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New building method’s expensive

The financial and economic aspects of green building are worthy of attention, considering that construction of green, environmentally correct structures is touted as “the” modus operandi of the future. “Ninety-percent…

Energy conservation promoted through tax credits?

By Richard Calone What tax credits are available in the Internal Revenue Code to promote energy conservation by individuals or contractors? One credit that I located was the Residential Alternative…

Capstone Contractors defies slumping economy

By Carrie Cardoza A local commercial construction firm has put together five consecutive record sales years and continues to defy the slumping economy with projected sales of $10 million this…

Setting milk prices is complex and controversial

Everyone knows the route milk takes to their dinner table: dairy cow, processor, supermarket, into the consumer’s shopping cart and home to feed the family. And a glance at the…

Solar energy is hot in the Central Valley

With the costs of traditional energy skyrocketing and no end in sight, an increasing number of business owners and residents are taking advantage of the Central Valley’s most prolific and…

Central Valley title companies soldier on during real estate downturn

With new home sales down and foreclosure sales up the Real Estate industry continues to struggle and title companies are fighting their way through the downturn as well. “The title…

Peripheral canal inevitable? No, say water experts

Diverting fresh Sacramento River water from entering the Delta using a peripheral canal has emerged as the primary solution to “solving” the problems plaguing the troubled estuary. Gov. Schwarzenegger has…

State tax credits for employee wages and equipment purchases

The San Joaquin County Enterprise Zone was supposed to be a done deal, but now the  head of the State Legislative Analyst’s Office is recommending modifying or abolishing such zones…

Economy won’t keep couples from tying the knot

Despite a halfhearted economy, local businesses predict that cold feet will be the only thing preventing couples from marching down the aisle during the 2008 wedding season. “We have seen…