September 2015



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September Lumber Market Report

The green douglas fir market has had steady activity with prices on the soft side and mill order files out one week. Western sheathing markets had spotty activity with prices pushing up and mill order files out two weeks. OSB has maintained moderate activity with prices grinding higher and mill order files out two weeks.

September Store Special

A Buck a Board Month with Trex Decking

Receive $1 back per Trex decking board purchased during the month of September in the form of a Big Creek gift card. Minimum purchase of 25 boards to qualify. Gift Cards will be awarded in October; simply present all qualifying invoices at the register of Trex boards purchased between 9/1 - 9/30/15. Gift Cards can be picked up between 10/1 - 10/31/15 at a retail yard.

While supplies last. See an Associate for Details. 9/1/15 - 9/30/15.

4 Ways to Make Tiny House Designs Work in Real Life

Designers weigh in on the best way to maximize space when designing small rooms

By Lauren Hunter

They might only number in the thousands, according to a 2014 Bloomberg Business article, but tiny houses could be the next big thing. The idea of fitting a whole house into the space many builders allot for a single room is attracting wide ranging demographics. Single homeowners are turning to inexpensive tiny houses for solvency and flexibility of location, while small families are ready for adventure and simplicity.

Tiny houses may not be for everyone, but the concept of living in fewer square can still apply to the average single-family home. College students moving in with their parents, aging adults moving in with their grown children, and more people working from home are all within the realm of current housing trends. And if family units are growing but home footprints are staying the same, that translates to fewer square feet per person. Beyond that, some homeowners are finding new revenue opportunities in renting out their own homes while they live in inexpensive tiny houses elsewhere on the property.


Community Support - Police in Pursuit Fundraiser by Deputy Michelle Burhans

The Santa Cruz Deputy Sheriff's Association/Stars of Justice Inc. have a retired patrol vehicle we use to race against other Law Enforcement personnel in a fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics of Northern California. The event is called, "Police in Pursuit," and takes place at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. The Special Olympics provide year round sports training and competition opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athlete or their family. But it is so much more than sports. It is training for life, instilling life skills in the athletes that carry over into their everyday lives.

This is the 5th year for the "Police in Pursuit" event and this year we were able to raise over $15,000 for the Special Olympics. Team SCSO has two drivers, Deputy Tony Gutierrez and Deputy Steve Ryan. Both have racing experience, but are new to the dirt track.

We would like to thank our newest sponsor Big Creek Lumber! Their contribution to the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Deputy Association/SJI is allowing us to install needed safety equipment in the race car for our drivers.

Come join us for our last race this season on Friday, September 11th at 6:00 pm at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville at the fairgrounds. Hope to see you next season!





Employee Spotlight

Francisco Vazquez - Lumber Grader in Davenport

What do you like about working for Big Creek Lumber? Francisco.JPG

I like my position as a grader. I enjoy helping new employees learn the many different things to do with wood.

What is the coolest thing that you've seen at the mill?

I enjoy the sunrises and watching the hang gliders.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like spending time with family. When I have free time, I enjoy watching baseball.

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