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Friends join for Earth Day cleanup in Roswell

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Linda Muñoz, center, picks up trash Thursday along with her daughter, Pamela Muñoz, right, in an empty lot at Brasher Road and South Main streets. Joining them were friends, at left, Karina Sandoval and her daughters Daisy Sandoval and Mia Sanchez, and Casandra Barrientoz. Pamela Muñoz organized the cleanup effort for Earth Day with supplies from Keep Roswell Beautiful. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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It was a bit chilly Thursday morning, but a group of friends warmed up quickly as they made their way through a vacant field at South Main Street and Brasher Road, picking up trash as they walked.

Pamela Muñoz said she was inspired to organize the effort because it was Earth Day and because she had seen the trash that has accumulated throughout town.

The first Earth Day in 1970 was organized in response to emerging concerns about air and water pollution and today includes events worldwide from community cleanups like the one Muñoz organized to rallies for clean energy.

Muñoz contacted Keep Roswell Beautiful for cleaning supplies and invited her mother, Linda Muñoz, her fellow nurses from Lovelace Regional Hospital and friends to help.

Pamela Muñoz had finished her overnight shift at the hospital Thursday morning and grabbed a cup of coffee before joining her mother to meet up with the others in Pioneer Plaza before 9 a.m.

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Soon, co-worker Karina Sandoval and her daughters, Mia Sanchez and Daisy Sandoval, and a friend, Casandra Barrientoz, joined them and the group drove to the Brasher Road lot. Other friends would join them before they wrapped up around noon, covering ground along the truck route and near Walmart on North Main Street.

“We always see trash and complain about it but never do anything about it,” Karina Sandoval said for her reason to join the effort.

The cleanup supplies lending program is one of Keep Roswell Beautiful’s successes in the last year, said Thalia Pantoja-Gruis, the city of Roswell’s staff liaison for the organization.

Through a grant, Keep Roswell Beautiful purchased supplies such as trash bags, gloves, rakes, grabbers and even face masks. Organizations, businesses and individuals are eligible to request the supplies.

“The supplies are open to everyone and I just think the more awareness the community has that this program is available, the cleaner and more beautiful our city will be,” Pantoja-Gruis said.

A form to request the supplies can be found on the Keep Roswell Beautiful page of the city’s website under the “Clean-ups and Litter Reduction” link.

Pantoja-Gruis said anyone with questions could contact her at 575-637-6238 or t.pantoja@roswell-nm.gov.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.