Letters to the Editor 4/18/2013

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SOBTF thanks community for clean-up help
Editor:
I want to thank the government entities and agencies, private groups and individual citizens who made the annual Bosque Spring Clean-up a success on April 5. Twenty-five people showed up to clean out fire pits, pick up trash and debris around the Riverine Parks, and clean up several illegal dump sites along the Rio Grande. Four dump trucks full of refuse were hauled to the landfill, and a couple of bags of aluminum cans were set aside for recycling. A truck load of used tires were also picked up.
We want to thank the city of Socorro for providing lunch for all who attended and a local building supply outlet for donating over 100 trash bags. Dump trucks were provided by the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, the local U.S. Bureau of Land Management office, and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. MRGCD also provided a backhoe to clean up the illegal dump sites. Socorro County provided a large roll-off dumpster for smaller pieces of trash and debris.
Four members of the Socorro Back County Horseman group also participated and spend a considerable amount of time at the Diversion Channel riverine park and at “The Stumps” cleaning up discarded beer cans and Easter egg shells.
Once again, thanks to everyone who showed up to help with the clean up as well as a special thanks to our Save Our Bosque Task Force partners.
Doug Boykin,
Chairman, SOBTF

Arf is off base with gun column
Editor:
In the 1970s, my car quit as I traveled north on I-25. That night I walked seven miles into the nearest town to request assistance.
I was very glad I was armed.
Beats being in a body bag.
Andrea Blodgett
Lemitar