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Local Question of the Day — Atlas Mill’s Demise

Issue: Atlas falls in pieces: Auction ends era for CdA sawmill, clears lakefront for development/Becky Kramer, Spokesman-Review

DFO: I remember helping Doug Clark shovel sawdust chips from the Atlas Mill into a pickup for $5 a load back in the 1970s. He used the chips for yard decoration. I was visiting from Kalispell, Mont., at the time. Over the years, I've seen one mill on the waterfront after another close. One friend saw the tide coming his way and landed a good blue-collar job at Inland Empire Paper Co. Another didn't and is now mid-fiftysomething and jobless. For those who depended on the mills for their livelihood, this is a scary time.

Question: Does the loss of these blue-collar jobs bother you?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.