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District 3 Newsletter, Edition #9


In This Edition:

Important Contact information
Message from the Commissioner
From the Governor’s Office
BernCo at Work
How You can Help
Community Resources
A Good Read, Listen & Look


Important Telephone Numbers to Keep Handy

COVID19 hotline

Non-health related COVID19 hotline

For an updated one-stop source of COVID19 information, click here.



Earlier this year the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the 2020 June primary election will continue with in-person voting, but that all eligible voters will be able to receive absentee ballot applications by mail. As a result of that ruling, the Secretary of State’s office began mailing applications for absentee ballots on May 5th. New Mexico is a closed primary state so you must be registered as a Democrat, Republican or Libertarian to vote in the June Primary Election.

To vote absentee all you need to do is fill in the form you received from the SOS’s Office and return it as soon as possible. When you receive your ballot, fill it in, seal it in the included envelopes and sign. Your ballot must arrive at the County Clerk’s Office by close of business on June 2nd. You can mail your ballot; deliver it to an early voting center or the County Clerk’s Office. Also, you can deliver it to the Clerk’s Office or a voting center on Election Day. If you don’t receive an application in the mail, you can apply for an absentee ballot on line until May 28th.
REMEMBER – all New Mexicans, who are eligible to vote in the primary, can vote by mail.

You can also vote in person, either at an Early Voting Center or on Election Day. Early Voting Centers are open from May 16th through May 30th. The locations of the voting centers can be found on the County Clerk’s website. If you choose to vote in person, remember that:

  • Cloth Face Masks are strongly recommended. If you don’t have one, they will be available at the polling site.
  • You will be asked to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the building.
  • Social distancing will be in effect; you may have to wait outside until another voter finishes and leaves the voting site.


The League of Women Voters Voters’ Guide is available on line. It includes background on the candidates, issues and other voter information.

I join with Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Secretary of State, and Linda Stover, BernCo County Clerk, to urge you to vote absentee this year. It is not only the easiest way to vote but the safest for you, the community and, especially, the poll workers.

Your voice counts but you need to use it in order to be heard. Your VOTE is your VOICE!

Take care, stay well, wash your hands and WEAR a FACE MASK -- Jim Collie

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Click here for the latest edition of the BernCo at a Glance


New Mexico Reopening Preliminary Plan

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham released a preliminary plan for how New Mexico may begin to reopen the economy. The draft plan highlights the decision-making process, criteria, COVID-19 safe practices, and a draft timeline to reopen businesses in phases. View the slide deck.

State of New Mexico is Feeding Thousands of Children, Seniors, Tribal Members

State government agencies have delivered more than 5.4 million meals to children and youth, more than 293,000 meals to seniors and, separately, more than 400,000 pounds of food items to those communities most in need throughout New Mexico . The state has also increased the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollments and benefits to families and has implemented innovative, collaborative efforts to deliver meals to tribal communities across the state.

Keeping New Mexicans fed has been achieved through extensive collaboration between the Governor’s Office, the state’s Emergency Operations Center, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management along with multiple state government agencies, tribal governments, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), New Mexico farmers, food banks, meal suppliers, local governments, corporate foundations and other funders. The New Mexico National Guard has been a critical partner in making food deliveries.

Meals-2-You, a new program supported by PepsiCo’s Food for Good Foundation and Baylor University, has delivered more than 42,000 meals to children who live in tribal communities in New Mexico. Food is delivered to the tribe, nation or pueblo’s emergency management team for distribution. Waivers granted by the USDA allowed for two weeks’ worth of nutritious breakfasts and lunches to be delivered at a time.

Families in need of free breakfasts and lunches for children under the age of 18, can find the closest meal distribution location here?. Disabled adults or seniors in need of food assistance can call 800-432-2080. Tribal members should reach out to their local emergency operations center for information on food and water distribution on Tribal land.


International District Healthy Communities Coalition (IDHCC)

Cathy Sánchez, Urban Health Extension Coordinator, International District, District 3, promotes, maintains and improves community health in the International District through building relationships with community leaders, including pastors, non-profits, healthcare workers, neighborhood associations, business owners and schools.

The International District Healthy Communities Coalition (IDHCC) was formed over ten years ago. BernCo, through Commissioner Hart-Stebbins’ leadership, created the Urban Health Extension Coordinator position, which was previously held by Enrique Cardiel, the current BCCHC Executive Director.

With BernCo funding, the IDHCC is working on several projects including:

  • The Bernalillo County Urban Agriculture Project-- This is a creative way to improve the overall health of the International District (ID) by creating community gardens. The ID has many vacant lots, high crime and has been defined as a “food desert”. A broad group of community activists who support nine urban agriculture sites has been meeting monthly since 2018 to promote community gardens. Two weeks ago they met for the first time by video conference. They will continue Zoom meetings for the near future to continue the collaboration of the Urban Ag project.
  • The Peer Support Worker Project, partially funded by the county, takes place at the Compassion Service Center in Trumbull Village. Pastor Joanne Landry, a Certified Community Service Worker, organizes 700 meals a week for the unsheltered. She has recruited and trained Peer Support Workers who work with people who come to the Center. Meals and peer support has continued during the crisis, using social distancing and extra hygiene precautions. The Peer Support Workers help people find services and acquire identification, such as a driver’s license or birth certificates.
  • Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque (IRRVA) initially contracted with Bernco during January 2020 to expand its current ESL footprint for both parents and students. Currently, IRRVA is organizing to conduct classes on-line, including safety and awareness around COVID-19 and access to resources.
  • Partnership for Community Action (PCA), Abriendo Puertas builds increased and family participation in public schools with an evidence-based curriculum. This pilot was launched at Whittier Elementary School in January 2020; it was concluded in March due to COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership will be reassessed for the new school year depending on public health measures.

For more information contact Cathy Sánchez, cathysanchez@bernco.gov.

BernCo Health Council

Walk With Ease Program

Bernalillo County offers a self-directed program called Walk With Ease that encourages residents to use walking paths and even streets in your neighborhoods as a way to get exercise. Self-paced walks three times a week are part of the program, and you can take your dog along too! It is an individual program that allows participants to work on their own at their own pace to increase their physical activity. Visit: http://www.bchealthcouncil.org/Walk-with-Ease, to connect with local walking paths around Albuquerque.

Public Works Department

The New Mexico State Emergency Operations Center requested that Bernalillo County send a water truck and a driver to aid residents who live outside of Gallup. The county delivered a 5,000-gallon tanker of non-potable water to Red Rock State Park near Gallup on Tuesday, May 5. The water will to be used for livestock and washing but is not drinkable for humans.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has temporarily closed the city of Gallup, only allowing citizens to enter the city at this time. The water will be used by people who live outside the Gallup city limits and those on the Navajo Nation who usually go into the city to get water, but cannot do so at this time.

County Clerk’s Office

Clerk Linda Stover is hiring election board members for the primary election.

Election board members must be registered voters in Bernalillo County and must be able to perform the assigned duties. They cannot be a candidate or related to any candidate currently on the ballot and cannot be employed by law enforcement. All election board members must attend a training session prior to working. Compensation is $150 per day for Floor Judges and Systems Clerks.

Interested parties are encouraged to apply online. For more information, contact, the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office at 505-243-VOTE (8683) or clerk@bernco.gov.


New Mexico Food Banks

Many people in our community are going hungry and need our help. This is creating a critical strain on local food banks in their effort to continue providing food and supplies to families in Albuquerque and the entire state.

Please consider a gift of time, food or funds to the food bank serving your county.

  • Give Funds. Financial contributions go much further in moments like these. The support will help to provide funding to obtain what is needed most. To give, visit the website of food bank serving your county.
  • Give Time. As essential businesses, volunteers are critical in the ability of food banks to prep food for distribution. Please consider donating time in your community if you are healthy and well. Connect with one of the food banks below to get involved.
  • Give Food. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted at any of the food bank’s during business hours.

For more information, go to http://www.nmfoodbanks.org.

The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations

The NMCCF established the All Together NM Fund in March to help New Mexico respond to and eventually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Santa Fe Community Foundation administers the fund.

Other coalition members are the Albuquerque Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, and the Taos Community Foundation. The governor’s office is helping the foundations identify the state’s most urgent needs.

Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made by texting “together” to (505-333-4714), or by mail to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, PO Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Please note “All Together NM Fund” on the check itself.

Gifts of stock, property and electronic fund transfers may be made by calling the Santa Fe Community Foundation at 505-988-9715 ext. 7006.


Axle Contemporary Mobile Art Gallery

Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, is offering “Local Color” an adult coloring book. It features the work of 67 local artists’ illustrations for stories of 5 local writers. They will even display your creations on their webpage. Download at https://www.axleart.com ???????

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Teacher Resources
Teachers can supplement their lesson plans by inviting an educator from one of the divisions of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs into their virtual classrooms. Teachers can find an on-line request form, “Invite a DCA Educator” online at the department’s website.

Virtual Concerts
DCA is hosting a series of virtual concerts, Our Fair New Mexico, featuring local musicians, on Fridays, 7:00pm, through the end of June. For a schedule and likes to past and upcoming concerts, go to https://www.newmexicoculture.org.

Black Health of New Mexico (BHNM)
BHNM is offering sessions on meditation, mental health and living with diabetes to help ease tension and provide peace of mind and body. Everyone is welcome to participate. For information on upcoming sessions, visit https://www.blackhealthnewmexico.com.

CABQ Coronavirus Hub
The City has created the Albuquerque Coronavirus Datahub to give the public access to up-to-date maps and data related to COVID-19, displayed in a visual format. These tools make it easy to find nearby meal sites, COVID-19 testing locations, and more. The website includes the Community Impact Dashboard that offers updated local COVID-19 information, such as the number of confirmed, active and recovered cases, as well as active testing locations and general COVID-19 information. Other information includes school closings, number of meals served to seniors, and how the community is responding to the health crisis through volunteering. Visit: https://coronavirus-response-albuquerque-cabq.hub.arcgis.com/


More history -- because, according to George Santayana, “those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” --

How Washington and Jefferson Helped End Smallpox, click here

Do you keep a journal? It might become a book and you might be famous, many years from now, Life under a Pandemic, click here

From Forbes, Protesting Public Health Orders is an American Tradition, click here

A (Surprisingly) Brief History of Hand Washing, click here

Since we all should be wearing cloths masks when in public, Let’s have some fun:

From NPR, How to Make your Face Mask Do a Better Job, click here

From Vogue, Stylish Face Masks You Can Buy on Line, click here


How about one of these Lucha Libra masks or these Disney Masks

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