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    ONC Toolbox Article Offers Ideas on Building Consensus

    Finding consensus in a group is often the biggest challenge any association can experience, but the Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) can help! Check out our article on Building Consensus at:http://www.cabq.gov/office-of-neighborhood-coordination/news/building-consensus or take a look at our other toolbox resources on conflict resolution.

    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.

  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    Senior Affairs Offers Numerous Free Services for Older Residents in our Community

    Did you know that the Department of Senior Affairs offers a wide range of free services for the older residents in Albuquerque? From transportation to home services to food delivery, these services play a vital role in keeping our senior citizens healthy and connected to their community. To see a complete listing of services offered by Senior Affairs, visit: http://www.cabq.gov/seniors/senior-services

     

    Summer Reading Program Celebrates Books for Ages!

    Love to get lost in a good book by the pool? Join the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program June 1 – July 27 and earn prizes, go to concerts, and lots more! To learn more about this program and other Library events, call (505) 768-5170 or visit: www.abqlibrary.org

     

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    Tips for Summer Watering

    The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) reminds everyone about summer watering and offers tips on how to irrigate our yards, trees, and flowers:

    • Follow the “Water by the Numbers” program and water your turf and plants just three times per week in summer months. 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 to learn more about water conservation programs and how you can conserve this resource!

  • 311 is Here for You

    311 Customer Service Survey Invites Public Feedback

    Have you taken the 311 Customer Service Survey yet? This online survey offers you the chance to give feedback and share ideas for making the City’s 311 service more open, accessible and accountable to the community it serves. To take the survey, visit:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S8TKMZV

    311 Citizen Contact Center

    Information about the 311 Citizen Contact Center.

    The 311 Citizen Contact Center is a centralized call center for the City of Albuquerque. The 311 service is a single telephone number for all non-emergency City of Albuquerque inquiries and services.

    We answer questions and respond to requests for service.

    Hours

    Monday through Saturday – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Sunday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Animal welfare calls and fixed bus times)

    How Can We Help?

    There are several ways the City of Albuquerque and 311 can answer questions or requests for service.

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    The new City website link to report abandoned vehicles.

        Report Abandoned Vehicles at: https://www.cabq.gov/report-abandoned-vehicles/report-abandoned-vehicles

     

  • Safety

    Beware of Snakes During Warmer Months

    Snakebite season, which generally runs from April through October, is upon us, and the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) offers many resources for snakebite prevention and first aid. Having fielded 72 snakebite calls during 2018 and five so far in 2019, we know snakes are out there! Learn more about keeping safe during snake season at: nmpoisoncenter.unm.edu or call toll-free 1 (800) 222-1222

     

    Needle Pickup Events Invite Volunteers to Safely Learn to Dispose of Syringes

    The Bernalillo County Health Council has put together a listing of ongoing safe pickup events for needles and syringes citywide, and are looking for interested volunteers to participate in learning how to safely dispose of these items. Here are the ongoing needle pickup events across Albuquerque:

    • MATS Program, times and dates vary but usually Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Contact Joelle Jacobs at: jjacobs@bernco.gov
    • Volunteer-led program, Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Coronado Park. Contact Robert Nelson at: robertforabq@gmail.com
    • D.O.P.E. Services, times and dates vary but usually Tuesdays – Sundays between 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Contact Evan Hoessel at: dopeservicesnm@gmail.com
    • NMDOH Public Health, Mondays between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., International District. Contact Mark Clark at: mark.clark@state.nm.us
    • Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, usually Monday – Friday between 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., locations vary. Contact Kim Abrahams at: kimberlyabrams@abqhch.org

    For general information about Bernalillo County Health Council needle pickup initiatives, contact Pelatia Trujillo, Program Specialist, at (505) 246-1638 or: pelatia@bchealthcouncil.org

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Save The Date – The Great American Cleanup!!

Mark your calendars!  The Great American Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2019.  Meet us at Riconada Park at 9:00 am.  Trash bags and gloves will be provided.  Come meet your neighbors and have fun while we help clean our great neighborhood.

What is the Great American Cleanup?

The Great American Cleanup is a program of Keep America Beautiful.  It is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each Spring. The Great American Cleanup, which marks its 21st year in 2019, engages more than 3 million volunteers and participants, on average, every year to create a positive and lasting impact.

The Great American Cleanup began as a litter cleanup initiative designed to aesthetically improve our environment by creating cleaner parks, streetscapes and public spaces through litter removal and elimination. To this day, community cleanups remain at the very heart of the campaign, and the results are remarkable. In 2018 alone, nearly 60 million pounds of litter and recyclables were collected by volunteers throughout the country.

Come join us and be a part of the Ladera West Neighborhood Association effort.

See you then!

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Visitor Use Management Plan for Petroglyph National Monument

Distracted Driving

Shortly before my father passed in 2012, he told me, “These days, you need to drive like a mosquito hawk (i.e.: dragonfly). You need to look in all directions all the times.” How true. Sometimes it feels like we only arrived safely at our destination because of a miracle. The February 2019 issue of the Bernco Sheriff’s newsletter, the “Communicator” reminds us to drive safely and to have a conversation with loved ones about driving safely.

“Let us be honest. We are all guilty of this. We see it every day in the cars around us during our commutes. Changing music while driving, dealing with an unruly child in the back seat, or far more commonly, sneaking a peak at our phone to catch the latest text or email, even just talking on the phone causes serious distraction issues. Distracted driving is not becoming a problem, it IS a problem and we all contribute to it.

Distracted driving is outpacing DWI as the most dangerous violation on the road today, and if we do not do something to slow this, it will only get worse. Look at our children and how connected they are to their mobile devices.

Let me try to communicate to you just why distracted driving is so dangerous. Driving is a multitasking activity. There are many small, individual tasks that we do while we drive: steering, accelerating, braking, signaling, watching opposite direction traffic, watching cross traffic. There is a lot involved in driving. And if there is one thing that humans are not good at, it’s multitasking. We are really good at focusing on one thing, not so much with many things. And what exactly is going on while we are driving? Let’s pick a common speed limit here in town, say, 35 miles per hour and look at some numbers.

For each mile per hour you go, you are traveling about a foot and a half in distance. That doesn’t sound too bad, but let’s look at a vehicle going down 4th Street at 35 miles per hour. That is about 50 feet per SECOND. A quick two second glance at the phone has you traveling 100 feet, about 7 car lengths. Face it, that is a pretty short time period, and most looks at our phones are longer than that. A lot can happen in 100 feet. Cars pulling out in front of us. Cars stopping in front of us. Pedestrians crossing streets. Kids riding bikes. And this distance does not account for you seeing and reacting to the changing circumstances in front of you. Add in another second or two for that, and we are now talking about a 200-foot lane of potential disaster in front of us, all because we thought that whatever message coming through our phone was important enough for us to endanger not only ourselves, but EVERYONE else on the road. IT IS NOT WORTH IT.

We have to learn not to use our mobile devices while driving. We have to teach our children not to use their phones while driving. The cost in damage and more importantly, injury and death is becoming greater with each passing year. It is not worth it.

We here at BCSO are committed to combatting distracted driving in Bemalillo County. We are participants of the Department of Transportation’s DNTXT Campaign, and we actively look for drivers using their phones while driving. Using a phone without a hands-free device is illegal, and offenders will be cited. Many drivers who are stopped for using their phones while driving often think that we should be out stopping “real crime”. Our reply to that is Public Safety is our business, and helping to maintain safety on our streets and highways is a large part of this. Distracted driving causes more damage and injury than you can possibly imagine.

BCSO has a dedicated traffic enforcement unit. BCSO Motors/Traffic Investigations is committed to the enforcement of all traffic laws throughout the County of Bemalillo. If you see any traffic violation related issues, please feel free to contact Captain Joshua Kingsbury at 505-314-0044, and we can work together to put a plan in place to deal with it. As always, stay safe.”

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