment ...
04/23/2014Aztec City, N.M., Applies For Nearly $10 Million For Arterial Route

April 23--AZTEC -- Commissioners on Tuesday approved an application for a federal grant that would allow the city to complete its top priority project. The East Aztec Arterial Route project will redirect traffic around the city's historic downtown area to the east side of the city, starting on U.S. Highway 550 near the new Mictrotel Hotel and rejoining the highway at Navajo Dam Road. The city ...
04/22/2014Development Projects Among Highlights Of State of the Navajo Nation Address

April 22--Window Rock, Ariz. -- Rangeland improvement was among the priorities listed in Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly's State of the Nation address delivered to lawmakers at the start of the spring session on Monday. Shelly and members of his administrative staff arrived after the Navajo Nation Council started its weeklong session in the council chamber in Window Rock. Absent from the ...
04/23/2014Frank Lloyd Wright Continues To Inspire In Arizona

Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture Continues to Inspire in Arizona Shelley Schlender April 23, 2014 2:01 PM PHOENIX - Frank Lloyd Wright is known as the father of modern American architecture. Two historic properties in the state of Arizona show the grand expanse of his designs. One is Taliesin West - Wright's rustic winter home and architecture school. Half-an-hour away is a Wright-influenced ...
04/24/2014Tucson's Failure To Update Impact Fee Rules May Cost City Millions

April 24--Tucson could lose out on nearly $3 million in fees it charges new developments because it is so far behind schedule in making state-mandated changes to its impact-fee regulations. The new requirements were enacted three years ago to give cities and counties ample time to meet the August 2014 deadline for having them in place. City officials don't expect to have Tucson's plan in place ...
04/15/2014Infrastructure Crisis Building Along U.S.-Mexico Border in N.M.

April 15--Editor's note: This is the last in a four-part series on the economic explosion along New Mexico's southern border. SANTA TERESA -- The Santa Teresa industrial zone in southern New Mexico may be the victim of its own success as infrastructure there reaches a choke point. Commercial activity at the border industrial parks is booming as trade activity with Mexico's "maquila" assembly ...
04/16/2014Report: Dearth Of Large Industrial Space Hurts Las Vegas

April 16--Las Vegas was blanketed last decade with warehouses and other industrial properties, as speculators tried to cash in on the valley's building boom. Many of the properties now sit vacant and probably will for years -- but as a local booster group sees it, what Las Vegas needs now is even more industrial space. The key this time around, they say, is to build big. The Las Vegas Global ...
04/16/2014Latest Interstate Stream Commission Meeting On Gila River Stirs Less Outrage

April 16--SILVER CITY -- The second Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) meeting for 2014 on the future of the Gila River was far less contentious than the first meeting of the year in January. Monday's meeting at Cliff High School in Cliff ended early and, except for one outburst from an audience member, it ran fairly smoothly. Jeff Riley, civil engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation, seemed to ...
04/15/2014Pima County, Ariz., Unveils New Regional Communications Center

April 15--With a simple turn of a knob on their radio devices, more than 30 public-safety agencies -- including the Tucson Police and Fire departments, the Pima County Sheriff's Department and seven county hospitals -- have the ability to communicate with one another during emergencies now that the county's regional communication system and center have been completed. The Pima County Wireless ...
04/15/2014Infrastructure Crisis Building Along U.S.-Mexico Border

April 15--Editor's note: This is the last in a four-part series on the economic explosion along New Mexico's southern border. SANTA TERESA -- The Santa Teresa industrial zone in southern New Mexico may be the victim of its own success as infrastructure there reaches a choke point. Commercial activity at the border industrial parks is booming as trade activity with Mexico's "maquila" assembly ...
04/16/2014Construction Continuing On Peace Palace In Las Vegas

April 16--They're running behind schedule, but a South Korean religious group is still bringing a "Peace Palace" to America's gambling mecca. The Unification Church, known for its mass weddings, extensive business holdings and cult-like founder, plans to finish construction of its three-story, 93,000-square-foot convention and training center on Bermuda Road at Sunset Road by year's end, ...
04/15/2014Expert: Santa Fe Residential Market Remains Robust

April 15--First-quarter residential real estate sales in Santa Fe County remained strong -- ending March with 382 residential sales, an increase of 15 percent from a year earlier and the highest sales volume to start the year since 2007. Once again, most of the activity was in the under-$300,000 market, which saw 48 percent of the total sales volume, according to data compiled by Alan Ball of ...
04/15/2014N.M. Town Removes Medians Months After Construction

April 15--Last week, a team of city workers removed concrete medians on Paseo de Peralta east of the Drury Plaza Hotel -- just months after the medians had been installed on instructions from the city's traffic engineering division. Turns out the medians made traffic lanes on Paseo de Peralta too narrow to accommodate snow plows. City Public Works Director Isaac Pino said Monday it cost ...
04/13/2014Harmon Tower Drama Set To End As DIsmantling Start Nears

April 13--LAS VEGAS -- One by one, the grand old dames of the Strip outlived their charms -- the Dunes, Stardust and Aladdin -- and down they came, thanks to some well-rigged dynamite, in a booming flash of bravado and showmanship that became this city's staple -- the implosion. But not the Harmon. The troubled hotel and condominium tower once envisioned as an anchor to the gleaming CityCenter ...
04/12/2014Vail, Ariz., Seeks To Restore Historic Rail Station

April 12--A former railroad station foreman house once slated for demolition is being given new life through a partnership between the Vail Unified School District and the Vail Preservation Society. The house, built in 1915 at the site of the Marsh Station, now sits on the campus of Vail's newest school, the railroad-themed Esmond Station K-8, a nod to the town's railroad history. "When Esmond ...
04/13/2014After Losing Ground to California Tribes, Reno Casinos Regroup

April 13--RENO -- The signs of decay linger on Virginia Street, the main casino corridor in "The Biggest Little City in the World." Pawn shops and cut-rate motels line up alongside the high-end hotel towers. The strip is still pocked with shuttered casinos, victims of the recession and burgeoning competition from Northern California's Indian tribes. But signs of comeback -- slow and steady -- ...
04/12/2014Arizona Town Delays Vote On $20 Million BMX project

April 12--Concerns voiced by Gilbert residents over a proposed BMX complex at a recent open house has led the Town Council to put off making a decision on the multi-million-dollar project. Even with the delay, the organization involved in the project is willing to wait for a decision from council members. The project in question is the construction of a new home for locally-based USA BMX that ...
04/10/2014Testing Continues On Las Vegas' Slotzilla Zip-Line Attraction

April 10--Slotzilla's downtown invasion is nigh. No one is saying exactly when it will open, but project managers and engineers are this week testing 175-pound dummies on each of the four lower lines of Slotzilla, the Disney-esque zipline attraction at the Fremont Street Experience. Lonnie Reed, principal of Themed Development Management LLC, out of Simi Valley, Calif., categorized the ride's ...

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