County Spotlight Celebrate Bernalillo County’s new Arenal Open Space this Saturday with Commissioner Art De La Cruz and the community. This working farm, just across the road from Rio Grande High School, will be open for tours Saturday morning from 10-11 a.m. Enjoy fresh coffee and donuts while supplies last.The Bernalillo County Commission has approved a significant new housing development for central Albuquerque. The new Arroyo Vista apartments received commission approval Tuesday for up to $11.5 million in project revenue bonds. The bonds are privately financed. 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.The Bernalillo County Commission has approved yet another job-creating investment for Central New Mexico, this time for a commercial laundry and linen rental operation. The commission voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve $10.5 million in industrial revenue bonds for Duke City Linen, LLC. The new venture aims to be New Mexico’s biggest commercial laundry operation, serving hotels, resorts and casinos throughout the state. The 5th Annual BernCo Holiday Mercado happens this Friday, Dec. 2. The annual tradition showcases both creative county employees and local artisans who will be selling their goods at the BernCo Annex, 415 Tijeras Ave NW, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music and food trucks add to the festive holiday atmosphere.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.