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New Mexico Solar Industry Breaks Through Barriers in 2015

For New Mexico Solar advocates the past year has posed some challenging moments. Among them was Tesla’s choice of Nevada over the Land of Enchantment, PNM’s paltry 11% renewable energy for the upgraded San Juan power plant, and Martinez’ veto on ultimately failed legislation to block 2016 expiration of solar tax credits.

Despite these setbacks, the future for New Mexico solar has never appeared brighter. In the past four months two national solar movers and shakers: Elon Musk’s SolarCity and Vivint Solar, have moved into New Mexico, boosting an already strong foundation for the industry. Both companies design, finance, install and monitor solar systems, though Vivint’s focus is purely residential.

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El Paso’s Economic Growth Tracks Population Boom

Just three months after the legendary Bella Napoli in El Paso closed its doors, the restaurant’s owners have returned with a new eatery on the west side of town.

“We feel very good about this,” says Jose Cordova, who with his brothers Carlos Cordova and Luis Cordova opened the Sixty Three by Bella Napoli in May. “We had a loyal following from the other restaurant that followed us over here,” says Cordova of a family business that stretches back to the early 1960s.

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Dog Park Construction Proves that Every Dog Does Have His Day

A listing for the Cedars Apartments in Albuquerque advertises all the expected things: spacious kitchens, spacious living rooms, oversized closets and fireplaces.

Then comes the following: “New Dog Park in our Community! We recently added a dog park for our residents on our property!” “We started work on it about two weeks ago,” says Andrea Begay, the manager of the Cedars at 1700 Indian Plaza Drive NE, “and already we’ve heard from a lot of people who are telling us how excited they are about this.”

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New Denver Skyscraper Symbolizes Post-Recession Building Boom

The ground has been broken on a project that will see the construction of a 40-story visually stunning new skyscraper in Denver. “This is one that has been talked about for a while, so to see work actually starting on it is pretty exciting,” says Tony Markese of what is being called 1144 Fifteenth Street, a 661,000 square-foot glass and aluminum office tower that is going up in lower downtown Denver.

The developer of the new structure is the Houston-based Hines Interest Limited Partnership. Markese, a principal in the New Haven, Connecticut-based architectural firm of Pickard Chilton, which is designing the structure, says the building will have a “positive influence on the city in terms of enhancing the skyline and city scape and adding to the architectural quality of Denver.”

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Winrock Center Inspiration was also Civil Rights Path-Breaker

On the official opening of the original $10 million Winrock Shopping Center in 1961, shoppers strained to catch a glimpse of Shelley Fabares, cast member with the popular Donna Reed Show, and local TV celebrities Captain Billy Binnacle and Uncle Howdy.

Others were more interested in the man who made the 565,000 square-foot center possible: Winthrop Rockefeller, scion of the legendary Rockefeller family, and a man who, as a business and civic leader in still-racially segregated Arkansas, was emerging as an civil rights hero. “Winrock probably could not have become reality without Winthrop Rockefeller,” says Robert Turner Wood, the author of the Postwar Transformation of Albuquerque.

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Dena WurmanBreach of Contract

In March 2014, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) sued one of its most highly compensated executives for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract after he resigned and took a job at its chief competitor, Zillow....
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