Community Blood Drive seeks donors to replenish blood supplies
United Blood Services begins March with the
need for all types of blood donations, due to statewide winter storms
which have continued to pelt the state since last December. The
state’s major volunteer blood supplier is working hard to
recuperate from the decrease in donations during those statewide
snowstorms, which impeded travel in many parts of New Mexico and
several bordering states.
To help state hospitals and clinics meet their
daily need for 320 units of blood and blood products, Placitas Volunteer
Fire and Rescue is sponsoring a blood drive at the Placitas Fire
Station on Saturday, March 17, from 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. While
appointments are encouraged, walk-ins will be accepted. Donors are
encouraged to call Chief Bud Brinkerhoff at 771-0130 to sign up
or to get more information. Donors may also log on to: www.unitedbloodservice.org,
click on “Schedule a Donation,” and enter the sponsor
A regular whole blood donation takes about
an hour. If you are at least seventeen years old, weigh at least
110 pounds, have not made a regular whole blood donation in the
past eight weeks, have not acquired a new tattoo within the past
twelve months, and are not currently taking antibiotics, you may
be eligible to donate whole blood. Please bring your ID when you
come to donate, and be sure to eat healthy meals and drink plenty
of fluids for several days before. The Placitas Fire Station is
on Highway 165, on the northeast side of the S-curves.
Protect your property from fire
On Saturday, March 24, come to the Placitas Fire Education program
at the San Antonio Catholic Mission Church in the village of Placitas.
From 9 a.m. until noon, speakers will teach residents how to work
around their homes to protect them from fire and to thin the forest
and brush along the creek to prevent fires and encourage water flows.
Sponsored by the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District,
Las Placitas Association, and New Mexico State Forestry, this program
will help residents protect their property and the forest. Admission
is free and refreshments will be provided.
Women’s commission provides support for victims
of sexual harassment at work
While sexual harassment has been a problem for women throughout
history, it has only been within the last three decades that U.S.
courts have stated that sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination
and awarded remedies.
“Sexual harassment in the workplace affects not only women's
economic stability but also their mental and physical health,”
stated Mary Molina Mescall, executive director for the NM Commission
on the Status of Women.
The commission is charged with providing information and serving
as a clearinghouse on all issues of concern for women.
“Many women feel they are alone or they have no choice but
to keep quiet and deal with the behavior for fear of losing their
jobs,” said Lorraine Bantista, coordinator for the commission's
Displaced Homemaker's Office.
The commission’s free booklet Dealing with Sexual Harassment,
in English and Spanish, defines sexual harassment, with recommendations
on addressing the problem and referral information.
For a free booklet or more information on the commission, call
222-6600 or 1-800-432-9168.
Bernalillo Police Department releases crime statistics
Burglaries and DWI arrests drop
The Bernalillo Police Department received a whopping 28,909 calls
last year. Of note:
• The number of burglaries reported in 2006 dropped to 42
compared with 78 the year before.
• The number of DWI arrests dropped to 104 compared with 110
the year before.
• The number of crashes reported on US 550 dropped to 163
compared with 182 the year before. Also, six crashes were reported
last year on Avenida Bernalillo, compared with 13 in 2005.
• Crashes on Camino del Pueblo jumped slightly to 52 compared
with 38 the year before.
• Traffic citations also increased to 6,102 last year. There
were 4,398 issued in 2005.
• Twenty-one robberies were reported last year, compared with
eight in 2005.
• There were eighty domestic violence reports.