Congratulations Dubra Karnes-Padilla


Dubra Karnes-Padilla has been appointed to the National Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) – Patient, Family Advisory Board (PFAB).  PBAB is a new initiative by the ACHA to advise the ACHA Board and better serve those CHD patients and families in our country in eight designated regions. It is a three year term, and she will be one of two representatives for the Mountain Region.  She wants everyone to know about the important work ACHA is doing. One in every 100 babies is born with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). CHD is the number one birth defect. 1.4 million Americans have CHD, and this population grows by 5% annually.  As those living with CHD grow up and transition into adulthood, they will need specialized care by trained congenital cardiologists, from infancy and youth, adulthood and into advanced age. ACHA is there to advocate for and educate those with CHD and their families. Adult Congenital Heart Association – Home – ACHA (

Dubra retired in 2012 from UNM Valencia Campus where she was a faculty member and taught physical education and health education courses along with managing the Campus Fitness and Wellness Education Center. She serves on the UNM Retiree Association Board and chairs the Legislative Committee, 2016 to present and is committed to protecting teacher’s retiree pension benefits. In January, she was appointed by the Albuquerque City Council to the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs Advisory Board and serves on two committees, the Age Friendly Committee and Facility Committee.

Dubra and her husband Ed have been residents of the Casas del Norte neighborhood since 2014.  She also is a volunteer on our HOA Landscape Committee.  Congratulations, Dubra!

Bernco at a Glance


BernCo at a Glance | July 8, 2021

County Offices Reopened July 1

Notable exceptions to the reopening are as follows:

  • Assessor’s Office –Main office closed to the public
    Walk-up window Service: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Located on north side of Assessor’s building
    Available by phone
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Phone: 505-222-3700
    Online Services –
  • Clerk’s Office – Closed to public access
    Contact: 505-468-1290 or email:
    Bureau of Elections – 505-243-VOTE or email:
    Register to vote or update registration at
    Marriage Licenses – By appointment only – 505-468-1290
    Recording & Filing department- Call 505-468-1290
  • Treasurer’s Office – Office is closed
    Payment window in the basement of Government Center is open M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Contact the Treasurer’s Office by phone at 505-468-7031 M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Tax payments may be made online at:;
    By mail to: PO Box 27800 Albuquerque, NM 87125;
    Via Bernalillo County drop boxes located at: Fifth and Marquette NW, Village of Tijeras Offices, Paradise Hills Community Center, Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center, and Westside Community Center

Bernalillo County encourages non-vaccinated residents to follow CDC guidelines for mask-wearing. Vaccinated individuals are asked to continue social distancing, frequent and appropriate hygiene practices and voluntary mask-wearing.

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One Albuquerque Newsletter


Hello Albuquerque,

As we get ready to lift capacity restrictions and fully reopen our City this week, I am filled with gratitude for every Burqueño who helped us get here. The last fifteen months have provided so many challenges, but time and time again I’ve seen our community tackle them head on. Thank you for all you’ve done to get us to where we are today. Thank you for getting vaccinated, for volunteering your time and helping out neighbors in need. From the start, Albuquerque has been a national leader in our response to the pandemic, and we are ready to recover and continue to make Burque the best, healthiest city in the region.

This weekend, my family and I are excited to watch fireworks return to the Duke City. We have been enjoying all the fun summertime activities Albuquerque has to offer like the splash pad at Civic Plaza and flying kites at the park in our neighborhood. For parents or caregivers, I want to remind you that the City has great programs at our community centers and other facilities for children. My kids love going to summer rec and have brought home great art projects and stories daily. There are still spots open for families that need support or are just looking for fun new ways to keep kids active in the summer. Visit to register and to see all the enriching programs available for kids. 

Although our city is buzzing with excitement, I know this week does not come without pain and heartache. So many in our community lost friends and family to COVID-19. We honor the lives lost throughout the pandemic and hold their loved ones in our hearts. Liz and I were also deeply saddened by the ballooning accident that took the lives of five beloved community members over the weekend. This is a terrible tragedy for our city and the ballooning community worldwide. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in mourning. 

Albuquerque is strong and resilient because of our people. It is an honor to be your Mayor. 

Mayor Tim Keller

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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.

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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