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Port Angeles Hardwood mill for sale Not at risk of closing, president says

economy factored “very little” into the decision, Crawford said. “Certainly a poor economy is not helping,” he said.

By Tom Callis

Issues between owners

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PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Hardwood mill is up for sale. Its owners, Washington Alder and Cascade Hardwood, began advertising the sale of the facility in west Port Angeles about a week ago and plan to have a transaction completed by the end of the year, said mill President Lindsay Crawford. “It’s going to happen pretty fast,” he said. The mill at 333 Eclipse Industrial Parkway, which opened in 2006 and employs about 90 people, makes furniture-grade lumber.

Won’t close It is not at risk of closing, Crawford said. If a new buyer doesn’t step forward, he said, it’s expected that one of the current owners will buy out the other. “Somebody is going to own it,” Crawford said, adding that he expects that employees will not be affected. He said the sale is prompted by disagreements between the two owners but declined to elaborate. The depressed timber market and overall poor

“It’s more about issues between the owners. Issues you run into in a partnership from time to time.” The asking price is confidential, Crawford said. The mill was considered one of the most efficient in the state four years ago and opened with much fanfare, with Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Mountlake Terrace, making an appearance. It cost more than $30 million to build, Crawford said. Asked if the owners regret the decision to build the mill on the verge of an economic recession, he said: “Anyone who invested anything between 2003 and 2006-2007 is probably questioning the investment they made.” He added, “They absolutely don’t regret building in the location. “The crew already has got a good reputation, even though they don’t have a long history,” Crawford said. The mill is capable of producing 35 million board feet of lumber per year with two shifts working five days a week. It is currently operating with two shifts, but only


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Above, a lumber sorting machine at the PA Hardwood mill shown in 2006.

At left, the Port Angeles Hardwood mill in the Eclipse Industrial Park in Port Angeles.

three or four days a week, he said. The owners received a $15 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan to open the mill. Crawford said the mill is

meeting its debt obligations. “Like everybody else, we have either modest profit or we’re breaking even,” he said. Washington Alder operates a sawmill near

Mount Vernon. To contact Cogan, Cascade Hardwood oper- phone 206-860-1000. ates a lumber mill in Che________ halis. The sale of the mill is Reporter Tom Callis can be being handled through an reached at 360-417-3532 or at tom. arbiter, Stew Cogan.

Hearing set on adult business moratorium extension Peninsula Daily News

The three Jefferson County commissioners will conduct a public hearing on an extension of a moratorium on the establishment of adult businesses. The 10 a.m. hearing will be conducted after the meeting begins at 9 a.m. in commissioners’ chambers in the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend. Commissioners also will consider approval of the courthouse’s roof stabilization project, as well as additional budget appropriations for various departments. During a briefing from

Eye on Jefferson the county administrator at 1:30 p.m., commissioners will hear a budget update. The courthouse will be closed Thursday for Veterans Day.

Civil Service board The Civil Service Commission will consider personnel matters in the Jefferson County Sheriff ’s Office on Monday. The commission will meet at 11:30 a.m. in the county administrator’s conference room. An executive session with Sheriff Tony

Hernandez is scheduled.

Port Townsend city The Port Townsend City Council will conduct a public hearing on the 2011 budget during a special meeting Monday. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at 540 Water St. The council will consider passing the budget on a first reading. It will not be finally approved until the second reading. The council also will discuss the adoption of an ordi-

nance that will provide for the issuance and sale of $3,815,000 in limited tax general obligation bonds to fund improvements to sidewalks, utilities and the library.

Port Townsend schools The Port Townsend School Board will discuss some district policies during a workshop Monday. The workshop will be at 6 p.m. at the administration building, 450 Fir St. The board will discuss district notification of juvenile offenders, the release of information concerning sexual and kidnapping offenders, and policies governing

the use of tobacco on Port of Port Townsend school property. The Port of Port Townsend commissioners Hospital district will discuss the adoption of The Jefferson Healthcare the 2011 property tax levy Board of Directors will hold amount, the final operating a special joint board meeting budget and rates and with Olympic Medical Cen- fees Wednesday. Commissioners will meet ter and Forks Community Hospital board members in at 3:30 p.m. at 375 Hudson St. Port Angeles on Monday. The commission also will The joint meeting will be hear the results of a call for at 4 p.m. in Linkletter Hall bids on a feasibility study of in the basement of the Port the eco-industrial park, Angeles hospital, 939 E. hear an update on Quincy Caroline St., Port Angeles. Street dock repairs and conThe group will discuss sider a proposal from the request-for-information Schooner Martha Foundaresponses, electronic medi- tion that it take over the cal records and a health lease of the boat shop at Point Hudson. information exchange.

Briefly . . . O’Brien Creek Bridge ceremony set

Hunger benefit PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College writers will read selections of their work as a benefit for Port Angeles and Sequim food banks Friday, Nov. 19. The Peninsula College’s Foothills Writers Series and Port Book and News are sponsoring the 15th Annual Reading for Hunger Relief program at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the Raymond Carver Room.

Admission will cost a $5 donation or nonperishable food. Those making a $10 donation will receive a copy of the chapbook containing work by participating writers. All proceeds will go to the Port Angeles and Sequim food banks. Faculty writers will read from their latest poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Writers sharing their work will include Carmen Germain, Kate Reavey, Michael Mills, Jim Fisher, Charlotte Warren, Jen Gouge and Janet Lucas. The reading is part of a

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national effort by writers all across the country who share their work with audiences every fall in order to provide funding for local food banks. Alan Turner of Port Book and News will provide refreshments.

Mom, son and pot LONGVIEW, Cowlitz County — A 33-year-old

mother has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for giving marijuana to her 10-year-old son. The sentence will include 12 months of drug treatment. Cowlitz County Prosecutor Sue Baur said Friday that Michele Jami Butler of Longview earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of marijuana

with intent to deliver and two counts of third-degree assault of a child. Child Protective Services case workers told Longview police they got a tip that Butler had smoked marijuana with her son. She was sentenced by Superior Court Judge James Stonier. Peninsula Daily News and Associated Press

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HOQUIAM, Grays Harbor County — A ribboncutting ceremony will mark the completion of work on the O’Brien Creek Bridge, which is on Donkey Creek Road between Hoquiam and Quinault, on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Milepost 3.7. The $1,540,705 project, designed to restore aquatic species passage, was fully funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to Olympic National Forest officials. It involved removing a box culvert and fish ladder and building a new bridge and fish channel. The work was designed

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