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Oct. 27 drug take-back event among local happenings


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Editor’s note: This story has been edited to correct the date of the drug take-back event.

County plans clean-up day

The Chaves County Planning and Zoning Department is heading up a fall clean-up project involving the Western Fields Subdivision to encourage property owners and residents to remove debris that detract from the visual appearance of the area or represent safety or health hazards.

Mary Rogers, assistant planner, said refrigerators or other appliances, vehicles or car parts, old furniture or similar items are examples of the type of debris that can impact property values, cause neighbor complaints or otherwise become an issue for the county or the city.

A tentative date of Nov. 3 has been set for the clean up, she said. Large dumpsters will be available and various community organizations and county departments will assist in removing unwanted items.

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The Western Fields Subdivision is bounded east-to-west by McGaffey and Bland streets and north-to-south by Brown Road and Spencer Avenue. For more information, contact the county Planning and Zoning Office, 575-624-6606.

Drug Take-Back Day occurs Saturday, Oct. 27

Six months after a local record was set for the amount of unused and expired medications turned in by area residents, the Roswell Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch program is ready for the year’s second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an initiative of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It offers citizens an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The public can bring unwanted and unneeded prescription drugs to the Take Back Day event Saturday, Oct. 27  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roswell Police Department, 128 W. Second St., where the Neighborhood Watch office is located. The service is free and those bringing prescription drugs can remain anonymous, no questions asked. Please note, however, the DEA, which will dispose of the collected items, cannot accept liquids or needles. Only pills or patches can be dropped off.

Since Roswell began participating in the event in 2011, local citizens have dropped off a total of 4,759 pounds of old and unused prescription drugs. The 601 pounds of unused and expired medications turned in at the Roswell Take Back Day in April was the most ever collected locally in a single day.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, visit the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control website, deadiversion.usdoj.gov. Local event information is available from Richard Lucero at Roswell Neighborhood Watch, 575-624-6770, ext. 118.

Veterans Home board to meet Wednesday

The New Mexico State Veterans Home Governing Board will hold its fourth and final quarterly meeting of the calendar year at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

The public is invited to attend the meeting at the New Mexico State Veterans Home, located at 922 S. Broadway St. in Truth or Consequences.

The Governing Board is responsible for establishing and implementing policies regarding the management and operation of the home. The home is managed by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Anyone with disabilities needing a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter or any other form of auxiliary aid or service can contact DVS Public Information Officer Ray Seva at 505-827-6352. The agenda will be posted 72 hours before the meeting on the DVS website at www.nmdvs.org.