Covid Updates & City Events


City Council President Cynthia Borrego

From Councilor Borrego’s office:

Council President Borrego writes to communicate on the subject of two different matters: COVID 19 Updates, and, on a more light hearted note, City Fireworks locations and plans for Summerfest.  Firstly, a list of current COVID-19 vaccination sites provided by the City of Albuquerque Office of Emergency Management is available here.  On June 22, 2021, Senior Planner Nicholas Zubel at the City Office of Emergency Management provided an update on upcoming July 1st changes to COVID Restrictions.  Council President Borrego’s office is informed by the City of Albuquerque Cultural Affairs Department Director Michelle Sanchez that, with the lifting of capacity restrictions, i.e. allowance of mass gatherings, both the City BioPark and Historical Museum will resume normal operations including offering free admittance on Sundays and one Wednesday every month.  Senior Planner Zubal spoke at Council President Borrego’s recent District 5 Open House occurring Tuesday June 22, 2021 at 5:30p.m.  The open House remains visible for viewing on YouTube and GovTV (

Commencing at 9:15pm, the City will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks at varies locations including Ladera Golf Course on Albuquerque’s Westside.  The public is advised to enjoy the fireworks from a distance and avoid approaching fireworks’ locations.  Please see the Press Release announcing locations. In addition Albuquerque’s popular Summerfest is going forward this year. 

Councilor President Borrego wishes you a happy 4th of July and is looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at this year’s Summerfest at Ventana Ranch Community Park on August 14th! It is amazing to celebrate freedom and togetherness again this year in Albuquerque’s District 5.

Water Utility Authority Update


UPDATE: June 23, 2021

Utility Ceases River Diversions in Response to Ongoing SW Drought

Because of the current drought and the associated decline in river flows, the Water Authority stopped diversions of surface water from the Rio Grande earlier this month. The curtailment likely will last until November, and the utility’s service area will rely exclusively on groundwater in the interim.

This week’s heat wave is a reminder that Bernalillo County and most of New Mexico remain in severe to exceptional drought,” said Steven Michael Quezada, Chair of the Water Authority governing board. He explained that flows of native Rio Grande water will therefore be too low in coming months to allow diversion of the utility’s imported San Juan-Chama surface water.

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IDP Begins Media Campaign to Deter Illegal Dumping


Media Campaign to Deter Illegal Dumping

Bernalillo County – The Illegal Dumping Partnership (IDP) has begun a media campaign to educate the public about the serious problem of illegal dumping throughout the city and the unincorporated areas of the county.  The vision of the IDP is to maintain a clean, safe, healthy environment and prosperous community free of liter, engaging and educating the community, changing behaviors, and utilizing resources. 

The campaign consists of television and radio ads, plus outdoor digital billboards, to make people aware of how illegal dumping is affecting neighborhoods throughout the county and city. In addition, social media will also be used to engage the community.

The education and outreach campaign is bilingual and drives awareness to or which have resources available for trash disposal. Many of these services are free and available curbside, yet many residents are unaware of the options.

“Initiatives like this one will make the public even more aware of how prevalent illegal dumping is in our community and how citizens can be part of the solution,” said IDP Chair Lucas Tafoya. “The support and development of this campaign is thanks to funding from BernCo Commissioners, Albuquerque City Councilors, a NM Clean and Beautiful grant, BernCo Planning and Development and BernCo Public Works. This is an important collaboration which aims to promote pride in a clean and healthy community.”

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Public Meeting on Proposed Rail Trail Encourages Resident Feedback


The public is invited to attend and share their thoughts on the proposed multi-modal trail that will link Downtown to the Rail Yards. The meeting takes place Tuesday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the Rail Yards Blacksmith Shop, 777 1st Street SW. For more information, contact Johnny Chandler at: