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BernCo seeks volunteers for Saturday’s Great American Clean Up

salazar_martin_sigTime to spruce up, folks.

Bernalillo County is seeking volunteers to take part in the Great American Clean Up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

County officials last week issued a call for volunteers, saying they are “looking for individuals, families, neighborhood associations, sports teams, church groups, military groups, business leaders or anyone else interested in a beautiful community, to adopt a location in their respective areas to do a cleanup.”

The Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement program, with more than 5 million volunteers participating in 20,000 communities each spring. The local event is sponsored by the county and Keep America Beautiful.

Volunteers can register at

Trash bags will be supplied to those who register, and T-shirts and other items will be handed out while supplies last. Participants are asked to pick up supplies and dispose of their litter at any one of the following sites:

• Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center, 9800 Fourth NW.

• Westside Community Center, 1250 Isleta SW.

• Paradise Christian/New Song Worship Parking Lot, 6013 Paradise NW.

• Stanford Center, 1111 Stanford NE.

• Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 NM 333, Tijeras.

Help wanted

Area residents pay about $17 million a year in gross receipts taxes for behavioral health services, and the county wants community input on how that money should be spent.

The county is accepting résumés from community members interested in serving on committees that will help decide how to spend the funding, which has been earmarked for a new regional behavioral health care system in the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County metro area.

Anyone interested in serving on a committee is asked to email a cover letter and résumé to by 5 p.m. on April 24. Committee members will be selected by representatives of the county, the city and University of New Mexico Hospital.

Applicants should reside in the metro area and be free from conflicts of interest, such as being employed by or a member of a board or entity planning to apply for behavioral health initiative funds.

Martin Salazar: