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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

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Child Abuse

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” April 2018 provided tips on Recognizing Child Abuse.

“Children are the foundation of our society, our community and our future.  Children raised in loving and supportive environments are more likely to prosper academically and financially, becoming successful members of society. We need to enhance the success of our communities by promoting programs and policies that seek to support the lives of children and families. Preventing child abuse and neglect results in better childhoods, ultimately saving millions of dollars currently used to address the short and long-term effects of abuse on children, their families, and our communities… “

“Children who are abused may or may not show physical or behavioral signs of being maltreated in some instances, there may be an unusual pattern or location of physical injuries that suggests abuse. In other cases, there may be no physical indicators, but the child’s behavior has changed in a questionable and observable way. Educate yourself and others about some of the obvious and less obvious signs of possible child abuse, including…

  • Injuries such as bruises, burns, welts, or broken bones that are unexplained have implausible explanations
  • Missing hair
  • Poor hygiene…
  • Unattended medical or dental needs
  • Consistent hunger
  • Inappropriate clothing for weather conditions…
  • Declining school performance or involvement
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty making and keeping friends…
  • Withdrawn from others
  • Destruction of property
  • Hurting themselves or others…
  • Constantly seeking attention and approval
  • Reluctance to go home…
  • Begging or stealing food
  • Unusual fears”

“Reporting suspected or known child abuse is a brave act that may prevent a child from being armed or even save a child’s life. Any concerned individual who suspects or knows that a child is being threatened, abused or neglected needs to report that information to child protective services or law enforcement.

A report of alleged child maltreatment may be made by anyone.  Voluntary reports come from family, friends, neighbors and other caring community members… Reporters do not have to prove or personally witness the maltreatment…

To report suspected abuse or neglect statewide: 1-855-333-SAFE, or online at cyfd.org, or if you would like to help children in New Mexico affected by abuse and neglect visit PULLTOGETHER.ORG.”

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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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Water Conservation

Albuquerque’s Office of Neighborhood Coordination reminded us to conserve water in it’s Weekly E-News on May 7, 2018.

“Did you know that a faulty irrigation or sprinkler system can waste as much as 16 gallons of water per minute? The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) encourages residents to keep an eye on water use during this very dry spring season. The following tips can help you conserve this precious resource:

  • Check your irrigation and sprinkler systems at least once a month.
  • If you have any leaks, repair them as soon as possible.
  • Don’t waste water by letting your irrigation system leak.
  • Don’t waste water by letting your irrigation system leak onto streets, driveways, or sidewalks.
  • Remember to follow the Water by the Numbers rule when watering your yard – once a week in March and November; twice a week in April, May, September and October; and three times a week in June, July, and August.
  • Visit: http://www.abcwua.org to learn more about water conservation.”

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Annual Garage Sale

Ladera West Neighborhood Association is announcing the Annual Garage Sale!

It’s time to gather your treasures – and junk – and get ready.

This year’s annual garage sale will be Thursday, June 28th to Saturday, June 30th. So, get your garage ready for the big day.

The neighborhood association will market this event. However, you may want to provide signs to your home.

Personal Safety: Spot and Avoid Potential Trouble and Responding to a Confrontation

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” February 2018 provided general safety tips. We conclude our 3-post series with how to Spot and Avoid Potential Trouble and Responding to a Confrontation.

“SPOT AND AVOID POTENTIAL TROUBLE”

  • Be aware of your surroundings and know who is nearby.
  • Pay attention to the uncomfortable feelings that often warn us of potential danger.
  • Do not be afraid to cross the street, return to a business, or ask for help based on a “funny feeling”. You may be right!”

“RESPONDING TO A CONFRONTATION”

  • If a robber grabs your bag, resist the impulse to play tug of war. If you hang on, chances are you will be knocked down, hit or kicked and the robber will get your bag anyway.
  • Victims sometimes tell a robber they have no money. This technique may backfire. It is safer to give up a few dollars. Carry a little money in an accessible place for just this purpose. Keep it separate from other funds.
  • If someone demands your property and displays or implies in any way that they have a weapon, hand the bag or wallet to them.”

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Personal Safety: Safety on the Street

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” February 2018 provided personal safety tips. This blog, the second of our series, presents safety on the street.

“SAFETY ON THE STREET”

  • Before you leave home decide what you actually need to take with you rather than automatically taking your entire handbag or wallet out of habit.  For example, if you are going to the grocery store for a few items, you can carry cash, a single check, or credit/debit card, I.D. and keys in a pocket.
  • Wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable, low profile and appropriate for the weather.  This may not be the most fashionable choice but it is the safest.
  • Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings.  Avoid shortcuts. Walk confidently.  Scan your surroundings and make eye contact with people.
  • If you must carry valuables like important papers, jewelry, cash etc., chose to wear clothes with inside pockets or use a small bag with a long thin strap to be worn under your coat or clothes.
  • Never carry a wallet in back pocket of pants or jacket or sweater pocket. All cash should be carried in front pockets of pants.
  • Carry your keys and ID separately.  If someone gets your keys and ID, they may go to your home or business and access that location with the keys.
  • If you must make a large, cash purchase, plan ahead and take a companion along.  There really is safety in numbers.  If you do not drive or cannot get a ride use a taxi rather than a bus to minimize waiting time.
  • If you use bank machines (ATM’s) choose one located in a well-lit, busy spot like inside a grocery store.  Put your card and cash away before leaving the machine.
  • Do not display large sums of cash and do not carry any more cash than is necessary.  Use checks where possible.  Most stores accept checks, check cards and debit cards as well.
  • Never leave your purse unattended, even if it is in a shopping cart.
  • Carry your purse very close to you preferable with the strap over your shoulder and the purse to the front of your body.  Do not dangle it from your arm.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.  As much as possible, walk or travel with a friend, even during the daytime.”

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Personal Safety: General Safety

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” February 2018 provided personal safety tips.  We begin a 3-part series with general safety tips.

“GENERAL SAFETY TIPS”

  • Pay close attention to your surroundings, avoid “automatic pilot.”
  • Walk with a purpose; project an assertive, business-like image.
  • Use common sense; plan your route to avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages and alleyways.
  • Stick to well-lit areas.
  • Develop a plan before you see trouble.  Crossing a street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.
  • If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking, do not approach it. Instead, turn and quickly walk the opposite direction.
  • Consider wearing clothing and shoes that you can move freely and quickly in, especially when walking or waiting for the bus.
  • Carry minimal items; overloading yourself can make you appear vulnerable.”

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Ladera Dam Trail Improvements

 

Thank you to our friends at Ladera Heights Neighborhood Association for sharing the following news with us!

The Ladera Dam Trail is going to be improved!

The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department will remove the cracked and deteriorated asphalt and replace it with new asphalt. In addition, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority has requested that earth work be performed to lower the elevation of the dam on which the trail sits. This earth work will create a wider surface area for the new trail and improve the look and feel of the trail corridor.  Parks & Recreation appreciates your patience during the construction, which will take about one month.  The community will enjoy the new trail improvements for years to come.

Project start date: May 14, 2018.

Project end date (estimated): June 15, 2018

For questions or concerns regarding the project, please contact: Jason Coffey, 505-768-5325, jcoffey@cabq.gov; or see  http://www.cabq.gov/ parksandrecreation/news/ ladera-dam-trail-project- begins-may-14

 

 

Yard Waste

Hello Neighbors,

I recently met with James Lucero, Ladera Golf Course Supervisor.  He informed me that some residents along the golf course are dumping yard waste over the fence onto the golf course. I have been asked to remind you that this is illegal and that it will be reported to Solid Waste for the collection of penalties and cleanup fees.

There is also an illegal dumping of yard waste and large items occurring on city property on Vista Alegre between Santa Theresa and Unser Blvd.

To report litter on public streets or public property, call 311, use the ABQ311 app (allows you to submit a picture and location from your cell phone), or call (505) 768-3867.

Waste should be taken to Don Reservoir Convenience Center at 117 114th St SW (west of 98th St off Central).  This facility is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. The facility cannot accept trailers or tree limbs in excess of 8 feet.

“For $5.25 per load (including tax), you may take your excess trash, yard waste, and large items to any of the Solid Waste Management Department’s Convenience Centers. This fee applies to both residents and commercial businesses using the convenience centers. Tarp and secure your vehicle’s load to avoid a clean-up fee of $5.82 (including tax).”

Sincerely,

Karen Buccola, President

Ladera West Neighborhood Association

Needle Safety at Parks and Other Community Areas

It saddens us that Albuquerque’s Office of Neighborhood Coordination published this in its Weekly E-News – Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.  However, with the arrival of spring, we will all be enjoying our beautiful city’s parks.  The board hopes that you will never run into this situation.  But, if you do, we hope passing this information on will have you better prepared.

” Our city has many beautiful parks with amenities for families, dogs, bicyclists, walkers, and many more; but unfortunately, some of these parks also have disposed needles or syringes left on the grass or in the play areas. To safely deal with needles, here are some tips from Bernalillo County, the City Parks and Recreation Department, and APD:

  • Do not walk or run barefoot in the parks.
  • If you see needles or syringes in city parks, you can call 311 to request needle pick-up.
  • If you encounter needles and decide to dispose of them, wear latex rubber gloves or leather utility gloves before handling, to protect against blood borne pathogens, fluid contamination and chemicals.
  • When picking up needles, ensure that you use tweezers, tongs, or pliers. Never pick up needles or syringes with your hands, even if you have gloves.
  • The City requires that needles and syringes are disposed of in Sharps containers. Some, but not all, APD area commands and substations have a Sharps container that you can safely dispose of needles…

To learn more about city parks, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation

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