75 years ago
Oct. 9, 1942
War Outlook Improved
The idea that the war outlook is better for the United Nations is all right provided it is understood that there is heavy fighting to be done before the Axis powers are licked.
Before this month there was, at least, an outside possibility that Germany might knock the Russians out of the war and that Japan might be able to score another great advance in the Far East.
The Russian stand at Stalingrad has halted Hitler’s advance. The United Nations, for the first time, can look forward to victory with reasonable certainty but before the triumph arrives the Axis nations must be beaten on the field of battle.
Victory for Germany and her allies is further away today than it has been; victory for us is closer than it was. That is the war situation. If we fail, if we falter, the outlook can change and our prospect can become dismal.
In the Far East the Japanese have been halted. They may strike again but their initial advantages have been overcome by the brilliant campaign of attrition that has gradually reduced their striking power.
It is necessary, however, that conquered areas be recaptured. This means fighting and plenty of it but the prospect of victory, as a result of sacrifice and courage, grows brighter.
50 years ago
Oct. 12, 1967
Area lava gains studied
An Oregon State University professor believes that portions of the John Day River basin may become powerful tools in furthering the study of the earth’s surface some 6,400,000 years ago.
Dr. Harold E. Enlows, associate professor of geology, completed field studies this summer on a 90-mile stretch from Prairie City to Mitchell.
Volcanic rock covering the entire areas was deposited within a few hours from a pyroclastic flow which travelled at rates approaching 60 miles an hour, according to Dr. Enlows. No source for this volcano has yet been found.
Next summer, Dr. Enlows and a graduate student will probe the Paulina and Harney basins south of the John Day River valley. Through radioactivity, they can precisely date the pyroclastic flows in these two areas.
If they find that all three lava deposits were laid down at the same time, then this entire Central Oregon region will assist geologists throughout the country in studying the Pliocene Era – the earth’s surface more than six million years ago.
Swiftly deposited volcanic units, such as those found in the John Day River valley, were first discussed in New Zealand in 1935. Dr. Enlows’ current research is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
25 years ago
Oct. 8, 1992
’93 TIMBER OUTLOOK: Demand Will Be Up, Availability…Down
Coeur D’Alene Idaho – Markets for lumber are expected to improve in 1993, but lumber mills in Grant County and other western states – shackled with continuing timber lock-ups by the courts – are unlikely to get their full share of the increase, according to a lumber industry association executive.
Robert Hunt, president of Western Wood Products Association (WPPA), said that United States demand for lumber in 1993 should increase by 3.5 percent, totaling 46.24 billion board feet. Housing starts for 1993 are forecast at 1.25 million, a 7.8 percent increase from 1992’s projected 1.16 million starts.
“1993 will mark the third straight year western mills will see production decline due to timber supply problems,” Hunt said. “The reasons for the guarded western outlook continue to be resourced based, with no immediate solution on the horizon.”
Production in the 12 western states is forecast to drop 2.12 percent in 1993, totaling 18.21 billion board feet. Lumber production in the southern United States, by comparison, is predicted to increase 6.1 percent and lumber imports – mostly from Canada – should be up 8.8 percent.
Hunt said while the timber supply situation in the west remains unsettled, the region still will be the major lumber supplier to the United States market.
“The constant resource lock-ups and new endangered and threatened species announcements by the courts has lately led to a perception on the part of some of our customers that we don’t have products for sale,” Hunt said. “However, the west will continue to supply a major share of the lumber used in 1993.
“If the industry can get some relief on its many log supply problems, you can expect a good fight from western mills to take back some of the market share.”
Housing will be the top market for lumber in 1993, with 16.03 billion board feet expected to be used in residential construction. That volume is 4.3 percent higher than expected 1992 levels.
Lumber used in repaid and remodeling is forecast increase 3 percent to 14.86 billion board feet next year. Other construction – mostly office, retail and hotel structures – is predicted to increase by 3.2 percent to 7.12 billion board feet. Exports this year should total 2.65 billion board feet, down 7.4 percent from the previous year. In 1993, exports are forecast at 2.7 billion board feet, a 1.9 percent increase.