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  • Around the Neighborhood

     

    KRQE State,county ordered closures issued because of Coronavirus – New Mexico

    https://www.krqe.com/health/coronavirus-new-mexico/canceled-events-because-of-coronavirus-new-mexico-list/

     

    KOB NEW MEXICO CLOSINGS & DELAYS

    https://www.kob.com/closings/

     

    The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail.

    https://2020census.gov/en.html

     

    Support Local Businesses During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
    Many small local restaurants and businesses have been severely and negatively impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health emergency, and residents can help by supporting them as much as possible during this time. There are many small ways we can help.

    • Buy a gift certificate to use later from a local bookstore.
    • Order takeout or delivery from a local restaurant and tip your delivery person extra well.
    • Check with local restaurants to see if they are selling food stock,and consider purchasing groceries from them.

     

    When this public health crisis is over, support local businesses as much as possible in the coming months. They will need the help.

    To see a listing of all local restaurants, including phone numbers and online menus, that are open and ready to take your to-go or delivery order, visit: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-ZOcp7eTyc9ztxJkf3IhgONb0J_ta5KtiVdZ3OGpevI/edit?fbclid=IwAR0KDDT7o6nifbzkCmOGl8AjVqsxgZTUXmTPAeODaveu3G2Num5yDOewrpU#gid=0

     

    “How Can I Help?” Ways You Can Assist During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
    The City has received numerous offers of help from residents, and is coordinating volunteer opportunities online. Many Albuquerque residents have asked how to help in addressing the concerns and needs of our community and the City has provided an online listing of these opportunities at: https://cabq.galaxydigital.com

     

    Utilize Free Online Services Through the Public Library!
    With the majority of residents social distancing, self-quarantining, working from home or staying home with kids due to the coronavirus outbreak, having access to online services and projects is essential now. Did you know that you can check out online books, listen to free music, and access a huge variety of virtual services, classes and projects, all by visiting www.abqlibrary.org and using your library card! Don’t have a library card? You can apply for a temporary card by by contacting the Library’s Customer Service number at (505) 768-5170.

     

    From APD Northwest Area Commander Cecily Barker

    As our community is practicing social distancing, I wanted to reach out and provide some information:

    • The department is practicing social distancing and has several measures and contingency plans in place in response to the COVID19 virus.
    • While some non-essential employees are working from home, the Northwest Substation remains open.
    • The Northwest Substation is serving as one of the locations accepting donations for seniors.
    • When practical, officers are taking reports over the phone.
    • When not on a call for service, officers have been directed to continually patrol the parking lots of stores within the Area Command.
    • The Northwest Area Command is working with the Parks and Recreation department to provide extra patrol and safety measures at parks through the end of June.
    • I encourage you to continue to report any suspicious activity. Call 911 for an emergency and 242-COPS for non-emergency.
    • All community events and neighborhood association meetings have been cancelled per Mayor Keller’s initiative concerning the COVID19 virus.
    • Officers are still expected to communicate with their Block Captains. Unless mitigating circumstances exist, we have recommended that the communication occur via                  telephone or email.
    • If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.

     

    Cecily Barker                      cabrker@cabq.gov

    Pete Gelabert                    pgelabert@cabq.gov

    Lt. Ana Nunez                    anunez@cabq.gov

    Lt. Michael Brodbeck         mbrodbeck@cabq.gov

    Lt. Jose Sanchez                josesanchez@cabq.gov

     

    Federal and State Tax Deadlines Postponed Until July 15

    The Federal Treasury has postponed federal tax filing – Tax Day – until Wednesday, July 15, and the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department has followed suit for state filing. This applies to personal, business, corporate, and withholding taxes. To learn more, visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed

     

    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.

     

  • Outreach and Assistance Events

    Assessor’s Office Annual Veteran Outreach

    Bernalillo County – Tanya R. Giddings and the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services (NMDVS) continue to hold monthly outreaches for New Mexico’s veterans to receive their tax-exemption certificates, which can be applied toward a qualifying veteran’s property, for tax-saving purposes.  The last outreach will be held on April 23, to ensure property owners can apply for their veteran property tax exemptions with the county Assessor’s Office, no later than 30 days after the mailing of the notice of value statements.

     

    There are two veteran property tax exemptions available. Any veteran who served a minimum of 90 consecutive active duty days (other than training), and who was honorably discharged, and is a legal resident of New Mexico, can qualify for a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of their real property for taxation purposes. This benefit is also available to unremarried surviving spouses of veterans.  There is also a 100% disabled veteran property tax exemption available to any veteran who has been determined to have a 100% total and permanent service-connected disability by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and who is a legal resident of New Mexico. This exemption grants a 100% property tax waiver on the veteran’s primary residence, and the veteran will need to present his or her award letter from the Veterans Administration to be eligible for the 100% benefit. The veteran outreach events will be held at the Assessor’s Office (501 Tijeras Ave. NW Albuquerque, NM 87102) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on March 19, April 16 and April 23, 2020.  Please visit the Assessor’s website for additional information.

    Applications are available at Bernalillo County Assessor website (https://www.bernco.gov/assessor/excemptions-applications-other.aspx) or visit the NMDVS website, (http://www.nmdvs.org/ )

    Income Tax Assistance

    Make your appointment for assistance with taxes.  Los Volcanes Senior Center, 6500 Los Volcanes NW, 836-8745.  Friday February 7 – April 10, 2020 APPOINTMENTS ONLY

     

  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    APD RESPONSE TIMES NOW 93% LONGER (As published in the February 25th edition of the Albuquerque Journal)

    An analysis shows that Albuquerque police are taking 93% longer to respond to 911 calls compared with nine years ago.  KOAT-TV reports an examination of the Albuquerque Police Department’s response times shows officers now take an average of 48 minutes to arrive to a scene.   That’s a 23-minute jump from 2011.  Albuquerque Emergency Communications Center manager Erika Wilson says police are doing the best they can with the resources available.

     

    FBI Accepting Applications for Teen Academy
    High school juniors and seniors can spend a week with the agency in Albuquerque which will feature presentations from FBI Special Agents on a variety of areas like cybersecurity,
    evidence handling, and terrorism. Students who are accepted into the program are expected to attend all of the program’s activities which run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day.
    Students will also get the opportunity to participate in the FBI Special Agent Physical Fitness Test. The academy will be held from June 8 to June 12.  The deadline to apply is April 15.
    Applications can be requested by writing to aq.outreach@fbi.gov or calling (505) 889-1330.  For more information go to:

    https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/albuquerque/news/press-releases/fbi-media-alert-albuquerque-fbi-division-accepting-applications-for-summer-teen-academy

     

    Albuquerque Oddities & Curiosities Expo

    Saturday, March 7th, 11:00am – 6:00pm

    TIME: VIP Entry: 10AM // General Admission Entry: 11AM – 6PM, LOCATION: Expo NM – Lujan Building

    ENTRY COST: VIP $20 // GA $10 // Kids 12 & Under Free

    The Oddities & Curiosities Expo showcases hand selected vendors, dealers, artists and small businesses from all over the country with all things weird. You’ll find items such as taxidermy, preserved specimens, original artwork, horror/halloween inspired pieces, antiques, handcrafted oddities, quack medical devices, clothing, jewelry, skulls/bones, funeral collectibles & much more. We truly have something weird for everyone. All items you see at our shows are legal to own and sustainably sourced.  The O&C Expo provides a safe place for anyone to come and discover new artists, meet new friends and be surrounded by an amazing community of like-minded people.

     

     

    Senior Centers Offer Many Community Resources and Classes!    

    The City has eight Senior Centers citywide, all of which offer a wide variety of fun and innovative resources, exercise classes, arts and crafts, and best of all, meals! Breakfast and lunch are provided for free to senior citizens 60 and older, with a small donation requested if possible, but no one is turned away. Classes such as pickleball, writing, retablo wood carving, computer skills, languages and so many more, are all on offer to our seniors in the community. To see a full list of

    all services offered by our senior centers, including Meal Sites, visit: www.cabq.gov/seniors/documents/dsa_activitiescat_2020_webfinal.pdf

     

    AARP Smart Driver 

    This one day, four-hour class provide techniques for coping with changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time, along with a “rules of the road” review.  No tests are involved.  $15 for AARP members $20 for non-members.  Make check payable to AARP and bring it to the class.  Los Volcanes Senor Center (6500 Los Volcanes NW).  1st Monday of each month, 9:00am-1:15pm.  Call 767-5999  to reserve you seat

     

    Plastic Bag REMINDER! 

    Single-Use Plastic Bags Will No Longer Be Offered in Stores and Businesses Starting January 1, 2020.

    Starting Wednesday, January 1, 2020, local stores and businesses will no longer carry plastic bags for shoppers. The City Council passed the Clean and Green Retail Ordinance last April, prohibiting businesses from providing single-use plastic bags to customers. To learn more about Clean and Green visit:

    http://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/clean-and-green-retail-ordinance

     

    NM Gas Company Offers Free Online Savings Tool

    Interested in learning how you might conserve natural resources within your home during winter months? The New Mexico Gas Company now has a free analysis tool available to help you. Visit: https://nmgc.energysavvy.com/residential/start/   and start saving today!

     

    Freedom to Ride Program Expands Transit Options for Military Veterans
    The New Mexico Rail Runner has expanded its Freedom to Ride Program, and now, all active duty military, veterans and anyone with a federally-issued veteran or military photo ID can ride the Rail Runner for free! To learn more, visit: www.riometro.org

     

    LearningExpress Library Offers Numerous Online Study and and Homework Resources
    LearningExpress Library is a great online resource that offers online tutoring, homework assistance in English and Spanish, test preparation, and career preparation for students of all ages!  Best of all, it’s free, all you need is a library card.
    Visit:www.learningexpresshub.com/productengine/LELIndex.html#/learningexpresslibrary/libraryhome?AuthToken=91614C7C-629D-4D6C-A8A2-8709C84561E0 to learn more!

     

    Free general admission to Albuquerque Museum 

    On the following dates :

    Enjoy a pleasant stroll in our sculpture garden with a friendly docent who will sharing stories  on the artists and their works. No reservations necessary.  General admission is free for the following times also:
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month
    5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday

  • Landscaping Tips

    Find out about the Water Authority’s Spring Watering Recommendations here

     

    The Water Authority has scoured the internet, met with local experts, and pulled together a great educational resource list for you. When you’re ready to dig into all there is to know about landscaping in New Mexico, these resources are ready for you.

    Plants:

    Native Plant Society of New Mexico

    New Mexico Rare Plants
    NM Plant Database
    Tree New Mexico
    NMSU Extension Service

    NM State Forestry Division: Urban and Community Forestry

    NM State Forestry Division: Re-Leaf Program

    NM Department of Agriculture: Pesticide Compliance Division

    Water efficiency/conservation/irrigation/:

    Office of the State Engineer
    NM Climate Center

    The Enchanted Xeriscape

    Xeriscape 101

    Lean & Green

    Irrigation Basics

    A Waterwise Guide to Trees

    A Waterwise Guide to Rainwater Harvesting

    A Waterwise Guide to Rainwater Harvesting (Spanish version)

    The Complete How To Guide to Xeriscape

    Xeriscaping: The Complete How To Guide, 2011 Regional Edition

    Rainwater Harvesting, Supply from the Sky

    Low Volume Irrigation Design and Installation Guide

    Using Gray Water in New Mexico’s Residential Landscapes

    New Mexico Gray Water Guide

    Roof-reliant Landscaping

    Irrigation Video Series from OSE

    Education/Classes/Events:

    The Master Gardener Hotline: (505) 292-7144 March-October, 9:30-2:30 Monday – Friday
    New Mexico Garden Clubs resource page
    Albuquerque Seed Library
    Desert Oasis Teaching Garden
    Bernalillo County Master Composters
    Xeriscape Council of New Mexico
    Think Trees New Mexico
    Desert Blooms Blog

    NMSU Cooperative Extension Service

    Books:

    Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants. Mary Irish, Portland Oregon: Timber Press, 2000.

    A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque. Jean-Luc Cartron, David Lightfoot, Jane Mygatt, Sandra Brantley and Timothy Lowrey, Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 2008.

    Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest. George Oxford Miller, Minneapolis, MN: Voyageur Press, 2007

    Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens. Janice Busco and Nancy R. Morin, Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.

    Natural by Design. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995.

    New Mexico Gardener’s Guide, Revised Edition. Judith Phillips, Brentwood, TN: Cool Springs Press, 2005.

    New Mexico Plants Made Easy, Jill Brown, Albuquerque, NM, 2015.

    Plants for Natural Gardens. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995.

    Penstemons. Robert Nold, Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 1999.

    Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1 and 2. Brad Lancaster, Tucson, Arizona: Rainsource Press, 2006 and 2008.

    Southwestern Landscaping with Native Plants, Revised Edition. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press (First edition 1987, 2002).

    Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest. Nan Sterman, Mary Irish, Judith Phillips, and Joe Lamp’l, Brentwood, TN: Cool Springs Press, 2010.

    Weeds of the West. Western Society of Weed Science and Cooperative Extension Service, Jackson, Wyoming: University of Wyoming, 1991.

    These resources are available at 505outside.com/resources

    Author: Jill Brown, ASLA Landscape Architect and owner of My Landscape Coach in Albuquerque, NM.

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    An Updated Message from the Bernalillo County Housing Authority

    An Updated Message from the Bernalillo County Housing Authority: The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a critical nationwide concern and the top priority of the Bernalillo County Housing Authority, to ensure that our staff, residents, program participants, landlords and partners are protected when working with us. We ask that you not visit our office or residential properties. Instead, please call us at (505) 314-0200 or fax us at (505) 462-9737. We are here to answer questions and concerns you may have. The Bernalillo County Housing office will be closed for moving from March 23 to March 30, 2020. When it re-opens, Bernalillo County Housing will not host any in-person meetings, briefings or client meetings at our office. Instead, work will be conducted via email, phone, fax and virtually. We ask that you use electronic methods instead of coming into the office. This is for everyone’s safety. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

     

    March Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Newsletter now available.  Check out the crime reduction safety tips and other great information.

     

    Seminar for Women Seeking a Career In Law Enforcement 

    Upcoming Seminar from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.  Thursday, April 30th at the BCSO Regional Training Academy, 415 Tijeras NW (4th floor).  Meet female deputies of BCSO, hear about their careers, lean about our culture as a agency & opportunities to make a difference in our community.  for a Seminar for Women seeking a career in law enforcement. Call 804-0000 today to reserve your seat, or for more information

     

    BernCo News Release: Assessor Partners with NM Dept. of Veteran Services for Veteran’s Outreach   

    Office of the Assessor for Bernalillo County Hosts Third Annual Veteran Outreach Partnership with New Mexico Department of Veteran Services.  Bernalillo County.  The veteran outreach kicks off in December, and will be on the third Thursday of every month until April 2020, with an additional date in April added, to ensure property owners applying for the veteran property tax exemptions meet the deadline, which is 30 days after the mailing of the notice of value statements.   This year, because of the continuing partnership, qualifying veterans will be able to obtain, at the veteran outreach, their tax exemption certificates on-site from the NMDVS and then be able to apply for their veteran property tax exemption with the Bernalillo County Assessor’s Office.

     

  • 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.

    Click here for website

     

    The new City website link to report abandoned vehicles.

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

     

  • Safety

    Sign Up for APD’s Security Camera Analytical Network! Does your home or business have a security camera? Register it with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Security Camera Analytical Network (SCAN) network at: www.cabq.gov/scan. Connecting your street-facing security camera to the SCAN network can help counter crime in your area and helps APD with visual surveillance and information in the event a crime was captured on camera.

     

     

  • Check out the latest Neighborhood Newsletters

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

Prescription Trail Parks Offer Free Fitness Options

With the cool Autumn the days are getting shorter and more comfortable. Exercising outside seems easier again. This is a great time to soak in some sunshine before winter. “If you want to be out in the sunshine and get in some extra steps toward your daily recommended 10,000, why not check out one of Albuquerque’s many Prescription Trail Parks?

A Prescription Trail is a walking path in a city park, of varying length and degrees of difficulty. Albuquerque has nearly 30 Prescription Trails dotted about, with each installed as a way of encouraging residents, families and even pets to increase activity level. It’s also a good way to encourage residents to utilize their city parks.

‘The great thing about a Prescription Trail is that it’s easy to use’, said Christina Sandoval, Principal Planner at the Parks and Recreation Department. ‘No matter what level of fitness you’re at, you can take a walk or roll in a wheelchair. Even taking just one walk per day can have enormous benefits on your health.’

Walking is a great form of exercise, and can also be a gateway to other types of physical activity, such as working out or using fitness machines; and many Prescription Trail parks have fitness equipment, making our city’s free fitness options much more comprehensive.

‘We’ve found with many of our residents who walk the trails regularly oftentimes have a health issue that prevents them going to the gym, or they may not have the financial resources or inclination to go to a fitness center,’ said Sandoval. ‘But a Prescription Trail can be used by anyone. It’s actually a very inclusive program!’

When using a Prescription Trail for walking or running, always wear comfortable shoes and bring water. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans say that most adults should be physically active on a moderately intensive level for 30 minutes on most days of the week.

‘We really encourage all our residents to get out there and use these great trails,’ said Sandoval. ‘It’s not only good for your physical health, it’s also a great way to be part of all the fun events happening at all neighborhood parks across the city.’

The Parks and Recreation Department maintains and oversees 286 parks citywide, which includes the Prescription Trails parks, 14 dog parks, and City swimming pools. You can also enjoy one of the City’s four golf courses, and the 29,000-acre Open Space Program.

To learn more about the City’s Prescription Trail Program, visit: http://prescriptiontrails.org” (from the Office of Neighborhood Coordination’s “Neighborhood News” magazine, May 2019.)

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Child Safety

Now that we are all getting comfortable in our Autumn routines and the days are getting shorter, we need to remind ourselves and our children of the importance of being safe when we are outside. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, monthly “Communicator” of April 2019 gives us these pointers.

“Children and Teens are some of the most vulnerable victims of crimes when traveling to and from school, activities, social functions, and friend’s homes. Here are some helpful tips for children of all ages we would like to share with you and your family.

  • Try to walk places with your friends rather than alone.
  • Stick to well-lighted, well-traveled streets.
  • Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys
  • Take the safest route to and from schools, stores, or your friends’ houses.
  • Know where to go for help if you need it.
  • Carry your backpack or purse close to your body and keep it closed.
  • Have your car or house key in your hand before you reach the door.
  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If they’re still there, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.
  • Be alert in the neighborhood. Call the police or tell an adult about anything you see that seems suspicious.”

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Annual Meeting This Tuesday – September 17th

Hi everyone,

Just a quick reminder that the annual meeting of the Ladera West Neighborhood Association will be this coming Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Ladera Golf Course Banquet Room.

Please click this link to see the flyer with full details.  See you Tuesday!  Ladera West Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting Flyer 2019

 

 

Door-to-Door Solicitation Safety Tips

The Office of Neighborhood Coordination, in the Weekly E-News, reminds us to be cautious of door to door solicitations.

“Illegal or unauthorized door-to-door solicitation presents a possible unsafe situation in the residential setting, and the Albuquerque Police Department offers suggestions below about safely handling unwanted/unauthorized solicitors:

  • If someone knocks on your door, if possible, ALWAYS check the area through a window, eye-viewer or camera system prior to opening the door, even if you are expecting a visitor. If someone unfamiliar is outside your door, you should be VERY cautious about opening the door.
  • If you have a security screen door and it is bolted and locked and you feel comfortable opening the inner door, do so but do not engage with the individual. Instead, politely ask them to leave.
  • If you do not have a security screen door, ask the visitor to leave the premises and notify them that you do not want them there through your closed and locked front door. Never allow the visitor access to your house for any reason. Once you have asked the visitor to leave your property, you should observe them leaving and be prepared to report suspicious activity to the police.
  • Don’t let a knock on the door go unanswered, whether through your security screen door, main door, or camera system, however. Criminals posing as a legitimate solicitor are looking for an empty house to eventually commit residential burglary, and if they break into an expected empty residence and find an occupant, the probability of a violent encounter is high.
  • If someone knocks on your door late at night asking for help, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. Instead, call 911 immediately.
  • If you have experienced an illegal solicitor or suspicious person knocking on doors in your neighborhood, alert your neighbors in the immediate area.
  • Remember that all legitimate businesses in the City of Albuquerque must have a permit to operate, and this includes the door-to-door solicitor per City Ordinance 13-3-1-1: “The Ordinance requires the individual to have on their person a permit that can be produced on request, which includes photo identification. Any solicitor that claims not to have one or has left it in another location should be considered illegitimate. If you desire the right of privacy, posting a No Trespassing or No Soliciting sign on your premises must be observed by the solicitor. Solicitation is permitted only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and sunset.”

Visit: www.cabq.gov/police/documents/Door-to-Door-Solicitation.pdf to learn more about door to door solicitation safety.

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Local Adventures

Free Adventure Packs

With school starting, why not take the kids on an adventure to start studying. The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department’s Open Space Visitor Center has FREE explorer packs.

“Children and children at heart can stop by the Open Space Visitor Center to check out an Open Space Explorer Pack and experience the natural wonders we have to offer. The backpacks are intended to get families outside and in to nature to learn about plants, animals, and cultural resources found within Open Space. Each backpack is filled with exciting self-guided activities.”

“The packs are available for use Tuesdays-Sundays and must be returned by 4:30pm. Call 897-8831 to reserve a backpack for a particular time and day.” The Open Space Visitor Center is at 6500 Coors Blvd NW behind that interesting art installation. The center’s website is located at https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space/open-space-visitor-center . They have a calendar of events.

Growers Markets Showcase Local Produce

But, then again, the hunt for fresh produce is also an adventure: a chance to learn about new foods and cooking methods.

“Have you been to one of Albuquerque’s many great Grower’s Markets yet? There are so many to choose from, and in every quadrant of the city! You’ll have your pick of fresh fruit and seasonal vegetables, homemade food, handcrafts, and much more! To see a map of all Albuquerque Grower Markets, visit: http://farmersmarketsnm.org/find-a-market/ .”  (from the Office of Neighborhood Coordination Weekly E-News of Monday, June 24, 2019)

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National Night Out – Friday 8/16/19

Come join Ladera West and Ladera Heights Neighborhood Associations on Friday 8/16 for a Picnic in the Park for National Night Out!!

WHERE:   Rinconada Pointe Park
(at Bob McCannon and Painted Rock)

WHEN:  6 to 8 pm

Check out the attached flyer here: National Night Out 8.16.19

Plan on stopping by to say hello and have a bite to eat!

August Newsletters and Ice Cream Social

Hi neighbors and Happy August!

Two great newsletters.  One from the Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) onc-newsletter-August 2019 that has articles on creating a family emergency plan, the ART Driver Education Program and IDO zoning updates.  Also, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) has a great article on back to school safety tips, so a timely read. BCSO Newsletter_August 2019

As a reminder, please join us for an Ice Cream Social sponsored by Ladera Heights and Ladera West Neighborhood Associations as part of the National Neighborhood Night Out events at the Ladera Golf Course this coming Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm. Yummy! Ice Cream Social 8.6.19

Hope to see you there!

City of Albuquerque Launches Driver Education Efforts in Preparation for ART Buses Traveling in the ART Lanes

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Be Aware and Be Safe!!
The “Stay in your Lane” Campaign begins in Coordination with ABQ RIDE Driver Training on July 22.

The City of Albuquerque and APD will be coordinating a months-long awareness campaign to get drivers ready for the full operation of ART.  ABQ RIDE drivers are set to begin training in the ART buses on Monday, July 22. If you drive on Central Avenue between Coors and Louisiana, you’ve likely seen drivers crossing over the ART lanes to make turns onto or off of Central Avenue.

APD will begin educating drivers who are improperly using the ART lanes with warnings, in an effort to give drivers as much lead time as possible to get used to the inclusion of buses in the ART lanes on Central Avenue.

“Today, we are beginning a coordinated public outreach campaign to educate drivers about staying out of the ART lanes. As we prepare for full operation, we want drivers to be ready for the new normal along the corridor,” stated Lawrence Rael, Albuquerque’s Chief Operating Officer. “We’re starting now to give drivers as much lead time as possible to get used to the new flow of traffic. What better way to do it than with buses actually in the ART lanes during driver training.”

According to APD, this is about driver safety education, not enforcement. “We haven’t been giving warnings or tickets so far, because ART buses haven’t been using the corridor. Now that they’ll be running the full route on a regular basis, drivers can keep themselves and bus drivers safe by learning how to drive alongside the buses,” said Traffic Commander Donovan Rivera of APD. “During training, we’ll only issue warnings to remind people of the proper use of the lanes and why it keeps them as well as ART drivers and passengers safe.”

After training ends, APD will issue tickets to drivers violating the ART lanes, with fines of $80 for failing to obey the “Bus Only” signs, or for crossing the double white line. It is possible for drivers to incur fines for both infractions at the same time.

Driver training will consist of:

  • Docking at the stations
  • Adjusting to the height of the ART platform
  • Using the doors on both sides of the bus.
  • Deploying the bridge plates for wheelchairs
  • Testing of Transit Signal Priority along the corridor
  • Testing the automatic wheelchair restraint

As a reminder, message boards will be deployed along the nine mile long ART corridor for the first few weeks of the training to remind drivers to “Stay in Your Lane.”

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Tips to Protect Against Identity Theft

Protecting Yourself from identity theft is one of those topics that require frequent review. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) gave us these tips in the Weekly E-News of Monday, January 14, 2019. I would also like to encourage you to get your credit frozen/blocked through each credit reporting agency (Equifax, Transunion, and Experion.) Learn how from the US Federal Trade Commission at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs . This is now a free service. And, no one can access your information to open new accounts without your prior authorization. Wishing you the best at safeguarding your information.

“Identity theft is a concern everyone shares. Here are a few tips from the Albuquerque Police Department on how to help protect yourself and your loved ones from this ongoing problem:

  • Never give out your Social Security number, particularly if someone calls or e-mails you and asks for it. Try not to carry your SSN card in your wallet.
  • Don’t respond to any unsolicited requests for personal information.
  • Consider getting a P.O. box at your closest post office. Thieves often break into mailboxes and steal credit cards, checks, or outgoing payments. If you can’t get a P.O. box, ensure that you check your mail every single day.
  • If you have a community mailbox in your neighborhood, check your mail every day and encourage your neighbors to do the same. If possible, ask a neighbor living close to the community mailbox to keep a regular eye on it.
  • If you are traveling for longer than a week, have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail, or have at temporary hold put on your mail at your post office.
  • When buying gas, try to go inside and have the store clerk run your credit/debit card, rather than using the outside card reader. Identity thieves are very good at installing skimmers that can read your card information and be used to create duplicate cards.
  • Check your banking accounts and credit card accounts frequently, and watch for unauthorized transactions, even small ones.
  • Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired cards, to prevent “dumpster divers” from getting your information.
  • Install firewalls and anti-virus software on your home computer and personal smart phone and tablet devices.
  • Create complex and different passwords for each of your online accounts. Change your password immediately if any of your credit card or banking companies has a data breach.

For more crime-prevention information, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/police/crime-prevention-safety .”

Finding a New BFF?

After that last series, don’t we all feel that we need a really good friend? I’ve mentioned my Best Friend Forever (BFF), Aria, before. There is no doubt of the love and support we get from our furry BFFs*. Dogs and cats are regulars in hospitals, social centers, schools, and libraries these days**. They comfort the ill, listen to children read, and help us get our exercise. Spring is a great time to get a new BFF.

Bernalillo County recently announced the opening of the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center. “This new animal care and resource center, at 3001 Second St. SW, is a little over 17,000 square feet and includes space for approximately 117 to 150 dogs and approximately 80-100 cats. Since many parts of the county are in rural areas, this new shelter will also provide more adequate housing for horses, cows, sheep and other livestock. Some of the exciting new programs and services will include many types of volunteer and recreational opportunities, educational and training classes for people and animals, camp programs, spay and neuter, microchipping and vaccination clinics, foster care, and much more.” Animal viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call (505) 314-0281 or (505) 468-PETS (468-7387) or https://www.bernco.gov/animal-care-services/animal-care-and-resource-center.aspx .

Other great options:

City of Albuquerque, Animal Welfare Department at

Eastside Shelter, 8920 Lomas Blvd NE, (505) 768-1975

Westside Shelter, 11800 Sunset Gardens Rd SW, (505) 768-1975

Lucky Paws Adoption Center, Coronado Center, 6600 Menaul Blvd NE, (505) 768-1975

PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center – 350 Eubank Blvd. NE, (505) 298-4122

or, https://www.cabq.gov/pets/adoption .

Animal Humane at

615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, (505) 255-5523 or

10141 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114, (505) 323-PETS (7387)

or https://animalhumanenm.org/ .

There are many other facilities available from a web search.

* There are many websites for researching the best fit pet for you. For dogs, you can start at the American Kennel Club’s Dog Breed Selector website at https://www.akc.org/dog-breed-selector/ . Both the personality of the person and the personality of the animal must match for BFFs.

** Before bringing your BFF to any facility, please make sure the BFF and you are trained to behave correctly for that environment. A good start is the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen class – taught by various trainers in Albuquerque. Then, check with that facility for additional training requirements. In these situations, a trained dog is a blessing; and an untrained dog could be a disaster.

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