Residents trek for trash

Andrew Pata, 9, left and his sister Rachel, 12, right, were among 286 Curry County residents who volunteered for Trek for Trash clean up event. Volunteers collected about 900 bags of trash, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter.

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Jacob Fuller and friend Cade Irwin said three bags of trash was enough for them to learn an important lesson about littering: Someone has to pick it up.

That Saturday it happened to be them.

“A lot of people are slobs,” said Jacob.

Along with Cade’s grandmother, Debbie Nippert, and her boyfriend Dave Baker, the 7-year-old Clovis boys spent their Saturday morning picking up trash along Mabry Drive as part of the 2008 Trek for Trash.

About 286 Clovis and Curry County volunteered for the fall cleanup event, according to Parks and Recreation administrative assistant P.J. Odegaard. She said the volunteers picked up 909 bags of trash that day.

The event was part of a community-wide effort to give residents an awareness of what it takes to clean up the city, said City Commissioner and Clovis Pride Chairman Len Vohs. Clovis Pride coordinated the event, according to Vohs.

“It gives people a sense of pride and ownership of our community,” he said.

Maj. Rob Pata, commander of the 27th Special Operations Logistic and Readiness Squadron, said he noticed there wasn’t as much trash this time around in the same area he and his family cleaned in the spring.

“Our efforts from last spring were paying off,” he said.

Pata was among the 174 Cannon Air Force Base personnel who participated in the event.

“We live here, this is our city,” he said. “If you want to be a part of the solution get out and take some action.”

As part of the event, the city landfill is waiving fees to Curry County residents until noon on Monday, said Odegaard.

Since dumping fees were waived Friday, she said residents unloaded about 42 tons of trash at the city landfill as of noon Saturday.