Geocaching with BernCo Bernie!
BernCo Bernie’s geocaching adventure is still under
way! Get the clues to the
hidden caches at www.BernCoBernie.com.
Travel the four corners of Bernalillo County to find
all eight secret caches and
then solve the mystery riddle. Complete the hunt to
claim a limited-edition
commemorative BernCo coin. It’s a real-world treasure
hunt that’s fun for all ages.
North Valley Library Update
The North Valley Public Library at 7704 2nd Street NW
damages as a result of a fire in early July. Since the
fire, the contents of the
building have been removed for cleaning. Once the
cleaning phase is
completed, phase two will begin and will include the
replacement of the
lighting, ceilings, insulation, ductwork, painting,
carpeting, some windows and
other work as needed.
Go to: www.bernco.gov/northvalleylibraryrestoration for
weekly updates and
photos on the restorative progress of the library.
Forward on Fair and Equal Pay for Women
County Commissioners Debbie O’Malley and Maggie Hart
announced Bernalillo County will require vendors doing
the county to disclose pay equity information, or pay
gaps between what men
and women are paid for doing the same work.
In 2010, women who worked full time earned 81 percent
of men’s median
weekly earnings, according to the U.S. Department of
Labor. The county will
provide worksheet templates to assist contractors in
producing pay equity
disclosure reports necessary for reporting percentage
differences between pay
for women and men working in the same job categories.
Individual names and
pay amounts will not be collected. The forms and
procedures are currently
being developed by county staff and will take effect
later this year.
Bernalillo County, like all New Mexico counties, is
governed by state
procurement law, as enacted by the state Legislature.
Gender pay equity is not
currently addressed specifically in state law, but
Commissioners O’Malley and
Hart Stebbins seek to change that by asking lawmakers
to adopt gender pay
equity as a requirement in the state procurement code.
The measure was passed unanimously by the County
Commission via a
resolution in September, 2013.
For more information, vendors can call the Purchasing
at (505) 468-7013.
BCFD & AFD Begin Full
The Bernalillo County Fire Department (BCFD)
and the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD) in
October began full implementation of an automatic
aid agreement within the metro area that allows the
closest fire station to respond to fires or medical
calls, regardless of jurisdiction.
In an emergency, a delay can mean the difference
between life and death. This new agreement will
ensure that when residents and visitors call 9-1-1,
they will have the fastest response possible from
firefighters in the closest station. City and county
emergency response will no longer be delayed by
Over the past two years, BCFD and AFD have
implemented several agreements that have
formalized the relationship between the two fire
departments, resulting in a higher functioning
emergency response system. This combined effort
will result in more effective emergency operations,
more efficient use of resources, and a safer working
environment for both city and county firefighters.
for 150 New Jobs
The Bernalillo County Commission has pledged
its verbal support for a new customer service
and technical support center to be operated by
Canon Information Technology Services, Inc.
The company recently announced its plans to bring
150 jobs to Albuquerque at a news conference with
state and local officials in attendance including
Gov. Susana Martinez, Commission Chair Maggie
Hart Stebbins and Albuquerque Mayor Richard J.
The cooperation between state and local elected
officials and economic development staff was listed
as a factor in the company’s decision to choose
Albuquerque over other competing cities.
The project incentives include $600,000 in Local
Economic Development Act funds to help the
company renovate an existing office building on
Jefferson Plaza N.E. The city, county and state have
pledged $200,000 each, pending County
Commission and City Council approval.
Commissioners Hart Stebbins and O’Malley hope to
schedule a vote on the county’s $200,000 incentive
before the end of the year.
Animal Care Director
Matt Pepper Appointed to
Control Association Board of Directors
Since September 2011, Director Matt Pepper has brought
many positive changes to
the day-to-day operations of Bernalillo County Animal
Care Services. Pepper
was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for
the National Animal Control
Association by NACA President Todd Stosuy of Santa
Cruz, Calif. The mission of
the National Animal Control Association is to define
and promote professionalism in
the animal protection care and humane law enforcement
fields by providing quality
services, education, training, and support. Pepper
previously served on the Board of
Directors for NACA from 2009-2011.
If you’re thinking about deep frying your Thanksgiving
turkey this year, watch a safety tip video on the subject by going to
www.bernco.gov, click on the BernCo Videos tab, scroll
down on the left side and click on Public Safety Matters, and
then “Deep Frying Safety for the Holidays”.
Answers To Your
Zoning, Building and Planning Questions from Bernalillo County Public Works
Send your zoning questions to Tom Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org
(314-0396), building-related questions to
Brad Jackson at email@example.com (314-0380), and
your planning questions to Enrico Gradi at
Q: What happens if I get a zoning violation?
A: A notice of violation will be sent to the
property owner to give you time to correct it. If the steps
toward compliance are not seen after repeated attempts
to contact the owner, zoning refers the matter to the
courts. Zoning will work with the property owner by
adjusting the time frame allotted to correct the
violation as long as earnest attempts to correct the
violation are made. If you get a zoning violation, please
contact the inspector listed on the violation as soon
BernCo Public Works
Receives Transportation Planning Award
The New Mexico chapter of the American Planning
Association has awarded Bernalillo County’s Pedestrian
and Bicyclist Safety Action Plan its 2013
Transportation Planning Award. The Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
Action Plan is a study that identifies pedestrian and
bicycling issues in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo
County and recommends and prioritizes projects to
This award recognizes planners and planning projects
throughout the state of New Mexico for outstanding
achievement in the use of planning principles to solve
transportation problems and to improve the quality of
life in their community. Pedestrian and bicyclist
facilities are an essential part of Bernalillo County’s
transportation system, and the county strives to
integrate them into the planning, design and ultimate
construction of every project.
The primary goal of the action plan is to ensure safety
for all travelers along county roadways, to promote
healthy lifestyles and recreational opportunities for
all ages, and to improve air quality by reducing energy use.
The American Planning Association was created in 1978
and is an independent, not-for-profit educational
organization based in Washington, D.C.
To view the award-winning action plan, please visit
America Recycles Day
is Nov. 15
Give your trash/garbage another life! By putting your
recyclables in the recycling bin, you give them new life.
Some materials can travel through the recycling and
manufacturing process to be back on the store shelf in as
little as 30 days! Visit http://www.iwanttoberecycled.org/
to see how recyclables are made into new
Paseo del Norte and
I-25 Interchange Project
Project construction began Oct. 15. Sign up to receive
automatic email/text traffic updates at http://
www.paseoi25.com/news_information.aspx. Support the
local businesses during construction – visit
http://www.paseoi25business.com/ to see listings of
That’s BernCo at a Glance for November. We’ll
see you again in December.
I understand there is
movement in the community to support supplemental feeding of bears in the
Sandia Mountains. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has the
authority over this Game Animal. However, the Sandia Ranger District
position is we do not support supplemental feeding of these animals on
National Forest System lands. Providing food, even once, could create a
problem bear and eventually a dead bear if not done very carefully to not
create a link with bears associating food with humans. Feeding would
establish a false carrying capacity and if current climate conditions
continue, we would just be creating a future problem down the road. Any food
caches would need to be spread far and wide or the dominant bear gets the
food and the little guys get little if any food and in fact may be killed by
the dominant bears. Any food sources would be prohibited in the Sandia
Mountain Wilderness under wilderness regulations and any food outside of the
wilderness could cause conflicts with the heavy recreation use of our trails
and picnic areas. Yes, it is difficult to see them suffering, however,
nature is very tough and populations ebb and flow depending upon available
resources. There is enough forage out there for some animals to survive and
breed into the future.
I would like to remind
everyone that there is a “Food Storage Order” for the Sandia and Mountainair
Ranger Districts that prohibits anyone from being more than 100 feet from
any food they take into the mountains. I have attached a pdf version of the
order. Here is a link to our website that shows the order.
If you put out supplemental
food for bears on the Sandia or Mountainair Ranger Districts you are subject
to citation via this food storage order. It is also a reminder that when we
open back up (hopefully soon!) that you cannot leave your food unattended
while out hiking, bike riding, picnicking, etc.
Cid H. Morgan, District
Sandia Ranger District,
Cibola National Forest and Grasslands
11776 Highway 337
Tijeras, NM 87059