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Skilled-labor sawmill jobs going unfilled

Idaho’s sawmills once relied on the brute strength of their workers to turn logs into lumber. Now, they need more employees like Jeremy Lozano-Keays. The 30-year-old electrical technician is part of a team overseeing the sophisticated electronic equipment that keeps Idaho Forest Group’s Chilco sawmill operating.

Naples mill set to close

A Naples, Idaho, sawmill employing 93 workers is expected to be shuttered in December and its workers laid off indefinitely. Welco Lumber Company USA, which makes cedar picket fence boards, announced Thursday that it can operate more efficiently by closing the mill south of Bonners Ferry and concentrating production at its main Shelton, Wash., sawmill.

Rival buys Priest River mill

JD Lumber Inc. is selling its sawmill in Priest River to competitor Riley Creek Lumber Co., creating uncertainty about the future of 216 jobs in the North Idaho mill town. Employees were notified of the sale late Friday afternoon. The mill in Bonner County will close at the end of September, and it’s unclear whether the new owners will reopen it.

Video from tug

For more than 25 years, Oscar Mooney has worked a five-mile stretch of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River, delivering logs to waterfront sawmills