I was reading at my lunchbreak today about the closure of the Albany Paper mill. Even though I knew it was coming, I feel bad for the people who work here. I managed to capture one quick pic on my commute home (cage not bike).
Here's a better one from last summer.
I've been commuting I-5 since I was 5 years old. Salem to Lebanon, Lebanon to Salem, either riding or driving most all my life. To my brother and I it was the "stinky" mill. I don't know if it really was the culprit or not. I remember when they built the first tall smokestack, and years later I watched the new, bigger stack go up. We have a friend who raced up the stairs of that thing...exercise for the nightshift. In the 80's the sawdust(?) pile caught fire and smoldered on for weeks. I can't remember a time when it wasn't making paper.
My thoughts and prayers to the families who will be effected by this closure. It's not much to offer, but all I have.