County Spotlight The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners today appointed County Clerk-elect Linda Stover to fill the remainder of Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s term as Bernalillo County clerk, which ends Dec. 31. Stover was sworn in immediately following the appointment. Stover was elected to be the next Bernalillo County clerk in the Nov. 8 general election. Over 400 students got an early holiday gift on Wednesday, Dec. 7, when Bernalillo County District 2 Commissioner Art De La Cruz presented them with free books to read over the winter break. Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins would like to invite all to her next monthly neighborhood luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. at the McKinley Community Center, 3401 Monroe NE. December’s speaker will be Tim Keller, New Mexico State Auditor.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.