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District 3 Newsletter, Edition #7


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

COVID-19 hotline

Non-health related COVID-19 hotline

Click here for an updated one-stop source of COVID19 information.


May is beginning with encouraging news — the curve of the corona virus infection appears to be flattening in Bernalillo County and a gradual re-opening of businesses is being discussed.

Mayor Keller has described a staggered approach to reopening. The Governor has put together a phased reopening plan and has appointed a 15 member Economy Recovery Council. County Manager Julie M. Baca will be working closely with both the Governor and Mayor to make sure that when businesses do reopen the health and safety of all BernCo residents will be the first priority. I support our County Manager Julie M. Baca in that work.

According to health experts across the county this is what we might expect when we begin to reopen:

  • Social distancing and other restrictions will still be with us for many months, perhaps to the end of the year or longer. Large gatherings and events will be restricted for the foreseeable future;
  • Testing will continue and increasing even for those showing no symptoms. Contract Tracing will be expanded. Temperatures might be taken when entering a building and frequent hand washing throughout the day will be essential;
  • Businesses will have to follow COVID Safe Practices (CSP). If there are relapses, a business that has reopened may have to temporarily close for disinfecting and further testing;
  • Your office might look different from limitations on how many people can be in an elevator at a time to closed break rooms to one way corridors;
  • Vulnerable people will be discouraged from leaving their homes except when absolutely necessary and everyone will be encouraged to wear cloth face masks.

We have many challenges ahead of us. Let’s be thoughtful, safe and careful, using science and common sense to manage the process. Your ideas and comments are always welcome.

Take care, stay well and wash your hands — Jim Collie.

PS – Don’t forget to complete the census and to apply for an Absentee Ballot. Tuesday, May 5th, is the last day to change your party affiliation.

View past newsletters here.

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

To apply for an Absentee Ballot, click here.


Public Works

Central Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (aka HAWK beacon)

A HAWK beacon (High-intensity Activated crossWalK beacon) is a traffic control device used to stop road traffic and allow pedestrians to cross safely. It is officially known as a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon.

A pedestrian hybrid beacon will be installed along Central Avenue between Texas Street and Utah Street, and about half a block east of the county’s Tiny Home Village project. The project is currently in the design phase which is expected to completed by the end of May. Construction will begin in July and will take about six weeks for completion.

Project funding is comprised of Bernalillo County District 3 bonds with the cost of the project approximately $150,000.

More information and photographs about this project click here.

Tiny Home Village Project Update

The project is under construction and on schedule for a timely completion at the end of this September.

General construction activities happening now are the piping of underground utilities, foundations being poured, and the construction of building’s stem walls. For the Village House, the main communal building, and satellite restrooms construction activities include plumbing and electric rough-ins, the foundation being poured, framing getting started, on-going interior plumbing and electric.

Discussions are beginning for the public art installation that will be part of the project site.

More information about this project at www.bernco.gov/tinyhomevillage.

Cultural Services

Miss seeing your favorite pieces of Public Art? Go to Public Art for an interactive map.

Bernco Sheriff’s Office

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office has received a federal grant to help offset the costs of its community outreach program. Uniformed Deputies have delivered boxes of food and supplies to over 620 addresses in Bernalillo County, including nursing and group homes. The grant money was made available to departments that deployed an active community assistance program.


Do you want to volunteer but am not sure how because of the Stay-at-Home orders. Click here for good advice.

Albuquerque Community Foundation

Friday, May 1, the Albuquerque Community Foundation is hosting a “Drive By” Parade in remembrance of Jennifer Riordan, 7 p.m., Tijeras & 6th Street NW, and ending in recognition of healthcare heroes and first responders, 8 p.m. For more information, email social@abqcf.org or go to https://www.albuquerquefoundation.org.

Feeding Families Fund

New Effort from United Way of Central New Mexico

The United Way of Central New Mexico launched the Feeding Families Fund, which will help seven agencies provide meals for their clients. The agencies, including All Faiths, Casa Esperanza, CLN Kids, Endorphin Power Company, Haven House, Ronald McDonald House, and St. Teresa of Calcutta Soup Kitchen, will purchase meals from local restaurants to help both struggling families and local restaurants. More than 1,300 meals will be provided each week. An initial gift of $15,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico kicked off the fund.

Click here to donate.

Don’t forget to buy local

Click here for a list of businesses still open.

Rio Bravo Brewing, 1912 Second Street NW, has updated their pick up or take out menu available daily during this quarantine.

Place your order for food between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. by phone (505-900-3909) for either pick-up or curbside delivery.

Due to the restrictions in New Mexico we cannot sell beer unless you physically walk into the tap room. However, you can order our handmade root beer or cream soda for either pick up or curbside.

If you want beer with your order we now can refill used growlers. For more information

The Rail Yards Market is back. Beginning May 3, the market will be open every Sunday for "Farm to Car." People will be able to pre-order from their favorite local food and farm vendors, which will prepare the food with the utmost care and safety. For pickup, simply drive up, show your receipt and the market's friendly staff will load your goods in your trunk. Click here for more information.

Bobbi’s Homestyle Catering is cooking dinner on Fridays and Sundays, drop off only. To place your order, call 385-0963 or go to their website. They will make individual, family or group meals. They can also package meals for several days use.

Learn How to Cook with M'Tucci's

In addition to offering takeout, M'Tucci's is helping Albuquerque residents learn how to cook at home. You can now get weekly Prep Kitchen boxes to go, where the restaurant gives you the prepped ingredients and all you have to do is throw it together for dinner. Order online now.


New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty

The NM Center on law & Poverty has launched a new COVID-19 Resources webpage with resources about how to get immediate help with food and income assistance, healthcare, and childcare, and “Know your Rights” information for parents, workers and families about housing and utilities, employment, and public education. New laws require most businesses to provide paid leave during this health emergency, and many people cannot be evicted from their homes.

These resources are being updated regularly to keep up with the rapid changes to state and federal programs, and they are being produced in multiple languages, thanks to help from our partners at the New Mexico Asian Family Center and Catholic Charities. Factsheets and videos already are or will be available in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Congolese, Swahili, Dari, and Arabic.

Families facing financial hardship should also visit New Mexico’s “I Need Assistance” website for important resources. The CDC also has information available in dozens of languages about taking health and safety precautions.

To do our part in slowing the spread of the virus, our office remains physically closed and our staff is working remotely during the stay at home order. We are checking voicemail and emails daily, and do feel free to reach out to us at (505) 255-2840 if you have any questions about your rights.

Stay up to date with accurate information by visiting nmpovertylaw.org/covid-19-resources/ and following us on social media: @nmpovertylaw.

Voices for Kids

USDA Announces Online Tool to Help Families Find Meals for Kids During COVID-19 Emergency

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently launched an online tool – the “Meals for Kids” Site Finder – to help families find meals for children while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.?This is the latest in a series of swift actions USDA has taken to keep children and individuals with low-income fed during the ongoing health crisis.

Mid-region Metropolitan Planning Organization

Are you interested in transportation in the greater Albuquerque metro area? Click here to see the updated long-range plan, Connections 2040.

NM Healthcare Workers and First Responder Support Line

The state of New Mexico has launched a support line specifically for healthcare and first responders. The line is available 24/7 and will connect a caller with a professional councilor at the New Mexico Crisis and Access line. If needed, please call 1-855-507-5509. Click here for more information.

New Mexico Education Opportunity Center

Do you know someone who needs help applying for college? EOC-TRIO can help. Please call Marcial Martinez, 1-505-277-2203 ore-mail your questions to marcialm@unm.edu


We almost missed National Poetry Month and National Haiku Poetry Day, the ancient Japanese poetry of three lines of five, seven, and five syllables each. In honor of COVID19, here is one of my favorites. Send me yours.

So what day is it?

I thought that it was Wednesday,

but then I was wrong.

For inspiration, click here.

Opera for the non-opera lovers -- 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Opera.

Will we learn from History or are we destined to repeat the past? Listen to "Radio Influenza."

Are you wondering what kind of mask to wear when you go out?

Why have the Chinese have been blamed for past epidemics?

Want to know the history of toilet paper?

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