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Junk still abounds in Minturn

Steve LynnVail, CO Colorado
Steve Lynn / Vail DailyErick Gutierrez, 21, of Minturn, blames his step-dad for the clutter in the family's yard. Some Minturn residents are cleaning up their junk, while others have a long way to go to comply with the town's nuisance law, residents say.

MINTURN An old light blue Cadillac with a flat tire and its hood cracked open sits in Kate Trujillos Boulder Street driveway along with several other cars and some old tires. A plastic M&M cartoon character sits in the front yard, overgrown with weeds. Nearby, an antique Coca-Cola vending machine hasnt been tossed because its something that people could look at, she said.Trujillo and others have some cleaning up to do if they want to follow a Minturn law that prohibits junk such as garbage, abandoned cars and trucks and tires outdoors, residents say.Shane Sorenson, who also lives on Boulder Street, often drives by the junk on Trujillos property, he said. It sucks its bad, said Sorenson.Town staffers have been trying to get his neighbors on Boulder Street to clean up their junk for years, Sorenson said.Hes a nice guy, but he just doesnt get it that people are sick of looking at his stuff, Sorenson said about his neighbor, Floyd Duran.Trujillo and her husband, Duran, have cleaned some of their property, she said. The stuff thats outside now is not trash, she said.Its something that we can use, Trujillo said. So were not going to get rid of it just because its sitting out there. Weve just got to find a place to put it where they cant see it.Sorenson acknowledges that a small boat and some wood on his property might be a nuisance, but everyone in Minturn has some stuff lying outside, he said. But his neighbors clutter is out of control, he said.When they look at it, they dont see it as a mess like everybody else does, Sorenson said.Others have cleaned up. Willie Joe Trujillo used to have seven tires, a stove and some other junk sitting outside his home awaiting trash collection. All that rubbish has since been removed. Scaffolding and a rusty wheelbarrow are still piled up on the edge of his lawn, but he needs them to paint his home, he said.This place is clean clean, compared to other places in Minturn, Trujillo said.Lisa Fox said she sees less junk around peoples yards since May, when Minturn held its cleanup day and residents dropped their junk off near the Turntable Restaurant and Motel to be shipped off to the dump. To me it looks like a lot of people have done a lot of work, Fox said.Gas containers, carpet, plastic buckets, a water cooler, a tire and other possessions sit outside the home of Erick Gutierrezs step-father on Boulder Street. The familys stuff wont fit in their home, he said.I try to clean up this place, but it seems like it will never stop, Gutierrez said.Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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