Arch Coal

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 17, 2016

Jun 17, 2016

  • DMEA can purchase locally produced power without having to pay Tri-­State
  • Arch Coal’s bankruptcy plan
  • A teen accused of killing his ex­-girlfriend will be tried in Larimer County
  • Hickenlooper signs a bill into law last week, to help prevent suicide.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 6, 2016

Jun 6, 2016

  • Arch Coal announces layoffs at West Elk Mine in western Colorado
  • Governor vetoes red light camera ban
  • Will more milkweed bolster the monarch butterfly? The jury is still out on that one  
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The last fully operational coal mine in the western part of the state announced layoffs Thursday.

The West Elk Mine outside of Paonia is owned by Arch Coal. The company filed for bankruptcy in January and says it’s letting go of 80 workers.

A coal-mining giant has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid an industrywide slump.

Peabody Energy — which is the biggest coal miner in the U.S. and says it is the largest private-sector coal company in the world — is looking to restructure its heavy debt load and gain relief from its creditors. It hopes to continue operations unimpeded.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016

Mar 24, 2016

  • Hickenlooper nominates Donna Lynne for Lt. Gov.
  • Grand Junction job fair for high school students seeking alternative path
  • New CMU program aims to help community college students earn bachelor’s degree
  • Arch Coal paid bonuses days before bankruptcy filing
  • County Commissioner primary ballot rundown: Mesa, Delta, Montrose
  • Study finds cost of elections dropped after Colorado made mail ballot switch  

The coal industry is hurting. For decades, coal was the go-to fuel for generating electricity. Now that is changing.

The connection between coal and generating electricity goes back to the late 19th century. A good place to get a sense of that history is the small town of Sunbury, Pa. — specifically at the corner of Fourth and Market streets at the Hotel Edison.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Jan 13, 2016

  • Hickenlooper outlines legislative priorities for 2016 session
  • Paonia resident, horse killed in accident on Hwy 92
  • Environmental activists respond to Arch Coal’s bankruptcy
  • For 2016, Democrats in the Colorado Senate will have a new leader

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

Jan 12, 2016

  • West Elk Mine owner files for bankruptcy 
  • Economist discusses Arch’s outlook and bankruptcy
  • U.S. coal consumption in decline
  • Montrose dispatch center is delayed for months
  • Driver crashed into Grand Junction emergency room
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Arch Coal announced it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday. The company operates the West Elk Mine outside of Paonia and is the second largest coal company in the U.S.   

Arch Coal Considers Bankruptcy

Nov 20, 2015
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Arch Coal recently said that it might file for bankruptcy. The St. Louis-based company operates the West Elk Mine near Somerset and is the second largest coal company in the U.S. KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Robert Godby, an economics professor at the University of Wyoming, who tracks the coal industry, about the announcement.  


KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Nov 18, 2015

  • Child advocacy center in Montrose receives national accreditation
  • SMPA partners with Nucla, Naturita, Norwood on LED lighting
  • Arch Coal considers bankruptcy
  • Hillary Clinton's plan for coal country

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Oct 22, 2015

  •  Manhunt ends for San Miguel County resident who threatened police
  • Tiny beetles causing big problems for Ouray Ice Park
  • Grocery chains in Colorado lobby to sell full-­strength wine and beer
  • Judge rules against Arch Coal's debt swap deal
  • In Crested Butte, a ‘rental crisis’ forces workers into the woods

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Arch Coal and the Forest Service will not be appealing a decision that revokes the company's expansion lease, as well as vacating an exception in the Colorado Roadless­ Rule that allows for expanded mining in the North Fork. 

Judge Revokes Arch Coal Lease

Sep 16, 2014
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A District Court Judge revoked a lease expansion granted to Arch Coal in 2012.  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Sep 16, 2014

  Newscast

  • Arch Coal lease overturned
  • Scientists show wastewater injection directly linked to earthquakes in Colorado
  • Colorado man blows self up making bombs
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An expansion at the West Elk Mine has been halted by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson.

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It’s been a rough season for the coal mines of the North Fork Valley. Last week, Oxbow’s Elk Creek Mine in Somerset laid off another 115 workers, bringing the total number of jobs cut at that mine this fall to over 250.

Headlines:

  • West Elk Mine Expansion Approved By BLM
  • Curbing Gun Violence, A Discussion
  • Record Gun Sales In Colorado Overwhelms Background Checks
  • Hotel Jerome Gets Facelift

The West Elk Mine near Somerset has been given a temporary reduction in the royalties it pays to the state and federal governments. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that the reduction is because the mine has encountered some tricky geological conditions.