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photos by Lee Juillerat H&N Regional Editor
Cobian first arrived in the Tulelake Basin in 1978, from the Mexican state of Jalisco. He began working in potato sheds.
It wasn't a very good job because
the minimum wages were $2.35 an hour. It was hard to
years he shuttled from job-to-job. On a whim, he
signed up for classes that led to him becoming a
U.S. citizen in 1987.
in 1991, when Cobian began working for the Orem
Ranch, which has ranch and farm lands in the Merrill
area. The Orems provide housing for some of their
employees, including Cobian and his wife, Consuelo.
During the fall harvest, she sometimes works
seasonally driving potato trucks or doing other
work. They have two grown sons.
himself a farm hand. I do a little bit of
helps direct other Hispanic laborers and interprets
their comments. Saul Flores has been working
seasonally for two years, Antonio Chabolla for six.
With Angel Mendez and Hilarion Alvarez, the crew
builds corrals and feeds cattle in the winter. As
the weather warms, they'll shift chores to
irrigating and, in the fall, harvesting grain.
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