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  • Events in the Neighborhood

    PNM Community Assistance Events:
    These events are held statewide in order to make the PNM Good Neighbor Fund more accessible and convenient for our customers. At these events, applications will be taken for the Good Neighbor Fund and if persons qualify, they will be given a special Good Neighbor Fund code that they may call into PNM.  The PNM Good Neighbor Fund will be the only organization at these events.
    Please check out this flyer for event dates during 2018:  PNM On-Site Events 2018

     

    Northwest Area Command Community Policing Council meetings:

    Held the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meeting is at the Northwest Area Command Substation located at 10401 Cibola Loop, NW 87114 across from Cibola High School.

     

    Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Neighborhood watches and associations are a key element of safety for your family, home and neighborhood. But there is also a wealth of technology to aid your home safe! Have you considered using social media, surveillance tools, and the numerous online resources available to set up a safer neighborhood? Even if you’re not part of a neighborhood watch, some of these ideas and tips are worth considering:https://www.lifewire.com/how- to-start-a-high-tech- neighborhood-watch-2487721? utm_source=emailshare&utm_ medium=social&utm_campaign= shareurlbuttons

     

  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    Tips for Summer Watering

    The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) reminds everyone that despite the recent rain, we remain in extreme drought and should irrigate our yards, trees, and flowers with care.

    • Follow the “Water by the Numbers” program and water your turf and plants just three times per week in June, July and August. Trees appreciate a deep watering every two to three weeks during the summer.
    • If it rains, count that as one of your watering days and shut off automatic sprinkler systems when it rains. You can also install a Smart Irrigation Controller.
    • Do not water or use your sprinkler between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Water early in the morning or in the later evening to reduce water loss to wind and evaporation.
    • Troubleshoot your sprinkler system for leaks, broken heads and emitters, and poorly angled/aimed heads. A broken sprinkler head can waste as much as 16 gallons of water per minute – and irrigation water should never end up in the street or on others’ property.
    • Consider replacing thirsty turf with xeriscaping.  There are hundreds of regionally adapted plants, trees and shrubs that can fill your yard with color while saving you money on water.Visit http://www.abcwua.org for more information

    One ABQ Challenge Encourages Volunteering and Giving Back

    The One ABQ Challenge is a terrific city initiative that encourages and honors individuals and organizations who work to make a difference in our community through volunteering and giving back. This year, the challenge will celebrate those who connect elders in Albuquerque with our city’s youth. The Challenge will officially launch on Wednesday, August 1 with a celebration on Civic Plaza, but you can start before then by visiting:www.cabq.gov/service 

    2018 Albuquerque Goals Summit Encourages Community Input

    We invite you to participate in the One Albuquerque 2018 Goals Summit! These four community summits provide a unique opportunity for you to come together with fellow Albuquerque residents to help shape the city’s future in the areas of public safety, the environment and the economy. Sessions will take place on Saturday, July 21, Thursday, July 26, Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. To register for one or all of these summits, visit: https://nmfirst. worldsecuresystems.com/event- details/2018-albuquerque- goals-summit

     

    Public Libraries Don’t Just Offer Books for Checkout!

    Did you know that our public libraries don’t just offer books to check out? It’s true! They also offer a wide range of CDs, DVDs, e-Books, and – this is the best part! – you can also check out ukuleles and cake pans! So if you’ve been wanting to learn this musical instrument but don’t have one, or expand your baking skills and make a cake in the shape of a heart, the library is your starting point! Visit: www.abqlibrary.org for a complete catalog of free items for checking out!

     

    Library Branches Offer Storytime for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

    Many of our city libraries offer terrific resources for parents, and the Storytime events are among the favorites. The weekly Storytime dates and times vary, but you can find one each week at nearly every branch. To learn more about Storytime for your little one, visit: www.abqlibrary.org

    Local NMDOT Road Project Information Available Online for Commuter Planning

    Did you know that the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has an interactive road construction map showing all active road projects in the Albuquerque area? It makes planning your commute much easier. To access the interactive map, visit: https://nmroads.com  and zoom in on Albuquerque. The City of Albuquerque also has an interactive local road project interactive map available, at: http://www.cabq.gov/ municipaldevelopment/maps/ traffic-report

    ABQMomsBlog Offers Resources for Families and Kids

    Have you had a chance to check out the ABQMomsBlog yet? This community-oriented website features articles written by local parents, ideas for fun with the family, community involvement ideas, suggestions for kids during Spring Break, events going on throughout the city, and it’s not just for moms! If you know of a parent or family who is looking for something new to do, see, or experience, this innovative blog may be just the ticket. Take a look at:https://albuquerque. citymomsblog.com/

    Serve on a City Board and Learn About Local Government Processes!

    There are over 60 boards and panels in the City, all made of up of citizens just like you. These boards and panels provide citizen feedback and oversight for a wide variety of community-based initiatives that include: police oversight, public arts, environmental planning, senior services, impact fees, economic development, and much more. If you’re interested in expanding your civic involvement and want to serve on a board, visit:http://www.cabq.gov/clerk/boards-commissions for information on how to apply.

     

    U.S. Census Asking for Feedback

    The U.S. 2020 Census is a couple of years away, but the Census Bureau is doing preemptive research nationwide to ensure everyone is counted and the Census is fair and accurate. Some of the more challenging communities to map will be a focus of the upcoming census, and this website offers information about “Hard to Count” Communities. To learn more, visit:http://www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us/

     

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    Check out the latest issue of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department Newsletter.  Information this month includes safety tips, Sheriff’s Citizens Academy and information on current recruitment for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department

    http://www.bernalillocountysheriff.com/uploads/FileLinks/2549fe947e8d442483fa19a4021d83d7/Communicator_May2018.pdf  

    WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM
    Bernalillo County’s Water Conservation Program promotes the efficient and responsible use of the County’s water resources.

    We do this through:

    1. Water conservation education and outreach
    2. High-Efficiency Toilet Retrofit and Rain Barrel incentive programs
    3. Prohibiting water waste and requiring water conservation for new development, remodels, and additions through our Water Conservation Ordinance and supporting Water Conservation Development Standards and Guidelines
    4. Leading by example by conserving water at County facilities.

    Water Conservation Tips 

    Visit https://www.bernco.gov/water for great tips on water conservation and information on the 40-Gallon challenge!

     

     

     

  • 311 is Here for You

    Request Large Item Pickup with ABQ311

    The excellent weather is allowing Albuquerque residents to begin spring cleaning early this year. If you have large items that you want to schedule for pickup by the Solid Waste Department, let the City know by using the 311 website or mobile app at: www.cabq.gov/ABQ311. The mobile app also allows you to anonymously report graffiti, litter, and weeds

    If you are having any non-emergency issues (weeds, trash, zoning, lost animals, etc.) don’t forget you can make a report through 3-1-1 or online at: https://www.cabq.gov/311/abq311/
    You can also download their app!

  • Safety

    Hi neighbors,

    Here is a video from the Department of Homeland Security about Active Shooters.  It covers the basics and is seven minutes in length:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY-CSX4NPtg

    ART Lanes for Buses Only – Please Drive with Caution

    The Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) has started limited service on Central Avenue, and drivers are reminded that the ART bus-only lanes are for buses and emergency vehicles only, not for regular car traffic. Drivers caught in the ART bus-only lanes will be ticketed by Albuquerque Police Department. For more information on the ART bus lanes, or general information, call the ART hotline at (505) 398-4ART, or visit:www.brtabq.com

  • Check out the latest Neighborhood Newsletters

    From the City, the County and APD - just go to our "Neighborhood News" page!
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Wilderness Safety

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” May 2018 provides wilderness safety tips.

“With the warming weather many residents will began to frequent the various mountain trails within the Sandia Ranger District. It is important to note that a large amount of wildlife live within the area, including Bear and Cougar.  All wild animals can be dangerous. Always maintain a safe and respectful distance.

  • Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Keep children close to you and within your immediate sight at all times.
  • Make noise, talk, sing or clap your hands to let a bear/cougar know of your presence. Don’t rely on bells, usually they are too quiet. Shout often, especially when traveling upwind, near streams, or when you cannot see the path ahead and avoid thick brush.
  • Be alert and watch for bear/cougar sign such as tracks, droppings, diggings, rocks rolled over, scratch marks on trees and logs torn apart. Carry binoculars and scan ahead periodically.
  • Don’t hike alone or at night. Bears and cougars are most active at dawn, dusk and night, but can be encountered any time. Groups of three or more people tend to make more noise and appear more formidable. This makes groups safer than solo hikers.
  • Stay on trails for your safety and to protect the habitat.
  • Avoid carcasses and report dead animals to the nearest ranger station. It is very risky to approach a carcass; a bear/cougar may be just out of sight, guarding its food.
  • Avoid odorous items and leave foods and beverages with strong odors, scented deodorants and lotions and other odorous items at home. Bear and Cougar have an acute sense of smell that can detect odors from great distances.  Dry foods are both lighter and less smelly.
  • Stay with your gear. Don’t leave your packs, food or beverages unattended.
  • Pets may attract bears and cougars. Keep them on a short leash to avoid conflicts with wildlife.
  • View and photograph from a safe distance. If an animal approaches, back away to maintain a safe distance.
  • Use binoculars, spotting scopes or a telephoto lens when viewing and photographing an animal to avoid stressing the animal.
  • Bicyclists and Runners should carefully select the areas they are recreating in and be extra alert in cougar, bear and rattlesnake country. Speed and quietness increases risks of a sudden encounter.
  • Hike at a pace everyone can maintain and stay together. Cougars and some bears behave in a predatory manner and will seek the easiest target. Don’t hike ahead or allow someone to fall behind, especially children and pets.
  • Running may provoke a bear or cougar to chase you. You cannot outrun them. Bears can run up to 30 mph, up and downhill, while cougars are known for their powerful sprints and jumps.
  • Rattlesnakes are very seldom seen. They can sense our vibrations from our walking and look for a place to hide, which is often behind rocks, logs or in thick brush. They are usually not aggressive unless they are directly threatened, either deliberately or by accident. To prevent being bitten avoid stepping directly in front of or behind logs and rocks. Before sitting down or picking up supplies from the ground, look around the area carefully. Watch where you put your hands and feet. Most importantly, enjoy snakes at a distance without disturbing them.”

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