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4 The Sun, Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Artwork and Writing by 1st Graders in Mrs. Arthur's class at Faulconer-Chapman School i ..................................................................................................... I 1 J By Naomi Elizabeth Cruickshank In the winter I decorate the Christmas tree. By Sierra In the win- ter I will build [By Ashton 1 a snowman. I like to ride a snowmobile. By Isaac In the winter there is a snowman. l[ 11 It l !! By Gabe In the winter snow I can drink hot cocoa. Snowflake and drawing by Erzsi By Anne In the winter I can see a snowman. By Sylind I like to play with snowballs. By Blake I have snow- ball fights. By Josh G. In the winter I want to make a snowman. By Hunter In the win- ter I see a snowman. is leadoff speaker -at forestry industry meeting By Jo Mclntyre stitute. Correspondent, The Sun , The Legislature created the Institute in 1991 to "improve public understanding of Hampton Lumber CEO Steve Zika was the state's forest resources and to encour- the leadoff speaker at a recent meeting at age environmentally sound forest manage- the World Forestry Center in l ortland held ment through training and other educa- to discuss economic development strategy tional programs for forest landowners. for the wood products industry. OFRI is funded by a dedicated harvest tax His message was grim, but spirited, on forest products producers," according "We're in an incredibly difficult situa- to the agency's website. tion. Sales are down 40 percent, prices are State agency speakers said they had at- down 50 percent to 60 percent. Yet, the tended numerous meetings, issued new re- wood products industry is still the second ports, revised and revived old plans and largest industrial sectorin Oregon,"he said. proposals, fomaed new advisory panels and ''We are the number one supplier to the brought four state agencies together into a U.S. housing industry. We need to promote cooperative work group in the past year. [the fact that we are] local and sustainable All that activity was to no avail, appar- more sustainable than steel." ently. David Mormon, from Oregon's De- He showed a wooden two-by-four and partment of Forestry, said his department a piece of steel which he had bought that and others at the meeting do recognize that moming. He found them in a building sup- many forests are overstocked and a fire ply store in Portland, a city which touts its danger. commitment to being 'green.' "We recognize that Oregon lacks con- Oregon mills are modem and state of sensus on a forest cluster economic devel- the art. Most Oregon wood products mills opment strategy," he said. ate designed for using small trees, not 'an- That did not sit well with the outspo- cient forests.' ken Robert T. Freres. Jr., of Freres Lum- Listing issues the industry faces in its ber Co., based in Lyons. Ore., who cited efforts to survive and provide employment Governor Ted Kulongoski's budget pro- for people in rural communities, helisted: posal for the 2009-2011 biennium. Finding workers to replace retiring "The Govemor gave the forest indus- workers. "We need people, especially try the middle finger last Monday. They those that have the technical skills to be kick us in the groin when they get the ready for the 21st century, chance." Freres said. Improving the health of the When Kulongoski presented the bud- Oregon's state and federal forests. Over- get, which provides $2.3 million to fund grown forests have fires that produce huge the Forestry Cluster Initiative, he said, "We volumes of greenhouse gases. Growing must invest in the future, even if that means young, forests sequester carbon,making painful disinvestments in the Wood supply is always a concern present." That forestry item contains fund- for mills. He's surprised that some oft]- ing for three types of research projects. cials don't recognize that. Meanwhile. the state economist pre- For the rest of the afternoon, private dicted the industry would losejobs at a rate industry people alternated with state of 7 percent next year, on top of a 7.5 per- agency representatives in presenting as- cent job loss this year pects of an 18-page draft of a 'forest clus- One good outcome from the meeting, ter' strategy currently being developed, in addition to gaining opportunities to net- State agencies included Department of work with state employees, representa- Forestry, Economic and Community De- fives of elected officials, and other indus- velopment Department. OSU College of try people, was that a lot of paper was Forestry and Oregon Forest Resources In- used. FFA collected food will help feed families Continued from PAGE 1 found anybody with trees yet," she said. bution to families in need. More food will be coming from a Wil- The adopted mill families are just a needed them. Gift cards exclude tobacco lamina FFAproject. The students have pro- small portion of the total recipients of the and alcohol, vided leadership for a huge undertaking FFA's donations. Most of the produce is ''We had hoped to have trees, but haven't involving fresh produce donated for distri- sent to the Oregon Food Bank. A few good orders can save the day Continued from PAGE I Just being in the community has been a wood products industry, he sounds sur- real blessing to their family, he said. prised that his business is still running in downtum started in late summer, early fall. At Cascade Structural Laminators in this economic climate. "I've been through "Inmid-Septemberthingsjuststopped," FortHill, moreorderscameinjustrecently all the bad cycles, including the early he said, echoing the experience of Hamp- to save the day, president and founder, 1980s.'" ton CEO Steve Zika. "The phone stopped Steve Killgore, said. He has had to reduce his work force ringing. Now, it's starting to break loose "It's been a tough year. We ran it at full from 23 to 14. The other part of his lami- just a bit. steam up until about the third week of Oc- nate business is loc ited in Washington, "Things have picked up a little bit in tober," he said. "We took acurtailment at which had a work force of about 60 and is the last couple of weeks. We're small, so the end of October, then one for Thanks- now down to 30 people. you get one or two good orders and it can giving. I had planned another one for the He has a good benefit package and a keep you going. Things aren't expanding, holidays, but looks like we've gotten some competitive pay scale. Washington's wood but it looks like we'll be able to keep the more orders, products sector was doing quite well for a doors open. We'll be here as long as there's It's just such an unusual time, Killgore while, but Killgore is seeing more and more business." said. Despite his long experience in the layoffs there, as well. Boise steady with 50 employees Continued from PAGE 1 will lose a couple of trades people to the is based in Medford and also supervises pulp mills because they pay a little more, the Wlllamina mill. been in a serious slump for months, said but there are not many places to go," he In spite of those weak conditions, Hampton CEO Steve Zika. said. Boise's Willamina mill has maintained Through the end of this year, Hampton Boise Wood Products runs a veneer mill employment at 50, although the work force will have taken out aboutl 3 weeks of pro- with about 50 employees in Willamina. had numbered 78 in 2005. duction at Willamina. including the final Veneer is a raw material that goes into ply- "Sometime in January we'll be down two weeks of the year. he said. wood panels, for about a two-week period, because we Some of those weeks included paid holi- Wfllamina will be down both weeks of have to do an equipment install," Smith days so they weren't full weeks of down- Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. However, five days said. "It's a barker that debarks the logs time. will be paid holidays and the other five days going into the mill and is a key piece of Even so, with a shockingly fast turn for will be down, according to Bob Smith, equipment in the wood flow." the worse that began this September, Boise's division region human resources The shutdown may be the last two Hampton was forced to announce layoffs manager, weeks of January. Boise has also an- of about 48 workers. There are currently "Market conditions for wood products nounced downtime during the weekofDec. about 285 employees at Willamina. are still weak, but timing allows us to com- 22 for its plywood mills in Kettle Falls, ''We'vealsolostafewat'Iillamookand bine downtime with holidays," he said. He Wash., and Elgin, Ore. Sun Spots By Jane Hensley cocoa (I highly recommend their ship's crew. Which meant all, in- in order to bring us one of the larg- Correspondent, The Sun specialty Loco Cocoa deluxe: Hot eluding Colleen and Dixie were est events in the West Valley, Chocolate, marshmallows,able to board the USS Kearsageand "Sheridan Days." This tradition will As the holiday season is breez- whipped cream, sprinkles, and any spent five days and three nights on once again be here in Sheridan June ing by it is the perfect time for four flavor candy cane, which by the board with their loved ones and the 2009 the committee will start up friends who are forth graders of the way is all for less than a dollar!) ship's crew. They slept in berths, their regular meetings next month Sheridan Japanese school-- Tyler If you missed out last Friday ate with the sailors and toured most in January. If you have any ideas, Gutbrod, Hayley Risseeuw, Linzee you still have a chance to enjoy of the ship. The ship dockedin Nor- suggestions, comments, belong to Cambell and Marissa Griffith-- to "Loco Cocoa." The kids will be at folk, Virginia. a group who wants to participate, sell their goods for the good of it again Friday, Dec. 19, from 3 to Colleen and Dixie are back or if can offer a helping hand you Grand Sheramina food bank. 5 p.m. at First Federal. Please plan home now still reeling from such a are encouraged to attend and share. Tyler and Hayley came up with on supporting and encouraging wonderful experience, while in Iwillkeepininformedofwhenthis an idea of wanting to raise some these youngsters. Not only will great anticipation of Nicholas be- dedicated group of folks plan for money for local needy folks. They their hot chocolate warm you up, ing home with them, other family their January meeting. mentioned it to their friends Linzee but when you see these youngsters' members and friends of the West During the Mill Creek group and Marissa, then the brainstorm- efforts it will definitely warm your Valley during Christmas. meeting this month members had ing began. All discussed and laid heart as well -- in today's world All the sailors of the USS a holiday gift exchange between out their selling strategy and prod- that's a good thing. Priceless! Kearsarge will be on leave for this each other and then participated in uct. Hence "Loco Cocoa" was Speaking of warming your Christmas. Wishing you all a very several Christmas craft activities. formed. With homemade hand held heart, West Valley locals Colleen Happy Holiday and a safe New Later the ladies enjoyed a delicious signs, voices ringing out loud, silly Lee and daughter Dixie Lee flew Year. Thank You for your service holiday potluck meal. 2008 group antics, menu assortment of candy to Miami, Fla. Nov. 29 to see son/ Nicholas and to your fellowactivities were productive and en- canes and a variety of ways to serve brother Navy Third Class Petty troops, joyed by all group members. This up their hot chocolate, these young- Officer ET 3 Nicholas Lee who is Sheridan Days would like toupcoming new year the group will sters set up for business in front of assigned to USS Kearsarge. The thank everyone who recently par- continue to do what they do so well Sheridan First Federal on Friday, Kearsarge had just finished up a ticipated in their fundraiser Bingo with each other by sharing in val- Dec. 13--just in time for that cold, four month humanitarian cruise in night at the Rebekah Hall. Karen ned friendships, good times, while wet, windy day mother nature of- the Caribbean, South and Central Christianson, treasurer of Sheridan continuing to learn and help with fered up. American countries. Days, accepted the check for the community needs. Congratulations The entrepreneurs were busy The USS Kearsarge offered acommittee. This is one of many to another successful year, girls! making up their varieties of hot "Tiger Cruise" to the families of the fund-raisers this committee holds Till Next T'mae! School tells honor roll' SJS congratulates the follow- Erica Keaveney, Mara Neel, Kira ing students who made Sheridan Seratan, Carlisle Topping. Japanese School first trimester 7th grade: Rebecca Cleve- honor roll: land Stout, Camille Gluskoter, 4th grade: Liberty Beecher, Tabitha Mueller, Emily Neel. Sydney Stem. 9th grade: Jamie Campbell, 5th grade: Madeline Bisgyer, Lena Morrow. Jackson Meyer, Katy Morrow, 10th grade: Kelsey Lander. Allison Pope, Kessia Tiedge, llth grade: Bailey Swanson. Bridgett Zahniser. 12th grade: Joseph 6th grade: Fern Cochran, Campbell. i Garbage pickup a day late during Christmas week 1 Western Oregon Waste re- Year's Day holiday. cently announced its Christmas Greenlands, Resource Rescue, and New Year's service sched- and the Recovery Zone are all ule. open normal hours on Dec. 24 and WOW customers with a nor- 31, and closed on Christmas Day mal pickup day of Thursday or and New Year's Day.. Friday will receive service one WOW offices close at 3 p.m. day late during Christmas week. on Dec. 24 and will be closed all Thursday service will be on Fri' day Christmas Day, open normal day and Friday service will be on hours on Dec. 31, and customer Saturday. Pickup schedules return service will be available from 8 to normal on Dec. 29 and will a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. remain regular through the New on Jan 1. 1 ,,,, ! JiiH[ :" ll|J/ i