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December 18, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lassen County's largest private employer is closing Susanville's last timber mill. Sierra Pacific Industries said Tuesday it plans to shut the sawmill sometime next year. Susanville has a population of 17,900 and is 112 miles east of Redding. The company blamed loss of government timber supplies and competition from foreign imports for the closing.
October 28, 2003 | J. Michael Kennedy
If you're looking to be around for a while, working outdoors may not be the ticket to longevity. The three most dangerous jobs in the U.S. are wilderness occupations. Ranking one, two and three on the list are lumberjacking, commercial fishing and bush piloting in Alaska. According to figures compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 118 loggers were killed last year and 71 commercial fishermen died on the job.
October 16, 2003 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
A federal court ruling could bolster a move to more closely regulate water pollution from logging operations in California. The decision, issued Tuesday by a U.S. district court judge in San Francisco, challenges a long-standing federal policy of exempting logging discharges into ditches and culverts from permit requirements under the Clean Water Act. It follows the recent signing by Gov.
October 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The IRS has charged a Petaluma lumber tycoon with dodging the tax man. Lee Nobmann, the 53-year-old chief executive of Golden State Lumber, was charged in federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday with understating his personal and business incomes and those of several family members for 1996 through 2000. Nobmann pleaded not guilty to five counts of tax evasion and 12 counts of aiding and abetting the preparation of false tax returns for others. A hearing is set for Nov. 4.
October 4, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Habitat destruction by illegal loggers could mean the extinction of orangutans within 10 to 20 years, a Harvard researcher studying the apes said. Logging has been increasing in recent years, moving away from river edges into the interiors of the forests where the orangutans live, Cheryl Knott said. Knott studies orangutans in Indonesia's Gunung Palung National Park, home to about 2,500 of the animals, about one-tenth of those in the world.
October 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An explosion blew the top off a burning silo at a lumber company in New Knoxville, killing two firefighters who were trying to prevent the blast and injuring nine people, authorities said. The explosion sent chunks of the 75-foot-high concrete structure flying into a cemetery 100 yards away. The injured included seven firefighters and two of the silo's owners.
September 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
One protester was arrested and two others were cited and released near Grizzly Creek State Park after blocking a gate into Pacific Lumber Co. property. Humboldt County sheriff's deputies on Thursday removed rocks and debris from the gate, leaving two activists attached to the gateposts. They were removed, cited and released. Another activist was arrested and booked into Humboldt County Jail after being removed from metal sleeves set into the roadbed.
September 19, 2003 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court has dismissed an ethics complaint filed against a judge whose ruling opened up nearly a third of national forests to timber cutting and other development. Two watchdog groups had complained that U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of Wyoming owns stock or royalty interests in 15 oil and gas companies that could be affected by a July 14 decision invalidating the so-called roadless rule.
September 16, 2003 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
In what backers are calling the most important piece of forestry legislation in decades, the state Senate and Assembly passed a bill last week giving regional water quality boards the power to block logging projects on private land if they pollute streams and rivers. The measure, headed to the governor's desk, is the most recent development in years of controversy over logging's effect on water quality, especially on the North Coast.
September 6, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
The U.S. must reconsider its 16-month-old determination to impose tariffs of as much as 27% on $5.5 billion in annual lumber imports from Canada, a trade panel ruled in the third decision the U.S. has lost in the dispute. The ruling by a panel under the North American Free Trade Agreement may lead to elimination of the duties. The NAFTA ruling sends the issue back to the independent International Trade Commission, which may decide that U.S. producers such as International Paper Co.
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