Federal Law Consuming School Funds

MEDFORD, Ore. — A¬†federal law currently set in place is consuming 25 percent of money that should be going towards county and school funding. Right now, the U.S. Forest Service is allowed to sue private land owners. This happens when a fire starts on private land and moves over into publicly owned land, destroying natural … Continue reading »

Mill Production Could Expand After Fire

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Swanson Group is moving forward after losing one of their mills to a fire earlier this month in Springfield and will now absorb up to 100 of their employees to other mills, including this location in Glendale. Production will soon be ramping up at the Swanson Group’s Glendale plywood mill. 250 … Continue reading »

Gov. Announce Rough & Ready Revival

On Friday morning, Governor John Kitzhaber held a news conference announcing mill improvements in Southern Oregon, including the revival of Rough & Ready Lumber Mill. NewsWatch12’s Justin Bourke explains more in the video above. NewsWatch12 will have more information Tonight in the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

Timber Companies Avoid Legal Aggravation

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could mean fewer complications for Oregon timber companies. The high court ruled that water runoff from logging roads it not considered pollution. That reverses a ruling by a federal appeals court. The president of the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association, Dave Schott, says it will allow timber companies … Continue reading »

Differing Opinions On Timber Future

ASHLAND, Ore. — A tree can go a long way in southern Oregon. Environmentalists say forests are a source of beauty and timber officials say they are a staple of the economy. Soon enough, most of them could come under new management. “It’s two and a half million acres, and they are some of the … Continue reading »