Oregon timber communities adapt

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The nearly 1 million people that live in Oregon's timber country are adapting to changes after the expiration of federal logging subsidies.

“What they tell me is one door closes and another door opens,” said Ron Hults, 50, who worked at the mill for 18 years operating the various machinery it takes to turn a rough log into a smooth piece of lumber. “I’m waiting for the open door.”

The loss of the subsidies has forced timber counties to cut budgets to the bone. Sheriff’s offices have laid off deputies, cut patrols and released some inmates, only to see them arrested for new crimes. Frustrated citizens have tried to fill the gap with armed patrols.

Read more at The Union-Bulletin.

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