County Spotlight Eligible voters for the APS/CNM election may cast a ballot early at any of the 12 Early Voting Convenience Centers. These locations will be open Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Wednesday, Jan. 18 until Saturday, Feb. 4. Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins invites all to her next monthly neighborhood luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. at McKinley Community Center. Speakers are Enrico Gradi, Director of BernCo Planning & Development Services, and Brennon Williams, Associate Director of the City of Albuquerque Planning Department.The popular Los Padillas Community Center in the South Valley is now open on weekends and has extended evening hours on Tuesdays and Fridays.The Bernalillo County Clerk is conducting schools of instruction for all appointed Presiding Judges and Precinct Board Members for the upcoming February 7, 2017, APS-CNM Election.The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners approved spending $1.3 million on a plan to develop and fully fund a Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) Transition Planning and Re-entry Resource Center - using funds from the Bernalillo County behavioral health tax fund.BernCo Bernie is sponsoring a reading challenge and all elementary school-aged children, kindergarten to fifth grade, are eligible to participate. Young readers are asked to read 10 age-appropriate books between Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 and then send BernCo Bernie a reading log that lists the books read.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. The Board of Commissioners has approved two additional behavioral health initiatives that will activate essential help for the community: mobile crisis teams and a supportive housing program.Three BernCo personnel from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will deploy to Houston, Texas from Jan. 24 to Feb. 7 to support security operations at Super Bowl LI.