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New President And GM At Trapper Mine

A new President and General Manager has been hired at Trapper Mine. Michael Morriss will take over for Jim Mattern as the mine’s president and General Manager today. Mattern’s last day with the company is today. Morris has over 30 years of surface coal mining and electric utility experience at various power plants and coal mines in Texas, most recently working as the Director of the Three Oaks Mine in Elgin, Texas. The Board Continue reading

Commissioners Approve ColoWyo’s Collom Pit

The Moffat County Commissioners amended the conditional use permit for the ColoWyo mine at their meeting yesterday, which will allow the company to move forward with developing and mining the Collom pit.  The Collom expansion was approved by the federal Continue reading

House Looks To Void Stream Protection Rule

The United States House of Representatives passed a resolution that would repeal the “Stream Protection Rule,” a rule issued by Barack Obama In one of his last acts as president.  The rule was intended to protect steams and waterway from the impact of surface coal mining Continue reading

New Coal Development To Keep Millions In NW Colorado

Tri-State Generation has received approval from the United States Department of Interior to proceed with their plans to mine the Collom development at ColoWyo Mine.  The decision to move forward with the project was made following an extensive environmental review by the Office of Continue reading

Colorado Coal Production Hits 40 Year Low

Numbers show Colorado coal production hit a 40 year low in 2016, falling by nearly 40 percent from 2015. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nationwide production fell by almost 18 percent.  Colorado Continue reading

New Rule To Protect Water From Coal

The Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation has finalized it’s new Stream Protection Rule which is intended to improve the balance between environmental protection and coal production in the United States. T he new rule will look to better protect streams, fish and wildlife from the impacts of surface coal mining operations by providing Continue reading

Rule Could Result In Nearly 80,000 Lost Coal Jobs

coalplugHouse Republicans are looking to put a stop to a rule that could cost the U.S. tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton is pushing to add a provision to any possible end of year funding package.  The provision would end or delay the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation’s proposed Stream Protection Rule.  The purpose of the Stream Continue reading

Local Unemployment Rate Information

colorado laborThe Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has release the latest information on Colorado’s Employment situation. According to its report, the State wide unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in November to 3.6 percent. The number of Coloradans Continue reading

KRAI Says Goodbye to Mike Fuller

121Today, 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country say goodbye to one of its longest running employees. Mike Fuller started at Wild West Radio in May of 1996, and will end his run today, 19 and a half years later. Fuller has been a part of the news department during his entire tenure, and has been Continue reading

Yampa Valley Data Partners Releases Fast Facts

YVDPYampa Valley Data Partners has released this month’s Fast Facts. The Fast Facts give a snap shot of various economic changes in Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco Counties. September Continue reading

Fast Facts Released for July

YVDPYampa Valley Data Partners has released its Fast Facts for July. The fast facts are a snapshot of the economies of Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco Counties. The report shows that unemployment rates in all three counties Continue reading

Office of Surface Mining Comment Collection Meeting

Those planning to go to the Office of Surface Mining’s meeting this afternoon in Craig won’t be given an opportunity to comment on an open microphone. Instead, those that show up will be able to talk to individual representatives on a more intimate level, about the issues surrounding ColoWyo Mine. There will be stations residents can visit to submit their comments, which the OSM will use in their Environmental Assessment of the South Taylor Pit. A federal judge has ordered the office to complete the assessment within 120 days of his ruling, or he has threatened to pull the permit for the pit. That would leave 220 employees without jobs, and the local annual economy would take a roughly $200 million hit. Public comments are due by Monday. If you can’t make it to this afternoon’s meeting, which will take place from 4 to 8 in the Grandstands Building of the Moffat County Fairgrounds, you can fill out a public comment form online which you’ll find on the front page at KRAI.COM.