The program, which works to beautify and clean the county, was recently awarded two second place prizes by Keep America Beautiful. The county program stood out as second among thousands of other communities across the nation for awards in Litter Prevention & Community Revitalization and in the government category.
Community Projects Director Jessica Etcheverry said it was a goal of theirs from last year, after winning a state award and feeling they could go for a national award.
She added that their new goal is to win first place in the nation.
Luna County and Tularosa were the only two out of 24 New Mexico affiliates honored by the national organization.
Keep Luna County Beautiful program administrator and codes compliance officer Joe Padilla and board member Patsy Rodriguez will accept the awards on January 26th in Washington, D.C.
The program holds several county-wide cleanups every year with volunteers, as well as ongoing efforts in which local community groups are paid stipends to remove trash from the county.