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UPDATE: Resident says Bureau of Land Management doesn't have resources to clean Sunrise Mountain

Posted at 12:16 AM, Jul 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 19:05:15-04

UPDATE JULY 3: One person who lives in the area called the Bureau of Land Management and they told her they don't have the resources to clean the area.


Many people buy homes near Sunrise Mountain to take in the spectacular view, sunsets, and hiking the area has to offer. But people living over there tell 13 Action News they're only getting views of trash.

"I've been complaining about the garbage since 2011," said Trudy Jellema.

Jellema says it's gotten progressively worse over the years.

"There's couches, there's broken windows, glass, palm trees, there was computers, mattresses, chairs, shopping carts," she said.

Jellema says at least 30 of her neighbors feel the same way as her but she has become the spokesperson for them in an attempt to get help.

She says she's called just about everyone she can think of.

"They keep giving me to different people and I don't get anywhere."

She's desperate for help to clean up Sunrise Mountain.

"I don't want to live like this," she said. "This is our community and I'm trying to get it cleaned up. It's a shame because I take pride in where I live."

13 Action News reached out to Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani who says the area is Bureau of Land Management's jurisdiction and that BLM will be hiring a person to clean it up.