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Peabody lays off 235 from northeast Wyoming coal mine

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — About 235 employees at the North Antelope Rochelle mine in northeast Wyoming are being laid off. The Gillette News Record reports that Peabody Energy announced the layoffs Thursday morning, citing financial difficulties from low coal prices and falling demand. The layoffs represent about 17 percent of the nearly 1,400 workers at North Antelope Rochelle. The mine in ...

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Wyoming jobless rate at 4.7 percent in January

Wyoming welcomes you at the state line. (Image: J. Stephen Conn via Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s unemployment rate jumped to 4.7 percent in January as the state continues to see the downturn in the energy extraction industry take a toll on its economy. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says January’s jobless rate is significantly higher than the 4.4 percent rate recorded in December and the 3.8 percent rate in January ...

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Facing backlash, Clinton says coal still has a future

Facing backlash, Clinton says coal still has a future

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Facing a backlash from Appalachian Democrats, Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Monday tried to reaffirm her commitment to coal communities one day after declaring on national television she was going to “to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Clinton’s comments came during a Sunday night appearance on CNN, where she was ...

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Barrasso questions Jewell on raising cost of federal coal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Senators from Western coal states questioned Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday about the need for a three-year moratorium to review the federal coal leasing program, describing it as an assault on the industry. Jewell defended the moratorium as necessary to ensure taxpayers get a fair return on the resource amid low coal prices. Many factors ...

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Both houses of Wyoming Legislature hear budget amendments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Both houses of the Wyoming Legislature started churning through scores of proposed budget amendments Wednesday as members weighed how to keep the state government functioning over the coming two years in the face of sagging energy revenues. The House and Senate both considered how to amend the $3.3-billion budget bill drafted by the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations ...

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US enters settlement talks over coal mines in West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal judges have suspended lawsuits that challenged coal mining projects in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico after government attorneys asked for time to negotiate potential settlements. The judges’ rulings give the U.S. Justice Department until April 1 to negotiate with New Mexico-based environmental group WildEarth Guardians. The sides also are seeking to settle a lawsuit involving ...

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Wyoming, Arch Coal reach bankruptcy bonding deal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have reached a deal with Arch Coal to accept up to $75 million in place of the company’s $486 million in bonding obligations in the state while the company goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Among Arch’s two active mines in Wyoming is Black Thunder, one of the world’s largest coal complexes. Bonding helps ensure ...

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Federal coal sales moratorium shakes industry stronghold

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Belle Ayr Mine near Gillette, a northeastern Wyoming coal town where the owner has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and worries about the local economy run high. Coal’s been hit hard by bankruptcies, new pollution rules and the decline of a once-promising export market, and now, the federal government’s blocking of new coal sales has left people in places like Gillette, in a rare mood: Pessimistic. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Like a trusty pickup truck, Gillette has bounced through tough times before and pulled through, thanks to coal. Lately the bumps for an industry that’s brought wealth and jobs to this town are getting bigger — bankruptcies of major producers, pollution rules that have made burning coal more expensive and the decline of a once-promising export market. ...

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Feds query Wyoming regulators about coal mine bond decisions

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Federal regulators have told Wyoming to provide more justification for allowing less than full bonding for four coal mines while the mine owners go through bankruptcy reorganization. Bonding for the mines owned by Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources is insufficient under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, groups including the Powder River Basin Resource Council ...

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