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  • Events in the Neighborhood

    Holiday Trash Pickup:

    Hi neighbors!  Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the regular Friday trash pick up will take place on Saturday November 24th.  Check out the link below for other information on what’s open and what’s closed this Thanksgiving:

    https://www.cabq.gov/holiday/news/thanksgiving-holiday-information

     

    Visitor Use Management Plan/Environmental Assessment

    The National Park Service, in coordination with the City of Albuquerque, is evaluating a range of options to formalize a trail system and manage public access within Petroglyph National Monument. This environmental assessment evaluates a no action alternative and two action alternatives that address the goals and objectives of this plan. The National Park Service invites the public to review and comment on the document during the 30-day public review and comment period from November 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018. The public is invited to attend a meeting and to review and comment on Petroglyph National Monument’s Visitor Use Management Plan/Environmental Assessment on the National Park Service’s planning website.

     

    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.

     

    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
  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    Food Pantry Program Accepting Donations of Non-Perishable Food

    The Alamosa, East Central, John Marshall, and Los Griegos Health and Social Service Centers all offer a Food Pantry 5 days a week, for those in our community in need of food. No one is turned away. The Food Pantry program is always looking for donations of non-perishable food items, so if you would like to give, contact: Mayan Armijo at: marmijo@cabq.gov for more information.

     

    Pulitzer-Prize Winning Photographer Showcases 30 Years of Work

    Don Bartletti, a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, will showcase his 30 years of work across the globe at a photo exhibition lasting October 5 – December 28 through the New Mexico Humanities Council.  To learn more about Don Bartletti and the Humanities Council, visit: www.nmhum.org

     

    Consumer Reports Provides Free Online Resources for Buying, Shopping, and Saving Money

    Have you checked out Consumer Reports on the City’s Library website yet? This free online resource allows you to make better decisions about buying things like cars, TVs, appliances, electronics, and much more. Money-saving tips, product reviews and recommendations, and buying suggestions are just part of what you can access with Consumer Reports. And all you need is your library card! You can find this great online resource on the Library’s eResources and Databases page at: https://abqlibrary.org/az.php

     

    Wood Burning Restrictions In Effect October Through February

    The Environmental Health Department reminds residents that wood burning restrictions go into effect October 1 through February 28. The Department will issue burn restrictions as needed each day based on daily pollution levels, weather patterns, air movement, and temperatures. Before you burn, make sure there are no restrictions by calling 768-BURN (2876) or by signing up for alerts at: www.cabq.gov/airquality/todays-status

     

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    SHERIFF’S CITIZEN ACADEMY

    Partner with the BCSO Deputies and make a difference by taking an active role in being the caretakers of your community and your fellow citizens. Join our effort!

     

    Our next class is scheduled for February 2019! Sign up soon! Classes fill up fast.

     

    Citizen’s Academy

    Address
    415 Tijeras NW, 4th Floor
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

    Hours: 8:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M Monday-Friday

    Qualifications

    • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age
    • Applicant cannot have any felony convictions
    • Applicant cannot have any misdemeanor or D.W.I arrests within the past 3 years
    • Applicant must pass a background check
    • Applicant must complete a Citizen Police Academy applicant and signed waiver of liability form
    • Applicant needs to be available to attend the one night a week, 3 hour block of training for the 16 week program

    Learn About

    • Officer Selection and Training
    • Laws of Arrest / Search & Seizure
    • The purpose of having Specialty Units (i.e. S.W.A.T., K-9, Narcotics, CSI and more)
    • Use of Force and Hands on Scenario Based Training

    Contact Us Today!

    Phone: 505) 804-0004

    http://www.bernalillocountysheriff.com/bernalillo-county-sheriff/citizens-police-academy.aspx

     

    Water Utility Authority Reminds You to Cut Back on Landscape Watering In Autumn

    With cooler temperatures upon us, it’s time to cut back on your landscape watering and irrigation. Follow the Water by the Numbers program, and cut back your watering to 2 days per week. Cooler nights mean less evaporation and less watering is needed! If it rains, you can skip one of your watering days, too! To learn more about the Water by the Numbers program, visit:www.abcwua.org/Water_by_the_Numbers.aspx

  • 311 is Here for You

    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

  • Safety

    News from the BCSO Newsletter:

    The changing of the seasons is upon us and temperatures
    in the east mountain area are beginning to fall. We
    would like to remind you of the fact that temperatures and
    weather can change within minutes and citizens and residents
    enjoying the numerous trails and outdoor recreation
    areas should be prepared for inclement weather. As such,
    please remember the following:
    1. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain,
    conditions, local weather and your equipment before
    you start.
    2. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are
    hiking, when you will return and your emergency
    plans.
    3. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a
    group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
    4. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue
    and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The
    mountains will be there another day.
    5. Even if you are headed out for just an hour; an injury, severe
    weather, or a wrong turn could become life threatening.
    Make plans for survival.
    The Sandia Ranger District, Ranger Station, has numerous booklets,
    pamphlets, and resources available to ensure a safe hike.

     

    OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

    The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the awareness, prevention, and investigation of
    domestic violence incidents. Many times domestic violence incidents are reported and responded to by
    our uniformed Field Services Division. The response does not end there, the additional response is then
    picked up by one or a combination of members of our Criminal Investigative Division often our Violent
    Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit and our Victim Liaison will play an important role in bringing the incident
    to adjudication and providing services to the victims.

    Keeping or discouraging the victim from seeing
    friends or family members
     Embarrassing or shaming the victim with putdowns
     Controlling every penny spent in the household
     Taking the victim’s money or refusing to give
    them money for expenses
     Looking at or acting in ways that scare the person
    they are abusing
     Controlling who the victim sees, where they go,
    or what they do
     Dictating how the victim dresses, wears their
    hair, etc.
     Stalking the victim or monitoring their victim’s
    every move (in person or also via the internet
    and/or other devices such as GPS tracking or
    the victim’s phone)
     Preventing the victim from making their own decisions
     Telling the victim that they are a bad parent or
    threatening to hurt, kill, or take away their children
     Threatening to hurt or kill the victim’s friends,
    loved ones, or pets
     Intimidating the victim with guns, knives, or other weapons

    Pressuring the victim to have sex when
    they don’t want to or to do things sexually
    they are not comfortable with
     Forcing sex with others
     Refusing to use protection when having
    sex or sabotaging birth control
     Pressuring or forcing the victim to use
    drugs or alcohol
     Preventing the victim from working or
    attending school, harassing the victim at
    either, keeping their victim up all night
    so they perform badly at their job or in
    school
     Destroying the victim’s property

    National Hotlines
    National Domestic Violence Hotline (live chat available via website)
    1-800-799-7233
    National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (live chat available via website)
    1-866-331-9474
    Statewide Crisis Lines
    New Mexico Legal Aid Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Stalking HelpLine
    1-877-974-3400
    The New Mexico Legal Aid Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking HelpLine is a free
    statewide service that provides legal information, advice and referrals to attorneys and other
    community agencies who can help you. The helpline is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
    and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    www.lawhelpnewmexico.org – Provides information on domestic violence, orders of protections and resources for legal help from New Mexico Legal Aid.

     

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Scammers Pretending to be Government Employees

Scammer continue to try to get rich from your fears. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” April 2018 provided tips on Recognizing Scammers and not losing your hard-earned money to them.

“An ongoing scam has reemerged throughout Bernalillo County. Unknown persons, identifying themselves as sworn law enforcement officers, will telephone area residents and advise the citizen that there is currently an active warrant out for their arrest. They state the warrant was issued for various things, such as, failure to go to jury duty, IRS taxes due, and failure to pay fines.

The scammer will then demand the citizen purchase some type of credit card from a store (Green Dot, Visa, etc.) and then give the scammer the credit card number. Some citizens have believed this scam and have lost thousands of dollars. Please be aware that a Bernalillo County Law Enforcement officer WILL NEVER call and demand money over the phone. These scammers are very aggressive and threaten the citizen with arrest or asset forfeiture. Do not believe the lies. Hang up on these callers and do not respond if they call again.

Please report any instances of this scam to the Attorney General’s Office by using the below contact information.

Albuquerque Office: 111 Lomas Blvd NW, Ste 120, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Toll Free: 1-866-627-3249

Phone: (505) 222-9000

Fax: (505) 222-9006”

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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