The independent. (Vernonia, Or.) 1986-current, April 21, 2005, Page Page 7, Image 7

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    The INDEPENDENT, April 21, 2005
In the Service
Dana D. Taylor
Air Force Airman 1st Class
Dana D. Taylor has graduated
from the First Term Airman
Center at Elmendorf AFB, An-
chorage, Alaska. The center
assists first term, first-duty sta-
tion airmen to transition from
the controlled environment of
basic military training and tech-
nical school to a self-disci-
plined, mission-oriented envi-
The center provides a
streamlined process to help
airmen understand how they fit
in their duty station. For 30
days, they are mentored and
supervised by staff leaders
who help them with schedules,
in-processing appointments,
and ensure attendance to all
meetings, training and tours.
Staff leaders also advise on
military protocol, personnel
and professional matters and
provide counseling when disci-
plinary action is warranted.
The airmen also spend five
to seven days conducting work
details. After 30 days, they re-
ceive a certificate of accom-
plishment and report to their
duty section for training in their
job specialty.
Taylor, the daughter of Ran-
di D. Lunzman of Banks, and
Don L. Jackson of North
Plains, is a 2003 graduate of
Banks High School.
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Join Earth Day project to help restore Killin Wetlands
Tualatin Riverkeepers have
invited the Banks community to
participate in upcoming activi-
ties to explore and restore Killin
Wetlands, which is also known
as Cedar Canyon Marsh.
Farm and Cedar Canyon –
flow through the wetland, creat-
ing 2.5 miles of habitat for na-
tive Steelhead and Cutthroat
trout. The gravel beds in the
upper reaches of these creeks
Wetlands restoration obviously is fun to these volunteers!
Killin Wetlands is about 300
acres of publicly owned natural
area that was once part of a
10,000 acre habitat-type de-
fined by its rare labish soils and
Geyer willow trees, a species of
willow found in only a few
places in the Willamette Valley.
Three creeks — Sadd, Park
are trout spawning habitat.
The wetlands are also home
to a wide variety of wildlife in-
cluding the American bittern
and the Pacific salamander.
Killin Wetlands was acquired
by Metro Parks in Greenspaces
in 1995, with funds from a bond
measure passed by the public.
Wetlands are an important
part of a healthy river system.
The absorbent soils hold water
and provide “storage” for rivers
and creeks, preventing flooding
and ensuring summer flow by
releasing water into rivers and
creeks slowly in warm summer
months. Wetland plants have
the important job of filtering pol-
lutants, providing cleaner water
for drinking and for use for in-
dustry, farms and ranches.
Earth Day Event
Volunteers are invited to cel-
ebrate Earth Day on Saturday,
April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to noon,
by joining with Tualatin River-
keepers to help improve water
quality and wildlife habitat at
Killin Wetlands in Banks by
planting native trees, including
the rare Geyer willow and Dou-
glas spirea.
Contact volunteer coordina-
tor Monica Smiley at 503-590-
5813 or <monica@tualatinriver> to sign up.
The Earth Day event is co-
coordinated with SOLV. To
learn more about SOLV visit
their website at <>.
Breeding Birds Guided Hike
Local birding expert Dennis
Manzer will lead a FREE guid-
ed hike at Killin Wetlands on
Saturday, May 7. Participants
will see tree and violet green
swallows, chickadees, nut-
hatches, American bitterns and
coots. For more information or
to sign up, contact office man-
ager Margot Fervia-Neamtzu at
503-590-5813 or <margot@tua>.
The Tualatin Riverkeepers is
a non-profit organization work-
ing to protect and restore the
Tualatin River system. Tualatin
Riverkeepers aids watershed
stewardship through public ed-
ucation, access to nature, citi-
zen involvement and advocacy.
Oak Village
4 Jumbo
Easy Access with
Ample Parking
located next to
Jim’s Market
at the junction of
Hwy 47 & Hwy 6
Main Street, Banks
FRI 24 th Sat 25 th Sun 26 th
T HE S TO R E Hot Tomatoes
Ump eam
Ice C l $1.99
1/2 G
69¢ LB
Don’t Forget Jim’s Famous
Bar-B Q Fri. Sat. & Sundays
660 So. Main, Banks • 503-324-2171
Banks Hardware
503-324-5221 • 150 N. Main Street, Banks
• Mon - Fri 8am to 6pm
• Saturday 8am to 5pm
• Sunday 10am to 4pm