Back on His Feet

EUGENE, Ore. — Santiago Reyes is a hard man to photograph. He moves restlessly, as if his powerful energy is bigger than his body—or bigger than his wheelchair. Reyes was born in southern Mexico and came to the United States in the 1970s. He worked mostly construction jobs until one morning in 2003 when his … Continue reading »

Younger Workers Wanted for Construction

EUGENE, Ore. — Now that the construction industry is starting to bounce back, companies are looking for younger people to get in the business before baby boomers retire. Oregon’s construction industry has lost a third of its jobs and local construction leaders we spoke with say they’re not seeing the numbers they used to from … Continue reading »