Boise Cascade gives a two month notice that it will begin to close much of its lumber operation in Elgin. The phased shutdown includes the sawmill, planer and shipping department, while the powerhouse and log utilization center will remain open. Company officials say the 58 year old complex isn’t cost effective. 500 people are employed by Boise Cascade in Elgin, La Grande, Island City and Pilot Rock. In Elgin, 90 employees will be impacted by the curtailment. Some employees at the stud mill may be offered positions at neighboring plants.