Kit Carson Electric COOP

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative invites the community for a free lunch and then to join in cleaning up trash from the side of State Road 518 tomorrow, Friday (July 23) from 1 p .m.-3:30 p.m.

KCEC Public Relations Coordinator Michael Santistevan said they will serve lunch at the Carson Rest Stop on US Hill at 1 p.m. After lunch, community volunteers will proceed collecting trash along the road, toward Peñasco.

"We decided this a couple months ago - our goal is to make our community greener," Santistevan explained Wednesday (July 21). "We're seeing what we can do for our county. We're always helping other groups with fire mitigation, chipper days. This is another project we're starting up."

Judging by the great turnout for 2021 Earth Day (April 22) clean up crews is a big hit with, and for, Taoseños.

"We had such an incredible turnout we're going to do it again in the fall," said Taos County Solid Waste Director Edward Martinez. He estimated more than 80 tons of trash was picked up on the Earth Day clean up by more than 100 volunteers working with Taos County, Amigos Bravos, TiLT (Taos Initiatve For Life Together), Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Unitarian Congregation of Taos and others.

According to Taos County Solid Waste Code Enforcement Officer Lorenzo Gutiérrez, Earth Day clean up was the best turn out they've ever seen, with over 70 people working in Carson, La Loma, the town and all over.

Santistevan is hoping for another great turn out. Water, beverages, snacks and trash bags will be provided. Just bring your own heavy-duty gloves.

People should call 575-758-2217 if ever they see people dumping along the roads, Gutiérrez said, asking residents for help, especially along U.S. 64 West, on the way to the Taos Municipal Land Fill. Give a description of the vehicle and it will be followed up.

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