County Spotlight Bernalillo County invites the community to participate in a public meeting about the Blake Road and Coors Boulevard construction project on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 - 7 p.m. at the South Valley Academy, 3426 Blake Road SW.Over 400 students will get an early holiday gift on Wednesday, Dec. 7, when Bernalillo County District 2 Commissioner Art De La Cruz will present them with free books to read over the winter break. The children, from both county and city community centers in District 2, have been invited to be a part of this special event. Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins invites the community to learn more about future improvements and plans for the UNM North Golf Course Urban Open Space this Wednesday, Dec. 7.Located in over 50 locations in and around Bernalillo County, Prescription Trails are a resident’s tailored treatment for sedentary lifestyles, indoors syndrome and hefty holiday meals.Bernalillo County Assessor Tanya R. Giddings would like to remind all veterans living in the county of the veteran tax exemptions that may help reduce their property taxes. The first half of this year’s property tax bill for Bernalillo County property owners is due Thursday, Nov. 10.For the second year in a row, AFD & BCFD are partnering up on a Smoke Alarm Distribution Project. During this community risk reduction project, AFD and BCFD will distribute two free smoke alarms per household to city and county homeowners until supplies last.The Board of Commissioners has unanimously approved the minimum wage cost of living increase from $8.65 per hour, to $8.70 per hour. This annually-calculated wage increase affects employees who work within the unincorporated area of Bernalillo County, outside of the city limits.