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In Brief

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Purchasing Div.’s $100 Fee Dropped

Gov. Susana Martinez says she wants to make New Mexico friendlier for small businesses.

During a visit to the Associated Builders and Contractors office in Albuquerque, she announced she’ll eliminate an annual $100 registration fee that companies pay to do business with the state.

Previously, the State Purchasing Division has charged that vendor registration fee for any company seeking to do business with the state.

Martinez says the fee elimination builds on other efforts to promote small businesses, including an online system for approving and revising construction plans, and the state’s move toward a Web-based procurement system.

Cruces Sees Rise In Building Permits

LAS CRUCES – Through the first half of 2012, the building permits issued by the city of Las Cruces showed a rise when compared to the first six months of last year.

According to the city’s permit reports, 1,410 total building permits were issued this year for a valuation of $85.6 million. That tops 2011’s six-month total of 1,325 permits with a valuation of $71.4 million.

Permits for commercial construction played a large role in the increase compared to last year. In fact, the permit for construction of the new Walmart store on Rinconada Boulevard alone has a value of about $11.7 million.

CNM Solar Course Thurs. Through Sat.

The CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock NE, is hosting a federally funded Advanced Solar Photovoltaic System Design and Installation course from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday focusing on sustainable practices taught by industry expert Bill Brooks.

It is free for those who work in the photovoltaic industry. For more information and to register, interested workers should call 505-224-5271 or email

Solar specialists from multiple local companies are scheduled to attend, including Affordable Solar, Positive Energy, 310 Solar, Direct Power and Water, Consolidated Solar, Energy Related Devices, QS&V Electro and Mechanical and All Star Electric.

The class is offered through the CNM Solar Center for Excellence.

nStone Corp. Buys Engineering Firm

The nStone Corp. has acquired Coupland-Moran Engineers Inc., a 45-year-old Albuquerque engineering firm.

nStone Corp. began in the commercial power industry and has capabilities involving manufacturing, national labs, education, government, health care and the retail business sector, the company said in a news release.

“The acquisition of Coupland-Moran Engineers Inc. provides the additional assets for nStone to supply even a more diverse set of capabilities for its clients,” nStone President Donald Lincoln said in a statement.

The company also said it will be hiring new engineering/designer staff over the next six to nine months.

Bernanke: Stats Hide Struggles

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says data that show the U.S. economy in recovery doesn’t fully capture the tough times felt by many.

Bernanke says that while measures of consumer spending, income and wealth point to improvement, “many individuals and households continue to struggle with difficult economic and financial conditions.”

His comments were made Monday to the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in Cambridge, Mass.
— This article appeared on page B1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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