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District 3 Newsletter, Edition #4


In This Edition:

A Message from the Commissioner
Important Updates & Contact Information
How You can Help
Community Resources
A Good Read, Listen & Look


As we finish Week 4 and prepare for at least another month of the COVID19 Safe Distance and Stay Well orders, I strongly urge everyone to prepare for the future by requesting an Absentee Ballot.

Linda Stover, Bernalillo County Clerk, has her office staffing the phones from home taking requests for absentee ballots for the Tuesday, June 7th, Primary Election. You can call 1-505-468-1291 or make the request online by going to the County Clerk's website. To vote in the primary, you need to be registered in a party holding a primary. Voters can still register in a party or change their party affiliation until Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Also, if you haven’t completed your 2020 Census survey, please do that as soon as possible. Bernalillo County and the entire state of New Mexico will need the federal funding as we go forward. Resources for many projects and community services are directly tied to the Census, so it's important for every citizen to take the survey. You can take the Census survey online.

A very special THANK YOU to Sheriff Gonzales and the Community Partnership. In the last 14 days they have delivered over 16,000 meals. If you can help, please call 1-505-331-9378 or 1-505-377-6566, to arrange for a donation drop off. For more information, click here.

Remember to take care of yourself by maintaining a safe distance from others, only going out when necessary, meeting in groups of 5 or less and washing your hands thoroughly and regularly.

Most importantly, check on our seniors and help those most vulnerable — Jim Collie

PS -- We look forward to receiving your questions, concerns and comments and will include as many as possible in future newsletters.

See past newsletters here.

See the latest edition of the BernCo at a Glance newsletter.

Important Telephone Numbers to Keep Handy

COVID19 hotline


Non-health related Department of Health hotline


***Small Business Resources***

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions is offering a one-time, $750 stimulus payment to the first 2,000 qualified self-employed New Mexicans. To be eligible, applicants must be self-employed, must not be currently collecting unemployment benefits, be able to provide proof of U.S. citizenship and New Mexico residency, and have a bank account that can accept direct deposit. Click here to learn more and apply.


On Friday March 27, the U.S. Government passed the largest rescue package in U.S. history with the $2.2 trillion, 880-page CARES Act. This Act offers direct economic aid to millions of struggling Americans and contains provisions for: unemployment, small business assistance, health and human services, relief funds to states, and more.

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020, but access to these funds is on a FIRST COME/FIRST SERVED BASIS. These funds will go quickly.

There are two loan programs for small businesses under the stimulus bill: the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, in which a small business can borrow up to $2 million with an immediate grant advance up to $10,000 distributed in three days, and the paycheck Protection Program, in which a small business can borrow up to $10 million at an interest rate of 1%

Please contact your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office to learn more about which available programs may be right for you. Here are some useful links to get started. For more detailed highlights about the CARES Act, please CLICK CARES ACT HIGHLIGHTS.

SBA Resources (English or Español)
Lender Match tool to determine what options may fit your needs
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (Up to $10 million)
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) (Apply Now) (Up to $2 million)
Emergency Economic Injury Grants (Up to $10k)
Microloan Program provides loans up to $50,000
504 Loan Program provides loans of up to $5.5 million
Small Business Debt Relief Program (SBA covers loan payments on eligible SBA loans for 6-months)

For additional info, visit the U.S. Senate's Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship to access the Small Business GUIDE to the CARES Act. For free and confidential business advice, visit SCORE to meet with a mentor online.

Local Resources

ABQ Community Foundation Emergency Action Fund (for non-profits)

Micro-Business Relief Program (ABQ) - $5k grant

CNM - Job connection services for dislocated workers

New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (NMACI)

Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce

City of Albuquerque Business & Organization Resources Guide

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce - Access #HispanoHelps Guide

New Mexico Business Owners Guide

State of New Mexico Jobs & Economy Resources

From BernCo

Bernalillo County has suspended its ban on single use plastic bags for the next 60 days. The city of Albuquerque has also lifted its plastic bag ban for 30 days. If you continue to use your multiple use bags, please wash them frequently.

Bernalillo County Treasurer, Nancy Bearce, reminds everyone that second-half property tax payments are due May 10th. You can pay via e-mail, https://www.bernco.gov/treasurer, the drop box on 8th & Marquette NW or by mail, County Treasurer, PO Box 27800, Albuquerque, NM 87125-7800, postmarked on May 10th.

From Rio Metro Transportation District

In compliance with New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's directive in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will suspended service through April 30, 2020.

Customer Service Hours Adjusted

Rio Metro's customer service hours have been adjusted through April 30, 2020:

  • Monday-Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Rio Metro Customer Service representatives are available at 866-795-RAIL (7245) and 505-245-RAIL (7245)


Tenderlove Albuquerque Community Center, a local organization that works to provide a safe, supportive environment for homeless, low-income and precariously housed individuals, needs your help with donations of cleaning supplies, paper towels, bath & kitchen towels, sheet sets now, volunteer help after the safety restrictions end, and, of course, monetary donations are always welcome. To make a donation, please call Debbie Johnson, 1-505-349-1795, to arrange for a drop off at their center, 1518 Girard NE.

Take Out & Curb Side Food Service

Many Albuquerque restaurants are offering take-out and delivery service. To see menus, hours of service, and to place an order, click on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/763119104218215/


From Albuquerque Public Schools

Beginning Monday, April 6, APS @HOME, will begin broadcasting from 8 a.m. - Noon weekdays on Channel 5.1, and posting educational programs on the APS YouTube channel.

APS @HOME will also be simulcast on the state’s other PBS stations, KENW in Portales and KRWG in Las Cruces, benefiting children statewide. APS @HOME will give kids in grades K-5 the chance to resume lessons in key topics, as determined by the school district.

The At-Home School Supply Drive can no longer accepted donated supplies. APS can accept donations through the APS Education Foundation. You can designate your donation be used for school supplies. Click here for more information or to make a donation.

Starting April 13, 2020- APS will change the Grab & Go Meals distribution schedule. The hours will be from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday-Friday. The meal service workers will provide two days of food to each student on those days. Students will have access to twelve meals a week.

MacArthur will no longer be a meal distribution site, starting April 6th. You can click on updated information on meal distribution here: APS Grab and Go Meals

516 ARTS

Emergency Relief Grants for Artists

516 Arts is giving $60,000 in emergency relief grants to local artists (sixty $1,000 grants) from our Fulcrum Fund grant program in partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It is for visual/multidisciplinary artists who have lost income as a result of cancellations due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to apply is April 15, 11:59pm.



PNM Good Neighbor Fund Bill Help

The PNM Good Neighbor Fund is now paying up to $150.00 toward PNM energy bills for low-income families through April 30 by calling (505) 967-8045. Due to recent financial impacts, business closures, reduced work hours and/or unemployment related to COVID-19, some may now find themselves eligible to receive bill help.


Andrea Bocelli, world famous tenor, will perform a live Easter Sunday Concert from the Duomo cathedral in Milan. The concert will stream live on Bocelli’s YouTube channel on Sunday, April 12th, 11:00am MDT. Click Here

Smithsonian Magazine has a great article on past pandemics and how they changed the way Americans live. Click here.

Who knew that old fashioned Vinegar was the miracle elixir? Our mothers did! Click here to see 96 things you can do with vinegar.

Virtual Tour

With time on your hands, here are a few places you can tour without leaving you house:

In New Mexico:

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture has a downloadable curriculum, online exhibits and a YouTube channel for lectures & performances click here.

Albuquerque Museum & Casa San Ysidro are closed but urge you to visit them online for a variety of activities (click on Trending).

Modern Albuquerque.com will take you on a tour of an Albuquerque that we are in danger of losing, https://www.modernabq.org.lostarchitecture

Around the World:

Van Gogh Museum

The Louvre

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