Alameda eyesore gets a cleaning – with more to come

Brandon Norris of the Malheur County Sheriff's Office works with a crew on Saturday, April 30, to clean up property on Alameda Drive that has been the source of complaints for years. (The Enterprise/LES ZAITZ)

ONTARIO – One of the most notorious eyesores in Malheur County underwent a transformation Saturday as crews tackled garbage, debris and abandoned cars at a home across from Alameda Elementary School.

The change caps a sad three-year saga involving a family dealing with mental illness, squatters and police calls.

Cody Easom of Boise, whose parents owned the home, told the Enterprise Sunday that he now intends to sell the property.

County officials say the three-bedroom home at 1337 Alameda Drive is uninhabitable, damaged by fire and occupied in recent times with no electricity or running water.

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