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50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Sweet Home Reacts to Job Losses

November 24, 2010

SWEET HOME, Ore. — In 1990, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the spotted owl as endangered.

The listing turned Oregon’s timber industry upside down, and timber communities suffered.

The old ways of logging Oregon’s forests would have to change to accommodate all the new rules and regulations.

In 2010, some 20 years later, the industry is still coping with the fallout.

We can’t cover decades of turmoil but we can show you a snapshot taken in Sweet Home, Oregon.

It was Easter weekend, and people were leaving town not for the holiday, but for a pep rally up in Portland.

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