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Group plans Pajarito Mesa cleanup
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There are some big plans to cleanup the mesa on Albuquerque's West Side.

It is not hard to find old tires, mattresses and used oil on the mesa. A KOB Eyewitness News 4 crew spotted some oil seeping into the soil on Pajarito Mesa Tuesday in the South Valley.

The area is part of the Atrisco Land Grant.

Last year the State Legislature voted to make the Town of Atrisco Grant an official political subdivision.

When land grant leaders were checking boundary lines they saw a lot of trash. Members decided one of their first official acts would be to initiate a cleanup.

"I'd like to see a safer area, a cleaner area. And I think we just to add value to our community as we move forward," said the President of the Town of Atrisco Grant Jerome Padilla.

 New Mexico's Congressional delegation is helping the group look for ways to pay for the cleanup.

A task force of local, state and federal leaders is expected to be set up.

There is no word on how much the cleanup would cost. The group is asking the legislature for $50,000 for planning.

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