Implausible Deniability?

San Juan County (New Mexico) routes not maintained by the county

In San Juan County, numerous roads have been given county route numbers, but they're not maintained by the county. While the usual pentagonal shape for county markers is used, red lettering on a white background is used instead of the standard yellow lettering on a blue background. The legend NCM appears at the top of the markers, standing for No County Maintenance.

These markers were photographed on US 64 west of Bloomfield in May 2008.