Coal Mining

NEWS
5:44 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Senator Gail Schwartz and other state officials offer little to reassure laid off coal miners

Credit Pam Morris via Flickr creative commons

Coal miners and their families filled the gym at the Paonia branch of the Delta Montrose Technical College on Saturday. Many of them were among the 300 people laid off by Oxbow’s Elk Creek Mine in Somerset last month. They were there to hear state Senator Gail Schwartz and others talk about how the state could help them deal with the job losses. Some ideas included rural economic development grants and financial aid for miners to go back to school. But many people left the meeting feeling just as lost as before. 

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NEWS
10:28 am
Tue December 10, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Headlines

  • CPW Researchers Conducting Backcountry Flyovers
  • Some Miners Near Ouray Helping with Accident Investigation
  • Future of Coal Uncertain as Tennessee Valley Authority Cuts Production
  • Three Colorado Cities Facing Lawsuits Over Fracking Bans
  • Historic Schoolhouse Spurred Modern Women's Club
NEWS
8:15 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Future of Coal Uncertain as Tennessee Valley Authority Cuts Production

One of the North Fork Valley's three mining operations
Credit KVNF File Photo

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.

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NEWS
11:21 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Youth Reporters Cover Energy Issues for Pass the Mic

Youth Reporter Energy Clearwater at the Elk Creek Mine in Somerset
Credit Ali Lightfoot/KVNF

For the past few months, KVNF’s Programming Director Ali Lightfoot has been helping local kids produce radio stories as a part of our youth reporting project, Pass the Mic.

The project is now in its second year and is a collaboration of KVNF and the North Fork Heart and Soul Project. The stories these kids produce tackle a number of contentious issues, one of them being the energy industry. 

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NEWS
9:49 am
Wed December 4, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Headlines

  • More Layoffs as Coal Mine All But Shuttered
  • KVNF Youth Reporters Tackle Energy Issues
  • Ali Lightfoot on the Pass the Mic Project
  • December Storm Could be Clue to Rest of Winter Weather
  • Despite Early Snowfall, Much of State Still in Drought
NEWS
5:50 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

More Layoffs As Coal Mine All But Shuttered

Mike Ludlow, Executive Vice President of Oxbow’s mining operations, points to where managers hope to start coal mining at Elk Creek Mine with a new or rebuilt longwall miner. Those plans are on hold while Oxbow Mining tries to line up that equipment.
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

More coal miners in the North Fork Valley are being laid off. Oxbow Mining company, owned by billionaire Bill Koch, laid off more than a hundred more employees on Monday at its Elk Creek mine.

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NEWS
10:49 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Major Layoffs at Oxbow Coal Mine

Elk Creek Mine in Somerset, Colorado
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

Two weeks ago, the coal mine near Paonia owned by billionaire Bill Koch laid off more than half of its employees. The Koch owned Oxbow Mining company hopes to expand operations again in the future and rehire some of the workers.  In the meantime the layoffs are creating hardships for a number of communities.

“It’s very sad time around the mine, you know to lose your income and lose your job is real traumatic, so it’s very painful decision for us," says Mike Ludlow, the Executive Vice President of Oxbow’s mining operations.

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Local Newscast
9:06 am
Mon September 2, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, September 2, 2013

Headlines:

  • Finance Reports Released in Colorado Recall Elections
  • Colorado Recall Elections Draw National Attention
  • Members of Fix the Debt Colorado Offer Solutions for Fixing National Debt
  • Proposed Bill Would Ensure States Receive Mineral Royalties This Year
  • Un-named entity abandons plans for coal mine near Redstone
  • State fair brings rural and urban together
Local Newscast
9:10 am
Tue August 6, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Headlines:

  • Hallmark Channel TV Series Won’t Be Filmed in Telluride After All
  • Doug Lamborn Aims to Lift Regulations on Coal Mining Near Streams
  • iSeeChange Report – Drought and the Future of Western Forests
  • Supporters of School Funding Increase Gather Double the Required Signatures for November Vote
  • Delta County Conservation Budget Looks Good in Audit
Local Newscast
9:03 am
Thu February 7, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Headlines:

  • State Announces Child Welfare Reforms
  • Another Skier Death At Aspen
  • State Snowpack Less Than Last Year
  • People Respond To BLM Deferral of NF Gas Leases
  • Oxbow's Elk Creek Mine To Re-open
  • Grant Will Improve Paonia River Park

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