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BernCo at a Glance

August 2013


Sat., August 24, 2013

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Three informational sessions will be held at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

(You need attend only one.)

Held at West Mesa High School

6701 Fortuna NW

Albuquerque, NM 87121

. Are you between the ages of 0-64 and without medical insurance?

. Do you know the benefits offered through Medicaid?

. Do you know adults becoming eligible for Medicaid as of January 2014?

. Do you think you might qualify?

. Do you know your healthcare rights?

. Would you like to know more about how YOU or your family can get health


If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then this event is for you.

And if you have any relatives, friends, or neighbors that might benefit from these

meetings, please let them know as well.

Event Sponsored by: YDI Elev8, YDI EE&T, Health Action New Mexico,

Southwest Women’s Law Center, NM Center on Law and Poverty and ENLACE


AUGUST 2013 BernCo at a Glance, Vol. 4, Issue 8

Board of Commissioners

Maggie Hart Stebbins, Chair, Dist. 3

Debbie O’Malley, Vice Chair, Dist. 1

Art De La Cruz, Member, Dist. 2

Lonnie C. Talbert, Member, Dist. 4

Wayne A. Johnson, Member Dist. 5

Tom Zdunek, County Manager


Need Assistance or Resources?

Contact Neighborhood Coordination Specialist Darrell Dady

at 468-7364, or at



International Community Day

Hyder Park, Sept. 14

Taste of New Mexico

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Oct. 12 & 13

Commission Meetings

Board of Finance

August 13, 2013 4:30 p.m.

Administrative Meeting

August 13, 2013 5 p.m.

Zoning Meeting

August 27, 2013 3 p.m.

Administrative Meeting

August 27, 2013 5 p.m.

County Planning Commission

1st Wednesday of month @ 9 a.m.

Meetings are held in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers in the basement of the

City/County Government Building, 1 Civic Plaza, 5th and Marquette NW

North Valley Library Fire Update — The library remains closed as fire restoration

and replacement of damaged computers, furniture, and library materials takes place.

All carpet will be removed and replaced as well. Work has just begun, and at this

point there is no estimated completion time or date set for reopening the building.

The public is asked to be patient as repairs take place. Donations may be made by

going online to Your new and continued support is

greatly appreciated. For more information, call the Main Library at 768-5141.


BernCo at a Glance

National Night Out Reminder: National Night Out is set for Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Check with your area’s neighborhood association or neighborhood watch

leader for scheduled events.

Join Commissioner Hart Stebbins for the next District 3 art show, “Walk With Me”,

featuring paintings by Christian Gallegos. This show is the 26th in a series of exhibits

showcasing the talent and creativity of District 3 artists.

Christian Gallegos is a contemporary abstract artist who was raised in

Spanish Harlem in New York City but now calls Albuquerque home. In his

early twenties, Christian evolved from a graffiti artist into an oil painter,

painting mostly abstract pieces and experimenting with surrealism.

Christian’s paintings have been on display in galleries in Albuquerque,

Tucson and New York. You can see more of his work by visiting his website,

For more information, please call 468-7108 or email

In other Art News, ten new pieces of art have been added to the county’s public art collection.

The pieces range from photographs to watercolor to low relief sculpture. They were paid for

through the county’s 1% for the Arts program. The artwork is on display at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo

County Government Center, One Civic Plaza NW, 10th Floor, Conference Room B.

Artists featured include Steve Bromberg, Catalina Delgado-Trunk, Martin Fahlen, Monika Kaden,

Tricia Love, Lydia Madrid, David Ondrik, Tim Prythro, Robin Gay Wakeland, and Robert Medina Cook.

The public is invited to view these new additions to the county’s Public Art

Collection. Call Nan Masland for more information at 314-0467.


Commissioner O’Malley Supports Environmental Cleanup Program – testifies in Washington, D.C.

Commission Vice Chair Debbie O’Malley in July traveled to Washington, D.C. to

testify in support of a federal program that helps communities clean up and

redevelop contaminated properties.

Commissioner O’Malley was invited to testify by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who

chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health. The

hearing focuses on the benefits of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields

Cleanup Program.

“The EPA’s Brownfields Program has helped many communities across the

country, including New Mexico and Bernalillo County, review and clean up environmental hazards and

create jobs at the same time,” Vice Chair O’Malley said. “The Brownfields Program is a great

opportunity for local governments to access federal funds that can help turn a polluted site into a

positive asset for the community.”

The Sawmill Community Land Trust is one example of a successful brownfield cleanup site in Bernalillo

County. Additionally, Bernalillo County has received $400,000 to both conduct environmental assessments of

contaminated sites, as well as to support training for employees in brownfield cleanup. To date, the EPA’s

Brownfields Program has provided $1.5 billion in grants to communities across the country.

In March, Sen. Udall introduced the bipartisan Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development

(BUILD) Act of 2013, which would modernize and improve key elements of the Brownfields Program.

West Nile Virus Healthy Reminder

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that was first seen in North America

in 1999. The most serious manifestation of West Nile Virus infection is fatal

encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in humans and horses, as well as mortality

in certain domestic and wild birds. Cases of West Nile Virus in New Mexico have

occurred every year since 2003. West Nile Virus infections in humans occur sea-

sonally, with the peak of cases in late summer and early fall.

The risk of acquiring West Nile Virus can be reduced by:

. Using insect repellent;

. reducing the amount of time spent outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active;

. having screens on your doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out; and

. emptying or eliminating water-holding containers (where mosquitoes lay their eggs) such as tires, flower

pots and buckets.

For the latest information regarding West Nile Virus, please call the state Department of Health’s

Epidemiology and Response Division at 505-827-0006, 8 a.m.— 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Locally, you may also call 311.


BernCo Bernie is Bernalillo County’s New Parks and Open Space Ambassador

Bernalillo County has launched a new campaign to create more awareness about the county’s parks and open space

properties. BernCo Bernie is the new ambassador for county-owned open space and parks properties.

BernCo Bernie represents the eight sheep in the county’s seal.

Eight BernCo Bernies have been hidden at various open space sites waiting to be discovered. Residents are encouraged to

explore the county’s outdoor gems and find all eight BernCo Bernies. Individuals who find all eight sheep will become a part of the

illustrious Bernie’s Herd; and the first 200 will have a special surprise awaiting them.

Bernalillo County maintains 12 open space properties and 56 parks that reach from one end of the county to the other.

Activities at these properties range from prescription walking trails and hiking to water splash pads and pools; from

skateboarding to bird-watching; and from equestrian activities to hang glider landings.

To learn more about the county’s parks and open space properties, visit

Fun facts and information about the county and specific details about joining Bernie’s Herd are also available on BernCo

Bernie’s website. To keep up with BernCo Bernie, follow him on Twitter, @BernCoBernie.

Bernco Public Works Report

Did you know that the Bernalillo County Contact Center is located within the Public Works Division?

The Contact Center strives to provide superior customer service to all county residents. The ultimate goal is to

simplify non-emergency inquiries and requests, and to offer a positive experience.

Currently, calls are handled for road conditions and traffic issues only. In the future, assistance with services from other

Bernalillo County departments will be added.

Here are a few ways to get in touch with the Contact Center:

. Inquiries about roads in Bernalillo County, call 848-1503

. Inquiries about traffic and traffic signals in Bernalillo County, call 848-1504

E-mail 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at

Bernalillo County provides a flood map information service to the general public related to the National Flood Insurance Program

The map information service provides assistance in determining if:

. Property is or is not located in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA);

. base flood elevations as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM);

. determination if mandatory flood insurance is required for a property;

. copies of elevation certificates, FIRM panel numbers and suffixes, and date of the FIRM’s index; and

. explanations of FIRM elevation datum.

For more information or for questions, please contact the Bernalillo County Floodplain Administrator Don Briggs, by telephone

at 848-1511 or by email at


Have a Blast With the Past in BernCo’s Open Spaces During August – Bernalillo County’s Open Space Program is off and running this August with four free workshops throughout Bernalillo County’s great outdoors.

Highlights include the “Archaeology 101” workshop, featuring a lecture and demonstration at Sabino Canyon; and a backyard

farming workshop aimed at urban farmers who want to keep livestock. All events are free. Participants are encouraged to RSVP at or by calling Colleen McRoberts at 505-314-0398.

A summary of the August events includes:

Archaeology 101 – August 3, 2013 from 10 a.m. – noon at Sabino Canyon Open Space (34 Forest Rd. 252)

Clues from people long ago can be found throughout New Mexico. Discover the practice of archeology in our

arid state that is littered with clues to the ancient past. Archeologists from the New Mexico Office of

Archaeological Studies will talk about discovering, excavating and caring for artifacts that are casually found

in the landscape and the stories locked into these fragments of time.

Backyard Chickens and Goats – August 17 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Learn what you need to keep chickens or goats as part of your urban homestead. Participants will leave with

knowledge of what chickens and goats need in terms of shelter, space, food and best breeds, as well as

ongoing care, common problems and potential products that can be harvested from chickens and goats.

Hippity Hoppity Herps – August 24 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

The chorus of a Rio Grande Leopard Frog or Woodhouse Toad, the colorful display of a Painted Turtle’s shell

and the slithering of a Common King Snake are all part of the bosque experience. Michael Sanchez from the

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will bring a variety of local reptiles and amphibians to

show and share. These herps are sensitive indicator species and can tell us much about the health of our

bosque ecosystem.

Stories that Float – August 24 from 10—11:30 a.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Like water, stories are fluid and connect us to many places. Susi Wolf uses the ancient art of storytelling to

teach about the elemental liquid that we all need to live, weaving together stories, music and puppets around


Thanks for reading the August 2013 BernCo at a Glance

See You Again In September