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Timber companies Potlatch and Deltic complete merger

Potlatch Corp. has completed its merger with a smaller rival, Deltic Timber Corp., in an all-stock deal that creates a company with 2 million acres of private timber holdings.


100 years ago today in Coeur d’Alene: Site of Fort Sherman for sale after lumber company declares bankruptcy

Old Fort Sherman in Coeur d’Alene, “one of the historic spots of the Northwest,” was up for sale. The site of the old army post had been owned by a …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017

U.S. makes final finding on Canadian softwood lumber imports

The U.S. Department of Commerce issued its final finding Thursday on the softwood lumber duties Canadian producers must pay, escalating a trade dispute amid the renegotiation of the North American …


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Lumberettes’ fill wartime labor gap

About 30 “lumberettes” – women lumber workers – went on duty at Spokane’s White Pine Sash Company.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

Fire burns lumber mill near Athol

Fire erupted at a sawmill along U.S. 95 Wednesday morning, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and suspending operations as firefighters arrived.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Lumber prices, shipments drive Potlatch 2Q profit

High prices for lumber and record shipments helped Potlatch Corp. turn a profit during the second quarter.


Colville’s Duane Vaagen left the timber wars behind to forge good jobs in the ‘bipartisan forest’

The Vaagen family operates one of the few remaining family-owned sawmills in the West. They plan to be the last one standing by making changes.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Wobbly organizer predicts labor fight in lumber camps

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, firebrand union organizer, told a crowd of hundreds at Spokane’s Wobbly hall that the region’s lumber camps would soon be labor’s biggest battleground.


As new house’s framing timber dries, grout lines crack

Here’s what you need to know about wood. It’s a hygroscopic material. That means its shape and size change in response to changes in moisture content. Granite, steel, copper, plastics …


UI experiment finds hardwoods have potential for Northwest timber industry

Trudging through a densely planted patch of birch trees in spitting rain, Ronald Mahoney spotted one more. He yanked the chain saw into action, sawed a V-shaped wedge into the …


Northwest wood products feed hungry Asian market

Asia is growing hungrier for American wood products, and producers in the Northwest are delving deeper into exports even as domestic lumber demand rebounds from an epic building slump. Representatives …


U.S. accuses B.C. of breaking pact

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has asked for arbitration with Canada over allegations that British Columbia is selling subsidized lumber into U.S. markets. The dispute revolves around log prices for …


2009 a terrible year for Western lumber production

The Western lumber industry had its worst year in 2009 since records have been kept and the outlook for this year is even more dismal.


Potlatch gets an earful

About 70 Steelworkers demonstrated outside of Potlatch Corp.’s annual meeting in Spokane on Monday morning, urging company officials to offer more generous wages and benefits to workers at its Lewiston …


Appeals, Red Tape Keep Mill Shuttered President Of Salmon Sawmill Says Future Is In Doubt

The Salmon Intermountain sawmill is traditionally closed through the winter months when snow closes logging roads. But the mill is still shuttered halfway into summer. And president Dallas Olson says …


Timber Happy With Ruling On Legal Fees

The timber industry is praising a federal court ruling ordering an Idaho sportsmen group to pay attorney fees in a battle over the Cove-Mallard area in the Panhandle. U.S. District …


Timber Giant Facing Indictment Federal Probe May Yield Charges Against Louisiana-Pacific

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. confirmed Thursday it expects to be indicted in a 2-year-old federal investigation into alleged fraud and criminal violations of environmental laws. Results of an internal investigation at the …