Forty-nine years ago, on April 22, 1970, twenty million Americans voiced their concern about the environment and urged the government to take steps to help correct issues before it was too late.

Now celebrated in over 192 counties and by billions of people, Earth Day has led to the enactment of many environmental laws.

Mineral County residents participated with a Hawthorne Community Clean-Up Day sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperation Extension-Mineral County, Hawthorne Utilities and Mineral County Public Works.

Curbside trash was hauled away, with no charge, over last weekend.

Hawthorne Utilities Office Manager Ana Fitzgerald told the Independent-News that approximately 365 cubic yards of commercial trash and 13 yards of metal came through the gates of the landfill over the weekend.

While county crews and volunteers worked at cleaning up the town, the cooperative extension invited residents to enjoy the sunshine at Veterans Park for an Earth Day event. Everything from face painting to music was available as vendors shared their talents and children were able to learn about helping save the earth.

An Earth Day dash will be held on April 22 at the Schurz Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the student at Hawthorne Elementary will celebrate the same on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Walker Lake residents will also have the opportunity to clean up their community with the help of a Hawthorne Utilities roll-off located at the northern corner of the Bighorn Well (off West Cottonwood Drive and Golden Willow Drive). Items must be separated and put into designated roll-off’s marked for lumber, wood and all other trash and metal. No batteries, paint, herbicides or pesticides as well as appliances with refrigerants can be dumped.

If you have questions regarding the Walker Lake clean-up, contact Schyler Hagen at 775-475-4328 or Sondra Paxton at 775-298-8213.