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Out of the Woods 

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It's getting harder to remember, but there was a time when Humboldt County's cash crop wasn't the ganja. Weird, I know. Maybe you've noticed those other big plants majestically covering our hillsides -- biggest in the world, baby. Yeah, we used to cut those down. All the time. Of course, I'm admittedly too young to remember the timber heyday, but if you're chest was hairy back when Mill A was still cranking out quality boards, I might know someone who'd like to speak with you.

Local theater company Sanctuary Stage -- another fine Ink People Center for the Arts affiliate -- has plans to stage an original play, if all goes according to plan premiering this coming May about the unique, burly history of Pacific Northwest logging, specifically Humboldt County's. And they want to get it right. That's where you come in. No, not you... you. The bearded one.

It's time to spill those guts, Paul Bunyan. Sanctuary Stage wants to gather stories, experiences, photos and memorabilia from community members who helped the giants fall or who knew someone who did. To do so, they're holding a series of "story circles" to collect material. Have you always thought that guy on your crew deserved proper credit for having the biggest beard in Scotia? Want to have the tale of how you lost your pinky finger setting chokers immortalized? Want to get in one last good rant against that bastard Hurwitz? Here's your chance, boys.

On Saturday, Jan. 22, head on over to Blue Ox Millworks at 10 a.m., or if you're still close to where the action was, stop by Scotia's Winema Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. Bring your grainy pictures, your dented hardhats and lunch pails, your scars and your triumphs. They'll listen.

OK. The story circles aren't limited to only those who donned the flannel. Do you think you have something to contribute? For more info, check out

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