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6 Thursday, September 4, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Esmeralda's Evenson--a ,um rap for a nice guy I've been watching the developments in Esmeralda County and have refrained from commenting until the dust has cleared. It looks like that may be the case now. Esmeralda County District Attorney Steve Evenson "resigned" effective September 1, 1997, after being the subject of a petition to recall. The County Clerk refused to give Evenson copies of the recall papers, despite the fact they are public record. Evenson had to go to court to get the records. Every row and then a newspa- per is refused county records that are public and it's necessary to take legal measures. That's never happened to this newspaper but ifit ever does you'll be the first to hear about it! In such a blatant case as occurred to Evenson our state press association would have been glad to get a piece of that action. Seems to me the wrong office was the subject of a recall effort. Nonetheless, I believe Evenson got a bum rap. According to local talk, Evenson plea-bargained a burglary charge to save the county a bunch of money and get a guilty plea to a somewhat lesser charge. The victims of the crime were unhappy with that and began a recall campaign. Now, there's nothing wrong with that. If the individuals involved felt so "wronged" by what had happened, that is a perfectly legal course of action for them to take. But, after all the hassle, Evenson decided the job simply wasn't worth it. He found another job making more money and tossed his hat into the ring. He told the county to find someone else but it had to be before September 1 because that's when he had to report to his new job, Here's where things turn sour. Many of the individuals felt this "This simply smacks of the 'good ole boy' syndrome." was an illegal resignation. They wanted the recall anyway and went to court to get it. It was determined by the state of Nevada that the resignation would not stand up and threw the whole mess back to the county. This all happened within two weeks of Evenson leaving anyway. Okay, maybe things weren't quite correct with Evenson's resigna- tion. I believe he meant well by it and gave the county a reasonably proper notice. A reading of the "word of the law letter-by-letter" didn't let it hold up. But why the big hullabaloo? He's leav- ing within a week -- let it go. At this point the recall effort is nothing but a vendetta against Evenson. There was no need for this. I feel sorry for the new district attorney. He's gonna get an earful and an eyeful. Evenson did a pretty good job for the county. He stated in a letter to this newspaper that he had a lot of friends and enjoyed living in Esmeralda County. He was sorry to be leaving. I'm sorry to see him leave. Evenson was a nice guy. Maybe that's what his problem was. There's little doubt in my mind that the new D.A. is going to have to come in and bust some heads. Take a hard approach because there's some people out there that think they know more about the law than the D.A.'s office. There are some small minds working the halls of Esmeralda County that think they're above everyone else. This simply smacks of the "good ole boy" syndrome. Esmeralda voters should take a very hard look at what has happened and decide if they really want to keep these people in office. They're supposed to be there to serve the public. Instead, they're serving their own petty egos. events but the Targe by Joe Riehards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! Q, 6