Elk Creek Mine

NEWS
4:50 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Fire Damages Multiple Structures At Oxbow's Elk Creek Coal Mine

A fire at Oxbow's Elk Creek Mine damaged multiple structures.
Credit Laura Palmisano

There was a fire at Oxbow’s Elk Creek Mine site Monday night. The fire was on the mine’s surface and damaged multiple structures.

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NEWS
8:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

KVNF Regional News: Friday, February 7, 2014

Newcast

  • Lawmakers Want to Study How to Improve Colorado's Emergency Communication System
  • School Drop Out Rates are Down Across Much of KVNF's Listening Area
  • State Legislators to Hold Meeting for Workers Laid Off from Elk Creek Mine
  • Helicopter Crash Outside of Silt was Cause by a Collision with Power Lines
  • Laser Mapping Gives Scientists a More Accurate Picture of the Snowpack

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
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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NEWS
8:52 am
Wed October 16, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Headlines

  • Mesa County Sheriff and District Attorney Sound Off Against Proposed Budget Cuts
  • Opponents and Supporters of Telluride Soda Tax Step Up Campaigning Efforts
  • Elk Creek Mine Layoffs Likely to Hurt Local Economy
  • Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Petition Process for Amendment 66
  • Delta County Libraries Selected for Trial-Run of "Super Wifi" Technology
NEWS
12:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, October 4, 2013

Headlines

  • Around Half of Elk Creek Miners Laid Off
  • Anadarko Officials Say Flood Damage Continues to Cut Oil and Gas Production
  • US Air Force Academy Says Shutdown is "Completely Disruptive"
  • US Forest Supervisor for White River National Forest Talks about Shutdown Impact
  • Republican Recall Victors Sworn Into Office
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Local Newscast
8:26 am
Thu February 21, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, February 21, 2013

Headlines:

  • Forest report reveals damage by spruce beetles
  • Miners back to work at Elk Creek in Somerset
  • $895 million price tag to clean uranium tailings from Arkansas River
  • Controlled burns planned for some 12,000 acres on Western Slope
  • Increased ozone linked to oil and gas drilling in Eastern Utah
  • Playoff time for local hoops players, wrestlers go to state

Local Newscast
8:27 am
Thu January 31, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, January 31, 2013

Headlines:

  • Elk Creek Mine working on cleanup, still weeks away from opening
  • Environmental groups challenge roadless rule in appeals court
  • Governor Hickenlooper issues new wildfire prevention orders
  • Paonia grapplers No.1, girls basketball undefeated as regionals approach

Local Newscast
8:29 am
Wed January 16, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Headlines:

  • Legislature takes up issue of gun control
  • State debates accepting federal health insurance money, job creation
  • BLM Grand Junction office welcomes comment on RMP
  • 670 hospitalized cases of the flu so far in Colorado; vaccination urged
  • Rusty water in Paonia not dangerous
  • Elk Creek Mine hopes to stabilize and re-open within a week