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White Swan Cleans Up

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WHITE SWAN, Wash -  Yakama Nation officials say people take advantage of White Swan's remoteness to dump their trash.

"A lot of people bring out a lot of refrigerators and stoves and chuck them on the side of the road and what not, I've see chairs and recliners and everything sitting on the side of the road," says Mike Mesa, a White Swan resident.

Friday was the annual community clean up.  People were picking up trash around town and dropping off their own garbage.

"If we get a community a little clean that tries to better themselves, they get a pride of ownership and they become more unified and help each other in times of stress," says Yakima County Commisioner Ron Gamache, who attended the event.

The communites dump site was closed last June, but some still get rid off trash there.  People in the area are asked to use the Cheyne Land Fill near Zillah, which is now the closest.