Coal Industry

  • Western Slope fires add to haze, poor air quality in state
  • Over 70 wildfires burning in the West threaten iconic tourist sites
  • Western Slope coal country still struggling to adapt to new economy
  • Communities look to agri tourism, sustainable energy after coal's collapse

  • Inside Energy features coal culture in North Fork Valley
  • Congressional panel on climate change increasing in membership
  • Five climbing fatalities already this year on Capitol Peak outside Aspen

  • Texting and driving bill would increase penalties
  • Police-involved shootings in Colorado on the rise
  • President Trump to issue coal-friendly executive orders

  • Whistleblower goes to court over air quality report
  • Wyoming coal future mirrors Colorado
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  • Capitol Coverage profiles Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • New data on number of civilians killed by police
  • Inside Energy sets history of coal industry to music

KVNF Regional Newscast: November 14, 2016

Nov 14, 2016

  • Capitol Coverage of new leadership in state house
  • Inside Energy looks at Trump's promises to coal

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.

Citing concerns over pricing and pollution, the Obama administration on Friday unveiled a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands. The change won't affect existing leases, which generated nearly $1.3 billion for the government last year.

The Department of the Interior says it wants to make sure the money it's charging for coal leases takes into account both market prices and what's often called the "social costs" of coal — its impact on climate change and public health.

The agency says federal lands account for roughly 40 percent of all U.S. coal production.

Joe Moore stood near a sign reading: "Authorized Personnel Only."

"I used to be authorized," he said.

Moore is a coal miner. The sign was at the entrance to the mine that had laid him off the previous day. The Alliance Coal facility had closed — a symptom of the coal industry's rapid decline.

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.   

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Dec 1, 2015

  • Ariel big game survey about to begin
  • Paonia Eagles lose state championship in close matchup
  • Road closures begin on BLM land
  • Environmental groups request denial of coal projects
  • Colorado tourism officials give out grant money to bring in visitors
  • Authorities release information about Colorado Springs victims

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, Nov.. 12, 2015

Nov 12, 2015

  • 18-year-old woman missing from Montrose
  • Coal companies struggle
  • Lt. Gov. Garcia resigns, talks higher education

Coal In Decline

Nov 11, 2015
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A conversation with Elizabeth Shogren of High Country News about bankruptcy and mine closures. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015

  Newscast

  • District 51 buys food truck to feed kids over summer
  • Area clinic receives 700 thousand dollars to serve low income patients
  • Ouray County approves another marijuana grow operation
  • Ski towns send letter about coal industry
  • National fire forecast calls for above average fire activity
  • Capitol Conversation looks at final days.