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District 3 Newsletter, Special Edition #16


In This Edition:

Important Contact information
Message from the Commissioner
BernCo at Work
Community Resources
Things to Do
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.



Although the District 3 Newsletter is on hiatus for the summer, I thought it important to remind everyone of the Governor’s updated public health orders due to the recent surge in COVID-19 infections. “Phase Two” of the state’s reopening will be on hold until public health conditions warrant further relaxations of restrictions and the state’s reopening criteria is met. These orders will remain in effect through July 15:

  • Face coverings are required when out in public. The exceptions for exercise and eating & drinking are still in place but when moving around in a restaurant a mask must be used. The state will aggressively enforce the mandatory face-covering requirement for all residents in public places. In accordance with state law, violators will be subject to a $100 fine. In addition, retailers will now be required to ensure that their customers are wearing face coverings in order to enter store premises;
  • Limit gatherings to 5 people or less. This includes family gatherings. During all gatherings or when out in public, practice social distancing of at least 6 feet;
  • Stay at home unless you absolutely need to go out for essential supplies. Shop alone, not with your family, and do not use shopping as a social event;
  • If you travel, upon your return to New Mexico, you must self-quarantine for 15 days. If you are visiting from out of state, you must self-quarantine for 15 days also;

Remember this is a surge in new cases, not a second wave. To be end of the first wave, the virus would have to been controlled and transmission brought down to a very low level. But according to the NM Department of Health, since mid-June there has been a spike in infections. The percentage of positive COVID-19 is increasing, indicating that the new cases are not just the result of more testing, but of an increase in spread. The largest group of new cases is in the 20-to-29-year-old age group and the second-highest group of new cases is among individuals’ ages 30-to-39.

We must be prepared for a second wave later in the year. A second wave is defined by the following: after being controlled, the virus reappears and results in a large increase in cases, hospitalizations and, tragically, deaths. The question of what the second wave might look like depends in large part on everyone’s actions. Until a vaccine or other effective treatment is developed, the tried-and-true public health measures – mask wearing, social distancing, practicing good hygiene -- are the best ways to stop the first wave and minimize a second.

Please take care, stay well, wash your hands and ALWAYS wear a facemask when out in public – Jim Collie

PS – Please thank and be kind to the employees who are reminding customers to wear facemasks upon entering a store. When at the grocery store a few days ago, I witnessed a customer loudly and abusively tell a young employee that he wouldn’t and couldn’t be made to wear a mask. The young man was very patient, polite and diplomatic in how he responded the angry customer. I was very impressed and told him he will make a fine, future diplomat for the US State Department!


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Bernalillo County Commission

At the Tuesday, June 30, the Commission passed the following:

  • Appropriated $1 million to be used by the BernCo Sheriff’s Office to purchase cameras, support services, subscriptions and other infrastructure needed for the camera systems. Under legislation passed during the Special Session, video must be archived for 120 days, and police agencies that flout the camera requirement could be sued for withholding evidence. The bill also includes sanctions for police convicted for unlawful use of force or failure to stop excessive force by colleagues – permanently revoking police certification unless the conviction is pardoned by the governor. The police accountability reforms would provide exceptions for tribal authorities. The Governor has not yet signed the Bill.

The commission also approved a resolution in support of the pending legislation.

  • Approved up to $9 million in taxable industrial revenue bonds for New Mexico Fresh Foods Albuquerque expansion. The Santa Fe based company plans to use an empty warehouse near the Balloon Fiesta Park for a high-pressure processing facility using a cold pasteurization technique to increase the shelf life of foods without using preservatives or heat. The industrial revenue bonds will be used for acquisition and installation of equipment.
  • Approved a nuisance abatement ordinance that gives the County more power to deal with problem properties. If a property is determined to be a nuisance, meaning it has excessive weeds, trash, or is overall substandard, a hearing officer will determine whether the property is a hazard. The case will then go to the commission who will approve the property for cleanup. The county will send the property owner the bill for that work.
  • Approved a new agreement with the Keefe Commissary Group for the commissary and deposit services for the Metropolitan Detention Center. Family and friends can now make deposits into inmate’s accounts by going to walk-in retailers where they already shop. They can register at www.cashpaytoday.com, get a barcode and make a cash deposit at locations including Dollar General, Family Dollar, CVS Pharmacies, and 7-Eleven stores.
    The other ways to make deposits and payments to inmate’s accounts include:
    Online deposits can be made at www.AccessCorrections.com
    Download the free Access Corrections App (download from the App Store or Google Pay)
    Phone: 866-345-1884. Live bilingual agents are available 24/7.

International District Healthy Communities Coalition

Cathy Sanchez, Urban Health Extension Coordinator, has distributed almost 1,000 face masks to non-profits in the International District. During this surge of COVID19 infections, these are the only masks in quantities that have reached some of the most vulnerable populations in the County (maybe in the entire state).

A special thank you to Cathy for being so responsive to the needs of the International District community.
Thanks also to Trey Hammond who is handing out face masks at the La Mesa Food Pantry at La Mesa Presbyterian Church in the International District.

BernCo Sheriff’s Office

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office will be holding a Seminar for Women Seeking a Career in Law Enforcement on Thursday, July 30th. The seminar will be held at the BCSO Regional Training Academy, 415 Tijeras NW, 6:00-8:00pm. All interested persons are urged to attend this informative event. Space is limited Call or text Deputy Garcia, 505-804-0000, for more information.

BernCo Office of Senior and Social Services

The BernCo Office of Senior Affairs is teaming with the startup Teeniors to help local senior citizens adapt to the digital world.
Teeniors are tech-savvy teens and young adults who help senior citizens, or any-aged person, learn technology through one-on-one, personalized coaching. Teeniors has provided one-on-one tutoring to almost 3,000 seniors in New Mexico and provided part-time jobs to over 50 teens and young adults. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Teeniors has pivoted from in-person coaching to 100% virtual coaching.
Up to 30 one-on-one coaching sessions, with a live, experienced tutor are available over phone and video calls for BernCo seniors age 55 and older. Seniors who would like to schedule a session can contact Teeniors at (505) 600-1297 or at teeniors@gmail.com . More information is available online at www.teeniors.com. Spanish speaking coaches are also available upon request.

BernCo Department of Behavioral Health

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has nationally recognized five programs in BernCo’s Department of Behavioral Health Services for innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

The programs to receive the honor are:

  • Supportive Aftercare Programs: Community Reintegration-Parks & Recreation Best in Category
  • Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program-Criminal Justice & Public Safety Category
  • Narcan/Naloxone Harm Reduction Program-Health Category
  • Needle Mapping-Information Technology Category
  • Youth Transitional Living Services-Children & Youth Category

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect he vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

BernCo Parks & Recreation

Movies in the Park series at Isleta Amphitheater is continuing through August first. Films are shown at the parking lot venue, 5601 university SE, on the first come, first served basis. Masks are required when out of cars; leashed dogs are permitted. Gate open at 7:00pm

For more information, call the Movies in the Park Hotline, 505-314-0477 or visit the website.

Community Resources:

City of Albuquerque

Did you have property damage during the recent civil disturbances? The city is providing funding to help affected businesses with repairs. For more information, contact the city’s Small Business Office, 768-3730, or by smallbusinessoffice@cabq.gov

Do you want a Little Library in your neighborhood? The city has partnered with a Wisconsin based group to encourage residents to build a “Little Free Library”. Click here for more information.

Please join the City's Parks and Recreation Department at Burton Park next Tuesday, July 14, 6 p.m. to discuss the possibility of a new dog park at that location. Burton Park is located at 901 Carlisle SE, between Carlisle and Girard SE near Kathryn. Please bring your own chair or blanket, and make sure to bring and wear your face covering to the park meeting. For questions, contact Christina Sandoval at: cmsandoval@cabq.gov.

COVID-19 Testing

Free COVID-19 testing in the International District at 1st Nations Community Health Clinic - No ID insurance or symptoms required

Call (505)366-3257 to schedule a testing time on Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays, 9 am - 11 am. For more information go to : www.FNCH.org.


Pet Adoptions

Albuquerque Animal Welfare has reopened for in-person adoptions at the Everyday Adoption Center in PetSmart, 3500 Eubank NE and the Westside Animal Shelter, 11800 Sunset Gardens SW.

To view or adopt a pet, go to either location, a code at the door will put you in line to enter. You will have no more than 45 minutes to meet a maximum of 3 pets and process the adoption paperwork.

Go to https://www.cabq.gov/pets for more information.

Virtual Vintage Albuquerque 2020

For the past 28 years Vintage Albuquerque has raised more than $3 million to enhance music and arts education programs and outreach for the children of New Mexico. This year they will host their event on line with an auction that will begin at 12:01am, Wednesday, July 15th, and end at 11:59pm, Wednesday, July 22nd.

Go to https://www.vintagealbuquerque.org for a schedule of events, auction items and to register for the auction.


The Albuquerque First Friday ARTScrawl and Meet the Artist has resumed. The next event is scheduled for Friday, August 7th. For more information go to https://artscrawlabq.org

International Folk Art Market

Every July since 2004 Santa Fe has welcomed the International Folk Art Market. More than 1,000 master folk artists from 100 countries have participated. This year the Market has gone virtual. Click here for more information.

Albuquerque Museum

For July events at the Albuquerque Museum, click here.

Farmers’ Markets

Downtown Growers Market

The Downtown Growers’ Market, Robinson Park, starts Saturday, July 11th, with normal market hours of 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. The Market will be very different this year with many new safety measures in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Robinson Park will be ‘fenced’ in with flag line and cones surrounding it. There will be one entrance and exit point on 8th Street. Only farmer and food vendors will be allowed and will be spaced out 6ft apart and set up for social distancing. The Market will operate at 50% capacity and will be regulated at our designated entrance and exit point. Masks will be required! To learn more, visit: www.downtowngrowers.org or call (505) 252-2959.

MileHi Farmers’ Market

Unfortunately, the MileHi Farmers’ Market has been canceled for this year due to COVID19 concerns and difficulties with the necessary safety measures. They hope to see everyone next year.

Railyards Market

The Rail Yards Market is continuing its next phase of reopening this Sunday, July 12 in the outdoor Market Plaza. There will be food and farm booths, online ordering for express pickup at booths, pre-arranged car hop if needed, and the online store is also open for pickup. Customers will now pickup orders in person at vendor booths 10am to 1pm, or at the RYM Info Booth. If carhop service is needed, it can be pre-arranged with staff by email after placing your order. Please remember that masks are REQUIRED at the Market and all orders must be pre-ordered or to-go only. There will be no seating or gathering, limited occupancy, and enforced social distancing. Visit http://railyardsmarket.org/market-express.php for more information on how it works.


The Importance of Being Masked

If you want to be a mask fashionista (a maskionista!), click here.

Best and worse material for a homemade face covering, click here.

To find out which face masks work best, click here.

Good Old American ingenuity extends to mask making, from NPR.

Happy 4th of July (a little late)

The Very First 4th of July, from Governing Daily.


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