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The hike up Saddle Mountain in the Coast Range offers old-growth forest, wildflower meadows and sweeping views from the Pacific Ocean to the Oregon Cascade
Roberta Annette Beck
Roberta was born to
Mary Louise and Ar-
thur Clyde Boyce in Sa-
lem, Oregon. She was the
oldest of three daughters.
Her youngest sister Marie
passed away in 2018. Her
other sister Carol lives in
Massachusetts. Roberta
was raised between Or-
egon and Arizona and went to multiple schools
growing up. She attended Liberty Elementary,
Waldo Middle School, and Mohave County High
School. She graduated from Mohave County in
Kingman, Arizona in 1967 and went on to nursing
school. She finished practical nursing school at
Portland Adventist Hospital School of Practical
Nursing in 1969.
While working at the hospital she met a hand-
some fellow that would later become her husband;
his name was Larry Beck. The two were married in
the winter of 1973. They had three children: Kevin,
Patrick, and Tiffany. While raising her children
she was a very involved little league parent, Boy
Scout mom, 4-H leader and FFA mom. She would
have bottle fed any orphaned animal. Roberta
worked as Hazel Green’s lunch lady for many years.
She made sure that no child went hungry. Her
students were loved like her own kids. Roberta
could crochet, knit, and cross stitch. The role she
loved most was being a grandma. At the time of
her passing she was a resident at Molalla Manor.
Bristol Hospice was an amazing support during
her end of life journey. Her graveside service will
be held at Howell Cemetery located at 4559 64thPl
Salem, Oregon 97305 at 11 am on Sunday June
27th 2021. Following graveside service there will
be a luncheon at Hazel Green School outdoor
covered area located at 5774 Hazel Green Rd NE
Salem, Oregon 97305. If you would like to donate
in Roberta’s name consider donating to Molalla
Manor for the residents to enjoy.
Due to the holiday,
our offi ce hours and
obituary placement
times may vary.
Please contact us at
503-399-6789 or
for further details.
The hike up Saddle Mountain in the Coast Range offers old-growth forest, wildflower meadows and
sweeping views from the Pacific Ocean to the Oregon Cascade volcanoes. ZACH URNESS / STATESMAN JOURNAL
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The small reddish-orange butterflies with distinctive
silver spots were once found on coastal grasslands from
Northern California to southern Washington, but devel-
opment, changes to the forest, and invasive weeds and
grasses reduced the silverspots’ preferred habitat —
mainly early blue violets, the sole food source for cater-
By the mid-2010s, silverspots had declined to just
four isolated populations, including Hebo Mountain and
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relevant volumes of our
trusty but ancient Ameri-
can Peoples Encyclopedia.
As a side note, my dad
had visions of paying his
way through the Univer-
sity of Missouri by selling
the encyclopedias door-
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“Easy Online Arrangements”
Given my dad’s lack of
salesmanship, ours may
have been one of the two
or three sets that he ever
sold, and that probably
because of the employee
The giveaway to dad’s
marketing skills being
that my grandparents
also had a complete set in
their home.
I digress.
Anyway, as I recall, I
got an A for the wind-
shield/radiator bug ex-
hibit mounted on map
pins on a sheet of balsa
wood with accompanying
lick-and-stick labels.
All of which, looking
back, says a lot more
about my youthful guile
and ingenuity than it
does about my scientific
But there was another
valuable lesson from the
drive-through bug collec-
tion that is still relevant to
this day.
Now, whenever I drive
through a swarm or cloud
of bugs on my way to a
fishing hole, I’ll take a few
minutes to check out
what’s stuck on the front
end of the truck when I
get there.
Because, from grass-
hoppers to gnats, it’s
probably what the fish are
going to be eating.
And that saves a lot of
time looking through the
fly box.
So thanks, Dave.
I couldn’t have done it
without you.
Basket Slough National Wildlife Refuge outside Salem.
Saddle Mountain was deemed a good location to ex-
pand the population because of its early blue violet abun-
dance. Since 2018, federal and state biologists have re-
leased 500 silverspot caterpillars into the mountain’s
meadows each spring.
The effort appears to be working. A 2020 survey found
82 adult silverspots along the mountain’s trails, with the
real population likely higher in the mountains’ steep
meadows, said Trevor Taylor, park resource program
manager for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Depart-
See HIKE, Page 3B
Sort of a boo-ray
The hooray is that on
June 11, the Oregon de-
partments of Agriculture
and Fish and Wildlife an-
nounced the reopening
of razor clamming on the
central coast.
The chorus of boos is
because the notice came
too late to make it in the
June 12 column about the
coming monster minus
tide series.
But the best news is
that there’s still time to
cash in on the low points,
so to speak, because the
world-beater minus tides
are next week.
Important note: The
north coast, including
the most popular razor
clamming spots in the
state, Clatsop County
closed because of con-
tinuing elevated levels of
domoic acid, a shellfish
So it’s vital that you
check current conditions
on the ODA’s toll-free
shellfish biotoxin hotline
at (800) 448-2474 or go
online to the State of Ore-
gon: Shellfish - Recre-
ational Shellfish Biotoxin
Closures before heading
out during the June 22
through the weekend of
June 26 and 27 minus-
tides series. For sites,
times and tides during
the epic low-tide series,
go online to Tide Loca-
tion Selection for Oregon
This week’s highlight
As promised (or at
least predicted): The dai-
ly counts of shad passing
through the fish ladder at
Bonneville Dam on the
Columbia River sur-
passed the 100,000 mark
on June 10 (126,796 to be
precise). And the num-
bers have stayed near
that figure since. For the
latest numbers online, go
to 7 Day and YTD Adult
Counts (
Through June 13, more
than 1 million shad had
crossed Bonneville Dam.
Sounds as if a trip to
Clackamette Park in Ore-
gon City, where the Wil-
lamette and Clackamas
rivers converge, might be
in order, especially given
weather of late. Park in-
formation is online at
Clackamette Park | City
of Oregon City (orci- The original col-
umn that I wrote about
shad fishing is online at
the SJ website at Henry
Miller: Cottonwood fluff
is falling, so it must be
time for shad (states-
week: The best time to go
fishing is yesterday.
That’s what all the regu-
lars say when you get
Contact Henry via