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District 3 Newsletter, Edition #14


In This Edition:
Important Contact information
Message from the Commissioner
BernCo at Work
How You can Help
Community Resources
A Good Read, Look & Listen


Important Telephone Numbers to Keep Handy

COVID19 hotline

Non-health related COVID19 hotline

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



Continued from last week.

Where do we go from here, Part II?

The Digital Divide and Connectivity — it has been at least 20 years since the term “Digital Divide” was coined. In that time, the divide has only gotten wider and deeper, exacerbated by COVID19. It is time to make connectivity, like power and water, available at all homes.

We need to seek increased federal funding for improved connectivity for remote learning, expanded telehealth and the ability to work from home. No one should have to sit in parking lots for access to WiFi.

Healthcare and Unemployment -- the U.S. economy lost 20 million jobs in April 2020. Since about half of American workforce receives healthcare coverage through employers, millions of people have been left without healthcare during the worst pandemic in a century. Coronavirus has exposed deep failures in our healthcare system.

We need to have a real debate -- do we expand Medicaid, increase access to the ACA (Obamacare) marketplace or provide “Medicare for All”? Do we encourage non-traditional services -- tele-medicine, drive through medical services, treatment by non-physicians? Do we increase funding for public health programs?

The Environment – the stay at home orders may have brought some relief from environmental pollution – cleaner air, wild animals venturing into neighborhoods, clearer lakes and rivers. But, will we try to restart the economy by loosening environmental standards?

What can we do? Individual actions — driving less, using reusable grocery bags— help but are not enough. Local government need to promote recycling, encourage the use of renewable energy, close streets for other uses, and create more green spaces. Industry must be incentivized to help build a sustainable economy and cleaner environment.

Racial Inequity & Social Justice -- The murder of George Floyd and the resulting worldwide protests, have challenged us to confront racism not just in our country but in ourselves.

Yes, we need to reform police policies and practices. We also need to look at institutional racism-- red-lining in housing; wage and job promotion inequities; segregated, crumbling schools; health issues caused by lack of access to healthcare; racial profiling; the widening wealth gap. We need to solve systemic problems with systemic solutions.

Let’s get to work! We are running out of time.

To be continued!

Take care, stay well, wash your hands and wear a face mask – Jim Collie

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County Commission

Business Grant Program

The Bernalillo County Commission approved a $5 million small-business grant program funded by the county’s CARES Act Coronavirus relief money.

The program will provide grants of up to $10,000 to business and nonprofits with one to 50 employees. It is meant to cover the costs of rent, wages and vendor payments. The $5 million should help at least 500 business. Priority will be given to businesses which did not receive other federal assistance.

For more information, contact BernCo Economic Development or 505-468-7185.

Firework & Open Fire Ban

The Commission voted to ban the use of open fires, campfires, and smoking, and to restrict fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the county, outside the city limits of Albuquerque.

The open burn ban went into effect immediately and will be in effect for 180 days. The fireworks restrictions are in effect for the next 30 days.

If an individual is caught with prohibited fireworks, a citation could be issued and the individual may have to appear in court. Violators could be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to less than one year in jail. If it is determined that the use of fireworks was the cause of a fire that damaged property, the responsible individual may be held liable for those damages.

To report someone using illegal fireworks, call 505-798-7000 or to report a fire call 9-1-1.

BernCo Parks & Recreation

The county will host its popular Movies in the Park series in the parking lot of the Isleta Amphitheater, 5601 University Blvd. SE, on Saturday nights. Gates open at 7:00pm; the movie will start at dusk.

They are normally held at parks, but the drive-in event was organized due to the pandemic. The movies are free and available to the first 150 cars. There will be food trucks on site.

  1. next movie will be “A Dog’s Journey”, Saturday, June 20th; followed by “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, Saturday, June 27th.

Call, 505-314-0477, for movie updates.


Organizations that Need Your Help

Healthcare for the Homeless needs your help to respond to the public health crisis. Click here to donate.

The Bethel Community Storehouse Emergency Food Pantry needs donations of non-perishable food. To help, click here

The Desert Forge, a veteran’s reintegration and job training non-profit, needs your donations. To donate, click here

Locker #505, a clothing bank for students, needs cash and clothing donations. To donate, click here or at 6020 Constitution NE, for hours visit the website.


Community Schools to Provide Food for Families in Need this Summer

The City of Albuquerque is providing funding to keep mobile food pantries open all summer for 10 ABC community school sites within the Albuquerque Public School District. Each box of food provides approximately a week’s worth of perishable and non-perishable items for a family of four, meaning that this funding will help feed 5,640 residents.

For more information and to see the schools that will have summer mobile food pantries, click here

MileHi Farmers’ Market

The MileHi Farmers’ Market is opening at Alvarado Park on July 5th and will continue through September 27, on Sundays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Due to public health orders:

  1. The number of people will be limited to 100 at a time
  2. People must wear masks
  3. People must keep the 6 foot distances between non-family members
  4. There will be one entrance and one exit. These will be located in the SW corner of the park.
  5. There won’t be music

EBT/SNAP, double up, WIC and Senior Supplements will be welcomed again this year.

Albuquerque Museum

Learn about art and artifact from the Albuquerque Museum’s permanent collection at 3rd Thursday@abqmuseum, 5:00-8:30pm, for more information visit the museum’s Facebook page for a family friendly event. Links will also be available on the website.

National Dance Institute of New Mexico

NDI New Mexico is offering its summer program on-line. There will be three programs: “Dance Daily”, “Outside/In” and “Dancing 101”. For more information and to register, go to their website

The Santa Fe Opera

Write, Compose, Sing, Act, Dance, Design, Perform, Play...Opera Storytellers create original opera activating their voices, bodies and imaginations, expanding their individual potential through creative exploration and discovery.

Campers should be entering grades 3-8 in school year 2020-2021.

Opera Camp begins July 20tand continues through July 30, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., with breaks. This is an online, interactive camp hosted on Zoom.

Sessions are $75 per child, $60 for each additional sibling.

REGISTRATION is now open. Space is limited. For more information, please visit the UNM website.

Arrowhead Center-UMSU

WE Mean Business Conference -- Registration is now open! Join some of the most influential female entrepreneurs at Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Mean Business, a power-packed virtual conference where you'll connect with aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners, hear inspirational stories, and learn valuable tactics you can use in your own company. Women in any and every stage of entrepreneurship—from single idea to established business—are encouraged to attend.

July 17 will feature a day of speakers, panels, interactive breakout sessions, and mentor connect discussions with service providers, followed by virtual networking, access to online perks and access to our virtual market featuring women owned businesses.

?You don't want to miss out on this transformative event. Get your ticket today!



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