County Spotlight Bernalillo County’s Parks and Recreation Department welcomes the public to a community meeting Wednesday, July 27 at 6 to 8 p.m. for an update on the redesign of Paradise Hills Park and Park Lane.The Bernalillo County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in representing State House District 69, located in parts of Bernalillo, Cibola, McKinley, San Juan, Socorro and Valencia counties.Cowboys and cowgirls, it’s time to strap those boots on and get ready for the Third Annual BernCo Bernie’s Sheep Day and First Impression Youth Day Rodeo. It takes place on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Bernalillo County’s Dennison Park Rodeo Grounds in the South Valley, 7001 Coors Blvd. SW.Experienced management professional Thomas J. Ruiz is the new interim jail administrator until a permanent administrator can be hired at the Metropolitan Detention Center. Ruiz is well-known in the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County criminal justice community, having served as a past administrator of the Second Judicial District Court.Vendors- Put your applications in now for the Bosque Chile Festival! It's a celebration of food, art, and culture on the Rio Grande. Join in the celebration of the chile harvest on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center! This is a free event and festivities include entertainment, kid’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and chef demonstrations.Continued hot and dry weather has increased the potential for fires in the East Mountain areas of Bernalillo County, prompting open burning restrictions which will put Bernalillo County in line with the Sandia Ranger District who also announced fire restrictions on July 15. These restrictions will remain in effect until adequate precipitation is received, reducing the fire danger and increasing fuel moisture. The Bernalillo County Fire Department will determine when it is safe to resume open burning.Please click on the image above or go to www.bernco.gov/dogheadfire to see a compilation of information and resources for the Dog Head Fire. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.Beginning Monday July 11, the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office will accept new passport applications. The United States Department of State designated the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office as a passport acceptance facility to help meet high demand in the Albuquerque metropolitan area.Bernalillo County’s 2016 Summer Lunch Program gets under way June 1 at 51 locations throughout the county, offering free healthy meals to children and teens at churches, parks, community centers, apartment complexes and other locations. Vista Grande Community Center in the East Mountains has been added as a new location this year. Bernalillo County will provide nearly 150,000 meals this year. No registration is required for the program, which runs from June 1 to Aug. 5. The county’s Public Works Division is undertaking a construction project that will result in a four-month relocation of the county Assessor’s Office. The Assessor’s Office will open a temporary customer service center in Downtown Albuquerque at 415 Tijeras Ave. NW on Tuesday, May 3. The temporary office is directly east, across Fifth Street, from the permanent location.