July 31, 2008 |
A company owned by the founders of Gap Inc. took control of the bankrupt Pacific Lumber Co. on Wednesday, marking a new chapter in the history of one of the country's oldest and most controversial timber firms. Pacific Lumber's logging practices over the last two decades under Maxxam Inc. of Houston have drawn widespread opposition from environmentalists. The deal was completed after Mendocino Redwood Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2008 |
Beneath the gnarled green-needled boughs of the North Coast redwoods, a remarkable encounter one recent day shook the roots of the forest's fiercest struggle. A top timber company executive hiked into the woods with a message for the latest generation of tree sitters perched on platforms high in the massive limbs of the ancient trees they've campaigned to protect. Come down out of the sky, he told them. The war is over. With that, a cautious transformation has begun: For the first time in the memory of even the grayest of locals, the vast lands of Humboldt County's most storied timber firm could soon be devoid of protest.
October 10, 2010
Left, right and illegal immigration Re "Illogical on immigration," Editorial, Oct. 5 Your editorial was about as fair and balanced as possible. However, I am sure someone will find a way to interpret it as too left or right. By the way, we are all hypocrites on this matter. H. Sheldon Wright Temple City Your editorial concludes with an accusation of Meg Whitman being a hypocrite. Because she is placed in such a brittle position, her best defense is to be a bit "squishy.
October 28, 2009 |
Ron Barlow's 34-year career at the sawmill in the heart of California's Redwood Empire was a study in consistency. From behind the wheel of his yellow LeTourneau log stacker, he watched trees swaying against a bright blue summer sky. In the fall, yellow aspens provided a blast of color in the fog-shrouded forest. Spring brought light-green sprouts of grass poking out of the damp, evergreen-scented ground. Barlow's own season at the mill ended this month when the Seattle lumber company that owns the facility padlocked the gates, leaving more than 40 workers jobless.