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Event offers job fair, free haircut

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada and Albuquerque City Councilor Klarissa Peña are sponsoring a two-day career event offering job searching advice and a job fair – and participants can even get a free haircut.

The first day of the event Sept. 11 features 20-minute “Steps to Success” workshops designed to help job seekers spruce up their résumé, interviewing skills and appearance.

Job seekers who sign up for the seminars will be eligible for a complimentary haircut, courtesy of The Avenue Academy.

Quezada said the event is a great chance to help people feel good about themselves and look good, too.

“It’s the perfect combination of ability and opportunity,” Quezada said in a statement. “We want to give people all of the personal tools to succeed.”

The career fair will take place Sept. 14. Events on both days will take place at the South Valley Multipurpose Community Center at 2008 Larrazolo SW.

Interested job seekers can register online at or in person at Westside, Los Padillas, Mountain View and South Valley multipurpose community centers. More information can be found at

BROADBAND CHALLENGES: Bernalillo County Commissioner James Smith is sponsoring a panel discussion and open conversation about challenges to achieving reliable, consistent internet service in the East Mountains.

The program is slated for Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 NM 333 in Tijeras. Registration starts at 8 a.m.

“This is an opportunity to have a frank and open discussion about the future of internet service in the East Mountain area,” Smith said in a statement. “The prime players and companies that have the insight and ability to effect change will be front and center in the discussion.”

Scheduled panelists for the event are: Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales; Bernalillo County Fire Chief Greg Perez; Leo Baca, New Mexico government affairs director at CenturyLink; Damian Donckels, director of engineering at AT&T; and Steven Grabiel, president at Higher Speed Internet.

Interested residents can register at either East Mountain community center or by email to: Shawn Perry Turner at

INPUT NEEDED: The city of Albuquerque is seeking public feedback about its official website, Residents can complete an online survey at of what they like and dislike about the website, as well as share ideas for improvement.

Public computers with free internet access are available at the city’s libraries and community centers. The deadline to submit feedback is Sunday, Sept. 9.

Steve Knight: