COUNTY JOINS NATIONAL EFFORT TO BEAUTIFY COMMUNITIES, NEIGHBORHOODS

COUNTY JOINS NATIONAL EFFORT TO BEAUTIFY COMMUNITIES, NEIGHBORHOODS

At 2 p.m. today, President George W. Bush issued a public thanks to volunteers across the United States who participated in activities sponsored by the Keep America Beautiful initiative.

The president’s words were particularly heartening to the Doña Ana County Environmental Department, through whose offices nine community cleanups were coordinated during the last several months. Collectively, the cleanups in Doña Ana County benefited the communities of Vado, Rody, Ft. Selden, Chaparral and Anthony and the neighborhoods of Holman Road, Picacho Hills, Talavera. The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s firing range also was spruced up.

Using gloves, bags and disposal trailers provided by the county, more than 480 volunteers collected more than 120,000 pounds of litter and debris. In addition to the neighborhood clean-ups, 55 illegal dump sites were cleaned, 15 junk cars were removed, two tons of metal and aluminum were recycled, 8,000 tires were removed and 25 batteries were recycled during the initiative.

Other activities included tree plantings coordinated by elected officials, including Sen. Mary Jane Garcia, Rep. William Boykin, and County Commissioners D. Kent Evans and Oscar Vásquez Butler. The Exulted Order of Elks, Lodge 119 also coordinated a tree-planting ceremony.

“I commend those involved with the Great American Clean Up for answering the call to serve,” Bush said.

For more information on community clean-ups or the Keep America Beautiful initiative in Doña Ana County, call the Environmental Department at (505) 647-7117. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7117.