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District 3 Newsletter, Edition #13


In This Edition:

Important Contact information
Message from the Commissioner
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.



Where do we go from here?

Who would have believed (except for Bill Gates!) in January of 2020 that at the beginning of June millions of people would be out of work or working from home; schools would be closed; almost all public gatherings would be canceled; marches for racial equality would be ongoing around the world, and that, sadly, we would have lost hundreds of thousands of people to a virus?

Crises, whether war, civil unrest, illness or natural disaster, can shape the future. Economists, urban policy experts and others are warning that right now is a make or break moment. They remind us that real policy changes are only made during or soon after crises -- the Civil War brought an end to slavery, the Great Depression brought the Social Security Administration, World War II & 9/11 changed our global views.

But there is an economic reality. States and localities must cover the costs of responding to the pandemic, while dealing with falling tax revenues. Some states and cities have already cut spending and services, furloughed workers, cut salaries. How can government balance fiscal responsibility with the basic responsibility of protecting its citizens?

Overnight we willingly made many drastic changes to our lives – we stayed home, we wear face masks in public, we limited our social gatherings. Now we are being challenged to make even more changes that will shape our lives for years to come. How do we keep from going back to a pre-COVID-19 status quo -- the virus conquered but the underlying weaknesses still thriving? The most insightful and creative among us will recognize that the crisis not only requires tough budget decisions but also provides an opportunity to build a healthier, stronger society; a cleaner environment, and a more effective government.

Turning a crisis into an opportunity requires new ways of seeing, thinking, and responding. Let’s not waste the challenges presented to us.

To be continued!

In the meantime, take care, stay well, wash your hands and wear a face mask  – Jim Collie

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Congratulations to Adriann Barboa for her victory in the District 3 primary election!

Adriann, a lifelong resident of District 3, brings 15 plus years’ experience in the direct service and social justice sectors, working primarily on issues of gender, reproductive, anti-violence, education and youth and criminal justice in indigenous and communities of color. She is a proud mother of two loving young adults that bring her so much joy and keep her grounded. For more information on the campaign and the issues, click here.

Don’t forget to vote in the November general election.

BernCo at Work

Department of Community Services

BernCo Summer Lunch Program

Bernalillo County’s 2020 Summer Lunch Program began on Wednesday, May 27 at 22 locations across the county.

The 22 county summer lunch locations are outside Albuquerque city limits in unincorporated parts of Bernalillo County, including the South and North valleys, East Mountains, and Paradise Hills and are serving breakfast and lunch five days per week until Aug. 5. The number of locations this year has been reduced due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

No registration is required for the program and each breakfast and lunch is served on a grab-n-go basis. Parents can drive-thru at each location and every child in the car will receive a breakfast and/or lunch.

For more information and to view a new map of this year’s locations in the city and county, visit www.bernco.gov/summerlunch. Families can also call 505-314-0430 or 505-314-0425.

Bernalillo County’s Summer Lunch Program is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant administered by the state Children, Youth and Families Department. The meals are prepared at the Albuquerque Public Schools central kitchen and delivered to sites around the county.

BernCo Parks & Recreation Summer Programs

As part of the Recreating Recreation to Virtual Involvement for the Healthier and Safer Community Experience campaign, BernCo Parks & Rec will be offering Esports, karate, basketball drills, horsemanship, youth grab-n-go arts & crafts kits distributed to the first 100 at each community center on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Virtual field trips will also be part of the program.

There will also be senior grab-n-go ceramics offered at the South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During that time people can pick and drop off ceramic pieces as well as pay for the program. The cost will be $16 per month, payable by cash, check, or credit card.

Information can be found on the Bernco County Parks and Rec webpage, click here. Parks & Recreation, and Open Space will also be opening county fitness centers and the Rio Grande indoor pool for lap swim. Dates for the start of that will be announced soon.

Silver Horizons

Silver Horizon will host a free drive-thru food market throughout the month of June. Seniors 60 and older will receive free groceries and they won’t have to leave their vehicle. The organization says that COVID safe practices will be observed at the events.

Drive-thru pantry hours are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the following dates at the following community centers:

Thursday, June 18 – South Valley Multipurpose Center 2008 Larrazolo Rd SW

Wednesday, June 24 – Rio Bravo Senior Center, 3910 Isleta Blvd SW

Thursday, June 25 – Los Padillas Community Center, 2117 Los Padillas Rd SW

People are asked not arrive earlier than 9:30 a.m.

For more information, you can contact the Bernalillo County Community services office at 505-468-7000.

Medians on Alameda Boulevard to be Landscaped

The Bernalillo County’s Parks and Recreation Department will begin to landscape medians along Alameda Boulevard from Rio Grande Boulevard to North Guadalupe Trail, on Monday, June 8, 2020. The project is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday, July 3, 2020.

Lanes closest to the medians in both directions will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. avoiding the morning and afternoon rush hours.

For more information, please contact the Ed Martinez/Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation Department at 505-991-0478.

Public Works

Sunport Boulevard and Interstate-25 Interchange Improvement Project Begins

The Sunport Boulevard and Interstate-25 Interchange Improvement project has begun.. The improvements include signalization of both the northbound and southbound ramp intersections, widening of the southbound ramp, and modification to the existing Sunport Boulevard section.

Project cost is $1.6 million and construction is scheduled for completion by early November.

This project includes all of the needed improvements at the interchange to prepare for the Sunport Boulevard Extension project. Anticipated construction for the Sunport Boulevard Extension project is early 2021.

More information about this project and all BernCo construction projects at www.bernco.gov/projects.


Support our Local Black Business

ABQtodo has created a list of local black business and ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement in Albuquerque, click here for more information.

Black Life Matters

9 Ways to help Black Life Matter and Protestors, click here

Face Masks
Make a statement by wearing a locally made face covering:
Opera Southwest
Mimi Green
National Institute of Flamenco
Candace’s Craft Corner
Bandit – facebook- bandit.masks.505; Instagram-bandit.masks.505 or e-mail
Bee Safe Fashion, 100 % of the proceeds will be donated to the Road Runner Food Bank of New Mexico


APS Story Time in the Park

APS and KRQE Cares are hosting a modified Story Time in the parks. Teachers will distribute book bags on a first come, first serve basis, Monday – Thursday, June 8th – July 16th. Grab and go Lunch will be served Monday – Friday between 11:00am – 1:00pm (Check park for details).

For a list of parks, go to APS or to the KRQE website for a complete park listing and other programs sponsored by KRQE Cares, click here

NMSU/Bernalillo County Extension Service

NMSU/Bernalillo County Extension is offering six weekly ZOOM sessions on Keys to Embrace Aging on Thursdays beginning June 18. Keys to Embracing Aging is an interactive program that highlights 12 keys aimed at helping you grow old gracefully, successfully, and with increased longevity. Click here for more information or call 1-505-243-1386.

Bernalillo County Extension Service is staffed by experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to public residents, agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, gardeners, and others.

Save the Children Action Network

UNM’s athletic department is partnering with Save the Children Action Network for the “Readers Make Leaders” program. On Tuesday through June, Lobo student-athletes will take part in virtual story time events for children.

Parents can sign up via the Save the Children Action Network website: click here

Albuquerque Folk Festival

Saturday, June 13th, the Albuquerque Folk Festival will celebrate its 22nd year virtually, 11:00am-9:00pm. To attend visit the Festival’s website, https://www.abqfolkfest.org


We all need to read –

Not so Young, Gifted and Black – Simone L. Ward

What Black Booksellers and Publishers Say We Should Read

More to read --

How to start a ZOOM Book Club
Why we should all be reading Albert Camus, from Governing Daily

Congratulations to our very own Catalina Delgado Trunk

Enjoy viewing the Light Blade installation on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on display until March of 2021.

Global Connections, 2020 - The Rose Kennedy Greenway - this is the link to the work on the Greenway website. If you scroll down past the pictures, click on each of the sub categories for drop down information (i.e. Artist Statement, papel picado, etc..) explaining the work and the artist.

This link will take you to a folder of images taken both in the day and night.

KUNM Radio Theater

Join KUNM’s June Radio Theater productions:

Sunday, June 14th, 6:00pm - “Master Zacharias” by Jules Verne

Sunday, June 21st, 6:00pm - “Lips Together, Teeth Apart”, Part I, by Terrance McNally

Sunday, June 28th, “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” Part II by Terrance McNally

Go to KUNM, 89.9 FM or https://www.kunm.org

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