LINCOLN COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) - A New Mexico county famous for its beauty and scenic views is suffering from people leaving trash illegally.
Illegal dumpers are leaving their mark and county officials are determined to track them down and stop them.
Solid waste workers visit the area often, according to Greentree Solid Waste PR coordinator Jim Miller.
Referring to a man who comes to pick up trash, Miller says, “He hit the 53 biggest and most equipment intense or biggest illegal dumping sites. And he always comes here.”
The Alpine Village subdivision has become one of the dirtiest dumping sites in Lincoln County according to Greentree Solid Waste, the company that provides trash service for the county.
“People don't want to be inconvenienced and they don't read signs very often,” Miller said while carrying out more trash. “They don't want to travel any great distance to properly dispose of things and that contributes to the problem.”
The trash is not only ugly and illegal, but it’s also destroying beautiful views and attracting wildlife.
Miller says people are expected to put household trash inside containers and haul everything else to a collection center.
“We have a number of tourists that will deliberately set trash sacks out and wait for bears to come and try to get up close to them and take pictures and that can be pretty dangerous,” Miller said.
Solid waste officials have set up surveillance cameras at several illegal dump sites hoping to catch illegal dumpers and hand them over to police.
Anyone caught and found guilty of illegal dumping can face fines of up to $5,000 per day.
Lincoln County sheriff's officials would not say how many people have been fined for illegal dumping based on surveillance camera evidence.
Gov. Susana Martinez is ordering that flags be flown at half-staff on Thursday to honor a Sandoval County sheriff's sergeant who died after being struck by a vehicle during a snow storm.
Should a terminally ill person have the right to choose to die? That’s the crux of a case that begins Wednesday in a courtroom in Albuquerque.
While Bernalillo County leaders continue to look for a way out of a risky investment plan that’s already cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Treasurer’s Office insists it has an exit strategy well in hand.
A woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $9,000 that was supposed to be going to kids.
Rising temperatures in the years to come are expected to leave New Mexico with even less water.
There is relief for a Roswell family. The ashes of their mother stolen last week have been found.