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2A Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Appeal Tribune
Leonard Richard “Buzz” Huber passed away
on Nov. 10 at 73-years-old.
Leonard Richard “Buzz” Huber
Dec. 9, 1943 — Nov. 10, 2017
Leonard Richard “Buzz” Huber was born Dec. 9, 1943, in Silverton,
the tenth of 12 children born to Alfred and Magdalene (Prantl)
Huber. He died on Nov. 10, 2017, surrounded by his family in his home
in Silverton at the age of 73 years.
Buzz was raised and attended schools in Mt. Angel. He graduated
from Mt. Angel Prep school, worked various jobs and served in the
Oregon National Guard.
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state border,” Thompson said. “During a particular
storm with heavy snowfall, you’d run into a deeper and
harder snowpack immediately upon crossing the bor-
The result, he said, is hazardous driving conditions
for regular passenger cars and freight vehicles carry-
ing thousands of pounds of different goods and raw ma-
terials on Interstate 84.
Interstate 84 is one of the busiest highways in the
state with roughly 177,000 vehicles traveling on the
first 100 miles in the state daily, Thompson said.
“The traffic is greatly affected by ice that forms on
I-84 and delays freight movement, causing people who
drive regular cars to pile up behind them,” Thompson
Roughly 50,000 vehicles travel in the first 100 miles
of Interstate 5 in Oregon, which is mostly comprised of
regular passenger cars.
ODOT also is currently building a number of salt
sheds to house salt supplies in Eastern Oregon and
Southern Oregon. Salt sheds in Hugo, Baker, La Grande
and Ontario will be up and running by mid-November.
Sheds in Mission, Echo and Irrigon will be operational
by mid-December. Two sheds in Meacham and Umatilla
are expected to start construction in 2018.
Salt an environmental concern
While ODOT is expanding the area eligible for salt
treatments during extreme winter storms, Thompson
said salt is not their first tactic in battling unsafe road
“Salt is just a tool in our toolbox,” Thompson said.
“That doesn’t mean we’re going to use it every time.
We’re trying to minimize the salt.”
ODOT primarily uses sand, deicing treatment and
plows to clear roads and improve travel conditions
throughout the state.
One reason for limiting salt is its potential impact on
Buzz was united in marriage to Beverly Jensen on July 17, 1965, in Mt.
hey lived in Silverton and started their family. Buzz started his grave
digging business in 1969 that he continued to be a vital part of until
his death. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and had
been a member of the Jaycees for several years. He loved traveling,
enjoyed working in his yard and, most of all, cherished time with his
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bev Huber of Silverton; sons
Bruce Huber (Marti Booth) of Silverton and Ken Huber (Patti Wood-
ward) of Hermiston; daughter Cori Duda (Ron) of Silverton; grand-
children Andrew Huber (Mandy), Alicia Tjaarda (Grant), Emily Duda,
Nathan Duda and Ashtin Huber; great grandchildren Kiersten, Brody,
Harding and one on the way; sisters Loretta Cook, Leona Nelson,
Florence Sundet, Gert Halter and Barbara Dawes; brothers Bernie
Huber and Al Huber; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Buzz was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Mary “Sis” Hicks,
Sister Rosemarie Huber, Ed Huber and Elmer “Jim” Huber; and a
great granddaughter, Lilly Kay Huber.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at
St. Mary Catholic Church in Mt. Angel.
Private vault interment was held at Miller Cemetery in Silverton.
Those who wish may make contributions in Buzz’s memory to Provi-
dence Hospice or the Silverton Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund c/o
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston OR 97838.
Buzz’s family wishes to thank Dr. Bay and his staff, the Salem Hospital
staff, the Providence Benedictine staff and the Providence Bene-
dictine Hospice staff for all of their care and compassion shown to
Buzz and our entire family.
Please sign the online condolence book at BurnsMortuaryHermis-
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.
Once spread onto the road, salt breaks into sodium
and chloride ions, which research shows can harm
trees and vegetation up to 650 feet away. It also accu-
mulates in stream-side ecosystems and can disrupt
how fluids pass through aquatic animals and endanger
salmon and steelhead.
The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife also
warns it can cause toxicosis and death when ingested
In rural areas, deer and elk will stop on a road to lick
the salt, putting them at greater risk of being hit. And in
urban settings, it can put pets at risk.
Other road treatments carry their own environmen-
tal risks and tend to be expensive.
ODOT crews monitor air temperatures, ground tem-
peratures, humidity and precipitation in order to de-
cide the best technique with the help of the National
If it’s raining, officials typically don’t treat roads
with magnesium chloride, a liquid deicer. Deicer works
for a period of time before it dilutes from the rain and is
no longer effective.
When air temperatures reach freezing point, any fog
that makes contact with roads can quickly become ice.
If the snowpack is deeper than 2 inches, officials
don’t use salt.
If the snowpack is less than 2 inches, or if the storm
is winding down, Thompson said officials may use salt
to speed up clearing the road, drop sand to regain trac-
tion or just wait for the “sun to do its job.”
Each of those techniques, with the exception of the
sun’s rays, have environmental effects. Sand can be
blown into streams and harm salmon. Salt can roll past
the edges of the road and into wildlife. It can even seep
into cracks in the concrete of bridges and affect its
steel rebar infrastructure.
“It’s a complex conversation we explore to use the
safest technique with the least amount impact on the
environment,” Thompson said.
Salem Public Works services supervisor Bruce Hil-
debrandt said officials couldn’t access their magne-
sium chloride supply, which is typically delivered via
train, because their contractor couldn’t keep up with
“The railcars just never got to the places where we
can transfer, like Jefferson City and Clackamas, so we
were left high and dry with no supply,” Hildebrandt
After last winter’s shortage, he said city officials are
upgrading their deicing storage material facilities.
Last year, they could store roughly 15,000 gallons of
magnesium chloride and shared one tank with ODOT.
This year, Hildebrandt said they’ve ordered three
6,100 gallon tanks that can hold roughly 18,000 gallons
of magnesium chloride. ODOT now has its own supply
due to an expired intergovernmental agreement.
The deicer tanks were set to arrive by Thursday,
Nov. 2, and should be installed by Wednesday, Nov. 15.
The city’s storage facility is near 22nd Street and Mis-
sion Street in Salem.
He said Salem typically sees its first freezing tem-
peratures in late November but says snow is infrequent
at this elevation.
“Our number one issue is black ice in Salem,” Hilde-
He said that can be attributed to Salem’s hills, where
cold air is bottled up and settles during freezing tem-
peratures, which causes ice.
This past winter though, Salem recorded several
inches of snow and city officials were forced to change
their strategy for the first time in more than 20 years.
Hildebrandt advised crews to leave a little bit of
snow on the roads so sand and deicer could stay in place.
Crews plowed roads and sprayed deicer at the same
time, but roads iced over faster than crews could
“It was an unusual winter,” Hildebrandt said.
Weather models forecast cooler-than-normal weath-
er this winter, but it’s unclear if it will be wetter or drier,
according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
“We’re not planning on using salt,” Hildebrandt said.
“We want to lead the way in finding a more environmen-
tally friendly way in keeping our roads safe.”
Salem: Salt is the last resort
City of Salem officials ran out of deicer after mul-
tiple storms barraged the Willamette Valley this past
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up in foster care.
“She is a true inspiration to me; she (overcame disad-
vantages) and raised two children and started her own
business,” Joshua said. “That type of strength and resil-
ience, it is inspiring…Just because you have hardships
doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful life.”
An instrumental orchestrator in Cascadia’s drive is
Gwen Slippy, a foster mom and veteran advocate of
foster-care causes. Gwen serves as the recruitment and
retention specialist in Marion County for the Depart-
ment of Human Resources.
Donations or contributions in Silverton for Christ-
mas Cases for Kids can be dropped off at Guild Mort-
gage, 300 N. Water St., or at Silverton Inn & Suites, 310
N. Water St., whose new owners, Michael and Wendy
McQueen, are also partners in the drive.
Joshua said any questions regarding the drive can be
addressed to him by calling 208-816-8754, or email josh-
firstname.lastname@example.org or christy@cascadiam-
trealty.com. Visit the website at www.cascadiamtreal-
Silverton's annual Town Hall is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 18, in Silverton High School's auditorium,
1456 Pine St.
City Manager Christy Wurster said the event will in-
clude Mayor Kyle Palmer's "State of the City" message,
while members of the Silverton City Council and city
staff managers will be on hand to discuss various topics
and answer questions.
Fossil Free Silverton
A new group is afoot in Silverton. Gus Frederick
checked in to tell us about “Fossil Free Silverton,”
which he described as “a local branch of a national en-
deavor affiliated with the 350 Movement.”
The group’s facilitator is Elyce Brown, who elaborat-
ed on the group and its purpose.
“We are residents of Silverton, Oregon, who under-
stand that the climate is warming, that human activity
(including the use of fossil fuels) is the primary cause
of climate change, and that the technology is available
to us right now to transition away from polluting fuels
towards an equitable, clean energy future,” Elyce said.
“We are joining together as a group to send our City,
County, and State representatives and officials the
message that the problem is real and the solution must
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town,” Mayor Kyle Palmer said during the October
work session. “I’m not sure if we’ve been given com-
plaints about public nudity other than the urination.”
City staff provided the council with a strengthened
ordinance prohibiting the practice, excluding a “bona
fide medical emergency supported by medical docu-
Councilor Dana Smith asked if the new ordinance
was redundant since the cited acts fall under another
code. Police Chief Jeff Fossholm said passage would
clarify and fortify the law.
“(The current code) may or may not be able to be in-
terpreted that way, but this (code amendment) would
clean that up and make it very clear and easy to under-
stand, including in our municipal court system,” Foss-
Feeding deer was another issue that came before the
council, during its July 17 and Sept. 18 meetings, which
prompted the city attorney to rework the municipal
code so animals are addressed under one chapter. With-
in that, the amended code was passed and included the
prohibition of feeding deer.
The ordinance notes “the City desires to prevent the
intentional feeding of deer because it contributes to the
overpopulation of deer and encourages deer to congre-
gate in urban areas causing public safety issues.”
“There’s been a number of comments and concerns
in the community that this action tonight is the first
step in leading us toward a deer-culling ordinance,”
Palmer said. “That has not been discussed by this coun-
cil; that’s not under consideration at this time by this
include a renewable energy future.”
The group held its first meeting Nov. 11, at which
founding members became acquainted with the 350
Movement, watched a video and committed to their ob-
Elyce itemized the campaign demands: no new fossil
fuel projects; commitment toward 100 percent renew-
able energy by 2050. She also couched those demands
within a realistic, local perspective.
“We understand that (the first demand) may not be
applicable at all levels of government,” she said. “We
agree that our chances of achieving (the second) within
Silverton will be greater if we pair (it) with specific rec-
ommendations of do-able, win-win projects — such as
heating the Silverton Pool and the new City Hall with
solar panels — as well as with recognition of and appre-
ciation for steps that have already been taken toward
Elyce stressed that while the broad objectives may
seem monumental or even visionary, Fossil Free Silver-
ton’s task and actions will be hands-on and locally fo-
Silverton residents interested in joining or learning
more can attend Fossil Free Silverton’s next meeting, 6
to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at 110 S. Third St., when
members will brainstorm action options and priorities.
Contact Elyce at email@example.com.
“But speaking solely for myself, I do think this is a
step that we can take that is not punitive and that can
even marginally help with the issue. I think the deer are
in as much danger as anything by being fed in town and
given an unhealthy sense of safety while they are here.”
Councilor Jason Freilinger echoed the mayor’s com-
ments and further stressed that there are community
members who view this as “a reasonable step as op-
posed to…something as drastic as euthanizing the deer
as state law now allows, if a city so chooses.”
A third council action prohibited abusive solicita-
tion. All code amendments passed unanimously.
In other council news:
Palmer appointed five members to the new Trans-
portation Advisory Committee: Garron Lamoreau,
Chris Linn, Mark Rauch, Brianna Wolterman and Sarah
Reif. Councilor Matt Plummer will chair the commit-
The mayor said he was delighted to see considerable
interest from community members applying to serve,
including representatives from the Silverton Chamber
of Commerce and Silver Falls School District.
The numbers interested did make it difficult to nar-
row it down to five.
“That’s a wonderful problem to have and not one that
we’ve always enjoyed,” Palmer said. “It’s my intention
to have a very diverse committee, regardless of which
committee we’re talking about. And to balance that
committee with different viewpoints ... about the issues
that are going to be determined.”
Silverton Community Development Director Jason
Gottgetreu apprised the council that the city is set a
closing date on the Eugene Field School property some-
time between Dec. 6 and 21.
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“There’s been a number of comments and concerns in the community that this
action tonight is the first step in leading us toward a deer-culling ordinance.”
MAYOR KYLE PALMER, ON THE ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE FEEDING DEER