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Karl's Korner

Spring breakup has finally hit my neighborhood with two of our sides finishing up although my side continued to work because the skid trails still had snowpack and ice on them.  Justin Doble, the MLA’s Southwest Regional Representative, made it to our job site, which was a nice surprise as it is always good to see him, or any other regional representatives on

a job instead of just staring at them across the table at meetings. He was shocked we were still able to work, although after he left, we ran out of decking room.  We were hoping to haul some logs with the colder temps on the last final day, but the roads weren't frozen enough to do so. Thankfully, the logging is at a good stopping point, and we will be able to pick up where we left off next season. Now to prepare for the upcoming season, but first we need to get all the machines to the shop.


With this season coming to an end, I want to give a shout out to everyone at my company.  Our crew works hard but is also able to joke around while getting the job done.  It is with their hard work and great attitudes that we had a great season.  


It was good to see a lot of familiar faces at Fairmont for the March meeting, as it was well attended and informative about the future of logging in Montana. I want to thank the sponsors and representatives who helped put on a successful meeting.


Even though March has been going well, it has been a hard month with the news of Pyramid and Roseburg mills closing, which is difficult news to swallow for our industry.  My thoughts go out to everyone that works at those mills, along with their families.  On top of that news, a buddy of mine from high school passed away after a courageous battle with brain cancer.  He was always upbeat and encouraging.  I remember reminiscing about the "good ol' days" of when we played football whenever I would see him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. With his passing, it reminds me how short life is and not to stress the small stuff. 


I hope to see everyone at the MLA’s annual meeting May 17/18 at the Copper King in Butte.

Until next time, Karl

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