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2A ❚ WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018 ❚ APPEAL TRIBUNE
Man sentenced for stealing $60k from nonprofit
Whitney Woodworth Salem Statesman Journal
USA TODAY NETWORK
A Mt. Angel man was sentenced Jan. 9 to two years
probation for stealing more than $60,000 from an area
James Byron Hall Jr., 64, was arrested on two
counts of first-degree aggravated theft and two counts
of first-degree theft in August.
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“Once you start regulating that out, you do change
the dynamic,” she said. “It’s going to be great for the
bars that are further out (of downtown) and not reg-
ulated by that.”
Silverton resident Harry Douglas said he felt the or-
dinance, or the way it arose, would be out of sync with
Silverton's small-town character. He said any issues
with smoking could be handled without requiring leg-
islation or bans.
“We all know each other here,” Douglas said, advis-
ing that the council seek a more “small-town friendly”
Councilor Jim Sears recommended that his peers
look at the process “before we all jump on this train.”
Sears stressed options that won’t be explored if the
council approved the ordinance.
“Why don’t we go out in the downtown area and
have more of a dialogue about…options that we can
solve," Sears said. "What we want is the outcome,
which is to curb the amount of smoking on the side-
walks downtown. (See) if we can make that happen
without spending the money (on signs and law en-
Materials and installation for required signs noti-
fying of the no smoking zone cost $382 each, and the
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vast number of resources, in some cases from mid-
July through September and even October.”
The number of acres burned in 2017 wasn’t a record,
or even particularly close. In 2012, more than 1.2 mil-
lion acres were blackened, but most of it was in south-
east Oregon grassland.
The major fires of 2017, however, burned primarily
in forestland often close to homes and infrastructure,
driving up cost, officials said.
Two of Oregon’s largest fires, Chetco Bar and Eagle
Creek, were declared the nation’s top priority during
late August and September. Both fires were managed
by fire crews that reached 1,500 people and required
deployment of the Oregon National Guard.
“At one point, we had more than 10,300 firefighting
resources assigned in the Pacific Northwest,” Baker
said. “Many of the regional air tanker bases also had
The reason for the heavy wildfire season was multi-
faceted, said Kari Cobb, spokeswoman for the National
Interagency Fire Center.
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ban would require anywhere from 36 to 82 signs, de-
pending on which zone boundary the council applied.
Sears also urged the council to question "why we
are doing this?"
“It looks like we are trying to have a zero tolerance
on smoke; don’t want to see any or smell any,” he said.
“I guess I just want to discuss to see if the council
would be open to an option of working with the down-
town businesses, because they’re the ones who are go-
ing to be directly impacted.
“I think that, perhaps there are creative ways to get
where we want to be, where we don’t’ have to go out
and spend the money, worry about the enforcement. I
think there is a lot we can do if we go down that path,
rather than pass the ordinance tonight.”
Mayor Kyle Palmer and councilors Dana Smith and
Rhett Martin also expressed reservations about the or-
dinance — signs, expenses, impacts to businesses —
aligning with Sears' suggestion of working to find a
less heavy-handed solution.
Palmer emphasized that finding solutions outside
of government intervention is always a preferred path.
Martin acknowledged the issues, such as cigarette
butt litter, but also acknowledged that since those is-
sues have emerged and the council has been presented
with a ban proposal, strides have been made volun-
tarily by downtown businesses to rectify those issues.
He also alluded to the cost of the ban.
“If there is already an effort in motion, something
that we can work on collectively and not spend a mini-
The previous winter brought above-average precip-
itation and snowpack, which led to the growth of extra
fuels, she said. But those fuels quickly dried out with
above-average and often scorching temperatures in
early summer, “which becomes really combustible,”
Add two major lightning storms to the mix, as oc-
curred statewide in June and July, and you had a reci-
pe for trouble, Cobb said.
“There was a lot of fuel, and it dried out quicker than
it normally would,” she said. “That’s often going to lead
to a bad wildfire season.”
Cost of fire suppression in Oregon
2017: $454 million
2016: $53 million
2015: $218 million
2014: $269 million
2013: $183 million
2012: $102 million
2010: $50 million
Source: Northwest Interagency Coordination Cen-
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He worked for Hart-
man Chevrolet and L.K.
Company, two local com-
panies whose owners
served as volunteer fire-
fighters. And as a teen,
he’d learned to run heavy
equipment, a skill that
translated nicely into fire
As a young man, Klaus
became a certified elec-
trician and landed a full-
time day job as mainte-
nance supervisor at Agri-
pac, Inc., in Woodburn.
His know-how and in-
dustry connections were
invaluable to Silverton
Fire in the days when
equipment was old,
place, and money tight,
For example, at a
farmer’s pond near the
Victor Point Station,
Klaus helped upgrade the
drafting pipe – a perma-
nent connection for wa-
ter fill-ups – by employ-
ing a Salem foundry to
cast a custom fitting and
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served as the nonprofit's treasurer since its creation in
1995. He was awarded the Mount Angel Chamber of
Commerce First Citizen Award in 2014 for his commu-
nity volunteer work.
The Oregon Board of Accountancy website lists Hall
as a certified public accountant licensed since 1984. No
disciplinary actions are listed in his file, and his license
See STEALING, Page 3
What: Next scheduled Silverton City Council
When: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5
Where: Silverton City Council Chambers, 421 S.
mum of $13,752 to do that, that’s what I am more in
Councilors Matt Plummer and Laurie Carter favored
giving the ordinance a first reading, both voicing their
arguments primarily on the grounds of general health.
But theirs were the only council votes in favor the ordi-
nance, and it failed.
One option expressed by some councilors was to re-
fer the issue back to the city’s Environmental Manage-
ment Committee to engage with downtown business-
es in working out solutions.
The ban on smoking in the parks passed unani-
mously with minimal discussion.
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Acres burned in Oregon
2017: 664,824 acres
Source: National Interagency Fire Center
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rapher and videographer in Oregon for 10 years. He is
the author of the book “Hiking Southern Oregon” and
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asking machinists at
Agripac to make it fit the
newly installed pipe,
“We had a lot of old
equipment, and there
were always parts need-
ing built from scratch, he
added. “Bob was like a
walking Yellow Pages; he
knew who to take stuff to
when it broke.”
Later Klaus assumed
the task of outfitting the
district with a commer-
cial-grade kitchen from
which to serve the annu-
al Mother’s Day Break-
fast. He seemed to enjoy
combing the Internet for
buys and traveling to pick
them up. The purveyor of
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He was convicted of two felony counts of first-de-
gree aggravated theft and sentenced by Marion Coun-
ty Judge Lindsay Partridge.
Hall, a longtime community fixture, was accused of
stealing from the Mt. Angel Community Foundation.
The local nonprofit raises funds for the public library,
scholarships for graduating seniors and Mount An-
gel's famous glockenspiel.
According to a Woodburn Independent article, Hall
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“At the fire
district, he was a
adviser and the
voice of reason.
He is going to be
Chief Bill Miles,
regarding longtime volunteer
firefighter Bob Klaus
the perfect pancake, he
“There wasn’t a per-
son who could make a
perfect pancake, Miles
At 70, Klaus was hon-
ored at for 50 years of fire
service, and he just kept
coming, ready to serve.
An invaluable part of the
district’s interview pan-
els, he had a knack for
seeing what recruits and
potential hires were
He was always good
for a story, a tidbit of his-
tory or a political discus-
sion. At association
meetings, the agenda in-
cluded a standing invita-
tion for “Bob to share
something for the good of
the order,” at which time
he’d “pull a newspaper
clipping out of his pocket
or start telling a funny
story,” Miles said.
In death, he’s survived
by his wife of 17 years,
Kay Klaus; daughters,
Verlene Stadeli of Silver-
ton and Janet Coleman of
and Morgan Stadeli of
Silverton; and brothers,
Don of Corvallis and Jim
of Claremore, Okla.