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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 ...
12/17/2014Massive N.M. Wind Project Approaches Next Phase

Dec. 17--The Roosevelt County Wind Ranch project is set to move forward after county commissioners on Tuesday approved a road maintenance and transportation agreement with Roosevelt Wind Project, LLC. The agreement is the final hurdle for the county and with its approval the Industrial Revenue Bonds, totaling $430 million, can be issued and sold to Roosevelt Wind Project affiliate Roosevelt ...
12/16/2014N.M. Celebrates Opening Of $93 Million, I-25 Flyover Ramp

Dec. 16--Driving his red 1952 Chevy pickup truck, Mayor Richard Berry led the inaugural journey over the new Paseo del Norte flyover Monday night with Gov. Susana Martinez riding shotgun. "This is an amazing day for Albuquerque and New Mexico," Martinez said moments before she, Berry and others cut a red ribbon, officially opening the flyover that soars 40 feet above Interstate 25. "So let's ...
12/16/2014Federal Spending Bill Means Billions For New Mexico

Dec. 16--WASHINGTON -- A massive spending bill sent to President Barack Obama over the weekend contains billions of dollars for New Mexico. The legislation contains money for Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, an ongoing repair effort at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, military bases, technology transfer, water projects, counties with large tracts of untaxable federal lands and ...
12/16/2014Deal Reached Before Trial Over Flawed Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A last-minute settlement avoided trial Tuesday in a massive civil breach-of-contract lawsuit involving casino giant MGM Resorts International and six of seven contractors on a never-opened Las Vegas Strip tower called the Harmon. Several jurors gasped when Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez announced the parties reached an agreement that avoided a trial that ...
12/15/2014Albuquerque Native And Construction Leader Bob Stamm, 92, Dies

Dec. 15--Bob Stamm, a World War II veteran who helped to shape Bradbury Stamm Construction and much of Albuquerque's landscape through its general contractor work, died Sunday at his home. "He was a great guy," said company senior vice president Lawrence T. Peterson. "He was a great role model for us in the company." Bradbury Stamm's announcement of the 93-year-old Albuquerque native's death ...
12/14/2014Upper Rio Grande Basin Experiences Significant Groundwater Depletion Over Past Decade

Dec. 14--TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. -- The Upper Rio Grande Basin, which stretches from southern Colorado to Hudspeth County, has been gripped by drought for most of the past decade, forcing cities and farmers to pump water from the ground quickly. Because of that, the levels of groundwater, on which residents and farmers depend, have dropped in the El Paso area as much as 200 feet in the ...
12/13/2014Las Vegas Paving Gets $225 Million Contract For Boulder Bypass

The seven-member Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada elected collectively to give a $225 Million contract to Las Vegas Paving to build a 12-mile section of the Boulder City bypass, a 15-mile loop that would be a part of the planned I-11. The bypass is a important project because it would be the first portion of original roadway for I-11, a proposal to link Mexico and Canada ...
12/13/2014Experts: Time Is Ripe for Tucson Economy To Make Strong Gains

Dec. 13--After years of lagging behind the rest of the national recovery, Tucson's economy is primed to take a step forward next year. Tucson jobs and other economic indicators will grow faster next year, according to presenters at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management's annual Economic Outlook Forecast Luncheon. Roughly 540 business, government and education leaders packed the ...
12/12/2014Apartment, Office Construction Soar In Metro Phoenix

Metro Phoenix's construction sector still is bruised from the beating it took during the Great Recession. But while recovery has been slow ⿿ especially in home building, where a year-over-year decline in new home permits is expected this year ⿿ the apartment and office markets have been bright spots. The trend was noted by Elliott Pollack, economist and CEO of Scottsdale-based Elliott D. ...
12/12/2014Developers Consider A Proposed Railyard Housing Project In Santa Fe

Dec. 12--The Santa Fe Railyard Community Corp. says it is negotiating with a Dallas developer interested in building apartment housing in the district. Early plans for the development call for a combination of 40 studios and one-bedroom units. That would be a huge boon for an area where housing is in short supply and where stores and businesses are trying to cater to a more urban and ...
12/12/2014N.M. Tribe Strikes Deal To Slash More Than $80M In Debt From Construction Of Casino

Dec. 12--The Pueblo of Pojoaque has completed a massive debt restructuring that wipes away more than one-third of the $240 million originally borrowed to build the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino north of Santa Fe. "The restructuring took almost five years to negotiate and is the first agreement of its kind in the nation and Indian gaming industry," Pojoaque Pueblo Gov. George Rivera said in a ...
12/11/2014Delayed 1,700-Acre Residential Project To Get First Homes

Dec. 11--Developers of a sprawling, once-foreclosed community have lined up the first builders to put up homes there. The Olympia Companies has sold 80 acres at Skye Canyon -- a fraction of the 1,700-acre project site -- to Pulte Homes and Woodside Homes, executives said today. The sales price was not disclosed, nor did officials say how many houses Pulte and Woodside would build. But the deal ...
12/11/2014Environmentalists Try Again For Pygmy Owl Endangered Status

Dec. 11--Environmental groups have filed another federal lawsuit to try to force the government to extend protection to the pygmy owl under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife filed the action in U.S. District Court in Tucson last week. It says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of the Interior erred by removing the ...
12/10/2014Three New Solar Projects North Of Las Vegas Are Put On Fast Track

Three new utility-scale solar power arrays are a step closer to construction just north of the Las Vegas Valley under a new federal initiative aimed at fast-tracking renewable energy development on public land. On Monday, federal regulators gathered in Las Vegas to announce the release of environmental assessments for the three projects, which could receive final approval by spring 2015 and ...
12/07/2014Mishaps at Nuke Repository Lead to $54M in Penalties

Dec. 07--New Mexico officials issued fines Saturday of $54 million against two contractors for errors in handling nuclear waste that led to a shutdown earlier this year of the nation's only operating dump for nuclear weapons waste. The fines come amid a growing frustration among state environmental regulators with errors and sloppy practices by U.S. Energy Department contractors that handle ...
12/03/2014Marana OKs Sales Tax Hike For New Police Station

Dec. 03--Marana will take steps to temporarily increase its sales tax by a half-cent to raise money for a new police station. The Town Council voted 6-1 to proceed with the tax hike after a heated 90-minute discussion Tuesday. Council member Roxanne Ziegler voted no and tried to stall the tax talks. "I just don't want to have to raise taxes in the town of Marana," she said. Council member Herb ...
12/03/2014Some Recession Scars Are Healing In Las Vegas

Dec. 03--Empty office buildings. Foreclosed homes. Underwater borrowers. Pay cuts. Las Vegas was almost wiped off the map by these and other financial hurricanes during the recession. But years later, as things improve nationally and in America's gambling mecca, some problems here just won't go away. The valley has made strides, but it's bogged down by economic woes that are showing little ...
12/03/2014Navajo Nation OKs Land Purchase Deal Near Farmington

Dec. 03--FARMINGTON -- Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly on Monday approved the tribe's purchase of land near Farmington. The 67.39 acres, which is owned by Rolling Mesa LLC, is located at the junction of N.M. Highway 371 and Navajo Route 36. It is less than one mile east of the Northern Edge Navajo Casino. In January, the owner accepted and agreed to a purchase price of $980,000, plus ...
12/02/2014Buyers Spend More Than $49 Million At Las Vegas BLM Land Auction

Dec. 02--Homebuilders and other investors purchased 415 acres of land at a government auction today. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management sold the parcels, all in the southwest valley, for $49.75 million, the agency said. The auction was held at North Las Vegas City Hall. The BLM had offered 516 acres for sale, at a starting price of $63 million combined. Parcels ranged from 2.5 to 160 acres ...
12/02/2014New Mexico Agency Seeks Details on Water Pipeline Proposal

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A revamped application by a commercial venture to pipe billions of gallons of drinking water from rural western New Mexico to more populated areas of the drought-stricken state lacks key information, state officials said Tuesday. The state engineer's office has given Augustin Plains Ranch until the end of the year to provide more specifics on what type of water rights ...
12/01/2014Las Vegas City Council Delays Decision On Soccer Stadium

Dec. 01--The Las Vegas City Council voted today to extend the deadline until Dec. 17 to decide on a financing plan for a proposed downtown soccer stadium. Without the extension, the council would have had to make a decision on the $200 million stadium today. The extension was passed on a 4-3 vote, with council members Bob Beers, Stavros Anthony and Lois Tarkanian in opposition. City staff will ...
12/01/2014Tucson's Cash-Strapped Broadway Widening Project Rolls On

Dec. 01--The city continues with the design of the controversial Broadway expansion project between Euclid Avenue and Country Club Road, despite some critics saying there might not be enough money to actually expand the road. "We are going to cram this project into the $71 million budget and have a substandard project," Councilman Steve Kozachik said. "Or we are going to blow the budget, and ...
12/01/2014BLM Releases Environmental Report On Proposed SunZia Transmission Line

The federal government is one step closer to approving a proposed $2 billion electric transmission line between Arizona and New Mexico that has become a priority for the Obama administration. The Bureau of Land Management this week released its environmental assessment of a compromise reached with the U.S. Defense Department over the 515-mile-long line's location. The review found there would ...
12/01/2014Property Owner's Appeal Rejected In Albuquerque Arena Case

Dec. 01--The city of Albuquerque didn't damage a company's rights when it debated whether to build a Downtown arena on land owned by the company, according to a recent court ruling. The arena was never built. In a decision published last week, the state Court of Appeals sided with the city and affirmed a lower court's ruling. The case centered on talk at City Hall over whether to pursue ...

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