The Toss No Mas anti-litter campaign during July includes a crackdown on people hauling unsecured loads on streets and highways.
And that trash left behind adds up.
The Mid Region Council of Governments annually gets 1,000 calls about debris on Interstates 25 and 40, while the city of Albuquerque Clean Cities Division spends $650,000 a year collecting 76 tons of trashed materials from the highways.
“Litter and debris on local and state roadways is not only a threat to public safety, but it affects tourism and quality of life for Albuquerque residents ,” Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry said in a statement released Friday. “I am asking everyone to pitch in and Toss No Mas during the month of July.”
Law enforcement will make an extra effort during July to spot drivers with unsecured loads and cite them for violating the New Mexico Traffic Code.
The state court system is offering defendants with outstanding Magistrate Court warrants a chance to take care of them today.
The courts will offer “favorable consideration” to anyone with an active warrant who appears in Santa Fe Magistrate Court before noon today.
(Update: more than 100 people appeared in court to make arrangements to resolve their warrants. People with outstanding warrants are encouraged to surrender to the court issuing the warrant or call the warrant hotline at (505) 867-4360 for more information.)
Santa Fe’s Magistrate Court is at 2056 Galisteo St., but the offer applies to anyone with an active warrant from any Magistrate Court in the state, according to a statement from the Administrative Office of the Courts.
New Mexico State Police are planning a sweep for defendants with outstanding warrants, the statement adds.
High pressure will set back up over the state leading to a very warm weekend. Temps will top 100° all across the southern NM. Here in the metro area we may well touch 100° as well. As far as storms go it will be a lean crop of storms over the weekend. Next week things will change a bit. The high will shift east and allow moisture to flow up from the south. This combined with a weather disturbance will allow for more storms. The timing on this could collide with the 4th of July. There are worse times for rain no doubt.
The Gila Wilderness, closed and significantly blacked by the largest wildfire in state history, will begin to reopen this weekend.
U.S. Forest Service managers say the gradual reopening of specific areas will begin on Saturday.
For now access is limited to:
Area east of Turkey Feather Creek and the West Fork of the Gila River. (Turkey Feather Creek and the West Fork itself will remain closed as will all areas and trails west of them.)
The Trail from 74 Mountain to Mogollon Creek up Turnbo Canyon, and the west side of McKenna Park to White Creek Cabin will open along with all areas east of it. (Anything west and north of Trail 74 Mountain within the wilderness boundary remains closed.)
The West Fork, from White Creek Cabin south to within a mile and a half of the West fork trailhead, remains closed.
All other closures will remain in place including the Catwalk National Recreation Trail until further notice.