Chaves County cleans messy eyesore near Roswell

Chaves County Trash

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Chaves County followed through on its promise, cleaning up a major eyesore right off the highway near Roswell.

KRQE News 13 showed the piles of wood, metal, trash, old mobile homes, and other debris north of town last month.

After giving the owner three years to clean it up, with little progress, county commissioners served the owner a notice saying he had 15 more days to clean it up or they would do it for him and charge him.

Last week, they did.

Over three days a dozen road crews moved in and removed everything.

County officials say they are recycling the metal and will put the money made – about $25,000 – toward the cost of cleanup. An estimate of the entire cleanup cost is somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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