The independent. (Vernonia, Or.) 1986-current, September 02, 2010, Page Page 13, Image 13

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    The INDEPENDENT, September 2, 2010
Page 13
Evers cleared on six of 13 charges
New brochure for Banks and N. Plains
Dale Evers, 42, Banks, has
been cleared on some of the
charges that were brought
against him. Charges of sex
abuse were brought against
Evers in November 2009 after
a 15-year-old girl said he
touched her inappropriately
when she was at his family
farm. Other girls and women
came forward later and, all told,
13 counts of sex abuse and
three counts of supplying alco-
hol to minors went to a Wash-
ington County jury recently.
The “Exit the Sunset to Ad-
venture” visitor’s guide, which
features the cities of Banks and
North Plains, has been updated
and reprinted and is now avail-
able. The first guide was a
product of the second Ford
Family Foundation Leadership
class for Banks and North
Plains residents. The gradu-
ates of the class created this
project to benefit current and
future businesses and resi-
dents, promote tourism and
The jury found Evers not
guilty on six counts of sex
abuse, guilty on the three
counts of supplying alcohol to
minors and deadlocked on the
other seven counts of sex
abuse. A mistrial was declared
by Judge Kirsten Thompson on
the seven counts. A hearing
this week will decide on Evers’
sentences on the charges of
supplying alcohol to minors,
and set possible new trial dates
for the remaining seven sex
abuse charges.
New website for traffic safety
What do traffic engineers,
road maintenance workers,
bike and pedestrian advocates,
deputy sheriffs and firefighters
in Washington County have in
common? A concern for public
safety! And traffic safety is a
huge component of public safe-
Recently, concerned staff
from three county agencies de-
cided to pool their efforts, be-
ginning with a new county-wide
web site where traffic safety in-
formation can be easily ac-
cessed. Launched in July, the
web address is http://www.
The site includes videos and
links for drivers, bicyclists,
pedestrians, neighborhoods,
and even a Kids Korner. Public
feedback and requests for top-
ics are welcome; email com-
ments to lutdir@co.washing .
Washington County is com-
mitted to building and maintain-
ing the best transportation sys-
tem, ensuring the safety of all
roadway users, and operating
the county roadway system in a
cost-effective and environmen-
tally responsible manner.
School starts September 7,
Please drive carefully and
watch out for children
provide information about en-
tertainment, historical and
recreation options in the area.
The publication was first
printed in 2006. In 2010 the
Banks Community Foundation
took on the task of updating
and reprinting the guide to in-
clude information about new
businesses and outdoor activi-
ties. The project was funded in
part by a grant from the Wash-
ington County Visitors Associa-
tion. This beautiful area is ever
changing and the popularity of
the “Exit the Sunset to Adven-
ture” guide is proof that visitors
and residents want to know
what to see and do in the area.
The guide will be available at
many locations including Banks
Trail Cafe, L. L. “Stub” Stewart
State Park, Jim’s Thriftway,
Banks Visitors Center at Log
Cabin Park, Banks Public Li-
brary, North Plains Public Li-
brary and North Plains Senior
Wash. Co. CCF seeks new members
The Washington County
Commission on Children and
Families (CCF) is currently
seeking applications for new
The Commission’s charge is
to help every child reach their
full potential and to support
families and the community in
achieving that goal. Working
with many partners, the Com-
mission looks at conditions in
the community that affect chil-
dren and families and recom-
mends planned strategies and
funding to improve those condi-
There are fifteen members
who represent the geographic
and cultural diversity of the
county, and bring expertise and
knowledge about the develop-
mental stages of childhood and
adolescence, and issues facing
children and families. At least
eight of the members must be
lay citizens who do not derive
income from children and fami-
ly services.
The commission meets on
the second Thursday of each
month at 7:00 p.m. The length
of each term is four years.
The application deadline is
October 5 or when all vacan-
cies are filled. Applications may
be obtained by visiting the web-
site, or by calling 503-846-
8685. Descriptions of all boards
can also be found on the
Boards and Commissions web
site at .
Action Ads
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additional word
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Saturday 8am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm