County Spotlight Bernalillo County voters will have the opportunity to formally establish more local control of county government this fall in the November election, when a new constitution for the county goes to the voters for approval. The Bernalillo County charter would serve as a constitution, or framework for how Bernalillo County government is organized. The number of elected officials, county boundaries and most current ordinances would stay the same.Bernalillo County has a general obligation package on the Nov. 8 ballot. Click here to read details about what projects are on the ballot. Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, III, the Partnership for Community Action, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins today announced the installation of a new prescription drug drop box in the South Valley, a tool that allows the community to safely dispose of unused and outdated medications. Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Sugar Skull Fun Run, a special event sponsored by County Commissioner Art De La Cruz. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Storehouse, New Mexico’s largest food pantry. The Dia de los Muertos-themed race will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6 and begins at 9 a.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth Street SW. The Paz Project at Bernalillo County’s Youth Services Center (YSC), a canine education, therapy and enrichment program begun in January, is promoting a positive culture in the lives of at-risk youth, educating residents at the detention facility about “The Link” between animal abuse and community violence.Bernalillo County’s Parks and Recreation Department welcomes the public to a community meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 6 – 8 p.m. for an update on the redesign of Paradise Hills Park and Park Lane Northwest.The Bernalillo County Fire Department has recently launched a Facebook page and a Twitter page, joining the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department and Bernalillo County in the social media world.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.