Cibola Loop Multi-generational Center Update from Councilor Borrego

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Councilor Borrego speaks at Cibola Loop Multigenerational Center Press Conference on October 14th

The Cibola Lp. Multi-Generational Center’s first ‘floor/stage’ of construction is estimated to cost $14.2 Million.  There is currently $500,000 from the 2021 NM State Legislature remaining after design (2019 Voter Bond Election at $1.5 million, 2019 State Legislature $600,000) to construct the Center.  The total design cost is $2.1 Million and requires 2 years to complete, with another ¾ of a year remaining toward the full design’s finalization. The first floor or ‘stage’ of the Center’s design is currently complete to the point that construction of the first stage can potentially be undertaken with adequate funding.

The 2021 November Bond Election under the title “General Obligation Senior, Family, Community Center, Homeless, and Community Enhancement Bonds” includes $6 Million to construct the Cibola Lp. Multi-Generational Center.  Should the bond proposal be approved by voters, total secured construction funding will total $6,600,00. Please encourage your state Senator(s) and Representative(s) to fund the Cibola Lp. Multi-Generational project at the  2022 NM State Legislative Session.

 The Council District 5 office applied to Senator Martin Heinrich and Senator Ben Ray Lujan to consider dedicating $3 million toward the acquisition of an additional piece of property at the Cibola Lp. complex and the installation of hydrology features.  Sen. Heinrich and Sen Lujan are championing the federal dedication of funds to the project to ensure the Center’s structure, once constructed, adequately drains to avoid undermining its foundation.

Should the November bond election for Senior, Family, and Community Center’s be approved by voters, the Cibola Lp. Multi-Generational center’s construction funding will be approximately half secured.  We look forward to identifying future funding sources through collaborations with our state and federal legislators and you to complete the construction of this wonderful new amenity to District 5.

Public Meeting on Elena Gallegos Open Space Improvements

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The public is invited to an upcoming meeting to discuss site improvements at the Elena Gallegos Open Space, including roads and parking, Cottonwood Springs and nature trail, and the education center. The public meeting takes place Wednesday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m., both in person and via Zoom. In person at Bear Canyon Senior Center, 4645 Pitt NE, and Zoom registration at: www.FoothillsEducationCenter.com.

New Mexico History & Culture Opportunities

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 July 2021 Online & In-Person New Mexico History & Culture Opportunities

THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY www.albuqhistsoc.org
& THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NM www.hsnm.org
Encourage your participation in the following on-line history & cultural events:

THE ALBUQUERQUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY July 18, 2 pm, Facebook Live.  Building Community and Culture: Jews in 20th Century Albuquerque by Harvey Buchalter. Go to the website, albuqhistsoc.org then link to the Facebook page.

New Mexico Historic Sites and Museums are open. Check individual websites for hours, open dates, etc.  nmhistoricsites.org. There are also programs on their YouTube channel. 

The Wheels Museum, 1100 2nd St. SW has reopened. Times are Monday-Thursday, 9am-12 noon. Call first to confirm, 243-6269 or info@wheelsmuseum.org.

FUNDRAISER FOR THE NM HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & GELLERT CENTER FOR EDUCATION, Silent auction begins July 15. Go to their website for more info, nmHolocaustMuseum.org or call 247-0606. 616 Central SW.nmholocaustmuseum.org.


JULY 7-11 and again July 14-18, $30. International Folk Art market on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.

​JULY 8, 1 pm, virtual, free. Museum of Las Cruces presents The Pueblo Revolt with the Pueblo Action Alliance. Go to las-cruces.org/1523/museums. Also htpps:rebrand.ly/PuebloRevolt. 575-541-2217. Contact Kayla Myers for link and more information. kmyers@las-cruces.org, 575-541-2154

JULY 8/9, 11 am and every Thursday/Fri. in July, in person, $2. Tour of Torreon Mundos de Mestizaje fresco by Frederico Vigil. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Register at nhccnm.org.

JULY 9, 1 pm, Zoom. Colcha Embroidery. National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.nhccnm.org.

JULY 9 and other Fridays, 4:30-7:30 pm, free. La Familia Growers Market, 100 Isleta SW @ Bridge Blvd. Includes arts and crafts, kids’ activities, food trucks, music, heritage workshops. Sponsored by the South Valley Main Street. Contact Biana Encinias @ 400-3635 for more info or southvalleymainstreeet@gmail.com.

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Covid Updates & City Events

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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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVEdAxeU_Ig).

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.

Letter from AFR re: Fire Restrictions, Open Space Patrols and Fireworks

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Albuquerque Fire Rescue

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

To:                         City Councilors and Staff

From:                    Fire Chief Gene L. Gallegos

Subject:                Fire Restrictions, Open Space Patrols and Fireworks

As we approach the 4th of July and subsequent sale of fireworks both in and around the City of Albuquerque, I understand that you and your constituents are as concerned as I am regarding the fire danger in the Bosque and other Open Space areas. The following will explain the fire restrictions already in place and how Albuquerque Fire Rescue will respond over the next few weeks.

Fire Restrictions

Stage I fire restrictions.We are currently in Stage I. The goal of Stage I restrictions is to prevent the start of wildfires based on human activities that are known to be high risk.  Based on climate and fuel conditions in the Albuquerque area, Stage I restrictions shall be in effect at all times within all open space areas and include the following:

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