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Loggers Rusty Baker, left, and James Lewis perform maintenance on a piece of equipment this past year at Pearl Lake. Baker, who owns Baker Resources, says the closing of Big Horn Lumber in Laramie, Wyo., will make harvesting trees more costly.

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Mill closure to hurt logging, beetle mitigation

The economy is tanking, and the bugs are peaking. It's a toxic recipe for forestry, and one of the most important regional sawmills is the latest victim of the poison.

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