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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 9A Western lumber industrl, posts record low year The Wes[ern lumber in- dustry posted its worst year for production in modern history in 2009, according to final statistics compiled by Western Wood Products As- sociation (WWPA). WWPA reported the final industry totals for 2009 fol- lowing its annual survey of some 170 mills operating in the continental West. Sawmills in the 12 West- ern states produced 10.39 bil- lion board feet of lumber in 2009, the lowest annual vol- ume since WWPA began compiling industry statistics in the late 1940s. Since 2005, output from Western lumber mills has fallen by some 46 percent. The previous modern day low was in 1982, when 13.7 billion board feet of lumber was produced at Western mills. The lack of home building in the U.S. contributed to the historic decline. Just 554,000 houses were built in 2009, a 39 percent decline from the previous year. It was the lowest annual total since 1945, when just 326,000 hous- es were built. Low demand translated in- to even lower prices for Western lumber products. The estimated wholesale val- ue of the 2009 production was $2.69 billion, down 26 percent from 2008. Five years ago, Western mills produced 19.3 billion board feet of lumber valued at $7.7 billion. All Western states posted double-digit declines in pro- duction. Oregon sawmills produced 3.83 billion board feet of lumber to lead the na- tion. The total was down 19 percent from 2008. Washington was the sec- ond highest producing state in the region and the nation with 3.24 billion board feet in 2009. Mills in California produced 1.44 billion board feet of lumber, down almost 25 percent from the previous year. Lumber production in Ida- ho totaled 1.1 billion board feet, and milIs in Montana produced 418 million board feet. Totals for other Western states were combined to pro- tect the confidentiality of in- dividual mill data. Mills in South Dakota and Wyoming produced 192 million board feet last year, while the four corner states of Arizona, Col- orado, New Mexico and Utah posted annual lumber pro- duction of 167 million board feet. Overall demand for lum- ber totaled 31.3 billion board feet in 2009, less than half of five years previously. Just 7.3 billion board feet was used for residential con- struction,' compared to 27.6 billion board feet used in 2005. Lumber production in the southern U.S. followed the same downward trend; de- clining 19.5 percent to 11.79 billion board feet. Imports, mostly from Canada, lost more market 2009 Western Lumber Production Volume Value Million bd. ft. Millions Oregon 3,829 $875.7 Washington • 3,241 $828.3 California 1,442 $468.6 Idaho 1,105 $301.1 Montana 418 $111.0 South Dakota/Wyoming 192 $60.1 Four Corner states 167 $43.8 (AZ, CO, NM, UT) TOTAL 10,394 $2,689 Source: Western Wood Products Assn. share in 2009, and totaled 8.9 billion board feet, down 30 percent from the previous year. Western Wood Products Association represents lum- ber manufacturers in the 12 Western states. Based in Portland, Ore., WWPA compiles lumber industry statistics and delivers quality standards, technical and product support services to the industry. Transfer of Wild0000vood Center nears completion Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Com- munity Development Com- mission is in the final stages of taking control of the Wild- wood Village complex, which will be dedicated entirely to providing subsidized housing for seniors and disabled resi- dents. The commission approved the signing a new $1.2 million US Department of Agricul- ture Rural Development loan for the newer sections of Wildwood and assumed an $811,000 USDA RD loan on the original structure at a Tuesday, Oct. 5, meeting. The commission autho- rized the signing of a certifi- cate of acceptance on the vil- lage section of the complex at a Tuesday, Oct. 19 meeting. CDC Finance Director Tom Yagerhofer explained the in- terest rate on the new loan might be as low as four per- cent "and of course they're subsidizing the rents so whatever the interest rate is its gonna be covered through the subsidy," which will be paid by USDA RD. Yagerhofer also said the feds would be paying $1,205,000 "to do the neces- sary unit conversions and re- pairs and some ADA things, mostly on the old side, that preceded today's ADA laws." The American Disability Act governs accessibility rules and is particularly strict on publicly funded fa- cilities. The finance director told the board there would be 53 units when all the work was completed in the summer. In a short phone interview, Thrall said only a small num- ber of units needed renova- tion and the majority would be available after the com- mission officially took con- trol of the complex Monday, Nov. 1. Back at the meeting, the fi- nancial director added that the CDC had been calling people on the waiting list and only had eight more of the currently available units to fill. Yagerhofer explained resi- dents paid 30 percent of their income with the feds filing the gap between that amount and the "basic rent" of around $800. He said the work yet to be done would be sent out for bid soon. Thrall reiterated that the complex wouldn't be what people think of as "low in- come housing," but subsi- dized residency for seniors and disabled citizens on fixed incomes. History of Wildwood Center Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com Chester Supervisor Sherrie Thrall provided a short histo- ry of the Wildwood transac- tion during phone interviews. Various parts of Wildwood were built with USDA loans and state bond dollars, with two different USDA depart- ments being involved in dif- ferent housing developments in the complex. One section of Wildwood was originally intended for affordable housing for se- niors, similar to where the entire project is going now. The other two parts were for market rate and assisted- living senior housing. Thrall explained the second two sections never succeeded in attracting enough resi- dents to be solvent. She added the assisted-liv- ing section probably failed because it took nearly ten years to build and people's preferences shifted to re- maining in their own homes during that time. She explained this led the CDC to ask both USDA de- partments involved in the project to write down the debt incurred by Almanor Residential, a non-profit cre- ated to run Wildwood, which was never able to make it successful enough to pay off the USDA loans used for con- struction. The project will also in- volve remodeling the assisted living units to be more ap- pealing to independent se- niors and turning the com- plex's "great room" into ad- ditional units for couples with separate bedrooms and bathrooms. KRETH HANDYMEN BUILD IT, Fix IT, REMODEL IT We Care About You! No Job Too Big or Too Small Steve Kreth Insured CA License #907193 Bus: 530-836-0870  Cell: 249-3126 \\; ........ -':: PRIIPANE HIGH SIERI00 PROPANE We've relocated our office to 9 E. Sierra Portola, CA 530-832-1252 We invite you to join the satisfied customers who use our service for their home and business heating needs by choosing High Sierra Propane as your propane supplier. We have recently expanded our services to include Quincy and the surrounding areas in Plumas County. DAVID J. HEASLETT • : Wills - Trusts - Estam Planning • Probate Y :anch tour ::;!!iiill ;!i:i !ii-!iiiii: Christian Meyersand his' family host a ranch tcur for friends and other members of the Upper Feather River Watershed Group. With power in numbers, members from the north- ernmost Sierra Nevada region hope to protect themselves when it comes to state fees on their irrigated lands and infringer0gnts o n their historic water rights. See story and more photos next week, Photo by Alicia Knadler ............. ,. ........ 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In 2004, acetaminophen was the reason for 133,000 calls to U.S. poison- control centers and more than half of those cases needed treat- ment in a healthcare facility. For years, acetaminophen overdose has been the main reason people call poison-control centers. It's the leading cause of death in poison-control cases. Studies show overdoses of acetamino- phen (Tylenol, etc.) have become the nation's number-one cause of acute liver failure. Up to half of these poisonings appear to be accidental with the patient saying they took an average of 7,500 milligrams a day, usually for less than a week. Nobody should ever exceed 4,000 milligrams of acetamino- phen per day. The daily maximum equals eight Extra Strength Tylenols. Doctors worry that some overdoses stem from people who combine several of the 600-plus-milligram acetaminophen drugs and don't realize how much they're ingesting. If you regularly have three or more alcoholic drinks in a day, you may develop problems at lower doses of acetaminophen or other painkillers. If you regularly reach for the Tylenol, you need to think twice about this practice. Perhaps it's time to give Chiropractic a chance. Dr. Anderson is available in Portola and Quincy at 832-4442. i