The community is invited to help keep Bernalillo County beautiful by being a part of the Great American Cleanup April 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bernalillo County is participating in the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each spring. The program engages more than 5 million volunteers and participants who take action in their communities every year to create positive change and lasting impact.

The county is looking for individuals and groups to adopt a location in their respective areas to do a cleanup.

Teams can register at Trash bags will be supplied to all registrants, plus t-shirts and goodie bags, while supplies last.

Participants can also be a part of the “Clean Your Block Party” neighborhood challenge. Groups can organize a cleanup event in their own neighborhood and send “before” and “after” photos and a short description of the event to to be shared with the community and receive a BernCo Bernie goodie bag.

East Mountain volunteers may pick up supplies and dispose of their litter at Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras.

For more information, contact or 505-314-0478.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at