ONE TIRE AT A TIME, CHAPARRAL WORKS TOWARD BEAUTIFICATION

ONE TIRE AT A TIME, CHAPARRAL WORKS TOWARD BEAUTIFICATION

One abandoned tire at a time, the community of Chaparral is rolling itself toward a cleaner image, thanks in large part to the determination of tireless community activist Betty McKnight.

McKnight set out to rid her community of abandoned tires and recruited a small army of volunteers and partners to help her in the quest. To date, more than 1,300 tires have been taken to the Camino Real Landfill in the City of Sunland Park as part of her initiative. Additional tires and community trash are being processed at the South Central Solid Waste Authority in Las Cruces.

The project is ongoing, however, and she says she won’t rest until her community is free of the blight of tires, which, in addition to being ugly, create ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes and vermin.

McKnight said she’s appreciative of the support of the following: John Colquitt, Lake Section Water Company, Chaparral Community Development Alliance, Vickie and Mark Williams, and Lettie and Abraham Rodriguez.

In fact, community cleanups are underway on a constant basis across Doña Ana County, utilizing neighborhood groups and funds from the Keep America Beautiful grant administered by Doña Ana County.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.