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    Winter Seeks 3rd Term on Council
    Brad Winter said Thursday he will seek re-election to the City Council this year.
    Winter represents District 4 in northeastern Albuquerque. He's the longest-serving member on the council and will be seeking a third four-year term.
    He has served as president of the council and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2005.
    As a councilor, Winter said he's especially proud of his work on a plan for development in the La Cueva area, his fiscally conservative approach and his sponsorship of a rewrite of the code of ethics for city officials.
    "The best part of being a councilor is working with constituents and getting problems solved," he said. "I think we need someone who will be a friend of the taxpayer and look at the needs of residents."
    Winter said he won't use a new system that offers public financing for city-government campaigns.
    "I think it's a good program but I am just choosing not to," he said.
    He's not inclined to run again for mayor when the job is up for grabs in two years. "I probably won't. I really enjoy being a city councilor," he said.
    Pet Shot Clinic
    Offered Saturday
    The Alliance for Albuquerque Animals will offer a low-cost microchip and shot clinic Saturday at the West Side Community Center, 1250 Isleta SW.
    Microchipping and rabies shots will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The charge will be $10 for each service, or $20 for both. However, according to the Alliance, no one will be turned away for financial reasons.
    Residents Invited
    To Plant Trees
    Albuquerque residents are invited to help plant five large trees on Saturday, which is National Arbor Day.
    The city forester and Western Meadows Neighborhood Association are working on the project. People who want to help can bring rakes and shovels at 10 a.m. to the parking lot of the Alameda Open Space, near Alameda Boulevard and the river.
    No Open Office
    Hours for Chávez
    Mayor Martin Chávez will not have open office hours today, because of other business.
    The mayor normally has open office hours during the final Friday afternoon of the month. It gives people a chance to talk with him without an appointment.
    Bernalillo Hosts
    New Rail Station
    The state's commuter rail service will open a new station in downtown Bernalillo today.
    It will be the seventh station for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, which operates in the 50 miles between Belen and Bernalillo, traveling through Albuquerque.
    The new station is just east of Bernalillo's main street, Camino del Pueblo.
    It includes free parking— 23 spaces— just west of the platform. Rail Runner officials said the parking lot is the smallest of all the station parking lots, but that the station is so centrally located that many Bernalillo residents can walk from their homes.
    Charity Banquet
    To Fund 3 Groups
    The mayor's annual charity banquet, scheduled for June 9 at Rio Grande Botanic Garden, will raise funds this year for programs that help children.
    Proceeds will go to three charitable organizations:
   
  • El Ranchito de Los Niños, where the money will be used primarily for children's education and help with some badly needed repairs on a building.
       
  • New Day Children Services, to help pay for training and the opportunity for children to participate in activities such as trips to museums and baseball games.
       
  • The Children's Cancer Fund, to provide medicine and food when parents can no longer afford to maintain a home and care for a sick child.
        Tickets are $125 for an individual; $1,000 for a table of eight; and $1,250 for a table of 10.
        Guests are invited to dress as their favorite movie character, but costumes are optional.
        For tickets or information, call 768-4948.